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Special Event Spotlights New Black ‘Essence Magazine’ Owner, Editor

About 300 well-dressed locals showed-up on the 7th Floor Conference Hall of the Newseum in Washington to acknowledge the recent purchase of Essence Magazine by entrepreneur Richelieu Dennis.

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Fair Housing’s Unfinished 50-Year Journey

"Although golden anniversaries are often considered milestone moments accompanied by festive celebrations, two such observances in April 2018 are bittersweet memories for much of Black America. One took the life of an unparalleled preacher, orator, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The other marks the enactment of what many would argue is the strongest of the civil rights laws enacted during the 1960s: The Fair Housing Act."

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Senate's Part D Budget Deal Is No Victory for Seniors

Earlier this month, the Senate announced its two-year budget deal. It contains a healthcare provision that many are touting as a victory for American seniors. The reform aims to close the so-called "donut hole" coverage gap in the Medicare Part D drug benefit by shifting more of the program's costs to drug companies. But that provision is a gift to insurers -- not to patients. The policy could end up raising costs for seniors on Part D, some of our most vulnerable patients. It must be eliminated from the deal.

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Letters to the Editor: The Kirwan Commission

"It is incumbent on us, the citizens of the state, to support the needs of our children and thus, the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission."

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Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination 50th Anniversary

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, setting off a period of mourning, reflection and anger that gripped America.

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Winnie Madikizela–Mandela: 1936-2018

Remembering the former First Lady of South Africa

Winnie Madikizela–Mandela: 1936-2018

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Anne Arundel County student wins 2018 Maryland ‘Poetry Out Loud’ State Competition

Cayla Turner, a senior at Indian Creek School in Anne Arundel County is this year’s Maryland State “Poetry Out Loud” Champion. Cayla was among nine finalists selected from more than 7,500 students in 13 counties competing in the statewide POL competitions. She will compete in the National Finals, April 23-25, 2018 at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Cayla is (pictured) accepting her award at the Poetry Out Loud State Finals on March 10, 2018.

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Johns Hopkins Study to Examine Role of Fruit, Vegetables in Protecting Kidneys

Johns Hopkins University is collaborating with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities will try to determine if eating meals high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and lean meats can protect the kidneys and reduce damage.

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Former Ravens Cheerleader Creates Hats for Preakness, Special Occasion

Ashley Clark is a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who once dreamed of ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and making hats with the word “Soigné” inscribed.

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Three Ways Stress Takes a Toll on Your Body

April is Stress Awareness Month, a good time to reflect on how the demands and anxieties of daily life put a strain not just on our minds, but on our bodies as well.

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Videos Created by Youth Speak About Violence in City

A ray of hope prevailed in Baltimore City as the Kennedy Krieger Institute: Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress brought together students, trauma experts, and community groups to screen two mini-documentaries March 22, 2018 at the Parkway Theatre. About 50 persons attended.

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Female Entrepreneur Reflects on Success in Male-Dominated Tech Industry

Women’s History Month has allowed Tonya Buckner time to reflect on her successful business, the role of her parents including her father who raised five children alone, and her faith.

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Money Power Day Scheduled for April 7

The region’s biggest free financial fitness fair, “Money Power Day,” returns Saturday, Apri1 7 at Poly-Western High School.

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Baltimore Native Among Superhero Line-up in Marvel Universe LIVE!

As the blockbuster hit movie Black Panther continues to set box-office records, Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes soars into arenas across the country. Feld Entertainment’s newest production smashes into Royal Farms Arena on Thursday, April 5 and runs through April 8, 2018.

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Maryland Celebrates its Birthday With A Wide Range of Events

Maryland Day Weekend

Maryland Day Weekend is filled with fun family friendly events that are free or just $1. There is a wide range of historical and cultural events that include nature hikes, historic home and garden tours, wedding reenactments, drum circles, playing with oysters, performances, walking tours and kids activities. The weekend of April 6-8, 2018 is a great affordable way for everyone to get out and enjoy the State of Maryland.

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Sixth Annual Annapolis Film Festival Showcased 80+ Films

Sammy Davis Jr. documentary ready for PBS-TV’s ‘American Masters’

A documentary film about the life of entertainment legend Sammy Davis, Jr. packed the house at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at the Annapolis Film Festival, held March 22-25, 2018.

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Don’t Dissuade Your Kids From Pursuing Liberal Arts

The humanities makes them responsible citizens, successful in their careers

“They think degrees in STEM subjects will ensure a prosperous future. It’s only natural. But, they may be making a big mistake by trying to dissuade children who want liberal arts degrees,” according to author, publisher and education advocate, David Bruce Smith.

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Protect American Ideas Through Trade

"An unlevel playing field with our trading partners threatens this future by handicapping and hampering creative and innovative U.S. industries. Trade enforcement and strong new trade deals are the keys to breaking this trend and putting U.S. innovators back on course."

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Trump The Terrible

'President Trump's character flaws are overwhelming his administration and placing our country in jeopardy. Former CIA Director John Brennan referred to Trump as " unstable, inept, inexperienced and also unethical."'

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President Trump, GOP Can’t Afford to Ignore Black Blue-Collar Workers

"The Trump political operation and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are both making a flawed strategic calculation by not recognizing that blacks are also a part of this blue-collar pool of voters that are open to Trump’s plans and the Republican message of economic nationalism."

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