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Supporters Seek Exoneration for 14-year-old George Stinney George Stinney was only 14 when he was put to death in South Carolina’s electric chair in 1944. The Black teenager had been accused of killing two girls. Authorities said he had confessed, but doubts lingered. Relatives said Stinney could not have killed the girls because he was with two of his siblings all day.

Now, supporters want a new trial. They hope evidence can be presented to prove his innocence and clear his name almost 70 years after he was put to death. A judge is considering the matter. The killings occurred in Alcolu in Clarendon County, located about 50 miles east of Columbia. It was the

height of the Jim Crow era, when Blacks rights were largely ignored and their access to justice was almost nonexistent. The victims—Mary Emma Thames, 8, and Betty June Binnicker, 11—were White. According to historic accounts, the trial—from jury Continued on A6

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The year Richard Overton was born, President Theodore Roosevelt dismissed three companies of Black soldiers for rioting against segregation in Texas, seven AfricanAmerican students at Cornell University founded Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and 73 lynchings were recorded. Thirty-five years later, in 1942, Overton volunteered for the military. Now 107, he made news and history Nov. 11 when he was welcomed to the White House by President Obama for a celebratory breakfast with other veterans before he accompanied the chief executive to Arlington National Cemetery to pay homage to the nation’s men and women in uniform at the annual Veterans Day ceremony. “As we pay tribute to our veterans, we are mindful that no ceremony or parade can fully repay that debt,” Obama said in a Continued on A6

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There were no lofty ideas behind Marcella A. Holland’s plans--no notions of a grand life and all the power that would come along with being a judge in an urban center. The truth is, the title “judge” was included nowhere in the path she saw for her own life. In fact, if her wildest dreams as a 10-yearold were to ever come true, she would end up following the lead of “Della Street,” the popular legal secretary on the hit show “Perry Mason.” The only problem was that by the time Holland hit her early 20s she had already reached and surpassed her goal. In doing so, she also proved she could take on the duties of her superiors with ease. Today, more than three decades since her humble roots in the legal system began to take hold, Baltimore City Circuit Court Administrative Judge Holland, the first Black woman to hold the position in Maryland, is closing in on the transition to retirement. “I reached this decision two years ago,” Holland told the AFRO. “I think 10 years is a long time to be in charge and sometimes you just need a change.”

Holland said she hopes her decade of tackling budget problems, overseeing personnel, and bringing the circuit courts into the digital era will show what the multi-faced Baltimore judicial system is really about. “We are a large court in an urban area with a lot of problems and very little resources. It’s a difficult court to sit on as a judge because you want to do so much and it’s not all about calling balls and strikes,” she said. “So many of our operations span beyond Baltimore City. We are a leader for mediation in the state. We handle all of the asbestos cases in the state. We get adoption cases from all over because people can file wherever they choose to, and all businesses-including hospitals and banks--file suit here.” From family court to criminal cases, Holland has done it all. She got her start as a legal secretary after a short stint in business school and quickly made a name for herself working with in Washington, D.C. for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. It wasn’t long before private law firms came knocking. “I noticed the associates were getting paid a lot of money, but I was doing their work. I was doing the research, I was writing the memos and drafting the bills,” she said. Continued on A4

Outrage Follows Shotgun Death Bishop Sarah Frances of Black Teenage Accident Victim Davis, President, AME By Blair Adams AFRO Staff Writer The NAACP in Detroit is calling for a full and comprehensive investigation of the death of Renisha McBride, 19, who was shot in the head Nov. 2 after seeking help from a homeowner who said his shotgun went off accidentally. The NAACP demand, claiming another fatal instance of racial profiling, came on the eve of the Nov. 8 funeral for the Michigan girl who was shot in the head after knocking on the front door of a Dearborn Heights, Mich. home at 3:40 a.m. seeking assistance after a car accident in that middle-class Detroit suburb, according to police. 



Dearborn Heights police said they have turned the decision to charge the homeowner over to Wayne County prosecutors who said more investigating is needed on whether to seek criminal charges against the man who told police his weapon “discharged accidentally.”

 The death, apparently by a homeowner who told police he believed he was being burglarized, echoed the 2012 shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. It was also reminiscent of the early morning shooting death by police in September in a Charlotte, N.C. Continued on A4

Council of Bishops, Dies

By AFRO Staff Bishop Sarah Frances Davis, president of the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and vice president of the World Methodist Council, died Nov. 9 after a brief illness, the World Methodist Council said in a statement.
 
A clerical trailblazer, she was only the third woman in the 218-year history of the AME Church to reach its highest level, the office of bishop on July 6, 2004, and at the time of her death was the presiding prelate of the16th Episcopal District. That district is made up of churches and schools in South America

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campaign, contributing to will.i.am’s campaign video “Yes We Can,” performing at benefit concerts and appearing front and center at the Democratic National Convention, where he performed his song “If You’re Out There,” a call for voter participation and civic engagement.

 Now, the Grammy Award-winning artist is turning his eye toward voting rights, which has been bombarded from many sides in the past few years.

 This month, Legend formed a partnership with the NAACP to launch a nationwide campaign to promote voting rights and register eligible Americans to vote. The campaign was launched at his recent concert in Durham, N.C., where he asked his fans to join him in taking a stand for voting rights by texting “LEGEND” to 62227 and helped eligible concert-goers register to vote. North Carolina is infamous for having one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the country.

 Legend said he will continue this advocacy throughout his “Made to Love” tour.

 Since President Obama was elected the first AfricanAmerican commander-in-chief in 2008, GOP-led state legislatures have unleashed a wave of laws with the sum impact of suppressing minority votes. Those changes included fewer early voting days, restrictive voter ID laws, purging of voter rolls and more.

 And, a July 2013 Supreme Court ruling that invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act—essentially crippling Section 5 of the same statute, which has long served to protect minority voters against discrimination—has further emboldened those anti-voting rights efforts. 


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For some teenagers, being multicultural can be daunting enough, but to be teased for having what some call a “Black” name was too much for Keisha Austin, 19, of Kansas City, Mo. who now goes by Kylie Austin. 

 The name change was made official by her mother, who went to court to change it as an early Christmas gift to her daughter.



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Born to a White mother and a Black father, the biracial teen, who graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School last year, said she was repeatedly teased for having the name, according to the Kansas City Star. Now that she is in the adult world, where job seeking can be influenced by a name, she wanted to change it.
 
“It’s like they assumed that I must be a certain kind of girl,” she said. “Like, my name is Keisha so they think they know something about me, and it always felt negative.”

 Cristy Austin, the teens’ mother, said she named her daughter “Keisha” because she thought it represented a “strong, feminine, beautiful Black woman.”

 But Keisha—Kylie—didn’t see it that way. Not growing up in a diverse community, she was ashamed. 

 She said that she was constantly teased and her peers asked her if there was a “La” or a “Sha” in front of her name. 

 Her mother said she is still the same person, regardless of her name. 


Don Lemon Responds to ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Commentary Reaction

CNN anchor Don Lemon was demonized on social media for a Nov. 5 commentary that seemed supportive of New York’s racially discriminatory “stop-and-frisk” policy. But on Nov. 6 he told Richard Prince’s Journal-isms that his remarks were “grossly misinterpreted” and declared, “I am not supporting stopDon Lemon and-frisk.”
 Lemon’s controversial remarks were made during his segment on the Nov. 5 edition of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” the very day New York voters were determining their new mayor. One of the key choices voters faced at the ballot box was whether their new chief should continue outgoing mayor Michael’s Bloomberg’s “stop-and-frisk” law enforcement policy.

 Lemon’s take was that “if you question many people in New York City, even some Black and Hispanic people, they will tell you that on the surface they don’t really have an issue with stop-question-and-frisk. Not the idea of it, at least.”

 And they feel that way despite knowing that police officers “will most likely not be that polite,” and will be discriminatory, Lemon continued.

 The news anchor theorized about what would happen if Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio changed Bloomberg’s law enforcement formula and crime went up.
 
“If he alters the equation of the formula that has reduced crime in New York City to its lowest in decades, one of which is stop-question-and-frisk, and the crime rate creeps back up, beyond local citizens moving away to the suburbs, people will stop visiting, stop spending their tourist dollars,” Lemon said.

 
Lemon concluded, “So the question is: would you rather be politically correct or safe and alive?”
The closing sentence acted as a spark on dry kindling, igniting a firestorm of vitriol against the Black journalist. 
On Twitter, the CNN anchor earned his own hashtag.
“#DonLemon On Don Lemon: Would you rather be acceptable to whites and get paid to hate yourself or be liked by the coloreds and get nothing?” read one tweet.

 “Don Lemon on Slavery: would you rather be free and unemployed or have a home and a job?” read another.

 
Several websites and individuals questioned the Lemon’s authenticity given his 2001 lawsuit against Tower Records for racial profiling. In speaking to Journal-ism’s, Lemon said the suit did not make him a hypocrite because “99 percent of what I wrote is against stop-and-frisk. It’s a shame that people are taking it that way.”

 Lemon also said the last statement of his commentary, about the choice between being “politically correct or safe and alive” was meant to provoke thought among the radio show’s listeners and was not an endorsement of New York’s policy.


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Macon Ga. Preacher Fatally Shoots Self Between Sunday Services Possible Reflection of Ministry’s ‘Heavy Yoke’

faith!” “Wow equally shocked to hear of website dedicated to helping clergy He continued. his passing. A tremendous brother members to survive the stressors “God might not show up when and preacher!” tweeted Dr. Craig L. of ministering, pastors suffer The pastor of a church in Macon, you want Him, but when He shows Oliver, pastor of Elizabeth Baptist disproportionately from stressGa., apparently shot himself fatally up, He is always right on time!” Church in Atlanta. induced issues. The website quoted after returning to his home from Parker told the congregation. “And The death sparked a lengthy a New York Times story from 2010 Sunday services, authorities said. sometimes He waits until it is darkest conversation on- atNovember least one Twitter thatWashington listed some dazzling statisticsA3 November 1, 2008 7, 2008, The Afro-American The Rev. Teddy Parker Jr., pastor before He shows up, but you can rest site about the need for members on pastors: 25 percent reported not of Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church, assured that He’s going to be there to to support their pastors and for knowing where to turn for help was found dead in the driveway of deliver and see you through.” ministers to seek counseling if they with a personal conflict; 33 percent his home in Warner Robins, Houston In another year-old sermon posted get overwhelmed. feel burned out within the first five sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photoBy Alan King County Coroner Danny Galpin told on YouTube.com, entitled “What to “Need 2 say this: my friend took years; 45 percent of pastors connection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city.say Onthat AFRO Staff Writer Macon’s 13WMAZ. He was 42. Hudson’s mother and brother. Do When You Need God to Work a his life after his 1st service. He was they’ve experienced depression or the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago the public’s in finding Jennifer and Sims other Parker, The white, 1994 Chevrolet His wife,Hudson Larrinecia Miracle,” Parker said, “I know why 42 years old & couldn’t preach his burnoutfor severe enoughhelp to make them Tribune, the boy been shot this—to prepare her away nephew. In the her job; MySpace relatives identifiedbelieveSuburban with Illinois license found hispositively body. Authorities I’mhad going through next service,” tweeted Dr. E. Dewey need time from and 57 multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supthe gunshot wound that caused his me for what is on the other side.” Smith, Jr., pastor of the House of percent would do another job if they of the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and death was self inflicted. The couple News of his death sent Hope Atlanta, whose members were able. tered to Hudson’s murdered offered a $100,000 reward to has two daughters, Kamry Tednae shockwaves through religious circles. responded that they were praying for “1,500 pastors theirthe boy brother, was towed with the anyone wholeave returned boy’s body inside“Pastor and is being alive. and Kerrington Tyier Parker. It could Teddy Parker, Jr., senior Parker, his family and Smith. ministries each month due to processed by pastor evidence Since the not be determined if they were with of technithe Bibb Mount Zion “Oh wow. It’s deep when he takes burnout, conflict, orinvestigation, moral failure,” cians and workers. The body Hudson – who gained stardom their mother when she found him. Baptist Church of Macon, Georgia, his own life. Ministry is a heavy the Times reported. “Doctors, lawyers was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American In a sermon posted on Frequency. went home to be with the Lord on yoke. Many don’t fully realize how and clergy have the most problems the Cook County Medical Idol,” and then won an Examiner’s office. Academy for her com from 2010 entitled “Facing Your Sunday, November 10, 2013,” the heavy until it’s too late,” tweeted with drug abuse, Award alcoholism androle in Hudson and other family the movie Dreamgirls – has Storm With Confidence,” Parker Rev. Robert Earl Houston, pastor Moms Babely. suicide.” members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. told his congregation that God does First mid-afterBaptist Church of Frankfort, Oliver voiced the sentiments Parker’s father was aTribune pastor.reportHe Examiner’s office The Chicago Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. not always immediately respond to Ky., posted on his website. of others who knew Parker. “It’s was ordained at age 22. He became ed that a parade of cars moved The Rev. Teddy Parker Jr.noon to identify the body. Given the choiceAnother betweenpost look-read: “Pastor Teddy slowly past her family’s struggle. painful Bro...I just didn’t know…. pastor of BMZBC in July 1997.home A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the ing directly atParker the body or “There are times when God wants pastored the Bibb Mt. Zion wish I could’ve done something…. Under his administration, the church told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curimight not be able to hear His voice, you to have faith,” said Parker. “You Baptist Church in Macon, GA. They anything…..Praying for his wife, built a family life center, renovated ous onlookers. Courtesy Photos but you’ve got to walk by faith. Not might not be able to feel Him. You were building a new church..... kids, church.” the sanctuary and added 20 newstood Neighbors Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who “She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.” by sight, not by hearing, walk by quietly and might not be able to see Him. You #RIP.” According to Burnout.com, a ministries. was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. By Zachary Lester AFRO Staff Writer

Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew

“remained strong for her family” and was clearly its leader. “She held hands with her family,” the spokesman said. “It to Buice the day before he was obviously a very emotional moment.” died. Like other friends, he The boy – thewas sonon of the Julia believed Buise Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had way recovery. been to missing sinceInstead, Friday, they preparing for his home going when a relative found Julian’s grandmother, Darnell ceremony. Donerson, andget his over uncle, He will57, never Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death the loss, Early said, his voice in his grandmother’s home in breaking. Theyof were friends the 7000 block South Yale Avenue. for 65 years. An – a desig“WeAmber grew Alert up together nation for high-risk missing on Madison Avenue, in the children – was issued Friday 1200 block.was Thatdiscovered was a very after Julian missing after the murders. Police arrested William Balfour, the missing boy’s stepfather and estranged husband of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Southside apartment several hours after the murders. Balfour’s mother, Michele, has told reporters that her son had nothing to do with the slayings. Balfour remains a suspect in

being convicted of attempted murder and vehicular hijacking. Cook County records show that he pleaded guilty to both popular block forHeBlacks at charges in 1999. was also convicted the time,” in he1998 said.for possessionHe ofrecalled a stolen holding motor vehicle. vigils He was released from prison in with Buise outside a local 2006 after serving seven years hotel drewmurder Black and for thewhich attempted car hijacking charges. celebrities like Nat King Cole Thethey boywere remained when little.missing through a long weekend in “We would find out that which police and volunteers

reflected on the violence. In front of the Hudson’s home, men in heavy jackets and hooded sweatshirts came to always for each other.” kiss the there twin white crosses barviewing Buise will ingThe the names of for Donerson and Jason. be held Sunday, Nov. 17 from “Everybody of going 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.isatsick Howell through stuff like this,” Artisha Funeral Home on Liberty West, a former resident of the Heights at Gwynn area toldAvenue the Tribune. “We all Oak Thetogether. funeral All is these haveAve. to stick young children are dying,Nov. and scheduled for Monday, for what?” 18 at 10 a.m. at the House

Friends Mourn Beloved Baltimore ‘Character’ Clinton ‘Shorty’ Buise the body of her 7-year-old nephew Monday, just hours after his body was found in a

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video screen, the family chose the latter. According to the Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, that’s him.”

ACORN Fights Back

Clinton “Shorty” Buise, a popular figure on the nightclub scene who was By Alan King in West born and raised AFRO Staff Writer Baltimore and spent much of his early adult life playing Presidential candidate John McCain’s attack on and ACORN poker, Black Jack dice – Associated Community on the gambling circuit, died Organization for Reform Now – Nov. 10 after suffering heart confirms the success of the failure. He was organization, the 72. head of the group says. said Buise had had Friends “This is testimony the work recent setbacks in histohealth. we’ve done and success we’ve He hadMaude his foot amputated had,” Hurd, president of recently ofinterview diabetes ACORN,because said in an withwas the AFRO. and recovering at a local “When thishome. attack started, we convalescent had just announced that we had Buise, 1.3 whomillion earned hisvotregistered new nickname “Shorty” ers,” she said. “That’sbecause just to say that running scared of hissomeone’s diminutive stature, because of ACORN’s success.” was described by loved ones McCain, who is running for as a man who took a big president on the Republican tickbite out ofout lifeat every day. et, lashed ACORN in the final debate against Barack He had legions of friends, Obama, contending theyoung group “is many dating back to on the verge of maybe perpetratchildhood. ing one of the greatest frauds in Five yearsinago, he played voter history this country, maybe destroying theepisode fabric of himself on the 10th democracy.” of the final season of The Factcheck.org, a non-partisan Wire, an HBO series about Web site, found those claims to Baltimore’s streetwith scene, be “exaggerated,” “no evithe lastofofany several acting dence such democracydestroying fraud.” endeavors. The episode was Hurd believes the McCain called “-30-,” which used to charges were politically motivatmark ed. the end of newspaper stories. She said, “Because it’s lowandBuise moderate-income people, attended Booker and people of color, I believe the T. Washington Jr. High and McCain campaign thinks those Frederick Douglass High voters are going to vote School, where he is picked up Democratic, which not necessarily true.” playing the drums. He later ACORN is no strangerwhich to switched to saxophone, controversy. he studied at thethe Peabody For 38 years, non-partisan Conservatory, Clifton organization hassaid fought for social

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

No wonder Obama’s campaign is and Dallas Cowboys players trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to Never Organized with ACORN.” election officials. Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run long and deep. He taught classes were doing those things without for ACORN. They even endorsed ACORN’s knowledge or permishim for President. sion, were fired. But now ACORN is in trouble. “The evidence that has surReporter: There are at least faced so far shows they faked 11 investigations across the forms to get paid for work they country involving thousands of didn’t do, not to stuff ballot Photo by Zachary Lester potentially fraudulent ACORN boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the Buise’s Clifton “Hines” Early forms.and Billy Johnson victim offriends fraud, not the perpetraAnnouncer: Massive voter tor of it. fraud. And the Obama campaign Hurd said the71, onlya things “Hines” Early, close people.” bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an friend. He also attended the He was knew his way selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote Baltimore Culinary Arts around agrees. efforts. a dance floor. School where he“Neither received “He wasbanks a helluva It concluded, Pressuring to issue risky ACORN nor itsculinary employees loans. Nationwide voter fraud. an “advanced artshave dancer,” Pryor said. “I’ve lost been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. professional diploma,” Early my hand dancing partner.” charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for said. Buise was also affiliated votes.” America. “His claim tocame fame waspri- with a social organization The problem about marily because of the way and Since McCain’s comments, his ability to comprehend called “30 Flat.” He, Early ACORN operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices have been learn,” said Early. “Anything and several other friends rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and he up,them he stuck youth in a ple,picked many of poor orwith unem- also racistmentored mail. until he to mastered it. He was group called “Young ployed, sign up new voters. Thethey day after thethe presidential The idea was help both debate, vandals broke into the colorful, verytosmart and those he Timers.” being registered and those doing organization’s Boston Seattle had one of the best memories “Even though weand were the registration. offices and stole computers. in history.” old, didn’t want to be Maud explained, “We have a Afterwe a Cleveland representative Rosa Pryor, an AFRO called ‘Old Timers,’” Early zero tolerance policy for deliberappeared on TV, an e-mail was ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she columnist and author who said. Most news with account neglect to “is Two goingof to Buise’s have herseven life ended.” once worked some point out that ACORN is A worker in Providence, R.I., of the area’s best-known they had required by law to turn in all reg- children received asaid threatening callbeen sayentertainers, described by his passing. His istration forms. And they Buise also fail surprised ing, “We know you get off work to anote thatand it was the organizaat 9” Michael, and utteredsaid racial as kind giving man son, heepithets. spoke tion, would in manyhelp instances, first A caller to one who her tothat raise to him on his lastoffice day. left a brought the phony registrations message on the answering money for music scholarships machine, “He was in good to the attention of authorities. saying: “Hi, Ispirits,” was just for The localMcCain children. said.to let you know that camp apparently he calling isn’t“Baltimore interested inwill those fine Barack Obama needs get remember Fifteen years ago,toBuise points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) him as a character,” she said. began driving a cab to make a ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of “He loved tothereby have fun and he living, Early said.You guys are to ACORN, undercutting (expletive deleted). loved to do support. things for other Early said spoke his political fraudulent, and he youlast need to go to McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income eys, they’re going to get assassiAnnouncer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 memnated, they’re gonna get killed.” Obama? A man with “a political ber families organized into more Another message said, “You baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapliberal idiots. Dumb (expletive speed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, deleted). Welfare bums. You lege, he moved to Chicago. ACORN has over the years seen guys just (expletive deleted) Became a community organizer. its share of criticism while advocome to our country, consume There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, every natural resource there is, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the and make a lot of babies. That’s branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organall you guys do. And then suck impressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. up the welfare and expect everytrain the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering one else to pay for your hospital What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election your kids die. That’s the best Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, move. Just let your children die. of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. bills for them. I’m not gonna do The same types of loans that sive voter registration fraud after Courtesy photo it. You guys are lowlifes. And I caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus The Young social group.in Buise red vest. you all die.” today.is in the front wearing ahope names, suchTimers as Mickey Mouse Hurd thinks the hate calls will cease soon. “In two weeks, I think these attacks will be over. But I think it will be harder for us to get our name back on good graces Identification Statements because they really trashed us in Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American the last few weeks.” Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. Subscription Rate: Baltimore - 1 Year - $40.00 (Price includes tax.) 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Continued from A1 Holland turned her attention towards college and a law degree. By 1983 the Cooksville, Md. native had degrees from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Maryland School of Law. Thirteen years into her time as a prosecutor in the Economic Crimes Unit, Holland was sworn in as an associate judge for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. “It really doesn’t matter how you get there, as long as you end up where should be, but it’s a much easier road if you take the normal path of high school, college, and graduate school,” she said. By 2001, she was working the domestic docket. And then came the call she said she never expected: Chief Judge Robert M. Bell had named her administrative judge. Holland was sworn in on Nov. 8, 2003. “She interned for me while she was in law school and I had watched her from there,” said Bell. “When she came to the bench, I watched

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suburb of a former Florida A&M University football  player who was seeking help after a car accident. 

 According to police, McBride, 19, her cellphone battery dead, was seeking help after a 1:30 a.m. car accident. 

 Police said she was shot after knocking on the door of a still-unidentified homeowner. Police have not said whether he fired through an unopened door.

 The McBride family and civil rights activists said she was the latest fatal victim of racial profiling and want the homeowner arrested and charged for the death of the African American teenager. 
 
“Why didn’t he call 911?” asked Bernita Spinks, 48, an aunt of McBride. “That’s what I want to know. ... It’s racial profiling.” 

In McBride’s case, Spinks said, the homeowner “could have called the police. She wasn’t in the backyard. She was at the front door knocking ... that man had the time to look out his window.”

 McBride’s family said they were told the

how she conducted herself and how she was able to do the job with ease. She always had a leadership quality about her and she was a natural, as far as I was concerned.” While Holland has set a level tone inside the courtroom, she and her superiors agree that some of her biggest challenges have had nothing to do with the bench and everything to do with the edifices that make up the 8th Judicial Circuit. “She has carried the ball on trying to get a new courthouse. That’s going to be something that will be remembered,” said Bell. “If it is successful, it will be largely because of what she has done to lay the foundation.” In 2003, a needs assessment of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse and Courthouse East found that the buildings were not in compliance with the state building code for electricity, plumbing, fire safety, and a myriad of other problems. “We have tried to make it better,” said Holland. “We got a grant from the state and now have surveillance cameras, optometers, card access for sensitive areas, and much more in the way of technology.” Even with all of the upgrades, Holland said house was about four blocks away from where the accident occurred. Spinks told USA Today McBride had been driving her 2001 white Ford Taurus when she struck another car, parked and walked to find help.

 “She was disoriented. She was scared. And this is what she got, knocking on a door,” Spinks said. “All I want is justice for Renisha. It makes me enraged.”

 “He shot her in the head…..for what?” Spinks aunt told Detroit News. McBride died on the homeowner’s front porch. 

 About 40 family members and community activists held a vigil in front of the house where the shooting occurred. The family appeared to not be at home. 

 “We’re looking for justice to be served,” said community activist Ron Scott. He urged the Wayne County prosecutors to bring charges in the case.
 
A local minister, Rev. W.J. Rideout, added, “We are not going to let him get away with this senseless act he committed against this 19-year-old girl. Dearborn Heights police released a statement saying they have identified the person who fired the shotgun blast to the head that killed the woman, but aren’t releasing the

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both buildings need improvement. Inmates are sometimes transported through the halls with jurors, witnesses, and the general public, a major issue for Holland in a city where witness intimidation is a concern. Upon retirement, Holland said that she will continue to press for a new courthouse. She

will balance bar duties with the work she does with several associations. Holland will spend her last day as a sitting judge, Nov. 30, finalizing adoptions. “It’s going to be my last time to sit and I want to go out with the best feeling in the world,” she said.

man’s identity saying he said he “was acting in self-defense.”

 Spinks said there was no broken window at his home. 

 “My niece didn’t bother anyone. She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
 
The shooting, along with a cluster shooting in a Detroit barbershop that killed three people and wounded six others, has touched off a fresh wave of calls for justice on Facebook and Twitter and new demands for an end to what the Detroit NAACP called “a relentless plague of senseless violence.” 

 The Detroit NAACP, in a statement, “Have we become a society where we are no longer our neighbors’ keeper?

 “... At the same time we are outraged over the tragic shootings at Al’s Place Barber Shop on Detroit’s Eastside... Three persons were killed in what was reminiscent of the gangster-like days of Al Capone and his crew... We as a community are compelled to address

these issues devastating our neighborhoods. The disregard for human life and the callous insensitivity for children, women, and the elderly should leave us all demanding more from ourselves and those who enforce the law.”

 There is now a Justice for Renisha McBride Facebook page and Twitter followers have posted several tweets about the death of the innocent teen.
 
“The killing of Renisha McBride has left me sleepless. I can’t imagine her family’s suffering,” Dream Hampton tweeted.

 “Woman shot to death on porch while trying to get help. Jeez…seeking assistance while black is a thing now,” Time Wise tweeted. 

“Renisha McBride was only 19-years-old. She survived a car accident only to be killed by a coward,” T. Brown tweeted. 

 “You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot?” Spinks said. “He killed my niece and he needs to pay for it. He needs to be in jail.”

Bishop Davis

the World Methodist Council as a guest of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI at the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, Italy. The meeting held under the theme The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith, addressed the call of the Church to its original missionary goal and sought to rekindle the original fire in Christians worldwide, according to the World Methodist Council website.
 
She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology, a Master of Divinity from the Houston Graduate School of Theology, a Master of Science from Pace University in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas.

 “In October [World Methodist Council Youth and Young Adult Coordinator] John Thomas III and I had a chance to visit Bishop Davis on behalf of the World Methodist Council. We found her to be in great spirits and excited that her hopes for the Council meeting in London were realized,” remarked General Secretary Ivan Abrahams.
 
Bishop Davis is survived by her husband, Claytie Davis Jr., her sons Corey B. Davis, Dr. Claytie Davis III and his wife Yolanda, and a grandchild, Alexandra Morgan Davis.

 Social media outlets began to crackle within hours of her death. AME Bishop John Bryant tweeted, “This day a great woman has fallen in Zion, Bishop Sarah Frances Davis of the 16th District of the AMEC.” The Rev. Frank M Reid III, pastor of Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, tweeted, “Please pray for the family of Bishop Sarah Davis who died this morning! Pray for the 16th Episcopal District and their healing!”

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(Guyana andSuriname); Windward Islands (Trinidad, Tobago, Barbados and Grenada); the Caribbean Islands (Ja maica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Virgin Islands); and Europe (London, the Netherlands and France).

 She was known as the “Prayer Bishop” because of her consistent emphasis on the importance of prayer in the life of the Church.
 
Her ministerial career included several “firsts” beginning with her appointment by AME Bishop John Bryant as the first female pastor of the 115-year old Bethel AME Church in San Antonio, Texas, making her the first female in Texas to be named to run a major AME church. 

In 1997 she became the first woman in the Connectional AME church to be appointed chair of a board of examiners, serving as chair of the board for the Tenth Episcopal District.
 
In 2004, she was singled out by Ebony Magazine as one of the 50 Most Intriguing Persons for 2004.
 
She was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Houston Graduate School of Theology; served as Chair of the Global Development Council (GDC) of the AME Church (20092011); and was a member of the Jamaica Council of Churches at the time of her death.
 
In August 2011, she was elected vice president of the World Methodist Council, linking Methodist, Wesleyan and related Union churches in more than 132 countries, representing nearly 43 million members worldwide.
 
In October 2012, Bishop Davis represented


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Bea Gaddy Center Gears up for Thanksgiving By Ansar Miller-Abdullah Special to the AFRO The Bea Gaddy Family Center is throwing a Thanksgiving Day dinner this year and 3,000 people are invited. “Every year we get about 1,000 volunteers who help with our Thanks for Giving Campaign,” said Cynthia Brooks, executive director for the family center and daughter of the late Bea Gaddy. “These include the NFL… inmates from Hagerstown, and those people who volunteer off the street who just want to help. We prepare 400 turkeys and other foods to give to roughly 3,000 in Patterson Park on Thanksgiving Day.” The campaign started in 1981, when Bea Gaddy won the Maryland State Lottery. Her winnings were $273. She decided then to take the money and feed as many people as she could. “She fed 49 people that day,” said volunteer Eva Aikens. “From there she just kept feeding

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Veterans Day

Continued from A1 proclamation. “We remember that our obligations endure long after the battle ends, and we make it our mission to give them the respect and care they have earned.” All around the nation, Americans gathered at monuments and memorials, with marches and parades, to honor the nation’s service members. “I always come down here to celebrate our veterans on Veterans Day,” said Dahlia Morgan, 37, of Philadelphia, who visited the military memorials with her husband, Scott, and three children. “My father was in the military, so I know the sacrifice people in service to our country make. It makes me feel proud to be an American to see so many people honoring those who sacrificed for our freedom.” At the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Northwest, dozens of people gathered for a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial and a program at the museum featuring Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.). In Prince George’s County, police packed care packages to be sent to the seven officers from the department who are currently deployed to Afghanistan. In Baltimore, veterans were celebrated at a march that started at the Washington Monument and concluded at War Memorial Plaza. The nation’s leaders paid tribute to those in uniform, as well. “Our men and women

in uniform make countless sacrifices, travel far from their families, and risk their lives in pursuit of one of the most honorable missions of all – service to this great nation,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings

No one is more deserving of our help.” Bill Broadwater of Upper Marlboro, in Prince George’s County, said that as a veteran, it makes him feel appreciated that the nation stops to remember heroes like him. “I am glad they take the time out to recognize

“This is the day that men celebrate putting their [lives] on the line.”

– Boyd Early

(D-Md.). “On Veterans Day, Americans honor the courage and valor of current and former service members. But to truly honor these heroes, we must do our best to serve them when they return home.

us,” said Broadwater, 87, a member of the illustrious Tuskegee Airmen. “I am grateful that the nation recalls that the veterans went to these wars, sacrificed and some of them died because we don’t

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Gerald L. Daye, 47, Marine veteran and Jerry W. Daye, 38, current National Guardman do much else for many of them.” In Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the host of the parade, thanked veterans, including those who served or are serving in the Middle East, for their commitment to their country. Among the veterans she

celebrated was Boyd Early, 59, who spent six years in the Army National Guard, much of it working as a medic. “This is the day that men celebrate putting their [lives] on the line,” said Early, who received an honorable discharge in 1980 at the age of 31. After getting out, he worked at Bethlehem Steel as

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selection through testimony to the verdict— lasted only one day. Allegedly a lynch was discussed by some vigilantes who wanted to circumvent the legal system. Supporters said Stinney, believed to be the youngest person ever executed, was forced to confess and that confession was the basis of the state’s case against him. According to the Associated Press, most of the records related to the alleged confession

a “scaleman,” someone who weighed steel. Morgan Hall, 44, now a U.S. Army chemist, spent 23 years serving his country in the Army National Guard. “My greatest gift was the opportunity to lead troops in a battle and safely bring them back home,” Hall said of his yearlong stint in Afghanistan. An infantryman, he also has been deployed to Lithuania and Latvia. He spent Veterans Day reconnecting with friends he met serving his country. Back in Washington, Overton, who served in an all-Black unit in the Pacific during World War II, was big news. “War’s nothing to be into,” Overton told USA Today. “You don’t want to go into the war if you don’t have to. But I had to go. I enjoyed it after I’d went and come back, but I didn’t enjoy it when I was over there. I had to do things I didn’t want to do.” He told the newspaper that he flavors his coffee with a tablespoon of whiskey each morning, enjoys a dozen cigars each day and was accompanied to D.C. by Earlene Love, 89, his “lady friend.” 

and other evidence collected for the trial have disappeared. “Why was George Stinney electrocuted? The state can’t produce any paperwork to justify why he was,” George Frierson, a local school official who grew up in Stinney’s hometown and is seeking exoneration, told the AP. Lawyers are also seeking a pardon from the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, a move to clear his name in case the judge does not grant a new trial, the AP said.

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OPINION

Maryland’s Higher Education Practice Unsustainable

Never has there been a more important conversation about Maryland higher education than the conversation surrounding the recent ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake against unnecessary academic program duplication. In her ruling, the judge identifies the harm Maryland has done to its Historically Black Institutions (HBIs) by its unlawful practice and outlines several Earl Richardson strategies for addressing it. Those strategies include enhancing existing programs, establishing new, unique and high demand programs, transferring duplicated programs back to HBIs, and creating program collaborations that enhance academic offerings at HBIs. Judge Blake’s already famous ruling has ignited a spirited discussion of whether or not Maryland will come to grips with its legal responsibility to eliminate its segregated system of higher education or seek instead, again, to explain it away. Will state officials continue to simply make superficial changes of little or no effect, or will they have the moral courage to create a more rational system of public colleges and universities? Most importantly, will state officials realize that while the court ruling provides an opportunity to address the harm done for many decades to Historically Black Institutions and their students, it also provides also an extraordinary opportunity for redesigning the whole of higher education consistent with the demographic, fiscal, technological and legal imperatives of this century and beyond? The current system of higher education is not the product of rational state planning. Most of the major decisions made by the state that have been the result of these non-educational factors have become today’s constraints and problems. And decisions made over the last two decades have had the effect of compounding, rather than minimizing, the impact of these problems. In failing to make its HBIs an integral part of the public sector, it has continued to selectively expand some institutions

and to add too many other campuses to the system. Duplicate offerings breed mediocrity by distributing money for a single area of study over five campuses rather than concentrating those dollars on one or two institutions to build world class programs. The problem is particularly acute in the Baltimore area where there are five standalone comprehensive public four-year campuses from the Beltway inward. But there are only so many possibilities for unique offerings or expensive doctorate degrees and campuses often end up duplicating existing offerings. Primary emphasis on campus prestige rather than on system-wide distinction, in particular, leaves the state with many campuses, but not enough spaces for many students capable of succeeding in college. The current practice of Maryland higher education is unsustainable in the current fiscal climate and the state will be challenged to meet its goals for producing college graduates and otherwise supporting economic development through research, technology and innovation. Demographics are changing significantly the composition of the college-age population. In just the past few years there has been a steep decline in white public high school graduates. A sharp increase in Hispanics is just ahead. African-Americans now make up over 35 percent of high school graduates and will maintain that share. The problem for Maryland is that there is a large academic achievement gap and degree attainment gap between whites and these minority groups. It is unlikely that higher education in Maryland or elsewhere will experience an extended period of generous state funding in the future. There are just too many things that states have to support. But the court may have done the state a favor. It has provided the occasion to think carefully about the state’s higher education system, with special attention being given to

its overall design; policies on academic program approval and operating and capital funding; instructional delivery systems and its framework for compliance with federal civil rights laws and obligations. That process might well begin with a consideration of the realignment of institutional missions and programs to reflect a more complementary model of higher education. Transformation of the Maryland system of higher education within the parameters stipulated in Judge Blake’s ruling will position the state as a national leader among those states deemed to have lingering vestiges of segregation. To attain that mantle of leadership, conversations about the future of higher education cannot be narrowly focused on fears of disruption to majority-serving institutions and dire predictions of white prejudice against Historically Black Institutions. The discussion must be bold, and open to great wonder of the contributions a more comparable and competitive group of HBIs can make to the economic, social and political well-being of the state and its increasingly diverse citizenry. Earl S. Richardson, President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Morgan State University

Inequality and HBCUs—a CliffsNotes Version

The reason students are encouraged to avoid CliffsNotes is because in their haste to report the summary of assigned readings, they may miss important themes, nuanced characters, and layers of meaning that are typically understood only with a full reading of the entire text. This caution is equally apropos about the rulings of federal courts. George R. La Noue, a professor of political science and public policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County appears to have forgotten this caution when he described Judge Catherine Blake’s ruling in the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, et al., v. Maryland Higher Education Commission, et al. (Coalition v. MHEC), as “anti-climatic and antiquated.” He concluded that “closing or transferring academic programs will not integrate Maryland’s historically black colleges.” Mr. La Noue’s opinions appeared in the Oct. 27 editions of the Baltimore Sun. Mr. La Noue’s failure to fully comprehend the issues that prompted the Coalition to file its suit against the State of Maryland, as well as his mischaracterization of both the substance and the significance of Judge Blake’s ruling, is another reminder of the dangers of relying on Cliffs Notes if one is to truly appreciate important texts. Specifically, Mr. La Noue’s assertion that “Maryland

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officials had glibly promised to make the state’s HBIs ‘comparable and competitive’ to its traditionally white institutions (TWIs)” is contradicted by the tortuous history of civil rights and higher education in Maryland. The goal of making all of Maryland’s colleges and universities, including its HBIs, comparable and competitive was decades in the making and fiercely resisted by the state. Based on a shallow understanding of the case, he surmises that the Coalition plaintiffs’ “ultimate goal was more state money and an expanded role for HBIs.” He asserts, without benefit of insight (since he is neither a plaintiff nor a member of the Coalition’s legal team), that: “The coalition plaintiffs had no interest in closing or merging institutions or eliminating the very substantial gap in admissions standards which would have decimated enrollment among HBIs.��� The central issue in the Coalition case is not integration, as Mr. La Noue would have us believe. The Coalition’s “ultimate goal” is, in fact, twofold: first, to stop the state from continuing to discriminate against students, regardless of race and/or ethnicity, who are attending Maryland’s public HBIs; and, second, to pursue remedies to stem the harm resulting from such continuing discrimination. Mr. La Noue’s summary of the judge’s decision is mischaracterized, too. Judge Blake did not conclude that Maryland HBIs did not have limited missions nor did she find

that the state’s HBIs had received equitable funding. Judge Blake did find, however, that “the Coalition has proven that unnecessary program duplication continues in Maryland, to the detriment of its HBIs, and is traceable to the de jure era. Judge Blake “strongly suggests the parties enter mediation.” Mr. La Noue imagines a litany of horrors that could befall TWIs, particularly those that might affect his own university. Yet, Judge Blake’s rather limited set of proposed remedies is merely the consequences of the state’s decades-long failure to dismantle its segregated system of higher education. Mr. La Noue ignores Judge Blake’s finding of continuing discrimination by the state and proposes nothing in the way of remedies for the continuing harm. Mr. La Noue then asserts: “While all of the once segregated TWIs have worked hard to erase that past and welcome students from all backgrounds, the HBIs still seek to retain a racial identity.” It is his final mischaracterization of this case that I find most revealing. Rather than engage in an honest and/or thorough assessment of the Coalition’s case and Judge Blake’s ruling, Mr. La Noue seems to be comfortable resorting to 1988 Willie Horton style of political theater to elicit support for his broad-brush views. Maurice C. Taylor is the Vice President for Academic Outreach and Engagement at Morgan State University. He has served on a number of MHEC committees and can be reached at maurice.taylor@morgan.edu.

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Two decades ago, as a young organizer in Mississippi, I learned that there are only two types of temporal power: organized people and organized money. I also learned that in a democracy, the people can win every time— but only if we are organized.

Benjamin Todd Jealous

Today, when I reflect back on my half-decade at the helm of the NAACP, I am deeply proud of what we have accomplished together as we organized our communities. We have abolished the death penalty in five states, defended voting rights from coast to coast, freed multiple wrongfully incarcerated people and shrunk prison systems. We have increased funding for health care, defended the rights of workers, held wayward mortgage companies accountable and curbed the school-toprison pipeline in multiple states. We have built powerful bridges to help faith communities join the struggle for marriage equality and the struggle against the scourge of HIV, and we have come to the aid of our allies in the struggles for environmental protection and immigrants’ rights. Through all this, we have dramatically expanded the ranks of those who would assist us in combating racial discrimination in the streets

and at the ballot box.  Five years ago, the NAACP was what it had been for most of the past half century: the biggest civil rights organization in the streets. Today, we are that and also the biggest online, on mobile and at the ballot box as well. All of this success is testament to the power of our shared vision and partnership to come together for a stronger, more inclusive America. Things could have gone a different way. Since 2010, farright-wing extremists have repeatedly and simultaneously attacked the most basic civil rights protections of most Americans. They’ve attacked women’s rights, affirmative action, workers’ rights, immigration, LGBT equality, food security, health care and even our right to drink clean water and breathe clean air. One has to wonder whether their decision to attack all of us all at once was motivated by mere greed or by an even more devious design to ensure that we would balkanize as we each retreated into a defensive posture. However, together, we chose the courageous path. We have marched forward arm in arm, repeatedly embracing the motto of the three musketeers: “All for one and one for all.” As a result, we have passed powerful anti-racial profiling legislation in New York City and even abolished the death

penalty in Maryland with the help of leaders in the LGBT community; passed marriage equality bills from coast to coast with increased support from faith leaders and communities of color; and, most recently, we have built a powerful defense and offense for voting rights by pulling the entire progressive family together in ways incomparable to those used in recent memory. Occasionally, we have even picked up new conservative friends and allies. Today, as I prepare to leave my position at the NAACP, I am confident that there is a bright future for both the association and the larger civil and human rights struggle. We may have started this century like we started the last: fighting assaults on our voting rights and pushing back against attacks on our most basic civil and human rights. Nonetheless, this time, we have a distinct advantage. We know that no matter what happens in the courts, every year, our ability to defend and expand civil and human rights protections at the ballot box in statehouses and on city councils will increase. Moreover, as organizers, we understand that while the future will come no matter what, we have the power to make the future come faster. Benjamin Todd Jealous is the outgoing president and CEO of the NAACP.


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For some, waiting for HIV test results can be a very excruciating experience. It’s as though everything you have ever done in life (sexually) plays like an old movie…you reflect on past partners and unchangeable moments of exploration. Time stands still. The timer goes off, and the beeping snaps you back into reality. The intensity of your

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how it

I would tell someone newly diagnosed that they must first begin the process of

feels infected.” accepting the fact that they have HIV. I personally lived in denial for a while

because I hated being a statistic. Over time, I came to terms with what could potentially happen if I didn’t get my act together.

Now I feel more in control of my HIV. I would also tell someone it is ok to cry and be angry, frustrated, hurt and whatever other emotion they feel.

to find out you’re

The negativity can become toxic if not addressed and handled properly, so I strongly encourage seeking out a support system or seeing a counselor upon being diagnosed. Lastly, I would let the person know they are not alone. There are resources and services available that make living with HIV much easier now than in times past. Live life to the fullest because whether you have HIV or not, tomorrow isn’t promised.

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he celebration was on, Oct. 29 at Tokyo Seafood, when friends and family members gathered for a festive meal to mark the 90th birthday of Sarah Freeman. State Delegate Melvin Daughter Inez with the Stukes (D-44) presented a certificate of Birthday Girl recognition and tears began to flow as her children individually expressed their love and appreciation for their mother.   Photos by Alan Maddox Delegate Melvin Stukes (D.-44th District Baltimore) and long time friend Phyllis Ayres

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Sarah Freeman and six of her seven children, Michael, William, Jeffrey, Angela, Inez and Francis

Blowing out the candles with son, Michael

Del. Melvin Stukes presents a proclamation along with Phyllis Ayres

Much love for the queen of the family

The customized birthday card

Each of the children shared a little love with their mother

Mrs. Freeman with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

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t was a difficult task to convince the feisty Ellen Johns to hold her weekly meeting of “Seniors on the Go” in a room other than her scheduled location in the church. However, she was eventually convinced that work was being completed in the hall, and her meeting should be held upstairs. Everyone but Mrs. Johns was in on the secret. Vera Flint was an So, it was much to her great surprise when she stepped into the room to find her senior friends who had just left the elementary school mate meeting, along with many other members of Union Memorial United Methodist Church and outside guests and friends of honoree Ellen Camper of the honoree. The group sang “Happy Birthday” (Stevie Wonder’s version) as the shocked Mrs. Johns came close Johns to tears as she worked her way around the room to greet her guests. Mrs. Johns was delivered by her father, Dr. John E. T. Camper on Oct. 30, 1923 in Baltimore. She graduated from Frederick Douglass High School, Coppin Teachers College and earned a master’s in early education at New York University. Her teaching career included schools Surprised honoree Ellen Louise Marjorie Jennings spoke on #100 and #113 and she became an assistant principal at Robert Coleman School. She Camper Johns is escorted into the behalf of the Sanctuary Choir later became principal at Sarah M. Roach #73 and retired in 1956. Fellowship Hall by Rev. William Her church activities consist of coordinating activities for Butler, pastor of Union Memorial “Seniors on the Go,” serving as director of the Anna UM Church Wise Smith Scholarship Fund, certified lay servant and lay member to the Baltimore Washington Conference. Vivian Ellis represented the Still, not busy enough, she serves as business manager Seniors on the Go! for the Union Players (a group that performs throughout the Baltimore area). She is also a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee. She was married to the love of her life, the late Glendi E. Johns for 62 years, and they had one daughter, Roderica Johns Mills who passed away in March 2013. Edward Tildon spoke Each speaker praised Mrs. Johns for her strength, on behalf of the her commitment to the church and the An original musical selection was Church Administrative community, her helpfulness to others Honoree with niece, Teresa Redd performed by Randy Nelson Council Clergy representative Rev. Dr. and her devotion and service to and brother, Nixon Camper Maceo Williams shared stories God.

about the honoree

Seniors on the Go Annie Smith, Audrey Mason, Clorie Tildon, Rev. Dr. Maceo Williams, Geraldine Smith, Gloria Parham, Edward Tildon, Yvonne Cross, Vivian Ellis

Seniors on the Go; Linda Baker, Velma Bailey, Helen Crosby, Edna Ruff, Laura Cornish, Bernice Anderson Photos by Dr. A. Lois De Laine

Honoree with Bessie Russell, sister-in-law

Ernestine Shepherd, Donna Berry, Reada Nelson, Ida Cofield represented Union Players

Relatives Christine Gray, Edgar Cahn, Trevor Archer, Elizabeth Jones, honoree and Frank Jones

Niece and goddaughter Teresa Redd and niece Janice Mason, with honoree


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The Afro-American, November 16, 2013 - November 22, 2013

‘Saying Goodbye, New Music & Grand Openings’

Hello my dear friends, I hope everything is well with you. I have been pretty busy myself. Between my book signing tours; going to funerals and coming out of retirement to introduce my new group to Baltimore.

Girlfriend! It has been hectic, but fun. As many of you known by now that my dear friend, as he was to many of you, “Sir Johnny O” passed away a couple of weeks ago. He was one of the first radio disc jockeys in the 60’s, along with Larry Dean who was responsible for him having a management position at

Clinton “Shorty Buise” passed away suddenly on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

John “Sir Johnny O” Compton Sr., kissed his last “Sleeping Beauty” on Oct. 29. His funeral was Nov. 8 at the Good Shepherd Baptist Church.

WWIN-AM and remained on the air for over 20 years. In his position he helped, inspired and advised many other radio personalities such as; the late Rockin Robin, the late Fat Daddy; Sam Beasley, Guy Broady, Curtis Anderson, J.B. Brown, Kweisi Mfume, Lenny Moore, Tim Watts, Randy Dennis, Bob Mathers, Larry Young, Don Brooks, and, on the female side, Dr. Louise Johnson, Daisy Brown and yours truly, just to name a few. Every morning before he left the air, his famous words were: “Wake up sleeping beauty, your Prince Charming just kissed you”. Well, my friend, sleep on my dear Prince, your charming Princess just kissed you back. May you rest in peace. You will be so missed. Dante Daniels, the owner of Maceo’s Restaurant and Lounge on Monroe Street

will have a grand opening this weekend of their new upscale restaurant called Colin’s Seafood and Grill, located 3653 Offut Road off Liberty Road in Randallstown. The food is superb, serving fresh seafood of all kinds, ribs, steaks, salads and etc. with beautiful atmosphere and service. Let us not forget the same goes for the their popular club, Maceo’s that is still jumping up and down with good soul food and live entertainment every Thursday night. I want to thank all of you who came to Identity ULTRA Lounge, located at 8521 Liberty Road for

Hutchins and Charles Faison for their help of getting tickets sold in advance. So I am bringing the group back, by popular demand on Dec. 12, same time and same place. So mark your calendar. For more information, call Leroy Friend, the owner of the Identity ULTRA Lounge at 717-758-4341. Honey Child! This must be playwright month. There is another play, written, directed and produced by Derrick D. Dixon for 3DDD Productions, called “Same Script, Different Cast.” The play will make you laugh, think and cry. It is a stage

Signature Live, a female R&B vocal group from the Washington, D.C. area now represented by Entertainment Columnist Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor, took the roof off of Identity ULTRA Lounge in Randallstown at a standing room only performance recently.

play that deals with real life situations. It will be put on at The Walter Arts Museum, 600 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. For more information call, 443-4744694 or email Derrick at derrickdarrelldixon@yahoo. com. Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark, renowned blues singer and musician will be performing at one of the premier blues and jazz venues in Washington, D.C., Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 400 I Street, S.W.,  Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold at door. For more information, send an email to aclark@ anthonyswampdogclark.com.   One other thing I want to tell you about before I go is about a Harvest Dinner and Concert  presented on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. by Harry Warsaw and Spread the Word Cathedral,  4100 Frankford Avenue in Baltimore, where Bishop Vernon McBride, is the pastor. The concert will include Heavenly Bless Gospel Group, About My Father’s Business, Genise Williams and God’s Worshippers and The Ferebee Boyz Plus One. For ticket information, call 410-4199220.

my first show with my new R&B group, “Signature Live,” after retirement almost 18 years ago when I was managing entertainers such as: Nikki Cooper and Sir Thomas Hurley, Bobby Ward, Andy Ennis and, Clayton McLendon, just to name a few. Thank you all so much for your support. We packed the house and everyone enjoyed themselves. Special thanks go to Mildred Battle, Tom Saunders, Carlos

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Well, my dear friends, I am out of space and time. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol. com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

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The Best Man Holiday

Romancing and Reminiscing Through the Holidays Film Review by Kam Williams When released back in 1999, The Best Man was dismissed by some as merely an African-American variation on The Big Chill, and by others as the black male answer to the sassy sisters dishing the dirt in Waiting to Exhale. But the romantic romp revolving around a sophisticated set of college grads was actually entertaining enough to stand on its own, and was even well-enough received to land a trio of NAACP Image Awards, including Best Picture. Set 15 years later, The Best Man Holiday is an eagerly-anticipated sequel reuniting the principal ensemble for a mix of reminiscing, rivalry and sobering reality unfolding during a very eventful Christmas season. Written and directed by Malcolm Lee (Undercover Brother), the film features Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs, Harold Perrineau, Regina Hall, Melissa De Sousa and Monica Calhoun reprising the roles they played in the first

Morris Chestnut The Best Man Holiday

episode. At the point of departure, we find the gang gathering at the sprawling mansion of Lance Sullivan (Chestnut), an NFL running back on the brink of retirement after a recordingbreaking career with the New York Giants. The God-fearing family man is relishing the prospect of spending more quality time with his wife, Mia (Calhoun), and their children. Author Harper Stewart (Diggs), the best man at their wedding, had stirred-up considerable controversy in the original by writing a thinly-veiled account of his buddies’ sexual exploits. This time around, he lands

back in trouble when plans to publish a biography of host Lance come to light. Furthermore, despite the fact that his wife, Robin (Lathan), is nine months pregnant, Harper feels pangs of passion at first sight of his gorgeous ex-girlfriend, Jordan (Long). So, when her handsome beau (Eddie Cibrian) excuses himself to spend Christmas with his parents, it’s just a matter of time before flirting leaves Harper in the dog house with Robin, too. Meanwhile, nerdy Julian (Perrineau), who tied the knot with the stripper (Hall) he fell for way back at Lance’s bachelor party,

The Best Chestnut! Interview with Kam Williams

Morris Chestnut was born on New Year’s Day 1969 in Cerritos, Calif. where he was a student-athlete in high school who majored in finance and drama at California State University. He made his big screen debut opposite Ice Cube in John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, and subsequently enjoyed his breakout role as the groom-tobe in Malcolm Lee’s The Best Man.

The handsome heartthrob has been a much-in-demand leading man ever since, starring in hits like The Call, Think Like a Man, Identity Thief, The Brothers, Not Easily Broken, Kick Ass 2, Two Can Play That Game, Breakin’ All the Rules, The Perfect Holiday, Half Past Dead, Like Mike, Ladder 94 and The Game Plan. A dedicated family man away from work, Morris and his wife, Pam, live in suburban L.A. with their son, Grant, and daughter, Paige.

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you think people will take away from the film? MC: There are so many messages, because the film has a number of storylines. One thing I love about making an ensemble film like this is that you can have ten people come away from it with ten different messages.

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is currently worried that an old YouTube video of his scantily-clad spouse might surface, now that he’s made an honest woman of her. Hard to ignore is Julian’s flamboyant ex-girlfriend, Shelby (De Sousa), a dramaloving reality-TV star. All of the above is cleverly commented upon by the clownish Quentin (Howard), a one-man Greek chorus again supplying intermittent comic relief. The multi-plotted storyline proves thoroughly absorbing for the duration, feverishly alternating between fond reflections and fresh crises. By viewing’s end, all the loose ends are satisfactorily resolved, allowing for a memorable, if bittersweet sendoff, as well as a transparent setup of the franchise’s next installment. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take Malcolm Lee 15 years to shoot another sequel!

Morris Chestnut Here, he talks about reprising the memorable role of Lance Sullivan in the eagerly-anticipated sequel, The Best Man Holiday. Kam Williams: Hey

Morris, thanks for another interview. Morris Chestnut: No problem, no problem, Kam. Thank YOU, again. KW: What message do

KW: Would you consider your role in The Best Man or in Boyz n the Hood to be your signature role? MC: [I‘d like to think that they both are. Boyz n the Hood definitely put me on the map and really brought me into the game. Hopefully, this one does the same thing, twenty-something years later, because I feel very strongly about it. It’s a great, emotional role in a great movie overall. KW: You have been in the movie business for decades.  What advice do you have for aspiring actors? MC: I would say focus on your craft. Nowadays, a lot of people come to quote-unquote Hollywood thinking that all

they just have to be different or do something outlandish or have a huge personality to become a star. But I think that if you just focus on the craft, you’ll have a better chance at longevity. KW: If you only had 24 hours to live, how would you spend the time? MC: With my family. KW: What is your earliest childhood memory? MC: One Christmas, my brother and I woke up at about 2 in the morning. These dirt bikes were there under the tree, so we went outside and started riding them around our tiny backyard in the middle of the night. KW: What key quality do you believe all successful people share?  MC: Perseverance. They don’t give up. They just continue to strive for what they want. KW: How do you want to be remembered? MC: Just as someone who has always done right by others.

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COMMUNITY CONNECTION Rosa Pryor Fund Makes It Happen for Young Musicians

Photo by Anderson Ward

Shown with Rosa Pryor-Trusty, center, the winners of this year’s Rosa Pryor Music scholarships are, from left, Christian Robinson, Katrina Baldwin and Angel Baldwin Sydney Boyd and Sydney Young. Unified Community Connections Presents Can-Do Award

Unified Community Connections, which serves children and adults with disabilities throughout Maryland, presented the Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Can-Do Award to Jared Aaron Jones. Jones, 16 years old and diagnosed with cerebral palsy at an early age, attended the agency’s Delrey School and currently attends Kenwood High School in Essex, Md. “This award is being presented to a person with a disability who has shown extraordinary drive and determination to achieve their goals,” said O.J. Brigance, who presented the award to Jones at Unified Community Connections’ annual Hoodstock fundraiser. Brigance, an agency board member and senior advisor to player development for the Baltimore Ravens, has Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative motor neuron disease. “Jarred is the personification of strength, courage and resilience,”

Vanessa Jones and her son, Can-Do award recipient Jared Aaron Jones

Brigance said. “We don’t get to pick the cards we are dealt in life, but we most certainly have a choice in how we play the hand. This young man is a living testimony to the human spirit.” Jones attended Unified Community Connections’ Delrey School, where he learned to interact with children with similar disabilities through group therapy and classroom activities. He transitioned to public school in third grade and has since co-managed basketball and baseball teams and joined Kenwood High School’s sports science program.

Reginald F. Lewis’ Birthday to Be Marked at Namesake High School in Baltimore Reginald F. Lewis, former CEO and founder of TLC Beatrice will be remembered by students, teachers, and staff of the Reginald F. Lewis High School, with a brief birthday celebration during a special forum, Dec. 5.  Principal Daric Jackson will welcome Loida Lewis and Carolyn Fugett, Lewis’ widow and mother respectively, as guests. The keynote speaker will be Lewis’ friend and college roommate, Linwood (Lin) Hart, author of Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice: The Young Man Before The Billion-Dollar Empire. Activities are scheduled to take place at The Reginald F. Lewis High School, 6401 Pioneer Dr. in Baltimore. The forum will be closed to the public and will begin with the planting of memorial tree at 9:30 am. The Boy Blesst Teams Up With B-More Artist to Raise Money for the City’s Youth #ThanxNAdvance The Boy Blesst is proud to announce the launch of his company’s first Annual Youth fundraising campaign entitled Thanx-N-Advance. Blesst has been a fixture in Baltimore hip hop for years, and was awarded Best MC by the Baltimore City Paper a few years back (2011), for his thought provoking lyricism and street sensibility. Blesst has taken his talent along with some of the other artists in the city and partnered with two nonprofit organizations Shelley’s Helping Hands and The Save A Dope Boy Foundation (YAP Inc.) who specialize in the early development of our children and young adults to create a way to give back to our youth. #Thanx-N-Advance the compilation CD hosted by 88.9’s, Strictly Hip Hop DJ, Trelly Trell features music by OOH aka YoSlick, Rome Cee, Greenspan, Billy Lyve, The Boy Blesst, Drag, S.O.N., Hello Rello and more. A minimum $2 donation gets a project download and helps change a child’s life. This campaign runs for 45 days, through Dec. 15, and all proceeds from the project will go directly to the nonprofit organizations to help with their holiday needs. To make a donation please visit http://thanxn-advance.weebly.com/ Legendary Educators Recognized: The Faithful are Never Forgotten NcouragED, an organization working to reduce teacher burnout, is hosting its first annual NcouragED Educator Legend’s Luncheon, Nov. 16, at the Shiloh Christian Community Church, 825 Yale Avenue, in Baltimore. Educators from the mid-Atlantic region who have made significant contributions to the field of education over longstanding careers will be presented with the NcouragED Educator Legend’s Award. The theme of this event is “The faithful are never forgotten.” NcouragED is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, virtual network of educators who support each other through encouragement, camaraderie, information, and resource sharing. The organization

offers counseling referrals, free workshops, e-news, online support materials, mediation services, and much more. “We’re building a national network of educators who recognize the value of high morale. Parents don’t want discouraged educators in front of their children all day,” says NcouragED’s executive director, Dr. Ronald C. Williams. Rockin’ Around the Festival of Trees Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees, the East Coast’s largest holiday extravaganza, also known as Santa’s theme park, will return to the Maryland State Fairgrounds Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, with fairyland forests, a gingerbread town, a toy train garden, shopping, holiday activities and entertainment for all ages. It will feature more than 600 decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. While strolling through the winter wonderland, festival goers will enjoy live hourly entertainment, as well as a visit to SantaLand, Santa’s ultimate theme park complete with “reindeer” pony rides, carousel rides, carnival games, train rides, a remote control car racetrack and more. And with more than 100 craft boutiques, Festival of Trees is a onestop-shop to mark off everything on holiday gift lists. Attendees and Institute supporters can also start their own online Happy Holidays FUNdraising page to raise money for Kennedy Krieger. For every $10 raised to support the children and families of the Institute, supporters will receive one free ticket to Festival of Trees. Proceeds from Festival of Trees, presented by BB&T, directly benefit Kennedy Krieger, marking the beginning of the holiday season by giving the gift of hope to the thousands of children treated at the Institute.

100 Black Women Elects McNeill-Emery as National President

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women elected Michele McNeill-Emery of Baltimore as its new national president during 16th biennial conference at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Oct. 9-13. Michele succeeds M. DeLois Strum formerly of Indianapolis, now of Annapolis, who served as the organization’s president for four years. The Coalition, a 32-year old organization that advocates on Michelle McNeill-Emery behalf of women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances has chartered over 75 chapters, in 25 states and has a current membership of some 7500 women. The new president is a seasoned health care administrator with over 30 years of progressive management experience and is currently a practice administrator with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. Michele is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, where she has served as the national second vice president, is a past president of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter and a past president of the Baltimore Delta Alumnae Foundation. A graduate of Coppin State University she resides in Baltimore County with her husband, Vallen L. Emery Jr. and they are the proud parents of three adult sons, Vallen III, Tyrone and Ryan.


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Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley By Ja-Zette Marshburn AFRO Archivist Multi-talented comedienne and actress Whoopi Goldberg can now add director credits to her resume with the Nov. 7 premiere in New York City of Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, a documentary for Home Box Office about the life and works of Jackie “Moms” Mabley, a trailblazer for African American women in stand-up comedy. It was only fitting that the Apollo Theater was the site of the first showing of the film. As a pioneer of stand-up comedy by Black women, Moms Mabley Moms Mabley was a fixture at the Harlem theater throughout her 50-plus years in show business. Born Loretta Mary Aiken in Brevard, N.C. in 1897, the performer toured on what was known as the “Chitlin Circuit,” the string of performance venues throughout the U.S. that catered to African American entertainers during the age of racial segregation. These theaters included the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the Regal Theater in Chicago, the Fox Theater in Detroit, the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. and the Royal Theater in Baltimore. Goldberg said she patterned her style of stand-up comedy after Mabley, who fearlessly spun monologues on sex, manwoman relationships, race relations and politics. Moms’ life story was shrouded in mystery, an element highlighted in the film as Goldberg attempted to produce more than a biopic to show that blunt-speaking Mabley was an asset to African American culture. The entertainer reportedly spent time in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. According to longtime D.C. resident Dorothy Chambers, Mabley had a home off North Capitol Street. Chambers said that, although the comedienne wasn’t seen often, she was always nice and just as “funny as can be all of the time.” It was this benevolent spirit that Goldberg said she wanted to embody in the film. In the film, Mabley is depicted as a mentor for young entertainers and a political activist. The documentary includes testimonials by entertainers who told stories about Moms’ effervescent personality and her ability to separate her own

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identity from the character she portrayed. Entertainment industry notables on hand for the premiere included Quincy Jones, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Joan Rivers, and Jerry Stiller. The film showed Mabley’s ability to tackle thorny topics such as race relations with humor, wit and grace. Her influence on the likes of Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Kathy Griffin and Richard Pryor was unmistakable, as made evident by the film. Pryor’s daughter Rain was among audience members at the premiere along with other notable AFRO file photos personalities such as actress Phylicia Rashad, fashion designer André Leon Talley and dance icon Carmen De Lavallade. There was also a mention of Moms’ last film appearance in the Stan Lathan-directed movie, Amazing Grace, a comedy based on political campaign in Baltimore. Familiar landmarks, such as Morgan State University, were included as backdrops in the 1974 film. Her final speech in the film prophesied that young people will drive change in society. In a speech unmarred by her signature toothless delivery, she said: “You got a mouth! Speak out and speak up!!” It was on the set of the film that Moms suffered a debilitating heart attack that ultimately caused her demise. The AFRO even played a part in bringing Moms’ story to life by providing exclusive archival photos of Moms’ mentors and fellow entertainers, Butterbeans & Susie and The Nicholas Brothers. The cable outlet Home Box Office (HBO) hosted the premiere, its head of HBO Documentary Films, Sheila Nevins gave opening remarks and introduced Goldberg. Nevins read a letter from “Moms” which detailed the gratitude to Goldberg for finally telling “her story”. The laughter exploded around the halls of the Apollo as the audience feasted on the film’s old clips interviews and recordings of Moms’ comedic artistry. A young moviegoer remarked, “It’s as if you can feel Moms’ spirit in the room.” The film drew rave reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival over the summer, sparking HBO’s interest. The film will be shown on HBO on Nov. 18 at 9 p.m.


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