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R&B Group Jagged Edge Offers The Battle for the Future Seth Mitchell Pursues
a ‘Remedy’ in New Album B3 of Maryland’s HBCU’s A7 Heavyweight Boxing Title B7

Bishop Eddie Long Settles - Young Man and

Instead of Fighting As Promised Pre-Teen Missing
King ends membership with New Birth By Shernay Williams
AFRO Staff Writer
By Talibah Chikwendu resolve the civil cases out of court. The The Baltimore City Fire
Photo by Rob Roberts

AFRO Executive Editor decision was made to bring closure to Department and family
this matter and to allow us to move members say they are
The Atlanta pastor facing four civil forward with the plans God has for this concerned about a fire recruit,
lawsuits accusing him of sexual coercion ministry,” Art Franklin, spokesman who has been missing since
settled the cases out-of-court, his church for Long and New Birth Missionary Memorial Day weekend.
announced May 26, but the agreement Baptist Church, said in a statement. “As Rodney E. Goggins Jr., 20,
leaves plenty of questions unanswered. is usually the case when civil lawsuits reportedly left his girlfriend’s
The lawsuits were filed in September resolve out of court, we cannot discuss house near North Kenwood
2010 against Bishop Eddie Long, the any details regarding the resolution in East Baltimore around
leader of the more than 25,000-member or the resolution process, as they are midnight May 29, but he
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. confidential. This resolution is the most never made it home. Family
Four plaintiffs alleged that Long gave reasonable road for everyone to travel.” members say his cell phone
them and others attention, money and B.J. Bernstein, the lawyer for goes straight to voicemail.
Courtesy Photo
gifts, before and after they reached plaintiffs Maurice Robinson, Anthony Fire spokesman Kevin
Rodney E. Goggins Jr., 20,
the legal age of consent. Such actions Flagg, Jamal Parris and Spencer Cartwright said Goggins
has been missing since May
allegedly involved engaging them in LeGrande, released a brief statement, didn’t show up for work May
Rev. Bernice King has ended
manipulation, oral sodomy and other saying only that “the matter has been 31. The cadet began training
her membership with New Birth
sexual acts. Continued on A4 in the fire academy last March
Missionary Baptist Church.
Addressing his and is expected to graduate in
congregation and the world September.
regarding the charges
approximately eight months
ago, Long said that he had
Riding Out the Heat Wave Family members have
created a Facebook page to
spread the word about his
“never in my life portrayed disappearance. They say it
With temperatures soaring,
myself as a perfect man. But is unlike Goggins to leave
Baltimore residents will
I am not the man that’s being without contacting someone.
likely take advantage of the
portrayed on the television. Goggins is 5-foot-6 and
city’s aquatic facilities in an
That’s not me. 150 pounds with brown
effort to cool off.
“I’ve been accused. I am hair and eyes and a light
under attack,” he said. “This moustache. He bears several
thing, I’m gonna fight. tattoos that read “family” on
“After a series of one wrist and “first” on the
discussions, all parties other, “Established 1991”
involved have decided to on his upper chest and neck Courtesy Photo
and the names “Rodney” and Georgia Solomon, 12, has
Listen to “First Edition” Continued on A4
Photo by Talibah Chikwendu

been missing since May 31.

Join Host Sean Yoes

NAACP Calls for
 Sunday @ 8 p.m. on
88.9 WEAA FM, the Investigation after
Judge’s Incendiary
Voice of the Community.
By AFRO Staff the heat index could get up to 105.
Temperatures were expected to remain
The National Weather Service
on Monday issued a heat advisory
in the lower-90s and 80s throughout
the week. Comments
Your History • Your Community • Your News

for the Washington and Baltimore City fire and rescue officials reported
areas, saying temperatures could that 12 people were taken on May
By George Barnette
reach the lower to mid-90s, but AFRO Staff Writer
Continued on A6
State and local chapters of the NAACP are asking that a

Public Gets Involved in HBCU St. Mary’s County judge be investigated over comments he
made at a hearing for Antonio Warren Gantt.

Lawsuit Issues
Gantt, who was convicted of two 2007 robberies, was
given life sentences as a result of those crimes. Those
convictions were overturned last year, however, because
By Talibah Chikwendu leading to the lawsuits were A. Dwight Pettit, Gantt—who represented himself at trial—wasn’t told about
AFRO Executive Editor Esq. and Maryland Sen. Joan Carter Conway, the possible life sentences.
chair of the Senate Education Committee. Judge C. Clarke Raley, who sentenced Gantt to prison,
The defendant’s arguments in the May One thing Carter Conway stressed is that was upset with the appeals court decision and according to
11 motion hearing in a civil lawsuit brought what’s going on with this lawsuit and the St. Mary’s County’s Enterprise newspaper called it “a very
by the Coalition for Equity and Excellence continued disparity have nothing to do with stupid decision.”
in Maryland Higher Education against the political parties and ideology. Carter Conway, “It’s obvious I hate him,” Raley said, according to
Maryland Higher Education the Enterprise. “I think he should be hung. Go get me a
Commission have finally gotten rope.”
the public engaged in this debate. “If we didn’t have HBCUs, we would have Gerald Stansbury, president of the Maryland State
The response to hearing coverage Conference of the NAACP, is calling for the State
spilled onto the airways through
to create them.” Commission on Judicial Disabilities to investigate Raley’s
the “Larry Young Morning - Dr. Patricia Ramsey comments for what he called “tempered and inflammatory
Show” on WOLB, a talk radio remarks.”
station in Baltimore, Md. “Judge Raley remarks crossed the line,” Stansbury said
Public comment and interest led former who has been fighting to eliminate duplicate in a statement. “His remarks not only are inappropriate
state Sen. Young to plan a special event on programs and to provide equity treatment for but raise the question as to whether he has the judicial
May 26, bringing in a variety of speakers HBIs since she entered the General Assembly, temperament that is necessary to continue to serve on the
to air the history and facts on the subject mentioned several bills she sponsored bench.”
and to provide insight into the issues being and fought for in Annapolis to address the Raley, a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, retired
covered in the lawsuit and how it could impact problems that were defeated. “I will continue after nearly 30 years on the bench in April. This incident
historically Black institutions. to fight,” she said. was not the first time Raley made comments from the
Presenting some of the history of HBIs Pettit, who served on the University of bench that raised eyebrows.
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A2 The Afro-American, June 4, 2011 - June 10, 2011

AFRO National Briefs

Your History • Your Community • Your News CBCF Announces 41st Annual Legislative Conference raised in Tennessee. His parents divorced when he was young
The Afro-American Newspapers iLead|iServe Theme Looks At Value and Impact of Involvement and he was sent to live with his maternal grandmother, finally
Baltimore Office • Corporate Headquarters WASHINGTON – Around the country, citizens will be able relocating after her death to the Bronx. After attending DeWitt
2519 N. Charles Street to explore issues surrounding leadership and service during the Clinton High School and then the Fieldston School, where
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-4602 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) 41st Annual his writing talent was first recognized, Scott-Heron enrolled
410-554-8200 • Fax: 1-877-570-9297 Legislative Conference (ALC). The conference will take place at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. While at Lincoln he
from Sept. 21-24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention met Jackson and the two formed the band Black and Blues.
Center in Washington, D.C. Registration for ALC is open now. He subsequently left school to write two novels, The Vulture,
ALC provides an outlet to highlight the mission of CBCF — published in 1970, and The Nigger Factory. He eventually
Founded by John Henry Murphy Sr., August 13, 1892
to develop leaders, to inform policy and to educate the public received a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns
Washington Publisher Emerita - Frances L. Murphy II
— by providing more than 85 high-level, thought-provoking Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Chairman of the Board/Publisher - John J. Oliver, Jr. forums to address the critical challenges facing the African- His recording career began in 1970 with Small Talk at 125th
Executive Assistant - Takiea Hinton - 410-554-8222 American Diaspora. Also offered during the four-day event are and Lenox, followed by Pieces of A Man (1971) and Small Talk
Receptionist - Wanda Pearson - 410-554-8200 free health screenings, a job fair, interactive financial sessions, (1972), where his distinctive spoken-word style began to fully
networking opportunities and cultural activities. emerge. He created or collaborated on twelve other albums, the
Director of Advertising/Sponsorship Development & Sales
This year, the foundation is expecting thousands to reflect most recent coming in 2010, 16 years after his last effort.
Susan Gould - 410-554-8289
on the theme: iLead|iServe. ALC attendees will have many Gil Scott-Heron was married during the 1970s to the actress
Advertising Manager - Robert Blount - 410-554-8246 opportunities to share their thoughts and experiences on leading Brenda Sykes.
Sr. Advertising Account Executive - Annie Russ - 410-554-8235 and serving — how and why they do it, the value of each, and Lawsuit Threatened over Malcolm X Biography
Advertising Account Executive the impact of each within their lives and their communities. The Columbia University, Viking Press and the estate of
Marquise Goodwin - 410-554-8274 conference will use social media, a town hall meeting, brain Manning Marable face a potential lawsuit over assertions in
Director of Finance - Jack Leister - 410-554-8242 trusts and personal interaction to further encourage discussions Marable’s posthumously-released biography of Malcolm X,
and follow-up conversations among attendees. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Lawyers representing a key
Archivist - John Gartrell - 410-554-8265
“ALC is recognized as one of the most important gatherings figure in the biography, in a “cease and desist” letter to the
Director, Community & Public Relations of African-Americans in the nation,” said Elsie L. Scott,
Diane W. Hocker - 410-554-8243 publisher May 23, challenged the characterization of Linwood
president and chief executive officer for CBCF. “Every year, Cathcart, a Malcolm X colleague in the Nation of Islam.
Editorial we see regular attendees and new faces at ALC ready to join the The letter from Cathcart’s attorney Mark Fury threatened
Executive Editor - Talibah Chikwendu conversation so that they too can return to their communities
legal efforts “not by any means necessary, but by all available
and affect change.” means at law or equity.” In the book, Marable implicates
Managing Editor - Kristin Gray - 410-554-8277
Washington Bureau Chief - Zenitha Prince - 202-332-0080, ext. 119 former Nation of Islam Minister Linward X Cathcart in the
E-mail: Jazz Poet, Author Gil Scott-Heron Dies at 62 murder of Malcolm X. Cathcart and his lawyers strongly refute
Pioneering poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron died May the claim and said that New York police and FBI investigators
Global Markets 27 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. He was 62. Scott- “dismissed him as a potential suspect.” “Your author, Manning
Director - Benjamin M. Phillips IV - 410-554-8220
Heron became Marable, knowingly printed false allegations, misleading
Washington Circulation/Distribution Manager ill after returning statements and made glaring omissions that clearly defame Mr.
Edgar Brookins - 202-332-0080, ext. 116 from a European Cathcart, injure him and his family, and even put him and them
Baltimore Circulation/Distribution Manager trip, but the exact at risk of physical harm,” Fury wrote.
Sammy Graham - 410-554-8266 cause of his death Fury said that Marable got several facts in the book wrong,
Production Department - 410-554-8288 was not released. including the fact that the men shared a girlfriend named
Scott-Heron Sharon Poole.
was best known for Marable said in the biography that Poole and Cathcart lived
Washington Office collaborating with together. Fury claimed that she rented an apartment in his
1917 Benning Road, N.E. • Washington, D.C. 20002-4723 pianist and flutist house for years with her husband, while Cathcart lived there
202-332-0080 Fax: 1-877-570-9297 Brian Jackson with his wife of 40 years. Fury said his client wants the books
General Manager during the early Courtesy Photo removed from stores and corrections made immediately.
Edgar Brookins - ext. 116 1970s and his Gil Scott-Heron Despite these claims, Marable received many kind words
Office Administrator - Mia Hayes-Hawkins - ext. 112 melodiously voiced at his death. NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous said
Customer Service, Home Delivery and Subscriptions: performance Marable was “one of the keenest intellects of our age to the
410-554-8234 readings in the late 1970s and early 1980s. One of his most contemporary conversation on race in America.” Marable’s
Customer famous compositions was 1970’s “The Revolution Will Not Be good friend, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, told the AFRO that
Billing Inquiries: 410-554-8226 Televised,” an early anthem of Black militancy. it was time that the world gave Marable “his due” and that “a
Nights and Weekends: 410-554-8282 Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, Ill. on April 1, 1949, but giant has fallen.”
November 1, 2008 - November 7, 2008, The Washington Afro-American A3

Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain NephewA3

A2 The Afro-American, June 4, 2011 - June 4, 2011 June 4, 2011 - June 10, 2011, The Afro-American
By Alan King sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspi- posted fliers bearing his photo-

State Center Promises Jobs and Tax

AFRO Staff Writer connection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On
Hudson’s mother and brother. the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked
Jennifer Hudson and other The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding

Revenue if it Could Get Started

relatives positively identified Suburban with Illinois license Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace
multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and sup-
of the vehicle. The SUV, regis- porters for their prayers and
tered to Hudson’s murdered offered a $100,000 reward to
brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy
By Sean Yoes diverse. And the great appeal wrong.”
boy’s body inside and is being (Furman L. Templeton alive.
Special to the AFRO of State Center to the poorer Hathaway
processed and a small
by evidence techni- Elementary in the 1200 block Since the investigation,
members of the community is army of other
cians and like-minded
workers. The body of Pennsylvania Avenue), can Hudson – who gained stardom
The State Center Project the prospect of thousands of individuals have embarked
was later removed and takenon to now say, ‘Hey, wait a minute after appearing on “American
– placed in limbo by a jobs over the course of several atheseemingly
Cook Countyorganic odyssey
Medical there’s now opportunity in my Idol,” and then won an
lawsuit filed by some of the years. to rally theiroffice.
Examiner’s community so local community. I can dream Academy Award for her role in
city’s most well-connected “As State Center is re- they won’t and
Hudson be victims of urban
other family I can plan, my uncle worked the movie Dreamgirls – has
(see Orioles owner Peter developed and as more jobs renewal, but instead
members arrived at thecontribute
Medical on the project, my relative stayed out of the public eye.
Angelos) business persons come in and as more of those meaningfully to it and reap the
Examiner’s office mid-after- worked on the project. This The Chicago Tribune report-
Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew.
– has generated more hype, buildings go on the tax rolls, it rewards.
noon to identify the body. was something that was done ed that a parade of cars moved
anticipation, hope, fear and will certainly enhance our tax Given“Tothemechoice
this isbetween
an look- forAus,’” Hathaway slowly past her family’s home
ing directly at the body or spokesman for added.
the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the
loathing than any other base, which is one thing we opportunity, if we properly use toldHathaway’s
the newspaper church, Union jail for parole violation after
that Hudson
viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curi-
it to aim community to aim Baptist, along with other
ous onlookers.
a project, ... that will accrue churches, organizations and
Jennifer Center
Hudson andis an herincredibly
mom, Darnellimportant
Courtesy Photos
Donerson who “She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”
to the benefit of indigenous individuals have implemented
Neighbors stood
quietly and
project to the 13th District and the City of
was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. residents and there will also be
an opportunity
a sustainable plan to put reflected on the
video screen, theforfamily
the future,”
chose people from
“remained theirfor
strong community
her fami- being convicted of attempted violence.
the body of her 7-year-old plate X584859 was found on Hathaway said.
the latter. According to the to work
ly” and waswhoclearly
want to itswork for murder and vehicular hijack-
leader. In front of the Hudson’s
nephew Monday, just hours – Baltimore City Councilman
Chicago’s West Side after Bill Cole “For the
Tribune, young
Hudson kids“Yes,
said, who yearsheld
“She to come.
hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men inPhoto heavy jackets
by Bill Tabron
after his body was found in a police received a 7 a.m. call are
him.”to the Booker ly,”“We have a database
the spokesman of
said. “It thatThe
he pleaded
Rev. Dr.guilty
both and hooded
pastor sweatshirts
of Union Baptistcame to
Baltimore development deal need to be doing in a city that T’s (Booker T. Washington people
was in the community,
obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin
Church, has been a strong supporter of white crosses bar-
the State

ACORN Fights Back

in many years. continues to lose population,” Middle in the 1300 block moment.”
some 2,700 people. We’ve convicted in 1998 for posses- ingyears,
the names of Donerson
Center project for the last five working with and
Yet, there is no clear Cole said. of McCulloh Street) and The boy – the son
trained over 600 people,” of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason.for the jobs the
the community
Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison into prepare them
indication if and/or when its Perhaps, no single the Furman Templeton’s Continued “Everybody is sick of going
been missing since Friday,on A6 2006 project will bring.
after serving seven years
massive 28-acre promise will individual has done more
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
through stuff like this,” Artisha
when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and
begin to manifest. As of now to proactively prepare his West, a former resident of the
grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges.
only the
By Alan King State Center website community
and Dallas Cowboys for the pending
players No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing
area told the Tribune. “We all
stands have to stick together. All these
AFROasStaff a monument
Writer to that arrival
Tony Romo of Stateand Center and
Terrell Owens, trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and
promise and ironically is all
amongthat the
names than the
submitted group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?”
Presidential of candidate
a still anemic John Alvin
officials. of Union Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale
U.S. economy
McCain’s attackwith only the–
on ACORN Baptist
said those onworkers,
Druid Hill who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue.
Associated of Community
glittering days to Avenue.
were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alert – a desig-
Organization for Reform Now – Hathaway
ACORN’s reports,or“Ipermis-
knowledge for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing
The website tantalizes with was born in the 1200 block
confirms the success of the sion, were fired. him for President.
the claims of the
organization, 5,439headpermanent
of the of Druid Hill Avenue,”
“The evidence that has sur- You get to choose how
But now ACORN is in trouble.
children – was issued Friday
after Julian was discovered
new jobs upon the project’s
group says. a few doors downthey
faced so far shows fromfaked Reporter: There are at least missing after the murders.

is testimony
and success
to the
work forms
completion (the third and final venerable Union Baptist. to get paid for
didn’t do, not to stuff ballot
work they you spend your money.
11 investigations across the
country involving thousands of
Police arrested William
phase is scheduled to end in And as a little boy growing Balfour, the missing boy’s step-
had,” Maude Hurd, president of
15 years) and $1.8 million
ACORN, said in an interview
boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the
up in West Baltimore in the
victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms.
Shouldn’t you get to
potentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband
of Julia, at his girlfriend’s
annually in tax revenue. But, 1950s
tor of it.he witnessed what the
with the AFRO.
the “When
websitethis also reveals today
attack started, we first coming
Hurd said oftheState Center
only things choose how you bank?
Announcer: Massive voter
fraud. And the Obama campaign
Southside apartment several
hours after the murders.
that there are exactly
had just announced that we had zero wrought upon his
bogus are the charges them- once proud paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has
new jobs connected
registered 1.3 million to new this
vot- and prosperous
selves. And factcheck. community.
org ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had
ers,” she said. project
“That’s thatjusthasto not
say agrees. “That was historically efforts. nothing to do with the slayings.
broken ground running
that someone’s yet. scared an African-American
It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson
Still, of
because manyACORN’sof the success.”
residents community;
ACORN nor African- its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud.
of State
who isneighboring
running for American
been foundhomeowners,
guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment.
president on the have literallytick- there
Republican charged were African-American
with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for
invested years of time and
et, lashed out at ACORN in the businesses and the state
votes.” America.
energy preparing
final debate againstfor the
Barack through public policy
The problem came aboutwiped pri-
arrival of what could be a
Obama, contending the group “is marily because
out an African-American of the way Since McCain’s comments, SQUARE HIGH
on the vergeboost
mammoth of maybe
on many ACORN operates.
perpetrat- community,” Rather than
Hathaway ACORN’s 87 offices have been
ing one of the greatest frauds in rely on volunteers, it pays peo- bombarded with threats and
levels seen and unseen. explains. “It was literally
voter history in this country, ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail.
“State Center is an the first Urban Renewal
maybe destroying the fabric of ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential
democracy.” important project to area in the
The idea wascity, so they
to help bothjust
those debate, vandals broke into the
13th District and a non-partisan being registered and those and
the City decimated a community doing organization’s Boston and Seattle
Web Baltimore,”
site, foundsaid thoseBaltimore
claims to now from my perspective it’s
the registration. offices and stole computers.
City Councilman with
be “exaggerated,” Bill “no
Cole, evi- the Maud
explained, to correct
“We have thea After a Cleveland representative BREAD NOT ON THE LIST
of any such thedemocracy-
13th zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was
destroying “I fraud.”
represent a lot of ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she
believes the McCain around J.P. Cusick (D)
Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.”
charges Center
were and they’ve
politically been
motivat- point out that ACORN is A worker in Providence, R.I.,
ated.the table now for more than
for U.S.
required by law toSenateturn in all reg- received a threatening call say-
To reform the
five years. And the resounding
She said, “Because it’s low- istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work
appeal for this project is clear
and moderate-income people, toChild Support laws.
note that it was the organiza- at 9” and uttered racial epithets.
and people of color,
they all want it to happen.” I believe the
Talk to
in many
instances, that first
A caller to one office left a
message on the answering
McCain campaign
As racially and thinks those
voters are going to vote toand more online
the attention at:
of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just
culturally diverse as those
Democratic, which is not neces-
neighborhoods are, they may
The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that
sarily true.” isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get
be even
ACORN moreis economically
no stranger to By Authority,
points, preferring to air mislead- hung. He’s a (expletive deleted)
V. E. Eldridge, Treasurer.
controversy. ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of
For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are
organization has fought for social his political support. fraudulent, and you need to go to
and economic justice for low- McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees.
and moderate-income and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung hon-
Americans. With 400,000 mem- Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassi-
ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.”
than 1,200 neighborhood chap- baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You
ters in 110 cities nationwide, speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive
ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You
its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. guys just (expletive deleted)
cating for affordable housing, There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume
We never
living wages, runhealthcare
low on irony forinthe
Baltimore. Or restaurants
Talbot, part of the thatChicago
serve local every natural resource there is,
grass-fed beef, merchants that carrybranch housemade pickles and
of ACORN. Hepâté,
was or
so and make a lot of babies. That’s
underserved— and while organ-
markets that sell goods from local farms. It’s foodie heaven around here.
izing voter registration drives. impressive that he was asked to all you guys do. And then suck
But none The hasnext
wander under train
a cup ofstaff.
Zeke’s up the welfare and expect every-
and a bag
and baseless as of
thiskale, it as a homeowner. WhatCity didhome
ACORN pricesinare
Chicago one else to pay for your hospital
historically low and interest rates are, too. At Live Baltimore, we’ll
With the presidential election engage in?
match you with homebuying incentives, renovation information, Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let
less than two weeks away, neighborhoods,Intimidation
and more. tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best Before age five, every room is a classroom.
ACORN’s detractorsSoallege if you’ve ever toldbusiness.
the of yourself, ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like
organization“Somedayhas engaged my ownbanks
in mas-
I’ll own place,” toget
issue risky home loans.
in touch. Forget about paying for hospital counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability,
sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that bills for them. I’m not gonna do and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC
discovery of bogus caused the financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. And I founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca
names, such as Mickey Mouse in today. hope you all die.”
con Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young
Hurd thinks the hate calls will
children for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™
cease soon.
“Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. It’s filled
“In two weeks, I think these
attacks will be over. But I think it with all kinds of simple, everyday things you can do to help a child
will beSunTrust
harder for uslets
to getyou
our choose the way you bank. learn. Together, we can work with our communities so an entire
generationis unique
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Feeding 5,000
By Shernay Williams decided to expand the mission to neighborhood associations of things with PG County, including
AFRO Staff Writer Baltimore City. to identify needy families its African-American population,
In a recent phone interview instead of targeting homeless I think the nature of Baltimore is
Last January, a Prince George’s with the AFRO, Akuffo said, “A people in shelters. “There are different than any other city on the
County-based congregation lot of people aren’t homeless like families where the kids go to East Coast,” Hanna said. “There
conceived of a plan to feed 5,000 you think, it could be that they school hungry,” said Hanna. already are resources here but what
homeless residents within one just lost their job, or got kicked “And there are people in these about the families that don’t have
year. Five months later, the church out of ahouse and the shelter is communities that know who these resources? They need help right
has already distributed over 4,000 a temporary place for them ... families are.” now.
meals and catapulted the project, A lot of them are well educated He’s still formulating the list “I think the city has made
coined Feed 5000, into a two-city they just don’t have the and plans to pinpoint the first 40 (ending homelessness) a priority,
effort to feed the needy. opportunities.” or 50 families within the next and if you involve nonprofits and
Members of the Hear the Word Akuffo reached out to the month. Hanna and a staff of four community organizations you can
Bible Church in Upper Marlboro, New Park Heights CDC, a volunteers oversee the project, reach your goals so much faster,
Md., serve bag lunches and bottled non-profit based in Northwest which will feed the entire you don’t have to wait on the city to
water to itinerant’s in D.C.’s Baltimore, to execute the plot city, not just the Park Heights do this.”
homeless shelters. They purchase in the city. With their help, the community, The Feed 5000 initiators
food through donations and dole out Park Heights CDC handed out The CDC’s goal is to encourage those interested in
between 200 and 300 lunches every 1,250 bag lunches in February aid residents before they volunteering to contact them. “We
other week. alone. CDC leaders walked the need shelter and provide expect nothing but greatness,”
In light of the project’s success, streets of downtown Baltimore to homeownership counseling for said Akuffo, adding that he had
the Rev. Jeffrey Allen and Deane pass out their share. different, more those already homeless. They experienced hardships in life. “It’s
Akuffo, church member and Will J. Hanna II, president and holistic approach to feed Baltimore estimate they that they can surpass important to give back because God
manager at the Baltimore-based CEO of the New Park Heights residents by connecting with 5,000 bag lunches in one month. gave to us. We want everyone to
Mitchell Allen Management firm, CDC, said he plans to take a other community groups and “Baltimore, while it shares a lot have the same opportunity.”

Bishop Eddie Long Settles Instead of Fighting

Continued from A1
resolved” and adding that and as long as you receive me reduction of the work week that assertion during a May she held because she was an know that I have a pastoral
neither she or her clients as your shepherd, I’ll be your to four days. The article went 31 interview on the Praise ordained minister, she added, calling on my life and I had to
would make any further shepherd.” on to say the church had to go 102.5’s “Rhondell Lewis “I am just no longer a member accept it. ... This is the timing
statements or give interviews But without a clear into its reserves last year to Show.” of New Birth.” that God gave me, at the end
now or in the future about the resolution of Long’s guilt or cover operating expenses. “I’m clarifying that Rev. King stressed that of May, and that’s where
case. innocence, or the cost of the That reports also mentions after eight years and eight her decision to leave had my mind has always been
“To me it looks like months ... my last Sunday been discussed with Bishop focused.”
a cover up,” the Rev. Dr. as a member of New Birth Long earlier in the year and Bishop Long posted a
Barbara Reynolds, a religious “To me it looks like a cover up.” Missionary Baptist Church scheduled for the last Sunday statement on the church
and political commentator, was this past Sunday [May in May. Her reason: to pursue website, indicating a
said. “It looks like he did
– Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds 29],” she said. the next assignment God celebration is being planned
what the Catholic Church Explaining that she didn’t had for her. “I have always for Rev. King to honor her
has been doing for decades. settlements to the church, Rev. Bernice King’s departure resign because she was never followed what I believe to be contributions and celebrate
I thought that [Long’s initial many are wondering what from the church as a negative an employee of the church the voice of God in my life her endeavors.
statements] meant he would impact this will have on sign for the church. Rev. and that she didn’t step down and I’ve sought to be obedient
go to court and fight in court.” Long’s ability to be effective King, however, refuted because elder was just a title to that voice,” she said. “I

Reynolds added that there as a leader.
is no way to be sure if Long “I think they’ll go right on
was guilty or innocent. “If
that’s his addiction, more
people will be violated ... But
with him,” Reynolds said.
“People have a special
relationship with their
Public Gets Involved
Continued from A1
Continued from A1
“Tracey” on either arm.
who will know for sure now, preacher and they are going to
Maryland System Board of Regents, said he funding. “What we’ve traditionally done is He was last seen driving
because it’s been covered up.” believe Eddie Long and things
cares deeply for the HBCUs in this country more with less,” she added. a black 2000 Buick LaSabre
The New Birth will go on as usual.”
but believes they suffer from benign neglect Dr. Patricia Ramsey, professor of biology with the Maryland license
congregation rallied around There are some signs
in appropriations of money for capital and at Bowie State University and former interim tags 8FRT68, according to the
Long, supporting his call to to the contrary. According
operating expenses. He said the mindset is, president, reminded the listening audience that Facebook page.
fight and continue to move to a special NewsOne/
“we know they’re there, we know they need, Bowie was the oldest HBCU in the Maryland Anyone with information
forward. And he assured them Elev8 reports on My Praise
but if we just ignore them, maybe they will go and has graduated the highest number of on his whereabouts is asked
that he would remain their Atlanta, church revenue is
away.” students with master’s degrees in computer to contact police at 410-887-
pastor, saying, “I’ve been down significantly, causing
He posited that much of the continued science in the country. “If we didn’t have 1340 or 911.
called to be your shepherd a reduction in staff and a
pushback on the issues in this case is power HBCUs, we would have to create them,” she In an unrelated case,
play by the University of Maryland System, said police officials say a 12-year-
and that when the Black institutions were She also shared that alumni of HBCUs old middle school girl has
ignored, no one spoke up for them. “I was the have gone on to succeed in the best been missing since May 31.
lone voice,” Pettit said. universities in the country. “We need to be Georgia Solomon, a sixth-
Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Chair proactive and put out the data ..., “ Ramsey grader at Garrrison Middle
Catherine Pugh said the Caucus supported the said. School, was last seen heading
need for and mission of the HBCUs and that Dr. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, also in towards Mondawmin Mall
the organization would be sending a letter to the studio, and host Young encouraged the after exiting the 91 bus
Maryland’s State’s Attorney Douglas Gansler audience to stay informed on the issues at the corner of Liberty
about the issue. Sen. Pugh, a Morgan graduate, involved in this case and to make their Heights Road and Garrison
said HBCUs have traditionally provided the voices heard. Young said the public has to be Boulvevard.
remedial training needed without additional unafraid and take action. She’s 5-foot-1, 134 pounds
and wears dark framed glasses
and cornrows. She was last
seen wearing her school
uniform of khaki pants, a
white polo shirt, and gray
Nike tennis shoes.
Those with information on
Solomon should call police at
443-984-7385 or 911.

Continued from A1
In 2005, an appeals
court questioned Raley’s
understanding of the law
after he incorrectly ruled
that Joseph Medley should
pay $1,000 to the jury, after
pleading guilty to marijuana
“It is clear, after reviewing
the statutory provisions
relevant to the present case,
that the Circuit Court lacked
the authority to levy or set
a fine premised, in whole
or in part, on paying for or
reimbursing jury costs that
may have been incurred
because Medley did not waive
his jury election until the day
of trial,” Maryland Court
of Appeals Judge Glenn T.
Harrell wrote in his decision.
June 4, 2011 - June 10, 2011, The Afro-American A5

Woodlawn High Student Wins First Prize in BGE Gas Advises
International Poster Contest Customers to Beware
TOWSON, MD. – Sorour Refahi,
of Utility Impostors
a junior at Woodlawn High School,
Scam artists may be misrepresenting themselves as
was honored with the $1,000 first BGE employees in order to steal cash or gain entry into
prize award in The Christophers 21st customers’ homes
Annual Poster Contest for High School
Students. Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is warning
Her work was selected from among customers about scam artists posing as BGE employees to
more than 1,000 entries designed steal money or gain entry into area homes and business.
by students from around the world At least two similar cases were recently reported in the
to explore the theme “You Can Baltimore metropolitan area.
Make a Difference.” The award was According to a statement issued by BGE, “In addition
announced last week. to contacting customers in-person, occasionally, these scam
According to their website, artists call customers seeking credit card or other personal
The Christophers, a non-profit information. Many times, they indicate that they’re trying
organization founded in 1945, to collect payment on a past due BGE bill and threaten to
“Uses mass media to encourage suspend service if the “payment” isn’t made.”
all individuals to make a positive The impostors may carry credentials that appear similar
difference in the world.” to official BGE IDs, company officials said. They may also
threaten to turn off customers’ electric or gas service until
they receive a cash payment.
BGE recommends customers take the following steps to
help ensure their safety against impostors:
• Do not open your door to someone you do not
• Ask for a photo identification through the door or
window, especially if you did not schedule a visit from BGE
Courtesy Photo • Report suspicious activity to the police and BGE
Woodlawn High School • NEVER give cash to someone claiming to be
student Sorour Refahi’s collecting a BGE payment
award-winning poster.
“BGE reminds customers that employees carry photo
identification cards which should always be visible,
especially during rare instances when a BGE employee
must visit a customer’s home,” said Jeannette M. Mills,
chief customer officer for BGE, in a prepared statement.

Giant Food Offers Food Safety Tips & “Customers can always call BGE to verify an individual
visiting their home is a BGE employee. As a reminder, BGE
no longer accepts cash payments in the field and generally

Healthy Ideas for Grilling Season only requires entry into a customer’s home in response
to gas or electric emergencies, to check BGE equipment,
read BGE meters or to start or stop service. Additionally,
Special to the AFRO customers should never give personal information such as
credit card numbers to people claiming to represent BGE in
Get ready to fire up the backyard grill! Giant Food of telephone calls.”
Landover, Md., wants to make sure customers’ barbecues are
safe and healthy by keeping food safety top of mind when For more information visit
When preparing meats for grilling, marinate foods in the
refrigerator, not on the counter or outdoors. If the marinade
is to be used as a sauce on the cooked food, keep some of it cooking. When in doubt, throw it out.
in a separate container before adding the raw meat, poultry
Giant suggests using a For additional grilling and food safety tips, stop by your
or seafood. Sauce used to marinate raw meat should never be
meat thermometer to neighborhood Giant Food and speak with a meat department
determine whether food is associate or visit
The best way to know if meat is cooked thoroughly is to use
thoroughly cooked.
a meat thermometer and check that it’s the proper temperature. Stock Photo
Before removing from the grill, insert a meat thermometer
halfway into the thickest part of the meat, making sure it does
Don’t forget to make room for veggies on the grill too! The
heat of the grill caramelizes the natural sugars in vegetables,
Community Continued on B5
not go through to the other side. The reading takes about 15-20 resulting in loads of flavor without the need for added sugar,
seconds and should reach the following temperatures to avoid salt or fat. Try cutting romaine hearts in half lengthwise, brush
harmful bacteria: with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear the cut
edge on a preheated grill for a unique smoky flavor. Or skewer
• All hamburgers made with ground beef need to be cooked marinated vegetable chunks and grill. Make sure to use a
to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Ground beef can still separate marinade from what the raw meat was in. Grill similar
be pink inside and cooked to a safe 160 degrees, so color is not items together. Some, like cherry tomatoes, will grill quickly,
always a true indicator. while peppers and onions will take longer to reach desired ANNUAL
• Ground and whole poultry should be cooked to 165 Also try grilling fruit. Grilled pineapple, peaches and plums
degrees. Chops, steaks and roasts from beef, veal or lamb are make a great dessert when drizzled with honey and sprinkled
properly cooked at 145 degrees for medium rare, 160 degrees with cinnamon.
for medium and 170 degrees for well done. Use a clean plate and utensils for serving. Cooked food
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Johns Hopkins Supports Student Social Outreach

By Shernay Williams Funded by an anonymous $1.25 “Certainly the students will to partner with universities in order to Johns Hopkins officials say the
AFRO Staff Writer million donation, the eight-week get experience doing responsible supplement our work and strengthen internship falls in line with their two-
program matches students with work,” he said. “The university has our programming,” said Tammy year president’s pledge to strengthen
Next week students from Johns organizations based on their interests, a commitment to having a presence Mayer, director of community partnerships with the Baltimore
Hopkins University will scour according to a press release. in the community and students are engagement for the Citizens Planning community. “Over the years, it is
Baltimore City as volunteers for local
agencies and nonprofit organizations “The university has a commitment to having a presence in the community and students are our most talented resources.”
in an effort, school leaders say, to – Dennis O’Shea
mend relationships with surrounding
communities while affording students Selected students will work 30 our most talented resources ... As and Housing Association. hard to deny that, at times, a wariness
practical experience. hours a week beginning June 6. Next for the agencies, they are going to The citizen action organization emerged between our campuses and
The Johns Hopkins Community summer, the internship program is get talented help for very specific will host a student through Johns our communities – based sometimes
Impact Internships Program will pay expected to fund an additional 25 projects that they may not have in- Hopkins’ internship program. “This in fact, other times on stubborn
25 students up to $5,000 to help out students. house.” was another opportunity to have an misperception,” Johns Hopkins
in venues such as emergency shelters, University spokesman Dennis The program comes at a critical intern that has a strong commitment President Ron Daniels said in a
health clinics and afterschool O’Shea calls the program a “win-win time for nonprofits, many of whom to Baltimore involved in the recent faculty e-mail. Initiatives like
program centers. for everybody.” are tracking the recession’s snail-like organization,” she said. this program, he continued, “seem
recovery. “In Other participating agencies to be tempering that uneasiness,

Ehrlich Testifies as Witness in

this economy it include the Baltimore City Health creating new bridges, and localizing
has been very Department, Parks and People our calling to bring knowledge to the
beneficial for us Foundation and My Sister’s Place. world.”

Robocall Trial Riding Out the Heat Wave

By Shernay Williams
AFRO Staff Writer Continued from A1
30 to hospitals to be treated for heat-related Federal St. The Health Department’s Office of
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., was illnesses during the National Memorial Day Aging and CARE Services operates six from 9
called to testify before a grand jury recently Parade in Washington. In Baltimore at the a.m. – 7 p.m. at 1000 Cathedral St., 1700 Gay
in connection with the controversial robocalls NCAA lacrosse national title game, the game- St., 1601 Baker St., 2825 Fait Ave., 229 ½ S.
conducted during the 2010 gubernatorial time temperature was 96 degrees and it was Eaton St., and 4501 Reisterstown Road.
election, according to WJZ TV. even hotter at field level on a sun-scorched “During extended periods of extreme heat,
Ehrlich and several others, including afternoon. it’s important to drink plenty of water and limit
a former aid and the former chairman of Photo by Talibah Chikwendu
Agencies across the region opened cooling the intake of alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
the Baltimore County Republican Party, Candidate Robert Ehrlich and his advisor, centers to provide relief to heat-swamped If you must be outdoors, take frequent water
came before the jury, which is investigating Julius Henson, met with the AFRO residents. In Baltimore’s Centers, open on breaks in the shade,” said Commissioner of
whether the automated messages violated during the 2010 Maryland gubernatorial Code Red Heat Alert days, there is cool air and Health Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “Seniors and those
election laws by attempting to suppress voter campaign. The grand jury is hearing free water. with underlying chronic conditions should be
turnout. evidence to determine whether or not There are 11 centers around the city, five especially careful not to overexert themselves.”
The grand jury, whose proceedings are to indict Henson for robocalls made to operated by the Community Action Program On a Code Red Heat Alert day, the
secret, has centered the probe on political discourage voter turn out on election from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at 5225 York Road, Baltimore City Health Department
consultant Julius Henson who admitted to day. 606 Cherry Hill Road, second floor, 3939 recommends drinking plenty of water or juice
coordinating the calls. Ehrlich was called Reisterstown Road, 3411 Bank St., and 1400 E. and avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
as a witness and is not a target in the Jim Cabezas, chief investigator in the State
investigation, although Henson was paid to
assist with Ehrlich’s campaign, the TV station
Prosecutor’s Office.
Prior to the polls closing on Election
Day last fall, thousands of calls were made
State Center Promises Jobs
Continued from A3
The State Prosecutor’s Office would not to Baltimore and Prince George’s County
confirm whether Ehrlich was a witness, citing homeowners in Democratic precincts urging Hathaway said. “The people Specifically, Hathaway jobs. “What we advocated
office policy to withhold information unless them to remain home because Ehrlich’s are getting information, explains, written agreements for and we agreed to at least
there is an indictment. “We don’t confirm competitor, current Gov. Martin O’Malley, they’re knowledgeable, have been made to 50 percent of the work hours
or deny witnesses in an investigation,” said had already won the election. they understand, they go to ensure people from the will go to people who live
meetings. You now get an neighborhoods connected to in 21201, 21202, 21217 [zip
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June 4, 2011 - June 10, 2011, The Afro-American A7

Our Voice
The Battle for the Future of
Maryland’s HBCU’s
In 2006, a group (the “Coalition”) consisting of friends including litigation, and that the office has often
and supporters, alumni and students of some of the area’s defended the HBCUs in litigation. This is a given.
historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) organized However, in the present case, the interests and
to initiate action they individually and collectively believed future welfare of the HBCUs are represented by
needed to be taken to address inequities which the State has for the Coalition, which consists entirely of private
too long failed to correct. At issue was a concern that policies plaintiffs and private counsel. Therefore the lawsuit
and practices in the State of Maryland relating to HBCUs were represents a legal matchup between the Coalition
impeding the growth and development of these institutions and versus the power and clout of the Office of the
otherwise undermining the efforts of HBCUs to educate and Attorney General, the “State’s law firm.”
graduate adequate numbers of students who choose to pursue With so much at stake in the Coalition lawsuit,
their higher education goals at these institutions. we are not persuaded by the Attorney General’s
They were also concerned that recent specific practices by response and criticism of this paper’s reporting
the State of Maryland impeded the HBCUs from enhancing of the State’s arguments at the recent hearing on the State’s * Since more African Americans are now allegedly going
certain unique courses offered at these institutions by allowing motions for summary judgment. In light of our presence at the to non-HBCUs better supported by the State, the HBCU’s
such courses to be introduced and duplicated at competing hearing and our subsequent review of the hearing transcript, are not needed.
traditional White institutions (TWI). The frequency of these we stand by our article and its headline as a fair interpretation We understand the public relations ramifications to the
recent duplications was apparently a high concern of the of the State’s position. The State’s statements of pride for Office of the Attorney General in its defense of this lawsuit.
Coalition in light of similar duplications having been deemed the four HBCUs neither shield nor mask its written and oral That, however, is not our concern. Decades of horrendous
illegal by the Supreme Court in a landmark 1992 case entitled argument that despite continuing inequities, the State has “fully discriminatory and segregative practices are not undone by
United States vs. Fordice, a case which many in the Black performed” and need do no more to right the wrongs of its past apologies followed by arguments that the State has “diligently
community deem to be on the same level of importance as the discriminatory system. Instead, as if time heals everything, it performed its obligations” and “should be commended.”
historic, Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case. asks “How long is long enough before the presumption is that The Attorney General’s rhetorical assertions that the State
Following certain actions taken by the State of Maryland the State is right?” is “committed to [the HBCUs] success” followed by claims
in 2006, a lawsuit was filed by the Coalition to seek a full and The Attorney General takes issue with the representation that “we are pleased that the issues HBCUs face have been
fair hearing as to the legality of these questionable policies that the State’s argument responded to the plaintiffs’ assertions brought to the attention of the court” with “an accurate factual
and practices relating to the Maryland HBCUs and to obtain “in tones of disgust.” We disagree. At every turn during the record, so that it can weigh the issues fairly” do not square
necessary judicial relief. In order to thwart the Coalition’s hearing, the State argues that it has done all that it is required to with the State’s arguments. In fact, we find them astoundingly
efforts to get a fair hearing, the State of Maryland moved to do on behalf of HBCUs and the students who attend them: hypocritical and embarrassing.
have the case dismissed. On May 11, a hearing was held in * The plaintiffs’ claim that increases in needed resources The State cannot credibly apologize for its conduct and
federal court to receive the State of Maryland’s arguments as to to these institutions will enhance them to the point of making then, in disparaging tones, move to dismiss in their entirety all
why the Coalition’s lawsuit should not proceed. them viable alternatives for students choosing a place for claims made by the Coalition to remedy that conduct followed
An AFRO reporter attended the hearing and in the May higher learning. by a press release and public letter claiming that it holds the
21 edition of the Baltimore AFRO, an article was published * The State’s response to this was indeed disparaging: HBCUs in the highest regard and is committed to their success.
entitled “State Argues HBCUs Not Needed.” That article has “The State is supposed to allocate its scarce resources [to The days of expecting this community to “cave-in” with a
generated considerable discussion and concern in the Baltimore HBCUs] on some sort of field of dreams idea . . .? Come benign pat on the head have long since expired. This paper will
Black community as to how and why the State is taking such on. That’s ridiculous.” After all, the State asserted, most call-out the State when it attempts to double talk its way out
a position against its own HBCUs. In response to the AFRO African Americans students go to “non-HBCUs” anyway and of what we view to be an injustice. The AFRO will continue to
article, a letter from the Office of the Maryland Attorney “Maryland is not Mississippi or Alabama “and “if plaintiffs fairly and accurately report what is happening in federal district
General objecting to the title and various portions of the AFRO believe that, then they are drinking some sort of Kool-Aid.” court in this case.
article appears in the “Letters to Editors” in this edition. At the We see nothing inappropriately “implied” or “speculative” We believe the Coalition’s cause to be a just one. The
AFRO web site,, you will also find a letter to Attorney with respect to such statements. Taken in the context of the vestiges of the legislatively required segregation of the past
General Douglas Gansler from the Legislative Black Caucus State’s argument as a whole, the disturbing tone toward HBCUs have indeed not been completely and finally removed from
of Maryland, outlining its objections to the State’s arguments is quite evident. Our reading of the words and tone of the the higher education practices and policies of the State of
presented at the hearing. hearing transcript is that: Maryland, and the duplication actions taken by the State in our
We appreciate the fact that the Office of the Attorney * The State is appalled at the notion that it must do opinion are blatant illegal violations of the clear holding of the
General represents the State and its entities in legal matters, more, and Supreme Court.

Letters to the Editor

Correcting the Record on HBCUs no source and no further explanation. establishment of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Ensuring equity in Maryland’s institutions of higher education Finally, the story misrepresents the state’s telling of the history Ofield Dukes
is an issue of fundamental importance. For far too much of the of discrimination in higher education. The story only quotes President, Ofield Dukes & Associates
state’s history, its Historically Black Colleges and Universities the state as saying that Maryland has “diligently performed its
(HBCUs) were unfairly deprived of badly needed state resources obligations” and “should be commended” for its work with
and generally treated as inferior institutions. HBCUs, yet fails to quote the state’s opening words: “[W]e begin Bishop Eddie Long Settled so He Didn’t Have to Go on
Given the state’s historically poor track record with HBCUs, first with an apology for the fact that it is indisputable that in the Record, Says Lawyer
each new battle over higher education equity in Maryland raises distant past Maryland operated a program that was wrong, that “You can interpret that any way you want, but usually people
deep concern, as it should. But when these disputes occur, was morally reprehensible, and that was unconstitutional” with do not settle cases unless there is some reason to do so,” said
we must strive to avoid letting our rightful concern cloud our respect to HBCUs. former DeKalb County Prosecutor J. Tom Morgan.
perception of the facts. All of these inaccuracies and misrepresentations do a great Let’s get real – out-of-court sexual civil suit settlements! Most
Unfortunately, in a recent story in this newspaper about disservice to your readers. Taken together, they suggest that the of the Black community knew deep down inside he was guilty
one such dispute, the facts were seriously clouded. The story state has little regard for HBCUs and their historic struggle for (just another O.J. type).
concerned a recent hearing in The Coalition for Equity and equity, when in fact the state holds them in the highest regard Many of the Black pastors such as Eddie Long with their
Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, et al. v. Maryland and is committed to their success. The Attorney General’s Office, mega-church status have “sold out” under the Bush “faith-based”
Higher Education Commission, et al. (“Coalition v. MHEC”), for its part, has demonstrated this commitment in multiple ways, initiatives, which are African-American ministers in action, whose
a federal lawsuit brought against the state in 2006 that alleges for example through our recent comprehensive report advising goal is mixing religion with public policy. The religious right is
that the state is currently running a segregated higher education colleges and universities of the ways in which they legally can and winning the war of “separation of church and state” because they
system. should invigorate their admissions and hiring practices in order to practice politics from the pulpit and use their religion to cloak
As your readers know, the Attorney General’s Office ensure robust diversity in their student bodies and faculties. More their political aims. The pulpits are more about politics, money
represents the state and its entities, such as MHEC and the state’s broadly, our office has demonstrated its commitment through its and fame today. The right wing has found a way to dupe the
HBCUs. We have a proud and successful record of defending efforts to fight against instances of discrimination wherever they middle class and mega-churches are a way to dupe many African
the state’s HBCUs in litigation, and we work hard to provide exist in this State. Americans.
them sound counsel; we owe that to all of our state clients. We understand that higher education equity is a matter of great If there is lots of money available to settle sexual suits,
When Attorney General Gansler took office in 2007, we were concern; we share that concern. In the current federal litigation perhaps they can drop their tax exemption status and start paying
tasked with continuing to defend the state in Coalition v. MHEC. over higher education equity, we are pleased that the issues some taxes.
Our personal beliefs aside, our job is to defend the state in this HBCUs face have been brought to the attention of the court. To Walt Hill
litigation to the best of our ability. This includes defending the defend the state, we have done our best to provide the court with Petersburg, Va.
state at hearings such as the one reported on by this newspaper. an accurate factual record, so that it can weigh the issues fairly.
While we generally do not comment on ongoing litigation, we We implore those who report on the case to do the same, so that
felt the need, after reading this story, to correct what we believe the court of public opinion can weigh them fairly as well. Cornel West Not Rooted in Reality
to be a number of serious inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and Raquel M. Guillory So, Cornel West calls President Obama a Black mascot and
speculations in its depiction of that hearing. Director of Communications puppet to you-know-who, cautious to the point of ignoring the
First and most troubling, the story falsely claims that the Maryland Office of the Attorney General plight of African Americans.
state told the court that HBCUs have little value. The story was When will we acknowledge that he is not OUR president,
headlined, “State Argues HBCUs Not Needed,” and reported but, THE president of all these United States, including ALL
– with no support – that the state made “veiled statements that Celebrating 40 years of the Congressional Black Caucus Americans, not, just US? Whether we want to believe it or not, he
seemed to question the need for HBCUs.” This is simply not true. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Congressional can’t free the economic, political and social slaves with the stroke
Nowhere in the hearing record does the state make statements Black Caucus. In 1971, 13 Black members of the U.S. Congress of his pen. Does Dr. West really believe we elected him all by
that question the need for HBCUs. Indeed, its filings, the state has made a radical move by organizing as the Congressional Black ourselves? America is not insulated nor isolated; there are issues,
written that “Maryland is proud of its four HBCUs.” Caucus and eventually bringing political empowerment to the both domestic and foreign, that persist, keeping in mind that
Second, the story takes a comment made by the state African-American community. Rome wasn’t built or destroyed, in a day.
completely out of context. It begins by quoting the state as saying, In spite of the refusal of President Richard Nixon to meet with Our racial struggles were and are a combination of laws,
“in tones of disgust”: “If you create a ballpark in a cornfield, it them, the CBC members moved forward to organize the founding historical events and personal and group resolves.
doesn’t mean the baseball players will come,” referring to the dinner on June 18, 1971, attended by an overwhelming crowd of His afro may rise to the roof tops, but his rhetoric is not rooted
impact allocating additional funding to HBCUs would have on 2,800, to hear an electrifying speech by author/orator Ossie Davis. in reality.
their enrollment rates. The unwarranted editorializing about the In that speech, Davis said, “It not the man, it’s the plan; it’s for the McNair Taylor
state’s tone aside, the story fails to mention that this comment rap, it’s the map.” Baltimore, Md.
was made in reply to the plaintiffs’ assertion that, on the issue This week, the Library of Congress sponsored a special
of HBCU enrollment, “It’s as simple as if you build it, they will reception to honor the founders of the CBC.
come.” The state’s comment was a response to a claim made by We encourage the readers of the Afro-American Newspapers
the plaintiffs. to give special recognition and praise to the historic legislative See open letter to Mayor Stephanie
Third, the story offers outright speculations about the case. For accomplishments of the Congressional Black Caucus over the
example, it discusses what the state “implied” and it even states at past 40 years as it has grown from the original 13 to a now 43
Rawlings-Blake regarding summer jobs
one point that “Insiders speculate that the federal agency decided members. I am pleased to have been there to work with then CBC for Baltimore’s youth on
against aligning with the plaintiffs for political reasons,” offering Chairman Charles C. Diggs Jr., who provided the leadership in the
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Community Calendar
June 3 more information: 443-263- reception for their Art Baltimore, Md. 11 a.m.-4:30 Baltimore Harbor Hotel, 202 Black Renaissance Book
Floetic Fridays 1875. With Noise exhibit. For p.m. Come out for a fun- E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 10 Club
The Reginald F. Lewis more information: www. filled day at Mt. Ararat. For a.m.-3 p.m. At this workshop, Enoch Pratt Free Library,
Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Art With Noise Exhibit more information: www. learn how to effectively Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore. 7 p.m. Join youth Eubie Blake Historical communicate to achieve Branch, 1531 W. North
volunteers The Travelers for Jazz & Cultural Institute, 847 June 4 your goals and speak with Ave., Baltimore. 2:30 p.m.
an evening of music, spoken N. Howard St., Baltimore. Spring Festival Circle of Champions: Speak confidence. $47. For more The Pennsylvania Avenue
word and the works of young 7-9 p.m. Stomp Management Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, With Impact information: 301-218-8200. Branch’s book club will
emerging artists. $6-$8. For Artist will host an opening 3008 Gwynns Falls Parkway, The Renaissance 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 will read
and discuss her new novel,
Midnight and the Meaning of
Love. For more information:

June 4-5
Charles Village Festival
Wyman Park Dell,
29th amd Charles streets,
Baltimore. 11 a.m. Kick
off the summer and
To shop, explore & more, enjoy continuous live
visit entertainment, beer/wine
and food vendors. There will
also be plenty activities for
the kids including games
and face painting. For
more information: www.

June 5
Federal Hill Jazz & Blues
Festival 2011
Charles and Cross streets,
Baltimore, Md. 11 a.m.-
7 p.m. Listen to live jazz
from many local artists and
also enjoy arts and crafts,
food and more. For more
information: 410-727-4500.

Sex Appeal Fashion Show

Confetti’s Event Center,
802 Glen Eagles Court,
Towson, Md. 7-10 p.m. Learn
how to dress sexy without
compromising your character
at this unique fashion show.
$20. For more information:

June 10-25
Columbia Festival of the
Arts 2011
Many locations.
Various times. Enjoy gala
performances, exhibitions,
free concerts, family
activities, workshops and
more at this annual event.
For more information: www.

June 11
Arts in the Park
Hanlon Park, Gwynns
Falls Parkway and N.
Longwood Street, Baltimore.
12-5 p.m. Hanlon Park will

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festival of music, family
entertainment, games and
much more. For more
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Shamieka Belser, Sherri

Thomas, Brittney Bell and
Tanya Sellers Hannibal

Sharon and
Jerald Kerr

Patricia Thomas and Vashti-

Jasmine Saint-Jean Photos by John Moore

Rosalyn and Kim Steve and Dara Williams; Sam and Ruth Williams
Cheryl Queen and Scarbourough On May 13, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Columbia,
Shelley Lowman Md. Alumnae Chapter celebrated 40 years of service
and sisterly bonds at the Tremont Grand Hotel in
Baltimore. The event, themed “40 Years of Stepping in
the Name of Service…and Still Stepping,” was a black
tie affair and featured remarks from Howard County
Councilman Calvin Ball, Dist. 2.
The chapter was chartered in 1971 and was the first
Melina Pope African-American Greek-letter organization established
in Howard County. Melinda Pope and Dr. Windy Wilson-
Walter and LaVerne Howard County Lee are the chapter president and vice-president,
Vance; Grayce Councilman Calvin respectively.
and Dr. George Ball, Dist. 2

Shirley Vauls, Joan

Lane and Vergie
Dwight and
Linda Dorsey A band entertains
Cathy Bell
the crowd.
and Joanne

Alison Murray,
Karen Battle and
Gabrielle Battle
Anthony and Lisa Watkins
Alice Haskins, Willia Golston, Hazel Braxton,
Contella Crawford, Carmesha Young,
Harriett Tootle and Roslyn Scarbourough
Joyce Boyd and Carol Ann Leal

Fifty friends and family members gathered for an elegant luncheon at the historic Maryland landmark — The Milton Inn
— to celebrate the 90th birthday of Baltimore native Elise Harris Clarke. Clarke is the eldest daughter of prominent Baltimore
physician, the late Dr. Bernard Harris Sr. (Ethel Travers) and wife of the late Jesse Clarke Jr., former AFRO employee and owner
of the Clarke Press.
Always a charming lady of style and grace, Clarke, outfitted in a soft mint-green dress, arrived at the venue
James “Dickie” Harris and in a classic black limousine along with her daughter, great-grand daughter, Sophie Duffie , and siblings.
Robert Wilson Jr. share a laugh The guests enjoyed flowing champagne and three amazingly delicious courses specially
prepared by award-winning and world-renowned chef, Brian Boston.
Elise Harris Between courses, friends and family offered toasts and reflections
Clarke and highlighting the achievements of the honoree.
daughter Clarke was born, May 11, 1921, in East Baltimore. She is a
Brenda graduateof Frederick Douglass High School, Morgan State
Clarke- College (now University) and Loyola College. A member of
Blount Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, she is a retired elementary
school teacher with the Baltimore City Public School System.
Clarke has been a member of numerous social clubs, including
Jack and Jill of America, National Epicureans and AGNN’s and Gwendolyn Seaborne, Elise
Paul Beckham, Marilyn Harris Mildred S. is a life member of Saint Cecilia Roman Catholic Church. She Jude Mason, Priscilla Lansey
Davis, Gwendolyn Seaborne and Harris, sister- has one daughter, Brenda Clarke Blount, three grandchildren and Gaines Lansey Jr.
Blanche Beckham in-law and five great-grandchildren.

Photos by George Parrish

Anita Harris Watson and

James “Dickie” Harris Wayne Hart
share a moment with their (grandson) and
The honoree’s grandchildren, Jennifer Blount,
Gasson Bradford sister Martha Hall
Monica Hart-Blount and Robert Blount with
cousin Anne Shervington Davis and friend
Quianna M. Cooke

Carol Shervington
Wright (cousin) and Dr. Miles G. Harrison Jr. (nephew)
Juanita Clark
Cousins Dr. Walter and Beverly Hill Gloria Henderson of with wife Wanda Vails Harrison and
Harris Simon,
Lomax of Hilltown, Pa. Washington, D.C. daughter Kia Harrison
B2 The Afro-American, June 4, 2011 - June 10, 2011

Business Sole Sisters: Lifelong Friends Go an

Extra Inch with Sizzling New Shoe Store
Eddie Brown’s ‘Beating the Odds’ — ‘Not By Stephen D. Riley
AFRO Staff Writer

a Black Story, but a Business Story’  

Beautiful, bold and bonded together, Toni Hall and
Natalie Prather never stray from their ambitious goals. The
By Blake Bryson pair of 20-somethings have been playing off each other’s
ideas since their days of strutting the halls together at
Special to the AFRO
Magruder High School in Gaithersburg, Md. Ironically, it
  was there that the design for their latest endeavor was drawn
To say that Eddie Brown has beaten the out. But it took a pair of separate post-graduate journeys
odds is an understatement. He owns and before they were joined back at the hip with Size 12, a shoe
operates the second- oldest, Black-owned and accessory retailer that specializes in women’s shoes
from sizes 10 to 14 in Gaithersburg’s Lakeforest Mall.
investment firm in the nation, Brown Capital
For Hall, a size 12 in shoes since high school, shopping
Management, based in Baltimore. And for designer shoewear was everything but easy for the
although he may not claim to be the richest 5-foot-11 interior design major. The absence of affordable
man in the world, he knows his values and but still flattering footwear forced the purchase of a $230
morals make him appear to be rich in a vast pair of senior prom shoes that still prompts her to shake
her head to this day. Rather than continuing to invest
number of areas.
in just shoes, Hall decided to invest her money into the
In his new book, Beating the Odds: shoe business, leaving the confines of her interior design
Eddie Brown’s Investing and Life Strategies, company to open the first Size 12 in the summer of 2010 in
Brown describes his trials and tribulations on a separate location. Slow traffic and leasing issues propelled
the road to success. Despite growing up in a move to Lakeforest Mall where Hall would then share her
store with another retailer. But after about a month of slow (Courtesy Photo)
the Jim Crow era in the deep south, Brown
business, Hall had reached her limit. “I was about to give Lifelong friends Natalie Prather (left)
never saw his race as a hindrance. From an up,” she admits. and Toni Hall (right) celebrate the
early age, Brown knew he wanted to be an With her nerves frying and patience thinning, a familiar success of their new store, Size 12,
entrepreneur after seeing men wear suits and and friendly voice pumped some new life into her system a shoe and accessory retailer that
working for themselves. and gave her budding business one last push. “She wasn’t specializes in women’s shoes from
always my partner in business but she was always there,”
“I knew at an early age, around 10 or 11, sizes 10 to 14.
Hall says about Prather. “She [Prather used to say, ‘Don’t
that I wanted to be independent and my own worry about it; we’ll figure something out’ and we did.”
boss,” Brown said. “What stuck out to me was What the 14-year friends figured out together was that Hall should relocate from the bottom
(Photo by Bill Tabron)
doing whatever was necessary so that I could floor of the mall to the top, then hire Prather, a stout musician and motivator, as an official business
Eddie Brown, owner of Baltimore-based be successful and be successful in running my partner to lighten some of Hall’s workload. Since the relocation to their own store in January and
Brown Capital Management, speaks at refocusing on the wants of their clientele, Size 12 has been growing into its own. “Now, we’re
own business.”
a lecture series detailing his new book, really starting to branch out and have something for everybody,” Hall says. “You can keep doing it
Brown attributes his success to his your way or adapt to change, like [rapper] Jay-Z says. You got to give the people what they want.”
Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown’s Investing upbringing in Apopka, Fla., a close-knit Despite a frustrating recession, going into business for themselves was both a risk and a want
and Life Strategies. family and experiences at the renowned the two friends and finance partners had to take. “I can’t even imagine being afraid of that,” says
Howard University. After moving to Prather about the fear of entrepreneurship. “Honestly, I’m afraid of sitting at someone’s desk
Allentown, Pa., with his mother, Brown’s 10th grade English teacher encouraged him to apply
The freedom of being an entrepreneur is incredible.” Behind their new business tag team, Size
to the historically Black university. 12 is own the rise. The company was recently awarded $10,000 by rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs
“Howard is the only school I submitted an application to,” Brown said. “It never occurred as part of a contest promoted by 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit organization which supports
to me to apply to other schools as a back up plan, just in case I get rejected. But fortunately for young business owners.
me, Howard accepted me.” Since their award, media coverage and a spike in business has followed. From CNN to a slew
of newspapers and online sites, people just can’t stop talking about Size 12. “People just got to get
In Beating the Odds, which was co-written with Blair S. Walker, Brown says the book is
with it,” Hall says.
not a Black story, but a business story. The young and edgy duo like to liken their tandem to some of America’s other trendy tag teams.
“I did not want this book to be put in the black African-American literature section because The LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the shoe game or the Lil’ Wayne and Drake of the fashion
this story is for people who are simply interested in a good story and business. This book deals industry, Hall and Prather have several designs on what this partnership can do for them and it
with a young man who went from very little to something. It gives lessons for entrepreneurs, doesn’t just stop at shoes. “Bigger and better, we’re going to the top,” Prather says. “Individually
we’re strong.  I know who I am, I know what I bring to the table and it’s the same with her (Hall).
and inspires younger people to keep their head up and know that anything is possible.”
So when we come together...Wow!”
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Singer Sean Kingston, 21, Recovers from Horrific Jet Ski Accident on

R&B Sensation Jagged Edge Talks Love, Black Women and

Good Music on New Album ‘The Remedy’
By Brandi Forte AFRO: So talk to us about “The Remedy.” we want to spread a message to this
Special to the AFRO Wingo: We are the remedy! We are generation that there is nothing uncool
bringing good music, heartfelt songs with a about singing about love or being in
Timeless, soulful, classic and simply blend of the old and new. love. Love is cool.
“good music” is what Grammy-nominated Brian: This is the take over. This album is
Jagged Edge (JE) has delivered for more than like vintage Jagged Edge. It’s trendy, classic AFRO: Speaking of cool and
a decade. A breath of fresh air and a positive and at the same time, it is what is happening uncool, the controversy of how Black
replenishment of what has been missing in now. women are degraded and negatively
the world of R&B, Wingo, Kyle and twins Kyle: It’s all about love at the end of the portrayed in both music lyrics, music
Brandon and Brian are back with their golden day. videos and media is an issue that
seventh album, The Remedy, to be released in comes up all the time. Most recently, Courtesy Photo
June. AFRO: Does JE write their own songs? in “Psychology Today,” a blogger by Jagged Edge members Brandon, Kyle, Brian and
With a medley of ingredients that are Wingo: We write all of our songs. the name of Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa Wingo
reminiscent of their hits “Let’s Get Married,” Kyle: We write 100 percent of our songs. wrote about this topic: “Why Are Brandon: We all have children that we
and “Walked Outta Heaven,” Jagged Edge We vibe off of each other. African-American Women Less Physically love. And I want to be married one day.
unapologetically sings about love, life and the Attractive Than Other Women?” How would Kyle: It’s all about finding that right
truths of relationships. The vintage project AFRO: Wow. As you may see and hear the JE respond to that? woman.
offers a sexy and mature sound produced by music of today, it seems to be missing a lot of JE: What? Are you serious?
Brian Michael Cox, Cool and Dre, Drummer love and is somewhat over-sexualized. What Wingo: I don’t care what he has to say or AFRO: Do you do any work in the
Boy, Lamb, and Jim Johnsen. The album also do you think? what anyone has to say about Black women. community?
features collaborations with rappers Gucci Kyle: God is love. Without God you have That’s a damn lie. Black women are made by Brian: We have our foundation, For the
Mane and Trina. nothing. The music is missing God and as a God and they are simply beautiful. Love of My Children. We go to the schools
Jagged Edge’s new single, “Tip of my result it is missing love. Brian: Stamp that for all of us. and talk to the kids and show them love. We
Tongue,” is just an appetizer of what the Brandon: You must have respect and love Kyle: He’s an a--hole. Are you writing that have had the keys to the city before and from
album uncovers. They are gentle, down-home for the craft. All music and singers must have down? Yea, write it down. You know what the the beginning we have always been a part of
southern brothers that poetically talk to the balance. Balance is the key to everything. real problem is? A strong Black woman is the the 100 Black Men Coalition.
AFRO about The Remedy. Grab a seat. most feared and scared of. There is nothing
AFRO: Wow. How could you not love more profound than a strong Black woman and AFRO: Any message you want to leave to
AFRO: Hi fellas, you know your fans miss “Let’s Get Married,” “Promises,” “Walked the world is still not ready for that. JE fans?
you. Outta of Heaven,” and “Keys to the Range?” Wingo: Get “The Remedy”…It’s like
JE: We miss them, too. How are you? How do you think this album will make the AFRO: Love seems to be the focus again Kanye said, “good music.”
(They speak in unison.) connection with this generation? on this album, are any of you married? Kyle: This album has a lot of energy. It has
Brandon: As a group we struck that chord JE: Wingo is….(the group sings in unison) that spark. It’s about singing songs where he’s
AFRO: All is well and we are so glad that along time ago. We are a real group. And I Kyle: He’s married because he found building you and you are building him. At the
you are back. How long has JE been gone believe this generation wants the realness and some who loves him for him and they are end of the day it’s all about love.
from the music scene? real music. We are real and we give love. compatible.
Wingo: About four years. Brian: When you’re young it’s all about Wingo: Yes I’se [sic] married. “The Remedy” is in stores June 21. For
being cool and down-to-Earth. To be honest Brian: We all want to be married. more information visit

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First, let us check out the Traveling Company. For
Capital Jazz Fest, which is stage outdoor event is more than just a concert, it’s a place to more information, call 410-
June 3-5. The Capital Jazz Fest is an annual music festival people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax and have a time 542-2530.
held at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., since of your life. For more information, call 301-780-9300 or go to
their website, OK, now for the business at hand. St. John’s Divined Day
Fuzzy Kane, renowned pianist, educator and a Kappa, has passed on to music
Services will be held at the House of Prayer for All People,
heaven with so many of his music buddies. His funeral was June 2 at Morning
From my last column, 4600 Liberty Heights Ave., on June 5 at 3 p.m.
Star Baptist Church on Winters Lane. He truly will be
missed and always remembered. Condolences to his
The Stomp Management Artist presents
widow Vencidora Kane and his family. Naomi Vashti Barrett celebrated her 100th birthday on May
the “Art with Noise” by artist Timothy
29 with her family. She was born in Lynchburg, S. C. She
White on June 3, 6-9 p.m. The exhibit runs
continued her education at Douglass High School. She attends
1993. The festival features live until June 26, at the Eubie Blake National
Flat Rock Baptist Church, where her grandson, Pastor Castro
contemporary jazz and soul music on Jazz Institute & Cultural Center, 847 N.
Skinner is the minister. Happy birthday, Ms. Barrett.
two big stages. The lineup for this year Howard St.
is awesome! Herbie Hancock, George
Duke, David Sanborn, Natalie Cole, I want to make a couple of “Charm City Tribute” to O’Donel “Butch” Levy on June
Boney James, Jonathan Butler, Larry corrections about the 50th 18 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Summit Rehabilitation Center,
Graham & Graham Central Station, Anniversary of Siloam 1502 Frederick Road in Catonsville. This event is free, but you
Will Downing, Mary Mary, Najee, Free Will Baptist Church, must RSVP by e-mail at The emcee is
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War, Ruben Studdard and about 30 on June 4 at the Heritage
others — just too many to name. The The Charm City Dancers of
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keyboards, Bobby Ward on drums and Dan Leonard on guitar, will Association present their “Pre-Father’s
Leon Day Park Sign. The Leon Day Foundation will Day All White Affair” on June 12,
be performing on June 5, 5-9 p.m., at the Caton Castle Lounge, 20 S.
hold its Annual Community Family Festival on 7-11 p.m. at the Kahler Hall, 5440 Old
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Parkville Garden, 7631
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Community Legends & Pioneers: Chief Judge Robert M. Bell

As part of the ‘AFRO’s’
annual Legends and Pioneers
Following the event, Bell led
an appeal of the verdict in
a landmark civil rights case
and Marbury, and then
later worked as a judge on
Maryland’s bench, a position
Three Daughters, Three Degrees
awards program, standout
community leaders in various deemed Bell v. Maryland. he held for 25 years. In
fields are honored for their The case was later argued 1975, he rose to judge of the
commitment to bettering before the United States District Court of Maryland for
Baltimore sisters share special graduation season Baltimore. The 2011 Supreme Court and prompted Baltimore City and then served
honorees, the Rev. Marion an end to de facto racial as a judge for the Circuit Court
By Gregory Dale
C. Bascom (religion), Dr. segregation. Thus, his aim for from 1980 to 1984.
AFRO Staff Writer
Ruthe T. Sheffey (education), justice was born. After later becoming the
Ethel Ennis (music), Dorothy He continued his chief judge of the Court of
As students nationwide anxiously don
E. Brunson (business), education at then Morgan Appeals, the state’s highest
their caps and gowns this graduation season,
Chief Judge Robert M. Bell State College (now court, Bell became the only
three Baltimore sisters are celebrating their
(law), Dr. Levi Watkins University) in 1966, and later active judge in the state to
achievements in unison.
Jr. (medicine) and Kurt L. attended Harvard University have served at least four
This year, the Wood sisters —Savannah,
Schmoke (leadership), were Law School where he years on all four levels
Portia and Jamaica —all graduated from
feted at a recent ceremony of Maryland’s judiciary.
college. Though their respective fields differ, a
held at the Reginald F. Lewis Additionally, he also became
drive for success is definitely apparent among
Museum of Maryland African the first African American
the trio.
American History and to be named the state’s
“We’re very pleased that they’ve been able
Culture. chief jurist. In this capacity,
to train at good schools and achieve success in
Bell manages over 4,000
the academic world,” the girls’ father, Dr. James
Robert M. Bell was employees and determines
Wood told the AFRO in a recent interview. “I’m
destined to lead an amazing the annual budget.
very proud of them.”
career in Maryland’s legal Today, in addition to
Savannah, the youngest of the group,
system. serving as chief jurist, Bell
graduated cum laude and earned a bachelor’s Courtesy Photo Born in Rocky Mount, also lectures at many schools
degree in photography with a minor in French
Savannah Wood, 2011 graduate of N.C. in 1943, Bell later and community groups. He is
and entrepreneurship from the University of
the University of Southern California moved to Charm City where the chair of the Technology
Southern California.
with sister, Portia Wood, law school he attended Dunbar High Oversight Board and the
Portia received a juris doctorate from the
graduate. Their sister, Jamaica Wood, a School. In 1960, he and Courtesy Photo Maryland Mediation and
University Of Maryland School of Law. This
other classmates entered Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Conflict Resolution office.
year, she was accepted as an Asper Fellow for 2011 graduate of the Darden School of
Business at the University of Virginia, is not a restaurant in downtown He also serves as chairman of
the Hon. Andre M. Davis of the United States
pictured. She is traveling in Europe until Baltimore, but were refused received a doctorate in law. the Committee on Building
Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She
service and were later Bell first worked as an Public Trust and Confidence
works at the state attorney’s office for Baltimore the end of June.
convicted of trespassing. attorney at the firm of Piper in the Justice System.
City and plans to sit for the Maryland and
California Bar examinations.
Jamaica will receive a master’s degree in business administration from the Darden School of
Business at the University of Virginia. This summer, she will move to Chicago to work at Kraft
Foods. During the months of May and June, she will travel to Spain and Portugal.
Frederick Douglass Statue Set to Unveil
Wood explained that education has always been important to their family, and the trait didn’t
stop short with his daughters.
at Talbot County Courthouse
“They’ve always been serious about their education,” Wood said. “It’s surprising…they all By AFRO Staff
operate a little differently. One was an ‘OK’ student, but turned into a very good student. Another
has always been a great student and she continued that behavior. And the third one was always On June 18, Easton, Md., will celebrate the
a good student who really excelled while she was in college. Each one had their own different homecoming of one of their most revered natives.
learning styles.” Through the work of local government officials and
He added that while having three daughters in school at the same time wasn’t an easy task, he residents, a statue of Frederick Douglass, theformer
and his family came together and ultimately made it happen. slave turned historical figure, is set to be unveiled on the
“It was a challenge, but planning it in foresight helped somewhat, and we were just fortunate front lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse.
that they were all on track and taking some responsibilities for their own education,” he said. The statue was crafted by professional sculptor
“[Managing the cost] has been challenging but we were able to pull it off. We had to make some Jay Hall Carpenter, whose work has appeared in the
sacrifices and just had good luck.” Washington National Cathedral, the Smithsonian,
the New England Medical Center and many other

Delta Sigma Theta Members Send Care establishments across the country.
The creation and planting of the sculpture was
spearheaded by the persistent efforts Frederick Douglass
Boxes Overseas for ‘Sister Soldiers’ Honor Society, an organization that seeks to honor the
legacy of the famed orator, writer and political activist.
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and local exposure. Call proposals to Baltimore County. be purchased at the Engineer´s office for $50.00. There will be an additional
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Albert rants, we all know better: There will never
be another Michael Jordan. Amazingly, it’s strange
how a guy like me, a simple college graduate and FIREFIGHTER – EMT/MEDIC
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Pippen’s latest endorsement of James over Jordan Michael Jordan continues to be the standard
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possessor of six NBA championships, struck a with more than 450 career Firefighter/
nerve when he appeared on ESPN Radio’s “Mike his third year. EMT’s. Begin a promising career with
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statistical trap—that’s too easy. It’s child’s play with tremendous promotional and
series-clinching Game Five victory over Chicago
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toot James’ horn so loudly. But, did he forget or It’s becoming mythical at this point; almost like
something? Was he not there for Jordan’s fourth finding gold at the end of a rainbow or riding on
year in the league, when he averaged 35 points the back of a unicorn. We should all stop waiting
and three steals per night? Was Pippen playing and wishing and just start watching. After seeing
with his eyes closed during ’89, when Jordan was so many superstars crash and burn in their chase of
pumping in 33 points, seven rebounds, six assists No. 23, the best we can hope for at this point is just
and another three steals a game? I can only excuse branding a guy “the Jordan of his era.” And even YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN THE KNOW...
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Jordan was averaging 37 a game to go along with
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three steals and just over a block per night—in only

Seth Mitchell Aims to Bring Heavy-

weight Boxing Title to Maryland
By Perry Green and Kevin Wilson
AFRO Sports Writers

Prince George’s County has produced

one famous heavyweight champion in
Riddick Bowe.
Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell of
Brandywine, Md., is now on the verge
of becoming the second heavyweight
Featured in Ring Magazine,
ESPN Magazine and on the “Glenn
Harris Sports Talk Show,” Mitchell is
progressively becoming one of the best
boxers in the sport, and he’s only been
boxing professionally for less than five
“Seth is the best young heavyweight
in the U.S. today,” said boxing legend
Oscar De La Hoya, who signed Mitchell
to Golden Boy Boxing Promotions
following Mitchell’s second pro fight
ever. “I have no doubt that he will be a
World Champion.”
Before boxing, Seth had pro-
basketball aspirations as a youth,
but eventually focused on playing
football. He became an All-American
linebacker at Gwynn Park High School, (Courtesy of Team Mitchell/Golden Boy Promotions)
recording 120 tackles, nine sacks and Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell
six interceptions in 2000 as a senior. He
went on to study at Michigan State University, and played two and a half years for the Spartans football
team before a knee injury halted his collegiate career. He graduated in 2005 with a criminal justice degree,
and worked as a crisis intervention teacher for Prince George’s County public schools. But at 6-foot-2-
inches, 240-pounds, Mitchell was still motivated to showcase his athletic skills. But what inspired Seth
to go from the football field to the boxing ring? Mitchell said he first took interest in boxing when he
saw Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski, a former Notre Dame All-American who played against
Mitchell at Michigan State, make his pro boxing debut at Madison Square Garden in 2006. Zbikowski
suspended his boxing career when he was drafted into the NFL in 2008, but Mitchell had seen enough to
know there was a prime opportunity for him to have success in boxing, too. Since then, he has compiled
an unblemished pro record of 22 wins, 0 losses and 1 draw. His latest win came in a first round knockout
against Nicaraguan boxer Evans Quinn on May 13. The fight was aired nationally on Showtime.
“I believe I have an exciting style in order to become the next champion,” said Mitchell, who trains
with the Dream Team Boxing Club located in Clinton, Md.
Mitchell will give all of his hometown supporters an opportunity to see him box live in his
homecoming debut set for August at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

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B8 The Afro-American, June 4, 2011 - June 10, 2011

Faceoff: Who Will Win NBA Title, Miami or Dallas?

By Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green how Miami will earn their second title in six years.
AFRO Sports Writers
Green: No doubt, Miami has played terrific defense. But I don’t think they’ve been tested for
Sequels usually aren’t as good as the original, but the 2011 NBA Finals should be an what they will face in this series. Nowitski has put on a postseason performance we haven’t
exception. The Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks will face off in a championship series for seen the likes of since Michael Jordan in his prime. When I say the man hardly ever misses,
the second time since 2006, and this time around there’s a lot more star power on both rosters. I’m being literal. Put a hand in his face, it doesn’t matter; it’s still going in. You can’t even try
Heat star guard Dwyane Wade, with center Shaquille O’Neal as his teammate, outperformed to beat him up defensively because you’ll only send him to the foul line where he’ll make 90
Mavs star forward Dirk Nowitzki to win the 2006 championship, but now Wade has 2-time percent of his shots. Nowitzki simply can’t be stopped, but you don’t have to take my word
MVP LeBron James and All-Star Chris Bosh as running mates. for it. Just ask the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, who were swept by Dirk and the
Dallas has also upgraded its 2006 roster by adding future Hall of Fame guard Jason Kidd Mavericks in the second round.
and veteran center Tyson Chandler, along with several strong role players. So, which team is
better equipped to win Miami vs. Dallas, Part II? AFRO sports writers Perry Green and Stephen Riley: Props to Dallas for sweeping the Lakers, but you don’t get anything extra for sweeping
D. Riley argue it out: the defending champs. That’s a nice feat, but so what? The Lakers self-destructed and that’s
why they were eliminated. Overall, Miami has been the more impressive team throughout
Green: Let me start by saying I’m no Dallas Mavericks fan. There’s just something about the playoff. You say Dallas has a complete team, but so did the Bulls. Chicago finished with
owner Mark Cuban that rubs me the wrong way, so when the Mavs advanced to face the Miami the NBA’s best record and was supposed to have the best reserve players with the most well
Heat in the NBA Final, I instantly became a Heat fan and will be one for the remainder of the balanced team offensively and defensively. But we saw what Miami did to the Bulls. LeBron
series. But as much as I dislike Cuban, I must remain a realist: the man has pieced together put the clamps on MVP Derrick Rose and ended Chicago’s hopes of a premature championship
one hell of a team that deserves to be the favorite to win the title. All odds favor Dallas to beat appearance. Now he’ll do the same to Dirk.
Miami in every facet of the game, from scoring to rebounding to defending. This team offers
so much quality, veteran talent, with two Hall of Famers in the starting lineup and several great Green: LeBron did a great job defending Rose, but there is a difference between guarding a
shooters coming off the bench. It’s almost not fair how much more complete a team Dallas is 6-foot-3-inch guard and guarding the greatest 7-foot shooter in the history of the NBA. But if
compared to Miami, and that’s why the Mavericks will win in six games. Dirk is off, Dallas still can lean on veterans Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic and Shawn
Marion, who’ve all played very well this postseason. It’s just too much to compete against.
Riley: What’s not fair is what Miami will end up doing to the Dallas Mavericks for the second
time in half a decade. The Heat made it this far in the postseason for two reasons: LeBron Riley: I don’t care how many good players Dallas has on its roster. This is a superstar’s
James and Dywane Wade. When you have two MVP-caliber players like that, plus a legitimate association and right now, Miami has the advantage in that category with LeBron and Wade.
all-star in Chris Bosh contributing, what else do you need? This Miami roster has been playing The only duo to counter that is Shaq/Kobe or Pippen/Jordan and since none of those four are
the best lock-down defense we’ve seen this postseason. Defense wins championships and that’s playing, I’m going with the Heat.

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