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Phinesse Demps

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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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Coppin's Michael Grant ushers in new era for 2014-15 basketball season

In ushering in a new era, first-year Coppin State men’s basketball head coach Michael Grant has gone big by signing Lawrence Fejokwu and Blake Simpson, the first recruits for the 2014-15 season.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Catrina Friday

This week’s entrepreneur Catrina Friday puts it all on the line for the greater good and for the love of the arts!

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Indie Soul Book Review: Church Girls by Delisa Shelby Claude

When is comes to the church and church folk, there is a perception they are better than those who don’t attend services.

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Vegan SoulFest 2014

On October 25, 2014 at the Downtown Cultural Art Center located at 401 N. Howard Street in Baltimore will have an opportunity to learn more about vegan life style.

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Fab@TheHarbor showcases local designers

Every once in awhile Indie Soul will get an email asking when we’re going to show some love to fashion designers and models. Well you asked, and now here it is.

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Indie Soul Review: Chef

With everyone talking about Comic-Con, Planet of the Apes, and Transformers, people tend to forget the smaller, simple movies like Chef starring Jon Favreau.

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Enjoy Jazz and wine in Atlantic City this summer

For the past couple of years, Atlantic City has been on a campaign to get more families to vacation there.

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UFC Fight Night wrap-up

The long awaited bout between Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller took place Wednesday July 16, 2014 at the Revel Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: TyLeishia Douglass

This week’s Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the week holds so many titles we might have to call her the new mini Oprah. TyLeishia Douglass is a woman with many skills, but is confident in all that she does.

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Indie Soul Review: Full Force

One of the most underrated groups from the 80s and 90s, Full Force, is back with another smash CD called “With Love From Our Friends.”

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TV25 gets a makeover

CharmTV to feature local entertainment programming

On June 25th, something new and fresh hit the television airwaves.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship Spotlight: Ovince St. Preux

There is a misconception that people who box or participate in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), have anger management issues, grew up fighting on the streets, or are just simple knuckleheads. This is not the case at all.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Phillip Freeland

This week’s student if the week is Phillip Freeland, a two-sport scholar-athlete. First and foremost, he is dedicated to his academic success. He is excelling in high school and his last report card boasted 3 A's and 1 B at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School where he is finishing his freshman year.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Avery Dey

What is your purpose in life? Many people have jobs they don’t enjoy and are simply doing it for a paycheck.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Margaret Brent Elementary/Deer Park Middle School Students

Three hundred-ten students who attend Margaret Brent Elementary/Deer Park Park Middle School have made the grade to be students of the week.

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Indie Soul: Tristan and Walter Mosley

There’s a lot of good music out there you haven’t heard because it doesn’t get air time on the radio.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Stuart Hudgins

Have you ever heard the saying, “Take a picture it lasts longer?”

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UFC fighter Jon Jones is still the champ

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Baltimore Arena in downtown Baltimore City played host to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Rahmlee Michael Davis

This week’s entrepreneur of the week is musician Rahmlee Michael Davis. The Baltimore resident has spent the last four decades working with the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Phil Collins, The Jacksons, Tyrone Davis, Frida (of ABBA), Jackie Wilson, The Whispers, Michael Jackson and countless others. His upcoming Mother’s Day show and recent CD release prove he’s still making things happen in the music world.

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Student of the Week: Derek Green

Transitioning from middle school to high school can be challenging, especially when juggling a vigorous workload of Advanced Placement classes.

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Indie Soul: Will Downing and Brothers Who Can Cook

About a week ago Indie Soul attended a CD release listening party for the one and only Will Downing, better known as the Prince of Sophisticated Soul. His new eight-song EP “Euphoria” is now in stores.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur: Betty Fenner-Davis

The world of fashion is bigger than ever before. Our entrepreneur of the week is someone who has been in the fashion and glamour business for over 30 years and has worked in movies, stage and music: Betty Fenner-Davis. She now lives in Baltimore after moving from the West Coast.

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Resident battles to overcome autism challenges

Donte Lewis is a budding entrepreneur with just one wish. He wants to be as successful in his media interests as his mother Angelia Lewis is with her natural hair care business.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Jayana Wood

What were you doing when you were nine-years-old?

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Indie Soul: From the Rough and JSoul

This week’s Indie Soul features a movie about golf and the independent music release from Baltimore’s very own JSoul.

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Indie Soul: B Sharp Summer Music Enrichment Academy

Eartha Lamkin says the B Sharp Summer Enrichment Academy got started after church watching children play after church. “After church services on Sunday, we would have kids either trying to bang on the piano or play the drums.”

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