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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com | October 23, 2009
Tracie Thoms' discipline as a performer, nurtured early on at the Baltimore School for the Arts, has enabled her to be spontaneous in character every week as Kat Miller, an avid detective on TV's "Cold Case." Even in the train-wreck big-screen version of "Rent," she fused her eagerness for performing with the passion of Joanne, a lawyer who just has to make a case for herself - or at least make a scene. Chris Rock's engaged and engaging new documentary "Good Hair," a good-humored exploration of the meaning and impact of female hairstyles in the African-American community, offered Thoms a chance to do something she hasn't done before on-screen.
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Lorraine Mirabella | October 13, 2014
Get a haircut at Hair Cuttery on Veterans Day and help a veteran. The chain of hair salons announced today that it will donate a free haircut certificate to a veteran for every adult haircut purchased on Tuesday, Nov. 11. It will be the 15th year for the chain's Share-a-Haircut program, in which the company has offered free haircuts to the homeless, schoolchildren and victims of domestic abuse. This year, the 900-store chain will partner with local veterans groups in hopes of reaching 25,000 veterans.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2011
What is wrong with the TSA ? First it was patting down toddlers and feeling up grandmothers in diapers, but now its agents are searching black women's hair. According to this New York Times article, agents of the Transportation Security Administration have been giving some black women with natural hair a second look in the form of a hair pat-down. Apparently there's a hair-scare in the air. Really, TSA? As a black woman I can tell you right now that there is no way we are going to hide explosives in our hair.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has filed a federal employment discrimination complaint against a Maryland hair salon on behalf of an employee who says he was fired for being HIV-positive. Representatives for Ratner Cos., which owns the Hair Cuttery in Greenbelt, said in a statement he was fired for "repeated inappropriate behavior," including verbally abusing co-workers in front of clients. A company document outlining his HIV status as the cause for his termination — which the ACLU included in the complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — "inaccurately described the reason for his dismissal," they said.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | April 6, 2010
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon sent the city bills for nearly $700 for hairstyling during her last year and a half in office, according to records obtained by The Baltimore Sun. Dixon billed the city for "curling and styling hair" and other hair services six times in an 18-month period. The invoices were submitted by stylist Alithea Robinson -- also known as Lisa Robinson -- and ranged from $60 to $225. Dixon did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday evening but had previously said that the she occasionally had her hair styled before taping programs for the city's cable channel.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
“Hair,” the counterculture musical that stirred the pot, so to speak, in 1968, is very much a product of its time - Vietnam, dropping out, dropping acid, free love, Hare Krishna. Dated it may be, but it's got something timeless going on, too, as the enjoyable revival by the Stillpointe Theatre Initiative reiterates. Today's young generation may have no fear of a draft and no great interest in where or why our military is fighting now, but the antiwar message in “Hair” can still hit home.
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Valerie Bonk and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
From fruits and vegetables to meat and cheese, organic foods are in high demand. But what about organic highlights? The trend has hit Howard County, with some local salons either switching their product lines or opening up to cater to the organic-minded customer. “It scared me a little bit,” says Dawn Symonds, owner of DMS Organic Salon on Oella Avenue in Ellicott City, about her switch to organic products seven years ago. Symonds says she's never looked back after making the decision to go natural.
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Dan Rodricks | December 21, 2013
News of the closing of Simon "Cy" Avara's hair-styling academy - a Baltimore institution - arrives just as we enter the 50th anniversary of the start of the British Invasion of rock music. I make the connection because the British Invasion was as much about hair as it was about music, and one of the most notable things about Avara's career was his ability to adjust from crew cuts to mop tops. Not every barber was so flexible. First things first, regarding the British Invasion: A lot of people mark the start in early February 1964, when 73 million Americans tuned in to "The Ed Sullivan Show" to see the Beatles' debut on national television.
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By N.Y. Times News Service | December 11, 1991
If you've just been to the hairdresser and a passing wind whips up your coiffure, don't be mad be happy.This season, the deliberately disheveled hairdo is the height of style. Top stylists like Oribe, the hair maestro at the Elizabeth Arden Salon, are making sure their customers leave the shop looking as if an errant breeze had already dislocated a lock or two."It's a way to make the popular 60s bouffant look younger and more modern," Oribe said. What Oribe does is set, tease and arrange a coif the usual way. Then he coaxes some pieces and tendrils out of place.
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By Vida Roberts and Vida Roberts,Evening Sun Staff | December 26, 1991
THE RUSH is over, presents opened, lots of sweets and leftovers in the fridge to last the rest of the week. There's some time to think about getting yourself pretty for those pop-on-over parties with friends.Lucky for you, this is a year for fancy and frolicsome hairdos, so your everyday look can take a little tousle and tinsel.Gloria Brennan, of her namesake salon at Pikesville, sees a strong return to special sets. "We're doing glamorous evening looks like we haven't seen in years. A precision cut and blow dry just don't seem like enough for a holiday."
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Valerie Bonk and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
From fruits and vegetables to meat and cheese, organic foods are in high demand. But what about organic highlights? The trend has hit Howard County, with some local salons either switching their product lines or opening up to cater to the organic-minded customer. “It scared me a little bit,” says Dawn Symonds, owner of DMS Organic Salon on Oella Avenue in Ellicott City, about her switch to organic products seven years ago. Symonds says she's never looked back after making the decision to go natural.
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By Aaron Oster | September 10, 2014
Sean Haire, known as Sean O'Haire in WCW and WWE, reportedly died Monday at age 43. Haire debuted in WCW in 2000, and he was immediately pushed as a future star. He was paired with the Natural Born Thrillers, a group of young, physically gifted wrestlers, and in the year before WCW folded, he won the tag team titles three times. Haire quickly gained attention from fans for both his strength and athleticism. For a wrestler who was billed at 6 feet 6 and 270 pounds, he could move like a cruiserweight, and hit what might be the best-looking Swanton Bomb in the history of the business.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Armed with the right tools and tips, achieving the top hair and makeup looks for the summer season can be a breeze. From the casual comfort of a beach-inspired appearance to a more formal updo, Baltimore stylists and artists have come up with ways to recreate these looks on your own. Follow these rules and stand out from the rest. Makeup trend: Smoky eye Expert: Gavin Hebert, makeup artist at All About Me Salon and Day Spa, Towson; allaboutmedayspa.com How to achieve it: The smoky eye is a technique more than a color, according to Hebert.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Don Scott will sign off for the last time Friday morning at WJZ -TV after 40 years at the station. Tens of thousands of Baltimore viewers have started their day with him for the more than three decades that he's been at the station's morning anchor desk. That's a run not likely to be duplicated by many in the new media world. And WJZ has consistently finished at or near the top of the ratings during that time. I talked with the 64-year-old broadcaster this week about his final days on the air in Baltimore.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 15, 2014
I am standing at the front door, locked out of my own house. If this were a movie, it'd be raining. Thankfully, this isn't so it isn't. But the reality is embarrassing enough without any Hollywood embellishments. You see, we have this digital lock. To open it, you input a numeric code. We bought it months ago and I've been using it without incident. But now, standing out here in the dark, I am, suddenly and for no apparent reason, stuck. After a moment, with more hope than confidence, I punch in some numbers.
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By Aaron Dodson, Cody Goodwin and Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Ripken Stadium - home of the Aberdeen IronBirds - was transformed into a wrestling arena Sunday night for the latest stop on TNA's Impact World Tour. In case you missed it, three dedicated and talented Baltimore Sun summer interns were there to provide a running, retroactive commentary of the event. Here's the account from Aaron Dodson , Cody Goodwin  and Trevor Hass , with time noted on each post:   Aaron 5:22    A Jay Z song is playing that I can't remember the name of for some reason.
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By Arizona Republic | January 17, 1994
PHOENIX -- A woman dangled about 20 feet off the ground for about an hour when her hair became entangled in her rock climbing equipment."I was hanging in the air by my hair and my harness," Tracie Hemphill, 19, said yesterday. "I was screaming, yelling and crying. It hurt."Ms. Hemphill, who said she had gone rock climbing only once before, was rappelling down a rock face on Camelback Mountain when her hair got caught yesterday morning.To make matters worse, she said, well-meaning hikers heard her screaming and yelling and tried to help by tugging at her rope, hoping to free her."
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
It all started in the kitchen. That's where Jamyla Bennu first mixed up batches of hair and skin products to give to friends and relatives more than 13 years ago. Since then, Bennu has refined her creations of organic shea butter and aloe vera juice, coconut oil and honey. She and her husband, writer and filmmaker Pierre Bennu, have slowly built their company, Oyin Handmade, from the ground up, building connections on social media and wooing a loyal customer base through online sales.
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April 7, 2014
Thank goodness that guy on the KIPP school grounds wasn't carrying a Pop-Tart bitten into the shape of a handgun and loaded with strawberry ( "Charter schools lock down," April 4)! They probably would have called in airstrikes. Dave Reich, Perry Hall - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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