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Protesting Anti-
Gerri Mason
Hall Admits
Home Rule Budget
By Erica Butler
in Hiring
AFRO Staff Writer Council to deliberate after
Decrying what they saw as a trampling executive hiring hearings
of the District of Columbia’s autonomy in a By Erica Butler
budget deal that could impose new restrictions AFRO Staff Writer
on the city, Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and other
leaders were among 41 people arrested April WASHINGTON -- Two days of testimony
11 during a protest on Capitol Hill. about the questionable hiring practices of
Gray and his cohorts blocked traffic, sat Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration seem
in the street and were later cuffed with plastic to indicate he was unaware of the nepotism
ties by U.S. Capitol Police and escorted to jail. practiced by some of his staff and the alleged
quid pro quo hiring of former mayoral
“We’re not going to accept that candidate Sulaimon Brown.
On April 7, 11 witnesses were called
they decided to throw the District before the Committee on Government
Operations & the Environment in the second
of Columbia under the bus.” round of executive practices hearings led by
– Ilir Zherka, D.C. Vote D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh, D-Ward
3. The witnesses’ testimonies—like their
predecessors’—spun a tangled web of
The protestors were released hours later with a missteps in vetting, called-in favors and
$50 fine and will have to appear in court for a specially handled hires and conflicting
misdemeanor charge. reports that will prove difficult to unravel.
“This is an absolute travesty. D.C. deserves But there was at least one common thread
to be free,” the mayor said during the protest. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
in several of the accounts—Gerri Mason
“All we want to do is spend our own money.” Washington Mayor Vincent Gray is searched by Capitol Hill police after being arrested
during a protest on Capitol Hill on the restrictions placed on the District as part of the Hall.
Since its founding, the District has been Mason Hall, the mayor’s hired—then
controlled by Congress, which overviews federal budget deal on April 11 in Washington, outside a Senate office building.
fired—chief of staff, admitted to wrongly
the jurisdiction’s budget and laws. Officials setting salaries above acceptable caps among
and other home rule advocates say D.C. was other missteps.
used as a pawn in the budget deal struck Congress and showed the Congress and the The proposed budget compromise “I realized there were errors,” she testified
between President Obama and congressional country what it means to fight back,” said resurrects the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship in her opening statement. “Our approach
Republicans. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton in Program—a GOP-backed schools voucher was lacking.”
“District residents have been under a statement Tuesday. While Norton did not initiative that was terminated by federal and As former employee for Sodexo, Mason
concerted, anti-home-rule attacks by participate in the protest, she expressed her local Democratic leaders in 2009. The District Hall said her salary was nearly $300,000, and
Republicans since the first day of the new strong opposition to the budget plan on the may also be restricted from spending taxpayer her position in Gray’s administration was a
Congress, but, yesterday, D.C.’s local elected House floor, filing amendments to “protect dollars to fund abortions for low-income
home-rule.” Continued on A4
leaders and D.C. residents had had it with Continued on A4

Who Cares about Cote d’Ivoire’s Bloody Conflict?

Hear the AFRO on The Daily
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By Kristin Gray
Drum, Wednesday at 7 p.m. AFRO Managing Editor

INSERT Democracy teeters on the brink of obscurity in Cote

• Home Depot d’Ivoire, a tropical West African nation rife with verdant cacao
trees and, in recent months, bloodshed.
The conflict brewing there stems from a historically
sought-after triumvirate — power, money and respect —
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which illegitimate president Laurent Gbagbo clamored to

maintain before his arrest in the nation’s capital on April
11. After losing the country’s 2010 presidential election to
Ivorian politician Alassane Ouattara, Gbagbo unleashed armed
security forces on protestors decrying his leadership. In brutal
retaliation, pro-Ouattara mobs combed cities like Duekoue,
Blolequin and Guiglo, where the International Federation of AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell
the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) estimates Fighters of the former rebel New Forces allied with Alassane Ouattara have held the
thousands were killed and wounded. The country’s infighting north of this former French colony Children look on as a fighter opposed to Laurent
spawned a protracted tug-of-war between Gbagbo’s supporters, Gbagbo passes in a pick-up truck, in the Anyama neighborhood of Abidjan, Cote
Continued on A8 d’Ivoire on March 12.

Finally, a Plan to Reduce Health Disparities

By Zenitha Prince that injustice thrives – Blacks year cancer survivor, West – medical injustices – that disparities. “Thank you,
Washington Bureau Chief and other minorities continue said many more minority should not be in this great Lord,” was West’s reaction
to lack, disproportionately, women who suffered breast country of ours.” as she spoke at the press
“Of all the forms of access to health care and to cancer did not make it. That’s why West and conference called to announce
inequality, injustice in health suffer and die from a gamut of “And, sad to say, in a lot of other medical equality the initiatives.
care is the most shocking and diseases. instances, even though the advocates welcomed the Effective immediately
inhumane,” said Dr. Martin “Our preexisting condition death certificate may have Obama administration’s within all Department of Health
Luther King Jr. in a speech remains race and ethnicity,” read ‘breast cancer,’ the announcement last week and Human Services offices,
to the Medical Committee said Fredette West, chair of underlying cause for many of a “first-of-its-kind” the HHS Action Plan will
for Human Rights back in the Racial and Ethnic Health of them was race-based and national plan to reduce – and seek to increase the number
1966. And yet, decades later, Disparities Coalition. A six- ethnic-based health disparities eventually eliminate – those Continued on A3
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A2 The Afro-American, April 16, 2011 - April 22, 2011

AFRO National Briefs within ownership, not just serve as entertainers on the stage or
in front of the cameras,” King said in a statement. “That’s what
makes this even more exciting to me as we embark on this new
Your History • Your Community • Your News ‘Fox and Friends’ Roast Crayola’s Multicultural endeavor of an independently owned and operated broadcast
The Afro-American Newspapers Markers television network featuring African Americans.”
Baltimore Office • Corporate Headquarters The hosts of “Fox and A promotional video on Bounce TV’s website contends that
2519 N. Charles Street Friends,” Fox News Channel’s over 14 million African-American households watch more TV
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-4602 morning show, recently blasted than those in any other demographic, yet only two networks
410-554-8200 • Fax: 1-877-570-9297 arts and crafts maker Crayola for serve Black audiences. Latinos have over 80 channels. manufacturing a special brand “If African-Americans watch more TV than anyone else,
of markers the company says are why don’t we have more choices?” questioned Young, a
Founded by John Henry Murphy Sr., August 13, 1892 ethnically sensitive. businessman and minister who worked as a top aide to MLK Jr.
Washington Publisher Emerita - Frances L. Murphy II The brand’s Multicultural during the civil rights movement, held elective office as mayor
Chairman of the Board/Publisher - John J. Oliver, Jr. Markers feature many different of Atlanta, Ga. and a member of the House of Representatives,
Executive Assistant - Takiea Hinton - 410-554-8222 hues of skin tones, unlike its and later served as U.N. ambassador during the administration
Receptionist - Wanda Pearson - 410-554-8200
traditional sets. On April 7, host of President Jimmy Carter. “Bounce will help meet that need.”
Brian Kilmeade introduced the Courtesy Photo Young, King III and their partners have acquired television
Director of Advertising/Sponsorship Development & Sales story and news contributor Michelle Malkin criticized the rights to nearly 400 prominent Black films, including Ray, Do
Susan Gould - 410-554-8289
markers. “It’s just goofy. I have to say that I am proud to say The Right Thing, Car Wash, Boyz ‘n The Hood, Glory and A
Advertising Manager - Robert Blount - 410-554-8246 that I say I survived my childhood without [them],” Malkin Raisin in the Sun.
Sr. Advertising Account Executive - Annie Russ - 410-554-8235 said on the show. “I was fine with ‘Burnt Sienna’ and I think
Advertising Account Executive really most elementary school kids are fine with pink or blue.” Norfolk Principal Apologizes for Mock Slave
Marquise Goodwin - 410-554-8274 Malkin then suggested the special brand is really an Auction
Director of Finance - Jack Leister - 410-554-8242 underlying method of capitalizing off of liberal parents, rather NORFOLK (AP) — A Norfolk school principal has
Archivist - John Gartrell - 410-554-8265 than appealing to children. apologized for a classroom activity last week in which a teacher
“I understand that this is pandering more to liberal parents staged a mock auction of Black and mixed-race students as part
Director, Community & Public Relations
Diane W. Hocker - 410-554-8243 than it is to kids who really have no need for such things,” she of a Civil War history lesson.
added. “The only color that this really is about is green—it’s The Virginian-Pilot reports that Sewells Point Elementary
Executive Editor - Talibah Chikwendu
good, smart savvy politically-correct marketing by Crayola.” School Principal Mary B. Wrushen wrote the students’ parents
E-mail: Chelsea Rudman, blogger for Media Matters, questioned the this week to say that while the teacher’s actions were well-
Managing Editor - Kristin Gray - 410-554-8277 segment’s recent feature of the markers and claimed the special intended, “the activity presented was inappropriate for the
Washington Bureau Chief - Zenitha Prince - 202-332-0080, ext. 119 brand had been around for years. Crayola’s website supports students.” She said the activity was not supported by the school
E-mail: Rudman’s claims as a timeline of the company’s products or division.
Global Markets shows that the multicultural line was indeed introduced in Division spokeswoman Elizabeth Thiel Mather said the
Director - Benjamin M. Phillips IV - 410-554-8220 1992. teacher separated Black and mixed-race fourth-graders from their White classmates and auctioned them. She said the
Washington Circulation/Distribution Manager MLK III and Andy Young Join Forces to Form division was taking “appropriate personnel action.”
Edgar Brookins - 202-332-0080, ext. 116
Baltimore Circulation/Distribution Manager New Black TV Network Wrushen declined to comment Friday and the teacher, Jessica
Sammy Graham - 410-554-8266 By fall 2011, Black television viewers won’t need cable to Boyle, did not return a call to the school, the newspaper reported.
Production Department - 410-554-8288 watch a station dedicated to broadcasting images of people that
look like them; they’ll have Bounce TV. Marian Wright Edelman Receives National
The network, Leader for Justice Award
Washington Office which will target Marian Wright Edelman, an African-American social
1917 Benning Road, N.E. • Washington, D.C. 20002-4723 Black audiences activist and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF),
202-332-0080 Fax: 1-877-570-9297 between the ages received a national award for her advocacy for children and
General Manager
of 25 and 54, will social change on April 5 as part of the annual John Jay Justice
Edgar Brookins - ext. 116
Office Administrator - Mia Hayes-Hawkins - ext. 112 broadcast an array Awards.
of programming, Celebrated film icon and
Customer Service, Home Delivery and Subscriptions: including Martin Luther Andrew activist Harry Belafonte
410-554-8234 movies, live King III Young presented Edelman with the
Customer sporting events, Courtesy Photos national leader for justice
Billing Inquiries: 410-554-8226 documentaries, faith-based programs and original series all award during the ceremony,
Nights and Weekends: 410-554-8282 available on the digital signals of local television stations, which was held in the
the network’s organizers told Harold M. Proshansky
reporters April 6. Auditorium at the CUNY
Instead of being conveyed Graduate Center in New
through cable or over satellite York City.
signals, Bounce will arrive “When John Jay Marian Wright
over the airwaves, like TV was College extended the Edelman
delivered before the explosion invitation for me to Courtesy Photo
of technological choices. participate in the program, there was no thought, no hesitation
“We are basically targeting – mention Marian Wright Edelman and I’m where you want me
the rabbit-ear consumer,” to be,” Belafonte said as he presented the award. “I’m honored
Ryan Glover, a former Turner to have been given this task to celebrate her life, leadership and
Broadcasting executive and justice.”
Bounce organizer, said, Across the nation, Edelman’s name and the Children’s
referring to the households that Defense Fund have become synonymous with a dedication to
are not equipped with cable bettering the lives of children, especially the poor, minority
or satellite hardware and still or physically disabled. Edelman said it’s a fight that is needed
rely on over-the-air television more than ever before.
signals “This has been a wonderful evening,” said Edelman. “I’m
Bounce TV’s founders, moved to be honored and it makes me want to fight even
which include Martin Luther harder. We have got to stand up, fight back and reclaim our
King III and former United children. We can make changes—it’s movement night.”
Nations Ambassador Andrew Edelman founded the non-profit organization in 1973 and
Young, announced the venture it has been supported for over 38 years with foundation and
during a news conference. “My corporate grants and individual donations. Acting as a voice
father envisioned the day that for children, this organization heads various campaigns that
African Americans would play are devoted to protecting, uplifting and educating children
major roles in entertainment throughout America.

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Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain

A3 N April 16, 2011 - April 22, 2011, The Afro-American
By Alan King sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspi- posted

Graduates ‘Byte’ into Free IT Training AFRO Staff Writer connection with the murder of
Hudson’s mother and brother.
The white,
cious vehicle. The man noticed
the vehicle while walking his
graph a
By Erica Butler Jennifer Hudson and other average wage1994 Chevrolet
for graduates dog. According to the Chicago for the
AFRO Staff Writer relatives positively identified Suburban with Illinois
is $11.75 per hour with license
a 17 Tribune, the boy had been shot her nep
multiple times in the back seat blog, s
percent salary raise for those
of the vehicle. The SUV, regis- porters
Washington, D.C.’s tech-market is growing – and who enrolled in the program
tered to Hudson’s murdered offered
job-seekers are watchful. Mayor Vincent Gray’s recent seeking more training. brother, was towed with the anyone
groundbreaking for the $25 million broadband expansion in The organization’s fast- boy’s body inside and is being alive.
Wards 5, 7 and 8 has been one major step this year to close growing success—for every processed by evidence techni- Sinc
the digital divide. The new DC Community Access Network $100 spent on a student, cians and workers. The body Hudson
(DC-CAN) will reach clinics, community centers, and other there was an average $1,082 was later removed and taken to after ap
digitally disconnected entities. increase in that student’s the Cook County Medical Courtesy Photo Idol,” a
But the development—in addition to expanding access to earnings—has appealed Eighty
Examiner’s students
office.graduated from Byte Back’s information technology and computer Academ
the Internet—may also be the means for job-seekers in those to high-ranking officials, training
Hudson program
and otheron April 1.
family the mo
same disadvantaged communities to shake off their financial including FCC Commissioner members arrived at the Medical stayed
woes and gain meaningful employment. And Byte Back, a Mignon Clyburn, the Examiner’s office mid-after- they need to have the same goals. The
community-based nonprofit, is helping to prepare them for those keynote speaker for the graduation on April 1, and D.C. noon to identify the body. Julian
Some King,
Byte Jennnifer
Back Hudson’s
graduates, such nephew.
as Andrena McGriggs, ed that
opportunities by offering training in the IT and computer fields. Councilmember Harry Thomas, D-Ward 5. Given the choice between look- 64, are older, and simply want to catch up with the fast-paced slowly
A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monda
This month, the organization produced 80 graduates – the “We have the ability to invest ing anddirectly
improve at our
the body or digital world. For McGriggs, her enrollment in the Microsoft
told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after
biggest class since its 1997 inception. communities,” Clyburn said to the viewing on“Today
a wall-mounted
you are Office class had a deeper meaning. news v
“It’s almost completely impossible to apply for a job better tooled to doCourtesy that, and
Photostomorrow let’s continue to do that Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, she decided to get
now if you don’t know anything Jennifer
about computers,”
Hudson said and her mom, forDarnell
the uplift of us all.”who
Donerson “She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional momen
her GED at Springard High School and in order to receive
Kelly Ellsworth, executive director of the Northeast D.C.
was killed, as well as her brother, And Byte Back’s success is also appealing to area residents. credit she had to enroll in Byte Back. Both, she said, are
organization. “Five years ago, you could survive without Ellsworth said enrollment swelledvideo in a screen,
span ofthe nearly three critical
“remained to her financial
strong for herexpansion.
fami- being convicted of attempted
family chose violenc
knowing how to use a computer and now you can[not].” years. “We have had to increase dramatically,” she said, noting ly” “I
was want to
clearly advance
its leader. myself—god
murder forbid something
and vehicular hijack-
the body of her 7-year-old plate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the In fr
And those who are trained in nephew
IT and computer skills tend the enrollment
Chicago’s West of Side 333 graduates in
after 2008 compared
Tribune, Hudson said, to 2010’s
“Yes, happens,”
“She held hands she said. with“I’m trying toing.
her fami- get Cook
in myCounty
own business records show home,
Monday, just hours
to thrive. The job outlook for a computer
after his bodysupport wasspecialist
found in a graduation
police receivedof 1,037
a 7 a.m. students.
call “Wethat’s havehim.”
more students, we ...
ly,”trying to be moresaid.
the spokesman advanced
“It because
that heofpleaded
the modern guilty to both and ho
this year, will “increase faster than average,” according to have more volunteers, we have more partner sites.” technology.”
was obviously McGriggs
a very is
emotionalcurrently applying
charges in to
1999. an Headvanced
was also kiss the

ACORN Fights Back

the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment in the industry is According to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor course
moment.” Byte Back offers. convicted in 1998 for posses- ing the
expected to jump 14 percent from 2008 to 2018, more rapidly Statistics, D.C. has the lowest recorded unemployment rate at Nathan
The boy Rhones,
– the son40, a recent graduate,
of Julia sion of a enrolled
stolen motor in thevehicle.
A+ Jason.
than the average of all occupations examined by the agency. 6.2 percent, with an increase of 74,600 jobs in 2010. But in program to acquiresister
Hudson, Jennifer’s certification.
– had With He was some college
released from education
prison in “Ev
The organization offers low-income Washingtonians to historically indigent communities such as those in Ward 8— under his beltsince
been missing and aFriday,
desire to advance 2006his career,
after serving Rhones
seven years
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
be part of that jobs revolution. Its students are immersed in where joblessness remains disproportionately high—programs
said a relative
class was found
the Julian’s
assurance heforneeded
the attempted
to pursue murder and
his real West, a
passion, IT. Darnell
“They really turned car
me hijacking
around,” charges.
he said. “My
two programs: CompTIA A+ program By Alan in IT
Kingsupport and the likeDallas
and Byte Back
Cowboys are much
playersneeded.No Thewonder
program mostly
Obama’s serves is
area to
parents died
uncle,through a
lot and
boy now
I have
Microsoft training program. AFRO Staff Writer unemployed
Tony Romo and African
Owens, primarily women.
trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in
have to
Students meet, at most, three times a week for three amongThethe organization
names submitted recently
to received
$551,000 “BarackgrantObama
to confidence. With Byte Back, I can go into any job.” young
in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for wh
months, Ellsworth said. At the end of the program,
Presidential someJohn
candidate teach 1,600
election students for the next Never
officials. two years. And, with
Organized anyone can
ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale
trainees receive IT certification, contingent
McCain’s attack uponon passing
ACORN a test,
– apply
free workers,
classes, who taught at
Butfour local ties
Obama’s libraries,
to ACORN as long
run Byte
Avenue. Back will host a Community Computer Day on May 7,
along with a refurbished computer and free Community
Associated Internet service as they
were meet
doing thethings
those low-income
without eligibility.
long andApplicants
deep. He taught do notclasses offering
An Amberfree computer workshops. For more information about
Alert – a desig-
for a year with Cricket Communications.
Organization Ellsworth
for Reform saidNowthe – need to have
ACORN’s a high school
knowledge or permis- diploma
for or collegeThey
ACORN. degree.
even Nor do
endorsed the event and the organization,
nation for high-risk missing go to
confirms the success of the sion, were fired. him for President. children – was issued Friday
organization, the head of the “The evidence that has sur- But now ACORN is in trouble.
Health Disparities group says. faced so far shows they faked theReporter:
input of about
There are
at least
after Julian was discovered
commitment to deal with
missing after the murders.
these problems,” said Sen.
the House appropriations
subcommittee that determines
“This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they 11 investigations across the Police arrested William
Continued from A1 community stakeholders.
we’ve done and success we’ve didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of Balfour, the missing boy’s step- health funding. “We’re under
Benjamin Cardin, D-Md.,
of minority physicians; tap had,” Maude Hurd, president of boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the A separate
potentially document
fraudulent offers
ACORN who many
father thanked for
and estranged his
husband siege right now ... and we have
“promotoras,” community ACORN, said in an interview victim of fraud, not the perpetra- several
forms. strategies to guide key role in ensuring
of Julia, at his girlfriend’s health to make sure these (initiatives)
health workers to guide with the AFRO. tor of it. community
Announcer: efforts.
Massive voter disparity provisions
Southside apartment several were are fully funded,” she said of
Spanish-speaking residents in
“When this attack started, we Hurd said the only things Officials
fraud. And thesaid Obama the included
campaign hours in the health
after the murders. care current Republican attempts to
seeking health services and
had just announced that we had bogus are the charges them- Affordable
paid more than Care Act
$800,000 is the
to an legislation.
Balfour’s mother, Michele, has dramatically slash the budget.
provide dental care to poor
registered 1.3 million new vot- selves. And factcheck. org vehicle
for get out muchthe of
vote toldThat will
reporters demand
that her son had “We cannot allow this current
ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. efforts.
this disparities reduction plan everyone’s
nothing to do efforts,
with theespecially
slayings. debate on the deficit to be used
children, among other steps. that someone’s running scared It concluded, “Neither Pressuring bankswantto issue risky
“This action plan ... is forward. “We to make in light of the
Balfour ongoing
remains budgetin Jason
a suspect as an excuse
Hudson not to fund what
because of ACORN’s success.” ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud.
the most comprehensive sure that our commitment battles, said Congresswoman we have to fund to close these
McCain, who is running for been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment.
federal effort ever to address does not depend upon one Barbara Lee, D-Calif., a ethnic and racial disparities
president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for
racial/ethnic disparities,” et, lashed out at ACORN in the votes.” president
America. or one secretary, longtime minority health that now is law. We can’t go to
said Dr. Howard Koh, final debate against Barack The problem came about pri- [but] that this is a permanent advocate and a member of sleep; we must be vigilant.”
assistant secretary of Health Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way
AFRO File Photos/Rob Roberts and J.D. Howard
Since McCain’s comments, SQUARE HIGH
and Human Services. on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than
Congresswoman Barbara
ACORN’s 87 offices have been
Emphasizing its importance ing one of the greatest frauds inLee, D-Calif., and Sen.
rely on volunteers, Ben peo-
it pays bombarded with threats and
Cardin, D-Md., have given theirple, support
many oftothem
thispoorplan.or unem- racist mail.
and the need for across-the- voter history in this country,
board support, he later added, Americans
maybe destroying by implementing
the fabric of ployed, to sign
Affordable Care up Act,
new and voters. The day after the presidential
the CDC’s new Community The idea was to help
increasing patient-centered both those debate, vandals broke into the
“We know that the health, a non-partisan being registered and those doing organization’s Boston and Seattle
of the individual is almost Transformation Grants, and outcomes research.
Web site, found those claims to the registration. offices and stole computers.
inseparable from the health of additional targeted efforts
be “exaggerated,” with “no evi-
- Increase the
Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative BREAD NOT ON TH
the larger community [and] to achieve
dence of anyimprovements
such democracy- efficiency,
zero tolerance transparency
policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was
we know that the health of the in cardiovascular
destroying fraud.” disease, and accountability
ate falsification of HHS
of registration.” sent to the local office saying she
community determines the childhood obesity,
Hurd believes the McCaintobacco- programs by making
Most news account neglect health to “is going to have her life ended.”
overall health of our nation.” related
chargesdiseases, maternal
were politically and disparities
motivat- point out that assessments
ACORN is part of A worker in Providence, R.I.,
As a physician and the child
ed. health, flu and asthma. all HHS
required decision-making
by law to turn in alland reg- received a threatening call say- LEFT RIGH
son of immigrants, Dr. Koh -She
Advance scientific
said, “Because it’s low- doing
And they also of fail ing, “We know you get off work
said he’s seen far too many, knowledge and innovation
and moderate-income people,by the progress
to note toward
that it was reducing
the organiza- at 9” and uttered racial epithets.
whose poor health was implementing
and people of color, a new health the health
I believe tion, in disparities.
many instances, that first A caller to one office left a
linked to social or economic data
McCain collection
campaign andthinks
those The plan
brought was developed
the phony registrations message on the answering
disadvantage. And so the plan strategy
voters areauthorized
going to vote by the over
to theaattention
few years with
of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just
acknowledges “that health Democratic, which is not neces- The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that
depends on much more than sarily true.” isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get
ACORN is no stranger to points, preferring to air mislead- hung. He’s a (expletive deleted)
what happens in the doctor’s
controversy. ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of
office,” he said. “It’s impacted
For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are
by where people live, labor, organization has fought for social his political support. fraudulent, and you need to go to
learn, play and pray.” and economic justice for low- McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees.
A major player in the and moderate-income and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung hon-
disparity of health care Americans. With 400,000 mem- Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassi-
outcomes is the unequal access ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.”
to health insurance. According than 1,200 neighborhood chap- baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You
to HHS, minorities account for ters in 110 cities nationwide, speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive
more than half of the 50 million ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You
uninsured in the United States. its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. guys just (expletive deleted)
The Affordable Care Act, cating for affordable housing, There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume
President Obama’s 1-year- living wages, healthcare for the Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource there is,
old health care overhaul, underserved— and while organ- branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s
izing voter registration drives. impressive that he was asked to all you guys do. And then suck
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gaps. But, the plan also
and baseless as this one. What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital
acknowledges the more With the presidential election engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let
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major goals of the HHS organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. Forget about paying for hospital counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learn
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Continued from A1
women. “This fight was not about
“Why should women in the saving money, but rather a harsh
District of Columbia be subjected political tactic driven by anti-
to a set of rules that no other choice members of Congress,” the
woman is subjected to?” Gray organization said in an April 10
said during the protest and added, statement. “We must fight back.”
“If we want a school voucher The organization says that calls
program, we should choose it to their hotline have increased in
ourselves.” volume—300 percent for the last
The Senate passed the stopgap four years, with an average of 147
bill on April 8 to avert a shutdown calls a month last year.
and fund the government for a According to the GOP
week. The next day President lawmakers’ spending bill unveiled
Obama signed the short-term bill, Tuesday, the needle-exchange
which also included a compromise program will not be affected as
with Republicans to cut $38 was expected. The bill cuts a little
billion in spending for the next six more than $50 million from the
months. The government’s deficit District, $30 million less than
is more than one $1 trillion. proposed. Schools will receive $77
Democrats have a tough fight million.
in the House this year and going Ilir Zherka, the executive
forward. For the past four years, director of D.C. Vote, a nonpartisan
the Democrats controlled the group that lobbies for more
Senate and the House, and proved Mayor Vincent Gray, D-D.C., blocks a street in front of a independence for the District and
advantageous to the predominately Senate office building with other demonstrators during a that was responsible for organizing
Democratic Washington, D.C. protest of the restrictions placed on the District as part of Monday’s protest, told The
Now, Republicans run the House the federal budget deal on April 11 in Washington. Associated Press his group intends
and have proposed deep budget AP Photo/Evan Vucci to fight the passage of this budget.
cuts to curb the nation’s growing “We’re not going to accept that
deficit. However, some cuts affect back; needed infrastructure projects will be The Obama administration lifted the ban they decided to throw the District
social programs, which have Democrats and delayed—and I would not have made these on funding abortions in 2009, but Republicans of Columbia under the bus,” Zherka said.
some citizens in disarray. cuts in better circumstances.” reinstated the prohibition this year. According
In a weekly address by Obama, he said: Among those painful cuts, some say, is the to the nonprofit organization D.C. Abortion To see a highlighted program cuts, go to:
“Some of the cuts we agreed to will be funding of abortions for women in D.C. who Fund, D.C.’s women and girls are the ones
painful – programs people rely on will be cut are on Medicaid. who will suffer in this budget fight. les/41211ProgramCutsListFinalFY2011CR.pdf

Gerri Mason Hall

Continued from A1
step back salary-wise. Hall said she proposed a $200,000 salary and promised him a high-paying job to attack former Mayor admitted she bought a team of people with her from Arizona
to Gray, which he was “comfortable” with. Adrian Fenty in the 2010 race caused a media frenzy, and and did not search for hires in Washington, D.C. “This was a
Hall later explained that the role of the chief of staff was prompted investigations at the local and federal level. Gray has handpicked team,” Webb said.
“expanded” under this administration, unlike previous posts, denied the charges. Webb said she was called into a “hostile” meeting with
which is why she thought her salary was appropriate. Brown—who has met with the FBI and the House Gray’s acting chief of staff Paul Quander and Deputy Mayor
Linda Wharton-Boyd, a Gray spokeswoman, said she was committee with oversight over the District to discuss his for Economic Development Victor Hoskins after she told them
unaware that her son was hired into the administration. Boyd claims—walked out of the hearing as Cheh called him to she was going to testify that human resources director Judy
said she had a three-way conversation with Judy Banks and testify, prompting Cheh’s office to prepare a subpoena to Banks did not tell that truth in the March hearing about the
Hall about how to handle media reports of cronyism and compel his testimony. The day of the hearing, Brown contacted hiring of her son. Webb said she was fired at the meeting.
nepotism in Gray’s administration, and they decided to “just tell Webb said she gave Judy Banks
the truth,” Boyd said.
She testified that Gray did not know that five children of
“With the clarity of hindsight, I realize I made mistakes her son’s resume, contrary to Bank’s
testimony that Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe
employees were hired. “He was angry…disappointed,” she said and exercised poor judgment...” recommended Brandon Webb.
of Gray’s reaction to the news. “He should have known through “That’s a very serious allegation,”
the chief of staff.” the AFRO and told reporter Valencia Mohammed that he will Councilman David Catania said. Webb also said DOES
Mason Hall, the former chief of staff, admitted she did not talk about allegations he has made, even if subpoenaed. He Operating Officer Lisa Mallory arranged for her to have a
not tell Gray about those special hires and about Sulaimon said he felt the hearing had turned into a “witch hunt” and that driver and stay at the W Hotel during her job transition.
Brown’s hiring as a special assistant in the Department of Gray would be given a pass by his former colleagues. Cheh said that witnesses were called to testify before the
Healthcare Finance. She said Gray saw Brown in the audience “The Council really doesn’t want me down there to testify. Council after interrogation from other agencies including the
at a department meeting and was “surprised” to see his former My testimony might incriminate some of them,” he added. FBI, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
campaign opponent there, and that the mayor was quite “upset” Rochelle Webb, who was fired from her Department of and the Office of Campaign.
that no one told him. Employment Services job, was questioned about her pricey W “The committee intends to publicly present its finding. It
“With the clarity of hindsight, I realize I made mistakes and Hotel accommodations and her son’s employment and salary. will be up to appropriate authorities to determine if information
exercised poor judgment,” Mason Hall said. Webb said she made $90,000 prior to taking the $165,000 presented by the committee merits further action,” said
Brown’s recent allegations that Gray’s campaign paid him DOES position, which angered some council members. She Frederick Hill, spokesman for the oversight committee.

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Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation Launches 8th Annual Conference
By Bobby Marvin building families, we wanted survivors coping with the non-profit group Phoenix and psychiatrist Dr.
Special to the AFRO to take this year to focus on trauma of sexual assault while Rising Baltimore, was Melva Green. Author
relationships. We haven’t in a relationship. tapped by HWHN to lead the and radio personality
One thing that excites really dealt with that issue “When they [survivors] discussion with the young LaDawn Black will be the
Mothyna James-Brightful previously and we wanted the begin to enter into girls. As a one-time teenage moderator for the panel
is marriage. The passion is chance to deal with various relationships, having that mother, she believes it is vital discussion that will cover
evident in her voice when kinds of relationships,” said moment of honesty with to teach young girls about relationship building with
she talks about it. Today, James-Brightful, founder and their partner does become a healthy decision-making self, youth and spouses.
as a married woman and visionary director of HWHN. part of that process in that early. “One of the things that
a promoter of sisterhood, James-Brightful launched relationship [as well as ] “You know when you a lot of the speakers are
James-Brightful wants to the first HWHN conference sharing with their partner teach a woman something, going to talk about and
spread the importance of in 2004 on the campus of what they learned about you’re not just teaching an what I would like to get
marriage to more women. Morgan State University. what works for them and individual, you’re teaching out there is…changing
That’s why “relationships” Following its success, she their healing ,” said James- the whole entire community. the perceptions that we
is the theme for this year’s decided to start a non-profit Brightful, who is also the She’s the future mother, she’s have when it comes to
Heal a Woman to Heal a organization under the community educator for the future doctor…she’s the relationships. Are we Courtesy Photo
Nation (HWHN) conference. same moniker. From there, TurnAround Inc., a non-profit future, period,” said Eaddy- able to look [realistically] Mothyna James-Brightful,
Now in its eighth year, the James-Brightful worked to organization that works with Ward. “If there weren’t any about the things that we founder of the annual Heal
one-day event of workshops rejuvenate women from all survivors of sexual assault. women…pouring into young want versus the things that a Woman to Heal a Nation
and activities will focus on walks of life. HWHN also added “You girls, there would be a lot of, we really need in order to conference
teaching women how to build Past conferences have Are the Prize” workshop for you know, hurt young girls have love in our loves,”
and strengthen relationships focused on single parenting, adolescent girls ranging from becoming grown women.” said Black, host of 92Q’s James-Brightful said.
on April 16. healthy living, and financial ages 14-16. This forum will Every HWHN conference popular radio segment “The “Our goal, our sole goal is
“We truly believe management. give teen girls tips on how to features a panel discussion; Love Zone.” to build strong families,” she
that healthy individuals For the first time this year, develop better relationships this one will include HWHN plans to do more said. “And for us that starts
and healthy families are however, the conference with their mothers and self- relationship experts Nisa with relationships throughout with building strong, healthy,
the cornerstone of our will tackle the issue of esteem building. Muhammad, founder of the the year, particular with whole women and young
communities. And so, sexual violence and abuse Tracy Eaddy-Ward, co- Wedded Bliss Foundation marriages. It’s all a part of her ladies who will grow up to be
keeping with our mission of with a support workshop for founder of the sexual abuse and Black Marriage Day; ambitious goal of rebuilding, young women.”

DC Lawyers for Youth Names Local Teen Elcid Johnson as March 2011 Young Achiever
By AFRO Staff including drafting a letter requesting permission for its creation communities.
and scheduling the pick-up of the donated goods. In addition to “Go and do anything you set your mind to,” Johnson said
The DC Lawyers for granting numerous SOME families meals during the holiday, in a statement. “Once you get started, others will support you.
Youth (DCLY) recently the drive also inspired other students to create their own service At the end of the day it’s a great feeling knowing that you’ve
named 16-year-old Elcid projects. helped someone.”
Johnson as their March The teen aims to continue service in his community and The DCLY Young Achievers is a monthly program that
2011 Young Achiever. is already gearing up for his next endeavor-a beautification spotlights the achievements of students in their classroom
Johnson, who attends project that will transform the barren land around his school and communities. After being selected, each Young Achiever
Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School, was into an area that he says will reflect the quality of education that receives a certificate from the organization acknowledging their
spotlighted by the organization for creating and spearheading a he is receiving at the academy. work and a gift certificate to a local business.
school-wide food drive during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday. In the future, Johnson hopes to use his strong leadership
Inspired by his grandmother and his volunteer experience skills and his willingness to help others in a career as a For more information about the Young Achievers Program
with the nonprofit organization So Others Might Eat (SOME), veterinarian. He believes that youth can accomplish any goals or to nominate a student for a future month, please visit: www.
Johnson took on responsibility for every aspect of the drive, they have set, and can make a tremendous impact on their

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April 16, 2011 - April 22, 2011, The Afro-American A7

Our View
‘I’ll Give You D.C.’
In Bipartisan Budget Deal District Thrown under the Bus
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was outraged. D.C. Delegate took to the streets around Capitol Hill Monday to protest the
Eleanor Holmes Norton was livid, almost apoplectic. Even intrusive budget actions, was arrested while objecting to the
Illinois Democrat Danny Davis, ranking member on the House Republican riders that will keep the city from spending its own
subcommittee with oversight of the District of Columbia, said funds on abortions for poor women and, possibly, on a critical
it was wrong. clean needle access program to stem the high rate of HIV/
But it was D.C. residents such as David Hinnant, Ebony AIDS in the District. The provisions also force a controversial
Edwards, Craig Harnett, and Tiara Jordan, all students at the school voucher program on the city.
University of the District of Columbia’s Community College, “This indignity comes on top of the fact that no other
who were held hostage and among those who felt the adverse state or jurisdiction had to endure the hardship of having to
impact of a potential federal government shutdown most shut down a municipal government, thus spending valuable
egregiously. While they should have been concerned with resources and personnel on a process that should never have The Democrats’ hands are not clean either in this setback
finals, projects and graduation, these students were left to been necessary,” Mr. Gray said in a prepared statement. for home rule. District residents, who voted more than 90
worry if they could even finish the semester because the city Further, “The United States Congress ought to do what percent for the historic president, should not soon forget that
would not have had the money to keep the school and many is morally right and grant the residents of the District of he served up this Democratic city’s budget by agreeing to the
other municipal services open. Columbia – who pay more than $5 billion in taxes annually – riders just as the Republican-led House used them to advance
The unfair predicament these students found themselves the full right of citizenship and budget autonomy.” their social agenda.
in for numerous tense hours is illustrative of why President Indeed, short of statehood, short of full voting rights, “John, I’ll give you D.C.; I’m not happy about it,”
Obama and Congress must grant the District of Columbia full Congress and the president should devise an exception President Obama said to GOP House Speaker John Boehner,
budget autonomy and control of its local funds posthaste. whereby the District’s budget would be exempted from R-Ohio, during the testy budget negotiations in the Oval
Treated essentially as a ward of the federal government, the federal fiscal food fight each time we’re faced with this Office, according to NBC reports.
although it raises its own revenue, the District’s local budget ideological impasse. Shame on both their houses.
is constitutionally tied to the federal government and its As for ideological agendas, Congress must also be barred The next time the federal leaders play gotcha games with
cumbersome budget process over which the Congress and the from attaching last minute social riders on the District’s the budget, if it still includes local D.C. funds, they ought to
president hold final approval. In fact, Congressman Davis operating funds, not only because the practice is obstructing, be made to face District residents like those unnecessarily
has more authority over District funds than Mayor Gray or it is also abusive, especially given the “undemocratic fact” unnerved UDC students, and explain why their hard work may
Congresswoman Norton because the latter has no vote in the that these congressional overseers are not in any respect be for naught because of an outdated constitutional mandate
nation’s legislative body. accountable to the more than 600,000 disenfranchised District that the president and the Congress could remedy with a stroke
Mayor Gray, accompanied by city leaders and activists who voters. of a pen.

Return of the Vassal State

( The “new” Republican budget eliminates one of these based upon available funds rather than the healthcare needs of
- The medieval vassal state programs and does serious damage to others. One could recipients.
was legend for the disparity consider Ryan’s plan a program of Robin Hood in reverse. While introducing his budget plan, Ryan stated that
established between haves Under Ryan’s plan, affordable healthcare would be eliminated the U.S. did not “have a taxation problem, but a spending
and have-nots. Feudal lords and Medicare and Medicaid would change drastically. problem.” Accordingly, his budget plan lowers the top tax
routinely ruled their serfs True to their pledge, the Republican budget plan would bracket from 35 percent to 25 percent. One tax analyst projects
without compassion or repeal the recently passed healthcare Bill. Among other things, that this will lower the tax liability for the average millionaire
regard for their humanity. this eliminates the extension of parental insurance benefits to by $100,000 a year – saving that person $1 million dollars
It was customary for feudal students and the protections afforded citizens with pre-existing over each 10-year period. This generosity to millionaires is
lords to live and feast in the said to be justified by the belief
lap of luxury while serfs “…a plan that places the burden of economic solvency upon that reducing the tax burden
scraped a meager living from of the rich will lead to rapid
unforgiving soil. When a serf the working class, while relieving the wealthy from the ‘nasty’ economic growth and increase
was bold enough to poach jobs.
Dr. E. Faye Williams food from the land to feed his
chore of returning revenue to the country in proportion to the One has to wonder why this
family and was caught, the level at which they receive benefits of citizenship.” same premise was unsuccessful
lord would usually inflict brutal retribution. This circumstance after the Bush-era tax cuts.
is often portrayed in the “Robin Hood” stories. conditions. Under the budget plan, one must also wonder what the
Most readers would consider this information to be Under Medicare, instead of the government reimbursing justification is for maintaining subsidies and tax credits that
disconnected from any frame of contemporary reference doctors and hospitals for medical services, seniors would be shield corporations from paying their fair share of taxes.
related to reality, but if we give full consideration to the “new” responsible for purchasing an optional private health care plan. As I view the Ryan budget plan, I see a fundamental shift
Republican budget presented by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., The government would then pay the private insurer a subsidy in the economic philosophy of this nation—a plan that places
and project its results to the logical conclusion, it portends an up to a specified amount. Costs for needed or desired coverage the burden of economic solvency upon the working class,
ominous economic future. beyond the subsidy would have to be paid for by the consumer while relieving the wealthy from the “nasty” chore of returning
One of the most important tenets of the US Constitution is or be forgone. Fortunately, these new plans would not affect revenue to the country in proportion to the level at which they
that government has the responsibility to act in a manner that those currently age 55 or over. receive benefits of citizenship.
supports the general welfare. As I have always known, general Likewise, Medicaid would change dramatically. Unlike the  
welfare relates to those actions which are so great in scope that current matching plan that provides for cost-sharing between Dr. E. Faye Williams is chair of the National Congress of
it is impossible for the individual to manage alone. Examples the federal and state governments, Ryan’s plan would have Black Women and chair of the board of the Black Leadership
of this are: construction of roads and infrastructure, public the federal government give a set amount of funds to each Forum. See website at or call
safety services, public education and public health programs. state and have the states manage their individual programs 202/678-6788

Letters to the Editor

Yea, Vincent Gray! Soyfoods Month
 We voted “yes” for Vincent Gray for mayor on Sept. 12, 2010. We are glad we did so, and we would April is National Soyfoods Month, the perfect time to enjoy soymilk, edamame (soybeans), tofu, and
do so again. Tenants in this city owe the 10-year extension of rent control – vital to keeping the District other nutritious and delicious soy foods.
affordable – largely, to this man, and we will not forget it.  It was almost predictable that the political Unlike meat, eggs, and dairy products, soy foods are cholesterol-free and have notable cardiovascular
cormorants and press who seem to lie in wait for new officeholders would descend and try to pick this benefits. Research shows that soy foods can also help prevent breast, prostate, and colon cancer, lessen hot
decent man apart.  The only surprise is that they are firing their torpedoes before the new mayor has even flashes in menopausal women, and protect against osteoporosis. The antioxidants in soy may even benefit
completed his maiden voyage. Yes, mistakes were made, but they were mistakes of the heart, having little asthma sufferers.
to do with calculated wrongdoing. If these were sins, they were strictly venial, not mortal.  We said it before If you haven’t tried tofu yet, it’s a versatile food that acts like a sponge, soaking up the flavors of
and we say it again: whatever it’s prepared with—whether it’s melted dark chocolate or fragrant spices and vegetables. It can be
Vincent Gray was a winner before the first vote was even cast. He is what you get when you add used in everything from spicy stir fries and savory barbecue sandwiches to cheesecakes and chocolate pies.
compassion to intelligence, vision and integrity. There is no arrogance or hubris in this man. He knows Soy milk is a refreshing, wholesome beverage that can be used in place of cow’s milk in cereal, smoothies,
how to listen to people, from the high and the mighty to the “least of the brethren.” He knows that those shakes, and much more.
who have little or nothing, who struggle every day to make it and who are called “derelicts,” “homeless,” This April, why not try a Starbucks Frappuccino made with soy milk or chocolate mint chip soy ice
“evictees” or “street people” can still have “great ideas” and teach us all something.  One does not have to cream from Whole Foods?  For more product suggestions, recipes, and tips on cooking with tofu and other
be around Vincent Gray long to know that this is truly a good man.  The Bible says: “With all thy getting, soy foods, see
get understanding.” This man has got it. We believe he will correct these mishaps and go on to become a
great mayor. Heather Moore
  The PETA Foundation.
D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition Norfolk, Va.

Nonprofits Not a Priority for Baker To Sen. Dick Durbin Re: Credit Card Swipe Fees
At a time when nonprofits are asked to do more, our (Prince George’s County) executive comes in the
door doing less for them. He has proposed to cut the nonprofit budget by one-third when people are losing Dear Senator Durbin:
their jobs and homes, families are going hungry, and our seniors are in need of more services.  One would We write to express the National Black Church Initiative’s continued support for the Durbin swipe fee
think (Rushern) Baker would be a little more compassionate about the state of nonprofits in a county with amendment which we supported and was included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer
the highest foreclosure rate in the state of Maryland and the highest crime in the region. Protection Act. The current interchange system is uncompetitive, non-transparent and harmful to
But maybe since Baker is closing the doors on his nonprofit, he figures he can close the doors on consumers. It is simply unjust to require less affluent Americans who do not participate in or benefit from
everyone else.   the payment card or banking system to pay for excessive debit interchange fees that are passed through to
How can you cut the organizations that are reaching the many people in the county who are in need? the costs of goods and services. As a result, NBCI does not support congressional delay of implementation
Why not increase the nonprofit budget? of the new law.
The Public Safety Unions that supported Baker’s campaign are getting rewarded off the backs of tax- As you may know, The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a faith-based coalition of 34,000
paying citizens of Prince George’s County.  And, by the way, more than half of them do not live in the churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans committed to eradicating
county and cannot vote, yet their voice is heard louder than ours. racial disparities and improving the lives of African Americans nationwide.
For example the 2011 budget allocated $400 million to public safety. The 2012 budget proposes $535 We oppose efforts to delay implementation of the Durbin amendment through congressional action.
million for public safety. This is a $135 million increase.  I guess pay-to-play is working.   The new law gives the Federal Reserve adequate authority it can use without delay to make sure that the
In addition, the 2012 budget has singled out one nonprofit, the Alice Ferguson Foundation in Accokeek, debit interchange reimbursement financial institutions receive covers their legitimate, incremental costs for
to receive $3 million.  All other nonprofits must compete for $4 million. providing debit card services. We know that there are banks, like BB&T for example, who would like to
We deserve better from our first-term county executive.  delay this process. Their continued profit off the backs of low income African Americans will no longer be
It’s time for the nonprofits to stand up and demand their fair share.   tolerated and we will continue to advocate on behalf of laws that support our agenda.
We will make nonprofits a priority and respond to the many who have contacted People for Change.  From a consumer point of view, the current interchange system is not defensible. Feeble competition
They want to be heard loud and clear and we plan to take action. in the payment card marketplace has led to unjustifiably high debit interchange fees that the poorest
Americans, generally cash customers, are required to subsidize at the store and at the pump.
Sandra Pruitt, leader Thank you for your consideration of our views. Please contact us directly to discuss these important
People for Change issues.
Rev. Anthony Evans, president
National Black Church Initiative
Washington, D.C.
A8 The Afro-American , April 16, 2011 - April 22, 2011

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April 16, 2011 - April 22, 2011, The Afro-American B1

The “35th Annual Scholarship along with chairwomen Sinthea delegate and Ethel Rogers concluded with
Benefit Fashion Show/Luncheon” Kelly (fashion show committee), Grundy, PGCAC inaugural acknowledgement of the
sponsored by the Prince George’s Carol A. Moses (scholarship president. corporate sponsors and
Photos by Rob Roberts

County Alumnae (PGCAC) Chapter committee) and Eddimae Tisdale Aaron Gilchrist, News 4 anchor loyal community supporters
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, in (foundation), welcomed more and reporter, served as the emcee who continue to make the
partnership with its foundation, than 1,250 guests to this benefit. for an afternoon that included scholarship ceremony a
celebrated the accomplishments Guests included Cynthia M.A. fabulous fashions, a scrumptious success.
of 19 scholars at Martin’s Butler-McIntyre, Delta’s 24th lunch, a silent auction,vendors,
Back to front: Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md., on national president; Angela door prizes and the raffling
Prince George’s March 20. Alsobrooks, state’s attorney for of a full-length mink coat, an
County Council
members Karen The student residents of Prince Prince George’s County; Carolyn Apple iPad and $1,000. Previous
Toles, Dist. 7; George’s County, all enrolled in J.B. Howard, scholarship recipients also
Leslie Johnson, or bound for college or technical Maryland offered reflections on their
Dist. 6; Carolyn schools, received just over state accomplishments.
J.B. Howard, Dist. $50,000 in scholarships to further The benefit event
24 and Angela their educational aspirations.
Ewell-Madison Chapter President Diane Venable,
Frenchettia Payne,
chaplain, PGCAC
and Aaron Gilchrist
Diane Venable, president, PGCAC; Aaron
Gilchrist, emcee and Cynthia Rodgers,
chairwoman, PGCAC Protocol Committee

Seated: Angela Ewell-

Madison, member,
National Scholarship
and Standards; Cynthia
M. A. Butler, 24th
Sinthea Kelly, Aaron Gilchrist and Eddimae Tisdale national president,
Delta Sigma Theta
Accepting for Sorority; Paulette
Jesse Alexander, Walker, national first vice president. Standing:
the winner of Sinthea Kelly and Aaron Gilchrist
the fur coat is
Tiffany Williams
A model showcases
a couture wedding
Models prepare to the strut on the runway.

Delta Dears (seated): Patricia Paige, Barnelle Herring

Aaron Gilchrist (far left) with scholarship recipients. and Diane Whitfield-Locke. Standing: Barbara Williams,
Liz Stroud, corporate sponsor and Dorothy Jackson-

These two male

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featuring Omarosa.

Scholarship committee leadership: Carletta Marrows, co-

The fashion show committee with Angela Alsobrooks (center, seated) and Aaron Gilchrist chairwoman; Carol A. Moses, chairwoman; Candi Waller,
(far left) co-chairwoman and Cynthia Birks, co-chairwoman

Honorary chairwoman
Angela Alsobrooks,
Members of the scholarship committee Chapter and foundation leadership with corporate sponsors
Prince George’s County
state’s attorney

On March 27, the Iota Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
closed out Women’s History Month by celebrating its “Wisdom Carriers.”
These are women who have reached the age of “three score and 10 plus”
(70 and older). Who have made many contributions to their communities.
Several of them have been members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for
Ingrid Harrison, chapter
over 50 years and have contributed countless hours of public service,
president, gives greetings community advocacy and civic engagement. The keynote speaker
and an overview of chapter was Dorothy F. Bailey, former Prince George’s County Council
programs. chairwoman and author of the recently published book In A
Different Light: Wise Women of Color. Others on the program
included Maryland’s Department of Aging Secretary Gloria
Lawlah, County Council member Karen Toles, D-Dist. 7, and
Juanita Miller, who served as the mistress of ceremonies. Ladies in their 70s. First row: Bea Leonard, left, Rita Womack, Imogene
The honorees represent community women who Woodley, Erma Barron, Gloria Lawlah, Ethel Anderson, Alease Brooks
are in their 70s, 80s and 90s. They were recognized and Nancy Palmer. Second row: Alice McKenzie, left, Hazel Carter,
Alberta Hamilton and Charline Jacob. Third row: Bea Tignor, Margaretta
and presented certificates. The event was held at
Tinsley, Anna Hodges, Velma Bowser, Frances Plummer, Mattie Giles,
the Collington Episcopal Life Community Center in Elizabeth Henderson, Louise Brown, Mary Budd and Dorothy Bailey
Dr. Juanita Miller, former Maryland
legislator and Washington Mitchellville, Md.
Suburban Sanitary commissioner,
was the event coordinator and

Dorothy Bailey,
former Prince
County Council
chairwoman and
Gloria Lawlah, secretary of Ladies in their 90s: Mollie Sherrod, 96; Mildred Gray, 91; the author of In Ladies in their 80s. First row: Catherine Horn, Elsie Shaw, Barbara Martin,
Maryland’s Department of Aging, Joyce Turner, 91 and Helen Lewis, 96 a Different Light: Dora Halton, Nona Battle, Ertie Barnes and Christine Jones. Second row:
brought greetings from Gov. Wise Women of Elaine Neal, Elsie Conway and Norma Hill
Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Color was the
Anthony Brown. keynote speaker. Courtesy Photos
B2 The Afro-American, April 16, 2011 - April 22, 2011

Faith Pulse
Church Briefs
Holy Week Services at Zion Baptist Church  journey into Jerusalem this Palm Sunday, marking the start • Thursday, April 21, 5:30 p.m.: Holy Thursday, Mass
Holy Week services at Zion Baptist Church will begin of Holy Week. The Cardinal will celebrate mass following of the Lord’s Supper
Palm Sunday, April 17, at 10:15 a.m., with the Rev the blessing of the palms.   Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave.,
Keith W. Byrd, Sr., pastor, delivering the message.  The Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week, leading N.W., Washington, D.C.
season will continue April 21 with Maundy Thursday up to Easter and the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. • Friday, April 22, 1 p.m.: Liturgy of the Lord’s
service, a prayerful reflection with foot washing and Cardinal Wuerl will bless the palms at the rear of the Passion andVeneration of the Cross
communion.  On Good Friday, April 22, Zion’s Sunday church before processing to the sanctuary of the Cathedral   Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave.,
school will present “For God So Loved the World,” a to celebrate Mass. The festive tone that accompanies N.W., Washington, D.C.
dramatization at 7 p.m.   the blessing of the palms will change during Mass as • Friday, April 22, 2 p.m.: Via Crucis
 On April 23 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., families and the Passion of Christ, which relays the story of Christ’s   Starting Point: Our Lady, Queen of the Americas,
friends will enjoy a brunch buffet, games and crafts.  Kids suffering and death, is read. 2200 California St., N.W., Washington, DC
will also be able to take part in an Easter egg hunt and Ending Point: Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode
will have the opportunity to take pictures with the “Big” Several events are planned in the Archdiocese of Island Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Bunny.  The celebration will conclude on Resurrection Washington during Holy Week: * Several other Via Crucis events will take place
Sunday, April 24 at 8 a.m., including an Easter message by • Sunday, April 17, 9:45 a.m.:  Palm Sunday Mass around the area. For more information, go to our
the pastor, highlighted with special music by Zion’s Music Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., website at
Ministry directed by Bro. Samuel L. E. Bonds, Zion’s N.W., Washington, D.C. • Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m.: Easter Vigil Mass (starts
with fire on front steps)
director of music. •  Monday, April 18, 7 p.m.: Chrism Mass to Mark
  Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave.,
  Founding of the Priesthood N.W., Washington, D.C.
Zion is located at 4850 Blagden Ave. in Northwest Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., • Sunday, April 24: Easter Sunday Masses
Washington. For more information, call 202-722-4940. N.W., Washington, D.C.   10 a.m., Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode
• Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. The Light is On for Island Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. noon,
Palm Sunday Marks Start of Holy Week Confession and Prayer Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, Parishes across the Archdiocese of Washington and Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington,
will bless palm branches in memory of Christ’s triumphant the Diocese of Arlington D.C.

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4 blocks South of Georgia Ave & Aspen Hill Rd challenge and delivered the direction of student The minister said he Farrakhan asked the
Healing Prayer After Every Service guidance to the next activism in preparation to would speak from his heart, students.
generation of Black leaders solve problems plaguing the mind, and spirit directly to Turning to scripture,
Black community. the hearts, minds and spirits Farrakhan cited the Genesis
Farrakhan's message of those present, in words 15: 13-15 when God said
to the students was that would unite the human that Abraham's seed would
titled “Channeling Our family based on what God be a stranger in a land that
Intelligence and Creative desires for His people, is not theirs and they shall
Energy to Save Ourselves.” however, he would not serve others and they shall
“As an elder—if you compromise nor apologize afflict them for 400 years.
will—I could not help for telling the truth. Then, after that time, God
but feel great joy over Instead of begging and would come and judge the
what I heard from these pleading to be a part of a nation that Abraham's seed
young giants of ours,” said dying world, the Minister served and God's chosen
people “shall come out with
great substance and go to
SPECIAL EASTER RETURN ENGAGEMENT! their fathers in peace.”
This portion of scripture
does not refer to the Jewish
people, Farrakhan asserted,
although many mistakenly
believe that it does. Only
Black people have been
afflicted and served others
in America—a strange
land—for over 400 years.
Instead of feeling lowly,
Black people should feel
proud and embrace their
prophetic destiny.
“You are a direct
descendant of God himself
and the original people of
Featuring the Earth,” Farrakhan told
Special Guest Star the students. “That's why
you should hold your head
Lil’ Mo up, throw your shoulders
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‘Kam’s Kapsules’: Weekly Film Previews

Lil’ Mo Set to Star in Electronic Hip-Hop

‘The Color Purple’ at Producer Brings
National Theatre Unique Sounds to
By Blake Bryson
Special to the AFRO
Fabolous, Ja Rule and Missy
Elliott and is currently one
of the voices of midday
the District
By Gregory Dale
To stay relevant in the radio in the Washington, AFRO Staff Writer
entertainment industry, D.C. area on 95.5 WPGC.
celebrities must be If her performance on the While the District is mostly known for its go-go
imaginative and willing to stage is well received by rhythms and bounce beats, hip hop electronica beat maker
reinvent themselves. This has critics, then Lil’ Mo will be a and recent transplant Jerztheproducer is aiming to put his
proven to be true for R&B bona fide triple threat in the own stamp on the city.
sensation Lil’ Mo, who is set entertainment industry. “D.C. is a city that is known for embracing change,”
to take her talent from the “I would love to [act] if JTP told the AFRO during a recent interview. “When a lot
recording studio to the theater. time permits,” Lil’ Mo said. of people come to D.C., they usually want to become a
Lil’ Mo, born Cynthia “I don’t want to do it just to lawyer or get into the political scene. I came here to be a
Loving, makes her acting be like everyone else. I want big fish in a small pond.”
debut in the stage play The to do it and rock people’s Beyond the city’s traditional go-go repertoire, the
Color Purple at the National minds. I wouldn’t want a District is indeed the home of politicians, lobbyists and
Theatre April 12–24. The stereotypical role either. executives galore. But an emerging hip-hop music scene
Maryland-based star said she I should play a lawyer or lies in the city’s crux and JTP is a recent inductee.
is taking full advantage of the villain, not in a straight to Originally born and raised in Mount Holly, N.J.,
spotlight and calls her role bootleg type theme.” the musician got his start in production when he taught
in the production a gift from The self-proclaimed himself how to play the keyboard and saxophone at a
God. military brat has spent young age. When he turned 11, JTP started playing drums
“I prayed and God gave significant pieces of her for his grandfather’s gospel group and later tried his hand
me favor. No audition!” life performing in front of Courtesy Photo
at beat making, utilizing MTV’s Music Generator PC
Lil’ Mo told the AFRO in audiences, so performing Lil’ Mo makes her acting debut in the stage play The Color program.
an online message. “I got in a theater setting doesn’t Purple at the National Theatre April 12–24. He left New Jersey in 2002 and enrolled in Atlanta’s
an email on my incite “stage fright.” “I’ll be Morehouse College. Following his collegiate career, he
(ask Lil’ Mo) blog and the singing. This is what I do. “My new album entitled The Color Purple, and they briefly moved to Los Angeles and returned to Atlanta
producers were looking for I’m my biggest critic. So I’m P.S. I Love Me, is set to be all fared quite well. Even shortly thereafter to perfect his craft. But he later realized
me. They found me and the more nervous about me fitting released this summer. It’s though Lil’ Mo admits she that his unique style of production, electronic and dance-
rest is a blessing.” into my outfits. I’m way too been a long time coming, but has big shoes to fill, she infused hip hop, didn’t match the city’s Dirty South
Lil Mo’ plays a church excited to be scared.” the platform that is before me hopes to deliver a standout signature sound.
choir soloist in the show and Although Lil’ Mo has been is one I’ve wanted my whole performance. Thus, he packed up and settled in the District and says
will draw from her extensive completely concentrated on life. Feels so good to be the move was ultimately ideal.
musical background for giving her best performance loved!” the singer added. “There are great studios in this area--as a DJ or
inspiration. She has already possible for The Color Other musical acts such For more information on producer, you have everything you need right here,” he
been featured on hit singles Purple, she won’t neglect her as Chaka Khan, Bebe Winans “The Color Purple,” go to said.
with star rap artists like music career. and Fantasia have starred in JTP’s now celebrating the release of his new recently

‘Strings Dream’ Aims to Combat Bullying

released single “Solar Love,” and is hoping his unique
sounds will capture his new city’s attention.
“I just want to present audiences with a different
By Krishana Davis explained he grew up in the Columbia Heights neighborhood side of music,” JTP said. “[They] hear a lot of R&B
Special to the AFRO of Washington, D.C., where being bullied was a norm. He and rap, but I think [my] music represents freedom. It’s
believes some form of bullying takes place every household, very eclectic and experimental and I think it’s time for
On March 25, which District Mayor Vincent Gray whether a child is being bullied or is the bully. something new to come around.”
proclaimed Don’t Bully Day, Community of Hope A.M.E. “Even if you are not bullying someone, if you see it, you are And for the District, that time has arrived especially
Church hosted the premiere of Dream Work’s new 40-minute just as guilty by doing nothing to stop it. It’s not snitching to with the recent influx of locally-based artists who are
short film Strings Dream. Sponsored by The United Way, the make someone aware of the situation,” said Glover. garnering mainstream exposure.
film was co-written by Anwan “Big G” Glover and Daniel Caree Keith, who adapted the story line into the screenplay, “The music that [local artists] are providing is very
Bradley of “The Wire” fame and is intended to bring clarity understands the seriousness of bullying, as one of his close innovative and I think D.C. needs that,” JTP said. “I
and awareness to the high-priority issue of bullying. The friends committed suicide after being bullied. He goes on to think people really need to take a look at the city−yeah
film, unlike many others before it, is shot through a two- explain the Black community has many problems which it does there’s New York and Atlanta, but D.C. [still] has a lot
fold perspective, the bullied and the bully. The film features not address. of opportunities. Those guys are really utilizing their
appearances from recording “The community does resources here.”
artists Raheem DeVaughn not really pay attention to JTP added that he his eyes set on quite a few DMV-
and Bryon Cage, radio bullying; we take it as a part area artists that he wants to work with in the future.
personalities Russ Parr, of life,” Keith said. “I would love to work with Mya; she’s great and I grew
Deja Perez, Angie Ange, Keith said Strings up on her,” JTP said. “I like Phil Ade; he’s a great artist
and comedian Billy the Kid. Dream shows viewers as well. He’s not really boxed in either with his musical
Strings Dream, which is multiple aspects of bullying style.”
set in the D.C. metropolitan by giving children an in- Next up for JTP is an extended play (EP) album
area, premiered a few depth look at how harsh named Ear Anatomy which he says will be solely hip hop
weeks after President teasing can make others electronic dance music, with just a few songs with vocals.
Barack Obama and first feel. “It’s going to be experimental and innovative,” he
lady Michelle Obama The United Way of said, speaking on the project. “People are just ready for
released a video on the National Capital Area good music and I just want to bring something new and
Facebook discussing became involved with refreshing.”
bullying prevention. The Strings Dream because it
film features a young boy hits on one of their two For more information on JTP, visit
named Strings, played initiatives, gang prevention.
by Elijah Torres, whose Courtesy Photo Leslie W. Graves of United interact with one another and it has become a new medium for
dream is to become a Angie Ange, Riyan Hayes and Elijah Torres, stars of Strings Way explained many children to bully one another, Graves added. The United Way
classical musician. Strings Dream. children join gangs to also plans to address the parents by embarking on initiatives to
has no safe haven from his give them protection from attack their role in bullying prevention.
antagonists, which includes his sister Kendra, played by Rian bullying and harassment at school or on their way home from Glover believes the film brings awareness about the
Hayes, and older boys at his school. Strings’ main ally, his school. seriousness of bullying to students, teachers, parents, and the
best friend Derek played by LeQuonte Rhones, is both Strings’ “The goal is not to step on any toes, but address the general community. Dream Work is set to show the film in
protector and a bully himself. underlying issues to help the kids,” added Graves. schools all over the D.C. metropolitan area to initiate dialogue
Glover, who came up with the idea for Strings Dream, Technology is beginning to play a huge role in how children about bullying with students and their parents.

This Weekend’s All About Tap gender, race or ethnicity, artistic or cultural
background to share in the celebration of the
Dance Works of Taipei, Taiwan’s premier
tap dance ensemble; bassist Ben Williams,
Third annual tap dancing festival comes to D.C. Art of Tap Dance,” the pair said.
The classes begin 12 p.m. Friday at the DC
winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk
Jazz Competition; Vaudeville star Harold
It seemed like eons ago when well- dancing sisters Chloe and Maud Arnold Dance Collective, located at 4908 Wisconsin Cromer; Dianne ‘Lady Di’ Walker, the “First
known entertainers such as Gregory Hines in 2009, features more than 30 classes for Ave., N.W., and continue through Sunday. Lady of Tap;” D.C.’s Cartier Williams;
and Savion Glover tapped their way into the tappers at all levels and ages, jam sessions, Attendees can also look forward to the all-star Michelle Dorrance, star of STOMP; Tokyo
public’s heart. And now the Washington, D.C. student showcases, lectures and a concert. concert, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Duke Ellington Disney’s Jason Holley; and D.C.’s own
area will have the opportunity to see a new “My sister and I, we grew up dancing,” Theatre, 3500 R St. N.W. The tap dance Broadway stars of tap, Baakari Wilder, Joseph
generation of tap dancers during the third said Chloe Arnold in a 2009 Washington Post extravaganza will features performers such as: Webb, Toni Lombre, and Nancy Newell.
Annual DC Tap Festival and All-Star Concert article about the inaugural event. “It’s our Grammy Award-winning singer and “Dancing
Weekend, April 15-17 at the DC Dance responsibility to make sure the young people with the Stars” finalist, Mya; Emmy Award-
Collective and the Duke Ellington Theater in here get the same opportunity that we had.” winning tap choreographer, Jason Samuels For more information, visit, WWW.
the District. And the opportunity is open to anyone, Smith; 7-year-old tap dance prodigy, Luke or call 202-330-
The three-day event, launched by tap “regardless of social or economic status, age, Spring (discovered at DC Tap Fest II); 6076.
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More Sports on

One-on-One with Austin Rivers, High School Basketball’s Top Prospect

By Stephen D. Riley play off the ball. What do you consider yourself?
AFRO Staff Writer
Rivers: I’m definitely a combo guard: point guard, shooting
It didn’t take long for Austin Rivers to become the top prep guard, either one. If Coach K says I need 10 assists from you
basketball player in the country—it just took hard work. but just 10 points, then I’m going to go out there and get 10
The 6-foot 3-inch guard has been working on his game since assists and 10 points. If he says I need you to get 30 then I’m
he was a toddler, shooting three-pointers since third grade going to try to get 30…
and locking down on defense since little league. Under the
guidance of his father, former NBA pro and current Celtics AFRO: You grew up under an NBA father and now you’re
coach Doc Rivers, the younger Rivers has become the next big going to a school that puts a lot of players into the league.
thing on the basketball landscape. Have you given any thought to the NBA and what may await
Outfitted with quickness, a killer crossover and his you there?
trademark pull-up jumper, Rivers will be taking his talents
to Tobacco Road next season as a member of the Duke Rivers: No, not yet. People always talk about me going into
University Blue Devils. Throughout his stellar prep career, the the NBA and all that jazz but right now all I’m concentrated on
lean combo guard has left several defenders grasping at the air, is going to Duke. That’s all that’s on my mind; I just want to
but even the elusive Rivers couldn’t shake the AFRO sports go in there with an open mind. I have a lot to learn and a lot to
desk as he sat down for a one-on-one. (AFRO Photo/John Moore) improve upon as a player and a person. I just got to get better,
Austin Rivers, the top prospect in high school basketball man.
AFRO: You’re the top prospect in the country, committed and a Duke recruit, sat down with the AFRO to recap his
to Duke and the son of a former NBA player, how have you stellar prep career and discuss his upcoming collegiate AFRO: Your team’s season is over but you still have a couple
handled all the pressure so far? stint. of high school all-star games left. What’s the mindset as you
head into the last portion of your prep career?
Rivers: I just don’t let the pressure get to me; I just play my season?
game. I’ve never really thought about the pressure or worried Rivers: To win, definitely. We lost the McDonald’s Game,
about anybody else’s expectations because I’ve always felt like Rivers: Just playing college basketball, man, there’s nothing and I lost my last high school game, so that’s two games in
my expectations are higher than [theirs]; the only pressure is like it. It’s a great experience. I’m getting to play with some a row. Even though the McDonald’s Game was an all-star
from myself. I’ve always loved the game and played it hard great players and arguably the best coach out there. It’s a game, a loss is a loss in my opinion, I don’t care if it’s an all-
and everything else has just come into place. primetime stage man and it’s just going to be fun to play on star game or not. So, first things first: go to this Jordan Brand
that level playing at a style of play that I like. It’s just going to Game [April 16], play my hardest to get the “W” and then I
AFRO: You’re going to Duke next season. You’ll be playing be real fun. look forward to going to that hoops summit out in Oregon [the
under Coach Mike Krzyzewski and being cheered on by the Nike Hoops Summit on April 9], because that’s a big deal, and
Cameron Crazies. What are you looking forward to next AFRO: You’re a 6-foot-3-inch guard who can run the point represent my country and do my thing out there.
guard spot, but you have the size and the scoring ability to

High School Basketball Tournament

Baltimore’s Carr Shines at AAU Tourney
By Stephen D. Riley immediately returned to action and won a championship for attention. “I don’t worry about what people are saying and
AFRO Staff Writer his 16-and-under team. just play.”
“I just keep my head,” Carr said about playing for two It wasn’t just the “haters” who were out to see Carr
The Big Shots AAU Basketball Tourney invaded teams. “I know my teammates are going to help me out perform, a small contingent of basketball scouts who
Washington, D.C., on April 9 and 10, bringing out some because they know I’m coming from game to game so when attended the tourney were all in line to catch a glimpse of
of the most high profile high school players in the region. I’m tired they help me out. It’s a good chemistry around our Carr.
With college scouts and other notable basketball browsers in team so basically we just know how to play and we play off “He’s good, small, but man can he play,” said Clark
the building, all eyes were centered on Baltimore’s Aquille of each other.” Francis, publisher of the HOOP SCOOP, a nationally
Carr. The Patterson High School (Baltimore, Md.) product is Carr didn’t need much help for his last game of the day, acclaimed recruiting service.
nothing short of an athlete, literally. The 5-foot-6-inch Carr finishing strong with some impressive drives to the basket, The Baltimore City phenomenon is scheduled to return
did double duty over the two-day tourney, hooping with two a few lightening quick passes and some effortless shooting. to action in the area on April 30 when Big Shots travels to
AAU teams. Carr, 17, is just a sophomore, which allows him The 16-and-under title offered redemption for Carr after a the Leadership Through Athletics (LTA) sports facility in
to practically play nonstop with his summer hoops team, the poor showing in his 17-and-under game. Lansdowne, Md., to host another two-day tournament. Carr
Under Armour Baltimore Panthers. The legend around Carr is apparently brewing as will need all the rest he can get as he’s expected to be pulling
On the final day of the tourney, Carr brought what’s evidenced by the standing room only space for his 17-and- double-duty once again. The life of a living legend never
quickly becoming a bit of Baltimore City folklore to the under title match. A few chants of “overrated” rang out gets a rest.
Capital Sports Complex in District Heights, Md. The from a pair of hecklers, or “haters” as Carr calls them, in the
Baltimore Sun’s 2011 Player of the Year narrowly missed out stands after a string of sloppy turnovers from the point guard. Check out exclusive video footage of the Big Shot
on a 17-and-under title on a buzzer-beating three-pointer but “It’s just normal to me,” Carr said about the increasing tournament at

Pro Sports Commentary Fighting for a Title

Wishing on the Wizards By Stephen D. Riley and
Perry Green
AFRO Sports Writers
By Stephen D. Riley But it was his 17-point, six-assist game against Boston
AFRO Staff Writer on April 11 that won me over. He played with poise and With days left in the
NBA’s regular season, playoff
control, sank critical shots at critical moments and played projection is already starting
OK, I’m back on the bandwagon. It may have taken off Wall beautifully. The rookie duo of Crawford and Wall to heat up in what promises
a whole year, but I’ve finally found some reasons for has the potential to grow into one of the league’s premier to be another wild and crazy
postseason. An eventful summer
optimism for next season’s Washington Wizards. The backcourt sophomore teams. Add Young’s scoring abilities and a few marquee trades
Courtesy Photos

Wiz are 6-3 over their last nine games, and, dare I say it, off the bench and Washington’s backcourt suddenly throughout the year have led
Carmelo Anthony and
to what may be one the most LeBron James
they’ve actually been kind of (gulp) exciting. But forget becomes deep, athletic and frightening.
anticipated NBA playoffs in recent memory.
this season, as most already have, next year could put With the backcourt already in place, Washington’s With LeBron James now in Miami, Carmelo Anthony now in
the District back on the map and back in the playoffs if main summer job will be finding a low post threat or a New York and the newly redesigned Chicago Bulls atop the NBA
ladder again, the Eastern Conference playoffs alone will make for
Washington’s front office can put together a solid draft and multitalented small forward. I’ve pleaded with partners
some sleepless, digital-video-recorder-aided nights. Perry Green and
offseason. all season that the 6-foot-11-inch Blatche would be better Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO sports desk have been squaring off all
The pieces are already in place for a playoff team: John served coming off the bench and playing multiple roles, à year over who they think will square off in the NBA Finals in June.
Check out part one of their debate over their picks for the Eastern and
Wall is the franchise; JaVale McGee is the athletic finisher la Lamar Odom. His strong close to the season (24 points, Western Conference representatives, starting with the East.
and shot blocker; Nick Young’s the shooter; Andray 10 rebounds, two steals and a block per game over his
Blatche can mesmerize at times (when he’s in shape); and last seven games) provides hope, but we saw that script in Stephen D. Riley (S.D.R): The Boston Celtics are heading back
to the Finals—simple. People want to talk about Chicago, people want
guys like Rashard Lewis, Trevor Booker and Maurice 2010 when he closed the year strong en route to a contract to talk about Miami and that’s fine. But the Celtics still have the best
Evans are solid players to have around. But perhaps the extension. team in the East, and they still can play lockdown defense. It’s clear
most integral piece for next year is rookie sensation Jordan A top five draft pick is definitely in the cards for the this is the last go-around for Boston, and I think they’ll go out of their
way to make the most of it. I hate the fact that they’re relying on the
Crawford. Since arriving in a February trade, Crawford Wizards and this time around, they won’t be shipping out two O’Neals (Jermaine and Shaquille, not related) to return to good
has been the Wizards’ most complete player (yes, better a high pick for two average veterans for a year’s worth of health, but once they get their center duo back they can pretty much
than Wall). His shot has been erratic at times and he’s had service. Arizona’s Derrick Williams, Baylor’s Perry Jones close out the paint against any team and their top four stars form an
incredible nucleus.
some rookie mistakes, but Crawford gives Washington a or North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes would look great in
guy who can create shots for himself and his teammates. D.C. next year. During the middle of the season and B.C. Perry Green (P.G): As you’ve seen it for most of the year, the
Bulls have been the best team out East and the best defensive squad.
And despite Young’s career year, it should be Crawford (before Crawford), I had pretty much given up on a free
Derrick Rose is the MVP and head coach Tom Thibodeau just brings
who opens the season as Washington’s starting guard in agent joining the lowly Wizards. But the addition of a top something different to the table when you’re talking defense. The
October. draft pick and the potential of Wall and Crawford could former Celtics defensive coach has installed toughness to this team,
and I love it. The acquisition of forward Carlos Boozer means they can
Young, primarily a one-trick pony, can’t offer what entice some up-and-coming freshman to join the fray. now score in the post, and small forward Luol Deng is having a career
Crawford can: He’s a dynamic playmaker who can run off But look at me jumping the gun. There’s still a lockout season, both offensively and defensively. A year ago, I would’ve
buckets in the bunches and handle the point guard duties. to avoid and players to draft before I get excited about the picked Boston, easy, but they’re not the same dominant team they used
to be.
His 39-point eruption against Miami was just a tease, 2011-2012 Wizards. But looking at this team right now and
along with his triple-double posting against Cleveland. their potential, how could you not be excited? Read more at…
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Real Estate
your companies currently facing in trying to maneuver through the dry
Murray: I think the biggest challenge is in making sure we
continue to have our pulse on the dynamics of the market. The market
is more dynamic than it’s ever been in my 30 years; there’s so many

Real Estate Mogul Talks Business with different forces that are having impact on value. For us, the biggest
challenge is to make sure that we understand what’s going on in
markets across the country and we do all we can to make sure our

the AFRO business partners have a clear understanding of what’s going on [but]
it’s happening so fast.
AFRO: Besides the two businesses, what other projects are
By Stephen D. Riley drove us to VRM. [And] there
currently in the works?
AFRO Staff Writer were [also] a lot of opportunities
Murray: VRM In Motion. We travel around country to foreclosed
that we saw to increase what
areas and do recruitment for real estate professionals, brokers and real
It’s safe to say that Keith D. Murray has a mind for the housing we were doing by way of trying
estate agents to add onto our broker network. Over 60 percent of our
market. The founder and president of PCV Murcor, Real Estate to bring some stability to the
broker-owned network is of women- and minority-owned businesses.
Services has provided home appraisal services for the last 30 years, communities which are hardest Courtesy Photo It brings economic development back into the communities where
growing the company from a local southern California product into hit—communities of color. If
President and CEO of foreclosures are most prevalent.
a nationwide service. His most recent venture, Vendor Resource you’re going for a new mortgage
PVC Murcor, Real Estate AFRO: With your clear understanding of the market, what’s
Management (VRM), has been running steadily for the last five years it’s critical from the bank’s
Services and founder perhaps the biggest thing that new home buyers neglect when they go
by helping to erase marketing time while maximizing loan recovery. perspective to make sure that
of Vendor Resource into purchasing? And if there’s one piece of advice you could give to
Murray’s register of real estate services is extensive. Along with its the property making the loan
them what would it be?
primary duties, VRM also manages loss mitigation and provides short on is accurate. And if you’re a Management, Keith D.
Murray: In relation to buying a home it’s definitely more than
sales analysis along with pre-marketing, closing, and title service homeowner in the market place, Murray, has his ear to the
one. One piece of advice I’d say is don’t over commit to what you
solutions. Despite the expanded workload, Murray found time away to where properties are being sold real estate market. can’t afford [and] don’t look at the purchase of a home as a short-term
sit down with the AFRO and provide some insight into the real estate around you, then you want to
investment. Look at the opportunity to own a home as the opportunity
market and his flourishing networks. make sure that properties are being sold at an accurate value and not
to plug into a community—[and that requires] more than going to
AFRO: With PCV Murcor already established and running strong, below market because at the end of the day that hurts neighborhoods.
a home and taking care of it but participating in the PTA and other
what influenced the additional blueprint for VRM? AFRO: The last few years have been especially rough for the
things that make a community vibrant.
Murray: The obvious need for accuracy evaluation space is what housing market and those associated with it. What challenges are

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Decedent ORDER OF to the Register of Wills to the probate of de- Rogers, who died on Cumming, GA In accordance with D.C.
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Afro-American decedent who do not re- sented to the under- Washington, DC 20005 scribed as:
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Credit Cards Accepted! known shall enter their April 2011, why the Daniel Mckinley Mebane days of its first publica- with the Register of Wills Investments, L.L.C. cob S. Gruvners subdivi-
appearance in this prayers of said com- Personal tion shall so inform the with a copy to the under- c/o Rose Reeder sion of lots numbered
CAMP- WATERFRONT proceeding. Objections plaint should not be Representative Register of Wills, includ- signed, on or before 631 Atlantic Street One Hundred Ninety-
to such appointment (or granted; provided 410-269-0999 ing name, address and October 8, 2011, or be SE Washington, D.C. Eight (198) and Two Hun-
GROUNDS PROPERTIES to the probate of de- that a copy of this TRUE TEST COPY 20032 dred Seven (207) in
cedent¬s will)
cedent’s will) shall
shall bebe order be published relationship. forever barred. Persons and
REGISTER OF WILLS Date of Publication: believed to be heirs or Estate of Jane T. Norris Square Numbered Forty-
filed with the Register of once a week for 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 April 8, 2011 Five Hundred Sixty
Lake Somerset Camp Wills, D.C., 515 5th three consecutive legatees of the decedent Serve:
Spectacular Water- (4560), as per plat re-
Ground, Maryland Street, N.W., 3rd Floor weeks before said Superior Court of Name of newspaper: who do not receive a Ray M. Norris, corded in the Office of the
front Properties: Once Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . day in the Afro- the District of Afro-American copy of this notice by Personal Representative Surveyor for the District
Eastern Shore. Leave Washington Law mail within 25 days of its 14929 Chelsea Circle
your RV on site all year. in a lifetime opportunity 20001, on or before American. District of Columbia
Reporter first publication shall so Mount Airy, MD 21771-
of Columbia in Liber 111
October 1, 2011. Claims 0
that pursuant to PROBATE DIVISION at folio 12,
$1500 includes water, awaits at 2 of the finest against the decedent SCR-205(b) notice Washington, D.C. Shahida S. Robinson inform the Register of 8423 Subject to the sewer
waterfrontcommunities shall be presented to the be sent to the ap- 20001-2131 Personal Wills, including name, and easement granted to the
electric & sewage. 3 undersigned with a copy Representative address and relation- Patricia Sweeney District of Columbia by
on Virginia’s Eastern plicant's creditors by Administration No.
trailers on site for sale. to the Register of Wills registered or cer- 2011ADM269 816-668-7550 ship. 21772 Watson Road Deeds recorded in Liber
Call 410-957-1866 or Shore. Now under new or filed with the Register tified mail and that Julian S. Robinson TRUE TEST COPY Date of Publication: Leesburg, VA 20175 2497 at folio 287 and
REGISTER OF WILLS April 8, 2011 and Liber 2497 at folio 289,
email lakesomerset@ ownership, you can find of Wills with a copy to proof of service of Decedent
Name of newspaper: The District of Columbia
the undersigned, on or mailing be made in W.Alton Lewis 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 and as condemned by Visit our the vacation property of before October 1, 2011, the manner provided Afro-American Serve: proceedings in the Dis-
1450 Mercantile Lane Attorney General of the trict Court Cause num-
website www.lakesom- your dreams at Corbin or be forever barred. in SCR Probate Rule Suite 155 Superior Court of Washington Law
District of Columbia
Persons believed to be Reporter bered 595, in the Su- Hall or Olde Mill Pointe. 19(b). Largo, Maryland the District of
Willliam Edward Attn: Darlene Fields preme Court of the
heirs or legatees of the JUDGE 20774 District of Columbia
Choose from a stunning decedent who do not re- A TRUE COPY Attorney PROBATE DIVISION Johnson 441 4TH Street NW District of Columbia,
variety of home sites ceive a copy of this no- TEST: NOTICE OF Washington, D.C. Dennis Alphonson Washington, DC Address of 304 19TH
FURNITURE from water frontage tice by mail within 25 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 APPOINTMENT, 20001-2131 Johnson
NE, Washington,
days of its first publica- NOTICE TO Administration No. Personal
with magnificent views tion shall so inform the CREDITORS 2011ADM249 Representative All unknown owners of The Complaint states,
Superior Court of TRUE TEST COPY the Property described among other things, that
Cherry Bedroom Set. to serene pond settings, Register of Wills, includ-
the District of
AND NOTICE TO Gloria Jeanette
below, their heirs, devi- the amounts necessary
Solid Wood, never used, from lush forest to roll-
ing name, address and
District of Columbia
4/8, 4/15, 4/22
sees, personal repre- for redemption have not
relationship. Shahida S. Robinson, Decedent sentatives, and execu- been paid.
brand new in factory ing meadow land. Spend Date of Publication: PROBATE DIVISION whose address is 6572 NOTICE OF tors, administrators, Pursuant to the Chief
boxes. English Dovetail. April 1, 2011 Washington, D.C. IN THE SUPERIOR
time sailing, swimming, 20001-2131
West 51st Street, Mis- APPOINTMENT, COURT OF THE grantees, assigns or Judge¬s Judge’s Administration
Original cost $4500. Sell fishing, exploring or just
Name of newspaper:
Administration No.
sion, KS 66202 was ap- NOTICE TO DISTRICT OF successors in right, title, Order Number 02-11, it is
Afro-American pointed personal repre- CREDITORS interest, and any and all this 25th day of March,
for $895. Can deliver. relaxing at the commu- Washington Law 2011ADM000189 sentative of the estate of AND NOTICE TO
persons having or 2011,
Call Tom 240-482-8721 nity center pool. Proper- Reporter Herbert Brown, Jr. Julian H. Robinson, who UNKNOWN HEIRS 2011 CA 002249 L(RP) claiming to have any ORDERED by the Super-
DeAnna L. Jackson Decedent died on January 14, William Edward John- leasehold or any other in- ior Court of the District of
Action Involving
ties are 1 to 3 acres, Personal Thomas L. Campbell 2011 with a will, and will son and Dennis Al- Real Property terest in the Columbia, that notice be
LEATHER LIVING 3807 Minnesota Ave Property and premise given by the insertion of
and offer ocean access, Representative serve without Court su- phonso Johnson, whose Wolcott, LLC
ROOM SET. In origi- 517-435-3929 NE, Washington DC pervision. All unknown address are 804 Ran- 2885 Sanford Ave SW situate, described as: a copy of this order in the
mild climate, spectacu- 20019 Square/Lot 4560/0216, Afro American, having a
nal plastic, never used. TRUE TEST COPY heirs and heirs whose dolph Street, NE #3, #16558
lar natural views and REGISTER OF WILLS Attorney whereabouts are un- Washington DC 20001 Grandville, MI 49418 Address of 304 19TH general circulation in the
Orig price $3000, Sac- 4/1, 4/8, 4/15 NOTICE OF Street NE, Washington, District of Columbia, once
rifice $975. Can deliver. unique site amenities. APPOINTMENT,
known shall enter their and 2471 Rushland Ct. Plaintiff,
DC 20002. a week for three (3)
appearance in this Waldorf MD 20603 were v.
Call Bill 301-841-7565 Lots available at 1/3 NOTICE TO proceeding. Objections appointed personal re- Paul Hester
Defendants. successive weeks, notify-
the original price. NEW CREDITORS ORDER OF ing all persons interested
to such appointment (or presentative(s) of the 4840 Pisgah Road PUBLICATION in the real property de-
AND NOTICE TO to the probate of de- estate of Gloria Jeanette Cumming, GA
STARTING PRICES: UNKNOWN HEIRS In accordance with D.C. scribed above to appear
cedent’s will)
cedent¬s will) shall
shall bebe Rogers, who died on 30028-3696
HELP WANTED Waterfront $75,000, Saundra R. Buchanan, filed with the Register of January 12, 2011 with- and
Official Code
Code ß 47-1375
§47-1375 in this Court by the 27th
(2001), the object of this day of July, 2011, and
Interior $30,000. Call whose address is 16704 Wills, D.C., 515 5th out a will, and will serve GreenPoint Mortgage proceeding is to secure redeem the real property
(757) 824-0808, email SUPPORT OUR Holly Way, Accokeek, Street, N.W., 3rd Floor without Court supervi- Funding, Inc. the foreclosure of the b y p a y m e n t o f
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ence ~ No Problem. rbowden@grandbay- ADVERTISERS pointed personal repre- 20001, on or before a n d h e i r s w h o s e and
Novato, CA 94945
following real property lo- interest from the date of
sentative of the estate of
100%, or web Herbert Brown Jr., who
October 8, 2011. Claims whereabouts are un- Suellen Wohlfarth cated in the District of the Certificate of Delin-
against the decedent known shall enter their Green Columbia, and sold by quency; court costs and
Paid CDL Training. Im-, died on February 23, shall be presented to the appearance in this attorney’s
the Mayor of the District attorneys¬ fees;
fees; ex-ex-
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mediate Benefits. 2011 with a will, and will undersigned with a copy proceeding. Objections 5032 Parkway Plaza of Columbia to the penses incurred in the
20/10 progam. Trainers serve without Court su- to the Register of Wills to such appointment Plaintiff(s) in this action: publication and service of
pervision. All unknown or filed with the Register shall be filed with the Charlotte, NC 28217 Square 4560, Lot 0216, process by publication
heirs and heirs whose of Wills with a copy to Register of Wills, D.C., and Address of 304 19TH and for reasonable fees
whereabouts are un- the undersigned, on or 515 5th Street, N.W., Salta Group, Inc. Street NE, Washington, for the title search; all
known shall enter their before October 8, 2011, 3rd Floor Washington, c/o CT Corporation DC 20002, in the subdivi- other amounts paid by
appearance in this or be forever barred. D.C. 20001, on or be- System sion known as Kingman- the petitioner in accor-
proceeding. Objections Persons believed to be fore October 8, 2011. Rosedale in North East dance with the provisions
scribed above to appear 20001, on or before May
2011ADM248 15, 2011. Claims against
in this Court by the 27th Roland Dewit Williams
day of July, 2011, and the decedent shall be
redeem the real property Decedent presented to the under-
by payment of Wesley L. Clarke signed with a copy to the
1629 K Street Register of Wills or filed
$51,985.33, together with
Suite 300 with the Register of Wills
interest from the date of
the Certificate of Delin- Washington DC 20006 with a copy to the under- The Afro-American, April 16, 2011 - April 22, 2011, The Afro-American
quency; court costs and Attorney signed, on or before
attorneys¬ fees; ex- NOTICE OF May 15, 2011, or be for-
barred. Persons LEGAL NOTICES

penses incurred in the

publication and service of NOTICE TO believed to be heirs or
process by publication CREDITORS legatees of the decedent
AND NOTICE TO ALLAN A. MYERS submitting bid 05/03/11 as
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the petitioner in accor- dress is 3415 Manderes first publication shall so
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of D.C. Code ß47-1361 Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE)
§47-1361 20774 was appointed Wills, including name,
and all outstanding subcontractors/suppliers. For technical ques-
personal representative address and relation-
municipal lien amounts tions, please call Rob Randolph at (610) 960-
of the estate of Roland ship. 3161( or general
due and owing on the Dewitt Williams, who Date of Publication:
aforementioned real questions and for available opportunities contact
died on December 5, April 15, 2011 Mark Jayne at 610-584-6020 (mark.jayne@
property, or answer the 2010 without a will, and Name of newspaper: or Fax quotations
complaint or, thereafter, a
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2011ADM266 sented to the under- Superior Court of (CONTRACT DIVISION C)
Charles Hill signed with a copy to the the District of An Equal Opportunity Employer
Decedent Register of Wills or filed District of Columbia The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) is moving
NOTICE OF with the Register of Wills PROBATE DIVISION forward with construction opportunities for its DC Clean Rivers Project (DCCR)
APPOINTMENT, with a copy to the under- Washington, D.C. for the District¬s
District’s combined sewer system. The DCCR is comprised of a system
NOTICE TO signed, on or before 20001-2131 of deep tunnels, diversion structures and sewers, and ancillary facilities to
CREDITORS October 15, 2011, or be Administration No. control combined sewer overflows to the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and
AND NOTICE TO forever barred. Persons 2011ADM268 Rock Creek in Washington, D.C.
UNKNOWN HEIRS believed to be heirs or OPAL M. WAGSTAFF
Leo Anthony Brown, legatees of the decedent AKA 0
The CSO 019 Overflow and Diversion Structures (Contract Division C)
whose address is 225 who do not receive a OPAL MARIE project includes the construction of a diversion structure on the largest combined
Channing Street NE copy of this notice by (WALKER) WAGSTAFF sewer in the District, the Northeast Boundary Trunk Sewer. The project also
Washington DC 20002, mail within 25 days of its Decedent includes construction of a new overflow structure along the Anacostia River.
was appointed personal first publication shall so W. Alton Lewis The project site is located on National Park Service property southwest of RFK
1450 Mercantile Lane

representative of the inform the Register of Stadium, between the Anacostia River and DC Water’s Water¬s existing East Side
estate of Charles Hill, Wills, including name, Suite 155 Pumping Station.
who died on March 9, address and relation- Largo, Maryland 20774
2009 without a will, and ship. Attorney 0
Schedule DC Water is currently finalizing design of the facilities. The Request
will serve without Court Date of Publication: NOTICE OF for Bids for construction for this project is expected to be advertised in May
supervision. All un- April 15, 2011 APPOINTMENT, 2011 and construction is anticipated to start in September 2011. DC Water is

advertise in
known heirs and heirs Name of newspaper: holding this industry outreach meeting for firms interested in opportunities to
whose whereabouts are Afro-American CREDITORS provide construction services. At the meeting, DC Water will present an overview
unknown shall enter Washington Law AND NOTICE TO of the project and will entertain questions and comments at the meeting.
their appearance in this Reporter UNKNOWN HEIRS
proceeding. Objections Maria Green William Arthur Wagstaff, 0
Business Goals DC Water anticipates that the contract for the services will
to such appointment (or Personal Jr., whose address is be subject to a Fair Share Objective for Minority and Women Business
3347 Clay Street, NE

to the probate of de- Representative Enterprises (MBE and WBE) participation of 32 percent and 6 percent. The
cedent’s will)will) shall
shall bebe 202-257-9730 Washington DC 20019 program requirements are defined in the U.S. EPA’s
filed with the Register of TRUE TEST COPY was appointed personal taged Business Enterprises in Procurement Under EPA Financial Assistance
Wills, D.C., 515 5th REGISTER OF WILLS representative of the Agreement - May 27, 2008”.
Street, N.W., 3rd Floor 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 estate of Opal M.
Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Wagstaff aka Opal Marie 0
The Date The meeting will be held on Monday, April 18, 2011, from 10 a.m.

20001, on or before Superior Court of (Walker) Wagstaff, who to Noon at DC Water¬s
Water’s Central Operations Facility (on the Blue Plains Advanced
O c t o b e r 1 5 , 2 0 11 . the District of died on November 12, Wastewater Treatment Plant site), 4th Floor, Room 407, 5000 Overlook Avenue
Claims against the de- District of Columbia 2006 with a will, and will SW, Washington, D.C. 20032.
cedent shall be pre- PROBATE DIVISION serve without Court su-
sented to the under- Washington, D.C. pervision. All unknown 0
Reservations To make reservations, contact Ms. Kimberly Isom directly by
signed with a copy to the 20001-2131 heirs and heirs whose e-mail at Reservations should be made no later

Register of Wills or filed Administration No. whereabouts are un- than Thursday, April 14, 2011. Space is limited; therefore, firms attending are
with the Register of Wills 2011ADM292 known shall enter their limited to attendance of two (2) persons. Reservations will be given preference
with a copy to the under- Louise M. Carey appearance in this should space becomes limited.
signed, on or before Decedent proceeding. Objections
October 15, 2011, or be Wendell C. Robinson to such appointment (or 0
At the Plant Persons attending will have to obtain a visitor¬s pass at the
forever barred. Persons 4308 Georgia Ave. NW to the probate of de- security building located at the plant’s
plant¬s entrance. Please allow 30 minutes to

believed to be heirs or Washington DC 20011 cedent¬s
cedent’s will)will) shall
shall bebe complete this process. The Central Operations Facility building is located
legatees of the decedent Attorney filed with the Register of immediately to the right of the entrance gate. Parking will be available in
who do not receive a NOTICE OF Wills, D.C., 515 5th designated areas around the building.
copy of this notice by APPOINTMENT, Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
mail within 25 days of its NOTICE TO Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Water is life
first publication shall so CREDITORS 20001, on or before
inform the Register of AND NOTICE TO O c t o b e r 1 5 , 2 0 11 . DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY
Wills, including name, Claims against the de- REQUEST FOR BIDS
address and relation- Bruce McNeil, whose cedent shall be pre-
ship. address is 630 Burns
Date of Publication: Street SE Washington signed with a copy to the The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority is soliciting bids for Invitation
April 15, 2011 DC 20011, was ap- Register of Wills or filed No. 100200: Miscellaneous Facilities Upgrade - Phase II.
Name of newspaper: pointed personal repre- with the Register of Wills
Afro-American sentative of the estate of with a copy to the under- The following listing enumerates the major items of work included in this contract:
Washington Law Louise M. Carey, who signed, on or before
Reporter October 15, 2011, or be 0
Dechlorination Building Upgrades
died on February 24, Sludge collection equipment for Dual Purposes Basins.
forever barred. Persons
Leo Anthony Brown 2011 with a will, and will
believed to be heirs or
New Shaft-less Conveyors at Solids Processing Building
Personal serve without Court su- 0
Nitrification Basins Influent Gates
Representative pervision. All unknown legatees of the decedent 0
Maintenance Support work related to Sewage Treatment plant processes
202-526-3914 heirs and heirs whose who do not receive a 0
Specialized Services as per Task Scope.
TRUE TEST COPY whereabouts are un- copy of this notice by 0
Engineering and Survey/Design related to Plant Logistics issues.
REGISTER OF WILLS known shall enter their mail within 25 days of its 0
Various Sluice Gates and other Process repairs
4/15, 4/22, 4/29 appearance in this first publication shall so 0
Repairs of HVAC for Process areas
inform the Register of
Asphalt and Concrete Driveway and Sidewalk work
Superior Court of proceeding. Objections 0
Valve repairs for various Process Pipes
to such appointment (or Wills, including name,
the District of address and relation-
Area Substation 6 Miscellaneous task repairs
District of Columbia to the probate of de- 0
Miscellaneous Upgrades at Raw Waste Water Pump Stations
cedent¬s will)will) shall
shall bebe ship. Emergency Materials and Rental equipment
PROBATE DIVISION cedent’s Date of Publication:

filed with the Register of

Time and Material work on Emergency Task Work Order
Washington, D.C. April 15, 2011 0
Sidewalks, Striping and Signage
20001-2131 Wills, D.C., 515 5th
Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Name of newspaper:
Administration No. Afro-American The project requires completion within 1850 consecutive calendar days.
2011ADM274 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
20001, on or before Washington Law
Shantee Parker Reporter This project is estimated to cost between $20,000,000 and $30,000,000.
Decedent O c t o b e r 1 5 , 2 0 11 .
Claims against the de- William Arthur The date for receipt of bids is May 11, 2011.
Gregory L. Lattimer Wagstaff Jr
1200 G Street NW cedent shall be pre-
sented to the under- Personal This project may be funded in part by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Suite 800 Representative (EPA). A Fair Share Objective for Minority and Women’s
Washington DC 20005 signed with a copy to the
Register of Wills or filed 202-431-9277 participation in this work of 32% and 6%, respectively, has been established.
Attorney TRUE TEST COPY The program requirements are fully defined in USEPA’s
USEPA¬s Participation by Dis-
NOTICE OF with the Register of Wills advantaged Enterprises in Procurement under EPA Financial Assistant
with a copy to the under- REGISTER OF WILLS
APPOINTMENT, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 Agreements - May 27, 2008”.
NOTICE TO signed, on or before
October 15, 20011, or The Davis-Bacon wage determinations shall apply.
AND NOTICE TO be forever barred. Per-
sons believed to be DC Water Owner Controlled Insurance Program will provide insurance.
Tr a c i e R o b e r t s o n , heirs or legatees of the Bid documents are available at the Department of Procurement, 5000 Overlook
whose address is 4018 decedent who do not re- Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20032. Sets of Bidding Documents can be
E Street, SE Washing- ceive a copy of this no- procured for a non-refundable $100 purchase price each, payable to DC Water.
ton DC 20019 was ap- tice by mail within 25 Payment must be in the form of a money order, certified check or a company
pointed personal repre- days of its first publica- check. Documents can be shipped to Bidders providing a Federal Express
tion shall so inform the account number.
sentative of the estate of
Shantee Parker, who Register of Wills, includ-
ing name, address and The DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is a secured
died on May 6, 2008 facility. Persons intending to pick-up Bidding Documents are to contact the
without a will, and will relationship. Department of Procurement at 202-787-2020 for access authorization.

serve without Court su- Date of Publication:

pervision. All unknown April 15, 2011 For procurement information contact Mr. Carlo Enciso; email carlo.enciso@
heirs and heirs whose Name of newspaper:, (voice 202-787-2029).
whereabouts are un- Afro-American
Washington Law For technical information contact:
known shall enter their
appearance in this Reporter
View DC Water website at for current and up coming
proceeding. Objections Bruce McNeil solicitations.
to such appointment Personal
shall be filed with the Representative
Register of Wills, D.C., 202-581-3529
515 5th Street, N.W., TRUE TEST COPY
3rd Floor Washington, REGISTER OF WILLS
D.C. 20001, on or be- 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
fore October 15, 2011. Superior Court of
Claims against the de- the District of
cedent shall be pre- District of Columbia
sented to the under- PROBATE DIVISION
signed with a copy to the Washington, D.C.
Register of Wills or filed 20001-2131
with the Register of Wills Administration No.
with a copy to the under- 2011SEB135
signed, on or before Theodore N. Smith Jr
October 15, 2011, or be aka
forever barred. Persons Theodore N. Smith
believed to be heirs or Decedent
legatees of the decedent NOTICE OF
who do not receive a APPOINTMENT,
copy of this notice by NOTICE TO
mail within 25 days of its CREDITORS
first publication shall so AND NOTICE TO
inform the Register of UNKNOWN HEIRS
Wills, including name, Christine S. Jennings,
address and relation- whose address is 9209
ship. Winterset Court, Clinton
Date of Publication: MD 20735 were ap-
April 15, 2011 pointed personal repre-
Name of newspaper: sentative(s) of the estate
Afro-American of Theodore N. Smith Jr.
Washington Law aka Theodore N. Smith,
Reporter who died on June 3,
Tracie Robertson 2007 with a will. All un-
Personal known heirs and heirs
Representative whose whereabouts are
202-638-0095 unknown shall enter
TRUE TEST COPY their appearance in this
REGISTER OF WILLS proceeding. Objections
4/15, 4/22, 4/29 to such appointment (or
Superior Court of to the probate of de-
the District of cedent¬s will) shall
cedent’s will) shall bebe
District of Columbia filed with the Register of
PROBATE DIVISION Wills, D.C., 515 5th
Washington, D.C. Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
20001-2131 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
Administration No. 20001, on or before May
2011ADM248 15, 2011. Claims against
Roland Dewit Williams the decedent shall be
Decedent presented to the under-
Wesley L. Clarke signed with a copy to the
1629 K Street Register of Wills or filed
Suite 300 with the Register of Wills
Washington DC 20006 with a copy to the under-
Attorney signed, on or before
NOTICE OF May 15, 2011, or be for-
APPOINTMENT, ever barred. Persons
NOTICE TO believed to be heirs or
CREDITORS legatees of the decedent
AND NOTICE TO who do not receive a
UNKNOWN HEIRS copy of this notice by
Maria Green, whose ad- mail within 25 days of its
dress is 3415 Manderes first publication shall so
B8 The Afro-American, April 16, 2011 - April 16, 2011


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