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June 21, 2014 - June 27, 2014, The Afro-American


Bert Hash, president and CEO of MECU received the Community Investor Award

Dr. Marco K. Merrick and Catalina Byrd

Power couples Michael and Erica Cryor, Sharon and Calvin Butler Jr.


ssociated Black Charities held its annual unmasked Gala June 14 to recognize community leaders in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The gala was held at Martin’s West on Dogwood Road. Calvin Butler, CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric Company along with Michael E. Cryor, president of the Cryor Group, LLC; Thomas LaVeist, director at John Hopkins University; and Angela Celestin, managing director of Human Resources at OneMain Financial were honored as Icons. John Bugg, an agent with State Farm Insurance Company was honored as an Emerging Leader. MECU and Wells Fargo received the Community Investor Award and Whiting-Turner received the Willard/Hackerman Legacy Award. Chineta Davis, retired vice president of Northrop Grumman chaired the event. Meteorologist and News Anchor Tim Williams was the Master of Diane Bell-McKoy, president Ceremonies.

Trena Brown, Dwight and Aileen Taylor

and CEO of ABC

Adrienne A. Jones, Maryland State Delegate, Jeanne Hitchcock, Doris Duren

Dr. Carlessie A. Hussell, Monica S. Sydnor, Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Kelly Fur, Martha Gay, Donna Robinson, Lanise Stevenson

The halls and banquet floor were crowded with partygoers dancing to the latest sounds from the Panama Band

Jeff and Beneak Hargrove, Marcine and Jim Britton Diane and Frank Hocker

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Photos by A. Lois DeLaine

T Men Who Cook

AFRO Community and Public Relations Manager Diane Hocker and AFRO Publisher Jake Oliver

Photos by J. D. Howard he Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women hosted its annual Gourmet Chefs of Distinction “Men Who Cook” benefit May 18 at Martin’s West on Dogwood Road. Approximately 100 chefs served a varied selection of cuisines to guests. The Coalition is a non-profit organization that focuses on Dr. Thelma P. Daley, Chairperson leadership development, mentoring, health, and the educational, political, and economic life of the community.

Chef Marcel Murphy decorates his cupcakes

Calvin D. Robinson and granddaughter London

Chef’s procession

Judge Melissa K. Copeland, Lt. Governor Brown and Dr. Thelma Daley

Chef Karl Knight serves Wanda Watts Swiss Steak

Chef Vincent Bradley and son Sean Bradley serves grilled vegetables to Virgie Williams

Chef Rick Lang, Laura Knight, Lt. Governor Brown and Janet Hall

Wanda Martin and Chef Steven Martin

Juliet Handy, Curlie Jones, Chef Wayne Boddie and Karen Boddie

Ashlyn Hocker and AFRO Publisher Jake Oliver

Ralph Askins serves Seafood Pasta to guests

Chefs Gregory Smith Sr., Brian Neal and Gregg Holland

June 21, 2014 - June 27, 2014, The Afro-American

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) of Northern Virginia (NOVA) honored high school seniors from across Northern Virginia at its 25th Annual Black Scholars Award Jeryl Payne, Program May 18 at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. The program is a collaborative president of effort of the nine historically Black, international, Greek-lettered fraternities and NOVA NPHC sororities based in NOVA. During the 25 years, over 5,000 African-American students have been highlighted at this program with proud parents, family members, supporters, and school administrators in the audience. Jimmi and Barney Barnwell, architects of the program, urge students to, “always strive to excel not to equal.” The program showcases scholarship recipients as they go on to higher education. Graduating seniors came from eighteen Keynote speaker NOVA high schools. The current NPHC-NOVA president, Jeryl Payne, Norman led this year’s celebration. Jones III

Charge to Honorees by Amir Hobson

Edison High School students Recipients of Academic Achievements Awards: Brandyn Munford and Chloe Morton

Charles Parker, granddaughter Kamara Anais Parker, and her father Charles F. Parker Jr.

Denise Boamah; Dr. Deborah Foreman; Anthony Murphy; Jeryl Payne, president, NOVA NPHC; and Shawn Pressley, emcee

Dr. Deborah Foreman

Reginald Parker; Kendra Gillespie; Shayna Jamison, Miss Black Virginia USA; and Antoinette Mann


Members of the NOVA NPHC

Gar-Field High School students: Isaiah Wright, Jordan Williams, Terez Newman, and Malcolm McCoy

Osbourn High School seniors: Tiaira Perkins, Stephanie Osafo, Ciarra Crowe, and Jordan Banks

Greek leaders: Warren Green (Kappa), Rodney Wyche (Omega), Reggie Parker (Omega), Moultrie Glover (Sigma), Marguerite Taylor (AKA), Kevin Liggett (Alpha), Patricia BeltonBates (Zeta) , Darryl Sharp Jr. (Alpha), Monica Leak (Zeta), Tony Liggett (Alpha), Cedric Howard (Iota), and Ronnie Wyche (Omega)

Jimmi Barnwell, Norman Jones III, Amir Hobson, Chiquita King, Lisa McCormick, and Charles Parker

Ronald McDonald meeting guests attending the Gospel Concert

Photos by Rob Roberts

Erica Campbell and Kurt Carr

Over the past eight years, the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour (ICGT) has become one of the most recognized gospel musical productions in the country. It rolled into the DC Metro Area with a stop at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Md. McDonald’s, the signature sponsor, presented four-time Grammy Award winner

Erica Campbell as the performing Gospel singer host, along with Uncle Reese Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers, Gospel Hip-Hop singer Uncle Reese, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy, the Mississippi Mass Choir, organist extraordinaire Moses Tyson Jr., and co-host, comedian Jonathan Slocumb. The gospel artists performed for a packed audience as they swayed back and forth, clapped their

Karen Torres (seated), executive director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C.; Kara Griffin, Dr. Pepper executive; Mosie “Mama” Burks, Mississippi Mass Choir; Mary Navies, McDonald’s owner/operator; Jonathan Slocumb (standing), comedian; Jerome Navies, McDonald’s owner/operator; Lonnie Hunter, Praise 104.1; Isaac Green, McDonald’s owner/operator; Hoyett Owens, executive producer, ICGT/ Faith-Based Communications; gospel singer Kurt Carr; and organist Moses Tyson Jr. Mary Navies and emcee Lonnie Hunter

hands and stomped their feet while listening to the glory-filled songs. The musical presentations reflected the diversity in gospel music today; from traditional to urban/contemporary to ole skool to Hip-Hop. The tour raises much-needed funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Lonnie Hunter of Praise 104.1 served as the guest emcee.

Mosie “Mama” Burks and the Mississippi Mass Choir performs

Anthony Brown and Group Therapy

Latrina Antoine, award winning gospel singer; Erica Campbell (of Mary, Mary); and Edgar Brookins


Jonathan Slocumb, Gospel singer Byron Cage and Hoyett Owens

Kurt Carr Singers with the Mississippi Mass Choir in the background Lonnie Hunter and Karen Torres invite a young lady from the audience to sing (far left)

Photos by Rob Roberts

June 14, 2014 - June 20, 2014, The Afro-American

From left, Dr. DeVance Walker Jr., Debbie Tijani, Chandra Walker Holloway; Douglas Dillon accepting award on behalf of B. Doyle Mitchell Jr. and Patricia Mitchell of Industrial Bank; PVAC Fund member Joel Parker, Debra Thomas

Shani Waugh, chapter member Sheila Ogilvie, award recipient Patricia Randolph, Ph.D., chapter members Shirley Miller and Erma Withers, Yvonne Chaney-Harrison

From left, Vonda Kemp, chair of Economic Development Committee; Sol Graham, Quality Biological, Inc.; Debbie Tijani, chair of Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter Fund; Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen; Debra Thomas, president of Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Music selection rendered by Young Entrepreneurs Grant/ Scholarship recipient, Chelsey Green of The Green Project

The Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter (PVAC) Fund hosted the Fourth Annual Minerva Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony and Networking Reception April 30 at the VisArts Center in Rockville, Md. The event was well attended by guests from the surrounding metro area, including Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Cheri Branson; Congressman Chris Van Hollen’s representative, Danielle Perry; Congressman John Delaney’s representative, Kevin Mack; and Dr. DeVance Walker, Jr., Manager of Small Business Services of Montgomery County Department of Economic Development. Named for Minerva, the Roman goddess of commerce, wisdom, and skill, the Entrepreneurship Awards honor African-American owned businesses operating within Montgomery County, and other businesses that empower the African-American community. The 2014 Award recipients were: Patricia Randolph, Ph.D., Community Audiology Services (Sisterhood Business Award); B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr. and Patricia Mitchell, Industrial Bank (Empowerment Award) which Douglas Dillon accepted on their behalf; John Stephenson, Inspiring Minds, LLC (Small Business Award); Kelly Leonard, Taylor Leonard Corporation (Woman Owned Business Award); Jason Miskiri, The Society Restaurant and Lounge (New Business Award); and Marjorie Ann Goode, Start Early: College & Career Planning Service (Micro Business Award). Recipients of the 2014 Young Entrepreneurs Grant/Scholarship were: Brennan Gerald, Dffrnt Wrld and Chelsey Green, The Green Project, both second year awardees, as well as Travis Mitchell, Venture U, a first year recipient; first time awardee Joshua Sommerville, His W.I.L.; and second year awardee Chyna Jones, Chyna’s Doll House will be honored at the PVAC End of the Year Luncheon, June 14 at the Rockville Hilton. The 2014 Young Entrepreneurs Grants/Scholarships are funded by the following corporate named scholarship donations: Eugene Profit, Profit Investment Management; Sol Graham, Quality Biologica; David and Suzanne Hillman, Southern Management Corporation’s Hillman Family Foundation; Sweet Sensations by Shirley; Hope Brown, Charlotte Elizabeth Yancey Eights Charitable Trust; and Mayor Jeffrey Slavin, Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation. Additional corporate sponsors include Knowlton Atterbeary, KRA Corporation and Marcus Johnson, FLO Brands.

By White House Blogger Eric Waldo Special to the Afro As honorary chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), first lady Michelle Obama

2014 Minerva Entrepreneurship Award Recipients: From left, Patricia Randolph, Ph.D., Douglas Dillon accepting award on behalf of B. Doyle Mitchell Jr. and Patricia Mitchell of Industrial Bank, Kelly Leonard, Marjorie Ann Goode, John Stephenson, Jason Miskiri

2014 Young Entrepreneurs Grant/Scholarship Recipients along with Corporate Donors: From left, Adenia Bradley representing Southern Management Corporation’s Hillman Family Foundation; award recipient Travis Mitchell; award recipient Chelsey Green, Sol Graham of Quality Biological, Inc., award recipient Brennan Gerald and Hope Brown of Charlotte Elizabeth Yancey Eights Charitable Trust

Members of Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority with member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Patricia Randolph, Ph.D., center

From left, Dr. DeVance Walker Jr., Montgomery County Department of Economic Development; Debbie Tijani, Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter Fund Chair; award presenter Sheila Shears; award recipient Patricia Randolph, Ph.D; PVAC Fund member Shirley Miller; Debra Thomas, president of Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

From left, committee members, Amanda Wilson and Janis Nix, 2013 Minerva Entrepreneurship Award recipient; Marcus Johnson of FLO Brands, committee members, Monica Talley, Pamela Byrd, and Mildred Bell


FLO Brands Wine Tasting: 2013 award recipient Marcus Johnson of FLO Brands; Debra Plummer, 2013 award recipient; and Greg Plummer of Plum’s Hair Gallery

Guests from the surrounding metro areas to honor AfricanAmerican owned businesses operating within Montgomery County, Md.

Members of Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority along with Krista Bradley, executive director of BlackRock Center for the Arts, center Photos by Rob Roberts

troubled schools. We know the arts inspire young people to reach higher and that students involved in the arts do better in school and are more likely to enroll and complete college. The Turnaround Arts program has been so successful in these difficult to serve communities that it will quadruple in size. This fall the program will add 35 schools in 11 states, ultimately serving over 10,000 students. The talent show had something for everyone. Elementary school students from Oregon shared the stage for a song and dance with arts enthusiast and actress Sarah Jessica Parker; middle schoolers banged away on giant xylophones to Caribbean beats; award-winning actress Alfre Woodard shared the stage with student musicians from New Orleans with a spoken word and music performance about life after Katrina; and elementary school students from Boston danced and sang to “Wake Me Up!” by Avicii, all to the audience’s delight. If the show was any indication, the talent coming out of these schools will make for a hot ticket for years to come.

welcomed student performers from across the country as they took the stage in the East Room for the first-ever White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show. This wasn’t just any talent show. These performances were part of a larger administration effort to leverage art, artists, and significant Department of Education resources to turnaround the nation’s worst performing schools. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities partnered with the Department of Education’s School Turnaround program to bring the arts to some of our most

Students from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Portland, Ore. perform with actress Jessica Sarah Parker.

First Lady Michelle Obama welcoming all of the guests

Celebrity artists Jessica Sarah Parker and Alfre Woodard

Actress, producer, writer, and political activist Alfre Woodard makes an introduction The president extends words of ‘thanks’ to the first lady for hosting the talent show

The Lame Deer Junior High School performance from Lame Deer, Mont with Chritina Pato on Bagpipes; Shane Shanahan on drums, and celebrity artist Damian Woetzel Washington, D.C.’s Savoy Elementary school

Performance by The Orchard Gardens K-8 pilot School from Boston, Mass. Alfre Woodard (far left) with the ReNew Cultural arts Academy, New Orleans, La.

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama mingling with the students

John Lloyd Young (far right), an actor/singer performing with The Noel Community Arts School from Denver, Colo.

The first lady jamming with the students Photos by Rob Roberts

June 14, 2014 - June 20, 2014, The Afro-American


Sgt. Wendell McKoy drills the participants Tony Baysmore (Office Of Balto. Co. Exec.), Michael Thompson and Officer Dermetrius Luck

Marcus Jennings and son Trey Jennings

Dr. Shields gives a demo to students

Lawrence Williams, CEO of Caring For Young Minds

The Caring for Young Minds Foundation hosted its fourth annual Father & Son Breakfast on May 17 at Randallstown High School. The event included guests speakers and workshops designed to strengthen fatherson relationships.

PTA Rep. Alex Hill and daughter Alexandria Hill

Susan Ellerbee, SADD advisor, Keishon Patrick, Perry Beachum, Taylor Cobb and Elijah Baird

Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields holds two of his books

Walter Bland The Sons Academy

Photos by Anderson R. Ward

Antwan Hawkins Jr. and Antwan Hawkins Sr.

Workshop Leaders

The Neptune Yacht Club hosted its annual Flag Raising ceremony on May 18 at the Anchorage Marina in Baltimore. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings served as the guest speaker. The event, which highlighted the organization’s 60th anniversary, signals the official opening of the boating season. In addition to serving as a conduit for introducing and increasing the exposure of African-Americans to Capt. David Cousin boating, the club has and Ann Cousin remained involved with supporting a host of community activities and contributing to Capt. Michael Blackstone, Capt. Billy Davis, Capt. numerous charities and Tyler Tyson scholarship funds.

Bishop Thomas Kelly, Restoration Agape’ Capt. Jean Lockett, first female Commodore, Capt. Family Life Ministries gives the invocation Pamelia Butler, past Commodore of Neptune Yacht, first African American Commodore of Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club Association

Color Guard Junior R.O.T.C. Howard High School, Ellicott City, Md.

Members of The Neptune Yacht Club

Tina Queen, athletic director, Frederick Douglass Academy, Deasia Ellis

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings was the guest speaker

Captains Martha Bradford, Norma Ford, Bea Lomax

Even Gabriel Ealey loves boating Photos by A. Lois De Laine

Karen Watkins-Freddie, Earl Frddie, Anne Cousin, Monica Watkins

Captain Marshall Brown, Rear Commondore, Alvin Hemphill, Fleet Captain

Commodore Cousin presents Certificate of Appreciation to Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell

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