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Hyphenated last names reflect evolving gender roles

Feb 26, 2021

Meeting someone with a hyphenated name is more common than ever before. 

After interviewing three students from Morgan State University with hyphenated names, Cherish Eppes-McNeal, Telia Conway-Kenner, and Elijah Jenkins-Bundrige, it was found that many people have the same reason for having multiple last names. 


The three students by the way were all in the same spring semester class of 15 students.


Morgan State Receives $4.6 Million to Award Students in Need

Feb 26, 2021

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Due to federal stimulus bills, Morgan State University will receive $4.6 million in federal funds to distribute directly to students in need. 

Post office to be named after Black suffragist, journalist

Feb 25, 2021

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A post office at in Delaware will be renamed after a Black woman who was an abolitionist, suffragist and newspaper editor in the 19th Century.

The Delaware State News reported Wednesday that the post office in Wilmington will be renamed after Mary Ann Shadd Cary.

Cary was the first Black woman to establish and edit a North American newspaper.

She helped recruit Black soldiers for the Civil War. And she later became a suffragist who helped pass the 14th and 15th amendments.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. Aysha Khoury, a physician educator committed to health equity and the elimination of health disparities joins Dr. Kaye to address viewer-submitted questions and concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Want to hear the entire show? Click here: Teachers push back against schools reopening; U.S. tops 500,000 COVID deaths

Maryland state senators get negative COVID-19 test results

Feb 24, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Senate president says tests for COVID-19 have turned out negative after several state senators missed a day of session as a precaution.

Senate President Bill Ferguson said Wednesday that while several rapid virus tests were positive a day earlier, follow-up PCR tests came back negative.

Six senators missed the Senate's session on Tuesday. Most of them were back on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

Ferguson says any absences were “wholly unrelated to any testing issues.”

States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

Feb 24, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — States are not willing to wait for more federal help and have been moving ahead with their own coronavirus relief packages.

Maryland and California recently approved help for small businesses, the poor, the jobless and those needing child care.

New Mexico and Pennsylvania are funneling grants directly to cash-starved businesses.

The spending shows that many states have proved unexpectedly resilient during the pandemic.

Maryland lawmakers absent after positive rapid virus tests

Feb 23, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Nine Maryland state senators have missed their morning floor session as a precaution after positive rapid tests for the coronavirus.

Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson made the announcement Tuesday at the start of the session.

Thirty-eight senators were present and work continued.

Ferguson says contact tracing has occurred, and they're waiting for more reliable polymerase chain reaction test results Tuesday evening.

Ferguson says once the PCR results are known, they'll be able to make decisions on any changes in operations.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University joins Farajii Muhammad to discuss sacrificial leadership, the United States government and new developments regarding the death of human rights activist Malcom X. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — What does it mean to be Black in America?

Dr. Kaye and callers weigh in:

In the second hour of the show, Senator Ben Cardin joins the conversation to discuss his legislation to ban religious, racial and discriminatory profiling by law enforcement.  

Maryland planning statewide vaccine appointment system

Feb 22, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's acting health secretary says the state will launch an online statewide system next month to pre-register for COVID-19 appointments at mass vaccination sites.

Dennis Schrader told a panel of lawmakers Monday the pre-registration system will enable the state to manage the flow of appointments.

He says it also will better prepare for when vaccine supplies are much more abundant.

Lawmakers on the panel have criticized Maryland's vaccine rollout for not having a centralized way of registering for appointments.

'Obviously a mistake': Cruz returns from Cancun after uproar

Feb 22, 2021

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says his family vacation to Mexico was “obviously a mistake” as he returned stateside following an uproar over his disappearance during a deadly winter storm.

The Republican senator said he began second-guessing the trip since the moment he first got on the plane Wednesday.

Maryland Senate OKs tax credit for immigrants

Feb 22, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has voted to extend a state tax credit for low-income workers to include immigrants, including those in the country illegally, as part of pandemic relief.

The Senate voted 32-15 Friday for the measure.

It now goes to the House. It's a follow-up to a separate relief measure that steers more than $1 billion measure to state residents.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — “It has been horrific…”

Dr. Alicia Moore, Associate Professor of Education at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas joins Dr. Kaye to share her personal experience during the deadly, historic winter storm.


Dr. Kaye also interviews Joshua Evans, an 11-year-old who recently published his first book. Joshua introduces us to his book’s adventurous characters and shares what inspired him to start writing. 

  To listen to the second hour of the show, click the link. 

Website mistakenly allowed people to sign up for vaccine

Feb 22, 2021
Photo taken from Gov. Hogan's Twitter account

BALTIMORE (AP) — A large number of Marylanders had signed up to get the coronavirus vaccine at a sports stadium only to have the appointments canceled.

The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that most people had signed up using an invalid link.

The vaccine appointments had been scheduled to occur at M&T Bank Stadium.

The University of Maryland Medical System said the booking link was made “inadvertently” public.

A teenage Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger during the segregation era in Montgomery, Ala. COURTESY OF CLAUDETTE COLVIN