Wednesday: Devin Allen With D. Watkins: "A Beautiful Ghetto"

Aug. 16

City Paper contributor D. Watkins and photographer extraordinaire Devin Allen are some of Baltimore’s most widely-known sons. Watkins, for his biting essays, seen most recently on Salon, and for his books, “The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America,” and “The Cook Up,”—and Allen for the arresting photos shot during the uprising that landed him on the cover of “Time” magazine, and his work snapping shots of some of the sports world’s biggest stars. Tonight, the two men will be talking about Allen’s upcoming book of photography, “A Beautiful Ghetto,” which will be released Sept. 12. Allen is fiercely protective of how the world views Baltimore, and the love he feels for this place shows in his photos. “You cannot sit and tell me that white people do not have a fetish for black pain,” he told me in an interview published back in October. “Even with my story, all of the beautiful things that happen out of Baltimore, they don’t never get the traction.” 7 p.m., Baltimore County Public Library Randallstown Branch, 8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown, (410) 887-0770,, free. (Lisa Snowden-McCray)

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