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Young Talks of Council Presidency
By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer Bernard “Jack” Young has served on or chaired almost every Baltimore City Council committee over his tenure as a councilman. Now, he is pleased to use his experience as Baltimore City’s new City Council president. Affectionately referred to as “Jack,” the 14year Council veteran is currently a member of the Task Force to Eliminate Illegal Billboards, AFRO File Photo the Johns Hopkins In this Feb. 4 file photo, City Alcoholic and Other Drug Council President Bernard Dependency Advisory “Jack” Young embraces Mayor Board, the Historic East Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at Baltimore Community her swearing-in ceremony at Action Council, Advisory City Hall. Board on Homelessness, Baltimore Public Markets Board and the Baltimore City Parking Authority Board. A native of East Baltimore, Young is the co-founder of the Broadway Development Foundation. He received the Outstanding Young Men of America Award and the Martin Luther King Award for Community Service. He Continued on A3

Shani Brings Gold Home, Again
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Shani Davis, seen here in action during the men’s 1,000 meters race at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Berlin, on Nov. 9, 2008, is one of the United States’ brightest stars on ice. Before 2008, it would have been a rare occurrence to find Black families cuddling before their televisions to watch the Winter Olympics. But many tuned into the 2010 Vancouver games and mostly for one reason—Shani Davis. The 27-year-old Texas native became the first African American to win a Winter Olympic gold medal during the 2008 Games, and this year many fans were hoping to see him repeat. “I love ice-skating, but I didn’t get into it until I saw Shani win the gold two years ago,” said Chal’e Fentress, a local college student. “I hope he wins, again. I’ll probably be at the skating rink the next day.” Fentress is probably circling the ice right now, because Davis delivered on fans’ expectations, claiming gold in the 1,000-meter race Continued on A5

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Baltimore Churches Promote Census
By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer Where Baltimore City officials have received some of the blame for 2000’s census failure is where local NAACP president Marvin Cheatham says faith-based organizations can make a difference. Many underserved communities were not reached in the prior census, leaving thousands of residents uncounted and millions of dollars missing from the city over a 10-year period. This time around, Cheatham said it is imperative for faith-based leaders to be involved, saying it is impossible for the census to be a success without their dedication. “If you don’t have a significant number of the faith-based leaders involved in the census then we fail again because they get to more people than all of us do,” Marvin Cheatham said. “We must be inundated with ministers in this whole process. We need their leadership.” During the last two meetings the city’s census coalition has

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NAACP to Choose New Chair
By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief The NAACP will elect a new chairperson during a meeting of the Board of Directors in New York on Feb. 20. The 64-member body, which is the policymaking arm of the civil rights organization, will choose its new leader with a simple majority of votes. Hilary Shelton, vice president for advocacy and director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, said he is not aware of any frontrunners for the position and that candidates will be nominated on-site. There is some speculation, however, that Maryland resident, Roslyn Brock, the Board’s current vice president, may be a top contender. Brock did not return calls for comment by AFRO press time. Brock, or whomever is chosen, may find themselves serving under the long shadow of 12-term chairman, Julian Bond, who announced his decision to step down on the eve of the organization’s centennial celebration last year. “This is the time for renewal. We have dynamic new leadership,” Bond was reported as saying in a

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In a landmark weekend that will pay tribute to African Americans in science, engineering, and technology at the 24th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference ceremony will be hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center Feb. 18-20. The awards ceremony will honor Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward, the first commander of US Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, with the BEYA Lifetime Achievement Award. Ward earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morgan State University and holds a

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“Roslyn Brock, the Board’s current vice president, may be a top contender.”
November 2008 AFRO article. “The country has a new president in Barack Obama; the organization has a new CEO in Benjamin Jealous, and we’ll soon have a new chairman of the NAACP board. The NAACP and the country are in good hands.” Elected chairman of the board of the NAACP in 1998, Bond was an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. As a Continued on A5

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AFRO National Briefs
Professor Kills Three in Shooting Spree
An Alabama professor accused of shooting six coworkers and killing three showed no signs of mental instability in the days leading up to the murders, according to a report by Diverse Education. Amy Bishop, a respected professor at the school, was allegedly angered because she was not considered for tenure at the University of Alabama Huntsville and by the possibility of losing her teaching post. Bishop was responsible for the murders of Maria Ragland Davis, 52, an AfricanAmerican associate professor of biology; Adriel Johnson, 52, an African-American associate biology professor and Gopi Padila, 52, chairman of the school’s biology department. This is not the first time Bishop has been involved in a murder case, according to Diverse Education. In 1986, she shot her 18-year-old brother at their home, but said the killing was not intentional. Police called the shooting a “tragic accident” and Bishop was never charged. L. Douglas Wilder recently spewed venom on the President Barack Obama White House, saying that if the president is to fulfill his dream of effecting change for America, he has to up the ante on his leadership skills — which includes firing some of his key players. Wilder is a Democrat and the first African American to be elected governor of a state since Reconstruction. He also once aspired to lead the nation. But last week in comments in his online column posted on Politico.com, Wilder claimed that Obama is “surrounded by people who are in their jobs because of their Chicago connections or because they signed on with Obama early during his presidential campaign, but lack sufficient experience at governing at the executive Otherwise, “I think that Gov. Wilder is on to something,” said Michael Fauntroy. ”I’ve always been concerned about some of the people that are surrounding the president and their individual influence, particularly with regard to the financial crisis.” Fauntroy went on to say that, “Barack Obama has never had to lead anything —other than his duties a as a member of the legislature. It comes to me as no surprise that he’d be having problems in this regard. But overall I don’t think the problems are insurmountable.” rate than other groups. In fact, Black women are discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at three times the rate that they serve in the military, the report states. “Although Black women make up less than one percent of service members, they comprise 3.3 [percent] percent of those discharged under the policy.” Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, who supports Obama’s stance on repealing the policy, told Fox News on Feb. 7 he’s launching a review to gauge Armed Forces members’ feelings on the law. “The review that I am launching is to help inform the legislative process of was named the new chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service by the U.S. Senate on Feb. 11, according to a press release. “Patrick’s years on the frontline of the service movement give him a unique understanding of the obstacles facing communities and the transformative power of service,” said Stephen Goldsmith, the chair of the corporation’s board of directors. “The Corporation’s ability to respond to human needs, rebuild our cities and inspire more Americans to serve is more critical today than ever before. There is no doubt that Patrick’s varied experience and dynamic leadership will be an asset to the corporation. He is the right CEO at the right time.” Previously serving as a senior associate at the Annie E. Carsey Foundation, Corvington brings over 20 years of experience in facing key issues in the nonprofit sector. His field experience combined with his extensive management experience will push the corporation to soaring levels of innovation, effectiveness, and impact. Corvington was personally impacted by the destructive earthquake in Haiti, as he has relatives living there. He quickly responded to the devastating disaster and worked with his community to mobilize relief efforts for the earthquake victims. Briefs written by Dorothy Rowley, George Barnette, Melanie Holmes and Gregory Dale.

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Alexis Hutchinson mother backed out of caring for 13-month-old Kamani, Hutchinson’s son. Assigned as an army cook for the third Combat Aviation Brigade of the Army’s Third Infantry Division, Hutchinson denies using her son to escape deployment. “She’s excited that she’s no longer facing jail and can still be with her son, which is the most important thing,” Rai Sue Sussman, Hutchinson’s civilian attorney, told The Associated Press. “We’re very happy about it right now.” Hutchinson claims her mother agreed to care for Kamani for the full year she would be deployed, but changed her mind a few days before she was scheduled to leave. The day of her flight, Hutchinson called her superiors and said she would not be deploying. But Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson told the AP the Army had evidence that Hutchinson would have resisted deploying “by any means.”

Military Mom Discharged for Ditching Deployment

The Black, single military mom who said she would not deploy to Afghanistan on Nov. 5 will not face a court martial. Instead, the Army chose to discharge and demote 21-year-old Spc. Alexis Hutchinson. Hutchinson refused to join soldiers overseas after her

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With much attention being given to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuals since President Obama’s State of the Union speech, researchers, pundits and politicians have questioned the policy’s fairness. According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, it’s not very fair to AfricanAmerican women. The task force studied Black same-sex households in the United States to determine AP Photo what disadvantages, if any, L. Douglas Wilder these couples faced. The study found that Black same-sex branch level.” couples are at a disadvantage According to a professor in almost every category of public policy at George including when it comes to Mason University, Wilder is how the “Don’t Ask, Don’t on point. At least sort of, he Tell” policy affects Black said, adding that it has to be women. taken into consideration that The policy has been used Obama’s only been at the to kick Black women out of T:11 in helm one year. the military at a much higher

Black Women Affected by ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

A study found that Black same-sex couples are at a disadvantage when it comes to how the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy affects Black women. some facts about the attitudes of our men and women in uniform, what they think about a change in the law, [and] what their families think,” Gates said. “The truth is we don’t have any facts.”

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Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain NephewA3
from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Jennifer Hudson and other Tribune, the boy had been shot relatives positively identified multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afterEarlier this winter I remember chatting national headlines and broadcasts was the noon to identify the body. with my friend Joe Lee via Facebook about impact of the epic back-to-back blizzardslookGiven the choice between the onslaught of snow he was experiencing that annihilated the directly at the region, and ing mid-Atlantic body or in Syracuse at the time. Joe is originally from Maryland was atviewing it on a wall-mounted the epicenter. West Baltimore like I am, but he and his During a meeting of the Democratic Courtesy Photos family moved to the snowy hinterlands of Donerson who National Committee in Washington, Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Central New as well as her years ago.Jason. President Obama deemed the first storm, was killed, York nearly 20 brother, I had heard they got walloped with about 50 inches “Snowmageddon.” video screen, the just a few of snow in a couple of days and I wanted to But, who would have guessedfamily chose plate X584859 was found on later we would According to the the latter. get nailed with, the body of her 7-year-old know how he was holding up. His response short days Chicago’s Tribune, Snowpocalypse?” nephew stoic and just hours brazen to me. West Side after Monday, somewhat seemed “Snowmageddon 2: The Hudson said, “Yes, police received that’s him.” after his only got 30 inches a so with this last a 7 a.m. call body was found in or “We The prodigious dual blizzards shut down snowfall…not a problem for Central New Washington and the federal government York. No closed schools or businesses. It’s for the week and paralyzed Annapolis as business as usual. Sad to say…I’m getting use well. Most of the meetings and committee to it,” he said. gatherings scheduled for the General Thirty inches of snow and business as Assembly last week were wiped out. usual? Snowy Syracuse seemed like some Snow was the only real story, and as a No wonder could have proven and Dallas Cowboys playerscommentator that Obama’s campaign is By of distant kindAlan King moonscape in my mind at the political Tony Romo AFRO Staff Writer time. Little did I know what Maryland’s fateand Terrell Owens, But, of course there is politics in problematic. trying to distance him from the among the names submitted to evengroup, saying, “Barack Obama would be in February. everything, snow removal. Never Organized with ACORN.” election officials. Presidential candidate John Last week the story which dominated As I drove in from Queen Anne’s County Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes Associated Community ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed Organization for Reform Now – sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the success of the “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. organization, the head of the faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least group says. 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Continued from A1 didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of graduated from Northern High School in 1973 ‘When you work hard, you appreciate what victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview and also AFRO. the Communitytor of it. of College you get from beingAnnouncer: Massive voter a hard worker.’ I started with the attended Baltimore.this attack started, we off things shoes when I was ObamaIcampaign shining Hurd said the only fraud. And the a kid. come “When from a family ofpaid more than $800,000 to an 10. I come from a humble bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had beginning and I ACORN front for get out the vote will never forget where I selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new votAFRO: How does it to say come from. agrees. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just feel to have been unanimously elected the City Council It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared ACORN nor its employees have loans.fill your former fraud. president?ACORN’s success.” AFRO: Who will Nationwide voter position because of been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. McCain, who is running for Young: I’m excited about being president. as 12th District councilman? Bad judgment. president on the We’re still tick- charged with, casting fraudulent couple of people Too risky for Republican putting together I’m settling in. Young: A Blind ambition. have made votes.” America. et, staff. out at ACORN in the our lashed It feels very good that all of my hard inquiries that they’re going to apply. The most The look final debate against Barack will say, well,problem came about pri- will get the job. work has paid off. People qualified one Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is at his district. They really need tomarily at it look because of the way ACORN’s goals as the been on the verge ofthe development that is in place. Rather than What are your87 offices have new maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. AFRO: and see all of rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in They will see where I served and represented City Council president? ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in this country, my people well. Young: ployed, to sign up new voters. Right now, my after the presidential The day only plan is to maybe destroying the fabric of deal with the budget we are facing. We have The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” AFRO: After a non-partisan being it hard a those doing organization’s we are facing; Factcheck.org, almost 14 years, was registered and $60 million budget [deficit]Boston and Seattle for you tofound those claims to as the registration. I’m focusing on officesThe budget [deficit] leave your position councilman that. and stole computers. Web site, over the 12th District? evinext year is Maud explained, “We have a$100 million-plus and probably After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no Young: Yes it was because zero tolerance growing. We’ve got a lot to do to e-mail was dence of any such democracy- I look at my policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an make sure job as a councilman as a part of aate falsification of that if we have to doto the local office saying she larger registration.” sent cuts, that it’s not that destroying fraud.” Most news much on the “is going to have her When I say ministry.believes the McCain a job. Service is account neglect to citizens of Baltimore. life ended.” Hurd I don’t look at it as charges were politically motivatall I know. When I was a kid, my point out that ACORN isthe councilA workerno cuts. They come father said, cuts, makes in Providence, R.I., required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayed. istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece defense controversy. By AFRO Staff on his character in a of For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are to The Associated Press. fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social his political support. New York Gov. David “For the last couple of McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic justice for lowPaterson is fighting rumors of weeks I have been the subject and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income sex and drug abuse from the of they’re going Albany Announcer: Who is Barack eys,what, even byto get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 memstatefamilies and local into more house organized media. standards, has been a spate of Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” ber A 1,20030 New York Post Jan. neighborhood chapoutrageous rumorssaid, “You baptism performed at warp Another message about me,” than report claims Paterson was said Paterson. speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, caught byhas over the yearsaseen lege, he moved to Chicago. The Welfare bums. he deleted). governor saidYou is ACORN state police in utility closet in the governor’s Became a community organizer. unsure of where the rumors guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advomansion with a woman other are originating, but he There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource there is, than his wife.healthcare for the believes that treatment he is living wages, He’s also N.Y. Gov. David He was so branch of ACORN. Paterson and make ais unfair. That’s underserved— and while organawaiting a New York Times receiving lot of babies. impressive that he was asked to all you guys do. Andserving izing which is said to make piece,voter registration drives. “It is certainly then suck now ... to clear the air and train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been as withering similar accusations and added at least say that the charges others’ interest and not mine, What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital and baseless as to one. fuel to the fire, thissurface. and I think it’s a callous and engage being made are not bills for way to treat a governor With the presidential election that arein? Bullying banks. “The human decency, if sleazy your kids. I jus’ say let in the perimeters ofDisruption Intimidation tactics. our your kids die.trying to do his job That’s the best lessjournalists’ ethics, I think than two weeks away, not who is just investigation,” Paterson told of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the would compel an organization and, in a democracy, is trying banks Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- CNN. to issue risky home loans. when they see a person being to keep his job,” he said. same types of loans rumors bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud after ThePaterson called thethat slandered for over two weeks This is are the first time a “callous financial crisis we’re caused the and sleazy” assault it. You guys not lowlifes. And I the reported discovery of bogus Paterson’s die.” has surfaced in today. hope you all name names, such as Mickey Mouse inHurd thinks the hate 2008, a sex scandal. In calls will Paterson told the New York cease soon. Dailytwo weeks, Ihe and his “In News that think these wife, Michelle, had extraattacks will be over. 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On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson under just beyond the Bay Bridge on the Friday Not only did she display leadership asked after the second blizzard, to my astonishment pressure, I givefor the 10 cool points for SRB public’s help in finding her nephew.black baseball cap the main roads and the vast majority of the nostalgia as she donned a In her MySpace blog, she thanked fans and supside streets I saw were plowed down to the and jacket reminiscent of Janet Jackson circa porters for in 1989. pavement. My ride in from the Eastern Shore the Rhythm Nation albumtheir prayers and offered a $100,000 reward to went off without a hitch, essentially smooth as Seriously, Rawlings-Blake was ubiquitous anyone as she displayed the cream. at the eye of the stormwho returned the boy alive. But, about 40 minutes later as I entered wonkish, yet personable style we’re becoming Since the investigation, Baltimore City, it looked like a bomb hit it. accustomed to. She made numerous television Hudson – who gained stardom Of course QA County and Baltimore are two appearances imploring neighbors to help after appearing on “American vastly different jurisdictions, and the second neighbors, while insisting people living on Idol,” and then won an storm was a little gentler on the Eastern side streets they had not Award for her role in Academy been forsaken. Shore, but it still seems like snow removal in “This city isthe movie Dreamgirls street is not clear until your – has Maryland is typically a separate and unequal clear, so let’s do this together,” public eye. stayed out of the she said during affair. one press update. The Chicago Tribune reportJulian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. The historic one-two punch sustained by By Saturday, athat a paradedump trucks ed phalanx of of cars moved the city put the snow total for the season – rolled into West Baltimoreher family’s at slowly past and set up home A spokesman for the weeks the at 79.9 which still has severaloffice left – murders but is being held Street on Lemmel hill.past trucks Dukeland in Monday morning, As the told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation bobcat mini-tractors deployed and curinews vans, reporters from inches, shattering the old record by several and after ous onlookers. inches. their post they began the herculean task of This was the icy crucible Stephanie removing tons of snow fromNeighbors stood clogged city quietly and Rawlings-Blake, the city’s new mayor, faced streets. By Sunday crews had worked for 24 reflected on the literally on her for full day straight “remained strongfirst her fami- on the job. She being convicted of hours, 10 days violence.to dig Baltimore out attempted was sworn in Feb. 4 leader. from under. ly” and was clearly its and the first storm andthe murder hit vehicular hijackIn front of the Hudson’s next day. Given the nature of the “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show unprecedented heavy jackets twohome, men in By Monday, as the “It 2010, ly,” the spokesman said. city dug out from round guilty to both that he pleaded headed blizzard of hoodedthe mayor earns high and sweatshirts came to one, SRB administered the oath of office 1999. marks for was obviously a very emotional charges in–and He was also her command of the emergency. As kiss the twin white crosses barsome political diplomacy with aconvicted a 1998 for posses- it ing the have beenDonerson and hug and in bad as it was could names of worse. moment.” smile – as – the son “Jack” Young was sworn motor On Saturday when city workers reached The boy Bernard of Julia sion of a stolen vehicle. Jason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had Baltimorereleased from prison in in as the new president of the He was City my 93-year-old grandmother’s house, where I “Everybody is sick of going been missing since Friday, 2006 seven years Council replacing Rawlings-Blake. after serving grew up near Mondawmin Mall, she told me, through stuff like this,” Artisha when aday laterfound was out in front attempted murder and for the A relative SRB Julian’s “When I was a West, a former resident oflike teenager we had snows the grandmother,residents to “restock” ashijacking charges. all the time.” told the Tribune. “We all Darnell car the city instructing this area Donerson, 57, and his uncle, next morning as remained missing The boy the braced for round two. The I shot back, have toyou walked to All these “And stick together. school Jason Hudson, 29, shot ferocity, the mayoradidn’tweekend in in the young children are dying, and to death through long second storm gained barefoot snow, right?” in his grandmother’s home in rarely used phase volunteers she exclaimed with a laugh. for what?” hesitate in implementing the which police and “Yes,” the 7000 block of South Yale three of the city’s snow emergency plan. Sure, Mom Mom, anything you say. Avenue. An Amber Alert – a designation for high-risk missing children – was issued Friday after Julian was discovered missing after the murders. Police arrested William Balfour, the missing boy’s stepfather and estranged husband As a Council, to us from the administration. why it is vitally important that every citizen in of Julia,looking at how we can better be able to we’re at his girlfriend’s Baltimore is counted. Southside apartment several citizens. We just protect our most vulnerable hours after the murders. want to focus right now on this budget and AFRO: What do you see your role as it Balfour’s mother, Michele, has making sure that we do the least that would relates to the Mayor Stephanie Rawlingstold reporters that her son had affect to citizens. Blake? nothingourdo with the slayings. Young: My role is I will support the Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson AFRO: How can the 2010 census help mayor where support is needed. I’m looking with the budget deficit? forward to working well with the mayor and Young: The census can help greatly. That’s us moving the city forward.

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NAACP Hosts Public Meeting on Census
By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer The Baltimore branch of the NAACP has not been shy about declaring what it feels city leaders and community organizers need to do to make the 2010 census a success. But president Marvin Cheatham said his group is also doing its fair share of work publicize how the census directly relates to the city’s welfare. After kicking off their initiative with a float advertising the census at the Martin Luther King Day parade, the NAACP is now preparing for its second major public meeting to be held on Feb. 23. were taking the issue seriously. The upcoming meeting will invite leaders involved with the census to engage in a question and answer session, which Cheatham hopes will educate community members and recruit people to join the NAACP’s census coalition in making phone calls and knocking on doors. He purchased shirts, hats, jackets and other forms of paraphernalia to have a uniform team ready to go out and alert key groups in the community including former felons, immigrants, the homeless and residents in drug addiction facilities. “We need to identify with areas that have high poverty,” Cheatham said. “We need to make certain that we know all of these location. You got to knock on doors.” Put simply, the census is 10 questions that take 10 minutes to answer and can earn the city $10,000 per person, Cheatham said. However, the city will lose $1,000 per person each year for 10 years if residents do not answer and return the census forms. It could also result in lost representation in Annapolis, as was the outcome of the 2000 census when Baltimore had its last catastrophic census return rate. Cheatham said the 1990 census return rate was also unfavorable for the city and fears the 2010 census could resemble prior decades if appropriate actions are not taken. One concern he has is securing sufficient funds needed to get the word out. The NAACP has received $3,000 from the federal government to pay for its paraphernalia, but Cheatham would like to see money come in to help feed his volunteers,

“We know what to do, we just need the people and the money to support us. That’s what we’re hoping Tuesday will do.”
“The NAACP is actually doing this all over the country,” Cheatham said. “In certain states, certain branches have been identified to do even more work as a result of poor returns in the census 10 years ago. Baltimore City has been one of the cities identified here in the state in Maryland.” The association’s first meeting “raked city officials through the [coals],” Cheatham said, because he did not believe they

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Marvin Cheatham, president of the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP, said the organization is doing its part to educate the public about the census and to motivate them to particpate. put gas in cars and pay for electric bills once phone calls and faxes made on behalf of the census run up the bill. “You need to have resources,” he said. “Having paraphernalia isn’t going to be the real answer. The answer is making phone calls. We know what to do, we just need the people and the money to support us. That’s what we’re hoping Tuesday will do.” With the listing its headquarters will provide, the local NAACP will soon begin making phone calls to targeted communities. Cheatham also hopes to get a couple of caravans riding throughout the city once the weather improves as one of several ploys he is planning to heighten awareness of the census. His request for funding for a 30-day television show on the public access channel is still pending, but he would like census officials to host the program so they can provide pertinent information to everyday citizens. “It’s almost like doing a political campaign,” Cheatham said. “You need money to run campaigns, that’s what this is. We’re going to be success.” The meeting will be held at 6:30 -8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. For more information call 410-366-3300.

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officer of the Baptist United Missionary Convention of Maryland, which he aid has been actively emphasizing the significance of the census. “We cannot make anyone participate but you need to make an informed decision and we are hopeful that your decision will lead to,” Bowyer said. “We have to educate and that’s the role of the church in reference to things that impact us in the community. The church is still playing a strategic role in educating and informing its constituents to the importance of the census.” Because churches see their members at least once a week, Bowyer said they have a greater opportunity to reach the community than other organizations. He would like to see more funding designated for healthcare, education and job training in Baltimore City, which federal dollars could supply if more people return census surveys this year. “The census relates to congress reapportionment and the redistribution of dollars,” he said. “When we’re not counted, we lose congressionally as well as fiscally. When we participate, we gain financially.” New Psalmist Baptist Church has forged a collaborative effort with the Census Bureau, said the Rev. Alfred Bailey, minister of missions and outreach. They would like needed resources

and career opportunities to reach deserving communities if the census return rate increases this year. “It is our hope that our community is empowered as a result of the 2010 census,” Bailey said. Mt. Pleasant African Methodist Episcopal Church

has been distributing booklets on the 2010 census and has members designated to assist in the completion process. Earnest Hines heads their men’s ministry and is concerned with the political leverage Baltimore City could lose or gain, depending on the census results. “Lots of other [groups of people] are completing the census and getting credit more so than we are as a race of people,” Hines said. “If folks don’t complete the census, we could become almost an irrelevant group of people relative to the things that go on in the community. It’s important when you start thinking politically about realignment in areas where, historically, we have been strong.”

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Rep. Watson Retirement to Have Little Impact on CBC
By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief Rep. Diane Watson’s retirement will have little to no ripple effect on the strength or make up of the Congressional Black Caucus, political observers say. Watson, a Democrat that serves California’s 33rd Congressional District, announced her plans to abstain from re-seeking office in this year’s midterm elections last week after a political career spanning over more than three decades. “It really has been a joy for me and very satisfying to be a public servant,” Watson said during the Feb. 11 press conference. Not only had the weekly grueling, hours-long trip to Washington become trying, said a spokeswoman of the reasons for the congresswoman’s decision, but also other areas of her life needed more attention. “Her mother just turned 100 years old so she decided it was important to spend more time with her family,” spokeswoman Dorinda White told the AFRO. Watson joined Congress in 2001 after she won a special election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Democratic Rep. Julian Dixon. Now, with her leaving, the seat is unlikely to turn Republican, said political analyst Robert Smith. “A Democrat is going to win the seat for sure,” said the San Francisco State University political science professor. The new representative also will likely be Black, despite the demographic shifts that have transformed the ethnically diverse district. “That district probably has a Latino plurality [now] so there’s always the speculation that if these congresswomen retire, a Latino will seek to claim the seat because they have a larger part of the population,” Smith said. “But, I doubt that first Democratic woman to become speaker of the California General Assembly. White, Watson’s spokeswoman, said the congresswoman has not endorsed any candidates at AFRO press time. However, the lawmaker was slated to be at a Wednesday morning press conference in Los Angeles that was called by Speaker Bass. Some see Watson’s retirement— and the expected infusion of young blood into that seat—as the ushering in of a new generation of leadership. Watson first gained distinction when in 1975 she became the first African American to be elected to the Los Angeles School Board during the nascent—and thus tension-rife—period of mandatory school integration. For 20 years, 1978-1998, she served in the state Senate. And, in 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed her as ambassador to Micronesia. White said Watson’s chief legacy is that of defender. “She has always been a staunch supporter of human rights in all its facets so that would be her strongest legacy,” White said. “She has always been a very progressive member of Congress on issues that affect woman, children and families in America and around the world.” President Obama—who as a senator belonged to the CBC— praised his former peer for her trailblazing and distinguished career of public service. “Diane Watson has spent her life fighting for families in Los Angeles, especially those who too often didn’t have a voice,” he said in a statement. “Diane blazed a historic trail from the L.A. public schools to the United States Congress where she continued to work to improve health care, education and opportunities for countless Americans...[We] will miss her distinguished voice in Congress.”

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Shani Brings Gold Home, Again
Continued from A1 competitions. Davis was upset at Hendrick because he apparently didn’t shake his hand after he won the ’08 gold. But Hendricks told the media they’ve resolved their differences and are happy to be teammates. “Everything that Shani and I had in 2006 is behind us now,” Hedrick told reporters in Vancouver. “We’re here. We’re proud to represent our country. We’re proud to put a few more medals on the table of the Americans.” Davis said the energy is so much more positive now, which makes winning more fun. “I’ve learned not to pay attention to things that are negative and focus on the things that matter,” Davis told the media. “For the most part, it’s been really good. It’s a different type of energy now. People want me to win.”
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Shani Davis skates to a first-place finish in the first race in the men’s 1,000-meter during the US Olympic speedskating trials in this Dec. 27, 2009 photo. on Feb. 17 with a time of 1:08.94 seconds. He barely beat out South Korea’s Mo Tae-bum, who finished 18-hundreths of a second behind Shani for the silver medal. American teammate Chad Hendrick claimed knew he would need to bring his best performance if he was to repeat. “When you’re a world champion or an Olympic champion, you get this little thing on your back called a target,” said Davis, now the

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Continued from A1 master’s in political science from Penn State. Prior to his current position, Ward served as the deputy commander, Headquarters U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, among other prestigious staff assignments over the course of 39 years of service to the U.S. Army. Since Ward was first commissioned into the Army in June 1971, the general has collected several prestigious badges such as the Distinguished Service Medal, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge and the Legion of Merit to name a few. Among other honorees is Vice Adm. Adam Robinson, Navy surgeon general, who will receive the Medical Officer of the Year Award for his contribution to relief efforts in Haiti. “As the [recipient of the] Medical Officer of the Year Award, I accept it because we truly are committed to not only our graduate health educated programs, but we’re also very committed to medical research and to the research and development world, those things that will help us and help the people that we serve,” Robinson added. “So I think that this emphasizes our commitment to medical and scientific research.” The BEYA recognize those with exceptional career gains in various vocations and this year a record 50 awardees are Navy men and women. Service men will also hold three break-

Black Business Summit Kicks Off
By AFRO Staff An impressive number of Black America’s leading business and cultural leaders will converge in downtown Baltimore Feb. 18 - 19 for the 11th annual Minority Business Summit at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel. In addition giving an economic boost to Baltimore’s economy, the event is the ideal networking opportunity for those living in the Baltimore metropolitan area, as it allows local figures on the cusp of national success to network with established figures. Among these celebrated Black Americans is Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis, whose off-field philanthropic works and business ventures in construction and retail have garnered increased attention. While Lewis continues to hold a firm grip over the sporting world, Cathy Hughes has maintained one of the highest ranks in radio. The Radio One founder has been named entrepreneur of the year by Ernest & Young and also hosts a

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Michael Eric Dyson, left, commentator and “hip hop intellectual,” and Baltimore Raven and entrepreneur Ray Lewis will participate in the Men of Influence Awards and Luncheon on Feb. 19. show on the TV One network where she interviews leading celebrities. Prominent figures such as Earl G. Graves Jr., Jeff Johnson and Michael Eric Dyson are also among the guests expected to appear at this year’s event, one of the premier conferences for African Americans. While attendees will get the chance to overhear important tips from highly credentialed leaders such as Ward, Lewis and Hughes, the invaluable prospect of sharing ideas, strategies and the fruitful grounds for networking will make this year’s summit one of the top destination events.

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State Legislators Take Aim at Gang Activity
By Daniel Leaderman Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS - The Safe Schools Act of 2010, unveiled Tuesday by House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, would require courts to notify schools if a student is arrested for crimes that could indicate gang membership, such as assault and malicious destruction of property. The legislation calls for better communication between schools and law enforcement agencies about gang activity and suspected gang members. The bill came about after the killing of a 14-year-old Crofton boy last year. The incident has been linked to gang rivalry. “When we sat down and talked with the law enforcement agencies from Anne Arundel County and other [counties], we found out that there is a prevalence of gangs that exists in every county in the state of Maryland,” Busch said. “We felt it was important for us to try to address some of the problems with the sharing of information between law enforcement agencies and boards of education,” Busch said. The bill calls for the development of a consistent statewide policy for gang prevention and intervention efforts in schools, such as training teachers to recognize signs of gang activity. In addition, middle and high schools would now be legally required to have at least one designated school security officer on site. The focus of these with gangs, was concerned about provisions requiring courts to notify schools about children who are delinquent or in need of assistance, such as those who have been placed in the guardianship of “We're really protecting civil liberties ... for most of the students,” George said. Gene Streagle, a former principal of Howard High School in Ellicott City who now works as executive

“The bill came about after the killing of a 14-year-old Crofton boy last year. The incident has been linked to gang rivalry.”
measures would be on intervention rather than punishment. “Our goal is to have a positive effect on kids,” Busch said. “Our goal is not to go in and try to arrest and put kids into juvenile detention centers.” Portions of the bill have drawn criticism from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. Legislative Director Cindy Boersma, while praising the bill as a largely balanced and restrained approach to dealing the Department of Juvenile Services. These provisions conflict with current confidentiality laws, Boersma said. Del. Ron George, R-Anne Arundel, addressed some of these concerns when Busch announced the bill with members of the House Ways and Means Committee. “The civil liberties of all the other students are really important,” George said. “They should not go to school living in fear of intimidation and force.” director of the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals, said the idea behind the bill was sound but said working out the details would be difficult. Concerns will no doubt arise about how information about students is properly gathered and used, especially when gang membership is something students often want to conceal, Streagle said. “[But] anytime police and schools can share information it’s a good thing,” Streagle said.

Rosedale Savings and Federal Loan Donates $10,000 for Haiti Relief Efforts
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer A donation of $10,000 was given to the American Red Cross of Central Maryland on Friday, Jan. 22 by Rosedale Federal & Savings Loan to assist in relief efforts for Haiti. Dan Whelan, Treasurer of the Board of the American Red Cross of Central Maryland, received the $10,000 contribution at the main branch of Rosedale Federal in Overlea. Tom Wintz, President of Rosedale Federal and Dan Whelan, Director, proudly presented the donation. “It’s comforting to know that whenever there’s trouble, The American Red Cross is there to provide relief,” Wintz said in a press release. “Today, they are supporting emergency relief and recovery efforts to help those people affected by the earthquake in Haiti. We are proud to be a part of this effort, and proud to support their magnificent work with this donation.” According to Whelan, the donation covers the clerical expenses that were accumulated in the disaster. The funds will also go towards supplies sent to the country. Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan has been serving the Baltimore community for over 100 years, with eight locations in the Baltimore area. According to thestreet.com, the company has the highest rating for safety by a savings & loan in Maryland.


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Recreating Residential Magic at the Maryland Home & Garden Show
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Following the success of televised programs featuring residence improvement and self-help programming, home and garden expos have developed a cult-like following among Americans looking to save precious dollars during the recession. While a buckling economy continues to limit homeowners’ decorative options, the Maryland Home & Garden Show offers an array of innovative ideas for those looking to beautify their households. When it comes to drawing a crowd, no other expo has been as popular as the Maryland Home & Garden Show, the region’s largest and longest-running venue of its kind. Established in 1981, the show originally was held at the Civic Center in Baltimore gardens that will preview the latest concepts for outdoor living, landscaping, entertaining, interior design, cooking, family recreation and home improvement. With the addition of TV personality Joey Green, also known as the “mad scientist” of clean, and renowned speaker and author Jeff “Mole Hunter” Holper, the show will be a one-stop shop for homeowners, said spokesman Jeff Plummer. “Under one rink you can come and see everything that’s exciting and new out there,” Plummer said. “Especially this year, I’m not expecting record crowds but with all the snow we’ve had, people are dying to get out and see spring time. Our gardens are phenomenal, they take plants and grow them in green houses and have them ready to bloom right before the show so when you come

After weeks of heavy snow, homeowners will be delighted to capture a preview of spring decorating ideas from the Maryland Home & Garden Show. common household items like Cheese Whiz and diapers can be used to clean everything from countertop blemishes to carpet stains. With gardens becoming increasingly for garden growers, but for those homeowners who don’t maintain gardens, full displays of kitchen appliances, baths and countertops will be sure to occupy their time. Several closet and garage organizers, wall treatments, faux paintings, high-tech entertainment equipment and lush spas will also be on display. In past years, consumers’ interest in home decoration and improvement had waned, particularly because of the country’s economic pitfall. But the growing popularity of the HGTV network and its bevy of home improvement shows has helped draw large crowds back to live expos

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before finally settling into its current location at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in 1991. The show will continue its regional dominance this year March 6 -7 and March 12-14 in Timonium, Md. More than 400 exhibitors are expected to be on hand this year as well as 19 fully landscaped out to the show you’re going to see all the plants, trees and ponds so it’s actually the first time you get to see spring time yet it’s still March…” In addition to the various displays of greenery will be lectures and workshops exploring different facets of home improvement. Green will demonstrate ways prevalent, Holper will share solutions to pesky moles and other field animals capable of ruining a scenic backyard. “I’ve trapped over 16,000 moles myself and I teach you how to win over a mole,” Holper said. “My goal is to take you from a victim of moles to a victor over them.” Moles are bothersome

Cummings to Host Workshop in Foreclosure Prevention
By Gregory Dale Special to the AFRO In an effort to help those experiencing severe financial problems, U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is hosting a foreclosure prevention workshop Feb. 20 at Woodlawn Senior High School in Gwynn Oak, Md. Currently, the state of Maryland experiences over 6,000 foreclosure filings each month, while nationwide, January foreclosure rates increased 15 percent from January 2009. To combat these statistics, the event, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will offer resources to those currently delinquent on their mortgages or facing foreclosure. The workshop will also provide assistance to people who are seeking to re-finance their homes or need a reduction in their monthly mortgage payment. This year’s symposium marks Cummings’ third foreclosure prevention program. “I hosted my first foreclosure prevention workshop on June 6 of last year,” said Cummings in a statement. “It was a tremendous success. We were able to help nearly 1,000 people who were in jeopardy of losing their homes. We helped nearly the same number during the second one. These workshops are unique in that we are able to bring together the lenders and the borrowers to reach solutions on the spot.” Organizers ask borrowers

as they look to recreate the chic home designs created by specialists on TV. “That goes to show you that people do care about their house and they spend a lot of time there,” Plummer said. “They do a lot of entertaining there and I think that’s one of the reasons why the Home & Garden show has done so well over the years. Everybody owns or rents a home and they can all use something for their home.” With over 150,000 square feet of the home improvement ideas and trends, inexperienced home decorators will be able to receive advice from home improvement and gardening

professionals during seminars focused on landscaping, home and kitchen design, and home repair and renovation. According to Plummer, if there ever was a time to be your own interior architect, it’s now. “This is the time of the year when people are looking to do things to their home and I think right now with the housing market that we have, instead of buying these ‘mcmansions’ like everybody’s been doing, I think people are going to stay in their house longer and I think they’re going to be fixing their house up and putting additions on and new flooring and new kitchens rather than buying new homes so I think the show is really staged to have some great success over the next five to 10 years for sure” Plummer said. “This show really appeals to broad base of people across the state.” The Maryland Home & Garden Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium will be open March 6, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., March 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 12 and March 13 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and March 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $3 for children ages 6–12. Children under 6 are admitted free.

to bring copies of a detailed hardship letter, their two most recent paystubs for income verification, their last two monthly bank

statements, their 2007 and 2008 tax returns, default letters or late notices from lenders, foreclosure notices or threats and a list of monthly household expenses. Free legal advice and housing counseling will be available at the event, where attendees can learn how to strengthen their credit scores and find ways to avoid foreclosure scams. In addition, 21 lenders will be in attendance to host negotiation sessions. Those interested in participating should register at: www.house.gov/ cummings.

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Feb. 20 Baltimore Black Heritage Art Show Baltimore Convention Center-Hall G, 1 West Pratt St., Baltimore. Feb. 20, 11 a.m. – Feb. 21, 7 p.m. This annual art show features original works by African-American artists from across the nation. Plus enjoy poetry readings, seminars, workshops and entertainment complement the visual arts experience. $12 - $15, $3 children. For more information: 410521-0660 or visit www. blackheritageartshow.com. Your Money & Your Man: How You & Prince Charming Can Spend Well And Live Rich Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 1 p.m. Join the Lines Connect Book Club as they discuss Washington Post financial columnist and author Michelle Singletary’s book about love and finance in today’s economy. Free. For more information: 443263-1800 or visit www. africanamericanculture.org. Feb. 22 Income Tax Assistance Enoch Pratt Free Library, Walbrook branch: 3203 W. North Ave., Baltimore. Trained volunteers from AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) will be on hand to help seniors and low and middle income individuals with income tax preparation. Free. Appointment only. For more information: 410-396-0935. Upcoming NAACP Events Feb. 23 The Baltimore City Branch NAACP will hold its 2010 “Yes We Count Mobilization and Community Information Discussion,” a national movement organized to increase awareness about the 2010 Census. The event takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. For more information: 410-366-3300 for more information. Yes We Count Mobilization and Community Information Discussion Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore. 6:30 – 8 p.m. The Baltimore City Branch NAACP will hold its 2010 “Yes We Count Mobilization and Community Information Discussion,” a national movement organized to increase awareness about the 2010 Census. For more information: 410-366-3300 for more information. Feb. 27 1st Annual All Male Symposium-The Role of the Church in the Development of the African American Male Sweet Prospect Baptist Church, 901 E. Eager St., Baltimore. 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Discussion will focus on the current state of the AfricanAmerican male, the history of the church in fostering the maturation of the AfricanAmerican men and innovative strategies for churches and communities can utilize to encourage the success of current and future generations of African-American men. For more information: 410927-0767 or visit www. sweetprospectbaptistchurch. com. Feb 27 Women’s Conference 6251 Ammendale Road, Beltsville, Md. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Are you ready to launch into your destiny, learn how to have healthy relationships and live a prosperous life? The Genesis Foundation presents the “Winning Women Coaching Conference: Leaving a Legacy of Champions.” Author and
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Dr. Robert Steele on Romare Bearden Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 2 p.m. Dr. Robert Steele, director of the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, discusses the cultural significance of prints by Romare Bearden and other African-American artists. Free with museum admission. For more information: 443263-1800 or visit www. africanamericanculture.org. Feb. 28 BMA African-American History Month Family Day Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pay tribute to the artists whose explosion of creativity filled studios, jazz clubs, and theaters during the growth of the AfricanAmerican community in New York City’s famed Harlem neighborhood. Free. For more

information: 443-573-1832 or visit www.artbma.org. From The Heart: An Afternoon of Heart Health & Education for Entire Family Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 1 – 4 p.m. Health screenings, educational sessions on cholesterol, blood pressure, stroke, diabetes prevention and more. Free. For more information: 443263-1800 or visit www. africanamericanculture.org.


women empowerment guru Dr. Gail Hayes, keynote speaker. $50. For more information: 301-674-4854 or visit www.gicfirm.com. What’s your Story? Art Workshop (Kids) Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Maryland artist Gina Lewis guides youth through the process of storytelling and illustrating their stories using a collage. $2 activity fee with membership. $6 without membership. For more information: 443263-1800 or visit www. africanamericanculture.org.


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Our Culture of Violence
For a long time I’ve been amazed at the level of cruelty humans are able to inflict on each other. From unnecessary teasing and bullying as children, to road rage as adults and wars as a society, the lack of desire or ability to control ourselves and the intensity of our lashing out continues to astound me. Being fully aware of the reality that a lack of self-control or a belief that violence can be a viable solution is pervasive across ethnic and class lines, I Talibah Chikwendu still found myself slammed by the shooting of professors in a faculty meeting on Feb. 12 by another professor. Colleges – which I thought of as institutions of thoughtful engagement in the pursuit of solutions to the world’s problems (OK, so maybe the problem is with my rose-colored glasses on this point) – are places where people are supposedly looking at the bigger picture, sharing ideas, proving or disproving theories and enhancing the whole by providing a better understanding of the parts. So when a professor, a person who by title is supposed to be looking for better ways, begins shooting her peers in a dispute over tenure and the nonrenewal of her contract, I’m moved to ask: “What is wrong with us?” It’s not as though our hands have only recently gotten

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“When we seek to eliminate instead of understand and convince, we devalue and dehumanize.”
dirty. From the earliest days of humanity, we have been using violence to address our problems, but it seems, especially on an individual to individual basis, to have gotten worse as of late. We seem now to care less about others and not enough about ourselves. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his Nobel Lecture, said: “I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. “ Dr. King was speaking about racial violence, but his statements are no less true about the kind of violence that confronts individuals and communities every day; a violence we seem to be complacent about or accepting outright. When we seek to eliminate instead of understand and convince, we devalue and dehumanize. That leaves us all diminished and each subsequent generation less empowered to improve it. We must work to change it now, before it’s too late. Complete your 2010 census form when it comes to your home in March. Be counted to increase funding for needed community initiatives. A luta continua ... Talibah Chikwendu is the executive editor for the AFROAmerican Newspapers and a former columnist for the newspaper.

The Key to Job Creation is To Help Small Businesses
Marylanders lost their job in 2009, there is no doubt that additional actions are needed to get our economy moving. A priority must be to include significant help for our small business community. As a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, I have long supported provisions that help provide small businesses with the tools they need to survive and thrive during these historically economically difficult times. Small firms pump almost a trillion dollars into the economy each year, create two-thirds of our nation’s new jobs annually and account for more than half of America’s workforce. In Maryland, 522,000 small businesses provide economic opportunities to diverse groups of people, employing more than 1.2 million citizens and bringing innovative products and services to the market. But without working capital, the economic growth of small businesses in Maryland and across the country will be severely limited. President Obama has proposed legislation that would provide tax credits for small businesses that hire new employees. Last week, prior to the president’s State of the Union address, I introduced the Boosting Entrepreneurship and New Jobs Act (S. 2967) to spur job creation and strengthen our economy by providing tax credits and direct loans to small businesses. We’ve made some progress, but there is much more we can do. Congress and the president must work together to craft the strongest possible bill that will help turn around our economy and get Americans back to work. Key provisions of my bill include: • Creating a tax credit for health insurance expenses for companies with up to 25 employees. • Establishing a refundable small business tax credit for job creation. • Providing direct loans to small business, according to existing 7(a) loan guidelines, using $30 billion in TARP funding. • Encouraging the elevation of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to Cabinet-level status. • Repealing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act exclusion of NIH funds from SBIR/STTR requirements, and ensure $150 million in grant awards to small biotech companies. • Expressing a sense of Congress that large financial institutions have a responsibility to support the recovery of the American economy by increasing lending activity to qualified small businesses. Our economy has faltered and Americans want Congress and the president to get our economy moving. Over the next month, Congress will be working to enact legislation that will help stimulate jobs and economic growth. Democratic Sen. Cardin represents Maryland in the United States Senate.

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin As we look at a national unemployment rate that has at times has topped 10 percent in the last year, and hear the latest news reports that approximately 44,000

Letters to the Editor
Understanding What Love Is In the early years of my teaching career, near Valentine’s Day, I read a book, Love is a Special Way of Feeling, to my students. Moving from one school to the next, I either misplaced it or loaned it to someone. It was a simple book in its context, but profound in its meaning. Daddy died in ‘47, a month before my eighth birthday, Momma in ‘89, a month before I turned 50. In all that time, she never remarried, even though she had suitors. From time to time she would talk about Daddy as if he was still alive. I’d look at her, wondering if something was amiss. Her best friend, Mamie, put it in perspective after she died, “When Fannie started dating Wade, she didn’t want nobody else.” I once told a lady you could be in love with someone without laying a hand on them. On the other hand, you could lust for someone, succeed in your quest, and never care about them. She looked at me as if I’d lost my mind. Maybe, she was right. It’s my belief people mix up love and lust – same beginning letter, same number of letters, but a world of difference between the two. I don’t relate to the new songs about love, most emphasize the physical aspect, but I’m a sucker for the old standards. Yes love is a special way of feeling, especially when it happens between two special people. McNair Taylor Baltimore, Md.

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The Wisdom of Dr. John L. Wright
This insight was at the heart of John Wright’s success, both as a minister of the gospel and as an advocate for constructive social change. When God called him home last month, he left his community a far better place. I first came to know Dr. Wright back in the 1980s. I was then a young state legislator, and he had just been elected president of the Maryland NAACP. It did not take me long to discover that he was the type of “servant leader” that made my parents’ generation so great. Like my parents, in his younger years, John Wright learned the hard discipline and perseverance essential to earning a living with his hands. In the hardships, poverty and racism that plagued his youth, he found his calling to serve God and his fellow human beings. Later, he would use those early struggles as a passport to helping others. Both in his pulpit and as a civil rights leader, Pastor Wright was a bear of a man – a modern day prophet declaring the social gospel message of our faith. Advocate and coalitionbuilder, he often reminded the rest of us that the fundamental humanity that all people share is a core principle of our lives, and the central thrust of our struggle for civil and human rights for all Americans. Achieving that working balance between advocacy and unity within the broader society was the key to Dr. Wright’s brilliant leadership. As our mutual friend, Professor C. Vernon Grey has observed: “Dr. Wright brought changes in education and in the Police Department in Howard County. He was a monumental figure who tried to right the wrongs he saw in the county and elsewhere. It was the sheer force of his personality that brought change to this county.” I whole-heartedly agree. That same credibility was essential when Dr. Wright and I worked together to organize people of faith during the early months of Barack Obama’s Maryland campaign. Although some now may have forgotten that once there were doubts within our community about whether


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Elijah E. Cummings
Those who wonder how best to sustain the coalition for positive change that elected Barack Obama could gain by considering the life of a good man who helped to forge President Obama’s victory – Rev. Dr. John L. Wright of the First Baptist Church of Guilford. Although he experienced racial prejudice and injustice in his youth, Dr. Wright came to understand that bitterness and a sense of grievance cure no injuries. Rather, it is only through compassion for others and a commitment to our shared well-being that we can find the unity we need - and the path to healing.

a Black man could win the presidency, Dr. Wright was unfazed. “If God be for us,” he often would encourage the rest of us, “who can stand against us?” I miss Dr. Wright’s friendship. Yet, I always will be grateful that he lived long enough to see that faith realized on Inauguration Day last year. Now, in the face of the difficult challenges that our country and our progressive coalition must overcome, his wisdom is still needed. Dr. Wright would remind us that courageous social advocacy has allowed Americans of Color to survive through centuries of adversity. He also would observe, however, that our future in this country depends upon the strength to be found only in broadly-based, progressive unity. He was both a student of Black History and an important participant in making the history of his own time. Therefore, he understood that there is a tension between advocating for racial justice and our need to sustain a coalition for

change. This tension has been exacerbated by the economic challenges of our time. In the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Americans are suffering – and African Americans are suffering disproportionately. It is understandable, therefore, that some have challenged President Obama and the Congress to do more to reduce the economic devastation within Black communities. I am among them. I also am convinced that the president genuinely wants to do more. Yet, I know that the central political struggle in Washington is less about the racial equity and more about how much the federal government should do to address the widespread American need. This fight is important to minority communities. In truth, thousands upon thousands of Black jobs have already been saved by the Recovery Act and other federal initiatives, especially jobs in the education and healthcare professions. Now we must better respond to the

job losses in more vulnerable sectors like the construction industry. It also is true that federal efforts to extend unemployment benefits, along with expanded federal support for programs like Medicaid, disproportionately benefit those with the greatest need, including those who live in minority communities. There are limits, of course, to what any president can accomplish without bipartisan congressional support – especially in the Senate. There, the Republican leadership has almost universally rejected and filibustered progressive change. Dr. Wright would understand that reform of the Congress is where our movement’s next battle must be won, and, like Dr. Wright, I have faith that we can prevail. If God be for us, who can stand against us? Congressman Elijah E. Cummings represents Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

‘Business Exchange’
William Reed

Connecting the Past Toward Our Future
We study history to learn valuable lessons and to avoid tragic mistakes. For all the divisions that rend the United States, there is at least one point of agreement between today’s Blacks and Whites, Democrats and Republicans, young and old: factually, Blacks are inattentive to America’s system of capitalism. Amid American capitalism 98 percent of Blacks are consumers, not producers. Black Americans are dependent on other groups for feeding, clothing, culture and language and need organized participation in ways of America’s wealth. In the main, modern-day African Americans avoid active participation in the investing in, and ownership of, the national means of production and distribution. Under America’s system of capitalism, individuals and groups capitalize businesses in hopes of making a profit. In the nation’s private sector individuals and groups own the means of production. From colonial times to the present, enterprising Blacks have experienced significant successes in American capitalism. Yet, among contemporary African Americans “Black Capitalism” is not considered a legitimate movement or protocol. Since the Civil Rights Movement, Blacks in America have improved their social and economic standing significantly; nevertheless, African Americans as a group remains at a pronounced economic and social disadvantage relative to European Americans. Rather than promoting and participating in wealth building processes, today’s Black “talented tenth” are more attuned toward planning how to dress for job interviews than how to do a business plan. Blacks in high public and private sector professional and managerial jobs tend to balk at anything outside mainstream interests and stay in accord with “politically correct” and post-racial concepts. Before “going mainstream,” Blacks built big enterprises in banking, insurance, cosmetics, and retailing. The hardiest times of Black business were during the century of Jim Crow (1870 – 1970s). The Golden Age of Black Business occurred from l900 to l930. This era produced Black legends such as: Carter G. Woodson; Booker T. Washington’s National Negro Business League; the Universal Negro Improvement Association and Marcus Garvey’s Black Nationalist Movement; Madam C. J. Walker; S.B. Fuller; A. G. Gaston and John H. Johnson. The period started a Black Wall Street and bastions of Black

The New Orleans Saints and Obama
won through an interesting combination of incredible team work, leadership and audacity. Although Indianapolis took the lead in the first quarter, it was apparent by the end of the second quarter that something was changing. And then it happened. An on-side kick which took everyone – including but not limited to the Colts – by complete surprise. It is one thing to use such a kick in the fourth quarter, but in the third? After half-time? It was clear that the energy the Saints started showing in the second quarter had morphed into something else, and the entire initiative shifted. As they say, it was a game changer. I am not as much of a football fan as I am a baseball fan, but this Super Bowl was a game to see. Not only was it what New Orleans needed as a city, but it was a fascinating example of an organization flipping the script against the odds. I have, as a result of the game, found myself thinking about President Obama. While it is true that he came into office with massive support, the expectations of him were often based on a combination of both magical thinking and wishful thinking in that there

business in townships in Mississippi and Oklahoma. During times the races were officially segregated there were Black inventors— Charles Richard Patterson started the world’s first Black-owned automobile manufacturing company— and Black companies made products such as embalming fluid, hair care, and toothpaste. Black-owned funeral and newspaper businesses were staples of their communities and commerce. Today’s Black Americans expect politics to revive their lives and communities. Many believe that Blacks’ empowerment will come from “registering and voting.” But, Booker T. Washington postured that voting had nothing to do with succeeding in economic development. Capitalism makes economic production occur, yet rarely can aspiring Black entrepreneurs rely on revenue,

or draw on entrepreneurial experiences of relatives and friends. Going forward, more respect should be given to Black entrepreneurs and more support is needed that will increase their participation in public and private sector procurement processes. The advocacy and legacy of Booker T. Washington is needed among contemporary African Americans to “advance human progress through an economic, political and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility.” Going forward, African Americans need to organize around issues of their economic empowerment. Such organizing creates formats that foster growth and networking opportunities for Black business. In the tradition of the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” the National Black Chamber of Commerce

is a 21st century movement economically empowering Blacks. The NBCC is a leading voice for Black business interests before Congress, at the White House, regulatory agencies and the courts. Similarly, the National Business League is another organization educating, training and connecting Blacks around American capitalism. In a “Time to Raise the Issues” campaign, the NBCC is leading an array of advocacy groups holding field hearings in 25 U.S. cities. The Arthur Fletcher / Parren J. Mitchell Free Enterprise Tour will enable local business operators to present testimony that the NBCC, et al will convey to Congress. Information about the tour and city listing is available by contacting kdebow@nationalbcc.org. William Reed – www. BlackPressInternational.com

Bill Fletcher Jr.
(NNPA) — Time has passed since the Super Bowl and the glorious victory of the New Orleans Saints, but I find that I keep coming back to that game, and not for the reasons you might think. The Indianapolis Colts were supposed to win that game. They are an outstanding team with an outstanding quarterback and head coach. Everyone knew that it would be uphill for the Saints. But the Saints won. And in many respects they

audacity of the Obama campaign. After all, who expected Obama to get the nomination, let alone win the presidency? How could Obama have won had it not been for audacity, inspiration and organization? An anonymous former campaign activist for Obama was quoted recently as saying something to the effect that

unrealistic sense of how to bring about change. President Obama wants change, at least a certain sort of change, but he and his administration want change that comes through quiet diplomacy and the building of a consensus on the least common denominator. Additionally, and this is critical, the Obama administration appears to

“I would not even describe the administration as tentative so much as I would describe them as trapped in an unrealistic sense of how to bring about change.”
was insufficient consideration of both his actual politics and also what he is up against in Washington. In that sense, his drop-off in support should not be surprising since there were no miracles during the first year. That said, the Obama administration has demonstrated little of the the Obama administration has not wished to govern using the brilliant grassroots approach that was followed in the campaign. To that I can only say “Amen!” There has been little audacity. I would not even describe the administration as tentative so much as I would describe them as trapped in an be deeply worried about what will result if the mass of Obama supporters are encouraged to mobilize and take to the streets against the irrational political Right. Thus, while the political Right takes to the streets, mobilizes and shifts the debate, the Obama administration seems to believe that this is a

tempest in a teapot, no pun intended. This brings us back to the Super Bowl. If the Saints had played the game the way that the Colts and respected sports commentators had both expected, they would have lost. The team’s leadership was prepared to take risks at the right time knowing full well that Super Bowl XLIV (year 2010) is only played once. There is no best out of seven and no rematches. There are, however, moments when one must throw the dice…or pull off an audacious on-side kick. President Obama: we’re waiting for the on-side kick. Bill Fletcher Jr. is a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and the co-author of “Solidarity Divided.”

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Two big storms. One huge thank you.

In less than a week, two storms of historic proportions pounded Central Maryland with more than 40 inches of snow resulting in widespread power outages. But while the snow was deep, the resilience of our customers, employees and utility partners was far deeper. The severe weather dealt a doublewallop to our region, but it was met with an even more powerful force—the strength of partnership and community, and BGE’s unrelenting commitment to its customers.

Thank you, BGE customers.
You prepared well, reported outages and demonstrated patience. Being without gas and electricity is a huge hardship, especially when it’s cold, but you recognized the magnitude of these storms. Your calls helped us determine the size and scope of each outage. And you showed tremendous patience and understanding as we worked to restore power to your homes, neighborhoods and businesses as safely and as quickly as possible.

Thank you, BGE and Constellation Energy employees.
You worked tirelessly, putting customers’ needs first. You braved long hours away from your families and the comfort of your own homes. And many of you endured brutally cold, treacherous conditions and snow-choked roads to restore power to more than 137,000 customers over the course of the two storms. Our tagline has never been more fitting—you were on it!

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Marilyn Smedburg-Gobbett and Verilyn Watson prepare for the Red Dress Sunday event.

Women wore red to show their support for those living with heart disease and to raise awareness about the often deadly illness.

City Councilwoman Helen Holton, Eleanor Veverly, Clustie Ford and Aloha McCullough

Photos by Bill Tabron

On Feb. 14, women across Maryland filled churches, synagogues and other places of worship in a sea of red hues to raise awareness about heart disease, one of the leading killers of Black women. For

the sixth year, Baltimore’s Saint Agnes Hospital has encouraged women to wear red in support of their annual campaign, Red Dress Sundays. At Payne Memorial AME Church,

members of the Baltimore faith community and city leadership, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, converged to raise awareness about heart disease and to receive free health screenings.

Nurse Sam Copland takes Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s blood pressure. Nilene Harris receives blood pressure testing.

Eric and Toshi Scpyra, Kaye Sibettta and Dr. Hope Griffin

Dr. Hope Griffin speaks about the personal health struggles that she and many other Black women experience.

City Councilwoman Helen Holton, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Kelly Morin, Sister Elaine LaCapria

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The Baltimore chapter of the Charms gathered at the Village Club in the Radisson Cross Keys Hotel to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Charm Ella Edemy, founder of the Baltimore chapter, along with other Charm members Sarah Elias, Nancy Brown Holt, MD, Sheila Davis and their spouses welcomed guests and shared the evening with great food and music. Charm Cynthia Harvey Murray, a charter member of the Baltimore chapter, and provost of Tobago College, traveled from Tobago, along with her husband, Dr. Winston Murray, who is president of Tobago College, to enjoy the festivities. Charms is a national, cultural, civic and social organization founded in 1962 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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‘Takers’ Release Pushed Back

Producer and director Will Packer (Stomp the Yard and Obsessed) confirmed Saturday that the release date for his new movie Takers, featuring an all-star cast including Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy and T.I., has been pushed back until August. The movie was to originally slated for release late this month, but Packer is cool with it. He says it’s just the nature of the business. “There are so many factors that go into the release date of a film. Some of it on the corporate side with Sony and their release schedules – they had a lot of films bunched up at the beginning of the year,” said Packer, co-founder of Rainforest Films. “I [also] wanted a date that worked the film and my audience. T.I. is in it and his album is going to drop around the same time as the movie and there was another similarly themed movie dropping [in Lil Wayne February]. So you have to factor in so many things—actors’ availability to do press, and stuff like that.” Takers, a story about a group that pulls off sophisticated heist jobs all over Los Angeles, is Packer’s first action movie and he’s thrilled – even Courtesy Photo if the public won’t get to enjoy it until late this summer. “I had to call up my mother like, ‘Momma I sooner since his dentist was away performing blew up a helicopter today. It was so cool,’” he charity work. Lil Wayne’s new sentencing date said. “So I’m excited about that project.” is scheduled for March 2, Stomp the Yard II is also on its way to He is also set to go on trial at the end of theaters from Rainforest films, according to March on more drug possession and weapons Packer, which will feature BET’s “106 & charges, this time related to a January 2008 Park’s” Terrence J. arrest in Arizona. He pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges after three guns, 105 grams of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine, Lil Wayne Set for March 41 grams of ecstasy and various drug Court Dates Multi-platinum selling artist Lil Wayne will paraphernalia were found on his tour bus during a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. The face sentencing for drug and weapon charges trial is set for March 30. at the beginning of March. The charges date

ORLANDO – Though it took Disney decades to give the world an African-American princess, the company has been casting African-Americans in leading roles in its business for quite some time now. One of those leaders, Marlon West, first went to Hollywood with a cartoon he created of an oxygen molecule walking through a forest of nose hairs. It was among the many scientific illustrations in his portfolio that he’d created at his first Marlon West has been a Disney animator for 17 animation gig at Encyclopedia years. He recently worked as supervisor of special Britannica. effects on Princess and the Frog. Now, two decades later, he can add the title of supervisor of his team and their creativity. special effects to his rèsumè after working “I am always delighted when someone on Disney’s latest animated movie, Princess comes up with something I didn’t think of,” and the Frog. he said. “I know that scene had to be cool, West was primarily responsible for and what I had in my mind was cool, but translating the “magic” of the New Orleanswhat [some of the other animators] did was inspired story onto the big screen. From the really cool, so it’s really nice when people sparkling fireflies and the glistening waters come up with something you didn’t think of. of the bayou to Disney’s signature pixie dust I’m exceedingly proud of the movie and all and the villain’s smoke-shooting fingertips, our efforts on it.” West orchestrated it all, integrating With 17 years with Disney under his computer-generated special effects with belt, West hopes to keep creating magic for good old-fashioned cartooning. children and adults around the world. He’s “I’m really proud that it has resonated looking forward to the Spring 2011 release with people and people like it,” said West, of a new Winnie the Pooh movie under who is especially proud that kids in New his supervision currently in the production Orleans took to the film. “Just to hear them phase—even if there’s not a lot of glitz and laughing at it—to jokes that aren’t funny to glamour to his new assignment. me anymore because I’ve seen the movie “Winnie doesn’t have any bling,” said 20 or 30 times by the time it came out—but West. “This is really a throwback version of to hear them laughing at it fresh or them Winnie the Pooh—the leaves are blowing being moved by what you did, it’s the whole [and] he gets into some honey and some reason any of us do any of this stuff.” mud puddles and things like that, but no When discussing the film, West is modest sparkle. He’ll just be handling the sticky about the magnitude of his role and credits situations.”

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back to July 2007 when a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun was found on his tour bus. After pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in October 2009, the popular performer could spend up to a year behind bars. Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter Jr., was scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 9 but a Manhattan judge, Charles Solomon, permitted him to delay sentencing so that he could undergo dental work in Miami. According to The Associated Press, a lawyer for Lil Wayne said on Tuesday that Young Money mogul needed to be treated for a “medical situation” that could not be done

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Film Preview

Brooklyn’s Finest
By Joi-Marie McKenzie Special to the AFRO In what many are calling a comeback for actor Wesley Snipes, Brooklyn’s Finest chronicles the dangerous and deadly world of one of New York’s most dangerous precincts, Brooklyn’s 65th, through the eyes of the men and women dedicated to protect and serve. Set in the drug-ridden borough, the film follows three New York City police officers, who find themselves in the middle of a clean-up operation that leaves them questioning their loyalties. Eddie Dugan, a burned-out cop played by Golden Globe winner Richard Gere, only remains motivated because he is one week away from retirement and pension. Narcotics officer Sal Procida, played by Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, struggles to provide a better life for his family while Clarence “Tango” Butler, portrayed by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle has been undercover for so long that he’s not sure where his loyalties lie. And in a role that is reminiscent of Snipes’ portrayal of Nino Brown in New Jack City, Snipes plays prison buddy Caz, one of Brooklyn’s most infamous drug dealers. Brooklyn’s Finest also features Michael Kenneth Williams, best known for his portrayal of Omar Little on “The Wire,” a television drama set and produced in Baltimore. “I play a character by the name of Red,” said Williams. “He’s in competition with Don Cheadle’s character, Tango. They’re battling for lieutenant in Caz’s (Wesley Snipes) gang.” Williams, an up-and-coming actor from Brooklyn, reflects on his experience working with Cheadle and Snipes. “For me, working with Don and Wesley was like a dream come true...They paved the way and made it acceptable for me to come onto the scene.” Brooklyn’s Finest, which hits theaters on March 5, captures Brooklyn in the 1980s when crime and drugs gripped the neighborhoods. “Brooklyn was off the chain. Even the baddest dudes from New York didn’t go to Brooklyn,” said Williams. “[This movie] is very true to the time of the era. It’s a great insight to how the city has changed.” Directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”), “Brooklyn’s Finest” will hit movie theaters nationwide on March 5.

Riveting Historical Drama Revisits Infamous Civil Rights Case
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO After serving his country in Vietnam, Henry Marrow (A.C. Sanford) returned to his hometown of Oxford, N.C., only to be murdered in broad daylight for allegedly leering at a local White woman. On May 11, 1970, the 23-year-old vet left behind a pregnant widow (Milauna Jemai) and two young daughters, while the perpetrators of the heinous crime would ultimately be found not guilty by an allWhite jury, despite credible testimony of several eyewitnesses who identified the perpetrators as Ku Klux Klan sympathizer Robert Teel (Nick Searcy) and his son. The outcome of the trial was no surprise, after all, Black-White relations hadn’t changed that much in the tiny Southern town since it was founded during the slave days by started Chavis’ career as a prominent civil rights leader, is the subject of Blood Done Sign My Name, a riveting historical drama directed by Jeb Stuart. This harrowing tale of hope and woe was based on the moving memoir of Tim Tyson (Gattlin Griffith), who was only 10 years old at the time the events in the story unfolded. Tim’s father (Ricky Schroder) was the pastor of Oxford’s lily-White Methodist church, and what makes the film compelling is the way in which the narration alternates back and forth between the perspectives of little Timmy and the increasingly emboldened Ben Chavis. Worthy of note is the fact that one of Tim’s childhood friends was Gerald Teel (Michael May) who basically bragged about his pappy and big brother’s having just lynched a [N-word]. And despite his being unable to

Nina Simone’s Complexities, Beauty Captured in Striking Tome
By Kristin Gray AFRO Managing Editor “When I was a child, no one was ever proud of me, and my people were never proud of themselves or anything they had ever done,” she declared. “Well, that’s different now. I’m proud of myself, and I’m proud of my music…” – Excerpt from Princess Noire- The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone Nina Simone appeared most stately, if not regal, when her mane was coiffed into an elegant labyrinth of cornrows that spiraled to the crown of her head. Her trademark jumbo earrings, fistful of rings and intricate ballroom gowns only heightened her queen-like semblance, but did little to diminish the aloof persona that characterized her life in the public eye. Her reign as America’s leading lady of jazz was indeed an unruly, and at times, virulent one. In Princess Noire - The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone, author Nadine Cohodas paints the award-winning pianist and reluctant vocalist carefully, paying equal attention to the ebb and tide of her career and the pensive woman behind the music – the little girl from Tryon, N.C., born Eunice Waymon. Cohodas introduces Simone as an extraordinarily talented child growing up in the racially charged 1930s. Through extensive interviews with the musician’s siblings, instructors and lovers, the author believes the Waymon family lived a pleasant, unassuming lifestyle despite their poverty. But not even a year into her life, the child that would evolve into Nina Simone had been stamped remarkable. “When she was eight months old, my daughter hummed ‘Down by the Riverside’ and ‘Jesus Loves Me,’” said the provocative artist’s mother, Kate Waymon. “…Every time she saw a musical note, she tried to sing it.” And while the little girl’s musical gifts exceeded those of her peers, young Simone was part of a profoundly religious family and was taught never to “get a swelled head.” As Cohodas describes Simone’s eccentric and heady behavior as an adult, readers will question whether the entertainer remembered her parents’ stern warning. The Tumultuous Reign follows Simone from her childhood years, where she received formal piano training from a benevolent White neighbor, into her teenage era, where the first inklings of her stern, no-nonsense character became prevalent. “She was so focused on her music; she didn’t spend a lot of time joking around,” one of Simone’s high school classmates told Cohodas. With few friends, Simone’s most passionate and sincere relationships existed amid the sophisticated arrangements of Bach or Mozart,

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Blood Done Sign My Name features actors A.C. Sanford and Nate Parker as they fight for equality in a Ku Klux Klan-ravaged North Carolina town. Samuel Benton, a wealthy, politically-connected, tobacco plantation owner. But what was unexpected was the rioting which would erupt in the wake of the verdict when outraged young African Americans took to the streets in protest. At that juncture, Marrow’s cousin, a schoolteacher named Ben Chavis (Nate Parker), would emerge to play a pivotal role in ensuring that cooler heads prevailed in the Black community. He organized a peaceful threeday, 50-mile march to the steps of the state capitol in Raleigh where they, joined by thousands, petitioned the governor for both justice and integration. And that valiant effort, which kick influence the outcome of the legal case, the injustice deeply affected young Tyson. Consequently, he went on to earn a doctoral degree, became a professor of Black studies at Duke and wrote numerous books and articles on the South’s shameful Jim Crow system of segregation. A bifurcated biopic examining the equally emotionally-charged points of view of both a Black and White observer of the fallout from the same ugly incident. Excellent H H H H Rated PG-13 for profanity, mature themes and intense violence. Running time: 128 Minutes Distributor: Paladin

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Celebrities Inspire Dreamers in Disney
By Tiffany Ginyard Baltimore Bureau Chief ORLANDO – Participants from Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey will dominate lunch table conversations at schools around the country for weeks to come, telling of their starstudded experience in Walt Disney World Valentine’s Day weekend. They will talk of the motivational speech given by the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, at their graduation ceremony; their very own live talk show hosted by “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd, with appearances from Rueben Studdard and Kimberly Locke, (“American Idol”), gospel group Trin-i-tee 5:7, celebrity Chef Jeff, among many other life-changing experiences. “Those folks were so excited to come out here and share the things that have them in this place with these kids,” said Shepherd after the show. “We said a prayer back stage: ‘Lord work through us and bless us so we can reach these people, [and] bless their hearts to be open to receive.’ So, I was just in awe. It was just exciting to be here.” Youth from across the country were nominated by leaders in their communities, parents, peers and even themselves to participate in the third annual Dreamers Academy. Those selected – and a parent or guardian− received roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, and passes to the four theme parks at Disney. They also received digital cameras from Eastman Kodak, business cards from Disney and a chess gift set and watch from Steve Harvey. Dellan Sellers, a junior at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Md., was among the students from the Baltimore/Washington metro area selected to attend – and also one of the extremely lucky ones who actually made it. The back-to-back snow storms in the region made it impossible for many of the area students chosen to attend. But Sellers’ mother, who nominated her, drove 14 hours to get her to Florida to catch even the tail end of the weekend—but they arrived last Friday morning, just when things were really being stirred up. “I’ve learned that despite it all, through all the rough times, you can never stop dreaming,” said Sellers of her experience. “You always have to keep aiming for the highest. Shoot for the moon and even if you miss it you’ll be amongst the stars.” Sellers says that her mother nominated her because she’s “kind of struggling in school” and because she felt Sellers needed some motivation outside of her school environment. “A lot of the teachers at my school aren’t really that involved; it’s like they don’t even care,” said Sellers. “But I’m going to get my focus back on in school, because lately it’s been kind of rough. But I have to get it together, because it’s my junior year. I need to get back on my honor roll and be all I can be. It’s not like I’m not intelligent, I just need to apply myself more.” Numerous youths like Sellers realized their dreams were within reach this weekend at the Academy, and free park passes, latenight jam sessions and VIP treatment were the confidence booster many needed to continue moving forward in the right direction.

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Dellan Sellers, a junior at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Md., was among the students from the Baltimore/Washington metro area selected to attend Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey Valentine’s Day weekend. Blige sealed the motivational weekend with her story of trials and triumph and left encouraging words for them to take back home. “Whatever it is that you can do that is positive − listening to music, going to school, being around positive people reading books − take that back to your environment,” she said. “And don’t let that environment turn you bitter or angry through the things they may say about you not being cool.”

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Dreamers Academy participants made red velvet cakes with celebrity Chef Jeff.


Nina Simone
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Faith In Action
By Kristin Gray AFRO Managing Editor With a growing number of statistical odds stacked against young Black men in America – incarceration, health ailments, single-parent homes – many in the faith community believe religious intervention is long overdue. The NAACP Baltimore City Branch, Sweet Prospect Baptist Church and Phi Beta Sigma-Zeta Sigma chapter have joined forces to host the “All Male Symposium – The Role of the Church in the Development of the AfricanAmerican Male,” a program to access the current state of Black men and the church’s history in fostering positive male role models. According to Kevin W. Parson, the symposium’s coordinator, the Black male community must continue to seek empowerment, even with President Barack Obama’s transcendent rise to power. “Although a person of color has been elected to the office of president of the United States, we still have a crisis on our hands with men in the AfricanAmerican community,” said Parson in a statement. “We still have a high-level of absenteeism among AfricanAmerican men in schools, churches, households and other key areas. A significant component of this symposium is the positive reciprocal affect that when faith and faithbased institutions partner to bring change in families and communities.” Faith-based and community leaders will be on hand to address the social ills plaguing many in the Black male community, including featured guest speaker David

Faith Community Joins Dialogue on FaithBytes Black Men’s Issues
Miller, chief visionary officer and co-founder of the Urban Leadership Institute; the Rev. Dr. Kwame Abayomi, former Baltimore City councilman; the Rev. Dr. H. Walden Wilson II, Israel Baptist Church; the Rev. Dr. Reginald Thomas, Greater Gethsemane Baptist Church; the Rev. Brian Martin, New Day Ministries and the Rev. Billy Stansfield. The Rev. Tuchina S. Yameny, a pastor who also works with imprisoned youth, said the symposium’s impact is invaluable. The contributors to this symposium are amongst the most influential in Baltimore City,” the pastor said in a statement. “We must remain optimistic that their insights will be able to transform the lives of African–American men across our city and nation.” In addition to various faith-based topics, the symposium will delve into financial literacy and education issues. The symposium takes place 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at Sweet Prospect Baptist Church, 901 Eager St., Baltimore. On-site registration will take place from 8-9 a.m. For more information, visit sweetprospectbaptistchurch. com. By Dorothy Boulware Special to the AFRO Feb. 28 Join the Tau Eta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority for a day of worship and fellowship beginning with the 2010 Finer Womanhood Worship Service, 11 a.m., at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 3202 W. North Ave. A fellowship dinner will be held 2-4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Winters Lane. Contact Tamara Harris at tharris@zphib-thz.org before Feb. 21 if you are interested in attending. For additional information, visit www.zphibthz.org/fwo/fwo.html. March 6 Operation: Hope, an initiative of the Friends of the Baltimore City College Choir, a benefit concert by the choir to provide prostheses for children of Haiti, will be held 6-8 p.m., at Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church, 3100 Walbrook Ave. Linda Hall is the choir director and Timothy Dawson is principal of Baltimore City College. For more information, call 1-877-4WE-SING. March 13 The Nathan Carter School of Music presents its 15th Annual Benefit Concert and Dinner, 3-6 p.m., at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St. Featured artists include sopranos JoAnna Ford and Emily Teresa McNeal, TaVonne Hasty, tenor; Marco K. Merrick, baritone; and pianists Lilybelle C. Davis and Elizabeth Day. Alethia Starks is executive director of the school. The Rev. Drs. Harold A. Carter Sr. and Harold A. Carter Jr. serve as pastor of the church. For more information, call 410-523-5306.

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Wizards Make Big Trades
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer The Washington Wizards completed phase one of their post-Gilbert Arenas rebuilding project during NBA All-Star weekend by trading Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to the Dallas Mavericks for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton. Spiraled in the midst of a losing season and currently at the bottom of the Southeast Division, the Wizards effectively closed the door on their 2009 season and possibly the 2010 season, but have equipped themselves with some financial relief. Three of the four players Washington received in the trade are set to have their contracts expire after this season and a team option for next year is in place for Howard’s contract, which Washington may choose to decline. The Wizards are still rumored to be in the works of moving veteran star Antawn Jamison and the $28 million that remains on his contract after this year, and some basketball critics would say the team owes it to the hardworking Jamison to remove him from what has become hell on hardwood in Washington. The Wizards’ season was already sailing south before Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were suspended for the rest of the season in January for brandishing illegal firearms after a dispute between the two got out of hand. Now with two more starters and some hefty salaries removed from the team, Washington is hoping some cap room and the possibilities of a high draft pick or two can turn things around for a team that has underachieved for the past few seasons. “We haven’t achieved the things that we were hoping to,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement to the local media. “We just felt like we needed some change and we needed some freshness. Maybe this group together has gotten a little bit stale. Maybe we needed to go in another direction at this time.” With the trade, Washington will knock off more than $14 million from next year’s payroll and could possibly save more if Jamison is traded as expected. The acquisition of Howard will provide the Wizards with a player with similar talents to Butler, albeit minus the leadership and maturity. After playing a major role in the Mavericks’ NBA Finals appearance in 2005 and receiving an All-Star selection in 2007, Howard’s public image had taken a few hits over the last few seasons after he publicly admitted to using marijuana and has been cited for his inconsistent play and lackluster attitude. However, a change of scenery could be just what Howard needs to resurrect his career. While his future in Washington is cloudy at this point, Howard can go a long way to reestablishing his All-Star form with some solid play and displaying some maturity. But it may be hard for Wizards fans

All-Star Turnout for Dull-Star Game
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer More than 108,000 people showed up for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The largest crowd ever to witness a basketball game took on more significance than the actual game itself. But in reality, the fans and the crowd was what it was all about anyway. The NBA’s annual party fest isn’t about your favorite player or your favorite team or anything like that. It’s actually all about you, the fan. Why else would fans be the ones responsible for voting and deciding the starting lineups? Why else would the NBA throw music stars like Shakira, Usher and Alicia Keys on stage to entertain us? And why else would they put a game that’s typically played in front of an average crowd of 20,000 and place it in the nation’s largest football stadium when they know the people sitting up in row Z, section 8 million, can’t see squat? Why? Because the fans don’t care where they sit or what the score is or even who plays; they just want to be there, that’s why. You can bash NBA All-Star Weekend all you want about the lackluster dunk contest, the number of missing All-Stars out with injuries or even the so-so show that was the actual All-Star game, but that’s easy to do when you’re sitting at home. Unless you’re in the actual vicinity to witness the “A-list celebrities, A-list athletes and A-list parties,” you’ll never grasp the true meaning of All-Star Weekend. There’s a reason why NBA All-Star Weekend annually arrives slightly behind the Super Bowl. It’s designed to get our minds off of the fact that the NFL season is set to go on its eight-month hiatus and

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The Wizards recently traded a few players, including star Caron Butler, as they rebuild the team. to adjust to a core of new players, although their previous core wasn’t contributing much in terms of success. While the last few years have been frustrating for those associated with the Wizards, fans of the team recognized the hard work and gritty play from players such as Butler, Haywood and Jamison. “The toughest thing about it was having expectations and not being able to achieve them, underachieving in the last two years,” Butler told the media. “Having injuries last year and having expectations to compete for a title this season and having so much go on with adversity and not being able to overcome it; that was very tough.” The Wizards’ newest players may see action on Friday, Feb. 19 when the team faces the Denver Nuggets at Verizon Center in Washington.

Morgan State Basketball
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor

Bears’ Perfect MEAC Record Snapped
They knew the moment would eventually come, but some weren’t expecting it to come this season – at least they didn’t want it to. “We were supposed to sweep the whole MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference,”) said Corey Henry, an avid basketball player and senior student/fan of the Morgan State Bear’s basketball squad. “I just knew we were going to smash the whole MEAC, then sweep the conference tournament and make it to the big dance, again.” Henry wasn’t the only MSU follower who believed the Bears could win every game in their conference this season, especially after the team jumped off to a perfect 10-0 record against MEAC competition, nine of the wins earned consecutively throughout the past two months. Morgan State had just six more conference matchups before the regular season ended, so fans grew excited over the possibility of finishing with a perfect 16-0 MEAC record, which would have given them a new school record – 25 overall wins on the year. But no program remains undefeated forever and the

didn’t defend. We came out in the second half and still didn’t defend. It’s something that’s been nagging at us for awhile. “Even with that, we still had a chance at the end. We have nobody to blame but ourselves. How we respond will tell whether this hurts us or not. How they come back
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for a brief three days, it accomplishes just that. It’s time to start grouping NBA All-Star Weekend with spectacles such as Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve in Times Square and your alma mater’s homecoming weekend. Seriously, though. No one goes to homecoming for the actual football game or the extravagant list of events; they go because they know it’s going to be hordes of anybodies there and unless you’re at the NBA’s biggest homecoming, the All-Star game, you’ll never truly understand the hoopla of it all. Anytime the sponsors associated with the NBA can dig up stars like Chris Tucker (who’s gained a few, eh?), Jesse Jackson and a Janet Jackson-less Jermaine Dupri, they’re doing something right. Considering that the crowd at NBA All-Star Weekend trumped those of this year’s Super Bowl, Rose Bowl and Pro Bowl, the NBA along with its other professional siblings may be forced to rethink how they go about scheduling venues for their marquee events. If the NBA can turn out such a crowd for All-Star Weekend then next year’s Super Bowl (which will be hosted at Cowboys Stadium also) has a chance to open, rewrite and resell all the record books. But this year it was all about the NBA and for the game of basketball—which is largely considered a few notches below its gridiron counterpart—to outdo college football and the NFL in terms of fan turnout, that’s saying a whole lot. Surely the NBA had a major crutch in the fact that it was being hosted at Cowboys Stadium, but NBA All-Star Weekend generally churns out a sellout crowd anyway. And placing this year’s game in a Godzilla-sized venue proves that people
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Bears forward Kevin Thompson recorded his 16th double-double against South Carolina State on Feb. 15, but Morgan State still lost their first MEAC game of the season. Bears learned that first hand as they fell to the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 7168, in an ESPNU televised game Feb. 15 at Hill Field House in Baltimore. It was Morgan State’s first home loss since the Bears fell, 49-47, to Hampton on Feb. 23, 2009. Bears star Reggie Holmes, who currently ranks among the top scorers in the nation with 23 points per game, led his team with 17 points. But the senior out of St. Frances Academy High School in Baltimore fouled out of the game in the final minutes and wasn’t available for the Bears’ last opportunity to win. In place of Holmes, Morgan State reserve guard Joe Davis attempted a threepointer to tie the game in the final seconds, but missed. The shot was rebounded by MSU forward Kevin Thompson, who then passed it to guard Troy Davis for another last prayer shot, but he also missed as time expired. Davis finished with 13 points, while Thompson recorded his 16th doubledouble of the season with 11 points and game-high 13 rebounds. MSU combined to shoot only 45 percent from the field while SCSU shot 57 percent in field goals with star Jason Flagler leading with 24 points. “You can’t take credit away from them,” Bears head coach Todd Bozeman said following the game. “But we



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Nate Robinson Wins Third Benjamin Crowned MEAC Shot Dunk Contest
Morgan State Track and Field

Put King
By AFRO Staff

By AFRO Staff New York Knicks star Nate Robinson became the first player in NBA history to win the slam dunk contest three times after edging out Toronto Raptors rookie DeMar DeRozan in the final round on Feb. 13 during AllStar Weekend festivities in Dallas. The 5-foot-9-inch guard has shocked several fan favorites the past two dunk contests, and did the same this year. But after barely beating DeRozan by earning 51 percent of the fan vote, Robinson announced he won’t be going for a fourth title next season. For the undersized underdog, three is plenty enough. “No, no, no, no, no. I don’t think I can bear that anymore. I’m just happy with this third one,” Robinson told the media after receiving his slam dunk championship trophy. “This is the last one.” Robinson stood out the most to the fans and judges in what was perhaps the least exciting dunk contest in recent years. Other contestants included the Los Angeles Lakers’ Shannon Brown and Charlotte Bobcats’ Gerald Wallace, who both were eliminated after shooting lackluster dunks in the first round. DeRozan performed the most difficult dunks and earned the only perfect score in the contest with a 50 after catching a pass off the side of the backboard and dunking it with his right hand on the other side of the hoop.

Bears field star Tyron Benjamin represented Morgan State well during the MidEastern Athletic Conference Indoor Championship by successfully defending his crown in the shot put competition on Feb. 13 at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex. Benjamin, who won the 2009 MEAC shot put title, earned gold again this year with a toss of 17.96 meters. The native of Giraudel, Dominica, also claimed the 2010 MEAC title in the weight throw competition. Benjamin was the only MSU team member to earn All-MEAC honors, but his teammate Kevin Bowen nearly earned a bronze medal by placing fourth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.58 seconds. Daniel Mutai placed fourth in the 5000 meter run, and fifth in the 3000 meter run with a time eight minutes and 53.65 seconds. He also placed 10th in the mile run with a time of four minutes and 29.20 seconds to help the entire MSU men’s team rank seventh in the championship event.

But “little Nate” captured the fan’s attention when he was ushered onto the court with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. His ability to leap with athletes at least 8 inches taller inspired fans to

included Denver Nuggets star Chauncey Billups, New York Knicks’ Danilio Gallinari, and 2009 three-point champ Daquan Cook; all three were eliminated in first round.

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Tyron Benjamin earned his second straight MEAC shot put title on Feb. 13.

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Allison Randall was named the MEAC weight throw champion for the second consecutive year. place crown with a MEAC Championship record toss of 18.58 meters. The sophomore out of Reisterstown, Md., broke the mark she set last year at 16.15 meters. Fellow MSU teammate Candace Shirley placed fourth in the same competition. Lady Bear’s runner Avionne Sloan placed seventh in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.17 seconds, while teammate Micsha Carson placed ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 10.97 meters. MSU’s 4x400 meter relay team (Lauren Campbell, Brittney Wattley, Kamice Smalls and Sloan), finished sixth in a time of 00:03:58:02 to help the entire Lady Bears track and field team rank eight in the championship event.

Knicks guard Nate Robinson became the first- ever threetime slam dunk champ on Feb. 13. name him the first three-time slam dunk champ. Meanwhile, Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce won the three-point contest, becoming the first Celtic player to win the contest since the legendary Larry Bird. Pierce earned a score of 20 in the final round to beat out Golden State Warriors rookie Stephon Curry, who scored only 17 points in the final round. Other participants Pierce’s performance makes up for the unimpressive display he put up when he participated in the 2002 three-point contest. “I worked on it; I really took pride in it. In ’02 I stunk it up. I wanted to come in here and put on a show,” Pierce said during a post-contest interview. “I had to work on getting the technique down and knowing what side to pull the ball from, stuff like that. I knew if I got hot I could win it.”

Lady Bears Place Eighth
Meanwhile, on the women’s side of the track, Lady Bears’ Allison Randall also successfully defended her 2009 weight throw title by claiming this year’s first

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Hilbert D. Stanley

Leading Baltimore Educator Dies
Born Feb. 24, 1931, in Cambridge, Md., respected administrator Hilbert Dennis Stanley led a storied career in Baltimore’s public schools and city government. Stanley has died; he was 79. As a child, Stanley attended Robert Moton School and went on to attend Morgan State University, a school he would remain closely linked to throughout his life. He earned his bachelor’s in biology in 1952 and went on to receive a master’s in science in 1972. Fulfilling his passion for learning, Stanley earned a doctoral degree in administration and supervision from Wayne State University in 1978. After graduation Stanley taught science, but quickly became a principal at Edmonson High School and later at Lake Clifton Senior High School and Southwestern High School. His work included drug abuse leadership training, implementing career development programs, system reorganization and decentralization.

From 1981-’84, Stanley also served as director of human services and education liaison to then Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer. Several years later, the administrator retired from the Baltimore City Public School System and began teaching part time at his alma mater, Morgan State. The lifelong Morganite served as president of the National Alumni Association and treasurer and chair of the MSU Foundation Board of Trustees. In addition to his administrative positions, Stanley was executive director of the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC), an organization providing leadership and initiatives targeting the world’s Catholics of African descent. Because of his dedication to Catholicism, Pope John Paul II honored Stanley by appointing him a Knight of St. Gregory the Great. He was a widower with one son, a daughter, one granddaughter and a grandson.

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never heard anybody say a bad word about Jim Dorsey.” When asked the reason for his many achievements in life, Jim would often respond, “Just luck…I’ve been lucky, that’s all. I was blessed by the Lord,” according to his family’s account. Jim is survived by his loving great nephew, Otha L. Davis Jr. III; niece-in-law, Fannie Davis; great nephews and great nieces, Yvonne, Christine, Eric, Kenneth, Kevin, Eleray and Karen and a host of great-great nieces and nephews and other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Louise Dorsey; three sisters, Louise Saunders, Grace Briggs and Mary Elaine Nash; and one brother, John Dorsey Jr. Funeral services will be held at William C. Brown Funeral Community Funeral Home in Baltimore Feb. 19 at 11a.m. The service will be preceded by a wake at 10 a.m.

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By Rosa Pryor

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Hello, hello my friends. If you are like me, you have seen enough snow to last for the next three winters. My lands of mercy, have you ever seen such a mess? As beautiful as the snow may have looked last week, it is great that it is gone for a while. Because of the snow storm many of the events that were scheduled for Valentine’s weekend were cancelled or rescheduled for another date. I do know that the Pi Omega Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is hosting their fifth annual Talent Hunt on March 7. The auditions take place Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 to pick the best talented children for this event. The auditions will be held at

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dance, contact these brothers at 410-462-6705. Encourage your talented children to showcase their gifts and experience personal and artistic growth. Black History Month present the Makanda Project featuring Carl Grubbs on Feb. 20, 8–9:30 p.m. at the an die Musik live! They are located at 409 N. Charles St. The Makanda Project, an ensemble based in Makanda Ken McIntyre’s hometown of Boston, is dedicated to continuing Makanda’s legacy through performances of his music. Most specifically, the group hopes to continue his legacy by perfoming song Makanda never had the opportunity to record or perform in public. An enormous body of such work exists, reflecting the full range of Makanda’s imagination as a composer. The group hopes that as some of it is heard there will be heightened appreciation for Makanda’s significance as a

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performers. The leader, pianist John Kordalewski, studied with Makanda and also performed with him on several occasions. They work from the lead sheets in Makanda’s notebooks. He has written arrangements for the nine horns. Renowned saxophonist, Oliver Lake joins the group on certain occasions, including their first recording. The musicians are Josiah Woodson, Sean Berry, Bill Lowe, Kurtis Rivers, Yoron Israel, Charlie Kohlhase, Salim Washington, John Lockwood, John Kordalewski, Brent Irvin and Robert Stringer. For ticket information, call 410-385-2638. ASALH ( Association for the Study of African American Life and History) is celebrating their 84th Annual ASALH Black History Month with a luncheon at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel located at 999 Ninth St., N.W., D.C. on Feb. 20. For more information, call 202-898-9000. The Royal Comedy Tour starring Sommore, Anthony Brown, Don D.C. Curry and Turae will be at the Hippodrome Theater Feb. 19, but not all comedians are performing on the same show. In addition to the featured comedian, entertainers George Willborn, Aries Spears and Michael Colyar are on the bill. One of my favorite things to do during this time of year is to attend the Black Heritage Art Show at the Baltimore Convention Center, Hall G, Feb. 20-21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The first Black Heritage Art Show was launched in 1995 at Baltimore’s New Psalmist Baptist Church and was developed to showcase the talents of six visual artists to approximately 100 attendees. Today, the Black Heritage Art Show, founded by Milton and Glenda Boone, has evolved into a national tour featuring over 100 visual and performing artists, fashion, film and literature.

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This year at the event you can enjoy a rare opportunity to talk one-on-one with renowned artists, such as:Karen Y. Buster, Charles A. Bibbs and Larry Poncho Brown. Entertainers Chico DeBarge, Fertile Ground, Substantial, Doug E. Fresh, Jessica Greene, Ron Staples and Slick Rick will also be on hand. There will be a fashion presentation by internationally acclaimed Travis “Winky” and Randy Dennis is presenting the Art of Line Dancing. Check it all out. Well, my dear friends, I’m still looking at white snow in my backyard and driveway − I have to dig my car out. I have to go now. I am out of space and out of time. If you need me, just call me at 410-833-9474 or e-mail me at rosapryor@aol. com. F.Y.I. You can find my column only the first and third week of the month in the Baltimore AFRO. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS. I’LL SEE YOU AT THE NEWSSTAND.


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A long-time resident of the Brookland neighborhood in Northeast Washington, D.C., McKinley J.H. Armstrong, he was a regular at early services at St. Anthony a tour de force in the District’s of Padua Catholic Church where he was once a thriving high school basketball member of the Knights of Columbus. scene, leaves behind a legacy It was during the 1960s that Armstrong began of professionalism and to make his mark on the city’s basketball scene. sportsmanship. The 81-yearUnder his leadership, the Mckinley Tech Trainers old McKinley Technical dominated the area throughout the late ‘60s and early High School athletic director, ‘70s. According to the D.C. Basketball Blog, in 1969 husband, father and father figure he coached what was known as Tech’s legendary to numerous city students, “Magnificent Seven.” That championship team died Feb. 12 at the Washington amazingly featured four starters who were named to Hospital Center. the Washington Post and Washington Star’s first team Born in Winston Salem, All-Metropolitan roster. Two players from the team N.C., on Aug. 5, 1928, were drafted into the National Basketball Association Armstrong was reared in an era (Ronnie Hogue and Tim Bassett), while two other where Jim Crow laws made life players were drafted into the National Football Courtesy Photo insufferable for some African League (James Buckmon and Lonnie Perrin). McKinley J.H. Armstrong, a Americans. As an athletically Other basketball greats who played under championship-winning basketball talented teen, Armstrong’s Armstrong include Ernest Lewis, Michael Sessoms, coach at McKinley Tech High School, mother forbade him to play high Jo-Jo Hicks, “Nehru” Brown, Jeffrey Harrison, died at age 81. school football, but the budding James Monroe, James Gorham, Xavier Yeoman, sportsman threatened to quit Arthur Williams, “Cricket” Williams and “Zip” school. His mother relented and Evans. allowed Armstrong to join the local football team and the gifted “I remember when we were on our way to championship student went go on to earn a football scholarship to Central, a and a sports reporter visited one of our practices,” recalled historically Black college in Durham, N.C. During his college Kevin Tatum, now a sportswriter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, years, he played drums in the marching band and pledged in a release sent to the AFRO. “He asked Mr. Armstrong who Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in addition to participating in the the ‘stars’ were on the team. Mr. Armstrong said, ‘Sir, stars various sports programs. only come out at night!’ That was Mckinley Armstrong.” After graduating, Armstrong served in the Korean War as For many of his athletes, Armstrong was a much-needed a sergeant in the United States Army before embarking on a father figure. teaching career. The veteran’s passion for learning led him “He was very good coach, but even a better man,” said George Washington University where he received a master’s Micheal Tucker, who started for Mckinley as a senior in 1966, degree in education. He completed further study at the in a statement. University of California, Los Angeles, University of Michigan “He taught me so much in that one year. Mr. Armstrong and University of Virginia. used to tell us, ‘Any job, big or small, do it well, or not at all.’ By AFRO Staff

Local Basketball Legend Dies at 81


Everything I do now, I work hard at it.” Before Armstrong arrived in the District, he worked in Front Royal, Va., at a small racially segregated Black school called Criser High School, which was built in 1959 to keep Blacks out of White’s-only Warren County High School. After moving his young family to the area in 1961, he transformed a fledgling sports program into one of the most respected teams in the Shenandoah Valley. Armstrong had a similar impact on another small, similarly segregated school in Southern Pines, N.C., formerly called West Southern Pines School (WSP). He coached the boys and girls basketball teams and helped drive the school’s young men to the state championships three years in a row. Perhaps most valuable to the coach’s former students were the words of wisdom and life lessons he imparted along the way. “We had him as our homeroom teacher from eighth grade through 12th grade,” recalled David Charles Reed, WSP class of 1961. “Mr. Armstrong wanted us to achieve. He prepared us to face life. We didn’t know anything about balancing a checkbook. He taught us how to do that. He taught us things outside of the books about morals and achieving and never quitting.” Armstrong is survived by his wife of 52 years, Annie C. Armstrong; five children: Chip Armstrong of Washington, D.C., Jenice Armstrong Turner of Burlington, N.J., Cheryl A. Capers of Dublin, Ohio, Carolyn Armstrong of Washington, D.C. and Marilyn Armstrong of Washington, D.C.; three siblings: Charles Armstrong of Oxon Hill, Louise Powell of Durham, N.C., and Georgia Bass of Temple Hills; five grandchildren; two sons-inlaw, Dr. Quinn Capers IV and Cameron Turner, many loving inlaws as well nieces and nephews. A burial will take place Feb. 20 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, at 12th and Monroe streets, N.E., D.C. The funeral begins at 10 a.m. following a 9 a.m. viewing also at the church. Internment will immediately follow at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Md. Jenice Armstrong contributed to this report.
in a statement released by the team. “He made a huge mistake. There’s no doubt about that. He has paid a significant price for that and, as he has said, he carries a heavy weight. “As Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said, we believe in second chances, and Donte’ does deserve that. But, we’ve signed him because we want to get better, and we think he has a chance to help us. We worked him out, and it’s obvious he is working hard to be effective. We thought it was important to sign him now, because other teams were pursuing him, and we want him in our offseason program, which starts next month.” Stallworth’s most productive season was in 2005 when he caught 70 passes for the New Orleans Saints. A 2002 draft pick, Stallworth also played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006 and the New England Patriots in 2007.

Darrell Green Still Fast at 50

Former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green celebrated his 50th birthday Feb. 15, but the “old man” may still be faster than most of the cornerbacks currently on the Redskins’ roster. Green, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame two years ago, was one of the fastest players in the league during his 20-year tenure with the Redskins. He proved he’s still one of the fastest around when he ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, according to Profootballtalk.com. Green bragged about his time via his Twitter account. The tweet read: “…Quick update from the Birthday Boy:)…I think today I

became the fastest 50 year old in the world! @9AM today, I celebrated my 50th BDay by running the 40 yard dash in Orlando, Florida in a time of 4.43! FYI, all born between 1946 -1964 are baby boomers...I’m guessing that makes me the fastest baby boomer! I would say, that’s really booming. Are you?..”

Leonard Little May Come to Washington

Once the coaching staff is squared away, the Redskins will focus on recruiting talent and may be interested in defensive end Leonard Little. Little, a former elite defensive end who recently became an unrestricted free agent, hasn’t decided yet if he’ll play football in 2010. But

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to practice tomorrow will tell me.” Morgan State (19-8 overall, 10-1 MEAC wise) will attempt to jump start another winning streak when they take on Murray State in a ESPN Bracket Buster feature game televised at noon Feb. 20.

Lady Bears Fare Better Against SCSU

The Morgan State women’s squad had far more success than the men did against MEAC opponent South Carolina State University, blasting the Lady Bulldogs, 86-64, Feb. 15 at Hill Field House. Lady Bears star guard Corin “Tiny” Adams scored

a game-high 22 points, while her teammates Georgien Williams and Theresa Davis both followed with 15 points each. Brittany Dodson added another 10 points off the bench as Morgan State improved to 6-1 at home this season. The win was also the Lady Bears’ second against SCSU this season and seventh consecutive win against the Lady Bulldogs throughout the past three seasons. Morgan State (13-11, 8-3 MEAC wise) will now prepare for another MEAC matchup when they travel to Dover, Del., to take on Delaware State on Feb. 20. Visit afro.com for recaps and photos of the weekend faceoff.

according to an ESPN-affiliated sports talk radio station in St. Louis, recently hired Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has spoken out in favor of the Little, saying the defensive end could still be a productive NFL player. Little has been a member of the St. Louis Rams his entire career, including from 2006-2008 when Haslett was the Rams’ head coach. The Redskins are in search for an effective pass-rusher, and team owner Daniel Snyder has never shied away from spending money on veteran free-agents, so the two may be a perfect match for each other. Little experienced off-field trouble when he crashed his car into and killed Susan Gutweiler over 10 years ago in St. Louis. His blood alcohol level at the scene of the accident measured 0.19 percent, a level in excess of the statutory level of intoxication (0.08) in the state of Missouri. He received 90 days in jail, four years probation and 1,000 hours of community service.

Ravens Sign Donte’ Stallworth

Some football critics would argue that the Baltimore

Ravens didn’t make it further into the NFL Playoffs this season because of their lack of weapons in the passing game. Well, the Ravens may have taken one step closer to addressing that problem by signing veteran receiver Donte’ Stallworth on Feb. 17. But Stallworth hasn’t played professional football in over a season. He missed all of last season after pleading guilty on June 16, 2009, to a manslaughter charge while driving drunk in Miami Beach, Fla. He was suspended indefinitely without pay on June 18 for violating the NFL substance abuse and personal conduct policy, and was sentenced to 24 days in jail. According to several reports, he also made an out-of-court compensation settlement of more than $3 million with the family of the victim he killed with his truck. His league suspension was recently lifted, but the Cleveland Browns released him soon after. Now he’s here in Baltimore. “We’ve given a lot of thought to this, and we’ve done extensive research into Donte’ beyond football,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said



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will come out to support such an event if they have the room to support. Last year’s crowd of 16,382 at the US Airways Center in Arizona is peanuts compared to this year’s monster. And, after reports surfaced over the weekend that the NBA is scheduled to lose $400 million this season alone, NBA Commissioner David Stern may have to seriously consider hosting the All-Star game at football stadiums for a few seasons until the economy turns around. All-Star Weekend to the

NBA is like Black Friday to a retailer so it doesn’t matter how, why or what the fans are buying, as long as they’re buying. Next year’s game is scheduled for Los Angeles, to be followed by a stint in Orlando in 2012. After that, it’s up for grabs. But, judging off what’s already been proven, regardless of the venue, the fans will show up. For Stern’s sake, he may want to program Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones’ phone number into his cell, because after 2012 the two may be seeing more of each other.

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SECTION 00100 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids for construction of the Denton Wastewater Treatment Plant ENR Upgrade will be received by the Town of Denton (herein called the ”OWNER”) at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 650 Legion Road, Denton, Maryland 21629, until 2:00 p.m., (EST) on Friday, March 24, 2010. Said bids will then be publicly opened and read aloud. The ENR Upgrade to the Town of Denton WWTP generally consists of, but is not limited to, the construction/installation of the following: post anoxic reactors, enhanced nutrient removal filter, miscellaneous structures, water quality analyzing instrumentation, expansion of SCADA system to incorporate new system components, coagulant feed systems, supplemental carbon storage and chemical feed systems, ENR building, Coagulant building, diffused air post aeration system, and associated site work and yard piping. The work also includes all requirements to provide fully finished and operable facilities including miscellaneous items and operations as shall be indicated, shown, specified or required to complete the work in strict conformity with the Contract Documents. The work also includes all specified, indicated and shown mechanical and electrical equipment, appliances, appurtenances, furnishings, instrumentation and controls, accessories, tests and sundry parts and material as shall be necessary and required for a completely operable installation satisfactory to the Engineer. The Contractor shall provide all plant, labor, equipment, tools, appliances, materials and incidentals and shall perform all operations required to completely finish all of the work in the manner approved by the Engineer. The contract duration is 365 calendar days. A pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m., (EST), March 11, 2010 at the Town of Denton Police Department, 100 North Third Street, Denton, Maryland to allow Contractors an opportunity to obtain information on the project from the Engineer and the Owner. Contract Documents may be examined, at the following locations: Wastewater Treatment Plant 650 Legion Road Denton, Maryland 21629 George, Miles & Buhr, LLC 206 West Main Street Salisbury, Maryland 21801 MD/Washington Minority Contractor´s Association 107 North Point Boulevard Suite 220 Baltimore, MD 21215 Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained at the office of GEORGE, MILES & BUHR, LLC, 206 WEST MAIN STREET, SALISBURY, MARYLAND 21801, upon the non-refundable payment of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) for each set. Checks should be made payable to George, Miles & Buhr, LLC. Each bid must be accompanied by a Bid Bond payable to the Owner for five percent (5%) of the total amount of the bid. 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The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 9% Both the proposed Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women´s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410) 396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1.The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2.The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3.The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; recision of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided within the application. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a sub-chapter ´S´ Corporation, or an individual owner. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a sub-consultant and prime consultant. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organization chart, etc. All such information should be incorporated into the appropriate pages. Applications should not be bound. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may cause disqualification of the submittal. Robert B. MacLeod Executive Secretary

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Police Officer, Lateral Entry Systems Programmer I Visit our website at www.aacounty.org for additional information and to apply on-line. You may use the Internet at any Anne Arundel County library, or visit our office at 2660 Riva Road in Annapolis. Deadlines to apply posted on website. AEO/DF/SFE

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It is the Department´s intent to award two contracts with an upset limit of $1,500,000 each for this work; duration of the professional services contract is anticipated at two (2) years. Tasks assigned to an on-call contractor are subject to the pace of privately-sponsored commercial, residential and industrial developments in the City of Baltimore. Should you have questions in this matter, please contact Ms. Jessica A. Keller at 410-396-6856. Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a ”Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, Room 601, 417 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 (FAX: 410-625-4667). Since these letters are used to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within 5 days of the date of the project´s advertisement and include a contact person for the firm. Failure to submit a ”Letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of ”The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures”. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines For The Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on 3-23-2010. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline. Insurance Requirements The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional liability, auto liability, general liability and workers´ compensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City´s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women´s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women´s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. T


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