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The Afro-American, May 4, 2013 - May 10, 2013


The Food Network’s Patrick and Gina Neely

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas

President Obama joined journalists, dignitaries and countless celebrities April 27 for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The event, which spotlights media outlets that cover the White House, was held at the Washington Hilton. During his remarks, Saxophonist President Obama took a Ski Johnson comedic approach and poked fun at some of the attendees. He also jokingly addressed rapper Jay-Z and Beyonce’s controversial trip to Cuba. “It’s unbelievable, he said.”I’ve got 99 problems but now Jay-Z is one,” referencing one of the rapper’s hit songs. At the end of his speech, he turned serious and discussed the important role the media plays in American society during the times of crisis like the explosion in West, Texas and the Boston Marathon bombings.

MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and wife, Sharon

Singer John Legend

ABC Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes and and actress Kerry Washington

Kevin Ware of the Louisville Cardinals

Former NFL player Donald Driver and wife, Betina

Actor Giancarlo Esposito

Comedian Tracy Morgan and fiance, Megan Wallover

Television personality Gayle King and daughter, Kirby Bumpus

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and girlfriend, Elaina Watley

Actor Leslie David Baker

Aisha McShaw, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews

Radio personalities Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes

Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of NBC’s the “Today” show

Photos by Aaron J. Thornton/

May 4, 2013 - May 10, 2013, The Afro-American

Eric White, YvetteNikki Winn, J. Howard Henderson, Celeste Malone and Kelli Tubman, award recipients

Terry Owens, chief public information officer, MTA; Sister Helen Amos RSM, recipient of award and J. Howard Henderson, GBUL president and CEO


Hundreds of Baltimore citizens and leaders were on hand at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel on April 26 for the 56th annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Gala of the Greater Baltimore Urban League. Entitled “The Work Beyond the Surface,” the event celebrated the work done by the GBUL, including dozens of programs designed to assist everyone from children to senior citizens. The evening’s host was Terry Owens, MTA spokesman; the welcome was delivered by J. Howard Henderson. Civil rights activist Joe Madison, aka “The Black Eagle,” host of a morning drive Sirius/XM Satellite Radio program, served as the Mr. and Mrs. keynote speaker. As they William Starke feasted on spring lamb, grilled shrimp and opera tortes, participants laughed out loud as Madison regaled them A. Dwight Pettit, with stories ranging award recipient from child rearing antics Joe Aston and Tessa Hill-Aston, to politics. NAACP president and Dawn The event honored Taylor and Paul Taylor Clarence Campbell, T. standout citizens Bishop recipient of award including Jeffrey Hargrave, and J. Howard Henderson Yvette “Nikki” Winn, Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Sister Helen Amos, A. Dwight Del. Pettit and Verizon. Nathaniel T. Oaks and Lisan Fassett

Joe Madison, guest speaker

Paula Stephens, Rev. Jerome Stephens and former mayor, Shelia Dixon

Rev. Donte Hickman, Jack Young, Councilman Carl Stokes

Reginald Perkins and Dwight Hall unveiled Dr. Benjamin Mays’ figure (center)

Figure of Dr. Benjamin Arthur Quarles (center) with family members


Mr. and Mrs Vernard Wynn

Janice Jackson, director, UMBC Gospel Choir

Jack Young, president, Baltimore City Council

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski (right) and his likeness

The story of African American history realized another milestone as the Journeys Project of the Great Blacks in Wax Museum recently added figures of four great educators; Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays and Dr. Benjamin Arthur Quarles. The unveiling ceremony, held April 20 at Morgan State University, featured the music of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Gospel Choir, and attracted history buffs, local educators and family members of those honored. UMBC president, Dr. Hrabowski, the only living educator of those honored, looked on with amazement at the figure that stared back with mirror accuracy. Members of the National Council of Negro Women were on hand to honor their founder, the late Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, also founder of Bethune-Cookman College in Florida. Dr. Quarles was a prolific writer and chair of Morgan’s history department.

Dr. Arnold Howard poses with the figure of Kweisi Mfume

Granville Templeton, III, Jeff Hargrave, recipient of Raymond V. Haysbert Sr. Award and Howard Henderson

Photos by J.D. Howard

Dorothy F. Williams, Audrey McCallum and JoAnna Ford

Dr. Mays, perhaps best known as president of Morehouse College, distinguished himself as teacher, preacher and activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Joanne Martin, who established the museum along with her late husband, Dr. Elmer Martin, shared the vision for future expansion. Dr. Alethia Starke coordinates the Journeys Project.

Dr. Derek Musgrove, UMBC assistant professor of history, gives presentation of Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

Kweisi Mfume

Dr. Thelma Daley, vice chair, National Council of Negro Women

Dr. Joanne Martin, who founded the Great Blacks in Wax Museum with her late husband, Dr. Elmer Martin

Dr. Rosalyn Terborg, Penn University Professor Emeritus, MSU

The hospitality committee

UMBC Gospel Choir under the direction of Janice Jackson with Michael Hunt, soloist

Journeys Project coordinator Dr. Alethia Starke (center) with Rev. James and Ruth Fuller

Mary McLeod Bethune figure (center) and members of the National Council of Negro Women

Photos by J.D. Howard

May 4, 2013 - May 10, 2013, The Afro-American

Miss Cotillion second Attendant, Jasmine Henderson; Miss Cotillion 2013, Ara Snyder; Miss Cotillion first Attendant, Brittany Hays and Miss Congeniality, Undreya Hugger

The Ivy Foundation and Zeta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presented their 56th Annual Cotillion on Apr. 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, Va. Eleven debutantes competed

and Ara Ruth Synder won the coveted crown of Miss Cotillion 2013 with Brittany Hays being the first attendant and Jasmine Henderson the second attendant. Undreya Huggar was voted Miss


The Debutantes: Ara Snyder, Shalynn Day, Nyarika Penick, DaMara Kemp, Jordan Camp, Undreya Hugger, Syrena Bracey, Katelynn Woodard, Kayla Graham, Brittany Hayes and Jasmine Henderson

Starr Garrett, Ara Snyder, Miss Cotillion 2013 and Taylor Moon, Miss Cotillion 2008 The fathers of the debutantes

Congeniality. Family and friends, all in formal and semi-formal attire, who came out to lend their support, made the cotillion a real sparkling event. The debutantes and their escorts wrapped the evening up with line dancing in their flowing gowns.

Photos by Rob Roberts

Debutantes in their circle

Breanna Gray, Miss Cotillion 2007; Olivia Green, Miss Cotillion 2012; Eric Green, Monie Green, Asha Follins and Sharon Smith

Father/daughter dance

Lafrances Williams (standing), gave the welcome, Robin Mazyck(seated, left), gave the Official Charge to the Debutantes and Michelle Jones, Chapter President

Debutantes being presented

The Escorts: Mylik Cason, Darrien Dantzler, Kellen Blake, Joseph Mitchell III, Khaamal Whitaker, Nicholas Grant, Alvin McLeod, Daniel king, Jalani Hunter and Darius Manora

Dancing the waltz

The fathers of the debutantes

Presentation of the debutantes by Melanie Henderson

Hazel Cameron, chairman, board of directors, the Ivy Foundation and Michelle Jones, president, Zeta Chi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Cadets from the Howard University Bison Battalion were recognized for their exceptional and sustained performance of duty at the 2013 Army ROTC Military Ball on April 20 at the Crystal City Hilton, Arlington, Va. Under the leadership of Lt. Col. Tyra Sellers, Professor of Military Science/Department Chair, the affair provided a memorable occasion for the cadets to Col.(Ret.) James Minor, Lt. Col. Tyra Sellers, be formally presented with Citations, Certificates Cadet Terrance Williams and Kensy Perdue and Awards for their achievements during the current school year. Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, Commander, 20th Support Command was the honored guest speaker and cadets Cox and Marshall served as the emcees. After a bountiful dinner, Presentation of the Colors the cadets celebrated Sgt. 1st Class Neil Crittenden, Capt. Tanika Macias, on the dance floor, line Master Sgt. Micheal Gunn; Lt. Col. Sellers, Battalion stepping to the groovy Commander/Professor of Military Science at the podium sounds of the DJ. We would like to salute Lt. Col. Sellers as she prepares to move a new duty station this summer… Master Sgt. Reginald and Roxanne Mill Warrior well done!

Cadets: Assia Richardson, Asya Tucker, Jasmine Smith, Shanice Cumbee, Lesley Green and Whitney Green

Captains Tyreese Brown, Dionne Drayton, LuRonnda lane and 1Lt. Jasmyn Morgan

and Master Sgt. Micheal and Camella Guynn

Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith greets Col. (Ret.) Dorene Hunt and her husband Maj. Gen.(Ret.) George Alexander Recipients of the Dean’s List Certificate

Shirley Bryant and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert C. Gaskill, Sr.

Maj. Gen. Leslie and Vanedra Smith enters the banquet hall

Maj. Gen. Smith presents the Superior Cadet Decoration Award to Cadet Courtney Gains

Cadets Cumbee, Mosley, Mingo, Brown; seated: Cadets Longmore, Tsarni and Hale

Recipients of the Color Guard Certificate Cadets James Cox and Kendra Marshall, Master’s of Ceremony

Even Cadets can do the “Wobble”

Photos by Rob Roberts

Seated: Darion Griffin, Thomas Griffin, Tomeka Bumbry and Kimberly; Standing: Annatte Champion, Taylor Scott, Carol Gibson, Taylor Gresham, Debutante Syrena Bracey, Scott Bracey, Regina Bracey and Wayne Bumbry

Cotillion committee members: Jacqueline Roundtree, DeChane Dorsey and Bonnie Jones-Moon

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