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'Django Unchained' actress claims she was cuffed for showing public affection

Daniele Watts is African-American and her boyfriend is white

"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts says Los Angeles police allegedly detained her because they thought she was a prostitute.

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‘Grown Girls Getaway’ in Trinidad

What do you get when you put four of Hollywood’s finest African American female stars together in one film?

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Obama 'shocked' by Ray Rice video; Washington turns attention to NFL

The growing outcry over how the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell deal with incidents of domestic violence has reached the nation's highest office. Even President Barack Obama has seen the footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee.

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Our education crisis: American children afraid to learn

What does “acting white” look like?

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Ravens Lineman DeAngelo Tyson: Love, trust and forgiveness

Trying times can drive some to become a better person while others become bitter and mad at the world. Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson is an example of how “adversity makes the strong, stronger and the weak, weaker.”

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Turning Point operates on principle that recovery is lifelong process

Penny Wooten recalls when she first tried drugs. “Once I tried it, I wanted to do it again,” recalled Wooten. “At the time, I was in junior high school. Before I knew it, I was hooked.”

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Giant living flag honoring bicentennial of Star-Spangled Banner created

In a spectacular show of red, white and blue on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, more than 6,600 Maryland students, teachers and chaperones created the largest 15 stars and 15 stripes Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag ever assembled.

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Baltimore County dedicates 1812 Home of the Brave Mural to honor citizen soldiers

With members of the 1-175th Infantry Regiment Maryland National Guard filling Battle Acre Park in Dundalk, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz dedicated a new mural to commemorate Baltimore County's role in the War of 1812.

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Vice President Joe Biden will celebrate 200th Anniversary of National Anthem in Baltimore

The vice president will deliver remarks during live television broadcast from Fort McHenry on September 13, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden will join Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for Star-Spangled Spectacular: the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on September 13, 2014.

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U.S. can’t be world policeman

I was struck by how quickly many pundits jumped on President Obama’s comment regarding ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in which he stated, “…we do not have a strategy yet…” Why the surprise? Why any outrage? The statement was brutally honest.

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Bamboo and Fern tells woman's story of triumph over adversity

Ava Brown’s life story is one of true perseverance and survival. In her new biography, “Bamboo & Fern,” Brown recounts her remarkable transition from street-selling Jamaican pauper to MBA Global Business Development Manager. By releasing her story to the world, Brown hopes other women will be inspired to embrace their situations, overcome their struggles and become strong-willed and successful individuals.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Stars in the backyard

Hello my dear friends. I hope your Labor Day weekend was a great one. Summer’s coming to a close, but we still have a few more weeks to squeeze in some outdoor fun. There are a few upcoming events I would like to share with you, so get out your calendar and start marking the dates.

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Local Ailey II performance to feature two Baltimore dancers

Towson University’s College of Fine Arts & Communication and Department of Dance presents Ailey II, Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre, for two performances, Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Stephens Hall Theatre located at 8000 York Road on the campus of Towson University.

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Promises Kept: Raising black boys to succeed in school and in life

Filmmakers to discuss documentary at Enoch Pratt main branch on September 15, 2014

The shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri’s Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, has raised the national consciousness about issues of race, class and implicit bias.

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Ex-FBI director to investigate Ray Rice case

AP reports NFL executive received a copy of in-elevator video in April

Nothing less than the NFL's reputation is on the line, and possibly the job of the league's commissioner, Roger Goodell.

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Sam’s Club® offers free diabetes screening

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, and of those, 8.1 million are still undiagnosed.

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Caribbean roots of black church explored

Dr. Noel Leo Erskine investigates the history of the black church in his latest book, “Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery.”

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Star-Spangled Spectacular concert special to air on MPT

Live, two-hour September 13 concert special celebrates National Anthem’s 200th Anniversary

Maryland Public Television, in partnership with Dick Clark Productions and THIRTEEN Productions, presents Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem, a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, at Pier Six Concert Pavilion on Saturday, September 13. The concert will air live on MPT at 8 p.m. as part of PBS’s Great Performances series.

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HBCU Roundup: Coppin State’s Christina Epps up for NCAA Woman of the Year

Coppin State University track and field standout Christina Epps has advanced to the top 30 round in the 2014 NCAA Woman-of-the-Year selection process.

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Hands-on with the new Apple Watch

After Tuesday's unveiling of two new iPhones and a heavily anticipated smartwatch, Apple gave press and special guests (including models, fashion bloggers and Gwen Stefani) some supervised hands-on time with the gadgets. Here are our first impressions of the Apple Watch.

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