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Stringer Bell, Luther, Mandela... the album?

Actor Idris Elba releases his first album, "Mi Mandela" next week

It is not easy to capture a man's life in 152 minutes, let alone a life as illustrious and complex as Nelson Mandela's. For London-born actor Idris Elba, who played the South African leader in the 2013 biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," the task was sure to feel Herculean.

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Meet Marlene King: Breast cancer warrior

Marlene King, 55, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 48. Since that time, King has had a lumpectomy, a double-mastectomy, and has undergone breast reconstructive surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

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When does one become 'black enough?'

Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson published a revealing article a month ago on ThePlayersTribune.com in which he discussed being a bully in grade school.

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Rape allegations haunt Bill Cosby in the digital age

Nasty allegations have been haunting one of America's most iconic comedians, a man with a reputation for moral wholesomeness. For nine years, Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by women who say they were the victims.

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LETTER: Israeli/Palestinian peace impossible

J Street, a national organization, promotes a peace agenda for the Israelis and Palestinians. It believes a final status agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians embodying a two state solution will guarantee peace in the region but this is sheer naïve folly.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Laura L. Green

Born in Washington and partially raised in Baltimore Laura L. Green is the owner of one of only five mobile fashion trucks in Baltimore. When we caught up with her, she was doing her third event since her soft launch on October 23rd, 2014.

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GBCA and MICA host welcoming event for President Samuel Hoi

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) jointly hosted a community-driven networking event to welcome new MICA President, Samuel Hoi to Baltimore. Titled “Kick it up with Sammy,” the event took place on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Gallery 788 located on Hickory Avenue in Hampden.

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Local Liberians hold 2nd Ebola donation drive

The local Liberian community is collecting supplies to help fight their Ebola stricken homeland.

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Indie Spotlight: Crystal L. Bass

Crystal L. Bass, a self-published, writer, director, and author will be bring her play, “Ain’t No Mothers Love, Like A Mothers Love,” to the Baltimore area for one show on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Lyric Opera House.

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Fight For Children and Under Armour bring World Boxing Council Champions to Baltimore

On Tuesday November 11, 2014, Fight For Children and the World Boxing Council (WBC) brought champion boxers to visit the students at Dr. Rayner Browne Elementary Middle School in Baltimore.

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An upside to focusing on race

Because of the hypersensitivity to which our world has succumbed, race is a frightening or taboo subject for many. Nonetheless, we should all talk about it.

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Medicare open enrollment takes place October 15 - December 7

Your health needs change from year to year. And, your health plan may change the benefits and costs each year too.

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Kidney transplant recipient to participate in culinary event benefiting NKF-MD

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will present the 2014 Santé: A Culinary Odyssey at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Civil War Museum hosts Frederick Douglass impersonator

The Baltimore City Department of General Services (DGS) announces that the Civil War Museum will host a series of historical reenactments by Frederick Douglass impersonator Steven Cole in honor of the 150th anniversary of Emancipation in Maryland.

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A Mother’s Love: Art inspires troubled students

I have a confession to make. Never once in the nine years I have written Education Matters has this column touched on the unique academic needs and challenges of grade school students in the juvenile justice system.

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Anthony Levine’s hard work and opportunity a recipe for success

The Baltimore Ravens may have found some help for the cornerback position during their win over the Tennessee Titans before entering the bye week.

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Maryland unveils STEM Strategic Plan, tools to spark innovation

Plan targets five goals to improve student learning, state competitiveness

The Maryland State Department of Education announced a new strategic plan for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and has launched a new website designed to kindle innovation in classrooms throughout the state.

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Gary Kubiak identifies how to improve offensively

The Baltimore Ravens have the bye week this week. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said that he was looking forward to the bye week but took time to look at some areas of improvement for the offense.

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Mt. Olive AME Church celebrates 144 years working in the community

Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church of Annapolis, announces “144 Years, Standing on the Promises of God.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw brings depth to ‘Beyond The Lights’

Honored this past October with the “Emerging Icon” award from Elle Magazine at the celebration for their 21st annual “Women in Hollywood” issue, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an actress on the rise.

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