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County Officials Upbeat about Health care
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker remains upbeat about the county’s health care woes, although budget constraints strangle nearly every facet of the county’s finances. “We want to make sure that everybody who needs health care in this county will have access,” Baker said earlier this month. A 2010 study conducted by Rand, a nonprofit that studies policymaking, pointed out several factors hindering the county’s health care system. The county’s 80,000 uninsured adult residents is one of the most pressing problems. According to the report, Prince George’s is home to twice as many uninsured adults compared to Howard County and a third more than Montgomery County. Exacerbating the issue is the fact that Prince George’s has only one federally qualified medical center that serves uninsured residents. The county also has a lower number of primary care physicians, surgeons, obstetricians and psychiatrists than many of its neighbors. The report calls for the county to strengthen its health care safety net and warns health care disparities could continue to grow and ultimately strain the county’s budget if this doesn’t happen. “The absence of a safety net threatens to perpetuate health disparities and lead to greater preventable use of care in expensive hospital settings,” the report said. The county’s most affluent residents are more likely to receive health care in neighboring counties, the report said, creating another breakdown in its health care system. Whether convenience, job location or mistrust drives higher-income residents to seek health care outside the county, the Rand report said officials must encourage residents to get health care at home. The best way to achieve that is to create more jobs in the county, something county officials are working on. “Investing in commercial growth improves our quality of life on two fronts,” Baker said in his state of the economy address. “It brings us the commercial options we want and it – Rushern Baker funds the government services that we deserve.” In the short term, however, Baker has worked hard to keep the county’s health care system afloat until he’s able to achieve more aggressive economic development. “I guarantee you that we’re going to keep the doors of [Prince George’s Hospital] and Bowie Health Center open,” he told the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. “We’re going to make sure that happens.” Baker was able to get $15 million of the county’s budget for Prince George’s Hospital but knew that would not be enough

State, County and Developer Agree to Extend ICC
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer The state of Maryland, Prince George’s County and developers at Konterra Town Center have entered into an agreement to finish the last section of the Intercounty Connector (ICC). The agreement was four years in the making as the state and county avoided imminent domain proceedings with Konterra. “This innovative agreement benefits the public sector, the private sector, and most importantly, the citizens of Prince George’s County and the state of Maryland by creating jobs and fueling economic progress in this area,” Gov. O’Malley said at a press conference announcing the partnership. “We are standing here today because all three parties involved were willing to think outside the box and look at the long-term Courtesy Photo/Office of the County Executive potential for job growth Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Gov. and economic activity in Martin O’Malley are pleased with a new agreement that will northern Prince George’s allow the last section of the Intercounty Connector (ICC) to County.” be completed. The project will also bring major improvements to Interstate 95, congestion, but it will certainly provide a more including constructing an interchange with direct route through the region than going on Contee Road in Laurel as well as creating a local roads.” new roadway to be known as Virginia Manor The $2.56 billion ICC, open for a little Road Extended, which will connect the ICC/ over two months, is an east-west toll road Virginia Manor Road interchange with the new Continued on A3 I-95/Contee Road interchange. While this may not eliminate traffic in that area of the county, it will remove the strain on local roads, according to the State Highway Administration (SHA). “The concept was to take the traffic off those local roads and steer it away from impacting those roads,” said SHA spokeswoman Sandra Dobson. “We can’t say that the ICC-Konterra will alleviate

“We want to make sure that everybody who needs health care in this county will have access.”

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Foreclosure Continues Decline of Upper Marlboro Golf Course
Residents concerned open space may now be lost to further development
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Villages of Marlborough (VOM) residents were informed that Marlborough Country Club was foreclosed on last week in a continuing and frustrating saga. At a February meeting with community residents, Hercules Pitts, the owner of Marlborough and Lake Arbor Gold Course, said a group of investors would help keep the golf courses in his possession.That evening Pitts said he would have a clear Continued on A3

Easter at the White House

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Families participate in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 25. The annual Easter Egg Roll brings 30,000 people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia to the White House

AFRO Captures 10 Press Awards
By AFRO Staff The AFRO American Newspapers brought home 10 Maryland, D.C., Delaware, (MDDC) Press Association awards April 22. Sports journalist Stephen Riley led the AFRO award recipients with 3 awards. Riley won two individual awards, one in the sports story category for his “Gonzaga Clips DeMatha for ACIT Title” and the other in the online commentary or blog category for his “Is it Over Yet? Redskins Find New Ways to Disappoint.” But it was Riley’s team effort with Sports Editor Perry Green that won best

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The condition of Marlborough Country Club deteriorated under Hercules Pitts’ ownership.

in show in the non-daily sports column category for “Faceoff: With John Wall In, Should Gilbert Arenas Stay or Go?” Washington Bureau Chief Zenitha Prince won in the feature story category for her story “Life, Death Converge Through Photographer’s

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Kimberley A. Martin, a reporter at Newsday, was recently conferred 2011’s Emerging Journalist Award at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) spring board of directors meeting. On Aug. 6, Martin and other honorees will attend the organization’s Salute to Excellence Gala in Philadelphia during NABJ’s 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair. Martin has been with the publication since November 2007. The sports writer covers everything from Major League Baseball to professional football and even NASCAR. - “I am honored to win such a prestigious award. To know that my colleagues value my work is as rewarding an honor as I could imagine,” said Martin in a statement. Hank Winnicki, assistant managing editor of Newsday’s sports section, wrote, “Kimberley has become an indispensable part of the Newsday team. This is a prestigious national award, and everyone at Newsday is thrilled for Kimberley, she’s a terrific writer and reporter and has handled every challenge thrown her way. This honor is well-deserved.” Before coming to Newsday, Martin wrote for The Record in New Jersey. She began her career in sports journalism after earning a master’s degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and African-American studies from Wesleyan University. NABJ’s 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place August 3-7. For additional information, ticket sales, and registration, please visit us at www.nabj.org.

daughter’s death. Snow’s voice may have reached one of its largest audiences in the late ‘80s with the popular sitcom jingle “A Different World.” The brief song, and soul star Aretha Franklin’s later rendition, became synonymous with the show’s six-season run. Snow also lent her voice to the “Celebrate the Moments of Your Life” jingle for General Foods International Coffees. While Snow’s dark brown, tightly coiled hair led many fans to believe she was African American, the AP reports the singer, born Phoebe Ann Laub, was born to White Jewish parents. She never asserted or denied her ethnic background.

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‘Poetry Man’ Singer Phoebe Snow Dies at 60

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Blues singer Phoebe Snow, who made her mark in the music industry with the 1974 hit “Poetry Man,” died from complications of a brain hemmorrhage in Edison, N.J. on April 26, her public relations representative told the Associated Press. She was 60. The singer suffered a stroke last year and faced blood clots, congestive heart failure and pneumonia, her manager, Sue Cameron, told the AP. The Grammy-nominated Snow released 16 albums and was nominated for the best new artist Grammy Award in 1975. That same year, the Teaneck, N.J., native fell from the public consciousness after the birth of her daughter, who was severely brain-damaged. According to the AP, her husband left the family soon after the baby’s birth and Snow abandoned the industry to care for her daughter Valerie Rose. She released her last album, Natural Wonder, in 2003, two years after her

Members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an amalgam of national civil rights and labor groups, are sounding off on what they call “vast disparities” in minority and underserved communities’ access to broadband Internet. In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) request for commentary about improving broadband access to these populations, the coalition asked the organization to make greater use of programs like Lifeline and Link-Up, which offer low-income Americans discounts on phone bills and installation fees. “This access is critically important for success in the job market, especially in a competitive job market where March 2011 unemployment was 8.8 percent, Black unemployment was 15.5 percent and Latino unemployment was 11.3 percent. Broadband plays a critically important role in all parts of the jobs pipeline – covering job readiness that includes obtaining skills necessary for a job, job placement that includes successfully applying for a job, and job progression that includes retraining for advancing through a job,” the coalition’s letter read. The letter also recommends the following steps to enhance the breadth of Lifeline and Link-Up programs: - Move quickly to expand Lifeline and Link-Up to support broadband services that can support voice as well as other applications; - Expand Lifeline and Link-Up to support broadband services this year; - Create a financial set-aside for competitive grants within the Lifeline program; - Expand and simplify eligibility rules, create incentives within the program to reach target populations and reduce waste and fraud, and mandate combined outreach (and possibly administration) of this program with other similar programs. The American Civil Liberties Union, Asian American Justice Center, Communications Workers of America, National Urban League, NAACP and National Coalition on Black Civic Participation were among the organizations who signed the letter. For more information visit www.civilrights.org.

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plan for both courses by June. However, that clearly wasn’t the case in this situation. In a letter sent to Prince George’s County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson, D.-Dist. 6, VOM homeowner association member Robert Bowers expressed his frustration. “As you know we were

J.J. Peters, D.-Dist. 23, said an agreement similar to the one keeping Rosecroft Raceway open could have worked until a more viable solution was found. However, Pitts wasn’t willing to reach out, Peters said. “We really can’t do anything until or if he wants to sell or enter into some kind

“The golf course is basically a crack house right now.”
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informed at the Villages of Marlborough Annual Meeting that the Marlboro Golf Course has been foreclosed on. Mr. Pitts is no longer the owner,” Bowers said. “It was my hope that he would pull it out but on some level I knew it was a long shot. So, now all the fears we had about the future deterioration of the course and the possible development of the land is back on the table.” Several state and county officials reached out to Pitts to prevent the course from going into foreclosure. Sen. Douglas of public-private partnership so that we can be a partner in the continuation of the Lake Arbor and Marlborough Golf Course,” said Peters at the February meeting. “We’re ready to go, but we don’t own the property.” Bowers, admittedly, had been a supporter of Pitts in the past, but knew things could go south quickly. Many of the other residents in his community were not as amiable towards Pitts as they watched the condition of the course deteriorate causing

Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified their home values to do the same. “If my property becomes unsightly in the community then the people in that community have a right to go to the government and say, ‘Let’s do something about it.’ Mr. Morris either has to fix up that property or he has to sell it,’” Donald Morris, a resident who lives near the course said. “The golf course is basically a crack house right now.” Now attention turns to what will happen to the

sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license course. Residents feared Pitts always had the intention to develop on the grounds. The land, now in the bank’s possession, is zoned for development. “If we don’t want homes, townhouses, single family homes, condos or apartment buildings built on what is now golf course land and the overcrowding that comes with it, we need to start working now with our Councilwoman to rezone those grounds as open space,” Bowers said.

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Residents fear the foreclosure of the declining golf course property will lead to an influx of additional houses and congestion.

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to sustain its operating costs. He lobbied his colleagues in Annapolis for additional funding and ultimately garnered an additional $15 million in funding. It is that kind of cooperation that makes Baker and other officials believe they can duplicate this in the future. “I am really proud of our county delegation and all of the elected officials in Prince George’s County,” Senate Delegation Chairman Douglas “J.J.” Peters, D-Dist. 23, said in a statement. “We all worked together and truly were able to make a difference during the 2011 General Assembly session.”

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connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker has lauded the highway, as he believes it could become a selling point in attracting businesses and residents to the county. “The opening of the ICC is another historic achievement that physically links the State’s two largest counties,” Baker said in a statement. “The ICC will help enhance the range of transportation options for our residents and fosters a bold new direction in inter-county cooperation and collaboration in transportation policy.” Not everyone is as pleased with the roadway’s existence, however. Environment Maryland has opposed the project since its inception. The environmental advocacy agency said it would not alleviate traffic and would create more congestion in the Washington metropolitan area. However, the state says the project is the greenest highway in state history with over $370 million of the project’s funding going directly to limiting its environmental impact. Konterra is slated to be a 2,200-acre, mixeduse development. Once completed, the development is slated to bring in 30,000 jobs and $95 million in state taxes annually – a third of which will go to Prince George’s. In addition to being accessible by the ICC, it will also be serviced by several state bus routes and a MARC train line. Development of Konterra is expected to begin in 2012.

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Gen. Kip Ward, 1st Commander of U.S. Africa Command, Retires
By AFRO Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, 37th chief of staff of the United States Army, hosted a retirement ceremony April 26 in honor of the former commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward at Summerall Field, Fort Myer, Va. Gen. Ward served in Stuttgart, Germany, as the first commander of AFRICOM from Oct. 1, 2007 to March 9, 2011. He was commissioned into the infantry in June 1971. His military education includes the infantry officer basic and advanced courses, US Army Command and General Staff College and US Army War College. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s in political science from Morgan State University. Ward’s awards and badges include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with six Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with three Oak

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Gen. Kip Ward and his wife, Joyce, give honors during the playing of the National Anthem. Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge. Ward retires from military after serving the nation for 39 years. He was joined by his wife, Joyce and other family and friends at the ceremony.

Seniors Enjoy ‘America I AM’ Exhibit on Wal-Mart’s Older Americans Day
Wal-Mart and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) joined together to bring older adults in the District metro area to the “America I AM: The African American Imprint” exhibit free of charge. On April 21, Wal-Mart hosted Seniors Day at the National Geographic Museum, where 1,000 mature adults will receive special access to the exhibition. “America I AM: The African American Imprint,” created by Tavis Smiley and sponsored by Wal-Mart, tells the story of the arrival of Africans in America to present-day struggles and successes through images, music, artifacts and more.

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Ronnette Smith from Wal-Mart visits with 102-year-old Virginia McLaurin. "I never thought I'd get this age," she said. McLaurin volunteers at the D..C public school Sharp, which educates mentally and physically disabled children. She has also been a foster grandparent for the United Planning Organization for 20 years. Wal-Mart’s Older Americans Day trip gave area seniors an opportunity to explore the “America I AM: The African American Imprint” exhibit. The event, which was sponsored by Wal-Mart and the National Council on Aging, was held April 21, 2011 at National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.

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(NNPA) — Like many parents, California mother Anne-Marie Skinner knows “accidents happen.” Her active, athletic teenagers Constance and Lucas - are both involved in a number of extracurricular activities, and both have unfortunately suffered sports-related injuries that required serious medical care. One of the worst to administer medication to help him breathe and multiple prescription drugs to prevent and treat his asthma. Several times a year, Alexei still ends up in the emergency room. Last year, Alexei suffered an asthma attack and fell to the ground while running in gym class, and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Healthy Families has made it possible for Alicia to manage Alexei’s prescription drugs, doctor visits, and emergency room visits and helped Anne-Marie through Constance’s eye injury. But, in recent years, changes in the state budget for Healthy Families and California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal—including significant premium and co-payment

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accidents happened when a basketball hit Constance in the face, requiring an emergency room visit, an MRI, and follow-up care from multiple doctors, including a pediatric eye care specialist. Thankfully, both Constance and Lucas have been able to get the care they need because they are enrolled in Healthy Families, California’s version of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—low-cost health insurance for children, teenagers, and pregnant women. Healthy Families makes Constance and Lucas’s care affordable for their family. Anne-Marie has already cut her family’s budget back to bare bones in this economy, including spending less on buying food. “If it wasn’t for Healthy Families I would be buried in a blanket of medical debt,” she says. Alicia Alferez faces a different challenge—keeping up with her child’s chronic health condition. Her oldest son, 14-yearold Alexei, has severe asthma. Like Anne-Marie, Alicia is a California resident who relies on Healthy Families coverage for her three children. With the Healthy Families coverage, Alexei is able to access preventive care including a machine

“The U.S. House of Representatives approved an unfair and shortsighted budget that will assault vulnerable children and low-income families.”
increases—have been making it harder for families to get critical health care services for their children. Another round of cost-sharing increases in the state’s 2011-2012 budget will cause real and lasting hardship for families like the Skinners and the Alferezes, including the difficult decisions they will face if the co-payment for an emergency room visit increases to $50 per visit. These two families are among the millions across the country whose health coverage is “on the chopping block” twice over: once because of state budget cuts and a second time because of federal budget cuts. They all risk losing the affordable, comprehensive health coverage their children need to grow up healthy and strong. The U.S. House of Representatives approved an unfair and shortsighted budget that will assault vulnerable children and low-income families. It would make deep cuts in Medicaid, shift more costs to states, and eliminate core protections for the 30 million children served by the program. In 2013, it would de-fund

the successful and cost effective Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) these and many thousands of California families need. All this at a time when 50 million Americans, including more than 8 million children, are uninsured. The House budget would repeal health reform that would reach an additional 32 million people and 95 percent of all children during the next few years. Children of color, who make up more than half of the children served by Medicaid, would fare worst and be placed at risk of preventable suffering, chronically poor health, and even death. And, for what purpose? To pay for more tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals and corporations in America? President Obama said this last week about the House budget for 2012: “There’s nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. And I don’t think there’s anything courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don’t have any clout on Capitol Hill. That’s not a vision of the America I know.” If this is not the America you want, stand up, and speak up and say no! Marian Wright Edelman is the president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Why Do Blacks Care about the Royal Wedding?
African Americans seek committed relationships and marriage just as much as any other ethnic group. They, too, long for the pomp and circumstance that the world will witness April 29, when England’s Prince William weds his bride Catherine Middleton. It’s become standard practice in recent of married Black Americans ages 20-54 dropped from 70.3 in 1970 to 39.6 in 2008, according to the 2009 Marriage Index, a joint study by the Institute for American Values and the National Center on African American Marriages and Parenting (NCAAMP). And while the evidence may suggest a decline in the value of marriage, for many African Americans, it is a testimony to the difficulties in finding a suitable partner who is prepared and ready to make the commitment. Not surprisingly there are convincing indicators that marriage’s status has declined throughout America. The percentage of all Americans ages 20-54 that are married also plummeted from 78.6 in 1970 to joblessness, and global instability. Marriage affects other more glaring social concerns in more substantive and direct ways than those often-discussed headline issues. And yet, the decline of marriage has been woefully absent from our national debate. This must change if we hope to stave off the wholesale cultural decline of America. The discussion of family values must move beyond its traditional place as an exclusively conservative political action item and be embraced in rural and metro America, discussed among Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians and native people, and maintained across all faiths. Our children need stable families and communities. It’s time to elevate the marriage discussion to the national level and draw attention to it from a broad range of communities. In the short term, we can defuse any youthful reluctance to discuss the importance of marriage with the timely paparazzi surrounding the royal union. But once the nation and its youth are aware of what must be done, we can only hope that marriage – restored to its irreplaceable position – is celebrated, cultivated, and continued with the same reverence as the old broom jumping ceremony that’s been carefully passed down from the slave era. Michelle Drayton is the president of Today’s Child Communications – based in New York City – and a maternalchild health registered nurse and holder of a master’s degree in public health. She is also the publisher of “Today’s Child” magazine now entering its 13th year.

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generations for Black couples to ceremonially jump the broom at their weddings. The act exemplifies a delicate link between contemporary African Americans to the slave culture of their ancestors who resiliently sustained precious native marriage practices. Though weddings between slaves were not officially recognized, the dogged continuation of matrimonial ties reflected marriage and family’s central position in Black culture and community. And yet, recent surveys suggest that young African Americans, devoid of stable relationship role models, see marriage as something Whites do, not Blacks. The percentage

“[The] steady deterioration of humanity’s central relationship is as much a crisis in America as the slumping economy, joblessness, and global instability.”

57.2 in 2008. Analysis of government statistics also reveals that rural Whites – long the bastion of marriage and barometer of American middle class values – now divorce at the same rate as Whites living in metropolitan areas. At the same time, the percentage of births to married Americans tumbled from 89.3 percent in 1970 to 60.3 percent in 2008, according to the Marriage Index. Among African Americans, that same measure fell from 62.4 percent in 1970 to 28.4 in 2008. This steady deterioration of humanity’s central relationship is as much a crisis in America as the slumping economy,

Letters to the Editor
Wal-Mart—Perception or Reality? The perception of Wal-Mart varies, depending upon one’s perspective, social and/ or political interests, or business viewpoint. Wal-Mart advocates call attention to more jobs and increased tax revenues to justify Wal-Mart’s existence in urban markets. Critics suggest that Wal-Mart monopolizes local markets which forces smaller businesses to close and thereby contributes to the reduction of tax revenues and loss of jobs in metropolitan areas. The basis for support of a Wal-Mart in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 4, on the Old Curtis Chevrolet site, is more political than practical. In 2008, under the guidance of Mayor Adrian Fenty, the city put together the “Upper Georgia Avenue Great Streets Redevelopment Plan,” a document used to guide development on the Georgia Avenue corridor. The city’s plan states that the kind of retail recommended for development would have to be competitive in the local market and not duplicate what can already be found in Columbia Heights. The Target in Columbia Heights is a big-box store very similar to Wal-Mart. Moreover, the Institute for the Study of Labor examined Wal-Mart’s labor practices. It estimates that for every five jobs Wal-Mart creates, seven other workers in the surrounding area lose their jobs because Wal-Mart can afford to have lower prices which in turn drive local stores out of business. Wal-Mart’s record of discrimination against African Americans, women, and workers with disabilities is reason enough to question Wal-Mart’s role in community and economic development. Why bring a business to Ward 4 that is currently facing workplace-bias lawsuits for widespread discrimination against women employees, African-American truck drivers, and numerous other cases involving discrimination against workers with disabilities? The same effort and perseverance that convinced Wal-Mart to come to Ward 4 can be used to work with local and national business leaders to develop a business proposal more inclusive of the concerns and recommendations of the Ward 4 community. Baruti Jahi, Ph.D. Ward 4 resident Washington, D.C. Bullying in American Culture I am really disturbed by out wide-ranging assessment of the horrors of bullying. Now, please don’t get me wrong; I think that bullying can be debilitating emotionally. And, as we’ve seen, it can actually lead to death. Our children are under so much pressure to dress, talk and engulf themselves in our materialistic, plastic, pop culture that they struggle with simple, natural, human situations. The question we have to ask ourselves is how did we get this dark place? This is my take on it: 400 years of slavery in America had to have unlimited bullies to keep this dehumanizing institution in place. Then, years of Jim Crow and Klan terror activities wrapped themselves in bullying tactics. The many years that followed brought about even more bullying. The murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and a system of mental and physical imprisonment take on an air of bullying. You see, we in America have a history of militarism and racism and our children have seen it and been taught it. Many people see taunting and bullying as a rite of passage. Bullying is built into our American culture. How can we turn the table on bullying where our children see it and hear it in many forms from parents as well as leaders? Our fine president did have a summit on bullying, but it goes deeper than that— from police harassment to the horrendous inequities of our legal system. Our children see it day in and day out. Let’s face one fact: Bullying is an integral part of the American culture. Ted Moody Richmond, Va.

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Dinner emcee Veronica Johnson, meteorologist, NBC 4 and NFL Hall of Famer/former Redskins player Darrell Green

ore than 800 guests gathered at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel in McLean, Va., to attend the 21st Annual Community Service and Scholarship Awards Dinner hosted by the Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL). In keeping with this year’s theme, “Preparing the Next Generation for a Global Economy,” awards were present to some of the world’s highest achievers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Honorees included Dr. Tshaka Cunningham, Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs researcher and Howard University

Marc H. Morial, president/CEO, NUL; Karen PriceWard, Southwest Airlines and Alexandria, Va., Mayor William Euille Dinner co-chairpersons Angela Moody, president/CEO, EDJ Associates and Steven Baker, vice president, Business Administration, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Gwen Tillman, corporate manager and Jim Green, director, SEAS, both with Northrop Grumman

School of Medicine adjunct professor; NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson and future neurosurgeon Tony Hansberry. Fifteen area high school seniors were awarded $5,000 scholarships to attend the college of their choice. LeLand Melvin, NASA associate administrator for education programs, was the keynote speaker and NBC4 news meteorologist Veronica Johnson served as the evening’s emcee. Special guests include Marc Morial, president/CEO, National Urban League (NUL); U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.); U.S. Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) and Alexandria, Va., Mayor William Euille. Major sponsors include BET Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Southwest Airlines and the Stafford Foundation. Roses were presented to Lavern Chatman, president/ CEO of NOVAUL, for her Mary Millben sings “The unwavering and steady Impossible Dream (The Quest)” leadership. accompanied by Kate Rodgers, principal harpist, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.

Steven Baker, dinner co-chairman, presents the Leadership in Excellence Award in STEM field to Tony Hansberry.

Dr. Tshaka Cunningham receives the Excellence in STEM Award from Angela Moody, dinner cochairwoman.

Lavern Chatman, president/CEO, NOVAUL and Congressman James Moran (D-Va.) Lavern Chatman receives flowers for leading NOVAUL.

2011 Scholarship recipients Scholarship recipient Lena Nelson from West Springfield High School gives the student response.

Keynote speaker Leland D. Melvin, associate administrator for education programs, NASA, receives the Excellence in Leadership award in the STEM field from Kenneth Bynum, Esq., chairman, board of directors, NOVAUL.

PepsiCo attendees: Johnny Johnson, Jennifer Vasquez, James Crowder, Debbie Castro, Haroon Muhib and Sabrina Simmons

Marie Dufore, David Temple Jr., Diana Brent, Strfianie Conway, Eric Brent, Shawnn Conway, James Conway and Virginia Williams

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Lavern Chatman, president/ CEO, NOVAUL

Attendees celebrate another successful awards dinner.

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Donovan Stubbs assists Soror Shellie Smith with door prizes.

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he National Sorority Phi Delta Kappa’s (PDK) District-based Beta Chapter recently hosted their annual luncheon and scholarship awards presentation at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. After feasting on a sumptuous meal while listening to melodious music, presentations were made to Joi Raines and Natalie Porter-McCuiston for their extraordinary labor of love as school teachers in the D.C. school system. The program concluded with an up-tempo, couture, highstyle, glitzy fashion show produced by Lovely Lady Boutique. PDK promotes sisterhood among its members by exhibiting a high level of professionalism, academic and social ideals. They are America’s educators.
Models of all ages work the runway.

Ministers Charles and Karen Bell (soror) Chapter Basileus Natalie PorterMcCuisten brings greetings. Honorees Joi Raines and Natalie Porter-McCuisten, recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award for work beyond the call of duty

A singer entertains the guests.

Soror Dianna Mayo-Neal, Elizabeth Mayfield (guest) and Soror Elizabeth C. Roberts

Seated: Sorors Dorothea Hunter and Carolyn Davis. Standing: Sorors Frances Watts-Henry and Mattie C. Coates

Martha G. Harrison (guest), Soror C. Delores Scott, past chapter basileus and Clara G. Wright (guest)

Members of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa

Past Supreme Basileus Margaret C. Nelson brings greetings on behalf of national and regional officers

Models showcase evening attire on the runway.
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‘AFRO’ Sports Desk Faceoff: Who Should the Redskins Draft in 2011?
By Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green No one knows for sure who the Washington Redskins will select with their 10th overall pick in the NFL draft on April 28, but one thing is clear: the list of possibilities is a long one. With holes seemingly everywhere on the team other than safety and tight end, Washington can go in a number of directions in their attempt to rebuild the downtrodden franchise. Years of opting to build through free agency and trades, rather than the draft, have left Washington’s roster depleted and the AFRO Sports Desk searching for answers. Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley have gone into their own war room to weigh the possible picks. Green: Picking 10th in the first round gives Washington some options. They can trade down—which I feel is the best option—or they can stay put and still get a very talented player. If they elect to remain at No. 10, then a pass rusher has to top their draft board. The 3-4 defense was a disaster last season, partly because they didn’t have the pieces to run it, but mainly

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By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Holes, holes and more holes. If you look at the Washington Redskins roster you’ll see a register in dire need of some tweaking and some talent. With the 10th pick in the NFL Draft patiently waiting on a decision from the pride of D.C., it’s a pivotal year to be a pigskin fan. There are 11 different key positions on a football team, and Washington needs a new piece at just about nine of them. Should they go quarterback? Maybe they should take a wide receiver? Or perhaps they should take a linebacker or add to the defensive line? The list of possibilities is extensive upon further review.

Decisions Loom for Redskins in Critical Draft
Years of dodging the draft in favor of signing high-profile free agents have finally caught up to a roster short on promising young players and long in age. at their selections may not match their pressing needs. Typically, when a team drafts for need instead of best player available, NFL executives call that a reach. Gabe Carimi, (Wisconsin) Anthony Castonzo (Boston College) or Tyron Smith (USC) would give Washington a set of young line wings to finish out the next decade with. But none of the offensive tackles in this draft scream 10th pick and if a team wouldn’t draft a tackle that high then cross out guard and center as well. ` With a draft deep at defensive line, the front three of the Redskins 3-4 alignment could definitely be addressed. As many as six linemen could all fit in the first round and securing a defensive end or nose tackle (which is essential to running a 3-4) is also on the list of priorities. This season’s draft isn’t just heavy on the defensive line, it’s stocked
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“If you look at the Washington Redskins roster you’ll see a register in dire need of some tweaking and some talent.”
Last offseason’s wheeling and dealing has left the club with just two selections (10 and 41) in the first five rounds of this year’s draft, leaving Washington with no choice but to score big on its first pair of picks. A trade down would be ideal; the team needs extra picks, and the options available In Washington however, we call that the Redskins’ annual draft strategy. Personally, I’m a fan of finishing what you started. Last season the club went offensive line and drafted super athletic left tackle Trent Williams. Another bookend to compliment Williams such as tackles

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Artist V. Rich Shakes Up the Music Industry with Multifaceted Style
Originally trained under a classical music curriculum, V. Rich used his innate musical skills and became a piano wiz. After relocating to D.C., he founded a band and later began singing back-up for artists Amel Larrieux. Through this experience, he later went on to work with a handful of other artists including Raheem DeVaughn, Mya and Lauryn Hill. Now, fresh off the release of his Extended Play (EP) album, Songs from the Album Addicted, the AFRO spoke to V. Rich about his multifaceted musical style, his current work and his future projects in the making. AFRO: How did you get you get started in music? V Rich: I started singing in the church at 3 years old and then I started taking piano lessons at 5. Then, from 5 on, I played up until [college] and I went to Carnegie Mellon University and then transferred to Howard. The funny thing about piano is that I really didn’t like playing when I first started. I actually hated it, but it was a requirement in my family to do it [and] you could only quit once you got to a certain age or a certain level. Once I got to that level, I didn’t want to quit. AFRO: Since you spent a lot of your formative years studying classical music, do you infuse that into your tracks? V Rich: I’m always infusing classical music in my songs, more so during my live shows than in my recordings. But you can still hear elements of my classical background. AFRO: Talk about your extended play (EP) album, ‘Songs from Addicted.’ V Rich: It’s a five-song EP. I put it out to get a feel of what people like and get my feet wet in the industry. I got a great response from it, and it’s just to lead up to my actual LP release. I [also] just recently released my mixtape entitled Before the Addiction. AFRO: When can listeners expect the full album? V Rich: It’ll be released in the fall. AFRO: Will it have any notable features? V Rich: Yes. Singer Eric Roberson will be on there and so will Rapper Big Pooh from [the group] Little Brother. I have a few other artists but they’re not solidified yet so I can’t really mention them. [Laughs]. AFRO: Often, some might complain that R&B music is not the same as it used to be. What are your thoughts Courtesy Photo on that claim and how do plan to go against it? V Rich: I think now, genres are starting to mix together so much that most artists that are out, don’t even fit into the boxes [that people put them in]. I personally don’t like boxes in music because some of my songs are R&B, some of them are soul and some of them are alternative. I even have some tracks on my mixtape that are basically smooth jazz. So, I think the lines of genres are starting cross, especially in the R&B, pop and hip hop worlds. I think everybody has their lane. So,

In an industry where talentless artists come a dime a dozen, R&B vocalist V. Rich is definitely in the minority. After being exposed to music at a young age, the Michigan native fashioned himself into a full-fledged singer, songwriter, arranger and producer.

Film Review

Tyler Perry Back in Drag for More Tomfoolery as Madea

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Shirley (Loretta Devine, left), Byron (Shad “Bow Wow” Moss, center) and Tammy (Natalie Desselle Reid, right) in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family. By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO Hold onto your wigs and fat suits, folks, because Tyler Perry is back in drag as America’s sassiest granny. But don’t make the mistake of attributing the Madea franchise’s enduring appeal to the loudmouthed hussy’s bodaciousness alone, since she’s as much beloved for her timely sermonizing as for all that trademark tomfoolery. While undeniably upping the ante in terms of sheer frivolity, this sixth installment is also grounded by a bittersweet storyline. At the point of departure, we find Madea’s niece, Shirley (Loretta Devine), being informed by her physician (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez) about a resurgence of the cancer that she’s been fighting for the past seven years. Despite the urgent diagnosis, she declines further treatment, explaining that she’s simply too tired to do another round of chemotherapy. And with just weeks to live, the devoutly religious Christian resigns herself to the will of the Lord. What does still matter to her, however, is seeing her three children one last time to break the unfortunate news to them in person. The trouble is that they’re all currently consumed by bad relationships, each more in crisis than the next. Daughter Tammy (Natalie Desselle) is married to a wimp (Rodney Perry), who lets their smart aleck sons (Stevie Wash Jr. and Benjamin Aiken) walk all over her. Materialistic middlechild Kimberly (Shannon Kane) cares so much about her high-paying corporate job and the trappings of success that she ignores her toddler and takes her patient hubby (Isaiah Mustafa) for granted. Elsewhere, 18 -year-old Byron (Bow Wow), Shirley’s youngest, is being pressured by his gold digger of a girlfriend (Lauren London) to supplement his modest income by selling drugs on the street again. Adding to the recent-parolee’s angst is the baby-mama drama surrounding his hypercritical ex’s (Teyana Taylor) demands for more child support for their son. Care to hazard a guess whose help Shirley enlists to slap some sense, both literally and figuratively, into this
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D.C. Mayor Names May 2011 Cultural Awareness Month
By AFRO Staff District Mayor Vincent Gray has declared May 2011 Cultural Awareness Month in honor of Cultural Tourism DC’s Passport DC initiative, a month-long celebration of international culture. In May 2010, former District Mayor Adrian Fenty instituted the first Cultural Awareness Month in D.C. Passport DC is a series of street festivals, open houses, embassy program, special performances and more that celebrate the cultural expression of the international community. The events allow District-area residents to explore the food and spirit of countries like Spain, Nigeria, Brazil and dozens of other nations without leaving the city’s confines. “Cultural Tourism DC is honored that Mayor Gray recognizes the significance of Passport DC,” said Cultural Tourism DC Executive Director Linda Donavan Harper in a press statement. “Only in Washington, DC, a truly global city, could you have a celebration like this. Both Cultural Tourism DC and Mayor Gray appreciate that Washington’s many embassies and international organizations influence the culture of DC. Passport DC serves as a gateway for exploring the world that is located in our own backyard.” This year’s Passport DC includes a new event, Kids World Cinema, with celebrates international children’s films on May 13-14 and May 20-22. Presented by Alliance Francaise de Washington, the cinema showcase also features an arts and crafts workshop for children ages 5-12 and is free to the public. The initiative’s highlight is the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 14. At this free, day-long event,

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35 embassies representing six continents will welcome visitors as they enjoy the art, fashion, music, food and dance of various countries.

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Ordinarily, Walmart plays by its own rules as the largest company in the world. That usually means neighborhoods get shortchanged – from low wages to traffic nightmares to the disappearance of small businesses. DC residents won’t tolerate another big bully joining Congress in disrespecting our voice and our values. DC deserves a much better deal than that.
Walmart should provide real community benefits, like: n Full-time, living wage jobs n Paying its fair share of taxes n Local hiring and training commitments targeted to DC residents n Protection for our residents and small businesses n Fairness in hiring rehabilitated ex-offenders n Equal pay for all workers regardless of gender or race n Green building standards n And more That’s why the Living Wages, Healthy Communities coalition has asked Walmart to sit down and negotiate an agreement to provide enforceable community benefits for DC residents and small businesses that would be impacted by its move into the District.

dysfunctional menagerie? Madea, of course, proceeds to browbeat her misbehaving extended family into shape in her own inimitable style which simply will not be ignored. Along for the ride, purely for comic relief, are a couple of embarrassing relatives: Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) and Mr. Brown (David Mann). The former is a feisty septuagenarian who smokes marijuana and flirts shamelessly (“Are you married?” “Are you straight?”) with younger men. The latter is a garishlydressed master of the malapropism who somehow convincingly confuses the words “prostitute” with “prostate,” “carbon peroxide” with “carbon monoxide,” and even “colonoscopy” with “Coca Cola.” Such distracting buffoonery notwithstanding, Madea as usual miraculously manages to straighten everybody out, and right in the nick of time for the uplifting, closing credits, Kodak moment. Melodramatic tough love as meaningful group therapy! Very Good (HHH) Rated PG-13 for profanity, mature themes and drug use. Running time: 106 Minutes Distributor: Lionsgate Films

is [R&B] different from the past? Of course it is–everything is always changing. But, there are elements of [old school] in music today as well. AFRO: What’s up next for you? V Rich: The mixtape and the EP are out, so now I’m working on the full album. I also have a few other projects that I’m working on under my label. I’m doing an album with my father who’s putting out a prayer CD. I’m working with artist Jay Hayden and he’s putting out another album. I did a song with him last year that hit Billboard. I’m also doing a score for a movie called The Talented. So, I’m working. For more information on V. Rich, visit: www.vrichmusic.com or Vrich.bandcamp.com.

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HU Chapel Services Vernon Jordan Jr. will be the guest speaker during the 11 a.m. service in Cramton Auditorium on May 1. He is the senior managing director of Lazard Freres & Co. LLC in New York City. The Rev. Dr. Bernard Richardson will preach on May 8. All are welcome. Call 202-806-7280 for additional information. Women’s Day at Zion Women’s Day, sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of Zion Baptist Church, will be observed May 1. The theme of the 10:15 a.m. praise and worship service is “Women in Ministry: Mentoring to Care about Their Followers.” Courtesy Photo The keynote speaker will be Rev. Patricia Hailes Fears, Vernon Jordan Jr. will pastor’s assistant to the Rev. Dr. Carlton W. Veazey, of preach at Howard Fellowship Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Music will be University on May 1. provided by United Women in Song, directed by Karla Scott, also music director of the United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir. Women of all communities and religious groups are welcome to attend. Rev. Keith W. Byrd Sr. is pastor of Zion located at 4850 Blagden Ave., in Northwest Washington and invites all to join us in worship. For more information, call the church at 202722-4940 or on the website at www.ziondc.org. A Mother’s Day Dinner The Women’s Fellowship at Peoples Congregational UCC will sponsor a Mother’s Day Buffet Dinner from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 8 at the church located at 4704 13th St. N.W., where the Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphy is senior minister. Appearing will be Samuel Cromwell and Shirlita Settles. Call Maureen Butts at 202-363-5309 for ticket and other information.

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Local Ministers Conference Makes Donation to Tornado-Ravaged HBCU
By Brienne Davis Special to the AFRO Shaw University, a historically Black institution and the oldest Black college or university in the south, received $5,000 from the Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference of Washington, D.C. and Vicinity on April 21. The funds will assist the schools as it recovers from a destructive tornado in Raleigh, N.C. “One of the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conferences is to support HBCUs annually, through direct financial support and the awarding of college scholarships. This year, in light of the devastation Shaw University has suffered, we have decided to give $5,000 to this school to support their restoration efforts, in addition to our customary awarding of college scholarships,” the organization said in a statement. Organized in 1885, the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Washington, DC and Vicinity was founded to “promote the interest of the Redeemer’s Kingdom, to secure peace and prosperity of local churches, the welfare and harmony of the members to promote the cause of Christian Education and Missionary Causes; to stimulate an artist in all denominational enterprises; and to advance the Kingdom of Christ, for mutual intercourse for social, intellectual, moral and spiritual improvements.”

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Julius Sturdivant was member of the Veterans of born on Nov. 15, 1925, in Foreign Wars, a life member Wadesboro, N.C. He was of the NAACP, and a member the eldest child of the late of the American Legion. Lester William Sturdivant He gave his knowledge, and Ethel Robinson time, and treasure to each of Sturdivant. these worthy organizations Affectionately called throughout his adult life. “Lester” by family and Lester and Ella relocated to friends, he was diagnosed St. Helena Island, S.C., in with Parkinson’s disease 2008. several years ago. And Lester is survived by his although he waged a brave loving and devoted wife, Ella battle against this relentless C. Sturdivant; his sons, Brad disease, he succumbed to L. and Tim D. Sturdivant; JULIUS STURDIVANT his illness on Feb. 16 in his daughter-in-law, Toni C. the Beaufort Memorial Sturdivant; his grandsons, Hospital, Beaufort, S.C. Services were held Jordan T., Justin D., and Jared C. Sturdivant at the Parish Church of St. Helena Episcopal and loving sisters, Ethel (Peggy) Reese, Church, with interment in the National Katie Lee Butler, Helen McLendon, Rose Cemetery Beaufort, S.C. on Feb. 23. Young, and Ruby Baldwin. He was preceded Lester served in the US Army Air Corps in death by his sisters Lillie Mae Redfearn during World War II. He attended Howard and Hazel Edwards, and his brothers, Edward University and was employed with U.S. State and Osborne Sturdivant. Department for over 35 years. Through his His memory will be cherished by sistersservice, he became a member of the United in-law Alva C. McNeal, Pearlie J. Chaplin States Foreign Service Reserve and in 1981 and Miriam T. Chaplin; his brothers-in-law reached the pinnacle of his career, retiring as Charles Redfearn, Wendell Butler, Vernie the first African-American printing officer McLendon and Charles Young. Additionally, liaison to the Government Printing Office. he leaves a host of nieces and nephews that Lester had a wonderful partner on his life will all miss him dearly. journey. He met and married Ella Chaplin Lester touched the lives of many people Sturdivant when she moved to Washington, with his charm and generosity and maintained D.C., to pursue her career as a registered his trademarked sense of humor and stoutness nurse. Lester and Ella enjoyed 53 spectacular of heart until the end. Although gone, he will years of wedded matrimony. Together, for never be forgotten. over 50 years, they were members of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Silver Lillian M. Parker Spring, Md. Lester was On Monday, April 18, 2011 in a diligent church worker, Falls Church, VA. Lillian M. Parker of Arlington,VA, mother of Captain Lutrelle performing many duties F. Parker, Jr. USN Retired (Lillie) and Dr. within the church including Wendell E. Parker(Margaret); foster mother vestryman and usher. of Imani Bennett; mother-in-law of Helen Lester was a life Parker; grandmother of Kimberly, Randall, member of Alpha Phi Lauren, Lutrelle III, Raymond II(Jericho) and Roslyn Parker and Tiffany Jackson; Alpha Fraternity’s Iota sister of Doris Foggie(Cardell); sister-inUpsilon Lambda Chapter law of Eunice Cobb, George Parker(Marie), of Silver Spring. Ritualistic Thomas Mangrum and Helen Parker. She is final rites were performed also survived by great grandchildren, foster by the fraternity’s Xi grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. A visitation was held on Monday, April 25, 2011 from 6 until Gamma Lambda Chapter 8 pm and the funeral was on Tuesday, April 26 at 11 am at the Mount of Beaufort. He was a life
Zion Baptist Church, 3500 S. 19th St, Arlington, VA 22204. Dr. Leonard N. Smith, Senior Minister officiated. Interment was in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements by Greene Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA.

Jessie Shorter Thomas Hospital, she worked in the was a proud and witty fourthgift shop for over 20 years. generation Washingtonian. She also volunteered at On Sept. 16, 2010, she was Arena Stage, and the Joint blessed to celebrate her Center for Political Studies, 100th birthday. Jessie’s life where she contributed for journey began Sept. 16, more than 10 years. She was 1910. She was the fourth of also a dedicated poll worker. five children born to Charles She worked on numerous and Jessie Freeman Shorter. political campaigns in the She was educated in the District and Montgomery District of Columbia public County, Md. She would schools. After attending proudly share that the Lucretia Mott Elementary participated in every march School, Jessie graduated in Washington for Equal from Armstrong Senior High Rights until she turned 90. JESSIE THOMAS School. (She remarked that Jessie’s service and there was no middle or junior high school contributions to the community did not at that time.) Following high school, she go unnoticed. She received numerous completed one year at Howard University, expressions of appreciation and awards over interrupting her education to begin her career the years. She was most recently honored at the United States Government Printing with a feature article in the Washington AFRO Office. and recognized as an outstanding senior Jessie married LeRoy Samuels in 1930. citizen of Ward 5 by Councilman Harry She and LeRoy had one daughter, her beloved Thomas Jr. BettyJane. This union ended in divorce. Jessie loved to swim. She would often In 1956, she married Charles W. Thomas. share how she and her sister learned to swim Together they traveled the world, collecting when city built a pool in the community. Her animals in conjunction with Charles’ position love her swimming continued throughout her as “unofficial ambassador” for the National life. At the age of 90, she participated in the Zoo. Their travels were often covered in Life DC Senior Olympics at Howard University and Ebony magazines. Jessie and Charles and was awarded a trophy for being the most were inseparable until he departed this life in senior lady swimmer. 1991. No one was more devoted to her family Jessie was an active member of the Berean than Jessie. She could always be counted Baptist Church since her childhood. Her on for love and support. She cherished the father enrolled her in Sunday school when time she spent with her daughter Betty, and she was 5. She was a devoted member of the considered Betty’s husband Albert, her son. Berean family until her passing. At Berean Her granddaughter Tracy and later great Baptist Church, she was a member of the grandson Justin were truly the apples of her Missionary Society and the Gideon Club. eye. She was also delighted to have a loving She also filled the position of financial clerk grandson in Tracy’s husband Larry. She loved for the continued to serve as a Deaconess family gatherings, celebrations and quiet time at its successor, the Historic Berean Baptist shared with the people she loved. Church located at 14th Street and Montana The life of the party — that was Jessie. Avenue, Northeast. At the age of 90, she was She was known for her outgoing personality, honored as the first mother of the Church. quick wit and sense of humor. She was a She remained a dutiful deaconess, serving great dancer and sparkling conversationalist. communication and caring for the sick and Always ready with a compliment, pat on shut-in until her passing. the back and a wink of an eye, she would Jessie felt helping others was part of the make one feel comfortable and at ease. rent we pay our creator. She often shared, Affectionately known as “Tots” and “GG,” ‘When the Lord blesses you, he looks for Jessie was a must-have on anyone’s guest list. you to share the blessing.” She helped feed Her motto for a long life: Pray, give thanks, and clothe many in need by assisting at the help somebody each day and eat chocolate.” Crisis Center at Berean Baptist Church. Her parents, Charles and Jessie; siblings, Her dedication to serving others continued Ransellar, John, Evenly and Geneva, and until her death. She was an active member daughter, Bettyjane, preceded her in death. of Wings for Joy, Inc., where she regularly She leaves to cherish her memory, her participated in the campaigns to bring food granddaughter, Tracy DuPree Davis (Larry D. and clothing to women and children in need. Davis); great grandson, Justin Davis; niece, Jessie retired from government service Dolores Kiah (Donald A. Kiah); stepdaughter, after more than 36 years. She then began to Harriet Dodson, and a host of great nephews, devote her time to many worthy causes, and nieces other loving relatives, her church became an avid volunteer. As a member of the family and friends. Women’s Auxiliary for Howard University

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM292 Louise M. Carey Decedent Wendell C. Robinson 4308 Georgia Ave. NW Washington DC 20011 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Bruce McNeil, whose address is 630 Burns Street SE Washington DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Louise M. Carey, who died on February 24, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before O c t o b e r 1 5 , 2 0 11 . Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 15, 20011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 15, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Bruce McNeil Personal Representative 202-581-3529 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM268 OPAL M. WAGSTAFF AKA OPAL MARIE (WALKER) WAGSTAFF Decedent W. Alton Lewis 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, Maryland 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS William Arthur Wagstaff, Jr., whose address is 3347 Clay Street, NE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Opal M. Wagstaff aka Opal Marie (Walker) Wagstaff, who died on November 12, 2006 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of

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All unknown cedent shall be prePROBATE DIVISION heirs and heirs whose Suite 155 sented to the underLargo, Maryland Washington, D.C. whereabouts are un- 20774 signed with a copy to the 20001-2131 Register of Wills or filed known shall enter their Attorney Administration No. NOTICE OF with the Register of Wills appearance in this 2011ADM340 APPOINTMENT, with a copy to the under- proceeding. Objections Estate of NOTICE TO signed, on or before to such appointment (or CREDITORS Dr. Burke Syphax October 15, 2011, or be to the probate of deAND NOTICE TO Deceased cedent’s will) shall be forever barred. Persons cedent¬s will) shall be UNKNOWN HEIRS NOTICE OF believed to be heirs or filed with the Register of Shelore Ann Cary WilSTANDARD legatees of the decedent Wills, D.C., 515 5th liams, whose address is PROBATE who do not receive a Street, N.W., 3rd Floor 3215 13th Street, NW Notice is hereby given that Washington DC 20010 copy of this notice by Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . a petition has been filed in mail within 25 days of its 20001, on or before was appointed personal this Court by Gregory C. the Syphax, Stephen W. Syphax first publication shall so O c t o b e r 2 2 , 2 0 11 . representative of M. estate of Alma inform the Register of Claims against the de- Strange, who died on and Michael B. Syphax for standard probate, including cedent shall be preWills, including name, December 26, 2009 with the appointment of one or address and relation- sented to the under- a will, and will serve more personal representasigned with a copy to the without Court supervi- tive. Unless a complaint or ship. Register of Wills or filed sion. 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Objections may take the action hereReporter to such appointment (or William Arthur believed to be heirs or to the probate of de- inafter set forth. 0 Ordered any interested Wagstaff Jr legatees of the decedent cedent¬s will) shall be cedent’s will) shall be Personal who do not receive a filed with the Register of person to show cause why copy of this notice by Wills, D.C., 515 5th the provisions of the lost or Representative destroyed will dated Novem202-431-9277 mail within 25 days of its Street, N.W., 3rd Floor ber 5, 1998 should not be first publication shall so Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . TRUE TEST COPY admitted to probate as exinform the Register of 20001, on or before pressed in the petition. REGISTER OF WILLS O c t o b e r 2 2 , 2 0 11 . Register of Wills 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 Wills, including name, Claims against the deaddress and relation- cedent shall be pre- Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication ship. Superior Court of sented to the underApril 29, 2011 Date of Publication: the District of signed with a copy to the Names of Newspapers: April 22, 2011 District of Columbia Register of Wills or filed Washington Law Reporter with the Register of Wills Name of newspaper: PROBATE DIVISION Washington with a copy to the underAFRO-AMERICAN Afro-American Washington, D.C. Joan M. Wilbon & signed, on or before Washington Law 20001-2131 Associates October 22, 2011, or be Reporter Administration No. 1120 Connecticut Ave. forever barred. Persons Barbara J. Durham believed to be heirs or NW. Suite 1020 2011ADM316 Personal legatees of the decedent Washington DC 20036 Clotilde Durham Representative who do not receive a 202-737-7458 Smith 202-554-0184 copy of this notice by Signature of Decedent Petitioners/Attorney mail within 25 days of its TRUE TEST COPY Nicholas D. 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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM327 Alonzo Ware Decedent Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ruby L Willis, whose address is 1921 Lawrence Street NE, Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Alonzo Ware, who died on February 5, 2011 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 29, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 29, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 29, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ruby L. Willis Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/29, 5/6, 5/13

June, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at the Skagit County Superior Court, 205 W. Kincaid Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, room number to be announced, and defend against the aboveentitled action, answer the Petitioner, and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorney for LEGAL at the office Petitioners NOTICES listed below. If you fail to do so, judgment may be rendered against you according to the request of the Petition. The child was born February 26, 2011. The child¬s mother is CapThe child’s mother is Capricia E. Yarborough. YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE HEARING MAY RESULT IN A DEFAUL ORDER PERMANENTLY TERMINATING ALL YOUR RIGHTS TO THE ABOVENAMED CHILD. Any non-consenting parent has a right to be represented by an attorney, and an attorney will be appointed for an indigent parent who so requests. You are further notified that your failure to file a claim of paternity within 30 days of the first publication of this notice or to respond to the Petitioner within 30 days of the first publication of this notice is grounds to terminate your parent/child relationship with respect to the children, and such relief will be requested at the court hearing stated above. One method of filing your response and servicing a copy of the Petitioner is to send it by Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested. DATED this 18th day of April, 2011. /s/ Richard M. Sybrandy RICHARD M. SYBRANDY WSBA #25114 Attorney for Petitioners 4/29, 5/6, 5/13

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011352 Gladys A. Bettis Decedent Dena C. Feeney Esq 1010 Wayne Avenue Suite 220 Silver Spring MD 20910 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Doris Hanford and Wanda Brownlee, whose address are 754 Kennedy Street NE, Washington DC 20011, and 10919 Jarboe Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20902, respectively were appointed perSuperior Court of sonal representative(s) the District of of the estate of Gladys District of Columbia A. Bettis, who died on PROBATE DIVISION October 25, 2010 with a Washington, D.C. will, and will serve (with, 20001-2131 without) Court superviAdministration No. sion. All unknown heirs 2011ADM344 and heirs whose James Edward Wood whereabouts are unDecedent known shall enter their W. Alton Lewis Esq appearance in this 1450 Mercantile Lane proceeding. Objections Suite 155 to such appointment (or Largo, MD 20774 to the probate of deAttorney cedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be NOTICE OF filed with the Register of APPOINTMENT, Wills, D.C., 515 5th NOTICE TO Street, N.W., 3rd Floor CREDITORS Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . AND NOTICE TO 20001, on or before UNKNOWN HEIRS Florence Ginwright, O c t o b e r 2 9 , 2 0 11 . whose address is 1710 Claims against the deD Street, SE Washing- cedent shall be preton DC 20003, was ap- sented to the underpointed personal repre- signed with a copy to the sentative of the estate of Register of Wills or filed James Edward Wood, with the Register of Wills who died on March 21, with a copy to the under1995 without a Will. All signed, on or before unknown heirs and heirs October 29, 2011, or be whose whereabouts are forever barred. Persons unknown shall enter believed to be heirs or their appearance in this legatees of the decedent proceeding. Objections who do not receive a to such appointment (or copy of this notice by to the probate of de- mail within 25 days of its cedent’s will) shall be first publication shall so cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of inform the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Wills, including name, Street, N.W., 3rd Floor address and relationship. Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before Date of Publication: O c t o b e r 2 9 , 2 0 11 . April 29, 2011 Claims against the de- Name of newspaper: cedent shall be pre- Afro-American sented to the under- Washington Law signed with a copy to the Reporter Doris Hanford Register of Wills or filed Wanda Brownlee with the Register of Wills Personal with a copy to the underRepresentative signed, on or before 202-635-1762 October 29, 2011, or be 301-592-9091 forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS legatees of the decedent 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 who do not receive a copy of this notice by SUPERIOR COURT OF mail within 25 days of its THE DISTRICT OF first publication shall so COLUMBIA inform the Register of CIVIL DIVISION Civil Action No. Wills, including name, 08-6085 L(RP) address and relation(Action Involving ship. Real Property Date of Publication: Bukfol, Inc. April 29, 2011 Plaintiff Name of newspaper: v. Afro-American Havilah Real Property Services, LLC;VLK, LLC; Washington Law Fabco Investment Corp. Reporter ;Mayor Florence Ginwright eral ofand Attorney Genthe District of Personal Columbia; Representative All unknown owners of the 301-341-5577 property described below, their heirs, devisees,perTRUE TEST COPY sonal representatives, REGISTER OF WILLS 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 executors, administrators,
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR SKAGIT COUNTY IN THE INTEREST OF Baby Boy Yarborough aka, Journey Christian Yarborough, person under the age of eighteen. No.11-5-00019-6 SUMMONS AND NOTICE BY PUBLICATION OF PETITION AND HEARING RE TERMINATION OF PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIP To: Christopher Jenkins: There has been filed with the Clerk of the Skagit County Superior Court, a Petition for Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship, praying that the parent/ child relationship between the father and the abovenamed children be terminated. You are hereby summoned to appear on the 3rd of June, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at the Skagit County Superior Court, 205 W. Kincaid Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, room number to be announced, and defend against the aboveentitled action, answer the Petitioner, and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorney for Petitioners at the office listed below. If you fail to do so, judgment may be rendered against you according to the request of the Petition. The child was born February
grantees, assigns or successor sin right, title, interest and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest inthe leasehold or fee simple in the Property described as Square 6153 Lot 0035,more commonly known as a vacant lotin the 200 block of Valley Avenue, SE,whose southwest boundary lies 25 feet from the northeast boundary of 229 Valley Avenue, SE, and whose northeast boundary lies 25 feet from the southwest boundary of 237 Valley Avenue, SE,Washington, DC Defendants

Property Services, LLC, which property is known as a vacant lot in the 200 block of Valley Avenue, SE, whose southwest boundary lies 25 feet from the northeast boundary of 229 Valley Avenue, SE, and whose northeast boundary lies 25 feet from the southwest boundary of 237 LEGAL NOTICES Va l l e y Av e n u e , S E , Washington, DC. The complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. Pursuant to the Chief Judge¬s Administrative OrJudge’s Administrative Order Number 02-11, it is this 19th day of April, 2011, ORDERED by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia that notice be given by insertion of a copy of this Order in the Washington Afro-American, having a general circulation in the District of Columbia, once a week for three successive weeks, notifying all persons interested in the real property described above to appear in this court by the 29th day of June, 2011, and redeem the real property by payment of $1,056.40, together with interest from the date the real property tax certificate was purchased; court costs; reasonable attorney’s fees; expenses attorney¬s fees; expenses incurred in the publication and service of process; reasonable fees for title search; all other amounts paid by Plaintiff in accordance with the provisions of D.C. Code ßß 47-1361 and 47-1377 §§ 47-1361 and 47-1377 ( 2 0 0 1 e and) ,all a n d a l l (2001 ed.), d . outstanding outstanding amounts due lien municipal lien municipal and amounts due and owing on owing on the aforementioned the aforementioned real real property - answer the property - or or answer the complaint, thereafter, a final complaint,or,or, thereafter, a judgment will be entered enfinal judgment will be foreclosing the right of the right in tered foreclosing redemptionof redemption in the real propthe real property and vesting in ertyPlaintiff avestingfee simple. and title in in the the Plaintiff a title in fee simple. J.E. Beshouri Magistrate Judge (Signed in chambers) 4/29, 5/6, 5/13

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is the State of Maryland’s Flagship University. Located in close proximity to the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan communities, the University enrolls approximately 26,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students. The annual budget is roughly $1.6 billion, including about $400 million of sponsored research expenditures. The business operations of the University are highly complex and relatively decentralized among 12 colleges and schools. ABOUT THE POSITION: The Associate Comptroller for Sponsored Programs provides strategic and operational leadership for the post-award administration of contracts and grants received by the University, ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations and policies. Core responsibilities include post-award accounting, billing, collections, and reconciliation activities. Further, the Associate Comptroller has the leadership role for effort reporting, the indirect cost proposal submission to the Federal Government, and related negotiations. The Associate Comptroller is also expected to administer the annual OMB Circular A-133 audit, among others. Finally, the Associate Comptroller will ensure at all times the operation is highly responsive to the needs of faculty, researchers, and University staff.
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Code ß47-1375, the object Code §47-1375, the object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of the right of redemption in the following real property, located in the District of Columbia and sold by the Mayor to the Plaintiff in this action, described as Square 6153 Lot 0035 and assessed to Havilah Real Property Services, LLC, which property is known as a vacant lot in the 200 block of Valley Avenue, SE, whose southwest boundary lies 25 feet from the northeast boundary of 229 Valley Avenue, SE, and whose northeast boundary lies 25 feet from the southwest boundary of 237 Va l l e y Av e n u e , S E , Washington, DC. The complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid.

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Pro Sports Commentary
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Local Boxers
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full of first round defensive talent and for last season’s 31st-ranked unit, the Redskins could use help just about everywhere except for safety. Don’t forget wide receiver and running back positions, unless you’re a believer in Ryan Torrain. I told you the need list was extensive and quarterback (the most critical need on the team) hasn’t even been fully discussed. So many holes, so little draft picks—times like these make Washington fans wish they had 32 picks in the first round instead of just one.

event presented by Hard Times Promotions at the D.C. Star nightclub. Seven local fighters were on hand for the eight-bout event, which saw the area’s representatives

finish 6-0-1. With chants of “D.C.” roaring throughout the building, District heavyweight Maurice Byarm closed the night’s main event with a fifth-round TKO. Byarm (11-0, eight KOs) sent New Jersey native Willie Palms to the canvas with a punishing body blow, forcing a stop to the fight when Palms threw in the towel. “He was tough,” an elated Byarm said of his opponent after the fight. “They line them up, I knock them down.” The confident Byarm didn’t need another knockout to enhance his rising stock, but the win certainly boosted his résumé. The son of Lionel Byarm, a Philadelphia boxer who fought former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield on the 1984 U.S. Olympic card, smiled and even danced with fans after the fight, celebrating his latest victory. Byarm’s fan base continues to grow, as the local crowd supported the clear fan favorite loudly and proudly. “I think a lot of people just like to see a heavyweight come in and show that he has put in work outside the ring,” Byarm said. “It was only a one-day fight, but that one day shows [how much work] we did over the last five weeks.”

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because they couldn’t rush the passer. Regardless of your defensive alignment, rushing the quarterback is always first on the agenda. Brian Orakpo was a terror in his first season but somewhat disappointing in his second. His talent is obviously there, but he needs some help—maybe North Carolina University defensive end Robert Quinn or Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. Riley: No arguing with you there. Honestly, any decision the Redskins make wouldn’t be a bad one. The trade down to collect more picks makes sense, as does going defensive. Personally, however, I’ve always been a fan of sticking to one project at a time. Last year the club drafted offensive tackle Trent Williams to add to the offensive line and I think they should finish, or at least continue what they started with him. Washington will probably have first dibs on offensive line prospects, as no one at that position has been projected to be drafted in the first nine picks. It would be a reach for the club to draft a lineman that early, so perhaps a trade down could be in order. If not, Southern California tackle Tyron Smith may be the answer. He could team with Williams to give Washington an athletic set of bookend tackles for years to come. Green: Going with the hogs up front is always a great idea. But, as you said, that early, it could be a bit of a reach, which makes going with a pass rusher an even better idea. This draft is stocked with defensive talent, and if you watched the Redskins last year, defense was a huge issue. Basically, it was a nightmare on that side of the line of scrimmage, and considering the offenses and quarterbacks that play in the NFC East, you’re going to need defense if you want to be competitive in that division. Read more at afro.com
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