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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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October 13, 2014
What are black voters' priorities? Your recent article on the candidates' appeal to black voters offered the result of Mr. Hogan's polling on North Avenue: People said they wanted lower taxes above all else ( "Hogan, Brown differ in message to black voters," Oct. 4). A successful governor needs to excel in many criteria. Mr. Brown was not asked how he would lessen tax burdens. Nor was he asked if he felt he deserves higher office after making Marylanders experience the failed Obamacare system.
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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.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 5, 2014
Let us give Sean Groubert every benefit of the doubt. Let us assume he is a good person. Let us assume he is kind to children, well liked by neighbors. And by all means, let's assume he has a black friend. For good measure, let's assume he has two. Now, with those assumptions in force, let's ponder why Mr. Groubert, a white South Carolina state trooper, shot an unarmed black man last month at a gas station in Columbia. The incident has received less notice than did the shooting of Michael Brown, probably because the victim, 35-year-old Levar Jones, survived.
NEWS
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 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 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 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 Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The summer may have ended, but pride season in Baltimore has not. The city's annual Baltimore Black Pride events kick off next week, including nights out on the town, parties for youth and cultural events. The week culminates on Sunday, Oct. 12 with a Fall Festival at Club Bunns on W. Lexington Avenue at 4 p.m. This year's events are the first to be thrown by The Center for Black Equity - Baltimore, the new name taken up this year by Baltimore Black Pride, Inc. The change brings the organization, which has been working in Baltimore for more than a decade, under the umbrella of the national Center for Black Equity.
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By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Walter Evan Black Jr., a retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland who ruled against the city of Baltimore in its efforts to acquire the Colts after the team moved to Indianapolis, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Monday at his Easton home. The former Roland Park-area resident was 88. During a lengthy career, he ruled against Baltimore in 1985 when it attempted to acquire the Colts football franchise by condemnation. In his ruling, he said the city did not have the power to take the franchise because the team had moved on the night of March 29, 1984, before the day the city had filed its suit.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Dealing with police can involve a delicate balance between knowing your rights and being respectful to officers. Both are crucial, seven lawyers told a church full of Baltimore's black youths and their parents. But when in doubt, attorney Douglas B. Evans said, "you have the right to shut up. " The panel of black attorneys answered questions about police brutality and racial profiling, amid other concerns during the seminar, Conscious Operations during Police Stops, or "C.O.P.S.," at the Empowerment Temple Church on Tuesday night.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
When Towson welcomes Maine to Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday night for the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both sides, the matchup will pit two of the three teams in last year's race for the conference title. But both programs are shades of what they were in 2013. The Tigers (2-2), who advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game, absorbed a stunning 31-27 loss to Central Connecticut State in their season opener and recently won back-to-back games ito climb back to .500.
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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.
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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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 MARTIN C. EVANS | February 16, 1992
They were mostly in their 30s and 40s, old enough to have developed a perspective on life but still young enough to be passionate about it, to dream a different world.They, more than 50 black photographers who worked on documenting black America, milled about in an upstairs exhibition hall at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington one afternoon last week, brought together by the opening of "Songs of My People," an exhibition of the fruits of that documentary effort.Having flown or driven in from as far away as San Jose or as nearby as Upper Marlboro, they greeted each addition to their swelling ranks with collegial admiration and, sometimes, with the uninhibited enthusiasm of those who have shared some inner passage, some transcendent ordeal.
HEALTH
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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