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Stacy M. Brown

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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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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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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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Peabo Bryson ‘Stands for Love’ with New CD

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Artist Robert Lugo Discusses Walters Museum Collection, History

The Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore commissioned Philadelphia-based ceramicist Robert Lugo to create works of art and to participate in programming for the reopening of the historic Mount Vernon building located 1 West Mount Vernon Place. Roberto Lugo’s handmade dishes and urns, which depict historical African-American figures such as Freddie Gray and Frederick Douglass, will be on display during the grand opening. His works are eye-catching, and when the museum opens on Saturday, June 16, the pieces are certain to draw a lot of conversation. Lugo’s works combine the forms and traditions he previously observed in the Walters’ collection with contemporary color and imagery. Lugo will be attending the free community opening celebration of 1 West on June 16.

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New Salon for Men A ‘Man Cave Nirvana’ in Owings Mills

It’s nothing but a man thing at Hammer & Nails. At least, that’s what the owners of the grooming shop for men have created at the Owings Mills-based business that offers hand and foot care, haircuts and shaves in what’s billed as a man cave nirvana.

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Foster Dad Readies for Busy Father’s Day

Tommy Washington wasn’t thinking of becoming an adoptive parent that day five years ago when his daughters moved out of his home and letters began crowding his mailbox about foster care. But, when he finally opened one of those letters, Washington studied the two empty rooms in his home and thought he could help make a difference.

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Walters Art Museum 19th Century Mansion Ready for Visitors

Visitors will now have a unique opportunity to explore the Walters Art Museum’s stunning 19th century mansion at 1 West Mount Vernon Place, which opens with a free community celebration on Saturday, June 16.

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Paul Coates Celebrates 40 Years at Black Classic Press, BCP Digital Printing

For 40 years, Paul Coates has lived the highs and the lows at the helm of Black Classic Press and BCP Digital Printing.

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Baltimore Native Takes ‘Leap of Faith’ to the Big Time

“When I lived in Baltimore I would leave the house at midnight and walk around the city and take in its true energy. I would walk around Neighborhoods [that] people would consider unsafe and safe learning the streets and the people,” he said. “Baltimore helped me to make the decision [to] get on the bus with eight trash bags full of clothes and books, and take a leap of faith onto a path I couldn’t see but an inner voice that was loud and determined to win against all odds.”

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Overdose awareness walkers stop in Baltimore

Brett Bramble and John Azerolo, and a dog named Domino, strolled along Route 40 in Baltimore last week for a cause that has gripped the nation: overdose awareness.

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Baltimore boxer seeking championship while helping his community

Malik Titus has his heart set on becoming an Olympian but the 20-year-old Baltimore boxer has more to offer than just being a champion inside the ring.

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Wells Fargo awards five-year $500,000 grant to Jubilee Baltimore

A $500,000 grant awarded to Jubilee Baltimore by Wells Fargo should help local charities in Baltimore achieve some of its more pressing objectives and will support the implementation of Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP) and its “Front and Center Plan: A Comprehensive Equity Strategy for Central Baltimore Plan.”

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Annapolis-Born Rocket Scientist Simplifies Engineering

Rocket science has historically been considered difficult because the slightest mistake could wreck a multi-billion-dollar mission. But one Annapolis-born rocket scientist says, not everything is— well— rocket science.

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Local Entrepreneur Expands Her Brand

Baltimore resident Gia Winfield has taken entrepreneurship by the horns— or, in her case, by the nails— and she is thriving.

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Historian Remembers Blacks as ‘Original Horse Whisperers’ on Eve of Preakness Stakes

The historic race commonly referred to as “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans,” has a unique place in American horse racing history and Pimlico, it’s home along Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore got its name from a horse who won the stakes more than a century ago. However, often buried in that history is the significant role of African-Americans, particularly jockeys.

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Baltimore Mom Celebrates National Foster Care Month

Yvette Hawkins has helped to raise 20 children with the help and guidance of the Woodbourne Center. Hawkins is the author of the book “Encased in Ice: Pain and Plaudits of Foster Care Parenting.”

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MCVET Begins New Program to Treat Opioid and Other Dependencies

Earlier this month, the national nonprofit Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) began its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adults 18 and older.

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Entrepreneur Travels Around the World to Research New Book

Local entrepreneur Robert L. Wallace is on a voyage that will take him by boat to about 35 countries and 100 ports to complete research for his new book, “Global Entrepreneurship.”

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Local Author Shines in Literary World

Baltimore native Alexander London’s latest book “Black Wings Beating,” the first in a series of fantasy books set in a world of cut-throat falconry is scheduled to be released in the fall. The 38-year-old author has written numerous best-selling books including books for children and teens.

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Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk Scheduled at Weinberg YMCA in Waverly

The National Kidney Foundation, which serves Maryland and Delaware, will hold its 16th annual Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at The Weinberg Y located at 900 E. 33rd Street in the Waverly neighborhood in Baltimore City.

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CharmTV Gives Youth an Outlet for Their Point of View

“The Avenue,” which will air Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m., provides city youth with an opportunity to not only share their views but to get involved in the production of the show, which will include a work-study to learn about the ins and outs of television production.

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Baltimore’s ‘Little Big Shot’ Continues to Help Veterans

Tyler Stallings, age 6, shops for underclothes and other clothing items for female and male homeless veterans, in preparation for a delivery to the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET). Tyler raised thousands of dollars through his GoFundMe campaign to purchase a large supply of spring items and toiletries, which he selected from the Baltimore-based nonprofit's wish list.

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Karen Gibbs’ Financial Perspective and Advice for Women of Color

Karen Gibbs, who runs “The Gibbs Perspective” blog, received honor with a “Community Champion” award at the recent 5th annual Maryland Financial Education & Capability Awards – a statewide program that recognizes the importance to children and adults of understanding money. Gibbs, who was featured during Black History Month by Roosevelt University, desires to help close the gap between the “haves and the have nots.”

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State’s Attorney’s Victim Fund Run/Walk Scheduled Saturday

The office of the State Attorney’s Office will hold its 14th annual Crime Victims’ Fund Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 in Druid Hill Park.

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MOD Pizza Joins Generosity Feeds to Make 20,000 Meals for Needy in AA County

Volunteers from various companies partnered to support Generosity Feeds for event that packed 20,000 meals for local kids.

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Money Power Day Scheduled for April 7

The region’s biggest free financial fitness fair, “Money Power Day,” returns Saturday, Apri1 7 at Poly-Western High School.

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Female Entrepreneur Reflects on Success in Male-Dominated Tech Industry

Women’s History Month has allowed Tonya Buckner time to reflect on her successful business, the role of her parents including her father who raised five children alone, and her faith.

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Former Ravens Cheerleader Creates Hats for Preakness, Special Occasion

Ashley Clark is a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who once dreamed of ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and making hats with the word “Soigné” inscribed.

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Johns Hopkins Study to Examine Role of Fruit, Vegetables in Protecting Kidneys

Johns Hopkins University is collaborating with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities will try to determine if eating meals high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and lean meats can protect the kidneys and reduce damage.

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Ashley Minner Sheds Light on Baltimore’s Lumbee Community

Ashley Minner, a community-based visual artist, counts among the 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina that established a separate school system to benefit its members.

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Portion of Wyman Park Dell Dedicated to Harriet Tubman

A section of Wyman Park Dell in Baltimore, which was once named after two Confederate generals, will now be known as Harriet Tubman Grove. The ceremony marked the 105th year since the death of the famed abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor.

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