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November 2, 2013 - November 2, 2013, Volume 122 No. 13 The Afro-American A1 $1.00 NOVEMBER 2, 2013 - NOVEMBER 8, 2013 Chris Brown Charged in Alleged Altercation in D.C. Jail Demonstrators Pray ‘Breaking Every Chain’ By Blair Adams AFRO Staff Writer By Gregory Dale AFRO News Editor As part of his drive to improve the quality of life in Baltimore, Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, led what he called a “Breaking Every Chain” demonstration around the Baltimore City Detention Center Oct. 27 before going inside the jail to pray for those incarcerated. For several blocks on a brilliant Sunday afternoon hundreds of people, many of them members of the Empowerment Temple congregation, surrounded the Continued on A4 INSIDE A2 Jesse Jackson Jr. Reports Early to Jail A3 Commentary Why HBCUs Are Hanging by a Thread Michael Steele INSERT • Walmart Listen to “First Edition” Your History • Your Community • Your News Join Host Sean Yoes  Sunday @ 8 p.m. on 88.9 WEAA FM, the Voice of the Community. Join the AFRO on Twitter and Facebook A Brown supporter Photo by Blair Adams Demonstrators stand outside the Baltimore City Detention Center. Local artist Bill Hennessy shares his sketches of Brown’s arraignment. What began as a weekend of fun quickly turned into two days of disaster for R&B singer Chris Brown. The Grammy Award winner, who was visiting D.C. to host an event held in conjunction with this year’s Howard University’s homecoming festivities, was charged with misdemeanor assault Oct. 28 in connection with an alleged altercation that officials said took place the previous day. Brown, 24, and his body guard Christopher Hollosy, 35, appeared at a court hearing after spending 36 hours in jail. The pair was released without bail following the hearing and Brown had to report to a probation officer in California within 48 hours. A sea of fans and members of the media packed around the rear door of the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse as the singer exited the building. After pushing through the crowd with his attorney, Danny Onorato, deputy marshals, and D.C. police, Brown made his escape to a waiting vehicle and was whisked Continued on A4 Guns: Who’s Buying Them? By Sean Yoes AFRO Contributing Writer A record number of Maryland residents purchased firearms before the state’s gun reform law, one of the most prohibitive in the nation, took effect Oct. 1. So far in 2013, according to Sgt. Marc Black of the Maryland State Police Pikesville Barracks, 117,943 applications for firearms have been received, 63,567 applications have been processed and there is a current backlog of 54,037 applications. In the first nine months of 2013, Maryland gun dealers sold more firearms than in 2011 and 2012 combined. “There are people who are purchasing [guns] who probably never even thought about it, but their fear is that it’s now or never,” said Dr. Tyrone Powers, director of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College. “They feel that these new gun laws are so draconian that if they didn’t apply now, then their choice is completely taken away from them.” In general, the new law bans the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms and requires handgun purchasers to be fingerprinted and pass a training class in order to obtain a handgun license. The training classes are conducted by certified gun organizations sanctioned by the state police. Information on the racial breakdown of gun purchasers was not available. According to Black, the state police do not publish detailed information about gun purchasers. However, there is some consensus about the torrent of gun purchasers. “There’s no doubt the vast majority are White. But, there is a significant increase in the purchase of weapons by African Americans and Hispanics,” Powers said. Several Baltimore area gun dealers who were contacted by the AFRO refused to comment on the record about firearm sales. But they did convey tremendous frustration with the gun law, despite the record spike in gun sales prior to its implementation. Several prosecutors, on the other hand, praised the law for its potential to keep guns away from people who may use them to harm. Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks testified in favor of the bill when it came up for consideration in Annapolis early this year. Alsobrooks “also was supportive of the background check, firearms training,” etc., required by the measure, according to her spokesman, John Erzen. “The biggest thing that she was interested in was the aspect about keeping guns out of the hands, not only of criminals, but of the mentally ill to keep them from hurting themselves or anyone Continued on A5 Sign-up Woes Deepen Obamacare Opposition By Zenitha Prince AFRO Correspondent Chirlane, Bill, Chiara and Dante de Blasio, N.Y.C.’s first family? N.Y.C.’s First Mixed-Race First Couple? By Zenitha Prince AFRO Correspondent When New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio first met Chirlane McCray, he was instantly intrigued. He was a popular mayoral aide. She was an older woman—36 to his 30—who was working as a speech writer in then-Mayor David Dinkins’ press office. She was also gay. “The first time I met her, I remember it very vividly, and it was partly look, partly style, and partly just the vibe,” de Blasio, a candidate for mayor, told the New York Daily News in an interview about their romance. “I was totally struck because she just presented herself entirely differently than everyone around us at The recent crash of, the portal for Americans to access the new health insurance marketplace, has further empowered opponents of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Republicans on Capitol Hill are demanding that the law’s individual mandate to be postponed in light of the bumpy rollout of the website, which facilitates insurance marketplaces in 36 states, since its launch on Oct. 1. “Over the last year, we have become all too familiar with the troubled rollout of the law with its broken promises, missed deadlines, delays, special waivers, and now website crashes,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in the weekly Republican address on Oct. 26. “Despite hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars invested, the website City Hall. Especially wearing a nose ring 22 years ago in a place like City Hall, you had to be really different to do that!” The same sense of self, character and uniqueness that drew de Blasio to McCray 22 years ago is winning over New Yorkers, helping to fuel voters’ overwhelming support for the Democratic candidate, political analysts said. “Having a person like her will bring in a lot of people who were really not interested in the race,” said Jasmyne Cannick, a lesbian civil rights activist and political commentator. “A lot of times people get elected with a small majority of vote…But having a person like Continued on A5 Copyright © 2013 by the Afro-American Company Continued on A4

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