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Stacy M. Brown

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Hunger, Food Insecurities Rise During Holidays

With the holiday season in full swing with festivities that include parties, celebrations, and lots of well-wishing, there still remains another tradition that is always quite sobering— the awareness that hunger is widespread.

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DLA Piper Lawyer Named Chairman Of New Equal Justice Associates Group

Darryl Tarver, an associate in the Baltimore office of the global law firm DLA Piper, has been appointed chairman of Maryland Legal Aid’s new Equal Justice Associates (EJA) group.

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MDTA Officer Makes History

Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Chief Colonel Woodrow W. Jones formally announced the promotions of 27 officers to the rank of corporal through lieutenant colonel.

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Author’s New Book Tells Tale Of Young Girl Who Lives Life Grounded In Her Jamaican Roots

Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is an island rich in history, culture and family, and the buoyancy of the music that plays in various locations and homes throughout that island nation brings life and stirs the soul, according to Ayesha V. Dwyer, a passionate storyteller who shares an adventurous tale of a young girl who lives life grounded in her Jamaican roots in her new children’s book, “Sista Me – Every Mikkel Make a Mukkel.”

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NAACP’s Tiffany Dena Loftin Honored At Black Girls Vote Ball

National Director of the NAACP Youth and College Division, Tiffany Dena Loftin was awarded the Rising Star Award on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the 2nd Annual Black Girls Vote Ball.

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Baltimore Times Hosts Holiday Extravaganza To Support Small Biz, Community

The Baltimore Times and the Baltimore Times Foundation are hosting an inaugural Holiday Marketplace at the Coppin State University’s Talon Center on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

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Former Baltimore Times Writer Reflects On What Maya Angelou Taught Her

Former Baltimore Times journalist, Kimbely Brown has written a new book about her own journey. Her book, “Reflections – What Ms. Angelou Taught Me,” is an ode to the late poet Maya Angelou.

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Neighborhood Business Competition Puts Decision Making In Hands Of Community

The Greater Remington Improvement Association (GRIA), in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and Seawall has announced the launch of the Remington Storefront Challenge (RSC)— a Shark Tank-style search for local entrepreneurs— to start temporary retail concepts in two storefronts in what organizers say is one of Baltimore’s hottest neighborhoods.

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Campaign Supports Baltimore-Based Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, which provides support services to young people with cancer and their families, is nearing completion of a house in Baltimore where patients can stay while receiving life-saving cancer treatments.

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Monarch Academy Baltimore launches Community Revitalization Initiative

Monarch Academy Baltimore and The Children’s Guild have launched a Community Revitalization Initiative in partnership with the Coldstream Homestead Montebello Community Corp.

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Maryland Media Coach Overcomes Tragedy To Dream Big

Media strategist and marketing coach, Jackie Kotei, who is often booked to speak at corporate and other engagements, has a goal of helping to change the narrative in the media so that more transformational stories like hers are featured.

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A High School Diploma With No High School

A single mother and east Ugandan refugee who wanted to beat the oldest of her six children to a high school diploma; a high school dropout who became a GED dropout because of math; a former AP Honors student who got sidetracked; and a 19-year-old who left high school to support her family.

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Baltimore Teacher Sets Sail on Pacific Northwest Research Cruise

Garritt set sail to assist scientists on a 12-day Pacific Hake Survey in the Pacific Northwest where he participated as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea program that bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.

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Organization Showcases Merchandise ‘Made in Baltimore’

When the “Made in Baltimore” sign was unveiled earlier this month at a pop-up shop on North Avenue, it marked the sixth time that the city-backed operators showed off goods made by local artisans and entrepreneurs.

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Baltimore’s Flo Woolston, 101, Tells her Story

Reunion and Showbiz History Lesson:

On July 11, 2018, Woolston, the oldest person living of the legendary former Minsky’s Burlesque showgirls, took a trip to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where, after 80 years, she reunited with actor Alan Alda.

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Dr. Joanne Martin Receives Baltimore Visionary Award

As founders of The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Dr. Joanne Martin and her husband, Dr. Elmer Martin, were always cognizant of the importance of having a dream fulfilled.

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Baltimore Bakery Opens To Much Fanfare

In the run-up to the grand opening of her new “Baked in Baltimore” shop, lawyer and entrepreneur April Richardson wondered what would happen when she and partner Derek Lowery opened their doors at a location that was previously owned and operated as a Jewish bakery. “It was absolutely insane,” Richardson said of the September 22, 2018 grand opening at 6848 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, the location where Goldman’s Kosher Bakery operated for decades. Instead of having to bake just a few dozen of “Baked in Baltimore’s” signature sweet potato cakes and pies, they stopped counting after more than 400 people, including Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, showed up to support the new dessert specialty shop.

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Singer Brandy Headlines ‘Journey Home’ Fundraiser In Baltimore

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 Grammy Award winning singer Brandy will take the stage at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric for the annual “An Evening of Unexpected Delights” fundraiser to benefit “The Journey Home,” Baltimore City’s 10-year plan to make homelessness a rare and brief occurance.

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Baltimore Hero Honored During National Recovery Month

Terrie Alexander was honored this month by the nonprofit, Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc. not only as an individual in long-term recovery but as manager of the REACH Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction Recovery, which the organization has named in her honor.

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Broadway And Singing Sensation Cynthia Erivo Headlines BSO Gala

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present a dazzling program of Broadway hits and orchestral favorites for its 2018 Gala Concert.

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Former AmeriCorps Volunteer New Special Education Teacher At Sudbrook Magnet School

Donte Wylie, who worked as a volunteer with an AmeriCorps development initiative in Waverly, is the newest Special Education Math Teacher at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School in Pikesville. He has been assigned to work with the school’s special needs students in 6th through 8th grade.

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Nia Franklin Wins Miss America

Another Black Girl Rocks!

“I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin,” Franklin said. “But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.”

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Day Of Service Planned For City And State

The Together We Serve initiative brings the Maryland community together to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks with a day of service and action.

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‘The Common Man’ Celebrates Single Release, Concert in Baltimore

The Common Man Project, a Baltimore-based nonprofit musical group is set to premiere their debut single, “Celebrate the Common Man,” on Friday, Sept. 7.

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Randallstown Rapper Beginning To Leave His Mark

It’s probably little surprise to those who know him that Marcellis Mosby has started to make a name for himself in the local music scene.

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Foundation Seeks To Stop Bullying As New School Year Begins

For many children, the start of a new school year can be stressful, especially if they’ve been victims of bullying in the past.

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Baltimore Teachers Get Help From Other Teachers With Online Resource

More than two thirds of teachers in the United States are heading back to their classrooms prepared to welcome their students, including many in Baltimore where schools are set to open on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. This year, teachers will again have the help of Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT), an online marketplace for teacher-authored resources that equips educators with lesson plans from a single day’s worksheet to an entire year’s curriculum.

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S.C. Representative Jim Clyburn Says Black Press Is Essential To 2018 Midterms

“The first order of business is to win the [midterm] elections on November 6,” Clyburn said. “That’s what I’ve been concentrating on.”

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Big Mac Turns 50 And McDonald’s Is Celebrating!

McDonald's is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Big Mac sandwich by releasing its own currency.

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Mural Project Helps Beautiful Corner Of West Baltimore

Bon Secours, which plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, was treated to a colorful mural that stands out along the corner of Payson and Baltimore streets in West Baltimore by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) graduates Whitney Frazier, her partner Crystal Dunn, and other volunteers. Frazier said that the goal of the mural project was to beautify the brutalist, concrete wall that previously greeted the local residents each morning as they step out of their doors.

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Josephine Baker Documentary Headlines African Diaspora International Film Festival

“Streetlight Harmonies,” by Brent Wilson and the documentary, “Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World,” count among the highlights of the 12th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival which opens on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Northwest, Washington, D.C.

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Peabo Bryson ‘Stands for Love’ with New CD

Even prior to its release, the new album has caught on.

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JUUL Labs Offers New Device To Help Smokers Monitor, Change Their Habits

Company also launches education efforts to combat underage use

Kevin Burns, the CEO of the e-cigarette technology firm JUUL Labs, said his company is dedicated to eliminating traditional cigarette smoking by offering existing adult smokers a real alternative to combustible cigarettes.

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Baltimore Native Working Hard To Bring Southern Cooking Back Home

Baltimore native Kelli Ferrell says she wasn’t raised with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. Now, whatever the utensil used, patrons in Georgia can enjoy Ferrell’s kitchen prowess at her popular eatery, “Nana’s Chicken-N-Waffles.”

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Former Congressman Ron Dellums Dies at 82

Ron Dellums, the firebrand former Oakland, California mayor and founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, who vigorously fought on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised, died on Monday, July 30.

Baltimore’s Allison Brown Is More Than just An Entrepreneur

Baltimore native Allison Elizabeth Brown has amassed more than twenty years experience in youth based, non-profit work. She has also worked professionally in the entertainment industry.

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Monument City Brewing Company To Host Benevolent Baskets Fundraiser

Everyone is invited to the so-called “Dog Days of Summer” event at Monument City Brewing Company to help an important nonprofit whose work over the past decade has helped women throughout the Baltimore area get back on their feet.

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Morgan State Student Receives First McDonald’s-TMCF Scholarship

Morgan State University Freshman Quamir Payton, a first-generation college student who boasts a 3.9 GPA, has earned the first $10,000 scholarship from a partnership between McDonald’s and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

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Future Baltimore Earns Prestigious National Award

In 2017, Kaiser Permanente announced a $1.7 million commitment to launch a neighborhood revitalization project in partnership with Bon Secours that both entities said would advance health equity and economic opportunity in West Baltimore.

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Baltimore School Receives $100K Grant From Cooke Foundation

The Ingenuity Project at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute is among four recipients to equally share a $400,000 grant issued by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to selective public high schools.

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Pilot Program Seeks To Encourage African Americans To Consider Careers In Architecture, Historic Preservation

Only five percent of architecture students are black, according to data from the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and a meager 0.3 percent of licensed architects are African American women. However, all of that could soon change.

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NNPA, New Journal and Guide Host National Black Parents’ Town Hall in Norfolk

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) recently hosted its second National Black Parents’ Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence at the Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church in Norfolk, Va.

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Startup Nest Founder Offers Advice To Aspiring Entrepreneurs

“Keep going because there’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur of color, especially for women,” said Kyle O’Connor, the entrepreneur behind The Startup Nest, which in 2016 opened a 25,000-square-foot incubator in historic Pigtown in South Baltimore.

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Amazon Provides Backpacks To Six Head Start Locations In Baltimore

Large e-commerce company, Amazon worked with St. Vincent de Paul to donate 330 backpacks to six Head Start locations in Baltimore last month. The backpacks were filled with more than $8,000 worth of books, pencils, craft items and workbooks focused on reading, writing, math and science.

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Baltimore Entrepreneur Already ‘Polished’ At Age 17

At 17, Madison Poole is already a successful entrepreneur. The Baltimore teen owns and operates Prince M Cosmetics, an online retailer with all-natural products and shades like Color Me Coral and Purple Fusion, which she helped to create with the assistance of a chemist she found on the Internet.

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Local Barber Gives Back With Free Haircuts

Local barber Paul Vincent sees taking a razor to one’s hair as an opportunity to change a life by offering haircuts that cost as much as $50 to those who otherwise may not have been able to afford one.

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UMMC Embarks on Youth Summer Jobs Program for 16th Year

For the 16th year, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is providing young people, ages 14 to 21 with work readiness skills training through targeted job matching to their career interests.

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Baltimore Activist Connects Present With Civil Rights Movement In New Book

Kevin Shird is a three-time published author, writer and social activist and he has many talking about his latest book, “The Colored Waiting Room: Empowering the Original and the New Civil Rights Movements; Conversations Between an MLK Jr. Confidant and a Modern-Day Activist.”

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St. Francis Center Capital Campaign In Reservoir Hill Gets A Boost

Something good is happening in Reservoir Hill, something that residents and those who run the more than half-century old St. Francis Neighborhood Center call “The Miracle on Linden Avenue.”

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Baltimore Prostate Cancer Advocate Diagnosed With Disease

For more than a decade, he has spearheaded efforts that have resulted in raising more than $4 million dollars to fund research, provide free screenings and educate the community about this disease. Now, the fight has become personal for Siegel.

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