| 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...
| Nov 24, 2013
Diners and waitresses beam upon recognizing the familiar face of the woman eating a short stack of blueberry pancakes and sipping peppermint tea at an off-the-highway eatery in New Haven.
"What play are you in?" asks the gentleman as he catches the...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 10:52 AM
Clarence V.McKee, Esq. is the President and founder of McKee Communications, Inc. which specializes in government, community, political and media relations. His clients have included Walmart Stores, the Florida Department of Children and Families, the...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 7:56 PM
When Ozzie Newsome reflects on the remarkable exploits of Jonathan Ogden, the Ravens general manager thinks first of silence.
You have to be awfully good at your job to avoid the barbed scrutiny of NFL fans and analysts. You have to be an awfully decent...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 12:15 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has tapped connections at the Democratic National Committee to hire a new communications and policy director.
Kevin Harris, 29, of Alexandria, Va., will begin work in Baltimore on Sept. 3.
He currently works as...