We check in with Doni Glover of Bmore News on this Saturday’s Black Wall Street Event at Morgan State University.
We have our regular feature City Paper This Week. This week’s issue is the Best of Baltimore issue. With: Lisa Snowden-McCray, Writer and Associate Editor.
Thank you to all of our listeners who voted for Marc Steiner as “Best Radio Personality” in the readers poll!
We discuss the Port Covington hearings, in light of an upcoming protest scheduled for Thursday (September 8) at 4:00 PM. The protest will take place at the Baltimore War Memorial Building and is organized by BuildUp Baltimore, a coalition of activists, neighborhood leaders, religious leaders, parents, teachers, working families, and union members that all have a common vision of the city of Baltimore that leaves no one out and lifts up all communities through good jobs, good education, and affordable housing. With the Reverend Brian Murray, BRIDGE Maryland Co-Chair and Pastor at New Covenant Community United Church of Christ and Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer, President, & Co-Founder of Equity Matters.
We discuss an important upcoming event: Associated Black Charities’Women on the Move 2016, which is this Thursday at the Horseshoe Casino at 6:00 PM. With: A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.
We have a fascinating discussion on Mindfulness and Criminal Justice. With: Dr. Marisela Gomez, physician, community activist and author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America; and Chris Wilson, motivational speaker, former prisoner, owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, and owner of House of DaVinci (a high-end furniture restoration, repair, and upholstery company).
We talk with author Marc Lamont Hill about his new bookNobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.
Mahogany Books and Union Baptist Church are hosting Marc Lamont Hill August 4 at 6:30 PM. That’s at 1219 Druid Hill Avenue and for more information, email customer service at mahogany books dot com.
We broadcast a talk Marc hosted at the Baltimore Ethical Society around the topic of Building Our City’s Future. He speaks about the Baltimore Uprising in a historical context, police brutality and what comes next for Baltimore. This talk took place April 3 at the Baltimore Ethical Society.
We begin the show with a preview of a special event coming next week to Red Emma’s, when Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will talk about her highly acclaimed book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. Dr. Taylor is Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.
Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will discuss From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation next Thursday, July 21, 7:30pm at Red Emma’s Bookstore Café, 30 W. North Avenue in Baltimore.
Our guest host is Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-In-Residence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.
We preview an upcoming event hosted by Open Society Institute-Baltimore, “Talking About Race: Confronting the New Islamophobia.” With: Deepa Iyer, senior fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future; and Amardeep Singh, program officer in Open Society Foundation’s National Security and Human Rights Campaign.
We begin the show with a new series coming out of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, “Talking About Addiction.” The current discussion, which takes place tonight, is about Youth, Addiction, and Juvenile Justice. With: Evan Elkin, Executive Director of Reclaiming Futures; and Scott Nolen, the Director of OSI-Baltimore’s Drug Addiction Treatment Program.
We host an interview with Joe Tropea, Digital Projects Coordinator for the Maryland Historical Society, offers a preview of an event happening Wednesday evening at Red Emma’s 2640 Space, Reels From the Attic: Bob and Teresa’s Documentary Picks and Not-Fiction Oddities. Reels From the Attic is a selection of 16mm films & video curated by local film fiends Teresa & Bob.
I host an interview with Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Artistic Director at Center Stage and award-winning British playwright, director, actor and broadcaster, and Gavit Witt, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Dramaturgy at Center Stage, who will discuss Center Stage’s leadership in the world of dramaturgy as well as some exciting news.
We have our monthly conversation on Health & Fitness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
The monthly community walk at Druid Hill Park will be held this Saturday, May 7, beginning at 7:30am near the tennis courts.
We host a preview of what’s in store at the Maryland Film Festival, which begins May 4, 2016. With Jed Dietz, Director of the Festival, and Michael Faulkner, Director of the film Shu-de!, which follows Baltimore beat-box artist Shodekeh as he travels to Tuva to collaborate with the throat singing group Alash.
We host a fascinating cross-cultural and cross-generational discussion that took place at last Saturday’s World of the Play at Everyman Theatre. Our panel’s topic is A Dream Preferred, based on the themes of Death of a Salesman, and our guests talk about what the “American Dream” means in today’s world. With: Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin, artist based in Baltimore, Maryland; Ako “Brother Changa” Onyango, Baltimore born musician, carpenter and father of six who serves as the Executive Director of Community Mediation and as Founding Director of Our Boys institute; Jeff Singer, community organizer, clinical social worker, public policy advocate, and founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; and Jadzia Floyd, 19-year old Baltimore native, and a co-founder and graduate of Baltimore Youth Initiative (BYI) High School.
We host the first part of a broadcast of the Baltimore Mayoral Forum for Ex-Offenders, which took place Wednesday, April 14, at Douglas Memorial Community Church. Candidates who participated included: Sheila Dixon, Elizabeth Embry, Joshua Harris, DeRay McKesson, State Senator Catherine Pugh, Councilman Carl Stokes, and David Warnock.
We are joined by Talib Saber, Program Associate for the Friend of a Friend program, talking about the Tubman House. We discuss the Luminous Intervention Project with him and its involvement with the Tubman House.
We host an update on the construction of the Tubman House in Sandtown with Dominique Stevenson. Dominique is a Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee and co-author of Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther.
We discuss sexual assault and domestic violence in Baltimore and beyond. With: Kiara James, on the leadership team for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and the Monument Square, and student at Morgan State University; and Rebecca Nagle, co-founder of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture.
We check in with an exciting and important event occurring right now in Baltimore, Light City Baltimore. In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns, revolutionizing the urban landscape forever by transforming the city with light. Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States.
We talk with three artists featured in the festival: Mina Cheon, new media artist, writer, and full time Professor at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); Gabriel Kroiz, Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Design at the Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning; and Paul Rucker, Baker Award-winning visual artist, composer, and musician, artist-in-residence at the Creative Alliance, and former visiting artist at MICA.
We host our monthly segment on Health & Wellness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. The topic this month will be African American Men’s Health.
The monthly community walk at Druid Hill Park will take place this Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 am, starting near the tennis courts.
Marc speaks with Farai Chideya, who discusses her new book The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption. Chideya is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight and is Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. She will be speaking tonight at 6:30 at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 415 Park Avenue in Baltimore, sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
We are joined by guest host is Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA for a conversation with Meshelle the Indie Mom of Comedy, stand up comedian, former OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow and founder of Goaldiggers, the Sankofa Project. Meshelle will tell us about The Sankofa Entrepreneurs Project: Making a Great Living While Impacting Greatly, a project to build on and extend efforts to offer underserved young women a program to cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The Citizen Artist Baltimore Mayoral Forum on Arts and Culture will take place on Monday, March 7th 2016 at 6 pm at Falvey Hall in the Brown Center at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). For more information, visit
We host our monthly segment on Health & Wellness with fitness trainer and activist Chauncey Whitehead and Rhonda Silva, Division Administrator of the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
The monthly community walk with Chauncey and Ernestine Shepherd, the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, will be held this Saturday, March 5 at 7:30am, beginning next to the tennis courts at Druid Hill Park.
We begin the show with an encore presentation of the conversation I had with Joy-Ann Reid a few weeks ago at the Enoch Pratt Free Library about her book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide. Reid is a national correspondent for MSNBC.
We host a show about the local cultural event: HICK: A Love Story, the current production at the Baltimore Theatre Project. HICK is the story of the romance between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, the most famous woman journalist of her day, as discovered in 1978 when a researcher opened 18 boxes of letters between the two women that documented their relationship. HICK comes to Baltimore from the Lilith Theatre of San Francisco.
With: Chris Pfingsten, Producing Director of Theatre Project; and Terry Baum, playwright, solo performer, and founder of Lilith, the Women’s Theater Collective in San Francisco. HICK: A Love Story was nominated for the prestigious Theatre Bay Area Award in San Francisco.
We play a fascinating panel discussion hosted by Marc that took place last Saturday (February 6, 2015) at Everyman Theatre’s World of the Play: Boundaries of the Body, Limits of Love. The discussion was based on the themes of Everyman’s current production, Under The Skin, which explores the complex family issues that arise when one member needs a new kidney to survive. Our conversation covered the facts, misconceptions, cultural dynamic and psychology of giving away a piece of yourself.
With: Dr. Rolf Barth, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Director of Liver Transplantation at UM Medical Center; Jay A. Herzog, Everyman Theatre’s Resident Lighting Designer and a living liver recipient celebrating his one-year anniversary of the transplant during the run of this production; Litsa Williams MA, LGSW, Director of Community Services for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, the non-profit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation for most of Maryland, where she oversees the family services department; and Jo Funk, MSW, LCSW-C, University of Maryland Medical Center Social Worker and Independent Living Donor Advocate.
Under the Skin will be playing at the Everyman Theater until February 21, 2016. Tickets and more information available on their webpage located here.
This broadcast was edited for time. To hear the full, unedited audio from this town hall forum click here.
Today we preview an important community event happening this weekend in Baltimore, hosted by the Center for Urban Families: Raising Strong Readers, a community discussion for parents and young readers. Our guests include Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC, a youth development consulting and multimedia firm committed to empowering youth and families, and author of Casey’s Day with Daddy and Ryan Turner, Founder and Executive Director of The AKOBEN FOUNDATION, a nonprofit organization that develops urban youth into leaders in order to preserve future outcomes of minority communities.
We have a special musical treat with jazz legend Stanley Cowell joins us to talk about his concert and CD release party on December 19 at An Die Musik.
He’s joined by WEAA’s own Robert Shahid, co-Host of the Baltimore Blend and longtime musician and drummer. Cowell is Professor Emeritus of Jazz Piano at Rutgers-Mason Gross School of the Arts and a Steinway Artist.
We continue our Countdown to the Annapolis Summit. This week our panel reflects upon the state’s budget, taxes, and surplus. Our guests are: State Senator Roger Manno, Democrat representing the 19th District (Montgomery County) in the Maryland State Senate and member of the Budget and Taxation Committee; and State Senator Andrew Serafini, Republican representing the Second District (Washington County) in the Maryland State Senate and member of the Budget and Taxation Committee.
Join The Marc Steiner Show and The Daily Record on January 13, 2016, for the 13th Annual Annapolis Summit! I will talk with Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch about the issues facing the 2016 Maryland State Legislature. Click here to purchase your tickets!
Today we talk with former Ohio State Senator, Nina Turner, who withdrew her support of Hillary Clinton last month to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders. The Democratic Presidential candidate is visiting the communities of Baltimore city today.
Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Baltimore Chapter will take place at Center Stage Saturday December 5, 2015 and Sunday December 6, 2015.
Marc joins American Visionary Art Museum founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger for a tour of the inspirational exhibition, The Big Hope Show. The opening of the exhibition coordinates with the AVAM’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations.
We take a look at an exciting new film premiering this Sunday, November 22, at 7:00pm at the EMP Collective. Not About a Riot tells the stories of the Baltimore Uprising that media didn’t cover – stories of hope, resilience, and community.
With: Malaika Aminata Clements, Morgan State University Print Journalism graduate and Director of Not About a Riot; and Nia Hampton, writer and filmmaker.
Marc travels to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture for a preview of their fascinating exhibit Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World. Over the course of this audio tour we will hear from: Jeffrey Moaney, family descendant of some of the people Ruth Starr Rose illustrated; Dr. Barbara Paca, art historian and the guest exhibition curator of this exhibit; Ted Mack, Reginald F Lewis Museum Board Member; and Skip Sanders, Executive Director of the Lewis Museum.
We begin this week’s edition of Sound Bites with the second part of the panel Marc moderated last week on the Future of Food in Baltimore, reflecting upon the significant community work happening in this city to rebuild the region’s food system. The conversation took place at the the Second Annual Town Creek Foundation Stakeholder Meeting. The Town Creek Foundation is one of the funders of The Marc Steiner Show and Sound Bites. The guests were: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School; Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for the Park Heights Community Health Alliance and Manager of the AFYA Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; and Kurt Sommer, Director of the Baltimore Integration Partnership for the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.
Our show ends with a conversation on the recent announcements by fast food chains Subway and McDonald’s that they are beginning to fade out the use of meats from animals raised with antibiotics. With: Evi Lowman, Campaign Organizer for Maryland PIRG (Public Interest Research Group); and Mae Wu, attorney for the National Resources Defense Counsel’s health program.
We host Baltimore-based pianist and composer Scott Patterson joins us to offer a preview of his one-man show Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe, which will premiere at the Charm City Fringe Festival, November 12-15. The Last Tribe utilizes piano, sound design and projection to tell a new and exciting sci-fi story in poem form.
Today we have a special musical treat, as jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, Jr. joins us to talk about his upcoming performance at the Reginald S. Lewis Museum for their 10th Anniversary Gala. Ellis Marsalis, Jr. is an accomplished, original jazz pianist and a jazz instructor who has helped shape some of the genre’s most important new musicians. A figurehead of the jazz music revival in New Orleans in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Marsalis has enjoyed a career spanning almost four decades.
We preview the new movie Profiled, which highlights women’s voices and concerns as part of the national dialogue on racial profiling and police brutality, and tells their powerful stories that bear witness to the institutional racism that drives such violence.
We speak with Kathleen Foster, director of Profiled, and producer of independent documentaries that combine elements of individual stories, current events and history with a focus on grassroots struggles for change.
For today’s show we listen to a panel that Marc moderated on Wednesday November 4th at the Montgomery County Education Association called Less Testing, More Learning. The town hall focused on how testing has affected schools and presents open dialogue about how parents, educators and students can advocate for a reduction in standardized testing. This is a continuation of our work with the MSEA in creating a series of town hall meetings around the state on testing.
Our panel includes: Catherine Burton, a first grade teacher at Weller Reed Elementary School in Silver Spring, and before that was a kindergarten teacher. Angela Wang, a Social Studies teacher at Clarksburg High School. Sheba Evans, mother of two Montgomery County children in Silver Spring. Nicholas Ballon, a student at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. Melissa Escobar, student at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Aryana Jones, student at Clarksburg High School, and Angie Nseliema, who also attends Clarksburgh High School as a student.
Today we talk with the Green Party about the 2016 Baltimore Mayoral and City Council Elections with Bonnie Lane, advocate for the homeless and current chairperson of the Baltimore Green Party, and Apostle Richard White Jr., Baltimore Green Party candidate for 6th District City Council.
We look to theatre in this segment with a preview of an upcoming production at the Murphy Fine Arts Center on the campus of Morgan State University. There Was A Boy is a staged reading of a Broadway-style Jazz Operetta, about events in the life of iconic musician and singer Nat King Cole. With: James Rich, the playwright and lead performer; and Vincent Dion Stringer, who is producing the piece and providing art direction.
The performance will take place November 19-21 at the Murphy Fine Arts Center on the campus of Morgan State University.
We end our show today by with a look at art and activism. Marc Speaks with Dr. Lilian Nabulime, Ugandan sculptor-in-residence at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Dr. Nabulime’s sculptural woodcarving wrestles with the reality of HIV/AIDS. In addition to teaching a course at MICA called “Woodcarving as a Social Practice,” she is working with carpentry students at Living Classrooms and will soon begin working with students at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts in Harlem Park. Also joining us in-studio is Nicole Fall, Executive Director of Mind-Art-Power Projects, the organization that brought Dr. Nabulime to Baltimore for her artist residency at MICA.
Marc speaks with Gracie Xavier, photographer and MICA Community Art Graduate, as they take a tour of the Detroit native’s photography and Videography exhibit “Cutz: Black Men in Focus” currently showing at the Gallery CA, Station North. This compelling exhibit investigates current events, social myths and personal perceptions surrounding the Black male identity through the backdrop of the African American barber shop.
We turn to the plight of domestic workers with Open Society Institute-Baltimore as part of their Talking About Race series: Rights for Domestic Workers. Joining us for this discussion is Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Rachel Micah-Jones, Founder and Executive Director of CDM: Centro de los Derechos del Migrante; and Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA.
Today we’re at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to discuss poultry industry expansion, community health and local control, and hear how concerned citizens in the Delmarva region are beginning to organize to keep their rural communities and local waterways healthy. Our panelists include: Dr. Jillian Fry from the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future; Dr. Kirkland Hall, a long-time member of Somerset County’s NAACP branch and the UMES chapter adviser; Maria Payan, consultant with Socially Responsible Agriculture Project and with the Assateague Coastal Trust; and Backbone Corridor Neighbors Association spokesperson, Lisa Inzerillo.
We take a sneak preview of the Baltimore International Black Film Festival. With: Kenneth Moore, Founder and Director of the Baltimore International Black Film Festival; and Mikal Odom, Director of LUV Don’t Live Here Anymore, one of the films that will be screened in the festival.
We look at an upcoming event, Justice or Else: The 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, which will take place in Washington, DC, on October 10. With: Farajii Muhammad, Host of Listen Up! on WEAA 88.9FM, co-director of the Justice of Else Baltimore Local Organizing Committee and member of the Nation of Islam.
We check in on a special West Wednesday rally this Wednesday October 7th, 6:30pm, taking place outside of the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center at 300 E. Madison Street. The focus of the rally will be he death of Darrell Murray in prison and the police shooting of Keith Davis Jr.
With: Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Tawanda Jones, activist and sister of Tyrone West, who was killed by Baltimore police in July 2013. Jones has organized West Wednesday protests every week for the past 2 years.
We host a discussion on media bias and Black communities, with: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization; and Stacey Patton, reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
You can see Robinson and Patton tonight at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore series “Talking About Race.” For more information, click here.
It’s a brand new episode of Sound Bites, where we’ll listen to the first part of a town hall meeting I moderated last week in Princess Anne, Maryland called “A Game of Chicken?” We met at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to discuss poultry industry expansion, community health and local control, and hear how concerned residents in the Delmarva region are organizing to keep their rural communities and local waterways healthy.
Our panelists included: Dr. Jillian Fry from the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future; Dr. Kirkland Hall, a long-time member of Somerset County’s NAACP branch and the UMES chapter adviser; Maria Payan, consultant with Socially Responsible Agriculture Project and with the Assateague Coastal Trust; and Backbone Corridor Neighbors Association spokesperson Lisa Inzerillo. This conversation was presented by the Assateague Coastal Trust and the Assateague Coastkeeper.
In todays show Dr. John Bullock sits in as host of the Marc Steiner Show. He is Professor of Political Science at Towson University.
We are joined by Reverend Frances Murphy Draper, the great-granddaughter of the founder of the Afro-American and lifelong citizen of Baltimore. She is a Morgan State University alum and is pastor of John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore. She speaks about her role as a ReligionMaker with the HistoryMakers project and her involvement with the Annual Back To School With The HistoryMakers Program coming up this Friday.
Baltimore-based African American HistoryMakers and hundreds of HistoryMakers nationwide will give their testimony of pursuing an education, overcoming challenges on their path to success, and making a difference in their communities during the 6th Annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program on Friday, September 25th. The theme of the day is “COMMIT.” More information about HistoryMakers at TheHistoryMakers.com.
In our show today Dr. John Bullock sits in as host of the Marc Steiner Show. He is Professor of Political Science at Towson University.
We preview “Save Our Streets: A Spoken Art Slam” with Director Phillip Royston Burgess, who is a Lecturer in the Theatre Program at Morgan State University; and Domonique Butler, one of the primary student performers in Save Our Streets.
Theatre Morgan presents “Saving Our Streets: A Spoken Art Slam,” a collaboration of spoken word artists, drummers, dancers and visual artists from the Morgan State University and Baltimore communities. The spoken art street slam was developed over a 24 hour period and inspired by the words of Baltimoreans from all walks of life. The piece was created as a means to tell the stories of Black Baltimore, where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re headed. Performances: Saturday, September 26th at 7:00pm the YNot Lot at North Avenue and Charles Street; Friday, October 2nd at 8:00pm at the Murphy Fine Arts Center’s Amphitheater; Saturday, October 10th at 5:00pm at Walbrook Junction; and Friday, October 16th at 5:00pm at Pennsylvania and North Avenues. Performances are open to the public. More information at 443-885-3625 or at TheatreMorganMSU@gmail.com.
We talk with rapper Kane Mayfield, who will be performing Friday September 4th, at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore.
We discuss Education and Testing, with NPR’s lead education blogger Anya Kamenetz.
On Wednesday, September 2, I will be moderating a panel hosted by the Maryland State Education Association, “Less Testing, More Learning,” at the Roland Park Elementary/Middle School. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.
We speak with author and filmmaker D Watkins about his new book The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America. D Watkins’ book release event will be at the Union Baptist Church of Baltimore (1219 Druid Hill Ave) Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 PM.
In our latest episode of Sound Bites, our series on our food and our world, we are joined by Natasha Bowens. Bowens is a beginning farmer and community grower in Western Maryland, who wrote the book The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming. She will present her book Thursday night, August 20th at 7:30pm at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, and this September at the Baltimore Book Festival.
Later, Natasha Bowens is joined by local farmer Denzel Mitchell of Five Seeds Farm and Apiary in Baltimore to talk about the ways that race intersects with agriculture and the food movement.
We close out the show with a preview of a special musical event, happening August 29: An Die Musik Presents Sunny Cowell CD Release Concert & Party.
With: Sunny Cowell on voice & guitar; and Stanley Cowell, who will play piano at the concert.
We check-in on a Town Hall on Police-Community Relations taking place next week at the Real News Network Studios in Baltimore.
With: Karim Ali, Executive Producer of Vision View Media Group and co-Founder of Creating A Profound Sense of Community [CAPSOC]; Omar Henderson, Executive Producer of Vision View Media Group; and Jean Lloyd, President of Jean Lloyd and Associates.
We check in with the African Griot Book Fair for our Children, happening this Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 PM at Druid Hill Park Near Columbus Pavilion in Baltimore. With: Gillette Dickens, trusted servant of the African Griot Book Fair for our Children; Duane G. “Shorty” Davis, partner and ally of the African Griot Book Fair for our Children; and Deletta Gilispie, singer, songwriter and teacher.
We talk to activist Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West — who was killed by Baltimore Police while in police custody — about a multi-city meeting taking place that includes families who have experienced police violence. Tawanda Jones has been organizing West Wednesday protests every week for the past two years since her brother was killed.
We have a preview of a special event happening at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance on Friday, June 26: Lea Gilmore’s Big Fat Blues Cabaret. We will be joined in-studio by the fabulous Lea Gilmore, activist, world-renowned Gospel and Blues singer, and Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor.
We look at #BlackWomenandGirlsLivesMatter
On our newest edition of Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, we take a trip to Washington, DC, for a conversation on a number of issues around the poultry industry, focusing on the complex plight of contract chicken growers. We examine how the vertically integrated nature of the poultry industry often leaves chicken growers feeling powerless in the face of the large companies to whom they are contractually bound. We also highlight ways that poultry farmers are organizing to change that system, and how their allies in Washington are working to address the problems on a legislative level. Our guests are: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who represents the 9th Congressional District of Ohio in the US House of Representatives; West Virginia poultry grower Mike Weaver, who is President and Co-founder of the Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias; and Christopher Leonard, investigative reporter and author of The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business.
We close out Sound Bites with a recipe for vegan gluten-free alfredo from Naijha Wright, Co-Owner of Land of Kush Restaurant and Co-organizer of the Vegan Soul Fest.
Other information about this episode below.
We offer a sneak preview of an event to be held Wednesday evening at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, An Evening with Isaac Oliver. Oliver is author of the book Intimacy Idiot.
Rev. Jamal Bryant, Senior Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME, joins us to talk about the protest he organized against the construction of the new youth jail in Baltimore.
We offer a sneak preview of Saturday night’s special screening of Out in the Night at the Baltimore Creative Alliance, part of the 4th Annual Charm City LGBTQA Film Festival. I talk with the film’s Director, blair dorosh-walther.
Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India have been in Baltimore for the past week, leading discussions and meditations and creating a sand mandala at the Baltimore Yoga Village in Mount Washington. Wednesday evening at 6:30 the Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony will take place. On our show to talk about the weeklong experience will be Anjali Sunita of Baltimore Yoga Village and Monks from the Drupung Gomang Monastery.
We begin the show with a special production, Voices from the Freddie Gray Protests, from our Marc Steiner Show producers Mark Gunnery and Stefanie Mavronis who have been out with the protesters throughout the week.
You will hear from: Nyasha Dixon, Ralikh Hayes, Paul Rucker, Willa Bickham, Brendan Walsh, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, Molly Amster, Minister Carlos Muhammad, Dayvon Love, Touré, Dr. Lawrence Brown, Cordy Shaw, Person Ablach, students from Goucher, Councilpersons Carl Stokes, Nick Mosby, Brandon M. Scott and more.
We close out the show with Sir Gilbert Levine, conductor and creator of A Celebration of Peace Through Music, a two-hour show that is currently being broadcast on public media stations nationwide. A Celebration of Peace Through Music is a concert featuring the Kraków Philharmonic Choir, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Washington Choral Arts Society. It is a tribute to Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis – three spiritual leaders recognized for their devotion to promoting understanding and peace around the world.
Does your family have secrets? Listen in to a riveting discussion held two weeks ago at Everyman Theatre as part of their World of the Play series: The Cost of Keeping a Secret. The discussion is based on the themes rising from the current production of Ibsen’s Ghosts at Everyman.
With: Dr. Jean Fernandez, Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County;Donald Hicken, Director of Ghosts and Theatre Department Head at Baltimore School for the Arts; and Samara Stone, social worker and Founder of The Stone Foundation.
Listen as we look at an important event coming up this weekend at Morgan State University (MSU): a National Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color. With Dr. Anika Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MSU; Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor at the School of Global Journalism and Communication at MSU, co-Editor of Malcolm X: A Lie of Reinvention, and author of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto; and Rachel Gilmer, Associate Director for the African American Policy Forum.
Morgan State University and the African American Policy Forum present the National Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color: Saturday, April 25, noon-4pm, Morgan State University Student Theatre, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore. Click here to register.
We talk about the upcoming Sounds of the Aeolian, a classical organ concert featuring the very rare Aeolian-Skinner organ. With: Dr. Samuel Springer, organist, Lecturer-Piano, Opera Workshop Fine Arts Music; and Bryan Alston, organist and Choir Director at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. The concert will take place Sunday, April 26, at 4:00 pm, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Baltimore.
We close out the show with a special sneak preview of Funny, Fierce, Fabulous: The Cabaret as Meshelle the Indie Mom of Comedy joins us to discuss her upcoming performance Saturday, April 25, at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance.
We take a sneak preview of the documentary Gentrification (K)Not, with filmmaker and political activist Jude Lombardi. This documentary explores the meaning of the terms revitalization and gentrification and how they function as elements of a system that displaces people from their communities, focusing on the Station North neighborhood in Baltimore. There will be a screening of Gentrification (K)Not at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 25, at 2640 (2640 St. Paul Street in Baltimore).
We hear a preview of the Women’s History Month Literary Festival, taking place this Saturday, March 7, at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.
Marc speaks with two of the three authors who will speak at the event on the topic of the intersection of place, time, and culture in literature and in the lives of women: Lalita Tademy, New York Times bestselling author whose newest novel, Citizens Creek, is set against the backdrop of Alabama in 1822 and follows the lives of a young slave boy who is sold to work on a plantation for a Creek Indian Chief and his beloved granddaughter; and LaShonda Katrice Barnett, author of a story collection and the debut novel Jam! on the Vine, which tells the story of Ivoe Williams, who founded the first female-run African American newspaper in Kansas City in the early 20th century.