A Platform for New Artists: Celebrating Black Music Month
A Platform for New Artists
The Platform: A Black Music Month Event 2015 held its 3rd annual social networking event on June 30 at Mood Ultra Lounge in Baltimore. Kevin Lei is the creator and executive producer of The Platform: A Black Music Month Event. In 2012, Kevin Lei produced his first show in Baltimore, MD for Black Music month honoring “The Godmother of R&B” Lil Mo’. Each year Lei has continued to bring awareness and attention to Black Music month by acknowledging the accomplishments of artists and performers alike. The show brings together performers and honorees from all genres of music to create an unforgettable experience. Kevin Lei’s purpose for producing this event is to celebrate Black Music and provide a ‘Platform’ for artists, hosts, media outlets, honorees and attendees to network, socialize and continue individual brand expansion. The 2015 Artist Achievement Award Recipients were DJ SPEN and Maurette Brown Clark.
April Hall, Jessica Green, Freedom Imani, David Lyve, Therron Fowler, Khare Hawkins, Lia Songbird and Christen B. were the performing artist featured at this year’s event.
Photos by Anderson Ward
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Grandopening of the Ivy Hotel
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Happy 50th Birthday Odyssey (JD Howard)
Happy 50th Birthday Odyssey (JD Howard)
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Tree Planting for Freddie Gray
Freddie Gray Tree Planting
On Saturday May 30th we the city and community of Baltimore, were able to participate in an extremely positive event. Parks & People Foundation along with
The Maryland Master Gardener Program came together in support for a tree planting for the late Freddie Gray in the 1700 block of Presbury Street. Kliffi Blackstone of the Parks & People Foundation Community Forestry Project Organizer and Cathy Allen organizer for this event from The Maryland Master Gardener Program designed to train volunteer horticultural educators for University of Maryland Extension. After receiving 40-50 hours of basic training from University of Maryland professionals, Marylanders then have knowledge of how to cultivate garden spaces and manage landscapes sustainably using research-based information. Then they agree to work in their communities. On this day at Baltimore’s Gilmore Homes many supporters and volunteers, young, old, from the community, and not, came together among many neighborhood memorials: Beautiful murals located on 1700 Blk of Presbury St. & the 1700 Blk of N. Fulton Avenue, and Freddie Gray Garden located at the corner of the 1600 Blk. of N. Mount St. & 1700 Blk of Presbury St. It was hot, the work was hard, but even the little kids persevered and smiled as they worked to change their environment. The trees planted represent new life, color amongst the cement, kids growing up with the trees, and Baltimore on the mend as this is planned to continue with both organizers into the court yards, school lawns, and more communities.
By Da’Rrell Privott
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“2015 Trailblazing- Women Who Business
Margarita “Maggie” Anderson the founder of The Empowerment
Experiment (EE), creator of Maggie’s List, as well as author of “Our
Black Year,” was the guest speaker for the March 22, “2015 Trailblazing
Women Award- Women Who Mean Business.”
The event, set to honor new era women making a difference in today’s
world, was held at The Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Avenue.
Dr. Mel Butler, master consultant of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of E3
was one of the awards presenters along with Darryl Stokes. Derrick
Taliaferro, executive director of the 100 Black Men of Maryland, served
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Baltimore Urban League Gala
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Iota Chapter, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority
Founder’s Day Awards and Lunch
The sorors of Iota Chapter, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority celebrated their founder’s day, March 28 at the Forums Caterers. “Achieving Success through Collaboration, Advocacy and Diversity; Focus Promoting Excellence: Educators Making a Difference,” was this year’s theme. The community service awardees were Edith Bruce, Teresa Hall Cooper and Pamela Booker. Answering the essay theme, “How an Educator made a difference in my life,” Sabria Johnson a six grader at Dr. Nathan A. Pitts –Asburton Elementary Middle school, won the contest. The Iota Chapter, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority was founded by Florence K. Williamson Norman.
Photographer- Anderson Ward
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Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Baltimore Chapter 70th Anniversary Gala
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Believe and Move- A Night of Networking
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Coppin State Commencement 2015
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National Town Hall Meeting and Girls of Color at MSU
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God the Bless the Child Commemorating the 100th Birthday of Billie Holiday
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Pi Omega Que-ette Wine Tasting and Jazz
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Triumph of Disruption: A Movement to Subvert 2015
On May 16th 2015, the show Triumph of Disruption: A Movement to Subvert took place at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This event was choreographed and directed by Kwame Shaka Opare. One may know Kwame’s performances from his touring with the Broadway show STOMP, which started in 1998; he attained the lead role and became rehearsal director for two touring casts. Moving forward with his experience in the performing arts Kwame founded (DishiBem) Traditional Contemporary Dance Group in 2003 to bridge the gap between traditional West African and contemporary performance genres. This show, the 4th of which proved to be a riveting production explored the current state of education for African American youth. Children ages 12-17 from the DMV electrified that atmosphere with dramatic presentations, African, modern, and hip hop dance! It was a lightening bolt of thought provoking entertainment. Kwame, who played a History teacher of African Dance and American Culture, incorporated an inner city classroom-teaching atmosphere showcasing extreme disruption. We were treated to Solo Singer Sherry Hunt of The Empowerment Academy center along with kids from the center singing, hot music beats, mega energy from the cast acting out various verbal scenes of distress of an urban school environment, and even received an impromptu visit on stage during a scene by local teachers. The high-pitched action and dynamic tempo were a catalyst for the juxtaposition of education coming out of the chaos and disruption of the urban classroom, to being moved into the success of children becoming enabled to learn even in extreme conditions.- Photo by DaRrell Privott
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Trinity AME Church Dedication and LandMark Service
Landmark and Dedication Service for Trinity AME Church
The State of Maryland has officially designated Trinity AME Church a historic landmark. The dedication service was on March 29. Bishop William P. DeVeaux, the presiding prelate of the 2nd Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal church, was the guest speaker. The Rev. Frank M. Reid III , pastor of Bethel AME greeted the congregation . City Councilman, Carl Stokes spoke kind words and Thomas A. Phillip III presented a citation to the senior pastor of Trinity AME , the Rev. Rodrecus M. Johnson Sr. Lauren Schiszik spoke on behalf of the Commission of Historical and Architectural Preservation. Trinity AME church has been located on Hoffman street since 1957.
Photographer- JD Howard
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Lady Sings the Blues at the Arch Social Club
The Gentlemen of the historical Arch Social Club celebrated a 100 year celebration of the history and blues of Billie Holiday. Staring Denyse Pearson as Lady Day featuring Phil Butts’ Big Band Orchestra. Semi Formal Attire
Lillian Jones, a 1980's activist for the Johnston Square Community Association. Photos by JD Howard
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Leah's Book Club presents the Irene V. Bennett Reid Memorial Tea
The Leah’s Book Club members held their Afternoon Tea with Hats in memory of Irene Bennett Reid, a charter member, a booklover who delighted the membership and audiences with her reviews of books.Members of Mrs. Reid’s family: son, the Honorable Kurt Schmoke, president of the University of Baltimore and former mayor of Baltimore; his wife, Dr. Patricia Schmoke; her daughter, Karla Reid Young and grandchildren, Jewel and Jeremiah Young were present for the recognition.The program included a Salute to 2015 National Women’s History Month honorees: Marietta English, Betty Fitzgerald, Dr. Alison Glascoe, Joy Grandison, Bonnie Green, Shauna K. Henson, Gwendolyn Howard, Ernestine Jones Jolivet, The Honorable Verna Jones-Rodwell, Dr. Patricia L. Whelch, Charlotte Makle Williams, and Minister Patricia Yeargin.Over the past four years, the book club has recognized 47 outstanding women. After the tea, the Book of the Month guest author and attorney, A. Dwight Pettit, discussed and signed his book, “Under Color of Law: The Story of An American Family.”
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Les Gemmes sponsors scholarship fundraiser
The Baltimore County Chapter of Les Gemmes invited friends and family members to attend their Diamonds and Denim cabaret that was held, May 30, at Diamondz on Liberty Road in Baltimore County.
The event was held exclusively to increase funds for scholarships for high school students who are overlooked for the mainstream scholarships from non-profit organizations and private funding corporations.
Students from Baltimore County, Baltimore City and any other public school system in the State of Maryland may apply for the scholarships. Once enrolled in a college or university by September of the school year, two (2) students will each receive a scholarship of $1,000 to assist with their college expenses.
Established in 1955 in Virginia, the Les Gemmes has 17 chapters all located east of the Mississippi River.
The Baltimore County Chapter of Les Gemmes was chartered in 1999, and Mary Radcliffe served as first president. Remaining charter members are Janyce Brown Cunningham, Betty Pettiford, Yvonne
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Maryland Black Mayors Honors Gala
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Boys and Girls Clubs, Be Great Gala- By Da’Rrell Privott 5-21-15
On May 21st at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, a spectacular event was held to honor the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCA) “Be Great Champions for Youth”, 4th Annual Gala. This great organization has a sustained commitment and focus on helping the youth of Baltimore. From the start, this was evidenced by articulate oration and charisma of Saidah Sargent a 17-year-old who attends Western School of Technology, 5-year member of the Kendrick Boys & Girls Club. Sargent was named the Youth of the Year for 2015 and her solo dance routine was excellent. She was awarded a thousand dollar scholarship by the organization. Sargent stated, “I have been given so many opportunities through the Boys and Girls Club. I would like to give someone what so many have given to me.” The Keynote speakers, Sean & Leigh Anne Tuohy, successful entrepreneurs and a married couple of 31 years, gave compelling testimonies. Well known for their extensive philanthropic involvement with (BGCA) and the movie, The Blind Side, which chronicles the life the family lead due to the couple adopting Michael Oher, as a child, now a former Baltimore Raven NFL Star. They stated, “People who adopt children are the heroes of this country” They enthusiastically encouraged both members and guess to never give up trying to help kids. There was a very successful live auction. Awards presentations honoring individuals who had shown outstanding commitment and support for children were held, for Dr. Tim Tooten- WBAL-TV 11 News Education Alert Reporter, Cheryl Worthington- Associate Deputy Director, Office of Resident Services, at the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC), and Joe Tristani, Chief Operating Officer, Sound United.
By Da’Rrell L. Privott
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MD CentenariansLuncheon May 14, 2015 (JD Howard)
MD CentenariansLuncheon May 14, 2015 (JD Howard)
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Memorial Baptist Church Centennial Celebration (JD Howard) 5/22/15