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Mother-Daughter Duo Take Home Sally Cultivate’s Big Prize

Thirteen-year-old Lexi Proctor and her mother, Monica Proctor know that big dreams can come true for hopeful entrepreneurs who aspire to have their products sold on the shelves of a major retail store.

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Anne Arundel County Teen Jewelry Maker Showcases Products At Biz Kidz Event

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Biz Kidz Academy will hold a Market Day, Shark Tank Competition and Award Ceremony for business-minded girls and boys, ages five-18 at Long Reach High School, located at 6101 Old Dobbin Lane in Columbia, Md. from noon to 5 p.m.

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More Volunteers Needed As Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival Continues To Grow

On September 29, 2018, eclectic bands, energetic dancers, talented actors, skilled drummers, performers, conscious poets, vendors and community organizations gathered to celebrate the cultural heritage of the African diaspora in both traditional and new ways at he Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival at the City Dock in Annapolis.

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Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival Returns To City Dock In Annapolis

The 29th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival returns to the Annapolis City Dock on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Over 90 vendors from food to arts and crafts to education and other community categories will be at the cultural celebration commemorating Kunta Kinte’s arrival in Annapolis from the Gambia and the perseverance, education, and cultural heritage of Africans, African-Americans and Caribbean people of African descent. Clones Of Funk will headline the main stage during the festival. New adult acts, a Generation Z Power Hour, featuring the child rapper, Young Dylan and other youth, in addition to young entrepreneurs will also be part of the scheduled festival entertainment and participants.

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Young Baltimore Girl Combats Bullying By Writing Popular Book

Rianna’s summer was full of memorable opportunities that could easily last a lifetime. She spent her time away from schoolbooks raising her voice as a young writer who appeared at Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Forest Park Branch in Baltimore City for an author talk. She also traveled to Chicago and Nashville to promote her book, “The Cat That Wouldn’t Go Away.”

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Moon’s Barbershop, Boys And Girls Club Host Annual Backpack Giveaway Extravaganza

Once a year, Edward Moon— owner of the barbershop— and volunteers who comprise “Team Moon,” turn off their clippers and leave barbershop stations to co-sponsor an annual Backpack Giveaway Extravaganza with the Boys and Girls Club.

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Author Celebrates Success With Local Tour With Kid-Friendly Activities

In Baltimore City, the Curls and Coils Tour will stop at the African Griot Book Fair for Children on Sunday, August 19, 2018 in Druid Hill Park at the Lakeside Pavilion from noon to 6 p.m.

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Maryland Mother-Daughter Duo Become Semi-Finalist In Sally Beauty Supply Competition

At just 13 years old, Lexi Proctor (Lexi P.) is holding a golden opportunity in the palm of her hands, with the help of her mother. Before Lexi heads to a Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) as an eighth grader, the kidpreneur is creating a social media buzz to urge the public to vote for her company, Curlanistas, LLC (Curlanistas).

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Nonprofits Team Up To Host Anti-Bullying Conversation, Positive Self-Image For Maryland Youth

Even though bullying, positive self-image and mental health concerns are rarely top of mind when summer fun is underway, three nonprofits, IT TAKES TWO, INC. and Lauryn’s Law, Inc. and Art Works Now teamed up to offer an inaugural “No Bullying Zone: Create and Learn” event to help empower and prepare parents and youth to deal with bullying during the upcoming academic year.

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Celebrity Chef Brings Culinary Arts Program To Baltimore

Baltimore native Robert “Chef Stew” Stewart (back row, white shirt) made his mark as a personal chef and caterer to celebrities. He was also the winner of the television show, “Cutthroat Kitchen” on the Food Network. Chef Stewart, the visionary and CEO of a new community organization called Transition Kitchen is counting down to the final push to prepare for a projected September launch of his new project. Currently, there are 150 students interested in learning the basics of the baking and pastry fields that will be trained in the next three months. Youth and young adults will receive on-the-job training and employment opportunities as a part of the free program. A fundraising campaign to cover the cost of supplies is underway.

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