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Baltimore Teachers Union Approves New Contract
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer After a month of town hall meetings, routine school visits and contract modifications, members of the Baltimore City Teachers Union voted in favor of what the city schools’ system calls a landmark contract negotiation. “Teachers are at the very heart of everything we as a school district do, and unlike any other agreement until now—here or elsewhere in the country—this contract truly values teachers and gives them the opportunities for professional and financial advancement that they deserve,”

Dunbar Edges Fort Hill Steele on Thin Ice at Helm in Semifinal B3 of Republican Party


Conaway, Health Department Call for Seizure of Caffeinated Alcohol
The U.S. House passed the Claims Resettlement Act which releases $1.5 billion for restitution to Black farmers.


said city schools CEO Andres A. Alonso. “Most importantly, it creates the structures and supports for all of our teachers to teach well, and for our students to receive the excellent instruction they deserve.” The three-year pact ties teacher compensation to positive active involvement, positive evaluations and student performance. A newly structured four-tier career system allows opportunities for teachers to earn significant pay increases—possibly six-figure salaries. It eradicates the original teacher pay scale, which was rooted in regular raises based on tenure and allows educators to climb the career ladder in shorter increments and at their own pace. Educators can earn yearly raises by completing “high quality” professional training, engaging in school activities and advancing through four established career paths—standard teacher, professional teacher, model

Atfarmers bill passed but tough road still ahead Last! Black
By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief African Americans are still waiting for the “40 acres and a mule” promised them by the U.S. government almost two centuries ago. But, this week, Black farmers took one giant step closer to receiving the payouts due them from the settlement of a discrimination case against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On Nov. 30 the U.S. House passed the Claims Resettlement Act by a vote of 256-152, thereby releasing $1.5 billion for restitution to Black farmers that were denied loans or otherwise discriminated against by USDA from 1981-1997. “It took many years of protests, phone calls, and even a mule ride and a tractor ride for the Black farmers to get the attention and support in Congress that could make today possible,” said John Boyd Jr., president of the National Black Farmers’ Association, Tuesday. “Even though this is not a perfect settlement, it is a just

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Tessa Hill-Aston, City’s New NAACP President
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer The Baltimore Branch of the NAACP has a new face, city housing official Tessa Hill-Aston. The Northwest Baltimore native was elected president Nov. 16, defeating longtime former head, G.I. Johnson, by 142 votes. While this was her first presidential run, she has served on the NAACP executive board for 15 years, most recently as second vice president. Hill-Aston, 60, is the first woman to hold the two-year presidency since the honorable Enolia McMillan, who completed her local tenure in 1984 to become the national president until 1990. The new branch leader recently sat down for a Q &A with the AFRO. partnerships. One of the things that I want to do is work outside the box. We have standing committees but along with that I’m going to bring in some other people to be advisors so we can get more support and write grants and do things that help youth and young people through leadership programs. AFRO: Speaking of youth, it seems that the NAACP does not have many young members. Are you planning to do any outreach to target this group? TH: Yes, but let me say that we do have young people but it’s not given a lot of attention in terms of PR. We have a Morgan State chapter, a New Shiloh Baptist Church youth group and just recently, [Marvin] “Doc” [Cheatham] instrumented last year, a chapter at Northwest High School. So, we do have youth involved but it’s probably not showcased enough and I would like to recognize the young people more so other students will want to join and get

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involved… Even separate from college and separate from the churches, I want a youth component with young leadership so they can learn and understand that the NAACP started over 100 years ago and it is still needed just as much today in 2010 going into 2011. Some of the obstacles look different but racism and blockages are still there for people of color and there is also a need to work together with all communities. AFRO: What is your first plan of action as president? TH: We are going to have a strong housing committee because that has been my background—housing and homelessness. We are going to have a strong youth component. And when I talk about youth, I’m thinking teenagers up to early 30s and we want them to get more involved and to feel comfortable. And voter registration—next year is an election year; we are going to do strong voter registration starting with people 18 and up. We will go from community to community and we will have people on the board that will take different areas of the city. We want a strong force of people coming out to vote and understand why they are voting and who they should vote for and investigate the candidates in an intelligent way. That’s very, very important. We’ve been doing that but we want to do more.

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AFRO: Why did you decide to run for the presidency? TH: Well, I decided to run after some encouragement from other people on the executive board. It wasn’t something I had planned. Being president is going to be a challenge that I’m looking forward to and I will implement all the rules and regulations of the NAACP while initiating outreach. We have already been meeting with the president of the Caribbean Association, who is a female, and I just met with the female president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We are going to Courtesy Photo be doing some work together. AFRO: How did you Tessa Hill-Aston was recently elected president of the We are going to reach out to become interested in housing, Baltimore Branch of the NAACP. She is pictured (left) other ethnic organizations with her sister Mira Green at an October 2010 Freedom homelessness and foreclosure and corporate America for Fund Banquet. Continued on A5

settlement and one that we hope will allow the cases to be resolved and provide closure.” The Virginia farmer said after almost three decades of pursuing justice in this case, the victory this week was “bittersweet” given the many farmers who lost their farms, lost their livelihoods and lost their lives in the process of waiting. And the waiting is not quite over for the approximately 65,000 claimants covered in the Pigford II suit, officials say. Black farmers will have to go through an arduous process before they can receive a check, due in part to claims of overspending and fraud from mostly Republican lawmakers. “This is an outrage and one vote that no member of this Congress should vote for,” Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said in her statement on the House floor, after a recitation of assumptions and figures that she said do not add up. “This will be an albatross around the neck of any Congress member that votes to fund this obviously fraudulent claim.” Citing the same numbers Iowa Congressman Steve King said, “It’s got to be fraud.” And, he also alleged that near automatic payments of $50,000 and debt relief in the dispersal of Pigford I’s $ 1 billion allotment – without sufficient proof of the claims – is an example of neo-reparations. “Forty acres and a mule ... that’s been the promise of slavery reparations [and] in truth we have the modern-day version of reparations that is going on here ... and it is wrong,” he said. “Rep. King’s comments have a racial undertone against Blacks,” Boyd told the AFRO, adding in other statements, “We’ve proven our case in federal court, we have a settlement agreement, we’ve done everything right in this case.” Democrat John Conyers, chairman of the Judiciary

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“This contract truly values teachers and gives them the opportunities for professional and financial advancement that they deserve.”

teacher and lead teacher. The Maryland State Department of Education is still evaluating how much impact student performance will have on teacher pay. BCPSS officials say the new measure gives Baltimore teachers the highest starting salary in the state, and may attract teachers from other systems. This was the second version of the agreement. The first was rejected several weeks ago for being unclear on how teachers can advance financially. “We heard our members loud and clear when they said they needed more information and opportunity to give feedback,” said union president Marietta English. “With our members’ help, we’ve arrived at a new contract that will improve our profession and raise the level of educational excellence in the Baltimore City public schools.” The contract has led to polarization within the union, as demonstrated by the close vote count—1,902-1,045. Several members campaigned against the bill, arguing the measure gives administrators too much power. Amber Wade, a kindergarten teacher at Rosemont Elementary/Middle School, says she still has questions about the contract, so she voted against it twice. “Thank God I’m fine with my administration team, but what if there is a teacher who doesn’t mix well with an administrator?” she asked. “The administrator has so much control; they can come in a teacher’s classroom and not like their style and give you a poor evaluation.” Wade also noted a lack of clarity on how her 4- and 5-year-old students’ performance will be evaluated. “Everything seems to be based on money,” she said. “‘Oh, but you are going to get a raise.’ It just seems kind of sneaky to me. Who cares about the money? What is going to happen with us and the kids?”


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Kamala Harris Wins Fight for Calif.’s Attorney General NNPA - After a longfought and bruising battle to be the state’s top law enforcement official, Kamala Harris has prevailed to become the next attorney general of California. She will be the first woman and the first African American to be elected to statewide office in more than three decades. A career prosecutor, Harris AP Photo embarked on a campaign Kamala Harris that many thought was insurmountable, but she overcame all the obstacles and barriers that were thrown in her path – and like her campaign slogan stated, she is not only “Smart On Crime,” she is smart. More than three weeks ago, D.A. Steve Cooley prematurely announced victory in the hotly contested race. But, apparently the subsequent counting of the mail-ins and absentee ballots forced Cooley to concede, and recently he did, as he trailed by more than 50,000 votes in what was one of the closest statewide races in California history. His concession means that San Francisco district attorney Harris will be transitioning to the post of California’s next attorney general. And now California Democrats can claim a clean sweep of California statewide offices in the 2010 midterm elections. Cooley issued the following statement: “While the margin is extremely narrow and ballots are still being counted, my campaign believes that we cannot make up the current gap in the vote count for Attorney General. Therefore, I am formally conceding the race and congratulate Ms. Harris on becoming California’s next Attorney General.” President’s Latest Book Sees Massive Sales Random House Children’s Books, publisher of President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters released a statement last week calling the book its fastest selling picture book in company history. Of Thee I Sing sold 50,000 in its first five days on shelves and is the third book from Obama following his memoir, Dreams from My Father, and political observations in The Audacity of Hope. The book pays homage to 13 famed civil rights leaders and notable faces like sports star Jackie Robinson and President George Washington, while celebrating the nation’s diversity. While addressing his daughters, Sasha and Malia, Obama writes, “Have I told you that they are all a part of you? Have I told you that you are one of them and that you are the future?” Proceeds from the book go to a e Courtesy Imag

scholarship fund for children of deceased or injured soldiers. Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Elects Barbara Johnson to Board of Governors The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions, has announced the election of attorney Barbara L. Johnson, a partner at the international law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, to a threeyear term on its board of governors. Johnson is a nationally known jury trial and class action lawyer who represents companies in a wide range of employment-related litigation, including matters involving employment discrimination, wage and hour claims and Courtesy Photo wrongful discharge. She began Barbara Johnson her professional career as an analytical chemist and instrument engineer for Dow before taking a leave of absence to attend the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, where she received her law degree in 1984. She received her bachelor’s degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Va. Two African Americans Among 2010 Rhodes Scholars The Rhodes Trust recently named two African-American students Rhodes Scholars. Fagan Harris of Glen Burnie, Md. and Esther Udehi of Evansville, Ind., will join 30 other Americans and travel to England next October to study at Oxford University. Harris is a 2009 graduate of Stanford University in California where he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and American studies. He’s currently completing a masters degree in human rights and criminal justice at the University of Limerick in Ireland as a Mitchell Scholar. He plans to pursue a doctorate in philosophy while at Oxford. Udehi is a senior at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she majors in biochemistry and mathematics. In addition to serving as a visiting student at Oxford, she was also a Wells Scholar, Presidential Intern and Senator Richard Lugar Scholar. At Oxford, Udehi plans to pursue a doctorate in chemistry. Courtesy Photo This year’s winners were chosen from 837 applicants from 309 different colleges and universities across the globe. The scholarship pays expenses for two or three years of study at the renowned university and is worth an estimated $50,000 per year. Often hailed as the “oldest and most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world,” the Rhodes Scholarship was created in 1902 by British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes, who acquired wealth from his diamond mining empire in South Africa, set up provisions for the program in his will.

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ACORN Fights Back

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
No wonder Obama’s campaign is trying to distance him from the group, saying, “Barack Obama Never Organized with ACORN.” But Obama’s ties to ACORN run long and deep. He taught classes for ACORN. They even endorsed him for President. But now ACORN is in trouble. Reporter: There are at least 11 investigations across the country involving thousands of potentially fraudulent ACORN forms. Announcer: Massive voter fraud. And the Obama campaign paid more than $800,000 to an ACORN front for get out the vote efforts. Pressuring banks to issue risky loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.

sport-utility vehicle sought in By Alan King connection with the murder of AFRO Staff Writer By Philip Elliott Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Associated Press Jennifer Hudson and other Suburban with Illinois license relatives positively identified WASHINGTON (AP) — A significant bloc of Republican National Committee members wants embattled chairman Michael Steele to step aside, but the rank and file have failed to settle on a clear alternative, according to Associated Press Michael Steele interviews with committee members. committee members, 39 said More than four dozen they preferred Steele not be on interviews with members the ballot when they meet near of the 168-member central Washington in mid-January to committee found fear that a pick their leader. badly damaged Steele could For his part, Steele hasn’t emerge from the wreckage of said whether he will pursue the a knockdown, drag-out fight to 85-vote majority needed for a Courtesy Photos head the party as it challenges second term. Already, members Jennifer Barack Obama in mom, Darnell Donerson who Hudson and her President have Jason. was killed, most agree that brother, been hearing from others 2012. While as well as her interested in that quest. Steele’s time has been rough Michigan committeeman – and costly – the members plate Anuzis haswas found on the body of her 7-year-old Saul X584859 announced also recognize that a leadership Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours his candidacy. Former fight his body was found in a policestrategist Gentry call after could overshadow gains RNC received a 7 a.m. that Republicans made in the Collins, an operative who midterm elections. is warmly regarded among With balloting set to take RNC members, has formed place in just two months, many a committee to explore a just want Steele to go. chairman’s race. So, too, have “You can’t keep spending Missouri chairwoman Ann the kind of money they’re Wagner and former Bush and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King spending every month just Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, administration official Maria AFRO Staff Writer to operate the RNC,’’ said among Cino. the names submitted to committee member Ada Fisher election officials. Presidential candidate John A group of committee of North Carolina. “I would – Hurd said those workers, McCain’s attack on ACORN members, meanwhile, is who hope he would step aside.’’ were doing those things without Associated Community courting Wisconsin GOP “The question is who ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for Reform Now – chairman and RNC lawyer sion, were fired. should bethe success of next two Reince Priebus, who ran confirms hired for the the “The evidence for organization, a head of firing years, It’s notthematterof the Steele’s 2009 bid that has surfaced so far showsnot ruled out group says. anybody,’’ said James Bopp, chairman but has they faked forms to get “This is testimony from a committee member to the work challenging paid for work they his ally. didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done holds great sway Indiana whoand success we’ve Connecticut chairman Chris boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude conservatives among socialHurd, president of Healy also is weighing a run. victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said“I just interview in an don’t on the panel. And several GOP governors tor of it. with the AFRO. performed think Steele has Hurd said the only things “When this attackfor the we have urged Republican started, at the level we need Governors Association bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had presidential cycle.’’ executive director Nick Ayers to selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new votIn interviews with 51 agrees. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say seek the position, a suggestion It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” been found guilty of, or even McCain, who is running for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those democracy.” being registered and those doing, a non-partisan the registration. Web site, found those claims to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reged. istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting organization has fought for social his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. and moderate-income Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 memObama? A man with “a political ber families organized into more baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organimpressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse
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Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew Steele on Thin Ice at Helm of Republican Party
from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed he vehicle reluctant to the has beenwhile walking his dog. According to the Chicago embrace. Tribune, the boy had been shot Steele, too, is talking multiple times in the back seat to committee members, of the vehicle. The SUV, regishighlighting his role in the tered to Hudson’s murdered Republican landslide. brother, was towed with the Voters punished Democrats boy’s New Hampshire to being from body inside and is processed by evidence techniCalifornia, giving Republicans cians and workers. The the at least 63 new seats in body was later removed and taken to House. Republicans picked up the governorships Medical 10 Cook County and added Examiner’s office. party six Senate seats. The Hudson and other family also gained control of 19 state members arrived at the Medical legislative chambers and now Examiner’s office mid-afterhold noon their highest level of state to identify the body. legislative seats since 1928. Given the choice between looking “Now is at the body or directly not the time to trade in proven wall-mounted viewing it on a electoral success for unproven hope,’’ Idaho Republican chairman Norm Semanko told fellow RNC members. “Now is not the time to change leaders. video screen, the family chose And now According to to the latter. is not the time thebe Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, that’s him.”
distracted into internal strife the party’s leadership. and battles among one another The letter was a playbook for power and control of the for any of Steele’s potential GOP infrastructure.’’ rivals, noting that the chairman Looking ahead, the GOP had maxed out a $15 million focus is voting Obama out of credit line the committee had office. To do that, Republicans approved. need a coherent message, a “I think the Gentry Collins strong party apparatus and letter made it impossible for a sizable account that Steele Mike Steele to be re-elected,’’ has seemed uninterested in said Virginia committee building. member Morton Blackwell, When Collins resigned from who is backing Anuzis. the national committee last Steele started the job with a week, he wrote a scathing letter $23 million surplus; the RNC questioning the ability of the raised more than Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. $79 million RNC, under Steele, to lead the this year and has spent all of charge against the Democrats. it. murders but places held A spokesman for the office theSome went tois beingthat in previously saw little RNC cash told“Sadly, if left onthat current the newspaper its Hudson jail for parole violation after path, the RNC will not be a or interest, including five U.S. productive force in the 2012 territories that each has three campaign to deny President votes on the central committee. Obama a second term, retain “There are two things that a “remained strong for herelect a being convicted to understand. our House majority and famichairman needs of attempted ly” and majority,’’ heits leader. murder and vehicular hijackSenate was clearly wrote to They’re going to start with a “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesThe boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue. An Amber Alert – a designation for high-risk missing children – was issued Friday after Julian was discovered missing after the murders. Police arrested William Balfour, the missing boy’s stepfather and estranged husband of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Southside apartment several hours after the murders. Balfour’s mother, Michele, has told reporters that her son had nothing to do with the slayings. Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson

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deficit. That’s fact. They also will need to figure out how to posted fliers bearing his photoget the major donors back on graph around the city. On board because they weren’t on Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked board public’s help in finding for thelast time,’’ said Linda Herren, a committee member her nephew. In her MySpace from Georgia. “They still blog, she thanked fans and suphelped for their prayers and porters elect Republicans. But it was not $100,000 RNC.’’ offered athrough thereward to Third-party groups, led by anyone who returned the boy veteran GOP operatives Karl alive. Rove and Edinvestigation, Since the Gillespie, raised in a few months almost as much Hudson – who gained stardom as the RNC has since January after appearing on “American Idol,” and then won fueled 2009. Those dollars an Academy Award for ads that in blistering television her role the movie Dreamgirls – has helped Republicans to victory stayed out ofembarrassment to but were an the public eye. theThe Chicago Tribune reportRNC. ed thatsupported of carsvery “I a parade Steele moved slowly past her family’s home heavily last time. I haven’t Mondayhim off, but I’mthe written morning, past news vans,the other ones,’’ said looking at reporters and curiGeorgia GOP ous onlookers. chairwoman Sue Neighbors stood Everhart. “Michael Steele, his quietly and heart was in the right place and reflected on the he tried to be a good chairman. violence. In front of the Hudson’s A5 Continued on home, men in heavy jackets and hooded sweatshirts came to kiss the twin white crosses baring the names of Donerson and Jason. “Everybody is sick of going through stuff like this,” Artisha West, a former resident of the area told the Tribune. “We all have to stick together. All these young children are dying, and for what?”


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Volunteers Kim Johnson, Charles Smith and April White help folks stock up on holiday beverages.

Jessica Guercio gives away meats on Nov. 23 as part of the Ray Lewis Foundation’s Thanksgiving event. A great many were served.

Volunteers from Walmart – Kim Paterson, Karen Monroe, Tia McDonald, Martin Brown, Laleeta Lewis and Josephine Nunuz – distribute canned goods.

Verizon volunteers Miko Baldwin and Yvette Wilkins are there to do their part.

Volunteers Jamala Spriggs, Sunseria Lewis ( Ray Lewis’ mom), Yvette McDaniel and Toya Horton man an information table.

April Smith, Germaine Boyd, Wanda Tinson and Deborah Gayles help make sure there is no shortage of dessert.

Michael Williams gets a signature from Ray Lewis.

Mary Kryglik, Joe Krainer, Maria Ward and Linda Hudnet share the bread.

Photos by Bill Tabron As part of a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition, Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis helped hand out turkeys to hundreds of families in need outside the Bluford Drew Jemison Academy in West Baltimore. Hundreds lined up outside the school to pack boxes with canned goods, bread and other Thanksgiving food items before receiving a turkey personally handed out by Lewis. This is the 11th year of Lewis’ Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and is one of the charitable efforts hosted by his nonprofit organization, the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation.

Volunteers Leslie Pacen and Gina Stratakes man the potato table.

Photos by Bill Tabron

Many took advantage of the free clothing.

Cathy Blackwell and Colby Coger help serve meals.

Church volunteers Linda Francis, Bernice McNair, Gloria Williams and Cathy Blackwell prepare for the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church Food and Clothing Giveaway held Nov. 27 at Fremont and Laurens streets.

Members of the community enjoy a hot meal.

Many in attendance were also helped by the service through prayer. Photos by Webster Phillips III On Nov. 27, members of Baltimore’s Mt. Ararat Baptist Church hosted a food and clothing giveaway for needy families. The event, held at Fremont and Laurens streets, included a number of volunteers, including Mt. Ararat’s pastor, the Rev. Charles Coger. Mt. Ararat Baptist was founded in 1896 and has maintained a strong presence in Baltimore’s faith community.

Volunteers at St. Elizabeth’s Church

Cathy Blackwell, the Rev. Charles Coger, pastor of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church and Colby Coger were among the volunteers at the event. Although Baltimore civic icon Bea Gaddy died in 2001 of breast cancer, her mission has not been lost with time. On Thanksgiving Day, thousands gathered at the Patterson Park Recreation Center for the annual Bea Gaddy Feast, a 29-year tradition created to bring holiday cheer and hearty meals. The annual dinner, now led by Gaddy’s daughter Cynthia Brooks, went on despite the economic recession and fewer donations.

Volunteers make sure everyone in attendance enjoys a Thanksgiving dinner.

Miguel Garcia, Ana Urbin and Rosa Amaya enjoy their meal.

Jennice Grant, volunteering at the Bea Gaddy Thanksgiving Dinner event for the 22nd time, and Stephanie Carr.

Volunteers help move food from storage to where the families in need were picking up food. It was a non-stop stream of goods all day.

Alex Bell, Cedric Pride, Brendon BellEl, and Jomo Bell-El share a laugh while volunteering. This is their first year assisting with the Bea Gaddy Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Continued from A1 Committee who has worked on the Black farmers legislation since its inception, dismissed the figures quoted by King and Bachmann as “erroneous conceptions” and added, “I’m a little dismayed that we come back after this recess and after a struggle that has gone on for generations and we come here and of all my colleagues on the other side of the aisle I am stunned that only one person stands in support of a claim that is so gross, so discriminatory.” Senate Republicans similarly withheld their support of the funding nine times based partly on concerns about overspending and fraud. However, the final measure – passed by unanimous consent last week – contains “a number of steps along the way to guard against ... people trying to seek resources that they are not entitled to,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters, Monday. Among them: -Claimants must belong to a specific class – Black farmers who missed the original July 1997 deadline for filing a claim under Pigford I and filed sometime after October 1999 and before June 2008.


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prevention? TH: I used to work with the Office of Employment Development. I was a counselor for women and became a mentor and when I got a promotion, I went into housing. Housing…there is a lot of meat there. Housing development, torn down houses, boarded up houses, people coming in that have evictions, public housing residents—and I’ve worked with that population—and then I got involved with helping people with disabilities and homelessness. My specialties right now are senior citizens and people with disabilities. But with seniors, we found out, I’d say about three years ago, that it was getting to be a lot of seniors coming in the shelter and we are talking about people over 65. So, I started working with them and started to find out all the reasons for their lack of housing—issues with families, lack of income, evictions, foreclosures. So, we would try to get people back on their feet. I think all those experiences made me want to be involved and I’m happy. It’s been a good experience and I learned a lot and still have a lot to learn and do. AFRO: You are the first woman president for the Baltimore chapter in 30 years, since Enolia McMillan. How does it feel? TH: Yes. Enolia McMillan was my vice principal when I was at Cherry Hill Junior High School. She was the vice principal and she knew my family. I had an aunt that was in the school system so she knew my family name and I met her here at the branch at an event years ago. Very sophisticated, elegant lady and I’m glad I had the privilege of knowing her when I was in junior high school and when I re-met right here in this office. It’s big shoes to follow. AFRO: Mrs. McMillan went on to become the first woman president for the national NAACP. Do you see that in your future? TH: Oh no [with a laugh]. When I agreed to run for president, I went to the library and read some literature on Enolia McMillan. Even though I had known her, I wanted to read the history. I was just so overwhelmed with the things she has done. There was a time frame of things I read—how she got to where she was, how she came from the South and was teaching and she fought for living wages and she stood up as a woman and just became more and more positive and aggressive with her route to help other people. It’s because of her that this building is here, that’s why it’s named after her. We are one of the few branches in the whole United States that owns a building. This building is paid for and it was under the guidance and leadership of Enolia McMillan. She also orchestrated national coming to Baltimore, so we are very grateful for that. She did a lot of good things. My hat’s off to her. She was a dynamic woman and the time when she was in leadership, there were a lot of issues that people could see and smell. Hill-Aston will be sworn in January 2011.

Alfreda Macklin, shown in this 1949 AFRO Archives photo, illustrates that farming is everyone’s work.
- Attorneys filing for claimants must furnish a detailed and complete claim form, including a statement affirming – under penalty of perjury – that the claim is legitimate and can be supported with evidence. -Cases are reviewed by an independent adjudicator, who has the authority to require further documentation and evidence from claimant to further substantiate claim or if fraud is suspected. - The U.S. comptroller general will evaluate the process – including fraud controls – and submit two reports to Congress. - USDA’s inspector general will also conduct several assessed based on student success. “I don’t think that should be [all we are judged on],” she said. “Our students come to us on so many different levels and it’s not fair to say that if a student comes to me in the third-grade level, I’m supposed to bring them up to the 11thgrade level in a year. Even the best, most amazing teachers with three students in a class couldn’t do that.” performance audits on settled claims. Additionally, a federal judge has to sign off on the agreement. Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli said all in all the final measure protects the government against even more spending – if the litigation were to continue – but also false petitions. “The bottom line for these cases is we think they’re fair deals for the plaintiffs that we settled with and move us into new chapters at both agencies, but they’re also very fair deals for the taxpayers,” he said. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., questioned just how fair Reforms to the teachers’ contracts will not take effect until next school year, but union teachers will receive a 2 percent raise and a $1,500 bonus check on Dec. 10, Aldine says. Meanwhile, the city administrators’ union –The Baltimore City Public School Administrators and Supervisors Association – is negotiating a new contract for administrators within the school system. “He’s a wonderful man. He’s done a good job,’’ said Cindy Costa, a committee member from South Carolina. “But it would be better for him – and I want the best for him – to step down knowing he gave an honest shot and did a good job this election cycle.’’ Steele knows the millions he doled earned him chits from state party chairs he visited on a 48-state bus tour. “He has been a great supporter for Arkansas,’’ said state party chairman Doyle Webb. “All I can do is tell you the way I am appreciative and beholden to Chairman Steele.’’ AP National Political Writer Liz Sidoti contributed to this report the process was for Black farmers, however. The former director of the South Carolina Commission for Farm Workers said he was concerned that the powers given to the neutral adjudicator to demand more documentation and to the inspector general to perform audits on resolved claims could inspire “witch hunts” and have a “chilling” effect on Black farmers, who may have rightful demands. “I want the record to show that these two processes are not found anywhere else [only in reference to Black farmers’ settlement],” he said, later adding, “I don’t want anybody to be unjustly enriched, but I hope that nobody will be intimidated by the process.” Boyd said making eligible Black farmers familiar and comfortable with the process will take time and considerable outreach from the government. “It’s going to take a while for the trust factor between Black farmers and the USDA [to develop] for us to go into these next steps, so I’m hoping we will be able to work something out about conducting outreach on a national scale to these farmers that are waiting for next steps.”

Continued from A1 Jessica Aldine, spokeswoman for the Baltimore Teachers Union, says she is unsure why there is still confusion surrounding the contract. “For months after the first vote, BTU reps and reps from America Federation of Teachers, which is their parent company, went to every school, so she [Wade] should have had the opportunity to have her questions answered,” she said. “We held five regional meetings, town hall meetings, and robocalls.” Teacher evaluations will remain unchanged until the 2012-13 school year, she said, and the state’s education department is still developing how Wade and other teachers will be compensated for student performance. Nicole Stich, who is in her fourth year as an instructor at Renaissance Academy, says she voted yes on the measure. She says it gives her an opportunity to advance in her teaching career without leaving the classroom. “Most people when they get promoted, they become a principal or superintendent but they are not teachers anymore,” she said. “So, I see this as a good way to advance without advancing out and accepting leadership roles in the school and being compensated for it.” Teachers should not benefit from promotions “just because they put a lot of years in,” she said, because “you have to be doing more to get more compensation. But like Wade, she calls it unjust for teachers to be mainly



Continued from A3 We won, but you’ve got to have leadership at the top or it doesn’t work.’’ During Republican governors’ private meetings last week in California, a consensus emerged that Steele must leave his post when his term expires. Governors returned to their states and this week shared that message with their committee members, telling them that retaking the White House requires someone else. Others say they still like the chairman – and his doting attention, his speedy replies – but believe it’s time for him to go.

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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum will host this black tie event to honor contributions made in the areas of service, achievement and philanthropy. For more information: 443-263-1800. Teen Conversation with Congressman Cummings Stevenson University, Greenspring Theater, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, Md. 1-3 p.m. Congressman Elijah Cummings will speak to the community’s young adults to advise them how they can change their community, government and the world. For more information: 410916-6200. Morgan State University Kwanzaa Celebration 2010 Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Morgan State Office of Community Service presents its annual Kwanzaa Celebration featuring food, games, live music and performances from many local groups. For more information: www.morgan. edu/academics/kwanzaa. Dec. 5 Dollar Days Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 12-5 p.m. Visit the museum for two days of living history presentations, craft activities for children and museum highlight tours of the permanent exhibition. $1. For more information: 443-263-1800. Freedom Sisters Sundays-Mary McLeod Bethune: Spirit of a Champion Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 2 p.m. This documentary showcases Mary McLeod Bethune, a renowned educator who fought to secure education for all AfricanAmerican children. $8. For more information: 443-2631800. Dec. 7 Greentini Arcos Restaurant, Fells Point, 129 S. Broadway, Baltimore. 5-8 p.m. Celebrate green goodness and toast to businesses, private corporations, organizations, legislators and elected officials that are leading Maryland’s green pathways. For more information: 410522-4777. Dec. 8 Cookies & Carols Beans & Bread, 402 S. Bond St., Baltimore. 2-4 p.m. Volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore will decorate Christmas cookies and join together to sing carols. For more information: 410-662-0500. Dec. 9 BCAC Stroll Party Winfield PAL Center, 8304 Carlson Lane, Randallstown, Md. 6:30-8 p.m. The Baltimore County Delta Alumnae Chapter invites you to join the physical and mental health committee in learning the latest strolls and steps. For more information: 410-655-0754. A Conversation with Dr. Johnetta Cole Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 7 p.m. Lisa Robinson, co-anchor of WBAL-TV 11 will moderate a conversation with Dr. Johnetta Cole, the executive director of the National Museum of African Art. $5. For more information: 443263-1800. Dec. 11 Heaven 600 Gospel Cruise Spirit of Baltimore Ship, Inner Harbor, Light Street, Baltimore. 12-2 p.m. Come down to the Inner Harbor and enjoy lavish all-youcan-eat buffets and live entertainment. $39-$52. For more information: 1-866-3122469. Travis Winkey Holiday Fashion Extravaganza 2010 Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., Baltimore. 1 p.m. Watch in amazement as chic models grace the runway showcasing holiday, winter and evening trends from local fashion designers. For more information: 410-685-6169.
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Limbaugh, Huckabee Proposed Airport Groping of Obama Girls
All our lives we’ve heard stories about The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Now we can add to that two grinches – Rush Limbaugh and Mike Huckabee – who stole the Obama family’s Thanksgiving. Or, at least tried. While the rest of us were preparing last week to express gratitude for our blessings, those two spent the days leading up George C. Curry to Thanksgiving urging President Obama to expose his wife, two daughters and mother-in-law to airport security groping. Huckabee, told his television friends on “Fox and Friends”: “If he thinks this is an appropriate way for us to deal with security as he has defended, then I’ve said, ‘OK, Mr. Obama, take your wife, your two daughters, and your mother-in-law to Washington Reagan National Airport and have them publicly go through both the body scanner and the full enhanced patdown in front of others. And if it’s OK for your wife, your daughters, and your mother-in-law, then maybe the rest of us won’t feel so bad when our wives, our daughters, and our mothers are being put through this humiliating and degrading, totally unconstitutional, intrusion of their privacy.’” Limbaugh said just like Obama went swimming with his daughter Sasha off the coast of Florida after the BP oil spill to show that the beaches were safe, he should “take his daughter to the airport and have a TSA grope her” to prove it is safe. These are yet more examples of critics who have an issue with the president attacking his family instead of criticizing whatever public policy issue they find objectionable. It’s fine to attack the idiotic way the Transportation Security Administration has rolled out tougher screening measures. But it’s not OK to use the Obama daughters in particular for target practice. They’ve done nothing to deserve such crass treatment by men who should know better. The attacks on the Obama women were crude and sexist …

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There were other ways the Huckabee and Limbaugh axis of evil could have made their point. For example, they could have suggested that the president and the vice president make the trek to the airport. They also could have suggested that members of his cabinet, both males and females, take off their shoes and subject themselves to a full body scan. No, the suggestion was that the president take only women – the women closest to him – on a field trip for public humiliation. Perhaps it’s no accident that two White men were bold enough to tell this Black man what to do with “his” women. In the bygone era that both Limbaugh and Huckabee often long for, White men told Black men what to do and when to do it. Though many in that era were avowed segregationists, they believed in integration during the time they forced themselves on defenseless African-American women.

“It’s fine to attack the idiotic way the Transportation Security Administration has rolled out tougher screening measures. But it’s not OK to use the Obama daughters in particular for target practice.” 
White women were also exploited. They were relegated to the home, weren’t allowed to own property, forbidden from filing suit in court, banned from entering into contracts, and weren’t allowed to have custody of their own children. They weren’t allowed to vote until 1920. For women, the bygone era is not totally gone. Discrimination based on sex was outlawed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was not until 1968 that the EEOC ruled that sex-segregated newspaper ads were illegal. In 1974, women were allowed to obtain credit in their own name. Sexual harassment was outlawed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986.

And, just last year, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act was signed into law by President Obama, giving women a better opportunity to earn the same pay as their male counterparts. Recent advancements notwithstanding, women still earn only 77 cents for every $1 a man earns. This is the world the Obama women and every other female live in. I often think about what the late historian John Hope Franklin said on the eve of President Obama’s election. He said that it may be more important to see a Black family in the White House than simply an African-American man. Now that we have a smart, loving intact family residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., it’s disturbing that Limbaugh’s and Huckabee’s primary desire today is to have the president order the females in his family to go to the airport for body scans and pat-downs. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of “Emerge” magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his website, He can also follow him at

Memo to Congress: Extend Programs that Help Us
Dear Member of Congress: You’ve got a lot to Linda A. Meric consider in this month. You’re scheduled to debate international treaties and Internet censorship. There’s talk of military affairs and revamping federal agencies. But this should be at the top of your agenda: extending benefits for unemployed workers and making sure struggling parents can continue to make ends meet. You must renew unemployment insurance benefits now for the millions of long-term jobless workers in America. And you must allow jobs to continue to be created through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Contingency Fund. Think like a struggling family and your decision won’t be so hard. Consider Cynthia, a mother of three. She has been unemployed since August 2009. Online and in-person, she’s applied for more than 100 positions; inquired about scores and scores more. She’s gotten a few interviews. As of yet, however, not one of them has turned into a job offer. She makes $296 dollars a week in unemployment compensation. Imagine supporting an entire family on a few hundred dollars a week. Everything is a struggle. It’s a struggle to pay the rent, it’s a struggle to keep food on the table, and it’s a struggle to keep shoes on the kids’ feet. It’s a struggle to have to struggle so. Put yourself in her place. Think about her children. Can you imagine the panic you would feel if you knew your only source of income was about to be cut off? Can you imagine the insecurity you would feel if you knew that soon Mommy would have no money at all? It’s not even only about struggling families – it’s about the economy too. Studies, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor, show the unemployment insurance program had an even more positive impact on the economy this time around than in previous recessions. Every dollar spent on jobless benefits generated $2 in economic activity, and during each quarter of the recent recession, the economic stimulus provided by those benefits kept an average of 1.6 million Americans on the job. Americans need jobs. A job with a living wage is at the top of lots of wish lists this season. And while we’re talking about jobs, let’s talk about the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund. The TANF program itself is the nation’s basic welfare program, and before departing for the Thanksgiving holiday, you reauthorized TANF while leaving the Emergency Contingency Fund on the sidelines. One of the best-kept secrets of last year’s recovery act was this job creation program that helped the economy while it also helped low-income parents and unemployed youth. Through this effort, 35 states, plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, partnered with the private sector to create more than 240,000 new jobs through flexible block grants. The TANF-ECF also provided short-term assistance to some of the neediest families. It’s been called a success story by governors and state legislators from both parties. It makes sense that we would continue it, build on it. The September deadline passed and TANF-ECF wasn’t extended. That’s water under the bridge. But now you have another chance: Put yourself in the place of a homeless family, a long-term unemployed worker and the decision will be clear. This year, Congress earned base salaries beyond the wildest dreams of most people. You got retirement plans, health benefits, foreign travel stipends. Americans might not begrudge it so much if Congress didn’t seem so tight-fisted with the

“Can you imagine the panic you would feel if you knew your only source of income was about to be cut off?”
allocations when it comes to middle class families and those who are struggling with economic insecurity. But you can fix that perception. The lame duck session will end soon. It’s not too late for Congress to think like the rest of us; extend unemployment insurance benefits, restore the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund – give working Americans a little hope for the holidays. Meric is executive director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women.

Message to the White House: Do Not Cave on Tax Cuts
“Sounds like voodoo economics.” - George H.W. Bush in 1980 commenting on Reaganomic tax cuts for the rich. It comes as no surprise to most of us that 2+2 does not equal 22. But the current debate over Bush-era tax cuts is based on an illogical equation. The goal of any tax plan should be to stimulate Marc H. Morial the economy, produce jobs and ease the burden on working and middle-class Americans. Anything else is pretending that 2+2=22. The 2001 tax plan adopted to stimulate the economy was heavily weighted in favor of higher income taxpayers. Middleand working-class Americans got crumbs while the upper echelon got a seven-course meal. And since the start of the great recession in 2007, the incomes of average Americans have plunged while those of CEOs and bankers have soared. An extension of tax cuts for the highest income groups makes sense only if tied to measures that will bolster economic growth. That means support for business investment, small businesses, and another extension of unemployment benefits. Two million unemployed will exhaust their benefits at the end of the year if there’s no extension. It is twisted logic to claim the country can’t afford another unemployment benefit extension while simultaneously fighting to explode the deficit with another big tax break for the rich. The reality is, the increase in income for high net worth

“It is twisted logic to claim the country can’t afford another unemployment benefit extension while simultaneously fighting to explode the deficit with another big tax break for the rich.”   
groups resulting from the Bush tax cuts was not used to create jobs in America much of it in fact was invested overseas. Employment rose only 0.9 percent between 2001 and 2003. Tax cuts for the top 5 percent was simply a bad investment by any measure. Those in the “tax-cuts for the rich crowd who claim deficit reduction as an ultimate goal are talking out of both sides of their mouths. The inequity of their proposal is compounded by the absurd fact that it will actually exacerbate the deficit problem by adding another $700 billion to our current $1.3 trillion national debt over the next 10 years.

Any extension of tax cuts for the highest income groups not only should be tied to job-creation measures, but they should be temporary – limited to no more than three years. If the top 5 percent is getting a seven-course meal, middle- and workingclass Americans must be guaranteed at least an entrée. How, in good conscience, can we give tax breaks to the wealthiest while denying unemployment benefits to middle and working class Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own? How can we make it possible for millionaires to buy an extra Mercedes each year, while middle-class families are struggling to pay bills and send their kids to college? How can we continue to give tax breaks to individuals and companies that are shipping jobs overseas, while 15 million Americans are desperately looking for work? President Obama should not allow the return of voodoo economics. He should not cave to a Congress pretending that 2+2=22. The country has nothing to gain from any attempt by the president to appease those who have already declared their only goal is to assure his defeat in 2012 – even if that means making a dire economic situation worse. Marc Morial is president and CEO of the National Urban League.


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On Nov. 23, a crowd filled with Baltimore’s movers and shakers converged at Mo’s Seafood to celebrate WOLB radio host Larry Young’s 61st birthday. Attendees included Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, state Lt. Gov Anthony Brown, State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein, Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young and radio

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Each year, Kennedy Krieger Institute hosts a three-day fairyland adventure to raise funds for children and families participating in its programs. This year’s events included over 100 craft boutiques, holiday giveaways, crafts, an appearance by Baltimore Ravens paraphernalia-clad Santa Claus and several bands. The Festival of Trees, first held in 1990, took place at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

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awards to its largest groundbreakers and savviest minds. Popular African-American technology website Black Web 2.0 and Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently announced their top 50 list of Tech Tastemakers, a computerized compilation of the hippest developers, thinkers and risktakers in today’s virtual rat race. Debuting in the top 25 of this year’s list is a pair of local businessmen, Clarence Wooten and Mario Armstrong, who’ve made it their mission to conquer the web. Wooten’s ascension to No. 22 on this year’s list wasn’t by sheer coincidence. Termed a “serial entrepreneur” by Entrepreneur Magazine in February 2000, Wooten has set up and sold some of the largest grossing websites throughout his 16-year career. The Maryland native’s emerged as the Internet's first online superstore of customizable “websites-to-go” before cashing out at $23 million seven months after its launch in the first quarter of 1999. As the founder of social collaboration webpage, Wooten has a budding list of up-andcoming online projects poised to remain on the cutting edge of the Web’s evolution. “I’ve watched the Internet

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Popular African-American technology website, Black Web 2.0, recently named Maryland natives MarioArmstrong, left, and Clarence Wooten among the top 25 of its top 50 list of Tech Tastemakers. evolve and social media has become a big part of that evolution,” Wooten said. “Companies are growing faster in record time than ever before because of this. I think we’ve just begun to scratch the surface of what’s happening on the Internet.” The Baltimore-based Armstrong already has a full plate of titles in front of him, but that hasn’t stopped the Tastemakers’ No. 7 online mogul from continuing to look for a little digital dessert. A regular guest on the “Today” show and the host of a daily technology talk show on Sirius XM, Armstrong is in the process of launching a nationwide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) tour designed to inspire the next generation of innovators. Armstrong, who is also founder of TechTechBoom. com, said he wants to better people’s lives by educating them on how to leverage technology to enhance their personal and professional lives and hopes his recognition as a Tastemaker will help inspire others. “I got caught off guard and blessed at the same time,” Armstrong said. “You crank out hard and you try impact people’s lives and try to educate them about technology and how it can really help improve their lives and you just hope that you’re making some type of impact. So to get some kind of recognition like that with Black Web and HP was huge.” To learn more about Clarence Wooten, visit his website To learn more about Mario Armstrong, visit his website



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Murder, suicide and ghastly imagery reign in Shakespeare’s macabre tragedy “Macbeth.” Actors at Baltimore’s famed Arena Playhouse bring the famous play to life under the direction of Donald Russell Owens through Dec. 5. The Friday and Saturday shows take place at 8 p.m., while the Sunday viewing is at 4 p.m. General Admission is $15 and $10 for students and seniors. Founded by nine aspiring Black actors and actresses in 1953, the Arena Playhouse is the oldest, continuously

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“We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.”– Letty Cottin Pogrebin Saturday reminded me of the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral after attending the funeral of 90-year-old Thelma Kelly. I headed to the Vulcan Blazers on Druid Park Drive for Garnetta Reese’s fantastic 75th birthday party. The standing room only crowd enjoyed mounds of food and top shelf open bar. It was great seeing Lisa Curry, former bartender at the Grenadier Club, still serving with a smile. Others enjoying the afternoon celebration were Earline Fraling, Marian Johnson, Ruth Pratt, Mildred Battle, Machaella Freeland, Jeanette and members of Douglass’ Class of 54. DJ Little Joe kept the “happy people” dancing the latest line dances. Now “I got my MOJO working” so “let the good times roll.” After leaving Garnetta’s celebration, on to Grace Grant’s fabulous 80th birthday party hosted by Fred and Lavone Grant. The live jazz was a perfect venue for the always stylist jazz aficionada, Grace, giving her the opportunity to showcase her fancy footwork at Caton Castle. It was great seeing old friends and musician like Harold Adams and Major Boyd. Guests in attendance were Eleanor Janey, Arthur Hoffman, Doris Street, Gwendolyn “Dee” Wright, Ann Bush, Melvin “Money” Johnson, Carrie Peters, Sarah McNair, Ella Jackson, Juanita America, Charlie Brown and Linda BeySmith. Whew what a day and “oh what a night” Grace and Garnetta did I ever tell you’re my sheroes. “You’re the wind beneath my wings.” “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” - Luke 12:48 The smell of turkey with all the trimmings, mashed potatoes, roast beef so tender you could cut it with a fork, gravy, string beans, hot cornbread and more greeted the residents of McCullough Homes on Thanksgiving Eve as they entered the multipurpose room. The smiles on the resident’s faces was priceless as the Rev. Frank Reid and his congregation at Bethel A.M.E. Church treated them to a catered lunch prepared by Jimmy Britton’s Class Act Caterers and served by the congregation. “There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place, and I know that it’s the spirit of the Lord.” Bethel members came in droves to serve their neighbors and share their blessings on this day of Thanksgivings. Special thanks to Rita Horsley Johnson for coordinating neighbors dining together in fellowship and thanksgiving. Laughter when the man said to Rev. Reid, “You that man from TV-I grew up watching you.” “If you treat a sick child like an adult and a sick adult like a child, everything usually works out pretty well.”- Ruth Carlisle Sending prayers and bouquets of get-well wishes for Zenna Williams of Atlanta, Gerald Brown, Ron Garner and Diane Hocker. Condolences to Letticia Ramsey on the death of her mother Dorothy Ramsey; Darnell Moses on the death of his mother Darnell Ellerbee and Terry Seeney-Johnson on the death of her son Mark Seeney. It’s your birthday make some noise! Gregory Wallace, WEAA Big Jim, WEAA Beverly Burke, Lamarr Johnson, Lindsey Hill, Brandon Wylie and my daughter Lisa Lee Packer. “You are my friend” since “school dazes” at Lombard Jr. High School. Betty Williams, Hazel Moody, Shirley Brown and Gussie Hardy “best friends” recently celebrated their 60th birthdays together at a lavish party at the Gladys D. Greene Banquet Hall. “I’ll be seeing you”– Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

Last-Second Play Edges Baltimore’s Dunbar Over Fort Hill
Poets play for championship, again
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor There is a reason the Paul Lawrence Dunbar Senior High School Poets football team is considered the “King of Baltimore City”—with four championships, they’ve won more state titles in the last five years than any other team in the city. Dunbar will now vie for a fifth state championship after edging Fort Hill, 20-14, in the 1A state semifinals on Nov. 27 at Poly Technical High School. Dunbar had its goal set on reaching the championship game all season long, but it didn’t come easy. Fort Hill of Cumberland, Md., made it

tough for Dunbar throughout all four quarters and nearly forced an overtime period to decide the winner. Fort Hill’s Dylan Clay tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Justin Dawson to tie the game 14-14 at the start of the third quarter. The score remained tied at 14 through the final two quarters until Dunbar quarterback Kevin Estep sneaked into the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown

run with only three seconds left in the game. Estep also scored the game’s first points with an 18-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Dunbar head coach Lawrence Smith said this

victory proves his team cannot only win the blowouts, but the tough nail biters, too. “We showed we can stay together in a blowout and tight game, so we know we’re fully ready to go to battle with anyone,” said Smith, who also counted his 50th victory as Dunbar’s head coach.

Smith will try for win No. 51 at M&T Bank Stadium at 12 p.m. on Dec. 4 in a 1A state championship faceoff with Havre de Grace. “We’re going to celebrate this win over the weekend, but come Monday it’s a work day,” Smith said. “Time to go get what we came for.”

‘A Day’s Wage for a Day’s Work’ – NCAA Student Athletes Should Be Paid

Ever since I was a little tyke, I can remember watching western movies on our postage stamp TV, and hearing the ranch boss telling someone, “I pay a day’s wage for a day’s work.” This seems to have escaped the NCAA rules committee because it seems that if a guy gets a free lunch from a booster the witch hunt starts. We are just able to put the Reggie Bush “scandal” behind us, and I say, “thank God!” For those of you who read the comics and the obits and retire your daily newspaper to the recycle bin, let me give you an update. The NCAA has spent the last five years soaking up California sunshine while they investigated the allegation that Bush’s family received a little cash from an agent. The end results are as follows: For this sin against the college national pastime, the school lost credit for two of their 2004 season victories and every win they recorded throughout the entire 2005 season, including the National Championship. The coach, who supposedly had knowledge of this transgression, was banned from recruiting off campus for one year. Boy, that really hurts. Former USC head coach Pete Carroll caught a bus to Seattle, Wash., where he picked up a check for $33 million to coach the NFL’s Seahawks. And Reggie was asked to give back the Heisman Trophy (the holy grail of college football). Meanwhile, USC was making a mint off the revenue from Reggie Bush jersey sales. Reggie did the work and USC garnered the profit from his labors. I still have a problem with these selective sanctions. If you have ever heard of Notre Dame and a few other “golden children” schools of the college ranks undergoing investigations and subsequent sanctions for improper behavior, raise your hand. It’s too cold in South Bend to spend five years investigating a stud who happened to have someone pick up

the tab for his ham and cheese on rye. To give you an idea of what I mean when I mention selective punishment, try this on for size. Georgia’s A.J. Green was suspended for four games for selling his game-worn jersey. But, it was later discovered that Nebraska was selling dozens of game- worn jerseys and keeping the profits. I guess at the time the NCAA was busy making travel arrangements for L.A. I guess the bottom line is the NCAA rules infraction committee is a joke. Investigate every program, and there won’t be anyone to suit up on Saturday. Just think of how they would accept that loss of TV revenue. I am willing to bet that if a committee is formed to find a college football program that is squeaky clean we may be holding our breaths for the next 10 years. A Dan Jenkins character, Coach T.J. Lambert said it best: “If a coach goes out and recruits a speed demon, you had better damn right go out and recruit one who can catch him.” Most fans aren’t aware that a scholarship athlete can’t hold a job. This is in violation of NCAA rules. So, if a kid’s family can’t send a little cash towards his mailbox every week, the kid either turns his head and takes a little cash under the table or (you fill in the blank). Way back in the day when I was able to get out of a chair without holding on to something, I had a free ride to college. One of my buddies turned me on to a job at the Abbott Ice Cream plant. I worked for a week before Pop caught on. It was then that I heard my first passage from the NCAA Bible. “If you have a job you lose your scholarship. If you lose your scholarship, you will pay your own way.” That comes from the gospel of Sam Lacy. If the NCAA wants to gain my respect, it should spend a little time trying to sort out this BCS mess. Every year, there are questions over the method of choosing the teams to compete for the national championship. Some teams with an undefeated record don’t get a sniff of the gold, while some teams with a one-loss record get to play in the big game. Strength of schedule is the NCAA party line, and there are coaches out there who are saying this is a bunch of crap. Until someone comes along and beats an undefeated team, they deserve a shot at the title. In the meantime, consider paying these kids a day’s wage for a day’s work.

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City of Baltimore Department of Finance Bureau of Purchases 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: DECEMBER 15, 2010 OEM PARTS AND SERVICE FOR LTI LADDER TRUCKS B50001730 DECEMBER 22, 2010 JONES FALLS TRAIL LANDSCAPE PROJECT PHASE IV B50001692 LATEX AND NITRILE GLOVES B50001725 THE ENTIRE SOLICITATION DOCUMENT CAN BE VIEWED AND DOWN LOADED BY VISITING THE CITYS WEB SITE:

Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for PB09829R-Elevator Upgrade and Modernization at Courthouse East111 North Calvert Street will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 22, 2010. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of Friday, November 26, 2010 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at Room 634, Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (“JV”) then in that (∫JV∫), event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is G90012 Installation of Elevators Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $2,000,000.01 to $3,000,000.00 A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at The Site 111 ∫Pre-Bidding Information∫ N. Calvert Street, Room 200 on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Items of work for this project are: 1. Upgrading Elevator Cabs, Machine Room, Shafts, Elevator and Shaft Doors and Related Elevator Machinery 2. Gypsum Board Construction The MBE goal is 3% The WBE goal is 1% CONTRACT NO. PB09829R APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Theodore Atwood Director, Department of General Services

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF WESTMINSTER Replacement of Lighting Fixtures in City Owned buildings City Project No. R-253-C Maryland Energy Authority Project No. 2010-105-431FB Owner: The Mayor and Common Council of Westminster Phone: (410)848-9000 Sealed bids for City Project No R-245-C will be received by The Mayor and Common Council of Westminster at the Department of Public Works, 56 West Main Street, Westminster, Maryland, 21157 until 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2011. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at 2:15 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, Westminster City Hall. 1838 Emerald Hill Lane (formerly 100 Longwell Avenue) , Westminster, Maryland, 21157. The project scope consists of: Replacement of the existing lighting fixtures with energy saving lighting fixtures in Longwell and Westminster Squire Parking Garages, City Hall, Recreation Department (Armory), Police Department, and Street Department Maintenance Shop Buildings. The Project is funded through the EmPOWER Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Clean Energy Communities ( EmPOWER EECBG) Program. The Prevailing Federal Wage Rates (Davis-Bacon Act), DBE requirements, and Buy American Requirements apply to this Project. MBE/WBE participation in this project is strongly encouraged. Copies of the Contract Specifications may be purchased at the office of the Department of Finance located at 56 W. Main Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, on or after December 6, 2010 upon payment of $10.00 per set. All bidders shall be Electricians licensed in Carroll County, Maryland with at least five (5) years experience in similar type of work. Cost of the Contract Documents to be mailed is $15.00. Make checks payable to the Mayor and Council for the City of Westminster. NO REFUNDS will be made for return of Contract Specifications. The right is reserved by the City to reject bids, to waive technical defects and to accept the bid which, in the judgment of the City, is to its best interest. Each proposal must be accompanied by a certified check or acceptable bid bond for ten (10) percent of the total bid in the proposal, payable to the City, and unless so accompanied will not be considered. The successful bidder will be required to be bonded to the City in a sum equal to One Hundred and ten (110) percent of the contract price. Such bond shall also include Labor, Material Payment and Performance Bond. A surety must be acceptable to the City and the form of Bond shall be in accordance with that included with these specifications. A mandatory Pre-Bid conference will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 20, 2010 at the City Hall (1838 Emerald Hill Lane), followed by a site visit. Attendance by the Contractors is mandatory. All questions pertaining to the contract proposal, specifications, and plan documents should be directed in writing to Michael Matov, City of Westminster, Phone: (410) 848-2592, FAX (410)857-7476, Email: The closing time for questions is 3 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2010.

Announcement Interview of Candidates for the Baltimore City Board of Election Supervisors Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Oliver Community Center - Auditorium 1400 E. Federal Street - Baltimore, MD All candidates must send biographical sketch Postmark no later than December 10th. To: Democratic State Central Committee for Baltimore City Attn: Chair Scherod C. Barnes P. O. Box 23762 Baltimore, MD 21203-5762 Candidates will be contacted with interview time. To be eligible for consideration, an individual MUST be registered to vote in Baltimore City for 5 years preceding appointment. I Addition, an individual may not hold or be a candidate for public or party office. Election board members are also prohibited from taking an active part in political activity.Info. 410/323-9411.

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SECTION 00100 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids for construction of the Cambridge Wastewater Treatment Plant ENR Upgrade will be received by the City of Cambridge (herein called the “OWNER” at the Department of Public Works, 705 Leonard ∫OWNER∫) Lane, Cambridge, Maryland 21613, until 2:00 p.m., (EST) on January 21, 2011. Said bids will then be publicly opened and read aloud at 2:15 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland. The ENR Upgrade to the City of Cambridge WWTP generally consists of, but is not limited to, the construction/installation of the following: Filter Lift Station, Denitrification Filter, Gravity Sludge Thickener, Waste Solids Building Improvements, replacement of Primary Clarifier Nos. 3 & 5 internals, miscellaneous structures, water quality analyzing instrumentation, expansion of SCADA system to incorporate new system components, methanol and coagulant storage and chemical feed systems, and associated demolition, site work, and yard piping. The work also includes all requirements to provide fully finished and operable facilities including miscellaneous items and operations as shall be indicated, shown, specified or required to complete the work in strict conformity with the Contract Documents. The work also includes all specified, indicated and shown mechanical and electrical equipment, appliances, appurtenances, furnishings, instrumentation and controls, accessories, tests and sundry parts and material as shall be necessary and required for a completely operable installation satisfactory to the Engineer. The Contractor shall provide all plant, labor, equipment, tools, appliances, materials and incidentals and shall perform all operations required to completely finish all of the work in the manner approved by the Engineer. A pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m., (EST), December 15, 2010 at the City of Cambridge Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, Maryland to allow Contractors an opportunity to obtain information on the project from the Engineer and the Owner. A SITE VISIT will be held immediately following the meeting.Written questions (fax @ 410-548-5790 or email: will be accepted and answered via Addenda if submitted to the Engineer by 5:00 p.m. local time on January 7, 2011. Questions shall include the project name (Re: Cambridge WWTP ENR Upgrade) in subject heading. Estimated construction cost: Range $7,500,000 to $9,500,000. Contract Documents may be examined, at the following locations: Department of Public Works 705 Leonard Lane Cambridge, Maryland 21613 George, Miles & Buhr, LLC 206 West Main Street Salisbury, Maryland 21801 MD/Washington Minority Contractor's Association 107 North Point Boulevard Suite 220 Baltimore, MD 21215 Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained beginning on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the office of GEORGE, MILES & BUHR, LLC, 206 WEST MAIN STREET, SALISBURY, MARYLAND 21801, upon the non-refundable payment of Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) for each set. Checks should be made payable to George, Miles & Buhr, LLC. Each bid must be accompanied by a Bid Bond payable to the Owner for five percent (5%) of the total amount of the bid. No bidder may withdraw his bid within ninety (90) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. The City of Cambridge reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and/or waive informalities or irregularities, and/or to accept or reject any items of any bid, as it may deem best for its interest. The bids will be evaluated and award will be made to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder. Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Rates and Regulations apply to this project. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms, including Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE) are encouraged to respond. Contractors are required to provide a good faith effort in seeking DBE, MBE, and WBE Subcontractors. Certified Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged to respond to this solicitation notice. For additional information visit the MWQFA website: Any contract or contracts awarded under this Advertisement for Bids are expected to be funded in part by a loan and/or grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, or the Maryland Department of the Environment. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE GEORGE W. HYDE, P.E. City Engineer Reed Construction Data 30 Technology Pkwy S. Suite 100 Norcross, GA 30092 McGraw-Hill Dodge MHC Plan Room 8501 LaSalle Road Suite 304 Towson, MD 21286

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PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION STAFF ATTORNEY II PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION SALARY RANGE: $51,940-$83,395 CLOSING DATE: December 20, 2010 The Maryland Public Service Commission is seeking an attorney to work in the staff counsel division. Duties include: representation of the Commission’s techCommission¬s technical staff in Commission proceedings, including witness preparation, cross-examination, brief preparation; and review and development of Staff¬s positions on public policy, Staff’s positions on monitoring and enforcement matters. To Apply: Send your State of Maryland job application (MS100) and a writing sample by December 20, 2010 (No Postmarks Accepted) to Personnel Office, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. To obtain a state of Maryland application: Visit Career Opportunities on our web site at home.cfm Please visit the web site also for a more detailed job announcement which includes minimum education and experience requirements. Please read detailed job announcement thoroughly. EOE/ADA Employer

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By Rev. Dorothy Boulware Special to the AFRO Kevin Best is a man who doesn’t know what it means to be stopped by any obstacle. While epilepsy temporarily derailed his college plans some years ago, it in no way deterred him from becoming the vessel of inspiration he is today. Determination to win against his health challenge gave him courage to submit to a surgical procedure with a mere 50 percent survival rate. Needless to say, he won. He not only shares his success story with everyone who will listen, through the Kevin Cares Foundation that he started with the intent to ultimately eradicate homelessness, he creates a forum for others’ success stories to be told. His “Celebrating the Greatness Awards” ceremony, 2 p.m., Dec. 5 at Martin’s West, the second of its kind, while bringing in funds for helping others, will also recognize the stories of positive people who’ve used their own experiences, good and bad, to fuel good service to others. “Everyone has greatness inside. Sometimes circumstances prevent that greatness from emerging,” Best said. “Our job is to be a catalyst in the lives of our community members, especially our young people, to insist they not give in or give up.” The educational organization offers comprehensive life skills training and career development to Baltimore and Prince George’s counties and the Washington, D.C. community. It includes janitorial skills and safe food handling, things that easily translate into real work. The foundation’s programs also include teaching entrepreneurship and leadership development. Best’s partner and wife of less than a year, Stephanie Poplar, said he gives 110 percent to all who come into contact with him. “His level of commitment and motivation stem from his belief that although life presents many challenges that cannot be controlled, you just live on anyhow,” Poplar-Best said. “After sharing his story with the men at Carrington’s House in Baltimore City, Kevin made a vow to communicate with anyone who could use some inspiration.” This year’s honorees include Craig Daniels, Daniel’s Printing; Clarence Davis, president of Headz Up Events; Yvonne Elliott, Ashburton Soul Shack; Elaine Gordon, former principal, Washington, D.C. public schools; DeAnna Lilly, Bizness Concepts; Portia A. Scott, The Scott Lee Foundation; Lisa Procks, CEO of Reaching Your destiny; Choo Smith, entrepreneur and former Harlem Globe Trotter, 105-year-old Mrs. Maybelle J.Smith and the Revs. Iris Farabee-Lewis and Mary Sledge. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Dec. 5 awards ceremony, call 301-379-5939 or 443-857-1549 or visit

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The Baltimore Museum of Art presents its 20th Annual Kwanzaa Family Day on Dec. 12 from 1-5 p.m. The free event celebrates the African traditions of family, community, and culture. Learn about the seven Ngozu Saba or principles of Kwanzaa, enjoy handson art-making activities, and see live family performances! For more information, call 443-5731832 or visit (Snow Date: Dec. 19. In the event of inclement weather, please call 443-573-1700.) Ongoing Activities, 1-5 p.m. D’mba Costume Fun Stop Try on a kid-sized replica of the BMA’s renowned D’mba mask and dance, dance, dance! Discover Your African Birth Name Learn more about the West African tradition of naming children after the day of the week and the order in which they were born. Create an African Headdress Tie your own head wrap out of African cloth with instruction by Therese Poku of Regal Clothes. African Fly Whisks Fashion your own fly whisk, an item once regarded as regalia only to be carried by chosen African kings. Special Performances 2:30 p.m. – DishiBem Traditional Contemporary Dance Group See an energetic and inspired performance that fuses traditional West African dances with American hip hop. Founder Kwame Opare previously worked with Kankouran West African Dance Company and toured with

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