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City Council Considers Changing Vacancy Process
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Three weeks after their contentious appointment of William “Pete” Welch to his mother’s vacated ninth district seat, City Council members are proposing changes to the vacancy filling process. Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Councilman William H. Cole have introduced a rule change that would require 11 residents of the vacated district

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Baltimore City Council President Bernard Young is joined by Councilman William H. Cole in introducing a rule change for the filling of council seat vacancies.

to serve on the council’s vacancy nominating committee. Of those non-elected officials, seven would be representatives from the area’s community associations, two from faith-based organizations and two more from business establishments. Two city council persons from abutting districts would also serve on the panel. During his introduction of the proposal this week, Young said, “We want to change the way we do business and show we are transparent.” “After the experience filling Agnes Welch’s vacant seat, we heard from constituents who felt they weren’t a part of the process,” he told the AFRO after the introduction, “and we felt the community should have a greater role.” In a 10-3 vote, council members selected Welch to complete the remainder of his mother’s city council term after her abrupt retirement late last year. The decision and entire process, which placed the appointment entirely in the hands of the council, stirred a public outcry. Under the proposed rule changes, the standing city council president would choose residents for the nomination panel within one week of the vacancy. Representatives would be selected from city planning’s list of active community and improvement Continued on A5

CBC Chair Shares Insight for Session
By Andrea L. “Aunni” Young Special to the AFRO The 112th Congress has convened with a new chairman for the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II. Coming to the House of Representatives for his third term from Missouri’s Fifth District, he serves on the Financial Services Committee, Homeland Security Committee and the Speaker’s Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. The Congressional Black Caucus was formed in 1971 to help improve the ability of Black elected officials to support their constituencies. It is also “at the forefront of legislative campaigns for human and civil rights for all citizens,” according to the organization’s website. Shortly after taking the office of chair, Rep. Cleaver answered a few questions for the AFRO.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, shown with Missouri elementary school children in this March 4, 2005 file photo, is the new chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Q: What are some of the core issues you would like to see the CBC focus on during your term? Chairman Cleaver: We are going to help the president in his goal of creating jobs. One of the major problems with the last two years is our inability to demonstrate to the American public ... that we were pushing for jobs. They didn’t see it. We’ve got to support the president on any plan that he brings forth to create jobs. We will begin this [immediately], sending communications to the White

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As video game casinos continue to pop up around Maryland – the most recent opening just miles outside Ocean City earlier this month – the status of Baltimore slots remains in limbo. City officials say they aren’t accepting bids for a Baltimore venue until a string of legal issues stemming from the last, and only, licensee are cleared. That bidder, the Baltimore Entertainment Group, has been involved in two separate legal quarrels with the slots commission and the city. The commission terminated the group’s Continued on A3 contract for failing to meet fee deadlines, prompting the group to file an appeal with the state and sue the city. Donald Fry, chairman of the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, said the state should make a decision in the case against the commission within the next few months. He is confident they will rule in his favor. “We hope to be in a position to rebid as soon as possible and we are waiting to have just a little more legal certainty before we issue a new request for proposal,” he said. A spokesman for Mayor Stephanie The process for opening a video gaming facility Rawlings-Blake said in Baltimore is on hold, awaiting a ruling the city’s suit should be from the state on the appeal of the previous settled within a matter of bidder. Once that is decided, a new request for weeks. proposals will be issued to restart the process.
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Marylanders green-lighted five slot parlors to open throughout the state during a 2008 voter referendum. Yet, only two have opened, the Hollywood Casino in Perryville and the Casino at Ocean Downs, five miles outside Ocean City. The Baltimore casino, with a maximum of 3,750 slot terminals, will open on a city-owned lot south of M&T Bank Stadium on Russell Street. Baltimore is the only jurisdiction to require a slots parlor on city grounds. Mayoral spokesman Ryan O’Doherty said the requirement allows the city to generate funds by leasing the land,

City Food Delivery Program Extends Services, Addresses Health Disparities
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer The city health commissioner says the recent expansion of a healthy foods program providing low-income Baltimore residents with easier access to produce and quality fare is one of the city’s best attempts to address grave health disparities reported among city neighborhoods. On Jan. 31, Baltimore officials announced that the city’s virtual supermarket program called Baltimarket, will expand operations to its first school and third library. The unique program, which launched last March, allows residents in “food deserts,” or neighborhoods miles away from supermarkets, to order and pick up groceries at their local library. Residents can now place food orders at the George Washington Elementary School and later this month at the Enoch Pratt Cherry Hill library. Originally, the virtual market was exclusively for residents in the Jonestown, Oldtown, Perkins, Middle East and Washington Village communities through the Enoch Pratt’s Orleans and Washington Village libraries. The food delivery model is offered in neighborhoods where residents have proven poor diet

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habits, low income and limited vehicle ownership. In these areas, corner stores, which often sell prepackaged or frozen goods, are the only feasible food outlets. Neighborhoods surrounding the Orleans library have a whopping 15 corner stories, 40 carryouts, six fast-food restaurants, but no grocery stores, according to the city Health Department. Likewise, Washington Village has seven corner stores, 11 carry-outs, two fast food restaurants and not one supermarket. With such limited food options, residents are more likely to face health disparities. As an example, Washington Village has the city’s sixth highest mortality rate for health-related complications including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Cherry Hill has the third highest heart disease mortality rate. Ninety-seven percent of their residents are Black and over 60 percent don’t have access to a vehicle, which means they are less likely to travel outside the neighborhood for quality food. Yet, the closest grocery store is over two miles away. In all the program target areas except Washington Village, the populations are over 80 percent

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the U.S. Senate. The bow tie-clad, boot-shod Black Texan said Jan. 25 that he wants to bring his starkly conservative views— including no preferential treatment for Blacks in higher

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and cowboy boots. He has dismissed global warning as a problem and wants a limited role for the Environmental Protection Agency, endorses oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and along both the East and West coasts and favors strict controls on immigration. “We’ve got to go and drill for American energy wherever we have American energy. We’ve got to drill for it on the west coast, the east coast, the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains and oh by the way, drill in [Alaska],” Williams said at a Conservative Political Action Conference, according to The Dallas Morning News. “We’ve got to bring the nukes back. We haven’t built a nuclear power plant since 1979.” being treated for drug and alcohol dependency and left the Origins Recovery Center in Texas against the advice of his doctors. His treatment at the facility was funded by the “Dr. Phil” TV show, which released a statement following his leave, according to CBS News. “Ted was given the chance to voluntarily enter a drug rehabilitation facility in order to help him deal with his dependency on drugs and alcohol. In that it is voluntary, the decision to remain in treatment is Ted’s to make,” the statement read in part. “We certainly hope that he continues his commitment to sobriety, and we will continue to help and support him in any way that we can. We wish him well.” Sources told TMZ that Williams left the rehab center and was on his way to the airport. The report also revealed that his girlfriend is currently receiving treatment at a rehab center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Williams, 53, became an Internet sensation after a Columbus Dispatch reporter filmed him panhandling on the side of the road, according to CNN. After the video was posted on the popular video site YouTube, the homeless Williams became the subject of several news stories as people across the nation became fascinated with his deep baritone voice and his intriguing story.
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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Jennifer Hudson and other Suburban Central Maryland, relatives positively identified By Shernay Williams the Y of with Illinois license AFRO Staff Writer is dedicating proceeds from their annual fundraiser to Instead of roaming begin the final phase of Baltimore City’s streets last restoration for the family Halloween, Kenneth Franklin, center. a 17-year-old Upland resident, “It’s a very old building spent his holiday evening but we’ve done a good job of playing basketball and lifting maintaining it,” said Gregg weights in his neighborhood Phillips, the Druid Hill Y Druid Hill Y Center. Center’s executive director. The decision may have The center needs refurbished saved his young life. restrooms, plumbing upgrades Days later, Franklin and a modernized family discovered that one of his game room – constructions fellow Y friends had been that will begin next month as shot and killed Halloween soon as they raise funds, he night. “That could’ve been said. Courtesy Photos me, if I Hudson and her Y leaders are also who Jenniferhadn’t come here,” mom, Darnell Donersonhoping the killed, as said as her to garner additional funding was young man well of his brother, Jason. after-school hub for the last to create a youth-operated three years. radio station at the behest of plate X584859 was found on the bodyFranklin’s safe haven Yet of her 7-year-old residents in the surrounding nephew Monday, just mecca for Chicago’s West Side after the and the recreational hours community who suggested police received a 7 a.m. call after his body was found in a many area youth is housed in station when the Druid Hill a dated building that, though Center sent out input surveys historic, is in dire need of three years ago. renovations. Realizing the Dr. Mel Brennan, necessity to preserve the district executive director of Druid Hill Y – one of the Baltimore City Y Centers, oldest in the country and in said Druid Hill’s neighbors and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King venue with 1918 the only are stakeholders in its Tony Romo andThe center’s AFRO Staff Writer a colored-only swimming development. Terrell Owens, among the names submitted to pool – its parent organization, revitalization projects began election officials. Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – location and we things without were doing those are very Associated Community hopeful that when we are in a ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for Reform Now – position to rebid that we will sion, were fired. confirms the success of the Continued from head of the have a number of bids that “The evidence that has surorganization, the A1 qualify,”far shows they faked creating a “real potential for faced so Fry said. group says. O’Doherty said he expects “This tax relief.” property is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they didn’t do, not to stuff because we’ve done and success we’ve more bidder interestballot The Baltimore boxes.” ACORN, economy had,” Maude Hurd, president of the improvingshe said, is the Development Corporation of victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, saidindependent in an interview and the city’s streamlined has hired an tor of it. with the AFRO. consultant to evaluate revenue proposal process. During “When this attack started, we theHurd bidding, potential first said the only things projections and determine bogus are the chargesthe city’s had just announced that we had investors criticized thema competitive lease asking selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new votlack of transparency about price, O’Doherty said. The ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. which parcels of land would requirements may mirror the It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared be available.its employees have previous proposal, he added, ACORN nor “It was a lesson because of ACORN’s success.” learned,” he said. or even butMcCain, who is running for it was important to craft been found guilty of, Mike Cryor, a Baltimore a competitive new contract to president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent businessman and community attract bidders.ACORN in the votes.” et, lashed out at activist, said hecame been priProjected revenue for The problem has about final debate against Barack marily because of the way the Baltimore casino is Obama, contending the group “is following the Baltimore ACORN operates. Rather than on the verge of maybe perpetrat- casino developments and contingent upon the details rely on volunteers, it pays ing one of the greatest frauds in is considering a bid. He peoof the winning contract, but ple, many for the state’s voterCatherinethis country, history in Pugh, D-40, is waitingof them poor or unemSen. ployed, to before he makes a maybe destroying the fabric of says the city will collect about proposal sign up new voters. The decision, help both democracy.” $12 to $20 million in state tax finalidea was to he said. those Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing And new potential bidders revenue. Maryland casinos the registration. Web give the those claims to must site, foundstate 67 percent have emerged, including Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no eviBaltimore attorney Hassan of their profit. zero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyMurphy. Media outlets have Maryland’s first ate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” casino, reportednews Murphy, the to the Hurd believesCasino in Hollywood the McCain Most that account neglect great-great grandson is the Perryville, has generated charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN of $27.5 million in revenue since AFRO’s by law to turn in all regrequired founder, has hired a ed. it opened in “Because it’s When Generalforms. And they also fail istration Assembly lobbyist She said, September. lowthe five slot parlors are intact, and created a group organizato note that it was the called and moderate-income people, theypeople of color,to believethe Charm many Developmentfirst and are expected I bring the tion, in City instances, that and brought last November in McCain campaign a year. Gamingthe phony registrations state $600 millionthinks those to the attention of authorities. voters arethe slots vote Once going to commission preparation for the Baltimore The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesbidding. “In the interim, we releases a request for isn’t interested in those fine sarily true.”proposals, potential are gathering information Baltimore points, preferring to air misleadACORN is roughly 13 and trying to figure out if it’s licensees haveno stranger to ing ads that worth the time, controversy. going to beseek to link Obama weeks to respond and submit to ACORN, thereby For 38 years, the non-partisan effort and money,”undercutting Murphy a $3 million initial licensing organization has fought for social his political support. told the AFRO. fee and $25 million in McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowconstruction costs for every andMeanwhile, the State I approve this message. and moderate-income Legislature is considering 500 machines. 400,000 memAnnouncer: Who is Barack Americans. With Obama? bidding laws political berFry, whose office into more revising A man with “a to allow families organized chooses the operator, said the selection developers to own more than baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapprocess could take 6-8 months one casino. ambition. After colspeed.” Vast ters in 110 cities nationwide, The state is also looking as the slots commission seen lege, he moved to Chicago. ACORN has over the years Became a community organizer. its share of criticism while conducts an extensive advo- for acceptable bids in Western There, Obama met Madeleine cating for process, including Maryland’s Rocky Gap, while reviewingaffordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the investors are pushing for slots criminal background checks. branch of ACORN. including underserved— and to expedite while organin other locations He was so He said he hopes impressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. Prince George’s County and the process. train the ACORN staff. ButCommission officials say none has been as withering Ellicott City. Maryland law What did ACORN from and baseless as this one. would require a nodin Chicago they are constantly receiving engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election voters for slots to open in inquiries from potential Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, these new locals. Aforced investors curious when the of business. ACORN third ACORN’s detractors allege the bidding processengaged in mas- casinoto issue risky home loans. will begin. banks is expected to premiere organization has “There does seem tofraud after nearsame typesMills Mall in be The Arundel of loans that sive voter registration Anne Arundel County later a renewed and increased caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus this year. interestsuch as Baltimore City in today. names, in the Mickey Mouse

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from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy city volunteers last year, when had been shot multiplerenovate the back seat helped times in the of the vehicle.fitness center and gymnasium, The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered several other rooms. Through brother, was Y’s fundraiser the Central towed with the boy’sin-kind donations, they and body inside and is being processed by evidence techniraised $300,000 for the cians and workers. The body renewal projects and several was later removed and taken to Baltimore-area Medical the Cook Countycontractors donated services. Examiner’s office. Upon and other of the Hudsoncompletionfamily members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on athe Druid Hill final phase of wall-mounted revitalization, the center will spill growth and enrichment efforts into the surrounding community, commencing video screen,projects sixchose community the family the latter. According to the blocks in every direction – Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, planting trees and picking that’s him.” up trash during a weeklong celebratory event in April. The parent Y’s major funding source is a yearly breakfast in Martin Luther posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding herHe said the center is nephew. In her MySpace King Jr.’s name hosted the Druid Hill Y created art blog, she thanked fans and supat rotating family centers projects, including paper expounding the “meat porters for their prayers and featuring a prominent cranes and a quilt that are and potatoes of youth and offered a $100,000 its career speaker. This year’s event, readily displayed throughout development,” withreward to anyone programs for highheld Jan. 29 in the newly the center. The large training who returned the boy alive. renovated gymnasium at the colorful quilt, embellished achieving young people, Since the investigation, Druid Hill Y, featured Dr. with jewels, glitter and summer camps for homeless Hudson – who gained stardom Carnell Cooper, a surgery empowering words including teens and mentorship and after appearing on “American professor and the founder of “Beautiful” and “Dignity,” health and then won services. Idol,” and wellness an the Baltimore City Violence hangs on a side wall in the “But with Award for her role in Academy this revitalization, Protection Program. gymnasium. Several Chinese we are getting the building the movie Dreamgirls – has ready to meetthe public eye. stayed out of the expectations andThe the cultural tone for set Chicago Tribune reportJulian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. service,” parade of cars moved ed that a he concluded. Meanwhile, Franklin slowly past her family’s home A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in says the center remainsthe Monday morning, past toldCooper said toothat Hudson paper cranes with wishes the newspaper many jail for parole violation after news vans, reporters of his anchor and venueand curiyoung people repeatedly interpreting MLK’s legacy choice. He’s a ous onlookers. member of the Neighbors stood come into his hospital bearing etched inside, hang from the Success Academy Program quietly and bullet or stab wounds. center’s lobby ceiling. for troubled youth who are reflected on the “Maybe with the right support being officials say the Druid Y convicted of attempted chronically suspended from “remained strong for her famiviolence. participates in services (like the Druid Hill Hill Center will continue to school and ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackIn front of the Hudson’s Y) we can intervene her character “She held hands with and fami- be a Cook County records show leadership andheavy jackets ing. beacon of hope for its home, men intraining. He still maybe spokesman said. “It development ly,” the save their life,” he said 2,000 members. “If you both that he pleaded guilty to look and hooded sweatshirts came to at the breakfast. visits the center outside of was obviously a very emotional at King’s legacy,He was also charges in 1999. there are kiss the twin white crosses barAs part words thatin 1998to mind – program hours. Donerson and moment.” of the convicted come for possesing the names of redevelopment project Julia justice, a stolen motor vehicle. “I The boy – the son of sion of love and service,” Jason.come because I know Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had Brennan said. “This isprison in this“Everybody safest place to He was released from a call and celebration of MLK’s is the next is sick of going been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years birthday, active youth of to service.” be besides home,”this,” Artisha through stuff like he said. when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue. An Amber Alert – a designation for high-risk missing children – was issued Friday after Julian was discovered missing after the murders. Police arrested William Balfour, the missing boy’s stepfather and estranged husband of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Southside apartment several hours after the murders. Balfour’s mother, Michele, has told reporters that her son had nothing to do with the slayings. Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson

“…with this revitalization, we are getting the building ready to meet the expectations and set the cultural tone for service.”

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

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

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Morgan President Proposes 10-Year Strategic Plan
Commencing his first full semester post-inauguration, Morgan State University President Dr. David Wilson unveiled a strategic plan intended to spearhead infrastructure upgrades, encourage community development and double student enrollment over the next 10 years. The newly minted leader, who was inaugurated last October, said his plan will boost enrollment by expanding competitive research and academic programs, increasing online degree options and streamlining agreements with local community colleges. “Now more than ever, Morgan has numerous opportunities to become a viable economic
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engine of growth that increases employment opportunities, stimulates local redevelopment and draws renewed investments and businesses to the neighborhoods surrounding the campus,” Wilson said. “Morgan will fully embrace its mission as Maryland’s public urban university.” His proposals come as Morgan celebrates record enrollment of nearly 8,000 students. Morgan’s new Alabama-born leader says he predicts even higher student numbers in coming years. Wilson, 54, said his comprehensive plan incorporates capital facility improvements, including a renovated conference center and new student housing, as well as increased study abroad opportunities. He also intends to build an Office of Research to “protect innovation” and

Faculty and staff braved the icy weather to come out and hear Dr. Wilson’s vision for the university Roughly 15 percent of Blacks who graduate with doctoral degrees in math earned their undergraduate degree from Morgan, he said. University officials said the 10-year strategic plan called “Growing the Future, Leading the World,” will commence over the next nine months. Wilson has already appointed a steering committee – comprised of school administrators, alumni, and community and business leaders –to oversee the endeavor. According to a project timeline posted on the university’s website, the committee presented a blueprint of the plan to the Board of Regents last October. They will reveal a preliminary

Morgan President Dr. David Wilson unveiled his strategic plan for the university. invest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs to prepare the next generation of minority scientists and innovators. Morgan is already producing a substantial number of mathematicians, he said during his address to faculty earlier this month.

outline to university stakeholders as early as April, and the Board of Regents will consider the plan in August. Prior to serving as Morgan’s head, Wilson was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of WisconsinExtension, an effort that applies university research to neighboring communities. Wilson is calling on the state of Maryland, federal government, MSU alumni and philanthropic groups to increase financial assistance to implement Morgan’s strategic agenda. “There is no way the nation is going to go where it needs to go without us,” he said.

City Food Delivery Program
Continued from A1 Black. Washington Village is 44 percent Black. According to a health disparities report recently released by the city Health Department, Blacks fared worse than Whites in several health indicators including life expectancy and infant mortality last year, and the city as a whole lagged behind the state for its large health gaps between communities. Some city neighborhoods have health disparities comparable to developing countries, including Hollins Market, whose residents live about 63 years – one year less than persons are expected to live in Pakistan. What’s more, the life expectancy for Hollins Market residents is 20 years less than those from the affluent Roland Park neighborhood. At a public hearing last month, Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot reported that Black babies are dying at twice the rate of white babies, but researchers only vetting race inequities, miss the underlying health disparities. High concentrations of vacant properties, liquor

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In this March 2010 AFRO file photo, members of the community participate in the virtual supermarket kickoff. The success of the program has led the city to secure funds to expand it into other areas, which will help close the gap for healthy food choices. stores and overall poorly managed neighborhoods pose the core health risks, she noted. Vacant homes are associated with higher counts of cardiovascular disease, premature deaths, sexually transmitted diseases and homicides. Further, if an individual’s income is $15,000 or less, they are twice as likely to have diseases such as diabetes. “We must address inequities in neighborhood conditions in order to improve health conditions in the city,” Barbot said. The city health report gave Baltimore a ‘D’ for overall health of its residents. “There is no quick fix for these issues,” Barbot said. “Part of what we are trying to do is create urgency.” She noted that cross-sector action is essential to eliminate the disparities because health is the product of overall quality living conditions and opportunities. Programs such as the virtual supermarket, which target enclaves with the greatest disparities, are a great start, she said. To date, Baltimarket, and its free food delivery, has served 65 customers and ordered $10,000 worth of groceries from Santoni’s Supermarket in Highlandtown – the program’s exclusive grocer. And half of customers come back, said program officials. The food delivery model offers incentives for customers to purchase healthy foods, and participating libraries often host healthy cooking demonstrations and give out recipe books. The effort, originally supported through a federal stimulus grant, ran out of funding in December, but donations totaling over $150,000 from Wal-Mart and United Way of Central Maryland allowed its expansion. Baltimore’s communities with scarce food options “deserve no less,” Barbot said.

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Remembering Leon Earl Wynter
After a prolonged, but valiant struggle with brain cancer that first began on New Year’s Eve going into 2009, Leon Earl Wynter passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. He was 57 years old. He described himself as “first a Christian, then American and Black by way of his Jamaican heritage.” Born in 1953, Leon grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., and was fond of saying that he arrived “just in time for most of the things that mattered: the space race, the triumph of the civil rights movement, disco, cable and the Macintosh computer.” Leon proudly received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Yale in 1974, and his master’s of business administration in economics from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1979. After exploring the world

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of commercial banking, he entered journalism as a Washington Post staff reporter in 1980, where he covered education and racial change in suburban Prince George’s County, Md. He later joined the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau in 1984, and covered the federal banking beat on Capitol Hill, as well as federal telecommunication and technology policy. He then created and wrote a monthly column for the Wall Street Journal called “Business & Race.” He considered the title alone as a victory, and he wrote it for 10 years, from 1989 to 1999. Leon will be remembered as a former Cub Scout, a childhood classmate, a lifelong confidante, and the closest of friends. In time, that same young man would grow to become an acclaimed

voice on the racial and ethnic transformation of American identity for over 20 years as a journalist, essayist, commentator, speaker and an author. As a sought-after public speaker, Leon shared his perspectives with strategic marketers at Time-Warner, Pepsico, Glaxo SmithKline, Cox Cable and the Strategic Research Institute. His commentaries on race, popular culture and “life observed” were frequently heard on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” beginning in 1993. He also published at least two dozen essays in newspapers and magazines including the Wall Street Journal, Savoy, the Washington Post and New York Newsday, among others. Then he realized a major milestone in his life. His first book, American Skin: Big

Business, Pop Culture and the End of White America, was published in August 2002. The book was heralded with strong reviews in many of the leading newspapers around the country. He followed that with yet another book in 2007 …And I Haven’t Had A Bad Day Since, the memoir of co-writer Rep. Charles B. Rangel, of Harlem, former chairman of the House Ways and Means committee. At some point during this affiliation, Leon would later accept a position with the Harlem Community Development Corporation where he served as director of communications. He understood that there were more books to write. He had more books in him… but it was not to be. Leon loved pop culture, marketing, music, sports, sailing, politics, advertising,

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Leon Earl Wynter, 1953 - 2011 digital technology in general, and his Apple computers specifically. He loved New York City, his great many friends, his family, and he loved his daughter Grace. Friends and well-wishers knew him as one of the Valley elite, a committed Christian, a professor of journalism, an elder of the Presbyterian Church, an enthusiastic blogger, an evolving musician, a lover of Public Radio, a tireless debater, and someone capable of great passions.

He once wrote, “I’m just in time to discover that life is not about being current; it’s about being present with God for my child and my loved ones.” At the end, he was both content and resolved that he would soon be “present with God.” Wynter is survived by his daughter Grace Alexandra, his mother Sylvia, and his brother Stephen. Leon is preceded in death by his sister Rochelle, and his father Rupert. He leaves behind his second wife Yvonne, the mother of Grace, and his first wife Karen, the great love of his life. He leaves several aunts, uncles, a nephew, and several cousins behind. He also leaves behind an abundance of those who knew him personally and loved him, as well as those who knew him professionally and respected him. He has created a legacy of friendship, a body of work to be proud of, and a lifetime of vivid memories for those of us who have been privileged to be his friends.

CBC Chair Shares Insight
Continued from A1 House about the need for summer jobs for youth. Q: In recent months, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has come out against President Barack Obama’s position on several issues. Is this an indication of a trend or a continuation of earlier attempts to get this administration to include the CBC at the table or in an advisory role? Chairman Cleaver: We have come out in opposition to several of the initiatives of President Obama. We will never come out against President Obama. We believe that it is important for us to help him build a successful administration by bumping against him on policies that we think will in the long run be detrimental to our constituency. But, it is also important that we convey to Black readers, especially, that the CBC has never gone through a two-year period or a four-year period with any administration ... where there were not disagreements. We think that we would do this administration a great injustice if we failed to speak out on matters that we strongly support or oppose. But there will be no plans to out President Obama. We will not attack him. And our plan, of course, is when we have a disagreement, we hope to be able to discuss those with him early on when issues surface, as opposed to when they are reaching the floor, which is what happened with the tax bill. I think we have expressed that to the president. He is saying yes, we want to deal with those issues early on. There won’t be a lot of public acrimony oozing out from the CBC. I think it is also important to say: it’s okay if African Americans disagree with African Americans. If we do not disagree with each other, we don’t help each other develop the strongest positions possible. It is only when I meet with resistance that I am forced to further develop my policies and to have a much deeper root to why we’re doing it. That’s why we have a CBC as opposed to a congressional Black person. Because when we have the Caucus, we have 42 brains, and some very sharp ones at that, to help give the person who’s out front a solid foundation as he or she deals with issues. Q: You mentioned the tax cuts, and that the CBC had some differences with the President on that. Could you elaborate? CC: The majority of us voted against it. We didn’t vote against the President. We understand that he was pushed

into this situation in an attempt to make sure that individuals who were unemployed could receive unemployment benefits. … We had difficulty trying to justify doing something for two years for the wealthiest people in the country, and then at the same time slapping people who are unemployed, through no fault of their own, with unemployment benefits for only a year. And incidentally, these are not people who are loafing, trying to live off the dole and that kind of thing. These are firefighters and teachers and laborers; people who worked in factories that closed. These are people who live next door. Think about the fact that tens of thousands of people have been laid off in state government all around the country. So we are saying we are not as concerned about you folks as we are about 2 percent of the richest people in the country? We didn’t have unanimity of vote; we had unanimity of thought that this is not the healthiest thing we could have done.

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Vacancy Process
The council’s newest member says the vacancy filling process should be even more inclusive than proposed changes. “I hope we amend the rules at the state level involving special elections,” Welch said. This way, he continued, all residents in the vacated district can vote for candidates using library computers, or Facebook.” Councilman Bill Henry is attempting to revive a similar elections measure. But unlike surrounding counties, the Baltimore City Council must get approval from the state before administering special elections. Cole said the special elections option would be beneficial, but is not a guarantee. “The only thing we can control is our vacancy selection process,” he said.

groups. Cole, who visibly hesitated before voting for Welch during the ninth district vacancy filling, said, “We relied on letters of support in making our decision but the process was imperfect and awkward.” Before the city leaders could vote to adopt the changes, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke moved that the council hold a public hearing prior to the vote. “If we are going to change the rules, everyone should have a chance to look at the rules. I think we should at least offer people a chance to testify,” said Clarke, who did not vote for Welch during the ninth district’s vacancy. The rest of the council agreed. City officials said the hearing will be scheduled in coming weeks. Community leader Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, who expressed concerns about the city council vacancy filling procedures during Welch’s appointment, said he is generally satisfied with the proposal but has one concern. “They should not have the authorization to turn down (the vacancy panel’s nominee) and pick someone else,” he said. “I’m pleased as long as the language is changed so that the council cannot circumvent the panel’s decision.”

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Community Calendar
Feb. 4 First Fridays Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Musician Mycah Chevalier shares her music with Baltimore. $15$20. For more information: 443-263-1875 or visit africanamericanculture.org. Feb. 5 Hebrew Orphan Asylum Past & Future Pratt Library, Edmonson Avenue branch, 4330 Edmonson Ave., Baltimore. 2-3 p.m. Baltimore Heritage in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation hosts a discussion about Baltimore’s Hebrew Orphan Asylum. Eli Pousson leads the talk. For more information: prattlibrary.org. Feb. 6 BMA African American History Month Baltimore Museum of Art, North Charles and 31st streets, Baltimore, 1-5 p.m. Musical performances and storytelling at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Family Day. Learn about famous Black historymakers from Maryland. Free. For more information: 443-573-1700 or visit artbma.org. Feb. 7 Intro to Jazz Singing The Mansion at Strathmore-Shapiro Music Room, 10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, Md. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jazz singer and Howard University professor Jessica BoykinSettles leads a class that introduces the elements and rhythms of jazz singing, harmony and improvisation. Six Monday sessions take place each week. $275. For more information and to register: 301-581-5100 or visit Strathmore.org. Feb. 9 Poetry with Tony Medina Enoch Pratt Free Library, Edmonson branch, 11 a.m. Author Tony Medina offers tips for aspiring poets and discusses his picture-book biography about reggae star Bob Marley, I and I Bob Marley. For more information: prattlibrary.org. Feb. 10 Motor Trend Auto Show attempts to produce the world’s largest hair show competition. $39-$46. For more information and tickets: 443-885-4440 or visit murphyfineartscenter.org. Lauryn Hill at Rams Head Live Rams Head Live, Power

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Plant, 20 Market Place, Baltimore. 9:30 p.m. Famed singer Lauryn Hill performs some of her greatest hits. $65. For more information and tickets: 410-244-1131 or visit tickets.ramheadlive.com. International Wine and Food Fest

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., 2 p.m. Participate in the largest indoor wine event in the Mid-Atlantic region. Over 200 international wineries participate along with food vendors. $85 and up. For

more information and tickets: 1-800-343-1174 or visit wineandfooddc.com. Feb. 12 ‘Valentines for Vets’ Concert Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore,

2 p.m. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the Charlie Thomas Drifters perform at the second annual Valentines for Veterans Concert. Free. Call 410- 7838000 for tickets. For more information: www.maryland. va.gov or 1-800-463-6295, ext., 7101.

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Opinion
We’ve Waited For This Revolution For Years. Other Despots Should Quail
My birth at the end of July 1967 makes me a child of the naksa, or setback, as the Arab defeat during the June 1967 war with Israel is euphemistically known in Arabic. My parents’ generation grew up high on the Arab nationalism that Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser brandished in the 1950s. But we “Children of the Naksa,” hemmed in by humiliation, have spent so much of our lives Mona Eltahawy uncomfortably stepping into pride’s large, empty shoes. But here now finally are our children – Generation Facebook – kicking aside the burden of history, determined to show us just how easy it is to tell the dictator it’s time to go. To understand the importance of what’s going in Egypt, take the barricades of 1968 (for a good youthful zing), throw them into a mixer with 1989 and blend to produce the potent brew that the popular uprising in Egypt is preparing to offer the entire region. It’s the most exciting time of my life. How did they do it? Why now? What took so long? These are the questions I face on news shows scrambling to understand. I struggle with the magnitude of my feelings of watching as my country revolts and I give into tears when I hear my father’s Arabic-inflected accent in the English of Egyptian men screaming at television cameras through tear gas: “I’m doing this for my children. What life is this?” And Arabs from the Mashreq to the Maghreb are watching, egging on those protesters to topple Hosni Mubarak who has ruled Egypt for 30 years, because they know if he goes, all the other old men will follow, those who have smothered their countries with one hand and robbed them blind with the other. Mubarak is the Berlin Wall. “Down, down with Hosni Mubarak,” resonates through the whole region. In Yemen, tens and thousands have demanded the ousting of Ali Abdullah Saleh who has ruled them for 33 years. Algeria, Libya and Jordan have had their protests. “I’m in Damascus, but my heart is in Cairo,” a Syrian dissident wrote to me. My Twitter feed explodes with messages of support and congratulations from Saudis, Palestinians, Moroccans and Sudanese. The real Arab League; not those men who have ruled and claimed to speak in our names and who now claim to feel our pain but only because they know the rage that emerged in Tunisia will soon be felt across the region. Brave little Tunisia, resuscitator of the Arab imagination. Tunisia, homeland of the father of Arab revolution: Mohammed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old who set himself on fire to protest in desperation at the unemployment and repression that covers the region. He set on fire the Arab world’s body politic and snapped us all to attention. His self-immolation set into motion Tunisian protests that in just 29 days toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s 23-year dictatorship. We watched, we said wow and

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we thought: that’s it? Ben Ali ran away that quickly? It’s that easy? Ben Ali called his armed forces for help 27 days into the popular uprising. It took Mubarak just four days into Egypt’s revolt to call the army. He had unleashed the brutality of his security forces and their riot police, but they couldn’t stem the determination of the thousands who continued to demand his ousting. He put Egypt under information lock-down by shutting down the Internet, Burmese-junta style, but still they came. Ben Ali’s fall killed the fear in Egypt. So imagine what Mubarak’s fall could do to liberate the region. Too many have rushed in to explain the Arab world to itself. “You like your strongman leader,” we’re told. “You’re passive, and apathetic.”

“The Internet didn’t invent courage; activists in Egypt have exposed Mubarak’s police state of torture and jailings for years.”
But a group of young online dissidents dissolved those myths. For at least five years now, they’ve been nimbly moving from the “real” to the “virtual” world where their blogs and Facebook updates and notes and, more recently, tweets offered a self-expression that may have at times been narcissistic but for many Arab youths signaled the triumph of “I”. I count, they said again and again. Most of the people in the Arab world are aged 25 or are younger. They have known no other leaders than those dictators who grew older and richer as the young saw their opportunities – political and economic – dwindle. The Internet didn’t invent courage; activists in Egypt have exposed Mubarak’s police state of torture and jailings for years. And we’ve seen that even when the dictator shuts the Internet down protesters can still organize. Along with making “I” count, social media allowed activists to connect with ordinary people and form the kind of alliances that we’re seeing on the streets of Egypt where protesters come from every age and background. Youth kick-started the revolt, but they’ve been joined by old and young. Call me biased, but I know that each Arab watching the Egyptian protesters take on Mubarak’s regime does so with the hope that Egypt will mean something again. Thirty years of Mubarak rule have shriveled the country that once led the Arab world. But those youthful protesters, leapfrogging our dead-in-thewater opposition figures to confront the dictator, are liberating all Egyptians from the burden of history. Or reclaiming the good bits.

Think back to Suez to appreciate the historic amnesia of a regime that cares only for its survival. In cracking down on protesters, Mubarak immediately inspired resistance reminiscent of the Arab collective response to the tripartite aggression of the 1956 Suez crisis. Suez, this time, was resisting the aggression of the dictator; not the former colonial powers but this time Mubarak, the dictator, as occupier. Meanwhile, the uprisings are curing the Arab world of an opiate, the obsession with Israel. For years, successive Arab dictators have tried to keep discontent at bay by distracting people with the Israeli-Arab conflict. Israel’s bombardment of Gaza in 2009 increased global sympathy for Palestinians. Mubarak faced the issue of guarding the border of Gaza, helping Israel enforce its siege, and continuing to use the conflict as a distraction. Enough with dictators hijacking sympathy for Palestinians and enough with putting our lives on hold for that conflict. Arabs are watching as tens of thousands of Egyptians turn Tahrir Square into the symbol of their revolt. Every revolution has its square and Tahrir (liberation in Arabic) is earning its name. This is the square Egypt uses to remember the ending of the monarchy in 1952, as well as of British occupation. The group of young army officers who staged that coup in 1952 claimed it as a revolution, heralding an era of rule by military men who turned Egypt into a police state. Today, the army is out in Tahrir Square again, this time facing down a mass of youthful protesters determined to pull of Egypt’s first real post-colonial revolution. You can read more from Mona Eltahawy at www. monaeltahawy.com.

Making History

Congressman Elijah Cummings

course of our lives. Making my way though the obstacles left by our first major storm of the season, I could not help but recall some critical advice that I once received from Del. Lena K. Lee: “It is not a question whether opportunities will present themselves in your life, Elijah,” she observed to me back in 1982, “rather, it is a question of whether you have prepared yourself to take advantage of the opportunities that come along – and I believe that you have . . . .” It was less than one year after that memorable conversation with Del. Lee that I first met the brilliant young lawyer who, one day, would rise to become one of the first AfricanAmerican woman ever named to Maryland’s Appellate Courts. As I interviewed Shirley Watts for her first legal job back in 1983, I already could tell that she was preparing herself to accomplish great things in her life. She had earned her academic distinction at Howard University and Rutgers University School of Law with a

I began my personal celebration of Black History Month a week early this year. Along with Gov. Martin O’Malley and the chief judges of Maryland’s Appellate Courts, Robert Bell and Peter Krauser, I was honored to participate in the elevation of Judge Shirley Watts to Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals. As I drove to Annapolis for Judge Watts’ investiture, I thought about all of the forces that combine to define the

determination that had been formed by the influence of a strong and loving West Baltimore family. During her work with my law firm – and, later, as a widely respected state prosecutor, federal public defender and trial judge – Judge Watts would demonstrate the formidable work ethic that is so crucial to success in any walk in life. Yet, these positive character traits are not all that characterize Shirley Watts – or any other wise leader. In every important legal position that she has held, Judge

“Talented individuals can change our lives for the better through dedication, insight and hard work – but they must also have the opportunity to do so.”
Watts has brought to those challenges the empathy, compassion and sense of duty that was first nurtured in her as a child at St. Celia Catholic Church. She has witnessed the struggles and failings of her community – and she has learned from the determination and heroism of everyday people grappling with life. In my view, this “empathy,” so much derided by cynics during the ratification hearings for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, is the fundamental difference between a wise judge of human behavior and a calculating machine. Ultimately, it is this capacity for insight and compassion that is an essential ingredient of the rule of law in any selfgoverning society. Gov. O’Malley’s appointment of Shirley Watts to the work of judging us all reflected this truth – but it also illustrated a second, broader consideration about our history. Talented individuals can change our lives for the better through dedication, insight and hard work – but they must also

have the opportunity to do so. This is why we must never forget that elections matter. No group in our society more fully understands this truth than do African Americans. In our history, our opportunities for leadership and service have expanded as a direct result of the popular will. “Give us the ballot,” Dr. King observed during his remarks at the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, “and we will place judges on the benches of the south who will do justly and love mercy.” Because we worked hard and organized, Barack Obama is now the president of all Americans; and Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan are now serving on the Supreme Court of the United States. Because we in Maryland registered and went to the polls in large numbers, Martin O’Malley is our governor; and Judges Sally Adkins, Mary Ellen Barbera and Shirley Watts now are working for justice in our highest appellate courts. Once, nearly three decades ago, I briefly had the privilege to serve as a role model for a brilliant young Black woman embarking on her career in the law. Now, Judge Watts has grown to become a role model for me and for our entire community. This is how our history has been made, each generation building upon the last. We still can believe that a more just future remains within our grasp. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings represents Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

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In Q & A, Shirley J. Wilcher Says Affirmative Action is Still Needed
Since 2005, Shirley J. Wilcher has directed the American Association for Affirmative Action, a professional organization that is based in Washington, D.C., and has 1,000 members. During the Clinton administration, she ran the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, a Labor Department agency that enforces a legal mandate that government contractors practice affirmative action. Her experience in civil rights law extends back three decades to summer internships at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund when she was a student at Harvard Law School. In a recent interview with America’s Wire, Wilcher asserted a continuing need for affirmative action, criticized ill-defined diversity programs at some colleges and companies, urged federal investigations of employers that have stopped advertising jobs in minorityoriented publications and rejected proposals to limit affirmative action to native-born African-Americans or lowincome members of minority groups. She also said the George W. Bush administration had prohibited civil rights officials from using the term “affirmative action.” Here is an edited transcript of her remarks: America’s Wire: Is affirmative action still needed? Shirley J. Wilcher: “All you have to do was go to the EEOC [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] website to look at the number of [discrimination] charges that are being filed. Ninety-something thousand last year. Affirmative action’s purpose is to prevent discrimination as well as to remedy past discrimination, the theory being that if a company is vigilant and it looks at its employment practices, including pay, that it will fix the problem

D.C. Native Transforms Racial Controversy into Righteous Conglomerate
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Controversial radio host Don Imus infamously outraged sections of the Black community, April 4, 2007, when he shrewdly called members of the Rutgers University basketball team “nappy-headed hos” during a live broadcast. Coincidentally, one of the components that Imus unknowingly angered was the executive director Courtesy Photo of the Hip Hop Valeisha Butterfield transformed Summit Action a racial controversy into Women Network, led in Entertainment Empowerment by rap mogul Russell Simmons. Network (WEEN), an organization that supports, promotes and Emerging from defends the positive portrayal the fallout of of women in entertainment and Imus’ remarks, society. Valeisha Butterfield, entertainment business that the network’s executive will acclimate them to an director at the time, then industry of which most are hosted a meeting at her begging to be a part. house featuring some Butterfield’s vision of the most powerful has exploded before her Black women working in very eyes into a growing media to come up with a movement. But it was a counterpunch to Imus’ verbal vision that successfully onslaught. That same year, grew despite a controversial Women in Entertainment comment that helped unite Empowerment Network the African-American (WEEN) was born. community. “From that Butterfield, co-founder meeting we decided that of WEEN, has successfully something had to be done created a coalition that and one day I decided to put stretches to over 43,000 my foot down and make a young women worldwide. stand,” Butterfield said. “As WEEN hosts programs year a woman who worked in the round designed to educate business, I felt like it was women in the areas of my responsibility and my health, financial literacy, obligation to do my part to career development and create more balance in the personal advancement. The way women, like me, are company recently celebrated portrayed in the media.” its three-year anniversary WEEN’s achievements and will host its first WEEN haven’t totally caught the Summer Academy where self-assured Butterfield 60 women will undergo a by surprise but it is a feat six-week crash course in the the soon-to-be 33-year-old Washington, D.C. native is most proud of. “It’s amazing because not only has it been successful but it’s gotten a lot of exposure,” Butterfield admits. “With exposure you have to have substance and it was important for me to make sure we were backing up all this access that we had with real programs that touched young women in a real way.” After working with Simmons and now the driving force behind WEEN, Butterfield has also applied her services to working with President Barack Obama as the deputy director of public affairs for the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce. She has also served as the director of diversity for the national office of the Alzheimer’s Association. With a laundry list of duties and accomplishments firmly in her pocket, Butterfield’s drive earned her a spot in ESSENCE magazine’s Top 40 executives under 40 for 2010. When asked about her many accolades, Butterfield alluded to her personal secret: “Having no fear,” she revealed. “As kids we have no fear and as we become adults we kind of, you know, over think and over analyze everything. I’ve always jumped in feet first.” To find out more information on Valeisha Butterfield and the WEEN Summer Academy visit www. weenonline.org

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Shirley J. Wilcher and promote equal opportunity. We are not talking about ‘preferences.’ We are talking about opportunities. We still need affirmative action. Some [employers] now are assuming that if you went to an Ivy League school and you are African-American, you were admitted through affirmative action and you’re not as good. So you’re still a victim if you graduated from Harvard or Penn or Yale. Somehow they can’t quite believe you’re good enough even though nobody [else] takes your exams. AW: So what is the state of affirmative action today? SJW: Clearly, there have been attacks on affirmative action so much that people are even afraid to even use the term anymore. We’ve even had debates within my group, the American Association for Affirmative Action—should we change the name? So far, the group view is we will not change the name because it has somehow fallen out of favor. In private industry, they use the term ‘diversity’ now. [There are] a lot of diversity programs. But if they don’t deal with the issue of opportunity in hiring and promotions, the representation of women and minorities in the workplace, you might as well call them “Kumbaya

programs,” as far as I’m concerned. “Let’s celebrate Black History Month.” Maybe they go out and give speeches about the importance of diversity and the bottom line. A lot of affirmative action/ diversity programs make you feel good. Maybe they’re good for morale, but they make no change, so therefore they make no difference. Some of our members who used to report to the chancellor now report to the head of [human resources]. It creates conflicts of interest. You lack the independence you had when you could monitor every office. Our staffs are being cut. Some of them now have diversity jobs on top of what they did to [prepare] affirmative action plans and deal with equal opportunity complaints or discrimination complaints. AW: Some companies have stopped advertising jobs in minority-owned publications because, the employers say, openings are posted on the employers’ websites. Is that adequate or effective outreach to assemble a diverse pool of candidates? SJW: It’s not enough, because not everyone is going to go to their website. Unless you know about a job, why would you go to some company’s website? When I was hired by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities [in 1990], I learned about that job from reading Black Issues in Higher Education [now Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a biweekly magazine]. If they’re federal contractors, they really do need to cast that net widely and advertise with the minority media. I don’t think they’re really touching the population they claim they want to reach. Frankly, maybe the federal agencies need to look into this. AW: What do you think of President Obama’s record on affirmative action? Does his not talking much about it impact what the private sector does or doesn’t do? SJW: I think we understand why he doesn’t— because of the flak he gets when he addresses any issue involving race. It’s as though those who didn’t even vote for him are fearful that he will be the president for one group instead of for everyone. So it puts him in a box, and that’s unfortunate.

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Carla Hayden, chief executive officer, Enoch Pratt Free Library, welcomes the audience to the 23rd Annual Booklovers’ Breakfast

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Actress and author Victoria Rowell reads a passage from passage from her New York Times best seller The Women Who Raised Me.

Photos by John Moore The Enoch Pratt Free Library hosted its 23rd Annual Booklovers’ Breakfast with best-selling author and actress Victoria Rowell on Jan. 29 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Rowell, an advocate, mother, actress and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Women Who Raised Me, read passages from her work to the audience. Most recognized for her role as Drucilla Winters on “The Young and the Restless,” Rowell has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy awards and received 12 NAACP Image awards. In past years, the Booklovers Breakfast welcomed awardwinning authors Terry McMillan, Tavis Smiley, Nikki Giovanni and Hill Harper.

Victoria Rowell signs copies of her two books for a long line of guests

Attendees give Rowell a standing ovation AFRO public relations manager Diane Hocker, Ernestine Jones Jolivet, Valerie Fraling and Russell Jolivet

Joe Ann Oatis, Humanitarian Award recipient

Delores C. Cooke, president, Howard L. Cornish Chapter

The 26th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast was held to recognize distinguished alumni who have made major contributions to Morgan State University, their community and to award scholarships to students for their academic achievements. The recognized honorees were William C. Fuller, Pythias A. & Virginia I. Jones African American Community Forum on Memory Loss, Howard J. Gillis, Joe Ann Oatis, Maysa Leak and Ralph C. Cooke. Dr. David Wilson, Morgan’s new president, was the guest speaker, Ralph C. Cooke, centering his talk on the theme: “His Dream was the Start…Go Forth, Distinguished Service Finish His Vision.” The packed fill room sang “We Shall Overcome” along with the Morgan Award recipient Singers, directed by Dr. Eric Conway. Charles Robinson III was the master of ceremonies; Anthony and Diane McPhail were the co-chairpersons.

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Julie DavidsonRandall, past president, Howard Cornish Chapter

Maysa Leak, international jazz vocalist, recipient of the Drum Major Award

Sen. Verna JonesRodwell Howard J. Gillis received the Howard L. Cornish Community Service Award William Chancer Fuller, recipient of the Appreciation Award

Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, Hall of Fame Morgan alumnus Anthony C. and Diane McPhail, co-chairs of the Scholarship Breakfast

Gloria E. Wayman, president, MSU National Alumni Association

Verizon scholarship recipients Damilola Akinyele, Chelsie Brantley, Christen Brown

Russell Jolivet, Ernestine Jolivet and Alvin Jones received the Howard L. Cornish Community Service Award for the Pythias & Virginia Jones African American Community Forum on Memory Loss

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Friendship Academy of Science and Technology Student Wins First Annual MERIT Scholarship
Friendship Public Charter School is proud to announce Pereviva Besong, a junior at the Friendship Academy of Science and Technology, will be part of the first class of MERIT Scholars. MERIT is the Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens and is designed to help students from low-income neighborhoods pursue a career in medicine by preparing them for the academic and financial challenges that lie ahead. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our teachers we are very proud of Pereviva for working so hard to earn this scholarship,” said Donald Hense, chairman of Friendship Public Charter Schools, in a prepared statement. “We look forward to working with MERIT to help Perevia and Courtesy Photo hopefully other Friendship students not only make it to Pereviva Besong college but graduate and pursue a career in medicine.” In her time as a MERIT Scholar, Pereviva will work with undergraduate and medical school mentors, participate in paid summer internships at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and attend Saturday sessions aimed at increasing college readiness. Friendship’s mission is to provide a world-class education that motivates students to achieve high academic standards, enjoy learning and develop as ethical, literate, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens who contribute actively to their communities. Friendship Public Charter School was founded in 1997; they have six charter campuses and run one traditional public school in Washington, D.C. and run three Baltimore public schools in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools. Seventy-four percent of students are from families living on low incomes, 96 percent of Friendship’s flagship charter high school graduate and 100 percent of its graduates are accepted to college.

Report: Flu on the Rise Across Maryland
By AFRO Staff According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) flu monitoring and surveillance systems report, the state has seen a dramatic rise in the flu virus since the last week of December 2010. The DHMH Maryland Flu Tracking System found that cases of influenza grew from “local” to “widespread” over the past few weeks and the number of flu-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations spiked. “The flu is here as expected but the good news is, it’s not too late to get vaccinated,” said Frances Phillips, deputy secretary for Public Health Services, in a prepared statement. “For those who get sick, there is nothing pleasant about the flu. With illness occurring in communities throughout Maryland, now is the time for anyone not yet vaccinated to do so. We will protect ourselves as well as others who may be at risk for more serious flu symptoms.” DHMH officials believe the number of people who die, get sick or require hospitalization because of influenza will peak at the end of February this year. Phillips encourages area residents to implement simple, at-home strategies for flu prevention. “Check with your health care provider, pharmacy or local health department and get vaccinated as soon as possible, added Phillips. “Remember, the vaccine is the best form of protection but it takes some time to provide immunity. In general, we can protect ourselves by frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home from work or school when sick.” The current seasonal flu vaccine protect against the H1N1 influenza strain and two other common types of the virus. To find out more about seasonal flu visit dhmh.maryland.gov/swineflu/.

Kids as young as age 4 showed off design and sewing skills during a Felder House open house on Jan. 23. Participants wore fashions and clothes they created from the instruction of an experienced designer and sewing expert. The Felder House is one of the first design and etiquette schools in the city offering young children an opportunity to

Baltimore Youth ‘Show Off’ Fashion, Etiquette Skills at Felder House

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Baltimore girls participate in an open house sponsored by fashion and etiquette training facility Felder House. learn fashion designing, sewing and etiquette skills. “This school’s mission is to inspire creativity, poise and mannerism as they embark on a journey that will one day open doors for them to become prominent and influential, designers and/or leaders,” says Linda Felder, CEO and president, in a a prepared statement. “This day will be the day that the public witness the extraordinary outcomes that children as young as 4 years of age, have the ability to do with a little encouragement, inspiration and education.” For the past five years, Felder has dedicated her time and professional knowledge to the Felder House. During her role as instructor and president, Felder has served on various committees and is currently a member of the board of directors. She saw a need to provide children of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn etiquette skills and talents that will enable them to grow into nurtured and professional young adults. For more information or to schedule a tour of the facility, please visit http://www.felderhouseinc.org.

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Undisputed Queen of Comedy Serves Up ‘Sommore’ Laughs
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer In the world of comedy, there’s only room for one queen, and comedian Sommore has undoubtedly claimed the throne. After busting onto the scene in 1995 as the first female host of BET’s “Comic View,” the Trenton, N.J. native’s career quickly ascended as she became one of the premier faces of Black female comedy. Following her role alongside Ice Cube in the slapstick urban comedy, Friday After Next, she went on to appear in a string of other films including Soul Plane, Something New and Family Reunion. She’s also appeared in many television shows such as “The Parkers,” “Wild N’ Out” and “Celebrity Fit Club.” Now, the hilarious “tell it like it is” queen is gearing up for her headlined “Royal Comedy Tour,” which also stars comedians D.L. Hughley, Bruce Bruce, Don “D.C.” Curry, Damon Williams and TuRae. The AFRO recently spoke to Sommore about her career and what fans can expect at this royal tour of laughs. Sommore: It’s just like any other career; you have your ups and your downs. I wouldn’t say there are a whole lot of challenges, but it’s a male-dominated business. I’ve faced sexism and racism at different points, but [overall] I think I’m judged differently than a lot of other guys. I think if I said a joke and I know it’s funny and a guy said the same thing, people would [laugh at the guy], but coming from a girl, people would be like, ‘Oh, that’s dirty.’ People just judge women differently, but I’m used to that now. of the “Kings and Queens of Comedy.” That’s why we’re calling it the “Royal Comedy Tour.” We’ve been selling out all over the country. We did 30 cities last year and we’re doing 30 cities this year. I’m just excited.

dead fish are just rolling up everywhere, why these birds are falling out the sky and why everybody is just walking around like they don’t see it. [Laughs]. AFRO: Do you have anything else in the works that fans can look out for? Sommore: Right now, I’m getting ready to shoot my second one-woman special. The last one, “The Queen Stands Alone,” did very well. It aired on Comedy Central and we’re selling the DVDs right now. I’m about to shoot [the new] special this May and we’re taping it in Miami. It’s going to be titled, “All Dressed Up and No Place to Go.” I’m really excited about it. Sommore’s ‘Royal Comedy Tour’ will stop in Baltimore at the 1st Mariner Arena on Feb. 5. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, log onto royalcomedytour. com.

AFRO: You’ve been in this business for over 15 years. How does it feel to have had such a lengthy career in comedy? Sommore: It’s actually closer to 20 years, but yes it feels great. In the business world, when you’re doing something that makes you money for five years, it’s considered a success. So, to be making a living off of comedy for 20 years--I’m just grateful. I attribute it mostly to my fans because they respect my work. They appreciate it and support it. AFRO: What are some challenges that you’ve faced in the past while in this business?

AFRO: What new surprises can attendees expect at this year’s show? Sommore: The bottom line is the world is ever-changing. So, of course the AFRO: You have material is going quite a line up for the to be different ‘Royal Comedy Tour.’ from last year. Why did you decide We have so Courtesy Photo Sommore to bring these specific much more to comedians on board? talk about. We a tour that had all headliners. Sommore: I wanted to do got to talk about why these It’s a show with a magnitude

Young Muslim Searches for Identity in Coming-of-Age Flick
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO Since Sept. 11, 2001, Muslims have basically become the N-words of the new millennium, being indiscriminately demonized in much the same way young African Americans were universally vilified by the FBI during the rise of the Black Power Movement. In the wake of the civil unrest triggered by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., simply walking the streets with an afro was all the probable cause a cop needed to stop and frisk anyone who resembled a radical figure like Huey Newton, Stokely Carmichael or H. Rap Brown. Such state-sanctioned mistreatment inflicted harm unlikely ever to be undone on impressionable young minds trying to figure out their place in the world, since it made the U.S. suddenly feel more like an oppressive police state than the proverbial land of the free and home of the brave. And it is a similar sort of predicament which is sensitively explored in Mooz-Lum, a coming-of-age flick by Qasim “Q” Basir. Mr. Basir makes a memorable writing and directorial Hello my dear friends. There is so much going on this week and next week, because this is our Valentine’s Day month and our Black History Month. My goodness! What’s a girl to do? What I decided to do this week is give you a calendar of events so you can see what’s going on, choose where you want to go to support as many of our local events you can. debut with this semi-autobiographical character-driven drama chronicling an emotionally-conflicted young Muslim’s struggle for identity. And Q assembled an impressive cast to execute his script, including Evan Ross, Danny Glover, Nia Long and Roger Guenveur Smith, to name a few. At the point of departure, we are introduced to Hassan Mahdi (Smith), an overbearing patriarch who forces his family to follow an orthodox, Islamic regimen. Wife Safiyah (Long) is unhappily married because her husband’s too strict on the kids. Still, she won’t divorce him because she feels they need a father figure in their lives. Consequently, their miserable son, Tariq (Ross), aka T, routinely removes the kufi he’s supposed to wear, as soon as his dad drops him off at school. And he also has to hide the fact that he has an innocent crush on a Catholic girl (Molly Paddock) he met in the woods. Meanwhile, his sister, Taqua (Kimberley Drummond), has her own issues, having to keep her head and body covered in modest Muslim garb that makes her stand out like a sore thumb. The plot thickens when T’s faith is tested his freshman year

of college, between being teased by a trash-talking classmate (Vladimi Versaillies) who lives across the hall and being attracted to a cute coed (Maryam Basir) who turns his head. On the one hand, he does his best to distance himself from his devout roommate, Hamza (Kunal Sharma), yet he’s not really ready to behave like a party animal either. Elsewhere at the university, a Muslim professor (Dorian Missick) is having his tenure subtly threatened by a dean (Glover) who doesn’t appreciate his proselytizing. But then, all of the above is overshadowed by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, when an ugly mob starts roaming the campus in search of easy targets to take out their frustrations on. A poignant, cinematic memoir of growing up Muslim in America from the perspective of an anguished soul who just wanted to enjoy a normal childhood. Excellent (3.5 stars) Rated PG-13 for violence and mature themes. Running time: 99 Minutes Distributor: Peace Film Blind Boys, Gospel Imperials, Lil David & Bells of Joy; Michael Boykin & the Mighty By Rosa Voices, Lamanuel Boykin & Pryor Company, Apostle Nobert Simmons & Gospelaires Calvin Suggs and the Carolina Spirituals, Joy Sisters, Bishop Hubert Williams & Uplifters and about six other groups. For more information and tickets, call 1-920-990-4239. Sunday, February 13 Carlos CH Hutchins Productions presents a “Valentine’s Day Celebration” on Sunday, February 13 at Pikeville Community Hall, 40 Subbrook Lane in Pikesville, Md. 4-9 p.m. Performing will be the Rollex Band featuring Baretta Mercer, also special guest for the ladies “Heavenly Bless.” For more information, call 410-340-2002 or 443-801-1100.

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Friday and Saturday, February 4 and 5 “Gospel SuperFest” live in Baltimore at the Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive, Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday, 6 p.m. February 4 and 5; featuring over 30 gospel artists such as The Williams Brothers, Nevell Sisters, Wes Morgan, The Soul Messengers, Hezekiah Walker, Keith Wonderboy, Shirley Murdock, Richard Smallwood and Tye Tribbett, just to name a few. For ticket information, call 443-885-4440. Sunday, February 6 ChristianHangSuite.com presents “First Sundays” at the Half Note Lounge 4881 Glenn Dale Road in Bowie, Md., featuring live gospel and soul food buffet on Sunday, February 6, 4-7 p.m. Performing live is the “First Sundays” House Band, Oasis Praise Ministry, The Morrow Family, Chris Holmes, CANDT Connection, Mike McCoy & Voices United. Tuesday, February 8 The Baltimore Blues Society presents Eric Lindell on Tuesday, February 8 at the Rosedale American Legion Hall, 1311 Seling Ave. in Rosedale, Md. For more information, call 410-744-2291. Friday, February 11 New Life Fellowship Worship Center to hold Valentine’s Gala on February 11, 8 p.m. until midnight. The event will feature buffet menu prepared by Chef Benjamin Gordon. This gospel stage play is by Ursula V. Battle and the Waxter Center High Steppers. For more information, call Ursula Battle at 443531-4787.

Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12 The Baltimore Blues Society presents Johnny Winter on February 11 and 12 at the Rosedale American Legion Hall, 1311 Seling Ave. in Rosedale, Md. For more information, call 410744-2291. Saturday, February 12 A Pre-Valentine’s Show & Dance featuring Fabulous Friends, BADD, Style and DJ Mel. Hosted by “Mr. G” on Saturday, February 12, 8 p.m. at the New Five Mile House, 5302 Reisterstown Road in Baltimore. For more information and tickets, call 410-905-0169. Saturday, February 12 Caton Castle Night Club Lounge on Caton Ave. and Hilton Street will feature live entertainment on Saturday, February 12 on Valentine’s Day, 6-10 p.m. will feature the Sharon Clark Quintet featuring Sharon on vocals, Lyle Link on sax, Chris Grasso on piano, Lenny Robinson on drums and Tommy Cecil on bass.

Sunday, February 13 The Panama Band Valentine’s Day Concert is on Sunday, February 13, at the Arch Social Club, 2426 Pennsylvania Ave. Also featuring will be R&B singing vocalist called J. Rell, comedian, Russell Parham and special guests, comedian, Ms. Maybelle. Show time is 5 p.m. For ticket information, call 410-215-8893.

Clarence “Tiger” Davis, as event chairman, will have his 11th Annual Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Banquet sponsored by the National Association for Black Veterans and the African American Patriots Consortium on Feb. 19, 4-7:30 p.m. at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave. For ticket information, call Jim Gillis at 443-257-3348.

Tuesday, February 15 The Baltimore Blues Society presents James Hunter on Tuesday, February 15 at the Rosedale American Legion Hall, 1311 Seling Ave. in Rosedale, Md. For more information, call 410-744-2291. Thursday, February 17 The Baltimore Blues Society presents Tom Principato on Thursday, February 17 at the Rosedale American Legion Hall, 1311 Seling Ave. in Rosedale, Md. For more information, call 410-744-2291.

Saturday, February 19 The Baltimore Blues Society presents the Nighthawks on Saturday, February 19 at the Rosedale American Legion Hall, 1311 Seling Ave. in Rosedale, Md. For more information, call 410-744-2291.
Well, my friends, I did the best I could. But it is about that time. I am out of space. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or e-mail me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

Sunday, February 13 Annual Sweet Heart Gospel Fest on Sunday, February 13 at the Clinton Civic Center, 414 Warsaw Road in Clinton, N.C. Doors opens at 2 p.m. The performers will include: the Five

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Faceoff: Who Will Win Super Bowl XLV: Pittsburgh or Green Bay?
By Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green AFRO Sports Writers Placing any friendly (or perhaps just financiallyfriendly) bets on Super Bowl line, wide receiver, secondary and special teams positions. Pittsburgh might have the edge at quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger, but Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers has emerged as one of the best signal-callers in the league. Simply put, the Packers hold the edge over the Steelers in talent, and for one game, I’ll go with the team who packs the most punch. PG: I cannot deny the superior talent of the Green Bay Packers, perhaps the most all-around explosive team in the NFL. But as far as packing a greater punch than the Pittsburgh Steelers—no way. In fact, it’s not even close. The Steelers are by far the toughest team in the league on both sides of the ball. Pittsburgh’s legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will send line-stuffers like Casey Hampton and Ziggy Hood to beat down the Packers’ running game, while Troy Polamalu and James Harrison take turns sacking the quarterback. And when the Packers try to return the favor against their offense, they’ll realize 250-pound quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is about as easy to sack as a female Grizzly bear in heat. You punch the Steelers in the mouth and they laugh while licking the blood off their lip. They punch you in the mouth and you fall down: Game over! And that’s why they’ll beat Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV. SDR: The best way to beat brawn is with brain. If you look at three of the Steelers’ four losses this season—not counting their early season loss to the Baltimore Ravens without Roethlisberger—each team that beat them was extremely well coached. New England, New Orleans and the New York Jets all shared something in common besides the “New” in their name: They all had dynamic coaches who warned their teams about the Steelers’ toughness and countered it with genius game plans. The Packers’ two main coaches, head coach/offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers, are two of the best in the NFL at what they do. Capers installed the Steelers’ 3-4 defensive system as the coordinator in the early ‘90s, so he knows the defense inside and out. McCarthy is one of the brightest offensive minds in the league and has guided a laundry list of quarterbacks to their finest seasons. Both men have the smarts and talent at the helm to outsmart the Steelers’ “toughness.” PG: No doubt, Green Bay is a very well coached unit— but so are the Steelers. You don’t reach the championship stage without great coaching. Both coaching staffs will use this week to come up with the most effective game plans imaginable, but at kickoff it’s up to the players to execute under pressure. And while most of the Steelers’ roster has experienced this type of pressure before, only one player for the Packers, all-pro cornerback Charles Woodson, can say the same. Woodson was featured in Super Bowl XXXVI for the Oakland Raiders, but they were blasted by a strong, defensive-minded Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Steelers’ top-ranked defense should have similar success against the Packers, who showed weaknesses offensively against the Chicago Bears’ defense in the NFC Championship. Pittsburgh doesn’t allow many points. They’ll keep the score tight and wait for the fourth quarter, and no one is better than Roethlisberger in the final moments of a game. He has two Super Bowl rings to prove it. SDR: Roethlisberger may have two title rings but neither he nor the Steelers have faced an opponent like this in their modern Super Bowl era. Green Bay has the two things that historically give Pittsburgh problems: a confusing defense and an attacking quarterback. Keep in mind that the Steelers will likely be without center Maurkice Pouncey, which could pose a world of problems with Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji emerging as a top talent. The Steelers have gotten by with a makeshift offensive line for most of the season, but Pouncey was always there to even things out. This will most likely be their first full game without him and a team can only go so far with a bunch of castoffs blocking up front. Pittsburgh held on to stop the Jets two weeks ago, but their offense was shut out in the second half once New York adjusted defensively. Sure, Green Bay struggled offensively against Chicago, but most offenses will struggle when operating in freezing temperatures with blasting winds. With Dallas’ warmth and a fast-track turf now to Rodgers’ and the Packers’ advantage, they will have an edge over a dingedup Steelers’ secondary and allow their defense to run through a patchwork Steelers’ offensive line. PG: Dinged up or not, there is a reason Pittsburgh is making their third trip to the Super Bowl in six years. They

XLV? What about the office pool? If so, you may be pulling your hair out trying to figure out which team will win. Will the Pittsburgh Steelers or Green Bay Packers reign victorious? Fortunately, you don’t have to decide the winner alone. Let the AFRO Sports Desk’s Perry Green (PG) and Stephen D. Riley (SDR) do the hard work for you. SDR: The Steelers will arrive at Super Bowl XLV as the more experienced championship team. But that might not matter against a hot Green Bay Packers squad. The Packers trump the Steelers in several areas, most notably at the offensive

simply find ways to win big games, and it never seems to matter how good their opponents are. In 2005, the Steelers overcame the Seattle Seahawks’ top-ranked offense with their less-talented roster to win Super Bowl XL. They won Super Bowl XLII the same way, by outperforming the Arizona Cardinals’ starstudded offense. It may not be pretty, or perfect, but Pittsburgh finds a way to beat you. They found a way against the more talented Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets earlier in January. I’m willing to bet the house they’ll find a way to their seventh Super Bowl title, the most by any franchise in league history.

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CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT NO. 1159 WASTEWATER ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HEADWORKS AND WET WEATHER FLOW EQUALIZATION AT BACK RIVER WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
TYPESET: Wed Feb 02 11:40:48 EST 2011 LEGAL NOTICES CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS NOTICE OF LETTING

Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for RP10853-Jack Paulsen Memorial Field will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on March 16, The City of Baltimore Office of Boards and Commissions has been 2011. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly requested by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. Wastewater, to certify the qualifications of consulting firms to provide The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Departprofessional engineering services for a study and evaluation of rec- ment of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel ommendations by the Outfall Sewershed Study and improvements, and Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland their effect on the plant operation. If applicable, the selected Consultant 21202 as of February 4, 2011 and copies may be purchased for a nonwill prepare concepts of improvements at the Back Rriver Wastewater refundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. Treatment plant headworks, including life-cycle cost comparisons. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City The investigation will include assessment of the Plant’s hydraulic and of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties Plant¬s treatment capabilities to meet NPDES permit criteria, relative to the high should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, wet weather flow events. Upon selection of the recommended im- Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture provements, a preliminary design shall be developed along with es- (”JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The timated construction costs. Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is F02200 The firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and Earthwork and Site Preparation Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $500,000.01 to document: $1,000,000.00 1. Experience in hydraulic analysis and hydraulic modeling utilizing A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 2600 Madison InfoWorksTM CS modeling software for large sewer systems consisting Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21217 on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. of over 1,000 miles of pipes and flows exceeding 50 MGD. 2. Experience in the design of wastewater treatment plant facilities Principal Items of work for this project are: Earthwork and Site Preparation exceeding 50 MGD. 3. Experience in design of collection systems including large wastewater The MBE goal is 20% The WBE goal is 5% pumping facilities. CONTRACT NO. RP10853 4. Experience in the preparation of design reports and preliminary designs. 5. Experience in construction cost estimating and life cycle cost APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor evaluations of alternate design concepts. Clerk, Board of Estimates 6. Experience in Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Design. APPROVED: 7. Experience in the design of odor control facilities. Alfred H. Foxx 8. Project approach to resolve the hydraulic constraint. TYPESET: Wed Feb 02 11:40:29 EST 2011 9. Manpower availability and ability to complete the project on time and Director of Public Works within budget. 10. Experience in developing and managing an overall team with CITY OF BALTIMORE Minority/Women Business Enterprises. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS At the option of the City, the consultant may subsequently be considered for final design, and Post Award engineering services, at the conclusion NOTICE OF LETTING of the study and preliminary design. Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates The duration of this study will be one year and the estimated fee is of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for RP09833-Druid $750,000. Hill Park Bowl Improvements will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Should you have any questions regarding the scope of the Project, March 9, 2011. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will please contact Mr. Gurminder Singh at (410) 396-5385 or by e-mail at be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at gurminder.singh@baltimorecity.gov. Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the DepartProjects must comply with the 2006 edition of “The Specifications for ∫The Specifications for ment of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures”. City Structures∫. City Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance 21202 as of February 4, 2011 and copies may be purchased for a nonEvaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this refundable cost of $100.00. contract/project. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should submit a “Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, ∫Letter of Interest∫ Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, Atten- Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture tion: Mari B. Ross. Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority (”JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is A02602 project’s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person Bituminous Concrete Paving OR F02200 Earthwork & Site Preparation project¬s Failure to submit a “Letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $3,000,000.01 to ∫Letter of Interest∫ a proposal for the project. $4,000,000.00 A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 2600 Madison Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21217 on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) 10:00 A.M. copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form Principal Items of work for this project are: 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. Grading and Bituminous Concrete PavingThe MBE goal is 19% (Noon) on Thursday, March 10, 2011. Submittals may not be accepted The WBE goal is 5% after this deadline. CONTRACT NO. 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Long Term Care Policy Specialist. This position will provide leadership and coordination for the statewide expansion of the Maryland Access Point (MAP) program, and the development of an infrastructure for administering and monitoring the MAP program, including the completion of a strategic plan. This position will work closely with staff and contractors maintaining a statewide web-based searchable data base of resources, information and contacts for long term supports and services. Other responsibilities include assisting in drafting and submitting new grant applications relevant to the MAP program and working with state and local partners from the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Disabilities, Human Resources and Veterans Affairs, as well as Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living and other non-profit aging and disabilities organizations. The position reports to the Chief of Long Term Supports and Services and is funded through federal grants at least through 2012. The position requires an understanding of long term care reform issues and current developments nationally and in Maryland, leadership skills, the ability to work with multiple stakeholders to create new programs, writing skills and the capacity to visualize new programs and achieve their implementation. Travel is required. For the official job announcement and MS-100 application form, visit www. mdoa.state.md.us/employment.html. Send MS-100 and salary requirements by February 22, 2011 to: MDoA, HR, 301 West Preston St., Suite 1007, Baltimore, MD 21201. EOE

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over the years have become praise and worship classics for various JDI artists… we decided to offer all these great hits on one CD,” said Roberson, president and CEO of JDI Records. “Trust me; you are going to be tremendously blessed by this project!” Available Feb. 1, this CD is the latest in a string of hits from JDI Records, touted by Billboard Magazine to be the fastest growing record company in the world. Date with Destiny: Find the Love You Need Bishop Joseph Walker contends in his new book that finding the love you need only happens when you discover your true purpose for living. So he provides a guide to deeper intimacy while shedding light on the purpose in relationships for couples – “to support and motivate each other in working toward the attainment of their individual destinies.” As a companion, he’s also compiled a book of devotions to equip couples “for loving God’s way.” Bishop Walker is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. and a regular contributor to the “Rickey Smiley Show,” a nationally syndicated radio program. He is also the author of Love & Intimacy. For more information, visit josephwalker3.org.

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The Music Department of Mount Calvary Holy Evangelistic Church presents an evening of worship with Lynda Hodges in concert sharing hits from her debut CD, Free, 4 p.m., Jan. 30 at 2504 Naylor Road., S.E. Washington, D.C. For more information call 202-276-6437. The Rev. Peggy Carroll is pastor of the church.

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The Grace Card The Grace Card, a powerful story of grace and forgiveness, will open in theaters across the country on Feb. 25, with star power that includes Michael Joiner, Michael Higgenbottom and Louis Gosset Jr. Set in Memphis, The Grace Card features Gossett and centers on the unlikely partnership between two cops: Mac, embittered by tragedy, angry at life and God and everyone else; and Sam, a rising star in the department, promoted over Mac. As Mac’s life nosedives, the tension builds: can he accept grace from a God he abandoned and a man he detests? Director David Evans said, “The point is to grab people by the heart.” Visit thegracecardmovie.com for theater listings and for more information, facebook.com/ TheGraceCard. JDI Praise & Worship – Vol. 1 JDI Records’ first all-praise and worship release, JDI Praise & Worship – Vol. 1, features gospel greats Beverly Crawford, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Norman Hutchins, Professor James Roberson and others singing their signature hits including “Lion of Judah,” “Awesome God,” “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” and the new radio hit “Praise the Lord.” “So many of the songs we’ve produced

Enjoy stage play vignettes by local playwright, Ursula Battle, at the Valentine Gala of New Life Fellowship Worship Center, 8 p.m. at the Diamonds Event Center, 9980 Liberty Road, in Randallstown. The gala will feature a buffet prepared by chef Benny Gordon and the Waxter Center High Steppers. For tickets or more information, call 410-945-9001 or 410-544-8001. The Rev. Edward and Helen Ferguson are pastors of New Life Fellowship Worship Center.

Full Slate of Gospel Stars to Appear at Morgan State
Baltimore, Md. -- United Television, the producers of The Allstate Gospel Superfest are all set to record over 30 national artists during its 12th Annual Gospel Superfest Celebration. The show will feature host, Wendy Raquel Robinson (“The Game”) as host and a star-studded line up. Some of the performers include, Dorinda Clark Cole, Tye Tribbett, Jonathan Nelson, Shirley Murdock, Hezekiah Walker, Lonnie Hunter & Structure, Keith Wonderboy Johnson, Richard Smallwood, Deitrick Haddon, Patrick Lundy & M.O.M., Shekinah Glory, Phil Tarver, The Chicago Mass Choir, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, Stephen Hurd, Earnest Pugh, Lisa Page Brooks, and many others. The show will feature very special guests on Friday night in the persons of David and Tamela Mann of the hit Tyler Perry sitcom “Meet The Browns.” This promises to be a two-day celebration that will inspire, encourage and uplift the anticipated thousands of attendees. On Friday the show will pay special tribute and honor industry veterans and powerhouse couple, Vickie Mack and Claude Lataillad for lifetime achievement. The couple has been credited for the discovery of numerous gospel artists including Kirk Franklin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Natalie Wilson & SOP and others The Lataillades, have truly shaped modern gospel music like no other husband and wife team I know,” state’s show executive producer and founder Bobby Cartwright, Jr. “They were also very instrumental in our show’s development by blessing us with many artists in our early years. We are very proud to salute them this year, as our first industry executive-honorees.” The Allstate Gospel Superfest Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented by Jeff Majors of Radio One and TV One. Several surprise guests are expected to participate in the tribute to Vickie and Claude. The show will continue taping, Saturday, Feb. 5 with many of today’s top artists and some very exciting new-comers to the gospel music scene. Newcomers The Pastor’s Gloryland Choir, GLO, The Nevell Sisters, Lacrae and Donte Everhart & the End Time are slated to perform. The event will take place on the campus of Morgan State University at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive in Baltimore. Show times are 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 6 p.m. on Feb. 5. Doors open one hour prior to show start times nightly. Tickets for both nights are still available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800745-3000. More information on the show is also available at www.gospelsuperfest.com

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