Friday, January 29
All Maryland middle school students are invited to enter a statewide writing contest focusing on the themes of peace and social justice
The contest, which is sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund, the Benjamin Peace Foundation and the Peace and Justice Center of Annapolis Friends Meeting, is open to all seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in public or private schools in Maryland and to home-schooled students corresponding to the same grade levels.
With the the Mid-Atlantic recovering from a major snowstorm, the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA), the North American trade association representing snow management professionals, has these five tips for safely shoveling snow.
I have watched the movie titled “Groundhog Day” with actor Bill Murray. Looking back, I'm wondering if that movie was about the Iowa Caucus. The caucus just keeps coming back and back and it seems we just can't escape the Iowa Caucus.
After 30 years of ‘three strikes,’ mandatory-minimum sentences and harsh federal, state and local government responses to crime, elected officials and communities now realize that being tough on crime didn’t produce the desired results.
Wells Fargo announced the donation of $1 million and historical artifacts from its corporate collection to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
Hello everyone, I hope everyone is well and came out of the terrible snowstorm alright.
On February 1, 1916, Maggie Paylor was born just outside of Roxboro, North Carolina. The daughter of a sharecropper, Joseph and his wife Josephine, Maggie was one of nine children. On February 1, 2016, the longtime Waverly resident will celebrate her 100th birthday.
Ford Motor Company is helping to kick off Black History Month by honoring African-American men and amplifying their accomplishments.
Hope Alexander portrays Princess Tiana
The ultimate Disney animation celebration will be held at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, February 3-7, 2016. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents "Treasure Trove" is Disney’s 50th animated feature and Disney lovers will see Peter Pan; Tinker Bell; Captain Hook; Simba; Alice and the Mad Hatter; and a host of other characters and princesses come to life in the production.
February 1, 2016, not only marks the start of Black History Month, but for a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition organization, it’s the beginning of the fifth annual African Heritage & Health Week.
A new initiative is helping to change the conversation in an area of Baltimore where hopelessness has often led to the anger, which recently spilled over into chaos after the death of Freddie Gray.
When it comes to the offensive line, left tackle could be considered the glamour position. That position attracts the most attention and generally warrants the highest salary. The Baltimore Ravens traded a fourth and fifth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for left tackle Eugene Monroe.
Adoption was something Derwin Penson and his wife Wendy considered only in passing a long time ago.
Thursday, January 28
President Barack Obama has always been candid about his youthful transgressions -- a history his wife referenced Tuesday when explaining anyone can become a high achiever.
With all the controversy over #OscarsSoWhite, now may not have been the best time to announce that a white actor has been cast as African-American pop star Michael Jackson.
Minority and low-income students are less likely to have consistent access to effective teachers between preschool and the third grade than students from high-income households, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C-based think tank.
Wednesday, January 27
The best fiction has a way of using an imagined world to help us see the real one more clearly. I was reminded of that when I recently read "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."
Dave Schneider shook his head as he surveyed the scene around him.
The Senior Bowl is the event that some feel kicks off draft season.
Tuesday, January 26
You can protect your family by testing for lead and other contaminants
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, may have you asking, "Does my home's water contain lead?"
Previous generations of Americans were able to retire with confidence, knowing that they could count on a steady stream of income from what is often referred to as the “three-legged stool” of company pensions, social security and personal savings.
The first police officer homicide trials in Baltimore's recent history do not deal with excessive force
The first police officer homicide trials in Baltimore's recent history do not deal with excessive force. Instead, jurors deciding the cases of the officers involved in Freddie Gray's death will wrestle with the question of whether the defendants' actions were such extreme deviations from standard police policy as to be considered crimes.
Monday, January 25
Dear Alma, I think my nephew is gay. I would even go so far as to say I know that he is gay. I don’t know why my sister, or his father or sisters and brothers can’t see it.
Flint, Michigan is impoverished. The auto plants have closed. Forty percent of the city’s 100,000 residents live below the poverty level. It is majority minority. It’s been in fiscal crisis since 2011, with the state taking over budgetary control and a state-appointed “emergency manager” driving policy focused on cutting spending.
Icy roads, snow-covered runways and blocked train tracks threaten to snarl morning travel in many East Coast cities on Monday, days after a massive blizzard clobbered the region.
Tips to stay safe in cold weather
With dangerously cold temperatures expected to continue through tomorrow morning, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen extended a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City until 10 a.m. Monday, January 25.
Friday, January 22
American Academy of Ophthalmology urges people to learn their risk factors for blinding eye disease
Approximately 2.7 million Americans have the potentially blinding eye disease glaucoma, but only half are aware of it. Meanwhile, glaucoma incidence is on the rise. Researchers predict that glaucoma will affect as many as 6.3 million Americas by 2050. During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is sharing a list of risk factors that can lead to the disease.
21st Century Tech Tools Merged with Traditional Instruction
For eleven-year-old sixth-graders Avante Morgan, Temitope Peters, Victor Chongwa and 10-year old Rianna Davis, using their school-issued HP Elitebook Revolve hybrid laptops has become as easy as their traditional textbooks. Infusing technology with traditional educational tools, the Windsor Mill Middle School (WMMS) scholars are embracing change and excelling in their core subjects.
The confetti and champagne bottles have been cleaned up. So now millions of Americans will embark on their New Year's resolution to— finally!— hit the gym and get healthy.
The Walmart Foundation opened the application period for its State Giving Program funding cycle recently, welcoming Maryland nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunity to apply for funding. The deadline to submit grant requests is January 29, 2016.
Governor Larry Hogan announced an investment of $53 million for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and $60 million over two years for land acquisition and preservation programs.
The “Do It For Life” Health and Fitness Fair takes place on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Truth & Life Family Worship Center located at 6305 Sherwood Road in Baltimore.
It may have been the easy thing to do for The Woda Group to pull the plug on its development and revitalization efforts in East Baltimore after riots marred peaceful demonstrations and later threatened to destroy an entire neighborhood in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray.
Tamika Felder beat cervical cancer
Tamika Felder was going through her daily routine, filing stories as a freelance journalist and simply living the life of a happy-go-lucky 25-year-old. Then, out of nowhere, she received the news from her doctors that she had cervical cancer, a disease that starts in the lower part of the uterus.
The value of excellent coaching cannot be forgotten when identifying the reasons that an NFL franchise is successful.
White House Fellow, Army veteran, best-selling author and social entrepreneur Wes Moore gave a rousing talk at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Wednesday, January 13, 2016, as he called on educators to combine advocacy, mentorship and social capital to move inner-city youth forward in a challenging age.
The average household in the United States will spend about $1,392 to heat their homes this year, according to U.S. Department of Energy, but you can spend less with these simple yet effective energy efficient home saving tips.
Mack Allison opened Time 2 Grind Boxing Gym to keep kids off streets
Mack Allison says he had to lean heavily on his mother to learn the nuances of life and whatever he failed to glean from her, he learned from the hard-knock streets of Baltimore.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum Board of Directors bids farewell to Dr. Skipp Sanders after four years as executive director. Dr. Sanders will retire from his position at the end of January 2016.
Thursday, January 21
Parking garages and call center open Friday
Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides is asking all residents to begin preparing for Friday’s major winter storm.
Those items are always the first to go when snow threatens
Is there something about snowstorms that makes us want to eat French toast and sit on the toilet?
Blizzard conditions possible in area later Friday
A nasty snowstorm is expected to bury the Washington, D.C., area beginning Friday, and possibly surpass totals for a benchmark 1922 storm.
Six Baltimore officers have been charged in Freddie Gray's death
A Baltimore judge ruled Wednesday that William Porter does not have to testify against three other officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.
Wednesday, January 20
Spike Lee says the outcry over an absence of minority Oscar nominees is a "misdirection play."
Does it really matter who wins the Presidency?
Affluence is no antidote to foreclosure.
The driver was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol
Jamie Foxx has played plenty of heroes on the big screen. Monday night he played one in real life.
Tuesday, January 19
Too soon. As the opening credits start to roll, you wonder why the producers didn’t’ give moviegoers a real break between “Ride Along” (2014) and “Ride Along 2” (2016). Two years is not enough time to make audiences yearn for more, not enough time to take this franchise to the next level.
Bogues enjoyed remarkable 14-year career
As he approached the court, the crowd would raise their eyebrows and struggle to suppress their laughter: "This guy can't be serious ..."
Pageant runner-up jokes with Harvey during an appearance on his show
Miss Colombia isn't holding a grudge against Steve Harvey, despite his mortifying flub a month ago mistakenly naming her the winner of the Miss Universe pageant.
Monday, January 18
Donna Brazile: Had he lived, Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 87 on Friday
This Monday, we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
We've come so far from that fateful day on April 4, 1968, when a bullet ended the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, yet we have so terribly far to go.
Honoring community leaders who carry on King’s mission
Seven civic leaders and educators who best emulate the spirit and mission of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will receive awards January 18, 2016 at the 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Anne Arundel Community College.
Friday, January 15
University of Alabama running back Derrick Henry elected to forego his final season of eligibility and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s a move that many thought he would make, especially after winning the Heisman trophy and leading Alabama to a National Championship. There’s not much more he can do at the college level.
Catholic Charities Employment Center, a new employment training program, will host an open house on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2848 W. Lafayette Avenue in West Baltimore from 10 a.m. until noon.
Individual Tax Returns Will Begin Processing January 19, Business Returns Will Begin Processing January 9
Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that Maryland will begin processing personal income tax returns for Tax Year 2015 on January 19, 2016, the same day the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins accepting returns. Business tax returns will be accepted and processing will begin January 9, 2016.
Keynote Address by Major General Linda Singh
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 12th Annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 18, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
This year started with a bang and black America is in a position to build political organizations and alliances across generational and economical demographics.
Schedule checkups and screenings in 2016
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is encouraging Marylanders to use the New Year as an opportunity not only to adopt healthier lifestyles but also to maximize health coverage and to partner with primary care physicians by getting needed vaccinations, screenings and checkups.
Grand marshalls are CEO of Rewired for Change, Sonja Sohn and Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts celebrate the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday, January 18, 2016 at noon.
A retired judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland has been appointed by Governor Larry Hogan along with six other veteran community leaders to serve on the University of Maryland Medical System board of directors.
America may now have more guns than people. As President Barack Obama announces new executive action on gun control, United States gun manufacturing is a growth industry, almost doubling since the beginning of the Obama Administration (5.6 million in 2009; 10.9 million in 2013).
Hello everyone, I hope you and your family are well at the beginning of this New Year. It is sad to know that many lives have been lost on the streets through violence and a few because of health reasons.
Since 1955, members of the Baltimore Chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. have dedicated their time, talent and resources to help empower children and youth in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, a scholarship will be awarded to an Anne Arundel County student in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his legacy of service and social justice. The breakfast, which is reportedly, the largest celebration of King’s birthday in Anne Arundel County will be held on January 18, 2016 at Anne Arundel Community College.
Many words can be used to describe Millennials: tech-savvy, gregarious and dance aficionados and now, articulate, competitive and fearless can be added to the list.
Malcolm McFadden, 23, is a hip hop artist from Annapolis who makes beats, writes, mixes and masters his own music.
A weekend celebration of the life and legacy of Civil Rights Champion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been planned at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore.
The Baltimore Ravens selected defensive tackle Carl Davis in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He impressed the coaches from the moment he arrived at the Under Armour Facility in Owings Mills.
Thursday, January 14
Both of my parents worked in stable government jobs, so I had the privilege of growing up in a family that owned a home, a car, and set me on a path to college and even law school.
Critical and commercial hits "Creed," "Straight Outta Compton" are largely overlooked
Oh, no, not again. For many movie fans, Thursday's Oscar nominations brought a dispiriting feeling of deja vu.
In the wake of the criminal charges filed against legendary comedian and actor Bill Cosby, the voices that once supported the star have suddenly been silenced.
Wednesday, January 13
The Social Security Administration has been headquartered in Woodlawn for more than 55 years, yet the agency’s main operations building has seen no major renovations or systems upgrades since it was built in 1959.
Parents are being urged to check their medicine cabinets as two batches of generic children's cough syrup are removed from pharmacy shelves across the country. They have been recalled due to overdose risk.
Free financial literacy events to occur in Baltimore and Hanover, Maryland
Central Scholarship will launch its 2016 College Cash® Financial Literacy Series with the following Finding Money for College seminars:
Tuesday, January 12
Don't even say the words "lame duck" around the White House as President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his final State of the Union address.
Public is invited to submit names for newest addition to Coastal Beach exhibit
The National Aquarium announced today the launch of a naming contest for the baby loggerhead that joined the Coastal Beach exhibit in late November.
Is the Oprah Winfrey halo effect starting to dim for Weight Watchers?
Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith revealed on Monday that he is declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft. There was some question as to whether or not he should leave school early after he suffered a multiple ligament tear in his knee. Smith was considered to be a lock to go very early in the draft prior to his injury and may still go early afterwards.
Monday, January 11
Scholarship celebrates 35th anniversary of the Dr. King Memorial Breakfast
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, a scholarship will be awarded to an Anne Arundel County student in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his legacy of service and social justice.
Friday, January 8
Timely season opener gives a personal view of the immigration issue as concerns about illegal aliens and refugees dominate headlines premieres on MLK Day
Season eight of “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” opens with an unflinching portrait of life as an immigrant, as concerns about illegal immigration and refugees reach a fever pitch in America and across the world.
The 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner— the largest celebration of Dr. King’s birthday in Anne Arundel County— will be held Friday, January 15, 2016 at La Fountaine Bleue located at 7514 Richie Highway in Glen Burnie at 6 p.m.
My.Future Initiative celebrates one-year anniversary
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Comcast NBCUniversal announced that the Comcast Foundation has invested more than $3 million in BGCA’s My.Future technology initiative.
The New Year offers a fresh start, when many of us feel energized, optimistic and open to change. When you set your New Year's resolutions, consider financial goals too. Set goals that are attainable and measurable.
Whoever wins next November’s presidential election, it’s a sure bet that at some point he or she will vow to set the federal government on the straight and narrow.
For each canned good donated, you receive $1 off your library fine
The Enoch Pratt Free Library is partnering with the Maryland Food Bank in the month of January for Food For Fines.
A friend convinced me that once my Facebook “friends” had hit the 5000 mark (the maximum permitted) that I should replace my existing page with a “Fan Page” or “Celebrity Page.”
Project C.O.R.E. to provide $94 million to demolish thousands of vacant buildings and state to offer $600 million in reinvestment funds
Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a multi-year, multi-hundred-million dollar initiative to address blight in Baltimore, declaring that the joint city-state partnership will bring significant resources to demolish thousands of vacant buildings and replace them with green space and a stronger foundation for redevelopment and reinvestment in the city.
Public school teachers around the nation are responsible for helping to shape the future of young people, but tight school budgets often leave many without adequate classroom supplies and educational materials.
Of all cancers that affect women, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable. Pap test screening finds cervical cancers and pre-cancers early.
Shareece Wright wanted to be a Baltimore Raven for quite some time prior to joining the team in October.
New Year’s resolutions are sometimes left unfulfilled. However, hearing motivating stories about others who take deliberate steps to turn their dreams into a reality over time can offer substantial encouragement to others.
Morgan State University makes room for a scholar
Weeks before the New Year, Woodlawn High School senior Dameatria Washington had good reason to celebrate.
If there was one key word from the Baltimore Ravens year end press conference, it was the word continuity. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti continuously referred to how crucial it is to have stability within his organization.
Tony Bennett said that he is deeply saddened about the death of legendary soul singer Natalie Cole and other celebrities like Jordin Sparks and Andy Cohen talked about their favorite songs the daughter of the late great Nat King Cole was known for.
Thursday, January 7
It is near impossible not to like a Mazda, in this case the automaker’s flagship sedan, the Mazda6. Swept lines and smoother curves gave the car a take a second look design.
Ever since Henry Ford declared he’d pay $5 a day to workers in his factories, African Americans have had a love affair with the automotive industry in the United States.
Jackson postponed dates on her Unbreakable tour in 2016 due to unspecified health reasons
Janet Jackson said in a statement Wednesday that she does not have cancer after rumors swirled online about her health on the heels of the singer canceling several concert dates due to illness.
Porter's legal team says they'll appeal, arguing that forcing him to testify violates his rights
Baltimore police Officer William Porter will have to testify in the cases of two other officers facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 6
Williams says she's been "pushing herself beyond the limits"
World No.1 Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup as she continues to manage a knee injury ahead of her Australian Open title defense.
Frustrated by Congress, President Barack Obama is once again turning to the tool of executive action to achieve change, this time in the area of gun control.
Black people have always had a strong affinity for music. Soon after our forefathers were let off the slave ships and sold to plantations we started singing. Much of that was developed in the “Mother Land.”
Camille Cosby will not be deposed Wednesday in a case of defamation by seven accusers against Bill Cosby, her husband, a Massachusetts judge ruled Tuesday.
Mary Hamboga Matufi, a Kenyan musician and songwriter known in showbiz as Almaz says dropping out of school for lack of funds to continue her education and her society’s preference to push enterprising males than females up the academic ladder was still not enough to quell her desires to pursue her passion for music.
Tuesday, January 5
The Baltimore Ravens locker room was upbeat as they cleaned out their lockers and closed the door on the 2015 season. Things didn’t go the way anyone planned, but there is plenty of reason for optimism as they look forward to next season.
Gene Seymour: Natalie Cole stood up to many difficulties, overcoming addiction, loss, in a successful career as beloved singer
Whatever life threw at Natalie Cole, she kept coming back. And hers was not an easy life: There was the loss of a parent during adolescence, the drug dependency and then a series of illnesses serious enough to have put one of the most lucrative and widely beloved music careers in jeopardy
Joe Flacco was one of the first players to address the media during the Baltimore Ravens locker room cleanout day. He walked without a noticeable limp and was in good spirits. Flacco was positive about the upcoming season.
With overnight temperatures predicted to fall into the teens with a single-digit wind chill, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City overnight. This is the first Code Blue alert for Baltimore this season.
Students are still selecting school lunches after new rules to make the meals healthier
Ever since new meal standards went into effect in schools across the United States in 2012, experts have worried that the changes would result in fewer students eating school lunches. A new study of a Washington state school district suggests this has not been the case.
Monday, January 4
Governor Hogan announced that every child— from infancy to age five— in Baltimore City will be eligible to enroll, free of charge, in a new reading and book-delivery program starting in the New Year.
A new exhibit, “Paper Paintings: Recent Works by Teddy Johnson” is on display at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower on Friday, January 15 through Saturday, February 27, 2016.
American Academy of Pediatrics offers suggestions for New Year's resolutions for kids of various ages
If you've been wanting to talk to your kids about healthy habits for life, New Year's resolutions are the perfect place to start, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Police will be on lookout over for drivers who pass school buses
Schools re-open January 4, 2016 and Baltimore County police will be on the lookout over the next few weeks for drivers who pass school buses that are stopped to pick up or discharge students.
The Baltimore Ravens wanted to end the season on a high note but that didn’t happen in Cincinnati against the Bengals.
Friday, January 1
Natalie Cole recorded the Grammy-winning "Unforgettable"
Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning singer who had hits with such songs as "This Will Be" and "Our Love" and recorded "Unforgettable ... With Love," a best-selling album of songs made famous by her late father, Nat King Cole, died Thursday evening.
With Islamophobia and other sensitive issues building tension and creating divides across the nation, the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Muslim Students Association is doing its part to help local leaders promote harmony, unity and ethnic diversity.
Savings, bills, plans and budgets. These things rarely appear on Yuletide shopping lists. Yet, the days and weeks after Christmas and into the New Year often yield a frightening wake-up call.
As colder months approach, many families enjoy spending time together on the couch watching football, indulging in delicious family recipes and preparing for the holiday season.
Whenever we begin a new calendar year, it can be useful to make New Year’s Resolutions to prioritize and focus for the immediate future.
We hear the same messages a lot this time of year. Put the past behind. Look to the future. Let bygones be bygones. Make a new commitment. Claim the new you in the New Year.
A lunchtime conversation in Baltimore between Maya Ammons, Kristin Finkelstein and Kate Mumaw sparked a growing volunteer movement to help babies and young children who live with their mothers in homeless shelters and transitional homes in Maryland.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” That is the exact mindset Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Butler has exhibited during his first two seasons in the NFL and he appears to have done enough to make a strong case for being on the Raven’s active roster next year.
If getting a fresh start on a new year seems daunting, try tackling your get-healthy goals one step at a time. There is no easy path to transforming your lifestyle, but this is one time you should be able to see the results of your hard work.
Since 1988, the Baltimore-based nonprofit CollegeBound Foundation has helped tens of thousands of low-income Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) students realize their dreams of attending college by offering college advising services and administering an annual scholarship and grant portfolio.
Happy New Year to you and yours!
I watched the final Republican debates of 2015 in shock and awe!