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Inspiring ‘Reel Unity’ Through the Baltimore International Black Film Festival

Kenneth Moore Jr., director and founder of the Baltimore International Black Film Festival, has spent over ten years providing an annual celebration for early-career and experienced filmmakers with multi-day screenings and an awards ceremony.   Within two years of the festival’s foundation, the number of films submitted increased nearly eight times the ten shared at the …

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Hearts Desiring Peace

Trigger Warning: This article covers the topic of suicide. For direct contact with a suicide hotline, please dial 988 or find more information here. National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month reignites various conversations about healing and tackling life’s complexities. Two stories are shared here. Donna Holland Barnes Donna Holland Barnes, founder of DHB Wellness, has spent nearly …

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Organizations Blossoming the Youth of D.C. and Baltimore

SMYAL: Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders For nearly 40 years, LGBTQ+ individuals living in Washington, D.C. and needing an environment reminiscent of having familial support depend on SMYAL–Supporting and Mentoring Youth Leaders and Advocates–an organization supplying children and young adults leadership development opportunities, after-school programs, and counseling services.  Hancie Stokes, the organization’s communications …

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There’s Something I Meant to Say Sooner, Dad…

I can imagine that truly appreciating each of the sacrifices my parents have made for my sister and me over the years could take an entire lifetime. Nonetheless, to celebrate Father’s Day, I want to share a “thank you” to my dad. In doing so, I’d like to start by saying I’ve always considered my dad …

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The Advocates of April’s Autism Awareness Month

April’s serving of Autism Awareness Month makes room to celebrate the gallant endeavors of families and organizations dedicated to spreading advocacy on the developmental condition. Two stand-outs are highlighted here. Yetta Myrick Yetta Myrick is the Executive Director and President of DC Autism Parents (DCAP) and CDC Ambassador. The goal of DCAP focuses on presenting resources …

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The Stigma of the Strong Black Woman

America’s unappreciated hero is the Black woman.  Often celebrated for being the first willing to protect, care, and give, the mental wellness of Black women is frequently corrupted by a false sense of autonomy – that everything maneuvered must be done so alone.  Calling attention to how far we need to continue progressing doesn’t take …

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