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Phinesse Demps

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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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Indie Soul Spotlight: Children’s books

According to the 2012 Maryland School Assessment, approximately 34.5 percent of third graders are reading below grade level, a figure that is double the state average.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Belly Dancing

Indie Soul is always looking for something different and exciting to bring to you to broaden your experience. When an associate mentioned she was a bellydancer, Indie Soul decided to find out more.

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HBCU Round-Up: Coppin State vs. UMES in Volleyball

In the face of adversity, the Coppin State Eagles united, stayed strong and trusted each other in winning the last two sets to earn a memorable 3-2 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division treasure Sunday, October 4 at the W.P. Hytche Center.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Naomi Lilly

This week’s Indie Soul Student of the Week is a very ambitious and career driven young lady who attends Howard High School in Howard County. Naomi Lilly is only a junior but is focused on her next journey— college. The 17-year-old old holds an impressive unweighted GPA of 3.86 and a weighted GPA of 4.57.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: J.O. Da Comedian

Choosing to be a comedian means facing a lot of obstacles. There’s the criticism from family telling you to get a real job, friends who don’t get it and others who seem to think making people laugh is easy.

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Trendsitions: Shop & Soiree highlights Baltimore fashion

On Saturday September 20, 2014, local fashion retailers and designers hosted Trendsitions: Shop and Soiree,” an event designed to showcase Baltimore’s fashion scene.

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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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Peace Poets share positive messages through hip hop, spoken word

One of the most incredible things about Baltimore is that you are always able to find great shows from independent artists almost any day of the week.

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Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson star in FOX's fall show 'Empire'

The fall TV season is quickly approaching and over the next few weeks, Indie Soul will shine a light on networks and shows aimed specifically at African American audiences. This week: Fox Television.

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Baltimore activists discuss events in Ferguson at town hall meeting

Sunday, August 24, 2014, The Real News (www.therealnews.com) hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and how African Americans can be more involved in finding solutions to problems in the community.

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Indie Soul Fashion: 'Wear It Out Wednesdays' returns in the fall

The Baltimore Times and Indie Soul are happy to announce that one of the most talked about fashion events of 2013 is back for the fall in 2014: Wear It Wednesdays.

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ABC TV adds people of color to fall lineup

The fall TV season is quickly approaching and over the next few weeks, Indie Soul, will spotlight networks and shows aimed specifically at the African American community.

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Indie Soul: Entrepreneur of the Week Nia Anderson

Everyone dreams! Some dream of making it big and becoming famous in the entertainment business while others dream about how they can be of better service to others.

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Jazz at The Walters Art Museum, and Phase 10 Restaurants

The Walters Art Museum recently announced that the popular art and jazz series Jazz@theWalters will return next spring in April 2015.

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Indie Soul: Otakon takes over Baltimore

Since 1999, Baltimore has been home to Otakon, the annual three-day Anime convention, which is held at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore

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DMV Celebrity Weekend of Champions set for September

If New York is the city of dreams, then the District of Columbia is home of the champions! Boxing champions, that is. Finally six accomplished fighters from the D.C. area will get the honors they deserve on September 18 – 20, 2014 at the DMV Celebrity Weekend of Champions Launch. (Visit: www.GFSent.com for more information).

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Indie Soul Review: MANIFEST by Jahiti

There are hundreds of artists releasing music everyday— some with talent, others are just products of the corporate music machine. There are those who are copycats and others who are just fake— and then there is Jahiti.

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