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"My story begins after my end"
12/31/2022
Dream of sky - opening poem

"My story begins after my end"

Did you know that there are entire worlds in the clouds?Where the children are made of stardust and their ancient ancestors still guide them. I visited onceI gained wings and traveled through their lifeTheir kingdoms.However It was only a taste of what they had to offer because only through death co...

"Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition is carrying myriad ways of being human into the future. We are consistently moving t...
12/31/2022
Baltimorians tell us what they are taking with them to the future

"Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition is carrying myriad ways of being human into the future. We are consistently moving towards intentional, loving, creative communities absent of the oppressive drug war."

Things feel hard right now. The pandemic is not over — it is still taking lives and leaving people, young and old, with long-term illnesses. Prices for food and gas are still high. As I write this, the city reached the benchmark of 300 lives lost to crime. Still, the holiday season is upon us […...

Daniels heads up the Black Girls Vote Research Network, which brings together researchers and community members, to help...
12/30/2022
Black Girls Vote works to empower more Black women

Daniels heads up the Black Girls Vote Research Network, which brings together researchers and community members, to help support the political empowerment of Black Women.

Ashley Daniels, of Black Girls Vote, uses her work to better understand how power works, or doesn’t, for Black women. Black Girls Vote is a nonpartisan group dedicated to highlighting the political needs of Black women – a group that is often very much relied on and neglected at the same time. B...

Take what resonates and leave the rest.
12/30/2022
December and January Tarotscopes

Take what resonates and leave the rest.

Air Signs: Aquarius, Gemini, Libra Seven of Wands + Ten of Wands + The Magician rx In 2022, some of you were thrust into the limelight. This may mean you received a promotion, saw an increase of work responsibilities, or were positioned as a leader or expert in your field. Whatever the case, there a...

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12/29/2022
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Mervo was about to begin its defense of a state title captured nine months prior, and the game would be the first time M...
12/29/2022
Picking Up the Pieces: A Baltimore high school football team learns from loss

Mervo was about to begin its defense of a state title captured nine months prior, and the game would be the first time Mervo head coach Pat Nixon got to see just how much talent he truly had.

The last time Sterling Thomas saw his teammate Jeremiah Brogden alive was in the hallway at Mergenthaler Vocational High School just before the football team’s first game of the season on September 2. The two varsity players met briefly, when Thomas was on his way to the multipurpose room at Merge...

In Baltimore, Des Moines and Minneapolis, publications are reviving an old and important form of journalism.
12/28/2022
We’re not done with alt-weeklies - Poynter

In Baltimore, Des Moines and Minneapolis, publications are reviving an old and important form of journalism.

In Baltimore, Des Moines and Minneapolis, publications are reviving an old and important form of journalism

NoPiXAfterDark was officially launched as an audio podcast in 2019.
12/28/2022
Highlighting voices of the unheard

NoPiXAfterDark was officially launched as an audio podcast in 2019.

Aaron Dante has created a platform to highlight voices both in Baltimore and beyond. But while he is interested in reaching audiences elsewhere, his anchor and roots are here in the city, in Baltimore. He says his work is about making sure that misconceptions about this place are dispelled. Whether....

Neopol Savory Smokery specializes in smoked meats and sides. You may have seen their smoked mussels and lobster rolls at...
12/27/2022
Talking family, food, and customer service with the folks at Neopol

Neopol Savory Smokery specializes in smoked meats and sides. You may have seen their smoked mussels and lobster rolls at a local farmers market.

The Neopol Savory Smokery location on Hollins Street was buzzing with activity when we shot the photos for this story. I noticed several hospital staff stopping in to buy lunch, along with other people who were also at the hospital to visit relatives. Neopol staff made it a point to take time to spe...

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12/27/2022
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12/26/2022
Community Resources

This Baltimore Beat feature aims to help the community with resources and support they may not know are available.

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From 1910 to 1970, more than six million Black Americans fled the American South to escape racist violence and the socia...
12/26/2022
The story of the Great Migration comes to the Baltimore Museum of Art

From 1910 to 1970, more than six million Black Americans fled the American South to escape racist violence and the social, cultural, and economic oppression of Jim Crow.

A Movement In Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration features the work of Akea Brionne, Mark Bradford, Zoë Charlton, Larry W. Cook, Torkwase Dyson, Theaster Gates Jr., Allison Janae Hamilton, Leslie Hewitt, Steffani Jemison, Robert Pruitt, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, and Carrie Mae Weems. The...

As a child, “Scrooged” was one of film critic Dominic Griffin's favorite Christmas movies.
12/25/2022
It’s time to revisit “Scrooged,” a chaotic and timely Christmas carol

As a child, “Scrooged” was one of film critic Dominic Griffin's favorite Christmas movies.

In 1988, four years removed from his greatest failure (an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s “The Razor’s Edge”), comedy giant Bill Murray brought Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” kicking and screaming into the modern era with “Scrooged.” But in the 30-plus years since, why ha...

Family holiday photos from our readers
12/24/2022
Holiday cards from Baltimore Beat readers

Family holiday photos from our readers

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Make sure to check our gift guide before you finish up your last minute shopping
12/23/2022
Baltimore Beat’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Make sure to check our gift guide before you finish up your last minute shopping

This year has been one full of both triumphs and challenges. I still haven’t gotten the hang of this hazy pandemic hellscape. I still haven’t mastered the elusive “work-life balance,” but I’m very grateful to be living and working at this paper, in this city. December always serves as a ti...

Since the pandemic began, politicians and judges have decided whose lives and whose health mattered.
12/22/2022
Baltimore Courts dangerous COVID-19 policies

Since the pandemic began, politicians and judges have decided whose lives and whose health mattered.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to rapidly spread and shut down civic life across the country in March 2020, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Ellen Barbera released judicial guidelines as a response. This story also appeared in Baltimore Courtwatch Since the pandemic began, politicians and jud...

Black cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in their finest, competed for prizes and gathered to maintain, honor, and reclaim Bl...
12/22/2022
Black Cowboys Bring Western Styles To Maryland

Black cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in their finest, competed for prizes and gathered to maintain, honor, and reclaim Black western culture.

Bill Pickett, born in 1870 in Travis County, Texas, is perhaps the most famous Black cowboy and was one of the first Black cowhands in rodeo. He was the inventor of “bulldogging.” This technique of rodeo steer wrestling — grabbing a steer by the horns and twisting its neck — became popular, ...

BLKVAPOR’s EP, VAPORISING, is a three-song meditation on  intentionality, community, care, love—and dread.
12/21/2022
Black Lightning In a Bottle

BLKVAPOR’s EP, VAPORISING, is a three-song meditation on intentionality, community, care, love—and dread.

Seeing and hearing BLKVAPOR is the best way to fully understand the q***r punk band’s mission and message. “If you haven’t seen BLKVAPOR live, you really should. Especially if you are a q***r person or a woman in the hardcore or punk scene,” vocalist/bassist Jamie “Proxy” Grace told me. ...

A poem from Writers in Baltimore Schools participant Madison Hall.
12/20/2022
“Epidemic”

A poem from Writers in Baltimore Schools participant Madison Hall.

“Epidemic” Notes from a newspaper archive Existing. They’re here, but why? Teenagers with their bottles of window cleaner. I have so many questions leafing through old yellowed clips and standing shoulder to shoulder in a warm room. It feels like history, but the pieces are missing— the ques...

Under normal conditions, the district is able to deal with this annual migration by finding teacher applicants, intervie...
12/20/2022
Baltimore Can’t Fill Teacher Vacancies, Kids Suffer

Under normal conditions, the district is able to deal with this annual migration by finding teacher applicants, interviewing them, and filling the vacancies.

It’s an annual tradition in Baltimore. Each summer, the district hemorrhages hundreds of teachers and scrambles to fill vacancies, just before welcoming more than 77,000 children back to school in late August. “Baltimore is a high turnover district,” Cristina Duncan Evans, teacher chapter chai...

No one should be punished for defending themselves against domestic violence.
12/19/2022
Criminalizing Survival

No one should be punished for defending themselves against domestic violence.

No one should be punished for defending themselves against domestic violence. This story also appeared in Baltimore Courtwatch And yet, across the United States, it is the horrific practice of prosecutors to criminalize survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence for self-defense. According to...

Mason’s most arresting pieces are large, layered collages that are mounted on a few of the museum’s walls.
12/19/2022
Charles Mason III talks growth, change, and dumpster diving

Mason’s most arresting pieces are large, layered collages that are mounted on a few of the museum’s walls.

There’s no part of growing that isn’t retracing your steps. It’s a complicated, one-step-forward-two-steps-back process that, while frustrating, eventually helps grow you into a different version of yourself. In late August, artist Charles Mason III talked about this process and how it is infl...

Reports of the death of alt-weeklies have been greatly exaggerated.
12/18/2022
We’re not done with alt-weeklies - Poynter

Reports of the death of alt-weeklies have been greatly exaggerated.

In Baltimore, Des Moines and Minneapolis, publications are reviving an old and important form of journalism

The 2022 Janet & Walter Sondheim Arts Prize winner James Williams II creates sculptural paintings about identity, self-p...
12/18/2022
Prize-Winning and Absurdly Beautiful

The 2022 Janet & Walter Sondheim Arts Prize winner James Williams II creates sculptural paintings about identity, self-portraiture, parenthood, and Blackness.

The 2022 Janet & Walter Sondheim Arts Prize winner James Williams II creates sculptural paintings about identity, self-portraiture, parenthood, and Blackness. His three-dimensional works vary in size and in media (oil paint, fiber, video, a lot of velcro) and all elicit a sense of naïveté and wond...

When rapper Brian Ennals and multi- instrumentalist and producer Tariq “Infinity Knives” Ravelomanana took the stage at ...
12/17/2022
The Melancholy Boogie

When rapper Brian Ennals and multi- instrumentalist and producer Tariq “Infinity Knives” Ravelomanana took the stage at hybrid performance and visual arts space Metro Gallery, the duo blended genre to their musical whims.

At the beginning of director Shirley Clarke’s 1985 documentary Ornette: Made in America, free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman returns to his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, to receive a key to the city. The film rolls out in nonlinear fragments revolving around Coleman’s performance at the Fort ...

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12/17/2022
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"Nope" is a stunning achievement in visual storytelling.
12/16/2022
Jordan Peele's "Nope": You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Screen

"Nope" is a stunning achievement in visual storytelling.

At a time where there are only two other directors in Hollywood who can get original, non-superhero movie-related ideas greenlit (1), director Jordan Peele has doubled down on the success of his back-to-back “social horror” thrillers Get Out and Us with a new film that’s more ferociously ambit...

Housing in Baltimore is a numbers game.
12/16/2022
Baltimore's math equation: housing in the city is a numbers game

Housing in Baltimore is a numbers game.

Baltimore has a math problem. And it’s not just how much money it spends on its police budget. With more than 14,000 vacant homes — and that’s the official city count, housing advocates estimate the number of vacant houses at closer to 40,000 — investing in a home in the city can be a dicey ...

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12/15/2022
Community Resources

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Resources to help the community of Baltimore City. Including housing, health, food, and financial support.

In the incident in the Harbor, video shows a group of children being moved on by a man wielding a bat, and kids respondi...
12/15/2022
Maryland’s obsession with trying children as adults

In the incident in the Harbor, video shows a group of children being moved on by a man wielding a bat, and kids responding to a conflict where tempers ran hot.

Marilyn Mosby came back with the charges in short order. It had been a week since Timothy Reynolds, a 48-year-old white man, was shot and killed after confronting a group of squeegee kids while wielding a bat. And, within a few hours of his arrest, the 15-year-old Black boy accused of gunning down R...

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12/15/2022
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Poppleton's Sonia Eaddy fought City Hall and a New York developer—and won.
12/14/2022
Black Neighborhoods Matter

Poppleton's Sonia Eaddy fought City Hall and a New York developer—and won.

For the Eaddys, their home, located in the Poppleton neighborhood, means roots—a place that family can go. Sonia Eaddy said that her grandson, who just got out of school, is staying with her now, in this four-bedroom home tucked into a quiet corner of West Baltimore.

Rewind: Early on in “Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.”, the feature debut from writer/director Adamma Ebo, there is a mom...
12/14/2022
There's Just Not Enough Under "Honk for Jesus'" Hood

Rewind: Early on in “Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.”, the feature debut from writer/director Adamma Ebo, there is a moment that perfectly encapsulates the film’s entire deal.

Early on in “Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.”, the feature debut from writer/director Adamma Ebo, there is a moment that perfectly encapsulates the film’s entire deal. Disgraced pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown) and his wife Trinitie (Regina Hall) are preparing for the grand reopeni...

Rewind: In Baltimore, where dance music and Black club culture are so important, events like Collective Minds are a chan...
12/14/2022
Scenes from this year's Collective Minds festival

Rewind: In Baltimore, where dance music and Black club culture are so important, events like Collective Minds are a chance to celebrate.

The Collective Minds Festival is a celebration of house music. In Baltimore, where dance music and Black club culture are so important, events like Collective Minds are a chance to celebrate. It’s always free and open to dancers of all ages. This year it was held on September 3 at Pearlstone Retre...

Rewind: In Baltimore, Des Moines and Minneapolis, publications are reviving an old and important form of journalism. Fro...
12/13/2022
We’re not done with alt-weeklies - Poynter

Rewind: In Baltimore, Des Moines and Minneapolis, publications are reviving an old and important form of journalism. From Poynter.

In Baltimore, Des Moines and Minneapolis, publications are reviving an old and important form of journalism

Air signs: In 2022, some of you were thrust into the limelight. This may mean you received a promotion, saw an increase ...
12/10/2022
December and January Tarotscopes

Air signs: In 2022, some of you were thrust into the limelight. This may mean you received a promotion, saw an increase of work responsibilities, or were positioned as a leader or expert in your field.

Air Signs: Aquarius, Gemini, Libra Seven of Wands + Ten of Wands + The Magician rx In 2022, some of you were thrust into the limelight. This may mean you received a promotion, saw an increase of work responsibilities, or were positioned as a leader or expert in your field. Whatever the case, there a...

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We will be in Baltimore for court support for Jonathan Wall's trial next week! If you believe cannabis should not be a schedule one drug, then we urge you to join us in support of this case! HELP END PROHIBITION
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Hello, friends and neighbors! We've missed you! We've been working hard to move our shows online and make them accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing. We've partnered with the NC Aquarium to show some live animals as well. We are a non-profit hoping to again partner with schools, parks and museums but we're just starting out online and have a lot ahead of us. If you can't attend, please spread the word. It would mean a lot to our small team and to accessibility in general. Happy to answer any questions. Watch for more events posted in the future. Thanks and have a fantastic day. https://fb.watch/3aUZAlWQle/
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RACISM is rampant in the United States, why must it be in the NFL!

Dear Mr. Snyder,

Shakespeare in a play once wrote " What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet".

Names mean many things to many people. A name that you can trust, a name that is important for it describes and represents who we are. Yet, a John Kennedy, a Martin Luther King, a Barack Obama, or a Dan Snyder, did not attain fame due to their names, but only due to the greatness that they possessed.

This why I am writing to you, to let you know that I and others can understand how strongly you feel about the name, but we also understand that what one sees in a name, another may view it totally differently.

To a great grandchild who family fought on the southern side of the Civil War, the Confederate flag may seem very honorable. Yet, for one who family fought and died on the other side, or who descendants were slaves, we must realize that this flag to them does not represent the same thing.

I can understand with you being White and Jewish that the name REDSKIN or the N-WORD is not offensive to you. Many people like you did not see anything wrong with segregation, Jim Crow, or even Slavery because it did not affect them.

What I am trying to say to you is simply this. What a wise Native American once said, you may have known me for many years, but you can never know me unless you have walked a mile in my moccasins. As black people today would say, it is a black thing, you would not understand. The truth is, if you are not Black or Native American, then you do not understand. Cause to understand how I feel or how things upset me, you can only do that if you are me.

As we grow older, we must realize that in time all things change. There was a time when you could call a Black man the N-word and all he could do was to bow down and say Yes Sir! The question that we must sit down and ask ourselves is simply this, is it worth all the controversy and future controversy not to make a change that we all know will someday eventually come.

Do we not already have enough to separate us in this country, questionable police shootings of unarmed Black men, Jewish and Black churches being attacked. People shooting up malls, concerts and even schools due to outright hatred and racism. Shooting people in the streets simply because they do not want them in this country. I am sure just like you who see nothing wrong with your views on this name. They probably see nothing wrong with their actions as well.

Therefore, I ask you to be a trailblazer and instead of condoning this racism, be the one to finally put an end to it. One who set aside his own opinion for the betterment of the team and the NFL. Who decided to change the name not only for the good of all sports, but for the good of all of America?

DICTIONARY.COM-
REDSKIN – [Red-skin] Noun, A disparaging offensive contemptuous term refer to a North American Indian.
N-WORD – Noun, A disparaging offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.

REDSKIN- just like deerskin, rabbit skin, etc. Native Americans were lynched and skin like animals. They hung their bodies up in trees to try to scare Native Americans off their lands. The same way they lynched and cut off Black’s ge****ls to scare them. I hope that you and the fans of this team will agree that it is time to change that name.

In closing my friend, let me just say. Would a rose not smell just as sweet, if it was to be called another name?

Sincerely
Gregory St. James Mundy

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Over the past week, communities across the country have risen up with protests and actions happening in all fifty states. While George Floyd is not the first person killed by police, what happened in Minneapolis seems to be a tipping point for those tired of witnessing injustice time and again.

"Civil Unrest and the Fight for Justice" will look at what this current wave of protests mean, how the media is covering these incidents, the attacks on press and civilians who are exercising their First Amendment rights, and how the rhetoric of criminality comes from our elected leaders including the President.

Speakers include Tiffany Roberts from Southern Center for Human Rights, Maha Hilal from Justice for Muslims Collective , Nora Benavidez from PEN America, Lisa McCray editor of the Baltimore Beat and moderated by Anoa Changa from Prism.
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WBAL TV "Baltimore City students call on Comcast to provide free internet through fall"
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The Real News Network "Comcast Ignores Calls to Improve Internet Access During Pandemic" https://therealnews.com/columns/comcast-ignores-calls-to-improve-internet-access-during-pandemic

The Baltimore Sun "Baltimore council members, advocates push for expanded internet access for low-income residents"
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FOX45 News "DIGITAL DIVIDE: Local leaders for better internet for Baltimore students"
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Baltimore Brew pressed to do more for student digital equity
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WJZ CBS 13 "Baltimore City Leaders Call On Comcast To Increase Internet Options For Low-Income Students Amid Coronavirus Pandemic"
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Baltimore Beat "Baltimore City Students Demand Comcast Increase Internet Speed During Pandemic"
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WEAA - 88.9 FM: The Voice of the Community "Baltimore City Council members, students call for equity in digital divide" https://www.weaa.org/post/baltimore-city-council-members-students-call-equity-digital-divide#stream/0

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Next up in our series of Blueprint for Baltimore City Council President Candidate interviews is Jovani Patterson, the only Republican in the race, interviewed by Lisa Snowden-McCray of the Baltimore Beat and The Real News Network.

To see all the interviews in the series, go to https://www.osibaltimore.org/blueprint-for-baltimore-city-council-pres-candidate/
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