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Community Spotlight: True Laurels

This Saturday, March 19th, Le Mondo welcomes True Laurels in celebration of their ten year anniversary! The day's activities begin at The Parkway Theater from 12PM- 4PM and end at Le Mondo with an afterparty starting at 10PM.

If you don't know True Laurels, what are you waiting for? You can learn more below:


True Laurels is a media platform dedicated to highlighting Baltimore + The DMV’s most captivating music, visual arts, and the surrounding culture that informs both—all of which is done through a variety of mediums. True Laurels’ print component started in 2013 and features artists from the Baltimore and DMV region through diaries, interviews, profiles, and photo essays.

From August 2018 to June 2019, True Laurels broadcasted a weekly show on Red Bull Radio which intertwined music from Baltimore and The DMV with music being made throughout the African diaspora in an attempt to present the narratives of these artists as different branches of the same tree, all trying to affirm their identities through sound.

Along with these components, True Laurels also serves as a digital space for people to absorb archival footage of Black Baltimore’s past, especially in areas related to the arts called Laurels History.

Editor & Founder: Lawrence Burney (

About the Celebration

On Saturday March 19th, writer Lawrence Burney's Baltimore/DMV-focused media platform, "True Laurels" will host two events in honor of its 10th anniversary. These events will showcase a decade of the region's most captivating music and culture.

From 12 pm to 4 pm at The Parkway Theater, True Laurels will host a release for its latest magazine issue. Previous issues and limited merch will also be available. The event will end with a preview screening of 'Along the Parkway,' a forthcoming docuseries about the Baltimore/DC region's rising rap artists.

That night (from 10pm-2am), True Laurels will host an anniversary party at Le Mondo featuring sounds by Abdu Ali, DJ Domo, Styles Bond, and Amy Reid + special guests.

Both events are free to the public, but registration must be completed separately via Eventbrite.

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