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Stories for May 2014

Friday, May 30

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Baltimore’s Jada Pinkett Smith directs new ‘Annie’ film

Jada Pinkett Smith knew from the very moment she saw Quvenzhane Wallis the 10-year-old would make the perfect “Annie.”

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Legendary author, poet Maya Angelou dies at 86

In true Maya Angelou form, the poet’s last words to the public were as profound as any others the great wordsmith had previously uttered.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Avery Dey

What is your purpose in life? Many people have jobs they don’t enjoy and are simply doing it for a paycheck.

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Design, invent, explore and discover at AACC summer camps

The camps this summer at Anne Arundel Community College’s Kids in College program offer more opportunities for youths of all ages to see how technology can take ordinary crafts, game and design camps to a new level.

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Many blacks balance work, school

Sixty-five percent of African-American undergraduates attend college as independent students, balancing work and family responsibilities in addition to their academic pursuits.

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Why I still have faith in Congress

It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But it’s my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.

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Junior League of Baltimore elects first African American president

Cylia E. Lowe, Esq. was recently installed as the President Elect of the Junior League of Baltimore making her the first African American woman elected to that position in the organization’s 102-year history. In 2015 she will automatically ascend to the role of president.

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Indie Soul: Constant Deviants

Real hip-hop is conscious, classic, and meaningful not just about money, cars and women.

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Braving the segregated South to get the story

Moses Newson and other members of the black press constantly subjected themselves to racial slurs, beatings, and other forms of attack as angry whites demonstrated their disapproval of integration. En route, they would brave the dark, winding roads of the South, where members of the KKK lurked and burned crosses.

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Top students from Maryland recognized by Johns Hopkins University

Joi Haskins, a student from Reisterstown, was recently honored as one of the brightest young students in the nation at a regional awards ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Danny Shand

Here is the scenario: You are separated from your mom until the age of nine; your mother works three jobs to provide for the family; someone in your home gets murdered. What are the odds that you make it? This week’s Student of the Week, Danny Shand lived this.

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Lupus Awareness Month has many seeking answers

With lupus, no two cases are alike. Some who suffer with the debilitating illness develop kidney problems, while others prematurely battle heart disease, strokes and lung inflammation.

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Celebration banquet held for outgoing UBMC president

Five hundred well wishers gathered the evening of Friday, May 23, 2014 to celebrate the end of Reverend Dr. James B. Gray, Jr.’s successful four year journey as president of the United Baptist Missionary Convention (UBMC) of Maryland and its Auxiliaries, Inc.

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USDA recognizes bay as critical conservation area

Delmarva Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (Both D-Va.), Tom Carper and Chris Coons (Both D-Del.), and Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) lauded the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the Chesapeake Bay Watershed has been officially designated as one of eight Critical Conservation Areas that is eligible for set-aside funding as part of the consolidated Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

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Juneteenth officially recognized in Maryland

A bill requiring the governor to annually proclaim June 19 as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” was signed, making Maryland the 43rd state to recognize the African American commemoration of the end of slavery.

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Artscape returns to Baltimore

Artscape, which highlights the nation’s best in the visual and performing arts, will take place Friday, July 18, 2014 through Sunday, July 20, 2014 on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.

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Focusing on ADHD treatment options

Education Matters continues the series on special education. This week focuses on treatment options for ADHD. Parents and guardian should be aware that their child’s teacher or guidance counselor will often be the first to raise concerns a student is ADHD.

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Recycling benefits the environment and wallet

Mixing in cans, plastics, cardboards, bottles and other recyclables with other household trash is the same as throwing money in the garbage, according to Anne Arundel County officials.

Thursday, May 29

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Food, friends and freedom: Nikki Giovanni remembers Maya Angelou

I must have met Doc, as we called Maya Angelou, way before I remember.

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Blacks drowning in swim help

In the two weeks leading up the to unofficial start of summer, reports of accidental drowning deaths had already begun, including at least three victims under the age of four, and a 21 year-old Grambling State University senior, Alexandria Shelton.

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Men want ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ expanded to include black females

More than 200 send letter to White House

More than 200 African American men, ranging from a taxi driver to university professors, sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday urging him to expand his Black male initiative to include Black girls and women, saying they were “surprised and disappointed” that the president had sought to include only half of the race to tackle community-wide issues.

Wednesday, May 28

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COMMENTARY: The uncomfortable role white people play in diversity

In my family, I'm always bringing up stories from the past, our family's story, our diversity.

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Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at 86

A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.

Tuesday, May 27

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Our continuing conversation on race

Donald Sterling, the disgraced San Diego Clippers owner (thus far), is like the proverbial bad penny: he won’t go away. He’s still trying to whistle the “I’m-not-a-racist” ditty to anyone who’ll listen.

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Nominations sought for 2014 Annie Awards

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Annie Awards. The Annie Awards were created in 2000 to recognize the contributions of local artists, educators and arts patrons who reside in Anne Arundel County.

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BGE, UMd. collaborate to preserve rare wildflower

In celebration of National Endangered Species Day, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced that the company continues to celebrate the protection, successful revitalization and increased population of one of Maryland’s most rare and beautiful wildflowers— the sundial lupine. Protecting the sundial lupine is a collaborative effort between BGE and the University of Maryland’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Monday, May 26

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Important 2014 gubernatorial primary election deadlines

June 3, 2014 is the deadline to register to vote

Important deadlines for the upcoming 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election are approaching.

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Patriotic ceremony to honor Marylanders who serve on Memorial Day

The annual Memorial Day celebration at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, which salutes the men and women of the armed forces who have paid the highest price in defense of the United States of America, will take place Monday, May 26, 2014 at 10 a.m., in the cemetery's Circle of the Immortals.

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Coppin State track team scores big

Christina Epps soared to victory in the triple jump at the Eastern College Athletic Conference/ Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (ECAC/IC4A) Championships at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium track by leaping a season best 43 feet.50 inches (13.12 meters) on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

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Kristus M. Ratliff crowned Mrs. Maryland Plus America 2014

Women’s empowerment advocate and Hyattsville resident, Kristus M. Ratliff has been crowned Mrs. Maryland Plus America 2014.

Friday, May 23

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Priest Tyaire hits national stage with “Mrs. Independent”

Cast includes actress Robin Givens; draws sold-out audiences

Playwright and Wilmington, Delaware native Priest Tyaire recently wrapped up a four-day engagement of his latest hit stage play “Mrs. Independent” in Washington, D.C.

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Candi Staton has the blues but she’s not sad about it

In her six-decade career Grammy Award nominated singer Candi Staton has dabbled in country, blues, gospel and dance music.

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AACC professor named nation’s top eLearning educator

Anne Arundel Community College Professor Donald P. Orso, Ph.D., was named the “Outstanding eLearning Educator” for 2014 by the Instructional Technology Council. The runner-up teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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A Day at the Races— ‘A Hat & Glove Affair: Hollywood Glamour’

The Epsilon Omega Foundation, Inc. the charitable arm of the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. sponsored their third “Day at the Races on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the famed Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ten tips for boating safely with kids

Warmer weather and the end of the school year signals the start of the family boating season.

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ADHD treatment options

Education Matters continues the series on special education.

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Looking beyond Donald Sterling

By now, everyone knows the story of Los Angeles Clipper’s owner, Donald Sterling’s banishment from the National Basketball Association (NBA) for his racist comments captured on audio tape last month.

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Honor the sacrifice

Americans gather on Memorial Day to pay homage to our men and women who died while serving in the United States armed forces, honoring their sacrifice and courage, and recalling the selflessness that embodies military service.

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“Beyond the Writing” Conference: A Toolbox of Workshops for all Writers

Black Writers Guild of Maryland (BWG) champions the literary arts with its writers’ conference “Beyond the Writing” on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Morgan State University in Student Union Bldg. 12 in Baltimore City.

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Morgan making college cheaper for transfer students

Morgan State University President David Wilson has announced a new incentive to students who have earned associate degrees to complete their education at MSU.

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Multicultural scholarship helps increase diversity in healthcare

The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women and Macy's are awarding 16 scholarships of $2,500 each to help increase the number of diverse healthcare professionals while improving culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care.

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Memorial Day Weekend: Dedicated to the ones we’ve lost

Hello everyone, this weekend I am going to dedicate to the memories to those we loved and lost so recently.

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Baltimore native serves aboard USS Columbia

A 2006 Woodlawn High School graduate and Baltimore, Maryland native is serving aboard a U.S. Navy attack submarine, the USS Columbia (SSN 771).

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Camp for homeless children set to open

Vena Carter has seen the difference made by the presence and activities of Camp St. Vincent, a free summer day camp that serves homeless children who live in Baltimore City and County.

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Curvy Chix Chariot wants you to be beautiful and bold

Curvy Chix Chariot is Washington D.C.'s first mobile boutique for plus size women (sizes 14-24) owned by Donna Hundley. The only fashion truck in DC, MD, VA bringing trendy fashions specifically for plus size women, they work closely with local designers and global plus size designers to provide unique designs that will complement their clients.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Margaret Brent Elementary/Deer Park Middle School Students

Three hundred-ten students who attend Margaret Brent Elementary/Deer Park Park Middle School have made the grade to be students of the week.

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Indie Soul: Tristan and Walter Mosley

There’s a lot of good music out there you haven’t heard because it doesn’t get air time on the radio.

BGE and University of Maryland’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden Collaborate to Preserve Rare Maryland Wildflower

In celebration of National Endangered Species Day, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced that the company continues to celebrate the protection, successful revitalization and increased population of one of Maryland’s most rare and beautiful wildflowers— the sundial lupine.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Stuart Hudgins

Have you ever heard the saying, “Take a picture it lasts longer?”

Thursday, May 22

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Tyler Perry sues ‘For Better Or Worse’ producers over studio fire

Actor, playwright, and film mogul Tyler Perry (pictured), who had a massive fire at his Atlanta-based mega-million-dollar studio last year, is now reportedly suing the producers of his sitcom “For Better Or Worse” for $1.8 million, accusing them of negligence, according to TMZ.

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A call to end predatory small-dollar lending

After waiting for more than a year for a hearing on a bill that would reform how small dollar loans operate, six U.S. Senators have now taken their concerns to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

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Opinion: Does minimum wage make sense? Yes, but...

Minimum wages are on top of the political agenda in many countries.

Wednesday, May 21

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When you need antibiotics -- and when you don't

New study shows many doctors prescribe useless antibiotics for bronchitis

When you need antibiotics -- and when you don't You're sick. You're not sure what it is, but you know you would really love for this achy feeling, stuffed up head, or painful cough to go away. So you go to the doctor -- and demand drugs.

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Black voters are not apathetic

The 2014 election year should be a voting “payback” year for Black America. Elected officials and politicians across America who have voted and acted against the economic, political and social interests of the Black American community should be voted out of office in the November 2014 midterm elections.

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The Stanton Community Center needs volunteers

The Stanton Community Center serves as a community resource that provides children and adults with recreational and cultural enrichment opportunities and health, medical, therapeutic, and counseling services.

Tuesday, May 20

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A better way to compensate college athletes

Athletes at Northwestern University shocked the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body of college sports, by taking steps to unionize student/athletes.

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Baltimore Washington Medical Center Camp Airways needs volunteers

Camp Airways is a week long day camp (August 4-8) held at Woods Memorial Church in Severna Park designed for children ages 6-12 with asthma.

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AACC students earn gold in Culinary Cup competition

Two culinary students in Anne Arundel Community College’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism (HCAT) Institute earned gold medals and HCAT’s team earned second place at the 6th Annual Chesapeake Culinary Cup competition earlier this month at the institute in Glen Burnie.

Monday, May 19

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Baltimore announces partnership for greening neighborhoods

Design competition aims to transform vacant lots

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, and Chesapeake Bay Trust Executive Director Jana Davis recently announced a new partnership for helping green the City’s neighborhoods.

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Maryland launches federal tax credit for new homebuyers

Eligible homebuyers can claim a federal income tax credit of up to $2,000 for the life of their mortgage under a new program unveiled by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Raymond A. Skinner.

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Time to end predatory career college loans

Are you tired of complaining to family and friends about things you feel powerless to change?

Friday, May 16

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Annapolis woman, Arnold electrician celebrate 40 years at AAMC

The year was 1973: President Nixon announced his resignation following the Watergate scandal, liposuction was invented and a gallon of gas cost $0.55. And Doris Diggs of Annapolis and Mike Murnane of Arnold began their careers at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC).

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Get help understanding your rights

AACC’s Law School for the Public explains legalities in everyday life

Get help understanding your consumer rights in legal situations at the free "Law School for the Public" at Anne Arundel Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, in the Careers Center building Room 200 on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

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Journalist Moses J. Newson talks about his “storied” career

This is part one of a three-part series on longtime journalist Moses J. Newson. Newson, 87, was inducted into The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2014 Hall of Fame earlier this year for his outstanding contributions to the industry.

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Epsilon Center brings isolated seniors together for meals

Celebrates 13 years of community work

Wynola Cunningham vividly remembers her reaction more than 13 years ago when the local leadership of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, asked her to form a committee with a goal of helping senior citizens in Baltimore who might suffer from loneliness or isolation.

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AFCEA Central Maryland donates $25,000 to AACC Foundation

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Central Maryland Chapter (www.afceacmd.org), recently donated $25,000 in scholarship aid to the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation.

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‘For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People’

Inspired by the untold story of the African American behind the Star-Spangled Banner

The new exhibition at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, “For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People” explores the U.S. flag and the diversity of Americans for whom the flag stands, as represented through artwork and artifacts.

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Secret to a bountiful garden, beautiful landscape

Spring is here and the garden centers are filled with beautiful plants.

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Inmates plant wildflower and grass seeds in vacant Baltimore lots

Continuation of Restorative Justice Public Works Projects

Maryland inmates planted special wildflower and grass seeds in eight vacant Baltimore lots, hoping to turn them into flowering meadows.

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Does your child have ADHD?

Symptoms of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder

Education Matters began a series of articles on special education with a list of some signs and symptoms of learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and ADHD.

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Kevin Durant: ‘MVP’ son

Donald Sterling’s racist rant about blacks last month put a huge amount of focus on professional athletes. Many sports writers and fans have labeled today’s athletes as spoiled, ungrateful, prima donnas who have no appreciation for those who came before them.

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Television’s new 'Carl Sagan'

As someone who was a fan of the original Cosmos series, hosted by the late Dr. Carl Sagan, I was excited to see what Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson would do with the concept.

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Action on climate change crucial

Climate Change is happening, human activity is the primary cause, and without action consequences will be dire. That is the overarching message of the National Climate Assessment, released on May 7, 2014. The message is far from new, but cause for concern is growing quickly. Evidence of climate change now appears in every region and impacts are visible in every state in the United States.

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UFC fighter Jon Jones is still the champ

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Baltimore Arena in downtown Baltimore City played host to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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Kurt Schmoke appointed president of University of Baltimore

James L. Shea, chairman of the University System Maryland (USM) Board of Regents, announced the board's appointment of Kurt L. Schmoke as the president of the University of Baltimore (UB), one of USM's 12 institutions.

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Gwen Ifill honored for journalism excellence

There is little argument about Gwen Ifill’s standing as one of the most successful female African American newswomen in U.S. journalism history.

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Indie Soul: Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

What child does not like peanut butter? It is very nutritious and tastes great.

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Coppin State names Michael Grant head basketball coach

After 28 years as head basketball coach at Coppin State University, Fang Mitchell’s contract was not renewed. After a search for a new coach, Michael Grant, who is known for academics and winning was hired.

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Indie Soul Students of the Week: Nine Coppin State Softball Student-Athletes

The honor of being student of the week is normally reserved for students in grade school but this week, we are making an exception due the nature of the great news coming out of Coppin State University.

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Michael Jackson returns to airwaves, television

The King of Pop has returned. Well sort-of.

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Paulette Brown, first Black woman president-elect of powerful American Bar Association

Baltimore native, Howard graduate to take office in August 2015

This August, another glass ceiling will be shattered when Paulette Brown begins her term as president-elect of the American Bar Association and becomes the first Black woman to ever ascend to the position.

Thursday, May 15

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A slow response to Nigerian atrocity

Long after completing his 8-year presidency, William Jefferson Clinton acknowledged that he should have intervened in the conflict in Rwanda. Hundreds of thousands perished from the genocide that shaped the country.

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Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank announce Touchdown for Teachers winners

The Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank announced and honored the inaugural Touchdown for Teachers program finalists and grand prize winner at the Ravens Draft Party event, held at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, May 8.

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Employee who leaked Jay Z, Solange video fired, hotel says

Video appears to show Solange Knowles having an altercation with Jay Z

The hotel where Jay Z had an alleged altercation with Beyonce's sister says it has fired the person who leaked the tape to the media.

Wednesday, May 14

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Sterling asked: What has Magic Johnson done? Answer: Quite a lot

His foundation has raised millions

Perhaps the oddest part of Donald Sterling's interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper was the way he unloaded on Magic Johnson.

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Anne Arundel food bank seeks drivers

Founded in 1986, the Food Bank is the only free, multi-purpose Agency in Maryland that provides food, nutritional supplements, medical equipment, furniture, vehicles, appliances, and more to those in need, free of charge.

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Antioxidant in red wine has no benefit at low doses

The antioxidant resveratrol does not improve longevity when consumed at levels naturally occurring in foods like grapes, red wine and dark chocolate, according to a new study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Tuesday, May 13

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Did Beyonce's sister fight Jay Z?

A video that TMZ alleges is of Beyonce's younger sister having an altercation with the superstar's husband, Jay Z, has surfaced online.

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Entrepreneurs: What are your financial statements telling you?

Join Entrepreneur's Exchange as we offer "What Are You Financial Statements Telling You?"

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AACC honored for Partnership and Student Success Initiative

Anne Arundel Community College received two top honors at the 2014 Career and Technology Education Awards of Excellence presented by the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Career and College Readiness on April 22, 2014 in Baltimore.

Monday, May 12

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NFL draft: Reactions heat up after Michael Sam kisses boyfriend on TV

Not long after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL, some made clear his reaction was not welcome.

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Applications open for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey

High school students nationwide can now apply at www.disneydreamersacademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

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New Annapolis environmental steward presented with certification

Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that St. Mary’s Parish is the first church to be awarded the City of Annapolis’ Environmental Stewardship Certification.

Friday, May 9

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Community Action hires new director of children’s services

The Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency is pleased to announce that Portia McConnell has joined the agency as its new director of children’s services.

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City Fair at Annapolis City Dock

Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides reminds residents to head to City Dock this weekend for the 3rd Annual City Fair at Annapolis City Dock!

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Caucus seeks to raise awareness, address healthcare barriers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans.

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Columbus Ships Pinta and Nina to land in St. Michael’s

The “Nina” was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.

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Baltimore-based confectionary company cooking up sweet success

Daycare provider Natasha Wainwright, owner of Progress Place Learning Center (PPLC) in Northeast Baltimore held a small bake sale to help her young students raise money and to learn about business.

Anne Arundel County Art Show held at Annapolis Mall

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools held the annual All County Mall Art Show on Sunday, May, 4, 2014 at the Annapolis Mall.

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Harry Belafonte visits University of Baltimore

Actor and activist spoke about civil rights

Actor and social activist Harry Belafonte visited the University of Baltimore (UB) as a guest lecturer and speaker for the University’s pilot course, “Citizenship and Freedom: The Civil Rights Era” on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

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Continental Society members help educate children

A small group of African American women in Baltimore have continued their pledge to help young people realize their academic abilities.

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Boulevard of Chic: Mobile fashion trucks stage shopping event

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 Boulevard of Chic (BOC) sponsored Baltimore’s first fashion truck rally and shopping event, featuring a variety of mobile boutiques and vendors from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

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Indie Soul: Soul Train book reveals secrets

The hippest trip in America was happening on televisions around the country on Saturdays with the dance show “Soul Train” hosted by the late Don Cornelius. We saw the show, but have you ever wondered what was going behind the scenes?

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Condoleezza Rice, not welcome?

Rutgers University of New Jersey invited Dr. Condoleezza Rice to give the commencement address at the graduation exercises of 2014. Immediately, some members of the faculty and several students mounted a protest against the invitation that led Dr. Rice to cancel her plans to address the graduation class.

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Get over it: No hatred in Obama critiques

Quite often fellow Africa Americans have heard me criticize President Obama and asked me why I hate the President. I reject the premise of the question.

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Library of Congress Launches Civil Rights History Project Portal

Program Highlights Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964

The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress will officially launch the online component of the Civil Rights History Project on Monday, May 19, 2014 with an afternoon of programming.

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Annapolis mayor joins in May Day celebrations

Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides welcomed Spring on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by hanging May Day baskets at City Hall and at the Maynard-Burgess House.

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DDG’S Matthews Recognized as outstanding young professional

Akil Matthews, a project designer at local architecture firm DDG, has been recognized as one of The Daily Record’s “20 in Their Twenties” honorees for 2014.

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Student of the Week: Derek Green

Transitioning from middle school to high school can be challenging, especially when juggling a vigorous workload of Advanced Placement classes.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Rahmlee Michael Davis

This week’s entrepreneur of the week is musician Rahmlee Michael Davis. The Baltimore resident has spent the last four decades working with the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Phil Collins, The Jacksons, Tyrone Davis, Frida (of ABBA), Jackie Wilson, The Whispers, Michael Jackson and countless others. His upcoming Mother’s Day show and recent CD release prove he’s still making things happen in the music world.

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Gift suggestions for the Modern Mom...

If you think your mom wants another messy breakfast in bed that ends with her scrubbing pancake batter off the counter, think again.

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Anne Arundel County Mall Art Show held at Annapolis Mall

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools held the annual All County Mall Art Show on Sunday, May, 4, 2014 at the Annapolis Mall.

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China Day at BCCC Marks Annual Heritage Day Observance

Over 200 students and members of the community came to the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Fine Arts Theatre on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, to focus on China, the world’s most populous nation and the subject of this year’s BCCC International Students Club (ISC) Heritage Day observance.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama’s Comatose Foreign Policy

The Obama administration’s foreign policy is non-existent.

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2nd Annual African American Children's Book Fair

Just when will books reflect the population? This is the question posed in a recent editorial in The Baltimore Sun. This makes the museum's 2nd Annual African American Children's Book Festival on Saturday May 10, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. a timely event. Free and open to all ages.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies

This is Mother’s Day weekend and for those of you who are blessed to still have your mothers, celebrate with her and show her that you love her.

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Cummings, Baquet display passion for healthcare

A celebration of the success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) quickly turned into a passionate plea to lawmakers and others from Dr. Claudia Baquet and her guests to continue to press for the elimination of healthcare disparities.

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Special Education: Identifying the need for services

Are you concerned your child struggles to learn in school?

Thursday, May 8

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7 things mom didn't tell us about going gray

A mom who decides to embrace her gray hair rather than dye it can influence her daughter

Our mothers and the women we look up to offer our first lessons in beauty and personal maintenance.

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Maryland MVA introduces new online services

There's a host of new MVA services available online so you don't have to wait in line.

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Jet magazine says it's ending print edition as times change

Jet magazine will stop publishing a print edition and switch to a digital format in June, the magazine's publisher announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 7

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Good and Bad News in the Diabetes Fight

Even as the epidemic skyrockets, the rate of diabetes-related complications drops

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Blood Sugar Swings—Handled!

Staying away from the wrong foods can help folks with type 2 diabetes gain better blood sugar control.

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COMMENTARY: 'We can't let this be the new normal'

John Sutter: Nigeria kidnappings highlight horrific worldwide problem

"There is a market for selling humans."

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Grads with more debt are less happy

Student loan debt isn't just hurting college grads financially, it's also having a negative impact on their overall well-being.

Tuesday, May 6

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The evolution of Mariah Carey: From wide-eyed teen to songbird supreme

She was often portrayed as the archetypal dumb blonde, but behind the golden locks and hourglass figure, Marilyn Monroe was an astute businesswoman.

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Anne Arundel County Department of Aging offering diabetes workshops

Two additional Diabetes Education Workshops have been scheduled this summer at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

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In praise of 'other mothers'

A woman doesn't have to give birth to you to earn the title of "mother"

I had absolutely no right to cry over the death of Mrs. Howard. She wasn't family, and I hadn't seen her in more than 20 years. T

Monday, May 5

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Nigerian police: 223 kidnapped girls still missing

Nigerian authorities specified Friday that a total of 276 schoolgirls were taken last month by militants from a boarding school, but 53 of them escaped, leaving 223 still in the hands of their captors, police said.

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New tobacco ‘apology’ ads plan still excludes black media

A revised plan for major tobacco companies to purchase court-ordered ads to admit that they deliberately misled the public about the dangers of smoking would add nine white-owned newspapers to the list of publications carrying tobacco ‘apology’ ads but shut out more than 90 percent of black newspapers and all black-owned radio and television stations, according to documents filed in federal court.

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Maryland opens applications for Pre-K Expansion

The Maryland State Department of Education announced that it is accepting applications for the Pre-kindergarten Expansion Grant, which is made possible by the Pre-kindergarten Expansion Act of 2014 (Senate Bill 332), a statewide initiative.

Friday, May 2

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: NAACP and NBA owner Donald Sterling

The racist views of Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team have been well known for years.

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The Justices and the scramble for cash

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Mylia Williams

Mylia Williams has been a member of the Lady Sabers volleyball team for the past three years. She plays volleyball and softball at The SEED School of Maryland, currently holding a 3.3 GPA. Mylia was instrumental in helping the Lady Sabers win the 2013 – 2014 Baltimore Middle School Volleyball League (BMSVL) Championship.

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College of Southern Maryland guides juvenile offenders to jobs, stability

College of Southern Maryland (CSM) HVAC Instructor Shawn Richardson watched silently as his students methodically manipulated wires and connections in the air-conditioning control boxes to look for anything out of place or missing.

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Songstress Ledisi to light up stage at Pier 6 Pavilion

With her fifth major studio album, “The Truth” and headlining a 30 city tour, it’s no surprise that eight time Grammy nominated singer Ledisi is shining like gold.

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Despite death of icon, area hospitals make history

While statistics continue to reveal a dearth of African American’s in hospital leadership roles around the nation, three Baltimore health institutions have made history.

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Former Loyola Star Encourages ‘Plan B’ For Students

Van Brooks counts as a testament to the saying, “When one door closes another opens.” The former Loyola Blakefield football standout has become a living metaphor, and it’s all for the benefit of helping young people understand the importance of having a plan B, he says.

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Scholarships, mentoring bloom from family tragedy

Aisha DaCosta and her siblings grew up on old-fashioned principals instilled in them by Jamaican-born parents: get an education, a good career and retire with a decent pension that will carry you through your golden years.

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Annapolis Optimist Club Brings Circus to Town

There is rarely anything more exciting than when the circus comes to town and for the Optimist Club of Annapolis, there are stories aplenty about the Cole Brothers Circus of Stars that will fascinate those young and young at heart.

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Resident battles to overcome autism challenges

Donte Lewis is a budding entrepreneur with just one wish. He wants to be as successful in his media interests as his mother Angelia Lewis is with her natural hair care business.

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Mental illness is our dirty little secret

I’m tired, my sisterfriend says. I don’t know how much longer I can hold on. As I hear her I have a couple of choices.

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Give a Mother’s Day gift with meaning

In time for Mother’s Day, Walmart expands its Empowering Women Together product offering of unique and meaningful gifts that will celebrate moms everywhere while supporting small women-owned businesses from around the world.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur: Betty Fenner-Davis

The world of fashion is bigger than ever before. Our entrepreneur of the week is someone who has been in the fashion and glamour business for over 30 years and has worked in movies, stage and music: Betty Fenner-Davis. She now lives in Baltimore after moving from the West Coast.

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Comcast Cares Day Targets Druid Hill Park

Druid Hill Park just got a makeover.

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Indie Soul: Will Downing and Brothers Who Can Cook

About a week ago Indie Soul attended a CD release listening party for the one and only Will Downing, better known as the Prince of Sophisticated Soul. His new eight-song EP “Euphoria” is now in stores.

Thursday, May 1

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COMMENTARY: Divert, deny, distract

In beating a hasty retreat from Cliven Bundy, their onetime Lonesome Cowboy icon, Republicans have resorted to a familiar tactic: divert, deny, distract.

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African app company that trumped Apple to launch first black emoticons

Celebrities had urged Apple to release racially diverse emojis

As in most aspects of life, timing in business is essential.

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Ryan tries to clear air with Black Caucus, but poverty divide remains

It was a much-anticipated summit between Rep. Paul Ryan and the Congressional Black Caucus.