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 […]
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 […]
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 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,
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 […]
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 […]
Thursday, Sept. 8 Dreamseeds: Makerspace and Happy Hour: An afternoon of papermaking, music, meditation, and conversation with Sanahara Ama Chandra and Hannah Brancato to share stories of possibilities for a powerful future. Artworks and conversations from this workshop will be woven together for display as part of the Dreamseeds exhibition. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. […]
Wednesday, Sept. 7 Meeting of the Board of Estimates: Weekly meeting concerning city finances. 9 a.m. at Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday Street. West Wednesdays: Hear about the ongoing fight for police accountability in the Tyrone West case and for all victims of police misconduct. 6:30 p.m. This event happens every Wednesday. For more information, […]
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 […]
Of the 50 hearings observed in the month of August, prosecutors asked that the defendant be held without bond (HWOB), meaning kept in jail until their trial, in more than four out of five hearings, or about 82 percent of the time. In 6 percent of the hearings, prosecutors asked for other actions. In two […]
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 […]