• Ateira Griffin Has Become a Local Champion for Single Mothers

    By Alice Shapin In 2016, Griffin founded Building Our Nation’s Daughters to work on effective communication between Black single mothers and their daughters. Ateira Griffin knows all about single mothers. She was raised by her mom and grandmother, both single. “Growing up, I had a very close relationship with them and there was always a [...]
  • Can Defund Work in Baltimore?

    Ray Kelly has made defunding the police his life’s mission. He knows it’s an uphill battle. By J. Brian Charles Ray Kelly worried that the sound system wasn’t going to work. If the speakers failed, he was less likely to draw people to the park to build support for Baltimore’s movement to defund the police—to [...]
  • How Graham Coreil-Allen Uses Public Art to Slow Down Cars

    By Ethan McLeod In Reservoir Hill, a prismatic display has erupted over the asphalt and sidewalks. Last spring, Graham Coreil-Allen gathered neighbors to help paint the intersection at Whitelock Street and Brookfield Avenue with a carefully placed rainbow of literal street art, bolstered by flex posts and fresh crosswalk lines that, together, urge approaching drivers [...]
  • She’s Got Next: Meet 30 Women Shaping Baltimore’s Future

    EDITED BY MAX WEISS WRITTEN BY RON CASSIE, LAUREN COHEN, JANELLE ERLICHMAN DIAMOND, KEN IGLEHART, CHRISTINE JACKSON, JANE MARION, MAX WEISS, AND LYDIA WOOLEVER "There are so many amazing women in Baltimore who are doing great things and working together for a cause,” says our cover model, Black Girls Vote founder and CEO Nykidra “Nyki” [...]
  • Learn, Don’t Burn: The Baltimore Compost Collective digs into South Baltimore

    By Kaitlyn Pacheco When Kenneth Moss was 6 years old, he grew his first tomato at the Filbert Street Community Garden. Now, a decade later, the Benjamin Franklin High student, pictured right, gives back to the soil with the Baltimore Compost Collective, a local service that collects food scraps from South Baltimore neighborhoods to create [...]
  • Next Man Up

    A local nonprofit celebrates ten years of providing for local student athletes. By Evan Greenberg Twelve years ago, Matt Hanna discovered the Marc Kelly Smith poem “Pull the Next One Up,” and it has since become the credo of his nonprofit organization, Next One Up. Inspired by the poem’s message of helping others find personal success, [...]
  • The Book Thing Starts Next Chapter Under New Management

    Here’s what to know when planning a visit to Baltimore’s free-to-all bookshop. By Kaitlyn Pacheco After 20 years of providing free-to-all books to the bibliophiles of Baltimore, The Book Thing has started a new chapter in its own story. In July, the nonprofit announced that its founder, Russell Wattenberg, who started the free book project [...]