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Booda Monk: A hip-hop pioneer

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Designed clothing, boom boxes, vinyl records, and other creations pop and sizzle behind Booda Monk’s tattoo shop window at 132 25th St. His palette takes from Baltimore’s day and night sky, the colors of which he would study and compare when he was learning his craft. Booda paints koi fish on canvasses and laid-back yet [...]     Read More →



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Chatter: with Russ Smith

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When I meet up with Russ Smith at his unassuming Falls Road cottage-cum-office, the season’s first storm is raging with pride and gale-force winds. As rain thrashes at the windows and his two sleepy employees patter around downstairs, Smith spouts off on the irrelevance of print dailies, how he nearly flunked out of Johns Hopkins [...]     Read More →



by J. Braedon Jones

Can you go harder, Baltimore?

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Baltimore is not a rapper’s city. Don’t get me wrong, the omnipresent voice of Rick Ross claiming to be “Big Meech” can be heard blasting from every other car in the city, but that’s hardly a local phenomenon. Baltimoreans love rap. We just hate Baltimorean rappers. Over the last 10 years there have been countless [...]     Read More →



by Justin Jones

On romancing the vote

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The nation’s midterm elections effectively dominated all that was our lives for the majority of the summer and fall. Here in Baltimore, with a highly competitive gubernatorial race taking place, as well as feisty newcomers challenging many of the more familiar faces in government, candidates and constituents alike were often placed uncomfortably close with one another. With [...]     Read More →



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Touch art: the BMA’s new hands-on approach

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Filed under Arts, Investigations, Spotlight
In a community with such polarized demographics, how does the Baltimore Museum of Art appeal to the average working-class citizen? With the opening of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Warhol: The Last Decade exhibit on October 17 came a cavalcade of Warhol-related events and evenings geared to incite the citizens of Baltimore to pass through [...]     Read More →



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The Gift Economy: An experiment in selflessness

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Writer Pooja Shah has spent the past three months in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. One afternoon, she took to the streets of Ahmedabad to witness the response of an idea implemented by a very special native of the city.     Read More →