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Black Clergy Igniting Support for HBCU Equality Lawsuit

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In keeping with the tradition of fighting for and supporting historical black universities and colleges (HBCU), leaders and members of local Black churches crowded into courtroom 7D of the Garmatz Federal Courthouse Jan. 24 to show support for the ongoing Maryland HBCU Equality Lawsuit. “Silence is betrayal,” said the Rev. Errol D. Gilliard, pastor of Greater Harvest Baptist

HBCU ‘Equality’ Lawsuit Dr. Earl Richardson Testifies to Impact of ‘Duplication’ on Morgan MSU’s Earl G. Graves School of Business Slammed by Program Duplications Allowed by MHEC By Todd Beamon Special to the AFRO

“There is a new form of white supremacy and the black church needs to be in the fight.” —Rev. Gilliard Church, expressing the reason it is so important for not only the church, but African Americans in every field to rally behind the case. “There is a new form of white supremacy and the black church needs to be in the fight.” With few African-American politicians Photo by Alexis Taylor taking a public stance in support of the case, Encouraging the Black church to follow suit, the Rev. Errol D. Gilliard, pastors, ministers, and alumni of the HBCUs pastor of Greater Harvest Baptist Church, left, and the Rev. Dr. A.C.D. gathered to show that even weeks into the Vaughn, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church at the Garmatz Federal case, support is still growing. “It is a great Courthouse to support the Maryland HBCU lawsuit. injustice to the constituency that put them in office for our black politicians alone to practice Higher Education against the Maryland Higher Education such field plantation politics,” said Rev. Gilliard, in reference Commission (MHEC) and was originally filed in October 2006. to the sheer dearth of public support for the case from African Claiming a system of de jure segregation, or segregation by American elected officials. Begun on Jan. 3, the case, which is set to last six weeks, was law, as the key factor in disparities between the four HBCU’s Continued on A4 brought by the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland

Morgan State University has been unable to fully execute its mission because of poor financial support from the state of Maryland, its retired president has testified. “We have never had the resources to carry out our full mission,” testified Earl S. Richardson, who served as Morgan’s president for 26 years before retiring last year. “You had an institution with enormous potential … yet you did not have the resources to fulfill that mission.” Richardson was among several witnesses called on Jan. 12, day seven of the trial in a lawsuit brought by the Coalition for Excellence in Maryland Higher Education Inc. against the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The case is being heard by U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake in Baltimore. The trial began Jan. 3 and is expected to last six weeks.

Film on Cultural Internal Complications Premieres in D.C. She’s ugly. She’s dumb. She’s mean. She’s a mud duck. She’s covered in a layer of dirt that must be washed off. She’s pretty — to be so dark. These are some of the comments shared by dozens of women and children in the new documentary Dark Girls: The Story of Color, Gender and Race at its Washington premiere before a packed house at the Warner

Theatre on Jan. 20. One woman said that she had internalized such comments most of her life, because they came from family members and others she trusted. “I can remember being in the bathtub,” she recalled, “and asking my mother to put bleach in the water so that my skin could be lighter and so that I could escape the feelings that I had about not being as beautiful, as acceptable, as lovable.” Although those thoughts

still haunt her, she began to feel more comfortable in her skin once an aunt pulled her aside and repeatedly told her she was beautiful. Described as a grassroots project created in two-and-a-half years, Dark Girls explores the effects of colorism, or bias based on skin hue. It ties this prejudicial behavior to slavery, the persistence of racism and self-hatred by those on both ends of the colorism spectrum. In addition the film looks at

The owners of Music Sports and Games (MSG) in Capitol Heights plead guilty to operating a dance hall without a license under the county’s new dance hall bill

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after a double-shooting last summer brought attention to it. “The enforcement and penalty provisions of CB18-2011 allow County law enforcement officials to charge and convict managers of clubs who operate dance halls without a license and this is what has happened

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in the criminal matter involving the MSG club,” said Councilwoman Karen Toles, D.-Dist. 7, after the hearing.  “The fact that four MSG managers involved in this matter have pled guilty and been formally sentenced for their crimes is evidence that this new law is needed and working.” Eric Pickens and Darryl Robinson both pled guilty to charges of operating a dance hall without a license under CB-18-2011, which placed the burden of the security and safety of night clubs in

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By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer

and to give county residents piece of mind. Public safety officials are happy that someone took the initiative to put a law like this in place. “Today demonstrates a big step in our efforts to prosecute violators of CB18-2011.  Dance halls that operate illegally routinely violate fire codes, liquor laws and other regulations and they are a danger to our community,” said State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.  “The acceptance of the pleas today is among only the first

The process of getting a new hospital in Prince George’s County moves forward as Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker testified in Annapolis last week about the need for a new facility. Baker and several other key officials testified in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Their message was that this hospital needs to get done to improve the economic health for one of the most politically important jurisdictions in the state. “From an economic development perspective, a new RMC would have both a direct and indirect impact on economic activity in the county and it would bolster our efforts to create jobs and expand our commercial tax base,” Baker said. On July 21, the county, Gov. Martin O’Malley, University System of Maryland, University of

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Tsehaie Kidane in Dark Girls. the issue globally from the Caribbean to Africa where some women use bleaching creams, often with damaging effects, to lighten their skin. The documentary intersperses the women’s stories with analysis by

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psychological, spiritual and sociological experts. It also brings up assorted practices such as the paper-bag test used to gauge lightness and sayings like “the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice.” Continued on A3

Nightclub Owners Plead Guilty Under Dance Hall Bill By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer

More broadly, Richardson added: “There’s no question: There’s a great disparity in the amount of investments made by the state between the historically Black colleges and universities and the traditionally White institutions.” He also described the difference in financial resources provided by the state to HBCUs versus TWIs as “woefully lacking.” Besides Morgan, the other HBCUs in the case are Bowie State University, Coppin State University and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. The legal action, filed in 2006, seeks an estimated $2.1 billion to make the HBCUs “comparable and competitive”

County Moves Forward in Planning Phase for New Hospital

“Dark Girls” Documentary: Black Impediments to Accepting Why Black is Also Beautiful By Yanick Rice Lamb Special to the AFRO

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the county squarely on the owners after the previous law allowed ambiguity for who was at fault when incidents happened. Attention was brought to the two after 20-year-old Jasmine Banks was shot in a drive-by shooting after the go-go band, TCB, who was already blacklisted by the county’s liquor board and was operating under an alias, was allowed to play at the establishment. The law championed by Toles was meant to serve as a wakeup call to club owners

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Producer George Lucas refuses to bite his tongue on why he couldn’t get funding for his latest film, “Red Tails.” In a recent interview on the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” he revealed that Hollywood studios avoided the film about the pioneering Black aviators of World War II because of its all-Black cast. The film, which is based on the Tuskegee Airmen, stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrance Howard and was directed by Anthony Hemingway. “It’s because it’s an all-Black movie,” Lucas told Daily Show host Jon Stewart. “There are no major White roles in it at all. I showed it to [the major studio executives] and they said, `No. We don’t know how to market a movie like this.’ It’s one of the first allBlack action films ever made.” He said he began the project 23 years ago “and it turned out just like Star Wars in that it was way too big for one movie. There was the story of how they got trained at Tuskegee (Institute in Alabama), and how Eleanor Roosevelt became their champion. “Then there was the battle movie that had piqued my interest initially. And finally the amazing saga of the start of the civil rights movement after the war. So this literally went on for 20 years, trying to get it all into one script, which meant leaving out many things we loved and going mainly with the war story and hinting at the rest.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lucas funded the film’s $58 million budget and spent an additional $35 million on its distribution. He explained on the “Daily Show” that major studios were afraid of how the project would fare overseas, where most of their profits derive. “It’s a reasonably expensive movie…they don’t believe there’s any foreign market for it and that’s 60 percent of their profit.” Looking forward, Lucas told USA Today that if “Red Tails” doesn’t do well, he fears it will affect Black filmmakers’ ability to get major Hollywood support in the future. “I realize that by accident I’ve now put the Black film community at risk. I’m saying, if this doesn’t work, there’s a good chance you’ll stay where you are for quite a while. It’ll be harder for you guys to break out of that [lower budget] mold. But if I can break through with this movie, then hopefully there will be someone else out there saying let’s make a prequel and a sequel, and soon you have more

Tyler Perry’s out there.” “Red Tails” arrives in theaters on Jan. 20. Reflections on Etta James: “Oh, Sometimes I Get a Good Feeling--At Last” From an Etta James interview: “…I used to go to Baltimore at least two or three times a year, at the Royal Theatre. Remember that theater? Now that was a bum theater. Everybody that ever went there would be terrified to go. ‘Where are you working?’ ‘Oh, I’m working at the Royal Theatre in Baltimore. And then I’d go to the Howard Theatre in Washington.’ There was one more -- we called them the funky three. “…They were the funkiest theaters because people would come in there with pickles, with olives, with boiled eggs and get ready to throw all kinds of stuff at you. And the thing is, they used to throw the stuff. It wasn’t heartbreaking to people like me or Sam Cooke. It was the older entertainers that didn’t understand. “Why are they going to be throwing popcorn at me?’… ” Friends: How ironic that two big names in music history-Johnny Otis and Etta James--died this week. Both had worked together and had an influence on rock and roll. The first time I heard Etta James sing “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” I was hooked. Years later broadcast giant Larry Dean introduced me to this tall blonde buxom woman built like a “brick house” with the raspy voice. Later when she performed at Artscape I was shocked to see her on a scooter in poor health but still belting out the Etta classics. The last time I saw her was at the Meyerhoff she arrived almost two hours late, walked on the stage, never apologized and performed nonstop singing jazz, blues and R&B. You see, Etta, Baltimore came along way from the Royal Theater. “At Last” is what put her on the charts for most people but she was a star long before that; belting out classic after classic like her “Wait, Wait, Stop the Wedding” you could just feel the pain she was experiencing. Then she would sing “I’d Rather Go Blind” or tell us to “Tell Mama All about It.” I could go on and on. Well. she got upset with the President because Beyonce’s version of “At Last” was used at the Obama inauguration. I couldn’t get mad at her because she didn’t realize that like “Joe Turner her train had come and gone.” And I prayed that she would realize that because of her Beyonce could sing that song and it will always be Etta’s song although in 1942 it belonged to someone else. Whenever I hear “At Last” I close my eyes and groove to the soulful melody. It was surprising that in an interview that Etta gave to a reporter years ago she said she felt that Baltimore was a raunchy city and treated entertainers poorly. But Etta, for the record, we love you and “At Last” may you find peace. I know this interview will bring back memories. Etta James

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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Jennifer Hudson and other “We wanted to use the Chevrolet film as Continued from A1 Suburban Illinois and license relatives positively identified a way of creatingwith a dialogue healing,” said actor and filmmaker Bill Duke during a question-and-answer period following the screening. Duke produced and directed Dark Girls with D. Channsin Berry, who also participated in the discussion. One young woman in the film said she became aware of colorism when she overheard a backhanded compliment in which her mother began extolling her features. “And then she adds: ‘Could you imagine if she had any lightness in her skin at all? She’d be gorgeous!’ And just that last little part — all that pride that I had about her bragging on me just dissipated.” Another woman considered it astonishing that only white people found the contrast of her platinum hair against her smooth dark skin so stunning. “It’s really questionable to me,” she said. “Why is it that they think that I’m so beautiful and my own people don’t see any beauty in me at all?” She grew up hearing comments like “Here comes Blackie” or “Here comes Tar Baby” or “She stayed in the oven too long.” Courtesy Photos ManyHudson people inand the her audience as Donerson they watched tears Jennifer mom,moaned Darnell who stream down face a woman with closely cropped hair was killed, asthe well asofher brother, Jason.

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.The According to the for the public’s help in finding girl points to Chicago the darkest drawing and Tribune, the“’cause boy hadshe been shot her nephew. In her MySpace responds, Black.” multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and sup“Show me the good-looking child, and why is she of the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and the good-looking child?” teredThe to Hudson’s murdered offered a $100,000 reward to girl points to the opposite end and responds, brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy “’cause she light-skinned.” boy’s body inside and is being alive. Washingtonian and VH1 host Janell Snowden processed by evidence techniSince the investigation, also discusses colorism issues and brings up the cians and workers. The body Hudson – who gained stardom controversy over possible manipulation of was later removed and takendigital to after appearing on “American Beyonce’s images, which has raised concerns over the Cook County Medical Idol,” and then won an a double standard Examiner’s office. of beauty and the messages being Academy Award for her role in sent to young and girls. L’Oreal has denied Hudson and women other family the movie Dreamgirls – has lightening the singer’s skin in advertisements, while members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. Harper’s Bazaar was criticized for a cover depicting Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportJulianthinner King,thighs. Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars moved a pregnant Beyoncé with significantly Given the choice between lookslowly past her family’s home Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis, who A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the ing directly at the body or Help, shares recently appeared in The the challenges told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after viewing it onup a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curiof growing dark and trying to make it in ous onlookers. Hollywood. She said that she has dealt with these Neighbors stood issues in therapy and that she has forgiven her father quietly and for passing on his dark skin. reflected on the When the subject turns to men, audiencestrong reactions “remained for her famibeing convicted of attempted video screen, the family chose violence. ranged from laughter to teeth-sucking, ly” andespecially was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackplate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the In front of the Hudson’s the body of her 7-year-old for the college-age man who prefers “Shedates held with handslight with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just hours skin and long hair. “I don’t reallyly,” likethe dark-skinned spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to after his body was found in a women,” he said. “They look funny me.”a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also wasbeside obviously kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.”comments, convicted in 1998 for possesMany men made similarly superficial ing the names of Donerson and boyor– that the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. but some said that skin color didn’t The matter Jason. Hudson, He was released from prison in they preferred darker women. The womanJennifer’s who criedsister – had “Everybody is sick of going been missing 2006 after serving seven years and striking features as she recalled the birth of a close friend’s said men were fascinated by her exotic beauty,since but Friday, through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and daughter. “Girl, I’m so glad she didn’t come out dark!” her only behind closed doors. Another agreed that dating West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all friend exclaimed. “It felt like someone took a dagger and stuck “was more of a hidden thing” as a teenager and that No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these it in my heart.” boys would meet her only after school. trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and One mother said that she’s teaching her sons to help boost Duke and Berry envision two sequels: one on group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” their sister’s self-esteem, since “she doesn’t like to be called men and another on light-skinned women. In the Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale election officials. Presidential candidate John officialdarkgirlsmovie.com black.” meantime, they will continue raising money for Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – Avenue. produce their documentary, which had its world premiere at Dark Girls also includes a spin-off of the landmark doll additional screenings Dark Girl and plan to Alert release long and deep. He taughtofclasses were doing those things without Associated Community An Amber – a desigthe Toronto International Film Festival. “No one would invest study by psychologist Kenneth Clark and his wife, Mamie, a DVD later this year. No dates have been set yet for other ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing Organization for Reform Now – so we dug into our own shallow pockets,” Duke said. that wasthe used to assess impact on Black children him local favorably to those who sion, were fired. forshowings, President. but they responded confirms success of thesegregation’s children – was issued Friday and that wasthecited v. the Board of Education. expressed an interest in helping to arrange screenings at area “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. organization, headinofBrown the after Julian was discovered The two men, who experienced the issues of dark skin so far shows faked Reporter: are atThey leastencouraged woman in the film displaysfaced a drawing of fivethey girls, schools andThere colleges. to “like” groupAsays. missingsupporters after the murders. forms to agetchocolate paid for work 11 investigations “This is except testimony the work firsthand, told audience members that it was up to them to help identical fortoskin color, and asks littlethey girl their Facebook across page, the and they have set arrested up a donation box on Police William didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving of we’ve done and successquestions: we’ve with braids several their website at thousands http://www.officialdarkgirlsmovie.com, where Balfour, the missing boy’s step- erase colorism and solve the underlying problems. boxes.” said, is the potentially ACORN had,”“Show Maudeme Hurd, of and “The skin issue is a discussion we all need to have once father and estranged husband thepresident dumb child, why ACORN, is she theshe dumb people canfraudulent also share their stories. victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, of Julia, at his girlfriend’s and for all,” Berry has said, “so we can eradicate it.” child?” said in an interview The filmmakers worked outside the Hollywood system to tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Southside apartment several Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had Balfour’s mother, Michele, has selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had registered 1.3 million new votefforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. nothing to do with the slayings. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” and ally of O’Malley throughout his addressing it further in the near responsible thatObama.Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. “The By McCain, George who Barnette been found guilty of,revenues or even and cuts Barack Bad judgment. is running for time in office. However, O’Malley’s future. will bring our six year total to $7.5 budget that Governor O’Malley has AFRO Staff Writer charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tickcurrent proposal is something that outlined today takes the balanced “My administration is currently votes.” billion, the most of any six-year America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the Baker says the county can’t handle. Maryland’s approach we need to improve the Maryland Gov.Barack Martin O’Malley The period reviewing Governor O’Malley’s problemincame about pri-history.” final debate against of the comments, “I am concerned about the Among theway investments Since McCain’s health of our communities, invest in released his state budget last“isweekmarily because budget proposal,” he stated.  “We Obama, contending the group SQUARE HIGH operates. Rather than 87 offices have beeneducation, strengthen on the vergehe’s of maybe Governor’s proposal to shift the cost will have more specific feedback O’Malley’s budget calls forACORN’s are our children’s and while toutingperpetratrecord cutsACORN it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in of teacher pensions onto counties $7.9 million investment for our infrastructure and put more and continued investments in job rely on avolunteers, …over the next few weeks as we ple, many of them poor or unemracist mail. voter history in this country, and other jurisdictions,” Baker said small, minority and women-owned Marylanders back to work.” creation, everyone statewide is not analyze the impact it would have ployed,businesses, to sign up new voters.million increase The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of a $10.2 O’Malley made some key cuts pleased. in a statement.  “Like other leaders on Prince George’s County and its The idea to helptoboth debate, vandalsasbroke themajor cut comes in democracy.” inwas funding the those state’s HBCU’s, well.intoThe “To create jobs, a modern around the state, I believe this shift residents.” being registered and billion those doing organization’s Boston andofSeattle Factcheck.org, nearly $1.1 in funding to the form putting some of the economy requiresa non-partisan modern will have a dramatic impact on our The budget also calls for a the registration. offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims Prince George’s County and almost burden of paying teacher pensions investments, and that’s whytoour budget in 2013 and into the future, cap on the number NOT ON THE LIST of deductions BREAD Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no evi$1.2 billion to Baltimore City. on the counties-a measure that not proposed budget for FY 2013 because our tax and revenue models Maryland residents can claim zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracy“In Maryland, we understand is happy invests in job creation and its keyate falsification do not factor in the County taking on personal income tax returns of registration.” sent to the localeveryone office saying she with. destroying fraud.” that the best way to create jobs One of those people unhappy ingredients: education, innovation responsibility for teacher pensions.” and phases out exemptions for Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain and help our families, friends and with the idea of having to pay for and rebuilding our State’s Baker said his office will high-income earners. Tuition for A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is infrastructure,” said O’Malley in neighbors through these difficult teacher pensions is Prince George’s continue to examine the budget the state’s public colleges and required by law to turn in all regreceived a threatening call sayed. LEFT RIGHT Executive a statement. “We balance these istrationeconomic tofail comeing, together though before making any final universities would increase by three forms. Andtimes they is also “We knowCounty you get off work Rushern Baker. She said, “Because it’s lowBaker been a staunch supporter modern investments people, with fiscally to note around ourtheshared priorities,” determinations and will be percent. that it was organizaat 9”said and uttered racialhas epithets. and moderate-income A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” wet-nurses, and the many stood and booed. By Valencia She booed the afternoon maintains the historical All her efforts went to no points,up preferring to airShe misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN isMohammed no stranger to ing ads that seek to arrested link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of other unspeakable crimes was detained and Special to the AFRO performance and handed context of the performance avail. “The principal told me controversy. to ACORN, (expletive deleted). guys are For 38 years, the non-partisan shortly committed againstYou their afterthereby being undercutting restrained the Bowen McCauley Dance out protest letters the next centers on the image of the his political support. fraudulent, andand youbodies. need to go to Company was a partner of organization has fought for social and minds, souls A Black woman faces allegedly assaulted by day. On April 30, when she slave birthing woman, an McCain: I’m Carter John McCain hell.For All most the niggers onthis oak istrees. andtoeconomic Blacks up one yearjustice in jailfor forlowseveral people. alleged the school,” Carter recalled. booed the mammy scene all-purpose Black maternal and attackers I approve included this message. They’re get “Nothing all hung honand moderate-income no smallgonna matter. vehemently protesting a her Mary “Therefore, he was not 1going figure, whose role was to BANANA again, Carter alleged she was Announcer: Who is and Barack eys, to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 memcan they’re claim togoing be literary racially-insensitive middle Hynes, who is White coto challenge it.” attacked, seized and arrested. have as many slave children Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” ber families into more chair art that derogates human school danceorganized production of the Arlington County She felt compelled to Carter, a long-time stage as possible, and to care for baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chapbeings because of their skit in Arlington last year. Board and Bowen McCauley, act. “They left me with no director well-known in White children as well. speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, race, religion, or gender; Jackie Carter was charged board treasurer. choice,” Carter said. D.C.’s Black theatre milieu, See more on Afro.com deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. this is nothing more than with disorderly conduct in The presentation, guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. buffoonery which has as its public places, a class-one promoted as amet tribute to There, Obama Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, From the Pulpit to the Public Square: American traditions purpose nothing grand or is, misdemeanor. A hearing Talbot, partfolk of the Chicago every natural resource there living wages, healthcare foron the supposedly to honor sublime, mean Jan. 26 will determine branch of ACORN. He Duke was so and make but a lotsomething of babies. That’s underserved— and whilethe organEncouraging Young Ministers to Take Action Ellington, contained skit,to andyou detestable,” said Molefi judge in theregistration General District impressive that he was aasked all guys do. And then suck izing voter drives. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all the “Little Kete professor in Court for has Arlington train theRabbit, ACORNWhere’s staff. up theAsante, welfare aand expect everyBut none been as County withering destitute. Speak up, judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay forofyour hospital and baseless thiswill one.appear. Your Mammy?” Carter the Department African before whomasshe engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the presidential election – Proverbs 31:8-9 viewed this as a throwback American Studies at Temple Outraged by an April 30, Before age five, every room is a classroom. Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two weeks produced away, to the most pernicious racial University. 2011 performance Do you know young ministers or of business. ACORN forcedago, move. let your children ACORN’s detractors allege the stereotypes of a century TheJust booing was the die. by the Bowen McCauley Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like church leaders who are active in banks tocelebrated issue riskythe home loans. Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- which long culmination of a two-day Dance Company at Kenmore counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, social justice work? for the Thein same typesenslaved of loans Black that bills forof them. I’m not gonna sive voter registration fraud which period frustration on do Middle School, which herafter era andBread help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC caused the financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the reported discovery of bogus World invites them to attend “From founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca daughter attends, Carter women were exploited as Carter’s part. After witnessing in today. hope you all die.” names, such as Mickey Mouse the Pulpit to the con Public Square,” Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young a previous performance on Hurd thinks the hate calls will a training event heldfor June 9-12, children school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ the morning cease soon. of April 29 at “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. It’s filled 2012, in Washington, DC. The Kenmore, Carter said she “In two weeks, I think these all kinds of simple, everyday things you can do to help a child complained a succession four days will with include worship, attacks will betoover. But I thinkofit learn. 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to such traditionally White institutions (TWIs) as the University of Maryland- College Park, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Salisbury University and Towson University. A UMES graduate, Richardson has served during the Clinton Administration as chairman of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. President Jimmy Carter first named him to that panel, which seeks ways to enhance the nation’s HBCUs. In Maryland, prior to becoming Morgan’s president, he worked as executive assistant to the chancellor of the University System of Maryland and as assistant to the USM president. Richardson holds a master’s and doctoral degrees in educational administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Under meticulous questioning by Henry A. Thompson II of the Kirkland & Ellis LLP law firm in Washington, which is representing the coalition, Richardson testified on a broad range of issues he faced –and his dealings with MHEC – during his tenure. His testimony primarily focused on program duplication and how several programs approved by the state agency affected Morgan. Central to his testimony was MHEC’s 2005 approval of a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) Program at Towson and the University of Baltimore (UB). The joint program replicated similar ones at Morgan and Bowie State University. Morgan’s program began in 1969, while UB established its program in 1972 when it was a private institution. Maryland Secretary of Higher Education Calvin W. Burnett, citing unnecessary program duplication of the Morgan and Bowie programs, initially rejected the Towson-UB proposal in 2004. But shortly thereafter, he reversed himself, approving the plan – and MHEC followed suit in 2005. Negotiations among the schools failed – “Towson wanted degree authority to award the MBA,” Richardson testified – and the joint program began in 2006. “The impact was almost immediate,” Richardson testified. “The enrollment plateaued immediately and then took a nose dive shortly

thereafter.” “The greatest impact, percentage-wise, was in White students,” he continued. At one point before the Towson-UB program was approved, Morgan had as many as 50 White students in its MBA program. “We went … down to about six students. And now, I believe it’s one or two – if that.” Other unnecessarily duplicative programs approved for TWIs by MHEC that negatively affected Morgan, Richardson testified, included a 1996 computer engineering program for UMBC that duplicated a similar specialty under Morgan’s electrical engineering program; a master’s and doctoral programs in computer engineering, also approved for UMBC; and a community college administration program at the University of Maryland-University College that was approved for online instruction only – and only to residents outside Maryland. “That does not seem reasonable to me,” Richardson testified of the UMUC program. “That’s a program that taxpayers underwrite – and to say they cannot take a program that they have approved, it’s reprehensible.” In other Jan. 12 testimony, Anthony W. Robinson, a Morgan graduate who is president of the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc. in Washington, testified how his organization – which provides information and legal assistance for developing minority businesses – could not award federal technology research contracts to his alma mater and to UMES in the 1990s because they lacked the institutional support services required by the government. The contracts went to Clark-Atlanta University, an HBCU in Georgia, and to the University of Delaware in Newark, he testified. “It’s such a huge loss of opportunity – because the best and the brightest minds at these institutions are not working on these projects,” Robinson testified. “It’s a huge loss for the institutions because they’re losing access to the billions of dollars for research and development that flow into the state. “And it’s a loss for the students because they’re not having access to private industry and the technologies that drive innovation.”

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in Maryland and their white counterparts, Bowie State University (BSU), Coppin State University (CSU), Morgan State University (MSU), and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore (UMES) are seeking $2.1 billion in damages to invest in the institutions that currently lack funding and struggle to operate at their full potential. “The black church has always stood by to give the life-blood shot that is needed,” said the pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, the Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn explaining the reason it is imperative for those in ministry to support the cause of Maryland’s HBCUs and those across the country.

Begun in 1867, Morgan State University, like many HBCUs, has roots intertwined deeply with the black church as it began as the Centenary Biblical Institute, where freed

president of student affairs at Morgan State University. Alumni and staff from CSU and MSU could be seen paying close attention to the testimonies before U.S.

“This should not just be supported by black people but by whites who are interested in a level playing field.” male slaves were trained to become ministers of the gospel. “It is critical that states be made to step up the plate and fund these institutions at an appropriate level because it is not only legally required it is the right thing to do,” said A. Recardo Perry, emeritus vice-

District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake, as they remembered their own days at underfunded HBCUs with insufficient textbooks and facilities. “This should not just be supported by black people but by whites who are interested in a level playing field,” said Dr. Kenneth Morgan, assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Studies for Coppin State University. A graduate of Temple University, Dr. Morgan said everyone should “read the case and understand what the issue is,” then become involved directly or indirectly. “We are not victims,” said Dr. Morgan, “but in order for us to succeed, we have to organize and make our voices known.” In addition to addressing financial issues, the case will also take on the blind eye turned to duplicate programming, which routinely draws students away from HBCUs when traditionally white institutions in the same area (TWIs) offer the same special degree programs.

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HBCU ‘Equality’ Lawsuit

left the HBCUs unable to compete in the marketplace.” Allen also suggested several programs “niches” that would boost the academic stature of the institutions. He said he based the proposed programs on research of federal government data on future jobs possibilities and demographic data. One such proposal for Morgan would be a “green-sustainability studies” program, entailing classes in environmental policies, natural resources, and city and regional planning. This curriculum would build on the university’s existing offerings in architecture and engineering. For Eastern Shore or Bowie, Allen recommended a curriculum in computer sciences or information sciences – building on bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at the institutions. Both Coppin and Bowie would benefit from a program that encompassed public-urban health, community health and nursing administration, Allen testified. Crucial to the success of these programs would also be judicial review of any proposals that would duplicate such efforts at TWIs, he testified. “These remedies are practical and achievable – and they are within reach of the state,” Allen testified. When, Craig A. Thompson of the Venable LLP law firm in Baltimore, challenged Allen under cross examination on whether Maryland’s HBCUs provided students with an inferior education compared with its TWIs. “No,” Allen responded, with a qualifier that, given the challenges – in resources, financial aid, even remediation – faced by students at Black institutions, “These students are competitive with other students around the country. These kids are well educated. The shortfall is made up by the time they graduate.”

Expert Testifies-Moving Beyond Just Being Black Schools By Todd Beamon Special to The AFRO

Maryland’s four Black colleges and universities will flourish once they have unique, high-demand programs that are not duplicated at the state’s traditionally White institutions, the last witness for the plaintiffs testified last week. “These programs would create areas of expertise that would define these institutions beyond their racial history,” Walter R. Allen, a sociology professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, testified on Jan. 18, day nine of the trial before U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake in Baltimore. The lack of such programs at Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Allen testified, “creates a situation where the academic missions being assigned to HBCUs leads them to be seen only as Black schools.” Allen, who holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago, was the last witness called by the Coalition for Excellence in Maryland Higher Education Inc. in its lawsuit against the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The plaintiffs questioned 20 witnesses in presenting its case in the trial, which began Jan. 3 and is expected to last three more weeks. Besides testifying on the effects of program duplication, Allen said that any effort to enhance Maryland’s HBCUs must include remedying the chronic underfunding of the institutions over a century. “These funding practices were begun with the initiation of these schools,” Allen testified. “The underfunding of the HBCUs is a set of misguided laws – and they have

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steps in removing these illegal dance halls from our community and we hope to use CB18 to shutter additional illegal dance halls in the near future.” While county residents are pleased with the decrease in violence stemming from these venues inside the county, club owners and promoters aren’t so excited about the law. Some have argued the constitutionality of the law and others said the club owners weren’t given a legitimate shot to implement the requested changes before the law took effect. The county passed this as emergency legislation though, which meant the changes

were to go into effect immediately after its passing. Anyone looking to operate a dance hall in the county must fill the application posted on the Department of Environmental Resources website. The website also includes an application for a security plan, instructions for what that security plan is supposed to have and a sample plan. Jerome Tillery, a promoter, and Ronald Dixon, a manager have also pleaded guilty in connection with MSG. In October, the Family Restaurant in Temple Hills was closed after one man was shot and three other patrons were stabbed.

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Maryland Medical System and Dimensions Healthcare System signed a memorandum of understanding to begin the process of replacing Prince George’s Hospital, which has been hemorrhaging money. Baker spoke to the money Dimensions is losing in his testimony about how important it was for county residents to receive healthcare in Prince George’s County. “This impact can best be illustrated by the fact that over 60 percent of Prince George’s County residents currently leave the County to receive healthcare,” Baker said.  “In our surrounding jurisdictions, this figure is less than 25 percent. “Over 20,000 hospital admissions are going to DC hospitals annually,” he continued.  “Retaining less than a third of these hospital admissions would completely eliminate the operating losses at Dimensions.” The MOU process is three-pronged. The first stage will be used to develop a strategy and determine the scale of the facility and how to create a primary care network in the county. The next step will be to determine the cost of the facility and to negotiate how those costs will be shared by all stakeholders.

The last step will be the execution of the plan to be used for site selection, design of the facility and submission of the Certificate of Need to build a new hospital. Right now, step one of that process is already underway. The University Of Maryland College Park School Of Public Health is mapping primary care facilities and specialty care physicians in the county. Baker said there is also a plan to survey 1,000 county residents to get their attitudes and opinions towards healthcare delivery and what would get residents to get healthcare in Prince George’s. As far as the funding is concerned, Baker took used his time in front of the committee to let it be known that Prince George’s County would be able to hold up its end of the bargain. “Prior to signing this MOU, the state, county and UMMS all committed to allocating the necessary resources to complete the project.  At that time, there was no discussion about the need to use revenues from gaming to fund any portion of this project,” he said. “The County remains confident that it has the necessary resources to fund its share of the cost.”

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January 28, 2012 - February 3, 2012, The Afro-American

Opinion The Oblivious Victims

In December 2011, after an unsuccessful attempt at elected office, I accepted a position as vice-president/ COO of the New Park Heights CDC. Excited about the opportunity to bring my experience in community development and creative thinking to help change the face of Park Heights and improve the quality of life for its residents did I accept. The organization to my knowledge at that time had Catalina Byrd been inactive, or so I’d been told by the then president, Will Hanna, who hired me and the rest of the staff. I was told we would be starting from scratch and had the full support of both the community and numerous elected officials. When I was told who sat on the board of directors, I was that much more encouraged that the Lord had led me to where I should be because many of them I had known since childhood. Sadly when we began on Jan. 6 did I find all of these things that we had been told were not true as would soon be discovered prior to my resignation on Jan. 21. Known to be a team player, I jumped into this new position with all of my heart, putting other projects on hold to devote my time to helping rebuild Park Heights. A host of other competent and dynamic individuals were now a part of the staff that was to work directly under me to facilitate these projects and programs we were told were ready to begin. Though red flags began to fly early, we all agreed to document everything and go forward with the work as best we could because we were truly there for the people of Park Heights. We had come to help them out of an almost 30 year rut. The goal resonated with me especially as a resident of Baltimore

my entire life; who couldn’t help notice that Park Heights has looked the same for as long as I can remember. The Clubhouse of Pimlico Racetrack was a place where socially and politically active Black folks of came to hang out and is a fond memory of both my childhood and Baltimore experience, all the more reason to stay the course and do whatever necessary to get the job done. Without going into too much detail I can say that in the mere two weeks I was employed by this organization I had the pleasure of meeting some truly remarkable residents of Park Heights, inspired by the idea that they were going to be able to work with an organization to bring tangible change to their community. People like Ramond Roman that runs the Juvenile Crime Prevention Program, working with at-risk youth in an attempt to thwart a life of crime and gangs from appearing enticing; Ms. Matthews of the Delta Center, who conducts a free lunch for seniors every Wednesday, with the only requirement that you be over the age of 60 to attend; and Florene Robinson of The Development Corporation, actively doing housing counseling and creating new homeowners in the Park Heights area. Know that despite the soon to be dissolution of the entity that I worked with ever so briefly, these individuals are still operating and are in need of the support of the philanthropic and political groups of Baltimore to continue the great work that they do. Unfortunately myself and my staff had been hired under false pretenses, and are no longer in a position to support them in the ways in which we’d intended to help grow their programs and create a collective of people and organizations that were going to make a difference. My grandmother told me that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I thought that I knew what she meant, but now I see more clearly exactly what she meant. A team of committed people came to Park Heights two weeks ago with the INTENTION of doing good only to find ourselves victims of an elaborate scheme by a rogue president. By the end Mr. Hanna had been terminated by the board of directors and due to an inability to pay, we all had been let go.

A Case for Universal Pre-K The advent of a new year is always accompanied by resolutions and testaments to what we all would like to do differently. In our case, the New Year offers us a new opportunity to address an old problem. Maryland is often lauded nationally for our education system, but for a growing population who live on the wrong side of an educational achievement gap, 2012 is another year for children to go unserved and for them to grow even more frustrated with the system. As a new statewide organization advocating for education policy, MarylandCAN: The Maryland Campaign for Achievement Now is dedicated to advocating for policies that will close that achievement gap. As the parent of a preschooler in the Maryland public education system and the son of a preschool provider, I understand the impact early child education can have on the future of both a child and their community. In 2012, the Maryland legislature has the unique opportunity to join just three other states (Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma) in passing a law that funds full-day pre-kindergarten for every Maryland four year old. With the vote of our elected officials, we can say to the rest of the country that in Maryland, school begins at four years old. Our challenge is to make the case that the best use of our scarce resources is in pre-K. At MarylandCAN, we know that pre-K is the one investment that pays dividends not only for parents of preschoolers but for home owners, employers, senior citizens and anyone concerned with Maryland’s ability to attract 21st century jobs. Funding pre-kindergarten is an investment in our communities. The research demonstrates that when children attend high-quality pre-K programs, they are better prepared

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for school and their communities save money over time. For example, according to the 2010-2011 Maryland School Readiness Report on the pre-K to college pipeline, children who enter kindergarten fully school-ready are eight times more likely to be proficient in both reading and math by third grade. Maryland fifth-graders who attended pre-K were 44 percent less likely to repeat a grade than their peers who did not attend pre-K, according to the Yale University Child Study Center. The relationship between educational achievement and costs savings is key to the case for funding pre-K. Researchers from both Columbia and the University of Chicago have found that, on average, investing $1 in quality pre-K results in $7 of savings to taxpayers in reduced costs for remedial courses, special education courses, and repeated grades. The research is clear: funding pre-K today saves us all money tomorrow. Our state’s history of advocating for early childhood education provides a roadmap for organizations like MarylandCAN looking to further the cause today. The Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act of 2002 was an excellent example of what we could accomplish as a state. That law mandated that all four year olds living in a family of three making less than approximately $35,000 [at the time] be provided early learning services. The Bridge to Excellence Act was just the beginning of bridging the achievement gap here in Maryland. MarylandCAN’s campaign to provide universal pre-K for every four year old is the next phase of a longer journey towards creating an environment of excellence. Currently, in spite of research that reflects the impact of a full day of schooling, only 42.9 percent of pre-K students attend school full day. Montgomery County is one place we can look to make the

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It weighs heavily on my heart that the children who would have benefited from the building of a new library, and having arts and technology programs in their schools, will be without these new opportunities. I believe that right now there is a child in Park Heights with the ability to cure cancer or invent the next Facebook that may never get to do so for lack of obtainable resources. The real victims of this have no idea we ever existed. Though we did no harm to them, how close we were to helping them they’ll never know. I write this piece for their parents to fortify their faith that there are still people out here that care about our future and will certainly continue the work of trying to make a difference for them. Our most precious resource often overlooked because they can not vote or pay taxes are the children. Catalina Byrd is founder and producer of On Point radio which can be found at www.catalinabyrd.com/radio.

case that pre-K is but one piece in a much larger chain that culminates in college or career readiness. Former Montgomery County Superintendent Jerry Weast, responding to what he saw as “two Montgomery Counties,” put it best, when he said that “Once [Montgomery County] fixed the [early childhood education] system, the kids were suddenly okay. Same kids, just a different system. And we started at the beginning of the education value-chain —early learning.” The Maryland State Department of Education is to be applauded for its work promoting early children development to date. For its innovative approach to pre-K, the department was rewarded with a $50 million grant from President Obama’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge. We have a small window of opportunity to leverage the award. Passing this legislation for all-day pre-K for every Maryland four year old is the natural next step. To those who say, “We can’t afford to pay for full-day pre-K for every Maryland four year old this year,” I say that we can’t afford not to. The question we have to ask ourselves as a state is, “Should we pay a little now, or a lot later?” In times when resources are scarce, it’s even more important to invest our resources in programs that pay dividends back to us. The time is now. Our children and our state’s future won’t wait. With the vote of the 2012 Maryland General Assembly, we can say to the country: Maryland is indeed a national leader in education because even during tough times we invest in what works. Curtis Valentine is founding executive director for MarylandCAN www.marylandcan.org.

Obama Must Choose On Housing: A Sweetheart Deal for the One Percent Or A Fair Deal for The Ninety-Nine Percent Rumor has it that on Monday, after months of negotiation with big banks, the White House may announce a settlement that would let the banks off the hook for their role in the foreclosure crisis – paying a tiny fraction of what’s needed in exchange for blanket immunity from future lawsuits. We hope these rumors are untrue. President Obama has the ability to stop and change the direction of this sweetheart deal. He should reject any deal that benefits the one percent and lets the big banks get away with their crimes. Instead, the President should stand with the 99 percent and push for real accountability and a solution that will help millions of people in this country. Here are the hard facts about the housing crisis we face: • 3.5 million Americans are homeless. • 18.5 million houses sit vacant. • Since 2007, more than 7.5 million homes have been foreclosed. • Default and foreclosure rates are now several times higher than at any time since the Great Depression. If President Obama is serious about solving this crisis, he must ensure three things: First: The banks must pay a minimum $300 billion in principal reduction for homeowners with underwater mortgages and/or restitution for foreclosed-on families. This is essential. Every effort to date to reboot the housing market has failed because it has not done the most essential thing — actually reduce the massive debt load carried by homeowners. As it stands, the deal likely to be announced Monday would have the banks pay only $20 billion, an astonishingly small fraction of what’s needed. Add up all the underwater homes in America, and there’s an estimated $700 billion in negative equity in the country, according to a recent study.* If banks fix what they broke and write down principals for all underwater mortgages, this would free

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up millions of people to pump billions of dollars back into local economies, create jobs, and ultimately generate revenue to help invest in things that will help our economy grow. Second: There must be a full-fledged, full-blown investigation into Wall Street financial fraud by the Department of Justice. There should be a task force with the staff resources, the authority, and the explicit mission of seriously investigating fraudulent behavior in the way home mortgages were securitized. Reports of the current deal suggest banks could walk away without any actual investigation into their role in the housing crisis. Third: There should be no civil or criminal immunity for the banks from future lawsuits. That means there should be no broad release of claims in any current or future negotiation or settlement. The banks must pay to help solve the crisis they played such a big role in creating. They can afford it. U.S. banks raked in $35 billion in profits last summer alone and are currently sitting on a historically high level of cash reserves of $1.64 trillion. The six biggest banks — Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley — hold assets totaling $9.5 trillion; and together paid an income tax rate of only 11percent in 2009 and 2010, far below the federally mandated 35 percent corporate tax rate.* While banks enjoy record profits and the prospect of total immunity, millions of Americans are drowning in underwater mortgages. Everyday people are already out front, fighting against the malfeasance of the banks; the White House should stand with them. Our national leaders need look no farther than Atlanta, Ga., for an instructive profile in courage. Earlier this month, a community church in Dr. Martin Luther King’s old neighborhood refused to be ignored. In 2008, a tornado devastated the historic, 108-year-old Higher Ground Empowerment Center church, and they were forced to take out a loan to cover repairs. The loan went underwater and

became harder and harder to pay back. For nearly four years, the church asked the bank to modify their loan, but BB&T bank ignored them. Instead, last week, the bank started to evict the church. However, after Occupy Atlanta staged a high-profile press conference, and 65,000 people signed a national petition by Rebuild the Dream, the church got BB&T bank to agree to modify their loan to something affordable and reasonable. This happy ending is, unfortunately, the rare exception. BB&T, after being shaken to their senses (and shamed in the media), came to the table and did the right thing. But millions of homeowners have no way to stage protests and press conferences. Abuse, fraud, conflicts of interest, and lawlessness have been endemic at every stage of the mortgage origination and foreclosure process. This chain of misconduct by many of the nation’s largest financial companies is at the root of the foreclosure avalanche and it’s time to demand a course of action that will resolve the current crisis and create jobs in the future. If these folks in Atlanta can show this level of courage in standing up to a big bank, then certainly Obama and state attorneys general can show the same courage. The banks got their bail-out. Now we need a strong and fair settlement to help Americans drowning in underwater mortgages. Van Jones is the co-founder and president of Rebuild the Dream, a new national organization working to fix America’s economy and restore our democracy. George Goehl is the executive director of National People’s Action, a network of metropolitan and statewide membership organizations dedicated to advancing economic and racial justice. National People’s Action is a leading organization within a national coalition called New Bottom Line that challenges established big bank interests on behalf of struggling and middle-class communities.


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By Valerie Fraling Special to the AFRO

“Spring’s in the air when you’re young and in love,” but when you are 50 years plus do you still think “there’s magic everywhere?” According to Jai Matthews and Sandy Aldridge, both celebrating their 70th birthday this year, they are head over heels in love. “When you are young you really don’t know what you want in a partner. Your hormones are raging and many times, you

mistake this for love. For the fortunate ones, sometimes you luck out, and that person turns out to be the perfect mate and you end up in a long-term relationship,” they said. “However, for those who

cannot tell lust from love, they continue to go from one relationship to another, or from one marriage to another, and another looking for Mr. or Ms. Right. As you grow older many of your values change, and what used to be important to you has

diminished or no longer matters. You want someone who is stable, responsible, understanding, considerate, thoughtful, loving, kind, and a helpmate in every way, who always has your back.” They said they have a lot in common and like many of the same things, like spending time with family and friends, going to church and entertaining. “We also love to go shopping together, movies, going out to dinner, and travelling. In fact, we are planning on a cruise to celebrate our 70th

McKinley “Mack” Peterson and Deborah Courtney-Peterson

birthdays.” Is there such a thing as looking for love in all the wrong places? Not if you talk to Carrie B. Lark who was previously married and struggling to raise two children in Montgomery County, all the while buying a home and saving for retirement. Then she met and married the perfect gentleman, who was caring, compassionate, affectionate, and full of love. They spent many years sharing quiet moments, dining, enjoying family, traveling, and caring for each other. Then, God called him home, and she thought everything was over. “When love calls you better answer.” Lark said that while shopping at Home Depot, she received assistance from a nice gentleman who said, “I’m a hobbyist.” He willingly assisted her with some household concerns she had. After chatting for a while, they realized that they enjoyed

each other’s company. Lark said, eventually, even after thinking that everything was over, “We found we still had life. It’s a good feeling to have companionship that is unintimidating, unconditional and free spirited.” As a senior at this point in my life, not having to get up and punch a clock, weave through traffic, or face the cold weather or snow, is truly a blessing. I am free to see and experience the beauty of God’s world, the newness of a fresh breeze, and the purity of a good life.” She said she’s grateful that the struggles of youth have paid off to allow her a serene life and a peaceful retirement.” “I hear a symphony” or according to McKinsey “Mack” Peterson and Deborah CourtneyPeterson “all that jazz” as they experience what they call “senior love” these recent newlyweds agree “ain’t nothing like the real thing” as they enjoy their life together. Deborah says senior love

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By Talibah Chikwendu Special to the AFRO

William Tabron turned his passion into a second act, fulfilling a long-held desire to be a professional photographer. Courtesy photos/Stock Image

As medical knowledge advances and life spans increase, people are reaching retirement age with many useful years ahead of them. While decades of time at one job or a single industry are enough, many of these retirees are looking for more than travel and relaxation. They are looking for a fulfilling, positive and meaningful way to use their time. James Hamlin, 63, is a retiree who found just that. After 35 ½ years at United Parcel Service, most in management positions, Hamlin retired from his position as District

Community Relations Manager, stationed in the Baltimore area. “It was a great and rewarding job,” he said. “I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the variety I had in assignment. Enjoyed the people. Enjoyed the challenges.” At some point, he said, it didn’t pay to stay. “There were other things I was interested in,” said Hamlin. “So I prepared myself for leaving UPS, for having something constructive, meaningful to do. By the time he retired in 2003, Hamlin was very active in Baltimore City community affairs, aware of the talk of revitalizing Pennsylvania Avenue and restoring the Royal Theater. But he didn’t

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Second Act: Doing it Again, Your Way

James Hamlin took his work with the community to the next level, using the skills he acquired through years of corporate experience and leading by example. He opened The Avenue Bakery, on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore.

see anything happening and started a non-profit to raise money for this project. But he also saw that Pennsylvania Avenue was not ready for a big turnaround — including, he said, the “mindset of people when you say Pennsylvania Avenue.” This work, to get Pennsylvania Avenue ready and to attract diverse businesses back to the area led Hamlin to something he never expected — putting his baking talents to work and opening The

Avenue Bakery. “That wasn’t my intent ... But as a result of trying to revitalize the community and volunteer my time,” Hamlin said, “... I realized that sometime you have to step up to the plate and show them. “I’m enjoying what we were able to accomplish just by opening up the place. We’ve made a major impact already and we’re just starting.” William Tabron, 65, retired in 2010 from his position as an

administrator with the Maryland Department of Human Resources after 41 years. He did so with a bit of trepidation. “It was time. But, I was used to being around people and engaging people. I didn’t want to be absolutely alone, even though I have friends ... it’s different than going to the office where people are there every day,” he said. “I was looking to do something, but that was one of the fears about

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The “Bow-Tie” Effect: A New Trend for Black Barbershops

has never really seen that type of environment inside a barbershop.” “In addition,” White says. “In my barbershop, no cussing or offensive music is allowed.” Many agree that White’s idea was a great one,

most urban barbershops lack a proper dress code that can offer a formal and professional experience to customers. “We find,” White says, “that by implementing the ‘Old School’ approach, we end get up getting a more

inviting. This, in turn, adds more revenue to our bottom line.” To add to its uniqueness, White’s Barber Co. is actually one of few Blackowned barbershops that officially offers a delivery service to people who

can’t make it to the shop - whereas a barber is contracted to come to their home or office. They even service groups such as sports teams, boy scouts, senior communities, etc. And, the biggest announcement of all is that, they are planning to add a mobile unit to offer haircuts on-site at local businesses and college campuses. In a time where businesses struggle to stay afloat, White is doing exactly what most experts recommend - and that is, to keep finding creative ways to outdo your competition.

parties are open minded to each other and new ideas.” Leonard Hamm was young and in love at twenty-something. His life then was marked by unbridled sex, emotionalism, confrontation and competition. “My partner and I were in a constant struggle to get the upper hand over the other. We weren’t mature enough to engage in meaningful, productive

communication. We each engaged in various defense mechanism tactics to get our individual way,” he said. “The only common denominator of course, was the sex, which temporarily put what issues we were having on the back burner. However, they were never resolved. Young love was blissful, painful, and emotionally draining.” He’s happy for the difference in his current relationship. “In my marriage with my wife of seven years (we are both in our sixth decade) I choose not to

compete with her. I am not insecure because she is better at catching mice then me. It doesn’t bother me that when she walks into a room all activity stops as she works the room,” he said. “I am comfortable in a corner watching. I respect her and love her for her beauty, brains, and courage. She takes care of our children, our grandchildren, and me. On occasion she scolds us all for something we’ve done, or should have done but didn’t. The

scoldings are always done with heartfelt love.” Hamm said his marriage has made him want to be a better person; to work on character flaws “preventing me from being who and what my God intended me to be. She is deserving of that kind of man. I am not there and may not ever be there. However, the process of trying has elevated my sense of purpose of the marriage sacrament.” His final tribute: I am in a state of grace, a timeless awareness allowing me to have positive experiences of being.

the customer service you received was honorable,” White told BlackNews. com. “I wanted to bring both of those elements back to a generation who

Laurel, MD (BlackNews.com) -- When 36-year old Brian White opened his barbershop in 2008, he wanted to try something different. He didn’t just want to offer haircuts like other barbershops in the area. First, he wanted to reintroduce the “bow-tie” effect to a generation that has never seen that. And, secondly, he wanted to add a new layer of customer service and convenience to treat his customers right. “In the 1940’s and 1950’s, if you went into a barbershop, it was a formal experience. The barbers all dressed respectably, and

noting that most urban barbershops will allow curse words to be spoken and offensive music to be played - even in front of children. Even more,

diverse base of customers who end up being more loyal. People are not afraid or intimidated to come inside our shop because the environment is very

-- Bringing back a trend from the 1940’s, one new barbershop in the Washington DC area puts the emphasis on bow ties, convenience, and superb customer service. --

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Brian White, owner of White’s Barber Co. in Laurel, Maryland, adds a new twist to the dress code and adds a new layer of customer service. For more information about the new barbershop, visit them at White’s Barber Co., 357 Main Street, East Suite, Laurel, MD 20708, call them at (301) 498-1587 or visit their Facebook fan page at: www.facebook.com/ whitesbarberco

Thank you my darling wife. “What’s love got to do with it?” Then along came a young lady who overheard me discussing the topic with some other. She said she has been married for five years and is in her fifties. I asked her whether or not she married for love and she unashamedly replied, “No, I married for the sex; it was great.” After I recovered from her response, I asked whether or not she loves him now. She said, “No, but the sex is still great!” Sounds like another story.

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is a special love, especially when you enjoy the same things. “Mack introduced me to the world of jazz. He discussed this type of music from the early 20s, 30s, 40s through today’s jazz sounds. As a result, I became a jazz lover just like him.” She said their relationship is based on a lot of communication. “We learn to respect each other’s opinion even if we do not agree.” Her husband, Mack said, “Because seniors bring into a marriage experience, maturity and a sense of realistic expectations, the relationship can be an exciting journey, especially when both

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June Gee

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June has a passion for healthy living. That’s why she chose Broadmead. With a wealth of exercise amenities, rich social life and beautiful surroundings, Broadmead nurtures her body, mind and soul. Energizing, engaging, enlightening – these are the traits that describe the Broadmead community and its residents – people like June, people like you.

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retirement. What would I do?” It was his lifelong interest in fine arts and photography that held the answer. “I did a bit of it [event photography] while I was working — for the agency and private individuals. Then the opportunity came along to freelance for the AFRO and an occasional wedding ... “It wasn’t a regular thing, so I didn’t have to worry about treating it like a job, with regular hours and doing it every day.” His skills, he said, are increasing. “I’m learning; it’s given me new ideas.” But does he enjoy it? “Pretty much, more than I imagined,” he said. “There’s more than enough for me to do. I have the luxury of being able to turn down assignments ... financially it works out for me. I’m meeting a lot of new and interesting people and getting an opportunity to connect with old friends. I’m enjoying what I’m doing and have thought about expanding it,” he said. For the Rev. Joan Fulcher, 67, who retired from the State of Maryland after 38 years, the reasons were a little different. “I never regretted getting up,” she said. “I enjoyed the work as well as the people. I think I served the state well. It was just time for me to come home.” Even before her retirement, Rev. Fulcher had been working as co-pastor with her husband at Jordan Community Baptist Church. “We were able to bless people in need and minister spiritually. But then her husband died and things changed. The church closed and she downsized her ministry a little, to take some time to hear God’s direction for her. She returned to college. “I wanted to go back for my benefit and just to continue to learn, to keep my mind engaged,” she said. “I had to do something that was going to feed me and be an advantage to me up the road. “At this point, I really don’t know what direction I am going in,” Rev. Fulcher said. “I am looking to balance the spiritual out with reality. I am looking for something new for Joan, the woman. I want God to use me to glorify his Kingdom ... to provide things I can use to help someone else.” She is excited about what 2012 will bring to the new life she is creating in retirement. “This year is going to be the year that God is going to make the vision plain.

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New Year, New Beginnings: January Is Glaucoma Awareness Month As you and your loved ones watch the dawning of 2012, everyone is hopeful of what the New Year will bring—reunions, graduations, marriages and other fun family occasions. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Make seeing your best a part of your new beginning by doing what you can to make sure your eyes are healthy. If you are African American age 40 or older, have diabetes, or have a family history of glaucoma, put learning more about this disease on your resolution list for the New Year.

If you are African American age 40 or older, have diabetes, or have a family history of glaucoma, put learning more about this disease on your resolution list for the New Year. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve of the eye and result in vision loss and blindness. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form. In this condition, fluid builds up in the front chamber of the eye, and the optic nerve is damaged by the resulting increase in eye pressure. “Glaucoma affects more than 2 million people nationwide and is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in African Americans. In fact, African Americans are at risk of developing it at an earlier age. Glaucoma has no early warning signs or symptoms, and most people don’t know this,” said Dr. James Tsai, chair of the Glaucoma Subcommittee for the National Eye Institute (NEI) National Eye Health Education Program. “It’s very important that people don’t wait until they notice a problem with their vision to have an eye exam.” There is no pain associated with glaucoma. As the disease progresses, a person may eventually notice his or her side vision decreasing. If the disease is left untreated, the field of vision narrows and vision loss may result. “Most studies show that at least half of all persons with glaucoma don’t know they have this potentially blinding disease,” said Dr. Paul Sieving, director of NEI, National Institutes of Health. “Glaucoma can be detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. NEI encourages all people at higher risk of glaucoma—African Americans age 40 and older; everyone age 60, especially Mexican Americans; and those with a family history—to get a dilated eye exam every one to two years, because early detection and treatment may save your sight.”

Black Love Day Proclaims 2012 ‘The Year of Love’

As 2012 “end of the world” predictions spread through a steady stream of Internet articles, books, videos and films, many people are getting anxious and fearful. However, another stream of consciousness is being projected by many others as a buffer for such fears. They are calling for 2012 to be a time of love, as a means of bringing a positive message to the many doomsday predictions and sense of unknowing. Founder Ayo Handy-Kendi has proclaimed the 19th global Love Day with the theme “2012 – The Year of Love” to encourage a collective, global kick-off towards a self-love movement to create a domino effect of love’s tremendous healing power. Black Love Day, Feb. 13th is a 24 hour wholyday celebration and demonstration of love showing 5 specific acts - love for the Creator, for Self, for the Family, Community and the Black Race while Whites show ” love in action”, along with the other 5 tenets (acts). The official Black Love Relationship Ceremony, will be held 7-9 p.m., Feb. 13, in Blackburn CenterGallery Room, Howard University, Washington, D.C. Handy-Kendi said, “The theme reminds us that only through self-love, can we love others. Starting at 7 a.m. show a self-love activity, then continue throughout the day, on the hour, while including the other 5 tenets (acts) of love. No matter what may go on with the predictions, our ultimate decision to spend each moment of this year showing fierce love for self, creates an increased vibration of love that impacts quality living for all.” She said the heightened vibration counters the vibration of fear, providing a balance of positive action that can actually change outcomes. We’ve been told there are only two emotions – love and fear. Let’s choose love!” The BLD 5 tenets (acts of love) and

the annual theme, offer a more wholistic, healthier alternative to the commercial Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day that mainly focuses on packaging romantic love through gift-giving. The commercial exploitation of this concept has caused Valentine’s Day depression, suicide, domestic violence and substance abuse, vividly shown in the film, “Valentine’s Day.” Handy-Kendi has been inspired to teach unconditional love as a higher solution for spirit, mind, body healing in her work as breathologist and stress manager for her health service, PositivEnergyWorks and as a community organizer around holidays, celebrations and rituals for social change, as founder/ director, The African American Holiday Association (AAHA). Healing through love and breathology has helped her overcome child sexual abuse, addiction, domestic violence, homelessness and the death of her teenage son. She has shared her inspiring testimonies, breathing services and her coined concept of “holiday stress syndrome” before millions on radio, television and in print. She now hosts “The Saging Baby Boomer Show” on Inner Light Radio, affirming that this group fostered “a free love” movement. Black Love Day has also grown in popularity, as seen by many college campuses, churches and community groups that commemorate this day with traditions as defined in her “Black Love Book.” While BLD is the 3rd nationally commemorated African-American holiday (wholyday), it speaks universally to the global challenges of putting love ahead of the many racial and personal divides, to return to love to heal all of our relationships.

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MLK Community Choir sings along with the audience...”Happy Birthday to You”.

US Army service members looking Fit to Fight with the Miss DC Queens.

India Rodriguez, one of the oratorical contestant participants with her mother, Valeria. Connie Andrews, Diane Amprey-Brown, Cynthia Harvey, Regena Walker and Dr. Alice Howard

Members of the NBC 4 team: Doug Kammerer, meteorologist; Angie Goff, weekend anchor and Danella Sealock, traffic reporter. Miss DC Queens with Washington Redskins players, Reed Doughty, left and Lorenzo Alexander, right.

Blacks in Government (BIG) members Fire and EMS Chief, Kenneth Ellerbe

NBC4 (WRC-TV) held its annual Health and Fitness Expo at the DC Convention Center. Miss DC USA and Miss Black USA navigated the exhibit hall as hundreds of expo goers from DC/MD/VA and beyond flowed in to witness and participate in various panel discussions, workshops and demonstrations all designed to upgrade the healthiness of the attendees. A special treat for the attendees was to be able to meet and speak with anchors, sportscasters and meteorologists at the NBC4 booth. Major sponsors included; Johns Hopkins Medicine, Washington Hospital Center, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Fannie Mae and National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Lisa Hughes, Dr. Alice Howard, Tabatha Turman, Lillie Jessie, Teresa Polk, Clarice Torian, Anita White, Anita Jackson, Lorraine Jackson, Cynthia R. Brown and Patricia Willis

Writing contest winners Dominic Davis, Candacel Todd and Sophia Hernandez

Kathy Richardson, Sharon McCarthy Andrews, Sheila Bryant and Marcia Howard

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity accepted a special award for their effort to have the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial built

Prince William County Omegas provided logistical support.

NBC 4 Anchor, Jim Vance and DC Queens NBC 4 Hakem Dermish, sports reporter and Doreen Gentzler, anchor speak with a fan.

Washington Redskins cheerleaders with some young ladies who will take the stage for Zumba!

DC Mayor Vincent Gray stopped by the expo.

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Toshiro Stovall, president, PWCAC-DST; the Rev. Clyde W. Ellis, John Harper and Arthur Stovall In the middle school category : Finalist Jordan Wilson, Beville MS; Winner Jacob Gonzalez, Parkside MS; Finalist Nicholas Smith, Benton MS; Winner Seth Opoku-Yeboah, Osbourn HS; Finalist Ebonee Johnson, Manassas Park HS and Finalist Sadiyah Faruk, Garfield HS

Proud husband, Cliff Early, Joan Bell Early, and Clinton Buise, friends since teen years.

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Joan Bell Early was surprised by her family and friends who gathered to wish her a Happy 70th Birthday!

Andre Hunt, Rhonda Watties, best friends

Traci Briggs, Everyone yelled “Surprise” when Joan Early stepped into Courtney Smith the crowded banquet room of Granny’s Restaurant. Of course, she thought she was going to dinner with her immediate family members—her husband and children. However, when she entered the room, she was not only greeted by her family members, but former coworkers, church members from Martin Luther King United Methodist Church, childhood friends, and long-time neighbors. Retired 9 years ago from Social Security Administration, Shirley Clinton, Roland Douglass Early worked for 40 years as a civil rights and equal opportunity officer. A Baltimore native, she graduated from Western High School and has one son, Rodney. She Elizabeth Walker and Lenora and her husband Clifton “Hines” Early raised three other children; five Pullen, best friends of birthday grandchildren and, “so far” said Mrs. Early, “11 great celebrant grandchildren.” She was so excited and said, “I feel really, really blessed!” Gifts received from the birthday party will be donated to BLSYW, a Baltimore charter all girls’ school on Franklin Street in Baltimore, where Mrs. Early volunteers her time.

Adrienne Carroll, Sylvia Graves, former Social Security Administration co-workers Photos by A. Lois De Laine

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter(PWCAC), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority hosted its 27th Annual King Day Celebration and 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Oratorical Competition at the Hylton Memorial Chapel, Woodbridge, Va. After inspirational remarks from several program participants including Rep. Gerry Connolly(D-VA) and music by the MLK Community Choir under the direction of I. Lawrence Coleman, the moment arrived for the announcement of the winners of the youth oratorical competition: in the category of middle schools – Jacob Gonzalez was the winner from Parkside Middle School and in the category of high schools – Seth Opoku-Yeboah was the winner from Osbourn High School. Chapter president, Toshiro Stovall and the co-chairpersons, Sheila Bryant and Dr. Sandra Mitchell and their planning committee provided a memorable tribute to Dr. King and his legacy under the theme, “The Power and Purpose of Education.” The program concluded with the singing of the traditional song, Lift Every Voice and Sing.

The Rev. Dr. Maceo Williams gave the invocation

Nephew Andre Burton, Lynnette Burton, Joshua Burton

Family members Al Sykes, Aaron Early, Rodney Early, Lamont Long, Phillip Burton. Front, Mia Paylor, Aaron Early Jr., Joan Early, Olivia Burton


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2012 Oscar Nominations “Hugo” Leads Pack with 11 Nominations; “The Artist” Is Next Netting 10 By Kam Williams Don’t be deceived by Hugo’s landing the most Oscar nominations; The Artist still remains the heavy favorite to win for Best Picture. The list of nominees

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of Tintin for Best Animated Feature. Brad Pitt enjoys a slight early edge over George Clooney for Best Actor, and the same goes for The Descendants rottentomatoes.com perennial-nominee Meryl Streep over doesn’t include much in the Viola Davis for Best Actress. way of major surprises other But the odds can change, than perhaps the conspicuous so watch for every studio absence of Ryan Gosling (The to employ some subtle Ides of March and Drive) and marketing strategies over the Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) next few weeks to position

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time repeating that feat against Janet McTeer, given the Academy’s history of preferring British actresses in that category. By comparison, Supporting Actor is totally up for grabs, since four of the entrants, Nick Nolte, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow and Kenneth Branagh, have all been nominated multiple times before, but never won. Thus all qualify for the proverbial “body of work” vote.

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Actor in a Leading Role • Demián Bichir in A Better Life • George Clooney in The Descendants • Jean Dujardin in The Artist • Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy • Brad Pitt in Moneyball Actor in a Supporting Role • Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn

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Documentary (Feature) • Hell and Back Again Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky • Pina Wim Wenders and GianPiero Ringel • Undefeated TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

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WWII Saga Recounts Heroic Exploits of Tuskegee Airmen By Kam Williams

The Tuskegee Airmen is the nickname given the 332nd Fighter Group, the first squadron of African-American aviators ever trained by the U.S. Air Force. Formed in 1940, the historic unit had to be stationed at a base on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute in Macon County, Ala., since the Armed Forces were still racially segregated at the time of its creation. Even after America entered World War II, the government initially remained reluctant to deploy these pioneering pilots overseas, out of a concern that the presence of Black officers in the midst of White soldiers might have a negative effect on military morale. Consequently, the Tuskegee Airmen languished stateside for several years, seeing no action until they were finally cleared for combat in the European theater of operations. Upon arriving in Italy, their second rate aircraft were upgraded from junky jalopies to state-of-the-art, P-51 Mustang fighter planes, thereby enabling them to escort B-17 bombers on dangerous raids behind enemy lines deep into German territory. The untested pilots performed admirably on over 1,500 successful missions, demonstrating an unexpected combination of competence and valor in the process. Red Tails is an eye-popping, special-f/x driven adventure

“Red Tails” Film Review

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Shaffer Chimere Smith, aka Ne-Yo, was born in Camden, Arkansas, but raised in Las Vegas, Nevada by his mom, a musician of

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around a tight-knit, motley crew of colorful characters. Each is based on a simplistically-drawn archetype, like the illfated pilot you know isn’t long for this world the moment he’s shown sitting in his cockpit gazing fondly at a picture of his fiancée right before takeoff. Another familiar figure is the cigar-chomping Major (Gooding), a paternalistic pontificator given to delivering inspirational speeches about God, mom and apple pie. He cares about each of the men under his command, including alcoholic “Easy” Julian (Parker); daredevil “Lightning” www.rottentomatoes.com Little (David Oyelowo); class clown “Joker” George (Elijah Kelley); and “Junior” Gannon (Tristan Wilds), a youngster who yearns to be taken seriously by his teasing colleagues. which recreates these belatedly-appreciated veterans’ daring Meanwhile, back at the Pentagon, we find exasperated exploits in the skies, while chronicling their simultaneous, Colonel A.J. Bullard (Howard) tirelessly lobbying the military uncompromising quest for dignity in the face of the incessant brass to put an end to racial discrimination in the ranks. In humiliation mandated by Jim Crow. The movie marks the the end, the film proves more memorable for its eye-popping, feature film debut of Anthony Hemingway, who is previously action sequences than for its corny dialogue which ranges from best known for having shot episodes of a host of TV series, preachy (“We’re on the side of God Almighty!”) to trite posterincluding The Wire, True Blood, Treme, The Closer, and CSI: speak (Let’s give those newspapers something to write about!). NY. Nonetheless, Red Tails amounts to a worthy, overdue tribute The picture was produced by Lucasfilm where it has been to a group of intrepid, World War II heroes who never let their a pet project of the studio’s legendary founder, George Lucas, second-class status diminish their patriotism even one iota. for the past quarter-century. And it features an ensemble cast topped by Academy Award-winner Cuba “Show me the Very Good (HHH) money!” Gooding (for Jerry Maguire) and Oscar-nominee Rated PG-13 for violence and profanity. Terrence Howard (for Hustle & Flow). Running time: 125 minutes Aside from raising the question of the arbitrary color line, Distributor: 20th Century Fox the plot reads like a typical, cliché-ridden war flick revolving

II saga recounting the daring exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen in the skies over Europe.

Kam Williams: Hi Ne-Yo, thanks so much for the time. Ne-Yo: No problem, brother. Thank you.

KW: What interested you in “Red Tails?” NY: For starters, I wanted to do an acting role in a movie that had nothing to do with the music business or in which I would play a singer or a songwriter. When I act, I don’t even want to be thought of as Ne-Yo. I want to be Shaffer Smith, which is my government name. So, my initial attraction to Red Tails was the opportunity to play a character that was not me. Stomp the Yard was a great film, but I played myself there. When Red Tails came along, all I knew was that they were the first African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. Air Force. I had no idea how deep the story went or about all their amazing achievements. There were a few Tuskegee Airmen on the set to make sure everything was as authentic as possible. And just to sit back and listen to these cats talk about the discrimination they faced while fighting for their country really got to me. So, I was really happy to be a part of this film, and excited that their story is being told in the way it’s being told. It’s more than just entertainment. It’s educational at the same time. [Producer] George Lucas and [director] Anthony Hemingway knew what they were doing.

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Chinese and African-American descent. He began making a name for himself as a singer/ songwriter in 1999, going on to compose hits for Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Christina Milian, B2K, Mario and others, and also to record four solo albums. In 2006, he added acting to his repertoire, making his screen debut in Save the Last Dance, later appearing in Stomp the Yard and, more recently, in Battle: Los Angeles. Here, he talks about his co-starring opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard as Andrew “Smoky” Salem in Red Tails, a World War

KW: Harriet Pakula Teweles asks: How do you expect “Red Tails” to contribute to the public’s rethinking about the historic role of the Tuskegee Airmen? NY: By focusing on their triumphs as much on the tragedy. I like how Anthony decided not to hit the audience over the head about the racism. We all know that racism was rampant in the U.S. in 1942. So, instead of simply highlighting the segregation and discrimination these aviators had to endure, he accentuated their positive experiences, like the fact that they wound up doing their job better than anyone had before them.

KW: What message do you think people will take away from the film? NY: For me, that any and everything is possible, if your heart is in it and your mind is in the right place. If you believe in yourself, it doesn’t matter what others might be telling you is impossible. It’s all up to you! KW: Editor/legist Patricia Turnier asks: Did meeting the real-life Tuskegee Airmen affect how you approached your character, Smoky? NY: Absolutely! They were there for authenticity, to help us get closer to our characters. Even though Smoky is fictional, I based him on one of the guys I spent time with. Having an opportunity to sit and listen to his stories and to hear how things really went down definitely helped. KW: When will your next album, “The Cracks in Mr. Perfect,” be released? NY: I’m thinking April or May. I’m still putting the finishing bells and whistles on it. I don’t want to call myself a perfectionist because perfection is imperfection. But, at the same time, I can’t give it away to the world until it’s all the way right. KW: What should fans expect from the album? NY: Everything that you’ve come to expect from me, plus a little bit more. This is slightly Ne-Yo unpolished. This is me with the tie loosened up a little bit and with the hat cocked to the side. KW: Have you gone grunge? NY: Not necessarily grunge, just a little imperfection. KW: Why did you go over to Japan right after the earthquake and tsunami? NY: We were scheduled to go over there anyway. So, we didn’t back out, like a lot of other artists, because we figured they needed us more than ever. KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would? NY: Not really, I’ve pretty much been an open book my whole career, so people don’t really pull punches with me. I’m 100% real, even when what’s real is ugly. I don’t take any pride in covering up, hiding and lying. KW: The Columbus Short question: Are you happy? NY: I’m actually a lot happier now than I’ve ever been. I have to credit that to my two beautiful children. My daughter’s one and my son’s three months-old. They have definitely put life in perspective for me, by showing me just how unimportant a lot of things are I’d thought were important. Now my priorities are in order. KW: The Tasha Smith question: Are you ever afraid? NY: Oh, yeah. Fear is a healthy part of

success. KW: The Teri Emerson question: When was the last time you had a good laugh? NY: Three days ago, when my son smiled for the first time. I fell over laughing. KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure? NY: Cartoons. I watch cartoons the way most adults watch reality-TV shows. KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read? NY: The 48 Laws of Power. KW: The music maven Heather Covington question: What was the last song you listened to? NY: “Love Me in a Special Way” by El Debarge. KW: What is your favorite dish to cook? NY: I do not cook. However, if I did, I’d cook all Italian food, all the time. KW: The Sanaa Lathan question: What excites you? NY: The creative process, a great necktie knot, and music. KW: The Uduak Oduok question: Who is your favorite clothes designer? NY: Tom Ford and Paul Smith are amazing. So are Gucci suits. I can wear them right off the rack. KW: Dante Lee, author of “Black Business Secrets,” asks: What was the best business decision you ever made, and what was the worst? NY: My worst and best are kind of the same: spending way too much money on something stupid. But it taught me the value of a dollar. KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? NY: Me! [Laughs] That question was easy. KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for? NY: That people appreciated music in the way they once did. KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory? NY: Busting up my chin on an electric car I got for Christmas by driving it off a bike ramp. I never got on it again. KW: The Melissa Harris-Perry question: How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person? NY: It definitely taught me the true meaning of pain. There is no pain like the first time you get your heart broken. Read the entire interview on afro.com.


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AFRO Sports Faceoff – Should Redskins Dump Shanahan? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk Accompanying the arrival of decorated coach Mike Shanahan to the Washington Redskins in the winter of 2010 came huge expectations of success. As the head coach of the Denver Broncos in his previous stint, Shanahan delivered two world championships. And while no quarterback on the team’s roster came close to matching the talents of former Denver legend John Elway, Shanahan’s dedication to offensive continuity and a power running game were seen as staples big enough to suffice for the lack of a Hall of Fame signal caller. The Redskins acquired Donovan McNabb a few months after Shanahan’s hire but the marriage soon soured and so, too, has Shanahan’s tenure in the District. After two seasons, Shanahan has compiled an 11-21 record after going 138-86 with the Broncos. After two short and strange seasons, the AFRO asks: Should the Washington Redskins fire Shanahan? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debates.

trading Jason Campbell for McNabb only to bench McNabb for Rex Grossman then moved back to McNabb before going back to Grossman. He then benched Grossman for John Beck then benched Beck for Grossman. It sounds confusing right? That’s because it is! It should also be unacceptable. Riley: The quarterback changes were in an effort to spark wins, not because he didn’t know what he was doing. It was clear after McNabb’s first few games that he wasn’t going to be the answer in D.C. so Shanahan gave just about everyone on the roster a fair chance to earn a temporary job. You can’t look back on it and say ‘hey, Washington should’ve kept McNabb,” since he was cut by the struggling Vikings this year. Shanahan had a plan in McNabb and stuck with it for as long as he could. He should be commended for cutting ties so soon while most coaches would’ve held on and prolonged the inevitable.

Riley: You don’t fire a two-time Super Bowl coach after two years with no viable quarterback or talent on the roster. I’m a firm believer that all coaches should be given a minimum of three years and clearly the Redskins weren’t in any kind of contending shape once Shanahan arrived. It’s going to take possibly four to five years to whip this team into shape and I think team owner Daniel Snyder knew that before he even put Shanahan into coaching consideration.

Green: I can’t pardon a guy who’s running a circus. He’s supposed to be an offensive guru but Washington’s offense has looked like a mess. The running game has been serviceable behind a group of average runners but from his bouts with Albert Haynesworth, McNabb and others, it’s clear he’s lost this team. Do you really expect improvement next season? I don’t. Washington already has ex-Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris on staff now, I say let him run the show. Trevor Pryce said back in 2006 that Shanahan was the worst coach he ever played for and said he doesn’t inspire players in the locker room.

Green: Personally, I think Washington should’ve fired Shanahan after Week 17 of this past season. He’s getting paid way too much money to not have won anything in two years. And I know the Redskins have had problems with too many culture and coaching changes and not enough patience but this is not the right guy to establish a culture. How can you have patience with a coach who has no patience with his players? He’s already set the franchise back by

Riley: You’re funny. You talk about Shanahan losing the team but you want a guy who just lost 10 straight games to coach? Ridiculous. The rebuilding project is well underway in Washington and Shanahan has done the most with the talent he’s had. This franchise was a mess before he took over so it’s hard to turn a dump around in just two seasons. Give him another year or two and I expect Shanahan to have the ship righted.

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By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO Third in a series

Retreat is probably the most beautiful ceremony in the army. Here, Cpl. Robert Parker of the Drum and Bugle Corps, at the Tuskegee Army Air Field is sounding retreat. Immediately after his call, hundreds of cadets and enlisted men march in parade to participate in the ceremony.

Second Lieutenants Walter J. Palmer, Johnson C. Wells and Virgil J. Richardson are charting their course before entering a fighter plane at the Tuskegee Air Field.

A small portion of the mail handled and distributed by the post office at Tuskegee Army Flying School may be seen in this photo. It is considered the best among army fields in the southeast and is the soldier’s best friend. A letter from home is always good for the morale.

James Michael of Charleston, S.C., Arthur Gabriel of San Antonio, Texas and Henry Tate of Indianapolis, Ind. are shown giving a trainer plane at the Tuskegee Army Flying School a final check. Efficiency is their keynote. They realize the importance of their work, and are on the job day in and day out “Keeping ‘Em Flying.”

“Red Tails,” a new Hollywood motion picture starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Oscar nominee Terence Howard was released Jan. 20 in theaters across the nation. It tells the story of the legendary Tuskegee, the first Black aviators in the United States Armed Forces. The AFRO reported on the adventures of the iconic airmen who despite battling prodigious racism and Jim Crow in America, fought for their country during World War II with incredible courage and honor and in the process shattered myriad racial stereotypes. In the wake of Hollywood’s depiction of the mythic aviators, the AFRO has unearthed the real story of the Tuskegee Airmen told through the stellar reporting of AFRO greats like Art Carter, Ollie Stewart and Vincent Tubbs.

“The Fighting 99th!” “Maintaining its “hot” pace against the Luftwaffe, the 99th Fighter Squadron has added four more victories to its string in four days of combat flying over the week end, shooting down three enemy planes Monday after blasting one out of the sky Friday,” wrote the AFRO’s Art Carter from the Advanced Air Base in Italy, in February 1944. “99th Gets 4 More: Total Now 17 Nazis Downed, 6 Damage,” was the headline of Carter’s story. “Second Lieuts. Clinton B. Mills, 1215 Fayetteville Street, Durham, N.C., Leonard M. Jackson, Fort Worth, Tex., and Winson V. Eagleson, Bloomington, Ind., registered victories in Monday’s triple triumph, the latter downing his second Nazi plane in 10 days,” Carter wrote. After all the outright resistance of the White military establishment to Black aviators taking to the skies and fighting for their country and all their palpable angst about Blacks being able to endure the mental and physical rigors of aviation, Black pilots perhaps performed even beyond their own expectations once they entered the theater of World War II. “The Fighting 99th,” as they were known, first saw combat duty in July 1943 in North Africa, where they joined the 33rd Fighter Group. Their mission was to attack the island of Pantelleria in the Mediterranean Sea, to clear the sea lanes for the Allied invasion of Sicily. The air assault actually began on May 30 and by June 11 for one of the few times in history at that point a military force was defeated solely by air power. About one month later, the 99th registered their first battle losses, but also scored its first official take down of a Nazi plane. “The Ninety-ninth Fighter Squadron’s first battle-front losses were suffered July 2, 1943, when two of its planes failed to return from a mission over Sicily – the mission on which First Lieut. Charles Hall of Brazil, Ind., earned credit for the first positive destruction of a German plane,” reported the AFRO’s Ollie Stewart in July 1943. “One of the pilots of the missing U.S. planes is believed to be safe. The fateful encounter with German Focke Wulf190’s came while the Tuskegee-trained

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flyers were returning to their base after an early-morning bomber-escort mission,” Stewart wrote. “Upon their return, Hall was given a party by his fellow pilots and warmly congratulated by Lieut. Col. B. O. Davis Jr., commanding officer of the squadron, who participated in the mission,” Stewart added. The 99th Fighter Squadron earned three Distinguished Unit Citations during World War II for their battles at Pantelleria in Italy and Tunisia in Northern Africa, Monastery Hill near Monte Cassino, Italy and beating back German planes March 24, 1945, which was the longest bomber escort mission during World War II. Incredibly, the pilots of the Fighting 99th, set a record for destroying five enemy aircraft in less than four minutes. The Tuskegee trained 332nd Fighter Group also accumulated accolades as they piled up enemy aircraft. The 332nd flew missions in Sicily, Anzio, Normandy, the Rhineland, the Po Valley and Rome-Arno among others. The AFRO’s Frances Yancey reported with the 332nd in Italy in May 1945. “I have just had a fighter pilots eye-view of the terrific havoc and tremendous damage, inflicted on the retreating Nazis supply lines, airfields, bridges, railway yards and military installations by fighters and bombers of the 15th Air Force, action in which Col. B.O. Davis’ 332nd Fighter Group played an important role as they paved the way for the collapse of enemy resistance along this front,” Yancey wrote. The pilots of the 332nd first saw combat in February 1944 and compiled more than 1,000 awards and decorations during their service in World War II. They are credited with destroying 112 airborne enemy aircraft, 150 aircraft on the ground, more than 600 train cars and over 40 barges or boats and a German Navy destroyer. Overall, the Tuskegee Airmen destroyed 261 aircraft, damaged another 148, flew 15,533 sorties, 1,578 missions and earned 95 Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Benjamin O. Davis Jr., 1942

Pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group now stationed at the Army Air Field at Michigan brush up on use of the .45 Colt automatic which they will carry in combat.

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1171 Ymelda Chavez Dixon aka Ymelda C. Dixon Decedent Norman G. Schneider 5001 Seminary Road Suite 110 Alexandria, VA 22311 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Stanlee Miller Coy and Imelda Miller Gonzalez de Diego, whose address(es) are 3601 Connecticut Ave, NW, #221, Washington DC 20008 and Caile Chopos, Madrid Spain were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Ymelda Chavez Dixon aka Ymelda C. Dixon, who died on August 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 July 27, 2012. 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 July 27, 2012, 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: January 27, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Stanlee Miller Coy Imelda Miller Gonzalezde Diego 202-425-5778 Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OFTue Jan 24 REGISTER WILLS 1/27, 2/3, 2/10

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Mamie Simon, whose address is 4059 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. Washington DC 20032 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Carrie T. Sanders, who died on October 22, 1992 with a Will. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceed08:18:38 EST 2012 ing. 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 July 27, 2012. 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 July 27, 2012, 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: January 27, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Mamie Simon Personal Representative 202-574-1872 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: 1/27, Tue 2/3, Jan2/10 24

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Bob Gerber, whose address is 50 Dixon Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Linda G. Klein, who died on September 13, 2011 with a Will. 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 February 26, 2012. 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 February 26, 2012, 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: January 27, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Bob Gerber 50 Dixon Street Newport, RI 02840 203-246-3663 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Jan 24 1/27

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM17 GRACE E. H. SMITH Decedent NOTICE OF 08:19:24 EST 2012 APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Lutheran Norman Smith, whose address is 11916 Crestwood Ave South Brandywine MD 20613, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Grace E. H. Smith, who died on November 9, 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 July 27, 2012. 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 July 27, 2012, 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: January 27, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Lutheran Norman Smith Personal Representative 301-372-8335 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: 1/27, Tue 2/3, Jan2/10 24

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM16 Beatrice S. Cooke aka Beatrice Scott Cooke Decedent 08:28:24 EST 2012 Jr James E. McCollum, Esq. 7390 Baltimore Ave. SUPERIOR COURT OF Suite 117 THE DISTRICT OF College Park, MD COLUMBIA 20740 PROBATE DIVISION Attorney Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 NOTICE OF Foreign No. APPOINTMENT, 2012FEP1 NOTICE TO Date of Death CREDITORS August 1, 2011 AND NOTICE TO Theodoric C. James Jr UNKNOWN HEIRS Decedent

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Linda B. (Chiles) Shell, whose address is 8060 13th Street, Silver Spring MD 20910 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Beatrice S. Cooke aka Beatrice Scott Cooke, who died on October 12, 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 July 27, 2012. 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 July 27, 2012, 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: January 27, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Linda B. Shell Personal Representative 301-589-1508 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/27, 2/3, 2/10

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM11 Zadie M. Pledger Decedent William A. Bland, Esq 1140 Connecticut Ave NW, #1100 Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1279 Alice F. Wilson Decedent Gloria Johnson 1300 Mercantile Lane Suite 139 Largo, MD 20772 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

William A. Bland whose address is 1140 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1100 Washington DC 20036 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Zadie M. Pledger, who died on February 17, 2004 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., 500 Indiana Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 27, 2012. 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 July 27, 2012, 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: January 27, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter William A. Bland. Personal Representative 202-452-8080 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/27, 2/3, 2/10

Alice Bullock, whose address is 418-18th Street NE, Apt 4, Washington DC 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Alice F. Wilson, who died on October 12, 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 July 20, 2012. 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 July 20, 2012, 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: January 20, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Alice L. Bullock Personal Representative 202-422-8296 202-207-8298 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/20, 1/27, 2/3

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1262 Joan Jacqueline Phillips Decedent Thomas P. Hartnett, Esq 1310 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Washington DC 20003 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Mark A. Phillips, whose address is 918 Southern Avenue, SE Washington DC 20032 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Joan Jacqueline Phillips, who died on February 17, 2004 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 July 20, 2012. 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 July 20, 2012, 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: January 20, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Mark A. Phillips Personal Representative 202-327-4239 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/20, 1/27, 2/3


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Mary L. Scruggs, whose address is 4966 Keppler Road, Camp Springs, Maryland 20748 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Melmarie Gray Maybin, who died on April 2, 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 July 13, 2012. 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 July 13, 2012, 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: January 13, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Mary L. Scruggs Personal Representative 301-702-2405 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Jan 24 1/13, 1/20, 1/27

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 2010NEG23 Case No.2010GDN23 2809 Franklin Street NE, Washington DC 20018 202-832-5039 IN RE: Kelly Christina Talven Applicant

PURSUANT TO SCR-205 AND DC CODE 16-2501, 2502 AND 2503

ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Johnaton Kenedy Thornton having filed a complaint for judgment changing Kelly Christina Talven’s name to Kelly Christina TalvenThornton 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 22 day of December 2011 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 26th day of January 2012, 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 Afro-American newspaper. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 2012FSP000002 IN RE: Michael Angelo Williams Jr. Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Michael A. Williams Jr. having filed a complaint for judgment changing Michael Angelo Riley name to Michael Angelo Williams III 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 3rd day of January 2012, hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 7th day of February 2012, 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 Afro-American newspaper. JUDGE 08:28:01 ESTTue 2012Jan A TRUE COPY TEST: TYPESET: 24 1/20, 1/27, 2/3

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION Case Number. 2011CA001718B Judge John M. Mott Mark Bowser, et al., Plaintiff. vs. TIM LE, et al., Defendant. ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this action is to recover from injury and loss allegedly suffered by the plaintiffs because of the conduct of the defendants pertaining to an agreement regarding improvements to plaintiff’s home. Upon motion of the plaintiff, it is this 22nd day of December, 2011, ORDERED that the defendant, Tim Le, cause his appearance to be entered on or before the fortieth day, exclusive of Sundays and legal holidays, occurring after the day of the first publication of this order; otherwise the cause will be proceeded with as in case of default. The Honorable John M. Mott TYPESET:Associate Tue Jan 24 Judge 1/20, 1/27, 2/3

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 2010NEG23 Case No.2010GDN23 2809 Franklin Street NE, Washington DC 20018 202-832-5039 IN RE: Kevon Rene Talven Applicant

PURSUANT TO SCR-205 AND DC CODE 16-2501, 2502 AND 2503

ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Johnaton Kenedy Thornton having filed a complaint for judgment changing Kevon Rene Talven’s name to K e v o n R e n e Ta l v e n Thornton 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 22 day of December 2011 hereby. ORDERED, that2012 all persons 08:27:09 EST concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 26th day of January 2012, 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 Afro-American newspaper. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority is soliciting bids for Invitation No. 110020: Final Dewatering Facilities Second Contract. The following listing enumerates the major items of work included in the contract: 0 Excavation, backfill, excavation shoring and embankment construction 0 Foundation Support Piling 0 Concrete, structures 0 New Building Construction 0 Process and mechanical equipment and piping 0 Sludge Dewatering and Conveying Equipment 0 Modifications to existing buildings and areas 0 Electrical Substation 0 Electrical, Instrumentation and Control Work 0 Building demolition 0 Asbestos and lead paint remediation 0 TENORM removal and disposal The project requires completion within 990 consecutive calendar days. This project is estimated to cost between $50,000,000 and $70,000,000. The date for receipt of bids is February 29, 2012. This project 08:24:42 EST may 2012be funded in part by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A Fair Share Objective for Minority and Women´s Business Enterprises participation in this work of 32% and 6%, respectively, has been established. The program requirements are fully defined in USEPA´s Participation by Disadvantaged Enterprises in Procurement under EPA Financial Assistant Agreements - May 27, 2008” The Davis-Bacon wage determinations shall apply. DC Water Owner Controlled Insurance Program will provide insurance.

University of Maryland College Park, Maryland assistant direCtor for CoMPlianCe Position #117904

The University of Maryland, College Park is currently seeking an Assistant Director (A.D.) for Compliance to provide oversight and direction associated with approximately $580 million of contracts and grants awarded for sponsored research funding. RESPONSIBILITIES: In this role, you will provide guidance on financial compliance issues; recommend policy and procedure updates in accordance with relevant Federal and State regulations; perform periodic reviews of high-risk department processes and transactions; coordinate pertinent external audit and review requests; and partner with subject-matter experts for the development and delivery of compliance-related training. Additional information on responsibilities is available at jobs.umd.edu. QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree with five years of progressively responsible leadership in relevant functional areas in a complex organization; University setting is a plus. CPA certificate and/or an advanced degree are strongly preferred. Extensive understanding of regulations, policies and accounting principles related to federal contract and grant accounting, including concepts of cost allocation, allowability, and reasonableness are required. The ability to interact with all levels of campus administrators and external personnel, while working collaboratively in a decentralized environment, is critical. The candidate should show a history of “rolling up sleeves” to get the job done, particularly with respect to developing and delivering training programs. Effective communication, both orally and in writing, with a level of style, grammar, organization, and technical construction expected at a management level in a major research University is expected. TO APPLY: For best consideration, apply online at https://jobs.umd.edu by February 10, 2012.

Bid documents are available at the Department of Procurement, 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20032. Sets of Bidding Documents can be procured for a non-refundable $500 purchase price each, payable to DC Water. Payment must be in the form of a money order, certified check or a company check. Documents can be shipped to Bidders providing a Federal Express account number.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply.

The DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is a secured facility. Persons intending to pick-up Bidding Documents are to contact the Department of Procurement at 202-787-2020 for access authorization. For procurement information contact Mr. Carlo Enciso; email carlo. enciso@dcwater.com,Tel. no. 202-787-2029. For technical information contact: DETS-Construction.Bid.Inquiry@ dcwater.com View DC Water website at www.dcwater.com for current and up coming solicitations.

Concrete Inc. is seeking MBE 08:25:54 ESTGeneral, 2012

subcontractors & suppliers who perform various types of work relating to highway, bridge, & utility construction in the Maryland area. Call Mark Miller 301-948-4450. EEO

TYPESET: Tue Jan 24 08:20:23 EST 2012 NVTC is seeking public comment on its proposed 2012-2014 DBE program and its goal of 5.6%. The program and goal are available for the next 30 days at www.thinkoutsidethecar.org or by visiting NVTC at 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 620, Arlington, VA 22201. Public comments will be accepted for the next 45 days. Send comments to: Mariela GarciaColberg.

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM797 Melmarie Gray Maybin Decedent James E. McCollum, Jr Esq. 7390 Baltimore Ave. Suite 117 College Park, MD 20740 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Michael A. Williams Jr. having filed a complaint for judgment changing Mariah Armani Riley name to Mariah Armani Williams 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 3rd day of January 2012, hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 7th day of February 2012, 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 Afro-American newspaper. JUDGE TYPESET: 24 A TRUE Tue COPYJan TEST: 1/20, 1/27, 2/3

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Diane K. Burnes, John G. Katinas and Paul G. Katinas whose address are 20308 Watkins Meadow Drive, Germantown, MD 20876, 6739 Brigadoon Drive, Bethesda Md 20817, and 9 W Melrose Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 were appointed personal representative of the estate of Yvette C. Katinas, deceased, by the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, State of Maryland on December 22, 2011. Service of process may be made upon Philip N. Margolius, 4201 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 600, Wa s h i n g t o n D C 2 0 0 0 8 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 25% interest in lot 95 in square 179, known as 1628 Corcoran Street, NW 25% interest in lot 25 in square 179, known as 1625 17th Street NW Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 515 5th S t r e e t N W. , 3 r d F l o o r, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. (Strike preceding sentence if no real estate.) Diane K. Burnes John G. Katinas Paul G. Katinas Personal Representative(s) TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: January 27, 2012 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American TYPESET: Tue Jan 24 1/27, 2/3, 2/10

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2012FEP8 Date of Death October 27, 2011 Yvette C. Katinas Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS

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