Wednesday, December 31
Anne Arundel Community College has named Kip A. Kunsman the assistant dean for Workforce Development. In that role, he oversees the Center for Workforce Solutions, Technology Training and the college’s noncredit Cyber initiatives.
For all my music lovers, Indie Soul discovered a gem of a CD for you. The CD is entitled “Dreamzz” by Philip Lassiter and features 11 TRUE music sounds, which combine, hip-hop, soul, jazz, and blues.
Governor-elect Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor-elect Boyd Rutherford, and their wives, Yumi Hogan and Monica Rutherford, traveled to Baltimore on Saturday, December 20, 2014, for a Thank-You Tour stop at BIGGY's Community Center.
Can the power of positive thinking change your life?
A positive attitude is one of the most powerful assets you can have. Positive people find success, good health, happiness, wealth and rewarding relationships throughout their lives.
Tuesday, December 30
The National Remember Our Troops Campaign is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to honoring all military service members, all veterans, and their families, for their service and sacrifice, supporting those in need to the best of our ability, and letting them know they are not forgotten.
Three-day visit focused on college programs, partnerships
Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and Montgomery College recently hosted 20 higher education visitors from China including presidents, vice presidents and deans. The participants wanted to learn more about community college systems and processes as well as partnerships with local industry and four-year colleges and universities.
McCormick & Company, a global leader in flavor, released its McCormick® Flavor Forecast® 2015, highlighting eight enticing trends that will shape the future of flavor. Now in its 15th year, the much-anticipated report drives flavor innovation and exploration throughout the food industry and in kitchens everywhere.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is easily identified for its artistic excellence and, over the years, the organization has been able to attract a devoted following not just locally, but the world over.
Ron Ward Jr., a full-time musician who lives in Glen Burnie, Maryland, released a CD entitled, ‘It’s Just Music’ on December 9, 2014. Ward describes his new project as 14 tracks of “good, clean music.”
Monday, December 29
Ring in the New Year for the Dare to C.A.R.E. and the SPCA of Anne Arundel County's Hearts & Hounds benefit gala on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 from 8pm to 1am at the Westin Annapolis.
The Baltimore-based Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and those who have been affected by the illness, their family members and friends and others have collected more than 120,000 signatures on a White House petition to bring the disease some much needed attention.
Recently, I had a chance to be a representative of the National Alliance of African-American Athletes (NAAAA) at the Florida State-Georgia Tech ACC Championship football game in Charlotte, North Carolina, featuring last year’s Heisman Trophy winner and championship quarterback, “Famous” Jameis Winston.
The Sharing and Caring Committee at John Wesley United Methodist Church located at 3202 West North Avenue in Baltimore promotes higher education by awarding students with perfect attendance, averages of B+ or higher in reading, language or mathematics and improved social/emotional behavior.
We are one glum country! Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us.
Friday, December 26
Airs Jan. 5 on HBO
In a move that many fans would argue to be tantamount to Leonardo da Vinci touching up the Mona Lisa or Mario Puzo adding paragraphs to “The Godfather,” David Simon and HBO have re-mastered the critically acclaimed HBO series, “The Wire.”
On Monday December 22, 2014, Governor-elect Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot, joined by the Governor-elect's daughter Jaymi Sterling, the next First Lady Yumi Hogan, and Comptroller Franchot's wife Anne Maher, volunteered at Paul's Place in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore City, where they donated clothing and helped serve lunch to local residents
The mystery surrounding who nominated civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize 50 years ago is cleared up in a new exhibit, “1964: Martin Luther King Jr.,” under way at the King National Historic Site on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.
Arnold Harvey, a 58-year old Gaithersburg, Maryland based sanitation worker and his wife, Theresa Harvey, exhibit kindness and generosity year-round.
As a psychiatrist, I have the honor of being with people through the ups and downs of life's journey. I bear witness to joy, fear, anger and sorrow, and the ways in which we deal with these emotions.
A new year is almost here! Celebrate the beginning of 2015 with family, friends, live music, fireworks and lights. Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular takes place Wednesday, December 31, 2014 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Pernell McPhee of the Baltimore Ravens picked the perfect season to showcase his versatile pass rushing skills. He is set to hit the free agent market after completing the final year of a four year/$2.18 million contract that he signed with the Baltimore Ravens after he was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft.
It seems like it just might be a long shot, but one man continues to try and find a way to compel President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and the United States government to publish the un-redacted FBI, CIA and New York Police Department files relating to the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X.
Thursday, December 25
Area middle school students become cyber super-investigators to explore careers
The College of Southern Maryland hosted 150 area middle school students Wednesday, December 3, 2014 for the “Cool Careers in Cybersecurity for Girls Workshop.”
Self-published author Clay Thomas Williams’ book, “AND Then There Were None,” is a real page turner.
Wednesday, December 24
With Thanksgiving Day a delicious memory, Marylanders are busy checking off items on their holiday shopping lists. Comptroller Peter Franchot once again encourages residents to “Shop Maryland for the Holidays” as he begins his 2014 shopping tour at locations throughout the state.
This year, I’m dreaming of a green Christmas— where animals aren’t abused, the planet isn’t polluted, and humans are healthy and light.
Sponsored by Buick
Owners of all cars are proud, however, people who own a Buick are a unique and enthusiastic group indeed. They assemble as The Buick Club of America, but you don’t have to be a Buick owner to join the club; you just have to love Buick.
On Friday, December 5, 2014, The Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Walters Art Museum partnered to bring opera icon Jessye Norman to Baltimore to discuss her memoir “Stand Up Straight and Sing!"
Why is sauerkraut a traditional holiday side dish in Baltimore? Where did it originate?
I often wonder about how we can best nurture our children.
Tuesday, December 23
It’s the holiday party season, which means that it’s time to be in the social limelight and look your best. But with indulgent feasts, hectic schedules and cold weather leading to dry, dull skin, you’ll need to take extra steps to overcome a few beauty hurdles, no matter who you are.
Famed boxer Muhammad Ali has "vastly improved" after being hospitalized over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman Bob Gunnell said.
If you are searching for an opportunity to volunteer, or a nonprofit to support, there are three nonprofits with local ties that are making a national impact. You may have missed these women led organizations, which are making strides to help children, people in underserved communities and homeless women veterans and in the United States.
It has been 15 years since we last heard from R&B singer D’Angelo. We heard about the baby drama with Angie Stone; about his being evicted by force from his home; and we have heard about his so-called addictions.
Monday, December 22
Sponsored by Buick
The internet is amazing – granted – but when we set out to research the Buick LaCrosse in film or TV, we didn’t anticipate finding a populated find-your-car-in-media database. Or did we?
See how she got to the top and why she’s staying there
We curated Boler-Davis interviews and speeches on YouTube, and here are 10 direct quotes from the mind making the connection between GM and you. Number one is ridiculously inspiring. Let’s start with the basics. Boler-Davis recently – and by recently we mean earlier this month – told Fortune Magazine how she discovered her potential in engineering; she wasn’t born a VP, you know.
Sponsored by Buick
Nothing can compare to the nostalgia you feel when you’re sitting at a stoplight and you see a well preserved El Dorado drive pass you. Everybody is looking.
The checkbook is dead. While we're at it, let's write an obit for card readers too.
This holiday season be sure to celebrate with family and friends in a safe manner.
Don't be fooled by bogus sweepstakes check
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler urges consumers to be on alert for a scam that delivers to victims a fraudulent “Publisher’s Clearing House” letter informing them that they’ve won a $75,000 “second place prize.”
Talking about childhood hunger creates teachable moments between parents and children
Knowing when to talk to your children about serious problems they may face sooner rather than later can be difficult for parents.
Friday, December 19
The holiday season is all about making fun memories. Why not wear something no one will soon forget at your own ugly sweater party?
The Ice Bucket Challenge, which involves pouring a bucket full of ice water over a participant’s head to raise money for charity, reportedly raised millions of dollars worldwide for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
On Monday, December 15, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton and other school officials to announce Frederick Elementary as the winning school for the Fall 2014 competition of the Mayor's School Attendance Campaign, which aims to improve student attendance by increasing awareness among students, parents and schools.
From Christmas carols to decorations that celebrate the season, the holidays mark the time of year when families and loved ones anticipate joyous celebrations and gift giving.
I may be a little biased when it comes to comedy legends— and many people may disagree with me— but with his new film “Top Five,” Chris Rock may have supplanted Richard Pryor as one of the best comedians of all time.
This Christmas give somebody the gift of mercy and forgiveness. Actually be broad with your giving and generosity. We all need a lot of both.
Rejoice in Kwanzaa with a festive building-wide celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at noon.
On October 23, 2014, Maisie Dunbar, founder of Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge and Bluffa Jo Cosmetics, received the 2014 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award during Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Minority Enterprise Week in Baltimore.
Baltimore Ravens Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. hosted the 10th annual Holiday Helpers event Monday, December 15, 20014, at the Target Store in Owings Mills. Several Ravens teammates including attended including, Lardarius Webb; Marshall Yanda; Sam Koch; Brandon Williams; Jon Urschel; Kamar Aiken and Kapron Lewis Moore.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! This is my last column until the New Year, so I am going to do some catching up and bring you up to date until my column returns on January 2, 2015.
Thursday, December 18
Sponsored by Buick
Edward T. Welburn – most of us in the automotive industry may have heard the name – but let me introduce you to the legend. Welburn has been a General Motors employee for 35 years. He’s the current and first GM Vice President of Global Design. Yes, they actually created a VP position and title for him.
Lincoln alum donates $100k, creates scholarship
When David Payne first arrived at The Lincoln University in 1991, he had completed 10th grade, a General Equivalency Diploma and a four-and-half-year stint in the U.S. Army. Throughout his Lincoln tenure, he said he kept two things in his wallet, a $1 food stamp and a $1 million check he had written himself— the two items meant to keep him grounded and focused.
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There’s nothing like when somebody you admire retweets your tweet, right? You take a screenshot and tweet that because you want everybody to know important people see, read and retweet your Tweets.
Sharon Carter does everything she can to lose weight. After years of overindulging, she says she eats three healthy meals per day, her snacks are healthy and few and far in between.
The Great Recession hit all Americans hard, but only whites have seen their wealth rise during the recent recovery.
Dr. Wen will oversee the longest continuously operating health department in the United States
On Friday, December 5, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced her appointment of Dr. Leana S. Wen as Commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department, effective January 15, 2015. Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, who has served as interim health commissioner since May, will resume her position as Deputy Commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
If you’re like most people, you protect what’s valuable to you.
Wednesday, December 17
Ticket sales are underway for the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, which will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, at Anne Arundel Community College.
Gospel singer Anita Wilson has done it again.
Beyonce released a short film Friday
In honor of the one-year anniversary of her groundbreaking self-titled work, Beyonce has taken us by surprise yet again.
With colder temperatures and wintry weather on the horizon, officials from the nonprofit Civic Works’ Real Food Farm program say they won’t slow down their efforts to improve neighborhood access to healthy food and develop Baltimore’s agriculture sector.
Americans have a lot on their minds during the holiday season, and the stress of ballooning budgets and crowded calendars can be enough to affect almost anyone’s well-being. With that in mind, why not use the holidays as an opportunity to give the most important gift of all?
Tuesday, December 16
On November 22, Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffehouse presented the Mother Poetry Vibe hosted by Ken Brown also known by his spoken word name 'Analysis'.
Nearly every man or woman has hit that all too familiar wall when holiday shopping for friends and family. While many people might be a cinch to shop for, there always seems to be one stickler on holiday shopping lists, and finding the right gift for that person can be an exercise in patience and perseverance.
According to The Baltimore County Department of Planning, on any given day, close to 919 homeless people seek shelter in Baltimore County.
Monday, December 15
Amid mounting allegations against him, Bill Cosby has broken his silence. Well, sort of.
The actor posted the video on his Facebook page
Samuel L. Jackson is calling on celebs who participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to take part in another movement.
Our entrepreneur of the week, Shawn Terry, met the difficulties of a challenging economy head on after losing his government job in the spring of 2014.
Ledisi plays the legendary Mahalia Jackson in the movie “Selma,” which arrives in theatres on Christmas Day
Grammy nominated powerhouse and Verve Records artist Ledisi is excited to announce the release of her new project “The Intimate Truth,” which is set to hit stores on January 20, 2015.
Each time Pat Roselle checks her telephone voice mail or email messages, she sees a familiar request. There’s a bridal shower, a baby shower, a wedding, Christmas is coming, a birthday, even a funeral.
Friday, December 12
Phil and Mary Sue are generous hosts. Thanksgiving is their special time with family, but they regularly invite "orphans"— people like my wife and me who have no other place to go.
Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are right around the corner. That means neighborhoods, buildings and stores will soon be awash in holiday splendor.
SBLC offers hope to working poor
Tonya Pearson has enjoyed a long career in retail but after a bit of soul searching and a longing to not have any regrets, at age 36 she decided that it was time to earn a high school diploma.
Recently, I was invited to participate in a march to protest the shooting of Michael Brown a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer.
It can only be a good thing that the attention of the nation is focused on the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and its aftermath. However, if the debate continues to be on the details of this particular case— many of which will likely never be known—or even on the growing problem of police heavy-handedness, or even the besetting problem of racism in America, we will never reach a solution to these tragedies
Extra Tall Limited Edition Forever Stamps Highlight Philadelphia and Los Angeles Careers
The icon whose dominance literally changed the rules of basketball returned to center court Friday, December 5, 2014, to receive a stamping ovation when he becomes the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) first player to be immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp.
In this day and age, the fullback position has become less and less popular. Fortunately for Baltimore Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk, new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak puts more of an emphasis on running the ball.
A foggy mist did not deter a crowd of onlookers, politicians and U.S. Forest Service employees as a 10-year-old Maryland boy in a wheelchair enveloped by warm blankets flipped the switch to light the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Front lawn of the nation’s Capital.
Author Everett Todd Adams continues to teach Language Arts to elementary-age school children in his second book “Won by One,” a colorfully illustrated book with his returning characters Tee Tee and Ceddy Keddy John.
For the second consecutive year, Comcast NBCUniversal was recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies by The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The company also ranked first among its communications industry peers.
While cleaning out a seldom, used closet, I spied my old steamer trunk. It was brand new years ago, when my mother filled the trunk with everything she thought I needed for my freshman year at Frostburg State College.
Christmas is just around the corner. If you are looking to spend quality time with family and friends in or near Annapolis, or if you prefer to a grab a bit of quiet time alone leading up to the holiday, one of the events listed below may pique your interest.
Thursday, December 11
Some acronyms can be a shorthand for sex, drugs and alcohol
If you think you are tech savvy all because you know what "LOL" means, let me test your coolness.
Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it’s lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in Washington.
Marion Barry is best known for his outstanding civil rights work, but one perhaps little-known legacy is Mayor Barry’s overhaul of the disgraceful Washington, D.C., "dog pound."
Wednesday, December 10
Millions of Americans find themselves focused on planning the perfect party, juggling a packed social schedule and shopping for the best holiday deals.
The woman at the department store bounded toward Julie Gee.
Liven up your holiday décor with lights, a bit of glitz and some colorful blossoms this season.
Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country.
Tuesday, December 9
It’s that time that we give you our Indie Soul picks for kids. Here are two items for you to check out during the holiday season:
For most children in America, the holiday season is a wonderful time, with tasty treats, vacation from school, and plenty of toys and gifts that seem to magically appear.
Lorig Charkoudian believes that reducing recidivism can be accomplished by building strong family relationships. And, as executive director of Community Mediation Maryland, Charkoudian is willing to make a run for it.
Monday, December 8
This week’s entrepreneur of the week, LaRhonda Leigh, owner of the LaRhonda Leigh Mobile Shoe Boutique, aims to achieve, succeed and bring positivity to the world. “My goal is to be that example for women, especially young ladies, to show them how to be successful, smart women. To be able to give back to the community and to make a brand that will benefit my family” states Leigh.
After weeks of racial protests across the country, President Barack Obama is taking the time to deliver encouraging words about the future of race relations in America to a network that reaches a predominately young African-American audience.
Beyonce, nominated for six Grammys, is most-nominated female artist ever
The Grammys may have taken a slow, piecemeal route in issuing nominations Friday, but Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and U2 were very much up to speed.
Bill Haley Jr. is no stranger to history, legacy or literature. The father of two from California has been low key about his relationship to Alex Haley in previous years, until an event triggered him to emerge from the shadows. When his father, William “Fella” Haley, Sr., died in 2012, Bill Jr. inherited the task of keeping the Alex Haley Roots Foundation alive.
We recently lost Marion Barry, an American icon, who changed this nation in ways most don’t understand. I remember coming to Washington, D.C. for the first time in 1964.
BCCC welcomed student science and math wizards and their variety of fascinating projects on Saturday, November 22, 2014 to the college’s second annual STEM Community Day.
Friday, December 5
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Santa Claus invite children of all ages to the Subway City Holiday Train Garden at the Mondawmin Metro Subway Station on Saturday, December 6, 2014.
On Saturday December 6, 2014 at the Douglas Memorial Community Church the Unlock the Vote Coalition will be hosting a felon assistance program. The purpose of the event is to focus on how people with criminal records can make their lives better.
I love to see students doing good things in the community! This week’s students of the week are the young ladies of Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
The Baltimore Ravens’ veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb has truly been a man of community service during his time with the Ravens. If the Ravens are hosting something in a Baltimore neighborhood, chances are that Webb will be in attendance. He has been at a variety of community events this year and has even hosted a few of his own events.
Heroin use in on the rise in Annapolis. On Friday, November 28, 2014 church leaders, government officials and police met at Bridge Church in Annapolis to launch an effort to combat the city’s heroin problem.
Picasso’s observation is the guiding philosophy of A Mother’s Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing art-based educational programs and experiences to troubled students.
Baltimore attorney Ronisha Moore believes in the power of art. She also believes that those who are in positions to do good deeds for others shouldn’t hesitate.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum rings in the 2014 holiday season with a special admission of $1 - $5 for an assortment of family fun events.
Chicago, Illinois, native Denise Coleman portrays “Doc McStuffins”
Doc McStuffins, from the popular Disney Junior show, is an adorable six-year-old who wants to be a doctor when she grows up, and fixes all of the toys and stuffed animals.
Hello everyone and Happy Holidays. Can you believe it? This is almost the end of the year.
Calvert Hall Wide Receiver Lawrence Cager earns elite status for 2015 bowl game
Lawrence Cager of Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore, Maryland, has been selected to join an elite group of All-Americans for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Those selected will play in the annual East vs. West match-up on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
Thursday, December 4
Local theater production company ArtsCentric presents the Tony Award-nominated musical “The Color Purple” in Baltimore from December 12, 2014 through January 4, 2015.
On October 11th, 2014, The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River presented the Guardian Angels with an award for their work in the community.
It’s possible audiences will be treated to classical violins during Motown legend Smokey Robinson’s upcoming concert at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Lyric Opera House on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 3
B'more Aware of HIV event held at Morgan State University
Local Baltimore organizations join in an attempt to make world’s largest living red ribbon in commemoration of World AIDS Day
Not too long ago in the black community, there used to be rites of passage programs designed to help transition young children in different stages in their lives.
Application deadline closes Monday, December 8, 2014
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts invites organizations to be a part of the 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade presented by Forman Mills.
Torrey Smith wasn’t on the field for the Ravens final two drives in Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
It's the picture we needed to see after a week like this.
Tuesday, December 2
BBB wise giving alliance urges donors to give wisely
GivingTuesday, the National Day of Giving, kicks off the holiday giving season on December 2nd, following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Before donating to a charity this season, it is wise to carefully review a charity and ensure it is a trustworthy organization.
It was 1965 and Ben Carson, an eighth grade black student in Detroit, was stunned.
The six weeks encompassing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s—collectively called “the holidays”—are for most a magically unique time of year.
The Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) invite everyone to the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center to enjoy a day of wildlife viewing, artisan exhibits, the music of Blackwater and seasonal instrumental sounds of Cindy Bech & Mary Beth Goll, and holiday shopping, heralded by the arrival of "Eagle Claus." on Saturday December 6, 10:00 - 4:00.
AACC Dance Company to Perform Original Choreography Dec. 4-6
The Anne Arundel Community College Dance Company will present an eclectic evening of dance when it performs “Running Amuck,” at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 4-6, in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.
Monday, December 1
Supporters respond on Twitter with #BlackStormTrooper
Actor John Boyega has four words for anyone who's upset he's playing what appears to be a black Stormtrooper in the latest "Star Wars" film: "Get used to it."
Bryan Robinson has a passion for the arts. His talent takes many forms including photography, film and drawing. As an educator in the Baltimore City school system he enjoys sharing his time and talent with others.
Dr. Craig Coates, senior pastor of Fresh Start Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and chair of Anne Arundel County’s HIV/AIDS Commission, got a head start by helping youth obtain factual information about HIV and AIDS.
Michele A. Roberts has started her new job as the executive director of the National Basketball Players’ Association. The former D.C. public defender immediately set the tone for what is sure to be contentious collective bargaining with NBA owners.