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By Dave Rosenthal | January 31, 2012
If you didn't get a chance to attend the recent Black and White Party, a fund-raiser for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, you can get a taste of the event at this Baltimore Sun photo gallery. The event, whose theme was "Evening in Paris," was organized by the Pratt Contemporaries, a group of young professional who support the library.  Here's another Pratt event worth attending: this Saturday's Booklovers' Breakfast with Michael Eric Dyson. It will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The owners of two popular restaurants in downtown Baltimore have agreed to pay $1.3 million and establish new hiring measures to settle a years-old lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against black applicants and employees. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit in 2008 against McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants Inc. and Schmick Restaurant Corp., owners of McCormick & Schmick's and M&S Grill in the Inner Harbor. The lawsuit claimed the restaurants violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing to hire black applicants for front-of-the-house positions such as servers and hostesses.
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By Matt Vensel | April 13, 2011
Since Wiz Khalifa released his chart-topping Pittsburgh anthem "Black and Yellow," we have been treated to a bunch of remixes from rappers across the country who are repping their hometown teams, including Mullyman's Ravens-themed " Black and Purple . " Now Orioles fans have gotten their own anthem from Dboi Da Dome, E' From Da Wic and Jay Luv. We can all relate to "Orange and Black. " Well, except for the parts about drinking purple stuff and pulling out guns on non-Orioles fans.
NEWS
September 11, 2014
I was most confused by the letter writer who seemed to object to the statue of Ravens legend Ray Lewis being given equal status to the one of Johnny Unitas ( "Statue of Ray Lewis is disgraceful," Sept. 8). After all, as the writer observed, Ray Lewis was found not guilty in a court of law. So what's the problem here? It's not like the Ravens put up a statue of Michael Vick, who was actually found guilty of a crime and has been "rehabilitated. " Yet this letter writer still chooses to be "outraged.
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October 30, 2010
HAGERSTOWN — The state Department of Natural Resources says Maryland's bear hunt is closed. Sixty-seven bears were killed as of 9 p.m. on Friday and the hunt was closed. The season began on Monday. The hunt was limited to Allegany and Garrett counties.
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By CLARENCE PAGE | December 1, 1993
Chicago.--Most of the public debate over whether the delicate question of race should matter in adoptions tends to miss the point. Maybe the real question is not whether whites should be allowed to adopt black babies, but rather, why are so few black parents allowed to adopt?Trans-racial adoptions, usually between white parents and black children, have won praise from some as a valuable, although still rare, way to find homes for adoptable black children.Unfortunately, since 1972 they also have been roundly condemned by the National Association of Black Social Workers as ''cultural genocide.
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By Vida Roberts | October 3, 1993
This fall, chic women will leave showy displays of color to nature. Instead, they'll be enveloping themselves in black to capture attention. Black defines the fashion season, as it has in the past, but this time it is expressed in the richness of velvets, silks and soft wools rather than harsh biker textures such as leather and denim. And the only accessory that head-to-toe black requires is a deftly painted face.
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By KEN HAMBLIN | March 15, 1991
Denver. Like most Americans, black and white, I overflowed with pride at the way our soldiers brought Desert Storm to a successful conclusion.But my moment of pride was spoiled when I remembered the self-indulgent and often hostile voice of ghetto dissent during the war. Today some of those Afro-American leaders would like us to forget how they argued that no black would benefit by serving America in this war. Contemptibly, they quarreled that because blacks...
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By Carl T. Rowan | January 6, 1991
Washington.THE CLOSER we get to war with Iraq, the louder black voices ask why any African-American should fight in a Persian Gulf war. In a very thoughtful column in the Washington Post Ron Walters, chairman of the political science department at historically black Howard University, said:''To put it bluntly, the Bush administration is playing race politics in a manner that would continue to deny national resources to blacks, while black lives are disproportionately...
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By Blaine Taylor | September 14, 1994
IT'S THE TIME of year for the Defenders' Day re-enactment at Fort McHenry, marking the anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore.But during such re-enactments little mention usually is made of the role African Americans played in the War of 1812. Black soldiers fought on both sides.What whites of that era feared most was a black slave uprising in the wake of the British assault.Some members of the British high command were planning just such a dreaded revolt.After taking command of the newly formed North American Station on Apr. 1, 1814, the next day Vice-Admiral Sir Alexander Forrester Inglis Cochrane, 55, issued this proclamation to black slaves in the United States that made white Americans' blood run cold:"This is therefore to give notice that all those who may be disposed to emigrate from the United States, will with their families be received on board His Majesty's ships or vessels of war . . . when they will have their choice of either entering into His Majesty's sea or land forces, or of being sent as FREE settlers to the British possessions in North America or the West Indies, where they will meet with all due encouragement."
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By Meredith Cohn | August 29, 2014
A study of firearm assaults in six states, including Maryland, found that young males make up the largest share of those who go to the hospital with an injury, supporting previous research. But it also found black females were more likely than white males to go to the hospital with such a wound. The study, by the Urban Institute based on 2010 hospital data, showed uninsured victims were more likely to die than those with insurance. And up to 64 percent of the hospital costs were paid for with public money.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
Wow! Roye Templeton's letter, "Let's talk about white racism" (Aug. 24), nailed it. Without a doubt, the root cause of the race problem in America is racism and it's white racism, pure and simple, front and center. I just turned 82 this month and I still remember both of my parents being pulled off a sound truck and arrested in the early 1940's in Baltimore City for protesting police brutality. It's 2014 and nothing in that regard has really changed. A great many whites in this country have couched themselves in a comfort zone and not in reality, primarily because of the tremendous strides made during the civil rights era. Conservative TV pundits and print journalists routinely pooh-pooh the extent and depth of racism in America.
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By Cpl. Kam Cooke | August 26, 2014
African American Officers of the Anne Arundel County Police Department were shocked and taken back by the donation to the defense fund for Officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson, Mo., by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 Board of Directors. While we appreciate the support that the union offers to officers in need, there comes a time where leaders must take a step back and look at the totality of their decisions. This decision appeared to lack any regard for the many men and women of color, and even others with regard to the topic of Ferguson, Mo. The fact is that no criminal charges have been filed, and the facts of the case have not been fully released.
NEWS
August 22, 2014
Our communities have reached a tipping point. Although Ferguson is in the fishbowl at the moment, the energy of frustration is felt throughout communities large and small across the country ( "Baltimore demonstrators to protest again for Ferguson," Aug. 20). I am frightened for the innocent young men of color who wake up with the same questions each day. I am frightened for my little brother Kaleb, a 9 year-old genius. Even though his mind is curious and his eyes are full of sunshine, I know that one day he too will be forced to face this challenge.
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By Tony Brown | August 22, 2014
My sophomore year Harvard announced a cost-cutting measure that made the news. Going forward the school would continue to provide toilet paper to freshmen dorms, but upper classmen would have to provide for themselves. Almost immediately, toilet paper began disappearing from buildings all over campus. One Monday night my roommate and I discovered that we were low on supplies, so after dinner we walked up the hill to Harvard Yard to visit the freshmen dorms. In a building with communal bathrooms (where we could easily lay hands on a few rolls)
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By Zoë Read, Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 22, 2014
Candles brightened the night Thursday as hundreds of people held up signs and chanted “Stop, don't shoot” outside a historic Glen Burnie church in remembrance of two young African-American men killed in shootings. The Anne Arundel County chapter of the NAACP led the rally at John Wesley United Methodist Church, saying it is seeking justice for Kendall Green of Glen Burnie and Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo. The event was attended by about 200 people, including the Green family, local politicians and Anne Arundel County police.
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By Ron Howell | April 24, 1998
PEOPLE don't often acknowledge it, but the Nation of Islam, headed now by mercurial Minister Louis Farrakhan, once published a newspaper -- Muhammad Speaks -- that ran some of the most incisive and timely reports to be found about black people.No less a figure than the brilliant historian C.L.R. James (a Marxist who could not tolerate the Nation's bizarre black supremacist ideas) said in the early 1970s: "I don't understand their ideology, but whoever edits their newspaper is a genius."For tens of thousands of blacks from sea to sea, Muhammad Speaks offered domestic and international news with a militant black perspective that was unique in the country.
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By Linell Smith and Fred Rasmussen and Linell Smith and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writers Sun staff writer Jacques Kelly and librarian Doris Carberry contributed to this article | November 20, 1994
In the early years of this century, when Cab Calloway was growing up in West Baltimore's Sugar Hill, the neighborhood his family called home was considered the political, cultural and business hub of black society.He was the son of middle-class professionals. His mother, Martha Eulalia Reed, was a Morgan State College graduate who taught school. His father, Cabell Calloway, graduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and worked as a lawyer.Young Cab Calloway even had his own car in high school -- a used 1923 Oldsmobile he'd bought with $275 he'd earned working -- a rarity in that era, particularly for a black man."
NEWS
August 14, 2014
A riot can be many things. It can be an act of communal madness, reflecting the emotional imbecility of those who believe the best way to express joy at their ball team's win is to overturn a car. It can be an act of opportunism, a chance, under cover of darkness, influence of chaos, suspension of order, to smash and grab and run away, arms heavy with loot. And it can be an act of outcry, a scream of inchoate rage. That's what happened this week in Ferguson, Missouri.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis over the weekend has evoked a repeat of the turmoil that followed the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida two years ago. In both cases young African-American men just entering adulthood died violently under circumstances that fostered questions about whether they were targeted solely because of their race, and in both...
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