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Melinated House of Beauty

Getting quality beauty supplies hasn’t always been easy for Dinee Russell, a long-time resident of the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore City. She frequently had to travel to big box stores outside of the city to buy shampoo, conditioner, edge control, and other products formulated for her hair texture. And some of those stores don’t carry…


How Blank Slate is revitalizing Baltimore

Alex Aaron always knew he would go into real estate. Growing up in Virginia, his father showed him how to manage the family’s investment properties; as a teenager, he opted for a summer job as an administrative assistant at a real estate firm. Being immersed in the trade from an early age led Alex to…

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BCL helps ReBUILD Metro create opportunities in East Baltimore

In 2002, tragedy struck the Oliver neighborhood of East Baltimore when seven members of the Dawson family were killed in their home by a firebomb thrown by someone seeking revenge for one of the family members, a beloved neighbor and activist, reporting drug activity to the police. That was the last straw for local church…