It seems to me my mother's life was contained in her death. If I can solve that one puzzle, the moment when things spun irretrievably out of control, perhaps I will better understand who she was. This is the story of one particular daughter's attempt to come to terms with the loss of one particular mother. But perhaps my experience will resonate with other sons and daughters.
To local artists, it has felt vitally necessary to form the roiling muck of thoughts and feelings generated by the death of the 25-year-old man and by the subsequent confrontation between police officers and brick-wielding citizens into something that makes sense, into poetry or a sculpture or a melodic phrase. The words and pictures were so vivid and insistent that they practically shoved their way out. They almost demanded that the artists sit down — not tomorrow, but right now —
The Baltimore pundit and scribe D. Watkins is definitely doing his part to make sure that Baltimore remains "the city that reads." On April 23, he'll be at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., to give away free copies of his new essay collection to the first 500 folks who walk through the door. "Baltimore's Son," which Watkins put together in collaboration with the bookstore, consists of a half-dozen of Watkins' outspoken essays that originally were published in The Baltimore Sun.
Baltimore author Steve Luxenberg on Wednesday picked up a prestigious plum ¿ a 2016 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Award and $30,000 to finish his second book, "Separate," which looks at the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson case.
To mark the one-year anniversary of the protests and riots sparked by the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a series of programs focusing on community perspectives is planned at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.
The University of Maryland, College Park is staging a play that explores racial tensions on a college campus that was loosely inspired by a poem written during the Harlem Renaissance by the African-American trailblazer Countee Cullen. So struck was playwright Kirsten Greenidge by a poem called "The Incident" that she titled her play, "Baltimore" -- though the drama in fact is set in New England. In both fictional works, "Baltimore" is used as a kind of shorthand reference for race-related disputes.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture is diving into current controversies raised by the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore, declaring 2016 the year of the black male and planning an exhibit on black-on-black crime