Even in the superhero universe, representation matters — especially to Baltimore. The city and surrounding areas are gearing up for Marvel’s “Black Panther” premiere, and in April, Baltimore will host what is billed as the first fan convention to celebrate diversity and inclusion.
Artists Rebecca Nagle and Hannah Brancato are the FORCE behind the group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, which has started the Monument Quilt project to draw attention to the issue of rape and sexual violence. The quilt was scheduled to be on display April 14-15 at Towson University and April 29 at the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University.
A community group based in North Baltimore has attracted more than 900 supporters and nearly $17,000 in donations to the Baltimore Broadband Coalition, which seeks to attract broadband investment here.
Richard Friend, 41, who says he grew up "on the other side of the tracks," at Steward Manor apartments at Routes 197 and 198, spends much of his spare time restoring all sorts of artifacts from Laurel retailers, movie theaters and restaurants, particularly places lost over the past half-century.
In the space of several whirlwind months, the two-man Tubecore Audio designed a high-end hi-fi audio system, had a wildly successful campaign on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and is now setting up a tiny assembly plant in Gaithersburg.
Earth Starter is having the sort of year start-ups dream of. Its gardening kits, which it calls the paint by numbers of gardening, won a national business contest, was a hit on Kickstarter and now is on sale.
Joan and Drew Norman, the owners of One Straw farm, believe they can craft mobile apps to make their work on the farm more efficient and better connect with their customers. They've been farming since 1983 and grow on 175 acres in northern Baltimore County.