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Commerce Department Launches Digital Divide Initiative at Coppin
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Commerce officials and federal lawmakers chose Coppin State University as the site to unveil a new website providing free Internet and computer skills training and a host of best practices tools to help educators instruct new Internet users. The site, www.Digital Literacy.gov, offers a range
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T.D. Jakes Chastises Franklin Graham for Obama Statements
By AFRO Staff Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes this weekend denounced the Rev. Franklin Graham for questioning President Obama’s faith in a recent television interview. “I find it insulting,” Jakes said May 15 on TV One’s “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” also accusing Graham of hypocrisy. “We didn’t question the Christianity of President Bush when he said he accepted Christ, and I’m disappointed in Rev. Franklin Graham in that regard.” Graham, son of the worldrenowned evangelist Billy Graham, made his statements in an interview with journalist Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s “This Week,” which was broadcast on Easter Sunday. Asked to address the persistent rumors that President Obama was not a U.S. citizen and is a secret Muslim, Graham said, “As it relates to Muslim, there are many people that do wonder where he really stands on that. Now, he has told me that he is a Christian. But the debate comes, what is a Christian?” “For him (Obama), going to church means he’s a Christian. For me, the definition of a Christian is whether we have given our life to Christ and are following him in faith, and we have trusted him as our Lord and Savior,” Graham continued. “That’s the definition of a Christian; it’s not as to what church you’re a member of. A membership doesn’t make you a Christian.” Obama has faced doubts about his Christian faith even before he became president. Continued on A3
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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the launch of an online portal that offers Internet and computer skills training for residents and teaching tips for instructors at Coppin State University on May 13.
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Partial Victory —State to HBCU Civil Rights Lawsuit Redraw Plans for Youth Jail State Argues HBCUs Not Needed
population and a reduction in crime and arrests. The youth jail would house offenders under the age of 18 being tried as adults or are awaiting appropriate sentencing to out-of-home placement. Currently, these youth are detained in a unit of the Baltimore City Detention Center, which in 2006, federal officials deemed unconstitutional because it failed to appropriately separate youth and adults. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard said the state is considering redrawing the design for the jail in wake of the new projections, although it could delay breaking ground on the Continued on A3 By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer “If you create a ballpark in a cornfield, it doesn’t mean the baseball players will come,” Assistant Attorney General Campbell Killefer told a federal court judge May 18 in tones of disgust. Even if Maryland were to allocate additional funding to its four HBCUs, he implied, that wouldn’t elevate their retention or graduation rates nor would it guarantee more diverse students would be attracted to the schools. The attorney, who represents the Maryland Higher Education Commission, said he was appalled at the notion that “the state is supposed to allocate its scarce resources in a field of dreams.” Killefer had come before U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake to argue why the nearly 5-year-old case against the state that alleges it underfunds HBCUs and allows duplicate programs at traditionally White institutions (TWIs) should be dismissed. The state has filed a motion of summary judgment to have the entire case thrown out before it can head to a trial scheduled for next month. Roughly 60 spectators crowded the courtroom to witness the twoand-a-half-hour long hearing, forcing a handful of attendees to sit in vacant juror seats. Most were African Americans donning paraphernalia from the state’s
of services and tutorials including how to apply to jobs online, surf the Web, set up social networking pages and protect children online. It was launched by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a division of the Commerce Department that has invested $4 billion in stimulus funding to create or enhance public computer centers around the country. “We are working to ensure Americans have every resource possible to improve job prospects,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said during the site launch. “In a globalized, 21st century economy, when you don’t have regular access to the high-speed Internetand the skills to use it – you confront a narrowed world of educational, business, and employment opportunities.” Locke and U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin announced the initiative in Coppin’s Health and Human Services Building, the location of the university’s 1-year-old community computer center, which was Maryland’s first computer hub funded under the Dept. of Commerce’s broadband initiatives. Although the Internet Continued on A3
Plans for a controversial youth jail proposed for East Baltimore have been returned to the drawing table after an independent criminal justice research organization reported state prison officials overestimated the bed count. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) released a 24-page bed space analysis May 12, that said the facility would only need 117 beds over the next 30 years based on current sentencing regulations, far less than the most recent 180 bed count, and substantially lower than the original 230 beds planned for the jail. The nonprofit credited the decline to Baltimore’s lowering youth
“State action continues to foster all the elements that affect student choice and make students want to attend other schools.”
HBCUs—Coppin State University, Morgan State University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After Killefer argued his case on behalf of the state, two attorneys for the plaintiffs—the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Higher Education and eight current students and alumni from Maryland HBCUs—countered why the case should stand trial. Continued on A5
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CNN Anchor Don Lemon: ‘I Was Born Gay’ Emmy Award-winning CNN news anchor Don Lemon announced he’s gay in a press release promoting his autobiography, Transparent. Saddened by the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi – a gay teenager—Lemon said he wrote the book in the New Jersey student’s memory and for the “millions of young, gay people who believe they are alone when dealing with their own sexual identities.” “I finally mustered the courage to tell [my mother] that I had been molested as a child and that I was born gay, my life began to change in positive ways that I never imagined possible. Yet I still chose to keep those secrets hidden from the world. I, like most gay people, lived a life of fear,” Lemon wrote. “Fear that if some employers, coworkers, friends, neighbors and family members learned of my sexuality, I would be shunned, mocked and ostracized. It is a burden that millions of people carry with them every single day. And sadly, while the mockery and ostracizing are realized by millions of people every day, I truly believe it doesn’t have to happen and that’s why I feel compelled to share what I’ve written in Transparent.” In a Twitter post on May 15, Lemon thanked his supporters. “I’m overwhelmed by all your tweets and support! Hoping this prevents more tragedies like tyler clementi’s suicide,” he tweeted. First Lady Shares Wisdom at Spelman College Graduation In an inspiring message drawn from lessons gleaned from female leaders like Marian Wright Edelman and Janet Bragg, first lady Michelle Obama spoke before 550 graduating seniors and nearly 10,000 of their supporters at the historically Black women’s school Spelman College. Obama encouraged the graduates to pursue the mission of community service enacted by the school’s founders. “Find those folks who have so much potential but so little opportunity and do for them what Spelman has done for you,” Obama said. “No matter where you go in the world, you will find folks who have been discounted or dismissed, but who have every bit as much promise as you have. They just haven’t had the chance to fulfill it. It is your obligation to bring Spelman to those folks. Be as ambitious for them as Spelman has been for you.” Obama went on to share her transformation from a Chicago girl with humble roots, to a corporate executive and later, executive director of a nonprofit organization. She also encouraged the young women to recognize and combat naysayers. “There will always be folks who try to raise themselves up by cutting other people down. That happens to everyone, including me, throughout their lives. But when that happens to you all, here’s what I want you to do. I want you to just stop a minute. Take a deep breath, because it’s going to need to be deep — and I want you to think about all those women who came before you, women like those first 11 students. Think about how they didn’t sit around bemoaning their lack of resources and opportunities and affirmation.”
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“Sesame Square,” a Nigerian version of the popular “Sesame Street” children’s series, will examine issues like HIV/AIDS and hygiene. Nigerian ‘Sesame Street’ Adaptation to Feature HIVPositive Character A Nigerian version of the popular children’s show “Sesame Street” is set to debut on May 21, and will tackle weighty issues such as HIV/AIDS discrimination, hygienic practices and ways to cope with death. The show, which will be re-titled “Sesame Square,” is a collaboration between Sesame Street International and USAID/Nigeria. More than three years in the making and funded by a nearly $4 million budget, the show will air on Nigeria’s National Television Authority every Saturday and Sunday, according to The Associated Press. Among its characters, the show will feature two unique muppets: Kami, an HIV-positive girl and Zobi, a blue muppet with an affinity for yams. The educational program targets children, parents and caregivers. “The television series is committed to the principle that all children deserve a chance to learn and grow; to be prepared for school; to better understand the world and each other; to think, dream and discover and to reach their highest potential,” USAID said in a statement. The partnership between the two groups will produce 78 half-hour episodes, and provide 81,000 activity books, 5,400 guides for caregivers and 240 storyboards. Materials will be distributed to orphans and other vulnerable children through an outreach program. Training will be made available for 5,000 caregivers. The makers of Sesame Street have also begun a new effort to provide natural disaster preparedness education for children and families. Sesame Street Workshop recently collaborated with the Chinese foundations to “distribut[e] emergency response content,” in the wake of recent earthquakes there. The organization has also worked with Haiti, India and Bangladesh in their outreach efforts. Del. Mother Charged for Beating Son with Extension Cord for Taking Check A Delaware mother faces felony charges after police said she beat her 9-year-old
Serena Wardlaw son with an extension cord for taking a check from her checkbook to purchase a book at his school’s book fair. According to Philadelphia NBC affiliate WCAU, Serena Wardlaw, 42, of New Castle, Del. was arrested and charged with four counts of seconddegree assault and five counts of endangering a child. The abuse was discovered by her son’s elementary school nurse, who notified authorities after she found wounds on both of the boy’s arms. An investigation later revealed that she struck the boy after he took the check to pay for the book. Police also found that Wardlaw had previously struck her 7-year-old twin daughters. “Prior injury marks about their body that was consistent with being struck with the same object,” police told The Philadelphia Inquirer. Wardlaw was released on $21,000 bail and was prohibited from having unsupervised contact with her children.
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from a neighbor about a suspiposted f cious vehicle. The man noticed graph a the vehicle while walking his Sunday dog. According to the Chicago for the Jennifer Hudson and other Tribune, the boy had been shot primary care By George Barnette those doctors “A substantial number of individuals in the her nep relatives positively identified multiple times in the back seat to be able to blog, sh AFRO Staff Writer and pharmacies state of Maryland die from drug abuse every of the vehicle. The SUV, regis- get individuals that have year,” said Dr. David Fowler, Maryland’s chief porters tered to Hudson’s murdered Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a become identified medical examiner, at the roundtable discussion. offered brother, was towed with the anyone bill into law last week creating a program to “pill mills.” early in the “In fact we see more people dying from drug boy’s body inside and is being progression of alive. monitor prescription drug use in the state of Officials abuse each year than we do from homicides processed by evidence techni- their addiction Sinc Maryland. “Public safety is among our most say they and motor vehicle collisions. Therefore it’s one cians and workers. The body Hudson solemn obligations as public servants, and will use this and early in the of those things that we really need to be paying was later removed and taken to after ap preventing the abuse of prescription drugs – information to progression of attention to.” the Cook County Medical Idol,” a the fastest growing drug problem in Maryland prosecute those their disease An Advisory Board on Prescription Drug Examiner’s office. Academ Stock Image – is a big part of our strategy to protect abusing the to get them Monitoring will be formed to create, design Hudson and other family the mov Maryland families,” said Gov. O’Malley in a system. and implement the program according the members arrived at the Medical preferable stayed o statement. It will also have other benefits to the state treatment,” Cargiulo said at DHMH. There will be 17 members of the Examiner’s office mid-after- a roundtable The The program, administered by the as well. Tom Cargiulo, director of DHMH discussion. board including physicians, a Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. nurse, a law noon to identify the body. ed that Maryland Department of Health and Mental Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration is The need for this new law enforcement official and two Maryland Given the choice between look-is evident in slowly Hygiene (DHMH), will target addictive happy about the initiative as he says it will not facts provided bybody or Between A spokesman for the office first report of but advisoryheld in Monday DHMH. 2007 and residents. The the murders the is being board ing directly at the told the newspaper that Hudsongovernor by Dec.violation after jail for parole 1, 2012. prescription drugs and electronically link only punish people for committing crimes, 2010, treatment admission related to the abuse is due to the viewing it on a wall-mounted news va them through the medical and pharmaceutical but it will identify other’s who need substance of prescription opiates, which accounted for Prescription monitoring data will be Courtesy Photos communities according to the DHMH. DHMH abuse treatment. Darnell Donerson who 55 percent of all intoxication deaths in 2010, confidential and privileged and protected from Jennifer Hudson and her mom, says that through this system, officials will be as well“The really exciting piece of this is we increased 106 percent and poison control calls use in civil litigation. This program will go into was killed, as her brother, Jason. able to pinpoint patients who doctor shop and can really start to have better integration with related to oxycodone increased 250 percent. effect on Oct. 1. “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted video screen, the family chose violenc ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackplate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the In fr the body of her 7-year-old “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, m Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just hours ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” and hoo after his body was found in a Continued from A1 was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the During his campaign for the White House then-candidate Obama Jakes and others also condemned Graham for wading The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. was hounded by rumors of his supposed Islamic leanings – fed into politics and aligning himself with right-wing political Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Eve by his estranged father’s birth into a Muslim household and figures such as Sarah Palin and now-discredited “birther” been missing since Friday, 2006 after servingyear and By Shernay Williams mistake late last seven years through Obama’s upbringing in countries like Indonesia – forcing him to Donald Trump, of whom Graham said, “The more you listen when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and AFRO Staff Writer contacted the board,” he West, a make explicit statements about his Christian beliefs during a Jan. to him, the more you say to yourself, you know, maybe the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. the area tol explained. “Ultimately, No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King 15, 2008 presidential debate and in other forums. guy’s right.” The boy remained is not have to As of June 30, Earnest letter that said 2012 missing Tony RomoHouse Press Secretary trying to distance him from the AFRO polls indicate Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a statue is law.” in long weekend And despite those declarations, 2011 Staff Writer that White and Terrell Owens, Jay Carney said during an young c E. Hines will be replaced law; the group, saying, “Barack Obama among25 press briefing, “Ito his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers at least one in five Americans believed him to be Muslim. April the names submitted think it’s unfortunate that a religious in as Baltimore for wha Baltimore Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale electionwould choose Easter Sunday to make preposterous During Easter, some wondered why Presidential candidate John Obama didn’t release a leader officials. County’s school County schools Hurd said Avenue. proclamation – though he hosted McCain’s attack onBreakfast–at an Easter Prayer ACORN charges.” those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run board president, – a desigspokesman were doing those things without Stephen and deep. HeBostonclasses long Prothero, a taught Associated Community simple An Amber Alert the White House. “I wanted to host this breakfast for a And CNN belief blogger, one yearhigh-risk missing earlier Charles ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for Organization for Reform Now – reason – because as busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, University religion scholar, said in a May 17 column that than he expected. Friday Herndon said sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the success of the children – was issued during this season, we are reminded that there’s something Grahamevidence that has sur“I’m verywas discovered he’s not sure if “The was a “political hack,” who now ACORN is in trouble. But was embarrassing his organization, the head of the after Julian about the resurrection – something about the resurrection father – who famously said faced so far shows they faked no when asked toThereJerry least Reporter: join are at group says. disappointed; the governor’s missing after the murders. of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts “This is testimonyin the work forms to get paid for work they everything else to Falwell’s Moral Majority. 11 investigations across the I just assumed office ever Police arrested William perspective,” he said at that event. “Evangelists cannot be didn’t do, not to stuff ballot closely identified with thousands of country involving any particular Balfour,had missing boy’s stepwe’ve done and success we’ve that I the a told the school Bishop Jakes, who is the chiefhad,” Maude Hurd, president of pastor of the 30,000-member boxes.” ACORN, she said, isto stand in the middle in order to party or person. We have the potentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband traditional fivesystem that Potter’s House in Dallas, said Graham should apologize for preach to all people, perpetra- forms. victim of fraud, not the right and left,” Prothero quoted Billy ACORN, said in an interview ofyear term,” he Julia, at his girlfriend’s Hines term disparaging the president’s professionthe AFRO.“… Because Graham tor of it. as saying. Announcer: Massive voter with of faith. Southside apartment several E. said. ends this year. Earnest Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, if the President’s faith is suspect, then all of our faiths are we Jakes agreed, saying Franklinfraud. Andought to follow the Graham the Obama campaign hours after the murders. “We were Hines Courtesy Photo As of May 18, bogus are the his father. “ I wish hepaid morediplomacy of hisan had just announced it takes suspect, because the Bible is quite clear about whatthat we had example of charges themhad the than $800,000 to Balfour’s mother, Michele, has making such the system’s selves. And factcheck. “who brought the Gospel forpeople without told reporters that her son had ACORN front to get out the vote to be saved, and the president hasregistered 1.3open about his been quite million new votfather, “ Jakes said, org progress ... we have been website also indicated that agrees. nuanced by politics, because when you do those things, efforts. ers,” she said. before men,” accepting Christ and him openly confessing it “That’s just to say being nothingsuccessful in elevating very to do with the slayings. Hines term ends June 2012. It offend people that you’re actually called to save andrisky concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue to that for the Bible, it ought to someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson if he said Jakes. “And if it’s good enough you achievement of all children When asked ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” be good enough for the rest of us.” serve.” in the county.” believes other factors played been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for The news – which Hines into the governor’s decision Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent said he received through a to remove him early, Hines votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about priphone call May 16 – came as said the situation was being final debate against Barack Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way a surprise to Hines, who wasSQUARE out of proportion. HIGH blown ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge percent –perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than appointed by Gov. Martin “All I can go by is what the roughly 40 of maybe through Institute-Baltimore, which churches and activists groups, Continued from A1 bombarded the governor to ing one of the greatest frauds in O’Malley in 2007. He council is telling us,” he reforms to the juvenile justice rely on with the state andpeoalong volunteers, it pays the called on with threats and ple, many of them Foundation voter history in this country, detention center. figured his term would end said. “That’s what it is. Not system that include capping Annie E. Casey poor or unem- racistthe NCCD’s findings as see mail. ployed, to sign to administer the validation after the presidential up new voters. The day that the youth jail maybe destroying the fabric of “Given the reduction in 2012. being able to do another year the length of time youth hired NCCD The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” in crime and arrests, we But Shaun Adamec, a is surprising ... but I can’t remain detained before being report. “We firmly believe it is unnecessary. “Baltimore organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing determined that earlier spokesman for the governor, control adding an additional transferred to the juvenile should be the practice here in offices and stole computers. City’s youth awaiting their the registration. Web site, found those claims to population projections for said Hines was selected for year to my term.” justice system or rerouting Maryland,” she said. have a day a court should not be NOT ON THE BREAD Maud explained, “We After inCleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no evithis facility deserved a second youth out of the adult justice the position a year after his The process to fill The youth jail’sfor deliber- appearedup at the Baltimore locked on TV, an e-mail was zero tolerance policy dence of any such democracylook,” Maynard said in a term actually began in 2006. Hines seat is underway, system all together construction, of registration.” City the local office saying ate falsification especially its sent tojail for any reason – she destroying fraud.” if they statement. The previous board president according to Adamec and areHurd believes released likely to be the McCain pricey tab of account neglect to “is does nothave her youth $100 million, it going to reduce life ended.” Most news Shaun Adamec, a had served an additional a replacement will be in or eventually be tried motivat- point out that ACORN is as according to original crime,” theProvidence, R.I., alliance said in A worker in charges were politically spokesman for Gov. Martin 10 months as the search place by July. Although juveniles. estimates, has led to in all regthe statement. “We call the required by law to turn multiple received a threatening ask sayed. LEFT RIGHT O’Malley, said the governor is continued to fill the seat. it is possible Hines might istration petitions and even fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, “Because it’s lowOne scenario offered a rallies, forms. And they also governor and other state confident in the NCCD’s data. and moderate-income people, to note that it was the organizaIt is common for serve past his term if the means to avoid construction anti-youth jail websites. Many at 9” and uttered racial epithets. officials to play a leadership A in the national trend a “The governor said from the and people ofby housing all the tion, in community activists board members to remain vacancy isn’t filled by July completely color, I believe Black many instances, that first role caller to one office left to brought the phony registrationsto message on the that effectively McCain campaign thinks those beginning that this was to be until a replacement is 1, Adamec said, “the goal is youth tried as adults in a decried the state’s decision use practices answering to the attention of authorities. voters aredetention center as the definitive reaction to the appointed. Heightening always to avoid that and we juvenile going to vote build another detention center machine, saying:crime.” just address youth “Hi, I was The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic,their daynot court. data to determine the design confusion, according to will shoot for that this time.” they await which is in necesthat would hole up young African Americans isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarilyprocess has already of the youth jail,” he said. Adamec, the governor’s A second board member, The true.” Blacks rather than invest in comprise of 99 percent points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to Along with the estimate, office erroneously issued a Mary-Margaret O’Hare, been adopted in adjoining rehabilitation, prevention of Baltimore’s youth jail ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. NCCD presented scenarios commission letter to Hines will also be replaced this Virginia and Pennsylvania, programs thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You 75 are population, but only guys For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN,and schools. on how to reduce the bed that said he would serve summer. She had applied for according to Diana Morris, In a statement, an alliance fraudulent, and you need to go to percent of the city’s overall organization has fought for social his political support. count even further – by until 2012. “We realized the an additional term. director of the Open Society of McCain: I’m John McCain organizations that include youth populace. on oak trees. hell. All the niggers and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income 1 BANANA Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 member families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, Continued from A1 deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. has become integral to the at the announcement. Coppin’s computer center There, Obama met Madeleineand come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, daily life of most working Mikulski chairs the Senate met with Baltimore residents Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare for the Americans – 62 percent subcommitteeand while organwho were receiving was so branch of ACORN. Hecomputer and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— that funds the use broadband for work Dept.voter registration drives. training. that he was asked to impressiveCardin commended all you guys do. And then suck izing of Commerce. – a significant amount of the the ACORN staff. trainuniversity’s efforts. “Dr. up the welfare and expect everyButFederal officials withering none has been as plan to What did are building the residents don’t have access promote useas this one. Avery, you ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital and baseless of the online engage of America right here bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With public libraries, to the Internet and lack the portal inthe presidential election future in? Bullying banks. Before age ﬁve, every room is a cla Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two30 million people weeks away, computer literacy to excel in where over in West Baltimore,” he said. of business. ACORN forced of move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the an increasingly digital society. surfed the web in 2009. “When we saw the faces Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple t Forget about paying for hospital organization the announcement, banks to issue riskycenter,loans. The Commerce Prior to has engaged in mas- the people in the home we counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learni bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud Department estimates that the federal leaders and after The same types is aheadthatthe knew Coppin of loans of and help them enter school more prepared. That’s caused the financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. 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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license
“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional momen
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Hines Dropped as County School Bd. Pres.
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Howard Awarded $10,000 Grant from Home Depot
By AFRO Staff Howard University was recently awarded a $10,000 grant for on campus improvements for finishing as a finalist in the Home Depot 2011 “Retool Your School” Campus Improvement Grant Program. The famed Washington, D.C. university was one of 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to receive grants for their proposals of long-standing ecofriendly projects. Bethune-Cookman University took home the grand prize of $50,000. The Daytona, Fla. Courtesy Photo college will reportedly Howard University received a $10,000 grant for campus use the grant to install improvements from Home Depot as part of the company’s automated access doors “Retool Your School” program. and a wheelchair ramp in its Student Center to better accommodate students, faculty and staff North Carolina A&T State suggestions sent in from members with disabilities, University (Greensboro, several institutions. according to a press release. N.C.), Morris Brown College “I was most impressed As part of the contest, (Atlanta, Ga.), Carolina with the institutions who eligible schools submitted one Central University (Durham, really understood that they major campus improvement N.C.), Tuskegee University should be focusing on green project up to $50,000 of (Tuskegee, Ala.), Mississippi initiatives. I think that is funding and one minor Valley State University (Itta always a critical aspect campus improvement project Bena, Miss), Southwestern for campuses in terms of up to $10,000. Although Christian College (Terrell, conserving dollars, which Howard’s major proposal of Texas) and Florida are much needed across all installing an eco-friendly turf Agricultural and Mechanical HBCUs,” McCluney said in and repairing an athletic field University (Tallahassee, Fla.) a statement. “There is a valid it shares with Howard Middle will all have their minor interest from HBCUs around failed to trump Bethuneproposal projects funded. green initiatives. So, the more Cookman, the school still Online and public voting opportunities we can give came away as a huge winner. in addition to a panel of them to come together and The grant will fund Howard’s judges were used to select leverage opportunities such minor proposal to install the winning schools. A as the ‘Retool Your School’ fencing and a sustainable prestigious panel of judges, experience in helping them to garden at the tennis courts it headlined by Jamie Foster save resources through green shares with the middle school. Brown, publisher of Sister initiatives, the better.” Winners were announced on May 16 by Home Depot. Howard along with runner ups Virginia Union University (Richmond, Va.), Knoxville College (Knoxville, Tenn.), 2 Sister Magazine and Monica McCluney, the United Negro College Fund’s national director of strategic alliances, came away awed by the number of intriguing
Baltimore Girl Group Tackles Hip-Hop’s Misogyny
By Courtney Bonaparte Special to the AFRO Tuning into popular radio stations, ears are sometimes met with negative themes camouflaged by hot beats and catchy lyrics. Songs about violence, drug use and the degradation of women are finding their way into heavy rotation on the air waves. But one afternoon in early 2010, a Baltimore father and his three daughters decided it was time for a change. That change came in the shape of Charm City’s own music trio Watoto From the Nile, which comprises sisters Nia, Nya and Kamaria. “The music of today is dirty. It has Photo by Mikal Veale good sounds and a good flow, but we Nia , Nya and Kamaria, performed with felt like we needed an image to help in friends at “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: A Nation the cleaning up of hip hop,” said Jabari Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women” on May Natur, the girls’ father and creator of the group. Watoto, which means “children” in 14. Swahili, aims to confront the negative ideas surrounding today’s youth, with music that provokes thought and inspires change. Their music is described as “cultural, inspirational and informative, at time channeling the ‘80s.” With 10-year-old Nia providing the vocals, 9-year-old Nya supplying the rhymes and sweet-faced 5-year-old Kamaria still sharpening her craft, these sisters have already created quite the buzz locally and nationally. The girls were recently featured performers at a May 14 program called “ENOUGH is ENOUGH: A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Woman,” which discussed the harmful social and cultural images of the Black community in mainstream hip hop, and more specifically, the images of women and girls. In 2010 they dropped their first single, an up-tempo tune about perseverance entitled “I Won’t Quit,” which was an instant hit among kids in the Baltimore area. In February 2011, they released their controversial second single, “A Letter to Lil Wayne.” This song, in the form of an open letter, took aim at one of the biggest rappers in the music industry and urged him to end the negative portrayal of women in his music. The song was accompanied by a video that helped the group achieve the bulk of its notoriety. The YouTube music video went viral, garnering over 900,000 views in months. Although they’ve received some backlash, the video has generally been well received. Although the girls take criticism in stride, Natur said he shares these words of wisdom with them: “Whenever people stand up for anything that’s positive, people are always met with people who don’t that change to happen.” While Natur writes the lyrics for most of the group’s songs, the girls influence the messages presented in their music. They choose the beats and dictate the sound of the songs and he acts as a scribe for their thoughts and ideas. “The music of today is filthy,” said Natur. “A lot of these songs come of as children’s jingles but they’re filthy and an infested and Watoto cleans them up.” These girls hope to take their ambitions to greater heights and spend hours practicing choreography and rehearsing each week between their studies. Watoto From the Nile has
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Enon Baptist’s Pastor Accused of Leading Flock Astray
By Melissa Jones Special to the AFRO Controversy is brewing among the congregation at the Enon Baptist Church. Members are concerned about ideological changes in the beliefs and teachings of their pastor, the Rev. Arnold Howard, who has served the Harlem Park church in that position since 1989. The AFRO obtained a letter in which a parishioner claims Howard’s affiliation with the American Clergy Leadership Council, an “interdenominational clergy organization,” is in direct conflict with his duties and obligations as pastor of Enon Baptist. At the heart of the matter is the ACLC’s connection to the highly controversial Unification Church led by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a North Korea-born man who claims he is the second coming of Jesus. “We’ve been infiltrated by these people,” said Jesse Bennett, a longtime member of the church and author of the open letter. “Rev. Howard has been teaching the Divine Principle in his sermons and in bible study classes. We want ACLC and the Unification Church out of Enon. We didn’t ask for them to come and we did not invite them.” Bennett also wrote to the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity inquiring about their position on the ACLC and the Unification Church. Regarded as a cult by some members of Enon, the Unification Church has met objection worldwide since its inception in 1954. The Divine Principle, the text used by the Unification Church, was co-written by Moon and one of his early disciples and was first published in1966. Some of Moon’s philosophies, found in the book, are similar to the ancient teachings of Christianity, including an acknowledgement of one God, the life and death of Jesus Christ and the Bible as holy text. Moon and his followers regard he and his wife, Hak Ja Han, as the “true” mother and father or parents of humanity, sent to absolve mankind of their sins. The basis of Moon’s
“ ... the Conference did not at that time nor do we at this time endorse his position.” - Dr. Walter Brunson Jr.
claims is his affirmation of himself as a modern day Messiah. This distinction has caused religious leaders and scholars to openly question Moon’s authenticity and motives. On the ACLC’s website, Howard is listed as the cochairman of the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. region and a video posted by the organization shows Howard lecturing about how to incorporate the doctrine of the Divine Principle into the teachings of the Bible. Another Enon Baptist member said Howard relieved him from his position at the church when asked to show support of The Divine Principle. “He told me that I was either for him or against him,” the member told the AFRO. “I said to him, ‘I am not against you but I am not for the Divine Principle’ and shortly after I was removed from my position.” According to Bennett, the pastor addressed his affiliation with the ACLC during his Easter address to the congregation. The sermon, “Because Jesus Appointed Me To,” and the website video were abnormal for Easter Sunday, Bennett said.
He also said that during a congregation meeting Howard claimed the support of the executive board of the Baptist Minister’s Conference (BMC). According to Bennett, Howard said: “I presented excerpts of my speech from Sunday [Easter Sunday] to the Baptist Ministerial Alliance and when I finished, they applauded, they gave my message a round of applause, they liked my message.” “It is extremely important that your body responds immediately to our inquiry on the position the BM[C] takes with these groups,” wrote Bennett in his open letter. BMC President Dr. Walter Brunson Jr., responded that they did not support the teachings of Rev. Moon, the ACLC or the Unification Church. However Rev. Howard, Brunson said, was entitled under his First Amendment right to “present his personal views during the Theological Moment,” but added that “the conference did not at that time nor do we at this time endorse his position.” Howard’s attendance at the American Clergy Leadership Conference, an annual event sponsored by the Unification Church, along with conferences, galas and training sessions allegedly financed by the Unification Church, has called the pastor’s alliance into question. Bennett said Howard “allows ACLC meetings, regularly hosts prayer breakfasts and utilizes the facilities of Enon Baptist Church” to further the goals and objectives of the Unification Church. “Rev. Howard should resign in writing from the ACLC,” said Bennett. Church members will meet at the end of May to decide what happens next. When contacted by the AFRO, Howard declined to comment on the matter. “This is an internal church matter,” he said.
are Bolton Hill and Seton Hill, two of the more affluent neighborhoods in Baltimore. Just a few blocks to the west of State Center are the decaying twin towers and townhouses of the impoverished and once notorious McCulloh Homes, where several episodes of “The Wire” were shot. And State Center is in the city’s Cultural Arts District, which hosts the annual Artscape cultural festival, one of the largest on the East Coast; and is home to the Arena Players theater, one of the oldest Black playhouses in America, as well as the nationally renowned Maryland Institute College for the
The State Center Controversy
By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO On a blustery day in March, Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr., of Union Baptist Church, stood at the intersection of McCulloh and Dolphin streets in West Baltimore, just yards from his venerable church, touting the virtues of a massive project he believes could breathe new life into his long suffering neighborhood. “It’s really important that we have a clear center inside our community,” the long-time
community leader said. “It’s really important for all of our neighbors to come together in places...where we can commonly get to know one another. It’s also a place where there are opportunities for employment, and employment opportunities are very important in the community,” added Hathaway, one of the many enthusiastic supporters of the project. The “clear center” Hathaway was speaking of is what is being called the State Center Project, a pending sprawling 28-acre state office campus, which would dramatically augment
and renovate the current state office building complex at Howard and Preston streets adjacent to the Fifth Regiment Armory. The new State Center construction is planned for three phases over 15 years and will include residences, offices, commercial spaces, street-level retail and public spaces that would, “reconnect the 28-acre campus with its nine surrounding neighborhoods,” according to project officials. The community surrounding State Center, which is a transition between downtown’s west side and uptown’s west side, is one of the most diverse – culturally, racially and economically – in the city. A couple of blocks northeast of State Center
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The plaintiff’s lawyers asserted that inequitable operational and capital projects funding coupled with duplication of specialty academic programs have widened the disparities between HBCUs and other Maryland schools. They also contended that the state never lived up to a partnership agreement established in 2000 with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that dictated Maryland’s HBCUs achieve parity in funding, facilities and academic program development. But attorneys for the state argued that Maryland has “diligently performed its obligations” and “should be commended” for setting an “aspirational goal to make HBCUs comparable and competitive.” They said the plaintiffs cannot prove that the state has discriminatory practices traceable to the segregation era, and noted that the Office of Civil Rights, which monitors educational discrimination, has yet to side with the plaintiffs. ”OCR didn’t seek to intervene; they didn’t file a lawsuit,” said Killefer. “Over five years have passed with no activity from OCR. How long is long enough that presumption is that the state is right?” Insiders speculate that the federal agency decided against aligning with the plaintiffs for political reasons. In veiled statements that seemed to question the need for HBCUs, Killefer argued that 59 percent of Maryland’s Black students attend traditionally White institutions and in the past, the University of Maryland College Park offered scholarships for Blacks to attend the school. Coalition attorney Karen
Walker countered that “it is not enough to say you have raceneutral policies.” “The state has not satisfied its burden, she said, that it has dismantled the vestiges of segregation. Although several historically Black institutions (HBIs) have garnered additional state funding in recent years, the coalition’s attorneys assert that the institutions have yet to receive enough resources to level the playing field and compete against TWIs after decades of scant funding. “Even 25 years of favorable funding does not suffice to dismantle the dual system if it does not yet allow the HBIs to provide an education today free of stigma of past discrimination,” said Walker. Their financial analyst estimates that upwards of $2 billion was collectively withheld from the state’s HBCUs between 1984 and 2009. Killefer discredited the expert, citing that he “may be clever but is intellectually
dishonest” because he used outdated figures—from 2000 to 2005—to calculate the funding discrepancies. Despite Killefer’s feelings towards the expert, Walker said state funding levels are driven by admission, and schools boasting more sophisticated programs often receive more money, which poses a problem for HBCUs who struggle to maintain unique, high-demand programs. Supreme Court rulings have forced states to wipe out duplicate academic programs, which were rooted in the segregation era, but the plaintiffs’ attorneys argue that the state has allowed TWIs to offer specialized programs that were unique to HBCUs. It’s caused Whites to leave Blacks schools to enroll in other institutions, exacerbating the lack of diversity at HBCUs. According to coalition attorney John Greenbaum, HBCUs are more segregated today than they were in the 1970s. “HBCUs cannot desegregate because they don’t have unique programs,
operation funding or the facilities to compete,” he said. As a prime example, attorneys pointed to a joint master’s in business administration degree program established at Towson University and the University of Baltimore in 2005 that mirrors a Morgan State program. Greenbaum said since desegregation, the state has opted to enrich younger schools, including Towson and UMBC, at faster rates than Blacks schools, allowing them to surpass HBCUs in resources, edifices and enrollment. “Yes, you’ve done something for HBCUs, but you have done more for the TWIs.” Killefer said the Towson program was the only program duplication instated in a 10-year span. A “dramatically different and better Maryland exists than during segregation,” he said. “Maryland is not Mississippi,” he said roughly. “It’s not Alabama in the 1970s and ‘80s, and if the plaintiffs
think that, they are drinking some kind of Kool Aid.” But according to Greenbaum, “state action continues to foster all the elements that affect student choice and make students
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We Cannot Allow Medicare and Medicaid to be Dismantled
We can – and we must – develop a credible deficit reduction plan that is comprehensive and considers all options. A credible budget plan, however, does not hurt the weakest, most vulnerable Americans. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has passed a budget plan developed by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin that I believe does just that Sen. Ben Cardin by turning Medicare into a voucher program and Medicaid into a block grant program to the states. Congressman Ryan also has called for reducing the marginal tax rate for millionaires while taxing middle-income Americans at the same rate as the richest Americans. I believe Congressman Ryan’s plan will do little to reduce our deficit and will result in a dwindling tax base. I also believe his proposal – in the end – will ultimately kill Medicare and Medicaid, two of the most important programs in our nation’s history. A credible plan must put all spending – including defense, discretionary and mandatory – on the table, along with genuine tax reform that raises additional revenues by closing loopholes and simplifying the tax code. As we evaluate the Ryan budget plan, we must remember that Medicare, along with Social Security, helped create the middle class of the 20th century. Congress created Medicare in 1965 because most seniors were unable to purchase health insurance at any price. Today, 185,700 Maryland seniors and people with disabilities rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health care needs, including nursing home care. To attack such successful programs is to try and undo the progress we have made in creating the largest, most secure middle class in the world. It also risks putting seniors at the mercy of private insurance companies. I will fight to make sure Medicare remains a guaranteed benefit for seniors and the disabled so that they can continue to have access to health care. I also will fight any plan to block grant Medicaid, a program for our nation’s most vulnerable Americans, including those who depend on it for nursing home care. I believe that if we turn Medicaid into a block grant, it will ultimately cease to exist. We have a real opportunity with the FY 2012 budget to chart a more responsible fiscal path for our nation. But we must do it in a way that preserves important programs that
American families depend upon and that invests in our nation’s future. President Obama is right when he says we must “out educate, out build and out compete” if our nation is to remain a world leader in the 21st century. Sen. Cardin, D-Md., is a member of five Senate committees: Environment & Public Works, Finance, Foreign Relations, Budget, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. His website is: www.cardin.senate.gov . You can follow him regularly on Twitter @SenatorCardin or look for the latest videos at YouTube.com/SenatorCardin.
Bridging the Economic Storms
Our struggle continues to save as many Maryland homes from foreclosure as we can in this gradually improving, but still weakened, economy. Marylanders who need a temporary “leg up” should know that help is now at hand to assist them in bridging the storms. Far too many of our neighbors are still hurting financially. Nearly 51,000 Maryland Elijah Cummings households with mortgages to pay still have a breadwinner who is unemployed or underemployed through no fault of their own. They are joined by more than 1.2 million households in the same plight nationally. Many of these homeowners, however, have a reasonable likelihood of regaining their employment within two years, allowing them to resume their mortgage payments. This reality is why I pushed so hard to create the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program when we enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform legislation last year. This critical reform allocated nearly $40 million in short-term “bridge loans” through HUD and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Last month, I was deeply gratified to announce that Maryland’s Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program is now in operation. Our new program can help to pay up to 12 months of mortgage arrears, including delinquent taxes and insurance, as well as up to an additional 24 months going forward – with a maximum combined total of $50,000. Eligible homeowners who are 3-12 months in arrears on their mortgages should apply – even if they have total household income up to 120 percent of our area’s average. To obtain more details, homeowners can visit http://www.hope. org on the Internet or call the HOPE hotline (877) 462-7555. Deserving applicants should not be deterred from applying in the face of wrong-headed efforts by budget-cutters in the House to deny them this reasonable help. The recent, Republican party-line vote to end this bridge loan program is unlikely to be supported in the Senate – or by the president. I am proud to have played a leading role in creating this practical initiative to help hard-working Americans who are in financial trouble through no fault of their own. These are the same families whom we see in our neighborhoods every day. All too often, they have been sitting in the front rows of my Foreclosure Prevention Workshops with tears running down their faces. It is hard for me to fathom why anyone would oppose the short-term help that our bridge loan program is offering to them. It costs taxpayers nothing – utilizing Troubled Asset funds returned by the big banks that taxpayers bailed out – and it helps to reduce the number of foreclosures that otherwise would further depress the property values of neighboring homes and communities. There is another benefit to our community that often goes overlooked. Helping our neighbors fight off avoidable foreclosures reduces the competition for rental housing that is becoming increasingly scarce and expensive in our community. According to a new report by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, 27 percent of renting householders in the Baltimore region were spending more than one-half their pretax income on housing and utilities in 2009. That’s up from 19 percent in 2000. This is a challenge that we must overcome. Here in Baltimore, and throughout our country, the lesson is clear. All of us have a direct financial interest in helping those who are in danger of losing their homes through no fault of their own. That is why I am so deeply gratified that 30 of my Democratic colleagues have joined with me to introduce legislation, the Preserving Homes & Communities Act of 2011 (H.R. 1477), while Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski has joined with Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island to introduce the same reform legislation in the Senate, (S. 489). We must rein in the scandalous wrongdoing by mortgage servicing companies that have wrongly denied Americans the opportunity to keep their homes – even while we continue to do all that we can to help families save their homes here in Baltimore. Once again, on Saturday, June 25, I will be hosting my sixth Foreclosure Prevention Seminar at Woodlawn Senior High School to help neighbors in need save their homes. Those who are interested in attending can register online after May 16 at http://cummings.house.gov or you may call our office at (410) 685-9199. These are difficult times - but I remain convinced that, working together, we can bridge these economic storms. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
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Is America Still a Serious Nation?
By Maj. Gen. Roger R. Blunt When our evolving democratic system became so skewed that financial capital multiplied under control of miniscule elements in America that were sufficiently powerful to corrupt our political system, wars could and have been waged in support of those interests. Recall the departing words of the Republican President Eisenhower who knew so well the horrors of war: “…beware of the military industrial complex.” Our national electorate is still asleep. As one who enlisted many years ago, I have known a small measure of the quality of America’s defense forces used and fueled by our nation’s industrial machine and have observed the corporate dividends that issue from large untaxed profits. The time is fast approaching, however, when our electorate will be awakened to the fact that our “all volunteer force” instituted nearly four decades ago is not working. Too many of our service men and women did not bargain for the role of mercenary that our country placed upon them. In fact, our nation has abrogated its duty to allow its soldiers to protect themselves in the traditional role of warrior for their government. I argue this because rules of engagement at tactical points of decision producing legions of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) cases from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan have been so modified by legal judgment in real time that the soldier is in fear of prosecution, if not in civilian courts, by their countrymen. While they will not be damned as they were in the Vietnam debacle, the growing number of sympathizers and advocates demanding help for the damaged veterans – and their burdened families – among us who are unemployed, homeless and in need of long term solutions will rise up to correct this awesome defect in the great experiment called America, the home of the free and the brave. Maj. Gen. Roger R. Blunt retired in 1986. His last assignment was as commander of the 97th Army Reserve Command headquartered at Ft. George G. Meade in Maryland. their perpetrators on an ongoing basis after the trauma. In some cases, service members may need to rely on their perpetrators (or associates of their perpetrators) to authorize medical and psychological care or provide for other basic needs. This may leave them at risk for additional victimization and often increases their sense of helplessness and powerlessness. There may also be career-related consequences for service members who experience MST, in that their perpetrators are frequently peers or supervisors with the power to influence work evaluations and decisions about promotions. Even if this is not the case, service members who experience MST may face the difficult choice of either continuing military careers in which they are forced to have frequent contact with their perpetrators, or sacrificing career goals in order to protect themselves from future victimization. About one in five women and one in 100 men seen at VA medical facilities report MST. Because of the disproportionate ratio of men to women in the military, within the VA system there are actually comparable numbers of male and female veterans seeking help for MST. MST affects veterans in a number of ways, and it is important to remember that everyone responds differently. Responses to MST differ based on individual factors, such as a veteran’s previous trauma history, his or her interpretation of the event and the quality of his/her support system following the trauma. Emotional struggles following MST may include excessive fear and anxiety, depression and irritability or angry outbursts. MST survivors may also report disturbing nightmares, difficulties concentrating or staying focused and trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep. They may feel disconnected from others, experience feelings of numbness and have trouble feeling pleasant emotions, like love or happiness. Some survivors abuse alcohol and/or drugs to cope with memories and emotional reactions, or to help them fall asleep. The emotional pain of having experienced MST can also show up through physical health problems, including chronic pain, weight or eating problems, stomach problems and sexual difficulties. Maryland veterans, please know that you do not have to suffer in silence. The VA Maryland Health Care System offers services that can help women and men recover from MST. Veterans do not need to be service-connected to receive free MST-related care. Those who may not be eligible for other VA care may be able to receive treatment for MST. Veterans do not need to have reported the MST when it happened, nor do they need to provide documentation that it occurred. At the VA Maryland Health Care System, an MST treatment coordinator is standing by, ready to assist Veterans in finding and accessing VA services and programs. If you or someone you know is struggling with issues related to MST, please know that you do not have to struggle alone. If you would like to speak with a mental health provider about MST, please let your primary health care provider know, or contact the VA Maryland Health Care System facility nearest you and ask for the MST coordinator. Sara Nett, PsyD. Clinical psychologist Trauma Recovery Program VA Maryland Health Care System
Military Sexual Assault Awareness
The recent observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of military sexual trauma (MST). MST includes unwanted sexual attention, uninvited sexual advances or forced sex during active duty military service or during military training. MST also includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will. He or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities. What sets MST apart from sexual assault outside the military? Because sexual trauma associated with military service most often occurs in a setting where the service member lives and works, many who experience MST must continue to interact and work closely with
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artificially changed the street patterns this was all one community,” he added. State Center is being developed by Ekistics, LLC, and is the vision which of the company’s CEO Caroline G. Moore who, according to the State Center website, “has over 25 years of experience in public private partnerships and mixed use developments.” “What we are proudest of is the process by which the plan for State Center has evolved,” Moore said via e-mail. “We have participated in literally hundreds of meetings with the community to work through challenges and visualize the best plan for State Center. In these meetings, the collective wisdom of the many dedicated participants has resulted in a better project that will yield more abundant long term outcomes.” Yet, despite its many supporters, State Center is not without its detractors, many of whom are amongst the richest and most powerful business people in the state. “Downtown retailers, restaurants and commercial property owners – all of whom have invested heavily in their businesses – now face a new threat that could devastate the downtown business district, along with its stakeholders’ assets and livelihoods. It comes in the form of a deceptively appealing $1.5 billion development of the nearby State Center complex,” wrote David E. Johnson, president of Stratford Realty Management Co., and senior vice president of Lexington Charles Partnership, in an oped piece for the Baltimore Sun in March. “That project, which calls for 1.5 million new square feet of office space, would be built on state land for state purposes and supported by unprecedented taxpayer subsidies,” added Johnson who has leased and managed downtown Baltimore real estate for more than 25 years. “The entire project is deeply dependent upon unrealistic projections of demand for new office space in the midst of a down economy. It’s equally dependent on unsupportable forecasts for a growing state bureaucracy in the midst of government downsizing.” Johnson is part of a group of downtown businesses, office owners, retailers and Little Italy restaurateurs who are suing two state agencies, among others, arguing public officials didn’t follow Maryland procurement laws and that wants to kill the State Center project. The legal action effectively halted plans to begin phase one of the State Center project this spring. But, the man allegedly driving the effort to shut down the State Center project is Peter Angelos, the billionaire owner of the Baltimore Orioles. “Certainly, Mr. Angelos and the other sponsors of legal opposition to State Center were aware of the project’s momentum over the last five years, and of the millions of dollars the state has spent researching the best option,” said Bryan Dunn in an op-ed article in the Sun in March. Dunn lives in Seton Hill and is founder of Midtown Matters. “Yet they waited until months before groundbreaking to bring it to a grinding halt,” Dunn added. Specifically, the lawsuit filed in Baltimore Circuit Court alleges state officials didn’t seek competitive bids from downtown property owners before they decided to lease office space for three public agencies at the new State Center project. And the suit argues two members of the original development team, Struever Bros. Eccles and Rouse and Doracon, were replaced without competitive bidding. Still, the battle to begin phase one of one of the most ambitious redevelopment project the city has seen in many years continues. “We actually see a lot of support for State Center… The nine neighborhoods and institutions surrounding the site have been partners for the past five years,” Moore said. “As a result, we enjoy broad community, governmental and institutional support for our project.” She added, “We are baffled and disheartened by the few downtown building owners who are delaying the project and the jobs which Baltimore so desperately needs.”
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Arts. “I think it’s important that the rich history of this community is connected to the rich history of Bolton Hill, the rich history of Midtown, the rich history of Seton Hill,” Hathaway said. “We all need to realize that before they came in an
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AFRO CEO/ Publisher John Oliver Jr. congratulates the winning students on their accomplishment. Diane Hocker, AFRO’s Character Education coordinator Dr. David Terry, executive director of the Reginald Lewis Museum, shared a few words at the Character Education Awards Banquet on May 9. Dr. Gregory Bell
Raven Blount, Maryland State Sen. Catherine Pugh, D-Md., Mark Machen and Meaghan Dingwall
Students: Ryan Evans, Michael Fidzgerald, Dennis Wang, Isiah Buttram, Wilfred Zouantcha and Emmauel Godo
AFRO’s director of Global Markets, Benjamin Phillips
Three eighth-grade students, Raven Blount, Mark Machen and Meaghan Dingwall, were honored for their inspirational essays during the 14th Annual Character Education Campaign 2011 Awards Luncheon held May 9 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Students from Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Howard, Prince George’s
counties, the Baltimore region and Washington, D.C., joined the winning essay writers at the program. The keynote speaker was Maryland state Sen. Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore, who used her experiences in the world of business, media and politics to encourage students to reach for the stars, to be unyielding in their pursuit of their goals and to be open to unexpected opportunities. The AFRO’s Character Education program is designed to promote positive character traits in public school students. Each year, corporate professionals and business leaders join the effort and share stories that illustrate how their character and morals helped them personally and in the workplace.
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Sponsor representatives Laura Shipley, College Savings Plan of Maryland; David Milton, BGE; Kelly Spilman, Legg Mason; Cathy Plakatoris, T. Rowe Price and Laura Knickman, Verizon Howard County’s Craddle Rock Middle School teachers, from left: Erin O’Connor, Vanessa Hooks, Stacy Horen and Yolaine Duver Seau
Jason Godfroy Keisha ClarkeEnglish from BGE Representatives from College Savings Plan of Maryland
Jennifer R. Peduzzi and Estelle O’Connor Representatives from Character Education sponsor BGE: Michael Davenport, left, David Milton, Jacqueline Freburger and Matthew Buecker
Legg Mason representatives
Students and educators in attendance at the Character Education Awards Banquet at the Reginald Lewis Museum on May 9.
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Former State Delegate Frank D. Boston Jr. Dies at 72
Former Maryland General Assembly Del. Frank D. Boston Jr., a West Baltimore native recognized for his passion concerning educational issues, died May 10 of congestive heart failure. He was 72. Born Dec. 5, 1938, Boston attended Frederick Douglass High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s in education from Johns Hopkins University. Boston served three terms on the Maryland General Assembly, serving District 41 in Baltimore City from 1987 to 1999. Before becoming a legislator, Boston worked as a vocational evaluator and teacher for the Baltimore City Public School System. During his legislative career, Boston served on the Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, Judiciary Committee, Commerce and Government Matters Committee, Economic Matters Committee, Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and was deputy majority whip between 1992-‘94. He was also named chairman of the Baltimore City Delegation and chairman of
May 19 His Way Christian Women’s Ministry presents Girlfriends Weekend with the theme, “The Confident Woman,” May 19-21, at Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 2720 W. North Ave. Apostle Charlotte Philips and Dr. Marie Brice are the dynamic preachers. Workshop presenters include Bishop Reginald Kennedy, Dr. Leah White, Dr. Evelyn Gettis-Lee, Minister LaTonya Donaldson (Young Girls track) and Elder Mary Lucas. Evening worship services are open to everyone. For more information, call 410-660-9823, 410-655-5649 or e-mail ladypreacher227@aol. com. The Rev. Linwood C. Robinson is the host pastor. May 21 The Youth Ministry of Greater Faith Christian Center and Ministries presents a talent show, 6 p.m., at the Boys and Girls Club, 100 E. Belair Ave. in Aberdeen. For more information call 443-365-9416, 443-627-0068 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rev. Dyan Gwynn is pastor of the church. May 21 “Head Talks,” a powerful drama that grips the heart as one family battles disconnection and generational rage, is being presented, 7 p.m., May 21 and 6 p.m., May 22, at New Covenant Worship Center, 700 Wildwood Pkwy. For ticket information, visit kuumbaensemble. org/2011_schedule or call 443-413-1470. May 22 Haydn's "The Creation" will be performed, 3 p.m., at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Church, 1316 Park Ave. John Walker will direct the church's Chancel Choir and soloists and guest organist David Enlow. Call 410-523-1542 for information. May 23 Join Sen. Ben Cardin and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, 9:30 a.m., at the Talon Center, Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Ave. A light breakfast will be served. Please respond by May 20 to email@example.com or call the Rev. Jerome Stephens at 410-962-4436 for information.
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the House Democratic Caucus. Outside of his legislative duties, Boston was a member of the Governor’s Commission on Women’s Health, the State Board of Physicians, the State Board of Elections, Morgan State University’s Board of Regents, and the Board for the Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund. In 1998, Boston challenged Clarence W. Blount, a seven-term incumbent, for the 41st District Senate seat. The race turned ugly when Boston accused Blount of living in Baltimore County while using his Northwest Baltimore apartment address only as a mailing location. Boston ultimately lost his bid for the Senate. At the time of his death, Boston worked for the Harford County government as manager of the Office of Human Relations. According to the Baltimore Sun, Boston is survived by his wife, Beverly and children Carmen Boston, Christopher Hicks and Frank Boston III.
Voices of Faith to Speak Out for LGBT Equality in Washington
Religious leaders from all 50 states convene May 22-24
Special to the AFRO The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will host its Clergy Call for Justice and Equality 2011 in the District May 23-24. Clergy Call is a biennial event of the HRC Foundation’s Religion and Faith Program, mobilizing clergy from across the country to speak up on matters of LGBT equality. This year, over 300 religious leaders from all 50 states and representing more than 25 denominations and faith traditions will come together in the nation’s capital. They will organize and strengthen their faith voices and lobby members of Congress about why, as a matter of faith, they support full equality for LGBT people and families. Clergy will focus their advocacy on legislation to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and to protect students from bullying, harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. “America’s clergy are leading the charge in changing hearts and minds, both of the American people and our elected leaders,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese in a press statement. “Clergy Call 2011 will have a Courtesy Image lasting impact on Capitol Hill. Diverse clergy voices speaking out for justice show our legislators that religion is NOT antagonistic to the LGBT community. ” The theme for Clergy Call 2011, “Leadership for Justice in Complex Times,” reflects the vision and need for a faith-based movement in support of LGBT equality at this moment of great change in our country. On May 22 and 23, clergy will engage in programming designed to strengthen their diverse voices and their reach as moral agents for justice. In addition to this skill-based work, they will take part in a faith service the evening of May 23 (open to the public), and a morning press conference on May 24 before lobbying their elected leaders. “Religious leaders from across the spectrum of faith backgrounds and from states as diverse as Maine and Alabama are turning to the MAx ROSENHAuS, wjlb-fm core tenets of their religious beliefs as they proclaim “laughter from lesbian, gay, beginning to end... that justice fortransgender bisexual, and i definitely recommend seeing this film!” people is a matter of deep EATHARON TAyLOR, ThEybf.com faith,” said Dr. Sharon Groves, director of HRC’s Religion and Faith program, in a press release. “They OwEN GLEIBERMAN, EnTERTaInmEnT wEEkly will not stand on the sidelines, but are claiming their faith as they join the struggle for LGBT equality.” ERICKA BOSTON, SISTER 2 SISTER “What HRC has figured “fun, faith-filled and full of laughs! out is that the best antidote best romantic comedy to the Religious Right is mobilized moderate and JAwN MuRRAy, Tom joynER moRnIng Show progressive faith voices,” “this is the said Rev. Susan Russell type of movie we need more of!” Sr., associate pastor at All TERRENCE J, 106 & paRk, bET Saints Church in Pasadena, “hilarious!” Calif., in an issued DEvI DEv kbXX 97.9 ThE boX houSTon , statement “As faith leaders, “a beautiful, we must demonstrate the feel-good movie” KENyA ByRD, fREElancE love, compassion and TRISTAR PICTURES PRESENTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH STAGE 6MUSICLMS A T.D. JAKES/OURPRODUCEDES FILMS PRODUCTION “JUMPING THE BROOM” MEAGAN GOOD TASHA SMITH JULIE BOWEN FI STORI yearning for equality we ROMEO MILLER DERAY DAVIS VALARIE PETTIFORD BY EDWARD SHEARMUR BY T.D. JAKES TRACEY E. EDMONDS CURTIS WALLACE ELIDIRECTED HUNTER GLENDON PALMER ZABETH STORY SCREENPLAY BY ELIZABETH HUNTER BY ELIZABETH HUNTER AND ARLENE GIBBS BY SALIM AKIL possess in our hearts in order to end oppression.” check local listings for theaters and showtimes
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Hip-Hop/Soul Group The Foreign Exchange Performs in Baltimore
By Bobby Marvin Special to the AFRO Hip-hop/alternative soul duo The Foreign Exchange has a formula that works. Rapper/ singer Phonte brings the voice and character while producer Nicolay provides the jazzy/ electronic production that complements every project. Hailing from different countries — Phonte is a North Carolina native and AFRO: What were Nicolay is originally from some of the challenges the Netherlands — the making this album two met online through a compared to your popular hip-hop message Courtesy Photo sophomore effort, “Leave board and from there Phonte and Nicolay of The Foreign It All Behind?” birthed three albums, Nicolay: Well I think Exchange (Connected, Leave It All one of the challenges was Behind and Authenticity); a definitely to put a break Phonte and Nicolay took a Grammy nod for their popular break to talk about managing on ourselves, if you will, to single “Daykeeper” and their really keep things stripped their own label, the state own independent label, The down. I think especially for of music and their current Foreign Exchange Music. me as an instrumentalist or Authenticity Tour coming to Baltimore on May 21. AFRO: “Authenticity” marks the third album released by The Foreign Exchange. What was the goal this time around? Phonte: We wanted to make something that was more stripped down than our previous records… Something that was more stripped down, a lot more direct than our other records. I think we did a good job of doing that. a producer, it’s easy to get carried away and add layer after layer. And so for this album in particular, I think the main challenge was to just stop whenever we said exactly enough. AFRO: As a group, how have you guys grown from your first album Connected to now? Phonte: I think with this... we have grown in the sense that we think of ourselves not just as artists, but as a production unit as well. AFRO: How do you balance managing a record company and being artists yourselves? Nicolay: It’s really really hard, you know? It involves a lot of work…Last year, 2010, was really a year where a lot culminated for us in terms of the work load. We released four albums in a very short period of time…I think we found our limit last year in terms of all we can do because we do everything ourselves. AFRO: As a record label, how does The Foreign Exchange Music imprint differ from major record labels? Phonte: Where the big company [has] size, you have speed and agility…You might can’t out muscle them with dollars…but you can out think them. You can out strategize them. AFRO: Even as an independent group, you guys are able to launch national tours. What does it take to get to that point? Nicolay: It just takes years of putting work in. You know we do everything ourselves, even in terms of the show booking. So this is really all just the blood, sweat and tears of the team involved. We have been playing consistent shows for almost three years. And we started just doing a couple of big shows in big markets as far as New York and D.C. AFRO: What can fans expect from this new tour? Nicolay: It’s definitely a new show in a lot of ways. Obviously there’s a lot of new material we’re playing from the new record. But we have had a few personnel changes… It’s definitely a dose of fresh energy into the show. We’ve been really able to cut our teeth on the material a little bit in the shows we’ve been doing, so yeah, I’m looking forward to it. The Foreign Exchange comes to the 8 X 10, 10 E. Cross St., May 21 at 8 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit the8x10.com.
Ezemdi, Nigerian-Born Entertainer, Seeks to Inspire Others With Differences
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer Growing up, Ezemdi always knew he was different from other kids his age. While most children were playing outside, he was forced to stay indoors because his skin was sensitive to the sun. He, unlike his peers, had albinism, i.e., he was an albino. “I...was looked at differently by not even just kids, but adults [also],” Ezemedi told the AFRO in a recent interview. “So, I kind of always knew that I was different and I was uncomfortable in my own skin. When it came to [hanging out] with my [peers], I always wanted to blend in with them and just be a normal kid.” But the experience didn’t get him down. In fact, it actually worked in his favor. Now, the 26-year-old is a talented vocalist, producer and songwriter. “I remember a time when I was in elementary school and because I couldn’t go outside, I started playing on an old raggedy piano that was there and just started messing around with it,” Ezemdi said. “That’s how it all started.” The Nigeria native, born Ezemdi Chikwendu, came to the U.S. at the age
of 4. By the time he turned 8, he was already brushing elbows with professional musicians as he played piano at his church in Harlem. Shortly thereafter, he began picking up more musical instruments and mastered each of them. In high school he discovered another talent. After experimenting with his voice, he and two other friends formed a group that performed at school basketball games and local talent shows. Ezemdi later attended Berklee College of Music and formed his own licensing company and then landed his big break when label owner Mark Geohagan signed him to Crazee House Records. Now, Ezemdi’s anticipating the upcoming release of his first single “Take Off,” which will appear on his debut album. He says By Your Side will be released in June and will be a musical blend of romantic ballads and urban mid-tempo songs catering to the fairer sex. “[The album] will have good music with a positive message behind it,” Ezemdi said. “A lot of the songs on the album are geared towards women, reminding them that at the end of the day there are still some good men out in the world—you just have to look for them.” In addition to crafting his own hits, he’s also in the midst of producing records for a string of national and international artists. But while the talented musician is surely on the heels of success, he says his primary reason for pursuing a major career in the music industry is so he could serve as an inspiration to people across the globe who are also different from the norm. “I’m what you would call the Whitest Black man in the world, but I’m doing what I love to do and [I want to tell people] you can do that, too,” Ezemdi said. “Anybody that feels uncomfortable in their own skin is who I’m trying to reach.” Ezemdi’s “By Your Side” will be released on June 14. For more information, visit: www.crazeehouse.com.
Hello, everyone! Don’t you just love this weather? We have to realize that we are truly blessed compared to the weather in other parts of the country, especially the states that are having the floods. Let’s keep them in our prayers. We have all types of entertainment to choose from to suit our lifestyle. I have been hanging out a lot locally covering a many of the events that I have been telling you about. I just don’t have enough space in my column to give you a review. But when you see me, just give me a hug. There is this spot called, Creme Restaurant. It is an upscale southern cuisine restaurant and lounge that is really jumping up and down doing the “James Brown.” I understand they have delicious food, too. It is located 518 N. Charles St. On May 29, 8 p.m.- midnight, the popular Magic 95.9 FM radio personality “Lolo” will be hosting in the “New Soul Lounge” at Crème Restaurant, bringing in Baltimore’s local and national artists featuring “JAZZ” of Dru Hill; saxophonist, Eric Marner; Mann (formerly of the Softones) and much more. For tickets and reservations, call 443-622-9217. Oh my goodness! The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival is May 21-22 at Sandy Point State Park. Performing are such artists as the Daryl Davis Band featuring Nadine Rae, Andy Poxon and
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Del Puschert; Motor City Josh, Nat, AnthemChrisdine King, Chesapeake Bay Blues Band with Patty Reese, Marc Wenner, Dean Rosenthal and Tommy Lepson, The Otis Taylor Orchestra, Shemekia Copeland, John Mayall, Chris Isaak and Dana Fuchs, just to name a few. For more information, call 410-7442291 or go to their website: http://www.bayblues.org. I told you I had something for all lifestyles. Check this out! Churches have fun, too. Mt. Ararat Baptist Church will sponsor a bus trip to Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets, in Central Valley, N.Y., on Saturday, May 21. Leaving from Mt. Ararat Baptist, 3008 Gwynns Falls Parkway at 7 a.m. and returning midnight. You will have the opportunity to visit 220 outlet stores and shop until you drop.
crabs and shrimp and enjoy the buffet meal, shopping downtown Main Street and then try your luck at Dover Downs Slots. Call 410-5422530 for your tickets. This event is also nice. The Bleu Lights with Sheila Ross; Dennis Fisher & Lee Jeffers and Tommy Van will be performing on Saturday, May 28 at St. Mary’s Hall, 5500 York Road (rear of church) 6:30 -11 p.m. Dance the night away cabaret style; BYOB and your own barbecue. Call 410938-8411. Sista’s Place, Night Club and Restaurant, 8521 Liberty Road features “Happy Hour” with 2-41 drinks every Wednesday with buffet, 5-8 p.m. Call 443-691-0226 for more information.
Suzonne Vickers with the Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary, Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, Court 323, is presenting their Tea Party on May 21, 2-5 p.m., at the Heritage Parkville Gardens, 7631 Harford Road in Parkville, Md. Hats and gloves are required. For more information, call 410-521-6368 or 443801-1181.
Another trip I am looking forward to going is with Stella and Everett Fullwood to the Crab Claw Restaurant in St. Michaels. I went last year and had a ball. It is Sunday, June 12. The bus trip includes all you can eat steamed
Elder George Nicholson, pastor of Siloam Free Will Baptist Church, with his wife, Lady Barbara, are celebrating their 50th anniversary at a banquet on June 4, 5:30-10 p.m. at the Heritage Parkville Garden, 7631 Harford Road. For more information, call 443668-0709.
The Kuumba Ensemble Heritage House Community Theater presents “Head Talks” on Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. at the New Covenant Worship Center, Fellowship Hall; 700 Wildwood Parkway, Baltimore. It is a powerful showcase that sets the stage ablaze with humor and intense drama. For ticket information, contact Rosalyn Gaines at 443-413-1470.
Well folks, I hate to say it, but I am out of time and space. If you’ve got something going on, contact me at 410-833-9474 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will see you around. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.
community. Through the utilization of social media networks, the Chase Community Giving program has already directed more than $10 million toward charities nationwide, putting the power to bring positive change across the nation into the hands of some of those who need it most. Due to enthusiasm, the program is being continued into this spring - giving 100 additional charities, including BCAC the opportunity to win grants to further their mission. “Baltimore Child Abuse Center is constantly striving to strengthen Special to the AFRO our community and protect children from sexual child abuse. You can help BCAC win up to $500,000 by simply “Liking” the Receiving $500,000 would be an unbelievable opportunity to ensure Chase Community Giving program at: http://apps.facebook.com/ Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC), a non-profit whose the great work BCAC continues in Maryland,” said BCAC Executive chasecommunitygiving/ and casting your vote to help determine mission is to provide all reported victims of child sexual abuse in Director Adam Rosenberg in a press statement. this spring’s winners. Baltimore, and their non-offending caretakers, with comprehensive BCAC is competing with 99 other charities across the country for interviews, medical treatment, referral, and crisis counseling services awards from Chase and is the only nonprofit competing in Maryland. with a goal of preventing future abuse is competing with charities nationwide for donations With the support of volunteers, fans and local residents, BCAC has the opportunity to get much ranging from $20,000 to $500,000 through the final round of the Chase Community Giving needed resources to help for sexually abused children and provide valuable information on program. Anyone can help in the effort to ensure BCAC’s success by simply voting for BCAC keeping children safe from future abuse. through the Chase Community Giving program running on the Facebook platform. If awarded funding for its Big Idea, BCAC will be able to locally offer for free sexual abuse prevention Dorothy E. education for all kindergarten classes, parents and teachers and nationally offer online education Brunson and mobile apps at no cost to everyone who wishes to keep their children safe and build a better
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Baltimore Child Abuse Center a Finalist in Chase $500K Community Giving Program How You Can Help
The March Family and Staff of King Memorial Park cordially invite you to attend the
“Annual Memorial Day Celebration”
Memorial Day Monday, May 30th, 2011 at 11:30 a.m King Memorial Park “The Grand Heritage Chapel and Mausoleum”
Event hosted by Heaven 600’s radio personalities Brad Rogers & Doresa Harvey and features guest speaker Reverend Franklin Lance of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. The celebration will also include Adoration, The Baltimore Chapter of the 9th & 10th Horse Calvary Association of Buffalo Soldiers, About My Father’s Business, and New Mighty Wonders.
As part of the ‘AFRO’s’ annual Legends and Pioneers awards program, standout community leaders in various fields are honored for their commitment to bettering Baltimore. The 2011 honorees, the Rev. Marion C. Bascom (religion), Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey (education), Ethel Ennis (music), Dorothy E. Brunson (business), Chief Judge Robert M. Bell (law), Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. (medicine) and Kurt L. Photo by Mark Mehlinger/AFRO Schmoke (leadership), were Dorothy E. Brunson feted at a recent ceremony held at the Reginald F. experienced success throughout Lewis Museum of Maryland her career, she’s also made African American History history in the process. and Culture. Each week, While serving as a senior the ‘AFRO’ will continue to executive at Inner City recognize these community Broadcasting in New York revolutionaries.” in the early ‘70s, she helped Dorothy E. Brunson to increase the company’s While entrepreneur and broadcasting sales from communications expert $189,000 to $22 million by Dorothy E. Brunson has surely running five radio stations.
In 1979, Brunson struck out on her own and acquired Baltimore’s WEEB radio station and became the first African-American female to accomplish this feat. Shortly thereafter, she scored three more radio stations but sold them to take on the television industry. By 1995, she was the CEO of her own communications firm. After Brunson Communications picked up WGTW-TV in Philadelphia, she helped turn around the small, last-rated station until she eventually sold it to Trinity Broadcasting Network. As the television industry evolved, Brunson always kept a solid stance of confidence. Despite new innovations in the ways people watch, access and obtain information, she often insisted that people will always look for those familiar local stations.
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By AFRO Staff Well over 600 graduates walked across the stage at the University of Baltimore’s annual commencement on May 15 and among them all, one special student made history. According to the Baltimore Sun, 15-yearold prodigy Ty HobsonPowell recently became the university’s youngest graduate ever. The Washingtonian completed his undergraduate studies in just three years after spending two at Howard University. Hobson-Powell was drawn to UB after he discovered the school offered an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in public policy, psychology and history. He transferred last fall. “I wanted to go ahead and pursue an education that best exemplified me,” he told the Sun. “I have more than just one interest.” Despite his noteworthy accomplishments, his parents insist that he’s a typical teen whose interests mirror other individuals his same age. Still, Hobson-Powell has always proved to be ahead of his peers even during his formative years. “Before he even had teeth in his mouth, he was actually talking,” his father told NBC News Washington back in 2009. Additionally, while other toddlers were barely learning the English alphabet, the prodigy was already learning Chinese. Shortly thereafter, Hobson-Powell started first grade at 4 years old and capped off high school in two years. In the fall, the teen will enroll in law school, and is considering medical school after that. Though he’s acquired many accomplishments in just a short time, he says the journey hasn’t been difficult. “Surprisingly, it doesn’t take that much effort,” Hobson-Powell told the Sun. “This gift that I’ve been given, it’s sort of natural so I don’t have to do too much work. Being a 15-year-old just comes naturally to me.”
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Bethune-Cookman Defeats Delaware State for the MEAC Softball Title
By AFRO Staff Bethune-Cookman (BCC) overcame Delaware State, 5-4, in eight innings to win the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Championship, May 15 at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex in Daytona Beach, Fla. The victory, Bethune-Cookman’s second consecutive softball title, gives the school an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Softball Championship tournament. The pairings were announced on a selection show May 15 at 10 p.m. on ESPNU. The conference softball championship was delayed May 14 due to severe lightning. Bethune-Cookman led the series, 1-0, after a 7-1 blowout win over Delaware State in game one of the double-elimination bracket. Game two was tied, 2-2, at the bottom of the second inning when the lightning began. Bethune-Cookman’s win wasn’t easy. The squad fell once to Delaware State during the tournament’s early rounds on May 13, sending BCC to the loser’s bracket in the doubleelimination tournament. But the Wildcats bounced back by ripping Howard, 17-0, to make its way back into the MEAC
finals and another shot at Delaware State. BCC got stellar play from key contributors Ashton Hinds, a senior outfielder, and Allison Garcia, a freshman pitcher. Hinds batted in three runs, while Garcia threw a six-inning shutout against Howard to reach the championship. More MEAC Softball Championship Tournament News: Both Morgan State (MSU) and Coppin State University of Baltimore, Md., were eliminated during the first two days of the tournament. MSU was knocked out of contention after falling to Norfolk State, 5-3, and then losing to Coppin State, 6-0, both on the tournament’s opening day. Coppin State stayed alive after defeating Morgan State on the first day, and then crushed Norfolk State on day two. But Coppin fell to Howard in a subsequent game, ending their season. Coppin State junior pitcher Paige Arnold and Morgan State junior outfielder Sakina Smith were named to the alltournament team.
The Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats beat out teams like Morgan State, Howard University and Coppin State to reach the MEAC Softball Championship Crown.
World Class Sprinter Michael Walton To Host Youth Festivities in District
By AFRO Staff World Class sprinter Michael Walton is just as dedicated to supporting and mentoring youths as he is to running and breaking records on the track. That’s why he’s bringing his annual Michael Walton Foundation to the District of Columbia the weekend of May 20-21. Walton said the event is a “celebration of young people, and the individuals who support them,” which he refers to as “the team behind the teen.” “I designed this event as a way to teach, empower and reward area high school students for all of their hard work,” said Walton. “Additionally, it’s important to honor and show respect to all of the adults who support these students day in and day out. It takes a village to guide our young people, and this weekend is a way for me to give back and support my community.” The event starts at the Washington Monument on the National Mall on May 20 at 12:30 p.m. There, youths will be separated into teams for Field Day, where they’ll take on different physically and mentally challenging activities including a tug-of-war competition, the 50-yard dash race, a balloon toss, a three-legged race, challenge relay, and more. Each team will be adopted and coached by a professional athlete or popular media personality, such as New England Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden and many more of Walton’s friends and associates. One of the teams will be crowned with the title of 2011 Field Day D.C. Champions at the conclusion of Field Day. Later Friday night, Walton’s foundation will team up with Great Schools D.C. at 7 p.m. to host a Parents’ Night Out at Richard England Club House No. 14, which is located at 4103 Benning Road N.E. Walton says Parents’ Night Out is designed to bring out the “inner child” in parents by participating in musical performances, giveaways and other interactive activities.
Walton’s event will pick back up on May 21 at 10 a.m. when middle and high school students will be invited out to engage in the Teen Leadership Conference at the Jelleff Recreation Center at 3265 S St. N.W. According to Walton, the conference is to encourage and empower teens to “take charge of their future while setting the tone as trendsetters for their generation.” The Teen Leadership Conference will showcase political officials, celebrity guests and other public figures, along with volunteers from the community. For additional information and to register for events, please visit www. michaelwaltonfoundation.org.
World Class sprinter Michael Walton to host annual youth festivities for his Michael Walton Foundation on May 20-21.
By AFRO Staff Samuel Wanjiru, the Kenyan Marathon Olympic Gold Medal winner in 2008, died in Nairobi on May 15 after he fell from a second floor balcony when a domestic dispute erupted involving his wife and another woman on May 14, according to reports. The Associated Press reports that Kenyan police has officially announced Wanjiru’s death as suicide, although one officer alleged that Wanjiru leaped from the balcony in attempt to prevent his wife from leaving after she found him with another woman. The balcony is reported to be between 13 to 19 feet high, and Wanjiru landed upon a hard surface. “Wanjiru came home with another woman friend at around 11:30 p.m. [on Saturday May 14] and then when his wife came home and found them she inquired who the lady was,” area police chief Jasper Ombati said, as reported by the AP. “They got into an argument. His wife locked them in the bedroom and ran off. “He then jumped from the bedroom balcony. He is not here to tell us what he was thinking when he jumped. We do not suspect foul play. In our estimation we think he wanted to stop his wife from leaving the compound.” Wanjiru has had a documented history of domestic issues. In December 2010, he was charged with threatening to kill his wife and wounding a security guard with a rifle, although he denied all charges and was released on bail. This past Valentine ’s Day, Wanjiru and his wife, Triza Njeri, announced on television that they were going to work on their problems, and Njeri also dropped the charges against him. The Huffington Post reports that two other women claimed they were also married to Wanjiru on May 16 after hearing reports of his death. Polygamy is commonly practiced in Kenya. Wanjiru’s agent, Federico Rosa, told the Post he doesn’t believe Wanjiru committed suicide. “I talked to him yesterday and the day before,” Rosa said, according to HuffingtonPost.com. “It was going well and smoothly and he had no problem at all. This I can guarantee, it was not a suicide at all.” Wanjiru is reported to have passed away late May 15 in his hometown of Nyahururu, in the Rift Valley, known as “the cradle of Kenyan long-distance running.” “It is a huge tragedy,” Jos Hermens, a long distance running expert and manager of Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie, told the AP. “He could have won two, three more Olympic Games. He was an incredible talent.” The 24-year-old champion runner was the youngest runner ever to win four “major” marathons, claiming first place in five of seven marathons ran in his young career. He told reporters when he was 21 that he would “dominate” for at least another decade.
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BOARD OF LIQUORLICENSE COMMISSIONERS FOR BALTIMORE CITY NOTICE Petitions have been filed by the following applicants for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages at the premises set opposite their respective names. The real property for these applications will be posted on Monday, May 16, 2011. Written protests concerning any application will be accepted until and including the time of the conference or hearing. Conferences and public hearings will be held on or after June 2, 2011. Interested parties should contact the office of the Board, 231 E. Baltimore Street, 6th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 or by calling (410) 396-4385 to determine the exact time and date that a particular application will be considered by the Board. Written protests will be acknowledged by the Board and such protestants will be notified as to the date, time and place of the hearing and/or conference. 1. CLASS”A” BEER & WINE Zheng, LLC. Cheng Kai You Paul Zheng
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Marketing and Sales Representative III Compensation: $42,891.00 - $68,664.00 - excellent benefits package Starting salary contingent upon education and experience Closing Date: June 3, 2011 Location: World Trade Center, Baltimore, Maryland POSITION DUTIES: Position will be responsible for increasing the volume of homeport activity at the Port of Baltimore (POB); performing professional marketing and sales work in representing the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) and the Port of Baltimore to cruise ship stakeholders for the purpose of attracting new and retaining existing customers. The position will independently serve as a first line marketing and sales representative for the marketing of the Cruise Maryland brand throughout the United States and its territories. The position will also, but not be limited to, serve in a customer service capacity in insuring that customers always receive quality service and solutions when utilizing the Port of Baltimore. For position requirements, please visit www.marylandtransportation.com or https://jobs.mdot.state.md.us for a complete job announcement or call (410)385-4446 Monday - Friday during business hours. Application: Qualified candidates please submit your resume and cover letter, along with a MDOT DTS-1 application to the Human Resources Department, Maryland Port Administration, 401 East Pratt Street, Suite 253, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Attention: Marketing and Sales Representative III. MDOT DTS-1 application can be obtained by accessing http://www.marylandtransportation.com/Employment/application or by calling our Job Hotline at (410)385-4456. Call 711 for MD Relay Service. EEO/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/ADA TYPESET: Wed May 18 14:15:19 EDT 2011EMPLOYER
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4. CLASS “B” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR RESTAURANT LICENSE (HOTEL-MOTEL) Crossroads Hospitality Management Company, LLC Transfer of ownership 101 W. Fayette Street Patricia Jones & request for outdoor table service Christopher Bennett
Psycho-Social Unit Clerk Immediate Opening for a Psycho Social Unit Clerk. The Unit Clerk is responsible for the smooth flow of all clients and documents related to service delivery for Psycho-Social teams at Health Care for the Homeless. The Unit Clerk assures accurate collection of appropriate data and completion of required documentation needed to initiate and implement the plan of care for adult and geriatric clients established by the providers from the Psycho-Social teams. The Unit Clerk provides support to the provider staff in facilitating client services. The clerk participates collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team, providing clerical support services wherever they are needed. High School Diploma, GED. Good telephone communication skills, legible handwriting and good basic typing skills. Computer skills preferred Welldeveloped organizational skills, Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain confidentiality surrounding all information related to clients. Send resume to Ms. C. Berry, HCH, 421 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202 by May 31, 2011. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax: 410-837-8020. No phone calls. EOE TYPESET: Wed May 18 14:15:53 EDT 2011
The Afro-American, May 21, 2011 - May 21, 2011
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