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Morgan Shares in $95.8 Million Civil Rights Leaders Grant; Largest in School History Ask Congress to Reconsider Cuts
Special to the AFRO Morgan State University will receive a landmark $28.5 million portion of a massive $95.8 million, fiveyear grant from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The grant, which allows the East Baltimore school to conduct research supporting NASA’s Earth and space science projects, is the largest in Morgan’s 144-year history. Morgan will now play an integral part in the Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research Studies and Investigations (GESTAR) research team. “This grant represents a significant recognition of the quality of Morgan’s academic programs and research in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics),” says Dallas R. Evans, chairman of Morgan’s Board of Regents, in a prepared statement. “I am proud that NASA has acknowledged the talent of the students on our campus by selecting Morgan as a partner in GESTAR.” The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) will lead the GESTAR participants, which includes Morgan professors and graduate students. The team will study some of the most prolific and pertinent issues in modern science, including atmospheric chemistry, polar climate change, oceanography and more. School President Dr. David Wilson, who announced plans to double grants and research at Morgan in 10 years during his inaugural speech, celebrated the grant and its potential impact on students. “Morgan is committed to its graduates being strong, not just in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields but also in critical thinking and global awareness and that is exactly what this grant will do,” said Wilson in a statement. “I am convinced that through this partnership our students will be provided with even richer experiences and many more opportunities, for example, to do internships at NASA. On the other hand, NASA benefits from having access to a more diverse body of talent from which to recruit in the future.” It was Morgan’s commitment to STEM disciplines that prompted USRA to select the school for its elite research team. Morgan boasts doctoral programs in bioenvironmental sciences, the state-of-the-art Richard N. Dixon Center for Science Research and the Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies, which is currently being built. Baltimore officials reacted to news of Morgan’s historic grant, including Sen. Joan Carter Conway, Dist. 43, who lauded NASA’s partnership with the school. “I am elated to hear that Morgan was selected for this partnership with USRA and NASA,” said Conway in a press release. “This really affirms the University’s stature in the higher education community as one of the nation’s leaders in producing African-American scientists and engineers.” Among the objectives of the GESTAR team is to “increase the involvement of minority and women scientists in earth science research.” The Johns Hopkins University and the I.M. Systems Group will join Morgan and USRA as members of the GESTAR team. By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Leaders from the National Pan-Hellenic Council along with National Urban League President Marc Morial are using the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death to reinforce his dream. The leaders want truly want to see equality for all Americans. “At a time when the needs of the Black community, the needs of poor people, and the needs of children are increasing,” Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, said, “we’re cutting the very people who need help the most.” The group is upset with Congress for cutting major programs which would aid many minorities in achieving that Dr. King’s dream. They believe a line has been crossed on Capitol Hill and it’ll have negative affects on people of color. “Under the current leadership in America it appears that we are bragging about the largest cuts in domestic annual spending in this nation’s history,” said Kappa Alpha Psi Grand Polemarch Dwayne M. Murray. “We fail to mention that their cuts will cut job training for the unemployed at a time when more than 13 million Americans are out of work.” Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., agreed with Murray
“Make no mistake about it; those that argue that cutting these programs will create jobs have not one scintilla of evidence, not one report, and not one economist that has stood behind them on that point.”
– Marc Morial
saying that these budget cuts are being made on the backs of America’s lower-class, especially single mothers and their children. “[Congress] has decided to balance Continued on A3
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By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has proposed to cut library and 311 hours, restructure city employee health benefit plans and halve the city’s contribution to recreation centers in an attempt to close a $65 million budget gap. Her budget proposal, released last week, cuts 10 percent of the city’s administration costs without raising taxes and only charging an undetermined fee for trash pickup.
New Alleged Malcolm X Assassin Fingered in New Book
Author, Manning Marable, Scholar and Activist, Dies before Publication
By AFRO Staff Myths about Malcolm X—his life, his beliefs and especially his death—continue to abound decades after his assassination at the age 39. Longtime Malcolm X scholar Manning Marable attempts to deconstruct the Black icon’s life and offers “explosive” new revelations into Malcolm’s death in his new book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Marable will not experience what could be the highpoint of his career, however. On April 1, just days before his book’s launch on April 4, the scholar, writer, lecturer, and civil rights activist who founded the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University, died at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City after a long illness. He was 60. “As Malcolm X died shortly before the release of his [first] autobiography, Marable died three days before the publication of his life’s work. And as Malcolm lived on through his best-selling autobiography, so will Marable, through his unmatched body of writing, his educational contributions, his illuminations on Malcolm X’s legacy and his devoted students,” said Maytha Alhassen, a doctoral student in American studies and ethnicity at University of Southern California who worked as a research assistant for Dr. Marable. Alhassen made those statements in a CNN.com commentary about her mentor. Ten years in the making, A Life of Reinvention tells the “neverbefore-told true story of [Malcolm’s] assassination,” according to publisher Viking Press. Based on years of research, including interviews, culled from his work with The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University, the book Continued on A4
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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake supports recruitment of hundreds of new officers. She called the budget decisions difficult, but “the right thing to do.” “Through sacrifice and smart budgeting, we will ensure that city government tightens its belt to get more value for every tax dollar by doing what families are doing every day: making tough choices about what we can afford and focusing our scarce resources on core priorities,” she said. City employees would still endure furloughs but lower-paid workers would see a 2 percent cost of living boost. An overhauled health benefits package for city staff and retirees would save $5 million this year and $10 million next year by encouraging workers to buy generic prescription drugs through higher co-pays for brand names and lower co-pays for generics. The proposal cuts Enoch Pratt Library hours, eliminates 35 library Continued on A4
“Through sacrifice and smart budgeting, we will ensure that city government tightens its belt to get more value for every tax dollar by doing what families are doing every day.”
– Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
While the plan is based on a $2.7 billion city budget, over 8 percent less than last year, it increases the operating budget by $26 million and decreases the capital plan by 40 percent. At a press briefing, RawlingsBlake insisted that her proposal fully funds schools, street repairs and blight elimination through her Vacants to Value initiative. It also flatlines funds to the police and fire departments and
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Obama Re-election Launches with E-mail, Website WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama formally launched his reelection campaign today. And he’s urging grass-roots supporters central to his first White House run to mobilize again to protect the change he’s brought over the past two years. The official start of his second White House bid comes amid three wars, a budget fight with Congress, and sluggish economic recovery. It also comes 20 months before the November 2012 election. Obama sent an e-mail to more than 13 million supporters announcing his candidacy. In it, he says lasting change never comes quickly or easily. And he says mobilizing needs to start to protect the progress that’s already been made.
The campaign is based in Chicago. Many of the same people from his first bid remain involved, including former campaign manager David Plouffe, who now is in the White House, and chief political strategist David Axelrod. National Urban League Declares ‘War on Unemployment’ WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2011) – With urban and minority communities mired in economic uncertainty, the
National Urban League (NUL) declared “war on unemployment” with the recent release of the “2011 State of Black America” report. “Our nation has declared war on poverty… war on drugs…even war on obesity,” said NUL President and CEO Marc H. Morial in a prepared statement. “The National Urban League calls on Washington to declare war on unemployment, and urban America is the battlefront. As urban communities go, so goes America, and unless those communities have access to jobs and are fully prepared to excel and innovate in those jobs, the nation’s economic recovery is meaningless.” “The State of Black America,” issued annually by the National Urban League since 1976, centers on an Equality Index, which ranks Blacks and Latinos against White Americans on issues such as income, homeownership, health insurance and education. This year’s Equality Index of Black America stands at 71.5 percent a 0.6 percent decline from last year. The Equality Index of Latino America, included for the second time this year, stands at 76.8, compared to a 2010 index of 76.6 percent. The report was released at a town hall event at Howard University and moderated by awardwinning journalists Roland Martin and Jeff Johnson.
Haiti’s New President Promises Change Amid Poverty, Corruption Michel Martelly’s ascendancy to Haiti’s presidential seat marks an unexpected evolution in the Caribbean country’s history. On April 4, Martelly, 50, beat out opponent, professor and Haiti’s former first lady Mirlande Manigat, 70, with a landslide 67 percent of the votes, The Associated Press reported. The island nation’s past is peppered with corrupt leaders and nepotism, perhaps most evident in the 29-year father-son Duvalier regime, which resulted in the deaths of an estimated 300,000 Haitians and a seemingly endless economic slump. But Martelly, a carnival singer known more for his lascivious lyrics than political insight, says he will bring change to Haiti with a focus on “action, recovery and renewal,” according to his campaign website. His outsider status among the country’s close knit political circles may have been the deciding factor in his victory, however. Throughout the elections, Manigat’s camp painted Martelly as an uneducated, immoral candidate who would only throw Haiti’s already fragile socioeconomic state into further disarray. But in an interview with CNN, Martelly said he is a man of the people. “I’ve been on the ground with [the Haitian people] for 22 years. The people know me. I represent the light at the end of the tunnel.”
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from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Jennifer Hudson and other Tribune, the boy had been shot relatives positively identified multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family On March 29, the Senate passed a $14.6 other corner andmembers every kid I knew literally arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afterbillion operating budget for the state and hung out at them. noon to identify by the city. Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie RawlingsAnd not all of them were runthe body. Given were privately funded Blake presented her budget for the city the In fact, several of themthe choice between looking directly at the body or same week, which included about $65 million and operated. I went to a summer day camp viewing it on a wall-mounted in cuts. Of course, the cuts (and a lack of on Garrison Boulevard in a church near the Courtesy Photos property tax relief), is what everybody is corner of Liberty Heights that also functioned Jennifer on, especially if the mom, Darnell Donerson who focused Hudson and her budget axe cuts as s recreation center for kids. The church was was close to as well as her brother, Jason. too killed, home. shuttered and abandoned years ago, but simply “You can’t manage your way out of the put, these placesvideo a lot of theout of trouble. kept screen, us family chose great recession. You need to leadplate X584859 was found on 10 the latter. According to the your way out Less than years later crack imploded the body of her 7-year-old of the Monday, just hours Chicago’s West many of Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephewgreat recession,” said Rawlings-Blake in Side after America’s big cities, including reference to was found in a police received Baltimore, that’s him.” after his body the massive financial challenges a 7 a.m. call and the ensuing epidemics of faced by many big city mayors. murder and wretchedness vaporized huge Among the items potentially on the swaths of benevolence and consumed mayor’s chopping block, or perhaps more myriad manpower and tax dollars. Baltimore accurately the reduction block: a few recreation centers have been struggling to firehouses, libraries, 311 service, swimming remain open ever since. pools and recreation centers. Rawlings-Blake said more than half of the When I was a little boy growing up in Cowboys players recreation wonder Obama’s campaign is city’s 55 No centers would be turned and Dallas By Alan King the 1970s “rec” centers were ubiquitous in and Terrell Owens, over to nonprofits or other third-party groups. trying to distance him from the Tony Romo AFRO Staff Writer Baltimore City. They seemed to be on every But, if groups group, saying, take over the among the names submitted to don’t step up to“Barack Obama Never Organized with ACORN.” election officials. Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes Associated Community ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed Organization for Reform Now – sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the success of the By Shernay Williams other, but you never has surBlake had planned a “The evidence that know But now ACORN is in trouble. organization, the head of the AFRO Staff Writer what some shows they faked crazy person is community walk to promote faced so far Reporter: There are at least group says. going to get paid for work they to do.” safety in the area the the 11 investigations acrossday after “This is testimony to the work forms A done and success we’ve On March stuff ballot the murder. During the march, country involving thousands of we’veweek after her gruesome didn’t do, not to29 Blackwell, murder, several teddy bears, 18, wasACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN Rawlings-Blake said she boxes.” found dead in the had,” Maude Hurd, president of flowers and cards lay strewn upstairs bedroom of her understood the heartbreak of victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview on the sidewalk before Jhoma Remington home, with losing a loved Massive voter tor of it. Announcer: one. with the AFRO. Hurd stab wounds. fraud. And the Obama campaign “When this attack started, we multiplesaid the only things Blackwell’s home. A child’s “I can’t diminish what bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000at an had just announced that we had pencil drawing of what looks Television news reports say (the family) is feeling to selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote registered and a large flower like a girl 1.3 million new vot- is her father found the body, all,” she told reporters. “I’m agrees. ers,” she a porch wall. to say and neighbors heard shouting efforts. said. “That’s just taped to committed to working with It concluded, “Neither thatOne man, who lives three someone’s running scared coming from the house earlier Pressuring banks to issue risky the police force, the detectives ACORN Soon employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” doors down from Blackwell, that day. nor its after arriving to get to the bottom of what been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, her is a quiet remembers whoas running for on the scene, police carried happened.” Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent homebody. “It’s scary. You Blackwell’s 2-year-old niece Authorities remain tightvotes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the never know what’s going to outThethe home. of problem came about prilipped about possible suspects final debate against Barack happen,” said Robert Cole. “is marily because Baltimore Ironically, of the way as Since McCain’s comments, the investigation continues. Obama, contending the group “You try to look out for each Mayor Stephanie Rather than RawlingsPolice spokesman Jeremy ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Silbert said officials and rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threatshave no ing one of the greatest frauds in new mail. ple, many of them poor or unem- racist updates on the case, but voter history in this country, said heday after the presidential ployed, to sign up new voters. The doesn’t believe the maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those debate, vandalsrandom act of killing was a broke into the democracy.” Factcheck.org, a A1 violence. Continued fromnon-partisan being registered and those doing organization’s Boston and Seattle the registration. offices and stole computers. to Web site, found those claims to The AFRO’s attempts the“exaggerated,” with “no eviCongressional leaders want a Maud explained, “We have After a Cleveland representative be budget by going after contact Blackwell’s family non-security such democracyto cut are not policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail 4, zero tolerance the programs dence of any discretionary went unanswered April was spending; proposing to thatfalsification of registration.” ate have thrown the nation sent a woman who identified destroying fraud.” but to the local office saying she Most deficit. He says the drastically cut orthe McCain into this news account neglect to “is going toBlackwell’s eldest Hurd believes completely herself as have her life ended.” point out expenditures A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically eliminate social safety motivat- unendingthat ACORN is on sister appeared in a fiverequired by law brought all a threatening call sayed. net programs that help two wars have to turn in the reg- receivedYouTube video she minute istration forms. And of near fail ing, “We know you get off work they also She said,most in need,” “Because it’s lowAmericans nation to the point to note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, Butler-McIntyre said. “When bankruptcy. “Two unpaid-for tion, have led to a doubling, A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the warsin many instances, that first they target programs like brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those Head Start, which provides in a 10-year period, of the to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote educational and health budget of the Department of The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesservices to low-income Defense,” he said. fine isn’t interested in those Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” children andistheir families, we points, preferring to air misleadThe group is calling on hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN no stranger to are going to rock the boat.” Congress to fund programs ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. The group is not only to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are For 38 years, the non-partisan that will protect education, asking that the cuts not besocial jobs and job training his political support. fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for made, but it isjusticecalling programs. TheyJohn these McCain: I’m say McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic also for lowHouse Republicans out on things are what people of and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 memtheir plan. Morial says that color, particularly African Obama? A man with live the ber families organized into more Americans, need to “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” the claims Republicans are baptism performed Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chapmaking that the cuts will American dream. at warp speed.” Vast here this morning ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, create more jobs isn’t truthful. “We are lege, he moved to Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has went through “If [the cuts]over the years seen to say, unequivocally, that Became a community organizer. guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advo- our national priorities are they would cost the nation There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for500,000 and 700,000 in the wrong place,” said affordable housing, between Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare for the jobs,” Morial said. “Make Wade Henderson, president branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while organno mistakeregistration drives. and CEO of the Leadershipto impressive that he was asked all you guys do. And then suck izing voter about it; those that none has been as withering Conference on Civil and train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut argue that cutting these programs will create jobs have Human Rights. “Wein Chicago one else to pay for your hospital What did ACORN are and baseless as this one. notWith scintilla of evidence, one the presidential election here to in? Bullying banks. to engage call on legislators bills for your kids. I jus’ say let not one report, and away, put their money where their Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two weeks not one economist detractorsstood the mouths are.ACORN forced this of business. The future of move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s that has allege banks depends on investments Forget about paying for hospital behind themhas engaged in mas- nationto issue risky home loans. organization on that point.” The same now, particularly bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud after we make types of loans that in In fact, Morial claims caused the people.” it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the the very programs thatreported discovery of bogus our young financial crisis we’re in today. hope you all die.” names, such as Mickey Mouse Hurd thinks the hate calls will cease soon. “In two weeks, I think these attacks will be over. But I think it will be harder for us to get our name back on good graces Identification Statements because they really trashed us in Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American the last few weeks.” Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. Subscription Rate: Baltimore - 1 Year - $30.00 (Price includes tax.) Checks for subscriptions should be made But ACORN will not be payable to: The Afro-American Newspaper Company, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD deterred. 21218-4602. 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Upton Boxing – More Than a Recreation Center
“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”
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posted fliers bearing his photograph I’m trying to stay centers by the beginning of next year, the him from the womb, soaround the city. On Sunday, either make us asked mayor said some of them could be closed. City strong because this could Jennifer Hudsonor it for Ford, who trains finding Hall has not disclosed a list of which centers could break us,” saidthe public’s help inseveral her and other her MySpace could be targeted. professional fighters nephew. InOlympic blog, Of course, our city isn’t the only one faced hopefuls like Gibbs. she thanked fans and supporters for another of those with the prospect of closing recreation centers. Lorenzo Simpson, 10, is their prayers and offered a $100,000 reward to In February, Columbus, Ohio closed more than Upton Olympic hopefuls and a good kid. anyone who returned the boy a third of its 30 centers because of budget cuts. Less than a week after Gibbs – a friend and alive. But, when I heard Rawlings-Blake – mentor – was killed,Since the investigation, Simpson demolished confronted with extremely difficult fiscal the last of the opponents hewho gained stardom Hudson – faced in route to choices – is considering closing some of the 95-pound title at National Silver Gloves after appearing on “American Baltimore’s recreation centers, one place came Tournament of Champions in Kansasan Idol,” and then won City, to my mind immediately – the Upton Boxing Mo. Academy Award for her role in Center. Simpson, who is 21-0 asDreamgirls – has the movie a boxer, told Upton, on Pennsylvania Avenue, is where the Baltimore Sun Roc’sout of the continues stayed memory public eye. The Chicago Tribune reportRonald “Roc” Gibbs – the 17-year-old to inspire and motivate him. “I knew I was Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. going to win for Roc,” Simpson said of moved ed that a parade of cars champion boxer and Olympic hopeful – slowly past March 12. home trained for five years before he was tragically the championship he won onher family’s“I A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the stabbed to death in February defending his saw him win the Silver Gloves before, so I told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after news vans, reporters and curiolder sister just steps from the family home. wanted to do it for him. I knew everyone was ous onlookers. Gibbs, a charismatic and talented fighter, depending on me.” Neighbors stood was anointed “the Roc of Upton Boxing,” and And there are a lot of kids like Simpson, it was a title he carried with grace and honor. and before he died Gibbs, who quietly and depend on reflected on the His murder hit a lot of people hard. recreation centers like Upton Boxing – safe “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted violence. Roc for havens from streets. Places ly” “I just want them to remembermurder and vehicular hijack- often treacherous the Hudson’s and was clearly its leader. In front of what he was and what he stood ing. Cook County records show home, men incourage, tragedy filled with stories of heroism, heavy jackets “She held hands with her fami- for,” his coach Calvin spokesman said. “It and to both ly,” the Ford tearfully told me when I went to that he pleaded guiltyhonor and younghooded sweatshirts came to and people seeking guidance was obviously ofvery emotional charges in 1999. He was also like kiss the twin white crosses barvisit a couple a days after Gibbs’ murder. from leaders Ford. moment.” that dude man, he was a good kid.” convicted in 1998 for posses- poignantly put it, “These aren’t and “I loved As he so ing the names of Donerson The boy – is there of Julia of good kids stolen motor vehicle. sion of a The truth the son are a lot recreation centers, these are families.” Jason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sistersafe havenHe was released from know we’re facing tough times, but Igoing at Upton. 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An Amber Alert – a designation for high-risk missing children – was issued Friday in the manner that my sister’s memories of his peer. “She after Julian was discovered life was taken – has got to be was a mature, respectful missing after the murders. a troubled soul, has got to be young woman,” he said in Police arrested William a person who has experienced a Facebook message. “We Balfour, the missing boy’s stepimmense pain of their own, always used to goof around father and estranged husband has got to be a person that’s in class…I don’t understand of Julia, at his girlfriend’s bound by their own demons in why someone would kill her.” Southside apartment several order to subject someone else The family held a public hours after the murders. to experience the pain that viewing for Blackwell April Balfour’s mother, Michele, has (they) caused,” she said. 6 and a funeral the following told reporters that her son had Blackwell attended Coppin day at Manna Bible Baptist nothing to do with Courtesy photo the slayings. Balfour remains suspect in Jason Hudson last fall with State University Church on Belvedere Avenue. Jhoma Blackwell,aan hopes of becoming a nurse, She will be laid to rest at 18-year-old Remington but a school spokeswoman the Interment Oak Lawn woman, was found said Blackwell had not Cemetery in Dundalk. stabbed to death in her enrolled this semester. In the second half of the bedroom March 29. According to her YouTube video, her sister HIGH addressed the murderer. “You called an official statement on SQUARE Facebook profile, Blackwell behalf of the family. She did graduated from Mergenthaler may be pondering if you are not mention her name, but the Vocational-Technical High going to get away with this… video was uploaded under the School last year and had a You may be even trying to username “sanctifiedchild.” boyfriend she’d dated since rationalize in your head that During the video, she July 5, 2010. she deserved this for whatever mused on the “callousness” Nick Copeland, a Coppin reason and you may even ON THE LIST BREAD of the killing and pleaded for student that befriended her NOTelude the authorities, but let anyone with information in during an English class last me tell you something, you the case to come forward. September, shared fond can’t elude God.” “The person or the persons responsible for this horrific RIGHT crime – to take someone’sLEFT life
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April 9, 2011 - April 9, 2011, The Afro-American
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer
Residents, Council Members Question the ‘New East Baltimore’
of permanent job placements and minority contractors involved in the plan. “You’ve got to tell us the truth,” said Councilman Carl Stokes, D-12, chair of the Council’s taxation, finance and economic committee. “If we have to drill down, that’s a problem.” According to Nelson, the EBDI’s workforce program placed almost 3,000 individuals in living wage jobs, but he did not have job placement figures for residents directly affected by the renewal project or the breakdown of industries where workers were placed. In a PowerPoint slide, he showed the project awarded $67 million in contracts to minority and women owned businesses, but the figures only equated to $5.1 million or 23 Black firms from East Baltimore. The remaining $61 million incorporated contracts with local firms, other racial minority groups and women-owned businesses. “When we ask for numbers, we are not talking about minorities, we are talking about African Americans and people affected in this community,” Stokes clarified. “There is no reason for the low numbers I’m hearing tonight,” Councilman Warren Branch, D-13, chimed in. The EBDI project area is almost completely housed in his district. “We shouldn’t have anybody looking for a job with the amount of money we are talking about.” Nelson, who has worked in various capacities with EBDI for eight years, sat solemnly through the complaints. When the renewal project began renaissance in the community that would woo mixed-income residents with quality housing, office retail space, a grocery store, a Marc train station and a permanent pre-k through eighth grade school. Nine years after developers released sketches for the “New Middle East,” they’ve relocated hundreds and produced several buildings for scholarly pursuits forever?” “People would like to see housing right now before another building goes up,” Stokes added. Nelson asserts that although the company “needs to do a better job” building structures that benefit the uprooted Middle East community, the renewal project is recognized nationwide for treating families fairly, especially through its relocation and job placement programs. But some residents don’t agree. At City Hall, one resident called EBDI staffers disrespectful, others said they were rarely informed about the development’s progress and still others noted that it took perennial community activism for EBDI to offer the housing and jobs benefits. Nelson agreed that developers need to be more “clear and transparent about taking updates to all audiences,” but added, “The East Baltimore development will succeed and it will benefit generations to come ... It’s too important to Baltimore to fail.” Said Stokes, “We’re not just disappointed. We are determined that we don’t do this again with these numbers.” He said he would call a follow-up public meeting with EBDI.
Resident after resident walked up to testify at a City Hall hearing on March 30 about their negative experiences with the long-planned East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI) project. Many were Middle East Baltimoreans forced to relocate to make way for the $1.8 billion urban renewal plan located on 88 acres north of the Johns Hopkins University campus. Rosita Martin said her parents were notified their home was slated for demolition by a notice taped on the door days before the bulldozing. She said the project “lacks due process,” and is a vicious attempt to “move Black people out of their neighborhoods.” “It’s not OK to victimize people that don’t have money,” she said. Before a packed City Council chamber, EBDI Chairman Douglas Nelson updated the Council on the project’s fiscal assessments and progress since it began almost a decade ago. After the presentation, Council members reproached Nelson and other EBDI officials for eluding questions about the exact number
“We shouldn’t have anybody looking for a job with the amount of money we are talking about.”
– Councilman Warren Branch, D-13
in 2002, seven out of 10 homes on any given block in the Middle East community were vacant and the sole neighborhood school was underperforming and slated for closure. Residents were mostly low-income Blacks. The median household income was $15,000, one of the lowest in the city and state. “Hopkins and the city did too little to address the challenges,” Nelson said. He called the EBDI revitalization scheme a “unified effort with the city and community” to “address that neglect.” EBDI was formed to craft a major but minimal housing for residents, leading many to believe the development was a ploy to build more structures for nearby Johns Hopkins. The project has received $200 million in public money. Nelson defends the pace, saying that the plan is on track to construct 2,200 new homes by 2018. “It’s all about Hopkins in this,” said Donald Gresham, a resident in the process of relocating from the project area. “Every building that went up was Hopkins and they get offended when I say this. How do you get offended when my life is going to be changed
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Last year’s plan to close city recreation centers prompted censure from local residents. This year Rawlings-Blake elected to save $1.5 million by funneling capital funding into 27 of the city’s 55 recreation centers and soliciting non-profit organizations and Baltimore City Public Schools to operate
positions and invests in 25 percent fewer books and database resources in an effort to save $700,000. The 311 non-emergency call center would have 19 fewer positions and reduce hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week to peak hours to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. six days a week.
the remaining centers. City Budget Director Andrew W. Kleine said it is unclear how many recreation centers would close, but budget documents estimate the city may shutter up to 10 centers. Although a few neighborhood and park pools would have shorter sessions, the mayor says some city pools would remain open throughout the summer. The budget slashes funding for some after-school
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Malcolm X Assassin
offers a controversial new interpretation of the Black leader’s death, naming five alleged conspirators, including the alleged triggerman, 72-year-old AlMustafa Shabazz, formerly William Bradley, of Newark, N.J. The claim was first published in a blog almost a year ago by District of Columbia historian, AbdulRahman Muhammad, 48, who writes for the Association of African American Life and History. Marable credited Muhammad in his book for the lead, which was backed by others in the Muslim community. “This book has finally settled the 46-year-old mystery of who really killed Malcolm X, or at least who fired the weapon that took his life,” Muhammad told the AFRO in an e-mail. “The historical significant of this revelation cannot be quantified. It is a stunning achievement which has written a new page in American history. Sad he couldn’t be here to receive his reward.” Regarding his stunning assertion, Muhammad said Shabazz’ identity was “an open secret.” “I relied heavily on the already existing scholarship, wherein a consensus had come to be formed around 1993 that someone named ‘William Bradley’ fired the shotgun, we just didn’t know what he looked like or what his name was today,” Muhammad said. “We did know, however, that he was living in Newark and using a Muslim name. With that information, I was able to use my contacts in the Muslim community to finally identify Shabazz as Bradley.” A mug shot provided by East Orange Sgt. Andrew Di Elmo, confirms Bradley’s alias as Al-Mustafa Shabazz. Speaking to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Shabazz’s wife, Carolyn Kelley Shabazz, said she and her husband refute the allegations. “As God, Allah, is my witness, there’s no way my husband could have had a negative thought in his head about Malcolm X,” said Carolyn Shabazz. “My husband is no more guilty about what happened with Malcolm than you or I.” The autobiography is already being hailed as the
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Image Courtesy East Orange Police Department
This mug shot provided by the East Orange, N.J. police department confirms Al-Mustafa Shabazz and William Bradley are one and the same. definitive account of Malcolm X’s life and will add to Marable’s already towering legacy. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Marable earned his undergraduate degree at Earlham College in 1971, followed by a master’s degree in American history from the University of WisconsinMadison and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Maryland. Dr. Marable taught at Cornell University, Fisk University, Colgate University, Ohio State University and the University of Colorado before coming to Columbia. Additionally, Dr. Marable for many years has been a columnist widely published in Black newspapers throughout the country. “Dr. Marable’s contributions to the struggle for freedom of African Americans will never be forgotten,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Dr. Marable brought one of the keenest intellects of our age to the contemporary conversation on race in America. As an academic he was never afraid to speak his mind, and as an activist his words carried the gravitas of a published author. His life was dedicated to the struggle, and he will be sorely missed.” He is survived by his wife, Leith Mullings, two stepchildren and three grandchildren. A memorial service is tentatively set for May 27.
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By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer K&G Fashion Superstore wants to help local African-American men reach their career goals by ensuring they are dressed for the part. So the company launched a three-month series of seminars – “Suit Up to Win: Mind, Body & Soul” – celebrating and supporting Baltimore’s Black men. The initiative was announced during a luncheon March 31 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture and brought together a bevy of Charm City’s local residents, business leaders and community figures. Former Atlanta Falcons football player and Baltimore native Keion Carpenter was the event’s guest speaker. Carpenter, head of the local nonprofits The Carpenter House and For My Kidz, believes the new initiative is important because it gives young male minorities paradigms of well-dressed and successful individuals. “We have a problem with these young kids wearing their pants hanging down, so if they see positive Black role models that can dress up, it gives them some hope and it shows them that you can still be cool in a suit,” Carpenter told the AFRO during the event. “I think this initiative is great. Young brothers need to see it and that’s what I support. I’m all about giving these kids every advantage that they need to be successful in life and it starts with your appearance.” The first workshop April 9 focuses on physical, financial and spiritual fitness. During this segment, experts in the fields of business, health and fitness and spiritual wellness will speak to participants about their respective fields. The following week, K&G will host an in-store good grooming event offering participants personal grooming consultations and personal services.
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K&G Superstore to Help Local African-American Men Dress for Success
In this session, services such as free manicures, shoulder massages and haircuts will be provided to selected men that purchase a suit or tuxedo. Subsequent events will announced at a later date. In addition to the workshops, the company will also give away over $1 million in K&G instant rewards and gift certificates. “Not only do we provide affordable clothing to our customers, we also have a strong desire to give back that same value to our communities,” K&G President Mary Beth Blake said during a speech at the luncheon. “We considered many ways in which to give back, and we decided that this type of recognition and assistance was what we wanted to do.” For more information on the “Suit Up to Win: Mind, Body & Soul,” visit: www. http://www.kgstores.com.
K&G Fashion Superstore recently launched “Suit Up to Win: Mind, Body & Soul” targeting AfricanAmerican men.
New Community Program Set to Coppin Dedicates Art Gallery in Change the Image of Black Men Memory of Former Photography
By Bobby Marvin Special to the AFRO Hip hop has taken major hits over the years for a history, perceived by some, as a troubling caricature of African-American males toting guns and degrading women. Civic leaders and public officials have protested hip-hop culture and the music’s misogynistic and sometimes violent lyrics have sparked national debate. Yet community organizers like Fanon Hill and Sam Christian Holmes have come up with their own way to combat stereotypes of Black men in the mainstream media by simply promoting more positive images. Through the non-profit community arts organization, Art on Purpose, Hill and Holmes will spearhead the Black Male Identity Project (BMI), a new initiative to change the public perception of Black men by using the influential mediums of the arts, media and public forums. “Black Male Identity is more than an extracurricular activity and the perception of African-American males in Baltimore City is base on deficits. We wanted to acknowledge the rich, vibrant reality that there are African-American men who are healthy in Baltimore City [and] who are producing great outcomes,” said Hill, codirector for the project. BMI will include a series of workshops, performances, celebrations and exhibitions along with a comprehensive art-based website, www. morethan28days.com. This website operates as a social network open for everyone (regardless of race and gender) to share artwork, photos and stories about Black men. Hill believes BMI’s performance component will serve as a good platform for rappers seeking to spread an encouraging message with their music. “I always like to share with people that hip-hop achieved within 20 years what rock n’ roll never achieved, and we’re talking about the full penetration of every continent in the world,” proclaimed Hill. “So within this project, recognizing hip-hop as a powerful medium ... we want to provide an opportunity for local Baltimore base hip-hop artists ... we want to make sure that they are being given an opportunity to be recognized.” This project is largely funded by the Campaign for Black Men Achievement (CBMA), a program created under the Open Society Foundation as a movement to further establish the social progression of AfricanAmerican males. At the program’s official launch in March, several community leaders came out to show their support. Some thought the program was vital to the city and long overdue. “I think the greater successes and the greater challenges of Baltimore are really wrapped around how we perceived, how we address, how we deal with [and] how we invest in African-American men in our community, said Otis Rolley, a 2011 Baltimore City mayoral candidate. U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., also attended the BMI launch and offered some poignant insight on the plight of AfricanAmerican boys and why this initiative is important for them. “When I think about men who have been able to achieve some things and AfricanAmerican men who do well and boys who do well, it usually starts with someone having high expectations of them,” said Cummings. “And what has happened too often is folks will see a Black boy come into a classroom and already stereotype them. They have low expectations ... If people do not have high expectations of you, it’s hard for you to dream.”
‘AFRO’ Honors Community Legends and Pioneers
As part of the AFRO’s Dr. Levi Watkins annual Legends and Pioneers has garnered awards program, standout international community leaders in various acclaim as the fields are honored for their first Africancommitment to bettering American chief Baltimore. The 2011 honorees, resident of the Rev. Marion C. Bascom cardiac surgery (religion), Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey at Johns Hopkins (education), Ethel Ennis University (music), Dorothy E. Brunson Hospital. (business), Chief Judge Robert M. Bell (law), Dr. Levi Watkins Photo by Mark Mehlinger Jr. (medicine) and Kurt L. Schmoke (leadership), were feted at a recent ceremony held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. Each week, the AFRO will continue to recognize these community revolutionaries.
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Tom Beck, chief curator at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, speaks at the dedication ceremony of Coppin State’s Cary Beth Cryor Art Gallery.
By AFRO Staff Cary Beth Cryor captured stunning images of life at its best and worst. Her passion for photography led her to Morgan State University where she earned a bachelor’s in art education and later to the Pratt Institute of Art in New York where she received a master’s in photography. Cryor also attended the University of Maryland where she earned a second master’s
degree in archival and special collections. But it was at Coppin State where Cryor’s career flourished. On April 3, nearly 14 years after her death, the West Baltimore university dedicated the Cary Beth Cryor Art Gallery at its James Weldon Johnson Building. The program, “From the Hands of Our Elders,” included a reception and celebration of local senior citizens. In addition to working at Coppin, Cryor served as an archivist at the AFRO and was a freelance photographer. Many of her exhibits, including “Visual Griot: Works By Four African American Women,” “Proof Positive: Photographs of People Who Are HIV+” were seen in venues throughout Baltimore and nationally.
Dr. Levi Watkins Dr. Levi Watkins has garnered international acclaim as the first African-American chief resident of cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Watkins, a graduate of Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine, was born June 13, 1944, in Parsons, Kan. Watkins’ career started at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in 1971, where he began work as a general surgery resident. He then conducted cardiac research at Harvard Medical School of Physiology, where he studied the link between congestive heart failure and the rennin angiotensis system (a hormone system that controls blood pressure and body fluids). Watkins returned to Hopkins as a cardiothoracic surgery fellow in the late ‘70s and became a full-time faculty member in 1978. Two years later he made history, implanting the first human automatic defibrillator. Watkins holds honorary degrees from Meharry Medical College, Spelman College, Morgan State University and Sojourner DouglassCollege. The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, the Guidant Corporation and Vanderbilt University have all honored Watkins with awards and citations for his dedication to health care.
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‘Crowns’ Gilliam Concert Hall, Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, Md. 7 p.m. Sing along in a musical tribute to church hats and AfricanAmerican women. $10-$20. For more information: 443885-4440 April 9 Black Male Initiative Scholarship Luncheon Morgan State University Student Center Ballroom, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Md. 1 p.m. Morgan men will meet together for an afternoon of dining and fellowship. $10. For more information call: 443-885-3388 Volunteer Tax Preparation Enoch Pratt Free Library, Brooklyn Branch, 300 E. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Volunteers from the AARP will be on hand to help you prepare your tax return. For more information: 410-3961120. April 10 Baltimore Urban Book Festival 2011 Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St., Baltimore. 3-7 p.m. Celebrate Baltimore’s first book festival for AfricanAmerican literature and programming for children at this festival filled with entertainment, information, reading material, workshops and activities. $5-$10. For more information: 410-6850295. April 12 Do Something With Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake will meet with hundreds of volunteers to celebrate the impact of civic engagement in Baltimore for National Volunteer Week. $10. For more information: 410-244-1900. April 13 Nutrition Workshops Enoch Pratt Free Library, Orleans Street Branch, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore. 2:454 p.m. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program of the University of Maryland will present eight free workshops on nutritious eating and healthy living. For more information: 410-3960970. Poetry in Motion Enoch Pratt Free Library, Herring Run Branch, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore. 4-4:45 p.m. Celebrate National Poetry Month by creating and performing your own poems with local poet Gail Langstroth. For more information: 410-396-0996. April 14 Savvy Social Networking Enoch Pratt Free Library, Light Street Branch, 1251 Light St., Baltimore. 7 p.m. Learn to navigate popular social networking sites for personal and professional development. For more information: 410-396-7096. April 16 Bringing Sexy Back to the Marriage Holiday Inn ExpressStadium, 1701 Russell St., Baltimore. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. In this conference, participate in fun and informative activities dedicated to livening up your marriage. $85. For more information: 301-646-1259. Uplifting Minds II Entertainment Conference 2011 Sojourner-Douglas College, 200 N. Central Ave., Baltimore. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Some of the nation’s current entertainment industry executives and artists will share what it takes to become successful. For more information: upliftingminds2. com.
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April 9, 2011 - April 15, 2011, The Afro-American
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - As the nation marks the 43rd anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, which occurred as a result of his intervention and support of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, it is important for the American public to remember the historic and continuing role of protecting and maintaining workers’ rights as part of civil rights progress. We all can continue learning from Dr. King’s leadership and teachings. As he stated on March 18, 1968, in the midst of a strike of 1,200 Black sanitation workers, “all labor has dignity.” In contrast to Dr. King’s ideals, recent efforts by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and governors in other states to eliminate the gains obtained by public sector workers will have devastating consequences for racial minorities and civil rights progress. At the core of the civil and human rights movement is economic equality which is based upon civil rights enforcement and strong protections for working Americans. Indeed, the impact upon state and local government job cuts would be particularly devastating to minorities, including women, as they account for a substantial segment of unionized public employment. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that 14.5 percent of all public sector workers in the nation are Black, and a total of 1.9 million African Americans are members of labor unions, with African-American men and women making up 14.8 percent and 12.2 percent of labor unions, respectively. Black men and women union members have significantly higher incomes than non-union workers, which is greatly attributed to union protections provided through collective bargaining. Access to union membership is an effective way to address measures to improve economic security for minority workers and collective bargaining reduces the chance of persistent poverty facing many in the African-American community. On April 4, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law stood with leaders across the country to protect the same
‘We Are One’ in the Legacy of Dr. King
human rights and human dignity of working men and women for which Dr. King gave his life on this day 43 years ago. We showed politicians and their allies that “We Are One” in the fight to protect the rights of working families and we will not be silenced. Nationwide, civil and human rights activists, union members and supporters, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, immigrants, religious supporters, students, women’s groups, and many others will contact their elected officials and hold community vigils, teach-ins, public rallies and workplace gatherings to demonstrate that workers’ rights are human rights that affect everyone, and that we will not let these rights be destroyed. While we appreciate the need to address the critical shortfalls in state budgets, let us give serious consideration to the civil rights implications of current actions in Wisconsin and other states. The fight for workers’ rights is part of the larger struggle to achieve racial and gender equity in the workforce. These principles should not be summarily dismissed as simply a consequence of budget shortfalls. In fact, a failure to adequately address these disparities undoubtedly will contribute to the continued shrinkage of the middle class. For African Americans, the numbers are particularly striking. According to
“In these times of fiscal difficulties, all Americans should follow Dr. King’s example in prioritizing and supporting the critical rights of all workers to demand a fair and equitable workplace.”
the Economic Policy Institute’s “State of Working in America” report, 45 percent of those African Americans born into the middle class, were living in the bottom income level as adults. We should not forget that the existence of a strong middle class has helped spawn economic growth in this country and is important in the continued struggle for civil rights. Furthermore, one of the most significant barriers to the
progress of racial minorities is educational equity. Hence, the proposed cuts in Wisconsin and other states, especially those to teachers, who are a part of public sector labor unions, would exacerbate the already formidable fight for equal educational opportunities for all children. Our least appreciated leaders, teachers and others serving in the public sector should not shoulder the sole blame, nor the majority of the burden of the economic crisis much of this country faces. This is about ensuring that our children are taught by the best teachers, that our safety is in the hands of the best workers and that we are selecting from a well-qualified pool of candidates to serve in the public sector. In these times of fiscal difficulties, all Americans should follow Dr. King’s example in prioritizing and supporting the critical rights of all workers to demand a fair and equitable workplace. Barbara Arnwine is executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.
On March 28, Ward 3 District Councilmember Mary Cheh convened a hearing to examine a former mayoral candidate’s allegations, which some describe as an “HR nightmare” for the new administration of Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. I am familiar with some of these issues as I served as the chief of staff in the agency, the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), where the primary subject of the hearing was ultimately hired. However, I was just as caught-off-guard as any by the charges leveled by the former mayoral contender (whose campaign antics arguably took more votes from Gray than Fenty). Yet, I welcome the opportunity to discuss my involvement with the mayor’s election, my qualifications to serve in District government, and the events that led to my recent departure from local public service. I also look forward to addressing a related and more central matter—the issue of who is qualified to serve in District government. As customary in the start of new District administrations, the local press conducted a routine examination of the mayor’s cabinet selections. However, finding no issues of note with the mayor’s seasoned crop of top bureaucrats, some began a rather tabloid-like scrutiny of lower-level appointees, down to the mayor’s special assistants. And out of the dozens of such lower-level mayoral selections, a small handful netted info sufficient to equate to “political dirt.” The result was a plethora of distracting media reports including one entitled “Should Criminals and Scumbags Get D.C. Jobs.” Regrettably, I became the subject of such examination.
Who is Qualified for Public Service in the Nation’s Capital?
Talib I. Karim
One news account described me as “a Gray backer” with tax, student loan and other debts, which paved the way for marital problems, ultimately resulting in a very complicated divorce. (By the way, I also encouraged fellow Muslims to seek employment opportunities in the District government.) Notwithstanding the exaggerations in some media accounts of my case, I admit and take responsibility for the claims as summarized above. Nonetheless, the question before Councilmember Cheh is whether the “issues” raised about my personal history, which had no bearing on my work in the District’s Medicaid agency, are nonetheless sufficient to disqualify me—a lawyer with a track record of providing counsel on health and other policy matters to members of Congress, the D.C. Council, and the mayor—from appointed public service in the District. And if the answer to the above question is yes, then this begs the next question—exactly who is qualified? Well, let’s do the math. According to 2009 statistics from the D.C. court system, over 62,000 civil cases were filed involving parties with student loan and other contractual defaults, including landlord-tenant matters. In the same year, over 13,000 cases were opened in D.C. courts for those with various marital and other intrafamily disputes. And another 400 or so people in 2009 faced local court legal proceedings for tax delinquencies. Based upon these figures, there is the possibility that as many as 75,000 people with bad credit or bad personal relationships in the District could be disqualified from any level of appointment in D.C. government, despite their professional credentials or work performance. Who else can we add into the bag…how about “criminals?”
The mayor reminded us that the District has thousands of men and women, of all races, who have returned home after paying their debts to society for convictions of criminal offenses. Yet for our statistical survey, let’s simply use the number of criminal cases prosecuted in local District courts in 2009—over 25,000. That now brings the potential number of “disqualified” Washingtonians to more than 100,000, over 20 percent of the District’s adult population. And if one were to further disqualify those with similar run-ins with the court system over even a five-year period, that would bring your potentially disqualified number to 500,000, which statistically could disqualify all of the working-age adults in the nation’s capital from seeking appointed posts in District government. Thus, the question for us as a society is: Where do we draw the line? Are we saying that if you stumble—regardless of what you do to turn your life around; even if you (like me) earn mechanical engineering and law degrees, manage to secure positions of responsibility in both the private sector and the federal government, and actively contribute to civic life in the District—your “checkered” background will preclude you from appointed government service in D.C.? If this is the answer, then the District is committing gross public waste by denying itself the full value of its greatest asset—human capital. Talib Karim is the former chief of staff of the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance. He is a health finance lawyer, activist, and father of a 3-year-old in the nation’s capital.
The Invisible Institution
In the season of slavery, historians defined the Black church as the “invisible institution.” The name was given because Blacks assembled to worship under a shroud of secrecy because such gatherings were outlawed by those who had the mind to know if a slave had a filled spirit, it would be a matter of time before he/ she came into a sense of self. To clear their conscience of reducing African Americans to three-fifths of a human being, our enslavers had to claim we didn’t have a soul. But, the unquenchable passion of our fore parents to feel close to God sparked an innovative flame that produced sanctuaries in swamps, chapels in cotton fields and temples under trees far beyond earshot of their oppressors. In the 21st century, in spite of African-American churches now having seating capacities that rival stadiums, television air time in as much rotation as “Law and Order” reruns, campuses bigger than historically Black colleges and pastors having more impact than local politicians, it’s a complete mystery (with all that visibility) why we are an invisible institution…AGAIN. The Black church has, by and large, become an invisible institution with acute laryngitis in the conversation regarding gay rights, same-sex marriages/unions, and the HIV crisis that has engulfed our communities. While we seem to vote on the liberal side of the political aisle, the Black church would make the tea party blush with our overt conservatism around sexuality. The elephant in the room is making us look like “Cirque du Soleil” as we juggle around our discomfort, which fosters an environment for “down low” behavior from the choir loft, the deacon board and even from the pulpit. Homosexuals have always been a part of our ministries.
Rev. Jamal Bryant
The Black church can no longer afford to be invisible on these issues when same-sex unions and/or marriage, in a growing number of states, quite possibly will not just be administered at the courthouse, and when it’s our members who are seeking the applications. We can’t afford to be invisible when R&B artist Nikki Minaj encourages our teenage daughters to explore the benefits of being bisexual, when “don’t ask don’t tell” has just been told to be quiet or when HIV has become the millennium’s bubonic plague. Self-identified gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people are here. They are not just the stereotypical hairstylists, choir directors and somebody else’s children. They are our children! If we claim that Jesus died for everyone, are they not included in that number?....YES, they are! Now, as a third-generation preacher of the nation’s oldest Black denomination the African Methodist Episcopal Church and former national youth director of the NAACP, I have both the Black church and civil rights tradition coursing through my veins. And, as such, I have a bone of contention with the gay community: Their false correlation between the gay rights struggle and the civil rights movement. Since the church has become invisible, no one seems to see this is historically and philosophically out of order and context. While homosexuals have been persecuted, they’ve never had to ride on the back of the bus, drink from separate water fountains, receive subpar education, be sold like animals or hung for looking somebody in the eye. Furthermore, African Americans aren’t granted the option of coming out of the closet; when we come out the door the march towards social justice begins. Still, we can’t remain invisible on this issue. While our doctrine, theology and faith preclude us from embracing these
unions/marriages, they don’t bar us from loving the individual. With our complexed and painful history, one would think we would operate at a greater level of compassion, but in large measure we have become the new oppressors. When Jesus healed in the New Testament, it was because he was moved with compassion. In order for us to heal the divide, we must move with compassion! Compassion is not the same as affirming. Fundamentally, we disagree whether acts within the LGBT lifestyles constitute sin or whether lifestyles are a choice, etc., but we can’t disagree with the value of somebody’s life. If we preach homophobia we have stopped preaching hope for compassion! Resolutely across denominational lines we have to agree that Jesus loves sinners but died to do away with sin. So, regardless of the fact that we believe acts within these lifestyles involve sin, the church must love as Jesus loved! As a mega pastor that had a major moral failure that led to divorce, I know what grace looks like, and I’m sure it’s available. The 8,000 persons that come to my church weekly, the 4,000 that view online and the 40,000 who follow me on social networking hate what I did but, through grace, love who I am. They love me because of their compassion. Hypocrisy would be for me or any other pastor or church to deny others compassion because we believe they sin. After all, I thought that was what the church was—a place to help people find the love of God! Let the Church say, “Amen....” The Rev. Jamal Bryant is pastor of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple and a nationally respected preacher and youth leader.
The Afro-American, April 9, 2011 - April 15, 2011
Autism Advocates Urge Early Detection for Fast-Growing Disability
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer The researchers for the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) team aren’t trying to pry into people’s personal lives; they’re merely trying to help slow the fastest growing developmental disability in the world. EARLI, a fourmember crew that works out of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Epidemiology (CADDE) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in East Baltimore, is the most comprehensive effort to figure out what causes Autism Spectrum Disorder, which affects one out of every 110 children. EARLI works with families before conception then follows them through a child’s birth and the early stages of a child’s development. “It’s a very comprehensive effort looking at genetics, environmental exposures [and bringing in] clinical experts who are leaders in early diagnosis and detection,” says Michelle Landrum, outreach coordinator for the EARLI autism pregnancy study. “We’re hoping to find clues when we follow these families that may lead to a diagnosis down the line. Early intervention for these children leads to the best outcome.” Research by EARLI is conducted in stages. After enrolling mothers, either pre-expecting or recently impregnated, EARLI then sends its researchers on two home visits to collect dust samples and conduct a home walkthrough, which records various tidbits such of brands followed up with a collection of the placenta, breast milk and the baby’s urine and meconium after birth. Since recording its first mother in 2009, EARLI has worked with 20 families, who are either currently pregnant or have had a baby, and are now working with 40 other families who are planning to conceive within the next few years. Programs such as EARLI are considered a sign of hope for families affected by autism, especially those in the African-American community. “One of the biggest issues that African Americans face is the timing of the diagnosis and interventions,” says Areva Martin, nationally recognized autism advocate and author of the book, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up For Your Autistic Child, which releases later this month. “Statistics show that African-American children are diagnosed two to four years later than their White counterparts. Once diagnosed, intervention services start later and are more difficult to access. Because our kids get diagnosed late, the chances of positive outcomes are decreased.” Delayed language, lack of eye contact and repetitive activities are a few of the early warning signs for autism. Without a known cure for the disorder, behavioral therapy is the best treatment, but such therapy can vary in time ranging from 10 to 40 hours a week. Due to the high number of singleparent homes in the AfricanAmerican community, trying to work a full-time schedule and treat a child with autism can be especially trying for parents. Despite the task, Martin, also the mother of an autistic child, believes such difficulties can be overcome. “This is not a journey you want to take alone and the best way to balance your job and raise a child with autism is you’ve got to get help,” she said. “You may not have a spouse, you may not have a partner but everybody has someone. Build a community.” April is National Autism Awareness Month, for more information on autism and EARLI, visit www.earlistudy. org. For more information on Areva Martin and her book, “The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up For Your Autistic Child,” visit www. arevamartin.com
Areva Martin, an attorney, speaker and author of The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Autistic Child, helps her young son overcome the challenges of autism. of lotion, nail polish, skin cream and cleaning products. Hair, blood and urine samples are also collected from the mother and then later
Talented Teen Beats the Odds, Heads for Johns Hopkins
By Marc Tyler Special to the AFRO In Newark, N.J., a city riddled with poverty and crime, one individual has fought to keep his dreams alive. Stanley W. Guthrie III, currently a senior at Saint Benedict’s Prep in Newark, has been accepted to the world famous Johns Hopkins University to begin his studies toward becoming a neurosurgeon. Getting accepted into John Hopkins University isn’t an easy feat. In fall 2010, 18,459 people applied, only 3,799 were admitted, and out of that 1,241 people enrolled. And Guthrie will be among the school’s meager Black population of 5 percent. Despite the challenges, however, Guthrie is confident he will thrive. “My greatest academic strength is my determination and ability to always learn new things, and even find new ways of doing things I already know,” he said in a statement. “I know that I will always be able face my academic and intellectual challenges head on and I am ready to face whatever obstacles are tossed in my path.” Stanley has and still does many extra-curricular activities for the school, including serving as the school newspaper’s staff writer, copy editor, opinion editor, online edition editor and senior editor. But his
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busy social life did not impede his academic success. During his junior year, Stanley graduated with honors from the PreMedical Honors Program for high school students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Stanley is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). In May of 2010, Stanley was inducted into the 3/22/11 4:59 PM Page an Quill and Scroll Society, 1
international high school journalism society that recognizes and encourages both individual and group achievements in journalism. Stanley will enroll in John Hopkins University in the fall of 2011. He says he plans to be an example to other youths in his community. “Once I become a neurologist, I want to give back to my community so other underprivileged kids can do something special with their lives and overcome the obstacles thrown in their paths,” he said.
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Sorors of Alpha Zeta Chapter
Soror Dr. Bettina Scott
Sorors Betsy Simon, Zeta of the Year, and President Sheri Woodland Chairladies Charlotte Bullock and Natalie West Makel
Sorors Adrienne West, Natalie West Makel, WJZ 13 anchor Gigi Barnett and Jacqueline West
Soror Melvera Williams, Brother Calvin Robertson and Soror Kim Byrd
Sorors of Alpha Zeta Chapter
Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
Alpha Zeta Chapter 2011 Finer Womanhood Steering Committee
The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Zeta chapter, recently celebrated 91 years of finer womanhood with style, grace and elegance at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn with family, friends and their fraternity brothers of Phi Beta Sigma.
This year’s award recipients were Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton, Dist. 6; Maria Broom, the Rev. Valerie S. Pearson, Leslie Yancey, Sandi Mallory, Joyce Castro-Rexach, the Zeta Amicae of Greater Baltimore, Betsy D.
Simon, Dr. Samuel Ross and Harry Simon. Sherl Woodland is the chapter’s basileus (president), while Natalie West Makel and Charlotte Bullock were the event chairwomen.
Nelson Zollicoffer, the A. Philip Randolph Legacy Award recipient Rosemary Taylor and Tara GreenHayes
Baltimore City Councilwoman Sharon Middleton, Dist.6
Shurdia Reaves provides a musical selection.
Inez Chambers, Deborah Crockett, Shirley Kane and Sandra Davis
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The A. Philip Randolph Institute of Baltimore (APRI) recently hosted a banquet honoring outstanding labor and community leaders at Martin’s West in Woodlawn. The program featured musical selections, special tributes and the awarding of honorees. APRI, founded by celebrated labor leader A. Philip Randolph and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, seeks to ensure social, political and economic equality in the workplace. Lisa Yates provides a musical selection. Richard Womack Jr., director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute’s northeast region
Terrence Dupree, Janine Hill and Gerard Johnson
Dr. Loretta Johnson, president, A. Philiph Randolph Institute of Baltimore
Marietta English, mistress of ceremony and president of the Baltimore Teachers Union
Herman Williams, former Baltimore City Fire Department chief; Peggy Peacock, A. Philip Randolph Community Service Award recipient and Burt Hash, president and CEO, MECU
Oscar Owens, Olivia Whetstone and Kenneth Keys
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By Rev. Dorothy S. Boulware Special to the AFRO Each of the holy days of the Christian calendar brings with it the challenge to create a worship experience that speaks clearly to the moment at hand, and Good Friday is no exception. While the focus is unchanged, the fear is that the sameness of it will breed a false sense of familiarity and, in the process, a diminished awe. Good Friday Is the day the Christian church observes the hours Jesus the Messiah spent on the cross. So from noon until 3 p.m., observant believers find ways they deem appropriate to honor the sacrifice made on their behalf, and prepare themselves for the impending resurrection celebration on Easter morning. The traditional Protestant service includes seven preachers who proclaim the word seeded in each of the sayings of Jesus while on the cross. These sayings are extracted from the gospel writers; one repeated in
Dance Captures Crucible of Crucifixion’s 7 Last Words
Matthew and Mark, three in Luke and three in John. Preachers wonder each year how the Holy Spirit will refresh those scriptures that have resounded through the decades. But a local dancer, having had the same experience, knows a sermon does not have to proceed exclusively from a pulpit. “I knew I couldn’t sit another year and hear the song, ‘He Rose from the Grave,’ and I knew intuitively that there is more in the Easter message that I want for my daughter, Sarah, and others like her to experience.” So April Mercer, who comes from a family of dancers and has danced since her Archbishop Keough days, has choreographed the same scriptures to be expressed through dance and calls the year it’s been on the drawing board, “a wonderful journey.” AFRO: I’ve never heard of the Seven Last Words in dance. Where’d that come from? Mercer: Out of my own passion and the inspiration of group of girls, about 12 of them. I’m a product of my mentor and dance instructor, Ms. Edna Simmons, and I’ve taught dance in church since graduation from college – First Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church, St. Abraham’s, Strawbridge United Methodist and Life Music churches and most recently, the adult dance ministry with Evangel Cathedral in Largo, Md.
worship space look like? Mercer: Simplistic and basic. Three crosses. The experience will be an individual one, yet congregational worship through the visual message. There will be some props and lighting and sound – the usual tools. AFRO: What type of music will you use? Mercer: Global, R&B, Indian, gospel, rock, meditation, movie sound tracks – we use what we got. Showing and teaching that inspiration comes from anyone and everywhere, for God is everywhere present. My sister, Greta Cobb, who will be narrating, always drills this principle into me, “There is no spot, where God is not.” When we understand that principle, we are more inclusive than exclusive. We will understand that it is the “witty ideas” that bring us wealth. Our gifting is not just shouting and preaching but to exemplify the creativity of the Holy Spirit with our gifts and talents in the marketplace.
April Mercer’s liturgical dance is a family affair with husband, Robert Mercer, supplying lighting and sister, Greta Cobb, doing narration. the Holy Spirit. I’ve watched dancers move their arms, fingers, feet and head, and call it dance, but where’s the revelation? My calling is to bring inspiration and that’s what this has allowed me to do. AFRO: Do you dance alone? Do you teach dance? Mercer: No. I have a
AFRO: How will the congregation participate? Mercer: I want them to look at the dance and reflect on their own gifting and circumstances and overcome as Jesus did. We concentrate too much on our own lack and problems as if we have no hope. Every person who sees the dance will become full of the Spirit and inspired to do something of theirs – writing, singing, dancing, rapping – use what you got and switch it. If Jesus overcame his circumstances and got up, we can too. That’s the Easter story. AFRO: What will the
AFRO: Who are your dance role models? Mercer: In church? Well, I sure didn’t get them from the church mothers. I have studied dance by watching my favorites on television. These mentors showed me execution, passion, delivery, planning and last, excellence, which we very rarely see. Everyone in either their daily lives or spiritual lives desires big and great things, but many lack planning and excellence. Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Debbie Allen and yes, Beyoncé, have been my inspiration. They exemplify all that I want to replicate in creating a system of excellence. I will teach you how to look and hear a different note in the “strange music” or to see the message in the “strange dance.” The Seven Last Words in Dance will be presented 7 p.m., April 22 at Rehoboth International Covenant Church, 9016 Liberty Road, where Apostle Chris Williams is senior pastor.
Original ‘Dream Girl’ Jennifer Holliday and Rev. Raphael G. Warnock to Release Inspirational CD
Jennifer Holliday, the original “dream girl” and two-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, and her pastor, the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, have collaborated on a new inspirational CD featuring Warnock’s sermonettes and Holliday’s dynamic singing. The 10-track project, Goodness and Mercy (Euphonic Records), releases via Holliday’s own Euphonic Records label on April 19 with national distribution by New Day Christian Distribution in Nashville, Tenn. “What and honor and privilege it is to partner with the legendary Ms. Jennifer Holliday,” said New Day’s director of artist relations Thomas Rollins in a press release. “All of the staff at New Day is excited about the endless possibilities and opportunities distributing an artist of this caliber provides us. We look forward to a long relationship.” The new radio single, “God is Faithful,” is currently available as a digital download on CDBaby.com and will hit radio airwaves in upcoming weeks. Holliday is best known for creating and portraying
The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock and Jennifer Holliday the dramatic role of Effie White in the original Broadway production of “Dream Girls” and her showstopping signature song, “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” Holliday has since recorded five solo CDs and two Broadway and movie soundtrack recordings. She has also made numerous guest TV appearances as an actress, most notably for playing the role of Lisa Knowles for five seasons on the hit Fox TV show, “Ally McBeal.” Today, she continues to perform around the world in concerts and Symphony Pops Orchestra engagements, as well as guest Broadway appearances. While Holliday’s venture into the inspirational and gospel realm is still new, her pastor has been ministering to others for years. Since 2005, Warnock has served as pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. A graduate of Morehouse College, Warnock later earned a master of divinity, master of philosophy, and doctorate of philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He interned at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church where he eventually became a youth pastor prior to holding pastoral positions at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore.
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Cirque du Soleil Debuts ‘TOTEM’ in Baltimore
By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief BALTIMORE – From the Judeo-Christian account in the book of Genesis to the “Big Bang” theory, the fallen “Sky Woman” of the Iroquois to Nyx, the goldenegg-bearing originator of the Greeks, cultures and generations of people the world over have attempted to explain the evolution of mankind. Now, in one of its latest productions, Cirque du Soleil captures the mystery and wonder of that age-old story. TOTEM, a two-hour show marked by Cirque’s signature blend of awe-inspiring acrobatics, fantastical costume, makeup and set design, premiered this week under the Grand Chapiteau at the Westport Waterfront in downtown Baltimore. “Inspired by the foundation narratives of the first peoples, TOTEM explores the birth and evolution of the world, the relentless curiosity of human beings and their constant desire to excel,” said writer and director Robert Lepage in the show’s production notes. “The word TOTEM suggests that human beings carry in their bodies the full potential of all living species, even the Thunderbird’s desire to fly to the top of the TOTEM.” TOTEM comes to Baltimore on its one-year anniversary. Spokeswoman Amelie Hamel said patrons—especially those who have not yet had a Cirque du Soleil experience—are in for a treat. ““The show has evolved itself. It was a good, strong show at the start, but now that we’ve been touring, artists are more comfortable in their roles, so it’s tighter and it flows better,” she told the AFRO. Hamel said this show is different from others in that it is “very organic and natural-looking,” an effect that, ironically, is fostered by the enhanced use of technology such as live projections. “In terms of technology it’s a higher level, so it makes it very different from other shows; it’s very visually interesting,” she said. Set in a swamp, the first scene depicts various amphibians and fish “evolving” around the carapace of a giant turtle, a symbol of creation in ethnic lore. From there the show depicts different facets of man— his interaction with animals and the world around him, love and romance, his use of science to provide enlightenment and efforts to defy gravity. Creating TOTEM took three years and “a lot of talent,” Hamel said. There are 53 artists of 18 nationalities in the show. “We use a lot of people and a lot of cultures, but that’s what makes it interesting,” Hamel said. “Everyone can recognize themselves in the Cirque du Soleil shows…. Everyone can find something they appreciate and enjoy watching.” “TOTEM” can be seen in Baltimore from April 7-May 1. Tickets can be purchased online at http:// www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/totem/tickets/ baltimore.aspx or by calling 1-800-450-1480. Club on Harford Road in Baltimore. I’ll see you there. Well, my dear friends, this is it. I’m out of time and out of space. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or you can e-mail me at rosapryor@ aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.
An Amerindian artist performs a narrative dance, using hoops to create static and dynamic shapes to evoke various animals and images in a ritual that symbolizes the endless circle of life. A LITTLE BIT OF BLUES, GOSPEL AND DOO-WOP The METRO-WESTTEMPS, an R&B group I have admired for a long time, are five co-workers at the Social Security Administration’s MetroWest building in downtown Baltimore. In 1996, they decided to use their Godgiven talents to help Maryland’s less fortunate by performing an annual SSA sponsored fundraiser called CFC, where they helped raise millions of dollars for the poor. In 2011, John and Steve are now retired, with Mike, Pete, and Kim not far behind. They continue to provide an energetic, spirited and professional show. This Baltimore Motown Temptation group has grown to be SSA’s No. 1 source of entertainment for retirement parties, birthdays, family reunions and more. The METRO-WEST TEMPS will perform every third Sunday for a “Fun
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Nellie Travis, Chicago Blues Woman, Westside Bluesman, Howlin’ Wolf and Eddie Shaw, just to name a few. They will be performing on April 23 at Mac’s Blues
Now you know, I can talk about some blues all night, but this young lady, you got to go to see. If you are a blues lover, please don’t miss seeing Jackie Scott & “Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers” The Housewreckers. will be performing on April 23 for a Jackie has local CD Release Blues Party at Chef Mac’s roots that make Club, 4709 Harford Road. Show time Hampton Roads is 8 p.m. A scrumptious open buffet home. Coming from will be served and it is B.Y.O.B. See varied backgrounds more about Jackie in column. and influences makes for a hot combination 2919. of blues, jazz and R&B packed with soul when you The Johnston Square Department of Social Services encounter and fall under the power of Jackie Scott & The Reunion takes place on April Housewreckers. 16, 2-4 p.m., at the Hibachi It was in Chicago that Grill, 3551 Washington Blvd., Jackie received her baptism in Lansdowne, Md. For more into the blues. She has opened information, call Thelma for BB King, Taj Mahal, Harvey at 443-740-4958.
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Day Dinner Party” with a four-course dinner at Waxter Senior Center, 1000 Cathedral St., 4-8 p.m. The Dunbar Jazz Band and the Last Chance Singers will perform. For ticket information, call 410396-1324 or Steve Scribner at 410-532-2274. Speaking of oldies music, one of my favorite subjects, the Trinity Chapter No 5 O.E.S.-P.H.A., is presenting its second annual “Acapellas Under the Street Light Show and Dance” featuring live the Heavenly Bless, Part Harmony and a group called NICE. Enjoy the evening with line-dancing, hand-dancing, free styling, light buffet, cash bar and B.Y.O.B at the Moose Lodge, 801 Mylander Lane, Towson, Md., on April 16, 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. For ticket information, call 410-241-
Heavenly Bless, a cross-over gospel and R&B singing group, was established in 1997 by co-founders brothers, Harry Warsaw and the late Joseph Johnson. They will be performing on April 16, 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., at the Moose Lodge, located at 8801 Mylander Lane in Towson, Md.
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By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor “It takes a lot of guts to go after goals even when most folks tell you they’re impossible to accomplish.” Washington, D.C. native Henry Jones said he learned that a long time ago when he first set out to be a boxing ring announcer back during the late 1980s. At the time, Jones said there were only three gentlemen that dominated the ring announcing business: Ed Derian, Jimmy Lennon Jr. and Michael Buffer, none who were African American. But after more than 20 years in the game, the DC Boxing Hall of Fame inductee is undeniably one of the best announcers in the history of the sport. Jones, 55, told the AFRO it still feels surreal whenever he reflects back on his long journey of a career. “I still remember when I first started in 1988 after I had tried and failed at a lot of things that didn’t work out,” he said. “I tried work as an actor, play-by-play commentator and even as a comedian and had eggs thrown at me one night, man.” Jones said he didn’t even consider ring announcing at the time because he had never seen a Black man famous for it. “But a friend of mines told me, ‘that’s why you need to go for it and become the first African American to break through that barrier,’” said Jones, who admitted that most of his early years in the business came without any pay. “I started out doing it for free, because I knew it was valuable to get the experience and the exposure, and I knew the money would come in the end. A lot of young guys just want the money right now, but you have to develop a passion for what you do and once you do it how you love it, it eventually pays off.” Jones says he sees pretty good paydays now as he frequently tours around the country. He’ll be traveling to Buffalo, N.Y. to announce a fight on April 22, and will be returning the following night for a local match hosted at the DC Star Nightclub, both events paying thousands of dollars. “But that’s still a far cry from the $25,000 that Michael Buffer gets each fight he calls,” said Jones, who claims Buffer, perhaps the most legendary ring announcer ever, served as his mentor early in his career. Jones said learning from Buffer – known for the popular phrase “Let’s get ready to rumble!” – helped him develop his own unique style. By 1995, Jones had stamped his own official announcing phrase, “Are you ready to do this? Well, let’s step to this!” But unlike Buffer, Jones faced discrimination in the business because of his skin color. Jones said he didn’t get the shot he deserved to announce a major fight until ’98 when Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, the first Black World Flyweight Champion, demanded in his contract that Jones serve as his announcer for a fight aired on ESPN. “I have a ton of respect for Mark, the best flyweight
champion ever. He put his career on the line for me and I will forever be grateful for such a gesture,” Jones said. The discrimination didn’t stop there for Jones, but he persevered. That perseverance led to an opportunity for Jones to announce on HBO’s “KO Nation” in 2001, a program series that targeted Black boxing fans. The series initially hired famous DJ Ed Lover as the ring announcer, but “Ed wasn’t that good,” Jones claims. “He would mispronounce names and screw up terms. They were missing a real professional ring announcer.” Courtesy Photo Jones said it’s amazing how things Henry ‘Discombobulating’ Jones (center) poses with promoters Shea Butler, Greg turned out, however, because he Barckhoff and FightNews writer Jose Santiago as he receives the Georgia Boxing eventually replaced Ed Lover on the Championship Lifetime Achievement Award during a pro boxing bout during Black show, thanks to his son, Rasaan. History Month in Atlanta. “Rasaan is diagnosed with autism, but he’s incredibly intelligent and of his life and keeps him pushing forward in his career as an he noticed while watching a ‘KO Nation’ fight that Ed was announcer. doing the job I usually do. So he said, ‘Let’s pray that the right “I’ll be doing this until the wheels fall off,” he said. “It’s man gets the job, daddy.’ I said, ‘OK’ and sure enough, they not like a job to me. This is a passion for me, something I’ve replaced Ed with me just days later.” studied and mastered so much that I couldn’t imagine life Jones said that was one of the most inspiring moments without it.”
Howard University Softball
By AFRO Staff Howard University’s women’s softball team played its first home games of the
Lady Bison Split Weekend Series with Top Ranked Delaware State
top-ranked Delaware State University Lady Hornets (1810 overall record). The Lady Bison lost the first game, 4-1, before bouncing overall record, 1-1 in the MidEastern Athletic Conference. Nearly 10 Howard players recorded hits for the Lady Bison with senior pitcher Emily Johnson leading the way with three. The Jacksonville, Fla. native had just come off perhaps her best performance of the season when she tossed 10 strikeouts in a 13-10 win against Bowie State on March 30. But with senior Carly Martin pitching for the day, Johnson contributed from the batting plate, sparking a hitting run for her squad in the second game. Junior shortstop Rebecca Kirshner also batted well, adding two hits, including a leadoff single in the bottom of the second inning that pushed the Lady Bison ahead. While Johnson and Kirshner helped run up the scoreboard, Martin held DSU nearly scoreless throughout the second game. Martin, a Hanover, Md. native, recorded two strikeouts, while allowing one walk and seven hits. In the first game of the double-header, both Howard and Delaware State evened recorded eight hits, but HU pitcher Samantha Gatson tossed two straight walks in the third inning, allowing the Lady Hornets to produce two runs in the inning, eventually running away with the win. A third game of the series was canceled due to rain and postponed until April 8.
Montrose Christian junior Michael Carrera season last weekend, splitting a doubleheader against the back to win the second game, 6-1, to advance to a 9-16
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer About 15 minutes into the second half of the NCAA championship game between Butler and Connecticut, a friend turned to me and moaned, “This is the worst championship game I’ve ever seen in my life.” He wasn’t joking; he wasn’t playing; he
Butler Laid An Egg, But Seriously, What Did You Expect?
wasn’t just saying it because he picked Butler to win it all. He was legitimately upset, angry and frustrated. Clang after clang after clang. Almost every ball Butler put up bounced off the back and the front of the rim with gutwrenching rhythm. The Bulldogs sputtered to 22 first-half points then fell off the map with 19 in the second half. They shot a horrifying 18 percent from the field for the game and their bench? Yikes. Two points between five players and 0-for-6 from the field. As for their starters? They were even worse when you break down their 12-for-58 shooting performance. But as Connecticut hoisted their trophy from their 5341 win, I couldn’t even find the room to complain. The Huskies weren’t really tested but what were people really expecting? For weeks, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth have been the feel good stories of the tourney. They’ve become adopted sons and the favorites even though they were both made up of heavy underdogs. Connecticut didn’t play great by any means but in the end you saw what happens when you pit a team stacked with top Division I talent against a team mixed with mid-major stars and walk-ons. Butler wasn’t “supposed” to be in the final game but somehow they made it for a second year in a row. And for the second year in a row, they came up short against a prominent power. Coincidence? No, not all. Last week I wrote that the mid-major phenomenon could become more fact than fluke in terms of seeing lesser seeds advance through the tourney. A team comprised of mostly juniors and seniors have the experience and the cohesion to surprise teams in late March. But when it comes to the grandest of stages, I’ll take talent over experience every time.
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REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. FAREED NASSOR HAYAT AND/OR UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS OF 509 Wildwood Pkwy., PNC BANK, NATIONAL CITY MORTGAGE AND/OR NATIONAL BANKING ASSOCIATION, BANK OF AMERICA, and MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE CITY and All Unknown Owners of the Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, known as Tax Account No. 20-03-2295-036; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 509 Wildwood Pkwy. described as Lot Size 20x75. Ward 20, Section 03, Block 2295, Lot 036. Defendants The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption of the subject property has not been paid, although more than six (6) months from the date of the sale have expired, and more than two (2) months from the date that the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of the tax sale was sent to each required interested party have expired. It is thereupon this 29th day of March, 2011, by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in some newspaper having a general circulation in Baltimore City, Maryland once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on or before the 28th day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 28th day of May, 2011 and redeem the Property referenced herein or to answer the Complaint or thereafter a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complain described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the Property being rendered by this Court against them. John A. Howard JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
$ 150.00 Plaintiff vs. $ 150.00 KEMAR PROPERTIES LLC, UNKNOWN TEN$ 150.00 ANT AND/OR OWNER OF 234 Patterson Park Ave., FAIRMOUNT FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, Renovation Services at BRADFORD BANK, ONE HOUSE AT A TIME, Moravia Park Elementary/Middle School Inc. and MAYOR AND # 105.place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 262 CITY COUNCIL OF To BALTIMORE CITY and All Unknown Owners Public Notices $50.00 of depending on size The Baltimore City Board of School Commis- & upthe Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, Baltimore Legal to are $24.15 per inch. sioners is inviting interested companiesNoticesand executors, administrators, grantees, assubmit bids to: BCS-11086. There is no flat rate — 1-800 (AFRO) 892 in right, title, interest, signs or successors For Proof of Publication, please and any and all persons having or claiming call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 In order to participate, interested bidders to have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website LEGAL LEGAL Tax Account No. 06-04-1688-036; LEGAL NOTICES NOTICES NOTICES LEGAL known asNOTICES NOTICES NOTICES at https://ebidmarketplace.com LEGAL LEGAL situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 234 N. Patterson Park Ave. Also described as Lot Solicitation BCS-11086 will be available for size 14x80. Ward 06, Section 04, Block 1688, review commencing Friday, April 1, 2011. Lot 036. Defendants The Bid Due Date is Thursday, April 28, The object of this proceeding is to secure the 2011 at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the be accepted after that time. Any questions herein above described property sold, either direlated to this solicitation should be directed rectly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes to the Buyer. for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption of the subject property Baltimore City Public Schools. has not been paid, although more than six (6) months from the date of the sale have expired, INVITATION FOR BIDS: and more than two (2) months from the date that BCS-11087 the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of Provide HVAC the tax sale was sent to each required interested System Renovation Services party have expired. at Professional Development Center #93 It is thereupon this 16th day of March, 2011, by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion The Baltimore City Board of School Commisof a copy of this Order in some newspaper having sioners is inviting interested companies to a general circulation in Baltimore City, Maryland submit bids to: BCS-11087. once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on or before the 15th day of April, 2011 warning all In order to participate, interested bidders persons interested in the Property referenced need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website above to appear in this Court by the 15th day of at https://ebidmarketplace.com May, 2011 and redeem the Property referenced herein or to answer the Complaint or thereafter Solicitation BCS-11087 will be available for a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all review commencing Friday, April 1, 2011. rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, April 28, The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest 2011 at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will date to file a written Answer or Petition to be accepted after that time. Any questions Redeem the property mentioned in the Complain related to this solicitation should be directed described above, and that failure to file a reto the Buyer. sponse on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the Property being File No. BCI-10#59 rendered by this Court against them. Videtta A. Brown JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court Maxwell C. Cohen, Esq. 3/25, 4/1, 4/8 The Law Offices of Maxwell C. Cohen, LLC
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Warren Road, Suite 14-B Baltimore, Maryland 21208 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR DOMESTIC RELATIONS CITY, MARYLAND BALTIMORE Civil Action No. 24-C-11-1549 TAX 202-879-0157 ORDER OF PUBLICATION SALE Baltimore City Public Schools. REV PS, LLC, Assignee
Maxwell C. Cohen, Esq. FAMILY COURT The Law Offices of Maxwell C. Cohen, LLC
File No. BCI-10#65 Maxwell C. Cohen, Esq. The Law Offices of Maxwell C. Cohen, LLC 17 Warren Road, Suite 14-B Baltimore, Maryland 21208 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY, MARYLAND Civil Action No. 24-C-11-1548 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION
Baltimore City Public Schools. INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-11086 Provide HVAC/Mechanical Systems Renovation Services at Moravia Park Elementary/Middle School # 105. The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-11086. In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at https://ebidmarketplace.com Solicitation BCS-11086 will be available for review commencing Friday, April 1, 2011. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, April 28,
Cherry Bedroom Set. Solid Wood, never used, brand new in factory boxes. English Dovetail. Original cost $4500. Sell for $895. Can deliver. Call Tom 240-482-8721 LEATHER LIVING
REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. KEMAR PROPERTIES LLC, UNKNOWN TENANT AND/OR OWNER OF 234 Patterson Park Ave., FAIRMOUNT FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, BRADFORD BANK, ONE HOUSE AT A TIME, Inc. and MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE CITY and All Unknown Owners of the Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, known as Tax Account No. 06-04-1688-036; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 234 N. Patterson Park Ave. Also described as Lot size 14x80. Ward 06, Section 04, Block 1688, Lot 036. Defendants The object of this proceeding is to secure the
REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. EARLENE LEMEN AND/OR UNKNOWN OWNER/TENANT and MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE CITY and All Unknown Owners of the Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, known as Tax Account No. 15-33-3355-021; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2537 Quantico Ave. de-
REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. EARLENE LEMEN AND/OR UNKNOWN OWNER/TENANT and MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE CITY and All Unknown Owners of the Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administraLEGAL NOTICES tors, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, known as Tax Account No. 15-33-3355-021; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2537 Quantico Ave. described as Lot Size 22x90, Ward 15, Section 33, Block 3355, Lot 021. Defendants The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption of the subject property has not been paid, although more than six (6) months from the date of the sale have expired, and more than two (2) months from the date that the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of the tax sale was sent to each required interested party have expired. It is thereupon this 16th day of March, 2011, by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in some newspaper having a general circulation in Baltimore City, Maryland once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on or before the 15th day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 15th day of May, 2011 and redeem the Property referenced herein or to answer the Complaint or thereafter a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complain described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the Property being rendered by this Court against them. Videtta A. Brown JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS LEGAL SERVICES RFP NUMBER: B-1656-11
amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (∫MBE∫) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of April Women-owned businesses (∫WBEs∫), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all LEGAL NOTICES HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The RFP may be obtained on or after Wednesday 2011, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410)396-3261 Fax: (410)962-1586 Questions regarding the RFP should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC RFP Number B-1658-11.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is accepting sealed bids for the construction project titled “The Maryland Zoo Sitatunga”. Go to ∫The Zoo Sitatunga∫. www.marylandzoo.org/construction for RFP and Bid Form. Any issues contact adam. email@example.com.
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The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (∫HABC∫), (“HABC”), a public body corporate and politic created under Maryland law, is requesting proposals from interested, qualified and experienced solo practitioners or law firms to represent HABC as outside counsel for litigation. The contract awarded under this Request for Proposals (“RPF”) will require the selected (∫RFP∫) outside counsel to perform the requested legal services in cooperation, consultation and coordination with the HABC General Counsel, in accordance with professional and ethical standards pertaining to the practice of law. HABC reserves the right to make multiple contract awards for any or all of the legal services required pursuant to this RFP. PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held on Monday April 18, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, ap(∫MBE∫) plicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”). How(∫WBEs∫). ever, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The RFP may be obtained on or after Monday, April 11, 2011, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410)396-3261 Fax: (410)962-1586 Questions regarding the RFP should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC RFP Number B-1656-11.
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS HOUSING MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE SYSTEM RFP NUMBER: B-1657-11
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Notice of Release of Substantive Amendments for the use of Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 Funds and Request and Comments Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. received a grant award on Feb. 11, 2010 in the amount of $26,092,880 from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds are to be used to buy foreclosed and abandoned properties in designated census tracts, rehabilitate the houses and either sell to income eligible homebuyers or rent to income eligible tenants. Healthy Neighborhoods is requesting four amendments to its action plan to: change the status of three of the original nonprofit “Consortium Members” ∫Consortium Members∫ to Development Partners∫; use NSP2 funds as a as a loan guarantee under the financing mechanism activity; add new development partners; and reallocate funds among NSP2 members. The full request for substantial amendments and the original action plan are available on the Healthy Neighborhoods’ website at www.HealthyNeighborhoods.org Neighborhoods¬ Questions and comments about the amendments along with request s for a hard copy should be directed to Lisa Evans, Sr. Program Manager - NSP2, Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc., 2 E. Read St., Baltimore, MD 21202, firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments on the amendments will be accepted through April 18, 2011. At the close of the comment period, all public comments will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for review.
File No. BCI-10#83 Maxwell C. Cohen, Esq. The Law Offices of Maxwell C. Cohen, LLC 17 Warren Road, Suite 14-B Baltimore, Maryland 21208 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY, MARYLAND Civil Action No. 24-C-11-001985 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION
REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. PEGGY A. MILES, MARJORIE M. JONES, MARGARET E. RANDALL, UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS OF 3616 GWYNN OAK AVE., CITIBANK SOUTH DAKOTA N.A., ACTION MANAGEMENT, INC., PERFORMANCE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, AND/OR MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE CITY and All Unknown Owners of the Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, known as Tax Account No. 28-02-8253-025; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 3616 Gwynn Oak Ave. described as Lot Size 50x172-6; Ward 28, Section 02, Block 8253, Lot 025. Defendants The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption of the subject property has not been paid, although more than six (6) months from the date of the sale have expired, and more than two (2) months from the date that the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of the tax sale was sent to each required interested party have expired. It is thereupon this 30th day of March, 2011, by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in some newspaper having a general circulation in Baltimore City, Maryland once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on or before the 29th day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 29th day of May, 2011 and redeem the Property referenced herein or to answer the Complaint or thereafter a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complain described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the Property being rendered by this Court against them. Evelyn Omega Cannon JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES NOTICE OF LETTING
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (∫HABC∫) (“HABC”), is requesting proposals from interested and qualified entities to provide a mature, web-based, complete software package of housing authority-specific modules that are highly customizable as well as implementation and on-going maintenance and support services that meet the evolving needs of our complex affordable housing programs that we administer. Currently, HABC supports the Public Housing Authority Software (PHAS) housing management software system developed by Modern Software Technology (MST) which the Agency implemented in 2003. The Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs manage their day-to-day operations through this technology system as well as a variety of other supplementary technology systems and reporting tools. PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. A non-mandatory pre-proposals conference will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, ap(∫MBE∫) plicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), how(∫WBEs∫), ever, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The RFP may be obtained on or after Monday, April 11, 2011, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410)396-3261 Fax: (410)962-1586 Questions regarding the RFP should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC RFP Number B-1657-11.
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS VEHICLE LEASE RFP NUMBER: B-1658-11
Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for GS 11814-103 West Lexington Street Restoration, 103 West Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of Friday, February 25, 2011 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (“JV”), then in that event, the document that established (∫JV∫), the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is E13004 Rehabilitation of Structures Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $100,000.01 to $500,000.00 ∫Pre-Bidding Information” A “Pre-Bidding Information∫ session will be conducted at The Site 103 W. Lexington Street on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Items of work for this project are: 1. Selected Demolition 2. Hazmat Removal 3. Structural Construction The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 10% CONTRACT NO. GS 11814 APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Theodore Atwood Director, Department of General Services
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11056 RX0 LYONS MILL ROAD IMPROVEMENTS OWINGS MILLS - DISTRICT 2 c 4 CONTRACT COST GROUP “D ($1,000,000 to $2,500,000)” ∫D ($1,000,000 to $2,500,000)∫ WORK CLASSIFICATION: A-2 &B with a Pre-Qualified F-2 & F-3 Sub-Contractors BID DATE: TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011, the above contract documents (See Note *) may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $20.00 (TWENTY DOLLARS) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. *Note: Contract Documents will consist of One (1) Paper Copy Proposal Book and One (1) Compact Disk (CD) with all of the required drawings. The CD will be in PDF format. Contractors and Sub-Contractors can purchase paper copies of the drawings from Baltimore County - OIT - Central Printing located in the Basement of the COB, RM G-9 for $1.50 a copy. The proposed work consists of: 1,200 (TON) 1.5∫ HMA Superpave 9.5 mm, PG 64-22, Level 2. 1.5” 2,635 (TON) 3.0∫ HMA Superpave 19.0 mm, PG64-22, Level 2. 3.0” 13,800 (SY) 5” Base Course using Graded Aggregate 5∫ A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. local time in Room 215 of the County Office Building. Located at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the ∫Information Bidders∫. “Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance
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File No. BCI-10#89 Maxwell C. Cohen, Esq. The Law Offices of Maxwell C. Cohen, LLC 17 Warren Road, Suite 14-B Baltimore, Maryland 21208 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY, MARYLAND Civil Action No. 24-C-11-1547 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION
REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. IONITA RUTHERFORD, UNKNOWN TENANT/ OWNER OF 2635 Park Heights Terr., CASTLE POINT MORTGAGE, Inc., THOMAS P. DORE, Trustee, GOT BAIL, LLC, MORTGAGE WHAREHOUSE, Inc., AND MAYOR CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE CITY and All Unknown Owners of the Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, known as Tax Account No. 15-343347E-011; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2635 Park Heights Terrace. Also described as Lot size 22x100-4; Ward 15, Section 34, Block 3347E, Lot 011 Defendants The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption of the subject property has not been paid, although more than six (6) months from the date of the sale have expired, and more than two (2) months from the date that the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of the tax sale was sent to each required interested party have expired. It is thereupon this 15th day of March, 2011, by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in some newspaper having a general circulation in Baltimore City, Maryland once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on or before the 14th day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 14th day of May, 2011 and redeem the Property referenced herein or to answer the Complaint or thereafter a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complain described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the Property being rendered by this Court against them. W. Michel Pierson JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 4/1, 4/8, 4/15
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) is requesting proposals from interested and qualified entities to to lease various vehicles to HABC. PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 2011. A non-mandatory pre-proposals conference will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, ap(∫MBE∫) plicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (∫WBEs∫), how(“WBEs”), ever, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u.
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Notice Protests of Renewal
Kyung Ok ChunK & C Liquors, Inc., T/a Big Bill Liquors 1232 N. Caroline Street 21213 Hearing date and time: April 21, 2011 at 3:15 p.m. 5401 Belair, Inc., T/a Garden Liquor 5401 Belair Road 21206 LEGAL NOTICES Hearing date and time: April 21, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Surinder Singh MP & AP, Inc., T/a Guiseppe’s Guiseppe¬s 2709-11 Washington Boulevard 21230 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. William McFaul & Jennifer Reda 26 E. Cross, LLC, T/a Stalking Horse 26-28 E. Cross Street 21230 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Dimple Curry, Russhon Whitlock & Janice Murray Monarchs, Inc., T/a Monarchs 6826-32 Harford Road 21234 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 2:15 p.m. Kenneth Horsman Kenzo, LLC, T/a Illusions Magic Bar & Lounge 1025-27 S. Charles Street 21230 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Chong Choi & Jung Choi Frankford Garden Liquor, Inc, T/a Frankford Garden Liquors 5418-10 Sinclair Lane 21206 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. Domingo H. Kim Domingo Kim Enterprises, Inc., T/a Stadium Lounge 3351-53 Greenmount Avenue 21218 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 4:15 p.m.
Under the provisions of Article 2B, Section 10-301(a), an alcoholic beverage license may not be renewed without a hearing when a protest has been filed against the renewal of the license. All hearings concerning protests of renewal will be held in Room 215, City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street. If you wish to confirm a hearing date or time, you may contact the Liquor Board at (410) 396-4377. All persons entering City Hall must have photo identification. The Liquor Board has received protests from community residents concerning the renewal of the following licenses and has scheduled hearings as listed below: J. William Ruppert B & R Limited Partnership, Secured Creditor 3349 Belair Road 21213 Hearing date and time: April 14, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Kevin Carter & Tracy Carter Riffs N Gruves, LLC, T/a Reality 2623-25 Washington Boulevard 21230 aring date and time: April 14, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Elizer Neger 4919 Belair, Inc., T/a Goodfellas 4919 Belair Road 21206 Hearing date and time: April 14, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Tae Eun Moon & Chae Sue Lee T & S Brothers, Inc., T/a Eden Café 921 N. Eden Street 21205 Hearing date and time: April 14, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Suzanne Cromwell, Zachary Cromwell & Susan Cromwell The New J.T.s Saloon, LLC, T/a The New J.T.’s Saloon J.T.¬s 6317-19 Belair Road 21206 Hearing date and time: April 14, 2011 at 3:15 p.m. Brett Austin & Joshua Foti Contract Purchasers, pending transfer 12-14 E. Cross Street 21230 Hearing date and time: April 14, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Richard A. Swirnow Tabrizi’s Parkway Siwrnow, Inc., T/a Tabrizi¬s Restaurant & Sorso Café 1221 Key Highway 21230 Hearing date and time: April 14, 2011 at 430 p.m. Jose Luaces Chesapeake Point Associates, LLC, T/a Manila 1725-237 E. Lombard Street 21231 Hearing date and time: April 21, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Jennifer McComas & Thomas Strawser Charybdis, LLC, T/a Ryleigh¬s Oyster Ryleigh’s 32-36 E. Cross Street 21230 Hearing date and time: April 21, 2011 at 1:45 p.m. Licensees Brian G. Logan & Benjamin Green Miss Irene’s, Inc. T/a Miss Irene’s Irene¬s, Inc. T/a Miss Irene¬s Applicants: Erica Russo, Jimmy Chin & Brian Logan The Point in Fells, LLC T/a The Point in Fells 1734 Thames Street 21231 Hearing date and time: April 21, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Kyung Ok ChunK & C Liquors, Inc., T/a Big Bill Liquors 1232 N. Caroline Street 21213 Hearing date and time: April 21, 2011 at 3:15 p.m. Rachhpal Singh Grewal & Jin H. You 5401 Belair, Inc., T/a Garden Liquor 5401 Belair Road 21206 Hearing date and time: April 21, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Surinder Singh MP & AP, Inc., T/a Guiseppe¬s 2709-11 Washington Boulevard 21230 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. William McFaul & Jennifer Reda 26 E. Cross, LLC, T/a Stalking Horse 26-28 E. Cross Street 21230 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Dimple Curry, Russhon Whitlock & Janice Murray Monarchs, Inc., T/a Monarchs 6826-32 Harford Road 21234 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 2:15 p.m. Kenneth Horsman Kenzo, LLC, T/a Illusions Magic Bar & Lounge 1025-27 S. Charles Street 21230 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Chong Choi & Jung Choi Frankford Garden Liquor, Inc, T/a Frankford Garden Liquors 5418-10 Sinclair Lane 21206 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. Domingo H. Kim Domingo Kim Enterprises, Inc., T/a Stadium Lounge 3351-53 Greenmount Avenue 21218 Hearing date and time: April 28, 2011 at 4:15 p.m.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Generator Technician I, II, III & Senior Homeless Coordinator Utilities Team Manager (Wastewater, Utility Operations) Water/Wastewater Systems Technician I, II, III Visit our website at www.aacounty.org for additional information and to apply on-line. You may use the Internet at any Anne Arundel County library, or visit our office at 2660 Riva Road in Annapolis. Deadline to apply: Tuesday, April 26, 2011. AEO/DF/SFE
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Position Title: Telecommunications Systems TechnicianContractual Closing Date: 4/14/11 www.marylandmva.com
Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) – The #1 Ranked Education Program in the USA (For the 3rd STRAIGHT YEAR) AND WINNER of the RACE TO THE TOP (RTTT) Grant MSDE seeks 2 Financial Compliance Auditors Division of Business Services seeks contractual Staff Auditor to perform financial analysis to ensure fiscal & audit compliance regarding the Education Jobs Bill program at the State & local school system (LSS) levels - # CTR129-11 Office of the State Superintendent’s Audit Office also seeking Staff Auditor to perform financial & compliance audits of State grants provided to local public school systems - #084011 For more info. visit our website at www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/aboutmsde/jobs MSDE is a State agency that develops & administers education, library, & rehab programs, is on the forefront of standards-based reform of public education, & is committed to promoting & maintaining a diverse workforce. Full state benefits for position #084011. Annual salary range for both positions is $38,594 - $55,859. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s w/ 30 credits in Acct’ng & related courses; including or supplemented by 3 credits in Auditing; CPA pref. & 2 yrs of exp. performing financial & compliance audits of a state agency, grantee, business or other entity. Exp w/ governmental and/or nonprofit organizations audits pref. NOTES: 1) Applicants may subst possession of CPA, Certified Internal Auditor, or Master’s in Bus Admin, Finance, or Acct’ng for 1 yr of req. exp. as defined above 2) 1 yr. of prof. Acct’ng exp. may subst for 1 yr of auditing exp. 3) Applicants who have met the req for admission to CPA exam prior to July 1, 1974 will be considered to have met educ req referenced above. To Apply: Reference position #084011 &/or CTR#129-11 & Send/FAX (410-333-8950) resume to Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Balto. MD. 21201. Applications/resumes should be received by April 22, 2011. AA/EOE
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