Editor's Note

October 07, 2007|By Karlayne Parker | Karlayne Parker,UniSun Editor

When I go to some of my friends' homes, I'm always fascinated with the decor.

One friend surrounds herself with contemporary African-American art and photos she's taken of people.

I have another friend whose home is painted in warm orange, yellow and brown colors that light up the walls throughout and are balanced with glass window art and pictures in textured frames.

The way these friends decorated their homes says a lot about who they are and what they like.

On Page 16 of this edition, Sun staff writer Stephanie Shapiro writes about the favorite room of several notable African-Americans from the Baltimore area and tells why they chose the colors, art and furniture that fill the room.

It's my hope you'll be inspired to borrow a few ideas from our subjects to make your dwelling not just a place to stay, but a home where you will thrive.

In this edition, you'll also find a Q&A on Page 20 with the ever-popular Groove Stu, the Baltimore-based jazz, funk, hip-hop group that is about to release its second CD. Ericka Blount Danois talked to several of the group's members to see where they've come from and what the future may bring.

We have several new writers in this edition, as well. One might be familiar to you. Former Fox 45 news reporter and anchor Harold Fisher hasn't quite given up on broadcast journalism, but he is expanding his skills by writing for UniSun.

His first print article is on artist William Rhodes, who has an exhibit showing at a local venue. Fisher has a way with words that helps you see and hear Rhodes' works.

Washington-based writer Lisa Troshinsky writes about a black film organization in D.C. that screens urban films by up-and-coming filmmakers whose works are sometimes shunned by mainstream venues.

I know you've heard about Hot Ghetto Mess by now. Read Troshinsky's article on Page 13 to learn where it was screened before it made it to BET.

There's so much more to read and see. Thanks for starting here. Read on!

Gospel celebration

If you missed the second annual UniSun Gospel Celebration at Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center yesterday, don't worry; we can take you there. See what you missed in a slide show of the event, which includes the sights and sounds of five church choirs. The competing choirs were Gospel Tabernacle Baptist, Kingsway Bible Baptist, Voices of Wayland Baptist and Bethel AME, all of Baltimore, and Bethel Apostolic of Havre de Grace. Tomorrow, view the slide show and find out who won. Go to baltimoresun.com/unisun.

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