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?
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
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!
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
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?
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
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”
Over the last two years, Dovecote Café has grown from the dream of its owners/proprietors, B. Cole (known as Cole) and wife Aisha Pew, into a vibrant, loving, and nurturing home away from home for the Reservoir Hill community where it is located—and for folks all over Baltimore. The couple relocated to Baltimore from … More Dovecote Café: A Reservoir Hill Treasure Celebrates Its 2nd Communiversary
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
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