Well hello, my dear friends! It has been a couple of weeks or more since we talked. I have been a little under the weather with health issues with my lower spine and was unable to sit at the computer to talk to you, but with God’s grace and your prayers I am truly much better today and looking forward to seeing many of you over the holidays. I noticed that not too many of you are having public celebrations, I guess everyone is trying to be careful due to COVID, which I understand, but it sure has put a damper on things.
Before I go any further, I want to talk about a young lady who has and is still making a difference in our city. I am talking about Lady Brion Gill, the executive director and founder of the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts & Entertainment District. She is an international spoken word artist, poetry coach, activist, organizer and educator with a personal mission to inspire, connect, mobilize and liberate.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Lady Brion embraced her creative writing and performing arts genius at a young age. She spent the last decade of her life performing on several continents as an independent artist freely sharing her perspective and reflections of life with diverse audiences.
Lady Brion is an arts professional who has taught creative writing courses at several elementary and middle schools, coached poetry teams in over 10 academic institutions via the “Lauder than A Bomb” poetry program; and supervised a team of over 15 teaching artists throughout the Baltimore-Metropolitan area. She currently holds the distinguished title of 2016 National Poetry Slam Champion. Lady Brion also has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Publishing Design from the University of Baltimore. So ladies and gentlemen any place you may see her name, you must check her out and give her a hug and thank her for being a part of Baltimore’s Community. Well done, Lady Brion, Well Done!
I noticed my friend Carlos Hutchins is not letting snow melt under his feet. CH Productions and co-host the Baltimore Black Boaters are having a Christmas Toy Drive on Saturday, December 18, 2022 with special performances by “The Rollex Band” at Not Just Crabs located at 8731 Liberty Road. For more details, call 301-296-2885.
Another outing that will be great for the family is checking out the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) to see the commissioned painting by Baltimore-based artist Jerrell Gibbs of the official portrait of the “Beloved Late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings. It is breath-taking. It will be on view at the BMA from December 22, 2021 through January 9, 2022 before its permanent installation in the U.S. Capitol.
This year, I noticed that Christmas has expanded into a season all of its own. The day after Thanksgiving— the fourth Thursday in November is now known as “Black Friday.” An important shopping day, it pushes some businesses into profitability, or in the black, and can account for a substantial proportion of annual profits, but this extended Christmas season is by far more than shopping. For many of us, it is a period of general goodwill and an occasion for charitable and volunteer work; such work that people like Pamela “Miss Maybelle” Leak, Brian “Tee-Shirt” Hall, Carlos Hutchins, and others are doing for the less fortunate.
Last, but not least, I want to thank Carlos Hutchins for honoring me this past week at his fundraiser event. Thank you for giving me my flowers while I still can smell them. I thank you for your kind heart and always thinking of ways to make our community in Baltimore smile.
Well, my dear friends, I am out of space. Enjoy you holiday, be safe and stay healthy. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected] UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.