AFRAM/Baltimore MD.

After 2 years of absence, the African American (AFRAM) festival returned to Baltimore. COVID-19 struck, and the world including us here in Baltimore, sought refuge in our homes,


African Americans could not celebrate their heritage in public, with dance, music, clothing, and food.

Then we heard the announcement, “YOU CAN COME OUT NOW!!!” It was almost reminiscent of the Jews crossing the Jordan river, as they escaped the hold of the Pharaohs while in Egypt as slaves.

2022 is the Bonus year! The President of the United States legitimized the celebration by making it a National Holiday. On June 19th, 1865, slaves were declared FREE PEOPLE. (With nothing but their symbolic duffle bags) It took 157 years for the descendants of the slave owners to make a significant step towards parity. AFRAM and JUNETEENTH in simultaneous fervor!


Held in the biggest park in Baltimore, Druid Hill, and free to the public for two days. THECULTUREPAGE chroniclers’ day was Sunday June 19th, 2022. The headline musical group was the OJAYS of Ohio.

THE OJAYS, will perform without Eddie Lavert (down with Covid-19).

How to know you are in LOVE!


Cover of Playbill

Psychologists, on advising women say, they should feel a tingling, butterfly sensations, racing of the heart, sweats, toes warming, eyes watering, chests heaving, tongues that won’t say “hello!”

Some women have dated over 120 men, before Mr. 121 became, HIM!

I have no data as to what happened after the tsunamic experiences, if the 10’s went to 5’s or zeros.

The LOVE experience today is rather traumatic. People fall in love; some check the 10 categories, such as religion, finances, emotional compatibility, and years later prefer to be a different gender; or grow dislike for the closeness, hate meat, want to live in the wilderness, or prefer to be bi-sexual!

How about a husband finding video games and pot smoking more exciting than his wife, let alone children!

The STRAND Theater is now in Hamilton, in Baltimore MD. And is inviting the public to watch MARY KATE WILSON in LOVE.

It is a complex potpourri of our youth who are faced with technology, drugs, apathy, and just where to find love.



Symbols of friendship and aspirations, BALLOONS

This Southeast Asian city is known to be the “city of a thousand smiles”.

From Asia with love. (Stock photo)

Bangkok is a mix of East Indian and Chinese cultures, and quietly, some African mixtures. Over time the Chinese won out, making Buddhism the dominant religious belief, affecting and effecting the artform.

Thai music teacher, with an invite to Baltimore.

Among the avenues for mental peace and satisfaction is music, primarily approved by the aristocrats of the society. Using crude instruments, natives entertained that “crust” with devotion and reverence, at funerals and weddings.

Last week the Motor House Art Center in Baltimore, gave us a taste of Bangkok in its classical form.

And this is happens when people from such a city, take residence in what the world has come to know as “charm city USA”, Baltimore Maryland.



MYEISHA ESSEX (Actress Mary Bell); KWAKIUTL DREHER (Film Director); APRIL GREEN ( descendant of Daniel & Mary Bell) (Picture by OSC),

It’s the landmark case of 1896, where Plessy was charged for boarding a “whites only” rail car in New Orleans, Louisiana. Judge Ferguson found Plessy guilty.

The black man’s quest for freedom, to decide for himself, and not cow tow to white demands. In the United States, Emancipation via Abraham Lincoln was gaveled in 1863. Blacks having been deceived following Abe’s death, contributed to the money train, using their earnings, fighting for freedom legally, with little or no success.

Washington D.C. has a history of protests, assassination attempts, the burning of buildings, even attempts at overthrowing the government, as those of us living can attest to the Jan 6th, 2021, assault on the Capitol, by those who did not agree with the election results.

In 1835, in D.C., almost 30 years before Plessy, DANIEL BELL, his wife MARY, his mother and children were denied freedom, by the slaveowner’s wife, even though Mr. Armstead (her husband) had signed all legal papers prior to his death, for the BELL’s to be free.

DANIEL had to work tirelessly at the Naval shipyard in Washington D.C. to pay white lawyers to gain freedom. Did the BELL family make it? Where are their descendants today? Do they know what happened to their several times great grandparents?

THE BELL AFFAIR (Click on arrow to play clip)

Time and technology have made it possible to know, for there is a film just made, entitled THE BELL AFFAIR. It premiered on June 2nd at the Publick Playhouse, Cheverly MD. Through JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM, was there.