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By Marissa Gallo | November 2, 2011
Smize, booty tooch, H to T - I can handle all of these catchphrases Tyra comes up with because they actually have to do with modeling. But tonight, she went one step too far: pot ledom. Yes, that's "top model" backwards. Why? Because she's freakin' Tyra Banks and can do whatever she wants. Fortunately for us viewers, with a terrible, horrible, no-good catchphrase came amazingly ridiculous music videos with viral video star Keenan Cahill and Tyra with crazy pigtails. Oh man, so good.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
What do you get when you post videos of your spot-on diva impressions? A boatload of page views. Singer and actress Christina Bianco has made a viral splash with a series of hilarious -- and uncanny -- videos where she honors everything from the dramatic rendering of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to Adele and Idina Menzel. Bianco will be featured on the program when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents "Broadway Standing Ovations," which celebrates some of the best musicals on Broadway.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2012
A blogger from California who helped police link a suspect to a viral video of a downtown Baltimore beating says he thinks the story got out of hand and the suspect shouldn't do prison time.  "I actually take no pleasure in his arrest," Mandich said. "... I genuinly feel some empathy for his situation and I certainly hope he learns from this. He doesn't seem to be 'beyond help.'" Anthony Mandich told The Sun two weeks ago that he had been outraged by the video and watched one night as users of the popular 4chan message board worked for hours one night to pinpoint Parsons' as a suspect.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
It's a like a beatbox battle out there on the runways as airlines compete to release the most catchy and viral safety videos. Virgin America is the most recent with its "safety dance" video highlighting YouTube favorite and former American Idol contestant Todrick Hall dancing along with some very attractive and well-coordinated people. Inflatable safety vests have never looked so good. Last week, Delta released its holiday short featuring a variety of Christmas characters as passengers.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
What do you get when you post videos of your spot-on diva impressions? A boatload of page views. Singer and actress Christina Bianco has made a viral splash with a series of hilarious -- and uncanny -- videos where she honors everything from the dramatic rendering of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to Adele and Idina Menzel. Bianco will be featured on the program when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents "Broadway Standing Ovations," which celebrates some of the best musicals on Broadway.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2012
I've been trying to figure out what to say about bullied bus monitor Karen Klein for four days now -- just watching the viral video of her being bullied to tears by middle-school students in New York last week left me so discombobulated I could barely speak. The boys' vile, relentless verbal attack of her, I finally realize, feels like the personification of every Internet troll I've ever run into online. I've seen horrible personal attacks from anonymous (and sometimes not) posters that had the exact same tenor, and seen commenters gang up in the exact same way, while gaining strength and bravado hiding behind their keyboards.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | January 17, 2012
KJ Mohr has programmed film festivals around the country for years. But it at started, she said, "for very selfish reasons. " "I devoured all the foreign videos from my public library, but I knew there was a lot of independently produced film out there that I did not have access to, " said Mohr, 38. "And the only way to get my hands on it was to organize public screenings. For years, Mohr, who was born in Ripon, Wisc., and now lives in Highlandtown, has worked with various LGBT film festivals.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
Howard County police charged a Columbia man Monday with assaulting a student on the campus of Long Reach High School in Columbia on March 21. Donnell Maurice Vannison, 40, of the 8500 block of Tamebird Court, faces second-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges. He was released Monday after a court appearance and is scheduled for trial on June 6. Vannison, wearing a ski mask, entered the school property at about 2:20 p.m., police said. He approached a 16-year-old male student and struck him with a blow that grazed the boy's face.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
The video is arresting. A figure wearing a ski mask appears just outside the front door of a school on a sunny day. In an instant, he and a student are charging each other, fists raised. They meet, a punch is thrown, and the person in the ski mask falls to the ground. Students scream. A girl charges the person who threw the punch, and then punches him. Students scream some more as the shaky frame captures them running to and fro. Welcome to the website worldstarhiphop.com — and in this case, the campus of Long Reach High School in Columbia.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2013
Some guys gave flowers. Others candy. But smooth Rod Lopez, a man in touch with the cultural cutting edge, feted his lady love with a "Harlem Shake" video for Valentine's Day. In it, the 34-year-old owner of a Parkville production company, wearing jockey shorts, shimmies atop a desk while holding a heart-shaped balloon. And no, he says, divorce papers are not imminent. "She thought it was romantic," Lopez says. "We're making another one tonight with the whole family. " With "Call Me Maybe" history and "Gangnam Style" only a faint viral echo, conditions seemed ripe for another catchy ear worm with even more contagious video possibilities.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2013
Some guys gave flowers. Others candy. But smooth Rod Lopez, a man in touch with the cultural cutting edge, feted his lady love with a "Harlem Shake" video for Valentine's Day. In it, the 34-year-old owner of a Parkville production company, wearing jockey shorts, shimmies atop a desk while holding a heart-shaped balloon. And no, he says, divorce papers are not imminent. "She thought it was romantic," Lopez says. "We're making another one tonight with the whole family. " With "Call Me Maybe" history and "Gangnam Style" only a faint viral echo, conditions seemed ripe for another catchy ear worm with even more contagious video possibilities.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2012
I've been trying to figure out what to say about bullied bus monitor Karen Klein for four days now -- just watching the viral video of her being bullied to tears by middle-school students in New York last week left me so discombobulated I could barely speak. The boys' vile, relentless verbal attack of her, I finally realize, feels like the personification of every Internet troll I've ever run into online. I've seen horrible personal attacks from anonymous (and sometimes not) posters that had the exact same tenor, and seen commenters gang up in the exact same way, while gaining strength and bravado hiding behind their keyboards.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2012
A blogger from California who helped police link a suspect to a viral video of a downtown Baltimore beating says he thinks the story got out of hand and the suspect shouldn't do prison time.  "I actually take no pleasure in his arrest," Mandich said. "... I genuinly feel some empathy for his situation and I certainly hope he learns from this. He doesn't seem to be 'beyond help.'" Anthony Mandich told The Sun two weeks ago that he had been outraged by the video and watched one night as users of the popular 4chan message board worked for hours one night to pinpoint Parsons' as a suspect.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
Howard County police charged a Columbia man Monday with assaulting a student on the campus of Long Reach High School in Columbia on March 21. Donnell Maurice Vannison, 40, of the 8500 block of Tamebird Court, faces second-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges. He was released Monday after a court appearance and is scheduled for trial on June 6. Vannison, wearing a ski mask, entered the school property at about 2:20 p.m., police said. He approached a 16-year-old male student and struck him with a blow that grazed the boy's face.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
The video is arresting. A figure wearing a ski mask appears just outside the front door of a school on a sunny day. In an instant, he and a student are charging each other, fists raised. They meet, a punch is thrown, and the person in the ski mask falls to the ground. Students scream. A girl charges the person who threw the punch, and then punches him. Students scream some more as the shaky frame captures them running to and fro. Welcome to the website worldstarhiphop.com — and in this case, the campus of Long Reach High School in Columbia.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel, b | January 17, 2012
KJ Mohr has programmed film festivals around the country for years. But it at started, she said, "for very selfish reasons. " "I devoured all the foreign videos from my public library, but I knew there was a lot of independently produced film out there that I did not have access to, " said Mohr, 38. "And the only way to get my hands on it was to organize public screenings. For years, Mohr, who was born in Ripon, Wisc., and now lives in Highlandtown, has worked with various LGBT film festivals.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
It's a like a beatbox battle out there on the runways as airlines compete to release the most catchy and viral safety videos. Virgin America is the most recent with its "safety dance" video highlighting YouTube favorite and former American Idol contestant Todrick Hall dancing along with some very attractive and well-coordinated people. Inflatable safety vests have never looked so good. Last week, Delta released its holiday short featuring a variety of Christmas characters as passengers.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2012
"As the viral-video-watching world knows by now, Kathie Lee Gifford's Wednesday 'Today' interview with Martin Short went horribly, awkwardly awry when she asked Short about his relationship with his wife, Nancy, whom Gifford didn't know had died in 2010. "          This is why journalists would be well advised just to stick to who  in all cases. 
ENTERTAINMENT
By Marissa Gallo | November 2, 2011
Smize, booty tooch, H to T - I can handle all of these catchphrases Tyra comes up with because they actually have to do with modeling. But tonight, she went one step too far: pot ledom. Yes, that's "top model" backwards. Why? Because she's freakin' Tyra Banks and can do whatever she wants. Fortunately for us viewers, with a terrible, horrible, no-good catchphrase came amazingly ridiculous music videos with viral video star Keenan Cahill and Tyra with crazy pigtails. Oh man, so good.
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