“Minoritized” is a violent word that makes the user look insensitive, suggests sinister intention by its subject and assigns an insulting lack of agency to its object. It is the sort of word that reflects poorly on everyone associated with it.
Over the past few days, during commemorations of the 50th anniversary of his murder, we've heard a lot about King's prophetic vision of peace and social justice. There's been much less talk about his serial philandering, which reminds us that he was — like all of us — a flawed human being.
In "Reflections," the artist Terrence A. Reese shot black and white images of the living spaces of such cultural icons as Jesse Jackson, B.B. King and Cathy Hughes. These leaders appear in Reese's gorgeous photographs as images in a mirror.
Benjamin Banneker is among dozens of Marylanders and Baltimoreans represented in a collection of approximately 40,000 artifacts — some 3,000 onsite. Objects of local origin include a stone slave auction block from Hagerstown. A pinback from the Baltimore Elite Giants, a Negro League baseball team. Colorful entertainment placards produced by Baltimore's own Globe Poster Printing Corp.
As the author of a book about the history of Lexington Market, I was pleased to read that a decision has been reached to raze the current structure and replace it with a new one. But then I looked at the picture of the proposed building, and the more I looked, the less I liked. It seems as though the designers misinterpreted "clean and well-lit" to mean "uninviting and sterile." The glass and metal rendering could be anything, anywhere — a bus station in Omaha, a savings and loan in
There is no doubt that TV ads played a major role in Tuesday's Democratic primary election for mayor, which Catherine Pugh won by only 2,574 votes over Sheila Dixon. The question is how much the outcome was shaped by the money spent on a highly sophisticated media effort for Pugh — and against Dixon.
As the election season kicks into higher gear and black voters become even more valuable, there will be other meetings with ministers, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, educators. All good. But shame on any candidates who think they can obtain black votes in exchange for only photo ops and the chance for a select few to boast about "my guy" (or gal). Shame on blackfolks if we can be bought for so little.
The six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray – who died last month after being injured in police custody – have been charged criminally, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has reason to appreciate the saying that what goes around, comes around. Some 38 years after coping with a massive drought in the Golden State in his first governorship, he's beleaguered again by the same natural disaster.