Part I: 2019: The Year of Words in Action Without experiences, writing is an empty exercise. Without writing, experiences are devoid of meaning. My goal for 2019 was to act on my words. After the first 4 years of writing baltimoreblackwoman, I realized that observing life wasn’t enough—I needed to DO. For myself, my … More baltimoreblackwoman Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary
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
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
This past Monday, January 7, I joined poet Tzynya Pinchback in a poetry reading on Quintessential Poetry, a BlogTalkRadio program hosted by Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram. The event, POV (Pinchback/Oldham/Viti), was planned by our colleague, Lynne Viti (who writes the WordPress blog Still in School) and was supposed to include her reading, too. Unfortunately, Lynne … More First Poetry Reading in 2019: Done!
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
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
The Perils of Publishing: When you realize you uploaded the wrong video! This is an updated post, with the correct video inserted. Mea culpa…. In late 2014-early 2015, I began to experiment with creating music videos, using an inexpensive video camera and learning about the process of videography. My friends know me as a … More baltimoreblackwoman’s 1st Anniversary Celebration Continues…With Music
On the first celebration of Earth Day, I sewed an “Earth Day” patch on my bell-bottom jeans and wore them with pride. In the years since, I admit I have not done much to celebrate. This year, however, I had a flash-inspiration: to “flood” Facebook with videos of Neil Young’s great song, “Who’s Gonna Stand … More Earth Day 2015: #WhosGonnaStandUpandSavetheEarth