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March 19, 2011 - March 19, 2011, The Afro-American A1


MARCH 19, 2011 - MARCH 25, 2011

Philly Teens Become First Sorry Sessoms, We Don’t Buy It A7 Famed Photographer
Black Polo Champs B4 Brian Lanker Dies A2

County Residents Favor Rapper 50 Cent Inflames Fans

Foreclosure Assistance with Japan Tsunami Jokes
By George Barnette
AFRO Staff Writer

All over Prince George’s County, people are moving into foreclosed homes
for prices cheaper than many other people paid for their homes. And, for the
most part, Prince George’s homeowners are perfectly fine with it.
In some areas of the country, government assistance, aimed at keeping and
getting people into foreclosed homes, is really angering residents, but not in
Prince George’s County. Residents are seeing their property value plummet and
their property taxes skyrocket so they are encouraged to see any assistance.
“Too many families have left our county due to foreclosure and high taxes
which has affected our synergy as a county,” said James Dula, chairman of
the Maryland branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and
former chairman of the Prince George‘s County Chamber of Commerce. “The
foreclosure crisis has resulted in the loss of families, businesses and taxes while
affecting who we are as a county.” AP Photos

Lake Arbor resident Adrian McQueen agrees. He said he’s frustrated with Rap mogul 50 Cent, inset, has angered fans with his tweeted comments in which he made jokes
seeing his property value steadily decrease and thinks that help is necessary. about the earthquake-precipitated tsunami in Japan late last week, that has left thousands dead
“As a homeowner I want these people to get assistance,” McQueen said. and many more injured or missing. In this photo, members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense
“People foreclosing is ruining my property value. The more foreclosures in the Force walk in a deployment line as they search tsunami damaged parts of Ofunato, Japan, for
market, the higher my taxes will be because the county has to make up for all survivors, March 15. See the full story on
Continued on A4

Baker Releases Proposed Budget

By George Barnette the FY2012 budget process in Maryland Disparity
AFRO Staff Writer due to these challenging Grant funding, $46 million
economic times,” Baker said. in funding from Parks and
Prince George’s County “I am committed to making Planning and the loss of
Executive Rushern Baker smart investments that will several million in federal
released his proposed budget move the county forward.” stimulus dollars to the
on March 14 for the Prince The county has seen a county’s public school
George’s County Council’s decrease in real property system.
review. In the budget, Baker assessments due to correction Despite that, Baker plans
said he tried to fund key in the housing market and to invest $1.6 billion in
programs even though the that will cause a decrease the public schools, $535
county’s economy is still in a from $96 billion in property million in public safety and
downturn. taxes in fiscal 2011 to $84 $15 million for Dimensions
“In order to move Prince billion in fiscal 2012, the Health, the company that
George’s County along the lowest in four years. operates Prince George’s
Courtesy Photo/Realty Trac path to greatness, we had to The county is also Hospital Center.
Prince George’s high rate of foreclosures is driving up property taxes. make difficult decisions in losing out on $10 million Continued on A4

Kweisi Mfume Stepping Down As PGCC Communication & Theatre Department

CEO National Medical Association Veteran Actor
Hear the AFRO on The Daily
By Gregory Dale
AFRO Staff Writer
among plethora of
healthcare and medical
Directs Wilson’s
Drum, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Kweisi Mfume, former
U.S. Congressman and
“Quite frankly, I feel
like I’ve been able to do
‘Two Trains Running’
current chief executive just that, working with By George Barnette
officer of the National board and committee AFRO Staff Writer
Medical Association members to create a
(NMA), recently announced more efficient fiscal The Prince George’s Community College Communication
he was stepping down from operation,” Mfume and Theatre Department is currently in rehearsals of August
the position, effective in said. “After working so Wilson’s play, Two Trains Running, a story about civil rights era
June. hard, I’m just going to Pittsburgh.
“I’ve had the take a break and try to “August Wilson didn’t write about famous people,” said
opportunity to work with recharge my engines for Charles Weldon, the director of the play. “He wrote about
a great number of very whatever my next step people you’ve never heard of, who live in the house next door or
talented physicians and or endeavor might be. the house down the street, and their struggles.”
scientists, as their chief I’m not even in a rush to Weldon is a veteran actor who has acted in a production of
administrator who runs the try to come up with solid Two Trains Running himself. Weldon’s career includes working
ship day in and day out,” plans [for my next step], in films such as Stir Crazy and Malcolm X as well as appearing
Mfume told the AFRO in but I’m sure something on primetime television shows, “Law and Order” and “New
a recent interview. “I’ve will present itself.” York Undercover.”
really enjoyed my time Mfume added that He’s brought years of experience to the play so it’s only
working there.”
AFRO File Photo/Bill Tabron
some of the highlights natural that he’s using that experience to teach the students at
Kweisi Mfume, shown in this PGCC – a process he said is coming along slowly but surely.
The NMA is the AFRO file photo, has announced during his tenure at
nation’s oldest and largest NMA include helping “I used to teach acting a lot and that’s what I find myself
his plans to resign as president/ doing,” Weldon said. “At this point I’m doing more teaching
medical association CEO of the National Medical to reshape it to further
representing the interests of cater to its physicians than directing.
Association. “At the same time you want to push [the students] to where
more than 30,000 African- and patients’ needs.
American physicians and for the organization’s “The biggest thing they can get to the point to where they can start creating on their
their patients. next leader. Mfume said has been to work with the own,” he continued. “Some of them are getting there and doing
Mfume, who also once the organization has not physicians there in breathing that and I really appreciate that.”
served as president of announced a new leader. a whole new sense of life Weldon is very hands-on with the students and actors. He
the NAACP, notified the He joined the NMA in back into the association doesn’t mind stopping a scene or changing a detail here and
NMA’s board last week of 2010, and explained that and having an opportunity there to have the play make more sense. He’ll even talk to
his departure that’s set to at the time of his hire, to make it much more of an an actor in the middle of scene, something that PGCC acting
occur on June 7. Despite his he agreed to stay in the advocacy organization on teacher Gina Alvarado-Otero appreciates.
imminent exit, he’s offered position for a year to try behalf of physicians around “I love when he just goes and whispers advice in their ears,”
to stay longer in the position to help it reach its goal of the country,” Mfume said. she said. “Some people may get flustered but the kids hear the
Join the AFRO on
to ensure a smooth transition becoming more effective Continued on A4 Continued on A4
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A2 The Afro-American, March 19, 2011 - March 25, 2011

AFRO National Briefs

Your History • Your Community • Your News Famed Photographer A Philadelphia teen is discussed methods to
The Afro-American Newspapers Brian Lanker Dies facing murder charges after achieve safer schools
Baltimore Office • Corporate Headquarters he allegedly killed his mother and communities for the
2519 N. Charles Street for taking away his video nation’s students. One of the
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-4602 game console. objectives of the conference
Kendall Anderson, 16, was to dismiss the idea that
410-554-8200 • Fax: 1-877-570-9297 is being charged as an adult bullying is a part of growing for the alleged murder of his up.
mother, 37-year-old Rashida “Bullying can have
Founded by John Henry Murphy Sr., August 13, 1892 Anderson. Following a destructive consequences
Washington Publisher Emerita - Frances L. Murphy II heated argument on Nov. 26 for our young people.
concerning a laptop stolen And it’s not something we
Chairman of the Board/Publisher - John J. Oliver, Jr. from school, Anderson’s have to accept. As parents
Executive Assistant - Takiea Hinton - 410-554-8222
mother confiscated his Courtesy Photo and students; teachers and
Receptionist - Wanda Pearson - 410-554-8200 PlayStation video game Kendall Anderson communities, we can take
console. steps that will help prevent
Director of Advertising/Sponsorship Development & Sales Courtesy Image “I couldn’t stand the in the past few years. In bullying and create a climate
Susan Gould - 410-554-8289 2008, Tyrone Spellman in our schools in which all of
Brian Lanker’s work was arguing,” Anderson said of Philadelphia murdered our children can feel safe,”
featured in I Dream a in a confession read by
Advertising Manager - Robert Blount - 410-554-8246 Obama said in a prepared
World: Portraits of Black homicide Detective Thorsten his 17-month-old daughter
Sr. Advertising Account Executive - Annie Russ - 410-554-8235 statement.
Women Who Changed Lucke of the Philadelphia after she broke his Xbox. In
Advertising Account Executive “As parents, this issue
Police Department 2010, Alexandra Tobias of
Marquise Goodwin - 410-554-8274 America.
during a preliminary Jacksonville, Fla., pleaded really hits home for us. It
Director of Finance - Jack Leister - 410-554-8242 Pulitzer Prize-winning hearing. According to The guilty to second-degree breaks our hearts to think that
photographer Brian Lanker Philadelphia Inquirer, the murder after shaking her any child feels afraid every
Archivist - John Gartrell - 410-554-8265
died March 13 at his home in teen deliberated for three baby to death for disturbing day in the classroom, on the
Director, Community & Public Relations
Eugene, Ore., the Register- hours before he decided to her while she played popular playground, or even online,”
Diane W. Hocker - 410-554-8243
Guard newspaper reported. kill his mother. Facebook game Farmville. the first lady said. “I hope
Editorial He was 63. In his confession, that all of you—and everyone
Executive Editor - Talibah Chikwendu The photojournalist’s Anderson said he struck his President Obama, First watching online—will walk
E-mail: images were featured in I mother with a claw hammer Lady Call for United Front away from this conference
Managing Editor - Kristin Gray - 410-554-8277 Dream a World: Portraits of 20 times while she slept. The Against Bullying with new ideas and solutions
Washington Bureau Chief - Zenitha Prince - 202-332-0080, ext. 119 Black Women Who Changed gruesome confession also President Obama and first that you can take back
E-mail: America and Track Town, revealed that he attempted to lady Michelle Obama met to your own schools and
USA. cremate her body. When his with more than 150 parents, communities.”
Global Markets
“Brian was a master attempts failed, he proceeded teachers, non-profit leaders, The conference also
Director - Benjamin M. Phillips IV - 410-554-8220
craftsman who didn’t need to beat her head with a advocates, and policymakers highlighted private, nonprofit,
words to communicate,” chair and dispose of her at a White House conference and federal commitments to
Washington Circulation/Distribution Manager
Register-Guard’s editor and body in an alley behind the on March 10 in an effort to prevent bullying. MTV and
Edgar Brookins - 202-332-0080, ext. 116
publisher, Tony Baker, said Anderson’s home. The body address the problem of youth Facebook were among the
Baltimore Circulation/Distribution Manager
in an article posted on the was discovered two days bullying. organizations that unveiled
Sammy Graham - 410-554-8266
newspaper’s website. “His later, after family members’ Those in attendance initiatives against bullying.
Production Department - 410-554-8288
camera work alone made for suspicions led them to call Courtesy Photo
extraordinary storytelling. the police.
Washington Office He was a consummate Anderson is charged
1917 Benning Road, N.E. • Washington, D.C. 20002-4723 professional, always prepared with murder, possession of
202-332-0080 Fax: 1-877-570-9297 when on assignment for an instrument of crime and
General Manager
the paper. He was a big abuse of a corpse.
Edgar Brookins - ext. 116
personality with a big-picture “If I could, I would not
Office Administrator - Mia Hayes-Hawkins - ext. 112 view of life and of his craft. do it again,” Anderson said
Brian made everyone around in his confession, according
Customer Service, Home Delivery and Subscriptions: him better at what they did.” to reports. “I really miss my
410-554-8234 mom. . . She was the only
Customer Pa. Teen Accused of Killing person who cared for me.” President Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, brought
Billing Inquiries: 410-554-8226 Mom over Confiscated Similar video-game the issue of bullying center stage during a recent White
Nights and Weekends: 410-554-8282 Video Game related deaths have occurred House conference on the issue.


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

Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain NephewA3

A2 The Afro-American, March 19, 2011 - March 19, 2011 March 19, 2011 - March 25, 2011 The Afro-American

Black Press Rebukes NAACP in Image Awards Advertising Debacle

By Alan King sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspi- posted fliers bearing his photo-
AFRO Staff Writer connection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On
Hudson’s mother and brother. the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked
Jennifer Hudson and other The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding
Ben Jealous Admits ‘Grave Mistake’
relatives positively identified Suburban with Illinois license Tribune, the boy had been shot
multiple times in the back seat
her nephew. In her MySpace
blog, she thanked fans and sup-
By Hazel Trice Edney The advertising debacle (Thursday’s)
of the vehicle.Philadelphia
The SUV, regis- president of the 17-member according to the NAACP, the distribution.
porters It paysand
for their prayers the has sparked a firestorm of Daily News, the 42nd
tered to Hudson’s murdered Northeast Publishers Jealous withheld the name of NAACP a licensing
offered a $100,000 royalty
reward to
Special to the AFRO criticism from the Black Press brother, was towed
NAACP Awards Magazine with the Association, wrote in an the advertising agency, which anyone who returned
which is used to support ourthe boy
family of which Jealous has boy’s body inside and
was inserted and not one is being editorial, “We credit our has distributed the guide for alive.
ongoing diversity efforts in
WASHINGTON long been a member. Jealous
processed by evidence techni-
copy was inserted in the leaders of the NAACP with five years. But, his statement
Since the investigation,
Hollywood,” Jealous states.
( – On is a former NNPA executive
cians and workers. The body
Philadelphia Tribune, good sound judgment and sought to explain how the
Hudson – who gained stardom
“Accordingly, I requested
the 184th birthday of the was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American
director and a former editor America’s
the oldestMedical
Cook County and common sense at least. What omission occurred: and received
Idol,” and thenassurance
won an from
Black Press, March 16, an of The Jackson Advocate, an
odd debacle is underway.
Examiner’s office. daily
America’s largest Academy Awardcompany
the advertising for her role in
NNPA newspaper. NAACP newspaper serving thatmovie
their distribution
Dreamgirls –plan
The NAACP, the nation’s insiders said he is set to the
Hudson and
"If this company wants to do business
other family
members arrived at the Medical
stayed outBlack
of the community
public eye.
oldest and largest civil rights
organization, is under fire
meet with NNPA leaders and community.”
Examiner’s with the NAACP again, they will need to
office mid-after- newspapers.
The Chicago However,
Tribune the report-
members this week during the noonHetocontinued,
identify the“This
Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew.
body. advertising
ed company
that a parade of carshas moved
from Black newspapers organization’s annual trek to action the
Given is anchoice make things right with Black community
to the look- failed to
slowly follow
past through.home
her family’s
around the country over an Washington for Black Press mendirectly
and womenat the who A spokesman for the office
bodywork the murders but is being held in This year, when the pastguides
issue of economic injustice. Week activities.
at the Philadelphia
viewing newspapers
it on a wall-mounted in the
the newspaper that markets
Hudson where
jail for parole theafter
out, they did not
NAACP President and
CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous
“I am very sensitive CourtesytoPhotos guide was distributed, and convince us
and should be an insult to up in any Black ouscommunity
the need to support Black Black Americans in this newspapers.”Neighbors stood
Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson
admits that “a grave mistake
was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. community newspapers.
who “She held hands with her
they family.
country. The very right of full
It was obviously
are capable of keeping a very
word." moment.” He concludes,quietly“Theand
was made” right under his They are the only way to inclusion and participation of NAACP does not condone
reflected on the
nose when advertising inserts video
Africanscreen, the family
Americans chose
has been
“remained strong for her fami- being convicted of – attempted
Ben Jealous violence.
the agency’s decision to
Photo courtesy of ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijack-
the body placedof heronly in White
7-year-old plate X584859 was found on the latter. According
denied by the organization to the In front
exclude of thecommunity
Black Hudson’s
Ben Jealous, WestNAACP “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show
nephew Monday, on the justeve of the
hours Chicago’s Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes,
that purports that African werethethey thinkingsaid.
home, men in heavy jackets
president andaCEO,7 a.m.admits ly,” spokesman that“The advertising
he pleaded guilty company
to both newspapers. It is contrary to
after his body was annualfound image
in a police received call that’s him.”
Americans should be fairly decision
was was made?
obviously a very Who
emotional originally
charges conceived
in 1999. He wasthealso
and hooded sweatshirts came to
our explicit instruction, and
“a grave mistake was kiss the twin white crosses bar-
awards, which aired March 4. included in all aspects of were they trying to attract, guide andinpresented
1998 for itposses-
as a we the
were not aware of the and

ACORN Fights Back

made.” He is working to moment.” convicted ing names of Donerson
Danny Bakewell, chairman American life.” andThe
or who
boy –were theyoftrying
the son Julia fundraiser
sion to the
of a stolen NAACP.
motor vehicle. agency’s decision until after
ensure it does not happen Jason.
of the National Newspaper New York Beacon’s to impress?”
Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had It iswas
He solely responsible
released for in
from prison the“Everybody
guides hit the papers,”
again. is sick of going
Publishers Association Publisher Walter Smith, beenDue to legalities,
missing since Friday, selling
2006 theserving
after ads andseven
years through stuff Continued on A4
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
like this,” Artisha
(NNPA), a federation of assure Black readers in a when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the
more than 200 Black-owned given community that you grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all
By Alan King is demanding and Dallaswant
actually Cowboys players
your ads to No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these
AFRO Staff Writer reach them directly. InOwens,
Tony Romo and Terrell the trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and
“If the NAACP desires among the names submitted to
past, I personally have both
group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?”
to advertise
Presidential with the John
candidate election officials.
andsaid purchased ads in who
Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale
McCain’s attack
White press, they need to on ACORN – those workers, But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue.
Associated Community Black community newspapers
were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes
understand and experience across the knowledge
country. Moreover,
An Amber Alert – a desig-
Organization for Reform Now – ACORN’s or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing
the repercussions of going I dedicated years of my life
sion, were fired. him for President.
confirms the success of the
outside of their ‘house’ (The
organization, the head of the
Black Press). The NAACP
to working
“The evidence
for them directly,”
that has sur- Succeeding in business
But now ACORN is in trouble.
children – was issued Friday
after Julian was discovered
group says. faced so said in thethey
far shows statement.
faked Reporter: There are at least missing after the murders.
to know
that by
is testimony
we’ve done and success
to the work forms
Press they
to get paid for work
didn’t do, notacross to stuffthe
they is all about who you know.
11 investigations across the
country involving thousands of
Police arrested William
Balfour, the missing boy’s step-
are ‘cutting
Maudeoff their nose toof
spite their
ACORN, said in an interview
victim of fraud,
longshe fought
said, is the
not the perpetra- forms. Starting with your bank.
potentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband
of Julia, at his girlfriend’s
with intheaAFRO.
March 7 letter to from
tor of mainly
it. White corporate Announcer: Massive voter Southside apartment several
NNPA “When publishers,
this attackobtained Hurd said the
started, we communities only ignore
which things fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders.
hadthejustTrice Edneythat
announced Newswe had bogus are the charges
the economic worth of their them- paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has
Wire. “We1.3
registered have marched
million new vot-side readers
selves. And factcheck. org
– Black consumers,
ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had
by side
ers,” shewithsaid.them
“That’s andjustbeen
to say agrees.
who spend billions on goods
efforts. nothing to do with the slayings.
their voice in the
that someone’s African
running scared It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson
because of ACORN’s success.” and
ACORN services.
nor itsTherefore,
employeesBlack have loans. Nationwide voter fraud.
American community. It is publishers
McCain, who is running for been found guilty expressed
have of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment.
truly disheartening to be on
president on the Republican tick- shock chargedatwith,finding thisfraudulent
casting kind of Blind ambition. Too risky for
the battlefield with someone omission associated with the
et, lashed out at ACORN in the votes.” America.
debatebe able to share
against Barackin the 100-year-old
The problemNAACP, came about whichpri-
Obama, contending the group “is has marilya rich
becausehistory of way
of the fighting Since McCain’s comments,
on In
thehis firstofpublic
maybe response
verge perpetrat- alongside
ACORN operates. the Black Press
Rather thanfor ACORN’s 87 offices have been
to the
ing one of the greatestreleased
issue, Jealous frauds in racial
rely onand economic
volunteers, equality.
it pays peo- bombarded with threats and
history on Sunday
in this after
country, ple,Asmanya unified
of themresponse to
poor or unem- racist mail.
he was destroying
maybe contactedthe by fabric
the Trice
of the omission,
ployed, to sign Bakewell
up new voters. asked The day after the presidential
democracy.”News Wire. NNPA
The ideamembers
was to help to refrain
both those debate, vandals broke into the
“This year’s NAACP, being writing
a non-partisan from registeredanything
and thoseaboutdoing organization’s Boston and Seattle
Web site, Image
those claims to the registration.
the Image Awards in the offices and stole computers.
be “exaggerated,”show was witha“no great
evi- Maud explained, “We have a
weeks following its airing on
After a Cleveland representative BREAD NOT ON THE LIST

dence of any he such
in the zero tolerance policy for deliber-
appeared on TV, an e-mail was
destroying fraud.”“However, on ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she
Hurd believes the McCain Scathing
Most newsarticles
accountand neglect to “is going to have her life ended.”
the eve of the show, a grave editorials joined Bakewell’s
charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is A worker in Providence, R.I.,
mistake was made: circulars letter.
ed. required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call say-
that were supposed to appear Robert
istration W. Bogle,
forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work
She said, “Because it’s low-
andboth the mainstream
moderate-income people, publisher
to note thatofit the was Philadelphia
the organiza- at 9” and uttered racial epithets.
press and Black
and people community
of color, I believe the Tribune,
tion, in many saidinstances,
in a March that3first A caller to one office left a
McCain campaign only appeared
thinks those in Tribune
brought the storyphonyreprinted by
registrations message on the answering
the mainstream
voters are going to press.”
vote Target Marketof
to the attention News: “In
authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just
Democratic, which is not neces- The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that
sarily true.” isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get
ACORN is no stranger to points, preferring to air mislead- hung. He’s a (expletive deleted)
controversy. ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of
For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are
organization has fought for social his political support. fraudulent, and you need to go to
and economic justice for low- McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees.
and moderate-income and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung hon-
Americans. With 400,000 mem- Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassi-
ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.”
than 1,200 neighborhood chap- baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You
ters in 110 cities nationwide, speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive
ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You
its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. guys just (expletive deleted)
cating for affordable housing, There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume
living wages, healthcare for the Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource there is, Ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction
underserved— and while organ- branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s
izing voter registration drives. impressive that he was asked to all you guys do. And then suck with Small Business Banking”
But none has been as withering train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect every-
and baseless as this one. What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital
With the presidential election engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let
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Foreclosure Assistance
Continued from A1
Veteran Actor Directs
Continued from A1
the vacant homes where taxes well positioned to address the said Christopher Cheatham, a advice and then they’re fine.” includes Phylicia Rashad, Denzel Washington
aren’t being paid. No matter challenges we face. That’s Lanham resident. “A selfish Weldon said there are some distinct and Samuel L. Jackson.
how much we make, some why the Prince George’s person will protest, but a challenges with working with a school, Weldon said he didn’t mind taking the job,
assistance is needed.” County Government is non-selfish person will say, however. He said that after a month of although he knew the school wouldn’t be able
Due to the rise in taxes and administering this program.” ‘If it helps them, I am all for rehearsals with a professional acting company, to pay him much. “All I say is help me so that
neighborhood blights, county Under the program, very it.’ For me, I would like for a play would be ready for open. But with I don’t lose money,” Weldon said. “My staff
officials said they had to take low-income families are people to be self-sufficient, students, who have to worry about school and is always one the phone with me and when I
action. The county had so but some people just are not other time restrictions, it’s more difficult to get woke up this morning I had a lot of messages.
many vacant properties that able, and I believe everyone this play perfected. The natives are getting restless.”
they decided to find a way to “As a result of our should have a chance to live “I know these kids can’t come to rehearsal Despite the challenges, the play is coming
get people into those homes. a decent life with a roof over until they get out of school,” he said. “You along and will be ready to open on March
As a part of the
county’s progress their heads.” can’t rehearse more than four hours, which 31. Weldon says the experience has been
Neighborhood Stabilization over the last seven There are 33 zip codes is totally different than professionals because
then you can rehearse seven working hours.”
invaluable to him.
“This is a good place to start directing,” he
Program, Prince George’s eligible to receive funding
officials created the Down years, we are including “target” zip codes Weldon is also concerned with his other said. “The kids are trying. It’s good for me to
Payment on Your Dream in Upper Marlboro, Bowie, job as artistic director of the Negro Ensemble go through this part of it because I plan to do a
initiative. This provides
well positioned to Largo and Fort Washington. Company in Harlem, whose alumni list lot more of it.”
down payment and closing address the Currently there are no
cost assistance to first-time funds available for the
homebuyers and people challenges we face. “ program, but county officials
who haven’t owned a home – Prince George’s County hope to replenish the coffers.
in three years, when they No timetable has been set for
purchase vacant foreclosed
Executive Rushern Baker that. The program was started
property in the county. in the county in 2009 and has
“I know that the economic eligible for up to $60,000 in helped over 500 families so
times we are in are tough,” loans from the county. Some far.
said Prince George’s County county homeowners who

Executive Rushern Baker in a bought their homes the old-
statement. “However, history fashioned way don’t think it’s
has taught us that tough times fair, but understand why the
don’t last forever. As a result program is necessary. Continued from A3
of our county’s progress over “You have to think about
he said. “Nonetheless, it was
the last seven years, we are the type of person you are”
made for a publication that
bears our name, and as CEO
I take ultimate responsibility
for it. For that reason, I have
apologized to the NNPA and
promised their leadership this
Bid Opportunities will not happen again.”
Jealous added that the
Nutrient Compliance Facilities – distribution will be put out for
UOSA Contract P1NR bids next year with assurance
Centreville, Virginia that Black newspapers will be Photo by George Barnette
Upper Occoquan Service Authority included. Charles Weldon works with two students during rehearsals of Two Trains Running.
Bid Due: April 12, 2011 @ 2:00 pm “We have also let the

Baker Releases Proposed Budget

Description of Work: Contract P1NR Nutrient Compliance Facilities gen-
agency know that we will
erally consists of improvements to existing wastewater treatment facilities not tolerate their abuse of the
(secondary treatment) at the Upper Occoquan Service Authority’s (UOSA) trust the NAACP has placed
Water Reclamation Plant located at 14631 Compton Rd, Centreville VA. in them, nor that which Black Continued from A1
Primary elements of work are: Renewal, Demolition, Replacement, Repairs
community newspapers place The funding for public provide a long-term financial its hiring freeze as well as
and Modifications to existing concrete structures; Aeration Basins, Second-
ary Clarifiers, and Pump Stations. In addition yard piping, clarifier mecha-
in the NAACP,” Jealous schools still fell about $8 solution to the county’s suspending all cost of living
nisms and extensive electrical and instrumentation work associated with the wrote. “If this company million short of what the current fiscal woes. and step increases for county
improvements. Corman Construction, Inc. is soliciting quotes for the above wants to do business with the county’s school board “That will help us expand employees. Baker said
referenced project from all subcontractors, suppliers, and service providers. NAACP again, they will need requested. However, Prince our economy and expand our the decision to ask county
In particular, Corman is seeking quotes from certified MBE and WBE sub-
to make things right with George’s Public Schools commercial tax base,” Baker employees to take a hit was
contractors and suppliers for the following types of work: concrete demoli-
tion & structural concrete repairs, new structural concrete, reinforcing steel,
Black community newspapers Superintendent William Hite said. “This expansion will the toughest decision he had
miscellaneous metals, painting, electrical, instrumentation, HVAC, erosion in the markets where the still thanked Baker for his provide additional resources to make.
control, permanent seeding, asphalt paving, concrete flatwork, material & guide was distributed, and commitment to education. in the long term for our major “The people who work
equipment suppliers, materials testing, and hauling. Please contact Bonnie convince us they are capable “I thank the County priority areas; K-12 education in this government deserve
Hulme at 301-953-0900 or at with
of keeping their word.” Executive for his support and public safety.” increases,” he said. “If there
questions or to schedule an appt to view bid documents and plans. Quotes
may be faxed to 301-953-2611.
Whether his explanation of education funding and Coming with the was any way that I could fund
will end the controversy for making a decision fund is a new economic it I would.
Corman Construction is an Equal Opportunity Employer,
remains to be seen. Smith, which will help sustain our development team consisting “We simply can’t find
who is also NNPA’s budget education reform,” said of Carla Reid, deputy chief the resources to do it,” he
director, concludes his Hite in a statement. “This administrative officer for continued.
editorial, “Stay tuned, there’s announcement demonstrates economic development, as The Council now gets
much more to come.” his commitment to the well as David Iannucci and the budget to work through
children of our County.” Aubrey Thagard, both given before they return it to Baker
Editor’s note: The writer One new initiative the title of assistant deputy for final approval. In the
of this article is former Baker wants to fund is the chief administrative officer meantime, Baker said he will
editor-in-chief of the NNPA Economic Development for economic development continue to work with Gov.
News Service and former Incentive (EDI). Baker is and public infrastructure. Martin O’Malley and the
interim executive director of asking to use a one-time Although those Prince George’s delegation in
the NNPA Foundation. She payment of $50 million from investments were made, Annapolis to fight for more
was hired at NNPA by Ben the county’s fund balance to the county will continue funding.

Continued from A1

“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
“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.”
March 19, 2011 - March 25, 2011, The Afro-American A5

Students Launch Book Drive for Public High School Library
WASHINGTON – Howard University students, in Pratcher is asking every faculty and staff member at
response to a news report of a Washington, D.C. high school Howard University and Howard University Hospital to donate
that doesn’t have enough books in its library, have launched at least two books.
a campaign to collect and donate more than 1,000 books to “We are really looking to the Howard University family to
Washington Metropolitan High School as part of their annual lead this campaign,” Pratcher said. “We ultimately hope to
Alternative Spring Break program. not only stock the school’s library, but to also give the students
The students are asking faculty, staff and students at enough books to start their own personal collection.
Howard University, as well as bookstores, publishing “Through this book drive, we hope to help instill an
companies and individuals throughout the Washington, D.C. appreciation for reading and learning in the students.”
area, for high school appropriate fiction, non-fiction and Donation centers are available at Howard at Howard
reference books. University Bookstore at 2225 Georgia Ave., N.W., Founders
The books will be presented to Washington Metropolitan Library; Cramton Auditorium and at Howard University
Howard University students launched a book drive as
High School, which is in its first year and is now setting up its Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave., N.W.
part of their Alternative Spring Break program.
library with Howard students’ help. During the week of March In addition to the on-campus sites, there will also be
14, Howard students helped label and categorize the books and pursue an education after high school. donation centers set up in the Howard University School of
stock the library’s shelves. Their work will be presented March “As adults it is hard to effectively convey that message. Divinity and School of Law and at Washington Metropolitan
21, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school’s library. This book drive is the first step to showing the students that the High School.
Tanishia Williams-Minor, principal of the school, praised community wants to invest in their future as well.”
the students for their efforts. Antonita Pratcher, a junior health education major at The public can drop off books at the HUB, and for large
“This book drive initiative is truly amazing,” Williams- Howard, is the site coordinator for the students’ effort in the donations, students will pick up 50 books or more. For pickups
Minor said. “The teachers and staff here at Washington Washington area during the Alternative Spring Break program or for more information, contact Pratcher at aspratcher@
Metropolitan work hard every day to encourage the students to and is leading the book drive. or 623.341.9280.

Corporation Boosts Anti-Hunger Effort

By AFRO Staff Trinidad campus in honor of struggling with hunger, 4.5 healthy, and be active,” said The award was part classrooms in D.C. will
Efforts to reduce hunger National School Breakfast percent were considered Alexandra Ashbrook, director of Wal-Mart’s national ensure students are getting
among Washington, D.C.’s Week. to have “very low food of D.C. Hunger Solutions, commitment to help end the nutrients they need to
students received a significant The grant, which D.C. security.” Shockingly only an initiative of the Food hunger. support healthy development
boost from the Wal-Mart Hunger Solutions will 49.5 percent of eligible low- Research and Action Center “As part of our $2 billion and to live better.”
Foundation on March 10. administer, will help provide income children participate in (FRAC). “Grants like this commitment to hunger relief, D.C. Hunger Solutions
The foundation awarded equipment, training and the School Breakfast Program one give the community the we’re proud to support was founded in 2002 as
$400,000 to D.C. Hunger technical assistance to in the District. support needed to ensure initiatives that are helping to create a hunger-free
Solutions for the city’s increase participation in the “At a time when our city’s that the breakfast program is children get the healthy food community and thereby
schools breakfast programs. school breakfast program in families are struggling, it is being as effective as it can be, they need to learn and grow,” improve the nutrition, health,
The foundation made the D.C. schools.  It can have a crucial programs like free and reaching the thousands of said Margaret McKenna, economic security, and well-
announcement during a far-reaching impact. Among breakfast in the schools that low-income children in D.C. president of the Wal-Mart being of low-income District
special breakfast at the Center the 12.9 percent of District give children the nutrition who desperately need school foundation in a press release. residents.
City Public Charter Schools’ of Columbia households they need to learn, stay breakfasts.” “Bringing breakfast to

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
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 Law Fair, hosted The 12th Annual Youth
by the D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Law Fair takes place March 19, 9 a.m.-
Bar, brings cyberbullying and its harmful 4 p.m., at the Moultrie Courthouse, 500
effects to the limelight this year. The annual Indiana Courthouse, N.W. Free. For more
fair brings lawyers, high school students, information and to register, go to ezregister.
judges and educators together to examine com/events/1670 or visit
local social and legal issues. Chief Judge youthlawfair.

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Dubridgettes – Open
Tournament Results
Eastern - Thursday
Teams of Four (2-24-11)
Clara Berryhill, Carrothers
Moore, 3. Audrey Bourke,
Alice Harriston, Ann Moss,
Compiled By Herb Quarles] Dinner served at 2 p.m. Call Pairs “C” Regional (3-28- 1. Karen Pollock, Dorcas Louis Carpenter, 4. Costella
Shirley Wilson at 301-589- 11) 11 a.m. Call Virginia Glascoe. Elizabeth Wilson, Tyler, Deloris Parker, BJ
Tournament Calendar 8425. Eggleston at 301-577-7176. Cornelia Proctor, 2. Rachel Martin, Cleveland Lewis.
VIP – ABA Headquarters Kings & Queens – Open Moore, Virginia Eggleston, Kings & Queens – (2-25-
Benefit (3-20-11) 2:30 p.m. Pairs “C” Regional (3-25-11)

Photo by Herb Quarles

Jane Lee, Carrolena Key,
Elaine Conway, and Brenda
Green made up the team
that was second in Flight
A of the Modified Round
Robin hosted by the
Washington Bridge Unit.
The team that won the
event was not available
for a photo but it included
Reginald Chapman, Luis
F Pietri, Regena Edwards,
and George Hudson.

11) 1. Reginald Chapman-

Faye Burke, 2. Frances

Power-Clara Berryhill, 3.
Mattie Barrow-Barbara
WBU – Open Pairs
“C” Regional (2-26-11) 1.
Reginald Chapman-Clarice
Reid, 2. Carrolena Key-
Dorcas Glascoe, 3. Faye
Burke- Victor Stewart. [New
Players] 1. Tawana Clark-
Ernestine Johnson, 2. Wilma
Bonner-Linda Lindsay.
WBU – Cherry Blossom
Open Pairs “A” Regional
(3-4-11) [A] 1. Winston

Edwards-Herbert Pelham, 2.
Anderson Williams-Willetta
Phipps. [B] 1. Catherine
Marshall-Sandra Brown,
2. Wilma Middleton-Mary
Smith. [C] 1. Alice Harriston-
Louise Carpenter.
WBU – Open Pairs “A”
Regional (3-5-11) [A] 1.
David Smith-Louis Garner,
2. Winston Edwards-Jimmy
Pelham, 3. Foster Miles-
Daisy Smith, 4. Catherine
Jones-Angela Jones, 5.
Joe Anne Williams-Robert

Williams, 6. Frederick
Joynes-Celestine Howard.
[B] 2. Ray Moseley-Elizabeth
Moseley, [C] 3. Joseph
Hillery-Carol Hillery.
Eastern – Thursday
Teams of Four (3-10-11)
1. Karen Pollock Dorcas
Glascoe, Elizabeth Wilson,
Herb Quarles, 2. Audrey
Bourke, Alice Harriston, Ann
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Our View
Sorry, Sessoms, WE DON’T BUY IT
A nearly $8,000 ticket to Egypt? A $2,000 trip to San questionable funds being expended as
Antonio? A chauffeur-driven Lincoln Navigator? Does the coming from private foundations and
controversial University of the District of Columbia President grants rather than city funds, as if using
Allen Sessoms really believe he can simply explain away such that private pool of money absolves a
extravagant travel expenses as justification for attempting to public institution from frugality and
transform the only land grant urban university in the nation into financial responsibility.
a first class institution? A public institution, by the way, that
We don’t buy it. Neither, apparently does the university’s serves a student body primarily of low-
faculty association which issued a no vote of confidence in income, low-literacy or working adult
Sessoms’ autocratic leadership last month. Add to that growing students who are making do with fewer
list of skeptics the D.C. Council, which questioned him as he resources offered by the historically
stumbled through a long afternoon hearing last week. underfunded school.
Sessoms raised the ire of protesting students and the scrutiny In the midst of all of this, we are
of the D.C. Council after Fox 5 News reports revealed that airline forced to ask what has the university’s
and hotel tickets had been purchased for him at prices far above board of trustees been doing while
market rates to luxury destinations including Egypt, Hawaii, news of Sessoms’ spending spree has
Torrey Pines, Calif., and Jackson Hole, Wyo., where the entire been circulating? In one television
Sessoms family traveled during the July 4 weekend. interview this week, Sessoms stated he
Sessoms has been making the rounds to various news hadn’t traveled as much this year as he
outlets to do damage control, since news of his extravagancies has in the past.
linked out. However, the more he “doth protest” with his weak When students complain of increased
explanations, the more absurd his explanations play. tuition, of not getting refunds in a timely
In answer to the latest uproar, he speaks of the need to travel manner, of not being able to obtain books in a timely manner, otherwise – in a frivolous manner.
to raise the university’s profile and prestige. He speaks of the and of not being in safe or comfortable classrooms, the university On behalf of students and taxpayers, we demand better
need to travel (in a business class seat bed) with his feet above trustees must fulfill their fiduciary duties to ensure that no one, answers and most importantly, a clear structure of improved
his head because of a medical condition. He speaks of the particularly its president, is spending money – government or accountability moving forward.

The Real Terrorism

Peter King is looking in all the wrong places
What we witnessed March was a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance according to mostly Black and Latino children and families. Perhaps that is
10 on Capitol Hill during the Southern Poverty Law Center. Like Timothy McVeigh, he why Rep. King does not show the same concern or expresses
hearings led by Rep. Peter is a former soldier in the U.S. Army, who sympathizes with the same outrage over the domestic terrorism of which there is
King (R-N.Y.), chairman of White supremacists. Had the bomb – placed where it was ample evidence—just as Timothy McVeigh showed no concern
the House Homeland Security intended to do major damage – detonated, the crowd would for the life of children when he helped plot the bombing of
Committee, was a shameful have been sprayed with lead pellets coated with rat poison. Yet, the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, a building
example of the excesses of despite the very real existence and continued threat of White that contained a day care center; and in the same way Kevin
power. Claiming concern supremacist groups and militias, Rep. King is invested in using William Harpham apparently had little regard for the lives of
over the alleged radicalization his office to harbor his personal prejudices. children on the streets of Spokane celebrating the birthday of
of Muslims in America, Rep. In Detroit, a family is grieving over the deaths of two America’s prince of peace, Dr. King. The congressman should
King conducted nothing children, 8-year-old Alaya Cook and 10-year-old Lataya Cook, talk to funeral home directors and shock trauma medical
short of a “witch hunt,” by who lost their lives in a fire that investigators have deemed professionals who, every day, witness the result of the carnage
singling out a single group arson. The girls were too afraid to jump from a second-story that has taken over communities. Put the faces of our dead
of Americans as an internal window at the urging of their father, who was injured in the children on the walls of your hearing room Mr. King, and let
Walter Fields threat to the nation’s security blaze. The home had been firebombed. While the perpetrator(s) America see what real domestic terrorism looks like.
worthy of suspicion by their We are treading on
fellow citizens. The insult was enough to bring Rep. Keith dangerous waters here. Peter
Ellison (D-Minn.), one of two Muslims serving in Congress, “Put the faces of our dead children on the walls of your hearing King is not making us any
to tears as he defended American Muslims, and emotionally safer. In fact, he is giving
described the sacrifice that some Muslims made on Sept. 11,
room Mr. King, and let America see what real domestic terrorism reason for Muslims and others
2001. looks like.” to hate us. It is his ilk, and
The arrogance of Rep. King was evident as he maintained other demagogues, who put
that the threat of radical elements among the nation’s Muslim the security of our nation
population was extensive enough to warrant a McCarthy-like have yet to be caught, and the cause remains unknown, the in jeopardy. If he was serious and sincere about the safety
probe. This, despite the fact that King’s earlier claims that more incident is eerily similar to the tragic fire that took the life of of American citizens Rep. King would be examining the
than 80 percent of imams in our country were radicalized has a Baltimore family several years back. In that incident, drug resurgence of White supremacist groups, the proliferation
never been substantiated and widely ridiculed. To add insult, dealers had set the house ablaze because the parents were of gangs across America, including in seemingly “safe”
and further fan the flames of hate toward Muslims, King had spoke out against the illegal drug activity occurring in their White suburban communities, and the unfettered access to
pictures of the devastation of 9/11 on the walls of the hearing neighborhood. Whether drug dealers or gangs are responsible firearms and explosives. The Long Island, N.Y. congressman
room. It was one of the worst examples of the immorality of for the tragedy in Detroit, there is one thing that is certain: is perpetrating a fraud and he needs to be called out. All
political leadership of recent memory. Alaya and Lataya are just the latest victims of an epidemic Americans deserve better from our political leadership than the
Meanwhile, as King works to pin the scarlet letter of of urban violence that is stealing the dreams and futures of a equivalent of “Bozo goes to Congress.”
terrorism on Muslims, and make Islam a dirty word in America, generation of children.
the suspect in the attempted bombing of the Martin Luther King In cities, big and small, in every corner of our nation, gangs Walter Fields is the executive editor of,
Day parade route in Spokane, Wash., Kevin William Harpham, and drug dealers are terrorizing communities, and their prey is where this article was originally published.

Toyota Disrespects and Devalues the Patronage of their Black Consumers

I have recently been Toyota should note that it is going to take more than a will respond in kind (Black advertising agencies could help
shocked and appalled by passing grade on a federal transportation report card to bring them with this). The days of being silent and complaining
ads that I and other Black back the consumer safety confidence enjoyed for years by among ourselves regarding these unethical and immoral
publishers saw in several Toyota from American consumers prior to one of the largest business practices are over.
major newspapers (The New vehicle recalls in U.S. history. When Toyota wanted our help, it had no problem seeking all
York Times, Chicago Tribune, So when the decision was made to advertise in mainstream 200 Black newspapers in America to do just that. Their message
etc.) confirming that Toyota newspapers from coast to coast thanking their customers for to Black people was, “Please help us. We value your business.”
spent hundreds of thousands their loyalty, where was Toyota’s loyalty to the 10 percent of We do not want Toyota to use us for editorial coverage and then
of dollars to advertise in African- American consumers? DON’T WE ALSO DESERVE overlook us with their advertising dollars.
White mainstream daily A GREAT BIG THANK YOU? Black newspapers are not afraid to demand fair representation
newspapers “THANKING” Historically, there has always been an imbalance between and a seat to dine at Toyota’s table, especially when their food
their general market what goes out of the Black community and what comes into is purchased with approximately 10 percent of Black consumer
Danny J. Bakewell Sr. consumers for their loyalty the Black community relative to retail goods, services and dollars. We are not interested in fighting with Toyota however,
and patronage to Toyota representation. Despite the fact that the buying power of Toyota has enjoyed healthy African-American consumer support,
during their time of major America’s Blacks is reported to be roughly $1 trillion this year. and despite last year’s set back we have remained loyal. If you
controversy and concerns over the safety of Toyota’s vehicles. And it is highly doubtful that Black-owned businesses will want to thank Black consumers for our loyalty and keep our
Thanking their customers is a smart move on Toyota’s report revenue numbers that are the same and/or reap any of business, do it on the pages of the Black newspapers that Black
behalf and one that I applaud. However, we can’t overlook people read, respect, trust and
the fact that Black people represent almost 10 percent of own.
Toyota’s American market share, and with a $1.2 billion annual As chairman of the
advertising budget it is not unreasonable for the Black Press to “…we can’t overlook the fact that Black people represent almost National Newspaper Publishers
always expect to have a stake in Toyota’s advertising (including
Black advertising agencies). Nevertheless, Black newspapers
10 percent of Toyota’s American market share…” Association, I represent 200
Black publishers throughout
were left off Toyota’s latest marketing campaign, sending a America. I am challenging
clear and direct message that the Black consumer is still being Toyota’s chairman and CEO
taken for granted and Black people are still being disrespected the benefits proportionate to our buying power. However, the to do the right thing and meet with me to discuss the future of
and undervalued. This is disappointing behavior from a question still remains, why is Toyota undervaluing the Black their relationship with Black consumers and whether or not
company who was all too eager to send us their press releases consumer and showing our community such blatant disrespect? we as Black newspaper publishers should continue supporting
and ask us to write stories and editorials to influence Black Tried, true, and tested — the NNPA (Black Press of America) Toyota or should organize a campaign to take Black brand
America to stay with them in their time of trouble. But now remains the gatekeeper for reaching the Black community. loyalty to Toyota elsewhere. WE WILL NOT BUY WHERE
that Toyota’s pain has been essentially eased—for now—by Corporations and advertising agencies wanting and needing WE ARE DISRESPECTED….THAT IS A PROMISE!
a report issued by the Federal Transportation Department and to reach the African-American consumer must understand the
NASA that found no faults with Toyota’s electronic accelerator relationship of the Black Press with Black people. They must Danny Bakewell Sr. is the chairman of the National
controls, the Black press has once again been forgotten along remember to place their advertising messages on the pages of Newspaper Publishers Association, parent organization to more
with the Black consumer. Black newspapers throughout America, and Black consumers than 200 independently owned Black newspapers.
A8 The Afro-American, March 19, 2011 - March 25, 2011

Community Calendar Out

Montpelier Arts Center, 9652
Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 8
p.m. At this event, hear a blend
7400 Greenway Center Drive,
Greenbelt, Md. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Gamma Pi Chapter of the
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will
March 19
Spring’s Metamorphosis
Fashion Luncheon
Calvary Family Life Center,

National Single Parents Day

Celebration & Ice Cream
March 17 R&B to the District. $7. For of go-go, old school soul, hard present this semi-formal event 11150 Berry Road, Waldorf, Social
DC Live With Colie Williams more information: colieindc. bop and hip-hop. $20. For more featuring dinner, dancing, a Md. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy this Giant Foods, 5500 Silver Hill
Queen Makeda, 1917 9th information: 301-377-7800. silent auction and live music. spring fashion show that helps Road, District Heights, Md. 2-5
St., N.W. D.C. 8 p.m. Singer $75. For more information: 301- raise money for the Domestic p.m. If you are a single parent,
Colie Williams will bring her March 18 Mardi Gras Extravaganza 2011 390-6668. Violence Victims Shelter. $40. celebrate National Single Parent
sultry mix of jazz and classic Montpelier Jazz Series: Inside Martin’s Crosswinds, For more information: 301-919- Day with your family at this ice
cream social featuring television
and radio personality Jeannie
“Kitty of the City” Jones. For
more information: 202-834-

NCBW Annual Shirley

Chisholm Trailblazer Awards
Washington D.C. Navy
Conference Center, 1454
Parsons Ave., S.E. D.C. 12:30-
2 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.

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: 202-234-

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

Avalon Theatre, 5612
Connecticut Ave., N.W. D.C. 8
p.m. This film offers a thought-
provoking look at issues
surrounding Black manhood, the
results of effective fatherhood
and the requirements for
maintaining lasting love. $10-
$20. For more information: www.

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

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: 1-866-

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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, Dr. Elsie Scott,
Chaplain Maj. Santiago Cruz
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF); Michael Blake of the White House’s president/CEO of
receives a copy of the Black
Office of Public Engagement and the famed Buffalo Soldiers, D.C. chapter. the CBCF, receives
History Month Presidential
Army ROTC Cadets from Howard University assisted with ushering duties and the the Keeper of the
Proclamation from Paul Monteiro,
afternoon service concluded with a fellowship dinner. The program’s theme was, Community Award.
Office of Public Engagement,
“Our Church, Our Family, Our History: This Far by Faith.”
Photo by Rob Roberts White House.
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.

Miss Black DC USA

2010 Dr. Allison
Some of the many guests who Hilll and Chelsey
attended the program. Rodgers, Miss
DC International Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. William Stephens, left,
2010, were in Musicians Chaplain (Col. Ret.) James Walker and wife, and
attendance. prepare for their 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

Maj. Santiago Cruz, Maj. Santiago Cruz,

chaplain, presents chaplain, presents the Lillian Wilkinson, Army Soldier
the Keeper of the Keeper of the Community and Family Readiness; Joi Alston,
Community Award to Award to the Buffalo PNC Bank; and Flora Marsh, NY
Howard University Army ROTC cadets with their cadre, Lesli Foster, WUSA 9 Soldiers, D.C. chapter. Life Insurance
Maj. Sellers, far left, and Capt. Sansom, far right News Now anchor

Capt. Sansom, Paul Monteiro, Dr. Elsie Scott, Lesli Foster, Buffalo Soldiers
Maj. Tyra Sellers, chaplain, 1st Lt. Dwayne Jackson and Jas Attendees enjoy dinner after an
Stephenson inspirational worship service.

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.
Doris McMillion, left, Linda Washington, Lisa The event, chaired by Links Karen Hughes, program
Noguera and Penny Koger Olivia Grace coordinator, and Avril Sisk, National Trends and Services
Evelyn Gee, Lauren Parker Jones, a 7- chairwoman, commenced with a lavish reception of
and DeVera Redmond year- old heart delicious healthy food fare, along with red wine, which
recipient, and doctors say is good for the heart.
her mom, Patrons enjoyed the ambiance of the evening. The
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
Lavern Chatman, president of the Arlington Links and the recipient, Olivia and her mother shared some of the joys
National Urban League Young Professionals 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
vital statistics on heart over the crowd of over
disease and obesity. 200 patrons.

Alexandria, Va., Mayor William Euille,

honorary chairman of Red Dress Day
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
Courtesy Photos
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Graduate School USA Signs On as First Major Tenant of New

Waterfront Project
By Stephen D. Riley School USA signed an long-term tenant as part of “We know this project will
AFRO Staff Writer agreement to establish what the development scheduled deliver on the promise of
will be called the Center for for erection along the becoming one of the marquee
Continuing with Education and Training at the Washington Channel in the waterfront destinations for
the design to revitalize heart of “The Wharf” project. coming year. Joining Gray Washington, the region and
Washington, D.C.’s The decision to construct were Council Chair Kwame the nation.”
Southwest Waterfront, mayor a facility makes Graduate Brown, Councilmember As the development’s
Vincent Gray announced School USA the first major Harry Thomas Jr. and Rep. first multi-purpose project,
on March 10 that Graduate business to commit as a Eleanor Holmes Norton along the Center for Education
and Training could drive
immediate traffic to The
News21 photo by Justin Karp
Classic play. New vision. The distinctive footbridge at the Yards Park in Southeast Wharf after its completion.
Washington will connect a 5.5-acre park to the Anacostia The center will provide
Riverwalk Trail. The park is part of a 42-acre mixed-use resources for career seeking
development, which will include 2,800 residential units, individuals interested in
nearly 1.8 million square feet of office space and 400,000 federal, state and local
square feet of shopping and dining. positions in addition to
offering training for a variety
with other local government in 2012, The Wharf will be of vocational openings and
affiliates who welcomed the a $2 million residential site other jobs.
new project. that will also host retail, “This center demonstrates
“The creation of this hotel, office and recreational our extensive commitment to
The 1st center represents a huge space. It is expected to open the DC community,” Dr. Jerry
production of commitment to prepare our in 2015. The site will cover Ice, CEO and president of
Horton Foote’s Graduate School USA, said
residents for careers through 27 acres on land and 24 acres
beloved play in a press release. “We are
training and education,” across the water, making it
working closely with the city
with an African- Gray said at his presentation. one of the more anticipated to understand areas with the
American cast “The Graduate School USA’s construction projects taking most potential and the highest
90-year history of training place in the District. need for workers. Our goal is
and educating people in the “Creating this to bring a variety of training
public sector makes them vibrant mixed-use urban options to residents in one
the ideal partner for The riverfront brings new and location to prepare them for
Wharf neighborhood. We distinctive retail, restaurant, rewarding careers now and in
are excited they decided neighborhood living and the future.”
to expand their mission cultural destinations to the
right here in this landmark District,” said Deputy Mayor For more on The Wharf,
visit www.swdcwaterfront.
waterfront development.” for Planning and Economic
Tickets: 240.644.1100 or ROUNDHOUSETHEATRE.ORG Expected to break ground Development Jose Sousa.

4th Annual Governor’s Leadership in Aging Award

For Excellence and
Outstanding Contributions
to the Field of Aging
and Quality of Life for Seniors
Older Americans/Marylander Month
May 10, 2011, 12 noon – 2pm
Catonsville Senior Center
501 N. Rolling Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228
Nomination Information
Categories Instructions
Trailblazer • Select a Category.
An individual, community group, business or organization • Complete the nomination form and attach
that has demonstrated leadership in advocacy or developed an a 500 word or less description of recommendation
innovative program, research or training for seniors. (why the nominee meets criteria).
• Visual Arts nominations must be accompanied by
Visual and Performing Arts photos, slides, or CD of artwork.
An individual, 60 years of age or older, or a group (members • Performing Arts nominations must be accompanied
must be 55 years of age or older), who has demonstrated by a DVD or web link to a video sharing site
excellence in the visual or performing arts. (i.e. YouTube).
• Photography nominations must be in .jpg or .gif and
must not exceed 5 MB in size.
Photography • Nominations that do not require supporting materials
An individual 60 years or older who demonstrates excellence can be faxed to: 410-333-7943
in photography or photojournalism that portrays “Successful
Aging”. All nominations must be postmarked or e-mailed
no later than April 8, 2011.
Health and Vitality
An individual 60 years or older who demonstrates a You may download copies of the nomination form by visiting
commitment to healthy living and who serves as a role model the website at:
to others. For more information, call: 410-767-1064 or 1-800- 243-3425
March 19, 2011 - March 25, 2011, The Afro-American B3

District Native’s ‘Isaiah Wait’ Featured in Independent Film Festival

Lee Roberts’ inbox, he initially Set in the District, Isaiah it inspired and encouraged “The D.C. Film Festival is Though many may believe
disregarded it.  Wait tells the story of a me to hear how faithful this not a Christian film festival,” Roberts faces a tough road ahead
“I thought it was junk grandmother named Mrs. grandmother was in the midst of he said. “I found out during the in today’s industry as a Black
e-mail,” Roberts told Bennett who is raising her all her struggles,” Roberts said. premiere that they generally get filmmaker, he insists otherwise,
the AFRO in a recent interview. teenage grandson, Isaiah. While  He added that he also a lot of spiritual films, but they and recalls a message that was
But to his surprise, it was struggling to pay bills, various wanted to tell the story to dispel [generally] don’t accept them.  given to him early on in his
a message to inform him that circumstances strip her of her some of negative perceptions But, they looked beyond that and career.
his film Isaiah Wait had been finances and she winds up with some people hold about spiritual found quality, so that made it a “My advisor told me, ‘You
selected for entry in the annual a mere $60 in her pocket. While practices, like tithing. little bit better for me.” are not a Black filmmaker,
festival, which only chooses 110 Isaiah wants his grandmother to  “Tithing itself in many The experience at the you are a filmmaker who just
films out of 2,000 worldwide use the money for groceries, she cases has been looked upon in festival opened more doors for happens to be Black,’ and I
submissions. opts to continue tithing to her many negative lights,” he said. the District native, as he was understood and appreciated that,”
“When I found that out it church, despite her grandson’s “I wanted to show some of the approached by a few sponsors at Roberts said.  “I want people to
really made me feel good,” he wishes. While Isaiah struggles positive things that can come the event who offered to fund his remember the quality that I bring
said. to understand her faith, he later about [as a result of tithing.]” next project. to them, rather than who I am as
Now, fresh off its world finds that those who are patient The 20-minute short The recent success is like a a person. So, regardless of what
Courtesy Photo
premiere at the event, Roberts and trust in God are ultimately premiered at the film festival dream come true for Roberts, color I am, I’m going to always
David Lee Roberts push to work with a diverse
hopes the film will be a beacon blessed. on March 8 and was nominated who became interested in filming
of encouragement for viewers Based on a true story, Isaiah for a handful of awards. Roberts while attending Morgan State group of people to embrace a
By Gregory Dale
across the globe that are Wait explores many pertinent said he felt honored that his film University. After graduating, he universal concept that everyone
AFRO Staff Writer
experiencing tough times. issues in the Black community was selected from such a myriad enrolled at Ohio University’s can appreciate.”
“The film gives you a greater that countless people can identify of participants, mainly because school of film. But his love for  
When an e-mail from the
appreciation for what you may with. spiritual films are rarely featured his hometown drew him back to For more information visit
D.C. Independent Film Festival
be going through,” Roberts said.  “When I heard the story, at the event. the District, where he currently the D.C. Independent Film
appeared in filmmaker David
resides. Festival’s website at

Black Female Jockey’s Success and Struggle With Bipolar Disorder

Detailed in New Memoir
By Gregory Dale and before long, she found judge us the same. They’re not comes from the horse,” Harris to ride and compete. With the
AFRO Staff Writer herself alone on the streets of verbal and cruel enough to hurt said. It was because there are release of her book, she hopes
Orlando, Fla., struggling with her our feelings the way people do to some color problems and color to inspire others with disabilities
Sylvia Harris had reached illness. one another.” issues very much in effect in this in hopes for them to accomplish
rock bottom. She was homeless, But a breakthrough occurred She later wanted to become a country.” their dreams, as she did.
she had lost custody of one of while she was residing in a jockey. Though others attempted Shortly thereafter, she made “Just because you have
her children, and above all, she local shelter. After holding a to discourage her from following history when she won her first a disability or challenge, that
was battling mental illness. At conversation with a priest at the her aspirations, she defied major thoroughbred race at 40 doesn’t mean that your dream
her emotional peak, she needed establishment, he discovered that their opposition and acquired years old. This victory made her can’t come true,” Harris said.
an escape. she had a passion for horses− a license. She explained that just the second African-American “They may not come right away
When a twist of fate which she developed as a child. people would often tell her she woman to achieve this honor, when you want them to, but
elicited a fond childhood “The priest told me, ‘OK, I’ll was too old, and horseback the first being jockey champion they will, if you keep your faith
pastime−horseback riding−she Courtesy Photo be right back,’” Harris said. “He riding wasn’t a sport that African Cheryl White. intact.”
finally found the answer to her Sylvia Harris was gone a few minutes and he Americans participated in. Harris’ story quickly found its ‘Long Shot: My Bipolar
whirlwind of despair. After made it out alive,” Harris told said, ‘Get your stuff together and “[When] people were telling way onto national headlines, as Life and the Horses Who Saved
utilizing the activity as outlet to the AFRO as she reflected on her be ready in a half an hour.’ Harris me ‘no,’ it wasn’t because I people from across the country Me’ is available now. For
curb her problems, she went on past.  “I had low points before, explained that then he set her up physically couldn’t do it, because fell in love with her story. more information, visit: www.
to break barriers in the process. but it had never gotten to the with a job at a farm in Ocala, Fla. a majority of the physical part Today, Harris continues
Her incredible story is detailed in point where I was homeless. It She spent a considerable
the book, Long Shot: My Bipolar was kind of devastating−to the time at this location as a groomer
Life and the Horses Who Saved point where I did not care what and cared for the horses. At that
Me. was going to happen to me.” moment, she immediately found
Released on March 8, Long Though she was originally solace.
Shot, is a memoir that captures born in Germany, Harris grew  “There was just something
Harris’ ascent from a single up in California. At the onset of about the being or the essence
mother facing bi-polar disorder her adult life, problems began to of the horse that for me [was]
to her status as just the second arise. very calming and therapeutic,”
African-American female jockey Harris’ manic behavior Harris said. I just have a very
in the country to win a major ranged from hearing voices, to strong connection and bond with
thoroughbred race. spontaneous imaginary outbreaks animals, particularly horses.
“I don’t even know how I I think it’s because they don’t

Book Review
‘Black Gotham: A Family History of
African-Americans in 19th Century
New York City’
By Kam Williams White (1823-1891). collective, New York City
Special to the AFRO But despite that lack of Black lobby for everything
genealogical information, from abolition to quality
“This book is… not Peterson, a professor of education to the right to vote
exactly a family memoir, but English at the University of to the protection of fugitive
neither is it traditional social Maryland, embarked on a slaves.
history. It is a narrative that fruitful quest which began in Such demands for dignity
lies somewhere in between. It the manuscript room at the in the face of virulent
records my search to find my famed Schomburg Center for racism and constant threats
father’s New York family; my Research. And the upshot of of violence often came at a
success in uncovering many her tireless efforts is Black great cost, given that back
documents [which] serve as Gotham: A Family History then the Dred Scott decision
a pathway to a larger public of African-Americans in 19th was still the law of the land.
history: the history of social Century New York City. For in issuing that landmark
movements, political events, Among the surprising ruling, the U.S. Supreme
and cultural influences… data unearthed by the author Court had deemed Blacks
I’ve written Black Gotham in the course of her study as “beings of an inferior
out of a sense of obligation was that she had descended order, and altogether unfit to
to the dead, to give a face to from New York City’s Black associate with the white race,
those left faceless by acts of upper class, a cosmopolitan either in social or political
trauma and erasure. I also community comprised not relations, and so far inferior
feel I owe something to my only of doctors, businessmen that they had no rights which
family and my community… and other professionals but of the white man was bound to
Black Gotham is meant to writers, artists and musicians, respect.“
be an act of reparation, an too. This information flies in A shameful legacy
act to repair the tears of the face of the conventional which makes Carla
memory—tears in the sense wisdom which would Peterson’s overdue tribute
of both sorrow and rupture.” suggest that the Harlem to her intrepid ancestors an
-- Excerpted from the Renaissance of the 1920s and invaluable addition to the
Introduction (pgs. 6, 30 & 1930s represented the first annals of African-American
Before undertaking this
the city.
While Peterson’s family
Peterson was aware of fascinating, what makes her
precious little about her seminal opus so significant
roots. In fact, although she’s
African American, the only
is how she painstakingly
reconstructs her forefathers’

19th century ancestor she past in light of the overall

really knew anything about African-American struggle
was a Caucasian great- for emancipation and STARTS FRIDAY, MARCH 18
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More Sports on

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 go-
around 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
Joppy, a Washington, D.C. George Mason University’s Patriot Center.
native, didn’t do much, but
Courtesy Photo apparently it was enough to
Brandon Rease, Kareem Rosser and Daymar Rosser became the first all African- hold off his Baltimore-based opponent and end his career with his 40th victory.
American polo team win the U.S. Polo Association Interscholastic Championship on Although he has yet to issue a formal statement, Joppy told the AFRO that his fight against
March 13. Cummings would be his last after a lengthy but successful career.
By Perry Green offers urban youths riding lessons in exchange for “My last one, man,” Joppy said after the fight. “I’m tired…. I was doing some roadwork
AFRO Sports Editor labor. (before the fight) and midway through I was like, ‘I’m tired of this.’ I love the sport of boxing,
Brandon Rease, one of the top players on the but I’m tired of this [expletive].”
Black sports history was made in Virginia team, said that polo is a sport that you can easily
Appearing tired in the ring as well, Joppy paced his way through a full 10 rounds as both
on March 13 when four African-American get hooked on.
boys became the first all-Black polo team to “If you get involved with it and want to do fighters exchanged punches throughout. In the early rounds, however, it was Cummings
capture the U.S. Polo Association Interscholastic really good in it, you just practice every day,” providing the fireworks as the 31-year-old unleashed power punch after power punch as the
Championship at the Virginia Polo Center. Rease told “…. A sport is a sport, no budding boxer attempted to make up for a controversial draw when the two men fought in
According to reports, Cowtown-Work to matter if it’s for Black, White, anything.” early November. Cummings continued to land big time blows for the majority of the bout but
Ride, based in Fairmount Park, Pa., knocked off Team captain Kareem Rosser told reporters
Joppy routinely countered with effective flurries that tilted the scorecards in his favor.
a Baltimore, Md.-based polo team, 24-17, in the that winning the title was not only a major win for
42nd annual national title game. his teammates, but for everyone around them. “I wasn’t busy enough,” Cummings said after the fight. “You can’t just throw only one
Winning polo championships may be news “You know, not only did we do it for each shot; you’ve got to put the shots together and apparently I wasn’t doing it. So, props to Joppy
to most Blacks, but it’s nothing unfamiliar to this other, but we did it for the polo community, and for being a better man tonight.”
group of African-American teens from West Philly. we did it for every other African-American young Fighting close to his hometown, Joppy, a former three-time WBA middleweight champion,
Cowtown-Work to Ride had just become the first boy who comes from where we come from,” said improved his record to 40-6-1 while Cummings fell to 17-5-1. The former sparring partners
all-Black group to win the regional championship Rosser.  “You know we wanted to let everyone
exchanged pleasantries after the bout and each thanked the crowd for showing support for a
last month. According to their website, Cowtown- know that it was possible, and that whatever you
WTR is a non-profit program founded in 1994 that put your mind to, you can actually do.” rivalry that’s been brewing for the last seven years.

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Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball

Hampton Holds Off Morgan to Win MEAC Title
By Keith Henry Hampton will receive an with the officiating in the would eventually break down
Special to the AFRO automatic bid to the NCAA game and expressed that against Hampton’s lively
Championship Tournament. during the post-game press offense, led by Brandon
The great shooting that MSU’s top player, junior conference. “It’s ridiculous; Tunnel’s 20 points.
Morgan State displayed in center Kevin Thompson got I think they got what they
the past two Mid-Eastern into foul trouble early, and his wanted,” Bozeman said. “I (AP Photo/Neil Redmond)
Athletic Conference (MEAC) absence became a huge factor think it’s hard when you Morgan State forward
championship games came in the game. have so many officials that Kevin Thompson, center,
to a screeching halt this year. “We need him on the floor, come from one particular looks to pass out of a
Instead, it was Hampton that’s obvious,” Morgan State university. I can take a loss double team by Hampton
University that got some head coach Todd Bozeman when everything is fair and guard Kwame Morgan II,
timely baskets from junior said. “He fought hard in square.” left, and center Milade
guard Darrion Pellum to beat there; it’s hard when you’re at In the first half, Morgan Lola-Charles in the first
Morgan, 60-55, in the MEAC the disadvantage.” State kept Pellum, Hampton’s half of an NCAA college
Tournament Championship Hampton head coach outstanding guard, scoreless. basketball game during
game on March 12 at the Ed Joyner Jr. said about the Even so, Hampton (24-8) the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Lawrence Joel Veterans game, “It was a war; it was got off to a good start in Conference tournament
Memorial Coliseum in what we expected; it’s the the game, outscoring MSU championship tournament,
Winston-Salem, N.C. As one we wanted to win.” 10-2 in the game’s first five March 12 in Winston-
conference champion, Bozeman was unhappy minutes. Morgan’s defense Salem, N.C.

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Superior Court of
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District of Columbia

B6 The Afro-American, March 19, 2011 - March 25, 2011 Washington, D.C.
Administration No.
August 1, 2009 - August 7, 2009, The Washington Afro-American B7
Henry B. McCall
Henry Brisco McCall
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20721 was appointed
personal representative
of the estate of Henry B.
Payment Policy for legal notice LEGAL NOTICES
McCall aka NOTICES
Payment Policy for legal

McCall, who died on AFRO Classified minimum ad rate is $26.74 per col. inch
advertisements SUPERIOR COURT OF November 20, 2010 with Superior Court of 1 Col. (an inch consists of up to 20 words). Mail in your ad on
notice advertisements THE DISTRICT OF
a will, and will serve
without Court supervi-
the District of
District of Columbia Inch form below along with CHECK or MONEY ORDER to:
Effective immediately, The Afro PROBATE DIVISION sion. All unknown heirs PROBATE DIVISION
American Newspapers will require Washington, D.C. and heirs whose Washington, D.C. Up to WASHINGTON AFRO-AMERICAN CO., 1917 Benning
whereabouts are un-
prepayment forimmediately, The
publication of all legal 20001-2131 20001-2131 Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4723, Attn: Clsf. Adv.
Foreign No. known shall enter their
appearance in this
Administration No. 20 Words Dept.
Afro American Newspapers
notices. Payment will be accepted 2011FEP000017
Date of Death proceeding. Objections
Kelvin Jamal Willis
in the form of checks, credit card or
will require prepayment for
money order. Any returned checks will
January 9, 2010
Rose Ann Lee
to such appointment (or
to the probate of de-
publication of allprocessing
be subject to a $25.00 legal notices.
fee Decedent
cedent¬s will)
cedent’s will) shall
shall be
filed with the Register of
1 2 3 4 5
Payment will be accepted
and may result in the suspension in
Wills, D.C., 515 5th
Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
future advertising at our discretion. 6 7 8 9 10
the form of check, credit card PERSONAL
Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
20001, on or before
Tonette Tillery, whose
or money order. Any returned AND
September 4, 2011.
Claims against the de-
address is 1811 Irving
Street Apt 206, 11 12 13 14 15
checks will be AD NETWORK
subject to a CREDITORS cedent shall be pre- Washington DC 20018
Ira Darnell Lee whose sented to the under- was appointed personal
Ad Network Classi- NEW EQUIPMENT!
$25.00 processing fee and may address is 5536 Fourth signed with a copy to the representative of the 16 18 19 20
fieds are published in HEARTLAND EX-
Street, NE Washington Register of Wills or filed estate of Kelvin Jamal
result in the suspension
65 newspapers. of any
PRESS 1-800-441-4953 DC 20011 was ap- with the Register of Wills
with a copy to the under-
Willis, who died on
pointed personal repre- November 22, 2010
future advertisingwww.heartlandexpress.
at our dis- sentative of the estate of signed, on or before without a will, and will
25 words $175 (For com Rose Ann Lee, de- September 4, 2011, or serve without Court su- NAME
more than 25 words ceased on February 22, be forever barred. Per-
sons believed to be
pervision. All unknown
there is an additional 2010, by the Register of heirs and heirs whose
charge of $7 per
LAND FOR Wills/Orphan's Court for heirs or legatees of the whereabouts are un- PHONE NO.
Montgomery County, decedent who do not re- known shall enter their
word.) SALE
State of Maryland. ceive a copy of this no- appearance in this CLASSIFICATION
Service of process may tice by mail within 25 proceeding. Objections
be made upon Ira Dar- days of its first publica-
tion shall so inform the
to such appointment (Room, Apt, House, etc.) INSERTION DATE:
nell Lee, 5536 Fourth shall be filed with the
(410) 554-8200 LAND BARGAIN! Street, NE Washington Register of Wills, includ- Register of Wills, D.C.,
DC 20011 whose des- ing name, address and 515 5th Street, N.W.,
All ads must be Under $1,000/ ignation as District of relationship. 3rd Floor Washington, Superior Court of
prepaid Acre. Spectacular
private,?secluded moun-
Columbia agent has
been filed with the Reg-
Date of Publication:
March 4, 2011
D.C. 20001, on or be-
fore September 11,
the District of
District of Columbia
ister of Wills, D.C. Name of newspaper: 2011. Claims against the
tain acreage! Vast trails, Afro-American
The decedent owned decedent shall be pre- Washington, D.C.
dramatic views,?level
mountain tops! Ready to
the following District of
Colombia real property:
Washington Law
sented to the under-
signed with a copy to the
Legal Advertising Rates 20001-2131
Administration No.
Carolyn Awkard
explore/?play. Excellent
financing. Call owner
5536 Fourth Street NE
Washington DC 20011. Personal
Register of Wills or filed
with the Register of Wills Effective October 1, 2006 2011ADM149
Hubert P Rivens
AUCTION Claims against the de- Representative with a copy to the under- aka
now 877-526-3764 cedent may be pre- 301-808-7481 signed, on or before Hubert Pressley sented to the under-
signed and filed with the
September 11, 2011, or
be forever barred. Per-
AUCTION-Construc- Register of Wills for the 3/4, 3/11, 3/18 sons believed to be (Estates) Theodora H. Brown
tion Equipment & District of Columbia, 500 heirs or legatees of the Esq
MISC. Indiana Avenue NW Superior Court of decedent who do not re- 202-879-9460/61 Law Office of
Trucks, March 11, 9AM, Washington DC 20001 the District of ceive a copy of this no- Theodora H Brown
Richmond, VA. Excava- within 6 months from the District of Columbia tice by mail within 25
tors, Dozers, Dumps & AIRLINE MECHAN- date of first publication
Washington, D.C.
days of its first publica- 3127 Cherry Road NE
More. Accepting Items IC – Train for high of this notice. (Strike
tion shall so inform the
PROBATE NOTICES Washington DC 20018
preceding sentence if no Register of Wills, includ- Attorney
Daily. Motley’ Auc- paying real estate.) Administration No. ing name, address and NOTICE OF
Aviation Maintenance 2010ADM0623
tion & Realty Group, Ira Darnell Lee
Sarah Ellen
a. Order Nisi APPOINTMENT,
Career. FAA approved Personal Date of Publication: $ 60 perNOTICE
insertion TO $180.00 per 3 weeks
804-232-3300, www. Representative(s) Henneghan March 11, 2011 b. Small Estates (single publication) $ 50 per
program. Financial Decedent CREDITORS
insertion, 202-531-5145 Name of newspaper: AND NOTICE TO
VAAL#16. aid if qualified - Job TRUE TEST COPY Gloria Johnson Afro-American c. Notice to Creditors UNKNOWN HEIRS
1300 Mercantile Lane
placement assistance. REGISTER OF WILLS
Suite 139
Washington Law 1. Domestic Shirely Rivens, whose
$ 60 per insertion $ 180.00 per 3 weeks
Date of first publication: Reporter address is 2000 Upshur
CALL Aviation Institute March 4, 2011
Largo, MD 20774
Tonette Tillery 2. Foreign $ 60 per insertion $ 180.00 per 3 weeks
Street, NE Washington
AUTOMOBILE of Maintenance (866) Name of newspapers
Personal d. Escheated Estates DC per
$ 60 20018 was ap-
insertion $ 360.00 per 6 weeks
DONATION 823-6729. and/or periodical:
e. Standard Probates pointed personal repre-
The Daily Washington
202-701-0810 sentative of the estate$of125.00
Law Reporter TRUE TEST COPY Hubert Rivens aka
MISC. / The Afro-American
REGISTER OF WILLS Hubert Pressley Rivens,
3/11, 3/18, 3/25 CIVIL NOTICES who died on November
22, 2010 with a will, and
Receive $1000 GRO- SUPERIOR COURT OF Donna R. Washington, Superior Court of will serve without Court
CERY COUPONS, MASSAGE THERA- THE DISTRICT OF whose address is 1417 the District of a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 $ 80.00
Webster Street NW supervision. All un-
PY – Learn fast, earn COLUMBIA District of Columbia b. Real Property $ 200.00
known heirs and heirs
ARC, NO KILL Animal fast. Washington, D.C. was appointed personal Washington, D.C.
whose whereabouts are
unknown shall enter
Shelters. Advanced Financial aid if quali- 20001-2131 representative of the 20001-2131 their appearance in this
Veterinary Treatments. fied. A new career is at Foreign No. estate of Sarah Ellen
Henneghan, who died
Administration No.
FAMILY COURT proceeding. Objections
Free Towing, IRS your Date of Death on June 17, 2010 with a Ernest Pete Ward
to such appointment (or
to the probate of de-
TAX DEDUCTION. fingertips. Call Centura March 16, 2004 will, and will serve with- Decedent cedent¬s will) shall be
out Court supervision.
Non-runners 1-866-912- College 877-206-3353 Harriett H. Banks James M. Fallon Jr
Decedent All unknown heirs and 729 Eighth Street SE DOMESTIC RELATIONS filed with the Register of
Wills, D.C., 515 5th
GIVE NOTICE OF h e i r s w h o s e Suite 200
APPOINTMENT whereabouts are un- Washington DC 20003 202-879-0157
Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
DONATE YOUR REAL ESTATE OF FOREIGN known shall enter their Attorney 20001, on or before
PERSONAL appearance in this NOTICE OF a. Absent Defendant $ 150.00
VEHICLE RECEIVE proceeding. Objections September 11, 2011.
REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTMENT, Claims against the $ de-150.00
FREE VACATION Retirement and AND to such appointment (or NOTICE TO b. Absolute Divorce
to the probate of de- cedent shall be pre-
VOUCHER. UNITED future move? Discover NOTICE TO CREDITORS c. Custody
Superior Divorce
Court of sented to the under-150.00 $
CREDITORS cedent¬s will) shall
cedent’s will) shall be AND NOTICE TO the District of
BREAST CANCER Delaware and our gated filed with the Register of UNKNOWN HEIRS District of Columbia
signed with a copy to the
Earl Banks whose ad- Register of Wills or filed
FOUNDATION Free community. Manufac- dress is 2 Retinue Wills, D.C., 515 5th Ann H Ressing, whose PROBATE DIVISION with the Register of Wills
Mammograms, Breast tured homes from the Court, Unit 103, Bal- Street, N.W., 3rd Floor address is 1521 A Street Washington, D.C. To place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892, ext.
with a copy to the under-
timore MD 21207 was Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . NE Washington DC 20001-2131 Public Notices $50.00 & signed, up depending on size
Cancer Info www.ubcf. mid 50’s to low 100’s. 20001, on or before 20002, was appointed Administration No.
on or before
appointed personal re- Baltimore Legal NoticesSeptember 11, per
2011, or
info FREE Towing, Brochures available presentative of the September 4, 2011. personal representative 2011ADM154 are $24.15 inch.
Superior Court of
Claims against the de- be forever barred. Per-
Tax Deductible, Non- 1-866-629-0770 Or estate of Harriett H. of the estate of Ernest ROSA LEE ABNEY There is no flat rate —sons 1-800 (AFRO)
believed to be 892 the District of
Banks, deceased, by the cedent shall be pre- Pete Ward, who died on Decedent
Runners Accepted, search www.coolbranch. sented to the under- For Proof of Publication, pleaseheirs callor1-800-237-6892,
legatees of the ext. 244 Columbia
Orphan's Court/Register October 26, 2010 with a Archie L. Palmore decedent who do not re- Civil Division
1-888-468-5964 com of Wills Court for Bal- signed with a copy to the will, and will serve with- Esq Case No. 0001888-11
timore City County, Register of Wills or filed out Court supervision. LEGAL NOTICES
Metro-Plex II, LEGAL NOTICES ceive LEGAL a copy of this no-
within 25 IN LEGAL
SERVICES/ State of Maryland, on with the Register of Wills
with a copy to the under-
All unknown heirs and 8201 Corporate Drive days of its first publica- LaVatte Daisy
January 31, 2011.
signed, on or before
h e i r s w h o s e Suite 1120
Superior Court of tion shall so inform the Johnson
Service of process may whereabouts are un- Landover MD 20785 Register of Wills, includ- Applicant
OPPORTUNITY be made upon Laverne September 4, 2011, or known shall enter their Attorney
the District of
District of Columbia ing name, address and ORDER OF
Montgomery, 1720 22nd be forever barred. Per- appearance in this NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
AD FUNDS sons believed to be PROBATE DIVISION relationship.
Street SE, Washington proceeding. Objections APPOINTMENT, CHANGE OF NAME
ALL CASH VENDING TIGHT??? - Check out DC 20020 whose des- heirs or legatees of the to such appointment (or NOTICE TO
Washington, D.C. Date of Publication:
LaVatte Daisy Johnson
20001-2131 March 11, 2011
ROUTE! Be Your Own THE DAILY CLASSI- ignation as District of decedent who do not re- to the probate of de- CREDITORS
Administration No. Name of newspaper: having filed a complaint
ceive a copy of this no-
Boss! 25 Machines + FIED CONNECTION. Columbia agent has
tice by mail within 25
cedent¬s will) shall
cedent’s will) shall bebe AND NOTICE TO 2011ADM149 Afro-American for judgment changing
been filed with the Reg- filed with the Register of UNKNOWN HEIRS LaVatte Daisy Johnson
Candy All for $9995. For $199 per day - Get ister of Wills, D.C. days of its first publica- Wills, D.C., 515 5th Denise Brown, whose aka
Hubert P Rivens Washington Law
Reporter name to LaVatte Daisy
877-915-8222 All Major Ad Placement 5 Days The decedent owned tion shall so inform the Street, N.W., 3rd Floor address is 2300 Good Hubert Pressley Shirley Rivens Smith Turner and having ap-
Register of Wills, includ-
Credit Cards Accepted! Per Week in 14 Major the following District of
ing name, address and
Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Hope Road SE, Apt. 512 Rivens Personal plied to the court for an
Colombia real property: 20001, on or before Washington DC 20020 Decedent Representative Order of Publication of
Daily Newspapers in 719 Kennedy Street NW relationship. September 11, 2011. was appointed personal Theodora H. Brown 202-635-3138 the notice required by
Washington, Maryland Washington DC 2011. Date of Publication: Claims against the de- representative of the Esq TRUE TEST COPY law in such cases; it is
Furniture and DC. With a reader- Claims against the de- March 4, 2011 cedent shall be pre- estate of Rosa Lee Law Office of REGISTER OF WILLS by the Court this 11th
cedent may be pre- Name of newspaper: sented to the under- Abney, who died on Theodora H Brown
ship of 2.8 million, few Afro-American 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 day of March 2011,
sented to the under- signed with a copy to the September 20, 2010 PLLC hereby.
Cherry Bedroom Set. people miss the opportu- signed and filed with the Washington Law Register of Wills or filed without a will, and will 3127 Cherry Road NE Superior Court of ORDERED, that all per-
nity to be up to date with Register of Wills for the Reporter with the Register of Wills serve without Court su- Washington DC 20018 the District of sons concerned show
Solid Wood, never used, Donna R. Washington with a copy to the under- Columbia
our local, regional and District of Columbia, 515 pervision. All unknown Attorney cause, if any there be,
brand new in factory 5th Street NW 3rd Floor, Personal signed, on or before heirs and heirs whose Civil Division on or before the 18th
national news. Space is Representative NOTICE OF
boxes. English Dovetail. Washington DC 20001 September 11, 2011 or whereabouts are un- APPOINTMENT,
Case No. 1731-2011 day of April 2011, why
limited - Call now for within 6 months from the 202-277-6480 be forever barred. Per- known shall enter their IN RE:
Original cost $4500. Sell TRUE TEST COPY NOTICE TO Konstantin Steven
the prayers of said com-
date of first publication sons believed to be appearance in this plaint should not be
for $895. Can deliver. immediate placement to- REGISTER OF WILLS heirs or legatees of the CREDITORS Baugh-Ruschman
of this notice. (Strike proceeding. Objections granted; provided that a
Call Tom 240-482-8721 day 410-721-4000x19 or preceding sentence if no 3/4, 3/11, 3/18 decedent who do not re- to such appointment
AND NOTICE TO Applicant copy of this order be
visit our website: www. real estate.)
Superior Court of
ceive a copy of this no- shall be filed with the Shirely Rivens, whose ORDER OF published once a week
Earl Banks tice by mail within 25 Register of Wills, D.C., address is 2000 Upshur PUBLICATION for three consecutive
Personal days of its first publica- 515 5th Street, N.W., Street, NE Washington weeks before said day
ROOM SET. In origi- Representative(s) Columbia tion shall so inform the 3rd Floor Washington, DC 20018 was ap- Konstantin Steven in the Afro-American
VACATION Civil Division Register of Wills, includ- D.C. 20001, on or be- pointed personal repre- Baugh-Ruschman hav- Newspapers.
nal plastic, never used. 410-929-8793
Case No. 0001661-11
TRUE TEST COPY ing name, address and fore September 11, sentative of the estate of ing filed a complaint for 0 that pursuant to SCR-
Orig price $3000, Sac- RENTALS REGISTER OF WILLS IN RE: relationship. 2011. 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
rifice $975. Can deliver. Date of first publication: Gertrude Clark Date of Publication: decedent shall be pre- Hubert Pressley Rivens, K o n s t a n t i n S t e v e n the applicant's creditors
Call Bill 301-841-7565 OCEAN CITY, March 4, 2011 Applicant March 11, 2011 sented to the under- who died on November Baugh-Ruschman name by registered or certified
MARYLAND. Best Name of newspapers ORDER OF Name of newspaper: signed with a copy to the 22, 2010 with a will, and to Constantine Steven mail and that proof of
and/or periodical: PUBLICATION Afro-American Register of Wills or filed will serve without Court Baugh-Ruschman and service of mailing be
selection of affordable The Daily Washington CHANGE OF NAME Washington Law with the Register of Wills supervision. All un- having applied to the made in the manner pro-
HEALTH & rentals. Full/ partial Law Reporter Gertrude Clark having Reporter with a copy to the under- known heirs and heirs court for an Order of vided in SCR Probate
MENTAL weeks. Call for FREE The Afro-American filed a complaint for Ann H. Ressing signed, on or before whose whereabouts are Publication of the notice Rule 19(b).
3/4, 3/11, 3/18 judgment changing Ger- Personal September 11, 2011, or unknown shall enter required by law in such JUDGE
brochure. Open daily. Representative be forever barred. Per- their appearance in this cases; it is by the Court A TRUE COPY TEST:
trude Clark name to
IF YOU USED TYPE Holiday Real Estate. Superior Court of
Mary Helen Clark and TRUE TEST COPY sons believed to be proceeding. Objections this 7th day of March 3/18, 3/25, 4/1
the District of heirs or legatees of the to such appointment (or 2011, hereby.
2 DIABETES DRUG 1-800-638-2102. Online District of Columbia having applied to the
3/11, 3/18, 3/25 decedent who do not re- to the probate of de- ORDERED, that all per-
AVANDIA between reservations: PROBATE DIVISION court for an Order of
ceive a copy of this no- cedent¬s sons concerned show THE DISTRICT OF Washington, D.C. Publication of the notice cedent’s will)
will) shall
shall bebe COLUMBIA
1999- present and 20001-2131 required by law in such Latitia Brent your tice by mail within 25 filed with the Register of cause, if any there be, PROBATE DIVISION
days of its first publica- Wills, D.C., 515 5th on or before the 6th day
suffered a stroke or Administration No. cases; it is by the Court 1999 Cadillac will be Washington, D.C.
sold or claimed for tion shall so inform the Street, N.W., 3rd Floor of April 2011, why the 20001-2131
heart attack you may be 2011ADM140 this 3 day of March 2011 Register of Wills, includ- Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . prayers of said com-
Henry B. McCall hereby. payment on March Administration No.
entitled to aka 29, 2011 at 1644 ing name, address and 20001, on or before plaint should not be 2011ADM184
ORDERED, that all per- relationship. granted; provided that a
compensation. Attorney Henry Brisco McCall sons concerned show
Trinidad Ave NE at September 11, 2011. copy of this order be Estate of
12pm Date of Publication:
Charles Johnson Decedent Claims against the de- published once a week Elizabeth Anne

cause, if any there be, March 11, 2011 cedent shall be pre- for three consecutive Osborne
1-800-535-5727 NOTICE OF on or before the 1st day Name of newspaper:
APPOINTMENT, sented to the under- weeks before said day Deceased
of April 2011, why the Superior Court of Afro-American signed with a copy to the in the Afro-American NOTICE OF
NOTICE TO the District of Washington Law
prayers of said com- Register of Wills or filed newspaper. STANDARD
AND NOTICE TO plaint should not be District of Columbia Reporter with the Register of Wills PROBATE
PROBATE DIVISION Denise Brown with a copy to the under- JUDGE
DRIVERS granted; provided that a
UNKNOWN HEIRS Washington, D.C. Personal signed, on or before A TRUE COPY TEST: Notice is hereby given
Carolyn Awkard, whose copy of this order be 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 that a petition has been
published once a week 20001-2131 Representative September 11, 2011, or filed in this Court by
address is 803 Festival Administration No. TRUE TEST COPY
Court, Mitchellville MD for three consecutive be forever barred. Per- Superior Court of Leonard C. Pederson Jr.
TRUCK DRIVERS weeks before said day 2011ADM154 REGISTER OF WILLS sons believed to be the District of for standard probate,
20721 was appointed ROSA LEE ABNEY 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 heirs or legatees of the
WANTED! personal representative in the Afro-American Columbia including the appoint-
2011 PAY RAISE!UP of the estate of Henry B. newspapers. decedent who do not re- Civil Division ment of one or more
TO $.52 PER MILE! McCall aka Henry Brisco JUDGE
Archie L. Palmore
Esq SUBSCRIBE ceive a copy of this no- Case No. 0001888-11 personal representative.
McCall, who died on A TRUE COPY TEST: tice by mail within 25 IN RE: Unless a complaint or
HOME WEEKENDS! November 20, 2010 with 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Metro-Plex II,
8201 Corporate Drive TODAY! days of its first publica- LaVatte Daisy an objection in accor-
a will, and will serve tion shall so inform the Johnson dance with Superior
Suite 1120 Register of Wills, includ- Applicant Court Probate Division
without Court supervi- Landover MD 20785
sion. All unknown heirs ing name, address and ORDER OF Rule 407 is filed in this
Attorney relationship. PUBLICATION Court within 30 days
and heirs whose NOTICE OF
whereabouts are un- Date of Publication: CHANGE OF NAME from the date of first
PROBATE known shall enter their
Notice is hereby given the District of appearance in this
that a petition has been District of Columbia
proceeding. Objections
filed in this Court by PROBATE DIVISION
to such appointment (or
Leonard C. Pederson Jr. Washington, D.C.
to the probate of de-

for standard probate, cedent¬s will) shall be
Administration No.
including the appoint-
ment of one or more 2011ADM168 filed with the Register of
Wills, D.C., 515 5th
The Afro-American, March 19, 2011 - March 25, 2011, The Afro-American
personal representative. Lawrence Lee Jones
Decedent Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
LEGAL a complaint
NOTICES or Wa s h i n g t oNOTICES
n, D.C.
an objection in accor- LEGAL
S. Parker LEGAL
1822-11th Street NW 20001, on or before
dance with Superior April 17, 2011. Claims
Court Probate Division Washington DC 20001
Attorney against the decedent
Rule 407 is filed in this shall be presented to the

Court within 30 days undersigned with a copy
from the date of first APPOINTMENT,
NOTICE TO to the Register of Wills
publication of this notice, or filed with the Register
the Court may take the CREDITORS
AND NOTICE TO of Wills with a copy to
action hereinafter set the undersigned, on or
Yv o n n e P D u n c a n , before April 17, 2011, or

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Ordered any interested be forever barred. Per-
whose address is 1843-

person to show cause sons believed to be
why the provisions of 24th Street NE, #102
Washington DC 20002 heirs or legatees of the
the lost or destroyed will decedent who do not re-
dated October 8, 2009 was appointed personal
representative of the ceive a copy of this no-
should not be admitted tice by mail within 25
estate of Lawrence Lee

to probate as expressed days of its first publica-
Jones, who died on
in the petition tion shall so inform the
December 2, 2010 with
Register of Wills Register of Wills, includ-
a will, and will serve
Clerk of the ing name, address and
without Court supervi-
Probate Division relationship.
sion. All unknown heirs
Date of First Publication and heirs whose Anne Meister

March 18, 2011 whereabouts are un- Register of Wills
Names of Newspapers: known shall enter their Clerk of the
Washington appearance in this Probate Division
Law Reporter proceeding. Objections Date of First Publication
Washington to such appointment (or March 18, 2011
AFRO-AMERICAN to the probate of de- Names of Newspapers:
Leonard Pederson Jr. cedent¬s will) shall
shall bebe Washington Law
5039 Connecticut Ave
cedent’s will)
filed with the Register of Reporter
NW Bldg 3 Wills, D.C., 515 5th Washington
Washington DC 20008 Street, N.W., 3rd Floor AFRO-AMERICAN
Signature of Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Marianne L. Smith
Petitioners/Attorney 20001, on or before 1501 N. Highview Lane
3/18, 3/25, 4/1 September 18, 2011. #304
Superior Court of Claims against the de- Alexandria VA 22311
the District of cedent shall be pre- 703-379-9749
District of Columbia sented to the under- Signature of
PROBATE DIVISION signed with a copy to the Petitioners/Attorney
Washington, D.C. Register of Wills or filed 3-18
20001-2131 with the Register of Wills
Administration No. with a copy to the under- INVITATION FOR BIDS NO. PM5179A11
2011ADM170 signed, on or before INVITATION FOR BIDS NO. PM5179A11
Donald J. Rooney September 18, 2011, or
be forever barred. Per- The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commis-
Decedent sion is soliciting bids for the following:
Anthony P. Interdonato sons believed to be
heirs or legatees of the Contract Title: Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite
12604 Glen Road Quantity Contract for Sewer Main, Sewer
Potomac, MD 20854 decedent who do not re-
Attorney ceive a copy of this no- House Connection, and Manhole Repair, Re-
NOTICE OF tice by mail within 25 placement, and Renewals in Paint Branch,
APPOINTMENT, days of its first publica- Lower Anacostia, and Beaverdam Basins,
NOTICE TO tion shall so inform the Prince George’s
George¬s and Montgomery Counties,
CREDITORS Register of Wills, includ- Maryland.
AND NOTICE TO ing name, address and Bid Due Date: April 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
UNKNOWN HEIRS relationship.
Date of Publication:
Submit Offers to: Washington Suburban
Walter F. Rooney, whose ad- Sanitary Commission
dress is 500 Crestwood March 18, 2011
Drive #1304, Charlottesville Name of newspaper: Bond Information: $100,000 bid bond re-
VA. 22903 was appointed Afro-American quired.
personal representative of Washington Law Additional Information: Pre-Bid Conference
the estate of Donald J.
Rooney, who died on Feb- Reporter scheduled for Monday, March 21, 2011, at
ruary 8, 2011 with a will, and Yvonne P. Duncan 10:30 a.m.
will serve without Court su- Personal See website at
pervision. All unknown heirs Representative for moreinformation and to obtain a bid
and heirs whose 202-399-7969 package.
whereabouts are unknown TRUE TEST COPY
shall enter their appearance
Contact: Questions pertaining to this solicita-
in this proceeding. Objec-
3/18, 3/25, 4/1 tion should be directed to Ms. Evita Fields,
tions to such appointment Acquisition Consultant Assistant; telephone
(or to the probate of de-
cedent’s will)
cedent¬s will)shall
shall be
be filed Superior Court of number: 301-206-8549; e-mail address:
with the Register of Wills, the District of
D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., District of Columbia
3rd Floor Washington, D.C. PROBATE DIVISION
20001, on or before Washington, D.C.
September 18, 2011. Claims
against the decedent shall
Administration No. PM5239A11
be presented to the under-
signed with a copy to the 2011ADM211 INVITATION FOR BIDS NO. PM5239A11
Register of Wills or filed with Homero C. Lurns The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commis-
the Register of Wills with a Decedent sion is soliciting bids for the following:
copy to the undersigned, on David Booth Beers, Contract Title: Lateral/Sewer House Connec-
or before September 18,
2011, or be forever barred. Esq tion and Renewals in Montgomery and
Persons believed to be heirs Goodwin Procter LLP Prince George¬s
George’s Counties
or legatees of the decedent 901 New York Avenue Bid Due Date: March 29, 2011 at 10 a.m.
who do not receive a copy NW Washington DC Submit Offers to: Washington Suburban
of this notice by mail within 20001
25 days of its first publica- Attorney
Sanitary Commission
tion shall so inform the Reg-
NOTICE OF Bond Information: $100,000 bid bond re-
ister of Wills, including
name, address and relation-
ship. NOTICE TO Additional Information: Pre-Bid Conference
Date of Publication: CREDITORS scheduled for March 15 at 10:30 a.m. See
March 18, 2011 AND NOTICE TO website at for
Name of newspaper: UNKNOWN HEIRS more information and to obtain a bid pack-
Washington Law
Bernard A. LeBeau, age.
Reporter whose address is 3640 Contact: Questions pertaining to this solicita-
Walter F. Rooney Fessenden Street NW tion should be directed to Ms. Evita Fields,
Personal Washington DC 20008 Acquisition
Representative was appointed personal
434-984-0881 representative of the
Consultant Assistant; telephone number:
TRUE TEST COPY estate of Homero C. 301-206-8549; e-mail address:
Lurns, who died on July
3/18, 3/25, 4/1
21, 2010 with a will, and
Superior Court of will serve without Court
the District of supervision. All un- Invitation to Attend
District of Columbia known heirs and heirs CherryHill
Cherry HillConstruction’s
Construction¬s MBE/WBE
MBE.WBE Outreach
PROBATE DIVISION whose whereabouts are Cherry Hill Construction, Inc. will be hosting an
Washington, D.C. unknown shall enter outreach event for MBE & WBE subcontracting
20001-2131 their appearance in this firms at our main office located at 8211 Washing-
Administration No. proceeding. Objections ton Blvd Jessup, MD 20794. The event will be held
2011ADM189 to such appointment (or on April 29th 2011 from 8-11 am and 1-4 pm.
Edythe Perguson to the probate of de- There is limited space available and interested
Decedent cedent¬s will) shall
cedent’s will) shall bebe firms are asked to RSVP for one of the two time
Thomas L Campbell, filed with the Register of slots by April 1st, 2011. Please go to our website;
Esq Wills, D.C., 515 5th under
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contactcontact Tim Gilmore
Tim Gilmore at 410-
NE Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . at 410-799-2362
799-2362 for additional
for additional information.
Washington DC 20019 20001, on or before
Attorney March 18, 2011. Claims EMPLOYMENT
NOTICE OF against the decedent
APPOINTMENT, shall be presented to the
NOTICE TO Part-time employment opportunities are available
undersigned with a copy for candidates in the Washington DC area to work
CREDITORS to the Register of Wills as Field Interviewers on a social research project.
AND NOTICE TO or filed with the Register Pay rate for the Washington DC area is $13.00/hr.
UNKNOWN HEIRS of Wills with a copy to Interviewers are reimbursed for mileage and ex-
Angela Walker Suttles, the undersigned, on or penses. An additional $2.00/hr. differential will be
whose address is 4820 before March 18, 2011, given to hires who are verified as certified Spanish
Dix Street, NE Washing- or be forever barred. speakers. Higher starting rates for applicants with
ton DC 20019 was ap- Persons believed to be prior interviewing data collection experience may
pointed personal repre- heirs or legatees of the be available. No college degree required. For a
sentative of the estate of decedent who do not re- full description of the project and to apply, please
Edythe Ferguson, who ceive a copy of this no- visit our website at:
died on February 8, tice by mail within 25 The University of Michigan is an affirmative action/
2011 with a will, and will days of its first publica- equal opportunity employer. 1-877-712-7284.
serve without Court su- tion shall so inform the
pervision. All unknown Register of Wills, includ-
heirs and heirs whose ing name, address and

Strictly Personal
whereabouts are un- relationship.

known shall enter their Date of Publication:

appearance in this March 18, 2011
proceeding. Objections
to such appointment (or
Name of newspaper:
Afro-American Pen Pals
to the probate of de- Washington Law
cedent¬s will) shall
cedent’s will) shall bebe Reporter
filed with the Register of
Wills, D.C., 515 5th
Bernard A. LeBeau
Personal Looking for girl 19-29. Contate William, good pay, clean
Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
apt., white male, 410-458-2480.
20001, on or before
September 18, 2011.
Claims against the de-
cedent shall be pre-
3/18, 3/25, 4/1 Truthful man seeking spiritual pen pals. Womb my emana-
sented to the under-
THE DISTRICT OF tion. Law is unification. Breath, knowledge and conscious-
signed with a copy to the
Register of Wills or filed COLUMBIA
PROBATE DIVISION ness! William Piggie, P.O. Box 565, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312
with the Register of Wills
with a copy to the under- Washington, D.C.
20001-2131 ---
signed, on or before
September 18, 2011, or Administration No.
Lonesome Hearts - Pen Pals
be forever barred. Per-
sons believed to be Estate of
heirs or legatees of the Anthony Sylvester
decedent who do not re- Smith To have a notice published in the Strictly Personal Section,
ceive a copy of this no- Deceased
tice by mail within 25 NOTICE OF write the message you want printed in the space below.
days of its first publica- APPOINTMENT,
tion shall so inform the NOTICE TO Enclose ten dollars ($10.00), check or money order for 25
Register of Wills, includ- CREDITORS
ing name, address and AND NOTICE TO words. NO CASH PLEASE. Additional words will cost 50
Date of Publication: Marianne L Smith, cents each.
March 18, 2011 whose address is 1501
Name of newspaper: North Highview Lane,
Afro-American #304, Alexandria VA
Washington 22311 was appointed
Law Reporter personal representative
Angela Walker Suttles of the estate of Anthony
Personal Sylvester Smith, who
Representative died on December 2,
TRUE TEST COPY 2011 with a will, and will
serve without Court su- To answer a Lonesome Heart notice, enclose a check or
3/18, 3/25, 4/1 pervision. All unknown
heirs and heirs whose
money order for $2.00 for each letter you wish to have
Superior Court of
the District of
whereabouts are un-
known shall enter their
forwarded. NO CASH PLEASE. Be sure to include the fox
District of Columbia
appearance in this
proceeding. Objections
number of the person you wish to contact.
Washington, D.C. to such appointment (or
20001-2131 to the probate of de-
Administration No.
cedent’s will) shall shall bebe All letters, queries and notices should be sent to:
filed with the Register of
Lawrence Lee Jones
Wills, D.C., 515 5th STRICTLY PERSONAL
Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
Darrel S. Parker Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 2519 N. Charles Street
1822-11th Street NW 20001, on or before
Washington DC 20001 April 17, 2011. Claims
Attorney against the decedent
NOTICE OF shall be presented to the
APPOINTMENT, undersigned with a copy
NOTICE TO to the Register of Wills
B8 The Afro-American, March 19, 2011 - March 25, 2011

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