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Four Voices On Reparations

In June 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a lengthy piece about reparations in The Atlantic, arguing that the country needed to take a serious look at compensating African-Americans for “Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years...

  • The Stoop Storytelling Series' co-hosts reflect on 10 years of making people cry

    The Stoop Storytelling Series' co-hosts reflect on 10 years of making people cry

    On the eve of the 10th anniversary of The Stoop Storytelling Series, Baltimore's beloved stranger-than-fiction storytelling event, co-producers and co-hosts Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler sat down to interview each other. Because the theme of The Stoop's anniversary show is "Awkward Adolescence,"...

  • Mr Wrong: Enjoy the Silence

    Mr Wrong: Enjoy the Silence

    The Mr. Wrong Column has been Fired from City Paper, Baltimore's Least-Wrong Alternative Weekly. I can't complain, though, seriously, this thing has been running, on and off, since Sept. 30 of The Year Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Eight, can you believe that? I thank—and you may thank, or blame—Mr....

  • 'Under the Skin' at Everyman Theatre toys with sympathy

    'Under the Skin' at Everyman Theatre toys with sympathy

    Raina clearly deserves our sympathy. The main character in Michael Hollinger's "Under the Skin," she is a single mom with a mediocre job in Perrysburg, Ohio. She recently lost her own mother to a bitter battle with cancer, and now the father that she's been estranged from for years is knocking...

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  • Stakes Are High: The night shift in shock trauma

    Stakes Are High: The night shift in shock trauma

    It's 6:45 p.m. at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Medical Center when June Guadalupe, a nurse in the Trauma Resuscitation Unit (TRU), arrives. He will be there until 7:30 a.m. the next day. He joins the other night shift nurses, all fully clad in their pastel pink...

  • A bay pilot spends his nights guiding massive ships through the bay's tricky waters

    A bay pilot spends his nights guiding massive ships through the bay's tricky waters

    It is 9 p.m. on a cold January night. Capt. Al Watts climbs the rope rungs of a ladder to board the cargo ship that sits in the harbor loaded with 5,000 cars that range from Chryslers to Mercedes. Watts, who has 38 years of experience in nautical navigation, takes command on the bridge of the Equuleus...

  • Watching the CitiWatcher: The night shift monitoring Baltimore's security cameras

    Watching the CitiWatcher: The night shift monitoring Baltimore's security cameras

    It is 11 p.m. on a friday night and Scott is laughing as the shooting victim hobbles down Eager Street holding his neck and limping. He was hit in the neck and leg. "Almost every shooting I see," Scott says, "either the police was right there two minutes ago, or they're there, a block away." He's...

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  • Misunderstanding blackfolks

    Misunderstanding blackfolks

    It is too easy to view the verbal tirade of Ta-Nehisi Coates against the radical bona fides of Bernie Sanders from the perspective of Democratic presidential battle lines and, if you "feel the Bern," to immediately decry Coates as a threat to Sanders successfully wooing black voters. Mind you,...

  • Reparations and the Racial Residual

    Reparations and the Racial Residual

    Over the past several years the issue of reparations has received more traction than at any other time in the 21st century. While activists have been working on the issue for decades, Ta-Nehisi Coates' work in The Atlantic has been largely responsible for bringing reparations back into the public...

  • Rationale for the Omnibus American Reparation and Restitution Bill

    Rationale for the Omnibus American Reparation and Restitution Bill

    In this proposal, I outline seven separate but interrelated claims for reparations and restitutions that African-Americans are due in order for this country to help repair the trauma and damage of white supremacy inflicted on the population in a very targeted fashion. University of Connecticut...

  • The Mail: 2/3-2/10

    The Mail: 2/3-2/10

    David Bowie: Icon I love the tribute cover for David Bowie (Feature, Jan. 13), because he is the king of counterculture and so is the City Paper, so they go together like the right and left side of a Twix. But, when I read the articles, I realized your writers are younger than myself, and they...

  • Murder Ink: 2 murders this week, 14 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 2 murders this week, 14 murders this year

    The city's death toll climbs slowly, and not all are called murders. A 4-year-old boy named Isaiah Deloatch shot himself to death in a house on the 400 block of North Athol Avenue, and that was ruled an accident. Darius Bradney, a 16-year-old African-American boy was shot to death in the Pedestal...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Gov. Larry Hogan, FOP, Baltimore schools, more

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: Gov. Larry Hogan, FOP, Baltimore schools, more

    Boss Hög Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a $480 million demolition and rebuild of the city's medieval jail/prison complex. The expense would delay work on several state universities to demolish 16 buildings around Madison Street east of the Fallsway to make way for a six-level "Justice Center" comprising...

City Folk

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A Baltimore crime lab technician moves through a surreal city

People danced their hearts out to the Cupid Shuffle as Rodney Montgomery collected forensic evidence at a gruesome Mother's Day homicide scene. That night a 22-year-old man had been shot in the head several times in southeast Baltimore while various family gatherings and holiday festivities were...

Eats & Drinks

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que delivers uneven results

Harbor East already features a menagerie of bars and restaurants, from chains to local spots with a range of cuisines, and when chain restaurant Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (1401 Fleet St., [443] 708-9070, dinosaurbarbque.com) decided to settle in, locals had mixed feelings. While diners were enthusiastic...More

  • The High Life: Weed Maximalism

    The High Life: Weed Maximalism

    My dealers have mostly been selling mixes and weed hybrids lately. I have taken to calling this kind of experimentation with weed, this mixing and matching and mashing-up of strains, weed maximalism. It dovetails with maximalism in the artistic sense1—a response to there being too much (as a tribute...

  • Fast Foodie: Burger King one-ups Wendy's with its 5 for $4 meal

    Fast Foodie: Burger King one-ups Wendy's with its 5 for $4 meal

    Welcome to 2016, fellow fast food enthusiasts! The last month or so of 2015 left us with the return of Crunchwrap Sliders at Taco Bell and exciting new menu items such as the Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger at Wendy's and the Flame Grilled Chicken Burger at Burger King to consider. A burger patty made...

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Troll 2, semi-sequel of a semi-movie is a semi-masterpiece

Russian novelist, historian, Gulag survivor, and all-around inspiring fellow Aleksander Solzhenitsyn once wrote, "Some things lead beyond words. Art inflames even a frozen, darkened soul to a high spiritual experience." I'm not sure what exactly he was talking about, but he could very well have...More

  • Benghazi becomes a blockbuster in "13 Hours"

    Benghazi becomes a blockbuster in "13 Hours"

    In "13 Hours," Benghazi, a misguided Republican talking point turned internet punch line about right-wing paranoia, gets the ludicrous film treatment it deserves—and absolutely does not need—from Michael Bay, a grown man on record as saying "I make movies for teenage boys." The events, in which...

  • In 'The Revenant,' Leonardo DiCaprio seeks truth but gives his fakest performance yet

    In 'The Revenant,' Leonardo DiCaprio seeks truth but gives his fakest performance yet

    It's hard to say when exactly the national conversation surrounding Leonardo DiCaprio became a meme-laden dissertation on how much he deserves an Academy Award. He's been a movie star for decades and one of the most well-respected performers of his generation. He gets to keep making movies with...

  • Almost there: "Carol" is more alive than past Todd Haynes films

    Almost there: "Carol" is more alive than past Todd Haynes films

    Beginning with 1988's "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story," a biopic which tackled body image issues and suburban family values using Barbie dolls, Todd Haynes has vacillated between postmodern reconfigurations of pop mythology ("Poison," "Velvet Goldmine," "I'm Not There") and navigating the...

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Lester K. Spence's 'Knocking The Hustle' diagnoses the neoliberal nightmare

No other book out right now so expertly describes what it's like to live and work in the United States as Lester K. Spence's "Knocking The Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics." A cogent rundown of the ways this country has been crippled by its embrace of neoliberalism, the book...

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The Baltimore Rock Opera Society sets everything to 11 in "Chronoshred"

A massive T-Rex plays a massive saxophone at the beginning of "Chronoshred: The Adventures of Stardust Lazerdong," conceived by Philip Doccolo (who co-directs with Danielle Robinette) and a large team of writers and librettists. This puppeteered beast presumably took weeks to construct, but it...

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