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Ursula V. Battle

Stories by Ursula V.

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Light of Truth Center Continues to Shine

Residential treatment program to open two more locations

Light of Truth Center, Inc. (LTC) continues to shine brightly in the lives of woman who have struggled with addiction. Karen Hall, who has been with LTC since April 26, 2017 is among them.

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Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic Opens at The Lyric

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and other characters will bring some of the most famous Disney shows of all time to the stage of the Lyric Opera House this weekend

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Remembering R.B. Jones: Longtime “Realside” columnist passes away at age 65

This writer can remember receiving a phone call approximately 15 years ago from columnist, teacher, poet and playwright Ronald Berry Jones, who was known as ‘R.B.’ Jones.

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The Lion King’s Gerald Ramsey: Performer Received the Ultimate ‘Meal Ticket’

For Gerald Ramsey, the offer of a free meal to audition for Disney’s “The Lion King” was an offer he could not refuse.

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A Mother’s Cry holds Thanksgiving Event at New Waverly AME

Over 300 women impacted by violence among attendees

Three men handed turkeys from the back of a truck parked outside of a church to dozens upon dozens of women.

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Disney’s The Lion King roars into The Hippodrome

Walbrook High School Grad Among Cast

Disney’s The Lion King has roared into Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center for its long-anticipated return.

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Maryland Lt. Gov. joins Larry Young to host radio show about opioid epidemic

WOLB 1010 AM talk show host Larry Young was joined by Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, to co-host a “town hall” style discussion on the causes and effects of the opioid epidemic in Maryland. The live broadcast aired Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

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Epsilon Omega Chapter of AKA School Supplies Efforts Continue

Back-To-School is generally a time when school supplies are collected and ultimately distributed during community fairs and other events. However, the need for backpacks, notebooks, pens and other supplies continues well after the school year has started.

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Comcast holds Internet Essentials Sign-Up Event at Pleasant View Gardens

In its latest effort to close the nation’s digital divide, Comcast held an enrollment event offering new, qualified Baltimore City residents six months free Internet Essentials service. The on-site sign up event was held Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Pleasant View Gardens located at 201 Aisquith St. in Baltimore.

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Urban Alliance Baltimore helping to build bright futures

Carver graduate lands aApprenticeship at Homewood General Contracting

Vernon Woodly, 18, a graduate of Carver Vocational Technical High School in Baltimore has dreams of starting his own Home Improvement business one day. Thanks to the Urban Alliance Baltimore’s Career Technology Education (CTE), he is well on his way.

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‘The Color Purple’ Tour Starts in Baltimore

Broadway revival of hit production opens at The Hippodrome Oct. 17

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‘The Christians’ Comes to Baltimore Center Stage

Play runs through Oct. 8; Examines leadership and faith

The cost of challenging one’s beliefs, the responsibility of leadership, and the distance that exists when people of strong convictions and common faith discover that they might not believe the same thing takes “Center Stage” with the production, “The Christians.”

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Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream Encouraging Show Comes to Baltimore Oct. 11-15

Throughout their lifetime, the young and the young at heart, are constantly encouraged to dare to dream. Through its exciting new show, Disney has brought the encouraging words to life through an exciting new show. Entitled Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, the breathtaking production comes to Royal Farms Arena October 11, 2017 through October 15, 2017.

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Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence at the Reginald Lewis Museum

In a fitting birthday tribute, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture presents “Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence.”

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Pharaoh comes to Theatre Project: Story of Hatshepsut told through stage play

In what he describes as an ancient version of “Empire,” referring to the popular FOX television drama series, Playwright Timothy Lawrence Hogan is seeking to tell the story of Hatshepsut through his stage play Pharaoh.

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Baltimore's Serrita Shaw hits the runway in grand style

Baltimore native Serrita Shaw is looking to join the ranks of Bill Blass, Versace, Gucci, Bob Mackie, and other high fashion designers. Shaw, who was a fashion design student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), was selected to present a collection during this year’s inaugural SCAD FASHWKND in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, May 18-21, 2017. Featured at the event were original designs curated from the finest SCAD School of Fashion senior and graduate students.

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Four million low-income Americans connected to high speed Internet

In the summer of 2011, Comcast Corporation unveiled the Internet Essentials program for low-income families.

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STEP Opens in Theaters

Documentary Showcases Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women

STEP, an inspirational documentary about a high school step team’s dual quest to become the first in the school’s history to win a step championship, and the first in their families to attend college, opened in theaters on Aug. 4, 2017. With Baltimore as its backdrop, the film chronicles the real-life journey of a group of students at the Baltimore Leadership School For Young Women (BLSYW).

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Odessa Rose’s ‘Water In A Broken Glass’

Sculptor “Tonya Mimms” finds herself attracted to her high school female friend “Meyoki Outlaw.” Tonya struggles with her sexuality and subsequently immerses herself in her artwork. She ultimately buries her emotions deep within her sculptures.

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Phantasmagoria heads to Baltimore

Theatrical Stage Thriller Coming to Theater Project

Halloween isn’t until October 31, but with its haunting and whimsical stories of horror, the critically acclaimed Victorian Horror Troupe Phantasmagoria, is sure to leave you believing that the scariest time of the year might have arrived early.

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Xpressions Mentoring and Consulting targets young females

Retired cosmetologist launches mentoring program

Stacey R. Stanley raised her daughters as a single mother with the support of family and excellent role models as being key ingredients to her academic and entrepreneurial success.

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New Beginnings: Genesis 4U promotes female entrepreneurship

Referencing Genesis, entrepreneur Erica Massenburg credits the first book in The Bible for being the impetus for staring her company, Genesis 4 U.

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The Look that Gave Birth to A Mother’s Cry

Millie Brown is the Founder of A Mother’s Cry, which supports mothers who have lost their children to violence.

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Baltimore comedienne survives heart attack, urges women to be aware of wellbeing

Well-known comedienne Pamela Hill, whose performance name is “Miss Maybelle,” has survived a heart attack and two stroke.

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Ringling Bros Returns to Baltimore One Last Time!

Feld Entertainment, Inc. parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® producer of live family entertainment, announced in January that the iconic circus would hold its final performances at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on May 7, and at the Nassau Veterans Memorial.

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Filmmaker debuts new movie in Baltimore

Roosevelt Jackson wrote and produced the film “Residue,” which looks at the aftermath of police brutality on families in the Baltimore, District of Columbia, Virginia and surrounding areas. Residue made its Baltimore premiere at the Charles Theater on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

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Baltimore’s own LABBODIES will Shine at Light City

LABBODIES’ Light City installation examines devastating moments in history and their relationship to contemporary acts of violence in the United States.

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Light City Returns to the Inner Harbor March 31-April 8

Presented by The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the electrifying festival returns for its second consecutive year, and runs Friday, March 31, 2017 through Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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The Sarah M. Roach Tutoring Program:Private school students assist public school students through unique initiative

Sarah M. Roach Elementary is a Baltimore City Public School located at 3434 Old Frederick Road, while Mount Saint Joseph is a Catholic college preparatory school for young men from 9th to 12th grade.

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Howard Park Senior Center Choir Hold Black History Program

Contributions of African-Americans highlighted at event

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National Heart Month might be over… but the beat goes on for making healthy lifestyle choices

February was National Heart Month, a month-long observance, which seeks to raise awareness about heart health.

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The Cordish Companies, MWMCA hold 4th Annual Black History Heroes Awards

The 4th Annual Black History Heroes Awards Honorees. The group was honored on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Live! Casino & Hotel located at 7002 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover, MD for their contributions to the community.

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Pastor Ruth Travis to retire from Ebenezer A.M.E.

Retirement celebration will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017

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‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words’ screened at Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Comcast, Smithsonian Channel and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture partnered to present a private screening of “The Obama Years: The Power of Words” on February 9, 2017.

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Valentine’s Comedy to be performed at the Randallstown Community Ctr. Feb. 11 New Life Fellowship to present ‘For Better or Worse’

The production is being presented by the Drama Ministry of New Life Fellowship Worship Center, and will be performed Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 (2 p.m. & 6 p.m.)

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Poly Student Selected as Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar

Amy Zhang, a senior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute was selected as a national scholar in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search.

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‘The Littles’ and ‘The Bigs’ Mentoring program presented by Comcast/Big Brothers Big Sisters

Ronald, one of the program’s “Littles”, Brad Palazzo, Director of External Affairs for Comcast’s Beltway Region and a “Big” with the program, and Kiandre, another one of the “Littles,” during a recent session at the Comcast White Marsh office.

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Baltimore County Native Leads UMMS’ Population Health Efforts

Stacy Garrett-Ray set her sights on becoming a doctor in the first grade. Growing up, her parents always told her that she could do and be anything.

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An Interview with Suzzanne Douglas

Actress recently performed in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Center Stage in Baltimore

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Urban Alliance Baltimore receives $200K grant from Bank of America

Shaquille Brooks, 21, a graduate of Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore proudly talks about his internship with the investment management firm Legg Mason.

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Ravens’ Benjamin Watson ‘plays’ Secret Santa

Twenty-five families from Building Families for Children, arrived at Walmart in Randallstown Monday, December 19, 2016, not sure what to expect.

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Busy Week for Mayor Catherine Pugh

Community Leaders Optimistic About Leadership

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Matthew Henson students ‘star’ in their own Christmas Story

Thomas Burk, a teacher at Matthew Henson Elementary School gave his second-grade students an assignment.

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Singing Sensations Youth Choir present “One Sound, One Season, One Savior” Concert

The Singing Sensations Youth Choir will perform on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at FCF World Outreach located at 9306 Winands Road in Owings Mills, Maryland.

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Specialty cupcakes are “sweet success” for local company

Tyreece Johnson recalled the delicious smells that would fill the air on Saturday mornings.

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Native Baltimoreans Own Tote Bag Company in Fells Point

Aaron Jones and Jason Bass are guilty of “treason.” They have defied the status quo by “going against the grain.”

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East Coast Gospel Music Summit is ‘off the charts’

Some of gospel music’s biggest recording artists including Vashawn Mitchell, Troy Sneed, Gary Hines of Sounds of Blackness, Joe Pace, and Ted Winn were in town for the East Coast Gospel Music & Arts Summit.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Early Detection Can Be a Life Saver

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Recently, Amy McCoy reflected back on this time in her life two years ago.

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Organizations partner with Price Rite to feed 800 Woodlawn families

Price Rite, Feed the Children and The Salvation Army gave a whole new definition to “Food Drive” on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

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Storm Entertainment releases comic book in memory of Prince

Publication released on Music Icon’s Birthday

Storm Entertainment is keeping the memory of late music icon Prince alive in a special edition comic book entitled “Tribute: Prince.” B

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