February 18, 2018 The Baltimore seen on The Wire and Homicide is NOT The Baltimore of my youth. The Baltimore seen in 2015 After the death of Freddie Gray is NOT my Baltimore, either. Where you see crime and grime and defeat in people’s hardened hearts and in the black eyes of decrepit, rotting houses … More You Don’t Know Baltimore Like I Do
January 22-February 4, 2018 Baltimore Police Department’s Corruption Scandal/Trial A major corruption scandal within the Baltimore City Police Department has dominated the headlines in local news, as well as some other major news sites, over the past two weeks. Unpacking all the developments, much less the backstory, is why this installment of Baltimore News Flash … More Baltimore News Flash – This Week in Baltimore – Double Edition 4/5. Top Story: The Foul Stench of Corruption within the Baltimore Police Department
January 20, 2018 At the age of sixty-four, I find I am a dinosaur. Shaking my fist at the young, Telling them what they ain’t done to earn the right to shut me down. Squeegee boys in my face while at a traffic light I wait— Smear that filthy rag and you’ll get sprayed fast! … More The Age of Wisdom Lost?
January 15-21, 2018 Mayor Catherine Pugh Fires Police Commissioner Kevin Davis In a stunning move, early on Friday, January 19, 2018, Mayor Pugh announced that she was replacing Commissioner Kevin Davis (who was midway through a 5-year contract set to end in 2020) with Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran who rose through the ranks of … More Baltimore News Flash – This Week in Baltimore – Edition 3
January 8-14, 2018 – Edition 2 Baltimore City Schools Lack Heat; Politicians Create Fire and Fury For the 2nd week in a row, the top news story in Baltimore was the fallout from the city schools’ frozen first week of classes after the Christmas break. Outraged parents descended on the Baltimore City School Board meeting … More Baltimore News Flash – This Week in Baltimore – Edition 2
Welcome to Baltimore News Flash – This Week in Baltimore! Featured in this new category are my picks for the top news stories of the week; stories that speak to the troubles—and triumphs—of life in Baltimore. Comments and feedback are always welcome. And if you have additional topics you’d like to see covered, please share … More Baltimore News Flash – This Week in Baltimore – Edition 1
Happy New Year – 2018! With this post, I am not only starting my 4th year of this blog, I am also announcing another shift in focus. As always, my perspectives and views will be part of the mix. But, instead of just looking longingly at Baltimore’s past, I want to focus more on what’s … More Happy New Year from baltimoreblackwoman!
The feature photo for this essay is one I recently shot in my old West Baltimore neighborhood. The incongruity of it—a lovingly decorated home next door to a crumbling, abandoned house—shocked me to my core, in large part because I remember when these houses were all homes to my neighbors, friends, and classmates. Yet, this … More And So, This Is Christmas… 2017: baltimoreblackwoman 3rd Anniversary Blowout
It was the smallest gathering in our collective memory. The beautiful teak dining table that once stretched beyond the room to accommodate 16 or more family members— and an occasional guest girlfriend— now comfortably sat the few assembled. We are the last seven Standing members of the family nucleus. The oldest is 85, now; … More A Bare-Bones Thanksgiving
On Monday night (November 20, 2017), HBO premiered a new documentary about the events surrounding and following the 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. As a native Baltimorean who watched these events unfold and chronicled some of them on this site, I was excited to see this film and gain a different … More Review: HBO Documentary “Baltimore Rising”