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Stacy M. Brown

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Running for gold and respect for Baltimore

William Johns, 56, will put on for his beloved city at the World Masters Games next spring in Auckland, New Zealand.

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French play hits Center Stage as $32 million renovation nears completion

The city’s biggest professional theater company, Center Stage, has entered the homestretch in its yearlong $32 million renovation, the most extensive in the 150-year-old building’s history.

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Customers turn to Harbor Bank to show ‘Black Dollars Matter’

After the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin, the “Black Lives Matter” movement began in earnest.

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Opera Great Luca Pisaroni Debuts at BSO

Earlier this year when making his debut in the role of Mephistopheles in the Houston Grand Opera’s production of Faust, Luca Pisaroni confessed that as a child in Italy he was unpopular.

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BSU alum teams up with Allstate to help students at HBCUs

Luke Lawal, founder and CEO of HBCU Buzz, a news site for college students, shows love to his Alma mater and other historically black colleges and universities

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Nation Election Leaves Democrats Red, Maryland Remains Blue

In the morning after what Democrats and their supporters— and even some Republicans— deemed a nightmare which resulted in the election to the Oval Office of bombastic, woman and minority-bashing Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton began her concession speech with two of the most sobering words in the American dictionary.

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Catherine Pugh Ready to Implement New City Agenda

After blazing a trail to election victory on Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor-elect Catherine Pugh said she’s ready to begin “lighting up our city.”

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Nonprofit awarded for helping military members, families

A staggering share of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning home with mental illnesses brought on by their time overseas.

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Study reveals Ravens fans among most dedicated

The Baltimore Ravens have established themselves as a dominant and ferocious team, and now their fans have been recognized among the most influential supporters in the National Football League.

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Breast cancer survivor striving to help others

DaVeeda White is an entrepreneur who says she is strengthened by transforming her personal health challenges into a viable service that allows others to see obtainable possibilities.

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MECU celebrates 80 years in Baltimore

Small community banks and financial service institutions like Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company, Provident Bank, MNC Financial closed one-by-one, disappearing from the Baltimore landscape during and after the Great Recession.

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Entrepreneurs grown their companies with Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business program

A growing number of Atlanta businesses are living up to the city’s famous nickname: Hotlanta!

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A Survivor’s Story: The Cost of Surviving Cancer

Kimberly Curtis has battled and overcome breast cancer.

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Brakes for Breasts: Car repair shops raise funds for cancer vaccine

Auto Stream Car Care on Smith Avenue and Frame Rite Auto Repair on Harford Road in Baltimore are among the 20 car repair shops in Maryland that have signed on to participate in a charity to help breast cancer survivors and ultimately help to fund research for a new vaccine that some doctors believe might eventually cure the dreadful illness.

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Fly Girl Network seeks to empower young African-Americans

Tiffany Ginyard is adamant that a strong sense of perceived self-efficacy is an important and contributing factor to both the prevention of diminished self-concept and self-sufficiency in young adulthood.

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Baltimore resident founds organization to serve Rwandan refugees

Eugenie Mukeshimana was a young adult and eight months pregnant when the genocide began in Rwanda in 1994.

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Baltimore entrepreneur carves out a ‘Taylor-Made’ business

Owning an event-planning business was not what Amethyst Taylor’s parent’s had in mind for her future.

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Youth Foundation, Southwest Airlines help kids to fly

Ariel Wilks, 16, a student at Carver Vocational Technical High school had always been afraid to fly.

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Local hospitals to serve as hubs for violence prevention

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) was awarded a $500,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to support the planning and implementation of a comprehensive hospital-based community violence intervention program.

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City Schools Art Teacher Wins Maryland Teacher of the Year

Athanasia Kyriakakos was sitting nervously, palms sweating and her heart beating as fast as it ever has before.

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Organization seeking to ‘Stomp Out’ Bullying

A large majority of teenagers hold a very pessimistic view of the United States. Eighty-eight percent say they believe the country lacks kindness, according to a new survey released by “STOMP Out Bullying,” the leading national bullying and cyber-bullying prevention nonprofit organization for kids and teens.

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Local startup helping Dominican farmers

Luis Solis is described by those who work with him, and for him as a passionate and dedicated leader, who has pours his heart and soul into all things Caribé.

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Experts offer tips to protect personal information after Yahoo hack

Hackers swiped personal information associated with at least a half billion Yahoo accounts making it the biggest data breach in history to date.

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Breaking the cycle: Young mother of seven turns life around at McDonald’s

Ten years ago, Cameo Faust, a single mother of seven was working at an Atlanta-area McDonald’s, struggling to make ends meet and highly motivated to make a better life for herself and her family.

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T.D. Jakes to tackle headlines in new talk show on OWN

The struggles of an interracial marriage, families divided by race, religion and politics and the conversion of one Jewish woman to Islam are all upcoming segments that will be featured on Bishop T.D. Jakes’ new talk show which premieres on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Monday, September 19 and is schedule to air Monday through Friday at 6 p.m.

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Sharing and Caring event promotes education, provides meals and gifts

More than three hundred underprivileged Baltimore youth and their families will be provided food, gifts and a day of entertainment as the Sharing and Caring Committee at John Wesley United Methodist Church hosts a daylong community event on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

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As Labor Day approaches businesses push for minimum wage hike

Hundreds of businesses and organizations— including many in Baltimore— are signing the online petition, “Business for a Fair Minimum Wage statement” and actively pushing for increases locally and nationally.

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War Horse Program hopes to inspire and engage local teachers

Teacher Wellness Center aims to keep teachers fit and healthy

A 1,574-square-foot wellness center equipped with treadmills, exercise machines, bikes, a rowing machine and more opened at the Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School in Locust Point on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

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Prominent surgeon Keiffer Mitchell Sr. dies at 73

Member of iconic Baltimore family saved countless lives during medical career

Keiffer Mitchell Jr. remembers fondly the early morning telephone calls his dad would make to him daily. And every evening, Mitchell Jr. would call his dad.

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Robert Johnson: Playing by his own rules

RLJ rule aims to level playing field in corporate America

Robert L. Johnson has proven to be one of America’s premiere innovators and with his RLJ Companies empire and other ventures; Johnson’s legacy could ultimately be defined by what he’s accomplished to level the playing field for African-Americans and other minorities in corporate America.

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Baltimore resident and Ailey dancer earns Princess Grace Award

She started dancing at the age of three and that was only because her mother went to a Target store and picked out a ballet outfit just to see how her toddler would look in it.

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Forgotten black church transformed into museum

For years, Louis S. Diggs has researched and documented African-American life in communities in and around Baltimore County while publishing 10 books about black history.

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New film in a ‘Search for Black Wealth’

Screenings for the film were sold out long ago. However, interest in “Generation One: The Search for Black Wealth,” generated the type of buzz usually reserved for an anticipated, high-budget blockbuster.

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'Cooley High' remembered on the 40th anniversary of release

Gary Susman of moviefone.com called it the most influential movie you’ve never seen and NPR’s Derek John referred to it as a classic of black cinema.

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Entertainment mogul starts “Backpacks for Baltimore” initiative

Kevin Liles sponsors school supplies giveaway

Since his rise as an executive at Def Jam Records and Warner Music, Kevin Liles has continued to use his fame and fortune to provide opportunity and hope for those less fortunate.

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New workbook helps teens 'Play Up'

Since the release of the wildly popular book “Playing Up,” Vaughn McKoy and his wife, Marnie McKoy thought of ways in which they could make the lessons found in the book practical in ways that could drive behavior and complement academic learning.

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Mayor introduces Fun Wagon

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake spent part of Wednesday, July 15, 2015 showing off her hula-hoop skills to the delight of young ones, parents and officials at the Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore City.

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Baltimore resident feeling 'fabulous' about diabetes program

India Harris counts among the nearly 1.2 million Americans who have pre-diabetes and who are at risk of developing the debilitating disease.

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Maryland entrepreneur talks to blacks, minorities about nuclear engineering

Charles Wilson isn’t shy about discussing poverty and the issues that face many inner city and poverty-stricken youth on a regular basis.

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Local residents join petition for Bree Newsome

The online petitions are as direct as Bree Newsome proved to be strong.

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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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