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District of Columbia Council Chairman Kwame Brown has probably barely broken in the chair or new desk in his new office. And in the weeks and months ahead, things will likely get more uncomfortable given the scandals that have enveloped the new chairman. Voters seemed to forgive Brown when it was discovered, during his 2010 campaign, that he had personal money troubles, including $50,000 in credit card debt. But news this week that Chairman Brown may have failed to disclose $250,000 in campaign funds—coming on the heels of “SUV-gate,” the revelation of Brown’s request for a “fully-loaded” SUV and the resulting hefty costs to the city—is tipping the scale of public opinion. The Washington Post on March 13 reported that the Office of Campaign Finance “mistakenly or inadvertently” leaked findings that Brown may have failed to report a quarter-million dollars in contributions and expenses during his 2008 bid for reelection to the D.C. Council. The office launched an audit of Brown’s campaign finances last September after officials became concerned about irregularities in his report. Here, District residents sound off on the scandals and whether the Council chairman will or should resign. “Yes, he should resign because every time someone gets in these high political positions they end up doing something wrong unless strong ethical standards are established. If there’s evidence that he committed something unethical, he should resign before it ruins his life.”
Alfred Coates, retired government worker
“With all the bad press, scrutiny and investigations at different levels, I think he’s going to resign. It makes you think he was doing this for years and got away with it until now. He’s lost all credibility.”
Rap mogul 50 Cent, inset, has angered fans with his tweeted comments in which he made jokes about the earthquake-precipitated tsunami in Japan late last week, that has left thousands dead and many more injured or missing. In this photo, members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force walk in a deployment line as they search tsunami damaged parts of Ofunato, Japan, for survivors, March 15. See story on afro.com.
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer
Kweisi Mfume Stepping Down As CEO of National Medical Association
served as president of the NAACP, notified the NMA’s board last week of his departure that’s set to occur on June 7. Despite his imminent exit, he’s offered to stay longer in the position to
Kweisi Mfume, former U.S. Congressman and current chief executive officer of the National Medical Association
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Say Religion a Positive Force
The athan, a Muslim call to prayer, sounded throughout Masjid Muhammad in the Washington, D.C.’s northwest as it has for decades to a quiet group of predominantly African Americans. “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (God is great. God is great),” the melodious chant would begin. It was time for Jumah, Friday congregational prayer, the gathering that some American political leaders want to make illegal. Doctors, nurses, lawyers, accountants, cab drivers, educators, journalists, bankers, elected officials, government workers, laborers, construction workers, business owners, homeless and the needy stood side-by-side to give reverence to Allah, whom they consider creator of all things. “We are involved in every aspect of American life. We own, rent, buy and sell. We are intertwined in the fabric of America. We mean no harm,” said Sabir Abdus Samee, a Muslim for over 40 years, before the prayer. “Our religion encourages us to continue to educate ourselves and be the best. It demands that we respect others and our community.” Just one day prior on Capitol Hill, Rep. Keith Ellison, (D-Minn.) and several Muslim leaders testified before Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) about what he believed to be radical Islam developing in America. The hearing came as no surprise with Republican legislators across the country calling for the many Kweisi Mfume, seen here in this 2006 photo, has announced his plans to resign as president/CEO of the National Medical Association.
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(NMA), recently announced he was stepping down from the position, effective in June. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with a great number of very talented physicians and scientists, as their chief administrator who runs the ship day in and day out,” Mfume told the AFRO in a recent interview. “I’ve really enjoyed my time working there.” The NMA is the nation’s oldest and largest medical association representing the interests of more than 30,000 African-American physicians and their patients. Mfume, who also once
ensure a smooth transition for the organization’s next leader. Mfume said the organization has not announced a new leader. He joined the NMA in 2010, and explained that at the time of his hire, he agreed to stay in the position for a year to try to help it reach its goal of becoming more effective among plethora of healthcare and medical organizations. “Quite frankly, I feel like I’ve been able to do just that, working with board and committee members to create a more efficient fiscal operation,” Mfume said. “After working so hard, I’m
just going to take a break and try to recharge my engines for whatever my next step or endeavor might be. I’m not even in a rush to try to come up with solid plans [for my next step], but I’m sure something will present itself.” Mfume added that some of the highlights during his tenure at NMA include helping to reshape it to further cater to its physicians and patients’ needs. “The biggest thing has been to work with the physicians there in breathing a whole new sense of life back into the association and having an opportunity to make it much more of an advocacy organization on behalf of physicians around the country,” Mfume said. “The industry is changing so rapidly and so many of those physicians have been really working hard to fight those disparities that exist in our communities like cancer, cardio vascular disease ... hypertension and AIDS. “ Additionally, he explained that he’s fought to ensure the organization’s mandate and concerns were heard among officials on Capitol Hill. Mfume also worked closely with the Student National Medical Association, a subdivision of the organization, to provide more mentorship opportunities to help them successfully lead the organization into a new era. “I’ve made a big push my whole time there as I did at the NAACP, to make sure that the younger aspect of the movement is not left out,” Mfume said. “We ought to be prepared to help them lead the way into the future.”
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Brian Lanker’s work was featured in I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Lanker died March 13 at his home in Eugene, Ore., the RegisterGuard newspaper reported. He was 63. The photojournalist’s images were featured in I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America and Track Town, USA. “Brian was a master craftsman who didn’t need words to communicate,” Register-Guard’s editor and publisher, Tony Baker, said in an article posted on the newspaper’s website. “His camera work alone made for extraordinary storytelling. He was a consummate professional, always prepared when on assignment for the paper. He was a big personality with a big-picture view of life and of his craft. Brian made everyone around him better at what they did.” Pa. Teen Accused of Killing Mom over Confiscated Video Game
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A Philadelphia teen is facing murder charges after he allegedly killed his mother for taking away his video game console. Kendall Anderson, 16, is being charged as an adult for the alleged murder of his mother, 37-year-old Rashida Anderson. Following a heated argument on Nov. 26 concerning a laptop stolen from school, Anderson’s mother confiscated his PlayStation video game console. “I couldn’t stand the arguing,” Anderson said in a confession read by homicide Detective Thorsten Lucke of the Philadelphia Police Department during a preliminary hearing. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the teen deliberated for three hours before he decided to kill his mother. In his confession, Anderson said he struck his mother with a claw hammer 20 times while she slept. The gruesome confession also revealed that he attempted to cremate her body. When his attempts failed, he proceeded to beat her head with a chair and dispose of her body in an alley behind the Anderson’s home. The body was discovered two days later, after family members’ suspicions led them to call the police. Anderson is charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime and abuse of a corpse. “If I could, I would not do it again,” Anderson said in his confession, according to reports. “I really miss my mom. . . She was the only person who cared for me.” Similar video-game related deaths have occurred
Kendall Anderson in the past few years. In 2008, Tyrone Spellman of Philadelphia murdered his 17-month-old daughter after she broke his Xbox. In 2010, Alexandra Tobias of Jacksonville, Fla., pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after shaking her baby to death for disturbing her while she played popular Facebook game Farmville. President Obama, First Lady Call for United Front Against Bullying President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met with more than 150 parents, teachers, non-profit leaders, advocates, and policymakers at a White House conference on March 10 in an effort to address the problem of youth bullying. Those in attendance
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Black Press Rebukes NAACP in Image Awards Advertising Debacle
By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer relatives Jealous Benpositively identified Admits ‘Grave Mistake’ Jennifer Hudson and other
By Hazel Trice Edney TriceEdneyWire.com WASHINGTON (TriceEdneyWire.com) – On the 184th birthday of the Black Press, March 16, an odd debacle is underway. The NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, is under fire from Black newspapers around the country over an issue of economic injustice. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous admits that “a grave mistake was made” right under his nose when advertising inserts were placed only in White newspapers on the eve of the organization’s annual image awards, which aired March 4. Danny Bakewell, chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a federation of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers, is demanding justice. “The NAACP needs to know that by ignoring the Black Courtesy Press they are ‘cutting off their nose to spite their face,’” Photos Jennifer said in a March 7 letter to Darnell Donerson who Hudson and her mom, NNPA publishers, obtained Bakewell was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. by the Trice Edney News Wire. “We have marched side by side with them and been their voice in the African American plate be on the battlefield with community.heris truly disheartening to X584859 was found on the body of It 7-year-old nephew Monday, be hours someone and not justable to share Chicago’s West Side after in the spoils.” police received a released after his body was found in a to the issue, Jealous 7 a.m. call In his first public response a statement on Sunday after he was contacted by the Trice Edney News Wire. He said a “grave mistake” was made as the circular was supposed to appear in both mainstream and Black community papers. The advertising debacle has sparked a firestorm of criticism from the Black Press family of which Jealous has long been a member. Jealous is a former NNPA executive director and a and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, former editor of The Jackson Advocate, an NNPA newspaper. AFRO Staff Writer among the NNPA leaders to NAACP insiders said he is set to meet with names submittedand election officials. Presidentialweek during the organization’s annual trek to candidate John members this Hurd said McCain’s attack on ACORN – Week activities. those workers, who Washington for Black Press were doing those things without Associated Community to the need to support Black community “I am very sensitive Organization They are the only ACORN’s knowledge or permisnewspapers. for Reform Now – way to assure Black readers in a sion, were fired. confirms the success of you given community that the actually want your ads to reach them “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the directly. In the past, I personally have both sold and purchased faced so far shows they faked group says. ads in Black community newspapers across the country. they “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work Moreover, Iand success years of my life to working forballot didn’t do, not to stuff them we’ve done dedicated we’ve
A3 Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew
sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supdirectly,” Jealous SUV, the statement. the 17-member Northeast Publishers Association, wrote in of the vehicle. Thesaid inregisporters for their prayers and Notwithstanding, Black an editorial, “We credit our leaders of the NAACP with good tered to Hudson’s murdered newspapers across the nation have offered a $100,000 reward to long fought towed with discrimination from mainly White sound judgment and common sense at least. What were they brother, was advertising the anyone who returned the boy boy’s bodycommunities which ignore the economic worth of alive. corporate inside and is being thinking when this decision was made? Who were they trying processed by evidenceconsumers, who spend billions on goods Since the investigation, their readers – Black technito attract, and or who were they trying to impress?” cians and workers. The body publishers have expressed shock Hudson – whoJealous stardom and services. Therefore, Black Due to legalities, according to the NAACP, gained withheld was later removed and omission associated with the 100-yeartaken to after appearing on “American at finding this kind of the name of the advertising agency, which has distributed the the Cook County Medical rich history of fighting alongside the Idol,” and then explain old NAACP, which has a guide for five years. But, his statement sought towon an how Examiner’s office. Academy Award for her role in Black Press for racial and economic equality. the omission occurred: Hudson and other family the omission, Bakewell asked the movie Dreamgirls guide As a unified response to “The advertising company originally conceived the – has members arrived at the Medical writing anything about the NNPA members to refrain from and presented it as a fundraiser tostayed out of the is solely the NAACP. It public eye. Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportImage Awards in the weeks following its King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. selling the ads and handling the distribution. It responsible for Julian airing on FOX. noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars moved Scathing articles and pays the NAACP a licensing royalty which is used to support Given the choice betweeneditorials joined Bakewell’s letter. lookslowly past her family’s home Robert W. the body or Bogle, publisher of the Philadelphia Tribune, our ongoing diversity efforts in Monday morning, past the A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Hollywood,” Jealous states. ing directly at said in March 3 Tribune story told the by Target that Hudson jail for parole violation after receivedvans, reporters and curi“Accordingly, I requested and news assurance from the viewingait on a wall-mounted reprinted newspaper Market News: “In (Thursday’s) Philadelphia Daily News, the 42nd advertising company that their distribution plan included Black ous onlookers. NAACP Awards Magazine was inserted and not one copy community newspapers. However, the advertising company has Neighbors stood was inserted in the Philadelphia Tribune, America’s oldest failed to follow through. This year, when the guides came out, quietly and and America’s largest daily newspaper serving the Africanthey did not show up in any Black community newspapers.” reflected on the “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of “The NAACP does not condone the agency’s American community.” He concludes, attempted video screen, the family chose violence. ly” and was clearly and murder and vehicularBlack community newspapers. It is the He continued, “Thisthe latter. According to action is an insult to the menits leader. In front of the Hudson’s decision to exclude hijack“She held hands with her be Tribune,who work at the Philadelphia Tribune and should fami- ing. Cookto our explicit instruction, and menwere not aware of Hudson said, “Yes, women contrary County records show home, we in heavy jackets ly,” the spokesman said. “It that agency’s decisionto both he pleaded guilty until after the guides hit the papers,” he to that’s him.” Black Americans in this country. The very right of and hooded sweatshirts came an insult to the was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss publication that bears full inclusion and participation of African Americans has been said. “Nonetheless, it was made for a the twin white crosses barmoment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and denied by the organization that purports that African Americans sion name, and as CEO I take ultimate responsibility for it. For our of a stolen motor vehicle. The boy – the son of Julia should be fairly included in all aspects of American sister – had that reason, I have apologized Jason. NNPA and their Hudson, Jennifer’s life.” He was released from prison in to the“Everybody promised going is sick of New York Beacon’s Publisher Walter Smith,since Friday, president of leadershipserving seven happen again.” this will not years been missing 2006 after through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue. long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alert – a desigfor ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing him for President. children – was issued Friday But now ACORN is in trouble. after Julian was discovered Reporter: There are at least missing after the murders. 11 investigations across the Police arrested William country involving thousands of Balfour, the missing boy’s steppotentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband forms. of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voter Southside apartment several fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had efforts. nothing to do with the slayings. Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.
“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”
ACORN Fights Back
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview tor of it. with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new voters,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” been found guilty of, or even McCain, who is running for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those democracy.” Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing the registration. Web site, found those claims to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reged. istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesisn’t Facilities – sarily true.”Nutrient Compliance interested in those fine points, preferring ACORN is no UOSA Contract P1NR to air misleadstranger to controversy. Centreville,ing ads that seek to link Obama Virginia For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting Upper Occoquan Service Authority organization has fought for social his political support. Bid justice for low- 12, 2011 @ 2:00 pm McCain: I’m John McCain and economic Due: April and I Compliance Facilities genandDescription of Work: Contract P1NR Nutrientapprove this message. moderate-income erally consists of improvements to Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 mem-existing wastewater treatment facilities ber(secondary organizedatinto Upper Occoquan Service man with “a political families treatment) the more Obama? A Authority’s (UOSA) Water Reclamation Plant located baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chap-at 14631 Compton Rd, Centreville VA. Primary elements of work are: Renewal, Demolition, Replacement, Repairs speed.” Vast ambition. After tersand Modifications to existing concrete structures; Aeration Basins, Second-colin 110 cities nationwide, lege, he piping, to Chicago. ACORN has over the years seen addition yard moved clarifier mechaary Clarifiers, and Pump Stations. In Became work associated with the its share andcriticism electrical and instrumentation a community organizer. nisms of extensive while advoThere, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, improvements. Corman Construction, Inc. is soliciting quotes for the above Talbot, part of the Chicago referenced project from all subcontractors, suppliers, and service providers. living wages, healthcare for the In particular, and while organbranch of ACORN. WBE subunderserved—Corman is seeking quotes from certified MBE and He was so contractors and suppliers for the impressive that he was asked izing voter registration drives. following types of work: concrete demoli- to train the ACORN staff. Buttion & structural concrete repairs, new structural concrete, reinforcing steel, none has been as withering miscellaneous metals, painting, electrical, instrumentation, HVAC, erosion What did ACORN in Chicago andcontrol, permanent seeding, asphalt paving, concrete flatwork, material & baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. With the suppliers, materials testing, and hauling. Please contact Bonnie equipment presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, at firstname.lastname@example.org with Hulme at 301-953-0900 or ACORN’s detractors allege the view of business. ACORN forced questions or to schedule an appt to bid documents and plans. Quotes may be faxed to 301-953-2611. organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. The same types of loans sive voter registration fraud after Equal Opportunity Employer, that Corman Construction is an the reported discoveryM/Fbogus WBEcaused the financial crisis we’re of MBE DBE SBE. in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse
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School Admissions Director Fights Truancy at Students’ Front Doors
Special to the AFRO WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Clarke isn’t a cop or a truant officer, but for a few years now he has taken his fight against truancy directly to students’ front doors. Behind those doors, Clarke often finds students and their families in crisis causing unexcused absences. Clarke, the admissions director for the six Washington, D.C. schools operated by Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), said student truancy often has complicated underlying causes. “Most of our students are not skipping school just for the heck of it,” Clarke said. “I have found some of our kids with no food, no electricity, no heat or hot water. Some were left to babysit younger siblings. Others were afraid to leave home because of neighborhood beefs,” said Clarke. “Some had no clean clothes, no money to do laundry and were embarrassed to come to school because they didn’t feel presentable.” Mary Rinder, codirector of SESI’s High Road Academy for high school students with learning disabilities, said getting these students back into the classroom is David Clarke the first step. “Our first priority is to get these students back in school where we can get them the help they really need to ensure they keep coming back,” she said. SESI staff works with the students, their families, the D.C. Public Schools and the city’s Child and Family Services Agency to secure that assistance, Rinder explained. “Our students and their families may need additional help from D.C. Public Schools or help from a social service agency,” she said. “Sometimes, helping means that we make legally-mandated reports to the proper authorities. We do everything we can to assist our students and help them to succeed.” Rebecca Williams, director of SESI’s High Road Upper School for high school students with emotional and behavioral challenges, said SESI administrators often go beyond the call of duty to meet their students’ needs. “Our staff has helped students get warm coats, clothes and shoes, made food runs, helped students get Social Security cards, replaced missing fare cards for Metro buses, and rearranged their class schedules to accommodate child care needs or to allow them to be home when younger brothers and sisters get there,” Williams said. “I recently picked up one of our students every day for a week to make sure he got to school.” But the organization’s point man in this effort is Clarke. “Getting help for our students begins with David Clarke,” said Michael Kaufman, CEO of the Yardley, Pa.-based SESI, which serves District students ages 5-21 with learning disabilities, emotional and Courtesy Photo behavioral challenges. “David’s approach is
proactive. When our students see David at their front doors, it demonstrates to them and their families how much we care about their well-being as well as their education.” Truancy has become a hot-button issue in Washington, where the number of habitually and chronically truant students exceeds 8,000 children per year. Those numbers prompted the D.C. Council to tighten truancy requirements last fall and to quicken the pace at which child welfare and police intervene. Clarke began to make home visits to truant students a few years ago, and says he averages 60 home visits each school year. “I want to intervene with our students before their truancy becomes chronic,” said Clarke, who ventures out into some of the District’s toughest neighborhoods when a student racks up six to eight unexcused absences. Clarke is sometimes accompanied on home visits by fellow SESI admissions director Tina Stith-Twine or by a school social worker, but often he goes alone. A former Hofstra University football player, Clarke still cuts an imposing figure, but he said he still times his home visits between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., when it’s likely to be safest. Said Kaufman of Clarke’s efforts, “The only way we can make a difference in our students’ lives is for them to come to school and stay in school. Nothing is more important to us than to help them learn, grow, develop social skills and graduate.” In addition to the High Road Upper School and High Road Academy, both on Edgewood Street N.E., SESI operates four other schools in the District including the High Road Middle School on 1st Street and the High Road Academy on Kansas Avenue, N.E.; and the High Road Primary School and High Road Primary Academy, both on Taylor Street N.W. You can learn more about SESI Schools at www.sesi-schools.com. “He needs to admit what he did publicly. Charges should be brought against him and he should pay for his crime. I hope the ‘AFRO’ keeps this issue in the paper until the end. Many times things like this are on the front page one week and when the person is convicted there’s little coverage.“
Continued from A1 “I think he’s going to resign with the situation the way it is. But I don’t think he should because despite all the allegations, he’s doing a good job.” “He should resign on his own. Remaining would bring too much controversy to D.C. politics.”
Frederick Mudd, retired brick mason
“I don’t think he should resign. As far as I know he’s doing a good job. People can always find something negative when they need to focus on the good.”
Roxanne Armstead, new resident
Kimberley Bennett and daughter, Bryjeh Armstead, northwest residents
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Local Islamic Leaders
Continued from A1 Islamic practices, including washing of feet, to be considered as acts of terrorism and punishable as a felony for 15 years. The fears and negative reactions towards Muslims have been mounting since Sept.11, 2001, after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by a group claiming to be Muslim extremists. The attacks killed over 6,000 Americans. There have been other terrorist attempts on American soil
Florita Walker, mother of 11 children
since that time involving young radicals here and abroad. “It’s a kind of delicate walk because we can’t deny Muslims were involved in the Sept. 11, tragedy,” Saleem said. “[But] if someone thinks that Muslims’ credibility is diminishing with the negative depictions from the media, it’s not. More people are interested in Islam than ever before.” Talib Shareef, 49, resident imam at Masjid Muhammad, pointed out another perspective. “What concerns
me is that an Arab face is being depicted as a reflection of the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world when in actuality we are in every race and country. Even if terrorists, regardless of their nationality, identify themselves as Muslims, they are not seen by us as Muslims,” said Shareef. Sitting in his office before Jumah prayer, Shareef reflected on the struggle to build a mosque for African Americans. “This masjid was the first one built from the ground up among thousands across America. For 75 years,
it represents good citizenry and people who are involved in every aspect of community and government life,” said Shareef. Now Muslim gatherings have become the target of some political campaigns, rhetoric, headlines and debates. More than 12 states are considering legislation to ban Muslims from practicing Shariah religious laws, including washing of feet and congregational prayer. If successful, Muslims would be the only group in America without the freedoms to practice their religion. Some American political leaders also want Muslims to have a careful eye for budding terrorists and turn them into the authorities before any harm is done to be prosecuted. However, some Islamic leaders believe a different approach is more suitable. “I believe that when we see radicalization developing and people going astray, we should reach out and teach them that what they are doing is wrong and can only bring us harm,” said Saleem. Zarinah Shakir, 62, has been involved in promoting interfaith dialogues for over three decades. As producer and host of Perspectives of Interfaith, a local cable show, she said many interfaith ministers have spoken against the hearings and turmoil against Muslims. “They realize that this a witch hunts and there is no basis for this. What do they want from decent tax paying people upholding the laws? Today it’s Muslims. Tomorrow it will be another religious group,” Shakir said.
March 19, 2011 - March 25, 2011, The Afro-American
Students Launch Book Drive for Public High School Library
WASHINGTON – Howard University students, in response to a news report of a Washington, D.C. high school that doesn’t have enough books in its library, have launched a campaign to collect and donate more than 1,000 books to Washington Metropolitan High School as part of their annual Alternative Spring Break program. The students are asking faculty, staff and students at Howard University, as well as bookstores, publishing companies and individuals throughout the Washington, D.C. area, for high school appropriate fiction, non-fiction and reference books. The books will be presented to Washington Metropolitan High School, which is in its first year and is now setting up its library with Howard students’ help. During the week of March 14, Howard students helped label and categorize the books and stock the library’s shelves. Their work will be presented March 21, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school’s library. Tanishia Williams-Minor, principal of the school, praised the students for their efforts. “This book drive initiative is truly amazing,” WilliamsMinor said. “The teachers and staff here at Washington Metropolitan work hard every day to encourage the students to Pratcher is asking every faculty and staff member at Howard University and Howard University Hospital to donate at least two books. “We are really looking to the Howard University family to lead this campaign,” Pratcher said. “We ultimately hope to not only stock the school’s library, but to also give the students enough books to start their own personal collection. “Through this book drive, we hope to help instill an appreciation for reading and learning in the students.” Donation centers are available at Howard at Howard University Bookstore at 2225 Georgia Ave., N.W., Founders Library; Cramton Auditorium and at Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave., N.W. In addition to the on-campus sites, there will also be donation centers set up in the Howard University School of Divinity and School of Law and at Washington Metropolitan High School. The public can drop off books at the HUB, and for large donations, students will pick up 50 books or more. For pickups or for more information, contact Pratcher at aspratcher@ howard.edu or 623.341.9280.
Howard University students launched a book drive as part of their Alternative Spring Break program. pursue an education after high school. “As adults it is hard to effectively convey that message. This book drive is the first step to showing the students that the community wants to invest in their future as well.” Antonita Pratcher, a junior health education major at Howard, is the site coordinator for the students’ effort in the Washington area during the Alternative Spring Break program and is leading the book drive.
Corporation Boosts Anti-Hunger Effort
By AFRO Staff Efforts to reduce hunger among Washington, D.C.’s students received a significant boost from the Wal-Mart Foundation on March 10. The foundation awarded $400,000 to D.C. Hunger Solutions for the city’s schools breakfast programs. The foundation made the announcement during a special breakfast at the Center City Public Charter Schools’ Trinidad campus in honor of National School Breakfast Week. The grant, which D.C. Hunger Solutions will administer, will help provide equipment, training and technical assistance to increase participation in the school breakfast program in D.C. schools. It can have a far-reaching impact. Among the 12.9 percent of District of Columbia households struggling with hunger, 4.5 percent were considered to have “very low food security.” Shockingly only 49.5 percent of eligible lowincome children participate in the School Breakfast Program in the District. “At a time when our city’s families are struggling, it is crucial programs like free breakfast in the schools that give children the nutrition they need to learn, stay healthy, and be active,” said Alexandra Ashbrook, director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). “Grants like this one give the community the support needed to ensure that the breakfast program is being as effective as it can be, and reaching the thousands of low-income children in D.C. who desperately need school breakfasts.” The award was part of Wal-Mart’s national commitment to help end hunger. “As part of our $2 billion commitment to hunger relief, we’re proud to support initiatives that are helping children get the healthy food they need to learn and grow,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Wal-Mart foundation in a press release. “Bringing breakfast to classrooms in D.C. will ensure students are getting the nutrients they need to support healthy development and to live better.” D.C. Hunger Solutions was founded in 2002 as to create a hunger-free community and thereby improve the nutrition, health, economic security, and wellbeing of low-income District residents.
Teens to Discuss Cyberbullying at Annual Law Fair
Lee F. Satterfield, Judge Melvin Wright and D.C. Bar President Kim Keenan are among the participants slated to attend the daylong program. The event also includes a mock trial, speaking sessions and raffle giveaways, providing local teens an opportunity to develop “hands on” experience with practicing law and understanding America’s judicial system. Students will also receive breakfast and lunch, Morguefile and participate in exhibits D.C. students participating in the Annual Youth Law Fair and tours of the courthouse will discuss cyberbullying and its effect on their peers. and holding cells. The 12th Annual Youth The 12th Annual Youth Law Fair, hosted Law Fair takes place March 19, 9 a.m.by the D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. 4 p.m., at the Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Bar, brings cyberbullying and its harmful Indiana Courthouse, N.W. Free. For more effects to the limelight this year. The annual information and to register, go to ezregister. fair brings lawyers, high school students, com/events/1670 or visit dcbar.org/ judges and educators together to examine youthlawfair. local social and legal issues. Chief Judge
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Sorry, Sessoms, WE DON’T BUY IT
A nearly $8,000 ticket to Egypt? A $2,000 trip to San Antonio? A chauffeur-driven Lincoln Navigator? Does the controversial University of the District of Columbia President Allen Sessoms really believe he can simply explain away such extravagant travel expenses as justification for attempting to transform the only land grant urban university in the nation into a first class institution? We don’t buy it. Neither, apparently does the university’s faculty association which issued a no vote of confidence in Sessoms’ autocratic leadership last month. Add to that growing list of skeptics the D.C. Council, which questioned him as he stumbled through a long afternoon hearing last week. Sessoms raised the ire of protesting students and the scrutiny of the D.C. Council after Fox 5 News reports revealed that airline and hotel tickets had been purchased for him at prices far above market rates to luxury destinations including Egypt, Hawaii, Torrey Pines, Calif., and Jackson Hole, Wyo., where the entire Sessoms family traveled during the July 4 weekend. Sessoms has been making the rounds to various news outlets to do damage control, since news of his extravagancies linked out. However, the more he “doth protest” with his weak explanations, the more absurd his explanations play. In answer to the latest uproar, he speaks of the need to travel to raise the university’s profile and prestige. He speaks of the need to travel (in a business class seat bed) with his feet above his head because of a medical condition. He speaks of the
questionable funds being expended as coming from private foundations and grants rather than city funds, as if using that private pool of money absolves a public institution from frugality and financial responsibility. A public institution, by the way, that serves a student body primarily of lowincome, low-literacy or working adult students who are making do with fewer resources offered by the historically underfunded school. In the midst of all of this, we are forced to ask what has the university’s board of trustees been doing while news of Sessoms’ spending spree has been circulating? In one television interview this week, Sessoms stated he hadn’t traveled as much this year as he has in the past. When students complain of increased tuition, of not getting refunds in a timely manner, of not being able to obtain books in a timely manner, and of not being in safe or comfortable classrooms, the university trustees must fulfill their fiduciary duties to ensure that no one, particularly its president, is spending money – government or
otherwise – in a frivolous manner. On behalf of students and taxpayers, we demand better answers and most importantly, a clear structure of improved accountability moving forward.
The Real Terrorism
What we witnessed March 10 on Capitol Hill during hearings led by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, was a shameful example of the excesses of power. Claiming concern over the alleged radicalization of Muslims in America, Rep. King conducted nothing short of a “witch hunt,” by singling out a single group of Americans as an internal threat to the nation’s security Walter Fields worthy of suspicion by their fellow citizens. The insult was enough to bring Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), one of two Muslims serving in Congress, to tears as he defended American Muslims, and emotionally described the sacrifice that some Muslims made on Sept. 11, 2001. The arrogance of Rep. King was evident as he maintained that the threat of radical elements among the nation’s Muslim population was extensive enough to warrant a McCarthy-like probe. This, despite the fact that King’s earlier claims that more than 80 percent of imams in our country were radicalized has never been substantiated and widely ridiculed. To add insult, and further fan the flames of hate toward Muslims, King had pictures of the devastation of 9/11 on the walls of the hearing room. It was one of the worst examples of the immorality of political leadership of recent memory. Meanwhile, as King works to pin the scarlet letter of terrorism on Muslims, and make Islam a dirty word in America, the suspect in the attempted bombing of the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane, Wash., Kevin William Harpham,
Peter King is looking in all the wrong places
was a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Like Timothy McVeigh, he is a former soldier in the U.S. Army, who sympathizes with White supremacists. Had the bomb – placed where it was intended to do major damage – detonated, the crowd would have been sprayed with lead pellets coated with rat poison. Yet, despite the very real existence and continued threat of White supremacist groups and militias, Rep. King is invested in using his office to harbor his personal prejudices. In Detroit, a family is grieving over the deaths of two children, 8-year-old Alaya Cook and 10-year-old Lataya Cook, who lost their lives in a fire that investigators have deemed arson. The girls were too afraid to jump from a second-story window at the urging of their father, who was injured in the blaze. The home had been firebombed. While the perpetrator(s) mostly Black and Latino children and families. Perhaps that is why Rep. King does not show the same concern or expresses the same outrage over the domestic terrorism of which there is ample evidence—just as Timothy McVeigh showed no concern for the life of children when he helped plot the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, a building that contained a day care center; and in the same way Kevin William Harpham apparently had little regard for the lives of children on the streets of Spokane celebrating the birthday of America’s prince of peace, Dr. King. The congressman should talk to funeral home directors and shock trauma medical professionals who, every day, witness the result of the carnage that has taken over communities. Put the faces of our dead children on the walls of your hearing room Mr. King, and let America see what real domestic terrorism looks like. We are treading on dangerous waters here. Peter King is not making us any safer. In fact, he is giving reason for Muslims and others to hate us. It is his ilk, and other demagogues, who put the security of our nation in jeopardy. If he was serious and sincere about the safety of American citizens Rep. King would be examining the resurgence of White supremacist groups, the proliferation of gangs across America, including in seemingly “safe” White suburban communities, and the unfettered access to firearms and explosives. The Long Island, N.Y. congressman is perpetrating a fraud and he needs to be called out. All Americans deserve better from our political leadership than the equivalent of “Bozo goes to Congress.” Walter Fields is the executive editor of NorthStarNews.com, where this article was originally published.
“Put the faces of our dead children on the walls of your hearing room Mr. King, and let America see what real domestic terrorism looks like.”
have yet to be caught, and the cause remains unknown, the incident is eerily similar to the tragic fire that took the life of a Baltimore family several years back. In that incident, drug dealers had set the house ablaze because the parents were spoke out against the illegal drug activity occurring in their neighborhood. Whether drug dealers or gangs are responsible for the tragedy in Detroit, there is one thing that is certain: Alaya and Lataya are just the latest victims of an epidemic of urban violence that is stealing the dreams and futures of a generation of children. In cities, big and small, in every corner of our nation, gangs and drug dealers are terrorizing communities, and their prey is
I have recently been shocked and appalled by ads that I and other Black publishers saw in several major newspapers (The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, etc.) confirming that Toyota spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to advertise in White mainstream daily newspapers “THANKING” their general market consumers for their loyalty Danny J. Bakewell Sr. and patronage to Toyota during their time of major controversy and concerns over the safety of Toyota’s vehicles. Thanking their customers is a smart move on Toyota’s behalf and one that I applaud. However, we can’t overlook the fact that Black people represent almost 10 percent of Toyota’s American market share, and with a $1.2 billion annual advertising budget it is not unreasonable for the Black Press to always expect to have a stake in Toyota’s advertising (including Black advertising agencies). Nevertheless, Black newspapers were left off Toyota’s latest marketing campaign, sending a clear and direct message that the Black consumer is still being taken for granted and Black people are still being disrespected and undervalued. This is disappointing behavior from a company who was all too eager to send us their press releases and ask us to write stories and editorials to influence Black America to stay with them in their time of trouble. But now that Toyota’s pain has been essentially eased—for now—by a report issued by the Federal Transportation Department and NASA that found no faults with Toyota’s electronic accelerator controls, the Black press has once again been forgotten along with the Black consumer.
Toyota Disrespects and Devalues the Patronage of their Black Consumers
Toyota should note that it is going to take more than a passing grade on a federal transportation report card to bring back the consumer safety confidence enjoyed for years by Toyota from American consumers prior to one of the largest vehicle recalls in U.S. history. So when the decision was made to advertise in mainstream newspapers from coast to coast thanking their customers for their loyalty, where was Toyota’s loyalty to the 10 percent of African- American consumers? DON’T WE ALSO DESERVE A GREAT BIG THANK YOU? Historically, there has always been an imbalance between what goes out of the Black community and what comes into the Black community relative to retail goods, services and representation. Despite the fact that the buying power of America’s Blacks is reported to be roughly $1 trillion this year. And it is highly doubtful that Black-owned businesses will report revenue numbers that are the same and/or reap any of
“…we can’t overlook the fact that Black people represent almost 10 percent of Toyota’s American market share…”
the benefits proportionate to our buying power. However, the question still remains, why is Toyota undervaluing the Black consumer and showing our community such blatant disrespect? Tried, true, and tested — the NNPA (Black Press of America) remains the gatekeeper for reaching the Black community. Corporations and advertising agencies wanting and needing to reach the African-American consumer must understand the relationship of the Black Press with Black people. They must remember to place their advertising messages on the pages of Black newspapers throughout America, and Black consumers
will respond in kind (Black advertising agencies could help them with this). The days of being silent and complaining among ourselves regarding these unethical and immoral business practices are over. When Toyota wanted our help, it had no problem seeking all 200 Black newspapers in America to do just that. Their message to Black people was, “Please help us. We value your business.” We do not want Toyota to use us for editorial coverage and then overlook us with their advertising dollars. Black newspapers are not afraid to demand fair representation and a seat to dine at Toyota’s table, especially when their food is purchased with approximately 10 percent of Black consumer dollars. We are not interested in fighting with Toyota however, Toyota has enjoyed healthy African-American consumer support, and despite last year’s set back we have remained loyal. If you want to thank Black consumers for our loyalty and keep our business, do it on the pages of the Black newspapers that Black people read, respect, trust and own. As chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, I represent 200 Black publishers throughout America. I am challenging Toyota’s chairman and CEO to do the right thing and meet with me to discuss the future of their relationship with Black consumers and whether or not we as Black newspaper publishers should continue supporting Toyota or should organize a campaign to take Black brand loyalty to Toyota elsewhere. WE WILL NOT BUY WHERE WE ARE DISRESPECTED….THAT IS A PROMISE! Danny Bakewell Sr. is the chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, parent organization to more than 200 independently owned Black newspapers.
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Out Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 8 p.m. At this event, 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: 301390-6668. March 19 Spring’s Metamorphosis Fashion Luncheon Calvary Family Life Center, 11150 Berry Road, Waldorf, Md. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy this spring fashion show that helps raise money for the Domestic Violence Victims Shelter. $40. For more information: 301-9196840. National Single Parents Day Celebration & Ice Cream Social Giant Foods, 5500 Silver Hill Road, District Heights, Md. 2-5 p.m. If you are a single parent, celebrate National Single Parent Day with your family at this ice cream social featuring television and radio personality Jeannie “Kitty of the City” Jones. For more information: 202-8344686. NCBW Annual Shirley Chisholm Trailblazer Awards Washington D.C. Navy Conference Center, 1454 Parsons Ave., S.E. D.C. 12:302 p.m. The National Congress of Black Women, Washington Chapter, invites you to attend this annual awards luncheon that will recognize various leaders in the community. For more information: 202-583-7426. March 20 International Bridal Expo 2011 The Waterford of Springfield, 6715 Commerce St., Springfield, Va. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This event helps brides-to-be plan their entire wedding with over 150 exhibitors and the area’s top wedding planners. $7-$10. For more information: www. intlbridalexpo.com. Hair Care Workshop Bo26 Hair Studio, 1738 14th St., N.W. D.C. 2-4 p.m. Hairstylist Lynne Wooden will host a workshop to help you find the best products, age appropriate hairstyles and will discuss the benefits of natural hair vs. chemically treated hair. For more information: 202-2347575. March 23 Redemption Wednesdays Patty Boom Boom, 1359 U St., N.W. D.C. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Each Wednesday, unwind at this midweek party featuring the best mix of reggae and soca music. For more information: 571-435-5166. March 24 Prince George’s Community College Poetry Slam Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo, Md. 12-2 p.m. Students will share original writings about women’s history. For more information: 301-336-6000. D.C. ‘Men Ain’t Boys’ Film Premiere Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave., N.W. D.C. 8 p.m. This film offers a thoughtprovoking look at issues surrounding Black manhood, the results of effective fatherhood and the requirements for maintaining lasting love. $10$20. For more information: www. menaintboysdc.eventbrite.com. March 26 ‘The Backpack Monologues’ Covenant Baptist Church, 3845 S. Capitol St., S.W. D.C. 3 p.m. Experience this theatrical performance that will empower young women to promote social change in their communities while addressing sexual and social issues. $10-$20. For more information: 202-562-5576. Show Your Colors Bowling Party Fort Myer Bowling Center, 411 McNair Road, Fort Myer, Virginia. 8 p.m. The Psi Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will host a bowling party at Fort Myer Bowling Center. Ticket includes two games, shoe rental, food and drinks. $25. For more information: 703-606-6434. Foreclosure Prevention and Credit Recovery Workshop Suitland High School, 5200 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Md. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The NID Housing Counseling Agency is hosting a free foreclosure prevention workshop that will feature a special credit recovery session for homeowners who have gone through foreclosure. The main sessions of the workshop will provide opportunities for homeowners to meet with their lenders and also gain advice on their options from certified housing and legal counselors. For more information: 1-866993-4643.
March 17 DC Live With Colie Williams Queen Makeda, 1917 9th St., N.W. D.C. 8 p.m. Singer Colie Williams will bring her sultry mix of jazz and classic
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The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Gospel Service hosted its annual “Black History Month Worship Service” recently at the Memorial Chapel, Fort Myer, Va. The service included inspirational musical selections from the American University Gospel Choir and the Men of Christ gospel quartet, along with a powerful message by chaplain, Col. James Walker (Ret.). Keeper of the Community awards were given to Lesli Foster, anchor, WUSA9 News Now; Dr. Elsie Scott, president/CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF); Michael Blake of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement and the famed Buffalo Soldiers, D.C. chapter. Army ROTC Cadets from Howard University assisted with ushering duties and the afternoon service concluded with a fellowship dinner. The program’s theme was, “Our Church, Our Family, Our History: This Far by Faith.”
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Chaplain Maj. Santiago Cruz receives a copy of the Black History Month Presidential Proclamation from Paul Monteiro, Office of Public Engagement, White House.
Dr. Elsie Scott, president/CEO of the CBCF, receives the Keeper of the Community Award.
Bill Douglas provides the call to worship and scripture. The Gospel Service Praise and Worship Team sings the opening selection. American University Gospel Choir under the direction of Sylestra Sledge provides a selection.
Some of the many guests who attended the program.
Miss Black DC USA 2010 Dr. Allison Hilll and Chelsey Rodgers, Miss DC International 2010, were in attendance.
Musicians prepare for their performance.
Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. William Stephens, left, Chaplain (Col. Ret.) James Walker and wife, and chaplain and Mrs. David Santiago Cruz
Junior Buffalo Soldiers Men of Christ from Victory Temple Baptist Church sing a rousing selection. Ushers and ROTC cadets are briefed before the program starts. The Webb family, members of the Gospel Service
Howard University Army ROTC cadets with their cadre, Maj. Sellers, far left, and Capt. Sansom, far right
Maj. Santiago Cruz, chaplain, presents the Keeper of the Community Award to Lesli Foster, WUSA 9 News Now anchor
Maj. Santiago Cruz, chaplain, presents the Keeper of the Community Award to the Buffalo Soldiers, D.C. chapter.
Lillian Wilkinson, Army Soldier and Family Readiness; Joi Alston, PNC Bank; and Flora Marsh, NY Life Insurance
Capt. Sansom, Paul Monteiro, Dr. Elsie Scott, Lesli Foster, Maj. Tyra Sellers, chaplain, 1st Lt. Dwayne Jackson and Jas Stephenson
Attendees enjoy dinner after an inspirational worship service.
Evelyn Gee, Lauren Parker and DeVera Redmond
Doris McMillion, left, Linda Washington, Lisa Noguera and Penny Koger
Lavern Chatman, president of the Arlington Links and the National Urban League Young Professionals
The Arlington, Va., chapter of The Links held its third annual “National Wear Reception” in support of Heart Health Month at the prestigious Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. The award-winning chapter has a longstanding commitment to raising heart disease awareness and under the leadership of President Lavern Jackson Chatman, leads efforts to educate women about the tragic disease and its prevention. The event, chaired by Links Karen Hughes, program Olivia Grace coordinator, and Avril Sisk, National Trends and Services Jones, a 7chairwoman, commenced with a lavish reception of delicious healthy food fare, along with red wine, which year- old heart doctors say is good for the heart. recipient, and Patrons enjoyed the ambiance of the evening. The her mom, panelists, Dr. Deborah Williams,a noted cardiologist at Schonay Jones Howard University and JET magazine medical expert, was the lead speaker. Dr. Jennifer Ellis, a cardiac surgeon at Washington Hospital Center, shared vital information and fielded questions. However, the star of the evening was first- grader, Olivia Grace Jones, 7, who is truly a living miracle. A heart recipient, Olivia and her mother shared some of the joys and pains of having a child plagued with a serious illness. Born with an enlarged heart, Olivia has endured much throughout her young life, but is now learning to enjoy simple childhood Dr. Deborah Williams, pleasures. Olivia’s cardiologist, shares infectious smile won over the crowd of over vital statistics on heart 200 patrons. disease and obesity.
Lavern Chatman introduces the panel: Dr. Deborah Williams, cardiologist at Howard University Hospital; Dr. Jennifer Ellis, cardiothoracic surgeon at Washington Hospital Center and Schonay Jones, mother of Olivia Grace Jones
Alexandria, Va., Mayor William Euille, honorary chairman of Red Dress Day
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Graduate School USA Signs On as First Major Tenant of New Waterfront Project
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Continuing with the design to revitalize Washington, D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront, mayor Vincent Gray announced on March 10 that Graduate School USA signed an agreement to establish what will be called the Center for Education and Training at the heart of “The Wharf” project. The decision to construct a facility makes Graduate School USA the first major business to commit as a long-term tenant as part of the development scheduled for erection along the Washington Channel in the coming year. Joining Gray were Council Chair Kwame Brown, Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton along
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The distinctive footbridge at the Yards Park in Southeast Washington will connect a 5.5-acre park to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. The park is part of a 42-acre mixed-use development, which will include 2,800 residential units, nearly 1.8 million square feet of office space and 400,000 square feet of shopping and dining. with other local government affiliates who welcomed the new project. “The creation of this center represents a huge commitment to prepare our residents for careers through training and education,” Gray said at his presentation. “The Graduate School USA’s 90-year history of training and educating people in the public sector makes them the ideal partner for The Wharf neighborhood. We are excited they decided to expand their mission right here in this landmark waterfront development.” Expected to break ground in 2012, The Wharf will be a $2 million residential site that will also host retail, hotel, office and recreational space. It is expected to open in 2015. The site will cover 27 acres on land and 24 acres across the water, making it one of the more anticipated construction projects taking place in the District. “Creating this vibrant mixed-use urban riverfront brings new and distinctive retail, restaurant, neighborhood living and cultural destinations to the District,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Jose Sousa.
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“We know this project will deliver on the promise of becoming one of the marquee waterfront destinations for Washington, the region and the nation.” As the development’s first multi-purpose project, the Center for Education and Training could drive immediate traffic to The Wharf after its completion. The center will provide resources for career seeking individuals interested in federal, state and local positions in addition to offering training for a variety of vocational openings and other jobs. “This center demonstrates our extensive commitment to the DC community,” Dr. Jerry Ice, CEO and president of Graduate School USA, said in a press release. “We are working closely with the city to understand areas with the most potential and the highest need for workers. Our goal is to bring a variety of training options to residents in one location to prepare them for rewarding careers now and in the future.” For more on The Wharf, visit www.swdcwaterfront. com
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4th Annual Governor’s Leadership in Aging Award
DEPARTMENT OF AGING
For Excellence and Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Aging and Quality of Life for Seniors
Older Americans/Marylander Month Celebration May 10, 2011, 12 noon – 2pm Catonsville Senior Center 501 N. Rolling Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228
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• • • • • • Select a Category. Complete the nomination form and attach a 500 word or less description of recommendation (why the nominee meets criteria). Visual Arts nominations must be accompanied by photos, slides, or CD of artwork. Performing Arts nominations must be accompanied by a DVD or web link to a video sharing site (i.e. YouTube). Photography nominations must be in .jpg or .gif and must not exceed 5 MB in size. Nominations that do not require supporting materials can be faxed to: 410-333-7943 All nominations must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than April 8, 2011. You may download copies of the nomination form by visiting the website at: www.mdoa.state.md.us For more information, call: 410-767-1064 or 1-800- 243-3425
An individual, community group, business or organization that has demonstrated leadership in advocacy or developed an innovative program, research or training for seniors.
Visual and Performing Arts
An individual, 60 years of age or older, or a group (members must be 55 years of age or older), who has demonstrated excellence in the visual or performing arts.
An individual 60 years or older who demonstrates excellence in photography or photojournalism that portrays “Successful Aging”.
Health and Vitality
An individual 60 years or older who demonstrates a commitment to healthy living and who serves as a role model to others.
March 19, 2011 - March 25, 2011, The Afro-American
District Native’s ‘Isaiah Wait’ Featured in Independent Film Festival
Lee Roberts’ inbox, he initially disregarded it. “I thought it was junk e-mail,” Roberts told the AFRO in a recent interview. But to his surprise, it was a message to inform him that his film Isaiah Wait had been selected for entry in the annual festival, which only chooses 110 films out of 2,000 worldwide submissions. “When I found that out it really made me feel good,” he said. Now, fresh off its world premiere at the event, Roberts hopes the film will be a beacon of encouragement for viewers across the globe that are experiencing tough times. “The film gives you a greater appreciation for what you may be going through,” Roberts said. Set in the District, Isaiah Wait tells the story of a grandmother named Mrs. Bennett who is raising her teenage grandson, Isaiah. While struggling to pay bills, various circumstances strip her of her finances and she winds up with a mere $60 in her pocket. While Isaiah wants his grandmother to use the money for groceries, she opts to continue tithing to her church, despite her grandson’s wishes. While Isaiah struggles to understand her faith, he later finds that those who are patient and trust in God are ultimately blessed. Based on a true story, Isaiah Wait explores many pertinent issues in the Black community that countless people can identify with. “When I heard the story, it inspired and encouraged me to hear how faithful this grandmother was in the midst of all her struggles,” Roberts said. He added that he also wanted to tell the story to dispel some of negative perceptions some people hold about spiritual practices, like tithing. “Tithing itself in many cases has been looked upon in many negative lights,” he said. “I wanted to show some of the positive things that can come about [as a result of tithing.]” The 20-minute short premiered at the film festival on March 8 and was nominated for a handful of awards. Roberts said he felt honored that his film was selected from such a myriad of participants, mainly because spiritual films are rarely featured at the event. “The D.C. Film Festival is not a Christian film festival,” he said. “I found out during the premiere that they generally get a lot of spiritual films, but they [generally] don’t accept them. But, they looked beyond that and found quality, so that made it a little bit better for me.” The experience at the festival opened more doors for the District native, as he was approached by a few sponsors at the event who offered to fund his next project. The recent success is like a dream come true for Roberts, who became interested in filming while attending Morgan State University. After graduating, he enrolled at Ohio University’s school of film. But his love for his hometown drew him back to the District, where he currently resides. Though many may believe Roberts faces a tough road ahead in today’s industry as a Black filmmaker, he insists otherwise, and recalls a message that was given to him early on in his career. “My advisor told me, ‘You are not a Black filmmaker, you are a filmmaker who just happens to be Black,’ and I understood and appreciated that,” Roberts said. “I want people to remember the quality that I bring to them, rather than who I am as a person. So, regardless of what color I am, I’m going to always push to work with a diverse group of people to embrace a universal concept that everyone can appreciate.” For more information visit the D.C. Independent Film Festival’s website at dciff.org.
David Lee Roberts
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer When an e-mail from the D.C. Independent Film Festival appeared in filmmaker David
Black Female Jockey’s Success and Struggle With Bipolar Disorder Detailed in New Memoir
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer Sylvia Harris had reached rock bottom. She was homeless, she had lost custody of one of her children, and above all, she was battling mental illness. At her emotional peak, she needed an escape. When a twist of fate elicited a fond childhood pastime−horseback riding−she finally found the answer to her whirlwind of despair. After utilizing the activity as outlet to curb her problems, she went on to break barriers in the process. Her incredible story is detailed in the book, Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me. Released on March 8, Long Shot, is a memoir that captures Harris’ ascent from a single mother facing bi-polar disorder to her status as just the second African-American female jockey in the country to win a major thoroughbred race. “I don’t even know how I and before long, she found herself alone on the streets of Orlando, Fla., struggling with her illness. But a breakthrough occurred while she was residing in a local shelter. After holding a conversation with a priest at the establishment, he discovered that she had a passion for horses− which she developed as a child. “The priest told me, ‘OK, I’ll be right back,’” Harris said. “He was gone a few minutes and he said, ‘Get your stuff together and be ready in a half an hour.’ Harris explained that then he set her up with a job at a farm in Ocala, Fla. She spent a considerable time at this location as a groomer and cared for the horses. At that moment, she immediately found solace. “There was just something about the being or the essence of the horse that for me [was] very calming and therapeutic,” Harris said. I just have a very strong connection and bond with animals, particularly horses. I think it’s because they don’t judge us the same. They’re not verbal and cruel enough to hurt our feelings the way people do to one another.” She later wanted to become a jockey. Though others attempted to discourage her from following her aspirations, she defied their opposition and acquired a license. She explained that people would often tell her she was too old, and horseback riding wasn’t a sport that African Americans participated in. “[When] people were telling me ‘no,’ it wasn’t because I physically couldn’t do it, because a majority of the physical part comes from the horse,” Harris said. It was because there are some color problems and color issues very much in effect in this country.” Shortly thereafter, she made history when she won her first major thoroughbred race at 40 years old. This victory made her just the second African-American woman to achieve this honor, the first being jockey champion Cheryl White. Harris’ story quickly found its way onto national headlines, as people from across the country fell in love with her story. Today, Harris continues
made it out alive,” Harris told the AFRO as she reflected on her past. “I had low points before, but it had never gotten to the point where I was homeless. It was kind of devastating−to the point where I did not care what was going to happen to me.” Though she was originally born in Germany, Harris grew up in California. At the onset of her adult life, problems began to arise. Harris’ manic behavior ranged from hearing voices, to spontaneous imaginary outbreaks
to ride and compete. With the release of her book, she hopes to inspire others with disabilities in hopes for them to accomplish their dreams, as she did. “Just because you have a disability or challenge, that doesn’t mean that your dream can’t come true,” Harris said. “They may not come right away when you want them to, but they will, if you keep your faith intact.” ‘Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me’ is available now. For more information, visit: www. harpercollins.com.
‘Black Gotham: A Family History of African-Americans in 19th Century New York City’
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO “This book is… not exactly a family memoir, but neither is it traditional social history. It is a narrative that lies somewhere in between. It records my search to find my father’s New York family; my success in uncovering many documents [which] serve as a pathway to a larger public history: the history of social movements, political events, and cultural influences… I’ve written Black Gotham out of a sense of obligation to the dead, to give a face to those left faceless by acts of trauma and erasure. I also feel I owe something to my family and my community… Black Gotham is meant to be an act of reparation, an act to repair the tears of memory—tears in the sense of both sorrow and rupture.” -- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 6, 30 & 31) Before undertaking this daunting project, Carla Peterson was aware of precious little about her roots. In fact, although she’s African American, the only 19th century ancestor she really knew anything about was a Caucasian greatgrandfather from Haiti named Philip Augustus White (1823-1891). But despite that lack of genealogical information, Peterson, a professor of English at the University of Maryland, embarked on a fruitful quest which began in the manuscript room at the famed Schomburg Center for Research. And the upshot of her tireless efforts is Black Gotham: A Family History of African-Americans in 19th Century New York City. Among the surprising data unearthed by the author in the course of her study was that she had descended from New York City’s Black upper class, a cosmopolitan community comprised not only of doctors, businessmen and other professionals but of writers, artists and musicians, too. This information flies in the face of the conventional wisdom which would suggest that the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s represented the first flowering of Black culture in the city. While Peterson’s family tree certainly proves fascinating, what makes her seminal opus so significant is how she painstakingly reconstructs her forefathers’ past in light of the overall African-American struggle for emancipation and equality in the 1800s. Thus, we learn here about the collective, New York City Black lobby for everything from abolition to quality education to the right to vote to the protection of fugitive slaves. Such demands for dignity in the face of virulent racism and constant threats of violence often came at a great cost, given that back then the Dred Scott decision was still the law of the land. For in issuing that landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court had deemed Blacks as “beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.“ A shameful legacy which makes Carla Peterson’s overdue tribute to her intrepid ancestors an invaluable addition to the annals of African-American literature.
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Philly Teens Become First All-Black Joppy Beats Cummings in Judges’ Polo Team Champions Decision
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Maybe it was fitting of a fighter’s last goaround or maybe it was just a sign of the times. In a lackluster bout full of frustration, William Joppy defeated Cory “Black Ice” Cummings by unanimous decision in 10 rounds on Courtesy Photo March 12 at George Mason William Joppy (left) defeated Cory “Black Ice” Cummings University’s Patriot Center. (right) in a 10-round unanimous decision March 12 at George Mason University’s Patriot Center. Joppy, a Washington, D.C. native, didn’t do much, but apparently it was enough to hold off his Baltimore-based opponent and end his career with his 40th victory. Although he has yet to issue a formal statement, Joppy told the AFRO that his fight against Cummings would be his last after a lengthy but successful career. “My last one, man,” Joppy said after the fight. “I’m tired…. I was doing some roadwork (before the fight) and midway through I was like, ‘I’m tired of this.’ I love the sport of boxing, but I’m tired of this [expletive].” Appearing tired in the ring as well, Joppy paced his way through a full 10 rounds as both fighters exchanged punches throughout. In the early rounds, however, it was Cummings providing the fireworks as the 31-year-old unleashed power punch after power punch as the budding boxer attempted to make up for a controversial draw when the two men fought in early November. Cummings continued to land big time blows for the majority of the bout but Joppy routinely countered with effective flurries that tilted the scorecards in his favor. “I wasn’t busy enough,” Cummings said after the fight. “You can’t just throw only one shot; you’ve got to put the shots together and apparently I wasn’t doing it. So, props to Joppy for being a better man tonight.” Fighting close to his hometown, Joppy, a former three-time WBA middleweight champion, improved his record to 40-6-1 while Cummings fell to 17-5-1. The former sparring partners exchanged pleasantries after the bout and each thanked the crowd for showing support for a rivalry that’s been brewing for the last seven years.
Brandon Rease, Kareem Rosser and Daymar Rosser became the first all AfricanAmerican polo team win the U.S. Polo Association Interscholastic Championship on March 13.
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Black sports history was made in Virginia on March 13 when four African-American boys became the first all-Black polo team to capture the U.S. Polo Association Interscholastic Championship at the Virginia Polo Center. According to reports, Cowtown-Work to Ride, based in Fairmount Park, Pa., knocked off a Baltimore, Md.-based polo team, 24-17, in the 42nd annual national title game. Winning polo championships may be news to most Blacks, but it’s nothing unfamiliar to this group of African-American teens from West Philly. Cowtown-Work to Ride had just become the first all-Black group to win the regional championship last month. According to their website, CowtownWTR is a non-profit program founded in 1994 that offers urban youths riding lessons in exchange for labor. Brandon Rease, one of the top players on the team, said that polo is a sport that you can easily get hooked on. “If you get involved with it and want to do really good in it, you just practice every day,” Rease told NBC29.com. “…. A sport is a sport, no matter if it’s for Black, White, anything.” Team captain Kareem Rosser told reporters that winning the title was not only a major win for his teammates, but for everyone around them. “You know, not only did we do it for each other, but we did it for the polo community, and we did it for every other African-American young boy who comes from where we come from,” said Rosser. “You know we wanted to let everyone know that it was possible, and that whatever you put your mind to, you can actually do.”
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Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball
By Keith Henry Special to the AFRO The great shooting that Morgan State displayed in the past two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship games came to a screeching halt this year. Instead, it was Hampton University that got some timely baskets from junior guard Darrion Pellum to beat Morgan, 60-55, in the MEAC Tournament Championship game on March 12 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. As conference champion, Hampton will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament. MSU’s top player, junior center Kevin Thompson got into foul trouble early, and his absence became a huge factor in the game. “We need him on the floor, that’s obvious,” Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman said. “He fought hard in there; it’s hard when you’re at the disadvantage.” Hampton head coach Ed Joyner Jr. said about the game, “It was a war; it was what we expected; it’s the one we wanted to win.” Bozeman was unhappy
Hampton Holds Off Morgan to Win MEAC Title
with the officiating in the game and expressed that during the post-game press conference. “It’s ridiculous; I think they got what they wanted,” Bozeman said. “I think it’s hard when you have so many officials that come from one particular university. I can take a loss when everything is fair and square.” In the first half, Morgan State kept Pellum, Hampton’s outstanding guard, scoreless. Even so, Hampton (24-8) got off to a good start in the game, outscoring MSU 10-2 in the game’s first five minutes. Morgan’s defense would eventually break down against Hampton’s lively offense, led by Brandon Tunnel’s 20 points.
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Morgan State forward Kevin Thompson, center, looks to pass out of a double team by Hampton guard Kwame Morgan II, left, and center Milade Lola-Charles in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game during the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship tournament, March 12 in WinstonSalem, N.C.
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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. 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, whose address is 1417 Webster Street NW Washington DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Sarah Ellen Henneghan, who died on June 17, 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 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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Donna R. Washington Personal Representative 202-277-6480 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/4, 3/11, 3/18
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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0001661-11 IN RE: Gertrude Clark Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Gertrude Clark having filed a complaint for judgment changing Gertrude Clark name to Mary Helen Clark and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 3 day of March 2011 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 1st day of April 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American newspapers. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 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
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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, a. Order Nisi $ 60 per insertion $180.00 per 3 weeks NOTICE TO b. Small Estates (single publication) $ 50 per insertion CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO c. Notice to Creditors UNKNOWN HEIRS 1. Domestic Shirely insertion $ 180.00 per 3 weeks $ 60 per Rivens, whose address is 2000 Upshur 2. Foreign $ 60 per NE Washington Street, insertion $ 180.00 per 3 weeks d. Escheated Estates DC 20018 was $ $ 60 per insertion ap-360.00 per 6 weeks pointed personal repree. Standard Probates $ 125.00 sentative of the estate of Hubert Rivens aka Hubert Pressley Rivens, who died on November 22, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court 80.00 $ a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 supervision. All un$ b. Real Property known heirs and heirs 200.00 whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or 202-879-1212probate of deto the cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, 202-879-0157N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before a. Absent Defendant $ 150.00 September 11, 2011. Claims against the $ 150.00 deb. Absolute Divorce cedent shall be preSuperior Court of c. Custody Divorce $ 150.00 sented to the underthe District of signed with a copy to the District of Columbia Register of Wills or filed PROBATE DIVISION with the Register of Wills Washington, D.C. To place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 262 with a copy to the under20001-2131 Public Notices $50.00 & signed, on or before up depending on size Administration No. September 11, 2011, or Baltimore Legal Notices are $24.15 per inch. 2011ADM154 Superior Court of be forever barred. PerThere is no flat rate — 1-800 (AFRO) 892 ROSA LEE ABNEY the District of sons believed to be Decedent Columbia heirs 1-800-237-6892, For Proof of Publication, please callor legatees of the ext. 244 Archie L. Palmore Civil Division decedent who do not reEsq Case 0001888-11 a LEGAL NOTICES ceiveby copy of this no- IN RE: No. NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL II, LEGAL NOTICES Metro-PlexNOTICES mail within 25 LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES tice LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL 8201 Corporate Drive LaVatte Daisy days of its first publicaSuite 1120 tion shall so inform the Johnson Superior Court of Landover MD 20785 Register of Wills, includ- Applicant the District of Attorney ORDER OF ing name, address and District of Columbia NOTICE OF PUBLICATION relationship. PROBATE DIVISION APPOINTMENT, CHANGE OF NAME Date of Publication: Washington, D.C. NOTICE TO LaVatte Daisy Johnson March 11, 2011 20001-2131 CREDITORS having filed a complaint Name of newspaper: Administration No. AND NOTICE TO for judgment changing Afro-American 2011ADM149 UNKNOWN HEIRS LaVatte Daisy Johnson Washington Law Hubert P Rivens Denise Brown, whose aka name to LaVatte Daisy Reporter address is 2300 Good Hubert Pressley Shirley Rivens Smith Turner and having apHope Road SE, Apt. 512 Rivens Personal plied to the court for an Washington DC 20020 Decedent Representative Order of Publication of was appointed personal Theodora H. Brown 202-635-3138 the notice required by representative of the Esq law in such cases; it is TRUE TEST COPY estate of Rosa Lee Law Office of by the Court this 11th REGISTER OF WILLS Abney, who died on Theodora H Brown 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 day of March 2011, September 20, 2010 PLLC hereby. Superior Court of without a will, and will 3127 Cherry Road NE ORDERED, that all perthe District of serve without Court su- Washington DC 20018 sons concerned show Columbia pervision. All unknown Attorney cause, if any there be, Civil Division heirs and heirs whose on or before the 18th NOTICE OF Case No. 1731-2011 whereabouts are unday of April 2011, why APPOINTMENT, IN RE: known shall enter their the prayers of said comNOTICE TO Konstantin Steven appearance in this plaint should not be CREDITORS Baugh-Ruschman proceeding. Objections granted; provided that a AND NOTICE TO Applicant to such appointment copy of this order be UNKNOWN HEIRS ORDER OF shall be filed with the Shirely Rivens, whose published once a week PUBLICATION for three consecutive Register of Wills, D.C., address is 2000 Upshur CHANGE OF NAME weeks before said day 515 5th Street, N.W., Street, NE Washington Konstantin Steven in the Afro-American 3rd Floor Washington, DC 20018 was apD.C. 20001, on or be- pointed personal repre- Baugh-Ruschman hav- Newspapers. fore September 11, sentative of the estate of ing filed a complaint for 0 that pursuant to SCR2011. Claims against the H u b e r t R i v e n s a k a j u d g m e n t c h a n g i n g 205(b) notice be sent to the applicant's creditors decedent shall be pre- Hubert Pressley Rivens, K o n s t a n t i n S t e v e n sented to the under- who died on November Baugh-Ruschman name by registered or certified signed with a copy to the 22, 2010 with a will, and to Constantine Steven mail and that proof of Register of Wills or filed will serve without Court Baugh-Ruschman and service of mailing be with the Register of Wills supervision. All un- having applied to the made in the manner prowith a copy to the under- known heirs and heirs court for an Order of vided in SCR Probate signed, on or before whose whereabouts are Publication of the notice Rule 19(b). JUDGE September 11, 2011, or unknown shall enter required by law in such A TRUE COPY TEST: be forever barred. Per- their appearance in this cases; it is by the Court 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 sons believed to be proceeding. Objections this 7th day of March heirs or legatees of the to such appointment (or 2011, hereby. ORDERED, that all per- SUPERIOR COURT OF decedent who do not re- to the probate of deTHE DISTRICT OF ceive a copy of this no- cedent¬s will) shall be sons concerned show cedent’s will) shall be COLUMBIA tice by mail within 25 filed with the Register of cause, if any there be, PROBATE DIVISION on or before the 6th day days of its first publica- Wills, D.C., 515 5th Washington, D.C. tion shall so inform the Street, N.W., 3rd Floor of April 2011, why the 20001-2131 prayers of said comRegister of Wills, includ- Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Administration No. ing name, address and 20001, on or before plaint should not be 2011ADM184 granted; provided that a relationship. September 11, 2011. copy of this order be Estate of Date of Publication: Claims against the de- published once a week Elizabeth Anne March 11, 2011 cedent shall be pre- for three consecutive Osborne Name of newspaper: sented to the under- weeks before said day Deceased Afro-American signed with a copy to the in the Afro-American NOTICE OF Washington Law Register of Wills or filed newspaper. STANDARD Reporter with the Register of Wills PROBATE JUDGE Denise Brown with a copy to the underA TRUE COPY TEST: Notice is hereby given Personal signed, on or before 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 that a petition has been Representative September 11, 2011, or filed in this Court by TRUE TEST COPY Superior Court of be forever barred. PerLeonard C. Pederson Jr. REGISTER OF WILLS the District of sons believed to be for standard probate, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 heirs or legatees of the Columbia including the appointCivil Division decedent who do not rement of one or more Case No. 0001888-11 ceive a copy of this nopersonal representative. tice by mail within 25 IN RE: Unless a complaint or days of its first publica- LaVatte Daisy an objection in accortion shall so inform the Johnson dance with Superior Register of Wills, includ- Applicant Court Probate Division ORDER OF ing name, address and Rule 407 is filed in this PUBLICATION relationship. Court within 30 days CHANGE OF NAME Date of Publication: from the date of first
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Walter F. Rooney, whose address is 500 Crestwood Drive #1304, Charlottesville VA. 22903 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Donald J. Rooney, who died on February 8, 2011 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 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 September 18, 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 18, 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 18, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Walter F. Rooney Personal Representative 434-984-0881 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS
the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM168 Lawrence Lee Jones Decedent LEGAL NOTICES Darrel S. Parker 1822-11th Street NW Washington DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Yv o n n e P D u n c a n , whose address is 184324th Street NE, #102 Washington DC 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lawrence Lee Jones, who died on December 2, 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 18, 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 18, 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 18, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Yvonne P. Duncan Personal Representative 202-399-7969 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/18, 3/25, 4/1
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM211 Homero C. Lurns Decedent David Booth Beers, Esq Goodwin Procter LLP 901 New York Avenue NW Washington DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Bernard A. LeBeau, whose address is 3640 Fessenden Street NW Washington DC 20008 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Homero C. Lurns, who died on July 21, 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 March 18, 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 March 18, 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 18, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Bernard A. LeBeau Personal Representative 202-686-1433 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/18, 3/25, 4/1
known shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬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 . LEGAL NOTICES 20001, on or before April 17, 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 April 17, 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. Anne Meister Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication March 18, 2011 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Marianne L. Smith 1501 N. Highview Lane #304 Alexandria VA 22311 703-379-9749 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney 3-18
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INVITATION FOR BIDS NO. PM5179A11 INVITATION FOR BIDS NO. PM5179A11 The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is soliciting bids for the following: Contract Title: Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Contract for Sewer Main, Sewer House Connection, and Manhole Repair, Replacement, and Renewals in Paint Branch, Lower Anacostia, and Beaverdam Basins, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, George¬s Maryland. Bid Due Date: April 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Submit Offers to: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Bond Information: $100,000 bid bond required. Additional Information: Pre-Bid Conference scheduled for Monday, March 21, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. See website at http://www.cbr-wssc.com for moreinformation and to obtain a bid package. Contact: Questions pertaining to this solicitation should be directed to Ms. Evita Fields, Acquisition Consultant Assistant; telephone number: 301-206-8549; e-mail address: eFields@wsscwater.com.
INVITATION FOR SOLICITATION NO. PM5239A11 INVITATION FOR BIDS NO. PM5239A11 The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is soliciting bids for the following: Contract Title: Lateral/Sewer House Connection and Renewals in Montgomery and Prince George¬s Counties George’s Bid Due Date: March 29, 2011 at 10 a.m. Submit Offers to: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Bond Information: $100,000 bid bond required. Additional Information: Pre-Bid Conference scheduled for March 15 at 10:30 a.m. See website at http://www.cbr-wssc.com for more information and to obtain a bid package. Contact: Questions pertaining to this solicitation should be directed to Ms. Evita Fields, Acquisition Consultant Assistant; telephone number: 301-206-8549; e-mail address: eFields@wsscwater.com.
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM189 Edythe Perguson Decedent Thomas L Campbell, Esq 3807 Minnesota Ave NE Washington DC 20019 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Angela Walker Suttles, whose address is 4820 Dix Street, NE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Edythe Ferguson, who died on February 8, 2011 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 18, 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 18, 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 18, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Angela Walker Suttles Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM168 Lawrence Lee Jones Decedent Darrel S. Parker 1822-11th Street NW Washington DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO
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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011SEB83 Estate of Anthony Sylvester Smith Deceased NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Marianne L Smith, whose address is 1501 North Highview Lane, #304, Alexandria VA 22311 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Anthony Sylvester Smith, who died on December 2, 2011 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 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 April 17, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills
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By the Rev. Joan D. Scott Special to the AFRO the mission statement of the Consortium,” the WTC noted. “The award is open to all who have served ecumenism internationally, The Washington Theological Consortium nationally or locally. Men and women who (WTC) and the Consortium Student Board, are affiliated with the Consortium institutions in conjunction with The Howard University would be especially welcome as nominees.” School of Divinity, presented the distinguished Hoyt, in addition to receiving the award for Consortium Ecumenism award recently to his contributions to the ecumenical movement, Senior Bishop Thomas L. also delivered the third annual Hoyt Jr., of the Christian Figel Address. He spoke on Methodist Episcopal Church. “Lessons from a Fanatical The award was made during Ecumenist,” with emphasis on the Prayer Service for the “The greatest obstacle to unity Week of Prayer for Christian is not recognizing diversity; Unity that was held in the O, why is it that we cannot Thurman Chapel located share together at our Lord’s at The Howard University Table?” School of Divinity located “The entire content of his on Taylor Street, N.E. The address held the audience in Rev. Dr. Alton Pollard, dean captivity,” said the Rev. Joan of the School of Divinity, D. Scott. presented Senior Bishop Hoyt is a former Howard Courtesy Photo Hoyt to Ambassador Clyde University School of Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Jr. Taylor, chairman of the Divinity professor; a board of trustees, to receive distinguished preacher, the Award. theologian, teacher and ecumenist. In March “Through the Ecumenism Award, we seek to of 2010 he received the highest award in honor Christians who have made a significant Methodism from the World Methodist Council. contribution to ecumenism. The nominees’ work After the service, the capacity audience usually will be specifically ecumenical. Their enjoyed a wonderful reception. work could be in ecumenical organizations or dialogues, in worship, in education, in social The Rev. Joan D. Scott is the Ecumenical justice, or in other ministries which advance and Interfaith liaison for Region 7 that ecumenism. This work should be consonant with includes New York and Washington D.C.
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In honor of The Most Rev. George Augustus Stallings Jr., pastor, archbishop and founder of Imani Temple, the church will host several events celebrating his birthday, including a luncheon on March 19 and a high mass on March 20. The luncheon features keynote speaker, the Rev. Levy Daughtery, while Bishop Larry Lloyd is the guest homilist at the founder’s mass. Stallings attended St. Pius X Seminary and North American College in Rome, Italy. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1974 and previously worked as pastor at St. Teresa of Avila and director of evangelism for the archdiocese of Washington. In 1989, he founded the African American Catholic Congregation and its Imani Temples.
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A great sermon is a scripturally based assertion of God’s truth presented to make a tangible difference in the life of the hearer. A great sermon inspires. A great sermon informs. A great sermon plants the seeds of transformation. “I Will Wait for You,” a great sermon, a powerful declaration of the holiness of waiting for the divinely appointed person for your life, is being masterfully preached on YouTube by spoken word poet, Janette…IKZ. Her skillful use of language draws the listener into her passionate proclamation of her willingness to wait. Her energy and determination make it clear she’s leaned in the wrong direction more than once. Her use of scripture reveals a disciple amply armed with the sword of the Spirit. “He had a form of godliness, but not much. But hey, I can change him…,” the poet says in one line. In another, she added, “I will no longer get braided down from so called friends and family talks about my biological clock when I serve the author of time.” Viewer responses have been mostly positive. “‘I Will Wait for You’ is so dope and you inspired [me] to keep waiting for the one who reflects the Son,” said Elizabeth D. in her online response. Sharontina, another YouTube respondent, said she couldn’t stop watching and that it had her reading the Bible at that very moment. Janette…IKZ is one of the young poets who proclaim their faith in the Passion for Christ Movement, a California based church that attracts young and old alike. “Their focus is discipleship and evangelism,” said Janette…IKZ, who has been affiliated with the church for less than a year. “They’re not one of those churches that compromise the Spirit of God to draw young people.” She said her first night there, more than 250 were in attendance and 25 gave their lives to Christ. “They were stretched the length of the street sharing the gospel with each of them individually, so they’d know what they were doing and not just respond to their emotions,”
she said. But this is not her first exposure to church, as is evident in her poetry. She grew up in the Church of God in Christ and was spiritually Courtesy Photo mentored by a strong mother and Janette…IKZ grandmother. “My grandmother had me in shut-ins and 24-hour prayers. She had me fasting by the time I was 7 or 8. She wasn’t forcing me, I wanted to do it,” Janette…IKZ said, remembering having to recite the books of the Bible or the Beatitudes before getting a treat from the ice cream truck. “I have a reverence for holiness and I don’t play around with this thing at all. I’m living a life worthy of the calling I’ve received.” And she’s waiting on God for her next steps. She could never have imagined “I Will Wait for You” would take off the way it has, having only been public for a week. It’s being shared on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Even Grammy Award-winning artist Chrisette Michele tweeted her recommendation of the video, the writing of which began as an entry in Janette…IKZ’s prayer journal. “I was just talking to the Lord, telling him I was tired of waiting and playing around with relationships,” she said. And tired of doing it her way. “I told the Lord I could make a decision and do things my own way, which hadn’t worked out very well in the past, or I could just commit to Him, knowing He would work it out.” Her team members, who usually confer with her on pieces before they become public, were less than thrilled with this one. “They said it didn’t have the usual finesse. They liked it, but weren’t so sure.” And neither was she. They agreed it was a step down from the last piece. “But it was a matter of obedience, which just proves if you do what God tells you, He’ll surely do His part.” More than 102,558 viewers on YouTube in one week, as of this writing. Not too shabby.
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