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Phinesse Demps

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Indie Soul Book Review: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Legend of Jocko

Schools will let out for summer vacation very soon but that does not mean your child should take a break from learning. Here are two books that should be on your child’s summer reading list:

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Indie Soul: Marley at Center Stage

From Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, comes a world premiere musical based on the life and music of Bob Marley.

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Indie Soul: Prince Rally4Peace

On the evening of Sunday, May 10, 2015, Prince kept his promise to bring people together in Baltimore with his Baltimore Rally4Peace Concert. With the statement “We are your servants Baltimore. We are here for you. We are here for the city,” Prince began a barrage of songs starting with “Let’s Go Crazy.”

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Indie Soul: New Fall TV 2015 with African-Americans

It’s early to be talking Fall TV but this season African-Americans are truly getting the chance to make an impact on what people watch.

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Indie Soul Music: Ja'Vion and Von Shorter

Summer is fast approaching and that means slow jams.

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Wordsmith: My Purpose, My Dream

If the riots taught us anything, it’s that the city needs new leadership and a younger voice that relates to what the younger generation is going through and can speak their language.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Ashley Cottrell

The Indie Soul Spotlight this week is very personal.

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Indie Soul: Baltimore VegFest 2015

Indie Soul tries to encourage our readers to do better when it comes to how we live, eat and exercise.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Poet Deep

Whoever said that once you make mistakes in your life that you can’t be a role model, must not have read that God forgives and has not met Poet Deep.

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Indie Soul Music: The Motion Collective

The Motion Collective, the amazing jazz collective from Bari, Italy released their first full-length album for A.MA Records with executive producer Antonio via TIMKAT Entertainment in America.

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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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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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Indie Soul: Book of Negroes

“The Book of Negroes” recounts the harrowing journey of Aminata Diallo’s (Aunjanue Ellis) return home after being forced into slavery as a child. A universal story of loss, courage and triumph, the acclaimed mini-series, which made it’s United States broadcast premiere on BET in February this year is now available as a special edition three-disc DVD, exclusively from Entertainment One.

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Community event encourages conversation about bullying

Last week was Youth Violence Prevention Week (March 23-27). The Weinberg Family Center Y located 900 E. 33rd Street in Baltimore, hosted a community event to discuss how the issues of violence and bullying impact young people.

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Indie Soul: Fifth Speaker Series featuring Sonja N. Hines

Coppin State University School of Business partnered with Times Community Services, Inc. to present the spring edition of the Speaker Series featuring Sonja N. Hines, president and CEO of H&S Resources Corporation, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Coppin State University.

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Maritime Industries Academy claims top national prize in ”Get Schooled Challenge”

Reports 10 percent jump in attendance

The challenge is to get students to attend school. The bigger challenge is to find ways to do this. Comcast and The Baltimore City School District have figured out a way to do just that by taking part in the Get Schooled 2014 National Attendance Challenge.

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Baltimore welcomes back CAA Tournament

Baltimore welcomed the return of the CAA Tournament March 6-March 9, 2015 to the Royal Farms Arena. There were some wonderful and exciting games over the weekend.

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Indie Soul Past & Present: David Chance of Ruff Endz

It was February 11, 2002, a few days before Valentine’s Day and a couple of months before wedding season when Baltimore group, Ruff Endz, released a song entitled “Someone To Love.”

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Dia Simms

Dia Simms was the keynote speaker at a business conference hosted by The Greater Baltimore Urban League on February 19, 2015.

HBCU Round-Up:AGGIES ANNOUNCE 2015 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

North Carolina A&T released its 11-game 2015 football schedule on Wednesday.The schedule includes the return of Bethune-Cookman, who has won at least a share of the MEAC title four out of the last five seasons. It also includes a game against the University of North Carolina for the first time.A&T, who won a share of the MEAC title in 2014, opens the season at Aggie Stadium on Sept. 5 (6 p.m.) against old CIAA rival Shaw University. The Aggies will meet the Bears on the football field for the 21st time, but for the first time since 1963 when the Aggies came away with a 69-0 win in Greensboro.

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Indie Soul Review: Love Will See You Through and The Lost Treasures of R&B

Literacy and education are key to helping our young people move forward and live successful lives. This month Indie Soul gives you two books to encourage our children to learn and gain understanding.

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Center Stage: ‘One Night in Miami’

When you are in a position to be able to uplift and educate, you must do so. The stage play “One Night in Miami” by Kemp Powers and directed by Center Stage Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Kwame continues does just that.

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Indie Soul: Sister’s Soul celebrates resiliency of women in performing arts

A community event to celebrate the resiliency of women in the music industry and the importance of arts education will take place Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Eubie Blake Center located at 847 North Howard Street in Baltimore from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Indie Soul Movie Spotlight: Filmmaker Mark Harris

Many independent artists are so caught up with trying to make the big time they sell themselves short all for fame and the almighty dollar.

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Lifetime Channel presents: ‘Whitney’ directed by Angela Bassett

The Lifetime movie “Whitney,” is probably one of the most anticipated television events of 2015.

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Indie Soul Past and Present: Tanya Blount

The 90’s featured some of the hottest soul music ever. When you turned on the radio there was something for everyone: hip-hop, jazz, blues, and slow jams. It was the decade of the female music artist with girl group TLC, Anita Baker, SWV, and Chante Moore topping the charts. Back in 1994 a young woman exploded on the scene with the classic quiet storm songs like “Hold On” and “Through the Rain.

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Indie Soul Music Review: Dreamzzz by Philip Lassiter

For all my music lovers, Indie Soul discovered a gem of a CD for you. The CD is entitled “Dreamzz” by Philip Lassiter and features 11 TRUE music sounds, which combine, hip-hop, soul, jazz, and blues.

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Caring and Sharing Committee at John Wesley United Church promotes education

The Sharing and Caring Committee at John Wesley United Methodist Church located at 3202 West North Avenue in Baltimore promotes higher education by awarding students with perfect attendance, averages of B+ or higher in reading, language or mathematics and improved social/emotional behavior.

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Indie Soul Book Review: AND Then There Were None by Clay Thomas Williams

Self-published author Clay Thomas Williams’ book, “AND Then There Were None,” is a real page turner.

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Indie Soul: Opera legend Jessye Norman

On Friday, December 5, 2014, The Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Walters Art Museum partnered to bring opera icon Jessye Norman to Baltimore to discuss her memoir “Stand Up Straight and Sing!"

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Indie Soul: Red Emma’s Mother Poetry Vibe

On November 22, Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffehouse presented the Mother Poetry Vibe hosted by Ken Brown also known by his spoken word name 'Analysis'.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Smokin’ Shawn’s BBQ LLC

Our entrepreneur of the week, Shawn Terry, met the difficulties of a challenging economy head on after losing his government job in the spring of 2014.

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Indie Soul: Chunky and the O-Beast & Drawing With Mark

It’s that time that we give you our Indie Soul picks for kids. Here are two items for you to check out during the holiday season:

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur: LaRhonda Leigh Mobile Shoe Boutique

This week’s entrepreneur of the week, LaRhonda Leigh, owner of the LaRhonda Leigh Mobile Shoe Boutique, aims to achieve, succeed and bring positivity to the world. “My goal is to be that example for women, especially young ladies, to show them how to be successful, smart women. To be able to give back to the community and to make a brand that will benefit my family” states Leigh.

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Unlock the Vote Coalition hosts felon assistance event

On Saturday December 6, 2014 at the Douglas Memorial Community Church the Unlock the Vote Coalition will be hosting a felon assistance program. The purpose of the event is to focus on how people with criminal records can make their lives better.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women

I love to see students doing good things in the community! This week’s students of the week are the young ladies of Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Guardian Angels

On October 11th, 2014, The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River presented the Guardian Angels with an award for their work in the community.

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Indie Soul: Bryan Robinson - The Black Genius Art Show

Bryan Robinson has a passion for the arts. His talent takes many forms including photography, film and drawing. As an educator in the Baltimore City school system he enjoys sharing his time and talent with others.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Khari Parker

Khari Parker refuses to be just another statistic and does not want children to be one as well. “I love numbers and finance. Everyone should as well and at least know about savings and finance.

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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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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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Indie Soul Past and Present: Doreen Broadnax aka Sparky D

Rap music is big business. Women were involved in laying down the foundation of the genre. In the 80’s you had Sylvia Robinson CEO of Sugarhill Records, singer Angie Stone, Sha Rock, and of course Roxanne Shante.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Tara Pettiford

On Sunday November 2, 2014, Tara Pettiford hosted her third annual Natural is Beautiful hair care show at the Sheraton Hotel in Towson.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Saxophonist Craig Alston

Soft-spoken jazz saxophonist Craig Alston is a very deep thinker who cares about his surroundings and his music. Music is his therapy as well as a way to connect with an audience.

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Indie Soul Review: Next To Normal & Isango Ensemble Magic Flute

CenterStage has some great entertainment this season.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Nicolas T. Abrams

The Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week is a man who understands being a successful business person means being willing to expand beyond your comfort zone.

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Indie Soul Movie Review: Ballin’ at the Graveyard

With the NCAA 2014 Men’s Midnight Madness Basketball Set for Friday, October 17, and the NBA Season set to begin on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 basketball fans can’t wait to enjoy another season of we call “B’ball or Ballin.’”

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Indie Soul Music: Motown 25 and Midnight Special

Check out two great DVD's for guaranteed to please music lovers.

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Student of the Week: Jordan Cofield

This week, Indie Soul has tapped a young African-American teen, Jordan Cofield of New Town High School as the Student of the Week

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Indie Soul Review: Crash & Burn by Traci Braxton

On Monday, October 6, 2014 in the afternoon, the charismatic Traci Braxton stopped by the Baltimore Times office to talk about her solo project “Crash & Burn.”

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