Friday, October 31
Sitting in a waiting room full of women at The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, Don Lucas waits patiently for the next name to be called.
Who says friends can’t work together? Three lovely women are not only friends but business partners and from speaking with them you can tell that they genuinely love and respect each other.
What would Halloween be without trick-or-treating? For youngsters, so much of the fun of Halloween involves scouring the neighborhood with friends in search of candy.
Area residents will get the second chance in less than a month to relive the glory days of the Motown sound.
Soft-spoken jazz saxophonist Craig Alston is a very deep thinker who cares about his surroundings and his music. Music is his therapy as well as a way to connect with an audience.
I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t excuse its lapses or sluggish rate of progress, but it does help explain them.
Program provides funding for creative “placemaking” projects
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Baltimore City’s designated Arts Council, request proposals for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant.
Yolanda Horton, a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed at the age of 42, recalled a movie outing she had with her 10-year-old son Rodney Horton, Jr.
Undereducated, poor and middle class high school graduates are the cannon fodder of higher education.
On the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a new report from Environment America, “Waterways Restored,” highlights the success the law has meant for the Anacostia River, taking it from a state of horrific pollution to giving some hope that it will be safe for swimming and fishing in little more than a decade.
The Baltimore Ravens hosted the 15th Annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween event on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Dave & Buster’s in the Arundel Mills Mall. Ravens Tight Ends Dennis Pitta and K. Justin Tucker, and Defensive Tackle Brandon Williams were joined by the newest member of the team, long snapper Kevin McDermott and more than 600 guests at the festive party.
Each story of a breast cancer is defined by the patient.
The Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL) began the second year of its Saturday Leadership Program (SLP) on September 20, 2014. Most recently on October 4, the students, facilitators and volunteers were welcomed to Goucher College by admissions director Corky Surbeck and Cyndy Cowles.
AARP Experience Corps, Baltimore City will celebrate “National Make a Difference Day” by hosting their 6th Annual Fall Literacy Festival at Furman L. Templeton Academy on Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Thursday, October 30
What does a million-dollar Halloween costume look like? Hint: It gives new meaning to the phrase "dripping with diamonds."
Maryland Hall will open three exhibitions on November 3, 2014— Clay Artists from the Shore, in the Chaney Gallery; Drawing and Painting the Life at Maryland Hall, in the Martino Gallery; and Student Work by students of MHCA Instructor Andree Tullier in the 2nd Floor Hallway Gallery.
Wednesday, October 29
October 31st is nearly here, and soon the streets will be filled with costumed revelers eager to get their share of the free-flowing candy and other prizes. Year after year, trick-or-treaters don their costumes and parade from home to home.
Maryland has received a five-year, $9.73 million federal grant that seeks a reduction in violence in children through a comprehensive program promoting healthy behavioral development.
If you’re not familiar with the Chicago Rap music scene you may not have heard of Tone Gabz.
Tuesday, October 28
Here are a few election-time questions to think over: Why in the world do Democrats think they can bash President Obama and his policies and still win black votes?
CenterStage has some great entertainment this season.
Monday, October 27
More cars could soon join the list of recalls over exploding airbags, a senior administration official told CNN Friday.
October is Car Care Month and AAA Mid-Atlantic is reminding drivers about the importance of properly maintaining their vehicles.
It was a busy week for students in the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Dental Hygiene Program as the annual event where free preventative dental care is provided to area seniors.
Rarely-before-seen photographs before, during and after emancipation
In honor of the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum presents renowned photo historian Dr. Deborah Willis on Saturday November 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. Her critically acclaimed book, “Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery,” co-written with Barbara Krauthamer, tells the visual story of the period before, during and after emancipation and its effect on African Americans.
Friday, October 24
Leon C. Thomas III, a student success and retention advisor at Anne Arundel Community College, received the 2014 Minority Access Role Model award.
The Indie Soul Student of the Week is usually reserved for students in grade school but this week we have made an exception.
Expanded facilities, free screenings and new treatment techniques
When Tammy Owens Johnson received a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 41, the news would forever change her life. What followed, was chemotherapy, radiation and surgical removal of both breasts and reconstructive surgery.
Players, students have a day of fun at M&T Bank Stadium
The Baltimore Ravens held their third annual Ravens TEAM Challenge at M&T bank Stadium on Monday, October 20, 2014.
There are approximately 12,000 homeless individuals in Maryland. An estimated 5,400 of them are children under the age of six.
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter will host the Tenth Annual Pythias A. and Virginia I. Jones African-American Community Forum on Memory Loss, Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Coppin State University located at 2500 W. North Avenue in Baltimore.
bola affected Liberians and other West Africans who can obtain plane tickets will be headed to the United States. How many more can we handle coming into our country?
After the housing industry, American’s colleges and universities are collectively the country’s second largest business. A closer look behind higher education’s ivy-covered walls reveals how colleges are kept afloat by practices as mercenary as housing’s sub-prime lending practices that nearly destroyed the US economy in 2008.
What is this thing called slavery? What is this thing called freedom?
The Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week is a man who understands being a successful business person means being willing to expand beyond your comfort zone.
Thursday, October 23
New Disney heroine: Moana, a navigator from Oceania
Get ready for another addition to the line of Disney heroines: Moana, an ocean adventurer.
Following the advice of his brother, Keenen, to not sit around and wait for Hollywood, Marlon Wayans has firmly established his own identity as an actor, writer, producer, director and stand-up comedian.
“Dear White People, the minimum requirement of black friends to not seem racist has just been raised to two.
With the NCAA 2014 Men’s Midnight Madness Basketball Set for Friday, October 17, and the NBA Season set to begin on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 basketball fans can’t wait to enjoy another season of we call “B’ball or Ballin.’”
To address the hunger crisis, Bank of America and Feeding America are teaming up this fall to raise awareness— and support— for hunger relief through “Give A Meal.”
Wednesday, October 22
The announcement by senior Nigerian military and government officials that an agreement has been reached with Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 kidnapped Chibok girls is welcome, although it has understandably been greeted with considerable caution. And news that a ceasefire has also been agreed, and that further negotiations will take place, is another positive development.
There is a good reason that professional organizers start their projects by first clearing out the cluttered space they're tackling. You can’t organize before you de-clutter. The same holds true for our lives.
Some people have asked me why I strongly oppose Internet gambling and I can sum it up in one sentence: Gambling on the Internet is for chumps.
Tuesday, October 21
Black Republican Stacey Dash, an actress, called Louisiana blacks freeloaders
Fox News contributor and Republican as of 2012, black actress Stacey Dash proves she really wasn't acting in the movie "Clueless." Appearing on Fox News' "Hannity" show, Dash called all black people in Louisiana government freeloaders who don't work.
Check out two great DVD's for guaranteed to please music lovers.
Do women have different relationships with money than men? Very definitely, yes, says entrepreneur and business coach Meriflor Toneatto. “For women, money is an emotional currency, tied to our sense of self-worth and confidence, which can lead us to financial pitfalls that ultimately limits what we pursue in life,” says Toneatto, a certified business and life coach, and author of “Money, Manifestation & Miracles: 8 Principles for Transforming Women’s Relationship with Money,” (www.moneymanifestationandmiracles.com).
While the YWCA is going purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the nonprofit organization has easily become the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country.
Monday, October 20
A leading activist finds account of officer's testimony "so hard to believe"
Forensic tests have found the blood of Michael Brown on the gun, uniform and police cruiser belonging to Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot the unarmed teen two months ago in Ferguson, Missouri, The New York Times reported.
Averl Anderson didn’t know cancer was a part of her family history.
For Tami Scovitch, a breast cancer diagnosis was the beginning of a new journey in her life, and the lives of her family and friends.
Friday, October 17
This week, Indie Soul has tapped a young African-American teen, Jordan Cofield of New Town High School as the Student of the Week
On Monday, October 6, 2014 in the afternoon, the charismatic Traci Braxton stopped by the Baltimore Times office to talk about her solo project “Crash & Burn.”
Having studied and taught history, I tend to look at things with a slightly longer view and in a broader context than most people. Most people tend to view the political world map as always having looked the way it does, but that clearly is not the case.
There is a saying, “Luck is when hard work meets opportunity.” Baltimore Ravens cornerback Dominique Franks has been granted a new opportunity to further his NFL career.
Rachel Coleman is a remarkable young woman. Upon completion of high school she was accepted to Ball State University with a full tuition scholarship, graduated with highest honors in three years, and then earned a master’s degree.
Lucille Brooks has always been an inspiration to many.
Kendel Abrams is in the running for “Girl Golfer of the Year.” She led her high school golf team to a third place finish in the recently completed season and, before it’s all said and done, the 14-year-old could be competing for a state championship.
There is only one Gladys Knight, and a surefire way for area residents to find that out would be to attend the Motown legend's upcoming concert at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 p.m.There is only one Gladys Knight, and a surefire way for area residents to find that out would be to attend the Motown legend's upcoming concert at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15
Michelle Obama, never one to turn down an opportunity to champion healthy eating, has co-opted a popular tune -- and, in six seconds, created a viral sensation.
Two community-based micro-enterprise lenders received $500,000 loans through DHCD's Micro-enterprise Loan Program to help create new opportunities for entrepreneurs in revitalizing communities throughout the state.
According to the 2012 Maryland School Assessment, approximately 34.5 percent of third graders are reading below grade level, a figure that is double the state average.
Tuesday, October 14
Jones says black Americans should not separate themselves from those who went before
I get it. Raven-Symone doesn't like labels
You can see and feel the change of seasons. Fall color is starting to appear, pansies, mums and asters are in the garden center and your thoughts are turning to preparing your landscape for winter.
More than two-dozen veterans, many of them already small business owners, shared their experiences on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at "Small Business Success Starts Here," a networking forum presented by DHCD's Office of Fair Practices.
Monday, October 13
A Wells Fargo worker decided to ask his CEO for a raise and wanted everyone at the company to know about it.
Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.
Indie Soul is always looking for something different and exciting to bring to you to broaden your experience. When an associate mentioned she was a bellydancer, Indie Soul decided to find out more.
It has been seven years since Lezli Williams died at the hands of the man she loved. Unlike many victims of domestic violence, Williams displayed no obvious signs of abuse. There were no bruises, scars and no easily discernable cries for help.
For 21 years, Earl Millett has carefully watched how the nonprofit Civic Works has strengthened Baltimore communities through job training, volunteerism and how the organization has changed many lives by providing job readiness, life skills, education and helping the underserved secure and maintain suitable employment.
Friday, October 10
Hello everyone, cut the oven off, summer is done! It is time to take out your heavy jackets, your sweat suits and guys put away those summer see-through kangaroo caps and pull out those wool ones.
In the face of adversity, the Coppin State Eagles united, stayed strong and trusted each other in winning the last two sets to earn a memorable 3-2 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division treasure Sunday, October 4 at the W.P. Hytche Center.
Vote through November 16, 2014 at CNNHeroes.com
Baltimore’s own Annette March-Grier is one of the 10 nominees for the prestigious “CNN Hero of the Year” award.
For Tammy Owens Johnson, life was good. The 41-year-old had a good job as a teacher’s assistant in the Baltimore County Public Schools system, did not have any health issues, and was happily raising three children.
The Baltimore Ravens chose linebacker C.J. Mosley with the seventeenth overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
This week’s column addresses some of the key factors a parent will need to consider when deciding if home schooling is the right choice for their family.
I know you political junkies are on the edge of your seats now that Dr. Ben Carson has said he will likely run for president. I have been waiting to see what black folks will do when President Obama leaves office.
Waldorf Publishing is thrilled to release the new book “Redwood” by Baltimore African-American entrepreneur, A. Rod Womack. “Redwood” is the true story of The Redwood Grill, an upscale restaurant located in an historic building near Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor.
"Meet the Primes” event will take place on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Traditionally, smaller businesses and those owned by women and minorities have faced challenges making critical business connections with larger companies with whom they could sub-contract on government projects.
Thursday, October 9
Wal-Mart Stores is getting into the health insurance business, teaming with an agent to offer customers the chance to compare insurance plans and enroll in the one they pick.
Reports earlier this year of a dramatic decline in childhood obesity were too good to be true.
Wednesday, October 8
Denzel Washington reteams with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua in the action thriller, The Equalizer.
"I'm scared for my life," Lisa Mahone's voice is heard saying in a video
An Indiana family is suing a city and the local police after officers allegedly smashed a car window to stun and arrest a passenger during a traffic stop.
Two big winners in the NBA's new $24 billion TV rights deal? LeBron James and Steve Ballmer.
From now until the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) on November 2 is a particularly dangerous time of year for east to west commuters due to the sun’s alignment during sunrise and sunset. Drivers should take additional precautions such as leaving extra space between vehicles, slowing down, and turning on their headlights, advises AAA Mid-Atlantic.
After being confirmed as the nation’s first African American U.S. Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, Jr. wasted little time putting everyone on notice that he would not tiptoe around the volatile subject of race.
Tuesday, October 7
Actress Raven-Symone knows exactly who she is, and that person can't be defined with the usual labels.
4chan had fun with a fake iPhone microwave app story
Seriously, don't believe everything you read on the Internet.
Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that nearly 2,000 people have discovered more than $2.5 million in unclaimed funds after visiting his agency’s booth at fairs and festivals across the state this Summer. One visitor to the Maryland State Fair discovered an unexpected windfall of $71,516.
The face of entrepreneurship is changing in America. Women-owned small businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy and are helping us recover from the Great Recession.
On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at each of the Maryland Food Bank's three facilities, representatives from the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department of Transportation joined food bank executives in welcoming a caravan of squad cars, trucks, buses and other official vehicles stuffed to the brim with 33,405 pounds of donated food.
Monday, October 6
If you're a Chase bank customer, you're right to feel powerless right now.
Baltimore-area businesses are taking the lead in a national movement, ‘eat brighter!’ to inspire young children and their families to eat more fresh produce.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter, has presented Tuajuanda C. Jordan, president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, with its Torchbearer Award. Jordan was honored during the coalition’s 25th annual Torchbearer Awards Breakfast held September 27, 2014 at Morgan State University in Baltimore City.
This week’s Indie Soul Student of the Week is a very ambitious and career driven young lady who attends Howard High School in Howard County. Naomi Lilly is only a junior but is focused on her next journey— college. The 17-year-old old holds an impressive unweighted GPA of 3.86 and a weighted GPA of 4.57.
Friday, October 3
Performance, Panel discussion to be held Oct. 4
On Saturday, October 4, 2014, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum located at 830 Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore, will be dedicated to lovers of hip-hop!
Choosing to be a comedian means facing a lot of obstacles. There’s the criticism from family telling you to get a real job, friends who don’t get it and others who seem to think making people laugh is easy.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is most common in women age 40 and over, but in the African American community, women are more likely to die from breast cancer at all ages. At St. Agnes Hospital, African American women accounted for 32 percent of their breast cancer patients in 2013.
What do the words— narcolepsy, psoriasis, eczema, albumen and sanitarium have in common? You would be correct if you said each is a medical expression. But, there is another, more noteworthy connection these terms share.
On September 15, 2014, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka did something quite fascinating. He spoke to a labor audience in St. Louis about race and racism. What was particularly noteworthy is that he was not speaking to a largely black or Latino audience. To listen to the speech, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny8loBhqmhc.
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, woman living with incurable cancer offers four suggestions
Shy about asking, “What’s the etiquette for supporting my loved one, friend or colleague in their battle against cancer?” many people simply avoid the question altogether— and offer nothing.
For many families, getting their children back to school came with added challenges for the 2014-15 year. The State of Maryland issued new immunization requirements for kindergarten and 7th grade students, leading parents to seek information and help to make sure kids received their shots. In West Baltimore, the Promise Heights initiative led by the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has responded by conducting multiple clinics in two public schools.
The Baltimore Ravens wanted to get more athletic on defense this year. They addressed the defensive side of the team with their first three picks in the 2014 NFL draft.
Toni Boulware won’t stop until the approximately 1,000 homeless families in Baltimore have a comfortable place to live.
Even riot-plagued Ferguson, Missouri has accepted President Barack Obama’s call to action for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative (MBK).
The Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum proudly presents the exhibit “Hard Workin’ Pilgrims: Lumbee Indians in Baltimore City Industry.”
Thursday, October 2
One of our country’s most important thinkers, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley, brings us a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.”
The Library of Congress will be the new home of the Rosa Parks Collection, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. The collection will be at the Library on a 10-year loan from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
Delanee-Alexis Coley to hold conference in February
Delanee-Alexis Coley, a student at New Town High School, is already an accomplished young woman. She’s hosting a three-part series for young women in February focusing on having poise and grace, serves as president of a college and career readiness organization, has had an internship at the Washington Post, and is writing her second book. All that and she’s only 16 years old.
Wednesday, October 1
The 19th annual Fannie Lou Hamer Awards Reception will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 in the Frances Scott Key Auditorium at St. John’s College located at 60 College Avenue in Annapolis from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
With breast cancer currently the second most common cancer in women, according to government health statistics, awareness and early detection are crucial for treatment outcomes.
The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) welcomes 2014 One Maryland One Book author Reyna Grande to Maryland from September 28 – October 1, 2014 for a six-stop statewide tour to speak about her memoir, “The Distance Between Us.” Grande will start her tour at the Baltimore Book Festival, then travel to Washington, Carroll, Wicomico, Montgomery, and Charles Counties.
If you're falling behind on your debts, beware: You don't want to end up one of the millions of Americans who get their pay garnished.
Art with a Heart, Inc. will present “Home is Where the HeART”– a creative casual fundraising event, Saturday, October 11, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at the Castle at Keswick located at 3355 Keswick Road in Hampden.
Maryland State Police Superintendent, Colonel Marcus L. Brown joined elected officials and representatives from AAA Mid-Atlantic to announce Maryland’s expanded move over law at Maryland State Police Headquarters in Pikesville.