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Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott's Administration Secures An $18M Deal To Transform Hotels Into Shelters For Unhoused Residents

Mayor Brandon M. Scott is keeping his promise on a commitment he announced three years ago for Baltimore, MD.

Feb 16, 2024

17-Year-Old Kayla Drummond To Be The Youngest Board Member To Vote On Baltimore County's $2.6B Budget

A young student is stepping into leadership. The Baltimore Banner reports that Kayla Drummond, a rising senior at Parkville High School, is set to become the first-ever student school board member to vote on Baltimore County’s $2.6 billion budget. At the beginning of her term, the 17-year-old started receiving training on the budget.

Jul 11, 2023

Couple To Open The First-Ever Youth-Operated Juice Bar In South Baltimore

An upcoming wellness business is providing Baltimore, MD, youth with job opportunities.

May 23, 2023

After 11 Years In Prison, Derrick Faulcon Opened The First Black-Owned Business In Brooklyn Heights

A Black-owned business’ success in one city has transformed to make history in another.

Feb 27, 2023

This Black Founder Sold His Tech Firm For Over 11x The Company's Revenue At The Top Of The Pandemic

LLC Twitter and Instagram will have you believe that the only way to achieve success is through countless work hours and minimal rest and self-care time. The social media gurus would also attempt to convince you that entrepreneurship is this magical, stress-free journey toward economic freedom. That’s not the case. There are many benefits to having a side hustle, grinding until you win, and having the autonomy of business ownership. However, most successful entrepreneurs would tell you that the growth journey isn’t entirely black and white. It is also filled with gray areas, as every business, person, and idea is nuanced. And while LLC Twitter and Instagram provide some false sense of reality through meme culture, some universal truths exist that can help every aspiring business owner thrive. This is where Luke Cooper enters the chat.

Oct 14, 2022

Couple Sues After Their Home's Worth Went From $472K To $750K Due To Removing Any Indication That It Had Black Residents

Sometimes there’s a thin line between work and real life. For one John Hopkins University professor, after teaching lessons to students about redlining, or the act of refusing a loan or insurance to someone because they live in an area deemed to be a “poor financial risk,” he is experiencing housing discrimination himself. Professor Nathan Connolly teaches the history of redlining in America by day. Unfortunately, by night, his own family has become the target of housing discrimination, according to a report from The New York Times. Although the professor and his wife Dr. Shani Mott were optimistic about the value of their home increasing after conducting renovations that totaled in the amount of $35,000, on top of another $5,000 for a new tankless water heater, the couple was met with an underwhelming offer.

Aug 18, 2022

A First-Of-Its-Kind Zero Energy Multifamily Development Is On Its Way To Baltimore

It’s about time the Black community got the affordable housing and spaces needed for us to grow and flourish! In a new announcement made in a press release, The Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity fund shared the details for its $1.1 million equity investment in the Zero Energy North Avenue Affordable Housing project currently located in the “Black Arts District” within West Baltimore’s Penn North neighborhood. The high-impact commercial real estate Opportunity Zone fund was created by Woodforest National Bank and CEI-Boulos Capital Management to change the narrative when it comes to affordable housing. Thanks to the investment, the project to rehabilitate abandoned, historic townhouses will become the first multifamily, zero energy development in the city of Baltimore. It will also be the first mixed-use, zero energy development in the state of Maryland. “This project is a perfect example of using the OZ incentive and CRA investment to help make the vision community members had for...

Nov 17, 2021

Tamar Braxton Reveals Plans For $10M Real Estate Investment In Atlanta & Affordable Housing In Baltimore

Tamar Braxton is taking her talents to real estate! Recently, the songstress shared that the deal on her first real estate investment project was being finalized. Per Atlanta Black Star, the project includes a plot of land located in Atlanta where Braxton says the land is being developed into a multi-million-dollar gated community. “My heart is so full today,” said Braxton via Instagram. “The last few years I felt like I was in a tornado with the whole world watching. But today I’m on a new journey and everything is under construction (new music, new book, new candles, new TV projects, & real estate.) I have so much to be thankful for.” And “thankful” is the correct term as that the “Love and War” singer now has a $10 million investment under her wing. “Today I closed on my first real estate investment project in Atlanta. It’s a 10 million dollar subdivision project and I’m super excited about it,” she wrote in her Instagram post, which displayed an aerial shot of an...

Nov 2, 2021

Al Roker Surprises The Principal Of Digital Harbor High School And Her Students With 1,400 Laptops

Digital Harbor High School — a technology-based magnet school in Baltimore — recently received a special surprise from TODAY’s Al Roker. Following Digital Harbor’s principal — Taiisha Swinton-Buck — being named Maryland’s Principal of the Year for 2021, the students were each gifted brand new Dell laptops and a free year of internet access — thanks to Comcast — TODAY reports. “It means everything to us,” Swinton-Buck told TODAY. “At Digital Harbor High School, we’re focused on technology. Computers kept us connected during the COVID closures, and so we’re so happy that we can continue on trend…We’re going to stay focused!” According to TODAY, Swinton-Buck has led Digital Harbor High School for three years and throughout her tenure has had stellar engagement, support and bonding with the students. She’s inspired not only the students, but also Digital Harbor’s staff. With Swinton-Buck’s influence, the school has seen “record-setting impacts in attendance, grade averages and...

Sep 20, 2021

Morgan State University Alumnus Calvin Tyler Donates $20M, the Largest Gift Received From an HBCU Alum

It’s nothing like giving back to the place where it all started! For Calvin E. Tyler, that place is Morgan State University. The alumnus just donated $20 million to the HBCU making it the school’s largest private donation from a former student in its 154-year-history, according to a press release. As a Morgan State student during the 1960s, Tyler studied business administration. He ultimately switched his career goals due to financial reasons and became one of the first 10 UPS drivers on the east coast. At UPS, Tyler worked his way up through the ranks and eventually became senior vice president of operations prior to his retirement in 1998. In 2002, Tyler and his wife Tina created the “Calvin and Tina Tyler Endowed Scholarship” at Morgan State University with a vision to provide full-tuition to students. The Tylers made a $5 million commitment to the HBCU in 2016, making it the largest private donation in the school’s history at the time. Now, they’ve followed up and made history...

Mar 8, 2021

This Dad Created An Herbal Tea Brand to Help His Son's Struggles With ADHD

Grab a cup because this tea is amazing! Quentin Vennie should be in the running for father of the year after creating a unique tea brand to help his son’s battle with severe ADHD, reports Face2Face Africa. After a neurologist recommended alternatives like meditation and tea to help his son Jayden with his condition, they hopped right on it. However, one thing they weren’t prepared for was him rejecting the tea due to its taste. Instead of giving up and relying solely on what was on the market (which was just a boring green tea), Vennie decided to create a special blend for his son.  After it was a hit in their household, he knew it would be the perfect business venture to help others who may be suffering. “I wanted to create something that was more palatable for him, and once I realized that it actually worked for him, I felt it was necessary to make it accessible to the public,” said Vennie. Not your ordinary cup of tea, this special formula truly helped Jayden defeat his struggles...

Feb 8, 2021

This Photographer Just Launched A Black History Month Capsule Collection With Under Armour

Baltimore-based athletic hub Under Armour has announced the launch of its latest endeavor — a capsule collection alongside homegrown photographer Devin Allen in honor of Black History Month. In an effort to celebrate the strength of Black culture through sports, the UNDR ARMR x DVNLLN collection — which includes youth, adult apparel, and unisex footwear — aims to honor Baltimore’s roots as seen through the lens of Allen and his vision for the city. The collection, described as a love letter to Baltimore, captures Allen’s original photography of the city’s youth athletes as well as its “grit, grime, and spirit of resilience with a minimalist color palette, textures and materials echoing the streets and Allen’s photography,” according to the company. This new collaboration is a huge step for Baltimore and gives the city a chance to have their stories both seen and heard. “I wanted people from places like Baltimore, Oakland, Chicago, and Detroit to be proud of their cities,” said Allen...

Jan 29, 2021

Meet Kristal Hansley, the First Black Woman to Own A Solar Energy Company

Meet Kristal Hansley, the first-ever Black woman to own a community solar energy company! According to Black Business , Hansley, founder of WeSolar and an advocate for the use of solar power, knows how solar energy has helped thousands of low-to-moderate income families save on their electricity expenses. She says this is what motivated her to get her company established that is “dedicated to specifically opening community solar farms in neighborhoods like Baltimore.” While she focuses on neighborhoods in Baltimore, she specifically wants to help families in underserved areas save on their utility bills. “During my time leading the Community Affairs policy at Congresswoman Eleanor Norton’s office, Maryland passed new laws to increase the use of solar energy across the state. I saw how effectively solar could reduce the cost of electricity for households, and decided to get involved in the emerging world of community solar,” Hansley told Black Enterprise . Her aim as the first Black...

Sep 21, 2020

The Malware Hackers Used To Target Baltimore Was Created By The NSA

Over the past month, Baltimore has faced repeated cyber attacks that have shut down the city’s email and systems allowing residents to pay water bills, purchase homes, and more . Now, a report by The New York Times has revealed that the malware used to attack Baltimore was created by the National Security Agency (N.S.A.). Security experts told the New York Times that attackers were using a tool called EternalBlue. Essentially, EternalBlue works by targeting a vulnerability in some versions of Microsoft’s Windows XP and Vista systems, The Verge reported . This lets external parties use remote commands on their targets. In 2017, the N.S.A. lost control of EternalBlue after it was leaked by a hacking group called ShadowBrokers . The tool has been used around the world, including in attacks against Ukrainian banks and infrastructure in June 2017. Baltimore was originally attacked on May 7. City workers found that their screens were suddenly locked. The hackers demanded almost $100,000...

May 28, 2019

Report: Washington, D.C. is the Top City For Women in Tech

According to a report by SmartAsset, Washington, D.C. is the best city for women in tech. Surrounding cities including Baltimore and Arlington, V.A. also earned places on the list, taking the second and fifth spots. SmartAsset looked at data for cities that have at least 200,000 residents, the percentage of women tech workers in those cities,  the average gender pay gaps,  and the averages in income after housing to determine which cities were the best. Philadelphia and Houston were named the third and fourth best places for female tech workers. Photo: SmartAsset Washington, D.C. holds the top spot because of the number of women who work in the city’s tech scene and their relatively small gender pay gap. According to the report, women make up nearly 39 percent of the tech workforce in D.C. and are paid 95 percent of what men are. Washington, D.C. and its surrounding cities have had steady growth in the tech industry. Amazon’s move to Crystal City in Arlington is expected to create...

Feb 27, 2019