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Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition – Part 4: Tensions

download bromoDecember 10, 2015 – Segment 1

We begin the day with the fourth segment of a series of productions by students in the American Studies Program at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), called Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition. This segment is called Tensions.


Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Performing at Reginald F. Lewis 10th Anniversary Gala

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November 10, 2015 – Segment 4

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.

Profiled: Women’s Voices in Racial Profiling and Police Brutality

Kathleen Forster's 'Profiled' (Photo Credit: Kathleen Forster, Indiegogo)November 10, 2015 – Segment 3

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.

City Paper This Week: The Fall Arts Guide

fall arts guideOctober 14, 2015 – Segment 4

Today we have our regular feature, City Paper This Week with Anna Walsh, Managing Editor and Eats and Drinks Editor for City Paper, who will preview this week’s Fall Arts Guide issue.

Due to technical difficulties, no podcast for this segment is available.

Returning To Art-Part’heid: Disparities in Baltimore’s Art Scene

Station North Arts and Entertainment DistrictOctober 1, 2015 – Segment 1

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt moderates a discussion on Art-Part’heid: Continuing The Conversation On Disparities in Baltimore’s Art Scene. The panel of guests will include: Sheila Gaskins, performance artist, poet, stand up comic, and Director of Theater Action Group; Nia Hampton, writer and filmmaker who wrote an Op-Alt in this week’s City Paper titled “Somos Todos Iguais” about her experiences watching the Baltimore Uprising as a Baltimorean in Brazil; and Mia Loving, Curator and Founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator.

From The Archives: Immigrants, Refugees & Asylum Seekers Share Art and Recipes In ‘Kitchen Stories’

Kitchen Stories (Photo Credit: Kitchen Stories Project on Facebook)September 24, 2015 – Segment 2

We’re joined by Baltimore artist Julie Lin, who tells us about her project, “Kitchen Stories”, which has brought together groups of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, to create art, share recipes, and cook. One of the Kitchen Stories participants, Enas, joins us, as well.


Eubie Blake Center Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Billie Holiday

billieSeptember 15, 2015 – Segment 2

The Eubie Blake Cultural National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billie Holiday with an exhibit curated by Stuart Hudgins,  “Billie Holiday: A Life in Music,” who joins us for this segment.

Griot’s Eye Youth Film and Culture Festival

griotFebruary 13, 2015 – Segment 2

We preview The Griot‘s Eye Youth Film and Culture Festival that’s taking place this weekend at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture with Ras Tre Subira, Director of African Youth Alchemy and Organizer of the Griot‘s Eye Film Festival, and Babatunde Salaam, Partner with Griot‘s EyeFestival, Filmmaker and Organizer. The festival is filled with the film, theatre, African dance, and poetry of Baltimore’s youth.

The Griot‘s Eye Youth Film and Culture Festival is happening this Saturday at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum at noon. For more information, call 443-263-1800.

LOVE the Poet and Jahiti On The Bolton Hill Open Mic Series

jahitiJanuary 16, 2015 – Segment 3

We hear a special preview of the Bolton Hill Open Mic Series show this weekend, with: spoken word artist and musician Michelle Antoinette aka LOVE the Poet; and singer-songwriter Jahiti.

Race, Representation, and Cinema: Golden Globes, Selma & More

selmaJanuary 16, 2015 – Segment 2

We discuss race, representation, and cinema, 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; and Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Instructor at University of Maryland College Park and Towson University.

A Tour of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s American Wing

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November 20, 2014 – Segment 2

We take a tour through the Baltimore Museum of Art‘s recently reopened American Wing with David Park Curry, Senior Curator and Department Head of Decorative Arts and American Painting and Sculpture for the Museum. The free and festive American Wing Opening Celebration – a day of fun activities for all ages – will be held Sunday, November 23, from 10am-5pm.

Racial Divides in Baltimore’s Art World

siloOctober 20, 2014 – Segment 3

We host a panel on the racial divides in the artistic world in Baltimore, inspired by articles in last week’s Baltimore City Paper‘s 2014 Fall Arts Guide. With: Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at MICA; Baynard Woods, Senior Editor for the Baltimore City Paper; Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; and Mia Loving, community organizer, entrepreneur, mother and wife.



American Visionary Arts Museum: Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity

AVAMOctober 13, 2014 – Segment 2

It’s WEAA’s Fall Membership Drive! Call us this week during the show between 10:00 AM and noon eastern time at 410-319-8888 to make a pledge.

We listen back to some of our best arts programming from 2014. First, it’s our visit to the American Visionary Arts Museum’s last exhibit, “Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity,” with Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder and Director of AVAM.


Theatre Baltimore: God’s Country Featuring LOVE the Poet

lovethepoetOctober 7, 2014 – Segment 3

Join us for a sneak peek of God’s Country, a performance by LOVE the Poet opening for a one week run by the Strand Theater Company. We’re joined by Michelle Antoinette aka LOVE the Poet, spoken word artist and musician.


Center Stage’s Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE

Kwame_kwei_armahSeptember 3, 2014 – Segment 3

We hear about Center Stage’s upcoming season with Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Artistic Director at Center Stage and award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster. Their just-announced performance centers on the life and music of Bob Marley.


Arts, Design and Social Change

american_visionary_arts_museumAugust 28, 2014 – Segment 4

We take a look at Arts, Design and Social Change, with: Isabel Meirelles, author of Design for InformationPaul Rucker, Artist-in-Residence at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); Kalima Young, Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at MICA; and Stephen Towns, visual artist whose exhibit co|patriot is now on display at Gallery CA in Baltimore.


The Joy of Making Art

meshelleApril 8, 2014 – Segment 1

This week is the WEAA Spring Membership Drive, so tune in for compelling topics and wonderful premiums! Now is your opportunity to support the station you have come to love: WEAA, THE Voice of the Community. Call 410-319-8888 or visit to make your pledge of support during the show.

We start the show with a roundtable of artists, musicians and performers. Our guests talk about their work, why they express themselves through their art, and the joy of performing and making art. Our guests are: Amrita Kaur Dang, better known as Ami Dang, a musician from Baltimore; Mark Cottman, Baltimore-based visual artist and owner of the Mark CottmanGallery in Federal Hill; Meshelle, the Indie Mom of Comedy; and Vincent Dion Stringer, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, and Artistic Director of Opera at Morgan State University.


Cultural Crossroads with Lea Gilmore: The Contemporary and Social Justice + The Arts

nether-street-art-baltimoreFebruary 27, 2014 – Segment 4

We have a special treat: Cultural Crossroads with Center for Emerging Media’s Cultural Editor Lea Gilmore! Lea is Senior Fellow for Social Justice at the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and was recently named one of Maryland’s 2014 Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. We look at Baltimore’s Contemporary with: Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary and named one of “10 People to Watch Under 30” by The Baltimore Sun in 2013.

Then we have a conversation about the intersection of Arts & Social Justice, with: Kalima Young, Project Coordinator of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at the Maryland Institute College of Art; street artist Nether, who participated in the Baltimore Slumlord Watch “Wall Hunters” project, which brought attention to vacant properties and their neglectful property owners; and David Mitchell, Program Director of the Urban Arts Leadership Program at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Lea Gilmore will be performing at Common Ground on the Hill in Baltimore on Friday, March 7th at 8pm.


The Kinsey Collection: African American Art And History

bernardshirleykinseyJanuary 24, 2014 – Segment 2

We take a visit to Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis African American History and Culture Museum to spend some time in their current exhibit, The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard & Shirley Kinsey – Where Art & History Intersect. It’s a treasure trove of art and artifacts – including letters from Zora Neale Hurston and antique photographs – chronicling over 400 years of African American history and culture and telling the often-untold story of African American achievement and contribution to our society. We toured the exhibit with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, the owners of the collection.


Cultural Crossroads: Where’s The Color At The Golden Globes?

Golden GlobeJanuary 15, 2014 – Segment 4

We continue our Cultural Crossroads conversation with Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor and chanteuse extraordinaire Lea Gilmore! Why were there no African American artists with Billboard Number One hit singles in 2013? Were African American actors and directors snubbed at the Golden Globes? We talk about all that and more.


Remembering Ruby Glover

rubygloverDecember 2, 2013 – Segment 3

We turn to Arts and Culture with Center for Emerging Media’s Cultural Editor, Blues & Gospel singer Lea Gilmore! We begin the hour talking about an upcoming tribute concert to the late Baltimore Jazz legend Ruby Glover, to be held Saturday, December 7, at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance. Joining Lea in-studio will be visual and performing artist Joyce Scott; and poet and performing artist Margaret Locklear.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Everyman Theatre’s High School Acting Intensive

Everyman Theatre High School Summer Acting IntensiveOctober 23, 2013 – Segment 4

We close out the show with students from Everyman Theatre’s High School Summer Acting Intensive, performing scenes from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.



A Visit To 901 Arts

901September 19, 2013 – Segment 3

We pay a visit to 901 Arts, a community-based youth arts center dedicated to providing art and music programs to the children and teens of the Better Waverly neighborhood. We hear the voices of young people involved in the visual and performing arts, as well as their instructors and parents, about what it means to have this center in their neighborhood.

We hear from parent Akeelah Stokes Bey, 901 Arts Director Sarah Tooley, drum instructor Wayne Johnson, singers Aniyah Walker and Taleah Edwards, and drummers Renee Anderson, Simone Edwards, Dimaun Coleman, Malachi Goodridge, Uriah Jackson, Dalin Haleem, Daja Haleem, Montré Hill, and Derrick Johnson.

This coming Friday, September 20, 901 Arts will be hosting their fourth annual Fish Fry. It is a fundraising dinner, silent auction, and community event that celebrates 901 Arts. The event will be taking place at 901 Arts, 901 Montpelier St, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. For more information, go to


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Deep Voices: Black Men In The Arts

Deep VoicesSeptember 11, 2013 – Segment 4

Actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes co-hosts our second conversation focused on Black men in the arts. We discuss masculinity, talk about the importance of young people getting involved in the arts, and hear stories from:

  • Jerry Prettymanlifetime visual artist who studied at Morgan State University and MICA;
  • Koli Tengella, filmmaker and Executive Director of the The Kujichagulia Theatre Project;
  • Bashi Rose, co-founder of the NOMMO Theater, who established D.R.A.M.A, a program that uses theatre and film to work with high school students and incarcerated adults;
  • and David “Native Son” Ross, poet and member of the spoken word duo, 5th L .


Vibrant Opera Community At Morgan State University

Porgy and Bess - Morgan State University Vocal Studies and OperaAugust 29, 2013 – Segment 1

Blues & Gospel singer, Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor, and Director of Network Operations for the Moving MD Forward Network Lea Gilmore is in the house! Lea co-hosts a conversation about the Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop, with:

  • Vincent Dion Stringer, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, and Artistic Director of Opera at Morgan State University;
  • Dwight R.B. Cook, Director of Douglas Moore’s “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” which is being produced for the 2013-14 season of Opera at Morgan State University;
  • Joanna Ford, soprano and faculty member in Vocal Studies and Opera at Morgan State University;
  • tenor Anthony Marcicano;
  • and soprano Dimery Mowery.


Come On Son: An Interactive Poetry Experience

come on sonAugust 7, 2013 – Segment 4

We speak with four fascinating poets about an interactive poetry experience called Come On Son. Featuring four women based out of the Baltimore area, it will play this Sunday in Baltimore. We’re joined by Rebecca Dupas; Bria McCormick; LOVE the Poet; and Shelly Says So.



Can Station North Save Baltimore City?

Station North Arts and Entertainment DistrictJuly 11, 2013 – Segment 2

We turn to Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, which was the subject of a City Paper article, “Can Station North Save The City?” We discuss revitalization, gentrification, and the state of arts in the city with Michelle Antoinette AKA LOVE the poet, spoken word artist and musician; Ben Stone, Executive Director of Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc.; Kate Khatib, member of the Red Emma’s Workers’ Cooperative, which is moving into Station North this Fall; and Jude Lombardi, political activist and filmmaker with the Gentrification (k)NOT Project.


Lea Gilmore: Arts, Arena Players, The Caretaker, and Notorious B.I.G.

Notorious BIGMay 22, 2013 – Hour 2

We turn to the Arts, with Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor Lea Gilmore!

First, we talk about Arena Players, the longest running continuously operating African-American community theater in the U.S., with Artistic Director Donald Owens and Assistant Artistic Director David Mitchell.

Then we discuss The Caretaker, Harold Pinter’s classic play, currently at Performance Workshop Theatre, with director Marlyn Robinson.

Finally, since May 21 would have been The Notorious B.I.G.’s 41st birthday, we will discuss his legacy with Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine.

**Due to technical circumstances, the podcast for this show is unavailable.**

Happy 90th Pete Seeger!

photo by Michael Cantor

Pete Seeger turned 90 on May 3rd. They threw him a 90th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden. He is an American icon, a national treasure that embodies the heart of the great American soul of liberty and justice for all.

For more than 70 years he has been singing about freedom, justice, civil rights, human rights, for the workers, for the environment. Wherever someone struggled for freedom in America, Pete was there. On Barack Obama’s Inauguration he sang with Bruce Springsteen and closed out the event with every stanza of “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie. He fearlessly and to the glee of the revelers included the long unused stanza that called for the “breeching of the wall of private property.” He bounded off the stage like a man forty years younger. He was hugged and greeted by the new President.

He lives his beliefs as he sings them. When Senator Joe McCarthy and his dreaded House Un-American Activities Committee came after him, he refused to cooperate. He was blackballed and banned for ten years. He said “I don’t give a shit about my career.” When he returned, the Smothers Brothers brought him back to TV. He sang the anti-war and freedom folk song “Waste Deep in the Big Muddy.”

When he helped make Huddie Leadbetter’s, (aka Leadbelly’s), “Good Night Irene” into a hit, he made sure that Leadbelly got the royalties. He did the same for the family of Solomon Linda who wrote the African Freedom song that everyone sang in the fifties, sixties and seventies that became a rock‘n’roll hit, “Wimoweh.” He could have stolen the proceeds of the royalties and kept them for himself, as so many of the unscrupulous did to Black performers. Not Pete Seeger; he lives his life by his word, by work, by his politics, by his beliefs.

I first saw him as a young civil right worker singing with the Freedom Singers in Mississippi, a young Bob Dylan by his side. I grew up with his folk music because my mother always played him.

They say he has memorized more songs than any performer alive. Whenever he hears of a struggle for human rights in America, for the poor, for the infirmed, for our earth, he is there at 90. On his banjo, that he has had for over 60 years, are written the words “this Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces it to Surrender.”

He has become a sage. When asked why, in the face of so much opposition, of so many backward turns and some say the hopelessness of the causes he believes, why does he keep singing, pushing and fighting for justice, he gives a New Testament parable about a soldier who with his sword slashes open a bag of seeds. Some fall on the rocks and die, some seeds drown in the water, some are crushed under foot, but some fall onto fertile ground. They sink into the soil and grow a thousand fold. That is who we are he says. He knows the fight for freedom, for a just world is endless, and that every song we sing, every word we write, every story we tell, every oppression that is pushed aside brings more people to a better world and one day the fertile soil will win.

Peter Seeger, one of the few heroes I have in life …. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Save Baltimore’s Small Performance Venues

Christina here – I’m one of the interns on the show, and wanted to spread the word about a piece of legislation making its way through the City Council that would have a huge effect on small performance venues in Baltimore City.

The legislation’s stated intent is to make it easier for clubs to open all around the city – instead of the current system, where there are specific zones for live entertainment, the bill would move to a permit-based model. That is, every venue that offered live entertainment would have to apply for a license from the city, and then would have to apply to renew that license annually. The bill establishes an oversight board that would review the license applications, and hear any grievances about the clubs.

Now, on the face of it, the legislation isn’t all bad. It’s obvious that the bill’s backers want to make it easier for large venues to open in the city, to keep, as the Council’s web page states, Baltimore’s citizens from traveling to New York and Philadelphia to spend their entertainment dollars. But look a little closer and the legislation would achieve any gains in that area at the expense of the existing small venues that are the heart of Baltimore’s thriving local music and performance scene.

The devil is, as ever, in the details. The bill is written in terms so broad that it leaves open the possibility that everything from a dive bar with a karaoke machine to the neighborhood book store will be subject to the license fee – live entertainment, as defined in the legislation, includes karaoke, “participatory dancing,” “poetry recitals or book readings,” as well as musical acts, comedy, and theater. And, of course, circuses. What’s more, to pacify those who are justifiably worried about a loud venue drawing a raucous crowd to their neighborhood, the bill states that if 10 people who reside within a 10 block radius of a venue complain within a year, the case automatically goes to mediation and the license is in danger. That number of complaints within such a huge radius would be a cake walk for anyone to put together.

The amount of the licensing fee isn’t stipulated in the bill as written, but the fees would be calculated to cover the expense of the department that would oversee the licensing. The city finance department estimated that the annual cost would be $315,600, or around $1,500 a license if 200 business applied. For a large venue, that’s pocket change. But for small or collectively owned venues like some of my favorites – The Zodiac or The Hexagon on Charles Street, 2640 at St. John’s Church on St. Paul Street, the Red Room on 31st st, or the 14 Karat Cabaret downtown, to name only a few – the expense could be enough to close their doors.

Opposition is mounting to the bill. Owners of small live arts venues have organized to fight it, and groups of artists and performers are coming together to mobilize against it, but the fight will be tough. City Council President Rawlings-Blake introduced the bill and is pressing for its adoption. You can see her argument for the bill on the Council’s website, along with the full text of the measure.

If you’re interested in helping to preserve performance in the city, contact your City Council representative, write a letter to the Sun, which has barely covered the story, or attend one of the upcoming community sessions. The next is Tuesday, the 31st, at the Communications Center of Morgan State University, from 6:30 to 8:30. Check up on meeting times here.