Letter from the editor-in-chief

Letter from the Editor

This issue of Baltimore Beat marks a new phase in a project that began six years ago. Back in November 2017, I began Baltimore Beat to continue the work of the now-defunct Baltimore City Paper. With me, were now-Director of Operations Brandon Soderberg and then-Arts Editor Maura Callahan. We wanted to tell stories that reflected…

In this issue

Black Neighborhoods Matter

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.

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. 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 wonder. At the same time, the work unravels the…

Daniel Kaluuya in Jordan Peele’s “Nope” / Photo courtesy Universal Pictures

Jordan Peele’s “Nope”: You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Screen 

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 ambitious than his debut and even more harrowing…

“Dandelion” by Brooke Bourne

Did you know that I am a dandelion?  My hair grows like a wildflower and is hard to tame  Don’t touch my hair. To me, it’s a prized possession. With it, I’m like a lion with its mane I’m very hard to get rid of, like a beautiful nightmare I am powered by the sun.…


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