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MAY 21, 2011 - MAY 27, 2011

‘I’m Very Sorry for What Happened’

Jack Johnson pleads guilty
By George Barnette Johnson was flanked by several clergymen as he exited the
AFRO Staff Writer hearing, including Rev. Jonathan L. Weaver of Greater Mt.
Nebo Church in Bowie and Anthony Evans, pastor at Mount
Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson Zion Baptist Church and president of the National Black
pled guilty on May 17 to extortion and witness and evidence Church Initiative.
tampering charges at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Johnson said the trial had been taxing on his family both
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Jack Johnson emotionally and financially so he thought it was time to accept
admitted to several things reported in the original affidavit responsibility for his actions.
including taking the $100,000 check from developer Mizra The plea deal was termed a “milestone not a goldmine” by
Baig and telling his wife, Prince George’s Councilwoman U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
Leslie Johnson, to rip that check up and hide $79,600 in cash He said Johnson fostered a pay-to-play culture, of which he
in her underwear when federal agents knocked on the door of said combating was like “pulling weeds.”
their Mitchellville home. Continued on A8

T.D. Jakes Chastises Franklin Graham for Obama Statements

By AFRO Staff T.D. Jakes this weekend President Obama’s faith in a said May 15 on TV One’s
denounced the Rev. Franklin recent television interview. “Washington Watch with
Megachurch pastor Bishop Graham for questioning “I find it insulting,” Jakes 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 world-
renowned evangelist Billy
Graham, made his statements
in an interview with journalist
Christiane Amanpour on
ABC’s “This Week,” which
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais was broadcast on Easter Jack B. Johnson, former Prince George’s county executive,
President Barack Obama talks with Texas-based evangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes during Sunday. shown in this July 2010 AFRO file photo, pled guilty May
an Easter prayer breakfast with Christian leaders in the East Room of the White House, Asked to address the 17 to extortion and witness and evidence tampering
April 19. Continued on A3 charges. He is facing a sentence of 11–13 years.

UDC Community College Remains Open for Now

By Valencia Mohammed of the District of Columbia “All I know is that no CCDC has 2,300 students Yvette Alexander (D-Ward
Special to the AFRO will keep its doors open after other educational institution enrolled at three locations 7) and Michael Brown (I-At
gaining a reprieve from its has given my son the in southeast, northeast and Large) about the dire straits
The Community College financial woes. The news has attention he needed to be downtown Washington. of the community college and
prompted sighs of relief from successful,” said Jenise On March 8, UDC the amount of funds needed
INSERT parents and students, who Patterson, executive director President Allen Sessoms on a regular basis to keep it end of the fiscal year.
• Home Depot have benefitted from the two- of Parent Watch. “Its testified before Council afloat. “We continue to seek the
year institution, which is a Manhood Initiative Project is Chairman Kwame Brown Sessoms’ report seemed balance of the $8.3 million
subsidiary of the University phenomenal.” along with Councilmembers to come as a surprise to and may have to cease some
of the District of Columbia. Now less than 2 years old, Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), lawmakers, though the college services if the gap is not
had been operating without closed,” said Alan Etter, UDC
a line-item budget and UDC public information officer.
Photo by Qasim Hawkins

had not been given the funds While the funding issue
to operate the community continues, legislation was
college since its inception in introduced to separate the
Hear the AFRO on The Daily 2009. The Council requested community college from
Drum, Wednesday at 7 p.m. an external audit of the UDC and make it a free-
university’s funding by the standing institution. The
UDC Board of Trustees and mayor has requested a cost
had the results sent directly analysis of separating the
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to it. two schools. Currently, the

Officials seemed to schools share functions, such
conclude that the funding was as human resources, facilities
necessary. maintenance, finance, and
“Without question, marketing.
residents wanted the “I am proud to be
community college in Ward supportive of UDC and
8. The southeast campus was its community college.
easily accessible and catered However, I would like for the
to the individual needs of community college having

Local Woman Aims to Fill Food Gap the students before they
transcended to the university
or entered the workforce with
independence and autonomy,”
said Councilman Michael
with Community Garden an associate degree or special
skills,” said Councilman
But university officials
claim there are serious issues
Barry. “Like anything else, to consider. The community
By Valencia Mohammed chives, tri-color sage, and lemon thyme. if we want it to operate college, at present, is
Special to the AFRO Plants were neatly arranged in places where properly, we must provide accredited only by virtue of
they could receive the right amount of the necessary funds for it to its association with UDC.
Dissatisfied with the produce in her local sunlight. But she wanted to do more than just operate.” The process of becoming a
10 supermarket, Mia Hayes-Hawkins decided to grow produce for her family. Hayes-Hawkins Sessoms requested $8.3 candidate for accreditation
do something about it. She wanted organic wanted to share the fruits of her labor with million for operating costs. takes a long time, and the
produce at reasonable costs, so, for a couple the community. However, the Council school must demonstrate
of years, she grew a few herbs and spices “My community doesn’t have a large allocated $3.5 million to that it can support itself
in her apartment such as basil, rosemary, Continued on A4 sustain CCDC through the Continued on A8
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AFRO National Briefs

CNN Anchor Don Lemon: ‘I for caregivers and 240
Was Born Gay’ storyboards. Materials will
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Emmy Award-winning be distributed to orphans
The Afro-American Newspapers CNN news anchor Don and other vulnerable
Baltimore Office • Corporate Headquarters Lemon announced he’s gay in children through an outreach
2519 N. Charles Street a press release promoting his program. Training will be
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-4602 autobiography, Transparent. made available for 5,000
410-554-8200 • Fax: 1-877-570-9297 Saddened by the suicide of caregivers. Rutgers University student The makers of Sesame
Tyler Clementi – a gay Street have also begun
Founded by John Henry Murphy Sr., August 13, 1892 teenager—Lemon said he a new effort to provide
Washington Publisher Emerita - Frances L. Murphy II wrote the book in the New natural disaster preparedness
(AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)
Jersey student’s memory and First lady Michelle Obama receives an honorary law education for children
Chairman of the Board/Publisher - John J. Oliver, Jr. for the “millions of young, and families. Sesame
degree from Spelman College President Beverly D.
Executive Assistant - Takiea Hinton - 410-554-8222 gay people who believe they Street Workshop recently
Receptionist - Wanda Pearson - 410-554-8200 are alone when dealing with collaborated with the Chinese
the mission of community and affirmation.” 
their own sexual identities.” foundations to “distribut[e]
Director of Advertising/Sponsorship Development & Sales service enacted by the  
“I finally mustered the emergency response
Susan Gould - 410-554-8289 school’s founders. Nigerian ‘Sesame Street’
courage to tell [my mother] content,” in the wake of “Find those folks who Adaptation to Feature HIV-
that I had been molested as recent earthquakes there.
Advertising Manager - Robert Blount - 410-554-8246 have so much potential but Positive Character
a child and that I was born The organization has also
Sr. Advertising Account Executive - Annie Russ - 410-554-8235 so little opportunity and do A Nigerian version of
gay, my life began to change worked with Haiti, India and
Advertising Account Executive for them what Spelman has the popular children’s show
in positive ways that I never Bangladesh in their outreach
Marquise Goodwin - 410-554-8274 done for you,” Obama said. “Sesame Street” is set to
imagined possible. Yet I still efforts.
“No matter where you go in debut on May 21, and will
Director of Finance - Jack Leister - 410-554-8242 chose to keep those secrets
the world, you will find folks tackle weighty issues such as
Archivist - John Gartrell - 410-554-8265 hidden from the world. I, like Del. Mother Charged
who have been discounted HIV/AIDS discrimination,
most gay people, lived a life for Beating Son with
Director, Community & Public Relations or dismissed, but who have hygienic practices and ways
of fear,” Lemon wrote. “Fear Extension Cord for Taking
Diane W. Hocker - 410-554-8243 every bit as much promise as to cope with death.
that if some employers, co- Check
Editorial you have. They just haven’t The show, which will be
workers, friends, neighbors
Executive Editor - Talibah Chikwendu had the chance to fulfill it. re-titled “Sesame Square,”
and family members learned
E-mail: It is your obligation to bring is a collaboration between
of my sexuality, I would
Managing Editor - Kristin Gray - 410-554-8277 Spelman to those folks. Be Sesame Street International
be shunned, mocked and
Washington Bureau Chief - Zenitha Prince - 202-332-0080, ext. 119 as ambitious for them as and USAID/Nigeria. More
ostracized. It is a burden that
E-mail: Spelman has been for you.” than three years in the
millions of people carry with
Obama went on to making and funded by a
Global Markets them every single day. And
share her transformation nearly $4 million budget, the
Director - Benjamin M. Phillips IV - 410-554-8220 sadly, while the mockery and
from a Chicago girl show will air on Nigeria’s ostracizing are realized by
with humble roots, to a National Television Authority
Washington Circulation/Distribution Manager millions of people every day,
corporate executive and every Saturday and Sunday,
Edgar Brookins - 202-332-0080, ext. 116 I truly believe it doesn’t have
later, executive director of a according to The Associated
Baltimore Circulation/Distribution Manager to happen and that’s why I
nonprofit organization. She Press.
Sammy Graham - 410-554-8266 feel compelled to share what
also encouraged the young Among its characters,
Production Department - 410-554-8288 I’ve written in Transparent.”
women to recognize and the show will feature two (Courtesy Photo)
In a Twitter post on
combat naysayers. unique muppets: Kami, an Serena Wardlaw
May 15, Lemon thanked
Washington Office “There will always HIV-positive girl and Zobi, a
his supporters. “I’m A Delaware mother faces
be folks who try to raise blue muppet with an affinity
1917 Benning Road, N.E. • Washington, D.C. 20002-4723 overwhelmed by all your felony charges after police
themselves up by cutting for yams. The educational
202-332-0080 Fax: 1-877-570-9297 tweets and support! Hoping said she beat her 9-year-old
other people down.  That program targets children,
General Manager this prevents more tragedies son with an extension cord
happens to everyone, parents and caregivers.
Edgar Brookins - ext. 116 like tyler clementi’s suicide,” for taking a check from her
including me, throughout “The television series is
Office Administrator - Mia Hayes-Hawkins - ext. 112 he tweeted. checkbook to purchase a
their lives.  But when that committed to the principle
book at his school’s book fair.
Customer Service, Home Delivery and Subscriptions: happens to you all, here’s that all children deserve a
According to Philadelphia
410-554-8234 what I want you to do. I chance to learn and grow;
NBC affiliate WCAU, Serena
Customer want you to just stop a to be prepared for school; to
Wardlaw, 42, of New Castle,
Billing Inquiries: 410-554-8226 minute.  Take a deep breath, better understand the world
Del. was arrested and charged
because it’s going to need and each other; to think,
Nights and Weekends: 410-554-8282 with four counts of second-
to be deep — and I want dream and discover and to
degree assault and five counts
you to think about all those reach their highest potential,”
of endangering a child.
women who came before USAID said in a statement.
The abuse was discovered
you, women like those first The partnership between
by her son’s elementary
11 students. Think about the two groups will produce
school nurse, who notified
how they didn’t sit around 78 half-hour episodes, and
authorities after she found
bemoaning their lack of provide 81,000 activity
(Courtesy Photo) wounds on both of the boy’s
resources and opportunities books, 5,400 guides
Don Lemon arms. An investigation later
revealed that she struck the
First Lady Shares Wisdom boy after he took the check to
at Spelman College pay for the book.
Graduation Police also found that
In an inspiring message Wardlaw had previously
drawn from lessons gleaned struck her 7-year-old twin
from female leaders like daughters. “Prior injury
Marian Wright Edelman marks about their body that
and Janet Bragg, first lady was consistent with being
Michelle Obama spoke struck with the same object,”
before 550 graduating seniors police told The Philadelphia
and nearly 10,000 of their Inquirer.
supporters at the historically Wardlaw was released
(Courtesy Photo )
Black women’s school on $21,000 bail and was
“Sesame Square,” a Nigerian version of the popular
Spelman College. prohibited from having
“Sesame Street” children’s series, will examine issues like
Obama encouraged unsupervised contact with her
HIV/AIDS and hygiene.
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Latino Caucus Pushes to

By Alan King sport-utility vehicle sought in from a
New Attorney General Served Full Plate AFRO Staff Writer connection with the murder of
Hudson’s mother and brother.
the ve
By Erica Butler For other
smaller cases, thewhite,
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Protect Immigrant Children

Jennifer Hudson and The Chevrolet dog. A
AFRO Staff Writer relatives positively Attorney
identified GeneralSuburban
already has withnumerous
Illinois license Tribun
attorneys working in the critical litigation multip
Newly confirmed D.C. Attorney General division, but Nathan says he wants to expand of the
By Erica Butler Irvin Nathan already has a substantial slate, the pro bono program for more efficiency in tered t
AFRO Staff Writer though his tenure has barely begun. the agency. brothe
In a city in which the leadership is “I am committed to expanding this boy’s
plagued by allegations of campaign finance prop bono program and further integrating proces
Surrounded by legislators, cians
students and advocates on irregularities, pay-for-play and improper the private bar into the OAG’s pro bono
was la
May 10, Maryland Gov. hiring practices, Nathan’s first task may program,” he said in an e-mail. “I have met
the Co
Martin O’Malley signed into be just shoring up the agency’s reputation, personally with many of the District’s law Exam
law SB 167, a controversial and he has promised an office of integrity, firm leaders, and this program is continuing Hu
measure that provides in-state professionalism, independence and to be developed.” memb
tuition for immigrant high competence. He is against micromanagement, Nathan Exam
school graduates. Nathan, who may be the last appointed said. Instead, he plays a “highly engaged noon t
The “Public Institutions attorney general if he serves his full term, will managerial role” to make sure OAG runs Given
of Higher Education-Tuition need those things as his office participates in efficiently. “I do this through regular face- ing di
Rates-Exemptions” bill the investigation of Mayor Vincent Gray’s to-face staff meetings, ad hoc meetings with viewin
prompted Franklin Garcia, administration and D.C. Council Chairman small groups of lawyers and staff involved Courtesy Photos
Kwame Brown. Jennifer Hudson and her mom,orDarnell
in particular cases projectsDonerson
and through
president of the D.C. Latino
Caucus, to e-mail District AP Photo/Jason Redmond He is also overseeing major open wascases,killed, as well regular ase-mail communications
her brother, Jason. with staff,”
who “Sh
political groups asking for the Undocumented college student Jorge Herrera, 18, center, including a lawsuit involving online travel he said.
same measure in the nearby of Carson, Calif., rallies with students and Dream Act companies, in which the city is suing for His vision of a “first class legal office” video
city. supporters in Los Angeles, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. millions of dollars in back taxes to
thethe involves
body of her 7-year-old reducingplate X584859caseload,
the office’s was found andon the lat
nephew Monday, just hours
District treasury. Investigations of companies, aggressively moving forward with cases. Chicago’s West Side after Tribun
“We would like to see in athat itpolice received a 7 a.m. call that’s
our DC City Council take “If you go to the Social Corcoran, the blogger of the corporations and individuals thatafter havehis body was found “I hope will be said of this time that
allegedly misused District money for private [OAG] helped to resolve and conclude the

ACORN Fights Back

on similar legislation in Security Administration and Potomac Tea Party Report.
the nation’s capital and our they are not able to issue a As a Marylander and member benefits will also fall directly under Nathan. various judicial consent decrees that had been
Mayor Vincent Gray, sign into social security card, they can of the Hagerstown Tea Party, So far, Nathan has handled the city’s imposed for many years on several of our
law a Dream Act that doesn’t issue a letter [and] the DMV Corcoran has helped circulate embarrassing case involving inaccurate executive agencies,” he added.
leave our children behind,” would consider that letter,” a petition to stop the tuition breathalyzer
area residents
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charge
driving known
Nathan said he wants the office to be
for how it “improved the impartial
Garcia said in a statement. he said, “but someone can be benefits bill.
“The Maryland legislation subject to deportation. “I think SB 167 is although they didn’t have a 0.08 percent
By Alan King administration of and justice
Dallas forCowboys
all of ourplayers No wo
blood alcohol level. The city will reinstate AFRO Staff Writer Tony
citizens and provided top quality, Romo and Terrell Owens,
impartial, trying
is bittersweet news for us, “You can see the fundamentally unfair,” she
for while we rejoice for the challenges we have with said. “They are illegal aliens. breathalyzers for suspected drunk drivers in nonpolitical advice and vigorous advocacy to
among the names submitted group,
Presidential candidate John election officials. Never
children of Maryland we some of these laws ... This I feel sorry for these young a couple of months, said Gwendolyn Crump, for its clients, while consistently comporting
McCain’s attack on ACORN – Hurd said those workers, who But Ob
weep for our own. SHAME is not unique to the Latino people, don’t get me wrong, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police with the highest standards were doingofthose ethics.”
things without long a
Associated Community
ON YOU DC.” community and I think but we better get the borders Department. Organization for Reform Now – During the city’s 2010 election,
ACORN’s knowledge residents
or permis- for AC
Under the Maryland our young people should sealed first or the issue is “We are working closely with other voted
confirms the success of the to elect the next attorney
sion, were fired. general in him fo
legislation, high school definitely not be forgotten.” going to become increasingly city partners to ensure the program is
organization, the 2014,
head of which
the may make“The Nathan
evidence the last
that has sur- But no
graduates will only receive Joshua Lopez, the impassioned.” scientifically sound,” she said by e-mail.
group says. appointed attorney general.
faced so far shows they faked Rep
in-state tuition for community youngest and only Latino at- Detractors are “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they 11 inve
colleges, and must provide large candidate in the recent campaigning to get thousands to go to college.” Chairman
we’ve doneKwame
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executive hastonotstuff
taken a countr
Maryland income tax D.C. election, agreed. of signatures by May 31 Garcia said that since had,” Maude Hurd,
(D) said the council has president of boxes.” ACORN,
position on the issue.” she said, is the potent
documentation that the “I support it. These are to put a referendum on ACORN, said in an interview victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms.
immigration is not the not drafted a bill similar to Maryland joined 10
with the AFRO. tor of it. An
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
“When this attack started, we Hurd saidthat havethings
the only similar fraud.
guardian filed. Providing continue their education ..., a site should not be punished for spokeswoman for Mayor benefits for immigrants who
had just announced that we had bogus are the charges them- paid m
documentation is already They just want to advance in endorsed by Maryland Del. their parents’ choice. “These Vincent Gray (D) said,”
registered 1.3 million new vot- The are undocumented.
selves. And factcheck. org ACOR
difficult 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. efforts
Garcia said. Immigrants must have it in D.C. [though], we “It’s not rocket science! here when they were 2, 3, 4 that someone’s running scared It concluded, “Neither Pressu
provide a Social Security need to have young people to Illegal = against the law,” ... now they find themselves because of ACORN’s success.” ACORN nor its employees have loans.
ID card to acquire a driver’s directly speak out about it.” the site states. “Many much later in life ... and this McCain, who is running for been found guilty of, or even Barac
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 Blind a
must be changed in existing D.C. will likely face opposition to send their own children to them, there’s something et, lashed out at ACORN Bid inOpportunities
the votes.” Ameri
laws to adopt a bill such as as it did in Maryland from college, yet this bill uses their wrong here,” Garcia said. final debate against Barack The problem came about pri-
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supposed Islamic leanings – fed by his estranged father’s birth party or person. We have to stand in the middle in order to ACORN is no stranger to points, preferring to air mislead- hung.
into a Muslim household and Obama’s upbringing in countries preach to all people, right and left,” Prothero quoted Billy controversy. ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger
like Indonesia – forcing him to make explicit statements about Graham as saying. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (exple
his Christian beliefs during a Jan. 15, 2008 presidential debate Jakes agreed, saying Franklin Graham ought to follow the organization has fought for social his political support. fraudu
and in other forums. example of his father. “ I wish he had the diplomacy of his and economic justice for low- McCain: I’m John McCain hell. A
And despite those declarations, 2011 polls indicate that at father, “ Jakes said, “who brought the Gospel to people without and moderate-income and I approve this message. They’r
least one in five Americans believed him to be Muslim. During being nuanced by politics, because when you do those things, Americans. With 400,000 mem- Announcer: Who is Barack eys, th
Easter, some wondered why Obama didn’t release a proclamation you offend people that you’re actually called to save and to ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated,
– though he hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White serve.” than 1,200 neighborhood chap- baptism performed at warp An
ters in 110 cities nationwide, speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal
House. “I wanted to host this
ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. deleted
breakfast for a simple reason –
its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. guys ju
because as busy as we are, as

cating for affordable housing, There, Obama met Madeleine come
many tasks as pile up, during

living wages, healthcare for the Talbot, part of the Chicago every
this season, we are reminded underserved— and while organ- branch of ACORN. He was so and m
that there’s something about izing voter registration drives. impressive that he was asked to all you
the resurrection – something But none has been as withering train the ACORN staff. up the
about the resurrection of our and baseless as this one. What did ACORN in Chicago one els
savior, Jesus Christ, that puts With the presidential election engage in? Bullying banks. bills fo
everything else in perspective,” less than two weeks away, Intimidation tactics. Disruption your k
he said at that event.
TO FIND A VACCINE TO PREVENT HIV ACORN’s detractors allege the of business. ACORN forced move.
Bishop Jakes, who organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. Forget
is the chief pastor of the sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that bills fo
30,000-member Potter’s House the reported discovery of bogus caused the financial crisis we’re it. You
in Dallas, said Graham should names, such as Mickey Mouse in today. hope y
apologize for disparaging the
cease s
president’s profession of faith.
“… Because if the President’s attacks
faith is suspect, then all of our will be
faiths are suspect, because the name
Identification Statements
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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 severe pain, stroke, damage to different organs of body and
at Howard University College of Medicine and because of this disease is truly an important premature death.
12 other medical institutions across the nation step forward. We hope all clinicians will now The study was conducted between October 2003 and early
have discovered a treatment that dramatically adopt this treatment for their patients.” September 2010 with 193 patients. Half of the patients, ages
reduces pain, inflammation and hospitalization Howard was one of the leading partners in 9 to 18 months, were given liquid hydroxycarbamide to see if
time and eases other symptoms in young the study, which was named BABY HUG trial. it would safely prevent early organ damage, particularly the
children suffering from sickle cell anemia . The study continues to observe children for spleen and kidney. The others were assigned a placebo, and the
Doctors and medical clinicians in a long term benefits. patients’ progress was monitored for two years.
four-year study found that using the drug Also participating in the study were Children who received the hydroxycarbamide therapy were
hydroxycarbamide (also called hydroxyurea) in Children’s National Medical Center in half as likely to experience pain, five times less likely to have
very young children with sickle cell anemia was Washington, Johns Hopkins University painful inflammation of the hands or feet and three times less
safe and markedly reduced episodes of pain and School of Medicine in Baltimore, St. Jude likely to experience acute chest syndrome than the children
other problems. Hydroxycarbamide has been Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, who did not.
used in adults for several decades for a variety SUNY Downstate Medical Center, University The doctors and clinicians reported some benefit for spleen,
of cancer treatments and is approved for use in Photo by Janice Haney Carr/CDC of Mississippi Medical Center, St. Duke kidney and neurological function, but the results were not
adults with sickle cell anemia. This digitally-colorized University Medical Center, University of conclusive.
The findings, which will be published in scanning electron Texas Southwestern Medical Center at They also reported the hydroxycarbamide therapy was well
this week’s edition of The Lancet, the world’s micrograph (SEM) shows Dallas, Medical University of South Carolina, tolerated, with mild-to-moderate decrease in white cells being
leading medical journal, suggest that use of the normal red blood cells University of Miami, Emory University the only adverse effect associated with treatment.
hydroxycarbamide should now be the standard and a sickle cell (left) found School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital “The laboratory and clinical benefits of hydroxycarbamide
of care for all children with sickle cell disease. in a blood specimen of an of Michigan, University of Alabama at for children and adolescents with sickle-cell anaemia, coupled
Dr. Sohail Rana, professor of pediatrics in the 18-year-old female patient Birmingham, Medical College of Georgia, the with an excellent short-term and long-term safety profile,
Department of Pediatrics at Howard University with sickle cell anemia, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and suggest that hydroxycarbamide should become the standard
College of Medicine and director of pediatric most severe form of the the Clinical Trials & Surveys Corp. treatment in young patients,” the authors said in their report.
hematology at Howard University Hospital, was disease. In sickle cell anemia patients, the red “The results of the BABY HUG study should have a major
one of the investigators on the study. blood cells develop abnormal shapes and are effect on guidelines for the management of children with
“This is a significant breakthrough in the unable to pass through small blood vessels sickle-cell anaemia… Hydroxycarbamide therapy can now be
treatment of this disease, particularly for our very young and cause blockage. These cells also break down faster than considered for all very young children with sickle-cell anaemia
patients,” Rana said. “To be able to dramatically diminish normal blood cells, leading to anemia. Complications include whether or not they have clinical symptoms.”

Executive Hiring Investigation

D.C. Council Takes Three Witnesses to Court
said Capitol Process Servers, to force Brown, Whiting and
By Erica Butler salary job that he said was “delusional” and that she set up a phone interview
AFRO Staff Writer the company contracted to Brooks to testify before the promised to him, then fired was not involved with the for the sake of an interview
serve the subpoenas, said that Council. If all three avoid the after his sketchy history was hiring of Brown, rather, she “commitment.”
On May 17, the D.C. Brown and Whiting appeared new subpoenas, they could be uncovered. Green stressed told Gray’s former chief of
Council unanimously voted to be “intentionally avoiding found in contempt of court. the fact that Brown was staff Gerri Mason Hall to See full story on
to seek court enforcement being served.” Despite no-shows,
to compel three witnesses to “We will use every effort Lorraine Green, who headed
appear and testify in hearings to serve the subpoenas and the Gray (D) transition and Community Garden
designed to investigate the enforce them in court if is one of the most prominent Continued from A1
Gray administration’s hiring necessary,” she said then. figures in the investigation,
practices, according to Council If the Council’s request appeared before the council supply of fresh produce. So instead of pointing fingers and placing blame, I just wanted to do
member Mary Cheh’s office. is granted, the court will and denied her involvement something about it,” said Hayes-Hawkins.
Sulaimon Brown, the main not only make Brown and with hires and salaries. No stranger to agriculture, Hayes-Hawkins attended the Chicago High School for Agriculture
figure in the scandal, who Whiting testify before the When asked about her Science. She received a bachelor’s in agriculture from Virginia State University, graduating with
made quid pro quo allegations Council, but Peyton Brooks, conversations with Howard high honors. While attending the university, Hayes-Hawkins served as an agricultural technician
against Mayor Vincent Gray’s the son of Howard Brooks Brooks, a consultant of Gray’s working with plant breeders and
administration, along with who allegedly delivered campaign, Green refused to scientists.
Photo by Qasim Hawkins

Cherita Whiting, who was illegal cash payments to answer questions presented In 2004, she moved to
hired, then fired from the city Brown, also must testify. The by Council member David Sacramento, Calif., to work
parks department due to a father and son exercised their Catania (I-At-Large). for the U.S. Department of
criminal record, were issued Fifth Amendment right to “Upon advice of counsel, Agriculture as a statistician
subpoenas by Cheh and were silence, which precluded them the discussions I’ve had with acquiring data from farmers to
scheduled to appear at the from speaking at the April 29 Mr. Brooks may intrude on determine monthly forecasts on
May 13 hearing – but both hearing. the investigation,” she said. commodities for pricing. She
were a no-show. According to Cheh’s Green denied any illegal later moved with her husband to
In a previous e-mailed office, lawyers will ask a payments to Brown, who Atlanta, Ga., where she operated
statement to the AFRO, Cheh D.C. Superior Court judge was hired for $110,000 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.
Last year, Kenneth Butler, Mia Hayes-Hawkins said she decided to plant a
program coordinator of the community garden to provide fresh produce for her
Langston Dwellings Garden under-served community.
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
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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We Cannot Allow Medicare and Medicaid to be
We can – and we must including defense, discretionary and mandatory – on the table,
– develop a credible deficit along with genuine tax reform that raises additional revenues
reduction plan that is by closing loopholes and simplifying the tax code.  
comprehensive and considers As we evaluate the Ryan budget plan, we must remember
all options. A credible budget that Medicare, along with Social Security, helped create the
plan, however, does not hurt middle class of the 20th century. Congress created Medicare
the weakest, most vulnerable in 1965 because most seniors were unable to purchase health
Americans.   insurance at any price. Today, 185,700 Maryland seniors and
Unfortunately, the people with disabilities rely on Medicare and Medicaid for
House of Representatives their health care needs, including nursing home care. To attack
has passed a budget plan such successful programs is to try and undo the progress we
developed by Congressman have made in creating the largest, most secure middle class in
Paul Ryan of Wisconsin the world. It also risks putting seniors at the mercy of private
Sen. Ben Cardin that I believe does just that insurance companies. American families depend upon and that invests in our nation’s
by turning Medicare into a I will fight to make sure Medicare remains a guaranteed future. President Obama is right when he says we must “out
voucher program and Medicaid into a block grant program to benefit for seniors and the disabled so that they can continue to educate, out build and out compete” if our nation is to remain a
the states. Congressman Ryan also has called for reducing the have access to health care.  I also will fight any plan to block world leader in the 21st century.
marginal tax rate for millionaires while taxing middle-income grant Medicaid, a program for our nation’s most vulnerable
Americans at the same rate as the richest Americans. Americans, including those who depend on it for nursing home Sen. Cardin, D-Md., is a member of five Senate
I believe Congressman Ryan’s plan will do little to care.  I believe that if we turn Medicaid into a block grant, it committees:  Environment & Public Works, Finance,
reduce our deficit and will result in a dwindling tax base.  I will ultimately cease to exist.   Foreign Relations, Budget, and Small Business and
also believe his proposal – in the end – will ultimately kill We have a real opportunity with the FY 2012 budget to Entrepreneurship.  His website is: .
Medicare and Medicaid, two of the most important programs chart a more responsible fiscal path for our nation.  But we You can follow him regularly on Twitter @SenatorCardin or
in our nation’s history. A credible plan must put all spending – must do it in a way that preserves important programs that look for the latest videos at

Dirty Tactics of a Growing Dial-a-Porn Empire

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

Letters to the Editor

their perpetrators on an ongoing basis after the trauma. In some cases, service members may
Is America Still a Serious Nation? need to rely on their perpetrators (or associates of their perpetrators) to authorize medical and
By Maj. Gen. Roger R. Blunt
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
When our evolving democratic system became so skewed that financial capital multiplied
also be career-related consequences for service members who experience MST, in that their
under control of miniscule elements in America that were sufficiently powerful to corrupt our
perpetrators are frequently peers or supervisors with the power to influence work evaluations
political system, wars could and have been waged in support of those interests. Recall the
and decisions about promotions. Even if this is not the case, service members who experience
departing words of the Republican President Eisenhower who knew so well the horrors of war:
MST may face the difficult choice of either continuing military careers in which they are forced
“…beware of the military industrial complex.” Our national electorate is still asleep.  
to have frequent contact with their perpetrators, or sacrificing career goals in order to protect
As one who enlisted many years ago, I have known a small measure of the quality of
themselves from future victimization.
America’s defense forces used and fueled by our nation’s industrial machine and have observed
About one in five women and one in 100 men seen at VA medical facilities report MST.
the corporate dividends that issue from large untaxed profits. The time is fast approaching,
Because of the disproportionate ratio of men to women in the military, within the VA system
however, when our electorate will be awakened to the fact that our “all volunteer force”
there are actually comparable numbers of male and female veterans seeking help for MST.
instituted nearly four decades ago is not working. Too many of our service men and women
MST affects veterans in a number of ways, and it is important to remember that everyone
did not bargain for the role of mercenary that our country placed upon them. In fact, our
responds differently. Responses to MST differ based on individual factors, such as a veteran’s
nation has abrogated its duty to allow its soldiers to protect themselves in the traditional role
previous trauma history, his or her interpretation of the event and the quality of his/her support
of warrior for their government. I argue this because rules of engagement at tactical points of
system following the trauma. Emotional struggles following MST may include excessive fear
decision producing legions of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) cases from duty in Iraq
and anxiety, depression and irritability or angry outbursts. MST survivors may also report
and Afghanistan have been so modified by legal judgment in real time that the soldier is in fear
disturbing nightmares, difficulties concentrating or staying focused and trouble either falling
of prosecution, if not in civilian courts, by their countrymen. While they will not be damned
asleep or staying asleep. They may feel disconnected from others, experience feelings of
as they were in the Vietnam debacle, the growing number of sympathizers and advocates
numbness and have trouble feeling pleasant emotions, like love or happiness. Some survivors
demanding help for the damaged veterans – and their burdened families – among us who are
abuse alcohol and/or drugs to cope with memories and emotional reactions, or to help them
unemployed, homeless and in need of long term solutions will rise up to correct this awesome
fall asleep. The emotional pain of having experienced MST can also show up through physical
defect in the great experiment called America, the home of the free and the brave.
health problems, including chronic pain, weight or eating problems, stomach problems and
sexual difficulties.
Maj. Gen. Roger R. Blunt retired in 1986. His last assignment was as commander of the 97th
Maryland veterans, please know that you do not have to suffer in silence. The VA Maryland
Army Reserve Command headquartered at Ft. George G. Meade in 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
Military Sexual Assault Awareness have reported the MST when it happened, nor do they need to provide documentation that it
The recent observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month provides an excellent
opportunity to raise awareness of military sexual trauma (MST). MST includes unwanted
At the VA Maryland Health Care System, an MST treatment coordinator is standing by,
sexual attention, uninvited sexual advances or forced sex during active duty military service
ready to assist Veterans in finding and accessing VA services and programs. If you or someone
or during military training. MST also includes any sexual activity where someone is involved
you know is struggling with issues related to MST, please know that you do not have to struggle
against his or her will. He or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example,
alone. If you would like to speak with a mental health provider about MST, please let your
with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied
primary health care provider know, or contact the VA Maryland Health Care System facility
faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent
nearest you and ask for the MST coordinator.
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
Sara Nett, PsyD.
associated with military service most often occurs in a setting where the service member
Clinical psychologist
lives and works, many who experience MST must continue to interact and work closely with
Trauma Recovery Program
A8 The Afro-American, May 21, 2011 - May 27, 2011

Jack Johnson by establishing checks Rosenstein wasn’t the only are restoring our reputation greatest potential in the entire three other plea agreements
and balances that promote person offended by Johnson’s as a preeminent jurisdiction,” metropolitan region.” were unsealed in connection
Continued from A1
accountability. People who actions. Prince George’s Baker said in a statement. Despite the agreement, with the case: former Prince
“Electing and appointing seek government benefits County Executive Rushern “We are moving forward the two sides couldn’t agree George’s County Director
men and women of good or approvals deserve to be Baker chimed in, saying that with integrity and we have a on sentencing guidelines. of Housing and Community
character is important,” said evaluated on the merits, the plea reminds all officials great opportunity to redefine U.S. attorneys say that the Development James Johnson,
Rosenstein. “But the key without being extorted or of their responsibility to the our way of doing business in sentencing range should be known as Public Official A
to honest government is to losing out to competitors who public. “As unfortunate as the order to grow the county and between 11-13 years. in Johnson’s indictment; Dr.
create a culture of integrity pay bribes.” incidents of the past were, we fuel the jurisdiction with the In addition to Johnson, 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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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
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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By Edgar Brookins

Courtesy Photo
AFRO Staff

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
Executive board: N. Bobbie Mason, Al Hall Jr., Gladys Southeast Washington, D.C. Under the dynamic
Hamilton, Sharon Davis, president, Greater Washington leadership of its chapter president, Sharon Davis,
DC Area Alumni Chapter, JSU; Parnell Long, Lillian and the scholarship committee, the chapter members Chapter scholarship committee: Willie Coleman, The Annual
Wilkinson Maynor, Sherwin Maynor and Toyce Small and guests enjoyed an evening of fun, networking, Dr. Yolanda J. Butler, Bobby Mason, Lillian Memorial Scholarship
gaiety and a sumptuous meal that was capped Wilkinson Maynor and Sherwin Maynor Dinner/Dance is held in
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
Sherri McFarland, Tiffany Lindsay, the Washington dinner is held in honor
Afro-American Newspaper’s Edgar Brookins, a JSU grad; Scholarship presentation: Sherwin Maynor,
of Ada L. Mason, a JSU chairman of the scholarship committee, and
Crystal Wilson and Leticia Drakeford
graduate, who died Sharon Davis, chapter president, present a
tragically during the scholarship to Woodrow Wilson High School
Sept. 11 terrorist attack Standing: Tom Williams, Lester Clemons and senior Isis Dennis as her father, Michael Dennis,
Henry Turner. Seated: Carrie Williams, Audrey looks on.
on the Pentagon.
Stancil and Winnie Turner

The Soul Patrol Band provided musical entertainment. Members of Vermont Avenue Baptist Church located
Ted Fyles, Judith Fyles, Daisy Cherry Maggett, Thomasine J. in Northwest, D.C.
Barnes, Charlene Cherry and David Finney
Photos by Danita Delaney

The District of Columbia Military Reserve hosted its Second

Capt .Miller, Maj. Brannum
Quarter Promotion Ceremony in Southeast Washington, D.C., where
and Lt. Col. Foulks
several of its members were promoted in the presence of family
members, friends and unit personnel. Those members promoted Newly promoted Maj. Gen. Allen
included Brig. Gen. Allen D. Smith to the rank of major general; Col. D. Smith; newly promoted Brig.
Jenkins Odoms to the rank of brigadier general and Maj. John S. Gen. Jenkins Odoms Jr., Col.
Foulks to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Carroll Wallace, Staff Sgt. Allen,
Maj. Cynthia Odoms-Cheatham
and Maj Harold Cheatham

Friends and Maj. Gen. James Hammond pins

relatives of Maj. Gen. Allen D. Smith with his
promoted stars as his wife looks on.
servicemen and
servicewomen Photos by
Rob Roberts
Newly promoted Maj. Gen. Allen D. Smith, Bishop
John Little, PhD, senior pastor and evangelist;
Vicurtis E. Little, pastor, Greater Deliverance The Odoms family members with newly
Christian Church of God and newly promoted Brig. Gen. Jenkins Odoms Jr. (center)
promoted Brig Gen
Jenkins Odoms Jr.

Extending an official welcome: Link Annie

Dinky Da Clown jokes
Whatley, vice president, CCCLinks; Claudia
with guests Robert
The Capital City Links (CCCLinks) hosted over 140 local senior citizens at the 29th Annual Alice McKoin, president, CCCLinks; Edna Lee
Gaines, Valerie McGuire
Bowie Coleman Senior Citizens Luncheon recently at the St. Georges Conference Center in Northwest Moffitt, co-chairwoman, Seniors Luncheon
and Otis Phillips
Washington, D.C. and Lois Jackson, co-chairwoman, Seniors
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 Guests from Fort Lincoln Sr. Citizens Club
Avenue Branch, AARP Shaw Branch, AARP Chapter 3473, 12th Street Christian Church Citizens Club, East are greeted by CCCLinks President Claudia
River Weekend, Shiloh Baptist Church Senior Citizens Association and Metropolitan AME Church. McKoin and Annie Whatley,
The successful event was led by Claudia McKoin, president, CCCLinks; Annie Whatley, vice president; vice president
officers and members with coordination by luncheon co-chairwomen Edna Lee Moffitt and Lois Jackson. CCCLinks President Claudia McKoin salutes 99-year-
CCCLinks members donated gifts, prizes, and serves as volunteers at the event. Luncheon sponsors old Kelso R. Stewart as luncheon co-chairwoman,
included St. Georges Conference Center, NIH Link Edna Lee Moffitt, presents a gift.
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 Dunbar High School students in the CCCLinks mentorship project
students are enrolled in “Evolutionary Women” who assisted seniors, Link Zinethia
“Evolutionary Women,” a Clemmons, left, Link Lois Jackson, co-chairwoman, seniors
Links Lynn McKinley, Nicole Venable and Edna luncheon; Link Claudia McKoin, president of CCCLinks; Dunbar Link Annie Whatley, (second row, left) vice
Lee Moffitt dance with the seniors. CCCLinks mentorship program. president, CCCLinks and Link Dr. Floretta
High School students Constance Walke and Karen Guzman;
Dunbar High School counselor Willa Burroughs, a Dunbar High Dukes McKenzie, CCCLinks alumni. Link
School student, Sarah James, Link Annie Whatley, vice president Maudine Cooper (first row, left) and Link
of CCCLinks , Link Yvonne Williams and Link Carolyn Williams Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, chairwoman,
Development Committee

Seniors enjoyed a buffet lunch at the

St. Georges Conference Center. Links Essie Page and Jeanie Carr Members of the Capital City Links
of the Black Student Fund
Photos by Rob Roberts
B2 The Afro-American, May 21, 2011 - May 27, 2011

Community Safeway, Giant, WHUR Radio Join

Petworth Community Health Day
Fraternities, Sororities ‘Step Off’ at Special to the AFRO new program called Simply
Nutrition that the store will
hearing, HIV, and pregnancy
are just a few of the tests
Sprite’s Annual Competition Safeway and Giant,
the region’s two leading
be highlighting during the
day, he said.
and screenings that will be
provided. In addition, there
By AFRO Staff
grocery store chains, and “The program provides will be weight management
Yes! Organic Market, a D.C. an extra label for each item and stress relief tips, a cancer
Greek fraternities and
staple for over 30 years, have that helps the consumer make center along with on site
sororities from across the
agreed to provide healthy better nutrition choices,” he massages.
country will vie to see
cooking demonstrations said. “We are proud to be a Ward 4 Councilwoman
who has the best moves at
and fare for the Petworth participant.”  Muriel Bowser praised
the annual Sprite Step Off
Community Awareness Attendees will have the Howard University and the
National Championship, set
Day May 21 at Emery opportunity to view and ANC for holding the day.
to commence in the D.C.
Recreational Center. partake in numerous cooking “This event presents
area on May 21. 
The day, presented and grilling demonstrations. a much needed service to
Regional competitions
by the Ward4 Advisory Garland McQueen of the community,” Bowser
kicked off on March 19 and
Neighborhood Commission Yes! Organic Market said he said. “Health care is vital.
the six-city tour stopped in
and Howard University, is looks forward to disproving I commend the ANC and
Charlotte, N.C., Chicago,
dedicated to providing free some notions about healthy Howard University for
New York, Atlanta, Los
health care screenings and eating. providing this opportunity
Angeles and Houston. In
(Courtesy Photo) testing to area residents “We want people to to the city, particularly to
the end, six fraternities and
Members of various sororities and fraternities will travel as well as counseling and know that eating health isn’t those residents who can least
six sororities will compete
to Prince George’s County May 21 for the annual Sprite demonstrations on how to a challenge,” McQueen afford health care.”
to win the Sprite Step Off II
Step Off competition. live healthier. said. “It’s as easy as buying ANC Commissioner Lisa
Crown. The winning team
WHUR FM-96.3 radio groceries.” Colbert, the lead organizer
will receive two $100,000 grand prize scholarships.
will provide a live broadcast Over 800 people are for the event, said she has
“Sprite Step Off gives college students an outlet to showcase creative self-expression been surprised by how
from the site. expected to attend the
through the art of step while promoting the importance of higher education and being active,” quickly participation and
Safeway manager event, which will include
Sprite Brand director Augusto Elias said in a statement. “Sprite sees stepping as a vehicle to interest in the day has grown.
Matthew Brown said he is individual and team games,
empower this innovative generation to spark their creativity and fresh thinking while giving “It’s shaping up to be
excited about demonstrating prizes and an obstacle
back to the community.” a really good event for
all of the healthy options his course. Dozens of Howard
DJ Rock-T from “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” will host this year’s regional and everybody,” Colbert said,
store has to offer. University physicians and
national championship events, while DJ Mr. Quick will perform on the turntables. The final “the people who come as
“Safeway is always health care professionals well as the merchants who
event will also include performances from Grammy award-winning singer Ciara and D.C.
looking for ways to bring will provide free screenings are participating.”
rapper Wale.
attention to the nutrition side and consultations. They will
Throughout the preliminary events, each step team participated in service activities at their
of shopping at our stores,” be joined by local fitness For additional
city’s local Boys & Girls Clubs and each participating branch will receive a $4,500 check and
Brown said. “This health fair experts, who will offer free information please
book donations following the final competition. contact Lisa Colbert at
is a great idea to promote a classes in line dancing, body
Stepping, which was originally introduced by historically Black Greek letter organizations,
healthy community.”  sculpting and yoga.
has grown to be shared by many multicultural fraternities and sororities including Hispanic or 202-200-0144.
Safeway has launched a Diabetes, blood pressure,
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 Local Schools Receive ‘Reading Corners’ from
positive impact on youth and their college experiences.
“Sprite is showcasing the art of step and the creativity of our students to a national Capital One Bank, The Heart of America
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 Foundation
of physical fitness and education to the next generation of students.”
Special to the AFRO
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: 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
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partnering with area non-profits to serve their

Capital One employees will help transform
” ®
communities through a variety of projects.
As part of ‘One Week,’ Capital One Bank
a classroom at Ferebee-Hope Community
School in to a vibrant reading area.
volunteers will complete READesign®
Reading Corners at Ferebee-Hope Elementary Capital One Bank volunteers will work at
EBERT PRESENTS AT THE MOVIES and Ballou High School with The Heart of both Ballou SHS and Ferebee-Hope over a
America Foundation to provide students with two-day period to create the READesign®
an inviting place to encourage a lifelong love Reading Corners — from decorating and
of reading. assembling furniture, to sorting and stocking
“HILARIOUS AND HEARTFELT. Ferebee-Hope Community School will
celebrate the grand opening of its new
books. In addition to the more than 200 books
provided for each of the Reading Corners,
Kristen Wiig is an indisputable goddess of comedy.”
Peter Travers Reading Corner on May 19. Through a including 100 financial literacy themed
generous grant from Capital One Bank, The books, Capital One Bank will also donate
Heart of America Foundation® design team books for students to take home to build their
worked with the Ferebee-Hope Community own home library.
“GUT-BUSTINGLY FUNNY. School staff to transform a classroom
adjacent to the school’s library into a vibrant
In addition, Capital One Bank associates
in the Washington, D.C. area will participate
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community. Some of the other projects in the
area include:
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“it’s a • Presenting a one-
day financial education
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and full of laughs! at A. Mario Loiederman
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May 21, 2011 - May 27, 2011, The Afro-American B3

Ezemdi, Nigerian-Born
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.

Entertainer, Seeks to Inspire

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

Others With Differences 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,”
By Gregory Dale which will appear on his debut album. He says By Your Side will be released in
AFRO Staff Writer June and will be a musical blend of romantic ballads and urban mid-tempo songs
catering to the fairer sex.
Growing up, Ezemdi always knew he was different from other kids his “[The album] will have good music with a positive message behind it,”
age. While most children were playing outside, he was forced to stay Ezemdi said. “A lot of the songs on the album are geared towards women,
indoors because his skin was sensitive to the sun. He, unlike his peers, had reminding them that at the end of the day there are still some good men out
albinism, i.e., he was an albino. in the world—you just have to look for them.”
“I...was looked at differently by not even just kids, but adults [also],” In addition to crafting his own hits, he’s also in the midst of producing
Ezemedi told the AFRO in a recent interview. “So, I kind of always records for a string of national and international artists.
knew that I was different and I was uncomfortable in my own skin. But while the talented musician is surely on the heels of success, he
When it came to [hanging out] with my [peers], I always wanted to says his primary reason for pursuing a major career in the music industry
blend in with them and just be a normal kid.” is so he could serve as an inspiration to people across the globe who are
But the experience didn’t get him down. In fact, it actually worked also different from the norm.
in his favor. Now, the 26-year-old is a talented vocalist, producer and “I’m what you would call the Whitest Black man in the world, but
songwriter. I’m doing what I love to do and [I want to tell people] you can do that,
“I remember a time when I was in elementary school and because I too,” Ezemdi said. “Anybody that feels uncomfortable in their own skin
couldn’t go outside, I started playing on an old raggedy piano that was there is who I’m trying to reach.”
and just started messing around with it,” Ezemdi said. “That’s how it all
started.” Ezemdi’s “By Your Side” will be released on June 14. For more
The Nigeria native, born Ezemdi Chikwendu, came to the U.S. at the age information, visit:

Intriguing Documentary Revisits ‘To Kill a

Plus-Size Model Mia Amber Davis Dies Suddenly at 36
By Gregory Dale
AFRO Staff Writer By Kam Williams relationship would endure into adulthood, and it was even the
Special to the AFRO subject of a recent bio-pic about Capote.
Mia Amber Davis, a Black plus-size model widely All of the above and more fascinating factoids are
recognized for her appearance in the movie Road Trip, died on In 1961, Harper Lee, an unknown White woman from unearthed in Hey, Boo, as intriguing a documentary as
May 10. She was 36. a small town in Alabama, won a Pulitzer Prize for her you could ever hope to encounter. Since Ms. Lee did not
While initial reports said her cause of death unknown, E! groundbreaking novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Released at the cooperate with the project, director Mary Murphy depended
Online later reported that the model and actress died from height of the African-American struggle against Jim Crow on the reflections of luminaries like Oprah, Tom Brokaw,
a blood clot following knee surgery. Davis’ cousin, UCLA segregation, the book played a pivotal role in raising the Andrew Young Jon Meacham and Scott Turow for insight
assistant professor of sociology Dr. Mignon R. Moore, told E! country’s awareness of racism while simultaneously serving into the reasons for the very private author’s uncompromising
that the late star’s husband was notified by the coroner of the to shame the South about its disgraceful legacy of lynching, withdrawal from the public eye.
preliminary finding oppression and discrimination. What turns out to be perhaps most compelling is how
the following day. A couple of years later, the screen adaptation of the closely To Kill a Mockingbird mirrors events which transpired
“The family is bestseller earned several Academy Awards, including Best in Lee’s own life. For instance, she was a tomboy and the
devastated,” Moore Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor. Gregory Peck delivered same age as Scout, 6, at the time that her father, a lawyer like
told E!. “This was his career performance as Atticus Finch, an attorney Atticus, was representing a Black man accused of a crime he
such an unexpected defending a Black man unfairly accused of rape. didn’t commit.
loss, and she went Unfortunately, Harper Lee basically became a recluse after A fitting tribute to a true American icon, a half century
to a very reputable 1964, which is when she granted her last interview with the after she subtly helped shape the course of history and left an
physician. I took press. She also never published another novel, which has led indelible mark on the country’s conscience.
her myself on the to considerable speculation about the reasons for her silence
day of her surgery and for her failure to write again. Excellent (HHHH)
and within 24 After all, she and Truman Capote had been best friends as Unrated
hours she was children, and it is apparent that the characters Scout and Jem Running time: 82 Minutes
dead.” in To Kill a Mockingbird are based on the two of them. Their Distributor: First Run Features
Davis entered
a Los Angeles
hospital to receive Diet Documentary Advocates Virtues of Vegetarianism
knee surgery to By Kam Williams salt, fat, sugar and refined foods of little nutritional value.
treat an old college Special to the AFRO Judging by the glowing testimonials of Dr. Campell’s and
basketball injury Dr. Esselstyn’s patients here, apparently all it takes is merely
the day before Why is that most Americans are overweight nowadays? adopting a whole foods, plant-based regimen not only to see
her death. Moore And why are we sicker and spending more on healthcare
explained that the than ever before? It’s all in the diet, according to Dr. T. Colin
Courtesy Photo
model was excited Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, medical pioneers who
Mia Amber Davis
to get the surgery have staked their careers studying the skyrocketing increase in
done, as she had the so-called “Diseases of Affluence.”
been suffering from These iconoclastic physicians find themselves at odds
the ailment for quite some time. with the bulk of their colleagues because they believe that
According to TMZ, Davis’ husband had spoken to her most of the degenerative diseases afflicting humanity are
following surgery and said she sounded fine. But a few hours a consequence of our eating animals and processed foods.
later, he received a call saying that she was experiencing bouts This is the proposition which they set about proving in Forks
of dizziness. Then, he received another call shortly thereafter Over Knives, a documentary indicting agribusiness for the
informing him that his wife had died. aforementioned sorry state of affairs.
In addition to playing the character Rhonda in the 2000 Directed by Lee Fulkerson, this incendiary exposé shows
comedy Road Trip, Davis is also known for her work with plus- how corporations have successfully exploited our biological Courtesy Photo
size fashion store Ashley Stewart. She also appeared as the face urges for generations, often with the help of government- Forks Over Knives attempts to explain why eating animals
of singer Jill Scott’s Butterfly Bra and served as the creative sponsored propaganda. For example, the film features clips and processed foods leads to obesity and a plethora of
editor-at-large for Plus Model magazine, according to The from an old newsreel where it is suggested that cow’s milk is weight-related illnesses.
Huffington Post. better for a baby than mother’s milk.
The magazine’s editor, Madeline Jones, expressed her Similar approaches have been employed to dupe the the pounds come off but to end one’s dependency on pills
bereavement at the model’s passing in a recent blog post. populace into believing in everything from having eggs and for blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes and many other
“Mia Amber was an angel—a compassionate person who bacon for breakfast daily to the notion that meat is the only medical maladies.
always thought about others before herself,” Jones wrote. “She way to get enough protein. Fundamental to such mind control Back to nature and rejuvenation just by refusing to be
was a super model and a industry leader because it was her love is the ensnaring of consumers in “The Pleasure Trap” whereby brainwashed by Madison Avenue any longer!
for the women she represented that kept pushing her when the advertisers cleverly leverage the natural instinct for food and
industry itself did not embrace her. Anyone else would have sex. Excellent (HHHH)
given up, but Mia remained steadfast in her career, knowing Fortunately, reversing the trend simply involves Rated PG for smoking and mature themes.
that she was not just doing it for her own benefit, but for reeducation and opting to step off the self-destructive Running time: 96 Minutes
women of all ages.” treadmill which has most of us on a diet dominated by meats, Distributor: Monica Beach Media
Davis’ family is planning to hold funeral services in New
York, but no official date has been set.
“conflict with (Houston’s) privacy,” but noted that Houston is marijuana laced with cocaine was her substance of choice. In
receiving treatment voluntarily. a 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer, Houston alluded to using
Whitney Houston in Rehab – Again News website The Daily Beast reported that this is cocaine, pills and marijuana, but vigorously denied use of crack
Music icon Whitney Houston has re-entered rehab for drug Houston’s third stint in rehab, following trips in 2004 and 2005. cocaine.
and alcohol abuse, her spokeswoman said May 9. Rumors surrounding Houston’s drug addiction began more “First of all, let’s get one thing straight,” she said. “Crack is
Kristen Foster said the 47-year-old singer, who dominated than a decade ago, when airport security guards in Hawaii cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let’s get
pop music charts in the ‘80s and ‘90s and released a comeback recovered drugs in her luggage in 2000, but the singer didn’t that straight. Okay? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack
album in 2009, is currently in an outpatient program “to openly admit to her drug use until a 2009 interview with Oprah is whack.”
support her long-standing recovery process.” Winfrey. It is unclear how long Houston will remain in treatment, or
Foster didn’t release further details, as doing so would During the video interview, she told the talk show host that where she is being treated.
B4 The Afro-American, May 21, 2011 - May 27, 2011

Faith Pulse Church Briefs

Shiloh Baptist’s Spring
Revival Takes Place May 22-
7:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m.;
jazz brunch, May 22, 2 p.m.,
at Heritage Hall, FLC $25.
Voices of Faith to Speak Out for LGBT The Spring Revival
at Shiloh Baptist Church,
Contact Jamil Smart at 240-601-
1920; evening services, May 23
Equality in Washington scheduled for May 22-24, will
“revive the mind, body and soul
and 24, 7 p.m.

Religious leaders from all 50 states May 22-24 through dynamic preaching, First Baptist Church of
Special to the AFRO delicious food, jazz and Glendarden Hosts Domestic
fellowship,” according to church Violence Conference
officials. The Domestic Violence
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
Hear the word of God Ministry of First Baptist Church
(LGBT) civil rights organization, will host its Clergy Call for Justice and Equality 2011 in from guest preacher, the Rev. of Glenarden is hosting a
the District May 23-24. Clergy Call is a biennial event of the HRC Foundation’s Religion and Jacqueline A. Thompson, conference called “The Red
Faith Program, mobilizing clergy from across the country to speak up on matters of LGBT assistant pastor of Allen Flag: If Only I Had Known”
equality. Temple Baptist Church in on May 28 from 10:30 a.m.–
This year, over 300 religious leaders from all 50 states and representing more than 25 Oakland, Calif.  Her practical 3:30 p.m., at FBCG Ministry
and humorous preaching Center, 3600 Brightseat Road in
denominations and faith traditions will come together in the nation’s capital. They will (Courtesy Photo)
style combined with biblical Gospel jazz saxophonist Landover, Md.
organize and strengthen their faith voices and lobby members of Congress about why, as a
scholarship and “girlfriend” Todd Ledbetter performs The keynote speakers are
matter of faith, they support full equality for LGBT people and families. Clergy will focus their wit provides new spiritual U.S. Congresswoman Donna
at Shiloh Baptist Church’s
advocacy on legislation to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or enlightenment and helps all Edwards of Maryland’s 4th
spring revival.
gender identity and to protect students from bullying, harassment and discrimination based on who hear her discover their District and Kemba Smith
sexual orientation or gender purpose and destiny in Christ. at 2 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Pradia, a domestic violence
The Rev. Thompson preaches Shiloh’s Henry C. Gregory III survivor. Conference highlights
at the morning worship services Family Life Center.  Ledbetter include several workshops
“America’s clergy are has performed for more than 20
on May 22 and on Monday and including “From Shame to
leading the charge in changing years with artists such as Walter
Tuesday nights, May 23 and 24 Self-Worth,” “Break the Family
hearts and minds, both of the at 7 p.m. The WCS Ensemble Hawkins, Grover Washington Cycle” and “Teen Dating
American people and our performs worship music Jr., Marcus Johnson, Byron Violence.”
elected leaders,” said HRC Courtesy Image
featuring special guest soloist Cage and Richard Smallwood.
President Joe Solmonese in a Willie Blount.  Registration is required.
Saxophonist Todd Ledbetter Shiloh Baptist Church For more information, phone
press statement. “Clergy Call 2011 will have a lasting impact on Capitol Hill.  Diverse clergy
will minister with his unique is located at 1500 Ninth St., 301-773-3600 or e-mail: dv@
voices speaking out for justice show our legislators that religion is NOT antagonistic to the
brand of gospel jazz and guest N.W. For more information, FBCG is
LGBT community. ” visit Sunday
chef Curtis Byrd provides food located at 3600 Brightstead
The theme for Clergy Call 2011, “Leadership for Justice in Complex Times,” reflects the at the jazz brunch on May 22 services take place May 22, Road in Landover, Md.
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 Vatican Suggests Bishops Report Abuse to Police
this skill-based work, they will take part in a faith service the evening of May 23 (open to the By Nicole Winfield
public), and a morning press conference on May 24 before lobbying their elected leaders. Associated Press
“Religious leaders from across the spectrum of faith backgrounds and from states as diverse
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican told bishops around the
as Maine and Alabama are turning to the core tenets of their religious beliefs as they proclaim world Monday that it was important to cooperate with police in
that justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people is a matter of deep faith,” said reporting priests who rape and molest children and said they should
Dr. Sharon Groves, director of HRC’s Religion and Faith program, in a press release.  “They develop guidelines for preventing sex abuse by next May.
will not stand on the sidelines, but are claiming their faith as they join the struggle for LGBT 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
“What HRC has figured out is that the best antidote to the Religious Right is mobilized guidelines or follow them.
moderate and progressive faith voices,” said Rev. Susan Russell Sr., associate pastor at That is a significant omission given the latest scandal in the United
All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., in an issued statement  “As faith leaders, we must States involves allegations Philadelphia’s archbishop left accused Stock Photo
demonstrate the love, compassion and yearning for equality we possess in our hearts in order 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
to end oppression.”
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

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.
and dog-friendly event Recently, such lay review
committees in the U.S. and
Ireland have reported that some
featuring music, bishops “failed miserably” in
following their own guidelines

refreshments and more. and had thwarted the boards’

work by withholding information
and by enacting legal hurdles
that made ensuring compliance
410-494-8545 “Our central concern is that bishops and religious leaders
retain enormous discretionary
powers to decide if an allegation
is credible,” said Maeve Lewis,


ANNAPOLIS WALK executive director of the Irish
victims group One in Four.
“Clergymen do not have the

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Sunday, 5th
May 1st
skills or expertise to make sound
decisions in this regard: that is
a matter for law enforcement
Registration: 9:00
Registration: 8:00 AM AM and child protection specialists,”
Lewis said, calling the Vatican
TheQuiet Waters
Maryland Park
Zoo in Baltimore letter “dangerously flawed.”
In the letter, the Vatican
told the bishops “it is important
PRESENTING SPONSOR: to cooperate” with civil law
enforcement authorities
and follow civil reporting
requirements, though it
doesn’t make such reporting
mandatory. The Vatican has said
C O R P O R AT E S P O N S O R S : such a binding rule would be
problematic for priests working
in countries with repressive
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,
M E D I A PA R T N E R S : 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
May 21, 2011 - May 27, 2011, The Afro-American B5

D.C. High School Players Selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl on

Bethune-Cookman Defeats Delaware State for the MEAC Softball Title

By AFRO Staff elimination tournament. But the Wildcats bounced back by finals and another shot at Delaware State.
ripping Howard, 17-0, to make its way back into the MEAC BCC got stellar play from key contributors Ashton Hinds, a
Bethune-Cookman (BCC) overcame Delaware State, 5-4, in senior outfielder, and Allison Garcia, a freshman pitcher. Hinds
eight innings to win the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference batted in three runs, while Garcia threw a six-inning shutout
(MEAC) Softball Championship, May 15 at the Ormond Beach against Howard to reach the championship.
Sports Complex in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The victory, Bethune-Cookman’s second consecutive More MEAC Softball Championship Tournament News:
softball title, gives the school an automatic bid to the 2011 Both Morgan State (MSU) and Coppin State University of
NCAA Division I Softball Championship tournament. The Baltimore, Md., were eliminated during the first two days of the
pairings were announced on a selection show May 15 at 10 tournament. MSU was knocked out of contention after falling
p.m. on ESPNU. The conference softball championship was to Norfolk State, 5-3, and then losing to Coppin State, 6-0, both
delayed May 14 due to severe lightning. on the tournament’s opening day.
Bethune-Cookman led the series, 1-0, after a 7-1 blowout Coppin State stayed alive after defeating Morgan State on
win over Delaware State in game one of the double-elimination the first day, and then crushed Norfolk State on day two. But
bracket. Game two was tied, 2-2, at the bottom of the second Coppin fell to Howard in a subsequent game, ending their
inning when the lightning began. Courtesy Photo/ season.
Bethune-Cookman’s win wasn’t easy. The squad fell once The Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats beat out teams like Coppin State junior pitcher Paige Arnold and Morgan
to Delaware State during the tournament’s early rounds on Morgan State, Howard University and Coppin State to State junior outfielder Sakina Smith were named to the all-
May 13, sending BCC to the loser’s bracket in the double- reach the MEAC Softball Championship Crown. tournament team.

World Class Sprinter Michael Walton To Host Youth Festivities in District

By AFRO Staff on different physically and mentally challenging activities students will be invited out to engage in the Teen Leadership
including a tug-of-war competition, the 50-yard dash race, a Conference at the Jelleff Recreation Center at 3265 S St. N.W.
World Class sprinter Michael Walton is just as dedicated balloon toss, a three-legged race, challenge relay, and more. According to Walton, the conference is to encourage and
to supporting and mentoring youths as he is to running and Each team will be adopted and coached by a professional empower teens to “take charge of their future while setting the
breaking records on the track. athlete or popular media personality, such tone as trendsetters for their generation.”
That’s why he’s bringing his annual Michael Walton as New England Patriots cornerback Leigh The Teen Leadership Conference will
Foundation to the District of Columbia the weekend of May Bodden and many more of Walton’s friends showcase political officials, celebrity guests and
20-21. and associates. One of the teams will be other public figures, along with volunteers from
Walton said the event is a “celebration of young people, and crowned with the title of 2011 Field Day D.C. the community.
the individuals who support them,” which he refers to as “the Champions at the conclusion of Field Day.
team behind the teen.” Later Friday night, Walton’s foundation For additional information and to
“I designed this event as a way to teach, empower and will team up with Great Schools D.C. at 7 register for events, please visit www.
reward area high school students for all of their hard work,” p.m. to host a Parents’ Night Out at Richard
said Walton. “Additionally, it’s important to honor and show England Club House No. 14, which is located
respect to all of the adults who support these students day in at 4103 Benning Road N.E. Walton says
and day out. It takes a village to guide our young people, and Parents’ Night Out is designed to bring out
this weekend is a way for me to give back and support my the “inner child” in parents by participating
community.” in musical performances, giveaways and Courtesy Photo
The event starts at the Washington Monument on the other interactive activities. World Class sprinter Michael Walton to host
National Mall on May 20 at 12:30 p.m. There, youths will Walton’s event will pick back up on May annual youth festivities for his Michael
be separated into teams for Field Day, where they’ll take 21 at 10 a.m. when middle and high school Walton Foundation on May 20-21.

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August 1, 2009 - August 7, 2009, The Washington Afro-American B7
Michelle Lanchester,

la 410-554-8200
Attorney at Law
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Parkerson, Jr. who died on AFRO Classified minimum ad rate is $26.74 per col. inch
Effective immediately, The Afro rentals. Full/ partial September 4, 2002 without a Superior Court of 1 Col. (an inch consists of up to 20 words). Mail in your ad on
American advertisements
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brochure. Open daily. known heirs and heirs whose
prepayment for publication of all Holiday Real Estate.
whereabouts are unknown
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shall enter their appearance
legal notices.immediately,
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cepted in the form of checks, credit reservations: www.
tions to such appointment Administration No. 20 Words Dept.
Afro American Newspapers
shall be filed with the Regis-
ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th
card or money order. Any returned Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
Umar Hassan Yusuf
will require prepayment for Washington, D.C. 20001, on Decedent
checks will be subject to a $25.00 or before November 20, NOTICE OF
processing feeofandallmay
legal notices.
result in WATERFRONT 2011. Claims against the de- APPOINTMENT, 1 2 3 4 5
cedent shall be presented to NOTICE TO
Payment willofbe
the suspension anyaccepted in
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with the Register of Wills with
a copy to the undersigned, on UNKNOWN HEIRS
or before November 20, Mame Diarra Cisse, whose
or money order. Any returned in a lifetime opportunity 2011, or be forever barred. address is 6733 New Hamp-
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and may
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IN RE: ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Attorney
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Lamale Blackmon Washington, D.C. 20001, on NOTICE OF
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ates, Inc. Real Estate Trimaine Hason Lamale with the Register of Wills with UNKNOWN HEIRS
Blackmon having filed a UNKNOWN HEIRS Jeffrey L. Rowan, whose ad-
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court for an Order of Pub-
lication of the notice re-
this notice by mail within 25
days of its first publication
sentative of the estate of
Gerda S. Buttinelli, who died
who died on March 26, 2011
with a will, and will serve with-
shall so inform the Register
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of Wills, including name, ad-
on January 19, 2011 with a out Court supervision. All un- 202-879-0157
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including name, address and
relationship. PROBATE DIVISION
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5/6, 5/13, 5/20 Superior Court of UNKNOWN HEIRS AND NOTICE TO OF FOREIGN
2011 hereby. CREDITORS the District of Kelvin Page, whose address UNKNOWN HEIRS PERSONAL
Superior Court of District of Columbia is 1039 Higgins Way Hyatts- Lutheran Smith, Reginald L.
Smith, Sr., Yvonne Makell, &
BUSINESS concerned show cause, if
any there be, on or before the Angela Walker Suttles,
the District of
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
ville MD 20782, was ap-
pointed personal representa- Barbara Ballen whose ad- AND
OPPORTUNITY Retirement and
18th day of June 2011, why
the prayers of said complaint
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Street, NE Washington DC PROBATE DIVISION 20001-2131
Administration No.
tive of the estate of Bessie S.
Page, who died on January
dress(es) are Lutheran Smith
11916 Crestwood Ave South CREDITORS
should not be granted; pro- 20019 was appointed per- Washington, D.C. 2011ADM379 5, 2011 without a will, and will Brandywine, MD 20613,
future move? Discover vided that a copy of this order sonal representative of the 20001-2131 Willie Winthrop Stark, serve without Court supervi- Reginald L. Smith Sr. 12707
Mary K. Robitaille whose ad-
With One phone call, dress is 10860 Bucknell
Delaware and our gated be published once a week for estate of Edythe Ferguson, Administration No. Jr sion. All unknown heirs and Woodbridge Ct Bowie, MD
20721-4243, Yvonne Makell Drive, #201, Silver Spring,
one bill, one ad place- community. Manufac-
three consecutive weeks be- who died on February 8,
2011 with a will, and will serve
2011ADM367 Decedent heirs whose whereabouts
6607 Oak Orchard Ct Clin- MD 20902 was appointed
fore said day in the Afro- Vivien M. Rowan NOTICE OF are unknown shall enter their
ment - Reach 4.1 mil- tured homes from the American newspaper. without Court supervision. All APPOINTMENT, appearance in this proceed- ton, MD 20735, Barbara Bal- personal representative of
Decedent len 2869 Forest Down, Madi- the estate of Lawrence Am-
lion readers in 83 daily mid $20’s. Brochures
that pursuant to SCR- unknown heirs and heirs NOTICE TO ing. Objections to such

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and weekly newspapers available 1-866-629- applicants’s creditors by reg- known shall enter their Krauthamer & Stahl, AND NOTICE TO bate of decedent´s will) shall appointed personal repre- phan’s Court for Montgomery
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for just $1450.00 per 0770 Or search www.
istered or certified mail and appearance in this proceed-
ing. Objections to such
UNKNOWN HEIRS be filed with the Register of
Lillian C. Smith, who died on County, State of Maryland,
that proof of service of mail- 5530 Wisconsin Ave. Gail J. Stark, whose address Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, on March 14, 2011.
ad. Get regional and lo- ing be made in the manner appointment (or to the pro- Suite 801 is 10105 Baltimore Avenue, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, February 1, 2011 with a will,
and will serve without Court Service of process may be
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bate of decedent´s will) shall
be filed with the Register of Chevy Chase, MD #3207, College Park, MD
20740 was appointed per-
D.C. 20001, on or before
November 6, 2011. Claims
supervision. All unknown made upon Robert Chuey II,
in Maryland, Delaware JUDGE Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, 20815 sonal representative of the against the decedent shall be
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presented to the under-
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shall enter their appearance
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signed with a copy to the
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in this proceeding. Objec-
tions to such appointment (or
of Columbia agent has been
and local exposure. Call against the decedent shall be NOTICE TO pervision. All unknown heirs the Register of Wills with a to the probate of decedent´s filed with the Register of
2.8 Million Eyes will Superior Court of presented to the under- a n d h e i r s w h o s e copy to the undersigned, on Wills, D.C.
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whereabouts are unknown or before November 6, 2011, Register of Wills, D.C., 515 The decedent owned District
District of Columbia Register of Wills or filed with shall enter their appearance or be forever barred. Persons
just $17.47 per newspa- per week - Monday the Register of Wills with a UNKNOWN HEIRS in this proceeding. Objec- believed to be heirs or
5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor of Columbia personal prop-
PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001, on erty. (Strike preceding sen-
per get the advertising thru Friday in the Washington, D.C.
copy to the undersigned, on Jeffrey L. Rowan, whose ad- tions to such appointment (or
to the probate of decedent´s
legatees of the decedent who or before November 6, 2011. tence if no personal prop-
or before November 20, dress is 3251-C Sutton do not receive a copy of this
results you are looking DAILY CLASSIFIED 20001-2131 2011, or be forever barred. Place, NW, Washington DC will) shall be filed with the
Register of Wills, D.C., 515 notice by mail within 25 days
Claims against the decedent
shall be presented to the
for! Visit our website- Administration No. Persons believed to be heirs 20016 was appointed per- Claims against the decedent
CONNECTION for 2011ADM407 or legatees of the decedent sonal representative of the
5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor of its first publication shall so
inform the Register of Wills,
undersigned with a copy to
may be presented to the
Washington, D.C. 20001, on the Register of Wills or filed
just $199 per day. Join WILLIAM LAWSON who do not receive a copy of estate of Vivien M. Rowan, or before November 6, 2011. including name, address and with the Register of Wills with undersigned and filed with
Place your ad today the exclusive members PARKERSON, JR. this notice by mail within 25 who died on March 26, 2011
with a will, and will serve with-
Claims against the decedent
shall be presented to the
relationship. a copy to the undersigned, on the Register of Wills for the
days of its first publication Date of Publication: or before November 6, 2011, District of Columbia, 500 In-
of this network today! Michelle Lanchester,
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May 6, 2011 or be forever barred. Persons d i a n a A v e n u e , N . W. ,
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of Wills, including name, ad- Name of newspaper:
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a copy to the undersigned, on Afro-American
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PAPERS in Maryland, South Building Name of newspaper: tions to such appointment (or believed to be heirs or Kelvin W. Page of its first publication shall so tice. (Strike preceding sen-
Lake Somerset Camp Delaware and DC. Call Washington DC 20004 Afro-American to the probate of decedent´s legatees of the decedent who Personal inform the Register of Wills, tence if no real estate.)
will) shall be filed with the do not receive a copy of this
Ground, Maryland 410-721-4000x19 or Attorney
Law Reporter Register of Wills, D.C., 515 notice by mail within 25 days
Representative including name, address and
Mary K. Robitaille
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Eastern Shore. Leave visit our website: www. NOTICE OF Angela Walker Suttles 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor of its first publication shall so
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NOTICE TO Representative or before November 6, 2011. relationship. 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 Name of newspaper:
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Date of Publication:
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trailers on site for sale. UNKNOWN HEIRS the Register of Wills or filed Afro-American Call... Lutheran Smith Name of newspapers and/or
Call 410-957-1866 or
RENTALS Michelle D. Parkerson, with the Register of Wills with Washington Law Reginald L.Smith periodical:
whose address is 2132 32nd a copy to the undersigned, on Reporter
202-332-0080 Yvonne Makell The Daily Washington Law
Gail J. Stark
email lakesomerset@ OCEAN CITY,
Place, SE Washington DC
20020 was, appointed per-
or before November 6, 2011, Personal Barbara Ballen Reporter Visit our MARYLAND. Best sonal representative of the
or be forever barred. Persons Representative to advertise in Personal Representative(s)
The Afro-American
believed to be heirs or 301-345-4153 301-292-8357
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estate of William Lawson
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legatees of the decedent who TRUE TEST COPY
REGISTER OF WILLS 5/6, 5/13, 5/20
do not receive a copy of this September 4, 2002 without a notice by mail within 25 days 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 5/6, 5/13, 5/20
will, and will serve without of its first publication shall so
Court supervision. All un- inform the Register of Wills,
known heirs and heirs whose including name, address and
whereabouts are unknown relationship.
shall enter their appearance Date of Publication:
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

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action must be commenced
unless the Trustee knows of
a pending judicial proceeding
TYPESET: Tue May 17 14:55:16 EDT 2011 TYPESET:EDT
May 10 11:29:31 EDTWed
2011May 18 10:11:40 EDT contesting the validity of the
TYPESET: Wed May 18 10:09:54 TYPESET: Wed2011
May 18 TYPESET: Wed2011
May 18 10:13:31
May 18 10:12:12 EDT 2011
LEGAL NOTICES Wed May 18 trust 10:14:11
or the EDT
has re-
from a potential
contestant who thereafter
Superior Court of cREGISTER
o m m e n c eOF
the District of Superior Court of Superior Court of Superior Court of Superior Court of Superior Court of Superior Court of 5/13,sixty
the District of SUPERIOR COURT OF proceeding within
District of Columbia the District of the District of the District of the District of the District of after notification.
District of Columbia District of Columbia THE DISTRICT OF
PROBATE DIVISION District of Columbia District of Columbia District of Columbia District of Columbia This Notice must be mailed
20001-2131 Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. its first publication to each
Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. heir and qualified beneficiary
Administration No. 20001-2131 20001-2131 20001-2131 20001-2131 20001-2131
20001-2131 of the trust and any other per-
2011ADM356 Administration No. Administration No. Administration No. 20001-2131 Administration No. Administration No.
Administration No. 2011ADM362
son who would be an
Rufus Williams 2011ADM385 2011ADM414 2011ADM411 Administration No. 2011ADM345 2011NRT12 interested person within the
Decedent James Marc Taylor Amanda G. Sellers 2011ADM395 Joe Louis Randolph Lena Celeste Loman meaningof D.C. Code, sec.
James B. Lancaster Sr. Sharon Y. Leonard aka
Sandy V. Lee Decedent Decedent Estate of Decedent Decedent 20-101(d)
4701 Melbourne Place Decedent Amanda Sellers Evelyn E. Crawford NOTICE OF Date of Publication:
NOTICE OF NOTICE OF NOTICE OF Decedent Cornelia R. Spurgeon May 13, 2011
College Park MD APPOINTMENT, Deceased Queen EXISTENCE OF
20740 1629 K Street NW REVOCABLE
AND NOTICE TO AND NOTICE TO Washington DC 20006 Reporter
of deceased settlor) whose Lillian L. Barnes
NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS UNKNOWN HEIRS UNKNOWN HEIRS AND NOTICE TO Notice is hereby given that a address was 517 Fern Place, Personal
CREDITORS Valerie Lancaster Beal, Rachel Randolph, whose ad- Kiona M. Leonard, whose ad- UNKNOWN HEIRS petition has been filed in this
NW, Washington DC 20012
created a revocable trust on
May 18 10:14:11 EDT 2011
whose address is 220 River- dress is 5221 Winchester Jackie Sellers and Cherly Court by Karen Spurgeon for TRUE TEST COPY
AND NOTICE TO dress is 2908 30th Street, NOTICE TO July 28, 1989, which re-
side Blvd., Apt 38A New Crossing Court, Canal Win- #10, Washington DC 20020
Sellers, whose address is standard probate, including mained in existence on the REGISTER TYPESET: OFWedWILLSMay 18 10:42:42
York, NY 10069 was ap- chester, Ohio 43110 was ap- was appointed personal re-
5814 Ruatan Street, College the appointment of one or CREDITORS 5/13, 5/20, 5/27
Ruth Williams-Lee, whose pointed personal representa- pointed personal representa- Park, 20740 were appointed AND NOTICE TO Superior
date of her death Court of
on October
address is 912 Othman presentative of the estate of personal representative(s) of more personal representa- 9, 2010, and
the District of Lillian L.
tive of the estate of James B. tive of the estate of James UNKNOWN HEIRS
Drive, Ft. Washington MD Sharon Y. Leonard, who died the estate of Amanda G. Sell- tive. Unless a complaint or an Barnes, whose address is
District of Columbia Superior Court of
20744 was appointed per- Lancaster, Sr. who died on Marc Taylor, who died on Erik Randolph and Tony Ran-
January 7, 2011 with a will, on November 10, 2010 with- ers aka Amanda Sellers, who objection in accordance with 9417 Utica Place,
PROBATEMaryland DIVISION the District of
sonal representative of the March 30, 2011 without a will, out a will, and will serve with- died on February 22, 2011 Superior Court Probate Di- dolph, whose address(es) is Springdale, 20774 District of Columbia
estate of Rufus Williams, and will serve without Court and will serve without Court out Court supervision. All un- with a will, and will serve with- vision Rule 407 is filed in this 1012 Jackson Street NE, is Washington,
the currently acting D.C. trustee, PROBATE DIVISION
who died on September 5, supervision. All unknown supervision. All unknown Washington DC 20017 were 20001-2131
hereinafter the Trustee.
heirs and heirs whose known heirs and heirs whose out Court supervision. All un- Court within 30 days from the Washington, D.C.
2010 with a will, and will heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown known heirs and heirs whose date of first publication of this
appointed personal repre- Administration
Communications to No. the trust
serve without Court supervi- whereabouts are unknown whereabouts are unknown whereabouts are unknown sentative(s) of the estate of should2011NRT12
be mailed or directed
sion. All unknown heirs and shall enter their appearance shall enter their appearance notice, the Court may take Joe Louis Randolph, who Lena to Cheryl Chapman Hender- Administration No.
heirs whose whereabouts in this proceeding. Objec-
shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objec- shall enter their appearance
the action hereinafter set Celeste
son, Esq. at 4920 Niagara
Loman 2011ADM403
in this proceeding. Objec- in this proceeding. Objec- died on February 25, 2011
are unknown shall enter their tions to such appointment (or tions to such appointment forth. without a will, and will serve
Road, Suite 200 College Betty J. Heath
tions to such appointment tions to such appointment (or
appearance in this proceed- to the probate of decedent´s shall be filed with the Regis- to the probate of decedent´s
Admit to probate the copy of without Court supervision. All Park, NOTICE
Maryland 20740. OF Decedent
ing. Objections to such will) shall be filed with the shall be filed with the Regis- ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th The EXISTENCE
Trust is subject OF to claims NOTICE OF
ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th will) shall be filed with the the will dated May 22, 1992 unknown heirs and heirs
appointment (or to the pro- Register of Wills, D.C., 515 Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Register of Wills, D.C., 515 exhibited with the petition whose whereabouts are un- of the REVOCABLE
deceased settlor’s APPOINTMENT,
bate of decedent´s will) shall 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on known shall enter their creditors, TRUST costs of admin- NOTICE TO
5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor upon proof satisfactory to the
be filed with the Register of Washington, D.C. 20001, on Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 13, Washington, D.C. 20001, on appearance in this proceed- Lena istration
Celeste ofLoman
the settlor (name’s CREDITORS
Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, or before November 13, Court of due execution by af-
or before November 13, 2011. Claims against the de- or before November 13, fidavit of witnesses or other- ing. Objections to such ofestate, deceased the expenses
settlor) whose of the AND NOTICE TO
N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, 2011. Claims against the de- 2011. Claims against the de- cedent shall be presented to 2011. Claims against the de- appointment shall be filed address deceased was 517 settlor’s
Fern Place, funeral
D.C. 20001, on or before wise andWashington
disposal of remains, and UNKNOWN HEIRS
cedent shall be presented to cedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy cedent shall be presented to with the Register of Wills, NW, DC 20012 Linda Laws, whose address
November 6, 2011. Claims the undersigned with a copy the undersigned with a copy
in the absence of a will or D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., created a revocable trust to
statutory allowances on a is 9314 Fairhaven Avenue,
against the decedent shall be the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed
to the Register of Wills or filed to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with to the Register of Wills or filed proof satisfactory to the 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. July surviving
28, 1989, spouse which and re- chil- Upper Marlboro, Maryland
presented to the under- Court of due execution, enter dren toin the extent on thethe de- 20772 was appointed per-
signed with a copy to the with the Register of Wills with with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on with the Register of Wills with 20001, on or before Novem- mained existence
ceased settlor’s residuary
Register of Wills or filed with a copy to the undersigned, on a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 13, a copy to the undersigned, on an order determining that the ber 13, 2011. Claims against date of her death on October
probate estate is inadequate
sonal representative of the
or before November 13, or before November 13, decedent died intestate the decedent shall be pre- 9, 2010, and Lillian L. estate of Betty J. Heath, who
the Register of Wills with a or before November 13, 2011, or be forever barred. to satisfywhosethose claims, costs, died on April 9, 2011 with a
copy to the undersigned, on 2011, or be forever barred. 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs
2011, or be forever barred. 0
appoint an unsupervised sented to the undersigned Barnes, expenses, and
Persons believed to be heirs 9 4 1 7 U t i c a P l a c e , will, and will serve without
or before November 6, 2011, Persons believed to be heirs Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent personal representative with a copy to the Register of Claims of the deceased set- Court supervision. All un-
or be forever barred. Persons or legatees of the decedent or legatees of the decedent or legatees of the decedent
Register of Wills Wills or filed with the Register Springdale,
tlor’s creditors
are barred
as known heirs and heirs whose
who do not receive a copy of who do not receive a copy of is the currently acting trustee,
believed to be heirs or who do not receive a copy of who do not receive a copy of Clerk of the of Wills with a copy to the against the Trustee and the whereabouts are unknown
this notice by mail within 25 this notice by mail within 25 undersigned, on or before hereinafter the Trustee.
legatees of the decedent who this notice by mail within 25 this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication days of its first publication Probate Division trust property to
Communications unless the trust pre- shall enter their appearance
do not receive a copy of this days of its first publication days of its first publication November 13, 2011, or be sentedbetomailed the Trustee at the in this proceeding. Objec-
shall so inform the Register shall so inform the Register Date of First Publication should
forever barred. Persons be- toaddress
or directed
notice by mail within 25 days shall so inform the Register shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, ad- of Wills, including name, ad- May 13, 2011 Cheryl Chapman Hender-on tions to such appointment (or
provided herein
of its first publication shall so of Wills, including name, ad- of Wills, including name, ad- lieved to be heirs or legatees son, or before
Esq. November
at 4920 Niagara 13, 2011 to the probate of decedent´s
dress and relationship. dress and relationship. Names of Newspapers:
inform the Register of Wills, dress and relationship. dress and relationship. Date of Publication:
of the decedent who do not Road, 6 months Suite after200 the date College of the will) shall be filed with the
including name, address and Date of Publication: Washington Law receive a copy of this notice Park, first Maryland
publication of this no- Register of Wills, D.C., 515
Date of Publication: Date of Publication: May 13, 2011 20740.
relationship. May 13, 2011 Reporter by mail within 25 days of its The tice).
TrustAn isaction
subject to contest
to claims the 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
May 13, 2011 May 13, 2011 Name of newspaper:
Date of Publication: Name of newspaper:
Afro-American Washington first publication shall so in- ofvalidity of this trustsettlor’s
the deceased must be Washington, D.C. 20001, on
Name of newspaper: Name of newspaper: Afro-American or before November 13,
May 6, 2011 Washington Law AFRO-AMERICAN form the Register of Wills, creditors,
commenced costs by the of earliest
admin-of 2011. Claims against the de-
Name of newspaper: Afro-American Afro-American Washington Law including name, address and istration(1) Octomber 9, settlor
2011 (one
Washington Law Reporter Michael R. McCarthy, of the ’s cedent shall be presented to
Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Esq. of Rosenau & relationship. year from
estate, the dateexpensesof death of of thethe the undersigned with a copy
Reporter Jackie Sellers
Washington Law Reporter Kiona M. Leonard Cheryl Sellers Rosenau Date of Publication: deceased settler)
deceased settlor’s funeral or (2) to the Register of Wills or filed
Reporter Valerie Lancaster Beal Rachel Randolph May 13, 2011 N odisposal
v e m b eof r remains,
1 3 , 2 0 and 11 ( 6 with the Register of Wills with
Personal Personal 1304 Rhode Island Ave and
Ruth Williams-Lee Personal Personal Name of newspaper: months from the date to of first a copy to the undersigned, on
Representative Representative NW, DC 20005 statutory allowances a
Personal Representative Representative Afro-American surviving spouse and chil-or or before November 13,
publication of this notice)
917-576-8302 202-696-9634 202-669-6297 202-387-8680
Representative 614-920-0279 TRUE TEST COPY Washington Law (3) to
dren ninety
the extentdays after the de- the 2011, or be forever barred.
301-203-0358 TRUE TEST COPY TRUE TEST COPY Signature of Trusteesettlor’s
sends the person a Persons believed to be heirs
TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS REGISTER OF WILLS 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 Petitioners/Attorney copy ofestate
Erik Randolph probate the trust instrument or legatees of the decedent
is inadequate
REGISTER OF WILLS 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 5/13, 5/20, 5/27 5/13, 5/20 and a notice informing the who do not receive a copy of
5/13, 5/20, 5/27 Tony Randolph to satisfy those claims, costs,
5/6, 5/13, 5/20 person ofand
Personal expenses, the trust’s exis- this notice by mail within 25
tence,ofthe days of its first publication
Representative Claims the Trustee’s
deceased name set-
202-316-1221 tlor’s and creditors
address, are the timeasal- shall so inform the Register
and barred

lowed the for Trustee
commencing of Wills, including name, ad-
240-672-4956 against and the a dress and relationship.
TRUE TEST COPY proceeding.
trust property unless pre-
The Trustee may proceed Date of Publication:
REGISTER OF WILLS sented to the Trustee at theto May 13, 2011
distribute the trustherein property onin Name of newspaper:
5/13, 5/20, 5/27 address provided
before November with the 13, terms
2011of Afro-American
6 the trustafter
months before thethe date expiration
of the Washington Law
first publication of this no-an Reporter
of the time within which
actionAn must
actionbe commenced
SUPPORT tice).
validity this
to contest
trust must knows
Linda Laws

Tree Planting Program Seeks D.C. Volunteers

a pending judicial by the proceeding Representative
commenced earliest of
Octomber the9,validity
2011 (one of the 301-801-4839
year fromor date
the Trustee
of death has of the re- TRUE TEST COPY
ADVERTISERS ceived notice
from a potential
or (2)
5/13, 5/20, 5/27
By Blake Bryson N o v e m b e r 1 3 , 2 0 11 ( 6
c o m mfrom
months ence s date
the a j uof d ifirst
proceeding within sixty days
Special to the AFRO publication of this notice) or
(3)after notification.
ninety days after the
This Notice
Trustee sendsmust the personbe mailed a
copy of the trust within 15 days of
The Casey Trees Community Tree Planting program is searching for applicants who are willing and wanting to plant trees andits afirst
heir and
notice informing to eachthe
person ofqualified
the trust’s beneficiary
in various locations around Washington, D.C. This program was implemented in 2005 and was meant to assist in adding the of the trust
tence, and any other
the Trustee’s name per-
and address, and thed time
s o n w h o w o u l b e al- an
amount of trees in the urban area of the District of Columbia. The deadline for applications is June 15. interested
lowed person within the
for commencing a
The Community Tree Planting (CTP) program provides the tools, trees, technical assistance and other utilities necessary
2x3 meaningof D.C. Code, sec.
The Trustee may proceed to
Date of Publication:
to participants, individuals and groups who have the intentions of planting 10 or more distribute
May 13, 2011
the trust property in
with the terms of
trees. The trees may be planted in parks, schools, churches or apartment complexes theName
trust of newspaper:
before the expiration
the time within which an
free of charge. Trees may even be planted in private property areas with the owner’s
action must be Law commenced
unless the Trustee knows of
consent. Participants who do choose to be involved in the planting of trees through Lillian
a pending judicial proceeding
contesting the validityPersonal
L. Barnes
of the
Community Tree planting must commit to water the tree and care for it up until two ceived TESTfrom
trust or the Trustee has re-
TRUEnotice COPY a potential
years after its planting. Over 4,000 trees have been planted across the city through the We would like to widely publicize
contestant our who
c o m m e information
job opportunities
n c e s a j u dto
i c job
to any organization that
i a l seekers or refers candi-
CTP. frequently distributes employment
proceeding within sixty days
dates to employers. after notification.
Applicants who wish to participate in the program must propose a location for a This Notice must be mailed
postmarked within 15 days of
minimum for 10 trees, receive permission from all property owners where the trees will To receive information regardingits first job vacancies
publication to at eachCitadel Broadcasting
be planted, attend an orientation meeting and provide food and drink to the volunteers Corporation, simply ask to heir and qualified beneficiary
of put on and
trust ourany mailingother per- list and send your request to:
once the planting has concluded.
son who would be an
interested person within the
Citadel Broadcasting Corporation
So far this spring, Casey Trees has planted more than 770 trees at more than 44 meaningof
D.C. Code,
Human Resources Dept.

events throughout D.C. This season has been the programs most successful ever, Date of Publication:
May 4400 Jenifer St., NW,
13, 2011
according to program organizers. Name of newspaper:
DC 20015-2113
Washington Law
Be sure to include your company Reporter name, contact person, address, phone numbers
To find out more information on how to be a part of the program, go online and visit and email addresses.
Lillian L. Barnes
Personal (Stock Photo)
Citadel Broadcasting Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.

TV One President, CEO Announces Retirement

After a Liggins. “That was great advice, and Johnathan’s involvement
distinguished 45- in TV One has been invaluable in its success on so many
year career in the different levels. He is leaving the network on very solid
media business, TV footing for the future.”
One President and Educated as a journalist at the University of California
CEO Johnathan at Berkeley, Rodgers began his career as a writer-reporter
Rodgers will retire for Sports Illustrated in 1967 and in the succeeding years
effective July 31. worked for NBC and CBS as a television writer, reporter and
Under his producer. After moving into media management, Rodgers
leadership the eventually became an executive producer at CBS News and
last seven years, later the president of the CBS Television Stations group. In
TV One, an 1996, he joined the cable industry when he went to Discovery
award-winning Communications as the president of the U.S. Networks
cable network group. While at Discovery, he oversaw the conversion of The
available in 53 Learning Channel into TLC and the successful launches of
million homes, has Animal Planet, Discovery Kids and Discovery Health.
become recognized “Running TV One has been an honor, a privilege and a
(Courtesy Photo) as the quality labor of love for me,” said Rodgers in a statement. “I was
Johnathan Rodgers programming able to bring all my experiences from my previous jobs to help
alternative for create this wonderful network. I want to thank Brian Roberts
African American adults. The network, profitable after only and Comcast for their support, and especially Alfred Liggins
five years, also set successive viewership records over the for his vision in creating and funding TV One and for allowing
past three television seasons. TV One has won multiple me to run it for the past seven years. There could have been
NAACP Image Awards and was recognized with the National no better way to cap off a long and satisfying career in the
Association of Black Journalists’ Best Practices Award in 2009 television business for me than to help build a sustainable
for its coverage of the Democratic convention and election channel that African American adults, indeed all Americans
night in 2008. can be very proud of.”
“When I realized that there was a business opportunity for Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvoneonline.
launching a Black cable channel nearly a decade ago, Quincy com) serves nearly 53 million households, offering a
Jones told me there was only one person I should pursue to broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original
develop the channel, and that was Johnathan Rodgers,” said programming, classic series, movies, and music designed
TV One Chairman and Radio One President and CEO Alfred to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult
African-American viewers.

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