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Sixth Annual Book Fair At Pinderhughes Elementary-Middle School

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young was among the volunteer readers for the Sixth Annual Scholastic Book Fair recently held at William Pinderhughes Elementary-Middle School located on Gold Street in the Sandtown-Winchester community. Every student at the school was provided with “Scholastic Books Bucks” to purchase books.

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Local Coffeehouse Offers More Than A 9-to-5 ‘Grind’

In Baltimore, there is a local coffeehouse that is ‘brewing’ up much more than the popular hot beverage— CUPS (Creating Unlimited Possibilities) Coffeehouse. Located at 1301 N. Broadway Street, CUPS Coffeehouse works directly with Project I CAN (PIC), a program of Fusion Partnerships, to provide workforce training, and development for youth and young adults ages 16 to 24 living in Baltimore City.

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More Than A Fraction: Author’s Ancestral Research ‘Adds Up’ To One Amazing Story

“It took me two years to write the book,” said Dr. Moseley-Hobbs. “The goal of the book is to make those who were enslaved, people instead of props. Some of our favorite movies have the same storyline – that slaves woke up, suffered, and slept. I took the documentation that was available and used it to present them as people.”

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Kamari Johnson Selected For 2019 Amplify Scholarship

Heading to Morgan State University

Johnson was selected for iMentor and KIPP’s First 2019 Amplify Scholarship. He will receive a unique combination of financial support and mentoring during his four-year collegiate experience, which includes a mentor to provide ongoing support throughout college. He will also receive financial support totaling approximately $15,000 a year to cover a range of non-tuition needs.

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Proud Mom Watches Bernard Young Take Oath of Office

Just In Time For Mother’s Day

Hundreds packed into the War Memorial Building on N. Gay Street on Thursday, May 9, 2019 to see Bernard C. “Jack” Young take the Oath of Office as the 51st Mayor of Baltimore City. Among them was Ida M. Rather, mother of the city’s newest mayor. “I am so proud of my son,” said Rather who witnessed the special moment a few days shy of Mother’s Day. “I thank God for all of my children. All of them are my favorites. I thank God for allowing me to see what I have witnessed here today.”

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Hundreds Volunteer To Help Revitalize Collington Square

Comcast Holds 18th Annual Comcast Cares Day

Now in its 18th year, Comcast Cares Day is one of the largest corporate commitments to volunteerism and service in America. To date, more than 1 million Comcast Cares Day volunteers have contributed over 6 million service hours to improve local communities at more than 10,000 projects.

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‘The Greatest Mother’s Day Gift I Could Have Ever Received’

50 Years Later, Father and Daughter To Unite

This is Part 1 of a Two-Part Series on the making of a Surprise 50-year reunion between Arthur Shepard and his daughter Brenda Sawyer. The father and daughter found one another through Ancestry.com and Facebook. Part 2 of the series will conclude next week with the result of the Surprise Reunion, which is taking place on the evening of Friday, May 10, 2019.

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An AMAZON Opportunity For KIPP Baltimore

School Among 100 Nationally To Be Awarded Robotics Grant

KIPP Baltimore is among 100 schools across 21 states who will receive an Amazon Future Engineer Robotics Grant. As a grant recipient, KIPP Baltimore will receive support to launch FIRST robotics teams, including teacher professional development to learn about robotics; $10,000 from Amazon to expand access to computer science education in their school; and a tour of a local Amazon Fulfillment Center.

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Baltimore City Students Share Views On Violence Through Creativity

Sponsored by The University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Violence Prevention Program, the event was held April 10, 2019, during National Youth Violence Prevention Week, This year’s Art Against Violence theme was “Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.” Featured artwork promoted themes of anti-violence, youth against violence, strength, resilience, and collective justice and healing.

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Taking on ‘Big C’ and Looking for a Knockout

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Travis

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Travis is in the ring with an opponent nicknamed “The Big C” (Cancer), and she is determined to deliver a knockout blow.

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If Your Central Baltimore Community Needs Sprucing Up, CBP Is Willing To Give Helping Hand

Does your neighborhood need some sprucing up? Perhaps there is a building you believe could use a fresh, inviting façade or a coat of paint? Maybe, a vacant lot across the way could use a community garden. Whatever that sprucing up might entail, the Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP) Community Spruce-Up program could be just the ‘helping hand’ you need to beautify your community.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents Porgy & Bess April 11 - 14, 2019

Music Director Marin Alsop and The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present a semi-staged production of Gershwin’s classic American opera Porgy and Bess with the Morgan State University Choir. Performances will be held April 11, 2019 through April 14, 2019.

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D.C.’s Glamourina Apparel Company Is ‘Hitting The Mark’ With Activewear

Who says you can’t work out, be chic and comfortable, and fashionably celebrate your cultural ancestry? Glamourina, that’s who. Founded by Kia Phillips and Nekol Gaskins, Glamourina is an active apparel brand that is ‘running’ towards changing the athletic industry with its unique cultural activewear for all body types.

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The Baltimore Chapter of Continental Societies Inc.: A Rich Legacy Of Serving Children And Youth Since 1955

Margaret Turner, 90, has been a member of the group for 65 years. Since its inception in 1955, the Baltimore Chapter of Continental Societies, Incorporated has planned and implemented many educational programs in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County Public Schools through their Five-Point Programmatic Thrust: Health, Education, Employment, and Recreation (H.E.E.R.) where they provide recreation activities such as yoga and hula-hoop for the students. Turner who recently celebrated a birthday, was born on March 1,1929. A retired educator, she also writes poetry.

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First African American Woman Speaker Pro Tem Receives House’s Highest Award

Delegate Adrienne Jones Continues To Write ‘Herstory’

The award recognizes House Delegates who serve with integrity and a focus on public service, and is the highest award given to sitting House members. "I don't do things to be honored. I do things because it's the right thing to do," said Jones. "My emphasis has always been to do what's best for those in the 10th Legislative District who have sent me to Annapolis to serve."

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The ‘I AM MENtality’ Youth Mentoring Program

Investing In Tomorrow’s Black Men Today

I AM MENtality, is a free program, and offers group, peer-to-peer, individual and virtual mentoring that helps male youth with overcoming environmental challenges presented in some Baltimore communities. I AM MENtality serves approximately 100 youth, and is operated out of the Liberty Recreation Center located at 3901 Maine Avenue in Baltimore City.

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Angela Wilson’s Tears Of The Soul Production Looks At Memphis Sanitation Strike

On February 1, 1968, two Memphis garbage collectors, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death by a malfunctioning truck. Twelve days later, frustrated by the city’s response to the latest event in a long pattern of neglect and abuse of its black employees, 1,300 black men from the Memphis Department of Public Works went on strike.

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Helping Make The City More Attractive, Safe And Vibrant

Central Baltimore Partnership

Formed in 2006, the Central Baltimore Partnership’s mission is to galvanize the renaissance of Central Baltimore. It pursues its mission by partnering with neighborhood organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, businesses and government agencies.

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Columbia, Maryland’s Brynn Williams Lands ‘Sweet Role’

Williams is among the cast of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which played at the Hippodrome Theatre January 22, 2019 through Sunday, January 27, 2019. The production was a part of the 2018/19 CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series.

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CBP Names Program After Minority-Business Advocate And Pioneer

The Neil Muldrow Business Development Fund

Following the death of Ackneil M. Muldrow, II, the longtime businessman was remembered as “a tireless advocate for uplifting and empowering African Americans.” Muldrow’s long and storied business career included serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Development Credit Fund, Inc. Muldrow served as chief administrator of a $7.5 million loan pool formulated to provide low cost financial assistance to minority-owned businesses operating in the State of Maryland.

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Baltimore Entrepreneur Nakeia L. Drummond: The Woman At The WELL

Last fall, Drummond launched The WELL (The Women Entrepreneur Leadership Lab), a network that will foster collaboration, community and confidence for black woman-owned businesses.

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Black Tie Affair Raises Nearly $10,000

On Saturday, November 24, 2018, WISEorg, Inc., (Women’s Inspirational Self-Empowerment), held its first ever Golden Gala at The Park in Washington, D.C. where an estimated 300 people danced, ate and mingled— all in the name of supporting women struggling with mental illness.

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Motorcross Athlete Chino Braxton Pays Surprise Visit To B-360 Students

Chino Braxton began riding dirt bikes at age six in Baltimore. Today, he is a highly sought-after motorcross athlete with an endorsement from Under Armor. He was born and raised in Baltimore City. He grew up in the Reisterstown Road area near Park Heights. Now 21, he recently made a surprise visit to students in B-360 Baltimore, an organization that utilizes dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities.

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A Mother’s Cry Thanksgiving Event For Women Impacted By Violence

More than 100 women impacted by violence were given all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving meal and served dinner at the 11th Annual Thanksgiving Event organized by Millie Brown, founder of A Mother’s Cry on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Lillian Jones building at 1303 Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore City. A Mother’s Cry is a local group that supports mothers who have lost children to violence.

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Ackneil M. Muldrow, II Passes Away at 80

The Baltimore Times is saddened to announce the passing of Ackneil M. Muldrow, II. A Memorial Service for Muldrow, who was 80, will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the March Life Tribute Center located at 5616 Old Court Rd, in Windsor Mill, MD. The Family Hour will begin at 9 a.m., with a Memorial Service to follow at 11 a.m.

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The Baltimore Station Holds Chili Cookoff

Some of the best chili cooks around will be vying for bragging rights during “The Baltimore Station’s 4th annual Stars, Stripes & Chow: Chili Edition” on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at South Point at West Covington Park.

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High Schooler Leads Diaper Drive

Over 105,000 diapers, 25,000 wipes collected

High school student Lauren Eisele, UMMC, and the University of Maryland School of Social Work all partnered to organize a diaper drive. Lauren led the effort to collect over 105,000 diapers, and 25,000 wipes for the drive. She is pictured with Sierra Mason and Mason’s children Saniya, Za’Mari and Za’Vion Nipper and staff from B’more for Healthy Babies. The diapers and wipes were distributed to community partners on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Central Receiving Building located at 1000 Hilltop Circle in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Dance Company Takes Debates About Inequality To The Stage

Workplace harassment, immigration, racial profiling, the wealth gap and gay marriage are among the hot-button topics, which often serve as the subject matter for newspaper stories, radio talk show programs, television newscasts, Podcasts and other forms of media communication. However, these controversial issues will soon be presented through another medium— dance.

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Pythias A. And Virginia I. Jones African American Community Forum On Memory Loss

Annual Event to be held at New Psalmist Baptist Church

The two wanted to provide resources on dementia to the African American community after finding it was hard to find resources and information when their parents were diagnosed with dementia. The forum is named in the parents’ memory.

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Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Made in Baltimore is a membership-based organization open to businesses in Baltimore City and surported by the Baltimore Office of Sustainability. The project began in Summer 2015 with the first pop-up shop featuring all locally made goods. The shop featured products by 80 companies. This year is the sixth year that entrepreneurs will showcase their goods. The storefront promises to remain open for at least six months or even permanently.

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Highly Acclaimed Production Les Misérables Now Playing At The Hippodrome

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, is playing at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore until Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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UMB’s Promise Heights Initiative Receives $30M Grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Promise Heights a five-year, $30 million grant to continue its effort to improve the lives of children and families in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights. The grant enables Promise Heights to continue its comprehensive plan for combating poverty and increasing academic achievement in the local community.

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Young Musician Joins The Baltimore Times Staff

Wright on time for millennials

The 19-year-old has joined The Baltimore Times as a Staff Writer. Wright will be bringing a fresh perspective to the storied publication, which is in its 32nd year. Wright, who says he “loves to write,” says his work will be geared towards Millennials.

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Playing At Center Stage

The sultry, American classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” kicked-off Baltimore Center Stage’s 56th season. Penned by Tennessee Williams, the production opened Thursday, September 13, 2018, and runs through Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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Deborah’s Voice To Hold National Rally In D.C.

‘Awake. Arise. Advance’

“Awake. Arise. Advance” is the call of the rally, which includes a dynamic line-up of women who have overcome incredible odds. The goal of the event is to bring awareness to human slavery and forced child prostitution.

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Campaign Launched To Encourage African Americans To Participate In Clinical Trials

In August, Advancing Cancer Treatment (ACT) launched an effort, which seeks to change this disparaging statistic. ACT is raising awareness among newly-diagnosed African American cancer patients that clinical trials may be the first-line option, and not the last resort.

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Year-Up Is Gearing-Up Young Adults For The Workplace

Housed On The Campus Of BCCC

Launched in Baltimore in 2010 on the campus of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), Year Up’s PTC offers an intensive, one-year program for college students, ages 18-24. Year Up Baltimore is located on the third floor of BCCC located at 2600 Liberty Heights Avenue. The program combines professional coaching, and hands-on skill development.

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Stella Adams Holds Book Signing

Beneficial Life has many twists

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, Adams held a book signing for her latest work, which is entitled “Beneficial Life”. Adams hosted the event at her Randallstown, Maryland home.

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School Gets On-Site Barbershop And Beauty Salon

Rob’s Community Foundation Awards NAF Grant Award

Virgil Dixon is among the barbers who will provide haircuts at the new, full-service barbershop/beauty salon housed on the first floor of National Academy Foundation School of Baltimore. The barber/beauty salon will offer free grooming services. The school was the recipient of a grant award from Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation (RBCF).

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KIPP Baltimore Graduate Awarded $10,000 Scholarship

Latron Fleet, a graduate of KIPP Baltimore has been awarded a $10,000-per-year scholarship to help pay for his education at Morehouse College.

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OOLA Bus Cruises Into Baltimore On Friday, August 31

The Ultimate Dream Vehicle

Two dudes cruising down the road in a 1970s Volkswagen (VW) Surf Bus with stickers splattered all over and surfboards on top. “This must be a dream,” you think to yourself. No, this is not a dream, but then again…it is.

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Camp Impact Leaves A Mark At Ft. Washington Elementary/Middle School

Reading-themed mural unveiled at closing ceremony.

Camp Impact participants pose for a photo during the second week of the camp. Camp Impact was a five-week camp that introduced them to functional life skills. The camp exposed the youth to educational and cultural experiences to prepare them to become future leaders in their community. Camp Impact’s largest community outreach project was a reading-themed mural they created at Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School in East Baltimore’s Berea neighborhood.

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New App Lets Kids Earn And Invest Money

BusyKid Reinvents Chores As A First Job

The exciting new App provides real “life lessons” through hands-on experience of earning, saving, sharing, spending, and investing real allowance each week.

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Soundscapes Exhibit Currently ‘Playing’ at City Hall

Larry “Poncho” Brown

This collection of musicians includes saxophonists, guitarists, and pianists. They include “Big D” who is blowing away on the saxophone. “Big D” and the others have been “composed” over a 20-year period by Larry Brown. Currently, they are ‘playing’ at City Hall. “Big D” and his counterparts comprise a group known as “Soundscape.” However, these are not people— they are paintings created by Brown.

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B-360’s Brittany Young Is Making Her Mark

Engineer helping to put youth on the track of success

Brittany Young, founder of B-360 Baltimore, an organization that utilizes dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities. B-360 is changing the perception of engineers and dirt bike riders in Baltimore and beyond. Young says that most dirt bike riders start riding dirt bikes at the age of three or four. Since they start at such a young age, they have natural ability. They also have mechanical ability. Most fix their bikes, which is mechanics. This is all a part of the engineering design process. They have a leg-up because they have a different way of thinking that would elevate them on any level.

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Called To Help Baltimore Grow Financially And Spiritually

PNC’s Ramsey L. Harris

Baltimore native Ramsey Harris had taken the advice of his grandfather Bishop Huey L. Harris, Sr., founder of Abundant Life Church in Elkton, Maryland. He had passed on an opportunity to go away to Morehouse College and instead attend Delaware State University. Remaining in close proximity to the elder Harris allowed the younger Harris to be groomed in ministry by his grandfather. It also allowed him to be in the right place at the right time to talk to a PNC Bank recruiter about promising employment opportunities.

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PNC’s Ramsey L. Harris Grandfather Helped Write His Success Story

Ramsey L. Harris is Vice President and Territory CRA Business Advisor in the Retail Lending Distribution Management division at PNC Bank. Harris is responsible for overseeing and executing strategic plans that enable the bank to achieve specific Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) focused goals and measures of lending to businesses located within designated, inner-city/Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) areas. These areas include Greater Maryland, and Greater Washington/D.C.

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Longtime dentist Dr. Lawrence Bell Jr. dies at 77

Dr. Lawrence Bell was among the University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s first black graduates

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Fayette Street Outreach: An Organization with a Mind to Work

Nehemiah 4:6 (KJV) says “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.”

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The Travis Manion Foundation: Serving Our Country, One Youth At A Time

First Lieutenant Travis Manion (USMC) was a hero in life.

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