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R&B Group Jagged Edge Offers The Battle for the Future Seth Mitchell Pursues B3 of Maryland’s HBCU’s A7 Heavyweight Boxing TitleB5 a ‘Remedy’ in New Album

Bishop Eddie Long Settles Jobs Not at Risk in CouncilInstead of Fighting As Promised Approved Budget
King ends membership with New Birth
By Talibah Chikwendu AFRO Executive Editor The Atlanta pastor facing four civil lawsuits accusing him of sexual coercion settled the cases out-ofcourt, his church announced May 26, but the agreement leaves plenty of questions unanswered. The lawsuits were filed in September 2010 against Bishop Eddie Long, the leader of the more than 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Four plaintiffs alleged that Long gave them and others attention, money and gifts, before and after they reached the legal age of consent. Such actions allegedly involved engaging them in manipulation, oral sodomy and other sexual acts Addressing his congregation and the world regarding the charges approximately eight months ago, Long said that he had “never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. But I am not the man that’s being portrayed on the television. That’s not me. “I’ve been accused. I am under attack,” he said. “This thing, I’m gonna fight. By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer

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Seen in this Sept. 26, 2010 file photo, Bishop Eddie Long speaks at his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta. Long, a famed megachurch pastor, recently settled a case with four men who accused him of sexual coercion. ... I feel like David against Goliath. But I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet.” The settlement, which was reached after several months of mediation, doesn’t look like the fight Long promised. It leaves all the questions from the lawsuits unanswered, including the basic question of his guilt or innocence, and generated new ones, including the monetary terms of the settlement, and whether Long or the church is paying the tab. Continued on A3

our priorities without furloughing or layingoff hard-working employees,” said Baker in a statement. “I am especially encouraged by The Prince George’s County Council the Council’s approval of $50 million set aside adopted the fiscal year 2012 budget last for the EDI Fund, which will spur economic week, keeping many provisions that Prince development, create jobs, and grow our Georgians asked for. commercial tax base.” “Together with Council-initiated In that vein, the Council says it was enhancements, we have approved a budget for especially vigilant of the employment situation fiscal year 2012 that sends of many residents, a clear and unmistakable which is why it set aside message to our citizens,” funding that will help put Council Chairwoman residents back to work Ingrid M. Turner, D.-Dist. with the Department of 4, said at the hearing. “We Public Works and Transit heard you. We listened. Council, – Council Chairwoman (DPWT). The Councilman We are working for you.” spurred on by Ingrid M. Turner Mel Franklin, D.-Dist. 9, The final budget set aside $1.6 billion for set aside $10 million for education, which is about 61 percent of the DPWT roadway improvement with the hopes budget, along with $408 million for public that 51 percent of those projects would be safety. manned by county residents. It also saved the county from having to lay “I’m glad that throughout our discussions off or furlough employees—an achievement my colleagues supported [the initiative] and I Prince George’s County Executive Rushern again commend Councilmember Franklin for Baker does not take lightly. what we on the council call the Department “I am pleased to announce that my of Public Works Stimulus Economic office and the County Council have worked Development Program,” Turner said. together to produce a budget that advances Continued on A4

“We heard you. We listened. We are working for you.”

NAACP Calls for Investigation after Judge’s Incendiary Comments
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer State and local chapters of the NAACP are asking that a St. Mary’s County judge be investigated over comments he made at a hearing for Antonio Warren Gantt. 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 Gantt—who represented himself at trial—wasn’t told about the possible life sentences. Judge C. Clarke Raley, who sentenced Gantt to prison, was upset with the appeals court decision and according to St. Mary’s County’s Enterprise newspaper called it “a very stupid decision.” “It’s obvious I hate him,” Raley said, according to the Enterprise. “I think he should be hung. Go get me a rope.” Gerald Stansbury, president of the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP, is calling for the State Commission on Judicial Disabilities to investigate Raley’s comments for what he called “tempered and inflammatory remarks.” “Judge Raley remarks crossed the line,” Stansbury said in a statement. “His remarks not only are inappropriate but raise the question as to whether he has the judicial temperament that is necessary to continue to serve on the bench.” Raley, a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, retired after nearly 30 years on the bench in April. This incident was not the first time Raley made comments from the bench that raised eyebrows. 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 possession. “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. Continued on A4

Keeping It Cool
By AFRO Staff Area residents are still reeling from a heat wave that blanketed the Mid-Atlantic this week. The National Weather Service on Monday issued a heat advisory for the Washington and Maryland areas, saying temperatures on Tuesday would reach the lower to mid90s, but the heat index could get up to 105. Temperatures were expected to remain in the lower-90s and 80s throughout the week. Washington, D.C. fire and rescue officials reported Continued on A4

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Public pools, splash fountains and cooling centers will be accessible to Prince George’s County residents throughout the summer to combat excessive heat.

Public Gets Involved in HBCU Lawsuit Issues
By Talibah Chikwendu AFRO Executive Editor The defendant’s arguments in the May 11 motion hearing in a civil lawsuit brought by the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education against the Maryland Higher Education Commission have finally gotten the public engaged in this debate. The response to hearing coverage spilled onto the airways through the “Larry Young Morning Show” on WOLB, a talk radio station in Baltimore, Md. Public comment and interest led former state Sen. Young to plan a special event on May 26, bringing in a variety of speakers to air the history and facts on the subject and to provide insight into the issues being covered in the lawsuit and how it could impact historically Black institutions. Presenting some of the history of HBIs in Maryland and the manifestation of issues leading to the lawsuits were A. Dwight Pettit, Esq. and Maryland Sen. Joan Carter Conway, chair of the Senate Education Committee. One thing Carter Conway stressed is that what’s going on with this lawsuit and the continued disparity have nothing to do with political parties and ideology. Carter Conway, who has been fighting to eliminate duplicate programs and to provide equity treatment for HBIs since she entered the General Assembly, mentioned several bills she sponsored and fought for in Annapolis to address the problems that were defeated. “I will continue to fight,” she said. Continued on A4

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CBCF Announces 41st Annual Legislative Conference iLead|iServe Theme Looks At Value and Impact of Involvement
WASHINGTON – Around the country, citizens will be able to explore issues surrounding leadership and service during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) 41st Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The conference will take place from Sept. 21-24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Registration for ALC is open now. ALC provides an outlet to highlight the mission of CBCF — to develop leaders, to inform policy and to educate the public — by providing more than 85 high-level, thought-provoking forums to address the critical challenges facing the AfricanAmerican Diaspora. Also offered during the four-day event are free health screenings, a job fair, interactive financial sessions, networking opportunities and cultural activities. This year, the foundation is expecting thousands to reflect on the theme: iLead|iServe. ALC attendees will have many opportunities to share their thoughts and experiences on leading and serving — how and why they do it, the value of each, and the impact of each within their lives and their communities. The conference will use social media, a town hall meeting, brain trusts and personal interaction to further encourage discussions and follow-up conversations among attendees. “ALC is recognized as one of the most important gatherings of African-Americans in the nation,” said Elsie L. Scott, president and chief executive officer for CBCF. “Every year, we see regular attendees and new faces at ALC ready to join the conversation so that they too can return to their communities and affect change.”

raised in Tennessee. His parents divorced when he was young and he was sent to live with his maternal grandmother, finally relocating after her death to the Bronx. After attending DeWitt Clinton High School and then the Fieldston School, where his writing talent was first recognized, Scott-Heron enrolled at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. While at Lincoln he met Jackson and the two formed the band Black and Blues. He subsequently left school to write two novels, The Vulture, published in 1970, and The Nigger Factory. He eventually received a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. His recording career began in 1970 with Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, followed by Pieces of A Man (1971) and Small Talk (1972), where his distinctive spoken-word style began to fully emerge. He created or collaborated on twelve other albums, the most recent coming in 2010, 16 years after his last effort. Gil Scott-Heron was married during the 1970s to the actress Brenda Sykes. Lawsuit Threatened over Malcolm X Biography Columbia University, Viking Press and the estate of Manning Marable face a potential lawsuit over assertions in Marable’s posthumously-released biography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Lawyers representing a key figure in the biography, in a “cease and desist” letter to the publisher May 23, challenged the characterization of Linwood Cathcart, a Malcolm X colleague in the Nation of Islam. The letter from Cathcart’s attorney Mark Fury threatened legal efforts “not by any means necessary, but by all available means at law or equity.” In the book, Marable implicates former Nation of Islam Minister Linward X Cathcart in the murder of Malcolm X. Cathcart and his lawyers strongly refute the claim and said that New York police and FBI investigators “dismissed him as a potential suspect.” “Your author, Manning Marable, knowingly printed false allegations, misleading statements and made glaring omissions that clearly defame Mr. Cathcart, injure him and his family, and even put him and them at risk of physical harm,” Fury wrote. Fury said that Marable got several facts in the book wrong, including the fact that the men shared a girlfriend named Sharon Poole. Marable said in the biography that Poole and Cathcart lived together. Fury claimed that she rented an apartment in his house for years with her husband, while Cathcart lived there with his wife of 40 years. Fury said his client wants the books removed from stores and corrections made immediately. Despite these claims, Marable received many kind words at his death. NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous said Marable was “one of the keenest intellects of our age to the contemporary conversation on race in America.” Marable’s good friend, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, told the AFRO that it was time that the world gave Marable “his due” and that “a giant has fallen.”

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Pioneering poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron died May 27 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. He was 62. ScottHeron became ill after returning from a European trip, but the exact cause of his death was not released. Scott-Heron was best known for collaborating with pianist and flutist Brian Jackson during the early Courtesy Photo 1970s and his Gil Scott-Heron melodiously voiced performance readings in the late 1970s and early 1980s. One of his most famous compositions was 1970’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” an early anthem of Black militancy. Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, Ill. on April 1, 1949, but

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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license

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Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

“After a series of discussions, “I think they’ll go right on all parties involved have with him,” Reynolds said. decided to resolve the civil “People have a special cases out of court. The relationship with their decision was made to bring preacher and they are going closure to this matter and to to believe Eddie Long and allow us to move forward things will go on as usual.” with the plans God has for There are some signs this ministry,” Art Franklin, to the contrary. According spokesman for Long and to a special NewsOne/ New Birth Missionary Elev8 reports on My Praise Baptist Church, said in a Atlanta, church revenue is statement. “As is usually down significantly, causing the case when civil lawsuits a reduction in staff and a resolve out of court, we reduction of the work week cannot discuss any details to four days. The article went Courtesy to go regarding the resolution or the on to say the church had Photos Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who resolution process, as they are into its reserves last year to was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. expenses. confidential. This resolution cover operating is the most reasonable road That reports also mentions for body of her 7-year-old everyone to travel.” Rev. Bernice King’s departure plate X584859 was found on the B.J. Monday, just hours from the West Side negative Chicago’schurch as aafter nephew Bernstein, the lawyer body was found in a sign for the church. Rev. police received a 7 a.m. call after hisfor plaintiffs Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg, King, however, refuted Jamal Parris and Spencer that assertion during a May LeGrande, released a brief 31 interview on the Praise statement, saying only 102.5’s “Rhondell Lewis that “the matter has been Show.” resolved” and adding that “I’m clarifying that neither she or her clients after eightCowboys players and Dallas years and eight By Alan King would make Writer any further months ... my last Sunday Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff among the names submitted to election officials. Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – were doing those things without Associated Community – Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for Reform Now – sion, were fired. confirms the success of the “The evidence that Birth organization, the head of the statements or give interviews as a member of Newhas surfaced so far Baptist Church group says.the future about the Missionaryshows they faked now or in forms to get paid for work they “This case. is testimony to the work was this past Sunday [May didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve “To me it looks like 29],” she said. boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of a cover up,” thean interview Explaining that she didn’t victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in Rev. Dr. Barbara AFRO. Reynolds, a religious resign because she was never tor of it. with the and political commentator,we an Hurd said the onlychurch employee of the things “When this attack started, said. “Itannounced that did had looks like he we and that she didn’t step down bogus are the charges themhad just what the Catholic Church because elder was just a title selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new vothas beensaid. “That’s just to say she held because she was agrees. ers,” she doing for decades. I thought that [Long’sscared an It concluded, “Neither ordained minister, she that someone’s running initial ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” statements] meant he would added, “I am just no longer a been found New Birth.” go McCain, and fight in court.” member ofguilty of, or even to court who is running for president on the Republican Reynolds added that theretick- charged with, casting fraudulent Rev. King stressed that votes.” et, lashed to be sure if in the is no wayout at ACORNLong her decision to leave had The problem with Bishop final debate against Barack was guilty or innocent. “If been discussed came about primarily because of the way Obama, contending the group “is Long earlier in the year and that’s his addiction, more on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than people will be violated ... But scheduled for the last Sunday rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in who will know for sure now, in May. Herthem poor or unemple, many of reason: to pursue voter history in this country, because it’s beenthe fabric of covered up.” the next assignment God ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying The New had ideaher. “I haveboth those The for was to help always democracy.” Birth congregation rallied around followed what I believe doing Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those to be Long, supporting his call to the registration. in my life the voice of God Web site, found those claims to fight and continue to move and I’ve explained, “We have a Maud sought to be obedient be “exaggerated,” with “no eviforward.any such assured them to that voice,” she said. “I zero tolerance policy for deliberdence of And he democracyate falsification of a pastoral that he would remain their know that I have registration.” destroying fraud.” Most news life and I had to Hurd believes the McCain pastor, saying, “I’ve been calling on myaccount neglect to point out ... This is is charges were politically motivat- accept it.that ACORNthe timing called to be your shepherd required by law to turn the end ed. and as long as you receive me that God gave me, at in all registration and that’s they also She shepherd, I’ll be your as yoursaid, “Because it’s lowof May, forms. And where fail to note that it always been and moderate-income people, shepherd.” my mind haswas the organization, in many andBut without a clear people of color, I believe the focused.” instances, that first brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those resolution of Long’s guilt or Bishop Long posted a to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote innocence, or the cost of the statement on the church The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necessettlements to the church, website, indicating a fine isn’t interested in those sarily true.” many are wondering what celebration is being planned points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to impact this will have on for ads that seek to link Obama ing Rev. King to honor her controversy. Long’s38 years,to be effective ability the non-partisan contributions and celebrate to ACORN, thereby undercutting For as a leader. has fought for social herpolitical support. his endeavors. organization McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. and moderate-income Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 member families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organimpressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse

from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supof the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters 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 Now, Evangel Cathedral is one of the By AFRO Staff boy’s body inside and is being alive. largest churches in the metropolitan processed by evidence techniSince the investigation, area, with 4,200 active members – more Bishop John L. body cians and workers. TheMeares, founder of Hudson – who gained stardom than 85 percent of which is AfricanEvangel Cathedral taken to was later removed and – a mostly Black after appearing on “American American. It also and then won an the congregation in Upper Marlboro – was the Cook County Medical Idol,” owns Camelot, full service Academyfacility for her role in banquet Award located on memorialized this week in services that Examiner’s office. the church’s property.Dreamgirls – has drew thousands. Meares died May 23 at Hudson and other family the movie Despite stayed out of popularity eye. the church’s the public the age of 91. members arrived at the Medical and reach, it hasn’tChicago receivedreportHe began the church Examiner’s office mid-after-as tent revival The always Tribune Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. positive press.that 1987, ex-members of noon to identify the body. ed In a parade of cars moved meetings, where members of the Given the choice between look- miracles, slowly past her family’s home the church launched a lawsuit against community would come for A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in in a controversy that was inghealings at the body or directly and to be saved. the church Monday morning, past the told after viewing itthen leased the old Turner’s the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violationcovered in JET magazine, which ran news vans, reporters and curiHe on a wall-mounted ous onlookers. a story about how members went into Arena on 14 and W streets in Neighbors severe debt to tithe properly at the stood Northwest Washington. From there, quietly and church. Meares moved the church to an old reflected on According to JET, people donatedthe government warehouse on U Street, “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted video screen, the family chose violence. leadership” at money N.W. The church would then move to was clearly its leader. ly” and murder and vehicular hijack- because “whiteof the Hudson’s the latter. According to the In front Courtesy ing. Cook County records church the York Theater on Georgia Avenue in hands with her fami- Photo/Evangel Cathedral the show told them “God would put a “She held Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, home, men in heavy jackets John L. Meares curse Northwest another that he pleaded guilty to bothon them.”hooded sweatshirts came to that’s him.” before it settled intoly,” the spokesman said. “It and A viewing service for Meares was barhome on Rhode Island Avenue. It was was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses slated moment.” convicted in 1998 for posses- at Evangel Cathedral at 8 p.m. on then, in 1989 that Meares stepped down church. ing the names of Donerson and The sion of a to its June 2 the home going service 11 In 1991, the as senior pastor and consecrated his boy – the son of Julia church movedstolen motor vehicle.withJason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released a.m. on son, Don Meares as the new head of the current location in Upper Marlboro. from prison inJune 3. “Everybody is sick of going been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue. long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alert – a desigfor ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing him for President. children – was issued Friday But now ACORN is in trouble. after Julian was discovered Reporter: There are at least missing after the murders. 11 investigations across the Police arrested William country involving thousands of Balfour, the missing boy’s steppotentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband forms. of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voter Southside apartment several fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had efforts. nothing to do with the slayings. Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.

Megachurch Dies at 91

“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”

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Since McCain’s comments, SQUARE HIGH ACORN’s 87 offices have been bombarded with threats and racist mail. The day after the presidential debate, vandals broke into the organization’s Boston and Seattle offices and stole computers. NOT ON THE LIST BREAD After a Cleveland representative appeared on TV, an e-mail was sent to the local office saying she “is going to have her life ended.” A worker in Providence, R.I., received a threatening call sayLEFT RIGHT ing, “We know you get off work at 9” and uttered racial epithets. A caller to one office left a message on the answering machine, saying: “Hi, I was just calling to let you know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) nigger, and he’s a piece of (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They’re gonna get all hung hon1 BANANA eys, they’re going to get assassinated, they’re gonna get killed.” Another message said, “You liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) come to our country, consume every natural resource there is, and make a lot of babies. That’s all you guys do. And then suck up the welfare and expect everyone else to pay for your hospital bills for your kids. I jus’ say let Before age five, every room is a classroom. your kids die. That’s the best move. Just let your children die. Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like Forget about paying for hospital counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, bills for them. I’m not gonna do and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC it. You guys are lowlifes. And I founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca 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 with all kinds of simple, everyday things you can do to help a child attacks will be over. But I think it learn. Together, we can work with our communities so an entire will be harder for us to get our SunTrust lets you choose the way you bank. Everyone is unique and has but grow up great. generation won’t just grow up... name back on good graces their really trashed doing because they own way ofus in things, including banking. That’s why, whether it’s in the last few weeks.” person, online or on the go, you’re welcome to bank the way you choose with To find out more, go to pncgrowupgreat.com But ACORN will not be or call 1-877-PNC-GROW. SunTrust. Get to know more about all of the benefits of working with SunTrust. deterred. “We’ve been fighting for a Stop by a local branch, call 800.SUNTRUST or visit suntrust.com/solid. long time, for over 30 years, for the rights of low- and moderateincome people all across the country,” Hurd said. “We’re SunTrust Bank, fight for going to continue to Member FDIC. © 2011 SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust and Live Solid. Bank Solid. are federally registered service marks of SunTrust Banks, Inc. economic justice in our communities.” TM /©2008 Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. ©2008 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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President Obama’s Disaster Schedule Competes With Issues
By Hazel Trice Edney TriceEdneyWire.com President Barack Obama returned from a whirlwind trip to Europe May 29 and heading straight to Joplin, Mo., where neighborhoods were reduced to rubble during a May 22 tornado. Some 122 deaths have been confirmed and some 1,500 are still missing. At a memorial for lost loved ones on Sunday, the president lauded the heroism of some who lost their lives while saving others in Joplin: “And, in the face of winds that showed no mercy, no regard for human life, that did not discriminate by race or faith or background, it was ordinary people, swiftly tested, who said, “I’m willing to die right now so that someone else might live.” Almost as much as dealing with domestic and international issues, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have found themselves comforting victims of natural disasters over the past several months. Among them: • In mid-May, thousands of people, threatened by flooding from the Mississippi River, were forced from their homes into shelters. Though thousands of acres of corn and other farmlands were lost, the river – swollen after severe weather - reportedly crested at 47.8 feet, 14.1 feet above flood stage. States of Tennessee and Louisiana were also majorly affected by the flooding. Still, Obama met with some who were affected. • In late April, the president and first lady visited Tuscaloosa, Ala., after deadly tornados killed at least 300 people and more than 100 remain homeless. • In Japan in March a devastating earthquake and tsunami that followed killed more than 250,000 people. President Obama met with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan during an international summit in France last week. Obama promised reporters that Japan will emege “stronger than ever.” That was also the hope as thousands gathered at the Missouri Southern University on Sunday to mourn lost loved ones in Joplin. Comforting the crowd, Obama mostly focused on how the best in people comes out during disasters. “A university turned itself into a makeshift hospital,” he said to applause. “Some of you used your pickup trucks as ambulances, carrying the injured … on doors that served as

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President Barack Obama listens as Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton speaks during a meeting with elected officials and families affected by the floods in Memphis, Tenn., May 16. stretchers. Your restaurants have rushed food to people in need. Businesses have filled trucks with donations. You’ve waited in line for hours to donate blood to people you know, but also to people you’ve never met.” He concluded, quoting Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri: “As the governor said, you have shown the world what it means to love thy neighbor. You’ve banded together. You’ve come to each other’s aid. You’ve demonstrated a simple truth: that amid heartbreak and tragedy, no one is a stranger. Everybody is a brother. Everybody is a sister … We can all love one another.”

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Public Gets Involved in HBCU Issue
play by the University of Maryland System, and that when the Black institutions were ignored, no one spoke up for them. “I was the lone voice,” Pettit said. mission of the HBCUs and that the organization would be sending a letter to Maryland’s State’s Attorney Douglas Gansler about the issue. Sen. Pugh, a Morgan graduate, said with less,” she added. Dr. Patricia Ramsey, professor of biology at Bowie State University and former interim president, reminded the listening audience that Bowie was the oldest HBCU in the Maryland and has graduated the highest number of students with master’s degrees in computer science in the country. “If we didn’t have HBCUs, we would have to create them,” she said She also shared that alumni of HBCUs have gone on to succeed in the best universities in the country. “We need to be proactive and put out the data ..., “ Ramsey said. Dr. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, also in the studio, and host Young encouraged the audience to stay informed on the issues involved in this case and to make their voices heard. Young said the public has to be unafraid and take action.

Pettit, who served on the University of Maryland System Board of Regents, said he cares deeply for the HBCUs in this country but believes they suffer from benign neglect in appropriations of money for capital and operating expenses. He said the mindset is, “we know they’re there, we know they need, but if we just ignore them, maybe they will go away.” He posited that much of the continued pushback on the issues in this case is power

“If we didn’t have HBCUs, we would have to create them.”
- Dr. Patricia Ramsey
Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Chair Catherine Pugh said the Caucus supported the need for and HBCUs have traditionally provided the remedial training needed without additional funding. “What we’ve traditionally done is more

The Council was able to save funding for busing students to magnet programs at schools outside of their residential districts. This funding was championed by many in the county, especially students, teachers and parents involved in Suitland High Schools Visual and Performing Arts program. However, the funding came with a caveat as the council has ordered the school board to study alternatives to the current system because Council members say it has simply become to expensive for Prince George’s. “The school board is required to come back in no later than six months to have a plan or study to demonstrate how this transportations system will be resolved,” Turner said. “We cannot continue to sustain the system. The school system is supposed to work with the [Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority] and the Bus, our transportation system, to come up with a plan and send a proposal back to us.” The Council also secured funding for Camp Schmidt, a traditional overnight field trip location for fifth-graders in the county’s public schools as well as funding for the Reading Recovery Program although it has been reorganized to save money. The Council also wishes to provide a $750 one-time bonus to county employees. This budget will go into effect July 1.

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Judge’s Comments
This time, though, Raley’s statements went too far, Stansbury said. Stansbury said Raley’s statements are unacceptable and he wants a full investigation into his actions. “Judge Raley owes the citizens of Maryland an apology for these outrageous comments and the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities owe the citizens of Maryland an assurance that this type of conduct will not be condoned,” Stansbury said. “We are confident that this matter will not be brush under the rug and we intend to monitor this situation closely to insure that a judicious and expeditious investigation is conducted.” Gantt awaits retrial on the robbery charges and he has also been charged with allegedly threatening to have the judge and prosecutor in his first trials killed.

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Outlet Mall Welcomed as Sign of County Development
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer National Harbor has a lot of amenities that county residents have always desired, but now it’s getting one that they’ve wanted for years. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, a Greensboro, N.C.based company that operates upscale outlet shopping centers, and the Peterson Companies, the property management company in charge of National Harbor, have entered into a deal to bring an upscale shopping center to the complex. “This is a great announcement for the residents of Prince George’s County and the region. Our residents have yearned for diverse shopping opportunities for years and this will boost their options,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker in a statement. “I want to thank the Peterson Companies and Tanger Outlet Centers for bringing highquality outlet shopping and over 400 construction and approximately 900 full-time and part-time jobs to Prince George’s County.” It is another bit of good news for the county as they battle for more economic development. Two years ago, Disney purchased land at the harbor to build a resort hotel, but to date construction some. Officials behind this project believe the outlet center will boost traffic and visibility for the complex. “The opportunity to build a Tanger Outlet Center in the National Harbor complex was extremely compelling, as it affords us the chance to build a metro-specific, next-generation outlet shopping center in this beautiful location,” Steven B. Tanger, president and CEO of Tanger Outlet Centers, in a statement. “National Harbor not only has high visibility and easy access to major highways, it is also minutes away from three international area airports.” County officials are – Prince George’s County Executive hoping that this gives Rushern L. Baker the county another shopping option to hasn’t begun on that project. go along with Woodmore And, it’s a welcome sign Towne Center. That project, for National Harbor, which which opened last October, hasn’t always been full of is expected to create $236 good news. It has, at times, million in revenue for the struggled to get foot traffic county. due to expensive parking With Konterra being options that have angered developed in Laurel, officials

“This is a great announcement for the residents of Prince George’s County and the region. Our residents have yearned for diverse shopping opportunities for years and this will boost their options.”

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National Harbor to get high-end shopping outlet. and residents are hoping to move past the struggles the Boulevard at the Capital Center continues to experience. That complex has seen many retail and dining options come and go since it opened in 2003. Despite that, Inland U.S. Management, property managers of the Boulevard, still believe in that location. “The Boulevard at the Capital Center benefits from a great location and an outstanding lineup of remaining tenants,” said Bill Parks, vice president of property management at Inland, in an email. “We continue to aggressively market the vacant space and County Office of Homeland Security will continue to update the public through the County’s website at http:// www.princegeorgescountymd. gov. The Associated Press contributed to this story. are seeing increasing leasing activity from local and national tenants.” The Peterson Companies said the final list of tenants hasn’t been decided yet. Groundbreaking is expected to occur in late 2011 with the grand opening to take place a year to 15 months later.

Keeping It Cool
that 12 people were taken on Monday to hospitals to be treated for heat-related illnesses during the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington. In Baltimore at the NCAA lacrosse national title game, the game-time temperature was 96 degrees and it was even hotter at field level on a sun-scorched afternoon.

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“We advise all residents who don’t have access to air conditioning to utilize County cooling centers.”
– Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker
Agencies across the region, including Prince George’s County, opened cooling centers to provide relief to heat-swamped residents, including public pools—a welcome respite in what may prove to be a scorching summer. “We advise all residents

who don’t have access to air conditioning to utilize County cooling centers,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III in a statement. “Additionally, we ask all residents to use caution and common sense with these excessive temperatures, drink plenty of water, and, most importantly, look after family members and neighbors, especially the elderly.” To beat the heat and protect from heat stroke and other related illnesses, the County Office of Homeland Security recommends the following tips: • Elderly, infants and those with chronic illnesses can dehydrate more easily and are more susceptible to heatrelated illnesses. Please check on relatives, friends, and neighbors. • Stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best thing to drink is water. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or

caffeine. • Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat. • Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment. • Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing. • Take frequent rest breaks

in the air conditioning or shade. • Eat smaller meals, more often. • Spend time at local pools or take cool baths. • Make sure pets have access to water and shade. • Continue to monitor weather reports for updates and tips. The Prince George’s

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Two District Boy Scouts Receive Hundreds Flock to Petworth, Howard Organization’s Highest Honor
University Health Day
WASHINGTON – With smoke curling skyward from 5701 Georgia Ave. and a bright red fire truck parked outside, neighbors might have assumed a fire rescue was underway at the Emery Recreation Center. But the smoke was from healthy food – squash, carrots and other veggies – being grilled during Safeway’s cooking demonstrations, and the fire truck and fire department were on hand to remind area residents how to stay safe in their home. It was just a small part of the Petworth Health Wellness Day in and outside Emery Recreation Center in northwest Washington. More than 400 residents from Petworth and surrounding communities poured into the recreation center for expert advice on diet, exercise and wellness and to receive free testing and screenings from Howard University Hospital clinicians on various health concerns. The Ward 4 Advisory Neighborhood Commission and Howard University sponsored the event. United Health Care, DC Department of Parks and Recreation and By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer As the end of high school nears for teens John Marshall and Sanford Booth, a special honor that they recently received will surely serve as a memorable capstone. The teens, both members of Boy Scout Troop 524 at Shiloh Baptist Church in the District, earned the eminent Eagle Scout award earlier this year. Courtesy Photos The ranking is the highest John Marshall and Sanford Booth attainable honor issued by the Boy Scout program and tops off countless hours of dedication and service . “Becoming an Eagle Scout is a very long process. It’s a lot of dedication and it’s a lot of hours [but] actually achieving this accomplishment is a wonderful feeling,” Marshall told the AFRO in a recent interview. It’s a highlight of my life that I was able to get it done.” The 18-year-old Prince George’s County native said his involvement with the Scouts reinforced important lessons taught to him by his parents, like following the right path and becoming a leader. “When one of my friends say, ‘I don’t feel like doing this,’ I try to motivate them so they can achieve and go off to do better things,” he said. And being a proficient leader was definitely vital when completing his service project that each scout is required to do in order to be considered for the Eagle Scout ranking. Earlier this year, Marshall repaired and refurbished a dozen benches around the pond area at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the District. Upon deciding what he wanted to do for his project, he explained that he wanted to build something hands-on, while also paying tribute to war veterans. “My grandfather was a World War veteran and I also would like to be in the military, so I figured I’d do something that would help them, because they spent endless hours fighting for our country,” he said. Following graduation from Reservoir High School, Marshall will start classes at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. and will major in computer science. The subject fascinated the teen early on in his high school career and last summer, he participated in Howard University’s Minority Engineering Science Technology Program, which further roused his interest. After leaving Old Dominion, the teen has plenty ambitious goals for the future. “I would like to be a software engineer to create programs for different companies. Or, I’d like to be an IT specialist for a Fortune 500 company,” Marshall said. “Also, since I’m doing ROTC in college, I’ll have to give four years after college to the military, so hopefully I could get a job related to my major while I’m in the military.” For Booth, 17, becoming an Eagle Scout was already a definite upon his entrance into the Boy Scout program. “Only about 4 percent of Scouts actually become Eagle Scouts,” he said. “The whole purpose of me becoming a Boy Scout was to become an Eagle Scout, so the day that I [achieved this ranking] was a very proud moment for me.” Amid being involved with school activities such as the Student Government Association, the varsity golf team and the concert and jazz bands at Bladensburg High School, the teen somehow managed enough time to complete his cooperative eagle service project. After working with the Department of Homeland Security, he made over 200 emergency preparedness kits for senior citizens at the Petersburg Senior Apartment Building in Northeast D.C. “I wanted to do a project where I gave back to the community and someone could say, ‘this project really made a difference,’” Booth said. “I went to the apartment building and passed out the kits and explained to the senior citizens what was in the kits, what you could do for emergencies and contact information. So, I think it was very informative and people really got a lot out of it. “ In the Fall, the teen will attend Hampton University where he plans to major in finance. He explained that he chose this field after scoring an internship at the Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration. “Working there, I got the passion for international trade and how the United States does business with other countries,” Booth said. Ultimately, he says that he will use this knowledge to jumpstart and sustain his own company in the future. On June 5, Marshall and Booth will be honored for their accomplishments at a ceremony at Shiloh Baptist. As graduation nears, both teens surely have a lot to look forward to. Booth says that the many lessons he’s learned in the Boy Scout program will definitely help along the way. “I started at a young age and it was an opportunity to learn and grow as a young man,” he said. The scout masters taught me a lot and they were mentors to me, and I just enjoyed every minute of it.” giveaways and winners of the hoola hoop contest, fitness obstacle course and raffle walked away with fitness equipment and gift cards. “The success of this health awareness day really showed the need for more,” Colbert said. “This may have just opened the door to an annual event, and I look forward to seeing it grow.”

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Howard University doctors and health care clinicians performed screenings and testing for a variety of medical concerns, including diabetes, blood pressure, HIV, prostate cancer, hearing and sickle cell at Petworth Health Wellness Day. many others groups helped organize the day, and ANC Commissioner Lisa Colbert spearheaded the event. “It was really a great day,” Colbert said. “Before we could even open the doors at 10, people were lined up outside. So, there was obviously a need. We were able to provide health services to scores of people who otherwise might not have been able to afford them.” “But it was also a joyous day, with lots of fun.” People gathered around the Safeway grill located outside the center for lessons on how to grill every day food -chicken, squash, carrots, egg pant and zucchini – healthier and to taste the samples afterward. “We were really happy to participate,” said Safeway manager Matthew Brown. “We are very thankful for the opportunity to encourage the community to eat healthier. I learned a few things myself.” Howard University doctors and health care clinicians performed screenings and testing for a variety of medical concerns, including diabetes, blood pressure, HIV, prostate cancer, hearing and sickle cell and many others. Pharmacists and nutritionists also answered drug and diet questions. “We are thrilled that we could provide this service to the community,” said Dr. Wayne Frederick, director of the Howard University Cancer Center and head of the Faculty Practice Plan. “One of our goals is to educate and engage the community on the importance of their health.” Frederick added that he urges the attendees follow up with a primary care physician. Other services included on-site massage and reflexology, yoga and cardio blast classes as well as healthy food demonstrations from a local farmer’s market. Meanwhile, social services agencies provided multicultural guidance on geriatric, pediatric and family health. There were lots of fun, prizes and games. Fonzie the clown did a magic show, captivating not the just the children getting their faces painted, but adults as well. CVS provided some of the

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Anacostia Community Museum Begins Free Summer Shuttle Service
The free summer shuttle to transport visitors between the National Mall and the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum returned for a third year this Memorial day weekend. It will offer weekend service through Sept. 6 (Labor Day Monday). Shuttle Anacostia picks up riders on Saturdays and Sundays and holiday Mondays (May 30, July 4 and Sept 6) at designated spots at the Ripley Center, the National Air and Space Museum and the Anacostia Metro station beginning at 9:30 a.m. After leaving the Anacostia Community Museum, riders can also visit the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, which is included as a stop as the shuttle loops back to the Castle. Besides an earlier start date and time, service has been extended to include a later last pick up from the museum at 4:35 p.m. back to the Mall. Interested visitors are directed to shuttle stops marked

by promotional signage detailing the museum’s current and upcoming exhibitions: “Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities through Language” through July 24; “Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia,” indefinitely; “Call & Response: Exercise Your Mynd” on view Aug. 22-Nov. 27 and the first in the multipart “Community and Creativity” series. Visitors can also easily exit at Mall Metro stops or at the Anacostia station and pick up Shuttle Anacostia to attend fun, free museum weekend events such as the all-day July 23 “Family Day: All Things Gullah” with arts, crafts and music focused on Gullah culture and featuring the world’s largest ring shout. For the shuttle schedule and information about museum exhibitions and programs, the public may visit http://anacostia. si.edu or call (202) 633-4820, (202) 633-1000 or (202) 6335285 (TTY).

District to Host Annual Housing Expo and Foreclosure Clinic June 4
The “Annual D.C. Housing Expo and Foreclosure Clinic” returns for the third year on June 4. The event, which is open to all homeowners who may be at risk of foreclosure, allows city residents to meet face-to-face with their mortgage company and a HUD-approved counseling agency to avoid losing their homes. Program highlights include “Help for Homeowners Foreclosure Prevention Event,” where attendees meet with lenders from 17 organizations and representatives from area banks; credit counseling, where participants receive free credit reports; an exhibit hall featuring 50 vendors from communitybased organizations, government entities, realtors and lenders; and workshops including “Homeownership 101” and “Do-ItYourself Home Repair.” Leading financial strategist and author Michelle Singletary provides the keynote address. The Help for Homeowners Foreclosure Prevention Event takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The expo takes place 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Opinion
including litigation, and that the office has often defended the HBCUs in litigation. This is a given. However, in the present case, the interests and future welfare of the HBCUs are represented by the Coalition, which consists entirely of private plaintiffs and private counsel. Therefore the lawsuit represents a legal matchup between the Coalition versus the power and clout of the Office of the Attorney General, the “State’s law firm.” With so much at stake in the Coalition lawsuit, we are not persuaded by the Attorney General’s response and criticism of this paper’s reporting of the State’s arguments at the recent hearing on the State’s motions for summary judgment. In light of our presence at the hearing and our subsequent review of the hearing transcript, we stand by our article and its headline as a fair interpretation of the State’s position. The State’s statements of pride for the four HBCUs neither shield nor mask its written and oral argument that despite continuing inequities, the State has “fully performed” and need do no more to right the wrongs of its past discriminatory system. Instead, as if time heals everything, it asks “How long is long enough before the presumption is that the State is right?” The Attorney General takes issue with the representation that the State’s argument responded to the plaintiffs’ assertions “in tones of disgust.” We disagree. At every turn during the hearing, the State argues that it has done all that it is required to do on behalf of HBCUs and the students who attend them: * The plaintiffs’ claim that increases in needed resources to these institutions will enhance them to the point of making them viable alternatives for students choosing a place for higher learning. * The State’s response to this was indeed disparaging: “The State is supposed to allocate its scarce resources [to HBCUs] on some sort of field of dreams idea . . .? Come on. That’s ridiculous.” After all, the State asserted, most African Americans students go to “non-HBCUs” anyway and “Maryland is not Mississippi or Alabama “and “if plaintiffs believe that, then they are drinking some sort of Kool-Aid.” We see nothing inappropriately “implied” or “speculative” with respect to such statements. Taken in the context of the State’s argument as a whole, the disturbing tone toward HBCUs is quite evident. Our reading of the words and tone of the hearing transcript is that: * The State is appalled at the notion that it must do more, and

The Battle for the Future of Maryland’s HBCU’s
In 2006, a group (the “Coalition”) consisting of friends and supporters, alumni and students of some of the area’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) organized to initiate action they individually and collectively believed needed to be taken to address inequities which the State has for too long failed to correct. At issue was a concern that set policies and practices in the State of Maryland relating to HBCUs were impeding the growth and development of these institutions and otherwise undermining the efforts of HBCUs to educate and graduate adequate numbers of students who choose to pursue their higher education goals at these institutions. They were also concerned that recent specific practices by the State of Maryland impeded the HBCUs from enhancing certain unique courses offered at these institutions by allowing such courses to be introduced and duplicated at competing traditional White institutions (TWI). The frequency of these recent duplications was apparently a high concern of the Coalition in light of similar duplications having been deemed illegal by the Supreme Court in a landmark 1992 case entitled United States vs. Fordice, a case which many in the Black community deem to be on the same level of importance as the historic, Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case. Following certain actions taken by the State of Maryland in 2006, a lawsuit was filed by the Coalition to seek a full and fair hearing as to the legality of these questionable policies and practices relating to the Maryland HBCUs and to obtain necessary judicial relief. In order to thwart the Coalition’s efforts to get a fair hearing, the State of Maryland moved to have the case dismissed. On May 11, a hearing was held in federal court to receive the State of Maryland’s arguments as to why the Coalition’s lawsuit should not proceed. An AFRO reporter attended the hearing and in the May 21 edition of the Baltimore AFRO, an article was published entitled “State Argues HBCUs Not Needed.” That article has generated considerable discussion and concern in the Baltimore Black community as to how and why would the State is taking such a position against its own HBCUs. In response to the AFRO article, a letter from the Office of the Maryland Attorney General objecting to the title and various portions of the AFRO article appears in the “Letters to Editors” in this edition. At the AFRO web site, afro.com, you will also find a letter to Attorney General Douglas Gansler from the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, outlining its objections to the State’s arguments presented at the hearing. We appreciate the fact that the Office of the Attorney General represents the State and its entities in legal matters,

* Since more African Americans are now allegedly going to non-HBCUs better supported by the State, the HBCU’s are not needed. We understand the public relations ramifications to the Office of the Attorney General in its defense of this lawsuit. That, however, is not our concern. Decades of horrendous discriminatory and segregative practices are not undone by apologies followed by arguments that the State has “diligently performed its obligations” and “should be commended.” The Attorney General’s rhetorical assertions that the State is “committed to [the HBCUs] success” followed by claims that “we are pleased that the issues HBCUs face have been brought to the attention of the court” with “an accurate factual record, so that it can weigh the issues fairly” do not square with the State’s arguments. In fact, we find them astoundingly hypocritical and embarrassing. The State cannot credibly apologize for its conduct and then, in disparaging tones, move to dismiss in their entirety all claims made by the Coalition to remedy that conduct followed by a press release and public letter claiming that it holds the HBCUs in the highest regard and is committed to their success. The days of expecting this community to “cave-in” with a benign pat on the head have long since expired. This paper will call-out the State when it attempts to double talk its way out of what we view to be an injustice. The AFRO will continue to fairly and accurately report what is happening in federal district court in this case. We believe the Coalition’s cause to be a just one. The vestiges of the legislatively required segregation of the past have indeed not been completely and finally removed from the higher education practices and policies of the State of Maryland, and the duplication actions taken by the State in our opinion are blatant illegal violations of the clear holding of the Supreme Court.

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

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For more information: www. dcjazzfest.org. June 2 Bill Cosby at Wolf Trap Wolf Trap-Filene Center, 1552 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 8 p.m. Classic funnyman Bill Cosby comes to Virginia for this evening of laughs. $20$40. For more information: 703-255-1868. June 4-5 Vintage Virginia Wine Festival Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Va. Various times. This event features tastings from over 50 wineries, educational seminars, art exhibits, children’s activities and more. For more information: Vintagevirginia. com. June 4 Beltway BBQ Showdown Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 12-5 p.m. Cooks from all over the East Coast will compete for a spot in the national competition in Kansas City. Pork, beef and chicken barbecue will be available for purchase from food vendors. For more information: 301-627-2828. BowieFest 2011 Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie, Md. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. At this annual festival, enjoy live entertainment, rides, food vendors, information booths and more in celebration of Bowie. For more information: 301-809-3029. Hip-Hop Scholars Howard University Blackburn Center, 2400 Sixth St., N.W. D.C., 12-3 p.m. Students ages 12-16 will compete in this competition designed to improve teens’ study habits, self-esteem and appreciation of hip-hop culture. For more information: www.hhscholars.org. June 8 HCS Free Foreclosure Mediation Housing Counseling Services, 2410 17th St., N.W. D.C. 12 p.m. Housing Counseling Services, a District-based nonprofit, will offer free foreclosure prevention clinics to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes throughout the months of June and July. Clients will receive information and individual counseling to help them identify their realistic options for avoiding foreclosure and to avoid foreclosure rescue scams. For more information: 202-667-7006. Network ‘E’ Summer Gala 2011 Sonoma Restaurant, 223 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E. D.C. 6-8 p.m. Join local group Network “E” at their annual gala and support their mission to provide healthcare to women and children in Ethiopia. $35-$250. June 10 The Cosmopolitan-All White Everything Embassy Suites Hotel, 900 10th St., N.W. D.C. 9 p.m. Come out for the second installment of this monthly event catering to mature professional socialites, politicians, celebrities and more. $20. For more information: thecosomopolitanjune. eventbrite.com. June 11 2011 Housing Fair Prince George’s County Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, Md. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Receive information and attend workshops on buyer information, senior programs, mortgages, rental information and more. For more information: 1-800-3961274. Capitol Heights Day Brooke Road Neighborhood Park, 1101 Brook Road, Capitol Heights, Md. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a festive summer day of fun, games, food and entertainment for the entire family. For more information: 301-336-0626. June 12 AIRF Awards Ceremony and Youth Talent Showcase Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, Md. 4:30-6:30 p.m. The African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF) invites the community to the fifth annual Awards Ceremony and Youth Talent Showcase to celebrate local students’ and the organization’s accomplishments during the past school year. $4-$35. For more information: www. brownpapertickets.com/ event/175896.
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June 2-13 D.C. Jazz Festival 2011 Various locations. The DC Jazz Festival will feature a stellar lineup of performers from across the globe. Each year, this event partners with over 35 clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries to promote performances over 12 nights.

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Alumnae Chapter (NoVAC) of T he Northern VirginiaSorority, in collaboration withService Delta Sigma Theta the Northern Virginia Delta Education and Community Chapter members Carole Stephens and Dr. Deborah Foreman

Foundation (NVDECS), hosted its first annual prayer breakfast under the theme “Sisters Called to Serve” at the elegant Waterford at Springfield in Springfield, Va. Under the leadership of chapter President Antoinette Mann, fundraising committee co-chairwomen Gladys

Fitzhugh-Pemberton and Lynadria Ware, and the prayer breakfast subcommittee, guests were treated to a delicious breakfast, musical performances by saxophonist Brian Lenair, gospel group James “Kelly Fox” Davis and Bunch of Friends, a poetic presentation by Delta GEMS program participant Astrid Hacker and prayers led by the Rev. Kim Coleman, the Rev. Dr. Leonard Hamlin Sr. and the Rev. Yolanda Giles. The morning culminated with a powerful, insightful message by the Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, 22nd national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, who serves as the executive minister for church operations at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Md. After closing remarks by Mann, the benediction was given by Joyce Willoughby. Guests left the prayer breakfast feeling revived, empowered and inspired to serve their communities.

By Edgar Brookins, AFRO Staff Photos by Rob Roberts

Maureen Amos, Lea Wotorson, Deena Myles, Vonda Bell and Nicole Hall

Welcome/introduction of dais by the chapter First Vice-President Cheron Burns

Rev. Dr. Boyd and some of the guests in attendance

James “Kelly Fox” Davis and a Bunch of Friends entertains the crowd with a musical selection.

Seated: Alencia Johnson, Melanie Carter, Paularie Know and Brittion Brown. Standing: Lavelle Redmond, Celeian Noel and Michelle Smith

The Rev. Dr. Marie Phillips Braxton provides the invocation and blessing.

Seated: Chapter President Antoinette Mann and Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd. Standing: Angela Fairwell, Gladys Fitzhugh-Pemberton, Cheron Burns, Lynadria Ware and Keitha Johnson, the event emcee

Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, 22nd national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, gives the keynote address

Linda Byrd-Johnson, scholarship recipients Bria Woodyard, Ja’el Thomas, Jaime “Leah” Jones, Brandi Hawkins and Jasmyn Grismore with chapter president, Antoinette Mann and Angela Fairwell, scholarship committee

Dais guests and clergy Co-chairwomen of the fundraising committee Gladys Fitzhugh-Pemberton and Lynadria Ware along with prayer breakfast subcommittee member Karen Jordan

Evelyn Gregary, Beatrice Squire, Mildred Lofton, Haltie Higgins-Greene, Pam Gipson and Ernestyne Malthews

Vivian Williams, Virginia state coordinator of Delta Sigma theta Sorority, greets the audience.

Sandra Richardson, Karen Croom, Melanie Carter and Shron Williams

of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority. The Pink Hat Tea aims to educate the public about crucial medical issues in an afternoon filled with not only style, but substance. As the number of Black women with diabetes continues to rise, AKA has embarked on a national multi-year campaign to educate communities worldwide about the disease and preventing its spread through diet and exercise. Xi Omega assembled a panel of health care professionals and a member with diabetes to discuss the impact of the disease and prevention techniques. Xi Omega donated proceeds from the event to the sorority’s national partners, the American Diabetes Association and the American Kidney Fund, in support of AKA’s health initiative and to advance research and outreach. The Pink Hat Tea also featured a hat fashion parade showcasing stylish headwear from celebrated milliner Vanilla Beane, owner of Bene Millinery in northwest Washington, D.C. Beane is best known for designing hats for the late civil rights activist Dorothy I. Height. Xi Omega members Julita Blair and Kendra Briggs co-chaired the tea events. Chartered in 1923, Xi Omega Chapter is the oldest graduate chapter of AKA in Washington, D.C., and boasts a membership of over 300 professional women. Hat parade models: Chapter members Diane Johnson, Tammie Sommons, Julita Blair, Raven Hill, Antonia Cofer, Valeria Wilson and Vivian Smith

200 people crowned in elegant hats and fashionable colors M ore thantea Pink tips on diabetesby Washington, D.C.’s Xi Omega Chapter enjoyed and awareness and prevention at the second annual Hat Tea hosted

Pink Hat Tea co-chairwomen and Xi Omega officers; Pink Hat Tea co-chairwoman Kendra Briggs, Xi Omega President Sharon Anderson, Xi Omega First Vice-President Lavdena Orr and Pink Hat Tea co-chairwoman Julita Blair

Xi Omega member Helen Hooks-Scott speaks about her experience with diabetes.

The Pink Hat Tea co-chair committee and Xi Omega officers - (Sitting l to r) Pink Hat Tea cochairwoman Julita Blair, First Vice-President Lavdena Orr, President Sharon Anderson, and Pink Hat Tea co-chairwoman Kendra Briggs. (Standing l to r) Sharon Holt, Jennifer Allen, LaTonya Clark, Raven Hill, Tanisha Willis, Candice Burke, Frances Bush, Cheryl Parker, Cynthia Burke, Ayesha, Jarrai Stephens, Allison Watts, Renee Bush, Paula Bruner, and Parker Mabry

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Hat parade coordinator Paula Bruner and Pink Hat Tea co-chairwoman Kendra Briggs

Xi Omega member Alyssa King enjoys her tea.

Best Hat Contest participants and winner (center, seated) Diamond Soror Elizabeth Somersille, a 75-year member of AKA

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Eddie Brown’s ‘Beating the Odds’ — ‘Not a Black Story, but a Business Story’
By Blake Bryson Special to the AFRO To say that Eddie Brown has beaten the odds is an understatement. He owns and operates the second- oldest, Black-owned investment firm in the nation, Brown Capital Management, based in Baltimore. And although he may not claim to be the richest man in the world, he knows his values and morals make him appear to be rich in a vast number of areas. In his new book, Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown’s Investing and Life Strategies, Brown describes his trials and tribulations on the road to success. Despite growing up in the Jim Crow era in the deep south, Brown never saw his race as a hindrance. From an early age, Brown knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur after seeing men wear suits and working for themselves. “I knew at an early age, around 10 or 11, that I wanted to be independent and my own boss,” Brown said. “What stuck out to me was (Photo by Bill Tabron) doing whatever was necessary so that I could Eddie Brown, owner of Baltimore-based be successful and be successful in running my Brown Capital Management, speaks at own business.” a lecture series detailing his new book, Brown attributes his success to his Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown’s Investing upbringing in Apopka, Fla., a close-knit and Life Strategies. family and experiences at the renowned Howard University. After moving to Allentown, Pa., with his mother, Brown’s 10th grade English teacher encouraged him to apply to the historically Black university. “Howard is the only school I submitted an application to,” Brown said. “It never occurred to me to apply to other schools as a back up plan, just in case I get rejected. But fortunately for me, Howard accepted me.” In Beating the Odds, which was co-written with Blair S. Walker, Brown says the book is not a Black story, but a business story. “I did not want this book to be put in the black African-American literature section because this story is for people who are simply interested in a good story and business. This book deals with a young man who went from very little to something. It gives lessons for entrepreneurs, and inspires younger people to keep their head up and know that anything is possible.” “Beating the Odds” is available in book stores now.

Sole Sisters: Lifelong Friends Go an Extra Inch with Sizzling New Shoe Store
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Beautiful, bold and bonded together, Toni Hall and Natalie Prather never stray from their ambitious goals. The pair of 20-somethings have been playing off each other’s ideas since their days of strutting the halls together at Magruder High School in Gaithersburg, Md. Ironically, it was there that the design for their latest endeavor was drawn out. But it took a pair of separate post-graduate journeys before they were joined back at the hip with Size 12, a shoe and accessory retailer that specializes in women’s shoes from sizes 10 to 14 in Gaithersburg’s Lakeforest Mall. For Hall, a size 12 in shoes since high school, shopping for designer shoewear was everything but easy for the 5-foot-11 interior design major. The absence of affordable but still flattering footwear forced the purchase of a $230 pair of senior prom shoes that still prompts her to shake her head to this day. Rather than continuing to invest in just shoes, Hall decided to invest her money into the shoe business, leaving the confines of her interior design company to open the first Size 12 in the summer of 2010 in a separate location. Slow traffic and leasing issues propelled a move to Lakeforest Mall where Hall would then share her (Courtesy Photo) store with another retailer. But after about a month of slow business, Hall had reached her limit. “I was about to give Lifelong friends Natalie Prather (left) up,” she admits. and Toni Hall (right) celebrate the With her nerves frying and patience thinning, a familiar success of their new store, Size 12, and friendly voice pumped some new life into her system a shoe and accessory retailer that 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,” sizes 10 to 14. Hall says about Prather. “She [Prather used to say, ‘Don’t worry about it; we’ll figure something out’ and we did.” What the 14-year friends figured out together was that Hall should relocate from the bottom floor of the mall to the top, then hire Prather, a stout musician and motivator, as an official business partner to lighten some of Hall’s workload. Since the relocation to their own store in January and refocusing on the wants of their clientele, Size 12 has been growing into its own. “Now, we’re really starting to branch out and have something for everybody,” Hall says. “You can keep doing it your way or adapt to change, like [rapper] Jay-Z says. You got to give the people what they want.” Despite a frustrating recession, going into business for themselves was both a risk and a want the two friends and finance partners had to take. “I can’t even imagine being afraid of that,” says Prather about the fear of entrepreneurship. “Honestly, I’m afraid of sitting at someone’s desk forever. The freedom of being an entrepreneur is incredible.” Behind their new business tag team, Size 12 is own the rise. The company was recently awarded $10,000 by rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs as part of a contest promoted by 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit organization which supports young business owners. 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 with it,” Hall says. The young and edgy duo like to liken their tandem to some of America’s other trendy tag teams. The LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the shoe game or the Lil’ Wayne and Drake of the fashion industry, Hall and Prather have several designs on what this partnership can do for them and it 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). So when we come together...Wow!” For more on Size 12 visit mysize12.com

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R&B Sensation Jagged Edge Talks Love, Black Women White House Band’s David E. Beats Heads to D.C. and Good Music on New Album ‘The Remedy’
By Brandi Forte Special to the AFRO music and singers must have balance. Balance is the key to everything. By AFRO Staff Timeless, soulful, classic and AFRO: Wow. How could you simply “good music” is what not love “Let’s Get Married,” Grammy-nominated Jagged Edge “Promises,” “Walked Outta of (JE) has delivered for more than a Heaven,” and “Keys to the Range?” decade. A breath of fresh air and a How do you think this album will positive replenishment of what has make the connection with this been missing in the world of R&B, generation? Wingo, Kyle and twins Brandon and Brandon: As a group we struck Brian are back with their golden that chord along time ago. We are Courtesy Photo a real group. And I believe this seventh album, The Remedy, to be Jagged Edge members Brandon, Kyle, Brian and generation wants the realness and released in June. Wingo With a medley of ingredients real music. We are real and we give that are reminiscent of their hits love. “Let’s Get Married,” and “Walked Outta Heaven,” Jagged Brian: When you’re young it’s all about being cool and Edge unapologetically sings about love, life and the truths down-to-Earth. To be honest we want to spread a message to of relationships. The vintage project offers a sexy and this generation that there is nothing uncool about singing about mature sound produced by Brian Michael Cox, Cool and love or being in love. Love is cool. Dre, Drummer Boy, Lamb, and Jim Johnsen. The album also features collaborations with rappers Gucci Mane and Trina. AFRO: Speaking of cool and uncool, the controversy of Jagged Edge’s new single, “Tip of my Tongue,” is just an how Black women are degraded and negatively portrayed appetizer of what the album uncovers. They are gentle, downin both music lyrics, music videos and media is an issue that home southern brothers that poetically talk to the AFRO about comes up all the time. Most recently, in “Psychology Today,” The Remedy. Grab a seat. a blogger by the name of Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa wrote about this topic: “Why Are African-American Women Less Physically AFRO: Hi fellas, you know your fans miss you. Attractive Than Other Women?” How would JE respond to JE: We miss them, too. How are you? (They speak in that? unison.) JE: What? Are you serious? Wingo: I don’t care what he has to say or what anyone has AFRO: All is well and we are so glad that you are back. to say about Black women. That’s a damn lie. Black women are How long has JE been gone from the music scene? made by God and they are simply beautiful. Wingo: About four years. Brian: Stamp that for all of us. Kyle: He’s an a--hole. Are you writing that down? Yea, AFRO: So talk to us about “The Remedy.” write it down. You know what the real problem is? A strong Wingo: We are the remedy! We are bringing good music, Black woman is the most feared and scared of. There is nothing heartfelt songs with a blend of the old and new. more profound than a strong Black woman and the world is still Brian: This is the take over. This album is like vintage not ready for that. Jagged Edge. It’s trendy, classic and at the same time, it is what is happening now. AFRO: Love seems to be the focus again on this album, are Kyle: It’s all about love at the end of the day. any of you married? JE: Wingo is….(the group sings in unison) AFRO: Does JE write their own songs? Kyle: He’s married because he found some who loves him Wingo: We write all of our songs. for him and they are compatible. Kyle: We write 100 percent of our songs. We vibe off of Wingo: Yes I’se [sic] married. each other. Brian: We all want to be married. Brandon: We all have children that we love. And I want to AFRO: Wow. As you may see and hear the music of today, be married one day. it seems to be missing a lot of love and is somewhat overKyle: It’s all about finding that right woman. sexualized. What do you think? Kyle: God is love. Without God you have nothing. The AFRO: Do you do any work in the community? music is missing God and as a result it is missing love. Brian: We have our foundation, For the Love of My Brandon: You must have respect and love for the craft. All Children. We go to the schools and talk to the kids and show The White House Band blends the rawest elements of rap, rock and blues into an innovative genre dubbed “new vogue.” The band’s lead (and only official) member, David E. Beats, is part of the I AM PR Agency and WHB Promotions-sponsored Rap Rocks Tour coming to the District, Baltimore and Nashville, Tenn., in June. Other performers include A Cool Stick, Navi & The Delegation, Colorfire, Evan P. Donohue and Kane Mayfield. A skilled songwriter and musician with a penchant for Jimi Hendrixstyle guitar riffs, the Brooklyn, N.Y.Beats is a selftaught artist. The band’s eclectic sound also draws from rock greats like Black Sabbath, Courtesy Photo The Beatles and David E. Beats Led Zepplin, while creating a unique sound with rugged hip-hop elements. Beats and the White House Band have headlined the first DIY Bushwick Music Festival, House of Yes, Drom, Public Assembly and CV Lounge. The Rap Rocks Tour comes to the Velvet Lounge, 915 U St., N.W., June 9 at 9 p.m. The tour continues June 10 at Joe Squared, 113 W. North Ave., at 9 p.m. them love. We have had the keys to the city before and from the beginning we have always been a part of the 100 Black Men Coalition. AFRO: Any message you want to leave to JE fans? Wingo: Get “The Remedy”…It’s like Kanye said, “good music.” Kyle: This album has a lot of energy. It has that spark. It’s about singing songs where he’s building you and you are building him. At the end of the day it’s all about love. “The Remedy” is in stores June 21. For more information visit jaggededge.net.

He’s So Brandon!
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO

Born in Los Angeles on May 29, 1989, Brandon Mychal Smith is a charismatic young actor best known for playing ladies man Nico Harris on the Disney Channel sitcom “Sonny with a Chance,” which was renamed “So Random” earlier this KW: How would you describe year. Brandon discovered his love for acting at a young age your character, Nico? when he stood in front of his sixth grade class and recited a BMS: Nico Harris has the crowd-pleasing rendition of a poem by Shel Silverstein. And charisma and charm of a Will after graduating from high school, he enrolled at Hampton Smith from “Fresh Prince of University where he earned his degree in entrepreneurship Bel-Air” days with a dash while minoring in finance. of Denzel smooth and a A versatile performer, Brandon recently competed Kanye West swagger when on the ABC celebrity reality show “Skating with the it comes to getting fly! Stars,” and in 2010 starred in the Disney Channel [Laughs] original movie Starstruck. His other TV credits include recurring roles on such shows as “Unfabulous” and “Phil KW: How similar are of the Future.” Brandon has also guest-starred on “Bones,” you to Nico? “Without a Trace” and “That’s So Raven”. BMS: Nico Harris is Courtesy Photo Brandon’s motion picture credits include appearances Brandon Mychal Smith at Brandon opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Gridiron Gang, about 16 or 17 with much Mychal Smith opposite Nick Cannon in Weapons and opposite Matthew more energy and a way Perry in The Ron Clark Story. Away from work, he keeps cooler job than I really had at himself busy between his many hobbies (especially rollerthat age. [Laughs] Nico and I share skating) and his charity work with organizations like the a love for the fashion world. And much like Nico, I’ve always “Magic of Healthy Living Campaign” alongside first lady, loved vintage and unique clothing and cool jewelry. Nico Michelle Obama. and I also are very much ladies men. [Chuckles] The ability Here, Brandon talks about his work on “So Random.” to charm the ladies has never been a sore spot for Mr. Nico Harris [LOL] But most importantly, Nico, as well as I, love to keep everyone laughing and having a good time! Kam Williams: Hi Brandon, thanks for the time. Brandon Mychal Smith: Thank you for giving me the time. KW: What would you say is the message being delivered by “So Random?” KW: What interested you in “So Random?” BMS: The show’s message is that with “The Power of BMS: What interested me about “So Random” was the We,” you can do it to with drive, persistence, commitment, great team of people that I knew were behind this project. breathing and smiling. [Laughs] “The Power of We” is My first love has always been drama and Brian Robbins, “So the collaborative effort, everyone coming together to help Random’s” executive producer, had produced a film called contribute and or make a positive difference. Hardball that I had wanted to be in. I always wanted to work with Brian Robbins, so when the opportunity rang I was more KW: What was it like doing the reality-TV series “Skating focused and ready to do whatever it took to land the role of with the Stars?” How much of a skater were you as a child? Nico. [LOL] BMS: Doing “Skating with the Stars” was a very

KW: Tell me a little about the show? BMS: “So Random” is your SNL mixed with a splash of “30 Rock” all geared towards the cool kids and fly teens of the new millennium!

empowering experience for me. It showed me what I can truly achieve with drive, persistence and commitment. It felt good to become physically active and to push my body to its physical limits day in and day out. If I ever have to do a superhero movie, trust me, I’ll be ready. [Chuckles] I am an avid roller skater, NOT ice skater. [Laughs some more] Big difference! Ice skating is a much more physically-demanding sport, although my lifetime love and passion for roller-skating definitely helped my confidence and ability to create on the ice skates, during “Skating with the Stars.” I became pretty good at ice-skating by the end of the competition, which surprised me in a great way. KW: You’ve been in showbiz since you were 8? How have you avoided the problems that have plagued so many other stars? BMS: Honestly, there truly is no way to avoid the inevitable. No one’s perfect and, as they say, “Things happen.” People make mistakes. When you’re in the public eye, sometimes mis-happenings are amplified and misconstrued. I keep my family first and try to keep my personal business out of the media. My main focus is to continue doing fun work and meeting cool new people to collaborate with. KW: At the beginning of your career, you were in a Nike commercial with Tiger Woods. What effect did that have on you? BMS: Yes, the infamous Nike Tiger Woods Commercial. That commercial was definitely my light bulb of, “Hey, I think I might have some success at this.” [LOL] It was my first audition ever and on top of that it was a “cattle call” which means they wanted to see anyone and everyone who in anyway resembled Tiger Woods to play one of the kids saying “I am Tiger Woods” in the commercial. I remember there were probably about 5,000 kids at the audition held at this huge golf club in Burbank. When I booked my first audition ever I knew that was a sign. [Laughs] To put a cherry on top of an already amazing opportunity, I am the last kid at the end of the commercial with the final “I am Tiger Woods” right before cutting to Tiger Woods. It made the experience that much more impactful and unforgettable. KW: Thanks again, Brandon, and best of luck with the show. BMS: Thanks, Kam.

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By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Just about anyone over age 20 has heard their parents or elders call baseball “America’s pastime.” And if you dig back into history, you may agree with them. Baseball has always been a popular sport that has no game clock, and many hours expire by either playing or watching it. But, in the Black community of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, you won’t find most folks passing time at the baseball park. Instead, there’s a far greater chance of getting caught in a Suitland Parkway traffic jam as crowds head for the gates of the Barry Farms community on a daily basis. That’s where selfrespect, camaraderie, talent and entertainment combine to form one traditional and everlasting chain of events: the George Goodman Basketball League. Sunday through Friday, hundreds of folks spend their summer afternoons surrounding the Barry Farms basketball court located at Firth Sterling Avenue in Southeast D.C. On random nights, where NBA stars such as D.C. native Kevin Durant may suit up to play, the court becomes so packed that you have to bring your own lawn chair just to ensure you have a place to sit. And although Barry Farms has been stereotyped as a “bad neighborhood” in the past, anyone who attends the Goodman League games on a regular basis will tell you that no nonsense is tolerated. There’s no fighting, robbing or killing taking place down at “the gates.” The only action you’ll find there is good hoops and good conversation. “It’s home for me,” said Dion Johnson, a 32-year-old former resident of Southeast D.C. “They say we can’t have nothing on our end of town… that we can’t act civilized. But the best thing that happens in this city every summer is the Goodman games and it’s still underground.” Johnson, who’s been regularly attending the Goodman League games for nine consecutive years, is just one of many who head directly from work to “the gates” every day to guarantee a good view of the court. Of course, he changes out of his work clothes before he steps near the court. “I keep a change of clothes,” Johnson joked. “Miles ain’t ‘frying’ me.” The man Johnson speaks of is Miles Rawls, commissioner of the Goodman League. And trouble rarely arises at the games because of the respect players and attendees have for him. “Miles is the man,” said Khalid Naji-Allah, a local photographer who has snapped photos at Goodman games over the years. Continued on B5
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Calling Off the Search for the Next Jordan Seth Mitchell Aims to Bring Heavyweight 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 titleholder. 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 years. “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 probasketball 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. By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Somewhere, in some lavish living room decked out with MVP trophies, a few title rings and a pair of $200 sneakers by his side, Michael Jordan is laughing and shaking his head. “What else do they want from me?” he’s probably thinking, slow roasting over the latest stone thrown at his throne. If it’s not Harold Miner then it’s Jerry Stackhouse or Vince Carter. If it’s not Grant Hill then it’s Penny Hardaway or Tracy McGrady. And most of today’s one-track-minded media is still trying to force-feed Kobe Bryant and LeBron James into our memory banks, as if we forgot or something. For those that didn’t forget those incredible shots, those memorable commercials, those undisputable titles and those mockable Marv 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 possessor of cable TV, can just write off Scottie Pippen’s latest endorsement of James over Jordan as raging rhetoric. Pippen, a Hall-of-Famer and possessor of six NBA championships, struck a nerve when he appeared on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” show a day after Miami’s series-clinching Game Five victory over Chicago last week and said: “Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game. But I may go as far as to say LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game because he is so potent offensively that not only can he score at will, but he keeps everybody involved.” During his prime, Pippen was lauded for

his unselfishness, his signature defense and his ability to simply do any and everything on the basketball court, so it’s no surprise that Pippen can toot James’ horn so loudly. But, did he forget or something? Was he not there for Jordan’s fourth year in the league, when he averaged 35 points and three steals per night? Was Pippen playing with his eyes closed during ’89, when Jordan was pumping in 33 points, seven rebounds, six assists and another three steals a game? I can only excuse Pippen for ’87…. He was still in college when Jordan was averaging 37 a game to go along with three steals and just over a block per night—in only his third year. But allow me to sidestep the simplified statistical trap—that’s too easy. It’s child’s play to just spew a bunch of stats and averages, but those alone aren’t what made Jordan so great. It was the competitiveness, the leadership and the transcending of the game that helped label Jordan as a G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time.) Where would Gatorade be without Jordan? Nike? Kobe? LeBron? Heck, the NBA? Where would the game be today without Jordan’s impact? Nobody knows, yet, it continues: the fascination to find the “next Jordan.” It’s becoming mythical at this point; almost like finding gold at the end of a rainbow or riding on the back of a unicorn. We should all stop waiting and wishing and just start watching. After seeing so many superstars crash and burn in their chase of No. 23, the best we can hope for at this point is just branding a guy “the Jordan of his era.” And even that wouldn’t be enough to make us forget the best basketball player that ever lived.

Faceoff: Who Will Win NBA Title, Miami or Dallas?
By Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green AFRO Sports Writers Sequels usually aren’t as good as the original, but the 2011 NBA Finals should be an exception. The Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks will face off in a championship series for the second time since 2006, and this time around there’s a lot more star power on both rosters. Heat star guard Dwyane Wade, with center Shaquille (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter) O’Neal as his teammate, outperformed Mavs star Miami Heat basketball players LeBron James (left) and forward Dirk Nowitzki to win Dwyane Wade talk to the media after a practice session the 2006 championship, but in Miami, May 29. The Heat started their NBA Finals now Wade has 2-time MVP faceoff with the Dallas Mavericks this week. LeBron James and All-Star Chris Bosh as running mates. Dallas has also upgraded its 2006 roster by adding future Hall of Fame guard Jason Kidd 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 D. Riley argue it out: Green: Let me start by saying I’m no Dallas Mavericks fan. There’s just something about owner Mark Cuban that rubs me the wrong way, so when the Mavs advanced to face the Miami Heat in the NBA Final, I instantly became a Heat fan and will be one for the remainder of the series. But as much as I dislike Cuban, I must remain a realist: the man has pieced together one hell of a team that deserves to be the favorite to win the title. All odds favor Dallas to beat 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 shooters coming off the bench. It’s almost not fair how much more complete a team Dallas is compared to Miami, and that’s why the Mavericks will win in six games. 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 James and Dywane Wade. When you have two MVP-caliber players like that, plus a legitimate all-star in Chris Bosh contributing, what else do you need? This Miami roster has been playing the best lock-down defense we’ve seen this postseason. Defense wins championships and that’s how Miami will earn their second title in six years. Green: No doubt, Miami has played terrific defense. But I don’t think they’ve been tested for what they will face in this series. Nowitski has put on a postseason performance we haven’t seen the likes of since Michael Jordan in his prime. When I say the man hardly ever misses, I’m being literal. Put a hand in his face, it doesn’t matter; it’s still going in. You can’t even try to beat him up defensively because you’ll only send him to the foul line where he’ll make 90 percent of his shots. Nowitzki simply can’t be stopped, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, who were swept by Dirk and the Mavericks in the second round. Riley: Props to Dallas for sweeping the Lakers, but you don’t get anything extra for sweeping 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 the playoff. You say Dallas has a complete team, but so did the Bulls. Chicago finished with the NBA’s best record and was supposed to have the best reserve players with the most well balanced team offensively and defensively. But we saw what Miami did to the Bulls. LeBron put the clamps on MVP Derrick Rose and ended Chicago’s hopes of a premature championship appearance. Now he’ll do the same to Dirk. Green: LeBron did a great job defending Rose, but there is a difference between guarding a 6-foot3-inch guard and guarding the greatest 7-foot shooter in the history of the NBA. But if 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: I don’t care how many good players Dallas has on its roster. This is a superstar’s association and right now, Miami has the advantage in that category with LeBron and Wade. The only duo to counter that is Shaq/Kobe or Pippen/Jordan and since none of those four are playing, I’m going with the Heat.

The Goodman League Games, D.C’s ‘Underground Pastime’
Continued from B4 “That man knows so many important people, it’s crazy.” You tend to gain that kind of respect and admiration once you’ve spent more than 30 years involved with the best summer basketball league in the city, and nearly 15 years as its commissioner. Yet, those who know Miles the best would say it’s his down-to-earth personality and ability to joke around with folks that makes him so respectable. “He’s real and a lot of people just aren’t real,” said Dedrick Love, who has worked closely with Rawls over the past five years. “It’s like he uses humor to touch people…. He’ll get to ‘joning’ on you and the next thing you know, you love the guy.” Some would think he uses his comedic charm to draw some of the super talent that comes down to play on any given day. But Miles insists otherwise. “I don’t call stars up and ask them to come down, they come down on their own,” Rawls said. “Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Shaquille O’Neal and all those guys…I never call them, they call me because they’ve heard how good the league was and just want to be a part of it.” Miles says the star athletes come out because they’re actually interested in entertaining the community. Because of them, folks hold lifetime memories of

hometown star Kevin Durant scoring 60 points in a single game or the And-1 tour team coming to town. Miles remembers when the And-1 tour first visited Barry Farms in 2002 and how special that was to the league. “To see the basketball courts packed the way they were and how people were climbing on the (Photos courtesy/Dedrick Love) fence just to get George Goodman League Commissioner a view, it was Miles Rawls sits near courtside while amazing,” Rawls hosting the crowd during summer said. “It almost afternoon game. brought tears to my eyes to be honest with you.” The Goodman League Besides memories will start this summer on like that, Miles says he’s June 18. The league has been motivated to keep the sanctioned by the NCAA league running strong by for the first time in years, remembering those who so college student athlete came before him that made can now participate with it possible to have a positive permission from their head community event to attend. coach. “I’m just picking up the torch and keeping the tradition Historical note: The going,” Rawls said. Goodman League was “Guys before me like originally titled the Barry Ervin Brady, Carlton Reed Farms Community Basketball and Morty Hammonds… League. It was renamed them guys started the league during the mid 1980s in back in the ‘70s when I was honor of George Goodman, a teenager. They created a lifetime resident and something special and I just community leader. want to keep it alive.”

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known heirs, which property between Morse Street tot he Superior Court of south, West Virginia Avenue the District of to the west, Montello Avenue District of Columbia to to the east, and Neal Street PROBATE DIVISION the north in NE, adjacent to and abutting the east side of Washington, D.C. 1167 Neal Street. the Com20001-2131 plaint states, among other Administration No. things, that the amounts re2011ADM477 have quired for redemption Dalbert Williams not been paid. Decedentt t o t h e C h i e f Pursuan Judge´s Parker Esq Darrel S.Administration Order 11th Street it is 1822Number 02-11,NW this 11th day of May, 2011.,. Washington DC 20001 ORDERED by the Superior Attorney District of ColumCourt of the NOTICE OF bia, that notice be given by the APPOINTMENT,of this insertion of a copy order NOTICE TO in The Afro-American Newspaper, once a week for CREDITORS three (3) NOTICE TO AND successive weeks, n o t i f y i n g a l l HEIRSo n s UNKNOWN p e r s interested in the real property Darrel S. Parker, whose addescribed above to appear in dress is 1822 11th Street NW, this Court DC before 27th Washingtonon or20001 was day of July 2011, and repreappointed personal redeem the Real the estate of paysentative of Property by Dalment of $56,650.00, together bert Williams, who died on with interest from the a will, July 13, 2010 withoutdate the Real Property tax certificate and will serve without Court was purchased; unknown supervision. All court costs, hreasonable h e i r s w h o s e e i r s a n d attorney’s fees, expenses whereaboutsincurred in the are unknown publication and service of shall enter their appearance process reasonable fees for in this proceeding. Objectitle to such appointment tions search; all other amounts paid by Plaintiff in accorshall be filed with the Regisdance with D.C., 515 5th ter of Wills, the provisions of D.C. Code §§47-1361 and Street, N.W., 3rd Floor 47-1377 (2001 20001, all Washington, D.C.ed.) andon outstanding municipal lien or before December 3, 2011. amounts due and owing on Claims against the decedent the be presented to the shall aforementioned Real Property, or with a the comundersigned answer copy to plaint or, thereafter, a final the Register of Wills or filed judgment will be entered with the Register of Wills with aforeclosing undersigned, on copy to the the right of redemption in the Real Propor before December 3, 2011, ertyforever barred. Persons or be and vesting in the plaintiff a to be heirs or believed title in fee simple. J.E. Beshouri legatees of the decedent who Magistrate Judge do not receive a copy of this (Signed mail within 25 notice by in chambers) days A TRUE TEST COPY: of its first publication shall so 5/27, 6/3, 6/10 inform the Register of Wills,

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In accordance with D.C. Official Code §47-1375 (2001 ED.), the object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of the right of redemption in the following real property located in the District of Columbia, and sold by the Mayor of the District of Columbia to the Plaintiff in this action, described as SQUARE 4065, LOT 0801 and assessed to the THE ESTATE OF ESTHER MAY WIRE, THE ESTATE 13:44:48 EDT 2011 OF CHARLES EDWIN WIRE and/or their known and unknown heirs, which property between Morse Street tot he south, West Virginia Avenue to the west, Montello Avenue to the east, and Neal Street to the north in NE, adjacent to and abutting the east side of 1167 Neal Street. the Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts required for redemption have not been paid. Pursuant to the Chief Judge´s Administration Order Number 02-11, it is this 11th day of May, 2011.,. ORDERED by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in The Afro-American Newspaper, once a week for three (3) successive weeks, notifying all persons interested in the real property described above to appear in this Court on or before 27th day of July 2011, and redeem the Real Property by payment of $56,650.00, together with interest from the date the Real Property tax certificate was purchased; court costs, reasonable attorney’s fees, expenses incurred in the publication and service of process reasonable fees for title search; all other amounts paid by Plaintiff in accordance with the provisions of D.C. Code §§47-1361 and 47-1377 (2001 ed.) and all outstanding municipal lien amounts due and owing on the aforementioned Real Property, or answer the complaint or, thereafter, a final judgment will be entered foreclosing the right of redemption in the Real Property and vesting in the plaintiff a title in fee simple. J.E. Beshouri Magistrate Judge (Signed in chambers) A TRUE TEST COPY: 5/27, 6/3, 6/10

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Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Barbara Talley for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Admit to probate the will dated January 12, 2010 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses 0 order any interested person to show cause why the provisions of the lost or destroyed will dated January 12, 2010 should not be admitted to probate as expressed in the petition. 0 in the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate. (other) appoint Barbara Talley as personal representative Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication June 3, 2011 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS Barbara Talley 1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 600 Washington DC 20004 202-271-0552 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney TYPESET: Tue6/3, 6/1031 May

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM471 Estate of IDAMAYE BOARDLEY Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE

Willie Gross, whose address is 2308 Ashbrook Place, Suitland, MD 20746 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Elmer Milton Delilly III, who died on January 28, 2011 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 27, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 27, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 27, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Willie Gross Personal 13:42:15 EDT 2011 Representative 301-395-7439 TRUE TEST COPY May 31 TYPESET: Tue REGISTER OF WILLS 5/27, 6/3, 6/10

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Paul L. Blair Jr, whose address is 1311 Florida Ave NW Washington DC 20009 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Paul Blair, who died on March 18, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 27, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 27, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 27, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Paul L. Blair Jr. Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY May 31 TYPESET: Tue REGISTER OF WILLS 5/27, 6/3, 6/10

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Michael Lamonte Blyther having filed a complaint for judgment changing his name to Abdulshahed Hafez AlMuhaemen and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 9th day of May 2011, hereby ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 13th day of June 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican newspaper. 0 that pursuant to SCR 205(b) notice be sent to the DC Chief of Police and to the DC Department of Corrections by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JOHN R. HESS JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST:

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Johnnie B. Cadlett, whose address is 4 Laurel Trail, Berlin, MD 21811 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Jessie B. Thomas, who died on March 16, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 27, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 27, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 27, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Johnnie B. Cadlett Personal Representative 410-641-6184 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/27, 6/3, 6/10

Genevieve O. Ungar, whose address is PO Box 57381, Washington DC 20037 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Otto Ungar, who died on January 1, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 27, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 27, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 27, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Genevieve O. Ungar Personal Representative 202-251-1488 TRUE TEST COPY May 31 TYPESET: Tue REGISTER OF WILLS 5/27, 6/3, 6/10

Beryl Blake, whose address is 4804 Illinois Avenue NW, Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Roy A. Blake, who died on November 7, 2005 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 27, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 27, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 27, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Beryl Blake Personal Representative 202-882-9518 TRUE TEST COPY May 31 TYPESET: Tue REGISTER OF WILLS 5/27, 6/3, 6/10 District of Columbia 13:44:09 EDT 2011 Superior Court of the District of

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serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 27, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 27, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 27, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Chinwe M. Aldridge Personal Representative 301-292-8357 TRUE TEST Tue TYPESET:COPY May 31 REGISTER OF WILLS 5/27, 6/3, 6/10

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM386 ROY A. BLAKE Decedent Thomas H. Queen Esq. 530 Eighth Street SE Washington DC 20003 Attorney

PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM451 Janice Marie Autry Decedent Charles E. Walton Esq 10905 Fort Washington Suite 201 Fort Washington MD 20744 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Chinwe M. Aldridge, whose

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0003665-11 13:44:29 EDT 2011 IN RE: Trimaine Hason Lamale Blackmon Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Trimaine Hason Lamale Blackmon having filed a complaint for judgment changing Trimaine Hason Lamale Blackmon name to Alexis Tramain Blackmon and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 10 day of May 2011 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 14th day of June 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for

Adolph Joseph Hutter having filed a complaint for judgment changing Adolph Joseph Hutter name to Joseph Dolph Hutter and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 11th day of May 2011 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 18th day of June 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican newspaper. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the applicants’s creditors by registered or EDT mail 13:46:23 certified2011 and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate rule 14(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 5/20, 5/27, 6/3

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0003693-11 IN RE: ADOLPH JOSEPH HUTTER Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

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Michelle D. Parkerson, whose address is 2132 32nd Place, SE Washington DC 20020 was, appointed personal representative of the estate of William Lawson Parkerson, Jr. who died on September 4, 2002 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 20, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 20, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 20, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Michelle D. Parkerson Personal Representative 202-220-3000 TRUE TEST TYPESET: COPY May 31 Tue REGISTER OF WILLS 5/20, 5/27, 6/3

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM407 WILLIAM LAWSON PARKERSON, JR. Decedent Michelle Lanchester, Attorney at Law 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 900 South Building Washington DC 20004 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

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Angela Walker Suttles, whose address is 4820 Dix Street, NE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Edythe Ferguson, who died on February 8, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 20, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 20, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 20, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Angela Walker Suttles Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Tue May 31 13:47:44 EDT 2011 REGISTER OF WILLS 5/20, 5/27, 6/3

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Connie L. Parker, C. Maurice Parker and Vincent T. Parker whose address(es) are 3432 N Street SE, Washington DC 20019, 2319 Sawgrass Circle, Derby KS 67037, and 336 Glen Oaks Blvd. Dallas TX 75232(was, were) appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Minnie R Parker, who died on November 10, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 20, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 20, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: May 20, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Connie L. Parker C. Maurice Parker Vincent T. Parker Personal Representative 202-584-8221 316-788-1771 214-372-4897 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/20, 5/27, 6/3

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Hampton, Va. – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. John S. Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, will address the largest gathering of interdenominational African-American clergy in the world at the Hampton University 97th Annual Ministers’ Conference on June 7 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the HU Convocation Center. The two officials have been invited by HU President Dr. William R. Harvey to address conference attendees. Secretary Sebelius will speak on health disparities. Wilson will speak on the relationship between the Black Church and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs.) As the nation’s highest-ranked health official, Secretary Sebelius leads the principal agency charged with keeping Americans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need, and providing children, families, and seniors with the essential human services they depend on. She is guiding the implementation of the historic Affordable Care Act and is at the forefront of the Obama administration’s efforts to build a 21st century health care system. Before joining the Obama administration in April 2009, Sebelius served as governor of Kansas. She holds a master’s degree in public adminstration from the

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University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity Washington University. Appointed in July 2009 as executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, Dr. John S. Wilson Jr. works with the presidentially appointed HBCU Board of Advisors – chaired by HU President Dr. William R. Harvey – and assists the secretary of Education as liaison between the executive branch and HBCUs. He also works with 32 federal agencies that support HBCUs through federal grants and contracts. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s of theological studies degree from Harvard University, and both master’s and doctoral degrees in educational administration, planning, and social policy, also from Harvard University. Throughout its 97-year history, the HU Ministers’ Conference has welcomed such notable speakers as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. T.D. Jakes, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The event is open only to conference attendees. Registration is $200. To register, call 757- 727-5681, e-mail ministersconference@hamptonu.edu or visit http://minconf.hamptonu.edu.

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Nearly 830 couples honored for their long marriages
The temperatures soared printer for the Bureau of were their children, who to 67 degrees in the District Engraving and Printing, he were baptized, raised and on that March afternoon recalls proudly. Doris worked married there, as well. Now, in 1942. At St. Augustine for the National Labor 97-year-old Thomas and on V Street in Northwest Relations Board, “for a long, 89-year-old Doris attend St. Washington, 28-year-old Francis Xavier because Thomas Irving was it is closer to their about to wed the love Southeast Washington of his life, 20-yearhome. old Doris. He doesn’t The Irvings are remember how old he among the 829 couples is. “You do the math,” that have registered for he says, but he can the Jubilarian Mass to quickly recall the day recognize their long he wed Doris. Now marriages. The couples 69 years later, they are have been married for renewing their vows at 25 to 73 years, with the annual Jubilarian 387 couples married for Mass, celebrated by ne 5 at 2 p.m., 50 or more years The The mass takes place Ju Cardinal Donald Wuerl, tional Shrine total number of years at the Basilica of the Na archbishop of Washington. eption, 400 married is 36,722. of the Immaculate Conc Thomas was working . Renewal of Nearly 600 couples Michigan Ave., N.E., D.C for the government as a ly. vows follows the homi from the parishes bureau engraver when across the archdiocese will he married Doris. Later long time; well before there be attending the Mass. that year, he joined the U.S. were computers.” In addition to renewing Army as a first lieutenant The lifelong District their vows and receiving and served in World II. He residents have twin a special blessing during came out as a captain, and daughters, seven Mass, all couples will receive returned to the reserves. grandchildren and 18 greatpersonalized certificates He eventually retired as a grandchildren. The Irvings commemorating their special lieutenant colonel. In 1970, were born and raised in the anniversary following Mass. Thomas Irving retired as the parish of St. Augustine, as first African-American plate

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To kick off the 92nd church anniversary of Takoma Park Concert violinist Baptist Church, the talented Jonathan Jones is musicians of the newly formed among the performers Ben Holt Memorial Branch at the upcoming event, of the National Association “An Evening at Carnegie of Negro Musicians will be Hall,” sponsored by the presented in concert June 10, National Association of 7 p.m., at the church located at Negro Musicians’ Ben 635 Aspen St., N.W. Holt Memorial Branch. Themed "An Evening at Carnegie Hall," the concert will feature musical performances of the highest caliber by the talented branch members. Featured performers include soprano Lisa Edwards-Burrs, concert organist Mickey Thomas Terry, tenor Kelvin L. Page, pianist Raymond Jackson, soprano Marquita Lister with clarinetist Marc Schlosberg and concert violinist Jonathan Jones, among others. The music of Bach, Schubert, Handel and spirituals will be performed. Terri Allen of the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. The concert is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit the ministries of the church. For more information, please call 202-723-4700.

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June 4 The Education Support Committee of the First A.M.E. Church of Alexandria, Va., is sponsoring The Art Calvin Scholarship Prayer Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., at the Fort Belvoir Golf Club, Fort Belvoir,Va. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn, special assistant to the assistant secretary for civil rights, U. S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, contact the church at 703-780-0653.

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