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Stacy M. Brown

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More Than Wedding Bells And Babies, Baltimoreans See Homeownership As Sign Of Success

Americans as a whole and Baltimoreans in particular equate homeownership with being a “successful adult,” above getting married or having children, and are willing to do what it takes to make their homeownership goals a reality, according to a new Wells Fargo survey.

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P-TECH Carver, IBM Internship Help Students Toward Technology Careers

De’Rell Bonner, an IBM on-site liaison for the P-TECH program at Carver Vocational-Technical High School is responsible for matching local teens with high-tech summer internships, apprenticeships and jobs of the future. His job is to bridge the gap between classroom and career, providing students with mentors, arranging paid internships, scheduling workplace visits, facilitating practical training on topics like personal finance and counseling students on career goals.

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Baltimore Organizations Receive Chesapeake Bay Trust Grants

The Sandtown South Neighborhood Alliance will receive nearly $3,000 to create a productive flower farm and pollinator garden, increase tree canopy, and deter illegal dumping that officials hope will enable them to raise money through the production of flowers that will be sold at local markets. The $3,000 is part of a grant announced by the Chesapeake Bay Trust totaling more than $965,000 through the Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Program (G3).

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ArtsCentric Kicks Off Capital Campaign For New Home

Since 2012, ArtsCentric has called the small Motor House Theater at 120 W. North Avenue in Baltimore it’s home. Now, as the productions continue to dazzle, ArtsCentric is looking for a new home.

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Supreme Court Shoots Down Trump’s Census Citizenship Question

“Though ultimately the Trump administration may prevail in having the citizenship question added, the Trump administration has to adequately explain how eliciting the citizenship question data will help them better enforce the Voting Rights Act,” said Inniss, who joined many others in celebrating the decision by the high court to strike down Trump’s request to add the question of citizenship on the 2020 Census.

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National Society Of Black Engineers Honor African Americans In STEM Arena

It has been several years since then-President Barack Obama made improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), an education priority. In the ensuing period since Obama’s stated agenda, experts have said America would need to add one million more STEM professionals by 2022 to meet the nation’s evolving workforce needs.

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Publisher Of Houston Forward Times, Elected As New NNPA National Chair

Karen Carter Richards, publisher of the Houston Forward Times, has been elected to serve as the chair of the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade organization that represents African American-owned newspapers and media companies throughout the country.

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Baltimore Doctor Prepares For 2019 Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

Dr. Sanford Siegel will continue his annual Prostate Cancer Run/Walk this year with a little better news than when he kicked off the event last year.

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Bank Of America Launches $5 Billion Home Loan Assistance Program

Bank of America has committed to remove the barrier of saving up for a down payment towards home ownership with the announcement of a new $5 billion affordable homeownership initiative for low-to-moderate-income and multicultural homebuyers across the country. The new Bank of America program includes down payment and closing cost assistance; innovative low down payment mortgages; grants that can be applied to non-recurring closing costs; a national network of lending professionals; easy-to-understand financial education tools; strategic partnerships with real estate professionals; and a national network of knowledgeable affordable housing nonprofit partners who provide in-depth homebuyer education and counseling.

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Access To Capital Event Provides Valuable Resources For Small Businesses

The Baltimore Times and Times Community Services hosted “Access to Capital 2019 Small Business Forum” at The Impact Hub Baltimore on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Pictured are the four winners of the Small Business Micro-grants which were offered to help the entrepreneurs expand their businesses with Joy Bramble, The Baltimore Times publisher.

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Year Up Baltimore Continues To Fulfill Its Mission

Latonya Hines with 92Q’s "Chop" at Year Up Baltimore. Hines is the director of Admissions & College Enrollment at Year Up Baltimore. She is responsible for ensuring that the admissions and recruitment team brings in qualified young adults from the underserved community seeking an opportunity to reach their fullpotential.

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Baltimore’s Bishme Cromartie Wows Fashion World On Project Runway

The opportunity to be on Project Runway came at a point in his life when Bishme Cromartie says he felt at his lowest.

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Unique Challenges Some Fathers Face This Father’s Day

Celebrating Fatherhood

Today, one of the biggest challenges that fathers face is perhaps that the rules for being a dad are completely out the window.

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The Baltimore Station Celebrates Opening Of Community Garden In Sandtown-Winchester

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, officials and residents of The Baltimore Station, community partners and benefactors gathered to celebrate the opening a community garden in Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in West Baltimore.

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Seven-Year-Old Continues To Help Homeless Veterans

In partnership with the Maryland Center for Veteran’s Education and Training (MCVET), Tyler and the online mattress store, Leesa Sleeps, have donated 125 mattresses and 250 pillows to help homeless veterans have a place to rest comfortably at night. This is the second such partnership involving Tyler.

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Black’ Or ‘African American?’

“Despite the dictionary definitions, there is no term that truly describes people that were taken from Africa and forced into slavery,” Carr said during his commentary on Washington, D.C.’s WUSA.

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Tips To Help Prevent Lyme Disease During Tick Season

In its most recent report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that in 2017 there were 1,997 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Maryland, with an additional 697 probable cases. Left untreated, the disease can cause joint swelling and cardiac or neurologic complications.

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Baltimore Entrepreneur, Philanthropist Needs Stem Cell Transplant For Rare Cancer

After battling and beating thyroid cancer a decade ago, Smith has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), and she is in critical need of a blood stem cell donor.

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New BCCC President Says, ‘This Is The Place’

For Dr. Debra L. McCurdy, who began her tenure earlier this month as the 14th president of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), the task that lies ahead sounds simple enough.

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Eight-Year-Old Maryland Girl Wants Kids To ‘Watch Ur Words’

In between balancing school, homework and filming, eight-year-old Janiya Williams finds time to encourage, inspire and motivate other children to “Watch Ur Words,” on social media platforms.

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Storied Fraternity Celebrates Centennial In Baltimore

Since its 1919 charter, the century old local alumni chapter of the first intercollegiate Greek letter organization established by African American college men has been at the forefront of civic, social and political engagement in Baltimore, benefiting people of color and all citizens.

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Time Off For Boxer ‘Papi’ Allison Means Helping Children Reach Their Goals

When Mack “Papi” Allison’s latest boxing match scheduled for May 4, 2019 in Waldorf was postponed, the Baltimore fighter took the time to attend another one of his passions— helping others who aspire to ring greatness.

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Mack ‘Papi’ Allison IV Continues On Road To Boxing Greatness

When Mack Allison IV next steps inside the boxing ring at the Waldorf Cultural Center on Saturday, May 4, 201, the 21-year-old Baltimore lightweight hopes he’ll emerge with another victory that pushes him closer to a world title bout. Known as “Papi,” the scheduled match will be the 13th of Allison’s young career, one that has been heavily influenced by his father, Baltimore legend Mack Allison III.

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BCCC Upward Bound Math And Science Program Offers Students Experience In STEM Field

“Each year the BCCC UBMS program services approximately 62 students recruited from specially targeted Baltimore City High Schools,” said BCCC’s UBMS Director Gregory Hunter. “The program targets young people who are interested in pursuing postsecondary degrees in math and science and careers in the math and science profession.”

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Grants Aimed At Helping Treat Older HIV Patients

After listening to healthcare providers, advocates and aging individuals living with HIV, officials at Gilead Sciences, a California-based biotechnology company that focuses on antiviral drugs used in the treatment of HIV and other viruses, said they realized more resources were needed to address their needs.

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UMBC Among Honorees Recognized For Financial Literacy Education

The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) received the Outstanding Organization Award from the nonprofit CASH Campaign of Maryland, Maryland Council on Economic Education and the Maryland State Department of Education during the sixth annual Financial Education and Capability Awards ceremony.

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AWARE for All – Baltimore

Free event to help educate public about importance of research studies

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), along with the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research will host AWARE for All – Baltimore, a free event that aims to educate the public about the importance of their participation in research studies.

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Deacon Jones Foundation Awards Education Grant To Baltimore City Young Emerging Artists

The Deacon Jones Foundation and Maryland Art Place announced that a “Young Emerging Artists Education Grant” has been awarded to Baltimore in support of local programming to engage and enrich the lives of students.

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Maryland Fellowship Of Christian Athletes Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Park Heights Saints Community Center And Resiliency Hub

In 2016, Garrick Williams, Sr. dreamed of a place where hundreds of athletes and coaches could gather, delve into the Bible and worship and fellowship together. On March 20, 2019, the dream became a reality as a $250,000 transformation of a West Baltimore home into the Park Heights Saints Community Center was completed and celebrated at a Grand Opening.

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Victorine Quille Adams: First Black Woman Elected To Baltimore City Council

Baltimore native Victorine Quille Adams became the first black woman elected to the city council and proved herself as a civic leader and pioneer in African American politics.

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Donna Brazile Trying “A New Lane” By Joining Fox News

Donna Brazile says there is no way she is selling out and her core values will always remain intact despite her controversial decision to sign with Fox News.

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City’s African-American Clergy Help Establish Nation’s First African-American Neuroscience Research Initiative

The nation’s first African-American Neuroscience Research Initiative, aimed at ensuring that genomic research and neuroscience studies are representative of individuals across all populations including African ancestry, was launched on Monday, March 18, 2019.

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COMMENTARY: The Black Women Jailed For ‘Stealing’ An Education

The Inequity of the Elite College Admissions Scam

“… she wanted a better life for her son, so she enrolled him in the Norwalk public schools despite having no real ties to the city. ‘When the city found out that it was spending its money educating her boy, it demanded that Ms. McDowell be charged with a crime,’ Pattis said. ‘Norwalk prosecutors, known statewide for an unreasoning mean-streak, obliged. She was charged with first-degree larceny,’ said Norm Pattis, a trial lawyer who is fighting for freedom “one client at a time.”

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Thirst Project ‘Warriors’ Encourage Student Participation In Environmental Advocacy

As part of their approximate 3,000-mile drive from Los Angeles, Hellen Elizondo and Anne Pfaff stopped by the Harford County school on February 22, 2019, as part of a “Road Warriors” program by the nonprofit Thirst Project, the world’s largest youth-led water activism organization.

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Concerted Care Foundation Gives Addicts Sense Of Purpose

Ronald Shelley began volunteering which eventually led him to create the Concerted Care Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit whose central theme is “volunteerism is a career path.”

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Dr. Michael Lomax And The UNCF Continue To Champion HBCUs

UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs.

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Youth Advocate Program Helps Teens With Education And Employment

The graduates were ten youth who just one year ago faced the prospect of jail. Instead, they’re at home, in their communities going to school and work.

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Antiguan Women Make History In Row Across Atlantic

The four Antiguan women who made a triumphant rowing trip across the Atlantic Ocean made a stop at a school near Baltimore to encourage young ones that they too can achieve dreams that sometimes appear unreachable.

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After Baltimore Boxer Wins Debut, Eyes World Title

Renowned Baltimore boxing guru Mack Allison appears to have another champion on his hands.

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Congresswoman Norton Fighting For D.C., Black Press In New Congress

“I’m [was] born and raised in this segregated city without any Home Rule rights and no equal rights when the city was segregated,” Norton said. “I’m a third generation Washingtonian and I’m the great, great granddaughter of a runaway slave, so motivation is built into my DNA.”

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Dr. Sheila Brooks, Author And Emmy Award Winner, Nominated For NAACP Image Award

Dr. Sheila Brooks, the founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications, a full service Washington, D.C.-based advertising and marketing agency, has earned an Image Award nomination in Outstanding Literary Work as one of the authors, (along with Clint C. Wilson) of the new book, “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.”

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The Battle For Mayor In One Of America’s Proudest Black Cities Is Underway

Ernest D. Davis firmly believes that his successor, the city’s current mayor, Richard Thomas, is in it for himself and has done much more harm to Mount Vernon than perhaps anyone whose held that office.

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Lillie May Carroll Jackson Middle School gets brand new home

Monica Mitchell remembers well the privilege she enjoyed while attending an all-girls private school as a child growing up in Baltimore. Today, Mitchell says she is proud to announce the purchase of a new building to house the charter school, which should help continue its mission of creating an experiential learning community for Baltimore City girls.

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Baltimore Comedian Wins NBC Stand-Up Competition

If you don’t know comedian Mike E. Winfield, he at least wants to make sure that you correctly say his name. “Mike … pause … E… pause… Winfield,” said the excitable Baltimore native, the winner of the 15th annual StandUp NBC comedy competition. Winfield beat out 1,600 applicants during the peacock network’s annual search for comedians of a diverse background.

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Smithsonian Channel Airs Special Presentation Of ‘The Green Book’

On Monday, February 25, 2019, the Smithsonian Channel is scheduled to air a special presentation of “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,” a first-hand account of historians, business owners and others who experienced the phenomenon of “traveling while black” in pre-Civil Rights America.

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Orioles Legend Robinson Dead at 83

Frank Robinson, a trailblazing figure who was Major League Baseball’s first African-American manager and one of its greatest players during a career that spanned 21 seasons, died Thursday after a prolonged illness, according to pro baseball’s premiere website, MLB.com. Robinson was 83.

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Baltimore Chef Cooking Up Success

It’s easy to think that personal chefs cater only to the rich, famous or those who might be on the fringes of wealth and celebrity. However, many top-notched cooks, like Baltimore’s Dorien Murphy, regularly answer the call to pack up his pots and pans, spices and all the groceries needed to make delicious meals for every-day folks.

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Baltimore Nonprofit Announces $1K ‘Black Futures’ Micro-Grant

With a motto of “Building Black Futures Together,” CLLCTIVLY.org, a community-based organization in Baltimore, is spearheading an effort to show the tremendous effect black lives are having throughout the city.

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Baltimore Resident Maps ‘Small’ But Unique Plan To House Homeless

Smalltimore Homes was more of a manifestation for founder LaQuida Chancey.

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Students Present Famed Opera ‘Carmen’ At Special MLK Day Event

A special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day presentation of the George Bizet opera, “Voices of Carmen” that will include a discussion examining escalating conflicts and violence among young people is planned for Charm City. The more recent escalation in school violence and relational aggression among teens led writer, director and choreographer CJay Philip to believe the time was right to bring “Carmen” to the stage and into communities as a vehicle for dialogue around sensitive topics.

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