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Friday, January 31

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RAMBLING ROSE: Langston Hughes Literary Forum & Book Fair at Shiloh Baptist Church

Hello my dear friends. I hope everything is well with you. Honey Child! February will be a busy month. It is not only Black History Month, during which I believe everybody and their mother is doing something special, but it is also Valentine’s Day month too.

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Harbor Point recruiting MBEs for billion dollar project

Minority owned companies encouraged to bid

Touted as the city’s largest downtown waterfront site yet, planners say Harbor Point will be a vibrant, highly integrated neighborhood with a focus on sustainability and innovation. The project will be located between Harbor East and historic Fells Point, and is being described as the leading development showcasing Baltimore’s urban renaissance.

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Arena Players: Historical landmark still standing

Baltimore City is a town filled with invaluable landmarks such as the legendary statue of the late jazz singer Billie Holiday that sits on Pennsylvania Avenue in west Baltimore.

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Research shows link between diabetes and air pollution

Approximately 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes with another 79 million who have pre-diabetes.

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‘100 Years of Magic’ comes to Baltimore Arena

Commemorative Disney On Ice production runs from February 5 to February 9

Disney On Ice is celebrating 100 Years of Magic, and the commemorative celebration is coming to Baltimore.

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Famed pastor discusses fears in new book

Statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health reveal that the majority of Americans struggle with all sorts of fears, including that of public speaking and death.

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Baltimore native stars in Fox series

Boone: 'Always thinking how I can give back'

Tiffany Boone firmly believes in all the good that Baltimore has to offer. The Charm City-born actress, who stars in the hit Fox television series, “The Following,” certainly has overcome some of the city’s toughest obstacles.

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How to keep your finances healthy throughout the year

If you are like many Americans, you made a commitment to yourself to kick off 2014 on the right financial foot. A record 54 percent of us resolved to save more, spend less and improve financial habits, according to Fidelity Investments®’ fifth annual New Year Financial Resolutions Study.*

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AACC begins collection for ‘Once Upon a Prom’ dresses

Anne Arundel Community College Student Engagement Office and Campus Activities Board (CAB) are collecting prom-style dresses and accessories for the spring prom season to help local girls who might not otherwise be able to afford to dress up. CAB members say that the opportunity to meet high school students in the community is one of the benefits of Anne Arundel Community College’s Once Upon a Prom event. (Left to right): Ashley Marrero of Severn, graphic designer for the group; Teisha Miles of Glen Burnie, Campus Activities Board president, and former AACC student Brianna Rawlinson of Odenton

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It's the community economy stupid!

In his commentary entitled, ‘If I Dated Black Girls”, Mr. George E. Curry, NNPA columnist, examines the comment a young white male made of his niece, Rachel: “If I dated Black girls– I tell Rachel this all the time– she would be on the top of my list.”

Thursday, January 30

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Not your mama's gym class

Physical education teachers are using innovative ways to battle the obesity crisis

It's been called the fourth "R" of education: reading, writing, arithmetic and now, aerobics.

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Police: Aguilar wrote about shooting people

Darion Aguilar, who killed two people then himself at a Maryland mall this past weekend, wrote in his personal journal about killing people, Howard County police revealed Wednesday. Aguilar also wrote that he was apologizing to his family "for what he was planning to do," according to police, who released information about what was in the journal. Aguilar wrote that he had a plan set, but did not write what that plan was or mention whether it targeted anyone specifically.

Wednesday, January 29

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State of the Union: Bravado vs. political reality

It was a speech filled with proclamations and bold promises for action.

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Maryland Federation of Art presents: Six in the City

Six female artists exploring urban environments by photographers Frances Borchardt and Carol Donahue and painters Phyllis Dixon, Patrice Drago, Gail Higginbotham and Desiree Holmes Scherini. On view at MFA’s Circle Gallery located at 8 State Circle in Annapolis from January 29 – February 16, 2014.

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Orioles hold tryouts for ballgirls and ballboys

The Orioles will conduct an open tryout to find ballgirls and ballboys for the 2014 season— the team’s 60th anniversary season— at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Tuesday, January 28

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Coffee with Kevin scheduled for Catonsville

Open forum with community leaders to discuss issues and opportunities

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will hold a community forum as part of his ongoing effort to interact directly with Baltimore County residents and community leaders.

Monday, January 27

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Columbia mall shooting: Journal may reveal gunman's motives

A journal discovered at Darion Marcus Aguilar's home may explain why the 19-year-old walked into a busy mall in Columbia, Maryland, on Saturday and killed two employees of a skateboard apparel shop before turning the shotgun on himself.

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Orioles unveil 60th Anniversary Celebration website

Announce ‘Magic Moment’ video contest for fans

In celebration of their 60 years in Baltimore, the Orioles announced the launch of a 60th anniversary website: www.orioles.com/60. Featured on the website is a new video contest, “My Orioles Magic Moment,” inviting fans to recreate some of the amazing moments Birdland has experienced in the last 60 seasons. Fans are invited to film a recreation of each month’s featured event in team history, then upload the video at www.orioles.com/60. Fans are also encouraged to share their My Orioles Magic Moment with friends on social media using the hashtag #MyOsMagic. January’s moment is Doug DeCinces’ home run on June 22, 1979 that has been widely credited as the beginning of Orioles Magic. A new My Orioles Magic Moment will be revealed at the beginning of each month through September. One winning video will be chosen for each moment (nine winners total) and each winner will receive a prize package featuring four lower level tickets to an Orioles home game and an official 60th Anniversary baseball autographed by an Oriole. The winner’s video will also be featured on the anniversary site and promoted throughout the Orioles’ social media platforms. The first entry period ends at noon on Monday, January 27, 2014. Orioles staff members will then judge the entries and select the winner based on creativity and relevance to the contest theme. Fans should visit www.orioles.com/60 to see a complete list of rules and to view the videos. The www.orioles.com/60 page is dedicated to celebrating the Orioles’ storied 60-year history in Baltimore. Included on the page are complete team media guides from 1954-2013; the club’s all-time player roster, 60th anniversary gear and more. Fans are encouraged to visit the site often as new elements will be added throughout the year.

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Consumer Reports: Too many sodas contain potential carcinogen

A chemical found in many sodas may be dangerous to your health, Consumer Reports says. And no, it's not sugar (this time).

Friday, January 24

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McDonald’s crew visits VA Hospital on Day of Service

McDonald’s owner Mitchell McPherson, his wife Constance, and 10 crew members and managers from their local Baltimore McDonald’s restaurants visited the local VA Maryland hospital in downtown Baltimore in the afternoon of Monday, January 20, 2014 to show their appreciation for veterans’ service.

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BGE employees participate in day of service

In celebration, recognition and honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) employees teamed up for a day of service with three community service organizations across Baltimore.

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Middle school students invited to enter writing social justice contest

The contest, which is sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund, the Benjamin Peace Foundation and the Peace and Justice Center of Annapolis Friends Meeting, is open to all 7th and 8th grade students enrolled in public or private schools in Maryland and to home-schooled students corresponding to the same grade levels. This is the eighteenth consecutive year the contest has been conducted.

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Maryland CASA hosts discussion on foster youth crisis

On Monday, February 10, 2014, Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association will host a panel discussion on the unique challenges faced by Maryland’s foster youth and the best ways to serve these vulnerable members of society at the Towson Public Library, located at 320 York Road in Towson from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free open to the public.

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A healthy start for 2014

Good health should be on minds of everyone, especially African Americans, at the beginning of this New Year. Whether we contemplate our access to adequate health care coverage or make a conscience effort to lose weight and get into better physical shape, there are stark factors that we should all consider.

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Award-winning substance abuse prevention poster presented

The Western Anne Arundel Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (WASP) recently presented a copy of the winning poster of the coalition's first media contest to Anne Arundel County Acting Health Officer Dr. Jinlene Chan.

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National science competition recognizes Baltimore City students

The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) has named two Baltimore City high school seniors, Kelly Khare of Medfield Heights and Lucas Winch of Charles Village, as semifinalists in the national science competition.

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B.o.B. releases third album ‘Underground Luxury’

Hip hop artist/songwriter B.o.B. recently traveled to Baltimore on a promotional tour to discuss his new album “Underground Luxury,” as well as new acting roles on two popular television series.

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What to do if your spouse is having an affair

Marriage expert outlines four ways to reconcile your relationship

For many, the response to a cheating spouse is a no-brainer— kick ‘em to the curb. But others want to reconcile despite being betrayed. They’re willing to forgive and believe they can mend the marriage, says global marriage expert Mort Fertel.

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Baltimore attorney publishes memoirs

Attorney A. Dwight Pettit would much rather be working on his golf game. After all, he is 68-years-old, and has earned enough money to ease into retirement and enjoy the fruits of more than four decades defending and representing clients, particularly those whose civil rights have been violated.

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Baltimore’s Maysa Leak Nominated for Grammy Award

Singer, songwriter and Charm City native, Maysa Leak, has captured her first Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the song, “Quiet Fire,” from her CD, “Blue Velvet Soul.”

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Local dancers grace Kennedy Center Stage

A quick look at her resume and accomplishments and Mari Travis would appear to have accomplished all that a dancer and choreographer could desire.

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CBC targets poverty, unemployment and judicial appointments

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have declared 2014 a pivotal year in the fight against poverty in the African American community and have vowed to press for new and improved job opportunities while also remaining vigilant in helping to push for the confirmation of black judicial candidates.

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Lack of sleep can cause many health problems

There are many proven— and some unproven— facts about sleep deprivation and the short and long-term effects it could have.

Thursday, January 23

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The 'Big Lie' in putting off pregnancy

Blame it on the baby bump and our pop cultural infatuation with celebrity, but today, regular women have yet another reason to feel inadequate: motherhood.

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How restaurants can reduce salt in your food

Almost two years ago, Philadelphia launched its Healthy Chinese Take-out Initiative with the goal of reducing sodium content by 10% to 15%.

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Cosby to return to NBC in new sitcom

Bill Cosby is returning to NBC with a new sitcom, a network rep told CNN on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, January 22

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Richard Sherman: Rant was 'immature,' reaction 'mind-boggling'

There are two Richard Shermans.

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'All Africa in one country': Cameroon wants its place on the tourist map

Cameroon boasts diverse wildlife, beautiful forests, savannah and mountains

Cameroon, famous for producing world-class soccer players and infectious "makossa" music, is on the dawn of becoming known for something else ... tourism.

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Proposed tobacco settlement excludes black media

The U.S. Justice Department and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund have reached an agreement with the four major tobacco companies that requires them to spend more than $30 million advertising with the three major television networks and run full-page ads in 35 White and Hispanic newspapers as well as purchasing space on their respective websites but not make a single purchase from a Black print or broadcast media company.

Tuesday, January 21

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Three ways to develop more meaningful friendships

Most Americans (75 percent!) are not satisfied with their friendships; 63 percent lack confidence in even their closest friends; and almost half of us would choose to have deeper friendships rather than more friends.

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"Picturing the Past" an artist’s view of St. Mary's City

View one of the most beautiful historic sites in the nation through an artist’s eyes. The North End Gallery will present “Picturing the Past,” inspired by Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC), from February 4 to March 2, 2014.

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New foreclosure settlement guidelines address dual-tracking, consumer complaints

The court-assigned monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement told Maryland foreclosure prevention counselors recently that his office has issued rules that should help address lingering consumer complaints against lenders, including the practice known as "dual-tracking."

Monday, January 20

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Leto, Nyong'o win SAG Awards

Lupita Nyong'o from "12 Years a Slave" wins SAG Award

Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto led off Saturday's 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards by winning prizes for supporting female actor and supporting male actor, respectively.

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Steve Harvey partners with Coca-Cola to pay it forward

Nominate a young person now-March 15

Actor, comedian turned media mogul and philanthropist, Steve Harvey takes on another exciting role by joining the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Program. His strong commitment to mentoring is a great complement to the movement that uncaps a world of possibilities for the next generation.

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For women over 50: Bikinis, botox and bling?

Costello: Would Barack Obama be asked about plastic surgery and exercise routine at 50?

Mrs. Obama is on the cover of People Magazine today.

Friday, January 17

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events around Maryland

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Baltimore woman beats leukemia

Nikita Moore describes battle at survivor forum

At the age of 34, Nikita Moore received a devastating diagnosis. Doctors told her she had acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) a subtype of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

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HSMC Bridal Show Hearts & History slated for February 23

How do you create a wedding that is as unique as you? Find out at Hearts and History, the third annual bridal show sponsored by Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) and Expressions of St. Mary’s, exclusive caterer to the living history museum.

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MLK: Militant of the 21st century

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hasn’t been this alive since 1968.

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Newseum opens ‘1964: Civil Rights at 50’ exhibit

On Friday, January 17, 2014, the Newseum opens “1964: Civil Rights at 50,” a yearlong exhibit about Freedom Summer, a bold campaign organized by civil rights groups in 1964 to register black voters in Mississippi.

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LETTER: January 15th is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

January 15th is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and January 20th will mark the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.

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Melissa Harris Perry teaches why education matters

Poor Melissa Harris-Perry, she tried to make a Fox News style joke and it failed miserably. Education Matters kicks off its 9th year with thoughts on how MSNBC host MHP may have torpedoed her career as a serious journalist and why education always matters.

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UMBC president keynote speaker at Johns Hopkins’ MLK ceremony

The Johns Hopkins community gathered on Friday, January 10, 2014 to celebrate the civil and human rights legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Former city health commissioner heads Baltimore healthcare organization

When Baltimoreans hear the name “Dr. Peter Beilenson,” what comes to mind for many is his former role as the city’s health commissioner. That’s understandable given the fact that Beilenson served as commissioner from 1992 until 2005. However, now Beilenson wants his name to evoke his latest endeavor, Evergreen Health Care.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.!

Hello to all of you, Honey Child! We got a hell-la-va weekend. Everybody is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and they should. This is an exciting weekend with parades, shows, breakfasts and special events. I love it.

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Rod & Staff Custom Car Fellowship donates to local charities

The Rod & Staff Custom Car Fellowship donated to several charitable organizations in honor of Iris Belt who died of breast cancer almost two years ago. The event took place in Severna Park, Md. on Saturday, January 11.

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Epsilon Omega mentors at-risk girls

Mentoring the next generation of girls is critical to the future health and prosperity of our nation. In Baltimore City, thousands of young girls are currently growing up without the guidance and support from adults that is needed to prepare them to become well-adjusted and contributing members of society.

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‘Speak Life Tour,’ inspires hope, creativity

If you happen to bump into a group of vibrant young people who are speaking positive words with conviction, it is possible that you are encountering the “Speak Life Tour.”

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MD HOPE Counseling Network first step for those facing foreclosure

New mortgage rules designed to curb some of the shady practices that triggered the national foreclosure crisis went into effect this week, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Thursday, January 16

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Studies link alcohol to early death, memory loss

Nearly 80,000 people die as a result of drinking alcohol each year in North and Latin America, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal Addiction.

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First lady turns focus on education

Fresh back from her extended holiday in Hawaii, Michelle Obama turned her attention to education in underserved communities Wednesday.

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AACO public schools Pre-K registration starts Feb. 4

Be prepared with the right documents

Anne Arundel County Public Schools prekindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year will be held at county elementary schools beginning February 4, 2014.

Wednesday, January 15

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The Wise Decision: Stop making excuses, start seeing results

Why aren’t you at your goal weight today?

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Study: MTV's '16 and Pregnant' led to fewer teen births

The next time your teen turns on MTV's "16 and Pregnant," avoid any disparaging remarks. The show may actually encourage him or her to practice safer sex, according to a new study.

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - a “Day On not a Day Off”

Make Monday, January 20, 2014, a “Day On not a Day Off.” To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County, Church on the Rock and their partners invite you to celebrate by coming together and volunteering for several nonprofit organizations at one central location.

Tuesday, January 14

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Tony Dungy

Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

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Minimum wage hike could mean a raise for all

When New Jersey increased its minimum wage this year, Dolores Riley gave raises to all 16 employees at her childcare center. But it wasn't because they were all making $7.25 an hour.

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Beyonce: Gender equality is a myth

When Beyonce tells people to "bow down," they listen.

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Cancer prevention guidelines pay off for older women

Large study found adherents were less likely to develop or die from disease

Older women who follow cancer prevention guidelines are less likely to develop cancer or to die from cancer and other diseases, according to a new study.

Monday, January 13

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Poet, activist, Amiri Baraka dead at 79

Legendary poet and activist Amiri Baraka died Thursday, January 9, 2014. He was 79.

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Post-holiday advice and tips for consumers

Know your warranty rights, return policies and the rules about gift cards

As consumers head back to retailers after the holidays armed with returns, gift cards and products that just don’t work, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is offering some tips and advice that are in place to protect Marylanders, which will serve you well now and in the new year.

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Gov. Martin O'Malley on 2016, Christie

After Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is one of the most talked-about potential candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

Friday, January 10

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Black Fashion Icons of the past 100 years

The past 100 years for people of color have been moving at the speed of light. I have identified a few of my favorite Black Fashion Icons of the past 100 years.

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January is Cervical Cancer Prevention Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.

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3 Black-Owned Natural Hair And Beauty Brands That You Should Know

With the emergence of the natural hair movement and the infiltration of black beauty icons in mainstream media, came the proliferation of black-owned business with a purpose. Ones that used all natural ingredients, employed each other and sought to create solutions to their own beauty conundrums, and, in the process founded businesses. Such acts are worth celebrating and supporting.

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New book for young readers about African American film pioneer

“Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man,” a new release from The Hollywood Press, brings the story of America's greatest African American filmmaker to life. The book is designed for everyone who loves movies and would like to introduce young audiences to the history of film.

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A tribute to Bishop Robinson

Years before Bishop Robinson became Baltimore’s first black police commissioner, I made this observation: That man deserves to be police commissioner.

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Center For Urban Families builds better Baltimore

Angela Robinson said she desperately needed to make changes in her life.

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Gospel artists raise voices, stroke awareness in national singing competition

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Most Powerful Voices gospel singing competition returns in search of dynamic gospel performers who will raise stroke awareness— particularly in the African-American community— through the power of music.

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Scholarship organization supports first-generation-to-college youth

Annapolis & Anne Arundel Scholarship Trust (“The Trust”), a Maryland non-profit organization that has provided financial scholarships to first-generation-to-college students since 2000, is re-launching with an expanded model that will increase support of students to prepare and complete their post-high school education and launch a career.

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Fun, healthy lunchbox ideas

The daily routine of packing foods for lunchtime may seem boring, but the food inside those lunchboxes doesn't have to be. Consider your students' personality when planning school lunches.

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Maryland Hall opens two exhibitions

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts opens two exhibitions on January 9: Passing the Torch: Artists Influencing Artists in the Chaney Gallery and Hai-Ou Hou: Window Shopping Paintings in the Martino Gallery. A free reception will take place that evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibits will remain on display through February 14, 2014.

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It’s not too late to get a flu shot

It only takes 10 seconds and the subtle stick of a small needle and most of the myths surrounding the flu shot immediately disappear.

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Baltimore's first black police commissioner dead at 86

Bishop Lee Robinson, the first African American police commissioner in the history of Baltimore City, died Monday, January 6, 2014 at the age of 86.

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Mayor Pantelides announces open-door policy

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides announced that he will have an open-door, no appointment necessary, policy so residents can meet with him on a one-on-one basis.

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Rare blue lobster comes home to Maryland

The National Aquarium celebrated the homecoming of Toby, the rare blue lobster found off the coast of Maryland on Tuesday, January 12, 2013.

Thursday, January 9

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5 Black Fashion Icons Who Influence Our Style

As black women continue to make strides in music, media and beauty, it’s worth noting that, in the process, their fashion sense serves to inspire our own style. Here are 5 black fashion icons that do this exactly right, every time.

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How to Redefine What It Means to be Beautiful

"Beautiful" - adjective - pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. Of a very high standard; excellent.

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The Message in the Natural Hair Movement

"It's just hair." This is what people say who try to convince themselves that their hair doesn't somehow speak for them. As if its style, color and texture don't speak volumes about their personality, creativity, or disposition in general. While I reject the notion that hair completely defines a person, I strongly believe that it says something about one's state of mind and perhaps about society as a whole.

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Black Women’s Guide to Beautiful Skin

Mocha, caramel, almond—black women’s skin comes in many decadent shades. All of which call for proper skin care and pampering. While it has been said that black doesn’t crack, having a great skin care routine is a must if we want to ensure that our skin withstands the test of time. Today, I’ll share everything black women need to know to achieve and maintain beautiful skin.

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She's An Icon: Top 10 Black Women Who Are Making Black History Today

We all (hopefully) know the stellar history of our fore-mothers like Sojourner Truth, Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hammer, Dorothy Height and Lena Horne. But there are black women making moves today who are likely to join those names in our history books and become legends in their own right.

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Post-Obama: The Future of the Black Body Politic After the Age of Obama

When then Senator Barack Obama turned into President Barack Obama after his historic 2008 election it had all the pageantry, zeal and aura of a religious revelation for many. It was something a long time coming -- a win after a war that has been on-going for decades, centuries. But for all the pomp and excitement, it was short-lived. Once the party was over, on came the political hangover.

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To Assimilate or Infiltrate: The War for (and Against) Being Undeniably Black

When I was in the 9th grade I wrote a cartoon strip where the heroine’s name was Daphne. A white male classmate of mine who enjoyed reading my stories immediately complained that I’d give the girl a weird “black” name. I, politely, explained to him that the name was pronounced “Daff-nee” and that Daphne was a name from Greek mythology. Or, if that was too deep for him, a white female character from the cartoon “Scooby Doo.” No matter, to my “it’s all black names” to me friend. It was a weird name with a weird spelling, so it was a weird “black name.”

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Voting Rights: Under Threat Then, Still Under Threat Now

Georgia resident Dorothy Cooper had been voting for more than 50 years with no problem, but in 2012 she almost couldn’t. It was all due to the new voter ID law Georgia had passed under the guise of fighting voter fraud, but critics of the law said its real purpose was to make it harder for individuals like Cooper – the black, the poor and the elderly – to vote.

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Healthy Soul Food Exchanges that Work! | The Black American Kitchen

I have compiled 5 of my favorite Soul Food Exchanges so that you can maintain ethnic flavor when cooking Soul Food but not take in all of the sodium, fat or calories!

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Anti-smoking efforts have saved 8 million lives

Fifty years ago, Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry, made a bombshell announcement: "The strongest relationship between cigarette smoking and health is in the field of lung canc

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Your first freeze? 5 ways to survive it

If you're from, say, the Midwest or Northeast or Alaska, dealing with the cold is not only a way of life, but also a point of pride: You can take care of yourself, and you're not shy about pointing it out. But, as evidenced by this week's "polar vortex," cold weather can barrel through many parts of the country --- Georgia, Florida, Arkansas --- where people aren't used to sub-freezing temperatures.

Wednesday, January 8

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African Influence in Fashion

Fashion is a 400 billion dollar industry in the US. Well-dressed celebrities like June Ambrose, Solange Knowles, and Tracee Ellis-Ross help to fuel the fashion obsession that helps to keep the sell of clothing and accessories on the rise. Let’s take a look at some designers that are helping to bring African culture and style to the forefront of the fashion industry.

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Recipe: Mama's Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese is a http://blackhistory2014.beta.lionheartdms.com/admin/news/story/add/#dish that is revered in the American Black kitchen. There are so many ways to make it and every recipe brings joy and delight to our taste buds.

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"Chitlin’s From Slave food to Delicacy | The Black American Kitchen

However you feel about them it is never dry or ho-hum. Either you love Chitlin's and the way that they taste or you cannot stand the smell or even the thought of what you may be eating. Everybody feels strongly one way or the other about the Southern Soul Food delicacy. Let's get into what they are where they came from and potentially where Chitlin’s are going.

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Black Music: Often Appropriated Can’t Be Duplicated

2013 could be considered the year where black music was not only heavily appropriated, but also appropriated to the point of no return.

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How Are Reality TV Shows Affecting Society’s Perception Of Black Women?

While Black women are clearly underrepresented in films and on prime time comedies and dramas, the same cannot be said of our representation on reality television. The sheer number of reality programs on television today makes it difficult to determine if we are in some way “overrepresented,” however, Black women have been entertaining American households through this genre from its inception and continue to do so today.

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A better deal for kids in the budget? Democrats and republicans Say ‘yes’

June Jimenez of Silver Spring, Md. was pregnant when she was laid off from her job at a public affairs firm last year. She tried unsuccessfully for months to find a job and worried about losing her home.

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Family of American held in North Korea 'appalled' by Dennis Rodman's outburst

Bill Richardson says Rodman "crossed a line" in his comments from North Korea

Eccentric basketball star Dennis Rodman's bizarre outburst about an American citizen jailed in North Korea has drawn widespread criticism, including from the prisoner's family.

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Paleo diet ranks last on 'best diets' list

Rankings are based on safety, effective weight loss, heart health, diabetes prevention

Followers of the Paleo Diet may go prehistoric on U.S. News & World Report this week.

Tuesday, January 7

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Keep kids safe in cold weather

Winter conditions increase trips to the pediatric emergency room

“As the snow begins to fall, the number of childhood injuries begins to rise,” says Mike Clemmens, MD, director of Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Pediatric Emergency Department.

Monday, January 6

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Health, Heart and Soul

Inventive and smart ways to keep the soul in your food while incorporating heart-healthy methods into your cooking.

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Polar blast barrels across the United States

Yes, it's winter. And yes, it's cold. But this is different.

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James Avery, star of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' dies at 67

Actor James Avery, who played the beloved Uncle Phil on the hit 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died Tuesday, his publicist confirmed. He was 67.

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Your will: The overlooked bucket-list item

Of the trendy terms to come around in the past decade, “bucket list” remains among the most useful, says retirement planning expert Jeff Gorton.

Friday, January 3

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Happy New Year to you my friend

Happy New Year to you, my dear friend; Man, this is 2014 and I hope this year will be better for you than last year.

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Former Oriole Paul Blair dies

Paul Blair, the eight-time Gold Glove center fielder who helped the Baltimore Orioles win a pair of World Series titles while gliding to make catches that former teammates still marvel at more than four decades later, has died.

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Report: Black fathers heavily involved with children

Nearly half of black fathers living apart from their young children say they played with them at least several times a week; 42 percent say they fed or ate with them that frequently; and 41 percent say they bathed, diapered or helped dress them as often.

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Updated financial aid shopping sheet released

Shopping sheet provides students with additional transparency in college costs

Nearly 2,000 schools have voluntarily committed to using the Shopping Sheet, which provides students with additional transparency in college costs.

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Volunteers sworn in as Baltimore CASAs

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore, Inc. welcomed 10 new volunteers in November who have completed 30 hours of training and approximately three hours of courtroom observation.

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Howard named first four-star female admiral

The NAACP is proud to congratulate Michelle Janine Howard on her nomination by President Barack Obama for appointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as vice chief of naval operations.

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Enoch Pratt Library accepting food for fines

For each canned good donated you receive $1 off your library fine

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is partnering with the Maryland Food Bank in the month of January for “Food For Fines.”

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County receives $20,000 Comcast Foundation Grant

Comcast Foundation recently awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County a grant totaling $20,000 to support the Club Tech program.

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Shirley Sherrod to speak at Anne Arundel MLK Jr. Awards Dinner

The 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner will take place on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6 p.m. at La Fountaine Bleue in Glen Burnie. Civil rights activist, Shirley Sherrod will be the keynote speaker.

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Ravens didn’t deserve to make playoffs!

I believe in the merit system: rewards and kudos should go to those who earn them.

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Baltimore teacher shows students the world

Delana Penn believes knowledge is power and one way that students are able to gain valuable knowledge is through travel.

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Hip Hop Star Common encourages young people

Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Common not only realizes his place as a role model, he embraces it.

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Mayor promotes city initiatives to assist unemployed as federal benefits expire

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that job seeker resources continue to be available for unemployed city residents in light of the recent expiration of the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. Approximately 25,000 Maryland residents will be affected— including 5,000 Baltimore City residents because these unemployment benefits were not extended.

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A resolution you can keep all year: The one-day identity checkup

Exercise. Lose the weight. Answer every incoming email. Those are the hard kinds of New Year's resolutions, because you have to think about them every day for the rest of the year. Many are forgotten long before Valentine's Day.

Thursday, January 2

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Secrets of the world's most fashionable women

Women in the world's biggest fashion cities swear by dark, neutral colors

Walking the streets of the world's leading fashion capitals -- New York, Paris, Milan, Tokyo -- one might expect to see women strutting sidewalks in the most avant-garde of outfits.