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05.04.15 Bucky Turco

Over the weekend, a pair of graffiti artists from New York City went to Baltimore to create a tribute for police brutality victim Freddie Gray. Writers 2ESAE and VEW painted the memorial piece at the Gilmor Homes housing project where Gray was arrested and last seen alive. Already, it has spread throughout social media and […]

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05.01.15 Liam Mathews

Mayor de Blasio, working to keep the NYPD from turning their backs on him again, snapped at reporters during a Thursday press conference who questioned the NYPD’s aggressive crackdown on demonstrators during Wednesday’s Freddie Gray protests. “When the police give you instruction, you follow the instruction. It’s not debatable,” the New York Times quotes de […]

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04.28.15 Aymann Ismail

Hours before violence broke out on the streets of Baltimore, friends, family, community leaders, and elected officials held a memorial service for Freddie Gray, an unarmed black man who died from a spinal injury while in police custody. ANIMAL was there to ask the people one question: Why did you attend the funeral? Raspy Rawls […]

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05.14.14 Sophie Weiner

French photographer Frederic Nauczyciel spent the last several years capturing a vogueing community in Baltimore and began to photograph them both in the studio and outdoors. When he returned to France, he managed to connect with similar scenes in Paris, producing a series of photos pairing the beauty of these underground cultures with the harsh surroundings where […]

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01.30.14 Marina Galperina

Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’Clock Boys documentary about inner city Baltimore dirt bike race gangs is finally hitting US theaters via Oscilloscope Laboratories. Dramatic slow-motion wheelies aside, it looks like an engrossing and intimate look on the subculture. Follow Pug, who has “been on this Earth a decade and some years… a grown-ass man,” trying to join a […]

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04.29.13 Andy Cush

Musician and Baltimore scene figurehead Dan Deacon’s latest tribute to his adopted hometown (he has released several) comes in the form of this GIF-packed video for “Konono Ripoff N°1,” starring a host of luminaries from Baltimore’s ridiculously vibrant art and music scene–including Ed Schraeder, Dina Kelberman, Jimmy Joe Roche, Nolen Strals of Post Typography and Double […]

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09.28.12 Marina Galperina

A long overdue documentary about the legendary Divine needs you! Here’s a tease of the fantastic-looking film about the Drag Queen of the Century, the filthiest person “alive” (RIP), the transgressive John Waters muse who knocked the world on it’s ass. Dir. Jeffrey Schwarzs scores some sweet interviews with Divine’s Hairspray co-star Ricky Lake, Mr. Waters, friends, fans and […]

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09.11.09 Bucky Turco

The police commissioner of Baltimore decided to act all American and not stalk Shirley’s Honey Hole. He’s vetoing a measure “worked out by the bar’s owner and a city attorney that would have allowed law enforcement to monitor live video feeds from surveillance cameras inside the tavern.” |BaltimoreSun| […]

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