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JANUARY 1, 2011 - JANUARY 7, 2011

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Successes. Scandals. Showdowns. Goodbye, Lady T 2010 remembered
For President Obama and the Democrats, 2010 was a year of hardfought victories. Chief among them was the Affordable Health Care Act. Enacted on March 23 after months of squabbling on Capitol Hill and in townhall meetings that saw the meteoric rise of the Tea Party Movement, the law expands coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, prevents insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions and allows children to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until they turn 26 among other provisions. Republicans successfully kept the “public option” out of the legislation, and finagled a two-year extension of tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and a reduction in estate taxes. However, they were not as successful in stopping a financial reform package that includes new regulations on Wall Street, credit card reforms and a new AP Photo Consumer-Financial Protection Bureau Unemployment remained the marquee issue for African Americans in 2010. that will be able to regulate mortgage and credit-card products. By AFRO Staff Additionally, despite GOP obstruction, Congress passed bills that free up dollars to cover This was a banner year for the media—news was prodigious, a discrimination lawsuit settlement against the U.S. Department often fast-breaking and meaty enough to make even the most of Agriculture by Black farmers, repeal the “don’t ask, don’t abstemious news observer sit up and dig in. tell” military policy against homosexuality, approve revision of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia and JOBS. JOBS. JOBS. assure equal pay to women. Unemployment continued to cast a dark shadow over While the White House can claim success for these wins, the African-American community in 2010. Though national however, it committed a major faux pas when officials forced joblessness dipped, Black unemployment hovered at 16 percent. USDA director Shirley Sherrod to resign based on video a And among Black youth, the numbers were scarier. Continued on A8

Entertainment’s Best and Worst of 2010


Year’s Top Scandals A3


See tributes to Teena Marie and other fallen stars on A2.

Census Results Reveal Blacks Leaving Large Cities
Flight could dilute and shift Black political power
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer Black residents are increasingly departing large U.S. cities, a shift that could affect African-American political power according to data from the first results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s population census. The population of the nation’s capital now exceeds 600,000 residents, 53 percent of whom are African American, and there has been a gain of nearly 30,000 new Washingtonians since Continued on A4

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City Tests ‘Greener’ Heat Sources
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer The city will continue testing biofuels as a way to heat municipal buildings in a bid community leaders hope will lead to a cleaner and cheaper alternative to heating oil for residents. The Board of Estimates approved an agreement to spend up to $1.32 million for a second phase of burn tests in three city structures: Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, Eastern Health Center and the Pimlico Fire and Police Training Facility. During the evaluations, about 440,000 gallons of biofuel produced by the New Generation Biofuels Co. will be filtered into the buildings’ boilers over a one-year period. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said a successful testrun could prompt the city to phase in the cleaner heating agent in all Baltimore buildings. It is a “step towards becoming a more energy efficient and sustainable city,” she said in a statement. Continued on A8

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Back-to-back snowstorms dumped more than 50 inches of snow on the region in February.

2010 a Stormy Year in Baltimore
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer From an historic blizzard, a convicted mayor, taunting robocalls, the 2010 census and a string of fires, the year culminating the first decade of the 21st century was a memorable one in Baltimore. January brought the political fall of Baltimore’s first Black female mayor Sheila Dixon, who resigned after a two-month trial resulted in her conviction on embezzlement charges. The resignation ushered in City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as Baltimore’s new top leader. She quickly enacted plans to tackle the city’s looming $121 million deficit, proposing spending cuts and tax hikes including a beverage tax that charged 2 cents extra for drinks and a contentious overhaul of the fire and police pension. Both drew censure. The largest back-to-back snowstorms

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in Baltimore’s history, blanketed the area in February, shedding over 50 inches of snow, leaving residents trapped, businesses closed and the city’s emergency crews stumbling. Federal officials claimed the future was “in our hands” as they conducted the census. In Baltimore City, 68 percent of residents participated, a 5 percent increase from the last count, while 78 percent did in Baltimore County, a 2 percent decrease from 2000. Questions surfaced about City Council President Jack Young’s residency in East Baltimore, and Councilwoman Helen Holton was removed as chair of the Taxation and Finance committee for conducting illegal campaign finance payments. A budget proposal to close local pools and recreation centers waged a war between residents and local government. City officials eventually allocated funds to keep the resorts open and an individual donor stepped in to keep pools Continued on A3

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Thanks for the Memories
By AFRO Staff
From entertainers to business moguls and models, the world lost a number of standout figures in 2010. News of their deaths sent shockwaves throughout the public, as fans mourned their losses. Here, the AFRO remembers some of the nation’s most recognized faces and the memories they inspired. Dorothy Height, 98 Thousands poured into the Washington National Cathedral on April 29 to honor Dorothy Height’s legacy as a pioneering civil rights leader and educator. Height served as a past president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and was president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, which she led for 40 years. At her funeral, President Barack Obama wept openly and said, “Dr. Dorothy Height deserves a place in this pantheon. She, too, deserves a place in our history books. She, too, deserves a place of honor in America’s memory.” Vonetta McGee, 65 Vonetta McGee, a leading actress in popular 1970s films Blacula and Shaft died at a hospital in Berkeley, Calif., on July 9 after suffering a heart attack and spending two days on life support. Raymond Haysbert, 90 Raymond V. Haysbert Sr., the pioneering community leader and business giant behind Parks Sausage, died May 24 at Baltimore’s Union Memorial Hospital of congestive heart failure, according to reports. Haysbert was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, amid abject poverty. After working for a coal company, he joined the Army Air Corps and was a fighter pilot with the celebrated Tuskegee Airmen. By the early ‘50s, Haysbert was working as a business teacher in his home state. In 1952, he’d settled in Baltimore to teen years she performed with various groups and was influenced by celebrated gospel artist Mahalia Jackson, with whom she later toured. Walker founded The Caravans and recorded over 60 albums. She was nominated for 10 Grammy Awards – winning one – and received three Stellar Awards for her gospel music contributions. John H. Murphy, 94 John H. Murphy III, who was remembered as a steady hand that guided the Afro-American Newspapers through the turbulent waters of civil rights history and a perilous industry, died Oct.16. Murphy began his service to the AFRO in 1937 and served in a variety of positions until he retired in November 1986, after 49 years of service. He started as the office manager of the Washington AFRO, took over as president in 1961 and became chief executive officer in 1967. He was at the helm as president and/or chairman of the board for 25 years. Gary Coleman, 42 Former “Diff’rent Strokes” star Gary Coleman died May 28 after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage. Known for his “What’chu talkin’ ‘bout Willis” catch phrase, Coleman was hospitalized May 26 after injuring his head in a fall at his home near Salt Lake City. Born in Zion, Ill., Coleman was recognized as one of entertainment’s brightest stars during his childhood appearance on “Diff’rent Strokes.” Despite his promising career, Coleman struggled to gain notoriety after the show ended and faced a number of health complications stemming from an autoimmune kidney disease. Walter Hawkins, 61 Walter Hawkins’ career spanned

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Albertina Walker

Lena Horne

Raymond Haysbert

Dorothy Height
join the burgeoning Parks Sausage company, a career move that would transform his social and economic status. Seventeen years later the company went public, and by the end of the decade, Haysbert was named executive vice president. Under his leadership, Parks Sausage became a Fortune 500 company and grossed nearly $30 million in the ‘80s, a record-breaking number for Blackowned businesses at the time. Eunice W. Johnson, 93 Eunice W. Johnson, creator of the Ebony Fashion Fair tour, died Jan. 3 at her Chicago home. She was one of the first entrepreneurs to create and

John H. Murphy

Ron Walters
market cosmetics for women of color. She married John H. Johnson, founder of the EBONY and Jet empire and was responsible for naming the popular EBONY brand. Albertina Walker, 81 Often dubbed the “Queen of Gospel,” vocalist Albertina Walker, who spent six decades inspiring future gospel artists and inspiring legions of fans with songs like “Please Be Patient with Me,” “Lord Keep Me Day By Day” and “Walk Around Heaven,” died Oct. 8. Walker was born in Chicago and began singing at the West Point Baptist Church. Throughout her

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ACORN Fights Back

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding Jennifer Hudson and other her nephew. In her MySpace relatives positively identified blog, she thanked fans and supof the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and 2010 saw its to Hudson’s murdered tered share of hot messes stemming from the perennial swamp offered a $100,000 reward to of Congress to the pulpit. brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy Many were surprised when longtime legislator Rep. Charlie Rangel, boy’s body inside and is being alive. D-N.Y., was charged by evidence violations, including a failure to pay taxes processed with ethics techniSince the investigation, on vacation property—given a 40-year stint on Capitol Hill without the cians and workers. The body Hudson – who gained stardom was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American taint of corruption. More were dismayed, however, by the punishment— the Cook County Medical Idol,” and then won an censure—given an ethics committee’s findings that Rangel’s misdeeds Examiner’s Academy Award for her role in were not deliberate. office. Hudson ethics dragnet was the movie Dreamgirls – has Also caught in the and other family California Democrat Maxine members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. Waters, who strongly denied the charges and who has yet to receive the Examiner’s Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, The Chicago Tribune reporttrial she requested, andoffice mid-afterJulian King, Jennnifer noon to identify the body. dollars in college scholarships to Hudson’s nephew. ed that a parade of cars moved who allegedly awarded thousands of Given the choice slowly past her family’s home several family members. between lookA spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the ing directly at the body or Washington’s stench wafted over to nearby Maryland, wherethat Hudson jail for parole violation after told the newspaper several viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curiBlack lawmakers were also caught in the crosshairs. On Jan. 6 thenous onlookers. AP Photo Courtesy Photos Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon resigned as part of a plea deal, one month AP Photo Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Neighbors stood Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donersonafter her conviction for embezzlement. Longtime state legislator, Sen. who Congressman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. quietly and was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. Ulysses Currie was indicted on 18 charges of conspiracy with reflected on the “remained October her famiShoppers Food family chose video screen, the Warehouse in September. Instrong forprominent being convicted of attempted violence. ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackBaltimore City councilwoman, Helen Holton pleaded no plate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the In front of the Hudson’s the body of her 7-year-old “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets contest to campaign finance violation charges, marking the Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just hours ly,” the spokesman to Dixon’s that he pleaded guilty to both final chapter police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” of the corruption investigation that led said. “It and hooded sweatshirts came to after his body was found in a was obviously a on as FBI kiss the twin white crosses barresignation. And in November, the nation looked very emotional charges in 1999. He was also moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and agents arrested then-outgoing Prince George’s County The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. Executive Jack Johnson and his wife then-CouncilwomanHudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going elect Leslie Johnson – on whom agents found almost $80,000 been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha hidden away in her bra – on charges ofawitness and evidence when relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the tampering in connection to a corruption investigation with grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all tentacles Obama’s government Donerson, 57, No wonderin severalcampaign is departments. and his uncle, and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these Topping the heap, however, was theHudson, 29,involving trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason imbroglio shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and renowned Bishop Eddie Long, leader of the 25,000-plus in group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home which police and volunteers for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., election officials. member New Birth Missionary the 7000 block of South Yale Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run of sexual coercion and abuse McCain’s attack on ACORN – who in September was accused Avenue. were doing those things without longfour deep. He taught classes Associated Community by and young men from his church-affiliated youth – a desigAn Amber Alert academy. ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed on homosexuality the allegations Organization for Reform Now – nation for high-risk missing Given Long’s outspokenness sion, were fired. confirms the success of the were President. of speculation were Friday AP Photo him for incendiary. And the flameschildren – was issuedfanned “The evidence that has surBut now ACORNLong’s failure to deny the charges, saying only, organization, the head AP Photo after Julian was discovered even more by is in trouble. Bishop Eddie Longof the faced so far shows they faked Reporter: perfect man, but group says. missing after the murders. Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson “I’m not a There are at least this thing I’m gon’ fight.” 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Police arrested William didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done and success we’ve Balfour, the missing boy’s stepboxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of father and estranged husband victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview of Julia, at his girlfriend’s tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO.History • Your Community • Your News Southside apartment several Your fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. “When this attack started, we The Afro-American Hurd said the only things Newspapers By Shernay Williams If selected to represent the Ninth District, his main bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had Baltimore Office • Corporate Headquarters AFRO front for get out the vote Balfour’s mother, Michele, has Staff Writer concerns would be housing, education and employment, he selves. And ACORN registered 1.3 million new vot-Charles Streetfactcheck. org told reporters that her son had 2519 N. said. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. nothing to do with the slayings. Baltimore, Maryland 21218-4602 Two men to expected Hall Jan. 4 in Johnson, a human rights activist and community It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks areissue risky to speak at Cityremains a suspect in Jason Hudson that someone’s running scared Balfour 410-554-8200 • a showdown to claim the organizer, is also eyeing the district’s top spot—for a second ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Baltimore City Council’s empty because of ACORN’s success.”Fax: 1-877-570-9297 Ninth District seat. time. He challenged Welch in the 2007 election, coming in www.afro.com guilty of, or even been found Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for William “Pete” Welch second. Blind ambition. Too risky for and Michael Eugene Johnson president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” America. for the position vacated by veteran legislator Agnes et, lashed out at ACORN in the Murphy Sr., August 13, 1892 will vie His first priority if selected, he said, would be to Founded by John Henry final debate against Barack EmeritaThe problem came about priWelch after her recent retirement. The chosen candidate will reorganize the district’s defunct community associations and Washington Publisher - Frances L. Murphy II Since the remainder of her Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way serve McCain’s comments, term, which runs through 2011. SQUARE their agenda at City Hall. push HIGH Chairman of the Board/Publisher - operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN John J. Oliver, Jr. During the hearing, scheduled for 6 p.m., members of the He says it is “unfortunate” that the Council is considering Executive Assistant in rely on volunteers, it pays bombarded with threats nominating committee will interview the ing one of the greatest frauds - Takiea Hinton - 410-554-8222 peoCouncil’s vacancy and Pete Welch for his mother’s seat. “If you look at the district ple, many of them poor voter history in this country, Receptionist - Wanda Pearson - 410-554-8200 or unem- racist mail. event will be televised live on TV25. men. The and know that he was grandfathered in, you would think: ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of The council will likely choose a successor within a week, ‘What was he doing as her aide for all these years?’” he said. Director of Advertising/Sponsorship Development & Sales The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” city sources say. Further details about the public hearing were “Not going down there (to vie for the vacancy) is Susan Gould - 410-554-8289 organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing not immediately available by AFRO deadline. disrespecting the people who thought I was a good choice… susangould@afro.com the registration. offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims to Advertising Manager those people’s votes mattered,” heON THE LIST NOT added. Maud - 410-554-8246 After aWelch, therepresentative Cleveland son and longtime aid of the retired BREAD be “exaggerated,” with “no evi- Robert Blount explained, “We have a Sr. Advertising Account Executive - Annie Russ - 410-554-8235 councilwoman, merely hinted at his desire to run for office Councilwoman Welch said she would like her son to zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracyAdvertising Account Executive during local office saying she assume her post in an interview with the AFRO prior to her ate falsification of registration.” sent to the a recent interview with the AFRO. “You always destroying fraud.” Marquise Goodwin - 410-554-8274 retirement. Most news account neglect to “is considerhave her life ended.” you want to help the largest going to those things because Hurd believes the McCain amount Providence, R.I., “I’ve had a son that’s been my aide for 20-something Director of Finance - Jack Leister - that ACORN A worker inof people and if you have been helping people all of charges were politically motivat- point out 410-554-8242is required by law to turn in all reg- received life, it presents asay- opportunity to help even more your a threatening call great years, who knows…the process and who’s been there, she ed. Archivist - John Gartrell - 410-554-8265 LEFT RIGHT istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work interview. She said, “Because it’s lowpeople,” he said during the said. “So, I would want him to take my place.” Community & Public Relations Manager organizato note that it was the at 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, The certified public accountant has worked as a partTowson University professor John T. Bullock, an active Diane W. Hocker - 410-554-8243 A caller to one office left throughout her 27-year career in the and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first time aide to his mother a campaigner for the seat, has apparently chosen not to apply Editorial brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those Council. for the vacancy but will run in the 2011 city elections. Executive to the Chikwendu machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote Editor - Talibah attention of authorities. E-mail: editor@afro.com The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesManaging Editor - Kristin Gray - 410-554-8277 fine isn’t interested in those Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” Washington Bureau Chief - Zenithapoints, preferring to air misleadPrince - 202-332-0080, ext. 119 hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to E-mail: dceditor@afro.com seek to link Obama ing ads that nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. Continued from A1 to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are For 38 years, the non-partisan Markets Global his political support. fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social Phillips IV - 410-554-8220 Director - Benjamin M. operational through summers pioneering community leader her in the primary. The McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic justice for bphillips@afro.com lowend. and business giant behind gubernatorial race fell in and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income Circulation/Distribution Manager Washington The Black community Parks Sausage. 1 BANANA Martin O’Malley’s lap, Announcer: Who eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 mem-202-332-0080, ext. 116 is Barack Edgar Brookins suffered losses in get killed.” Statewide and some city but not before Republican Obama? A Manager ber families organized Circulation/Distributionman with “a political nated, they’re gonna the deaths Baltimore into more of Another message said, “You Elias Dorsey Jr., one of the elections came in autumn. challenger Robert than 1,200 neighborhood chap- - baptism performed at warp Sammy Graham 410-554-8266 12 founders of Iota Phi Theta Baltimoreans questioned Ehrlich’s camp tried speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, Production Department - 410-554-8288 Fraternity and longtime the effectiveness of state’s to swindle Democratic deleted). Welfareabums. You ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. Baltimore administrator; attorney veteran Patricia voters with controversial guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. John H. Murphy, former Jessamy despite the city’s robocalls, telling residents There, Obama come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, Washington Office met Madeleine Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource of the president and CEO there is, recent crime lows and voted to “stay home” and “relax.” living wages, healthcare for the • Washington, D.C. 20002-4723 1917 Benning Road, N.E. and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved—202-332-0080 Fax: branch of ACORN. He was so and while organAfro-American Newspapers; for political newcomer A week before 1-877-570-9297 impressive that he was asked to all you guys do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. and Raymond Haysbert, the Gregg Bernstein to unseat Thanksgiving, a tornado General Manager train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been as withering ripped through North Edgar Brookins - ext. 116 What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital and baseless as this one. Baltimore leaving Office Administrator - Mia Hayes-Hawkins - ext. 112 engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the presidential election roughly 19,000 residents Before age five, every room is a classroom. Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best lessCustomer Service, Home Delivery and Subscriptions: than two weeks away, without power and of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege410-554-8234 the Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like dwellers in 16 buildings Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. Customer Service@afro.com counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, homeless. The Baltimore bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that Billing Inquiries: 410-554-8226 and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC chapter of the NAACP caused the financial it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the reported discoveryand Weekends: 410-554-8282 crisis we’re Nights of bogus founded Grow Up Great andfirst female elected its its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca in today. hope you all die.” names, such as Mickey Mouse con Éxito, apresident since Enolia 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young Hurd thinks the hate calls will children for school and life. 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On the Scandal Sheets

A3 Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew
sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspiconnection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed Hudson’s mother and brother. the vehicle while walking his The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. According to the Chicago Suburban with Illinois license Tribune, the boy had been shot BY AFRO Staff multiple times in the back seat

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

Contest for Welch’s Seat Begins

2010 a Stormy Year in Baltimore




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Nonprofit Aims to ‘Amplify’ Baltimore
Community discussion series begins Jan. 8
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer Despite Baltimore’s list of socioeconomic issues and challenges, April Yvonne Garrett, founder and president of the national nonprofit organization Civic Frame, believes the city retains a silver lining. “Every city has something absolutely exquisite about it and I think that there are so many things exquisite about Baltimore,” Garret said during a recent interview with the AFRO. “But we as a people have to have a collective will to highlight those things, stand for those things and push them forward.” That’s why she’s spearheading Civic Frame’s “Amplify Baltimore,” a quarterly series of community discussions that will explore some of the city’s most challenging issues. Kicking off Jan. 8, “Amplify Baltimore” will combine some of the city’s major leaders with residents of the community to discuss issues such as public health, urban farming, neighborhood housing, financial literacy and more. Garrett, a Baltimore native, created the event after realizing that the city was in need of a public forum for citizens to interact to discuss and solve major issues. Moreover, she explained that she wanted to end complaints about what the city is lacking. “The big thing for me is to get folks in Baltimore to stop having conversations about what we aren’t, what we’re not doing and what’s bad about the city,” Garrett said. “There’s a lot that’s great about Baltimore and I think sometimes we get stuck in [our] culture of complaint and I just got tired of it.” Garrett’s passion on the subject is fueled by her love for her hometown. After graduating from Baltimore City College, she attended and graduated from Columbia, Kenyon and Harvard universities. But ultimately, she moved back to Charm City and jumpstarted Civic Frame in 2002. Since its inception, Civic Frame has encouraged civic participation through media arts and critical thinking on a national platform. But before any of the organization’s programs and events could convene in other cities, Garrett says that she wanted to ensure Baltimore was first. “My heart is here; I love this town and I love these people and even when we’re not doing our best unto ourselves and for ourselves, I think it’s really important for individuals who know better to take a stand and demand better,” Garrett said. “It’s something that I’m extraordinarily committed to.” The Amplify Baltimore series will span throughout 2011 and will take place at the Maryland Institute College of Art. For more information, visit: civicframe.org.

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Continued from A2 more than 30 years and he released more than 14 albums since 1975 as a solo artist and with his family ensemble. In July, after battling pancreatic cancer, Hawkins died. Some of the singer’s most memorable songs include “Thank You,” “Holy One” and “Going Up Yonder,” many which became popular Sunday selections in Black churches around the country. The songs also helped Hawkins earn an induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Trailblazer Award from publishing company BMI. In addition to his work as an artist, Hawkins was the pastor and founder of the Love Center Church in his hometown Oakland, Calif.

songwriting, guitar and piano playing talents. She worked closely with mentor Rick James and was nominated for four Grammy Awards throughout her career. In 2009, Marie was featured on an episode of TV One’s “Unsung” series, which chronicles celebrity musicians who, despite their talents, never reached the upper echelons of superstardom.

Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaigns. Teddy Pendergrass, 59 Noted for his soulful voice and sex symbol status, Teddy Pendergrass rose to the height of fame during the ‘70s and ‘80s with hits like “Turn Off the Lights” and “Love T.K.O.” He began his music career as the lead singer for the group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and launched his self-titled solo album in 1977. Tragedy struck the crooner in 1982 after an automobile accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, but Pendergrass continued to record music and eventually returned to the stage in 1985 for a Live Aid concert in Philadelphia. In 1998 Pendergrass founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries. Manute Bol, 47 One of the tallest players to ever appear in the NBA, Manute Bol was both an athlete and an activist. The Sudanese-born celebrity, whose name means “special blessing,” was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1985, making him the first African-born player in the NBA. He played basketball for 10 years and along with the Bullets, was a member of the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. He is the only player in league history to block more shots than he scored. Bol directed a number of charities and events that raised money for his war-ravaged homeland. He founded the Ring True Foundation, which raised funds for Sudanese refugees.

Ron Walters, 72 For more than four decades, Dr. Ronald Walters served the African-American community, the United States and the world as a consultant, teacher, writer, mentor and friend. His service came to a close Sept. 10, when he lost a battle with cancer at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. Walters made his mark as a dedicated scholar, authoring and co-authoring more than 10 books and hundreds of academic articles and commentaries. He was awarded the Ralph Teena Marie, 54 Bunche Prize for his book Black Presidential On Dec. 26, music lovers learned that Politics in America. He was also a political Teena Marie – popular for hits like “Square consultant, serving as policy adviser to former Biz” and “Lovergirl” had suffered a grand mal congressmen William Gray and Charles Diggs. seizure and died at 54. Born Mary Christine MedicareAd_5.5x10.5:Layout 1 11/12/10 1:25 PM Page 1 worked with a number of organizations and He Brockert in California, the “Ivory Queen served as director of public policy for the Rev. of Soul” was recognized for her singing, An Important Message from Medicare

Lena Horne Celebrated for her beauty and talent, Lena Horne appeared in films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather and began her career in entertainment as a teen at the famed Cotton Club in New York. Despite her talent, racism stifled Horne’s career and her film scenes were removed during theatre viewings in the South where African Americans could not appear alongside White actors on screen. Horne died in May after suffering heart failure. The AFRO also remembers: Jefferson Thomas, member of the “Little Rock Nine,” 68 Margaret Burroughs, founder, DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago and a celebrated artist, 93 Marva Wright, singer, 62 Ron Banks, singer, 58 Guru, rapper, 43 Hank Jones, musician, 91 Ali-Ollie Woodson, 58 Garry Shider, musician, 56 Marvin Isley, singer, 56 Solomon Burke, singer, 70 Shirley Verrett, singer, 79 Jack Tatum, athlete, 61 Al Goodman, singer, 67 James Moody, musician, 85 Abbey Lincoln, singer, 80 MaLinda Sapp, preacher and school chancellor, 43 Harold Dow, news correspondent, 62 Betty Peebles, senior pastor of Jericho City of Praise in Landover, Md., 76

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Census Reveal Blacks Leaving
Montgomery and Howard.” In New York, the number of Blacks leaving the city has exceeded the departure of Whites since 2000, and as a result, that city has now suffered an overall decline in Black population for the first time in history, according to GBM News. The Post also reported that, according to census data, Los Angeles has seen its Black population shrink from around 18 percent in 1970 to 9.9 percent four years ago. Though a growing number of people are seeking out warmer climates, census results show that Blacks appear to be returning to family roots in the South or relocating to suburbs near the cities they are leaving. The population shift could dilute Black political power, which first grew from the concentration of Blacks in major urban jurisdictions, according to GBM News. “African Americans are a large part of the population in several of the states that are losing representatives,” said Margaret Simms, a fellow at The Urban Institute in Washington. “But they are also a large part of the population in several states that will gain seats.” The results of this year’s population count reveal that, as of this past spring, the United States is a nation of more than 308 million people. At the same time, America’s once staggering population growth also dipped to its lowest in seven decades. But not to worry, according to a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.based Population Reference Bureau. “We have a youthful population that will create population momentum through a large number of births, relative to deaths, for years to come,” bureau spokesman Mark Mather told MSNBC.com. An updated, specific count of the country’s AfricanAmerican population will not be available until February, when the Census Bureau will release demographic data by states on a rolling basis so their governments can start the local redistricting process, according to a Census spokeswoman. “The figures we released on Dec. 21 were only state and national population numbers. We haven’t released any other information and it won’t be released until next year,” said spokeswoman Malkia McLeod. “We don’t have numbers yet for any one group specifically, we just have an overall population number. The rest of that information will be rolling out throughout next year.” AFRO reporter Shernay Williams contributed to this report.

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decade ago. But, according to Census Bureau data released Dec. 21 and cited by The Washington Post, much of the increase is due to an ongoing influx of Hispanics and Whites moving into the city – a change brought on by a gentrification process that has forced many African Americans out of city neighborhoods. According to the Post, Blacks in the District face the prospect of being a population minority in the city by the time of the next census in 2020. Implications are similar in Maryland. The population grew by almost 480,000 residents, yet the Black population remained at 29 percent. Whites make up only 57 percent of Maryland’s residents - a 5 percent decrease from the last census. That leaves Hispanics, who account for only 7 percent of the state’s population but fueled 40 percent of the state’s growth since 2000, according to Census data. Audrey Singer, senior fellow for the non-profit public policy Brookings Institution, said Maryland’s population increase might have to do with a “fairly stable economy in the state, buoyed by the capital region and also the draw of suburban counties around Washington and Baltimore, most notably Prince George’s, but also

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Around the World in 365 Days
International news in 2010
By AFRO Staff The New Year had barely started when Haiti was hit with a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, with an epicenter just 16 miles from the nation’s capital of Port-au-Prince. The quake, reportedly the worst in two centuries in the country, impacted up to 3 million people, according to the Red Cross. The Haitian government reported that approximately 230,000 people died, and over a million were left homeless. It also reported that 30,000 commercial buildings were no longer usable. The world wide response to the crisis was amazing, with a multitude of organization and government pledging money and other resources to rescue people and assist with rebuilding. This has not turned into a reality for the country – many of the pledges resources have still not been delivered. Almost a year later, the majority of those displaced by the devastating earthquake still reside in shelters, in temporary tents and other makeshift housing. The earthquake was not the only reason Haiti was in the news this year. This was an election year for the country, and the process was postponed because of the earthquake. Along with senators and deputy seats to be selected, a new president was to be selected. Recording artist Wyclef Jean made the news with a bid to get on the ballot as a candidate for president, but failed because he did not meet the qualifications. But by the time the rescheduled elections took place on Nov. 28, no clear winner for president emerged from the field of 18 candidates for the office and the result kicked off unrest in the country. The runoff election is scheduled for mid-January 2011 between Mirlande Manigat, a former Rubble remains one of the biggest obstacles in rebuilding Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the capital.
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first lady of Haiti, and Jude Célestin, candidate from the current governing party. Jamaica was plunged into civil unrest and the government declared a state of emergency in two parishes in Kingston after shootings and firebomb attacks on police stations in May. According to reports, the attacks were related to keeping Christopher “Dudus” Coke out of the hands of authorities who’d finally agreed to extradite him to the United States as requested. Coke is wanted in the U.S. as the leader of the Shower Posse, a group allegedly reponsible for murdering hundreds of people during cocaine wars in the 1980s. Coke, 42, took over the gang around 1991, after the death of his father and older brother. The United States first request for Coke’s extradition was pushed aside by the Jamaician govenment in 2009. But in May it issued a warrant for Coke’s arrest. Reportedly 70 people – civilians and police – were killed before Coke, who’d been barricaded in the Tivoli Gardens, was apprehended at a checkpoint on June 22. He appeared in a U.S. Court on June 25, entering a plea of not guilty

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and is awaiting trial. Many people are calling for the big oil conglomerate BP to go on trial for the catastrophe that propelled it into this year’s review. On April 20 the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing 11 workers, injuring 17 others and starting what has been described as the largest oil spill in U.S. controlled waters. The spill came from a sea floor gusher that released an approximate average of 53,000 barrels daily for 87 days. Until the well was capped on July 15, an estimated 206 million gallons of oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico. The impact of this oil spill, which easily surpassed the volume of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, continues. Oil from the spill made it to the 125 miles of Louisiana coast and was found on Alabama, Florida and Mississippi barrier islands. A fisheries disaster for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi was declared by the federal government and a fishing ban remains in effect for approximately half of the Gulf. BP has agreed to foot the entire cost for cleanup effort and to pay all claims, spending, so far, over $3.2 billion. While there is still much to be done, the underwater well was officially

declared sealed by the U.S. government on Sept. 19. Freeing underground resources led to another disaster this year, but one with a much happier ending. On Aug. 5 a cave-in at the San Esteban copper and gold mine, near Copiapo, Chile, trapped 33 miners. The miners were able to make their way to an underground shelter – about 2,300 feet down – where some supplies were kept. After 17 days, the miners sent a note out to the surface

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attached to a probe sent in by rescue crews. At the time rescuers said they would be able to send in food and supplies, but that it would take months – because of the instability of the mine and the depth of the trapped men – to get them out.

After 66 days, the longest miners are known to have survived being trapped, the workers, one at a time, emerged Oct. 12 from the 28-inch diameter hole that had been drilled and secured for their rescue as the world joyously looked on.

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Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Spectacular Inner Harbor, Pratt and Light streets, Baltimore. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Motorettes, Baltimore’s Motown sound, will perform at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The fireworks show will begin at midnight. For more information: 1-877225-8366. New Year’s Eve Countdown & Pizza Pump it Up of Elkridge, 7184 Troy Hill Drive, Suite H, Elkridge, Md. 11 a.m.-

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2:30 p.m. Bring the kids to Howard County’s inflatable party zone and celebrate the new year with celebration goodies and delicious pizza. $9. For more information: http://piunewyear.eventbrite. com/.

2011 New Year’s Bash Nobles Bar and Grill, 1024 S. Charles St., Baltimore. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Send out 2010 with a bang and ring in the new year with delicious food, delightful drinks, wonderful friends and lots of fun and enjoyment.

$75. For more information: www.B-MOREaroundtown. com. Watch Night Service 2010 and Breakfast Church of the Lord’s Harvest, 11711 Laurel Bowie Road, Laurel, Md. 10 p.m.

The Church of the Lord’s Harvest will hold a festive community worship service and free breakfast for all attendees. The celebration will feature local guest musical artists as well as other creative art and worship expressions. For more information: 240-294-4307. Jan. 3 Get In Shape Enoch Pratt Free Library, Edmondson Avenue Branch, 4330 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore. 6 p.m. Enjoy exercising and have fun getting into shape. For more information: 410-396-0946. Jan. 4 2011 Imax Film Festival Maryland Science Center Imax, 601 Light St., Baltimore. Various times. At this nine-week festival, the Maryland Science Center’s IMAX Theater will showcase seven captivating films each day on a rotating schedule. The festival will conclude on March 3. $8-25. For more information: www. marylandsciencecenter.org. Warm Wednesdays Open Mic 5 Seasons, 830 Guilford Ave., Baltimore. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Witness the largest open-mic poetry venue in the area. $5-$10 p.m. For more information: 410-207-9832. Expressions: Poetic Verse Enoch Pratt Free Library, Cherry Hill Branch, 606 Cherry Hill Road, Baltimore. 5-6 p.m. Learn to express your thoughts, feelings and emotions through poetry. For more information: 410-3961168. Jan. 6 Stroke Awareness Enoch Pratt Free Library, Govans Branch, 5714 Bellona Ave., Baltimore. Join the library staff and MedStar Health professionals as they present valuable information regarding knowing the signs of stroke. For more information: 410-396-6098. Jan. 8 Book Talk: ‘The Integration of Debate: Competing Futures for American Cities’ Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 2 p.m. Discuss the book The Integration Debate with its contributing authors. Museum admission is required. For more information: 443-263-1800. Maxine Bigby Cunningham Enoch Pratt Free Library, Edmondson Avenue Branch, 4330 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore. 2 p.m. Author Maxine Bigby Cunningham will discuss her book describing how walking can help attain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. For more information: 410-396-0946. Jan. 9 ‘Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker’ Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 2 p.m. Examine the 1960s from the perspective of civil rights activist Ella Baker. Museum admission is required. For more information: 443-2631800.

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Takiea Hinton, BiBi McGill, Susan Smallwood and Gregg Leakes

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In celebration of the holiday season and as one of the many community-based initiatives carried out through the year, the Gardner Law Group (GLG) of Baltimore presented its “5th Annual Gardner Law Group Holiday Toy Drive.” For the past four years, Paul W. Gardner, managing partner of the Gardner Law Group, has orchestrated this festive charity event intended to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys to distribute to underprivileged families during the holiday season. Despite the heavy snowstorm and traffic gridlock, over 600 attendees from all over the Maryland, District and Virginia area came out to network, celebrate, and donate toys, gifts and money to families in need. “Thank you to everybody who made the Gardner Law Group Holiday Party & Toy Drive a HUGE success! We collected over 575 toys and had over 600 guests (on a snowy night that kept most people at home),” said Gardner in a statement. “Special thanks to Gregg Leakes, Bibi McGill, my wife Laverne Gardner, my daughter Alexis Gardner, Susan Smallwood, Mahogany Jones, Rod Womack and all my staff!” Anami Jordan Attendees included “Real Housewives of performs Atlanta” personality Gregg Leaks; Bibi McGill, lead guitarist of Beyoncé’s all-female band; Judge Karen Friedman; Pat Turner of Turner Construction and Tessa HillAston, president of the Baltimore NAACP branch.

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Singers entertain the audience

Debutantes and their escorts

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Escorts await the debutantes’ arrival

The Baltimore County Alumnae Chapter (BCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority introduced 21 debutantes and one beau to the community at the chapter’s 24th Annual Beautillion-Cotillion at the Valley Mansion in Cockeysville. Four hundred guests, including sorority members, family and friends, gathered to celebrate the event. The Beautillion-Cotillion is one of the chapter’s signature events. The debutantes and beaus are either high school seniors or college freshmen. They commit to five months of preparation for the cotillion, including workshops on voter registration, etiquette, health and wellness and college preparation. According to Barbara Crawley, BCAC president, “It was a magical evening. We witnessed these young people beginning a journey towards independence and individuality.” High school juniors participate as Debutante Kendall attendants to the debutantes and beaus. Tubman and her father Melanie Harris, Felecia Wilson and Michael Tubman Ashley Rock are the event chairwomen. Photos by A. Lois DeLaine

Barbara Crawley, BCAC president (right) with chapter member and junior attendants

Relatives of debutante Briana Hamiel

On Dec. 11, members of men’s social group Committee X-71 hosted their annual holiday party at Martin’s West. The event drew a large crowd, who enjoyed dancing, socializing, music and more. Photos by J.D. Howard Delores Hannah enjoys the holiday desserts

Guests dance to the music provided by XPD’s Band and Show and a dee jay Event dee jay Scott Baylor

Camay Murphy enjoys the music Phylls Jones, Michael Woodlon, Roberta Scott and Donna Boardley

Andre Draper, the Rev. Toni Draper, Charles and Pat Payne

Martin’s West chefs prepare food for guests

Seated: Walter A. Harrington, Jeanette Harington, Mable Young, Helen Hairston, Jimmy Walker and Margaret Walker. Standing: Ron Talulton, Linda Talulton, Ella Richardson,Ron Richardson, Reva Lewrie and Arthur Lewrie

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Local Boy Scout Earns Group’s Top Rank
Friends, relatives, and fellow Scouts recently joined Baltimore City Scout Malcolm X. Dirton at the Jewish Community Center on Park Heights for a special ceremony officially bestowing the rank of Eagle Scout. With this ceremony, Malcolm becomes the newest Eagle Scout in his troop, Troop 193 chartered by Arlington Lewin United Methodist Church. For his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, Malcolm worked with other area scouts to catalogue the brass plaques placed at the base of each tree when planted in the Memorial Grove in Baltimore’s historic Druid Hill Park. The Memorial Grove is the country’s first memorial of its kind, and was planted in 1919 to memorialize those who fought in World War I. As a result of the group’s hard work, it was discovered that 42 of the original 56 markers are missing.
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Interested in becoming a teacher of nursing students, but don’t have a degree in either teaching or nursing? If you have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline (except nursing) from an accredited college, the Community College of Baltimore County and Towson University may have the program for you -- the associate to master’s Degree in nursing (ATM) program. This full-time, yearround program, which can be completed in three years, is designed to prepare nurse educators so that nursing programs can expand the number of students accepted into nursing programs. Its goal is to reduce the national nursing shortage. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in science and an interest in teaching. The application deadline for this program is Aug. 15. To find out more about this unique nursing program, attend an hour-long information session with representatives from the faculty, admissions offices and financial aid. Sessions take place Jan. 11 and March 16, 2011, 5-6 p.m., J-100 (J Building Board Room), CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Blvd. To register or for additional information, call 443-840-1989. Attendees should park in any of the parking bays in Parking Lot 1. Additional sessions take place Jan. 12 and March 15, 2011, 5-6 p.m., Room TBD, at Towson University, 8000 York Road. To register or for additional information, call Ms. Williams at 410-7044209. For more information, visit to www.ccbcmd.edu/nursing/ Program_Overview.html#atm.

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Entertainment’s Best (and Worst) Moments of 2010
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2010’s top winners

Black celebrities ruled the entertainment world this year with their big wins, controversies and blunders. Some of 2010’s biggest winners were singers and rappers who’re turning their careers into multi-million dollar empires. Beyoncé and Jay-Z have set the blueprint for entertainers-turned-business moguls with their growing influence. In November, Jay-Z released his first book, Decoded, which debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times Best Sellers List weeks later. Similarly, his flaxen-haired wife made major moves on stage and with her first fragrance, Heat, which hit stores in February. Riding high off the release of her I Am… tour DVD, pregnancy rumors ran rampant and – although untrue – the Jay-Z publicity only heightened the power couple’s fame. Forbes’ Courtesy Photos end-of-year earning roundup is calling the Texas-born starlet the top-earning singer of 2010 with an estimated $87 million in profits. Another powerhouse vocalist, Jennifer Hudson, had a stellar year and stunned the world with a dramatic weight loss. Going from a size 18 to a svelte size 6, Hudson lost none of the soul- stirring vocals that made her a star on “American Idol” and Dreamgirls. The star also snagged a deal with Weight Watchers and her new physique landed her on the covers of InStyle, Canada’s Fashion, Australia’s Who and People magazines. Jennifer Hudson Oprah Winfrey, like fellow Chicagoan Hudson, is ending 2010 on a high note with the debut of her own TV network, OWN. Formerly the Discovery Health channel, OWN will feature a lineup directed by Winfrey and includes a much-hyped show featuring a new host. The OWN network marks the end of the 25-year run of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Perhaps a media mogul in the making, Nicki Minaj – who said, “I love me some Oprah” in an interview with the New York Times – captured the hearts Nicki Minaj and Drake of the 25-and-under set in 2010. Her debut album, Pink Friday, hit No.1 on the Billboard rap charts and spurred a highly publicized documentary, My Time Now, produced by

MTV. Adding to the Trinidadian star’s fame was the sale of a cotton candy pink lipstick accordingly dubbed Pink Friday by popular cosmetics line MAC. While few celebrities can match Minaj’s over-the-top colorful wigs and tongue-twisting rhymes, the sometimes outrageous cast of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” comes close. The six women have used the show to secure book and record deals; appearances on popular talk shows, clothing lines and more. Perhaps the show’s standout star, NeNe Leakes, is having the greatest year, as she’s currently filming for “Celebrity Apprentice.” Rumors have swirled that she and husband Gregg have split, but neither has confirmed the chatter. Meanwhile, rapper Drake didn’t need rumors to make him a household name. The 24-year-old Canadian rapper took the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart with his first studio album, Thank Me Later, and its hits “Find Your Love” and “Miss Me.” Despite rumors of a spat with mentor Lil’ Wayne, Drake has remained one of the most successful rappers of the year. Like Drake, Tyler Perry has been in the public eye this year for all the right reasons. He was the force behind For Colored Girls, a film adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. The powerful cinematic gem brought Hollywood heavyweights like Phylicia Rashad, Kimberly Elise Neal and Thandie Newton together for roles that inspired laughter, tears and every emotion in between. The film was well received and Perry’s pockets show it. According to Forbes “Rich List,” Perry came in third on the list of Hollywood’s 20 highest earning celebs of 2010, raking in $125 million. His longtime, aforementioned friend Oprah took the No. 1 spot and brought home an estimated $315 million this year.

and her fellow Texans when she bared all at Dallas’ Dealey Square – the scene where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated – for her “Window Seat” video shoot in March. The video quickly went viral, making Badu and her voluptuous backside the topic of heated debates and a disorderly conduct charge from the city attorney’s office and the Dallas Police Department. North Carolina native Fantasia also found herself mired in scandal this year after an alleged affair with a married man, suicide attempt and several court dates. The negative attention threatened to overshadow the release of her album Back to Me in August. Likewise, Baltimore native Mario’s spat with his mom, a recovering drug addict, landed him in jail with a mug shot seen worldwide. Charges against him were ultimately dropped, when she admitted to being intoxicated at the time.

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The controversy crew

While many Black stars hit it big this year because of awesome album sales or new films, others created a whirlwind of controversy in the process. Drama seemed to follow Kanye West into the year after his on-stage debacle with then –teen singer Taylor Swift in 2009. Even in November of this year, West was still discussing the incident and even bashed the young singer again at a party, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Taylor never came to my defense in any interview ... and rode it and rode it,” he reportedly told the crowd. “If I wasn’t drunk, I woulda been on stage [when I interrupted Taylor] longer.” At the same event, West also lashed out at “Today” host Matt Lauer for an interview several Erykah Badu weeks prior. After a tense interview with the longtime journalist, West took to Twitter where he said, “I feel very alone very used very tortured.” Another entertainer kept heads and magazine pages turning for different reasons. Singer Erykah Badu stunned fans

Some entertainers were down on their luck in 2010 after failed sitcoms and album flops. Others, like rappers DMX, Lil Wayne and T.I., struggled through the year because of drugand gun-related arrests. In December, New York rapper DMX was sentenced to a year in jail after violating his probation in Arizona. Weeks later, he was moved to the mental health ward for an undisclosed reason, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records. In November, heavily tattooed rapper Lil Wayne returned to society after spending eight months at the infamous Rikers Island prison for a 2009 gun charge. And just when fans thought father and newlywed T.I. had turned over a new leaf, he and wife Tiny were arrested in September for drug possession. He is currently serving an 11-month jail sentence. Other entertainers who landed in the slammer this year are Gucci Mane, Lloyd Banks, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Ja Rule, Waka Flocka Flame and Lil Boosie. On a lighter note, Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw seemed to have promising roles as the lead stars on NBC’s spy thriller “Undercovers.” Despite the show’s media hype and its co-stars good looks, “Undercovers” bit the dust after only 13 episodes.

New unions and family additions

LaLa Vazquez and Carmelo Anthony – The former MTV VJ, 31, and the Denver Nuggets star, 26, wed July 10 in a lavish New York ceremony. They have one son, Kiyan, who is 3. T.I. and Tiny – Embattled rapper T.I., 30, wed his longtime girlfriend Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, 35, in a three-city ceremony in August. The newlyweds have two children together. Keyshia Cole – California native Keyshia Cole, 29, welcomed her first son, Daniel, in March. She is engaged to basketball star Daniel Gibson. Keyshia Cole and son Sandra Bullock– During a public split from her cheating husband, actress Sandra Bullock, 46, welcomed adopted son Louis Bardot into her life. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz – In what has been a whirlwind year, musical couple Alicia Keys, 29, and Swizz Beatz, 32, wed and had a son, Egypt Daoud, on Oct. 14. Paula Patton and Robin Thicke - Precious actress Paula Patton, 35, and husband Robin Thicke, a 33-year-old R&B singer, introduced the world to son Julian Fuego on April 6. Martin Lawrence and Shamicka Gibbs – Prince George’s County native Martin Lawrence, 45, wed longtime girlfriend Shamicka Gibbs, 35, at a private ceremony in his Beverly Hills home in July.

The 10 Best Black Books of 2010 (Non-Fiction)
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO 1. The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris 2. Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell 3. Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice 4. The Next Big Story by Soledad O’Brien with Rose Marie Arce 5. Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness by Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson 6. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander 7. Black Business Secrets: 500 Tips, Strategies, and Resources for the AfricanAmerican Entrepreneur by Dante Lee 8. Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat 9. A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago’s Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond by Craig Robinson 10. The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America by Charles Ogletree Honorable Mention 11. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson 12. Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams 13. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore 14. The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter 15. Children of Fire: A History of AfricanAmericans by Thomas C. Holt
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18. Decoded by Jay-Z 19. The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House by Roland S. Martin 20. Do I Have to Be a Starving Artist in the 21st Century? by Hisani Dubose 21. The Brand Within: The Power of Branding from Birth to the Boardroom by Daymond John 22. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama 23. Before Truth Set Me Free by Vanessa “Fluffy” Murray-Yisrael 24. America I AM: A Journal edited by Clarence Reynolds 25. Why Do I Have to Think Like a Man? by Shanae Hall

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16. Damn Near White: An African-American Family’s Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success by Carolyn Marie Wilkins 17. SistahFaith: Real Stories of Pain, Truth and Triumph edited by Marilynn Griffith

The Howard L. Cornish Metropolitan Baltimore Chapter of the Morgan State University Alumni Association will hold its 26th annual DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. SCHOLARSHIP BREAKFAST. Guest Speaker: Dr. David Wilson, President of Morgan State University. Special performances by the MSU Choir and the MSU Jazz Ensemble.

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AFRO Sports Year in Review
Pro Sports— For professional sports teams in the District, the offseason is usually more exciting than in-season. Like they’ve done in years past, the Wizards and Redskins both made offseason splashes over the summer but crashed miserably once the games started to matter. Redskins End on Sour Note Redskin Nation went gaga over the team’s April acquisition of former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan caller behind two less proven passers, Rex Grossman and Jonathan Beck. Washington Wizards Can’t Shake Funk The late June drafting of Kentucky University star point guard John Wall infused the city with new life. With new ownership and a new lead guard in town, Wizards fans had a reason to forget the previous campaign’s 26-56 record. A summer league filled with misleading highlights continued to pump blood in the veins of Wizards watchers, as Wall quickly impressed and became the central figure in the team’s turnaround attempt. Once the official tipoff began, however, hope quickly dissipated. A 1-4 start to the season was just a sign of things to come. Injuries to Wall kept the rookie in and out the lineup, and a December AP Photo trade finally ended the Gilbert Arenas era. Washington currently finds itself last in the NBA Southeast Division and may struggle to match last season’s futile record. Baltimore Ravens Remained Winners in 2010 Meanwhile, further north on Interstate 295, the Baltimore Ravens remained the most successful team in the Maryland region, earning yet another winning season. The Ravens will head to the playoffs for a third straight year, a first in team history. With a roster that includes familiar stars like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Ray Rice and new talent like Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Baltimore is projected as a legitimate Super Bowl contender and could do a lot of damage in January’s postseason play. West Virginia in the first round. Unfortunately for Morgan State’s football team, the wins came few and far between, as the Bears finished this season with a 4-7 record, their first losing season in three years. Bowie State’s basketball team represented Prince Dunbar Poets matching its mark from the previous season. The 2010 Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl Washington, D.C. high school football championship didn’t arrive without drama. An academic ruling disqualified Ballou High School and opened the door for Dunbar, who Ballou beat in the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs a week earlier. In what attending fans called poetic justice, H.D. Woodson High School claimed its third consecutive title, blowing away Dunbar 44-12 and raising second thoughts on how Ballou would have fared had they not been disqualified. When it came to Prince George’s County football, Henry Wise High School was the name to know this
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Donovan McNabb McNabb, but by the time November rolled around it was the usual sad story for one of the league’s most storied franchises. McNabb never found his groove with Washington, battling offensive line and wide receiver woes before battling his new head coach Mike Shanahan. Mired in the middle of another disappointing season, as of this posting, the Redskins find themselves last in the NFC East division while McNabb finds himself last in the quarterback rotation, now the third-string signal

College Sports—It was yet another typical losing affair for Howard University’s football team as they finished the 2010 season with a 1-10 record, their sixth straight losing season. Despite losing, Howard linebacker Keith Pough was voted to the MidEastern Athletic Conference first team on defense, while teammates Sackie Kerkulah and Willie Carter were selected to the all-conference second team. Meanwhile, Howard’s basketball squad hired new head coach Kevin Nickelberry to pull the struggling Bison team out of its multi-year losing funk. Unfortunately, the Bison saw team captain Calvin Thompson and star recruit Theodore Boyomo suffer season-ending injuries before the season could even begin. Howard is currently facing a 10-game losing streak to start the New Year. But while the Bison struggles, Morgan State University’s basketball team currently holds a 4-5 overall record so far this season. Junior star Kevin Thompson and the Bears are trying to repeat as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champs after claiming the conference title with a 26-9 record last season. Morgan State also earned its first ever trip to the NCAA Championship tournament, where they fell to top ranked

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George’s County well with a 16-9 overall record, 14-6 in the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association. The Bulldogs football squad finished 6-4 in their season. High School Athletics— It was basketball business as usual for the DeMatha Stags. The Hyattsville, Md. Catholic school won its second consecutive City Title Game, upending Southeast Washington, D.C.’s Ballou High School 80-70 at the Verizon Center last March. Led by sweet-shooting junior point guard and All-Met Player of the Year Quinn Cook, DeMatha, and its collection of athletic and accurate shooters, stormed its way to a 32-4 record,

past season. Behind head coach DaLawn Parrish, Wise marched its way to a 12-1 record before bowing out in its second straight state final game to Urbana 6-0. Despite the loss, Parrish has his team on the rise. The Upper Marlboro, Md. program has compiled a 24-4 record over the last two years, dominating teams along the way and will return star running back Uriah Bethea for his final season next year. But while Wise couldn’t bring a title to their home town, Baltimore’s Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School did, beating Havre de Grace, 22-12, in the 1A state championship. Dunbar Poets stars DeonTay McMannus and Trevonne Garrett helped lead Dunbar to a 13-1 record and their fifth state title in six years.

AFRO’s 2011 Sports Predictions
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer NFL’s Super Bowl—This NFL season has truly been one of the most tightly contested campaigns in the league’s recent history. There are more than 10 teams that will potentially finish with at least 10 wins this season, including the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. The Saints join the Atlanta Falcons and Michael Vick’s Philadelphia Eagles as the cream of the crop in the NFC conference, but most of the NFL’s heavy hitters reside in the AFC conference. Look for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, the New York Giants, the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Baltimore Ravens to bring the Super Bowl’s Lombardi Trophy back to the AFC. NBA Finals—The Miami Heat became instant favorites among many basketball fans after superstar LeBron James decided to “take his talents to South beach” this offseason and team up with former Finals MVP Dwyane Wade. But the Heat will still have to get by Boson Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, who featured in 2010’s epic seven-game Finals. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers edged Boston for their second straight championship, and are looking to “three-peat.” But Boston added depth to their own star studded cast, signing Shaquille O’Neal to join Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Don’t be surprised if we have a repeat Finals performance of the Lakers vs. Celtics. College Football Championship—Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton has done his best to dazzle America. The ultimate weapon on the football field, a quarterback who can run and throw, Newton’s Heisman Trophy wasn’t a fluke. He thoroughly dissected opponents all season, helping Auburn tie a school record for wins with 13 and ringing up scoreboards in the process. Headed by Newton, Auburn scored over 49 points seven times this year and finished sixth in the NCAA in scoring. However, they’ll need every point against their BCS Football Championship opponent, Oregon in January’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. Oregon finished first in scoring this season, averaging 49.3 points per game, outracing teams to a 12-0 record. Oregon became a featured attraction this year as their offense was simply too much for teams. It’ll be the legs of Newton vs. the speed of Oregon on Jan. 10 for a chance for collegiate supremacy. While dominant, Newton’s one-man band might not be enough to combat the quicks of Oregon as the school will likely take home its first national title. College Basketball Championship—While the college basketball season is still early, parity seems to be the universal theme so far. Yes, Duke, the reigning 2010 champions, is still tops in the land, but it’s not as obvious as last year’s tournament run showed. Ohio State, Kansas, Connecticut and Syracuse have played impressive through the season’s first couple of months and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some combination of the aforementioned school’s in this year’s Final Four. But it’s something about Duke that just seems favorable. Maybe it’s the combination of skilled shooters and rotating defense. Maybe it’s the tradition or prominent head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Whatever it is, Duke remains as the favorite to bring home another title until they are dethroned.


In Memoriam 2010

January 1, 2010 - January 7, 2010, The Afro-American


Elias Dorsey Jr., 69
1941 - 2010

Rev. Dr. R. Clinton Washington, 65
1951 - 2010

Edward E. Hold, 93
1917 - 2010

Andre M. Williams, 59
1951 - 2010

JoAnn Kyler, 64
1946 - 2010

Alberta J. Leake, 71
1939 - 2010

John E. Wallace, 59
1951 - 2010

Sarah I. Johnson, 72
1938 - 2010

Windsor D. Dempsey, 83
1927 - 2010

Minne B. Rowe, 93
1916 - 2010

John A. Brown, 47
1963 - 2010

Charles W. Crisp, 66
1943 - 2010

George Worthy, 72
1937 - 2010

Elaine T.T. McClenton, 85
1924 - 2010

John C. Pegues Sr., 94
1916 - 2010

Datie B. Russell, 98
1912 - 2010

Courtney L. Fletcher, 59
1950 - 2010

Rupertha C. Hunt, 85
1924 - 2010

Glyndola C. Ross, 82
1927 - 2010

Kenneth B. Dutton, 61
1948 - 2010

Florine T. Camper, 100
1909 - 2010

William Smith Jr., 53
1956 - 2010

June B. Thorne, 82
1928 - 2010

Beulah M. Black, 82
1927 - 2010

Annie B. Harvin, 93
1916 - 2010

Antonio R. Smith, 52
1957 - 2010

Rev. Dr. George P. Polk, 84
1926 - 2010

Arthalia L. Manning, 76
1934 - 2010

Marie E.J. Watts, 83
1926 - 2010

Nathaniel Lance, 67
1942 - 2010

Mozell Jennings, 96
1931 - 2010

Sarah A.C. Harper, 95
1914 - 2010

Leroy R. Johnson, 79
1934 - 2010

Kathleen R. Reaves, 62
1948 - 2010

George D. Jackson Sr., 41
1969 - 2010

Majorie V. Gaulden, 89
1921 - 2010

Charles E. Bowman, 72
1937 - 2010

Gwendolyn B. Simms, 86
1924 - 2010

Roland M. Pryor, 63
1947 - 2010

Ernest L. Ross, 76
1912 - 2010

Daniel A. Smith II, 57
1950 - 2010

Benton Leach Jr., 91
1919 - 2010



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People are raving about the starstudded Christmas party attorney Paul and Martina Gardner hosted at Paul’s palatial downtown office. We partied throughout the suites to live entertainment performed by the incomparable singer Beretta, rap artist Los and hiphop artist Lola Monroe. The aromatic scents of Asian cuisine created by Dynamic Dish chefs produced an exotic atmosphere. “Are the stars out tonight?” Beyoncé’s lead guitarist BiBi McGill, “Larry King Show” producer Judith Thomas, Del. Dan Morheim, Carolina Kitchen owner Lance London, Velvet Rope nightclub owners Tracey Stafford and Monica Blakney, several “Goodfellas” cast members, and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Gregg Leakes were among the celebrities walking the red carpet. Baltimore’s A-List guests Marcy Crump, LaRain Finney, Tessa and Joe Aston, Garland Perkins, Thomas Phillips, Takiea Hinton, Scott Phillips, Susan Smallwood, Marsha Jews and attorneys Granville Templeton and J. Wyndal Gordon were among the 800 guests “partying with a purpose.” “You bring me joy.” Paul and Martina were overwhelmed as the rooms overflowed with toys donated by the guests for needy children. “The party’s jumping, everyone’s having a good time.” Columbia’s Tau Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity kicked off their centennial celebration at the BWI Marriott to an enthusiastic crowd of partygoers “groovin” to the sounds of Panama Band. “The dance floor you could hardly move.” Once the music started, people stayed on the floor dancing the latest dance craze, the “wobble.” “Step Step Step to the left.” Just when you thought “the party’s over,” here comes “the atomic dog.” We circled the dance floor to watch the Omegas step. “Those were the days.” The look of admiration on the faces of the seasoned Omegas was priceless as they reminisced. “Just came here to chill.” Event chairman Samuel Williams invited guests to the

hospitality suite for more dancing and partying. The champagne, food and drinks flowed endlessly. Guests kicked off their shoes, reflected over the night’s events. Great seeing Charles and Marcia Owens, Luwanda and Brian Jenkins, Mabel and Teddy Murray, Barbara Love, Nichele Vaughan, James and Pat Waddy, Tim Betts, Ellen Chittams, Clay Hewitt and Omega Basileus Eric and Jamilla Clark “dancing the night away.” “Don’t stop till you get enough.” After the 100 Black Men’s Christmas brunch with Sen. McFadden, Jerrelle Francois, Debbie and Claude Parker, Valerie Grant, Joyce Smith, Jay Howard, Selena Redd, John Bryant, Geneva Sparks, Louis Brandon, Alice Cole and John Howard, we headed east to the Poets annual Christmas party. “I see the party lights.” President Carl Beasley and the Poet members had the club festively decorated with balloons, lights and plenty of food and good cheer. “Give me a pig-foot and a bottle of beer.” People say a chicken has a short life, but what about the pig? I tell you, this holiday season I ate everything on the pig but the oink. The pig feet and minced barbecue Carl cooked was lip-smacking good. I laughed when I realized I was sucking the bone and I don’t like pig feet. “Go West, Young Man!”- John B. L. Soule. I love the eastside. Years ago, the hottest nightspots in Baltimore – Lamppost, Wooden Nickel, Birdcage, Federal Lounge and Kozy Korners – were in East Baltimore. When eastside’s Selena Redd, Willard Wright and I get together, we joke that west-siders come east but east-siders don’t cross Charles Street. Did I hear someone say, “you got that right?” If you see Selena in West Baltimore other than at Martin’s, holla! Continue to keep the Queen of Soul Aretha “ReRe” Franklin in your prayers that “Dr. Feelgood” will have her feeling like “a natural woman.” Read more Living for the Weekend at afro.com.

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