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Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:00pm
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I just learned that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City  is hosting the 1st Annual Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Week in Baltimore, October 28 through November 1, 2013.There are activities all week long; inlcuding the 7th Annual Top 100 MBE Awards and the New Majority Conversation.  I can only say that I am thrilled. This follows the recently released report from The Mayor's Advisory Council on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises , "A New Day, A Better Way." 
 
You can learn more about this valuable week and the report,  document by following the link, To Read More About The Report 

Tonight we are excited to interview Carla Kaplan, author of Miss Anne In Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, an extraordinary read that has left me with tons of questions for Ms. Kaplan. We will be able to meet Ms. Kaplan on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 pm at the Enoch Pratt Library Central location - Poe Room. 
 
Our next guest, is Lin Hart, Author of R

eginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice: The Young Man Before The Billion-Dollar Empire.

 
Amazing story how our lives can change with vision and commitment. The Enoch Pratt Free Library Central location will host Mr. Hart on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm in the Wheeler Auditorium.
 
Renny Bass, Founder/CEO of the Downtown Cultural Art Center will be with us to discuss his vision and enthusiasm about this phenomenal center in the heart of Howard Street in Baltimore. The many programs and the impact they are having on the community.  
 
Dr. Damien Brown will be calling from England to discuss his new book

BAND-AID FOR A BROKEN LEG: Being a Doctor Without Borders (and Other Ways to Stay Single). Should be a fascinating conversation.

   
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We THANK YOU for your unwavering support. Much Peace, Infinite Love & Immeasurable Blessings! Marsha   

VIDEOS
Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice...The Young Man Before The Billion-Dollar Empire
Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice...The Young Man Before The Billion-Dollar Empire
Miss Anne in Harlem
Carla Kaplan, Author Miss Anne in Harlem
HEALTH WATCH

 Heart Disease and Black Women:

The Silent Killer that Speaks Volumes

 

One woman dies every minute from heart disease, a little know fact that is overshadowed by other high profile diseases for women. Heart disease, once considered a "man's disease", is a cause of great concern for women.  It is called a "silent killer" because it often has no symptoms or presents pain that is barely noticeable. The most commonly recognized symptom is persistent chest pain, pressure or other discomfort, called angina. This pain results when the heart is getting too little blood or oxygen. It can be felt under the breastbone and tends to accompany exercise or extreme emotional stress. Women, however, are more likely than men to experience a different type of chest pain which is sharp and temporary.

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a term used to describe a number of problems affecting the heart and the blood vessels of the heart. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease and is the leading cause of heart attacks. CAD occurs when the coronary arteries that surround and supply blood to the heart muscle lose their elasticity and become hardened and narrowed because of plaque build-up inside the artery. This process is called atherosclerosis. As the coronary arteries narrow, blood flow to the heart can slow down or stop, causing chest pain (angina), shortness of breath, heart attack, and other symptoms.

Why is this Important to Black Women?

Black women suffer rates of heart disease that are twice as high as those among white women. Some of the factors that contribute to this disparity include higher rates of overweight and obesity, higher rates of elevated cholesterol levels and high blood pressure and limited awareness of our elevated risks. In addition to having high heart disease rates, Black women die from heart disease more often than all other Americans.

What Black Women Need to Know

Black women are more likely to be overweight or obese, more likely to be physically inactive, and more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels - all risk factors for heart disease.  Black women also need to know that women often experience heart attack symptoms that are different from those that occur in men. Although chest pain is the symptom most commonly associated with a heart attack, women may have chest pain that is not the most prominent or troubling symptom or may not experience chest pain at all.

Typical heart attack symptoms include:

Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.  Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms.  Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.

 

Women are more likely to experience other, less common warning signs of heart attack including:

  • Atypical chest pain (pain that is sharp and temporary),
  • Stomach, back, or arm pain
  • Nausea or dizziness (without chest pain).
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing (without chest pain).
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue.
  • Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness.

 Black women need to be aggressive in seeking attention for heart disease symptoms and concerns by taking the initiative in establishing communications with their doctor: This can improve the chances of receiving appropriate treatment.

What the Imperative is doing

The Imperative is committed to ensuring that Black women receive the necessary information and skills in order to reduce their personal risk for heart disease.  Through our health education programs and advocacy efforts, we are raising awareness and fighting for critical changes to the healthcare system that will improve health outcomes for all Black women.

 

The Black Women's Health Imperative is committed to ending heart disease health disparities among Black women by:

 

Educating Black women about the different symptoms of heart disease that women experience so that they are more likely to receive timely diagnosis and treatment

 

Developing a Patient Advocacy Toolkit which is designed to assist Black women in navigating health care settings and seeks to empower people and their family members and friends to take control of their health care

 

Adopting a social determinants of health approach to eliminating health disparities which helps us to address many of the factors that contribute to heart disease and other health conditions that Black women face

 

Developing evidence-based curricula and community based programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyle choices in the Black community

 

Connecting Black women to the health care delivery system in order to receive important routine medical care

 

Advocating for health care access for all Americans

 

Promoting preventative and diagnostic screening as an essential benefit in health care reform 

 

Advocating for Black women to receive access to high-technology care to ensure better health outcomes for Black women with heart disease and other conditions

 

 What Black Women Can Do

The development of cardiovascular disease begins at an early age, and so can the foundation for a healthy heart. Fortunately many of the heart disease risk factors can be controlled by making small improvements that can lead to large benefits. For example, losing only 10 to 20 pounds can help lower your heart disease risk.  Other steps to reducing heart disease risk include:

  • Learn the risk factors and the symptoms of heart disease and if you have them, see your doctor.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Eat well-balanced meals that are low in fat and cholesterol and include several daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
  • Engage in at least 30 minutes of a moderate-intensity activity such as brisk walking or another activity that you enjoy such as dancing at least five days a week. If you need to, divide the period into shorter timeframes of at least 10 minutes each.
  • Know your numbers - have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked regularly to ensure that they are in a healthy range.
  • Keep your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol under control. 
BUSINESS BRIEFS 

AARP, one of the world's largest member organizations with more than 37 million members and Black Enterprise, the leading small business resource for African Americans, announced today the launch of the

 Black Enterprise Small Business University. 

 

The four-week, online video course will offer expert advice to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow profitable small businesses.

Pre-registration for the Black Enterprise Small Business University began on Monday, September 23 at Learn More

 

Kicking off on Monday, October 7 with "Crowdfunding and the Future of Small Business," Small Business University, sponsored by AARP, aims to assist entrepreneurs in three different stages of business development: the aspiring start-up, the part-time entrepreneur, and those with an already established enterprise.

Black Enterprise Website 


IT'S ABOUT THE ARTS

 Casting Announced for Paula Vogel's 

A Civil War Christmas at Center Stage e                   Production to be led by all-star creative team including Rebecca Taichman and Liz Lerman

 

This holiday season, Center Stage brings to Baltimore a new holiday classic for the entire family with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas.

Casting has just been announced for this production, led by director Rebecca Taichman and choreographer Liz Lerman.

 

 A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, the third production of Center Stage's 2013-14 Season, spins a musical tale of hope and forgiveness set on Christmas Eve in 1864. Previews begin on November 19 and the show runs through December 22. Center Stage's production brings together an all-star creative team of three leading women in the arts: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, Obie award-winning director Rebecca Taichman, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient choreographer Liz Lerman.

 

"With A Civil War Christmas, Paula has done something truly extraordinary. She's managed to uncover, in the nooks and crannies of history, the common humanity that unites us regardless of gender, class, religion, or race," says Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. "Whether an icon like Lincoln or an infantryman whose name has been lost to history, her characters are written with a level of generosity and integrity that is rare indeed."

 

 "As a long-time observer of the evolution of this play, I echo Kwame's excitement for bringing A Civil War Christmas to our Baltimore audiences," says Managing Director Stephen Richard. "It will be the perfect opportunity for families to come together, celebrate the holiday season, enjoy some spectacular music, and maybe even learn a bit of history."

 

 Among the cast, a familiar face returns to Center Stage with Jeffry Denman, last seen as the Narrator in Into the Woods (2011-12), who takes on the towering figure of Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Denman's many Broadway credits include White Christmas, How to Succeed..., and The Producers.

 

Two local Maryland students will share the role of Jessa, a young girl separated from her mother on this bitterly cold night as they flee to Washington-Baltimore resident Sierra Weems, from Lutherville Laboratory Elementary School, and Owings Mills resident Mackenzie Jarrett, a student at Sudbrook Magnet School for the Arts.

 For the many characters, both historic and fictional, whose lives are intertwined on this cold Christmas night, Center Stage brings together an ensemble cast of regional and Broadway talent: Oberon K.A. Adjepong (Ruined, Philadelphia, Huntington, Yale Rep); Kati Brazda (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Broadway); Tyrone Davis, Jr. (Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, Classical Theatre of Harlem); Andrea Goss (Once, Broadway); Matthew Greer (Cabaret, Broadway); Sekou Laidlow (The Mountaintop, Philadelphia); Tracey Conyer Lee (The Piano Lesson, Delaware Theatre); Nicole Lewis (Hair, Broadway); and A .J. Shively (La Cage Aux Folles, Broadway).

 

A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration by Paula Vogel, directed by Rebecca Taichman, begins previews on Wednesday, November 19. 

 

The show opens officially on Wednesday, November 26, and closes December 22. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased by calling 410.332.0033, or visiting For Ticket Information

 A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration is made possible by Northrop Grumman, with additional support from Miles and Stockbridge.

 

 Center Stage is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges, and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Maryland Public Television is a Media Partner for Center Stage's 2013-14 Season.  

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 Dance of The Holy Ghosts

 

Center Stage of Baltimore, MD is excited to announce casting for Marcus Gardley's Dance of The Holy Ghosts, which begins previews on October 9 and is directed by Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. Leading the cast are veteran stage and screen stars Michael Genet and Denise Burse.


Marcus Gardley's acclaimed play, dance of the holy ghosts, follows the story of Oscar Clifton, a Blues man living through his memories of the past until his estranged grandson Marcus pays a visit. This poetic family drama chronicles their saga through love, regret, and missed opportunities.

 

Denise Burse, best known for the role of Claretha Jenkins on the hit TBS series Tyler Perry's House of Payne, returns to Center Stage, having previously appeared in August Wilson's Radio Golf and Fences. Her numerous other film and TV roles include Preaching to the Choir, Basquiat, and The Sopranos, and she has performed in dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. Ms. Burse plays Viola, Oscar's estranged wife.

 

MONDAY'S  GUESTS

Dr. Damien Brown and his book BAND-AID FOR A BROKEN LEG: Being a Doctor Without Borders (and Other Ways to Stay Single).

 

BAND-AID FOR A BROKEN LEG is Damien's account of his experience working with Doctors Without Borders in Africa. When he volunteered to work with this humanitarian group, he had no idea that upon arrival he would be assigned to an isolated outpost of mud huts, surrounded by landmines. The hospital, for which he was to be the only doctor, is filled with malnourished children and conditions he's never seen; and the health workers-Angolan war veterans twice his age who speak no English-walked out on him following an altercation---all on his first shift. And this was only the beginning.

 

 The medical calamities piled up-including a leopard attack, a landmine explosion, and having to perform surgery using tools cleaned on the fire-but it's through Damien's evolving friendships with the local people that his passion for the work grows. BAND-AID FOR A BROKEN LEG is a moving testimony of the work done by medical humanitarian groups and the extraordinary and sometimes eccentric people who work for them.

 

LIN HART, Author 

 

Lin is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and attended public schools in that city. In 1961 he received a football scholarship to attend Virginia State College. He captained the VSC football team in 1964. Upon graduation in 1965, with a degree in Business Administration, Lin was drafted by the Professional Football Buffalo Bills.

 

In 1966, Lin began his career with AT&T at its Western Electric manufacturing location in Baltimore, MD. He was assigned to the position of Section Chief in the company's staff trainee program. During his 6 years at the location, Lin served in a variety of leadership assignments. His tour in the manufacturing division concluded in 1972 following a successful two-year assignment as Department head of the locations New and Changed Design Group.

 

In 1972, Lin was chosen to serve as a National Alliance of Business Loaned Executive, working in Washington, D.C. He served as a National Program Director, responsible for coordination of NAB College and Youth Programs from 1972-1974. After returning to AT&T in 1974, Lin continued to reach out in support of the work being done by the National Alliance of Business. In 1981, he was invited back to Washington DC to receive a Presidential Commendation from President Carter, in recognition of his continuing service to the program.

In 1974, Lin was selected to attend the company's Executive Training Program in Princeton, NJ. Following completion of the program, he was promoted and was assigned to St. Louis, MO as the head of the Western Electric's Southwest Region Customer Service Organization. In 1980, he was promoted to Regional Manager and assumed responsibility for both

the regions Customer Service and Engineering organizations. In 1984, Lin's area of responsibility was expanded to include the newly established regional sales administrations office.

 

Following the breakup of Bell System in 1985, AT&T renamed "Western Electric" to "AT&T Network Systems" and assigned the company the role of providing equipment sales and support to the Regional Bell Operating Companies. Four regions were created to serve the North, East, South and Western areas of the U.S. Lin was promoted to Regional Director with responsibility for the Western Region, encompassing all AT&T Network Systems Engineering operations west of the Mississippi.

 

In 1986, Lin was chosen to attend Yale University as a Charter Member of Yale's first Executive Management Program. Upon completion of the program, he returned to his Regional Directors assignment in St. Louis

 

 

 

Carla Kaplan is the Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University, where, as the Founding Director of the university's Humanities Center, she created a conversational hub dedicated to diversity. She has held positions at Yale University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Illinois and also teaches writing through arts councils and writers' centers. Kaplan's previous books include Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, the first published collection of a major African American woman's letters.

 

 This melding of biography, cultural history, and correspondence drew on nearly fifty archives and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award, a New York Times Notable Book, a New York magazine "top five" book of the season, a Book-of-the-Month Club pick, and the subject of feature articles in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. She is also the author of The Erotics of Talk: Women's Writing and Feminist Paradigms and the editor of numerous works of African American literature, including Hurston's long-lost book of folklore, Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-Tales From the Gulf States; Nella Larsen's Harlem Renaissance novels Passing and Quicksand, and a lost work of the black experience, Dark Symphony, by Elizabeth Laura Adams, as well as occasional pieces for such publications as The Los Angeles Times and The Nation. She lectures widely on literature and culture.

 

Miss Anne in Harlem draws on Kaplan's thirty years as a white scholar in Black Studies to explore cultural crossovers. Her next book, a biography of Jessica Mitford, the rebellious daughter of eccentric British peers-a woman with a wicked sense of humor who gave up wealth and privilege to become an American activist and, eventually, one of the most important American muckrakers of the twentieth century-will also be published by HarperCollins. Kaplan has received such academic honors as the Robert D. Klein Award, the Mary L. Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Wellesley College, the Fannie Hurst Professorship at Washington University, and others, as well as fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Culture, the NEH, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the National Humanities Center, the Harry Ransom Center, the Beinecke Library, and elsewhere. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Kaplan grew up in Evanston, Illinois, spending summers in Cape Cod and going to camp at Circle Pines Center, one of the nation's first interracial cooperatives; she lives in Boston and Wellfleet, Massachusetts. 

  

Renny Bass, Founder/Owner of the Downtown Cultural Center and North Avenue Shops. 

Renny has spent his career doing for others and working diligently in his community. The belief that someone else will do it isn't in his DNA. 

  

The Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 

 Believes that art and culture are two of the most important sources of content and information in a society program. Our goal is to provide an enriching environment that will allow for our community to learn about art and culture through our various programs and activities. The main objective is for the residents and others to understand and appreciate their own cultural as well as other cultures, and ultimately contribute to cultural development in the community as a whole. We emphasize a multi-cultural approach, as we recognize the importance our children learning to respect and value diversity through the study of other cultures.

We believe that there is a great public need for the art cultural services that we aim to provide to the community.

 

 The community shall benefit from the availability of a wide range art, cultural and instructional programs that are designed for young children, teenagers, adults and seniors. The following shall include but not be limited to programs such as Arts and crafts, dance (tap, ballet, African, modern) music (vocal and instruments) and we shall also be providing aRange of  instructional programs utilizing our state of the art computer lab and class rooms. These shall include but not be limited to intro to Basic computer skills (Children's, Beginners and seniors) Screen writing and videography. We are also collaborating with various business and community organizations in the area.

 

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