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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,

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Indie Soul HBCU Sports: AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®

Morehouse College and Howard University football programs continue their longstanding rivalry in the fourth annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® at RFK Stadium on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. After three competitive match ups in the Classic, the Morehouse Maroon Tigers and Howard Bison return to the field this year ready to battle for the 2014 trophy and bragging rights.

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Indie Artist Spotlight: Mark Noxx

Musician Mark Noxx is this week’s Indie Soul artist of the week.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Stephen Wise

Fashion designer Stephen Wise is not new to the game of owning a business.

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Vikings: Adrian Peterson won't play until legal issues are resolved

Running back Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said early Wednesday.

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Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton star in CW fall TV lineup

A rundown of new fall shows on the CW network featuring African Americans.

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Robin Thicke's blurred life: 'I was high and drunk' all last year

Marvin Gaye's family accuses Thicke, others of ripping off a 1977 Gaye hit

Summer 2013 was blurry for Robin Thicke, according to what the "Blurred Lines" singer told lawyers in April.

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To spank or not spank? Answer depends on who you are, where you live and if your parents did

The indictment of NFL star Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has led to a robust debate about whether hitting, spanking or any other form of corporal punishment is justified and effective in dealing with children.

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Liberty Community Development Corporation to hold 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

Proceeds raised from event will benefit youth programs

An upcoming event offers a healthy way to support local youth, exercise outdoors and church fellowship. It’s the Rutherford Park 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, which will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.

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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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