Billie Holiday! Meet THa MuthaFunkahoIX!

Pennsylvania and North Avenues, Baltimore Maryland. Go North on Pennsylvania, there exists Baltimore City’s biggest Mall, MONDAWMIN; head South, University of Maryland Hospital, home of the famous SHOCK TRAUMA wing.

The pivot of these two sides is THE ARCH SOCIAL CLUB, which continues to represent black or African American entertainment, surviving segregation and integration.

“Back in the day” the famous frequented “the Avenue”, RED FOXX, CAB CALLOWAY,  and later, the adult, BILLIE HOLIDAY, whose mother had a restaurant in the area, Billie, a teenager at the time.

Her interest in the blues, jazz, and comedy reached heights in New York, where her mother moved to; but her cognitive years were here in Baltimore, Md.

To revive history and create an African American Arts District, what better place to start, than Penn/North!

Arch Social Club, Pennsylvania at North, Baltimore Md.

This area is frequented with the fist  of the African American population. Baltimore is competing for that trophy, MURDER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD! It is time to bestir the population’s pride, and one of many projects has emerged, the BILLIE HOLIDAY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL! August 31, 2019, became the inaugural.  

Sadly, the surrounding population, Upton, Sandtown, did not attend the festival in significant numbers, why?

I think “what we have here, is a failure to communicate”. Authorities have to answer the question, how do you give the common man his pride back? Certainly not, by giving him cotton candy.

Published by Oswald Copeland

Born 1946, Georgetown Guyana, South America. Broadcast journalist since 1968. Been living in the United States, since 1974. Has done extensive work in sales and marketing, and likes to write about culture in and around Baltimore Md. His personal passion is healthy living: Creator and Executive Editor of THECULTUREPAGEDOTCOM.

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