Wednesday, April 30
Helping campus rape victims framed as an equal education access issue by administration
The Obama administration has taken another step in its effort to combat rape on college campuses with the release of a new report.
"You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs," the Guy Who Sounds Like Sterling said on the recording leaked by Somebody Perhaps His Mistress.
Tuesday, April 29
I am extremely proud of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Basketball Commissioner Adam Silver slapped Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million fine Tuesday over racist remarks attributed to Sterling.
It's not a secret that some diabetics also have memory issues, but a new study suggests it's not just due to clogging of blood vessels -- your brain may actually be shrinking.
Monday, April 28
Michael Jordan denounces "such sickening and offensive views"
The players in the National Basketball Association spoke out Sunday about racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Activist shares five tips to reduce plastic waste and ocean pollution
It’s a growing problem in the northern Pacific Ocean and one that could change life on our planet within the next 20 years.
Don’t let a sore back, bad knees or lousy soil stop you from gardening. Elevate your garden for easier access and better gardening results.
Friday, April 25
The DENT IT program offers rare educational opportunities
On Saturday, May 3, 2014, twenty-four students from underserved communities in East Baltimore will graduate from a free program where they received certification that will enable them to obtain gainful employment.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and on Saturday, April 19, 2014, Open Door Fellowship hosted The SheRose Awards Gala in honor of unsung survivors of sexual abuse and violence.
Books as art objects by refugee youth on view until June 1, 2014
“Interweaving Traditions: Bookbinding Across Cultures” is a unique book arts exhibition celebrating the cultures of refugee youth. Students of the Refugee Youth Project (RYP) created books as art objects through a yearlong creative process of bookbinding.
My mother once felt badly because we didn't have an ashtray in our house.
Each April, the Month of the Military Child, the US Department of Education (ED) brings attention to the academic needs and challenges faced by children of active service members.
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL) held the closing ceremony of their new flagship initiative, the Saturday Leadership Program (SLP) at Coppin State University.
Historic St. Mary’s City will host May Day revels on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Celebrate spring with the colonists—rally ‘round the May pole, learn a colonial dance, and play games that will entertain you as they did your ancestors.
After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King on April 4 1968, cities across America experienced widespread looting and rioting in response to the Civil Rights leaders’ death. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where such civil unrest also took place, the events would have a profound impact on one young man’s career path.
The West County Relay for Life Team Caring Hearts held a fish fry on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Odenton, Maryland.
Isaiah Hughes is just 12-years-old. Yet, the Arlington Elementary School sixth grader can carry a conversation about history as if he were living during such iconic times as the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, or the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Back in 2013, Robert Gruber, the owner of A People United collaborated with the Santi School Project with the goal of improving education in Nepal.
There is a saying that “Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you strong.” This week’s entrepreneur, Caprice Smith, is no stranger to making it through the worst times, to becoming one of the most empowering individuals in the Baltimore area.
Eartha Lamkin says the B Sharp Summer Enrichment Academy got started after church watching children play after church. “After church services on Sunday, we would have kids either trying to bang on the piano or play the drums.”
This week’s Indie Soul features a movie about golf and the independent music release from Baltimore’s very own JSoul.
What were you doing when you were nine-years-old?
Fate’s Road is a combination of science fiction and fantasy
Teen author Jeanne Luning Prak is pleased to announce that her first book, Fate’s Road, is now available.
The Annapolis Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (AIMA) Men’s Ministry held its Quarterly Prayer Breakfast on March 29, 2014 at Mt. Moriah AME Church in Annapolis.
Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed the Easter weekend, being in church for the first time all year and all that stuff.
We may as well call it “Edu-pay-tion,” as far as many prospective students are concerned. The cost of a college degree has risen 1,120 percent since 1978, but wages have increased a mere six percent during that same period.
The Maryland State Retirement Agency is attempting to find nearly 26,000 former public employees who didn’t work long enough to vest for a state pension benefit and return the contributions they made to the system to them. The retirement agency has established a searchable database on its website.
Thursday, April 24
Shift comes as rising textbook costs deter students from buying course materials
College student Caitlin Ryen works two jobs to support herself and pay tuition at South Florida Community College. When a new semester rolls around, that usually means choosing which textbooks to buy, or not buying any at all, she says.
"I am black. I am Ethiopian. I am American," author writes
I was born in Ethiopia, raised in Oklahoma and Colorado, and ended up in Brooklyn, New York.
On Friday, May 2, 2014, hundreds of law enforcement officers and firefighters, dignitaries and members of the community, family, and friends will gather at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens for the 29th Annual Fallen Heroes Day, a day set-aside to honor and remember those who died in the line of duty.
Wednesday, April 23
The actress was a fashion star during the awards season
Lupita Nyong'o is having quite the ride.
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, DC - VA Leadership and representatives were joined by city and state officials, veteran service organizations and community partners in cutting the ceremonial ribbon of the newly constructed Women’s Health Clinic.
Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsightly mishaps. By following a few simple steps, you can take pride in your backyard year after year.
Tuesday, April 22
Dreaming of launching a business from your home? You’ll join an ever-growing number of entrepreneurs, according to a broad new report based on 6,000 surveys.
See the wealth of creative artistic potential at Anne Arundel Community College's Annual Student Art Show until April 24, 2014 at the Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery on the Arnold campus.
Static electricity not only makes balloons stick to clothes, but it also can create sparks! See this scientific “trick” and more amazing scientific wonders when Anne Arundel Community College science faculty members stage Spring Science Night 2014 on Wednesday, April 23, 20014 in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on AACC’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.
Monday, April 21
April is National Safe Digging Month
April is National Safe Digging Month and BGE reminds all customers and contractors to call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging. Nationwide, every eight minutes someone damages an underground utility line because of digging without first calling 811.
WBAL Sports Director Gerry Sandusky is keynote speaker
Approximately 400 people are expected to gather for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter’s Annual Dementia Conference: Making Connections, Friday, April 25, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel located at 903 Dulaney Valley Road in Towson.
After an overwhelming fan response the past two seasons, the Orioles have announced the return of the AT&T Fans’ Choice Bobblehead promotion for 2014.
Friday, April 18
Lorraine Bailey-Carter has no doubt about the accuracy of author Diane Mariechild’s description of the life of a female, in which she says a woman is the full circle and within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.
After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.
In a speech this past February, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “Americans need to reconsider the punishment that convicted felons lose their right to vote.”
Separate and unequal school punishment
Michelle Alexander, an associate professor of law at Ohio State University is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”
Ethnic minorities are often at increased risk for eye disease. To help curb vision loss among at-risk communities, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding Americans about race-related risk factors for eye disease during National Minority Health Month in April.
The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, announced that the nation’s 401 national parks will celebrate National Park Week April 19-27, 2014 with a free admission weekend and special events nationwide.
The Hippodrome Foundation, Inc (HFI) is proud to announce the world premiere performance of acclaimed composer and conductor Darin Atwater’s latest original work, So Many Stars - a Concerto for Soulful Symphony on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:00pm at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center of the Hippodrome Theatre.
The Waverly Elementary/Middle School community celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art school building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Philanthropist to be presented with “Commitment to Community” Award
Paul’s Place, Inc., a community outreach center dedicated to improving the quality of life in Southwest Baltimore will honor former Secretary for the Maryland Department of Economic and Business Development Aris Melissaratos with the 2014 “Commitment to Community” Award.
Baltimore City is widely known for being home to some of today’s hottest stars, including actress Jada Pinkett-Smith and comedian/actress Monique who both speak proudly of their “charm city” roots.
This week’s entrepreneur of the week is no stranger to seeing what entrepreneurship is all about.
Asia Robertson has played volleyball at The SEED School of Maryland for the past three years.
What do you do when the federal government cuts your grant money leaving you to figure out how you will continue to provide service to the community?
Environmentally focused program provides grants of up to $10,000 to local nonprofit organization
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced that as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance and promote environmental stewardship and natural resource responsibility in communities throughout its service area, the company has launched its BGE Green Grants program.
While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring - and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don't have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a great way to ensure your garden is successful throughout the warmer months.
He is missing from the health care system. He is less likely to hold a job that provides health insurance.
Thursday, April 17
He was a salsa legend and Puerto Rican icon
Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano, a giant of salsa music and Puerto Rican legend, died in a car crash early Thursday morning in San Juan, police said. He was 78.
The brawl will air during the reunion show Sunday
Well, this is going to be ratings gold.
Barbecued zebra anyone?
This week’s Indie Soul is about recording artist Navasha Daya’s project “Rebirthed Above Ground” and “Don’t Do What We Did,” a guide to online dating the right way.
Wednesday, April 16
Winfrey says she gets now why the song is so popular
Go ahead and grab a tissue before you watch this one.
Pregnant women who are obese or overweight have an increased risk of delivering a stillborn baby, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Tuesday, April 15
BMe is accepting applications for its 2014 “BMe Leadership Awards” for inspired black men in Baltimore, Detroit and Philadelphia who are committed to helping others and improving their community.
“Stories from the work front: From working girl to CBS Sunday Morning”
The College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies and the Society of Professional Journalists present keynote speaker Nancy Giles, CBS Sunday Morning contributor, comedian and actress on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the West V
Are you among the nearly 1 in 2 African Americans suffering from heart disease? If not, you’re undoubtedly affected by having a friend or family member who is.
Monday, April 14
Top scientist Shon Isenhour visited George Fox Middle School in Pasadena as a guest lecturer on April 8, 2014, to provide insights about his careers and work as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty (times three) Program— presented by InfoComm International—which sends more than 150 top scientists and engineers into area schools in advance of the Festival to ignite students’ passion for science and engineering.
Contrary to popular liberal belief, black Americans don't speak with one voice.
Friday, April 11
The Brigance Brigade Foundation, an organization that supports ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) patients and their families created by former NFL player O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda, hosted their first annual 5.7K family fun run event on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore City.
Morgan students looking for 3rd consecutive win
Brainpower from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be on display at the 25th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament. Hundreds of HBCU students have spent the past year diligently preparing to compete in the final round of this unique academic tournament, April 12-16, 2014, on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in Torrance, California.
Opening day for Major League Baseball always puts a smile on my face. This is the day that many of us treat as the actual beginning of spring. While snow can always appear, you know that warmer days are ahead. Yet, this is also a day when I think about a tragic injustice that is associated with Major League Baseball: the fact that both Curt Flood and Marvin Miller have not been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Separate and Unequal School Punishment
Education Matters continues “The School to Prison Pipeline: Black Students Targeted for Cages not Classrooms.” Michelle Alexander, an associate professor of law at Ohio State University is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” She recently sat with Rebekah Skelton, an education and social justice blogger for a Q&A examining the systematic criminalization and incarceration of African American children.
Donations given to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Typically, a yellow school bus transports students. However, on Thursday, April 3, 2014 a busload full of another type of precious cargo was transported from The Goddard School, Bare Hills to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore.
Angel Kristi Williams was hard at work on her latest film project and was completely unaware that she had been recognized by a national publication as one of 10 directors to watch.
On April 6, 2014, a breezy sunny Sunday morning, Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church held it’s grand reopening ceremony on the lawn of the church in Arnold, Maryland.
This week’s entrepreneur of the week is graphic artist, consultant, and web-master Darrell Jenkins.
There is constant negative talk about fathers not being part of their children’s lives. There is also negative news about black males only caring about sports for the money and status. The duo of Mack Allison III and Mack Allison IV disprove both myths.
Hello everyone, hope everything is well with you. Me and my “Boo-Boo” Shorty Trusty had a very busy week and even more so this weekend.
Financial Expert Offers Tips to Avoid Hefty Bill from Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam wants you! That is, he wants you to spend your Individual Retirement Account in a manner that he finds appropriate, says independent retirement advisor Gary Marriage, Jr.
Science of Manhood: Author Derik Barnes wrote “Science of Manhood: Steps To Self Improvement,” hoping to help young men grow into positive adults.
Left in the wake of Charm City’s staggering homicide numbers are family members who are faced with coping with the loss of a loved one all by themselves.
Thursday, April 10
Your information could be at risk
A major online security vulnerability dubbed "Heartbleed" could put your personal information at risk, including passwords, credit card information and e-mails.
Wednesday, April 9
For many it's an economic necessity
Staying at home with children is on the rise again in the U.S., but this isn't the story of a great cultural shift. More often, it's an economic necessity.
Veteran Investment Advisor Shares Four Tips for All Wealth Stages
Financial resolutions can be the most difficult to keep. They can include minute detail, number crunching, plenty of files and discipline that can affect a person’s entire lifestyle, says veteran investment advisor Paul Taylor, a member of the National Ethics Bureau.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year will be held at county elementary schools beginning April 8, 2014.
Tuesday, April 8
Krista Wolfram might be out running errands or in the pickup line at her daughter's school when the alert appears on her smartphone.
Smith: I must raise him to be a better man that I could ever dream of being
Ravens Wide Receiver Torrey Smith and his wife Chanel welcomed a baby boy into their family last week.
Sultry tenor Keith Williams is zooming up the charts with his latest radio single “As For Me and My House” from his Top Ten “Tone For Worship” (EPM Music Group) CD. The ultra-smooth track boasts a nostalgic `90s R&B groove in the flavor of R. Kelly’s “Step in the Name of the Love.”
Monday, April 7
We are cutting back our military because the current administration believes the world is a safer place.
Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance collecting used shoes
In partnership with Soles4Souls, Inc., the Maryland Bankers Association’s (MBA) Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance is collecting used shoes to help fight poverty.
The Bantigua Arts Afro-Caribbean Dance Troupe return to Anne Arundel Community College at noon on Monday, April 7, 2014.
Friday, April 4
On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Black Enterprise Magazine and greiBO Media announced the schedule for the 38th Annual African American Festival and the addition of two major sponsors Black Enterprise and State Farm Insurance.
UNIK Latin Dance Company of Baltimore was born in 2014 out of a desire to make the Baltimore Latin Dance scene stronger and more diverse.
Taxpayers advised not to open email and give personal information
Comptroller Peter Franchot alerted taxpayers about a new phishing scam aimed at garnering personal information from taxpayers.
Maryland author Heather Stang debuts her first book, “Mindfulness & Grief,” which helps people navigate the pain of bereavement.
In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.
I am amazed that some have worked so hard to deprive people of health care.
Blacks must become multilingual. I'm not saying that black folk should learn a second language such as Spanish or Chinese— although the fact that Hispanics are the dominant minority and China is ascending economically might make knowledge of these languages a handy skill.
Michelle Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”
Cherrie Amour reads from 'Free to be Me'
Spoken word artist and new author Cherrie Amour will read from her first book of poetry, “Free to Be Me: Poems on Life, Love and Relationships” at Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1303 Orleans Street Baltimore, MD 21231 on Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. and at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture on Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m.
Pierre and Jamyla Bennu have reached one of their primary business targets.
Lisa Su calls what the future holds for her, a mystery.
“Opening Day” came a few days early at the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball in Baltimore County.
Dr. Carnell Cooper Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, noticed that victims of traumatic violent injury were being treated and released from the hospital but then readmitted months later due to another, often more serious, violent injury.
North County High School student recognized for artistic talent
Comptroller Peter Franchot presented a Maryland Masters Award and a Comptroller’s Medallion for Making a Difference in the future to a North County High School (NCHS) student at a ceremony recently at his office in Annapolis.
In this week’s Indie Soul, we will be “Looking Back” with author Tyreen King-Maddox and comedian Dwayne “Big Shorty” Morris.
On Friday, March 28, 2014, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb joined 45 United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) volunteers to read to elementary-aged children as part of National Reading Month, aiming to promote the importance of early-grade reading.
Self-determination is what drives this week’s Entrepreneur of the Week: Martia “Tia” Davis.
If you are a fight fan, you will be happy to know that boxing will make its return to the Baltimore-Maryland area on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Patapsco Arena located at 330 Annapolis Road in Baltimore.
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, The Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society and Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center presented the 7th Annual Ladies, Hats and Tea. The event was held at The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center located at 1101 Smithville Street in Annapolis.
The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, has awarded scholarships to 101 Maryland high school seniors through its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program.
Thursday, April 3
Calls to poison control centers about e-cigarettes are rising, the CDC says
As electronic cigarettes increase in popularity, calls to the nation's poison control centers about exposure to the liquid nicotine used in many of the devices have surged, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
Know when to call in the pros, because they know something you don't
You have a new home or your first apartment and dozens of crazy ideas to make it look the way you want. But do you really know your own decorating style?
Strahan has gone from pro athlete to media darling
Michael Strahan loves the mega-romantic film "The Notebook," isn't afraid to admit his fear of snakes, supports same-sex marriage and makes Kelly Ripa giggle like no one else.
Wednesday, April 2
You likely know about your credit score -- that key measure that influences everything from your monthly car payment to your ability to buy a home. But there are dozens of other consumer scores that are impacting your daily life that you have no idea about.
Top draws include science museums, theme parks and animals
The best kids' attractions are fun for adults, too.
Tuesday, April 1
Pharrell tweeted "This is going to be fun"
Yet another reason for fans of "The Voice" to get "Happy."
After a surge of sign-ups on enrollment deadline day, Obamacare is now on track to hit the White House's original target of 7 million people signing up, a senior administration official said Tuesday.
Michael H. Gavin of Baltimore is Anne Arundel Community College’s new associate vice president of Learning.
Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes
Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.
Avoid serious diabetes complications with these guidelines
Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.