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From ‘The Wire’ To ‘Empire': Andre Royo’s Career Transcends Character

Man's Life | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.24.2015 | Black Voices

The man who played Bubbles on 'The Wire' talks to veteran entertainment journalist Karu F. Daniels about this roller coaster ride of an acting career...

A Man Must Have a Code

Krzysztof Piekarski | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Krzysztof Piekarski

Not starting an alternative to our current higher-education system would be easier than starting one. So when things get muddled--as they always are in the early stages of planning and thinking and the miasma of sloppy uncertainty-- I need to always remember why, exactly, I'm doing this.

Why Ziggy From 'The Wire' Was James Ransone's Least Favorite Role

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.24.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Actor James Ransone explains to HuffPost Live why his character on "The Wire" is his least favorite of the roles he's played....

'Show Me a Hero': David Simon Is Still Mad As Hell

Rolling Stone | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment

The following article is provided by Rolling Stone.  Of all those who revolutionized TV in the last 20 years, David Simon was always the mo...

Have You Seen 'The Wire?'

Paul Achter | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
Paul Achter

For Whites, saying we loved The Wire may earn us some social capital among more progressive-leaning friends, but unless that social capital is mobilized somehow--unless our attitudes, our voting rates, our actions change--little else happens.

‘The Wire’ Cast Reunited In Baltimore To Uplift Community

CBS Baltimore | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–The cast of HBO’s The Wire reunites for a special performance right here in Baltimore on Saturday....

HBO Releases First Trailer For New Mini-Series By Creator Of 'The Wire'

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment

HBO on Sunday released the trailer for an upcoming miniseries from the celebrated mind behind "The Wire," arguably the best show ever broadcast on Ame...

"Wait, Mom, Are Those Police or Isis?"...

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Lazar

...asked my 9 year-old last month. Otherwise absorbed in a rousing Fifa 15 match, he looked up from the iPad when the news upstaged Isco's corner kick.

The Chickens Come Home to Roost in Baltimore

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Like so many African American men before him in this country, Gray was guilty of nothing other than "walking while black." In his case, Baltimore's sordid history of racial and class oppression, combined with the war on drugs, made for a deadly combination.

Baltimore and the Lessons of Inequality

Harlan Green | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

There is no longer a majority of the middle class, which has been decimated most recently by the busted housing bubble, but over a much longer period by the loss of those jobs dominating the post WWII economy that migrated overseas and blighted cities and even suburbs as a consequence.

Arthur Delaney

'The Wire' Creator Savages Martin O'Malley | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

David Simon, the creator of "The Wire," is charging that as mayor of Baltimore, Martin O'Malley cooked the books in order to create the impression of ...

The Roots of Baltimore's Violence

Pedro Noguera | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Pedro Noguera

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, has called for calm and a return to normal. But "normal" in Baltimore is precisely the problem. What has passed for "normal" in Baltimore and countless other communities like it throughout America is unsustainable, and should be seen as unacceptable.

Realer Than Fiction -- How We Got Our Wires Crossed About the Baltimore Protests

Justin C. Young | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Justin C. Young

Look, if you can follow a complicated episode of Game of Thrones, then you can follow this narrative playing out in Baltimore. What makes it worse is that we've seen it all before.

'The Wire' Creator: Drug War Plays Big Role In Baltimore

The Marshall Project | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices

David Simon is Baltimore’s best-known chronicler of life on the hard streets. He worked for The Baltimore Sun city desk for a dozen years, wrote “...

Watch Obama Geek Out About 'The Wire' And Criminal Justice Reform With David Simon

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama recently sat down with the creator of one of his favorite television shows, "The Wire." And in addition to praising the five-se...

Why Michonne Must Live: Actress Danai Gurira Gives Us Exactly What We Need Right Now

Angela D. Coleman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Angela D. Coleman

Danai Gurira is multi-talented acting force of nature, super-fabulous in bringing such emotional depth to her role on The Walking Dead. Her performance is the kind we have not seen lately, in the sci-fi drama genre or, frankly, any other genre.

Land of the Wire

Francis Levy | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

You drive down to the old Lexington Market in Baltimore, famous for its crab cakes and other sea food. The market, which was started in 1782, is an old and venerable institution.

'Wire' Creator Doesn't Expect Anyone To Watch His New Series

Posted 01.30.2015 | Celebrity

“Nobody watched 'The Wire' when it was on,” says David Simon, leaning forward with a conspiratorial whisper, sitting at a neat desk in the ersatz ...

'SNL' Shows How Different 'The Wire' Would Be If Set In Brooklyn

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 01.19.2015 | Comedy

On this weekend's "Saturday Night Live," Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharaoh and host Kevin Hart portrayed their own version of "corner boys," the low-ranking...

Clay Davis From 'The Wire' Will Teach You To Say 'Sheee-it'

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 12.31.2014 | Entertainment

Senator Clay Davis is back to teach you how to say "Sheee-it." In a new YouTube trailer for "Whitlock Academy," actor Isiah Whitlock Jr., who starred ...

Christopher Rosen

Someone Get Michael K. Williams A Coen Brothers Movie | Christopher Rosen | Posted 12.29.2014 | Entertainment

December is a good month for people who love Michael K. Williams. The 48-year-old actor has supporting roles in two year-end releases: Paul Thomas And...

Why, Eight Years After It Ended, The Wire Remains America's Best Example of Racial Melodrama

Linda Williams | Posted 02.01.2015 | Black Voices
Linda Williams

In The Wire, bad racist whites are not pitted against good liberal ones. Most refreshingly, the series does not pretend to exist in a colorblind world.

Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Three: Solutions, Local and Beyond (and Zimbabwe)

James Beard Foundation | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

We're holding Health Month on the JBF blog. In this post, we conclude our extended interview series with actor and activist Wendell Pierce, exploring his views on potential solutions to issues of food access, both locally and globally.

Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Two: Treme, New Orleans, and Chef Culture

James Beard Foundation | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

Wendell Pierce: "Treme was art imitating life and life imitating art. I was depicting what was happening in New Orleans as people were trying to rebuild their lives, while I was also doing that in real life."

Here's What Happened To McNulty After 'The Wire'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.06.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

There is a famous scene in "The Wire" where detective Jimmy McNulty encounters a struggle in his apartment, namely in the form of an IKEA bed. It was ...