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

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

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!

MLK 2017 Concert: The Maccabeats and Naturally 7


On Sunday, January 15, I attended the 1:30 show of the Maccabeats and Naturally 7, who joined forces to present this Martin Luther King Day Celebration concert at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills, Maryland. I became aware of these two a cappella groups when the great artist James Taylor shared their … More MLK 2017 Concert: The Maccabeats and Naturally 7

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Day: Shades of Yale Rock Beth Am Synagogue


Last night, my Mom and I attended this concert by the Á capella group Shades of Yale at Beth Am Synagogue, in Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill neighborhood. For Shades—a Yale University student institution since 1988, it was the final performance of their 10-day tour of the Baltimore region. And, happily, from the descriptions the performers gave during … More Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Day: Shades of Yale Rock Beth Am Synagogue

Out and About: Dance Theatre of Harlem


Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit at Reginald F. Lewis Museum—Featuring Keith Saunders This past Saturday, April 18, 2015, my Mom and I attended one of the opening-weekend events for Dance Theatre of Harlem’s (DTH’s) 40th-anniversary art exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. Though based in New York, DTH has a … More Out and About: Dance Theatre of Harlem

Black History Feature of the Day: Black STEM Innovators


Today’s Feature honors a few of the many Black scientists and innovators who have added so much to the quality of life for all people. I wanted to highlight names less “obvious”  than George Washington Carver or Booker T. Washington. So, over the past month,  I’ve been collecting stories from Facebook posts that intrigued me. My own … More Black History Feature of the Day: Black STEM Innovators

Black History Feature of the Day: Celebrating Actress Ethel Waters and Actor David Oyelowo


Ethel Waters: “The Member of the Wedding” In an earlier article, I wrote about Ethel Waters’ fabulous performance in the film, “A Cabin in the Sky.” Today, I want to highlight another masterful performance by this gifted woman. I stayed up late last night to watch the film “The Member of the Wedding,” starring the … More Black History Feature of the Day: Celebrating Actress Ethel Waters and Actor David Oyelowo