Review: HBO Documentary “Baltimore Rising”


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”

The Circle of Life


November 16, 2017 The Joy of Parents is preparing their children for Life. The Pain of Children is preparing their parents for Death.   I. These words I wrote three months ago, after helping my mother navigate an uncharacteristic moment of fear: I had accidently let three moths into her house on a steamy August … More The Circle of Life

Book/Movie Review: To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman Revisited


Two years ago (August 21, 2015: https://baltimoreblackwoman.com/2015/08/21/atticus-finch-is-not-a-racist-but-hes-not-the-true-hero-of-the-story-either/), I published a double book review of Harper Lee’s only published novels, To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) and Go Set a Watchman (GSAW). Since then, I’ve received a few interesting comments and questions about the review that produced engaged, thoughtful conversations, for which I am grateful. But on … More Book/Movie Review: To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman Revisited

Broken American Home


Originally posted on Teri Carter's Library:
One night in late-summer, long after we’d finished supper on our screened porch with my visiting dad and stepmother, I heard Dad say with blunt force, “Want to know why your mom and I got divorced?” I was 31. They’d been divorced 23 years. “No, actually, I don’t,”…

Against the Backdrop of 21st Century Racial Turmoil, The Afro-American Newspaper Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary


Prologue On Tuesday, in Baltimore, rain poured from the sky, as if God, Himself, was mourning the aftermath of the Charlottesville protests over Confederate monuments—even before Donald Trump unmasked himself to the world as a defender of bigotry and hatred. Yesterday morning, local television station WBAL reported that in the early morning hours, Baltimore Mayor … More Against the Backdrop of 21st Century Racial Turmoil, The Afro-American Newspaper Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

Facebook Is Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Fahrenheit 451


The 1953 Ray Bradbury novel, Fahrenheit 451, has always been one of my favorites, not just for its frightening indictment of society’s fear of knowledge from books, but also for its indictment of vapid, interactive entertainment via wall screens—which didn’t even exist in 1953, but which now overrun our daily lives, with all the 50-inch … More Facebook Is Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Fahrenheit 451