Friday, March 30
The humanities makes them responsible citizens, successful in their careers
“They think degrees in STEM subjects will ensure a prosperous future. It’s only natural. But, they may be making a big mistake by trying to dissuade children who want liberal arts degrees,” according to author, publisher and education advocate, David Bruce Smith.
Sammy Davis Jr. documentary ready for PBS-TV’s ‘American Masters’
A documentary film about the life of entertainment legend Sammy Davis, Jr. packed the house at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at the Annapolis Film Festival, held March 22-25, 2018.
Maryland Day Weekend
Maryland Day Weekend is filled with fun family friendly events that are free or just $1. There is a wide range of historical and cultural events that include nature hikes, historic home and garden tours, wedding reenactments, drum circles, playing with oysters, performances, walking tours and kids activities. The weekend of April 6-8, 2018 is a great affordable way for everyone to get out and enjoy the State of Maryland.
As the blockbuster hit movie Black Panther continues to set box-office records, Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes soars into arenas across the country. Feld Entertainment’s newest production smashes into Royal Farms Arena on Thursday, April 5 and runs through April 8, 2018.
The region’s biggest free financial fitness fair, “Money Power Day,” returns Saturday, Apri1 7 at Poly-Western High School.
Women’s History Month has allowed Tonya Buckner time to reflect on her successful business, the role of her parents including her father who raised five children alone, and her faith.
A ray of hope prevailed in Baltimore City as the Kennedy Krieger Institute: Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress brought together students, trauma experts, and community groups to screen two mini-documentaries March 22, 2018 at the Parkway Theatre. About 50 persons attended.
April is Stress Awareness Month, a good time to reflect on how the demands and anxieties of daily life put a strain not just on our minds, but on our bodies as well.
Ashley Clark is a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who once dreamed of ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and making hats with the word “Soigné” inscribed.
Johns Hopkins University is collaborating with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities will try to determine if eating meals high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and lean meats can protect the kidneys and reduce damage.
Cayla Turner, a senior at Indian Creek School in Anne Arundel County is this year’s Maryland State “Poetry Out Loud” Champion. Cayla was among nine finalists selected from more than 7,500 students in 13 counties competing in the statewide POL competitions. She will compete in the National Finals, April 23-25, 2018 at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Cayla is (pictured) accepting her award at the Poetry Out Loud State Finals on March 10, 2018.
"The Trump political operation and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are both making a flawed strategic calculation by not recognizing that blacks are also a part of this blue-collar pool of voters that are open to Trump’s plans and the Republican message of economic nationalism."
'President Trump's character flaws are overwhelming his administration and placing our country in jeopardy. Former CIA Director John Brennan referred to Trump as " unstable, inept, inexperienced and also unethical."'
"An unlevel playing field with our trading partners threatens this future by handicapping and hampering creative and innovative U.S. industries. Trade enforcement and strong new trade deals are the keys to breaking this trend and putting U.S. innovators back on course."
Thursday, March 29
Governor Larry Hogan, First Lady Yumi Hogan, and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford welcomed the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) men's basketball team, Head Coach Ryan Odom, and President Freeman Hrabowski to Government House yesterday evening. The team made history after being seeded 16th in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament, then going on to upset No. 1 seed University of Virginia in the first round. The win marked the first time in history a 16 seed won against a one seed.
Wednesday, March 28
Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in an event sponsored by a Japanese nonprofit group, in Tokyo, Sunday, March 25, 2018. Obama said negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program are difficult, partly because the country's isolation minimizes possible leverage, such as trade and travel sanctions against Pyongyang.
Tuesday, March 27
WE Day Unites Young Change-makers in Baltimore with Special Guests Martin Luther King III, Rasheda Ali, Lizzy Greene, The Kenyan Boys Choir and more
The world’s largest youth empowerment event, WE Day, is coming to Baltimore for the first-time on April 11, 2018 at the Hippodrome Theatre. WE Day is a live event celebrating social change and bringing together thousands of young people who have made a difference across Maryland.
Fake video of Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez ripping up the US Constitution went viral after it was tweeted by Gab, a social media network popular with ultra-conservative users.
Monday, March 26
Father-Daughter Team Expands Black-Owned Potato Chip Brand Throughout Metro Atlanta’s Wayfield Foods Stores
There are only a handful of existing black-owned potato chip brands in the world, and one of them has found a home throughout the metro Atlanta-based Wayfield Foods store chain on March 17, 2018. Known as Symphony Chips, this black-owned potato chip brand is led by Dondre Anderson and his teenage daughters, Amina (15) and Amari (14). In celebration of their Wayfield Foods debut, the father-daughter team provided Symphony Chips samples to customers at the Wayfield Foods store location at 3050 Martin Luther King Jr Drive. Customer feedback received was overwhelmingly positive.
Sunday, March 25
A new treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer is offering hope to patients with advanced disease.
Saturday, March 24
BGE encourages its more than 1.1 million customers throughout central Maryland to join millions around the world this Saturday, March 24 in celebration of Earth Hour, an annual voluntary environmental action event to raise awareness about climate change.
Governor Larry Hogan Joins Local Official to Celebrate Opening of Amazon Fulfillment Center in Cecil County
Employs 1,000 Full-Time Workers From Cecil County And Surrounding Region
Governor Larry Hogan today joined Amazon executives and state and local officials to celebrate the opening and tour the new, 1.15-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in North East, Maryland.
Friday, March 23
Nurturing a new crop of musicians
This is Part II of a Two-Part Series on OrchKids. Founded in 2008, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s community engagement efforts across the city.
Support Your Community, Folks!
Support Your Community, Folks!
Tiger Woods changed the face of golf. Venus and Serena Williams transformed tennis and now Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. may do the same for NASCAR.
I joined trapxart and one of their featured artists, Lexi Russell (thelexishow.com), for an evening of custom creations and black culture, at Kabin Lounge in Northwestern D.C.
Did you know that walking is the most popular form of physical exercise in the United States? Studies indicate that by walking for 30 minutes a day or more can help reduce stress and improve overall health and wellness.
I am appalled that pop singer Katy Perry planted an unwanted kiss on an American Idol contestant during her judging duties for the show.
"At my practice in Baltimore, in a state that is a national trailblazer in providing comprehensive and affordable reproductive healthcare, I still hear every day from women who struggle to get the care they need."
This year, over 200,000 Americans will order genetic tests to see if they're at risk for more than 2,000 hereditary diseases, including cancer. Patients and their doctors can choose tests from over 500 different laboratories. Most people don't think twice about their choice of lab. They figure all labs' tests are of similar quality. They're wrong.
Once the site of the Pleasant View Day Care Center, the facility is equipped with technology to supplement learning, a Family Engagement Center where families can come together and spend time playing interactive games, and a multi-purpose room for hosting larger events. It will also host workshops for families, professional development for associates and teachers, and offer training opportunities for area residents.
Black President Leading UMBC’s Academic Charge
What a weekend to remember, thanks to an historical basketball game Friday, March 16, 2018, when the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), achieved an unprecedented feat with their unexpected victory over No. 1 seeded University of Virginia, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Maryland team won with a lopsided score of 74-54 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mackenzie Boughey is heading a student led “March For Our Lives” event in Annapolis on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in an effort to prevent more school shootings with the help of fellow students. The 16-year-old Severn School student wanted to do something proactive after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend the march and over 188 legislators have been invited to listen to the marchers.
Numerous studies point to money as one of the leading causes of divorce. From different spending habits and financial goals to one spouse earning considerably more income than the other, money can be a polarizing issue in a marriage, straining it to the breaking point.
Devin Allen is Changing the Baltimore Narrative One Photograph at a Time
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Institute for Integrative Health in conjunction with the Gordon Parks Foundation opened the exhibit “A Beautiful Ghetto, Three Years Later: A Conversation about Healing,” featuring the photography of Baltimore native and award-winning photojournalist Devin Allen, who chronicled the uprising after Freddie Gray’s death. Allen is pictured explaining where he was and what was happening when he took this photograph. He said he climbed up on a light post in order to get this shot of BCPD officers in their riot gear."
Tuesday, March 20
One hundred teens from across the nation participated in Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine -- a four-day, immersive and transformational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida which concluded this weekend.
Monday, March 19
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Application Round for State Revitalization Programs
Anticipated Funding Available from Community Legacy, the Strategic Demolition Fund-Statewide and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is announcing the FY19 application round for three State Revitalization Programs - Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition Fund - Statewide (all non-Baltimore City) and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative.
Saturday, March 17
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Celebrates $1 Million Expansion of its Front Door Rapid Re-Housing Program for Baltimore’s Homeless Families
Please join Mayor Catherine Pugh, local officials, funders, agency partners and guests as we celebrate the $1 million expansion of St. Vincent de Paul’s Front Door Rapid Rehousing Program.
Before he was fatally struck by a car while walking his dog, Mike Roche was committed to serving the homeless in Chicago. Now, his son and grandson are continuing his work.
Friday, March 16
New Maryland Business Express Website Makes it Easier to Plan, Start, Manage, Grow a Business in Maryland
The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) unveiled Maryland Business Express, a new website that will make it easier for Maryland’s small business owners and entrepreneurs to plan, start, manage, and grow their business.
BSO After-School Music Program is Growing Musicians
In collaboration with Baltimore City Public Schools and several community partners, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost to students and families. OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s community engagement efforts in Baltimore City.
"A new program in our community can help prevent deaths on our streets. Stop the Bleed (STB) is based on the same premise as CPR training, empowering anyone near an injured person to act as an immediate responder and save a life because they will know what to do."
A section of Wyman Park Dell in Baltimore, which was once named after two Confederate generals, will now be known as Harriet Tubman Grove. The ceremony marked the 105th year since the death of the famed abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor.
White House Correspondent April Ryan Featured Author for Women’s History Month Event
Clarence S. Campbell, Jr. recently joined PNC Bank as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the Greater Chesapeake region. Campbell is responsible for leading retail banking operations, client experience, and business development for the Greater Chesapeake region.
"A partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene makes possible the Title I program for public school field trips. The intent is to allow children to enjoy themselves while learning about oral health and being introduced to what could be a future career: dentist, dental hygienist."
The Annapolis Film Festival will screen “Courageous - Defending the 1977 America’s Cup” on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 11:45 a.m. in Maryland Hall located at 801 Chase Street in Annapolis. The documentary is about Ted Turner’s career and personal travails culminating in his underdog win of sailing’s most important race— the America’s Cup.
Ten toddlers, from the Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency’s Early Head Start (EHS) program, joined their parents and program staff at Maryland Family Network’s Annapolis Day on February 27, 2018 at the Miller Senate Building, within the state capital complex.
Collaboration gives Maryland physicians the first mobile app with PDMP query compliance built into the e-prescribing workflow.
"I have found myself increasingly wondering whether social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, constitutes a vehicle for civil dialogue. The number of attacks that I have either witnessed or experienced has been astounding. It has gotten to the point that I rarely respond to comments on either Twitter or Facebook, unless I have concluded that the original writer/author was interested in a response."
The biggest faker of all is none other than President Donald Trump. He is posing as a "Conservative," but he is actually a fake, Conservative.
A Storm is on the Horizon. You Should be Afraid.
"As a consumer of healthcare, I am a forced participant in one of the largest scams on the planet. That scam is the American healthcare system. Basically, the scam goes like this: I pay more and more for shrinking services, big healthcare organizations reluctantly provide services while pretending to care about my health, and corporate shareholders and executives become fabulously wealthy. I love America!"
Ashley Minner, a community-based visual artist, counts among the 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina that established a separate school system to benefit its members.
"There isn’t a single human being alive who doesn’t want to be happy. Humans are constantly chasing this emotional state, and if true, then why do so many of us have a hard time attaining it? The truth is, the brain was not designed to make us feel happy all the time it was designed for survival. Scientists have been studying if it’s possible to significantly change the human brain’s way of thinking."
Wednesday, March 14
BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
On March 12, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) presented its first annual Tiffany Cooper Gueye Educator of the Year award to Betsy Perry at Harmony Hills Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md.
Tuesday, March 13
Youth Reach is Part of Statewide Effort to Reduce Homelessness
Youth Reach is Part of Statewide Effort to Reduce Homelessness
Friday, March 9
As part of its commitment to maintaining reliable electricity delivery and responsible environmental stewardship, BGE welcomes ospreys back to Maryland and reminds customers about the company’s raptor protection initiative— Osprey Watch.
"The disproportionate impact on communities of color does make gun control a civil rights issue, but gun violence is a national issue and should be a matter of national concern. It is also a matter of freedom. Without sane gun laws, parents are faced with the daily and ever-present fear of another shooting at their child's school that could have been prevented. All Americans deserve this freedom regardless of skin color, political affiliation, or zip code. This is one freedom that the NAACP is committed to fighting for."
Applications are now being accepted online for participation in Waterfront Street Performer Program
Applications are now being accepted online for participation in Waterfront Street Performer Program
For many college students, particularly those who are first in their families to attend college, the goal is simple: Do whatever it takes to earn the right to walk across that stage. It’s a glorious moment filled with tears and cheers as families and friends see a student’s hard work and sacrifice pay off. No matter how many graduations you attend, witnessing this moment never gets old. But before students reach that moment, we have to make sure their degree is the ticket to the success they want it to be.
The Bowie Baysox will host the 19th annual Free Family FunFest event on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Prince George’s Stadium from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees.
Hello my dear friends! I just want to let you know that I appreciate all of you. I was in the hospital for a minute to have a procedure to look for a tumor in my stomach, well they didn’t find it there, so they have to continue to search. In the meantime, I am doing fine and ready to rock n’ roll. I want to thank you for your prayers, because God’s hands were all in this. He heard your prayers.
“So we have Camp Kangaroo today. It’s a three-day grief camp for children, first through eighth grade. We have 25 kids here from throughout the community. It’s sponsored by the Seasons Hospice Foundation, so it’s free to every kid who comes, and not just kids who had someone die on hospice, but that’s kids throughout the community,” Hansen said. “The goal of the camp is to normalize grieving for children.”
"America is consumed with higher education— going to college and earning a degree as the necessary means to a well-paying job. Yet with parents emphasizing the importance of academic excellence, and their children graduating and going on to successful employment, why do many still remain uneducated in fundamental financial matters?"
Compton native and renowned film director Ava DuVernay hosted students from her hometown to #WrinkleInCompton, an advance screening of her upcoming Disney film “A Wrinkle in Time,” which comes to theaters nationwide Friday, March 9, 2018.
Storyville, the Baltimore County Public Library’s interactive early literacy and learning center, marked its tenth year in the Rosedale Branch this month. The popular toddler haven is celebrating this milestone in perfect library fashion: with a literary-themed event and fundraiser, “If You Take a Kid to Storyville.”
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) archaeologists discovered a burial ground in late January in Anne Arundel County.
Get ready to dance your way on down to the Hippodrome Theater for the smash Broadway and West End hit “School of Rock – The Musical.” The high-octane production “plays” at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre as part of the 2017/2018 CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series. School of Rock – The musical will electrify the Hippodrome stage March 20, 2018 to March 25, 2018.
“We have to help beyond borders,” Stokes, said. “We go where we’re needed, and we will visit those places devastated by the hurricane until we see real recovery.”
"As for the “black girl magic” tag that is now been extended to her but has long been attributed to “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, Reid said, “I feel like people are just now recognizing our magic, but we’ve always been magic and it just recently became a hashtag.”
Thursday, March 8
National Sleep Awareness Month
When a busy life pulls you in different directions, sleep can drop to the bottom of your priority list. It should be near the top. Lack of sleep can make everything else on your “to-do” list suffer. It can also be linked to chronic disease, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression, and other health issues.
Ready, Set, GROW! Visits Prince George's County
Governor Larry Hogan will celebrate National Women’s History Month by presenting citations to small business owners from Prince George’s County during the Ready, Set, GROW! workshop held at MGM National Harbor on Thursday, March 22.
Wednesday, March 7
"If you want to ensure that your doctor has your back, run – don’t walk to a direct primary care practice (DPC). Tell your congresspersons to add the 1-page Primary Care Enhancement Act (HR 365 / S 1358) to upcoming “must pass” legislation. This will allow patients to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to pay for DPC. Your life could depend on it."
Tuesday, March 6
Jordan Peele's "Get Out" has placed him in the Oscar history books.
Jordan Peele's "Get Out" has placed him in the Oscar history books.
SheROCKS Returns to D.C. and Adds New York and Los Angeles Stops
SheROCKS Returns to D.C. and Adds New York and Los Angeles Stops.
Monday, March 5
BGE is continuing to restore electric service to customers affected by a powerful nor’easter that began moving through central Maryland on Friday and continued to cause damage to trees and power equipment through Saturday. More than 435,000 outages occurred due to high sustained winds and gusts exceeding 70 miles per hour.
Friday, March 2
“Save Our Village Baltimore knows that our efforts will never be a solution to the problem of homelessness, but I hope we can limit the amount of distress and desperation that plagues the poor and hungry in our communities, while promoting selflessness, understanding, and consideration to people who have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves.”
Baltimore-area attorney Deliah Lawrence, author of the romantic suspense novel “Gotta Let It Go,” is one of four women authors featured at the Black Writers’ Guild of MD (BWG) "Women Writers Rock" panel discussion on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Enoch Pratt Library located at 4330 Edmonson Avenue in Baltimore.
As I sat in the theater mesmerized by Marvel’s record-breaking “Black Panther,” there were so many moments and messages that filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride. The Black Girl Magic was palpable. King T’Challa was a strong, thoughtful king who loved and respected all of his leading ladies. Erik Killmonger was the best supervillain I’ve seen in a really long time. And of course, I want my next trip to the continent to include a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful Wakanda. However, all of those moments paled in comparison to my fascination with the STEM applications and the genius of Princess Shuri.
“With ‘Race to Judgment,’ Frederic Block has not only created an exciting novel but he also provides an insider’s look at the New York criminal justice system— from the deplorable conditions at the Riker’s Island prison, to the mistreatment of African American prisoners, to the practice of stop-and-frisk which has disproportionately targeted minorities.”
The Time2Grind Boxing Club of Baltimore is at it again. This time the boxing club is sporting the talents of a grade school age boy and a middle school aged girl.
Professional forums that cater to the multicultural, businesswoman are largely absent, according to Betty J. Hines, a strategic business consultant who works with CEOs and their executive management teams.
Brown Girl Magazine, whose focus is to empower and uplift women, recently highlighted 11 reasons the magazine loves Baltimore actor Utkarsh Ambudkar, a man. Among them: He can sing. Rap. And act. All at the same time, the magazine’s editors wrote in praise of Ambudkar, who tells the Baltimore Times that he has been busy.
Brushing with fluoride toothpaste remains foremost in keeping children’s teeth healthy
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and every February, thousands of dental organizations and providers throughout the nation take time to inform and educate the public about the importance of children’s oral health. This February, the Maryland Department of Health’s Office of Oral Health will join with the American Dental Association to promote the 2018 National Children’s Dental Health Month theme, Brush Your Teeth with Fluoride Toothpaste and Clean between Your Teeth for a Healthy Smile.
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) engineer Taiwo Alo was named the Errol B. Davis Legacy Award winner at the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) conference held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
We should increase the age to purchase a firearm to 21. Most school shooters are under 21. We have to improve the background check system. Schools need to lock all entrances and install shatterproof glass and alarms. A heavily armed security guard should be stationed in every school.
Willa Bland, 1925 — 2018
Women’s History Month
Under the direction of Dr. Leana Wen, the Baltimore City Health Department is leading the country in health innovations, including “B’More for Healthy Babies,” a collective impact strategy resulting in a 38 percent reduction of infant mortality in just seven years.
Thursday, March 1
Events during last week of Black History Month in 2018