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Black Women Seek Independent Presence at Freedom Plaza By Valencia Mohammed Special to the Afro

The lawsuit seeks an estimated $2.1 billion to make Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) “comparable and competitive” to the state’s traditionally White institutions (TWI’s). By Todd Beamon Special to the AFRO David Wilson took a lighthearted turn, Tuesday, in explaining how Morgan State University would finance $15 million in equipment for its Benjamin Banneker Communications Center. “This is almost comical, but we would have to rob a bank,” Wilson said to laughter in testimony before U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake in Baltimore. “But we wouldn’t do that, Your Honor.”

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Wilson was among the first witnesses for the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education in its lawsuit against the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The trial began Jan. 3 and is expected to last six weeks. But Morgan president’s testimony became more serious. “We would have a dickens of a time in doing that,” Wilson said. “We would have to close programs, lay off faculty and staff – and downsize the mission of the institution to address the needs of one program.” As many as 60 people, including many coalition members, packed into Judge Blake’s courtroom to hear the first day of testimony. A number of individuals, including spectators and lawyers, had to be seated in the jury box to keep from standing. The coalition contends that the state of Maryland through MHEC has maintained a system of “de jure segregation” – racial segregation imposed by law – in violation of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and of Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit, filed in 2006, seeks an estimated $2.1 billion to make Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) – Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore – “comparable and competitive” to the state’s traditionally White institutions (TWI’s). These include Salisbury State University, Towson University – as well as the University of MarylandCollege Park and the University of MarylandUniversity College. Continued on A4

While most people focus on the political and social grievances against government and corporate greed from protestors at Freedom Plaza in what has become known at Occupy DC, several homeless Black women who have taken up residence there say the movement’s agenda doesn’t include demonstrating for the homeless or the needs of Black people. The homeless women say they have been denied blankets and supplies given to other protestors and have been confronted by Occupy DC leaders who have tried to force them out of the encampment, saying that Occupy DC has rights to all space on Freedom Plaza. “Before Occupy DC came on the scene, many of us were here being treated

Homeless activist, Arafa Speaks, sets up her tent with the assistance of Blair Rush and Bill (refused to give last name) from the Occupy DC at Freedom Plaza. unfairly by park police,” said Arafa Speaks, 56, a homeless activist. “As soon as we saw tents go up we started reaching out for cover in the same manner. We noticed that the outsiders were

being treated like royalty by the park police and D.C.’s homeless were being viewed as intruders. It was amazing!” Aida Peery, 56, said she came to Freedom Plaza after she was kicked out of

a homeless shelter when she returned from a job placement program. “I first moved to Occupy DC at McPherson Square but there was always arguing and fighting. After I Continued on A3

Three Judge Panel Rules in Favor of O’Malley’s Redistricting Plan By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer

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The Northeast Performing Arts conducted a candlelight vigil for the 109 people slain in the District of Columbia for 2011.

Candlelight Vigil Salutes the Fallen of 2011 By Valencia Mohammed Special to the Afro The Northeast Performing Arts Group in partnership with Survivors of Homicide and the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers hosted a candlelight vigil on New Year’s Eve in memory of the homicide victims of 2011. The event, started on Freedom Plaza 21 years ago when the murder rate averaged 400 annually, brought sad memories and joyful praise to the crowd. “We moved the vigil from downtown to Ward 7 because we noticed that most of the victims lived in northeast or southeast. We wanted to bring it home so that people would understand these are not just names, these were human beings that were killed who can no longer be with us,” said Rita Jackson, executive director of the Northeast Performing Arts. “Every New Year’s Eve as we end one year and start the next, we keep hoping that this vigil will be our last.” For two decades the vigil focused on the memories of youth victims under the age of 25 who died violently in the District. This year’s event recognized the 109 homicide victims and loved ones who held their memories dear. “We are driven to send a message of hope and peace for the future and the lives of our youth living in Washington, D.C. coming together in peace and praying for the lives lost Continued on A4

The battle over Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s redistricting plan may be over as a three-judge panel ruled against those trying to overturn the plan. Patricia Fletcher, on behalf of the Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee (FLH-PAC) sued the state in federal court over what the committee alleged were overly gerrymandered districts that didn’t protect the interests of the state’s minority population, especially in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. The PAC’s plight drew national attention and the support of conservative Iowa group, the Legacy Foundation, which funded the suit. Things looked positive for the plaintiffs in November when U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus moved the suit before a three-judge panel. However, that panel said the plaintiffs failed at pleading their case. While recognizing there are some real issues with the state’s plan, the judges said it met constitutional scrutiny while the plaintiffs failed to meet the burden of proof to support their claims. “Moreover, the plaintiffs offer little evidence suggesting that African-Americans are especially disadvantaged by the State Plan. The State Plan makes two out of the eight congressional districts majority African-American districts. This ratio of minority/majority seats – 25 percent – is thus in proportion to African-Americans’ share of the total voting-age population – 28 percent,” wrote U.S. Circuit Court Judge Paul Niemeyer in his opinion. “The State Plan also creates two districts, the Second and the Fifth, with significant and growing minority populations.” U.S. District Court Judge Alexander Williams Jr. said that even past the burden of proof, the plaintiffs failed to garner the support of the majority of political leaders in the state – many of whom endorsed O’Malley’s plan. “From the outset, Plaintiffs struggled in making any sort of intentional discrimination claim since a significant portion of the legislative and community leaders advocating in favor of the State Plan were African-Americans,” Williams said. “The Black Legislative Caucus proposed two redistricting plans, neither of which called for the three majority AfricanAmerican districts proposed by Plaintiffs,” he continued. “Eight out of nine African-American senators and 31 of 34 African-American delegates voted for the State Plan.” Titus agreed with Niemeyer, but took to task the state law

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AFRO National Briefs Michelle Obama Criticized for Pricey Vacation Wardrobe

Some conservatives have criticized President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their 17day holiday in Hawaii that’s estimated to cost taxpayers $4 million. “While Obama sits back in DC making sure Congress passes the payroll tax holiday bill, Michelle Obama and her kids decided to begin their ultra-expensive, ultralavish, tax payer funded 17 Joyce N. Boghosian, White House day Hawaii vacation. Fat photographer Cakes Michelle just couldn’t wait another day or two for business to wrap up in DC.,” according to the right-wing website fireandreamitchell.com. But now Michelle Obama is also taking heat for her perceived high-end fashion choices. According to ABC News, Mrs. Obama was photographed this week in a seemingly simple white sundress with red and

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yellow stripes. The dress, however, was by French-born, U.S.-based designer Sophie Theallet, and would have cost the first lady almost $2,000 when she bought it in 2009. More recent designs by Theallet sell for even more. For the meet-and-greet with service members and their families in a nearby mess hall later in the day, Mrs. Obama dressed down — in a printed green $950 Comme des Garcons skirt with bag waist. “Some see the first lady’s penchant for expensive labels at odds with her reputation as a bargain shopper who frequents J. Crew and Target,” ABC News reported. One comment about the First Lady on the Naked DC website read: “She claims to be a champion of the poor and a fellow bargain shopper, but yet, here she is, sporting a dress that no unemployed American can afford.” It never ends.

“Fresh Prince” Actress Blasts Will Smith: “He’s Still an Egomaniac”

An actress from the 1990s NBC series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” recently slammed the show’s star, Will Smith, following a reunion luncheon that the cast attended. According to TMZ, actress Karyn Parsons, who played Hilary on the show, held a charity luncheon in early December that was attended by most of the Fresh Prince cast, including Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, James Avery and Smith. But Janet Hubert, the first of two actresses who portrayed Aunt Viv on the series, skipped the event. Hubert, 55, told TMZ that she’s still upset over the way she was fired from the show and said she believes Smith was the cause of her ousting. “There will never be a reunion…as I will never do anything with an a--hole like Will Smith,” Hubert told TMZ. “He’s still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.” According to The New York Daily News, at the time of her firing Hubert claimed that Smith had created a hostile work environment after she became pregnant. Her pregnancy was eventually written Taís Melillo into the show. Smith, 43, has cited Hubert’s ego as the reason for her departure. Actress Daphne Reid took over the character for the show’s final three seasons. “I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be ‘The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show,’” Smith told an Atlanta radio station after Hubert was cut, according to the Daily News. He added, “She has basically gone from a quarter of a million dollars a year to nothing. She’s mad now, but she’s been mad all along. She said once, ‘I’ve been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.’ No matter what, to her I’m just the Anti-Christ.” “Fresh Prince” debuted on NBC in 1990. After running for six seasons, it was canceled in 1996.

Jennifer Hudson Sings Duet With Heavier Self in New Weight Watchers Commercial

Singer Jennifer Hudson has recorded a new duet featured in a commercial for Weight Watchers, belting out a tune alongside an image of her heavier self. Creatively using footage from a 2004 performance on American Idol, the new commercial pits the old Hudson up against her newly slim self to perform the Whitney Houston classic “I Believe in You and Me.” Hudson became a Weight Watchers spokesperson in 2010. The singer drew media attention after successfully shedding more than 80 pounds. The company opened a Weight Watchers center named after Hudson in her hometown of Chicago in September. “Weight Watchers has helped make my new lifestyle a reality by teaching me the tools I needed to be successful,” Hudson said in a statement at the time of the facility’s debut. “I hope this center and my story continue to serve as an inspiration to others to begin their own journey toward a healthier lifestyle.” Hudson detailed her weight loss in a book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down. According to ABC News, Hudson Photo courtesy of David Torcivia writes that she turned down the lead role for the Oscar-winning film Precious, claiming that after gaining weight for her role in Dreamgirls, she wanted to appear in a film that had nothing to do with her weight.

Aretha Thinks Good Friends Make Good Husbands

And was somebody thinking she was pregnant? At 69? The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, recently dispelled any errant thinking, according to the Associated Press, when she announced her upcoming marriage to long time friend William “Willie” Wilkerson. They became engaged over the holidays. She said their summer nuptials would probably be followed by a reception on a yacht. And for those who might be wondering, she added to the announcement, “I’m not pregnant.” The Grammy Award winning artist is considering Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan to design her wedding gown.


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Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain NephewA3 Man Charged in Local Curator Aims to Educate Brother’s Death to with New Islamic Museum End Year in Prince George’s January 7, 2012 - January 13, 2012, The Afro-American

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

from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Jennifer Hudson and other Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace relatives positively identified multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supof the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and tered to Hudson’s murdered offered a $100,000 reward to brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy Bybody Karisse Carmack The information and artifacts he found said he keptalive. the exhibit in his own boy’s inside and is being Special by to the AFRO technicame from a variety of sources. home. processed evidence Since the investigation, During his research, the husband Recently,Hudson there has been even stardom cians and workers. The body – who gained was later removed and taken to on the appearing on “American Outside a former school and father “traveled around the more news after coverage involving the2300 Cookblock County Idol,”the andworld: then won of Medical Martin Luther King Jr. country, researched cemeteries, Muslims around the an Arab By George Barnette Examiner’s Academy Award for Six’s her role in Avenue, office. a male employee is selling oils went to historical societies, visited Spring protests, the Seal Team AFRO Staff Writer Hudson and other family the movie Dreamgirls – has and incense. Inside, immediately to the descendants,” said Muhammad. killing of Osama bin Laden. Instead members at the Medical out oftothefollow publicthe eye. left, is arrived a display about the Moors of Among his findings: Muslims “came of tweakingstayed his exhibit A District man was arrested and charged by Prince George’s Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportDelaware; in the back of the room, near [to the U.S.] as far back as 1312,” and whims of what’s going on, Muhammad Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. County Police in the slaying of his brother. noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars moved a left-hand corner is another display, have fought in all of America’s wars, has decided to stay the course, by Samuel Ulysees Wilson, 55, whose last known address was Given theauthor choiceAlex between look-great slowly pastpeople her family’s about Haley’s from the Revolutionary War to the educate about home A spokesman for the office the murders but is beingcontinuing held in to ing directly at the body or Monday morning, past the on Farragut Street NW in the District, was charged with firstgrandfather, Kunta Kinte. present-day War in Iraq. Moreover, contributions to told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violationIslam’s after positive viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curidegree murder in connection with the death of 52-year-old In the light of negative media according to the exhibit, there are over America. ous onlookers. Chappell Wilson. Courtesy Photos images of Islam and its followers, 500 places in the country with names “We don’t get involved,” Neighbors stood About Hudson 9 a.m. on and Newher Year’s Eve,Darnell officersDonerson responded to the Jennifer mom, who especially after September 11th, local that are Arabic in origin: Toledo, Ohio, Muhammad said. The persistent quietly and 3800 killed, block ofasWalters Lane District Jason. Heights to check on was well as herinbrother, resident Amir Muhammad opened Medina, Texas, and Mecca, Ind. are just negative coverage has only motivated reflected on the the welfare of the younger Wilson. When they arrived, they “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted America’s Islamic Historic Museum a few mentioned in the exhibit. him to continue to educate the masses, video screen, the family chose violence. found him unresponsive with trauma to his body and he was ly” and was clearly leader.of Delaware murderarrived and vehicular hijackCultural Center, in a facility TheitsMoors he said. To illustrate people plate X584859 was found on theand latter. According to the In fronthow of the Hudson’s the body of her 7-year-old pronounced dead at the scene. “She held hands with her famiing. Cook County records show once known as the Clara Muhammad in the First State in midto lateare interconnected to each other,jackets Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, home, men in heavy nephew Monday, just hours Police Identified Samuel Wilson as a suspect and quickly ly,” the that with he pleaded both School. is spokesman 1600s,said. and “It intermingled the guilty to Muhammad pointed outsweatshirts how during police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.”The information on display and hooded came to after his body was found in a apprehended him. He is being held without bond at the Prince was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was kiss the twin white crosses a culmination of Muhammad’s years of Nanticoke Indians. Closer to home, thealso Arab Spring uprisings, there were barGeorge’s County Department of Corrections. moment.” the Washington-Baltimore convicted in 1998 for possesing who the names of Donerson research on Islamic history in America, region demonstrators held signs with and The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Chappell Wilson’s death ended a bad year for Prince Jason. and was once a traveling exhibit. also has its share of Islamic history. quotes of Dr. King. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in George’s in terms of number of killings. While violent crime “Everybody is sick of going “Our stories are not being told,” said Yarrow Marmood was a slave from Even the museum’s employees been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years overall was down 13 percent in the county, murders shot up due through stuff like this,” Artisha Muhammad, the museum’s president Guinea who was given his freedom have been positively impacted by the when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and to a serious spike at the beginning of 2011 with 11 homicides in West, a former resident of the and curator, who’d been practicing Upton Beall of Montgomery grandmother,by Darnell car hijacking charges. museum. area told the Tribune. “We all the first 11 days of the year. over 40campaign years. He would go on to boy create a “It gives you an encounter of your No Islam wonderfor Obama’s is said andifDallas Cowboys players ByThe Alanyear King Donerson, 57,County, and hisand uncle, The remained missing could have been worse not for a summer crime have to stick All these he’d been working for an immigrant hauling business and own property in past, where youtogether. came from,” trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in to know young children are dying, and initiative aimed at targeting high crime areas of the county; organization in the Obama 1990’s when Georgetown. said museum volunteer Richardine group, saying, “Barack among the names submitted to in he his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” Langley Park, Riverdale, Suitland, Hillcrest Heights, and Never Organized looked at the with wayACORN.” Muslims were “My first impression was, ‘Wow,’” Banks, who said she particularly likes election officials. Presidential candidate John the 7000 block of South Yale Glassmanor, while also working with the county’s Park and Obama’s in tiesmainstream to ACORN run Hurd said those workers, who Butdepicted McCain’s attack on ACORN – societyAvenue. and said said Vinetta Logan, an outreach the portion of the exhibit chronicling Recreation Department to find programs to keep off the were doing thoseyouths things without long“They and deep. taughtus.” classes Associated Community don’tHeknow An Amberspecialist Alert – a who desig-lives in Southeast. There life in the 1800s. streets. ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed from Organization for Reform Now – nation for high-risk His family is originally were “amissing lot of things I did not know.” In the future, Muhammad hopes As result of the initiative, the county sawfired. reductions of 22.2 himGeorgia sion, were for President. confirms the success of the children and as a child, his father told – was issued Once Friday Muhammad had found enough to find a permanent location for the percent in Langley in Riverdale, 9.7has percent evidence that surButhim nowthe ACORN is in trouble. organization, the headPark, of the22.5 percent“The after Julian was discoveredto chronicle the history of Gullah people were Muslims, information museum, and there is currently and in Suitland, Heights, and 12 percent faced so far shows they faked in Reporter: There are at leastwas not. group says. 23.2 percent in Hillcrest missing afterIslam the murders. but Muhammad’s father in America, he then went on a oral history project and cultural 11 investigations across the Glassmanor. “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Police arrested William Growing up in the 1960’s, Muhammad cross-country tour in 1996, presenting arts programs. Since the museum’s didn’t do, not to community stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve we’ve “Wedone willand notsuccess abandon our crime fighting and Balfour, the missing boy’s said he also knew about the Nation the results of stephis research in a traveling opening, said Muhammad, the response boxes.”Chief ACORN, sheMagaw said, is said the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of Police raising efforts,” Prince George’s Mark father of Islam, and credited the religion forand estranged exhibit.husband has definitely been more positive than victim of fraud, not the perpetraforms. ACORN, said in an interview of Julia, at his girlfriend’s in a statement. “We will continue to build on the relationships “[giving] him a sense of manhood,” as Soon, the exhibit increased in negative. torwill of it.continue to partner with Announcer: Massive voter withhave the AFRO. Southside apartment several that been established. And we well as increasing his understanding of popularity; it has been to Harvard more “They’re (visitors) flabbergasted, theasonly fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. this attack started, we the “When community and be responsive to Hurd their said needs wethings develop Jesus. than once, and was on display for State speechless,” Muhammad said, when bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had justviable, announced thatresistant we had neighborhoods.” Balfour’s mother, Michele, has strong, crime As an adult, the curator, 57, Department employees. However, the asked to describe the public’s reaction. selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote registered 1.3 million new vottold reporters that her son had Such initiatives, which target reducing high drug trafficking began his cross-country odyssey to exhibit’s contents still did not have a “Definitely, the word is starting to get efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. nothing to do with the slayings. and gang activity, have little impact on domestic “Neither crimes, such as Pressuring It concluded, to issue risky discoverbanks the nation’s Islamic roots. permanent home. In fact, Muhammad out.” that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson the Wilson case. ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” Samuel is scheduled a preliminary on been found guiltyhearing of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, Wilson who is running for for Jan. 27. charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tickvotes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way SQUARE HIGH ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge from of maybe Continued A1 perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in that allows Titus challenged the restructuring of District to the rest of the district. ple,place. many of them poor or unem- racistSpecifically, mail. voter history gerrymandering in this country, to take “While a claim political untethered SixThe and District Three. District Six would add several thousand “The real question is whether those considerations – though ployed, to sign up new voters. day after the presidential maybe destroying theof fabric of gerrymandering, The ideanot was to help by boththethose debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” to a claim of racial discrimination, was pursued new voters from Montgomery County to rural Garrett County generally permissible, were applied in an invidious manner or registered those doing organization’s Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan Plaintiffs, it is clear that the plan being adopted by theand General while DistrictBoston Threeand would comprise voters from Baltimore in a way unrelated to any legitimate legislative objective – so as registration. and stole computers. Web site, found those claims Assembly of Maryland is, to by anythe reasonable standard, a blatant offices City, Baltimore County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel to interfere with the right of fair and effective representation,” NOT ON THE LIST BREAD After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “noTitus evi- said. Maud explained, “We have a political gerrymander,” County and a segment of Annapolis that’s not even connected Titus said. zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayContinued from A1 ed. LEFT RIGHT istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, moved here for a couple of Realizing she had nowhere and warm clothing to the representative of the National A caller to one office left a and people color, believe days, I wasoftold to Isign up the tion, in many instances, that first else to turn, Rush said she women. “I was amazed Park Service Division of brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain thinks or leave.campaign It was okay at those first agreed to join the group, that finally the government Permits, said Occupy DC’s to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote but things change when they signed papers and began reached out to us as decent permit does not give it The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which not given neceswant the stuff thatiswas doing chores at the camp. “I human beings that were just exclusive rights to the plaza. isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” to you. Now I basically do try to blend in as much as as important as the Occupy “No one group can infringe points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) is noI stranger to —Arafa Speaks for ACORN myself like was doing possible. I don’t want to be DC,” said Speaks. upon the rights of another ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. before they came,” said Peery. displaced again.” Carole Johnson, a person.” For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are Speaks said she refused to The women claimed when fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social his political support. willMcCain: be too close to ours.” The All confrontation, provide personal identification churches and organizations I’m John McCain hell. the niggers onhowever, oak trees. and economic justice for low“We’re not moving,” said dissipated and the women to Occupy organizers. “When made donations to the and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income 1 BANANA Speaks. were left alone. Occupy had a meeting and campers, they were denied Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 mem“We have permit to be “Itthey’re happened toget mekilled.” said it wasn’t interested blankets, tents, tarps, water A manawith “a political nated, gonna ber families organized intoin more Obama? here. 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Chicago every is, living wages, healthcare for the public part property. This have natural her dogresource sent tothere animal when they were confronted about the situation and branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while organis Freedom Plaza! Do you control if she did not conform the hypothermia unit was by a man who said he was impressive asked to all do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. know whythat thisheiswas even named to you theirguys rules. an Occupy leader. “That deployed to bring blankets train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been as withering Freedom Plaza? No, we’re tent will have to move. All What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital and baseless as this one. not going anywhere. Call the of these tents will have to engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. 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Candlelight Vigil Continued from A1 on the streets to homicide,” Jackson said. Participants in the vigil held a lit candle to commemorate each of the young people ages 25 and under that were killed in the District this year. The Rev. Anthony Motley said he read that in Arlington, Va., there were no homicides for 2011. “It all boils down to education and economics. We can achieve this too in the District by working together and not allowing hate, envy and strife come into our midst,”

Motley said. The minister holds an annual tea for both the mothers of murder victims and perpetrators to break the cycle of violence. Julia Dunkins, executive director of Survivors of Homicide Inc. lost her husband to violent crime in 1969 and her son, killed over a pair of shoes he wore in 993. “We all must continue the work of stopping senseless murders,” Dunkins said. Amin Muslim, community liaison for Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D-Ward

7), expressed his grief to the participants about losing two of his nephews. “I still live with the pain every day. It’s a blessing to be among people who still want to get involved.” Ward and D.C. Board of Education member Dorothy Douglas encouraged community groups to stay involved, with or without funding. ‘Even though our numbers are getting smaller, it still takes a whole community to raise our children,” said Douglas. As each victim’s name was called, it was the

testimony of young Arrington Lassiter, 19, who has been performing with the company since he was 4 years old, that brought things full circle. “I lost four of my classmates to gun violence this year. Friends whose names I never thought I would be saying. This hurts,” said Lassiter. Assistant police chief, Diane Groomes expressed what many were thinking. “Wouldn’t it be great if next year the murder count was zero?”

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Continued from A1 MHEC, established in 1988 to oversee Maryland’s higher education system, is the leading state entity in the case. Maryland has admitted to operating a de jure segregation system, but contends that it ended with the 1954 Brown decision – and that no such policies or practices exist today. The state further contends that Maryland’s colleges and universities are open to students of all races, noting that in 2009, 59 percent of Black students within Maryland’s public university system attended White institutions. In the lawsuit, the coalition contends that Maryland has failed to eliminate its vestiges of segregation in funding for operations and program duplication. It also alleges that, even as Maryland negotiated with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education to dismantle its segregated system, MHEC and other state education officials instituted policies and programs that further separated its Black and White schools. The issue of operations funding was central to Wilson’s testimony. Having taken took over as Morgan’s president last July, he testified how low operational funding presented a constant struggle on many fronts – from keeping up building maintenance to paying for additional faculty to fully addressing students’ educational needs. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard University and has completed a thesis on the desegregation of Kentucky State University, an HBCU in Frankfort in the central part of the state. “The maintenance budget is woefully inadequate,” Wilson testified. “You’re constantly moving things around to patch a leak here or install and air conditioner there.” “A university cannot effectively carry out its programmatic mission unless it has the funds to do that,” Wilson testified. Morgan is a doctoral research institution, Wilson testified, with 15 doctoral programs – including those in business, bioenvironmental sciences, education and engineering. He testified that Morgan lacked sufficient facilities to meet the university’s overall strategic plan for producing world-class research. “We really don’t have the facilities for our researchers to put out the kind of research that we want,” Wilson testified. In referencing the $15 million needed to sufficiently equip the Banneker Communications Center, Wilson testified that the need was so acute that it jeopardized the ability of students to get internships with local radio stations. “We have had radio stations come in here and tell students that if we don’t get the equipment to undergird our students, they won’t take our students as interns,” Wilson testified. He then added, under questioning by Michael D. Jones, chief counsel for the coalition who is a partner at the Kirkland & Ellis LLP law firm in Washington, “We offer a degree in film

editing, but we don’t have the equipment to do film editing.” And, in some of its science labs, Morgan lacks even the most basic student equipment, Wilson testified. “Our microscopes are not working in the biology labs,” he said. “These are just the basic things we need to undergird our academic programs.” Regarding Morgan’s mission, he said the average SAT score is 909 – compared with about 1,200 for the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and 1,300 for College Park. The

Tuesday, Muriel Thompson, a Pikesville resident who is pursuing a Ph.D. in community college leadership at Morgan, described the conditions in several university buildings – including the McKeldin Building, which once housed MSU’s student center, and the Jenkins Behavioral Science Building – as “deplorable.” “If I hadn’t been so determined to have a degree from Morgan – an HBCU – I would have turned around, the moment I stepped in Jenkins,” testified Thompson, who also has taught as an adjunct instructor at Towson University. “It was that bad.” In addition, both Jones of Kirkland & Ellis and Craig A. Thompson, a partner with the Venable LLP law firm in Baltimore, which is representing MHEC and the state of Maryland, made their opening statements in the case. At the outset of his statement, Jones declared, “This is a desegregation case about Maryland’s failure to desegregate its higher-education —Dr. David Wilson, Morgan State University institutions.” He then cited studies dating back as far as 1937 AFRO File Photo to illustrate Maryland’s de jure segregation system. “Since 1937, it appears that Maryland hires blueuniversity has about 8,100 students, he testified. ribbon commission after blue-ribbon commission after blue“We do have students with academic deficiencies,” Wilson ribbon commission to study conditions at its HBCUs,” Jones testified. “But they have the desire and the motivation to get a said before beginning his PowerPoint presentation of the key college degree – and we have to provide those students with points of these studies. some kind of support.” The reports either confirm the existence of Maryland’s And, he testified, this support costs money. “”When you segregated system or conclude that the state needs to shore take that out of the operational budget, you’re not able to up HBCUs on several fronts – including financing, facilities address critical needs because you’re taking money out to plug and program uniqueness – to bring the institutions on par with another hole.” Maryland’s TWIs. Further, most of Morgan’s students – particularly those A 1947 study on “separate but equal” higher educational who are first-generation students – have some sort of financial facilities indicated that Maryland “made no pretext for making aid, primarily federal Pell grants. Still, “there is a significant equal facilities for Black students,” Jones said. Four years after financial need,” Wilson testified – with students needing as the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown decision, a report noted that much a $6,000 to $8,000 in additional aid per year. the state’s HBCUs welcomed the decision because “they would This funding deficit factors heavily in whether a student will now be able to attract White students,” he said. return in subsequent years, he said. A 1960 study concluded that Morgan should be a branch of As for faculty, Wilson testified that most full-time faculty the University of Baltimore, with both serving as the primary teach 7.5 courses per school year. “That’s unacceptable at a institutions for professional education in Baltimore – rather major research institution,” he said. He would hope to have than Towson, which was known then as Towson State Teachers’ them teach no more than five courses, split over two semesters. College. And, a 1970 report concluded that Maryland had too The university also has seen a rise in adjunct instructors – as many higher-education institutions and, as a result, Salisbury much as 38 percent in its graduate school. State College – now Salisbury University -- should have been “My faculty is stretched,” Wilson testified. “My faculty is at merged into UMES. a tipping point. My faculty has so much to do with so little that “Maryland has not eradicated vestiges of its de jure era – I cannot ask them to do more. and its current policies and practices are traceable to the de jure “I have gone to every one of our schools and spent quality era,” Jones said in concluding his opening statement. time at each of our schools,” Wilson continued. “We can’t In his opening statement, Craig Thompson noted that it afford to put our faculty under any more stress than they are was important to consider three variables in this case: context, under now.” change and choice. The university has nine new programs that would require Various case law – including the Supreme Court’s 1972 30 full-time faculty – tenured decision in U.S. v. Fordice regarding Mississippi’s higher or tenure-tracked – to education system – would provide context, Thompson said. execute them effectively, In Fordice, the court ruled that Mississippi had operated a he testified. “Quite frankly, segregated higher education system – and the justices set the we can’t implement the legal standards to be imposed upon states that still needed to programs because we don’t remedy the inequities of segregation. You CAn’T HAVE onE have the faculty members to As for “change,” he said, “Maryland and its historically WiTHouT THE oTHER. implement them.” Black institutions have experienced tremendous change “I did not assume the over the years.” And, for the third variable – “choice” – he presidency of Morgan State underscored how Maryland students may now choose to attend Medical Assistant Associate Degree University to preside over a wide range of educational institutions in the state, which did Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree mediocrity,” Wilson added. not occur during the de jure era. “Morgan is a doctoral He emphasized the need to weigh how these variables Medical Office Administrative Assistant Certificate research institution committed affected the students of Maryland – “because students have ECG Technician Certificate to academic quality and its rights, not buildings.” Phlebotomy Technician Certificate urban mission.” “This case is about student choice,” Thompson said. “The In other testimony suppression of student choice is at issue.” Ever consider a career in healthcare? 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Nia Imani Phipps

St. Paul’s Lower School Smith Award

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First Lady Moore, recipient, Nia Imani Phipps, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Moore, pastor, Rising Sun Baptist Church and grandfather, Randy Phipps, were shown on Christmas Day.

This year’s Lower School Award recipient, Nia Imani Phipps, has a magnetic personality; vivacious and exuberant. Her drive to succeed is a model for her classmates – especially her third grade study buddy and kindergarten little buddy who looks up to her as a good friend and imitates her accomplishments. She is a mentor to her peers. Always considerate and thoughtful, she is an active participant in outreach programs and services at St. Paul’s School. Her generosity extends beyond St. Paul’s. At her church, she tutors two small children, makes blankets for their outreach program and has participated in walks to raise money for eyesight preservation, arthritis and cancer research. She began a planting club in her neighborhood and has participated in Disney’s five-minute power outage. For a recent class essay, she was asked to consider how St. Paul’s mission statement and prayers help guide her every day. She wrote: As our lower school prayer tells us, “Be ready to help others at some cost to myself by sending me chances to do some good every day.” I think it is important to give. By giving you can help your family, make friends and just be a better person.”

Girls Rock Empowers Tweens By Molette Green

Three hundred 6-8th grade girls from the District, Maryland and Virginia spent a sunny Saturday inside Girls Rock, a free conference designed for emerging young leaders. Members of Xi Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of Washington, D.C. sponsored the program. They welcomed participants to Walker Jones Education Campus at 1125 New Jersey Avenue in Northwest Washington, DC with a hot breakfast and a pink and green goodie bags. Then the AKA's with pink fluffy pom poms in hand rose to their feet to begin the day with a pep rally. The young girls followed with chants of "Girls Rock, Girls Rock" filling the room and setting the tone for the day. There were surprises to keep the youngsters energized, including an appearance by popular rapper and television personality Free, formerly of BET's 106th and Park who delivered her own pep talk for the pre teens. They traveled the building to workshops designed to address self esteem, conflict resolution, fitness and personal relationships. Still Standing was one of the most engaging of the sessions that addressed sexual health. Pretty Girls Swag encompassed a personal presentation and social networking. Some Girls Rock attendees came looking to eagerly earn their next badge of honor as Girl Scouts. Others were brought at the urging of their school counselors who wanted them to learn important life lessons not offered during the school day. Chapter President Sabrina Williams said "Offering these young girls leadership skills on their day off from school takes them a step further to a better future. We're all about service to all mankind." Parents and school leaders who escorted the girls to the conference said there should be more empowerment programs such as Girls Rock for the city's youth. Last year, Xi Zeta Omega sponsored a similar event for boys only and attracted more than 200 youth to Washington, DC from as far as North Carolina.

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AKA chapter members with their pom poms at the pep rally.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Calendar Baltimore The Honorable Chief Judge Robert M. Bell is the speaker for the Men’s Fellowship’s Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Day observance, 10 a.m., Jan. 14, at Providence Baptist Church, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore. For more information call 410523-7000. The Kings Landing Women Service Club is hosting its annual Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., Jan. 16 at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Rd. John W. Boyd Jr., founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association is the guest speaker. The Rev. Anthony Brown, recording gospel artist, will provide music. Send $40 subscription, made payable to Kings Landing Women Service Club, P.O. Box 68024, 21215. For additional information, call 410-663-3199. Celebrate the life and triumphs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 16, at the free MLK JR Family Festival at the Walters Art Museum. Special guests will pay tribute to Dr. Martin King, Jr. and other heroes from the Civil Rights Movement through performances and stories. All ages are invited to share their dreams, personal heroes and peaceful testimonies through art projects and collaborative community activities. Don’t miss one of the most popular festivals of the season. Contact 410-547-9000, ext. 300 or familyprograms@thewalters.org for more information. Washington, D.C. His Excellency Perezi K. Kamunanwire, ambassador to the United States, Republic of Uganda is the featured keynote speaker for the 29th Anniversary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration, hosted by UNCF and the Washington InterAlumni Council, 8:30 a.m., Jan. 16, at Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, Md. Pat Lawson-Muse, news anchor, NBC-4 TV will serve as emcee. For tickets or more information contact jboydcooper@verizon.net or Sharon. goodman@uncf.org; or call 202-635-1957 or 703-205-3504. The Martin Luther King Jr. DC Support Group is holding its 40th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show, 1 to 5 p.m., Jan. 16 at Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, Md. The donation is $60 per person. For reservations call 202-737-1277. Beverly Griggs is president of the organization. The 27th Annual King Day Celebration and the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Oratorical Competition will be held 11 a.m., Jan. 16 at Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, Va. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will honor all Alpha Phi Alphas in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area for their contribution to the MLK Memorial. For fulfillment of the King Day of Service, canned/dried goods, new and slightly used winter coats and blankets will be collected for Prince William County community service organizations. The United Planning Organization sponsors its 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, 7:45 a.m., Jan. 17 at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St., N.W. Washington, D.C. The keynote speaker is Rodney E. Slater, former secretary of transportation and currently a partner with Patton-Boggs law firm. UPS spotlights high school and GED graduates and has awarded more than $500,000 to 126 recipients under its Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship program, funded in part with proceeds received from the breakfast. For more information, call 202-238-4600 or visit upo.org.

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Missouri Band’s Playing of “Dixie” Fuels Controversy By AFRO Staff (December 30, 2011) The playing of the song “Dixie” by the Missouri State University Pride Band at the dedication of a park in Springfield, Mo. has fueled an ongoing controversy regarding the song.

According to the Associated Press, the local NAACP and other members of the community protested the playing of the song at the park’s dedication. The interim president of the university, Clif Smart, quickly apologized, according to the Springfield, Mo. News-

Leader, calling the song an “unfortunate selection” and vowing that it would never be played again. The fact that the park holds a plaque identifying it as the spot where three Black men were lynched in 1906 was at first presented as the reason for the inappropriate

choice of the song. But local leaders said the history of the song was at issue. “It wasn’t so much the history of the square. It is not an appropriate song that should be played,” Cheryl Clay, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, told the News-Leader.

The song has a complex history, originating out of minstrel shows with White actors in blackface, and its original lyrics were written in Black dialect, meant to represent a Black person longing for a return to the days of slavery and working the cotton fields.

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Over time, however, the lyrics to the tune have morphed, becoming a song supporting the South during the Civil War, advancing the flag of the Confederacy and standing for the South. According to NPR, while many African-Americans object to the song as a symbol of racism and slavery, others see it as a part of the history of the United States, representing a significant part of the past that has shaped the country as it is today. Thomasina Neely-Chandler, an ethnomusicologist at Spelman College in Atlanta told NPR, “It’s not the song or the text, so much as how it’s used in a distorted way to present a particular people with an image that really doesn’t represent them.”


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America Decides: 2012 Each morning, when I watch the neighborhood children on their way to school, I am re-inspired to do everything within my power to keep our nation’s promise to them. “Develop your talents and work hard,” we counsel our young, “and you can create a better life than the one to which you were born.” This is the same promise that America made to me as a child — and, despite all of the Elijah Cummings obstacles, it was a promise that has been largely honored for tens of millions of Americans who have joined the middle class. Now, however, as our nation celebrates the beginning of another New Year, I must acknowledge that my morning rituals with our neighborhood children are tainted with concern — stirring a renewed sense of determination. My concern is occasioned by more than the staggering challenges that confront so many Americans. As a nation, we have always faced — and overcome — similar challenges. Rather, I am deeply disturbed by the assertion by some in the political leadership of our nation that America works best when each of us is left on our own, unfettered by any significant obligation to each other. During the last couple of years, we have seen this philosophical attack at work in our Washington struggles over healthcare and jobs, educational policy and environmental protection, our national budget and our commitment to fulfilling past obligations. Healthy initiatives such as our responsibility to balance the federal government’s books have been infected by a virus that, left unchecked, could destroy the “full faith and credit” of our nation. Even more devastating, this effort to abrogate the social

contract that has defined the boundaries of legitimate political discourse for nearly a century would steal the future to which our children and their children should be entitled. Fortunately, in 2008, the American people chose a president who understands the fundamental struggle that we face. On Dec. 6, President Barack Obama spoke truth to power in a seminal address during a visit to Osawatomie, Kan. His thoughts on that day (well worth considering as we enter this presidential election year) are available on http://whitehouse. gov), but here are some of his key thoughts. The president summarized how our middle class was substantially enlarged and became more inclusive during the 20th Century, the critical role played by government institutions in that progress, and the attack on this progressive trend by the most wealthy and powerful of our society during the last two decades. He noted how this regressive challenge to the American Dream was a significant factor in the economic collapse of 2008. “This is a make or break moment for America’s middle class,” President Obama observed, “At stake is the notion of our country as a place where working people can earn enough to raise a family, own a home, and secure their retirement. “This isn’t just another political debate. This is the defining issue of our time.” It is worth noting that the president’s Republican opponents also believe that this year’s elections will define our future as a nation. “For the first time since Barry Goldwater made the effort in 1964,” E.J. Dionne observed in his Christmas Day column, “the Republican Party is taking a run at overturning the consensus that has governed U.S. political life since the Progressive era.” “President Obama is defending a tradition that sees government as an essential actor in the nation’s economy, a guarantor of fair rules of competition, a countervailing force against excessive private power, a check on the inequalities that capitalism can produce, and an instrument that can open opportunity for those born without great advantages.” I must respectfully agree. The long-term impact of this year’s electoral contests is

far more profound than the question of who will direct the federal government for the next few years (although continued leadership by a principled and visionary president will be essential if America is to get back on her feet). Election Day 2012 will determine whether our nation continues to have a federal government that can play any meaningful role in our lives. On this critical issue, Barack Obama and progressive Democrats are committed to stability, balance and reasonable reforms. However, the Tea Party and its prospective Republican candidates appear dedicated to the destruction of the government of the United States as we have known that largely positive force in our lives for the last 75 years. These are the stakes — huge and life-transforming stakes for the children of my neighborhood and their families. This coming Nov. 2012, the American people will decide. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

100 Years of the African National Congress (ANC) As I reflect on the 100 years of the African National Congress of South Africa, I am reminded of my maternal grandfather Jacobus Mahlangu who served as the secretary of the ANC in the Transvaal Province at the founding of the African National Congress. Because of his political activities, he travelled a lot from the North to the South of South Africa. He was the youngest of the three brothers who moved Mankekolo from Natal Zululand as part of Mahlangu-Ngcobo the Matebele tribe. The others continued to what was then Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. He was converted to Christianity hence his Christian name, Jacobus. He was educated and very much involved in ANC politics. He was killed in one of his journeys to the ANC conference. My maternal grandmother Mmatlala Mankekolo who I was named after was told about his husband’s death. My Aunt Lydia, the eldest of the five daughters told me they did not have the details of how, why and where my grandfather died. In the next generation of ANC politics in my family, Aunt Lydia Mahlangu took over. She was involved in the Women’s Anti-pass movement of August 9, 1956. She was arrested in Pietersburg during the protest. Her arrest was an eye opener for me at seven years old. I grew up hating the systems of apartheid and yet had a conflict on how to fight the system in the midst of arrests, imprisonments, banning, banishments and exile. As I was growing up, ANC was banned in 1961. ANC leaders Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu and the others went underground, and formed Umkhonto we sizwe, the military wing to fight apartheid. The ANC became an exile movement, with some of the leaders like Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and the others in Robben Island Prison with life sentences. In exile ANC was led by Oliver Tambo and other leaders of the tripartite, Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and South African Communist Party. (SACP)

My generation in the late 60’s into the 80’s came with the new Black Consciousness movement led by Steve Biko. The students’ protests of 70’s and June 16, 1976 which brought the world’s attention to South Africa were inspired by the Black Conscious movement of South Africa. As it was illegal to join ANC or the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) which split from ANC in 1969, our movement became powerful but the South African regime clamped down the Black Conscious Movement organizations in October 1977. We formed another organization, Azanian people’s organization (Azapo). Three days later I was arrested and spent 21 days in solitary confinement. While the ANC was banned in South Africa, the movement operated underground in South Africa. I worked at the Nutrition Corporation of South Africa (Kupugani) as a nutrition education manager. The shop manager was Joe Gqabi who spent some years at Robben Island prison. He was good in recruiting the youth to join ANC. We organized the Congress of South African Students. (Cosas). Life became difficult for him with the police and he fled South Africa into Botswana for refuge. He continued the work of ANC. After my release from detention without charges, I fled to Botswana and met with Comrade Joe Gqabi. Life was difficult with police chasing us and I was sent to the ANC Headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia. The first day I landed in Lusaka I was fortunate to meet personally President Oliver Tambo and Alfred Nzo the general Secretary of ANC. I was surprised they knew about me, especially about my faith in God. When you are in South Africa, the South African Government’s propaganda made you believe that ANC leaders and people in exile were bad people and terrorists. President Kenneth Kaunda was generous to ANC. We had land and homes to live in. In Lusaka the ANC was united and disciplined. We were taught the history of the resistance of native people through the ANC from the time the whites came to South Africa. In the late 19th century there was Anglo-Boer War which ended in 1902. It was a war between the South African British settlers and the Afrikaners (Whites of Dutch descent) I remember my paternal grandmother, Amelia Pooe telling us at home during those evening storytelling before we sleep, how the British South Africans betrayed the African people after the war. They recruited the Africans, my paternal grandfather

Letters to the Editor Answers to Romney’s Question With respect to that Iowa Road Show that has become the GOP presidential nomination race, it seems that former Gov. Romney continues to attempt to bedazzle the GOP voters with his uncertain trumpet of a voice and his simple-minded logic. He is always asking, “Do we want to be a land of opportunity or a land of entitlements?” Well, that’s an easy one. We want the opportunity to become entitled to some of the benefits of our country that Gov. Romney and all his super-rich family and friends have come to take for granted. These would include, of course, affordable health care, retirement at age 65, decent housing, good jobs and a first-rate education for all children. No wonder the GOP electorate does not appear to trust Gov. Romney. And they might well also wonder if a man so full of bombastic platitudes and glib nonsense can be trusted with the presidency of the United States. David Webb Webbgazzette.com Columbia The Never-Voted-Before voter Four years of Republican and some Democratic intransigence has filibustered the national dialogue with talking points about spending cuts, budget cuts, tax cuts, and cuts on cuts. It reminds me of intransigent southern segregationist politicians during the first three quarters of the 20th century, something I was protected from by my father but read about in books and in

Naphtali Pooe and promised them to share the country politically with them but they did not fulfill their promise. Africans were not happy and they sent delegations to Britain, but they were not heard. In 1910 the Union of South Africa was formed. South Africa was no longer governed by Britain. Africans were excluded and in 1911 the African leaders, mostly religious people, organized the people with a song” Mzulu, Mosotho Umxhosa hlanganani” which meant “All the African tribes must to come together Zulus, Sothos and Xhosas.” One key woman, Charlotte Manye Maxeke, the first graduate and also the woman who amalgamated the Ethiopian Church in South Africa and the AME Church to be one denomination, was one of the founding members. On January 8, 1912 the Congress of the people met in Bloemfontein to form the South African Native Congress. They sang a hymn before their meetings, ‘Ndi khokele UJehova” “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah” The ANC became not only a force of liberation for South Africa but also of Africa. ANC had 12 presidents since its founding in 1912. Thabo Mbeki was the 11th president, 1997- 2007, and his vision was not only for South Africa but for Africa. In her famous speech “I am an African “gave birth of African Renaissance and New Partnership of African Development NEPAD. Zuma is the tenth president of ANC and the sitting president of South Africa. There are presently new challenges of HIV/AIDS, White flight, delivery of services to the poor masses, who were excluded during Apartheid, economic challenges that has left most Black South African young male unemployed and underemployed. Even though there are those challenges, the ANC led Government has been able to be successful in other aspects of life. South Africa was able to host the FIFA World Cup in 2010 without incidents. I was in South Africa and it was excellent. As I pause and reflect on the 100 years of the African national Congress, I feel blessed that my grandfather Jacobus initiated me in to this great movement of the African people in South Africa. We had a part of history in it. The Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo is a public health professor, author and AME pastor and founder of Life Restoration Ministries.

the speeches of Dr. King. The political war that the Republicans wage against President Obama brings to the surface the contradictions in American exceptionalism. Painful to watch, the contradictions show that the historic notions of American exceptionalism are rather medieval in its concern for the least among us. The rabid opposition of Republicans and Democrats to health care for all citizens borders medieval, and it’s kind of crude. Just above the surface, a torrential voters’ storm blows toward Nov. 6, 2012 and President Obama is its landfall. For President Obama to win in 2012, he will need 43 percent of the White American vote; 95 percent of the Black American vote; 80 percent of the Hispanic American vote; 80 percent of the Asian American vote; 60 percent of the Jewish American vote; and 80 percent of all other minorities vote. But the tipping point to an Obama victory in 2012 is the Never-Voted-Before voter who rolled him to victory in 2008. For President Obama to get four more years, the Never-Voted-Before segment, again, must vote. Rain or shine. Beyond the inspiration that Obama inspires in the hearts and minds of average citizens, the open question is can progressive organizations, Black controlled institutions, cultural organizations, businesses and entertainers, and other civic minded organizations do the work necessary to return this massive voting block of citizens, the Never-Voted-Before adult voters, to the polls in 2012? Those citizens are key to President Obama winning a second term. Bill Curtis Baltimore


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Nearly seven years after boycotting fast food giant KFC, the Rev. Al Sharpton has announced that he’s eliminating meats from his diet altogether and is a vegetarian. Sharpton made the announcement in a post on a blog operated by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). He explained that he made the decision after years of gradually reducing his meat intake. “I overhauled my diet after a 40-day hunger strike when I was in jail for the Vieques [military bombing practice] protest,” Sharpton told PETA. “I dabbled with weight loss ideas, wanting to keep off the pounds I lost. First, I gave up red meat, then chicken. I ran into Bill Clinton, who told me how he has more energy, needs less sleep and can think more clearly since going vegan, and I can tell you the same thing happened to me. I also kept in mind the words of another vegetarian friend—Coretta Scott King—who always spoke of the ethical reasons to give up meat.” Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network and the host of the MSNBC show “PoliticsNation” has lost more than 120 pounds since adopting a healthy living regime. “You can’t address our issues and demand social justices when you are a prisoner in your own body, and you can’t have a reckless social life when you are looking for social justice,” Sharpton told NBC’s The Grio in early December. “How do you pastor when they are in the church cafeteria frying. We can’t preach community control when we aren’t practicing selfcontrol.” Sharpton first partnered with PETA in 2005 when he joined with them in a boycott of KFC, according to The New York Times. He and the organization wanted the company to enact new standards for the treatment of 750 million chickens they process each year in the U.S.


January 7, 2012 - January 13, 2012, The Afro-American

Mother speaking to son, “What do you know about Kwanzaa?”

Performance by special guests, KanKouran African Dance Company’s Ensemble, a real crowd pleaser.

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The Dance Institute of Washington’s “Spirit of Kwanzaa Celebration” was an entertaining, cultural presentation of the seven principles Of Kwanzaa. Values such as unity, self-determination, purpose and creativity were highlighted. The participants pleased the crowd with dancing, storytelling, African garb, live music, and song. Founder and artistic director, Fabian Barnes, produced a lively and heritage driven presentation. Barnes said, “Bringing this production to the community for the community, both educates and uplifts the

students, parents and community residents and gives them a sense of ownership and ancestry.” Thembi Duncan was the narrator for the production and the rehearsal director was Howard Perry. DIW’s Positive Directions Through Dance Program is the winner of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. DIW is a dance education institution committed to providing children and youth the opportunity to develop artistically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through the discipline of dance.

Sierra Hadley, Miss DC Teen USA, Adrienne Etheredge, Nina Etheredge, Nicholas Rice, Nichelle Rice, Anthony Rice, Marcus Rice, Jeffrey Etheredge, Labertha Moore and Monique Thompkins, Miss DC USA.

St .Thomas More Church located in Southeast, Washington, DC held its “Wonderful Smiles of Children” Community Outreach program that works to enhance the lives of children in Ward 8. The church provided Christmas dinner, toys, gifts and clothing to over 500 families. Volunteers included members of the DC Nurses Association. The Rev. Raymond Moore is pastor and Mrs. Mary Ford-Toomer was the program coordinator.

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Santa Claus with children...smiles.

St. Thomas More liturgical dancers performed for the audience.

Volunteers ready to serve a delicious home cooked meal.

Mike “Myklar the Magician” Russell entertains the children.

Nostalgia: Pre-professional lll students dance to the music: Viva la Vida by Cold Play. Miss DC Teen USA, Sierra Hadley and Miss DC USA, Monique Thompkins with predance students; they were overly excited.

Fabian Barnes, center, with some of his special guests.

The Youth Club of the church participated also. Mary Ford-Toomer, coordinator of “The Wonderful Smiles of Children, Community Outreach Program, St. Thomas More Church and Elizabeth McDermott, president of the DC School Nurses Association.

Opening dance...moving to the beat of the drums.

Pre-professional students l, ll, lll perform to the music, “I Was Here” by Beyonce’ celebrating the Kwanzaa principle of Ujima.

Brianna Scott choreographed and performed Solo!

Pouring of the libation...

Pastor, Fr. Raymond Moore (4th from left) with DC School nurses and St. Thomas More volunteers. Courtesy photos

DC School nurse volunteers.

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D.O.E.S. and Positive Directions Through Dance Students, celebrating the 1st Kwanzaa principle, Umoja.

Fabian Barnes, left, founder/ artistic director, DIW introduces Novo Nordisk Ambassador Kendall Simmons, former NFL player.

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BWI Hilton banquet room was crowded with partygoers who celebrated with the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to bid farewell to 2011 and celebrate a Happy New Year 2012. The Sunshine Band & D.J. Malik Mosely kept the crowd on the floor dancing to the fantastic music with an assortment of line dancing and slow movements to keep the party hopping! The dinner consisted of scrumptious entrees of tenderloin of beef, Cornish hen or crab cakes and a late night buffet of the traditional black-eyed peas and collards were served for good luck! At the stroke of midnight, the well wishers gave hugs and kisses to each other and sounded loud noisemakers as “Happy New Year” was heard throughout the room. Those who reserved overnight accommodations enjoyed a complimentary buffet breakfast before departing.

Standing are Faye Long, Lavonne Grant, Fred Grant, Mildred Harper, Billy Harper, Barbara Banks. Seated are Herbert Long, Randolph Long, Yvonne Frye

Helen and Adolph McDonald

Bernadette and Albert Adams

Leslie Grant and Jean Scott Russell and B. Maria Hopewell

Standing are Laura Phillips Byrd and Dr. Eugene Byrd. Seated are James and Anastatia Benton

Richard and Flora Johnson

Jesse and Frankie McCurdy

Dr. David and Beatrice Ashford

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“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important; have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” Katherine and Reginald Harris hosted a Dining 101 dinner party at the home of Beverly Collet. The art-filled apartment boasting a picturesque view of Druid Hill Park’s reservoir provided the perfect setting for the seven-course meal. Beverly, a world trained chef, served mouth-watering appetizers, entrées and desserts which dinner guests Dr. Estelle Brown, Eugene “Reds” Hawkins, Willard D. Wright, and Dr. Valeria McIntyre said were scrumptious including the Jell-O cream pie. “Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.” Robert Schuler Run Ray Rice Run, what a great way to start the new year! “Monday morning quarterbacks” or Doubting Thomas, the spectacular performance New Years Day by #27 Ray Rice was awesome. Not only did Ray “get the party started right” with the 71-yard touchdown, he took it to the bridge and ended the way he started. Go Ravens Go Ray Rice! “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie “Making a difference,” was the theme at the Baltimore Silhouettes’ Oldies but Goodies brunch at the Forum to benefit their scholarship program. Freddie Vaughn and Dr. Chantelle Teasdell the chair and co chair of the event, presented me with their first “Rising Star Award” for my involvement and contributions to the community. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: Luke 12:48 I humbly accepted this great honor, quoting an excerpt from Langston Hughes “life for me ain’t been no crystal stairs” and reminded the guests that we should all live according to Luke 12:48. Howard Tutman III, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Eastern Province Pole-march delivered a riveting speech. The guests were delighted when they received a CD with old school sounds. In attendance were past scholarship recipient Amanda McCain and Dr. Thelma Daley 16th National president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. When you retire, you switch bosses - from the one who hired you to the one who married you.” Gene Perret The retirement of Deputy Associate Commissioner of Operations Randy Abrams

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from the Social Security Administration after forty years of service has left a void that will be unmatched. Randy’s spirit, honesty and integrity, a rare ingredient that set him apart from most people in the business community. Randy probably knew every employee in ODO’s Security West and Metro West Buildings. He was never too busy to assist employees or just chat; staying hours at the end of the day listening to anyone who needed his assistance. When word got out that Randy was retiring, the gloom that settled in the building was thick. I asked Randy why now; in Randy fashion, he said Val I knew it was time when employees started saying, hey, Randy my mother said hi, my grandmother said hi, or do you remember my father I realized that I had been here quite a while. If more top-level administrators would adopt a page out of Randy’s book “what a wonderful world this would be.” God Speed to Randy and his wife Mary remember, “the best is yet to come.” “The Dream is not what you see in sleep, dream is which does not let you sleep.” Abdul Kalam Congratulations! 12-year-old chess prodigy Justus Williams, the youngest African American national chess masters champion in the country. “Our aspirations are our possibilities.” Samuel Johnson The Big Sisters Club of Baltimore presented Western High graduate, Isha Beazer a scholarship during their annual scholarship luncheon at the Radisson Hotel in Cross Keys. Isha is pursuing a degree in pharmaceuticals at Towson University to become a pharmacist. Bib Sister members are Iris Williams, Madora LaForce, Irma Givens, Lilyan Slater, Catherine De Ford, Pearl Holland, Loretta Byers, Elizabeth Cooper, Flora Johnson, Vivian Burnett, Willa Bauldin, Veronica Dixon, Beverly Glover, Peggy Hargrove, Sydney Lee. Joan Ledbetter, Alice Rasbury, Brenda Ransom, Jacqueline Smith, Bertha Townsend, Kimberly Yancey, Ernestine Press and Big Sisters’ President Charlene Cooper Boston. It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach. Benjamin E. Mays Congratulations, to my buddy, syndicated columnist, The Honorable Raynard Jackson, recipient of the African Leadership Magazine’s Special Impact Award in recognition of his efforts to help build trade relations between African governments and U.S. policy makers It’s your birthday make some noise! Wendell “Pete” France, Cheryl Johnson, Tanya Johnson, Ann Branch, Jo Lewis and James “Big Lou” Lewis. The picture Larry Gibson sent showing the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi gathering around their Kappa brother John Patterson at his 102nd birthday celebration was a remarkable sight with John beaming proudly. “If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever, and miss the entire point.” Dirk Benedic Our condolences to Betty Bates on the death of her cousin Carolyn Williams, Cheryl Oglesby Savage on the death of her father Charles Oglesby and to the Johnson family on the death of baby King Johnson. “I’ll be seeing you” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

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Joy to the Queen! By Kam Williams

Born Dana Elaine Owens in Newark, N.J. on March 18, 1970, Queen Latifah is an award-winning actress, rapper, singer, author and entrepreneur. She landed an

I liked the idea of working with Dolly Parton and Keke [Palmer].

KW: Larry Greenberg asks: What was it like working with Todd Graff? It seems like he knows a lot about both

females interested in founding a record company or breaking the glass ceiling in the music business? QL: Try to network with others, and don’t take no for an answer. It will be a challenge. You just have to

Queen Latifah: The “Joyful Noise” Interview Oscar nomination in 2003 for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations for her performance as Mama Morton in Chicago. In 2008, Latifah received rave reviews and won a Golden Globe, SAG and an NAACP Image Award for her powerful portrayal of a mother who overcomes an addiction to crack and becomes a positive role model and AIDS activist in the black community in HBO’s “Life Support.” In addition to her film and television accolades, she earned a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994, and was nominated for Best Female Rap Solo Performance for “Go Head” in 2004. Latifah made her screen debut in Spike Lee’s 1991 film Jungle Fever, and her other film credits include The Bone Collector, The Last Holiday, The Secret Life of Bees and Just Wright. Here, she talks about her latest movie, Joyful Noise, a musical comedy co-starring Dolly Parton. KW: What interested you in “Joyful Noise?” QL: I felt that its timely, uplifting story was perfect for me given what’s going on in the world right now. And I already loved the studio, Alcon Entertainment. They’ve made a lot of nice movies in the past [The Blind Side, Dolphin Tale, etcetera], and they really do a great job of marketing their films. And

music and comedy. QL: He really does. It was great working with him because he’s very thorough. I believe he had an excellent grasp of every aspect of the film from the music to the staging. Queen Latifah in He knew Joyful Noise. rottentomatoes.com exactly how he wanted it presented, which made the connect with people who process a lot easier. And he believe in your vision and likes to rehearse, which I do, who will work with you and too. So often, you don’t get advance your cause. And that opportunity. You only go don’t give up! over everything once and, the next thing you know, you’re KW: What is your favorite on set. Todd had a vision of dish to cook? what he wanted to do and, QL: Scrambled eggs. because he also wrote the screenplay, it was easy for KW: When you look in the him to make observations, mirror, what do you see? take notes and tweak the QL: I see this 5’10” black script whenever necessary. It lady. She’s sexy! Who is that was perfect! girl? Me? Oh, snap! KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: What message do you think people will take away from “Joyful Noise?” QL: I would say that overall, the movie offers an inspirational message of hope, love, camaraderie, joy and overcoming challenges in difficult times. All that good stuff! KW: Patricia also asks: What advice do you have for

KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory? QL: Being smacked on my ass in this bright room when I was maybe 4 or 5 minutes old. I remember wondering, “What is going on here?” It was not cool. [LOL] KW: Thanks again for the time, Queen, and best of luck with “Joyful Noise.” QL: Thank you, Kam.

Female Empowerment Comedy Comes to DVD By Kam Williams Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a high-powered, Boston investment banker whose boss (Kelsey Grammer) is ready to recommend his rising star for a big promotion. Trouble is the new position will involve longer hours and frequent overnight stays in New York, and the job has already been taking a toll on the stressed-out workaholic’s private life. For instance, Kate’s 2-year-old son, Ben (Theodore and Julius Goldberg), has been bonding less with her than with his nanny (Jessica Szohr). Meanwhile, 9-year-old daughter Emily (Emma Rayne Lyle) has taken to giving her mom the silent treatment. Even Kate’s relationship with her husband (Greg Kinnear) has grown increasingly strained, since more of the childcare has fallen on his shoulders during his wife’s climb up the corporate ladder. Nevertheless, she decides to accept the plum assignment which will have her working very closely with Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan), a dashing widower stationed in the company’s Manhattan office. Thus unfolds I Don’t Know How She Does It, a breezy, situation comedy directed by Oscarnominee Douglas McGrath. Based on British novelist Allison Pearson’s best-seller of the same name, the film is rather reminiscent of Bridget Jones’ Diary, as it revolves around a series of pithy journal entries recounted by an introspective protagonist. Here, however, Kate periodically shares her narrating duties with a coterie of support characters who are equally quick with the colorful quip or observational insight, especially her similarly-overstretched best friend, Allison (Christina Hendricks), her robotic assistant, Momo (Olivia Munn), and her infuriating adversary, Wendy (Busy Philipps), a spoiledrotten, stay-at-home mom. Most of the jokes reflect a cerebral look at life from a distinctly-female point-of-view. Typical is the instance when Momo warns Kate not to end a business email with “XO” because Jack might misread the notation as a romantic proposition. The advice is heeded, but the plot thickens anyway, when lonely Jack predictably begins to develop feelings for his fetching protégé. Will Kate fend off his advances, or will the shuttling back and forth only place her marriage further in jeopardy? The answer ultimately proves far less pertinent than Sarah Jessica Parker in the question of I Don’t Know How She whether women Does It. rottentomatoes.com in general ought to be fretting about juggling the competing demands of family and career. An intriguing feminist manifesto suggesting that trying to be more like a man might be a waste of a woman. Excellent HHHH Rated PG-13 for profanity and sexual references. Running time: 90 minutes Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment Blu-ray Extras: A conversation with Allison Pearson, the author of the novel on which the movie was based.

“I Don’t Know How She Does It” DVD Review

MPeckable—The Baltimore Based Entertainment Production Company By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Ever present in the background, Kevin Peck has had the kind of success in his career that most producers can only dream of. Manager of the popular group, Dru Hill from 1992 to 1996, Peck has again and again shown what it takes to possess longevity in the entertainment business. “It’s about being the best you and letting your creativity show to the world. Everybody doesn’t have to like it- you just need a couple of million,” said Peck, who runs the management firm with his brother, Aaron Draper. Content handling the tiny details that make up the grand picture fans and listeners worldwide enjoy, Peck founded Entertainment Management Group (EMG), and co-founded Dragon Music Group (DMG) before starting up his own

“You want to be a person who understands the marketplace because music is not the only stream of income you can get.” —Aaron Draper management company MPeckable, LLC in 2007. “My main focus is to create,” said Draper, who manages the hip hop and rap clients for MPeckable, while Peck handles the company’s R&B and pop artists. Draper, who put off his dreams of working in the funeral business to follow his brother’s footsteps into the music industry, currently manages artists such as Rex Dolce of San Antonio, Texas. Running a full artist development program, Peck and Draper include training in all aspects of the music business. “My focus

is development,” said Draper, who believes that artists should know the ins and outs of the entertainment world, which is notoriously fickle. “You want to be a person who understands the marketplace because music is not the only stream of income you can get,” said Draper, who encourages his clients to become “known as businessmen and business women.” Keeping up with the twists and turns of consumer demand, Peck and Draper have successfully implemented social media into the business to attract younger generations. Kevin Peck facebook.com A self-described “undercover techie,” Peck has used outlets such as Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter to capitalize on the latest edge in the digital revolution. “The music industry has taken a big hit because they just haven’t been able to control piracy,” said Peck. “The key is to get on the vehicle that can get you the most exposure.” Citing a gift to “push people to their purpose” and see the potential in artists before they can see it themselves,

Peck has received global recognition for his work organizing international tours for celebrity clients and securing million dollar deals in television and film deals for artists like Sisqo. “There are a lot of people who want to make it and there is no shortage of talent. The talent hasn’t figured out how to make their own gateway and that’s part of my goal,” said Peck, who not only manages, but produces music as well. A Baltimore native, Peck is a descendant of the same Murphy family that has productively operated the Afro American Newspapers since 1892. After graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Peck went on to earn a B.S. in marketing from Morgan State University. Striving to make a difference in Baltimore through music, Peck has given back to the community for years by forming 410 Music, a non-profit organization that worked in grade schools and area universities. Aside from Aaron Draper Courtesy Photo promoting the latest from his artists, Peck now also focuses his energy on spinning the best tunes of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s from his website, urbanmusicsuite.com. For more information on Kevin Peck please visit www. mpeckable.biz.


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Fang Mitchell Earns 400th Win in 93-83 Win over Nebraska Omaha HBCU Men’s Basketball – Coppin State University

Coppin State, which improved to 5-8 with the win, scored a season-high 93 points and tied its season-high with 14 three-point baskets. Senior guard Tony Gallo scored 17 points for CSU, while senior forward Akeem Ellis added 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Senior forward Logan Wiens scored 15 points and senior forward Antonio Williams had 13 points and nine rebounds. The Eagles used the long ball to seize control of the game early in the second half. After a three-pointer by Coppin State Sports Information Photo CJ Carter cut the Coppin State lead to Coppin State legendary head coach Ron “Fang” 44-43 with 17:00 to play the Eagles Mitchell reaches 400 career wins. responded with three straight threeBy Roger McAfee pointers. Special to the AFRO Wiens connected to up the lead to 47-43 and Gallo followed with back-to-back threeSenior shooting guard Michael Harper pointers giving the Eagles a 53-43 lead with led five players in double figures with a 15:43 to play in the second half. season-high 19 points and Coppin State After two straight layups by Williams and defeated Nebraska Omaha 93-83 earning a dunk by Harper the Eagles held a 60-46 head coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell his 400th lead with 13:26 to play. career victory at CSU on Dec. 30 in the Nebraska Omaha (6-10) then used an Elgin Baylor Classic at Key Arena in Seattle, 18-8 run to climb to within 68-64 with 6:44 Wash. left in the game. Harper, who had scored just 10 points in Ellis then scored five points during a 7-0 the previous four games, was 7-of-12 from Coppin State run that pushed the Eagle lead the floor including making 5-of-10 from the to 75-64 with 5:04 remaining. three-point line. The Eagles took their largest lead of the Mitchell, who is in his 26th season as the game at 85-70 when Gallo connected on a head coach of the Eagles, earned his 400th jumper with 1:55 to play. career win at Coppin State on his fourth try. Coppin State returns to action on Jan. 4 He has 627 victories in his career including against Howard University in Washington, his time at Gloucester County College. D.C.

Lady Bears Blow 10-Point Lead, Fall to Holy Cross in Miami Holiday Classic HBCU Women’s Basketball – Morgan State University By Kevin Paige Special to the AFRO Just when Morgan State thought its seven-game losing skid was about to be over the Lady Bears found a way to blow a 10-point second half lead and fall to Holy Cross, 73-66 in the consolation game of the Miami Holiday Classic on Dec. 29 at the Bank United Center in Cora Gables, Fla. DeKeisha Mathis scored (MSU Media Relations Photo) on a layup with 14 seconds MSU’s Whitney Southerland came off the bench and tied remaining, giving the Lady a team-high 16 points in the loss to Holy Cross. Bears a 66-63 advantage. But on the ensuing inbound, Holy off the bench and scored 16 points, six Cross beat Morgan State's full court press assists, five rebounds and two steals. Mathis and after several passes around the arc, Alex tied Southerland for team-high honors of Smith was wide open at the top of the key and 16 points, while Omara Parker added 12 drained her fifth three-pointer of the game to points, eight rebounds and had a game-high even the score at 66 and force overtime. five steals. Amarah Williams recorded her The Lady Bears, who had a chance to first double-double of the season, totaling 10 win it in regulation, but had a potential layup points and a team-high 10 rebounds in the attempt hit the bottom of the rim as the horn loss. sounded, clearly seemed effected by the The Lady Bears held a 52-42 advantage rollercoaster feel of being seconds away following a Mathis three-pointer with 13:54 from celebrating a victory to dealing with yet to play in the second half and maintained another loss. Holy Cross would hold Morgan a nine-point cushion at the 8:27 mark. But State scoreless during the extra session, as Holy Cross used a 10-0 spurt capped off by Morgan State went 0-for-8 from the field, a jumper by Christine Ganser to reclaim the including 0-for-4 from three-point range in lead at 58-57 just two and a half minutes later. overtime. The Crusaders would go up 61-57 after a The Crusaders (7-6) were led by Smith three-pointer by Smith. Mathis then banked and Amy Lepley, who both scored a gamein a three-pointer to cut the Morgan State high 19 points. Lepley added a team-high 10 deficit to a point and a jumper by Southerland rebounds to record a double-double, while reclaimed the lead for the Lady Bears at 62Brisje Malone fell shy of a triple-double, 61. The teams would trade one-point leads, finishing with a game-high 11 assists, 10 before the layup by Mathis put Morgan State points and eight rebounds to help Holy Cross up 66-63 with 14 seconds remaining, setting take third-place. the stage for Smith's heroics. Morgan State (2-9), which last season The Lady Bears will stay in Miami took runner-up honors after reaching the through the New Year's and will return to championship game of the Miami Classic, action on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 when they was led by Whitney Southerland, who came visit Florida International at 7 p.m.

MSU’s Justin Black Sidelined for Season with Fractured Ankle HBCU Men’s Basketball - Morgan State University

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MSU sophomore guard Justin Black will miss remainder of season with fractured ankle, MSU Media Relations reports.

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The Morgan State Bears men’s basketball team lost its final game of the 2011 year in an 81-50 beat-down suffered from Saint Joseph University on Dec. 28. They also just learned that they will lose one of their best guards, Justin Black, for the rest of the season schedule in 2012. According to MSU Media Relations, Black will be sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black hasn’t played a game since Morgan State’s home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24, 2011; the St. Louis, Missouri native had scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes of play before suffering his injury. Black was hopeful of a possible return this season, but the injury eventually proved too serious for a quick recovery. Statistically, Black’s presence has been missed on the court; the sophomore guard averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes before he went down. Morgan State will possibly lean on freshmen guards Jeremy Canty and Blake Bozeman, to help fill Black’s void. Both Canty and Bozeman are 6-foot-2-inches tall just like Black. Bozeman averaged 17 points per game while attending Solebury Prep, while Canty scored 12 points per game for J.C. Norcum High in Portsmouth, Va.


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AFRO Sports Faceoff: Who’s the NBA’s MVP after Week One? James or Durant?

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By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk

It wasn’t too long ago that the AFRO Sports Desk battled over who the best player in the NBA was, LeBron James or Kevin Durant. But after an exciting first week of the new basketball season, that old argument resurfaced in a big way. Through week one of the abbreviated 2011-2012 season, James’ Heat and Durant’s Thunder are both undefeated, behind powerful outings from the pair of young stars. James’ all around numbers have been eye-popping, including averages of 33 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 2.8 steals and seven assists per game, leading the Heat to a 4-0 start. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 5-0, and while their most recent win against the Suns saw Durant let his foot off the gas, two game-winning jumpers and averages of 27.4 points, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals, one block and seven rebounds per game has him neck-and-neck with James as an early season MVP favorite. But when it’s all said and done, who will be the 2011 season’s MVP? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley debate. Green: A string of 30-point games by Durant was enough to get my attention, as the Thunder got off to a hot start. But the game-winning jump shots against Dallas and Minnesota are enough for me to cast an early vote for Durant as MVP. James still isn’t taking those lastminute shots, and that aspect alone should win anybody over. Durant is simply more valuable to his team’s success than James. As long as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are there, Miami will always have a shot at the playoffs. But Durant absolutely needs to score 30 or more to keep the Thunder within arm’s reach of their competition. Riley: The Heat are stacked but that shouldn’t exclude James from MVP discussions, because he doesn’t have to take the last shot. James’ best gift is as a play maker rather than a shot maker. Durant makes big shots, and that’s a great asset but when you look at the Heat and the way they’re constructed, James makes that team go. He’s the point guard, the defensive stopper, the top scorer and perhaps even the best rebounder. No one in the league can do what he’s doing for the Heat right now, and since when did game winners over awful teams make you an automatic MVP candidate? Durant is going to win MVP eventually, he’s too good not to. But it won’t be this season, because James is playing off-the-charts basketball right now. Green: James is the best all around player in basketball, that hasn’t changed in years. But as we saw in last season’s Finals against Dallas, heroics in the fourth quarter, not stats, are what the judges want from him. James’ stat line is ridiculous, but why does every Heat player take big shots in the final period of games except him? Durant is slowly rising to the level of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as a player who just expects to succeed in the clutch moments of games. Riley: James is already defensive MVP right now, with nearly three steals and 1.5 blocks per game. He’s leading the league in scoring and is 12th in the league in assists. You simply can’t ignore numbers like that for a guy who may win both the offensive and defensive MVP awards, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in the same season since Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon each did it more than a decade ago. Durant’s going to need a lot more game-winners if he expects to win the award over James, because there’s simply no way he can match the all-around impact that James is bringing to the table so far. Feel free to let a couple of gamewinners over a pair of teams with a combined 1-6 record trick you, because I’m not. There is no stat recorded for game-winning jump shots, but there are for points, assists, steals, rebounds and blocks. And James is close to the top of the league in just about all of them.

UDC Wins Seven Straight, Advances to 10-1 University of District of Columbia Men’s Basketball By AFRO Staff The University of the District of Columbia men's basketball team maintained its dominance so far on the season and advanced to a 10-1 overall record after taking out non-conference opponent Dominican College, 74-63 in the last game of the 2011 year at the UDC Gym in Washington. The UDC Firebirds hadn’t played a game in 20 days heading into the Dec. 30 matchup, but they showed no rust in picking up their seventh consecutive victory. "This was a great win for us considering we hadn't played for a while, and we were playing a very good team in Dominican College," UDC head coach Jeff Ruland said. "We'll get right back to work and come ready to play in our next game." The Firebirds leaned on senior guards Brandon (UDC Sports Information Photo) Herbert and Nigel Munson, UDC senior guard Brandon Herbert scored 25 points to who combined for 45 help his team pick up their seventh straight win. points against Dominican The Firebirds played well on both offense College. Herbert, a Baltimore, Md. native and defense; with Herbert and Munson doing out of McDonogh High, made 8-of-16 shots, most of the scoring, UDC was able to focus including a season-high seven three-pointer in on team defense, holding Dominican made for a game-high total of 25 points; College to just 27 percent shooting in the Munson, who graduated who attended second half of the game. DeMatha High in D.C., followed with 20 UDC will attempt to keep their winning points along with a game-high seven assists. streak going when they take on Dowling in a Philadelphia, Pa. native Diyaaldin Kelley non-conference match scheduled for Jan. 7. added 16 points to UDC’s total.

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Howard senior Zykia Brown scored 19 points to help the Lady Bison earn its seventh straight win in the December 2011. By Julee’ O’Neal Special to the AFRO The Howard Women's basketball team pulled out another win to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson by 10, 66-56 on Dec 30 at Stratis Arena. HU finished the month of December with a perfect 7-0 record and improved its overall mark to 8-5 heading into the New Year. The Bison started the contest a little rattled as FDU opened with a 10-4 run. The run was ended with a three pointer by Kara Smith at the 12:30 mark. From there, HU found momentum as Smith hit another shot behind the arc to put the Bison down by one, 10-9. Howard picked up its intensity and forced the Knights into a turnover. Following the turnover, Smith drowned a jumper which gave the Bison their first advantage of the half. HU went into halftime ahead, 30-18. To open up the last 20 minutes of play, Howard scored a three-pointer and a pair of free throws to spread the led to 19 by the 17:04 mark. Danielle Pankey gave FDU a spark as she knocked down a basket behind the arc decreasing HU's lead to 16 in just 16 seconds. By the 13:50 mark, Howard pushed its lead to 21 points, 48-27. Both teams swapped baskets until the 10:26 mark as FDU went on a 10-0 run to close the lead to just six points, 52-46, with just 7:36 left in the ball game. Howard found some energy after a three-point basket which ended the Knights run at the 6:09 mark. Howard held on to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 66-56. Howard senior forward Zykia Brown led the game with a season-high of 19 points on shooting 8-11 from the field and 3-5 from behind the arc. Lady Bison’s Tamoria Holmes contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and four assist. Smith chipped in with a season-high of 12 points in 20 minutes of action, while teammate Nicole Deterville grabbed a game-high of nine boards to finish the match. FDU kept Saadia Doyle under double-digit scoring as she chipped in with seven points. Mariyah Laury led FDU in scoring, finishing with 14 points in 33 minutes of play. Howard will tip off the New Year at Mount St. Mary's on Jan 3. The contest will begin at 7 p.m.

Lady Firebirds Bounce Back from Loss to Advance to 9-2

University of District of Columbia Women’s Basketball By AFRO Staff The University of the District of Columbia women's basketball team earned its ninth win this season after holding off University of Massachusetts Lowell, 71-65, in a nonconference game on Dec. 30 during the Pioneer Classic, hosted by the C.W. Post in Long Island, N.Y. The Lady Firebirds had lost its first game of the Pioneer Classic, falling 82-48 to Franklin Pierce on Dec. 29. But a few adjustments over night put them back in the winner’s column as they took out U-Mass Lowell to advance (UDC Sports Information Photo) to 9-2 overall on the season. Senior forward Stacie Griffith nearly scored a double"This was a good win double for UDC with 11 points and nine rebounds on today. The ladies came out Dec. 30. focused and played hard for 40 minutes," Lady Firebirds head coach Lester Butler, Jr. said. "It was definitely good to get a win after a tough loss yesterday." UDC took advantage of its depth in talent as senior guard Lauren Brittingham came off the bench to lead the Lady Firebirds with a season-high 22 points along with five assists. The D.C. native out of Potomac High was hot from behind the three-point line, scoring nine of her total points on 3-of-7 shots made from the arc. Senior Jamilia Bonner, who scored only five points in the Lady Firebirds’ loss on Dec. 29, bounced back to score 19 points in the win over UMass Lowell. Senior forward Stacie Griffith nearly scored a double-double for UDC with 11 points and nine rebounds. "Lauren gave us a lot of energy and scoring coming off the bench and Stacy and Dohnay Banice [nine rebounds] did an excellent job on the boards," Butler said. Bianca Simmons led UMass Lowell with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists while teammate Danielle DePierro followed with 17 points. The Lady Firebirds will see more action on Jan. 7 vs. Dowling.


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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1254 Gylda Francine Clark Decedent Ara D. Parker PO Box 946 Clinton MD 20735 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Alexis Duncan, whose address is 9710 Canary Court, Springdale, MD 20744 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Gylda Francine Clark, who died on July 20, 2009 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Alexis Duncan Personal Representative 202-355-8063 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Tue Jan 03 REGISTER OF WILLS 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1239 Capri Budd Decedent W. Alton Lewis, Esq. 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Shariece D. Persaud and Ricardo A. Budd, whose address(es) are 5703 18th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782 and 614 Roxboro Place, NW, DC 20011 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Capri Budd, who died on October 20, 2011 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Shariece D. Persaud Ricardo A. Budd Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1248 Francis Nathaniel Green aka Francis N. Green Decedent Kisha L. Woolen/ Jennifer C. Concino Tobin O’Connor & Ewing 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW Suite 700 Washington DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1199 Ava Lorynn Wilson Decedent Gary A. Stein, Ain & Stein, LLC 401 N. Washington St Suite 500 Rockville, MD 20850 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Francis N. Green Jr., whose address is 17604 Sequoia Drive #203, Gaithersburg MD 20877 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Francis Nathaniel Green aka Francis N. Green, who died on September 7, 2011 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs a n d h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to EST such appointment 11:30:05 2012 shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Francis N. Green Jr. Personal Representative 240-477-4438 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Jan 03 REGISTER OFTue WILLS 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1238 Chester Ralph Jones Jr. Decedent W. Alton Lewis, Esq. 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Altagracia Lovoz and Carlos Wilson, whose address(es) are 404 Chillum Road, Apt. 102 Hyattsville, Maryland 20783 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Ava Lorynn Wilson, who died on January 1, 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 or before June 30, 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 June 30, 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: December 30, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Altagracia Lovoz Carlos Wilson Personal Representative 202-290-4118 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Tue Jan 03 REGISTER OF WILLS 12/30, 1/6, 1/13

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Vicki T. Coward, Esq., whose address is Coward Law Firm, PLLC, 3175 Westover Drive, Washington DC 20020 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rudolph Alexander Bull, who died on February 11, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Vicki T. Coward Esq Personal Representative 202-449-3787 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

Lawrence Perry whose address is 1835 1st Street NW Washington DC 20001 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Chester Ralph Jones Jr., who died on October 14, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown 11:30:29 shall enterEST their 2012 appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 6, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 6, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 6, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Lawrence Perry Personal Representative 202-986-1690 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Tue Jan 03 11:34:27 EST 2012 REGISTER OF WILLS 1/6, 1/13, 1/20 Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0009740-11 IN RE: William Frank Tucker Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

William Frank Tucker having filed a complaint for judgment changing William Frank Tucker name to William Frank Taylor and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 9th day of December 2011, hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 15th day of January 2012, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American newspaper. 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). 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the Bankruptcy Court by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided by SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 12/23, 12/30, 1/6

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1209 Sharon M. Sykes aka Sharon Marquita Sykes Decedent Michelle Lanchester, Attorney At Law 601 Pennsylvaina Ave NW, Suite 900 S, Bldn Washington DC 20004 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM919 EDWARD WILSON Decedent Charles E. Walton Esq. 10905 Ft. Washington Road. # 201 Fort Washington MD 20744 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Michelle Lanchester, whose address is 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Suite 900 South Building, Washington DC 20004 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Sharon M. Sykes aka Sharon Marquita Sykes, who died on November 2, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 30, 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 June 30, 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: December 30, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Michelle Lanchester Personal Representative 202-220-3000 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/30, 1/6, 1/13

Patricia Wilson Ross, whose address is 331 Nicholson Street NE Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Edward Wilson, who died on March 19, 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 or before June 30, 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 June 30, 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: December 30, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Patricia Wilson Ross Personal Representative 301-292-8357 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/30, 1/6, 1/13

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1226 J. R. aka Josephine O. Hollis aka Josephine O. Richarson Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM1207 DORIS GRANT Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Jacqueline R. Richardson, whose address is 900 Emerson Street, NW Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of J.R. aka Josephine O. Hollis aka Josephine O. Richardson, who died on June 11, 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 June 30, 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 June 30, 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: December 30, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Jacqueline R. Richardson Personal Representative 202-352-7745 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/30, 1/6, 1/13

Maurice Grant, whose address is 13008 Blairmore Street, Beltsville MD 20705 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Doris Grant, who died on October 18, 2009 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 or before June 30, 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 June 30, 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: December 30, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Maurice Grant Personal Representative 202-210-2163 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/30, 1/6, 1/13

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Jennifer DeVane whose address is 10304 Grandhaven Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Virginia Irene Doyle, deceased, by the Orphan’s Court for Prince George’s County, State of Maryland on August 21, 2006. Service of process may be made upon Darryl F. White, 4308 Georgia Avenue, NW Wa s h i n g t o n D C 2 0 0 11 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 1368 C Street, NE, Washington DC 20002 Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street NW 3rd Floor, Washington DC 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. (Strike preceding sentence if no real estate.) Jennifer DeVane Personal Representative(s) 202-223-7391 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: December 23, 2011 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter TYPESET: Tue Jan 03 The Afro-American 12/23, 12/30, 1/6

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2011FEP143 Date of Death February 22, 1993 Richard Earl Doyle Sr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Jennifer DeVane whose address is 10304 Grandhaven Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Richard Earl Doyle, Sr., deceased, by the Orphan’s Court for Prince George’s County, State of Maryland on August 21, 2006. Service of process may be made upon Darryl F. White, 4308 Georgia Avenue, NW Wa s h i n g t o n D C 2 0 0 11 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 1368 C Street, NE, Washington DC 20002 Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street NW 3rd Floor, Washington DC 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. (Strike preceding sentence if no real estate.) Jennifer DeVane Personal Representative(s) 202-223-7391 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: December 23, 2011 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American 12/23, 12/30, 1/6

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FLONNIE B. HOLLEY JAMES DONOVAN HOLLEY KEITH LEROY HOLLEY GEORGE EPPS, TRUSTEE THE CITI GROUP/ CONSUMER FINANCE, INCORPORATED MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

SHANELL WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYEES CREDIT UNION OF MARYLAND, INCORPORATED Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

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The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of 11:35:14 EST 2012 all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 15, Section 06, Block 3011, Lot 005A Known as 2013 North Dukeland Street, Baltimore Maryland (Lot Size 14x97) The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 7th day of December, 2011 by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a coy of this order in THE AFRO AMERICAN, a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Baltimore once a week for three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 5th day of February, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff leasehold title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Timothy Doory Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Court for TYPESET:Circuit Wed JanCity 04 Baltimore 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

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The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 20, Section 03, Block 2297, Lot 016 Known as 4005 Franklin Street, Baltimore Maryland (Lot Size 18 x 75) The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 6th day of December, 2011 by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a coy of this order in THE AFRO AMERICAN, a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Baltimore once a week for three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 4th day of February, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff leasehold title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Edward R.K. Hargadon, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Court TYPESET:Circuit Wed Jan for 04 Baltimore City 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

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The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 16, Section 22, Block 2332C, Lot 056 Known as 1410 North Dukeland Street, Baltimore Maryland Lot Size 23 x 85 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 9th day of December, 2011 by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a coy of this order in THE AFRO AMERICAN, a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Baltimore once a week for three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 7th day of February, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff fee simple title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Timothy J. Doory, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk TYPESET:Circuit WedCourt Jan for 04 Baltimore City 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

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of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or 10:38:29 claiming toEST have 2012 An interest NOTICES in the property LEGAL listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

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Baltimore City Public Schools REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS RFP-12043 ITD Service Desk Staffing The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested companies to submit proposals to supply ITD Service Desk Staffing to City Schools. In order to participate, interested bidders need to register with eMaryland Marketplace by visiting their website at https:// ebidmarketplace.com and clicking the Registration button. Solicitation RFP-12043 will be available for review commencing January 4, 2012. A preproposal meeting will be held on January 19, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. in room 301 at 200 East North Avenue. The Proposal Due Date is February 2, 2012 at 11:00am. No proposals will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, TYPESET: Wed Jan 04 10:40:12 EST 2012 Joseph F. Vogel at jvogel@bcps.k12.md.us

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The City of Gaithersburg Department of Public Works, 800 Rabbitt Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, is seeking sealed Request for Proposa l s f o r P L AY G R O U N D D E S I G N , EQUIPMENT PURCHASE AND INSTALLAT I O N F O R B O H R E R PA R K ( R F P # 2012-015) FOR BOTH 2 TO 5 AND 5 TO 12 YEAR OLD AGE GROUP STRUCTURES. RFP package may be picked up at the above address on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. A pre-bidEST meeting 10:40:30 2012 will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM City of Gaithersburg Department of Public Works, 800 Rabbitt Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Sealed proposals will be received until Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Department of Public Works located at 800 Rabbitt Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 at which time they will be publicly opened. The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive any formality or technicality in any proposal in the best interest of the City. For further information and proposal packages contact Laura Sarno at 301-258-6370, EXT.

The object of this suit is to 117. officially change the name of the petitioner from This project is funded in whole or in part Yvette Valerie Stanley to 2012 with federal funds and must adhere to all 10:39:09 EST Yvette Valerie federal requirements as further detailed Muhammad within the Request for Proposal. It is this 21st day of IN THE CIRCUIT December, 2011 by the CirCOURT FOR cuit Court for Baltimore City, 10:38:08 EST 2012 BALTIMORE CITY ORDERED, that publication Case Number be given one time in a news24-C-11-007606/FR paper of general circulation in SEDONA INVESTMENTS, Baltimore City on or before IN THE CIRCUIT LLC the 20th day of January, COURT FOR c/o Allen C. Tochterman, 2012, which shall warn all BALTIMORE CITY Esq. interested persons to file an Case Number 11411 Cedar Lane affidavit in opposition to the 24-C-11-007600/FR Kingsville, Maryland 21087 relief requested on or before SEDONA INVESTMENTS, Plaintiff the 30th day of January, LLC 2012. v. c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Frank M. Conaway MOSES O. FADIRAN Esq. Clerk Unknown Tenants of the 11411 Cedar Lane 1/6 Subject Property Kingsville, Maryland 21087 The Mayor and City Council Plaintiff of Baltimore, Maryland v. And all Persons having or LAURA ROBERTSON claiming to have DANIEL ROBERTSON An interest in the property HUBERT PANKEY listed below; ESTHER PANKEY Their respective heirs, deviMONROE ROBERTSON sees, executors, administraSARAH MOSELEY tors, grantees, assigns, or Unknown Tenants of the successors in right title and Subject Property interest The Mayor and City Council Defendants of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or ORDER 11:36:08 EST 2012 claiming to have OF PUBLICATION An interest in the property The object of this proceeding listed below; is to secure the foreclosure of Their respective heirs, deviall rights of redemption in the sees, executors, administraproperty in the City of Baltors, grantees, assigns, or timore, sold by the Collector successors in right title and of Taxes for the City of Balinterest timore and the State of Defendants Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: ORDER Ward 13, Section 07, Block OF PUBLICATION 3414, Lot 012 The object of this proceeding Known as 1334 West North is to secure the foreclosure of Avenue, Baltimore all rights of redemption in the Maryland Lot Size property in the City of Bal16-6 x 100 timore, sold by the Collector The Complaint states, among of Taxes for the City of Balother things, that the amount timore and the State of necessary for redemption Maryland to the Plaintiff in this has not been paid. proceeding: It is thereupon this 6th day of Ward 08, Section 22, Block December, 2011 by the Cir1574, Lot 048 cuit Court of Baltimore City, Known as 2642 Beryl AveORDERED, that notice be nue Baltimore given by the insertion of a coy Maryland (Lot Size of this order in THE AFRO 13-8 x 100) AMERICAN, a newspaper of The Complaint states, among general circulation in the City other things, that the amount of Baltimore once a week for necessary for redemption three (3) successive weeks, has not been paid. warning all persons It is thereupon this 6th day of interested in the property to December, 2011 by the Cirappear in this Court by the 4th cuit Court of Baltimore City, day of February, 2012 and reORDERED, that notice be deem the subject property given by the insertion of a coy and answer the Complaint or of this order in THE AFRO thereafter a final judgment AMERICAN, a newspaper of will be entered foreclosing all general circulation in the City rights of redemption in the of Baltimore once a week for property, and vesting in the three (3) successive weeks, Plaintiff leasehold title to the warning all persons property, free and clear of all interested in the property to encumbrances. appear in this Court by the 4th TRUE COPY TEST TYPESET: Wed Jan 04 10:43:38 EST 2012 day of February, 2012 and re1/6, 1/13/ 1/20 Edward R.K. Hargadon, deem the subject property Judge and answer the Complaint or Clerk of the Circuit Court thereafter a final judgment Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Department of Transportation Releases Proposed Regulations for will be entered foreclosing all Traffic Mitigation rights of redemption in the TYPESET:Circuit WedCourt Jan for 04 10:39:31 EST 2012 Ordinance Baltimore City The Baltimore City Department of Transportation has released draft property, and vesting in the 1/6, 1/13, 1/20 Plaintiff leasehold title to the regulations in compliance with Ordinance 11-529, Traffic Mitigation - Estabproperty, free and clear of all lishing Traffic Mitigation Zones, and specifically Section 3803.2 of the IN THE CIRCUIT encumbrances. COURT FOR Building, Fire and Related Codes Article of the Baltimore City Revised TRUE COPY TEST BALTIMORE CITY Code. The Ordinance, adopted on November 21, 2011 by the Baltimore City Edward R.K. Hargadon, Case Number Judge Council and signed into law by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on 24-C-11-007603/FR Clerk of the Circuit Court November 22, 2011, updates the City´s practices with regard to measuring SEDONA INVESTMENTS, Frank M. Conaway, Clerk and mitigating the traffic impacts of development projects. Under the OrdiLLC Circuit Court for c/o Allen C. Tochterman, nance, projects in any of five specific zones would pay a fee per trip Baltimore City Esq. generated, subject to certain credits and offsets. The fee would be estab1/6, 1/13, 1/20 11411 Cedar Lane lished by the Board of Estimates based on a traffic mitigation plan for each Kingsville, Maryland 21087 zone, which is reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission. A copy Plaintiff

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Cleveland Burgess, whose address is 1850 - 2nd Street, NW Washington DC 20001 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lillie M. Burgess aka Lillie Mae Burgess, who died on March 11, 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 June 23, 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 June 23, 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: December 23, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Cleveland Burgess Personal Representative 202-607-5053 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Jan 03 REGISTER OFTue WILLS 12/23, 12/30, 1/6

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January 7, 2012 - January 13, 2012, The Afro-American

v. SYLVESTER VAN DIXON ALAN SCOTT DIXON KEITH RAYMOND DIXON

Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

of the proposed regulations can be found on the Department of Transportation´s website at www.baltimorecity.gov. Copies may also be found at the front desk of the Department of Transportation, Department of Planning, Legislative Reference, Housing & Community Development (Permits Office), the Office of the Zoning Administrator and the Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals.A public hearing on the proposed regulations will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at 417 E. Fayette Street, 7th Floor. The regulations become effective on February 6, 2012, subject to changes made by the Department of Transportation based on public input and further technical review. For further information, contact Barbara Zektick, Legislative Affairs Executive at Barbara.Zektick@ baltimorecity.gov or call 410-396-6804.

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 10070 SX0 HELENA AVENUE SEWAGE PUMPING STATION RENOVATIONS 206 HELENA AVENUE, ESSEX, MARYLAND 21221CONSENT DECREE ESSEX - DISTRICT 15 c 6 CONTRACT COST GROUP D ($1,000,000 to $2,500,000) WORK CLASSIFICATION: G-2 with Pre-Qualified G-3 Sub-Contractor BID DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012, the above contract documents (See Note *) may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $25.00 (TWENTYFIVE DOLLARS) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. *Note: Contract Documents will consist of One (1) Paper Copy Proposal Book. The CD will be in PDF format. Contractors and SubContractors can purchase paper copies of the drawings from Baltimore County - OIT - Central Printing located in the Basement of the COB, RM G-9 for $1.50 a copy. The proposed work consists of: Renovate and upgrade existing station to increase reliability A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. local time at the site. A second site visit will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. local time at the site. A third site visit will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. local time at the site. This will be the last chance to visit the station. No questions will be answered at this time. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the “Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director TYPESET: Wed Jan 04 10:44:35 EST 2012 Office of Budget & Finance

CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for FAP NO. STP3068(4)E; SHA NO. AX8145125; BALTIMORE CITY NO. TR05045; KEY HIGHWAY SHARED USE TRAIL AND LANDSCAPE PROJECT FROM INTERSTATE I-95 TO WEST OF LAWRENCE will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. FEBRUARY 15, 2012. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of DECEMBER 30, 2011 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $150.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883 or contact the Committee at Room 634, Charles L. Benton Bldg. , 417 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202 . If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (“JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is (D02620 Curb, Gutters & Sidewalks). Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $1,000,000.00 to $2,000,000.00 A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on January 20, 2012 at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 724, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Principal Items of work for this project are: Class 2 Excavation - 612 C.Y.; 5” Concrete Sidewalk 7,681 S.F.; Concrete Encased Duct bank - Type ´Y´ - 640 L.F. The DBE goal is 30% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk TYPESET: Wed Jan 04 10:45:21 EST 2012 Board of Estimates BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11183 RX1-RX4 HILLENDALE, ROSEDALE, DUNDALK AND EDGEMERE ALLEY RECONSTRUCTION VARIOUS - DISTRICTS 9c 5, 15 c 7 and 12 C 7 CONTRACT COST GROUP “B ($100,000 to $500,000)” WORK CLASSIFICATION: A-1 BID DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012 the above contract documents may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $15.00 (FIFTEEN DOLLARS) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. The proposed work consists of: 3,110 (SY) 7” Portland Cement Concrete Pavement-Drives and Alleys-Mix 3 on 4 Inch Graded Aggregate Base THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the “Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance

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The Afro-American, January 7, 2012 - January 13, 2012

The Tau Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity that just recently turned 100 years old hosted its annual Holiday with Omega Gala at BWI Airport Marriott. The Tau Pi Chapter of Howard County is celebrating 36 years. Everyone had a great time of fun and fellowship among members and guests. After dancing the night away there was a definite air of anticipation of next year’s extravaganza.

James Kerr, Jr. Basileus (President) welcomes all to Holiday with Omega 2011

Panama Band

Toni & Victor Wilson, Darius & Artencia Bell

Dr. Daniel Brown has been an Omega for 66 years. Photos by J.D. Howard

Earl and Linda Oyer, friends of the Omegas Doris A. Brown, Daniel W.C. Brown, Carolyn Brown Jackson. Standing Judge Clifton Gordy (Ret), Callie Gordy, John Outlaw and Dr. Herbert Skinner

Charles Thomas and Angela Gibson

Dr. Anne O. Emery, Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell, Joi L.W. Dabney, president; Lynda M. Brown, vice president

Charter Continentals are Margaret Turner and Frances Branch

Rev. Arnold and Ava Howard

Continental Connie Morell Jackson and Monterey Morell

Ramsey Alexander, Chaplain reads the names of the chapter Brothers who had more than 50 years of membership in this the Centennial year of the fraternity.

Liston George and Ann Parker The festive spirit, scrumptious cuisine, exciting black-tie attire, dancing and collegiality was the atmosphere at Martin’s West as the Baltimore Continentals presented their pre-New Year’s Gala that was attended by hundreds of enthusiastic party goers. The crowded dance floor was evidence of the enjoyment of guests who mastered the line dances and kept the Charles Arnette band busy for most of the night. This organization’s goal is known for its significant contributions to promoting, fostering, and developing the welfare of disadvantaged and underprivileged youth, The Baltimore Chapter of the Continentals presented the Memorial Awards to Cameron Miles, director of Mentoring Males in the Hood and Sharon Hassain, coordinator of the Maryland College Bowl Sunday Joi Dabney is president of the Baltimore Continentals; Lynda Brown, vice president, served as chair of the event.

G. Madeline Campbell, Anthony and Charlotte Williams, Joseph Campbell

Norman and Ruth Ross

Mary Ann Christopher, Bea Grant, Otha Grant, Jackie Golden

Joseph and Yvonne Woods Howard

New Continentals are Tridena Thomas, Jane Green, Dr. Tasha Franklin Johnson, Sonya A. Davis.

Charles and Alice Hines Bey, and Gary Rodwell Photos by A. Lois De Laine, Ed.D.

Judith Cox, Judge Sylvester Cox, Ellen Howard

Cory Howard-Booker and mother Edith Howard

Michael and Dawn Millner

Washington D.C. Afro-American Newspaper, January 7, 2012  

Washington D.C. Afro-American Newspaper, January 7, 2012

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