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News 2015 February

Stories for February 2015

Friday, February 27

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Are you ready for Tax Season?

Keep in mind that this 2014 tax year is the first year in which a penalty will be enforced for not having health insurance during any part of the tax year.

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Ravens terminate contract of Chris Canty

The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of DE Chris Canty, general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Friday morning.

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WO-BE-CO celebrates 20th anniversary

Women Behind the Community, Inc. (WO-BE-CO ) is a civic and community organization made up of women who assist Baltimoreans with cultural activities, voter registration, and education. For the past 20 years WOBECO has been donating African American books to grade schools throughout Baltimore city. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the group donating books.

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Seven Anne Arundel County youth collaborate to write new book

Seven girls from Pumphrey and the Glen Burnie area, who are members of the Dream Girls Youth Ministry at St. John United Methodist Church, collaborated to write a new book called “Angel Voices,” which was released February 4, 2015.

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Fifth Annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair helps students learn about marine, maritime careers

Back for its fifth year, the Annual Marine & Maritime Career Fair will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from noon to 3 p.m. at Annapolis High School Cafeteria & Auditorium located at 2700 Riva Road in Annapolis.

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Indie Soul: Kem

Indie Soul has been lucky enough to see many artists perform live over the years, but the one artist that we kept missing was Kem.

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Eight tips for safely shoveling snow

A study published in the Clinical Research in Cardiology looked at 500 people and found that seven percent started experiencing symptoms of heart problems while shoveling snow.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Black History Month ends with a bang!

Hello, Hello, Hello, my dear friends. “Baby, baby, it's cold outside!" Girlfriend, I am not complaining, because when I look at the news on TV, at other cities on the East Coast, we are truly blessed. But it is cold as you-know-what outside!

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Black Theatre Symposium scheduled at University of Maryland

Like megastars Sidney Poitier, the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, a host of African-American film stars have also mastered the black theater.

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Jeremy Butler plans big come back from injured reserve

A lot of emphasis has been placed on the amount of wide receivers the Baltimore Ravens interviewed at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Some draft experts are saying that the Ravens will select a receiver with their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. One thing to consider is that the Ravens have a solid group of young play makers already on the roster.

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Tenacity, determination keys to success for health entrepreneur

Success wasn’t simply handed to Jackie Bailey. Like most women entrepreneurs who also happen to be African-American, Bailey had to endure a few doors shutting in her face, overcome higher hurdles than most and display the kind of tenacity that it ultimately takes to run a business that’s now helping to change lives.

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Decisions, decisions: when weather forces school delays, closures

Snowstorms and extreme cold can create a situation that makes it unsafe for students, parents and staff to travel to and from school.

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Indie Soul Review: Patti Austin and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

On Friday February 20, 2015, while the entire East Coast was preparing for a winter storm, many people braved the brutal cold to go out to see one of the most incredible performers in the music business— Patti Austin.

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Empowering Our City Committee strives to make improvements in Annapolis

Along with a group of action-oriented individuals, Octavia Brown is on a mission to make substantial improvements in Annapolis, Maryland. Brown is the 27-year-old founder and chair of a new Annapolis-based community organization called Empowering Our City Committee (EOCC).

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Life in Baltimore: Highlighting organizations with a history of 40 or more years

Among the many organizations in Baltimore with an extensive history, the Guardsmen, Women Behind the Community, Inc (WO-BE-CO), and the DuBois Circle stand out as real treasures.

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The War and Treaty CD 'LIVE at Blue House'

There are many faces to Soul/R&B music, one of which is folk music— passionate music that comes from the heart.

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Local realtor, former NFL star help area youth in football, academics

Christine Thomas enjoys talking about children. The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage real estate agent has two daughters, but there are many more Baltimore area children that she helps to nurture.

Thursday, February 26

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MTA bus service to serve Amazon Distribution Center

Changes go into effect February 22

Working to improve on-time performance, ease crowding, simplify routes and better connect customers to new job opportunities within Baltimore City, including the Amazon Distribution Center along Broening Highway and the Shops at Canton Crossing, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will make a series of Local Bus service enhancements that will go into effect Sunday, February 22, 2015.

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Rural digitization project sheds rich light on African American lives

Until the late 20th century, African-Americans found it difficult to have obituaries published in newspapers around the country.

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Five interesting foods that should be on everyone’s bucket list

Whether you live for culinary adventure or unfamiliar items on your plate make you nervous, trying new foods is a worthwhile endeavor. But even avid foodies don’t have the time to try everything.

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LETTER: Vehicles for Change

The recent national headline highlighting a Detroit man's 21-mile on-foot commute from his urban home to a factory job in the suburbs dramatically highlights the importance of transportation for low-income individuals in our nation's metropolitan communities, especially as it relates to access to employment.

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Federal funds available for summer meals

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced that federal funds are available to assist public and private nonprofit organizations in serving free nutritious meals and snacks to children this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a U. S. Department of Agriculture program.

Wednesday, February 25

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Beyond the scale: What you need to know about diabetes risk factors

When it comes to Type II diabetes, many only consider weight when examining their risk. Diabetes is complicated however, and risk factors are numerous.

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Ravens terminate contract of Jacoby Jones

The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of WR/RS Jacoby Jones, general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Wednesday afternoon.

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Baltimore Ravens address contracts

“WE will exhaust every avenue that we have to use and to get as much cap flexibility as we can, so that I can, hopefully, have us set up to move toward the draft with the best football team that we can have.” -General Manager of the Baltimore Ravens, Ozzie Smith

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Unlocking 'The Woman Code:' 4 tips to know your value

There's been plenty of talk of late -- welcome discussion in my humble opinion -- about equal pay for equal work.

Tuesday, February 24

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From Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

There is perhaps no American civil rights leader who generated as many divergent opinions as Malcolm X.

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Baltimore native serves aboard U.S. Navy warship in Japan

A 2004 Western School of Technology and Environmental Science graduate and Baltimore native currently serves aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington, stationed at a U.S. Navy base located 35 miles south of Tokyo.

Monday, February 23

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Detroit man who commuted by foot 21 miles a day surprised with a donated car

His story sparks online donations surpassing $300,000

The world's most famous commuter thought he was meeting friends for lunch Friday to close out a wild week in the spotlight.

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Best cities for black entrepreneurs

Baltimore makes Nerd Wallet's top ten list for black businesses

Georgia's got a lock on black-owned businesses, according to a new report from NerdWallet.

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Oscars stage becomes liberal political soapbox for stars

Hollywood stars turned the stage into a soapbox at the Oscars on Sunday night, advocating on issues ranging from NSA surveillance to equal pay; the Voting Rights Act to immigration reform.

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Love your heart this February

Practical heart health tips from Giant’s nutritionists

February is National Heart Health Month and the nutritionists at Giant Food are committed to helping you care for your heart.

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A Mediterranean Menu for Outdoor Entertaining - Opa!

From raw to roasted, pickled to caramelized, the onion is one of the most versatile vegetables, and is commonly found among the many fresh flavors of this fare. Plus, when you cook with the mighty onion, you're serving up a good source of vitamin C.

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Parent Alert: 21 Explicit Slang Terms That Your Teens May Be Using When Texting — You Won’t Believe It!

If you find out that your child is using any of these codes when texting, now is the time to take action before it becomes a bigger problem. If your child is in fact “sexting”, then it may be time for a one-on-one time chat about sex and responsibility. But there are other dangers!

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Sad News: VH1 Star “Real” Dies From Cancer — Was Only 33 Years Old

“Real”, one of the reality stars of VH1’s Real Chance of Love, has died at the age of 33 after a long battle with colon cancer. Ahmad Givens, his real name, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013.

Sunday, February 22

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The Bath Tub

A multi-sensorial playground to nurture baby’s development

During the first three years of life, 85 percent of baby’s brain is formed. Researchers have found that during the formative first years of life – every interaction – every moment – is an opportunity to help shape baby’s developing brain.

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Firebirds Falter Late; Lose to Bridgeport, 83-72

Bridgeport, which is just a game back of St. Thomas Aquinas in the win-column for 1st place in the ECC standings, won its 4th straight game with solid contributions from forward Willie Williams III (22 points, eight rebounds), Asamoah (14 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots) and guard Devon Elliot (13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals).

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3 missing teen girls may be trying to join ISIS

U.K. police say teens took flight to Turkey. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.

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Firebirds Storm Past Purple Knights, 70-56

The Purple Knights actually out-shot UDC 41-percent to 40-percent from the field and out-rebounded the Firebirds 43-32; however, with just 11 turnovers to UB's 26, the Firebirds got off seven more FG attempts and more than doubled-up Bridgeport in free-throws (14-of-18 to 6-of-8).

Friday, February 20

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2015 Newbery Medal winner makes slam dunk with novel in verse

On Monday, February 2, 2015, something extraordinary happened to Kwame Alexander.

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MMSDC Names New President

MMSDC Names New President

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Tips for saving energy even during extremely cold weather

Throughout the colder winter months, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) strives to provide its customers with important energy saving tips to help ease the sting of the frigid temperatures.

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Funeral arrangements for Frank M. Conaway, Sr.

The Conaway family has coordinated the following homegoing services for Frank M. Conaway Sr., Clerk of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City (1998 – 2015)

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Bowie State celebrates 150 years of excellence

When the 40 African American founders opened what was then called the Baltimore Normal School on January 9, 1865, their mission was to establish educational facilities across Maryland that would help educate the more than 85,000 newly emancipated slaves.

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St. Agnes Hospital offers free heart health program

Hattie Carter just didn’t think she needed to make changes. The Baltimore resident says, she could still fit nicely into her clothes, she felt healthy and besides, certain diet and exercise programs just didn’t fit within her budget.

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Indie Soul: Legend of Lead Belly and Syncopation

On Thursday February 5, 2015, Comcast and Smithsonian Channel hosted a private screening of “Legend of Lead Belly” at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, which will premiere on the Smithsonian Channel, Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Maryland senator helps celebrate Harriet Tubman Historic Park

Democratic Maryland Senator Ben Cardin says he embraces the old biblical saying of “Out of the mouth of babes.”

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With the budget, the president calls the shots

It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud.

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Frank Conaway Sr. remembered

Clerk of City Circuit Court died Sunday, February 15, 2015

Frank M. Conaway Sr., longtime clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court, is being remembered by many who knew him, and by those whom his work positively affected. He died on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at age 81.

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Justin Forsett deserves to remain a Raven

To say that this past year has been a whirlwind for Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett would be an understatement. He has gone from journeyman to NFL league leader in yards per carry.

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Brendan Lee receives ‘Hometown Hero Award’ at 46th NAACP Image Awards

Brendan Lee is a Baltimore City resident with a passion for improving the well being of young people.

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Choral concert honors longtime organist

James Spencer Hammond has always been the kind of person that simply wants to do his job well. Attention has never been high on his list of wants and, those who know him, say it’s difficult to find someone more humble.

Thursday, February 19

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The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The first position that we will take a look at is corner-back. The Ravens ended up having to sign a few players off of the street because of injury. Jimmy Smith will be returning from a foot injury and is set to become a free agent after next season. Lardarius Webb improved as the year went on and his back got back into shape. Asa Jackson spent a good part of the season on injured reserve as well. The Ravens are likely to draft a corner earlier in the draft this year unlike 2014.

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Nestle says it is dropping artificial flavor and color from chocolate bars

Nestle says it will become the first major candy maker to eliminate all artificial color and flavors from its chocolates.

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Marylanders asked to share what starting school after Labor Day means to them

Selected videos to be posted on “Let Summer Be Summer” YouTube Channel

Building on the overwhelming success of his “Let Summer Be Summer” petition drive, Comptroller Peter Franchot is now asking Marylanders to submit videos describing what starting school after Labor Day would mean to them and their families.

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Ferguson police study new weapons technology to reduce killings of civilians

Police are evaluating the latest weapons technology called "The Alternative"

The embattled police here are testing something no other department in America has tried, in an effort to prevent another potentially explosive incident in which an officer kills an unarmed civilian.

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48th Annual Year for the Towsontown Spring Festival, Sponsored by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 rd , 2015 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The festival is located in downtown Towson, Maryland from York Road to Bosley Avenue, and from Susquehanna Avenue to Allegheny Avenue.Over 250,000 people attended the Towsontown Spring Festival in 2014, and we have added many wonderful additions to ensure 2015 will be our best year yet!

Wednesday, February 18

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Stevie Wonder tribute may have been better than Grammys

"Songs in the Key of Life: An All-Star Grammy Salute" aired Monday

It was a big night for one of music's biggest stars.

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New Orleans Saints player Benjamin Watson wants to talk race

NFL tight end Benjamin Watson is a Christian, husband and father who shares his thoughts about life on social media

NFL Player Benjamin Watson wants to tackle race. He says he believes talking about race freely is the key to moving forward.

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“Legend of Lead Belly” film screened at Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Iconic blues musician featured in Smithsonian Channel documentary

Comcast and Smithsonian Channel have partnered on the first sneak preview screening of a new documentary, “Legend of Lead Belly,” which profiles one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century.

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Sign up your child for AACC’s Kids in College

Register your child for one of Anne Arundel Community College's Kids in College/EXPLORE summer camps at the free Kids in College open house from on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Room 219 of the Cade Center for Fine Arts (CADE) on AACC's Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, February 17

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Live from New York, Sharpton pushes Palin run

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's receiving encouragement to run for president from an unlikely source --- Rev. Al Sharpton.

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Winter storm impacts Maryland

Hazardous travel conditions exist throughout state

Snow continues to blanket much of Maryland on Tuesday morning.

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Frank M. Conaway Sr., dead at 81

Served as Baltimore City Circuit Court Clerk since 1998

Maryland politicians are remembering Frank M. Conaway, Sr., longtime clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court who died this weekend at the age of 81.

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AACC hosts Black Male Initiative Summit to aid student success

Students, faculty, staff and community members focused on helping black male students succeed are invited to attend the Fifth Annual Black Male Initiative Summit on Tuesday, February 24, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College.

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USNA welcomes back first black female graduate

The U.S. Naval Academy held a luncheon celebrating African American/Black History Month with special guest, Janie Mines, Feb. 2, in King Hall.

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Ten tips for safe walking on snow or ice

Falls account for more than one million injuries in the United States annually. The most common type of walking accident is the slip and fall.

Monday, February 16

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What people are saying about 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

"Fifty Shades of Grey" might have been a box office hit by some measures, but was it any good?

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Rapper Drake drops surprise album

Rapper Drake pulled a Beyoncé, surprising fans late Thursday with a 17-track album.

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Anne Arundel County urges winter storm precautions

Now is the time to prepare for possible winter storm

Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh is advising Anne Arundel County residents to prepare now for an approaching winter weather event that may have a significant impact on Anne Arundel County starting Monday evening.

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BGE, Exelon’s African-American Resource Alliance Balto. Chapter Celebrate Black History Month

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) and parent company Exelon’s African-American Resource Alliance (EAARA) Baltimore Chapter are celebrating Black History Month by supporting local arts, educational and diversity events in February that honor those who have shaped the past and those who are continuing to shape the future.

Friday, February 13

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Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Competition to award tech entrepreneurs

Comcast Business’ national program for startups and entrepreneurs returns after successful inaugural campaign

Comcast Business announced that for the second consecutive year the company is seeking out the nation’s most innovative startup companies and entrepreneurs to compete in the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition.

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Remembering Baltimore's treasured social organizations

Many organizations in Baltimore formed forty, fifty and even sixty years ago. These organizations were established to provide social, cultural, civic and service networks at a time when black Americans had limited access to many public venues due to Jim Crow laws.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello everyone, I hope you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day and plan on enjoying some Black History Month events this weekend.

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U.S. stamp honoring Tuskegee University architect released

The most prolific contributor to Tuskegee University’s structural design and the namesake of its architecture and construction school will honored with the launch of a new U.S. postage stamp.

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HBCU athletes honored at Banneker-Douglass Museum during Black History Month

The Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) is featuring untold stories of HBCU athletes who helped to shape African American college athletics, while also hosting a companion sports exhibit. On February 7, 2015, two exhibitions— “Untold Stories: Athletes of Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities” and “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America” — opened at the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

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Pratt librarian honored with Coretta Scott King -Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to announce that School and Student Services Coordinator Deborah Taylor is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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What are the Ravens plans for free agent safety Will Hill?

As the Baltimore Ravens enter the off-season, the team has a few decisions to make regarding free agents.

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Creator of HBCU web series hails from Annapolis

Christian Smooth is a 24-year-old Annapolis resident who has thrown his hat into the independent filmmaking ring. When he is able to coordinate schedules of volunteer actors, Smooth shoots episodes of his original web series called "The Student Body," based on life at a fictional Historically Black College (HBCU) in Baltimore, called Nagrom State University.

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Weddings just got less expensive with launch of website

There is little doubt most would agree that getting married can be very expensive. However, for those seeking wedded bliss, there is good news.

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Indie Soul Interview: Bill Duke’s 'Dark Girls'

If you don’t know who Bill Duke is, then by all means Google his name. He is an iconic figure when it comes to producing, directing and acting. He uses his talents to delve into race and culture, and in his latest work “Dark Girls” he examines color

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Indie Soul: The Exchange 2

As we reflect about the past during Black History Month it is also important to pay attention to issues that should be addressed in our community today.

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MECU neighborhood event grants available for 2015

Neighborhoods and community-based non-profits can receive up to $1,000

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are excited to announce the return of MECU Neighborhood Event Grants for 2015! Each year, the program awards cash grants to Baltimore neighborhood associations and community-based non-profit organizations for the purpose of producing special events.

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Initiative launched to increase access to fresh, healthy foods in Maryland's ‘Food Deserts’

Maryland is joining the growing movement to expand access to fresh fruits and vegetables in under-served communities known as “food deserts.”

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Boots on the ground

The war against Isis may require boots on the ground. These boots should not be the soldiers of the United States of America.

Thursday, February 12

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Soul mate stories: Their arranged marriage blossomed into true love

My parents, Shanthi and C. S. Seshadri, met only twice before their wedding 30 years ago in southern India.

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Processed foods begone, Michelle Obama says: 'Cheese dust is not food'

First, they came for the giant sodas. Then, the salt. Now ... the cheese dust?

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RNC pays tribute to record-setting black Republicans

As part of a Black History Month celebration, Republicans paid tribute to record-setting members of Congress

As Republicans attempt to build more inroads with black voters, the Republican National Committee sought to highlight its progress on Wednesday, recognizing three newly elected black Republicans to Congress.

Wednesday, February 11

HBCU Round-Up:AGGIES ANNOUNCE 2015 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

North Carolina A&T released its 11-game 2015 football schedule on Wednesday.The schedule includes the return of Bethune-Cookman, who has won at least a share of the MEAC title four out of the last five seasons. It also includes a game against the University of North Carolina for the first time.A&T, who won a share of the MEAC title in 2014, opens the season at Aggie Stadium on Sept. 5 (6 p.m.) against old CIAA rival Shaw University. The Aggies will meet the Bears on the football field for the 21st time, but for the first time since 1963 when the Aggies came away with a 69-0 win in Greensboro.

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BGE Reminds Customers to Shop Maryland’s Upcoming Tax-Free Weekend, Shop Maryland Energy, to Save on New ENERGY STAR® Certified Products

During Shop Maryland Energy weekend, the following ENERGY STAR products are tax-free and also rebated by the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program.

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Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot: One in 175,000,000

Before you start thinking about what you'd do with $485 million, let's get serious: You're not going to win.

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Financial shackles still in place

As the annual, month-long Black History observance begins, now is a good time to reflect on the journey that previous generations of blacks have taken in the quest for total freedom and equality. From 1865’s Emancipation Proclamation, to 1954’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and 1965’s voting rights legislation, black Americans have vigilantly fought for freedom.

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Washington Monument time capsule on display at The Walters

The 100-year-old time capsule, recently discovered in Baltimore’s Washington Monument, will be on display at the Walters Art Museum until it is opened in late May. Since January 2014, the Monument, the first to George Washington in the United States, has been undergoing a $5.5 million restoration by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.

Tuesday, February 10

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How did Beck beat out Beyonce?

No, Beck, you're not a loser. But some people think you should have been.

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Residents urged to ‘Shop Maryland Energy’ Star products

Tax-free weekend for select Energy Star products, February 14-16, 2015

Comptroller Peter Franchot urges Marylanders to take advantage of Shop Maryland Energy, a tax-free weekend for select Energy Star products beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 14, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2015.

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BGE celebrates Black History Month with events honoring diversity

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) and parent company Exelon’s African-American Resource Alliance (EAARA) Baltimore Chapter are celebrating Black History Month by supporting local arts, educational and diversity events in February that honor those who have shaped the past and those who are continuing to shape the future.

Monday, February 9

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Black History Month: Bridge racial divides

Last month, we mourned the passing of Edward Brooke. Nearly 50 years ago, in 1966, he was elected to the U.S. Senate by the people of Massachusetts, making history as the first African-American elected to the chamber since Reconstruction. He was a Republican, which seems unusual now, but in light of the Emancipation and Reconstruction of a century ago it reflects the complexities of black history in America.

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Source: Bobbi Kristina Brown has injuries that still need to be explained

The 21-year-old has been in a medically induced coma for a week

Investigators are focusing on Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, as they try to determine how she ended up facedown in a tub of water, a source with knowledge of the case told CNN.

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Renters’ tax credits for eligible Marylanders

Most Maryland residents know they are entitled to a tax credit for owning their own home. However, did you know qualified renters in Maryland can also take advantage of available tax credits?

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Award-winning basketball documentary to air on ASPiRE during Black History Month

'Doin' It In the Park' explores the history, culture and social impact of New York's summer basketball scene

ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE) announced the exclusive premiere of the acclaimed, award-winning documentaryDoin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC (doinitinthepark.com/film), directed by Bobbito García (“It’s The Shoes,” author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987) and Kevin Couliau (Heart & Soul Of New York City). Called “an exuberant introduction to the rich lore of the city game” by The New York Times, the documentary will debut on ASPiRE on Thursday, February 19 at 9 p.m. EST, with an encore at 11 p.m. EST.

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‘America’s Got Talent’ winner performs Valentine’s Day weekend show in Baltimore

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will perform at Baltimore Soundstage February 13, 2015. The vocalist from Logan, West Virginia, who has been singing and dancing since age three won season six of “America’s Got Talent,” along with a $1 million dollar grand prize and a Columbia Records contract.

Friday, February 6

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HIV/AIDS advocate, survivor spreads message of prevention and hope

February 7, 2015 marks the fifteenth year since African Americans have been encouraged to educate themselves about HIV and AIDS in their local communities through National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). This year’s theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!”

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Indie Soul: Getting fit and eating healthy

Most folks wait until spring to officially begin to try to get themselves in shape and eat healthy. By February, most New Year’s resolutions are long forgotten. Now is the time for people who are genuinely concerned about living healthy to get moving in the right direction. This past weekend there were a couple of events to help people learn about healthy living.

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Indie Soul Review: Camera Soul

Last year, a group out of Italy called Camera Soul came to our attention. Our readers have reached out and wanted to know when Camera Soul was going to be putting out more new music and when would they touring in the United States.

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Netanyahu, Republicans beating drums of war

We need to see beyond petty insults. The fact that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) chose to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without coordinating this with the White House was a snub and everyone knows that.

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Celebrate Black History Month at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Documentary screenings; children’s programs, and museum open house during the month of February

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum presents thought-provoking events celebrating Black History Month spanning the Civil War and Antebellum periods through the Civil Rights Movement, to the present day.

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Six healthy habits to implement in American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month.

In recognition of February being American Heart Month, the team of nutritionists at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets are making it easy for customers to show their heart some love by incorporating heart healthy tips into meal planning and preparation.

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HBCU Round-up

A look at the week in HBCU sports.

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Indie Soul Book Review: No Cell Phone Day and Surrender

Winter time is great time to get caught up on some reading.

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2015 NFL Draft prospect Danny Shelton inspired by Haloti Ngata

Danny Shelton is a prospect that has drawn comparisons to Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, a fellow Polynesian. Many are intrigued by his size, specifically his lower body.

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Kennedy, Satcher lead mental health forum

His first report as the U.S. Surgeon General was released 15 years ago when it was revealed that mental health conditions affected far more individuals than anyone had ever imagined.

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BSO celebrates black history honoring innovators

While Baltimore area organizations, museums and other cultural institutions have detailed their various plans to celebrate Black History Month, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra certainly will not be outdone.

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Red Dress™ Sunday raises awareness of heart disease in women

Heart disease kills one woman every minute in the United States.

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America’s Got Talent finalists ‘Sons of Serendip’ release debut recording

The 2014 “America’s Got Talent” finalists and audience favorites, Sons of Serendip have released their debut studio recording, a self-titled compilation of the group’s most memorable performances on the wildly popular talent competition show.

Thursday, February 5

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Wendell Scott honored during 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

First African American to win NASCAR Premier Series Race joins Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Joe Weatherly and Rex White in sixth induction class

Stock car racing trailblazer Wendell Scott was among five legendary drivers enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.

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Seasoned community schools and education leader becomes director of Elev8 Baltimore

Alexandria Warrick Adams, a proven leader in the education and youth development fields, has taken on the top position at Elev8 Baltimore, an award-winning community schools initiative working in four schools in the city.

Wednesday, February 4

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Indie Soul Review: Love Will See You Through and The Lost Treasures of R&B

Literacy and education are key to helping our young people move forward and live successful lives. This month Indie Soul gives you two books to encourage our children to learn and gain understanding.

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BSU receives nearly $1.2 million for cybersecurity education

Bowie State University (BSU) will receive nearly $1.2 million in federal funding over the next five years to support cybersecurity education.

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Baltimore native goes from extra to successful actor

Growing up in West Baltimore, Jerome Ro Brooks always dreamed of seeing his name in bright lights, however, it wasn't until leaving his hometown that the trajectory of his career changed.

Tuesday, February 3

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Whitney Houston's daughter 'fighting for her life'

Two days after she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water at her Roswell, Georgia, home, Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is on a ventilator and in intensive care, a source close to the family said.

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Library of Congress: Main reading room open house on Presidents Day

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room for a special open house to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round.

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App helps consumers choose health insurance

A team of young entrepreneurs is offering a different approach to the insurance and health care market place from what they said is a completely different perspective.

Monday, February 2

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The perils of poisonous politics

By doubling down on his vile slur on President Obama’s love for his country, ex-New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani created the media frenzy that he craved. He also set up an easy test of decency for Republican presidential contenders: Who has the sense to disavow Giuliani’s poison? Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio passed the admittedly low bar; Governors Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal failed ignominiously: Governor Rick Perry pretzeled his way through it.

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Project SERVE helps with critical restoration efforts of Navy’s ship

Currently the Coast Guard Yard, the U.S. Coast Guard’s 115-year old shipyard, is a scene of living history as the USS Constellation is undergoing a critical four-month repair.

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It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress

It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate.

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Angela Brown redefines opera

Soprano Angela M. Brown who has graced prestigious opera and symphonic stages around the world, performed before approximately 300 supporters of the arts at the Bowie Center for Performing Arts in Maryland on Sunday, January 25, 2015.