Author Archives: Shernay Williams

  • Miss. Hate Crime Case Postponed

    A White teenager charged with intentionally running over a Black man with his pickup truck in Jackson, Miss. last summer, is fighting to have his trial moved to a predominately non-Black county. A hearing to determine where Deryl Dedmond, 19, will be tried has been pushed back at least once; ...

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  • “Cutting” to Give Access

    Barbershops have long been cornerstones of the Black community. In 2001, Robert Cradle, a Baltimore-born barber, decided to open up his hub to people even if they couldn’t afford his services. He reached out to a homeless shelter near his barbershop in Fort Meade. “I realized that ...

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  • PR Professional Named “Drum Major for Justice”

    As a young journalist, Gwen McKinney was inspired by social justice. For four years, she reported for the Philadelphia Tribune, the city’s Black newspaper. Later, she moved to Washington D.C. and became a Capitol Hill correspondent. “There is no such thing as objective ...

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  • The Anatomy of a “Hack”

    Two women in hoodies and boots stood on the corner of Broadway and Eager Street in East Baltimore. One stuck out a hand and feverishly waved an extended index finger at cars driving down the road. A burgundy Honda came to a stop in front of her and she and her friend hopped inside. ...

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  • Johnson Launches 9th District Write-in Campaign

    Community activist Michael Eugene Johnson, who lost a 9th district City Council bid last month, is preparing to mount a write-in campaign to unseat the winning nominee William “Pete” Welch. Welch, who won the Sep. 13th Primary with 1,721 votes, has represented Southwest ...

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  • Redistricting Map Emerges

    A new congressional map proposed by the governor’s redistricting panel would seemingly not only cement Democratic domination but shore up Black voting strength in Maryland. The map — presented to the General Assembly this week — keeps Baltimore area districts intact with only ...

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  • Turning Around the Voter Turnout

    City leaders say it will take voter mobilization and education, not just registration to boost voter turnout for Baltimore’s General Election. Interest in the city’s elected offices is at a record low. Many Baltimore area pundits and residents have reasoned why—minimal ...

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  • Mosby Unseats Conaway

    One of the "baby bears" in the Baltimore City political dynasty known as the Conaways has fallen. During primary elections this week, Councilwoman Belinda K. Conaway of the seventh district was unseated in a tight race against Verizon network engineer Nick Mosby. Preliminary tallies ...

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  • Voter Turnout Stifled by Apathy

    Although incumbent Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake topped her challengers with over 50 percent of the vote in Baltimore City’s mayoral primary, some say the win “doesn’t mean much” since less than 25 percent of registered voters showed up. Just 22 percent of eligible ...

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