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Stacy M. Brown

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Local lawyer, boxer focuses on father, son relationships

One national news publication called Venroy July a “triple threat,” while another said the boxer and CEO is among Baltimore’s entrepreneurs under 40 that are worth keeping a close eye on.

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Baltimore native develops affordable housing in PG County

Bobby Turner was born and raised in Baltimore, so when it comes to developing affordable workforce housing in nearby Prince George’s County and across the nation, the successful businessman isn’t just passionate.

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Elizabeth Seton Teen conquers academics, athletics

Four years ago, Elizabeth Seton High School officials heavily recruited Raven Fox to attend the all-girls college prep institution and to play basketball for the Roadrunners.

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Monarch Academy Celebrates with Coldstream-Homestead Community

Monarch Academy Public Charter School celebrated a milestone in grand style on May 27, 2015. Guests were entertained by a video of students performing “The Wizard of Oz,” while others from various classes at the academy performed live music with string and brass instruments.

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KIPP continues to close gap in educating the poor

Lorence Rovell is among the graduates from Northwestern High School in May. The teen’s matriculation, however, was no easy feat.

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Former 'Bad Boy’ executive succeeding on his own

Shawn Prez isn’t your typical CEO or the average business owner. Prez got his start working to help legendary rap mogul P. Diddy build “Bad Boy” Entertainment Group.

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George Haley, brother of Roots author, friend of MLK, dies at 89

He was known as the giant who never quit. George Haley, a Silver Spring, Maryland resident and brother of famed author Alex Haley, died earlier this month. He was 89.

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First black UMB nursing grad receives honorary doctorate at 84

Small in stature and soft in voice, there’s little doubt that Esther McCready proved to be a giant in the fight for civil rights.

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Young DJ blazing a trail of success

While most students are looking forward to a summer break that may include barbecues, a trip to the beach or a family vacation, one local high school standout is preparing to go on tour with music superstar Chris Brown.

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Randallstown student earns major college scholarship

Like so many others in Baltimore, Kamal Al-Mateen witnessed the protests, the demonstrations, the discord and ultimately the rioting in the aftermath of the death of local resident Freddie Gray.

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Inmates make and design quilts for a cause

Sirilar Stokes, an inmate at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup, first started trying her hand at quilting about three months ago.

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Gay Men’s Chorus plans two shows

The GenOUT Youth Chorus and the 160 singers of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington count among the most anticipated ensembles of the upcoming; “Born this Way,” concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington.

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UMBC president relates civil rights experiences in new book

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has been working with inner-city youth in a variety of programs for a number of years and has rarely fallen short in his goal of reaching impressionable young individuals.

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United Way Forum reveals the power of women

The United Way has realized progress in issues facing the community and one goal of the nonprofit is to continue to have a positive effect locally and in cities throughout the country, according to the organization’s national president.

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Baltimore officers charged with murder

“I will seek justice on your behalf,” Mosby told a packed news conference. “No one is above the law.”

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Author discovers how to be 'brave in a new world'

It’s a day that Yvonne Broady will never forget. On January 24, 2009, her beloved husband Clarence Cortez Loftin III, a distinguished venture capitalist and educator succumbed to pancreatic cancer sending her into deep depression and loneliness.

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Local designer creates luxurious, ‘nostalgic’ handbags

What do Fashion Affair magazine, Luevo and News Channel 12 in New York have in common? They have all showed off designs by Baltimore-based handbag and accessories brand Linell Ellis.

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Nine-month program hopes to stem prevalence of diabetes

The statistics are sobering, if not eye opening.

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Hezekiah Walker honored with NNPA Torch Award

Grammy Award-winning artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker can add the 2015 Torch Award for religion to his list of accomplishments as a gospel music artist and pastor of Love Fellowship Tabernacle, a mega church in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Actor pitches psychological thriller about drugs, recovery

Shiek Mahmud-Bey could be a true Hollywood story that could eventually turn up in an episode of “Unsung” on BET. Not because he has ever been in over his head or has been on Skid Row and his career has fizzled— not by any stretch!

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Charity helps Baltimore resident with Multiple Myeloma

Baltimore resident Raymonna Jean was diagnosed in 2013 with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects the bone marrow.

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Three Baltimore women find enrichment in business

As mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts, Tehma Hallie Smith, Ronae Brock and Michelle Davenport say they were bothered by the possible side effects connected to chemicals in the products they were using.

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Black Theatre Symposium scheduled at University of Maryland

Like megastars Sidney Poitier, the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, a host of African-American film stars have also mastered the black theater.

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Tenacity, determination keys to success for health entrepreneur

Success wasn’t simply handed to Jackie Bailey. Like most women entrepreneurs who also happen to be African-American, Bailey had to endure a few doors shutting in her face, overcome higher hurdles than most and display the kind of tenacity that it ultimately takes to run a business that’s now helping to change lives.

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Decisions, decisions: when weather forces school delays, closures

Snowstorms and extreme cold can create a situation that makes it unsafe for students, parents and staff to travel to and from school.

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Local realtor, former NFL star help area youth in football, academics

Christine Thomas enjoys talking about children. The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage real estate agent has two daughters, but there are many more Baltimore area children that she helps to nurture.

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Frank Conaway Sr. remembered

Clerk of City Circuit Court died Sunday, February 15, 2015

Frank M. Conaway Sr., longtime clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court, is being remembered by many who knew him, and by those whom his work positively affected. He died on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at age 81.

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Choral concert honors longtime organist

James Spencer Hammond has always been the kind of person that simply wants to do his job well. Attention has never been high on his list of wants and, those who know him, say it’s difficult to find someone more humble.

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Weddings just got less expensive with launch of website

There is little doubt most would agree that getting married can be very expensive. However, for those seeking wedded bliss, there is good news.

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Hogan sworn in as Maryland’s 62nd governor

Two months after his stunning, yet decisive victory over Democrat Anthony Brown, Republican Larry Hogan Jr., took the oath of office on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 as Maryland’s 62nd governor.

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‘Selma’ reaches both young and old

The civil rights film, “Selma,” which was produced by Oprah Winfrey has opened nationwide and while many have concluded that Oscar voters essentially snubbed the movie, it still received a Best Picture nomination from the academy, which will announce winners next month.

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Inked Up: Tattoos continue to grow in popularity

For Barret Beyer, the tattoos that cover nearly half of his body tell the story of his life.

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Tech program prepares Baltimore youth for future careers

It was just a couple of short years ago when Andrew Coy taught history in the Baltimore School District.

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BSO Kids Program helping students around Baltimore

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is easily identified for its artistic excellence and, over the years, the organization has been able to attract a devoted following not just locally, but the world over.

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Critically acclaimed show ‘The Wire’ returns in high definition

Airs Jan. 5 on HBO

In a move that many fans would argue to be tantamount to Leonardo da Vinci touching up the Mona Lisa or Mario Puzo adding paragraphs to “The Godfather,” David Simon and HBO have re-mastered the critically acclaimed HBO series, “The Wire.”

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Petition launched to open federal files on Malcolm X

It seems like it just might be a long shot, but one man continues to try and find a way to compel President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and the United States government to publish the un-redacted FBI, CIA and New York Police Department files relating to the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X.

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Winter weather won’t stop Civic Works Food Program

With colder temperatures and wintry weather on the horizon, officials from the nonprofit Civic Works’ Real Food Farm program say they won’t slow down their efforts to improve neighborhood access to healthy food and develop Baltimore’s agriculture sector.

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Local entrepreneur celebrates 20 years with gift baskets

Each time Pat Roselle checks her telephone voice mail or email messages, she sees a familiar request. There’s a bridal shower, a baby shower, a wedding, Christmas is coming, a birthday, even a funeral.

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Mom of 2 earns diploma, job prospects

SBLC offers hope to working poor

Tonya Pearson has enjoyed a long career in retail but after a bit of soul searching and a longing to not have any regrets, at age 36 she decided that it was time to earn a high school diploma.

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Baltimore attorney hosts “Miracle on Howard” art show

Baltimore attorney Ronisha Moore believes in the power of art. She also believes that those who are in positions to do good deeds for others shouldn’t hesitate.

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Smokey Robinson to perform in Baltimore

It’s possible audiences will be treated to classical violins during Motown legend Smokey Robinson’s upcoming concert at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Lyric Opera House on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

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G.K. Butterfield elected to lead CBC

After his unanimous selection as the next chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, North Carolina Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield said he’s grateful to all in the caucus, including outgoing chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio).

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Annapolis veteran thrills with collection, humor

William S. Keyes is 93-years-old. He was a Washington, D.C. police officer, worked in the U.S. Postal Service, ran his own business and bravely served in World War II.

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Police shootings of young blacks examined on stage

"Collidescope: Adventures in Pre and Post-Racial America" debuts on Friday, November 7

With the shooting deaths of unarmed African-American teens like Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Trayvon Martin in Florida and others, acclaimed filmmaker Ping Chong and noted director Talvin Wilks have joined forces to collaborate on a performance they say counts as a response to the seemingly perpetual killings of young black men in America.

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Motown Legend Gladys Knight to perform in D.C.

There is only one Gladys Knight, and a surefire way for area residents to find that out would be to attend the Motown legend's upcoming concert at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 p.m.There is only one Gladys Knight, and a surefire way for area residents to find that out would be to attend the Motown legend's upcoming concert at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 p.m.

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Young golfer excels on links and at school

Kendel Abrams is in the running for “Girl Golfer of the Year.” She led her high school golf team to a third place finish in the recently completed season and, before it’s all said and done, the 14-year-old could be competing for a state championship.

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Civic works volunteers change lives

For 21 years, Earl Millett has carefully watched how the nonprofit Civic Works has strengthened Baltimore communities through job training, volunteerism and how the organization has changed many lives by providing job readiness, life skills, education and helping the underserved secure and maintain suitable employment.

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Report offers financial hope for minorities

Finally, there is some encouraging financial news for African Americans and Latinos.

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Local doctor promotes prostate health in black community

Dr. Sanford Siegel knows the routine.

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Blacks rarely seek help for stress, mental health issues

Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh said they have found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response.

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