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Stacy M. Brown

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Mental Health Advocate Helps City “Go Green” For Mental Health

In Baltimore City, about one of every four adults has a mental health disorder, which means that each resident has or knows someone with such a condition.

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Baltimore Tattoo Artist Featured On The Television Show ‘Ink Master’

A self-taught Baltimore tattoo artist will appear on the Paramount Network’s hit television show, “Ink Master.”

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Pianist Brian Ganz Presents Chopin January 5 Concert

Pianist Brian Ganz opens the 2020 Arts in the Woods Concert series Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA), 333 Dubois Road.

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Worst Holiday Food Mistakes Are Usually Avoidable

The holidays are upon us, which means dinner with family and friends and a strong desire to put together a memorable meal.

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Baltimore Clinic Receives Federal Loan Repayment Awards For Clinicians

The funds are part of the federal Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) plan to combat the nation’s opioid crisis through an NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP).

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Christmas Village Includes A ‘Cynful’ Delicious Dessert Endor

"It's cold, but we are enjoying Christmas Village in Baltimore," said Hagans, the founder of Cynful Bliss, an online boutique and mobile baker specializing in alcohol-infused cupcakes, cakes, candies and other desserts. "We also offer traditional non-alcoholic dessert options for any occasion."

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Baltimore Woman Considered Medical Hero For Participating In Clinical Trials That Advance HIV/AIDS Research

For those battling serious diseases, researchers say the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial can be a lifeline. However, for many, deciding whether or not to participate in a clinical trial can be difficult. There are a lot of unknowns like— Why should I do it? Are there side effects? Will participation disrupt my job and affect my health coverage? How far will I need to travel? Will I receive the results of my clinical trial?

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December 15 Deadline To Enroll For Health Care In Maryland

The door is closing on the opportunity to sign up for 2020 health insurance coverage through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. With the December 15 deadline fast approaching, officials have worked to point out that costs are down and more affordable than last year.

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W.E.A.N. Hosts 17th Annual ‘Bag of Hope’ Event

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, Women Embracing Abilities Now (W.E.A.N) will host the 17th annual “Bags of Hope” event at The League for People with Disabilities in Baltimore.

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Former Motown Artist Pens Book About Overcoming Anxiety And Emotional Disorders

A former Motown singer has traded the microphone and stage for a pen and notebook. Clarence "KD" McNair, Jr., who was once part of the R&B group "Prophet Jones," has written a new book titled, "Give it One More Try."

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GYMGUYZ Want To Help Thanksgiving Feasters Work The Calories Off

GYMGUYZ is considered tops in personal home training. The company provides convenient, customized, and creative workouts wherever an individual may live.

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Clifton Morgan Helps Fulfill Dreams At Year Up Baltimore

Year Up counts as a college and career development program for low to moderate-income students between the ages of 18 to 24.

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Report Reveals 35 Million Americans Still Have 2018 Holiday Debt

“While 58 percent will pay for holiday purchases made by credit card in full by the due date, 23 percent said they will have a holiday balance after January. Just 19 percent said they would pay off their holiday purchases in full by New Year’s Day.”

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Greentop Gifts Features Black Santa Claus

“The clear problem that families like us face is a lack of diverse images on Christmas-themed wrapping paper. So we decided after going through this exercise one too many holiday seasons that we would solve this problem and make our own.”

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Baltimore Times Embarks On Community Conversations Project To Improve Charm City

A host of community leaders, social change experts, city officials, and others are expected to be a part of a three-part series with the first event titled “Baltimore’s Future: A Conversation on Baltimore’s Changing Neighborhoods” taking place on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

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Report: Baltimore Among Most Stressed Cities In America

A new study suggests that many Baltimore residents experience the type of stress that continues for lengthy periods. City residents experience the third highest work-related stress and the fourth highest family-stress in the country, according to the study of the “Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.”

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Wells Fargo Retirement Study Points To Need For Better Preparation

Today’s retirees are happier than workers, despite some having an unmanageable amount of debt and a high level of financial stress, according to the 2019 Wells Fargo Retirement Study.

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‘Hidden Figure’ Katherine Johnson Turns 101

Katherine Johnson, one of the African American women whose stories received global attention in the best-selling book and blockbuster movie, "Hidden Figures," has turned 101.

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College Access Program Celebrates 20 Years Helping Baltimore Students Attain Higher Education

Building STEPS, the college access and career development program partners with 15 Baltimore City high schools to find high-achieving students in their sophomore year.

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Local Veterans Share Their Stories Of Service

Men and women who served in the military will be honored for their service on Monday, November 11, 2019, as the nation observes Veterans Day.

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Afterschool Program Uses ‘Universal Language’ Of Music To Educate Students

Levine, the founding executive director of the Baltimore nonprofit, Beyond the Natural Foundation (BTNF), says music connects emotions and fosters bonds that can strengthen and motivate young people.

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Coppin State Student Is A Girl With A Plan

"I started to realize that my voice matters and that I was going to share my voice with the world. I’m not going to be quiet because society makes it hard for women who speak out.” - Karissa Carson

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Black Pilot Flying With A Mission Of Diversity

"I saw myself living myself to the fullest and inspiring others to do the same. Most importantly, I saw myself finding the courage to face the biggest fear in my life and enjoying the fuck out of it," he said. "My ultimate goal in life is to inspire others."

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Maryland Congressman Elijah Eugene Cummings Dies At 68

Representative Elijah E. Cummings, (D-MD 7th District), a political giant, died early Thursday morning at the age of 68.

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Southwest Partnership Plans To Turn Home Of Free Black Man Into Museum

Executive Director Michael Seipp says among the more intriguing projects is the home that sits at 1504 West Baltimore Street. It is believed that the home dates back to the 1820s, which makes it among the oldest in the district. What’s more, it may be the only frame house in the area; and was once owned by Malachi Mills, a free African American carpenter.

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Two-Day Conference Aims To Help Returning Citizens To ‘Flip The Script’

Jamasee “Jay” Simms, the owner of J. Simms Events and Marketing, is combining her passion for criminal justice and public relations. The criminal justice major, who once worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will host a two-day conference dedicated to rebranding individuals who have difficulty finding employment because they have a criminal record.

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21st Anniversary Gala To Raise Funds To Help Combat AIDS In West Baltimore

On Saturday, October 19, Rock’s LIGHT Health and Wellness Comprehensive Services, Inc., will celebrate its 21st anniversary with a “Be The LIGHT” gala at 7 p.m. at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. The gala serves as LIGHT’s principal fundraising event.

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Coppin State, Open Works Making Big Impact With Makers In Community

Coppin State University is basking in the spotlight as the first historically black college and university to collaborate with a nonprofit maker space. The university and Open Works have joined together to operate a maker space inside a 34,000-square-foot space on Greenmount Avenue where entrepreneurs can make products and build companies.

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AKA Raises $1 Million For HBCUs In One Day Plus Announces Collaboration with Black Press of America

For the second year in a row, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women, raised $1 million in just 24 hours during this month’s HBCU Impact Day. The AKA Sorority, Inc. also has agreed to collaborate in the planning for the upcoming 80th-anniversary celebration of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) in 2020.

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Baltimore Start Up Among Finalists In $100,000 Competition

Baltimore's Ellington West has become quite the innovator as CEO of Sonavi Labs. The startup is one of seven small businesses from across the country that will pitch to a panel of experts for the chance to win $100,000 to support the business's growth.

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Baltimore Artist’s Colorful Mural Transforms Poe Houses Basketball Court

A bright, freshly minted, attractive mural that promises to pump excitement into Poe Homes Apartment buildings in Baltimore has transformed the neighborhood basketball court. The project is the work of Baltimore artist Wendell “Supreme” Shannon, whose art career was inspired by the legendary Charm City artist, Larry Poncho Brown. Volunteers from Baltimore were joined by people from as far away as Atlanta, Charlotte, and New York and set to work. The result is a geometric abstract painting that includes several vibrant colors, which Shannon says is intended to promote positivity, energy and optimism

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After Eight Years In Prison, Marcus Bullock’s Invention Helps Inmates Connect With Their Families

Bullock had as tough a childhood as anyone. At 12, he survived a kidnapping but still turned to a life of crime. At 15, he committed a carjacking, which led to an eight-year prison sentence. Today, Bullock is the founder and CEO of Flikshop, a photo-sharing app for inmates around the country.

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Report Says Most U.S. Adults With Mental Health Issues Don’t Receive Care

More than 90 percent of people who died by suicide showed symptoms of mental health conditions, according to a new QuoteWizard report, released in September, which is Suicide Prevention Month. The report notes that 59 percent of U.S. adults with a mental health condition did not receive care over the past year. The report also found that Maryland ranks 38th for the prevalence of mental illness and has the 14th-highest access to mental health care in the country, ranking it with a composite score of 2nd-best overall for its lower mental illness rate and higher access to care.

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PNC Bank Prepares For Informative ‘Mind Your Business’ Workshop

Chris Rockey has worked for PNC for two decades and leads the PNC Community Development Banking team, which works to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and businesses in low and moderate-income neighborhoods.

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Mindfulness And Yoga Over Suspensions And Detention At Baltimore City Schools

A June 2019 University of Kentucky doctoral graduate's comprehensive research on the subject found that African American students receive discipline the most by detention, suspensions, and expulsions. In what has proved successful, two Baltimore schools have implemented a unique program, thanks in part, to the Holistic Life Foundation, a local social services nonprofit.

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Anne Arundel NAACP Chapter Provides Gift Baskets To Bates Middle School Teachers

Several members of the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the NAACP helped teachers at Wiley H. Bates Middle School start the new semester with much needed supplies. Each teacher received a reusable basket containing a bottle of hand sanitizer, resealable bags and a box of tissues with a hand written note from chapter members containing words of appreciation and encouragement.

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State Expands Cyber Reskilling Program

The SANS Institute announced the expansion of funding for its Cyber Workforce Academy – Maryland, a program designed to develop a cybersecurity talent pipeline across the state.

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Diverse Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra Ready To Wow Locals

On Sunday, September 8, 2019, the Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra is scheduled to perform at Paulie Gee’s Hampden at Chestnut Avenue in Baltimore.

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American Idol Star Visits Diabetes Camp At Johns Hopkins University

At six-years-old, Crystal Bowersox was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, the autoimmune disorder that researchers say affects more than 1.2 million Americans.

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Carver Vocational Technical Teacher Starts Campaign Of Positivity

Baltimore City Schools Teacher of the Year for 2018 may already have a leg up on the award for 2019. LaQuisha Hall, who teaches 9th grade English at Carver Vocational-Technical High School, started a campaign that both students and teachers alike are citing as a positive way to kick off the new school year.

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Maryland First To Recognize Caribbean Heritage Month

“Maryland is proud to commemorate the heritage and tremendous contributions made to our state and nation throughout history by Caribbean Americans,” Governor Hogan said.

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Three Day Event Planned To Commemorate First African Landing In Virginia

The three-day commemoration, which begins Friday, August 23, 2019, will include a host of special guests and a variety of history tours, education programs and special exhibits.

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Park Heights Renaissance Leads Successful Nonviolence Rally

Park Heights is a highly diverse community, which shares a common aspiration to rebuild. It offers enhanced quality of life and economy opportunity, according to community leaders.

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The Market At Montebello Features Yoga, Wellness, Plant-Based Foods

Recent negative comments about Baltimore came from individuals who have never truly experienced all the good that Charm City has to offer, according to Nicole Foster.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Return To Baltimore For Convention

For the first time in nearly 60 years, Jehovah’s Witnesses are back in the Baltimore area hosting their annual convention at UMBC Catonsville each weekend through August 18, 2019.

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Dr. Patrice Harris Sworn-In As American Medical Association’s First Black Female President

In June, Dr. Patrice A. Harris, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was sworn-in as the 174th president of the American Medical Association (AMA). She is the first African-American woman to hold the position.

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Entrepreneur’s Night Brunch Brings Residents Together

Jason Bass knows all about how to attract people to a specific brand. For much of his adult life, the Baltimore entrepreneur has helped celebrate his hometown by calling attention to all of the good things the city has to offer.

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If You’re Poor In America, Debtor’s Prison Is Real

The people who are jailed or threatened with jail often are the most vulnerable Americans living paycheck to paycheck, one emergency away from financial catastrophe, according to a 2018 report from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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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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