Issue 11

Letter from the editor-in-chief

Letter from the editor – Issue 11

As we prepared this issue for press, Maryland’s first Black governor, Wes Moore, was inaugurated. I knew that this was something I’d have to see for myself, and so I drove to Annapolis along with Schaun Champion, Baltimore Beat’s director of photography, to check it out. It was hard not to be swept up in…


In this issue

Baltimore Student Union members want to speak for themselves

Unionization efforts became one of the biggest stories of 2022. Chris Smalls led Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York, as they successfully fought to form the global corporation’s first union; railroad workers went on strike against the railroad industry due to a lack of paid sick leave; and according to a Gallup poll, our approval…

How do you solve homelessness?

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Point-in-Time count is one of the few ways our government tallies how many people in communities around the United States are experiencing homelessness. Kevin Lindamood, president and CEO of Healthcare for the Homeless, says the problem is much more complex – and…

A Tribute to Irving Henry Webster Phillips Jr.

Irving Henry Webster Phillips Jr., the Baltimore Sun’s first Black news photographer, died December 22 at the age of 79. The images Phillips leaves behind capture Black life in Baltimore in its multiplicity. They are remarkably prescient, vibrant, dynamic, and joyful: children laughing and playing, a painted…

Community Resources

This Baltimore Beat section aims to help the community with resources and support they may not know are available. We ask people to share this information with anyone they know that could find it helpful. Baltimore Beat would like its readers to know that you will find…



Iya Osundara Ogunsina. Photo by Schaun Champion.

February Tarotscopes

Air Signs – Aquarius, Gemini, Libra Six of Cups rx, Five of Pentacles rx, Three of Wands It is easy to miss the light at the end of the tunnel if you keep looking over your shoulder. How can you catch the blessings this year has in store if you’re not facing front? It’s OK…

Andrea Riseborough as Leslie Rowlands in “To Leslie” Courtesy of Momentum Pictures.

Here’s “To Leslie,” an out-of-nowhere, unlikely Oscar contender.

For a variety of sociocultural reasons, year over year, the average moviegoer seems to be increasingly oblivious to the films that get nominated for the Academy Awards. There was once ample room in the marketplace for prestige dramas to be both critically celebrated and commercially viable enough to be on the radar of everyday folks…

Loose Fingers

there is citrus in my ears can someone get it out These thoughts don’t know how to space themselves i look for life in the slack moments separating hypothermia Breath is sunburn against my lungs, titanium on glass, but i can’t break the rhythm of it The bedsheets snarl on my skin but won’t swallow…

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