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Brady matters

In 1958, a Maryland man named John Brady was arrested and charged with murder in the killing of Williams Brooks. Brady maintained he didn’t kill Brooks, but he had helped another man, Charles Boblit, steal Brooks’ car for a planned bank heist. Boblit actually confessed to the murder. He told the authorities that killing Brooks […]

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Water crisis

For politicians at Baltimore City Hall, the complaints were about messaging — whether or not people were informed quickly enough about the E. Coli contamination and the boil water order that went into effect September 5 as a result. It was, in the minds of many of those people, a public relations fiasco. In West […]

Posted inArt & Culture

“Epidemic”

“Epidemic”

Notes from a newspaper archive

Existing.

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 are

mixing with soapy water, tossed out at the end of the day.

The nightly news says one thing:

patrols try to deter aggressive panhandling,

Posted inArt & Culture

Charles Mason III talks growth, change, and dumpster diving

There’s no part of growing that isn’t retracing your steps. It’s a complicated, one-step-forward-two-steps-back process that, while frustrating, eventually helps grow you into a different version of yourself. In late August, artist Charles Mason III talked about this process and how it is influencing this stage of his career. The conversation was part of the […]

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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 […]