Lawrence Burney


Lawrence Burney was The Baltimore Banner’s arts & culture reporter. He is a writer, journalist and the founder of True Laurels, a media platform dedicated to highlighting Baltimore and The DMV area’s most captivating music and culture. Burney’s storytelling is concerned with finding — and sharing — the intersections of history, culture, and contemporary art in Black communities in his home region, as well as various pockets within the African diaspora in an attempt to make more sense of the world he was born into. Those instincts helped lead him to opportunities like serving as a music columnist for The Washington Post, a senior editor at The FADER magazine, and a staff writer at VICE. Burney is also a current artist-in-residence for the Baltimore Living Archives — a collaborative program between The SNF Parkway Theatre and the Enoch Pratt Library — where he is developing various film and media projects.

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