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February 25, 2012 - February 25, 2012, The Afro-American A1 PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDITION

Volume 120 No. 29

FEBRUARY 25, 2012 - MARCH 2, 2012

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AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff

Can Knicks’ New Sensation Jeremy Lin Bring a Title to New York

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Legends and Pioneers 2012

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“Magic” Johnson Guiding Mocha Moms Visit White House Future of the Soul Train Brand
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Lots of Entertainment Possibilities Being Considered By Suzanne Gamboa Associated Press Before the death of Don Cornelius stirred pangs of “Soul Train” nostalgia in the American public, a group of Black entrepreneurs already had begun working to revive Cornelius’ creation and carry it beyond the continued popularity of the show’s dances and television reruns. What, exactly, can be done with “Soul Train,” given that it lasted nearly four decades and is considered an American institution, even though there hasn’t been a new episode in six years? Will the soul of “Soul Train” carry on,

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bringing a “Soul Train” variety show back to television, CEO Kenard Gibbs told The Associated Press. There have been discussions with writers about taking “Soul Train” to Broadway, Gibbs said, and also in the works are film opportunities, potential book deals and, in 2013, the first “Soul Train” cruise. “The brand itself, we believe, has far, far other entertainment-based tentacles we can stretch,” Gibbs said. During a memorial for Cornelius in Los Angeles last week, Don Cornelius Johnson assured File Photo Cornelius’ son Tony, “The brand that your or drift into history? father has created will last a Soul Train Holdings, the lifetime.” entity created by NBA legend Black Entertainment and entrepreneur Earvin Network, BET, and Centric “Magic” Johnson when he TV, a BET Network, also bought the “Soul Train” library have rights to the Soul Train and brand last year, has a brand and name, and have lot of ideas. Among them is revamped the Soul Train

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Fans hold pictures of Whitney Houston near the funeral services for the singer at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., Feb. 18.

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Awards, which have aired on BET Networks since 2009. The awards show has been the network’s second highestrated special, said Paxton Baker, Centric executive vice president and general manager. Baker said the show has held its own and plans are under way for a tribute to Cornelius for this year’s show, planned for broadcast Nov. 25, keeping its Sundayafter-Thanksgiving air date tradition, on BET and Centric. “For our part, it was a great brand and made a lot of sense for us to go out and acquire the brand and put our stamp on it,” Baker said. There are some 1,100 hours of “Soul Train” episodes and specials, many of which have only aired once on television. Some are posted on the “Soul Train” website, reminding viewers of celebrities’ past lives. Talk show host Jay Leno recently reminded star athlete Johnson, that even he once grooved on the iconic show’s dance floor. Leno aired a clip of a younger, slimmer Johnson towering over the other dancers with moves best described as bouncing, and jokingly asked if Johnson bought “Soul Train” ‘’just so you could burn that tape?” There is no shortchanging the impact that “Soul Train” still has today. “Soul Train” lines — some impromptu, some organized — popped up around the country in honor of Cornelius after his Feb. 1 death. Well before Cornelius died, they were a staple at weddings or other festive Continued on A6

More than 150 leaders of Mocha Moms, the national organization for stay-at-home mothers of color, visited the White House, Feb.16, 17, for a “Moms Briefing” and tour. Actress and mother Karyn Parsons also took part in the event. The program is among the events hosted by the White House in celebration of this year’s theme for National African American History Month, “Black Women in American Culture and History.” Officials from several agencies within the Obama Administration participated in a series of panels, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Courtesy Photo P. Jackson. Jackson, a mother of two Mocha Moms enjoying their White House tour. sons, is the first African American to head the country’s top agency for Wing of the White House with members environmental concerns. She also serves on online and White House Director of Public President Obama’s cabinet. Engagement Jon Carson. She said the moms Kuae Mattox, national president of posed “very thoughtful questions” regarding Mocha Moms, moderated the forum, which Continued on A3 included a Twitter party from the West

Interracial Marriages on the Rise By Maria Morales Special to the AFRO “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is becoming a standard refrain in many homes as the number of interracial marriages reached an all-time high in 2010, according to a study just released on Social and Demographic Trends

project by the Pew Research Center. “The upward trend of intermarriage is many decades old,” said Russ Oates of the Pew Center. “Marriage across racial and ethnic lines continues to be on the rise in the United States. Just as intermarriage has become more common, Americans’ growing acceptance of intermarriage is echoed on a personal level.” The infamous line from the 1967 movie by the same name starring Sidney Poitier, who meets his White fiancée’s parents for the first time, is being repeated more frequently as acceptance of couples of different racial

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A couple of days ago I was watching, “Hardball,” with Chris Matthews and the hot subject that evening was the GOP’s man of the hour or bum of the month, depending on your perspective, Rick Santorum. Since his rather improbable caucus victory in Iowa last month the pervasive media narrative on the former Pennsylvania Senator has been, “authentic.” Juxtaposed to the wooden Willard Romney the tag becomes that much more demonstrative. “You gotta give him points for being who he is,” said Susan Milligan of U.S. News and World Report. Well, it is abundantly clear now – if it wasn’t before – where Santorum stands, but he certainly doesn’t earn any points from me for, “being who he is.”

and ethnic backgrounds is also on the rise, according to the report. The report tracks data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) in 2008-2010, the most recent year data is available, on newlyweds who marry spouses of a different race or ethnicity, and compares couples who “marry out” with those who “marry in.” Nationwide, 8.4 percent or one in 12 of all marriages in the U. S. are between spouses of a different race or ethnicity, the report found. That’s more than double the share in 1980, the first year Census data on interracial marriages is available, when three percent of newlywed couples were interracial. About 15 percent of newlyweds in 2010 iStockphoto alone were interracial couples. “Intermarriage in the United States tilts West,” said the researchers. The West had the highest number of interracial marriages between 2008 and 2010, where 22 percent, or approximately one in five marriages, were between people of different races, followed by 14 percent in the South, 13 percent in the Northeast and 11 percent in the Midwest. In Maryland, 2.2 percent of more than 108,000 marriages performed in that timeframe included White-Black mates, whereas less than one percent of almost 12,000 marriages Continued on A6

“Who” Santorum is has been on display since he first emerged on the national scene in the early 90’s as a Congressman representing the 18th Congressional District of Western Pennsylvania. However, his bid for the GOP nomination for president has provided him a much broader national platform and since his triple win in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota earlier this month the media spotlight on him has become exponentially brighter and hotter. Now, everybody can see and hear for themselves just “who” Rick Santorum is.

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‘Sparkle’ Producers Say Film Still Set for August Premiere, Despite Whitney Houston’s Death Producers of the upcoming remake of the 1976 movie Sparkle say the film will premiere this summer as planned, despite the recent death of its top star Whitney Houston. “Like all those who knew and loved her, we are shocked and saddened and the world has lost an incomparable talent,” Sony spokesman Steve Elzer said in a statement. “Right now our thoughts are with her daughter, her family and her friends.” According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony’s Tristar Pictures will release the film on Aug. 17. “Sparkle” marks Houston’s first movie role since her 1996 film “The Preacher’s Wife.” Former “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks is playing the title role in the movie, which chronicles the rise of a singing trio loosely based on the Supremes. The film also stars actors Derek Luke, Mike Epps and singer/ rapper Cee-Lo Green. According to EUR Web, Mara Brock Akil who executive produces BET’s “The Game,” wrote the script. It was directed by her husband Salim Akil, who also directed the 2011 romance comedy “Jumping the Broom.” Houston, who plays Sparks’ characters’ mother, also executive produced the film and contributed to its soundtrack. Billboard magazine reported that the late singer performs the gospel song “Eyes on the Sparrow” in the film and duets with Sparks on a new song that was penned by R. Kelly. “This would have been a big, big comeback, she is so brilliant in it,” Howard Rosenman, an executive producer of the film told the Hollywood Reporter. “I was just raving about her performance, she was so great in it. I’m just in shock.”

Fisk University President Hazel O’Leary Says She Will Step Down

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Fisk University President Hazel O’Leary announced Feb. 17 plans to retire at the end of the year, falling short of her stated goal of reversing the financial dilemma facing the 146 year-old Black university. Her announcement comes as the institution’s status among Historically Black Colleges and Universities has stabilized but remains far from the goal of financial security she set when she took the helm eight years ago and is enmeshed in an accreditation struggle and a legal fight over a plan to raise cash by selling high-priced assets. “While much remains to

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New York City Police Infiltrate Sharpton’s Organization, Reporter Says The National Action Network (NAN) is considering legal action against the New York Police Department in response to allegations that the department spied on the civil rights group and its leader, Rev. Al Sharpton. The NYPD allegedly planted a confidential informant in NAN’s Harlem headquarters to report on any large-scale protests planned in response to the acquittal of the officers who massacred Sean Bell, an unarmed Black man whom police riddled with bullets and killed right before his wedding in November 2006, veteran police reporter and author Len Levitt reported on HuffingtonPost.com Feb. 13.Citing secret police documents he said he obtained, Levitt also alleged that the NYPD tried to malign NAN leader, the Rev. Al Sharpton, by spreading rumors that he is a homosexual. “The confidential informant infiltrated a NAN meeting on May 3, 2008, and reported back to the NYPD’s Intelligence Division,” Levitt wrote. “…According to the police document, the informant, who was identified not by name but by a five-digit number given to him by the department, provided the NYPD with a detailed description of NAN’s protest plans, including the names of prominent African-Americans set to participate, the locations where protesters would gather and the number of demonstrators who would offer themselves up for arrest.” Since Levitt’s article was published, Black leaders have rallied behind Sharpton. Many said the situation bears shades of the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program, called COINTELPRO, that was initiated by then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. From 1956 through 1971, the agency spied on Black leaders and tried to undermine civil rights and Black activism.

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All of these things arenews doneaccount with the out that ACORN is say charges were politically motivat-Bay point AFRO Staff Writer “As we go about our busy lives, we often Chesapeake in mind. Project officials required by law to turn all reged. forget the value natural resources bring that this street will significantly lighteninthe istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowThe town of Edmonston was recognized to our daily routine,” said Davis. “Those town’s environmental footprint on the bay. to note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, by the White House last week for its fortunate enough to have green spaces in “When it rains, the water picks up and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first green street project which has completely their communities often busily drive past the pollutants that have collected on parking lots, brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those transformed one of the town’s streets into a neighborhood park without a glance on the streets and farms, and moves them into storm to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote fully environmental responsible street. way to work. At times we take forDemocratic, granted thewhichdrains tributaries into our rivers,” the The McCain camp apparently is not and neces“This is a great day for the Town of trees providing shade for and adding property project said in a statement. “River currents isn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” Edmonston and Prince George’s County. value to our homes.” much pollutants into themisleadBay, points, preferring to air ACORN is no carry stranger to of these To be honored by President Obama and The main accomplishment of the project is where they then settle and cause destructive ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. The White House as a model of best storm water retention and filtration. Instead of the imbalances, crabs, oysters other to ACORN, therebyand undercutting For 38 years, non-partisankilling his political support. organization for social practices for environmental sustainability having storm water or rain runoff be diverted has fought wildlife. We cannot save the Bay without McCain: I’m McCain and be economic justice for storm low- water practices, is an amazing accomplishment and into the town’s sewers, it will instead better andJohn green I approve moderate-income testament to the work the Town achieved,” diverted into specially landscapedand areas which streets are key if and we want to fixthis themessage. pollution Announcer: Who is Barack memstated Prince George’s County Executive will filter the water to through the Americans. ground. With 400,000 problem.” Obama? man with “arecognize political ber families organized into more Rushern Baker. That ground will be a green space full of trees Baker took time out toApersonally baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapAided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the and plants. former Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz for his speed.” Vast ambition. After coltersthe in 110 cities nationwide, town of Edmonston used its proximity to One thing that has happened was leadership on the project, the first of its kind in ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. the Anacostia River to help in transforming creation of a native tree canopy. The town Maryland. its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. Decatur Street. According to town restored large trees such as oaks, maples and “On a personal note,Obama I wantmet to congratulate There, Madeleine cating for affordable housing, officials, the mayor and residents decided sycamores to create a natural filtration of former Mayor, and now a member of my Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the to take action after years of flooding from airborne pollutants attract more watershed administration as CountyStat manager, Adam branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organpoor environmental practices. birds and decrease summer heat. izing voter registration Ortizdrives. for his hardimpressive work andthat bold leadership he was asked to Associate executive director and chief The town also used as much recycled this recognition,” Baker continued. train the ACORN staff. But none has beentoasearn withering scientist of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Jana materials in repaving the roads and sidewalks “The innovation and ingenuity Adaminused as What did ACORN Chicago and baseless as this one. Courtesy Photo/Town of Edmonston engage in? Bullying banks. Davis, Ph.D., said this was an important as possible as well. According to the project, Mayor of Edmonston is now being utilized for With the presidential election Green Street Project Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than project because many people often take for the town used milled asphalt, concrete andtwo weeks allaway, Prince Georgians in his role as Manager of of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the granted how the environment affects their glass. CountyStat.” organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that work-life balance, obesity, African-American history was the tour’s focus, Mattox said, encourage women of color who are making parenting a priority caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus affordable health care, mortgage which culminated with a performance by the North Carolina in this season in their lives,” she said. in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse refinancing, entrepreneurship A&T State University Choir. Continued from A1 and education. “It was an historic milestone for our organization,” said “Our mothers are working Mattox. “The invitation from the White House helped to hard to raise children with strong values and a firm educational validate us, as mothers of color and particularly mothers of foundation while making important decisions about their color who stay home. It was a humbling experience.” own lives that will affect their families, particularly in these Mocha Moms was founded in 1997 by four AfricanIdentification Statements challenging economic times,” Mattox said. “We were thrilled American mothers in Prince George’s County. Currently, the Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. Subscription Rate: to have the opportunity to hear, up close and personal, how this organization has 100 chapters with more than 3,000 members Baltimore - 1 Year - $30.00 (Price includes tax.) 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t this time over the past seven years during Black History Month, the AFRO has focused its readers’ attention on those whose contributions and efforts have pioneered noticeable improvements in the quality of life of the community. This year we recognized four individuals and an organization at the 7th Annual Legends and Pioneers Awards Ceremony held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. It is appropriate that during Black History Month, we honor people who never expect recognition, but nevertheless do what they can in response to needs that benefit many in our community. Our honorees give thought, time and money to bridge the gap between what people have and what they need in order to progress to the next level. This year’s honorees are Eddie C. Brown, investment manager and philanthropist; Kweisi Mfume, former congressman, community leader, civil rights warrior and corporate consultant; Moses Newson, a journalism icon and former editor of the AFRO and the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, community investors and mentors. Honors also go, posthumously, to hile investment management is In 1996, Brown and his wife Sylvia Victorine Q. Adams, first African American woman to serve in the Baltimore City business tycoon Eddie Brown’s launched the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Council and founder of the Baltimore Fuel Fund. primary passion, philanthropy is indeed a Foundation. The program sets out to Together with Miller Lite, our sponsor, we are delighted to show our appreciation of this year’s Legends and Pioneers who have contributed much to runner up. improve socioeconomic issues in indigent the improvements and progress of our community. Born to a 13-year-old mother in Apopka, communities in Baltimore. Fla. in 1940, Brown was initially reared “We decided as a family that there’s so Profiles By Gregory Dale by his grandparents and then relocated to many African Americans in need and we set Allentown, Pa. to live with his mother. out to see if we could improve and save the After graduating from Allentown High lives of those less fortunate,” Brown said. School, he attended Howard University where We focused on three areas--one is education

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ictorine Quille Adams’ keen eye for business and strong passion for philanthropy certainly left a lasting legacy in the communities she served. Born in Baltimore on April 28, 1912, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and continued her studies at Coppin Normal School. Shortly thereafter, she earned a degree in education and began her teaching career. Adams later went on to receive an undergraduate degree from then Morgan State College and also pursued graduate work at the New York University School of Business. In 1935, Adams married businessman William L. Adams. “Little Willie,” as he

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American Honor Roll in 1949. In the 1960s, Adams was elected into the Maryland Assembly and later became the first African- American woman elected to the Baltimore City Council. In addition to her strong interest in business and politics, Adams also had an affection for community outreach. After a local family experienced a devastating tragedy as a result of lacking utility service in the winter of 1978, Adams sprung into action. She approached local leaders with an idea to help citizens with their energy bills. Partnering with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Adams launched

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arly on in his career, Kweisi Mfume knew he wanted to make an impact. “I’m a product of the 1960s,” he told the AFRO in a recent interview. “I think that most of us who came out of that era, came out of it with a sense of mission that we had to do something to change the state of affairs for Black people and do it without apology.“ In the face of several challenges, Mfume has indeed accomplished his goal and has received hundreds of awards, proclamations and citations in the process. Born in Baltimore in 1948, Mfume was forced to provide for himself and his siblings after his mother passed away when he was just a teen. Inner city plights and pitfalls surrounded Mfume during this period as he struggled to survive in his West Baltimore neighborhood. But he soon vied for a change. “It was just not a good time,” he said. “What got me out of that and set me back on track was the basic set of values that my mother and my sister taught me before she died. [She taught us] to work hard, play by the rules, love your country, cherish your faith, respect the elderly and believe that you could do anything.” He later earned his GED and began the process of turning his life around. After attending Baltimore Community College, he enrolled at Morgan State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1976. While at Morgan, he was instrumental in launching the university’s radio station WEAA, where he later worked as a commentator, newscaster and on-air personality. He also

Photo by Alexis Taylor

served as the station’s program director for over a decade. A growing interest in politics spurred Mfume to run for Baltimore City Council and he was elected in 1979. While serving in local government, he worked tirelessly to improve community safety, grow business development, diversify city government and divest city funds to the apartheid government of South Africa. Also during this time, he earned a master’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in

international studies from Johns Hopkins University. After serving in the city council for seven years, Mfume was elected to Congress in 1986. In this capacity, he fervently advocated for the community and helped pass landmark business and civil rights legislation. But a new challenge imminently awaited him. By the mid 1990s, the NAACP faced several hardships and was $4 million in debt. Feeling the pull to help, Mfume stepped

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down from Congress and became the president and chief executive officer of the organization. “For me, the possibility of being able to save an organization was more important, than keeping a comfortable seat in Congress,” he said. “I gave it my best shot to see if I could do it and we were able to do just that. Some people said it was a step down, but I don’t consider it one. You go to do service and try to make a difference.” Mfume successfully raised $90 million in outside donations for the organization and helped restore it to national prominence. Most recently in his career, Mfume headed the National Medical Association and served on the National Advisory Council of Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institute of Health. Today, he works as a corporate consultant for AT&T and is currently in the process of penning his second book. He also holds several honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities across the country. Determined to inspire a new generation of leaders, he often lectures and mentors budding politicians and public speakers. He formerly headed a national public speaking circuit that traveled to numerous colleges, universities, corporations, and medical and bar associations. But he explained that he has since terminated the circuit to be closer to a place that’s close to his heart--his hometown. “The circuit kept me away from Baltimore just too much and I wanted to make sure that I had a chance to interact with younger people here that want to make a difference,” he said. “That’s kept me quite busy.”

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he received a B.S. in electrical engineering. He later went on to receive a masters degree in the same field from New York University. Shortly thereafter, Brown landed a career at IBM’s Systems Development Division in New York designing computer circuits. But a passion for business and the stock markets would later spur him to shift gears. Brown earned an MBA from Indiana University in 1970, and later started working at the Irwin Management Co. in Columbus. After working at that firm for three years, he relocated to Baltimore and became a portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price. Nearly a decade later, Brown became an entrepreneur after he launched his own investment management firm. Today, Brown Capital Management boasts several national and international clients and manages over$4 billion in assets. But at the crux of Brown’s drive is a passion to give to the less fortunate. “I have not only been blessed to do well financially, but I’ve also focused on giving back,” Brown told the AFRO in a recent interview. Every opportunity that I get, I seek ways to encourage other African Americans to be more charitable.”

at all levels, the arts and improving health outcomes in impoverished communities.” Recipients of Brown’s contributions include the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, among many other institutions, programs and organizations. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has donated over $22 million. In the future, Brown said that he would like to see a continued growth in assets at Brown Capital. “I have spent a lot of time figuring out a succession plan to make sure that Brown Capital continues to exist and thrive even after I retire-- [though] I have no plans on retiring in the near future,” he said.”That’s been a very assertive effort.” Additionally, Brown says he would like to see an improvement in the place that he calls home. “In Baltimore, I’d like to see the city become more healthy as a people, especially in these poor neighborhoods,” he said. “I want to see Baltimore become a greater American city.”

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was commonly called, was the co-founder of the Park Sausage Company and later became the co-owner of the real estate construction firm A&R Development Corp. While “Little Willie” was indeed a major figure in Charm City, Adams did not live in the shadow of her husband’s success. She was the owner and manager of Charm Center, an upscale women’s apparel shop located on Pennsylvania Avenue. In addition to offering patrons the latest fashions at the boutique, she also offered women grooming techniques and lectures on social skills and personal development. Passionate about voter rights, Adams launched the Colored Women’s Democratic Committee in 1946. She also spearheaded a register-to-vote campaign that enrolled over 4,000 people. After achieving this feat, Adams was inducted into the Afro-

the Baltimore Fuel Fund. The venture was the first of its kind in the nation and soon served as a model for other cities across the country. Adams’ additional contributions included raising over $173,000 for the Provident Hospital Century Club and helping to plan the location of the Social Security Complex in downtown Baltimore. In 1984, the Adams’ launched the William L. and Victorine Q. Adams Foundation to help promote the undergraduate study of business among Black students in Baltimore City. Since its founding, the scholarship has afforded numerous local students the opportunity to realize their educational aspirations. Leaving behind a lifelong legacy of tremendous contributions and noteworthy achievements, Adams died on Jan. 8, 2006 at the age of 93.

ith his fearlessness and determination, veteran journalist Moses Newson can easily be labeled as one of the key voices of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Born in Fruitland Park, Fla., Newson went to school in nearby Leesburg. The strict racial segregation present in his hometown and across the country inspired him to get involved to fight for change. “Everything was racially segregated,” Newson said. “I had access to newspapers like the Pittsburgh Courier and the AFROAmerican and it occurred to me that getting into journalism would be a way that I could have some impact and play a role in some of the changes that some people were struggling to bring about.” He spent a few semesters at Storer College in West Virginia, and later transferred to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where he received a B.A. in journalism. After a brief stint in the U.S. Navy, Newson was hired at the Tri-State Defender newspaper in 1952. While at the Defender, he covered a score of landmark historical events, including the 1955 Emmet Till murder trial in Mississippi. With five years experience as a writer, he relocated to Baltimore and began working for the AFRO American. Newson was instrumental in covering a bevy of major civil rights events, most notably

the 1961 Freedom Rides that challenged racial segregation in the deep south. Despite the danger he faced and his turbulent experiences on the trip, Newson pressed on. “Once you get out there and you see these young and old people fighting for equal opportunities for Black people, it wasn’t something that you would give up on,” he said. “The story needed to be told from the viewpoint of the people who were struggling out there to bring about changes.” Over the course of his career, Newson also covered the “Little Rock Nine” and the desegregation of the University of Mississippi in 1962. He also covered news abroad in Nigeria, South Africa, Jamaica, Panama and Cuba. “The commitment to try to better situations for Blacks locally, nationally and internationally was one of the greatest opportunities in my career,” he said. Newson explained that his time spent at the AFRO was a major facet in his career. He worked for the paper for over 20 years, as a reporter and later the executive editor. “My time at the AFRO gave me an opportunity to work with some of the finest journalists anywhere and some of the most respected ownership families in the business,” he said. “The paper made it possible for me to be involved.”

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ince its inception, the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. has been a stalwart in its community and a breeding ground for America’s next generation of leaders. Shortly after the founding of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity on Howard University’s campus in 1911, local attorney and Alpha Chapter member Linwood Koger recognized a need for a graduate chapter in the Baltimore region. After teaming with fellow brothers George W. Evans, J. Steward Davis, Harry Pratt and a host of others, the group received a charter and founded the Pi Omega Chapter. For nearly a century, Pi Omega has touched the lives of numerous families throughout the region through social action programs, community service and scholarships. Through their endeavors, the chapter has fulfilled the four cardinal principles of the fraternity--manhood, scholarship, perseverance and [to] uplift. “Ever since the beginning, there’s always been a commitment to the community,” Ben Phillips, member of Pi Omega and the AFRO’s director of Global Markets said in an

interview. “Pi Omega, which is one of the oldest chapters of the fraternity has always stressed that in its activities.” Each week, Pi Omega mentors tutor students at the Matthew Henson Elementary School. The chapter also helms the Kelvin J. O’Neal Memorial Talent Hunt Program, which provides talented Baltimore area high school students with the opportunity to win cash prizes, trips, savings bonds, trophies and certificates. Annually, the chapter awards scholarships to high school students who wish to attend historically Black institutions. During the holiday season, the chapter hosts its annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Basket Program to help feed needy families. Additionally, Pi Omega also helps support the AFRO’s Mrs. Santa program to provide gifts and toys for needy families in the area. In an effort to increase health awareness throughout the community, Pi Omega has hosted numerous health events including its “Staying Alive” health festival which provides free fitness and nutrition information, HIV/AIDS testing and prostate and blood pressure screenings.

The year 2011 was a monumental year for Pi Omega. Last April, it launched the Omega Baltimore Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists the men of Omega Psi Phi in servicing the Baltimore community. Nearly eight months later, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates granted the Omega Baltimore Foundation with a seed money award of $50,000 to re-establish the Easterwood Recreation Center with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP). Addressing the needs of residents in the Coppin Heights/ Ash-Co-East Community, the Easterwood Center is in alignment with Pi Omega’s “Omega’s Uplifting Baltimore” project that focuses on youth development and healthy active aging for older adults. Philips explained that in retrospect, he believes Pi Omega has had a “significant impact” on the greater Baltimore community because of its vast number of talented individuals. “[Pi Omega] is brothers who have had a lot of individual accomplishments coming together to form something greater,” he said.


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t this time over the past seven years during Black History Month, the AFRO has focused its readers’ attention on those whose contributions and efforts have pioneered noticeable improvements in the quality of life of the community. This year we recognized four individuals and an organization at the 7th Annual Legends and Pioneers Awards Ceremony held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. It is appropriate that during Black History Month, we honor people who never expect recognition, but nevertheless do what they can in response to needs that benefit many in our community. Our honorees give thought, time and money to bridge the gap between what people have and what they need in order to progress to the next level. This year’s honorees are Eddie C. Brown, investment manager and philanthropist; Kweisi Mfume, former congressman, community leader, civil rights warrior and corporate consultant; Moses Newson, a journalism icon and former editor of the AFRO and the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, community investors and mentors. Honors also go, posthumously, to hile investment management is In 1996, Brown and his wife Sylvia Victorine Q. Adams, first African American woman to serve in the Baltimore City business tycoon Eddie Brown’s launched the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Council and founder of the Baltimore Fuel Fund. primary passion, philanthropy is indeed a Foundation. The program sets out to Together with Miller Lite, our sponsor, we are delighted to show our appreciation of this year’s Legends and Pioneers who have contributed much to runner up. improve socioeconomic issues in indigent the improvements and progress of our community. Born to a 13-year-old mother in Apopka, communities in Baltimore. Fla. in 1940, Brown was initially reared “We decided as a family that there’s so Profiles By Gregory Dale by his grandparents and then relocated to many African Americans in need and we set Allentown, Pa. to live with his mother. out to see if we could improve and save the After graduating from Allentown High lives of those less fortunate,” Brown said. School, he attended Howard University where We focused on three areas--one is education

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ictorine Quille Adams’ keen eye for business and strong passion for philanthropy certainly left a lasting legacy in the communities she served. Born in Baltimore on April 28, 1912, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and continued her studies at Coppin Normal School. Shortly thereafter, she earned a degree in education and began her teaching career. Adams later went on to receive an undergraduate degree from then Morgan State College and also pursued graduate work at the New York University School of Business. In 1935, Adams married businessman William L. Adams. “Little Willie,” as he

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American Honor Roll in 1949. In the 1960s, Adams was elected into the Maryland Assembly and later became the first African- American woman elected to the Baltimore City Council. In addition to her strong interest in business and politics, Adams also had an affection for community outreach. After a local family experienced a devastating tragedy as a result of lacking utility service in the winter of 1978, Adams sprung into action. She approached local leaders with an idea to help citizens with their energy bills. Partnering with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Adams launched

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arly on in his career, Kweisi Mfume knew he wanted to make an impact. “I’m a product of the 1960s,” he told the AFRO in a recent interview. “I think that most of us who came out of that era, came out of it with a sense of mission that we had to do something to change the state of affairs for Black people and do it without apology.“ In the face of several challenges, Mfume has indeed accomplished his goal and has received hundreds of awards, proclamations and citations in the process. Born in Baltimore in 1948, Mfume was forced to provide for himself and his siblings after his mother passed away when he was just a teen. Inner city plights and pitfalls surrounded Mfume during this period as he struggled to survive in his West Baltimore neighborhood. But he soon vied for a change. “It was just not a good time,” he said. “What got me out of that and set me back on track was the basic set of values that my mother and my sister taught me before she died. [She taught us] to work hard, play by the rules, love your country, cherish your faith, respect the elderly and believe that you could do anything.” He later earned his GED and began the process of turning his life around. After attending Baltimore Community College, he enrolled at Morgan State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1976. While at Morgan, he was instrumental in launching the university’s radio station WEAA, where he later worked as a commentator, newscaster and on-air personality. He also

Photo by Alexis Taylor

served as the station’s program director for over a decade. A growing interest in politics spurred Mfume to run for Baltimore City Council and he was elected in 1979. While serving in local government, he worked tirelessly to improve community safety, grow business development, diversify city government and divest city funds to the apartheid government of South Africa. Also during this time, he earned a master’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in

international studies from Johns Hopkins University. After serving in the city council for seven years, Mfume was elected to Congress in 1986. In this capacity, he fervently advocated for the community and helped pass landmark business and civil rights legislation. But a new challenge imminently awaited him. By the mid 1990s, the NAACP faced several hardships and was $4 million in debt. Feeling the pull to help, Mfume stepped

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down from Congress and became the president and chief executive officer of the organization. “For me, the possibility of being able to save an organization was more important, than keeping a comfortable seat in Congress,” he said. “I gave it my best shot to see if I could do it and we were able to do just that. Some people said it was a step down, but I don’t consider it one. You go to do service and try to make a difference.” Mfume successfully raised $90 million in outside donations for the organization and helped restore it to national prominence. Most recently in his career, Mfume headed the National Medical Association and served on the National Advisory Council of Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institute of Health. Today, he works as a corporate consultant for AT&T and is currently in the process of penning his second book. He also holds several honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities across the country. Determined to inspire a new generation of leaders, he often lectures and mentors budding politicians and public speakers. He formerly headed a national public speaking circuit that traveled to numerous colleges, universities, corporations, and medical and bar associations. But he explained that he has since terminated the circuit to be closer to a place that’s close to his heart--his hometown. “The circuit kept me away from Baltimore just too much and I wanted to make sure that I had a chance to interact with younger people here that want to make a difference,” he said. “That’s kept me quite busy.”

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he received a B.S. in electrical engineering. He later went on to receive a masters degree in the same field from New York University. Shortly thereafter, Brown landed a career at IBM’s Systems Development Division in New York designing computer circuits. But a passion for business and the stock markets would later spur him to shift gears. Brown earned an MBA from Indiana University in 1970, and later started working at the Irwin Management Co. in Columbus. After working at that firm for three years, he relocated to Baltimore and became a portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price. Nearly a decade later, Brown became an entrepreneur after he launched his own investment management firm. Today, Brown Capital Management boasts several national and international clients and manages over$4 billion in assets. But at the crux of Brown’s drive is a passion to give to the less fortunate. “I have not only been blessed to do well financially, but I’ve also focused on giving back,” Brown told the AFRO in a recent interview. Every opportunity that I get, I seek ways to encourage other African Americans to be more charitable.”

at all levels, the arts and improving health outcomes in impoverished communities.” Recipients of Brown’s contributions include the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, among many other institutions, programs and organizations. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has donated over $22 million. In the future, Brown said that he would like to see a continued growth in assets at Brown Capital. “I have spent a lot of time figuring out a succession plan to make sure that Brown Capital continues to exist and thrive even after I retire-- [though] I have no plans on retiring in the near future,” he said.”That’s been a very assertive effort.” Additionally, Brown says he would like to see an improvement in the place that he calls home. “In Baltimore, I’d like to see the city become more healthy as a people, especially in these poor neighborhoods,” he said. “I want to see Baltimore become a greater American city.”

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was commonly called, was the co-founder of the Park Sausage Company and later became the co-owner of the real estate construction firm A&R Development Corp. While “Little Willie” was indeed a major figure in Charm City, Adams did not live in the shadow of her husband’s success. She was the owner and manager of Charm Center, an upscale women’s apparel shop located on Pennsylvania Avenue. In addition to offering patrons the latest fashions at the boutique, she also offered women grooming techniques and lectures on social skills and personal development. Passionate about voter rights, Adams launched the Colored Women’s Democratic Committee in 1946. She also spearheaded a register-to-vote campaign that enrolled over 4,000 people. After achieving this feat, Adams was inducted into the Afro-

the Baltimore Fuel Fund. The venture was the first of its kind in the nation and soon served as a model for other cities across the country. Adams’ additional contributions included raising over $173,000 for the Provident Hospital Century Club and helping to plan the location of the Social Security Complex in downtown Baltimore. In 1984, the Adams’ launched the William L. and Victorine Q. Adams Foundation to help promote the undergraduate study of business among Black students in Baltimore City. Since its founding, the scholarship has afforded numerous local students the opportunity to realize their educational aspirations. Leaving behind a lifelong legacy of tremendous contributions and noteworthy achievements, Adams died on Jan. 8, 2006 at the age of 93.

ith his fearlessness and determination, veteran journalist Moses Newson can easily be labeled as one of the key voices of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Born in Fruitland Park, Fla., Newson went to school in nearby Leesburg. The strict racial segregation present in his hometown and across the country inspired him to get involved to fight for change. “Everything was racially segregated,” Newson said. “I had access to newspapers like the Pittsburgh Courier and the AFROAmerican and it occurred to me that getting into journalism would be a way that I could have some impact and play a role in some of the changes that some people were struggling to bring about.” He spent a few semesters at Storer College in West Virginia, and later transferred to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where he received a B.A. in journalism. After a brief stint in the U.S. Navy, Newson was hired at the Tri-State Defender newspaper in 1952. While at the Defender, he covered a score of landmark historical events, including the 1955 Emmet Till murder trial in Mississippi. With five years experience as a writer, he relocated to Baltimore and began working for the AFRO American. Newson was instrumental in covering a bevy of major civil rights events, most notably

the 1961 Freedom Rides that challenged racial segregation in the deep south. Despite the danger he faced and his turbulent experiences on the trip, Newson pressed on. “Once you get out there and you see these young and old people fighting for equal opportunities for Black people, it wasn’t something that you would give up on,” he said. “The story needed to be told from the viewpoint of the people who were struggling out there to bring about changes.” Over the course of his career, Newson also covered the “Little Rock Nine” and the desegregation of the University of Mississippi in 1962. He also covered news abroad in Nigeria, South Africa, Jamaica, Panama and Cuba. “The commitment to try to better situations for Blacks locally, nationally and internationally was one of the greatest opportunities in my career,” he said. Newson explained that his time spent at the AFRO was a major facet in his career. He worked for the paper for over 20 years, as a reporter and later the executive editor. “My time at the AFRO gave me an opportunity to work with some of the finest journalists anywhere and some of the most respected ownership families in the business,” he said. “The paper made it possible for me to be involved.”

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ince its inception, the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. has been a stalwart in its community and a breeding ground for America’s next generation of leaders. Shortly after the founding of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity on Howard University’s campus in 1911, local attorney and Alpha Chapter member Linwood Koger recognized a need for a graduate chapter in the Baltimore region. After teaming with fellow brothers George W. Evans, J. Steward Davis, Harry Pratt and a host of others, the group received a charter and founded the Pi Omega Chapter. For nearly a century, Pi Omega has touched the lives of numerous families throughout the region through social action programs, community service and scholarships. Through their endeavors, the chapter has fulfilled the four cardinal principles of the fraternity--manhood, scholarship, perseverance and [to] uplift. “Ever since the beginning, there’s always been a commitment to the community,” Ben Phillips, member of Pi Omega and the AFRO’s director of Global Markets said in an

interview. “Pi Omega, which is one of the oldest chapters of the fraternity has always stressed that in its activities.” Each week, Pi Omega mentors tutor students at the Matthew Henson Elementary School. The chapter also helms the Kelvin J. O’Neal Memorial Talent Hunt Program, which provides talented Baltimore area high school students with the opportunity to win cash prizes, trips, savings bonds, trophies and certificates. Annually, the chapter awards scholarships to high school students who wish to attend historically Black institutions. During the holiday season, the chapter hosts its annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Basket Program to help feed needy families. Additionally, Pi Omega also helps support the AFRO’s Mrs. Santa program to provide gifts and toys for needy families in the area. In an effort to increase health awareness throughout the community, Pi Omega has hosted numerous health events including its “Staying Alive” health festival which provides free fitness and nutrition information, HIV/AIDS testing and prostate and blood pressure screenings.

The year 2011 was a monumental year for Pi Omega. Last April, it launched the Omega Baltimore Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists the men of Omega Psi Phi in servicing the Baltimore community. Nearly eight months later, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates granted the Omega Baltimore Foundation with a seed money award of $50,000 to re-establish the Easterwood Recreation Center with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP). Addressing the needs of residents in the Coppin Heights/ Ash-Co-East Community, the Easterwood Center is in alignment with Pi Omega’s “Omega’s Uplifting Baltimore” project that focuses on youth development and healthy active aging for older adults. Philips explained that in retrospect, he believes Pi Omega has had a “significant impact” on the greater Baltimore community because of its vast number of talented individuals. “[Pi Omega] is brothers who have had a lot of individual accomplishments coming together to form something greater,” he said.


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Interracial Marriages Continued from A1 performed in the District consisted of WhiteBlack couples. Hawaii has the largest rate of interracial marriages, where four out of 10 weddings between 2008 and 2010 were between interracial couples, mostly White and Asian mixed couples. Other states where 20 percent or more of the couples intermarried are all west of the Mississippi River. Top states for marriages between White and Black intermarried couples are Virginia (3.3 percent), North Carolina (3.2 percent) and Kansas (three percent). The Pew Center noted “sharp differences” in what groups chose to marry outside their race. Black men are more than twice as likely as Black women to marry someone outside their race. Nearly a quarter of all Black male newlyweds in 2010 married outside their race, compared with just nine percent of Black female newlyweds. About one in six Black newlyweds married outside their race. Education and earnings also play a part, the survey found. African Americans who married a White spouse are more likely to be college educated than those who married within their group, with 14.5 percent of White-Black couples reported both attended college, whereas 10.2 percent of AfricanAmerican couples were college educated.

During this period, White men who married Asian, Hispanic or African-American spouses also had higher combined income than did all-White couples. As for White females, those who married an African American or Hispanic man had somewhat lower combined earnings. White-Black couples earned an average of $53,187 per year, whereas all-Black couples earned an average of $47,700 yearly. The findings also explore public attitudes toward intermarriage from three nationwide telephone surveys conducted by the Pew Center. Laws banning interracial marriage were lifted in 17 states six months before Poitier’s movie was released in 1967. Alabama was the last state to officially remove its ban on interracial marriage in 2000. The public’s perception and acceptance of interracial marriage still sways. More than four in 10 Americans, or 43 percent, say more people of different races marrying each other has been a change for the better in our society. Minorities, young adults, the college educated, those who describe themselves as liberal and those who live in the Northeast or the West are more apt to see intermarriage in a positive light. More than one-third of Americans surveyed said a member of their immediate family or a close relative is currently married to someone of a different race. Also, nearly two-thirds of Americans say it “would be fine” with them if a member of their own family were to marry someone outside their own racial or ethnic group.

“Magic” Johnson Continued from A1 gatherings, and even found their way into movies such as Spike Lee’s Crooklyn in 1994 and the family holiday story This Christmas in 2007. “What ‘Soul Train’ did was to make it so visible and make it almost a ritual for Black America,” said Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of African and AfricanAmerican Studies at Duke University. In the 1970s, “Soul Train” alone provided a national, weekly showcase for R&B artists, black culture and fashion, and gave advertisers an entrée to the black consumer market. By the ‘80s, mainstream audiences moved on while African Americans stuck with the show, said Christopher Lehman, author of A Critical History of Soul Train on Television. “As a result, mainstream audiences begin to see ‘Soul Train’ as a show that is a relic of the ‘70s just because it hadn’t been showing music that was popular with the mainstream since the ‘70’s, even though the music had

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been popular with African Americans all along,” Lehman said. The success of “Soul Train” got many others in the game, some that had far more resources to devote to the programming, said Marc Lamont Hill, associate professor of education at Columbia University and an expert on the hip-hop generation. “Soul Train” had to compete with video shows on BET that broadcast Black artists, and eventually MTV and VH-1. A plethora of awards shows also provide competition, including the BET Awards. Now, Hill said, the entertainment culture has shifted, where shows featuring Black culture are no longer owned solely by African Americans, he said. “To some extent ‘Soul Train’s’ legacy is partially dependent on people who didn’t create it, who may not be as committed to the culture as its original creators,” Hill said. Gibbs acknowledged that it is not easy to continue a television show’s brand beyond its lifetime on television — and there are

few shows that have. But he said he’s certain it can happen for “Soul Train.” “I think that dance, fashion and music, the best of music, are really the tent poles for ‘Soul Train’ going forward. I believe those things are enduring just as the ideas and ideals of love, peace and soul are enduring,” Gibbs said. Whatever the future of the show and its progeny, black independent media — what was the “germ” of “Soul Train” — are increasing their foothold in American mainstream culture, Neal said. Radio show producers Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden and Issa Rae, creator of the Web-produced show “The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl” are carrying on the “Soul Train” legacy and “all benefitting from something Don Cornelius set in motion with Soul Train,” Neal said. “When all is said and done, he wanted to be able to present black acts on television on what he saw as its most organic context .... He understood correctly there was an interest for that well beyond black communities,” Neal said.

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Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Backs Senator Ben Cardin for Re-Election The Rev. Dr. Alvin Gwynn Sr. gives his endorsement statement from his church, Friendship Baptist Church. By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer Sen. Ben Cardin, (D-Md), has added an endorsement from the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA), a group of clergy from around the city, to the growing list of those supporting his re-election to the U.S. Senate. “Senator Cardin has the background and the experience to handle the crucial problems that are facing us today,” said the Rev. Dr. Alvin Gwynn Sr., IMA president since 2009 and pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. A crowd of both IMA and Cardin supporters gathered Feb. 20 for the announcement. To date, Cardin has been endorsed for re-election by President Barack Obama, Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance shares the same priorities that I do. They fight hard for the community, speak for the voiceless, and they are known as individuals that make a difference,” said Cardin of the group that has been in existence for more than 50 years. “I’m honored to have their endorsement.” Cardin has fought hard for Pell Grants, Medicare and small businesses. “He’s not one that went to D.C. and sat around and did nothing. He’s been involved in all the issues that affect our community, especially the African-American community,” said Dr.Gwynn. “We keep records on how they vote on issues that are important to working people,” said Ernie Grecco, president of the local American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a coalition of 57 labor unions, both national and international. “We’ve got the two best senators here in Cardin and Mikulski.” “There’s so much more that needs to be done. I feel I can make a difference,” said Sen. Cardin, when asked what keeps him passionate about Congress as he runs for his second term as senator. “The middle class is under attack and you need people who are effective,” said Cardin. Cardin announced his run for re-election last November is said to have raised roughly $2.6 million to run for office again. Cardin has a number of opponents vying for the Senate seat, including state Sen. C. Anthony Muse and Daniel Bongino, a former secret service agent. Cardin began his expansive political career with 20 years in the Maryland House of Delegates; he was speaker for eight of them. He served another 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and in 2006 was elected to the Senate.

Dispatches Continued from A1 “It’s not about you,” Santorum said Saturday as he defined the Obama agenda for a Tea Party crowd in Columbus, Ohio. “It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your job. It’s about some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology, but no less a theology,” Santorum explained as the crowd erupted with applause and yelps of satisfaction. But, the next day Santorum went further and threw in a thinly veiled Obama-Hitler analogy for good measure. “Remember the greatest generation for a year and a half sat on the sidelines while Europe was under darkness,” Santorum said Sunday at a mega church in Georgia. “We’re a hopeful people. We think, ‘Well, you know, it’ll get better. Yeah, he’s a nice guy…This will be okay. I mean, yeah, maybe he’s not the best guy after a while, after a while you find out some things about this guy over in Europe who’s not so good of a guy after all…” he added. Then on Monday night, Santorum tossed in good ol’ Rev. Jeremiah Wright, just for old time sake. “Look, he went to Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years,” Santorum barked on the “Hannity” show on Fox. “I mean, now you can question what kind of theology Rev. Wright has, but it’s a Christian church,” he said. Authentic Santorum… The subtext to the authenticity narrative put forth by media is, ‘this is not contrived this is who Santorum really is and who he has always been.’ Indeed.

Santorum was born in Virginia, but grew up in Berkeley County, W. Va. and Butler County, in Western Pennsylvania. He spoke eloquently about the region last month in Iowa when he talked about his grandfather, a coalminer and how he, “dug for my freedom.” Well, it seems the consensus of many familiar with Western Pennsylvania is “freedom” is a much scarcer commodity for people of color in that part of the Keystone State. “There’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area,” said the late Rep. John Murtha, a Democrat who represented Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District in the state’s southwest corner from 1974 to 2010. Murtha caught a lot of flack when he made the comment about his home region in the heat of the 2008 Democratic Primary between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in reference to his view that Whites would be very reluctant to vote for Obama based on his race. However, Murtha wasn’t hypothesizing; he was raised early on in Western Pennsylvania and served the region for most of his adult life until he died in 2010. He clearly knew what he was talking about. Veteran Democratic political strategist James Carville once described Pennsylvania as, ‘Pittsburgh to the west, Philadelphia to the east and Alabama in the middle.’ That wide swath of “Alabama” has consumed more and more of the western portion of the state literally and figuratively it seems. This is where Santorum is from; it is in his blood and has contributed greatly to forming and informing his worldview, this place that Murtha proclaimed, “There is no question Western Pennsylvania

is a racist area.” Santorum is “authentically” Western Pennsylvania and proud of it. But, authenticity is not inherently a virtue. Hitler (since the former Pennsylvania Senator fancies Hitler analogies) authentically believed in the concept of Aryan racial supremacy just as Santorum seems to believe in the inherent inadequacy of Blacks, women and gays. “The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness,” Santorum wrote in his 2005 book, It Takes a Family, in response to Hillary Clinton’s 1996 book, It Takes a Village. In 2003, Santorum said this to an Associated Press reporter about same sex marriage. “In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be,” Santorum said. Last October, he spoke about his aversion to contraception of any kind, in any context. “It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” Santorum said. And in January, on the stump in Iowa who can forget Santorum’s homage to welfare. “I don’t want to make “blah” (Black) people’s lives better by giving them other (White) people’s money,” he said. This is who Rick Santorum is; paternalistic, paranoid, a religious zealot, racist, sexist and homophobic. Authentically speaking…


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Reading about the lives of great African-American leaders opened the eyes of the students shown here. They learned that outside forces like poverty, discrimination and injustice can’t match the inner strengths of character, belief and courage. And they’ve each pledged to make the most of their own potential by following in the footsteps of their role models. By putting their thoughts into impassioned

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1980s SHERIAN GRACE CADORIA becomes the first African-American female general in the United States Army. Winning essay by Meagan Swortzel

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Memorial Fund Provides Permanent Home for Vietnam Heroes’ Stories Photos of 5,429 of 7,262 African American Vietnam Casualties Still Needed for Exhibit In celebration of Black History Month, the Vietnam Memorial Fund (VVMF) highlights the great contributions African-American Servicemen and Women made to the Vietnam War. VVMF has produced a short video featuring Brigadier General George Price, USA (Ret.), telling the story of Captain Riley Pitts, the first African-American officer to be awarded the Medal of Honor. To learn more about African American service in the Vietnam War, view the video here: www.vvmf.org/history-month. Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. VVMF also recognizes that the war in Vietnam saw the highest proportion of African Americans ever to serve in an American war. During the height of the U.S. involvement (1965-69), African Americans, who formed 11 percent of the American population, made up 12.6 percent of those fighting in

Vietnam. “African Americans have served in every war waged by the United States,” says Brigadier Gen. Price, a long-time supporter of VVMF and the Education Center. “Throughout the nation’s history, Black soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have contributed conspicuously to America’s military efforts.” With a groundbreaking planned for November 2012, The Education Center at The Wall is a multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art visitor’s center and learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and the Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had their friends and family members, their home towns, and the Nation. The Education Center will feature the faces and

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“The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the 58,272 men and women on ‘The Wall…’” stories of the 58,272 men and women on “The Wall,” and will forever honor those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. The mission to honor all heroes continues with the National Call for Photos, a movement to collect photos of the 58,272 service-members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, DC. When collected, all photos will be displayed for generations to come at The Education Center at The Wall, a place on our National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. VVMF has collected more than 30,000 pictures to date, including photos of only 1,833 African Americans. Generous support from volunteers, fellow service-members, family, and friends is still needed in order to gather the remaining 5,429 photos necessary to honor all African American heroes at The Education Center. “We will not allow for African American casualties to be under-represented in The Education Center,” says Harry G. Robinson III, professor and dean emeritus of Howard University and member of VVMF’s board of directors. “It would be a shame if these heroes, particularly those from our inner cities, aren’t included simply because we couldn’t step up and locate their pictures.” VVMF urges active involvement to assist the National Call for Photos by submitting photographs of fallen servicemembers and generously donating to the Education Center at The Wall, ensuring that the sacrifices of our military heroes are never forgotten. How to Submit a Photo If you have a picture of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on The Wall, please help the Memorial Fund honor these individuals by putting a face with a name. Submit Online If you have a digital copy of the photograph, you can upload it at: http://vvmf.org/submit_other

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Opinion Human Tragedy and Triumph = Ratings Magic I am always fascinated by the impact of human emotions on our consumer behavior – whether those emotions are inspired by tragedy or triumph. Two television broadcasts made ratings history recently, one because of a tragedy and one because of a triumph: the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS and the contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks, February 10, on ESPN. Nielsen research has proven Cheryl PearsonAmericans love sports and McNeil music programming. African Americans are typically wellrepresented in both. The Grammy Awards have been a viewing favorite. Research backs up the common sense notion that Blacks tend to gravitate to programming where there are larger numbers of people who look like us – but this year, the number of us who watched the Grammys was almost off the charts (no pun intended). The recent 54th Annual Grammy Awards attracted nearly 40 million viewers (39.9 million), which made it the largest Grammy audience since 1984 and the second largest in the history of the broadcast. Of those 39.9 million viewers, African-Americans made up 6.21 million. That means a whopping 60 percent more Black folks watched the Grammys this year than last (3.7 million out of a total viewership of 24.7 million in 2011). Some people like me may tune in to see who’s wearing what. How fabulous will our favorites be, or how outrageous? Others are true music aficionados. While the why for this year’s phenomenal

success of the Grammys has not yet been officially analyzed, I suspect that the tragic news of the sudden death of beloved music icon Whitney Houston the night before piqued the increased interest. If you were like me and my friends, we were reeling with disbelief. Tuning into the Grammys seemed to offer a kind of solace and camaraderie in our collective desire to pay homage to a musical phenomenon who was one of our own. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, the show didn’t hold my attention for long beyond the luscious LL’s prayer for “our fallen sister” (a very nice touch). But after his intro and having glimpsed the outrageous outfits of Nicki Minaj, Gaga and the sweet acknowledgements from Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars, I begged my Facebook friends to wake me up when they got to the Whitney tribute. Someone from Ft. Wayne, Ind. (my hometown) actually alerted me when Glen Campbell’s tribute came on. (You couldn’t grow up in the Fort without being inundated with his music back in the day). So I loudly and proudly sang along to the tribute. My son watched me with his mouth hanging open in disbelief. “Really, mom?! Seriously, you LIKE this country music?” (If he reacted like this to my Glen Campbell tribute, he does NOT want to be around when my sister, his Aunt Natalie, goes berserk over Kenny Rogers). Following Jennifer Hudson’s moving tribute of “I Will Always Love You,” and after fighting back tears, I clicked off. On the flip side, Americans love to cheer on an underdog, a “Rocky,” a champion who rises from the ashes of obscurity to achieve victory. In two words: Jeremy Lin. It was my basketballplaying son who turned me onto the phenomenon that was taking place with the undrafted 23-year old, Harvard-educated AsianAmerican from California and his fortuitous match-up against the New Jersey Nets. Lin has averaged 27 points per game – launching him from bench warmer to global superstar. In addition to a 73 percent increase in viewership of Knicks games on MSG and

ESPN in New York, nationally the February 10 game between the Knicks and the Lakers on ESPN was the most-watched Friday night regular season NBA game on the network, so far this season – with just over three million viewers. On top of that, NM Incite (a Nielsen McKinsey company) reports that social media buzz has also hit a frenzied pitch around the world since the first February 4 game. Even the phrase “LinSanity” has been coined. The online chatter about Lin has surpassed conversations about the Knicks, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant combined. Now, that’s powerful. And so are you. Because, if you follow these ratings stories, you know these surges in increased viewership are a result of people just like you and me tuning in. It’s great news for the networks as well as the advertisers. Those advertisers are dedicated to reaching us – the consumers. Which brings me to my mantra, “Knowledge is power.” The power is in your hands, and so is the remote control. Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for Nielsen. For more information and studies go to www.nielsenwire.com.

The Stakes Are Too High To Sit This Election Out As a student of history, I am struck by a statement that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made in which he said, “that the most revolutionary thing that any citizen can do is to be an active and engaged citizen.” It is amazing to me that we have just commemorated the 44th anniversary of Dr. King’s death and nothing has changed. This is an election year and our President is up for re-election. Racial insults are being spewed as he attempts to lead our nation out of the Adrion Howell worst economic recession since the great Depression and he fights to keep our nation secure after capturing public enemy #1 Osama Bin Laden. Despite his efforts, the Republican field of candidates vying to replace him continuously engage in race baiting disrespectful behavior, the likes of which have never been seen before. All of this begs the question- what can people of color do to ensure that their interests will continue to be protected? Issues such as unemployment, access to quality health care, education and affordable tuition and stopping the high foreclosure rates are at the top of the list. Simply put, folks need to get mad as hell and ORGANIZE to stop these radical Republicans from taking the White House back and implementing their oppressive agenda! Make no mistake about the fact that Republicans understand and appreciate power and they will stop at nothing to get it back. They are very clear about their agenda and organizing desperately to implement their agenda. What I fear most is that many of the people that came out so strong in 2008 for the President will stay at home and have lost their enthusiasm for the political process. States like: Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, and New Mexico are critical to the

President’s re-election. These states have large populations of people of color (i.e., Hispanics and African-Americans). We need to register to vote and mobilize our communities to ensure a strong turnout on Election Day! The stakes are too high! It sickens me to hear folks make the statement: “I’m not voting because it won’t make a difference.” What a slap in the face to civil rights martyrs such as: Medgar Evers, A. Phillip Randolph, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Fannie Lou Hamer. These fearless warriors dedicated their lives to eradicating injustice by ensuring that ALL Americans had the right to vote. On March 7, 1965, Dr. King led a civil rights march in Selma, Ala. across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with activists including: John Lewis, Andy Young, Ralph Abernathy and Hosea Williams. Dr. King was leading the marchers to Montgomery to galvanize the Black vote. Alabama Governor George Wallace lined the bridge with state troopers to prevent the march. This historic day

One day I was touring Robben Island, where my personal hero, Nelson Mandela, spent 27 years in exile. One of the guides told me that he was imprisoned with Mr. Mandela and that he only had one opportunity to vote in his lifetime because of apartheid. He told me that when an election is held it evokes a tremendous sense of pride and that it is an all-day event. He recalled standing in line all day to cast his vote for South Africa’s first democratically elected President “Madiba” as Nelson Mandela is affectionately referred to. Consider this fact: according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in 1999 South Africa had a turnout of 89.3 percent and in 2004 a turnout of 98.4 percent. I personally do not consider voting to be a right or a privilege but a Duty! Anyone who does not fulfill this obligation is disgracing the legacy of Dr. King. A non-vote ultimately is a vote. It signals a lack of interest in how your local tax dollars are being allocated. It signals a lack of interest in the education of our county’s children and the construction of new schools. It signals a lack of interest in developing innovative methods to combat violent crime. Yes, I adamantly believe that Dr. King’s legacy will be disgraced as long as we don’t become active and engaged citizens. We must become active and engaged on all levels whether it is your local PTA, homeowners’ association, mentoring in the school system, writing to your local newspaper or elected official about what is going on in your community. Hopefully, we won’t lose talented leaders who are willing to serve the community because the community isn’t interested in the political process. Dr. King led a movement 50 years ago and I believe our nation desperately needs a renewed movement. Hopefully all of Dr. King’s works won’t be in vain. Dr. King often said, “The vote is not the ball game, but it gets you inside the ballpark.” Primary elections will be held April 3 for Baltimore and the District of Columbia.

“…what can people of color do to ensure that their interests will continue to be protected?” is commonly known as “Bloody Sunday” because of the violence that was inflicted upon the demonstrators. They were viciously attacked with clubs and tear gas. John Lewis’ head was cracked open and he suffered a concussion. The television coverage that resulted led President Johnson to send the Voting Rights Act to Congress for approval the same year. This landmark legislation theoretically opened the door of political power to Blacks. While I was a student at Howard Law School, I had the privilege of participating in our study abroad program in Capetown, South Africa. While studying at the University of the Western Cape (which has a similar history of social and political activism such as Howard University), I had the occasion to meet some of the most fascinating people that I have ever encountered. What made the folks so amazing was their resilience and determination in overcoming the oppression of government sanctioned apartheid. There was a kindred spirit and connection between our struggles here in the US, especially the Civil Rights Movement, and their quest to attain full citizenship.

Adrion Howell is founder and CEO of Howell & Associates, a government relations firm in Washington, DC. He has worked for former President Bill Clinton, Reps Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) and the House Ways & Means Committee. He is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law. He may be reached at HowellAssociate1@aol.com.

Obama Steps Up for Communities of Color

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 sets a responsible course for rebuilding the economy so that it works for everyone, not just the privileged few. Our middle class is the engine of economic growth, but is threatened by dwindling public investments, a tax system increasingly rigged to benefit the wealthy, a fraying safety net, and assaults on what should be the bedrock guarantees of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. The president’s budget protects those guarantees, boosts critical investments, and takes steps toward rebalancing the tax code so that all pay their fair share. And it does this in a fiscally responsible way, charting a path that nurtures the economic recovery while reducing the federal deficit, all without asking the middle class to shoulder a disproportionate share of the burden. The president’s annual budget is an opportunity for the American people to clearly see what the goals and priorities of the administration are. Judging by the fiscal year 2013 budget released by President Barack Obama today, this administration is focused on growing the middle class and continuing the fragile economic recovery in this tough budget environment. That means there is a lot for communities of color to cheer about. People of color have been hit hardest by the current economic recession, both on the employment and housing fronts. And while there have been some recent bright spots in the employment numbers, there is still much work to be done. Let’s begin with higher education. The president’s FY 2013 budget makes many investments that will directly benefit people of

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color. For the kids of color who rely on Pell Grants to help get to college, they will be happy to know that President Obama’s budget maintains the recent increases through the 2014-2015 award year. And for them and their parents, the president is proposing to make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit, a partially refunded credit that’s worth up to $10,000 per student over four years of college. At the primary and secondary school level, the president’s budget also invests money into grant programs that will help improve teacher programs at minority-serving institutions. Given the current lack of teacher diversity as noted in a recent Center for American Progress paper, this is a well-timed program. This budget also delivers in the housing sector. To many Americans, owning a home was a basic part of the American Dream, and much of their personal wealth was tied up in their houses. This is especially true of people of color. And as Pew pointed out last year, the housing crisis helped cause some of the biggest wealth gaps ever seen. President Obama’s plan to help responsible homeowners stay in their homes will help not only individual homeowners but also the communities they live in by slowing down or reversing the neighborhood destabilizations that happen through multiple foreclosures. And for those for whom the dream of owning a home remains far out of reach, the president put forth $19.1 billion to help extremely low to low-income families with rental assistance to help them live in better neighborhoods of their choosing. Youth jobs are also a prime focus of the president’s budget, which is good news for people of color. Youth unemployment is a big problem in our country, and it’s an even bigger problem among

communities of color. Recognizing that the only way to ensure a bright future is to prepare our youth, the administration is investing in a series of programs to help low-income and at-risk youth connect to the labor market. Proposals include a $12.5 billion Pathways Back to Work Fund and a Workforce Innovation Fund aimed at incentivizing states to either come up with new ideas or replicate proven strategies for delivering better employment results. The president also calls for extending the payroll tax cut through the end of the year. As CAP pointed out earlier, not extending the payroll tax cut would take money away from the communities who can least afford it. Communities of color suffer from greater economic insecurity than the population at large, evidenced by higher unemployment rates and significant disparities in wealth. Fifteen million African Americans and 21 million Hispanics would see their paychecks maintain their increase from last year if a full extension is passed. These are just some of the items in the 2013 budget that will continue to charge a path to prosperity. It’s important to point out and recognize the policies that will specifically help communities of color because of the changing demographics of our nation. By 2042 there will be no ethnic or racial majority in the United States. If we want to ensure a healthy and thriving country and economy in the future, we need to focus efforts today to close the racial disparities that currently exist. This budget is a step in the right direction. Daniella Gibbs Leger is vice president for New Community Initiatives at the Center for American Progress.


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A mockup of the symbolic AAA membership card that AAA presented to Nannie Helen Burroughs posthumously.

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AAA Communications Executive Yolanda Cade, Burroughs historian Dr. Traki Taylor--Webb (who was presented the membership card as a stand-in) and Col. (Ret.) James Wyatt gather during the program.

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A young Project ENRICH student addresses the Nannie Helen Burroughs program.

Gamma Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity held its Project ENRICH College Preparatory Program, Feb 11, at the Charles Herbert Flowers Sr. High School, Springdale, Md. Col. (Ret) James Wyatt led the day’s activities that included an overview of Project ENRICH given by Brother Willie Hines, chairman with comments also provided by parent, Najmah Bass and students Alexis McNeil, Makyla Massie, Mia Giles and Caprice Green. After a musical selection by Tynia Canada who sang a fusion of the Negro National Anthem and America, a highlight of the program was the presentation of a AAA Membership Card to Civil Rights Advocate/Religious and Educational leader, Nannie Helen Burroughs, posthumously for being denied it back in 1930…Dr. Traki Taylor-Webb acted as a standin for her. Remarks about Burroughs were provided by Sylvia Cyrus, executive director, ASALH; Dr. Webb; Rita Johnson, principal, NHB and the Rev. James Coates, pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church. Col. (Ret) Wyatt gave the closing ceremony epilogue.

Bro .Willie Hines, director of Project ENRICH, speaks to the audience from the podium. Photos by Thaddeus Turner

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District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Cora Masters Barry, CEO/founder, Recreation Wish List Committee held a press conference to announce the 6th Annual Blacks in Wax Program with two scheduled performances on Feb 24, 1 pm and 7pm at the

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Steven Lambert, director of Benjamin Banneker Museum

Mrs. Ben Ali and Dr. Julienne Malveaux

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Southeast Tennis and Learning Malveaux. All performances are Center (SETLC) and Mar 3, 5 p.m., free but donations to support the at The John F. Kennedy Center for event will be appreciated. For Regg Van Lee, Chair, the Performing Arts. The Blacks in more information, Washington Performing Wax Program includes portrayals call 202-645Arts Society and producer of over 70 influential figures 6242/6221. of Blacks in Wax from Black History, brought to life through preparation from the SETLC Scholars, parents and staff. The portrayals will be presented under the theme, “Movement to Monument” showcasing African Americans who have played significant roles in the Civil Rights Movement. DC Council Chairman, Kwame Brown, along with several members DC Historical characters portrayed by youth: Kaylah Bias as Mayor of the City Council, was in Eartha Kitt, Everett Evans-Kearney as Dr. Martin Luther King Vincent attendance including Mrs. Jr., Ravyn Bias as Rosa Parks; 1st row - David Patterson as Gray Ben Ali and Dr. Julianne Mayor Vincent Gray and Da’rian Mallory as Ben Ali

Phil Thompson, Robert Wongus, William Powell, president, Dumisani Solwazi, Duane Johnson Robin M. Jacobs, regional director, EA

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Nancy and George Barrick, former art teacher of Dr. Gaither

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Ronald Hawkins, Anthony Williams, Keith Harvey, Robert Blake Franklin Beard, Arlene Wongus, Jerna Jacques

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Undergrads Torrence Taylor, William Dixon II, David Wade, Robert Rinehardt III

The brothers of Nu Sigma Sigma Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity held their Founders Day celebrating their 2nd Annual Founders Day banquet at Morgan State University Student Center. The theme for the event was “Living the Legacy.” The speaker for the banquet was Jeff Johnson, a Washington, DCbased award-winning investigative journalist, social activist, and political commentator who discussed his first book—

Madison and father Jeff Johnson, guest speaker

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Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am: Discovering Your Personal Best. Nu Sigma Sigma Chapter was chartered in 2007 and has been actively involved in their main social action programs: Project Vote, Sigma Wellness, Sigma Presence on Capitol Hill and projects with a strong emphasis on early detection and prevention of prostate and colorectal cancer and addressing the alarming rise in teenage pregnancy.

Raymond Coleman, Darryl Richardson, Maynard Minor, Bernard Maiden

Tina Maria Jolivet, Esq., Danyell Smith, Carla Chase Zeta Sisters Cheryl Harrison Murray, Tequilla Knight, Consquella Carey, Josephine Barton

Dr. Jacqueline Williams, Rita B. Whiting, Sheila Bennett, Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore County Chapter members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. held a reception at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum to display their Delta Quilt Project and publication, From the Heart of a Delta Girl. The Arts and Letters Committee, chaired by Dr. Cynthia Neverdon-Morton introduced Baltimorean documentary story quilter, Dr. Joan Ellis Gaither,

Photos by A. Lois De Laine Gail Edmonds, Gloria Herndon, Valerie Richardson Carol Rogers, Ernestine Jolivet, Henrietta Wallace, Carolyn Vaughan who discussed how quilting can provide positive interactions and bonding relationships among the quilters, thus helping to seal the Delta bonds of sisterhood. Each participating sorority member developed swatches with exquisite patterns, revealing their personalities and experiences that told “sisterhood stories” in this unique manner and swatches were placed on the quilt

judiciously to form significant designs. As if emotionally communicating through textiles and exquisitely developed patterns, many positive interactions and relationships were indelibly “stitched” through this exciting Delta Quilt Project. Each participating member contributed a page to the book, From the Heart of a Delta Girl.


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As part of its 10th anniversary season, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center presents a series of events inspired by the compelling story of a man — Fortune — whose life as an enslaved African did not end when he died in 1798. These events will bring the community together to consider Fortune's story, to sing, to talk, to listen, to learn — and — celebrate.

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Gabrielle’s Got It Going On! By Kam Williams

One of today’s hottest stars, Gabrielle Union continues to shine. She will soon be seen in Screen Gems’ Think Like a Man, based on Steve Harvey’s book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, which is slated for release on March 9. Gabrielle’s impressive film credits include the critically-acclaimed Cadillac Records, The Perfect Holiday, Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, Bad Boys II, Breakin’ All the Rules, Deliver Us From Eva, Bring It On, Two Can Play That Game, Love & Basketball, Cradle to the Grave, Ten Things I Hate About You, The Brothers, The Honeymooners, Meet Dave and She’s All That. She made her television debut on the hit sitcom “Moesha,” before going on to guest-star on such series as “ER,” “Dave’s World” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” Shortly Tyler Perry and thereafter, Gabrielle Union Gabrielle had a in Good Deeds. recurring role on two WB hit shows, “Sister, Sister” and “7th Heaven.” Gabrielle’s passion for acting is rivaled by her involvement as an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as her support for the Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) and the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at UCLA. She also helped found a program called “A Step for Success” which helps to raise funds for the economically-challenged Kelso Elementary School located in Los Angeles. She currently serves as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena, and is featured in its national television and print campaigns. A native of Omaha, Neb. Gabrielle currently resides in Los Angeles. Here, she talks about her new movie, Good Deeds, a romance drama where she co-stars opposite Tyler Perry and Thandie Newton.

Gabrielle Union: The “Good Deeds” Interview

Kam Williams: What interested you in collaborating with Tyler again and in playing Natalie in “Good Deeds?” Gabrielle Union: Once I read the script, the biggest thing was that I loved how he didn’t make her a bitch. My character’s usually the villain in this sort of romantic drama. I was very happy that Tyler made her a normal person who has a great career, great friends and who comes from a great family. So, in this case, maybe the relationship’s just not working instead of my character’s being an evil shrew. KW: It’s definitely a much more modulated film for Tyler, and less given to melodrama and the extremes. GU: I would agree. KW: How was it working with this cast? GU: Phylicia [Rashad] is an icon, and

amazing. Just being able to watch her work up close is like taking a master class in acting. Thandie was great, and having Beverly Johnson play my mother was huge, and a nice ego boost. The whole experience felt like being in a big, happy, well-functioning family.

KW: Harriet Pakula Teweles says: “Good Deeds” is a film about a “defining moment.” Has there been such a moment in your life or career you’d like to share? GU: In my life, when I got divorced. I sort of realized that I hadn’t been making sound choices which were the best for me to pursue my hopes and dreams and aspirations and passions. I had been living the life that society tends to dictate for women of a certain age. You marry the person who asks you, even though he may or may not be the best one for you. Around the time that I got divorced, I had an epiphany that there is no blue ribbon or gold medal for living someone else’s life, for fulfilling someone else’s dreams. It’s doesn’t make you happy. You just end up with a life that’s not yours. So, I decided to follow my dreams and my passions and to always have an adventure, no matter what it is.

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GU: Twitter.

KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure?

KW: What is your favorite dish to cook? GU: Collard greens. KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? GU: My mom. KW: How often do you get back to Nebraska to see her? GU: Pretty often. I go back quite a bit, although I don’t announce my visits in order to protect our privacy. KW: What’s it like to lose your anonymity? Can you go to the mall or a movie theater? GU: I can go, but you go with the understanding that people are going to know who you are, and may or may not respect your privacy. The time when I most want privacy and my anonymity is to do things like buying tampons. KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for? GU: My wish for the world would be to end violence against women. My wish for myself would be for peace of mind. KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory? GU: Playing catch with my dad. KW: When did you realize that you had made it? GU: I haven’t made it yet.

SWV Returns By Marcus A. Williams Feature and Entertainment Reporter One of the most successful female R&B groups of the 1990’s, who gave us timeless hits like “Right Here”, “I’m so Into You” and a personal favorite, “Weak” is back to do it all over again. Sisters With Voices better known as SWV have put aside their differences, reunited and are ready to reintroduce real R&B to a new generation of music lovers. On very short notice, Cheryl “Coko”, Tamara “Taj” and Leanne “Lelee” all stopped what they were doing to call in and chat with me about their return to the music world. The songbirds opened up about their relationships with one another, the sound of the new album, reconnecting with their fans and gave an update on their family lives. The ladies recently dropped their lead single, “Co-Sign” from their upcoming album I Missed Us slated for release some time this April. With Brandy, Monica, Usher and now the soulful and always relatable ladies of SWV added to the list of 2012 album releases, we can definitely say R&B has returned to the forefront. Marcus: The obvious question that everyone wants to know is what’s taken so long for you guys to get back together and working on a new project? Taj: We all have been living and growing and doing the motherly thing. We all have kids now and marriage and the usual things that everyone does when they have time off and enjoy life. Marcus: Tell us, what was the moment when you ladies said “it’s time to get back together and get in the study to make some more music” when did you have the realization? Taj: Probably bout the second we broke up. Coko and Leelee: (laughs) Marcus: Are there any unresolved issues that you guys had to work through in order to get back in the “let’s be a group” mode? Taj: Every day is a learning process, it’s a growing process; it’s a working process. We are women, we are emotional, we have egos, we have issues – it all comes with the estrogen.

Marcus: So what are you doing this time around to make the chemistry hold? Taj: Oh God, what are we doing differently this time? Leelee: I think we have been doing more…. Taj: Wait did she say “eating more”? Girls: (laughs) Leelee: I lost my train of thought now, what was the question? Marcus: What are you guys doing differently this time around that’s going to make the chemistry endure? Leelee: We’ve been together so long and we have gone through so much that we know each other now. We know when to stay out of each other’s way and at the end of the day it is about respecting one another. We have mastered that now and like Taj said it’s still a work in progress because every day you grow and you know life happens. You have to adapt with the times I guess and at the end of the day it’s about respecting each other and that’s what we do to make it work. Marcus: Speaking of adapting to the times, everyone that I know loves your first single, but what was the thought process before recording. Were you thinking you would be true to yourself but do the production that Rhianna and everyone else is doing nowadays to be current or just do what you have been doing and good at for all these years? Coko: We wanted to be ourselves regardless. A lot of people out right now are sampling our music and things that we have done in the past so it really didn’t make any sense to try and come out and be like everybody else. SWV is classic and we want to stay classic and make the music that everybody loves. I think if we would have done something that’s different and current I don’t think the fans would have appreciated that. We stay true to SWV, the fans and everyone’s going to love this record. Marcus: What was your reaction when you heard Chris Brown’s sample of your song? When I first heard it I was like that’s not even that old for him to be sampling that, but it really grew on me – how did you ladies feel when you heard it? Coko: Well that’s not even our song; that’s Michael Jackson’s song. We sample him, so it’s all love.

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Sharing the Teachings of the Black Panthers By Marcus A. Williams Feature and Entertainment Reporter Former Black Panther member turned author, Jamal Joseph, is hoping to mobilize a generation to find their love for community and humanity in his latest release, PANTHER BABY: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention. The 59-year-old author has a unique story. At a very young age he was rocked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and joined the NYC chapter of the Black Panther Party at 15, he was imprisoned on Riker’s Island for being part of the “Panther 21” at 16, and now is the chair of Columbia University’s School of the Arts film

division. “Right after Dr. King was killed I was angry and outraged, like many Black teens were, and wanted to join the most militant organization on this scene. The energy of the Black Panthers just knocked me out, so I found my way to a [Black Panther] office in Brooklyn,” remembered Jamal. “I went with two of my friends, because there was a lot of misconceptions and fear around the Black Panther party. My older friends told me they would give you a gun and you had to kill a white guy to prove yourself.” But, what his friends forget to tell him was - they were just kidding. “I went into the meeting

and jumped up saying ‘give me a gun I’m ready to go now’,” laughed Jamal. “They called me into the office and the brother reached down – I thought he was getting a gun to give me but he handed me a stack of books. I asked, ‘I thought you were going to arm me’ he looked at me and said ‘young brother I just did.’” That moment foreshadowed the most significant lessons Jamal would ever learn from the Black Panthers and set the tone and vision for his book. He was taught that the Black Panthers was about a class struggle for all colors not just Black-Americans and from that day forward he knew that it would be about education and “having an undying love

for the people – mind, body and soul.” “For many years people have told me that I have a fascinating story and I should write a book, but what really inspires me [to write] is when I speak at colleges around the country and young people ask ‘what was it like?’” confessed Jamal. “So I wanted to write a story that appealed to them. It’s written from the voice of a young man trying to figure out how to be a man.” Jamal believes that love for family and community is the key to keep kids on the straight and narrow. He says teenagers get love from gang members in the community and they gravitate to that because there is a disconnect between their families and true friends.

“I hope [this book] creates a discussion amongst young people to understand what they can do with their lives now and amongst us, who have been through many struggles, to believe that things could be better and we can help,” said Jamal. PANTHER BABY: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention can be purchased on amazon.com and at major book retailers.


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HBCU News Howard Nursing Dean Joins Five Others to Plan for Better Nursing in Rwanda

Howard University Division of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences will be joining five nursing schools from across the nation to provide training and help to schools of nursing in Rwanda. Beginning in the fall Howard and nursing schools at University of Maryland, University of Texas, New York University, Duke University and the University of Illinois at Chicago will be sending health professionals to the African nation for 11-month to seven-year stints to train nursing students in the nation. Mary Hill, dean of Howard’s College of Nursing along with other nursing professionals from the University of Maryland, just returned from Africa this week from early planning meetings for the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program in conjunction with the Clinton Health Initiative. Part of their work is to recruit faculty members for the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program. A number of positions are Stock Image open including

“The key obstacle to building the health workforce in Rwanda is in the inability of Rwandan schools and clinical teaching hospitals to offer adequate levels of teaching, clinical training, mentorship,research experience, and opportunities for advanced/specialized study.”

infection control nurse educator, clinical mentor, and curriculum development advisor. Coordinator of the Office of Global Health, Anne Brenner, says the program is projected to begin in the fall and is still in the early planning stages. “The majority of the positions are for high-level deans or experienced faculty,” Brenner said. According to the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing’s website, “Rwanda currently faces a severe lack of highly qualified physicians, nurses, midwives, and other health care workers. The key obstacle to building the health workforce in Rwanda is in the inability of Rwandan schools and clinical teaching hospitals to offer adequate levels of teaching, clinical training, mentorship, research experience, and opportunities for advanced/specialized study.” The school’s website also says that, “the United States Nursing Academic Consortium for the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program has been invited by the Rwanda Ministry of Health to assist in strengthening nursing education, faculty development, and professionalization of Rwandan nursing. The primary goal is to support nursing and midwifery faculty in Rwanda and strengthen clinical teaching programs for nursing and midwifery students. As a part of this program, American universities will hire nursing and midwifery educators and clinical mentors and deploy them to Rwandan schools of nursing and teaching facilities. These educators will fill a number of roles at Rwandan academic institutions and in teaching hospitals and clinics.”

Morgan State University

The Department of Communication Studies and Title III New Technologies Program in conjunction with the Center for Career Development, is hosting Internship Fair 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 28 and 29 in the New Student Center in the Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom on Morgan’s campus. The Fair offers an excellent opportunity for organizations to recruit staff, interns and volunteers, as well as share the latest information with attendees. The Department of Communication Studies is one of the largest undergraduate programs at Morgan and has a rich history of connecting students with the best professionals in the communications industries. By building relationships between multi-media organizations and media professionals, it is believed that Morgan students will gain the academic and professional experience needed to be competitive in an increasingly complex media environment. For more information call 443-885-3505.

Faithbytes Sollers United Methodist Church

Everyone is invited to Family and Friends Day, 10 a.m., Feb. 26 at Sollers United Methodist Church, 1219 Wrighton Rd. in Lothian. For more information, please call 410-741-1772. The Rev. Richard D. Lindsay is pastor of the church.

Zion Baptist Church

The Health Ministry, Women’s and Men’s Ministries of Zion Baptist Church, in partnership with the Rev. Keith W. Byrd Sr., pastor of Zion, and the Rev. Patty Fears, assistant to the Rev. Carlton W. Veazey, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church and members of the DC Alliance on

HIV/AIDS will sponsor a community health event. The 2012 HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum will be held March 11, immediately following the 10: 15 a.m. service, in the A. J. Edwards Fellowship Hall at Zion Baptist Church, 4850 Blagden Avenue in northwest Washington. The one hour workshops including all age groups will be followed by a presentation by the guest speaker, Dr. Henry “Skip” Frances, director, Center on AIDS and Other Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse, National Institute on Drug Abuse, who will provide an overview of the epidemic and its impact on African Americans in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The purpose of the forum is to educate and promote healthy living and to emphasize the importance of prevention and risky behaviors within and outside our church community. The public is welcome to join us. For more information, call 202-441-1002.

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Community Calendar Feb. 23 Montage for Martin The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Theatre, 3500 N.W. D.C. 7 p.m. Witness this contemporary oratorio commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. $25. For more information: 202-337-4825. Jump Jim Crow Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, Md. 7-9 p.m. Learn about the end of slavery and the beginning of the Jim Crow Era as laws were passed requiring the unequal separation of Whites from African Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries. For more information: 301-249-2004. Josephine Tonight: A Musical Biography of Josephine Baker Metrostage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, Va. 3-9:30 p.m. This ambitious and exciting new musical delves into the early life of singer and actress Josephine Baker. $25-$50. For more information: metrostage.org. Feb. 24 Our Mother, Our Sisters, Our Stars Exhibit Billingsley House Museum, 6900 Green Landing Road, Upper Marlboro, Md. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This exhibit honors the legacy of 10 notable African American women. For more information: pgparks.com. Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex and Pop Culture in the 1920s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St., N.W. D.C. 1-3 p.m. Dr. Erin Chapman will discuss her first book about the cultural investment in African American women’s images and bodies in the early 20th century. For more information: 202-727-1261. Potomac Landing Community Center Black History Step Show Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington, Md. 7-9 p.m. Step teams from local schools, churches and community organization will perform in the spirit of the American experience. $6. For more information: 301-292-9191. Feb. 25 African American Festival 2012 Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, Md. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate Black History Month by taking an African dance class. Also, stop by for workshops, performances and storytellers. Take a Flight Into Black History Kentland Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover, Md. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Watch presentations about the Tuskegee Airmen and learn about the many contributions of Black pilots in American history. For more information: 301-386-2278. Mardi Gras Family Day Anacostia Community Museum, Program Room, 1901 Fort Place, S.E. D.C. 4 p.m. Enjoy a day of fun for the family with arts and crafts workshops, music, storytelling and more. For more information: 202-633-4875. ‘Empower’ Magazine Presents: A Discussion on the Wealth Gap

Riot Act Comedy Theater, 801 E St., N.W. D.C. 11:30 a.m. Join Empower magazine for its 2012 panel discussion on how the Black community

can combat the wealth gap in America. $15. For more information: empowerpanel. eventbrite.com.

Feb. 28 Platinum Live: My Grandmother Told Me Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, Md. 11 a.m. Actress Debra Mims searches through an old trunk in her attic, pulling out memories of days past and

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selected four new minorityowned independent networks to be broadly distributed on Comcast Cable systems between April 2012 and January 2014. After a thorough evaluation of more than 100 proposals, Comcast selected four networks — two of which are majority AfricanAmerican owned and two that are majority American Hispanic owned and operated and programmed in English. “We are thrilled to work with such talented individuals to launch these new networks that will bring exciting and fresh content to consumers,” said David L. Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast Corporation. “Comcast is committed to delivering programming that reflects the interests of our customers, and we look forward to integrating these great networks into our rich programming line-up.” African-American Category: • Aspire: Spearheaded by Entrepreneur and NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, in partnership with GMC TV, Aspire is dedicated to delivering enlightening, entertaining and positive

*Complimentary continental breakfast The symposium is an educational and interpretive forum for students, community members, professionals and leaders to discover remarkable individuals who shattered barriers in america’s ongoing quest for equality for all americans—illuminating paths to success and reconciliation of our cultural differences. following the symposium join us at 1:00 pm at B. smith’s restaurant (union station) for a special Women’s history month luncheon. Call (202) 289-6188 for pricing and to rsvp for the luncheon. for more information about the symposium call

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programming to AfricanAmericans families, including movies, documentaries, short films, music, comedy, visual and performing arts, and faith and inspirational programs. Aspire will celebrate the

successes, achievements and accomplishments of the African-American community and create new opportunities for the next generation of African-American visionaries. The network will launch by summer 2012. “Aspire will be a network that encourages and challenges AfricanAmericans to reach for their dreams and will appeal to all generations. Aspire will celebrate our heritage, our groundbreaking achievements and the fearless talent that has shaped American culture. I’m most excited about Aspire creating opportunities for the new voices, new visions and the next generation of storytellers,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

• REVOLT: Proposed by superstar and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs and MTV veteran Andy Schuon, this network is designed to have programming inspired by music and pop culture, including music videos, live performances, music news, and interviews and will incorporate social media interaction for music artists and fans. The network has entered into an agreement to launch in 2013. “REVOLT is the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media” said Sean “Diddy” Combs. “We’re building this platform for artists to reach an extraordinary number of people in a completely different way. REVOLT will be live, like all great moments in television history. REVOLT will also be immediate, like today’s social networks. We know it was a highly competitive process and we want to thank Comcast for this opportunity to truly change television with REVOLT.” Hispanic Category: • El Rey: Proposed

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by legendary Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures executives John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, this network is designed to be an action-packed, general entertainment network in English for Latino and general audiences that includes a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy, and sports programming. The El Rey network will include programming that features Hispanic producers, celebrities and public figures. The network has entered into an agreement to launch by January 2014. “This partnership with Comcast signals an important moment for the Latino community in this country – we are passionate about creating a wildly entertaining destination that we can be proud of by appealing to both Latino and mass market audiences,” said Robert Rodriguez and CEO of FactoryMade Ventures John Fogelman. “We engineered El Rey to address a burgeoning opportunity to deliver unique, high-quality and compelling content to a hard-to-reach demographic and are excited to bring more opportunities to generations of talent, storytellers and dreamers through this special partnership.” • BabyFirst Americas: Proposed by Spanish language television veteran Constantino “Said” Schwarz, this network is designed for infants, very young children, and their parents, and emphasizes the importance of early development of verbal, math and motor skills. The network has entered into an agreement to launch by April 2012. “We are thrilled to partner with Comcast and commend them for recognizing the importance of quality education for young children,” remarked Constantino “Said” Schwarz, CEO and Chairman BabyFirst Americas. “BabyFirst Americas aims to bring the essential academic building blocks for Kindergarten readiness into the home, making it accessible for families all across the U.S.” Comcast made a series of voluntary public interest commitments in connection with the NBCUniversal transaction, one of which is to launch 10 new independently owned and operated networks over the next eight years. Of the 10 networks, four will be majority African-American owned, two will be majority American Latino owned, two will be operated by American Latino programmers, and two will provide additional independent programming. Ultimately, each of the 10 networks will be added on select Comcast systems as part of the digital basic tier of service.


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Eight Straight for Lady Bison with Win Over UMES HBCU Women’s Basketball By Jamilah Corbitt Special to the AFRO

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Howard Holds Off UMES to Reach Ninth Win of Season HBCU Men’s Basketball By Ed Hill Jr. Special to the AFRO Simuel Frazier scored all nine of his points in the second half, including seven of his team’s last 11 points as Howard University held off University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 5351 in a Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference men’s game on Feb. 20 at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C. The Hawks (6-20 overall, 3-10 MEAC) led through most of the early part of the game, holding a 31-24 advantage at the half. After UMES took its biggest lead at nine at the 13:06 mark, the Bison began their comeback, reeling off 21-13 run that gave them the lead at 45-43 at the 6:59 mark. It was a Frazier three pointer that capped off the run. From there, it became a nip and tuck affair until a three-point play by Calvin Thompson gave Howard its biggest lead at 53-47 with 2:17 left. “Simuel made all the plays down the stretch,” said Howard

The Howard University women’s basketball team won its eighth straight, 62-49, over the University of MarylandEastern Shore (9-16 overall, 6-7 MEAC) on Feb. 20 at Burr Gym on senior night. The Lady Bison, now 21-7 on the season, will finish the 2011-12 campaign with a 10-1 home record. Three players reached doublefigures en route to their 13th conference victory. Tamoria Holmes had a solid night with 22 points, five assists, three steals, and a career-best three blocks in 39 minutes of action. Saadia Doyle finished one board shy of a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds. Zykia Brown tallied 10 points – just one shy of her 1,500th point – and pulled down six off the glass. As a team, the Lady Bison finished with a 31.3 shooting clip (15-for-28). HU scored 20 points off 23 UMES miscues, while committing 18 of its own. In the first period, HU got off to a fast start with a quick triple from Holmes – the first of five by the Lady

Howard Softball Gets First Win at Spartans Invitational HBCU Women’s Softball

By Sarafina Hamer Special to the AFRO The Howard Lady Bison softball team has lost five of six games since

“Simuel made all the plays down the stretch,” said Howard head coach Kevin Nickelberry. “He was involved in a lot of the key plays. He stayed aggressive in the second half and it paid off.” head coach Kevin Nickelberry. “He was involved in a lot of the key plays. He stayed aggressive in the second half and it paid off.” The Hawks got a basket and two free throws from Ishaq Pitt that reduced the deficit to 53-51 with 1:23 still left in the game. UMES and Howard exchanged turnovers on successive possessions, but the Hawks got off a shot by Pitts that hit the rim and rolled off as the buzzer sounded and the Bison had secured their fourth win in five games. “We are just learning how to win,” said Nickelberry. “It doesn’t matter who is on the floor. We

Bison in the first threeplus minutes of regulation. UMES responded with a layup by Shanyce Stewart, but India Bradford hit a three-pointer on the next possession to give the Lady Bison a four-point edge, 6-2. A layup by Nicole Deterville gave HU Howard Sports Information Photo a 13-4 lead by the 16:02 Senior Zykia Brown scored 17 points with nine mark. rebounds against UMES on Feb. 20, 2012. She Sparked by a Chelsea needs just one point to surpass 1,500 points for Sanders jumper, the Lady her career. Hawks notched a 16-2 run over a seven minute span to take a 20-15 slim cushion margin at 14 (50-36) off a four-point over HU midway through the period. play by Brown and a shot from behind From there, the advantage changed the arc by Doyle at the 9:07 mark – her hands three times, with Howard ending first made three-pointer of the season. the first 20 with a 9-2 run to take a 32For the Lady Hawks, Kwinnyata 26 lead into the locker room. Mercer notched 12 points, while In the second stint, Holmes scored Sanders tallied 10. Amber Cook five-straight unanswered points to chipped in with eight points in 29 push the advantage to 37-28 by the minutes of action. 16:14 mark. UMES cut it to six on two The Lady Bison are back in action different occasions, but would get no on Sat. Feb. 25 for their final regular closer than that for the remainder of season match against Delaware State the game. Howard achieved its widest beginning at 5 p.m.

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their season began on Feb. 11. But the Lady Bison stole a victory from George Mason over the weekend in the Spartan Invitational hosted by University of South Carolina-Upstate on Feb. 17 in Spartanburg, S.C. Rebecca Kirshner and Andasha Moore-Pryor led the Bison with three hits each. Howard came out very strong, scoring four runs in the first inning on a Samantha Gatson single and a MoorePryor double. The women showed good base running in the 3rd inning, putting runners in scoring position on a passed ball. George Mason almost made a comeback in the final inning with a single from their centerfielder and a double from their second baseman Brooke Blankenship. The comeback was short lived though with a groundout by Angela Maioran to end the game. Unfortunately for Howard, they were back in the losing column 24 hours later,

are a deep team and we found a mix. We reverted to our old habits in the first half by not passimg the ball and taking bad shots. In the second half, we gave ourselves a chance.” UMES’s Ronald Spencer scored 12 of his game-high 14 points in the second half while Hillary Haley tallied all 11 of his points in the first half.

losing 5-0 in a disappointing showing against Georgetown. The Lady Bison were held hitless while the Georgetown women were held to only four. Neither team was able to put the bat on the ball very often, but Howard struggled more, striking out 11 times in the game. Gatson fanned three batters in the match. HU dropped two games on Feb. 18; they also lost a 15-7 decision against Youngstown State in the last game of the weekend invitational. The Bison came out strong in the first inning, scoring three runs. Youngstown, however, stepped up early as well, scoring five runs. The game ended after five innings due to a lopsided third inning by Youngstown, which scored eight runs to secure the game. The Lady Bison are back in action at the Diamond Devil Invite hosted by Arizona State on March 2.

Howard (9-19 overall, 6-9 MEAC) got 10 points from Glenn Andrews. No other Bison scored in double figures. Nine different players scored as the Howard reserves outscored their counterparts, 38-11. NEXT UP: The Bison travel to Dover, Del. to take on the Hornets of Delaware State on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff: Can Knicks’ New Sensation Jeremy Lin Bring a Title to New York? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk Even the AFRO Sports Desk couldn’t ignore the hottest story in the National Basketball Association: Jeremy Lin. The second-year point guard out of Harvard has resurfaced the NBA with his name sprawled all across it. With Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire in the frontcourt, the New York Knicks were already one of the league’s most talented teams. With Lin at point guard, what’s stopping the Knicks from returning to the promised land? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk answer the question. Green: Can the Knicks win a title behind Lin? Yes, of course. Lin’s already drawn comparisons to Steve Nash and Rajon Rondo, two of the NBA’s better floor generals. Their frontcourt was already one of, if not, the most talented in the league with Anthony, Stoudemire and center Tyson Chandler patrolling the middle. Add Lin to the equation and sprinkle in newly acquired shooting guard J.R. Smith and New York has all the makings of a big-time team in the Big Apple. Riley: Paint me unimpressed so far about all of this Linsanity. Sure, the former D Leaguer has brought excitement

With Lin at point guard, what’s stopping the Knicks from returning to the promised land? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk answer the question. to the table and his run has been remarkable so far but the turnovers, inexperience and lack of cohesion overall with the Knicks scare me. Once teams start reading the book on Lin you’re going to see a change in how he plays, that’s the NBA and everyone goes through it. How he adjusts from teams keying on him is what will define his career. Will the Knicks get to the playoffs this year? They’d better, with Stoudemire and Anthony on the roster. Will they win a title this season or next? I can’t see it. Green: Although Lin has been the story, it’s more to it than just him. Teams can key on him all they want but what about those two perennial all stars? Do you just forget

about them? I’ve seen enough to know that Lin is the legit lead guard that the Knicks need to propel them deep in the postseason. We’ve been captivated by his scoring but really the only things the Knicks needed was a dish man and they now have that. Lin doesn’t have to drop 20 and 30 points like he’s been doing and once Anthony comes back from (groin) injury, Lin’s job will be a whole lot easier. Let’s not make the mistake that the media and fans are waiting on Lin to carry the team because that’s not what the excitement is about. His ability to compliment Anthony and Stoudemire is what has everyone excited upstate. Riley: You can deflect the attention off Lin to his teammates if you want but how often has Stoudemire been healthy these last few years? And how many times has Anthony gotten a team deep in the playoffs? Both Anthony and Stoudemire have been on more talented teams than this current Knicks team so to just expect them to carry the weight is foolish. If New York is going to win anything, Lin will have to be a key contributor. He’s a nice story and that’s clear. But in my opinion, he’s just keeping the seat warm for the arrival of guard Deron Williams. New York needs a superstar pass man. Lin would be a good role player because I think his Cinderella story could turn into a nightmare once the playoffs arrive.


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Sonia Suzanne Schwandt, whose address is 18842 Silverwood Terrace, Leesburg, VA 20176, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Greg Jackson aka Gregory Keith Jackson, who died on December 27, 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 August 24, 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 August 24, 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: February 24, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Sonia Suzanne Schwandt Personal Representative 703-629-2007 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/24,Feb 3/2, 3/9 TYPESET: Tue 21

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McKinley Leon Board having filed a complaint for judgment changing McKinley Leon Board name to Al-Farooq Leon Board 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 23rd day of January 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 28 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. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the DC Chief of Police and to the Department of Corrections by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE A TRUETue COPY TEST: TYPESET: Feb 21 2/10, 2/17, 2/24

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Lawrence Rayfield Smith having filed a complaint for judgment changing Lawrence Rayfield Smith name to Lawrence Raphael Winters 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 10th day of February 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 16th day of March 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 AfroAmerican newspaper. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 2/17, 2/24, 3/2

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Patina V. Waters, whose address is 530 Mellon Street SE, Washington DC 20032, 14:19:30 EST personal 2012 rewas appointed presentative of the estate of Jeannette Waters, who died on October 6, 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 August 10, 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 August 10, 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: February 10, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Patina V. Waters Personal Representative 202-812-9568 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Feb 21 REGISTER OFTue WILLS 2/10, 2/17, 2/24

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012NRT2 WILL L. WILLIAMS Decedent NOTICE OF EXISTENCE OF REVOCABLE TRUST

Will L. Williams (name of deceased settlor) whose address was 1504 38th Street SE, Washington DC 20020 created a revocable trust on July 16, 2009, which remained in existence on the date of his death on June 28, 2011, and Denise Williams, whose address 7904 Anne Court, Clinton MD 20735-1508 is the currently acting trustee, hereinafter the Trustee. Communications to the trust should be mailed or directed to Denise Williams at 7904 Anne Court, Clinton, MD 20735-1508. The Trust is subject to claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors, costs of administration of the settlor ’s 14:38:14 2012 of the estate, theEST expenses deceased settlor’s funeral and disposal of remains, and statutory allowances to a surviving spouse and children to the extent the deceased settlor’s residuary probate estate is inadequate to satisfy those claims, costs, expenses, and allowances. Claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors are barred as against the Trustee and the trust property unless presented to the Trustee at the address provided herein on or before August 10, 2012 6 months after the date of the first publication of this notice). An action to contest the validity of this trust must be commenced by the earliest of (1) June 28, 2012 (one year from date of death of the deceased settler) or (2) August 10, 2012 (6 months from the date of first publication of this notice) or (3) ninety days after the Trustee sends the person a copy of the trust instrument and a notice informing the person of the trust’s existence, the Trustee’s name and address, and the time allowed for commencing a proceeding. The Trustee may proceed to distribute the trust property in accordance with the terms of the trust before the expiration of the time within which an action must be commenced unless the Trustee knows of a pending judicial proceeding contesting the validity of the trust or the Trustee has received notice from a potential contestant who thereafter c o m m e n EST c e s a2012 judicial 14:36:05 proceeding within sixty days after notification. This Notice must be mailed postmarked within 15 days of its first publication to each heir and qualified beneficiary of the trust and any other person who would be an interested person within the meaning of D.C. Code, sec. 20-101(d) Date of Publication: February 10, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Denise Williams Personal Representative 301-749-9637 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Feb 21 2/10, 2/17, 2/24

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM59 Mary Eleanor Hill Decedent W. Alton Lewis 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

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5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before August 10, 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 August 10, 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: February 10, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Kimberly Brooks Personal Representative 301-219-7643 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET:2/10, Tue2/17, Feb2/24 21

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Robert James Little Jr. having filed a complaint for judgment changing Robert James Little Jr. name to Asad Sadiq 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 2 day of February 2010 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 8 day of March 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 AfroAmerican. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the applicant’s creditors by registered for certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the DC Chief of Police and to the Department of Corrections by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule (b). 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the Bankruptcy Court by registered or certified mail and that proof of service o mailing be made in the manner provided by SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE A TRUETue COPY TEST: TYPESET: Feb 21 2/10, 2/17, 2/24

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Superior Court of the District of Superior Court of Columbia the District of Civil Division 202-879-1212 District of Columbia Case No. 0000953-12 PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: Washington, D.C. Orville Kelson Proctor 20001-2131 Applicant Administration ORDER OF 202-879-0157 TYPESET: Tue Feb 21 14:36:48 EST 2012No. 2012ADM86 PUBLICATION Katie Viola Van Hagen CHANGE OF NAME a. Absent DefendantOrville $ 150.00 Kelson Proctor having Decedent Superior Court of b. Absolute Divorce filed a complaint for judgment $ 150.00 Clarissa T. Edwards the District of changing Orville Kelson The Law Office of District of Columbia c. Custody Divorce Proctor name to James Mich$ 150.00 C. Thomas, Chartered PROBATE DIVISION eal Proctor and having ap405 8th Street NW plied to the court for an Order Washington, D.C. Washington DC 20002 of Publication of the notice 20001-2131 required by law in such To place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892, Administrationext. No. 262 Attorney cases; it is by the Court this NOTICE OF 2012ADM80on size Public Notices $50.00 3rd day of February 2012 & up depending APPOINTMENT, Emanuel Leveme hereby. Baltimore Legal NoticesJackson are $24.15 per inch. NOTICE TO IV ORDERED, that all persons CREDITORS 14:40:12 EST 2012 concerned cause, if — Decedent There isshow no flat rate 1-800 (AFRO) 892 AND NOTICE TO any there be, on or before the NOTICE OF For Proof 9th of day Publication, call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 UNKNOWN HEIRS of March 2012,please why APPOINTMENT, Roshelle Van Hagen, whose the prayers of said complaint Superior Court of NOTICE TO address is 9814 Dorval Ave, should not be granted; proLEGAL NOTICES the District of LEGAL NOTICES Upper LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES CREDITORS TYPESET: Tue Feb 21 14:40:39 2012 Marlboro MD 20072 vided that aEST copy of this order LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES District of Columbia AND NOTICE TO was appointed personal rebe published once a week for PROBATE DIVISION presentative of the estate of three consecutive weeks beUNKNOWN HEIRS Katie Viola Van Hagen, who fore said day in the AfroWashington, D.C. Rose Walters Jackson, Superior Court of died on October 15, 2009 American newspaper. whose address is 11606 Cit20001-2131 0 the District of without a Will, and will serve that pursuant to SCRrine Court, Glenn Dale, MD Administration No. Columbia without Court supervision. All 205(b) notice be sent to the 20769 was appointed per2012ADM61 unknown heirs and heirs applicant’s creditor’s by regsonal representative of the Civil Division Shirley C. Bullock whose whereabouts are unistered or certified mail and estate of Emanuel Leveme Case No. 0000939-12 Decedent known shall enter their that proof of service of mailJackson IV, who died on FebIN RE: appearance in this proceedNOTICE OF ing be made in the manner ruary 11, 2009 without a Will, Alicia Rosanna ing. Objections to such provided in SCR Probate and will serve without Court APPOINTMENT, Grogan-Brown appointment shall be filed Rule 19(b). supervision. All unknown NOTICE TO Applicant with the Register of Wills, JUDGE heirs and heirs whose CREDITORS D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., A TRUE COPY TEST: whereabouts are unknown ORDER OF TYPESET: 2/17, Tue 2/24, Feb 3/2 21 14:36:27 EST 2012 AND NOTICE TO 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. shall enter their appearance PUBLICATION UNKNOWN HEIRS 20001, on or before August in this proceeding. ObjecCHANGE OF NAME Moria Bullock-Quarles, 17, 2012. Claims against the tions to such appointment Alicia Rosanna GroganGlenda N. Bullock and Willie decedent shall be presented shall be filed with the RegisSuperior Court of Brown having filed a comBullock, whose address(es) to the undersigned with a ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th the District of plaint for judgment changing are 2610 Fort Drive, Suitland copy to the Register of Wills Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Alicia Rosanna GroganColumbia MD 20746 and 2816 12th or filed with the Register of Washington, D.C. 20001, on Brown name to Shaun Civil Division Street NE, Washington DC Wills with a copy to the or before August 17, 2012. Rosanna Grogan-Brown and Case No. 0000909-12 20017 were appointed perundersigned, on or before Claims against the decedent having applied to the court for sonal representative(s) of the IN RE: August 17, 2012, or be forshall be presented to the an Order of Publication of the estate of Shirley C. Bullock, ever barred. Persons beundersigned with a copy to Anthony Glasgow notice required by law in such who died on May 7, 2010 lieved to be heirs or legatees the Register of Wills or filed Applicant cases; it is by the Court this 3 without a will, and will serve of the decedent who do not with the Register of Wills with day of February 2012. ORDER OF without Court supervision. All receive a copy of this notice a copy to the undersigned, on ORDERED, that all persons PUBLICATION unknown heirs and heirs by mail within 25 days of its or before August 17, 2012, or concerned show cause, if CHANGE OF NAME whose whereabouts are unfirst publication shall so inbe forever barred. Persons

known 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 August 10, 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 August 10, 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: February 10, 2012 Name of newspaper: 14:39:27 EST 2012 Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Moria Bullock-Quarles Glenda N. Bullock Willie Bullock Personal Representative 202-725-9305 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/10, 2/17, 2/24

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any there be, on or before the 9th day of March 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 AfroAmerican newspaper. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the applicant’s creditors by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE TYPESET: Feb 21 A TRUETue COPY TEST: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0000953-12 IN RE: Orville Kelson Proctor Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Orville Kelson Proctor having filed a complaint for judgment changing Orville Kelson Proctor name to James Micheal Proctor 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 February 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 9th day of March 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 AfroAmerican newspaper. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the applicant’s creditor’s by reg-

Anthony Glasgow having filed a complaint for judgment changing Anthony Glasgow name to Anthony Evans 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 2nd day of February 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 14th day of March 2012, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for 14:35:25 EST 2012 three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican newspaper. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the D.C. Chief of Police and to the Department of Corrections by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE TYPESET: Tue Feb 21 A TRUE COPY TEST: 2/17, 2/24, 3/2

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM80 Emanuel Leveme Jackson IV Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Rose Walters Jackson, whose address is 11606 Citrine Court, Glenn Dale, MD 20769 was appointed personal representative of the

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: February 17, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Rose Walters Jackson Personal Representative 202-437-1264 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Feb 21 2/17, 2/24, 3/2

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration 14:36:48 EST 2012No. 2012ADM86 Katie Viola Van Hagen Decedent Clarissa T. Edwards The Law Office of C. Thomas, Chartered 405 8th Street NW Washington DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Roshelle Van Hagen, whose address is 9814 Dorval Ave, Upper Marlboro MD 20072 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Katie Viola Van Hagen, who died on October 15, 2009 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs

form the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: February 17, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Roshelle Van Hagen Personal Representative 301-877-6014 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Feb 21 2/17, 2/24, 3/2

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District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM76 WILLIAM THOMAS Decedent Thomas Talbott Esq. Sullivan, Talbott & Batt 77 South Washington Street, Suite 304 Rockville MD 20850 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Darlene E. Thomas Davis, whose address is 5620 Foote Street, NE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of William Thomas, who died on March 22, 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

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Darlene E. Thomas Davis, whose address is 5620 Foote LEGAL NOTICES Street, NE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of William Thomas, who died on March 22, 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 August 17, 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 August 17, 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: February 17, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Darlene E. Thomas Davis Personal Representative 202-396-6181 TRUETue TEST COPY TYPESET: Feb 21 2/17, 2/24, 3/2

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0001276-12 IN RE: Alejandro Moreno Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Alejandro Moreno having filed a complaint for judgment changing Alejandro Moreno name to Natalia Moreno 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 10th day of February 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 16th day of March 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 AfroAmerican newspaper. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: TYPESET: Tue Feb 21 2/17, 2/24, 3/2

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM819 Harry Schoaff Decedent Thomas L. Campbell 3807 Minnesota Ave. NE Washington DC 20019 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Thomas L. Campbell, whose address is 3807 Minnesota Ave., NE Washington DC 20019 were appointed personal representative of the estate of Harry Schoaff, who died on May 7, 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 (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 14:34:53 or before EST August2012 24, 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 August 24, 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: February 24, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Thomas L. Campbell Personal Representative 202-388-7794 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Feb 21 2/24, 3/2, 3/9

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 14:16:03 EST 2012No. Administration 2012ADM114 Idell J. Robinson SUPERIOR COURT OF Decedent THE DISTRICT OF Charles E. Walton Esq COLUMBIA 10905 Ft Washington PROBATE DIVISION Road. Suite 201 Washington, D.C. Fort Washington, 20001-2131 MD 20744 Administration No. Attorney 2012ADM120 NOTICE OF Estate of APPOINTMENT, Clara Hayes Rankin NOTICE TO Deceased CREDITORS NOTICE OF AND NOTICE TO STANDARD UNKNOWN HEIRS Brenda J. Butler, whose adPROBATE

Diane C. Wilks, whose address is 1936 Naylor Road, SE #302, Washington DC 20020 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Carlie Swann III, who died on August 14, 2012 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 August 14, 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 August 24, 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: February 24, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Diane C. Wilks Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 2/24, 3/2, 3/9

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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0001613-12 IN RE: Kelly Ann Knox Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Kelly Ann Knox having filed a complaint for judgment changing Kelly Ann Knox name to Khalisah Atiqah Board 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 21st day of February 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 27th day of March 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 AfroAmerican newspaper. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the applicant’s creditors by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 2/24, 3/2, 3/9

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM99 Carlie Swann III Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

dress is 37 Sherman Circle, NW. Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Idell J. Robinson, who died on October 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 August 24, 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 August 24, 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: February 24, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law2012 14:17:34 EST Reporter Brenda J. Butler Personal Representative 301-292-8357 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFWed WILLS TYPESET: Feb 22 2/24, 3/2, 3/9

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Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by York Rankin Jr. and Donald R. Brew, Sr. for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 in the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate 0 Appoint an unsupervised personal representative. Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication February 24, 2012 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN John Noble 451 Hungerford Drive Suite 750 Rockville, MD 20850 301-762-7200 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney TYPESET: Tue Feb 21 2/24, 3/2

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