Friday, August 30
It has been said that “music makes the world go round,” but let me add something to that phrase— GREAT artists playing GREAT music, is what really, makes the world go round! People want music that takes them to another time or space.
The first exhibition to display the many archaeological finds at Frederick Douglass’ childhood plantation— where he first realized that he was a slave—opened recently at the Academy Art Museum located at 106 South Street in Easton, Maryland.
With long workdays and fully booked nights, it’s no surprise that sometimes a solid eight hours of sleep is just not an option for many. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2012 “Sleep in America” poll, about one in ten Americans say they are likely to fall asleep at an inappropriate time— like during a work meeting.
The topic of absentee fathers has become a universal discussion across the country. Recently Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network dedicated a two-part series on “Oprah’s Lifeclass” to the subject of fatherless sons.
Having completed 30 hours of classroom training and approximately three hours of court observation, nine volunteers will officially be able to help abused or neglected children in foster care.
It started as a method to ease the strain of food deserts, but today the Baltimore City Health Department’s virtual supermarket program known as, “Baltimarket,” is exceeding the expectations of skeptics and others who may have initially doubted its viability.
A few days ago, I read on Facebook the re-posting of an essay, authored by a young college professor, which discussed the five things students should never say to their professors.
Help me, I'm suffering from acute race fatigue!
The Washington Post had a telling confession to make last week. Officials at the paper admitted that they “blew it” in their coverage of the March on Washington 50 years ago.
Mayor Stephanie “Vroom Vroom” Rawlings-Blake can’t be happy about the story that appeared in the August 25, 2013 edition of The Baltimore Sun.
Actress Gabrielle Union says she is blessed to have participated in the historic unveiling of a new stamp by the United States Postal Service that pays homage to the civil rights movement as anniversary celebrations continue throughout the District.
Two Marylanders among world-renowned dance troupe
As a child, Tyler Brown watched the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and wished that one day she would become a part of the world-renowned troupe.
Wednesday, August 28 marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. To commemorate this milestone, the Annapolis-based Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Committee, Inc. unveiled the nation’s first memorial to the 250,000 “foot soldiers” of the March – the ordinary citizens who marched in the demonstration and risked the threat of personal harm to underline support for the civil rights leaders who spoke that day.
Hello everyone! I hope you are getting ready to start your Labor Day Weekend. I know I am.
Frederick Howard is among the longtime employees of the Baltimore Times Newspaper Group.
As one of the former staff writer’s at The Baltimore Times, I have been asked to write many stories before, but this is by far the hardest.
Wednesday, August 28
Despite the losing score, the Ravens’ third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers was a step in the right direction for the team, as both the offense and defense looked sharper than they did a week ago against the Falcons.
Friday, August 23
Among the African American heroes recognized during the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice on July 27 in Washington, DC was U.S. Navy Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the first African American naval aviator to die in combat.
In a ceremony attended by her family and friends along with GPO employees, business partners and other stakeholders, Davita Vance-Cooks took the oath of office as Public Printer of the United States on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
“I thought it was intriguing. The elements were great, the cat and mouse,” said actor Harry Lennix (Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel) about his newest role in NBC’s new drama series The Blacklist, which premiers September 23, 2013.
August signals the end of summer and back-to-school for many students. As such, it is important that your child visits his or her pediatrician to make sure that their immunizations are up-to-date.
On Saturday, August 24, 2013, the first ever Book Club Event at the Baltimore Times will take place from noon to 3 p.m.
Camp St. Vincent, Baltimore’s only summer camp that exclusively serves homeless children, ended its season with a carnival for the children and their families on Friday, August 16, 2013 at Patterson Park in Baltimore City.
Many years ago I saw George Duke in concert at the old Painter Mill Music Fair in Owings Mills, Maryland. I
On August 28, Americans will observe the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington" civil rights rally.
Thursday, August 22
After nearly a decade of inaction, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finally stepping in to regulate how much telephone companies may charge for interstate calls made by prison and jail inmates and immigration detainees.
Got books? If you do, then you must have spent this summer reading as many books as I have. As I did in a previous column, I’ll recommend some more books from my summer reading list.
From day care to the monthly grocery bill, the cost of raising a child is climbing at a rate that many families can't keep up with.
Back-to-School event at Maryland Zoo breaks attendance record
MetroPCS “connected” with thousands of Maryland residents after taking over the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
It was a somewhat dramatic and premature move on behalf of the Republican National Committee to close their recent meeting with a vote to boycott any 2016 presidential debates sponsored by NBC or CNN because the networks are planning to produce and broadcast a mini-series on the life of likely Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday, August 21
Elmore Leonard -- the award-winning mystery writer whose snappy dialogue, misfit characters and laconic sense of humor produced such popular works as "Get Shorty," "Hombre," "Fifty-Two Pickup" and "Out of Sight" -- has died, according to his literary agent, Jeffrey Posternak.
Just days left to show your Maryland pride
While Maryland residents are packing their suitcases for vacation this August, they may be bringing something with them that they didn’t even notice; their Bay plate!
Drums -- both playing and making them -- are the heart of Garifuna culture
Drumming on the beach, moving in time with junkanu dancers and eating heaping plates of mashed plantain soaked in coconut stew -- more than likely these aren't the experiences you imagine while planning a trip to Belize.
Tuesday, August 20
When you make coffee with breakfast, or grab a to-go cup at a cafe before work, or raid your office's break room for a cup in the afternoon, you're probably not thinking about how scientists are studying it.
Thirty two Maryland hospitals have committed to adopt breastfeeding friendly policies.
“Serve to Remember” on Saturday, Sept 7, 2013
The Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County will commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks through service and volunteerism.
Monday, August 19
Keeping your home in shape may not top your daily to-do list, but completing certain small seasonal tasks can save you money, time and the need to complete larger, more expensive projects in the future.
Oprah Winfrey refused to film a scene in her underwear
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" follows the life of Cecil Gaines, an African-American butler who serves in the White House under eight presidencies.
Millions of Americans don't have credit scores. And while lenders typically steer clear of this group, it turns out they aren't always as risky as banks think.
Friday, August 16
The Department of Aging in will present “Know the Ten Signs of Alzheimer's” at five Baltimore County senior centers during the months of August and September 2013.
Even as the critically-acclaimed film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” hits theaters, the director and members of its superstar cast paused to bitterly reflect on recent events they say proves racism is still very much alive in the good old U.S.A.
For entrepreneur and entertainment mogul Kevin Liles, it’s all about the children.
Will the largest city in history to file bankruptcy receive a death certificate, or will this action result in a new birth certificate for the Motor City? Of course, a city as large and as well situated as Detroit is will not die.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s overhaul of federal drug prosecutions concedes a fact that the public grasped long ago: The nation’s 42-year-old “war on drugs” has devolved into an overwrought, unaffordable policy breakdown that helped turn America’s prison system into a vast human warehouse.
Known as Jake Hanson in the series, “Melrose Place,” Grant Show is now the leading man in the new primetime series, “Devious Maids” airing on Sundays on Lifetime, which is produced by Eva Longoria and Marc Cherry, both of the hit show “Desperate Housewives.”
This week’s column reminds me of those grade school writing assignments that asked me to compose an essay on how I spent summer vacation.
This redefining self-defense business is getting WAY out of hand.
Africana (ã-fr-ï-kä’na) a three-day festival celebrating family, culture, and entertainment of the African Diaspora makes its debut Friday August 23 through Sunday August 25 incorporating the world class R& B entertainment of FunkFest with seminars, exhibits, cultural performances and special events.
Bowie State University students to work with professors awarded NASA Fellowships
Two Bowie State University professors awarded NASA fellowships in the emerging field of astrobiology will continue their research with students in the fall– their discoveries could have major implications on future biomedical innovations and the search for life outside of Earth.
In addition to the long-planned March on Washington scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24, the White House has announced that President Obama will speak at a commemorative service at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice.
Denice Tyree remembers leaving her home off of Maryland Avenue in Northeast Washington, D.C., early on the morning of August 28, 1963.
Eric Addison proved just as incredulous as most would. “Yes, 64 years they’ve been doing this,” said Addison.
More than 1500 employees at Morgan State University became eligible for additional down payment assistance from Maryland Mortgage Program products after the fast-growing campus in northeast Baltimore joined Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) House Keys 4 Employees program.
Thursday, August 15
A famous photo shows President Barack Obama hunkered down in the Situation Room in May 2011 with his national security team as U.S. Navy SEALS carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Wife gets a year in jail; weeps at sentencing
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., once a rising Democratic star whose political fortunes imploded over the use of campaign finances to support lavish personal spending, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday.
Wednesday, August 14
Newark Mayor Cory Booker will move on to New Jersey's special Senate election as the Democratic nominee after winning his party's primary on Tuesday, CNN projects.
Story blew up after Winfrey cited her treatment in the store as an example of racism
Oprah Winfrey says she's sorry for the media storm that erupted after she recounted that she was the victim of racism in a posh Swiss boutique.
This week, it’s all about okra.
Tuesday, August 13
Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the United States "must confront the reality" that once "people of color" are in the criminal justice system, they "often face harsher punishments than their peers.
A Washington-based charity wrote in a letter to a federal judge Tuesday it was interested in hosting former Chicago Alderman Sandra Jackson "in her performance of community service" as part of a potential sentence for filing false tax returns.
Kwiatkowski worked at Maryland hospitals
David Kwiatkowski, a hospital worker accused of causing a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis C last year, will plead guilty to all 14 charges in exchange for a prison term of 30 to 40 years.
Monday, August 12
Billionaire U.S. media mogul Oprah Winfrey says she was the victim of racism on a recent trip to Switzerland when a shop assistant refused to show her a handbag because it was "too expensive."
The average wedding cost is $28,427, according to a survey by TheKnot.com
All you need is love, right? Sure, but a little cash can't hurt, especially when it's time to get hitched.
For families in Baltimore, one of the best ways to cool off during the summer is at one of our pools. Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) is pleased to announce that all pools will remain open until Labor Day, Monday, September 2.
Friday, August 9
Volunteer opportunities are available to help with the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival 2013 being held at the Annapolis City Dock.
AACC Dance Company will hold fall auditions in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 103, AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway from September 3 and 5, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Celebrity chef Seamus Mullen encourages rheumatoid arthritis sufferers to rethink approach to managing the disease
Celebrity chef Seamus Mullen encourages rheumatoid arthritis sufferers to rethink approach to managing the disease
No mountain, or rain, nor summer heat, will keep Diana Ross from recreating her glitzy and glamorous shows of bygone years, when she steps onto the stage locally.
The Pumphrey Tax Improvement Association held its annual Pumphrey Day celebration Friday August 2-Sunday, August 4 in the heart of the Pumphrey Community in Anne Arundel County.
Representatives will guide residents and small employers through their health coverage options
Maryland Health Connection, the state-based health insurance marketplace operated by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, has opened the first phase of its state-of-the-art customer call center in Baltimore to provide support for residents and small employers statewide.
For quite some time, the underrated and underappreciated Chante Moore has been one of my favorite female singers, and her new release, an eclectic and appealing 10-track collection titled “Moore Is More,” definitely served to solidify her status.
Nearly 20 Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) utility trainees kicked off their week on Monday, August 5, 2013 by engaging more than 50 Higher Achievement, Baltimore, scholars in hands-on learning exercises, focused on helping the students use their STEM skills to learn about the skilled labor required to reliably and safely deliver natural gas and electric to BGE’s 1.2 million central Maryland customers.
Leaders are defined as those who know how to take control, manage tasks, and provide effective guidance and direction. Barbara Jacques, founder and creative director of Jacq’s Organics, is the epitome of an outstanding leader.
It’s the longest running film festival of its kind. For 20 years, the African Diaspora International Film Festival has taken New York by storm.
Four-week camp receives rave reviews from students
The Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric and the Lyric Opera Baltimore conducted its fourth annual “Opera Camp at the Lyric,” a four-week opera camp which benefits Baltimore City and County high school students with an interest and ability in vocal music with an emphasis on opera.
Shhh! We shouldn’t be talking about it. Even in the 21st century, there is still a stigma attached to mental illness.
Sitting in his Park Heights Avenue office on a rainy afternoon recently, longtime Baltimore dentist Dr. Ernest James Colvin reflected on his storied career.
Rey Sasaki has been playing the violin since he was four. In the fall, the 13-year-old Lutherville resident will get the opportunity to receive thousands of dollars in music training for free at the highly regarded Peabody Institute.
Funding helps beautify seven high impact neighborhoods
The vacant space at the corner of Charles Street and North Avenue, which was formerly home to New York Fried Chicken, has been renovated into an office, gallery and performing arts space to serve The Station North Arts and Entertainment District office.
This had to be the most hilarious news story of the year. It ran on WJZ-TV a while back.
Anne Arundel Community College Public Safety Officer Lt. Darrell Wallace has been selected to receive the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association 2012 Exceptional Performance Award (Private Sector Professional).
If we talk about what ails us that will make it better.
Most people keep score in baseball by whichever team gets the most runs or at least, that’s how it used to be done.
If President Obama’s decision to cancel a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled a refusal to engage with Russia on matters of mutual interest, we should be concerned because Russia has a veto on the U.N. Security Council and could still play a constructive role in resolving the civil war in Syria.
Thursday, August 8
Tameka Foster accuses Usher of being gone 85% of the time
Singer Usher Raymond's ex-wife is asking a judge to give her custody of their two children after the oldest suffered a "near-death accident."
Someone wrote the N-word and drew a swastika on the statue
A New York newspaper is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the "lowlife" who defaced a statue of Jackie Robinson outside the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball stadium.
New policy requires researchers to apply for access to the full genome sequence data
On Wednesday the National Institutes of Health announced in Nature that it has reached an understanding with the family of the late Henrietta Lacks to allow biomedical researchers controlled access to the whole genome data of cells derived from her tumor, commonly known as HeLa cells.
Wednesday, August 7
Facebook is tweaking your News Feed to put popular older posts back on top
Facebook wants to make sure you don't miss the most important updates, photos, humblebrags and baby announcements from your friends.
In recent years, many banks and credit unions have encouraged new checking account customers to accept two items: a debit card that replaces cash transactions and a “protection” known as overdraft coverage
A controversial inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall has been removed by its sculptor.
Tuesday, August 6
Thomas George Paculis, 62, had previously pleaded not guilty
A Georgia man accused of trying to extort Paula Deen by threatening to divulge "true and damning" information about the embattled celebrity chef has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, court documents show.
Two friends from New York City decided to try dating -- and blog about it
Truly platonic opposite-sex friendships are the chupacabra of the pop culture narrative. From "When Harry Met Sally" to Ross and Rachel, first comes friendship, then comes relationship.
If the cars you see on the road these days seem a little run down to you, you might be on to something.
Monday, August 5
Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Art Donovan, a hall of famer who spent his later years regaling television audiences with amusing anecdotes about his time in the NFL, has died. He was 88.
Raven-Symone says she's a lesbian, grateful for legalized gay marriage
Raven-Symone, who played 3-year-old Olivia on the 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show," indicated for the first time Friday that she is a lesbian.
What started as an unprecedented move to close almost two dozen diplomatic posts for a day has broadened to week-long closures for most of them as the United States mulls the threat of a possible attack.
Friday, August 2
On Saturday, July 27, 2013, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore City Youth Commission partnered with NBA star Josh Selby and the Josh Selby Foundation to host a Youth B’More Summer Block Party and the Josh Selby Foundation’s 4 on 4 Charity Basketball Tournament at Mund Park to benefit Baltimore City’s Safe Streets initiative.
Hello folks, how are you? Are you ready to party? I am telling you, this summer has been a summer of music, and it is not over yet. I want to share with you some of Baltimore’s exciting events that are coming up.
The pain of a parent losing a child is indescribable.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced that it has been recognized with the Gold Quill Award in Safety Communication by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for its efforts to educate children on the importance of electric safety.
Shake off the summer cobwebs and experience a 17th-century child’s education! During Way Back to School Day at Historic St Mary’s City on August 10, 2013
Psychological abuse can be as damaging to the psyche as physical abuse can be to the body, yet little is written about this common problem, which is typically the precursor to physical abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 95 percent of men who physically abuse their intimate partners also psychologically abuse them.
Sales tax waived for qualifying clothing and footwear August 11- 17, 2013
Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that his office is gearing up for Shop Maryland, the state’s tax-free week.
Nasir Jones, known by his rapper name “Nas,” recently had a Harvard University fellowship named in his honor, according to a press release on the Def Jam website.
On Friday, August 2, 2013, in time for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the Newseum will open “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement,” an exhibit that explores the new generation of student leaders in the early 1960s who fought segregation by exercising their First Amendment rights and making their voices heard.
Forty students from the Pigtown area located in Southwest Baltimore are enjoying hiking, swimming, trips to the Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as other fun and educational activities thanks to an outreach camp operated by Paul’s Place, Inc. that seeks to expose low-income children to experiences outside of their communities.
A Bowie State University (BSU) undergraduate with dreams of becoming an immigration lawyer will travel to her childhood home of Nigeria in the fall to study the Yoruba language, as a recipient of the highly competitive Boren Scholarship.
Mack Lewis packed a punch that could knock out a bear. However, the boxer who became a famed trainer was the pride of Baltimore because of the way he helped others navigate the pathways of life.
When President Barack Obama issued the “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” he committed America to elevating efforts to spur economic growth, trade and investment in that part of the world.
For decades, Americans have demanded a healthcare system that provides lifelong access to affordable care.
The military judge in the trial of Bradley Manning got her decision this week exactly right.
I was thinking the other day as the temperature outside soared close to ninety degrees, that summertime has finally arrived. It seems like it was just yesterday when the first daffodils of spring were blooming.
I was stunned. I turned on my TV, and there was one President Barack Hussein Obama, talking about “The Click.”
At the Mission Thrive Summer Program, chalkboards, books and cramming for tests don’t exist.
Thursday, August 1
Toll violators now risk possible suspension of vehicle registration
On July 1, a new law went into effect that should motivate toll violators to pay their overdue tolls.
Some of us are lucky enough to live within a rogue inflatable ball's reach of the world's best beaches.
The House on Wednesday approved a bipartisan that ensures lower interest rates on loans for students heading to college this fall.