Yesha Callahan

Phylicia Barnes Is Missing & The National Media Attention Is Missing Also

On Tuesday, December 28, 16 year old Phylicia Barnes was last seen wearing a navy pea coat with a hood, blue jeans, a turquoise shirt and white slippers around the Reisterstown Square Apartments in the 6500 block of Eberle Drive in Pikesville, MD where she was staying while visiting her sister Deena Barnes.

Today is January 3rd, and almost a week later,  the Baltimore police are JUST NOW suspecting foul play and/or homicide. There have been candle light vigils held in both Baltimore and in her home town in North Carolina. Phylicia Barnes has no history of running away or criminal activity. She is a honor student at a prestigious private school in Monroe, NC.

I can’t count the number of times when nationwide alerts were broadcast by CNN, FOX, & MSNBC because of a missing child, but it just so happens those missing children weren’t black.  Why is there a  such a disparity when it comes to young black girls?  Has there been even one national news outlet to interview the Barnes family?

Why is it now, a week later, that authorities have decided to label this “foul play” and just now seeking national assistance? These are questions that’ll probably never get answered from authorities, because as you know, even though we’re supposedly living in a post racial society, distinct color lines still exist.

I hope for the sake of the Barnes family that Phylicia is found without  any type of physical harm. I’m hoping it’s just a case of a teenager upset with her parents and have ran away to a friend’s house. I hope that eventually the life of  a black child garners the same attention as that of a white child. Anyone with information on Phylicia Barnes’ whereabouts are asked to call the Baltimore City Police Department.

  1. January 3, 2011 - Reply

    This just hurts my heart to no end. First as a mother I cannot imagine my child just disappearing and not knowing where they are who took them and why. Further more as a black woman, mother and citizen I am yet again outraged at the lack of attention, compassion and outpouring that we see for little white girls not be given to ANY human being. The implied insult that I am not worth finding because of the color of my skin makes me see red. I am curious to find out what social movement there is around actively holding law enforcement for the blatant disparities in dealing with crimes such as kidnappings/disappearances of people of color.

  2. January 3, 2011 - Reply

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  3. January 3, 2011 - Reply

    This si so heartbreaking to hear. You so right. It seems when there is a black person missing we hear nothign about it on the news. I hope somehow they get the word out about this girl.
    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  4. January 3, 2011 - Reply

    The handling of this case has been shoddy, lax and just plain ineffective. It’s like the police are indifferent when it comes to trying locate Black children.
    I truly hope Phylicia is found safe & unharmed.
    But to be honest, the fact that police were so slow to give this case the attention it warranted could be the difference in the outcome of this case. Heartbreaking.

  5. January 4, 2011 - Reply

    its very unfortunate because one someone said above, it can affect the outcome of the case. i saw a case on tv last nite where they were so busy suspecting the husband and didn’t follow up that it almost cost his wife her life. turns out she ran off the road and was waiting for help for 8 days….. but the power of social media can transcend this with blogs like yours that have a great following.

  6. January 4, 2011 - Reply

    Its very unfortunate that this family is going through this nightmare. My heart goes out to the family and friends. I’m just a little confused I have been reading about this mishap for the last 2 days. I have read that she was in Baltimore visiting her older step sister and that while visiting she was in contact with numerous men and was involved in illegal activity( alcohol and drugs) and that she left the sister house at 130 pm to go shopping…..ummmm sounds a little fishy to me. Then now I’m reading that she was in Baltimore visiting her dad and that she left saying she was going to get something to eat. Not really sure what tghe real story is but I do know that if the first story was true then the sister is criminally responsible for the disappearence and God forbid and injuries of this minor child that she allowed to smoke and drink and be around all of those men under the influence. This whole incident is bothering my soul and I continue to pray for the safe homecoming of Phylicia Barnes.

  7. January 4, 2011 - Reply

    HLN news is covering the story tonight at 7pm.And the FBI is involved Phylicia is now getting the attention she deserves….

    • January 4, 2011 - Reply


      I am not happy w/the time they gave Janice on that show. She didn’t get a chance to get much out. When the show started, they spent a good 15-20 mins discussing that Zhara Baker girl. Nothing against her but come on, it’s very obvious that they would do that and of course she’s hispanic. I don’t favor any race and I feel that Phylicia should get the same recognition as any other case, no matter the race. I’m very unhappy..are they honestly trying to help? or are they playing this role to look as if they are concerned, but they are really not. Not happy with this Valez chick! Sorry. but i’m not!

    • January 4, 2011 - Reply


      the fact that this attn is now a week later, doesn’t make any sense at all.

      • January 7, 2011 - Reply


        They spent all of 45 seconds airing this on the local stations. Had you not posted this I probably wouldn’t have known. I pray she is found safe and sound.

  8. January 5, 2011 - Reply

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  9. January 8, 2011 - Reply

    I believe that she is being held against her will. Under the influence if alcohol/drugs she was likely taken advantage of and now a cover-up is under way. Her sister knows more than she is telling. So do the guys who were in that apartment. And often times, drug dealers, especially those with money, think that they are above the law. But this young lady is not a clucker – she is a good girl, an honor student. So this will not get swept under the rug. I pray that the police do not let the fact that this beautiful girl is “black” impact their ability to perform a thorough investigation. I also pray that she is safely returned to her family. God, please keep your hand on this baby whereever she is. That is my prayer. Amen.

  10. January 8, 2011 - Reply

    I pray for her safe return and more media attention on news outlets like NANCY GRACE!

  11. January 9, 2011 - Reply


    • January 9, 2011 - Reply

      @J. KELLY

      We’re you born retarded or was it a natural progression?
      I swear you never realize how assinine people are until they sit behind a keyboard and leave dumb comments. Is that how you like spending your Sunday mornings?

  12. January 12, 2011 - Reply

    I just heard about her yesterday. My prayers are for her safe return.

  13. January 12, 2011 - Reply

    If i may chime in here, the whole matter is sketchy.
    The step sister is said to be 27 yrs old; live-in ex-boyfriend had two different stories; the dad told the ex-boyfriend to stay away till things calm down; the mom was only told of the child being missing after SHE called the step-sister and the step sister said “oh, i was just about to call you”.
    More details: Phylicia told her big sister (by mom not dad) that she was leary of the men -traffic coming in and out of the apt. She commented to her step-sister (by dad) that she didnt like that they never lock the door, and men came in and out. Also the night before Phylicia told her sister (by mom) that some guy in the apt try to come on to her.
    Im also bother by the fact that her step-sister (by dad) did NOT call the child mom at all, even while in the presence of police making a missing report. When the mom called the step-sister said i was going to call you, mom got upset and said in anger “Put the police on the phone” (how dare she even make a report and the parents not be notified – no mention of step sister tell the dad).
    Another troubling thing is, the ex-boyfriend who was moving out, ok he knows his ex-girlfriend (the step sister) schedule, so he knew the child would be alone. The ex-bf had gave conflicting accts, one interview the girl was still sleep (umm sure @ 1:30 pm???) and another acct she was up and active, and he was able to tell she had on a termal shirt, pants, and bootie shoes (not suitable for wearing outside – so are her shoes GONE too or still there!!)
    Sorry people, ok, one last note – so with it being 2010-2011 – umm so no one can force her to send a text msg to someone?? (sarcasm)It’s said that she sent a text stating “i am going to get something to eat” – well with what money?? the emergency credit card her mom gave her was still at the apt. Also she had a hair appt. – how was she going to pay for it??
    Ok – i lied – im also bothered by the fact that the dad told the ex-bf to stay away. WTH?? if he is the last person (suspect) to see her then why tell him to stay away?? Phylicia poor mom asked the same question, and told her daughter dad that she wants to LOOK the ex-bf in the eye and see his demeanor.
    Alright, im spent on the whole issue… did i talk about lack of media coverage?? okay..

    • February 1, 2011 - Reply


      Honey you are on to something, my heart will not let this child go, I am a prayer warrior, and everything that is done in the dark will come to the light. Regardless of the outcome, the child is safe in the LORD’S ARMS. We never really understand the reason why things like this happens but there is always a beginning and there will surely be an end. It will not be long now…. peace shall come soon.

  14. January 12, 2011 - Reply

    It seems to me that the police have a good idea what happened to this girl, therefore it did not warrant an amber alert or national attention to find her. The police most likely have their suspects narrowed down to someone connected with the big sister. This is not a case of a girl who simply “vanished”. One of her “sisters” piece of crap fiends clearly had something to do with this. The family also does not seem to be 100% honest about everything.
    On a side note Your website is doing nothing to help the line dividing the races. If i created a “White” chic blog you would call that somewhat racist. I agree with being proud of your heritage, but you seem way to concerned w/ race. When I meet someone new their skin color honestly doesn’t even register w/ me when I’m forming an opinion about them…

    • January 12, 2011 - Reply


      Go ahead and create a ‘white’ chic blog…oops..sorry, someone else has beat you too it…as if I care.
      Way concerned with race? I see race everyday. How could I not be concerned with it. My white family members are concerned with it as well.

    • January 12, 2011 - Reply


      And just in case you needed a reminder 🙂

  15. January 12, 2011 - Reply

    That’s Baltimore for u its crazy when things like this gose on everyday here so many unsolved mystery so many untold stories . I feel bad for.the girl bit.her chances of being alive are slim to none Baltimore city police covers there ass all the time .

  16. January 12, 2011 - Reply

    I live here in Baltimore where she disappered from and although the media might not be doing much weas a community have formed search parties to look for her. This is extremly sad and shady. Why would they let her go out by herself in a city shes not from?

  17. January 12, 2011 - Reply

    I agree this story is not being broadcast enough on national news. I saw it the first day on CNN, and have had to search Google to find updated news since then. As a parent, ANY missing child situation should be the top news on every national and local website, as well as on TV. I’m praying for a safe return for this girl, and also for her family to keep up the strength and hope and prayers necessary to find her!

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  19. January 17, 2011 - Reply

    I agree with what the creator of this page said, this young girl was not immediately put into the spotlight because of her color, sad but it is true. Everytime a white child goes missing its broadcast on Nancy Grace, Jnae Velez Mitchel, CBS, NBC, CNN etc. within a damn day, and we did see it on Nancy Grace but 2 weeks after she was already missing. And before the comments come that black people are trying to pull the race card out…I AM WHITE and I agree that the lack of attention her story garnered was due to her color.

  20. January 19, 2011 - Reply

    I understanding the heart pouring out for this young lady, nobody deserves what has happened to this young lady who has her whole life ahead of her. From what I,ve heard the young lady should have not been allowed to go anywhere by herself shes only six-teen in a new town it was irresponsible of the sister and dad to allow it, and should share the responsibility of whatever the outcome. I have five children and I with strict rules when comes to visiting away from home. And I understand they don’t always do what there told but someone should have watched out for her and the sad story it was someone with their own agenda.
    God please watch out for this angel and reveal her so that her mom can move on, in Jesus Name AMEN!!!!

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