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Strong City: How did the idea for the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund come about? Danielle Torain: In 2015, the Youth Fund was proposed following the Baltimore Uprising, and in 2016 it was voted into establishment. The Uprising was a moment that shed light on the issue of a lack of equity and access, on the community level, to a range of resources. The issue was, how do you get more capital to community-based groups
Year after year, Breai Mason-Campbell taught African dance to first-graders in Sandtown-Winchester. Year after year, on the first day of school, she would begin by asking the children to tell her what they knew about Africa. And year after year, Mason-Campbell received the same depressing response. “Always, they would say, ‘Africa is poor and dirty,’” Mason-Campbell recalls. As African-Americans, she says, “What does that say about our self-esteem?” That experience is one of the reasons
Blair Franklin envisions a day when there is little need for homeless services for Baltimore City youth. As Executive Director of the Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-In Center, he leads an organization whose mission statement says it “prevents and eliminates youth homelessness through the synergy of youth and ally partnerships.” That’s the ultimate goal, but for now, Baltimore’s only drop-in program for youth experiencing homelessness is trying to reach more of the city’s 1,600 youth
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