A Note To Readers

February 06, 2005

Welcome to UniSun, The Sun's publication created especially for African-American readers. It is fitting that this first issue produced by The Sun's newsroom staff is published during Black History Month.

While we plan to celebrate African-American heritage all year round, we thought that we would herald the monthlong commemoration with a cover story on researching your family roots.

Three experts share their experiences with UniSun readers and offer tips for those thinking about learning more about their ancestors. As our cover story says, researchers should take advantage of as many resources as possible - some of which are nearby.

Sandra Pinckney is a familiar name to longtime Baltimore-area residents because she was a fixture on local TV for many years before going to the Food Network. Pinckney says she is "all about food." She begins what we hope will be a regular feature about her favorite topic. And this month, she shares a recipe from her beloved grandmother.

Harriette Cole is also a former Baltimore resident who has made it big in the media world. Cole, an author who has worked at magazines and consulting firms, is now based in New York. Her syndicated advice column is something we hope readers will find helpful.

Kasey Jones' remarkable story of how determination and desire can lead to a life-changing transformation will be an inspiration to many. In her own words, she describes the challenges and benefits of losing 150 pounds - she started at 365 - without any fad diets or medical procedures.

In UniSun, we'll also touch on topics relating to health, social events, entertainment, religion and more.

If you have any comments and suggestions about UniSun, which formerly was produced by The Sun's advertising department, we welcome them. Please send e-mails to unisun@baltsun.com or write UniSun, Features Department, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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