Baltimore News Flash – This Week in Baltimore – Edition 1


Welcome to Baltimore News Flash – This Week in Baltimore! Featured in this new category are my picks for the top news stories of the week; stories that speak to the troubles—and triumphs—of life in Baltimore. Comments and feedback are always welcome. And if you have additional topics you’d like to see covered, please share … More Baltimore News Flash – This Week in Baltimore – Edition 1

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

Review: HBO Documentary “Baltimore Rising”


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”

The Circle of Life


November 16, 2017 The Joy of Parents is preparing their children for Life. The Pain of Children is preparing their parents for Death.   I. These words I wrote three months ago, after helping my mother navigate an uncharacteristic moment of fear: I had accidently let three moths into her house on a steamy August … More The Circle of Life

Book/Movie Review: To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman Revisited


Two years ago (August 21, 2015: https://baltimoreblackwoman.com/2015/08/21/atticus-finch-is-not-a-racist-but-hes-not-the-true-hero-of-the-story-either/), I published a double book review of Harper Lee’s only published novels, To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) and Go Set a Watchman (GSAW). Since then, I’ve received a few interesting comments and questions about the review that produced engaged, thoughtful conversations, for which I am grateful. But on … More Book/Movie Review: To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman Revisited

Broken American Home


Originally posted on Teri Carter's Library:
One night in late-summer, long after we’d finished supper on our screened porch with my visiting dad and stepmother, I heard Dad say with blunt force, “Want to know why your mom and I got divorced?” I was 31. They’d been divorced 23 years. “No, actually, I don’t,”…