| Dec 25, 2013
| 4:36 PM
Gayle Danley called the Wilde Lake Middle School eighth-graders "poets," a label that sounded hip and eclectic and, by the tone of her fiery prose, non-negotiable.
After introducing them to the world of "poetry slam" — competitions involving...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 9:35 AM
Zora Neale Hurston, celebrated Tuesday in a Google Doodle, died in 1960 in a welfare home after giving the world some of its greatest literature. Although her greatest renown came after death, in life the African American novelist and anthropologist was a...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 12:27 PM
David L. Reid Jr., a retired postal worker, died Dec. 29 of a heart attack at his Northeast Baltimore home. He was 70.
David Lee Reid Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised near Gwynns Falls Parkway. He was a 1961 graduate of City College and attended...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79.
A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:41 PM
Never shy about his revolutionary views, Amiri Baraka gave New Jersey's governor fair warning of possible fireworks when he was named the state's poet laureate.
"You're gonna catch hell for this," said Baraka, who began his lengthy literary career as...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 3:20 PM
On Monday, Jan. 20, Americans will commemmorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through special school programs and community events and celebrations. We asked several local community leaders to share their favorite reads on the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 12:10 PM
As some Maryland lawmakers rally for marijuana legalization, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will not be among them.
The mayor on Wednesday spoke out against legalizing the drug, saying she does not endorse efforts by a previous mayor, Kurt...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 11:33 AM
The age of disco was dawning in this week's rundown from Billboard's Hot 100 chart archives. Groovy.
10. "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely," the Main Ingredient
This was the Main Ingredient's second biggest hit (1972's "Everybody Plays the Fool" was...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 9:20 PM
Jahmia Edwards cried when she opened the letter saying she'd been admitted to UCLA, the college she'd dreamed of attending since childhood.
The 18 year-old senior at Alliance William & Carol Ouchi High School in South Los Angeles quickly dismissed UC...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 12:05 PM
WASHINGTON—First lady Michelle Obama plans to meet Chicago high school students in the nation's capital Thursday when they visit Howard University to gain exposure to college life, White House aides said.
Bow Wow, a rapper, actor and co-host of...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 2:19 PM
First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by rapper Bow Wow, visited Howard University in Washington on Thursday afternoon to meet with a few dozen high schoolers from Chicago.
She came out to promote the president’s initiative North Star, which...