Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Toya Graham: Baltimore ‘Hero Mom’ and Family Left Homeless After Fire

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*Toya Graham, the Baltimore mother who gained notoriety after a 2015 viral video showed her disciplining her son during the riots following the death of Freddie Gray, is now homeless after her home caught on fire.

The fire started when Graham’s 17-year-old son Michael Singleton — the kid she confronted in the viral video — was cooking and briefly stepped away from the kitchen.

Graham, also known as Baltimore’s ‘hero mom,’ is mother to five, and says she was at work when she received a call from her 18-year-old daughter Teiyona who told her about the fire.

“She called me hollering that the house was on fire,” Graham told the Baltimore Sun. She hurried home only to find her three-story house in massive flames. Her family had just moved there in April.

“When I got there, there were five fire trucks, an ambulance and police. I could see them through the third-floor window. They were throwing stuff out the back window. It was a mess,” she said.

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No one inside was hurt, but the family of seven are now staying at a nearby hotel, and uncertain about their future.

“We’ve been here for several days and the money is running out and at this point, I’m not sure if I’m able to go back to my home,” she said. I have to wait for [Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.] and a contractor to come out to see if it’s livable.”

A GoFundMe page has been established for the family and The American Red Cross has provided them with the money to reside in two hotel rooms.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen. We have been praying a lot that we will have a home and that we will be all right and that everything will be fixed,” said Michael.


Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



  1. I’ve often wondered if Ms. Toya Graham has any regrets about intentionally introducing SIX newborns, infants, toddlers, children and teens to a childhood fraught with FEAR, struggle, pain, torment, anguish, demeaning government handouts, DEPRESSION, uncertainty and hardships?

    I’ve often wondered why a mom who grew up experiencing or witnessing others experience abusive or neglectful childhoods in struggling communities would introduce her own kids to a depressing childhood?

    Perhaps some American moms are experiencing some type of emotional or mental illness preventing them from fully embracing and following a mom’s natural, innate maternal urges to protect her child from harm and to place her child’s emotional welfare Above All Else?

    Sadly, Ms. Graham’s male child matured into a depressed, emotionally ill or mentally disturbed teen harmed by the T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. childhood he apparently experienced.


    The late popular American urban storyteller Tupac Shakur, an admitted depressed and suicidal thinking Street Thug who through NO FAULT OF HIS OWN was as American newborn, infant, toddler, child and teen grievously harmed by America’s Culture of African American Childhood Abuse, Emotional Neglect & Maltreatment that evolved from America’s long-standing, ignorant Culture of Racism, describes his less than stellar American kid T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E childhood:

    “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fvvks Everyone” ~Tupac Shakur

    In addition to creating and sharing his T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. concept, Tupac words of wisdom intelligently offer a SPECIFIC solution for improving the Quality of Childhood Life of American kids born to American women continuing to struggle with emotional issues related to America’s ignorant Culture of Racism:

    *”We need more people who care; you know what I’m saying? We need more women, mothers, fathers, we need more of that*, we don’t need any more entertainers.“ ~Tupac Shakur

    Tagged: #JamylaBolden, #TyshawnLee, #JulieDombo, #SandraBland, #ShamirHunter, #ChildhoodTrauma,


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