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By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief By Melissa Jones AFRO Staff Writer On Sept. 4, 1957, thenhigh school sophomore Jefferson Thomas walked a gauntlet of hate – a boilingangry White mob spewing spit and jeers, taunts and threats of lynching and an impenetrable barricade of armed soldiers blocking his way into Little Rock, Ark.’s Central High School. Inside the school’s walls – breached with the help of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, which provided protection to Thomas and eight other Black students – the persecution grew worse: daily insults, humiliation, destroyed property, beatings and attacks with knives, broken glass, dynamite and even acid. Yet, Thomas and the other members of the “Little Rock Nine” – Minnijean Trickey Brown, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Thelma Mothershed Wair, Terrence Roberts and Melba Patillo Beals – bore it all and the heavy hopes of a nationwide community on their shoulders, taking the
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In this photo taken Sept. 23, 2007, Jefferson Thomas, who as a teenager was one of nine Black students to integrate Little Rock Central High School, listens during a panel discussion in Little Rock, Ark. Thomas, 68, died Sept. 5, in Ohio. first courageous, though treacherous, steps on the road to desegregation. Their courage inspired a nation. And Thomas’ death on Sept. 5 – 53 years and a day after he made history – has inspired an outpouring of grief and remembered gratitude across the United States. “[First lady] Michelle and I are saddened by the passing of Jefferson Thomas, who as one of the ‘Little Rock Nine,’ took a stand against Continued on A4
broken elevators, lack of an emergency phone number for residents to call after-hours, unwanted visitors in the building, and the Residents at Bolton House Apartments lack of a 24-hour desk attendant to monitor expressed anger at Edgewood Management activity within the building. Tempers flared Corp. at a community meeting on Sept. 2 when talks centered on an unidentified person where they who residents voiced concerns accused of about the security performing job and cleanliness functions poorly of the 260and contributing unit building. to the unsafe According to environment in the company’s the building. website, Bolton Del. Barbara House is one of Robinson assured 70 properties in the group, Maryland that which consisted is managed by primarily of Edgewood. senior citizens Linda that she would Campbell, who be a “watchdog” has lived at for the distressed Bolton House attendees. “This Photo by Melissa Jones since 2002, is unacceptable. Residents at Bolton House have voiced concerns said Edgewood And if it means about the security and cleanliness of their 260 unit officials have that I will have building. turned a deaf ear to use legislation to repeated letters to fix it, then so and phone calls since 2008. “This is the first be it,” she said. time that they [Edgewood Management] have Some resolve appeared amid the tense attended one of our meetings. Maybe it’s exchange when Edgewood Management because all these people are here, but I hope Continued on A3 that these issues will get resolved soon,” she said. Meetings for the Bolton House Tenants Association are held on the last Monday of every month. Tenants complained about
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Black Politicians in the Crosshairs
Currie is the latest target
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer The rough year facing African-American Democrats nationally continued locally as Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie, D-Dist 25, was indicted. Currie faces 18 charges in connection to what investigators say was a six-year conspiracy between him and local grocery store chain, Shoppers Food Warehouse (SFW). The indictment claims Currie used his position to advance the company’s interests. “Government officials cross a bright line when they accept payments in return for using the authority of their office, whether they take cash in envelopes or checks labeled as consulting payments,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement. “When businesses can obtain valuable government benefits by putting a senator on the payroll, it diminishes public confidence Continued on A3 CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
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an alarmingly high rate. That is why the Baltimore City Health Department, in partnership with key community, medical, and city agencies, has launched the B’more for Healthy Babies Campaign. Gena O’Keefe, director of healthy Community Initiatives at the Family League of Baltimore, one of the campaign partners, said that 27 infants died in Baltimore City last year due to unsafe
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sleeping conditions. “The main cause of those deaths is preventable,” said O’Keefe. “This campaign is about sharing the responsibility for improving birth outcomes across Baltimore City.” One arm of the initiative is an aggressive grass roots campaign in Patterson Park North and East, Upton/Druid Heights, and Greenmount East to increase community involvement. Nonprofits in Continued on A3
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Black Actress Slams Emmys after Photo Debacle Actress Regina King, noted for her breakout role as Brenda in popular ‘80s sitcom “227,” recently wrote an open letter to the Huffington Post about the 62nd Annual Prime Time Emmy awards. In the fiery letter, King slammed the Emmys for printing images of another Black actress with the caption, “Regina King
acting categories for drama and comedy. “… That statistic is quite sobering to me. And to add injury to my already sensitive nerve endings a picture of Rutina Wesley from ‘True Blood,’ who attended this year’s Emmys, had a caption that read: ‘Regina King enters the 62nd Emmys.’ No, I wasn’t there. Mistakes happen, right?” King went on to reprimand the Emmys showcase for omitting actress Alaina Reed – another “227” actress – who died earlier this year in their list of notable deaths. Black Unemployment Rates Soared in August Americans nationwide felt the strain of rising unemployment last month, as nearly al age, race and ethnic demographics reported increased joblessness However, AfricanAmerican workers have a far higher unemployment rate than other groups, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, it seems the gap is growing, with Black unemployment reaching a staggering 16.3 percent in August. White workers faced a small jobless rate increase from 8.6 to 8.7 percent and the Hispanic unemployment continued to hover around 12 percent. Nationwide, 14.9 million Americans were unemployed in August. HBCUs Gear up for ‘Battle of the Bands’ Faceoff The annual Honda Battle of the Bands competition, a musical faceoff between over 40 college bands from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), has garnered the attention of The Home Depot as well, who announced they will sponsor the 2011 showcase in conjunction with Honda. Now in its ninth year, the competition is the only national scholarship
The Home Depot will join Honda in supporting the annual faceoff between HBCU bands. program that highlights music education at HBCUs. Throughout the fall, more than 40 schools will compete in the Celebration Tour, which will narrow down the participants to eight elite bands. Each school participating in the Celebration Tour receives a $1,000 grant for their musical program and the eight bands selected to participate in the final competition are awarded an additional $20,000. Since the program’s inception, Honda has awarded more than $1 million in grants to support HBCU music curricula. “Honda and The Home Depot both have a longstanding commitment to the African-American community, and we are pleased to join forces to ensure that the HBCUs continue to provide opportunities to uniquely talented students,” said Barbara Ponce, manager of Corporate and Diversity Advertising for American Honda. The Battle of the Bands takes place Jan. 20, 2011, in Atlanta. For more information on the competition, including the celebration Tour stops, participating institutions and ticket sales please visit www. HondaBattleoftheBands.com. Wife of Slain New York Man May Run for City Council Four years ago, New York City police killed Nicole Paultre-Bell’s would-be husband, Sean Bell, in a haze of 50 bullets one day before the young couple’s wedding. Paultre-Bell marched alongside civil rights leaders such as Al Sharpton, who condemned Bell’s shooting because he was unarmed and did not provoke police. According to blackvoices. com, Paultre-Bell may be turning her grief into political action and is mulling a run for Queens City Council. Although Paultre-Bell has not publicly announced plans to run for office, blackvoices. com cites unnamed sources who say she may hit the campaign trail soon. According to New York’s state election laws, PaultreBell will be required to move into the district she seeks election in and must obtain 899 registered voter signatures on a nomination petition.
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Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified
By AFRO Staff Dr. A. Paul Moss, a longtime YMCA executive credited with revamping Baltimore’s YMCA camping network, died Sept. 6 at the Ellicott City Rehabilitation Center. His health has been deteriorating since July. He was 99. Though Baltimore became his adopted home, Moss was born the sixth of seven sons and one daughter to Robert and Ida Byrd Moss on May Courtesy Photos 16, 1911, in Springfield, Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who Ohio. was killed, as well honor brother, Jason. A star athlete and as her
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Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew A3
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
“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”
video screen, the family chose the latter. According to the Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, that’s him.”
student in high school and college, he graduated from the body of her 7-year-old West Virginia’s Bluefield nephew Monday, just hours Teacher’s College found in a after his body was in 1935 then returned to Springfield and married his college sweetheart, Evelyn. For 17 years, he worked at the Center Street YMCA, rising to the post of branch executiveKingbuilding a By Alan and new facility that opened in AFRO Staff Writer 1950 providing a number of programs and opportunities Presidential candidate John for youth attack on ACORN – McCain’s and their families throughoutCommunity Associated the community. The national office Now Organization for Reformof the– confirms the success of the YMCA recruited Dr. Moss organization, the head of the and moved his family to group says. Baltimore to help revive the “This is testimony to the work we’ve done and success we’ve had,” Maude Hurd, president of ACORN, said in an interview with the AFRO. “When from A1 Continued this attack started, we had just announced that we had representative Vicky Davis registered 1.3 million new votwent she said. “That’s just to say ers,” through an item by item checklist that she compiled that someone’s running scared on the spot. The list success.” because of ACORN’s covered the McCain, who is running for issues addressed at the president on the Republican meeting including what ticket, lashed out an overall lack seemed to beat ACORN in the final debate against between of communicationBarack Obama, contending the group residents and management. “is on Theverge of maybe perpetratthe Deputy Housing ing one of the greatest frauds in Commissioner for voter history Services Community in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of Reginald Scriber left the democracy.” meeting with a promise for Factcheck.org, a non-partisan residents found those claims to Web site, and a stern warning for “exaggerated,” with “no evibe Edgewood Management. Scriber said such both the dence of any that democracydestroying fraud.” Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivated. She said, “Because Continued from A1 it’s lowand moderate-income people, and people of color, I believe the and disadvantages companies McCain campaign thinks those that refuse to go along with voters are going approach.” the pay-to-play to vote Democratic, which is in 2002, It is alleged that not necessarily true.”the Senate Budget as chair of and ACORN isCommittee, the Taxation no stranger to controversy. 73-year-old Currie asked to For 38 years, the non-partisan be placed on the payroll of organization has fought for social SFWeconomic justice for lowand and used his position to benefit the corporation. and moderate-income The indictment claims that Americans. With 400,000 memfrom then until 2008,into more ber families organized Currie received over $245,000 chapthan 1,200 neighborhood in bribes from SFW. ters in 110 cities nationwide, Currie joins a host of ACORN has over the years seen its share of criticism while advoother prominent local and cating for affordable housing, national African-American living wages, healthcare Democratic legislators for the underserved— and while organfinding themselves in legal izing voter year. trouble thisregistration drives. But none has been as withering Nationally, longtime U.S. and baseless as this one. Reps. Maxine Waters, Calif., and With the presidential election Charles Rangel, N.Y., are less than two weeks away, facing congressional ethics ACORN’s detractors allege the trials on alleged financial organization has engaged in masimproprieties. They’ve been sive voter registration fraud after charged with 13 counts bogus the reported discovery of each. N.Y. Gov. Mickey Mouse names, such asDavid Paterson
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Dr. A. Paul Moss died Sept. 6 atNo wonder Obama’s campaign is the Ellicott City and Dallas Cowboys players Tony Romo and Center at the trying to His is him from the RehabilitationTerrell Owens, age of 99.distancethe husband group, saying, “Barack of the among the names submitted to of the late Elizabeth (Bettye) Murphy Phillips MossObama election officials. AFRO-American Newspapers. Never Organized with ACORN.” Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run were doing those Baltimore, long and YMCA’s in Eastthings without accident.deep. He taught classes ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for Moss would often endorsed ACORN. They even where he expanded programs sion, were fired.and Turner him for President. in Cherry Hill comment that Baltimore was “The Shortly that arriving, supposed to be an in trouble. But now ACORN is interim Station. evidence afterhas surfaced so far shows they faked Reporter: he was at least his wife was killed in an auto post becauseThere areslated forms to get paid for work they 11 investigations across the didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an police And fire department activist. front for get out the vote selves. and factcheck. org ACORN Cheatham said he will be onsite in the coming invited numerous city, state agrees. efforts. weeks. Fire officials will and elected officials to the It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky conduct a codeemployees have meeting to make voter fraud. ACORN nor its enforcement loans. Nationwide sure that the been found and report even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. inspection guilty of, or any management company “does charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too violations found directly to the right thing.” risky for votes.” America.are here to find him. “I want to give them “We the The problem came about prichance to address these solutions,” he said before an marily because don’t want Since McCain’s comments, matters. But I of the way early departure, “and to open ACORN back here in a few operates. Rather than ACORN’sof communication to come the lines 87 offices have been rely on and nothing paysbeen volunteers, it has peobombarded with threats and weeks between managementand ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. resolved. That would be a residents in a respectful ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential bad situation,” said Scriber. manner.” Cheatham told the The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the Marvin Cheatham, former organization’s Boston and Seattle being registered and those doing crowded room that he was in Baltimore NAACP president, the midst of a trial and had the registration. offices and stole computers. said he was in attendance as askedato be excused to attend Maud explained, “We have a After Cleveland representative a neighbor and community zero tolerance policy for deliber- the meeting. an e-mail was appeared on TV, ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” point out that ACORN is A worker in Providence, R.I., required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayistration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work to note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. tion, up a re-election that A caller an employee gave in many instances,bid first and tellingto one office left a brought the phony registrations message on the answering amid allegations that he that if Luthra procured 10 to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I which improperly interfered with “Diamond” members,was just The McCain campone of his would to let youto $40,000, for apparently calling amount know that the investigation of isn’t interested in W. Johnson, Barack Obama needs to get top aides, Davidthose fine a political event in September points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) over domestic violence 2009 then Knotts would ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of charges. remove any hurdles in the to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are way of American Hospitality hisLocally, support. George’s political Prince fraudulent, and you need to go to County Executive Jack Management projects. trees. McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak Johnson along with The gonna get all hung honand I approve this message. They’re issue of impropriety Councilmembers Camille has become so prevalent Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiExum, Dist. 7; with “a political in the they’re gonnait has Obama? A man Tony Knotts, nated, county that get killed.” Dist. 8; Ingrid Turner, Dist. some candidates for office baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You 4; and Marilynn Bland, Dist. speed.” Vast ambition. After col- bragging that they’ve never liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive 9, arehe moved toinvestigation been investigated for any lege, all under Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You Became a community organizer. guys just (expletive deleted) for possible wrongdoing wrongdoing. There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume involving American “I’m just making a Talbot, part Management, every natural fact and people Hospitality of the Chicago statement of resource there is, branch of ACORN. He was and make lot assessment run by developer Arun so can make aany of babies. That’s impressive that he was court all you guys said Councilman Luthra. According to asked to they want,” do. And then suck train the ACORN staff. of the up the welfare Dist. 6, who’s documents, members Samuel Dean,and expect everyWhatattempt to extort did ACORN in Chicago running to pay for your hospital one else for Prince George‘s council engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let money from the corporation County Executive. “I have a Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best to get projects approved. very stellar record that I’m of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. The issue risky home loans. banks tocomplaint specifically proud of as a County Council Forget about paying for hospital singles out Knotts for that member.” I’m not gonna do The same types of loans bills for them. walking into American we’re While peers may be caused the financial crisis it. You guys are lowlifes. And I Hospitality Management running in the opposite in today. hope you all die.” direction of somehatethe will Hurd thinks the of calls politicians accused of cease soon. improprieties, it seems as “In two weeks, I think these thoughwill be over. But I think it attacks Currie’s 40 years in will be harder for us to get our the legislature have helped name back on good graces garner some support from his Identification Statements because they colleagues. really trashed us in Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American the “I am saddened that the last few weeks.” Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. 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posted fliers bearing his photograph 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 supto join the national office; Following mandatory her instructions. He was a porters for their prayers and however, he became attached retirement from the YMCA pleasure to talk to and work offered a $100,000 reward to to the town and launched at the age of 66, he started with.” who returned the boy anyone a number of initiatives to a new position coordinating Dr. alive. Moss is survived expand Camp Druid Hill community programs for by Since the investigation, two daughters, the Rev. Hudson – Murphy Phillips into Camp Mohawk. He what is now the Baltimore Dr. Marie who gained stardom after appearing on “American later merged camps Conoy City Community College and Braxton and Rachael Murphy Idol,” and then won two and Mohawk to establish volunteered in local prisons Phillips Humphrey;an Academy Award Moss role an integrated operation counseling troubled youth. sons, Michael A.for her and in the movie Murphy Phillips that became Camp King’s His achievements and Benjamin Dreamgirls – has stayed out of the public eye. Landing. awards are numerous. He IV; foster daughter, Faye In the process, he met Hudson’s nephew. and devoted and was a dedicated A. The Chicago Tribune reportHouston Faulifield; Julian King, Jennnifer ed that a parade of cars married widow, Elizabeth lifetime member of Alpha three sons-in-laws, the moved slowly past her family’s home (Bettye) Murphy Phillips Phi murders but is being held in Rev. Dr. Ronald Braxton, A spokesman for the office the Alpha Fraternity and St. Monday morning, past the of the Afro-American and Vernon Humphrey and the told the newspaper that Hudson James Episcopal Church. jail for parole violation after news vans, reporters and curihelped raise her three young “I remember how Rev. William ous onlookers. Faulifield; children. committed Dr. Moss was daughters- in-law, Bettystood Neighbors Dr. Moss committed to helping Bettye Moss Moss and Felicia Hasal; nine quietly and himself to serving his keep her column in the grandchildren, Shannon and reflected on the “remained strong for her fami- paper convicted of attempted being while she was sick,” community. For 16 years, Derek Braxton, Carl and violence. ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and Chikwendu, he served on the Baltimore said Talibahvehicular hijackGianafront of Humphrey, In Marie the Hudson’s “She held hands with her fami- executive Countyof the AFRO Lynelle andin heavy jackets ing. Cook editor records show home, men Benjamin Department of City Services ly,” the spokesman said. that he pleaded guilty to “He Advisory Board, the “It American Newspapers. both Phillips V, Michael Lowery, to and hooded sweatshirts came was obviously a Bank, and charges in 1999. He but also Maryland Food very emotional was kind and quiet, was he and Sonia and Tonia Mossbarkiss the twin white crosses moment.” convicted we understood and and the names of Donerson and ing many friends and family 12 years on the University of made surein 1998 for possesThe boy – the of of Julia sion prepared motor vehicle. Jason. Maryland Board sonRegents. wereof a stolen to carry out members. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and Continued from A1 in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” these neighborhoods will choke and be unable to get our parents and grandparents the 7000 block of South Yale receive funding and training an adequate air supply to didn’t use car seats and Avenue. to spread the word – a desigdeveloping lungs. seatbelts. However, over An Amber Alert about safe sleeping for infants missing “National data in sleep time there was real data to nation for high-risk in the children – was issued Friday city. New mothers will also position studies shows that support how seatbelts and car after a video on safe sleeping view Julian was discovered African Americans have a seats prevented injury and missing after the murders. before being discharged from higher incidence of stomach death. And that’s the same Police arrested William any one of the city’s birthing sleeping for infants,” said with babies sleeping on their Balfour, the hospitals. missing boy’s step- Stephanie Regenold, senior backs.” father and estranged husband O’Keefe advises parents advisor for the Babies born “We can’t say that we of Julia, at his to follow and caregiversgirlfriend’sthe Healthy Initiative in BCHD. could have prevented all Southside apartment several ABCs of safe sleeping for an “It’s roughly double the [27 sleep related deaths] of hours – alone, on their infant after the murders. back, incidence of stomach sleeping them, but we can say that we Balfour’s mother, Michele, has amongst Caucasians, so that’s could have prevented most of and in a crib. Babies should told reporters that her son had sleep that way throughout definitely something that them,” said Regenold, who nothing to do with the slayings. their first year, she advises, contributes to the disparity advises parents to do their Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson to help lower the risks of a that we see, especially in best to lower the risk factors preventable death. Baltimore City,” she said. when it comes to infant “If you take all other risk Regenold and O’Keefe mortality. “For most of the factors away, a baby sleeping both agree that traditional and sleep related deaths that we on its tummy is three times historical knowledge about see, there was a crib in the more likely to die during infant sleeping habits could be house. It wasn’t being used. SQUARE HIGH sleep than a baby sleeping a cultural thing passed down What we see overwhelmingly on its back,” said O’Keefe. through generations from well in Baltimore are babies who Though this might be a meaning grandparents, aunts, are bed sharing, sometimes comfortable position for a uncles, and other family with multiple people like a baby that allows them to sleep members and caregivers. parent and a sibling,” she more deeply, it also increases “I compare it to seatbelt said. To address this issue, chances that an infant might use,” said O’Keefe. “A lot of NOT ON THE LIST families can income-eligible BREAD contact the health department for information and resources that can assist them in obtaining a crib. 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Pictured in this October 1957 AFRO photo are eight of 10 Black students seeking to attend the formerly allWhite Central High School. Front row: Elizabeth Eckford, Melba Patillo, Minnijean Brown, Thelma Mothershed and Jane Hill. Back row: Ernest Green, Jefferson Thomas and Terrence Roberts. Not seen are Gloria Ray and Carlotta Walls.
‘Little Rock Nine’ Member Dies
Continued from A1 easy or popular to break against convention,” she added. “His courage set an example for future generations, who learned that education and equality go hand in hand. His desire to follow his educational dreams inspired countless Arkansans and Americans, and we all suffer his loss.” Barbara R. Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, echoed those sentiments. “The Lawyers’ Committee joins the nation in mourning the loss of Jefferson Thomas, who, along with eight classmates courageously integrated Arkansas’s largest public high school, Central High School, in 1957,” she said in a statement. “We commend his outstanding sacrifice and example in testing the federal government’s resolve to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling rendering racial segregation in American public schools illegal.” Previously a student at the all-Black Dunbar Junior High, Thomas joined the other Black students in volunteering as agents in the NAACP’s long-fought efforts to integrate schools – a plan that segregationists, including Arkansas’ then-Gov. Orval Faubus, fought tirelessly. “We feel that they have done the almost impossible job of facing the camera, enduring thousands of questions from newsmen and holding on through some pretty terrifying days,” said the Little Rock NAACP’s then-field director Clarence Laws in an AFRO Oct. 5, 1957 article. Thomas would often buoy the group’s spirits with laughter. “According to those who knew him best, Jefferson’s humor and light heart helped fellow members of the Little Rock Nine stay strong as they pursued their studies. Jefferson maintained that strong sense of humor even in his final days,” Lincoln stated. In 1960 – though Faubus closed Little Rock high schools to stymie the steady march of integration – Thomas became one of the three original “Nine” to graduate from Central High. He joined the military, serving as a staff sergeant and infantry squad leader in Vietnam and later became an accounting clerk with the Department of Defense. This past weekend, Thomas, now 68, died from pancreatic cancer, Lanier told The Associated Press. And while
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D-Calif. “Mr. Thomas will be remembered for his courage, and his legacy is a reminder that we must remain vigilant in the fight against those eager to turn back the clock to a time when equal rights and justice were denied to many Americans.”
many mourn his death as a sign of the passing of an era, his place in the annals of history will not soon be forgotten. “America is an infinitely better place because of Jefferson Thomas and the other members of the Little Rock Nine,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Barbara Lee,
Above: In celebration of their graduation from Central High School, Carlotta Walls, left, and Jefferson Thomas are seen in this July 1960 AFRO photo visiting the NAACP national office in New York City, where they reported to NAACP Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins, second from left. At right is Daisy Bates, the students’ mentor through the 1957 school integration crisis. Left: The “Little Rock Nine” are escorted into the Little Rock Central High School by a phalanx of Army soldiers through a teeming mob of angry segregationists.
First Black Sheriff in Tennessee Retires
By Mariann Martin The Jackson Sun Bolivar, Tenn. (AP) — One of the first things Hardeman County Sheriff Delphus Hicks Jr. wanted to do after he recently turned in his badge was change his cell phone number. “It’s going to be good not to get those calls in the middle of the night,” Hicks said. The 71-year-old leaned back in his office chair, where he has spent countless hours. The only sign of his age can be seen in his snow-white hair. Hicks, who retired on Tuesday, spent more than 40 years in law enforcement and 24 years as sheriff of Hardeman County. When he took office in 1978, he was the first Black sheriff to be elected in Tennessee. He served as sheriff from 1978 to 1994 and again from 2002 until 2010. This year he lost his bid for re-election to John Doolen. “I’m ready for this I’ve spent most of my life serving the public,” Hicks said. “What I have left, I want to share with my family.’’ Jimmie Leach, a retired Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent who worked with Hicks for many years, called him one of the best investigators he has ever met. “I don’t know how many times he and I saw the sun come up together, working on a case,” Leach said. “He taught me a whole lot he didn’t mind working.” The day Learch first heard Hicks’ name was when Leach was promoted to the position of special agent for Hardeman and Fayette counties in 1978, the day Hicks was sworn in as sheriff. “I went home that day and picked up a copy of The Jackson Sun and saw the story,” Leach said. Hicks always had a sense of humor and truly cared about people, Leach said. “It was obvious he was sincere, and that would make people want to talk to him,’’ Leach said. Willie Spencer, Hardeman County mayor, said the thing that has impressed him most about Hicks is how respected he is in the community. “He is involved in things you can be at an activity in any part of the county and he will be there sharing with individuals of all ages,’’ Spencer said. “You can tell he is interested in people they know he cares.’’ In one of his final days in office, Hicks took the time to share memories of those 40 years the good and the bad. Hicks recalled. “I’ve seen lots of changes.’’ As he talked, Hicks asked his secretary to find an intake card used back in the 1970s – a yellowed card about the size of an index card that contained the person’s name and the charge, but little other information. Back then, officers would get paid per arrest, Hicks said, something he was happy to see changed. “If you wasn’t real honest, you could make some money that way especially since the deputies didn’t get paid much,’’ he said. Hicks said he is thankful that he was never placed in a situation where he had to shoot someone, although one day he came close to being shot himself. Hicks and his partner were arresting someone when the man turned his back and reached
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for his waist. Hicks was near enough to grab the man with both arms and take away the 9 mm weapon the man had tried to get. “He had pretty mean streak in him. I believe he would have killed us both,’’ Hicks said. Hicks also remembered the time he and his partner arrested seven or eight people for gambling. They only had one patrol car and no one to call as a backup to help transport the people. “We told them, ‘you all meet me at the jail,’ and we left,’’ Hicks said. “They showed up at the jail about the same time we did, posted bond and went about their business. When I tell the young guys about that, they can’t believe it happened. “I’ve found that how you treat people is how they respond to you. People remember that.’’ Even though Hicks was the first Black sheriff to be elected in Tennessee, he said his focus was on doing his job. “I’ve always had good support from both races,’’ he said. “It wasn’t about race it was about doing what I needed to do.’’ Those who worked with him and know him agreed. “He sends a message that you really can achieve any goals in life,’’ Spencer said. “He worked hard to prepare himself and proved he had the required skill sets.’’ Leach said the issue of race rarely came up doing all his years of working with Hicks. Sometimes people would make remarks to Hicks, but he always ignored them, Leach said. “The people that were with him would get more upset than he did,’’ Leach said. “His focus was never on anything but being a faithful servant.’’
September 11, 2010 - September 17, 2010, The Afro-American
Baltimore Reads Launches Classes in Honor of Literacy Week
In recognition of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, which begins Sept.13, Baltimore Reads has partnered with Enoch Pratt Free Library to offer classes at Pratt branches over the coming year. “Taking Baltimore Reads’ portable classroom curriculum into libraries throughout our city has been a longtime goal of our board and staff,” said Shirley Bigley LaMotte, CEO of Baltimore Reads, a nonprofit that offers instruction to adults in basic reading, writing, mathematics and employment-readiness skills. “By partnering with the Pratt on this project, we are able to make a bigger impact on adult and family literacy in our region.” 10 Pratt branches: Southeast Anchor, Patterson Park, Cherry Hill, Edmondson Avenue, Herring Run, Northwood, Orleans Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Walbrook and Waverly. Classes are held generally for three hours each over a 10-12-week period. Prior to class, students participate in skills testing and assessment and attend an orientation. Civics classes start Sept. 18, reading and GED classes Sept. 20 and ESL classes on Sept. 27. The classes are the result of the Literacy Baltimore partnership between Baltimore Reads, Enoch Pratt Free Library and Dyslexia Tutoring Program that was launched earlier this year. In June, the group came together for the first time to host a conference to celebrate Literacy Day in Baltimore. Carla Hayden, chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, said she expects the program to have a far-reaching impact. “The impact of Baltimore Reads’ portable classrooms on the community will be immeasurable,” she said in a statement. “This program helps strengthen the Pratt’s mission of lifelong learning and our commitment in assisting students citywide academically and socially.” For more information about Literacy Baltimore, visit: www.literacybaltimore. org. And to learn more about Baltimore Reads, visit: www. baltimorereads.org.
Black Families to Converge on National Mall
By AFRO Staff Celebrating its 25th year of promoting the enduring strengths and traditional values of the African-American family, the National Council of Negro Women’s annual Black Family Reunion will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. this weekend. The much-anticipated summer event, usually a threeday extravaganza, has been merged into a one day “mega festival” to be held on Sept. 11. The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with an Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast— tickets, $40— hosted by gospel star Yolanda Adams and featuring keynote speaker the Rev. Al Sharpton. From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the free Family Musiq Soulchild Festival will be open to the estimated influx of 250,000 attendees. The festival features themed pavilions, showcasing issues such as health, education, economic empowerment, teen issues, and family values; food vendors, seminars, a health fair, a cultural exchange talent stage, and more. And to round off the day, an A-list of Black entertainers, including R&B/soul singers Chrisette Michele and Musiq Soulchild and gospel artists Regina Belle and J. Moss, will perform in the Dorothy I. Height Tribute Concert from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Organizers say this year’s event will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Height, the former NCNW president, who died earlier this year. Dr. Height launched the event in 1986 in response to negative publicity regarding “the vanishing Black family.” For more information, visit: www.ncnw.org
National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week begins Sept.13. In the next 12 months, the organization will offer free classes in literacy, civics, GED prep and English as a second language (ESL) at
Baltimore Foundation in Line for Pepsi Grant
For families battling a child’s critical illness, the crashing surf and sandy shores of area beaches offer a port in a storm. And Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation is one step closer to opening that harbor to more needy families. The Baltimore-based organization is in the running to receive a Pepsi Refresh Grant, which would provide necessary funds to expand the first and only beach respite facility in the United States for critically ill children and their families. “We want to continue to ‘wow’ families who come to the Believe In Tomorrow House by the Sea, seeking respite from the stressful routine of painful medical treatments, surgeries and hospital visits,” said founder and CEO Brian Morrison. The Foundation is now in its 25th year of bringing families to the beaches of Maryland and Delaware, free of charge, to recover from the stress of confronting a child’s critical illness. If it secures the grant, the foundation will be able to expand its current facility on 66th Street in Ocean City, Md., and build additional amenities for the respite-seeking families.
Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation provides a beach getaway for critically ill children and their families. Said Morrison, “This grant will enable us to construct a rooftop conservatory, and expand our elevator service to the top deck, so all of our families can gaze year round at the stars, the sea or the sky, to create an even more memorable visit to the beach.”
Baltimore Goes Blue for Men’s Health
long event. In addition, each participating faith center receives a Blue Suit Toolkit including resources to community health agencies, screenings and additional health-related products. According to Cheatham, over 250 synagogues, mosques and churches signed on as participating in 2009.
The Men’s Blue Suit Health Awareness Weekend takes place Sep.10-12 at various places in Baltimore. Visit naacpbaltimore.org.
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Marvin “Doc” Cheatham The Men’s Blue Suit Awareness Weekend, a faith-based health awareness campaign founded in 2007 by Baltimore NAACP President Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, has become a tradition at churches, mosques and other religious institutions throughout the metropolitan area. The initiative aims to raise awareness and services related to men’s health in Baltimore, a city where men are more likely to die of preventable illnesses like cancer, diabetes, HIV and heart disease. According to the Baltimore City Health Department, men in Baltimore are less likely to have access to a doctor and at least one-third of adult males ages 18-65 have no health insurance. To acknowledge the health crisis facing many of the city’s men, Blue Suit Awareness Weekend encourages members of the community to wear blue suits at their places of worship. If participants do not own a blue suit, they are encouraged to wear any blue item of clothing during the weekend-
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Sept. 10 Mark Cottman Gallery Presents the ‘Feeling of Jazz’ 1014 S. Charles St. Various times. Witness local
artist Mark Cottman’s jazz exhibit featuring paintings of many famous musicians such as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington
and many more. Exhibit runs through Oct. 3. For more information: markcottmangallery.com/ the_feeling_of_jazz.html.
Sept. 10-12 Men’s Blue Suit Health Awareness Weekend East Baltimore Medical Center, 1000 E. Eager St., Baltimore. 11 a.m. Blue Suit weekend aims to increase awareness and services around men’s health. Throw
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When the planes flew into the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, I was living in Seattle, on the other side of America. My brother and his wife were visiting me. We did not leave the house for two days because we were worried that Americans angry at Muslims would attack my sister-inlaw, who wore a hijab. On Sept. 13, 2001, one such angry American – Patrick Cunningham – tried to start a fire in my local mosque’s parking lot. When two Muslims coming out from night prayers tried to Mona Eltahawy stop him, Cunningham – who was drunk – tried to shoot them; he missed, then jumped into his car and drove into a tree. When we heard what had happened, we drove to the mosque and were moved to see flowers and messages of support already flooding its entrance. And from that night on and for weeks more, neighborhood men and women holding signs that read “Muslims are Americans” stood on 24-hour guard outside the mosque. Compassion was not one-sided. Issa Qandil, a Jordanian immigrant to the United States, who was one of the two Muslim men Cunningham had tried to shoot, told authorities he forgave Cunningham and wanted to drop the charges. The Seattle Weekly newspaper said that wasn’t possible, but that Qandil’s attitude of forgiveness facilitated a plea bargain. Qandil visited Cunningham in jail and told him that he understood why he did what he did and that he forgave him. Qandil even testified at Cunningham’s sentencing hearing, saying that retribution was useless and asked the court to be lenient. Cunningham got six-and-a-half years instead of 75. According to the newspaper, Cunningham wrote a four-page, handwritten apology to the mosque in which he referred to “the two brave men of your congregation.” The attempted attack on the mosque in Seattle ended without harm but other attacks were successful. The year after 9/11, I ended my marriage to the American I moved to the United States to be with. Up until that point, I hadn’t been alone with America. So when I signed my divorce papers, I got into my car for 18 days – just America and me. And paranoia: just before I left a group of Muslim men had been stopped on the highway. Apparently, a customer at a diner they’d just frequented had heard them speaking Arabic (not sure how she knew it was Arabic as most Americans wouldn’t recognize it from Swahili, say) and called the police, saying they were acting “suspiciously.” My 18 days alone with America were a pilgrimage of sorts. When I first moved from Egypt to the US in the summer of 2000, I vowed I would not join any Muslim community in the US; I wanted to find my own way as a Muslim in my new home. Each of the cities I’ve lived in throughout my life has heralded a new stage in my faith. I became a feminist in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when I realized that the Islam we practiced at home was so different from that outside, which so often discriminated against women. I became a liberal Muslim in Jerusalem, where I lived in 1998 and where my ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbors reminded me of the ultra-conservative Muslims in Saudi Arabia. My journey towards liberal Islam required solitude in Seattle, communion between me and America on the road, and
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then resolution in New York. Soon after the end of that road trip, I came across Muslim WakeUp, a liberal Muslim website that led me to a community of like-minded Muslims. For the first time in my life, I felt comfortable sharing my ideas and values. It is only in Cairo, my original hometown, and New York City where I feel no selfconsciousness – not about who I am, what I believe, or what I look like - that I am perfectly at home. I will not surrender that comfort as birds of a feather plan to flock to NYC for a hate fest to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11. The right-wing group “Stop Islamization of America” will be hosting a rally against the proposed Islamic Community Center in Lower Manhattan. Attending will be a who’s who of bigots – former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, publisher Andrew Breitbart, and, most notoriously, the far-right Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, who has called my religion “the ideology of a retarded culture.” There is talk of a counter-rally. I am sure my city – where I marched in two demonstrations against the invasion of Iraq – will tell the bigots what several New Yorkers said at those anti-war rallies: “Not in our name.” Mona Eltahawy is a syndicated columnist.
Public School System is Failing Black Community–When is enough enough?
Last week, the Schott Foundation released a startling report, which revealed that nearly 50 percent of African-American males in the nation’s public schools in 2008 didn’t graduate. Dr. John Jackson, president and CEO of the Foundation, concluded that “without targeted investments to provide the core, researchproven resources to help Black male students succeed Pastor Heber in public education, they are Brown, III being set up to fail.” The report identified Baltimore as one of the 10 worst performing cities in America for Black males in the public school system. Tragically, this designation doesn’t come as a shock to anybody paying attention in Baltimore. Our educational woes have regularly been placed in the national spotlight. Despite all of the roundtable discussions, seminars on student improvement, special reports from the state department of education, changes in personnel, promises by politicians, and even rallies by activists; the truth is staring us in the face: the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) has been failing Black children for a long time. The student body of the BCPSS is nearly 90 percent African American, and according to their data, for the past two school years 40 percent of seniors did not graduate. Since 2006, nearly 9,000 students have dropped out. This is no new trend. It’s past time to take drastic action, which does not involve reforming a corroded system. Personalities aside, the current system is a failure and attempts to re-form a failed system are a waste of time and resources. As the majority demographic in this city and the school system, it’s time for African Americans to assert themselves and snatch control of the sinking ship of public education in Baltimore. Despite brown faces in high places, the Black community does not control the school system – the minority White community does. An educational system created by the values, beliefs, historical perspective and cultural mores of the European American community will never produce African Americans who are culturally aware, holistically developed, and expertly equipped to engage the priorities of their own people. This is like asking a fox to teach chickens how to be chickens! It doesn’t work and other ethnic and religious groups in Baltimore know this.
The Jews have their own schools in Baltimore to teach their children how to be good Jews. The Catholics have their own schools in Baltimore to teach their students how to be good Catholics. The Quakers have their own schools in Baltimore to instill in their students the values of Quakers. Where are the schools in Baltimore controlled by proud Black people that teach Black children how to be honorable Africans in America? We are the majority in this city and we shouldn’t be begging to have a say in the education of our own children! Instead of being tethered to the state and a slave of the governor and his political puppets in the city; the Black community should demand ultimate authority in regard to curriculum, staffing, finances, physical planning, athletic programs, and any other area of the educational system of our children. If the political structure isn’t agreeable to this demand, it’s time for the Black community to pull our children out of their school system en masse and create our own. The Rev. Heber Brown III is the pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in North Baltimore and Vice President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
Big Challenges Require Big Solutions
(NNPA) - Several weeks ago the Schott Foundation released “Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education.” The report revealed that the overall graduation rate (2007-2008) for Black males in the United States was only 47 percent. Taken alone this statistic is alarming. Coupled with the fact that two-thirds of all new jobs will require some level of college attainment Dr. John H. and the correlation between Jackson education attainment and a communities’ economic base, access to healthcare, civic participation and incarceration rate – the statistic is dangerous. While the numbers in the Schott 2010 report are new, few should be shocked as in 2008 the Schott Foundation highlighted the fact that the Black male graduation rate was only 48 percent nationally. Many articles have been written discussing how these statistics project a bleak future for Black males and our nation. However, we cannot get so wrapped up with projecting the future that we lose sight of the impact of failed federal and state systems on Black males and youth when they do not provide learning opportunities to all students. For example, New York City, which enrolls the largest number of Black males in the nation, graduated fewer than 29 percent of its Black male students on-time and college ready. Chicago, which enrolls the second largest number of
Why Black Communities Can’t Settle for Small Education Reforms
Black male students only graduated 44 percent on time. None can separate New York’s or Chicago’s graduation rate with the fact that TODAY, in New York City, 50 percent of Black males are unemployed. TODAY, in Chicago Black males are disproportionately involved in shootings and are the victims of homicides. During one June Chicago weekend alone, more than 52 people were shot – reports indicated that the majority of the shootings were youth gang related. These education and social factors indicate that Black communities, churches, businesses and families are in trouble TODAY and can neither wait in the future to take action to change the trajectory. Unfortunately, as urban and rural Black communities are losing thousands of young people per year the majority of solutions put forward by officials can only save hundreds in a given community. The main discussion today has been to give these communities more access to charters or individual academies – when every indication is that even if all charters were high quality (which is not the case) creating enough of these schools to address the depth of today’s reality is virtually impossible. For example, Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy, an all boys academy where 100 percent of the 107 graduates are going to college is often cited when officials discuss solutions to the problem. While Urban Prep’s accomplishment is to be lauded, offering the school’s existence, or other charters, as a model for systemic change is insufficient. Even if the city replicated Urban Prep 10 times, the graduation rate for Black males in Chicago would only be impacted slightly. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, in 2009 the fastest-growing charter system was in New York City with 22 percent growth. Yet, charters in New York City only educate 2 percent (21,000) of New York City’s 1 million-plus students. These school-by-school solutions are inadequate for depth of the challenge. High minority and high poverty communities and their youth have been neglected for so many decades that they need solutions that impact thousands not hundreds. It’s time for faith institutions, grassroots advocates, parents and progressive elected officials to call for large-scale systemic reforms that we know work. For example: - Guarantee all students access to high quality early education ensuring that they are literate by third grade – as only 13 percent of Black eighth-grade students are proficient in eighth-grade reading. - Provide all students who are 10-15 percentage points below the proficiency rate an Individualized Student Recovery Plan – which provides each student the academic supports, mentoring and health supports needed to provide students an opportunity to learn. If states can pay for probationary officers for Black males surely they can employ mentors for them. - Call for states to develop an “Opportunity to Learn” plan that outlines how the state plans to reduce the inter-district and intra-district disparities in access to early education, highly effective teachers, college-bound curricula and equitable instructional resources over the next five years. The plan should include an analysis of the long-term state and federal investments needed to protect every child’s civil right to an opportunity to learn. Many of these requests will likely be met with the question: How can we afford to do this in this economic climate? The Black community TODAY is uniquely positioned to respond to that question. We can’t afford not to! Dr. Jackson is president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
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It might have been called the ‘Cadillac Parade’ but that didn’t limit the participation one bit. Along with the cars were marching units, bands and horse drawn carts.
Edmondson Village Steppers
Fashions of the ‘50s by Travis Winkey
Photos by J.D. Howard and Bill Tabron Labor Day weekend was filled with the beginning of renewal for the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor. For years, it was a center of activity for Baltimore’s west side AfricanAmerican community, filled with culture and booming businesses. Events on Sept. 3, 4, and 5 were planned to bring attention to the history and to start making some new traditions for the area. The opening ceremonies on Sept. 3 included the Heritage Trail opening, a performance by The Spindles and several presentations, including to the Oblate Sisters of Providence, Morgan State University, Bethel AME Church, Union Baptist Church, Sharp Street Memorial Church, Henry Highland Garnet School, The Royal [Theater] and the AFRO American Newspapers. The Cadillac Parade, that included the convoy of Cadillacs and other cars, as well as marching units, bands and horse drawn conveyances, brought history forward. When the parade was over, the Panama Band brought the sound that got people on their feet. The weekend’s events ended on Sept. 5 with faith-based activities involving area historic places of worship. There were mini-tours and music by the Singing Sensations on the main stage.
Pennsylvania Avenue was alive with activity, especially the Cadillac Parade.
Viola Christian and family enjoying the Cadillac Parade on Sept. 4.
Owner of the pythons Dodds Nikko with Mother Edna
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity stepping at Cadillac Parade grand stand.
Presentation to George Gilliam, organizer and CEO of the Cadillac Parade, with William Cole IV and Patricia Jessamy.
Presentation to nun from Oblate Sisters of Providence, second from right; with James Hamlin, event organizer; Jeffrey Buchheit, director, Baltimore City Heritage Area; Bernard “Jack” Young, president , Baltimore City Council and Councilman William H. Cole IV.
This Buick and Ford had no trouble fitting into the Cadillac Parade.
Dream Nation Advanced Performing Marching Unit from Baltimore.
Panama Band performed after the Cadillac Parade on Sept. 4.
Baltimore All Stars Marching Unit.
The Spindles performed after the opening ceremonies on Sept. 3.
Fashions of the ‘50s by Travis Winkey
Photos by Webster Phillips III As part of Baltimore Navy Week 2010 − a series of events honoring the military branch’s mission and heritage −members visited the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture for a tour led by museum Executive Director Dr. David T. Terry. Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, was on hand for the tour, which showcased the numerous artifacts, journals and artwork featured at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
The 2010 Baltimore Fashion Week showcased local, national and international designers.
Dr. David T. Terry, museum executive director, shares information about the Fifth Anniversary Arts Wall Retrospective with Gerald Stansbury, president, Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches and Navy members.
Jason Reid, U.S. Navy “Soldier of the Year”
Captain Mike Salvato views a museum display
Gerald Stansbury, president, Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches AFRO Global Markets Director Ben Phillips views the historical documents on display at the museum.
Baltimore Fashion Week, produced by Butterfly Productions, LLC, is Baltimore’s annual high fashion runway event featuring local, national, and international designers. The 2010 showcase took place at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson and was sponsored by Towson Town Center. Baltimore Fashion Week was created to celebrate the collective talents of artists and designers by uniting fashion with the arts. Baltimore Fashion Week aims to
create a vibrant fashion community where designers can thrive, by providing a showcase of one-of-a-kind fashions and continues to support the rise of this creative class. This year’s designers included Maryland-based Mail Rose, Quincy Tae’Lor, Je Ne Said Quol, Sia Sylmons, SohmanistVintage/Boulevard Boutique, Yeppoyou and A Touch of Grace; Virginia’s F.L.E.X. and New York designer Smart & Sexy/Sexy Aquatic. For a full list of the 2010 designers, visit baltimorefashionweek.com.
Cherrie Woods, museum director of marketing and public relations; Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. and Dawna Baker, museum development director
Photos by Bill Tabron
By AFRO STAFF In a partnership that promises to expand his already flowering media enterprise, megawatt minster, Bishop T.D. Jakes recently signed a distribution and marketing agreement between his Dallas-based Dexterity Sounds recording label and the Universal Music Christian Group. And already, a project under the new agreement is underway: a much-anticipated follow-up to Bishop Jakes’ nearly gold-selling 1999
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T.D. Jakes Partners with Universal Christian Group
and platinum recording artist, Pastor Marvin Sapp. “Universal Music Christian Group has proven time and time again that they are a monumental, creative force in this industry,” said Dexterity general manager and senior music producer, Cedric Caldwell in a statement. “It is truly an honor to be in partnership with them. We believe that the musical synergy between Bishop Jakes and Universal Music Christian will be felt and heard all around the world.” Sacred Love Songs II, an album of Biblically inspired love songs, will feature an enviable line-up of the hottest names in R&B and gospel music today, Dexterity promises. Dexterity Sounds staff is also working on the CD soundtrack for a new ensemble comedy, Jumping The Broom, which tells the story of what happens when two families from totally different socioeconomic backgrounds meet for the first time at a weekend wedding on Martha’s Vineyard. The movie is produced by Bishop Jakes and Tracy E. Edmonds and directed by Salim Akil. The projects are just the latest in a string of media projects birthed by Jakes and his 30,000-member Potter’s House Church. He and The Potter’s House Mass Choir have released three other hit CDs, including the Grammywinning 2003 project, A Wing and a Prayer. Rhoda Lawrence, vice president of Universal Music Christian Group, said these accomplishments point to the possibilities inherent in this partnership. “We are incredibly delighted to be in a partnership with a world-renowned leader of Bishop T.D. Jakes’ stature and influence,” she said. “An alignment of this enormity creates endless opportunities to impact people’s lives on a world-wide scale; fully integrating all aspects of faith-based entertainment from film and television to music.”
Bishop T.D. Jakes Sacred Love Songs (Island Records), which featured R&B diva Shirley Murdock
How Sweet the Sound! CeCe Winans and Donald Lawrence are co-hosting this year’s” How Sweet the Sound,” Sept. 18, at the Verizon Center, where choirs in size categories will compete for the title, “The Best Church Choir in D.C.” The event, which promises to be an “unforgettable night of gospel and praise,” gives choirs the opportunity to compete for up to $50,000 and prizes in addition to the title. More than a singing competition, it is an opportunity to celebrate the unique ways gospel music connects people. This is Verizon’s way of empowering church choirs to share their talent and passion with the wider community and gain recognition for their dedication and hard work. Participating choirs are in the Few Voices Category: • Aktiv Gospel Chorale, Baltimore • BRYDGES, Upper Marlboro • Holy Nation Sanctuary Choir, Triangle, Va. • The SBC Chorale, District of Columbia Many Voices Category: • Voices of Empowerment Temple, Baltimore • Sanctuary Choir, Baltimore • Greater Mt. Calvary Men of Valor, District of Columbia • Greater Morning Star Bishop’s Choir, Largo The grand finale event will be held, also in Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, where winning choirs will compete for “The Best Choir in America.” The show begins at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18 at the Verizon Center, 601 F St., N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, visit HowSweetTheSound.com. Sept. 12 Join Gethsemane AME Church, 1505 Eutaw Place, as it celebrates the anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. K.
Andre Brooks, at 11 a.m. worship followed by a 1 p.m. Fly and Faithful Brunch. The Rev. Amin Flowers, Life Church Ministries is the preacher for the afternoon service. Sept. 13 The Revs. Larry Thompson, Upper Room Worship Center, Parkville; James Axel, Tabernacle of Praise, Harford County and George Skelton, New Harvest Christ Ministries, Fort Washington, Md., are guest speakers for the IGNITE Prayer Conference, Sept. 13-15, at Sweet Prospect Baptist Church, 901 E. Eager St. All are welcome. For more information call 410-6450835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rev. Tushina Yameny is pastor of the church and host pastor for the conference. Sept. 18 Enjoy the annual St. Frances Academy Crab Feast Fundraiser, 3-8 p.m. in the Academy Gym, 501 E. Chase St. For more information call 443-722-5420, 410-371-1484 or the school office at 410-539-5794. The Third Annual Fundraising Luncheon for Susanna Wesley House will be held 11:30 a.m. at Oregon Ridge Lodge, 13401 Beaver Dam Road in Hunt Valley. For more information visit susannawesleyhouse.org. Sept. 19 The Rev. Dr. Robbin Blackwell is the morning preacher for the church anniversary of St. John’s Transformation Baptist Church, 801 N. Mount St., 9:30 a.m. The theme for the celebration is, “And the people had a mind to work.” The Rev. Ronald Covington is the preacher for the 4 p.m. service that will be held at his church, Hope Community Church, 719 Poplar Grove St. The Rev. Dr. Bertha Borum and Rev. Dorothy Boulware are co-pastors of St. John’s Transformation Baptist Church. Sept. 21 Baltimore United Congregations in cooperation with the Goucher College Office of Religious Spiritual Life present An Interfaith Forum on Homelessness, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Goucher’s campus. Registration information can be found at Baltimoreunitedcongregations.org. The Rev. Beth Cantrell and Sheila Helgerson co-chair Baltimore United Congregations. Sept. 26 The Music Ministry of Ark Church – the Divine Voices of Praise, Men of Ark, Radical Praise and the Ark Angels – will be in concert, 4 p.m. at their 1263 E. North Ave. location. For more information, visit divinevoicesofpraise.com. The Rev. Dr. James Carter is pastor of the church.
Hilah T. Glaze, 83
Hilah Theresa Glaze was born on July 26, 1927, in Baltimore. She was the sixth of 10 children born to the late Sarah and George A. Brown Sr. She and her siblings were raised on Myrtle Avenue. Glaze attended St. Frances Academy. After graduating in 1946, she went on to attend Morgan State College. While at Morgan she joined the majorettes, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and she was even crowned “Miss Morgan” in 1950. She graduated with a bachelor’s in English. After graduating from Morgan State, she married the love of her life, Jackson G. Glaze, on Aug. 18, 1951. Together they raised five children. On Aug. 18, 2001, they had the privilege of renewing their vows on their 50th wedding anniversary, just two weeks before Jack was called home to heaven. On Aug. 21, 2010, at 11:01 a.m., Glaze earned her wings and joined her beloved husband in heaven. She leaves to treasure her memory five children, Jackie, Renee, Mark, Lisa, and Marty; two sons-in-law, Jeff and Jerome; two daughters-in-law, Debbie and Tracey; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Saint Cecilia’s Church.
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New Movie Reveals Hip Hop’s Dangerous Side
By AFRO Staff While it appears that the hip-hop industry is mostly comprised of glitz, glamour and groupies, many are unaware of its cruel, harsh and sometimes dangerous realities. The Next Hit, a suspenseful thriller distributed by Barnholtz Entertainment, offers a fictional tale set in the rap world that exposes these realities and provides a glimpse into the industry’s dark side. Amid declining record sales, label giant Super Star Records’ marquee rapper is murdered as a result of violent industry turf wars. Shortly thereafter, the label sees an unexpected twist of fate when record sales begin to hit the roof. Despite the upturn, the rapper’s death still remains a mystery. After the dead rapper’s friend Rod, (rapper Fredro Starr) is suspected of knowing more about his slain friend’s demise, his life is put in danger and he and his girlfriend, (actress Lark Voorhies) soon go on the run. But unbeknownst to him, the reason for his friend’s murder is not what it appears to be and the culprits are harboring right under his nose. Also starring in the film is a lineup of real life platinum-selling rap artists including Flo Rida, Rick Ross and N.O.R.E, one half of the chart-topping group Capone-N-Noreaga. The Next Hit will be released on DVD on Sept. 14. For more information, visit: www. thenexthit.com.
Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009 With new and updated material, celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli has updated his bestselling book examining the life of late singer Michael Jackson, one of the world’s top-selling entertainers. The paperback edition of the biography has an updated prologue, including information about the criminal trial against Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murphy; the singer’s legal woes, new details about his This Is It tour and discussion of his relationships with various women. Based on more than 35 years of research, the book includes hundreds of exclusive interviews with celebrities closest to Jackson and attempts to separate myth from reality. Final word: A revealing biography of the world’s most recognized pop star. In stores now. The Quiet One: General Roscoe Robinson Jr. The Quiet One covers the life and military career of the first African American to achieve the rank of four-star general in the U.S. Army from his humble beginnings in St. Louis to his death in 1993 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. Robinson’s story is one of perseverance, discipline and commitment to duty, although he began his career with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Army when segregation was an American norm. The author details the racial treatment of Blacks in the military and Robinson’s response to these difficult times during the ‘50s and ‘60s. Written by Leon L. Haley, The Quiet One also pays careful attention to Robinson’s role as a husband and father of two, while highlighting his 35-year career serving on four continents under eight presidents. Final word: A detailed glimpse into a military pioneer’s life. Available on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and the-quiet-one.com. The Hot Box With The Hot Box, an adults-only book featuring four young characters living in rural North Carolina, sensual fiction author Zane returns with another steamy page-turner. Inspired by the baseball drill “hotbox,” where three or more players take turns trying to tag their competitors, the book blends the worlds of sports, love and sex. Milena is a veterinarian who’s lived a mundane life after a breakup with local-heartthrob-turned-baseball-star Jacour, who recently signed an $85 million contract with the New York Yankees. Fast forward eight years later and Jacour has returned to North Carolina in search of Milena’s heart. But the seemingly sheltered Milena has maintained a relationship with handsome mystery man Yosef and a tug of war ensues between Jacour, the undeniably attractive sportsman, and Yosef, a beautiful stranger. Meanwhile, Lydia – Milena’s longtime friend – takes advantage of her sexual prowess and deftly juggles relationships with two men, Phil and Glenn. Money and life beyond rural America motivate many of her decisions, but when her affair with Phil takes an unexpected turn, Lydia is forced to make choices that put her in the hot seat. Final word: Two women, four men and numerous love triangles exposed with Zane’s signature dramatic, sexy flair. Available now. For more information visit simonandschuster.com.
Downing Tells Love’s Complete Story on New Album
By AFRO Staff Vocalist Will Downing, known for his smooth and soulful R&B and jazz compositions, is gearing up for the release of his latest project that will stand out from many of his former LPs. The singer’s imminent album, Lust Love and Lies (An Audio Novel) tackles the subject of love and its facets and presents them in the form of a story. “This record had actually been coming together in my mind for five years,” Downing said in a age Courtesy Im statement. “I just didn’t know how to go about it at first. Then when I first started writing the songs, it started to make sense as a story. I’d never made a record like this before. I had always sort of erred on the side of caution and safety when making records. This was the first time I said, ‘You know what? Let’s just do something completely different.” The album, which Downing has deemed as “an audio soap opera,” contains vignettes of conversations that aid in the progression of the story. Also detailed in the piece are elements of comedy, tragedy and the subtle shades in between. Calling on producers Rex Rideout and Chris “Big Dog” Davis, the album features many guest players and vocalists – leading many to label this as Downing’s most straightforward R&B album to date. “I think people sometime don’t know how to categorize my music,” Downing said in a statement. “It’s soulful, but it’s also slightly jazzy. It’s a blend of so many things. But I think this album solidifies what I’m doing and where I’m going. It locks into a groove and says, ‘Okay, this is an R&B record.’ It’ll be interesting to see how longtime listeners react and whether any new folks will come on board.” Since the release of his first album in 1988, Downing has been on a steady ascent. In addition to releasing 14 albums in 22 years, the singer was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2000 for his All the Man You Need. For Lust, Love and Lies, Downing wanted to tell a full story of love, as he was sure its universal message would appeal to nearly everyone. “From being in lust with someone from the moment you see them, to being intrigued by them, to potentially falling in love with them, to whatever comes after that,” Downing said in a statement. “Let’s face it, we’ve all been there at one time or another.” “Lust, Love and Lies” will be released on Sept. 14 on Peak Records. For more information, visit: www.willdowning.com.
Groundbreaking Documentary Explores Sensitive Subject of Biraciality
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO You know you’re watching a groundbreaking documentary when it not only forces you out of your comfort zone but also manages to persuade you to reassess your point of view without resorting to potentially alienating polemic. This is the case with Biracial, Not Black, Damn It!, a poignant, thought-provoking and ultimately, mostenlightening film directed by the brilliant Carolyn Battle Cochrane. The product of a mixed marriage herself, Carolyn sets the tone during the opening credits of her labor of love when she wistfully states, “My mother is the most incredible role model, and she’s a White woman.” This matter-of-fact comment is, at first blush, slightly startling, since she looks like a sister and, let’s face it, “When you say you’re we’ve all been culturally Black, when you’re conditioned to see anyone really mixed, you’re who’s even partially passing for Black.” Black as simply all Black. Again and again, However, the picture the theme of ethnic subtly implores you to identity is addressed rethink that reflexive in a revealing manner, tendency to lump biracials from the White mother and Blacks together who wonders, “How did unfairly. For instance, I give birth to just Black who wouldn’t be moved kids?” to the innocent after hearing Carolyn, little girl often asked while sitting on the by strangers what color steps of a brownstone she is who perplexedly in the “’hood,” confront looks down at her own another’s prejudice with, arm and shrugs, “a “I think the tragedy is tannish color.” when you shrug your Nonetheless, there shoulders when I say it’s Courtesy Photo is much hope on an identity issue.” This Carolyn Battle Cochrane’s latest documentary explores the sensitive the horizon for this insightful observation invisible segment of topics of biracial identity in America. by the filmmaker is only society more in search one of many by a variety of understanding Black and White. find themselves languishing in of biracial adults, teens and than sympathy. After all, Overly embraced by a limbo neither of their liking children about what it feels the census reflects that African Americans as if nor making. “I don’t know like to be pigeonholed in biracials are the fast growing solely their own, yet kept at a why we have to choose,” one a country with a color line demographic in the nation, distance by Caucasians for not interviewee says tearfully. when you undeniably actually being purebred lily-White, the Another, who refuses to deny hence, the spirited discussion, happen to be equal parts here, about Barack Obama, subjects of this exposé tend to half of her heritage, asserts, indicting the president for passing up a priceless opportunity to put biracial Americans on the map. “He talks about ‘change’ but wouldn’t change constitute teaching White people that he is of them as well as Black?” one participant suggests. “Why doesn’t America, Black or White, want to see him as biracial?” asks another. Credit Carolyn Battle Cochrane for having the guts to pose the tough questions about a taboo topic to elicit the heartfelt, sobering reflections from members of a momentarily marginalized group collectively poised to emerge as the face of 21st century America. Excellent (HHHH) Unrated Running time: 141 Minutes Distributor: Battlecatt Productions
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Maryland Recognizes National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Month
By AFRO Staff The problem seems almost insurmountable: 430,000 Marylanders, and more than 1 out of 5 resident between the ages of 18 and 25 are dependent on or abused alcohol illicit drugs in the past year, according to the latest National Surveys on Drug Use and Health estimates. Still, the state’s efforts toward prevention and (Stock Image) treatment are bearing fruit, Alcoholism is just one of many addictions everyday said Maryland Department of Americans struggle to overcome. Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Secretary John M. state’s recognition of National Recovery Month, Tuesday. Colmers as he kicked off the Alcohol and Drug Addiction “Despite having higher percentages of admissions with multiple substance problems, cocaine and heroin abuse, injecting drug use, mental health problems, and criminal justice origin, Maryland’s treatment outcomes were comparable to, or more positive than those of surrounding states and the rest of the nation,” he said in a department press release. “This is good news, and it is a reflection of the impact of our collective efforts.” According to the release, in 2009 state and local health officials provided prevention services to 225,000 persons and treatment to 72,000 individuals. Research shows that each $1 spent on treatment saves approximately $7 in criminal justice, healthcare and lost productivity costs since it reduces substance use, homelessness and crime, and increases employment. At the Sept. 7 event held on the grounds of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration in Catonsville, Secretary Colmers presented a proclamation from Gov. Martin O’Malley. He was joined by joined by Robert Hendricks from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the organization that has promoted this observance for the 21st year. Keith Mills, sportscaster for WBAL Radio delivered the keynote address. More information on other Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month events in Maryland is available on the ADAA website www.dhmh. md.gov/adaa under “What’s New.”
Women More Likely to Self-Diagnose Minor Medical Issues on the Web
By Melissa Jones AFRO Staff Writer Women are twice as likely to turn to the Internet to determine the causes of their minor aches and pains, according to a new survey. According to an online survey conducted by Flexcin International, makers of a joint inflammation supplement, women searched the Internet for initial research on medical issues twice as often as men. The company surveyed 500 men and 500 women between the ages of 35 and 60 across the United States. The results showed that 73.6 percent of women in the survey researched their aches and pains on the Internet, compared to 44.1 percent of men. One woman, Monica Blount-Hart said she uses web sites such as WebMD (http:// www.webmd.com/) to get information about an illness before going to a physician. “I am able to receive immediate satisfaction,” she said. “Sometimes when I go to a physician I feel like I’m being rushed without proper followup with a diagnosis.” Like Blount-Hart, women in the survey said that they used this method to gather information on a variety of aches and pains, not lifethreatening illnesses. Men in the survey said that they were less likely to turn to the Web because they were less able to accurately describe their ailments. “Although the Internet Flexcin, said in a statement. “If you have general aches and pains or a case of the sniffles, people today are more inclined to research the Internet rather than wait several days to see a doctor her grandmother’s illness. “It seemed as if the doctor’s couldn’t figure out anything. So, I did some research through Google and entered symptoms referring to my grandmother’s condition,” she said about a condition the nature of which she declined to reveal. “I printed it out and gave the information to her doctor. This was unheard of by the doctor. He looked it up and was amazed. She was then treated with medication.” Satisfied with the results, Blount-Hart said her grandmother is now doing well. She also plans to continue to use the Web to research minor medical issues.
Traditional Health Practices Highlighted at Conference
Special to the NNPA from GIN (GIN) – Africa’s knowledge base was the focus of the third Walter Sisulu University Research Conference held this month at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital. Over 200 papers were presented at the three day conference. Titled “Consolidating Research, Innovation and Technology Platforms for a Knowledge-based Economy,” the meeting attracted delegates from as far as Japan and West Africa. “We should be taking advantage of our own knowledge base,” said university head Dr. Somadoda Fikeni, “and base our research on our own experiences.” He cited recent government housing projects which ignored indigenous knowledge in favor of modernism. “Houses were built with tin roofs, which turn them into refrigerators when it’s cold, but when it’s hot you feel like you’re locked in a microwave. But all along, African people have been thatching their huts to solve this very problem,” he said. Sisulu professor Ken Mossanda presented a paper on African medicinal plants with cancer-fighting properties such as cancer bush (Sutherlandia fructescens), isibaha (Warburgia salutaris) and devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens). But Dr. Marykutty Mammen, who heads the department of medical biology at WSU, noted that rejection of indigenous knowledge is common among students. In a survey of first-year medical students, “75 percent of the students consulted traditional healers at one time of their life, but less than 50 percent believed that traditional healers and healing might help at times,” he said. Because 80 percent of all South Africans use traditional medicine and 60 percent will consult a traditional healer first, “it is extremely important that medical students are sensitized on the role and presence of traditional healthcare in the community,” Mammen said.
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doesn’t replace your doctor, I think these results speak to the fact that both women and men are very frustrated with the healthcare industry,” Tamer Elsafy, CEO and founder of
and then pay the high cost of prescriptions.” The research paid off for Blount-Hart, who used information she found to help a physician correctly diagnose
A recent study in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery tested the quality and content of information on the Web for common diagnoses related to orthopedic sports medicine, including tendonitis and knee injuries. The authors found that information varied widely across the Internet and suggested that users searching for information should exercise caution and only trust reputable sites that display the HONcode seal of compliance. The HONcode is a seal of approval from the Health On the Net Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to improve the quality of online health information.
A Maasai village elder and traditional medicine man in Kenya. Many Africans consult traditional healers before they seek modern medicine.
FDA Looks to Curb Abuse of Cough Medicine
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By Matthew Perrone AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators are weighing restrictions on Robitussin, NyQuil and other cough suppressants to curb cases of abuse that send thousands of people to the emergency room each year. The Food and Drug Administration has posted its review of dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in more than 100 over-thecounter medications that is sometimes abused for its euphoric effects. The practice, dubbed “robotripping,” involves taking more than 25 times the recommended dose of a cold medicine and is mainly associated with teenagers. At high doses the drug causes increased blood pressure, heart rate and fever. Abusers can also suffer side effects from other ingredients mixed in cough medicines, such as acetaminophen, which can cause liver damage. “Because of the drug’s perceived safety, ease of availability, and desired psychoactive effects, it is sought after by those seeking to alter their mental state,” states the FDA review. According to the FDA, inappropriate use of the cough-medicine ingredient was linked to nearly 8,000 emergency room visits in 2008. That was up more than 70 percent from reports in 2004. Later this month the FDA will ask a panel of experts whether dextromethorphan should be available only as a prescription. The agency is not required to follow the group’s advice. A spokeswoman for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association said the group has been working since 2003 to reduce abuse through educational campaigns targeting parents, teenagers and school nurses. “It’s really about trying to take this multifaceted approach to inform parents that while these medicines are safe and effective, they are also vulnerable to abuse,’’ said spokeswoman Elizabeth Funderburk. The group represents Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and most other over-the-counter drug companies.
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only time this season that Maryland will have to deal with the military. Former United States Military Academy Athletic Director Kevin Anderson was named to the same position with the University of Maryland, College Park. Anderson directed the Army’s athletics department from 2004-2010, overseeing a 25-sport program that rosters more than 900 Army cadet-athletes. Anderson, the first African American to hold the Army’s athletic director title, also helped manage a budget of $25 million and turned a $1 million operating deficit into a $2.73 million surplus in just five years on the job. He also helped negotiate a five-year, $55 million deal with CBS to televise the annual Army-Navy game, while also inking a deal that will bring college football to Yankee Stadium, starting this season with an Army-Notre Dame faceoff. Overall, Anderson has more than two decades of sports leadership experience, including stints at Oregon State University and University of CaliforniaBerkley. He graduated from San Francisco State in 1979 with a degree in political science. “We conducted an extensive national search which was rigorous and insightful…and, in the final hour, [President-Designate Dr. Wallace] Dr. Loh and I were in complete agreement that Kevin was the best person to lead Maryland Athletics,” said Maryland’s Acting President Nariman Farvardin. Anderson will replace Deborah A. Yow, who led Maryland athletics for 16 years. Yow left Maryland this summer to assume the AD position at North Carolina State University. Maryland is confident Anderson will do a fine job replacing her. “Kevin has built a solid program of competitive and academic success at the U.S. Military Academy, supporting the studentathlete and demonstrating that academics and athletics can go hand in hand,” Dr. Loh stated via the school’s athletics website. “I am convinced that his leadership will raise Maryland Athletics to even greater heights. We are delighted to welcome Kevin into the Terrapin family.”
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Former Army Athletic Director Kevin Anderson was recently named to the same position at University of Maryland, College Park.
By AFRO Staff The Maryland Terps won its first game of the season against Navy Sunday night, but that won’t be the
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No. 1 Gilman Greyhounds Manhandle No. 1 Good Counsel Falcons, 28-7 When they met last season, Good Counsel and Gilman lit Maryland high school football powerhouse programs up the scoreboard in a 49-37 track meet that saw both teams DeMatha and Gilman are set to meet on Sept. 20, but they first combine for more than 600 rushing yards. This time around, tuned up for the big game later this month by brushing it was Gilman who did all the running as the top-ranked off opponents at the inaugural I-95 Kickoff Classic school in Baltimore dominated Washington, D.C.’s at Towson University on Sept. 4. top team. With star tailback Wes Brown shelved With rushing attacks that would make with a knee injury, Good Counsel (1-1) was professional teams envy, both schools forced to lean on a passing game that stalled displayed why they sit atop the rankings in against a stout Greyhound defense. local areas and set up a preview for what Behind star senior quarterback/running could be a huge game in two weeks. back/returner Darius Jennings, Gilman (20) exploded to a 28-7 halftime lead and No. 2 DeMatha Stags Beats No. 14 Loyola never looked back. Gilman scored on its Blakefield Dons, 45-31 opening drive before Good Counsel evened With heralded running back Marcus the game early in the second quarter. Fueled Coker on the roster, DeMatha used a by Jennings, Gilman scored 21 unanswered power ground attack last season to bruise points in a near five-minute span that left its way to an 11-1 finish. With Coker now Good Counsel gasping for air and looking at Iowa University, the Stags (1-0) unleashed for answers. Jennings rushed for 144 yards their running-back-by-committee approach over and added another 73 yards passing, including a Loyola Blakefield in ferocious fashion. The electric touchdown strike. Courtesy Image Josh McPhearson and the powerful Delonte Morton Although Jennings stood out, Gilman’s defense stole headlined an attack that ripped Loyola for 433 rushing yards the show. After allowing 49 points in their meeting last season, and 28 points in the second half. Gilman’s defense allowed only one score, and held Good But a high-powered aerial show allowed Loyola to keep it Counsel to 202 total yards, including 66 in the second half, and close going into the fourth quarter. Quarterback Mike Fafaul returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown. passed for 226 yards and three touchdowns and explosive receiver Jordan Floyd hauled in eight passes for 112 yards and a score. A field goal gave Loyola a 24-23 lead early in the More Game Notes: fourth quarter, but that would be their last lead before Morton The inaugural I-95 Kickoff Classic is part of event flexed his muscles. The 6-foot-3-inch, 251-pound senior organizer Tony Kennedy’s efforts to link two of the strongest rumbled for runs of 25 and 36 yards on the ensuing drive, private school leagues in Maryland and Washington, D.C., the scoring a touchdown on the latter. Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Trailing 31-24 with just over six minutes remaining, a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC). A total of Fafaul pass was intercepted by DeMatha senior cornerback five games were played during the event with schools from the Jordan Lomax, who returned it 70 yards to seal the win. MIAA going 4-1 against their WCAC opponents.
MSU kicker Kemar Scarlett set a single-game school record by connecting on four field goals in the season opener against Bowie State. By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor The Morgan State Bears handled business in its first game of the season, edging the Bowie State Bulldogs, 14-7, at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore. It was the first season-opening win for Morgan State since 2007. Morgan State (1-0) will take on an even greater challenge on Sept. 11 as they head to College Park to face the University of Maryland Terps at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Bears will need to rely on its team captains, which include offensive tackle Lawrence Brewer and specialist Kemar Scarlett. Both players were honored by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on Monday after performing well against Bowie State. Brewer, a 6-foot-5-inch, 290-pound junior from Fort Washington, Md., anchored an offensive line that didn’t allow a single sack as Morgan State tossed the ball around 32 times last Saturday against Bowie State. Brewer recorded four pancake blocks, individually. “Lawrence is one of our team captains and he has put in a lot of work to get him and his teammates ready to do their jobs effectively on Saturday,” MSU head coach Don Hill-Eley told the AFRO. “It’s good to see his work paying off and the MEAC recognizing his work.” Meanwhile, Scarlett, a senior out of Temple Hills, Md., set a singlegame school record by connecting on four field goals from 33 yards, 39 yards, 44 and 47 yards to give the Bears 12 of its 14 points scored. “We want to be able to score points whenever we can,” Hill-Eley said. “Anytime you have a kicker that can help you put points on the board, it helps tremendously.”
I was glued to my tube the other day when a shot of NFL star receiver Chad Ochocinco (formerly Chad Johnson) was looking back at me. I was immediately attentive because any time you see this guy’s mug, there is a story attached. Here is another athlete who doesn’t know how to keep a low profile and just collect the big bucks. He is talented; there is no question about that. But he wants the spotlight at all times. Whenever he scores a touchdown, there is a new soap opera about to take place in the end zone. I suppose he got tired of paying fines, so a few years ago he decided to show his discontent with not getting the football on every play. This came as a surprise because he and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer were seen at games together seeming to be scouting for their own benefit. His discontent made no impression on Bengals coach Marvin Lewis who told him in no uncertain terms to get over it and play football. It was then that Chad decided he wanted to be traded. To this end, he pouted and became an overall malcontent. To his credit, he hasn’t had a brush with the law. He seems to be satisfied with hovering on the brink of self-destruction. However, all of this attention given to him has become beneficial. The Bengals weren’t the only game in town, and a few other opportunities opened up for him. He was selected to be a contestant on the reality show “Dancing with the Stars,” and all I could do was pray that he would behave himself. He was partnered with Cheryl Burke and it didn’t take long for his hormones to kick in. He made it obvious that he was enamored with Cheryl, and he began to give her the full court press. First he gave her a diamond encrusted ring. This led America to ask the question, “Are they engaged?” Cheryl responded to all queries with the, “Just friends” line.
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Next came a diamond encrusted heart for Cheryl’s birthday. I don’t know a lot about jewelry, but I am willing to bet the total cost of these gifts would pay rent on a nice apartment for a year. I am happy to report that Chad was able to show enough dancing skills to hang on for most of the show. However for the finale, he was sidelined with a football injury. With dancing behind him, he moved on to his reality show where 85 women competed for his attention. The show was titled “The Ultimate Catch,” and I am sure Chad’s ego didn’t suffer any damage over this title. In the meantime, he is communicating with Cheryl long distance asking her not to cheat on him. With show on full go, Chad’s brinkmanship rose to the surface and he started exercising his desires despite the direction the producers wanted the show to go. The demand that started a stink was his emphasis on no Black women on the show. When he made his selection, he desired only dark-haired White women and Latinas.
“Here is another athlete who doesn’t know how to keep a low profile and just collect the big bucks.”
Meanwhile back at the ranch, the Bengals acquired wide receiver Terrell Owens, the selfproclaimed “eighth wonder of the world.” He not only has a competing reality show, “The T.O. Show,” but he is seemingly the biggest spoiled brat in the league. His pet peeve is not getting the ball as much as he wants, and he has no trouble shoving anybody under the bus to achieve his desires. It should be very interesting when these two egos clash in Cincinnati. Now back to Chad and the romance department. He has revealed the ending of the show by indicating that he has no intention of picking any of the contestants. His new main squeeze is Evelyn Lozada, and there appears to be no room for anybody else. Sorry Cheryl. However, there is an indication that maybe the worm has turned. In Indianapolis he dined at a restaurant called St. Elmo’s, and uncharacteristically picked up the tab for all of the diners. Total bill: $10,000.
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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MARYLAND AVIATION ADMINISTRATION The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) is issuing an Invitation for Bids (IFB) MAA-IFB-10-004 to Establish And Operate A Non-Exclusive On-Airport Rental Auto Concession at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall). All interested bidders are invited to attend a Pre-Bid Conference at 10 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time), October 6, 2010, in BWI Marshall¬s Assembly Rooms A & B, Third Floor Terminal Building, BWI Airport MD 21240-0766. Attendance is recommended as a source of information; however, attendance is not mandatory. Interested bidders may arrange to pick up IFB No. MAA-IFB-10-004 on or after September 15, 2010 at: Maryland Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Management Helen M. Tremont, Director Third Floor, Terminal Building P.O. Box 8766 BWI Airport MD 21240-0766 Please call Brenda Lopez Zapata at 410-859-7844 to arrange for pickup of the IFB Specifications in person. Specifications can also be mailed to the proponent via regular mail. IFB specifications may be picked up or will be mailed upon payment of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) in the form of a check made payable to the ∫Maryland Aviation Administration∫ and must indicate ∫Invitation for Bids No. MAA-IFB-10-004∫ on the check. If sending a check, by overnight mail (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.) eliminate the ∫P.O. Box 8766∫ to the above address. This payment will not be refunded. Overnight or express mail delivery of the IFB specifications is only upon request and at the expense of the bidders. MAA will not be responsible for late delivery of IFB specifications. Sealed bids will be received on behalf of MAA by the Director, Office of Commercial Management, Maryland Aviation Administration, Third Floor, Terminal Building, P.O. Box 8766, BWI Airport, MD 21240-0766. Bids delivered in person or by express mail will be received by Director, Office of Commercial Management, Third Floor, Terminal Building, BWI Airport MD 21240-0766, until but not later than 4 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), December 8, 2010. MAA encourages Disadvantaged Business Enterprises to respond to this solicitation. Helen M. Tremont Director TYPESET: Wed Sep 08 16:14:43 EDT 2010 Office of Commercial Management
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” - Leo F Buscaglia The award ceremony and luncheon for the employees of the East Baltimore Community Development Corporation at the Visionary Art Museum was a tremendous success. The picnic style luncheon featured chicken, pulled pork, assorted pastas, carved pit beef and turkey. The employees and their families enjoyed the camaraderie blending family and co-workers together for a fun filled afternoon. My best friend and I, CEO Dr. Marie Washington decided to “get this party started” when the deejay played our favorite, James Brown. The look on the employees’ faces when they saw Marie dancing old school was invaluable and that’s when the party started. “If you believe within your heart you’ll know that no one can change the path that you must go. Believe what you feel and know you’re right because the time will come around when you’ll say it’s yours.” - Lena Horne, The Wiz During the ceremony, when one young man received his award, he thanked the staff profusely for believing in him because six months ago he thought he was in the process of being terminated. Guests enjoying the afternoon were Marietta English, Novella Carter, Kevin Carter, Ralph Gilliam, Council President Jack Young, Birdie Leverette, Regina Boyce, Jacqueline Washington, Bruce Berano, Zoe Washington and John Howard. “He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.” Goethe Mildred and Charles Owens’ annual crab shala, family reunion and retirement celebration for Mildred and Charles was full of special moments and surprises. I had never heard of a crab shala so I was eager for a new experience. The crab shala is the South’s version of a New England lobster bake only with crabs, sausage, chicken, and potatoes and corn steamed together. While we were enjoying the feast catered by Charm City Catering, saxophonist Sherwood Pea entertained us along with dancers Arquesia Hodge, Felicia Witherup, Renata Gonzales and Traquel Morgan performing hip-hop, ballet and modern dance. Charles sang, “You are so beautiful,” and at the end of the song, he asked Mildred to marry him. Mildred said, “We are already married” as laughter exploded. Unbeknownst to Mildred, Charles had arranged the renewal of their marriage vows celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, planning every detail including her outfit. Once Mildred recovered from the shock, the bridesmaids took her to get dressed.”The look of love” when she returned in a purple off the shoulder gown and gold tiara, a vision of beauty anxious to renew her vows with her Prince Charles, dapperly dressed in black pants, white shirt, black bow tie and red blazer. Their daughter Minister Sonja Owens Hill performed the ceremony. Guests travelled from 10 states including Texas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
“May the work I’ve done speak for me” Mildred and Charles received citations from U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin, Congressman Elijah Cummings, Maryland Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam recognizing their retirement from their respective jobs; Charles as an architect and Mildred as a federal employee, both with distinguished careers. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” - Goethe I believe one of the beauties in life is you don’t have to be good at anything to enjoy life; that’s why I was excited when I received an invitation from Aileen Rappaport to participate in the Investment Women’s Golf Association’s annual clinic and play. This invitation only event was in a gated community in Mitchellville, Md., at the Country Club at Woodmore. The golf course designed by Arnold Palmer was voted among the best courses in Maryland. It didn’t improve my game; but I enjoyed a fantastic hot summer day. It was utopia arriving at the fifth hole with the gigantic fan cooling off the greens. We lingered for a moment basking in the spectacular surroundings while cooling down. At the 19th hole we entered the well-designed clubhouse where my group rushed for water; I thirsted for a cold Amstel. The scene unfolded like a beer commercial; the waiter brought me an Amstel and a frosted mug, and before I could say I preferred a glass he poured the beer in the ice-cold mug. OMG with the beer frothing over the rim, it looked so refreshing. The waiter laughed as the water requests changed to beer orders. Mommy always said, presentation is everything. . “I’m living my life like it’s golden.” When Clay Hewitt, the most eligible bachelor in Bowie, invited me to a happy hour at the Half Note Lounge (owned by Derric Thomas) for his friend Adrion Howell – a candidate for Prince George’s County Clerk of the Circuit Court – I couldn’t resist an opportunity to check out another hot spot. “I shall return.” - Gen. Douglas MacArthur This warm and welcoming upscale venue is definitely a place I’ll visit again. It was great meeting PG County’s movers and shakers: Felicia Bullock, June Bullock-Dixon, Patrice Trammell, Kevin Clay, and Jayne Howell Johns. The food was exceptional jerk wings with mango chutney salsa and delicious catfish. I laughed when Clay asked me what I wanted to drink and said, Amstel. He looked a little perplexed and said, “That’s beer, I thought you were going to order one of those girly drinks.” How did he know I like girly Jack Daniels and cognac? For directions to the Half Note, call 301-809-0707. Happy Birthday Virgos Barrington Branch, Barbara Miller-Lee, Carlos Hutchins and Maceo’s Dante Daniels. “Its celebration time!” “I’ll be there.” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch
Sealed proposals addressed to the Board of Estimates of Baltimore, will be received until, but not later than 11:00 a.m. local time on the following date(s) for the stated requirements: SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 FURNISH LABOR, EQUIPMENT, SERVICES, ETC. FOR CITY WIDE NETWORK AND SYSTEM SUPPORT B50001567 THE ENTIRE SOLICITATION DOCUMENT CAN BE VIEWED AND DOWN LOADED BY VISITING THE CITYS WEB SITE: www.baltimorecitibuy.org
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Equipment Operator II Environmental Sanitarian I/II Police Officer, Lateral Property Acquisition Agent Visit our website at www.aacounty.org for additional information and to apply on-line. You may use the Internet at any Anne Arundel County library, or visit our office at 2660 Riva Road in Annapolis. Deadlines to apply on website.
TYPESET: Wed Sep 08 12:51:35 EDT 2010 AEO/DF/SFE
City of Baltimore Department of Finance Bureau of Purchases
Addiction Counselor Comprehensive primary care center in downtown Baltimore has immediate opening for experienced full time Addiction Counselor. Will provide assessment, group and individual counseling, and other treatment related services. Some evenings and weekends required. Good verbal and written communication skills; able to work as part of multidisciplinary team and manage multiple tasks. Certification at CSC level or higher required, AA Degree preferred. Send resume to C. Berry, HCH, 421 Fallsway, Baltimore MD 21202. FAX (410) 837-8020. E-mail: email@example.com. No phone calls. EOE
Local Construction Comp. seeking Exp¬d Administrative Assistant. Organized; multi-tasker; Office Suite exp.; Send resume & cover letter w/salary req. via email or fax 1-410-545-0643. M. Luis Construction is an EEO employer. Minorities & women encouraged to apply. No Phone Calls Please.
Engineering Maintenance Position: Minimum 2 yrs engineering or technical electronics school equivalent and 3-5 years experience in the broadcast industry or related field. Requires extensive experience in maintaining and troubleshooting a wide variety of broadcast equipment. Candidate must have solid background in television systems, transmission and satellite communications. Candidate will be required to employ Autocad for system design and layout. Must have advanced knowledge in video production, IT infrastructure and station automation.The duties include maintaining the technical integrity of the station¬s on-air video/audio signal, analog and digital transmitters, experience in tape and server based digital video systems routers, switchers, ENG/SNG/ DSNG vehicles and microwave equipment. The successful candidate must have good troubleshooting and problem solving skills and must be able to repair equipment down to the circuit level. Position requires the ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs., climb ladders, work on rooftops and in confined spaces. You must be able to work weekends and evenings and be flexible in your schedule.SBE CPBE (or better) certification a plus. Send resume to: Human Resources, WBAL TV, 3800 Hooper Avenue, Baltimore MD 21211 WBALEngineering@hearst.com No phone calls please. EOE.
Laurel Const. Comp. seeking EXP¬D Construction Dispatcher. Schedule & Setup material. Send resume & cover letter w/ salary req. EEO employer; Minorities & women encouraged to apply. No Phone Calls Please.
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