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‘I’m Very Sorry for What Happened’
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer

MAY 21, 2011 - MAY 27, 2011

Jack Johnson pleads guilty

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T.D. Jakes Chastises Franklin Graham for Obama Statements
Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes this weekend denounced the Rev. Franklin Graham for questioning President Obama’s faith in a recent television interview. “I find it insulting,” Jakes

Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson pled guilty on May 17 to extortion and witness and evidence tampering charges at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Jack Johnson admitted to several things reported in the original affidavit including taking the $100,000 check from developer Mizra Baig and telling his wife, Prince George’s Councilwoman Leslie Johnson, to rip that check up and hide $79,600 in cash in her underwear when federal agents knocked on the door of their Mitchellville home.

Johnson was flanked by several clergymen as he exited the hearing, including Rev. Jonathan L. Weaver of Greater Mt. Nebo Church in Bowie and Anthony Evans, pastor at Mount Zion Baptist Church and president of the National Black Church Initiative. Johnson said the trial had been taxing on his family both emotionally and financially so he thought it was time to accept responsibility for his actions. The plea deal was termed a “milestone not a goldmine” by U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. He said Johnson fostered a pay-to-play culture, of which he said combating was like “pulling weeds.” Continued on A8 said May 15 on TV One’s “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” also accusing Graham of hypocrisy. “We didn’t question the Christianity of President Bush when he said he accepted Christ, and I’m disappointed in Rev. Franklin Graham in that regard.” Graham, son of the worldrenowned evangelist Billy Graham, made his statements in an interview with journalist Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s “This Week,” which was broadcast on Easter Sunday. Asked to address the Continued on A3

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President Barack Obama talks with Texas-based evangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes during an Easter prayer breakfast with Christian leaders in the East Room of the White House, April 19.

Jack B. Johnson, former Prince George’s county executive, shown in this July 2010 AFRO file photo, pled guilty May 17 to extortion and witness and evidence tampering charges. He is facing a sentence of 11–13 years.

UDC Community College Remains Open for Now
By Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO The Community College

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of the District of Columbia will keep its doors open after gaining a reprieve from its financial woes. The news has prompted sighs of relief from parents and students, who have benefitted from the twoyear institution, which is a subsidiary of the University of the District of Columbia.
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“All I know is that no other educational institution has given my son the attention he needed to be successful,” said Jenise Patterson, executive director of Parent Watch. “Its Manhood Initiative Project is phenomenal.” Now less than 2 years old,

CCDC has 2,300 students enrolled at three locations in southeast, northeast and downtown Washington. On March 8, UDC President Allen Sessoms testified before Council Chairman Kwame Brown along with Councilmembers Marion Barry (D-Ward 8),

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Local Woman Aims to Fill Food Gap with Community Garden
By Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO



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Dissatisfied with the produce in her local supermarket, Mia Hayes-Hawkins decided to do something about it. She wanted organic produce at reasonable costs, so, for a couple of years, she grew a few herbs and spices in her apartment such as basil, rosemary,

chives, tri-color sage, and lemon thyme. Plants were neatly arranged in places where they could receive the right amount of sunlight. But she wanted to do more than just grow produce for her family. Hayes-Hawkins wanted to share the fruits of her labor with the community. “My community doesn’t have a large Continued on A4


Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Michael Brown (I-At Large) about the dire straits of the community college and the amount of funds needed on a regular basis to keep it afloat. Sessoms’ report seemed to come as a surprise to lawmakers, though the college had been operating without a line-item budget and UDC had not been given the funds to operate the community college since its inception in 2009. The Council requested an external audit of the university’s funding by the UDC Board of Trustees and had the results sent directly to it. Officials seemed to conclude that the funding was necessary. “Without question, residents wanted the community college in Ward 8. The southeast campus was easily accessible and catered to the individual needs of the students before they transcended to the university or entered the workforce with an associate degree or special skills,” said Councilman Barry. “Like anything else, if we want it to operate properly, we must provide the necessary funds for it to operate.” Sessoms requested $8.3 million for operating costs. However, the Council allocated $3.5 million to sustain CCDC through the

end of the fiscal year. “We continue to seek the balance of the $8.3 million and may have to cease some services if the gap is not closed,” said Alan Etter, UDC public information officer. While the funding issue continues, legislation was introduced to separate the community college from UDC and make it a freestanding institution. The mayor has requested a cost analysis of separating the two schools. Currently, the schools share functions, such as human resources, facilities maintenance, finance, and marketing. “I am proud to be supportive of UDC and its community college. However, I would like for the community college having independence and autonomy,” said Councilman Michael Brown. But university officials claim there are serious issues to consider. The community college, at present, is accredited only by virtue of its association with UDC. The process of becoming a candidate for accreditation takes a long time, and the school must demonstrate that it can support itself Continued on A8

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CNN Anchor Don Lemon: ‘I Was Born Gay’ Emmy Award-winning CNN news anchor Don Lemon announced he’s gay in a press release promoting his autobiography, Transparent. Saddened by the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi – a gay teenager—Lemon said he wrote the book in the New Jersey student’s memory and for the “millions of young, gay people who believe they are alone when dealing with their own sexual identities.” “I finally mustered the courage to tell [my mother] that I had been molested as a child and that I was born gay, my life began to change in positive ways that I never imagined possible. Yet I still chose to keep those secrets hidden from the world. I, like most gay people, lived a life of fear,” Lemon wrote. “Fear that if some employers, coworkers, friends, neighbors and family members learned of my sexuality, I would be shunned, mocked and ostracized. It is a burden that millions of people carry with them every single day. And sadly, while the mockery and ostracizing are realized by millions of people every day, I truly believe it doesn’t have to happen and that’s why I feel compelled to share what I’ve written in Transparent.” In a Twitter post on May 15, Lemon thanked his supporters. “I’m overwhelmed by all your tweets and support! Hoping this prevents more tragedies like tyler clementi’s suicide,” he tweeted.

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First lady Michelle Obama receives an honorary law degree from Spelman College President Beverly D. Tatum. the mission of community service enacted by the school’s founders. “Find those folks who have so much potential but so little opportunity and do for them what Spelman has done for you,” Obama said. “No matter where you go in the world, you will find folks who have been discounted or dismissed, but who have every bit as much promise as you have. They just haven’t had the chance to fulfill it. It is your obligation to bring Spelman to those folks. Be as ambitious for them as Spelman has been for you.” Obama went on to share her transformation from a Chicago girl with humble roots, to a corporate executive and later, executive director of a nonprofit organization. She also encouraged the young women to recognize and combat naysayers. “There will always be folks who try to raise themselves up by cutting other people down. That happens to everyone, including me, throughout their lives. But when that happens to you all, here’s what I want you to do. I want you to just stop a minute. Take a deep breath, because it’s going to need to be deep — and I want you to think about all those women who came before you, women like those first 11 students. Think about how they didn’t sit around bemoaning their lack of resources and opportunities and affirmation.” Nigerian ‘Sesame Street’ Adaptation to Feature HIVPositive Character A Nigerian version of the popular children’s show “Sesame Street” is set to debut on May 21, and will tackle weighty issues such as HIV/AIDS discrimination, hygienic practices and ways to cope with death. The show, which will be re-titled “Sesame Square,” is a collaboration between Sesame Street International and USAID/Nigeria. More than three years in the making and funded by a nearly $4 million budget, the show will air on Nigeria’s National Television Authority every Saturday and Sunday, according to The Associated Press. Among its characters, the show will feature two unique muppets: Kami, an HIV-positive girl and Zobi, a blue muppet with an affinity for yams. The educational program targets children, parents and caregivers. “The television series is committed to the principle that all children deserve a chance to learn and grow; to be prepared for school; to better understand the world and each other; to think, dream and discover and to reach their highest potential,” USAID said in a statement. The partnership between the two groups will produce 78 half-hour episodes, and provide 81,000 activity books, 5,400 guides

for caregivers and 240 storyboards. Materials will be distributed to orphans and other vulnerable children through an outreach program. Training will be made available for 5,000 caregivers. The makers of Sesame Street have also begun a new effort to provide natural disaster preparedness education for children and families. Sesame Street Workshop recently collaborated with the Chinese foundations to “distribut[e] emergency response content,” in the wake of recent earthquakes there. The organization has also worked with Haiti, India and Bangladesh in their outreach efforts. Del. Mother Charged for Beating Son with Extension Cord for Taking Check

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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. By Erica Butler For smaller The white, 1994 Chevrolet Jennifer Hudson and other cases, the Office of the relatives positively identified AFRO Staff Writer Attorney GeneralSuburbanhas numerous already with Illinois license attorneys working in the critical litigation Newly confirmed D.C. Attorney General division, but Nathan says he wants to expand Irvin Nathan already has a substantial slate, the pro bono program for more efficiency in By Erica Butler though his tenure has barely begun. the agency. AFRO Staff Writer In a city in which the leadership is “I am committed to expanding this plagued by allegations of campaign finance prop bono program and further integrating Surrounded by legislators, irregularities, pay-for-play and improper the private bar into the OAG’s pro bono students and advocates on hiring practices, Nathan’s first task may program,” he said in an e-mail. “I have met May 10, Maryland Gov. be just shoring up the agency’s reputation, personally with many of the District’s law Martin O’Malley signed into and he has promised an office of integrity, firm leaders, and this program is continuing law SB 167, a controversial professionalism, independence and to be developed.” measure that provides in-state competence. He is against micromanagement, Nathan tuition for immigrant high Nathan, who may be the last appointed said. Instead, he plays a “highly engaged school graduates. attorney general if he serves his full term, will managerial role” to make sure OAG runs The “Public Institutions need those things as his office participates in efficiently. “I do this through regular faceof Higher Education-Tuition the investigation of Mayor Vincent Gray’s to-face staff meetings, ad hoc meetings with Rates-Exemptions” bill administration and D.C. Council Chairman small groups of lawyers and staff involvedPhotos prompted Franklin Garcia, Courtesy Kwame Brown. in and her cases Darnell Donerson who president of the D.C. Latino Jennifer Hudsonparticular mom,or projects and through He is also overseeing major open cases, as well ase-mail communications with staff,” regular her brother, Jason. AP Photo/Jason Redmond was killed, Caucus, to e-mail District including a lawsuit involving online travel he said. Undocumented college student Jorge Herrera, 18, center, political groups asking for the companies, in which the city is suing for His vision of a “first class legal office” of Carson, Calif., rallies with students and Dream Act same measure in the nearby plate X584859 was found on the body millions of dollars in back taxes to the of her 7-year-old reducing the office’s caseload, and involves supporters in Los Angeles, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. city. Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday,aggressively moving forward with cases. just hours District treasury. Investigations of companies, “We would like to see after his body was found in athat itpolice received a 7 a.m. call corporations and individuals that have “I hope will be said of this time that our DC City Council take “If you go to the Social Corcoran, the blogger of the allegedly misused District money for private [OAG] helped to resolve and conclude the on similar legislation in Security Administration and Potomac Tea Party Report. benefits will also fall directly under Nathan. various judicial consent decrees that had been the nation’s capital and our they are not able to issue a As a Marylander and member So far, Nathan has handled the city’s imposed for many years on several of our Mayor Vincent Gray, sign into social security card, they can of the Hagerstown Tea Party, embarrassing case involving inaccurate executive agencies,” he added. law a Dream Act that doesn’t issue a letter [and] the DMV Corcoran has helped circulate breathalyzer testing, which left some Nathan said he wants the office to be leave our children behind,” would consider that letter,” a petition to stop the tuition area residents convicted of drunk driving known for how it “improved the impartial Garcia said in a statement. he said, “but someone can be benefits bill. By Alan although they didn’t have a 0.08 percent King administration of and Dallas Cowboys players justice for all of our “The Maryland legislation subject to deportation. “I think SB 167 is Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff blood alcohol level. The city will reinstate Writer citizens and provided top quality, impartial, is bittersweet news for us, “You can see the fundamentally unfair,” she among the names submitted breathalyzers for suspected drunk drivers in nonpolitical advice and vigorous advocacy to for while we rejoice for the challenges we have with said. “They are illegal aliens. election officials. Presidential candidateclients, while consistently comporting John a couple of months, said Gwendolyn Crump, for its children of Maryland we some of these laws ... This I feel sorry for these young Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police with the highest standards of ethics.” without weep for our own. SHAME is not unique to the Latino people, don’t get me wrong, were doing those things Associated Community Department. During the ACORN’s knowledge or permisON YOU DC.” community and I think but we better get the borders Organization for Reform Now – city’s 2010 election, residents “We are working closely with confirms the success of the elect the sion, were fired.general in other voted to next attorney Under the Maryland our young people should sealed first or the issue is city partners to ensure the program is 2014, the “The evidence that has organization, the head ofwhich may make Nathan the last surlegislation, high school definitely not be forgotten.” going to become increasingly scientifically sound,” she said by group says. e-mail. appointed attorney general. shows they faked faced so far graduates will only receive Joshua Lopez, the impassioned.” “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they in-state tuition for community youngest and only Latino atDetractors are didn’t do, has not yet taken we’ve done and success we’ve colleges, and must provide large candidate in the recent campaigning to get thousands to go to college.” Chairman Kwame Brown executive not to stuff ballot a boxes.” on the issue.” had,” Maudecouncil has Hurd, president of positionACORN, she said, is the Maryland income tax D.C. election, agreed. of signatures by May 31 Garcia said that since (D) said the victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview documentation that the “I support it. These are to put a referendum on immigration is not the not drafted a bill similar to Maryland joined 10 tor of it. with the AFRO. student or the student’s legal young people who wish to the ballot, according to decision of a child, they SB 167 and Doxie McCoy, other states that only things Hurd said the have similar “When this attack started, we guardian filed. Providing continue their education ..., a site should not be punished for spokeswoman for Mayor had benefits for immigrants who bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we documentation is already They just want to advance in endorsed by Maryland Del. their parents’ choice. “These Vincent Gray million newThe are undocumented. org selves. And factcheck. registered 1.3 (D) said,” votdifficult for immigrants, life,” he said. “If we want to Neil Parrott (R-Washington). are kids that were brought ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. Garcia said. Immigrants must have it in D.C. [though], we “It’s not rocket science! here when they were 2, 3, 4 It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared provide a Social Security need to have young people to Illegal = against the law,” ... now they find themselves ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” ID card to acquire a driver’s directly speak out about it.” the site states. “Many much later in life ... and this been found guilty of, or even McCain, who is running for license. Garcia said language But any such measure in Marylanders cannot afford idea that we would abandon president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” must be changed in existing D.C. will likely face opposition to send their own children to et, lashed out at ACORN in the them, there’s something Bid Opportunities The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack laws to adopt a bill such as as it did in Maryland from college, yet this bill uses their wrong here,” Garcia said. 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The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesHouse then-candidate Obama was hounded by rumors of his “Evangelists cannot be closely identified with any particular isn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” supposed Islamic leanings – fed by his estranged father’s birth party or person. We have to stand in the middle in order to points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to into a Muslim household and Obama’s upbringing in countries preach to all people, right and left,” Prothero quoted Billy ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. like Indonesia – forcing him to make explicit statements about Graham as saying. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting organization has fought for social his political support. his Christian beliefs during a Jan. 15, 2008 presidential debate Jakes agreed, saying Franklin Graham ought to follow the McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowand in other forums. example of his father. “ I wish he had the diplomacy of his and I approve this message. and moderate-income And despite those declarations, 2011 polls indicate that at father, “ Jakes said, “who brought the Gospel to people without Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 memleast one in five Americans believed him to be Muslim. During being nuanced by politics, because when you do those things, ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political Easter, some wondered why Obama didn’t release a proclamation you offend people that you’re actually called to save and to baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chap– though he hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White serve.” speed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, House. “I wanted to host this ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. breakfast for a simple reason – its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. because as busy as we are, as There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, many tasks as pile up, during Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the this season, we are reminded branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organthat there’s something about impressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. the resurrection – something train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering about the resurrection of our What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. savior, Jesus Christ, that puts With the presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, everything else in perspective,” TO FIND A VACCINE TO PREVENT HIV of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the he said at that event. organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. 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Study at Howard University and Other Institutions Leads to Breakthrough in Treatment of Sickle Cell Anemia
WASHINGTON – Clinical trials conducted the pain that these young children suffer at Howard University College of Medicine and because of this disease is truly an important 12 other medical institutions across the nation step forward. We hope all clinicians will now have discovered a treatment that dramatically adopt this treatment for their patients.” reduces pain, inflammation and hospitalization Howard was one of the leading partners in time and eases other symptoms in young the study, which was named BABY HUG trial. children suffering from sickle cell anemia . The study continues to observe children for Doctors and medical clinicians in a long term benefits. four-year study found that using the drug Also participating in the study were hydroxycarbamide (also called hydroxyurea) in Children’s National Medical Center in very young children with sickle cell anemia was Washington, Johns Hopkins University safe and markedly reduced episodes of pain and School of Medicine in Baltimore, St. Jude other problems. Hydroxycarbamide has been Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, used in adults for several decades for a variety SUNY Downstate Medical Center, University Photo by Janice Haney Carr/CDC of Mississippi Medical Center, St. Duke of cancer treatments and is approved for use in This digitally-colorized adults with sickle cell anemia. University Medical Center, University of scanning electron The findings, which will be published in Texas Southwestern Medical Center at micrograph (SEM) shows this week’s edition of The Lancet, the world’s Dallas, Medical University of South Carolina, the normal red blood cells leading medical journal, suggest that use of University of Miami, Emory University and a sickle cell (left) found School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital hydroxycarbamide should now be the standard in a blood specimen of an of care for all children with sickle cell disease. of Michigan, University of Alabama at Dr. Sohail Rana, professor of pediatrics in the 18-year-old female patient Birmingham, Medical College of Georgia, the Department of Pediatrics at Howard University with sickle cell anemia, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and most severe form of the College of Medicine and director of pediatric the Clinical Trials & Surveys Corp. hematology at Howard University Hospital, was disease. In sickle cell anemia patients, the red one of the investigators on the study. blood cells develop abnormal shapes and are “This is a significant breakthrough in the unable to pass through small blood vessels treatment of this disease, particularly for our very young and cause blockage. These cells also break down faster than patients,” Rana said. “To be able to dramatically diminish normal blood cells, leading to anemia. Complications include

severe pain, stroke, damage to different organs of body and premature death. The study was conducted between October 2003 and early September 2010 with 193 patients. Half of the patients, ages 9 to 18 months, were given liquid hydroxycarbamide to see if it would safely prevent early organ damage, particularly the spleen and kidney. The others were assigned a placebo, and the patients’ progress was monitored for two years. Children who received the hydroxycarbamide therapy were half as likely to experience pain, five times less likely to have painful inflammation of the hands or feet and three times less likely to experience acute chest syndrome than the children who did not. The doctors and clinicians reported some benefit for spleen, kidney and neurological function, but the results were not conclusive. They also reported the hydroxycarbamide therapy was well tolerated, with mild-to-moderate decrease in white cells being the only adverse effect associated with treatment. “The laboratory and clinical benefits of hydroxycarbamide for children and adolescents with sickle-cell anaemia, coupled with an excellent short-term and long-term safety profile, suggest that hydroxycarbamide should become the standard treatment in young patients,” the authors said in their report. “The results of the BABY HUG study should have a major effect on guidelines for the management of children with sickle-cell anaemia… Hydroxycarbamide therapy can now be considered for all very young children with sickle-cell anaemia whether or not they have clinical symptoms.”

Executive Hiring Investigation
By Erica Butler AFRO Staff Writer

D.C. Council Takes Three Witnesses to Court
On May 17, the D.C. Council unanimously voted to seek court enforcement to compel three witnesses to appear and testify in hearings designed to investigate the Gray administration’s hiring practices, according to Council member Mary Cheh’s office. Sulaimon Brown, the main figure in the scandal, who made quid pro quo allegations against Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration, along with Cherita Whiting, who was hired, then fired from the city parks department due to a criminal record, were issued subpoenas by Cheh and were scheduled to appear at the May 13 hearing – but both were a no-show. In a previous e-mailed statement to the AFRO, Cheh said Capitol Process Servers, the company contracted to serve the subpoenas, said that Brown and Whiting appeared to be “intentionally avoiding being served.” “We will use every effort to serve the subpoenas and enforce them in court if necessary,” she said then. If the Council’s request is granted, the court will not only make Brown and Whiting testify before the Council, but Peyton Brooks, the son of Howard Brooks who allegedly delivered illegal cash payments to Brown, also must testify. The father and son exercised their Fifth Amendment right to silence, which precluded them from speaking at the April 29 hearing. According to Cheh’s office, lawyers will ask a D.C. Superior Court judge to force Brown, Whiting and Brooks to testify before the Council. If all three avoid the new subpoenas, they could be found in contempt of court. Despite no-shows, Lorraine Green, who headed the Gray (D) transition and is one of the most prominent figures in the investigation, appeared before the council and denied her involvement with hires and salaries. When asked about her conversations with Howard Brooks, a consultant of Gray’s campaign, Green refused to answer questions presented by Council member David Catania (I-At-Large). “Upon advice of counsel, the discussions I’ve had with Mr. Brooks may intrude on the investigation,” she said. Green denied any illegal payments to Brown, who was hired for $110,000 salary job that he said was promised to him, then fired after his sketchy history was uncovered. Green stressed the fact that Brown was

“delusional” and that she was not involved with the hiring of Brown, rather, she told Gray’s former chief of staff Gerri Mason Hall to

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Community Garden
Continued from A1 supply of fresh produce. So instead of pointing fingers and placing blame, I just wanted to do something about it,” said Hayes-Hawkins. No stranger to agriculture, Hayes-Hawkins attended the Chicago High School for Agriculture Science. She received a bachelor’s in agriculture from Virginia State University, graduating with high honors. While attending the university, Hayes-Hawkins served as an agricultural technician working with plant breeders and scientists. In 2004, she moved to Sacramento, Calif., to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a statistician acquiring data from farmers to determine monthly forecasts on commodities for pricing. She later moved with her husband to Atlanta, Ga., where she operated her own landscaping company. She continued the landscaping business after she moved to the District. Her knowledge and skills in agriculture and landscaping have paid off. Mia Hayes-Hawkins said she decided to plant a Last year, Kenneth Butler, community garden to provide fresh produce for her program coordinator of the under-served community. Langston Dwellings Garden Association and Community Health Program, came into the AFRO’s District office, where Hayes-Hawkins works as the office manager, with flyers inviting community residents to partake in a nearby community garden. Excited, Hayes-Hawkins jumped at the opportunity and purchased two plots, just a few blocks away from her job, and named them Sweet Plant Nation, LLC. “I was so excited that I had some land space. It allowed me to do more for the community and my newly starting business to promote organic living and reintroduce home-grown produce to the general public,” said Hayes-Hawkins. After tilling the plot and prepping the soil, she planted all-organic produce such as bell peppers, lavender, jalapeno peppers, collards, nasturtiums and calendula (edible) flowers, rose feathers and several varieties of lettuce using the companion gardening technique. Hayes-Hawkins also gardens according to the phases of the moon. “I’m aware of the importance of lunar forces in plant germination and growth, so I planted the garden by the moon,” she said. “The day I planted [the garden] was one of the month’s favorable days for planting most aboveground crops, seedbeds and flowers gardens. I also planted the majority of the seedlings in the direction of north and south, a practice which refers to an old theory that suggests the earth has positive magnetic currents running north to south.” Butler and other nearby gardeners say Sweet Plant Nation’s plots are impressive. “Mia’s theme and unique way of gardening flowers and herbs gives different variations of gardening as a whole, but especially to people looking for ideas. Our youth gardeners seem always delighted to look at how Mia’s plots are coming along. It gives them inspiration,” said Butler. Carolyn Dupree, vice president of operations and development of Uniting Our Youth, agreed. “It’s quite impressive,” Dupree said. Uniting Our Youth is an organization that brings youth from different wards of the District to peacefully engage in projects such as gardening. Youth from Langston Terrace and LeDroit Park government housing facilities got their knees and hands dirty and planted organic beets, lettuce, tomatoes, parsley, oregano and flowers. “This harvest season, the students will make their own salads and spaghetti sauce,” Dupree said. The youth involvement is one sign of a growing trend. Urban community gardens are cropping up in many places throughout the District as more and more residents become aware of the benefits associated with growing your own food. Urban gardening is becoming so popular that some newly built facilities are including plots on roof tops. The trend may have been energized by first lady Michelle Obama’s creation of a garden on the south lawn of the White House grounds, where students from nearby schools assist her in successful efforts to grow organic produce befitting for a president’s family and friends. The foods are also donated to a neighborhood soup kitchen. Hayes-Hawkins plans to donate the majority of her first harvest to a community food bank and walk around the Benning Road neighborhood handing out produce while educating residents about community farming and healthy living. “The work I am to do is to enlighten our community on the multi-faceted benefits of plants and how to sustain ourselves and the earth,” she said.
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Howard Awarded $10,000 Grant from Home Depot
By AFRO Staff Howard University was recently awarded a $10,000 grant for on campus improvements for finishing as a finalist in the Home Depot 2011 “Retool Your School” Campus Improvement Grant Program. The famed Washington, Courtesy Photo D.C. university Howard University received a $10,000 grant for campus improvements was one of 11 from Home Depot as part of the company’s “Retool Your School” Historically program. Black Colleges minor proposal to install headlined by Jamie Foster and Universities fencing and a sustainable Brown, publisher of Sister (HBCU) to receive grants garden at the tennis courts it 2 Sister Magazine and for their proposals of longstanding eco-friendly projects. shares with the middle school. Monica McCluney, the Winners were announced United Negro College Fund’s Bethune-Cookman national director of strategic University took home the grand on May 16 by Home Depot. alliances, came away awed prize of $50,000. The Daytona, Howard along with runner ups Virginia Union University by the number of intriguing Fla. college will reportedly use (Richmond, Va.), Knoxville suggestions sent in from the grant to install automated College (Knoxville, Tenn.), several institutions. access doors and a wheelchair North Carolina A&T State “I was most impressed ramp in its Student Center to University (Greensboro, with the institutions who better accommodate students, N.C.), Morris Brown College really understood that they faculty and staff members with should be focusing on green disabilities, according to a press (Atlanta, Ga.), Carolina Central University (Durham, initiatives. I think that is release. N.C.), Tuskegee University always a critical aspect As part of the contest, for campuses in terms of eligible schools submitted one (Tuskegee, Ala.), Mississippi Valley State University (Itta conserving dollars, which major campus improvement Bena, Miss), Southwestern are much needed across all project up to $50,000 of Christian College (Terrell, HBCUs,” McCluney said in funding and one minor Texas) and Florida a statement. “There is a valid campus improvement project Agricultural and Mechanical interest from HBCUs around up to $10,000. Although University (Tallahassee, Fla.) green initiatives. So, the more Howard’s major proposal of will all have their minor opportunities we can give installing an eco-friendly turf proposal projects funded. them to come together and and repairing an athletic field Online and public voting leverage opportunities such it shares with Howard Middle in addition to a panel of as the ‘Retool Your School’ failed to trump Bethunejudges were used to select experience in helping them to Cookman, the school still the winning schools. A save resources through green came away as a huge winner. prestigious panel of judges, initiatives, the better.” The grant will fund Howard’s

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We Cannot Allow Medicare and Medicaid to be Dismantled
We can – and we must – develop a credible deficit reduction plan that is comprehensive and considers all options. A credible budget plan, however, does not hurt the weakest, most vulnerable Americans. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has passed a budget plan developed by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin that I believe does just that Sen. Ben Cardin by turning Medicare into a voucher program and Medicaid into a block grant program to the states. Congressman Ryan also has called for reducing the marginal tax rate for millionaires while taxing middle-income Americans at the same rate as the richest Americans. I believe Congressman Ryan’s plan will do little to reduce our deficit and will result in a dwindling tax base. I also believe his proposal – in the end – will ultimately kill Medicare and Medicaid, two of the most important programs in our nation’s history. A credible plan must put all spending – including defense, discretionary and mandatory – on the table, along with genuine tax reform that raises additional revenues by closing loopholes and simplifying the tax code. As we evaluate the Ryan budget plan, we must remember that Medicare, along with Social Security, helped create the middle class of the 20th century. Congress created Medicare in 1965 because most seniors were unable to purchase health insurance at any price. Today, 185,700 Maryland seniors and people with disabilities rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health care needs, including nursing home care. To attack such successful programs is to try and undo the progress we have made in creating the largest, most secure middle class in the world. It also risks putting seniors at the mercy of private insurance companies. I will fight to make sure Medicare remains a guaranteed benefit for seniors and the disabled so that they can continue to have access to health care. I also will fight any plan to block grant Medicaid, a program for our nation’s most vulnerable Americans, including those who depend on it for nursing home care. I believe that if we turn Medicaid into a block grant, it will ultimately cease to exist. We have a real opportunity with the FY 2012 budget to chart a more responsible fiscal path for our nation. But we must do it in a way that preserves important programs that



American families depend upon and that invests in our nation’s future. President Obama is right when he says we must “out educate, out build and out compete” if our nation is to remain a world leader in the 21st century. Sen. Cardin, D-Md., is a member of five Senate committees: Environment & Public Works, Finance, Foreign Relations, Budget, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. His website is: . You can follow him regularly on Twitter @SenatorCardin or look for the latest videos at

Dirty Tactics of a Growing Dial-a-Porn Empire
Cathy Ruse
Dial 1-800-Worship and you could lose your soul. The Associated Press recently uncovered a greedy Dial-a-Porn network that gobbles up 1-800 numbers the moment they are relinquished and redirects them to phone-sex services without changing their names. (David B. Caruso, “Porn company is amassing 1-800 numbers,” 4/19/11.) Phone numbers previously held by Cadillac and Whirlpool are examples of other toll-free lines that PrimeTel Communications of Philadelphia has transformed into phone-sex lines through its business partner, National A-1 Advertising. Apparently snaring the unsuspecting makes for good business. The “dirty trick” aspect of PrimeTel’s approach is noteworthy, but so is the sheer number of toll-free lines it has amassed. PrimeTel controls 1.7 million 800 numbers – more than any company, including Verizon and AT&T. And most of these toll-free numbers redirect callers to phone sex, according to an industry source. How many women (and men) must be waiting to provide this degrading “service” to customers on 1.7 million lines? And how many millions of lonely souls are willing to pay so much per minute to have phone sex with strangers? The Dial-a-Porn industry was born in the 1980s. As early as 1983 the FCC reported that phone-sex lines received up to half a million calls a day. Employers even went to Congress over the astronomical bills they had to pay for calls employees made on company time. But what made the problem especially horrific, says Morality in Media Inc. (MIM), was that any child old enough to use a telephone could reach thousands of Dial-a-Porn lines without proof of age or pre-payment; calls were automatically billed to phone numbers. MIM has chronicled scores of news reports on the problem, including the case of the $10 million lawsuit filed against Pacific Bell and a phone-sex company by the parents of a 12-year-old boy and the 4-year-old girl he was accused of sexually molesting after listening to phone sex for hours. Psychologist Victor Kline, an expert on how pornography affects the brain, asserted in sworn testimony that the boy’s exposure to dial-a-porn was a direct and causal contribution to the assault of the toddler. Fortunately the law now requires commercial phone sex providers to take modest steps to increase the likelihood that children are not among their customers (such as requiring purchase by credit card). Unfortunately, what was a somewhat contained problem in the 1980s (due to the static nature of phones) has potentially exploded today in the age of the cell phone. The AP story got one part spectacularly wrong. “There is nothing illegal about using toll-free phone services to promote adult entertainment,” says the AP. Nothing illegal if the content of your material is legal, that is. No one has a First Amendment right to express content that is “obscene.” The Supreme Court has upheld this distinction between legal and illegal speech and in the 1973 case of Miller v. California set guidelines for defining what is “obscene,” including “patently offensive representations or descriptions of ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted.” Juries have the last word on offensiveness and on whether material can be redeemed for having serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value. “Obscenity” is the legal term; a commonplace reference might be “hardcore porn.” Deep Throat, not Michelangelo’s David. The federal criminal code specifically outlaws the use of the telephone to make obscene communications for commercial purposes in 47 U.S.C. 223(b), added by Congress in 1988 and upheld by the Supreme Court a year later in Sable Communications of California, Inc. v. FCC. Dial-a-Porn providers that peddle hardcore pornography, therefore, can and should be prosecuted under 47 U.S.C. 223(b). Prosecutions have been brought in the past and juries have found content to be obscene. If most of PrimeTel’s 1.7 million numbers are phone sex lines, is the content provided on every one of them staying this side of the line of legality? Ultimately it’s up to the American people, as jurors, to decide what pornography is obscene, and in this way to have a voice in shaping the culture. But if obscenity prosecutions are never brought, then trials never commence, juries never sit, and pornography, however extreme, is never curtailed. Enforcing our nation’s obscenity laws is the job of Attorney General Eric Holder. Failing to enforce them robs Americans of their voice on the matter. Someone will shape the culture. Leaving it to the pornographers is madness. Cathy Ruse is senior fellow for legal studies with the Family Research Council, a leading conservative nonprofit that advocates for family, faith and freedom in Washington, D.C.

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Is America Still a Serious Nation?
By Maj. Gen. Roger R. Blunt When our evolving democratic system became so skewed that financial capital multiplied under control of miniscule elements in America that were sufficiently powerful to corrupt our political system, wars could and have been waged in support of those interests. Recall the departing words of the Republican President Eisenhower who knew so well the horrors of war: “…beware of the military industrial complex.” Our national electorate is still asleep. As one who enlisted many years ago, I have known a small measure of the quality of America’s defense forces used and fueled by our nation’s industrial machine and have observed the corporate dividends that issue from large untaxed profits. The time is fast approaching, however, when our electorate will be awakened to the fact that our “all volunteer force” instituted nearly four decades ago is not working. Too many of our service men and women did not bargain for the role of mercenary that our country placed upon them. In fact, our nation has abrogated its duty to allow its soldiers to protect themselves in the traditional role of warrior for their government. I argue this because rules of engagement at tactical points of decision producing legions of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) cases from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan have been so modified by legal judgment in real time that the soldier is in fear of prosecution, if not in civilian courts, by their countrymen. While they will not be damned as they were in the Vietnam debacle, the growing number of sympathizers and advocates demanding help for the damaged veterans – and their burdened families – among us who are unemployed, homeless and in need of long term solutions will rise up to correct this awesome defect in the great experiment called America, the home of the free and the brave. Maj. Gen. Roger R. Blunt retired in 1986. His last assignment was as commander of the 97th Army Reserve Command headquartered at Ft. George G. Meade in Maryland. their perpetrators on an ongoing basis after the trauma. In some cases, service members may need to rely on their perpetrators (or associates of their perpetrators) to authorize medical and psychological care or provide for other basic needs. This may leave them at risk for additional victimization and often increases their sense of helplessness and powerlessness. There may also be career-related consequences for service members who experience MST, in that their perpetrators are frequently peers or supervisors with the power to influence work evaluations and decisions about promotions. Even if this is not the case, service members who experience MST may face the difficult choice of either continuing military careers in which they are forced to have frequent contact with their perpetrators, or sacrificing career goals in order to protect themselves from future victimization. About one in five women and one in 100 men seen at VA medical facilities report MST. Because of the disproportionate ratio of men to women in the military, within the VA system there are actually comparable numbers of male and female veterans seeking help for MST. MST affects veterans in a number of ways, and it is important to remember that everyone responds differently. Responses to MST differ based on individual factors, such as a veteran’s previous trauma history, his or her interpretation of the event and the quality of his/her support system following the trauma. Emotional struggles following MST may include excessive fear and anxiety, depression and irritability or angry outbursts. MST survivors may also report disturbing nightmares, difficulties concentrating or staying focused and trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep. They may feel disconnected from others, experience feelings of numbness and have trouble feeling pleasant emotions, like love or happiness. Some survivors abuse alcohol and/or drugs to cope with memories and emotional reactions, or to help them fall asleep. The emotional pain of having experienced MST can also show up through physical health problems, including chronic pain, weight or eating problems, stomach problems and sexual difficulties. Maryland veterans, please know that you do not have to suffer in silence. The VA Maryland Health Care System offers services that can help women and men recover from MST. Veterans do not need to be service-connected to receive free MST-related care. Those who may not be eligible for other VA care may be able to receive treatment for MST. Veterans do not need to have reported the MST when it happened, nor do they need to provide documentation that it occurred. At the VA Maryland Health Care System, an MST treatment coordinator is standing by, ready to assist Veterans in finding and accessing VA services and programs. If you or someone you know is struggling with issues related to MST, please know that you do not have to struggle alone. If you would like to speak with a mental health provider about MST, please let your primary health care provider know, or contact the VA Maryland Health Care System facility nearest you and ask for the MST coordinator. Sara Nett, PsyD. Clinical psychologist Trauma Recovery Program

Military Sexual Assault Awareness

The recent observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of military sexual trauma (MST). MST includes unwanted sexual attention, uninvited sexual advances or forced sex during active duty military service or during military training. MST also includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will. He or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities. What sets MST apart from sexual assault outside the military? Because sexual trauma associated with military service most often occurs in a setting where the service member lives and works, many who experience MST must continue to interact and work closely with


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by establishing checks and balances that promote accountability. People who seek government benefits or approvals deserve to be evaluated on the merits, without being extorted or losing out to competitors who pay bribes.” Rosenstein wasn’t the only person offended by Johnson’s actions. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker chimed in, saying that the plea reminds all officials of their responsibility to the public. “As unfortunate as the incidents of the past were, we are restoring our reputation as a preeminent jurisdiction,” Baker said in a statement. “We are moving forward with integrity and we have a great opportunity to redefine our way of doing business in order to grow the county and fuel the jurisdiction with the greatest potential in the entire metropolitan region.” Despite the agreement, the two sides couldn’t agree on sentencing guidelines. U.S. attorneys say that the sentencing range should be between 11-13 years. In addition to Johnson, three other plea agreements were unsealed in connection with the case: former Prince George’s County Director of Housing and Community Development James Johnson, known as Public Official A in Johnson’s indictment; Dr. Mirza Baig, a former business associate of Johnson’s, known as Developer A and Patrick Ricker, a former real estate agent in the county. James Johnson and Baig both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy each. James and Jack Johnson received between $400,000 to $1 million in bribes in connection with the conspiracy. Baig was the beneficiary of HOME Investment Partnership funding for an 11-home development in 2005, but defaulted on his obligation to “maintain the project in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition, according to a letter from HUD. After Baig attempted to sell the property, a deal was brokered by Johnson to allow Baig to keep the property in a partnership with Roots of Mankind, a non-profit housing counseling service based in Temple Hills. Ricker circumvented federal and state election regulations to provide money to political candidates through friends and family. Some of the contributions went to candidates for U.S. Senate. He also pled guilty to tax evasion. U.S. attorneys said that Jack Johnson’s plea agreement has no bearing on the trial of his wife.

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Continued from A1 “Electing and appointing men and women of good character is important,” said Rosenstein. “But the key to honest government is to create a culture of integrity


Continued from A1 financially as well as academically. Using the shared services model, school officials said, it is much more cost effective. “The accreditation issue is extremely important when it comes to financial aid. If the community college were to be cut out from under UDC right now, the U.S. Department of Education would not certify any of its students for financial aid – as the community college would not be accredited,” said Etter. “That is a huge concern for us as it would negatively affect our students.” Etter added, “Dr. Sessoms has always said it was his intent to incubate the community college, and when it was sufficiently able to be self-sustaining then it would be established as a separate entity.” Another issue that arose as a result of the audit by the trustees was subsidized tuitions to out-of-state students. “We still have some questions about why our government would be subsidizing the tuition for students who live outside of the District,” said Councilman Brown. “They should be paying an out-of-state rate which should bring in additional revenue.” University officials said it offered a flat rate to all community college students, regardless of the jurisdiction, to attract participants. The flat rate for the community college is $3,000. For UDC, the in-state tuition is $7,000, and out of state is $14,000. “There is a study underway right now to examine a higher tuition rate for the community college. A tuition increase could not affect current students, as they were admitted to their programs. A tuition increase could only be applied to future students who are considered out-of-state,” Etter said. There would be an expected drop in enrollment, based on the higher tuition among out-of-state students.
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Executive board: N. Bobbie Mason, Al Hall Jr., Gladys Hamilton, Sharon Davis, president, Greater Washington DC Area Alumni Chapter, JSU; Parnell Long, Lillian Wilkinson Maynor, Sherwin Maynor and Toyce Small

Sherri McFarland, Tiffany Lindsay, the Washington Afro-American Newspaper’s Edgar Brookins, a JSU grad; Crystal Wilson and Leticia Drakeford

Jackson State University’s Greater Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Chapter hosted its annual Ada L. Mason Memorial Scholarship Dinner and Dance at the Washington Navy Yard Conference Center in Southeast Washington, D.C. Under the dynamic leadership of its chapter president, Sharon Davis, and the scholarship committee, the chapter members The Annual Chapter scholarship committee: Willie Coleman, Memorial Scholarship Dr. Yolanda J. Butler, Bobby Mason, Lillian and guests enjoyed an evening of fun, networking, Dinner/Dance is held in Wilkinson Maynor and Sherwin Maynor gaiety and a sumptuous meal that was capped honor of the late Ada L. off with the presentation of scholarships to Isis Mason, who died tragically Dennis and Ashley Pierce (not in on Sept. 11. attendance). After the awarding of door prizes, the guest grooved to the musical sounds of the Soul Patrol This scholarship dinner is held in honor Scholarship presentation: Sherwin Maynor, of Ada L. Mason, a JSU chairman of the scholarship committee, and graduate, who died Sharon Davis, chapter president, present a scholarship to Woodrow Wilson High School tragically during the senior Isis Dennis as her father, Michael Dennis, Standing: Tom Williams, Lester Clemons and Sept. 11 terrorist attack looks on. Henry Turner. Seated: Carrie Williams, Audrey on the Pentagon.
Stancil and Winnie Turner

The Soul Patrol Band provided musical entertainment. Ted Fyles, Judith Fyles, Daisy Cherry Maggett, Thomasine J. Barnes, Charlene Cherry and David Finney
Photos by Danita Delaney

Members of Vermont Avenue Baptist Church located in Northwest, D.C.

The District of Columbia Military Reserve hosted its Second Quarter Promotion Ceremony in Southeast Washington, D.C., where several of its members were promoted in the presence of family members, friends and unit personnel. Those members promoted included Brig. Gen. Allen D. Smith to the rank of major general; Col. Jenkins Odoms to the rank of brigadier general and Maj. John S. Foulks to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Capt .Miller, Maj. Brannum and Lt. Col. Foulks Newly promoted Maj. Gen. Allen D. Smith; newly promoted Brig. Gen. Jenkins Odoms Jr., Col. Carroll Wallace, Staff Sgt. Allen, Maj. Cynthia Odoms-Cheatham and Maj Harold Cheatham

Friends and relatives of promoted servicemen and servicewomen Newly promoted Maj. Gen. Allen D. Smith, Bishop John Little, PhD, senior pastor and evangelist; Vicurtis E. Little, pastor, Greater Deliverance Christian Church of God and newly promoted Brig Gen Jenkins Odoms Jr.

Maj. Gen. James Hammond pins Maj. Gen. Allen D. Smith with his stars as his wife looks on.
Photos by Rob Roberts

The Odoms family members with newly promoted Brig. Gen. Jenkins Odoms Jr. (center)

The Capital City Links (CCCLinks) hosted over 140 local senior citizens at the 29th Annual Alice Bowie Coleman Senior Citizens Luncheon recently at the St. Georges Conference Center in Northwest Washington, D.C. Guests enjoyed music, dancing, bingo, prizes, free gift bags and lunch. The fun “day out’ was a time of relaxation and entertainment for senior citizens from nursing homes, senior citizens clubs, churches and private residences. This year’s participants came from: Fort Lincoln Senior Citizens Club, AARP Penn Avenue Branch, AARP Shaw Branch, AARP Chapter 3473, 12th Street Christian Church Citizens Club, East River Weekend, Shiloh Baptist Church Senior Citizens Association and Metropolitan AME Church. The successful event was led by Claudia McKoin, president, CCCLinks; Annie Whatley, vice president; officers and members with coordination by luncheon co-chairwomen Edna Lee Moffitt and Lois Jackson. CCCLinks members donated gifts, prizes, and serves as volunteers at the event. Luncheon sponsors included St. Georges Conference Center, NIH Office of Research and Women’s Health, NFL Players, Pepco and CareFirst Blue Shield. Intergenerational dancing was enjoyed by all including volunteers from Dunbar High School, whose students are enrolled in “Evolutionary Women,” a Links Lynn McKinley, Nicole Venable and Edna CCCLinks mentorship program. Lee Moffitt dance with the seniors.

Extending an official welcome: Link Annie Whatley, vice president, CCCLinks; Claudia McKoin, president, CCCLinks; Edna Lee Moffitt, co-chairwoman, Seniors Luncheon and Lois Jackson, co-chairwoman, Seniors Luncheon

Dinky Da Clown jokes with guests Robert Gaines, Valerie McGuire and Otis Phillips

Guests from Fort Lincoln Sr. Citizens Club are greeted by CCCLinks President Claudia McKoin and Annie Whatley, vice president CCCLinks President Claudia McKoin salutes 99-yearold Kelso R. Stewart as luncheon co-chairwoman, Link Edna Lee Moffitt, presents a gift.

Dunbar High School students in the CCCLinks mentorship project “Evolutionary Women” who assisted seniors, Link Zinethia Clemmons, left, Link Lois Jackson, co-chairwoman, seniors luncheon; Link Claudia McKoin, president of CCCLinks; Dunbar High School students Constance Walke and Karen Guzman; Dunbar High School counselor Willa Burroughs, a Dunbar High School student, Sarah James, Link Annie Whatley, vice president of CCCLinks , Link Yvonne Williams and Link Carolyn Williams

Link Annie Whatley, (second row, left) vice president, CCCLinks and Link Dr. Floretta Dukes McKenzie, CCCLinks alumni. Link Maudine Cooper (first row, left) and Link Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, chairwoman, Development Committee

Seniors enjoyed a buffet lunch at the St. Georges Conference Center.
Photos by Rob Roberts

Links Essie Page and Jeanie Carr of the Black Student Fund

Members of the Capital City Links

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By Edgar Brookins


The Afro-American, May 21, 2011 - May 27, 2011

Fraternities, Sororities ‘Step Off’ at Sprite’s Annual Competition
By AFRO Staff Greek fraternities and sororities from across the country will vie to see who has the best moves at the annual Sprite Step Off National Championship, set to commence in the D.C. area on May 21. Regional competitions kicked off on March 19 and the six-city tour stopped in Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Houston. In the end, six fraternities and six sororities will compete to win the Sprite Step Off II Crown. The winning team

Safeway, Giant, WHUR Radio Join Petworth Community Health Day
Special to the AFRO Safeway and Giant, the region’s two leading grocery store chains, and Yes! Organic Market, a D.C. staple for over 30 years, have agreed to provide healthy cooking demonstrations and fare for the Petworth Community Awareness Day May 21 at Emery Recreational Center. The day, presented by the Ward4 Advisory Neighborhood Commission and Howard University, is dedicated to providing free health care screenings and testing to area residents as well as counseling and demonstrations on how to live healthier. WHUR FM-96.3 radio will provide a live broadcast from the site. Safeway manager Matthew Brown said he is excited about demonstrating all of the healthy options his store has to offer. “Safeway is always looking for ways to bring attention to the nutrition side of shopping at our stores,” Brown said. “This health fair is a great idea to promote a healthy community.” Safeway has launched a new program called Simply Nutrition that the store will be highlighting during the day, he said. “The program provides an extra label for each item that helps the consumer make better nutrition choices,” he said. “We are proud to be a participant.” Attendees will have the opportunity to view and partake in numerous cooking and grilling demonstrations. Garland McQueen of Yes! Organic Market said he looks forward to disproving some notions about healthy eating. “We want people to know that eating health isn’t a challenge,” McQueen said. “It’s as easy as buying groceries.” Over 800 people are expected to attend the event, which will include individual and team games, prizes and an obstacle course. Dozens of Howard University physicians and health care professionals will provide free screenings and consultations. They will be joined by local fitness experts, who will offer free classes in line dancing, body sculpting and yoga. Diabetes, blood pressure,

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Members of various sororities and fraternities will travel to Prince George’s County May 21 for the annual Sprite Step Off competition.

will receive two $100,000 grand prize scholarships. “Sprite Step Off gives college students an outlet to showcase creative self-expression through the art of step while promoting the importance of higher education and being active,” Sprite Brand director Augusto Elias said in a statement. “Sprite sees stepping as a vehicle to empower this innovative generation to spark their creativity and fresh thinking while giving back to the community.” DJ Rock-T from “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” will host this year’s regional and national championship events, while DJ Mr. Quick will perform on the turntables. The final event will also include performances from Grammy award-winning singer Ciara and D.C. rapper Wale. Throughout the preliminary events, each step team participated in service activities at their city’s local Boys & Girls Clubs and each participating branch will receive a $4,500 check and book donations following the final competition. Stepping, which was originally introduced by historically Black Greek letter organizations, has grown to be shared by many multicultural fraternities and sororities including Hispanic and Asian groups. Jennifer M. Jones, president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, a coordinating body for the nine historically Black fraternities and sororities, explained that she is glad that the importance of stepping is being brought to the forefront because of its uniquely positive impact on youth and their college experiences. “Sprite is showcasing the art of step and the creativity of our students to a national audience,” Jones said in a statement. The program’s emphasis on service to our local communities is particularly important, with much needed outreach that promotes the benefits of physical fitness and education to the next generation of students.” The final Sprite Step Off Competition will take place on May 21 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. For more information, visit:

hearing, HIV, and pregnancy are just a few of the tests and screenings that will be provided. In addition, there will be weight management and stress relief tips, a cancer center along with on site massages. Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser praised Howard University and the ANC for holding the day. “This event presents a much needed service to the community,” Bowser said. “Health care is vital. I commend the ANC and Howard University for providing this opportunity to the city, particularly to those residents who can least afford health care.” ANC Commissioner Lisa Colbert, the lead organizer for the event, said she has been surprised by how quickly participation and interest in the day has grown. “It’s shaping up to be a really good event for everybody,” Colbert said, “the people who come as well as the merchants who are participating.” For additional information please contact Lisa Colbert at or 202-200-0144.

Local Schools Receive ‘Reading Corners’ from Capital One Bank, The Heart of America Foundation
Special to the AFRO During the week of May 15-21, Capital One Bank associates will band together as part of the company’s national associate volunteer initiative, “One Week,” to help meet the needs of local communities where associates live and work. In the Washington, D.C. area, more than 400 Capital One Bank associates will spend 2,000 hours partnering with area non-profits to serve their communities through a variety of projects. As part of ‘One Week,’ Capital One Bank volunteers will complete READesign® Reading Corners at Ferebee-Hope Elementary and Ballou High School with The Heart of America Foundation to provide students with an inviting place to encourage a lifelong love of reading. Ferebee-Hope Community School will celebrate the grand opening of its new Reading Corner on May 19. Through a generous grant from Capital One Bank, The Heart of America Foundation® design team worked with the Ferebee-Hope Community School staff to transform a classroom adjacent to the school’s library into a vibrant reading area with age-appropriate reading material for students. Approximately 75


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Capital One employees will help transform a classroom at Ferebee-Hope Community School in to a vibrant reading area.

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Capital One Bank volunteers will work at both Ballou SHS and Ferebee-Hope over a two-day period to create the READesign® Reading Corners — from decorating and assembling furniture, to sorting and stocking books. In addition to the more than 200 books provided for each of the Reading Corners, including 100 financial literacy themed books, Capital One Bank will also donate books for students to take home to build their own home library. In addition, Capital One Bank associates in the Washington, D.C. area will participate in 50 projects to address the needs of the community. Some of the other projects in the area include: • Helping middle school students at Benjamin MAx ROSENHAuS, wjlb-fm Stoddert Middle School in “laughter from Prince George’s County and beginning to end... Francis Scott Key Middle i definitely recommend School in Baltimore learn seeing this film!” key money management EATHARON TAyLOR, skills in partnership with Operation Hope; • Helping to construct an apartment building for lowOwEN GLEIBERMAN, EnTERTaInmEnT wEEkly to-moderate income families in Arlington with Habitat for Humanity; • Presenting a oneday financial education ERICKA BOSTON, SISTER 2 SISTER course developed by Junior Achievement to students “fun, faith-filled and full of laughs! at A. Mario Loiederman best romantic comedy Middle School in Montgomery County; JAwN MuRRAy, Tom joynER moRnIng Show • Assisting Community “this is the Living Alternatives in type of movie Fairfax with conducting we need more of!” TERRENCE J, 106 & paRk, bET home inspections to identify needed repairs or “hilarious!” DEvI DEv kbXX 97.9 ThE boX houSTon , improvements to create a safe living environment for “a beautiful, individuals with intellectual feel-good movie” KENyA ByRD, fREElancE disabilities; and TRISTAR PICTURES PRESENTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH STAGE 6MUSICLMS A T.D. JAKES/OURPRODUCEDES FILMS PRODUCTION “JUMPING THE BROOM” MEAGAN GOOD TASHA SMITH JULIE BOWEN FI STORI • Preparing and serving ROMEO MILLER DERAY DAVIS VALARIE PETTIFORD BY EDWARD SHEARMUR BY T.D. JAKES TRACEY E. EDMONDS CURTIS WALLACE ELIDIRECTED HUNTER GLENDON PALMER ZABETH lunch to those living in STORY SCREENPLAY BY ELIZABETH HUNTER BY ELIZABETH HUNTER AND ARLENE GIBBS BY SALIM AKIL an emergency shelter in Manassas, Va. check local listings for theaters and showtimes

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Ezemdi, Nigerian-Born Entertainer, Seeks to Inspire Others With Differences
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer Growing up, Ezemdi always knew he was different from other kids his age. While most children were playing outside, he was forced to stay indoors because his skin was sensitive to the sun. He, unlike his peers, had albinism, i.e., he was an albino. “I...was looked at differently by not even just kids, but adults [also],” Ezemedi told the AFRO in a recent interview. “So, I kind of always knew that I was different and I was uncomfortable in my own skin. When it came to [hanging out] with my [peers], I always wanted to blend in with them and just be a normal kid.” But the experience didn’t get him down. In fact, it actually worked in his favor. Now, the 26-year-old is a talented vocalist, producer and songwriter. “I remember a time when I was in elementary school and because I couldn’t go outside, I started playing on an old raggedy piano that was there and just started messing around with it,” Ezemdi said. “That’s how it all started.” The Nigeria native, born Ezemdi Chikwendu, came to the U.S. at the age

of 4. By the time he turned 8, he was already brushing elbows with professional musicians as he played piano at his church in Harlem. Shortly thereafter, he began picking up more musical instruments and mastered each of them. In high school he discovered another talent. After experimenting with his voice, he and two other friends formed a group that performed at school basketball games and local talent shows. Ezemdi later attended Berklee College of Music and formed his own licensing company and then landed his big break when label owner Mark Geohagan signed him to Crazee House Records. Now, Ezemdi’s anticipating the upcoming release of his first single “Take Off,” which will appear on his debut album. He says By Your Side will be released in June and will be a musical blend of romantic ballads and urban mid-tempo songs catering to the fairer sex. “[The album] will have good music with a positive message behind it,” Ezemdi said. “A lot of the songs on the album are geared towards women, reminding them that at the end of the day there are still some good men out in the world—you just have to look for them.” In addition to crafting his own hits, he’s also in the midst of producing records for a string of national and international artists. But while the talented musician is surely on the heels of success, he says his primary reason for pursuing a major career in the music industry is so he could serve as an inspiration to people across the globe who are also different from the norm. “I’m what you would call the Whitest Black man in the world, but I’m doing what I love to do and [I want to tell people] you can do that, too,” Ezemdi said. “Anybody that feels uncomfortable in their own skin is who I’m trying to reach.” Ezemdi’s “By Your Side” will be released on June 14. For more information, visit:

Plus-Size Model Mia Amber Davis Dies Suddenly at 36
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer Mia Amber Davis, a Black plus-size model widely recognized for her appearance in the movie Road Trip, died on May 10. She was 36. While initial reports said her cause of death unknown, E! Online later reported that the model and actress died from a blood clot following knee surgery. Davis’ cousin, UCLA assistant professor of sociology Dr. Mignon R. Moore, told E! that the late star’s husband was notified by the coroner of the preliminary finding the following day. “The family is devastated,” Moore told E!. “This was such an unexpected loss, and she went to a very reputable physician. I took her myself on the day of her surgery and within 24 hours she was dead.” Davis entered a Los Angeles hospital to receive knee surgery to treat an old college basketball injury the day before her death. Moore explained that the Courtesy Photo model was excited Mia Amber Davis to get the surgery done, as she had been suffering from the ailment for quite some time. According to TMZ, Davis’ husband had spoken to her following surgery and said she sounded fine. But a few hours later, he received a call saying that she was experiencing bouts of dizziness. Then, he received another call shortly thereafter informing him that his wife had died. In addition to playing the character Rhonda in the 2000 comedy Road Trip, Davis is also known for her work with plussize fashion store Ashley Stewart. She also appeared as the face of singer Jill Scott’s Butterfly Bra and served as the creative editor-at-large for Plus Model magazine, according to The Huffington Post. The magazine’s editor, Madeline Jones, expressed her bereavement at the model’s passing in a recent blog post. “Mia Amber was an angel—a compassionate person who always thought about others before herself,” Jones wrote. “She was a super model and a industry leader because it was her love for the women she represented that kept pushing her when the industry itself did not embrace her. Anyone else would have given up, but Mia remained steadfast in her career, knowing that she was not just doing it for her own benefit, but for women of all ages.” Davis’ family is planning to hold funeral services in New York, but no official date has been set.

Intriguing Documentary Revisits ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO In 1961, Harper Lee, an unknown White woman from a small town in Alabama, won a Pulitzer Prize for her groundbreaking novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Released at the height of the African-American struggle against Jim Crow segregation, the book played a pivotal role in raising the country’s awareness of racism while simultaneously serving to shame the South about its disgraceful legacy of lynching, oppression and discrimination. A couple of years later, the screen adaptation of the bestseller earned several Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor. Gregory Peck delivered his career performance as Atticus Finch, an attorney defending a Black man unfairly accused of rape. Unfortunately, Harper Lee basically became a recluse after 1964, which is when she granted her last interview with the press. She also never published another novel, which has led to considerable speculation about the reasons for her silence and for her failure to write again. After all, she and Truman Capote had been best friends as children, and it is apparent that the characters Scout and Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird are based on the two of them. Their

relationship would endure into adulthood, and it was even the subject of a recent bio-pic about Capote. All of the above and more fascinating factoids are unearthed in Hey, Boo, as intriguing a documentary as you could ever hope to encounter. Since Ms. Lee did not cooperate with the project, director Mary Murphy depended on the reflections of luminaries like Oprah, Tom Brokaw, Andrew Young Jon Meacham and Scott Turow for insight into the reasons for the very private author’s uncompromising withdrawal from the public eye. What turns out to be perhaps most compelling is how closely To Kill a Mockingbird mirrors events which transpired in Lee’s own life. For instance, she was a tomboy and the same age as Scout, 6, at the time that her father, a lawyer like Atticus, was representing a Black man accused of a crime he didn’t commit. A fitting tribute to a true American icon, a half century after she subtly helped shape the course of history and left an indelible mark on the country’s conscience. Excellent (HHHH) Unrated Running time: 82 Minutes Distributor: First Run Features

Diet Documentary Advocates Virtues of Vegetarianism
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO Why is that most Americans are overweight nowadays? And why are we sicker and spending more on healthcare than ever before? It’s all in the diet, according to Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, medical pioneers who have staked their careers studying the skyrocketing increase in the so-called “Diseases of Affluence.” These iconoclastic physicians find themselves at odds with the bulk of their colleagues because they believe that most of the degenerative diseases afflicting humanity are a consequence of our eating animals and processed foods. This is the proposition which they set about proving in Forks Over Knives, a documentary indicting agribusiness for the aforementioned sorry state of affairs. Directed by Lee Fulkerson, this incendiary exposé shows how corporations have successfully exploited our biological urges for generations, often with the help of governmentsponsored propaganda. For example, the film features clips from an old newsreel where it is suggested that cow’s milk is better for a baby than mother’s milk. Similar approaches have been employed to dupe the populace into believing in everything from having eggs and bacon for breakfast daily to the notion that meat is the only way to get enough protein. Fundamental to such mind control is the ensnaring of consumers in “The Pleasure Trap” whereby advertisers cleverly leverage the natural instinct for food and sex. Fortunately, reversing the trend simply involves reeducation and opting to step off the self-destructive treadmill which has most of us on a diet dominated by meats, “conflict with (Houston’s) privacy,” but noted that Houston is receiving treatment voluntarily. News website The Daily Beast reported that this is Houston’s third stint in rehab, following trips in 2004 and 2005. Rumors surrounding Houston’s drug addiction began more than a decade ago, when airport security guards in Hawaii recovered drugs in her luggage in 2000, but the singer didn’t openly admit to her drug use until a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey. During the video interview, she told the talk show host that salt, fat, sugar and refined foods of little nutritional value. Judging by the glowing testimonials of Dr. Campell’s and Dr. Esselstyn’s patients here, apparently all it takes is merely adopting a whole foods, plant-based regimen not only to see

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Forks Over Knives attempts to explain why eating animals and processed foods leads to obesity and a plethora of weight-related illnesses. the pounds come off but to end one’s dependency on pills for blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes and many other medical maladies. Back to nature and rejuvenation just by refusing to be brainwashed by Madison Avenue any longer! Excellent (HHHH) Rated PG for smoking and mature themes. Running time: 96 Minutes Distributor: Monica Beach Media marijuana laced with cocaine was her substance of choice. In a 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer, Houston alluded to using cocaine, pills and marijuana, but vigorously denied use of crack cocaine. “First of all, let’s get one thing straight,” she said. “Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let’s get that straight. Okay? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack is whack.” It is unclear how long Houston will remain in treatment, or where she is being treated.

Whitney Houston in Rehab – Again

Music icon Whitney Houston has re-entered rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, her spokeswoman said May 9. Kristen Foster said the 47-year-old singer, who dominated pop music charts in the ‘80s and ‘90s and released a comeback album in 2009, is currently in an outpatient program “to support her long-standing recovery process.” Foster didn’t release further details, as doing so would


The Afro-American, May 21, 2011 - May 27, 2011

Voices of Faith to Speak Out for LGBT Equality in Washington
Religious leaders from all 50 states May 22-24
Special to the AFRO The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will host its Clergy Call for Justice and Equality 2011 in the District May 23-24. Clergy Call is a biennial event of the HRC Foundation’s Religion and Faith Program, mobilizing clergy from across the country to speak up on matters of LGBT equality. This year, over 300 religious leaders from all 50 states and representing more than 25 denominations and faith traditions will come together in the nation’s capital. They will organize and strengthen their faith voices and lobby members of Congress about why, as a matter of faith, they support full equality for LGBT people and families. Clergy will focus their advocacy on legislation to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and to protect students from bullying, harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. “America’s clergy are leading the charge in changing hearts and minds, both of the American people and our Courtesy Image elected leaders,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese in a press statement. “Clergy Call 2011 will have a lasting impact on Capitol Hill. Diverse clergy voices speaking out for justice show our legislators that religion is NOT antagonistic to the LGBT community. ” The theme for Clergy Call 2011, “Leadership for Justice in Complex Times,” reflects the vision and need for a faith-based movement in support of LGBT equality at this moment of great change in our country. On May 22 and 23, clergy will engage in programming designed to strengthen their diverse voices and their reach as moral agents for justice. In addition to this skill-based work, they will take part in a faith service the evening of May 23 (open to the public), and a morning press conference on May 24 before lobbying their elected leaders. “Religious leaders from across the spectrum of faith backgrounds and from states as diverse as Maine and Alabama are turning to the core tenets of their religious beliefs as they proclaim that justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people is a matter of deep faith,” said Dr. Sharon Groves, director of HRC’s Religion and Faith program, in a press release. “They will not stand on the sidelines, but are claiming their faith as they join the struggle for LGBT equality.” “What HRC has figured out is that the best antidote to the Religious Right is mobilized moderate and progressive faith voices,” said Rev. Susan Russell Sr., associate pastor at All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., in an issued statement “As faith leaders, we must demonstrate the love, compassion and yearning for equality we possess in our hearts in order to end oppression.”

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Shiloh Baptist’s Spring Revival Takes Place May 2224 The Spring Revival at Shiloh Baptist Church, scheduled for May 22-24, will “revive the mind, body and soul through dynamic preaching, delicious food, jazz and fellowship,” according to church officials. Hear the word of God from guest preacher, the Rev. Jacqueline A. Thompson, assistant pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif. Her practical and humorous preaching style combined with biblical scholarship and “girlfriend” wit provides new spiritual enlightenment and helps all who hear her discover their purpose and destiny in Christ. The Rev. Thompson preaches at the morning worship services on May 22 and on Monday and Tuesday nights, May 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. The WCS Ensemble performs worship music featuring special guest soloist Willie Blount. Saxophonist Todd Ledbetter will minister with his unique brand of gospel jazz and guest chef Curtis Byrd provides food at the jazz brunch on May 22

7:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m.; jazz brunch, May 22, 2 p.m., at Heritage Hall, FLC $25. Contact Jamil Smart at 240-6011920; evening services, May 23 and 24, 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Glendarden Hosts Domestic Violence Conference The Domestic Violence Ministry of First Baptist Church of Glenarden is hosting a conference called “The Red Flag: If Only I Had Known” on May 28 from 10:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m., at FBCG Ministry Center, 3600 Brightseat Road in Landover, Md. The keynote speakers are U.S. Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland’s 4th District and Kemba Smith Pradia, a domestic violence survivor. Conference highlights include several workshops including “From Shame to Self-Worth,” “Break the Family Cycle” and “Teen Dating Violence.” Registration is required. For more information, phone 301-773-3600 or e-mail: dv@ FBCG is located at 3600 Brightstead Road in Landover, Md.

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Gospel jazz saxophonist Todd Ledbetter performs at Shiloh Baptist Church’s spring revival.
at 2 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Shiloh’s Henry C. Gregory III Family Life Center. Ledbetter has performed for more than 20 years with artists such as Walter Hawkins, Grover Washington Jr., Marcus Johnson, Byron Cage and Richard Smallwood. Shiloh Baptist Church is located at 1500 Ninth St., N.W. For more information, visit Sunday services take place May 22,

Vatican Suggests Bishops Report Abuse to Police
By Nicole Winfield Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican told bishops around the world Monday that it was important to cooperate with police in reporting priests who rape and molest children and said they should develop guidelines for preventing sex abuse by next May. But the suggestions in the letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are vague and nonbinding and contain no enforcement mechanisms to ensure bishops actually draft the guidelines or follow them. That is a significant omission given the latest scandal in the United States involves allegations Philadelphia’s archbishop left accused Stock Photo priests in ministry despite purportedly tough U.S. guidelines, and evidence that Irish bishops weren’t cooperating with an independent board overseeing compliance with the guidelines of the church in Ireland. The document marks the latest effort by the Vatican to show it’s serious about rooting out priestly pedophiles and preventing abuse following the eruption on a global scale of the abuse scandal last year with thousands of victims coming forward. But it failed to impress advocates for victims who have long blamed the power of bishops bent on protecting the church and its priests for fueling the scandal. Without fear of punishment themselves, bishops frequently moved pedophile priests from parish to parish rather than reporting them to police or punishing them under church law. “There’s nothing that will make a child safer today or tomorrow or next month or next year,” said Barbara Dorris, outreach director for the main U.S. victims group Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests. Critically, the letter reinforces bishops’ exclusive authority in dealing with abuse cases. It says independent lay review boards that have been created in some countries to oversee the church’s child protection policies and ensure compliance “cannot substitute” for bishops’ judgment and power. Recently, such lay review committees in the U.S. and Ireland have reported that some bishops “failed miserably” in following their own guidelines and had thwarted the boards’ work by withholding information and by enacting legal hurdles that made ensuring compliance impossible. “Our central concern is that bishops and religious leaders retain enormous discretionary powers to decide if an allegation is credible,” said Maeve Lewis, executive director of the Irish victims group One in Four. “Clergymen do not have the skills or expertise to make sound decisions in this regard: that is a matter for law enforcement and child protection specialists,” Lewis said, calling the Vatican letter “dangerously flawed.” In the letter, the Vatican told the bishops “it is important to cooperate” with civil law enforcement authorities and follow civil reporting requirements, though it doesn’t make such reporting mandatory. The Vatican has said such a binding rule would be problematic for priests working in countries with repressive regimes. The letter told the bishops’ conferences to draft guidelines for preventing abuse and caring for victims and report them back to the Congregation by May 2012. It said bishops should be prepared to listen to victims, to create “safe environment” programs for minors and to better screen seminarians and ensure they receive proper training about celibacy and the damage done to victims of sex abuse. It did not mention possible financial compensation for victims.

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Bethune-Cookman Defeats Delaware State for the MEAC Softball Title
By AFRO Staff Bethune-Cookman (BCC) overcame Delaware State, 5-4, in eight innings to win the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Championship, May 15 at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex in Daytona Beach, Fla. The victory, Bethune-Cookman’s second consecutive softball title, gives the school an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Softball Championship tournament. The pairings were announced on a selection show May 15 at 10 p.m. on ESPNU. The conference softball championship was delayed May 14 due to severe lightning. Bethune-Cookman led the series, 1-0, after a 7-1 blowout win over Delaware State in game one of the double-elimination bracket. Game two was tied, 2-2, at the bottom of the second inning when the lightning began. Bethune-Cookman’s win wasn’t easy. The squad fell once to Delaware State during the tournament’s early rounds on May 13, sending BCC to the loser’s bracket in the doubleelimination tournament. But the Wildcats bounced back by ripping Howard, 17-0, to make its way back into the MEAC

finals and another shot at Delaware State. BCC got stellar play from key contributors Ashton Hinds, a senior outfielder, and Allison Garcia, a freshman pitcher. Hinds batted in three runs, while Garcia threw a six-inning shutout against Howard to reach the championship. More MEAC Softball Championship Tournament News: Both Morgan State (MSU) and Coppin State University of Baltimore, Md., were eliminated during the first two days of the tournament. MSU was knocked out of contention after falling to Norfolk State, 5-3, and then losing to Coppin State, 6-0, both on the tournament’s opening day. Coppin State stayed alive after defeating Morgan State on the first day, and then crushed Norfolk State on day two. But Coppin fell to Howard in a subsequent game, ending their season. Coppin State junior pitcher Paige Arnold and Morgan State junior outfielder Sakina Smith were named to the alltournament team.

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The Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats beat out teams like Morgan State, Howard University and Coppin State to reach the MEAC Softball Championship Crown.

World Class Sprinter Michael Walton To Host Youth Festivities in District
By AFRO Staff World Class sprinter Michael Walton is just as dedicated to supporting and mentoring youths as he is to running and breaking records on the track. That’s why he’s bringing his annual Michael Walton Foundation to the District of Columbia the weekend of May 20-21. Walton said the event is a “celebration of young people, and the individuals who support them,” which he refers to as “the team behind the teen.” “I designed this event as a way to teach, empower and reward area high school students for all of their hard work,” said Walton. “Additionally, it’s important to honor and show respect to all of the adults who support these students day in and day out. It takes a village to guide our young people, and this weekend is a way for me to give back and support my community.” The event starts at the Washington Monument on the National Mall on May 20 at 12:30 p.m. There, youths will be separated into teams for Field Day, where they’ll take on different physically and mentally challenging activities including a tug-of-war competition, the 50-yard dash race, a balloon toss, a three-legged race, challenge relay, and more. Each team will be adopted and coached by a professional athlete or popular media personality, such as New England Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden and many more of Walton’s friends and associates. One of the teams will be crowned with the title of 2011 Field Day D.C. Champions at the conclusion of Field Day. Later Friday night, Walton’s foundation will team up with Great Schools D.C. at 7 p.m. to host a Parents’ Night Out at Richard England Club House No. 14, which is located at 4103 Benning Road N.E. Walton says Parents’ Night Out is designed to bring out the “inner child” in parents by participating in musical performances, giveaways and other interactive activities. Walton’s event will pick back up on May 21 at 10 a.m. when middle and high school

students will be invited out to engage in the Teen Leadership Conference at the Jelleff Recreation Center at 3265 S St. N.W. According to Walton, the conference is to encourage and empower teens to “take charge of their future while setting the tone as trendsetters for their generation.” The Teen Leadership Conference will showcase political officials, celebrity guests and other public figures, along with volunteers from the community. For additional information and to register for events, please visit www.

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World Class sprinter Michael Walton to host annual youth festivities for his Michael Walton Foundation on May 20-21.


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Connie L. Parker, C. Maurice Parker and Vincent T. Parker whose address(es) are 3432 N Street SE, Washington DC 20019, 2319 Sawgrass Circle, Derby KS 67037, and 336 Glen Oaks Blvd. Dallas TX 75232(was, were) appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Minnie R Parker, who died on November 10, 2010 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 November 20, 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 November 20, 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: May 20, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Connie L. Parker C. Maurice Parker Vincent T. Parker Personal Representative 202-584-8221 316-788-1771 214-372-4897 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 14:44:34 EDT 2011 17 TYPESET: 5/20, 5/27, 6/3 Tue May

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Mame Diarra Cisse, whose address is 6733 New Hampshire Avenue, #312, Takoma Park MD 20912 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Umar Hassan Yusuf, who died on December 14, 2009 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 November 6, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be 14:46:09 presented copythe EDT a to undersigned with 2011 to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 6, 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: May 6, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Mame Diarra Cisse Personal Representative 240-706-2230 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Tue May 17 REGISTER OF WILLS 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

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Adolph Joseph Hutter having filed a complaint for judgment changing Adolph Joseph Hutter name to Joseph Dolph Hutter and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 11th day of May 2011 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 18th day of June 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican newspaper. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the applicants’s creditors by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate rule 14(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: TYPESET: Tue May 17 5/20, 5/27, 6/3

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Angela Walker Suttles, whose address is 4820 Dix Street, NE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Edythe Ferguson, who died on February 8, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd EDT 2011 14:44:56 Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 20, 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 November 20, 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: May 20, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Angela Walker Suttles Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/20, 5/27, 6/3

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM180 Edythe Ferguson Decedent Thomas L Campbell, Esq 3807 Minnesota Ave NE Washington DC 20019 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Agostino S. Buttinelli Sr, whose address is 2801 New Mexico Avenue NW, #602, Washington DC 20007 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Gerda S. Buttinelli, who died on January 19, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 6, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to 14:45:31 EDT 2011 filed the Register of Wills or with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 6, 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: May 6, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Agostino S. Buttinelli Personal Representative 202-271-5908 TRUE TEST COPY May 17 TYPESET: Tue REGISTER OF WILLS 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM380 Gerda S. Buttinelli Decedent 2801 New Mexico Ave NW #620 Washington DC 20007 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM367 Vivien M. Rowan Decedent Harold Krauthamer, Krauthamer & Stahl, Charterd 5530 Wisconsin Ave. Suite 801 Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Michelle D. Parkerson, whose address is 2132 32nd Place, SE Washington DC 20020 was, appointed personal representative of the estate of William Lawson Parkerson, Jr. who died on September 4, 2002 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance

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Jeffrey L. Rowan, whose address is 3251-C Sutton Place, NW, Washington DC 20016 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Vivien M. Rowan, who died on March 26, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 6, 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 November 6, 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:

Jeffrey L. Rowan, whose address is 3251-C Sutton Place, NW, Washington DC 20016 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Vivien M. Rowan, who died on March 26, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance a. Absent Defendant $ 150.00 in this proceeding. Objecb. such appointment (or $ 150.00 tions toAbsolute Divorce to the probate of decedent´s c. Custody with the $ 150.00 will) shall be filed Divorce Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 6, 2011. To place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 262 Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the Public Notices $50.00 & up depending on size undersigned with a copy to Baltimore Legal Notices are $24.15 per inch. the Register of Wills or filed There is no flat rate — 1-800 (AFRO) 892 with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on For Proof of Publication, please call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 or before November 6, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons TYPESET: Tue May 17 TYPESET:NOTICES believed toNOTICES LEGAL Tue May LEGAL Tue May LEGAL be heirs or TYPESET:NOTICES17 14:51:25 EDT 2011 17 14:51:57 EDT 2011 LEGAL NOTICES legatees of the decedent who LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days Superior Court of Superior Court of SUPERIOR COURT OF of its first publication shall so the District of the District of THE DISTRICT OF inform the Register of Wills, District of Columbia District of Columbia including name, address and PROBATE DIVISION COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION relationship. Washington, D.C. PROBATE DIVISION Date of Publication: Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Washington, D.C. May 6, 2011 Administration No. 20001-2131 Name of newspaper: 20001-2131 2011ADM313 Administration No. Afro-American Lillian C. Smith Foreign No. 2011ADM383 Washington Law Decedent 2011FEP52 Bessie S. Page Reporter Charles E. Walton Esq Decedent Date of Death 10905 Fort Washington Jeffrey L. Rowan Attorney Suite 201 Personal December 31, 2010 Fort Washington MD Representative NOTICE OF Lawrence Amman 20744 202-966-7576 APPOINTMENT, Decedent Attorney TRUE TEST COPY NOTICE 2011 TYPESET: Tue May 17 14:50:54 EDT TO NOTICE OF REGISTER OF WILLS NOTICE OF CREDITORS APPOINTMENT, 5/6, 5/13, 14:50:22 EDT 2011 5/20 APPOINTMENT AND NOTICE TO NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF FOREIGN AND NOTICE TO Superior Court of UNKNOWN HEIRS UNKNOWN HEIRS the District of PERSONAL Kelvin Page, whose address Lutheran Smith, Reginald L. is 1039 Higgins Way HyattsDistrict of Columbia REPRESENTATIVE Smith, Sr., Yvonne Makell, & ville MD 20782, was apPROBATE DIVISION AND Barbara Ballen whose adpointed personal representaWashington, D.C. dress(es) are Lutheran Smith NOTICE TO tive of the estate of Bessie S. 20001-2131 11916 Crestwood Ave South Page, who died on January Administration No. CREDITORS Brandywine, MD 20613, 5, 2011 without a will, and will 2011ADM379 Mary K. Robitaille whose adReginald L. Smith Sr. 12707 serve without Court superviWillie Winthrop Stark, dress is 10860 Bucknell Woodbridge Ct Bowie, MD sion. All unknown heirs and Jr Drive, #201, Silver Spring, 20721-4243, Yvonne Makell heirs whose whereabouts Decedent MD 20902 was appointed 6607 Oak Orchard Ct Clinare unknown shall enter their NOTICE OF ton, MD 20735, Barbara Balpersonal representative of appearance in this proceedAPPOINTMENT, len 2869 Forest Down, Madithe estate of Lawrence Aming. Objections to such NOTICE TO s o n , W I 5 3 7 11 , w e r e man, deceased, by the Orappointment (or to the proCREDITORS appointed personal reprebate of decedent´s will) shall phan’s Court for Montgomery AND NOTICE TO sentative(s) of the estate of be filed with the Register of County, State of Maryland, UNKNOWN HEIRS Lillian C. Smith, who died on Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, Gail J. Stark, whose address on March 14, 2011. February 1, 2011 with a will, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, is 10105 Baltimore Avenue, Service of process may be and will serve without Court #3207, College Park, MD D.C. 20001, on or before made upon Robert Chuey II, supervision. All unknown 20740 was appointed perNovember 6, 2011. Claims heirs and heirs whose 426 N Street, NW, Unit B, sonal representative of the against the decedent shall be whereabouts are unknown estate of Willie Winthrop Wa s h i n g t o n D C 2 0 0 0 1 presented to the undershall enter their appearance Stark, Jr., who died on March whose designation as District signed with a copy to the 13, 2011 without a will, and in this proceeding. Objecof Columbia agent has been Register of Wills or filed with will serve without Court sutions to such appointment (or the Register of Wills with a filed with the Register of pervision. All unknown heirs to the probate of decedent´s copy to the undersigned, on a n d h e i r s w h o s e Wills, D.C. will) shall be filed with the whereabouts are unknown or before November 6, 2011, The decedent owned District Register of Wills, D.C., 515 shall enter their appearance or be forever barred. Persons 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor of Columbia personal propin this proceeding. Objecbelieved to be heirs or Washington, D.C. 20001, on erty. (Strike preceding sentions to such appointment (or legatees of the decedent who or before November 6, 2011. to the probate of decedent´s tence if no personal propdo not receive a copy of this Claims against the decedent will) shall be filed with the erty). notice by mail within 25 days shall be presented to the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 Claims against the decedent of its first publication shall so 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor undersigned with a copy to may be presented to the Washington, D.C. 20001, on inform the Register of Wills, the Register of Wills or filed or before November 6, 2011. including name, address and undersigned and filed with with the Register of Wills with Claims against the decedent relationship. the Register of Wills for the a copy to the undersigned, on shall be presented to the Date of Publication: or before November 6, 2011, District of Columbia, 500 Inundersigned with a copy to May 6, 2011 or be forever barred. Persons d i a n a A v e n u e , N . W. , the Register of Wills or filed Name of newspaper: believed to be heirs or with the Register of Wills with Washington, D.C. 20001 Afro-American legatees of the decedent who a copy to the undersigned, on within 6 months from the date Washington Law do not receive a copy of this or before November 6, 2011, of first publication of this noor be forever barred. Persons Reporter notice by mail within 25 days tice. (Strike preceding senbelieved to be heirs or of its first publication shall so Kelvin W. Page legatees of the decedent who tence if no real estate.) inform the Register of Wills, Personal do not receive a copy of this including name, address and Representative Mary K. Robitaille notice by mail within 25 days relationship. 301-559-1179 Personal Representative(s) of its first publication shall so Date of Publication: TRUE TEST COPY 301-649-1860 inform the Register of Wills, May 6, 2011 REGISTER OF WILLS including name, address and TRUE TEST COPY Name of newspaper: relationship. 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 REGISTER OF WILLS Afro-American Date of Publication: Date of first publication: May 6, 2011 Washington Law Name of newspaper: May 6, 2011 Reporter Afro-American Name of newspapers and/or Lutheran Smith Washington Law Reginald L.Smith periodical: Reporter Yvonne Makell The Daily Washington Law Gail J. Stark Barbara Ballen Personal Reporter Personal Representative(s) Representative The Afro-American 301-292-8357 301-345-4153 Newspaper TRUE TEST COPY TRUE TEST COPY 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 REGISTER OF WILLS REGISTER OF WILLS 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. a. Order Nisi 20001-2131 b. Small Estates (single publication) Administration No. 2011ADM367 c. Notice to Creditors Vivien M. Rowan 1. DecedentDomestic Harold Krauthamer, 2. Foreign Krauthamer & Stahl, d. Escheated Estates Charterd 5530 Standard Ave. e. Wisconsin Probates Suite 801 Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 NOTICE TO b. Real Property CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM414 James Marc Taylor Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM411 Sharon Y. Leonard Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM362 Amanda G. Sellers aka Amanda Sellers Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM356 Rufus Williams Decedent Sandy V. Lee 4701 Melbourne Place College Park MD 20740 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM385 James B. Lancaster Sr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Ruth Williams-Lee, whose address is 912 Othman Drive, Ft. Washington MD 20744 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rufus Williams, who died on September 5, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 6, 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 November 6, 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: May 6, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ruth Williams-Lee Personal Representative 301-203-0358 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

Valerie Lancaster Beal, whose address is 220 Riverside Blvd., Apt 38A New York, NY 10069 was appointed personal representative of the estate of James B. Lancaster, Sr. who died on January 7, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 13, 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 November 13, 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: May 13, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Valerie Lancaster Beal Personal Representative 917-576-8302 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

Rachel Randolph, whose address is 5221 Winchester Crossing Court, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110 was appointed personal representative of the estate of James Marc Taylor, who died on March 30, 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 November 13, 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 November 13, 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: May 13, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Rachel Randolph Personal Representative 614-920-0279 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

Kiona M. Leonard, whose address is 2908 30th Street, #10, Washington DC 20020 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Sharon Y. Leonard, who died on November 10, 2010 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 November 13, 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 November 13, 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: May 13, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Kiona M. Leonard Personal Representative 202-696-9634 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

Jackie Sellers and Cherly Sellers, whose address is 5814 Ruatan Street, College Park, 20740 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Amanda G. Sellers aka Amanda Sellers, who died on February 22, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 13, 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 November 13, 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: May 13, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Jackie Sellers Cheryl Sellers Personal Representative 202-669-6297 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Karen Spurgeon for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Admit to probate the copy of the will dated May 22, 1992 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses or otherwise 0 in the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate 0 appoint an unsupervised personal representative Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication May 13, 2011 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Michael R. McCarthy, Esq. of Rosenau & Rosenau 1304 Rhode Island Ave NW, DC 20005 202-387-8680 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney 5/13, 5/20

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM395 Estate of Cornelia R. Spurgeon Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE

Tree Planting Program Seeks D.C. Volunteers
By Blake Bryson Special to the AFRO The Casey Trees Community Tree Planting program is searching for applicants who are willing and wanting to plant trees in various locations around Washington, D.C. This program was implemented in 2005 and was meant to assist in adding the amount of trees in the urban area of the District of Columbia. The deadline for applications is June 15. The Community Tree Planting (CTP) program provides the tools, trees, technical assistance and other utilities necessary to participants, individuals and groups who have the intentions of planting 10 or more trees. The trees may be planted in parks, schools, churches or apartment complexes free of charge. Trees may even be planted in private property areas with the owner’s consent. Participants who do choose to be involved in the planting of trees through Community Tree planting must commit to water the tree and care for it up until two years after its planting. Over 4,000 trees have been planted across the city through the CTP. Applicants who wish to participate in the program must propose a location for a minimum for 10 trees, receive permission from all property owners where the trees will be planted, attend an orientation meeting and provide food and drink to the volunteers once the planting has concluded. So far this spring, Casey Trees has planted more than 770 trees at more than 44 events throughout D.C. This season has been the programs most successful ever, according to program organizers. To find out more information on how to be a part of the program, go online and visit


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proceeding. The Trustee may proceed to distribute the trust property in accordance with the terms of the trust before the expiration of the time within which an action must be commenced unless the Trustee knows of a pending judicial proceeding contesting the validity of the TYPESET:NOTICES 18 TYPESET: Wed May 18 trust or the EDT 2011 reWed May 10:12:12 EDT 2011 10:13:31 EDT 2011 10:14:11 Trustee has LEGAL LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL from a potential ceived noticeNOTICES contestant who thereafter cREGISTER OFa j u d i c i a l o m m e n c e s WILLS 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 Superior Court of Superior Court of proceeding within sixty days the District of after notification. the District of This Notice must be mailed District of Columbia District of Columbia postmarked within 15 days of PROBATE DIVISION PROBATE DIVISION its first publication to each Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. heir and qualified beneficiary 20001-2131 20001-2131 of the trust and any other perAdministration No. Administration No. son who would be an 2011NRT12 2011ADM345 interested person within the meaningof D.C. Code, sec. Lena Celeste Loman Joe Louis Randolph 20-101(d) Decedent Decedent Date of Publication: NOTICE OF Evelyn E. Crawford May 13, 2011 EXISTENCE OF Queen Name of newspaper: REVOCABLE 1629 K Street NW Afro-American TRUST Washington Law Suite 300 Lena Celeste Loman (name Reporter Washington DC 20006 of deceased settlor) whose Lillian L. Barnes Attorney address was 517 Fern Place, Personal NOTICE OF NW, Washington 20012 Representative TYPESET: WedDCtrust on 10:14:11 EDT 2011 May 18 created a revocable APPOINTMENT, TRUE TEST COPY July 28, 1989, which reNOTICE TO TYPESET: WILLS mained in existence on the REGISTER OFWed May 18 CREDITORS 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 date of her death on October Superior Court of AND NOTICE TO 9, 2010, and Lillian L. the District of UNKNOWN HEIRS Barnes, whose address is Superior Court of District of Columbia Erik Randolph and Tony Ran9417 Utica Place, the District of PROBATE DIVISION dolph, whose address(es) is Springdale, Maryland 20774 District of Columbia 1012 Jackson Street NE, is Washington, D.C. the currently acting trustee, PROBATE DIVISION 20001-2131 Washington DC 20017 were hereinafter the Trustee. Washington, D.C. Communications to appointed personal repreAdministration the 20001-2131 should be mailed or directed sentative(s) of the estate of 2011NRT12 Administration No. to Cheryl Chapman HenderJoe Louis Randolph, who Lena Celeste Loman 2011ADM403 son, Esq. at 4920 Niagara died on February 25, 2011 Decedent Betty J. Heath Road, Suite 200 College without a will, and will serve Decedent Park, NOTICE 20740. Maryland OF without Court supervision. All EXISTENCE OF The Trust is subject to claims NOTICE OF unknown heirs and heirs of the deceased settlor’s REVOCABLE APPOINTMENT, whose whereabouts are uncreditors, costs of adminTRUST known shall enter their NOTICE TO istration of the (name appearance in this proceed- Lena Celeste Lomansettlor ’s CREDITORS deceased settlor) whose ing. Objections to such ofestate, the expenses of the AND NOTICE TO deceased settlor’s funeral appointment shall be filed address was 517 Fern Place, UNKNOWN HEIRS and disposal of DC 20012 with the Register of Wills, NW, Washington remains, and Linda Laws, whose address statutory allowances on D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., created a revocable trust to a is 9314 Fairhaven Avenue, surviving spouse and chil- Upper Marlboro, Maryland 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. July 28, 1989, which redren in existence the de- 20772 was appointed per20001, on or before Novem- mainedto the extent on the ceased settlor’s residuary on October ber 13, 2011. Claims against date of her deathis inadequate sonal representative of the probate and estate of Betty J. Heath, who 9, 2010,estate Lillian L. the decedent shall be preto satisfy those claims, costs, died on April 9, 2011 with a address is sented to the undersigned Barnes, whose allowances. will, and will serve without 9 expenses,i and P l a c e , 417 Ut ca with a copy to the Register of Claims of the deceased set- Court supervision. All unWills or filed with the Register Springdale, Maryland 20774 istlor’s creditors are barred as known heirs and heirs whose the currently acting trustee, of Wills with a copy to the against the Trustee and the whereabouts are unknown Trustee. undersigned, on or before hereinafter the unless pre- shall enter their appearance trust property Communications to the trust November 13, 2011, or be sented to the Trustee at the in this proceeding. Objecshould be mailed or directed forever barred. Persons be- toaddress Chapman herein on tions to such appointment (or Cheryl provided Henderlieved to be heirs or legatees son,before November 13, 2011 to the probate of decedent´s or Esq. at 4920 Niagara of the decedent who do not Road, Suite 200 date of the will) shall be filed with the 6 months after the College receive a copy of this notice Park, Maryland 20740. first publication of this no- Register of Wills, D.C., 515 by mail within 25 days of its The Trust is subjectcontest the 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor tice). An action to to claims Washington, D.C. 20001, on first publication shall so in- ofvaliditydeceased settlor’s the of this trust must be or before November 13, form the Register of Wills, creditors, costs the earliest of 2011. Claims against the decommenced by of admin(1) Octomber 9, 2011 (one cedent shall be presented to including name, address and istration of the settlor ’s year the expenses of the relationship. estate,from date of death of the the undersigned with a copy deceased settler) or (2) to the Register of Wills or filed Date of Publication: deceased settlor’s funeral N disposal r 1 3 , 2 0 11 ( May 13, 2011 ando v e m b eof remains, and 6 with the Register of Wills with months allowances of a Name of newspaper: statutory from the date to first a copy to the undersigned, on publication of this notice) Afro-American surviving spouse and chil-or or before November 13, (3) ninety days the the 2011, or be forever barred. Washington Law dren to the extent afterdeTrustee sends residuary Reporter ceased settlor’sthe person a Persons believed to be heirs copy estate is inadequate Erik Randolph probateof the trust instrument or legatees of the decedent satisfy those informing the who do not receive a copy of Tony Randolph toand a noticeclaims, costs, person and allowances. expenses,of the trust’s exis- this notice by mail within 25 Personal days of its first publication tence, the deceased setRepresentative Claims ofthe Trustee’s name shall so inform the Register and address, and the time al202-316-1221 tlor’s creditors are barred as of Wills, including name, adlowed for commencing 240-672-4956 against the Trustee and the a dress and relationship. proceeding. trust property unless preTRUE TEST COPY Date of Publication: The Trustee may proceed sented to the Trustee at theto May 13, 2011 REGISTER OF WILLS distribute the trust property in herein on 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 address provided the terms of Name of newspaper: oraccordance with 13, 2011 before November Afro-American 6 the trustafter the date of the months before the expiration Washington Law of the time within this nofirst publication of which an Reporter action action to commenced Linda Laws tice). An must be contest the unless the Trustee knows Personal validity of this trust must beof a pending judicial earliest of Representative commenced by the proceeding contesting the 2011 of the 301-801-4839 (1) Octomber 9,validity (one trust or the of death of the year from dateTrustee has re- TRUE TEST COPY ceived notice from or (2) deceased settler)a potential REGISTER OF WILLS Ncontestant who thereafter 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 o v e m b e r 1 3 , 2 0 11 ( 6 c o m m e n c the a j of c i a months from e s dateu d ifirst l proceeding this notice) or publication ofwithin sixty days after notification. (3) ninety days after the This Notice the be mailed Trustee sendsmust person a postmarked within 15 days copy of the trust instrumentof its first publication to the and a notice informing each heir and the trust’s exisperson ofqualified beneficiary of the the and any other pertence, trust Trustee’s name s o n w h o w o the b e a and address, and u l d time al- n interested person within a lowed for commencing the meaningof proceeding. D.C. Code, sec. 20-101(d) The Trustee may proceed to Date of the trust property in distribute Publication: May 13, 2011 accordance with the terms of Name before the expiration the trust of newspaper: ofAfro-American which an the time within Washington Law action must be commenced Reporter unless the Trustee knows of Lillian L. Barnes a pending judicial proceeding Personal contesting the validity of the Representative trust or the Trustee has reTRUE TEST COPY ceived notice from a potential We would like to widely publicize our who opportunities to any organization that contestant job thereafter commences a ju icial frequently distributes employment informationdto job seekers or refers candiproceeding within sixty days dates to employers. after notification. This Notice must be mailed postmarked within 15 days of its first publication to each To receive information regarding job vacancies at Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, simply ask to heirput on and any other per- and send your request to: be and qualified beneficiary of the trust our mailing list son who would be an interested person within the Citadel Broadcasting Corporation meaningof D.C. Code, sec. 20-101(d) c/o Human Resources Dept. Date of Publication: 4400 Jenifer St., NW, May 13, 2011 Name of newspaper: Washington, DC 20015-2113 Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Be sure to include your company name, contact person, address, phone numbers Lillian L. Barnes and email addresses. Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY




TV One President, CEO Announces Retirement
After a distinguished 45year career in the media business, TV One President and CEO Johnathan Rodgers will retire effective July 31. Under his leadership the last seven years, TV One, an award-winning cable network available in 53 million homes, has become recognized (Courtesy Photo) as the quality Johnathan Rodgers programming alternative for African American adults. The network, profitable after only five years, also set successive viewership records over the past three television seasons. TV One has won multiple NAACP Image Awards and was recognized with the National Association of Black Journalists’ Best Practices Award in 2009 for its coverage of the Democratic convention and election night in 2008. “When I realized that there was a business opportunity for launching a Black cable channel nearly a decade ago, Quincy Jones told me there was only one person I should pursue to develop the channel, and that was Johnathan Rodgers,” said TV One Chairman and Radio One President and CEO Alfred

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Liggins. “That was great advice, and Johnathan’s involvement in TV One has been invaluable in its success on so many different levels. He is leaving the network on very solid footing for the future.” Educated as a journalist at the University of California at Berkeley, Rodgers began his career as a writer-reporter for Sports Illustrated in 1967 and in the succeeding years worked for NBC and CBS as a television writer, reporter and producer. After moving into media management, Rodgers eventually became an executive producer at CBS News and later the president of the CBS Television Stations group. In 1996, he joined the cable industry when he went to Discovery Communications as the president of the U.S. Networks group. While at Discovery, he oversaw the conversion of The Learning Channel into TLC and the successful launches of Animal Planet, Discovery Kids and Discovery Health. “Running TV One has been an honor, a privilege and a labor of love for me,” said Rodgers in a statement. “I was able to bring all my experiences from my previous jobs to help create this wonderful network. I want to thank Brian Roberts and Comcast for their support, and especially Alfred Liggins for his vision in creating and funding TV One and for allowing me to run it for the past seven years. There could have been no better way to cap off a long and satisfying career in the television business for me than to help build a sustainable channel that African American adults, indeed all Americans can be very proud of.” Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvoneonline. com) serves nearly 53 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African-American viewers.

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