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January 29, 2011 - January 29, 2011, The Afro-American A1


JANUARY 29, 2011 - FEBRUARY 4, 2011

Michelle Obama & Walmart Phil Ade: The Newest

Team for Health A2 B1 Face of HipHop B3

Murders in Prince George’s Black Lawmakers, Leaders

Highlight Divide Rate Obama Near 10
on State of the Union
By George Barnette pride reign in communities like Bowie, Upper
AFRO Staff Writer Marlboro and Mitchellville, there are still
communities where residents don’t enjoy that
The murders in Prince George’s County level of comfort.
highlight another striking issue within the “Being realistic, you have more activities President Gets High Marks on Inspiration, but Poverty,
county - the divide between inner and outer in areas that border Washington, D.C.,” said
beltway communities. Earle Gumbs, Hillcrest/Marlow Heights Plight of Black Economics Still a Question
All 15 murders so far this year were inside Civic Association president. “We do border
By Hazel Trice Edney Black Caucus members and Black leaders
the beltway, proving that while wealth and Washington, D.C. just like Seat Pleasant and
Editor-in-Chief, Trice Edney News Wire interviewed by the Trice Edney News Wire
some of those other places so you have more
after the Tuesday night speech when they were
people committing crimes and some of those
WASHINGTON (TEWire) – It was an asked to grade the State of the Union on a
other things.”
evening marked by thunderous applause, scale of 1-10.
While Gumbs didn’t attribute the statistics
Republicans and Democrats symbolically “I give it a nine-and-a-half,” says CBC
to a disparity in resources between inner
sitting together instead of across the aisles, and Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.). He
and outer beltway communities, he did say
a message from the president of the United says the president got an “A” for giving the
there was a different mindset when it comes
States that soared with hope for economic inspiration that was needed as the economy
to people taking ownership of their own
recovery, health care, education and jobs. appears to be generally turning around. But,
Still, President Obama fell slightly short of Cleaver expressed concern about a void in
“I know for a fact that you always put
10 points in the view of most Congressional Continued on A6
police where you get the most calls for
service,” he said. “Sometimes people in the
inner beltway areas may see something going
on, but they won’t call. Those in Bowie,
Laurel or some of these other places, as soon
as a drop of a hat happens, they call.”
The divide is not just seen in the violence
in the communities, it’s seen in the shopping
options and schools as well.
Woodmore Towne Center and Bowie Town
Center both lie outside of the beltway and
provide some of the county’s best grocer and
retail shopping options.
Then there are schools such as Dr. Henry
Wise High School, Charles H. Flowers,
Eleanor Roosevelt, and Oxon Hill, where
much of the county’s elite send their kids—
standardized test scores are markedly better
Photo by Rob Roberts there than at schools like Fairmont Heights,
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Central and Potomac - schools in shooting
Baker is working to unite the county distance of the District border.
through improved transportation and AP Photo
economic development. Continued on A4 President Obama, seen here giving the annual State of the Union Address in 2010,
struck a tone of unity in Tuesday night’s speech.

Justice Thomas Admits

‘Inadvertant’ Error, Common Prince George’s County Council
Hear the AFRO on The Daily
Drum, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Cause Responds: ‘Implausible’ Gears up for New Session
By AFRO Staff with eight members instead of nine
By AFRO Staff
as they stripped Councilwoman
The Prince George’s County Leslie Johnson, D.-Dist. 6, of any
Supreme Court Justice Clarence
Council is gearing up for its next committee powers.
Thomas has acknowledged that he
legislative session with some After Johnson’s arrest in
erred in not disclosing his wife’s
unique challenges ahead. The November in a FBI sting that
income on his financial statements
Council will have to work through targeted her husband, former Prince
in the wake of complaints raised by
a budget deficit, which threatens George’s County Executive Jack
liberal advocacy group Common
to cripple the county, while coping Johnson, the Council didn’t think it
with a member with muted power. was appropriate to have her serving
In filings dated Jan. 21, Thomas
The Council concluded a on any committee while being
sent seven similarly-worded letters to
three-day retreat on Jan. 12 in
the Federal Committee on Financial Continued on A4
Cambridge, Md., where they
Disclosure asking to amend his
discussed several key issues and
disclosure forms. In the letters,
did teambuilding exercises. The
Thomas said he “inadvertently
Council members left the retreat
omitted” the information due to
feeling they’d gained something
“a misunderstanding of the filing
“I am confident that the entire
However Common Cause, a
Council left the retreat better
watchdog group that monitors
equipped to help foster more
government and industry, is still
economic growth, create jobs,
crying foul as officials question his
and provide efficient services
to our residents, and more
“Justice Thomas sits on the
collaboration for the good of
highest court of the land, is called
the County,” Council Chair
upon daily to understand and
Ingrid Turner, D.-Dist. 4,
interpret the most complicated
said in a prepared statement.
legal issues of our day and makes
The retreat was necessary
decisions that affect millions. It
as with five new council
is hard to see how he could have
members, each from
misunderstood the simple directions
different backgrounds,
of a federal disclosure form,” said
AP Photo a sense of camaraderie
Common Cause President Bob Edgar
Supreme Court Justice Clarence needed to be built. However,
in a statement. “We find his excuse is Courtesy Photo/Prince George’s County Council
Thomas has admitted that he another reason could be the
implausible.” Council Chair Ingrid Turner is prepared
Join the AFRO on failed to disclose his wife Virginia’s Council has to work really
to lead the new county council.
Twitter and Facebook income on his financial statements. Continued on A4

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A2 The Afro-American, January 29, 2011 - February 4, 2011

AFRO National Briefs

Wal-Mart, First Lady the hands of Chicago police officers. problem. “When we would come back from summer break,
Unveil Healthy Food But on Jan. 21, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) there would be a thousand people pregnant,” she was quoted as
Campaign announced that Burge, who now lives in Florida, was guilty saying. “We were like, ‘What’s going on?’ There were a whole
Meeting at a of abusing at least 100 Black men and he was sentenced to 54 lot of bellies.”
Southeast Washington, months in prison followed by three years of supervised release According to the online publication, Black Spin, teens
D.C., community for lying in a deposition. that give birth are usually unprepared for the challenges of
center THEARC last According to the DOJ, Burge was convicted of two counts of parenthood and often drop out of school. They also end up
week, executives from obstruction of justice and one count of perjury last June. Those taking low-paying jobs and never complete their education.
Wal-Mart, the nation’s Official White House Photo charges came from lies he told during a civil case in 2003, when Children born to teen moms are also often sicker, poorer and
largest grocer, and first Burge denied “using, or being aware of other officers using, less educated as a group.
lady Michelle Obama unveiled the powerhouse retailer’s new any type of improper coercion, physical abuse or torture with Meanwhile, school officials are scrambling to curb the
campaign, which aims to provide customers with healthier and suspects” in custody at Chicago’s Area Two police department. pregnancy trend by working on a pregnancy prevention
more affordable food choices. But evidence showed Burge suffocated multiple victims with initiative expected to go into effect by the end of January
According to Wal-Mart, the initiative will do the following: plastic bags, threatened suspects with a gun and shocked them
1. Reformulate thousands of everyday packaged food items with electrical equipment. Where’s the Beef?
by 2015 by reducing sodium 25 percent and added sugars 10 “Burge abused his power and betrayed the public trust by Law firm sues Taco Bell
percent, and by removing all remaining industrially produced abusing suspects in his custody, and then by lying under oath to for false advertising on
meat products
trans-fats. cover up what he and other officers had done,” said Thomas E.
A Montgomery,
2. Make healthier choices more affordable, saving customers Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, in
Ala., law firm is suing
approximately $1 billion per year on fresh fruits and vegetables a press release. “The department will aggressively prosecute any
popular fast food eatery
through a variety of sourcing, pricing, and transportation and officer who violates the Constitution.”
Taco Bell, claiming
logistics initiatives that will drive unnecessary costs out of the  
the company uses
supply chain. Pregnancy Rate Soars at Memphis High School
false advertising when
3. Develop strong criteria for a simple front-of-package The pregnancy Courtesy Photo
referring to its “seasoned
seal that will help consumers instantly identify truly healthier rate among students
ground beef” and “seasoned beef” on commercials and product
food options such as whole grain cereal, whole wheat pasta or at a Memphis high
unsweetened canned fruit. school has reached
The law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles
4. Provide solutions to address food deserts by building alarming proportions,
filed the suit in California federal court on Jan. 21. In a press
stores in underserved communities that are in need of fresh and as more than 90 girls at Courtesy Photo
release, the law firm said Taco Bell’s products do not meet the
affordable groceries; and Frayser High School, in
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) standards and claims
5. Increasing charitable support for nutrition programs that predominantly Black Shelby County, Tenn., have already given
the “majority of the filling is comprised of substances other than
help educate consumers about healthier food solutions and birth this year or are pregnant, according to reports.
choices. One of the girls, mother of a 2-month-old daughter, told
Instead, Taco Bell’s labels and other advertisements
“No family should have to choose between food that WMC-TV in Memphis that more needs to be done by school
should say “taco meat filling,” according to the law firm. “Our
is healthier for them and food they can afford,” said Bill officials to teach students about pregnancy prevention.
government, through the USDA and FDA, provides definitions,
Simon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart U.S., in a prepared Tericka Sutton, 16, said she discovered she was having a
standards and labeling guidelines for ‘ground beef.’ What Taco
statement. “With more than 140 million customer visits each baby in her fifth month of pregnancy.
Bell is representing on their restaurant menu as ‘ground beef’
week, Wal-Mart is uniquely positioned to make a difference “It’s a shame that all of these girls are pregnant, but it’s
does not meet any of those definitions, standards and labeling
by making food healthier and more affordable to everyone. nothing new,” Sutton said. Referring to her own pregnancy she
guidelines,” said Beasley Allen attorney Dee Miles in a prepared
We are committed to working with suppliers, government and said that although “it just happened,” family and friends were
statement. “This product does not qualify to be considered
non-governmental organizations to provide solutions that help aghast at the revelation.
‘ground beef’ and many of the ‘seasoning’ ingredients are in
Americans eat healthier and live a better life.” Asked if there might have been a pact among others to get
fact binders, fillers and coloring. These ingredients increase
  pregnant, Sutton told the TV station that it was possible, but
the overall volume of this product, reducing the actual ‘beef’
Former Chicago Officer Jailed for Torture of 100 Black Men those she knew who got pregnant did so because they thought it
content per serving. It is against the law in this country to take
For years, a growing number of young Black men in was cute, or conceived by accident.
someone’s money for a product that is misrepresented. This
Chicago complained of a White policeman who used various Frayser High School enrolls 800 students, and the Tennessee
lawsuit seeks to put a stop to that type of conduct and practice.”
forms of physical abuse – burning, suffocating, shocking – to Education Department claims pregnant girls make up 20 percent
According to The Associated Press, Taco Bell spokesman
force crime confessions. That officer, former Chicago Police of the school’s female population.
Rob Poetsch said the company denies any wrongdoing and
Department Commander Jon Burge, 63, vehemently denied the Alicia Williamson, who graduated from Frayser in 2004,
plans to defend the lawsuit.
allegations during a civil case involving allegations of torture at told WMC-TV that adults are just beginning to catch on to the

50 years ago they boarded a bus

and risked their lives for freedom.

today we celebrate their courage.

University of Mary Washington
Freedom Rides 50th Anniversary Celebration
February 7, 2011 May 7, 2011
Freedom Rides Celebration Kickoff, UMW Commencement Speaker:
featuring “James Farmer and the Freedom Former Freedom Rider and Georgia
Rides” exhibit unveiling Congressman John Lewis

James Farmer Visiting Professor Lecture: May 8, 2011

Eric Etheridge, author of Breach of The Bus Stops Here: PBS 2011 Student
Peace, Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Ride event
Freedom Riders

March 30, 2011 All events will be held on the UMW

Freedom Riders film event in cooperation campus, and are free and open to
with PBS the public.
March 30-31, 2011 For times and locations of events:
James Farmer Visiting Professor Lectures:
Andy Lewis, author of The Shadows of
Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the
Civil Rights Generation

March 31, 2011

Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series:
Raymond Arsenault, author of Freedom
Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for
FRedeRiCksbURg, ViRginiA
Racial Justice

James Farmer, architect of the Freedom Rides and a key leader of the civil rights movement,
was a distinguished professor of history and American studies at UMW from 1985-98.

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November 1, 2008 - November 7, 2008, The Washington Afro-American A3

Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain NephewA3

A2 The Afro-American, January 29, 2011 - January 29, 2011 January 29, 2011 - February 4, 2011 The Afro-American
By Alan King sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspi- posted fliers bearing his photo-

State Officials: Direct Wine Sales Could Provide Economic Boost

AFRO Staff Writer

Jennifer Hudson and other

connection with the murder of
Hudson’s mother and brother.
The white, 1994 Chevrolet
cious vehicle. The man noticed
the vehicle while walking his
dog. According to the Chicago
graph around the city. On
Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked
for the public’s help in finding
By George
relatives Barnette
positively identified Suburban with Illinois license to consumers
Tribune, the boy andhadputs
been shot her nephew. In her MySpace
AFRO Staff Writer Maryland’s
multiple timeswineries at a seat
in the back The Maryland
blog, she thanked fans and sup-
of the vehicle. The SUV, regis- porters forGeneral
their prayers and
If Maryland state officials have their way, wineries in “Iftoyou
tered live onmurdered
Hudson’s the Eastern Assembly
offered a $100,000 will to
Maryland will begin to enjoy some of the same benefits as Shore you’re
brother, was towednot going to
with the be looking
anyone who returned the at boy
those in Virginia and other states. Officials want to enact drive body
boy’s to Western
inside Maryland
and is being alive. making direct
legislation that would make direct wine shipments legal in to get a bottle
processed of wine,”
by evidence Ivey
techni- Since thewine sales
Maryland. said. “So the local wineries
cians and workers. The body Hudson – possible
who gained instardom
“If you live in [Washington,] D.C., you’re able to have a are suffering and this is
was later removed and taken to after state.
appearing on “American
winery send you a case of wine,” said Del. Jolene Ivey, D.-Dist. the Cook County
something that we Medical
can do Idol,” and then won an
47. “Whether that winery is in California or in Maryland, you Examiner’s
something about.”office. Academy Award for her role in
can have the wine shipped to you. If you live in Maryland,
Hudson and
There are concerns
other family the movie Dreamgirls – has
members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye.
what you end up doing is having a friend in D.C. accept the about legalizing direct wine
Examiner’s office mid-after- The Chicago Tribune report-
shipment for you.” shipments
noon such the
to identify as whether
body. Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. ed that a parade of cars moved
The State Comptroller’s Office released a study last month it would
Given thebecome easier for
choice between look- slowly past her family’s home
highlighting the benefits of changing the law. It looked at some underage drinkers
ing directly at the body to purchase
or A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the
of the best practices of direct wine shipping from across the wine over
viewing theaInternet.
it on wall-mountedThe told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after news vans, reporters and curi-
country and came up with some key ideas on how it should be report cites a study done ous onlookers.
done in Maryland: Courtesy Photos
by the National Center on Courtesy Photo
Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who
*Establish a “Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit” that would be
was killed, as well as her brother, Jason.
“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”
Addiction and Substance
Neighbors stood
quietly and
$100 to receive and $100 to renew; Abuse at Columbia University direct wine shipment became legal, it is clear that any underage
reflected on the
*Limit annual shipments to a dozen 9-liter cases per (CASA)
video on the
screen, theeconomic
family chose impact “remained
of underage strong for her
drinking onfami-
the being convicted of attempted
access to wine is undesirable,” theviolence.
report states.
consumer; alcohol
latter.industry. In the ly” and wasofclearly
study, breakdowns just howits leader.
much murder and vehicular hijack-
“She held hands with her fami- ing.However, it countered, safeguards
records show home,would
the body of her 7-year-old plate X584859 was found on the According to the In front ofbetheputHudson’s
in place to
Cook County
nephew Monday, direct
hours shipmentChicago’s
on Sundays West andSide after money underage drinkers infuse into the industry and at what
Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, combat that issue. men in heavy jackets
his bodycommon ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both
was found carriers to have an adult signature
in a police received a 7 a.m. upon
call exact him.”
that’s percentage of underage drinkers contribute are given. The And, other supporters said, the benefit and hooded
to the sweatshirts
state is too came
great to
was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also
direct delivery to a consumer. study states that the number of underage wine consumers is to pass“It willfor
bring in more revenue for the state, it’s bar-
kiss the twin white crosses

ACORN Fights Back

moment.” convicted 1998 posses- ing the names of Donerson and
The Comptroller’s Office expects direct-to-consumer sales only 7.7 percent and it is a concern ifThe thisboy
– the sonisofenacted.
Julia something
sion that’s
of a stolen business
motor friendly for consumers and will help
to be state wineries’ fastest growing sales channel and it also “Even though wine may be theHudson, least likely type of alcohol Jason.
Jennifer’s sister thewas
– had He wineries,”
fromsaid. “There’s
prison in no reason right now for
provided figures to back up its case. The report stated an imbibed by minors, and may not present additional risks if
“Everybody is sick of going
been missing since Friday, Maryland not to have a
2006 after serving seven yearsvigorous wine industry likethis,”
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
through stuff like Artisha
average U.S. winery sold $1 million worth of wine directly to when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the
consumers with 66 percent of wineries producing fewer than grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all
By Alan cases
Kingannually. and Dallas Cowboys players No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these
AFROMeanwhile, several bills in support
Staff Writer Tony Romoof thisand measure
Terrell are
Owens, trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and
moving through the Maryland General amongAssembly. Ivey has to
the names submitted “My banker helped
group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?”
sponsored a bill
Presidential that would
candidate Johnlegalize directofficials.
election wine shipments in Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale
Maryland. She thinks not having thisHurd
McCain’s attack
Associated Community
on ACORN – said those
in place workers, who
is a nuisance
were doing those things without
me plan for 23
But Obama’s ties to ACORN run
long and deep. He taught classes
An Amber Alert – a desig-
Organization for Reform Now –
confirms the success of the
ACORN’s knowledge or permis-
sion, were fired.
new employees.
for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing
him for President. children – was issued Friday
organization, the head of the “The evidence that has sur- But now ACORN is in trouble. after Julian was discovered
group says. faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least
And one new missing after the murders.
“This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they 11 investigations across the Police arrested William
Your History • Your Community didn’t do, •not Your News
to stuff ballot country involving thousands of
we’ve done and success we’ve
The Afro-American
had,” Maude Hurd, president of Newspapers
boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the
potentially fraudulent ACORN
Balfour, the missing boy’s step-
father and estranged husband
ACORN, Baltimore Office • Corporate
said in an interview victim ofHeadquarters
fraud, not the perpetra- forms. of Julia, at his girlfriend’s
with the AFRO. 2519 N. Charles
tor ofStreet
it. Announcer: Massive voter Southside apartment several
“When thisBaltimore,
attack started,Maryland
we 21218-4602
Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders.
had just announced that we had • Fax:bogus
are the charges them- paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has
registered 1.3 million
vot- selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had
she said. by
“That’s just to say
John Henry Murphy agrees.Sr., August 13, 1892 efforts. nothing to do with the slayings.
someone’s running scared It concluded, “Neither
Publisher Emerita - Frances L. Murphy II
Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson
because of ACORN’s success.” ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud.
McCain, who is running for been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment.
Chairman of the Board/Publisher - John J. Oliver, Jr.
president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for
Executive Assistant - Takiea Hinton - 410-554-8222
et, lashed out at ACORN in the votes.” America.
final debate against Barack The problem came about pri-
Receptionist - Wanda Pearson - 410-554-8200
Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way Since McCain’s comments, SQUARE HIGH
on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices have been
Director of Advertising/Sponsorship rely onDevelopment
volunteers, it & Sales
pays peo- bombarded with threats and
ing one of the greatest frauds in
Susan Gould - 410-554-8289
voter history in this country, ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail.
maybe destroying the fabric of ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential
Advertising Manager - Robert Blount - 410-554-8246
democracy.” The idea was to help both those
Sr. Advertising Account Executive - Annie Russ - 410-554-8235
debate, vandals broke into the, aAdvertising
non-partisanAccount beingExecutive
registered and those doing organization’s Boston and Seattle
Web site, found those claims to the registration.
Marquise Goodwin - 410-554-8274 offices and stole computers.
be “exaggerated,” with “no evi- Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative BREAD NOT ON THE LIST
dence of any such democracy- zero tolerance policy for deliber-
Director of Finance - Jack Leister - 410-554-8242 appeared on TV, an e-mail was
destroying fraud.” ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she
Hurd believes the McCain
Archivist - John Gartrell -Most news account neglect to
410-554-8265 “is going to have her life ended.”
charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is A worker in Providence, R.I.,
ed. Director, Community & required
Publicby law to turn in all reg-
Relations received a threatening call say- LEFT RIGHT
She said, “Because Diane W. Hocker - 410-554-8243 And they also fail
it’s low- istration forms. ing, “We know you get off work
and moderate-income people, to note that it was the organiza- at 9” and uttered racial epithets.
and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first
Editorial A caller to one office left a
thinks -those brought the- 410-554-8251
Talibah Chikwendu phony registrations message on the answering
voters are going to voteE-mail: editor@afro.comto the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just
Baltimorewhich neces-- TiffanyThe
is notChief
Bureau GinyardMcCain camp apparently
- 410-554-8269 calling to let you know that
sarily true.”Managing Editor - Kristinisn’t Gray interested in those fine
- 410-554-8277 Barack Obama needs to get
ACORN isBureau Chiefto- Zenithapoints,
no stranger Princepreferring
- 202-332-0080,to air mislead-
ext. 119 hung. He’s a (expletive deleted)
controversy. ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, Βυσινεσσ
and he’s a piece Χλασσ
of Βανκινγ.
For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting
Global Markets (expletive deleted). You guys are
organization has fought for social his political support. Ψουandδον∏τ
fraudulent, you needδραω
to go toα λινε βετωεεν ψουρ βυσινεσσ ανδ περσοναλ λιφε. Νειτηερ δο ωε.
Director - Benjamin M. Phillips IV - 410-554-8220
and economic justice for
low- McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees.
and moderate-income
Washington Circulation/Distributionand I approveManager this message. They’reΨουρ
get all hung hon-
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Americans. With 400,000
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- 202-332-0080, ext. 116Who is Barack eys, they’re
κνοω going
ψου,to get
ασ assassi-
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ber familiesBaltimore into more Obama? A man
organized Circulation/Distribution with “a political
Manager nated, they’re gonna get killed.”
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than 1,200 neighborhoodSammychap- Graham - baptism
410-554-8266 performed at warp Another message said, “You
ters in 110 cities nationwide, speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots.
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ισ µορε τηαν ϕυστ ουρ προµισε, ιτ∏σ ψουρ ριγητ ∇ ωιτη Βυσινεσσ Χλασσ Βανκινγ. Το σεε αλλ τηε
ACORN has over Production
the yearsDepartment
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he moved to Chicago. deleted).ωαψσ
Welfare bums. You
ωε χαν σερϖε ψου ανδ ψουρ βυσινεσσ, ϖισιτ συντρυστ.χοµ/βυσινεσσχλασσ ορ χαλλ 866.442.1370.
its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. guys just (expletive deleted)
cating for affordable housing, Office
There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume
living Benning Road,for
healthcare N.E.
the • Washington,
Talbot, part D.C. of the 20002-4723
Chicago every natural resource there is,
and while organ-Fax: branch
underserved—202-332-0080 1-877-570-9297 He was so
of ACORN. and make a lot of babies. That’s
izing voter registration drives. General Manager that he was asked to
impressive all you guys do. And then suck
Edgar Brookinstrain
But none has been as withering - ext.the116ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect every-
and baseless
this one. What did ACORN
- Mia Hayes-Hawkins - ext. in
112Chicago one else to pay for your hospital
With the presidential election engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let
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Divide Highlighted Thomas Admits ‘Inadvertant’ Error

Continued from A1 Continued from A1
The divide is even seen in politics, as many of the most Common Cause pointed out to the disclosure forms from 2003 to 2009. Haley Barbour; commentators John
powerful people in the county have lived in outer-beltway Judicial Conference of the United Common Cause on Jan. 20 also Stossel, Charles Krauthammer, Glenn
communities. Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack States, the regulator for the judicial requested the Justice Department Beck, and Rush Limbaugh; Senators
Johnson and wife Leslie live in Mitchellville, one of the more branch of government, that Virginia investigate the “apparent involvement” Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn; and
affluent neighborhoods in the county. The Johnsons, like other Thomas’ earnings while at the Heritage of both Thomas and Justice Antonin Representatives Paul Ryan, Mike Pence,
high-ranking officials, live in these neighborhoods, which tend Foundation, a conservative advocacy Scalia in what it calls “strategy and Tom Price.”
to have better shopping, dining and education options. organization, were not reported from sessions” hosted by Koch Industries Common Cause claimed that sitting
However, things are changing, as current County Executive 2003 to 2007. During that period, in January 2010. Koch Industries, one justices meeting with the second largest
Rushern Baker lives in Cheverly, an inner-beltway community, Common Cause indicates that Thomas of the nation’s largest privately-held private corporation in the U.S. raises
while his kids attend Suitland High School. Baker spoke of earned $686,589, a salary of $120,000 companies owned by the Koch brothers, questions about whether the two jurists
that divide between officials in those communities in relation or greater each year. conservative magnates, is the umbrella should back away from upcoming
to officials in outer-beltway communities and the need to erase Common Cause indicates that she for such companies as Georgia-Pacific. cases involving campaign financing by
that gap. left Heritage in 2008; but in 2009 Koch sent out a description for its corporations.
“I think people are frustrated with the non-inclusion of the Liberty Central, an organization with next program in Palm Springs, Calif., Common Cause is asking the
elected officials and the inability to work together to get things strong ties to the Tea Party Movement, entitled “Understanding and Addressing Judicial Conference to probe these
done,” Baker told the AFRO. which she co-founded, paid Thomas for Threats to American Free Enterprise matters and, if warranted, refer the
The county seems to be putting its money where its mouth services, according to its chief operating and Prosperity” which states: issue to the Justice Department for
is. It’s already made a commitment to upgrade areas around officer Sarah Field. “This action-oriented program brings enforcement under the Ethics in
metro stations such as New Carrollton, Naylor Road, and Neglecting to disclose this together top experts and leaders to Government Act.
Branch Avenue. The county may finally be looking to give information would violate the Ethics discuss –and offer solutions to counter If found guilty, Thomas would
inside the beltway communities the same options as outer in Government Act of 1978, which – the most critical threats to our free become only the second justice in
communities. requires all federal officials, including society. …Past meetings have featured modern times to encounter ethics
Supreme Court justices, to disclose their such notable leaders as Supreme Court problems. Liberal Associate Justice
spouse’s income. Thomas indicated Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Abe Fortas resigned in 1969 under
“none” under the latter category on his Thomas; Governors Bobby Jindal and pressure over financial and ethics issues.

Council Gears up for New Session

Continued from A1
under investigation. a District 6 community leaders’ forum government, council members have
“While Mrs. Johnson is under federal recently that drew over 100 people decided to try to make their process - in
charges the Council is proceeding with and was attended by county board of new legislation and meetings - more
an abundance of caution by taking education members as well as police and open and honest than ever before.
the following measures to ensure fire officials. The council plans to take more of
the effectiveness of this body and to “This meeting, the first of many for its meetings on the road so that the
avoid any appearance of impropriety,” District 6, offered a great opportunity community can be more involved in its
Turner said. “Mrs. Johnson will have to come together around the issues government.
no committee assignments; the full that impact our quality of life in the “Moving some of the Council
Council will take a more active role County—the economy and jobs, access committee meetings outside Upper
in development projects in District 6 to quality healthcare, and education- Marlboro and into our communities
and throughout all of Prince George’s to name a few,” Johnson said in a supports opportunities for greater public
County; and she will not officially statement. “I appreciate the active participation in the legislative process,”
represent the County Council to any participation of District 6 community said Councilman Eric Olson, D.-Dist.3,
external bodies.” leaders who are so willing to collaborate in a statement. “The need for making
That isn’t stopping Johnson from to determine District 6 priorities and government more open and accessible to
doing the things she thinks are important share valuable information about our citizens becomes even more apparent
though. Johnson, who had stayed clear resources and solutions.” as we look to build strong, green
of the public eye since her arrest, hosted
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January 29, 2011 - February 4, 2011, The Afro-American A5

Is There Really a Deficit Crisis?
(TEWire) - In the wake occurred with our without the downturn? How
of the State of the Union should it be managed, and will there be equal pain
Address there is likely to be around curtailing the deficit, or will only one or two
much partisan conversation sectors pay for the challenges the deficit creates?
about the direction of our For example, there has been talk of raising
nation. President Obama will the social security retirement age for years, and
address the economy and always we have looked at an across the board age
jobs, and Republicans will increase, whether workers are high income or low,
talk about the health of the whether they have pensions or not, whether their
economy, and about cutting work is physical or not. It’s entirely different to
budgets in their rebuttal. ask a professor to work until 70 than it is to ask a
Citing growing deficits, both waitress to do so, but these plans increase the social
parties are concerned that security retirement age do not seem to take these
spending is out of control. things into consideration, thus continuing a class
Julianne Malveaux Yet some spending is based economic inequality that also creates racial
absolutely needed to create inequality. Is this our goal? To widen gaps instead
jobs, just as $700 billion of of narrowing them? Increasing the social security
spending was needed to bail out banks. It intrigues me that the retirement age indiscriminately will do this.
same folk who eagerly bailed banks out have now suddenly Similarly, the attack on federal employees is an workforce, but any solution will include an awareness of
discovered the concept of budget cuts and are pushing them, attack that has a differential impact by race and gender. Women these differences and, perhaps, a strong Equal Employment
even as they have added to the deficit by insisting on extending and people of color are both more likely to be employed by the Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to enforce anti-
Bush tax cuts. federal government, but also more likely to get more equal pay discrimination laws. Who wants to bet that the EEOC will be
President Obama has furthered the notion that there is a in the public sector than in the private sector. United for a Fair another of the budget cutting casualties? In an anti-regulatory
budget crisis by appointing Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson Economy released their annual State of the Dream report last climate, the combination of federal employment cuts, and
to make suggestions to manage the federal budget deficit. The week. Entitled, “Austerity for Whom,” the report explores the an indifference to enforcement of anti-discrimination laws is
Bowles/Simpson commission would trim about $4 trillion ways that so-called budget cutting measures actually hit women designed to increase the racial unemployment gap.
from the federal budget in the next decade by increasing the and people of color more severely. It makes sense that the deficit should rise during an
Social Security retirement age, freezing federal pay, leveling White women earn 82 cents for every $1 White men earn in employment crisis. While we should be careful with our
Pentagon spending, and making other cost-cutting suggestions. the public sector, compared to 71 cents in the private sector. Black resources, we should certainly not budget and employment
There were 18 people on the National Commission on men earn 80 cents to the White male dollar in the public sector, but significantly in a recession. The so-called deficit crisis could be
Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and 14 had to approve the a scant 57 cents for every dollar in the private sector. Black women a more complex crisis if we don’t put people back to work, no
suggestions for them to be accepted. Only 11, however, went earn 73 cents to the White male dollar in the public sector, but 56 matter what it costs.
along with some of the draconian plans that were announced, cents in the private sector. Latino men earn 86 cents to the White
so the suggestions are only suggestions. male dollar in the public sector but just 48 cents to the dollar, while Dr. Julianne Malveaux is president of Bennett College
It is important to raise questions about the nature of the Latina women earn 71 cents to the dollar in the public sector, but for Women in Greensboro, N.C . Her latest book, “Surviving
deficit crisis. Is this a cyclical crisis, connected to the economic just 46 to the White male dollar in the private sector. and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History” can be
downturn? Is it more structural, something that would have The solution may not be to maintain a large public ordered at

National Urban League’s 12-Point Blueprint for Job Creation

“Freedom has always more than 100 local affiliates across the country are economic alone program employing 5 million teens in summer 2011.
been an expensive thing. first-responders in the ongoing effort to help ease the burden of 2. Create 100 urban jobs academies to implement an
History is a fit testimony to those most profoundly affected by this recession, serving some expansion of the Urban Youth Empowerment Program.
the fact that freedom is rarely 2.1 million citizens in 2010 alone. 3. Develop a dynamic national public-private jobs initiative
gained without sacrifice and Over the past two years, much of the work of the Obama to create jobs and train urban residents and stimulate economic
self-denial.” – Dr. Martin administration and the 111th Congress has been nothing short growth in the areas of technology and broadband, health care,
Luther King Jr. of heroic. From the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, manufacturing, transportation and public infrastructure and
to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act, the clean energy.
Last Monday, the nation Affordable Healthcare Act, and the extension of middle class 4. Boost minority participation in information and
celebrated what would have tax relief and unemployment benefits, the administration has communication technology (ICT) industries.
been the 82nd birthday of the taken historic actions to restore America’s economic vitality. 5. Reform, revise and reauthorize Workforce Investment Act
20th century’s great drum But the persistent nature of the recession has brought to prepare and retrain workers for 21st century jobs.
major for justice Dr. Martin little relief to families either out of work or stretching part- 6. Create green empowerment zones.
Luther King Jr. Dr. King time wages to meet full-time financial commitments. Record 7. Expand small business lending.
understood that economic numbers of Americans were forced into foreclosure in 2010, 8. Initiate tax reform that reduces rates across the board and
Marc H. Morial justice was the most crucial and many urban families in communities already long beset by eliminates tax loopholes.
question confronting Black economic stagnation are enduring unemployment rates as high 9. Establish and promote multilateral international trade
people, as well as poor and middle class people generally as 20 percent. policies that expand the market for American goods and services.
throughout America. In fact, at his death, he was on the brink of That is why the National Urban League is proposing a new 10. Enact the Urban Jobs Act (H.R. 5708).
launching a nationwide campaign for jobs and income. 12-point Blueprint for Quality Job Creation. Our plan offers a 11. Expand the hiring of housing counselors nationwide.
As, America enters the second decade of a new millennium, dozen dynamic and imaginative measures to both rescue those 12. Fund direct job creation in cities and states.
and the National Urban League begins its second century, our most profoundly affected by the ongoing economic emergency, We urge the Congress and the White House to adopt these
organization is introducing a new blueprint for achieving that while also remedying many of the underlying causes behind the measures without delay.
goal. recession’s inordinate and seemingly-amplified impact on the
The nation remains mired in a great recession. The National communities we serve: Marc H. Morial is president and CEO of the National
Urban League has seen the impact of this crisis first hand. Our 1. Restore the Summer Youth Jobs Program as a stand- Urban League.

The Curious Death of Ali Mohammed

In the early morning night suggest a connection between the two. Both appear to be with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration for
hours of Oct. 15, 2010, Ali acts of retaliation by persons who felt powerless – instances of only two-and-a-half years and, other than holding a master’s
Mohammed was chased lashing out similar to keying a car or slashing a person’s tires. degree in forensic psychology, there is no evidence she has
from a U Street bar by an 2. Why did the assailants beat Mohammed so any training or experience related to criminal investigations
owner and four employees, brutally?—Ali Mohammed was no stranger to Ninth Street. not related to violations of ABC regulations. Perhaps that is
allegedly because he threw Tall and gregarious, he was known in all the Ethiopian why the first person she called after hearing of the incident was
a brick through a window restaurants and cafes, so it seems unlikely that none of his to another co-owner of the bar rather than to police officials.
– a window that had been assailants recognized him as a local. None of the assailants Most tellingly, perhaps is the fact that although MPD notified
punched in 90 minutes before have public records of violence and by all accounts were her of the earlier window-punching incident just one hour
by someone else. They caught nice guys. So how could they commit such a brutal act on after it occurred, she did not find out about the killing until the
Ali in the middle of a busy another human being? An employee who was in the bar but following morning.
intersection, threw him to the not involved in the assault told a Channel 8 reporter that “the 5. Why aren’t the witness statements sufficient to
ground, and kicked him for only people that hang out [on Ninth Street] are – you know, establish probable cause to charge the assailants with
several minutes until he lost no offense – crackheads, you know, drug addicts, homeless homicide or at least aggravated assault?—It is black letter
Roger Gordon consciousness or until the people. A lot of the time we have to shoo them away. They law that an assailant “takes his victim as he finds him.” If a
police arrived – it’s not clear panhandle and such, you know.” A videotape of the interview criminal assault leads to the victim’s death, he can be found
which. It took the ambulance was introduced as exculpatory evidence by the bar’s owners at guilty of felony murder. Here, however, the assailants have
only five minutes to reach Howard University Hospital’s the liquor board hearing held after the incident. Ninth Street is avoided prosecution, and the bar has been allowed to reopen,
Emergency Room, but Ali was pronounced dead a mere nine home to a dozen Ethiopian restaurants and cafés and the center simply by them telling the liquor board: “We’re not going to do
minutes after arriving there. It was five days past his 27th of the area’s Ethiopian community. If the assailants could not it again,” installing a few video cameras and putting the staff
birthday. distinguish them from “crackheads,” it might explain (but through sensitivity training.
By all accounts, Ali Ahmed Mohammed was a gentle and certainly not excuse) the inhumane nature of the beating they
generous man. He was tall, good looking, and had a boyish administered. Did the assailants know their victim? The questions surrounding Ali Mohammed’s death could
playfulness about him. Ali immigrated to the United States 3. Does the medical examiner’s “cause of death” be answered if the Justice Department (not the U.S. Attorney’s
from Ethiopia as a young child and took his first job, as a statement tell the whole story or is it necessary to review the Office) were to conduct a bona fide investigation. But they
nursing home assistant, when he was 15 years old. A former co- full autopsy report?—The Medical Examiner’s cause of death cannot answer the most important one: After years of failing
worker remembers him talking endlessly with the residents and statement suggests that Mohammed died from an underlying to hold public officials – Black and White – accountable for
always finding ways to make them smile. It was not surprising heart ailment, but it makes no mention of the “significant turning a blind eye when Black men are killed (Sean Bell,
then that nearly 600 of his friends and neighbors held a bruising on the forearms,” that the police observed. Anyone DeOnté Rawlings, Ronny White, Oscar Grant, Trey Joyner, and
candlelight vigil on the street where he was killed to remember who watches TV knows those were defensive wounds – the now Ali Mohammed) have we, as Black people, come to accept
him and to demand justice. kind that would be received by a person on the ground in a fetal that the unlawful killing of a Black man by “respectable”
The official investigation into Ali’s death yielded few position who was trying to protect his head and face from being people is no longer a punishable offense?
answers, however, the manner in which it was conducted kicked. The autopsy should be independently reviewed.
speaks volumes about law enforcement in the District of 4. Why did the ABC Board deviate so far from its own Roger Gordon is a third-year law student at Georgetown
Columbia. As a starting point for my analysis, I reviewed police rules?—The ABC Board seemed to bend over backwards and a former member of Human Rights Watch’s California
reports, 911 logs, Fire & EMS event chronologies, hearing to reopen the bar. Despite being statutorily prohibited from Committee North. He has clerked for the U.S. Attorney’s
transcripts, and Alcoholic Beverage Control Board orders. engaging in criminal investigations, it conducted one anyway Office for the District of Columbia and the U.S. House of
Several questions emerged: and then relied upon the results to absolve the bar owner of any Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. He was a member
1. What happened inside the bar that night?—The almost serious offense so it could give him back its license. of Chairman Conyers’s Braintrust Panel on Racial Profiling at
identical natures of the two crimes allegedly committed that The 28 year-old investigator assigned to the case had been the 2008 CBC Weekend Conference.
A6 The
Afro-American, January 29, 2011 - February
January 29,
4, 2011

O’Malley Budget Includes $949 Million in Spending Cuts

By David Saleh Rauf $60 million from the state’s us close the gap in interesting ways save the state $4 million, including
Capital News Service Transportation Trust Fund, a move and there are other proposals we merging the Higher Education
that could prove to be unpopular with will probably part ways with from a Commission with the State
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin lawmakers. legislative perspective.” Department of Education.
O’Malley is proposing nearly $1 “Transportation projects are Among the discussions The budget also calls for closing
billion in spending cuts, shuffling already severely underfunded,” said lawmakers are expected to have this Brandenburg Center, a state-run,
hundreds of millions of dollars from Del. Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery session regarding the budget is one residential center for adults with
state funds and slashing aid to local County. about raising taxes. disabilities near Cumberland.
governments to close the state’s During a budget briefing, A proposed “dime-a-drink” O’Malley also outlined plans
nearly $1.4 billion budget shortfall O’Malley lamented the need to cut increase on the state’s alcohol tax is to revamp the state’s pension and
in his fiscal 2012 budget unveiled into the state’s fund that helps pay being considered again this session. retirement program by increasing
Friday. for roads, bridges and construction Lawmakers are also talking about employee contributions and raising
O’Malley, who has called this his Photo by Webster Phillips III
of transit systems, saying he would raising the state’s gas tax, and the retirement age for new hires. The
most challenging budget to balance, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s have “rather not cut any” money O’Malley appeared receptive during plan is estimated to reduce the state’s
stayed true to his pledge to present a proposed budget cuts nearly $1 from the fund. a radio interview Friday to the idea unfunded retiree health liability by
spending plan that does not include billion in spending and shuffles Tough decisions, he said, had of reinstating the state’s millionaire about $7 billion.
tax hikes, though lawmakers could funding to address the states to be made. “We’re trying to get tax that expired Dec. 31. O’Malley and the American
take steps to change that in the huge budget shortfall. through this recession and keep intact “We have to keep an open mind Federation of State, County and
coming months. going to be easy.” as much as we can,” he said. to all things,” he said. Municipal Employees, the largest
Under the proposed budget, state O’Malley’s budget includes Legislative analysts estimated the Sen. David Brinkley, R-Frederick, union for state employees, recently
workers will avoid furloughs for the cuts of $264 million in Medicaid state’s shortfall at $1.6 billion, but said O’Malley’s budget could leave reached a tentative three-year
first time in three years and funding payments to hospitals, $104 million O’Malley presented a deficit closer some lawmakers wanting to make contract that includes the guarantee
for K-12 education will remain flat from the state employee retirement to $1.35 billion. O’Malley’s budget changes. “He may make some of no furloughs. The deal is
at $5.7 billion – two bright spots in system and $52 million in aid for will now go to the General Assembly, severe reductions to programs some scheduled to be ratified later this
an otherwise grim spending plan local governments. Another $40 where lawmakers can make cuts but legislators feel near and dear about month.
that makes cuts to almost all state million in annual savings will come not add to it. with the expectation that if you want But O’Malley’s plan to revamp
programs. through buyouts of about 1,000 state “On the first day of the budget to restore this funding, raise some pensions and health benefits for state
“This will be the first word on the workers, O’Malley said. it’s a fool’s errand to make taxes,” Brinkley said. “He’s leaving workers is likely to draw strong
budget, not the last,” said O’Malley, The budget also proposes prognostications about what will and any of that up to the legislature.” union opposition. “We’re going to
a theme he’s reiterated over the last transferring $285 million from state won’t stand,” said Mizeur. “There are O’Malley’s budget proposes a fight like hell against it,” said Patrick
couple of weeks. “None of this is accounts. That includes diverting nuggets of ideas in here that will help series of consolidations estimated to Moran, the union’s state director.

community action programs. basic needs, such as food, year term, was also watched communities - by adopting the praised the President for
The secretary of Defense financial literacy, and job closely by Black civil rights NUL’s proposals on summer simply making hard decisions.
has also agreed to cut tens of search assistance. leaders. jobs, reforming our workforce “I think the president hit a
Continued from A1 billions of dollars in spending “The stuff that he said “We applaud the development system, and home run because he’s really
specificity on what programs that he and his generals about cuts kind of worries President for his foresight in enacting the Urban Youth talking about the future. If not
might be cut in order to make believe our military can do me,” said Rep. Keith Ellison recognizing that we need to Empowerment Program.” a 10, maybe a 10 plus,” said
up for a $400 billion freeze on without.” (D-Minn.), who gave the prepare our workforce for the Rev. Jesse Jackson, whose Rep. Donna Edwards. “This is
annual domestic spending that That one phrase, speech a six-and-a-half, giving jobs of the future and to be Rainbow/PUSH Coalition about the 21st century.”
the president proposed to start “community action programs” high marks for Obama’s able to compete with the rest has historically focused on Edwards quickly pointed
this year and extend for the or CAPs, as they are formally discussion about increasing of the world,” said National strengthening the poor, said out that the President stressed
next five years. known in cities across the jobs by rebuilding America’s Urban League President Marc in an interview that he would his willingness to make
“This freeze will require nation, appears to be the infrastructure. “[CAPS] are Morial said in a statement. give the speech high marks sacrificial cuts but only of
painful cuts,” President wrench that caused concern lifeline programs. Those are He said he would continue for inspiration, but it was those programs that are not
Obama said. “Already, among CBC members, not luxury programs. These to urge Congress to send missing a key element, he necessary.
we’ve frozen the salaries including Cleaver. are programs that keep people “our limited resources to said. “But let’s make sure that
of hardworking federal Community Action subsisting. So what is he those youth and adults who “He didn’t mention the we’re not doing it on the
employees for the next two Programs, founded in the talking about?” have been disproportionately word poverty and poverty is backs of our most vulnerable
years. I’ve proposed cuts to mid-1970s, help thousand of The president’s speech, at impacted by the recession growing,” said Rev. Jackson. citizens,” Obama said to
things I care deeply about, like elderly and low income with the mid-term of his first four- - especially in our urban Still, some CBC members applause.



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Lasting Love
Making relationships work for the long haul
By Joi-Marie McKenzie & Busters in White Flint, Md. “Chemistry
Special to the AFRO sparked that just started
happening,” recalled Reginald. While on
After years of marriage, you know exactly how he his way home from the outing, he called
likes his coffee. You know that she’s more of a night his future bride, who just so happened to be
owl than a morning person. You’ve raised kids and now calling him at the same time. The two knew Younger couples offer advice to their elders
grandchildren together. You have even endured changes it wasn’t just any coincidence and they on how to re-ignite the relationship flames. Stock Photos
in finances because of retirement. You are together...but talked all the way home.
are you happy? After nearly eight years of marriage and Mo’Nique at a club in Laurel, Md.
As you mature in age, your love also matures. Long- two children, Natalie and Reggie, who pen a relationship “From right then I fell in love because she knew my
lasting relationships require creativity and commitment blog called “Love Notes by Reggie and Natalie,” have jokes,” Stacey said when Adrienne replayed some of his
in order to remain fresh and fun. While unhappy couples already figured out the secret to keeping their spark. performance. “No one had knew my jokes before. ...I
are often left bitter because of indiscretions or issues that “Every now and then you have to make a commitment fell in love right there.”
occurred earlier in the marriage, happier couples know to re-court and get to know your mate all over again,” The two laughed their way into each others hearts and
how to let it go. They also know how to reinvent what explains Reggie. “You after 11 years, the two have figured out what makes their
makes their relationship so special. The AFRO reached change. What you marriage tick. “Doing things together,” said Adrienne.
out to younger married couples, who have been married thought you wanted “Of course we both have our own interests but we’re
11 years or less, to uncover a novel perspective and find to do 10 years ago is very supportive. … I always say it’s us against the
out how these couples keep their union fresh, new and not the same thing world.”
strong. anymore.” Their supportive nature paired with their ability to
“And did I The couple, who accept each other for their strengths and weaknesses has
mention she’s really live in Largo, Md., made a happy home for the Carvers. Stacey stressed that
pretty?” asked enjoy frequent date an important value in their relationship is acceptance.
Reginald Pickett, nights, watching chick He accepts his wife for who she is and who she isn’t.
38, when describing flicks and enjoying “Adrienne is not the come home and ‘Baby, your
what attracted him to each other’s company dinner is ready’ type of woman. And I accept that.”
his wife. Reggie met without their children. Courtesy Photo Instead of creating an argument, Stacey cooks meals for
his wife Natalie, 33, Adrienne Watson their family and tends to the house when he can. Both
while working at the Carver, 41, met her Stacey and Adrienne Carver Adrienne and Stacey take a shared approach to creating
Washington Post in husband Stacey, 40, at a home for their three children, which has put less stress
2000. Their friendship a local gym. The two noticed each other while grooving on them individually and less stress on their marriage.
evolved one night in a hip-hop aerobics class. When Stacey approached Relationship expert Paul Carrick Brunson met
when the two hung Courtesy Photo
Adrienne after class to say, “Good work out,” she his wife of 10 years, Jill, while the two attended Old
out with a few recognized him. Adrienne, a model and dance coach, Dominion University in Virginia. While taking a test in
Natalie and Reggie Pickett
coworkers at Dave had just seen the comedian onstage opening up for Continued on B3

Homebound: Senior Sellers Stuck at Home

By Kyle Taylor that this is something that there are currently 39,500 how the amenities are
Special to the AFRO we’re going to be looking assisted living facilities consolidated.”
very closely at.” and 1,900 continuing care Before finalizing the
Although it is currently With the economy retirement communities in move to a retirement or
in a state of recovery, the expected to improve, the United States. Close assisted-living community,
economy has had a drastic analysts have predicted that to 1 million people live Shaham suggested seniors
financial effect in many it would eventually lead to in those residences with examine the resources they
areas, especially the real an improvement in home approximately 745,000 need in order to make the
estate market. Americans sales as well. While it is living in the retirement change by understanding
across the country have had still very early in the year, communities. the living costs where they
to make minor and major those expectations have Shaham noted that want to live. Once that
adjustments to get by, remained guarded among occupancy numbers in conclusion is reached, then
including seniors who have would-be buyers and retirement communities comes the hard part.
had to put off settling into sellers, including seniors and assisted living To boost the chances of
their golden years. who have not been able to communities have gone finding a buyer, the AARP
Considered by some as sell their homes. up in 2010, which may suggests owners create a
an unnoticed consequence “We’re definitely be a sign of good things clever marketing plan and
of the recession, seniors hearing that this is a to come. According to hire an experienced agent
who would rather sell their problem and people are the National Investment who is savvy at pushing
houses so they can move trying to be creative Center for the Seniors property online. They also
into smaller lodgings, solving it,” said Lauren Housing and Care Industry recommend inexpensive
retirement communities Shaham, vice president of (NIC), occupancy rates for fixes to help the house
or other assisted-living communications for the independent and assisted- sell such as a new paint
housing facilities have American Association of living facilities remained in a neutral color, carpet
essentially become Homes and Services for the steady during the second cleaning and fresh
prisoners in their own Aging (AAHSA). and third quarters of 2010 landscaping. Paramount
homes. According to Shaham, at 87.7 percent, suggesting among those, however, is
“It is a mixed issue,” some of those creative some stability. setting a realistic price and
said Rawle Andrews, solutions include Everyday life stressors, accepting the reality that
senior state director of the facilities, which are facing such as trying to sell a it may be lower than what
AARP in Maryland. “When depopulated waiting lists home, are exactly what you’d like. The sooner
we do surveys, people and rising vacancy rates, seniors seek to avoid by this is accepted, the better,
overwhelmingly tell us if establishing relationships moving into a retirement Shaham said.
they have a choice, they with real estate agents to home Shaham explained. “People need to realize
would prefer coming home assist prospective residents “Retirement that home values are never
at the end of the day to in selling their homes. communities are much going to be what they were
their homes. Many people, Some communities have more of a lifestyle choice before,” she said. “Even if
if they can, will stay at deferred their entry and than a health care choice,” they don’t reach that level,
home. But at some point, up-front fees—ranging Shaham said. “They offer you can still sell your home
you reach the point where from $100,000 to people freedoms from a for a profit and still have a
you can’t do it alone. $500,000—and others have lot of the hassles of daily nice nest egg. It might not
Either you’re going to collaborated with banks to AFRO Illustration/V. Johnson living. A lot of the people be what it was five years
move or someone is going develop programs to help Some seniors would rather give up the burden of their there decide they don’t ago, but it will probably be
to move you. However, homeowners secure loans. homes but have not been able to do so due to a lagging want to take care of a more than it was 40 years
we’re certainly anticipating According to AAHSA, real estate market. home anymore and like ago.”
B2 SENIORGUIDE The Afro-American, Winter 2011

Bridging Generation Gaps to Inspire African-American Youth

By Jessica Harper done soon, we will see our schools dissolve and become
Special to the AFRO worse off than they are now.”
Now 10 members strong, the group’s counselors “Our goal is to work with mentors,
A 2009 study conducted by the Centers for Disease include an eclectic mix of doctoral degree holders and
Control (CDC) revealed that Black teens and young activists; mathematicians and wordsmiths; athletes and counselors and organizations who have
adults are more prone to violence than their White musicians--each of whom share their knowledge with not given up on our children.”
counterparts. Despite that alarming fact, mentoring and young mentees.
counseling groups like the District-based Evolutionary Mary H. Johnson, a member of Evolutionary Elders,
Elders (EE) continue to inspire African-American youth said psychological counseling warrants as much attention Johnson said because many of the organization’s
to excel personally and professionally. as academic tutoring. mentees receive little encouragement at home, it is
Co-founder and author, Eugene Williams Sr., said the “The highest compliment I have received since I incumbent on the mentors to remind them of their worth.
organization fights the odds by maintaining a positive began working with EE came from a student who was “Our children fight so hard to feel accepted,” Johnson
outlook about the future of Black youth.”We don’t want asked, ‘Why do you go to the math center so often?’ Do said. “Sometimes all it takes is for them to meet someone
to be bothered with defeatist attitudes,” Williams, 68, you know what he said in response to that? ‘Because Dr. who says, ‘You can do it!’”
said. “Our goal is to work with mentors, counselors and Johnson makes me feel like I’m somebody,’” Johnson Ed Brown, creator of YouTube’s social commentary
organizations who have not given up on our children.” said. program “The Ed Brown Show,” echoed Johnson’s
Evolutionary Elders seeks to heal social ills that plague sentiment.
African-American young men and women by bridging “Environment affects development,” Brown said.
generational gaps. Members close these gaps by using “Some of these kids have no one who cares whether or
education and positive reinforcement to reach Black not they succeed.”
youth. Brown’s program covers topics ranging from politics
“We came together to forge this concept—soon- to education, and featured guests include university
to-become-movement—because we were really upset presidents and local lawmakers. He said the elders’
at some of the things we saw in families and also in experience is their greatest asset. “A child might pay
schools,” William said. more attention to someone who is much older,” Brown
The Clinton, Md., resident established Evolutionary said. “An elder brings knowledge that other people don’t
Elders in spring 2010 with his long-time friend Wetzel have. So when an elder says, ‘Study hard,’ they listen.”
Witten, a 67-year-old community organizer from Williams and Witten said several students have
Washington, D.C. changed their behavior since coming under their tutelage.
The two men bring together men and women that were “We mentored a 15-year-old boy, a very smart kid,
born in the 1930s and 1940s, grew up in the 1950s and who sold drugs. He told me, ‘I never thought about the
became social revolutionaries in the 1960s, to mentor and consequences.’ So, I decided to give him a job designing
counsel young people and their families. These elders our books,” Williams said. “Now, he tells me he’s staying
forfeit vacations in Miami to “liberate and elevate the out of trouble. On top of that, the work he produces for us
thinking and actions” of Black youth. is outstanding.”
“We are an African people, and Negritude represents Evolutionary Elders collaborates with non-profit
our attitude,” Witten said. “Therefore, we will never be Courtesy Photo group Wise and the Success and Learning
senior citizens because senior citizens retire; Evolutionary Eugene Wiliams Sr. has started a senior mentoring Math Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., to provide quality
Elders inspire.” program to inspire and guide African-American youth. tutoring and counseling services to their mentees.
Members inspire by venturing into schools, recreation “We don’t want volunteers looking to benefit from the
centers and churches across the D.C. metro area with a name, Evolutionary Elders. They must have a history of
two-pronged mission: to work with parents, guardians doing good things and want to continue to do that work,”
and educators to improve education (academics and Johnson holds a doctorate in mathematics education Williams said.
athletics) and to teach Black youth about their history and from University of Maryland-College Park and is married
respect for their elders. to Williams. The two founded Academic Resources Elders interested in mentoring or counseling for
“Whether anybody accepts it or not, our schools and Unlimited (ARU) in 2008. ARU is a non-profit that Evolutionary Elders should contact Eugene Williams Sr.
families are in crisis and our children are caught up in provides tutorial and communication services to high at (301) 768-8316 or, or
this,” Williams said. “As we see it, if something is not school students and educators. Wetzel Witten at

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Body Gospel: Mixing Fitness with Faith

By Talibah an exercise/ complicated. The workouts the shake is awful. After
Chikwendu nutrition program The other two are sound and as several tries, mixing it
AFRO Executive Editor surrounded guides support the with any program, different ways – with
by Christian process of changing will work if you juices and plain water – not
Proper principles and your life. These work them. The even half a glass could be
nutrition, religious music. give details on small music was good consumed. Others tried the
exercise and It combines changes that make a and there was various concoctions with
healthy a variety of difference and ways always someone even less success. No one
living are exercises and to track what you do and is used in some of the demonstrating the could stomach enough
important for workouts and how you feel. These workouts. low-impact version of this to make a
longevity and with tools keep you conscious of The three disks on an exercise (in difference.
a productive important the process and motivated of workouts each case your Over all, Body Gospel
life. Everyday people tools to by the accomplished have a focus area: knees are is a good program, ideal
are looking for new help milestones. strength, power not up to for someone who wants a
ways to incorporate Equally emphasized by and core. There are the pounding workout that acknowledges
these into their lives, the program is getting your multiple 30-minute of high impact moves). the influence of faith
in meaningful and users body moving. Body Gospel workouts on The workouts include on moving towards a
sustainable ways. This has keep comes with a piece of each disk. The some kind of commercial better life. But for the
made the exercise/fitness on track, resistance equipment fourth disk is for Shakeology – the best experience, stick
and nutrition industries big motivated and called the Body an audio that can be played antioxidant, vitamin, to the workouts and the
businesses, with people of moving forward Gospel Band. while walking and running, probiotic shake connected motivational/nutritional
all ages, ethnic groups and toward their It’s easy to to help you keep a steady to the program. While the guides and avoid
income levels spending weight loss and assemble pace and stay motivated. commercials are annoying, Shakeology.
into it. fitness goals.
For Courtesy images
Donna Lasting Love
many Body Gospel, the Richardson Continued from B1
people, newest fitness Joyner is at the
bringing offering from center of this class, Paul began to notice established marriage, it’s not only important to make
worship Donna Richardson program, leading the girl with the highest sure your partner’s sexual desires are met, but it’s also
into their Joyner, is the only the exercises and score in the class. Still, he important to create intimacy. Giggling, holding hands
everyday fitness program on the reminding users remembers his future wife and being physically close are ways to recreate that
activities market, according the to put God first in piqued his interest with her spark. “When it’s cold at night, it’s great to be able to
is also marketing materials, their life because smile. snuggle up and spoon somebody,” Brunson adds.
that combines fitness
important. that orientation “Typically, if a male is Each married couple, the Picketts, the Carvers and the
with faith.
So it will make interested in having a long Brunsons can remind older couples of what’s important.
comes improving their term relationship, they are Courtesy Photo While the Picketts encourage couple to recreate their
as no surprise that faith health possible. gravitated toward the face, relationship to keep it fresh, the Carvers stress that doing
and fitness are being Out of the box, the most the eyes or the smile,” Paul Paul and Jill Brunson activities together will keep a relationship strong. And
connected. Nor is it a bad useful of the tools are the explained. “It was funny matchmaker and relationship expert Brunson pushes
match. Is it really possible Nutrition Guide, the Total because Jill had braces at the time but her smile was still intimacy, even in your golden years, to light the fire in
for our physical being to Transformation Guide and on it.” your partnership.
reach its potential without the Basic 10 Fitness Cards. And although it was the smile that got his attention, it Ultimately, however, you know the nuances of your
involving our spiritual The nutrition guide has was her curves that kept it. “I’m not going to deny that relationship, so trust your instinct to know what’s right
being? The creation of simple, nutritious recipes at all,” he adds. Brunson, along with other relationship for you and your spouse. Regardless, don’t be afraid
Body Gospel seems to and details about managing experts, stress the need for older couples to maintain to try something new. You never know, a new hobby,
indicate the answer is no. calories in a way that romance and intimacy throughout their marriage. a change of scenery or a break from the grandchildren
Body Gospel is makes losing weight less
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Commentary and long-term investment. As a loan against market
When disposable funds value, reverse mortgages can
How Baby Boomers Can Retire Despite a Downturned Economy are fewer than in workplace
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By Charlene Crowell
But what’s a person to Institute, only 15 percent Also gone are the days debts that tarnish the golden selling the property.
NNPA Columnist
do with the rest of their of the workforce today has when owning a house meant years. Or as the O-Jays sang, However, before signing
lives, if they were born a traditional pension plan. sure-fire wealth building. it’s that “almighty dollar” that on the dotted line for a reverse
More than 10,000 baby between the years of 1946 Instead, 401(k)s in the Eleven million Americans can change you – especially mortgage, borrowers should
boomers will turn 65 each day and 1964? Especially when private sector and 403(b)s now owe more than their when there’s not enough to clearly understand that they
during the next two decades, current economic trends and in public and not-for-profit home is worth. Boomers provide for yourself or your are signing an end of life loan.
says AARP, the nation’s measures are more down than organizations are the likely hoping to downsize to smaller family. Full repayment is required
leading organization on up, who can really afford to alternative plans. These spaces may find that while For example, long-time when either the borrower
elder issues. The generation retire? benefits are tied to stock unemployment hovers near homeowners with title to their passes away or no longer lives
that grew up with changes Kiss goodbye the days market performance. When 10 percent, prospective homes or nearing the end of in the residence for more than
in social mores, music, and of secure pensions and gold the market performs well, homebuyers may be waiting mortgage payments might be a year. Any absence due to
more now faces a particularly watches for decades of benefits boom; but conversely, for the job market to improve lured into a reverse mortgage. year-long extended health
challenging time to leave the service. According to the benefits diminish when the before making such a large care, such as rehab or assisted
living facilities will make the
loan due.
Overdraft, another debt
trap, may offer a convenient
way to pay for purchases;
but if there is no cushion
in the account or consumer
checkbooks aren’t accurately
balanced, overdraft fees that
average $34 per transaction
can quickly siphon off
disposable income. Even
worse, consumers only
learn of the charges after the
statement arrives. Rather than
incur the risk of overdraft
fees that each year strip $23.7
billion from checking account
holders, it is better to decline
overdraft than to accept it.
Unauthorized overdrafts
strip fees from Americans
55 and older at the level of
$4.5 billion per year. Nearly
$1 billion of that comes
from people who are heavily
dependent on Social Security
Even worse than overdraft
fees are payday loans that
promise quick and easy cash
without credit checks. In
recent months, many payday
lenders began accepting
unemployment checks or
disability benefits as income.
Yet what the marketing and
advertising do not share is how
only a very small percentage
of payday borrowers are
actually able to retire their
short-term loan in two weeks.
The vast majority of payday
borrowers – 12 million each
year – become trapped into
a turnstile of repeat loans
and high-cost fees that
result in more money being
paid for interest and fees
than the amount borrowed.
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January 29, 2011 - February 4, 2011, The Afro-American C1

The Southern Christian leadership Conference, Prince George’s chapter,

held its annual “MLK Birthday Banquet” Jan. 16 at the LaFontaine Bleue
in Lanham, Md. The celebration opened with chapter President McArthur
Bishop introducing Howard University graduate and emcee Natalie
McArthur Bishop The event hosted numerous community leaders and elected officials,
presents the including Congresswoman Donna Edwards, D-Md., Sen. C. Anthony Muse,
“Redeeming the D-Md., Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Councilman McArthur Bishop presents the ”Constituency
Soul of America Mel Franklin and state SCLC president, the Rev. Dr. Ruby Moon, who also Advocate Award” to Sen. C. Anthony Muse,
Award” to Rev. serves as chaplain for the national chapter. D-Md.
Jeremiah Wright. Dr. Mickey Burnim, president of Bowie State
University, was the event’s guest speaker, while
honorees included the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and
Muse for their activism and community spirit.
USAF Ret. Maj. Dr. James Dula honored war
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern veterans including Army Lt. Emily Perez,
Baker greets Sheila Stewart, community who died in the line of duty in Iraq.
affairs director, Radio One-DC.

Dr. James Dula,

chapter member, Congresswoman Donna
speaks to the Edwards, D-Md., and
McArthur Bishop, Prince George’s SCLC guests about Prince George’s County
chapter president, presents the “Member military veterans. Executive Rushern
Dedication and Longevity Award” to the Baker
Rev. James McCord.
McArthur Bishop presents the
“Community Leading Light
Award” to Dr. Mickey Burnim,
president, Bowie State University.

Anne White, program


Verbenia Kennedy, Janet P. Caldwell, Millicent Edgar, Joanne Ocasio,

Mistress of ceremony,
Donna Edwards and Joyce Alston
Natalie Wilson, CTV
Presentation of Colors by an Air Force JROTC Unit
Photos by Rob Roberts

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (PWCAC- Photos by Rob Roberts
DST) sponsored the “26th Annual King Day Celebration” and “21st Annual Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Youth Oratorical Competition” at the Hylton Memorial Chapel,
Woodbridge, Va.
Under the theme “Voices of Character and Courage,” middle and high
school-aged orators competed with Jacob Gonzalez (Parkside Middle
School) and Alice Gyamfi (Hylton High School), and were named
Toshiro Stovall, chapter president; Sandra Mitchell, co- winners in their respective categories. Other finalists included
chairwoman, MLK Committee and Dr. Ritchie Carroll, Hannah Wied, Jawuanna McAlister, Attique Sydea and Seth Opoku- Finalists Jawuanna McAlister, front row-left, Jacob
chairwoman, Delta Education and Public Service Foundation Yeboah. Each winner received U.S. saving bonds and cash prizes. Gonzalez and Hannah Wied. Alice Gyamfi, second row-
The competition also included remarks from left, Seth Opoku-Yeboah and Attiqua Sydea
Thelma Daley, senior adviser to the National
Council of Negro Women (NCNW), who honored
the late civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Height, and
Congressman Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who offered
the students congratulatory remarks. The MLK
Community Choir, under the direction of I.
Lawrence Coleman, provided musical
Members of Pi Lambda Lambda chapter, Omega Psi Phi entertainment.
Fraternity Toshiro Stovall is the Prince
William County Alumnae Chapter members Lorraine Morales, Raven Thompson,
Congressman Chapter’s president Connie Andrews and Sandra Mitchell
Gerry Connolly, and Sheila Bryant
D-Va., brings and Sandra Mitchell
special remarks served as event co-
Youth members of Jack and Jill of America,
Manassas-Woodbridge chapter

MLK Community Choir under the direction

of I. Lawrence Coleman
Chase Allen

Members of the Prince William County Alumnae chapter,

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Middle school contest winner Jacob

Gonzalez, Dr. Richie Carroll, Dr.
Thelma Daley and Toshiro Stovall, High school contest winner Alice Gyamfi with her very proud
Alice Gyamfi, one of the high school finalists, presents her speech father with Dr. Carroll, Dr. Daley and Toshiro Stovall, chapter
chapter president

Northwest Virginia Section: Valeria Brown, Juanita McKinney, Alice

Davis, Mamie James, Rita Anderson, Dr. Thelma Daly, senior advisor,
NCNW; Helen Ames, Gloria Jackson, chapter president, Renee Holiday,
MLK Oratorical Contest participants Dr. Thelma Daley pays tribute to the life Brenda Lewis and Marion Carter
and legacy of Dr. Dorothy I. Height
C2 The Afro-American, January 29, 2011 - February 4, 2011

‘Community College Week’ Ranks PGCC among Top 50 Fastest Growing Colleges
Prince George’s In fall 2010, 14,814 credit education, health studies, to increase enrollment
Community College (PGCC) students enrolled, which visual communication and because of its ability to
has been ranked one of represents an 8.2 percent information security. adapt and offer programs
the nation’s top 50 fastest increase over fall 2009. The “At a time of economic that prepare students well
growing two-year colleges college offers students more recession people realize for today’s growing career
according to Community than 200 academic, workforce how important the role of fields,” added Harris.
College Week’s ranked 48th development and continuing community colleges plays in Community College Week
for its 13 percent increase education programs retraining our workforce,” based its research on U.S.
in credit student enrollment, including hospitality said Tracy A. Harris, PGCC’s Department of Education
from 12,110 in 2008 to services management, public dean of enrollment services, data that only includes
13,685 in 2009. safety and law, teacher in a statement. students enrolled in courses
“The college has managed that lead to a postsecondary
degree or other formal
award. The publication
ranks the colleges in order of
percentage change in student
Courtesy Photo count. For more information
Prince George’s Community College has seen growth in on the report, visit www.
its student population over the past two years.

Community Center Renamed in Honor of D.C.

Activist Reginald ‘Kiyi’ Ballard
District native Reginald “Kiyi” Ballard was passionate about
his community and more specifically, local youth. Although he
died nearly five years ago, Ballard’s legacy remains evident in
Northeast Washington, D.C., where the Rosedale Recreation
Center will be renamed the Reginald “Kiyi” Ballard Recreation
Center on Feb. 7. Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells serves as
the event’s host.
Ballard worked as a recreation center director in the
Langston, Kelly Miller, Douglas and Benning-Stoddert
communities where he formed strong friendships with local
children, their families and area school officials. He later
volunteered to work with pre-school children, teachers and
parents at the Rosedale Recreation Center on 16th Street N.E.
There, he established “Puppets with a Purpose,” a family-
friendly program that became a citywide success. Demand for
Ballard’s puppet shows grew, and he often traveled to Maryland Courtesy Photo
and Virginia with his staff. Reginald “Kiyi” Ballard
In addition, the Morgan State University alum and athletics
Hall of Fame inductee created several clubs for senior citizens;
some still operate today. Ballard never lost his love for the area’s children and young adults
and for several years awarded a scholarship to at least one deserving student at his alma mater
Cardozo High School, along with his wife, Sarah. The Ballards also helped raise more than
$300,000 for scholarship funding at Morgan State.
The Rosedale Recreation Center renaming ceremony takes place Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m., at 16th St.
Continued on D3
January 29, 2011 - February 4, 2011, The Afro-American C3

Rapper Phil Adé: The Newest Face TV One Takes Viewers Way ‘Black’ When
of DMV Hip-Hop To celebrate Black History Month,

Courtesy Photo
beginning Jan. 31 at 10 p.m., and airing
each weeknight over four weeks, TV One
didn’t occur overnight. will present “Way Black When,” a month of
Courtesy Photo

Born as an Army brat to a Nigerian high-profile programming designed to reflect

father and a Grenadian mother, back on the golden age of black culture that
Adé was reared in Maryland’s in emerged during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. The
Montgomery and Prince George’s centerpiece of the initiative is “Way Black
counties. He developed a passion When: Prime Time,” a high-energy, one-
for rapping early on, but he didn’t hour talk show that will showcase Black pop
seriously pursue it until after enrolling culture icons across three decades – the ‘70s,
in college in Alabama. ‘80s and ‘90s “including actors, comedians,
A twist of fate landed him an athletes, musicians and many more” from
opportunity to meet DeVaughn and Black Power through hip hop.
Adé was signed to the singer’s District- Guiding a live studio audience and
based 368 label shortly thereafter. television viewers on their trip back through Sinbad
He then transferred to Montgomery “blackness,” will be three hosts, each
College in Rockville, Md. so he could of whom embodies a decade’s essence. fashion trends, and cultural fads from each
perform at shows throughout the D.C. Comedian and actor Sinbad will conduct a decade. Each week, TV One will feature
region. voyage through the ‘70s, Niecy Nash keeps a Heroes, Newsmakers, Icons and Celebs
“I think I decided to just go into it moving and groovin’ through the ‘80s and (HNIC) segment in which “Washington
music because I felt like I had a good comedian and actor Chris ‘Kid’ Reid picks Watch” host Roland Martin will provide a
shot at it,” Adé said. “So I just wanted up the final leg of the “Way Black When” look back at the major news events of the
to ride it out to see where it took me.” journey with ‘90s hip hop. Each night, guests day.
After ultimately dropping out of who characterize the specific week’s decade The fourth week of Way Black When:
school, his parents, both sticklers for will be showcased, along with a musical act Primetime, Feb. 21-25, will offer a “Best Of”
Phil Adé education, were not happy about his and a comedian who provide the tunes and week that will feature the best interviews,
decision. the tone of the time. The series will include comedy sketches and performances of the
By Gregory Dale “[With] my father [being] Nigerian a “Retro Trek” segment of nightly comedic prior three weeks, plus original, unseen
AFRO Staff Writer and my mother being from the West Indies, sketches spoofing memorable hairstyles, material, with the best of the ‘70s airing on
you know they’re not trying to hear that Feb. 21; the best of the ‘80s airing on Feb.
Infectious beats and clever lyrics are the you’re going to quit school and become a 22; the best of the ‘90s airing on Feb. 23, plus
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components of tracks constructed by rapper rapper,” he said. “It was a little rough, but an all-stand-up comedy show on Feb. 24 and
Phil Adé. But while he may be one of a they’re cool now. They still don’t like it…but an all-musical performance show on Feb. 25.
handful of emcees attempting to put the DMV they still love me and respect my decision.” Each weeknight at 11 p.m., TV One will also
region the map, his material certainly proves Now, Adé is being hailed by rap fans as a pair “Way Black When” with decade-specific
that he’s in a league of his own. “breath of fresh air” for hip-hop, and many movies, including such films from the ‘70s as
“My music is free,” Adé told the AFRO music connoisseurs have compared his work Cooley High and Cotton Comes to Harlem,
in a recent interview. “I like to try a lot of to rap’s celebrated “golden era.” from the ‘80s as Harlem Nights and from the
different things. I rap and I sing--[I don’t] Adé is also one out of a recent string of ‘90s as Juice.  
have one particular sound.” DMV-area rappers who have garnered wide “Last year during Our History Month we
Perhaps that’s the reason why he’s mainstream attention now more than ever introduced the concept of ‘Way Black When,’
experienced so much success in such little before. a celebration of recent popular black culture,
time. After being signed to D.C. R&B With rappers like Wale, Bonney and a with vignettes that really resonated with our
crooner Raheem DeVaughn’s 368 Music few others all touting the District and its audience,” said TV One Senior Vice President
Group in 2008, Adé has picked up a sizeable surrounding area on their radio hits, Adé of Original Programming Toni Judkins in
fan base, been featured in a bevy of music believes it’s time to finally shed light on one a prepared statement. “In 2011, we wanted
magazines and has worked with a string of of the nation’s best kept secrets. to build on that concept and provide a full-
notable artists. “The whole DMV region is like an fledged programming experience that will
His latest mixtape, The Letterman, untapped market,” he said. “There’s so much allow us to bring together some of our biggest
featured appearances by rappers Wale, Tabi to offer here and I think it’s because we like stars and to celebrate, more fully, the many
Bonney and Raekwon and was hosted by having our stuff to ourselves and keeping it at poignant, entertaining and groundbreaking
popular mixtape DJ and hip-hop producer home. I think I’m just playing my role.” events and moments in black culture that took
Don Cannon. For more information on Phil Ade, visit place during the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.”
But the 22 year old’s popularity surely Niecy Nash  

The Zora! Festival – a Rare Blend of Education, Fun and Sun

popular cultural and literary festivals take place during the of Their Eyes Were Watching God in her family’s attic and
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first quarter of the year when record lows plague most of the eventually worked to establish the Zora Neale Hurston Trust.
country. Hurston began her writing career during the Harlem
One of Florida’s most notable literary festivals kicked off Renaissance of the 1920s, when African- American artists
in Eatonville, just six miles north of Orlando, on Jan. 22. The explored, celebrated and publicized their heritage. Her career
Zora! Festival, held annually for more than 20 years, combines piqued in the 1930s with the publication of Their Eyes Were
literature, art, fashion, music and culture with warmer weather, Watching God, a novel she wrote in seven weeks. The folk
sunshine and a variety of other nearby activities. Author Zora tales she collected and short stories and novels she published
Neale Hurston, namesake of the popular literary festival, would eventually alter the landscape of literature throughout
was enamored with her hometown of Eatonville, the oldest the United States and in other parts of the world.
incorporated African-American municipality in the United Hurston gathered insight for her works by traveling
States. Offerings at the festival include a new children’s play throughout the United States and the Caribbean, including
zone featuring an area with activities for children ranging from visits to Jamaica, Haiti, Honduras and other islands. She
infant to five years old. collected oral tales from the varied African-American
Each year the Zora! festival showcases cultural and D.C. metro area residents can enjoy a pre-travel treat to get communities.
artistic performances from international performers. into the spirit of the festival by a visit to Eatonville restaurant The Zora! Festival features concerts, plays, seminars,
– the Washington, D.C. eatery named for Hurston’s hometown. discussion panels, tours, food, arts and crafts, and many other
While winter chills lead indulgent thoughts southward,
Eatonville restaurant hosts “Food and Folklore,” a monthly African-American inspired exhibits.
unique celebrations of Florida’s rich cultural history and
series intertwining storytelling with cuisine. January’s “Food
heritage justifies visiting the state for a rare blend of
and Folklore” took place Jan. 23 and featured special guest For more information, go to VISITFLORIDA.COM.
education, fun and sun. Florida’s warm weather throughout
Lucy Anne Hurston, Zora’s niece. Zora Hurston’s work was
the year makes it the perfect destination to escape from cold
out of print for a time, but at age 9, Lucy discovered a copy
temperatures and mundane activities. A variety of Florida’s

Reader’s Corner

The Memory of Love Provident Hospital: A Chronology of the Baltimore

The Memory of Love chronicles a devastating civil war Hospital 1894-1986 Extended through
that has left an entire population with emotional scars in Provident Hospital has a rich history in Baltimore’s February 20!
Sierra Leone, West Africa. This compassionate novel deals Black community. Founded in 1894 by a small conglomerate
with the never ending struggle between good and evil in the of African-American doctors, the hospital flourished into
haunting atmosphere of war. The human mind and spirit are one of only five Black hospitals in the U.S. that offered
brutally put on display as the story unfolds. specialty training. However, funding problems led to the
As the 2003 Samuel Johnson prize winner for The Devil storied hospital’s closing in 1986 and it was later renamed
That Danced on the Water the author, Aminatta Forna hasn’t Liberty Medical Center.
let the reader down. Forna shows how the conflict of war In Provident Hospital: A Chronology of the Baltimore
can make humans do the unthinkable. Hospital, Sarah Davis Elias, a Morgan State University
Now living in London, Forna is attempting to mend the graduate, delves deeply into the hospital’s history, its
education, agricultural and health disparities in Sierra Leone. founders and legacy in Baltimore. The 291-page book
Final word: A heart-wrenching tale of war and the is filled with archived pictures, charts and newspaper
conflict between good and evil. clippings, making the book a more interesting read.
Available now. For more information, go to www. Final word: A must-have for Baltimore history buffs.
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Tim Lacy’s ‘Another Viewpoint’ on

Howard Hires New Football Coach

By Stephen D. Riley now.”
Lady Firebirds’ Win Streak
Snapped by Fayetteville State
AFRO Staff Writer Howard hired Louis “Skip” Perkins in October as its new By Perry Green for Fayetteville State, though.
director of athletics to shake up the school’s entire athletic AFRO Sports Editor The Lady Firebirds recorded a
Harrell on Jan. 6 was named as the new football coach to department. Perkins wasted no time in hiring a new basketball 9-0 scoring run in the first half
get the school’s football program back on track. Under the coach in an attempt to revive the program. Now, he turns to the The University of to stretch their game-high lead
direction of former football coach Cary Bailey, the Howard football team. the District of Columbia to 10 points. UDC led 33-27
Bison football team was fading fast. Hired in 2007, the four- As a former wide receiver, Harrell has the inside scoop on women’s basketball team, at the halftime break, but the
year coach had guided the Bison to an 8-36 record during his the program that his players will surely relate to. the Lady Firebirds, finally Lady Broncos managed to
tenure, prompting the university “I love everything about Howard University,” Harrell saw their winning run come come back, outscoring the
to make a change. said at his introductory press conference on Jan. 19. to an end after a recent loss Lady Firebirds 42-29 in the
With a string of losing “There’s no doubt in mind that I’m going to come in with to the Fayetteville State second half.
seasons circling the program, more loyalty and commitment.” University Lady Broncos on Fayetteville State was
Harrell has his work cut out for Harrell was an integral piece to the last great Howard Jan. 24 at the Capel Arena in able to outperform UDC in
him. Howard hasn’t celebrated team, which in 1993 was named the Black college football Fayetteville, N.C. the second half by containing
a winning season since 2004 champion following an undefeated season. More recently, The Lady Firebirds star forward Lillian McGill,
when the club finished 6-5, Harrell starred as the Bowie State Bulldogs offensive had won five straight who averages double-digits
which has prompted local coordinator, helping to direct the school to a 6-4 finish last games, including victories in points and rebounds per
high school athletes to choose season. over Salem International, game. McGill scored only
other universities with more Although Harrell comes with a valuable football Philadelphia University, eight points, seven of them
prominent football programs pedigree, the new head coach focused his introductory Central State and King scored in the first half, but
in recent years. But those are speech on assuring alumni and school associates that his College. Their streak began still pulled down a game-high
challenges that Harrell expects Courtesy Photo/Howard University players would be competing as winners but leaving as early on Jan. 3 with a win over 13 rebounds.
to meet as he tries Gary Harrell graduates. Fayetteville State at the UDC But while McGill
to get the program back on “I came to Howard University in 1990, graduated in Complex in Washington. But struggled offensively for
track. 1994, that’s my most prized award,” Harrell said. “To be able the Lady Broncos gained UDC, Lady Broncos’ Tiffany
“Being a first time head coach is going to be rough, but I’m to come in here in 1990 and graduate in four years from the revenge Monday with a 69-62 Haywood was able to go on a
the type of person who loves competition, I love a challenge,” school of business was very instrumental to me. We are the best home win over UDC to split second half 15-point scoring
Harrell said. “I want to get right back to where we were before in the country and we have to carry ourselves in that manner on the season series. surge. Haywood led the game
and I know we can. We won before so I know we can win right the academic side as well as the athletic side.” The win didn’t come easy with 19 total points, while her
teammates LaQuasha Jordan
and Amanda Sinclair joined
in with 12 points and 10
points, respectively.
Fayetteville State now
improves to a 5-11 overall
record, while UDC drops to
12-7 overall on the season.
The Lady Firebirds will see
their next action against the
King College Tornadoes in
Bristol, Tenn., on Feb. 3. They
edged King, 66-62, back on
Jan. 8 in a home game.

Thornton Leads
Charge against
By Stephen D. Riley
AFRO Staff Writer

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Community Calendar ‘The Life & Times of Fannie

Lou Hamer’
Publick Playhouse, 5445
Landover Road, Cheverly, Md.
during the Civil Rights era. $6.
For more information: 301-277-
Center, 1322 8th St., Bowie
Md. 4:30 p.m. Enjoy socially
conscious Black cinema from
the past and present. For more
Bladensburg Community
Center, 4500 57th Ave.,
Bladensburg, Md. 7-9 p.m. Test
your knowledge of Black History
Jan. 27 when she was 30 and left a 10:15 a.m. In this production, Feb. 2 information: 301-464-3725. Month facts with this interactive
‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’ legacy that strongly impacted witness a true testament of Black History Month Film version of the popular television
Metrostage, 1201 North modern medicine. For more the life and times of African Festival Feb. 4 show. For more information:
Royal St., Alexandria, Va. 8 p.m. information: 301-627-0730. Americans in the Deep South Huntington Community Black History ‘Jeopardy’ 301-277-2124.
Witness an inspirational musical
about the life of the renowned
African-American singer and
Broadway actress Ethel Waters.
Macy’s and Clinton Kelly want to solve your biggest fashion dilemmas. Tell us yours for a chance to win† one of 8 personalized makeovers with Clinton, and a shot at the
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Lessons From The Death of

Busboys & Poets, 2021
14th St., N.W. D.C. 9 p.m.
Concerned citizens, activists

and law students are invited
to attend and share their views
about the investigation into
the controversial death of Ali
Mohammed at this teach-in and
fashion and home
town hall meeting. For more
information: (202) 656-9656.

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.
new price reductions on what you want now!

For more information: www.

Jan. 29
Salute To Excellence-
Community Education Awards
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 non-
traditional educational ways to
create an environment where the

youth can grow and develop a
love of lifetime learning. $50.
For more information: www.

Phelps High School Open

Phelps High School, 704 26th
St., N.E. D.C. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Phelps Architecture, Construction
and Engineering High School
will host an open house/tour for
the 2011-2012 school year. The
school is accepting applications
for the next school year’s
rising ninth-graders and a small
number of seats will be offered
to rising 10th-graders. For more
information: 202-729-4360.

Dream Big 2011 Conference

Hampton Inn Washington,
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The Capitol Jazz Project--
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education in select schools
through a series of coaching
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One Woman’s Lasting Legacy:
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BAA The Zion Baptist Church Parent Ministry, in conjunction with the Nineteenth Street Baptist
Church’s Youth Ministries, will hold a Parent and Youth Forum at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Zion
located at 4850 Blagden Ave. N.W. The forum, hosted by the Rev. Keith W. Byrd Sr., pastor
of Zion, and the Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, pastor of Nineteen Street Baptist Church, will be

open to youth age 12 to 18 years of age and their parents, who are encouraged to get involved
KE THI in their children’s spiritual walk. Others in the community are also invited to attend this
BACK RIBS important ministry. Call Min. Dwayne Coley at 202-722-4940 or Tracie Robertson at 202-829-
2773 for additional information.

Prayer Service
The Washington Theological Consortium and the Consortium
Student Board invite the public to attend the Prayer Service for
Christian Unity Consortium Ecumenism Award and the Annual
Figel Address at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Howard University
School of Divinity located at 1400 Shepherd St. N.E. The
natural Ecumenism Award will be presented to CME Bishop Thomas L.
Hoyt Jr., former president of the National Council of Churches.
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and distinguished scholar in theological education. 
A reception will follow service. The event is open free to
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G. Reneé Williams, 42 Robert L. Plummer Sr., 92
Federal Government Employee Funeral Home Director
Gazelda Reneé Herring of the adult choir and was Robert Lawrence Plummer performed the duties of cook
was born on Sept. 5, 1968, an active member of the Sr. was born in Washington, and easily impressed Hazel
through the union of her Department of Labor’s D.C., on Oct. 4, 1918, the with his skills. They were
loving parents, the late gospel choir since 2001. youngest of two children married on Jan. 31, 1948,
Clayton Herring and Paula A. In 1987, Renee had a born to Mayme Howard and in Washington, D.C. Robert
Herring in Tarboro, N.C. baby girl and named her Robert Lawrence Plummer became the owner of the
At age 6, Reneé and Tierra Monique. In 1991 she I. He departed this life at John T. Rhines Co. in 1950,
family moved to Washington, married Thomas L. Williams the age of 92 on Jan. 9 at upon the death of his father.
D.C. She was educated in Sr. and from this union came The Washington Home and Robert and Hazel formed an
the Prince George’s County Alexis Domonique and Hospice in Washington, D.C. exceptional partnership as
public schools and graduated Thomas Lee “TJ” Williams Robert excelled in their dreams of ownership
from Suitland High School in Jr. military science and football and expansion took shape.
June 1986. Upon completion Affectionately known at Armstrong High School, The birth of their son, Robert
of high school, she began as “Nae,” she had an
where he graduated in 1938. L. Plummer Jr., in 1951,
her career in the federal outgoing personality, a zest
Before joining the Army in brought them tremendous
government as a secretary at for life, and an incredible
1941, he served as an apprentice embalmer joy. In order to pursue their goals and watch
the Department of the Interior G. RENEÉ WILLIAMS sense of humor. She was
at the John T. Rhines Co. During World War their young son grow, Bob went to work with
and studied to become a sociable, often known as
II, Robert rose to the rank of staff sergeant. In them each morning with day care lovingly
paralegal. White furthering her the life of the party, and
career, she accepted a secretarial position at enjoyed entertaining her family and friends 1946, he worked briefly in the Government provided by the John T. Rhines Co. staff.
the U.S. Department of Transportation and by telling jokes. She was also known as an Printing Office before returning to Rhines. The Plummer family was complete with the
later advanced to becoming a transportation impressionist and could impersonate virtually He had become well acquainted with the arrival of daughter Agnes Laetitia Plummer.
industry analyst. She celebrated 25 years of anyone she came across. Reneé’s first love funeral business as a child, when he would Robert balanced full work weeks with short,
federal service in October 2010. was her children. She showed them great accompany his father, then manager, on family getaways.
Reneé accepted Jesus Christ as her care and adored them tremendously. Her service calls. Robert would later recall, “I The vision of building a “new” Rhines
second love and passion was exercising her decided then that I would rather be a funeral became a driving force for them when the
personal savior at a young age and was
gift of song, especially when she sang with director than anything else in the world.” original site at Third and I streets S.W. was to
baptized by Elder Dr. F.D. Shumate at the be lost to urban renewal in Southwest, D.C.
Christian Congregational Church of Faith great anointing a favorite of hers, “To Live Robert’s father inherited and operated the
is Christ and To Die is Gain.” She was the In 1958, the new building at 3015 12th St.,
in Forestville, Md. She was known for her business until his death in 1950. N.E. in Brookland, was the first free-standing
female lead singer of the R&B Band X-Factor Robert met Hazel L. Roberts after the
public declaration of her love of the Lord. building in the city designed specifically as a
and performed throughout the Washington
She served as the church clerk, was a member war. Early in his military service he had funeral home.
metropolitan area.

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Terri Thompson Administration No. David Cohen, whose ad-
dress is 1322 Holly
20 Words Dept.
Afro American Newspapers
Payment will be accepted in the form Mallett
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of checks, credit card or money order. DC 20012, was ap-
will require prepayment for
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Decedent pointed personal repre-
publication of fee
legal sentative of the estate of
$25.00 processing maynotices.
result in CHANGE OF NAME
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6931 Arlington Blvd. Carla F. Cohen, who
1 2 3 4 5
Payment will be accepted
the suspension of any future in
advertising having filed a complaint
for judgment changing
Suite 302
Bethesda MD 20814
died on October 11,
2010 with, a will, and will
at our discretion. 6 7 8 9 10
the form of check, credit card Terri Thompson Mallett
name to Terri Allyn
serve without Court su-
pervision. All unknown
or money order. Any returned Thompson and having
applied to the court for
heirs and heirs whose
whereabouts are un- 11 12 13 14 15
checks will be AD NETWORK
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$25.00 processing
HOME and may law in such cases; it is
by the Court this 7th day
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to such appointment (or
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in the suspension of any to the probate of de-
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cedent’s will) shall
shall bebe
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pointed personal repre-
filed with the Register of
Wills, D.C., 515 5th NAME
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for three consecutive whose whereabouts are
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days of its first publica-
tion shall so inform the
compensation. Attorney for three consecutive PROBATE DIVISION Register of Wills, includ- person you wish to contact.
weeks before said day Washington, D.C.
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ing name, address and
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Class in Session at Macy’s
‘Workshop at Macy’s’ to foster growth in minority, women-owned businesses
To help up-and-coming fashion enterprises and “The Workshop at Macy’s will help us to identify and
entrepreneurs, Macy’s is gearing up for “The Workshop cultivate talent within the minority and women-owned small
at Macy’s,” a business development program designed to business community that will keep us at the forefront of
“nurture and grow” budding retail companies owned by people innovation and continue to enhance our overall diversity
of color and women. strategy,” said Shawn Outler, Macy’s group vice-president of
According to the company, the workshop’s curriculum is Multicultural Merchandising and Vendor Development. “Our
aimed at retail business owners with exceptional potential support will provide these up and coming vendors with the
who lack the business know-how to maintain growth. The necessary tools to succeed on a wider scale, as well as build
workshop is a four-and-a-half-day training course at Macy’s a pipeline of exemplary vendors ready and able to provide
Herald Square office in New York City and takes place in May. our customers with unique merchandise that speaks to their
Seasoned Macy’s executives and other retail industry experts various lifestyle needs.”
will lend their time as teachers. To promote the inaugural program, Macy’s enlisted a few
“Of the many initiatives Macy’s, Inc. has pursued on key vendors from its ranks to give a face to supplier diversity
behalf of our expanding diversity strategy, supplier diversity success at Macy’s. One such partner is Lisa Price, founder of
is an area of special importance,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Carol’s Daughter, who will be one of the program’s expert
chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, in panelists.
a statement. “The Workshop at Macy’s is the latest example “I know first-hand the challenges small business owners
of our continued commitment to support and grow certified face when looking to grow a successful venture and take it
minority or women-owned retail vendors that will allow us to the next level,” said Price in a prepared statement. “This
to enhance our business, while also providing our customers program will be an extremely valuable tool for participants to
with compelling product. As partners, it’s a true win-win Courtesy Photo learn from the best in the business. Hopefully what they take
for both the vendor and our company. Macy’s finds and experts through one-on-one coaching. Course work includes away from the program will help them identify and create
nurtures talented new vendors who can deliver high quality, merchandising and assortment planning, branding, sales and opportunities that will result in long-lasting growth.”
competitively priced merchandise and these vendors, in turn, marketing and access to capital. A conglomeration of industry
see their business grow.” experts from Macy’s Learning and Development, Multicultural Macy’s is now accepting entries for consideration. The
The Workshop allows selected attendees to meet and Merchandising and Vendor Development divisions; Babson deadline for entries is Feb. 11. For requirements and more
collaborate with other vendors and learn from industry College and other merchants designed the curriculum. information, visit

Jon Rolle of Friendship

Public Charter School Wins
Teacher of the Year Award
Calling it a “recognition
of hard work and proof
that public charter schools
provide a great environment
for teachers to grow and
develop” Friendship
Public Charter School is
proud to announce Jon
Rolle has been named
the 2011 District of
Columbia Teacher of the
Year by the Office of the
State Superintendent of
Rolle, who teaches
third grade at Friendship’s
Southeast Academy, is the Courtesy Photo
second Friendship teacher Jon Rolle
to win the award. Last year,
Stephanie Day, a teacher at Friendship’s Chamberlain campus received the honor.
Friendship Public Charter School serves more than 6,500 students at six charter school
campuses and four traditional public schools in D.C. and Baltimore.
“Mr. Rolle won because he believes in his students and knows what they can achieve when
held to high expectations.  Friendship is delighted that one of its hardworking, dedicated
teachers has earned this honor for the second year in a row,”
said Donald Hense, chairman of Friendship Public Charter
Schools, in a prepared statement.
Rolle was selected by a panel of District education
leaders from charter and traditional public schools chosen
by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. The
application process included a written application and essays,
an interview, and a classroom observation. As the 2011 D.C.
Teacher of the Year, Rolle will receive a $3,000 check and
represent the District of Columbia in the National Teacher of
the Year competition and program in Dallas, Texas.
Students at Friendship Public Charter School score
above the District average in reading and math and growth
in student proficiency is higher than the District average.
The graduation rate at Friendship’s high school is 94.76
percent - 22 percent higher than the graduation rate for D.C.’s
traditional public high schools.
Rolle was born in Prince George’s County, studied
business at N.C. State and earned a master’s in urban
education from the University of Pennsylvania. Like last
year’s winner, Jon Rolle is a Teach for America alum.
D4 The Afro-American, January 29, 2011 - January 29, 2011

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