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The Chickens Come Home to Roost in Baltimore

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.05.2016 | 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 05.01.2016 | 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 ...

Interview With Wendell Pierce, Part One: Why Food Deserts?

James Beard Foundation | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

Although he's best known for roles on hit television shows like The Wire and Treme, actor Wendell Pierce is also a dedicated food and community advocate in his hometown of New Orleans.

The 'World Enough and Time' of The Wire

Linda Williams | Posted 11.30.2014 | Home
Linda Williams

Before making such exalted literary comparisons we should understand that if The Wire is exceptional, its exceptionality does not transcend mass culture, nor does it transcend television or even what is its most fundamental nature: melodramatic serial storytelling.

Michael B. Jordan Reveals Why The Writers Killed Off His 'Wire' Character

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment

Michael B. Jordan knows he's lucky to have gotten his start on "The Wire," the hit HBO series that's often hailed as one of television's greatest dram...

Re-Wiring Orange is the New Black

Shabnam Javdani | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Shabnam Javdani

I want to watch a show that criticizes our reliance on incarceration, not one that depicts a jumpsuit as an item every woman needs in her closet. That helps viewers see how an unequal social playing field can set women up for failure, not one that highlights women's faulty individual choices.

Yucking Up "The Walking Dead" to a Few More Emmys--Add Some Needed Laughs

Kevin Walsh | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Kevin Walsh

Kevin originally posted this in his blog, Granted it's a zombie apocalypse; granted it's exhausting peeking around every corner; gr...

Graveyard of Memories: A Talk With Barry Eisler

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.11.2014 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Barry Eisler's John Rain novels are the "Tiffany" of assassin-oriented, suspense thrillers. The recently released Graveyard of Memories is a prequel t...

Watch: David Simon on America as a Horror Show

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

After President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, it's a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective -- the bottom up.

Popcorn Preview: True Detective

Leslie Sisman | Posted 04.04.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Our sense is that True Detective will be as much about understanding what happened between Hart and Cohle as solving a murder. Because of the interviews, we know something about how things turn out. But that only makes it harder to work out.