Issue 09

Letter from the editor-in-chief

Letter from the Editor – Issue 9

In this issue, in anticipation of the coming new year, we asked some people around Baltimore: what are you carrying with you into the future? Here is my answer: A few weeks ago, I went to Howard University in Washington, D.C., to attend a celebration to mark the opening of the school’s Center for Journalism…


In this issue

Baltimore Beat’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

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 time for recalibration, but also a chance…

Baltimorians tell us what they are taking with them to the future

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…

Photos from a walk through Baltimore’s Christmas Village

So much of what I love about Christmas is the spectacle, tradition, and ritual. As an adult, my love for the holiday has grown. I’m especially fond of Black Christmas movies and the Yuletide escapism they offer. In case you were unaware, a place exists to vacate your everyday life and fully immerse yourself in…

Community Resources

Baltimore Beat’s collection of resources for Baltimore City residents. This new Baltimore Beat feature aims to help the community with resources and support they may not know are available. Please share this information, including with those who may not be able to access it from the web.…

Around Baltimore: 300 homicides and another food desert in Baltimore

Baltimore again reaches 300 homicides  Just before Thanksgiving, Mayor Brandon Scott announced that Baltimore officially reached its 300th homicide of 2022. This is the seventh year that we have hit this tragic benchmark.  Scott released a statement blaming the deaths on the high number of illegal guns coming into Baltimore from other places. However, that’s…



Bill Murray as Frank Cross in “Scrooged” (1988). Courtesy of Paramount Movies.

It’s time to revisit “Scrooged,” a chaotic and timely Christmas carol

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 have there been so few other contemporary adaptations of this classic…

Iya Osundara Ogunsina. Photo by Schaun Champion.

December and January Tarotscopes

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 are…

Thousands of Dreams

Maybe there is something I am going to tell you, it is something that makes you feel so real in your mind and…  tell me if you are who you want to be,  there are a thousand colorful dreams, there are no better or worse…. there is only a country of love and harmony, there…

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