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News 2018 February

Stories for February 2018

Wednesday, February 28

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A Chat with Mr. Muldrow: Black History and Black Advancement in Baltimore

Mr. Muldrow is a retired business executive, community activist, and local historian.

Tuesday, February 27

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Susie's Cause Health Festival at Mondawmin Mall: Saturday, March 10

Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation and Bon Secours Baltimore Health System to Host 5th Annual Free Outreach Health Festival at Mondawmin Mall on March 10

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and for the fifth year in a row, the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation (“Susie’s Cause”) and Bon Secours Baltimore Health System will mark the occasion with with a free outreach health festival on Saturday, March 10, from noon to 4 p.m., at Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore.

Monday, February 26

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MDDC: Record-Breaking Crowd Calls for Increase in Provider Rates/Direct Support Professional Wages

Maryland Development Disabilities Council Gather 800 Advocates to Learn About Priority Legislation & Meet with Elected Officials.

Saturday, February 24

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Steph Curry on His Wife: "She Keeps Me In Check"

NBA star Stephen Curry sits down with CNN's Van Jones to discuss family values and his third child on the way.

Friday, February 23

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Life in Baltimore: Sorority Celebrates the 110th Anniversary with Annual Prayer Breakfast

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 15, 1908. "Sisterhood: Leading with Amazing Grace and Providing Exemplary Service" was the theme of the Rho Xi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Annual Founder's Day Prayer Breakfast celebrating 110 years of service to the community recently. Members were recognized for achievements in numerous categories, including: members of the chapter with 50 years of service.

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Take the Aging Mastery Program® to Age Successfully

Now that people are living many more years than their parents did, and often decades after retirement, they often find that they aren’t prepared for this gift of longevity— especially if they are also trying to balance taking care of a spouse or parent.

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Pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya Performs Debussy’s Preludes March 4 at UUCA

Piano virtuoso Marianna Prjevalskaya honors composer Claude Debussy in the 100th anniversary year of his death with a performance of his complete preludes on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA), 333 Dubois Road in Annapolis.

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New Loan, Down Payment Assistance Products Added to Maryland Mortgage Program

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced new loan and down payment assistance products and debuted a redesigned website for the Maryland Mortgage Program before an audience of lenders, realtors, counselors, mortgage insurers and other program partners.

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AMFM Announces Music Performance Scholarship

Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians, Inc. (AMFM), a nonprofit organization that supports professional Annapolis musicians, is now broadening the Tim King Scholarship Fund program and accepting applications for its newly established Music Performance Scholarship.

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CCBC Partners with Baltimore County Public Schools to Host College Fair 2018

Community College of Baltimore County in partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools is hosting College Fair 2018 at CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Essex during the month of March. Representatives from more than 100 universities, colleges, proprietary and military schools will be available to speak with students and parents.

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Call for Student Applicants for Summer Internships

Students Living in Baltimore City encouraged to apply and gain work readiness skills though YouthWorks Program at UMMC

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is offering young people ages 14 to 21 the opportunity to gain work readiness skills training through summer internships.

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Official portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled

With buzz building for months, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recently unveiled the official portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington D.C. New York City-based artist Kehinde Wiley created the portrait of President Obama and Baltimore artist Amy Sherald was selected to paint Michelle Obama. Both Wiley and Sherald are a noteworthy change of pace from artists who typically are selected to paint presidential portraits that will hang at the Smithsonian or in the White House.

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Annual MammoJam Music Festival scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd

The 15th Annual MammoJam Music Festival will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Baltimore’s famed 8x10. Proceeds will support local breast cancer screening and treatment programs for low-income women.

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The Black Press Remembers Lerone Bennett Jr.

Perhaps no other voice or pen, captured the real life of Africans and African Americans like Lerone Bennett Jr., the former editor of EBONY and Jet magazines who died on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the age of 89.

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Raising Emotionally Competent Children

All parents should feel empowered to teach their children social and emotional development. Social and emotional competence yields similar academic gains as strictly educational interventions. Parents, churches and communities bear the brunt of the responsibility for socializing children. This is where we, as a community, have an opportunity to shine.

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Free Museum Tickets for Maryland Volunteers for Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Director, Van Brooks, announced that free tickets are available to the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park; the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum; and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for Maryland volunteers.

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When You're in Prison, No One Prepares You for Coming Home

"Incarceration, for me, was defined by deprivation not just deprivation of freedom, opportunity, and safety, but deprivation of the senses."

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Heart Disease in Black Women

Cardiovascular disease kills nearly 50,000 African-American women annually, according to the American Heart Association. About half of African-American women ages 20 and older have heart disease. Women are often so busy taking care of everyone else around them that they may not take the time to consider their own health.

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CBS Sportscaster James Brown is also a minister

Minister James Brown's Message: “Break the Huddle and Run the Play” Mention the name James Brown, and most people think of the legendary now-deceased musician. However, in broadcast media circles, the same name belongs to another hard-working black man with the exact same handle.

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Five Reasons Pre-School Years Are a Prime Time for Learning

News & Experts— Much of the discussion about education focuses on the K-12 years, but some early childhood education experts suggest serious learning can start even earlier and pay dividends for the child in years to come.

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Back in the Day: Two Hall of Famers Recall Baltimore’s Boxing Legacy

Author Thomas Scharf’s compilation of more than 200 rarely, seen photographs that skillfully illustrate Baltimore’s heritage as an elite boxing town highlight the effect the city had on the sweet science.

Thursday, February 22

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Women's History Month at Hampton National Historic Site

Hampton National Historic Site acknowledges all American women’s contributions during Women’s History Month. Join us in the Orangery for a soul stirring, inspirational and enlightening tributes to some of the greatest women in the United States’ history.

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Wedding Planner Donates Leftover Food Instead of Throwing It Away

Wedding Planner Donates Leftover Food Instead of Throwing It Away

Wednesday, February 21

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5th Grader Hailed as Hero for Saving Choking Classmate

A fifth grader in Virginia is being hailed as a hero after saving the life of a choking classmate.

Tuesday, February 20

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The Black Panther Movie Premier Successful Evening!

Belair-Edison Neighborhood, Inc. (BENI) and the Morgan Community Mile (MCM) would like to thank all who attended last night's Black Panther Advance Movie Premier Extravaganza.

Monday, February 19

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Drake Donates $1M in 'God's Plan' Music Video

Rapper Drake's music video for his song "God's Plan" shows him donating the video's nearly $1 million budget to people throughout Miami.

Saturday, February 17

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Black Love Matters Panel Discussion

Today, the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus continued their Black History Month programming with a panel discussion centered around black love. Tonight’s Black Loves Matter panel featured three couples who shared their journey and experiences to finding and nurturing true love.

Friday, February 16

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UMB CURE Scholars: Raising Grades, Hopes

Princaya Sanders used to dream of being a professional wrestler. Now, she has her heart set on anesthesiology. Shakeer Franklin was a disruptive, inattentive middle school student. Now, he plans to be a psychotherapist. Nicholas Knight aspired to be an NFL football player. Now he sees a career in health care.

ShopRite Donates $117,500 to Support Maryland Food Banks

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Maryland Food Bank (MFB) welcomed associates from ShopRite and Price Rite Marketplace stores who made a special check presentation at a volunteer night in the food bank’s warehouse.

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Community Action Agency Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of the Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency, Inc. proudly announces the appointment of Corwin T. Macklin as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Macklin has been serving as the Interim CEO since September of 2017.

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I Believe

Something as simple as believing in yourself can have a profound impact on the rest of your life. There is so much untapped opportunity out there and sometimes you may feel it’s out of your reach, but all you have to do is chose to make a difference.

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Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims 2018 as the “Year of Frederick Douglass”

Driving Tour Tracing Douglass' Steps in Maryland Unveiled Ahead of 200th Birthday of Anti-Slavery Icon

Governor Larry Hogan today signed a proclamation declaring 2018 as the “Year of Frederick Douglass” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the famed abolitionist, writer, and orator.

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Ravens Biggest Off-Season Needs

The Baltimore Ravens came close to making the playoffs in 2017 but fell short once again. It all came down to one play on defense against the Cincinnati Bengals at home in the season finale.

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BGE Increases Reward For Recycling Appliances During February

BGE residential customers can get $75 for recycling their old working refrigerator or freezer

BGE residential customers can get $75 for recycling their old working refrigerator or freezer

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Annapolis Native Serving Aboard Navy Warship In San Diego

An Annapolis native and 2011 Annapolis High School, Old Mill High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Russell.

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Baltimore Blast, The City’s Only Winning Team

While the team has a winning-athletic presence in the community, Blast team officials proudly boast that their organizational priorities include expressing community support and commitment to education among Baltimore area youths. “We believe in our motto ‘Education is a Blast,'" said team spokesman Moye.

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Macy’s Celebrates Innovators And Visionaries During Black History Month

This February, Macy’s celebrates Black History Month by welcoming a host of innovators in fashion, entertainment, art, music, literature and technology, who are pioneers in their industries. Innovation is one of the cornerstones of black culture, helping to propel trends, widely influencing pop culture, and changing the face of history.

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Bethesda Company Receives Cyber Security Grant

Cybersecurity is an important and growing concern— one that touches every economic sector and is essential for national security, according to Max Shuftan, the program director of SANS CyberTalent at the SANS Institute in North Bethesda.

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Stars And Creators Reflect on Arrival of ‘Black Panther’ Movie

Fans, who bought a record-setting number of advance tickets, aren’t the only ones anticipating the February 16, 2018, opening of “Black Panther,” Marvel’s historic first black superhero film.

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Documentaries Explore Life of Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry And Others

Three documentaries scheduled for release during Black History Month are being touted as thought provoking and powerful. One looks at the life of the late former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, while the others explores Kofi Adu Brempong, a disabled Ghanaian graduate student attacked by University of Florida campus police and the state of black males.

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Miss Black Maryland USA Featured in Lifetime’s New Women’s Campaign

Baltimore attorney Saidah Grimes is part of Lifetime’s new online campaign, “Her America: 50 Women, 50 States.” Grimes says she is using her platform as Miss Black Maryland USA to help shine a light on the inequality experienced by African Americans and women in the state. She also wants to remind young women that not only is black beautiful, but that brains and beauty go hand and hand.

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Teen Dating Violence: How to Recognize And React

According to the CDC, “psychological and emotional dating violence occur when a partner harms or threatens the victim’s self-worth.” These abusive acts can be obvious, such as insults and threats, or more subtle, like teasing and jealousy. Unfortunately, many of these warning signs are accepted as common teen-aged behavior. Teens see it in their own and their friends’ relationships regularly, and most don’t think it’s a big deal.

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Stronger Citizenship Role Can Help Rid Rogue Police

We must ask ourselves: do we fight the power or become The Power? To influence City Hall and police the police, we must participate in our democracy. Vote intelligently!

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There’s More To Black History Than Slavery

“Congresspersons, tell your constituents that prior to the Reconstruction there were black legislators, such as Matthias de Souza of the Colonial Maryland Legislature, 1641-1642 and Alexander Twilight of the Vermont Legislature, 1836-1837. And as early as 1783 an ex-slave, James Derham, could become a skilled and respected physician with a successful practice, treating both black and white patients.”

Wednesday, February 14

Tiny Homes Offer Big Benefits for Homeless Military Veterans

Marvin Gregory is a large man living in a tiny home. And he couldn't be happier.

Marvin Gregory is a large man living in a tiny home. And he couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, February 13

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3 Tips for Raising Capital: U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

"The struggle continues. Blacks are still in need of achieving true economic parity and inclusion," said Jackson. "We need greater access to capital, credit, formal education and higher wages because many blacks are the working poor."

Monday, February 12

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Quincy Jones Opens Up On His Youth, Racism & Success In The Music Biz In "WHAT IT TAKES" Podcast

American Academy of Achievement Celebrates Black History Month with in depth Quincy Jones Interview in their "What it Takes" podcast series

The American Academy of Achievement is celebrating Black History Month by opening our archives and sharing the wisdom of America’s most storied musician and producer, Quincy Jones, on the WHAT IT TAKES podcast series. Hear how he got his start in music, the courage it took to create a career in segregated America, and what it takes to sustain 70+ years in the music business.

Sunday, February 11

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Giant Food Offering Free Heart-Healthy Store Tours in February for American Heart Month

To honor American Heart Month, Giant Food is encouraging customers to put their heart health first by offering free heart-healthy store tours at Giant locations across Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Virginia.

Saturday, February 10

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Jordan Peele, Frances McDormand, Ava DuVernay, and Rob Reiner Honored At The 9th Annual African-Americian Critics Awards

Get Out, Girl's Trip, Queen Sugar, and Black-ish among top honors

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the nation’s premiere group of Black film critics, handed out trophies to winners in several categories at its 9th annual awards gala held in Los Angeles Wednesday night.

Friday, February 9

Trumped Up Treason

"If the new definition of treason is being willing to not clap for Trump’s utterances, I hereby formally and publicly admit to treason."

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Dennis Edwards, Lead Singer For The Temptations, Dead At 74

Dennis Edwards, the former lead singer for The Temptations, whose gritty voice carried some of the biggest hits of the Motown era, has died, according to his booking agent Rosiland Triche. He was 74.

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Comcast teams up with Smithsonian Channel on Lost Malcolm X Documentary

Comcast and the Smithsonian Channel have teamed up to present what many have described as a powerful documentary about Malcolm X.

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Cosby Show Revolutionized Modern Black Art

Before 1980, African-American artists had little choice but to only seek the support of black America. Exhibition venues were few, museum opportunities rare and there was no real infrastructure for African-American art.

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Mayor Pugh kicks off Baltimore’s month-long celebration of Frederick Douglass’s 200th Birthday

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh commemorated the start of Black History Month with a celebration honoring the life, legacy and 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass on Thursday, February 01, 2018. Mayor Pugh began the program by recognizing some of Douglass’s many achievements.

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Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates Teachers

Legacy documentary debuts during Black History Month

The Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Foundation announces the debut of the documentary film, “Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates Teachers,” between February 17, 2018 and February 25, 2018 at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center located at 1101 Smithville Street in Annapolis.

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Celebrate Black History Month By Circulating Black Dollars In Black Communities

“If 43 million black people consciously move their spending efforts from two percent with black people to four percent with black people, $26 billion more would be infused into the black economy. If black people can move their spending habits from two percent to 10 percent with black people, an additional $104 billion will be generated.”

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Medical Community Places High Priority On Raising Awareness About Heart Valve Disease

February is American Heart Month and many experts in the medical community continue to seek to raise more awareness to heart valve disease, which occurs when the heart’s valves don’t work properly.

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Get The Download on BGE's New Mobile App

Important account information now available at the swipe of a finger

BGE recently launched its free mobile app, which allows customers to easily access account information on the go. Featuring fingerprint login, push alerts and swipe to pay, the app makes it simple for residential and commercial customers to manage accounts on smartphones and tablets.

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Maryland Museum of Military History Unveils New Exhibit To Celebrate Black History Month

A new exhibit will be unveiled at the Maryland Museum of Military History on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 10 a.m. to celebrate Black History Month. The museum is located at 219 - 29th Division Street in Baltimore City.

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Legendary Performer, Civil Rights Activist Honored On New Forever Stamp

The United States Postal Service celebrated the life and legacy of Lena Horne as the 41st honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series during a first-day-of-issue ceremony at Peter Norton Symphony Space on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Tuesday, February 6

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Creme of Nature Marks Black History Month With the Launch Of A New Video Celebrating the Beauty of Natural Hair

In recognition of Black History Month and as an extension of the brand's "I Am Super Natural" campaign, Creme of Nature is releasing a new video paying homage to natural hair.

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Maryland Cannabis Policy Reform Coalition to Hold Citizen Lobby Day in Support of Legalization Referendum Bill, News Conference at the State Capitol on Wednesday

Sponsors of bills being introduced this week will join advocates at a news conference on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Room 142 of the Lowe House of Delegates Office Building

State lawmakers who are introducing bills this week to put the issue of whether to tax and regulate marijuana for adult use on the 2018 ballot will hold a news conference in support of the legislation on Wednesday. Sponsors will discuss the details of the legislatively referred constitutional amendment at 9 a.m. ET in Room 142 of the Lowe House of Delegates Office Building.

Friday, February 2

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Writing Contest for Maryland Middle School Students

All Maryland middle school students are invited to enter a statewide writing contest focusing on the themes of peace and social justice.

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CBC Chairman Offers Stinging Rebuttal to President’s State of the Union Address

Representative Cedric Richmond, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) railed against President Donald Trump’s boasts about the economy, especially his claims about the black community, in a blistering response to the president’s State of the Union (SOTU) address.

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#ThankYouBlackWomen and the power of the black vote

Congresswoman Robin Kelly on making a difference within the black community by voting.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly on making a difference within the black community by voting.

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Healthier Soul Food Cookbook takes fresh approach for "Go Red" Heart Health Month

The Healthier Traditions Cookbook: Soul Food, a healthy twist on traditional Southern dishes, features 17 classic recipes and is available for complimentary download.

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Free healthy heart screenings during National Heart Month

In observance of the National Heart Month in February, physical therapists from Burs and Garrett Physical Therapy Associates located at 2530 N Charles Street in Baltimore City, will offer free healthy heart screenings and will provide education on the importance of physical activity to decrease the chances of heart disease.

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Back in the Day: Rosa Pryor Remembers Pennsylvania Avenue

Rosa Pryor remembers fondly the heyday of Black Baltimore.

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Author Recounts Recy Taylor’s Assault and Black History

Years before Oprah Winfrey’s stirring speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards where the talk show queen spoke about Recy Taylor, historian and author Danielle L. McGuire had already uncovered the explosive story of the 24-year-old African-American sharecropper who was raped by six white men in 1944 as she walked home from a late night church service.

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Maryland Historical Society commemorates 200th Birthday of Frederick Douglass

The Maryland Historical Society will host noted scholar and professor of history at Yale University, David Blight, Ph.D., as he brings his expertise to discuss importance of Frederick Douglass's life and thought as part of our recognition of Black History month on February 7, 2018 at 6: 30 p.m.

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Songful Annapolis native gains GRAMMY consideration, set to perform after signing with record label

Music has publicly been Craig T. Dobson’s passion since his first church singing debut at the age of six years old. Dobson recalls belting out soulful notes, while moving to and from classes in the halls of Annapolis Jr. High School. Administrators and guidance counselors who heard Dobson singing in front of their offices stopped to notice whose soulful voice captured their attention. Positive feedback from administrators and peers inspired Dobson to get involved in the school’s chorus and talent shows.

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Five tips to stress-free homeownership from the experts

For most people, the decision to purchase a home is the single biggest financial commitment they will make in a lifetime of decision-making. The decision to buy a home, especially a first home, involves so many competing factors, that it can cause high levels of stress and anxiety.

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Internationally acclaimed trumpeter to chair Peabody Jazz Department

The Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz to Bolster The Conservatory’s Breakthrough Curriculum in Music Leadership

The Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz to Bolster The Conservatory’s Breakthrough Curriculum in Music Leadership.

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SECU MD Foundation introduces Tynes Scholarship at Morgan State

To recognize the many contributions made by Donald Tynes, Sr., longtime member of its Board of Directors, SECU, Maryland’s largest credit union, is introducing the Donald Tynes, Sr. Scholarship Program, which will be offered through the SECU MD Foundation.

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NASA celebrates legacy of first black American astronaut

Fifty years ago, a tragic accident ended the groundbreaking career of Major Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., a Chicago native and stellar Air Force pilot who became America’s first black astronaut.

Thursday, February 1

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Gov. Hogan: We Agree On Providing Paid Sick Leave To More Marylanders Unlisted

Video Release: Governor Hogan: We Agree On Providing Paid Leave To More Marylanders