Letter from the editor-in-chief

Letter from the editor – Issue 21

Brandon Soderberg’s piece in this issue, titled “Baltimore’s Crime Numbers Game,” is not an easy read. Through funding provided by the Data-Driven Reporting Project, Soderberg and The Real News Network looked at over three decades of police and crime data, and what he found was disturbing. “The Baltimore Police Department provided The Real News with…


In this issue

OP-ED: Baltimore City’s School Board Processes Need an Update

Millions of Marylanders voted in the 2022 election, electing the state’s first Black governor. Baltimore City had an electoral first, too: the election of two Board of School Commissioners, Ashley Esposito and Kwame Kenyatta-Bey. Prior to this election, Baltimore City had an appointed board for 124 years, the longest of any jurisdiction in Maryland.  Baltimore remains the…

Baltimore Music Right Now: S.DOT, Cadeem LaMarr, and BethBanger.

For this edition of Baltimore Music Right Now, I interviewed three artists with multilayered musical practices, S.DOT, BethBanger, and Cadeem LaMarr. I spoke with each artist over Zoom about their love for creating music, their origin stories, and their hopes for the future. S.DOT On Saturday, June 17, S.DOT was recognized…

Baltimore’s Crime Numbers Game

For decades, “common wisdom” regarding violence reduction has failed a city that regularly surpasses 300 murders a year and spends the most per capita on policing.

Photostory: AFRAM

AFRAM, which bills itself as one of the largest African American festivals on the East Coast, was held June 17 and 18 at Druid Hill Park. This year’s festival paid homage to Baltimore’s homegrown sound with Baltimore Club Music Day. There were performances from local DJs and…



Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” (2023). Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ provides one last adventure for the pulp icon

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” opens during a flashback to 1944, with a digitally de-aged Harrison Ford being interrogated by Nazis. For a character who has always been something of an anachronism, this prologue feels like a premature spoonful of sugar. It’s as if the film is providing the audience one last glimpse…

July Tarotscopes

Air Signs – Aquarius, Gemini, Libra Seven of Wands rx + Page of Pentacles + King of Wands Cheer up, air signs, because the month of July is ushering in much-needed relief. Most of you have fallen on opposite ends of the spectrum — either feeling stagnant or overwhelmed. Thankfully, the Page of Pentacles brings…

I Asked God for Perfection

I asked God for perfection And he asked “why?” “Perfection is weakness, that stops anytime” I begged for loose long hair That cascaded down my back And a back hairless Connected to long skinny legs I cried for a small nose With a sharp beautiful tip One that would brush against another’s While a smile…


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