Tag: protests

Rihanna Wanted to Play a Post-Protest Show in Baltimore



Yesterday, thanks to a Maryland Public Information Act request, the Baltimore Sun received more than 7,000 emails sent to and from City of Baltimore officials during and after the riots, protests, and unrest in April. The paper is still sifting through all those documents, but they’ve already uncovered one juicy (and, in the grand scheme of things, pretty trivial) tidbit.

Did Beyonce and Jay-Z Bail Out Baltimore Protestors?

Beyonce & Jay-Z with Freddie Gray's family, backstage at last week's Prince concert in Baltimore. Photo via Twitter.
Beyonce & Jay-Z with Freddie Gray’s family, backstage at last week’s Prince concert in Baltimore. Photo via Twitter.

According to a filmmaker and activist, Jay-Z and Beyonce have been quietly supporting the #blacklivesmatter protest movement in numerous ways, including by providing “tens of thousands of dollars” in bail money to help get arrested protestors out of jail.

The Ordinary Baltimoreans Who Unexpectedly Became Famous This Week



The national media has descended on Baltimore this week, and some local characters have found themselves unexpectedly in the spotlight. 

Watch This Baltimore Protestor Totally School Geraldo



Geraldo Rivera came to Baltimore to report on the civil unrest following Freddie Gray’s death for Fox News. What he didn’t expect, it seems, was to be called out for the media’s role in perpetuating XXX storylines about Baltimore.

Pop Culture Tweets About Baltimore Were Good, Bad, and Ugly



Thank god for Twitter. In times of trouble, we can now have access to the fleeting thoughts of famous actors, sports stars, reality TV divas, and other assorted celebrities. How else would we be able to know what to think about complex, multi-factored events?

Morning Reading About the Baltimore Unrest

Photo by Aidan Walsh via Flickr
Photo by Aidan Walsh via Flickr

As Baltimore picks up the pieces today, there will be a whole lot of talk about what happened in the city yesterday. And a lot of it will be not worth your time–reductive, hate-mongering, or just plain misinformed. I suggest that you ignore that stuff. Instead, here are some early responses that open up conversation instead of shutting it down:

Some Media Gets Protest Story Totally Wrong



The Drudge Report isn’t known for being the most balanced or accurate news source. Still, Matt Drudge’s tweet about the weekend protests in Baltimore is a particularly egregious fail.

Police Commissioner Calls Out Protest Groups After BPD Officer’s Shooting

Eric Garner
Baltimore protests another grand jury decision, via WJZ.

A Baltimore police officer was shot during a traffic stop near Mondawmin Mall on Sunday night. Officer Andrew Groman was in stable condition last night after surgery, and the suspect, Donte Jones, was arrested. The fact that the officer-involved shooting came on a weekend of local protests against the Eric Garner and Michael Brown non-indictment decisions wasn’t lost on Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

Chick-fil-A Protests Spread to the University of Maryland


As you no doubt have heard by now, Chick-fil-A’s president supports “the biblical definition of family” — that is, one man, one woman. (Presumably, those pro-concubine biblical verses don’t apply.) When he gave an interview saying as much, the internet erupted in protest (and support). And now, the hubbub has spread to the University of Maryland, where some students are petitioning to get the on-campus Chick-fil-A shut down. But are they being hypocritical?

Setting the Record Straight on Karl Rove Protests at Hopkins


Baltimore made national news earlier this week when Karl Rove’s talk at Johns Hopkins’ Shriver Hall was disrupted by protesters yelling about his role in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. (Rove’s response? “Who gave you the right to occupy America?”)

Most news outlets from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post to the Baltimore Sun reported that the protesters were not students, but rather Occupy Baltimore reps. That’s partly true, but these reports neglect to mention that there were actually two separate but coordinated protests challenging Rove that day. The people chanting inside Shriver were indeed from Occupy Baltimore, but there was an independently organized group made up of Hopkins students — the Johns Hopkins Human Rights Working Group, to be exact — who were staging a protest outside the hall.

Most media outlets have conflated the two groups, and Johns Hopkins spokesman Dennis O’Shea denied that the protesters were Hopkins students. Well, that guy with the bullhorn in the picture? A Hopkins grad student. Don’t believe everything you read.

Check out the video of the incident on our homepage.