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

Bicycle Safety in Baltimore: Old-School vs. the Current Insanity


The Current Insanity Currently, the City of Baltimore is in a fight over the ongoing development of costly, intrusive, and downright dangerous bicycle lanes. Started by former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the idea was to create dedicated bicycle lanes in trendy neighborhoods, based on a misguided, poorly planned vision of Baltimore as a more bicycle-friendly and … More Bicycle Safety in Baltimore: Old-School vs. the Current Insanity

Night Crawlers


I. I used to be a Night Crawler: one of those people on foot in the dark, going somewhere. Now, I nearly run them down, barely able to see them skittering across the street, in dark clothing, with only the dancing light of their sneakers visible in my headlights— if I’m lucky— as I drive … More Night Crawlers

Book Review: baltimore girls by Lynne Viti


baltimore girls by Lynne Viti, Copyright © 2017 by Lynne Viti Finishing Line Press, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324 This slim collection of poems (19 total), by Baltimore native Lynne Viti, is bursting with bittersweet memories-turned-life lessons and hard-won wisdom. Evoking a bygone-Baltimore that any City native (Black or White) who came of age … More Book Review: baltimore girls by Lynne Viti

3 Poems: In Remembrance of My Brother David (10/6/59-3/4/03)


This is an updated re-post from March 4, 2015. Today marks 14 years since my first little brother, David, passed away suddenly. For my Facebook friends, who read a remembrance I posted yesterday, I must confess that there has always been some confusion over David’s death date: March 4th is the official date of death, as it … More 3 Poems: In Remembrance of My Brother David (10/6/59-3/4/03)

Black History Month 2017: Feature #2—The Beauty and Dignity of Black People


Over the course of this month, I collected and shared many Black History Month stories on Facebook, with the intention of presenting them as themed posts on this page throughout the month. Unfortunately, I, like so many of you, have been so overwhelmed and frightened by our current national and international calamity of an Un-president … More Black History Month 2017: Feature #2—The Beauty and Dignity of Black People