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March 12, 2011 March 12, 2011, The Afro-American A1 PRINCE GEORGE’S -COUNTY EDITION


MARCH 12, 2011 - MARCH 18, 2011

Foreclosure Crisis Leave NAACP Image Awards Emotional Scars Go Off Smoothly
Prince George’s Family continues struggle
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer In 1974, Clarence and Betty Johnson bought a house on the 600 block of Clovis Avenue in Capitol Heights. Over 35 years later, the couple is out of that house, as the foreclosure crisis engulfed their dream of owning their home outright. While many in the county fell prey to sub-prime mortgages and predatory lender, the Johnsons were victims to illness, ignorance and the economy. Their story is a cautionary tale of how honest hard-working people succumbed to the foreclosure nightmare as well. “I never knew society could be so cruel,” Betty Johnson said. “How can you treat human beings like this? I’ve worked and slaved and paid taxes only to get thrown to the wolves.” A long fight with Bank of America over the collateral damage of the foreclosure continues for Mrs. Johnson. She’s been in and out of Prince George’s County Circuit Court, federal court and the state court of appeals for close to a year now. She’s By Dennis J. Freeman Special to the AFRO While Black performers scarcely drew a nod during this year’s entertainment industry’s awards season, the March 4 NAACP Image Awards established that key artists cannot be ignored. After a virtual Whiteout in nearly all of the major awards shows, including the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, the NAACP eased some of that pain by honoring leading names in film, broadcast television, and popular music.

Turn your Clocks Forward 2 a.m. Sunday

Politicians Shred Biblical Definition of Marriage

A7 Prince Sued – Again


Despite Controversy Raised by A Group Over Certain Artists

Two of the notable Black names snubbed by the major industry awards are Halle Berry and renowned director Tyler Perry. Perry, who directed For Colored Girls and was skipped over again by the National Academy of Motion Pictures for an Oscar, carried home two NAACP Image Awards for directing. Perry’s film For Colored Girls earned three awards: best picture, director and outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture (Kimberly Elise). Berry, whose appearance at the Oscars was limited to a tribute to entertainment legend Lena Horne, was named the Image Awards Continued on A4
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Betty Johnson hopes others can be helped by hearing her ordeal. even filed a $125 million defamation suit against the bank. She says she was misrepresented in court and that this entire fight could have been prevented. “For what they’ve done to us, with as long as we have worked, isn’t right,” Johnson said. “They’re a bank. They could’ve settled this a long time ago.” What compounds the situation is Clarence’s condition. He is bound to a hospital bed in the bedroom of their small Suitland apartment after a stroke in 1999 left irreparable damage to his nervous system. He can’t move much, doesn’t speak much, and breathes with the aid of an oxygen machine. Betty never handled the Continued on A3

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UMCP Zeta Phi Beta Members Charged
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Seven members of the University of Maryland chapter of Zeta Phi Beta have been criminally charged after a former pledge went to the police, alleging abuse on-line. Amber Bijou, 22, Montressa Hammond 24, Monika Young, 23, Tymesha Pendleton, 26, Kandyce Jackson, 20, Tymesha Pendleton, 26, and Bridget Blount, 24, have all been charged with second-degree assault and on-campus hazing. An un-named student filed charges with the Prince George’s County Police on Oct. 10, 2010 and the university found out soon after. On Nov. 12, 2010 the university’s Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life (Greek Life) suspended the chapter from campus – partly because the chapter didn’t live up to expectations. “Every organization must have the means to act quickly in addressing the behavior of a member who violates established codes or

It was a big night at the Awards, starting top left: LLCool J beat out Lawrence Fishburne, Blair Underwood and Hill Harper to win for Outstanding Actor in a drama series; Halle Berry takes home the Outstanding Actress in a motion picture award; U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin shows up on the red carpet; Vanessa Williams carries away the award for Outstanding Actress in a comedy series; Terrance Howard brings it home for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a drama series and Regina King wins Outstanding Actress in a drama series.

Charter suspended because of assault allegations
standards, either through its own internal procedures or those of the inter/national organization,” Greek Life’s chapter expectations says. “This must include the means to promptly and permanently expel a member from the chapter, making certain to guarantee all rights of due process and adherence to international procedures.”

Gay Marriage Legislation Clears House Committee
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer After the Maryland Senate passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, most in the state thought the measure’s fate in the House similarly was a done deal. After two co-sponsors of the bill walked off the floor during a committee vote, its prospects became a bit murkier. Del. Tiffany Alston, D-Dist. 24, and Del. Jill P. Carter, D-Dist. 41, both walked away from a proposed vote last week for personal reasons. Their walkout left a 10-10 House Judiciary Committee vote unresolved. According to reports, Alston had second thoughts because of her constituents, who’d pressured her to vote against the bill. Alston was so conflicted she attempted to amend the bill – changing the language from marriage to civil unions. However, the legislation, if passed, would not require a religious group to provide any

kind of service or accommodations it believes are in violation of its beliefs, nor can that organization be the subject of a civil suit. Supporters of the bill don’t want the language changed as they say

“Not to sound rude, but it’s obvious. Girl wants to join. Girl pledges. Girl drops line. Girl calls the cops.”
Despite that, a member of the University of Maryland chapter, who spoke with the AFRO on the condition of anonymity, said the entire situation is nothing more than a disgruntled pledge that was ready for the process to be over and tired of waiting. “Not to sound rude, but it’s obvious,” the source said. “Girl wants to join. Girl pledges. Girl drops line. Continued on A4

“From every corner of the state, Marylanders have made it clear that a majority favor marriage equality.”
the only way to true equality is to have marriage for all and not just civil unions. “Marriage provides a critical safety net for families,” Morgan Meneses-Sheets, executive director of Equality Maryland, said in a statement. “From every corner of the state, Marylanders have made it clear that a majority favor marriage equality.” Continued on A4

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the woman might flee the country. A spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said the tips weren’t enough for authorities to detain her. Fire Department Chief Terry Garrison and the U.S. Marshals Service in Houston told The Associated Press they have issued a “red notice” to the international police agency Interpol, which alerts law enforcement around the world to look for suspects. In addition to seven charges of reckless injury of a child filed against Tata, prosecutors added three counts of abandoning a child. If indicted, she will face up to 20 years in prison for each reckless injury charge and up to 10 years for the charges of abandoning a child. Miss. Gov. Barbour Blames Obama for Rising Gas Prices Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, accused President Obama March 2 of intentionally driving up gas prices in an effort to get Americans to buy more hybrids and other energyefficient vehicles. Barbour specifically targeted comments made by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in 2008. Chu claimed that higher energy costs could force an investment in alternative fuels and cleaner energy sources. Barbour said the Obama administration is using that theory to allow gas prices to rise. “This administration’s policies have been designed to drive up the cost of energy in the name of reducing An Oregon school district has suspended a kindergarten bus driver for hanging a Confederate flag on his personal vehicle, saying he is in violation of their harassment policies. According to The Associated Press, Ken Webber, 28, was suspended from the bus company First Student, which contracts buses to the Phoenix-Talent School District, after he ignored commands from school officials to take the flag off his personal pick-up truck. The flag also has “Redneck” emblazoned on the front. Webber drives the kindergarten bus to Talent Elementary School. “My flag will fly,” Webber told the AP. “No one here is gonna tell me what I can and can’t believe in.” According to Oregon CBS affiliate KTVL, First Student said in a statement that, “This is an internal personnel issue that is currently under investigation.” The Phoenix-Talent School District also told KTVL that Webber was in violation of a harassment policy that outlaws pictures or objects that are offensive, tend to alarm, annoy, abuse or demean certain protected individuals and groups. “The fact is, our district is about 37 percent minority students,” Ben Bergreen, the school’s superintendent, told the AP. “It’s fairly common knowledge that the Confederate battle flag is perceived by folks as a racist or negative symbol. The Southern Poverty Law Center said more than 500 extremist groups use it as one of their symbols.”

AFRO National Briefs
Houston Day Care Provider Flees to Nigeria After Fire Kills Four Children, Injures Three Manslaughter charges have been filed against a Nigerian woman who allegedly left a Houston, Texas, day care center unattended that was the scene of a fire last month
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A3 Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew
The Afro-American, March 12, 2011 - March 12, 2011
sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license

March 12, 2011 - March 18, 2011 The Afro-American

By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified By Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO

D.C. Nurses Protest Working Conditions
from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted

ACORN Fights Back
By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

Hundreds of nurses dressed in red jackets picketed outside the grounds of the Washington Hospital Center on March 5 demanding a safe staffing plan to care for patients. For many of the nurses this second day of picketing was a hard pill to swallow. The original one-day walkout was held on March 4, when over 1,000 caregivers signed up and participated in the protest. However, hospital officials forewarned union leaders that if a strike were to occur, participants would be locked out of work for an additional four days. Cassidy Joseph, 55, an emergency Courtesy Photos room nurse, expressed the sentimentDarnell Donerson who Jennifer Hudson and her mom, of her colleagues. as are as anxious to come was killed,“Wewellveryher brother, Jason. back to work. After our one-day protest, it was doubly insulting that MedStar would lock plate a safe theout. What’s wrong with demanding X584859 was found on us body of her 7-year-old Chicago’s a nephew Monday, the patients?” said Joseph, West Side after just hours environment for police received a 7 a.m. call after his body was found in a seven-year nurse. The hospital expected a walkout and was prepared for it, a hospital spokeswoman said.

“What happens with this contract will set the trend for other nursing hospitals in the area. It’s time for the hospital to respect “She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.” patient advocacy and provide a staffing plan video screen, the family chose the latter. According to the that gives patients the Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, that’s him.” proper care they need.”

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
No wonder Obama’s campaign is and Dallas Cowboys players trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to Never Organized with ACORN.” election officials. Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes Associated Community ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed Organization for Reform Now – sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the success of the “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. organization, the head of the faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least group says. 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote registered 1.3 million new votefforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. no agreement was reached. Before this most it pays peobombarded with parties met ing“Weof the greatest frauds in that a strike one knew well in advance rely on volunteers,recent round of discussions, the threats and 30 ple, many poor and reached agreement mighthistory in this country, said Soyoung of them timesor unem- racist mail. on approximately voter occur at some point,” maybe destroying the top nurses ployed, to Pak. “You can’t hirefabric of from other sign up new voters. in 2010, The day after the presidential 30 articles leaving fewer than 10 The idea those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” parts of the country for one day. So we was to help bothto be resolved. Neither the union nor issues organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan negotiated a contract with the US being registered and those doing Nursing hospital officials were willing to discuss the the for the offices and stole computers. Web site, found those 60 hours of workregistration. claims to Corps guaranteeing remaining a other Cleveland has been Maud explained, “We haveissuesAfter a than what representative be “exaggerated,” with “no evitemporary nursing staff.” made deliber- which includesTV, an e-mailcut public appeared on attempts to was dence ofnurses have been without zero tolerance policy for The any such democracya contract nurses’ pay. ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying fraud.” since last June. On Feb. 26, WHC and Most news accountKenneth Zinn, 52, director ofher life ended.” neglect to “is going to have strategic Hurd believes the McCain National Nurses United (NNU), the union that ACORN is campaigning, NNU, a California-basedR.I., A worker in Providence, union, charges were politically motivat- point out representing the nurses, ended a series of by law to said in all reg- issue is patient safety. call say14 the main received a threatening required turn ed. sessions, totaling nearly low- hours in which istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We incident reported to Zinn remembered an know you get off work She said, “Because it’s 100 to note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesContinued from A1 isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” points,how quicklyair misleadpreferring to everything hung. He’sprogram ]gives ACORN is no stranger to mortgage payments so she about “[The a (expletive deleted) ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s information controversy. knowledgeable wasn’t very changed. borrowers the a piece of thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You stage, Forhow the household bills to ACORN, been married 50 38 years, the non-partisan about “We’ve they need at an early guys are his political said. “He fraudulent, every Maryland to and you need to go organization has fought for social years,” she support. worked worked. Her miseducation and gives McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic justice for lowto how the entire process 25 years in the federal family the right to have and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income worked contributed to the government and I worked 31. eys, they’re going to get assassiaccess to their lenders when Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 memlossfamilies organized into more He gets totally with “a political nated,feel they are unfairly of their home as well. disabled and they they’re gonna get killed.” Obama? A man ber “That’sneighborhood chapthe reason I’m now I have to go through all denied a loan modification baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 fighting socities nationwide, of this.”Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive or other mitigation option,” speed.” ters in 110 hard,” Johnson said. “They took the years seen The state of Chicago. Gov. Martin O’Malley deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over advantage of lege, he moved toMaryland meshare mycriticism while advo- has put incommunity organizer. said just statement. “ This guys in a (expletive deleted) its and of sick husband. I’m Became a safeguards to help back-and-forth fighting with residents through Madeleine legislation country, consume There, Obama met situations come to our will help keep cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of experienced. every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare for the the bank while my husband is the Johnson’sthe Chicago more Marylanders in the branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while fighting for his life.” organThe Maryland Foreclosure homes they worked hard to impressive Program asked all you guys do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. In 2007, the Johnsons Mediationthat he wasforces to purchase.” train lenders and homeowners up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been as withering finally sold their home, but both the ACORN staff. What did ACORN in when and baseless as this settlement to be more responsiveChicago one else to pay for your hospital all profits from theone. engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the presidential election foreclosure is imminent. the bank. Now, as went to Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two weeksmemories away, Johnson clings to The goal is to make sure of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the of the past with a healthy alternatives are explored Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. husband and a full house,after before a family loses its The same types of loans that bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud she reported discovery of bogus home. the financial crisis we’re caused it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the gets emotional thinking in today. hope you all die.” names, such as Mickey Mouse Hurd thinks the hate calls will cease soon. “In two weeks, I think these attacks will be over. 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posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In her MySpace blog, she returns. and investmentthanked fans and supporters for their prayers Pak. “That’s totally false,” saidand “Our offered a lost $11 million in hospital $100,000 reward to anyone who returned the boy January. Admissions are going alive. down. We have a $1.9 million bed Since the investigation, tax. We offered $100 million in free Hudson – who gained stardom after appearing on “American Idol,” and then won an Academy Award for her role in the movie Dreamgirls – has stayed out of the public eye. The Chicago Tribune reportJulian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. ed that a parade of cars moved slowly past her family’s home A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after news vans, reporters and curious onlookers. Neighbors stood quietly and reflected on the “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted violence. ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackIn front of the Hudson’s “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both and hooded sweatshirts came to was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. year.” Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison care last “Everybody is sick of going in been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven Photos by Valencia Mohammedyears Nurses said they earned every through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’soutsidethe attempted murder andcent of their salaries. Lori J. of the for the grounds of Over 300 nurses picketed West, a former resident grandmother, Darnell car hijacking 5, to Marlowe, told a cardiac nurse has the Washington Hospital Center on March charges. area 35, the Tribune. “We all Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained protest deteriorating working conditions at the missingbeen working at the hospital for 12 have to stick together. All these Jason Hudson, 29, shot their support for safe patient in years.young children pattern almost “The staffing are dying, and facility and to show to death through a long weekend in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers makes it what?” for impossible to provide the care. the 7000 block of South Yale type of care our patients need. There Avenue. are far too many stories to tell,” said the union in the mother-baby unit with one An Amber Alert – a desigMarlowe. nurse for high-risk missing nation taking care of six mothers and six babies Ndip Ayuk-Takor, 31, registered nurse in alone. “This is not fair to the children – was issued Friday patients. What ICU, said some patients need a higher level happens with this contract after Julian was discovered will set the trend for other nursing hospitals in missing after the murders. the area. It’s time for of care but are made to wait. “Many times it almost takes one or two hours before nurses Police arrested William patient advocacy and the hospital to respect are reassigned from other units or agencies to Balfour, the missing boy’s step- patients the provide a staffing plan that gives provide care,” she said. father and estranged husband Zinn. proper care they need,” said Joanne Johnson, 38, a clinical nurse in ICU, of Julia, thehis girlfriend’s at hospital questions those seemingly But has been a nurse for 19 years. She worked Southside reasons. “Despite NNU’s public apartment several altruistic in hospitals in the United Kingdom before hours after the murders.concerns around safety rhetoric about alleged Balfour’s mother, Michele, has and staffing, none of these issues was raised or coming to WHC four years ago. “Besides the told reporters that union inhad way in the most nurse-to-patient ratio, I was quite surprised discussed by the her son any nothing to do with the slayings. recent negotiating sessions,’ said Pak. “This all that the hospital would lack so many resources Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson and modern technology,” said Johnson. “Last about money.” July, WHC just received lifting machines to Pak said a recent survey found that WHC lift heavy patients. Until now, nurses would be nurses get paid 120 percent higher for shift lifting patients, well over 400 pounds.” differentials than neighboring
jurisdictions. “We want to bring those salaries back in SQUARE line by offering a flat rate rather than a percentage,” Pak said. According to the 2010 fiscal report of WHC’s parent company, MedStar, the nonprofit organization made a BREAD profit of $142 million, union leaders said. In the first three months of fiscal year 2011, the hospital reports profits of $62 million for the firstLEFT quarter on operating revenues



Foreclosure Leaves Emotional Scars
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March 12, 2011 - March 12, 2011, The Afro-American


Md. Lawmakers Could Ban Smoking in Cars with Children
By Holly Nunn Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS — A bill to ban smoking in a car with a child, which has been stopped in committee four years running, may finally make it to the floor of the House of Delegates this year. The bill has more sponsors this year than in the past, especially in the House Environmental Matters Committee, where it needs a favorable vote to get to the floor for debate. Thirteen members of the committee are sponsors. Its fate in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is less certain. The legislation would impose a $50 fine for smoking in a vehicle with a child under the age of 8, the same age at which children are required to be in safety seats. “This is a common sense measure that really protects kids,” said Delegate Ben Barnes, D-Prince George’s and a bill sponsor, at a hearing Tuesday before the committee. “We’ve done this with regard to safety seats on the road, and this is the next natural extension of that.” Critics say the bill is an attempt to overrule parents with regard to children’s health. During a Senate committee hearing, Sen. James Brochin, D-Baltimore County, likened it to legislating sunscreen requirements or restricting the foods that parents feed their children. Supporters of the bill, including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Center for Tobacco Regulation at the University of Maryland School of Law, cite studies that report toxicity in a closed car while smoking is 10 times the level deemed safe for children by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With windows open, it’s bill needs a favorable vote to make it to the Senate floor. Forehand said the $50 fine isn’t to raise money or penalize, but to educate. “Sometimes the public doesn’t get the idea that something is really important until we pass a law,” Forehand said. “It’s child smoking-related illness,” said Madaleno’s aide, Adam Fogel. “The state has a very real interest in preventing illness by smoking, and in reducing smoking in general.” A Johns Hopkins School of Public Health study from 2005 reports that second-hand smoke costs $73 million a year in children’s medical treatment. But Bruce Bereano, a lobbyist for the Maryland Association of Tobacco and Candy Distributors, has called the bill “over-the-top big-brotherism” and “death by a thousand hassles” for the tobacco industry. “The assumption is that adults do not have common sense,” Bereano said. “We the State of Maryland have to step in and be parents.”

“Sometimes the public doesn’t get the idea that something is really important until we pass a law.”
three times the toxic level. Sen. Jennie Forehand is sponsoring the bill in the Senate, where it has seven other sponsors. Forehand, a Montgomery County Democrat with a long history of pushing anti-smoking legislation, is the only sponsor on the Judicial Proceedings Committee where the abuse, subjecting kids to things that have been known to harm them.” Other supporters, including perennial sponsor Sen. Richard Madaleno, another Montgomery County Democrat, see the issue as a budget problem. “It’s a burden to the state when people on state-provided health care have

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NAACP Image Awards Go Off Smoothly
admitted that her role in “Frankie & Alice” presented an acting challenge for her. “It’s a difficult film,” Berry said. “Everyone has their own story.” Frankie & Alice captured two NAACP Image Awards. Berry and Perry weren’t the only big winners. Jill Scott received two awards, and Samuel L. Jackson (Mother and Child), Terrence Howard (“Law & Order: Los Angeles,” outstanding supporting actor), LL Cool J (“NCIS: Los Angeles,” outstanding actor in a drama series) and Vanessa Williams (“Desperate Housewives,” outstanding actress in a comedy series), were also big winners. In spite of the attention grabbing glitz and glamour, the Image Awards nevertheless drew some criticism. The NAACP was assailed for nominating artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Diddy Dirty Money, and B.O.B, whose works often include sexually explicit lyrics that many consider offensive. Rev. Delman Coates, organizer of the Enough Is Enough Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment and senior pastor of the Mt. Ennon America, it is disheartening to see established civil rights organizations and leading

outstanding actress for her work in Frankie & Alice, a film about a woman struggling with personality disorders. Berry, despite rave reviews for her work in the racially charged film, didn’t receive either a Golden Globe or Oscar nomination. Berry, appearing backstage to speak with reporters,

“What I am saying to a generation of young people, we have to get involved and fight.”
Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., was incensed that the NAACP would honor these individuals. “It is a complete outrage that the NAACP and some of this country’s largest corporations would endorse artists that degrade women, use the N-word, and promote values that are antithetical to the goals and aspirations of most Americans,” Coates said in a statement. “At a time when we have witnessed social and political progress in American corporations promote some of the most stereotypical and offensive images and messages in the popular culture,” Coates said. “These are not images that any respectable civil rights organization or responsible American corporation should endorse.” In spite of the concerns raised by Coates, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous nevertheless reasserted the NAACP’s focus on young people by stating that Black America faces daunting

challenges. “We are the most incarcerated generation on the planet, the most murdered generation in the country,” Jealous said backstage at the Image Awards. “What I am saying to a generation of young people, we have to get involved and fight.”

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Zeta Phi Beta Members
but confirmed that a paddle was used, saying the accuser knew that was going to be a part of the pledging process. “That’s how we pledged,” the source said. “I’m not saying it was right, but she knew the deal before she went into it.” The source also said this was the smoking gun to remove the sorority from campus and that Greek Life was “hungry” to get rid of them. Zeta Phi Beta’s national office has also suspended the chapter pending the result of the investigation. Six of the women have been given court dates in April. Bijou will not find out her court date until March 17.

Girl calls the cops.” The source said the pledge asked how much longer she had until the probate, but that she wasn’t told since that’s typically not what Zeta Phi Beta does. That probate, according to the source, was only a week away from it when she asked. The source said the frustrated former pledge decided to take the matter to the police instead of to the chapter’s graduate advisor, where the proper disciplinary or reconciliatory actions would’ve been put in place to please all parties. The source said allegations of choking and use of a paddle were made in the complaint. The source doesn’t believe choking occurred,

Carter, on the other hand, felt there were other things that should have had priority over passing this bill. Despite their walkout, a vote was eventually taken on March 4 by the Judiciary Committee and the bill was passed to a full vote on the House floor. Carter and Del. Joseph Vallario, D-Dist. 27 eventually provided the necessary 12 votes to put the vote over the top. Alston voted nay. With the impending vote on the House floor, co-sponsors of the bill and civil rights organizations are reiterating the importance of this bill. “To me, this legislation is all about family, liberty and respect. I respect the civil liberties of samesex couples who wish to solemnize their relations and families in the eyes of the law,” said House Majority Leader Kumar Barve, D-Dist. 17, in a statement. “I also respect the values of those in our society who are not comfortable with same-sex relationships. Surely there is enough space in America for all of us to build our lives and families as we choose and live next to each other.” It remains a touchy subject, though, even with those who voted in favor of the bill. Del. Sam Arora, D-Dist. 19, says he struggled with his decision to vote in favor of the bill because he says it will have a huge effect on Maryland residents. “As the vote drew nearer, I wrestled with this issue in a way I never had before, which led me to realize that I had some concerns about the bill,” Arora said in a statement. “While I personally believe that Maryland should extend civil rights to same-sex couples through civil unions, I have come to the conclusion that this issue has such impact on the people of Maryland that they should have a direct say.” Neither Carter nor Alston responded to interview requests.

March 12, 2011 - March 18, 2011, The Afro-American

By Daphne Bernard Special to the AFRO


Ask Your Pharmacist
Everybody wants to save money, particularly me. I’ve been known to squeeze a dollar so tight the eagle grins. Some folks are particularly good at saving at the grocery store through coupons. Legendary are the stories of people who have bought $100 worth of groceries with $30 and a fist full of coupons collected from the store, newspapers and online. Well, one of the secrets in the pharmacy business is that you can save money for medicine through coupons. In order to lure more customers, some pharmaceutical companies, almost exclusively brand names, pass out coupons that will drive down the cost of your co-pay. Some brands that immediately come to mind are Cialis for male erection, Advair for asthma and Acithex for acid reflux. You can get these money-saving coupons at three places. First, you can sometimes pick them up at your doctor’s office. Be sure to ask on your next visit. Second, they can be

found at your local pharmacy. Again, ask, and we’ll be happy to help. Finally, you can find coupons online. Either way, with the cost of drugs, you should look for every economic advantage you can find. Q: I recently contracted a yeast infection. How likely is it that my boyfriend gave it to me? A: It’s possible, but not necessarily the answer. While yeast infections can be sexually transmitted, they are most commonly caused by an imbalance in good and bad bacteria in your vagina. They can be caused by some medications, such as antibiotics. Yeast infections can occur at any age. It is most common during the childbearing years. Women who are pregnant or diabetic, taking antibiotics, birth control pill or steroids or who have a weakened immune system are more likely to get repeated yeast infections. Take an over-the-counter vaginal antifungal, such as Monostat or Gyne-lotrimin. Q: Do I need to get two separate shots for the flu this year like last year? A: No. This year’s flu shot includes

vaccination against the seasonal flu and H1N1, sometimes referred to as swine flu. Be sure to get your shot early. Q: My friend says she got Tamiflu online at a much cheaper price. I need to save money, but I am concerned about buying drugs over the Internet. A: First off, Tamiflu is available by prescription only. So, a little bell should go off immediately in your head at the idea of buying a prescription drug without a prescription. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration warns that what is being presented as “generic Tamiflu” is a potentially harmful product. Tests showed the product did not contain oseltamivir, the active ingredient in Tamiflu. Instead it contains another drug that can be harmful. Stay away! Q: I will leaving the country to visit my son in Barcelona, Spain, soon. I am concerned about traveling with my diabetes medicine. I need to carry the medicine with me, but I am afraid the syringes could be a problem? A: As long as the medication and syringes are in their original containers, preferably with the prescription label, there shouldn’t be a problem. You may want to check with the airline to be on the safe side, but it shouldn’t be difficult. You will also want to find a way to keep your insulin refrigerated during the trip. Q: I often hear about drugs used for one

thing but also working for something else, like antacids for heartburn also being effective against itching. Is this safe to use the same drug for two different things? A: There are many drugs that serve dual purposes, such as Benadryl, which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for allergy relief and as a sleep aid. However, note, I said FDA approved. Drugs serving more than one purpose are constantly being studied. However, until they are approved by the FDA, they should not be used for anything other than their prescribed use. For instance, the FDA has warned about the unapproved use of quinine, an anti-malaria drug, to treat leg cramps. This unapproved use has resulted in reported blood clots. Dr. Daphne Bernard, Pharm,D.,is a registered pharmacist in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is currently assistant dean at the Howard University School of Pharmacy and a member of numerous boards and associations, including the Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy, the Nonprescription Medicines Academy, Rho Chi Honor Society, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmaceutical Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Please e-mail her at questions@ askyourpharmacistrx.com. month before implementing the program. That number is now at 693.” And health care woes, Ulman said, stretch across economic lines. “Sometimes it’s worse in higher income areas because there’s this stigma (about needing to ask for help),” he said. Accessibility aside, Ulman said Door to HealthCare’s simplicity is its greatest asset. “This is not reinventing the wheel. We’re not recreating programs; we’re just linking existing ones together,” he said. “This app makes government more efficient and user friendly.” See Full Story on Afro.com

Howard County Pilots Web-based Health Insurance App
By Jessica Harper Capital News Service WASHINGTON - Howard County Executive Ken Ulman attended a health care conference in Phoenix three years ago to learn more about improving coverage options for his constituents, a trip that ended up yielding an ideal solution to his district’s health insurance woes. “This California company had a ‘one-e-app’ that streamlined all their health care programs into one form,” said Ulman. “So I thought, ‘Let’s do this ourselves.’” Ulman’s decision triggered the implementation of Door to HealthCare, a one-stop, Web application designed to help mostly low-income residents navigate the county’s health care labyrinths. Residents who can use the electronic application generally include people under age 65 or families of four, who are 300 percent below the federal poverty level and make a maximum of $66,000 a year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Undocumented residents qualify for emergency care only, and that’s usually if they are pregnant. Seniors on Medicare are disqualified. With Door to HealthCare, applicants work from a kiosk – either alone or with an assistant – at the Howard County Health Department, where they input personal data about their income level, health insurance status and family make-up. The Web application returns a list of available services based on the data. The application process takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete for individuals and 45 minutes to one hour for a family of six. The county’s Health Department is the pilot site for the program, which has

federal government approval. The department collaborates with communitybased nonprofit Healthy Howard on the venture, which costs Maryland $500,000 and the county $12,000. Lena Hershkovitz, a Door to HealthCare enrollment manager, said online applications are convenient because they allow people to apply for multiple health care services at one location. “It cuts out the guesswork,” said Hershkovitz. “Clients can talk to real people (the assistants) and get immediate answers to their questions rather than

mailing an application and having to wait to hear back.” Health department assistants are often bilingual, speaking either Korean or Spanish in addition to English – a plus given that Korean and Spanish communities, Hershkovitz said, comprise sizeable populations in Howard County. The program can also switch between English and Spanish. Dr. Peter Beilenson, the county’s health officer, said the department’s client pool has quadrupled as a result of the new application. “The response has been huge,” Beilenson said. “We saw about 150 to 170 people each

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Howard Students Weather Rain to Help Others in Haiti and U.S.
Despite the downpour, scores of Howard University students, many of them soaked from the rain, took to the streets for 12 hours on March 6 to raise money so they can help people in Haiti and in five U.S. cities during their spring break. They were part of the WHUR 96.3 Helping Hands radiothon, an annual fundraising event to help send hundreds of students across the country to help residents in troubled neighborhoods across the globe. It is part of Howard’s yearly Alternative Spring Break (ASB). Instead of heading to the beach or the nation’s famous spring break party spots, more than 350 Howard students will be working in Haiti, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New For 12 hours on March 6, students from Howard University scoured local streets to help raise money for those suffering in Haiti and five U.S. cities.

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(TriceEdneyWire.com) — The Maryland legislature is guilty of virtually taking a paper shredder to the Bible clearing the way for samesex marriages, a measure threatening tragic spiritual and social consequences. Recently the Maryland Senate passed a measure allowing men to marry men and women to marry women. The liberal House will wave it through and the governor has promised to Barbara Reynolds sign it. President Obama is showing his support for samesex marriages by announcing his intentions not to support the scripture. Opposition to the gay bill is weak even though hundreds of Maryland’s African-American pastors know it is wrong based on their knowledge of the Bible. Many of the pastors remain silent because they fear losing the blessings of politicians, gay tithers or being labeled “homophobic.” The label of “homophobia” does not have to stick. Homophobia denotes hate. I personally have fought for the rights of gay people not to be discriminated against in housing, employment and education. I have close friends and relatives who are gay and I love them. Nevertheless, when it comes to agreeing that the sacred covenant of marriage between a man and a woman should be changed to accommodate a lifestyle the Bible says is “sinful,” then somebody must draw the line. While many church leaders refuse to defend the gospel, the Maryland legislators are changing the definition of marriage clearly defined in Scripture. In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus declared: “Have you not read that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female and for this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife and their twain shall be one flesh.”

Politicians Shred Biblical Definition of Marriage


March 12, 2011 - March 18, 2011, The Afro-American


Moreover, the Bible warns in 1 Corinthians 6:9 that homosexuality, like adultery, is a sin and those who live those lifestyles will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Other scriptures rebuke those who approve of homosexuality, calling the practice an abomination. Scholars may argue that it is not the business of the state to choose personal lifestyles for their citizens. No argument. But, when politicians busy themselves changing the order of divine creation, they are wandering into dangerous territory. According to some interpretations Genesis (chapter six) reveals that when sons of men (fallen angels) had sex with daughters of men, the unholy union produced giants, who were so diabolically violent that God lamented that he had ever created humankind. God responded by sending a flood that destroyed all humans except Noah and his family. Again, Genesis reveals that the practice of homosexuality brought down the wrath of God on Sodom and Gomorrah, wiping out all human life except for Lot and a few of his relatives.

"Maryland legislators have fought hard against putting the gay bill on the ballot because studies show when citizens have a chance to vote, same-sex measures generally lose."
Today, politicians, intellectuals and even leaders of seminaries try to separate the masses from scripture by saying that same-sex marriage is a secular, legal issue and has nothing to do with religion. How wrong they are. The issue directly rebuts, defaces and maligns scripture. Moreover, the repercussions of the gay bill have many unintended consequences that will touch the lives of our youth, teachers and businesses for years to come. For example, measures were defeated that would exempt public school teachers from teaching materials that “promote” gay unions. In other words teachers would be in danger of losing their jobs if

they do not teach that gay sex is “acceptable.” It is not only what is being done that is so obnoxious, but also how it is being done. Maryland is following the lead of the District leaders who, while always reminding the world how awful it is not to have congressional voting representation, rammed a same-sex marriage bill through the legal process without granting residents the right to vote on it through a referendum. Maryland legislators have fought hard against putting the gay bill on the ballot because studies show when citizens have a chance to vote, same-sex measures generally lose. Opponents vow to amass the 53,650 signatures needed to put a measure defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman on the ballot in 2012. This shouldn’t be difficult because there are scores of mega churches in Maryland. Maybe the pastors should remember the famous lines of Joshua, who said, “Choose this day whom you will serve, but in my house I will serve the Lord.” Wrong choices bring tragic consequences. It is in the interest of us all that the religious leaders serve the Lord. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, author of six books, is a book coach, lecturer and columnist. Her website is www. reynoldsworldnews.com

Stop the Lies about the Financial Meltdown
“I pledge... Every American lives in safe, decent, affordable, and energy efficient housing on fair terms.” One of the National Urban League’s four I AM EMPOWERED goals.

No, President Obama was not born in Kenya. Superman is not real. And, there is no monkey-man roaming the streets of Hoboken scaring the Marc H. Morial daylights out of little children. Some urban myths are nutty. Some are funny. But some, like the one about mortgage loans in low and middle income urban neighborhoods being the cause of the financial meltdown can be downright dangerous. Since this assertion was first made several years ago, the National Urban League has called it for what it is – a weapon of mass deception, shifting blame for the economic crisis from Wall Street, where it rightfully belongs, onto the backs of hard working African-American and Hispanic homeowners, who for decades were routinely refused home loans and a fair shot at the American Dream. Leading economists have agreed with us, including Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke; FDIC chairman, Sheila Bair; and Nobel Prize columnist,

Paul Krugman. And now, a new study by the congressionally established Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission conclusively states that the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), established in 1977 to prevent redlining and spur homeownership in urban neighborhoods “was not a significant factor in subprime lending or the crisis.” Undergirding this myth is the claim by some that the CRA requires banks and thrifts to make loans to unqualified lowincome and minority borrowers. They contend that a higher default rate by those borrowers caused the housing meltdown. Aside from the fact that the law clearly states that CRA lending

“Black, brown, and poor people...did not cause our economic meltdown. This has been a yarn spun by some who wish to shift the blame from Wall Street to Main Street.”
must be consistent with safe and sound banking practices, there is no evidence that CRA caused lenders to make risky subprime loans that contributed to the crisis. In fact, most subprime loans are not made to minorities or low income borrowers. Between 2005 and 2007, 58 percent of higher costs loans were made to White borrowers, and fewer than 30 percent of subprime loans in 2006 were made to low and moderate-income borrowers. According to Commission chairman, Phil Angelides, “The debate about the role of the CRA should now be over ... We found that this crisis was avoidable and was caused

by widespread failures in financial regulation, dramatic breakdowns in corporate governance, excessive risk and borrowing, government officials ill prepared for the crisis, and systemic breaches in accountability and ethics at all levels.” In short, Black, brown and poor people, aggressively spurred on by the CRA did not cause our economic meltdown. This has been a yarn spun by some who wish to shift the blame from Wall Street to Main Street. The latest to use this as a weapon of mass deception is Florida freshman Congressman Allen West, who, speaking at a February Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, singled out the CRA as the cause of the housing crisis. He added, “If government gets out of the way of the private sector, it would not have happened in 2008.” The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission disagrees and so do we. With millions of people out of work, instead of clinging to discredited ideological theories, our policymakers should be focused on creating jobs and making sure that more citizens are able to realize the American Dream of homeownership. Marc H. Morial is the President and CEO of the National Urban League.

What Went Wrong with Libya’s Green Book Theory?
In 1981, I was a guest of Muammar Gadhafi, along with 300 Americans—mostly second generation Arab Americans invited to travel to Libya all expenses paid. I was an Islamic studies major at East-West University in Chicago. Gadhafi sponsored trips for thousands of Americans to learn about Libya’s Green Book Theory. The Green Book Theory Valencia was the country’s system of government that pushed Mohammed socialism, rather than capitalism, and dictatorship. We were there for a month. We stayed at army barracks in Benghazi. We were always guarded and could not leave the area “for our own safety.” Our passports were taken when we first arrived. There were Arab-American businessmen there with proposals to build a mosque in Las Vegas and other places in the United States, build shopping centers and buy American real estate; and students just wanting to learn about an African country. American Indians were present and African-American Muslims from every sect. Every day we were indoctrinated with the theory, like Bible study. We were given three small green booklets to review. Every morning after breakfast, we went to an auditorium where we watched films and listened to experts discuss the Green Book Theory and how it was the best form of government for its people. Unlike our form of democracy where people are elected to represent the views of the many, it claimed to be about American democracy. We also traveled around the country, where we were able to see American companies involved with irrigation and farming projects. We interviewed lots of people about how the system of government worked for them. Gadhafi offered dual citizenship to any African American who wanted it and free housing and health care if they wanted to remain. Lots of African Americans accepted the offer of dual citizenship. Some remained after the month-long trip was over. In the midst of the uprising in Libya, what is confusing to me is when did the Green Book Theory change to dictatorship? Or is the uprising the new will of the people? If, in fact, the demonstration represents the new views of the many to explore another version of democracy, then it is only befitting that Gadhafi let the people have what they want. Let them experience change. If the change fails, at least the Libyan people have the Green Book Theory to compare and embrace once again if they so desire. Valencia Mohammed is a freelance writer and activist, who lives in Washington, D.C.

“If, in fact, the demonstration represents the new views of the many to explore another version of democracy, then it is only befitting that Gadhafi let the people have what they want.”
based on the authority of the people, without representation—a way, the theory went, to achieve direct democracy in an orderly and effective form. There was much discussion comparing the Green Book Theory with what African Americans had to endure in current times. They emphasized how American democracy would never allow the African American to be totally equal to his White counterpart and would do everything in its power to prevent it. The presentation made most of us think very hard

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flourishing local music scene. For more information: dciff. org. March 11 Shaquille O’Neal Presents the All Star Comedy Jam Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St., N.W. D.C. 8 p.m. Comedians Corey Holcomb, Aries Spears, Michael Blackson and Henry Welch come to D.C. for this night of laughs. $33-$73. For more information: 202-397-7328. March 12 Wellness Works! Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, 610 Rhode Island Ave., N.E. D.C. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn how to lead a happier, healthier life through stress reduction, exercise and healthy eating at this workshop series for the entire family. For more information: 202-889-7296. Leukemia Ball 2011 The Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W. D.C. 6:30 p.m. The Leukemia Ball is D.C.’s largest political black-tie gala that raises over $3 million on behalf of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Legendary singer Diana Ross will perform at the event. $100. For more information: www.lls.org. Get Fit, Fabulous, Wealthy and Go Green! The National Association of University Women, 1001 E. St., S.E. D.C. 2 p.m. The National Association of University Women will host this business fair that will teach you how to be fit, fabulous and financially independent. For more information: 202-5473967. March 13 Rhythm Café: Women in Jazz The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place, S.E. D.C. 2 p.m. Karine Chapdelaine, a recent graduate of Howard University and an award-winning member of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble, will present a lecture and musical performance of selections by popular Brazilian singer Simone Bittencourt. For more information: 202-633-4866. Partnering For Life Concert Featuring Kurt Carr Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St., N.W. D.C. 5 p.m. The American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division will present a benefit concert featuring inspirational artists Kurt Carr, Isaiah Thomas and many more. $10-$30. For more information: 202-397-7328. March 15 Let’s Talk About It! Town Hall Meeting Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington, Md. 6:30 p.m. Del. Jay Walker will discuss various topics with members from the community including public safety, economic development, the agenda of the General Assembly and more. For more information: www. friendsofjaywalker.com. Historic Lakeland The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place, S.E. D.C., 10:30 a.m. Community historian Violetta Sharps-Jones, vice chair for the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, will tell the story of how the Lakeland community was established and how it flourished in a segregated society. For more information: 202-633-4820. March 16 Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala 2011 Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, N.W. D.C. 6:30 p.m. Come out and attend the annual Whitney M. Young Memorial Gala, which benefits the Greater Washington Urban League’s operations and programs. For more information: 202-328-2000. March 18 Montpelier Jazz Series: Inside Out Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 8 p.m. Come hear a blend of go-go, old school soul, hard bop and hip-hop. $20. For more information: 301-377-7800. Mardi Gras Extravaganza 2011 Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, Md. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Gamma Pi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will present this semi-formal event featuring dinner, dancing, a silent auction and live music. $75. For more information: 301-390-6668.

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throughout the D.C. area. The annual Washington D.C. Independent Music Festival will run with the annual film festival and spotlight the

March 10-13 Washington D.C. Independent Music Festival 2011 Various locations

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Special to the AFRO
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) hosted the 85th Annual Black History Month Luncheon recently at the Renaissance Hotel in Northwest Washington, D.C. The 2011 theme was, “African Americans and the Civil War.” Under the guiding leadership of James Stewart, president, ASALH and Sylvia Cyrus, executive director, the attendees were treated to an author’s book signing, a delightful luncheon, a fabulous raffle, recognition of ASALH supporters and the unveiling of the 2011 Black Heritage Stamp, which features former congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Additionally, financial presentations were made to Howard and Bowie State universities, remarks

By Edgar Brookins

Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, presents the 2011 Presidential African American History Month Proclamation to Dr. James Stewart and Sylvia Cyrus.

Roy Betts, manager, community relations at USPS and Denise Rolark Barnes unveil the 2011 Black Heritage Stamp of former congresswoman Barbara Jordan

were made by District Mayor Vincent Gray and an African American History Month proclamation was offered by Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. Lerone Bennett Jr., executive editor emeritus of Ebony magazine, capped off the evening with a stirring and insightful keynote address. Army chaplain, Maj. James Key and U.S. Senate chaplain, Rear Adm. Barry Black gave the invocation and benediction, respectively. Other notables in attendance were Rear Adm. (Ret.) Stephen Rochon, White House chief usher/director, executive residence and Frank Smith, founding director, African American Civil War Museum. The 105 Voices of History Choir provided inspirational music and Andrea Roane, WUSA 9 anchor, served as the emcee. Louis Hicks and Dr. Valerie Maholmes were the luncheon co-chairpersons.
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Farmers Insurance Company makes a $75,000 donation to ASALH.

Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn, USDA/author; La Fleur Paysour, National Museum of African American Life and Culture; Louis Hicks and Dr. Valerie Maholmes, luncheon co-chairpersons

Historian Lonnie G. Bunch; Dr. James Stewart, president, ASALH; Dr. Valerie Maholmes and Louis Hicks

Army Maj. Dr. Eurydice S. Stanley, one of the many authors in attendance

Rear Adm. (Ret.) Stephen Rochon, director, executive residence and chief White House usher, greets Maj. James Key, regimental chaplain, the 3rd U.S. Army/The Old Guard. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray; Sylvia Cyrus, executive director, ASALH; Andrea Roane and Dr. James Stewart in front of the newly unveiled Black Heritage Stamp.

John “Jake” Oliver, publisher, Afro- American Newspapers; Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, vice president for programs, ASALH; Dr. Elsie Scott, president/CEO, CBCF and Dr. James Stewart, president, ASALH

Drs. Scott, Sims-Woods and Stewart present the Mary McLeod Bethune Service Award to Mrs. Florence Radcliff.

The 105 Voices of History Choir sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Members of Female Re-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) serve as greeters at the luncheon.

Lerone Bennett Jr., executive editor emeritus of Ebony magazine, presents the keynote address.

Vicki Smalls wins the fur stole donated by Mano Swartz furs. Harry Evans III and Allison Hill make the presentation.

Rear Adm. (Ret.) Barry Black; Heather Swann, Miss DC USA 2011; Allison Hill, Miss Black DC USA 2010; Imani Bentham, Miss DC Teen USA 2011; Maj. James Key and Edgar Brookins, Washington AFRO

Registration team: Danielle Turnipseed, Danielle Brown, Jacqueline McGlen, Ivana Williams, Ferial Bishop, committee chairwoman; Charlotte Douglas, Chasity Johnson, Jean Humphrey, Juankee Calhoun and Gwendolyn Harilee

During a military ceremony attended by family and friends, Air Force chaplain, Maj. Myrtle Bowen was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. The promotion marked a historical landmark in the AME Zion Church, as Rev. Bowen, pastor of Galbraith AME Zion, is the denomination’s first female member to reach the ranks of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to her chaplain and

pastoral duties, Bowen was recently promoted to division chief of the Master Planning Division at the Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall, making her the first Black women to serve in this position at Fort Myer, Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., and Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. For her exceptional achievements, Bowen will be honored at the Ninth Annual WYCB

Radio Station Community Wide Prayer Breakfast. According to Karen Jackson, general sales manager for WYCB, “Under Dr. Bowen’s leadership Galbraith AME Zion Church has become a beacon of light in our Washington, D.C. Community.” Currently, Bowen is the acting wing chaplain for the 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard (DCANG).

Chaplain Bowen, center, with CH Tillett and Bishop Brown, wearing her new rank.

Deacon Bowen and the Rev. Bowen pin Chaplain Bowen with her new rank.

Event attendees

Lt. Col. Stephen Tillett, wing chaplain, 113th D.C. Air National Guard and Bishop Brown pin Bowen with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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Aurelia Brown and Bishop Warren M. Brown, Mid-Atlantic II Episcopal leadership

The Bowen family: The Rev. Annie Bowen, mother; Deacon Walter Bowen, father; Miles M. Woodyard, nephew and Melissa Woodyard, sister. Second row: Eric Bowen , brother; Jeremy Bowen, nephew and Chad Woodyard, nephew


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‘Kam’s Kapsules’: Weekly Film Previews

Local Students Dream Big at Disney’s Dreamers Academy

Environmental Film Festival to Feature Four Free Film Programs in Anacostia
By AFRO Staff The annual Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital returns March 15-27 and will present over 150 films about the natural world and green living throughout the city. Also included in the event will be a series of four free film programs scheduled to take place in Anacostia from March 22-25. The film, Where the Whales Sing, will make premier in the District on March 22 at THEARC at 10:30 a.m. This film, which was captured in the waters off of Bermuda, offers a unique glance into the migratory lives of whales. Following that showing, a series of animated children’s films will premiere at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library at 4 p.m. These films include, The Child & Firefly, The Krill is Gone, The Curious Garden, Trees, The Electric Car and Lost and Found. On March 25, the film A Community of Gardeners, will premiere at THEARC at 4 p.m. This film explores the vital role of various community gardens in the District, told through the voices of young people, senior citizens, immigrants, garden volunteers and educators. A discussion with filmmaker Cintia Cabib and cofounders of the local nonprofit organization City deficit disorders such as obesity and depression, that impact numerous children across the country. Now approaching its 19th year, the Environmental

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High school student Denzel Wilson of Washington, D.C., designs a roller coaster March 4 at the Sum of All Thrills simulator attraction in Innoventions during a “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine” career workshop session at Epcot in LakeBuena Vista, Fla. The fourth annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy took place March 3-6 and 110 high school students from across the nation participated in a career-inspiration program that included interactive workshops, motivational seminars, networking events, hands-on creative experiences and fun at WaltDisney World Resort.

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Photo by Matt Stroshane

Where the Whales Sing, is among the 150 films featured at the annual Environmental Film Festival. Blossoms will follow the screening. Later that day, awardwinning filmmaker Mary Hardcastle’s Mother Nature’s Child will make its world premiere at THEARC Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus at 6 p.m. Hardcastle’s piece explores the powerful role of nature in children’s health and development and also examines the effects of nature Film Festival has developed into one of the world’s largest and most influential showcases of environmental film. Each March, the event features a unique selection of environmental films including documentaries, features, animations and shorts. For more information on the Environmental Film Festival, visit: www. decenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

Actor, comedian and radio host Steve Harvey (center) poses for a photo March 4 with high school students Jordan Murrell (left) from Benbrook, Texas, and Chelsea Scott (right) from Fort Washington, Md., during a break in his radio show broadcast at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort in LakeBuena Vista, Fla. Harvey hosted his nationally syndicated radio program,“The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” live from Walt Disney World during the fourth annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey.

Free Lecture Series Celebrates Legacy of Poet Langston Hughes
By Patrick D. McCoy Special to the AFRO The Washington Chorus will sponsor a series of free lectures throughout the Washington, D. C. area in preparation for its special



WED., MAR. 23, 8PM

Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars

Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, “the Quincy Jones of Cuba” and Buena Vista Social Club founder, brings together another triumphant show at Strathmore. “The audience was dancing in the aisles!” (New York Times). Tickets $25–$52 (Stars Price $22.50–$46.80)

FRI., MAR. 25, 8PM

An Evening with Naturally 7

There is no band behind this seven-piece ensemble— or, to be precise, the singers are the band! With their phenomenally flexible voices, Naturally 7 vocally creates a full range of instrumental sound, including bass, drums, guitars, horns and synthesizers. Their sold-out concerts prove that audiences are getting the distinction and loving it. Tickets $22.50–$45 (Stars Price $20.25–$40.50)


April 3 concert at the National Presbyterian Church. This season’s “Music for A New Age” concert will feature several beloved literary works, including a musical setting of Langston Hughes’ poem “Gospel Cha Cha” by noted composer Elena Reuhr. Music director Julian Wachner will conduct the Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus and orchestra with internationally acclaimed African-American baritone Stephen Salters featured as soloist. Most recently, Salters was presented in recital by Vocal Arts DC in the Terrace Theater at The Kennedy Center. Committed to providing musical enjoyment to the entire community and the welcoming of diversity to its concert audiences, The Washington Chorus has partnered with the Coalition for African-Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) in selected lectures designed to provide additional educational opportunities from the African-American perspective.“Our goal is to expose the African-American community to classical music in different ways,” said Pamela T. Simonson, CAAPA co-founder, along with her brother, musician Victor Simonson. Representatives of the CAAPA will be on hand to personally welcome the community at the following lectures: March 10 9-10 a.m., Howard University Department of Music



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Diana Ross Headlines 24th Annual Leukemia Ball
By Courtney A.Bonaparte Special to the AFRO Motown living legend Diana Ross will headline the 24th annual Leukemia Ball on March 11 at the Washington Convention Center. The event is widely recognized as the city’s largest one-night, non-political black tie gala. Ross, a former member of The Supremes and Academy Award nominee, will grace the stage with a performance of musical hits from her lengthy career, which spans five decades. The ball will also feature a performance by actor and comedian John Heffron, winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” a silent auction and a Mercedes-Benz raffle featuring two brand new vehicles. The 2011 gala is expected to raise over $3 million dollars for the National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Seventy-five percent of the funds spent go directly to research, patient and community services, advocacy and education. Continued funding of advanced science has contributed to a significant rise in survival rates for some blood cancers. Stephen L. Lilly, senior vice president and CFO of the

National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation and Robin Lineberger, CEO of Deloitte Federal Services, are the co-chairs of this year’s event. Lilly and Lineberger lead an executive committee of more than 60 of the area’s business leaders who have volunteered to plan the ball and raise millions of dollars in support of LLS’s mission. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The organization aims to “cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.” Tickets to the 24th annual Leukemia Ball are $100. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit leukemiaball. org. For more information about LLS, call 800-955-4572 or visit lls.org.

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Diana Ross performs at the 24th annual Leukemia Ball on March 11.

Salli’s Soliloquy
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO Born in Chicago on November 23, 1967, Salli Richardson-Whitfield burst onto the silver screen in 1993 in Posse, an AfricanAmerican western directed by and co-starring Mario Van Peebles. Her résumé reveals extensive work since then in television, film and theater. Salli starred opposite both Denzel Washington and Will Smith, playing their wives in the films Antwone Fisher and I Am Legend, respectively. And she happily juggles such big studio assignments with interesting independent features like Black Dynamite, Pastor Brown and We the Party. On TV, she currently portrays Dr. Allison Blake on the SyFy Network’s hit series “Eureka,” for which she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her other television credits include a starring role as attorney Viveca Foster on “Family Law “and recurring roles on “CSI: Miami”, “Rude Awakening” and “NYPD Blue.” In addition, she gueststarred on the critically acclaimed series, “House,” and voiced the character of Elise for the animated series “Gargoyles.” Salli resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Dondre Whitfield, and their two children, Parker and Dre. Here, she talks about her new film, I Will Follow, an ensemble drama directed by Ava DuVernay. Kam Williams: I’ll be mixing in my questions with some sent in by fans. Children’s book author Irene Smalls asks: Why this film? What attracted you to the script? Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, you don’t pass up roles that give you the opportunity to stretch and to grow. For Black actresses in Hollywood, these kinds of parts are few and far between. Our writer/director, Ava DuVernay, did a beautiful job of creating a multi-dimensional character that shows a Black woman at a crossroads and how she keeps her balance when the unexpected happens in life. The film explores love, loss, loyalty and life in general. I couldn’t pass it up, even though it scared me a little. I wondered, “Could I do this?” I’m glad I stepped in and tried. I’m very proud of what we made with this film. KW: Harriet Pakula Teweles says: A ‘surprising thirst for life’ that follows after the death of a loved one seems so different from the reports of depression and loss of interest in life that so many people experience. How does “I Will Follow” reconcile this? SRW: I Will Follow is a celebration of life. Sometimes when you lose something, you understand its value more than when you had it. The same is true for life. When a loved one passes, there are mixed emotions and a thirst to live one’s own life more deeply can certainly be among them. KW: How did you prepare for the role of Maye? SRW: It was tough. From the time I first met Ava, the director, to the first day of shooting was our set on I Will Follow was only a week, if very harmonious and very that. It was a familial. The feeling we very fast, very created together offset the creative, very lack of a big budget. So yes, organic process. there were challenges, but My manager they only brought everyone pushed me to closer together, which I think dive in with you can see from the final both feet. The product. director knew what she wanted. KW: Attorney Bernatte And with the Beekman asks: What role did encouragement the African-American Film and the support Festival Releasing Movement of both, I decided (AFFRM) and its grassroots I was going to distribution play in your Courtesy Photo decision to participate in the give it my all Salli Richardson-Whitfield stars in I Will and I did. project? Would you like to Follow. produce, direct? KW: What SRW: I didn’t know would you say is the film’s message? about AFFRM before I made the film. I SRW: I hope people come see I Will learned about it after. I think it’s brilliant Follow when it opens on March 11 and find and much needed. AFFRM is a new way their own lesson in the film. It will speak to to distribute black movies - not just for everyone differently. That’s the power and the our film, but for other quality Black indie magic of film. films. They’ve gathered the nation’s finest black film organizations together to release KW: What was it like working with Ava a first-run film simultaneously in theaters DuVernay as a director? nationwide. AFFRM’s I Will Follow is the first SRW: She is wonderful. Very focused. grassroots national theatrical release powered Like I said, she knows what she wants. Every completely by community organizations. It’s director, believe it or not, does not have a a game changer, and I’m proud to be involved clear vision. And without a clear vision, the somehow. captain can’t steer the ship. She guided the As far as directing, yes! I am directing ship smoothly. She was kind and patient and already. I helmed an episode of my show encouraging, but very clear on where we were “Eureka” that will air this coming season and all going. She was also very open to ideas. She I’ll be doing another next season. I love it and certainly didn’t seem like a first-time narrative plan to direct much more. director. She has a bright future. KW: Thanks again for the time, Salli, and KW: What challenges did you face in best of luck with the “I Will Follow.” shooting a full-length feature film in just 15 SRW: Thank you, Kam! I hope folks come days? out and support this lovely black film starring SRW: Indies are always an extra challenge. myself, Blair Underwood, Omari Hardwick The time is shorter because you have less and Beverly Todd. We need everyone’s support money to spend and fewer days to shoot. But to make it a success!

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Childres Hall, Room 3001, 2455 Sixth St., N.W. 202-806-7095 1-2 p.m., Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission MNCPPC - Harmony Hall Regional Center Battersea Room, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Md. 301-203-6040

Legendary Singer Prince Sued
By AFRO Staff Multi-platinum superstar Prince is being sued by his former lawyers, who claim the performer owes more than $700,000 in legal fees. Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler (PBWT), a New York based law firm, is suing the Grammy winner for only paying $125,000 in court cases in New York, California and Ireland. This is the latest in a series of lawsuits filed against the legendary musician, whose real name is Prince Rogers Nelson. “The Nelson Parties have failed to pay an additional $708,687.04 due to PBWT,” court documents said according to various media reports. “PBWT has repeatedly but unsuccessfully requested payment from the Nelson Parties.” The performer did not comment on the suit. Prince Courtesy Photo The singer is fighting another suit filed by Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics. That company said Prince failed to promote a signature fragrance called “3121.” The singer was also sued by Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer in 2006. Prince added too many personal effects, including purple stripes, to Boozer’s home, which he was renting for $70,000 a month. The law firm represented the singer in both those cases, as well as his divorce and for concerts he canceled in Dublin, Ireland and California. The firm is seeking fees connected to the divorce case and the three canceled concerts, according to Reuters. The star gained widespread acclaim and crossover success with the album Purple Rain, which won two Grammys. He has won a total of seven Grammys and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

Langston Hughes Stephen Salter 3-4 p.m., University of the District of Columbia Department of Performing Arts, 4200 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Fine Arts Building 46 West, Room A03 202-274-5803 5- 6 p.m., Levine School of Music, THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus) Recital Hall, second floor, suite 201, 1901 Mississippi Ave., S.E. 202-610-2036 March 11 7- 8 p.m., Clifton Park Baptist Church (reception immediately following) Main Sanctuary, 8818 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, Md. 301-434-2456 The first 30 attendees at each lecture will receive free tickets to attend the upcoming concert performed by The Washington Chorus, “New Music for a New Age,” featuring Reuhr’s works along with other works by Emily Dickinson, “Cricket, Spider, Bee” and “Averno,”

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a world premiere with text by Louis Gluck at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., on April 3 at 5 p.m. For a complete listing of all lecture locations, please visit http://www. thewashingtonchorus.org or call the CAAPA offices at 301-203-0929. Patrick D. McCoy is an arts columnist and musician residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. His online column can be read at examiner.com/kennedycenter-in-washington-dc/ patrick-mccoy.


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College Indoor Track and Field

Amanda Kimbers Still Breaking Records at Georgetown
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Georgetown University sophomore Amanda Kimbers has officially stamped herself as the fastest woman on campus, and it only took her less than two years to do so. Kimbers has been smoking the competition with her blazing track speed since she was a student at McDonogh High School in Baltimore, Md. Amanda had claimed the state high school title in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash just a few years ago. Now she’s breaking school records at Georgetown on a consistent basis. Kimbers recently set a new Georgetown record for the indoor 200-meter dash with a personal best time of 23.89 seconds during a track Championship Meet during her freshmen season in 2010. She also shares a school record for the 4x100-meter relay won at the 2010 Penn Relays. “It’s pretty cool once I actually think about it,” Kimbers told the AFRO. “Sometimes, I don’t even realize what I’ve done until a while later when my coaches and teammates bring it up. I’m so focused on our team’s success during meets that I don’t even think about individual success. But it’s an awesome feeling knowing you’ve made history.” Kimbers, an English major with goals of one day studying law, will attempt to set more school records when she travels with Georgetown to compete in the Florida Relays scheduled March 31-April 3.

Washington, D.C. High School Basketball

DeMatha Wins Third Straight City Title in Close Call over Roosevelt
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer With four seconds left in the title game and Washington, D.C.’s favorite down by just two points, the crowd rose to their feet in anticipation. DeMatha, the Upper Marlboro, Md. private school who played the role of villain on the night, carefully set up their defense, nursing a 52-50 lead in their biggest game of the season. The buzz was obvious; the majority of the estimated 5,000 attendees at the 45th annual Abe Pollin City Title Game were simply flat-out tired of the DeMatha Stags—and perhaps Catholic schools in general. A win would’ve signified the Stags’ third straight title and given a team from the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) a ninth championship over the last 10 seasons. So as the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders set up to inbound the ball, the masses at the Verizon Center lit up. But just as quickly as the momentum rose, it died off as an errant pass gave the ball right back to DeMatha, ending an exciting championship clash on March 7. “It was an outstanding game…I can’t sit here and lie,” said Roosevelt coach Rob Continued on B5

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Georgtown sophomore Amanda Kimbers broke the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.61 seconds during a recent meet at Notre Dame. meet at Notre Dame. She already owned the school’s indoor 100-meter dash record with a time of 11.61 seconds, which she claimed during the Big East Conference

Pro Sports Commentary

The Heat is On: Miami Struggling with Unfamiliar Role of Villains
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer In every level of sports, there’s a team that fans just love to hate. In college basketball there’s the Duke Blue Devils. In the NFL there’s the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots. In baseball there’s the New York Yankees. And in basketball there’s the Los Angeles Lakers and now, the newly christened Miami Heat, who have perhaps even surpassed their Westside counterparts as most hated group around the league. The difference between the Heat and the rest of those clubs is that aside from one championship season that most have quickly forgotten, the Heat haven’t really hosted enough banners to claim them as marked men. So what gives? Well, when you host a championship celebration, proclaim yourselves as champions and run off how many championships you’re going to win before practice even starts, it just gets the blood boiling among your common basketball browsers. When Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined forces last summer, a new powerhouse was erected. Sure, with two megastars and one solid star, Miami was expected to stomp the puny teams, close out the

Men’s College Basketball

Shaw Edges Livingstone for CIAA Title

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, left, and LeBron James talk on the bench in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami, March 6. good teams and hang close with the great ones and have fans marveling at their excellence—at least that’s what was expected. So far, Miami’s stomped the puny teams, lost to the good ones and been exposed by the great ones while fans have marveled in their misery. Amazing how two of the most celebrated stars over the last few seasons of the NBA in Wade and James have gone from most-liked to most-I-can’t-stand. James and Wade, two players with amazing talents, athleticism and charisma, now find themselves in the unfamiliar role of villains for the first time in their careers, and not surprisingly, they’re cracking under the reality of it all. There was a time when James and Wade singlehandedly converted fans over to their respected ball clubs, winning fans over with their youthful skills. There was never such a thing as a Cleveland Cavalier fan before James entered the league in 2003. The Miami Heat had success in the late 1990s but the entrance of Wade in the ’03 draft provided them with a new star and main attraction to pump their franchise. Eight years later, as joined forces and allies, Wade and James still sell out arenas (even if it’s not their own) but the crowds aren’t as friendly. The cheers have turned to jeers and for some reason, they act surprised. “The Miami Heat are doing exactly what everyone wanted, losing games,” a sarcastic and somber Wade said after Miami’s latest setback of their now fourgame losing streak, a 87-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls on March 6. “The world’s better now because the Heat are losing.” No, Dwyane, the world’s not better, just happier. We used to weep for Wade when he was playing with garbage after Miami’s ’06 title. We clamored for Cleveland to find James some help when he kept getting bounced in the playoffs. But now, we don’t worry anymore. We no longer request help for Wade or James. We don’t hang posters or purchase sneakers or laugh at their funny Nike commercials with the same starry gleam in our eyes. We no longer cheer for them to win. Instead, we simply laugh when they lose—a fact that’s hitting hard for the two heroes of yesterday.

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Shaw University men’s basketball team won its second CIAA Tournament championship with a 72-69 win over Livingstone on March 5, 2011. By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor The Shaw University Bears men’s basketball team earned the second Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) championship in school Continued on B5

Classic play. New vision.

The 1st production of Horton Foote’s beloved play with an AfricanAmerican cast



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Wizards Week 19: Seven-Game Losing Streak Snapped
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Continuing what seems to be an ongoing theme in the District, the Washington Wizard’s inconsistent play saw them turn in a lackluster performance and two solid ones, but just one victory, across a six-day, threegame home stand. Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls The Wizards opened the week with a home game on Feb. 28 against the Chicago Bulls and their star guard and MVP candidate Derrick Rose. Rose’s statistics weren’t spectacular, but they didn’t have to be, as the Bulls ran through the Wizards, 105-77. Washington rookie point guard John Wall was compared to Rose before last season’s NBA draft, but didn’t do anything to justify the comparisons as he struggled on 3-of14 shooting. However, Wall did hand out 10 assists in the loss. Chicago outscored Washington in each quarter and led by as many as 30 points before Washington shaved down the margin. Wizards vs. Golden State Washington returned to action March 2 with another home game and another regrettable performance against the Golden State Warriors in a 106-102 defeat. The Warriors led 91-74 at the start of the fourth quarter before the Wizards mounted a comeback. Behind guard Nick Young’s 31 points, Washington outscored Golden State 28-15 in the final quarter and pulled to 103102 with less than 10 seconds remaining. But the comeback faltered as the Warriors converted their free throws to extend the Wizards’ losing streak to seven games. Washington operated without coach Flip Saunders, who missed the game to attend to his ill mother. Assistant coach Randy Wittman filled in for Saunders. Wizards vs. Timberwolves Determined not to get off to another slow start, Washington came out strong against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 5 in a 103-96 victory at the Verizon Center. Thanks in large part to a near triple-double from Wall, Washington overcame the absence of Young, who was out with flu-like symptoms. The rookie racked up 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to give Washington its first win since before the All-Star break in February. “Tonight was all about effort, we came out and we played well together,” forward Andray Blatche, who totaled 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, said after the game. “We scored well and we defended. We were really prepared for this game especially after the drills Flip [Saunders] put us through yesterday. We didn’t put our heads down and we played with confidence. We just have to bring this game out every night. I’m really happy with how everyone played tonight especially without having Nick [Young].” With the two losses and a lone victory, Washington’s record fell to 16-45, as the team prepared for a March 6 trip to Michigan to visit the Detroit Pistons.

Maryland State High School Basketball Semifinals

Friendly Drops La Plata to Advance to State Finals
As the deficit continued to mount, Sherrod Baltimore never lost his cool. With each timeout, the Friendly Patriots’ senior point guard continued to strut to his bench and tell his coach that they would find victory somewhere, even if a stunned crowd couldn’t see it coming. Baltimore plays both football and basketball for Friendly but he may have to add a new role to his high school resume: prophet. Behind his 38 points, the Friendly Patriots overcame an 18-point fourth quarter deficit to topple the La Plata Warriors, 95-88, in double overtime at Wise High School on March 5 to claim a trip to the Maryland State Finals. The victory was the 22nd straight for Friendly. Friendly will travel to Maryland University’s Comcast Center on March 10 to participate in the state finals, an event that didn’t seem likely at the close of the third quarter against La Plata. La Plata ran Friendly ragged for much of the game as junior forward Juwan Wells and senior guard Royce Hunsberger took turns scoring to push Friendly to their largest deficit since an 18-point margin against Douglass in early February, a game the Patriots also came from behind to win. Their latest comeback however, came at a time when Friendly needed it most, and they pulled it out in stunning fashion to push their winning streak to 22 games. “It was amazing,” said senior Friendly guard Michael Johnson. “Being down 18… experience really helped us out. It was just amazing how it happened. ” Friendly trailed 62-44 at the end of the third quarter but a 20-6 run to start the final quarter narrowed the score to 68-64 with just over a minute left in regulation. Friendly took a 72-70 lead after two free throws from Baltimore, but Wells found a wide-open teammate underneath the basket with two seconds left to send the game into overtime. Friendly had a chance to ice the game in the first overtime but four missed free throws
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Shaw Edges Livingstone for CIAA Title
Continued from B4 history after edging the Livingstone Blue Bears, 72-69, in the CIAA Tournament finals on March 5 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Shaw senior guard Raheem Smith made the difference in the game, scoring a team-high 28 points, including two clutch free throws that gave Shaw (22-8) a three-point lead with only 2.3 seconds left in the game. Smith was named CIAA Tournament MVP for his stellar performance. His teammates, Devon McLendon and Tony Smith, both joined him as honorees named to the All-CIAA Tournament team. McLendon scored a double-double – 19 points and 14 rebounds – while Tony Smith added 11 points, shooting 53 percent from the field in the title game. “I can’t say enough about this team,” Shaw coach Cleo Hill Jr. said. “I’m proud of them, and we fought throughout this tournament.” Both Shaw’s men’s and women’s basketball teams claimed CIAA championships this year, a first-time feat for the historically Black university located in Raleigh, N.C. Shaw’s women’s team beat Johnson C. Smith’s women’s team, 62-56, for their sixth CIAA championship in nine years. The women’s teams will join Shaw’s men’s squad to compete among 63 other schools in the NCAA Division II Basketball Championship Tournament. Unfortunately for Livingstone’s men, they fell just short in their first-ever CIAA finals appearance and completed the 2010-2011 season with a 17-12 overall record. Senior forward Darius Cox and junior forward Greg Henry were named to the All-CIAA Tournament team, despite the loss.

over the last minute and a half of play allowed La Plata to force a second overtime. It was then that Friendly finally seized control after a few turnovers and Wells’ fouling out put La Plata in a hole. “We started turning the ball over and we made mistakes,” Wells said. “We gave the game away.” After starting the season 1-3, Friendly (233) has won 22 straight games entering their playoff run. La Plata (17-8) may have had the early lead on the Fort Washington, Md. school, but as evidenced by their winning streak, Friendly doesn’t quit. “I’ve had some proud moments of our guys,” Friendly coach Rob Garner said after the game. “And I am proud. Guys work hard, man. They didn’t quit and they could have, but they didn’t. I looked at my point guard and he kept coming over to the sidelines and telling me that ‘we ain’t gonna lose’ and if Sherrod Baltimore’s not the player of the year in this area then I don’t know who should be.” After forecasting a win, Baltimore stopped short of calling himself a fortuneteller, but he did admit that things rarely go wrong when you’re living a fantasy. “This season is a dream,” Baltimore said. “I don’t even know what our record is but this season has been a dream so far. I told [my coaches and teammates that]‘This ain’t over, watch what I do.’ I knew we wasn’t going to lose.”

HBCU Basketball Power Rankings

Bethune Cookman, Shaw Top HBCU Rankings
By Donal Ware Special to the AFRO The Bethune-Cookman College Wildcats remains No. 1 while the Shaw University Bears is on top for the first time this year in the Boxtorow.com Historically Black College/University Division I and Division II/NAIA polls. Bethune-Cookman, who has won its last seven games, received all but one first place vote to remain No. 1 for the third-straight week. The Wildcats are the top seed heading into this week’s MEAC Tournament. Hampton received the other first place votes and remains second this week. Texas Southern has won 10 of its last 11 and moved up one place to No. 3 in this week’s poll. Morgan State dropped to No. 4 while Coppin State debuted this week at No. 5. In the Division II/NAIA top 10 poll, Shaw made the most significant jump this year by moving from No. 7 last week to the top spot. The Bears won four games last week in winning the 2011 CIAA tournament championship. Tougaloo won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship on Saturday and moved up two places to the No. 2 spot this week. Xavier (La.) dropped one place from last week to #3, while Bowie State dropped from the top spot a week ago to No. 4 this week. Stillman is at No. 5. Benedict remained at No. 6 this week, while Winston-Salem State and West Virginia State are tied for seventh place. Clark-Atlanta who won the SIAC Tournament debuts at No. 9, while Elizabeth City State drops two places to No.10. The Boxtorow.com basketball poll is presented by DWCommunications, LLC parent company of FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and boxtorow.com. FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW is the nationally syndicated radio sports talk show which places major emphasis on HBCU Sports. The voters are made up of media members from around the country who cover NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA basketball.

DeMatha Wins Third Straight City Title in Close Call over Roosevelt
Continued from B4 Nickens. Nickens, whose team claimed the District of Columbia Athletic Association (DCIAA) title on Feb. 26 in similar final-second fashion, prepared his kids all week for what could have been the school’s first ever city title, hosting practices at Howard University. Roosevelt prepped for a big game and a large stage and they played like it the entire night. The Riders held close with the heavily-favored Stags as both teams traded leads over the final two minutes. After Roosevelt senior guard Ezell Starks scored a tough layup to tie it at 50-50 with less than a minute left, DeMatha coach Mike Jones instructed his team to take advantage of the absence of a shot clock, a DCIAA rule, and ran off nearly 35 seconds as junior guard James Robinson dribbled at the top of the court. Robinson made his assault on the rim as the clock wound down to 10 seconds before being fouled on a layup attempt with four seconds left. The junior point guard then sank both free throws, leaving Roosevelt with the ball and a court-length to go before Nickens called a timeout. After the break, a pass intended for Starks sailed just past him and into the hands of DeMatha junior forward Jerami Grant, granting the Stags the win. Seconds after the game ended, several fans voiced their displeasure over DeMatha holding the ball in the final seconds and the foul that decided the game. But the displeasure fell on deaf ears for a joyful DeMatha program. “Nobody wanted to see us win; I don’t think that’s a secret and you know what, that’s OK,” Jones said. “But we’re three-time defending WCAC and D.C. City champs and we return a large portion of our team [next season]. We’re walking out of here with our heads held high.” Robinson, who was hounded all night by a pressing Starks, didn’t play his best game (eight points, five rebounds, two assists) but he made the play that counted and that’s all that mattered for the 6-foot-3-inch guard.“It wasn’t really any type of design, coach Jones just said hold for one shot and make a play and that’s what I tried to do.” More Game Notes: Senior forward Devin Gallman led Roosevelt with 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore center BeeJay Anya led DeMatha with 14 points, five rebounds and six blocks.

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2011FEP13 Date of Death March 16, 2004 Harriett H. Banks Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Earl Banks whose address is 2 Retinue Court, Unit 103, Baltimore MD 21207 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Harriett H. Banks, deceased, by the Orphan's Court/Register of Wills Court for Baltimore City County, State of Maryland on January 31, 2011. Service of process may be made upon Laverne Montgomery, 1720 22nd Street SE Washington DC 20020 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 719 Kennedy Street NW Washington DC 20011 Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street NW 3rd Floor Washington DC 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. (Strike preceding sentence if no real estate.) Earl Banks Personal Representative(s) 410-929-8793 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: February 25, 2011 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American 2/25, 3/4, 3/11

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM78 Grace R. Gwaltney Decedent Glenwood P Roane SR #971309 217 Exchange Avenue Memphis, TN 38105 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS 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 supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be filed cedent’s will) shall be with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 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 receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: February 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Glenwood P. Roane SR Personal Representative 401-526-1889 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/18, 2/25, 3/4

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2011FEP000017 Date of Death January 9, 2010 Rose Ann Lee Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Ira Darnell Lee whose address is 5536 Fourth Street, NE Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rose Ann Lee, deceased on February 22, 2010, by the Register of Wills/Orphan's Court for Montgomery County, State of Maryland. Service of process may be made upon Ira Darnell Lee, 5536 Fourth Street, NE Washington DC 20011 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 5536 Fourth Street NE Washington DC 20011. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. (Strike preceding sentence if no real estate.) Ira Darnell Lee Personal Representative(s) 202-531-5145 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: March 4, 2011 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American 3/4, 3/11, 3/18

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM0099 Levitha Hedgepeth Suggs Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jacqueline Suggs, whose address is 4517 Arkansas Ave NW Washington DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Levitha Hedgepeth Suggs, who died on November 27, 2010 without a will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 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 receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: February 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Jacqueline Suggs Personal Representative 703-304-7699 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/25, 3/4, 3/11

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2011FEP13 Date of Death March 16, 2004 Harriett H. Banks Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Earl Banks whose address is 2 Retinue Court, Unit 103, Baltimore MD 21207 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Harriett H. Banks, deceased, by the Orphan's Court/Register of Wills Court for Baltimore City County, State of Maryland, on January 31, 2011. Service of process may be made upon Laverne Montgomery, 1720 22nd Street SE, Washington DC 20020 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 719 Kennedy Street NW Washington DC 2011. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street NW 3rd Floor, Washington DC 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. (Strike preceding sentence if no real estate.) Earl Banks Personal Representative(s) 410-929-8793 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: March 4, 2011 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American 3/4, 3/11, 3/18

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PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM0623 Sarah Ellen Henneghan Decedent Gloria Johnson 1300 Mercantile Lane Suite 139 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Donna R. Washington, a. Order Nisi $ 60 per insertion $180.00 per 3 weeks whose address is 1417 b. Small Estates (single publication) $ 50 per insertion Webster Street NW Washington DC 20011, c. Notice to Creditors was appointed personal 1. Domestic representative of $ 60 per insertion $ 180.00 per 3 weeks the estate of Sarah Ellen 2. Foreign $ 60 per insertion $ 180.00 per 3 weeks Henneghan, who died d. Escheated Estates on June 17, weeks $ 60 per insertion $ 360.00 per 6 2010 with a will, and will serve withe. Standard Probates $ 125.00Court supervision. out All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this $ 80.00 a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 proceeding. Objections $ 200.00 appointment (or b. Real Property to such to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor 202-879-1212 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before September 4, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be pre202-879-0157 sented to the undersigned the a. Absent Defendant $ 150.00 with a copy tofiled Register of Wills or with b. Absolute Divorce $ 150.00the Register of Wills with the c. Custody Divorce $ 150.00a copy to or undersigned, on before September 4, 2011, or be forever barred. 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Washington 20001-2131 Administration No. Administration No. Personal Administration No. 2011ADM140 2010ADM1264 Representative 2010ADM0623 Henry B. McCall Estate of 202-277-6480 Sarah Ellen aka Mary J. Thompson Henry Brisco McCall TRUE TEST COPY Henneghan Deceased Decedent REGISTER OF WILLS NOTICE OF Decedent NOTICE OF STANDARD 3/4, 3/11, 3/18 Gloria Johnson APPOINTMENT, PROBATE 1300 Mercantile Lane NOTICE TO Notice is hereby given Suite 139 CREDITORS Latitia Brent your that a petition has been Largo, MD 20774 AND NOTICE TO 1999 Cadillac will be filed in this Court by Attorney UNKNOWN HEIRS Ometta Nixon for stansold or claimed for NOTICE OF Carolyn Awkard, whose dard probate, including payment on March APPOINTMENT, address is 803 Festival the appointment of one 29, 2011 at 1644 Court, Mitchellville MD NOTICE TO or more personal repreTrinidad Ave NE at 20721 was appointed CREDITORS sentative. Unless a com12pm personal representative AND NOTICE TO plaint or an objection in of the estate of Henry B. accordance with SuperUNKNOWN HEIRS McCall aka Henry Brisco ior Court Probate DiDonna R. Washington, McCall, who died on Superior Court of vision Rule 407 is filed whose address is 1417 November 20, 2010 with the District of in this Court within 30 Webster Street NW a will, and will serve days from the date of Columbia Washington DC 20011, without Court supervifirst publication of this Civil Division was appointed personal sion. All unknown heirs notice, the Court may and heirs whose representative of the Case No. 0001661-11 take the action herewhereabouts are unestate of Sarah Ellen IN RE: inafter set forth. known shall enter their 0 Henneghan, who died Admit to probate the Gertrude Clark appearance in this on June 17, 2010 with a will dated October 29, proceeding. Objections 2007 exhibited with the will, and will serve with- Applicant to such appointment (or ORDER OF petition upon proof satout Court supervision. to the probate of deisfactory to the Court of PUBLICATION cedent¬s will) shall be All unknown heirs and cedent’s will) shall be due execution by affidah e i r s w h o s e filed with the Register of CHANGE OF NAME vit of the witnesses or whereabouts are un- Gertrude Clark having Wills, D.C., 515 5th otherwise. Street, N.W., 3rd Floor known shall enter their 0 Ordered any interested filed a complaint for Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . appearance in this person to show cause 20001, on or before proceeding. Objections judgment changing Gerwhy the provisions of September 4, 2011. to such appointment (or trude Clark name to the lost or destroyed will Claims against the deto the probate of de- Mary Helen Clark and dated October 29, 2007 cedent shall be precedent¬s will) shall be having applied to the should not be admitted cedent’s will) shall be sented to the underto probate as expressed filed with the Register of court for an Order of signed with a copy to the in the petition Wills, D.C., 515 5th Register of Wills or filed 0 in the absence of a will Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Publication of the notice with the Register of Wills or proof satisfactory to required by law in such with a copy to the underWa s h i n g t o n , D . C . the Court of due execusigned, on or before 20001, on or before cases; it is by the Court tion, enter an order September 4, 2011, or September 4, 2011. this 3 day of March 2011 determining that the debe forever barred. PerClaims against the de- hereby. cedent died intestate. sons believed to be 0 cedent shall be preAppoint an unsuheirs or legatees of the sented to the under- ORDERED, that all perpervised personal repredecedent who do not resigned with a copy to the sons concerned show sentative. ceive a copy of this noRegister of Wills Register of Wills or filed cause, if any there be, tice by mail within 25 Clerk of the with the Register of Wills on or before the 1st day days of its first publicaProbate Division tion shall so inform the with a copy to the under- of April 2011, why the Date of First Publication Register of Wills, includsigned, on or before prayers of said comMarch 4, 2011 ing name, address and September 4, 2011, or Names of Newspapers: relationship. be forever barred. 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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM155 Kelvin Jamal Willis Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Tonette Tillery, whose address is 1811 Irving Street Apt 206, Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Kelvin Jamal Willis, who died on November 22, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 11, 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 September 11, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 11, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Tonette Tillery Personal Representative 202-701-0810 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1182 Ernest Pete Ward Decedent James M. Fallon Jr 729 Eighth Street SE Suite 200 Washington DC 20003 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ann H Ressing, whose address is 1521 A Street NE Washington DC 20002, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ernest Pete Ward, who died on October 26, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before September 11, 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 September 11, 2011 or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 11, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ann H. Ressing Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/11, 3/18, 3/25

representative of the estate of Rosa Lee Abney, who died on September 20, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unLEGAL NOTICES known shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 11, 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 September 11, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 11, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Denise Brown Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM149 Hubert P Rivens aka Hubert Pressley Rivens Decedent Theodora H. Brown Esq Law Office of Theodora H Brown PLLC 3127 Cherry Road NE Washington DC 20018 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Shirely Rivens, whose address is 2000 Upshur Street, NE Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hubert Rivens aka Hubert Pressley Rivens, who died on November 22, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before September 11, 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 September 11, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 11, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Shirley Rivens Smith Personal Representative 202-635-3138 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/11, 3/18, 3/25

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PLUMBER APPRENTICES The Washington, D.C. Joint Plumbing Apprentice Committee will accept applications for the Apprentice Program on April 5, 2011, and July 12, 2011 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Applications must be made in person at 8509 Ardmore-Ardwick Road, Landover, Maryland 20785. There will be a $20.00 application fee. Requirements: Minimum age 18 at time of application High School Diploma or GED Presentation of the following 4 documents is required at time of application: 1) Birth Certificate or Passport 2) Valid D r i v e r ’ s License or Valid State Issued Driver¬s Identification Card 3) High School Diploma or GED Certificate 4) Transcript of Grades (certified by High School) or GED Test Scores Applications will be followed by a mandatory aptitude test. Study booklets are available for the aptitude test and may be acquired by sending a $15 money order to GAN Human Resources Associates, Inc., P.O. Box 6111, Bloomingdale, IL 60108-6111. If selected for apprenticeship, final acceptance will be contingent on ability to pass a drug and background screening. Additional information may be obtained at our web site: local5plumbers.org. The Committee selects students of any race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Apprentice Committee is actively recruiting applicants including minorities and females.

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By Courtney A.Bonaparte Special to AFRO The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) has joined first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign to curb childhood obesity. Enlisting the help of 16-time Grammy Award winner Beyoncé Knowles, NABEF is leading a Let’s Move! Flash Workout event. “NABEF is proud to assist the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign and supports efforts to address the epidemic of childhood obesity,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander in an issued statement. “We can think of no greater gift to America than keeping our school children healthy and giving youngsters a greater appreciation for the importance of an active lifestyle.” The event was created in affiliation with the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the National Middle School Association (NMSA), and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), and prompts middle school students throughout the nation to join in the pre-rehearsed “Let’s Move!” dance/ exercise routine simultaneously, on May at 1:42 p.m. E.T. Knowles will be featured in an instructional video, demonstrating the dance/exercise routine and she has rewritten and re-recorded one of

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First Lady Michelle Obama Foundation for trying to make a positive difference in the lives of our schoolchildren.” The NAB Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the future of broadcasting by committing to education and the advancement of excellence in the diversity and community service programs of the broadcast industry.

Gospel Concert to Raise Cancer Awareness, Encourage Action in African-American Community
WASHINGTON - The American Cancer Society, in partnership with NEWorks Productions, will once again host Partnering for Life, a benefit gospel concert to increase cancer awareness in the African-American community. The event, held previously in 2007, is a combination of music and ministry designed to address the wellbeing of the African-American faith community from a holistic perspective: mind, body and spirit. Partnering for Life will feature performances by Stellar Award winners Kurt Carr and Isaiah Thomas, Vanessa Courtesy Photo Williams, Patrick Lundy and the Ministers Kurt Carr is among the performers slated of Music, Nolan Williams and the Voices of to appear at The American Cancer Society’s inSpiration and the Howard University Chapel benefit gospel concert. Choir. Also scheduled to speak is Karen overall cancer death rates between AfricanRichardson, the associate director for The American and White women and 14 percent of White House Office of Public Engagement. the disparity between African-American and Actor Malik Yoba will host the event. The White men. concert is scheduled for March 13, 5 p.m., at “It is absolutely vital that we not only know the historic Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U St., N.W. about colon cancer, but that we talk with our Organizers expect the concert to increase family and friends about the disease, the risk disease awareness and encourage dialogue and factors, how we can prevent it through early action among African-American community detection and how it can be treated,” said the members. Despite decreases in overall cancer Rev. Tawana Thomas-Johnson, director of death rates across all racial and ethnic groups health disparities for the American Cancer since the early 1990s, racial disparities in Society. “Talking to our doctors and scheduling cancer mortality persist. African Americans screenings to detect colon cancer early can save have the highest risk of all major ethnic groups lives.” in the United States of being diagnosed with The American Cancer Society recommends and dying of cancer. that both men and women at average risk of Encouraging audience members to talk developing colon cancer should choose one about one particular type of cancer is a focus of the available screening methods, including of the concert, hosted during National Colon flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, doubleCancer Awareness Month. While preventable, colon cancer continues to kill a disproportionate contrast barium enema, or CT colonography, number of African Americans each year. Higher beginning at age 50. These screening methods find both polyps and cancer. The fecal occult death rates from colorectal cancer account for blood test, fecal immunochemical test or stool about 24 percent of the current disparity in DNA test, all starting at age 50, can also be

her songs, to be included in the video. Schools participating in the event will receive the Beyoncé video. “I am excited to be part of this effort that addresses a public health crisis,” said Knowles in an issued statement. “First Lady Michelle Obama deserves credit for tackling this issue directly, and I applaud the NAB Education

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM154 ROSA LEE ABNEY Decedent Archie L. Palmore Esq Metro-Plex II, 8201 Corporate Drive Suite 1120 Landover MD 20785 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Denise Brown, whose address is 2300 Good Hope Road SE, Apt. 512 Washington DC 20020 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rosa Lee Abney, who died on September 20, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W.,

used for finding cancer. Individuals at increased or high risk of developing the disease, i.e., those with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, chronic inflammatory bowel disease, or inherited genetic mutations, should discuss their risk status with their physician to determine whether earlier and/or more intensive screening is indicated. “Reaching out and sharing the word is one way we can help reduce the number of deaths in our community from cancer,” said Rev. Nolan Williams Jr., CEO of NEWorks Productions and concert performer. “It is my responsibility as a minister in the body of Christ to encourage both physical and spiritual wholeness, to make a difference in our community.” To help attendees incorporate holistic health and wellness in their lives and eventually reduce the number of deaths related to cancer, the Society will re-release Partnering for Life, an album that originally accompanied the 2007 gospel concert, with fresh music and motivational health and ministerial messaging. The inspirational album is a musical compilation between various gospel artists and clergy that raises awareness within the AfricanAmerican faith community about cancer prevention and early detection. Tickets range from $10 - $30 per person and are available through the Lincoln Theatre box office, Ticketmaster and the American Cancer Society. Funds raised at the concert will support the Society’s cancer disparities reduction initiatives to prevent and detect cancer, as well as improve the quality of life for those affected by cancer. For tickets or more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 301- 982-2150 or SAEventPartneringForLife@cancer.org.



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By Barbara Flowers Special to the AFRO The members and friends of Zion Baptist Church will honor the Rev. Keith William Byrd Sr. on the occasion of his fifth anniversary as senior pastor of the church during the 10:15 a.m. worship service on March 13. The Rev. Janet P. Campbell will be the guest preacher. She is the executive assistant to the senior of First Baptist Church in North Brentwood, Md. The day will be designated as Appreciation Day and the theme will be “The Under Shepherd: Mentoring Disciples to Harvest the Fold.” During the service, Byrd will be recognized for his outstanding service to his church and the community and for his motivational leadership. The Pastor’s Aid Ministry of the church will honor him with a recognition dinner following the service at in the A. J. Edwards Fellowship Hall. The celebration will continue at 3 p.m. during which time the Rev. Dr. Lehman D. Bates will be the guest preacher. He is pastor of First Baptist Church of Marshall Heights, D. C. All are welcome. Call the church office at 202-723-6310 for additional information. A native of Washington, D.C., Byrd is the ninth pastor at the historic 146-year-old Zion Baptist Church. The gifted vocalist was called in January 2006. He first accepted the call to preach in 1997 and was both licensed and ordained at the First Baptist Church of North Brentwood, Md., under the pastorate of Rev. Perry A. Smith III. Byrd, in his vision to improve his ministry at Zion, revamped and expanded many of the church’s ministries and outreach programs in a new computer lab which offers classes to both members and the community. Also, a new elevator and stained glass window were installed under Courtesy Photo his leadership. The Rev. Keith W. Byrd Sr. He is an active member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity, where he is an executive board member; DC Baptist Convention, the Missionary Baptist Minister’s Conference of DC and Vicinity, Carter Baron Cluster of Churches the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choices’ Black Church Initiative. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Maryland, College Park; a master’s from the Howard University School of Divinity and is currently pursuing a doctorate in church leadership at the Wesley Theological Seminary. Byrd and his wife Kimberly are the proud parents of two sons, Keith Jr. and Kevin. Zion Baptist Church is located at 4850 Blagden Ave. N.W.


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Hello Fear showcases Franklin’s growth and maturation both creatively and personally, while still boasting his creative genius of combining various styles and genres of music into his own unique, definitively gospel sound. He has teamed again with five of the most sought-after vocalists in the music industry-Isaac Carree, Anaysha Figueroa, Nikki Ross, Charmaine Swimpson and Eric Mooreto create the harmonies for which he i s most known. The album is produced by Franklin and co-produced by Shaun “Harold” Martin and executive produced by Jazzy Jordan, Jessie Hurst and Carla Williams. “’I Smile’ is a fun, urban upbeat melody I wrote,” said Franklin in a prepared statement. “It is a declarative statement that I’m not going to live my life based on how I feel. I will live my life based on God’s Word. It is not easy and I acknowledge there are always obstacles, but like a lot of folks, I get tired of being guided by my emotions. When I have a deeper trust in God, I live my life in stability. “‘I Am’ is about exchanging all of my weaknesses for God’s strength,” he added. “This song is also about declaring what God says about me and


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everything going on in the world – t is the word and the feeling, that paralyzes all of us on some level right now,” said Franklin. “In my own life, fear has been a shadow that has followed me since I was a child. But the season of running from it is over. I am turning around and speaking directly to it. This album is full of personal and painful work that invites the listener to join me on the journey of letting this familiar ‘friend’ know that his time is over.” On March 19, Franklin joins Steve Harvey at the Philips Arena Theater in Atlanta for the first stop on the “Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin Gospel Comedy Tour.” Harvey and Franklin have teamed up for the first time for this tour. “We know these are hard times for a lot of people out there, with the economy, family life, even church life...it’s just hard,” said Franklin. “We want people to leave the concert inspired, happy and charged -knowing that no matter what they are facing, hard times do not last forever and brighter days are indeed ahead.” In between promoting his new CD and his concert tour with Steve Harvey, Franklin will begin taping the fourth season of BET’s Sunday Best in early spring.




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