Wednesday, August 31
"Have you seen 'The Lion King'?"
Mark Baum believes the relentless EpiPen price hikes are "shameful" and his company is plotting a $100 alternative for the lifesaving allergy treatment.
Are you interested in learning to speak French but don't have the budget for lessons? Would you like to learn Mandarin, but don't have the time to dedicate to a class schedule?
The nation has marked the historic occasion of the first woman in American history to win the Presidential nomination for a major political party.
Tuesday, August 30
We were in second grade. And I can still feel the dirt in my hair, falling down my face. Still hear the bullies screeching like monkeys, calling me "Rocky," after the old African gorilla at the local zoo. Nearly every week for a time, the kids in my neighborhood would chase me home with their monkey taunts.
Chickpeas are loaded with protein and fiber, making them a healthy addition to just about anyone's diet.
Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Prudential Financial Inc., Target and Toyota have each provided $2 million in sponsorships to support the grand opening and inaugural events for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Monday, August 29
We often hear about the crimes and homicides that take place in Chicago and in particular the south side of Chicago. The murder and overall crime rate is frightening.
Patti LaBelle is making an encore.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the world. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, more than 1.1 million cases of prostate cancer were recored in 2012, accounting for 15 percent of new cancer diagnoses in men that year.
San Francisco quarterback says his protest is against racism
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat in protest during the national anthem for a pre-season game, saying he would not honor a song nor "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
Friday, August 26
The issue of whether the District of Columbia (D.C.) will become the United States’ 51st state has been brewing for a long time, and the lack of voting power within Congress has many residents, city officials and presidential candidates saying the time is right for officially lobbying to make the District a state.
The Black Press lost one of it’s most celebrated warriors when George Curry, veteran journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of the NNPA News Wire, died from an apparent heart attack on Saturday, August 20, 2016.
Maryland public school systems began to re-open on August 17, 2016, and another record number of students, are expected for the 2016-17 academic year.
Last school year, Brittany Patterson’s commute to work started at 5:45 a.m. on the 91 bus from Garrison Boulevard and Bateman Avenue.
Hello everyone, this was an exciting and hot weekend. “Shorty” my Boo-Boo and I had a very busy week covering the last of the “Liberty Live” Festival for the Randallstown Community and the Ruth Kirk Fun Festival for two days at Franklin Square Park.
The Baltimore City Public School system does not always receive the most positive feedback due to a lack of programming to productively foster educational growth for the city’s students.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman took the field Tuesday, August 23, 2016, after being cleared to return to practice. Perriman was happy to return after missing all of his rookie season with a knee injury.
It’s back to school time in Baltimore.
What started as a small goal to make $200 extra dollars a month turned into a record-setting accomplishment and extraordinary success story for Mary Kay Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director Gloria Mayfield Banks.
Thursday, August 25
If Black Republicans ever want to be taken seriously by the Black community, they have to stop accepting the silly ultimatum being offered by the Republican Party.
Many consumers may find they have few choices when shopping on the Obamacare exchanges for 2017.
With its "Better Matters" campaign, Verizon likes to brag it's the best. Now, a new report suggests those claims are mostly true.
Donald Trump is making his pitch to African-American voters in these terms: "What the hell do you have to lose?"
I work in a small accounting office of 16 people. We sit in cubicles very close to one another and we have more men than women.
Wednesday, August 24
Nail biting, also known as onychophagia, is a common habit that affects people of all ages. Biting your nails usually stems from stress or forms as a nervous habit. Most research says that children and teenagers make up the greatest number of regular nail biters.
It's not just about police killing black men. It's deeper than that.
Cholera broke out in Haiti nine months after a 2010 earthquake
In a major shift, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has indicated the United Nations is preparing to compensate for the cholera outbreak in Haiti that killed at least 10,000 people.
Tuesday, August 23
It's Kerry Washington like you've never seen her before.
The term ‘crack baby’ emerged into the social consciousness in the 80’s and 90’s during the crack epidemic sweeping minority communities. It referred to children who had been exposed to the drug because of their mother’s usage during pregnancy.
Dessert and summer are a match made in heaven.
Soon poetry and music will fill the Harlem home of legendary poet Langston Hughes again.
Monday, August 22
Reports of skin irritation prompted McDonald's to remove activity trackers from kids meals
McDonald's is removing Step-It activity trackers from Happy Meals due to concerns over skin irritations, according to a statement sent to CNN on Wednesday.
Backyard barbecues provide the perfect opportunity for grillmasters to experiment with their favorite foods.
During a campaign speech in Wisconsin, Trump appealed to African American voters offering an alternative to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Friday, August 19
Communities urged to join efforts to help keep bus stops clean
On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC), the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) announced the beginning of an exciting initiative to help make Maryland’s bus stops litter-free.
Tax preparers urged to think twice before clicking links or opening attachments
The federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is asking tax preparers to be on the lookout for emails that purport to contain important software updates, but actually install malicious spyware on their computers.
Clinton and Trump are flawed candidates running for President.
During election years, pent-up frustrations, simmering animosities and the toxic legacy of countless hours of hate talk radio erupt from the seething volcano of the American public. Injustice left festering explodes into anger and hatred. Defensive arrogance and condescension drips down the pyramid of privilege.
At the 80th Grand Conclave of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., which was held July 21- 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Pi Omega Chapter, Graduate Chapter of Baltimore was once again recognized for its service to the community.
The training completed by Head Start executive Gayle Headen will ultimately benefit children and their families at the Union Baptist-Harvey Johnson Head Start in Baltimore, Maryland.
Late in 2015, the Baltimore Community Foundation announced a $6 million contribution towards the expansion of Judy Centers to help provide early childhood education and support services to 5,000 Baltimore City children and their families.
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) salutes the career development success of the Discover the Unexpected (DTU) NNPA Journalism Fellowship program that has just completed its first term of providing undergraduate students at the Howard University School of Communication the unique apprentice opportunity to work at NNPA member newspapers in Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Detroit.
Benjamin Watson signed a 2-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens worth $7 million with $3 million guaranteed. He comes to the Ravens after posting a career year with the New Orleans Saints. Watson had 74 receptions for 825 yards and six touchdowns last season.
My.Future technology allows kids to explore digital education
Students will soon be returning to school, but My.Future kept members of the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore’s Brooklyn O’Malley Club learning during the summer break.
By popular demand hit stage play production to run from September 2-4, 2016
Unified Voices of Johns Hopkins (UV) and Battle Stage Plays present Ursula V. Battle’s “My Big Phat Ghetto FABULE$$ Wedding” for a return engagement.
On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, national leaders, elected officials, members of the city and state business communities, and others gathered for the Ribbon Cutting of the Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. Entrepreneurship Center at the Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL).
Emerging film director/actor, Michael Anthony Hobbs is on the rise in Baltimore. The 12-year-old debuted his second short feature film, “Naga Pixie,” to rave reviews this past week at the Arbutus Community Center in Baltimore County
Thursday, August 18
Maryland State Police are warning the public about a telephone scam in which the caller represents himself as a barrack commander and threatens the victim with arrest if money owed is not immediately forwarded.
Aetna, one of the country's largest insurers, made headlines Tuesday when it announced it is pulling out of health care exchanges in 11 of the 15 states where it now offers insurance.
Sponsorships and donations have been pouring into the new Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which is set to open on Sept. 24 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Board of Public Works Approves $2.5 Million, Administration Requests Additional $2.5 Million from Catastrophic Fund
Governor Larry Hogan’s request to provide $2.5 million in funding to assist small businesses and property owners in Ellicott City recover from devastating flooding was approved today by the Board of Public Works. Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford chaired the bi-weekly meeting of the board, with Comptroller Peter Franchot in attendance. Treasurer Nancy Kopp was absent.
Wednesday, August 17
“Deadpool” may have raised the bar far too high for the comic-book-turned-film genre. It was fresh, innovative, irreverent, demented, unpredictable, visually alluring, well-acted, written, directed and produced. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” flew in its shadow. And now the much-hyped “Suicide Squad” falls short, too.
Oprah Winfrey is done with "diversity."
It's the same son Graham slapped and yanked out of the Baltimore riots last year
Toya Graham first made headlines after a televised smackdown of her teenage son during the Baltimore riots last year.
My niece is all in love with Gabby Douglas and thinks she can one day tryout for the Olympic team. LOL, now that’s funny.
Tuesday, August 16
Usain Bolt is more than a veteran Olympic star. He's a brand -- a track and field icon with an international following.
Good physical and mental health help drive success and enjoyment in our lives. But when it comes to overcoming some of our society’s biggest health challenges – from HIV/AIDS to cancer to diabetes to behavioral health issues – the African-American community unfortunately shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden.
Some have slammed Douglas online for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem
Imagine being the darling of the 2012 London Olympics, only to be criticized for your every move four years later in Rio.
The month of August is often referred to as "the dog days of summer," a phrase that can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. The "dog days" are a reference to the dog star, Sirius, which appeared to rise just before the sun in late July, when temperatures were at their hottest. As a result, the phrase "dog days" remains synonymous with summer heat in the Northern Hemisphere.
Monday, August 15
While you’re out enjoying the shady spots of the nearby B & A Trail or looking for a place to duck in for a little air conditioning, step into Gallery 90 to see new work from Chesapeake Arts Center Gallery artists.
Hart has been signed to Motown
Kevin Hart is taking his plan for domination to the music charts.
Schools across the country are getting ready to once again open their doors and welcome new and returning students.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing report on the state of the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) as a part of its civil rights investigation following the death of Freddie Gray.
Friday, August 12
State sales tax waived for qualifying clothing and footwear under $100 between August 14 and 20, 2016
From August 14 to August 20, 2016, the state’s six percent sales tax will not be collected for any single, qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time.
I don’t know whether you have been following this, but there is a very disturbing trend that has been underway. Women in cyberspace are under attack. These attacks are very much focused on programmers and video game designers. These attacks are nothing short of vicious.
One man served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. One woman entered the Army Nursing Corps when all four of her brothers entered military service. Another man switched from the Navy to the Air Force to please his new wife.
Two thousand and seventeen will mark the 190 anniversary of the Black Press in America. Since the first publication of Freedom’s Journal on March 16, 1827 in New York City, black owned newspapers have been at the forefront of being the consciousness-raising voice of black America. Today in 2016, black owned newspapers still matter.
This summer, Liberty Live 2016 drew hundreds to Kings Point Square located at 9900 Liberty Road in Randallstown, Maryland. The free, family-friendly outdoor concert series was presented by the Liberty Road Business Association (LRBA), and featured live entertainment, vendors, free parking and more.
Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine may have helped set the tone at the annual conference of the National Urban League, which was held last week in Baltimore.
Hello friends and fans, a lot is going on this week, especially involving the young folks in our community.
The four-day National Urban League Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center had the theme, “Save Our Cities,” and organizers said a chief way to accomplish that goal is through education.
“My Big Phat Ghetto FABULE$$ Wedding,” Ursula Battle’s exciting play about what happens when a reversal of fortune causes a couple’s expensive dream wedding to turn into a beer buck budget nightmare, is among the journalist and writer’s many works that have helped her to earn the 2016 Newsome Award for Playwright of the Year.
Many colleges and universities offer students the opportunity to travel abroad for study and enrichment. Spelman College is among the colleges that encourage a global perspective. Spelman, a four-year liberal arts women's college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thursday, August 11
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn.
A couple of months ago a real friendly woman moved into the condo across the hall. She and I hit it off right away.
Former Coppin track and field standout
Former Coppin State University track and field standout Christina Epps will compete in Rio de Janerio, Brazil in the 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday, August 13th at 8:30 am.
Another 100 struggling Macy's stores are disappearing.
Wednesday, August 10
Immunizations are an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Physicians and various health organizations advise that children and adults adhere to a specific schedule of vaccinations that can help them develop antibodies to fend off a variety of illnesses. Unfortunately for kids who fear needles, most immunizations are administered intravenously.
Usain Bolt, the most decorated sprinter of all time, is oozing with confidence as he edges closer to realizing his "Triple-Triple" gold medal dream at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Tuesday, August 9
Detox diet adherents tout the benefits of cleansing their bodies. The detox craze can be confusing, and misinformation regarding the best way to proceed with a cleanse only illustrates the emphasis men and women considering detox diets must place on learning as much about them as possible.
"Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones has been tweeting so much commentary about the Olympics that NBC has invited her to Rio.
The headlines blared almost non-stop.
There’s something missing in actor Matt Damon and director/writer Paul Greengrass’s return to the Bourne action/spy/thriller franchise
Monday, August 8
Diabetes and its precursor is a major problem, both in the United States and across the globe.
They were one of the biggest favorites for gold -- but Serena and Venus Williams won't be topping the podium together at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Patrick served as adviser to a police reform commission after the death of Laquan McDonald
As a former governor, civil rights lawyer and a product of Chicago's South Side, there may be few Americans who understand the current national debate about the need for police reforms better than Deval Patrick.
As summer comes to a close, it can be hard for both kids and adults to get back into an academic mindset. Whether you’re a parent that’s dreading the start of the school rush or struggling to help your children rediscover reading success, the trick is to plan ahead.
Friday, August 5
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) commends the dedication, vigilance and vitality of our eight “Discover the Unexpected” NNPA Journalism Fellows: Brandi Montgomery, Brelaun Douglas, Briahnna Brown, McKenzie Marshall, Victoria Jones, Rushawn Walters, Tatyana Hopkins and Sidnee King.
Hunger Free America has launched new campaigns to make it easier for hungry Americans to obtain food and for anyone to volunteer in the most effective ways to end hunger.
What does BLM stand for?
Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will begin issuing permanent vehicle registration cards and license plate stickers to Maryland veterans who qualify as 100 percent disabled.
This violence in our communities must end. We are beginning to look and act like a third world country.
John Wesley Boyd, Jr., lives off the land raising cows, growing soybeans and corn on 400 acres he owns in rural Baskerville, Virginia.
Sickle cell disease affects millions worldwide, including an estimated 100,000 people in the United States.
This young lady handles inventory, serves as the lead salesperson at trade shows, speaks to community groups, writes thank you cards to online customers and even helps with sales taxes.
Upton is looking a little more “artsy” these days, thanks to the hard work and creativity of students from Youthworks, the Baltimore City Summer Employment program.
Commonly known as Rio 2016, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, mark a historic first time that the Olympics is being held in South America, and only the third time in the Southern Hemisphere.
Marc Morial shook his head in disbelief. A hung jury. An acquittal. Still another acquittal and eventually the announcement by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby that charges against the remaining officers in the death of Freddie Gray would be dismissed.
Cyan Manuel is well traveled and loves it. The Hanover, Maryland, resident was raised by her military mom who served in the Army for more than 25 years.
Thursday, August 4
Greens for breakfast might sound unconventional, but starting the day with vegetables is a fantastic way to check off some of the daily requirements for vitamins and minerals, plus get the energy needed to stay full and focused all morning.
Having attended the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland two weeks ago and having intently watched the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on TV last week, I couldn’t help but notice how distorted both conventions were, especially in terms of the media’s coverage of them.
Wednesday, August 3
McDonald's believes it can make happier meals for its customers by removing certain ingredients from its McNuggets and hamburger buns.
Whether your kids are school playground-bound or college-bound, the back-to-school season can be an expensive time of year.
Read them and then do the opposite
These are cautionary tales.
Tuesday, August 2
Hartwell recently filed for divorce
Former professional football player Ed Hartwell has spoken out on his breakup with "Cosby Show" star Keshia Knight Pulliam.
Back-to-school is an exciting time of year for families, but it also means new exposures to germs.
As the presidential candidates sprint towards the November 8 election, the Clinton campaign has turned to seasoned, Black political strategists to boost voter turnout in the African American community.
Some things should be left in the past and forgotten. Case in point: Tarzan. This modern version, “The Legend of Tarzan,” adds some politically correct touches to an old-fashioned (dated) story. But even with new gloss and a fresh scent, the central problem still remains: a near super-human White man lording over apes, animals and Africans. It’s an image that is dubious at best, and repulsive at its worst, even if well intentioned.
Monday, August 1
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and the perfect opportunity to make sure everyone is up-to-date with their vaccination schedules, particularly children headed back-to-school.
Russell Simmons is as afraid of a confrontation with police as most other Black men.
It's early morning in the Ngong Hills, on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, and a group of athletes huddle together in prayer in tracksuits and long pants. It's notoriously chilly this time of year.