The Real Story of the 900 Block of Payson Street


The front-page story in the Sunday, July 15,2018 digital edition of The Baltimore Sun(“Collapse,” by Tim Prudente, http://digitaledition.baltimoresun.com/html5/desktop/production/default.aspx?pubid=99644e1a-52da-4fe3-8f78-a84e4fe4d386&edid=2192616c-ec73-42b8-a798-f58dedfe23f0&pnum=87),describing the demise of the 900 block of Payson Street, is a decent investigative piece about the real-estate woes of a single block of West Baltimore rowhouses and the recent loss of one human life because of those … More The Real Story of the 900 Block of Payson Street

How to Stay Sane in These Dark Days: Turn Off the Noise


My Multi-Media Addictions I am an admitted news junkie. Though I start most of my days with at least two hours of silence before turning on the television, those hours of silence are spent checking my emails for…. e-News. I subscribe to The Washington Post (thanks to Amazon), The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, Axios, … More How to Stay Sane in These Dark Days: Turn Off the Noise

Readings with Ralphie at Ikaros Restaurant Was a Great Event for a Great Cause


It was an honor to be the featured poet Thursday night at this special READINGS WITH RALPHIE event, especially since it was my first-ever poetry reading! Ralphie (Rafael Alvarez) hosts numerous readings by a wide range of authors in Baltimore throughout the year. But this event was a fundraiser for http://www.mothersetonacademy.org, a middle school whose … More Readings with Ralphie at Ikaros Restaurant Was a Great Event for a Great Cause

What Are the Odds of Two Great Americans’ Lives Being Celebrated at the Same Hour?


Read my latest post (originally published 3 hours ago) about the strange intersection of The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and the Maverick of the Senate, John McCain, as their lives are being celebrated today, on the new Baltimoreblackwoman Facebook page, at the link below. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fjolivia1016%2Fposts%2F477519436083541&width=500 [NOTE: The Facebook page is an extension of the … More What Are the Odds of Two Great Americans’ Lives Being Celebrated at the Same Hour?

As Technology Changes, So Does baltimoreblackwoman.com


  Technology can be both friend and foe, often, simultaneously. On July 30, 2018, I received a notification from wordpress.com (the platform and primary site of this blog) that Facebook would no longer automatically share my posts as of August 1, 2018, due to new rules concerning user authenticity and other issues. This meant that … More As Technology Changes, So Does baltimoreblackwoman.com

My Photo Shoot at Jazzy Studios: A Star Is Born—for An Hour!


On Friday afternoon (May 11), in preparation for my new gig as a contributing writer and columnist for SLANTRESS Magazine, I headed, with some trepidation (shy little me?!?), for a photo shoot, including head shots, to Jazzy Studios, located in The Motor House Baltimore (part of the trending Station North arts district in midtown Baltimore). … More My Photo Shoot at Jazzy Studios: A Star Is Born—for An Hour!

The Children’s March – Song Video


Two weeks ago, I published the poem The Children’s March[https://baltimoreblackwoman.com/2018/03/17/the-childrens-march/], in anticipation of the March for Our Lives. One week ago, I posted my promised song version on my Facebook page as well as on the March for Our Lives – Baltimore page. I am grateful for the tremendous response from my Facebook family and … More The Children’s March – Song Video

#Enough Is Enough: How Many More Deaths Will It Take?


How many deaths will it take til we know That too many people have died? —Blowin’ in the Wind, by Bob Dylan A Fatal In-Home Shooting On Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Monroe County, Mississippi, a 9-year-old boy fatally shot his 13-year-old sister, Dijonae White, in the back of the head after she refused to … More #Enough Is Enough: How Many More Deaths Will It Take?

And So, This Is Christmas… 2017: baltimoreblackwoman 3rd Anniversary Blowout


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