AFRAM: Family Fun in a Changing City

Summer Festival Road Trip: The weekend celebration remains a wholesome event in troubled Baltimore.

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Click here for The Root's ultimate summer festival guide, and find out where to eat, sleep and party while you're attending some of the season's hottest events.

Tracy E. Hopkins is a lifestyle and entertainment writer in New York City whose work has appeared in the Associated Press and Essence magazine; she began her career as a reporter at the Baltimore Afro-American.

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