I was born in Baltimore. My mother and father were too. In fact, my family is three generations strong here. We’re from all over — East Baltimore, West, and the county, too. I’m a product of it all because my family has lived in every part of this city and its outskirts. I’ve known about the city’s ills since my childhood and even witnessed some of them growing up, but it’s always been the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. Not in an Instagrammable kind of way, but in its grit and the spirit of the people.