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By AFRO Staff affordable and accessible for all Americans. The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, enacted on March 30, strengthens the Pell Grant program, invests

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in community colleges, extends support for historically Black colleges and other minority-serving institutions, and helps student borrowers manage their student loan debt by capping repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income. These efforts will be fully paid for by ending the government subsidies currently given to banks and other financial institutions that make guaranteed federal student loans. “By removing the bank’s middle men and eliminating millions of dollars in annual subsidies we are able to ensure that students have a more competitive and robust program for entering colleges and leaving them and going on to jobs not burdened so heavily by additional loans,” said Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. In addition to increasing affordability, this legislation comes at a crucial time for HBCUs and predominantly Black institutions (PBIs), Continued on A4

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Barbara Jones laughs with her classmates as she waits for the Norfolk State University fall commencement ceremony. Black students and historically Black colleges and universities like Norfolk State received a boost in funding from new federal legislation.
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Seen here in June 2004, civil rights activist and 2004 Congressional Gold Medal of Honor recipient Dorothy Height, 98, has been hospitalized since March 18.

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as the improved home.” To best respond to the needs and suggestions of his constituents, the councilor also said he will do his best to return calls and emails from 12th District residents within 48 hours. After leaving City Council 15 years ago, Stokes sat on the Baltimore City school board and was chairman of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. He had no intentions of returning to City Hall, but once the 12th District seat opened, he was encouraged to take another stab at it. “I said, ‘Well, why?’ But with the challenge of the $121 million deficit that may continue into the following year, cutting of central service [personel] like fire [fighters] and police and after-school programs, I’d like to get back in there and help,” he said. Dealing with budgetary matters is another aspect of the Council that drew him back in. Stokes said he rejoins the Council at a time when the government is forced to make tough decisions about its priorities which he would like to be a part of. “I’m really exited about being back at a time when there’s some challenges for us,” Stokes said. “It gives me and the Council and the mayor a chance to look at our priorities and how to fund things that are important for city services. I didn’t want to come back and just sit in a quiet time.”

By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer

Stokes Reveals Plans for 12th District
down to run an unsuccessful mayoral campaign, he’s back with three top priorities- responding to 12th District residents, creating opportunities for the youth and getting rid of vacant housing. For the combined effect of assuring safety and maintaining youth services, Stokes hopes to keep open many of the pools and 29 recreation centers that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake proposed to close in her preliminary budget. “If you close the [recreation] centers and the pools, you can’t have enough police,” he said. “I want the [recreation] centers to be very engaging for young people 16 and younger. I think that’s as important as good policing by having young people engaged in opportunities.” And, starting in East Baltimore, he plans to improve neighborhoods with the help of investors and potential homeowners. In addition to slicing property tax for homeowners in half, he intends to propose a vacant housing policy to fix up neighborhoods rundown by abandoned houses. “The person with the nice improved home pays more than the person with the vacant home,” Stokes said. “Why should the person who leaves their house in derelict condition get away with little tax? I want the vacant house to be assessed at a penalty so they have to pay as much tax

Carl Stokes is far from being the new kid on the Council. He was sworn in as 12th District representative in mid March, after taking his first seat in City Council from 1987-1995. After stepping

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Carl Stokes recently returned to the Baltimore City Council after a 15-year hiatus.

Autistic Student Allegedly Assaulted
By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer Alleged physical abuse of a 13-year-old student on a Baltimore County school bus has caused a continuous court battle between the state of Maryland and the defendants involved. On Nov. 20, 2009, Daniel Harris Jr., a student with autistic spectrum disease, was handled by bus driver Christina Brocato and bus aide LaToya Wilson in a manner, which the student’s father characterized as assault. “The aide gave my son her [hair] scrunchy,” Daniel Harris Sr. said. “He started playing with it because it’s made out of elastic material. He started trying to unravel it and she slapped him and that set him off. He became uncontrollable at that point. That’s where it started.”

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“I just want to see her get a guilty plea so she can stay the heck off of these buses and not do that to another child again.”

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However, District Court Judge Darrell Russell Jr. said a surveillance tape shows nothing more than attempts at maintaining order on the bus. A letter written by Lori Mazan, operator and safety supervisor of Durham School Services, seems to support that claim. Mazan stated Harris got out of his harness and ran to the front of the bus, while it was on Interstate 83. “The driver had to swing [her] arm across the aisle way so that he couldn’t get to the door,” Mazan wrote in the letter to a colleague. “Daniel then jumped into the first seat behind the driver, found a pair of scissors and, as the driver expressed it ‘had to be disarmed.’” Mr. Harris said Brocato pulled the bus over and got on top of his son, at which point the Continued on A4

Bill Leaves Contractors Weary Over Job Potential
By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer A City Council bill proposed to increase local hiring of construction workers is catching heat from local contractors who fear the legislation will, in actuality, shut them out of big projects. If passed, Councilman Bill Henry said the Community Partnership Agreements (CPA) bill would secure major cityfunded construction jobs for all Baltimore City contractors. But inconsistency between the wording of the bill and its intention has left local contractors fearful that only the city’s small percentage of union contractors will reap the benefits. More commonly referred to as a project labor agreement (PLA), a CPA establishes the terms and conditions of employment for construction projects. For any city-funded construction project of $5 million or more, section 23.6B of the bill states, “The [community partnership] agreement must require all contractors that perform work on a covered construction project to use the hiring halls of…construction unions as their first source of employees…” Pless Jones Sr., president of the Maryland Minority Contractors Association, believes the unions have their own selfish motives that would leave nonunion contractors like himself with two choices if the bill is passed- pay to join a union or go without work. “[Unions] want to capture all the work to say everyone has Continued on A4

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With the signing of yet another historical piece of legislation, President Obama made good on his promise to make higher education more

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Obama-Biden Sticker Incites Road Rage

According to Nashville’s News 2, a local man said he and his 10-year-old daughter were the victims of road rage because of a political bumper sticker on his car. Mark Duren told News 2 that Harry Weisiger made an obscene gesture with his hands and rammed into his vehicle after seeing his Obama-Biden sticker. Duren had picked his daughter up from school only minutes before. “He pointed at the back of my car,” Duren told News 2, “the bumper, flipped me off, one finger salute.” In addition, Duren said Weisiger honked his horn at him and then smashed his SUV into the back of his car. “He pushed my car up towards the sidewalk, almost onto the sidewalk,” Duren said. Police have charged Weisiger with felony reckless endangerment.

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Black American women are the least likely racial group to breastfeed their children.

Oprah Winfrey has settled a defamation lawsuit filed against her by the former head of her all-girls school in South Africa. The two women “met woman-to-woman without their lawyers and are happy that they could resolve this dispute peacefully to their mutual satisfaction,” lawyers for Nomvuyo Mzamane, the accuser, and Winfrey said in a statement released by Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. Details of the settlement were not

Study: Black Women Least Likely to Breast Feed

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Black American women are the least likely racial group to breastfeed their children. Although more than 80 percent of Hispanic women and about 74 percent of White women attempt to breastfeed, only 54 percent of Black mothers make the

attempt. The study found that one year after delivery, 24 percent of Hispanic women and 21 percent of White women are still breastfeeding while only 12 percent of Black mothers sustain the practice. According to the CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,” the American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that babies only be fed breast milk during their first six months and non-exclusive breastfeeding until their first birthday. The overall number of breast-feeding women is nearing the Healthy People 2010 goal of 75 percent for new mothers and 50 percent for mothers who breast feed for at least six months.

Winfrey spoke candidly with the media about the incident at the school, and hinted that Mzamane’s oversight of the school might be to blame. “I think that all crisis is there to teach you about your life,” Winfrey said, according to People magazine. “You have to be far more careful in choosing people to stand in the gap for you. You have to stay on it.” The academy, located in Meyerton, South Africa, opened its doors to 150 poverty-stricken girls in January 2007. According to NewJerseyNewsroom.com, the school now serves over 330 girls.

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disclosed. In the suit, Mzamane alleged that Winfrey defamed her when Winfrey made certain remarks following a 2007 sex abuse scandal at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Mzamane sought $250,000 plus damages in the suit. According to the suit, there were several comments which drew the ire of Mzamane. At the premiere of the movie The Great Debaters in December 2007,

According to theroot. com, a C-SPAN caller upset with the “Negro” category on the 2010 census prompted Census Bureau Director Robert Groves to apologize for the classification on March 2. “I am Black. I did not appreciate the Black, the Afro-American and Negro. That is back when I used to live in Nashville, Tenn., when people were called Negro,” the caller reportedly said. “I do not like that; that is out of character; and it really hurt my feelings ... That to me is racist.” Groves responded, “First of all, let me apologize to you on behalf of all my colleagues,” theroot.com reported.

The Census Bureau director said the word “Negro” was kept on the forms to be “as inclusive as possible so that all of us could see a word here that rings a bell for us…it was not to be offensive and again I apologize on that. My speculation is that in 2020 the word will disappear and there are gonna be other words that are gonna change.”

Several States Plan Lawsuits over Health Care Reform

In the wake of the massive health care reform bill passed by the House of Representatives on March 21 and signed into law by President Obama, more than a dozen states have joined in a lawsuit against the U.S. government. Attorneys general in 12 states have joined a lawsuit filed March 23 by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, according to The New York Times. McCollum, who is running for governor, and 11 of the other attorneys general are Republican.

Virginia’s attorney general, also a Republican, has filed a separate challenge. Officials in those and other states believe the new reform violates state and individual rights. “I made it clear in late December of last year that if the health care bill passed, I would ask you to challenge its constitutionality,” Gov. Gibbon, R-Nev., told Reuters. “Any reasonable person experiencing such inaction from a private law firm would have fired that law firm already.” Some argue that the lawsuits are frivolous. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wrote an amendment into the new reform law which allows states to opt out of the federal individual health insurance mandate and set up their own system. “Why would you just say you are going to sue everybody, when this bill gives you the authority, and the legal counsel is on record, as saying you can do it without an individual mandate,” Wyden told the Huffington Post.”

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By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot 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. finance [department] dictate. Hudson and other family members arrived at thethis is Part of this proposal, Medical Examiner’s office mid-afterfinance saying, this is what noon happen,” she added. will to identify the body. Given the choice between lookFor the record, SRB ing directlyglimpse of an did give a at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted alternative plan to generate revenue and prevent some of the more severe cuts. One option the mayor is considering is a tax on nonvideo screen, the family chose profits, which are exempt the latter. According to the from property taxes. “Yes, Tribune, Hudson said, About one-third of that’s him.” Baltimore land is occupied by non-profits, which means an annual loss of about $80 million for the city. Not unexpectedly, venerable Johns Hopkins Hospital, Obama’s campaign No wonder the biggest “non- is profit” distance him from the trying toof them all is scoffing nosily at the “Barack of group, saying, prospectObama having to pay property taxes. Never Organized with ACORN.” I was amused at ACORN But Obama’s ties toHopkins’run hubris – the He taught long and deep.massive classes institution They even endorsed for ACORN.literally sits in him for President.like a city East Baltimore But now ACORN is in trouble. onto itself – given the fact Reporter: There are at least they historically have gotten 11 investigations across the just about everything they’ve countryfor from the city and asked involving thousands of potentially fraudulent ACORN the state. forms. Police and fire cuts are Announcer: Massive voter a different deal though. I fraud. And the Obama campaign ran more recently retired paid into athan $800,000 to an police front for get out at ACORNcommander out the vote Martin’s efforts. West last weekend who lamented to possible Pressuring banksthe issue risky fate of some of voter fraud. loans. Nationwidehis former colleagues. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. “Morale is bad enough, Blind ambition. Too risky for America. imagine what it could you is going to be like with this Since over their heads?” hangingMcCain’s comments, he ACORN’s 87 offices have been wondered. bombarded the doomsday While with threats and racist mail. budget scenario has rattled The day after the presidential a whole lot of cages in debate, vandals broke into the Baltimore, two of the most organization’s Boston and Seattle powerful stole computers. offices and members of the Baltimore City representative After a ClevelandDelegation in Annapolis TV, an pushing appeared on are note-mail wasthe panic the local office sent to button…yet. saying she “It’s to have her life ended.” “is going going to be a major point of contention…there’s A worker in Providence, R.I., received a have to be call saygoing to threatening some ing, “We know you get off work delicate balancing between at 9” and uttered racial epithets. public safety and the city… A caller to one office left a because that’s the backbone,” message on theJoan Carter said Senator answering machine, saying: “Hi, I was just Conway as she strolled from calling to let you know that the State House to the Senate Barack Obama needs to get Office Building. hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) “All the local jurisdictions nigger, and he’s a piece of lose in terms of certain cuts (expletive deleted). You guys are made, the largest budgetary fraudulent, and you need to go to item probably is on oak trees. hell. All the niggersthose teacher pensions that the city will They’re gonna get all hung honhave to pay…,” Conway eys, they’re going to get assassiadded. nated, they’re gonna get killed.” Another message said, “You In fact, last week the liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive Senate Budget and Taxation deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) come to our country, consume every natural resource there is, and make a lot of babies. That’s all you guys do. And then suck up the welfare and expect everyone else to pay for your hospital bills for your kids. I jus’ say let your kids die. That’s the best move. Just let your children die. Forget about paying for hospital bills for them. I’m not gonna do it. You guys are lowlifes. And I hope you all die.” Hurd thinks the hate calls will cease soon. “In two weeks, I think these attacks will be over. But I think it will be harder for us to get our name back on good graces because they really trashed us in the last few weeks.” But ACORN will not be deterred. “We’ve been fighting for a long time, for over 30 years, for the rights of low- and moderateincome people all across the country,” Hurd said. “We’re going to continue to fight for economic justice in our communities.”
Committee presented their are facing” Budget Reconciliation and “Currently in the budget Financing Act (BRFA) there is an $800 million and addressed the looming obligation because the state teacher pension dilemma. assumes 100 percent of the “If the state funded teacher retirement obligation teachers pensions at the required level, the cost would be $1.2 billion this year… is more than the state will spend on all of public higher education,” according to a statement by the Senate committee. They propose gradually sharing a portion and that’s due next year of teachers pensions costs to go up to $1.2 billion Julian King,state and local between the Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. that’s not and obviously school systems. sustainable.” A spokesman for the office the murders but is being like in Senator Nathaniel “The city does not held told the newspaper that Hudson jail obviously violation after for parole Dr. Alonso and McFadden, a member of the it, taxation committee, said, the teachers unions, but it’s a “The city’s not looking bad situation that begs for some relatively speaking…the attention…it’s an absolute only contentiousfor her is this being convicted of attempted piece famiimperative next year.” “remained strong teacherwas clearly its leader. retirement piece we Unfortunately, Maryland ly” and murder and vehicular hijack“She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesThe boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers the 7000 block of South Yale 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 of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Southside apartment several hours after the murders. Balfour’s mother, Michele, has told reporters that her son had nothing to do with the slayings. Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson

‘Here Comes the Pain…’
In the 1993 movie to liken SRB to the great Carlito’s Way, Al Pacino’s Pacino; in less than two character Carlito Brigante months she has been loads his gun as he prepares confronted with high drama for battle during a climactic at the helm of City Hall. scene. As he enters the fray First, there were the twin he exclaims, “Here comes the apocalyptic snow storms, and pain!” now it’s a doomsday budget Courtesy Photos That could have been the scenario, which has triggered Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who was killed, as well as her mantra of Baltimore Mayor brother, Jason. and loathing waves of fear Stephanie Rawlings-Blake throughout Baltimore. last body of her 7-year-old week as she announced The new mayor’s budget plate X584859 was found on the some of Monday, just hours the details of the pronouncementSide after Chicago’s West even sparked nephew city’shis body was found cuts. draconian budget in a a somewhat snarky response police received a 7 a.m. call after The city’s budget prepared from the former disgraced by the finance department mayor. includes layoffs of more The budget, Sheila Dixon than 600 city employees said, “should have been including, 120 police officers, presented with alternatives 90 firefighters, as well as and ways to address the

“If you know…that you’re facing a big deficit one would think you would make preparation.”

“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”

ACORN Fights Back
By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
“The budget should have been presented Presidential candidate John with alternatives and ways to address the McCain’s attack on ACORN – Associated Community issue, not just give people a scare tactic.” Organization for Reform Now –
and Dallas Cowboys players Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, among the names submitted to election officials. Hurd said those workers, who were doing those things without ACORN’s knowledge or permission, were fired. “The evidence that has surissue, not just give people faced so far shows they made a scare tactic.” Dixonfaked forms to get paid for work the comments to veteranthey didn’t do, Richard ballot journalistnot to stuffSher boxes.” ACORN, she said, during a taping of the is the victim of fraud, not the perpetrarecently resurrected local talk tor of it. show, “Square Off,” now on Hurd said the only things WMAR-TV charges thembogus are the Channel Two. “You can’t have org selves. And factcheck.[the] agrees. It concluded, “Neither ACORN nor its employees have been found guilty of, or even charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” The problem came about primarily because of the way ACORN operates. Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays people, many of them poor or unemployed, to sign up new voters. The idea was to help both those being registered and those doing the registration. Maud explained, “We have a zero tolerance policy for deliberate falsification of registration.” Most news account neglect to point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all registration forms. And they also fail to note that it was the organization, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations to the attention of authorities. The McCain camp apparently isn’t interested in those fine points, preferring to air misleading ads that seek to link Obama to ACORN, thereby undercutting his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain and I approve this message. Announcer: Who is Barack Obama? A man with “a political baptism performed at warp speed.” Vast ambition. After college, he moved to Chicago. Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine Talbot, part of the Chicago branch of ACORN. He was so impressive that he was asked to train the ACORN staff. What did ACORN in Chicago engage in? Bullying banks. Intimidation tactics. Disruption of business. ACORN forced banks to issue risky home loans. The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we’re in today.

posted fliers bearing his photographlike every other On just around the city. state Sunday,country is facing asked in the Jennifer Hudson a for the public’s helpeconomic ton of unpleasant in finding her nephew. In her MySpace imperatives. blog, she thanked fans and sup“If you know…that you’re porters forbig deficit one facing a their prayers and offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who returned the boy alive. Since the investigation, Hudson – who gained stardom after appearing on “American Idol,” and then won an Academy Award for her role in the movie Dreamgirls – has would think you would make stayed out of the public eye. preparation,” McFadden The Chicago Tribune reportexplained. ed that a parade of cars moved slowly past her family’s home “So, we have to Monday morning,we’re dealing understand that past the news vans, reporters and curiwith the public’s money and if you know ous onlookers. a that you have Neighbors stood cliff that you’re going to fall quietly and off of next year, I think you reflected on the ought to make preparations violence. for that.” In front of the Hudson’s home, men in heavy jackets and hooded sweatshirts came to kiss the twin white crosses baring the names of Donerson and Jason. “Everybody is sick of going through stuff like this,” Artisha West, a former resident of the area told the Tribune. “We all have to stick together. All these young children are dying, and for what?”

confirms the success of the organization, the head of the the closure of seven fire group says. companies and more than “This is city’s recreation half of the testimony to the work we’ve done and success we’ve centers. had,” Maude Hurd, president of Rawlings-Blake didn’t ACORN, said in an elements hesitate to declare interview with the AFRO. of the budget as, “simply “When this attack started, we unacceptable and go too far.” had just announced that we had Perhaps, million new votregistered 1.3it is appropriate ers,” she said. “That’s just to say that someone’s running scared because of ACORN’s success.” McCain, who is running for president on the Republican ticket, lashed out at ACORN in the final debate against Barack Obama, contending the group “is on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.” Factcheck.org, a non-partisan Web site, found those claims to be “exaggerated,” with “no evidence of any such democracydestroying fraud.” Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivated. She said, “Because it’s lowand moderate-income people, and people of color, I believe the McCain campaign thinks those voters are going to vote Democratic, which is not necessarily true.” ACORN is no stranger to controversy. For 38 years, the non-partisan organization has fought for social and economic justice for lowand moderate-income Americans. With 400,000 member families organized into more than 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities nationwide, ACORN has over the years seen its share of criticism while advocating for affordable housing, living wages, healthcare for the underserved— and while organizing voter registration drives. But none has been as withering and baseless as this one. With the presidential election less than two weeks away, ACORN’s detractors allege the organization has engaged in massive voter registration fraud after the reported discovery of bogus names, such as Mickey Mouse

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New Policy Boosts Students
Continued from A1 which will receive $850 and $150 million, respectively. The institutions typically bear the brunt of economic despair more than other colleges and universities. Doing more withenrolling higher proportions of low- and middle-income students. These much-needed dollars can be used to renew, reform, and expand programming to ensure that students at these institutions are given every chance to live up to their full potential. Several provisions in the bill, which Black lawmakers fought to include, will: • Invest $35 billion over 10 years to increase the maximum annual Pell Grant to $5,550 in 2010 and to $5,975 by 2017. • Invest $2.55 billion in HBCUs and minority-serving Institutions to provide students with the support they need to stay in school and graduate. • Invest $2 billion in a competitive grant program for community colleges to develop and improve educational or career training programs. • Save taxpayers $61 billion over 10 year by allowing students to borrow directly from the government through the Direct Loan program, thus avoiding excessive bank fees. These benefits build on other provisions of the law that put the Pell Grant program on sounder footing by covering past and expected shortfalls and that invest new dollars in community colleges. “The success of these institutions is not only vital to the success of African Americans, but it is also vital to the success of all Americans,” said John S. Wilson, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, in a teleconference this week. Strengthening HBCUs and PBIs, said Wilson, pushes the U.S. Department of Education closer to their goal set by President Obama last February, that “by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” “That is the goal that guides structure and context for all we’re doing,” he said. Starting July 1, all new federal student loans will be direct loans delivered and collected by private companies under performance-based contracts with the Department of Education. According to the Congressional Budget Office, ending these wasteful subsidies frees up nearly $68 billion which this new law reinvests back into students and into deficit reduction over the next 11 years.

Bill Leaves Contractors Weary
Continued from A1 to come to the union,” Jones said. “Then you’d have to go by their regulation.” Currently, 87 percent of Baltimore’s construction workforce and 95 percent of the city’s minority contractors do not belong to a union, which would exclude almost nine out of 10 local construction workers on cityfunded projects. Furthermore, because the legislation does not explicitly state that priority will be given to Baltimore contractors, local workers believe big Baltimore projects will go to outside union contractors. “What opponents of the bill keep trying to say that is not true is that the bill requires that you be a union employee to work on jobs,” Henry said. “The bill does not require that. The community partnership agreement, which the bill would authorize, would be able to specifically say that would not been the with local contractors as case.” priority. The campaign, which The CPA, not the is backing the bill, is an effort legislation, is where local by the Laborers International residency criteria will be Union of North America made, according to Henry. (LIUNA) to create more job Each construction job would opportunities in construction have its own negotiated for Baltimore residents. agreement to meet the distinct Williams echoes Henry’s needs of the community the sentiment that the legislation construction takes place in. does not give preference to The district councilor said union members. Instead, the bill purposely avoids he said unions would act as explicit statements favoring community partners to ensure local contractors over outside local hiring. workers. “The legislation “Every [agreement] may be only lays out the bare different but none of them minimum,” he said. “You can’t legally just will be able to negate that come right out and they have to go through say you can only hire people from Baltimore hiring halls because that’s in City, [but] priority will be given to people who the bill.” live in Baltimore City when they show up at the “We are able to do that union halls.” through the union hiring hall But standard union policy to give [local contractors] a states that hiring priority is structure for the job and help given first to union members sell you as an individual to with seniority, second to construction sites,” Williams union apprentices, then to said. “They are the priority.” union members with less But Jones isn’t buying seniority and last to locals. that. To truly create more The bill would not be able job opportunities for local to override union mandates, contractors, he said it would said Attorney Nancy Roberts, be best if the bill were managing director of Duane “scrapped.” Morris Government Affairs. Giving local construction Instead, she said it would jobs to outsiders is such a leave fewer than 15 percent frequent occurrence that it has of local contractors eligible seemingly become the rule to work on city-funded as opposed to the exception, construction projects. National Minority Contractors “Every [agreement] may Association President Arnold be different but none of them Jolivet said. He supports the will be able to negate that concept of the bill but says they have to go through hiring it will only be effective if halls because that’s in the amendments are made. bill,” said Roberts. “Baltimore has a Get Baltimore Working considerable number of Campaign Executive Director construction-related jobs the Jason Williams rejects the local community doesn’t get,” idea of seniority hiring, and Jolivet said. “We’ve got to do said the CPA bill is set up something.”

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Dr. Height Still in Serious Condition
By AFRO Staff Prominent civil rights leader Dorothy Height, chairman emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women, remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition as of AFRO press time, according to a Washington, D.C. hospital. Height, called the “godmother” of the civil rights movement, has been recovering from a “brief illness” at Howard University Hospital in the District since March 18, according to a release issued by the hospital. A series of Twitter posts around noon on March 27 indicated that the 98-year-old Height had passed away, a claim that was dispelled by a release from the hospital. “We are grateful for the excellent care that she is receiving from the physicians and staff at Howard University Hospital and appreciate the continued prayers and support during these challenging times,” Alexis Herman, former U. S. Secretary of Labor and official spokeswoman for Height, said in a release. Height was president of the National Council of Negro Women for more than 30 years and fought for justice for Black women and worked to strengthen the Black family. The venerated leader missed her 98th birthday party at the NCNW’s headquarters, where 150 guests had gathered. Supporters have have asked the public to join them in praying for Height’s recovery.

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Committee Strikes Down Gansler Impeachment Charges
By Shanua Miller and Adam Kerlin Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS - The House Judiciary Committee struck down articles of impeachment against Attorney General Douglas Gansler Wednesday afternoon at a hastily called hearing following a dramatic morning on the House floor. Del. Don Dwyer, R-Anne Arundel, brought charges against Gansler during the House’s morning session, citing “willful neglect of duty” in Gansler’s February opinion recognizing same-sex marriages from out of state. Dwyer demanded a full vote on the House floor, but members voted against his proposal 101 to 39, upholding House Speaker Michael Busch’s move to send the issue to committee. Dwyer argued that the state’s constitution gives the House “the sole power of impeachment in all cases,” but Busch, an Anne Arundel Democrat, said he followed House rules in moving the resolution to committee. At the committee hearing Wednesday afternoon, Dwyer moved to return the charges to the House floor for a fullbody vote. The committee rejected the motion, with only six members siding with Dwyer. Dwyer was defiant before the committee, refusing to testify on the grounds that it would legitimize the proceedings. He called the hearing “a kangaroo court,” insisting that the full House was the most appropriate venue to weigh the matter of impeachment. Gansler was not present for either discussion. But Raquel Guillory, Gansler’s spokeswoman, said “this was a political stunt that never should have been allowed to take place.” “This has been the job of our office for hundreds of years. It is our constitutional duty,” Guillory said of Gansler’s opinion. Delegate Ben Barnes, D-Prince George’s, called Dwyer’s charges against Gansler “meritless” and “baseless,” and said Dwyer did not present specifics on how Gansler’s legal opinion constituted a violation of his oath of office. Dwyer has not had many visible allies in his impeachment endeavors. No delegates testified at the hearing, including House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell, R-Calvert, who

‘AFRO’ Honors

George L. Russell Jr.
A native of Baltimore, George L. Russell has had an extensive career as a lawyer and has been recognized by many for his dedication to the community. Russell received his primary and secondary education from Baltimore City public schools, graduating from Frederick Douglass Senior High School in 1946. After earning a degree in economics from Lincoln University, he returned to Maryland, obtaining a degree in law from the University of Maryland School Of Law in 1954. After serving two years in the United States Army, Russell returned to Baltimore in 1956, beginning his life-long legal career. Russell became the first AfricanAmerican city solicitor for Baltimore City and was the first African American to sit on the Circuit Court of Maryland. He was also the first African-American president of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the first African American from Maryland to be elected to the American College of trial lawyers. Throughout his 50-year career, Russell has been very active in professional organizations, business endeavors and community organizations. He served as a trustee for Villa Julie College and also was the chair of the board of Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Baltimore branch. Russell currently serves as a trustee

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Attorney General Douglas Gansler is the second public official Republican Del. Don Dwyer has attempted to impeach over the same-sex marriage issue. had spoken in support of Dwyer Wednesday morning on the House floor. Delegate Luiz R. S. Simmons, D-Montgomery, said he was disappointed that Dwyer and other Republicans had “abandoned” real and a woman since 1973. In more than a decade of bills on same-sex marriage, none has made it to the House floor. Dwyer has long sponsored constitutional amendments defining marriage as being between a

“…this was a political stunt that never should have been allowed to take place.”
discussion after standing in solidarity during the morning House session. All but five Judiciary Committee members voted that there were not sufficient grounds for Gansler’s removal by the legislature. The committee vote essentially blocks Dwyer’s impeachment attempt, but Dwyer said he may attempt to return the resolution to the House floor. Dwyer said he would not rule out bringing impeachment charges against Busch for favoring House procedure over the state’s constitution. “The constitution supersedes everything,” Dwyer said. Gansler issued his opinion in February in response to a request by Sen. Richard Madaleno, D-Montgomery. The opinion interpreted Maryland’s current law on recognizing marriages from out of state. The state recognizes marriages performed in other jurisdictions according to the “full faith and credit” clause of the U.S. Constitution, but makes no mention of how to address same-sex marriages. Maryland law has defined marriage as between a man man and a woman. This is the second time Dwyer has attempted to impeach a public official over the issue of same-sex marriage. On March 7, 2006, Dwyer moved to impeach Baltimore Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdoch after she ruled the state’s Equal Rights Amendment protected the right of gay couples to marry. Dwyer alleged that Murdoch had neglected her duty as a result of her ruling. The resolution was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, which voted it down 19 to 3. Simmons said Wednesday that a committee hearing was the most appropriate venue to consider such serious charges against a public official. “If you don’t like his opinion, take it to the ballot box,” he said. Simmons argued that the proper process needs to be followed before removing a duly elected official. “When we get to jealously guarding our concern about the constitution, we should also care about that bedrock principle that the people deserve to have the individuals that they elect serve them,” Simmons said.

for the Baltimore City Historical Society, and is a member of the board of governors of the National Museum of Baltimore. Additionally, Russell serves as the chairman of the boars at Reginald F. Lewis Maryland Museum of African-American History and Culture. His distinguished service to the community in the area of law has resulted in several distinguished awards including, The Henry G. Parks Jr. Business award, an induction in the National Bar Association Hall of Fame, the Walter Sondeheim Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Greater Baltimore Urban Leagues’ Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial award. On Feb. 14, the AFRO honored Russell for his amazing career in law at the company’s fifth annual Legends and Pioneers ceremony at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

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Census Encourages Participation With Fanfare
By Diana Nguyen Capital News Service WASHINGTON National Census Day has come and gone —the federal government’s reminder to get those census forms in post haste and save money. To promote the day and its message, the U.S Census Bureau and its community partners will sponsored a slew of events across the nation to “empower communities” and remind residents that $400 billion in federal assistance is at stake. “This is the push,” said Census Bureau spokeswoman Sylvia Ballinger this week. “We use this day to rally people, encourage and remind them to fill out the 2010 census form” so that someone won’t have to show up and knock on their doors after May 1. Those census takers will cost a pretty penny. To send back a completed form takes 10 minutes and costs a mere 42 cents. But it costs taxpayers $25 per person to send a census taker doorto-door to collect the same information, according to the Census Bureau. Every 1 percentage point increase in mail-back rates saves taxpayers $85 million in follow-up costs. To follow up on those who fail to respond costs an estimated $2.74 billion, which is the largest portion of the projected $14.7 billion needed to operate the 2010 census. To keep follow-up costs down and spread census awareness to “Hard to Count” areas, the Census Bureau spent $62.7 million on television, $18.1 million on radio, and $21.1 million on print ads. But critics say census publicity is unnecessary. “The census happens every 10 years,” said Muir Boda, communications director of the Libertarian Party of Maryland. “It’s another extreme waste of taxpayer money to promote something we know is already going to happen.” Although Maryland continues to surpass the national participation rate,

Young Responds to Residency Questions
By AFRO Staff City Council President Jack Young invited reporters on a tour of two houses he owns in East Baltimore to clear up questions that erupted about his residency on Tuesday. Young included his Madison Street home address on annual ethics filings completed under oath, but because his water bills show no water has been recently used, uncertainties have arisen about whether that is where he actually lives. Young also owns a second home nearby on Central Avenue that he said he purchased about 10 years ago after drug dealers threatened his family for informing police about their illegal activities. He has owned the Madison Street home since 1978. On Thursday, he showed reporters the inside of his refrigerator, bedroom closets and undergarment drawers within both houses. At the conclusion of a budget hearing at City Hall on Tuesday, WBAL investigative reporter Jayne Miller tried to ask the Council president some questions about his residence, to which he replied, “I have a meeting to go to” and refused to schedule a later time for an interview. Young’s spokesman, Dennis Edwards told Miller, “Like I told you before, the Council president is not going to talk to you” but answered “yes” when asked if Young lives on Madison Street. “I made the decision to split my time between the two homes in an attempt to protect my family,” Young said in a statement released Wednesday. “I don’t understand why certain people are harassing me. I only want to serve the citizens of Baltimore.”

jurisdictions. Census numbers are also used in other ways. For example, the Census Bureau produces about 100 surveys a year based on census data; companies use housing and income figures to locate ideal consumers; and nonprofit organizations look at the data to determine important statistics in their communities when applying for grants. While census takers battle low response rates in rural and urban communities, they will also have to deal with

“This is the push. We use this day to rally people, encourage and remind them to fill out the 2010 census form so that someone won’t have to show up and knock on their doors after May 1.”
about half the state still needs to answer the 10-question survey as of Wednesday. Census Bureau and Maryland officials expect a wave of forms to return after April 1 because there is usually an uptick from residents waiting until Census Day to send back their forms, said Jane Traynham, manager of the Maryland State Data Center. Traynham predicted there will be a big effort from the counties to encourage communities with low response rates after the first week of April. That’s because the count counts: A community’s population count will determine the area’s legislative and congressional representation and serves as a major factor in the allocation of federal funds to suspicious residents who consider census questions intrusive and unconstitutional. “They are asking questions that are private. And oftentimes [the government] uses the information for purposes that it’s not intended for,” Boda said. “Race and ethnicity are irrelevant and information the government doesn’t need.” The only necessary question, Boda said, is the one that pertains to how many people are living in the household. The Census Bureau said it plans to follow up several times if questions are left unanswered or an occupied household fails to respond. It’s important that every person living in your household is counted as of April 1, said Ballinger. But even then, it’s not too late.

Marshall College Fund to Host 3rd Awards Ceremony
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) embodies many of the same principles that its storied namesake exuded. Through preparing aspiring youths and helping them gain access to college, the Fund has become a staple across the nation in several Black communities. On April 7, the Fund and the Baltimore Host Committee will present the city’s third annual Awards of Excellence reception at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. This year’s winners will include Brian G. Kim, associate judge of the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County; Ava E. Lias-Booker, a partner at McGuireWoods; Ackneil Muldrow II , CEO of Parker Muldrow & Associates and Dr. Levi Watkins, professor of surgery and associate dean at the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Heart & Vascular Institute among others. Award winners are chosen based upon the TMCF’s belief that they have exemplified Justice Thurgood Marshall’s commitment to justice, education and civil rights or exceeded excellence in their chosen fields. Adding to what should already be an extraordinary night will be keynote speaker and Marshall’s son, John Marshall. While continuing to fulfill the legacy of his famed father, Marshall recognizes that the reception not only benefits award recipients but that their work continues to extend the branches of the TMCF’s core beliefs. “There are individuals

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Thurgood Marshall’s son, John Marshall, delivers a speech on behalf of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund at a New Jersey awards reception. who do a lot of work that’s not noticed and not getting recognition in a particular work that is right in line with what my father fought for so much throughout his career,” Marshall said. “In particular civil rights, justice and education – that’s kind of the foundation of the award. The award usually touches in some way in one of those three areas or all three.” “The people who are selected for this award, we see them in many ways as role models certainly in their respected fields but also for what they stand for and what they’ve achieved,” Marshall added. “They help to show the importance of the fund through their work and their support of it and how it makes it a difference.” For the last 23 years, the TMCF has been making an astonishing difference in several lives. Established with Marshall’s permission in 1987 by Dr. Joyce Payne, the fund was set up to assist the 47 historically Black college universities (HBCUs) and their students. Since its exception, the TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in scholarships and has enabled more than 18,000 students to attend HBCUs. With a vast number of collegiate success stories under its belt, the TMCF continues to serve as the only national organization that provides scholarships and multiple forms of assistance to the 47 HBCUs and six historically Black law schools throughout the nation and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The main focal point has always been geared towards students, an area of focus the TMCF continues to pinpoint on. “That’s what the fund ultimately is all about,” Marshall said. “It’s about, what we refer to it as the best of the best and the fund helps to prepare the best of the best to be our leaders of tomorrow. The fund does so much in the areas of capacity building, leadership and STEM programs but ultimately what it comes down to is our students. They’re what the fund is all about, their success and what they’re able to achieve and go on and do.”

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Opinion

What Are We Waiting For?
Black community, it’s time for some tough decision making. It’s time for an up or down vote to decide the best way to conceptualize, create and configure our communities for both positive and optimal socio-economic and political outcomes. Moreover, it’s time to time for us to promote and demonstrate by example that “more is not always better;” and that there comes a time when it is necessary to downsize and scale back to salvage, strengthen and support those existing organizations and businesses that have the “best” business models to confront and survive the economic and political realities that are before us. Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges as a community. It is time to disconnect ourselves from the last sequential obsession with the politics of divisiveness and whatever relative triviality that dominates our conversation. Given the present economic realities, one can only ponder why there have not been more mergers of Black not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, colleges, churches and businesses in the Baltimore region in particular, and across the nation in general. News headlines appear each and every day about the dire and precipitous decline of Black businesses, historically Black colleges (HBCUs), and not-for-profit organizations. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude

Richard Rowe

“What are we waiting for, the waving of a magic wand by our first Black president, Mr. Barack Obama? Let’s hope not.”
that the Black community has adopted a “more is better” approach to address its present conditions. If we really looked critically at our situation and removed our emotions and egos from the equation, we would realize that we have far too many businesses, churches, colleges and not-for-profit organizations that are on life support and whose days are numbered. We would realize that far too many of these “life-sustaining” institutions are duplicating services; that they seldom collaborate with one another on any major projects; and, that they are led by individuals that appear to be trapped in a “Darwinian” matrix of “survival of the fittest/biggest” and of “going it along” at all cost, which, by the way, is a recipe for romantic, symbolic and specious trappings of Black progress. One would think that when most American cities and states have and are experiencing the worst recession ever recorded since the Great Depression, there would be a movement in the Black community towards greater group solidarity and intra-group collaboration; and, that we would engage in serious dialogue, discussions and debates about our socio-economic and political fate – both locally and nationally – and how we should proceed in developing cooperative/collaborative business models. One would also think that we would be having serious conversations about figuring out, once and for all, how to create a pool of assets (our own) to fund our institutional needs, and to develop the infrastructure to truly maintain those life-giving and life-sustaining institutions in our community that promote and sustain intra-group support and solidarity.

Maybe it’s time for Black economists, business leaders, demographers, urban planners and social scientists to revisit and advance the sociological prescriptions highlighted in Dr. W.E.B. DuBois’ classic work, The Philadelphia Negro (1899); or the urban analysis by Harvard’s preeminent scholar, William Julius Wilson in his recent book, More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (2009); or the theories examined in Roger Waldinger’s Still the Promised City (1996). It is clear that we need to do something, or the Black community will find itself reacting to the avalanche of social and economic policies that will reflect a myopic and debilitating vision that maintains the notion of conditioned expectations and the “arrogance of dominance” by a select few. Again, Black community, it’s time for some tough decision making. What are we waiting for, the waving of a magic wand by our first Black president, Mr. Barack Obama? Let’s hope not. Richard A. Rowe writes from Maryland. Send feedback to rrowe84@aol.com.

Letters to the Editor
Naming Ourselves Here I am answering my census question and asking myself, “When will we name ourselves?” After slavery, we accepted whatever names they called us. As years went by, we became known as Negroes and colored people. In the ‘60s, we asked ourselves, are we colored people, Negro or Black? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau will be asking Black America, “Are you Negro, Black, or African American?” Granted, the census is about counting heads so that the government can distribute monies to the states, but WHO ARE WE? Our people possess various degrees of DNA from Africa, Native America, Europe and Asia, thus we have a large spectrum of hues that represent us. This mixture changes daily. Is color enough to describe ourselves? Does our food and music alone define us? What name would fit a people like us? It took time to create us, so we should take some time to name ourselves. The process of naming a new people was normal on the African continent, but in North America, the removal of our names and the resulting continuing confusion about who we are, maintains our color obsession, an obsession that has its roots in slavery. We need to address this! Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” This idea of naming can take root as demonstrated by my 9-year-old niece, when asked by her teacher, “What are you?” She stated, “I am not Black or African American, I am nameless. But we are working on it.” This was her response after hearing me speak at a book signing. I did not think that she was even listening. So, as we evolve, should we remove references of color from our lives? For the sake of our children, let us name ourselves, sooner, rather than later. Ronald Deloach Antioch, Calif. Political Parties are Managed by Party Members In reply to the letter from McNair Taylor complaining about those who register as Independents instead of with one of the established parties and then are denied a vote in primary elections, here’s the reasoning: Political parties are formed by and then joined by persons of like political beliefs. It’s like a club, or any other organization which correctly limits the voting for its officers to those who are its legitimate members. Coincidence? How would you like it if while your organization was holding its election, supposedly among its members, that some stranger would walk in and cast a vote? If you don’t agree with the beliefs or any established party, then don’t meddle in any party’s affairs. Either establish your own party with like-minded voters, or wait until the General Election. But don’t be an outsider meddling in the affairs of established parties. Harry E. Bennet Jr. Baltimore, Md. African-American Struggle Being Militantly Besmirched Proponents of gay marriage claim the struggle of homosexual couples to marry compares to the African American’s struggle to obtain equal rights through the 1960s. Should anyone compare the homosexuals’ fight to the AfricanAmerican experience? With malice toward none, I respectfully answer that question, “No.” Being an African American, I am offended by this assertion. Being African American at or before 1968 meant facing egregiously difficult conditions of existence. A separation of the races, formally called segregation, was present in employment, parks, water fountains, restaurants, bathrooms, transportation, churches, schools, playgrounds, marriages, and various other areas of daily life. Beatings, hangings and other various mistreatments of African Americans because of ethnicity went unpunished and largely ignored. I find it appalling that anyone would compare 400 years of slavery, oppression, torture and being defined by one’s skin tone to homosexuals’ experience. Homosexuals are in fact protected from these egregious injustices unlike my African-American ancestors, further contrasting our differences. Simply, marriage is an institution that is available to anyone that satisfies certain legal qualifications such as age. Qualifications based on race are discriminatory and wrong; whereas qualifications based on the gender of the parties involved is not only relevant, but sensible. I was born with my skin tone, and I will always be African American. Homosexuals however are able to change their way of life; testimonials may be found at www.pfox.com. Sadly, some homosexuals have been abused by people in their life. This abuse created painful factors for them, which led them to lead that lifestyle. However, that raw pain can be and has been overcome. I therefore beg my fellow Americans to respect and hold in higher regard the path that my ancestors have tread, and cease to compare their harsh trials with the sexual preferences of a few. Stephen Gaines Annapolis, Md. The ‘Racist’ Citizens Party Whether you call it the “tea party,” “Council of Conservative Citizens” or “White Citizens Council,” the same word applies – racist. They represent the racist Republican Party. Just because they wear a coat and tie and successfully masquerade as mainstream conservative organizations, this appearance is nothing more than a “ruse.” We see that the Virginia leadership is off and running with its discriminatory practices and corporation cronyism. Like the colleges and universities opinion, will the Virginia attorney general make a ruling on the improper solicitation of contributions regarding Clarence Thomas’ wife’s political advocacy group with ties to the tea party? The tea party’s bigoted views, comments and recent actions clearly reflect their racist attitudes. Joan Walsh of Salon.com wrote on March 20 about the tea party protest at the U.S. Capitol. Protesters called Democrat leaders “nigger” and “faggot” – one Black Caucus leader was spat upon. Also on Saturday a brick came through the window at another Black Caucus member’s office in New York. The tea partiers are true racists as shown by their ugliness and behavior on March 20. The GOP cannot ignore their role in the racism because these are their party members and supporters. The GOP is “encouraging” the tea partiers actions. This is why Democrats, both Black and White, must get out (again) in 2010 with heavy voting to counter this racist movement. Walt Hill Petersburg, Va.

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On March 23, I had the honor of joining my Democratic colleagues at the White House. We had been asked by President Obama to serve as witnesses as he signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) into law. While waiting for President Obama to sign the legislation, I thought about the millions of Americans who worked and voted for Congressman progressive change during the Elijah Cummings 2008 election campaign. My mind was filled with the memories of that long road from Iowa to Washington, the hundreds of days and nights working to elect a more progressive government that would stand up for everyday people against the predatory and heartless forces in our society. Here is a tangible result of our success, I thought. This legislation is not perfect, but it is a major step along the road to a healthier, more productive and more humane society. I still believe that the long-term solution to the challenge of providing universal healthcare at a cost that we can afford will be a national, single-payer insurance system — one, in all probability, that will be based upon an expansion of Medicare to all Americans. I also know, however, that the healthcare reforms we enacted this year will be remembered by history as the moment in which our nation affirmed healthcare as a fundamental civil right for all. Tens of thousands of Americans have been dying each year because they lacked insurance coverage. Millions more are suffering, both physically and financially. These deaths and suffering are an unacceptable blight on our national morality. This is why my Democratic colleagues and I were able to vote for H.R. 3590 despite the attacks, half-truths

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and anger of those opposed to reform. I was proud to play my own part in making history. Far more important than my personal feelings, however, are the tangible benefits that the American people will receive. For example, on a staged-in basis during the next four years, our legislation will extend insurance coverage to more than 28,000 uninsured residents of Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District and guarantee that 9,600 of our neighbors with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage. For those who already have health insurance, the new law will improve insurance coverage for 403,000 people in our district — and provide tax credits and other assistance for up to 147,000 families and 14,000 small businesses, helping them to afford coverage. For those who receive their healthcare through Medicare, our legislation will extend the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund from 2017 to 2026. Beginning next year, preventive services under Medicare will be free and primary care, coordinated care and nursing home care will improve. Moreover, for the 4,700 Medicare beneficiaries in the 7th district whose prescription costs place them in the “Medicare Part D donut hole” each year, they will receive a $250 rebate in 2010, 50 percent discounts on brand name drugs beginning in 2011, and closure of the “donut hole” within a decade. Within six months, 56,000 young adults who live in Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District will be able to obtain insurance coverage on their parents’ plans, allowing them to be insured while they build their own long-term prosperity. Equally important to our community, our legislation provides millions of dollars in new funding for our 37 community health centers ($11 billion nationally). These health centers are a critical resource, allowing better care for chronic conditions while preventing unnecessary (and more expensive) trips to our emergency rooms. These reforms – and the others contained in our new law − are significant statements about our national morality. Yet, progressive change in the way that we provide and pay for

healthcare is also a practical necessity. Had we not acted, economists informed the Congress, more and more employers would have been unable to afford the rapidly rising health care premiums and an additional 3.5 million people would have become unemployed and without benefits in the next four years. National health care expenditures would have doubled by 2019, reaching $4.5 trillion annually. In a national climate of unfounded claims and partisan hostility, these are the critical facts of life for all Americans and, especially, for African-American communities where health disparities continue to exact a deadly toll. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act adopts an initiative that Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., and I have advanced in the past. The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities will be elevated to the level of institute, giving it the authority to better address the appalling health disparities that are plaguing our nation’s minority communities. Equally meaningful for me, personally, our new healthcare legislation honors the life of Deamonte Driver, the 12-year-old boy from Maryland whose life was drastically cut short three years ago when an untreated tooth infection spread to his brain. Eighty dollars worth of dental care might have saved Deamonte’s life, but he never received that care because he lacked access to dental coverage. The health care bill that we enacted into law last week will go a long way toward assuring that no other child dies in this way because his parents lack insurance coverage. Morally, as well as practically, our nation can no longer afford a broken healthcare system that forces tens of millions of uninsured Americans —countrymen, women and children like Deamonte Driver —to struggle just to stay alive. We can no longer accept so many people dying before their time. We have more to accomplish. Yet, in our time, the protection of our lives has finally been recognized as a civil right.
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings represents Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Is France Right to Ban Wearing the Burka in Public?
Mona Eltahawy
As a Muslim woman and as a feminist, I support banning the face veil, everywhere and not just in France where they are to vote on a resolution and possibly a ban on wearing the garment in public places [hospitals, schools and public transport, but not in the streets] after regional elections end. I am appalled to hear the defense of the niqab or burka in Europe. A bizarre political in our holy book, the Qur’an, nor is the face veil prescribed by the majority of Muslim scholars. It is instead a pillar of the ultraconservative interpretation of Islam known as Salafism. It is associated with Saudi Arabia, where I spent most of my adolescence and where it is clear that women are effectively perpetual children, forbidden as they are from driving, from travelling alone and from even the simplest of surgical procedures without the permission of a male “guardian.” I detest the niqab and the burka for their erasure of women Over the last five years I interviewed 43 British Muslim women for my play, Sisters, a verbatim piece constructed from those interviews. My intention was to dispel the ludicrous notion that there is a single, fixed Muslim female identity. As a non-Muslim who grew up in Singapore surrounded by Muslim women, I was shocked by the mainstream response to 9/11 and 7/7 which was, obliquely, the polarization of “us” and “them.” Probably the most offensive thing about it all was how few commentators and analysts in the media, or people in positions of power, had ever spoken in person to a Muslim woman. I wonder how many niqab-wearing French citizens Nicolas Sarkozy has sat with and talked to. I imagine not many. Because if he had, he could not with a clear conscience say that “the burka is not a religious sign (but) a sign of subservience, of debasement.” He is right to assume that there are significant problems with the status of women in certain

Stephanie Street

“I detest the niqab and the burka for their erasure of women and for dangerously equating piety with that disappearance...”
correctness has tied the tongues of those who would normally rally to defend women’s rights but who are now instead sacrificing those very rights in the name of fighting an increasingly powerful right wing. Every time I return to Cairo from New York City, where I now live, I wonder what Hoda Shaarawi, the pioneering Egyptian feminist, would say if she could see how many of her sisters are disappearing behind the face veil. Returning from an international women’s conference in Italy in 1923 – yes, we had feminists that early in Egypt – Shaarawi famously removed her face veil at a Cairo train station, declaring it a thing of the past. We might not have burned our bras in Egypt but some have described Shaarawi’s gesture as even more incendiary for its time. And yet here we are, almost a century later, arguing over a woman’s “right” to cover her face. What is lost in those arguments is that the ideology that promotes the niqab (the total body covering that leaves just the eyes exposed) and the burka (the garment which covers the eyes with a mesh) does not believe in the concept of women’s rights to begin with. It is an ideology that describes women alternately as candy, a diamond ring or a precious stone that needs to be hidden to prove her “worth.” That is not a message Muslims learn and for dangerously equating piety with that disappearance – the less of you I can see, the closer you must be to God. I defend a woman’s right to cover her hair if she chooses but the face is central to human interaction and so the ideologues who promote its covering are simply misogynists. I abhor the rightwing Muslim ideology behind the veils but I equally abhor the political rightwing xenophobes of Europe. The European political right — be it President Nicolas Sarkozy, his ultra-right rival Jean-Marie Le Pen (who did alarmingly well in the first round of those regional elections) or Dutch provocateur Geert Wilders — do not give a rat’s ass about Muslim women or their rights: they are merely using the issue in an attempt to win votes. The racism and discrimination that Muslim minorities face in many countries — such as France, which has the largest Muslim community in Europe, and Britain, where two members of the xenophobic British National Party were shamefully elected to the European parliament — are very real. But the silence of the left wing and liberals isn’t the way to fight it. The best way to support Muslim women would be to say we oppose both the racist right wing and the niqabs and burkas which are products of what I call the Muslim right wing. Women should not be sacrificed to either.

wear the niqab are doing that to an extreme. Only one character in my play wears the niqab, but the issue of Islamic dress came up in every interview I did. Azra (not her real name), who wore the full covering, was young, had a job and wore it against her parents’ wishes. They felt that she would be discriminated against for wearing it. She took it off when she went to work because she had to, knowing she was “going to get the reward for the time I was wearing it, making God happy by fulfilling his covenant to me.” She related to me an incident that took place when she had her photo taken for her university ID. They requested she remove her niqab, so she asked for a female photographer. When the male photographer at the adjacent booth asked if she’d like the men to look away, she told them not to worry about it, not wanting to cause a scene. And when he did still turn away, she was touched: “I thought, I just wish people could be kind like that.” France clearly needs to address why immigrant Muslims and French converts are

“I wonder how many niqab-wearing French citizens Nicolas Sarkozy has sat with and talked to.”
Muslim communities. This, however, is not oppression on religious grounds but rather, cultural. And the hypocrisy of what he is doing is surely transparent – he, in condemning what he sees to be a symbol of oppression of women by men, is oppressing women’s rights to practice their faith as they choose. To whatever extent a Muslim woman chooses to practice it, modesty is a central concern within the religion (for men as well, although this is often ignored). Everyone I spoke to who wore Islamic dress did so because this issue of modesty is sacrosanct, and they felt liberated not being judged on their appearance. And those who choose to rejecting western identity so demonstratively, but this proposed ban is not the way. There is the not insignificant problem that it might contravene articles 8 and 9 of the European convention on human rights which protect the individual’s right to a private life and personal identity and freedom to manifest one’s religion. There is no denying that in certain countries the burqa is a manifestation of the oppression of women, but in the west it is nearly always worn out of choice. It is an issue of how a person chooses to practice their faith, and in a democracy we cannot deny any human being that.

Student Motivation is Essential to Academic Success
Many years ago, renowned educator Ronald Edmonds wrote, “We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need to do that. Whether or not we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven’t so far.” Efforts to address the failure to successfully teach all children have taken many forms – including the federal No Child Left Behind Act and the new Race to the Top initiative – and are reflected in Baltimore County Public Schools’ “Blueprint for Progress,” which predates these federal initiatives. I would like to suggest, however, that Edmonds’ words merit an addendum—that all children “do” learn when learning is of interest “to them.” This statement is supported by a growing body of

Joe A. Hairston

“…students’ interest in and commitment to learning had greater influence on their final grades, school attendance, hours spent doing homework, and standardized test scores than their IQs did.”
earning certain grades, winning scholarships, preparing for college or careers – are students who will be most successful. We live in a world with no limits except those we impose upon ourselves. So many things that we have never envisioned – men walking on the moon, an African American being elected president, instantaneously accessing virtually any information, anywhere, anytime – have come to pass. The truth is that there are no longer any limits. We should all work together to ensure that our young people know any goal is within their reach. Joe A. Hairston, Ed.D., is the superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, the 26th largest school district in the nation.

evidence that shows, for example, that students who set goals for themselves and use self-directed learning strategies perform better academically. An article in a 2005 issue of the Psychological Science journal, for example, underscored the importance of student’s self-discipline. The article described an observational research study of eighth-grade students. The study found that students’ interest in and commitment to learning had greater influence on their final grades, school attendance, hours spent doing homework, and standardized test scores than their IQs did. While the quality of our teachers, schools, curriculum, and educational policies matter, so does what each individual student brings to the classroom. Students who find their own motivation for success – whether that is self-satisfaction,

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Clarence White displays an image of the AFRO paper created in his honor.

Clarence White, seated, with his sons Clarence White Jr. and Carl White

AFRO Employee Retires after 50 Years
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After 50 years of diligent service to the AFRO, Clarence White retired March 31 amid relatives, friends and longtime co-workers. White began his career as a typesetter at the AFRO and worked as a security officer at the time of his retirement. AFRO employees shared fond memories of White and touted his unwavering work ethic during his decades with the company.

AFRO employees wait to greet Clarence White Clarence White, left, and former AFRO employees James Johnson and Moses Newson

Clarence White received an engraved watch commending his work at the AFRO.

Clarence White and AFRO publisher John “Jake” Oliver

Clarence White, seated, and former AFRO writer Ursula Battle, left, and former AFRO editor Willie Givens

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members hosted their Founders Day and unveiled their chapter’s history book. Awards were presented to sorority members Edith S. Gordon, D.Ed., Elizabeth E. Craig, Reona J. Thomas and Dr. Charles W. Simmons was the recipient of the community service award. In addition to commending the sorority’s founders, the event honored members celebrating 25 and 50 years of membership. Corinda S. Waters was applauded as a “Diamond Diva” for her 76-year membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha. A highlight of the afternoon luncheon was a musical presentation, “When I Fall in Love” by Maysa Leak, Baltimore-born recording artist.

Cardrienne Griffin and Angela Gibson, president, present the 2010 Epsilon Omega history book to sorority members.

Shirley Briscoe, Rita Johnson and their relative, Corinda S. Waters, a 76-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha

Adrienne Stokes, co-chair; Maysa Leak, Baltimore-based recording artist, and Karen Miller, chair, Founders’ Day 2010

Golden sorors Gloria Jones and Margaret Jackson

Paula Tolson, Ramona Green and Helen Dupree

Sen. Verna Jones Rodwell, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Del. Barbara Robinson

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The Baltimore Afro-American, April 3, 2010 - April 9, 2010

Baltimore Businessman to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Baltimore businessman Eddie C. Brown grew up studying the men in the white shirts and ties as opposed to those in the field and factories in his home town of Apopka, Fla. With his grandmother instilling in him the belief that studying hard and staying in school would grant him his own white shirt and tie, an aspiring entrepreneur was born. When Brown walks through the aisles of fellow business moguls on April 14 to receive the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 17th Annual Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards Dinner in New York, he’ll remember those words of encouragement that his grandmother embedded into his memory. He’ll also remember his self-made uncle, who along with his grandmother, helped shape Brown’s mindset of breaking the ordinary and electing to manage himself rather than being managed by others. “I never remember my uncle working for anyone else except himself,” Brown recalls. “That was kind of ingrained, of somehow finding a way to basically work for myself or have my own business.” The start of Brown’s business success began in 1973, when he moved to Baltimore after being hired as a portfolio manager by headlining investment firm T. Rowe Price. Brown became the first African-American investment professional to wasn’t one of the more popular trends. Brown operated as a portfolio manager for 10 years before deciding to venture out and conquer his own endeavors. He founded Brown Capital Management in July 1983 and currently serves as the president and CEO. His storied success earned him Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in the financial services category for Maryland in 2003. The following year he was inducted into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Business Hall of Fame. Brown was also a regular panelist on Louis Rukeyser’s “Wall Street Week” and was inducted into the program’s Hall of Fame in 1996. After Brown accepts the Entrepreneur of the Year Award later this month, he will become just the third African American to receive the honor in the award’s 17year history. The award will be presented by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an international nonprofit organization based in New York that provides entrepreneurship programs to youths from low-income communities. The organization’s Baltimore affiliate was established in 2002. Although Brown will be one of three other Baltimoreans that will be honored on the evening, the opportunity to join Russell Simmons and Frank Savage as the only African Americans to win the award is a feat that sets Brown in unique company. “When they approached me last year about being one of the three awardees for this year’s dinner, I had to think about it for a long time for many different reasons,” Brown said, “When I looked at their list of prior award recipients I said ‘You know, if I’m being offered this opportunity, I’m going to have to accept it.’ It’s not too often at least based on the history that they have selected African Americans to bestow that honor. I consider it a big deal and I’m honored to be selected.” Brown’s recent selection continues a remarkable trend of historic accomplishments for the small town Florida native. With a host of other accolades under his belt, Brown continues to establish himself as a pioneer in African-American entrepreneurship, an achievement that continues to gain national recognition. “NFTE is honoring Eddie Brown for his exemplary leadership, vision and success as an entrepreneur,” said the Baltimore affiliate’s Executive Director Patricia Granata Eisner in a press release. “There could be no better role model for our students in the city than Eddie Brown. He has shown them firsthand how an education and a passion for entrepreneurship can lead to professional and personal success.”
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Eddie C. Brown will become just the third African American to win the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award later this month. be hired by the firm during a time when employing Blacks in the investment business

Hip-Hop Mogul Simmons Still Has Magic Touch
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Throughout his storied career, New York-born media mogul Russell Simmons has helped bolster the image and scope of hip-hop culture. Now in his 50s, the multifaceted maven shows no signs of slowing down. With his new ventures, such as the Rush Card and his Global Grind Web site, Simmons has evolved into a business industry chameleon, constantly reinventing himself. “One thing I, and people like Diddy and Jay-Z have is the entrepreneurial spirit,” Simmons said. “We’re always searching for new avenues. I don’t think a person should ever stay stagnant.” Despite many artists’ short-lived careers, Simmons has sustained throughout the transformation of hiphop music from an inner city gem to a billion-dollar, international operation. But Simmons said he initially became involved in the hip-hop movement because of his love of music, not money. “I got started in hip-hop because I wanted to make music,” he said. “I wanted to be in the studio and at the end of the night say, ‘Yo, that’s a dope record,’ and then share it with the world.” It’s a mindset the Phat Farm clothing line creator said he wishes more Black hip-hop executives would take, adding that people’s measures of success should be re-evaluated. “What’s success?” he asked. “If it’s being rich, buying the big house, the cars and the jewelry, that’s fine. For me, success is achieving the ultimate happiness, which is loving what you’re doing and loving God.” In that process, Simmons became the first major hiphop mogul, bringing the sounds of urban life to Middle America and beyond. It was a risky move at the time, as critics deemed hip-hop a passing teenage fad. But those closest to Simmons say risktaking is a part of the 52-yearold’s nature. “If it’s two words that I think describe Russell it’s courage and continuity,” said the Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., head of the Hip Hop Caucus. “He has the courage to persevere, but he also has continuity because he never stops.” Simmons has also made his presence known outside of business and music. In 2001, he entered the political arena as creator of the HipHop Summit Action Network (HSAN), which was created to “serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other societal concerns fundamental to the empowerment of youth,” according to the organization’s Web site. One of the group’s major achievements was raising

Russell Simmons voter awareness during the 2004 presidential election. Yearwood, who was the grassroots director of HSAN, said Simmons saw an opportunity where hip hop could be used for more than just entertainment. “It was new for all of us, but we knew Russell wanted to go political,” Yearwood said. He wanted to use hiphop as a voice and try to figure out how we could use our cultural expression to form our political experience.” Yearwood sees many parallels in Simmons’ transcendent business career and his burgeoning political presence. “I really believe that Russell, who helped start Def Jam and really got that going from the industry, was instrumental in creating hiphop politics, which birthed the Hip Hop Caucus and that’s now a major institution,” said Yearwood. “He has really been the catalyst in hip-hop for both the record industry and now in politics.” Whether tackling the music industry, the world of fashion or utilizing his public persona to forge political change, Simmons said he finds each facet of his work gratifying. “Being rich is a state of happiness,” he said. I found something I loved and it’s the focus on the work itself that makes you happy.”

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Lyfe Jennings Finds Comfort at Last
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Throughout his life, Chester “Lyfe” Jennings has been through one trial after another. However, approaching his fourth and last album entitled I Still Believe, he seems to be evolving as a person and as an artist. “I try to write a simpler message now,” said Jennings. “I still try to do things that are community based that will be hotter than just some melody. People want to see growth so a lot of times I don’t wear baggy pants and a hat. Sometimes I’ll have on a suit and tie.” His growth is different from many people. Jennings spent 10 years in prison and that has shaped him in a way few R&B artists can relate to. Although he did go to prison, he didn’t fall victim to the penitentiary system that claims many Black males in America. Instead, he used it as a learning experience and vowed to never return. “I’ve always been watcher,” said Jennings. “By watching these people, I saw who they were in life and who they were in their community and I just asked, ‘Do I want to be like these people?’ “Obviously I didn’t because I got heavy into reading and heavy in to clarifying truths about my life.” Now he’s a spokesman for a new campaign, Stay Busy,

Stay Out of Trouble. He says staying busy can lead to future careers. “I’m just talking about the importance of involving yourself in activities, preferably ones that well help the community,” Jennings said. “Whether it’s mentoring, reading to kids, tutoring, going to detention centers or going to retirement homes, it’s important to keep yourself busy.” He says his past led him to start this campaign, but it’s something he’s come to enjoy very much. “I’m not a shy guy and I don’t feel intimidated by kids,” he said. “I always just say what’s on my mind. I never have a set script when I speak to kids.” His experiences can also be felt in his raspy-voiced melodies as he is one of most socially conscience R&B singers in the industry today. No matter what the topic is, he manages to approach it in a responsible way. “Even if I write a sexual song, it comes out like ‘S.E.X.’,” he said. “For some reason I just can’t write about the act. I have to write about everything that surrounds the act. “I think people’s hearts recognize. Maybe the media doesn’t recognize, but I think people really get and love Lyfe Jennings.” What people are getting is Jennings’ therapy—though he says he loves to write for various reasons. “It is my therapy at times and sometimes is just something to shoot for,” he said. “Some songs are not me or not me 100

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Lyfe Jennings’ fourth album, I Still Believe, will be his last. percent, but when I listen to them it gives me something to strive for. They sometimes remind me of things I should be doing that I haven’t been doing.” Jennings’ latest single, “Busy,” has already been released in preparation for his album release on May 25. Although it will be his last album, he says he’ll still be around. “It’s not over, we’re just rocking one more time,” he said. “We’re out here in the community. That’s how we started and that’s how we’ll finish.”

Baltimore Author Explores the Afterlife in Mystical Page-Turner
By AFRO Staff Baltimore-based author A.C. Moore delves into the domain of angels and demons in Even Angels Need Miracles, taking readers on a mystical journey with protagonist Aalon, a guardian angel. After Satan accuses Aalon of murdering a human he’s been assigned to protect, the fallen angel is forced to await news of his fate in hell. However, Aalon attempts to rectify his accusation by daring to rescue the soul he inadvertently sent to hell. Now an outcast among his peers, Aalon transcends the afterlife and travels to Earth to seek the assistance of a defense attorney. “This is an extraordinary adventure into the world of angels, fallens and demons. It sheds light on how they might do battle to manipulate, win or rescue souls,” said Moore in a statement. “On a deeper level, however Even Angels Need Miracles deals one thing I’m certain of is to the author, the book with the theme of protecting readers pull out of this book is was created to be a “quick, values, purposeful sacrifice its entertainment quality.” creative and entertaining read and accepting and allowing Even Angels Need with fantasy and charm.” for redemption. I’m sure Miracles is Moore’s second His first book, romance readers will identify with the novel and is part of an novel Always Room for characters, both human and ongoing series. According Dessert, was published in spiritual in the 2004. story and will “Even Angels Need hopefully ask Miracles” is available themselves a through MooreNovels.com few questions and Amazon. It will soon be – what kind of available on the Web sites of character do I Barnes and Noble, Borders embody when and other online outlets. To facing my most view the book trailer, visit grim moments? MooreNovels.com, or search Could the fate of for the title on YouTube. someone I barely know could ever be worth a steep sacrifice? After all, we all to some degree are sort of connected. While there are several internal questions a reader can ask him or herself while reading A.C. Moore Courtesy Photo this book, the

Entertainment Briefs
Rap Legend to Co-Host Hip-Hop Awards Rap icon Kurtis Blow, most famous for his hit “The Breaks,” is set to cohost the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Awards (HHHOF) in June. This will be the first broadcast of the awards show since it aired in national and international syndication. It will also appear on the BET Cable Network. This year’s show, which will take place in New York, will feature a week of activities leading up to the televised program. Among the events will be several community outreach projects, a VIP reception, artist parties and programs honoring industry pioneers and New York City leaders. The week will end with the unveiling of the Manhattan Home of the HipHop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex, which will introduce over 120 jobs to the community, according to a press release. The new museum is expected to generate an estimated $400 million in revenue. For more information about the HHHOF and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex, visit HipHopHoF.TV. Beyoncé’s ‘Heat’ Turns Big Profit After dominating radio waves, the big screen and the fashion world, Beyoncé has laid her stake in the perfume industry, releasing her signature scent, Heat, to the masses. In just over one month, the perfume, which comes in a sloping crimson-colored bottle with gold accents, has reached sales exceeding $3 million, according to BlackAmericaWeb.com. In March, the singer sold 72,000 bottles of the perfume in just one hour while signing autographs in New York, Women’s Wear Daily reported. But Beyoncé is not the only celebrity to venture into the world of beauty and perfumes. Queen Latifah, Kim Kardashian and Halle Berry are also promoting their own fragrances at stores nationwide. In other Beyoncé news, representatives for the Texasborn star have denied recent Internet rumors that she and husband Jay-Z are pregnant with their first child. India Arie Slams Lady Gaga Video Known for her deep, soul-searching lyrics and guitar-laden hits, Grammynominated singer India. Arie has based her career on socially conscious, uplifting music. In several postings on her Twitter page, the Atlanta-based singer slammed Lady Gaga, a flamboyant pop star, for her latest video for “Telephone,” which also features Beyoncé. “I agree gaga is being her image . . . I dig her creative mind But still . . . There’s a such thing as socially irresponsible (sic),” the singer tweeted. She added, “I respect the creative mind but disagree with the ‘choices’ as a dish meant to be served for mass consumption... Crazy to me that the Dark, underbelly, shock at all cost thing is a TREND like asymmetrical hair and big shoulder jackets. Slippery slope!”

Buddies Travel Back to the ‘80s in Raunchy Road Comedy
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO
If the ostensible objective of each generation of raunchy road comedies is to up the ante in terms of debauchery, then Hot Tub Time Machine definitely deserves to be given its due, since this relentlessly vulgar exercise in depravity easily outdoes many of the earlier examples of the shock genre. For instance, remember that moment in There’s Something about Mary (1998) where Cameron Diaz mistakes semen for hair gel? Well, now you better brace yourself for the sight of a guy messily ejaculating all over the face of one of his buddies. Or how about the Oedipal overtones of Back to the Future (1985), in which Michael J. Fox found himself fending off his own mother’s advances? By contrast, in this case we have a character, who travels back in time to watch himself being conceived by his naked mom during a drunken one-night stand? The movie also makes an allusion to more recent “teensploits,” such as The Hangover (2009), which featured a convicted sex offender molesting a missing infant. Here, we have incest instead of pedophilia, with a man erotically massaging his grown son’s private parts. This sort of tasteless fare proves to be par for the course in Hot Tub Time Machine, a cinematic sign of the imminent collapse of Western civilization. Directed by Steve Pink (Accepted), the movie stars John Cusack, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry as best friends, each in the midst of a midlife crisis. At the point of departure, we learn that Adam (Cusack) has just been dumped by his girlfriend; Nick’s (Robinson) controlling wife (Kellee Stewart) is cheating on him; and clinically-depressed Lou (Corddry) feels he has nothing to live for between his alcoholism and erectile dysfunction. So, Adam and Nick decide to try to cheer up their pal by planning a vacation getaway

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Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry and John Cusack star in Hot Tub Time Machine.
to the same ski resort which served as the site of their sordid sexual conquests during the lost glory days they all so sorely miss. And for good measure, they bring along Adam’s video-game-addicted nephew (Clark Duke), an agoraphobic who needs to get out of the basement. Soon after their arrival at the Silver Peaks Lodge, the buddies find themselves magically deposited in 1986 for a second go-round as bawdy bachelors, courtesy of an electrical short circuit of the hot tub they’re marinating in. The story doesn’t bother to offer a plausible scientific explanation for this astounding development, nor as to why our heroes suddenly look young again to everyone other than each other. However, they do determine that they really have been teleported back a quarter of a century by asking someone whether Michael Jackson is Black or White. That line might have been funny were the “Prince of Pop” still alive. But it goes

over like a lead balloon in the wake of his recent passing. Other questionable skits which should have hit the cutting room floor include projectile vomiting on a defenseless squirrel, an adult prompting a child to share his Ritalin, and a running joke about how the ski lodge’s bellboy (Crispin Glover) lost his arm in an accident. Nonetheless, in essence, this sleazy flick is a titillating, homoerotic fantasy masquerading as a nostalgic, male-bonding opportunity. Watch as the latent lads indulge their every forbidden fantasy in a drug- and alcohol-fueled stupor until the clueless custodian (Chevy Chase) finally figures out how to reverses the effects of the faulty hot tub. A kinky cross of Caligula and Back to the Future.

Rated R for nudity, graphic sexuality, crude humor, drug use and pervasive profanity. Running time: 99 Minutes Distributor: MGM

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By Rosa Pryor
Hello, everyone. While I am talking to you, I’ll be packing my suitcases. Shorty, my boo-boo, and I will be driving to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to board the Island Princess Ship traveling to the Panama Canal, Aruba, Cristobal, Limon and Ocho Rios. We are leaving April 7 for 14 days. I’ll miss you all so much. Such dirty work, but somebody has to do it. Before I leave, I want to talk to you about a few things. I want you to check out these restaurants and clubs and let me know what you think. The Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, located 7711 Eastern Ave. in Silver Spring, Md., is now open for lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner, 5-9 p.m. Monday- Friday. The Mansion Inn is in its third century of welcoming people through its doors. Built at the end of the 19th century as a wedding present, the mansion has witnessed much change from its beginning as a country estate, evolving into one of the premiere destinations in the Washington, D.C. area for dinner, theatre, wedding receptions, parties and catered special events. The mansion also provides comedy murder mystery dinner theatre. The Blair Mansion has live entertainment every Monday night with a jazz jam session, hosted by Brandon Combs and the WPG Trio is featured. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the restaurant and hospitality industries as both a production manager and an executive chef. He currently uses his varied knowledge of the food service industry as Production Manager at Howard University. His restaurant is located 4311 Harford Road. For more information or reservations, call 410-319-6227. the music, dance, poetry and humor; passionate poetry readings and sensual love dance performance, complimentary glass of fine wine, snacks and silent auction. The Eubie Blake Center is located at 847 N. Howard St. in Baltimore. For more information, call 410225-3130. Afro-jazz guitarist Jay Lou Ava will perform at Strathmore on April 3 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. The concert will commemorate a pivotal event in South Africa’s struggle to end apartheid, the June 1976 Soweto massacre, in which Black youths were killed by police during a student protest of government policies. In Ava’s words, “We must not forget that there are other

WPG Trio is composed of Blues Webb, Benji Porecki and Gary Granger. They have been together since 1998. The three bring a tight-knit, energetic, vital unit to the stage and have been wowing audiences around the world. They are the house band and head up the jazz jam session every Monday night at the Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant. Chef Mac’s Louisiana Cuisine is owned and operated by Maclonza Lee who has over 30 years of experience in the food service industry. One of his major specialties, Louisiana cuisine, especially gumbos and Creole dishes, draws on his roots as a native of Alexandria, La. As a teenager, he worked in the kitchens of a variety of food establishments in Hannibal and St. Louis, Mo., and Quincy, Ill. From there, he gained more experience as a food service specialist in the U.S. Army. He used that experience to open his first restaurant in Hannibal, Mo., Odell’s Barbeque, where he developed another of his trademarks, St. Louis-style barbecue. In addition, he has extensive experience

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Cleve Brister, former Baltimore City Recreation Department administrator, joined by the first AfricanAmerican of Charlotte, N.C., Harvey Gantt, and nationally renowned dentist, Dr. Spurgeon W. Webster Jr., watch the CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. includes Spyro Gyra, Shemekia Copeland Blues, Tim Warfield Band doing a tribute to Shirley Scott, Chuchito Valdes, Juanita Williams with Fred Hughes, Shook Russo Quartet, B.D. Lenz; Monnette Sudler with Bootsie Barnes, Steve Turre and Aaron Graves, Mississippi Heat Blues band and Little Jazz Giants, just to name a few. For more information, call 609-8847200 and tell them that Rosa Pryor told you or you can go to their Web site, www. capemayjazz.org. Central Library says “Happy Birthday, Billie Holiday” on April 7. The Pratt Library and the Billie Holiday House invite you to a daylong celebration of the life of Billie Holiday. The opening

Chef Maclonza “Mac” Lee is the owner and operator of Chef Mac’s Louisiana Cuisine, 4311 Harford Road. The Eubie Blake Center will honor international recording artist Ethel Ennis in an exhibit called, “Memories of Ethel’s Place,” photographs, films, memorabilia, and other items will be on display, now through May 1. Also on April 11 at 4 p.m. is “Spring Fever Lovefest at Eubie Live.” Join them for an evening of jazz and romance as they explore and celebrate that most intoxicating of human experiences….EROS. Savor

Soweto’s happening in the world today.” For ticket information, call 301-5815100 or 410299-5437. SisterTo-Sister Van Club of Maryland presents a “Blackout Freakum Dress Party” featuring DJ Mater T on April 17 in Pikesville Community Hall, 40 East Sudbrook Lane, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. BYOB and 50-50 raffle. For more information, call Blondie at 410-922-3884. Cape May Jazz Festival Afro-jazz guitarist and composer Jay Lou Ava will perform cuts from his 2008 album is April 16-18 Unforgettable Soweto on April 3 at 8 p.m. in Cape May, N.J. This year’s at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 entertainment Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.

RISING ZION BAPTIST CHURCH
2300 Llewelyn Avenue • Baltimore, Maryland 21213

REV. THEODORE D. ADDISON, SR., PASTOR
“A church fulfilling its call by faith, living, loving, laboring in Christ”

You are Cordially Invited To Join Us for Our 32nd Church Anniversary Celebration
“A Church Fully Committed For 32 Years Proclaiming The Word Of God For The Advancement Of His Kingdom Through Jesus Christ Our Lord”

The memory of the late Robert Clay will be the order of the day when Donnie Clay & Vision Productions present the “32nd Street Plazza 1st Annual Reunion” with an Easter brunch. of exhibit is “Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday.” A replica of a Billie Holiday sculpture by James Earl Reid will be unveiled at 11 a.m. A jazz concert follows at 7 p.m. featuring Lonette McKee, Damia Satterfield, Michael Henderson and friends. Well, my dear friends, it is about that time. Remember to send your press releases at least four weeks in advance to make the deadline. If you need me, call me at 410833-9474 or 410-802-8632. You can also e-mail me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS. I’LL SEE YOU AT THE NEWSSTAND. Editor’s note: The AFRO sends condolences to Rosa Pryor-Trusty and her family on the recent death of her brother, Roland McKinley Pryor. See B6 for Pryor’s obituary.

Wed. April 7th, Thurs. April 8th, Fri. April 9th 7:30 Nightly Sunday, April 11th Services 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

1978 - 32 Years - 2010

Services
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Clifford M. Johnson Jr., Pastor Mt. Pleasant Church and Ministries

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
Reverend Gregory Perkins, Pastor St. Paul Community Baptist Church

Friday, April 9th, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
Reverend Tyrone Thomas, Pastor Charity Community Baptist Church

Reverend Dr. Steve Daniels, Pastor Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church - St. Paul, MN

Sunday, April 11th, 2010 - 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 11th, 2010 - 3:30 p.m.
Reverend P. M. Smith, Pastor Huber Memorial Church

“Thank you for helping us celebrate our 32nd Church Anniversary!”
Chairpersons: Deacon Michael Rice, Sister Erica Cook Co-Chairpersons: Deaconess Irma Beasley, Sister Cheryl Pugh

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‘And Then There Were Four’
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer When West Virginia (316) and Duke (33-5) clash in Saturday’s semifinal matchup, it’ll be the classic battle of rugged vs. finesse. The Mountaineers stormed their way through the first four rounds of the tournament by utilizing an in-your-face brand of tough defense. By closing off cutting lanes, doubling and even tripleteaming low-post big men, the Mountaineers dared their adversaries to shoot from the outside – a feat its opponents have failed at miserably. Against West Virginia’s switching zone defense, teams have shot a woeful 20 percent from three-point range, connecting on only 1783 shots from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers have used a barrage of missed shots to

Duke, West Virginia, Butler and Michigan State scrap for title
fuel their fast break and the unrecognized. But collect easy baskets it’s not in the order you but if there’s any team would suspect. Butler, equipped to solve West located in Indianapolis, Virginia’s defensive will become the first riddles, it’s the sweet team to play a “Final shooting Blue Devils. Four” in its hometown Duke’s starting since 1972. The least guard trio of Jon noticeable school out Scheyer, Nolan Smith of this year’s “Final and Kyle Singler have Four” cast will be all shot more than 38 come the most popular percent from behind over the weekend the arc this season as thousands of fans and have had some will undoubtedly monumental games be pumping fist and in the tournament. Courtesy Photo/Michigan State University waving flags in favor of Shooting from deep is Michigan State is one of the remaining the Bulldogs. something that Duke If any team can teams that will battle for a chance at not only thrives at, but understand what kind the National Championship. lives for. Legendary of support Butler (32-4) Virginia’s “I-dare-you-toDuke head coach Mike will receive Saturday shoot” defensive style, Duke Krzyzewski does a great job night it’s the Spartans (28will have its chances. of instilling discipline in his 8). Michigan State’s “Final The Butler vs. Michigan clubs but also has stamped in Four” run last year ended his players minds to fire away State matchup is more of more than 80 miles away a popularity contest, so to at will. And that’s a good from their campus against speak; the well known vs. thing because against West North Carolina in the title game at Detroit’s Ford Field. Michigan State is well aware of what they’ll be up against this weekend and they should be. Head coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans have reached the “Final Four” six times over the last 12 seasons. Izzo doesn’t seem to be affected by early departures or years of adjusting to new talent on the fly; he simply wins with whatever crew of players that walk through his door. Izzo will be gunning for his second title this decade and another championship would cement his legacy as well as Michigan State’s as one of the top coaches and programs of the modern era. But Butler is beginning to create a legacy of its own. The Bulldogs are currently riding a 24-game win streak – the longest of any team in the Final Four– and haven’t won less than 26 games since the 2005-2006 season. The upending of one and twoseeded Syracuse and Kansas State have made 31-year-old head coach Brad Stevens a top candidate as one of the best young coaches in college basketball. Add in Stevens’ collection of gritty and hardnosed players and Butler more than makes up for its lack of popularity as one of the better teams in the nation. The 2010 NCAA Tournament has been a wild and wacky ride for much of the last few weeks. With a host of Goliaths slain and droughts ended, a descent upon downtown Indianapolis this weekend is the last stop in the quest for a championship trophy. With two games remaining and four highly touted and talented teams, the best of March Madness has yet to come.

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Star Power Takes Backseat to Parity in ‘Final Four’
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer
Wow! I definitely didn’t see that one coming. Who would’ve thought my handpicked Kentucky Wildcats would’ve shot themselves out of the tournament with a 4-for32 three-point display over the weekend? With three No. 1 seeds out, visions of an attractive “Final Four” were quickly diminishing. If not for Duke’s win over Baylor last Sunday, we could’ve been staring at a “Final Four” devoid of any No. 1 seeds for just the third time in NCAA history. But Duke pulled it out and now the Blue Devils will have to be one of, if not the favorites to cut down the championship nets next Monday in Indianapolis, right? Well, not so fast. If you’ve been keeping up with this year’s tourney, you’ve seen some of the most entertaining and unpredictable basketball that’s ever been played in March and scheduling Duke to just take home title honors is a mouse trap that I’m not willing to stick my hand in. The lack of an overwhelming favorite is actually a good thing but people always seem to find the negative in the unfamiliar. I had a friend (we’ll call him Joe for short) tell me the other day that this is the worse tournament he’s ever seen in his life. Joe’s also a bit of a drama king, but I understood his point. He wasn’t dogging the tourney because of poor play or an overabundance of blowouts (because it’s actually been the exact opposite) but it’s hard for casual fans to keep up with schools they can hardly identify on a map. So while teams like Northern Iowa, Cornell and Saint Mary’s were “dancing” and advancing, Joe was steadily stewing and boo-hooing. Once Kentucky, Ohio State and Kansas State were ushered out of the “Big Dance” over the weekend, Joe really went crazy. He then went on to dog this year’s crop of “Final Four” teams due to their lack of top seeding without even bothering to recognize reality. This year’s “Final Four” — Michigan State, Butler, West Virginia and Duke— may

Baylor’s Griner Overshadows ‘Big Dance’
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor There may be just as many, if not more folks tuning into the Women’s “Final Four” as there will be for the men’s final games this weekend, thanks in large part to Baylor freshman star Brittney Griner. It’s not very often we find more star-power coming from the women’s side of college basketball, but it’s even more uncommon to witness a woman with Griner’s talent. The 6-foot-8-inch freshman sensation made a gamewinning shot to lead the No. 4 seed Baylor Lady Bears to a 51-48 win against the No. 2 seeded Duke Lady Blue Devils on March 29 during the “Elite 8” round. Her double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds helped Baylor advance to its first “Final Four” appearance since winning the national title in 2005. But Griner’s ability to help win games isn’t what’s made her name a staple in sports headlines— it’s her ability to completely dominate the hardwood court that has common sports fans so intrigued. Griner, a native of Houston, recorded an outstanding nine blocks in Baylor’s win over Duke Monday night, giving her a new NCAA record of 36 total blocks during the NCAA Tournament. She had set a new NCAA record of most blocks in a single game earlier in the tournament when she recorded 14 blocks in the second round against Georgetown. In the eyes of many basketball experts, she’s the most dominant defensive player to man the paint since NBA legend Bill Russell. But if you ask Griner, swatting balls into the nearest crowd should come natural for someone of his her stature. “I think it’d be kind of funny, being 6-foot-8 and not having any blocks at all,”

not be the power quartet that most fans were hoping for, but a closer look reveals that this is probably the best scenario we common-folk fans could’ve gotten. All four teams began the year ranked in the top 10 of ESPN/USA Today’s preseason rankings. And Michigan State (No. 2 ranking), Duke (No. 8 ranking), West Virginia and Butler (No. 9 and 10) all solidified their preseason rankings with outstanding seasons and a combined 108-23 regular season record. Aside from Michigan State, all three schools won their conference tournaments and although there isn’t an Evan Turner or a John Wall left to hug the spotlight, the coaching star power more than makes up for the lack of superstar recognition. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, West Virginia’s Bob Huggins and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski are some of the best coaches in any sport at any level and even Butler’s Brad Stevens is young enough, 31, to be considered as one of better up-and-coming coaching prodigies. Could we have gotten a more attractive set of “Final Four” teams? Probably. Are we going to miss the TV coverage of some of the nation’s brightest stars? Maybe. Will we still receive a competitive championship weekend? Absolutely. When Kentucky fell last Saturday I had to sit back and rethink what was actually going on. With all the favorites on summer vacation, this tourney is now anybody’s to win. Sure, I would’ve loved to see a predominantly freshmen-led team conquer the unlikely, but this is what the NCAA committee had in mind when they created this whole one-game elimination tournament thing. “March Madness” is based more upon parity amongst schools rather than prestigiousness and although there is no Syracuse, Kansas or Kentucky left to pencil into your printed bracket, the upcoming weekend is wide open for even the most unlikely champions to be crowned. And as unattractive as the circumstances may be, even a guy like Joe should be able to appreciate that.

Baylor freshman Brittney Griner dunks and blocks shots better than any other woman in the nation, making her the biggest star in the NCAA Tournament.

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said Griner, who fits an 18 in men’s shoe size and has a wingspan that extends 86 inches long, in a post-game statement. “It’s kind of second nature. I just see the shot, go up there and try to grab it or throw it out of bounds.” Griner’s unique physical ability gives her an advantage on offense, too. It didn’t surprise many when she became the seventh woman in NCAA history to dunk during a basketball game, joining the likes of former college star Candace Parker, who still remains the only woman to dunk during the NCAA Tournament (did so twice in ’05). But even Parker would admit she can’t dunk like the Baylor freshman. It’s become a tradition for some Baylor fans to rush to games early to watch Griner during warmups as she puts on a dunking display, jamming down onehand dunks, two-hand slams, and 360 rim-rattlers. But it wasn’t long ago that

Griner’s physical advantage put her in a negative light. Griner was ejected from a game earlier in March after punching Texas Tech player Jordan Barncastle in the face, breaking her nose. Griner’s punch came after the two got tangled up on a hard foul called against Barncastle. Griner expressed an apology, served a two-game suspension, and returned just in time for the NCAA Tournament. She used her physical talent uniquely again on Monday night when she joined 6-foot-2-inch teammate Mariah Chandler to hoist their coach up to cut down the basketball nets in celebration of their “Final Four” appearance. “I never had players tall enough to lift me to cut the nets, so that’s a first,” said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey. With a talent like Griner, there may be many more firsttime achievements to come.

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‘God Belongs in My City’
By Rev. Dorothy Boulware Special to the AFRO With all the clamor of recent debates, the silent nature of an upcoming demonstration will be welcomed, but its message will still be heard. Hundreds will gather in Baltimore on April 10 to proclaim “God belongs in my city.” They will walk designated paths wearing white T-shirts with the message emblazoned in black. They will pray silently and they won’t approach passersby. According to their Web site, this movement is against violence. “There will be no

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First International Faith Center for Women Leaders to Open in D.C.
Founding lifetime members to be honored at grand opening
By Rev. Dorothy S. Boulware Special to the AFRO Tina Frundt has worked tirelessly since 2000, sounding the alarm of the reality of human trafficking in this country, specifically the sexual exploitation of children, which she personally experienced as a teen. The founder of Courtney’s House in D.C., Frundt trains law enforcement officers and other first responders in rescuing and meeting the needs of trafficking survivors. She is just one of the women being recognized at the Grand Opening of the International Faith Center for Women Leaders, 6:30 p.m., April 9 at 900 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Suite 208. This first-of-a-kind endeavor is the “next thing” of the Rev. Dr. Suzan “Dr. Sujay” Johnson Cook, preacher, author, innovator, who recently transitioned from parish ministry to a more global reach. The center is a place where women leaders in all walks of life can be mentored, advocated for and prepared for public and private life — a place for resources and networking, according to Dr. Johnson Cook. “It’s a safe place to find real sisterhood, a place to deal with burnout prevention and bouncing back from burnout,” she said. “We’ll offer field education opportunities, self care information and the opportunity for sister-chats with leading women.” Other honorees, who have already accomplished so much and are willing to share their wisdom with the next generation, are: • First lady Trina Jenkins, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, for her tremendous women’s ministry. • Dr. Thelma Adair, a living legend who paved the way for women in ministry, who is still an activist at 90. • Mattie Taylor, preserver of the Van McKoy legacy. • The Rev. Dr. Wilma Johnson, pastor of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, who built a light center for $5 million dollars in the middle of a recession. • Teresa Hairston, publisher of Gospel Today magazine • Donna Hicks Izzard, business manager for the Women in Ministry International (WIMIN) Conference. “Dr. Sujay” was the first African-American woman to pastor in the 200-year history of the American Baptist

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will gather in one of four sites, begin their sojourn at noon and converge on War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall. On the east side, they’ll leave from Monument Street and Patterson Park Avenue. On the north, they’ll leave from North Avenue and Calvert Street. On the

“There was such a sense of urgency for change in our community that people just wanted to pray.”
debating, arguing or giving out tracks. It will not be a day of public evangelism. No screaming, no shouting, no banners, no signs, no music, no flags.” Young people responded overwhelmingly to the movement which began in New York, Nov. 14, 2009. More than 1,500 believers gathered peacefully on their knees in Grand Central Station. A spokesperson from that event said, “There was such a sense of urgency for change in our community that people just wanted to pray.” In Baltimore, walkers west side, walkers will meet at either 1300 Druid Hill Ave. (Bethel AME) or 2001 Frederick Ave., Charm City Church. The full message will be carried by the T-shirts and the hundreds of human billboards who bear them. For more information go to the Facebook page: God Belongs in My City Baltimore or e-mail matt@chainreaction. be. T-shirts can be ordered on Godbelongsinmycity.com or be picked up by ordering on Godbelongsinmycity@gmail. com.

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Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook is the author of Live Like You’re Blessed and Moving Up. Churches of the USA, the first woman president of the 12,000- member Hampton University Ministers’ Conference and a former White House Fellow, called by former President Bill Clinton, “a brilliant, dynamic woman who served with distinction.” She understands that ministry happens wherever women of faith do their work. “We have women in politics, the arts and sciences, media, labor and law enforcement,” she said. “There’s no limit to the sphere of influence and all women are welcome.”

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Obituaries
Mozell Jennings, 96
Mozell blessed the world with her presence on March 23, 1913. Born to the late Sye and Mary Street, she was one of 10 children, all who preceded her in death. On Feb. 16, God called her home. Mozell attended public school in Virginia. After a meaningful courtship, she was united in holy matrimony to Luther Jennings (deceased) and from this union, there were six children. Mozell was the matriarch of her family. She was affectionately known by family and close friends as “Big Mom.” Big Mom was often outspoken and she said what she meant and meant what she said. She enjoyed cooking and helping others in need. She was loved and adored by her extended families in the community. But some of her fondest memories were spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren. There were three important essentials in Mozell’s life: God, family and friends. She was a member of Union Baptist Church, where she served as an usher and a missionary. Mozell’s kind and giving spirit shined a light on the spirit of everyone she encountered. She nurtured them through their trials and rejoiced in the glow of their triumphs. Mozell knew about personal triumphs because she had overcome some challenges of her own, but she remained strong and continued to share her gifts with everyone she met along life’s pathway. Mozell was blessed because of the long active life she lived and her family is also blessed by the acts of love she has shown them. She will leave a lasting impression on the lives she has touched. Mozell leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Mary Price and Dora Jennings; a son-in-law, William Price; and a daughter-in-law, Margaret Jennings; 14 grandchildren, 29 grandchildren, 27 greatgreat grandchildren, a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her extended families in the community.

Roland McKinley Pryor, 63
Roland McKinley Pryor, affectionately known as M.C. to all of his friends and family, was born Jan. 6, 1947, as the second child, but first son to the late Rollen Hayes Pryor and Annie Mae (Mason) Pryor in Baltimore City. He was called home March 29 early in the morning after suffering a long illness. M.C. was educated in the Baltimore City school system at Edmonson High School. During his term in the U.S. Army, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Virginia Hooper, on June 20, 1968. She died in 1994, leaving him to guide and encourage his daughters. As busy as he was with his own life, he was a part of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America association, mentoring young boys who were less fortunate. M.C. was a hardworking man, working no less than 12hour shifts all of his adult life. He also held many jobs, including working as chemical operator, janitor and airport security. M.C. made numerous friends, both young and old, wherever he went. He enjoyed spending time with his friends at local bars such as Roots and Norma Jeans. His hobbies included watching sports, fishing and traveling. M.C. enjoyed listening and singing music from the classic Motown era and was a fan of The Temptations. He will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew and loved him. He was always a true friend to all and believed in second chances. M.C. was devoted to his family. Highly respected, M.C. was looked up to as a true man. M.C. leaves to mourn three birth daughters, Cecilia, Rhonda and Sandra; two extended-family daughters, Sylvia Dyson and Tracy Smith; six grandsons, Brandon, Bradley, Breyon, Bryan, Jamien and David; one granddaughter, Iyanaa; one greatgranddaughter, Brinya; four sisters, Rosa, Shirley, Maxine and Shirley; brothers, Joseph, William and Bernard; an uncle, Dave; devoted friend, Norma Smith and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Roland “M.C.” Pryor’s funeral takes places April 6 at 11:30 a.m. at ChatmanHarris Funeral Home, 5240-44 Reisterstown Road. The viewing takes places April 5 from 1-8 p.m. at the same location.

Sarah Ann Crawley Harper, 95
Sarah Ann Crawley Harper loved God, believed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and lived a long and glorious Christian life that allowed her to see 11 decades, until she slipped away to meet her savior on the morning of March 10. Sarah knew that to be absent from the body was to be present with the Lord, evidenced by her peaceful transition while in hospice care at home with her daughter, Alfreda, in Severna Park, Md. Sister “Hoppa,” as she was lovingly called, was born on Sept.1, 1914, into the family of John Archer Crawley Sr. and Martha Flippin Crawley in Charlotte Court House, Va. She received her early education in the Bartese Public School of Charlotte County Training School. She grew up in a loving household as the middle child of seven brothers and sisters, but by age 11, her mother died, forcing Sarah to stop attending school to care for her younger siblings. After moving to Maryland, the very attractive and spry 18-year-old found employment as a domestic worker and caretaker of several families. Over a 50-year period, Sarah spent most of her time with Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hecht and their son Carl Jr., with whom she remained in contact. She also worked for short periods of time with Western Electric and as a factory worker in South Baltimore. In 1943, she met the love of her life, Verge Harper, the dashing choir director at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in south Baltimore. After only four months of dating, they were married on Feb. 28, 1944. Together, they began a ministry of service to the Mount Moriah Baptist church, initially as Sunday school teachers. Sister Harper is survived by her loving and caring daughter Alfreda Matthews; son-in-law, Dr. Earl Thomas Matthews; son, Verge V. Harper; son-in-law, Timothy Matthews (Yvonne); four grandchildren, Kia JeNai Harper, Juenara Danielle Washington (Darell), Cherice Nicole Jeffries (James) and Jason Earl Thomas Matthews; two great-grandsons, Noah Earl Thomas Washington and Terell James Jeffries; extended family Michelle Powell and Rodney Brown (Alana Michelle); her “girls” Roxan (Rockie) Caillet, Marie Alston, Francera Johnson and Diseriee Urquhart; nephew Albert Crawley; niece Barbara Crawley; godchildren Bernadette Azzie Lee Barnes, Rodney Makel, William Vaughn Lee and Ryan Middleton and a host of other nieces, nephews, 20436 MDLC Breaking Barriers color ad.ai 3/22/10 11:20:28 adopted daughters and sons, other relatives and many friends. AM

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The University of Maryland Medical Center is seeking qualified general contractors (GC´s or CM´s) to participate in an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), also known as a task order or on-call, contract program. The Work will consist of alterations, renovations etc. of hospital facilities including in-patient, procedure, clinic, support, and office areas; and building, utility, and electronic systems within the 22 South Greene Street complex. The Work will be organized and managed as specific projects that fall into the following levels: CM services up to $100,000; CM services from $100,000 to $400,000; and CM services from $400,000 to $700,000. Prospective bidders must be familiar with academic healthcare settings and performing work in an active, urban, healthcare environment. If interested in being considered for this work, please email us at construction@umm.edu by no later than 5:00 PM on April 22, 2010. When emailing, please include the following information: -Name of company and point of contactApplicable certifications (MBE, WBE, GSA, etc...) -Recent work experience in a healthcare environment -Four (4) references from recent healthcare, commercial, or institutional work -Resumes of team members proposed for this work -Dollar amount level (s) of work capable of performing The UMMC will review qualifications and send out an RFP (Request for Proposal) to qualified contractors the first part of May. The intent is to receive those proposals by the first of June and award contracts by the first of July to align with our new fiscal year start. This is the first part of a UMMC initiative to broaden our contractor base and provide opportunities to the local community. The next phase will include soliciting similar services for subcontractors (mechanical, electrical, etc...) later in calendar year 2010.
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (”HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (”IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to supply Combination CO/Smoke Alarm Devices as needed for various HABC projects. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 9, 2010. No pre-bid meeting is planned. HABC has established a minimum threshold of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (”MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No threshold has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (”WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. The IFB and all supporting documents may be obtained on or after Monday, April 5, 2010 from the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Procurement Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC Bid No. B-1616-10.
INVITATION TO BID The FDA CBER Labs project at the White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Md.Tutor Perini Corp. is requesting bids from Small Businesses (SDB, WOSB, HUBZ, VOSB, SDVOSB) for the new Laboratory and Office Building referenced above. Work includes sitework, foundations, landscaping, cast in place concrete, misc. metals, roofing, curtainwall, carpentry / drywall, interior finishes , fire protection, mechanical and electrical. Drawings and specifications can be obtained through the government website: www.fbo.gov or by contacting Leslie Luker in our office at lluker@keatingnet.com or fax 610-668-4062. Bids are due to Keating Building Company (a Division of Tutor Perini Corp.) on April 29 at 2:00 pm. Please submit bids via fax to 610-668-4062.

CAMPGROUNDS
Lake Somerset Camp Maryland Ground, Eastern Shore. Leave your RV on site all year. $1500 includes water, electric & sewage. Call for brochure 410-9571866 or 410 957-9897 or email us at lakesomerset@earthlink.net.

HOMES FOR SALE
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FURNITURE
Cherry Bedroom Set. Solid Wood, never used, brand new in factory boxes. English Dovetail. Original cost $4500. Sell for $795. Can deliver. 240-482-8721 LIVING LEATHER ROOM SET. In original plastic, never used. Orig price $3000, Sacrifice $975. Can deliver. Call Bill 301-841-7565

RFP NUMBER: B-1615-10 The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (”HABC”) is requesting proposals from interested and qualified firms to provide property management services for certain properties owned by HABC. PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 23, 2010. A

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Quality Control Testing Services-Denton WWTP ENR Upgrade-Denton, Maryland George, Miles & Buhr LLC (GMB) requests proposals from subconsultants for geotechnical testing services during construction of the ENR Upgrade of Denton´s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Testing to include compaction, soil suitability, Proctor, concrete fieldtesting, and concrete compressive strength. The contract period is 365 calendar days, starting May 2010. Project is funded in part b

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LEGAL NOTICES
A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Monday, April 12, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202.

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by grants for the Maryland Department of the Environment under the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. Qualified MBEs, WBEs and SBEs are especially encouraged to participate. Copies of the complete RFP may be obtained from Cathy Lyons at GMB Salisbury by calling 410-742-3115. The deadline for submission is 4:00 pm on May 3, 2010.

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CAREER CORNER
Ombudsman Program Specialist $21.86 p/h (Contractual) F/T professional needed to assist with the administration of the statewide LTC Ombudsman Program. Preferred exp includes advocacy, training and volunteerism. Visit www. ooa.state.md.us for the official job announcement and to obtain a MS-100 (application). Submit MS-100 by 4/19/10 to: MDoA, HR, 301 West Preston St., Suite 1007, Baltimore, MD 21201. EOE MD STATE RETIREMENT AGENCY IT Programmer Analyst, Lead/Advanced 079134 Permanent -Special Appointment Position Salary Range $45,399 - $72,857 (Grade 18) The MD State Retirement Agency is recruiting for an Analyst Systems Development position. This position will plan, organize and conduct systems development projects. Consult with clients to: identify, plan, design/develop/ evaluate and implement new business/computer systems and/or revise existing systems. For a full job description visit www.sra.state.md.us, General Interest, Jobs. This position is located at 120 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21202. Due to the confidential nature of work, the selected candidates must undergo & pass a background check. Office Administrator St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, Inc seeks an Office Administrator to manage administrative services. Administer reporting. Oversee admin and IT support staff .Bachelors pref. Strong computer & organizational skills required. Multi-tasker. Detail oriented. Demonstrated people skills. Benefits/sal. depending on experience. Send letter of interest and resume to jillj@stambros.org or mail to Dir of HR, SAHAC, 321 E. 25th Street, Baltimore MD 21218. EOE
CONDO FOR RENT
2 Bedroom Condo For Rent Baltimore County Address: 12 Mountbatten Ct. #102 Located between Essex Rd & Windsor Mill Rd $850.00 per month Will Be shown next week Section-8 Are Welcome Will Be Shown Next Week Contact BJR Associates 4908 Liberty Heights Ave. 410-542-8118

MARYLAND STADIUM AUTHORITY Accepting Applications for the following Position: SENIOR ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN For more information on this position, please log on to www.mdstad.com under Employment

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF FREDERICK The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick (HACF) is inviting Architects to submit letters of interest to render Architectural services for the siding replacement and all related work at Sagner Apartments. Architectural services will consist of designing and performing some contract administration of the above referenced work. The general scope and extent of professional services requested may include: development of design concepts; preparation of design and construction documents; work write-ups and cost estimates; evaluation of construction bids; inspections of materials and workmanship during construction; notifying the contractor and the HACF of problems observed; and certification that construction is being performed in accordance with the construction documents. Contract form to be utilized for the architectural contract will be Form HUD-51915 Agreement Between Owner and Design Professional. Letters of interest (3 complete copies) will be evaluated on the following factors: Your response to this request for ”Letters of Interest” must provide: 1. Signed Certificate of Insurance for Errors and Omissions that is enforced at the time of submission. 2. A copy of license for the architectural firm indicating that the firm is currently registered to perform work in the State of Maryland. YOUR FAILURE TO PROVIDE THIS DOCUMENTATION AT THE TIME YOU FILE YOUR RESPONSE WILL DISQUALIFY YOUR FIRM FROM ANY FURTHER CONSIDERATION. Evidence of the firm´s ability to perform the work, as indicated by profiles of the principals and staffs´ professional/technical competence and experience and their facilities, 0-30 points; capability to provide professional services in a timely manner, 0-10 points; past performance in terms of cost control, quality of work and compliance with performance schedules, 0-20 points; knowledge of local building codes and Federal building alterations requirements, 0-10 points. Note- Past Performance of Architectural Firm working for HACF, if any, will be considered in the above related categories. This letter of interest shall be received no later than May 4, 2010, 4:30 p.m. at the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick, 209 Madison Street, Frederick MD 21701. Attachments to letters of interest shall be kept at a minimum, standard forms 254 & 255 are recommended. All inquires should be directed to Mr. Rick Gladhill at (301) 662-8173 ext.121, Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. only. We are E.O.E. NOTICE OF HEARINGS AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD MARYLAND´S DRAFT CONSOLIDATED PLAN Under the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), notice is hereby given that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings and is opening a 30 day public comment period of the State´s new draft Five Year Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document required by HUD that sets out overall Statewide goals and priorities for housing, community development, and economic development activities. Special emphasis is given under the Plan to provide assistance for extremely low-, low, and moderate-income persons. The Consolidated Plan also makes it possible for DHCD, public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organizations, community action agencies and others to apply for funding under HUD´s competitive grant programs. Local public housing authority Plans must be consistent with the State´s Consolidated Plan, and USDA Farmer´s Home housing programs and Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits are also coordinated with the Plan. Lastly, while not directly covered by the Consolidated Plan, HUD funding allocations for the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher programs may be made in a way that enables jurisdictions to carry out their Consolidated Plan. In addition to being a planning document, the Consolidated Plan also serves as the State´s application to HUD for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunity With AIDS (HOPWA) funding. Based on preliminary information, DHCD expects to receive $8.3 million in CDBG funds, $8 million in HOME funds, $608,847 in ESG funds, $357,000 in HOPWA funds for the State´s Rural Program, $575,000 in HOPWA funds on behalf of Montgomery and Frederick Counties in the coming year. These funds are used primarily in the State´s rural areas, as many communities, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George´s Counties, as well as the Cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown and Salisbury prepare their own Consolidated Plans and receive their own funding directly from HUD. In developing its draft Consolidated Plan, the State determined it would focus its resources on three main priorities: Community Revitalization, Expanding the Supply of Decent Affordable Housing, and homeownership opportunities. These priorities were developed based on information gathered at public hearings, housing and community development surveys, census and other data, consultations with other State agencies regarding their policies and goals, and meetings with other organizations and agencies interested in the Plan. It is to this purpose that we are holding public hearings - to gather additional public input on the draft plan, its priorities, and the State´s housing and community development goals. The public hearings will be held at the following dates, times, and places: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. Caroline County Central Library 100 Market Street Small Meeting Room Denton, Maryland Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development First Floor Conference Room 100 Community Place Crownsville, Maryland Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Fairview Branch Library Small Meeting Room Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road Owings, Maryland 20736 Friday, April 23, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. Allegany County Office Complex 701 Kelly Road Commissioner´s Conference Room 212 Cumberland, Maryland All of the hearing rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days prior to the hearing they plan to attend. In addition to the hearings, DHCD is also seeking written comment of the draft Plan, which will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2010. Written comments may be sent either regular mail or email to John M. Greiner at the address listed below. Copies of the Plan may be found at the following regional lending libraries: the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, the Blackwell Library in Salisbury, the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown, the Lewis J. Ort Library in Frostburg, the Frederick Douglas Library in Princess Anne, and the Southern Maryland Regional Library in Charlotte Hall. A large print version is also available at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Baltimore. The draft Plan is also available on DHCD´s website. It may be found under the ”Public Information, Plans and Reports” link on DHCD´s homepage, www.dhcd.state.md.us. Click on that link, and then click on the Publications link, and the draft Consolidated Plan will be found there. Last but not least, free copies of the draft Plan are available by calling, writing, or e-mailing Mr. John Greiner at the address and phone numbers listed below. Mr. John M. Greiner Housing Policy Officer Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development 100 Community Place Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2023 (410) 514-7191 or Maryland Relay for the Deaf at 1(800)735-2258. greiner@dhcd.state.md.us.

COMMERCIAL LOAN ADMINISTRATOR I (Canton)
This position is responsible for all administrative functions required for an assigned portfolio of complex commercial loans. This is a Level I position; requiring one year experience in a similar setting. A basic understanding of the concepts and terminology of Commercial Loan Administration is required, as is a general knowledge of banking. Excellent PC skills. The successful candidate will have the ability to grasp new concepts quickly, and to pay close attention to detail. Excellent written and oral presentation skills. Drug/alcohol/ smoke-free workplace. E.O.E. TO APPLY: Go to www.1stmarinerbank.com, click on About Us/ Career Opportunities, or, go directly to: https://home.eease.com/ recruit/?id=498298

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HOUSE FOR RENT
House For Rent Located in West Baltimore Address: 3228 Belmont Ave. 3 bedrooms1 1/2 bathrooms Gas heat freshly painted fenced yard, front porch Located near Elementary School $800.00 per month Section-8 are Welcome Will be shown Friday & Saturday March 19th & 20th from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Contact BJR Associates, 4908 Liberty Heights Ave. 410-542-8118

APARTMENTS FOR RENT
Announcing that our wait list is now open and we are accepting applications for 1 & 2 bedroom subsidized (Section 8) apartments. Woodland I and II is conveniently located in the Park Heights, NW Baltimore area. Our leasing office is located in the Waverly neighborhood - 2821 Mathews Street Baltimore, MD 21218. Our office hours are Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm. Please stop in and see us during these hours or can contact us at 410-366-1800. EHO

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Pen Pals
Attractive lady 5’6”, interested in cooking, music, DVDs, good conversation and quiet evenings. I would like to meet someone with similar interests, who is religious, with his own home and transportation. Black female 67, interested in meeting christian male (64-70) for friendship and possibly more. Phot/phone. Write box holder 5325 Capital Heights, MD 20791, Maryland area.

HELP WANTED
New salon opening downtown Baltimore. Seeking experienced and mature nail techs, barbers, stylist and receptionist. Call Damon & Sophia at 443-813-3851 or 410-900-6312 A historical establishment is looking to hire a night time Security Guard. The individual must possess a High School Diploma; have the ability to communicate with customers, employees, and basic computer skills. The work hours are Mon - Thu 5pm to 1am. No phone calls. You must have a drivers license. Mail or fax your resume to: The AFRO American Newspapers, 2519 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 or fax 1.877. 570.9297.

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