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Stories for May 2018

Friday, May 25

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Gallery 90 exhibit features local folk art quilts ‘Wrapped In Love’

Gallery 90, the art gallery located throughout the nonprofit’s administrative building on the John & Cathy Belcher Campus, 90 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena, will feature “Wrapped in Love,” an exhibit of some of the many lap quilts created and donated by individuals and guilds to bring comfort to patients in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

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New ‘Religious Freedom’ appointee is a religious bigot

The newest addition to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Tony Perkins, does not believe in religious freedom.

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Graduation is just the first hurdle

Marvel’s “Black Panther,” Chadwick Boseman, graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (BFA) in 2000. On May 12, 2018, Boseman returned to his alma mater to address the Class of 2018, while receiving an honorary degree.

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Keeping the Legacy Alive with Kenneth Morris: Banneker-Douglass Museum partners with St. John’s College

Celebrating "Year of Frederick Douglass" with lecture by descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington

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World Premiere of ‘SOUL The Stax Musical’ generates sell-outs, rave revues

The world premiere of “SOUL The Stax Musical” has generated the excitement and applause that creative producers envisioned upon conceiving the historical musical production.

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How to encourage your kids to read and learn this summer

Summer, is almost here and that means a break from school for so many students. This is the perfect time to encourage them to read a good book— just for the fun of it.

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Longtime dentist Dr. Lawrence Bell Jr. dies at 77

Dr. Lawrence Bell was among the University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s first black graduates

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Fayette Street Outreach: An Organization with a Mind to Work

Nehemiah 4:6 (KJV) says “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.”

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The Travis Manion Foundation: Serving Our Country, One Youth At A Time

First Lieutenant Travis Manion (USMC) was a hero in life.

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Wells Fargo awards five-year $500,000 grant to Jubilee Baltimore

A $500,000 grant awarded to Jubilee Baltimore by Wells Fargo should help local charities in Baltimore achieve some of its more pressing objectives and will support the implementation of Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP) and its “Front and Center Plan: A Comprehensive Equity Strategy for Central Baltimore Plan.”

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Comcast NBCUniversal awards scholarships to 101 Maryland students

Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program recognizes students’ achievements both in and out of the classroom

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Swim Healthy—Stay Healthy: Raising Awareness during National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week runs May 21-27, the week leading up to Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. The Secretaries of Maryland’s Departments of Health, the Environment, and Natural Resources encourage all Marylanders to take note of swimming safety tips to ensure a safe and healthy swimming experience—no matter where they swim.

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Baltimore Ravens finally have Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson together at OTAS

There is a beginning and an end to everything. Joe Flacco took over as the Baltimore Ravens quarterback years ago and helped to deliver a Super Bowl win in 2012.

Friday, May 18

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Maryland Author’s Debut Book “At Least Once” a Finalist in Best Books Award Competition

Author D. M. Cuffie will read from her book at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Northwood Branch of Enoch Pratt Library as part of the “Meet the Authors” series. Northwood Branch is located at 4420 Loch Raven Blvd. in North Baltimore. For more information about D.M. Cuffie and her book, “At Least Once,” visit: www.dmcuffieauthor.com.

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Annapolis-Born Rocket Scientist Simplifies Engineering

Rocket science has historically been considered difficult because the slightest mistake could wreck a multi-billion-dollar mission. But one Annapolis-born rocket scientist says, not everything is— well— rocket science.

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Oakland Museum of California Hip Hop Exhibit Recognizes Art Form as Cultural Juggernaut

“Hip hop has arrived. Mainstream institutions are talking about it. There's a hip hop section in the new African-American Museum in D.C.; Harvard and Cornell have hip hop archives and collections. The Kennedy Center has a hip hop program. The folks who were around when hip hop was created are now leaders and influencers and even policy makers.”

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Prepare to Prosper

Introducing a series from Wells Fargo dedicated to helping you build your wealth!

If you’re ready to financially prosper, join us for a multi-part financial series, Prepare To Prosper. In each article, we’ll discuss different ways to help increase your personal wealth including tips on saving, investing and credit along with guidance on entrepreneurship and homeownership. During this series, you’ll gain the tools and knowledge that will help give you the power to reach your financial goals. Now’s the time to change the way you approach and attain wealth. Now’s the time to prepare to prosper.

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Historian Remembers Blacks as ‘Original Horse Whisperers’ on Eve of Preakness Stakes

The historic race commonly referred to as “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans,” has a unique place in American horse racing history and Pimlico, it’s home along Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore got its name from a horse who won the stakes more than a century ago. However, often buried in that history is the significant role of African-Americans, particularly jockeys.

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Local Community Activist to be Honored with Street Sign

Local Community Activist to be Honored with Street Sign!

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Encouraging Entrepreneurship for Military Spouses

"The unemployment rate among military spouses is 23 percent, and considering 85 percent say they want to or need to work, that is unacceptable. When the average household relies on two incomes, it should come as no surprise military families find themselves in similar need."

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Conservation Organizations, Green Street Academy Students Plant Pollinator Garden

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), National Aquarium, Blue Water Baltimore and Maryland officials planted a 5,000 sq. ft. pollinator garden with students and staff at Green Street Academy on Friday, May 11, 2018. The native plant garden will provide vital habitat for Baltimore’s iconic orioles, other local birds, bees and butterflies.

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BGE Residential Customers’ Electric Bills to Decrease

Average bills to decrease while customers experience best reliability in company history!

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Local Entrepreneur Expands Her Brand

Baltimore resident Gia Winfield has taken entrepreneurship by the horns— or, in her case, by the nails— and she is thriving.

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Blacks Can’t Afford to Ignore Dental Health

While Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide a safety net access to dental care is a big issue, especially for children of color.

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Liberty’s Lite Holds Book Club Extravaganza

In celebration of “Older Americans Month,” the Liberty’s Lite Readers Book Club held its annual Book Club Extravaganza on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The event was held at the Liberty Senior Center located at 3525 Resource Drive in Randallstown. The Book Club Extravaganza featured dozens of authors and drew a capacity crowd.

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Baltimore Mom Celebrates National Foster Care Month

Yvette Hawkins has helped to raise 20 children with the help and guidance of the Woodbourne Center. Hawkins is the author of the book “Encased in Ice: Pain and Plaudits of Foster Care Parenting.”

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Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

President and CEO of the NNPA, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. says that the Black Press welcomes the news and inspirations from the writings, videos and social media postings of the young aspiring journalists, who will be participating in the 2018 Discover the Unexpected (DTU) Journalism Scholarship and Fellowship Program.

Friday, May 11

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Practice Prevention Measures During Tickborne Disease Awareness Month, Throughout Tick Season

Prevention efforts reduce the spread of tickborne diseases

The warmer weather of spring means an increased risk of tickborne disease transmission. In an effort to help prevent the increased spread of disease, the month of May has been recognized as Tickborne Disease Awareness Month.

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William Henry Dorsey: The 85-Year-Old Horse Whisperer

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation's observance of Older American's Month. The 2018 theme, “Engage at Every Age”, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities. William Henry Dorsey, 85 is among them. He is a barn manager, works seven-days-a-week and has worked with horses for over 50 years.

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Northeastern Ohio Youth Group Tours Baltimore Area

As a high school junior in Akron, Ohio, Malcolm Deluvon Burton founded the My Brother/My Sister organization during Black History Month in 2008. Recently, members of the group traveled to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. to visit Burton’s alma mater, Morgan State University and other significant historical sites in the area.

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Let’s Talk About Depression and Anxiety in Women

A Community Conversation

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting over 50 million people a year, and leading to moderate or severe impairment in daily living. Risk factors for both anxiety and depression include family history of any type of mental illness, exposure to severe trauma as a child or adult, poverty, high stress, low social supports and drug or alcohol abuse— all of which are unfortunately far too common across Baltimore City.

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KIPP Baltimore Student Awarded SGFF College Scholarship

KIPP and the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation (SGFF) have announced that Baltimore high school senior Joshua Fitzgerald has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Dave Goldberg Scholarship. Joshua is among 30 students who were selected from nearly 350 applicants nationwide to be part of this inaugural cohort of Goldberg Scholars.

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How Your Relationships May Actually Keep You Alive Longer

Be Conscious of Your Circle

It’s easy to forget how much influence people have on us throughout our life. Think about it— we have family, friends, co-workers and even people we may briefly pass in the hallway, all of whom could be our greatest asset or our greatest inhibitor to you reaching our highest self.

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Smart Investments in SNAP Smart for the Black Community

From 2012 to 2015 African American-owned businesses across the United States grew from 1.9 million to 2.6 million. As the economy continues growing, these numbers are only expected to increase but our nation’s black businesses face a host of challenges, including access to a skilled workforce.

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The Cautionary Tale of Donald J. Trump

“Not only has he failed to ‘drain the swamp,’ he has populated the White House and the Beltway with the most corrupt, incompetent, self-serving cast of scoundrels to serve under any administration in recent memory."

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Letters to the Editor

Did you know more than three million Americans stutter? That’s more than the populations of Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C.— combined.

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Art of Hope: Celebrating the Importance of Art in Recovery

Chuck Knudsen, Helping Up Mission (HUM) board member and the Inspiring Hope Leadership Committee chair; Gayle Kelly, co-chair of the Inspiring Hope Leadership Committee; Keith Thomas, Helping Up Mission client; and Jim Longenecker, Helping Up Mission Chief Relationship Officer and Inspiring Hope Campaign director. The group is standing in front of a rendering of the HUM’s Women’s and Children’s Center slated to open fall 2020.

Thursday, May 10

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Baltimore County Executive Passes Suddenly

The Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate died suddenly Thursday morning after experiencing cardiac arrest, authorities said.

Friday, May 4

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Jubilee Arts Unveils Expressive Exhibit

The exhibit is the latest from Jubilee Arts, and is a program of Intersection of Change, which uses visual art, jazz, and the stories of community residents to explore these ideas, themes and issues.

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Comcast Cares Day Unites the Community in Celebration and Service

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, hundreds of volunteers, Comcast employees and their families, and several community organizations gathered at Furley Elementary School for the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day, a nationwide day of service dedicated to creating positive change in communities across the country. Comcast Cares Day is a celebration and opportunity to spotlight the company’s year-round commitment to volunteerism that began when the company was founded 55 years ago. As volunteers were assigned to various tasks, the hallways and lobby at Furley Elementary School were full of laughter. Participants were excited to participate in such an important community event.

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Rambling Rose

Rolling out a taste of history and culture!

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Local Progressive Leaders to be Honored at Tubman-Remillard Dinner

Former Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe, who could very well be a 2020 presidential candidate, is the keynote speaker at the Anne Arundel County Democratic Party Celebration Dinner on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Byzantium Events Center located at 2747 Riva Road in Annapolis at 6 p.m.

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MLK Jr.’s Hearse and a Mission to Save History

Do some artifacts hold such significance that they should be available for everyone to see rather than closeted away from public view?

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Surviving Trauma

Surviving trauma can be a long, hard journey, so it is important to celebrate successes along the way.

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MCVET Begins New Program to Treat Opioid and Other Dependencies

Earlier this month, the national nonprofit Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) began its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adults 18 and older.

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Entrepreneur Travels Around the World to Research New Book

Local entrepreneur Robert L. Wallace is on a voyage that will take him by boat to about 35 countries and 100 ports to complete research for his new book, “Global Entrepreneurship.”

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Local Author Reads From Her Psychological Thriller at Govans Branch, Pratt Library

After reading Sidney Sheldon’s book, “The Other Side of Midnight,” author J. Hawki realized she wanted to write thrillers. Hawki will read from her book at a “Meet the Authors” event at Enoch Pratt Library (Govans Branch) on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2 p.m.

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Noted Food Historian to Speak at William Paca House

Historic Annapolis announces a unique program, which will explore antebellum food sourcing and cookery from the perspective of an African American chef on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the William Paca House and Garden located at 186 Prince George Street in Annapolis.

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The Best Way to Celebrate National Small Business Week? Shop Local

Supporting small businesses is more than a purchase. It's an investment in your community.

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Schools Must Do Better to Prepare Students For a Freelance Future

Almost two-thirds of children currently in elementary school will end up in jobs that don't exist yet. That's why students need transferable, creative skills. Unfortunately, they're not developing them at school. Hiring managers say current graduates lack critical thinking skills, aptitude with problem-solving and attention to detail. New workers are also short on communication and teamwork abilities.

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Joint Statement From Starbucks CEO, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson

After constructive conversations, and mediation before a retired federal judge in Philadelphia, Donte Robinson, Rashon Nelson and Kevin Johnson, ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company, reached a settlement agreement earlier this week that will allow both sides to move forward and continue to talk and explore means of preventing similar occurrences at any Starbucks location.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Wanted Equal Treatment For Blacks, Not Special Treatment

'So, as I reflect on King’s assassination and his legacy, I can hear him telling both blacks and whites: “Boy, go get me a switch, because you have brought shame on America.” After we start crying from his love taps from the switch, I can then see him grabbing us in his arms and lovingly saying, “Now, go do better.”'

Tuesday, May 1

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Johns Hopkins Student Surprised With $20,000 Scholarship from Sallie Mae to Pursue Biotech

Sallie Mae’s "Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students"
 Supports Students Making a Positive Impact