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Ursula V. Battle

Stories by Ursula V.

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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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Liberty’s Lite Holds Book Club Extravaganza

In celebration of “Older Americans Month,” the Liberty’s Lite Readers Book Club held its annual Book Club Extravaganza on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The event was held at the Liberty Senior Center located at 3525 Resource Drive in Randallstown. The Book Club Extravaganza featured dozens of authors and drew a capacity crowd.

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Art of Hope: Celebrating the Importance of Art in Recovery

Chuck Knudsen, Helping Up Mission (HUM) board member and the Inspiring Hope Leadership Committee chair; Gayle Kelly, co-chair of the Inspiring Hope Leadership Committee; Keith Thomas, Helping Up Mission client; and Jim Longenecker, Helping Up Mission Chief Relationship Officer and Inspiring Hope Campaign director. The group is standing in front of a rendering of the HUM’s Women’s and Children’s Center slated to open fall 2020.

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William Henry Dorsey: The 85-Year-Old Horse Whisperer

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation's observance of Older American's Month. The 2018 theme, “Engage at Every Age”, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities. William Henry Dorsey, 85 is among them. He is a barn manager, works seven-days-a-week and has worked with horses for over 50 years.

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Jubilee Arts Unveils Expressive Exhibit

The exhibit is the latest from Jubilee Arts, and is a program of Intersection of Change, which uses visual art, jazz, and the stories of community residents to explore these ideas, themes and issues.

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Baltimore City Students Express Views on Violence Through Art

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

The University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Violence Prevention Program sponsored a citywide Art Against Violence contest for students. The initiative gives kids an outlet to articulate their feelings and be part of the conversation about violence in Baltimore and throughout the world. The gallery show event took place March 23, 2018 at the Memorial Episcopal Church during National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which seeks to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence. More than 100 artworks were submitted by Baltimore City Public School students.

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Self-Defense Training Offered in Recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Krav Maga Maryland is hosting a women's self-defense seminar at its Columbia facility located at 8865 Stanford Boulevard (Suite 101) on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. to teach women practical, easy to learn self-defense and personal safety strategies.

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From Brokenness to Wholeness

The WISEorg helping women battle mental illness

“I found purpose through my pain and haven’t looked back,” said Dr. Duru. “I love helping others, and TheWISEorg allows me to do that. We teach women to develop new habits to get them out of their brokenness. We help them to heal and that’s a real blessing. I am doing what God purposed me to do.”

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Light City is Back!

Electrifying Festival Illuminates Inner Harbor Through April 21

Light City, the nation’s first large-scale light, music and innovation festival returns for its third year with the theme “More Love, More Lights!” This year’s festival indeed lives up to its 2018 theme, as it expanded to three weekends.

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"MOTOWN, THE MUSICAL" is Coming to the Hippodrome

Cast of ‘Hit’ Production includes Baltimore native Isaac Saunders

Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL sings its way to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre Friday, April 13, 2018 through Sunday, April 15, 2018. The limited five-show engagement is back by popular demand, and is part of the 2017/2018 CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series.

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Baltimore Native Among Superhero Line-up in Marvel Universe LIVE!

As the blockbuster hit movie Black Panther continues to set box-office records, Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes soars into arenas across the country. Feld Entertainment’s newest production smashes into Royal Farms Arena on Thursday, April 5 and runs through April 8, 2018.

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The BSO’s OrchKids Program: Part II

Nurturing a new crop of musicians

This is Part II of a Two-Part Series on OrchKids. Founded in 2008, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s community engagement efforts across the city.

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Baltimore’s Beautiful OrchKids Garden

BSO After-School Music Program is Growing Musicians

In collaboration with Baltimore City Public Schools and several community partners, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost to students and families. OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s community engagement efforts in Baltimore City.

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School of Rock “Plays” at The Hippodrome March 20 to March 25

Get ready to dance your way on down to the Hippodrome Theater for the smash Broadway and West End hit “School of Rock – The Musical.” The high-octane production “plays” at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre as part of the 2017/2018 CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series. School of Rock – The musical will electrify the Hippodrome stage March 20, 2018 to March 25, 2018.

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A Man On A Mission at Johns Hopkins

Chief Diversity Officer James E. Page, Jr.

James E. Page, Jr. is on a mission. His mission: to create a stronger “bond” between Johns Hopkins Medicine and its community, with a specific focus on addressing issues of race and health discrimination amongst residents in Baltimore.

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Johns Hopkins Holds 36th Anniversary MLK, Jr. Commemoration

Little Rock Nine’s Minnijean Brown Trickey Keynote Speaker

A historic part of the legendary Civil Rights Movement was in Baltimore recently for the 36th Anniversary Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration program held January 19, 2018 at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Turner Auditorium. Minnijean Brown Trickey of the famed “Little Rock Nine” was the Keynote Speaker for the event.

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Baltimore’s Jearlean Taylor: A Model of Triumph over Tribulation

Jearlean Taylor has modeled on runways, has been in several publications including Essence and Heart & Soul magazines, and was featured on a billboard located at Charles and Penn Station in Baltimore earlier this year. The 50-year-old Taylor has been modeling for nearly 18 years, with interview, speaking and modeling engagements coming up in Baltimore, Atlanta and Colorado.

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Former Heroin Addict Peddling Hope

Tim Ryan once found himself playing the “cool dad” role with his son Nick.

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Meet Consultant Karenthia A. Barber: Helping Organizations Run More Efficiently

There is an old saying, “Behind every man is a good woman.” However, when it comes to organizational development, one local entrepreneur has her clients saying, “Behind every good business or manager is a ‘Karenthia A. Barber.”

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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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.