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Phinesse Demps

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Indie Soul Spotlight: J. Anthony Brown

The one and only “take no prisoners” comedian, J. Anthony Brown recently performed at the Baltimore Comedy Club to make audiences laugh and to announce his new radio show called appropriately the “J. Anthony Brown Radio Show.”

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Indie Soul Book and Interview: ‘This Ain’t What You Want’ by Jabar

When the Baltimore riots happened, I was immediately contacted by author Jabar who told me his book, “This Ain’t What You Want,” would be a great read for adults, but especially our youth of today.

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Indie Soul Music Review: Saun & Starr 'Look Closer'

Radio is definitely missing out on some great music this summer. Next up for Indie Soul is a review of the debut album debut from some real soul sistas; Saun & Starr.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Root Branch Academy

The chaos that engulfed the entire community and left us with so much work and conversation to have.

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Indie Soul: BET Awards Show

By now many of you have seen the BET Awards show where Diddy fell through the floor; Kendrick Lamar ripped the stage; Lil Kim sent the audience into a frenzy; and Smokey Robinson killed the new school with words and showmanship.

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Indie Soul Book Review: Mayor For Life The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.

This week we review for you, “Mayor For Life The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” written by Marion Barry Jr. and Omar Tyree.

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Indie Soul wedding congratulations!

This is a first for Indie Soul! We are taking time out to send congratulations to people who have committed themselves through the bond of marriage.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Kamasi Washington

In honor of Black Music Month, this week’s spotlight artist is Kamasi Washington who hails from Los Angeles, California.

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Indie Soul NEW MUSIC! Janet Jackson: NO SLEEEP

The wait is over! The NEW SINGLE from Janet Jackson!

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Indie Soul: Tamia’s latest project 'Love-Life'

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the lovely and talented Tamia made a stop in Baltimore to perform a short acoustic set at The Sound Garden record store in Fells Point.

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Lolita A. Kelson presents: ‘It’s Not Personal ...You know what it is. Real Men Feel’ book signing and conversation event

This is not hate for Steve Harvey’s book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” but when my friends and I read the book, as men, we whole-heartedly disagreed with the content and felt the book judged men unfairly.

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Indie Soul Music Review: Kember and Kenny Lattimore

This week, Indie Soul continues with a look at rising music artist, Kember and the return of Kenny Latimore during Black Music Month.

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Indie Soul Fashion: Cheri' Felix, owner of CF Styling Inc., does it all

There are traditional entrepreneurs that open a brick and mortar business, get a loan, and make a business plan; Cheri' Felix or CF has taken a different approach to her freelance stylist business.

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Indie Soul Movie Review: Jimi: All is by My Side

June is Black Music Month and what better way to celebrate than by watching “Jimi: All is by my Side,” starring Andre Benjamin aka Andre3000 of the Hip-Hop group Outkast. It’s available on Netflix and iTunes or you can buy the DVD.

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Indie Soul Fashion: B Walker Shoes

Hip-hop has been influencing popular culture and fashion since it’s inception 30 years ago. According to GrabStats.com, the hip-hop community spends about $17 billion a year on fashion (clothing, shoes, and accessories).

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, I had the privilege of being a judge at NFTE Business Plan Competition Semifinals.

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Indie Soul Movie Review: Sugar Babies

In “Sugar Babies: The Bittersweet Truth About Diabetes,” from Academy Award-winning executive producer Geralyn White Dreyfous (Born Into Brothels) and New York Times best-selling author James S. Hirsch (Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter), filmmaker Jenny Mackenzie (Kick Like a Girl) reveals the frightening epidemic of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and what we can do to address this frightening public health issue.

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Founder of the Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa comes to Baltimore

When the riots broke out in Baltimore City, there was a call to action for community leaders, political leaders and religious leaders to come together to formulate solutions and to help pull the community together.

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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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