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Hogan Orders Study of Minority Participation in Maryland’s Medical Weed Industry

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After the General Assembly opted this session not to pass black lawmakers’ proposed mandates for more minority representation in Maryland’s medical cannabis industry, Gov. Larry Hogan today advanced their effort, directing his administration to conduct a “disparity study” of the regulated sector.

Black Lawmakers Ask to Revisit Marijuana Bill in Special Session in Annapolis

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A day after the 2017 General Assembly session ended, some of the state’s top black lawmakers are calling for one more session to revisit a bill that would expand the number of licenses for legally growing marijuana in Maryland.

JHU Assesses its ‘HopkinsLocal’ Economic Development Initiative: So Far, So Good

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In the wake of the riots following Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of police, Johns Hopkins University committed to investing more in the City of Baltimore through its “HopkinsLocal” program. Today, the school released a report taking stock of how well it did in its first full year. The verdict? Pretty well, so far.

Nonprofit Lends Hand to Harlem Park School Where Teacher Was Filmed Berating Class

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Courtesy National Children’s Social Justice Library/Generosity.com

In response to a viral video of a Harlem Park school teacher using the n-word and screaming at students, a California nonprofit has arranged to provide an infusion of racially conscious books for the school’s library.

Medical Cannabis Commission to Seek Help from Diversity Consultant

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Amid criticism from legislators and at least one legal challenge, Maryland’s medical cannabis panel is planning to hire a consultant to look at whether they can make make their industry licensing process more streamlined toward diversity.

Chart Shows Just How Much Maryland is Slacking on Its Medical Marijuana Rollout

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Laurie Avocado CC BY 2.0

Maryland is on pace to set a record for taking the longest time of any state to get its medical marijuana program up and running.

Johns Hopkins Launches New Faculty Diversity Initiative

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Photo by James VanRennsselaer/homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

More than 84 percent of full-time professors in America’s colleges and universities are white, and 70 percent are men. At Johns Hopkins, the statistics are even more skewed, with more than 86 percent of full-time professors identifying as white, and 77 percent male. A new university initiative aims to address some of these imbalances.

Black and White

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terriUniversity of Baltimore MFA student Terri Steel sees her loving family like any other, even if plenty of people stop and stare.

Other kids called us the Oreo cookie. It was the 1970s and there was no such thing as political correctness. Sheila, Shirley and I enjoyed being the cookie, or at least that’s what I believed. I never considered that perhaps it was because of my position in the shiny white center. Names like Fat Janet and Retarded Betty were common in my neighborhood. One of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons featured Bill Cosby’s voice as the lead; it was called “Fat Albert.”

Celebrating Black Male Identity

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Courtesy of BMore Media – The Black Male Identity Project, originally inspired by the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement, seeks to strengthen black men’s political and economic clout.

Art on Purpose held exhibits and performances at theEubie Blake CenterStevenson University Gallerythe Baltimore Museum of Art,Centerstage and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. The goal of the community-driven project was to challenge negative images of black men. The year-long effort is highlighted in this video, released during Black-History Month.  

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