In front of the T & M All In One store at 2325 E. Monument Street yesterday, members of 300 Gangstas, a coalition organized by PFK Boom and Big Wolf focused on the goal of communities policing themselves, and likeminded organizers including Duane "Shorty" Davis, Minister Carlos Muhammad, Abdul Salaam, Ted Sutton, and others members of the community gathered frozen turkeys and chickens, along with canned and boxed food and clothing and handed them out to those in need.
With, old-school and golden era hip-hop playing—everything from '80s hits such as Kurtis Blow's 'I Ruled The World' and Eric B. and Rakim's 'Paid In Full' to 'mid-'90s hits like Big Pun's 'It's So Hard'—and jokester Shorty on the grill, cooking up hot dogs nearby, the atmosphere was cheery and boisterous, even if the goal of the day was quite serious: helping those who need it and making a few dozen more Baltimoreans have a happy Thanksgiving.
"I have mad respect for them and the energy they putting out man," said one young man in line named Aaron. He was there gathering food for a friend of his who is a single mother, he said.
T, who runs T & M All In One jokingly asked where Charles Barkley was (the night before Charles Barkley was in Baltimore recording a show for TNT and was confronted by activists who saw his appearance as disrespectful and predatory).
"You thought it was a mess out here," Abdul Salaam told the group, referring to how the media portrays Baltimore. "But it's not!"
"They ain't ready for this kind of unity," PFK Boom said proudly. (Brandon Soderberg)