C.D. Witherspoon on Shomrim, Werdesheim Case: Youth testified in pretrial
Community policing group charged with breaking black youth's wrist in upper Park Heights Read in Full >>
Commentary: Questionable Intent: Trayvon Martin and The Raising of Black on Black Violence
Many have asked openly “Why don’t Black people get as upset when Black teenagers are killed by other Black teenagers”?
In fact, the question is posed so often, that Davey D over at his blog on Hip Hop and Politics has a piece on it. Written by Thandisizwe Chimurenga , it makes some great points about the amount of attention the Black community spends on issues of internal violence. In a sense this is a springboard post, and I would like to add my two cents.
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Op/Ed: J. Wyndal Gordon v. Baltimore City State's Attorney Bernstein's Overwhelming Ineptitude & "Underwhelming" Performance in Office
This is just the beginning and it is going to get worse. Newly Elected Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein is overwhelmingly inept, and has put on an "underwhelming" performance during his first 30 days in office. If we take a snap shot of his performance just dealing with the Shomrim case, you'll understand why he was the absolute worst person for the State's Attorney job. Not analyzed in this Note but mentioned for what its worth, Bernstein has been (1) silent on the shooting of Ofr. Torbit and Sean Gamble outside of Select NightClub, (2) silent on Det. Anthony Fata's questionable or perhaps even false statement to police about a shootout with an alleged "Black" assailant in a downtown parking garage (that resulted in helicopter deployment, police man power, depletion of crime fighting budget, and "Black" men in the area being accosted by law enforcement during the investigation’s initial stages
), and (3) silent on the bewildering disappearance of Phyllicia Barnes, the Honor student visiting Baltimore from NC. Read in Full >>
J. Wyndal Gordon, Esquire speaks on 2nd Werdesheim arrest
Eliyahu Werdesheim's brother arrested for incident in Park Heights on same day public learns of dropping of 1st degree assault Read in Full >>
TGR: Welcome to Baltimore!
...the city where 6 to 10 young African American males do not graduate from high school. Read in Full >>
Raise It Up: The Reality of Dirt Bikes in Baltimore
... From a youth perspective. We can shake our heads all we want. However, the issue remains. Build them somewhere to ride, and for Pete's sake, let's get them some helmets! Read in Full >>
TGR: $121 Million Deficit in Baltimore City: What’s the Solution?
According to University of Maryland Law Professor Sherrilyn Ifill, “We’re about to get it real! It’s going to be a really hot summer and this is not the way.”
She said, “Closing rec centers is anti-stimulus for our community. It’s going to be a long, hot summer unless we recommit ourselves to preserving our future which means putting our young people first.”
She posed, “What would the budget look like if we started with young people?” Read in Full >>
TGR: When Will We Hear You, MLK?
I have been in the Middle East and subject to kidnapping and terror attacks, if not worse. I have been in so-called Third World nations where violence and anarchy are but a breath away. I have been asked by local TV stations to answer some terribly heart-wrenching questions about the personal lives of politicians and even their outward shenanigans. I have visited some of the meanest prisons, including the Maryland State Penitentiary and the Jessup House of Corrections. I have been in morgues and seen countless bodies of the deceased, including babies.
Despite all of these awkward and uncomfortable scenarios, nothing is more uncomfortable than attempting to interview a mother who has lost a child … particularly to gun violence. Read in Full >>
ULI's David Miller Interviewed by WYPR's Sunni Khalid on 'the Avenue'
David is passionate about saving black youth in Baltimore. Interviewed by internationally-renown journalist on Historic Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore. Read in Full >>
David Miller Interviews Sunni Khalid on Historic Pennsylvania Avenue
Youth advocate/author interviews internationally-renown journalist on murders among youth in Baltimore, 7.21.09 Read in Full >>
Imani's Faith: Swagger on a Hundred Thousand Trillion
There is a new epidemic that has landed in the Hip Hop community. It seems as though everyone has a boost of confidence. This particular boost is called Swagger also known as ‘swagga’ and better known as ‘swag’. You might have heard the term used in several songs such as “Turn my Swag on” and “Swag Surfing’”. Read in Full >>