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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDITION

JULY 10, 2010 - JULY 16 2010

Prince George’s Scarred by Foreclosure Crisis
County takes small steps to recovery
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Behind the palatial facades and wellmanicured, verdant lawns of Prince George’s County’s suburbia a secret was brewing. That is, until the fragile foundations of the U.S. housing market fell, exposing a festering sore that has since crippled the nation’s economy and undercut the county’s claim as the center of Black affluence. Prince George’s County is the epicenter of Maryland’s foreclosure crisis, and the secret is out. Statistics show that in 2009, the county registered 13,412 of the state’s 43,248 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing. That’s 31 percent. The effect on the socioeconomic dynamics

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of the country has been staggering, observers say. “The foreclosure rate in Prince George’s County has seriously affected our families,” said James Dula, Ph.D., chairman of the Maryland branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and former chairman of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce. “Too many families have left our county due to foreclosure and high taxes which has affected our synergy as a county.” There are many reasons why the crisis hit as hard as it did, but the subprime loan debacle was the primary culprit. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, subprime loans were given to Continued on A6

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From Boston to Washington, D.C., the Northeast has experienced scorching temperatures nearing 100 degrees and even topping 103 degrees in certain areas. The Baltimore-Washington metro area saw temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark and BWI Thurgood Marshall broke its previous heat record, 101 degrees, with a boiling 105-degree peak. In this photo, 7-year-old Ashawnti Smith, of Cincinnati, Ohio, plays in a welcome spray of cool water as she tries to beat the heat.

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By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief
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The foreclosure crisis has left many families around the U.S. in dire straits.

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Varying Personalities Meet in Sheriff’s Race
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer The race for Prince George’s County sheriff’s seat unites contenders with contrasting management styles and experiences. While all six men – Rafael Hylton, Edward R. Cheeks, Melvin C. High, Danny Hall, Michael T. Gonnella and Louis T. Wood – have backgrounds in law enforcement, each candidate has a unique perspective on what role the Prince George’s County sheriff should play. Rafael Hylton said the sheriff’s department is key in protecting county residents and wants to strengthen that position. “The sheriff’s office is the central repository for the warrants in the county,” said Hylton, brother of Prince George’s County Police Chief Roberto Hylton and a native of Panama. “We

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are accountable for the crime that goes on in the county. Everybody wants to hold the police accountable by themselves. We are accountable to the citizens by serving warrants and court documents.” Hylton has been a county resident since 1975 and has been practicing law enforcement since 1977. After 25 years in the police department, Hylton retired only to become a sheriff’s deputy in the county. Like Hylton, District Heights resident Edward R. Cheeks, a retired Washington, D.C. metropolitan police officer, has dedicated his career to protecting the community. In his 20 years of service, Cheeks was able to work his way to the rank of lieutenant. He holds an associate’s degree from Prince George’s Community College and Continued on A6

Michael Steele has maintained a Teflonlike resistance to criticism since he became the Republican National Committee chairman in 2008. And it appears he again will brush off calls for his resignation in the wake of his biggest gaffe to date, his criticism of the Afghanistan war, which he called “a war of Obama’s choosing.” But political observers say he just may have talked himself into a political graveyard. “I think this is downhill all the way,” said political analyst Ron Walters of Steele’s

political future. “It’s probably over because this was probably the best he was going to get in terms of a public position and he messed it up.” In his most recent blunder, the former Maryland lieutenant governor criticized and misrepresented the nine-year military incursion in Afghanistan. “This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in,” Steele said during a July 1 speech in Connecticut. “It was the president who was trying to be cute…flipping a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should be

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In this July 15, 2008, file photo Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., then a Republican presidential candidate, laughs with Michael Steele, who now heads the Republican National Committee. Steele has been chastised by McCain and other GOP leaders for his comments on the war in Afghanistan.

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to release a new fragrance, My Life, and a line of eyewear, Melodies, according to her Web site. Gulf Spill Impacts Texas Tar balls from the Gulf oil spill in May have now reached Texas, according to The Associated Press. The tar’s unwelcome arrival raises questions about the oil spill’s AP Photo reach and how many states will be affected by the disaster. However, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said he believes the state is prepared to handle the spill’s residual effects. “As a steward of the Texas coast, I am confident that we have the resources and plans in place with our Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program to address any potential impact this oil spill may have on the Texas coast,” Patterson said in a statement. While the tar balls were small in number compared to the oil slicks that have inundated parts of the Gulf in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, Patterson said BP will compensate Texas for the damage. “Any Texas shores impacted by the Deepwater spill will be cleaned up quickly and BP will be picking up the tab,” Patterson added. McDonald’s Threatened with Suit Over ‘Happy Meal’ Toys A consumer watchdog group is threatening to sue McDonald’s fast-food chain, claiming the toys included in Happy Meal deceptively lure children into consuming the food and contribute to childhood obesity. According to CNN, the Center for Science in the Public Interest announced the potential suit in a letter to McDonald’s and said the fast food company’s toy related promotions violate consumer protection laws in four states and the District of Columbia. The Washington-based consumer advocacy group gave McDonald’s 30 days to comply with a series of requests, including removal of the toys from Happy Meals, before they file the suit. “McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children,” the center’s litigation director, Stephen Gardner, said in a statement. “McDonald’s use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children’s developmental immaturity—all this to induce children to prefer foods that may harm their health. It’s a creepy and predatory practice that warrants an injunction.” But McDonald Vice President of Communications William Whitman said the company has not violated any laws and the restaurant offers more variety than ever in their Happy Meals. “We are proud of our Happy Meal, which gives our customers wholesome food and toys of the highest quality and safety,” Whitman said in a statement, according to CBS News. “Getting a toy is just one part of a fun, family experience at McDonald’s.”

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Aretha Franklin, Condoleezza Rice Rice, a classically trained pianist, will perform selections from Mozart and will accompany Franklin on several songs from her latest album, A Woman Falling Out of Love. After serving under President George W. Bush’s administration, Rice has worked as a professor at Stanford University. The pianist has previously performed with celebrated cellist Yo Yo Ma and entertained Queen Elizabeth II. According to the site, the performance will benefit programs for inner-city children and the Mann Center’s educational programs. R&B Star Headed to Howard University, Earns GED Mary J. Blige, the goldenhaired vocalist known for her hits “No More Drama” and “Real Love,” recently announced her decision to earn a bachelor’s degree at famed historically Black university Howard University. Blige, 39, dropped out of high school in 11th grade and has spoken publicly about a number of personal issues, including drug abuse, Courtesy Photo illiteracy and domestic abuse. Mary J. Blige The nine-time Grammy winner announced her latest plans during a performance on “Good Morning America.” While she pursues a college degree, Blige is also preparing

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Department of Justice Files Suit Against Arizona
Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified
By David Rushing Special to the AFRO The Department of Justice this week filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona, claiming that its immigration law, S.B. 1070, unconstitutionally interferes with the federal government’s authority to set and enforce immigration Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. policy. S.B. 1070, which A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in made failure to carry told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after immigration documents a Courtesy Photos crime and allows police the Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who discretionary power to detain was killed, as well as her anyone suspected of being brother, Jason. “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted in the country illegally, has video screen, the family chose ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackbeen knocked by critics as plate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the the body of her 7-year-old “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show the broadest and strictest Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just hours ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” immigration measure in in a after his body was found was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also generations. moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesThe department’s brief The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. said that S.B. 1070 will place Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in significant burdens on federal been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years agencies, diverting their when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and resources away from highgrandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. priority targets, such as aliens and Dallas Cowboys players No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, By Alan King The boy remained missing implicated inWriter trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff terrorism, drug Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in smuggling, and gang activity, group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers andPresidential candidate John those with criminal Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale election officials. Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run records. attack on ACORN – McCain’s Avenue. were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes Associated Community “For 75 days, we’ve An Amber Alert – a desigACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing Organization for this law been prayingfor Reform Now – sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the success said children – was issued Friday to be struck down,”of the “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. organization, the head of the after Julian was discovered Petra Falcon, executive AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least group says. the non-profit missing after the murders. director of forms to get of Las work they 11 investigations in protest “This is testimony to the work Juan Pena,paid for Vegas, Nev., holds up a signacross the of the new arrested William Police Arizona immigration law, at the Arizona Capitol in organization Promise didn’t Since to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done a statement. April. do, not Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the controversialBalfour, the missing boy’s steplaw, the state has faced a backlash from advocacy groups Arizona, in and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of and from local, state and federal governments. father and estranged husband She added, “We applaud the victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Obama Administration for tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Southside apartment several standing up to this misguided officials said the only things investigations for fear of a federal Attorney General Eric Holder Hurd said that S.B. 1070 fraud. And the Obama campaign of the after the government. “When this attack started, we hours murders. law and announced that we had reestablishing that has hampered their ability potential arrest. “Arizonians are in a press release from the bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just Balfour’s mother, Michele, has immigration enforcement is a to effectively police org The front argument Department of Justice. selves. And factcheck. their ACORN main for get out the vote understandably frustrated registered 1.3 million new vottold reporters that her son had federal matter.” made by the department is with illegal immigration, “But,” he continued, agrees. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say communities. Officials have nothing to do with the slayings. “diverting federal resources It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson away from dangerous aliens ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” such as terrorism suspects been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent and aliens with criminal votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the records will impact the entire The problem came about final debate against Barack also said that victims or prithat Arizona has proceeded and the federal government country’s safety.” marily because of the would Since a state-specific Obama,brief submitted by “is witnesses to crimes way In a contending the group to createMcCain’s comments, has a responsibility to The department has also SQUARE HIGH ACORN operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 law that on Justice Department, the the verge of maybe perpetrat- be less likely to come forth immigration offices have been comprehensively address requested a preliminary rely on volunteers, with bombarded with threats and ing one law greatest frauds Arizonaof theenforcement in or be cooperativeit pays peointentionally supplants that those concerns,” said injunction – which would ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in this country, ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing the registration. offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims to NOT ON THE LIST BREAD Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no eviContinued from A1 zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying fraud.” Afghanistan. Well, if he’s The Weekly Standard came Most news account neglect to inducing to have her life ended.” the optimal way of handling “is going comments. And, Hurd believes the McCain such a student of history, has right out that ACORN is and asked Steele politicos in Providence, R.I., things. But in a very strange A worker say, he’ll likely charges were politically motivat- point out he not understood that you to leave by law to turn in all reg- survive his latest lapse. sayafter a tenure way that gives him some required received a threatening call ed. RIGHT know that’s “Because it’s lowthe one thing you marked by “gaffes they also fail Ousting the party’s first work and protection because there’s LEFT no istration forms. And ing, “We know you get off She said, don’t do, is engage in a land embarrassments.” organizaAfrican-American chief urgency to replace him—no to note that it was the at 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, war in Afghanistan?” “[Do] an act instances, that first would provide an unwanted matter how grave of a misstep tion, in many of service for the A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the The campaign spawned a country the phony registrations spectacle heading into he made.” brought you love: Resign as message on the answering McCaincommentsthinks those clamorare going forvote ouster chairman of the Republican this year’s congressional just But when Steele’s term to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was voters of calls to his The Kristol camp in his calling to let you know GOP from the usual suspects neces- Party,” McCain wroteapparently races—something thethat is ends in the next six months, Democratic, which is not and isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” less common sources. July 2 column. He added, unlikely to chance. Instead, he will find it almost points, preferring to is misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger Steele’s remarks wereto “…Your comment air more the party is taking him out of impossible to win a reing an embarrassment. nigger, and he’s controversy. “wildly inaccurate, and thanads that seek to link Obama the equation. a piece of election to his office, Walters, to ACORN, thereby to the For no excuse for them,” there’s 38 years, the non-partisan It’s an affront, bothundercutting (expletive deleted).basically are the political analyst, said. “Everyone is You guys his political support. fraudulent, and you need to go organization has fought for said Sen. John McCain social honor of the Republican working around him,” said to “I doubt his Republican McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. friends will be willing and economic ABC’sfor lowjustice “This (R-Ariz.), on Party and to the commitment former GOP Rep. Vin Weber and I soldiers fighting to They’re gonna who hung and moderate-income Week.” The former GOP of theapprove this message. of Minnesota,get alladdedhonto support him again,” 1 BANANA Announcer: eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 mem- accomplish theWho is Barack presidential nominee added, mission that Steele has marginalized the former University of ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” “I think that Mr. Steele is they’ve been asked to take on himself further with every Maryland professor of baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chapgoing to have to assess as to by our elected leaders.” col- gaffe. idiots. Dumb (expletive politics told the AFRO. “He’s speed.” Vast ambition. After liberal ters in 110 cities nationwide, whether he can still lead the Since Steele issued a “Republicans haveYou sort proven he’s a liability in the deleted). Welfare bums. ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. Republicancriticism while advo- statement community organizer. Party as chairman backpedaling of put together a mode of public arena.” Became a guys just (expletive deleted) its share of of the Republican National from his remarks,Madeleine and after operation for this election There, Obama met come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, Committee and make an the a weekend spent Chicago cycle natural resource there is, Associated Press writer Talbot, part of the reaching every that does not put the living wages, healthcare for appropriate decision.” organ- out to GOP leaders, he’s said RNC chairman in a central Liz Sidoti contributed to this branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while Sen. Lindsey Graham little aboutthat he was asked to role,” Weber said. “That’s not story. impressive his plans. all you guys do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. (R-S.C.) added his own The ACORN has train thechairmanstaff. so far up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been as withering What the criticism heaped and baseless as this one. censure, calling the surviveddid ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital engage throughout a tenure bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the presidential chairman’s remarks an election on him in? Bullying banks. Before age five, every room is a classroom. Intimidation allegations your kids die. That’s the best less than two unnecessary, “uninformed,weeks away, fraught withtactics. Disruption of anemic fundraising, business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the unwise, untimely comment.” of Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like banks to issue risky home Forget about paying for hospital organization Kristol, editor mas- questionable spending, loans. William has engaged in of counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, The shake-ups and cringebills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud after staffsame types of loans that the conservative publication and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC caused the financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the reported discovery of bogus founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca in today. hope you all die.” names, such as Mickey Mouse con Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young Hurd thinks the hate calls will children for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ cease soon. “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. 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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. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted

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

ACORN Fights Back

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

“Arizonians are understandably frustrated with illegal immigration, and the federal government has a responsibility to comprehensively address those concerns.”

graph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In her MySpace blog, she thanked fans and supprevent Arizona from porters for their prayers and offered a $100,000 until the enforcing the law reward to anyone who returned the boy case is heard— to enjoin alive. enforcement of the law, Since the the law will arguing thatinvestigation, Hudson – who gained stardom cause irreparable harm. after“S.B. 1070on “American appearing does not Idol,” and then won an simply seek to provide Academy Award forto the in legitimate support her role the movie Dreamgirls – has federal government’s stayed out of the public eye. immigration policy, The Chicago Tribune reportbut instead creates an ed that a parade of cars moved unprecedented independent slowly past her family’s home immigration scheme the Monday morning, pastthat exceeds constitutional news vans, reporters and curiboundaries,” ous department the onlookers. said in its brief. Neighbors stood Republican National quietly and Committee (RNC) Chairman reflected on the Michael violence. Steele denounced theIn fronton Tuesday, move of the Hudson’s however, saying Arizona home, men in heavy jackets and hooded sweatshirts came to was just doing what was kiss the twin white crosses barnecessary to protect its ing the names of Donerson and borders. Jason. is unfortunate that “It “Everybody is and his President Obamasick of going through stuff like this,” rather administration would Artisha West, a former legal battlethe wage a costly resident of area told the Tribune. “Wethe with Arizona than allow all have to stick together. All these state to take the concrete young children are dying, and steps necessary to secure for what?” its border,” Steele said in a statement. “Arizonans are fed up with waiting for the help promised by Washington that never seems to come. The state of Arizona has the right and the responsibility to provide security and stability for its citizens when the federal government fails to do so.” Steele further claimed that the White House was again avoiding taking on immigration reform. “Not only will a lawsuit not solve the problem,” he said, “it is just another instance of hollow, political gamesmanship from a White House unwilling to take the bold action necessary to solve one of the country’s most pressing issues.”

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By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer David B. Wright Memorial Foundation (DBWMF) director and founder Shawnte’ Wright still remembers Feb. 4, 2009 —a date she’ll never forget. That was the day that her husband, David Bryan Wright, a Marine Corps veteran, was fatally shot by three teenage males in a botched robbery attempt. Rather then blame the youth that not only drastically altered her life but the lives of her three children, the longtime Baltimorean established a foundation in her husband’s memory as a means of support for troubled teens. “The foundation was started as a result of my husband’s death and I just wanted to turn a negative into a positive,” Wright said. “I was kind of tired of the community and the students that are struggling out here with survival and stopping the violence. [I wanted] to give them an impact of knowing that education is far more important and we can help them to prolong their life and do better things.” Only two years into its existence, the DBWMF continues to make strides in uplifting members around the Baltimore community through various avenues. The foundation helps relatives of victims of

Local Woman Turns Misery into Mentoring
negative consequences associated with decisionmaking. According to one student, the visit was a success. “I think it went very well because a lot of people saw how violence can affect a person as well as other people at the same time,” said 17-year-old Patterson High School student and program participant Brittany Palmer. “It just helped me realize that everything you do has a consequence.” Although her foundation is still fairly new, Wright admits that her program has made significant strides so far and the plan is to keep the ball rolling. “So far we’ve been able to partner with other outreach community advocates and we’re involved in trying to help and get referrals to teenagers, students, possible students as well as elementary and middle school students. We’ve been doing peer group support in local libraries and different community events. We’re currently doing fund raisers… [and] we’re in the process of raising the foundation money to actually award scholarships for high school students that want to go to college.” For more information on the David B. Wright Memorial Foundation, please visit: www.davidbwrightmemorial foundation.org

Howard Family Medicine Residency Wins National Award
By AFRO Staff The Howard University Family Medicine Residency Program at Howard University Hospital and the College of Medicine was recently named the 2010 recipient of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAPF) Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award. According to a press release, the storied Washington, D.C. university was one of 10 recipients of the award, which is given to “family medicine residency programs that have achieved excellence in clinical practice by developing creative solutions that result in increased immunization rates in their community” according to AAFP. Dr. Richard G. Roberts, J.D., president of the AAFP Foundation, said he hoped other institutions will follow the efforts of Howard and the other schools recognized for their contributions. “Thanks to immunizations, deadly diseases like small pox and polio no longer kill or disable millions,” Roberts said in a statement. “Getting our children immunized at the right time protects them and improves the health of our community.” Dr. Femi Adenuga, program director for the Family Medicine Residency Program, interim director of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the College of Medicine and the hospital, said members of the program were thankful for the award and see their work as a “community effort.” “We strive to give back to the community,” said Adenuga, also presidentelect of the hospital’s medical and dental staff, in a press release. “This is a way that we can help prevent diseases among children.”

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Shawnte’ Wright has started a foundation since the death of her husband, David B. Wright, a Marine Corps veteran, who was tragically murdered by three youths. crime and bereaved family members while providing resources and educational support services for drug recovery and shelter homes. Additionally, the foundation also engages teens with healthy development of life skills and provides several after-school services that help to educate both children and adults The DBWMF will host its second annual State of Restoration and Family Union Conference later this year in September aboard the Spirit of Baltimore. The conference will address the issues surrounding victims of crime that have impacted the lives of families and students. In May, members of the DBWMF took a tour of the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center to expose teens to the positive and

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Compiled By Herb Quarles Tournament Calendar Dubridgettes – Grade “B” Tournament (7-1010) 11 a.m. Call Virginia Eggleston at 301-577-7176. WBU – Individual “C” Regional (7-12-10) 11 a.m. Call Jewel Chapman at 301686-1489. Y-Bridgettes – Open Pairs “C” Regional (714-10) 11 a.m. Call Herb Quarles at 202-723-4407. Kings & Queens – Open Pairs “C” Regional (7-1610) Call Lou Garner at 301894-1141.

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Chess Trailblazer Teaches Camp for Local Kids

Memorial Church in Baltimore June 21-25, leading a chess camp for local children. The camp, open to 41 children in grades K-eight, taught all levels of chess and helped the students improve the skills. The Huber Knights of Valor Chess Mentoring Program hosted Ashley’s “Making Courtesy Photo Chess Champions” class. Maurice Ashley works with local youth as they learn In addition to working more about chess. with youth around the country, Ashley has trained Maurice Ashley, the first and celebrities such as Will Smith, Jay-Z and only African-American international Wynton Marsalis. grandmaster of chess, visited Huber

Tournament Results Capitol – Teams of Four “C” Regional (6-29-10) 1. Charles Carrington, Victor Stewart, Elaine Conway, Carrolena Key, 2. Reginald Chapman, Clara Berryhill, Louis Garner, Daisy Smith, 3. Theodore Austin, Irene Thomas, Wilma Middleton, Marjorie Coleman, 4. Mattie Barrow, Conrad Hipkins, Andrew Ransom, Frances Powell, 5. Carrothers Moore, Charles Jones, Rachel Moore, Virginia Eggleston, 6. Audrey Brookes, Elve King, Bennie Martin, Ann Moss. Overtricks – City Open Pairs (6-29-10) 1. Marcea Austin-Theodore Austin, 2. Daisy Grimes-Naomi Millet. Y-Bridgettes – City Open Pairs (6-30-10) [NS] 1. Elizabeth Wilson-Delores Tolson, 2. Delores Parker-Edith Waters, 3. Irene Thomas-Naomi Millet, 4. Alice Harriston-Karen Pollock. [EW] 1. Ray Moseley-Elizabeth Mosley, 2. Lillian Howard-Bertha Williams, 3. Cornelia Proctor-Bessie Heggs, 4. Virginia Brockington-BJ Martin.

The Capitol Team of Four two session Grade “B” Tournament, held recently at the WBU Bridge Home in Mt. Rainier, Md., was won by the team that included Charles Jones (seated), Carrothers Moore Irene Thomas and Theodore Austin.

Morgan Honors Esteemed Professor
Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey, a professor of English and longstanding member of the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, was honored recently in a dedication ceremony at the University’s Communications Center. Dr. Sheffey, a Morgan State alumna, has been a professor at the celebrated institution for more than 60 years, and is internationally renowned for scholarship and to take direct action for housing. This event will feature free food, games, art, activities and more. For more information: 202-2322915. Remembering Dorothy Height, Mary McLeod Bethune Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial, Lincoln Park, 13th and East Capitol streets, N.E. D.C. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the National Park Service, the National Council of Negro Women and the National Children’s Museum to commemorate the 135th birthday of Mary McLeod Bethune and honor the life of Dorothy Irene Height. For more information: 202-6732402. July 11 Caribbean Sounds 5k/10k Event Rock Creek Park, Colorado Avenue, N.W. D.C. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Join this

Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey at the dedication of Morgan State’s Communication Center

as an educator. She is also the founding president of the Caribbean event featuring amazing performances, helping raise funds for sarcoidosis research. For more information: 202-2628267. July 14 iBlack Networking-Strictly Business Networking Happy Hour Current Restaurant, 1215 Connecticut Ave., N.W. D.C. 6-9 p.m. Enjoy delicious food and drinks and mingle with local business professionals. For more information: iblackhh.eventbrite.com. Paintings Inspired by Banned Books DC Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, 901 G St., N.W. D.C. 9:30 a.m. View interesting paintings inspired by banned literature. For more information: 202727-0321. July 15 Senior Fridays DC Public Library,

Zora Neale Hurston Society, and editor of the Zora Neale Hurston Review. Her name is now a part of Morgan State University history with the naming of The Ruthe T. Sheffey Lecture Hall in the School of Communications. Dr. Sheffey has inspired such students as Pulitzer Prize winning writer James Alan McPherson, presidential speechwriter Terry Edmonds (Clinton administration) and singer Toni Braxton.

Calendar
July 8 Wind Down Thursdays Summer Jazz Series The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Arena Drive, Largo, Md. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join this special jazz event featuring many local artists. For more information: 301324-0514. July 9 Live on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza: National Hand Dance Association Dance Party Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. D.C. 12-1:30 p.m. Experience this great outdoor lunchtime concert series featuring the best performances in the area. For more information: 202312-1300. July 9-11 Hugging Saint Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Va. Various times. Renowned spiritual leader and global peace advocate “Amma” or “The Hugging Saint” will bless thousands. For more information: www.amma.org/ tours or 240-696-1927. July 10 Making Bling The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place, S.E. D.C. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Kathleen Manning, art instructor and author, will lead this workshop where participants will create jewelry using unique materials. $75. For more information: 202-633-4866. Swuav Xclusive Spa Day Private Location, Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In this day of pampering, enjoy shopping, delectable food and tranquility. Spa treatment is by appointment only. For more information: www.swuav.com. Lake Arbor Jazz Festival 2010 Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, Md. 3-10 p.m. Come out and enjoy this evening of smooth jazz and soulful entertainment by the lake. $25-$35. For more information: lakeharborjazztickets. eventbrite.com. Community Block Party: Take Back the Land! S Street, between Seventh and Sixth streets, N.W. D.C. 12-5 p.m. Have fun with family and learn about how

Woodridge Branch, 1801 Hamlin St., N.E. D.C. 10 a.m. Enjoy arts and crafts, movies, book chats, exercise, health information and activities. For more information: 202541-6226. July 17 Reggae Wine Festival Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mt. Airy, Md. 6 p.m. Relax and enjoy the sounds of the tropics without ever leaving town at this festival. Enjoy an afternoon of great music and great wine. For more information: 301-831-5889. Zeta Crab Feast East County Community Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, silver Spring, Md. 2-5 p.m. Annual crab feast includes all-you-caneat food, music and fun. $45 adults, $25 children 4-10. For more information and to purchase tickets: 301-8601885 or visit etapizeta.org to purchase online (online processing fee applies).

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Test of Faith Pushes Local Entrepreneur
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Wanda Childs has reached levels of success she never imagined as an entrepreneur. That’s because her faith in God is what’s kept her doing what she believes is his work. However, it was a lack of faith that almost derailed the entire process. Childs worked for Fannie Mae for over 21 years. In the meantime she’d started selling her own Blessed 24:7 merchandise at Christian conferences on the East Coast, in the Midwest and in the South. However, she said, she had been ignoring a call from God to venture out on her own. “I went to work one day and after 21 years I got fired,” Childs said. “Prior to getting fired, God told me, ‘You need to open up a gift shop. It’s time. You’ve been all over and you’ve had your online gift shop for eight years. It’s time to move this to a store front.’” Childs said she was worried about finances as she didn’t believe she had the resources to pay her mortgage and the rent for a storefront. After losing her job with no severance package, having no unemployment benefits and having a son preparing for college, she just didn’t see how it was possible for her to open a shop. That’s when a chance meeting changed her life. She was having lunch with a friend when a member of the Sanctuary at Kingdom Square came by and greeted her friend. “When he said he was a member at the Sanctuary, I told him I always wanted to open my shop over there,” she said. “He said, ‘What are you waiting on?’ All I could say was that I didn’t know.” The gentleman directed her to get in touch with Kingdom Management, the church-run company that handles the leasing for all businesses in Kingdom Square, and soon after she signed the lease. “I don’t think they ever saw one tenant cry so much,” said Childs. “It wasn’t sorrow;

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Blessed 24:7 is located on the second level inside the mall at Sanctuary Square. it was excitement. I could not believe that the vision God showed me in the years prior was coming true in me signing that lease.” Now, just one year after moving into a 110-square-foot space, Childs is opening at a location over five times that size on July 25. Blessed 24:7 is now a copyrighted, national brand, but it’s not all Childs is known for. She is a motivational speaker and printer; she has her own non-profit organization and is now an author. Her book, Pushed Into My Purpose, is a story about Childs’ firing and rebound as a businesswoman. The selfpublished book has already sold over 2,000 copies. Childs believes the success of the book doesn’t come specifically from her trials, but from her perseverance. “People are attracted to the fact that I fell down, but look what God did for me,” she said. “The point is doing what God called you to do.” Childs fought through unfaithfulness, depression and stress, but is now excited because she’s not only a successful entrepreneur, but she’s also fulfilling what she says is God’s purpose in her life. “I have it straight now. It took a swift kick, but I’m excited,” said Childs. “I put it on God: ‘You told me to come here. Obviously, you have a plan up your sleeve and we’re just going to roll with your plan.’” For more information about Wanda Childs, visit www.wandachilds.com/ blessed_247

Foreclosure Crisis
Continued from A1 African-American—was a jurisdiction headed for trouble. According to a 2006 report released by the Consumer Federation of America, 53 percent all African-American homebuyers received subprime mortgages in 2005. In comparison, only 21.6 percent of White borrowers and 13.5 percent of Asian borrowers received subprime mortgages during this time period. For new homebuyers, the number was even more staggering. Blacks were three times more likely to receive subprime mortgages for new home purchases compared to Whites. This type of predatory lending capitalized on many young Blacks looking to grab their piece of the American dream. “The banks were not very cautious about how they were taking care of the assets they were backing with these loans,” said Michael Cerrito, president of the Prince George’s County Association of Realtors . “In many cases they’d shut off the utilities which would cause more damage to the property and it drove the price down. It made it harder for the average buyer to buy the house because the condition of the house was so bad.” Cerrito also said the number of foreclosed homes reduced the value of non-foreclosed properties in the county’s neighborhoods. In 2010, Prince George’s County still leads Maryland with 6,264 foreclosed homes listed for sale in May. It’s still an issue for the county, but local and state officials are creating new initiatives to keep people in their homes. The neighborhood stabilization program offers county residents up to $20,000 to for down payments on homes. According to James Keary, spokesman for the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development, this has been an important program in turning the crisis around. “It’s a program that’s actually putting people into homes,” he said. “It’s been a continual program even with the [home buyer’s tax credit] ending in April. “Sales continue to go up and the program has been extended because of the success we’ve had putting people into those homes.”

Sheriff’s Race
Continued from A1 has a hands-on approach to the sheriff’s seat. He wants to change the way the sheriff’s department is seen by residents in the wake of several incidents that have plagued the agency, including the wrongful shooting of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo’s dog. “All deputies will be held accountable for their actions including sergeants and lieutenants,” said Cheeks. “People will be responsible for their mistakes. If not, they’ll be out of here and I’ll find someone who’s willing to do the right thing.” Former Prince George’s Police Chief Melvin C. High may have the most relevant experience as the former head of a law enforcement agency, and hopes to improve courthouse safety, crack down on gang violence in schools and improve the response time on arrest warrants. “Many of you know that I have led three major police departments including PGPD during the most difficult time in its history,” High said in a message on his Web site. “By working together and closely with the community, we grew in midst of change and brought crime down. The knowledge and experience that fueled those successes are what I will bring to the Office of the Sheriff.” Also vying for the county sheriff position is Darryl Morgan, a near lifelong resident of Prince George’s County and a 20-year veteran of the Maryland State Police and District of Columbia Protective Services Police.
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Danny Hall has worked in the sheriff’s department for over 30 years. During those years Morgan was tasked with helping to create community policing academies along with new patrol and investigative divisions. He believes the diversity of positions he held within both departments will allow him to positively influence the sheriff’s department. “Producing results that reflect the values and expectations of Prince George’s County residents is my paramount priority,” Morgan said via his Web site. “With over 21 years of law enforcement and public safety experience, I am the only candidate with regional and state executive experience uniquely qualified to serve the citizens of Prince George’s County.” High’s and Morgan’s experience may only be surpassed by Danny Hall. Hall is a 31-year veteran in the sheriff’s office and he’s been a Prince George’s

Rafael Hylton is trying to keep law enforcement leadership in the family. resident for the same length of time. He currently serves as a captain in the Bureau of Field Operations with his focus on child support enforcement, landlord tenant issues and civil process. He says running for this position is just a natural progression for him and not a retirement job. “Everybody else is coming from a primary law enforcement agency,” said Hall. “I have the management experience. I have the education. I’ve been serving the citizens of Prince George’s County in this capacity for the past 31 years. I’m not county police, state police or D.C. police retired and looking for a retirement job. My whole career has been spent in the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department.” Also entered into the race are Michael T. Gonnella of Bowie and Louis T. Wood of Cheltenham.

I was honored when Speaker Nancy Pelosi named me as a House negotiator in our marathon effort to seek the Senate’s agreement on how best to make Wall Street and the big financial institutions more accountable. I also knew that achieving true reform would be a difficult fight. It took us days of negotiation – capped by a 20-hour bargaining session – but, finally, we were able to reconcile the House and Rep. Elijah Senate versions of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Cummings Protection Act [H.R. 4173]. As I write these words, the House has approved our bill [237-192], but Senate approval of our reconciled bill is still in doubt. With all due respect to our Senate colleagues, America can no longer afford to wait. During our conference committee’s long hours of debate, I knew that neither failure nor delay is an option. For eight years, President Bush and congressional Republicans looked the other way as Wall Street and large financial institutions exploited loopholes and gambled our money on complex schemes. Our communities and small businesses have paid the price. We have lost an additional 8 million jobs – and as much as $17 trillion in retirement savings and net worth – while millions of our neighbors are in danger of losing their homes. The time for more oversight and restraint of large financial institutions is at hand. As a nation, we must put behind us the idea of “too big to fail.” We cannot afford any more taxpayer bailouts. After the days that we spent in that very difficult series of negotiations, I knew that we could be proud of what we had accomplished. Consider just some of our more important reforms. Americans deserve an end to the predatory lending practices

The Time for Financial Reform

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of our recent past. We need the protection that our new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would provide. Federal regulators must have the legal tools that would allow the prudent restructuring of “too big to fail” financial organizations before irresponsible behavior could again threaten our entire economy. Those tools should be paid for by the financial industry itself—not by America’s taxpayers. Our economy can move forward again – but only if we limit the types of risky financial practices that caused the current financial crash. Our approval of a strong “Volcker Rule” will limit excessive speculation by large financial firms. Wall Street must learn to operate within strengthened oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission, hedge funds must operate in the light of day, and credit rating agencies must operate under far more penetrating oversight. Shareholders must have a “say on pay” about executive compensation, and small businesses will have expanded protection against unreasonable credit card fees. Equally important, our legislation will help the millions of Americans who now are in danger of losing their homes because their incomes have been slashed in a sluggish economy. During the last 15 months, I’ve sponsored four foreclosure prevention seminars, and thousands of distressed Baltimore homeowners have attended. Black, White, and Hispanic Americans - they all were in tears. As Americans, we must do better than this. I was gratified that the conference committee accepted my proposal for the creation of a $1 billion fund - underwritten with remaining TARP funds - that would provide low-interest “bridge loans” to homeowners facing foreclosure. Our committee also approved my provisions requiring

lenders to notify borrowers of all the consequences of refinancing or accepting a home equity loan, to disclose their policy regarding partial payments, and to inform borrowers how their escrow payments will be applied. We are witnessing the harsh economic consequences of the ideologically-driven regulatory failure of our recent past– millions of jobs lost, millions of homes lost, and a multi-trillion dollar decline in retirement savings. Now, American financial institutions must change. President Obama once reminded us that his election was the opportunity to work for constructive change. The Congress has been doing that work, and, now, the American people deserve the results of our labor. Now is the time to enact Wall Street and consumer protection reform. Our nation has no more time for delay. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Two Lawyers’ Groups Have Reservations about Kagan
Although the NAACP and Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network have enthusiastically endorsed Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, two key legal groups have so far refrained from endorsing the former Harvard law dean amid questions about whether she would be a strong civil rights advocate on the court. That split underscores the complexities of a civil rights community eager – some say George E. Curry over eager – to support the nation’s first African-American president, and the legitimate concerns of some highly-respected legal organizations in a much better position to evaluate Kagan’s suitability to fill the seat vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens, a reliable liberal vote on the sharply-divided Supreme Court. Mavis T. Thompson, president of the National Bar Association, the largest organization of Black lawyers and judges, said the group gave Kagan only a lukewarm rating because of concerns about her positions on crack-cocaine sentencing disparities and her record on diversity at Harvard. Although Kagan is clearly qualified to join the court, Thompson said, “We hope Ms. Kagan’s views on civil rights and equal justice will become apparent during the confirmation hearings. To date, the NBA has withheld its endorsement due to insufficient information to ensure that Ms. Kagan’s views are consistent with the core missions of the organization.” Barbara R. Arwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, said her organization voted not to take a position on Kagan. “There isn’t a judicial record to review, indicating her views on critical civil rights matters,” she told the Washington Post. “And otherwise, the civil rights record that exists is thin and mixed.” Despite that mixed record, Sharpton issued a statement saying, “President Obama’s nomination of Ms. Kagan – a New Yorker who was a clerk for the Honorable Thurgood Marshall and who has shown balance and fairness throughout her career – is worthy of the support of the civil rights community.” It took the NAACP just five days to endorse Kagan. “After a careful and thorough review of Elena Kagan’s record, we have unanimously voted to endorse her nomination,” President and CEO Benjamin Jealous said in a statement. By contrast, the NAACP took nine times as long to research Clarence Thomas before opposing his nomination. Jealous, like Sharpton, noted that Kagan once clerked for legendary Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. But make no mistake about it — Kagan is no Thurgood Marshall. Not even close. When Marshall joined the court, no one questioned his commitment to civil rights. As a recent story in the Los Angeles Times observed, “Though Marshall was an unwavering liberal, Kagan already appeared less so. Memos on file in Marshall’s papers at the Library of Congress show Kagan to be cautious, skeptical and, at times, scornful of those who would push the law too far to the left.” Because Kagan has not served as a judge, has written curiously little about major civil rights issues, and has a record of courting conservatives, many are looking at her time at Harvard, her service in the Clinton White House and her short tenure as solicitor general for clues on what kind of judge she might become. Critics note that of the 43 full-time faculty members hired during her tenure at Harvard, only two were Black and one was Asian. After studying her record, scholars found that of the 32 tenured and tenure-track faculty appointments under Kagan, only one was a person of color (Asian) and seven were women. Kagan’s defenders argue that the law school faculty, not the dean, makes the final decision on hiring. But Kagan supporters can’t have it both ways. They can’t argue convincingly that she

represented only one vote, while taking credit for her bringing in more conservative faculty members. For example, President Obama in his nomination speech said, “At a time when many believed that the Harvard faculty had gotten a little one-sided in its viewpoint, she sought to recruit prominent conservative scholars and spur a healthy debate on campus.” She was so successful in attracting conservative faculty members that the right-wing Federalist Society gave her a standing ovation at one Harvard banquet. On its Web site, the group carries this quote from Kagan: “I love the Federalist Society ... They are highly committed, intelligent, hardworking active students who make the Harvard community better.” Many prominent conservatives have endorsed Kagan, including Charles Fried, solicitor general in the Reagan administration; Ken Starr, the person who prosecuted Bill Clinton; and Theodore Olson, who served as solicitor general for George W. Bush. Those endorsements have raised the eyebrows of progressives. With conservatives holding a 5-4 edge on the Supreme Court, Obama can’t afford to be wrong about Kagan. Other presidents have lived to regret their Supreme Court appointments. President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Earl Warren as chief justice in 1953, feeling certain he would be a reliable conservative vote. However, Warren moderated his views and became one the court’s most consistent and influential liberals. Eisenhower would later say Warren’s appointment was “the biggest damn-fool mistake I ever made.” We can only hope that Obama won’t have to say the same thing about Kagan. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of “Emerge” magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.

July 4 marked 234 years of U.S. independence. And although America’s ongoing “melting pot experiment” is theoretically unbiased to Blacks, Latinos and Muslims, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that hate groups, like the well-armed Hutaree militia, have increased 200 percent since President Obama’s 2008 election. Texas, the former rebel republic and current headquarters of the Guardians of the Free Republic is now waging new ethnic and ideological battlefronts by arming schoolchildren with conservative-bent textbooks that re-sculpt some of America’s most traditional outlooks. In Arizona, new immigration legislation now gives a tacit eyewink for police to round up and shakedown Latinos. And if you didn’t know, the catchy slogan “If you see something, say something” is a discreet way of saying “keep a close eye on all Muslim people.” The resulting rifts over the civil liberties of U.S. citizens and Obama’s recent speech on immigration reform, offer a perfect platform to dissect the definition and discrepancies of “We the People” as spoken of constitutionally and historically. It was German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller who named the Western Hemisphere “America” in tribute to Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci in 1507. As early as 1782 when colonists were still blasting their British kinfolk with musket balls, J. Hector St. John Crevecoeur posed the question “What is an American?” in his famed book Letters from an American Farmer. So who exactly are “We the People” in modern terms and times? Certainly, when these three simple but significant words were first penned in the U.S. Constitution in 1787, the founders didn’t envisage America becoming a vast multi-ethnic society in a world of international laws, where state-sanctioned slavery

The New ‘We the People’
Ezrah Aharone

could have them prosecuted today for the likes of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Certainly, when the ironfisted but seldom-mentioned President James K. Polk swiped an unprecedented 1.2 million square miles of territory from Mexico as spoils of war in 1846, it was never intended for millions of Mexicans to sneak across “America’s” border with impunity today. But as the saying goes, “Mexicans aren’t crossing the border, the border has crossed them.” And certainly for Japanese-American citizens, “We the People” became constitutionally meaningless when Franklin D. Roosevelt decreed Executive Order 9066, which unleashed the U.S. military to mass-incarcerate 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry during World War II. While the malice of the founders and ethnic crackdowns of Polk and Roosevelt do not detract from their “American greatness,” there’s comparative objection from Blacks and liberal Democrats because the new textbooks in Texas place positive spotlights on people like Jefferson Davis and Sam Houston. Based on the outcry, you’d think Davis and Houston were more crippling to the cause of African Americans than, say, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson. If you’ve noticed, however, there’s an overall process at work to politically repackage the image and ideals of America’s founding history. As such, despite centuries of known ethnic mistreatment and “Whites-Only” privileges, America conversely portrays itself as being uniquely constituted with rights and freedoms that were always meant for “everyone” to partake ... as though “We the People” signified Blacks, Native Americans, Latinos, Asians and even Muslims all along. Sure, this promotes feel-good nationalism, especially during these days of protracted warfare in Muslim countries. But the

unedited political truth as cited in Foreign Affairs magazine is that: “For substantial stretches of U.S. history, it was believed that only the people of English origin, or those who were Protestant, or white, or hailed from northern Europe were real Americans.” Although the founders bequeathed a largely-Anglo nation, what they didn’t politically calculate were a few societal probabilities ... That demographic shifts could eventuate a “New We the People,” causing Anglo people to teeter on the brink of becoming a minority on American soil, where “one man, one vote” would become an establishment threat. Moreover, that the “New We the People” could send a Black man to the White House in the 21st century. On the downside, along with secretive hate groups, the “New We the People” has attracted mainstream opposition from tea partiers who openly aim to “take their country back,” which among other things is a coded expression of “ethnic displeasure.” The fact that a group like the tea party has almost instantly become a fully-financed movement of scale is an omen that the “New We the People” can expect continued ethnic resistance well into the future. Celebratory fireworks and barbeques on the Fourth of July masks the nation’s racial complexities for 24 hours. Yet, the much-hailed ideals that the Declaration of Independence proclaims are still nevertheless “A Dream Deferred,” given that lingering ethnic prejudices and political contradictions remain endemic 234 years later ... and still counting. Ezrah Aharone is the author of two political books. He is a founding member of the Center for Sovereignty Advancement. He can be reached at Ezrah@theCSA.org.

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Human Skin Now Used for Breast Reconstruction
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By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Dr. Tom Grace has been performing plastic surgery in Baltimore since 1990, but his voice still becomes animated when discussing recent medical advances. Most recently, the St. Agnes Hospital surgeon’s excitement was ignited by an evolving technique that uses human skin to aid the process of breast reconstruction for breast cancer survivors. Contrary to belief, the road to recovery doesn’t end for breast cancer patients once their treatments are finished. For many convalescents, specifically those that undergo mastectomies, the next phase to full recovery—both mentally and physically— is breast reconstruction. Mastectomy typically destroys everything inside the breast including the nipple and areola and a fair amount of skin in some cases, leaving the breast flat after treatment. Plastic surgeons then try to rebuild the breast to its regular appearance utilizing breast implants and human tissue. Applying human tissue for surgery is a technique that’s been used by surgeons for years via cadaver skin, but recent developments have allowed for the use of donated skin, lending to improved results while minimizing the risk of complications. “It’s a technique we’ve been using a lot since the ‘70s or the ‘80s. About five years ago somebody figured out if we take human beings’ skin or a product of the skin—now it’s been extended that some companies use pig material—we can sew it to the muscle to cover the implant,” Grace said. “There’s less complications, a better looking breast reconstruction and the like. It’s a technique that’s been around for a long time [but] this newer material has really made the technique a lot better.” While most people would chafe at the idea of donating their own skin, cosmetic surgeries such as liposuction, abdominoplasties and others have allowed patients to willfully provide excess and unwanted skin without hesitation. Because the top layers of provided skin aren’t used by surgeons in the breast reconstruction procedure, cross matching different races of skin is acceptable. “The biological material from the skin that we use you can use anybody’s on anybody, it’s not rejected,” Grace said. Perhaps the most challenging part of the reconstructive process for patients is learning their alternatives. A recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveals that seven of every 10 women facing breast cancer do not know their reconstructive options. Although several resources and outlets are readily available, study results suggest women are not informed properly about

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Ms. Caribbean Metro USA Chardelle Moore

The annual D.C. Caribbean Carnival Parade was held on Georgia Avenue N.W. in Washington, D.C. and culminated at the Banneker Recreation Park directly across from Howard University. The festival and parade is designed to “promote cross-cultural programs in the Metropolitan area and educate adults and youths in Caribbean culture, arts and crafts.” The parade included a variety of colorful and interesting costumes and led to the International Marketplace called “De Savannah” featuring food and entertainment. One of the traditional aspects of the carnival is “playing mud” where participants cover themselves with red mud and dance in the street. Truly, a vibrant display of culture in nation’s capital.
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Jamie Wise, Marissa Beach, Jahna Robinson and Bittiah Sam

“We are the Virgin Islands” troupe moves down the parade route.

Parade participants from Sierra Leone unite with other families along the parade route. WKYS radio personality Angie Ang and Will Carnival dancers display a bevy of colorful costumes reflective of their heritage.

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New Orleans Saints star Usama Young recently hosted his second annual Stay Focused Football and Cheer Camp Weekend at Largo High School in Prince George’s County, Md. Young, a graduate of the school, offers the camp to help students build athletic, academic and social skills though sports. The free camp was open to youths 12 – 15 from the metropolitan area. A host of NFL notables and local coaches attended various workshops and offered development drills and motivational lectures. The weekend’s events also included a “Dining for Dollars” at Largo’s Chick-fil-A in The Boulevard at the Capital Center, a celebrity basketball game and closed out with the Usama Young Youth Foundation Reception at the National Harbor. Though this and the foundation’s other programs, Young is able to stay true his commitment the community and be a champion for FOX 5 Micheline local youth. Bowman served as MC for the reception WPGC radio personality Angela Corley and Gia Sanders

NFL player David Jones and Andrea Young, publicist for Miss Black USA

Dinah, Allison Hill, Miss Black DC USA; Dr. Leelannee Malin, event publicist and Ashley

Ivy Vine Charities hosted its annual scholarship awards reception on June 13 at The People’s Community Baptist Church, Norwood Center, located in Silver Spring, Md. Ivy Vine Charities, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994, awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors, supplements educational activities for youth and adults and provides financial aid and volunteer support to local, national and international charitable organizations Through the generosity of the community, Ivy Vine Charities awarded scholarships to Nitesh Donti, Northwest High School; Uzoama Agubokwu, Charles Flowers High School; Allison Arai, Montgomery Blair High School; Adrianna Glover, Clarksburg High School; Alana Rule, Northwest High School and Kelsey Nelson, Clarksburg High School. “This is Ivy Vine Charities, Incorporated’s opportunity

Front Row: Scholarship recipients: Nitesh Donti, Uzoamaka Agubokwu, Back Row: Alana Rule, Allison Arai, Adrianna Glover, and Kelsey Nelson

Front Row: Valerie Evans Harrell, president, Theta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Donna Chapman Owens, president, Ivy Vine Charities; Tyra Dent Smith, vice president of scholarship, Ivy Vine Charities, Back Row: Allison Arai, Adrianna Glover, Nitesh Donti, Uzoamaka Agubokwu, Alana Rule and Kelsey Nelson

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NFL players Tracy Porter, Brian Bell, Jack Williams, Stephon Moss, Usama Young, Chip Vaughn, Ramono Flowers, Antonio Jones, James Jones and David Jones

to connect with our community in a way that enables our local students to pursue their Members of Uzoamaka Aqubokwu’s family dreams and contribute to the shape of our future,” said Tyra Dent Smith, vice president for scholarship, Ivy Vine Charities. For additional information, contact Susan Peevy at susanpeevy@hotmail. com.

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Members of Montgomery County’s Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

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Faith Pulse
The Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor at the historic Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, invites the community to join him and the members of his congregation to worship with them during the 9 a.m. service on July 11 at the church located at 518 M St. N.W. The Rev. Dr. Cain Hope Felder will be the guest speaker. He is a biblical scholar, author and professor of New Testament language and literature in the divinity school at Howard University. During the service, the 172nd anniversary of this historic church will be celebrated. Metropolitan, the National Cathedral of African Methodism, is the oldestAME

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Metropolitan AME, a beacon in the community for 172 years, is undergoing a massive renovation.

church in the nation’s capital and U.S. presidents, statesmen and world leaders have worshipped there. It was recently declared one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historical Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Braxton will use this occasion to announce a multi-million-dollar National Capital Campaign to help finance the restoration of its massive edifice. Metropolitan, built by free Blacks and former slaves as a connectional church for the African Methodist Episcopal denomination, is an important landmark of American history. Frederick Douglass, whose funeral was

held at Metropolitan, often worshipped at the church. The memorial service for Booker T. Washington and the Washington funeral services for Rosa Parks were also held there. The church is shrouded in the unique history of the parent AME denomination. The denomination, founded by Richard Allen in 1787, was established in protest against segregated worship in Philadelphia, Pa. Metropolitan was founded in 1838, in the District of Columbia and it represents the 1870s merger of two AME congregations, Israel Bethel (1821) and Union Bethel (1838), and was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The name “Metropolitan” was officially designated and recognized by the general AME Church in 1872. The cornerstone for the current Metropolitan edifice was laid in 1881, and the church was completed in 1886. African Methodist Episcopal members throughout the United States contributed funding to build the edifice. These sacrificial gifts were memorialized in Metropolitan’s priceless and majestic stained glass windows, which document the growth of the AME denomination from 18161896. Call the church office at 202-331-1426 or visit metropolitaname.org for additional information.

Obituaries

Louie A. Robinson, 86
Louie Arnold Robinson was born on July 8, 1923, in Manassas, Va., to James and Edna Robinson and was one of nine children. He grew up on his family farm located off of Bull Run until the 1930s, when the property was sold to the United States government and incorporated into the Manassas Battlefield Park. From Virginia, he and his family moved to Bordentown, N.J., where he attended William MacFarland High School, graduating in 1941. With the United State’s involvement in World War II came the draft, and Louie entered the United States Army on May 3, 1943. During the course of his military service he was based primarily in northern France and attained the rank of sergeant. He was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medical, the American Theater Ribbon, the European African Middle Eastern Theater and the World War II Victory Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on March 7, 1946. After his military service, Louie returned to the U.S. and moved to Washington, D.C. He took courses at Howard University

Electrical Technician, White House Usher
where he was a member of the track and field teams as well as the football team. Eventually, he began working for the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg, Md., as an electrical technician and retired from that position in 1982 after more than 25 years of service. In the mid 1980s Louie began working as an usher at the White House. During his 22 years there, he served many of the nation’s presidents and visiting heads of state. He took great pride in his position and made many friends. He was an avid deep sea fisherman and bowler and he could often be found tending to his beloved garden. Louie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Geraldine Robinson; sons Wayne P. Robinson and Louie Robinson-Moon; daughters-in-law Lesly H. Robinson and T.D. Robinson; grandchildren Heather and Connor Robinson; brother Hugh Robinson and sister Rachael Robinson-Cave. As a devoted husband and family man, Louie leaves behind a legacy of strength, generosity, faith and love. Louie Robinson understood the measure of a man.

Courtney L. Fletcher, 59

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Courtney Lee Fletcher Leadership Fellow and was born on July 17, 1950, was named “Teacher of the in Lenoir County in Kinston, Year” for three consecutive N.C. He was the fifth of years. seven children born to the late Dr. Fletcher was a Lloyd and Ethel Fletcher. He perennial education after attended public schools and receiving his bachelor’s graduated from Woodington degree in 1973 from High School in Lenoir County Federal City College in in 1968. Washington, D.C. He went Courtney attended King on to receive degrees from Chapel Disciples Church while American University, the living in Lenoir County. After University of the District moving to Washington, D.C., of Columbia and Virginia in 1969, he joined Park Road Courtney L. Fletcher, Ed.D. Polytechnic Institute Community Church under and State University. the leadership of Pastor Eugene Burton. He He has served as a keynote speaker and sang in the choir, the Park Road Choraleers presenter in an array of forums ranging from and continued to be a strong supporter of the national conferences to local professional church until his death. development sessions. In 1970 he met Jacqueline and they Dr. Courtney Fletcher’s love for enjoyed a wonderful and loving 10-year education was surpassed only by his love for courtship that culminated in their marriage his family and God, on whom he relied for on May 24, 1980. The product of this union guidance and strength in all that he did. He was three loving and devoted children, was the heart and strength of his family and Terrence, Janelle and Justin and one a true inspiration to those he encountered in grandson, DaShawn. Jackie and Courtney his professional, personal and church life. In addition to his parents, Dr. Fletcher celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary was preceded in death by his son, Terrence. in May. He is survived by Jacqueline S. Fletcher, Courtney spent over 33 years as a K-12 wife of 30 years; children Janelle Catherine educator with the District of Columbia and Justin Courtney; grandson DaShawn Public School System. Thirty of those lee; siblings Delores Fletcher, Lloyd years were at Francis Junior High School Fletcher Jr., Gertrude Fletcher, Vera Burney, where 22 years were spent as principal Kenneth Fletcher and Joyce Williams; and assistant principal. During his tenure, mother-in-law Mary C.D. Smith; sisters-inhe served as mentor and “troubleshooting law Dr. Blanche Brownley, Yvonne Fields principal’ for his school district. He also and Darlene Fletcher; brothers-in-law Leo served in the capacity of a demonstration Burney, Hariam Williams and Michael principal for the U.S. Department of Brownley Sr. and many uncles, aunts, Education and The George Washington nephews, nieces, cousins and other loving University. He was a Washington Post relatives, friends and colleagues.

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The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (formerly Fort Myer) Gospel Service recently held a service of recognition during their regular Sunday service to acknowledge members of the congregation who have graduated from one school level to next as well as those who have received advanced degrees. Shown here are high school graduates Bonnie Rauch and Shanel Glenn, elementary school graduate Nia Webb, master’s degree recipient Cynthia Myers, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Harry Rauch, pastor; master’s degree recipient Freda Womack, middle school graduate David Bensford and high school graduate Andre Birdsong. Two high school graduates not shown are Britney Peterson and Ciera Brookins. “We commend our education super stars as they continue to climb the academic ladder,” a Gospel Service spokesperson said.

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With D.C. suffering under 100-degree weather, how did you enjoy the Fourth of July holiday? Our presidential neighbors watched the fireworks on the National Mall and also greeted over thousands of troops for a special Independence Day party and barbecue. Hip-hop rapper Rick Ross and radio personality EZ Street hosted a mansion pool party at Laylinn Manor in Upper Marlboro last Saturday to cool off in the heat. Later that night, Rick Ross performed at Ibiza Nightclub where football player Vernon Davis and local artist DC Don Juan were also seen partying. DTLR recently sponsored a One Day Free Football Camp hosted at the Prince George’s Sports Author Helena Andrews and Learning Complex in Courtesy Photo Landover, Md. The camp gave kids the chance to learn new training techniques from NFL superstars Arizona Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett and Minnesota Vikings’ Visanthe Shiancoe. Another reality television show is hitting the District with TLC’s “Georgetown Cupcake,” a new show that follows the lives of owners and sisters Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis. It premieres on July 16 at 10 p.m. Also, “The Real Housewives of D.C.” has a bit of color thanks to real estate agent and philanthropist Stacie Turner. The next installment of the “Housewives” reality series premieres on Bravo on Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. Author Helena Andrews celebrated the release of her memoir Bitch is the New Black last week at Room & Board near U Street. A who’s who of D.C. socialites and writers were in attendance including the Washington Post’s Amy Artesinger (the writer who broke the Salahi story), Kate Michael, former Miss District of Columbia 2006 and Jamishia Smith of TheYBF.com. Young Hill staffers also came out in abundance including Angela Rye, senior advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security. Usually football players don’t mix in D.C. politics, but hometown football star Vernon Davis has made his pick for the District’s next mayor and even hosted a fundraiser for Vincent Gray. For more updates on nightlife, socialites and the power players in D.C., visit www.thefabempire.com.

Children’s Spa Hosts ‘All White Family Affair’ and Fashion Show
On July 10, Spoiled Rotten Kids Boutique and Spa and Wylie K & Friends will join forces to host the All-White Family Affair and Kid’s Fashion Show, a family friendly event where attendees will don white from head to toe. Children will participate in a runway walk to display their all-white fashions while also enjoying face painting, golf lessons and door giveaways at the historic Langston Golf Course. “We have a good group of kids that are participating in this event,” said Khadijah Bronson, owner of Spoiled and Rotten Kids Boutique and Spa, in a press release. “An all-white attire fashion show should be a unique experience for families to attend. I look forward to hosting a fun-filled event.” In addition to the fashions show, VIP ticket holders will be treated to a unique blend of specialty drinks and an exclusive gift bag with exclusive souvenirs. Bronson said the all-white affair was created to thank patrons for their support and uplift the community. “Parents and children are the foundation of our community and this event is for them. But without continuous support from neighbors and business leaders, our communities could easily fall apart,” said Bronson. The event comes only weeks before Spoiled and Rotten Kids Boutique and Spa, a service-oriented spa retreat and clothing store for children, opens its second store in Mitchellville, Md., at 12100 Central Ave. The business opened in 2009 and is currently located at Langston Golf Course is located at 2600 Benning Road N.E. General admission for the event is $20 for an adult and two children. VIP admission is $40 for an adult and two children. Tickets can be purchased online at http://kidsfashionshow2010. eventbrite.com. For more information about the event or available sponsorship opportunities, please call Khadijah Bronson 202-277-1772.

Documentary Reveals Secret Footage from N.J. Prison
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer “The moment that Omar and Buddy decided to keep that camera, it transformed them from being inmates to being filmmakers.” -“An Omar Broadway Film” Being confined in a cell for 23 hours was the daily life of Omar Broadway. Sentenced to 10 years in maximum security at Newark, N.J.’s Northern State Prison, Broadway witnessed firsthand the severe corruption that was rampant through the facility. Fed up with the tribulations he and his cohorts experienced, he hatched a plan to escape. Equipped with a video camera in his deteriorated dwellings, he captured his daily life to shed light on the system and hopefully earn his way home. An Omar Broadway Film is a real account of Omar Broadway’s life and experiences in prison, captured by a video camera he and his cellmate Buddy smuggled into the facility. From start to finish, the viewer is enthralled by Broadway’s life in Northern State’s Security Threat Management Gang Unit, which is an experimental unit aimed at helping imprisoned gang members renounce their gangs. Broadway, an East Orange, N.J. native, served seven years of his life in the unit after being a product of the East Orange/Newark Blood gang. Taking a documentarystyle approach, the film combines Broadway’s clips in prison with heartfelt commentary from his family members and others closely involved with him. His mother Lynne shows the neighborhood in which Broadway was reared and explains how his growing fascination with street life ultimately landed him in prison. The film also offers a glimpse of the harsh ganginfested streets of East Orange and Newark and commentary from those who were formerly involved in the culture. But perhaps the most shocking detail of the film

is the footage captured in the STMGU unit. While the unit is designed to transform former gang members into straight-andnarrow individuals, prisoners often become the victims of senseless attacks. In lieu of the dangers Broadway could have possibly faced had he been discovered, he went out on a limb to tell his story. At the film’s conclusion, it is revealed whether or not his actions were truly in vain and what ultimately became of the prisoner-turneddocumentarian. “An Omar Broadway Film” premieres on July 14 on HBO.

New Book Urges Kids to ‘Go Cook Something’
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO “My Mom and Dad separated when I was still in Underoos, so I’ve had to help Mom a lot… Ever since I could pick up a spoon, my Mom has had me in the kitchen… I think every kid needs to learn how to cook to some extent. This cookbook should get you started. The recipes are very simple… I hope pre-teens and teens use this cookbook to better take care of yourselves, and to become more independent of your parents while eating healthy, nutritious meals. I can’t believe I’m saying that—I’m starting to sound just like my Mom already! ” – Excerpt from the Introduction (pages 1-2) There are two reasons why I heartily recommend this very practical cookbook designed with latchkey kids in mind. First of all, Tiana North’s simple recipes sound both yummy and really easy to follow. Secondly, she devotes the first 50 pages to common sense tips about shopping, safety, and planning meals. Only after she’s gone through an exhaustive checklist of dos and don’ts covering everything from how to light a gas stove to keeping a list of emergency phone numbers to using oven mitts to the significance of sanitation, does she even begin to share her collection of mouth watering culinary secrets aimed at the adolescent palate. This make sense, since the opus’ target demographic are ‘tweeners and teens who not only have to cook for themselves, but might need to buy food first, decide what to eat, and clean

During the week of her birth, Baltimoreans will honor the late R&B/jazz singer Phyllis Hyman in a tribute concert. The concert will highlight vocalist SHANG along with several musicians who performed with Hyman during her career. Among the performers is Vince Evans, Hyman’s musical director for numerous years, and saxophonist Eric Marner. WEAA radio host and Hyman’s former music associate Gene McBride is the event host. According to a press release, “SHANG possess a uniquely similar tonal quality with Phyllis Hyman…. In the Hyman repertoire of Living All Alone, Somewhere in My Lifetime, Meet Me on the Moon and more, SHANG captures not only her sound but the angst of her unrequited loves that fueled the passion in much of Hyman’s music.” The Phyllis Hyman tribute concert takes place Best Western Ballroom, 1800 Belmont Avenue, Friday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. “Forever Phyllis” is a production of Charm City Jazz and

Baltimore Honors Legendary Singer Phyllis Hyman

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up afterwards. Thus, there’s a chapter on “Grocery Store Economics” which shows how much you can save by clipping coupons and comparison shopping. Another area addressed is the role following a balanced diet comprised of all the basic food groups plays in maintaining health. And so forth. As for the recipes, among those that caught my eye were ones for drinks like fresh lemonade and for cranberry and carrot juice, each made from scratch. In terms of entrees, I’d like to try Tiana’s corn flake chicken, marinated lamb chops, ceviche and toaster over barbecue ribs. Probably the best selling point for this well-organized survival guide is the fact that the author herself flourished by following the comprehensive regimen printed on these pages. Today, she no longer lives at home but in New York City where she’s studying at Fordham University while already pursuing a career in modeling and acting, oh and writing, too.

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District Residents Honor King Pharrell’s Philosophy of Pop with Disney
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO Pharrell was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Va., the eldest of three sons to bless the union of Carolyn and Pharoah Williams, a schoolteacher and handyman, respectively. At the age of just 12, the aspiring musician started playing with Chad Hugo, a kid he met over summer vacation at band camp. They formed a group called The Neptunes which was discovered while still in high school by the legendary Teddy Riley who signed the pair soon after graduation. Since then, Pharrell has embarked on an enviable career, both as a member of The Neptunes, Child Rebel Soldier and NERD and as a solo artist. Furthermore, the triple Grammy-winner’s singing, performing and/ or producing services have been sought for recordings by everyone Beyonce to Jay-Z to Ludacris to Madonna to Mystikal to Lupe Fiasco to Snoop Dogg to Shakira to The Game to J-Lo to Britney Spears to Babyface to Usher to Busta Rhymes Gwen Stefani to Nelly to P. Diddy to NSYNC to Fabolous. As busy as he’s been kept by the entertainment industry, Pharrell still found time to launch the Billionaire Boys Club, a luxury fashion line of clothes and accessories. Here, the versatile talent talks about his latest venture, branching into cinema by scoring the soundtrack of Despicable Me a 3-D animated adventure revolving around a diabolical villain determined to steal the moon. Kam Williams: Let me start off with a question from FSU grad Laz Lyles who would like to know what it was like creating the score for this animated feature? Pharrell: I can’t remember the last time that I was doing something creatively that I hadn’t mastered yet, in the sense of familiarity. Mastering, meaning understanding the concept of how it worked. This was something that was brand new, that I’d never done before. This was so new to me, it was like “Whoa!” It was like the next level.

KW: Larry Greenberg says, “I love that you are a Star Trek fan like me. Which character is your favorite?” P: I’d say Spock, but now everybody’s on him, so, like, cool. KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman says she saw you perform several years ago at the Costume Institute Ball and that you seemed almost at one with the audience. She’s curious about what’s going on with you in terms of art and sculpture. P: Obviously, I put out “The Simple Things” project with Takashi Murakami. That was a great success, and we’ve done two “Chair” series which have really been fun. And I have a couple of upcoming art projects that I’m working on at the moment. KW: Yale grad Tommy Russell asks, “What do you think the chances are that BP will stop the oil leak?” P: I think the BP oil leak is probably a consequence of Murphy’s Law and I see it a warning from the universe telling us to pay attention because the Earth is our home. We’ve got to figure it out. If we don’t, we’re going to be in very big trouble. KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would? P: No, I’m content. KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? P: I see appreciation. KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for? P: Oh man… I think the greatest gift one could have is more time. KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory? P: Spending time with my great-grandfather when I was about three years-old. KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps? P: Feed your curiosity, and remain a kidult forever. KW: The Boris Kodjoe question: What do you consider your biggest accomplishment? P: Having a connection with the kids who are the future deciders of life as we know it. KW: The Laz Alonso question: How can your fans help you? P: By building the NERD Army . KW: How do you want to be remembered? P: I don’t know. I’m not psychic.

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KW: Laz wants to know what’s been the most unusual sonic inspiration or everyday sound that you’ve incorporated into your music? P: That’s the thing, I like to use a lot of everyday sounds in my music. KW: Nick Antoine asks, what struggles have you had to deal with in your career? P: I don’t know that there were any struggles. I’m too thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to complain about anything. KW: Nick also asks, what are some of the tools that you would attribute to your success? P: Education, first and foremost. KW: You’re a person that a lot of people turn to for help producing their projects. Who is it you rely on when you need support? P: I look to my family for support.

Clad in Michael Jackson apparel, Epcot guests Jaymes Gabourel (left) and his aunt, Andrea Smith (right), both from Washington, D.C., attend one of the first showings July 2 of the “Captain EO” 3-D film at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. “Captain EO,” which features Michael Jackson, officially reopens to Walt Disney World Resort guests today. The film, which was produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, originally ran at Epcot from 1986-1994.

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KW: Are you interested in pursuing further film work? P: Sure! I’ve learned a lot from it, and it’s made me happier as a person. KW: Which fellow hip-hop producers are you really into right now? P: Oh man, there are so many of them. I really love what Hi-Tek has been doing recently. There’s a lot of them. I really love Diplo. I think he’s super talented.

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Branford Marsalis H The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Evidence/Ronald K. Brown H The Manzari Brothers
 Tuesday, July 20, 2010, Concert Hall, 6 p.m.

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Meet Choo Smith: ‘Baltimore’s Best Kept Secret’
By Bilal Salaam and Perry Green AFRO Contributor and AFRO Sports Editor Coppin State University’s new Physical Education Complex has become the hot spot for college athletes looking to stay in shape during the summer. But during the past week, the $136 million center was filled with a great amount of not-quite college-aged kids. They were all participants of the 2010 Charles “Choo” Smith Summer Basketball Camp. One might assume a “bull in a china shop” effect ensuing when more than 100 youths, some as young as 6 years old, are given free rein to such an open environment. Not so. Grouped by age, each kid worked on basic skills such as shooting, defense, free throws, rebounding, posting and pivoting and off-hand layups. Choo, a former Original Harlem Globetrotter and native of Baltimore, sees a lot of himself in the camp participants. That’s why he puts so much energy into molding each of them individually. “Nothing is too simple to me,” says Choo. “I’m never afraid to go over the top and take risks, because that’s what I believe it takes to be on the next level.” That’s how he came up with the ‘Four L’s’ (Love it, Learn It, Live It, Lead It), a motto that he uses to encourage the camp participants, Choo added. He was a pudgy, mild-mannered kid, Lamar Pennick) – are also inspired “It’s so important to love and but he was always excited about the by Choo’s ability to mold youths be passionate about everything you game. This year, he’s dominated his with sound fundamentals. do, and then it becomes natural to age group and now every school in Arthur Lewis met Smith just after learn how to do it better,” he added, the area is after him.” playing junior college basketball, explaining the Four L’s. “Once you The coaches – (including Arthur and instantly learned to exude learn, you have to live what you Lewis, Omar Smith, Kevin positive energy into every endeavor learn, and then finally you have to English and he takes on. lead by example.” “We have fun here,” said Lewis The “Four L’s” are visible in after balancing a ball on the back everybody who works with Choo, of his hand and punch-passing it including youths and adults. to Choo. “Just because you do Jawuan Wilson, a 16-year-old the right thing doesn’t mean even-keeled teenager, has been with you can’t have fun. You just the camp since its inception in 2006, have to love doing the right when the camp was stationed at thing.” New Town High School. Lamar Pennick, also Wilson’s mother, Vicki, a coach and former excited about the change college basketball player, she saw in Jawuan after appreciates how the camp his first year, decided to narrows the gap between volunteer her services. life and basketball. “I’ve enjoyed watching how “We try to keep he’s grown, and not just basketballthe game simple, but wise,” said Vickie Wilson, who we also teach the kids couldn’t hold back a few emotional how to play chess, read tears when overhearing Choo the daily paper and keep up explain the” Four L’s” to the AFRO. on current events,” Pennick “It really touched home because said. “We emphasize the I’ve witnessed how my son has development of communication progressed through each of the four skills.” phases and now he’s at the point In addition to talented ball where he’s evolving into a leader players, Smith also has won the both on and off the court.” support of business/marketing Wilson can’t imagine her son tycoon Mel Butler, who personally working with anyone else but Choo, admired Smith’s commitment to who considers Jawuan as one of AFRO Photo/Anderson R. Ward the youths of Baltimore. his best pupils in the camp’s five- Former Original Harlem Globetrotter Charles “There are few who are year history. genuine about their passion “Choo” Smith has closely mentored 16-year“[Jawuan] was about 10 years old Jawuan Wilson, molding him into a and vision for young people,” old when he first started the camp. leader both on and off the basketball court. said Butler, who now holds the title of chief operations officer for Smith’s camp. “I decided that this was a worthy cause when I found out that he was conducting a camp that he paid for out of his pockets for four years.” While watching Choo and Arthur exchange Globetrotter-style basketball tricks among one another, Butler mentioned a few events scheduled to help support the camp, including the first annual Choo Smith Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament on July 26. Butler—who has 40 years of marketing experience both nationally and internationally, including ties to the founding of Baltimore’s first ethnic festival, “Salute to Soul Festival,” precursor of the African America Heritage Festival—wants to help attract more positive attention to what he considers as “Baltimore’s best kept secret.” “’It’s amazing that we have an Original Harlem Globetrotter running a youth camp right here in the backyard of our own city and almost no one knows about it,” Butler said. Choo said he hasn’t done much to promote the camp in the past because he wanted to keep it on a more personal level, so that original campers could return and continue to grow and mature under his guidance. “But we’re at the point where we’re ready to evolve to the next level,” Choo said, “one step at a time.” For more information, see www. chooyouth.com.

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By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer

Change Has Come to Washington
One of the most memorable catch phrases in the past few years was President Obama’s election victory declaration that “change has come to Washington.” The phrase was pithy, rejuvenating and a source of inspiration for many who were desperately seeking signs of hope at the time. Now that top NBA draft pick John Wall is in town, I can’t help but replay the same axiom in my head. The sports scene around the city of Washington hasn’t exactly been pretty lately, but the drafting of Wall now puts another brush stroke on a developing canvas. Already armed with arguably the best hockey player in the world in Alex Ovechkin, the hottest pitcher in the world in Stephen Strasburg and one of the best quarterbacks in the world in Donovan McNabb, the selection of Wall successfully concludes a new circle of star power around the District. Wall’s addition now gives Washington four of the most recognizable athletes in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB, a claim usually reserved for New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. Ovechkin and the newly acquired McNabb are already proven stars in their respected fields. The jury is still out on Strasburg, although he’s been breathtaking in his two-week stint so far in the league. While Wall hasn’t even made a professional jumpshot yet, the developing superstar has taken the basketball world by storm over the past few seasons through elite athleticism and surprising maturity. His ascension to the top of his draft class isn’t a guarantee he’ll be a certified superstar, but it is a hint at his seemingly bright and limitless future. One of the best periods for the classic optimistic sports fan is the offseason—when every team has a chance at believing next year is their year. The Wizards won’t be expected to sport any championship apparel after next season, but plugging in talented youngsters is enough to keep fans tuned in. For years now we’ve been tuning in to watch larger market teams dominate sports headlines. If it’s not a team from New York, then it’s a team from California. If it’s not a team from Chicago, then it’s a team from Boston, hoisting trophies and claiming excellence. For a city that’s home to the president, serves as the nation’s capital and is one of the premier tourist destinations in all of the U.S., the sporting scene is the only thing keeping Washington outside the major spotlight. Now, with four headliners in each of the four major sports, change has finally come to Washington.

Former NFL No. 1 Pick Charged with Possession of Codeine Syrup

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Former top pick Jamarcus Russell was charged with possession of codeine syrup on Monday, July 5. By AFRO Staff NFL quarterback Jamarcus Russell was recently arrested and charged with possession of codeine syrup, according to police reports. The 24-year-old former Oakland Raiders quarterback was arrested from his home in Mobile, Ala., on July 5 during an undercover narcotics investigation, Mobile County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lori Myles told reporters. Myles did not specify exactly what led to Russell’s arrest, but did mention that while several people were present at the quarterback’s home when police arrived, Russell was the only one detained. “We understand that typically sometimes this codeine syrup is mixed with a beverage, like Sprite, and they call it ‘sip-sip,’” Myles told WALA-TV in Mobile. The former No. 1 overall pick was later released on a $2,500 bond and will appear in court on July 20, according to online police records. “It’s a felony; it’s my understanding it’s his first,” Myles told WALA-TV. “He could be [given] probation, or it could be drug court—whatever the court decides.” Russell’s arrest is the latest tragic hit to his disintegrating NFL career. Considered by football experts as one of the biggest busts in NFL history, Russell was released by the Raiders in May after winning only seven of his 25 starts in the league. Despite signing a massive contract upon his entry into the NFL, Russell has an awful 65.2 career passer rating, completing just 52.1 percent of his passes. He tossed only 18 touchdowns with 23 interceptions, along with 15 lost fumbles. Russell, who earned $36.4 million from Oakland last season, is second behind 1992 top pick Steve Emtman as the quickest No. 1 overall pick to be released from their team. ESPN reported last month that according to sources, the New York Jets were interested in Russell’s services. But the New York Daily recently reported that’s no longer the case. Russell, nor his agent, has yet to speak with the media about the latest events.

Knicks Land First Big Name of NBA Free Agency
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer The New York Knicks knocked down the first major domino in the NBA’s free agency period by coming to terms with former Phoenix Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire, inking the fivetime NBA All-Star to a fiveyear, $99.7 million deal July 5. Stoudemire represents the first name of a popular free agent group to sign a deal this offseason, and hopes to pave the way for the Knicks to possibly add another. “I feel great, really, about being a pioneer,” Stoudemire told reporters at his introductory press conference. “It’s a situation where no one wanted to make that first move and I felt confident enough to take that first step, and hopefully now we can bring in a few guys to join us.” Stoudemire admitted he has spoken to LeBron James and is actively recruiting him to join him in New York. “I’m definitely going to reach out to him again and see if we can get him to come. I really have no reading on which way he is leaning at all. But, again, he’s totally open right now; he hasn’t made a decision yet, and hopefully I can get him to choose us.” Courtesy Photo/AmareStoudemire.com The All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire Knicks have agreed to a five-year, $100 million deal spent the last with the New York Knicks. two seasons clearing cap market and millions of room to lure big time free dollars. Several sportsniks agents to the Big Apple have speculated that James with the appeal of a major would head to New York under the enticement of the media spotlight that the city would bring. Although James has been heavily linked to the Knicks, his leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers would depend mightily on a strong supporting cast, which the Knicks have now upgraded with Stoudemire’s signing. Despite a rash of injuries over the past few years, Stoudemire has averaged more than 20 points per game in four straight seasons. He will be rejoining head coach Mike D’Antoni, whom he played for from 2003 to 2008 before D’Antoni left to become the Knicks head coach. D’Antoni made a pitch himself to help land another marquee free agent by telling reporters, “If somebody wants a real good basketball player to play with and win a title ... this could help get the dominoes falling.” Free agent deals cannot be made official until July 8.

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to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before January 2, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 2, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 2, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Charlie E Hickmon Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/2, 7/9, 7/16 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM592 Regina Lee Griner Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Tiyanda GrinerOsborne, whose address is 1330 7th Street NW, #502 Washington DC 20001 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Regina Lee Griner, who died on June 11, 2010, without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unk

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known shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before January 2, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 2, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 2, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Tiyanda Griner-Osborne Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/2, 7/9, 7/16 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 00587-10 George Thomas Atkinson Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Herley Shaun Richmond, whose address is 12928 Beethovern Blvd, Silver Spring MD 20904 were appointed personal representative of the estate of George Thomas Alkinson, who died on March 7, 2010 with a will, and will serve w

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without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before January 2, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 2, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 2, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Herley Shaun Richmond Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/2, 7/9, 7/16 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 00487-10 John M. Ellison Jr. Decedent Jerry L Hunter Esq 1822 11th Street NW Washington DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Sheryl Ellison-Blue, w

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM152 Curtis Kelly Sr. Decedent Brett E Cohen Esq 7910 Woodmont Ave Suite 1430 Bethesda MD 20814 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Brett E Cohen, whose address is 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1430 Bethesda, Maryland 20184-7047 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Curtis Kelly Sr, who died on December 27, 2009 without a will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th S

Washington DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS LEGAL NOTICES Sheryl Ellison-Blue, whose address is 1374 Tuckerman Street NW Washington DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of John M Ellison Jr, who died on June 30, 2008 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on or before January 2, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 2, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 2, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Sheryl Ellison-Blue Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/2, 7/9, 7/16 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 00603ADM10 Victor L Selman Decedent Robert J Harlan Jr 1005 8th Street NE Washington DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Kathleen B Selman, whose address is 5131 5th Street NW, Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Victor L Selman, who died on May 22, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before January 2, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 2, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 2, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Kathleen B. Selman Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/2, 7/9, 7/16 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 00616ADM10 Eddyemae R Beards Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Zena V. Simmons and Yv e t t e W O ’ B r i e n , whose address(es) are 112 Oglethorpe Street NE Washington DC 2 0 0 11 , a n d 1 7 6 5 6 Towne Crest Drive, Gaithersburg MD 20877 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Eddyemae R Beards, who died on February 11, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before January 2, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 2, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 2, 2010 Name of newspaper:

January 2, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the NOTICES LEGAL Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 2, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Zena V. Simmons Yvette W O’Brien Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/2, 7/9, 7/16 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 00507ADM10 Carolyn J Moore Decedent Michelle Lanchester 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 900 South Building Washington DC 20004 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Clarence Moore Jr, whose address is 506 Park Road, NW Washington DC 20010, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Carolyn J Moore, who died on February 10, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before January 2, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 2, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 2, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Clarence Moore Jr Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/2, 7/9, 7/16 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 83798 Date of Death December 18, 2009 Inez D Hadley Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Julius B. Dickens whose address is 1902 Laguna Road Hyattsville, MD 20783 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Inez E Hadley, deceased, on May 6, 2010 by the Register of Wills for Prince George’s County, State of Maryland. Service of process may be made upon Reginald J Richter Esq 1229 15th Street NW 3rd Floor DC 20005, whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 17 Underwood NW DC 20012 Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. (Strike preceding sentence if no real estate.) Julius B Dickens Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: July 9, 2010 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM614 Joyce L Powell Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ruthmalenea V Powell, whose address is 1455 Cable Ranch Road Apt 614 San Antonio, TX 78245 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Joyce L Powell, who died on June 3, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are un-

UNKNOWN HEIRS Ruthmalenea V Powell, whose address is 1455 Cable Ranch Road Apt 614 San Antonio, TX 78245 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Joyce L Powell, who died on LEGAL NOTICES June 3, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before January 9, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 9, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 9, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ruthmalenea V. Powell Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM613 Barbara U Bartels Decedent Cheryl Chapman Henderson Esq 4920 Niagara Road Suite 200 College Park MD 20740 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Nanaba Bartels, whose address is 199 Rollins Avenue #234, Rockville, Maryland 20852 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Barbara U Bartels, who died on December 3, 2009 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before January 9, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 9, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 9, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Nanaba Bartels Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM642 Ola Sutton White Decedent W. Alton Lewis 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Cassandra McCall Brown, whose address is 6950 Stone Breeze Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30087 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ola Sutton White, who died on June 20, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before January 9, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 9, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 9, 2010 Name of newspaper:

before January 9, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the LEGAL NOTICES Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 9, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Cassandra McCall Brown Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 00620-10 Jacqueline Bunkley aka Jacqueline I Bunkley Decedent William A Bland Esq 1140 Connecticut Ave NW 1100 Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Alishea E. Bunkley, whose address is 219 14th Place, NW Washington DC 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Jacqueline Bunkley, who died on January 28, 2009 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before January 9, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 9, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 9, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Alishea E. Bunkley Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM611 Ralph Love Decedent Lolita J. Martin 888 16 Street NW Suite 520 Washington DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Edwina Love, Stephanie Anne Love, LaVonne Love Switzer whose address(es) are 12211 King Arrow Street, Bowie MD 20721, 4606 Gladys Court Lanham, MD 20702, 14300 Town Farm Road Upper Marlboro MD 20744 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Ralph Love, who died on March 9, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before January 9, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 9, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: July 9, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Edwina Love Stephanie Anne Love LaVonne Love Switzer Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION Civil Action No. 08-6079 RP Action Involving Real Property Bukfol, Inc. PLAINTIFF v. Alvin Goins Jr; Mayor and Attorney General of the District of Columbia; all unknown owners of

OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION Civil Action No. 08-6079 RP Action Involving Real Property Bukfol, Inc. PLAINTIFF LEGAL NOTICES v. Alvin Goins Jr; Mayor and Attorney General of the District of Columbia; all unknown owners of the Property Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION In accordance with D.C. Code §47-1375, the object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of the right of redemption in the following real property, located in the District of Columbia and sold by the Mayor to the Plaintiff in this action, such property described as Square 5827 Lot 0003, and assessed to Alvin Goins, Jr., more commonly known as a vacant lot on the north side of the 1500 Block of Erie Street, SE, running 27 feet, with an eastern boundary that is 77 feet from the intersection of Erie Street and Morris Road, SE. The complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. Pursuant to the Chief Judge´s Administrative Order Number 02-11, it is this 22nd day of June, 2010, ORDERED by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia that notice be given by insertion of a copy of this Order in the Wa s h i n g t o n A f r o American, having a general circulation in the District of Columbia, once a week for three successive weeks, notifying all persons interested in the real property described above to appear in this court by the 8th day of September, 2010, and redeem the real property by payment of $8,634.89,together with interest from the date the tax certificate was purchased; court costs; reasonable attorney´s fees; expenses incurred in publication and service of process by publication; reasonable fees for the title search; all other amounts paid by the petitioner inaccordance with D.C. Code §47-1361, and all outstanding municipal lien amounts due on the aforementioned real property, or answer the complaint, or thereafter, a final judgment will be entered foreclosing the right of redemption in the real property and vesting in Plaintiff a title in fee simple. /s/ Joseph E Beshouri Magistrate Judge (Signed in chambers) 7/9, 7/16, 7/23

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IFB NO. B30-196 RENOVATION OF TAKOMA-PINEY BRANCH LOCAL PARK The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) (Montgomery County) hereby invites sealed Bids from interested parties for the Renovation of Takoma-Piney Branch Local Park, 2 Darwin Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912. This project involves construction of stormwater management facilities, a pre-engineered pavilion, two playgrounds with equipment and poured in place surface, a skateboard park, volleyball court, basketball courts, parking lot facility, retaining walls, concrete sidewalk, asphalt walk, pervious pavers, decorative pavers, installation of the foundation/footings for two art sculptures, fencing, water fountain, utility work and landscaping. A pre-bid information meeting is being held on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., at M-NCPPC, Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901. Sealed bids must be received by the Commission’s Purchasing Office, c/o Valerie Saunders, M-NCPPC, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Room 107, Silver Spring, Maryland 20901, not later than 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 28, 2010. The Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids received, and to waive irregularities. Copies of the bid documents are available for downloading from eMaryland Marketplace https://ebidmarketplace.com/ for no charge. All bidders must return the bidders list form that is attached to the solicitation. There will be one copy of the bid documents available for review only at the Park Development Division of the Montgomery County Department of Parks, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20901. It is incumbent upon the prospective bidder/offeror to check for any updates or addenda at eMaryland Marketplace. THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS STRONGLY ENCOURAGES THE PARTICIPATION OF MINORITY, FEMALE, AND DISABLED OWNED BUSINESSES IN THE SOLICITATION PROCESS, AND INVITES THEM TO EXPLORE POSSIBLE CONTRACTING AND SUBCONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES. Questions and concerns regarding this solicitation should be directed to Valerie Saunders, Contract Specialist, at 301-495-2531 or via e-mail at valerie.saunders@montgomeryparks.org. A copy of this advertisement can also be seen at http://www. montgomeryparks.org/pdd/bids.shtm Concrete General, Inc. is seeking MBE subcontractors & suppliers who perform various types of work relating to highway, bridge, & utility construction in the Maryland area. Call Mark Miller 301-948-4450. EEO

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