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December 11, 2015

Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition – Part 4: Tensions

December 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. Today's segment is called Tension
November 12, 2015

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

November 10, 2015 - Segment 4 - Jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, Jr. joins us to talk about his upcoming performance at the Reginald S. Lewis Museum for their 10th Anniversary Gala.
November 12, 2015
Kathleen Forster's 'Profiled' (Photo Credit: Kathleen Forster, Indiegogo)

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

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.
October 15, 2015
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City Paper This Week: The Fall Arts Guide

October 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.
October 2, 2015
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Returning To Art-Part’heid: Disparities in Baltimore’s Art Scene

October 1, 2015 - Segment 1 - Dr. Kimberly Moffitt moderates a discussion on racial disparity in the Baltimore arts scenes.
September 28, 2015
Kitchen Stories (Photo Credit: Kitchen Stories Project on Facebook)

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

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.
September 16, 2015
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Eubie Blake Center Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Billie Holiday

September 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.
February 13, 2015
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Griot’s Eye Youth Film and Culture Festival

February 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.
January 20, 2015
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LOVE the Poet and Jahiti On The Bolton Hill Open Mic Series

January 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.
January 20, 2015
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Race, Representation, and Cinema: Golden Globes, Selma & More

January 16, 2015 - Segment 2 - We discuss race, representation, and cinema, with Dr. Kimberly Moffitt and Kalima Young.
November 24, 2014
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A Tour of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s American Wing

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.
October 20, 2014
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Racial Divides in Baltimore’s Art World

October 20, 2013 - 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, Baynard Woods, Deana Haggag and Mia Loving.
October 13, 2014
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American Visionary Arts Museum: Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity

October 13, 2014 - Segment 2 - It's WEAA's Fall Membership Drive! 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.
October 8, 2014
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Theatre Baltimore: God’s Country Featuring LOVE the Poet

October 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.
September 7, 2014
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Center Stage’s Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE

September 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.
September 3, 2014
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Arts, Design and Social Change

August 28, 2014 - Segment 4 - We take a look at Arts, Design and Social Change, with: Isabel Meirelles, author of Design for Information; Paul 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.
April 8, 2014
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The Joy of Making Art

April 8, 2014 - Segment 1 - 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.
February 27, 2014
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Cultural Crossroads with Lea Gilmore: The Contemporary and Social Justice + The Arts

February 27, 2014 - Segment 4 - It's another episode of Cultural Crossroads with Center for Emerging Media's Cultural Editor Lea Gilmore! We're joined by Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary, and have a conversation about the intersection of Arts & Social Justice, with: Kalima Young, Nether, and David Mitchell.
January 27, 2014
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The Kinsey Collection: African American Art And History

January 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.
January 16, 2014
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Cultural Crossroads: Where’s The Color At The Golden Globes?

January 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.
December 3, 2013
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Remembering Ruby Glover

December 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.
October 24, 2013
Everyman Theatre High School Summer Acting Intensive

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

October 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.
September 19, 2013
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A Visit To 901 Arts

September 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.
September 12, 2013
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Deep Voices: Black Men In The Arts

September 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 and talk about the importance of young people getting involved in the arts.
August 29, 2013
Porgy and Bess - Morgan State University Vocal Studies and Opera

Vibrant Opera Community At Morgan State University

August 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 at Morgan State University.
August 7, 2013
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Come On Son: An Interactive Poetry Experience

August 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.
July 11, 2013
Station North Arts and Entertainment District

Can Station North Save Baltimore City?

July 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.
May 22, 2013
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Lea Gilmore: Arts, Arena Players, The Caretaker, and Notorious B.I.G.

May 22, 2013 - Hour 2 - We talk about Arena Players, the longest running continuously operating African-American community theater in the U.S. Then we discuss The Caretaker, Harold Pinter's classic play, currently at Performance Workshop Theatre. Since May 21 would have been The Notorious B.I.G.'s 41st birthday, we will discuss his legacy.
May 4, 2009

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!

March 24, 2009

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.