#TheThingsILoveaboutBaltimore: Former mayoral candidate, Catalina Byrd shares what she loves about Baltimore

By Beverly Richards, Special to the AFRO Political pundit and former mayoral candidate Catalina Byrd is a self-described “hopeless romantic” when it comes to Baltimore City. “It’s one of my first loves,” she said. Catalina has been loyal to Baltimore and has dedicated her entire adult life to its residents trying to “make what’s wrong

Health Commissioner declares Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert for Baltimore City

By Tashi McQueen, AFRO Political Writer, tmcqueen@afro.com On the evening of Feb. 3, Baltimore City will be under a Code Blue due to extreme cold weather. Frigid air is expected to come in, presenting estimated wind chills into the single digits. Letitia Dzirasa, the city’s health commissioner, declared a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert from

Fight ensues to preserve a historic burial ground in Montgomery County, Md.

By Tashi McQueen, AFRO Political Writer, tmcqueen@afro.com A Montgomery County, Md. community and its students are pushing for a state appeals court to help preserve a Black cemetery that bears historic significance.  As Black History Month gets underway, the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition (BACC) said it wants to protect the final remains of an estimated

Mfume introduces legislation to increase witness protection in Baltimore

By Tashi McQueen,AFRO Political Writertmcqueen@afro.com Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.-07) recently introduced the “Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2023.” The witness protection bill, if passed, will provide $150 million, $30 million a year for five years, to reinforcing witness protection services for witnesses’ of homicides, felonies, serious drug charges, gang crimes or organized

Commentary: Anatomy of a miscarriage

By Kendra Lee, Black Health Matters Why is loss of pregnancy still such a taboo subject? Midway through my appointment, my gynecologist went silent. Her face screwed up a little, and she announced, “I don’t hear a heartbeat.” My own heartbeat stopped, too, for a second, maybe two. “What?” I managed to croak. She was