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Money Smart Week 2015 at The Pratt

April is Financial Literacy Month

As part of Money Smart Week across the nation, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is hosting several financial planning and money management workshops to encourage financial literacy among Baltimoreans.

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The Nile Project comes to Maryland

National Public Radio says the Nile Project is producing harmony in a divided region while the New York Times calls euphoric the performance that, to a traditionalist, looks like an ungainly mélange: a gathering of musicians from the 11 countries of the Nile basin, playing instruments that weren’t made to share a stage or a song.

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Johns Hopkins’ neurosurgeon receives Cortes de Cadiz Prize from Spain

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa has been awarded the Cortes de Cadiz Prize in the category of surgery by the city council of Cadiz, Spain. The jury prize, in which members of the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery took part, was awarded to Quinones-Hinojosa not only for his renowned scientific career but also for his “moving life experience,” which, the judges noted, is full of “self-improvement and success.”

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Baltimore attorney receives Trailblazer Award at National Summit of Black Women Lawyers

Ava E. Lias-Booker, managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Baltimore office, received the Trailblazer in Excellence and Diversity Award at the 2015 National Summit of Black Women Lawyers on April 10, 2015 in Chicago.

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Orioles “Birdland Passport” Program returns in 2015

The Orioles announced that the popular “Birdland Passport” program, designed to reward fans who visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Orioles’ local minor league affiliates, is back for another season.

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Author discovers how to be 'brave in a new world'

It’s a day that Yvonne Broady will never forget. On January 24, 2009, her beloved husband Clarence Cortez Loftin III, a distinguished venture capitalist and educator succumbed to pancreatic cancer sending her into deep depression and loneliness.

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Indie Soul Review: Stevie Wonder’s 'Songs in the Key of Life' Tour

Many of us have a list of things that we want to accomplish during our lifetime— seeing Stevie Wonder perform is on my list. On Thursday, April 9, 2015, I had the opportunity to do just that here in Baltimore at the Royal Farms Arena.

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Netflix brings Marvel’s Daredevil to streaming viewers

This review is strictly for my Super Hero geeks and comic nerds, like us here at Indie Soul.

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Annapolitan designer debuts apparel for female clergy

On March 18, 2015, a premiere party was held at Loews Annapolis Hotel to celebrate the television debut of Bishop Craig Coates’ clothing line, Modern Priestwear.

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BGE celebrates National Volunteer Week

Employees from across Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) celebrated National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) by participating in nearly 30 employee-led service projects in central Maryland and the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro area throughout the month of April. The month of service events kicked off today at Real Food Farm in Baltimore City.

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Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday celebrated in fine style

Produced by Tom Saunders of Renaissance Productions and Tours and the Greater Baltimore Urban League, the musical tribute celebrating Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday was done in the finest of style at Baltimore’s historic Orchard Street United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

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House of Mandela Wines celebrates family and legacy

It's dreary outside, but Tukwini Mandela, granddaughter of late legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela, is full of light and enthusiasm. Her visit to Baltimore is the last stop on a three-week U.S. promotional tour for House of Mandela, the wine company she runs along with her mother, Dr. Makaziwe (Maki) Mandela.

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Indie Soul Book Review: ‘Lil’ V Walks Home from School’ by Vonnya Pettigrew

This is definitely the year for independent authors and especially authors of children’s books. Vonnya Pettigrew has written a very necessary book for parents of small children who are attending school.

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United States and United Nations failed Somalia

In 1991, I watched Somalia disintegrate. It was not just the breakup of a state, as we were to see in the former Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union. It was the complete collapse of the state structure and the devolution into “warlordism.”

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Dr. Levi Watkins a ‘Man among Men’

The accolades keep pouring in, from colleagues, friends and individuals who were touched in many ways by him.

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UMD's Deon Long to showcase at Ravens’ Pro Day

The road that Maryland wide receiver Deon Long has traveled up to this point is a very uncommon one. Long has played in multiple college football programs prior to getting ready to enter the professional ranks. The experience he has gained will be something he can lean on as he enters the next stage of his life.

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Creating conscious black millionaires

Black folks have the ability to create our own conscious millionaires. We have certainly done it for others for a long time now. Conscious black millionaires, by definition, would most assuredly use some of their money to assist the black collective; conscious black millionaires would not hesitate to use their resources to help empower our people; conscious black millionaires would not be afraid to espouse the principles of economic empowerment and then use their money to support it.

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‘Kidz N Charge’ kid-friendly music to be featured on MTV Jams, other video websites

Markel Anderson is a nine-year-old boy who likes technology and computers and his 10-year-old brother Michael Anderson, Jr. loves to play video games. Although the boys from Fort Washington, Maryland have typical hobbies of youth their ages, since 2013, Markel and Michael have also been living their dream by performing R&B, pop and rap music in their group, “Kidz N Charge.”

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Is the United States falling behind in women's rights?

Where do American women stack up against their counterparts around the world? While they're ahead in many regards, the U.S. falls short when it comes to paid maternity leave, wage equality, and even the number of women in leadership roles. Read more about where the U.S. lags in women's quest for equality.

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2015 Draft Spotlight: Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong

Catching the football is a natural thing for Strong. His hands are consistent and allow him to make some tough catches across the middle. It is hard to jam Strong, especially when he has to run a slant. He will condense himself at the snap to give defenders a smaller target to jam.

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