Verletta White Will Continue to Lead Baltimore County Schools

By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFRO Verletta White will continue to serve public school children in the Baltimore County community where she was born and raised for at least another year. The County school board...

Baltimore City Council Cracks Down on Police Overtime

By Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFRO For nearly a decade, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), has had free reign to spend whatever it deems necessary to pay overtime to police officers.  But,...

Democrats Failures Reflected in Maryland’s Broken Machine

By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected] There has been much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth within the Democratic Party since U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. The imminent departure of...

After Weeks of Uncertainty, Washington Declares Victory

By Matthew Ritchie,  Special to the AFRO The tightest contest of the Maryland State Senate has finally come to a close. On July 6, weeks after the official primary election voting ended, Del. Mary Washington claimed...

Dr. Reginald Lawrence, St. Mark’s Pastor, Dies at 74

By AFRO Staff Rev. Dr. Reginald Lawrence, Pastor of St. Mark’s Institutional Baptist Church died on July 1. He was 74. Dr. Lawrence was installed as Pastor of St. Mark’s, located at 655 N. Bentalou...

Will Renaissance Academy Survive?

By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected] Nikkia Rowe, the indefatigable principal of the Renaissance Academy High School, was fired July 7; an action some community and education leaders fear portends the closure of the school,...

LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO “Johnny Taylor, still the favorite and Bobby Blue Bland still the blues, 5 dollars you got to pay, just a jukebox and no DJ. The smaller the club,...

Baltimore’s Dara Renee Stars in Disney’s Latest ‘Freaky Friday’ Remake

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO When Dara Renee first moved to Baltimore as a young girl, it was a rough transition.  She tells the AFRO, “It was hard at first because I like had...

Wine, Spirits and Soul Coming to Baltimore County

By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO The Wine Spirits and Soul Festival comes to Towson, Maryland July 14. A fundraiser for Baltimore County’s Black youth, the festival funds scholarships that will be awarded during the...

Baltimore City Council Plans Oversight of Police Overtime Payments

By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected] The members of the Baltimore Police Department’s (BPD), disbanded Gun Trace Task Force stole upwards of a million dollars in fraudulent overtime pay over the years before they were all...

AFRO’s Sean Yoes Pens New Book Chronicling Influential “Race and Politics” Column

By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFRO In his “Race and Politics” column, Sean Yoes, has chronicled many of the difficult challenges and tragedies over the last three years in Baltimore since the death of Freddie...

Taylor Hayes Fighting for Life After Being Shot in Back

By The Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — A 7-year-old Baltimore girl was fighting for her life a day after being shot in the back amid a spray of gunfire, police said Friday. Acting Police Commissioner Gary...
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