Sunday, June 30
Screened three films at American Black Film Festival including Kevin Hart’s “Let Me Explain”
Film director and CEO of Codeblack/Lionsgate Films Jeff Clanagan screened three films at the American Black Film Festival.
Director seeks more successful partnerships
While many may view Baltimore’s “Dress for Success” as a popular, well-funded program, its executive director isn’t ready to stamp the program as prosperous.
Friday, June 28
Naturalization ceremony is an independence Day tradition
Join Historic Annapolis in welcoming forty new citizens into the American family at a naturalization ceremony on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Taleyah Evans, age nine and Dakota Evans, age five were nearly tripping over each other with excitement as they dug their hands into the dark soil to begin their vegetable garden. T
Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen invites all residents to the Annapolis 4th of July Parade on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Amos Garrett Blvd. and proceed down West Street, around Church Circle, and down Main Street.
Running group inspires fitness, fun
Gabrielle Powell said it all began from a blog post four years ago.
Things are cooking in a most unlikely setting— an elementary school.
On Saturday, June 22, 2013, 10 adults from underserved communities in East Baltimore graduated from a free program that will allow them to receive a certification to increase their earnings potential by tens of thousands of dollars.
This series of columns is written for parents preparing to send their sons and daughters to college for the first time this fall.
Sew a part of history
Beginning July 4, 2013, The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) will recreate the 30 x 42 foot Star-Spangled Banner flag that inspired the writing of our national anthem.
Antoine Dow is a barber and business owner. The father of three children, Dow has put his children to sleep on numerous occasions. However, Dow says he watched a video that ultimately changed the way he was putting his infant son to sleep.
A father plays an essential role in the development and growth of a child
The Historical Black Colleges and Universities sports roundup for this week is about training, signing, and moving on to bigger and brighter opportunities.
Radio and TV host, author and community activist, Tavis Smiley has a new home on radio.
Twenty shot the weekend that started Friday, June 21 and ended Sunday, June 23, 2013.
With the deepening polarization of our country, I have been reflecting on the cause of this polarization.
Thursday, June 27
Kiara Gordon selected for her leadership, dedication and service
The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education recently honored 14 Maryland students by presenting them with the 2013 Outstanding School Safety Patrol Award.
Critics say African American influence minimized
No matter how you slice it, Southern food is complicated.
Try these vegetable "sneak attacks"
Peas, carrots, broccoli and spinach ... some kids love vegetables, but many do not.
Wednesday, June 26
New study changes diet strategy
You've probably heard that eating multiple small meals throughout the day is a good way to stave off hunger and keep your metabolism revved up while trying to lose weight. But a new study could change your diet strategy.
Visit will take him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania
President Barack Obama flies across the Atlantic on Wednesday for a trip that takes him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania -- his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office.
It was a law passed at the height of America's civil rights movement, when citizens in parts of the country were fighting each other and sometimes authorities over how skin color impacts a person's place in a democracy.
Tuesday, June 25
National HIV Testing Day is June 27
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide free and confidential testing for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, on National HIV Testing Day, Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Case involved white student who sued after application was rejected
The Supreme Court sidestepped a sweeping decision on the use of race-conscious school admission policies, ruling Monday on the criteria at the University of Texas and whether it violates the equal protection rights of some white applicants.
Some don't see show as an opportunity for Latinos in Hollywood
TV history will be made Sunday night with the premiere of "Devious Maids," the first prime-time program featuring an all-Latina leading cast. But even before the first episode has aired, the Lifetime show is receiving a slew of criticism.
Monday, June 24
Home shopping network QVC is re-examining its ties
Celebrity chef Paula Deen's contract with the Food Network will not be renewed, the network said Friday, the latest fallout over revelations that she admitted to using a racial epithet in the past.
U.S. official: "Our thoughts and prayers" are with Mandela and his family
Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital where he has been hospitalized for more than two weeks.
Friday, June 21
A weekly roundup of what's new in HBCU athletics
Hello everyone! I am so excited, because of my book sales. They have been flying off the shelf this week.
It isn’t likely that television cameras and newspaper reporters were around when Jameel McClain was busy feeding 53 families on Thanksgiving Day and providing them with meals to take home for another occasion.
The Western Anne Arundel Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (WASP) recently announced the winner of its “Substance Abuse Prevention Media Contest” held for Meade High School students.
The playground, designed by children ages 3 – 15, was built in just one day by volunteers
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) employee volunteers teamed up with the Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Maryland, KaBOOM!, and residents of the Annapolis community to build a new, safer playground at the Salvation Army facility.
African American Monster Truck driver crushes Baltimore
Recently, Monster Jam Path of Destruction came to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. More than 4,000 tons of dirt was brought inside the stadium, along with 50 crush cars, vans and buses to create the vast racing track and freestyle course, only to be destroyed by massive Monster Jam Trucks.
The lifelong probability of a marriage ending in divorce is between 40 and 50 percent, according to PolitiFact.com.
Do you know anyone who served aboard the USS Intrepid?
August 16, 2013 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the U.S.S. Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
When my church first posted a flier announcing a five-day trip to Niagara Falls, I immediately thought of couples holding hands, getting married or celebrating anniversaries. Just the name, Niagara Falls conjures thoughts of romance so I didn't think it would be the trip for me.
LL COOLJ rocks the Lyric
On Wednesday June 12, 2013, LLCool J brought his “King of the Mic Tour” to the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.
The 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins Wednesday, June 26 and unlike previous years where themes have varied, this year’s cultural gathering will focus on several programs including “The One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage Program.”
The Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) has announced that Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire was elected Chair of the Board of Overseers at the school's annual meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
The Supreme Court's ruling last week that a company cannot patent naturally occurring genes, including isolated gene segments, has won praise from medical researchers throughout the Greater Baltimore area.
Did you know that the official African American holidays are: Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Juneteenth?
Thursday, June 20
Ranisha Coppage was on a road to nowhere. School was a drag for the 17-year-old junior, who had a habit of cutting classes missing as much as 100 days in a year.
About six inches, that's how close the car came to hitting a boy at the intersection of Northern Parkway and Wabash Avenue
Former Baltimore City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III says he is tired of seeing African American boys and men walking around with their pants sagging.
The body of actor James Gandolfini was transferred to a hospital morgue in Rome early Thursday, where it awaits an autopsy.
A former employee accuses Deen and brother of racial and sexual harassment
Celebrity chef Paula Deen denies she's ever told racial jokes, but she did acknowledge using the "N" word, according to her deposition in a lawsuit.
The change diagnoses nearly one-third of Americas with a medical condition
One word could have a big impact on the way doctors treat obesity in the United States.
Wednesday, June 19
Tennis ace Serena Williams clarified Wednesday the controversial comments she made in a magazine article about the victim's role in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case that garnered national headlines earlier this year.
Tuesday, June 18
High levels of bacteria detected
If you are planning to to take a dip at an Anne Arundel County beach, think again.
The deaths of five infants and dozens of injuries or falls have led federal regulators to stop the sales of a popular baby recliner.
African American children likely to be misdiagnosed
African American and Hispanic children are far less likely to be seen by specialists - for autism, but also other medical conditions - and also less likely to receive specialized medical tests than their white peers, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
Monday, June 17
Tyrone Garrett went from 335 pounds to 194 pounds
Tyrone Garrett's father wasn't around while he was growing up. So when Garrett's girlfriend, Whitney Hammond, told him she was pregnant, he knew he had to make a change.
As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits.
The number of young Americans who are living without credit cards has doubled since the recession, according to new research.
Saturday, June 15
The African American Festival takes place during the fourth of July weekend, July 6 and 7, 2013. Headliners for the popular event include R&B divas Fantasia and the fabulous Pattie LaBelle.
Thursday, June 13
Who doesn't like to make a good impression? Whether it's a first date, meeting the future in-laws for the first time or interviewing for a job, making a good first impression can pave the way for some of life's happiest experiences. That's especially true for home-buyers, whose ability to secure their dream home depends on first impressing a mortgage lender.
Morgan State Bears: The 2013 outdoor track and field season came to an end, June 5, 2013 for the Morgan State women's program of the 2013 NCAA Track & Field National Championship at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
The Community of Cedar Morris Hill celebrated Neighborhood Community Day Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Community Hall in the neighborhood located at 351 Arundel Corporation Road in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
Annapolis—Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen invited the public to celebrate the lives of George and Marion Phelps at the unveiling of George and Marion Phelps Lane, formerly Middle Street, in Parole
Maryland Mortgage Program offers special interest rate for homes purchased in Maryland’s Targeted Areas
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In beauty salons and barber shops across the nation, at summer barbecues and holiday dinners, African Americans have a long tradition of indulging in rich conversation. So much so that we’ve created our very own cultural vernacular, or way of speaking.
Dr. Henri Treadwell highlights the impact of incarceration in her new book “Beyond Stereotypes in Black and White: How Everyday Leaders Can Build Healthier Opportunities for African American Boys and Men.”
One of America’s most influential college presidents has announced plans to retire next year. With bold, metaphorical brush strokes Fred Lazarus’ created an academic masterpiece. Under Lazarus’ leadership, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has become an internationally recognized creative design center.
If you’re searching for a meaningful Father’s Day gift, look no further: Todd Patkin shares eleven “thank-yous” that dads everywhere would love to hear.
On turning 60, George Washington wrote in letters to friends: "The time is not far distant when I must sleep with my Fathers." I was a history student reading those words. My professors told me that Washington lacked Thomas Jefferson's "peculiar felicity of expression." Even though I was studying at Mr. Jefferson's university, I found it hard not to feel the beauty of Washington's words.
First-time fathers experience many emotions: love, responsibility, protectiveness and even fear.
Clarisse and Morris A. Mechanic Foundation recently granted Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. $10,000 to continue its efforts to improve birth outcomes in fragile communities across the city.
Bull Bullard knows first hand the effects of bullying. Growing up, the Harlem Globetrotter basketball great spent a great deal of time in foster care programs and became a target of bullies.
Community and nonprofit leaders from across central Maryland gathered to applaud the collaboration between BGE, the Baltimore Community ToolBank and their organizations
Ah, summertime! ‘Tis the season for vacations, weddings, picnics, cookouts and some good old, down home reading.
On Monday, June 10, 2013, the Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. (HFI), the non-profit partner of the Hippodrome Theatre hosted a book party for 50 fourth and fifth grade students at Dr. Rayner Browne Academy,
Recently, several members of the team gave some VIP treatment of their own during Torrey Smith’s 1st Annual Celebrity Waiter Night.
The Center for Rural Affairs Board of Directors over the weekend of June 8, 2013, unanimously called for comprehensive federal legislation to fix America’s broken immigration system. With the United States Senate poised to take up immigration, board members felt it was important to emphasize that reforming our broken immigration system is especially important to rural America.
Bowie, Maryland— The Bowie Baysox will be in the center of an intergalactic conflict when the team hosts Star Wars Night at Prince George's Stadium Saturday, June 22, 2013
Ah, summertime! ‘Tis the season for vacations, weddings, picnics, cookouts and some good old, down home reading. That is, for those folks who still read and if you read this newspaper, I suspect that you’re among the dwindling number of Americans who also read books.
Christian Keyes stars in the UP Network’s original stage play “Love Will Find A Way,” which airs again on Saturday, June 15, 2013
Niecy Nash talks about the second season of “The Soul Man,” which premieres on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 and her recently released book
Frederick Douglass class of 1962 celebrated their 51st year reunion by celebrating and giving back.
Wednesday, June 12
Thinking about buying your dear old dad some argyle socks or monogrammed golf balls for Father's Day?
Tuesday, June 11
Authorities increased security around a Pretoria hospital where former South African leader Nelson Mandela remained in intensive care, three days after being rushed there with a recurring lung infection.
While herbs and spices are often talked about synonymously, they're quite the opposite.
Monday, June 10
Attorney: No imminent plans to put Zimmerman on stand
Despite the intense scrutiny and heated emotions surrounding his client's case, George Zimmerman's defense attorney says he has no immediate plans to ask for a change of venue or to put his client on the stand.
Thursday, June 6
The Maryland State Department of Education has recognized Anne Arundel Community College’s partnership with Maryland Live! Casino and staff member Deborah Meyer-Mercado for her distinguished service through her work in preparing students for careers and further education.
65 Additional Judges Needed
Annapolis— Election Judges are urgently needed to work in the sixteen polling places throughout the City for the Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Municipal Primary and the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Municipal General Elections.
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s Summer Social Series is returning to West Shore Park this summer to offer FREE entertainment on the Waterfront.
Here is a look at what is happening in sports on Historical Black Colleges and Universities or as we call it HBCU Sports:
“I knew at probably about nine or ten-years-old when I watched ‘In Living Color’…it was so funny,” ,” said Chicago native Lil’ Rel (pronounced Rail) Howery about his venture into comedy.
The Reverend Harold Alfonzo Carter was a divine Godly prophet, whose life was sparkling and momentous.
Baltimore— St. Francis Xavier Church believes that “A family that prays and plays together stays together.”
Milwaukee— Watching your weight doesn’t have to sentence you to a life of water and diet drinks.
In 2012 national bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray received her second NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Literary Work-Fiction (Destiny’s Divas).
Vienna is a town in Virginia period, end of story! So, says iconic comedian Bill Cosby, who will be at the Wolf Trap in Vienna for a concert on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
After schools close in June many students will experience summer learning loss. As a result lessons learned during the regular school year will need to be re-taught when classes resume in the fall. Otherwise, the student will not have mastered the skills necessary to advance to the next level of their studies
One of President Obama’s goals— to improve our trade balance with the rest of the world— is built on the premise laid out in his 2010 National Export Initiative
Empowering the community to identify and prevent elder abuse in the County
Towson— Baltimore County Restoring Elder Abuse Today, (BC-REST) is a coalition working to educate and empower the community to identify and prevent elder abuse in the County through education, advocacy and resource development.
Now isn’t this a sign that the Apocalypse is upon us?
There were no smoke machines, fire cannons or even a mascot to greet Ray Lewis and the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens at the White House on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
New multi-media sketch comedy looks on the bright side of unemployment.
Baltimore— “You Will Know,” an uplifting new comedy that debuted at Centerstage in January this year, returns to Baltimore’s Theatre Project from June 27 to 30, 2013. This original production humorously explores the possibility of self-actualization through joblessness.
Tuesday, June 4
Seeds 4 Success, a program that provides support for children growing up in Annapolis public housing, received the William Donald Schaefer Award for their dedication to helping the community
Gospel’s Grammy nominee Troy Sneed launches tour June 24, 2013
A weekly roundup of what's new in HBCU athletics
Soul Train Cruise invites choirs to sing with Jonathan Butler and Jeffrey Osborne.
Entertainment Cruise Productions invites choir leaders and music ministers to organize their church choirs or praise teams to lift their voices at sea and join the Soul Train Mass Choir on the upcoming 2013 cruise.
Monday, June 3
Why is a Cheerios ad featuring a multiracial family causing a stir?
After a much-deserved break spending time with family and friends, it is now time to return to the grind of another workweek and that also means another Indie Soul Review:
Sunday, June 2
Family Summer Reading kicks off June 1
Readers of all ages will dig into a good book this summer as the Enoch Pratt Free Library presents “Dig Into Reading” during its 2013 Summer Reading Program from June 1 to August 3, 2013.
It’s in an elite young athlete’s nature to be chesty, but ultimately he will be shaped by his surroundings.
Auditions to be held June 20
Capitalizing on American Idol's appeal among local tweens and teens, the BSO announces its sixth annual singing competition, "O, Say Can You Sing?"
Winner will receive a weekend getaway for four to any Six Flags theme park in the United States
Win a fantastic Six Flags getaway for four!
Poly Senior Taylor Williams receives associate's degree at BCCC one day before high school graduation
Seventeen-year-old Taylor Williams is a model student
As Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) celebrates its 64th commencement Saturday, June 1, 2013 attesting to the spirit and determination of graduates who completed 60 hours of college credit and their associate's degree, one standout will be noted for the way she accomplished the same feat while still in high school.
Saturday, June 1
Dominican immigrant headed to medical school
Felix German Contreras, age 22, is a second-year student at Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey on a sure-footed path to health sciences.
Peace Project benefits India’s poorest
The Towsontowne Rotary Club recently announced their latest project, which will provide much-needed eye care for over 60,000 children in Mumbai’s poorest districts.
American Idol contestant, boxer, fighting for mother's life
Not only does Franchon Crews pack a powerful punch but the 25-year-old Baltimore resident can also carry a tune. However, the most important battle she fights daily does not directly involve her.
Free after school and Saturday program serves 700 Baltimore City elementary and middle school students
Since 1982, TWIGS has given young aspiring artists who reside in Baltimore City the opportunity to gain skills in music, dance, visual arts, stage production and theatre classes taught by professional artist/teachers.