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JANUARY 22, 2011 - JANUARY 28, 2011
Steele Drops Out of RNC Race Brown Quickly Asserts
Wisconsin’s Priebus Is New Chairman
By AFRO Staff Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele gave up his re-election bid on Jan. 14 after it became apparent he did not have enough votes to win another stint at the forefront of the GOP. Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus won with 97 votes over second-place finisher Saul Anuzis. After a fourth round of voting, Steele watched his numbers decline for a third consecutive time and decided to throw his support behind Maria Cino. Steele gave a short speech when he stepped Wisconsin’s Reince Priebus aside, saying that now was will replace Michael Steele the time for a new direction. (pictured) as GOP chairman. “Two years, we’ve had a good time. We’ve done a lot of good things,” Steele told RNC members according to ABC News. “The party wants to do something a little bit different and hopefully a little bit better.” His comments come in stark contrast to what he told the AFRO earlier last week, as Steele touted the progress the Republican Party made under his leadership. “I feel good. What’s not to feel good about?” Steele said. “We took a moribund, demoralized party that was touted around the country as an endangered species just two years ago and through a lot of effort and by taking a lot of risks we turned it around.” Steele found himself in plenty of hot water during his tenure, however, for blunders in the media such as going against party lines and maligning Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for that state’s Continued on A3 By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer Newly-elected D.C. City Council Chairman Kwame Brown has moved quickly to put his brand on the District’s governing body— and to emerge from under his predecessor’s shadow. Case in point: Just days prior to officially taking over as chairman, Brown had already wielded his brand of administration by comfortably settling into a larger suite of offices on the fifth floor at the John A. Wilson Building. But unlike his predecessor, newly sworn-in Mayor Vincent Gray, Brown’s new offices, which will also accommodate several key staffers, stretches the length of the building. “I can assure you that he is not simply going to be a rubber stamp for Mayor Gray,” said Brown’s communications director, Traci Hughes. She explained about the office arrangement, “The primary reason for putting all the offices on the fifth floor was to make it easier for people when they’re doing business with the chairman’s office [to make it] essentially one-stop shopping.” Having served on the Council since 2005, Brown, 40, a native
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Washingtonian who lives east of the river, has been just as adept—and brisk—in rearranging the 13-member governing body to his liking: Among the first of his tasks since assuming office Jan. 2, Brown, 40, has appointed and replaced several key board and committee posts, including ending Ward 1 Councilman Graham’s 12year stint on the Metro board of directors. “It wasn’t so much that he removed me,” said Graham. “I had indicated that I would continue serving but I also said that if [Brown] felt the need to appoint someone else, I would be completely supportive – and quite frankly it’s been a relief [to leave the Continued on A4
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Newly-elected D.C. City Council Chairman Kwame Brown has begun to put his stamp on the 13-member governing body.
Fenty Signs Up as Education Reform Speaker
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer Former District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty appears to be following in the footsteps of the chancellor that played a prominent role in the loss of his job in last year’s primary election. Fenty has signed on with a talent agency as an education advocate, meaning he will be promoting and advising school districts across the nation on implementing many of the tough reforms Michelle Rhee set in motion for the Hear the AFRO on The Daily District’s troubled public Drum, Wednesday at 7 p.m. schools system. Rhee, who resigned her position under pressure this past October after serving more than three years at Fenty’s behest, has gone on to launch the national education initiative StudentsFirst, which has been
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Adrian Fenty is parlaying his successes in education reform during his tenure as the District’s mayor into a career as a speaker.
in the process of raising $1 billion to help fix broken public school systems. According to the Greater Talent Network, which will manage Fenty, he has become a national leader in the area of urban education reform. Fenty will join a sterling list of speakers in the agency, which has earned a national reputation as an industry leader among speakers’ bureaus. The lineup includes former U. S. Sen. Spencer Abraham, Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman as well as Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker, among others. Fenty could not be reached for comment, but says in one of a series of GTN promotional videos that fixing school systems would make everything else fall in line. Referring to the glaring turnaround that was effected through Rhee’s hard-nosed efforts, Fenty surmised that since 2007, no school system has made the amount of academic progress in such a short period as the District. “Four years ago it would have been unheard of for Continued on A4
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‘AFRO’ Launches iPhone App
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer For many businesses, the ever increasing pressures of keeping pace with the latest advances in technology often makes them feel like they’re falling behind. But officials at the AFRO American Newspapers, which has bureaus in Washington and Baltimore, are keenly aware they must keep up in order to remain competitive in a rapidly changing newspaper environment. With that in mind, publisher Jake Oliver recently announced the paper’s launch of a new application now available for free downloading at the online Apple App Store that gives readers access to breaking news from their iPhone. Also known as a smartphone, the sleek rectangular device Continued on A3
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‘AFRO’ Premieres Online Employment Center
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer The AFRO American Newspapers has recently launched a job search engine on its website. As a supplement to the newspaper’s weekly print “Career Corner” employment section, the online employment classifieds will connect readers with national and local jobs. The venue also allows job seekers to post resumes and search extensive jobs listings. During a time when African American unemployment looms at 16 percent nationwide, the AFRO hopes to promote business and career opportunities for its readers. As the newspaper builds its jobs database, employers – searching for new hires within the minority community – are offered competitive introductory pricing. The quick, Continued on A3
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return to the beleaguered country. Hours later, Haitian prosecutors charged the former leader with corruption charges, including theft and AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery misappropriation of funds, during his Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude 15 years as head of "Baby Doc" Duvalier, center, waves to supporters from a hotel balcony after the country. his arrival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on According to Jan. 16. Duvalier returned Sunday to tweets from Mother Haiti after nearly 25 years in exile, a Jones reporter Mac surprising and perplexing move that McClelland, who is comes as his country struggles with a stationed in Haiti, political crisis and the stalled effort to while Duvalier was recover from last year's devastating earthquake. at the courthouse his supporters were on the street calling for his release, saying, “Time is up!” After what was described by Associated Press reporter Jonathan M. Katz as an “hours long closed-court meeting,” Duvalier left the courthouse around 6 p.m. EST, McClelland tweeted. There is much speculation regarding why Duvalier has returned to Haiti now. Many outside the country are wondering if the absence of power left by the devastating earthquake a year ago and the contentious, unresolved presidential election is the reason. Still others postulate, at least according to tweets from McClelland, that he has returned to the country to die. Duvalier mysteriously arrived in Haiti Jan. 16, accompanied by his companion Veronica Roy, after 25 years of exile in France. He ruled over the island nation beginning in 1971, following the death of his father Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier and maintained power until his oust during an uprising in 1986. Human Rights Watch and other international groups have called for the controversial leader’s arrest, saying he and his father created a vicious dynasty that ordered the death and torture of 20,000 to 30,000 Haitians. “Duvalier’s return to Haiti should be for one purpose only: to face justice,” José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director of Human Rights Watch said in a statement. “His time to be held accountable is long overdue.” He has never been prosecuted of any crimes. According to Human Rights Watch, four Haitians recently filed torture complaints against the former leader in France but charges were overturned because the country’s statue on crimes against humanity was not retroactive. Some civil leaders are urging media to focus on the devastation in Haiti – caused by a cholera outbreak, extreme poverty and slow earthquake recovery – not on Duvalier’s return. “To the extent that Baby Doc is a citizen of Haiti, many say he has the right to visit the county,” said Eric Walcott, executive director of the D.C.-based National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians. “I know there are outstanding warrants for his arrest because of crimes against humanity and it is their obligation to take a stance on that.” But the country is in dire straits, he said. “That should be the focus, not the diversion created by Baby Doc.” AFRO Executive Editor Talibah Chikwendu and Managing Editor Kristin Gray contributed to this article. Astronomer Unveils Revised Astrology Chart After all those years of checking your daily horoscope, you may have been following the wrong astrological sign, according to an astronomer at the Minnesota Planetarium Society. Parke Kunkle, a board member with the organization, claimed that, in the thousands of years since zodiac signs were first configured, a “wobble” in the Earth’s rotation shifted our view of the stars, making the dates of the current astrological signs inaccurate. Depending on an individual’s birthday, his or her, their true zodiac sign may in fact be the preceding one. For example, a person born on Sept. 12, who astrologists call a Virgo, may really be a Leo. Kunkle says the star’s realignment also created a 13th sign called Ophiuchus, representing those whose birthday falls between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17. “Historically, people looked at the sky to understand the world around us,” he told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “But today I don’t think people who are into astrology look at the sky very much.” Kunkle’s theory has prompted a flurry of attention and confusion, and fueled the centuries-old “beef” between astronomers and astrologers. East Coast astrologer Adam Gainsburg told the AFRO, “Western Civilization has known about this [the Earth’s wobble] since 200 A.D. He said while the Earth does “wobble,” it does not change the current zodiac calendar. And the Ophiuchus, Gainsburg said, is not a zodiac sign, just a collection of stars. He said most astronomers have “no concept of astrology.” “Astronomers have no interest in informing themselves in astrology but we always take interest in learning about astronomy.” Devine said the new astrological calendar would not even give an accurate reflection of personalities. “If you have been studying the signs like I have for 40 years, you will see the character traits (associated with the signs) won’t line-up.”
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‘Baby Doc’ Charged with Corruption in Haiti By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, former Haitian dictator, was escorted to court Jan. 18, only two days after his shocking
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A3 Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew
from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Jennifer Hudson and other Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace relatives positively identified multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supof the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and tered to Hudson’s murdered offered a $100,000 reward to By Brian Englar Wunderlich said the National Museum of Civil War brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy The Frederick News-Post Medicine has been at the forefront of calling attention boy’s body inside and is being alive. to the achievements of Black doctors and nurses. He processed by evidence techniSince the investigation, FREDERICK, Md. (AP) – Nearly 100 years said the museum published what was to gained stardom cians and workers. The body Hudson – who his knowledge before Rosa Parks stood up against discrimination by the first book telling the story of African-American was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., surgeons in the Civil War. the Cook County Medical Idol,” and then won an bus, The book, titled Prologue to Change, washer role in Examiner’s office. Maj. Alexander T. Augusta took a similar stand in Academy Award for written Washington, D.C. by Dr. Robert Slawson, who movie Dreamgirls – has Hudson and other family the is a volunteer at the Augusta, one of 13 black surgeons to serve during museum. He said Slawson also provided much of the members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. Examiner’s office mid-after- was in uniform and on his way to testify research for the exhibit, which will be displayed all The Chicago Tribune reportthe Civil War, noon to identify theabody. martial Julianhe was removed from a street nephew.the country. ed that a parade of cars moved at court when King, Jennnifer Hudson’s over Given the choicecar for refusing to stand up front with the driver, as was between look“When we heard thereslowly past her family’s home was an exhibit being A spokesman for the office the but is being ing directly at the body or of African Americans, forcing him to walk to murders together, weheld in wanted to get a holdpast the required put really Monday morning, of it,” viewing it on a wall-mountedin thetold the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after pride ourselves at being outcurithe hearing rain. Wunderlich said. “We news vans, reporters and In another instance, Augusta was attacked by a front whenever possible breaking downous onlookers. myths.” Courtesy Photos group of young White men for wearing his uniform on The museum was the first to displayNeighbors stood the exhibit as Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who quietly and a train in Baltimore. part of a Civil War medicine conference in Towson in was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. reflected on the But the incidents didn’t deter Augusta.famiOctober, Wunderlich “remained strong for her “... my being convicted of attempted said. video screen, the family chose violence. position as an officerandthe United States, entitles me visiting the museum ly” of was clearly its leader. murder and Tamara Aw of Lanham was front of the Hudson’s on vehicular hijackplate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the In the body of her 7-year-old to wear the insignia of held office, with if I am eithering. Cook Sunday records show the first time in heavy jackets my hands and her famia County afternoon for home, men with her children. “She Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just hours afraid or ashamed to wear them, anywhere, I am not he pleaded guilty to both wasand hooded sweatshirts came to Her daughter Aiyana doing some research for a ly,” the spokesman said. “It that police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” after his body was found in a was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also fit to hold my commission,” Augusta wrote in a letter school report. kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” to The Christian Recorder, an African-American convicted in 1998 for posses- awarethe the contributions made Aw said she wasn’t ing of names of Donerson and The boy – the son of Julia sion of aby African-Americans to Jason.War medicine. She said stolen motor vehicle. newspaper. Civil Hudson, Jennifer’s like him who He was released from prison in The story of Augusta and others sister – had she was particularly interested in learning moreof going “Everybody is sick about 2006 after serving seven yearsslave who secretly learned to read proudly served inbeen missing since Friday, the war a medical capacity during Susie King Taylor, a through stuff like this,” Artisha for are highlighted inwhen a relative found Julian’s a traveling exhibit at the National the attempted murder and and write. Taylor served as a nurse but also acted as a West, a former resident of the car hijacking charges. area Museum of Civil grandmother, Darnell War Medicine in downtown teacher for illiterate soldiers. told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King The boy “I like how she wasn’thave to sticklearn howAll read remained missing Frederick. allowed to together. to these trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, The exhibit, entitled Binding Wounds, Pushing and write, but somehow was able to learn, and thatand group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” Boundaries: African-Americans in Civil Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of SouthWar Medicine, turned out to be an asset to the Union army,” Aw said. election officials. Presidential candidate John Yale was created by the Library of Medicine at the National Staff at the museum said the exhibit has been wellHurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – Avenue. AFRO File Photo taught classes received. were doing those things without long and deep. HeInstitutes of Health and Amber Alert –Jan. 28. Associated Community An runs through a desigAs the nation celebrates– 150-year anniversarypermis- American Civil even endorsed puts into perspective amissing history the ACORN’s knowledge or of the for ACORN. They “It kind of nation for high-risk part of “It’s definitely drawn interest,” said guest services Organization for Reform Now War, many are remembering sion,contributions of African-Americans to most people are completelywas issued Friday George the were fired. unaware of,” said member Katie Reichard. “A lot of people have called him for President. confirms the success of the children – the war. “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. the museum’s executive director. Wunderlich, about this specific exhibit.” organization, the head of the after Julian was discovered faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least group says. missing after the murders. 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 Continued from A1interview victim of a palmtop computer forms. ACORN, said in an works more like fraud, not the perpetra- communication continue to open of Julia, at his girlfriend’s up.” African-American newspaper to have such,” Oliver said. “But tor phone, Announcer: MassiveRadio Shack manager in Northeast with the AFRO. than a cell of it. and as with Oscar Robinson, a voter we’ve always recognized new technology as being an important Southside apartment several Hurd choice of watching fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the latest “When this attack started, we many smartphones, it provides owners thesaid the only things Washington, said smartphones are becomingthe murders. tool to better serve the ever changing needs of our readership.” bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just listening that we had Balfour’s mother, Michele, movies, announcedto music, browsing the web and sending trend among cellular customers. “All phones are essentially has Oliver assured that implementation of the application will selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out because told reporters much,” said registered 1.3 million new vote-mails and text messages. becoming smartphonesthe vote they can do so that her son had have no bearing on readers who prefer hard copies of the agrees. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to sayis an important first step for us in nothing that with the slayings. “[The iPhone application] Robinson. “They have operating systems to doare usually going AFRO. “People will still be able to buy the AFRO where they It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky thatquest to make the AFRO far more available to people who someone’s running scared Balfour remains a they run our to be Android, Windows or Safari – which means that suspect in Jason Hudson up.” Oliver said. “But additionally, this new normally pick it ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” need to have quick access to their news,” Oliver said. on their own networks to give owners better access to many of iPhone application will facilitate greater access to the growing been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for AFROon the manager William Parschalk added thatfraudulent Web Republican tick- charged with, casting the the latest applications.”for volume of current late breaking news we continue to post on Blind ambition. Too risky president new application will enable readers full access to news from While readers’ access to the new application would not our website. votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County and Baltimore, necessarily put the AFRO ahead of the times, being the first “Among the many programs we currently have on the drawing The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack as well as sports and national issues. “This is a great way Black newspaper to showcase this technological innovation board is the ultimate expansion of this new iPhone application Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way SQUARE HIGH for the to connect withperpetrat- on the go,” Parschalk said. than nevertheless offices have a significant event. to other smartphone platforms and eventually to the iPad and ACORN operates. Rather ACORN’s 87 makes this been on us verge of maybe readers “We’d likethe greatest frauds as many options as possible to peo“It’s not too many weeklies that we’re aware of that have other tablet formats as well. Our objective continues to be to rely on volunteers, it pays bombarded with threats and ing one of readers to have in racist mail. access their AFRO country, as new ple, many of themmediums of technology and poor or unem- iPhone applications at all, and as far as I can tell, we’re the first expansively deliver the information news to the our community ” voter history in this news... ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing the registration. offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims to NOT ON THE LIST BREAD Continued from A1 “no eviContinued from representative Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland A1 be “exaggerated,” with zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was allows businesses to add their dence of any law. Alongside Immigration such democracy- his perceived lack of fundraising efficient self-posting process the unemployed in our community,” said AFRO Publisher Jake ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying the party, many Republican insiders saw the need success forfraud.” listing to the AFRO’s virtual job catalog and conveniently pay Oliver. “We believe this is a great opportunity for making these Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” for Hurd believes the McCain change. online. Companies will have the option of having their posted interactions easy and almost instantaneous.” A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is “Everyone is basically working around him,” former GOP jobs appear exclusively say-the AFRO site or have extended on required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call ed. RIGHT Rep. Vin Weber of Minnesota told istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work The Associated Press six exposure on a nationwide network of affiliate news sites. LEFT To learn more about the new online employment classifieds, She said, “Because it’s lowmonths before Steele people, out ofto note that “Republicans have bowed the race. it was the organiza“(This is) just another way please go to AFRO.com or call the Advertising Department at at 9” and uttered racial epithets. of using the digital environment and moderate-income sort of put together I believeof operationin many instances, cycle to A caller tosome of the pressing needs of the businesses and focus on one office left a 410-554-8289. and people of color, a mode the tion, for this election that first that doescampaign thinks those brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain not put the RNC chairman in a central role. That’s not the optimal wayto vote to the attention strange way machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going of handling things. But in a veryof authorities. that gives him some protection because there’s no camp apparently calling to let you know that The McCain urgency to Democratic, which is not necesBarack Obama needs to get replace him—no matter how graveisn’tainterestedhe those fine of misstep in made.” sarily true.” hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is strategist Raynard points, preferring to air misleadRepublicanno stranger to Jackson said Priebus’ victory ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. is evidence For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are that the party is fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social his political support. to relooking McCain: evaluate the duties hell. All the niggers on oak trees. I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income of the chairman. 1 BANANA Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 mem“His election ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” tells me warp baptism performed at that no Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vastone will know col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ambition. After ters in 110 cities nationwide, what he’shas over the years seen “The party wants Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN doing,” Jackson said. lege, he moved to a technocrat -its share of criticism while advo- media. a community organizer. somebody who won’t be in the Became guys just (expletive deleted) “Furthermore, he [Priebus] There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, will be horrible in the media,” Jackson continued. “He’s the a great public speaker.” Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare for not Jackson agreed that organbranch contributions, but in and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while Steele made greatof ACORN. He was so impressive that all you guys do. And then suck the end, wasn’t able to overcome his mistakes. he was asked to izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been as withering all the controversy from the “He’ll be remembered for What did Jackson said. and baseless as this one. verbal gaffes to the money mismanagement,” ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the presidential election “You will not hear people talk about the races we won under Before age ﬁve, every room is a classroom. Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two weeks away, his chairmanship. All the negative media coverage will of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege able to accomplish.” the Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like overshadow what he was issue in case he Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- banks tosleeverisky home loans. counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, Steele said he had other things up his bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC didn’t win. He said “there’s always something to do. caused the financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the reported discovery of bogus founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca “I always have a plan B, C andin today. not going away.” D ... I’m hope you all die.” names, such as Mickey Mouse con Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young Hurd thinks the hate calls will children for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ cease soon. “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. 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The Afro-American , January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011
Obamas Visit Historic Black Church
By Derek Braxton Special to the AFRO Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church has hosted the funeral service of civil rights leader Rosa Parks and both inauguration services for former President William Jefferson Clinton. Founded in 1838, the church, known as the National Cathedral of African Methodism, is rich in history, which is why it has historically been one of Washington, D.C.’s premier places of worship – especially with a location just a few blocks from the White House. At Metropolitan, it’s commonplace to encounter men in suits on Sunday morning, but on Jan. 16, it was anything but ordinary. That morning, men in black suits stood at every vantage point inside and outside the church in downtown Washington, and many of them were not only dressed for service, but also to protect the president of the United States, Barack Obama, and his family. “Metropolitan A.M.E. was chosen because he, (Obama) wanted to visit the local congregation. He was also impressed with the history here,” said Darron Paul Monteiro, deputy associate director, White House Office of Public Engagement. As crowds, of church members and Obama supporters, multiplied outside, Metropolitan’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, paced his office. He had met other presidents before, but this one was different. “Obama represented a long tradition of U.S. presidents who visited the church. It was significant for him to visit on this day, especially being an African-American president, on the day that we celebrated an African American [the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.] and his contribution to America,” Braxton said. While church members and visitors opened their coats to get swept down by security outside, the pastor’s office was full of church staff and bishops, who would ordinarily come and go as they pleased, but now had to answer to the Secret Service men with wires on their left ears. According to Monteiro, the president would like to attend church services more often, but it just isn’t feasible. “He finds it too disruptive,” said Monteiro. “The congregation would also find it disruptive, having to get swept every Sunday. He would like to join a church but he doesn’t want to cause too much disruption to the churches and their congregations. He doesn’t want to be a distraction.” However, besides cheers and cell phone camera flashes, the president was anything but a distraction during Sunday’s service at Metropolitan. The choir sang
joyfully, scriptures were read and churchgoers nodded their heads as prayers were delivered and testimonies were given. Like any other Sunday, the congregation exploded with an enthusiasm that’s unique to the Black Church, but on this Sunday, the enthusiasm had a new attitude. It was the Photo by Kea Dupree Photography same attitude that The Obama family, from left: President Barack Obama, Sasha, Metropolitan member Michelle and Malia, enjoy the worship service on Jan. 16 at Ernest Green, one of Metropolitan AME Church, Washington. the oldest of the “Little Rock Nine” had when The president greeted of those who were fortunate he first met President Obama, Green with a sincerity enough to worship with them although when he met he gave everyone he and shake their hands. There Obama, he wasn’t president encountered that Sunday. was never a moment when yet. Before Obama’s arrival And, like everyone who one of the Obamas was not at Metropolitan, Green said, encountered Obama, Green either smiling , praying or “Seeing Obama as a president was caught up in the rapture worshipping. For everyone in today visiting my church, of the nation’s leader. attendance, it was a historic makes me, as a teenager of The Obama family left moment that will continue 1957, know that I was on the Metropolitan A.M.E. church the legacy of Metropolitan right path. This is something after the service but stayed African Methodist Episcopal that I could have never in the memories and hearts Church. predicted.”
Washington, D.C., to even apply for, let alone win a national competition among states and cities . . . for the top dollars that we were able to receive,” Fenty said. “We believe that is because of Chancellor Rhee’s strong academic reform” Continued from A1
coupled, he said, with the leadership he had shown as mayor. Fenty’s close friend and Peaceaholics founder Ron Moten said he thought the former mayor’s taking to the road to promote education reform was a good idea. “He can tell people how he did what he did, but most
importantly he can tell them about his successes and his mistakes in doing so,” Moten said. “[Education reform] seems to be the movement across the country and Fenty did a lot of things the right way –although there are some things he could have done differently.”
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Metro board].” Graham also said in a Jan. 17 interview with the AFRO that it is obvious Brown’s style differs from Gray’s. “Vince Gray was extremely effective,” Graham said, “But just watching how Brown dispatched the Council business today, he did it very straightforwardly, and for an additional legislative meeting he marched straight through it and got things done.” Graham said that was clear signal there will less talking and more action in the Council. “Today’s session was good because I was settling back thinking it would be an hour-and-half meeting, when it was actually over in 10 minutes,” he said. “So although he’s got a different style, it’s clearly a very good one.” In other immediate Brown changes, Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas now presides over the Economic Development Committee, while the entire education committee comes under Brown’s watch. Ward 8 Council Marion Barry –in a much smaller capacity than his former Workforce and Development Committee chairmanship of which he was stripped in early 2010 – will oversee the Committee on Aging and Community Affairs. Tommy Wells will assume Graham’s former post on the Public Works and Transportation Committee.
Meanwhile, hoping to offset doubts over his ability to lead the Council, Brown has maintained that it is a job he can handle despite last year’s unfolding (in the midst of his campaign) that the married father of two was behind more than $50,0000 in credit card payments, late fees s and attorney costs. The revelation, which was initially brought to the fore by the mainstream media, left many to ponder Brown’s leadership over a city that was already struggling with a $188 million budget deficit –which, left unresolved, could easily double by 2012. But Brown responded that his personal responsibilities had nothing to do with his ability to take charge of the Council. He explained at the time that he and his wife had made arrangements to pay off the debt, and that with the country being in a recession, his family was not unlike any others grappling with financial obligations. According Roger Newell, strategic organizer for the Washington, D.C.-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters, there has not been enough time to fairly assess Brown’s ability in his latest role. “We have to wait and take a look at how things will shape up,” Newell said. “We need to give him some working space first as I want to see what he puts together and what his full
game plan will be.” Known by his Council colleagues and constituency for his solid presence in local government, Brown’s efforts to not only improve the lives of residents through education, job creation and economic development, have seemingly paid off as evidenced by the 90 percent vote that landed him the Council chair’s post. Having made it no secret his plans to effect progressive change for the District, Brown was not available for response to the AFRO’s inquiry regarding his management style and agenda for reform. But speaking through Hughes, he let on that his main priorities are balancing the budget, ensuring that education mandates set in motion by the former schools chancellor remain on track and creating more jobs that will put more residents to work. “I think that one thing people can count on is that the chairman will have a collaborative style,” Hughes said. “We have the benefit of having a mayor with whom the chairman has a good relationship, and he’s going to ensure that there will be strict oversight of the executive and District government agencies [to the point] that they are operating efficiently – particularly in light of the budgetary constraints.”
January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011, The Afro-American
UN Foundation’s ‘Girl Up’ Campaign Kicks Off in D.C.
By Brandi Forte Special to the AFRO There is a United Nations “girlafesto” that says, “I am a girl….I am me. I follow. I lead. I learn. I teach. I change my clothes, my hair, my music and my mind. I have a voice that speaks, ideas to stand on, and a world to step up to.” The empowering message of the “girlafesto” came alive for hundreds of area adolescents and teens who attended the United Nations Foundation Girl Up pep rally hosted at the THEARC in Southeast D.C., which is the first stop on the campaign’s national tour. Girl Up is a national campaign that mobilizes American girls to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs targeted towards meeting the needs of girls in African countries Malawi, Liberia, Ethiopia and South America’s Guatemala. In the spirit of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the Girl Up launch brought together Estelle, a Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter; Nigel Barker, a judge on “America’s Next Top Model” and Alana Beard, a member of the WNBA’s Mystics. “American girls take a lot for granted. They need to travel. Get a passport and see another perspective on life,” Londonborn Estelle told the AFRO. “The first step to helping other girls in other countries would be by joining Girl Up.” Adorned in purple, pink and blue, the rally offered handson activities and even a female deejay that spun inspirational jams by female artists. As Jill Scott’s “Golden” echoed from the speakers, droves of girls bounced from a surreal passport booth to informational booths that shared issues girls from around the world face. “These girls have dreams to be educated just like I do but are not afforded the opportunity,” said Erica Lamberson, a high school senior and one of the 17 Girl Up teen advisors that represent cities from around the nation. “These girls face so many obstacles. They have to walk miles to get clean water. Some are married off as teenagers because the families cannot afford the economic burden.” Lamberson attends Schools Without Walls Senior High Schools and isn’t bashful when it comes to educating her peers about the struggles some “600 million adolescent girls” in developing nations experience. According to the high school senior, gender discrimination and limited health care access are only some of the disparities impoverished girls may face. But Barker implored the young women and men in attendance to be more proactive in ending social inequities. Photo by Brandi Forte “Girl up Erica Lamberson, a senior at School and man up,” Without Walls Senior High School, and an energetic a teen advisor for Girl Up Nigel Barker told the crowd of teenage girls. “Everyone has the power to make a difference. As a father, I believe fathers must have better dialogue with their daughters. We must change the past injustices and make a difference in our daughters and girls lives.” According to the United Nations Foundation, a donation of $5 can provide school supplies, health checkups, clean water, keep them safe from violence and support for girl centers in their communities. In addition it can help families purchase goats and hens to “serve as incentives to keep their girls in school.” Lamberson is passionate about girl issues and believes American girls should take greater interest in helping other young women around the world. “I could not imagine walking miles to get water for my family. I could not imagine not going to school,” Lamberson said as she stared at a photo of an Ethiopian girl. “I want to go to college, maybe for architecture. These girls have the same dreams, too.” For more information on Girl Up visit www.GirlUp.org.
Bowie State ROTC Program Mentors Baltimore City Elementary Students
The ROTC Bulldog Battalion at Bowie State University recently hosted a group of more than 50 students from The Young 500 program at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, located in Baltimore City, to introduce them to military careers including a campus tour and group sessions of push-ups and flutter-kick exercises. The elementary school students learned about Bowie State University’s campus during a tour. Following the tour, the group gathered in the Theodore McKeldin Gymnasium where they competed in a push-up contest where students were given one minute to do as many correct push-ups as possible. The top three students, including one who completed 60 push-ups, were awarded T-shirts while the entire group was given additional Bowie State memorabilia. The students were provided lunch while professor of military science for the University, Maj. Timothy Blackwell addressed the group. “The day served as an excellent mentoring opportunity for students at the elementary level,” said Maj. Blackwell in a prepared statement. “The ROTC students at the University are setting an example for these children to follow and we hope they will remember this experience when they graduate from high school and begin to make important decisions about continuing their education.” The Young 500 program promotes academic enhancement and interest in higher education. Bowie State University’s Army ROTC program plans to continue the partnership with this group as a way to provide direction and motivation to America’s youth.
Students from Baltimore City’s Robert W. Coleman Elementary School participate in a push-up contest during a recent visit to Bowie State University’s campus.
Local Woman Graduates Air Force Training
Air Force Airwoman Cerzell Flannagan graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen Courtesy Photo who complete Cerzell Flannagan basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Airwoman Flannagan is the daughter of Raymond Flannagan of Wyngate Road, Suitland, Md., and cousin of Sleeprell Rice of Quebec Place, Washington, D.C.
Bridge in D.C.
Compiled By Herb Quarles Tournament Calendar Kings & Queens – Open Pairs “C” Regional (1-21-11) 11 a.m. Call Louis Garner at 301-894-1141. Dubridgettes - Open Pairs “C” Regional (1-24-11) 11 a.m. Call Virginia Eggleston at 301-577-7176, Tournament Results WBU – Individual “C” Regional (1-3-11) 1. Regional Chapman, 2. Jewel Chapman, 3. Clara Berryhill. Y-Bridgettes – City Open Pairs (1-5-11) [NS] 1. Alice Harriston-Karen Pollock, 2. Hazel Ward-Gloria Cobbs, 3. Wilma Middleton-Herb Quarles. [EW] 1. Daisy SmithShirley Baker, Helen McCormick-Jane Lee, 3. Lillian Howard-Bertha Williams. Eastern – Open Pairs “C” Regional (1-6-11) 1. Reginald Chapman-Louis Garner, 2. Virginia Eggleston-Rachel Moore. Capitol – Open Teams “C” Regional (1-11-11) 1.
Geneva Wade, Carrolena Key, Gwendolyn Harllee, Joan Anderson, 2. Lola LeCounte, Marvin Raines, Irene Thomas, Theodore Austin, 3. Elizabeth Wilson, Norma Vincent, Wilma Middleton, Bessie Heggs, 4. Naomi Millet, Dorcas Glascoe, Helen McCormick, Pearlena Allen.
Newlyweds Celebrate Life Together
Photo by Herb Quarles
Idella Ford celebrated her 100th birthday recently with family and friends at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. In this picture, her great-nieces Judith Brown and Patricia Hite, welcome her into the building. She is a member of the VIPs duplicate bridge club, and for many years served as parliamentarian for the Washington Bridge Unit. After graduating as a nurse from Freedman’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., she had a long and distinguished nursing career including being the first African-American psychiatric nurse in the U.S. Army.
By Herb Quarles Special to the AFRO The family of Elsie Mann Shaw is pleased to announce her marriage to the Rev. Dr. Alfonso John Harrod. The ceremony, witnessed by family and friends, took place recently in the Howard University Divinity School in Northeast Washington. The Rev. Dr. Frank E. Tucker, pastor First Baptist Church in Northwest Washington, officiated during the ceremony. The newlyweds celebrated their union during a reception at the Golden Flame Restaurant in Silver Spring, Md. Mrs. Harrod, before her retirement, was an educator and counselor in the D.C. Public School System, and Alfonso, who was called out of retirement, is the pastor at Lanham United Methodist Church on Whitfield Chapel Road. They reside in Northeast Washington.
The Afro-American, January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011
of the Baltimore Grand Prix. $45 in advance, $55 at the door. For more information: 410-300-6511. Jan. 22 Washington’s Dance Party The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place, S.E. D.C. 1-3 p.m. In this film discussion, view the awardwinning documentary Dance Party: The Teenarama Story, that examines the popular TV dance programs of the 1960s. Following the viewing, the movie’s creators will discuss the making of the film. For more information: 202-6334820. Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, Rachelle Ferrell, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday and Teena Marie The Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, Va. 7:30-10:30 p.m. This concert will feature talented performances in tribute to a bevy of notable female R&B stars. $25-$30. For more information: www.brencore. com. Jan. 23 ‘The Language You Cry In’ The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place, S.E. D.C. 2 p.m. This film tells the story about the search for meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. For more information: 202-633-4820. Business & Opportunity Fair The Hilton Garden Inn, 7301 Waverly St., Bethesda, Md. 1 p.m. Learn how you can transform your skills and talents into full careers. For more information: workitgirl. eventbrite.com. Jan. 23 Intro to Jazz Singing The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Md. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jessica Boykin-Settles, jazz singer and Howard University music professor, will lead this popular class introducing participants to elements of jazz rhythms, harmony and improvisation. $275 for 6 sessions. For more information: 301-581-5100. Jan. 25 NBMBAA DC General Body Meeting Courtyard By Marriott Capitol Hill, 140 L St., S.E. D.C. 6:30-9 p.m. Join the D.C. Chapter of the National Black MBA Association for their January general body membership meeting. For more information: january2011.eventbrite.com. Black Ski General Body Meeting 19th Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th St., N.W. D.C. 7-9 p.m. Black Ski, a local African-American ski and recreational organization will be hosting their monthly meeting to discuss future trips and events. For more information: www. blackskiinc.org. Jan. 28 Meeting At the Alley Cat Alley Cat, 2 S. Whiting St., Alexandria, Va. 7-10 p.m. DMV Billiards Group will host this meet and greet featuring free pool lessons and drink specials. Also enjoy video games, darts and foosball. For more information: www. alleycatalexandria.com. Jan. 29 Salute To ExcellenceCommunity Education Awards Luncheon The Sheraton Washington North, 4095 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, Md., 11:30 a.m. The Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Educational Advancement Foundation of the North Atlantic Region will host an awards luncheon designed to recognize those in the community who have made a difference in nontraditional educational ways to create an environment where the youth can grow and develop a love of lifetime learning. $50. For more information: www.akaeaf.org. Dream Big 2011 Conference Hampton Inn Washington, 9421 Largo Drive West, Largo, Md. 12 p.m. Motivational speakers will inform you on how to change your dreams into a reality. $35-$45. For more information: 240-550-7403. Harambee Dinner Club DMV Business Networking Old Town Inn, 14745 Main St., Upper Marlboro, Md. 4-5 p.m. Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area business owners will convene for this networking event. $5. For more information: bmorenews1.eventbrite.com.
Jan. 20 Business Golf Luncheon Renditions Golf Course, 1380 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, Md. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Harvin Golf Management Group will be kicking off the year by hosting a business golf luncheon. The guest speaker will be avid golfer Jay Davidson, president and CEO
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It’s About What Kind of Country We Want to Be
Last week, Americans watched as the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives began a concerted effort to destroy one of President Obama’s signature initiatives – The Affordable Care Act. We need to be clear about all that is at stake. Every senator and representative has been educated about the mortal consequences of our flawed health care system, so none of us can plead ignorance as an excuse. When we look deeply into our hearts, we know that even one death that could have been prevented would be unacceptable. Yet, the harsh reality that we are struggling to overcome is far worse. The National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine has been informing us for some time that at least 18,000 Americans die every year because they lack the affordable health insurance that could have allowed them to survive. Elijah Cummings When I speak to opponents of The Affordable Care Act, I tell them of the neighbors I see every day who are walking around with cancer – and must choose between feeding their families and the treatment they need. In response to my testimony, all too often, the health care opponents’ eyes glass over. As scripture tells us, their “hearts have become hardened.” Nowhere in America is the “butcher’s bill” from our flawed health care system worse than in minority communities. That is why we must not allow the suffering in our midst to become lost in a blizzard of statistics and competing claims. As Dr. Lesley Russell observed in a recent monograph for the Center for American Progress, “The Affordable Care Act will improve health coverage and access to health services for all Americans, [and] especially for people of color.” Her article summarizes what so many African Americans already know from our own lives. Currently, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than one-half of America’s uninsured. Without The Affordable Care Act, we will continue to be more likely to be denied adequate health insurance coverage and continue to have higher rates of infant mortality, disease and disability. Without substantial reform, we will continue to be less likely to receive the life-prolonging benefits of preventive health screenings, regular health care and necessary medications that can prolong our lives. To be certain, arguments about the impact of The Affordable Care Act upon jobs and our national budget are relevant. Personally, I am convinced that supporters make the better case. For me, however, there is a larger, more compelling question – and a far more clear-cut answer. Our ongoing debate about universal access to high-quality, affordable health care comes down to a straightforward moral determination. What value will we, as a society, decide to place on saving a human life? In the resolution of this fundamental, moral debate, America’s minority citizens must remain unafraid to lift our own voices about the critical importance of reform in our own lives. As most Americans realize, the objective of our legislation is to expand health coverage to at least 32 million people who currently have no insurance, providing financial assistance to help those with lower incomes purchase their coverage. Although our strategy is being implemented over several years, I am deeply gratified that our progress toward this goal is already being felt in our community. More children are being insured; our seniors are receiving free preventive care and facing a smaller “donut hole” in their prescription coverage; insurance plans for the uninsured with pre-existing conditions are being provided; young people are now able to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. Fewer people with insurance are seeing their insurance canceled when they get sick – and the annual and lifetime limits on coverage are being eliminated. We also are determined to expand access to the primary care and medical homes (including federally qualified health centers) that can better ensure a regular source of care. In the ongoing national effort to eliminate racially based health disparities, I was proud to have contributed personally to placing the Office of Minority Health within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Affordable Care Act includes many more examples of constructive change, but the moral boundaries of this health care debate should now be clear for all to see. As President Obama once observed, “It’s about what kind of country [we] want to be.” Congressman Elijah E. Cummings represents Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011, The Afro-American
Scott Sisters, Free at Last
Ben Wrobel This month, Jaime and Gladys Scott walked out of prison 16 years after they first entered. Their double-life sentences were criticized as indicative of the egregious sentencing in our criminal justice system, and their release by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was hailed as a long-overdue victory for justice, as well as an example of a governor using his commutation powers to right a wrong. “I have no doubt that the reason the governor let them out is that this is a grave injustice,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, who advocated strongly on the sisters’ behalf. “We need more days like this in Mississippi. We need more days like this in this country.” The sisters’ release marks the end of a grassroots campaign led by a coalition of concerned individuals and groups, including the sisters’ family Evelyn Rasco and Nancy Lockhart, their attorney Chokwe Lumumba, the national NAACP, the Mississippi NAACP State Conference and other organizations. Supporters from around the country brought attention to the sisters’ imprisonment and petitioned Gov. Barbour for their freedom. “This is a result of all of the individuals across this state and across the country who saw injustice in what was taking place and gave voice to it,” said Mississippi NAACP State Conference President Derrick Johnson. “This is a great day to let us know that if we stick together, work together, we can make mighty things happen.” Jamie and Gladys were each arrested as teenagers for a first-time offense in which no one was hurt and court records maintain that little more than $10 was stolen. The sisters were convicted of luring two men to be robbed by three teenage boys. The boys each received eight years and served fewer than three. The sisters’ case has become increasingly tragic and urgent over the years. While in prison, Jamie lost the use of both her kidneys. “They have served more time than they should have served,” Lumumba said. After leaving prison, the sisters returned to Pensacola, Fla., where their mother and children live. Jamie has three children, ages 23, 20 and 17, and two grandchildren, ages 5 and 3. Gladys has two children, ages 22 and 15 and two grandchildren, ages 7 and 4. Jealous said that the NAACP will continue to ensure that the sisters receive the best medical care available, and Lumumba said he would help the sisters seek a full pardon. “Our next step is to ensure that the sisters get the health care that they need, and ultimately, the full pardon they deserve,” Jealous said. Courtesy Photo According to Jealous, the NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, left, sisters’ release speaks to the Jaime Scott, NAACP’s Kim Keenan, Gladys Scott and urgent need for the work the NAACP’s Derrick Johnson NAACP and its allies have been doing for more than a century to encourage governors and presidents to use their clemency powers to advance justice. “The case of the Scott sisters gives hope to others who are unjustly imprisoned,” Jealous said. “During the past few weeks, two governors released Black Americans who had been railroaded by our nation’s criminal justice system. One week before the Scott sisters were released, New York Gov. David Paterson commuted the sentence of John White, a man who was defending his family. We hope that this trend continues in other cases, such as the case of John McNeil, a Georgia man who was given a life sentence for defending his home.” Ben Wrobel is a press assistant with the NAACP.
Racial and Ethnic Divide over Gun Rights
Columbine High School. The Washington, D.C. sniper. Northern Illinois University. Virginia Tech. Red Lake Indian Reservation. Chicago school children. And now, Tucson, Ariz. In dramatic ways, shooting deaths have horrified, mesmerized and confounded Americans. Yet, an increasing number of people say it is more important to protect the rights of citizens to own guns than to limit those authorized to carry lethal weapons. In a September survey, the Pew Research Center found that 50 percent of Americans favor protecting the right to own guns over the adoption of stricter gun control laws. There were important racial and ethnic distinctions. Non-Hispanic Whites favor gun rights by a margin of 54 percent to 42 percent. However, people of color hold opposite views. Among African Americans, two-thirds – 66 percent – favor control George E. Curry of guns, compared to 20 percent who favor giving preference to the right to own guns. Among Hispanics, the gap was even larger, with 75 percent favoring tougher gun control laws and only 21 percent giving the edge to gun owners. Considering the national tragedies the nation has witnessed, often via around-the-clock coverage on cable television, I am somewhat surprised by the shift in public opinion toward the rights of gun owners. What is not surprising is that people of color are not part of that trend. Looking back on how Black communities have changed for the worse, two factors stand out more than any others: the widespread use and sale of illicit drugs and the accompanying gun violence. Even how we settle disputes among ourselves has radically changed. When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, if I got in a fist fight with a guy, at worst, we might have a rematch the next day. Over the years, however, things have changed. Instead of settling disputes by duking it out, it is far more likely that one of the parties will try to settle the feud with a gun. Today, elderly people are not exempt from armed robbery and churches don’t stand a prayer of a chance of being off-limits to scoundrels. The negative impact of guns has impacted other aspects of our communities, such as making adults less willing to exercise their authority over wayward young people for fear of being assaulted or killed. Led by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the gun lobby has been very successful depicting gun ownership as not only a right but a necessity. It argues that in addition to being able to have a weapon to protect one’s home, citizens need to be able to carry concealed weapons on us as if we were still in the wild, wild west. That attitude has been fueled by hot rhetoric that somehow, the federal government is the enemy of the people. According to Gallup, the polling firm, “Almost half of Americans say they perceive the federal government to be an ‘immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.’” That figure has risen from 30 percent in 2003 to 46 percent in 2010. Forty-eight states have laws that permit citizens to carry concealed firearms in public, usually after obtaining a permit from local or state law enforcement authorities. Last year, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that allows most adults to carry concealed firearms without a permit except in such sensitive areas as schools and airports. Only two other states – Alaska and Vermont – have similar laws. Jared Lee Loughner, who went on a Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Tucson, legally purchased his semi-automatic pistol. And, he was acting lawfully when he concealed his weapon at a public rally held by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Loughner crossed the line, however, when he pulled his weapon and killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords. Gun advocates cite the Second Amendment as upholding their right to own guns. It reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” An article in the University of California-Davis Law Review [Winter 1997] by Carl T. Bogus titled, “The Hidden History of the Second Amendment” provides an interesting perspective. “The Second Amendment was not enacted to provide a check on government tyranny; rather, it was written to assure the Southern states that Congress would not undermine the slave system by using its newly acquired constitutional authority over the militia to disarm the state militia and thereby destroy the South’s principal instrument of slave control,” he wrote. Of course, that perspective is rarely expressed by historians. Bogus thinks he knows why: “The Second Amendment’s history has been hidden because neither James Madison, who was the principal author of the Second Amendment, nor those he was attempting to outmaneuver politically, laid their motives on the table.” According to Bogus, the trend of states relaxing their gun laws is not only dangerous, as we have seen in Arizona, but based on a flawed reading of the Second Amendment. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www. georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.
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By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer She wasn’t designed with a burning passion for it or mesmerized by fancy symbols and perpendicular designs on her way through adolescence. She didn’t boldly choose calibrators over corsages or tape measures over tennis shoes, but after Dina Griffin was formally introduced to architecture, she knew it was her career path. Griffin found architecture shortly before she found a high school diploma as a teenager growing up in Chicago, Ill. The school curriculum offered an industrial education or home economics course and Griffin skipped the latter to avoid her disdain for baking and cooking. At most, she hoped to learn more about welding. That semester, however, her industrial education class happened to be teaching architectural drafting—and an architect was born. Now, Griffin, 47, is at the head at one of Chicago’s leading architectural firms, Interactive Design (IDEA), a small, 10-person organization in which half of the staff are women. Licensed in architecture since 1994, Griffin was recruited by the firm’s former president to come over in 1998 where she later became president only a year later. Under her direction, IDEA has gravitated to new heights as the company has worked on a series of designs, including commercial projections, museums, fire stations, zoos, institutional projects, schools and libraries. The only thing the firm doesn’t blueprint is singlefamily residential homes, an aspect that’s currently not in development due to the size of the staff. “We’re 10 people and we don’t want to grow that much more than what we are,” Griffin says. “But we really like when a client comes to us with a problem and we can solve it for them. And we’re Advisory Committee for the Art Institute of Chicago. “I’ve been pretty fortunate in regards to my matriculation to this profession,” Griffin says about being a woman in a male-dominated profession.
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January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011, The Afro-American
By Andrea L. “Aunni” Young
Special to the AFRO
The Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) partnered with the Washington, D.C. Links chapter, along with new Links member, WUSA Channel 9 anchor Andrea Roane, to help area residents pay off debt, save money, fund education, buy homes and start new businesses at its recent “CAAB in the Community” seminar and reception at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Northwest, D.C. “It was a perfect linking together of the two organizations (CAAB and Links),” said Roane. “We have similar goals – service to An event the community.” participant Financial expert Linda Stroman, who facilitated the CAAB “Can I Afford listen attentively My Life?” financial seminar, helped to seminar residents answer the question, “Do presenters you need this or is this something you
District resident Shani Lee Huggins, who recently purchased a home with CAAB’s sixmonth $3,000 matching savings programs
want?” Stroman educated attendees about income, budgeting, credit building, saving and their financial rights. Attendee Shani Lee Huggins and her husband recently purchased a home with CAAB’s six-month $3,000 matching savings programs, and were educated through CAAB’s Money Management 101 course. “CAAB fosters healthy savings,” said Huggins. “They prepare you to practice saving, having a goal and keeping it.” Offered mainly in D.C.’s financial district, CAAB seminars are also offered at churches and other partnering organizations.
Maureen Lewis, a member of Links, expressed her appreciation for the CAAB/Links partnership
Attendees learn money management skills
Second row: Marcella Harshbarger, president of the CAAB Board; Gwen McCall, Links; Maurita Coley, CAAB executive director. First row: Janice Anderson, Links; Maureen Lewis, Links and Andrea Roane, Links
Facilitator Linda Stroman educates residents about budgeting, credit skills and emergency funding
Celebrity chef Cheo, left, and event co-chairwomen R. Denise Everson and Deidra Barksdale present the entrée winner Frank Malone.
Chef Cheo, left, and event organizers present the dessert winner, Barry Williams.
Chef Earnest Chrapph serves a dish of curry chicken marsala to Dr. E. Gail Anderson. Enrique Young and his son Shiloh ; Tony Freeman with his son, Cryz
Chef Garrett Milliam, 12, serves up a side dish of sweet cornbread to an attendee while his father looks on.
R. Denise Everson (left), and Deidra Barksdale (right), co-chairwomen, announce raffle winners with celebrity guest Cheo Deidra Barksdale, Venida Y. Hamilton, president, board of directors, DC Alumni Foundation; R. Denise Everson, A. Chevelle Glymph Foster and chef Cheo
Event organizers Chef Barry William’s pineapple rum cake was the most popular dessert
The Washington, D.C. Alumnae Chapter and Washington D.C. Alumnae Foundation of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority hosted its “Seventh Annual Distinguished Men Cookin’ with First-time participants the Deltas Community Fundraiser” recently at the Howard University Armour J. Blackburn Rico Rowell Sr. Center. and his son, Under the leadership of A. Chevelle Glymph Foster, chapter president; Venida Y. Rico Rowell II Hamilton, chairwoman, foundation board of directors and event co-chairwomen Deidra of Bowie, Md., Barksdale and R. Denise Everson, family and friends gathered for an afternoon of fine present their cuisine prepared by local volunteer chefs. Asian salad. Guests enjoyed a variety of finger-licking, lip-smacking entrees and desserts fit for the king’s table. Once all the dust had settled, two chefs were singled out as the best: Frank Malone (entrée winner) and Barry Williams (dessert winner). Celebrity chef Cheo served as the official host. The chapter and foundation’s mission is to service D.C.- based community programs though sisterhood, education and awareness. Sponsors and vendors included Frankie Banks Cosmetic Company, Joyce’s Purses and Things, Black Sauce Kitchen and Rita’s Water Ice.
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The Afro-American, January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011
Local Church’s CD Debuts on Billboard Charts
Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr. and Co-Pastor Susie C. Owens, founders and pastors of the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church, are celebrating the Greater Mount Calvary Recording Choir and Calvary Records’ new CD, Greater Mount Calvary LIVE As Told By The Music Ministry, for debuting at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart in its first-week sales. “I believe it’s truly a testament to the vision of the church and will give people another chance to experience Calvary,” Bishop Owens said in a prepared statement. This is the first time that Calvary Records and its choir have landed on a Billboard chart. However, its music ministry is no stranger to the spotlight. The music department produced the Greater Mount Calvary Men of Valor ensemble that won Verizon’s “How Sweet the Sound” Regional (Washington, D.C.) and National VCast People’s Choice Awards gospel choir competition in 2010. Stellar
Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church’s co-pastor Susie C. Owens and Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr. sign copies of the recording choir’s new CD.
Award winner Maurette Brown-Clark, Courtney Nero, and Grammy-Award winner Steve Lawrence (Bishop T.D. Jakes & The Potter’s House Mass Choir) all hailed from Calvary’s music department. Calvary Records and the GMC Recording Choir kicked off the release in true Calvary style with a red carpet release event attended by over 2,500 people. “This has truly energized our church for the New Year and new season for the Calvary Nation,” Co-Pastor Susie Owens added in a press release. Greater Mount Calvary LIVE As Told By The Music Ministry is an inspiration, 17-song live set that gives its listeners a front row seat to experience the Pentecostal fervor of a Sunday morning service at the 3,000-member church, founded in 1976. The album was produced by Grammy Award winner Steven Ford, who has also produced other artists such as Vickie Winans, Tye Tribbett and Richard Smallwood.
African-American Baptist Mission Grants $1 Million to Haiti Relief Efforts
The African-American Baptist Mission Collaboration (AABMC) presented Habitat for Humanity International with a second grant of $500,000 in December to support the homebuilding ministry’s recovery program in Haiti. The donation follows a previous gift given to the organization in June, bringing the AABMC’s total contribution to Habitat to $1 million. The pledge was made and completed in one year. Immediately following the earthquake in Haiti last year, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, National Baptist Convention, USA, National Baptist Convention of America, National Missionary Baptist Convention of America and the Progressive National Baptist Convention formed the collaboration to leverage the impact their members could have in the region. The collaboration granted Habitat $500,000 in June 2010, making it the largest faith-based donation Habitat had received for Haiti relief. The NAACP branches and units contributed $50,000 to the second AABMC $500,000 grant. “Our commitment to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti continues with this contribution,” said Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, coordinator with AABMC and executive secretarytreasurer, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission, in a statement. “The African-American Baptist Collaboration is determined to raise our target of $50 million over a five-year period to help rebuild the lives of those hit by the devastating earthquake. We
Dr. Robert G. Murray, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention; Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, National Baptist Convention, USA; Dr. T. DeWitt Smith Jr., Progressive National Baptist Convention; Mike Carscaddon, Habitat for Humanity International; Dr. Stephen John Thurston, National Baptist Convention of America; and Dr. C.C. Robertson, National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
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January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011, The Afro-American
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Pr. George’s Man Stakes Claim in Online Radio Movement
By Brandi Forte Special to the AFRO The future of AfricanAmerican radio appears bright. According to the Federal Communications Commission, there are 337 Black-owned radio stations throughout the country, and radio pioneer and mogul Cathy Hughes has monopolized 28 of those
radio markets. Meanwhile, hundreds of budding Black entrepreneurs have discovered online radio as a new launch pad for success. Arthur Medley, president of Illastr8 Internet Radio in Largo, Md., understands the past history, struggles and triumphs of Black radio since its inception in 1949. As a matter of fact, Medley has plans to engineer a global movement. Radio trailblazers Jesse Blayton Sr., Alex Leech, Leonard Evans, Percy Sutton and Cathy Hughes provided the blueprint, and now Medley, a new kid on the block, is excited about the innovative opportunity. He shares with the AFRO his outlook, dreams, advice for other entrepreneurs and how he plans to take Illastr8, which was launched in November 2009, to new heights in 2011. AFRO: What makes illastr8radio.com unique? Arthur Medley:
We strive to be the first international Internet radio show that connects the global community to a myriad of positive forward-thinking ideas and concepts while providing entertainment. By doing so, we will introduce our listeners to various cultures, entrepreneurial ideas, as well as many other proactive activities, while simultaneously introducing a diverse group of talented individuals that are worthy of recognition. We pride ourselves in delivering authentic music and keeping our listeners informed with current news as we get it. We are a community-oriented radio show and we take pleasure in participating and broadcasting at local events. AFRO: How did the idea of launching an online radio station begin? AM: I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit from me being a music producer and being indirectly involved in the music/entertainment industry. Radio is completely a new endeavor for me, but I enjoy and have had success in establishing and creating my own avenues to build on that. [It] could be sustainable for years to come. AFRO: Where is the radio station located and what are the air times? AM: We are located at 1300 Mercantile Lane, Suite 100B in Largo, Md. We air between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Currently, we are live on the Internet via IM4 Radio Broadcasting Network. AFRO: How can you connect the dots from your life growing up until now?
Janet Jackson Set to Rock D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall
From the sultry “Anytime, Anyplace” to the upbeat “Escapade,” Janet Jackson’s fans in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area will enjoy an intense lineup of the multitalented star’s biggest hits when she heads to DAR Constitution Hall March 22. The legendary icon took the suggestions of her fans to heart and after her start in Asia, she will be bringing the tour to the United States and Canada. Jackson will perform songs from her 35 No.1 hits in 35 global cities. This tour will differ from her previous concert schedules in that she will perform music exclusively from her charttopping CD Number Ones. There will also be a focus on venues that will allow Janet to be up close and personal in an intimate setting. In each selected city, Jackson will offer something new, ensuring no two shows are alike. According to event organizers, “This tour is Janet more revealed, more intimate, and more personal than ever before. Don’t look for special effects. Just listen to and look at Janet, as you have never seen her before.” The Gary, Ind., native expressed Janet Jackson AM: Perseverance and dedication is the key. Without dedication in your desires, whatever that may be, you have to persevere through the tough times which will ultimately make you a stronger and more sustainable human being. Life growing up was actually not bad. I have always had support and great people in my corner to participate in my success. We all have setbacks and challenges, but it is how you overcome them that makes you who you are. AFRO: Who in radio do you look up to? AM: I of course look up to radio pioneers such as Cathy Hughes and Donnie
her gratitude and excitement for the upcoming show with the following statement: “I thank my fans who have voted and helped me choose the cities we are announcing today. Each of you are so important to me,” said Jackson. “These concerts will be different from anything I have ever done. I will be as up close and personal as possible. These concerts are not about special effects. This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years. I’ll be singing and dancing from my heart. The music will all be songs that you’ve made number ones for me.” Janet will also select the first fan winner from each of the selected cities. The winner will be announced on www.JanetJackson.com and will receive an autographed copy of Number Ones and an autographed copy of her upcoming book, True You,which hits stands Feb. 8. Published by Karen Hunter Publishing – an imprint of Gallery Books at Simon & Schuster – True You reveals Jackson’s unique, insider’s perspective on dieting and exercise with help from her personal nutritionist, David Allen. True You also chronicles the famed singer’s lifelong struggles with weight and self-esteem. The book is a self-help/esteem book where Janet will use anecdotes from her real life to illustrate the power of self-esteem and how she struggles and her continued growth as an artist and a woman. For more information about Jackson’s visit to D.C, see janetjackson.com. sure that whatever God has planned for me will be. AFRO: How do you see the future of AfricanAmerican radio? AM: The future of African-American radio looks bright. I just believe that we as a people should be more assertive in our approach and don’t get frustrated when things don’t go quite our way. We must adhere to the thinking of our forefathers. It is in our best interest as the economy changes and opportunities present themselves to African Americans, to stake our claim and continue to move forward understanding mass media and entertainment thrives off of our ingenuity.
Simpson, who have taken this industry from both sides and completely shifted the look and feel of urban radio. Moguls and entrepreneurs like them have lifted us up as a people to make us believers in our own abilities. What they represent translates to prestige and longevity. AFRO: Recently, who are some of the celebrities you have had on your show? AM: Comedian Chris Thomas, model Ophelia from “For the Love of Ray J,” Seezinz (“Flavor of Love”) and pioneer band Full Force... just to name a few. AFRO: What is one of your most memorable interviews?
AM: We interviewed Mr. Roach Brown, who served a life sentence in Lorton Correctional Facility and created a movement called the “Inner Voice” while incarcerated. He ultimately paved the way for other inmates to be heard. He was provided parole in 1976 via the former late President Gerald R. Ford. Inspirational individuals and stories like this makes up the essence of our show and what we pride ourselves. AFRO: Do you have plans on going AM/FM? AM: We have expansion plans in 2011-12 to move to XM Radio, so look out for us. As long as I keep this idea in the forefront of my mind, I’m
Walk-On Before Bo Jackson and Cam Newton, Thom Gossom made history in 1970 by walking onto the Auburn football team as a wide receiver—and ended up being one of the first African Americans to integrate the team and the first African-American athlete to graduate from the nearly all-White university. Even the flap copy to his book, Walk-On, a memoir that outlines his “reluctant journey into integration,” sets the tone of his missive by stating that Gossom did not set out to be a groundbreaker or trailblazer. He didn’t apply to Auburn with the goal of integrating the team or being the first Black anything from the almost all-White college. He was talented and smart—and he just had a love of football and really wanted to play at Auburn. Earning a scholarship after one season, he became the teams’ best receiver and a three-year starter. “I always knew I would write this book,” said Gossom in a prepared statement. “It was evident by what we were going through that history was being made, and it needed to be chronicled. Sometimes I’m not sure that within the sports industry today, athletes have a good sense of what barriers were being broken and what myths debunked that paved the way for their success and place on the team. I wanted my book to tell a story that respected the times, and chronicled one of the biggest cultural changes since the Civil Rights Movement.” Walk-On is also a testament to Auburn’s courage as sports pioneers. “Auburn signed the first black basketball and football players in the deep south, knowing it would not be a smooth journey to today,” said Gossom Final word: Heart-warming underdog story particularly touching for sports enthusiasts Available now at Borders Books and online at Amazon and bestgurl.com.
‘Poetry Extravaganza Day’ Celebrated in D.C.
By Patrick D. McCoy Special to the AFRO Mayor Vincent Gray declared “Poetry Extravaganza Day” in D.C. on Jan. 15 during a celebration at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the Great Hall. Sponsored by The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (C.A.A.P.A.), the 15th anniversary presentation featured readings and performances by some of the area’s finest poets. Featured prominently on the program was poetry ensemble Collective Voices, comprised of members Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford, Sylvia Dianne “Ladi Di” Beverly, Andre “Brenardo” Taylor, Evette “Billye” Keene Okera, Carolyn Cooley-Joyner, Angela Boykin-Turnbull, Dyone Mitchell, Avery Lanier Tynes and Darrick “Bro. Malcolm” Johnson. The event’s emcee was Josephine Reed, managing producer, audio division at the National Endowment for the Arts and the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, founded by Doc Powell, provided accompaniment to the moving readings. Meanwhile, soprano Karen Wiggs-Wilbanks lent her soaring voice to the singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “If I Can Help Somebody.” A reception and book signing followed the celebration. This special program celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in one of the many places named in his memory. Written statements of congratulations came from the mayor, Washington, D. C. poet laureate Dolores Kendrick, the Prince George’s Arts Council and the C.A.A.P.A. Nigger for Life Born and raised in Warren, Ohio, Nigger for Life author Neal Hall is the textbook definition of an American success. Hall attended Cornell University where he excelled at school and garnered much in the nature of sports accolades. He went on to receive a medical degree from Michigan State and his ophthalmology surgery subspecialty training from Harvard University. Despite his track record of accomplishments, Hall believes some Americans will still see him as a “nigger for life.”
Sistah Joy, founder of Collective Voices; Terri Allen, Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts; Brenardo, Carolyn Joyner and Ladi Di Committed to “bringing color to the classics” C.A.A.P.A works diligently to further King’s vision by offering the arts and classical music to the African-American community. For more information, visit http://www.4caapa.org. Patrick D. McCoy is an arts columnist and musician residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. His online column can be read at examiner.com/kennedy-center-inwashington-dc/patrick-mccoy. The poetry book explores Hall’s painful realization of an “unspoken America” where he is judged primarily by his skin color and not his Ivy League education and intelligence. Noted scholar Cornel West praised the book, saying Hall’s “poetry has the capacity to change ordinary people’s philosophy on social and racial issues.” Final word: Striking, rare look at America through the viewpoint of a Black surgeon/poet/activist For more information visit surgeon-poet.com.
The Afro-American, January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011
Hue Jackson Named 15th Black Howard Women’s Basketball Lady Bison Snap Seven-Game Head Coach in NFL History Losing Skid with Two Wins
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Former Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach Hue Jackson became the 15th African-American head coach in NFL history after his latest promotion from Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. Jackson, 45, served as the Raiders offensive coordinator in 2010 under former head coach Tom Cable. He ran the play calling duties for the Raiders last season, leading them to more than twice as many points in 2010 as they scored in ‘09. Jackson’s rejuvenated offensive unit helped Oakland win eight games last year, avoiding an eighth straight losing season. Before he joined the Raiders, he served as the Ravens’ quarterbacks coach from 2008-‘09, helping develop third-year quarterback Joe Flacco into one of the top productive passers in the league. “I’m excited about Hue getting the head coaching job,” Raiders tight end Courtesy Photo Hue Jackson is the third Black NFL head coach Zach Miller told ESPN in a phone interview. “I really like the direction named this year. our offense is going and how much we improved. This was the best offensive year we’ve had since I’ve been a Raider. I’m excited to have the continuity.” Jackson is now the third Black NFL head coach named this year, following the Minnesota Vikings’ Leslie Frazier and the Denver Broncos’ Eric Studesville, both named interim head coach for their teams during the ’10 season. Frazier was named the Vikings’ permanent head coach on Jan. 3, while Studesville went back to his former position as the Broncos’ running backs coach after John Fox was named the new head coach last week. There are now seven African-American head coaches currently in the league, including Jackson, Frazier, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, the Indianapolis Colts’ Jim Caldwell, the Chicago Bears’ Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raheem Morris. David Shaw, another former Ravens assistant coach, was also recently hired as head coach of Stanford University’s football team. Shaw, a 38-year-old African American, served as offensive coordinator under former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was just named the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Shaw not only served the last four years on Stanford’s football coaching staff, but is also a former player and graduate of the university. He served from 2002-’04 as the Ravens receivers/quarterbacks coach. “David has the experience, intellect, coaching skills and organizational abilities to be a tremendous head coach,” said Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby via Stanford University’s athletic website. “He understands the combination of world class academics and world class athletics that is required at Stanford.”
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Howard University’s women’s basketball team snapped their seven-game losing skid by winning against two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents this week. The Lady Bison (5-13 overall, 2-3 MEAC) first ended their losing funk on Jan. 15 by beating the North Courtesy Photo/Howard Sports Information Carolina A&T Lady Aggies, Howard’s Saadia Doyle scored 17 points against N.C. 69-53, at Burr Gymnasium. A&T and 29 points against Norfolk State to help the Lady Howard head coach Niki Bison win two straight games. Geckeler called it one of the double-double against North Carolina A&T better performances from her on Jan. 15 with a game-high 29 points and team all season. 15 rebounds. Cheyenne Curley-Payne also “The difference between this conference contributed to Howard’s success during their game and the last two is the fact that the two-game winning streak, scoring 21 points team was able to stay poised,” said Geckeler. and six assists against the Lady Aggies, and “They were focused from start to finish. scoring 13 points with eight assists against We were able to maintain our composure Norfolk State. throughout the game.” “Cheyenne has done a great job as Howard followed up with another a leader,” coach Geckeler said of her impressive home performance on Jan. 17 by sophomore point-guard. “Everyone is able to crushing Norfolk State, 65-43. feed off of her.” Lady Bison’s Tamoria Holmes scored Howard will see its next MEAC action a career-high 22 points against the Lady on Jan. 22 with a road trip to Florida A&M Spartans, while star Saadia Doyle followed University. with 17 points. Doyle had led recorded a
Lady Firebirds Push Winning Streak to Four Games
By AFRO Staff The University of the District of Columbia women’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to four games after a Jan. 16 matchup against Philadelphia University. The Lady Firebirds edged Philadelphia, 59-52, improving to an 11-6 overall record on the season. UDC graduate student Niqky Hughes led her team with 19 points, including five three-pointers, while senior forward and team captain Lillian McGill followed with her eighth double-double of the season, finishing with 18 points and 15 rebounds. UDC’s men’s basketball squad also extended a winning a streak, claiming Courtesy Photo/UDC their second straight victory UDC’s Niqky Hughes scored 19 points in a win over Philadelphia University on Jan. 16. Continued on B5
Hampton and Morgan State Top HBCU Basketball Power Rankings
By Donal Ware Special to the AFRO Fuquay-Varina, N.C. - Hampton and Morgan State are atop the Boxtorow.com HBCU Division I national basketball power ranking poll, while Xavier (La.) remains on top in the Division II/NAIA poll. Hampton and Morgan State received an equal amount of first and second place votes to tie for the No. 1 spot. Bethune-Cookman (8-8) moves up one spot from last week to No. 3 and remains undefeated in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. BCC is also one of the hottest teams having reeled off five-straight victories. Jackson State went 1-1 last week and dropped to No. 4, while Tennessee State remained No. 5. In the Division II/NAIA top 10 poll, Xavier (La.) received all but one first place vote to keep the top spot. WinstonSalem State has won five of its last six and moved up one spot from last week to No. 2. Bowie State received the other first place vote and is No. 3. Tougaloo moved up two spots to No. 4, while Shaw dropped three spots to No. 5. Of the five remaining teams, West Virginia State and Cheyney State made the most significant jumps, the Yellow Jackets moving up two spots to No. 6, while the Wolves moved up three spots to No. 7. Kentucky State is tied with Cheyney at No. 7 followed by Elizabeth City State at No.9 and Texas College at No. 10. Boxtorow.com Top 10 HBCU NCAA Division I Basketball Poll School/ Wins-Losses/ Points 1. Hampton/ 14-4/ 76 1. (tie) Morgan State/ 8-7/ 76 3. Bethune-Cookman/ 10-8/ 62 4. Jackson State/ 9-9/ 51 5. Tennessee State/ 8-9/ 38 Others receiving votes: North Carolina Central (7-8) 12, Coppin State (7-9) 6. Boxtorow.com Top 10 HBCU Division II/NAIA Basketball Poll School/ Wins-Losses/ Points 1. Xavier (La.)/ 17-2/ 59 2. Winston-Salem State/ 11-2/ 49 3. Bowie State/ 9-2/ 45 4. Tougaloo/ 12-3 / 8 5. Shaw/ 10-5/ 31 6. West Virginia State/ 10-4/ 27 7. Kentucky State/ 7-3 / 21 7. (tie) Cheyney State/ 10-3/ 21 9. Elizabeth City State/ 9-4/18 10. Texas College/ 9-6/ 13 Others receiving votes: Johnson C. Smith (7-4) 7, Virginia Union 1. The Boxtorow.com basketball poll is presented by DWCommunications, LLC parent company of FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and boxtorow.com. FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW is the nationally syndicated radio sports talk show which places major emphasis on HBCU Sports. The voters are made up of media members from around the country who cover Division I, Division II and NAIA basketball.
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Darrell Brooks was named CIAA Coach of the Week after leading Bulldogs to three wins last week. By AFRO Staff Bowie State University’s Darrell Brooks was named the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) men’s basketball Coach of the Week on Jan. 17 after leading the Bulldogs to conference wins over Winston-Salem State University, Shaw University and St. Augustine’s College last week. This marked the third time this season Brooks has been named CIAA Coach of the Week. The second-year head coach led BSU to an 86-76 win against WSSU on Jan. 10; an 85-74 victory over Shaw on Jan. 13 and a 67-54 win over St. Augustine’s on Jan. 15. Bulldogs senior Eric Vann led the team in scoring in two of the three wins, including a career-high 26 points against Winston-Salem State. Junior Darren Clark also played well, scoring 51 total points during the three game-winning streak last week, while Byron Westmorland added his own impressive performance of a career-high 27 points scored against Shaw. Bowie State is now No. 1 in the CIAA Northern Division with a 9-2 overall record, 4-0 in the CIAA. The Bulldogs will see more conference action over the weekend with a home matchup with Chowan University on Jan. 22
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1218 Theodore E. Powell Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Barbara P. Hale, whose address is 712 Quade Street, Forest Heights, MD 20745 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Theodore E. Powell, who died on August 22, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington,
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1224 Joyce Biggs Washington Decedent Wesley L. Clarke 1629 K Street NW Washington DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Joyce Moreland, whose address is 2901 32nd Street, SE Washington DC 20020 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Joyce Biggs Washington, who died on November 15, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 7, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 7, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 7, 2011
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1251 William Eric Johnson, Sr Decedent W. Alton Lewis, Esq 1450 Mercantile Lane, Suite 155 Largo, Maryland 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS William Eric Johnson, Jr. whose address is 805 Parrot Court, Hyattsville, Maryland 20785 was appointed personal representative of the estate of William Eric Johnson, Sr. who died on November 16, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 7, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 7, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 7, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter William Eric Johnson Jr Personal Representative 240-441-6094 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/7, 1/14, 1/21
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM15 Talaiferro M. Barnes Decedent Brenda L. Hopkins Esq 3724 Twelfth Street NE Washington DC 20017 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Patricia Barnes Brookes, whose address is 12512 Whiteholm Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20770 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Talaiferro M. Barnes, who died on June 20, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be cedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 21, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 21, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 21, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Patricia Barnes Brookes Personal Representative 301-390-3222 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/21, 1/28, 2/4
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. LEGAL NOTICES 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM20 Certified DBE Firms WMATA Carla F. Cohen Bids - Bid Packages #3 & 4 Subcontractor Decedent Replacement of Southeastern Bus Garage Beth Shapiro Kaufman Solicitation Info: Landscaping, Fencing, Masonry, Caplin & Drysdale Misc. Metals, Waterproofing & Caulking, Millwork, Chartered Division 8 - Doors and Windows, One Thomas 9 - Finishes (excluding painting), Division Circle NW. Suite 100 - Specialties, Bridge Cranes, Division 10 WashingtonJib Crane, Portable Cranes DC 20005 Attorney meeting will be held on January 31st at A pre-bid 10:00 AM at NOTICE OF The Potomac Job Corps (e-mail below for directions to APPOINTMENT, The NOTICE TOPotomac Job Corps) Hensel Phelps Construction Co. CREDITORS 4437 Brookfield AND NOTICE TO Corporate Dr., Suite 207 Chantilly, UNKNOWN HEIRS VA 20151-1691 Contact: Jarett Lowman for information David Cohen, whose firstname.lastname@example.org dress is 1322 Holly Phone: 703.828.3200 Street NW, Washington Fax:703.802.1580 DC 20012, was apHensel Phelps Construction Co. is an pointed personal repreEqual the estate of sentative of Employment Opportunity Employer. Carla F. Cohen, who died on October 11, 2010 with, Western Contractors, Ltd. is seeking Archer a will, and will serve without from bona fide subcontractors, Anne participation Court suArundel All unknown pervision. Broadneck WRF, ENR Upgrades. All Subcontractor/Supplier heirs and heirs whose quotes are due before Tuesday, February unwhereabouts are 1st, 1:30 p.m. Fax quotes to: (404) 495-8701 their known shall enter referencing project name and scope of work. appearance inEnhanced Nutrient Removal Upthis grade Facilities, which proceeding. Objections includes a new Blower building addition, oxidation ditch modifications, to such appointment (or to effluent filter system, mudwelll post aeration the probate of defacility, will) shall be cedent¬s ultraviolet radiation disinfection system, effluent the Register of filed with pumping system, electrical system improvements and 5th Wills, D.C., 515 process control system improvements. - All other work specified herein Street, N.W., 3rd Floor and/or indicated on the documents. Plans are Wa s h i n g t o nthe D . C . available at , following link: https://sharepoint. 20001, on or before July walshgroup.com/jobsites/georgia/regional/bids/ 21, 2011. Claims against the left side “employee default.aspx Sign in on ∫employee the decedent shall walshgroupawsubs Password: sign in “Username be in∫ Username: presented to Quotes will be evaluated on scope, awgeorgia. the undersigned with a copy tofinancial condition, and other price, experience, the Register of factors. EOEM/F pertinent Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 21, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 21, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter David Cohen Personal Representative 202-723-0707 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/21, 1/28, 2/4
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Officials: Magnetic North Shift ‘Not an Event’ A shift of the magnetic north pole earlier this year generated widespread interest and some concern, but experts from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said regular, natural process is nothing to be worried about. The pole shifted 40 miles towards Russia around the first of the year. The shift can be a nuisance for planes that use oldfashion compasses for navigation, but Jeffrey Love, USGS advisor on geomagnetic research, said the Earth’s magnetic poles are in constant flux due to changes in the Earth’s core. “It’s not really an event I would say—it’s a continuous process,” said Love. “The Earth’s magnetic pull and the shape of the geomagnetic field is changing all the time. “I would not say this is significant or unusual,” he added. “It is an ongoing process, which is an interesting phenomenon.” Love said the shifting is caused by liquid iron at the Earth’s core, which is perpetually in motion. That motion creates electric currents in the core, which in turn, creates magnetic fields. The motion of the Earth’s core changes over time and therefore, the planet’s magnetic fields change as well. But the shift had at least one real effect. In Florida, planes were grounded as Federal Aviation Administration officials forced workers to repaint the signs at Tampa International Airport’s primary runway to account for the shift. Love said that shifting had nothing to do with the recent phenomenon of large numbers of dead birds and fish being found at several locations worldwide. NAACP Receives $100,000 Grant from Coca-Cola Foundation for Health Program The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Coca-Cola Co., has awarded the NAACP $100,000 for Project H.E.L.P. (Healthy Eating, Lifestyle Change and Physical Activity), a program dedicated to promoting active and healthy living. The foundation also granted $35,000 to the NAACP New York State Conference for their education initiatives. The grants are part of $19 million donated in 2010 to support community programs focusing on water conservation, community recycling, active healthy living and education. The grant money will be distributed to five local NAACP branches through funding of Project H.E.L.P., a national program designed to create awareness and educate underserved communities about healthy living. The pilot program will focus on the entire family to promote healthy behaviors and advocate for healthier environments in communities. “We are truly grateful to the Coca-Cola Foundation for their support,” stated NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock in a prepared statement. “This will increase our efforts to effectively improve the health of families and communities. Young people living in communities where families practice healthy lifestyles and have access to nutritious food and recreational areas also demonstrate higher academic achievement and lower involvement in high-risk activities. Health and education are essential core elements to enhance our children’s ability to realize their greatest potential.” Since 1986, the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded a total of $2.1 million to the NAACP, including over $490,000 to various local chapters, $578,000 to the National Chapter for Annual National Conference Sponsorship, $500,000 for the Legal Defense Fund and $522,000 for the Atlanta chapter. Chicago Man Convicted in 2009 Beating of Honors Student A Chicago man was found guilty on Jan. 10 of first-degree murder in the videotaped beating death of a high school honors student. Silvonus Shannon, 20, faces up to 60 years in prison for his role in the attack. He was the second person convicted in the 2009 beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert, and was shown on the grainy videotape stomping Albert repeatedly outside of Fenger High School in Chicago. Last month, a 15-year-old boy, the first person convicted in the 2009 beating, was found delinquent in juvenile court.
Dominic Johnson, the 17-year-old cousin of the 15-year-old boy, testified against Shannon during the trial. “Silvonus came around and stomped him,” Johnson said according Courtesy Photo to the Chicago A Chicago man has been convicted Sun Times. “He stomped him in the in the beating death of teen honors student Derrion Albert (pictured). head.” Shannon’s lawyer, Robert Byman, argued that the pair were involved a fight rather than an attack, and that Albert was one of several people who attacked Shannon. He claimed that Shannon wanted to stay out of the fracas. “Derrion Albert didn’t deserve to die that day, but he was a willing participant in that brawl,” Byman said, according to The Chicago Tribune. “All Silvonus Shannon wanted to do that day was get home.” However, the video and prosecutors painted a different story. According to reports, in the video, Shannon can be seen kicking Albert, who lay on the ground after being hit punched and hit repeatedly. Prosecutors say Shannon jumped in the air and delivered a final stomp as Albert’s body lay motionless. T-awannda Piper testified that she watched the brawl unfold from her office window about a half-mile from the incident. She said she went outside after the attack and brought Albert in. “He took a deep breath,” she said on the stand. “There was nothing else.” Three other men, Eric Carson, Eugene Riley and Lapoleon Colbert, are awaiting trial on charges in Albert’s murder. Report Shows Discrepancy in Young Adult Sexual Activity Claims Family doctors should consider screening young adults for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) even if they claim abstinence, researchers suggest in a new report released in the Pediatrics Journal early this month. After testing approximately 14,000 young adults with an average age of 22, the researchers found over 10 percent of participants who tested positive for STDs claimed they hadn’t had sex in the last year. Moreover, a fraction of those individuals claimed they were virgins. Participants completed online questionnaires in 2001 and 2002 about their sexual activity and provided urine samples that were tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomonas vaginalis. The study included a nearly even number of men and women, as well as 67 percent Whites and 16 percent Blacks. Just over 960 participants tested positive for one of the three STDs, but 118 of them had claimed abstinence and 60 said they had never been sexually active. Age, race, gender and level of education were not associated with the discrepancy, the researchers noted. “This counterintuitive finding suggests that sole reliance on young adults’ self-reported penile/vaginal sexual activity as a marker for STD acquisition risk may be imprecise, and further, could be problematic,” researchers said in the report. Dr. Renata Arrington-Sanders, assistant professor of Adolescent Health at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, said the discrepancies between the self-reports and test-results present a common problem. “People underreport in general,” she told the AFRO. “Some people don’t feel as comfortable reporting in a survey…or speaking about STD’s in a clinical setting with a provider.” In their conclusions, the researchers suggest all young people, “whether their sexual history indicates they are recently sexual active or not, should be tested for prevalent STDs, like those assayed in this study.” Also noteworthy in the study, Black participants were more than six times more likely than White participants to test positive for one of the venereal diseases and risks were also higher for participants without a high school degree.
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM20 Carla F. Cohen Decedent Beth Shapiro Kaufman Caplin & Drysdale Chartered One Thomas Circle NW. Suite 100 Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS David Cohen, whose address is 1322 Holly Street NW, Washington DC 20012, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Carla F. Cohen, who died on October 11, 2010 with, a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 21, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 21, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, Senior and relationaddress white male searching for a lady to be able to help arship. range furniture. Date of Publication: Please call William 410-458-2480. January 21, 2011 --Name of newspaper: Truthful man seeking spiritual pen pals. Womb my emanaAfro-American Washington Law tion. Law is unification. Breath, knowledge and consciousReporter David Piggie, ness! WilliamCohen P.O. Box 565, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312 Personal --Representative 202-723-0707 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/21, 1/28, published in the Strictly Personal Section, To have a notice2/4
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