Morgan State University Oral History Project: My Story – A Black Woman Raised in Lauraville


On Wednesday October 9, 2019, at 1pm, I made my way by car from my home in “The Bottoms” of Lauraville, in Northeast Baltimore, to the campus of Morgan State University, Maryland’s illustrious HBCU. The drive took all of 5 minutes, including the time it took me to park on the lot of the former … More Morgan State University Oral History Project: My Story – A Black Woman Raised in Lauraville

Announcement: Today’s Publication of My First Short Story, Age-isms


I’m excited to announce that my first short story, “Age-isms,” has been published in the literary journal midnight & indigo (online edition), ‘dedicated to short stories and narrative essays by Black female writers.’ It’s not often that a first submission is accepted on the first try! But I did that! Here’s to more successes in … More Announcement: Today’s Publication of My First Short Story, Age-isms

The Labor Day Literary Extravaganza


  This annual event, sometimes called “Readings with Ralphie,” is hosted at Ikaros Restaurant in Greektown, Baltimore. Using a different theme each year, it provides an opportunity for writers, artists, and musicians to showcase their works; and I am honored and proud to have been invited for a second appearance. But most importantly, this event … More The Labor Day Literary Extravaganza

Combatting Blight in Baltimore: Shoddy Work Does Not Merit a Selfie


On Monday afternoon (August 5, 2019), my aunt, who lives on Payson Street, and I had gone shopping. When we left to go shopping, both her property and the alley next to it were clear of dirt, trash, and debris, because my aunt keeps it that way. The home has been owned by our family … More Combatting Blight in Baltimore: Shoddy Work Does Not Merit a Selfie

A Saturday in Reservoir Hill: A Community Coming Together Amid Chaos


On Saturday August 3, 2019, I traveled from my home in the Lauraville community in Northeast Baltimore to the Reservoir Hill community in West Baltimore, to attend back-to-back events: The annual Reservoir Hill Resource Fair and Music Festival (11am-4pm) and the annual Hands Across Baltimore/Hug Don’t Shoot/Ceasefire Weekend (6-8pm). I had been so excited to … More A Saturday in Reservoir Hill: A Community Coming Together Amid Chaos

Summer of ’69: Chasing the Moon – Remembering Apollo 11


The year 1969 was a pivotal time, not just in my life or even our nation’s, but for the whole world. It was a year of social, political, moral, and spiritual upheaval, with demonstrations, riots, conflicts, and wars. Free Love, Black Power, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, and other issues were all reaching their … More Summer of ’69: Chasing the Moon – Remembering Apollo 11

BALTIMORE JAZZ ALLIANCE HOSTS 2019 FATHER’S DAY JAZZ FEST


Here’s a Baltimore Father’s Day Event that is sure to Jazz Up your Dad’s Special Day! To highlight and celebrate jazz in Charm City, the Baltimore Jazz Alliance (BJA) is partnering with St. John’s Episcopal Church to hold a free all-day festival from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on June 16th 2019, on the grounds … More BALTIMORE JAZZ ALLIANCE HOSTS 2019 FATHER’S DAY JAZZ FEST

Help Baltimore “Senior” Artist Aleta Greene Restart Her Art


  https://www.gofundme.com/help-a-senior-artist-help-herself For decades, the name Aleta Greene was widely known in the Baltimore music scene and beyond. Her powerful yet vulnerable sulky voice once graced many venues—from the old “rock” clubs of the 70s and 80s and upscale sites like The Brass Elephant to the stages of Artscape and summer concert series at the … More Help Baltimore “Senior” Artist Aleta Greene Restart Her Art

Yahrzeit for Dorothy B. Oldham: She Did Not Go Gentle into That Good Night


On the first anniversary of my mother’s death (May 30, 2018), I am posting this updated and expanded essay, originally published June 18, 2018. I am not Jewish, but I have adapted the term yahrzeit (a Jewish observance on the anniversary of the death of a loved one) with respect and love.  I. “Do not go … More Yahrzeit for Dorothy B. Oldham: She Did Not Go Gentle into That Good Night