Friday, July 29
In recent days we have heard much about efforts to demonstrate our frustration and anger about the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Boycotting malls and various stores, depositing funds into black-owned banks, are important and have had some positive effects. We must do more of the same, but in a more strategic and organized manner.
Amerigroup Maryland is kicking off another year of promoting annual wellness exams among children and teenagers in its Medicaid plans in the Baltimore area with the help of the Baltimore Ravens.
FILMSTERS Academy, a summer film camp for kids is celebrating 15 years this summer. Over 138 short films have been produced, shot, directed, acted in and edited by kids, from 11-18 years in age. In the fifteen-year time span, over 800 students have attended the film camp, which offers three levels of instruction.
New exhibits showcase photographs by Baltimore photographer J.M. Giordano of the Orlando Pulse Shooting Vigil and the origins of soul food
The Enoch Pratt Free Library has opened two new exhibits at the Central Library Annex Gallery, Solidarity in Sadness and Soul Food.
There are deathbed conversions. I was there for one.
For each haircut purchased, one will be donated to a child in need just in time for the new school year
Hair Cuttery will donate back-to-school haircuts to children who need it most this summer.
Every two weeks, a group of young women ranging in age from heir 20s to 30s, come together to promote unity and self-esteem, and to help those who are less fortunate. The group is called Diamonds in the Rough, and was founded by Prince Georges County native Tekoa Lucas.
It’s nice to have windows! That’s the first thing Clyde Davis-El said when he learned that he was one of three Baltimore business owners selected to receive a $10,000 grant to renovate their storefronts.
A Baltimore-based jewelry shop is getting noticed. Vintage Stamp Jewels, a family-owned business, which sells a brand of Simply Beautiful jewelry that was featured over the Mother’s Day holiday in May at Macy’s iconic Herald Square location in New York, continues to make a name for itself.
Hello my dear friends, I hope you are enjoying this hot, sticky, sweaty weather we have been getting this month. Believe me, this is not a complaint from me, I love it.
This past weekend, Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2016, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids program hosted the second annual Green Festival at Carroll Park in West Baltimore.
He is newly married and on his way to Brazil! Baltimore resident Markeith Price has earned a spot in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Five-Week Program Teaches Farming, Cooking, and Leadership Skills
Jonathan Edwards, a recent graduate of The Baltimore School for the Arts credits a city summer program with helping him to grow and mature into a responsible young man as he prepares to start college at Shenandoah University in Virginia.
Thursday, July 28
College bound? Dorm room comfort is crucial for health, happiness and academic success. Luckily, there are ways to create personalized, functional spaces within any budget.
For the grill master of the neighborhood who boasts that their barbecue is always the summer’s main event, Klein’s ShopRite of Baltimore is hosting its first Barbecue Ribs Cook Off.
Families spent less out-of-pocket for college in academic year 2015-16 compared to last year, as they took advantage of more scholarships and grants to foot the bill, according to “How America Pays for College 2016,” the national study from Sallie Mae, the country’s largest private student lender, and Ipsos, a global independent market research company.
This spring marks the ninth year that Rebuilding Together and Sears have joined forces for the “Heroes at Home” program.
Wednesday, July 27
As I boarded my return flight to D.C. from last week’s Republican convention in Cleveland, Ohio, I began to reflect on what I saw and I began to ponder how I could put to paper my experiences in this column.
Caring for a baby or toddler is not easy, but today’s millennial parents have more options to help make the job easier.
Three of six Baltimore officers already had been acquitted in Freddie Gray case
Prosecutors are dropping charges against the remaining officers facing trial in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after sustaining a neck injury while in police custody.
Politicians, local officials and even Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are among the more than 100 people expected to gather for an open house on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the Harris-Marcus Center on Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate the 20th anniversary and success of the nonprofit organization, Intersection of Change.
Tuesday, July 26
Residents of public housing and HUD-assisted homes now eligible
Comcast has taken an historic step towards closing the nation’s digital divide. The global and media giant recently announced that public housing and HUD-assisted residents living in Comcast’s service area are eligible to apply for Internet Essentials. Comcast estimated that up to 2 million HUD-assisted homes will now have access to low-cost Internet service.
Morgan State University President David Wilson announced the appointment of Michael G. Spencer as dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering, only the second dean in the school’s history. Dr. Spencer is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University.
It is not often that so much attention is paid to the kicker, long snapper and punter. However, in the case of the Baltimore Ravens, their group of specialists is of the utmost importance.
Dayla Williams believes strongly in the Black Lives Movement and embracing her heritage.
“One hour of silence; one hour of no violence,” chanted participants who gathered at a school playground in the heart of the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood on Thursday evening.
Recently, President Obama held a town hall meeting to address the growing tension between minority communities and police forces after the shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the police officers in Dallas.
Monday, July 25
After Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota there was Dallas, Texas. After rogue cops unceremoniously killed two Black men, a deranged shooter killed five police officers.
As the cost of college tuition continues to rise and the job market grows increasingly competitive, college students are giving greater consideration to their prospects of being hired before choosing a major.
Nutrition is important for everyone, but especially for children, as it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development.
Friday, July 22
Couples give a great deal of thought to the day they choose to get married. Many engaged couples are more attached to a particular season than a specific day, but some couples will consider any time of year to say "I do."
Limpopo, in the heart of South Africa, is resource-scarce and poverty is severe. Many households do not have access to running water or electricity.
Laughter filled a small room at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BGCAA) as a group of people reminisced about the vibrant personality of an Annapolis City Police Department detective. Shelley Curtis White, Jr. died suddenly from pneumonia on May 22, 2015.
Following the heat advisory issued for Washington, D.C., and eastern portions of Maryland and Virginia by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.
Thursday, July 21
I am quite fond of saying about Republicans when it comes to Blacks, “Even when they try to do the right thing, they do it the wrong way.”
"Healthy" fats are found in olive oil, eggs, nuts and fatty fish
Are you avoiding fats in your daily diet? It may be time to stop -- that is, if your daily diet is Mediterranean.
It’s that time of year again when days are longer, temperatures are higher and auto dealers advertise some of the most tempting deals.
Shuttle buses will transport customers between affected stops
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is preparing for critical maintenance work that will partially shut down the Metro Subway system for 24 days this summer. Officials are urging riders to plan ahead and use free shuttle bus service to help get them where they need to go.
Wednesday, July 20
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. She’s awkward, uncoordinated and too fat to be in the Olympics.
Peter Moskos: The officer who was acquitted in the Freddie Gray case did not commit a crime
On Monday, a third Baltimore police officer, Lt. Brian Rice, was acquitted of all criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a suspect who was fatally hurt last year while being transported, handcuffed, in a police van.
The ballerina shared the news on Instagram
Misty Copeland is making the leap -- or maybe a grand jeté -- to the big screen.
Leslie Jones ain't afraid of no Twitter trolls.
Tuesday, July 19
Just a day after millions of Americans celebrated the “Fourth of You Lie,” our nation got more evidence of the lie we live when we “celebrate” freedom. On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was killed by White police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in an encounter that was blessedly videotaped.
10 injuries have been reported
IKEA is recalling 80,000 baby gates because they can come unintentionally unlocked, posing a risk of falls and related injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Thursday.
In the 1860s, Newton “Newt” Knight, a farmer who is not a slave owner, becomes a medic in the Ambulance Corps of the Confederate Army. His social/political bent is more Union than Confederate.
As an African-American man, Dr. Georges Benjamin says he feels like "an endangered species," due to gun violence claiming the lives of men his color disproportionately to their numbers.
Monday, July 18
Anthony Anderson credits the show's authentic writing for its success
Emmy voters officially joined America's ongoing conversation about racism on Thursday by acknowledging "black-ish" -- an ABC comedy that has sought to tackle hot-button issues with humor and heart, without sacrificing laughs in the process.
Gavin Long was discharged from the Marines in 2010
Gavin Long shot six cops, killing three of them, on his 29th birthday.
Even before five fellow Dallas officers were shot and killed last week, Morris Pope was already in sorrow.
The cost of college tuition continues to increase, and college graduates are feeling the burn of that trend when the time comes to begin repaying their student loans.
Friday, July 15
Police actions in Ferguson, Missouri; New York City; Baltimore; Baton Rouge; and Minnesota have been in the news, and a few police officers have been seen using excessive force and shooting people.
At the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, volunteers can change a life through literacy.
The most recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile added to an already smoldering black community outrage.
Hello my dear friends, I sure hope you are enjoying the summer with your loved ones.
The United States Senate by a vote of 74-18 confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden, longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term. Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February.
The slogan for the 35th anniversary celebration of the award winning musical “Dreamgirls” is as captivating as the actors in the show.
The feelings are still difficult to describe, but Christina Epps, a thrilled beyond words Coppin State University Graduate is on her way to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Baltimore native Patricia Cuffie-Jones is the founder of Diverge Entertainment
Writer, director, and producer Patricia Cuffie-Jones is writing her own success story. The Baltimore native resides in Los Angeles, California, and has penned several stage play productions, which include “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and has worked with the likes of playwright, producer, and filmmaker David E. Talbert.
Now entering his eleventh season, the days of rushing the passer as a Baltimore Raven are dwindling for Elvis Dumervil. He has been one of the Ravens best free agent signings in recent years.
The 35th annual Artscape, the country’s largest free arts festival, kicks off on Friday, July 15, 2016, and organizers have promised a weekend that will feature new components like a Kidscape Academy, six large-scale space-themed art installations, and a partnership with Accessible Festivals, a California-based nonprofit that aims to ensure all attendees are able to enjoy themselves regardless of their ability.
We cannot allow these deplorable acts to define our relationship with the men and women charged to protect us. T
Taylor Made Transportation in Druid Hill, a company that provides transportation for government employees and some private residents, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer.
Thursday, July 14
Hamburgers are a staple at backyard barbecues. Though burgers are a relatively simple food, mastering the technique to grill burgers is no small feat, as there is more to great grilled burgers than simply firing up the grill and dropping down a patty.
Police use of force among blacks is 3.6 times as high as among whites
A think tank study of thousands of incidents where law enforcement interactions turned forceful concluded blacks are much more likely to be involved than other groups.
The majority of students move up a grade each fall. However, some students may not be ready to move on to the next grade come the end of the school year.
Wednesday, July 13
Staying hydrated may be key to losing weight
Suddenly starving? Try drinking some water.
Doctors say it's a "double standard" that's "so sexist"
Michelle Weber says that when her boyfriend wanted to take Viagra, his insurance paid for it, no questions asked.
College students have a few different living options at their disposal, but many opt for dormitory living, as it is one of the more convenient and popular boarding options, particularly for out-of-town students. Thousands of post-secondary students pack up their belongings and move away from home in the pursuit of an education, and parents want to do what they can to ensure their college-aged kids are safe.
Millions of grilling enthusiasts take to their backyards each year to cook delicious foods over an open flame. Grilling is embedded in the history of many cultures, and to this day many people feel nothing beats the savory flavor characteristic of grilled meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetables.
Tuesday, July 12
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years. This is happening in spite of indications that childhood obesity could reduce life expectancy by five years or more. Many children are not participating in free-time physical activity and, according to Blank Children's Hospital, only 25 percent of children in the United States eat a healthy diet.
Award-winning AmeriCorps program provides practical experience and skills
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now recruiting 17-25 year olds for the Maryland Conservation Corps, an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management and park conservation projects across the state.
A student's academic performance is influenced by a host of factors, including the learning environment both inside the classroom and at home.
Monday, July 11
'Let Girls Learn' initiative will support girls' education efforts in Liberia and Morocco, she says
Ralphina Feelee lives in Liberia, where the average family gets by on less than two dollars a day, and many families simply can't afford to educate their daughters. Teen pregnancy rates are high, and pregnant girls are often discouraged from attending school.
A child's school-aged years are filled with many different lessons and experiences. While in school, kids have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and meet new people.
Marvel has announced Riri Williams as the new Iron Man
There's a new Iron Man coming to comic books -- and it's not a man.
Amazon is at it again. It has scheduled its second annual Prime Day sale for July 12.
Friday, July 8
Organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPAA) in conjunction with Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize: 2016 Finalists Exhibition will be on view at The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Thalheimer galleries from Wednesday, June 22 to Sunday, July 31, 2016.
The Zika virus is causing devastating birth defects in countries with outbreaks of the virus. It also causes bad pregnancy outcomes, like miscarriage and stillbirth, and can cause serious neurologic problems as well.
The Annapolis Shakespeare Company will perform six shows of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" during weekends from July 8 to 17 — with a few twists.
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.
BMoreFit will host Baltimore’s second annual ‘DanceWalk’ in collaboration with Artscape 2016 on Saturday, July 16, 2016. The event encourages friends and family to get active and dance the “musical mile,” as they help raise money to fund the not-for-profit organization, BMoreFit.
Gleaners Community Food Bank, a non-profit group based in Detroit, Michigan, which distributes 79,000 meals per day, recently launched the 2016 “Hunger Free Summer” campaign.
A 2009 Warwick High School graduate and Baltimore native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the largest base in the Southeast Region and third largest in the nation.
It was the deadliest incident on U.S. police since September 11, 2001
Shooters killed five officers during protests against police in downtown Dallas, marking the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001.
In connection with Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the Memory and Aging Community Advisory Board (MACAB) held its 10th Annual Holistic Health Seminar on Memory Loss at the Randallstown Community Center.
Each weekend, members of the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority gather at the Ivy Support Center located at 3515 Dolfield Road from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for The Sewing Circle.
Happy Farm Botanicals, a company that produces high quality and all natural products for many of the beauty industry’s top brands, has been busy making those who might be less fortunate happy.
More than a couple of million folks have responded to the words spoken by Jesse Williams, which points out the fact that many black people are mesmerized by words that excite us and stimulate our emotions.
As a member of The Arc Baltimore, Erica Vince has supported a crew of three women working at the Chatsworth School cafeteria, helping children and cleaning up after meals in the lunchroom for the past decade.
Sierra Daniels is a young Baltimore mother of four and an aspiring singer who escaped an abusive relationship.
Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced that Smokey Robinson is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The 2016 NFL season will be a pivotal one for John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens. Their 5 - 11 record in 2015 was the worst finish of the Harbaugh era.
Thursday, July 7
For more than a decade, civil rights organizations, labor, clergy, and consumer advocates have fought to end triple-digit interest rates on small dollar loans.
Amy Palmer didn't anticipate the reaction the photo would cause
A picture says a thousands words.
When Philando Castile was shot by a Minnesota police officer Wednesday evening, his girlfriend's first instinct was to start broadcasting.
7-year-old Katie Eddington loves swimming, running, basketball and soccer. Her favorite animal is a horse. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate.
"Serial" fans weren't the only ones surprised by the recent decision to grant its subject Adnan Syed a new trial.
Wednesday, July 6
Everyone knows used cars are cheaper. But how do you make sure you are not getting a lemon? Don’t rule out a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle, say experts.
Helping older adults find resources for better nutrition
Farmers' Market Coupons will be available through the Baltimore County Department of Aging on Friday, July 8.
As long as the Republican Party continues to be dominated by the same ol’, same ol’ White male staffers, consultants, and aides, they will continue to alienate the Black community.
The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to an estimated $508 million after Tuesday's drawing failed to produce a winning ticket.
Italians are famous for their seamless entertaining style: good food, wine and conversation. With Italy’s variety of light cuisine options, meals can be packed with summer vegetables, fresh seafood, olive oil and crisp white wines.
Tuesday, July 5
They're protesting over pay and conditions
The Olympic Games are just 31 days away -- and Rio de Janeiro is in crisis.
Italian researchers say people who ate some noodles were less likely to be obese
A little bit of what's irresistible is good for you, Italian scientists have discovered.
Got a college degree? Then it's much more likely that you could land a job in the economic recovery.
The heart of Little Africa -- or Chocolate City, as it has been dubbed by some -- is not easy to locate without a tip-off.
Friday, July 1
No matter where you find yourself on the Fourth of July, you will probably see lots of food, beverages and grass-stained sneakers.
A great recipe for 4th of July ribs.
Greater Baltimore’s biggest Fourth of July celebration returns to the Inner Harbor! Baltimore’s Fourth of July Celebration presented by Ports America Chesapeake takes place Monday, July 4, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with live music and celebratory fireworks.
Firing up the grill is an American tradition.
Flying high across the sky is such a sight to me.
Cars signify individualism and mobility, while music provides the thrill, expression and tone. So what happens when Chevrolet links with Revolt TV? A lucky few journalists and bloggers take a “Journey Into Sound.”
Opens Wednesday, June 29, 2016.
This exhibit contains more than 50 items spanning four centuries of donations to the Maryland Historical Society, including two of Eubie Blake's practice pianos, period clothing, portraits, silver, a wool tapestry of George Washington, the sign from Club Hippo and a video installation of images from the Preserve the Baltimore Uprising project. The exhibition will run through June 30, 2017.
Healthcare non-profit to give life-saving information as African-Americans are at increased risk for developing kidney disease
The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will have an exhibit at the African American Festival, taking place July 2-3, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Camden Yards Sports Complex (333 West Camden St., 21201).
Anthony Watters considers himself a revolutionary.
Hailing from Suffolk, Virginia, Dr. Margaret Ellen Mayo Tolbert’s story is one of triumph and defying the odds. I
Benjamin Watson came to the Baltimore Ravens because he saw an opportunity to be a part of something special. Watson is well aware of how the team has featured the tight ends so many times in the past.
Celebrate the 4th in style!
Fifteen years ago, Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood took a life-changing leap of faith.
Non-profit helps cancer patients and survivors
Mia Wright can confidently look a person who has received a terminal cancer diagnosis in the eye, and tell them that she knows exactly how they feel. The 39-year-old from Largo, Maryland beat ovarian cancer three times.
Last year, Stephanie Mills and Doug E. Fresh were the primary attractions at the annual African-American Festival in Baltimore.
Publication released on Music Icon’s Birthday
Storm Entertainment is keeping the memory of late music icon Prince alive in a special edition comic book entitled “Tribute: Prince.” B