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Friday, September 27

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Rev. S. Todd Yeary, Ph.D. appointed to BCCC Board of Trustees

Governor Martin O'Malley has appointed the Rev. Dr. Sheridan Todd Yeary, senior pastor at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, to fill a vacancy on the BCCC Board of Trustees. Dr. Yeary is formerly associate director of the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

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Economic mobility linked to strong middle class communities

Since the onset of the foreclosure crisis, research reports from esteemed universities and policy institutes have documented what went wrong. A new report offers us a different perspective, one that views the creation of a strong middle class as the solution for strong economic growth.

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Cole’s Foundation volunteer blesses terminally ill children with kindness

Caterina Grove is a resident of Reisterstown, Maryland. However, she blesses many children and their families around the country through her work with Cole’s Foundation, an organization that supports children and families facing a medical crisis.

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National program recognizes former Raven Jonathan Odgen

Professional football legend and former Baltimore Raven Jonathan Ogden was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Washington, D.C., on Friday, September 20, 2013 as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.

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Don’t believe the hype: A college education still matters to black students

The news is not good for young people with a four-year degree: roughly 284,000 college grads are working minimum wage jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Dance Baltimore celebrates Michael Jackson by teaching “Thriller"

Classes scheduled throughout September and October

In Baltimore, everyone dances—for fun, for fitness, for life! Dance Baltimore celebrates Entertainer of the Year, Emeritus, Michael Jackson (“MJ”) with a special series of dance classes. Dance Baltimore instructors will teach the steps to one of the most popular videos of all time, “Thriller” throughout the months of September and October with a final performance set for Halloween night, October 31, 2013.

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Lupus walk participants raise money for cure

Each year, thousands of people across the region join forces with the Lupus Foundation of America’s D.C./Maryland/Virginia chapter and walk with one unified purpose— to find a cure for lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body.

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Return to stalag O’Malley?

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley couldn’t resist putting in his two cents worth about Baltimore’s recent crime surge.

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Scholarship helps close diversity gap in medicine

Multicultural scholarship continues Macy’s support of the Go Red For Women movement

Nefertiti Clavon, 22, struggles to keep up with rising tuition costs and other college expenses.

Thursday, September 26

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'White is beautiful:' Why India needs its own Oprah Winfrey

Author recalls family members telling her to stay out of the sun

Tanupriya Khurana watches intently as her sister Bhavna gets a makeover at a designer cosmetics kiosk in the middle of one of Delhi's most popular malls, Select Citywalk. Shades of velvety pink blush roll over Bhavna's olive cheeks. She holds up a mirror and inspects the results. Behind the kiosk, a clothing and lingerie store displays trendy fashions on mannequins with blond hair, blue eyes and milky white complexions. They look nothing like Tanupriya and her sister or the hundreds of other Indians milling about this upscale shopping complex on a Sunday afternoon. Even the advertisements and store posters that use Indian faces promote a look that is unattainable for most Indians: long, silky straight hair; a tall, thin body; and, most importantly, a fair complexion. The most popular Bollywood stars such as Aishwarya Rai -- a former Miss World -- look more white than Indian. "Being white is the preference," says Tanupriya, 23, an insurance brokerage firm employee. "There's a different psychology here. I think Indian women have problems with acceptance." "Gori hai sundar," she says. White is beautiful. Khurana says this tongue in cheek. She knows it's racist -- and disagrees with this collective thinking. But she's right. As far back as I can remember, a woman's complexion has been a very big deal in my native land. When I was a child, my aunt forbade me to play outside lest I turn several shades darker in the sun. The same aunt lamented after one of my trips to Iraq that the strong sun had made me "black." "You used to be so pretty," she said. In other words: "You used to be so light-skinned." Many Indians feel their country's disturbing obsession with fairness has been compounded in recent years with the invasion of European and American retail outlets and widespread access to information via the Internet. The discussion was reignited after Nina Davaluri, a woman of Indian descent, was crowned Miss America. Many here wondered: Could someone as dark complexioned as Davaluri win a pageant in the country of her heritage? Pratima Singh, the kiosk employee doing the makeover on Tanupriya's sister, says she often has clients who choose foundation or powder that is too light for them. "They say they want to look like her," Singh says pointing to a giant clothing ad featuring a white woman. "But you can't camouflage what you are." Khurana agrees. "That's the saddest thing in our country," she says as her sister's face is transformed into Bollywood glamor. "Looks, color of skin -- we should ignore such things." Should, yes. But even those here who do not dispute the new Miss America's beauty said this: A pageant or a Bollywood role is one thing, but when it comes down to finding a bride for a beloved son, Davaluri, despite her stunning looks, would be too dark to make the cut. Sure enough, matrimonial ads in India -- arranged marriages are still the way many young people choose to wed -- often read like this: "Seeking match for beautiful, tall, fair girl ..." And those women who are the norm in India -- that is, not light-skinned -- are targeted by a $400 million skin-whitening-cream industry. It began years ago with a product called Fair & Lovely. I was first introduced to it through a letter from India 35 years ago. It was from one of my childhood friends in Kolkata. She was getting married and wanted to look her best on her wedding day. Her parents thought they were lucky to have secured her a good husband in an arranged marriage. She was, after all, dark complexioned. She said she had been using Fair & Lovely but wasn't satisfied with the results. She wanted me to bring her something better from America. I've noticed on my visit here that Fair & Lovely is still on the shelves. But women who can afford it have a wide selection of products from which to choose. There is even a vaginal wash that promises freshness, protection and, of course, skin lightening. Some people blame the industry for making the problem worse. But Shivangi Gupta of MidasCare Pharmaceutical, the manufacturer of the vaginal wash, said the company is simply ceding to customer demands. "We had a very proactive consumer coming in and asking us for this product, and I think it would be very irresponsible of us to not to provide that as a solution," Gupta says. In Kolkata, I ventured into a beauty products store that carried a dizzying array of skin creams. Employee Jayasree Sarkar told me the skin-lightening creams were the store's most popular products. It doesn't matter that they don't really make you two shades lighter in a matter of a week. Women keep buying the stuff, believing there might be a chance. Their hope is fueled by Bollywood megastars such as Shah Rukh Khan, a darker-complexioned actor who had been peddling a cream made by Emani called Fair and Handsome. Khan tells Indians that he gained success after using the cream. Pria Warrick, a former Miss India who now runs a finishing school for women in Delhi, says India is still struggling to get over its colonial past. "We, of course, in India are very obsessed with being very fair. I think it's something the British left us with," Warrick says. Warrick tells me she is convinced that India needs someone like Oprah Winfrey to do for Indian women what the star did for black women in America -- to make Indians proud of their culture, their heritage, their looks. She also blames the infiltration of U.S. culture for making Indian society so focused on physical beauty. "American culture places a lot of importance on looks," she says. Indians stand at a crossroads, Warrick says. "How much do we pick up from the West?" Some Indians are trying to reverse the movement to be fair. Actor Nandita Das has lent her face to the "Dark is Beautiful" campaign, trying to foment change. "The point is do we want to capitalize this prejudice and lack of self worth and further perpetuate it," Das says in the campaign, "or do we want to address it in a way and empower more women and make them feel good in the way they are?" Back at the Delhi mall, Jai Shukla, 31, says it's a shame Indians are so obsessed with skin tones. "I think mentally, we are not free," he says, admitting that he once tried lightening creams on his own chocolate skin. He says he used to teach Hindi to Westerners at the posh Imperial Hotel in Delhi. Sometimes, the guards assumed he was a laborer. He says he was a victim of profiling because of his dark complexion. He tried skin-lightening creams but gave it all up once he began to gain more confidence in himself. Rajat Tyagi, 28, rattles off a list of actresses he says personify his ideal of beauty: Kate Winslett, Angelina Jolie and Indian actor Katrina Kaif, who is light-skinned. But Tygai goes against the grain. When it comes to marrying someone, he says, he won't care if she is white, brown or black. It's what inside that matters, he says. "Really?" I ask him. "Really," he says. I didn't know whether to believe him, especially in the midst of the retail madness of this Delhi mall. His answer is cliche. But I am glad he said it. CNN's Mallika Kapur contributed to this report. The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2013 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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Payday loans still a deliberate debt trap

Payday loans – the small loans that come with big fees and triple-digit annual interest rates – pose serious threats to the financial well-being of borrowers. That was the conclusion reached by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL).

Wednesday, September 25

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Bill Clinton: Chelsea would be a better president 'over the long run'

Former President Bill Clinton thinks his wife would be a better president right now but in the long term, it's all about his daughter Chelsea.

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At 42, Jada Pinkett-Smith reflects on past addiction

Hindsight is 20/20, and at 42 Jada Pinkett-Smith has clarity on her past addictions.

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Jay-Z, Beyoncé top celebrity couples earning list with $95M

Forbes has released its list of this year’s highest-earning celebrity couples and that Jay Z and Beyonce have once again come out at the top of the heap.

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Layaway makes comeback in holiday shopping plans

This year is going extremely fast. Some homeowners have already started to put up their Halloween decorations.

Tuesday, September 24

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Thai locals arrested over Rihanna Instagram photo

Two men in Thailand are in trouble with the law thanks to an Instagram photo posted by pop star Rihanna during her recent visit to the holiday island of Phuket.

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USPS releases Ray Charles stamp

With apologies to Chuck D, many African-American heroes are now appearing on United States Postal Stamps.

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The heart of the black conservative

Within the Republican Party, there is what I call this mystery of the black conservative.

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Outstanding October activities in Annapolis

October brings the much welcomed cooler weather and a number of outstanding outdoor activities to Annapolis.

Monday, September 23

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Kenya assault raises new fears about Somali recruitment

The weekend massacre at an upscale shopping center in Kenya is shining a new light on an old concern for Western counterterrorism officials: the recruitment of jihadist fighters from among the Somali diaspora.

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Habla español? Soon, Latinos will be less likely to say 'si'

Some Latinos feel there's no need to speak Spanish

It's no secret that more and more people are speaking español in the United States, but what you probably didn't know is that in the future more of those Spanish speakers will not be Hispanic.

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VA Maryland Health Care System receives vans from DAV

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization has donated two Ford vans to the VA Maryland Health Care System for its transportation network, which serves veterans who need a ride to and from their homes for clinic appointments.

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Michael Jai White plays leading role in “For Better or Worse” on OWN

The Pulse of Entertainment

Best known for his roles in “Universal Soldier: The Return” with Jean-Claude Van Damme and as Mike Tyson in HBO’s “Tyson,” Michael Jae White is now a leading man in high demand. This week the third season of “For Better or Worse” aired with Michael Jai White in the leading role with Tasha Smith as his leading lady on OWN.

Friday, September 20

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Upcoming Lectures at HSMC: Slave Dwelling Project and Life and Death

Consider two under-explored aspects of the past at lectures scheduled for the last week in September at Historic St. Mary’s City. Both will take place at 7 p.m. in the Visitor Center auditorium located at 18751 Hogaboom Lane in St. Mary’s City.

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“The Trip to Bountiful’ — The Interview

Home can mean many things. It has a particular definition for every person. But the essence of it for everyone, according to Vanessa Williams, is love.

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Cicely Tyson shines in 'The Trip to Bountiful'

“The Trip to Bountiful” is like nothing you have seen on Broadway. And yet, like all good art, it is not entirely new. The Broadway musical featuring Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Vanessa Williams is a revival of Horton Foote's 1953 timeless stage play of the same name.

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Allstate Tailgate Tour comes to Baltimore

The Allstate Tailgate Tour, a unique and interactive fan experience visiting college football stadiums across the country, is heading to Baltimore this week as the Terps take on the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at M&T Stadium at 3:30 p.m.

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Health Care for the Homeless helps restore stability

There were over 4,000 adults and children homeless in Baltimore City according to a survey conducted in 2011.

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Orioles hold Annual Fan Appreciation Celebration during final homestand

As the Orioles “Buckle Back Up” and prepare for a final push for the postseason, the Birds will thank fans for their support during the club’s annual Fan Appreciation Celebration, which takes place over the final homestand of the regular season when they host the Toronto Blue Jays for three games and the Boston Red Sox for three games, Tuesday, September 24 through Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Oriole Park.

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Baltimore’s Johnathon Schaech has starring role in 'Ray Donovan' on Showtime

Pulse of Entertainment

“The first season of ‘Ray Donovan’ is coming to an end,” said Baltimore native Johnathon Schaech about the dramatic series in which he co-stars with Jon Voight and Liev Schreiber as troubled A-list actor Sean Walker.

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WYPR launches series on Obamacare and its local impact

Program will educate listeners on the Affordable Care Act

WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast launched a new series this month— “The Checkup: How Health Care Is Changing In Maryland” – a weekly look at how Obamacare is changing health care in Maryland and how the federal law is affecting local residents and businesses.

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Remembering Birmingham’s four little girls

Less than one month after the original March on Washington in 1963, a notorious hate group proved determined to prevent progress by coldly and viciously reminding the world of the high price of freedom.

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Morgan graduate David Talbert screens ‘Baggage Claim’ in Baltimore

Award-winning playwright, novelist and filmmaker David E. Talbert has written and directed 14 nationally acclaimed productions that have garnered 24 NAACP Image Award nominations.

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Edmondson-Westside High observes College Colors Day

Faculty and staff proudly “showed off” their Alma Maters

Morgan State University; Coppin State University; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; the University of Chicago; Johns Hopkins University; and Lincoln University were all spotted at Edmondson-Westside High School recently. Clothes, hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts and other apparel displaying the mascots and colors of these and several other colleges and universities were among the items worn by the school’s faculty and staff in observance of College Colors Day.

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Six steps to a beautiful landscape next season

Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes in your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort.

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U of M professor and breast cancer researcher was once homeless

Laundette P. Jones will never forget the conversation she had with her softball coach whom she fondly remembers as “Coach Bradford” when she was a student at Fairmont Heights High School located in Capital Heights, Maryland.

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Make a difference to Baltimore County's youngest learners

During the last school year, retired senior volunteers assisted nearly 900 young learners in the classroom, preparing them for their big step to first grade.

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Over forty percent of Maryland’s syphilis cases co-infected with HIV

Free HIV testing Friday, September 27 at McKeldin Square Waterfalls

There are 1.1 million cases of AIDS in the United States. Maryland had 28,197 cases of HIV as of December 31, 2011, and ranks ninth in the U.S. for total AIDS cases. A

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Unspeakable academic consequences of addicted parents, part II

A picture is said to be worth a thousand words. If you live in a city like Baltimore, it is easy to recognize when an adult is drunk or high on drugs. While many of these adults are struggling to raise a family, it is difficult to spot the children of drug-addicted parents.

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Our 2013 blackbirds

They aren’t that good. I’m talking about the 2013 edition of my beloved Baltimore Ravens.

Thursday, September 19

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Keep guns out of dangerous hands

Daniel Webster: How could someone like Alexis legally buy and carry loaded firearms?

COMMENTARY-Webster-navy-yard-shooting----2-Image(s) Available (Originally Published: 9/18/2013 2:18 PM) (Updated with Images: 9/18/2013 3:49 PM) Highlights Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis had background of violent incidents, misconduct Daniel Webster: How could someone like Alexis legally buy and carry loaded firearms? He says to appease gun lobby, policies have low standards for possession of guns Webster: Stronger standards for legal gun ownership could help reduce horrific shootings Keep guns out of dangerous hands By Daniel W. Webster Special to CNN Editor's note: Daniel W. Webster is professor and director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (CNN) -- We are still learning key details about Aaron Alexis, the man named as the shooter in this week's horrific mass killing at the Washington Navy Yard. So far there is a record of at least two prior incidents in which Alexis fired a gun under circumstances that should have brought criminal charges. His time as a Navy reservist was checkered with accounts of insubordination and disorderly conduct. He was reportedly seeking treatment for mental illness (he was hearing voices and having problems sleeping). More importantly from the perspective of risk for violence, a former roommate reported that Alexis was a heavy drinker. While much of the focus has been on how a person with this background obtained clearance to work at a military facility, a similar question could be asked about how he could legally buy a firearm in Virginia and allegedly obtain a permit to carry loaded firearms in Texas. The gun lobby and other opponents to stronger gun laws like to talk about the rights of "law-abiding gun owners," but the policies in place in most states allow individuals with backgrounds far worse than that of Alexis to own legally as many firearms as they can afford and carry loaded firearms most anywhere. To appease the gun lobby, lawmakers have created an environment where individuals with numerous convictions for misdemeanor crimes involving violence, firearm misuse, illegal drugs and alcohol abuse, and who have previously been subject to restraining orders for domestic violence, can legally arm themselves to the teeth. Several states have stricter standards for legal possession of handguns than federal law, and states such as New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts give law enforcement some discretion in determining who should legally be able to buy and carry handguns. My colleagues and I published a study last year where we found that in states with the weakest standards (similar to federal standards), nearly one-third of state prison inmates incarcerated for crimes committed with guns would have been prohibited from possessing firearms when committing their most recent offense if their states had standards for legal gun possession similar to those in place in high-standards states. With reasonable regulations such as background checks for all gun sales and proper regulation of gun dealers, many of these inmates would not have had guns to use in crime. In order to reduce significantly the gun violence that occurs every day in communities across the United States, we must focus on the issues that matter the most where there is broad consensus. Public opinion surveys show large majorities of gun owners support stronger standards for legal gun ownership and policies designed to keep guns from prohibited persons, including universal background checks and stronger regulation and oversight of gun dealers. We can't say for sure whether such policies would have prevented the recent mass shootings that have gripped our nation, but they would reduce a significant number of shootings that don't receive national news attention, though they are no less devastating to the individuals, families and communities. Unfortunately, the gun debate in the United States has been just that -- a debate. Instead of engaging in the all too familiar, polarizing discussions that have characterized gun policy, let's act upon the things we all agree upon -- keeping guns from people who shouldn't have them. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Daniel W. Webster. The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2013 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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Lionel Richie: Keep your clothes on until you have a hit

Richie says young artists are going for shock value

Lionel Richie is back and ready to hit the stage.

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First Miss America of Indian descent embraces discussion on diversity

She says her win shows how what defines "the girl next door" is evolving

That's how the 24-year-old Indian-American woman sees herself, she explained to CNN's Erin Burnett on Wednesday, three days after being crowned Miss America.

Tuesday, September 17

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Serena’s World: Is Tennis Diva Serena Williams GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE?

The forever evolving rags to riches journey of the world’s No. 1 women’s tennis player Serena Williams is beginning to catapult into a sports stratosphere where only the elite athletes of all-time hang out.

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Navy Yard: Could it have been prevented?

Expert: Truck bombs and conspiracies are easier to stop; lone wolfs harder

While significant details about the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday remain obscure, as with every such incident, the first question that people want answered is this: Could something have been done to save those innocent lives?

Monday, September 16

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Families scramble to pay for college

Families are still losing the college savings race: More are tucking away money, but they're falling painfully short as tuition continues to climb.

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Newtown mother talks about 'Real heroes' in America's schools

Nelba Marquez-Greene lost her 6-year-old daughter in the tragedy

When Nelba Marquez-Greene lost her 6-year-old daughter in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, she chose to cope with her loss in a unique way: by writing a letter.

Saturday, September 14

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Indie Soul: Review of the Week

This has been a very busy summer for Indie Soul.

Friday, September 13

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Carmelita Cimone's acoustic monologue: 'The Original Me'

It may be quite possible to say that Baltimore may never be the same. This past Sunday, September 8, 2013, Baltimore's own Carmelita Cimone took to the stage and musically influenced all who turned out for her acoustic monologue, “The Original Me.”

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Baby Buggy Walk in Druid Hill Park

Walk promotes fitness, family, fun

Walkers, take your mark, get ready, get set and push your strollers!

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Claudia Baquet secures health and education funding for urban, rural poor

Money to address health disparities

For 18 years Dr. Claudia Baquet has been able to secure important grant funding for the Maryland Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) program and its centers (AHECs), which exist to improve the health status of Marylanders through community-academic partnerships that foster a commitment to enhancing health care access in rural and other underserved areas of the state.

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Baltimore’s Atwater puts soul into symphony

For more than a decade, Darin Atwater has put soul into the symphony. The longtime Charm City resident has earned an international reputation as an artistic director, pianist, composer, conductor and cultural advocate for the arts while single-handedly redefining what once counted as a quintessentially English art form.

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A healthy brain starts with a healthy plate

Now that our kids are back in school, they’ll need all the brain power they can get. Would it surprise you to know that our brain function is vitally connected to what we eat?

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History can move in two directions at once

In my time as an organizer, I have been guided by the words of many people— activists and authors, colleagues and friends. But the most powerful lesson I ever received about the struggle for civil and human rights came in 1993, when my grandmother taught me that history could move in two directions at once.

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Rambling Rose

Support your local entertainers

Hello everyone! As you see, there’s a lot going on this week. I hope to see your face in the place. I will be looking for you.

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Was what Don Lemon said so wrong?

There are STILL black folks mad at CNN on-air personality Don Lemon.

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Four reasons to plan your child’s college funding wisely

Avoiding the debt trap can be just as important as getting a degree, says financial specialist

Generation after generation, parents have taught their children to prepare for college now, which often means in elementary school or even earlier.

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Howard County Firefighters contribute to cookbook

'Playing with fires' benefits the Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Howard County Firefighter Kevin Weisenborn has become used to cooking for the group of guys he describes as “10 very picky eaters” that he regularly feeds at the local firehouse.

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Aging is part of life; HIV doesn't have to be

Today, with the help of antiretroviral treatment, people with HIV are living longer. September 18, 2013, is National HIV/AIDS Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD).

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer the most common cancer in men

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, striking over 200,000 men each year. African American men are at the highest risk.

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Howard County to host “Housing Matters” mini-fair

Howard County Housing will host its second annual “Housing Matters” Mini-Fair on Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Howard County Public School Conference Center at the Ascend One Building, 8930 Stanford Boulevard in Columbia.

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Black leaders encourage citizens to vote on Tuesday, Sept. 17

Carl O. Snowden, the convener of the Caucus of African American Leaders (CAAL) announced that African American leaders in the City of Annapolis are making an all-out effort to ensure that African Americans vote in the Annapolis City Primaries on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

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Teachers to receive free premium roast coffee on Tuesdays

McDonald's offers Teacher Tuesdays

Starting Tuesday, September 10, 2013, McDonald’s® Family Restaurants of Greater Baltimore will celebrate local educators by offering them complimentary Premium Roast Coffee every Tuesday throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

Thursday, September 12

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Which college will land you the highest-paying job?

The school's name may be Mudd, but its diplomas pay off like gold.

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Serena Williams triumphs in U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows

17th grand slam title for the 31 year old American

Serena Williams retained her U.S. Open title with a hard-fought 7-5 6-7 6-1 victory over Victoria Azarenka in an gripping final at Flushing Meadows Sunday.

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Zimbabwean President Mugabe to continue takeover policy

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe swore in his new government Wednesday and confirmed that the new 26-member Cabinet, mainly composed of allies from his previous appointments, will not abandon his controversial policy of seizing the majority stake of foreign-owned firms.

Wednesday, September 11

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A moment of silence on the 9/11 anniversary

'Our hearts still ache,' Obama says

A bell tolled, ground zero fell silent.

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Obama opts for diplomacy instead of war

Speaking to a war-weary nation Tuesday night, President Barack Obama asked Congress to postpone a vote authorizing him to launch an air attack against Syria while he explores a Russian diplomatic proposal that could rid Syria of its arsenal of chemical weapons.

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Kanye West's surprise 'Late Night' performance

That Kanye West is always so full of surprises.

Tuesday, September 10

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Possible Syria strike: 5 things to pay attention to today

Obama's approval rating on foreign policy is down, and a poll shows U.S. war weariness

President Barack Obama's war drums continue to beat, but an offhand comment from Secretary of State John Kerry has set in motion a diplomatic effort by Russia -- seized on at the United Nations -- to ward off a U.S. strike on Syria in favor of mediation.

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Program returns foreclosed borrowers to homeownership

In the aftermath of more than 2.5 million foreclosures, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is now offering a homeownership program that will put previously troubled borrowers on a fast-tracked return to the home ownership market

Monday, September 9

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Howard beats Morehouse 27-16 In 2013 AT&T Nation's Football Classic®

Howard University junior quarterback Greg McGhee racked up almost 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns to lead the Bison (1-1) to a 27-16 win over the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers (0-1) in the 3rd annual AT&T Nation's Football Classic® before 17,012 at RFK Stadium.

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NAACP leader Benjamin Jealous resigns, will leave in December

No successor was immediately named

Benjamin Todd Jealous will step down as president of the NAACP after five years as president of the oldest and largest U.S. civil rights organization, he announced Sunday.

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HBCU Sports Roundup

HBCU Football is back

The 2013-14 Football seasons are here and there were some GREAT games that started the season:

Friday, September 6

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Carlton G. Epps, Sr., named Director of Central Services for AACO

Carlton G. Epps, Sr., a decorated veteran, whose commendations include two Air Medals, the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a Bronze Star for Valor, has been named Director of Central Services for Anne Arundel County.

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Arsenio Hall returns to late night talk

Pulse of Enterainment

“The Arsenio Hall Show” premieres Monday, September 9, 2013 with celebrity guests Ice Cube, Chris Tucker and Nas

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AIMA Men’s Ministry makes ‘Reggie’ Broddie honorary member

On Saturday August 31, 2013, The Annapolis Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (AIMA) Men’s Ministry, held its Quarterly Prayer Breakfast at Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church.

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County Executive Laura Neuman wants to hear from you

Neuman to hold open house Sept. 18

County Executive Laura Neuman will hold an open house for the public from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on September 18, 2013, at the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street in Annapolis.

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Hopkins doctors hopeful for sarcoidosis cure

Three years ago, lung researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital identified a possible protein trigger responsible for sarcoidosis, a potentially fatal inflam- matory disease marked by tiny clumps of inflammatory cells that each year leaves deep, grainy scars on the lungs, lymph nodes, skin and almost all major organs in hundreds of thousands of Americans.

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Sean Hull Foundation seeks to end sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis isn’t a word you hear bandied about on city buses, in stores or even at the office of many primary care physicians.

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Morgan State hosts STEM education event

The crucial desire to keep America competitive globally and to create jobs has led government officials, celebrities, businesses and others to push for reforms in the “STEM” fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

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Indie Soul: Baltimore Family Reunion Expo

It wasn’t that long ago that Sister Sledge sang “We Are Family” while the O’Jays crooned there’s nothing like a “Family Reunion.”

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Coppin professor receives Wilson H. Elkins Professorship, second year in a row

Founded Coppin's Center for Nanotechnology

Jamal Uddin, associate professor of Natural Sciences at Coppin State University, is the recipient of the 2014 Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award. Founder and director of Coppin State’s Center for Nanotechnology, Dr. Uddin plans to use the funds to continue supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) research, especially solar research.

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Hospital partners with churches to provide free health screenings

For Jones Tabernacle Baptist Church Pastor Guy Robinson, the health and wellbeing of the Baltimore community is of utmost importance. Robinson, a Charm City native and married father of four, said part of his ministry is outreach, including encouraging better health.

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Full Nelson Worship, Word Summit comes to Baltimore’s CFSMM Worship Center

Stellar Award winning recording artist, Jonathan Nelson, who recently topped Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart with his latest CD “Strong Finish,” and his twin brother, Bishop Jason Nelson, currently rising on the charts with “Nothing Without You,” have partnered once again with their siblings to present the second annual Full Nelson Worship and Word Summit September 19-21, 2013 at the Created For So Much More (CFSMM) Worship Center in Baltimore.

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Unspeakable educational damage caused by addicted parents

Education Matters

Julvette P. began abusing drugs at the age of 13. For the next 20 years her life spun out of control, fueled by illegal drugs and alcohol. She cannot remember what put her on the path to self-destruction nor does she have much memory of what she did to survive two decades of heavy drinking and smoking marijuana.

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Former NFL players, United Way Fuel up to Play 60 at Hilton Elementary

Former NFL players Jamal Lewis and Duane Starks teamed up with the United Way and Dairy Management Inc.’s “Fuel Up to PLAY 60” program on a community service project at Hilton Elementary School in Baltimore on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 in celebration of the return of football in the host city of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.

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Johns Hopkins Bayview hosts urgent needs blood drive

Sickle Cell patients among those in need of blood

Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder that causes anemia, lung and tissue damage, strokes and terrible pain.

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Queen Latifah set to host new talk show

She has conquered hip-hop, Hollywood and Broadway; but now Queen Latifah is out to conquer daytime television with a new talk show.

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Is SRB the worst mayor in America?

There are those who feel our esteemed Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (SRB), our beloved Mayor Vroom Vroom, is the worst city chief executive in the land.

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Republicans gear up to compete for black vote

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus inherited a simple mission: stop inflaming racism and expand the voter base beyond white, male America.

Thursday, September 5

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One-sport kids risk more injuries, weight gain

Doctors warn against 'Tiger Woods Syndrome'

As millions of children return to school and to their favorite sports, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center suggest parents encourage youngsters to consider more than one activity to avoid injuries and, surprisingly, unwanted weight gain.

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Oklahoma orders extradition of birth father in Native American child custody dispute

South Carolina governor asked Oklahoma Supreme Court to return child

The high-profile case of a girl adopted by a South Carolina couple is moving toward another legal showdown after Oklahoma's governor ordered the extradition of the girl's biological Native American father, who is accused of custodial interference.

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Survive the September asthma 'epidemic'

Asthma hospitalizations peak 17 days after Labor Day, studies show

Many parents don't realize that the worst asthma day of the year actually occurs in September. Clinical studies have shown that greatest number of hospitalizations due to asthma peak 17 days after Labor Day, which in 2013 will be September 19.

Wednesday, September 4

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'Secretary of Explaining Stuff' to sell Obamacare

President Barack Obama once joked former President Bill Clinton should be appointed "Secretary of Explaining Stuff."

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Some 2-year degrees pay off better than BAs

Shelling out more money for a four-year college degree doesn't always mean you'll land a job with a better salary, a recent report found.

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'Africa's father of the internet:' Web pioneer on bringing a continent online

He says more African businesses must develop and host content

If you're reading this somewhere in Africa, then perhaps you should thank Nii Quaynor.