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Episode Two: Eddie-AFRO!

A history of the AFRO-American Newspapers. From Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City. An audio documentary series on WEAA-FM.
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GOP news that former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are suspending their campaigns for the GOP nomination.
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First Edition Feb 10: NH Primary Recap; Fiorina and Christie Suspend Campaigns

First Edition host Sean Yoes recaps the New Hampshire Primary, and the breaking GOP news that former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are suspending their campaigns for the GOP nomination.
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A 20-year-old Eagan, Minn., man could become the second person to enter the country's only jihadi rehab program.

Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State, and while he awaits sentencing, three sources familiar with the case tell NPR that he is likely to join a defendant named Abdullahi Yusuf in the emerging de-radicalization program in the Twin Cities.

Ready for a quick game of true or false?

In 1987 Donald Trump wrote a business advice book called The Art of the Deal. [TRUE]

That book was a best-seller. [TRUE]

Trump made a TV movie based on the book that was supposed to air but didn't because a football game went into overtime. Years later, director Ron Howard found the movie at a yard sale in Phoenix. [FALSE]

Marvel's new superhero movie Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds, a fact that, up to now, would likely not have been considered much of a selling point. This is not, after all, Reynolds' first stint as a superhero. There was that catastrophic Green Lantern movie, his animated supersnail in Turbo, and he played this character very briefly in what's arguably the least of the X-Men movies.

Touched With Fire has one of the most audacious dedication screens in recent years. Against a backdrop of Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night, a running crawl decrees the film has been made on behalf of the most influential artists of the past several centuries, everyone from Emily Dickinson to Pyotr Tchaikovsky to Virginia Woolf.

Chinese writer-director Jia Zhangke's films are grounded in the reality of his frigid, coal-dusted hometown, Fenyang. But that doesn't mean he's a realist. His complex latest film, Mountains May Depart, begins in Fenyang in 1999 as a stylized romantic melodrama and ends, two chapters later, in a place that's not yet actual: Australia in 2025.

In one of several lovely grace notes in Glassland, a domestic drama from Irish writer-director Gerard Barrett, a handsome young man hands his pretty mother a glass of white wine. They clink, they chug, he watches fondly as she dances alone, they slow-dance together. The sequence is touching rather than erotic, and it repeats later in the film with another kind of poignancy.

Released just two weeks after 9/11—which prompted Roger Ebert, in a one-star review, to offer it as a reason why Americans are hated in some parts of the world (he later apologized)—Ben Stiller's Zoolander found a country in no mood to laugh at its whimsical send-up of fashion-world excess.

A 10-piece funk band from Houston, Texas has been on a lot of "musicians to watch" lists lately: Horns, guitars, percussion, keys, all led by the sultry, smoky, soaring vocals of Kam Franklin. Up until a year ago, the members of The Suffers had pretty normal lives.

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Hollywood producer Ross Putman says he's read thousands of scripts during his time working in the film industry in Los Angeles, and over the years, he began to find one pattern particularly problematic: the way female characters are introduced.

Here's a sampling: leggy, attractive, blonde, beautiful, hot, gorgeous, pretty, sexy.

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Thursday Morning Jam Sessions: Marcus Anderson

Listen to saxophonist Marcus Anderson on the Baltimore Blend. Anderson is a member of Prince's New Power Generation, and definitely a musician to keep your eye on.
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Thursday Morning Jam Sessions: Coniece Washington

The Baltimore Blend Brings you the classy, sultry vocal stylings of recording artist Coniece Washington.
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February CD: Mack Ave SuperBand, Live from the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival

If you aren’t aware, in Detroit every year during labor day weekend, the world’s largest open-air free jazz festival takes place. It’s the Detroit International Jazz Festival and man, what a great time it is to gather with people from all over the globe who are equally excited about a weekend full of music featuring some of the most incredible talent in the world.
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Michael Austin, of In This Together.
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February Community Cares Partner: In This Together

The Community Cares Partner for February is In This Together, created by Michael Austin two years ago after a trip to South Africa to put together a Talent Show. Austin noticed how the community got together to help the street youth have something else to do to stay out of trouble. When he came back to the states he decided to create In this Together to give youth of Baltimore a chance to do something that would keep them from having criminal records or getting in trouble. The program meets...
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Jazz Master of the Month: Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln, born Anna Marie Wooldridge, is one of the most fearless and uncompromising singers of our era. Singing in a style of both bold projection and expressive restraint, critics often compare her to Billie Holiday. Lincoln’s career ranged from acting in Hollywood films, to outspoken civil rights advocacy in the 1960’s.
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