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Unfortunate Son: The roots of Tupac Shakur's rebellion

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur, who was shot on Sept. 7, 1996 and died on Sept. 13, 1996. It also marks the anniversary of his album, "All Eyez On Me," released on Feb. 13, 1996. Shakur, who lived for a time in Baltimore at 3955 Greenmount Ave., is forever associated...

  • Unpacking the Peppadew: What's real, what's fake and does it matter?

    Unpacking the Peppadew: What's real, what's fake and does it matter?

    We cracked the Peppadew code. Come at us, coppers. Back in March we went on a quest to discover what makes the Peppadew tick, where it comes from, why it's patented, and how we could bootleg them ("Thugs," Armed Guards and the Black Market for Delicious Patented Pickled Peppers). We had to do it...

  • A Thanksgiving reflection on what is said, and what is left unsaid

    A Thanksgiving reflection on what is said, and what is left unsaid

    I stand at the top of the stairs and cannot remember why I have climbed them. Am I heading to the left, into my son's bedroom? Right, into my study? Straight-ahead, into the bathroom? I try to retrieve the errand that has sent me up all three flights of stairs on this Thanksgiving morning with...

  • Contact Sheet: The Tulsa Voice at Standing Rock

    Contact Sheet: The Tulsa Voice at Standing Rock

    At the beginning of the the month, The Tulsa Voice's assistant editor Liz Blood and photographer Joseph Rushmore drove from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Cannonball, North Dakota where Native Americans are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation. "Going to...

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After Trump's win, a brief moment to mourn

Many months ago, after too many shots of vodka with friends, I made a foolish bet on the presidential election. I placed my bet on Hillary Clinton. I was joined by my Russian friend Yury, who also thought Hillary would win. (Our respective partners believed Trump would prevail.) If our candidates...

  • An open letter to my friends and neighbors who voted for Donald Trump

    An open letter to my friends and neighbors who voted for Donald Trump

    You have told me that the media is biased against you and people like you—retired Navy submariners with Top Secret security clearances that they have never betrayed, construction managers who work as Christian missionaries on the side, mid-level insurance executives who, three years after an expensive...

  • Signs Of Life: Moments of tragic optimism amid a Trump victory

    Signs Of Life: Moments of tragic optimism amid a Trump victory

    America has over the past couple years felt a lot like the '60s, what with all the protest, unabashed racism, passionate youth, genuine generational cleaving, and this whole second civil rights movement brewing. "A demented and seductive vertical tension was building in the community...The jitters...

  • In Trump's America, how do we care for our children?

    In Trump's America, how do we care for our children?

    As I'm writing this, Baltimore County Schools superintendent Dallas Dance is in some hot water. Dance retweeted a tweet from Josh Starr, CEO of the international educators' group Phi Delta Kappa International. The tweet read: "Educators: tomorrow pls show your muslim, black, latino, jewish, disabled...

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Gallery owner, artist, once an insider, now a step away from being out

Dwight Whitley is better than this. His connections used to mean something. Back when George Winfield ran public works, Whitley would meet him at home after work and hang out. "His wife was a sweetheart," Whitley says. "He'd come in and say 'why'd you let this nigger in here?'" He laughs, remembering...

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Dovecote Café looks to create strong local bonds

Bright, sunny, and inviting, Dovecote Café (2501 Madison Ave., [443] 961-8677, dovecotecafe.com), located in Reservoir Hill, might not look revolutionary, but it is. Since Aisha Pew, Aisha's mother Gilda Pew, and Aisha's partner Cole opened Dovecote a little over a year ago, the eatery has served...More

  • Daniela Pasta and Pastries moves into a bigger space, still delivers

    Daniela Pasta and Pastries moves into a bigger space, still delivers

    In 2011, Sardinian-born Daniela Useli opened a small storefront carryout on 36th Street in Hampden. Soon, the neighborhood was swooning over her baked goods like sfogliatelle, the flaky pastries sometimes known as "lobster tails," and cream-filled bomboloni doughnuts. Patrons folded themselves...

  • A taste of Zion Church's Sour Beef dinner

    A taste of Zion Church's Sour Beef dinner

    For a host of reasons both politico-historical and culinary, German food has been so assimilated into this country that no one in Baltimore would go to German restaurants if they were still around, which is why almost none of them are. That's meant hard times for some of us; in my family, Thanksgiving...

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No Trivia: Everybody knows this is nowhere

A big chunk of Neil Young's discography showed up on Apple Music and Spotify just a few days before Donald Trump's victory and I've been revisiting his noisy, rickety records of rage, rancor, and resignation ever since. There's maybe no musician who better articulates the long game of dissappointment,...

  • A night with the Insane Clown Posse at Baltimore Soundstage

    A night with the Insane Clown Posse at Baltimore Soundstage

    I will preface this live review of The Insane Clown Posse at Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 24, 2016, by confessing that, yes, I have dabbled in Juggalism. One Halloween a few years ago, I donned a Philadelphia Eagles jersey and a camo jacket, stuffed a pillow under my tank top, painted my face...

  • On The Download: New singles from Lower Dens, Lor X, Blacksage, more

    On The Download: New singles from Lower Dens, Lor X, Blacksage, more

    -Ami Dang, 'Sublimate' On this rugged pop track from her latest, "Uni Sun," Ami Dang, an Indian classical sublimator (she dubbed her approach "Bollywave" in a Tedx Talk back in 2013) crafts curly-cued, post-Timbaland, meta-orientalism—a more mindful and just plain valid version of the "Eastern"-tinged...

  • The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

    The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

    Highlights Bobbing around in the pool on Friday night with just about everyone; sipping the Champagne of Beers; the spontaneous whirlpool someone started; the line of beer cans and empty cups around the pool's perimeter that created an ephemeral and interactive installation; the security guards...

  • Staring back at Charlie Parker on Pontella Mason's 'Bebop'

    Staring back at Charlie Parker on Pontella Mason's 'Bebop'

    Charlie Parker, born 96 years ago on August 29, was from the landlocked state of Kansas and he spent some of his worst years in sunny California (including a six-month stay in a mental institution), but Pontella Mason's 2008 mural "Bebop: Charlie Parker and Bettie Carter," painted on one of the...

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  • 'Arrival' is a worthwhile escape from Planet Trump

    'Arrival' is a worthwhile escape from Planet Trump

    The world of "Arrival," wherein a tense and frightened planet Earth sits helpless in the face of the unknown, isn't too far removed from the one we're living in this week or the world we'll be living in for the next four miserable years. "Sicario" director Denis Villeneuve's latest is a markedly...

  • "Moonlight" is a vital, magical portrait of identity

    "Moonlight" is a vital, magical portrait of identity

    Before "Moonlight" even begins, Boris Gardiner's "Every Nigger Is A Star" plays over production company logos, immediately telegraphing the uniquely black narrative about to unfold. Much has been made about Barry Jenkins' sophomore directorial effort and its relevance to filmic diversity—"Moonlight"...

  • "Do Not Resist" traces the militarization of police with unprecedented access to raids and unrest

    "Do Not Resist" traces the militarization of police with unprecedented access to raids and unrest

    From the outset, "Do Not Resist" director Craig Atkinson's exploration of police militarization doesn't much feel like a typical documentary. The film begins in media res, with intimate shots of idle officers in body armor during the 2014 Ferguson unrest. As protesters calmly organize in the streets,...

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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company marks 15 years with a focus on education

Prior to directing a production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," theater-generalist-turned-artistic-director Ian Gallanar wasn't sure that the Bard was for him. He thought the language would be dense, that the show would be dry. But then a line or two started to make him laugh. "It seemed...

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