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  • Kondwani Russell: Luzerne's poet laureate

    Kondwani Russell: Luzerne's poet laureate

    Kondwani Russell can be found sitting on his grandmother's step penning prose and pondering the perplex nature of black life in America. His recent poem 'The Baltimore Bullet Train,' a cinematic spoken-word video posted to YouTube, addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, black leadership, violence,...

  • Maryland Film Fest's director of programming reflects on Baltimore movie theaters of the past

    Maryland Film Fest's director of programming reflects on Baltimore movie theaters of the past

    Gaze north along the 500 block of Howard Street, and pause to absorb a beleaguered building you may have passed a hundred times without a second thought. Bruised and mottled by decades of weather, exhaust, and disuse—not to mention at least one fire—it may not be obvious that 508 N. Howard was...

  • Race and Music in Baltimore: Local musicians of color offer their perspectives

    Race and Music in Baltimore: Local musicians of color offer their perspectives

    A few years ago, a friend of mine showed me "The Color of Fear," a documentary released in 1994 structured as a round-table discussion about race relations in America. Along with Chinese-American director Lee Mun Wah, the discussion included two African-American men, two Mexican-American men, two...

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