Letter from the editor-in-chief

Letter from the Editor – Issue 3

The question I asked myself constantly while I was laying the groundwork for Baltimore Beat was: How can I make life better, safer, easier for the next generation — especially the next generation of Black youth in Baltimore City? Research shows that life expectancy is longer for babies born in whiter, wealthier Baltimore neighborhoods, and…

In this issue

Maryland’s obsession with trying children as adults

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…

There’s Just Not Enough Under “Honk for Jesus’” Hood

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 reopening of their megachurch after the former has been embroiled…

Baltimore teen killing highlights need for youth safety

On Friday, September 2, 17-year-old Jeremiah Brogden was approached by another teenager in the parking lot of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in Northeast Baltimore. School had just been dismissed and Brogden was in the parking lot of the school when, according to reports, he and a student from another high school got into a verbal…



Notes from a newspaper archive


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 questions are there, but the answers…

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