For the Pratt Contemporaries’ 10th Annual Black and White Party, I shot a mix of black-and-white film and digital to capture the spirit of the original Studio 54, the theme of this year’s black-tie fundraiser. The disco-themed ball, held at The Assembly Room, as the central branch of the library undergoes extensive renovation, raised $235,000 for youth programs at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, according to the philanthropic organization.
Despite the freezing temperatures, a few hundred onlookers attended the Baltimore Office of Promotions and Arts’ 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, along with dozens of dancers, activists and marching bands. The two-hour parade stretched from Eutaw to Baltimore streets.
About 200 protesters assembled at Baltimore’s City Hall on Thursday evening to listen to speeches by local activists and state and federal officials as part of the nationwide “Trump is Not Above the Law” rally.
The protests came after President Donald Trump reportedly forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions and tapped Matt Whitaker, a U.S. Justice Department official and frequent critic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, to serve in an acting capacity.
On Thursday night, Rep. Elijah Cummings, who’s likely to chair the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in January, told the crowd Whitaker “must recuse himself.”
Baltimore sure does know how to do Halloween. From the Maryland Science Center’s annual Believe in Music Halloween party to the alleys of Patterson Park’s “Little Dublin” enclave, where revelers were treated to fireworks and a two house-long replica of the Hollywood sign, there was no shortage of creative costumes. But, white dudes, please stop wearing sombreros. Thanks.
Attendees packed the Maryland Science Center for performances by Dan Deacon, Wume, Blacksage, J. Pope and the HearNow, and many more. Check out our photos from the Believe in Music Halloween Party and Little Dublin’s Dead Hollywood party.
Though founder Erricka Bridgeford and her co-organizers host Baltimore Ceasefire weekends year round, the event this past weekend celebrated the one-year anniversary with marches, water battles, concerts, prayer services and clouds of sage smoke to “cleanse the bad energy” from the streets.
The weekend ended in tragedy with two dead and five injured in shootings. On Monday, members of the Baltimore Ceasefire burned sage at one of the scenes on Broadway.
Dancers representing more than a dozen Caribbean countries convened in Northeast Baltimore to march over a mile on E. 33rd Street, kicking off the Baltimore/D.C. One Caribbean Carnival. The crowd, which organizers expected to be as many as 35,000 people, watched dancers take part in a five-hour parade past City College on their way to the festival in Clifton Park.
The festival, covering Saturday afternoon and Sunday, included food, music and performances from the Caribbean nations.
The hats and fascinators associated with the Preakness Stakes and Black-Eyed Susan Day are almost as popular as the equine heroes from the two days of racing. While shooting standard Preakness shots for a wire service, I saw a woman in a small blue hat walk by the yellow wall and it clicked. I chose a small space by the main door and asked racing fans in their best headwear to take a quick photo. It’s a new way of seeing the hats of the Preakness.