Tuesday, September 30
On Saturday September 20, 2014, local fashion retailers and designers hosted Trendsitions: Shop and Soiree,” an event designed to showcase Baltimore’s fashion scene.
Gather 'round, students: "How to Get Away with Murder's" Viola Davis is teaching a lesson in how to win a TV show.
People encouraged to create a secure “my Social Security” Account to get statement online
Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced the agency will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security Statements— once every five years for most workers—while encouraging everyone to create a secure “my Social Security” account to immediately access their statement online, anytime.
Monday, September 29
Everyone has their Denzel Washington moment.
The school season has begun and that means the return of the “Indie Soul Student of the Week!” Our first student for the new school year is Montria Walker.
While the number of African American, Latino and women consumers of Internet and broadband products and services is rising, their numbers at the major Silicon Valley companies continue to lag way behind. After years of resisting disclosure, tech giants such as Apple, Facebook, Yahoo and Google recently released their employment diversity numbers.
Friday, September 26
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will resign after six years at the helm of the Justice Department.
By now, we have all probably seen the Ice Bucket Challenge. It is wonderful that people from all walks of life come together to use social media for such good.
I am sick and tired of all the hypocrisy swirling around pro athletes and the National Football League (NFL) in particular.
This week’s entrepreneur of the week is Nena M. Welborn. Her passion for fashion and design has led her to the position of store manager for one of the biggest retail businesses in the country, Jos. A Bank.
Hello, my dear friends, how are you? It looks like fall is trying to make an appearance. The nights are getting a little chilly.
“You can’t control where you come from or your family situation, but you can control your future by making smart decisions and furthering your education.”
Last week 20 students from Howard County Public School System’s Cybersecurity Networking Academy got a special treat when Firoozeh Azarbaidjani-Do, co-founder and CEO of Phoenix TS, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning computer training solution provider, welcomed them to a cybersecurity mentoring program.
55 students awarded free computers
Comcast continues to make significant strides in closing the digital divide. On September 22, 2014, Comcast hosted a special event at Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF) in Baltimore to announce the extension of its Internet Essentials promotion and awarded 55 computers and six months of complimentary service to students attending the event from Digital Harbor High School and Liberty Elementary School.
Thursday, September 25
ABC's newest family, the affluent Johnsons on "Black-ish," has been very well-received.
Welcome to "The Voice's" swiveling chairs, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.
Fans can vote at ChevyBaseball.com
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of MLB, announced that Nick Markakis was named the Orioles 2014 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.
Wednesday, September 24
The Walmart Foundation has launches “Fight Hunger. Spark Change. ” a nationwide campaign calling on the public to get involved in the fight against hunger.
Finally, there is some encouraging financial news for African Americans and Latinos.
Tuesday, September 23
Over the last few weeks we have taken a look at the new fall TV programming concentrating on shows that feature African American shows or shows that feature blacks in prominent roles.
It was obvious that Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti didn't like his organization's integrity being questioned.
On September 10, 2014, Hennessy V.S. hosted a benefit reception in Baltimore for the Chris Canty Foundation.
Monday, September 22
If Greg Couturier were channeling John F. Kennedy in speaking about the value of the Peace Corps, he probably didn’t realize it because his love of the organization, what it represents and what it has been able to accomplish, naturally comes to the fore in any conversation with him.
Shonda Rhimes called "angry black woman" in New York Times piece
Call Shonda Rhimes an "angry black woman" if you want, but be prepared for the response.
As the new school year begins, the Library of Congress invites students everywhere to touch, draw on and explore some of its most valuable treasures— all via a new set of free interactive ebooks for tablets.
By now most people have heard how Ray Rice has been thrown under the bus by the National Football League (NFL) and his former team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men.
Friday, September 19
It's not just a Spanish, tapas-style thing anymore. At all different types of bars and restaurants across the United States, you'll find menus that continue to explore ways to feature favorite foods - like pork - in more bite-sized, snack-able ways.
Over the last few weeks Black America has been called to the mat on multiple social issues including child discipline, domestic abuse and let’s not forget about Ferguson.
Call to action urges district, school and community leaders to join in reducing absenteeism
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has launched a multi-faceted campaign to combat chronic absenteeism in public schools.
The Baltimore Ravens selected Ball State quarterback, Keith Wenning in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Wenning had a decent training camp with the Ravens but was released when the team made the necessary cuts to finalize the 53-man roster. This wasn’t the end for Wenning however.
Vocational education (VE) has long been viewed as the path of last resort for under-performing high school students.
The Honorable Charles F. Bolden, Jr., 12th Administrator and first African-American to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will be the keynote speaker at St. James’ 190th Homecoming Celebration on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. St. James’ Episcopal Church is located at 829 N. Arlington Avenue in Baltimore City.
In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said.
If you’re experiencing a serious medical condition and the treatments you’re getting aren’t helping, ask your health provider whether a clinical trial might offer a more effective means to manage or even cure the problem at hand.
Dr. Sanford Siegel knows the routine.
When Baltimore resident Kelvin Washington went to his primary care physician for a checkup in 2007, he didn’t expect anything to be wrong. However, it was at this doctor’s appointment that everything changed. His prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was high, and Washington was diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer.
Thursday, September 18
Adult obesity rates increased in six states in the past year, and did not decrease in any, according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Shortly after being given more time to weigh evidence in black teenager Michael Brown's fatal shooting, a Missouri grand jury heard from the man at the center of it -- Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson -- a local newspaper reported.
“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,
Morehouse College and Howard University football programs continue their longstanding rivalry in the fourth annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® at RFK Stadium on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. After three competitive match ups in the Classic, the Morehouse Maroon Tigers and Howard Bison return to the field this year ready to battle for the 2014 trophy and bragging rights.
Wednesday, September 17
Musician Mark Noxx is this week’s Indie Soul artist of the week.
Fashion designer Stephen Wise is not new to the game of owning a business.
Running back Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said early Wednesday.
A rundown of new fall shows on the CW network featuring African Americans.
Tuesday, September 16
Marvin Gaye's family accuses Thicke, others of ripping off a 1977 Gaye hit
Summer 2013 was blurry for Robin Thicke, according to what the "Blurred Lines" singer told lawyers in April.
The indictment of NFL star Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has led to a robust debate about whether hitting, spanking or any other form of corporal punishment is justified and effective in dealing with children.
Proceeds raised from event will benefit youth programs
An upcoming event offers a healthy way to support local youth, exercise outdoors and church fellowship. It’s the Rutherford Park 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, which will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.
Monday, September 15
Daniele Watts is African-American and her boyfriend is white
"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts says Los Angeles police allegedly detained her because they thought she was a prostitute.
What do you get when you put four of Hollywood’s finest African American female stars together in one film?
The growing outcry over how the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell deal with incidents of domestic violence has reached the nation's highest office. Even President Barack Obama has seen the footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee.
What does “acting white” look like?
Friday, September 12
Trying times can drive some to become a better person while others become bitter and mad at the world. Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson is an example of how “adversity makes the strong, stronger and the weak, weaker.”
Penny Wooten recalls when she first tried drugs. “Once I tried it, I wanted to do it again,” recalled Wooten. “At the time, I was in junior high school. Before I knew it, I was hooked.”
In a spectacular show of red, white and blue on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, more than 6,600 Maryland students, teachers and chaperones created the largest 15 stars and 15 stripes Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag ever assembled.
With members of the 1-175th Infantry Regiment Maryland National Guard filling Battle Acre Park in Dundalk, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz dedicated a new mural to commemorate Baltimore County's role in the War of 1812.
The vice president will deliver remarks during live television broadcast from Fort McHenry on September 13, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden will join Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for Star-Spangled Spectacular: the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on September 13, 2014.
I was struck by how quickly many pundits jumped on President Obama’s comment regarding ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in which he stated, “…we do not have a strategy yet…” Why the surprise? Why any outrage? The statement was brutally honest.
Ava Brown’s life story is one of true perseverance and survival. In her new biography, “Bamboo & Fern,” Brown recounts her remarkable transition from street-selling Jamaican pauper to MBA Global Business Development Manager. By releasing her story to the world, Brown hopes other women will be inspired to embrace their situations, overcome their struggles and become strong-willed and successful individuals.
Hello my dear friends. I hope your Labor Day weekend was a great one. Summer’s coming to a close, but we still have a few more weeks to squeeze in some outdoor fun. There are a few upcoming events I would like to share with you, so get out your calendar and start marking the dates.
Filmmakers to discuss documentary at Enoch Pratt main branch on September 15, 2014
The shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri’s Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, has raised the national consciousness about issues of race, class and implicit bias.
Towson University’s College of Fine Arts & Communication and Department of Dance presents Ailey II, Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre, for two performances, Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Stephens Hall Theatre located at 8000 York Road on the campus of Towson University.
Thursday, September 11
AP reports NFL executive received a copy of in-elevator video in April
Nothing less than the NFL's reputation is on the line, and possibly the job of the league's commissioner, Roger Goodell.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, and of those, 8.1 million are still undiagnosed.
Dr. Noel Leo Erskine investigates the history of the black church in his latest book, “Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery.”
Live, two-hour September 13 concert special celebrates National Anthem’s 200th Anniversary
Maryland Public Television, in partnership with Dick Clark Productions and THIRTEEN Productions, presents Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem, a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, at Pier Six Concert Pavilion on Saturday, September 13. The concert will air live on MPT at 8 p.m. as part of PBS’s Great Performances series.
Wednesday, September 10
Coppin State University track and field standout Christina Epps has advanced to the top 30 round in the 2014 NCAA Woman-of-the-Year selection process.
After Tuesday's unveiling of two new iPhones and a heavily anticipated smartwatch, Apple gave press and special guests (including models, fashion bloggers and Gwen Stefani) some supervised hands-on time with the gadgets. Here are our first impressions of the Apple Watch.
A "Fox and Friends" co-host joked that abusers should take the stairs to avoid cameras
I never wanted to become the poster child for anything, let alone domestic violence. But my blood is boiling, so when I say shut up, I'm venting at all those people out there who insist on blaming the victim.
Tuesday, September 9
Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues.
NFL suspends Rice after 2nd TMZ video emerges
The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of Ray Rice Monday. TMZ.com released a new video that showed exactly what happened in the elevator the night that Rice assaulted his then fiance. This move is a bold stand for the Ravens. Rice was under league suspension until next week. He will no longer be a member of the organization. Additionally, the NFL has suspended Ray Rice indefinitely.
Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Inner Harbor and at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore from September 10-16, 2014.
Mr. Robinson is the only new show on the NBC featuring an African American in a lead role.
Monday, September 8
"I want some white cheerleaders" and music familiar to whites, Levenson wrote
Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is facing "severe repercussions" after his racially charged e-mail, the team's CEO said.
When President Obama was questioned about countering the Islamic terrorists (ISIS) in Syria, his response was "We don’t have a strategy yet," and this exemplifies the status of our foreign policy.
Students and teachers returning to the classroom this month are invited to join a live, once-in-a-lifetime distance learning web cast on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Serena Williams did it again.
Black life, for the most part, has become a myriad of frustration, doubt, hopelessness, desperation, despair, struggle and fear.
Friday, September 5
One of the most incredible things about Baltimore is that you are always able to find great shows from independent artists almost any day of the week.
Gates discovers the secrets of Nasir “Nas” Jones, Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance
One show. Ten episodes. Thirty guests.
Award-winning exhibition relaunches with new objects
Awarded Best Historical Exhibition 2014 by Baltimore Magazine, the exhibition For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People, relaunches September 10, 2014 with newly added objects that represent iconic moments in U.S. history.
The safest way for students to use their bikes is for transportation, not play. While this advice may surprise you, it comes from the Nemours Foundation, one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations devoted to the health and well being of children.
Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: Land of Decay and Dysfunction.”
The Baltimore Ravens will have an even more local flavor to them now that Clarksville native Michael Campanaro is on the team. The team traded a sixth round pick in the 2015 NFL draft that allowed them to get in position to draft Campanaro in the seventh round of the 2014 draft.
Thursday, September 4
It happened again this year: The kids are back in the classroom before you’ve had the chance to blink. Thankfully, new developments in education are making it easier than ever for students to hit the ground running.
Drivers continue to ignore the stop arms on school buses at an alarming rate, a new Maryland State Department of Education-sponsored survey has revealed.
He may not play on game days, but Michael Sam -- the first openly gay man to be drafted into the NFL -- will at least have a home in the league once the regular season starts: the Dallas Cowboys.
Wednesday, September 3
The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you’ve run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at the farmer’s market. So what is a gardener or shopper to do with all that produce?
It may be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants -- craves, even -- healthier foods.
The fall TV season is quickly approaching and over the next few weeks, Indie Soul will shine a light on networks and shows aimed specifically at African American audiences. This week: Fox Television.
Some have argued that Ferguson is symbolic of “inner city America.” They argue that Ferguson is about racism, hopelessness, structural and systemic discrimination, and blacks who feel helpless.
Tuesday, September 2
In one instant, Michael Brown was identified as a threat and in the next he was dead. The people in Ferguson, Missouri have seen this story before and they are tired of its repetitive nature.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is much worse than official figures show, and other countries are unintentionally making it harder to control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden told CNN Tuesday.
The beheading of American journalist James Foley was horrifying. My prayers are with his family. May God comfort Foley's soul in eternity.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, The Real News (www.therealnews.com) hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and how African Americans can be more involved in finding solutions to problems in the community.
Monday, September 1
Entrepreneur April Wilson says she always wanted to create something. Keeping true to her dream, Wilson, who is from Baltimore, has designed one of the most exciting products on the market— the Ultra Cuddle.
The Baltimore Ravens were one of the first teams to get their roster down to 75 players.
Hello everyone! I just want to say happy Labor Day weekend to all of you. I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!
Donations of medical supplies sought
Johnetta Flomo lives in Maryland and he's worried about Ebola.