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Residents Fight for More Youth Jobs
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Next month, a citysponsored youth employment program will pay wages for 5,100 teenagers as they land jobs around the city, but a coalition of community groups says that’s not enough. The Full Employment Baltimore organization wants the summer Youth Works program to serve 9,000 youth – the same figure the group thought was sponsored in 2009. After a fact check, they learned the city only funded 7,100 youth that year and 5,000 last year. Still, their message remains the same: fewer jobs for youth will be detrimental to Baltimore. Before a taxpayer’s night budget hearing at the War Memorial Building May 18, the group protested for an hour, demanding more funding for youth jobs and for the city to reprioritize spending to promote youth empowerment rather than preparing youth for incarceration. At the protest, Full Employment Baltimore, which is comprised of at least nine organizations and non-

Tea Party Candidate Confuses Constitution with Declaration of Independence
By AFRO Staff Tea party favorite Herman Cain launched his candidacy for president on May 21 by chiding Americans to re-read the Constitution – but only proved that he himself needs a refresher course. “We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States; we need to re-read the Constitution and enforce the Constitution,” Cain said to a cheering crowd on Saturday, May 21 in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. But then the radio talk show host proved his own

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Baltimore residents came out for Taxpayer’s Night to discuss the city budget with the Council members and to make the point that fewer jobs for youth is bad for the city. profit groups, carried placards calling for youth jobs, living wage employment and an end to construction on a proposed youth jail. “We believe when the citizens of Baltimore are working ... they will be less dependent on the government and charities,” Ralph Moore said. He’s one of the lead organizers for Full Employment Baltimore. “We need to save the city by saving our youth,” he said. “It will generate a stronger workforce in the future if today’s youth are used to getting paid now.” Alexis Flanagan, director at the Safe and Sound Campaign, said it seems city government predicts Baltimore City residents will fail. She says the mayor’s budget allocates 11 times more funding to crime control than to the healthy development of children and youth: $265 million versus $24 million. “If we invest in the success of our residents, it will reduce the need for crime and protection services,” Flanagan said. She wore a bright green shirt that read, “It’s About Opportunity – Continued on A3

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Herman Cain announces his run for Republican candidate for president at a rally May 21 with a misfire, calling on people to read the Constitution, but what he wanted Americans to pay attention to isn’t in the document. ignorance by alluding to passages from the Declaration of Independence – a separate document published years before the Constitution. “Now, I know that there are some people that are not going to do that (read it), so for the benefit of those who are not going to read it because they don’t want us to go by the Constitution, there’s a little section in there that talks about ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ “You know, those ideals that we live by, we believe in, your parents believed in, they instilled in you. When you get to the part about ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ don’t stop there, keep reading,” he continued. “‘Cause that’s when it says ‘when any form of government becomes Continued on A4

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Sigma chapter from Clark Atlanta University shows they have what it takes at the Sprite Step Off II competiton on May 21 at Prince George’s County’s Show Place Arena. See page C3 for more coverage.

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Memorial Day:
Washington, D.C., is gearing up for the annual tribute to the men and women that have served the country in the military. Celebrities such as actor Gary Sinise and “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak will be on hand May 30 for

Remembering the Fallen

the National Memorial Day Parade in the capital. The parade of marching bands and veteran units from across the United States kicks off at 2 p.m. at the corner of Constitution Avenue and Continued on A4

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Victoria Kent (left), Karen Morgan, Tericka Tate and Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld (right) attended a kick-off vigil May 5 for the Remember Me organization, which memorializes missing or murdered Black women.

‘Remember Me’ Works to Memorialize Missing, Murdered Black Women
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Like so many around the country, Victoria Kent was horrified by the disappearance of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes. But while many residents merely followed Barnes story, Kent, 23, was inspired into action. It was at a local vigil for the teen that Kent decided Barnes and the countless other Black women who had experienced similar tragedies deserved better. “The ceremony was poorly organized and very few people showed up on time,” she said. “I’m a young African-American female and I grew up in Baltimore Continued on A4

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Man, 45, Cured of AIDS Due to Immunity Gene

A San Francisco man may be the first person to be “cured” of AIDS due to an HIV immunity gene. According to San Francisco CBS affiliate KCBS, Timothy Ray Brown, who tested positive in 1995, may be the first man in history to have the deadly disease completely removed from his body due to a “functional cure.” Brown received a bone marrow stem cell transplant in Berlin, Germany, back in 2007 after battling HIV and leukemia. The donor appears to have carried a gene which made them immune to HIV, an immunity which may have been passed to Brown. Since the transplant, Brown has stopped using his HIV medication. “I’m cured of HIV. I had HIV but I don’t anymore,” Brown told the news station. Dr. Jay Levy at the University of California, San Francisco, who helped discover the HIV virus, said Brown’s case is significant for HIV/AIDS research. “If you’re able to take the white cells from someone and manipulate them so

they’re no longer infected, or infectable—no longer infectable by HIV—and those white cells become the whole immune system of that individual, you’ve got essentially a functional cure,” Levy said. Phill Wilson, the founder and executive director of the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, said Brown may not be the first person who has been “cured,” a word he called “complex and interesting.” “Technically, a cure means we can eradicate the virus from an HIV-positive person’s body. I don’t think we are close to finding that,” he said in an e-mail. “I do think we are close to the day when people are more likely to die with HIV than from HIV. I think we have the tools to stop new infection, and slow down disease progression dramatically.”

Justice Clarence Thomas Goes Home, but Not All Cheer Him

Clarence Thomas, the only Black justice on the Supreme Court, was welcomed with a standing ovation May 18 at a ceremony to dedicate an Augusta courthouse named after a civil rights leader. But not everyone in attendance was pleased to see him. According to The Associated Press, some residents were angered that Thomas, 62, was selected to speak at the grand opening of a courthouse named after civil rights lawyer John “Jack” Ruffin Jr. Ruffin was the first Black chief judge of the state Court of Appeals, and was recognized for his push to integrate local schools. Thomas’ known conservative record and firm stance against affirmative action programs

have strained relations with Black residents in his home state. “The folks that had a vested interest weren’t really consulted,” David Watkins, a Richmond County, Ga. state court judge, told the AP. “Look, imagine you invite someone to your house to spend the night and you don’t ask your wife, and it may be someone she didn’t agree with. Would that go well?” In the past year, the affiliation of Thomas’ wife with the tea party movement has surfaced. Critics have also called for him to sit out of the anticipated court fight over President Obama’s health care reform act, as his wife publicly criticized the legislation. These controversies have infuriated residents of Augusta. James L. Kendrick, a leader in Augusta’s Black community said, “[Thomas] has a tough relationship with his native state. “In most cases and by the standard of a lot of Black people, Justice Thomas voted to the opposite of what they felt was good,” Kendrick told the AP. “People feel betrayed by him.” During his speech, Thomas addressed public criticism and said judges should not be consumed by public opinion and said he expected “this courthouse will always be a refuge from the shifting tides of public interest.” Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver invited Thomas to speak and defended his decision. “Justice Thomas is a Georgia native and it’s appropriate for him to speak at the event as well,” Copenhaver said, according to the AP. “It offers a real perspective on America. People have differing views, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

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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 from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted

May 28, 2011 - June 3, 2011, The Afro-American

By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer

ACORN Fights Back

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

“We need to save the city by saving our youth.”

A mayoral hopeful unveiled a policy agenda last week that he said would rebuild Baltimore’s government. The seven-page plan proposes to overhaul city agencies, ensuring they diligently collaborate to provide timely services; increases disclosures among city workers, agencies, contractors and lobbyists and provides more opportunities for the public to issue complaints and request information. “The government’s infrastructure right now is broken,” mayoral candidate Otis Rolley said in a recent phone interview. “You talk to the African-American community, you talk to the White community within the city, and you hear Courtesy Photos that ... It’s not something that you are going Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who to be killed, as well as her brother, be was able to tweak or reform, it has to Jason. completely rebuilt.” video screen, the family chose Rolley, who worked as the city’s planning the latter. According to the the body of Sheila Dixon’s director andher 7-year-old chief plate X584859 was found on of staff, Chicago’s West Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew government should said cityMonday, just hours be run somewhat Side after that’s him.” afterahis body was found in a are police received a 7 a.m. call like business where citizens the customers. His proposal places an emphasis AFRO File Photo/John Moore on transparency within city agencies, requiring Otis Rolley, candidate for Baltimore the bureaus to post annual strategic plans and mayor, has unveiled a plan to rebuild improve communications with other agencies. The “top heavy” deputy mayor structure would Baltimore’s government. also be eliminated, he says, to ensure agency No have to live in campaign and Dallas By Alan King heads have more defined roles and report Cowboys players city workers would wonder Obama’sthe city. is Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, work for Under Armour the AFRO to the mayor. directlyStaff Writer “You wouldn’t trying to distance him from group, saying, “Barack said. among the Lobbyists would be required to register names submittedsomebody else’s apparel,” he Obama wearing to Never Organized with ACORN.” PresidentialBoard of Ethics andelection officials. “So, it’s more than reasonable for people candidate John with the City disclose Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – their clients and how much they earned to have that were doing those things withoutsame and classes long and and He taught Associated Community annually or face civil and criminal penalties. appreciation andfor ACORN. Theycorporation support for the even endorsed ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for Reform Now – Board and commission members and any fired. that they are working for. If you are working sion, were him for President. confirms the success of the entity seeking government action, including in the city “The evidence that has sur-of Baltimore you shouldin trouble. But now ACORN is live in the organization, the head of the contractors, would reveal all contributions showscity of Baltimore.” Reporter: There are at least faced so far they faked group says. to city politicians. Citythe work would also paid for worksaid the residency requirement is one He they 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to workers forms to get file financial disclosures one year didn’t do, not to stuff the few ways city governmentthousands of postof ballot country involving can directly we’ve done and success we’ve employment.Hurd, president of boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN create jobs. had,” Maude And under Rolley, all future orvictim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. promoted ACORN, said in an interview Workers would receive financial incentives tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote registered 1.3 million new votefforts. Continued from A1 ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Invest in it.” ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” “We have to start to shift been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for the way moneyRepublican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the is spent.” The swelling crowd took votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the the energy from the protest The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack inside the War Memorial, “is marily because of the way Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group SQUARE HIGH relaying demands to city ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than Charmetria Toni Wright, affectionately known as council of the greatest frauds in bombarded with threats and ing one members one-by-one. rely on volunteers, it pays peo“Mechie” shined her light upon the world on August 19, ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. “Baltimore doesn’t work voter history in this country, 1985 in Baltimore, MD to Charmetria Hines and James ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential Wright. She went on to paradise on January 1, 2011 after maybe destroying the fabric because its people don’t,” of a lengthy illness. The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” declared one man. Charmetria Toni Wright leaves to cherish her memory: being registered and those doing organization’s Boston and Seattle, a moral “A budget is a non-partisan Her mother, Charmetria Hines (Donnie Hill); father, James Wright, Sr. (Kim Wright); 2 grandmothers, Toni offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims to document and it shows where the registration. Wingfield NOT ON THE LIST and Florine Johnson (preceded in death); DunBREAD Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be city puts its with “no ... the“exaggerated,”priorities evibar Class of 2003 and a host of very loyal and devoted zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracyfriends. Also special friends, Ebony, Lindsay and Angela. obviously they aren’t with the August 29, 1985 - January 1, 2011 – Mrs. Betty Moore ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying fraud.” youth,” said Maureem Daly. Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain Council members listened A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is quietly to the comments, required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayed. LEFT RIGHT unable said, “Because it’s lowistration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She to respond directly. at 9” and uttered racial epithets. andLester Davis, a spokesman to note that it was the organizamoderate-income people, for City Council President the tion, in many instances, that first A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe Bernardcampaign thinks those brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain C. “Jack” Young, said he fears constituents to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesdon’t understand that the Photo courtesy of Ralph E. Moore Jr. isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” council can only snip away Before the budget hearing, Baltimore residents took the streets to spread the word points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to at the mayor’s $2.7 billion about the need for more youth jobs thishe’s a piece of nigger, and summer. controversy. budget, not allot more funding ing ads that seek to link Obama We never run low on irony in Baltimore. Or restaurants that serve local to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are For 38 years, the “If they grass-fed beef, merchants that carry housemade pickles and pâté, or to a particular area.non-partisan fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought I social said he doesn’t “expect markets that sell goods from local farms. It’s foodie heaven around here. spokesman Ian Brennan. “She lowered the tail end of the want more youth jobs,fordon’t his political support. McCain: I’m the mayor’s hell. All the commitment to and economic on the council any changes to John McCain made that niggers on oak trees. participant age from 24 to 21 think anyone justice for lowThe next time you wander under I-83 with a cup of Zeke’s and I approve added that this message. They’re gonna getYouthWorks and moderate-income budget,” but keep it going ... all hung honand reduced youth work BANANA and a bag of kale, do it as a homeowner. City home prices are can disagree with that, they 1 hours Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 memhistorically low and interest rates are, too. At Live Baltimore, we’ll from 30 to 25 hours a week. match you with homebuying incentives, renovation information, ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” Gov. Martin O’Malley neighborhoods, and more. baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chapallocated $1.3 million from So if you’ve ever told yourself, speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, the state’s supplemental “Someday I’ll own my own place,” get in touch. deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. – Ralph Moore budget to fund youth jobs and guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. Mayor Stephanie There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, Mayor Stephanie Rawlingscan’t work resource city just can’t make that happen,” Talbot, part of the Chicago every naturalif it’s thethere is, living wages, healthcare for the Blake of ACORN. He was so alone, it a lot of babies. That’s and make has to be the state, underserved— can demand it, branch has sought “creative he said. “Theyand while organways to find more money” for all you guys do. And thencoming nonprofits, businesses suck impressive that he was asked to izing voter registration ... introduce resolutions drives. train the ACORNis currently up the welfare and expect everyyouth jobs and staff. together to create these But“But at the end of the none has been as withering What with private Chicago one else to pay for your hospital and this mayor and past workingdid ACORN in entities opportunities.” day baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. billsYouthWorks – jus’ say let for your kids. I a six-week, With the presidential election to identify more funding mayors construct the budget Before age five, every room is a classroom. Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. city program – less than their budget and if two weeks away, sources. 30-year-old That’s the best and it is of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the “She hears (the need matches youth ages 14-21 Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like additional money needs to Forgetsummer jobs forlocal organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. for youth jobs) throughout with about paying at hospital counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, go somewhere else that is the bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud after The year and I don’t think and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC the same types of loans that businesses. Roughly 400 priority of the next mayor.” caused the financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the reported discovery of bogus founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca it’s been lost on her,” said companies participated A mayoral Mickey Mouse spokesman in today. hope you all die.” names, such as con Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young in Hurd thinks the hate calls will 2010. Some take on children for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ participants, cease soon. but don’t hire “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. It’s filled them directly, so Ithe city pays “In two weeks, think these with all kinds of simple, everyday things you can do to help a child the youths’ wages – $1,100 attacks will be over. But I think it learn. Together, we can work with our communities so an entire per student. will be harder for us to get our generation won’t just grow up... but grow up great. 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“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.” It’s not something that you are going to be able to tweak or reform, it has to be completely rebuilt.

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posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In her MySpace up to $5,000 for proposing reforms that equate routinely measure government services. And blog, she thanked fans and supporters for their prayers and to city savings or improvements. the inspector general’s office would become offered a $100,000 reward As a means to remedy the city’s often long- more independent while residents would to anyone who anonymously winded approval process, he says if agencies be able to submit complaintsreturned the boy alive. fail to respond to any application within 90 online. Each major city agency would house an Since the directors would days, it would be automatically approved. Internal Audits Office whoseinvestigation, Hudson – who gained stardom “The reality is this: saying no is as much of report to the inspector general. after appearing on “American an answer as saying yes, but not giving any “I think the only way we are going to be Idol,” and then strong answer is disrespectful to your customers and able to have a successful city, awon an city, Academy Award for her role in it sends the wrong message about Baltimore,” is if we start to get smarter in terms of not the movie Dreamgirls – has Rolley said. tolerating the waste, fraud and abuse that’s stayed out of the public eye. The plan is also stern on outside occurred for decades inChicago Tribune reportThe and decades out in contractors. Parties doing work for the city Rolley. Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. Baltimore,” saided that a parade of cars moved would be more vulnerable to random audits Johns Hopkins political professor Lester slowly past her family’s home A spokesman for the office the murders being held in Monday morning, past the – at least 10 percent would experience them but isK. Spence said many elements of Rolley’s told the newspaper thatcontractor earning parole violation afterincluding requiring certainand curiannually – and every Hudson jail for proposal, news vans, reporters campaign upwards of $25 million would automatically donation disclosures and barring big donors ous onlookers. be audited. Contractors would also have to from no-bid contracts, should Neighbors stood at least be “noquietly and submit detailed reflected on the invoices and “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted violence. reports of work ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackIn front of the Hudson’s performed. “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets Competitive said. “It ly,” the spokesman that he pleaded guilty to both and hooded sweatshirts came to bidding would - Otis Rolley was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses barbe required for moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and professional service of Julia exceedinga stolen motor vehicle. brainers.” The boy – the son contracts sion of Jason. $25,000 except in emergencies, He was released from“Peoplein works Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had and donors prison don’t believe government of going “Everybody is sick who contribute $10,000 or been missing since Friday, more would be servingfor them,” Spence said. “(This) represents 2006 after seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha barred relative found Julian’s a good beginning, andaif these ideas areof the when a from obtaining no-bid contracts. attempted murder and for the West, former resident at Rolley said the increased competitive the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges.very least debated, it should lead to a all area told the Tribune. “We Donerson, 57, and his uncle, businesses, remained missing campaignto stick together. All these The boy bidding would allow minority substantive have whoever the eventual Jason Hudson, and shot to death take advantage weekend in smaller firms 29, non-profits to through a long winner is.” young children are dying, and in his grandmother’s home in proposed to sync and volunteers which police of more contracts. He’s also In a phone interview, Keiana Page, a for what?” the 7000 blockbusiness requirements with state city minority of South Yale member of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Avenue. regulations. campaign read a short, prepared statement An Amber Alert – a desig“When we spend our dollars, we need to that said the mayor “has led the way on ethics nation for high-risk missing it in a way that be making sure we are doing reform.” Page later forwarded an e-mail to the children more opportunity for these small and – was issued Friday creates AFRO arguing that as Sheila Dixon’s chief of after Julian was discovered mid-sized businesses and I think if we do that staff, Rolley authorized salary increases for top missing after the murders. we create more opportunities for persons of workers, while Rawlings-Blake has reduced Police arrested William color and women inboy’scity,” he said. our stepsalaries by 18 percent since taking office. The Balfour, the missing Akin to “secret shoppers” hired to test retail e-mail also noted that it is against state law to father and estranged husband outlets, at his girlfriend’s require workers to live within the city. of Julia, the city would send “secret” testers to Southside apartment several hours after the murders. Balfour’s mother, Michele, has told reporters that her son had nothing to do with the slayings. Balfour remains a suspect in Jasonsponsored an Orioles Blake Hudson a hearing about youth jobs and Ravens Raffle to raise funding for June 2, although money for the summer jobs it was not posted to the program. Baltimore City Council online Councilman Pete Welch legislative calendar as of May told the group he’s scheduled 24.

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Economy Gives Chills to New College Grads
By Vincent Smith TriceEdney Wire The poor state of the nation’s economy, which has significantly affected the state of the job market over the past several years, is giving chills to new college graduates as thousands face the real world this spring. Fresh out of school, a new pool of people plan to enter the work force. But, is the work force ready and willing to add even more people to the already large group of Americans looking for jobs? Should students be worried that they will not be able to find adequate employment or any employment at all? Carol Dudley, director of career development at Howard University feels that worry should play a part in the minds of graduating seniors. “Students should always be worried about getting jobs regardless of what the economy is like,” she said. “Should ... students be especially concerned right now? Yes ... I don’t feel that they understand totally ... how bad the economy is.” This statement, however, differs from findings of a recent survey released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. According to the survey, employers have recently grown to be more adamant about hiring new graduates of the class of 2011. The survey also indicated an increase in projected hiring numbers from Sept. 2010 to April 2011. In September, employers anticipated hiring 13.5 percent more graduates coming from the class of 2011 than the graduates of 2010. Now, the number has jumped to 19.3 percent. But regardless of what numbers say, workers were let go, while 2.4 million workers were hired overseas. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, after hitting an alltime low during the recession, the amount of new college students being hired is expected increase this year. This could be the reason why Georgetown senior Chris Kelley is not

“Should ... students be especially concerned right now? Yes ... I don’t feel that they understand totally ... how bad the economy is.”
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– Carol Dudley
worried about his post-graduation plans. He already has them set in stone. “I am going to be working on a training floor at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Stanford, Conn.,” said Kelley. He then gave this advice: “Be assertive. Be yourself. Don’t sell out. Do something you want to do.” Advice for college seniors does not seem to be hard to come by. Howard’s Carol Dudley said, “Begin first making the intellectual shift. Begin to think: ‘I am a professional person, I’m no longer a just a student ... I am a student transforming into a professional.’ So when that individual begins the job search ... the type of cover letter that’s being submitted to HR professionals ... becomes that of a person who is ... bringing a set of skills to a professional team working on a common goal of the organization.”

Howard University’s Director of Career Development Carol Dudley believes graduates should be concerned about employment, regardless of the economy. anxiety and nervousness still play a role in some graduating seniors’ lives. Katie Derhim, a senior at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., is one of those seniors. “I know not a lot of people are hiring right now so I’m nervous there will not be anything available,” Derhim said. Derhim’s classmate, Jenna Ferlise, shares some of the same concerns. “I’m nervous about getting a job [after] graduation. There [are] just not really a lot of jobs. I feel like you ... [only] get one if you know somebody,” said Ferlise. According to the Department of Labor, the jobless rate for new graduates averaged 9.3 percent in 2010. For older graduates, this doubles. Where have all these jobs gone? Simply blaming the economy is not enough for people like Illinois Democrat Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Speaking on the House floor, he recently offered his reasoning about why the job market is so bad. According to Jackson, new gadgets like the Apple iPad and Amazon’s Kindle have destroyed the book industry by putting major chain stores like Borders out of business; thus, adding to the number of lost jobs in the nation. According to the U.S Commerce Department, shipping jobs oversees has led to a huge decrease in jobs here in America. Records say American multinational companies, that employ one-fifth of total Americans employed, have decreased the number of American workers in recent years. During the 2000s 2.9 million American

Maryland Adopts Green Construction Codes
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Gov. Martin O’Malley continues to move Maryland towards a greener future as he signed into law the state’s adoption of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). “We became the first state in America to adopt the International Green Construction Code,” O’Malley said during a May 11 speech. “This session, with your help, we also created new incentives for constructing green, highperformance homes. “ This comes as no surprise to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Officials there say they’ve noticed O’Malley’s vision for a green future and are pleased with the passing of the legislation. “Maryland has been one of the most important cradles of the green building movement and today’s adoption of the IGCC is another important notch in the belt for a state that’s been leading the way on these issues,” said Roger Platt, senior vice president of Global Policy and Law, USGBC, in a statement. “It is only fitting that the next step toward true market transformation and the advancement of the green building movement happens in Annapolis, under Gov. Martin O’Malley’s leadership, and with the expert counsel of USGBC’s Maryland Chapter.” According to the International Code

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Gov. Martin O’Malley has signed legislation that adopts the International Green Construction Code, making Maryland the first state in America to do so.

Council, the IGCC “provides a comprehensive sector is vital to our ability to create jobs and set of requirements intended to reduce the compete globally in the new economy.” negative impact of buildings on the natural Many of O’Malley’s policy goals fall environment.” Despite the new law, local into the range of sustaining Maryland’s jurisdictions aren’t required to adhere by the environment. O’Malley wants to restore the standards. Local jurisdictions can adopt these Chesapeake, reduce greenhouse gases, move standards instead of those set forth by the towards more energy efficiency and renewable Maryland Building Performance Standards. energy, and increase mass transit ridership. However, according to the law, if local To achieve these goals, O’Malley jurisdictions do adopt the IGCC, it can make has signed partnerships with Delaware amendments adding further provisions as long and Virginia to advance offshore wind as those provisions don’t weaken or prohibit development, making it a requirement that the minimum requirements set forth by the 20 percent of Maryland’s energy come from IGCC or weaken energy conservation or renewable sources by 2022 and adopting the efficiency standards. Clean Cars Act in 2007 to reduce amount It’s no question though what O’Malley of greenhouse gas emissions on the state’s would prefer, as he’s made several comments highways. this year about moving towards greener Maryland is the first state to wholly adopt technology and cleaner energy. “Energy the IGCC standards. The law will take effect touches every aspect of our lives from the March 2012. cost of heating our homes to sustaining our resources for future generations. Weare all here today because we understand that we are in a fight for our children’s future,” Continued from A1 O’Malley said in a statement. destructive of those ideals, “Maryland is leading the it is the right of the people nation’s efforts in clean to alter or abolish it.’ We’ve energy and sustainability, and got some altering and some our State’s growing ‘green’ abolishing to do!” The Constitution does not include the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” nor does it mention abolishing or altering a destructive government Cain, the son of a chauffeur and a maid, is a graduate of Morehouse College and Purdue University; worked as a mathematician with the Navy and worked his way up the corporate ladder before becoming President and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

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“We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States; we need to re-read the Constitution ...”

‘Remember Me’ Works to Memorialize
Continued from A1 and it was heartbreaking [to learn about Barnes]. I thought that there must be a lot of girls who have been raped and murdered and she got some coverage, but there are a lot that didn’t.” This month, the Loyola University graduate and two friends formed Remember Me, an organization that memorializes Maryland’s missing or murdered Black women. Kent says a victim’s story might initially appear in a newspaper, but by the following week, everyone has “forgotten about her,” and she is merely added to the police’s missing or murdered statistics. “That’s a tragedy,” Kent said. “If something were to happen to me or someone I knew, God forbid, I wouldn’t want to be just a statistic.” According to the police department, four Black women have been killed this year and 18 were murdered in 2010. The group plans to highlight one missing or murdered woman a month, holding vigils for the dead and a gathering called “Honk for Her” for the missing. During “Honk for Her,” the organization, along with supporters and the victim’s family members, wield signs and photos at the location of the disappearance and urge passing drivers to honk their horns to bring attention to the woman. Remember Me’s first vigil, held earlier this month outside City Hall, attracted support from Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld and state Del. Mary Washington, who both spoke while supporters waved placards in honor of several brutalized women. Police spokesman Kevin Brown said groups like Kent’s are “very helpful” as police conduct investigations into disappearances. “The commissioner is committed to working hand in hand with the community,” he said, “and groups like this do lead to many tips being received that help in the investigations of missing person cases.” Tanise Ervin, a 19-year-old killed by crossfire outside a Better Waverly carryout last March, will be the first woman

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A long-shot candidate, Cain joins a GOP field that includes former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-N.M.), and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga).

“I thought that there must be a lot of girls who have been raped and murdered and (Phylicia Barnes) got some coverage, but there are a lot that didn’t.”
– Victoria Kent
officially spotlighted by the group in June. Kent is working on obtaining non-profit status for Remember Me and is teaming up with other groups with similar missions, including the human rights organization Power Inside, which supports women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence and oppression. Kent’s ultimate goal is for the group to maintain a national database of missing and murdered Black women and keep the memory of the victims alive. “We have a lot of work to do,” she said.

Memorial Day
Seventh Street in northwest and proceeds west down Constitution Avenue, past the White House. The parade will honor members of the military who have died on duty and will also include a tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Two veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars will also be presented with Continued from A1 Medal of Honors for acts of bravery. For more information on the parade, visit: http://www. nationalmemorialdayparade. com. For more information about other memorial events, visit: hoildaysseasonalevents/a/ MemorialDay.htm. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Deamonte Driver’s Legacy
In 2007, Deamonte Driver’s died from a brain infection caused by an untreated toothache. His death, at only 12 years of age, shined a harsh spotlight on the sorry state of our country’s system of oral health care. For $80, Deamonte’s infected tooth could have been removed and his life saved. Yet, his family could not find a dentist willing to treat this child and take away Elijah Cummings his pain. That any American child could die as a result of a tooth infection because he or she is unable to see a dentist is both a tragedy and a disgrace. We must do better – and we are. Since Deamonte Driver’s tragic death, I have been working with both federal and state leaders to assure that this young man’s death would not be in vain. Leading our movement to assure Deamonte Driver’s legacy for all of Maryland’s children are Gov. Martin O’Malley, Maryland’s Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Josh Sharfstein, and a public-private movement, the Maryland Dental Action Coalition, led by chairwoman Beth Lowe. Driven by the evidence that 30 percent of Maryland’s thirdgrade children still have untreated dental cavities – and that nearly one-half of oral cancer cases are diagnosed only when those cancers have spread – we know that we have no time to waste. For example, 63 percent of Maryland’s Medicaid recipients were children in 2008, while only 19 percent of our dentists were participating. Three years later, we have increased the number of participating dentists by one-third – and all of Maryland’s 24 local health departments now provide oral health services on site. This progress toward our goals is why I was so gratified to join Beth Lowe, Secretary Sharfstein and other Coalition


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leaders last week as we launched Maryland’s Oral Health Plan for the next five years. We are determined to expand access to affordable and effective oral health care, do a far better job in preventing oral disease and injury, and educate the public about how best to access the care that their families need. We can succeed here in Maryland, but we need a strong partner in the federal government. Reforms like the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acthave brought us closer to ensuring that no other child suffers Deamonte’s fate. The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (“CHIP”) mandated – for the first time – that children eligible for the program receive dental coverage. I was deeply gratified that this important reform legislation included several initiatives that I had long advocated. For example, children covered by CHIP now receive a guaranteed dental benefit that includes preventive, restorative, and emergency dental care – coverage that also extends to children who are eligible for CHIP but have private medical insurance that does not include dental insurance. Equally important, our Federally Qualified Community Health Centers now have the ability to contract with private dentists for the purpose of providing dental care under both Medicaid and CHIP. Last March, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act that authorizes $11 billion in federal funding for these same community health centers. Less well known, our health reform legislation also provides that every insurance package offered through the new Health Insurance Exchanges will offer pediatric dentistry care starting in 2014.

The CHIP Reauthorization Act and the Affordable Care Act are major milestones in fulfilling our commitment to our children’s health. Taken together with local initiatives like Maryland’s, they are a significant down payment in our mission to honor Deamonte Driver’s life and legacy. It is both tragic and misguided that the new Republican House majority is attempting to dismantle and defund these reforms. We cannot allow this step backward to prevail. The significant gains in oral health we are achieving would be lost, and lives would be lost as well. Young and older alike, we all have a personal interest in seeing these reforms succeed. Maryland’s new Oral Health Plan – combined with federal healthcare reform – can move us forward toward our goal. Then, and only then, will we have fulfilled Deamonte Driver’s legacy. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Venezuela’s African Roots
In Black in Latin America, a four-part series that recently aired on PBS, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. uncovered a side of the region that has long been known but for just as long hidden – the African heritage of many of its people. Gates traveled to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil for the important series, exploring how Africa has helped shape Latin America from its time of independence to the current day. Though he didn’t focus on it, Venezuela is another country with deep African roots and a significant Afro-descendent population that has long struggled with a legacy of racism that left many Afro-Venezuelans behind their Whiter countrymen. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, an estimated 100,000 enslaved Africans were brought to Venezuela, where they worked as slaves on coffee and cacao plantations. Slavery was abolished in 1854, but freedom did not bring equality. Racism continued to flourish in Venezuela throughout most of the 20th century, and African heritage was denied through an emphasis on racial mixing. In this scheme, African heritage was devalued to such an extent that state policies sought to “whiten” the population through European immigration. Venezuela, like many other Latin American countries, used the idea of the mestizo to uphold a myth of racial democracy that denied the fact that rampant discrimination on the basis of skin color and African identity took place. As a consequence of Venezuela’s historic legacy of racism, Afro-Venezuelans have long suffered the brunt of the country’s poverty, while their cultural and historic contributions have been ignored or set aside. Since President Hugo Chavez’s first

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election to the presidency in 1998, this has gradually started to change. Not only has Chavez acknowledged and celebrated his own African roots – “I’m so proud to have this mouth and this hair, because it’s African,” he told Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now” in 2005 – but he has worked with Afro-Venezuelan organizations to implement policies that address and confront the country’s legacy of racism. Over the last 12 years, Afro-Venezuelans have gained a number of significant achievements, ranging from the recognition of intercultural education in the 1999 Constitution to a law against racial discrimination that the Venezuelan National Assembly will approve this month. In 2005, Chavez, the first president to appoint an AfroVenezuelan to his executive cabinet, approved a decree establishing a commission to abolish all forms of racial discrimination from Venezuela’s educational system. That same year, the National Assembly officially designated May 10 as Afro-Venezuelan Day and the entire month as a celebration of African heritage. Furthermore, massive social programs focused on education and health have given Afro-Venezuelans more opportunities than ever before, and a 2009 law on education requires that schools teach the history of the country’s Afro-Venezuelans. This year, Venezuela’s census will for the first time include questions where respondents can specifically identify themselves as Afro-descendent, allowing for the country’s Afro-Venezuelan population to be formally quantified and recognized and its problems addressed. Current estimates of Afro-Venezuelans put the number at more than 7 million, or

roughly a quarter of Venezuela’s population. Additionally, Venezuela has also dramatically expanded ties to Caribbean and started to consolidate the relationship with African nations. In the Caribbean, Venezuela is helping ease the energy burden faced by many countries through a plan called PetroCaribe, which provides countries with oil at preferential financing rates. Venezuela also remains actively involved in the reconstruction of Haiti by providing aid and forgiving hundreds of million of dollars in debts. In Africa, Venezuela has opened 18 new embassies in countries including Mali, Morocco, Congo, Angola, and many more. President Chavez is often criticized for supposedly limiting Venezuela’s democracy, but his actions with regards to the country’s Afro-Venezuelan population shows just the opposite. Unlike Venezuelan politicians before him, Chavez is expanding the definition of what democracy means and what it is to be Venezuelan, and the rights associated with it. Of course, a historic legacy of racism as long as Venezuela’s won’t be corrected in only a few years, much less will it come without a fight. But Venezuela has taken the first steps towards recognizing and celebrating its African heritage – and treating Afro-Venezuelans as they central part of the country’s identity that they are. Modesto Ruiz is an Afro-Venezuelan and a member of Venezuela’s National Assembly, where he chairs the subcommittee that deals with issues related to AfroVenezuelans.

Letters to the Editor
What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?   When I was a few years younger, Memorial Day was a day to honor our fallen heroes – parades were held in their honor, family get-togethers, picnics – we put the American flag out in our yards, not only to honor those men and women, but, show respect for their service and their ultimate sacrifices. I remember the veterans of other wars in their uniforms carrying the American flag, marching in front of my hometown Memorial Day Parade. The stores and other businesses were closed. Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1836. It is now recognized on the last Monday in May of each year. But this year, no business will be closed on Memorial Day; instead, they will see who can have the biggest, grandest Memorial Day sales. Even some schools will have a regular school schedule, yet, our fallen heroes will still be gone forever. I have not gone shopping for anything (not even a hamburger) on Memorial Day since I saw many of our heroes die in Vietnam. I strongly feel we owe it to those heroes to reserve one day per year to honor them. What do you think? Some of the many ways to honor those heroes on Memorial Day are: attend a memorial ceremony, attend a parade, place a flag upon a veteran’s grave, raise a flag in your yard, attend a church service and ask that a prayer be said for those who are still serving to have a safe return to their loved ones. At 3 p.m. STOP whatever you are doing on Memorial Day and join us in a moment of silence. It is our duty as FREE Americans to thank our fallen heroes on Memorial Day for their sacrifices. Also, to thank those men and women of the armed forces who are serving today to protect the freedom of our grandchildren. Teach your children and grandchildren the true meaning of Memorial Day for those that have served to protect their freedom. Command Sgt. Maj. James Berndt (Ret.) E-mail user

Prescription Drug Advertising – Where is the Outrage? Many legislators in Congress still do not get it. The largest contributing factor in the outrageous cost of prescription drugs is advertising and promotion, estimated to be about 37 percent of the price we pay for those drugs. More money is spent on lobbying, advertising and promotion by the pharmaceutical industry than is spent on research and development. The incredible waste of valuable prescription drug resources is appalling. Here’s but one example of such waste: There are hundreds of thousands of pharmaceutical company ads that appear in many thousands of magazines and newspapers each year. Most of the major pharmaceutical company ads in magazines usually contain a couple of pages of “stats” describing the product and its contraindications. These pages are often set in type so small that they cannot be easily read. And if one were to take the time to read it, the technical language is incomprehensible to most readers. Since only a physician may prescribe prescription drugs, such advertising properly belongs only in medical and professional journals. Billions of dollars are spent each year on television and print media ads. These enormous costs are reflected in the price of the product. Direct to consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs should be banned. The United States and New Zealand are the only countries that permit DTC advertising of prescription drugs – and prescription drugs in New Zealand are heavily subsidized by the government (and, as an indirect result of DTC advertising, so are pharmaceutical companies). Drug prices in most other countries are about half those in the United States. But the most damnable outrage is the Medicare Modernization and Improvement Act prescription drug language which prohibits our government from negotiating prescription drug prices! You can bet that it was the drug companies that wrote that provision into the bill. Rep. Billy Tauzin, former Republican chairman of the House Commerce Committee, was one of the major architects of that act. That provision alone has cost taxpayers untold billions of dollars. Shortly after passage of the bill, Rep. Tauzin resigned from the House of Representatives and took a position as president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association – at a salary of $2,000,000 a year plus perks. The pharmaceutical industry does not need any more protection – it needs less! It is the drug consumer who needs protection from drug companies. It’s time to rein in the pharmaceutical industry drug cartel and their congressional co-conspirators. Paul G. Jaehnert Vadnais Heights, Minn.


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an evening of music, spoken word and the works of young, emerging artists. $6-$8. For more information: 443-2631875. Jazz at the Manor: A Summer Jazz Series Rockfield Manor, 501 Churchville Road, Bel Air, Md., 8 p.m. Listen to the smooth sounds of today’s hottest jazz artists. $5-$25. For more information: jazzsummerseries.eventbrite. com. May 28 ‘The Devil Don’t Live Here Anymore’ Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, 3-9:30 p.m. Witness this spiritual stage play with unexpected twists and turns. $15-$20. For more information: thedevildontlivehereanymore. May 29 Biennial South Carolina Day Celebration Ebenezer AME Church, 20 W. Montgomery St., Baltimore, 10 a.m. Celebrate the blessings from God and recognize the sons and daughters of South Carolina in the Baltimore area. For more information: 410-6559469. Charm City Jazz ‘Moonlight Jazz Cruise’ Spirit of Baltimore ship, 561 Light St., Baltimore, 9:30 p.m. On this Memorial Day weekend, hear smooth jazz and R&B under the moonlight and on the water. An open buffet and top-shelf cash bar will also be available. $59. For more information: www. May 28-29 Linganore Caribbean Wine Festival Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mt. Airy, Md. 12-6 p.m. Enjoy live Caribbean and reggae music and take guided wine tours. Ticket will include wine glass, winery tour, 19 wine tastings, over 30 artisans and two live bands. $15-$20. For more information: 410-795-6432. June 3 Art With Noise Exhibit Eubie Blake Historical Jazz & Cultural Institute, 847 N. Howard St., Baltimore, 7-9 p.m. Stomp Management Artist hosts an opening reception for their Art With Noise exhibit. For more information: www. June 4 Spring Festival Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 3008 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Come out for a funfilled day at Mt. Ararat. For more information: www. Circle of Champions: Speak With Impact The Renaissance Baltimore Harbor Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. At this workshop, learn how to effectively communicate, achieve your goals and speak with confidence. $47. For more information: 301-218-8200. Black Renaissance Book Club Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania Avenue branch, 1531 W. North Ave., Baltimore, 2:30 p.m. The Pennsylvania Avenue Branch’s book club will discuss a variety of insightful selections. For more information: 410-396-0399. Sister Souljah Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania Avenue branch, 1531 W. North Ave., Baltimore, 3 p.m. Sister Souljah, author, political activist and educator, reads and discusses her new novel, Midnight and the Meaning of Love. For more information: 410-396-0399. June 4-5 Charles Village Festival Wyman Park Dell, 29th and Charles streets, Baltimore, 11 a.m. Kick off the summer and enjoy continuous live entertainment, beer/wine and food vendors. There will also be plenty activities for the kids including games and face painting. For more information: www.

May 27 Floetic Fridays The Reginald F. Lewis

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Staycations Can Be Fun Too
By Joi-Marie McKenzie Spring has finally sprung and that could only mean one thing, summer is around the corner. And while many think summer means out-of-town vacations, there is plenty to do in Maryland that could keep anyone busy. Staycations are perfect for mature adults and seniors who may be low on expendable income or want to stay close to home for medical or mobility reasons. Still, vacationing in your back yard can be entertaining, The Alex Haley Memorial in while saving Annapolis is one you a few of many Africandollars. American Whether cultural sites in you’re into the state. shopping trips, live concerts, nature walks or historical tours, Maryland offers it all. Cinema’s and the Amish Farmer’s Market. Also, National Harbor in Prince George’s County offers dining, hotel accommodations and shopping. It also offers a wide range of sightseeing and boat tours in the marina.

Getting Cultured
Maryland is rich in history, especially AfricanAmerican history. Whether you’re dying to see the birthplace of “The Star-

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throughout the state, is awesome, and we’re also the birthplace of Harriett Tubman,” says Camila Clark of the Maryland Office of Tourism. “So if you are looking for opportunities to actually walk in the footsteps of prominent African Americans who were actually here in Maryland there are certainly great ways to do it.” The Maryland Office of Official Tourism also offers tours of the Alex Haley Memorial where Kunta Kinte’s plaque lays and the home of Frederick Douglass, who lived in Talbot County. You can also take a tour of the largest African-American museum on the East Coast, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in downtown Baltimore.

Nothing says vacation like relaxation. Maryland is home to plenty of spas, bed and breakfasts and retreats to help you block out busy city The Assateague life. In ponies are always an Baltimore awe-inspiring sight. City, there are several spas that offer facials, Water, Sand massages, hot stone and Sun treatments When as well as you think of manicures Maryland, and pedicures. you don’t The Inn at Perry Cabin is a luxurious Photos Courtesy Round up your Maryland Office of necessarily manor house resort and spa in St. girlfriends or Tourism Michaels, Md. The colonial mansion think of the the guys to relax exudes calm and elegance, the perfect beach ... at Red Door Spa hideaway. because it at Cross Keys, doesn’t have The Maryland State About Faces Yearmany. Still, there are plenty of breathtaking Fair, an 11-day event Salon and Spa round harbors that allow for beach-like relaxation held every year in Sante, which all fly fishing can and a fresh breeze. Baltimore’s Inner Timonium, Md., is offer the best in tranquility and treatments right be enjoyed on Harbor not only boasts top notch restaurants one of several annual the Chesapeake in your own backyard. including Phillips Seafood, McCormick and festivals that van be waters. And if you’re willing to travel an hour Schmick’s and The Oceanaire, it also has the enjoyed throughout down the road, Chesapeake Beach Resort and one of the best attractions in Charm City, the the summer. Spangled Banner” or the home of Spa offers the best in relaxation right on the National Aquarium. Frederick Douglass, it’s all just around the Chesapeake Bay. With balcony hotel accommodations to Baltimore isn’t the only city to have a corner. see the best of the bay, you can also enjoy a full service scenic harbor. Annapolis Harbour Center not only has “The Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, spa, two restaurants and an outdoor café. There are also breathtaking vistas, it also has light shopping, Bow Tie which takes you through African-American sites

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Caregivers in Need of Care Too
very costly; those in need of care can exhaust their financial resources very quickly.” One day a week, Janice Faulkner has another job to Many families choose to keep their elderly loved go to once she leaves her full-time job for the day. This ones at home instead of sending them to an assisted second job doesn’t pay anything, but is an essential part living facility for a number of reasons, including of her weekly routine. financial strains and distrust of third-party Faulkner is one of an estimated 70 caretakers, Williams said. million Americans who take care of Bill Fralin, a certified elder law an elderly relative or friend without attorney with the Estate Planning & compensation, either in that person’s Elder Law Firm, said it is usually a home or in their own, according to an combination of both of those factors. AARP estimate. “With an aging population and with the In Faulkner’s case, she and her cost of care sky rocketing, with a lot of eight siblings take turns caring for their families it makes sense keeping them at mother. Though her mother suffers from home,” Fralin said. “No one’s going to dementia, Faulkner said she is extremely give better care than a family member. self-reliant. Faulkner and her siblings, If you can get that situation, it can work however, still make it their business to well. People want to stay home – no assist her regularly. “All nine of us take one gets up and says, ‘I want to go to a turns taking care of her,” said Faulkner. nursing home.’” “My mother is 95 years old and we make But being a caregiver is no easy task, sure that she’s never left alone.” and there is increasing support for the Because she has help, Faulkner is idea of compensating care providers. spared many of the burdens that can There are several options for doing come with caring for an elderly relative. this, with the most obvious being that According to AARP, two-thirds of the parent or client being cared for pay Stock Image caregivers in the United States work the person taking care of them. In this There is a growing campaign to compensate the men and women who provide unpaid outside of the home, forcing them to scenario, it is prudent to have a personal care to the elderly. juggle caregiving and work-related care agreement in place, experts say. responsibilities. Many are forced to turn “It’s a good idea to write down what the down job opportunities, take an early retirement, or quit of having family member caregivers. “In-home aide, job descriptions are,” said Fralin. “That way they know their jobs altogether. The rising costs of nursing homes adult daycare services and assisted living care can be Continued on B2 By Kyle Taylor and adult daycare services have forced families to care for loved ones on their own. “I would say that it has become a growing necessity over the last 10 years or so,” said Joanne Williams, director of the Baltimore County Department of Aging,


The Afro-American, May 2011

African Americans Shun Hospice Care
By Tia Lewis African Americans are 34 percent less likely than Caucasians to receive hospice services in the District of Columbia, according to research by Capital Caring (formerly known as Capital Hospice), a hospice provider since 1977. In a 2011 case study, “Closing the Gap in Hospice Care for African Americans in Washington, D.C,” researchers found that while more African Americans are receiving hospice care, the disproportion between Caucasians and African Americans continues. The leading reason for this disparity “is the fact that our society still is not always as culturally sensitive as we should be in speaking about these issues with a population that has a natural reason to be distrustful based on an unfortunate legacy of racism in our nation,” stated Malene Davis, CEO and president of Capital Caring. “While we have made progress as a society in this regard, there is still much to be done in the way of communicating effectively with African-American families.” Dr. Glenda Hodges, associate director of hospital support services at Howard University Hospital, believes a spiritual disconnect contributes to the gap. “Most African Americans integrate their religious beliefs into their personal health issues,” she said. “For some reason, they feel that if they accede to hospice care, they are ‘giving up’ on their faith and spiritual connection. They would rather rely on God’s divine intervention and accept whatever happens than live a life that can truly be enhanced by quality care, even in the presence of a terminal illness.” Hodges added, “The notion of failing God, abandoning one’s faith and redemptive suffering are all real issues in the African-American community. Couched in all of this is ‘God’s will’ and his ability to heal. Many African Americans believe that God will heal them so there is obviously no need to become involved in ‘terminal care,’ which is the way hospice is viewed.” These misconceptions prevent many African Americans from receiving proper help during a difficult time, experts said. “African Americans won’t experience the same quality of life at this phase that others do because hospice isn’t something they elected. This means that there will be less support at a time when families often need it the most,” added Davis. Recent statistics show that in the District, 42 percent of African-American deaths occur before age 65, compared with 23 percent of Caucasian deaths. The most common causes of death for District African Americans younger than 65 are cancer, heart disease, and AIDS. “These are diseases that commonly benefit from hospice services,” Davis said. Julia Jones, a two-year resident of Capital Caring, was advised by her doctor to live in a hospice because of her disability. Jones says the facility is excellent but believes most African Americans shun hospice care because of the negative perception. “They associate
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“They would rather rely on God’s divine intervention and accept whatever happens than live a life that can truly be enhanced by quality care, even in the presence of a terminal illness.”

hospice with death, and we as a race don’t like to be reminded of imminent death,” said Jones. Other myths are that hospice care is expensive and that the facilities lack proper resources and provide limited access to its patients. Dr. Hodges believes these major misconceptions stem from unfamiliarity and miseducation about the industry. “The term ‘hospice’ engenders negative connotations for most African Americans and as such, the notion of hospice needs to be redefined in our community in order that African Americans can benefit from this useful service,” she said. “Unfortunately, most African Americans die tragic deaths of little or no quality care because of their misconceptions regarding hospice care. Additionally, our ‘end of life’ supports systems are almost nonexistent because of unfounded and unrealistic myths.” A study by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization found that between 2002 and 2009, the total number of U.S. patients who used hospice increased from 885,000 to an estimated 1.56 million, a 76 percent increase, but less than half of the patients who are medically eligible for hospice care use it. Davis said that her company is actively working to alleviate many of the negative connotations associated with the industry and hopes that more African Americans use the service. ‘We at Capital Caring are taking some bold steps to ensure that more African-American families easily access our care. First, we held the APPEAL Training in collaboration with Duke University, a two-day long professional development program for local health care professionals, which seeks to improve care for African Americans. Second, we have changed our name from ‘Capital Hospice’ to ‘Capital Caring’ to remove any barriers to care, including fear of the word ‘hospice’ by some. Third, we have enhanced our services to include Care Navigation, Palliative Care (pain and symptom management), and Point of Hope Loss Counseling. We believe patients and families need support throughout the entire disease process.” Jones encouraged hospices to seek out patients who need their help by passing out brochures or giving it directly to them. For more information about Capital Caring go to or call 1-855-571-5700.

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plenty of golf resorts just thirty minutes outside of the city including Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City that also offers a spa and dining.

Whether it’s a day at the harbor or a day at the spa, a staycation may just be what you need to take some time off. Also, if you look close enough in your own backyard, you’ll find that Maryland offers the best in live concerts, shopping

and resorts. Instead of running across the country to find something to do, why not head downtown and experience what you’ve been missing. In the meantime, you’ll also save a few bucks for your next big trip.

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what they will be doing for the person and what the compensation will be. The contract should clearly delineate what the duties are and who’s going to be involved. ” If a relative pays a caregiver without a pre-existing agreement in place, Fralin warned that the money may be legally viewed as a gift, and can possibly make the relative being cared for ineligible for Medicaid. In cases with multiple relatives caring for a family member, Fralin recommended having someone with power of attorney who can make the decisions on that relative’s behalf. Caregivers also have other avenues in seeking financial assistance for taking care of a loved one. In some states, Medicaid runs a program called “Cash and Counseling,” which pays seniors directly to cover their in-home care. The amount of money the senior receives is dependent on a Medicaid assessment of need and the prevailing pay rate for in-home care aides in that specific state. Seniors can then use the money to pay the family member to provide care. Local Medicaid, social services, or human services offices have more information on the program and similar ones. If the senior being cared for has long-term care insurance, it is possible for a caregiver to receive payments. If the senior receives monthly in-home care benefits, that money can be used to pay his/her caregiver. The federal government has also attempted to assist caregivers as well. In late 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded grants totaling approximately $2.25 million to a number of states to implement the Lifespan Respite Care Program. Though caregivers will not receive any monetary benefits from the program, its goal is to provide temporary relief to caregivers and reduce the strain that comes with caring for a relative in need. Faulkner said her family has a meeting every two months at which they discuss her mother’s finances relating to medical bills and her house. As far as receiving state or federal assistance, Faulkner said the family is fortunate not to have that need right now. “We’ve never checked into getting money because we’ve never had the need to,” Faulkner said. “My mother is blessed – she’s never been in the hospital except for when she had us as babies. So why should we take money when someone else who needs it can use it?”

May 2011, The Afro-American


Something New


‘Faceover’: Mission Accomplished
Baltimore senior gives first-person account of her trip to the ‘wild’ side
By Rev. Dorothy S. Boulware for your natural colors, and then incorporate the colors of your outfit,” Yes, that’s makeup on my face. I Almateen said, as she adjusted lighting know it looks strange to people who and narrowed down her pallet. know me and are used to being greeted She was not at all offended at my without the bat of an eyelash. Sure, regular Oil of Olay soap and Aveeno most women begin to wear makeup, lotion regimen, and even said my skin at least clandestinely, as soon as their was beautiful – couldn’t leave that mothers forbid it. But I didn’t. And little tidbit out. So she offered me a when I did delve into it, I discovered bar stool that looked like a chair for a my skin would be sensitive to most princess and set to work. things. Makeup was one thing I could First, the cleansing. Then, an herbal easily avoid. astringent to complete the cleaning. But I figured with new technology “It sets your face up to receive the in all areas, it might be worth a second makeup,” she instructed as she went chance. And who’s to say a woman along. of a certain age can’t try new things. Foundation. Mascara. Look up. I know the Twitter waves won’t be Look all the way up. Lip liner. Lip crowded with tweets of my colorful coloring. At this point, as she surveyed face, but, why not? the land to be sure everything was just So a friend recommended a friend, right, she looked at my eyes and hers professional makeup artist Roshe got larger. “Let’s put on eyelashes,” Almateen, who shared with me she said. And as I searched for my the kind hospitality of her friends, usual “No,” I realized she wasn’t wedding coordinator, Mozell and her waiting for my response anyway. She husband, photographer Jerry Scottwas selecting the right set. Bey. It was a beautiful home that “Why not go all the way?” she said. whispered “welcome” and screamed I could find no reason to argue. “artists live here” and was the perfect Honestly, it felt like the “little girl” surrounding to make me at ease for my days of playing dress-up. And, I have debut “faceover.” to say I was really pleased with the Not only do models and brides outcome. I did a double-take to make benefit from Almateen’s artistry, she sure it was my own face smiling back trains others in in the mirror. the profession When the using her own deed was done, line of Roshe we retired Cosmetics. Her to the Scottrenowned skills Beys’ perfectly have opened doors landscaped for her to work backyard, as lead artist on nature’s own television and film photo studio settings. Having complete with gained knowledge a gazebo and of people’s sculpted garden beauty needs, for background. Almateen has done With just a corporate training few shots and for cosmetic adjustments to executives around poses, my debut the country. So was captured for I knew I was in posterity. Will capable hands. I do this again? I watched as Maybe. Will I she set up her purchase products Photo by Jerry Scott-Bey tools – numerous The Rev. Dorothy to do it myself? Boulware, who usually brushes, tubes, Maybe. Will I eschews makeup, got pallets, mirrors paint my face a beauty makeover with dramatic results. every day? No – and wondered what on Earth she way. was going to do to my face. Actually, But the session was fun, thanks to it was great fun. While she worked Almateen. her magic, I watched digital shows of Check out Almateen’s website at roshecosmetics. Jerry’s photos of Mozell’s weddings com, e-mail her at or call and Almateen’s makeup. 443-226-2870. Contact planning specialist, Mozell Scott-Bey at, xquisiteaffair. I asked what she meant when she com or call 410-258-4926. Contact photographer said my complexion calls for “cool” Jerry Scott-Bey at or call colors ... burgundy, plum. “I look 410-542-5332.

Au Naturale!
Whether your hair is short, long, dark brown or grey, it’s probably not what it used to be. As we mature our hair gets drier and thinner. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to let go of your crown of glory. Have you considered going natural? Many older AfricanAmerican women are now letting go of the “creamy crack,” or chemical relaxers for a number of reasons. “It’s convenient and it takes some nerve to do it,” says Evelyn Archie, 76, a retired pre-school teacher. “But I’ve found that it’s a lot easier.” Imagine not having to go to a hair salon every six weeks for a touch up. Also, think of the amount of money you’ll save by not getting a chemical straightener. Going natural isn’t for every mature woman, but for those considering it, here are some tips to help you transition.
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no more coloring. Still, to make sure your hair is that perfect shade of white, try using a shampoo with a blue or violet color. This helps neutralize any yellowing tones that may be on the hair follicle. Clairol’s Shimmer Lights or SoSilver Shampoo by Matrix will help keep your hair shining bright!

Twist It Up!

Snip, Snip!

Going natural at any age can be a tedious process. Still, the transition can be quite easy if you’re not afraid to go short. Don’t worry; you don’t have to cut off your entire perm to go natural. The easiest way to transition from chemical to natural hair is to keep hair at a short length – a bob is short enough – while pressing the new growth with either a flat iron or straightening comb. Eventually, your perm will be cut out as your hair grows. This could take up to three to six months. Still, if you’re bold enough, cut it all off! It can be freeing and a great way to show your commitment to your new look. Also, cutting your hair is great if it’s thinning.

Natural hair doesn’t just mean rocking an afro anymore. There are plenty of jazzy styles to keep you looking beautiful for that special occasion. Two strand twists are great for women with natural hair because the curl holds better, and it’s easy. Simply apply a light gel or cream to the base of the hair and firmly begin to twist until

the end. You won’t need any rubber bands; the hair will curl up if it’s natural. Then use a hair dryer to dry twists. Flat twists are also a fun alternative. Although they may look like cornrows, they’re easier on the hair because the hair is simply twisted. Ladies, avoid wearing dreadlocks or Sisterlocks as those styles can lead to bald spots for mature women. Overall, if you’re healthy on the inside then your hair will be healthy too. Make sure your diet is full of protein including fish, eggs, beans and yogurt, to ensure your hair is full and shiny. With these few steps, you’ll definitely be on your way to a simple more carefree hairstyle.

Fellas, we couldn’t leave you out! Maintaining healthy hair and scalp is ever important as you mature. Not only are you fighting going grey but bald spots are more prevalent in men. Here are some hair styles to keep you looking suave ... and have people second guessing themselves saying, “Is that Billy Dee Williams?” Keep it Close: Ask your barber for a close shave. Keeping your hair close to the scalp makes it a lot easier to mask growing bald spots. Also, it’s a no-fuss solution and is the perfect hairstyle for any occasion, whether you’re attending a wedding or playing cards with friends. Baby ‘Fro: A well-maintained afro is always in style, so why not put a contemporary twist on a vintage look? Grow your hair out no more than one to 2 inches. Also, be sure to keep your hair moisturized, especially as you mature. Use a conditioner at least once a week.

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Master of ceremonies, Rashad Christmas and Nada Nicholas

Cory Hariston reads one of his poems

Kristin Prude and Heather Jennings

Award recipient, artist Ernest M. Kromah and his wife, Gale

Rochelle Kane, Chrishna Williams and Pilar Wintsch

Patrick and Chrishna Williams

Tim Jones and Joyce Jackson

Terry Koger and Mitchell Coates Duo

Muse 360, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that aims to improve the community through the arts, recently held their fourth annual awards benefit program, “Building Muse 360 Brick by Brick.” The event was held at the Frederick Douglass-Myers Maritime Museum and included live music, a cocktail reception, Dance Theatre of Harlem paraphernalia and a silent auction of rare Alvin Ailey framed posters. After the reception, attendees watched an informative presentation about Muse 360 and Ernest M. Kromah, Creative Alliance and the Sharayna Christmas-Rose, Afro-American Newspapers received awards for their community executive director of Muse contributions. 360 and Rosalyn Stewart, Sharayna Christmas-Rose is the founder of Muse 360. event chairwoman Photos by Bill Tabron

Silent auction items

The Rayn Fall Dance Performance Ensemble

Hydeaia Hale, Michel Kane-Jackson and Khadijah Butler

Gabrielle Mclemore and Jonathan A. Greene

Francine Moore, Monique Leach, Sharayna Christmas-Rose, Sharon Christmas and Harold Kelly

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Social Action honoree and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority member, the Hon. Judge Wanda K. Heard and James “Winky” Camphor, event chairman

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Sigma Chapter Second Annual Dare to Dream honorees Zeta Phi Beta Sorority member Paulette McCoy Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Zeta Chapter

Fraternity member Wayne Allen and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority member Micki Jackson Willie Nichols and Phil Allen

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority members Natalie West Makel and Adrienne West Zeta Sigma Chapter President Van Rosebrough, Bigger and Better Business honoree Luvon Dungee and fraternity member Calvin D. Robertson

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Sigma Chapter, hosted its second annual Dare To Dream Awards Banquet recently at the Forum. This year’s honorees were, Judge Wanda K. Heard, Edwin V. Avent and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member N. Scott Phillips for the Social Actions category; Luvon Dungee for Bigger and Better Business; Dr. Anne O. Emery for education and fraternity member William “Tipper” Thomas, who received the Champion of Courage honor. Khalil Butler was the award recipient of The Dare To Dream Essay Contest. Musical entertainment was provided by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member Kevin Carr and Royce Marshall. The Dare To Dream Award is presented to those community leaders who had determination, desire, stamina and the will to accomplish a dream. The Dreams cover the areas of Bigger and Better Business, Education and Social Actions. Van Rosebrough is president of the Zeta Sigma Baltimore City Alumni Chapter and James “Winky” Camphor was the event chairman.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member Reggie Stepney and Denise Gray

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity men, R. Hawkins, H. Keith Harvey, Dwayne Johnson, CD Robertson and Dion Lawson

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member Dr. Arthur Hill Fraternity members Chris Gibson, Shaun Hester, Claude Larkins and George Lewis “Dare to Dream” essay winner Khalil Butler and his parents

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Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO

Hip-hop artist and District native Wale performs his hit songs at the final competition for Sprite Step Off.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Delta Xi chapter from Central State University, Chicago performed their winning stepping routine at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

“I grabbed the phone and punched in the number… my heart pounding… My dad… Thirty years later. ‘My name is Michael Sidney Fosberg, and I’m your son!’ I blurted out. ‘Son? Well, first of all, I want you to know that no matter what you were told, or what you thought happened, I have always loved you… There’s one other thing I’m sure your mother never told you.’ Courtesy Image ‘What’s that?’ ‘I’m African-American,’ he said. My body went numb. I felt light-headed and my legs began to give way. I braced myself against the bureau… I sat down slowly on the bed in stunned silence, trying to breathe without trembling. My throat was dry I struggled to respond, but all I could say was, ‘Wow!’” — The author learning his father was Black. (pgs. 71-74)

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Sigma Chapter from Clark Atlanta University poses with Sprite Step Off’s grand prize of $100,000. Thousands gathered at Prince George’s County’s Show Place Arena May 21 to see members from the “Divine Nine” organizations face off at the annual Sprite Step Off competition. Many audience supporters donned Greek-lettered paraphernalia in support of the various organizations,

R&B Grammy Award winner Ciara performs her hit song “Goodies” at Sprite Step Off 2011.

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including leaders of the sororities and fraternities. At the end of the night, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Sigma chapter from Clark Atlanta University and Alpha Phi Alpha’s Delta Xi chapter from Central State University, Chicago, took the $100,000 scholarship B:10” prizes for their dynamic step routines.
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Michael Sidney Fosberg was raised in a lily-White, Chicago suburb at the height of the Civil Rights Movement by his Caucasian mother and stepdad. Consequently, he grew up blissfully unaware of the fact that the real father he’d been separated practically at birth from was Black. A Jew-fro and a slightly swarthy complexion were all that made Michael stand out in family photos taken with his parents and two younger siblings. His mom explained away the differences in their appearance by saying that he was part Cherokee, an excuse which her emotionally conflicted son bought until he bottomed out in his 30s while trying to make it as an actor in L.A. It was then, after almost dying of a drug overdose, that he resolved to turn his life around, despite having thus far frittered away his adulthood in rudderless fashion, between substance-abusing and serial womanizing. With the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, Michael soon sobered up and came to understand the role that “the loss and absence of my

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“Sometimes we look for those thunderous things to happen in our life for our lives to change or go in the other direction. We seek the miracle. We seek the parting of the seas, the moving of the mountains. But no, it’s a quiet thing. At least for me it was.” – Ben Vereen The performance by Tony Award-winning Ben Vereen presented by The Edward Myerberg Senior Center at Beth El on a rainy evening was a smash hit. “So be encouraged and dedicate yourself to your dream and if your dream should come my way one day then we will dance upon the boards of life.” – Ben Vereen Ben’s moves on stage were fluid like a bird ready to take flight, taking us on a personal journey of his life, growing up, the death of his daughter, paralysis, rehabilitation, Broadway success and his stellar performance as Chicken George in Roots. Ben’s stories were interspersed with musical selections like, “Oh Israel,” “My Way,” “At Last” and “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” to standing ovations from the audience. His rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” accompanied by his son Aaron on percussion, was superb. At the VIP dessert reception, his warmth continued to envelop the guests posing for pictures and conversation with the actor, admiring his strength and tenacity as he dealt with life’s blows. “Yield not to temptation.” In the reception I gazed at the stations arrayed with desserts, fruits and wine. My weakness for dessert is normally limited to homemade, so I decided I would just have a glass of wine. I walked around admiring the petit fours, éclairs, and pastries, proud that I only grabbed a strawberry, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted vanilla ice cream. Before I could blink, I was standing in front of a station, making banana foster my favorite dessert. “Something gotta hold of me.” I reached for the bowl of ice cream and extended it to the chef to dollop it with hot bananas dripping with warm brown sugar and rum. Glad I resisted the desserts and opted for milk and fruit. It was almost as good as Leander’s at Ruth’s Chris. Guests enjoying the evening were Sammy & Darlene


Graham, Winky & Peaches Camphor, Marvin & Roberta Russell, Dana Moore, Gabe Purviance, Dr. Cynthia NeverdonMorton, Joseph & Gail Edmonds, Betsy Gardner, Joyce Newsome, Kevin Brown, Gaines Lansey, Pat Tunstall, Donald Thoms, Erich & Michelle March, Bettie Jo Lipnick, Stephanie Kinder and Dr. Jack Feldman. His wife Ina was honored posthumously for her many years of service on the board. “I know nothing about racing and any money I put on a horse is a sort of insurance policy to prevent it winning.” – Frank Richardson “A day at the races.” I knew it was going to be a great Friday when walking across the track to the Turf-side Terrace and the Pimlico staff greeted me, a survivor “pretty in pink,” with a round of applause. Linda DeFrancis extended greetings and asked all survivors to stand as she personally welcomed us to a day filled with entertainment, gifts and fun. The BlackEye Susan Pink Party at Pimlico featuring entertainment by Lunabelle, honors breast cancer survivors and friends the day before Preakness. The all-day event included a continental breakfast, lunch, walking tour of the track, horse betting, and an air show with the jumpers landing on the turf in front of us. We shouted with approval when the lone female jumper landed carrying the Susan G. Komen flag. “As a young girl, I think I wanted to be a horse woman. I loved horses.” – Karen Hughes “Mustang Sally” in talking with the retired female jockeys at the luncheon, they all agreed that being a jockey was extremely hard. After the Lady Classic race featuring all female jockeys, 87 breast cancer survivors lined up for the parade to the cupola were we received a standing ovation from the track attendees.

What a tribute when they asked Sarita Murray and me to lead the processional carrying the Susan G. Komen banner. “All this and heaven, too.” Each survivor received a gift bag with a Preakness blanket, souvenir glasses and more. Guests enjoying the event were Wayne & Karen Boddie, Linda Turowski, Toni Barcikowski, Sarita Murray, Robin Prothro, Shiekma Joseph and Carl & Wendy Nelson. “I played a great horse yesterday! It took seven horses to beat him.” – Henny Youngman “And they’re off.” On Saturday I returned for the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes. We gathered in the corporate tent area for lunch featuring Maryland crab cakes and more. The governor and his family were in high spirits enjoying the crowd as it swelled to over 100,000 attendees. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown introduced me to his fiancée Carmen. I was blinded when Carmen showed me her gorgeous engagement ring dazzling in the brilliance of the sun. It was great seeing Del. Nathaniel Oaks, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Tobi Pulley, Frances & Mitch, Bernadette Greene, Delores Chambers, Arnos West, Sarah Smalley, Rosemary Atkinson, Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston, Commissioner Carolyn Colvin, Kim Washington, Neil Muldrow, Harold Young, Marty Bass, David Modell, Peter Auchincloss, Councilwoman Sharon Middleton, Robert Johnson, Tomi Hiers, Tracee Strum-Gilliam, Kathe Hammond, Erica Scott and actor Woody Harrellson. Happy birthday to you! Sharlimar Douglass, Reba Anderson-Graham, Robert Chambliss, Carolyn Wainwright, Ray Harleston and Carol Turner. “A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.” – Leo Buscaglia Sending roses and get-well wishes to Flora Johnson, Shirley Edwards and Dr. Elizabeth Edmonds. “I’ll be seeing you.” – Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

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Stars Say Goodbye to Oprah
By AFRO Staff
May 25 marked the ending of an era in American television when the final episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” aired after a quarter century of entertaining afternoon viewers with one-on-one interviews with celebrities, experts and extraordinary everyday people. A two-episode farewell event on May 23 and May 24 preceded the official finale. The event was pre-recorded in Chicago’s United Center May 17, and saw music, movie and television stars surprise Oprah and share thoughts on her legacy. Oprah’s production studio received more than 154,000 ticket requests to attend the farewell event, but only 13,000 tickets were distributed to fans free of charge through a lottery, according to The Associated Press. “Thank you is not enough, but thank you, for your love and support,” Winfrey told the crowd. Performers Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé took to the stage to sing to Oprah and express their admiration for the host. “Oprah Winfrey, because of you women everywhere have graduated to a new level of understanding of who we are, of what we are and most of all who we can be,” said singer Beyoncé. Actress Rosie O’Donnell even sang a tune, while Michael Jordon praised the talk show host as an inspiration, and actor Tom Cruise said she “always had the power, and that is the message you brought into our lives.” Madonna said she is among the millions that adore Winfrey. “She fights for things she believes in, even if it makes her unpopular,” Madonna said. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith told Winfrey she mothered millions of viewers, which puts her in the “status of a goddess.” In a moving speech, the

talk queen’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told her he loved her. “It really does amaze me that I get to be around a woman who changes people’s lives every day and who also takes her own lunch to work,” Graham said. “You know what really is amazing? You have done this, sweetheart, through all of the sacrifices you’ve made, humility you have and through God’s amazing grace.” Other participants included actresses Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Tyler Perry and newswoman Diane Sawyer. Between the stars’ appearances, clips of fan farewells and recaps of past episodes will be shown. The Rev. Beryl Whipple, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in White Marsh and John Wesley UM Church in Joppa, Md. since 2008, was among those in the audience for the finale. Whipple, a Morehouse University graduate, joined other Oprah Scholars. “I was contacted by Harpo Studios in late March,” he said. “And I was thrilled to be one of the more than 320 Morehouse men there. “ Others from the area were Michael Miller, 2001; Christopher E. Carter, 2004 and Christian Scott, 2006. “What many saw on television was only an abbreviation of the excitement shared that evening. Oprah cried real tears. It was a very emotional moment.” Whipple added, “I didn’t get a chance to personally speak to Ms. Winfrey, but being able to stand as part of the cloud of witnesses she helped propel to do so many things will stick with me. It may have been the most important ‘thank you’ of my life.” The Rev. Dorothy Boulware contributed to this article.

by those close to him as M-Bone, was a young man on the threshold of fulfilling his dreams. Talbert had aspirations of becoming a music star and, as the dance member of the hip hop group Cali Swag District, the 22-year-old Talbert was well on his way. The group released the infectious hit “Teach Me How to Dougie,” last year, and appeared to be on the brink of stardom. But Talbert’s dream came to an abrupt halt when he was gunned down in his hometown of Inglewood, Calif. in the late night hours of May 15. Talbert’s family, friends, fellow musicians and the larger hip hop community have been in mourning since the fatal shooting. “He was a real energetic person,” said hip hop artist Suge Gotti, who worked alongside Talbert and Cali Swag District. “He was all positive, no negative. He was a harmless person. That’s why I don’t understand how this could happen to him. I don’t have anything negative to say about him. He’ll truly be missed. It’s a big loss. To watch a young man growing into something and then be part of the game…that’s hard to replace.” According to police,

placed flowers and cards in front of the store where he was murdered, forming a makeshift memorial. Since Talbert’s death, speculation has swirled around why he lost his life, and the identity of his killers. Some of those rumors point to an unidentified young woman and possibly another male. Talbert’s family and friends have set aside those rumors, and said they lost an energetic, loving soul who helped give America more than a dance craze. “Montae was the fifth of my 13 grandchildren. We want to see justice come for my beloved Montae,” said Mary Alice Phillips, Talbert’s grandmother. “I raised Montae all the days of his life, all through school, all through the whole process…and what joy.” Talbert’s family has offered a reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of those responsible for his death. Among the community members shaken by Talbert’s killing was Pamela Sanders, who operates Washington Hancock for Girls, a group home for abused girls in Los Angeles. Sanders came into contact with Talbert in 2008 when Cali Swag District stopped by the group home and brought Christmas gifts for 186 girls. Sanders said the group has faithfully stopped by every

biological father at such an early age” had played in his selfdestructive patterns. So, he pressured his mother for info about his paternal roots, and she provided him with a name, John Woods, and a hometown, Detroit, without divulging anything about her ex’s ethnicity. Therefore, it’s easy to imagine Michael’s utter shock upon learning that his long-lost father was African American. He soon shared the big development with his half-sister, Lora, who took the news in stride, matter-of-factly remarking, “Damn! My brother’s a brother.” And that was only the first of numerous jaw-dropping disclosures about to come out of the closet. As it turned out, Michael’s dad had remarried after divorcing his mother but had then another mixed child with a Jewish mistress of many years. Worse, Woods was unemployed, on the run from the law, and doing his best to avoid a stiff prison sentence for bribery. So much for Michael’s dream of an idyllic father-son reunion and making up for lost time. With his dad first evading authorities and then behind bars, Michael instead immersed himself in African-American culture, even becoming engaged briefly to a sister who unfortunately turned out to be a gold digger. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, Incognito is a riveting and revealing autobiography of self-discovery with a message most reminiscent of that age old maxim, “Be careful what you wish for!”

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A fan places a candle at a makeshift memorial for Montae “M-Bone” Talbert.
Talbert was sitting in a car outside of Airport Liquor & Groceries Store on LaBrea Avenue in Inglewood when another car drove up beside the vehicle he was in and its occupants opened fire. Talbert was hit twice in the head, police said. The news of Talbert’s demise sent shock waves nationwide, and throngs of visitors and well-wishers have

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Montae Talbert, known to fans as M-Bone
year since to bring the girls presents. Sanders said she remembers Talbert fondly, and was shocked to hear of his murder. “It’s unbelievable,” Sanders said. “His personality was beautiful. Their [Cali Swag District’s] personality was beautiful.”

Family, Friends, Hip-Hop Community Devastated by Murder of Cali Swag District Member M-Bone
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traveled to Costa Rica and Jamaica and they plan to visit Puerto Rico in the future. “The whole premise behind Dancing Many Drums is for the students to learn more about themselves through the African Diaspora using the Arts,” Rose said. “So, that’s a really unique program we have.” The arts have always played a strong role in Rose’s life. She grew up taking courses at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and also honed her moves in classes at the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. But after she earned a degree in finance from Morgan State University, she embarked on a different path.

Nonprofit MUSE 360 Connects the Arts and Community
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer Sharayna Christma-Rose believes the arts are a vital element in any community. That’s why her local nonprofit organization, Muse 360, aims to bring music, dance and other forms of artistic expression to the forefront in Baltimore. At Rayne Fall Dance Studio, children from all different backgrounds can have the opportunity to study dance pre-professionally. MUSE also houses an adult wellness program called “Sacred Circle” that provides workshops and classes for older individuals in the community. And with the “Dancing Many Drums” program, leaders of the organization go to local schools and integrate the arts into education curriculums. Through this subsidiary, students participate in a bevy of fields including music, dance, theater and visual arts. “The ultimate goal of these programs is to empower the community through the arts to facilitate change and build leaders,” Rose told the AFRO in a recent interview. “If you start with the youth they can in turn do something positive in their communities. We just use the arts as an intermediary to do that.” In the summer, MUSE takes participants in “Dancing Many Drums” to international destinations. So far, they’ve

Six Baltimore County Public Schools Newly Certified as ‘Green’
TOWSON, MD. – Six Baltimore County public schools are among the 84 Maryland schools comprising the 2011 class of newly-certified Maryland Green Schools. The new BCPS Maryland Green Schools are Crossroads Center, Franklin Elementary School, Kingsville Elementary School, Perry Hall High School, Reisterstown Elementary School, and Ridgely Middle School. In addition, Prettyboy Elementary School received its first recertification. In total, 47 of 173 BCPS schools, centers, and programs are Maryland Green Schools. The six new and one recertified BCPS Maryland Green Schools will be officially recognized for their achievements during the Maryland Green School Youth Summit on June 3 at Sandy Point State Park. The Maryland Green Schools Award Program, developed and administered by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), challenges schools to integrate the environment into all aspects of the school culture including professional development for teachers, curriculum, modeling of best management practices inside and outside the school, community involvement, and celebration. On average, it takes a school two years to effectively fulfill the requirements associated with certification. Maryland Green School status must be renewed every four years. “The Maryland Green School Program is education in action” said MAEOE Executive Director Bronwyn Mitchell in a statement. “These students understand that tomorrow starts today. Once empowered, students eagerly engage in building a brighter and healthier future for us all.” More information about the Maryland Green School Program can be found at www.maeoe. org.

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Sharayna ChristmasRose, founder of Muse 360. only 10 students in 2004 to over 100 students by 2006, Rose said. “We grew tremendously.” The organization now hosts many dance programs throughout the community and holds their annual concert which normally draws over 700 attendees. Rose said she is trying to

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“I worked in the corporate arena,” Rose said. “I worked in Citigroup and I did the whole Wall Street thing. But, I grew up in the arts. So, it was just a matter of time before I went back to my roots. From there, it was history. Everything just started to grow and flourish.” She launched Rayne Fall Dance Studio in 2004 and the other subsidiaries ultimately fell together. Shortly thereafter, she housed all of the programs under one name and MUSE was born in 2005. “We went from having get MUSE its own building, as it’s currently housed in the Eubie Blake Center. “We love it [the center] but we need our own space,” she said. “If we were able to have our own building in the future, we would be able to have after school programming, summer programming, adult outreach and seminars. Everything is not contingent on getting a building but it would definitely help us reach that goal.” For more information on MUSE 360, visit: MUSE360. org.

Marylanders Recognized for Civil Commitment at Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
Special to the AFRO Marylanders who gave back to their communities through volunteer service over the past year were presented with Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards on May 18 by the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Sixteen awards were presented during a mid-day luncheon at the Greenbelt Marriott in Prince George’s County. “For 28 years, the Governor’s Service Awards has recognized outstanding service from individuals and groups,” said Gov. O’Malley. “I’d like to commend each of this year’s recipients for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to Maryland’s communities. Together, we can continue to move our State towards that better future that we all prefer.” To qualify for a Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, completed nomination forms were sent to the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, accompanied by a written description consisting of no more than 500 words explaining why a person, group or organization should be recognized. Award categories include the adult group,

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Baltimore City Students to Graduate from the Academy of College and Career Exploration
Baltimore, Maryland (May 23, 2011) – Ninetyfour Baltimore City students will graduate June 4 from the Academy of College and Career Exploration (ACCE). Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will attend the ceremony and address the graduates. This graduating class will be ACCE’s fourth since it opened to ninthgraders in 2004. ACCE is a public city school uniquely focused on preparing students for the workforce and postsecondary education. The Baltimore City school system operates ACCE in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) and the Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Policy Studies. “These ACCE graduates deserve all the credit for their hard work over these past four years,” said RawlingsBlake in a statement. “Their success shows what can be accomplished when we build strong community partnerships, like this one with Johns Hopkins and my Office of Employment Development working in tandem with the school system.” September 2010 marked the school’s first year as a transformation school with the addition of a middle school division called ACCE Prep. ACCE Prep started with a small class of sixthgrade students; by 2014, enrollment will include grades six through 12. ACCE is a “non-criteria” school, meaning admission is open to all students with no regard to grades, attendance or prior school performance. For the past six years, the school’s average incoming ninth-grade class is reading at a fifthgrade level. The teaching staff at ACCE has a track record for successfully working with students to ensure they are performing at grade level and are prepared for the next step in their education. The school has a graduation rate of more than 80 percent, and 100 percent of ACCE students apply for and are accepted into two- or four-year colleges. “We set students on the path toward prosperous and stable careers, while adding to the pool of qualified workers for local employers to hire,” said Karen Sitnick, director of MOED, in a press release. The 2011 ACCE graduation ceremony takes place June 4 at 10 a.m. at Johns Hopkins University, Shriver Hall. Other speakers include valedictorian Tavon

Betts and salutatorian Lamont Jackson. Chris Rey, founder the nonprofit Project L.I.F.T., will provide the commencement address. ACCE is located at 1300 W. 36th Street in the Hampden community. For additional information, visit www.





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Writing for the Lord Ministries is celebrating 10 years of publishing excellence with the global expansion of the nine-book series, Give God the Glory!, by Kevin Wayne Johnson. The series ministers to its readers in the five primary areas of life; through personal relationships, in the workplace, in the family, in the local church and while at rest and relaxation. In celebration of the milestone 10-year anniversary, this series of books and devotionals will be featured prominently at the 97th Annual Hampton Minister’s Conference, Hampton, Va., June 7-8 and the International Christian Retail Show, Georgia World Dome, Atlanta, July 10-12. Johnson’s ministry, Writing for the Lord Ministries, includes the Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals, speaking at multiple venues, teaching God’s Word, serving as Setup for a Comeback,“for all who sincerely desire to give God the glory while understanding the role of the local church in that regard.” When he is not writing, Johnson and his family are active members of Celebration Church in Columbia, Md., where he serves as pastor of discipleship and on the Purpose Management Team. Johnson also serves as secretary, National Association of the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) Men’s Ministry and as adjunct professor at the National Bible College and Seminary World Outreach Center, Fort Washington, Md. All books in the series are available in print, on (The Kindle), Print-on-Demand (P-O-D), and electronic book (e-book) formats. For more information visit

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Louis Webster Kane (“Fuzzy” Kane) was a Baltimore native. He was educated in the public schools of Baltimore and later attended Morgan State College [now University], earning a degree in history with a minor in geography. Around 1950, “Fuzzy” developed an interest in jazz music as a jazz pianist. His live Baltimore jazz house performances included Lenny Moore’s Club 24 and Latin Casino. In 1969, The Fuzzy Kane Trio released an album entitled, OOMPH. Two cuts from the album served as material for a 45’ recording which ranked 19th for three weeks in the Baltimore and Virginia areas. The album also received play in Buffalo, N.Y., Los Angles, Detroit, Chicago and New York City. “Fuzzy” served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. After being released from active duty, he was an ordinance instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground. In September 1955, he began his teaching career at School 137 on Clifton and Francis streets. In 1956, he joined the faculty of School No. 72 on Hanover and Lee streets where he served as faculty council chairman and received senior teacher excellent ratings for six consecutive years. As a renowned pianist and recording artist, “Fuzzy” has played with just about every musician in Baltimore and many national and international artists including Ernie Andrews, who he has recorded an album with. Today, so many children and young musician owe their career to him or has benefited from his teachings. His passion and what he was most proud of was his music, and his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. The family funeral takes place June 2, 10 a.m.; the Kappa services take place 10:30 a.m. and the funeral service follows at Morning Star Baptist Church, 154 Winters Lane, Catonsville, Md., 11 a.m.

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Local Sports Entrepreneur Offers Life Lessons That Are Greater Than Basketball
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Budding basketball businessman Arize Ifejika didn’t just take over the local hardwood scene overnight—he did it gradually. The former Florida A&M graduate caught his first break in 2007 as the fresh-faced assistant tournament director of Hoop Group, New Jersey’s leading youth basketball organization. From there, Ifejika transferred titles down to Chantilly, Va., home of Hoop Magic, another prep basketball biggie. For the 26-year-old Ifejika, holding such a dominant designation at an early age was both a rite of passage and a pathway to criticism, but it was an experience that would go on to serve him well. “People began to say, ‘Well, if he can do it and he’s so young then so can I, you don’t need him,’” Ifejika recalls about the behind-the-back bashing that he used to encounter. Fed up with the words and ready for a move closer to home, the Washington, D.C., native spread his wings in 2009 and launched his own hoops haven, More Than Basketball. The name became fitting for Ifejika, who strongly believes that young hoops hopefuls shouldn’t “put all their marbles into becoming a professional basketball player, they should put all their marbles into becoming a professional.” For the past few years, More Than Basketball has been gaining steam. The program sponsors high school showcases, AAU tournaments and both summer and fall leagues for local high school and area basketball teams. Although the concentration is focused on basketball, the message is always the same: Life is more than basketball. For his latest endeavor, Ifejika recently partnered with local tennis shoe and clothing giant, Downtown Locker Room, for a three-on-three tournament in late March that featured several local high school teams. The tournament concluded as a success with the winning team, D.C.’s Theodore Roosevelt High School, being offered a chance at winning an all-expense-paid trip to this year’s NBA Finals. Giving back and showing local youths another way to success were the cornerstone concepts on which More Than Basketball was constructed. “For every kid that was going to Duke or Kentucky, there were thousands that weren’t going to school at all and had nothing to fall back on. They put all their [energy and focus] into basketball and it started to really get to me. That’s the reason why I left Hoop Magic and started my own company because I wanted to set an example for kids so they can say, ‘If he does it, I definitely can do it.’” His motives, recent success and own age have turned the college graduate into a walking

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icon for young adults. But similar to the title name of his company, it doesn’t just rest on the hardwood for Ifejika. He moonlights as a motivational speaker, operates his own clothing line (Swagger and Substance) and even manages a rap artist when he’s not organizing events. Staying true to his company’s name is a breeze; it’s trying to follow in Russell Simmons’ footsteps that presents the greatest challenge for Ifejika. The young entrepreneur has a keen affection for the rap mogul who rose to national acclaim in the music industry without even touching a microphone. “The thing I like about him is that he never rapped,” says Ifejika. “The same way people look at me and say he never played college or pro basketball and wonder how I’m able to run these great events, I look at Simmons the same way.” For more on Ifejika, visit www.

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Several Local Student-Athletes Graduate in 2011

Education Secretary Arne Duncan months ago expressed his disappointment with the low graduation rates among most student-athletes attending major universities throughout the nation. But he wouldn’t have much to complain about after a few local colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C./Maryland region graduated their senior classes this past weekend. More than 40 current and former student-athletes joined Bowie State University’s graduates during the 2011 spring commencement on May 20 at BSU’s Bulldog Stadium. Six BSU student-athletes graduated with honors, including Male Student-Athlete of the Year Sterling Grant-Jones, two-time winning CIAA Softball Champion Danielle McClay, twotime winning CIAA Bowling Champion Rebecca Frusciante and Jatyra Heath of the women’s volleyball team. “We are very proud of our student-athlete graduates today. These young men and young ladies are the true examples of student-athletes,” said BSU Athletic Director Anton Goff. “They have embraced the mission of the Athletic Department and understand the importance we have stressed about academics. It is a proud moment for our coaches and administrators to be a part of the joyous occasion.” In D.C., Georgetown University graduated all six of its seniors on the men’s basketball team,

including star players Austin Freeman of Mitchellville, Md., and Chris Wright of Bowie, Md. Wright said that receiving a bachelors’ degree in government from Georgetown is one of the proudest moments of his young life. “It’s been a long road, but this is something I’m really proud of,” Wright said. “I said at the banquet that I put my blood, sweat and tears into this and I didn’t just mean on the basketball Courtesy Photo court; I meant in school, too. And, I know my family Georgetown’s Chris Wright is one is proud of me for graduating and I am, too. It will of six seniors to graduate from the always be great to be a Hoya.” men’s basketball team this spring. Freeman, who’s preparing to start his professional basketball career, was just as happy as Wright to graduate. “Just to get a degree from Georgetown, it does a lot for you. I’m really happy I had the chance to come here,” Freeman said. “Georgetown is not one of the biggest schools so everyone knows everyone. You build relationships and this week shows how special it is, you learn a lot from everyone. It’ll be good to see all those guys one last time as students. We’ve been in this together. We’ve been through a lot, both good and bad, but we can say we made it through.”

Negro Leagues Museum of Maryland Hosts Annual Awards
By Patricia Johnson Special to the AFRO The phrase “take me out to the ball game” took on a new persona on May 14, as the Hubert V. Simmons Negro Leagues Baseball Museum of Maryland sponsored their Annual “Back To The Old Ball Game Day of Honors.” Martin’s West Banquet Hall was transformed into a mini baseball stadium and many ticketholders arrived dressed from head to toe in baseball paraphernalia. Hot dogs, hamburgers with all the trimmings, sodas, popcorn and peanuts and Maryland crab cakes were enjoyed by the crowd and also added to the authenticity of the occasion. The wonderful event began with the traditional singing of the national anthem by Anthony Brown, a color guard, and the Day, Willie Fordham, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and Jim Weedon. The Orioles’ Big Bird also made a grand appearance and posed for photos with the guests. In addition, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was pleased to have three outstanding former Orioles players sign autographs for the event: Nate Snell, Ken Dixon and Al Bumbry. The focus of the extraordinary afternoon was, of course,

the Awards Recognition segment, during which awards were given to the following recipients for their dedicated contributions, extraordinary volunteerism, tireless service within the community/government, and in the field of baseball. The awardees included: Eddie W. Banks, James Bland,Wilbur “Willie” Fordham (posthumously), Baltimore County Del. Adrienne A. Jones, Allen M. Meacham Sr., LaTasha Janelle Peele, Melvin L. Stukes and James “Jim” Weedon.

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Della Mallon, Audrey L. Simmons, executive director, NLBMM; T. Russell Hopewell, president, NLBMM and John Berkley pose together during the Negro Leagues of Maryland Museum’s annual honors ceremony. invocation by Pastor Donald Johnson of Lochern Presbyterian Church. Kai Jackson from WJZ-TV, along with T. Russell Hopewell, president of the NLBMM were the masters of ceremonies. Gerald Brown, the deejay, added a bit of nostalgia as he played tunes from the past during the event. Guests participated in a 50/50 raffle, a baseball outfit contest, door prizes, games for children and a silent auction. But, a special highlight of the afternoon was the playing of Shadow Ball, where baseball veterans played baseball in a pantomime. It was enjoyable to watch and even more fun for the players. Terry Dear, who called the game, was quite animated and made lots of jokes. The ball players included Luke Atkinson, Al Burrows, Eddie “GG” Burton, Geraldine

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D11001568 IN THE MATTER OF PHEDRA MICHELE RISHER FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO PHAEDRA MICHELE RISHER ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Phedra Michele Risher to Phaedra Michele

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The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-11106. In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at Solicitation BCS-11106 will be available for review commencing Friday, May 20, 2011. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer.

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COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D11001568 IN THE MATTER OF PHEDRA MICHELE RISHER FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO PHAEDRA MICHELE RISHER ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to officially change the LEGAL NOTICES name of the petitioner LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES AD NETWORK LEGAL NOTICES from 1-800-638-2102. Online Phedra Michele Risher reservations: www. to Phaedra Michele TYPESET: Wed May 25 09:53:58Risher 2011 EDT LEGAL NOTICES It is this 17th day of May, 2011 by the CirIN THE CIRCUIT cuit Court for Baltimore COURT FOR City, BALTIMORE CITY ORDERED, that pubCase No.: lication be given one 24D11001348 time in a newspaper of IN THE MATTER OF general circulation in JANET SHARON Baltimore City on or PERKINS before the 17th day of FOR CHANGE OF June, 2011, which shall NAME TO warn all interested perETHEL MAUD sons to file an affidavit REID in opposition to the reORDER FOR lief requested on or beNOTICE BY fore the 27 day of June, PUBLICATION 2011. The object of this suit is Frank Wed May 25 TYPESET: M. Conaway 09:54:45 EDT 2011 to officially change the Clerk name of the petitioner 5/27 from Janet Sharon Perkins REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS to 925-937 WASHINGTON BOULEVARD Ethel Maud Reid It is this 12th day of RFP Issued: May 23, 2011 May, 2011 by the CirProposals Due on: June 23 2011 cuit Court for Baltimore City, BDC has received an acceptable unsolicited ORDERED, that puboffer for the purchase of the City-owned Proplication be given one erty at 925-937 Washington Boulevard located time in a newspaper of in the Washington Village Urban Renewal general circulation in Area. The B-2-3 zoned parcel is comprised of Baltimore City on or five buildings totaling 13,255 square feet and before the 27th day of is situated on 0.163 acres. Any parties May, 2011, which shall interested in submitting a proposal may do so warn all interested perin writing by 4:00 PM on June 23, 2011. Any sons to file an affidavit plans for modifications to the Property will be in opposition to the resubject to the review and approval by BDC. lief requested on or beBDC reserves the right to evaluate and refuse fore the 6th day of any or all proposals which, in its judgment, do June, 2011. not provide the highest and best use of the Frank M. Conaway property, and/or do not serve the best longClerk term interests 2011 TYPESET: Wed May 25 09:54:24 EDT of the City. 5/27 Proposals should be submitted to: Nick Rudolph, Business District Specialist, 36 South IN THE CIRCUIT Charles Street, Suite 1600, Baltimore, MD COURT FOR 21201 by 4:00 PM on June 23, 2011. All proBALTIMORE CITY posals must include a $300 fee made payable Case No.: to the City of Baltimore Development Corpora24D11001336 tion. IN THE MATTER OF KENYAWNA MIA For more information, please contact: Nick RuHOLMES dolph, Business District Specialist, at FOR CHANGE OF TYPESET: Wed May 25 09:55:28 EDT 2011 (410)779-3834. NAME TO LAUREN KENYAWNA HOLMES City of Baltimore ORDER FOR Department of Finance NOTICE BY Bureau of Purchases PUBLICATION The object of this suit is Sealed proposals addressed to the Board of to officially change the Estimates of Baltimore, will be received until, name of the petitioner but not later than 11:00 a.m. local time on the from following date(s) for the stated requirements: Kenyawna Mia Holmes JUNE 8, 2011 to EMERGENCY MEDICAL SUPPLIES Lauren Kenyawna B50001954 Holmes JUNE 22, 2011 It is this 2nd day of May, MANAGE AND OPERATE DU BURNS 2011 by the Circuit ARENA B50001933 Court for Baltimore City, THE ENTIRE SOLICITATION DOCUMENT ORDERED, that pubCAN BE VIEWED AND DOWN LOADED BY lication be given one VISITING THE CITYS WEB SITE: time in a newspaper of TYPESET: Wed May 25 09:55:55 EDT 2011 general circulation in Baltimore City on or before the 2nd day of June, 2011, which shall City of Baltimore warn all interested perDepartment of Finance sons to file an affidavit Bureau of Purchases in opposition to the relief requested on or beSealed proposals addressed to the Board of fore the 13th day of Estimates of Baltimore, will be received until, June, 2011. but not later than 11:00 a.m. local time on the Frank M. Conaway following date(s) for the stated requirements: Clerk TYPESET: Wed May 25 09:58:05 EDT 2011 5/27 JUNE 8, 2011 FLOOR STRIPPING & WAXING B50001972 IN THE CIRCUIT JUNE 29, 2011 COURT FOR LOCKSMITH SERVICES B50001966 BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: THE ENTIRE SOLICITATION DOCUMENT 24D11000755 CAN BE VIEWED AND DOWN LOADED BY IN THE MATTER OF VISITING THE CITYS WEB SITE: BENISHA MISCHON TYPESET: Wed May 25 09:56:15 EDT 2011 FLOYD FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO NISHA FLOYD Baltimore City Public Schools. ORDER FOR NOTICE BY INVITATION FOR BIDS: PUBLICATION BCS-11099 The object of this suit is Provide Asphalt & Concrete Repair and to officially change the Replacement Services at Various Baltimore name of the petitioner City Public Schools (City Schools). from The Baltimore City Board of School CommisBenisha Mischon sioners is inviting interested companies to Floyd submit bids to: BCS-11099. to Nisha Floyd It is this 21st day of In order to participate, interested bidders need May, 2011 by the Cir- to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at cuit Court for Baltimore City, ORDERED, that pub- Solicitation BCS-11099 will be available for lication be given one review commencing Friday, May 20, 2011. time in a newspaper of general circulation in The Bid Due Date is Thursday, June 23, Baltimore City on or 2011,at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be before the 10th day of acceptedafter that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the June, 2011, which shall TYPESET: Wed May 25 09:56:33 EDT 2011 warn all interested per- Buyer. sons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or beBaltimore City Public Schools. fore the 20 day of June, 2011. INVITATION FOR BIDS: Frank M. Conaway BCS-11106 Clerk Provide Construction Services for School TYPESET: Wed May 25 09:58:29 EDT 2011 5/27

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Notice to MBE/WBE Firms Request for Qualifications Town of New Windsor Water Storage Tank Painting and Refurbishment The Mayor and Council and George, Miles and Buhr, LLC request a statement of qualificationsand expressions of interest from MBE/WBE firms with experience performing comprehensiveevaluation and inspectionrelated services for elevated water storage tanks to assist with theTown of New Windsor - Water Storage Tank Painting and Refurbishment project in NewWindsor, MD. The project is funded in part by grants from the Maryland Department ofEnvironment. Qualified Minority Business Enterprises (MBE’s) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBE’s) are encouraged to participate. The contract is expected to begin on or before August, 2011. Project includes preparation of acomprehensive tank evaluation. The evaluation will check the condition of the tank2s coatingsand foundation; structural, safety, sanitary, and security systems; and inspection services toensure that the tank meets the latest industry standards, including current AWWA, OSHA, andState regulations. The interior surfaces of the tank also need to be inspected utilizing aRemotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Project involves construction inspection and qualityassurance services for the painting and refurbishment of a 250,000 gallon water storagestandpipe. The Town of New Windsor will not discriminate against any interested firms or individuals inregard to race, creed, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin in the selection process. Additional information about the project and potential subcontract services may be obtained atGeorge, Miles & Buhr, LLC, 120 Sparks Valley Road, Suite A, Sparks, MD 21152 by calling (410)329-5005. W. Brice Foxwell, P.E. TYPESET: Wed Buhr, 25 10:48:52 EDT 2011 George, Miles & May LLC. CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for RP10811-Clifton Park Recreation Center will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on June 29, 2011. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of May 27, 2011 and copies may be purchased for a nonrefundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (”JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is E13001 Three Story and UnderCost Qualification Range for this work shall be $3,000,000.01 to $4,000,000.00 A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 2600 Madison Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21217 on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Items of work for this project are: Earthwork and Site Preparation, Concrete and Masonry Construction The MBE goal is 19% The WBE goal is 6% CONTRACT NO. RP10811 APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Alfred H. Foxx Director of Public Works

MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (MSDE) - Ranked # 1 in Education nationally, develops & administers education, library & rehab programs, is on the forefront of standards-based reform of public education, & is committed to promoting & maintaining a diverse workforce. We currently are accepting applications for the following position: • EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST I, STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT FACILITATOR (Position # 068634) Annual Salary Range: $55,419-$80,940 This is a professional position responsible for coordinating the Maryland State Improvement Grant (MSIG) and Monitoring Part B Discretionary Grants to ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations for special education to ensure students with disabilities achieve adequate yearly progress (AYP). QUALIFCATIONS: Master’s Degree or eqv 36 credit hrs of postbaccalaureate course work in Special Ed, Ed, or a rel field & four (4) yrs of prof admin exp or teaching exp in an ed program or rel field. Exp w/ grant management at State and Federal level & exp in an ed program working w/ students w/ disabilities desirable. NOTE: 2 additional yrs of exp directly rel to position may be sub for the req Master’s Degree. For more information on these and other great opportunities with the MSDE, visit our website at Qualified applicants should fax or mail application and resume to the Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201. Please list position name and number. Applications and resumes will be accepted until June 3, 2011. Fax: (410) 333-8950. TYPESET: Wed May 25 10:28:47 EDT 2011 AA/EOE

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Oil Rises Near $100, While Pump Prices Fall Again
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By AFRO Staff From May 23 to June 4, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be teaming up with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and other local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety sponsors to promote their annual Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement campaign in preparation of Memorial Day weekend. As part of the campaign, (Courtesy Photo/MorgueFile. com) highway patrol across the nation will be revving up enforcement The District and cracking down on motorists who are caught operating a Department of vehicle without a seatbelt. Transportation Officers will be firmly enforcing the campaign throughout (DDOT) and its duration but patrol is expected to be at its strongest during Metropolitan Police the evening and night hours. Statistics suggest that more people Department (MPD) neglect wearing their seatbelts at night as opposed to the day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. will be teaming up to promote their A nationwide study completed in 2009 revealed that for those annual Click It or who died in evening and night accidents that year, 62 percent Ticket enforcement were not wearing seat belts at the time of their crash. The study also reported that 11,593 passengers died in motor vehicle crashes campaign which runs May 23 to June between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. “Many more nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more 4. motorists simply start wearing their seatbelts,” Terry Bellamy, DDOT’s acting director, said in a press release. “That’s why DDOT strongly supports nighttime enforcement of seatbelt laws during the Click It or Ticket campaign. Please be safe and buckle up.” Since 1997, motorists across the District have been buckling up, helping to make Washington, D.C. one of the national leaders in seatbelt usage. In just 13 years, the percentage of seatbelt compliance in the area has risen from 58 percent to 92 percent, according to a DDOT press release. “The national average is 85 percent for seatbelt usage rate. The District [however], is at 92 percent so compared to the national average and compared to where we were at not too long ago, the usage has gone way up so we’re happy with that,” said DDOT spokesman John Lisle. “But that still means that they’re hundreds if not thousands of people that still drive without their seatbelt and that’s dangerous. So that’s why we do this campaign, to get the word out.” Penalties for driving without a seatbelt are expected to range from a $50 fine to possibly two points attached to a driving record. For more information on Click it or Ticket visit

NEW YORK – Oil rose close to $100 per barrel on May 24 after the dollar weakened and a trio of major investment banks predicted that prices will rise later this year. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate for July delivery added $1.89 to settle at $99.59 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude rose $2.43 to settle at $112.53 on the ICE Futures exchange. Prices climbed early as the dollar fell against other currencies. Oil, which is priced in dollars, tends to increase when the dollar falls and makes crude cheaper for investors holding foreign money. Oil also got a boost from reports by Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley that said prices will almost certainly be higher later this year. The investment banks said the recent 15 percent drop was only a brief pause in what will likely be a long-term rise to near-record levels. Goldman Sachs expects WTI to hit $135 per barrel by the end of 2012. Morgan Stanley predicts Brent will average $120 per barrel in 2011 while J.P. Morgan said Brent should hit $130 per barrel in the third quarter. Even though U.S. drivers cut back on gasoline purchases this year as pump prices rose, the rest of the world is expected to keep consuming more. And OPEC countries will have an increasingly tougher time meeting demand for oil, the investment banks said. “It is only a matter of time until inventories and OPEC spare capacity will become effectively exhausted,” Goldman Sachs analyst David Greely said in a research note. Analyst and trader Stephen Schork said oil prices could possibly rebound to the predicted levels later this year, but that would put extreme pressure on the economy. At those levels for oil, gasoline prices would rise well beyond $4 per gallon — squeezing travel budgets and likely forcing many people to


Although many American drivers have cut back on driving due to high gas costs, the international community is expected to consume more gasoline. drive less. “You have to look back at what that means for the consumer,” Schork said. “We can get back to those levels, yeah. But I think it occurs at great detriment to the global economic recovery.” MasterCard SpendingPulse, which tracks gasoline purchases at retail stations around the U.S., said Tuesday that demand has dropped for 9 weeks in a row. Its survey showed Americans bought an average of 386 million gallons of gasoline per day for the four weeks ended May 20. That's down about 1.6 percent from the same period last year. The recent drop in oil has taken some pressure off the economy. Gasoline pump prices fell this month after nearly reaching a national average of $4 per gallon. They fell Tuesday for a 12th straight day to an average of $3.828 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular is now 3.2 cents cheaper than it was a month ago but still $1.035 higher than the same time last year. In other Nymex trading, heating oil added 6.16 cents to settle at $2.9213 per gallon and gasoline futures gained 5.21 cents to settle at $2.958 per gallon. Natural gas lost less than a penny to settle at $4.391 per 1,000 cubic feet.










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