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Residents Still not Happy GOP Spending Bill

about Golf Courses Devastates Low-Income
By George Barnette
AFRO Staff Writer

Hercules Pitts, owner of

Lake Arbor Golf Club and By George Barnette
Marlborough Country Club, AFRO Staff Writer In this Jan. 4,
finally faced the community 1996, file photo
at a Feb. 17 meeting, but House Republicans on the the sun gleams
not many of the people in morning of Feb. 19 passed a down on the still-
attendance were any more spending bill that has many closed Washington
confident after he was done. minority Congressmen crying Monument as the
Pitts bought Lake Arbor foul and sets the stage for a federal budget
Golf Club in 2005 and battle with Democrats and impasse continued
Marlborough Country Club the White House that could in Washington.
in 2006, but both clubs have wind up with a shutdown of The GOP spending
gone downhill. Now both government operations. bill passed last
courses remain closed and H.R. 1 would cut $61 week is kicking
have become an eyesore billion in government up a firestorm in
to the community. Donald spending, including funding Congress that could
Morris, who lives near for key programs according to lead to a repeat
Marlborough Country Club some Democrats on Capitol of the 1995/1996
and is the owner of rental Hill. government
properties, say residents have “The Continuing
a right to ask that Pitts do Resolution put forth by House
something with golf courses Republicans is a terrible blow
immediately. to all Americans,” Rep. Donna
“If my property becomes Edwards (D-Md.) said in a
unsightly in the community statement. “The drastic cuts
then the people in that in this bill would cost 55,000
community have a right to Photo by George Barnette
teachers their jobs, drop
go to the government and say County residents are pressing Hercules Pitts to take
218,000 students from critical
‘’Let’s do something about action to clean up the Lake Arbor Golf Course and
Head Start programs, eliminate
it. Mr. Morris either has to Marlborough Country Club, as both went into disrepair
life-saving health services
fix up that property or he has after his acquisition of the properties.
for 5 million low-income
to sell it,’” Morris said. “The women, and
golf course is basically a
Herman Cain’s Presidential
reduce Pell
crack house right now.” Grants for
The issue is so great that 9.4 million AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File
Tracy Givens, president of
the Villages of Marlborough
Homeowners Association,
Run Begins With Controversy [college]
students across the country.”
Some of Edwards’
Pacific American Caucus, joined Edwards in
blasting the bill.
Continued on A3 Slams Liberals and Gets Slammed colleagues on the
Congressional Tri-Caucus,
“Not only have Republicans failed to
introduce any job creating legislation since
By AFRO Staff Cain, the former chairman comprised of Congressional Speaker Boehner has had the Speaker’s
and CEO of Godfather Pizza, is Hispanic Caucus, the gavel, but the Continuing Resolution they are
Herman Cain, the first Tea Party- an Atlanta-based radio talk show Congressional Black Caucus pushing this week, makes their real priorities
backed candidate to take the initial host who formed an exploratory and the Congressional Asian Continued on A8
steps toward a 2012 presidential run, committee last month to weigh a
is already making waves. 2012 presidential bid.
Hear the AFRO on The Daily
Drum, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In a Feb. 11 speech at the
Conservative Political Action
An Atlanta native who holds
degrees in mathematics from
Conference (CPAC), Cain, an African Morehouse College and in computer
Proposed Brandywine
American, ruffled feathers with his
thoughts on why he disagrees with
the direction of America.
science from Purdue University,
Cain rose through the ranks first with
the Coca-Cola Co. and later as an
Development Stirs Trouble
“The objective of liberals is to executive with Burger King and its By George Barnette
destroy this country,” Cain said in parent company Pillsbury in the late AFRO Staff Writer
his speech. “The objective of liberals 1970s and early 1980s.
is to make America mediocre like According to a company history, A proposed development in Brandywine is receiving a great deal of
everybody else who aspires to be like Pillsbury appointed Cain as president scrutiny as residents attempt to deal with growth issues and whether rules
America.” Continued on A8 are being bent to allow the plan to come to fruition.
The first issue was the Prince George’s County Planning Board hearing
a reconsideration case on behalf of the developer to waive a $5 million
public safety mitigation fee due to the lack of police service in the area.
The developer agreed to pay the fee, but after project approval filed a
request for reconsideration.
Former Council Chair Tom Dernoga, D.-Dist. 1, said this isn’t the first
time something like this has taken place involving the planning board and
that the entire thing is fishy.
“The planning board has been known to use this trick on many
occasions,” Dernoga said in an e-mail. “Even where a case was decided
years ago, the Planning Board will use a rule that allows for the “waiver
of the rules” to waive time limits. This is abuse of the waiver rules by the
Planning Board because it confers jurisdiction that it no longer has. In this
way, no case is ever “final.”
The request was eventually denied, but controversy continues to
surround this development.
The controversy began in 2008, when the County Council re-zoned the
area to allow for mixed-use residential, office and retail development.
Kelly Canavan, president of the Accokeek, Mattawoman and
Piscataway Creeks Communities Council, appealed the rezoning in
Prince George’s County Circuit Court and the Maryland Court of Special
AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley Appeals, but was unsuccessful in her attempts. Canavan still has three
Herman Cain, in this Oct. 2010 file photo, speaks at the Virginia open civil suits against the District Council and County Council.
Tea Party Patriots Convention in Richmond, Va. He gave a speech Almost three years later residents continue to fight to keep the
slamming liberals on Feb. 11 at the Conservative Political Action development from happening. The far southeastern corner of the county,
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AFRO National Briefs The award, along with

others presented during
the ceremony, recognizes
programs to bring full-time
hip-hp education to high
school students seeks new
cover a third of what we’ve
In 2007, Elkouby
“true pioneers who have partners after financial crisis began working with the
achieved exceptional career terminates its five-year run International Visitors Council
gains in government and Since 2006, The Global of Los Angeles, advising
industry, who have already Awareness through Hip Hop educators from around the
merited lifetime achievement Culture program has been at world on how to use Hip
recognition, and who have the forefront of legitimizing Hop culture as an educational
energized their companies the use of hip-hop culture in medium. The following year,
and their communities alike,” mainstream education. Based the National Society of High
according to the sponsors. at a charter school in South School Scholars selected
Howell serves as Booz Los Angeles, it has been one Elkouby as “Educator of AP Photo/Madison County Sheriff’s
Allen Hamilton’s financial of the only educational hip- Distinction.”
This Feb. 19 booking photo
services’ client service officer hop programs in the nation He is hopeful the
provided by the Madison
for civil market clients. In offered as a regular class program will find a new
County Sheriff’s Office
that capacity, he leads the to middle and high school home. shows Malikah Shabazz,
White House Photo business in delivering the students. Due to budget cuts, “It doesn’t even have to who is being held in a
Vice President Joe Biden and African-American leaders firm’s capabilities and service the program will no longer be offered at a school,” the North Carolina jail and
offerings to both the federal have a home as of June. program’s founder added. could be extradited to
Vice President Hosts Black were fighting for some key and private sectors. Sebastien Elkouby, the “I’m open to bringing the
Leaders in Honor of Black things important to the Black New York to face charges
“Active with numerous program’s founder, created program wherever the need on several outstanding
History Month community.” He alluded to not-for-profit, educational, the class to address the is. I know that there’s money
In honor of Black History the fact that if the Republican warrants, authories said
and community organizations educational crisis that affects available to fund creative Feb. 21.
Month, Vice President Joseph controlled House of and institutions, Lloyd about 50 percent of inner-city programs. We just have to
Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Representatives has its way, Howell is a vital force for students across the U.S. “For find it. Who knows? It may report, Bakr discovered
Biden, recently welcomed the next 18 months will be change,” said Booz Allen a variety of reasons, many even come from someone in something was awry when
more than 120 elected Black a “rough ride” and that they Executive Vice President students feel completely the Hip Hop community.” she received a letter from
officials and their guests at seek to cut many programs Patrick Peck in a prepared disconnected from the Learn more about Wells Fargo claiming she
the U.S. Naval Observatory. that are critical to mayors, statement. “In addition traditional educational the Global Awareness owed $28,789.38 on a credit
Guests included members state and county officials to an active coaching process,” said Elkouby in a through Hip Hop Culture card she never knew existed.
of the Congressional Black nationwide who represent role with area youth, he press statement. “This class Program at www. Two more credit cards were
Caucus, state legislators, struggling communities, serves on the board of the uses the positive elements GlobalAwarenessThrough opened in her name and both
county officials and mayors which are mostly of color.  United Negro College of Hip Hop culture that accounts showed Shabazz’s
from across the nation. The vice president closed his Fund, has led important aren’t usually promoted former Columbia, S.C., home
During his speech, Biden remarks by saying, “The best pro bono engagements for in mainstream media as a Malcolm’s X Daughter as the address.
spoke about the importance way to celebrate history is to the Children’s National medium to develop critical Arrested, Denied Bond Shabazz’s lawyer, Sean
of Black History Month make it.”  Medical Center and thinking skills while teaching Malikah Shabazz, 45, the Devereux, said his client
and reflected on a meeting Lincoln University, leads them language arts, social youngest daughter of late denies the allegations and
with pre-teen African- Management Leadership for studies, and life skills.” civil rights leaders Malcolm considers Bakr to be a
American football players longtime friend.
Tomorrow, and supports the According to Elkouby, the X, was arrested Feb. 18 at
at Fort Campbell, all whom “She’s known this
Friends of the National Zoo, program experienced great her Mars Hill, N.C., home
are children of deployed woman. She shared a house
among others.” success during its run and on identify theft and grand
Afghanistan and Iraq military with her for a while in South
Howell holds a bachelor’s allowed inner city children larceny charges. In a press
warriors. He also spoke about Carolina,” Devereux told
in electrical engineering opportunities they’d likely release posted on his website,
being an attorney in 1968 just The Associated Press. “That
from the University miss out on. “We’ve achieved Queens District Attorney
after the death of civil rights woman was going to be
of Pennsylvania and a a lot. We’ve had Hip Hop Richard A. Brown said
leader Dr. Martin Luther the guardian for Malikah
master’s degree in business legends like MC Lyte and Shabazz defrauded 70-year- Shabazz’s daughter.”
King, the riots that followed Courtesy Photo administration from Harvard KRS-ONE as guests. We’ve old widow Khaula Bakr,
his murder and his train ride Lloyd Howell Shabazz and her
University. sent kids to DJ retreats. whose husband was one of twin sister were born
with then-President-elect We’ve been awarded state- her father’s bodyguards,
Barack Obama in January Booz Allen Hamilton several months after X’s
Award-Winning of-the-art studio equipment. out of more than $55,000 assassination at the Audubon
2009. Executive Named Black Educational Hip-Hop We’ve received international between August 2006 and
In prepared remarks that Engineer of the Year Ballroom in New York.
Program Killed by Budget media coverage and been November 2007. Brown said According to a biography
lasted approximately eight Lloyd Howell, executive featured in documentaries Shabazz stole the woman’s
minutes, Vice President vice president at Booz Allen
Cuts posted on a public speakers’
One of the nation’s first ... and this doesn’t even personal identification bureau she is a member of,
Biden stayed mostly clear Hamilton, was named the documents. Shabazz holds a doctorate in
of the politics of the day, 2011 Black Engineer of the Courtesy Photo “The defendant is accused educational administration
except for noting at the Year by U.S. Black Engineer Due to budget cuts, the Global Awareness through Hip of stealing not only a and human development,
outset that many of his and Technology magazine in Hop Culture program will end in June. substantial amount of money a master’s in mathematical
friends in the CBC could not the 25th anniversary of the from a close family friend science and is certified
attend because they were awards, according to a press but her personal identity, in HIV/AIDS awareness
preparing for votes on the release. The Black Engineer as well,” Brown said in a counseling.
Continuing Resolution to of the Year Award (BEYA) statement. “The alleged If convicted, Shabazz
keep the government from was presented Feb. 19 in the theft represents a shameful faces up to seven years in
shutting down, and that “they District. betrayal of friendship that prison. She was awaiting
existed between the two extradition to New York at
families.” AFRO press time.
According to Brown’s
November 1, 2008 - November 7, 2008, The Washington Afro-American A3

Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain NephewA3

A2 The Afro-American, February 26, 2011 - February 26, 2011 February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011 The Afro-American
By Alan King sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspi- posted fliers bearing his photo-

Local Resident’s Past Linked to Great Heroines, Achievers

AFRO Staff Writer

Jennifer Hudson and other

relatives positively identified
connection with the murder of
Hudson’s mother and brother.
The white, 1994 Chevrolet
Suburban with Illinois license
cious vehicle. The man noticed
the vehicle while walking his
dog. According to the Chicago
Tribune, the boy had been shot
graph around the city. On
Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked
for the public’s help in finding
her nephew. In her MySpace
By Valencia Mohammed maternal aunt, was a civil rightstimes
multiple pioneerin the back Learning
seat at a Tennessee State University. blog, she thanked fans and sup-
Special to the AFRO and educational justiceofadvocate the vehicle. thatThe SUV, regis- And Martin’s paternal aunt, Zora porters for their prayers and
made history in South tered Carolina in 1945,murdered
to Hudson’s Martin Felton, 80, was the first African- offered a $100,000 reward to
When Gaithersburg resident Angela when her equalization brother, lawsuit was becametowed withAmerican the graduate of Moravian College anyone who returned the boy
Martin, 57, inherited her mother’s law. The case, Viola Louise boy’s Duvall
body inside et and isand beingmember of the pioneering team of alive.
genealogy project she had no idea just processed
al. V.J.F. Seignous, which was argued by evidence techni-
the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum. Since the investigation,
how unique the branches of her family cians
and won by Thurgood Marshall, was and workers. The body In addition, Martin is a direct Hudson – who gained stardom
was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American
tree would be. among the precedents that led to the descendant of the Gourdin and Noisette
the Cook County Medical Idol,” and then won an
Her mother, Dr. Ruby Martin, landmark Brown vs. Board of Education families on her maternal side. Both
Examiner’s office. Academy Award for her role in
started researching their genealogy by decision. In May 2010, Stewart Hudsonreceived
and other family families are noted French African- the movie Dreamgirls – has
interviewing her parents while they a Congressional Record by Rep.arrived
members Jamesat the American Medical families of South Carolina stayed out of the public eye.
were living. And before her passing, Dr. Clyburn (D-S.C.). SheExaminer’s passed away at mid-after-
office with recorded histories that have been the The Chicago Tribune report-
Martin left her notes, books, interesting 91 in December 2010.noon Her husband,
to identify the body. subject of several
Julian literary works dating
King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. ed that a parade of cars moved
stories and grandparents’ taped Nathaniel C. Stewart Sr., GivenMartin’s
the choiceuncle, between back to the 1600s. 
look- slowly past her family’s home
interviews to her daughter. Dr. Martin was a Tuskegee airman, Class 43J, 553rd
ing directly at the body or Living withAlegacies
spokesman hasforinspired
the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the
had expressed an interest in writing a Fighter Squadron. viewing it on a wall-mounted other family members
told to be appreciative
the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after news vans, reporters and curi-
book about the accomplishments of Jesse James Aarons, Martin’s of their past. Louis Stewart, 58, associate ous onlookers.
Courtesy Photos
the family. “I thought professor of
Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who
maybe I should try to
“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.” accounting at
Neighbors stood
quietly and
pick up where she left “Many of Martin’s family members from different
was killed, as well as her brother, Jason.
Howard University, reflected on the
“remained strong for her fami- being convicted of attempted
off,” said the younger
the bodyInspired by
generations were high achievers and visionaries in video screen, the family chose is the son of
ly” and was clearly its leader.
murder and vehicular hijack-
with Airman
of her 7-year-old plate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the In front of the Hudson’s
such programs as the
nephew Monday,
after his body was
just hours
found in a
education, sports, military, the arts and horticulture
Chicago’s West Side
police received a 7 a.m. call
after Tribune,
that’s him.”
Hudson said, “Yes, “She held hands
ly,” the spokesman
her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets
and“ItViola that he pleaded guilty to both
said. and hooded sweatshirts came to
NBC television series, Stewart. “My father charges in 1999. He was also
“Who Do You Think in the midst of racial discrimination in the South.” was obviously a very emotional
moment.” was very humble. I convicted in 1998 for posses-
kiss the twin white crosses bar-

ACORN Fights Back

ing the names of Donerson and
You Are?” and Dr. The boyhad – the toson
findofout from sion of a stolen motor vehicle.
Julia Jason.
Henry Gates’ “African American Lives,” maternal grand-uncle, was one of the others about the great
Hudson, things he
Jennifer’s did.–Ithad
sister He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going
Martin began her quest, which was sent most famous sculptors that ever lived. inspired mebeen to bemissing
successful,” he said.
since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
through stuff like this,” Artisha
into high gear after she met famous His works are well known, and there are Stewart whenalso said he appreciated
a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the
author Michelle Norris and Bernard and several literary works with reference to how his mother stood upDarnell
grandmother, at a time when car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all
By AlanKinsey King of The Kinsey Collection, and Dallas Cowboyshis life. players No wonder Obama’s campaign Black is people who took
Donerson, 57,a and
his like
uncle, The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these
AFRO also inspired
Staff Writerher to do research Tony and Romo andMartin’s maternal grandmother,
Terrell Owens, trying to distance Pearl him from hers thewouldJasonmysteriously
Hudson, disappear.
29, shot to “She death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and
tell the family’s story. among the names Dunn,submitted
was known to in South
saying, “Barack Obama was a very in courageous woman,”home
his grandmother’s Martin in which police and volunteers for what?”
After Martin candidate
began the Johnresearch,election
she officials.
for housing Black entertainers Never Organized
along with ACORN.” remembered. the 7000 block of South Yale
McCain’s attack on ACORN – Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue.producer and gospel
was astonished to find that she had a the Chitlin’ Circuit during the Jim World famous
Associated Community were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes AnJones
Alert –with a desig-
very rich family legacy on her maternal ACORN’s knowledge Crow era.orHer father, Edward
permis- for ACORN. A. Martin
They even endorsed artist Dr. Bobby
Organization for Reform Now – nation for high-risk missing Photo Courtesy Angela Martin
and paternal
confirms side.  “Iofdiscovered
the success the that
sion, were fired. Sr., was a well-recognized him foricon and
President. Dr. Ruby Martin for 17 years. He also Viola DuVall Stewart, Nathan Stewart, Angela Martin and
children – was issued Friday
have severalthefamily head ofmembers
the that “The evidence coaching legend
that has sur- in theBut
history of college
now ACORN encouraged the aspiring author to write
is in trouble. Ruby Martin at an infamous “Hanging Tree,” the site of
after Julian was discovered
groupmadesays. history as African-American faced so far basketball.
shows they faked He was also aReporter:
pitcher inThere are atthe book. “Legacies
least missing afterlikethethismurders.
encourage Black lynchings.
trailblazers,” Martin to
“This is testimony said.
the work forms to getthe Negro paid for work League,
they along with icons such
11 investigations across the high achievement and giveWilliam
Police arrested self-esteem
Many of Martin’s
we’ve done and success we’ve family members
didn’t do, as
not toHank
stuff Aaron,
ballot Satchel Paige
country and Jackie
involving thousands to family
of members
Balfour, the missingaround
and others boy’s step- she encouraged others to do the same. “You cannot know where
had,” different
Maude Hurd, generations
presidentwere of high boxes.” ACORN, Robinson andiswas
she said, the inducted into fraudulent
potentially six them,” he said.
ACORN father and estranged husband you are going in life, until, you know and appreciate where
ACORN, said and in visionaries
an interview in education,
victim of fraud, Halls notofthe
Fame. Her mother,
perpetra- forms.Ruby Martin, As Martin looked around the
of Julia, at his girlfriend’s room at have come from,” she said. “Each one of us needs to help
with themilitary,
AFRO. the arts and horticulture tor of it. was an educator, writer and orator. She
Announcer: Massive the voter memorabilia collected for
Southside apartment several her book, children learn the value of their place in history.”
in the midst
“When thisofattack
we in
Hurd saidwas the head of the
only things fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders.

Residents Still not Happy about Courses

just announced that we had bogus are theDepartment
charges them- of paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has
Viola DuVall
registered 1.3 millionStewart,
new vot- Martin’sselves. And Teachingfactcheck. org and ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had
ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. efforts. nothing to do with the slayings.
that someone’s running scared It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson
because of ACORN’s success.” ACORN nor its employees have Continued
loans. Nationwidefrom A1 voter fraud.
McCain, who is running for been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment.
pulled together resources to have people to prevent the courses foreclosesures, during the meeting that Pitts needs to
president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for
Your History • Your Community • Your News in the community do some landscaping but he needs more investors to make give the community a reason to trust
et, lashed outThe at ACORN in the votes.” America.
final debate
against Barack
The problem came about pri- to hide some of the eyesores from improvements. Pitts, however, doesn’t him again.
Baltimore Office • Corporate Headquarters
Obama, contending the 2519 groupN. “is marilyStreet
Charles because of the way view on John Rogers
Since McCain’s comments, Boulevard, the know what improvements he needs “Coming down here in the summer
on the verge of Baltimore,
maybe perpetrat- Maryland ACORN 21218-4602
operates. Rather than neighborhood’s
ACORN’s 87 offices have been main thoroughfare. to make just yet so he,
SQUARE in conjunction and seeing the grass with nothing

ing one of the greatest frauds in • Fax: 1-877-570-9297
rely on volunteers, it pays peo- Tall
bombarded grass,
with downed
threats andtree limbs, with Flippo, is asking residents to take happening and having to use the
voter history in this country, ple, many of them poor or unem- racist abandoned
mail. televisions and pulled copper a online survey at resources in the county to get it cut
maybe destroying by John Henry
the fabric of Murphyployed,Sr., August
to sign up new 13,voters.
1892 areThejustday someafterofthethe issues residents
presidential telling him what they’d like to see. goes to credibility,” said Peters. “It’s
Washington Publisher Emerita - Frances L. Murphy II
democracy.” The idea was to help both those want fixed.
debate, vandals James
brokeFlippointo theJr., owner of “We’re also going to ask what they going to have to build week by week., a non-partisan being
Chairman of the Board/Publisher - John J. Oliver, Jr. registered and those doing Lasting
Boston anda local
Seattle landscaping would like to see more of and what they We have to restore the trust and
Web site,Executive
found those claims to
Assistant - Takieathe registration.
Hinton - 410-554-8222 company,
offices says computers.
and stole he’s now in charge of the would not like to see more of,” Flippo credibility otherwise it’s going to be
be “exaggerated,” with “no evi- Maud explained, “We have a course’s
After upkeep.representative
a Cleveland said. “You’llBREAD
be able to have spaces to hard to NOT
Receptionist - Wanda Pearson - 410-554-8200
dence of any such democracy- zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared “I can openly tell you that this is
on TV, an e-mail was write in what you want to see and what Peters expressed that there is some
Director fraud.” ate falsification of registration.”
of Advertising/Sponsorship Development & Sales
not atolost
the local
cause,” office sayingsaid
Flippo she about the you don’t want to see.” interest by the county and state to
Hurd believes theSusan McCain Most news account neglect to “is
Gould - 410-554-8289 golfgoing to have
courses. her life
“This ended.”
is not that difficult. Pitts is still on shaky ground with purchase the courses and operate them
motivat- point out that ACORN is
charges were A worker in Providence, R.I.,
Advertising Manager - Robert Blount - 410-554-8246 It’s just that three or four things hit all not only residents, but politicians as in public-private partnership, but Pitts
ed.Sr. Advertising Account Executive required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call say-
- Annie Russ - 410-554-8235
istration at one time and
forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work no one could really well. State Sen. Douglas
LEFT J.J. Peters, is not yet willing
RIGHT to sell.
She said, “Because it’s low- Account
and moderate-income
Marquise Goodwin to
note that it was the organiza-
- 410-554-8274
at 9” and utteredit.” racial epithets. D.-Dist. 23, visited Marlborough Pitts admitted he’d have a clearer
and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first Aesthetics is one
A caller to one office left a thing, what will Country Club after hearing complaints direction on what his business plan by
Director of Finance - Jack Leister - 410-554-8242
McCain campaign thinks those brought the phony registrations happen to both
message on the answering courses going forward is from constituents and agreed the June. Both courses will remain closed
voters are going to vote to the
Archivist - John Gartrell - 410-554-8265attention of authorities. another.
machine, Pitts
saying: found
“Hi, Ian
was investment
just group condition is unacceptable. He said in 2011.
Democratic, which is not neces- The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that

Proposed Brandywine Development

sarily true.” Director, Community & Public Relations
Diane W. Hocker - 410-554-8243
interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get
ACORN is no stranger to points, preferring to air mislead- hung. He’s a (expletive deleted)
controversy. ing ads that seek to link Obama
Editorial nigger, and he’s a piece of
For Executive
38 years, the Editor - Talibah Chikwendu
non-partisan to ACORN,- 410-554-8251
thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are
organization has foughtE-mail:
for social his political support. Continuedand
fraudulent, fromyouA1 need to go to
Baltimore Bureau Chief - Tiffany Ginyard - 410-554-8269
and economic justice for
Managing Editorlow-- Kristin Gray McCain: I’m John McCain
- 410-554-8277 hell. All the
where Brandywine niggers onisoak trees. is known
located, political leadership stands on the issue. Councilman Mel Franklin may be on
and Bureau Chief - Zenithaand
Washington I approve
Prince this message.
- 202-332-0080, ext. 119 They’re gonna get all
as the rural tier and residents hung hon- want to Former District 9 Councilwoman Gray’s side. Franklin hasn’t spoken
Americans. With 400,000 mem- Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassi-
keep development to a minimum. Marilyn Bland was a staunch supporter publicly on the issue as it is pending, but
ber families organized intoGlobal more Markets
Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.”
Director - Benjamin M. Phillips IV - 410-554-8220 Kamita Gray, president of the of development in her district, including did speak about protecting the rural tier
than 1,200
chap- baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You
speed.” Vast ambition. Brandywine/TB,
liberal idiots. Dumb (expletiveSouthern Region introducing a bill, which eventually during his campaign.
ters in 110Washington
cities nationwide,Circulation/Distribution ManagerAfter col-
Edgar Brookins - 202-332-0080,
ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. ext. 116 Neighborhood
deleted). Welfare bums. YouCoalition, has filed an passed, that created a special tax district Franklin said he wanted to stimulate
Baltimore Circulation/Distribution Manager
its share of criticism advo- - Became
while Graham a community organizer. appeal with the County
guys just (expletive deleted) Council over the for Brandywine Crossing – allowing it economic investment in his district by
development. Gray’s has requested an to grow. creating county transit centers around
Sammy 410-554-8266
cating for affordable housing, There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume
living wages, healthcare
Production forDepartment
the Talbot, part of the Chicago
- 410-554-8288 opportunity
every to speakthere
natural resource at a is,future Council However, current the Branch Avenue Metro Station and
underserved— and while organ- branch of ACORN. He was so meeting
and make regarding
a lot of babies. the That’s
measure. District 9 Joint Base Andrews while also saying
Washington Office
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1917 Benning Road, N.E. • Washington, D.C. 20002-4723 that he was asked to all It’s
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But none has been as witheringFax: train
202-332-0080 the ACORN staff.
1-877-570-9297 up the welfare and expect every- George’s County Farm Bureau
and baseless as this one. General Manager What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital to help strengthen the
With the presidential Edgar Brookins
election - ext. 116
engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let agriculture industry
Office Administrator - Mia Hayes-Hawkins - ext. 112
less than two weeks away, Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best Before age five, every room is a classroom. that’s so prevalent
Customer detractors
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the Delivery
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will be harder for us to get our learn. Together, we can work with our communities so an entire
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O’Malley attends ribbon-cutting for ICC

By Brian Witte Interstate 270 in Montgomery an E-ZPass will receive a notice in The O’Malley administration, great concern to my community.”
Associated Press County. The governor, who was the mail of the toll due. The notice however, is describing the ICC The first segment of the road
joined by U.S. Transportation will include a $3 service charge per as the “greenest” highway in opening this week runs from
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) Secretary Ray LaHood and local one-way trip after April 6. Maryland’s history, with about Interstate-370 eastward to Route
— After decades of discussion and officials on a stage in the middle of Critics who say the road is $350 million allocated to mitigate 97, near the entrances to Leisure
debate, Maryland officials spanning the new road, described the ICC as expensive and fails to address the environmental impact. World, a community of more than
Democratic and Republican part of a broad transportation vision area’s stifling traffic woes also Delegate Sam Arora, a 8,000 senior citizens.
administrations marked the that includes mass transit to ease attended, holding banners during Montgomery County Democrat On March 1, two new Maryland
ceremonial opening Monday of the vehicle-choked roads. the rainy ceremony that read whose district includes nearly all Transit Administration commuter
Intercounty Connector, an 18.8- “The ICC helps Marylanders, “Intercounty Congestor. $3 billion of the first 7 miles of the ICC, bus routes will begin on the
mile electronic toll road designed helps hardworking mom and ... No Relief.” said he had concerns about traffic ICC. One will include seven
to link the state’s two largest dads get part of their lives back,” stops between Gaithersburg
counties and ease traffic congestion O’Malley said at the ribbon- and Baltimore-Washington
near the nation’s capital. cutting, referring to area traffic “It’s going to be a mixed blessing in a way.” International Thurgood Marshall
The first 7 miles of the $2.6 problems he described as some of Airport. The second will include
billion, six-lane toll road are the nation’s worst. six stops between Gaithersburg and
scheduled to open to drivers Drivers will be able to use the Greg Smith, of Hyattsville, increasing on roads in his district Fort Meade. Three additional bus
on Wednesday. The rest of the road toll free through March 6. described it as “a really sad day until the second segment of the routes will be added when the rest
highway connecting Gaithersburg Passenger vehicles and light trucks for Maryland,” because he doesn’t road opens. of the ICC opens.
and Laurel is expected to be will pay $1.45 during peak hours believe the state used honest “It’s going to be a mixed The ICC was first proposed in
finished late this year or in early from 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. environmental impact statements blessing in a way,” Arora said. the 1950s, but it has faced stiff
2012. to use the first 5.5-mile segment. to the surrounding area while “Hopefully it will help residents opposition from environmentalists.
Democratic Gov. Martin The toll will be $1.15 during off- considering plans for the road. around here commute quicker, Costs also entered the debate.
O’Malley said the ICC is important peak hours. It will be 60 cents “There’s no honest assessment but there’s a lot of concern about The project has supported
for connecting the economic from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tolls will of the impacts of the toxic air dumping all these cars onto” a local 4,500 jobs involving more than
corridors between Interstate 95 be collected electronically by pollution on the surrounding road. “If this gets the 22,000 cars 200 contractors, according to the
in Prince George’s County with E-ZPass. Drivers who don’t use communities,” Smith said. a year they’re thinking, this is of O’Malley administration.

Sex Charges Against Howard County Instructor Dropped

By Shernay Williams been charged with a fourth-degree sexual offense physical evidence was found linking Sgt. Moore to
AFRO Staff Writer and sex with a minor after one of his 17-year-old the offense. “The fact that the 12 jurors could not
students told police she had relations with the agree led us to believe there might be some validity
Sgt. Charles Ray Moore thanked family, friends 52-year-old Bowie man in a supply closet at her to those inconsistencies presented by the defense
and his higher being outside the Howard County high school last May. attorney,” said spokesman Wayne Kirwan.
Court House Feb. 22, moments after a district Weinstein declined to speak with media, but According to a report from WBAL-TV, officials
attorney formally dropped sexual offense say the alleged victim’s
charges against him. “The only thing I family concurred with the
want to do is give thanks to my family,
“The fact that the 12 jurors could not agree led us to prosecutor’s decision.
friends and co-workers ... for sticking believe there might be some validity to those inconsistencies Thomas Morrow, Moore’s
by me and they know I would never do attorney said the trial’s end
something of this nature,” Moore told presented by the defense attorney.” “was very gratifying for the
reporters. Moore family.”
Assistant state’s attorney Susan Weinstein told a State’s Attorney spokesman said prosecutors Moore said he will “leave it up to the Lord” to
Judge Timothy J. McCrone her office would not decided to drop the charges after reexamining decide if he’ll return to his job at Atholton High
retry the case, which led to a mistrial in November. evidence and noticing inconsistencies in the School in Columbia, where he had been suspended
Moore, a former Army JROTC instructor, had accusers arguments. According to statements, no without pay as a result of the investigation.

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Community Native Washingtonian Celebrates 100th Birthday

Anita Carolyn Kyler, a native
Washingtonian, will celebrate her 100th
with her family. Mrs. Kyler’s charm
and quick wit captures the hearts of
Kyler family, and they are truly blessed
to celebrate the life, legacy and style of
Dental Care – Key to African- birthday on March 5 surrounded by
family and friends at The Washington
everyone she meets. She has consorted
and been photographed with celebrities
their beloved centenarian. In April, her
family is sending her on the One Love
American Health Equity Navy Yard.
At the age of 21, Kyler joined East
such as Cathy Hughes, Jeff Majors,
Melba Moore, Damon
Gospel Cruise.

Calvary Methodist Church, now known Little, Dottie Peoples,

as Lincoln Park United Methodist. Kirk Franklin and Luther
In 1932, she married her sweetheart, Barnes, to name a few.
Harold E. Kyler, who passed away in In 2000, Mrs. Kyler
1991. Their union was blessed with 11 was the first victim of
children, and continues to grow with 38 the D.C. serial arsonist.
grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren This traumatic event was
and 71 great-great-grandchildren. difficult to accept, as she
For many years Mrs. Kyler was couldn’t understand why
employed at DC General Hospital anyone would want to hurt
as a dietitian until her retirement in her. It took three years for
1967. She enjoys traveling on cruises, her to decide to move back
listening to gospel music, watching her into her Capitol Hill home.
favorite TV shows, and spending time She is the matriarch of the Anita Carolyn Kyler Courtesy Photo

Pancake Paradise Returns March 1

Black Photographers
Courtesy Photo
Dental Pipeline program increased access to care for
underserved children. By AFRO Staff with loads of syrup. Pancake

Closing the gap in oral health… not a clever play on words,

Group Celebrates Its On March 1 from 7 a.m. to
Day 2010 was IHOP’s
largest one-day event in the
but a mission of a 10-year demonstration project supported by
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Washington, D.C., and History 10 p.m., all IHOP restaurants
will celebrate National
Pancake Day, offering a free
company’s 52-year history
with the most guests ever
documented. IHOP has 35
23 sites across the country.
While today’s health reform conversation focuses mostly The Exposure Group African American Photographers short stack of its famous restaurants in the Baltimore-
on primary care, oral health is the greatest unmet need for Association celebrated its history with “In the Beginning: buttermilk pancakes to each Washington, D.C. metro area
health services for African-American and Hispanic children in 1978 Evolution of POSITIVE IMAGE,” an in-depth guest in return for a donation within 50 miles of each other.
America. African-American and Hispanic children have more discussion with the founding members of Positive to the Children’s Miracle Pancake Day is a tradition
untreated tooth decay and less access to care than other groups Images, later renamed The Exposure Group African Network. Donations made at that dates back several
of children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and American Photographers Association. IHOP’s in the Baltimore area centuries to when the English
Prevention. A demonstration project funded by the Robert The event, dedicated to late founding member Harlee will benefit the Make-A-Wish prepped for fasting during
Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in partnership with The Hoover Little Jr., focused on the history of photography Foundation. Lent. Strict rules prohibited
California Endowment and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has in Washington and included discussions led by Edgar IHOP served 4 million free the eating of all dairy
etched out a way to confront America’s gaping oral health Thompson, Gene Young, Julia Jones, Marisa Pam Nixon, pancakes on National Pancake products
disparity. Marvin T. Jones, Milton Williams, Roy Lewis, Sharon Day in 2010 and pancake
This month – National Children’s Dental Health Month – Farmer, Vernard Gray and Winnie Day. David Hamilton, lovers
provides a perfect opportunity to spotlight the health disparity a member of The Exposure Group, moderated. donated
and strategies for addressing it. As a backdrop, the founding members also discussed more
The Dental Pipeline Program set out in 2001 to respond to the stories behind their lens and how their images have than $2.1
access disparities by increasing student diversity at America’s impacted African-American culture and communities million to
dental schools and increasing the length of time that senior nationally and internationally. children’s
dental students spend in community-based dental clinics Currently under the leadership of Bonita F. Bing, charities,
providing care to underserved patients. Howard University’s the Exposure Group African American Photographers far during
College of Dentistry participated in the project and generated Association’s mission states that the organization is a exceeding Lent, so pancakes
stellar results. By significantly increasing clinic rotation “participatory member-driven professional photographers the fundraising goal. All of were made to use up the
hours of its fourth-year students, the dental school at Howard association dedicated towards improving the skills, the free pancakes served on supply of eggs, milk, butter
expanded the safety-net to reach children and adults who professionalism, and productivity of its members through National Pancake Day 2010 and other dairy products, hence
otherwise might not have received dental care. information, education, and demonstration.” would have created a stack the name “Pancake Tuesday,”
The Dental Pipeline community experience had an more than 31.5 miles high or “Shrove Tuesday.”
immediate effect on increasing care to underserved patients.
Also, RWJF is hoping that the program, which ended in
2010, has influenced some dental school graduates to work in Giant Food Kicks Off Year-Long 75th Anniversary Celebration
community sites or treat more underserved patients in their Local officials, long-time community partners, members of Vincent Gray, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Sen. Jim Webb
private practices. (It’s too early to tell but anecdotal data the founders’ families, and Giant team members and customers (D-Va.), and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) sent proclamations and
suggest that the program has inspired some students to pursue gathered to commemorate the supermarket chain’s diamond congratulatory letters, which were read at the event. Students
community-service careers.) anniversary at the Tivoli Giant in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10. from nearby Tubman Elementary School lead the crowd in a
“It remains clear that a great portion of our population D.C. City Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1) addressed lively rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
suffers from unmet oral health needs. A program like Dental the crowd and congratulated Giant on their milestone. On “Giant is honored that so many from our community
Pipeline is essential to bridging the gap for the nation’s most behalf of the D.C. City Council, Councilmember Graham gathered to celebrate our long history and to look toward our
vulnerable,” says Dr. Donna Grant-Mills, who directed the declared Feb. 10, 2011, as “Giant Food Day” in the District. future,” said Jamie Miller, manager of public and community
Dental Pipeline program at Howard University. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Mayor relations for Giant Food of Landover, Md., in a press statement.
“We’re very excited about our 75th anniversary and look

Reading is Fundamental and NASA Make Reading an forward to celebrating with Giant associates, customers and
‘Out of this World’ Experience throughout
Reading Is Fundamental History Month celebration to Ferebee-Hope Elementary by distributing more than Giant will
(RIF) and NASA teamed get students over the moon School in Southeast 50,000 free books annually. celebrate its
up for an African-American about reading on Feb. 8 at Washington, D.C. Founded in 1966, RIF history over the
Leland Melvin, a former motivates children to read course of 2011
astronaut and NASA’s by working with them, their by highlighting
associate administrator parents, and community significant events Courtesy Photo/Giant Foods
for education, shared his members to make reading from its past. Third- and fifth- grade students from
Courtesy Photo/Reading is Fundamental

experiences traveling in space a fun and beneficial part Each month, Tubman Elementary School in Northwest
and read-aloud, The Moon of everyday life. RIF’s customers will Washington, D.C. joined the celebration
Over Star by Dianna Hutts highest priority is reaching be greeted with and led guests in a celebratory rendition
Aston and illustrator Jerry underserved children from 75th anniversary- of “Happy Birthday!”
Pinkney. birth to age 8. themed
The event was part of For more information and promotions, events, and in-store celebrations. A new,
Leland Melvin, a former astronaut and NASA’s RIF’s DC Initiative, a program to access reading resources, commemorative logo has been introduced in honor of the
associate administrator for education, reads to student that serves more than 15,000 visit RIF’s website at www. anniversary and will be prominently displayed throughout the
at Ferebee-Hope Elementary School. children in nearly 50 schools year.

Bowie State Dean to Speak at First HBCU Conference

By AFRO Staff “It is important that HBCU’s continue to build and
strengthen relationships with businesses and enhance
The dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bowie programs and opportunities in the areas of science, technology,
State University, Dr. George Acquaah, will serve as one of the engineering and mathematics. This conference will help
invited speakers for the first annual 2011 Historically Black raise awareness of such opportunities and ultimately assist in
Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Conference at Alabama the growth and development of HBCU’s across the nation,”
State University March 7-10. The conference will focus on Acquaah said in a prepared statement.
raising awareness of opportunities in areas such as business Acquaah will co-present at the conference with Dr. Cajetan
development, entrepreneurship, grants contracting and Akujuobi, dean of the College of Science, Mathematics and
fellowships with a special focus in the science, technology, Technology at Alabama State University. Dr. Akujuobi stated,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. “The National HBCU Conference, the first ever of its kind,
Dr. Acquaah, who received his doctorate from Michigan presents a golden opportunity for HBCU’s and even the
State University, has led several major initiatives as dean of larger community to discuss entrepreneurship opportunities
BSU’s College of Arts and Science. Some of those initiatives and what it takes to succeed in this 21st century economy.
include: the Center for Global Engagement, the Graduate Therefore, training the workforce of the future depends on how
School Head Start Program, enhancing the STEM research institutions, especially, the HBCUs innovate, educate and build
infrastructure, the Dean’s Young Faculty Development STEM programs.”
Initiative, instituting the STEMing the TIDE initiative, SAS More than 300 guests including representatives from
(Science, Arts and Society) Connection TV outreach program federal, state and local agencies, corporations, small businesses,
and an annual Celebration of Excellence Awards program in the government officials and the higher education community are
College of Arts and Sciences. expected to attend the event.
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Drive, Temple Hills, Md. 4-6 Feb. 25 photos and artifacts at this information: 301-249-1622.
p.m. Witness a unique play Rough Diamonds: The exhibit highlighting the
and program about the events Negro Leagues & Sandlot connections between the Feb. 26
faced by African Americans Heroes in the Mid-Atlantic Prince George’s sandlot team, Formal Dinner
from the 1940s through the Region the Washington Black Sox The Fredericksburg
Feb. 24 1960s. For more information: South Bowie Community and the Negro teams that Expo & Conference Center,
Freedom Train, Get on Board 301-505-0897. Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, played at Black Sox Park 1320 Central Park Blvd.,
Hillcrest Heights, Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Bowie, Md. 7-10 p.m. View in Bowie. $2-$5. For more Fredericksburg, Va. 5 p.m.
The Virginia Black History
Month Association will
present its formal dinner
featuring live entertainment
and actress Tasha Smith as
the keynote speaker. For
more information: www.

African-American Festival
Prince George’s Sports
& Learning Complex, 8001
Sheriff Road, Landover, Md.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn African
dances and enjoy workshops,
performances, storytelling and
more. For more information:

The Rosa Parks Experience

The National Capital
Trolley Museum, 1313
Bonifant Road, Silver Spring,
Md. 1:30 p.m. The National
Capital Trolley Museum
will hold an event in honor
of Black History Month
and civil rights legend Rosa
Parks. Attendees will hop
aboard a streetcar from the
museum’s collections and
taken through a simulation of
Jim Crow practices. For more
information: www.dctrolley.
org or call 301-384-6088.

Feb. 27
Quest: Five Stages on the
Road to Romance
The Bridge, The Majestic
Movie Theater, 900 Ellsworth
Drive, Silver Spring, Md.
9-11:15 a.m. In this message
series, learn the five steps
to get you where you want
to be in your love life. For
more information: www.

Feb. 28
‘I Just Want to Tell
Woolly Mammoth
Theater, 641 D St., N.W. D.C.
7:30 p.m. Washingtonian
playwright Carole Mumin
links with Broadway star
Ronald “Smokey” Stevens to
bring forth this original piece
that delves into Smokey’s
life as a dancer with Lucille
Ball, Michael Jackson and
other legends. For more
information: 877-561-8809.

Lynette Washington
Blues Alley, 1073
Wisconsin Ave., N.W. D.C. 8
p.m. New York jazz vocalist
Lynnette Washington brings
her incredible renditions
of jazz, R&B and gospel
hits to D.C. $25. For more
information: www.bluesalley.

March 2
Capital Wine Festival 2011
Fairfax at Embassy Row
Hotel, 2100 Massachusetts
Ave., N.W. D.C. 7-9 p.m.
Enjoy extraordinary meals
designed to enhance the
flavors of wine and spend
the evening with proprietors
from famed wineries across
the region. Attendees will
visit Ponzi Vineyards this
week. $85-$145. For more
information: 202-763-1453.

March 4
Café Groove For Teens
Publick Playhouse, 5445
Landover Road, Cheverly,
Md. 7 p.m. In this monthly
teen program, experience
the mix of dance, poetry and
visual art from local youths.
For more information: 301-

March 5
Omega Psi Phi Annual
Talent Hunt
Robinson High School,
5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax,
Va. 12 p.m. The Psi Alpha
Alpha Chapter of Omega
Psi Phi will host their annual
talent hunt, hosted by the
Robinson Minority Student
Association. Guests are
urged to bring at least one
canned food item. For more
information: 703-489-6467.

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February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011, The Afro-American A7

Republican Budget Cuts: Lost Jobs, Lagging
Community Investment, Less Help for the Poor
House Republicans last House. In my district in South Los
Rep. Maxine Waters week introduced a spending Angeles – where last year $187 million
measure to fund the federal in Housing and Urban Development
government for the rest of fiscal year. And, perhaps not funds supported rental, homeless, and
surprisingly, it is an extreme and indiscriminate assault on community improvements – cuts to
African Americans and other populations who have historically CDBG would result in over 350 jobs
borne the brunt of budget cuts in the name of fiscal austerity: lost. And the Republicans say they’re
women, children, students, veterans, the poor, the homeless, the party of job creation.
communities of color, it goes on.
I rose on the House floor, in press conferences, and in • Education: The Head Start
meetings with my colleagues many times over the last week program, where I started my career
to make my position known, and in one instance I spoke about in public service and where millions
something that many of my colleagues don’t like to talk about: of young children get the services
the urban, suburban, and rural poor. “Poor” is a four-letter and attention they need to become
word in Congress. We see the rhetoric about preserving the good students, would lose over $1
middle class. Of course we want to preserve the middle class: billion, preventing over 200,000 from
the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to grow, participating. Of the 1 million-plus
leaving no room for the middle class that makes this country students who enrolled in Head Start
strong. African Americans are expected to lose $193 billion nationwide, over two-thirds are African
through 2012 because of the housing crisis, and lending for American and Hispanic.
homeownership, the bedrock of wealth creation in this country,
was down 60 percent to African Americans between 2004 and • Health and Wellness: $1.3 billion would be cut that’s not to mention our $2 billion-a-week spending binge in
2009. from Community Health Centers, where thousands of my Afghanistan.
But what about Americans from low-income backgrounds, constituents and millions of Americans access health care I believe that our budget is a reflection of our priorities. And
many of whom we represent, and proudly so? services. And the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program to me, the Republican plan says that in the richest nation in the
Maybe like you, I was shocked to recently read that the would experience a 10 percent reduction. That’s right: Poor world, it is acceptable to leave millions of Americans hungry,
poorest county in America was not in an urban area. It was in cold, under- or unemployed,
rural South Dakota of all places – where the unemployment rate and left to the whims of the
is as high as 60 percent and the majority of the residents are “...the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to grow, same firms that are foreclosing
Native American. I point this out to say that there are serious
problems facing not just urban areas but all of America’s cities
leaving no room for the middle class that makes this country on families and shipping jobs
and states. And the common theme is that these problems strong.” I believe that our budget
impact people of color. Sadly, the Republicans in the House of challenges can be solved
Representatives seem completely disengaged from the struggle without breaking the backs of low- and middle-income
of so many communities, and have a proposed a budget plan women trying to make ends meet for their children would Americans. Practical, real-world solutions exist. We only need
that would jeopardize the health, safety, economic security and have access to fewer services under the Republican vision for to summon the courage to take on the powerful interests that
well-being of so many. Let me give you a snapshot: America. stand in the way of change. As the Congress works to address
our economic and budget future, I will continue to advocate for
• Housing: Community Development Block Grants The Republicans seem to have a case of amnesia when it solutions that ensure that our communities have the resources
improve and revitalize homes and other infrastructure in comes to the budget. They shrug and say there’s simply not they need to thrive.
our cities and towns, attract private capital to underserved enough to go around when it comes to economic development,
communities, and most importantly, create jobs. Republicans education and health care, forgetting that just a few weeks ago, Congresswoman Maxine Waters is a Democrat
want to cut this vital investment by 66 percent to $1.5 billion, they passed $80 billion in tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of that represents the state of California in the House of
down from $4.45 annually when the Democrats controlled the Americans, plus another $25 billion in estate tax cuts. And Representatives.

Blacks Optimistic? Call it a Survival Tactic

It’s easy to grow bored throw themselves overboard – what else could they have held to get up, dusted themselves off and kept moving, come hell or
with public opinion polls, so on to but hope – the very linchpin of optimism? high water, because beneath all the trepidation and above all
many are there to consider. And what, other than optimism, made them run toward the the danger was an inextinguishable flame of faith and hope –
But, occasionally one treacherous frontiers of newfound freedom without so much as optimism – that they were paving a road to better times, if not
comes along that rivets the a pot to pee in, let alone 40 acres and a mule? for them then at least for someone later.
attention. Like a new one And what, but optimism, put the Freedom Riders on those Unemployment, home foreclosures, lack of health care
by the Washington Post, buses destined for hostile territory and made the Little Rock coverage, inadequate or incomplete educational experiences
Kaiser Family Foundation Nine walk those high school steps and kept Thurgood Marshall and poverty have always stalked the Black community more
and Harvard University that and Wiley Branton up all night writing Supreme Court briefs heavily and steadily than any other. Not even the advent of a
shows the people who have Black president has changed that
been among the hardest hit by “Those Africans lying in the stinking, sweaty, crammed hull of tune.
the country’s economic slump And yet, 56 percent of Black
are the most upbeat about the the slave ships – the ones who did not throw themselves over- respondents said they’re not
Deborah Mathis economic future. stressing out over the current
A staggering 85 percent of
board – what else could they have held on to but hope – the very state of economic affairs.
Black poll participants expressed optimism about their financial linchpin of optimism?” The Post-Kaiser-Harvard poll
condition, and 62 percent expect things to improve in the next found that the overwhelming
year. and led Rosa Parks to keep her seat? majority of Black respondents – 91 percent – said spiritual faith
A Black History Month moment indeed. Because, as much It was not optimism alone. For sure, fear and dread were has helped them make it through these tough, uncertain times.
as anything, optimism has played a role in the achievements we in the mix too because the dangers were real and raw. It took That may have been news to the pollsters. It’s history to us.
honor every February. That, and the ability to move on, plow courage and perseverance. It took determination and a yearning
ahead and believe that tomorrow will smile on us. for justice. It took sacrifice and jeopardy, patience and work. In
I’m not sure what accounted for this originally, other than too many cases, it took blood. Deborah Mathis is a columnist for the news website
a lack of viable options. Those Africans lying in the stinking, But, not prone to suicide missions, Black Americans have, where this article was originally
sweaty, crammed hull of the slave ships – the ones who did not stared down the odds, pushed through the thickets, continued published.

Deep Enough, Far Enough, or Just Too Much?

(NNPA) – President Some school districts, thanks to cuts, have no more than One of the most disturbing ends of the early 21st century
Barack Obama has proposed 900 hours a year of instruction for students; others have as is the extent to which parents have embraced the notion of,
a 2012-2013 budget that is, many as 1,400. Imagine what this means on a daily basis when, “every person for herself.” Some phenomenal young women
at best, politically pragmatic. post high school, these students encounter a classroom. Some can use more parental support than they get, and more of an
Responding to the Republican are well prepared, some are unprepared, both are products of opportunity to explore life’s opportunities. African-American
sway in Congress, he has decision that grown folks made, often mistakenly, about ways students are less likely than others to have the access that
decided to impose a set of his to manage budgets. comes from unpaid internships, often because parents and
own cuts, anticipating those And now the budget thing is really rearing its ugly head. others expect them to work, and to earn, during their summers.
his opponents might offer. What will we do to balance federal, state, and local budgets? If we want to develop a world that is resplendent with diverse
Their response is predictable. In Wisconsin, there is a proposal to change the way the state opportunities, we must develop a world where our young men
The Obama cuts are not deep deals with teachers. In North Carolina we are blessed to have a and women are held harmless from cuts that are too deep, too
enough; they do not go far governor who says she will not sacrifice classroom study on the harsh, too much. President Obama has been a visionary in
enough. And, I think they are altar of a blanked budget. In other states, there are challenges, suggesting that we in the United States can again lead the world
Julianne Malveaux just too much. in college attainment, but a
In other words, President budget that cuts education does
Obama has been forced to take the knife to programs he “To cut education in recession is akin to eating seed corn when it not reflect his goals. Politics
supports, and he chooses to do so to hold another set of notwithstanding, it is on time and
programs harmless. He would cut community service
is clear that planting will provide resources for a new day.” overtime for us to figure out ways
programs, but he’d hold firm on education. In yielding to to educate more people. Even as
the new Republican majority, he has also reminded us that and the challenges are also federal, because our government programs are cut, education funding must be expanded.
education is a priority for him, and that he will not cut the has been asked, as states must, to balance budgets. What does Those who have budgets in their hands must be prudent.
plethora of educational programs that buttress his vision. this mean for education? Sound fiscal planning does not mean cutting today to hurt
Still, it is disturbing that education is on the table in a To cut education in recession is akin to eating seed corn tomorrow. Education must be our priority. Whether we are
number of cities and states. When people have to balance when it is clear that planting will provide resources for a new looking at cities, counties, states, or our nation, we must hold
budgets they come up with all kinds of cockamamie schemes, day. We can cut a plethora of things, but cutting education education harmless as we exercise fiscal prudence.
including reducing school days from five to four, or reducing is unconscionable. Education is our nation’s investment into
classroom hours, or reducing something that not only impacts futures, our opportunity to shine, grow, compete we have to NNPA columnist Julianne Malveaux is president of Bennett
the ways students encounter learning, but also the quality of wrap our arms around our young people, young achievers, and College for Women and author of “Surviving and Thriving: 365
their lives. provide them with opportunities. Facts in Black Economic History,”
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celebrated their Annual Media Appreciation Luncheon recently. This year,
the stations selected two local newsmakers for “excellence” in journalism and
broadcasting: Jim Vance, anchor at NBC-4, celebrating 42 years; and senior staff
writer, Avis Thomas Lester, celebrating 22 years at The Washington Post. Last year,
the stations saluted the AFRO’s Edgar Brookins and Denise Rolark Barnes, of the
The Washington Informer. Community leaders and dignitaries were on hand
to celebrate the grand occasion. Among the notable attendees were:
Prince George’s County Executive Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Dr. E. Faye Williams,
Rushern Baker gives remarks. president, National Congress of Black Women; Doreen Genztler, anchor, Chris Wegmann, regional VP/DC
NBC 4; Maudine Cooper, president/CEO, Greater Washington Urban marketing manager presents a
League and Dr. James Dula, former president, Prince George’s certificate of appreciation to Avis
Chamber of Commerce. Thomas Lester. Jim Vance and Maudine Cooper,
president/CEO, Greater Washington
Urban League

NBC 4 news director

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meteorologist Doug
D.C . Ward 8 Council
member Marion Barry Chris Wegmann presents a certificate
The NBC 4 team presents a leather
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motor cycle jacket to Jim Vance, an avid
Dr. James Dula, former president, motorcyclist, as Mrs. Vance looks on.
Prince George’s County Chamber
of Commerce

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Vance; Maudine Cooper, president/CEO, Greater Washington Urban
League; Aisha Karimah, NBC 4’s community affairs director and the Washington AFRO’s
Edgar Brookins

The Radio One-DC team, the NBC4 team,

the Washington Post team and Prince
George’s County Executive Rushern Baker
came out to support honorees, Jim Vance
and Avis Thomas Lester (center).
The Radio One-DC Team: Radio One-DC news director, Sheila Stewart;
WKYS-FM program director, Neke Howse; Alan Leinwand, Jim Vance, Avis
Thomas Lester, Chris Wegmann, WPRS-FM/WMMJ-FM program director
Sisters 4 Sisters Network making Jim Vance, an
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County Executive Rushern Baker, Camille Edwards, Chris Wegmann,

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executive, and Cordice Saunders, relationship Leinwand, director of sales, Radio One-DC; Doreen Gentzler, NBC 4
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By Robin Mazyck
Special to the AFRO
Ophelia Pinkard was recently honored at a celebration that recognized her 75
years of active service in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Pinkard and more than 65
The cake The celebrant, Ophelia
members from the Arlington-Alexandria chapter of AKAs, Zeta Chi Omega chapter
representing Pinkard (seated), John H.
celebrated this rare, amazing feat. She was initiated into the sorority in April
Ophelia Pinkard’s Pinkard Jr. and Mayme
1935 in Chi Chapter at Talladega College, Talladega, Ala. “I have enjoyed every
75 years in Alpha Holt
minute of being with Alpha Kappa Alpha,” Pinkard said. At one
Kappa Alpha
point during the celebration, she was overheard telling one
of her sorority sisters, “I never thought I would live to see this
day. Nothing can top this.” The chapter
president is Michelle Jones.
Photos by Starr Garrett and Joyce Henderson

Lula Lang-Jeter, Michelle Jones, Eloise Smith, Ophelia

Cassandra Borden, Ophelia Pinkard and Starr Garrett Pinkard (receiving certificate) and Joyce Henderson

Front row: Michelle Jones, Ophelia Pinkard and Joyce Henderson. Back Row: Laurell Mayme Holt, Deloris Evans, Michelle Jones, president, Zeta Chi Omega
Jones, Demaris Thompson, Barbara Bellamy, Joyce Brooks and Annie Goshay chapter; Ophelia Pinkard, Joyce Henderson, Patricia Tutt and Louise Gordon
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Washington, D.C.-Based Magazine Releases Top-10

List of Cheapest Cars to Own Kiplinger
By AFRO Staff named the
Nissan Versa
Oil prices have risen to their highest level since 2008 and one of the
some experts predict gasoline prices of $5 per gallon will most cost-
soon follow. According to a report released by last Courtesy Photo friendly cars.
December, gas prices were expected to reach $5 per gallon
by 2012 but a rapid increase at the pump has several experts thinking this will happen sooner than later.
To help consumers prepare for the rising surge, Kiplinger, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business
forecasts and personal finance advice, recently released its top-10 list of cheapest cars to own.
The company’s list, which incorporates an expected total cost of payment over the duration of a five-year
ownership of cars according to the following criteria: fuel, service and repairs, and the lowest market rate
down payment. The list is mostly comprised of compact cars featuring brands from Honda to Ford.
According to Kiplinger, the top three most cost-friendly cars to own are the Nissan Versa ($26,233), the
Hyundai Accent coup ($26,715) and the Chevrolet Aveo ($26,958). The company factored in each car’s market
price and five year costs of insurance and fuel. Motor companies Ford and Kia each placed two cars in the top 10
list with the popular Ford Focus rounding out the list at No. 10 with a total ownership cost of $30, 290
Information from was used in this report.

Libya Crisis Causes Spike in Oil Prices

By AFRO Staff

Oil prices have risen to their highest price since 2008 and a higher price on Feb. 22 plummeted stock in
New York City. The recent crisis in Libya has increased fears that the price of gasoline could rise to over
$5.00 per barrel—a sooner than expected arrival date for pump prices. According to a report released by last December, gas prices were
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Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins Becomes Oldest Grammy Winner

97-Year-Old Bluesman Keeps on Giving Great Music
By AFRO Staff a sideman for groups like the Muddy Waters Band. A late
bloomer, Perkins came into his own as a soloist in the 1990s,
Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins made history on Feb. 13 when his seventh decade as an artist. Since 1992, he’s released more
the 97-year-old blues pianist won his third Grammy, becoming than 15 solo sessions.
the oldest person ever to snag the award. In the midst of recording, Perkins launched a foundation
Perkins topped the previous record-holder, beating out the in his name, which trains aspiring Mississippi musicians in
late comedian George Burns who won a statue at 95 in the early his instruments of choice, the piano and guitar, according to
1990s. Perkins’ official website.
Perkins and his harmonica-playing collaborator Willie “Big Honors keep pouring in for the veteran musician.
Eyes” Smith” won the award for Best Traditional Blues Album Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will present Perkins with a
for their 2010 collection Joined at the Hip: Pinetop Perkins & Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 24 for his legacy in the
Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith. arts.
“After we won, they took us to the media tent and Pinetop His music partner says the duo might generate more music
took photos, did television. It was a lot of excitement. He soon.
was very excited about winning,” Patricia Morgan, Perkins’ “We’re talking about another CD together now,” Smith told
manager, told The Associated Press. the AP.
The bluesman won the award for Best Traditional Blues
Album in 2007 for his part in the Last of the Great Mississippi In this Oct. 11, 2009, file photo, Grammy-winning blues
Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas and received the Grammy pianist Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins motions a “thumbs up”
lifetime achievement accolade in 2005. gesture during the annual festival at Hopson Plantation
Perkins began his 80-year career playing guitar and piano at in Clarksdale, Miss. Perkins, 97, broke the record of oldest
house parties and “honky-tonk” bars throughout the Mississippi Grammy winner on Feb. 13 when he snagged a Grammy
Delta in the late 1920s. He spent the bulk of his career as AP Photo for best traditional blues album.

Martin Lawrence Back in Cross-Dressing Crime Comedy Ben Holt Memorial Branch
By Kam Williams
Special to the AFRO
to fend off advances while
keeping up appearances.
(Lawrence) and his stepson,
Trent (Jackson), an aspiring
Naturally, Turner and Trent
decide to don skirts to retrieve
Announces Voice Competition
In this critic’s opinion, rapper with raging hormones Exhibit A by infiltrating the By Patrick D. McCoy
It’s been said that there the renaissance of rubber suit and no interest in attending place undercover. So, “Big Special to the AFRO
comes a critical moment romps can be easily explained college. However, Turner Momma” takes a job as a
in every African-American by the fact that kids tend to will hear none of it, since the housemother there while The newly formed
comedian’s career when “Charmaine” matriculates Ben Holt Memorial
he’s asked to put on a as a transfer student. Branch of the National
dress. Among those who’ve From this point forward, Association of Negro
succumbed to that subtle the film degenerates into Musicians recently
pressure over the years recycled fare strictly for announced its local
are Flip Wilson (TV’s youngsters unfamiliar with scholarship competition
Geraldine), Jaime Foxx any memorable moments in voice. Contestants
(TV’s Wanda), Marlon from classic films or between the ages of 18-
and Shawn Wayans (White television shows. For it 30 pursuing vocal music
Chicks), Eddie Murphy takes a lot of nerve to steal study are encouraged to Ben Holt
(Norbit and The Nutty Redd Foxx’s signature line apply. The competition
Professor 1 & 2), Tyler “I’m coming to join you, will be held in two Courtesy Photo

Perry (Madea), and of Elizabeth!” from “Sanford rounds, with the first round taking place March 19 at 4
course, Martin Lawrence Brandon T. Jackson, left, and Martin Lawrence go undercover & Son” without even p.m., and the final round on March 20, 7 p.m., at Sixth
(The Big Momma trilogy). as “Charmaine” and “Big Momma” in the third installment of bothering to change the Presbyterian Church in N.W. Washington, D. C. The winner
Paradoxically, this the Big Momma trilogy. name Elizabeth. Equally of the local competition will represent the Washington, D. C.
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controversial sub-genre shameless is an imitation of branch at the regional convention in April.
has frequently been the Jennifer Beal’s audition in For applications and all competition requirements, log on
subject of debate, with find fat female impersonators academically-accomplished Flashdance right down to the at
pundits disagreeing on funny. It’s as simple as that. 17-year-old has already been head shaking and foot stomping All materials are to be sent in as a complete competition
whether or not the films are After all, what’s funnier to admitted to Duke University. to the driving tune “Maniac.” packet consisting of application, competition fee in the
politically-incorrect. On the a child than a Black drag But before the college Then there’s Faizon Love’s form of a check/money order made payable to the Ben Holt
one hand, you hear blowback queen? question can be resolved, channeling Joe E. Lewis’ Memorial Branch and a CD recording including one aria and
from naysayers complaining How about two Black Trent witnesses the shooting crush on Jack Lemmon from one art song. All materials are to be mailed to local branch
about the stereotypical drag queens? That ostensibly of a police informant (Max Some Like It Hot as an ardent Takoma Park Baptist Church, to the attention of Patrick D.
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of these mistaken identity bending crime comedy co- incriminating flash drive. As plot points will be lost on the
adventures feature Black-on- starring Martin Lawrence and the mortally-wounded stool tykes too busy howling at Just enough goofy Rated PG-13 for sexual
Black romance, a rarity in Brandon T. Jackson. pigeon passes away, he hints the “flabalanche” of pratfalls slapstick to enthrall the humor and brief violence.
Hollywood, even if between a At the point of departure that the key piece of evidence and wardrobe malfunctions under-10 demographic. Running time: 107
chocolate chubby chaser and we’re reacquainted with is hidden somewhere at a to worry about the lack of Minutes
a terrified transvestite trying FBI agent Malcolm Turner nearby girls’ boarding school. originality. Good (HH) Studio: 20th Century Fox

Reader’s Corner
Obama Brings Motown Fallin’ Up presently appreciating the group’s stratospheric perch

to White House By Kam Williams

Special to the AFRO
atop the music industry, it wasn’t very long ago that
this once-reckless rap star came perilously close to
blowing it all.
The Obamas will celebrate Black History Month with “When I was young [my] Nanny In his heartfelt autobiography, Fallin’ Up: My
a series of performances featuring Motown artists Feb. 24, Aurora hung a dream catcher above my Story, Taboo recounts in entertaining fashion how a
according to The Associated Press. bed. She would read me a story, then skinny, half-Chicano/half-Native-American kid raised
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will tuck me in, kiss me on the check and by his grandmother in the modest Dog Town section of
host the event, scheduled to include performers Smokey wish me good dreams. I didn’t know Los Angeles managed to overcome such humble origins
Robinson, Sheryl Crow and John Legend. The event will be back then what this Native-American and emerge a revered one-name icon with adoring fans
taped live and broadcast on PBS March 1 at 8 p.m. charm meant. I now believe it was the world over. However, part of what makes his rags-
“The event will include legends from Motown’s golden there to catch my dreams before to-riches tale unique is the fact that well after he was
age and performances by artists from others crushed them… already famous a substance abuse problem almost cost
today, all in tribute to Motown’s Somewhere between chasing my him his career.
50-year legacy,” the White House dreams and making them a reality, Taboo hit rock bottom after being arrested on March
said, according to USA Today. my grandmother passed away and joined the 27, 2007, for rear-ending another driver with his Range
Other performers include man she spoke with every day: God. I didn’t know back then Rover while under the influence of a drug cocktail. When he
Natasha Bedingfield, Jamie Foxx, what her death meant. I now believe that she passed on to came out of his stupor behind bars hours later, he didn’t know
Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, become the angel who saved me from myself; to stop me from where he was and couldn’t remember what had transpired. But
Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Seal taking a wrecking ball to the very dream she helped build… after the cops helped fill in the blanks, he felt so humiliated
and Jordin Sparks, with Greg God doesn’t always give second chances. Not unless you’re and disgusted with himself that he says he wanted “to pull off
Phillinganes as the night’s really lucky and walk with angels. And believe me, I was my head and throw it against the wall.
music director. one of the lucky ones, performing and dancing with a dream He credits the spirit of his late grandmother with putting
The event is the latest of an catcher called Nanny whose wings helped me fly and, more him on the road to redemption at that juncture, a path which
Obama-hosted music series importantly, allowed me to remain midair, soaring.” would lead to sobriety, reconciliation with his son, Josh,
called “In Performance at the — Excerpted from the Dedication (pg. xiii) marriage to the love of his life, Jaymie, and then the birth
White House,” which includes of another son, Jalen. His checkered past fading away in his
musical tributes in various Jaime Gomez, aka Taboo, is a member of the Black Eyed rearview mirror, this moving memoir reveals the more mature
genres, including jazz, country Peas, the hip-hop quartet which just performed earlier this Taboo to be a well-grounded superstar with both his feet now
Smokey Robinson month during halftime at this year’s Super Bowl. Despite firmly planted on the ground.
and Broadway. Courtesy Photo
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Pro Sports Commentary

Wizards Win at NBA All Star Weekend
possibly ever (special thanks thanks to that Griffin guy for
for him bringing his mother jumping over it, wow), D.C.
out to greet the judges). could’ve been home to the
The two most energetic Sprite Slam Dunk champion
stars of the Washington and the Rookie/Sophomore
Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Basketball Wizards actually made
their hometown fans proud
game MVP. I can’t remember
the last time two Washington

DeMatha Wins Little Battles, this weekend and gave the

Wizards their first signature
win of the season, even
players (Bullets or Wizards)
excelled at an All Star
weekend in such fashion,

Triumphs Against Gonzaga bigger than their road win in

Cleveland a few weeks ago.
The Wall and McGee
stealing the show for much
of the night on back-to-back
By Stephen D. Riley budge. Gonzaga narrowed their deficit to 53- duo has had the D.C. Considering what we
ARO Staff Writer 47 with less than two minutes to play before AP Photo/Jae C. Hong spotlight since the two just saw, Washington may
a reoccurring theme reared its head again. Rookie John Wall, of the showed off in the Summer actually have two of the
With first place on the line in the Back-to-back offensive rebounds allowed Washington Wizards, holds League last year. Their premier athletes at their
Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, DeMatha to run nearly a minute off the clock up the MVP trophy after athleticism, however, was position, which doesn’t
the DeMatha Stags and Gonzaga Eagles before Gonzaga was forced to foul as time the rookie team beat the on full national broadcast as necessarily equal a lot
gathered to renew their historic rivalry Feb. ticked away, sealing the game. millions tuned in for NBA of wins, but it’s a hell of
sophomores 148-140 in the
20 at DeMatha’s Convocation Center in “Every time we got a good stop and they All Star Weekend. When an advantage point. Wall
Rookie Challenge game
Hyattsville, Md. got the rebound they made us pay for it,” you dish the ball around for belongs to the elite trio of
One week after Gonzaga held on for Gonzaga sophomore guard Nate Britt said. during the NBA basketball 22 assists, you’re a special Derrick Rose and Russell
a 62-52 win at home over their rivals in “They won the little battles: the loose All-Star Weekend, Feb. 18 point guard. When you dunk Westbrook—point guards
Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13, DeMatha balls, offensive rebounds, second chance in Los Angeles. two basketballs in two rims with incredible speed,
players arrived early to a festive crowd of opportunities and it made the difference in then follow that up with quickness and crazy
students and supporters large enough to help the game,” Gonzaga head coach Steve Turner By Stephen D. Riley
three balls in one, you’re just athleticism. Besides Dwight
power them to a 57-52 victory over Gonzaga added. AFRO Staff Writer
special, period. Now, if there Howard, there probably isn’t
in front of a raucous crowd. Although offensive rebounds were was only someway to parlay a center in the league with
DeMatha (21-7 overall, 13-4 WCAC) key, Jones sent his players to thank their It’s about time the District
those skills into a winning enough bounce to match
still has a conference game to play on Feb. lively student support section immediately showed well. Currently
team. But that’s another McGee who, quiet as it’s
21, which could seal their fate, but they first following the game. Players shook hands and engulfed in a forgettable
story—different time; kept, may be a better athlete
had to pass Gonzaga (21-6, 13-4), a test they high-fived students, expressing their gratitude season (yes, another one),
different place. than Howard anyway.
almost failed. The game was tight for most for a support group that’s aided them all Washington, D.C., actually
Wall, 20, and McGee, 23, All Star flashes don’t
of the afternoon until DeMatha sophomore season and was at their best when DeMatha showed some promise in
have officially put Wizards equal great NBA teams and
guard Jairus Lyles broke it open in the third needed them the most. the NBA this past weekend.
basketball on the map for all jaw-dropping athleticism
quarter with a pair of three-pointers that were “You got to give them all the credit for Thanks, John Wall for setting
the right reasons. It didn’t doesn’t equate to NBA
part of an 8-1 run to close the third quarter. that,” Jones said. “They showed up at 10:30 the Rookie/Sophomore
take a practical joke or a gun championships. But, they’re
“He’s putting in extra work on his shot this morning, they were grilling hotdogs Challenge record with 22
charge this time around to put both great excellent places to
and tonight he hit a couple of big ones,” outside [and] it became a great atmosphere assists (special thanks for
the Wizards in the headlines. start when you’re trying to
DeMatha head coach Mike Jones said. here and we fed off of that energy. You would that bounce-pass alley-oop
Talent and athleticism have rebuild a franchise and they
DeMatha opened its biggest lead of the hope a DeMatha/Gonzaga game doesn’t need to Blake Griffin). Thanks,
perhaps earned Washington do serve as good cooler talk
game after sophomore center BeeJay Anya’s any influence but our students showing up JaVale McGee for the most
a few extra television slots when you’re trying to argue
turnaround jumper made it 50-36 with 4:30 tonight really helped.” creative dunks we’ve seen
next year, and if not for a how the Wizards are the
left to play in the game but Gonzaga wouldn’t in a dunk contest in years,
new 2011 Kia car (special league’s next big thing.

Baltimore’s Cummings Aims for Revenge in Boxing Rematch

Against D.C.’s Joppy
By Stephen D. Riley With quick jabs and punishing hooks, Cummings had the
AFRO Staff Writer look of a clear-cut winner in the boxers’ first meeting, and
the announcement of a draw sent a packed Patriot Center
Baltimore, Md. native boxer Cory “Black Ice” Cummings into an uproar. Although most fighters would be hesitant
doesn’t back down from anyone. It’s a policy that’s served about returning to the scene of a controversial decision, the
him well since birth, served him well throughout his life and Baltimore local didn’t think twice about it.
that’s serving him well in his current occupation. It’s also the “I didn’t have a problem taking the fight,” Cummings said.
reason why he’s preparing for a rematch with former three- “I’m not going to force a knockout; I’m going to just let the
time middleweight world champion and Washington, D.C. knockout come to me. If I see something I’m going to take it
native William Joppy. On March 12 at George Washington but I’m not going to force it.”
University’s Patriot Center, Cummings is aiming for a little With a current record of 17 wins, four losses and one tie,
revenge after a controversial draw in his first bout with Joppy the 31-year-old Cummings has a long way to go to match the
last November dashed his hopes of a signature win. This iconic status Joppy enjoyed during his prime. At 39-7-2, the
time around, however, Cummings wants to make sure he 40-year-old Joppy’s career is slowly winding down, but his
doesn’t leave the outcome in the hands of the judges. His first name can still draw a crowd. His first match with Cummings
fight with Joppy didn’t make headline news, but it did put drew a respectable turnout and his second could force an even
Cummings on the radar as an up-and-coming fighter. larger crowd. Despite the expected audience and important
“He’s Joe Frazier; he’s a brawler; he’ll crack you if you Courtesy Photo opportunity to advance his career, Cummings is handling his
upcoming bout by applying his lifelong mantra.
sleep for one second,” Joppy said of his opponent immediately Local Baltimore boxer Cory “Black Ice” Cummings is
“I just think of it as another fight,” Cummings said.
after their November clash. preparing for his March 12 rematch with former three-
time middleweight world champion William Joppy. “Somebody’s going to get hurt, that’s all.”

of tickets, and TV revenue, and you can bet there are more than a few ulcers being cultivated among the
Remember, quite a few of the owners are billionaires on paper. They are extended to the max, and
every dollar they have invested had better be working for them at every moment.
Let’s take Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as a case in point. Jerry just built a new state of the art
stadium to the tune of $1.5 billion. You can bet Jerry didn’t have that kind of cash laying around under a
mattress. Jerry had to go to the bank for a loan, and the bank is looking for a payment on a timely basis.
Believe me these payments are a bit more than most of us are paying on the Honda Civic sitting in the
So, I suggest the players hang on for a bit, because the owners have got to cave. But, that’s just my
NFL Players Should Wait for Owners to Cave
The Pro Bowl is done. The Super Bowl is getting concussions.
done, but the NFL is still in the spotlight. The Fifteen years down the road, some of the
owners and the NFL Players Association are players will be hobbling into a banquet hall to
behind closed doors negotiating for a bigger bite give a speech to some Kiwanis Club members for
of the pie. What is on the table at present is a $3 grand. Meanwhile the owners will be behind
renege on the part of the owners because both closed doors trying to figure out a way to get
parties have negotiated this issue in good faith. another slice of the pizza.
Now the owners want to back out of the revenue- However, I’m not sure this current tact by
sharing portion of the agreement. the owners is going to work. The threat to shut
Granted they are paying salaries and bonuses out the players for this upcoming season may
to the players, but you better believe any bonus or backfire if the players see the total picture. Some
incentive clause in a player’s contract will be well of the players are not making grand theft money
earned before the said player sees a dime of the like the superstars, but they are making a hell of
money. a lot more than us 9-to-five stiffs. A little money
When the players won the battle over free management, and the owners are going to be so
agency, the owners went to work to find a out of luck.
loophole to benefit their pocketbooks. When a For those of us who spend days staring out
player reaches free agency status, he can be kept of the window, looking for the mail carrier who
from accepting a job from another team when the might be toting our Social Security checks,
owners slap the “franchise player” tag on him. remember the last time a season was on the verge
This means that a player’s salary is dictated by the of collapse because of a strike. That time it was
standards of his present team, and he can’t move. the players who struck. The owners scraped
The back door side of this is the fact that a together a bunch of scabs (affectionately known
team can freeze a player with this tag, and then cut as replacement players) and entertained us with
him the next season and not pay him the full value a little sandlot football. But, the memory of the
of his contract. strain on their pocketbooks has to be dancing
The overall deal of this current scuffle between around in their heads at the moment.
the two parties is revenue sharing where after Let’s take a look at the big picture. To do that,
the owners earn the first billion, the players then we have to ask the question, “Can the owners
begin to share in the profits. Now the owners afford to lock out the players?” With a lock out,
are stretching out their greedy hands for another the stadiums are dark and the only life wandering
billion before the players can get a taste. around in the luxury boxes are the rodents
In the meantime, the owners are sitting back looking for a taste of that caviar they came to like
in their luxury boxes entertaining celebrities in last season. On this subject, the average revenue
72-degree room temperature and drinking single for luxury suites is $45 million. Factor in the
malt scotch, while the players are being knocked concessions where it costs $8 bucks for a hot
around on cement masquerading as grass and dog, the price of a house payment for a couple
February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011, The Afro-American B5

Matthew Knowles to Lead Gospel Music

Faith Pulse Association
Gospel Music
division focused on exposure and promotion
of spiritually-based music. MWG has
experienced a great amount success within

(GMA) the last few years. The label features a roster
recently of award-winning recording artists, joint
appointed projects and special ventures including, Trin-
music mogul i-tee 5:7, Juanita Bynum, Brian Courtney
Mathew Wilson, Micah Stampley, Pastor Rudy
Ralph B. Thomas Jr., 28 Knowles to
its board of
Rasmus and The ESSENCE Gospel Project.
“I look forward to working with the other
C&C Meat Factory Employee directors. The board members in developing ideas and
Ralph Bernard Thomas their first steps, Ralph never president and concepts to further expand both the platforms
Courtesy Photo founder of and audiences for Gospel and Christian
Jr., aka “BJ” and also known missed a beat. Whether it was Matthew Knowles
to many as “Sleepie,” the son running errands or hanging Music World artists,” said Knowles in an issued statement.
of Ralph Bernard Thomas out with friends, they never Entertainment (MWE) joins the 35-member “These are challenging times in the music
Sr. and Rosetta Dolorse left his side. board comprised of front-runners in the industry, but it’s extremely important for us
Thomas, died Feb. 13. Ralph Ralph was loved by all gospel and Christian music industry. to work together to meet those challenges and
was born Dec. 7, 1982, at who knew him. He had a “I am so pleased that Mathew has been to achieve long-term stability and profitability
Prince George’s Hospital. gentle and quiet spirit, but elected to the GMA Board of Directors,” said for our business, for our Christian and Gospel
He graduated from Suitland was still a lot of fun and a Ed Leonard, president and chairman of the artists, and the faithful listeners they serve.”
High School and began in joy to be around at the same Board of the Gospel Music Association, in a GMA was founded in 1964 to serve as
the workforce, finally settling time. Ralph played defensive statement. “He will add his vast mainstream the face and voice of gospel and Christian
in a career with C&C Meat lineback for the Pee Wee and Gospel expertise to a board stocked with music. Its objective is to expose, promote
Factory. League as well as recreational talented professionals.  I know he will be and celebrate the Gospel through various
Ralph was a wonderful football for Peppermill integral in leading the GMA to greater heights genres of music including pop, rock, praise
father to JaLiyiah and JaLeil. Village Community Center. as we work together to expose, promote and and worship, urban gospel, R&B, hip hop,
If ever there was a father He cherished his favorite celebrate the Gospel through music.” Southern gospel, bluegrass, and many more.
who adored his children it Knowles founded one of the world’s More than 1,800 members, which include
RALPH B. THOMAS JR. football team, the Washington leading music and entertainment agents, artists, church leaders, managers,
was him. He truly enjoyed Redskins. Every time the
taking them to spend time opportunity presented itself, conglomerates, and has had a significant promoters, radio personnel, record company
with family and friends every chance he got. he loved to debate with any and everyone global influence on music and entertainment executives, retailers, songwriters and other
Ralph was very protective of his children, who was a rival of the ‘Skins. His favorite for nearly 20 years. In 2002, He launched leaders in the industry, are a part of the GMA
especially his precious little girl. He loved pastime was playing basketball and video Music World Gospel (MWG), formally community. The GMA also produces the
to show his affection by roughhousing with games with his nephews Tre’, Juwan and known as Spirit Rising Music, a MWE GMA Dove Awards, GMA Dove Week and
them. JaLiyiah and JaLeil meant the world to Zion. Ralpha also enjoyed boxing, camping, IMMERSE.
Ralph. From the day they came home from
the hospital to their first diaper change and
fishing, music, spending time with family and
cooking out with family and friends.
Faith Tabernacle of Prayer Confers Awards
By Herb Quarles Ward 8 community. Others A host of community
Berdie O. Odom, 85 Special to the AFRO included Metropolitan
Police Department Assistant
and faith-based leaders,
students, exoffenders,
Church volunteer, poll worker Faith Tabernacle of Prayer Chief Diane Groomes; apostles, bishops, pastors,
recently hosted an awards Seventh District Cmdr. Joel educators, attorneys, and
Berdie Onez Odom She had many adopted ceremony that honored more Maupin; the Rev. Betty business owners were also
was born Feb. 12, 1925, in children, grandchildren, than 112 recipients during Green, chaplain of D.C. among the guests. The Faith
Florence County, S.C., to the sisters and extended family. Tabernacle Mass Choir sang
the commemoration of the Department of Corrections;
late Ola and Janie McWhite. She married the late “Lean on Me,” and a skit was
25th anniversary of the Rev. the Rev. Joyce Scott, Ward performed by two brothers.
She attended Florence Eugene Odom in 1973. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 8 longstanding community Rev. Talbert’s community
County public schools and They joined Asbury United national holiday. leader and activist; the and grassroots work for the
graduated from Wilson High Methodist Church shortly More than 700 people Rev. Ronny Smith; the past 36 years, harnesses the
School in 1945. She came thereafter. She loved her of all nationalities, Rev. Angeloyd Fenrick; drum major instinct. She
to Christ at a young age church and church family and socioeconomic classes, the Rev. Robin Winfield; continues to provide services
and joined St. Luke A.M.E. was very active. She served political affiliations, and Trayon White, president of to at-risk youth, ex-offenders,
Church in Pamplico, S.C. on the Women’s Usher Board, faith traditions attended the Helping Inner City Kids, gang members, and homeless
After high school, Berdie the United Methodist Women event at the Clarion Hotel accompanied by several individuals as evidenced
moved to Pittsburgh then Jochebed Group, the South in Oxon Hill, Md. The Rev. young men from Woodland by the church’s outreach
Dr. Judy Talbert, pastor of Terrace; the Rev. Phil program, RAPP, a reentry
later to Washington, D.C., Carolina Club and the Food
Faith Tabernacle of Prayer in Jackson, RAPP counselor and transitional services
where she met the love of Pantry. program.
her life, the late Emory F. In addition, she was active Southeast Washington, was and Fatherhood director;
“We must help somebody
Acker Sr. They were united in BERDIE O. ODOM with Wilson High School the visionary and host pastor. Samuel Washington, RAPP
to help somebody and carry
holy matrimony in December Class of 1945 (the “45ers”) It was her desire to outreach coordinator and out the biblical mandate as
recognize the efforts of keynote speaker the Rev. written in St. Matthew 25:35:
1949 and blessed with seven children. They and looked forward to attending their alumni
many unassuming people Haywood Nicholas Williams, ‘...For I was hungered, and
joined Little Ark Baptist Church where the events and homecoming festivities until pastor, Tabernacle of Prayer
who have made great ye gave me meat….”’ Talbert
family served faithfully for many years. She she became ill. She was a member of the for All People, Riviera
personal sacrifices with said in her closing remarks...
loved the Lord, had great faith and was a AARP Downtown Chapter and Ward 4 Mini- Beach, Fla.
strong commitment and
prayer warrior. Commission on Aging and Thrift Chapter. dedication to serve. Award
Three of her children, Gertrude, Kenneth She also worked at the voting polls and was categories were from the
and Gerard, preceded her in death. Berdie elated to work in the last presidential election fields of law enforcement,
loved family and was happiest when she was where she witnessed the election of America’s ministry, medicine, reentry,
surrounded by her children and grandchildren. first Black president. community outreach and
education. The event echoed
the clarion call of Dr. King
Church Briefs to harness the drum major
instinct in service.
By Herb Quarles The Rev. Dr. Barbara
Special to the AFRO Williams-Skinner offered
a moving prayer that lifted
Church Hosts Nurses up the ideals of Dr. King
The Black Nurses Association of the metropolitan area will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24 at and asked for healing of the
Peoples Congregational Christ located at 4704 13th St. N.W.  A light supper will be served.  nation, which also included
Black nurses in the area are invited to join them at their meetings that are held on the 4th Congresswoman Gabrielle
Thursday of each month. The nurses will host their 31st annual salute to the Black Nurse of Giffords and victims of the
the Year and Scholarship Awards Luncheon on March 5 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Tucson, Ariz., tragedy. 
Md. Call Diana Wharton at 202-722-8670 or contact her via e-mail at for One of the many
ticket and other information. highlights of the service
was 12-year-old Wheeler
HU Chapel Services Thompson IV, who gave a
Father Michael Louis Pfleger will be the guest speaker during the stirring rendition of excerpts
11 a.m. worship service on Feb. 27 in Cramton Auditorium on the from Dr. King’s “I Have
campus of Howard University located at 2455 Sixth St. N.W. He is a Dream” speech. D. Paul
pastor at Faith Community of Saint Sabina in Chicago, Ill. Bishop Monteiro, associate director
Vashti Murphy McKenzie will preach on March 6. of the White House Office
Chapel services are broadcast the following week each Sunday at of Public Engagement,
11a.m. on Howard University radio station, WHUR-FM 96.3. and Michael Blake, deputy
Recordings of chapel services may be ordered by mail with associate director of the
the Media Ministry Order Form. Recordings are also available White House Office on
immediately after the worship service or may be purchased in person Intergovernmental Affairs,
Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5p.m. Call 202-806-7280 congratulated each recipient
or visit for additional information. The Courtesy Photo on behalf of President
e-mail address is Father Michael Obama.
Louis Pfleger will Rev. Talbert introduced
BHM Worship Service preach at Howard each recipient in her
The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Gospel Service invites the University on Feb. own way, which made
community to attend its 2011 Black History Month worship service at 27. the ceremony more of a
2 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Memorial Chapel located at Fort Myer, Va. community gathering. She
The guest speaker will be Chaplain (Col., Ret.) James Walker from Richmond, Va. made the attendees feel like
The 2011 Keeper of the Community honorees will include Michael Blake, Office of they knew each one as she
called them forward and
Public Engagement at the White House; Elise Scott, CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus
described their contributions
Foundation; Lesli Foster, weeknight anchor, WUSA and the renowned Buffalo Soldiers.
to the community.
Music will be rendered by Men of Christ from Victory Temple Missionary Baptist in
Many of the recipients
Alexandria, Va., and the gospel choir from American University in Northwest Washington,
included residents and
D.C. A picture ID is needed when entering a military facility. Call Edgar Brookins at 202-332-
service providers from the
0080 or reach him by e-mail at for additional information.
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more than 25 words AMERICA! Mountain of March 2011, why the heirs and heirs whose or filed with the Register
there is an additional Land! From $995/ Acre. prayers of said com- whereabouts are un- of Wills with a copy to ADDRESS
Buy direct From timber plaint should not be known shall enter their the undersigned, on or
charge of $7 per granted; provided that a appearance in this before August 11, 2011, PHONE NO.
NOTICES proceeding. Objections or be forever barred.
Woods, views, streams,
copy of this order be
published once a week to such appointment (or Persons believed to be CLASSIFICATION
trails. So many deer/ for three consecutive to the probate of de- heirs or legatees of the (Room, Apt, House, etc.) INSERTION DATE:
Call weeks before said day cedent¬s will)
cedent’s will) shall
shall bebe decedent who do not re-
(410) 554-8200 turkey the natives call in the Afro-American. filed with the Register of ceive a copy of this no-
All ads must be ‘em pests! County road JUDGE Wills, D.C., 515 5th tice by mail within 25
with power. Excellent A TRUE COPY TEST: Street, N.W., 3rd Floor days of its first publica-
owner financing with 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
20001, on or before Au-
tion shall so inform the
10% down. Call Now SUPERIOR COURT OF gust 11, 2011. Claims ing name, address and
877-526-3764 wvtim- THE DISTRICT OF against the decedent relationship. COLUMBIA
shall be presented to the
undersigned with a copy
Date of Publication:
February 11, 2011 Legal Advertising Rates
to the Register of Wills Name of newspaper:
RELATIONS or filed with the Register Afro-American
Washington Law
Effective October 1, 2006
BRANCH of Wills with a copy to
COLLECTIBLES REAL ESTATE Jacket Number. the undersigned, on or Reporter
DC BIG FLEA 2010DRB1564 before August 11, 2011,
or be forever barred.
Jacques P. Walker
Joseph Kabore.
MARCH 5-6. 2 Huge Retirement and Plaintiff. Persons believed to be Representative
heirs or legatees of the 202-297-0498
Buildings! 1100Booths! future move? Discover
decedent who do not re-
Mid-Atlantic’s Largest Delaware and our gated
Josephine Ndote
Defendant. ceive a copy of this no- REGISTER OF WILLS 202-879-9460/61
Antique Market! Shop community. Manufac- The object of this suit is tice by mail within 25 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
For Bargains! Dulles to obtain divorce. days of its first publica-
tured homes from the tion shall so inform the Superior Court of
Expo - Chantilly, VA mid 50’s to low 100’s.
on motion of the plaintiff,
it is this xxx day of Register of Wills, includ- the District of PROBATE NOTICES
Adm. $10 Sat. 9-6 Sun. ing name, address and Columbia
Brochures available November 2010, or- Civil Division
11-5 www.damorepro- 1-866-629-0770 Or dered that the defendant relationship.
Case No. 2011CA733 a. Order Nisi
Josephine Ndote cause Date of Publication: $ 60 per insertion $180.00 per 3 weeks search www.coolbranch. February 2, 2011 IN RE:
b. Small Estates (single publication)
her appearance to be Ineice R. Mease $ 50 per insertion SUPERIOR COURT OF
com entered herein on or be- Name of newspaper: THE DISTRICT OF
fore the fortieth day, Afro-American Applicant c. Notice to Creditors COLUMBIA
AUTOMOBILE exclusive of Sundays Washington Law ORDER OF
1. Domestic $ 60 per insertion $ 180.00 per 3 DIVISION
DONATION SERVICES/ and legal holidays, Reporter
Alfred R. May CHANGE OF NAME 2. Foreign $ 60 per insertion $ 180.00 per
Washington, D.C.
3 weeks
occurring after the day 20001-2131
MISC. of the first publication of Personal Ineice R. Mease having
filed a complaint for d. Escheated Estates $ 60 per insertion $ 360.00 Foreign No.
per 6 weeks
this order; otherwise the Representative 2011FEP13
DONATE AUTOS, AD FUNDS 202-669-5698 judgment changing e. Standard Probates $ 125.00Date of Death
cause will be proceeded
TRUCKS, RV’S. TIGHT??? - Check out with as in case of de- TRUE TEST COPY Geonii Dillan-Joel
March 16, 2004
Mease name to Geonii
SOCIETY. Your dona- this order is published 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 Dillan-Joel Butler and CIVIL NOTICES Decedent
FIED CONNECTION. once a week for three
having applied to the
tion helps local families For $199 per day - Get successive weeks in the Superior Court of
court for an Order of
with food, clothing, Washington Law Re-
Publication of the notice a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 $ 80.00APPOINTMENT
Ad Placement 5 Days the District of required by law in such OF FOREIGN
shelter. Tax deduct- porter, and The Afro District of Columbia b. Real Property $ 200.00PERSONAL
Per Week in 14 Major American Newspapers PROBATE DIVISION
cases; it is by the Court
ible. MVA licensed. Daily Newspapers in before said day. Washington, D.C.
this 8th day of February
LutheranMissionSoci- 2011.
Washington, Maryland Attest: 20001-2131 ORDERED, that all per- FAMILY COURT Superior Court of
NOTICE TO 410-636-0123 and DC. Space is
JUDGE BAYLY Administration No. sons concerned show CREDITORS
2/11, 2/18, 2/25 2011ADM0068 the District of Earl Banks whose ad-
or toll-free 1-877-737- limited - Call now for William H. Jordan, Sr
cause, if any there be, 202-879-1212Columbia dress is 2 Retinue
8567. on or before the 13 day Civil Division
immediate placement to- Superior Court of Decedent Court, Unit 103, Bal-
the District of of March 2011, why the Case No. 557-2011
day 410-721-4000x19 or Columbia
Pamela Copeland, Esq
1050 17th Street NW
prayers of said com- DOMESTIC RELATIONS IN RE:
timore MD 21207 was
appointed personal re-
DONATE VEHICLE: visit our website: www. Civil Division plaint should not be Kyle Damien
Suite 600 granted; provided that a 202-879-0157 presentative of the
Receive $1000 GRO- Case No. 9115-2011 Washington DC 20036 Washington estate of Harriett H.
copy of this order be Applicant
CERY COUPONS, IN RE: Attorney published once a week a. Absent Defendant
Banks, deceased, by the
Thomas William Martin NOTICE OF ORDER OF $ 150.00 Orphan's Court/Register
for three consecutive PUBLICATION $ 150.00 of Wills Court for Bal-
ARC, NO KILL Animal weeks before said day b. Absolute Divorce
in the Afro-American. c. Custody Divorce Kyle Washington having $ 150.00
State of Maryland on
CHANGE OF NAME JUDGE filed a complaint for January 31, 2011.
Veterinary Treatments. AND NOTICE TO A TRUE COPY TEST:
OCEAN CITY, Thomas William Martin UNKNOWN HEIRS judgment changing Kyle Service of process may
Free Towing, IRS MARYLAND. Best having filed a complaint Joyce Jordan, whose
2/18, 2/25, 3/4 Damien Washington be made upon Laverne
To place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 262
TAX DEDUCTION. selection of affordable for judgment changing address is 4841 Car-
Superior Court of
name to Kyle Damien Montgomery, 1720 22nd
Thomas William Martin mella Drive, Baltimore Public Notices $50.00 & Jones up depending
and having onap-sizeStreet SE Washington
Non-runners 1-866-912- rentals.Full/ partial the District of
name to Olokun Salamu MD 21227 was ap-
District of Columbia Baltimore Legal Noticesplied areto$24.15
the court perforinch.
an DC 20020 whose des-
weeks. Call for FREE and having applied to pointed personal repre- Order of Publication of ignation as District of
There is no flat rate —the1-800 (AFRO)
the court for an Order of sentative of the estate of PROBATE DIVISION notice required892 by Columbia agent has
brochure. Open daily. Washington, D.C.
DONATE YOUR Publication of the notice William H. Jordan, Sr For Proof of Publication, pleaselaw callin 1-800-237-6892,
such cases; it is ext. been244filed with the Reg-
Holiday Real Estate. required by law in such who died on December 20001-2131 by the Court this 15th ister of Wills, D.C.
VEHICLE RECEIVE 1-800-638-2102. Online Administration No.
cases; it is by the Court 3, 2009 with a will, and
2011ADM0090 LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES day of February 2011.
LEGAL NOTICES The decedent owned
reservations: www. this 1st day of February will serve without Court
Ashley Turton
District of
VOUCHER. UNITED 2011. supervision. All un- sons concerned show Colombia real property:
ORDERED, that all per- known heirs and heirs Decedent Superior Court of Superior Court of cause, if any there be, 719 Kennedy Street NW
BREAST CANCER Alan B. Frankle Esq the District of on or before the 22nd Washington DC 20011
sons concerned show whose whereabouts are the District of
FOUNDATION Free cause, if any there be, unknown shall enter 751 Rockville Pike District of Columbia Columbia day of March 2011, why Claims against the de-
on or before the 8th day Suite 7 PROBATE DIVISION the prayers of said com- cedent may be pre-
Mammograms, Breast their appearance in this
Rockville, MD 20852 Washington, D.C. Civil Division
of March 2011, why the proceeding. Objections Case No. 0001307-11 plaint should not be sented to the under-
Cancer Info www.ubcf. prayers of said com- to such appointment (or Attorney 20001-2131
IN RE: granted; provided that a signed and filed with the
Administration No.
info FREE Towing, plaint should not be to the probate of de- NOTICE OF 2011ADM0075 Chinyere C.M. copy of this order be Register of Wills for the
Tax Deductible, Non- granted; provided that a cedent¬s will) shall
cedent’s will) shall bebe APPOINTMENT, Pearl M Butler Ahaghotu-Nwani published once a week District of Columbia, 515
copy of this order be filed with the Register of NOTICE TO Decedent Applicant for three consecutive 5th Street NW 3rd Floor
Runners Accepted, published once a week Wills, D.C., 515 5th CREDITORS Attorney ORDER OF weeks before said day Washington DC 20001
1-888-468-5964 for three consecutive Street, N.W., 3rd Floor AND NOTICE TO NOTICE OF PUBLICATION in the Afro-American within 6 months from the
weeks before said day Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . NOTICE TO CHANGE OF NAME date of first publication
in the Washington Afro- 20001, on or before Au- Daniel Turton, whose CREDITORS Chinyere C.M. Ahaghout- 0
that pursuant to SCR of this notice. (Strike
BUSINESS American.
that pursuant to SCR
gust 11, 2011. Claims address is 800 A Street
SE Washington DC
AND NOTICE TO Nwani having filed a com-
plaint for judgment changing
205(b) notice be sent to preceding sentence if no
the applicant's creditors real estate.)
against the decedent UNKNOWN HEIRS
OPPORTUNITY 205(b) notice be sent to shall be presented to the 20003, was appointed Maurice A. Butler and
Chinyere C.M. Ahaghotu-
Nwani name to Chinyere
by registered or certified Earl Banks

applicants creditors by undersigned with a copy personal representative Joan D. Stanard, whose C.M. Ahaghotu and having mail and that proof of Personal
registered or certified to the Register of Wills of the estate of Ashley address(es) are 1228 applied to the court for an service of mailing be Representative(s)
ALL CASH VENDING mail and that proof of Turton, who died on Quincy Street, NW made in the manner pro-
or filed with the Register Washington DC 20011 &
Order of Publication of the 410-929-8793
ROUTE! Be Your Own mailing be made in the of Wills with a copy to January 10, 2011 with a 14105 Huckleberry Ln,
notice required by law in
such cases; it is by the Court
vided in SCR Probate TRUE TEST COPY
manner provided in SCR the undersigned, on or will, and will serve with- Rule 19(b). REGISTER OF WILLS
Boss! 25 Machines + Probate Rule(b). out Court supervision.
Silver Spring MD 20906 this 18th day of February JUDGE Date of first publication:
before August 11, 2011, were appointed per-
Candy All for $9995. JUDGE or be forever barred. All unknown heirs and sonal representative(s)
ORDERED, that all persons A TRUE COPY TEST: February 25, 2011
877-915-8222 All Major A TRUE COPY TEST: Persons believed to be h e i r s w h o s e of the estate of Pearl M. concerned show cause, if 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 Name of newspapers
2/11, 2/18, 2/25 whereabouts are un- Butler, who died on June
Credit Cards Accepted! heirs or legatees of the
6, 2003 with a will, and
any there be, on or before SUPERIOR COURT OF and/or periodical:
decedent who do not re- known shall enter their the 25th day of March 2011, The Daily Washington
Superior Court of will serve without Court why the prayers of said THE DISTRICT OF
ceive a copy of this no- appearance in this supervision. All un- COLUMBIA Law Reporter
the District of complaint should not be
Columbia tice by mail within 25 proceeding. Objections known heirs and heirs granted; provided that a PROBATE DIVISION The Afro-American
Furniture Civil Division days of its first publica-
tion shall so inform the
to such appointment (or
to the probate of de-
whose whereabouts are
unknown shall enter
copy of this order be pub- Washington, D.C. 2/25, 3/4, 3/11
Case No. 00009006-11 lished once a week for three 20001-2131 Superior Court of
IN RE: Register of Wills, includ- cedent¬s will) shall
cedent’s will) shall bebe their appearance in this consecutive weeks before Foreign No.
proceeding. Objections said day in the Afro- the District of
Cherry Bedroom Set. Mary Fears King ing name, address and filed with the Register of 2011FEP13 District of Columbia
Applicant relationship. to such appointment (or American Newspapers.
Solid Wood, never used, ORDER OF
Wills, D.C., 515 5th to the probate of de- 0
that pursuant to SCR Date of Death PROBATE DIVISION
Date of Publication: Street, N.W., 3rd Floor March 16, 2004
brand new in factory PUBLICATION February 11, 2011 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
cedent’s will)
cedent¬s will) shall
shall be
be 205(b) notice be sent to the Washington, D.C.
CHANGE OF NAME filed with the Register of applicant¬s creditorsby
applicant’s creditors reg- Harriett H. Banks
byreg- 20001-2131
boxes. English Dovetail. Mary Fears King having Name of newspaper: 20001, on or before Au- Wills, D.C., 515 5th istered or certified mail and Decedent Administration No.
Original cost $4500. Sell filed a complaint for Afro-American gust 18, 2011. Claims Street, N.W., 3rd Floor that proof of service of mail- NOTICE OF 2011ADM0099
Washington Law against the decedent Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . ing be made in the manner APPOINTMENT
for $895. Can deliver. judgment changing
Mary Fears King name Reporter shall be presented to the 20001, on or before Au- provided in SCR Probate Levitha Hedgepeth
Call Tom 240-482-8721 to Mariam Aman and Joyce Jordan undersigned with a copy gust 18, 2011. Claims Rule 19(b).
having applied to the against the decedent
Personal to the Register of Wills shall be presented to the A TRUE COPY TEST: REPRESENTATIVE NOTICE OF
court for an Order of Representative or filed with the Register
LEATHER LIVING Publication of the notice undersigned with a copy 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 AND APPOINTMENT,
TRUE TEST COPY of Wills with a copy to to the Register of Wills NOTICE TO NOTICE TO
ROOM SET. In origi- required by law in such REGISTER OF WILLS the undersigned, on or or filed with the Register Superior Court of CREDITORS
cases; it is by the Court CREDITORS
nal plastic, never used. this 3 day of February 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 before August 18, 2011, of Wills with a copy to the District of Earl Banks whose ad- AND NOTICE TO
or be forever barred. the undersigned, on or Columbia
Orig price $3000, Sac- 2011 hereby.
Superior Court of before August 18, 2011,
dress is 2 Retinue UNKNOWN HEIRS
ORDERED, that all per- Persons believed to be Civil Division Court, Unit 103, Bal- Jacqueline Suggs,
rifice $975. Can deliver. sons concerned show the District of
heirs or legatees of the
or be forever barred.
Case No. 557-2011 timore MD 21207 was whose address is 4517
District of Columbia Persons believed to be
Call Bill 301-841-7565 cause, if any there be,
PROBATE DIVISION decedent who do not re- heirs or legatees of the IN RE: appointed personal re- A r k a n s a s A v e N W
on or before the 19th ceive a copy of this no- decedent who do not re- Kyle Damien presentative of the Washington DC 20011,
day of March 2011, why Washington, D.C.
tice by mail within 25 ceive a copy of this no- Washington estate of Harriett H. was appointed personal
the prayers of said com- 20001-2131 tice by mail within 25
days of its first publica- Applicant Banks, deceased, by the representative of the
HELP WANTED - plaint should not be
granted; provided that a
Administration No.
tion shall so inform the days of its first publica- ORDER OF Orphan's Court/Register estate of Levitha Hed-
2011ADM0067 tion shall so inform the
copy of this order be Register of Wills, includ- PUBLICATION of Wills Court for Bal- gepeth Suggs, who died
Lula M. Towles Register of Wills, includ-
published once a week ing name, address and CHANGE OF NAME timore City County, on November 27, 2010
Drivers- Paid CDL for three consecutive Decedent
ing name, address and
Kyle Washington having State of Maryland on without a will, and will
Donald L. Wilson Esq relationship.
Training! No weeks before said day Date of Publication: Date of Publication: filed a complaint for January 31, 2011. serve with Court su-
in the Afro-American 805 15th Street NW
Credit Check, No Expe- newspaper. Suite 100 February 18, 2011 February 18, 2011 judgment changing Kyle Service of process may pervision. All unknown
Name of newspaper: Name of newspaper: Damien Washington be made upon Laverne heirs and heirs whose
rience required! 0
that pursuant to SCR Washington DC 20005 Afro-American name to Kyle Damien Montgomery, 1720 22nd whereabouts are un-
205(b) notice be sent to Attorney Afro-American
TRAINERS EARN 49¢/ the applicant's creditors Washington Law
Washington Law
Jones and having ap- Street SE Washington known shall enter their
NOTICE OF Reporter
MILE! 888-417-7564 by registered or certified APPOINTMENT, Reporter Maurice A. Butler plied to the court for an DC 20020 whose des- appearance in this
Daniel Turton Order of Publication of ignation as District of proceeding. Objections
CRST EXPEDITED mail and that proof of
service of mailing be
NOTICE TO Joan D. Stanard
the notice required by Columbia agent has to such appointment
CREDITORS Personal Personal made in the manner pro- Representative Representative law in such cases; it is been filed with the Reg- shall be filed with the
vided in SCR Probate AND NOTICE TO 202-726-5982
301-217-0505 (Attorney) by the Court this 15th ister of Wills, D.C. Register of Wills, D.C.,
Rule 19(b). UNKNOWN HEIRS 301-871-9409
TRUE TEST COPY day of February 2011. The decedent owned 515 5th Street, N.W.,
JUDGE J a c q u es P Wa l k e r, TRUE TEST COPY
REGISTER OF WILLS ORDERED, that all per- the following District of 3rd Floor Washington,
A TRUE COPY TEST: whose address is 2750 REGISTER OF WILLS
2/11, 2/18, 2/25 2/18, 2/25, 3/4 2/18, 2/25, 3/4 sons concerned show Colombia real property: D.C. 20001, on or be-
14th Street, NW Unit
cause, if any there be, 719 Kennedy Street NW fore August 25, 2011.
304, Washington DC
on or before the 22nd Washington DC 20011 Claims against the de-
20009 was appointed
day of March 2011, why Claims against the de- cedent shall be pre-
personal representative
the prayers of said com- cedent may be pre- sented to the under-
of the estate of Lula M.
plaint should not be sented to the under- signed with a copy to the
Towles, who died on
heirs and heirs whose against the decedent
whereabouts are un- shall be presented to the
known shall enter their undersigned with a copy
appearance in this to the Register of Wills
proceeding. Objections or filed with the Register

to such appointment of Wills with a copy to
shall be filed with the
Register of Wills, D.C.,
the undersigned, on or
before August 25, 2011,
The Afro-American, February 26, 2011 - March 4, 2011, The Afro-American
515 5th Street, N.W., or be forever barred.
3rd Floor NOTICES
Washington, LEGALbelieved
D.C. 20001, on or be- heirs or legatees of the
fore August 25, 2011. decedent who do not re-
Claims against the de- ceive a copy of this no-
cedent shall be pre- tice by mail within 25
sented to the under- days of its first publica-
signed with a copy to the tion shall so inform the
Register of Wills or filed Register of Wills, includ-
with the Register of Wills ing name, address and
with a copy to the under- relationship.

 ! !  

Date of Publication:

signed, on or before Au-
gust 25, 2011, or be for- February 25, 2011
ever barred. Persons Name of newspaper:
believed to be heirs or Afro-American
legatees of the decedent
who do not receive a
copy of this notice by
mail within 25 days of its
Washington Law
Glenwood P. Roane SR

first publication shall so

inform the Register of
Wills, including name,
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address and relation- REGISTER OF WILLS !'1320'.+-,+3"(&(/&2+3"2+.-2/ 3$,%%.00.,+3'2030*'1)(1)323
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NOTICE TO ''','++-'0263,-4.,
Glenwood P. Roane SR,
whose address is 217
Exchange Avenue,
Memphis Tennessee
38105 was appointed
personal representative
of the estate of Grace R.
Gwaltney, who died on
December 12, 2009
without a will, and will
serve without Court su-
pervision. All unknown
heirs and heirs whose
whereabouts are un-
known shall enter their
appearance in this
proceeding. Objections
to such appointment (or
to the probate of de-
cedent¬s will) shall
cedent’s will) shall bebe
filed with the Register of
Wills, D.C., 515 5th
Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
20001, on or before Au-
gust 25, 2011. Claims
against the decedent
shall be presented to the
undersigned with a copy
to the Register of Wills
or filed with the Register
of Wills with a copy to
the undersigned, on or
before August 25, 2011,
or be forever barred.
Persons believed to be
heirs or legatees of the
decedent who do not re-
ceive a copy of this no-
tice by mail within 25
days of its first publica-
tion shall so inform the
Register of Wills, includ-
ing name, address and
Date of Publication:
February 25, 2011
Name of newspaper:
Washington Law

Local Artist Hosts Fundraiser for Famed ‘Blue Man Group’ Show
Glenwood P. Roane SR

Arts School
2/18, 2/25, 3/4
Comes to D.C.
By Bobby Marvin The high-octane “Blue Man
Photo by Paul Kolnik

Special to the AFRO Group” theatrical showcase will pump

up the Warner Theatre for a limited
Mark Cottman understands engagement, March 23 to April 3.
what it takes for Baltimore “Blue Man Group,” the critically
youth to succeed and he is acclaimed show USA Today called “an
determined help them. As a ecstatic experience,” is best known
visual artist and comedian, he
for its widely popular, yet totally
has made his way in and out
unique performances.  Audience
of many circles, so it was a
no-brainer when he decided members escape the ordinary as
to host a series of art shows they’re surrounded by an explosive
from his gallery with a portion Courtesy Photo/
convergence of comedy and multi-
of the proceeds going to local Rain Pryor media technology, as well as the
programs and organizations. haunting, driving rhythms of a live
Given his love for comedy and the legendary funnyman Richard Pryor, Cottman decided band.  The family party atmosphere
to partner with comedienne and actress Rain Pryor, daughter of the late funnyman, to raise created at these events has become the
money for her upcoming theatre production featuring students from ConneXions Leadership trademark of “Blue Man Group.” The “Blue Man Group” comes to D.C. March
Arts Academy. The academy is a small charter middle/high school housed in the once troubled  For the first time, Washington 23- April 3 at the Warner Theatre.
Lemmel Middle School building in West Baltimore. On Feb. 25, Cottman will host an open will experience the classic “Blue
reception at his gallery featuring Pryor, comedian Koli Tengella along with acoustic guitarist and Man Group” performance in an intimate theater setting.  In addition to favorite Blue Man
former member of revered R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass’ band Karter Jaymes. moments, the production features brand new material that is garnering raves from critics and
“It’s very filling to be able to, in any small way, do something positive for these young fans alike.
people,” said Cottman during a visit to ConneXions. “Just to be able to create art is wonderful,
In a press release, the Blue Man Group shared a recent audience member review posted
just to be able to do something for young people is wonderful.”
on their website. “Absolutely amazing,” the show attendee wrote. “Never once thought I
Cottman took the time to sit in on one of Pryor’s theatre classes to observe the young
thespians in action. For clarification, Pryor briefly interjects between readings to explain passages could have so much fun in one night!!!!  Wanted to go back for another show the next night! 
as her handful of students take turns reading August Wilson’s stage play Gem of the Ocean. Simply INCREDIBLE!!!!”
“I really wanted to teach them [the students] about themselves and the Diaspora. His [August  “Blue Man Group” on tour also features a new physical design centered around a
Wilson] other plays are great, but I think this really depicts our ancestral journey really well,” massive LED curtain and high-resolution screen, creating an entirely new visual experience.
said Pryor.  “Until now, we have never mounted a touring version of our theatrical production,” said
ConneXions aims to empower Baltimore youth and cultivate arts awareness and culture. “Blue Man Group” co-founder Philip Stanton in a prepared statement. “The main reason
The school engages youth with diverse forms expression including dance and visual art. Just by for this is we needed to find a way to transform theaters of all shapes and sizes into spaces
walking down the hallways of the school, their mission is evident as the sound of African drums in which the Blue Man can intimately connect with the audience, where the audience can
permeate the walls of Pryor’s class room. The noise doesn’t bother the students. They are at ease. become engaged with the spirit of the show and of the Blue Man himself.  Our goal with this
For some students, this learning environment has improved their self-awareness and a sense production, as with all of our productions, is to help audience members reconnect with their
of personal responsibility. own sense of discovery, with their own sense of what is possible in their lives.”
“I’m very proud of myself. I take an extra step forward into pushing myself, so that way…  “Blue Man Group” at the Warner Theatre is produced by Blue Man Group Productions
when I get older I can know what to do,” said student Terry Benson Jr. “Because we need to and NETWORKS Presentations.
stand together, that’s what we’re not realizing.
Tickets, starting at $32 (plus applicable service charges), are on sale now at the Warner
Cottman looks on and is pleased with what the youth in the performing arts class have shared.
Theatre Box Office, online at or, and via
He only hopes that more adults would take heed to their efforts.
“You can’t grow a strong tree from the branches down; you have to grow it from the roots up. phone at 800- 551-7328.  For special group rates on select performances, call 866- 276-
So it starts with the people, said Cottman. “We have to take this into our own hands and make a 2947. For more information and show times, call the Warner Theatre at 202- 783-4000 or
change to care for these children and not let these children go into life without…opportunities.” visit
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of words
By reading the writings of inspirational African-American leaders, these young
people learned how words can change the lives of others and themselves.

Basil Abdalla Starr Shands Atif Javed Benjamin Stoll

Frank W. Cox High School Dinwiddie High School Fairfax High School Grace Christian High School
Virginia Beach, Virginia Dinwiddie, Virginia Fairfax, Virginia Staunton, Virginia


to overcome the oppression of slavery, to persevere through
racism and prejudice, and to stand strong in their beliefs. The
more they read, the more these students understood how their Women

own writings could affect attitudes and opinions and become

catalysts for change. That’s what led them to enter Dominion’s
2011 Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership series
student writing contest. And as proof of their persuasive writing, FEATURED IN WINNING ESSAYS

they’ve become this year’s winners. 1830s

Their essays earned each of them a laptop computer Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery and
goes on to become the nation’s most eloquent
and a grant for their school. For further inspiration, they voice for emancipation.

Winning essay by Atif Javed

were introduced to some of the African-American leaders
Dominion has been honoring for the past 21 years. Instead of 1920s
Langston Hughes joins other influential
reading about this year’s Strong Men & Women honorees, African-American writers and artists in creating
the Harlem Renaissance, and publishes
they were able to meet them in person. And experience the his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues.

power of their words firsthand. Winning essay by Benjamin Stoll

Malcolm X makes his pilgrimage to Mecca,
The Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership series is an annual series sponsored by Dominion to which transforms his life and his message,
honor the contributions of influential African-American leaders. In conjunction with this series, Dominion inspiring him to disavow racism.
is helping prepare future leaders by providing student scholarships and grants, as well as resource
material for schools. To learn more about the series, its honorees, and available resource materials, visit Winning essay by Basil Abdalla, keyword: strong.
Nikki Giovanni is nominated for Best Spoken
Word Album at the 46th Annual Grammy
Awards and is named by Oprah Winfrey as
one of twenty-five “living legends.”

Winning essay by Starr Shands

©2011 Dominion