Unapologetically Black is the story of Doni Glover’s trek from the streets of East Baltimore to two decades of journalism that has taken him to Canada, Jamaica, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Jordan. Along the way, he has hosted the longest-running customized news talk show in the nation at Radio One. More importantly, he joined the Fourth Estate twelve years ago when he founded www.bmorenews.com. Since then, his flagship online news service now garners one million hits per month with visitors from 200 nations. Boasting one of the largest African American news video libraries in the nation, Bmorenews.com has become a voice for the voiceless and a vehicle for change – beginning in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia). Additionally, Glover owns DMGlobal Marketing & Public Relations, a firm dedicated to helping clients expand their footprint in the black community. To date, he works with politicians, lawyers, businesses, non-profits, artists, and authors to help them gain much-needed exposure. Finally, Glover started the Original Black Wall Street SERIES *NYC *MD *DC *ATL *NOLA in Washington, DC in 2011 with Sisters4Sisters Network, Inc. Since then, he and his supporters have recognized tons of black entrepreneurs and professionals along with the people who support them regardless of race. Honorees receive the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award. Politically speaking, Glover has the pulse of the black vote in Maryland. A critical voice representing the African American community, Glover has been called on time and time again for input on the challenges facing Black America. Not only has he been a fixture on local television in Baltimore, he actually made his national television debut in 2014 on The Roland Martin Show on TV One. His hope is that this book will be a source of empowering inspiration to emerging journalists and entrepreneurs. A highly spiritual man, Glover’s ultimate aim is to improve the image of black folks worldwide via his own independent media outlets.
Who is Doni Glover?
His first professional journalism job was as co-editor of the Sandtown-Winchester ViewPoint Newspaper beginning in 1994, a monthly publication that averaged 48-pages every month and was hand-delivered to the residents of the same 72-square block community that reached international proportions as a result of the untimely death of Freddie Gray.
His greatest assignment early on – besides covering then-Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and his multi-million dollar redevelopment in Historic West Baltimore – was the Million Man March. It was an event that would change his life and help him to rise out of a path of self-destruction.
A native of Baltimore, Glover has always been exemplary in his studies. However, the challenges of life and some bad decisions almost ended his life; that is, until he found his purpose.
Having began his collegiate career in Atlanta and the well-noted Morehouse College, Glover eventually found his way back to school in 1993. His job at Sandtown-Winchester came the very next year.
After several years of decadence and wasting time and the good Lord’s blessings, Glover would finally find his stride. Ultimately emerging to the rank of Managing Editor of the ViewPoint, Glover began writing for citywide publications, including the Baltimore Afro American Newspaper and the Baltimore Times. Then, his first national break came as he began to do freelance writing for the Final Call Newspaper, based in Chicago.
And then came a burgeoning radio career: In 1999, thanks to his new employer, Michael Preston at Baltimore’s $100 million Empowerment Zone, Glover became co-host of a news talk radio show that is now in its 17th year. The focus has always been on providing timely and empowering information to listeners.
According to Radio One Baltimore, Glover’s show is the longest-running customized show in the nation. Glover gives a lot of credit to morning host Larry Young and, of course, Radio One’s founder Cathy Hughes for believing in him.
Soon, Glover would get invitations to speak on other radio stations in the Baltimore/DC area, including Morgan State University’s WEAA 88.9 FM. For a couple of years, Glover hosted a news talk show there as well called “One Mic.”
The next stop, no doubt, was television. Wanda Draper, the Director of Public Affairs at WBAL TV 11, apparently saw something in Glover and gave him a shot at providing political analysis. He would come to eventually comment on local, state, national and international events, including Pres. Obama’s “deal” with Iran.
In 2002, Glover took his severance package from the soon-to-end Empowerment Zone job and opened the doors to his own shop, DMGlobal Marketing & Public Relations, creator of www.bmorenews.com.
Now in its 14th year, Bmorenews.com has covered news in Jordan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Canada. It has also covered news in several US cities. He said that some of his proudest moments were covering the United Nations and the Obama White House. To date, Bmorenews.com has visited the White House some 30 times since June 2010. In the process, the Bmorenews Team has met a wide array of noted leaders and personalities.
Glover has emerged as an influential voice representing the black community in Maryland and beyond. Further, he has been involved in various efforts to push a Black Empowerment agenda focusing on five key areas on Bmorenews.com since the inception 14 years ago: black business, public education, ex-offender services, affordable housing, and universal access to health care. Additionally, he has been actively involved in some critical political battles over the years on behalf of his community, beginning in his beloved Sandtown-Winchester.
*2016, Bmorenews.com’s ORIGINAL Black Wall Street SERIES recognized by US Senator Barbara Mikulski
*2015, Author, New Book: “Unapologetically Black: Doni Glover Autobiography”
*2015 National TV & Radio Interviews during Baltimore Uprising (Freddie Gray): CNN, Al Jazeera, Washington, D.C.’s Fox 5, McClatchey Newspapers, Washington Post, Radio 103.9 FM in NYC with Marc Clarke, KCOH Radio in Houston with Kofi Taharka, Lush Radio Online in Washington, D.C.
*2015 Confirmed by State Senate of Maryland, Commissioner, African American Heritage & Culture
*2015 Harlem Globetrotter Choo Smith’s Community Service Award
*2014 Wordsmithrapport’s “20 Years A Journalist”
*2014 Consciousness Award Recipient, Royal Circle Foundation
*2014 1st National TV Appearance, The Roland Martin Show, TV One, NewsOneNow
*2014 Keynote Speaker, Head Start Baltimore Graduation, Morgan State University
*2014 Panelist, National Newspaper Publishers Association, Portland, OR
*2014 Community Leadership Award, VIPeVENTS Concierge
*2014 Lowes 4th Annual Basketball Tournament “Thank You” Award, Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center, Historic Pennsylvania Avenue
*2014 Social Media and the Urban Child Symposium Panelist, University of Baltimore
*2014 Black History Month Award, Land of Kush
*2014 Raymond V. Haysbert Entrepreneur Award by State of Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce
*2013 Mandela Award from Prince George’s County
*2013 Omega Psi Phi Mu Mu Chapter Citizen of the Year
*2012 Baltimore Activist Award by Southern Christian Leadership Conference & The Solidarity Center
*2012 Renaissance Man Award by Sisters4Sisters Network, Inc.
*2012 Black Professional Men’s “Rays of Hope” Awardee
*2011 Attendee, Black Publishers and Media Executives Global Forum on Africa at the United Nations in New York City, Uptown Professional Magazine
*2011 Freedom Fighter Award by GCOMM Media
*2011 Juneteenth Museum’s Legends Award
*2010 MomsRTheBest.com’s Leadership Awards
*2009 Voice of the People Award, CEO Business Café, Prince George’s County
*2009 44th District Legend Award
*2008 Legacy of Freedom Award by the Paul Robeson Academy
*2008 Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce Citation
*2008 Engineers of the Year Awards Business Summit’s “Men of Influence” Award
*2007 The Association of Black Media Workers (NABJ) 2006 Media Choice Award Winner: Best New Media, www.BMORENEWS.com’s BTV
*Baltimore City Paper’s 2006 Best Place to … Get Political
*Baltimore City Paper’s 2005 Best Enterprising Journalist
*2005 Distinguished Alumni, Coppin State University, Baltimore
*2004 Small Business Administration Business Advocate of the Year Runner Up, Maryland
*2004 Distinguished Service Award, Black Professional Women
*2003 Faces to Watch, Baltimore Business Journal and countless citations from federal, state, and local officials.
“O’Malley did well by the harbor, but my community didn’t benefit,” said Doni Glover, a community activist and journalist who lives in Sandtown-Winchester. “My understanding is that for poor, inner-city black neighborhoods in West Baltimore and East Baltimore, his method, his strategy, was just let them rot.”
Doni Glover, 49, a prominent activist and writer who’s one of the last homeowners on his block of Sandtown, grew up as the son of an undertaker who was known for cutting deals for families who couldn’t afford funerals.
As a boy, Glover played in the storied local James Mosher Baseball league, which claims to be the oldest black continually operating league in the country. In a walk along his block, he pointed out the third house on the right, where he used to take piano lessons.
None of that immunized him to the drug culture that surrounded him – Glover spent years hooked on crack and heroin before finally getting clean and embarking on the reinvention he describes in a new memoir, “Unapologetically Black.” As with his own redemption, Glover said, change in Sandtown must come from within, with homegrown leaders who are invested in the community and responsible and transparent in how funds are allocated.
It was white — and black — flight, says Glover, a native of West Baltimore. Whites and blacks fled the city in droves. What used to be a city full of homeowners turned into a city of renters.
“Ask any landlord. Renters don’t take care of their home because it’s not theirs,” Glover says. “A renter will throw a chicken bone in front of their house. They don’t give a damn.”
Those homeowners who did remain tended to be older, Glover says.
“Grandma died and no one wanted her home,” he says.
When people fled, they eviscerated the city’s tax base. Around the mid-20th century, Baltimore had a population of almost a million people. Now it’s home to about 600,000.
April 25, 2016, John Blake (http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/22/us/baltimore-future/)
Doni Glover is an in-your-face activist and journalist who’s never at a loss for words. But when he heard Friday that six police officers face charges in the killing of Freddie Gray, he fell silent.
Then he cried.
“I’ve been writing this for 20 years and nobody listened,” he said as his voice went hoarse and he choked back tears.
May 2, 2015, John Blake and Michael Martinez (http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/01/us/freddie-gray-homicide-charges-reaction/)
Freddie Gray lived in Gilmor Homes. This set of public housing is located in Sandtown-Winchester, a 72-square block parcel of West Baltimore that once received tons of foundation and government funds so as to reverse decades of poverty and underdevelopment. Sadly, this community, once the crown jewel of neighborhood transformation, was headed in the right direction under former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. That was 1999.
Folks who live in this area say not much has changed since the April unrest. But they have the passion, and want to fight to make an impact.
“We have to step up to the plate, we have to take our streets back, we have to take our communities back, and we have to make a difference,” said Doni Glover with Sandtown Winchester United.
“We live in a broken city and we need to fix our broken city,” Lucky Crosby Sr. with Sandtown Winchester United said. “But we also need for people to be accountable, not just the drug dealer on the corner, but the politician in City Hall.”
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon showed up and three representatives from the administration of Gov. Larry Hogan came as well. And a man with a 36-year heroin habit rose to declare his gratitude for the local Penn North Recovery treatment program. (And those were just some of the personalities seated in only one row.)
“I’ve been high every day since 1979,” Patrick Battle announced. “I walked into this program six days ago and I’m six days clean.” The applause for Battle was warm, for the Hogan people polite and for Dixon, thunderous.
But for activist and bmorenews.com producer Doni Glover, the longtime Sandtown resident who emceed the meeting of nearly 100 people, the headline was that residents themselves were taking charge of their proud but battered community’s recovery.
Then Rouse died and Schmoke moved on, and the effort sputtered. The recession hit, and much of the infrastructure of the change initiative crumbled. Doni Glover, an activist, radio host and publisher of BmoreNews, who grew up there, charted the course in the local business journal on Monday:
When the Sandtown-Winchester Transformation Project, known as Community Building in Partnership Inc., finally closed down, this community — of which I call home — began to lose all of the very resources that were changing things around for many people. Not only did we lose CBP, we lost our community newspaper, a senior center, an AmeriCorps Program, a job placement office, a high blood pressure program sponsored by Johns Hopkins well as a couple community development corporations. We also lost a program that addressed vacant properties. All of these programs are gone with the wind.
Still, if the recession ultimately swept away most of the effort, the seeds of its undoing were sown a long time ago. Here, I pretty much have to speak for myself, because I was just one individual examining nationwide efforts that many thousands of people have given their lives to. That work goes on. Twenty years later, I’m struck by its optimism, which was a necessary counter to the despair of the Reagan years.
For the past 14 years, Donald Morton “Doni” Glover, has been at the helm of his multimedia and PR boutique, DMGlobal Marketing & PR. A journalist since 1994, Glover’s flagship is the well-noted BMORENEWS, “the news before the news.” That website, along with his 17-year old radio show on Radio One Baltimore’s WOLB 1010 AM, has provided a strong footing in the DMV (DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia).
Glover said that from the very beginning of Bmorenews.com, he always knew he needed to do regular outreach events throughout the community to further brand the news website. Mind you, back in 2002, news websites were not as popular as today. Hence, Glover has consistently hosted business networking events.
“Unapologetically Black” is the story of Doni Glover’s trek from the streets of East Baltimore to two decades of journalism that has taken him to Canada, Jamaica, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Jordan. Along the way, he has hosted the longest-running customized news talk show in the nation at Radio One. More importantly, he joined the Fourth Estate twelve years ago when he foundedwww.bmorenews.com. Since then, his flagship online news service now garners one million hits per month with visitors from 200 nations. Hosted by Dr. Patricia Newton. (http://www.dcnitelife.com/event/book-signing-unapologetically-black-doni-glover-autobiography/)
What’s the point of having election laws that spell out the process to be followed if officials are allowed to ignore them and uphold the results despite evidence of fraud, corruption and gross negligence? All eight of the underlying principles that govern Maryland’s election law clearly have been violated and petitioning the courts to order a redo the process is the only remedy left.
To the pessimists who argue against ordering a new election, we ask: What amount of money, time and personal or political inconvenience could ever be more valuable that ensuring the integrity of election results? It is the integrity of the democratic process itself in Baltimore that now hangs in the balance.
Hassan Giordano, Cortly ‘C.D.’ Witherspoon, Doni Glover, J. Wyndal Gordon, Baltimore
The writers are members of Voters Organized for the Integrity of City Elections (Baltimore).
The first debate of the race was held Tuesday, October 3, 2006. All three candidates were present and participated. The evening was hosted by the Baltimore Urban League, and moderated by Charles Robinson from Maryland Public Television and Doni Glover from BMORENEWS.
Local journalists will discuss their approach to covering Maryland politics—and their perspectives and predictions about the 2006 primary and general elections—at a panel discussion held at Goucher College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 28 in Buchner Hall at the Alumnae/i House.
“Behind the Scenes in Maryland Politics” is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-337-6316.
Panel participants will be:
* C. Fraser Smith — news director of WYPR 88.1 FM and a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun. At The Sun, Smith spent more than 30 years serving as the newspaper’s chief political reporter as well as an editorial writer and columnist.
* Van Smith — senior writer for Baltimore City Paper. Based in the city as a journalist since 1987, Smith also covers environmental issues as part of his investigative/analytical beat.
* Doni Glover — publisher of BMORENEWS.com and host of One Mic (WEAA 88.9 FM) and Empower Hour (WOLB 1010 AM). Glover has been publishing news via the Web and doing talk radio in the Baltimore/D.C./Virginia area for more than seven years. September 28, 2006 (http://www.goucher.edu/news-and-events/election-events)
“The people who are willing to overlook her (misdemeanor) conviction are now the only ones willing to support her and she can’t expand her support beyond that base,” Crenson said.
Political observer Doni Glover, a Dixon supporter, said young voters could be a game changer. That group, along with ex-offenders that now have the ability to vote, have the chance to make their mark on an election in Baltimore like never before.
“It puts the onus on the candidates to get out the vote,” Glover said.
“April 26, 2016, brother! Are you registered?” asked Doni Glover, filming the event for his bmorenews.com publication and reminding people about the upcoming Democratic primary.
A distraught woman then rolled up in a wheelchair with a request that cried out for immediate action. And Dixon – out of compassion or, as cynics would say, recognizing campaign gold – acted.
July 31, 2015, Fern Shen (https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2015/07/31/sheila-dixon-takes-a-transit-tour-and-works-a-crowd/)