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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
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