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By Mike Cross-Barnet Is poetry dead? When you think about poets, do you imagine pale young men in 19th century England, bemoaning unrequited love and slowly wasting away from consumption? If that’s what you think, then Maren Wright-Kerr and the other talented youth of Dew More Baltimore are here to set you straight. Wright-Kerr, Baltimore’s Youth Poet Laureate, and her peers recently took top honors among more than 500 competitors in the Brave New Voices
November 7, 2018

White Boy Magic

Ive written an ode To the wondrous world Of White Boy Magic……. So much fantasy It might as well be fiction in the first place But this magic Be hidden in the plainest of sight Sooooo Once Upon a Time this Ugly ass Mucus lookin ass Fetus ass Fluorescent marshmallow ass Extra strength hefty bag looking ass Little boy at my school Loved to call me Nigger. His hard rrr like a magical pirate that
By Mike Cross-Barnet Before Freddie Gray’s death, before the Baltimore Uprising, before the consent decree and the Gun Trace Task Force scandal and 300 homicides a year, Marilyn Ness wanted to make a documentary about “what was fundamentally broken between police and citizens,” and was looking for the right location for that narrative. She chose Baltimore, and in late 2014 began the three-year process that resulted in Charm City. The film, a fiscally sponsored project
Gee Gee Burnside’s day often starts at 4 or 5 a.m. She spends the morning working as a certified nursing assistant, taking care of a roster of patients that includes her own mother. Once that’s done, she turns her attention to her new job as Assistant Program Manager of the 29th Street Community Center. That’s a lot of responsibility for a 20-year-old, but as Gee Gee sees it, she is exactly where she needs to
By Maggie Switzer (with Erin Thomas) Upon graduating from college in 2016, I knew I wanted to do a year or two of service. I turned first to AmeriCorps VISTA, because I deeply respected the call to serve in the United States and support the effort to eradicate poverty at home. I joined the VISTA team at Strong City Baltimore in July 2016, and served for a year as a VISTA volunteer with Crossroads Community Food Network, in