Meet Maryam Basir, the Black entrepreneur making her own way in the beauty industry

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, New York-based actor, Maryam Basir, launched her business, Maryam Beauty, less than a month before SAG-AFTRA went on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP)—effectively halting her TV and film work.  Although Basir said acting was something that found her, she always had aspirations


Should You Delay Your Child Starting Kindergarten?

Delaying the start of kindergarten has proven short-term benefits. But is it harmful in the long run? by Maya Pottiger. August 29, 2023 As the 2023-2024 school year starts across the country, not all kindergarten-aged children will be starting their academic careers. This is due to academic redshirting.  Redshirting is a common practice in college sports


UNCF to host fundraising gala Sept. 9

By AFRO Staff The United Negro College Fund is bringing one of its famed masked balls to Baltimore, partnering with Mayor Brandon Scott to present the event on Sept. 9, 2023, at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor. The inaugural UNCF Baltimore Mayor’s Masked Ball, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., is


Residents propose new Charm City Circulator ‘Brown Route’ to address neglected Black communities

By Tashi McQueenAFRO Political Writer And Khira MooreAFRO Intern The Charm City Circulator has four routes and makes over 100 stops a day, taking tourists and Baltimore residents through the heart of downtown and some of the city’s greatest landmarks. It offers a free alternative for those who don’t have access to private transportation or


Maryland Public Service Commission: residents to decide where regulators are located

By DaQuan Lawrence, AFRO International Writer, After a summer of contested disputes and disagreements between Baltimore citizens and Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) recently ruled that service shut-offs for customers refusing exterior regulators are not justified.  The PSC also approved an arrangement between BGE, a group of affected