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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDITION

Volume 121 No. 14

NOVEMBER 10, 2012 - NOVEMBER 16, 2012

A7 Election 2012: An Electorate Divided by Race

America’s Choice

A4 Election Day Photos

A8 87-YearOld D.C. Resident Votes for Her 12th President

A9 Looking Beyond the Election

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The Nation Reaffirms President Obama

Black Expectations for Second Term

By Avis Thomas-Lester AFRO Executive Editor

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. That’s the item at the top of the Black political agenda for the next four years. Throughout the recent recession African Americans have outpaced other groups in joblessness. The most recent data show that, while the general unemployment rate continued to decrease, reaching 7.9 percent in October, Black unemployment jumped to 14.3 percent. Reducing foreclosures in the Black community and addressing persistent disparities in the justice system are also some key issues that require attention. But political analysts and African-American leaders are divided on the possible fate of the Black agenda under another four years of the Obama administration.

President Obama, the nation’s first AfricanAmerican commander-inchief, won re-election on Nov. 6 from an electorate that had been battered by one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in recent history. As he stood before a crowd of 10,000 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Lakeside Continued on A8

“Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward.” —President Obama

By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO

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Months after his death from lung cancer on July 25 at age 74, the body of sitcom actor Sherman Hemsley has yet to be buried. The popular sitcom icon’s remains are currently locked away inside the San Jose Funeral Home in El Paso, Texas, where a refrigerator is keeping the actor’s body cold until a court settles disputes over who truly has rights to the body and assets. Hemsley signed a will on June 13 leaving all of his possessions to Flora Enchinton, who said she has known the actor for 20 Sherman Hemsley with co-stars years and lived with him from “The Jeffersons” for the last 10 years. Plans for Enchinton to have custody of the body were placed on hold when Richard Thornton, a Philadelphia man claiming to be the star’s brother, began to challenge the document. Funeral directors are waiting for a judge’s decision before taking any action involving Hemsley’s body. Hemsley is remembered for his classic roles on popular 1970s sitcoms such as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” where he played sarcastic business owner, George Jefferson.

Rwandan Opposition Leader Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison Rwanda’s highest court recently sentenced opposition politician Victorie Ingabrie to eight years in prison on charges connected to that country’s 1994 genocide. Ingabrie was charged with six offenses: creating an armed group, complicity in terrorist acts, complicity in endangering the state through terrorism and armed violence, divisionism, genocide ideology, and spreading rumors intended to incite the public to rise up against the state. Critics viewed the case as an important test of the current limits of democracy in the African

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country and the tolerance of President Paul Kagame for opposing political parties. “The prosecution of Ingabire for ‘genocide ideology’ and divisionism illustrates the Rwandan government’s unwillingness to tolerate criticism and to accept the role of opposition parties in a democratic society,” Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, told allAfrica.com. “The courts should not be used for such political purposes.” Ingabrie was accused of transferring money to Hutu rebels and of questioning why no Hutu victims were mentioned alongside Tutsi victims in a genocide memorial. More than 800,000 people were killed in the country when government and ethnic militias went on a 100-day killing spree in 1994. Ingabrie pleaded not guilty in the trial, alongside four codefendants, Vital Uwumuremyi, Jean-Marie Vianney Karuta, Tharcisse Nditurende, and Noel Habiyaremye, who were all members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, an armed group operating in the Congo which played a role in the genocide. Uwumuremyi was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, Nditurende and Habiyaremye to three years and six months each, and Karuta to two years and seven months.

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November 10, 2012 2012, The Afro-American November 1, 2008- -November November 7,16, 2008, The Washington Afro-AmericanA3 A3

Jennifer Hudson Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew Electoral Voteand Map By Alan (as of 8 King p.m. Nov. 7, 2012) sport-utility vehicle sought in

from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Jennifer Hudson and other NH ME Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace relatives positively identified VT multiple times in the back seat WA MAblog, she thanked fans and supof the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and MTtered to Hudson’s murdered ND offered a $100,000 reward to MN brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy RI NY boy’s body inside and is being alive. OR CT Since the investigation, processed by evidence techniWI ID MI cians and workers.SD The body Hudson – who gained stardom WY was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American PA NJ the Cook County Medical DE Idol,” and then won an IA Examiner’s office. Academy Award for her role in OH Hudson and otherNE family the movie Dreamgirls – has MD IL IN NV members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. WVA VA UT CO Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportDC Julian noon to identify the body.KS ed that a parade of cars moved MOKing, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. CA Given the choice between lookslowly past her family’s home KYoffice A spokesman for the the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the ing directly at the body or told the newspaper that Hudson jailNC for parole violation after viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curiTN ous onlookers. OK Courtesy AZ Photos AR SC Neighbors stood Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who NM AL quietly and GA MS was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. reflected on the “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted video screen, the family chose violence. TX ly” and murder and vehicular hijackLAwas clearly its leader. plate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the In front of the Hudson’s the body of her 7-year-old “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just hours ly,” the spokesman said. “It thatFL* he pleaded guilty to both police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to after his body was found in a was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses barAK moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the HI grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his*state and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King uncle, undecided The boy missing asremained of 8 p.m., Nov. 7, 2012 have to stick together. All these trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale election officials. Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – Avenue. long and deep. He taught classes were doing those things without Associated Community An Amber Alert – a desigACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing Organization for Reform Now – him for President. sion, were fired. confirms the success of the children – was issued Friday But now ACORN is in trouble. “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the after Julian was discovered Reporter: There are at least faced so far shows they faked group says. missing after the murders. 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Police arrested William country involving thousands of didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve Balfour, the missing boy’s stepboxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of father and estranged husband forms. victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voter tor of it. with the AFRO. Southside apartment several fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had Balfour’s mother, Michele, has selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had registered 1.3 million new votagrees. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say nothing to do with the slayings. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way SQUARE HIGH ACORN operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetratrely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in this country, ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” being registered and those doing organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan the registration. offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims to NOT ON THE LIST BREAD Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayed. LEFT RIGHT istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, “Because it’s lowAP Photos to note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, Supporters cheer A caller to one office left a at the end of President and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first (above) Obama’s remarks during an election night party, brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. machine, “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote early Nov.saying: 7, in Chicago. The McCain camp apparently (left) calling to let you Obama know thatwith first lady Michelle Democratic, which is not necesPresident isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to getMalia and Sasha. sarily true.” Obama and daughters points, preferring to air mislead- (top hung. He’s aA(expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to right) boy sleeps during the election night ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. party. (right) President Obama For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social his political support. 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 1 BANANA eys, they’re going to get assassiAnnouncer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 memObama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” 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) its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. come 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 What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital and baseless as this one. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Before age five, every room is a classroom. 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 Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, bills for them. I’m not gonna do The same types of loans that sive voter registration fraud after and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC it. You guys are lowlifes. And I caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca hope you all die.” in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse con Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young Hurd thinks the hate calls will children for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ cease soon. “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. It’s filled “In two weeks, I think these with all kinds of simple, everyday things you can do to help a child attacks will be over. But I think it learn. Together, we can work with our communities so an entire will be harder for us to get our generation won’t just grow up... but grow up great. 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: To find out more, go to pncgrowupgreat.com Baltimore - 1 Year - $40.00 (Price includes tax.) Checks for subscriptions should be made But ACORN will not be or call 1-877-PNC-GROW. payable to: The Afro-American Newspaper Company, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD deterred. 21218-4602. 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Photos by Valencia Mohammed, Alexis Taylor and Howard University News Service

Lines outside the Poll at Bannecker Recreation Center on Georgia Ave in NW D.C. Latrese Ford, 34, unemployed mother of five, calls some friends to vote. She wants a job in childcare. “I feel confident that President Obama will be reelected. The lies that we heard from Mitt Romney were unbelievable!”

Obama supporters celebrate the president’s victory on U Street.

Dedicated voters brave long lines and waiting times to cast their votes at the polls on Election Day in Hyattsville.

Charles Brooks, 62, stood in line for two hours to vote using paper ballot at Precinct 119 in southeast DC. “I thought if I came early there wouldn’t be a crowd. I chose to use the paper ballot because there was only one electronic voting machine. But I wasn’t going to miss this for nothing.” The Greenmount West community used garden tools at the corner of Greenmount and North Avenue to encourage voting.

Students at Howard University celebrate the Obama re-election with cheers, screams and dancing at the Howard University Blackburn Student Center.

Three generations of voters exit the poll at Union Temple Baptist Church in Ward 8. Christina Berrios, 47, left, Andrew Campbell, 25, Mary Berrios, 73 and Julia Campbell, 50 say they were proud to cast their votes for President Obama. “We felt it was our duty,” the group said.

Lines inside the Herring Run Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library were moderate, as voters decided on local issues. 

Voters were glued to the screens inside the watch party held at M&T Bank Stadium in Downtown Baltimore...

Supporters waited for results at Morgan State University’s Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center.

... and celebrated well into the night after newscasts announced President Barack H. Obama as winner of the 2012 general election.

Aside from voting for president of the United States, Baltimoreans also voted for appellate court judges, Congressman, and U.S. Senators.

Residents of a nearby senior living complex received special treatment at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Downtown Baltimore, where roughly 100 people waited in line to vote on Nov. 6.

Baltimore supporters of Question Six hand out flyers on the corner of Greenmount and 32nd Street outside of the Engine 31 firehouse.

Radio talk show host and author, Michael Baisden, signed autographs while hosting the watch party inside James H. and Louise Hayley Gilliam Concert Hall, the 2,000-seat auditorium of Morgan State University’s Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center.

“It feels good to vote. If my man wins, it’ll feel even better,” said Marion Elizabeth Gibson, 81, of Baltimore. “It’s been something I thought I’d never see.”


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Prince George’s Approves Same-Sex Marriage and National Harbor Casino By Teria Rogers Special to the AFRO Voters in Prince George’s County narrowly approved casino gambling and same-sex marriage on an election day that started out with long lines but ended with a bang. According to the Board of Elections, nearly 350,000 voted in Prince George’s County in this election cycle—almost 70,000 during early voting. Prince George’s County Council Chair Andrea Harrison, who voted at Charles Flowers High School in Springdale, was excited about the voter turnout. “At my particular precinct the line is very long but my understanding is that turnout is good everywhere,” Harrison said. Long lines aside, much of the discussion focused on ballot questions on expanding gambling in Maryland and approving same-sex marriage. Question 7, which would allow a casino to be built at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, narrowly passed in the state with 52% of the vote, although Prince Georgians approved it at a slightly higher rate of 59%. The measure green lighted an $800 million dollar resort-style casino which is projected to create 12,000 jobs and contribute $200 million a year of revenue to state education funding. “I voted for Question 7 because I do believe that it’s going to bring jobs here,” said Lorraine Baker, an Upper Marlboro resident and mother of nine. “I have seven sons and they’re adults. They have jobs but they could use better jobs.”

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The president, facing criticism for failing to reverse black unemployment during his first term, stressed that he serves the entire nation, not just Black residents. “I can’t pass laws that say I’m just helping Black folks. I’m the president of the United States,” the president said in a Dec. 21, 2010 interview with American Urban Radio Networks. “What I can do is make sure that I am passing laws that help all people, particularly those who are most vulnerable and most in need. That in turn is going to help lift up the African-American community.” But the rising-tide-lifts-all-boats approach to public policy stuck in the craw of some who questioned the president’s commitment to the Black community then and continue to question it now. The pressure for progressive leadership will only increase when Obama is confronted with filling at least one expected vacancy on the Supreme Court with the anticipated retirement of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. “I don’t think he has a big desire to fight for Black people,” said Michael Fauntroy, an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University and a frequent critic of President Obama. “He talks about women’s issues, for example, he boasts about passing the Lilly Ledbetter Act and how it benefits women; he talks about gay marriage and other gay rights issues, but where is something like that for Black people?” But, Fauntroy said, he doesn’t expect fireworks under a second Obama administration. “He will not be more outspoken on Black issues because one, it’s not in his nature; and two, Black people are not going to push him to. Black leaders have been hesitant to be critical of the president…[and] most people (African Americans) are just happy to have a Black president. Unless he kicks Michelle out of the house and starts dating Kim Kardashian, Black people aren’t going to make much of a fuss.” Some Black leaders are upbeat about the prospects of a second Obama administration. “His administration has done an extraordinary job of doing the heavy lifting as it regards our agenda,” said Hilary Shelton, Washington bureau director and senior vice president for policy and advocacy of the NAACP. “He did a yeoman’s job of raising our issues and moving them forward even if he did not label them as ‘Black’ issues. “If I was going to be critical of the administration,” Shelton added, “…it would be about their failure to talk about what they’ve accomplished. They have not done a good job of letting the African-American community know what has been done for them.” Among those victories, Shelton said, was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a measure aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women. Another early victory was enactment of a bill to extend coverage of the States’ Children’s Health Insurance Program at a time when 30 percent of Black children were without health insurance. And, a tough battle over the Affordable Care Act signaled the president’s commitment to help vulnerable populations, including the Black community. The legislation, labeled Obamacare by his critics, included provisions to close the racial disparity in health care, made health insurance more affordable for millions of uninsured African Americans, and provides free preventive care among other gains. In education, the president also fought for and won increases in Pell Grants—necessary resources for many African-American students—doubling the number of college students receiving the award; provided millions in funding to historically Black colleges and universities and introduced Race to the Top grants, an initiative to foster positive outcomes in K-12 education. “He’s focused on those areas that have a disproportionate impact on African Americans in terms of positive policy,” agreed Lorenzo Morris, a political analyst at Howard University. Listing policies such as the bailout of the auto industry—manufacturing is a key economic engine of the Black middle-class— and funding to maintain public service jobs, Morris added, “These are things that would not have happened under a comparable Republican president.” In a second term, Obama would be free to set more aggressive policy goals in health care, job creation and higher taxes on high-income groups. But he’s not the only one who has to be more assertive, he added. “I would like to see more pressure on Obama from the Left,” Morris, a Howard University professor, said. “They have been silent while the Tea Party has romped through the media. “There has been no clear articulation of a Black or even a progressive agenda and Black leaders must bring those agenda items forward and fight for them.”

Alex Bing of Bowie said he voted against Question 7. “It’s goers outside for a fireworks display to celebrate the approval moral issue,” he said. of Question 7. Lyric Hawkins, of Upper Marlboro, a business owner, said Prince George’s voters on Nov. 6 also approved ballot she voted no on 7 because she’s “not certain the money will go Question 6, which was also referred to as the same-sex marriage to the schools.” referendum. The measure allows same-sex couples to legally As the last voters headed to voting machines to cast their marry and won narrowly in the state with 51.9%. Similar ballots, about 100 people gathered measures also passed in Maine and for a Question 7 victory party Washington state. Previously six Election Results in Maryland in the Sunset Room at National states and the District of Columbia Harbor. Prince George’s County allowed same sex marriage. Number of Votes % of Vote President Executive Rushern L. Baker III, “I voted for Question 6 because Barack Obama 1,529,084 61.5% Del. Jay Walker (D-District 26) and I’m a lesbian.” Said Kierra Johnson, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown mingled 20, of Largo. Senate with officials from MGM Grand of Another supporter, Carla Lomax Benjamin Cardin 1,336,886 55.2% Detroit, which will build the casino. of Bowie, 50, said for her Question Also in attendance were former 6 “is not about homosexuality but House of Representatives County Executive Wayne K. Curry about fairness.” Third District and National Harbor developer Lyric Hawkins also voted against John Sarbanes 196,164 66.5% Milton V. Peterson. the same-sex marriage measure. “Prince George’s County, you “I have plenty of gay friends and Fourth District made us proud tonight,” Baker said. I have no problem with that, I just Donna Edwards 220,390 76% “The money from this is going to don’t think it should be legal,” she education, going to fix [Route] 210, said. Seventh District going to healthcare and jobs, and Mike Williams of Mitchellville Elijah Cummings 227,877 76.3% jobs, and jobs and jobs.” said that he is a member of First The night literally ended with a Baptist Church of Glenarden so he SOURCE: Maryland State Board of Elections bang, as Baker ushered all the party “voted no on Question 6.”

White Challenger Vs. Black Incumbent

Election 2012: An Electorate Divided by Race By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO The role of race in President Obama’s re-election is difficult to pin down, political analysts say, although national exit polls suggest a divided electorate. “Race is a factor, but it was a complicated series of factors that he had to use to get to this victory,” said Dianne Pinderhughes, a professor of political science and Africana studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. The president was able to retain among his core of support the embrace of women (55-44 percent voted for Obama over Romney) and 18-29-year olds (60-37 percent preferred Obama). But, arguably, it was racial/ethnic demography that won the day for Obama. According to the 2010 Census, not only is the percentage of non-Whites in the U.S. population increasing, but minorities mostly accounted for the surge in voters in 2008 and were expected to match that turnout this year. In the 2008 presidential election, there were 5 million more voters, comprising 2 million Blacks, 2 million Hispanics and 600,000 Asians, while the percentage of White voters remained statistically unchanged. “The White population is getting smaller, while the so-called minority groups are getting larger, especially in swing states and that allowed for the Democratic Party to put together a strategy that made it harder for them to lose,” Pinderhughes said. “The Obama campaign built as broad a base as possible across the country and built an electoral coalition that took the very multicultural population into account and didn’t prioritize any one group.” That approach seemed to gain Obama overwhelming support from African Americans, Hispanics and Asians, who exceeded turnout expectations and returned him to the White House. According to exit polls, Obama garnered 93 percent of the Black vote (13 percent of voters), 71 percent of the Latino vote (10 percent of voters) and 74 percent of the Asian-American vote. “In Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio…it was very clear that the Black community was the deciding factor in the outcome,” said Benjamin Jealous, president/CEO of the NAACP. “People kept telling us how unenthusiastic we were but we knew better. The Black community was decisive and we turned out in every place that mattered.” That impressive turnout—among Blacks and other minorities—was to some degree influenced by adverse race relations, political analysts said. “There was a very racialized

climate around Obama’s 2008 candidacy that bled into his presidency,” said Robert Smith, professor of political science at San Francisco State University. So, Black voters were impelled by “this sense of racial solidarity, of rallying behind a ‘brotha’ who is under attack.” For Hispanics, racism played a role, too. “The Republicans have been so persistent about driving minorities away, talking in racist ways about minorities or speaking in hostility about the issues that concern them such as immigration,” Pinderhughes said. Pre-election polls showed that racist attitudes toward African Americans and Hispanics had increased during President Obama’s first term and signalled a resentment among Whites that could cost him White votes. That prediction seemed to be borne out in the exit polls. Obama did less well among White voters, winning only 39 percent compared to Mitt Romney’s 59 percent support among that group.

“There was also a sense among Blacks that Obama did a reasonably good job under difficult circumstances,” Smith, the Californiabased analyst, said. Obama’s health care reform bill, the economic stimulus, the auto industry bailout, Wall Street financial industry reform, education initiatives, reduction in the disparity of criminal justice penalties between Blacks and White and the Obama administration’s civil rights policies all benefitted the Black community in ways that were not likely under a Republican president, political analysts agreed. Similar considerations influenced Hispanic voters. Though President Obama did not keep his 2008 campaign promise to pursue immigration reform—and in fact his administration oversaw a significant number of deportations—he redeemed himself with his support of the Dream Act. And, ultimately, he seemed to be the better choice given the rampant antiHispanic sentiments within the increasingly insular GOP. “Latinos were disillusioned with Obama but absolutely terrified of a Mitt Romney,” said CNN contributor Ana Navarro. Pinderhughes, the Notre Dame professor, elaborated: “The policies that Mitt Romney and the Republican Party of this era have pursued do not reflect the full complexity of American life and a — Dianne Pinderhughes, look at the (GOP’s election University of Notre Dame in Indiana night) crowd in Boston confirmed that. It was a very homogenous crowd. “[But] you can’t govern by White-majority rule.” Overall, voters’ But that’s not necessarily a sign of interests seemed to overshadow race in degenerating race relations, Jealous their choice. For many voters, it came said. down to the candidate whom they felt “When I think about the country best represented them. I was born in 40 percent of Whites According to exit polls, voters voting for a Black president is not continued to blame the Bush insignificant,” the civil rights leader administration for their economic said. He added, “I think the racial woes—their top concern—and rejected divide that may have had an impact in Romney’s prescription which mirrored this election is simultaneously fading Bush’s failed approach of tax cuts and in the mirror.” looser government regulation. Jealous pointed to increased Additionally, voters—of all races— cooperation between minority seemed unable to believe that Romney groups—who have also had to fight is committed to them. According to an issues of racism and mistrust—and Associated Press exit poll, 54 percent the fact that they voted according to of voters felt the Republican candidate their political interests and not just the would favor the rich, only 34 percent candidates’ racial identities. thought his policies would do more “Latino, Black and Asian voters for middle-class America and virtually are finding new places of power in our zero percent thought Romney would society and are understanding that they aid the poor. need to be more prepared to negotiate Conversely, 75 percent of voters not only with the White power said Obama’s policies favored the structure, but also with each other,” he middle class or the poor. said. “Obama’s campaign did a good job In fact, minority voters displayed of portraying Romney as a wealthy a level of sophistication at the businessman intent on avoiding taxes polls, basing their decisions on the and ignoring the middle class and the candidates—and their parties’— poor. And Romney was not able to platforms and accomplishments. overcome that portrayal,” Smith said.

“The White population is getting smaller, while the so-called minority groups are getting larger, especially in swing states and that allowed for the Democratic Party to put together a strategy that made it harder for them to lose.”


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The Nation Reaffirms President Obama Continued from A1

Center, Obama spoke confidently and proudly about the nation can,’…and we did. Against all odds, we did.” and its people. Tears filled his eyes. Some he wiped away, a few rolled “Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won down his cheeks. the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our He told a story about Edith Childs, the South Carolina union moves forward,” the president said,. “It moves forward volunteer whose words inspired the phrase that became the because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the 2008 campaign rallying cry, “Fired Up! Ready to Go!” Childs spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that couldn’t be with him in Iowa, he told the Des Moines crowd. has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great She was pretty sure he had won there. She was busy working heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our where voters still needed to be convinced. own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise As he spoke, the Obama campaign seemed stripped or fall together as one nation and as one people.” bare of the glamour, the hype, the imminent success of the The Obama who thanked the nation for giving him a 2008 effort. There was a feeling of uncertainty. There had second term contrasted starkly with the man who stood been setbacks, even in Iowa, like the Des Moines Register before a microphone 48 hours earlier in Iowa and delivered endorsing Republican contender, Mitt Romney, the first time an emotional thank you for the part the state played in his the newspaper had backed a Republican since Richard Nixon in ascendance to the presidency four years ago. The Nov. 6 speech 1972. was more reminiscent of his appearance at the Democratic “I’ve come back to Iowa one more time to ask for your National Convention in 2004, when many first became aware vote,” Obama asked. “Help us finish what we started because of the junior senator from Illinois who was expected to do great this is where our movement of change began.” things. On Nov. 4, the rock star in him was more difficult to The next day, Nov. 5, the day before the election, Obama see. took his request for Four years into a help to the airwaves, presidency that was conducting interviews marked by successes— with air personalities passing health care from urban radio reform, revitalizing the sensation Steve Harvey auto industry, reforming to sportscaster Chris Wall Street, spurring Berman. Polls showed an economic recovery, the race was in a dead withdrawing the troops heat. Romney, once from Iraq, beginning unpopular among many a drawdown of troops Republicans because from Afghanistan and of his moderate stand eliminating the threat on many issues, was of Osama Bin Laden, drawing crowds as large he still faced constant as 30,000 people. criticism, much of it from In an interview with Republicans who had deejay Ryan Seacrest, pledged to prevent him Obama said he was from being re-elected. Once anxious about the race. a media darling, many But there comes a reporters seemed focused time when a candidate on what he had not been just has to let go, able to accomplish, instead knowing they had done of his victories. everything they could, As Obama appeared he said. It was unclear at what is likely to be the if he was discussing last campaign event of his his presidency or the career, he seemed resolute, campaign for a second. near the point of exhaustion Then the people AP Photo spoke and the nation’s with the process of trying President Obama and singer Bruce Springsteen stand together to convince the nation to 44th president seemed on stage during a campaign event Nov. 5, 2012, in downtown give him another chance to regain the magic that Madison, Wis. to complete the work he got him elected the first pledged to do when he time. In an eloquent appeared before a Des and elegant speech, he Moines audience as a presidential candidate in 2008. worked to salve the wounds that the tough election had wrought “I came back to ask you to help us finish what we started and directed the nation forward. because this is where our movement for change began,” Obama “Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, said. “To all of you who’ve lived and breathed the hard work reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our of change, I want to thank you. You took this campaign and journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have made it your own ... starting a movement that spread across the fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the country. When the cynics said we couldn’t, you said ‘Yes, we United States of America, the best is yet to come,” Obama said.

87-Year-Old Washington Resident Votes for Her 12th President By Chloe Edmonds Howard University News Service Flossie Young has been voting for a long, long time, as far back as 1944 when she cast her ballot for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. And she has been voting religiously ever since. Still, Tuesday was a special day for the Washington native. She couldn’t wait to cast her ballot for President Barack Obama. She was so excited that the 87-year-old forgot to put on her socks. But she was determined to vote. She got up early and rolled her motorized wheelchair across the street from her home at Madison Saints Paradise, an assisted-living apartment building for seniors, to the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Public Library. For the voters at the library, Precinct 21, it Flossie Young with her granddaughter was a long wait, more than two hours for most. However, disabled people and seniors received V.I.P treatment. People with disabilities bypassed the long line of patient voters stretched along the sidewalk. Once inside they were escorted by security personnel to a special waiting area. This area was nothing fancy, just tables and chairs, but the seniors and disabled voters could be more comfortable. Young was relocated to the bottom-most level. “I might as well be a volunteer today,” she joked. “I have this table set up all to myself, and everyone keeps asking me questions.” Young was very impressed by how polite the volunteers were and how they made sure she was constantly updated on everything that was going on. granddaughter, Rochelle Johns, 27, met Young at the library to take her to a scheduled doctor’s appointment at 10:30 a.m. at George Washington University Hospital. Johns had voted earlier in Maryland. Johns tried to hurry her grandmother along so she wouldn’t be late for her appointment. “It’s almost 9:30,” Johns said. “Okay, it’s after 9:30 now.” But Young would not be rushed. “I called and told them that I would be late,” she said. “I have to vote!” She especially wanted to vote for Obama. “Every time I see his face, I get so proud my chest just swells,” she said.

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EDITORIAL

Looking Beyond the Election Over the past year or so, I have been wondering how Black folks would react to the election outcome. Two questions kept coming to mind:  What will we do if Obama wins?  What will we do if Romney wins?  Let’s make it personal: What will you do? Four years ago I wrote a similar article titled, “The Morning After,” that dealt with what Black folks would do after the inauguration of Barack Obama.  Let’s face it; we blew it, y’all.  Now let’s JAMES CLINGMAN see if we learned anything. Black people are “all in” for Barack Obama, so we know there will be sackcloth and ashes if he loses in the Electoral College, where all presidential elections are decided. The same scenario will take place among Romney supporters if he loses; less weeping and gnashing of teeth, yes, but still there will be remorse.  For the most part, other than Herman Cain, Mia Love, Artur Davis, and Allen West, Black folks love Obama. But many White people just tolerate Romney; they aren’t in love with him.  Besides, many of them couldn’t care less who wins because they know who and what really controls this country, and  they are holding a can’t-lose hand. So what will we do if Barack wins a second term?  Well, for sure there will be dancing in the streets again, tears and euphoria, and a whole lot of Praise the Lords, Hallelujahs, and

Amens.  I hope there are no more Peggy Joseph comments. You remember her words: “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car.  I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage.  If I help him (Obama) he is going to help me.” Will we settle for a big celebration and then go home and fall asleep again, the way we did four years ago?  Or, will understand that when he is elected our work will have just begun?  Will we make the same missteps during the second term as we did during the first? Will we organize and mobilize our efforts around a common goal?  Will we seek reciprocity for our votes? Here is the other question, and I know this may be difficult for most of you, but what will we do if Mitt Romney wins?  Will we declare 30 days of mourning?  Will we resign ourselves to no progress for the next four years and settle for whatever happens during that period?  Will we rant, rave, and complain for four years about how bad things are under Romney?  Will we acknowledge that we did not support him and, therefore, have nothing coming from our new president? I am certain there will also be euphoria and maybe even a little dancing in the streets if Romney succeeds.  Surely Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck, and the others will gloat and rub salt into the wounds of the Obama supporters.  And, no doubt there will be sighs of relief among the super-rich as they review their portfolios to determine how much they will make in the next four years. But what will you do regardless of who wins?  There are answers and plans that have been developed long before this election.  Ron Daniels has been planning the State of the Black World Conference (SOBWC III) for some time now, part of which is dedicated to our “appropriate” action after the presidential election – no matter which candidate wins. Daniels is bringing the SOBWC III to Howard University

in Washington, D.C. November 14-18, 2012.  You still have time to get in on this solution-oriented meeting comprising some of the nation’s top thinkers, businesspeople, activists, educators, religious leaders, politicians, college students, and economists in this country.  Folks from every sector will converge to set us on a path toward prosperity, strength, and self-determination. It is appropriate that the event will be held after Election Day because, irrespective of the ultimate winner, Black people must work together to define our own political, economic, educational, and social agendas.  We must be strong and cohesive in our approach if we want to be counted at the decision-making tables of criminal and social justice, economic empowerment, educational excellence, and political inclusion; and it matters not who is the President. We cannot win of we are not in the game, and Ron Daniels and his team have set forth an agenda for this conference that, if we attend, pay attention, and commit to doing the work when we leave,  will bring the victory to Black people that many of us have longed for and have fought for through the years. There is much work to do, and it doesn’t matter who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The work must be done, and we must do it. For more information on the SOBWC III, call 1-888-7742921 or go to www.ibw21.org   Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site, blackonomics.com.

Ghanaian Odyssey Makes Stateside Needs Stand Out I have vivid childhood memories of learning about DAVID MILLER life in Africa by reading National Geographic. As I’d leaf through the magazine seeing pictures of beautiful people, an amazing landscape and wild animals roaming the plains, I got a chance to learn about my ancestral homeland while escaping the harsh realities of urban life in the 70s and 80s. Some 30 years later, in what can best be described as the trip-of-my-lifetime, I was blessed with a chance to visit the Africa I’d known only from National Geographic pages or TV and newspaper accounts. In September, I joined a small cohort of writers and professionals on a mission to sow seeds of learning in among children and families in the eastern region of Ghana. A West African nation best known for its first President, Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana borders Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east and the Gulf of Guinea o the south. Its population exceeds 24 million. I was in the motherland to participate in LEAP (Literacy and Empowerment Project) for Ghana, an education sustainability project founded by Virginia-based poet and writer Kwame Alexander. My group worked primarily with Juanita Britton of Washington, D.C., who has been installed as Queen Mother Nana Botwe Adobe II of the Konko Village. Our work included literacy training for teachers, literacy activities for children in kindergarten through eighth grades, donating school supplies and organizing and running a girl’s leadership conference. To say working in Ghana was simultaneously difficult and rewarding is an understatement. Most importantly to me, it shed light on just how much Africans need the skills, innovation and resources of African-Americans. Our comrades in Ghana are resilient, smart and possess a tremendous work ethic; however, the country as a whole struggles with intense poverty, inadequate infrastructure and a dearth of resources. In Ghana, we worked daily with about 200 children ages 3 to 14. We engaged them in story time, mostly with the younger children, and worked on writing poetry and short stories with the older children. The challenges I witnessed firsthand in

Ghana mirror, in some respects, the challenges plaguing many urban centers in the United States. The difference however, as I see it, is in Ghana there is an unyielding sense of personal responsibility to rise above dismal circumstances, including poverty and scarce educational resources. In Ghana, the children are eager to learn and want to be in school. Here in the U.S., particularly in urban areas, many U.S. children are chomping at the bit to reach 16 so they can drop out of high school, though they have absolutely no clue what they’ll do and sadly fail to realize there’s just no way they’ll make it in today’s global society without education. The illiteracy rate in Ghana is 60 percent, and most children, especially females, don’t get past the ninth grade. Needless to say, Ghana, like many African countries, is experiencing enormous academic challenges. In the village of Konko, where most of our work was focused, not one student had reached high school in the past 10 years – attributable, in part, to students’ inability to pass a comprehensive examination and to cover annual tuition costs. I was amazed by the high level of resiliency among Ghana’s school children, despite the numerous challenges they faced. I witnessed a thirst for education and knowledge that I reluctantly admit I have not seen, consistently, in school children in the Western World. It was refreshing to see children, particularly young children, so eager to learn. Likewise, I was impressed by their awareness that knowledge is power. Each morning we had the opportunity to teach children and to learn from them, their parents and their Ghanaian instructors. Spending time with children who exhibited an unparalleled work ethic and drive to master academic principles was a rich and profound experience for me. I was also struck by how their teachers created engaging learning opportunities without the resources enjoyed by teachers in Western classrooms. Trust me when I tell you there were no computers or microscopes. And while U.S. teachers complain about overcrowded classrooms – justifiably so in most instances – try three children to a desk! Even so, the level of excitement and curiosity over teaching and learning was

Letters to the Editor Honoring Our Veterans

An armistice ending the hostilities between Germany and the Allied Nations became effective on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  Armistice Day, which was commemorated for the first time on November 11, 1919, became a legal holiday in 1938. Veteran service organizations urged Congress in 1954 to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans.” A grateful nation annually honors veterans on November 11, paying respects to all who have answered the call to military service.  Although our thoughts this year are with those in distant war zones, we also honor the veterans living among us, including those who recently returned from service and are reintegrating into civilian life. Recognizing Veterans Day can be as simple as placing the American flag on your porch or reminding youngsters of a relative who served in the military. If you know a veteran who’s not taking advantage of their Veterans Administration health care benefits or who is struggling to find a job, reassure them that help is available.  An astonishing number of veterans do not know about the VA health care services available to them.  The VA Maryland Health Care System’s Enrollment Center can be reached at 1-800-4636295, ext. 7324 or at www.maryland.va.gov. On this Veterans Day, we are honored to join with millions of Americans in saying to our veterans, “Welcome home!  Thank you for your service!  What can we do to help you?” Dennis H. Smith Director, VA Maryland Health Care System

 We have already won!

It is not quite 3 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the central United States. The national polls, depending on where you live in the country, will not close for hours.  Yet, I am making a bold prediction that President Barack Obama will win and those of us who worked for his re-election bid will

touching to watch. Now that I’m back in my native Baltimore, I realize just how deeply I long to return to the motherland to continue trying to help improve academic resources for Ghana’s children. Since returning from Africa, I’ve walked school hallways and seen African-American males with sagging pants and no books in their hands. I’ve also driven throughout the city and noticed far too many brothers selling or using drugs on street corners. Before going to Africa those scenes were hard to take. Now they nauseate me. My pilgrimage to Ghana heightened my global awareness of the plight of children. While I recognize the historical challenges in black and brown communities in the United States, my passion has compelled me to focus more globally. Early next year I plan to return to Ghana to continue the work we started. It is not just something about which I’m thinking. It is something I will do. Spending more than 20 years fighting to support poor families and to improve failing schools in the United States has taken an emotional toll on me. I haven’t given up on our children or U.S. schools, but I know it will be good for me to concentrate my energies in another region of the world for a change. African-American children in the U.S. need a lot of help. No doubt. And the neighborhoods in some of our inner cities, where many of our children are reared in single-parent homes, often resemble war zones. But even a U.S. child living in the most dire circumstances is a gazillion times better off than the average African child. For that reason, I pledge to continue trying to support my African brothers and sisters. And I sincerely hope this commentary will inspire at least one person reading it to also make a pledge to invest in The Motherland. David Miller is an author and social entrepreneur who focuses on youth development. Miller is also a member of LEAP for Ghana, an effort to build sustainable educational efforts for school-age children in that West African nation. For more information please visit http://www.facebook.com/ leapforghana

be emboldened knowing that an agenda that we believed in and supported will be pursued for another four years. Mr. Obama has been a wonderful president. He has served the nation without the presence of a personal or national scandal. His policies prevented the nation from falling into a second economic depression. His first piece of legislation guaranteed women equal pay for equal work. He appointed two women to the United States Supreme Court. He saved America’s automobile industry He supervised the destruction of the madmen called Al Qaeda. He eliminated the fear among  some young men and women, of  being swept from their beds at night and returned to countries that were foreign to them. He established an agency that protects consumers from voracious lenders and creditors. He gave  hope to so many of us whose spirits had been dimmed and nearly darkened and he insisted that capital growth be fair and equitable. There is much more that he did but so little space to write all of his accomplishments.  Of course, his policies are not accepted by all. This is a Democracy and people have the right to oppose those with whom they disagree. Yet, some of those who are against our president oppose him not because of what he has promulgated, but simply  because of who he is and what they think of his origins.  For the past four years, I have watched them and pitied them. No matter what one thinks of Mr. Obama and no matter how they voted or will vote, one thing is certain:  America will never be the same again because Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. And today, you have young boys and girls from all types of backgrounds who believe that they can accomplish what Mr. Obama accomplished and more. “Forward” has become their call to battle and they will never be deterred. And unlike some of us who believed that we would never see a person with dark skin occupy the White House as its chief resident, they believe that an Hispanic will one day be president, an Asian will one day be president, an agnostic will one day be president, a homosexual will one day be President and a homeless person will one day be President. This nation owes Barack Obama, Michelle and their children much more than a pension. It owes them a debt of gratitude for four splendid years of service. And hopefully, once all the ballots are counted, four more years. Joseph Green-Bishop


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Sandra M. Britt, Esq., President, The Pearls of the Patuxent River Latanya G. Higginbotham, Mechelle JohnsonWebb, Pamela Queen, Ph.D., Mildred J. Brown, Ph.D. and Annie W. Everett

A Harvest Bash, the annual fundraiser for the Pearls of the Patuxent River, Inc., was held Oct. 20 at the Marilyn J. Praisner Community Center in Burtonsville, Md. Proceeds will go towards supporting the Pearl’s effort to develop leadership skills and antibullying techniques for fourth, fifth and sixth grade girls.

Gail Copeland, Sheryl Lucas and Yvonne Chaney-Harrison

Ruby Brooks, Erica Myers, Lyndia K. Griggsby, Luana Dean, Esq. and Sheryl Lucas

Jeffey Johnson, Millison Brumson, Hollie BodifordTaylor, Erica Myers and Terri Holley

Pamela Queen, Ph.D., Mildred J. Brown, Ph.D., LaTanya G. Higginbotham, Annie W. Everett, Sandra S. Pina, Sandra M. Britt, Esq., Juanakee Calhoun and Yvonne McKinney

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Derek Askew, Amy Bryant, Cheryl Pulliam, Kenneth Marcus, Corliss Anderson and Troy Boddy Wanda Brown, Leroy Everett, Annie W. Everett, Cynthia Anderson and Debbie Bragg

Sandra S. Pina, Sheryl Lucas and Carrie Brown

Sandra S. Pina, Carrie Brown and Gail Copeland Sitting: Cynthia Hinton and Sandra Barrett; standing: Mildred J. Brown, Ph.D, Lorraine Banks, Ph.D., Fadeine Price and Patricia Hull

Sitting: David G. Higginbotham and Erica Johnson; standing: Latanya G. Higginbothan, Mildred J. Brown, Ph.D., Gregory L. Shields, Sr., Shanell G. Shields and Prentice Johnson

Carolyn Drake, Leon Drake, Winston Hill and Maria Savoy Class of 1952: 1st row:  Prudence Thomas, Phoebe Garrett, Sylvia Stewart, Juanita Terry, Thelma Booker, Frances Limes, Dr. Anna Chandler, Avis Rogers, Franklin Jackson, Doris McCannon, Joyce Bell, Jean Gilmore; 2nd row:  Bernard Brooks, Claude Harris, Delores Weaver Garris, Henry Felton, Annette Hamilton Mitchell and Dr. Alfred Taylor.

Shirley Green, Jack Green and Enoch Gilbert

Chester Jennings, Delores Weaver Garris, Joyce Bell, Carol Jennings, Frances Limes, Sylvia Stewart, Henry Felton and Barbara Felton

Jerry Barnes, Juanita Terry, Bernard Brooks, Phoebe Garrett, Claude Harris and Prudence Thomas

Juanita Terry, Wanda Barnes, Phoebe Garrett, Viola Daniels, Prudence Thomas and Avis Rogers

For D.C.’s Armstrong High School Class of 1952, the 60th anniversary of its graduation was celebrated at Channel Inn’s Pier 7 Restaurant in Southwest, Washington, D.C. on Sept. 21. Alumni from as far away as Kansas, Washington State, California and New York returned to the Metropolitan Washington area for the reunion.  The building at 1st and P Streets, N.W. was declared a D.C. historic site in the 1980’s and currently houses a public charter school. Courtesy Photos

Dr. Anna Chandler, Henry Felton and Doris McCannon

Home Coming Queens:  Doris McCannon (1951), Delores Weaver Garris (1950), and Annette Hamilton Mitchell (1949)

Joyce Bell (lower left), Betty Johnson, Thelma Booker, Doris McCannon, Annette Hamilton Mitchell, Delores Weaver Garris

Chester Jennings (standing), Barbara Felton, Henry Felton, Carol Jennings, Joyce Bell (standing), Barbara Canyers, Thelma Cummings and Geraldine Johnson.


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ARTS & CULTURE

One on One with…Leon is as much soul as it is reggae.

By Aunni Young Special to the AFRO

Actor Leon, a songwriter and leader of his of the reggae-soul band, Leon & the Peoples, recently added his voice to the chorus of entertainment industry supporters of President Obama. The star of The Five Heartbeats, The Temptations and Cool Runnings, appears in two new films, Ex-Free and Soul Ties. He was voted one of the “30 Sexiest Actors of All Time” by AOL Black Voices. AFRO: When I met you last summer, we talked about your band, Leon & the Peoples. You were very excited talking about your music. Leon: Of course, I love music! I listen to a lot of music. My dad was very big into Nat King Cole and Motown. I would listen to and learn those songs when I was young. AFRO: What is your nationality? Are you West Indian? Leon: I am African American. When I was 12 years old, my good friend Trevor, his brother became a Rasta. They took me in and taught me all about Rasta culture and vegetarian life. I kind of took to it and loved the music…My grandfather on my mother’s side was half-Jamaican but I never knew it. He died when I was 3. AFRO: The impact of reggae is strong with your music? Leon: Oh yeah. But if you listen, our music

Exhale the other day. It was really interesting to watch you in that role! Leon: I like to play a wide variety of roles…You have to take the opportunity to try and do different things. I also do that on stage. That’s one of the beauties of acting. In the theater, I am allowed to play different types of roles.

AFRO: So you are a vegetarian too? Leon: No, I eat vegetarian a lot, but I’m not a vegetarian. AFRO: You’re a father. You have a daughter? Leon: Yes, a beautiful daughter, Noelle. She’s 12…I took her last year to the BET Awards with me. We performed [as] the Five Heartbeats and she loved that. She walked the red carpet with me. She was my date. AFRO: Is there a lady in your life now? Leon: Not now. I lived with a woman for about five years. For the last [few] years or so, I’ve just been concentrating on my career… Now, my girlfriend is my career. AFRO: Are you happy with the progress you’ve made in your career? You’ve taken a break from acting to work with your band. Leon: Yes! I have a lot of respect for people who are professionals at what they do. A lot of my friends are very prominent singers, musicians. They spend their entire lives doing music. I would never want to cheapen what they do and think I could just jump into it, be good and be respected, without putting in the work. AFRO: People respect you for the roles you’ve played. Leon: I think that if you really look at my work, that I have played all types of roles.

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I was in Cliffhanger, an action film, $300 million at the box office. My biggest movie as a lead was Cool Runnings, $210 million at the box office, a family comedy. Of course, I’ve had roles where I am a bad boy. AFRO: I saw your work in Waiting to

AFRO: What are your thoughts on the 2012 presidential campaign? Leon: I am happy with President Obama. You have to realize the country was in an atrocious state before he took office. Anyone who wants to blame the economy on him is not being realistic. That’s the reason he got in office, because things were so bad. The history of the presidency is that no president can accomplish anything in one term. The first term is basically implementing your policies and…revers[ing] the situation we were in. I don’t think you should ever vote for a president unless you plan on voting for him for two terms because he can’t do anything in one term. I think if you voted for Obama and you believed in him the first time around, you have to let him have a second term to even make a difference. What I like most about our president, is that he has been a human being…President Obama has shown that he can change his policies and can change his thinking based upon what’s he seen and experienced as president, so I respect that. AFRO: Very nice to talk to you. Leon: You too. Thanks!

RZA Makes Directorial Debut in ‘The Man With the Iron Fists’ By Chelsea Battle Special to the NNPA from the LA Watts Times What do you get when you mix a former member of the Wu Tang Klan, Kung Fu, and Quentin Tarantino’s production skills? “The Man With the Iron Fists” is what. The new Kung Fu thriller, set for release in theaters Nov. 2, is not only rapper RZA’s directorial debut, but also marks his first time co-writing and starring in a major feature film. Working alongside an all-star cast, including such heavyweights as Russell Crowe and Lucy Lui, RZA plays a humble blacksmith turned lethal martial artist who helps to defend his village against a rising fleet of warriors, assassins, and a rogue war hero. Set in 19th century feudal China, the movie affords him the opportunity to live out his childhood fantasy of playing a martial arts hero. “I’ve fantasized about being a martial artist since I was a kid,” he reveals. Still, the hip hop trailblazer’s ties to a Kung Fu thriller might seem to some an unlikely union. Having gained his fame as a member of the group Rolling Stone once called “the best rap group ever,” RZA’s battles have usually been set to beats. However, the multifaceted artist shares that he has been an avid Kung Fu junkie since the late 70s. In fact, when the Wu Tang Clan formed in 1993, its name was derived from one of RZA’s favorite Kung Fu flicks: “Shaolin and Wu Tang.” Born Robert Diggs, from the time he was 9 years old the Brooklyn native lived and breathed martial arts films, from the Wuxia (movies with Chinese martial arts) to the Jidaigeki genre (Japanese films featuring samurai, craftsmen etc.) and beyond. It was after seeing the Shaw Brothers film, “The 36 Chambers of Shaolin,” that his

passion for martial arts films was significantly heightened. RZA muses that he began to recognize the similarities between the movie and his life. “‘36 Chambers of Shaolin’ is about a guy who is a student and there’s oppression going on,” he explains. “As a student he feels compelled to be a part of the revolution, and eventually he has to flee to Shaolin. On the way his friend flees with him and eventually sacrifices his life for him. So I’m seeing brotherhood. I’m seeing loyalty. I’m seeing the fight against oppression. These types of things I’m feeling in my own life, in my own neighborhood—being together with my crew, being with my brothers, and fighting against the day-to-day struggles of life and what we feel to be oppression in the projects.” In 1993 when the Wu Tang Clan debuted their first album, which they entitled “Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers),” it was a way of paying tribute to the movie. Kung Fu movies quickly became an escape for RZA, who would go to theaters and float effortlessly into a different world. Fast forward to the present, the real world where RZA would discover that actually directing a film— his own film—was not an easy process. “The Man With the Iron Fists” is a project 6 years in the making. RZA admits that he was not the best screenwriter at the time the story idea was conceived, so he relied on the tutelage of those close to him in the film industry. Although RZA created the story, the film was actually co-written by his friend Eli Roth, whose credits include directing “Hostel” and acting in “Inglorious Bastards.” The movie was produced under the guidance of award winning film director Quentin Tarantino. “I was advised by Quentin Tarantino to write my ideas down,” says RZA.

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(L-R) Russell Crowe, RZA and Eli Roth “I wrote [‘The Man With the Iron Fists’] into a 90 page script. I wasn’t very good at writing screenplays—I hadn’t studied it; I wrote songs.” In the movie’s infancy, production companies initially shot down the script, suggesting that the characters needed more development. After collaborating with Roth, who expressed an interest in the story early on, the script

was expanded and pitched again. “My buddy Eli Roth heard about the story and thought it would make a great movie and he came on board,” says RZA. “He took it to some people, some producers, and they couldn’t really see the vision so he took the 90 page script and rewrote it into a 130 page screenplay. Then they had the vision and saw what it was.”

Once he had a winning script RZA needed to be certain that his directorial skills were up to par. After studying filmmaking under the well-seasoned eye of Tarantino for 6 years, he looked to his mentor for the green light. “I had to be ready to direct,” RZA stresses. “Tarantino was in there, but he wasn’t going to let me take any job unless I was ready… I asked him after 2 years and he said, ‘Bobby, I don’t think you’re ready.’ I asked him after 4 years; he still didn’t think I was ready. But after the sixth year he said, ‘Bobby, I think you’re ready!’ Eli came to him and told him what we had… and he gave us his blessings and we went for it.” Testimony and evidence have shown how instrumental the Wu Tang Clan and martial arts movies have been in

allowing RZA to express himself. Both have now led him to this moment, the big screen, which in his opinion is the ultimate form of expression. “When I saw ‘Kill Bill’ (Tarantino’s award-winning film), I saw the lane I wanted to go in; I saw something that showed me that music is just one expression of myself,” he reflects. “Clothing and designing is one expression, writing is another. But there is a medium where I can take all those expressions and put into one package, and that’s filmmaking.” RZA has arrived, and all signs point to go. Set to be released in theaters this week, “The Man With the Iron Fists” serves as impressive evidence of what this talented artist can do when he puts his mind to it.


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Dedicated Wheels Turn Black Students into Practicing Physicians Summer Program Seeks Aspiring Doctors and Dentists Across the Nation

Dentist. Doctor. Surgeon. In a country where dreams are like wings, a new cadre of students is soaring as the next generation of promising health professionals. The group meets protégés where they are — on campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and in high schools largely based in medically underserved communities. Physicians Alden M. Landry, 31, and Kameron Leigh Matthews, 33, launched their “get on the bus” style Tour for Diversity in Medicine to promote health professions to underrepresented students throughout the country. A pledge to “give back” has fueled the passions of the two former medical students, who have translated their commitment to mentoring into opportunity on wheels. The branded motor bus is literally on a roll, traveling to sometimes unlikely places to reach, teach and inspire. “We recognize that many of the students we reach may not have the resources or inclination to come to recruitment fairs,” said Matthews, who has earned both J.D. and M.D. degrees. The pair seek to reach people in their comfort zone to explain that dreams beyond their immediate reach are attainable. Tour for Diversity is a project of Hip Hop Health, Inc., a nonprofit organization that Landry launched to blend social media and health education to reach and inspire the Hip Hop generation. The bus tour was the brainchild of Matthews and Landry, both leaders of the Student National Medical Association. The association is the student branch of the National Medical Association, the largest and oldest professional society of MWAA_22nd_BOS_562x10_mwaa_22nd_bos-562x10

Texas) • Yale University (New Haven, Conn Insufficient financial resources, coupled with an uncertainty about how to prepare for a medical future, are two major barriers for prospective students. SMDEP helps to fill gaps and inspire success by working to increase diversity in the health care workforce. “Diverse perspectives reflected in our dental and medical professions are necessary for a better patient experience,” explains the program’s National Program Officer Norma Poll-Hunter, PhD, co-deputy director for the Association of American Medical Colleges. “SMDEP brings talent that’s not traditionally represented in our medical and dental school applicant pools.” Landry, an emergency medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, agrees. “Without a more diverse workforce, the current health disparities will persist, if not worsen.” Courtesy Photo Current trends in the health care workforce Physicians Alden M. Landry, MD (left) and Kameron Leigh Matthews, MD, (right) point to the need for sustained recruitment to yield a more diverse pool of candidates African-American physicians. to becoming a physician by showing me what in medical and dental schools. While Landry is a 2000 alumnus of the Summer it takes to get into medical school early—so minorities represent 26 percent of the U.S. Medical and Dental Education Program, I could get on track to realize my dreams,” population, less than 6 percent of American formerly the Minority Medical Education Landry recalls. Indians, Blacks and Hispanics collectively Program, a free enrichment program sponsored The recruitment drive for summer 2013 are physicians or dentists, according to the by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. participants will open Nov. 1 and will continue Association of American Medical Colleges. The six-week academic initiative provides to accept applications through March 1. For The Tour for Diversity fall outreach rising college freshman and sophomores from more information, visit www.smdep.org (September 24-29, 2012) included six disadvantaged backgrounds with a timely SMDEP 12 site locations include: universities between Atlanta and Dearborn, introduction to the rigorous preparation • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Mich. The next tour in February 2013 will required to pursue careers in medicine Ohio) take them to several Texas college campuses. or dentistry. The program operates at 12 • Columbia University (New York, N.Y.) Landry, Matthews and other physician mentors university sites with each accepting up to 80 • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) share personal insights and advice on what students per summer session. • Howard University (Washington, D.C.) prospective candidates can expect to help 10/25/12 4:57 PM Page 1 “The program jumpstarted my commitment • University of California-Los Angeles (Los debunk fears of “I’m not smart enough.” Angeles, Calif.) “Our purpose is to emphasize to students • UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical and New the importance of early exposure, advising and Jersey Dental (Newark, N.J.) mentorship,” says Matthews. • University of Louisville (Louisville, Ky.) For more on Tour for Diversity in • University of Nebraska (Omaha, Neb.) Medicine, visit http://tour4diversity.org/. You can also read updates on their Voices of • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.) Diversity blog at http://tour4diversity.org/ • University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.) category/blog/ and join them on Facebook and • University of Texas-Houston (Houston, Twitter.

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Baltimorean Named Nation’s Top Marching Band Dance Captain Christine Jenkins, a senior at Howard University, was recently named the nation’s top marching band dance captain by Bandhead.org, an internationally-renowned social networking site for HBCU marching Bands. Jenkins, a Baltimore native, was officially recognized for the honor at Howard’s homecoming football game on Oct. 20.

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The telecommunications major is a graduate of Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City where she captained the Senior Dance Company and the Lancer Drill Team. She received training from many renowned institutions across the Baltimore region. While in high school, Jenkins won the Howard County NAACP’s ACT-SO Gold Medal for Dance three years in a row. Additionally, Jenkins represented Maryland in numerous national competitions and was a gold medalist in the Pi Omega Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi’s Talent Search Competition. At Howard, Jenkins is a perennial member of the dean’s list. She also has been awarded membership in the Golden Key International Honor Society for Academic Courtesy Photo Achievement among College and University students.

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Women Veterans & Women in the Military Empowerment and Unification Lunch Cruise The Spirit of Washington, National Harbor, Md. 9 a.m. Enjoy great food, nautical views of the Potomac, networking, makeovers, dynamic speakers, giveaways and more. $65-$125. For more information: womenevents2012. eventbrite.com.

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HBCU NEWS

Bowie State University Opens Business Incubation Center By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO The nonprofit Business Innovation Center opened at Bowie State University in October, initially hosting four resident businesses.

More than five years in the making, the center will serve as an incubator for fledgling businesses, providing office space, equipment and receptionist services, coaching and mentoring, business plan support and other services with an eye to fostering strong companies that can provide jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and energize the local economy.

The center is the fruit of a partnership between the university

and the city, which commissioned a feasibility study to determine how it could foster small business growth.

Every month, the innovation center committee meets to evaluate potential clients, examining business plans to see whether they’re growth-oriented and can eventually generate significant revenue.

After clients are identified, the newborn

businesses start at the center as affiliate companies before moving on to become resident businesses and eventually graduate from the program. The process takes an average of two years, Lisa Smith, the center’s executive director, told Bowie Patch.

“Business incubation is a process,” said Smith.

Out of the 11 spots available at the center,

four are being used by resident companies. There are also eight affiliate businesses just starting off with the program.

The Bowie center is one of three business incubators in Prince George’s County, but the first to be located at an historically Black university, Smith said. The center’s home at Bowie State has been a boon for students.

“We provide experiential learning opportunities for students,” Smith said of the innovation center’s intern program.

The location also benefits client companies, who receive the expertise of the university’s faculty in market research, media relations, mentoring and business plan creation among other things.

Morgan Among Universities Chosen for US-Brazil Higher Education Partnership Morgan State University recently announced that it has been named among 14 colleges and universities across the U.S. to participate in a one year Brazilian exchange program. Morgan is one of only two historically black colleges selected by the Institute for International Education’s (IIE) International Academic Partnership Program to take part in the project, which will guide campuses in establishing research transfer, student exchange and faculty collaboration between the United States and Brazil.  ”We are excited to continue our efforts to pursue partnership opportunities with Brazil and its institutions of higher education,” Morgan President David Wilson said in a statement. “This partnership provides new exposure for Morgan and our students while sharing some of the best practices

of each of the schools participating. It makes Morgan a major player in the evolving global community,” added Dr. T. Joan Robinson, Morgan’s provost and vice president of academic affairs. IIE’s 2013 Brazil Initiative will guide the campus representatives through a strategic planning process in the current academic year, preparing them to form partnerships with institutions in Brazil.  This group will also benefit from the experiences of a previous delegation of high-level officials representing 18 U.S. higher education institutions that IIE led to Brazil in April to meet with potential partner campuses and learn about Brazilian higher education. IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman said, “At a time when Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented

ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we look to higher education as another area where our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation.” Besides Morgan State University, the other participating U.S. campuses are: Arizona State University, Ball State University, California State University – Long Beach, Central College, Fort Hays State University, Indian Hills Community

College, Parsons The New School for Design, Savannah State University, SUNY Plattsburgh, The University of Tulsa, Washington and Jefferson College, Webster University, and Western Michigan University. Morgan is also a lead institution with the State Department-

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colleges with partnerships supporting student and faculty exchanges with universities in Brazil. A Memorandum of Understanding between HBCUs in the U.S. and Brazil’s Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) calls for increased cooperation and exchanges between educational institutions in the two countries.

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Miami’s Dwayne Wade Generates $1.75 Million for Superstorm Relief When famed professional athletes publicly voice their concerns on social issues, does it matter? Ask the recipients of a $1.75 million donation from National Basketball Association players and an NBA corporate owner that was triggered by a single sympathetic player. By donating his $200,000 game check Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade launched a cascade of giving last week in the wake of the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy in the New York-New Jersey region. It’s not an uncommon phenomenon, according to Minnesota Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe who says that when the professional sports world takes an active stance on civil issues, the rest of society often follows its lead. “When sports gets on board with a civil issue, then that issue is rapidly resolved in the next, you know, 10, 15 years,” Kluwe was quoted as saying in a CNN news report. “Sports speaks to a large segment of the population, and when kids look at athletes as role models, they say, ‘OK, hey, these guys are saying it’s OK if you’re gay, it’s OK to have same-sex marriage.’” That was perhaps the theory Kluwe had in mind when he came to the defense of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbedejo, who was severely criticized by Maryland state Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. for publicly voicing his support of same sex marriage, a non-sports, hot-button topic during the campaign season leading up to the 2012 elections.

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Dwayne Wade Burns actually wrote a letter of complaint to Ayanbadejo’s employer, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, stating that he’s “appalled” and finds it “inconceivable” that one of his players would publicly endorse same sex marriage, stepping into what

he described a “controversial divide.” Burns went on to request that Biscotti take action against Ayanbadejo, and force him to “cease and desist” making any further endorsements of gay marriage, which eventually prompted Kluwe to come to the defense of his fellow NFL colleague. “It honestly baffles me that in this day and age, someone can think stifling another’s right to free speech is somehow OK,” Kluwe stated from his twitter account. “There’s not a lot of that gets me seriously angry, but that’s one of the few things on the list. Demand better from your government. Demand better from yourself.” But Kluwe isn’t the only vocal pro athletic figure encouraging the public to demand more from the government. Former Washington Redskins linebacker and current media personality LaVar Arrington has been a pro-gaming spokesman in a TV ad endorsing Question 7 that, if endorsed by Maryland voters, would create a new resort casino in Prince George’s County, Md. and add table games like blackjack and roulette to all Maryland casinos. “I hate losing; I hate it. But right now, we’re losing jobs and money for our schools to casinos in other states like West Virginia,” Arrington said during the commercial. “Question 7 creates 12,000 jobs with a new resort casino and expanded table games here in Maryland…so instead of spending $550 million in other states, it gets invested here.” Maryland native Walter Hansborough, 27, told the AFRO Continued on B9

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By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley After years of stacking a roster loaded with young, explosive talent, the Oklahoma City Thunder dismantled one of the NBA’s best three-man crews with the quick stroke of a pen. The Thunder completed a six-man trade which sent 2012 Sixth Man of the Year James Harden to the Houston Rockets in exchange for premiere shooting guard Kevin Martin and rookie guard Jeremy Lamb, along with two future first-round draft picks. Harden, one of the primary components the Thunder’s run to the Finals last year, often shouldered the load for a young Oklahoma City. Martin, who has often been the only bright star for losing teams, is a big-time scorer but has never piloted or even rode shotgun on a mildly successful team. Who came out the victor in the biggest trade of the early 20122013 season? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate.

Green: I honestly think Kevin Martin is not only a fine replacement but can be considered an upgrade over “The Beard” for what OKC needs. Sure, Harden is the younger star with higher upside but OKC already has two young stars with great upside and a third youngster in Serge Ibaka, who continues to get better. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are the clear-cut stars on this team. I like the addition of Martin that gives them a proven scorer without the hype and the insertion of Lamb, a young dynamo who could prove better than what people think. Riley: There’s never an easy replacement for an Olympian and future All-Star. Harden was as dynamic as they come and has already lit the NBA on fire with 37-point and 45-point games, the third-most points scored in the first two games by one player in NBA history. From his ballhandling skills to his long range jumper to the slashes to the basket, Harden gave OKC a blend of what both Durant and Westbrook already do, he just did so in the best role possible for him on the team. It’s a clear loss for the Thunder.

Green: Harden only averaged 17 points per game last year and I don’t want to hear “but he came off the bench.” He played 31 minutes per game—those are starter-level minutes. Martin averaged 31 minutes himself and, although he was the No.1 option on his previous team, he never took more than 15 shots per game and still poured in 23 points per game, a career-high. It’s about efficiency for me, more so than the big name, and he’s already proven he can fill Harden’s void by averaging 17 points per game after two contests. This is easily the deal of the year for OKC. Riley: No, it’s more like the biggest loss of the year. If the Oklahoma City Thunder were expecting to get back to the Finals, then they wouldn’t have made this trade. You don’t make a blockbuster deal before the season starts and bust up chemistry. They wanted compensation but I think they should’ve just waited until the season was over and dealt with the consequences. Green: They made the deal because they had no choice. Sure, they wanted to keep Harden; heck, I wanted them to keep Harden, and I’m not even a Thunder fan. But Harden wanted money over a ring. In a league where two-time defending MVP LeBron James sacrifices and takes far less money than he could have made in order to build a championship-caliber team, Harden chose the opposite route, opting to take the money and go to a losing ball club. Oklahoma City simply made the best deal available, replacing Harden with a one of the best scorers in the league—who, by the way, has racked up about four assists per game, the exact same amount, if not more, then what Harden contributed last season. Riley: Harden is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA and that’s not going to be easy to replace. You don’t substitute that kind of talent for a B-list fringe starter. Martin and Lamb may be a nice consolation prize, but the Thunder just cashed in their championship dreams with an unnecessary trade. Green: If anybody is B-list, it’s Harden. Let’s not forget how bad he stunk it up in the Finals against the Heat last summer. While Westbrook and Durant, elevated their game, Harden’s production declined, as he put on perhaps one of the worst choke jobs in NBA Finals history. As for Martin, so far he has done everything Harden would have done, and OKC hasn’t missed a beat because of him. This looks like the same championship contending Thunder team from a year ago: they have the same strengths, and the same weaknesses. Look for them to reach the Finals again in 2013. Only this time, a veteran scorer like Martin won’t let OKC down when it matters the most.

Bowie State Falls to Elizabeth City State in Season Finale By Greg Goings Special to the AFRO Elizabeth City State University’s (ECSU) Daronte McNeill and Petey Boone combined for 278 yard rushing and two scores as the Vikings held on to claim a 14-13 win over Bowie State University (BSU) in the BSU Bulldogs season finale on Nov. 3 in Bowie, Md. Elizabeth City State ran 70 offensive plays from scrimmage, 65 on the ground. McNeill, a senior, finished with 44 touches for 177 yards, while Boone, a sophomore, went for 101 yards and accounted for the Vikings’ only scores of the afternoon, with first-half touchdown runs of 6 and 30 yards. The Bulldogs (5-5 overall, 2-5 CIAA) cut into the Viking lead with a one-yard touchdown by quarterback senior Tyrae Reid, Jr. which capped a 3-play, 38 yard drive with 3:57 left in the first half. Reid completed 12-of-24 passes for 176 yards and one interception in his final game in a Bowie State uniform. The Vikings then orchestrated a 10-play drive into BSU territory which stalled when Boone fumbled at the Bowie State 33-yard line with 43 seconds left in the half. Two plays later, William Davis intercepted a Reid pass at the ECSU 26-yard line and returned it to the BSU 25. The Vikings were set to attempt a 26-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the half, but a mishandled snap was fumbled and recovered by BSU’s junior Quentin Walker. Walker then pitched a lateral to redshirt sophomore Darius Clair who rumbled 67 yards for the score. The Bulldogs attempted a 2-point conversion, but the pass failed.

Neither team would break the goal line in the second half, but Elizabeth City State’s ability to run the ball efficiently kept Bowie State’s offense off the field. In the fourth quarter alone the Vikings amassed 108 yards on 25 plays to just a five-play, 28 yard output by the Bulldogs. In the final 15 minutes the Vikings were 3-for-6 on third down and McNeill converted a crucial fourth and seven with 2:10 remaining to allow ECSU to run the clock out. “We had opportunities…[we] missed a [22 yard] field goal in the fourth quarter, didn’t execute an extra point attempt after a score and Elizabeth City State made plays when they had to”, said Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson. Bowie State redshirt freshman Antoine Young was a beast on defense, racking up a Bulldogs school single-game record 21 tackles and a fumble recovery. Senior Bekwele Amadi and redshirt freshman Curtis Pumphrey recorded double-digit tackles as well, accounting for 13 and 11 respectively. The Vikings defense was led by senior tackle Devon Price who had seven tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss. Junior defensive back Nigel Rios picked up six tackles and two pass breakups and four other Elizabeth City State players recorded five tackles each. Elizabeth City State (7-3 overall, 6-1 CIAA) will represent the CIAA Northern Division in the CIAA Championship Nov. 10 against the defending CIAA Champions, Winston-Salem State.


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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. TYPESET: Tue Nov 06 10:05:44 EST 2012 2012ADM1062 LEGAL NOTICES Mildred J. Seljos Decedent Superior Court of Thomas A. Gentile the District of Attorney District of Columbia 5530 Wisconsin Ave PROBATE DIVISION Suite 1209 Washington, D.C. Chevy Chase, MD 20001-2131 20815 Administration No. Attorney 2012ADM1057 NOTICE OF Paula J. Migdalek APPOINTMENT, Decedent NOTICE TO Thomas A. Gentile CREDITORS Attorney AND NOTICE TO 5530 Wisconsin Ave UNKNOWN HEIRS Thomas A. Gentile and Suite 1209 Charles L. Seljos, whose adChevy Chase, MD dresses are 5530 Wisconsin 20815 Avenue, Suite 1209, Chevy Attorney Chase, MD 20815 were apNOTICE OF pointed personal representaAPPOINTMENT, tives of the estate of Mildred J. Seljos, who died on June NOTICE TO 13, 2012 with a Will, and will CREDITORS serve without Court superviAND NOTICE TO sion. All unknown heirs and UNKNOWN HEIRS heirs whose whereabouts

Allen Tomlinson, whose address is 2205 42nd Street, NW Washington DC 20007 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Paula J. Migdalek, who died on August 29, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 9, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 9, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 9, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Allen Tomlinson Personal Representative 202-744-5842 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Nov 06 11/9, 11/16, 11/23

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Beatrice S. McGuire, whose address is 1014 Wilkes Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Edith Arlene Spruill, who died on October 13, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 9, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 9, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 9, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Beatrice S. McGuire Personal Representative 703-548-0386 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Nov 06 11/9, 11/16, 11/23

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Gloria McKenzie, whose address is 231 Peabody Street, NE Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Donald L. McKenzie, who died on October 2, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 9, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 9, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 9, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Gloria McKenzie Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Nov 06 REGISTER OFTue WILLS 11/9, 11/16, 11/23

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Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Wesley L. Clarke for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 in the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate 0 appoint an unsupervised personal representative Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication November 9, 2012 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Wesley Clarke, Esq 1629 K Street NW Suite 300 Washington DC 20036 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney 11/9, 11/16

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Sheila Thornton and Gaye Pope, whose addresses are 109 Wynn St. Portsmouth, VA 23701 and 3411 23rd Pkwy, Temple Hills, MD 20748 were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Oradell Gant, who died on August 31, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 9, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 9, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 9, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Sheila Thornton Gaye Pope Personal Representative 757-405-3198 301-630-9740 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Nov 06 11/9, 11/16, 11/23

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Patrick D. Brooks, whose address is 60 U Street NW, Washington DC 20001-1011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Harold Brooks, who died on July 2, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs a n d h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 500 Indiana Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 9, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 9, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 9, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Patrick D. Brooks Personal Representative 202-355-5217 10:08:14 EST 2012 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 11/9, 11/16, 11/23

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Sadie Sanders, whose address is 1109 Allison Street, NW District of Columbia 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Thurman A. King, who died on August 22, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: October 26, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Sadie Sanders Personal Representative 202-882-1645 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 10/26, 11/2, 11/9

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1022 Robbie Robinson Decedent John F. Mowery, III SE 1605 Massachusetts Ave, SE Washington DC 20003 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Barbara Robinson and Catrinia Robinson, whose address are 2820 Eric Street, SE, #56, Washington DC 20020 were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Robbie Robinson, who died on July 3, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: October 26, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Barbara Robinson Catrinia Robinson Personal Representative 202-378-7828 202-725-6975 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 10/26, 11/2, 11/9

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1011 Ollye Maye Koger Decedent William A. Bland, Esq 1140 Connecticut Ave NW, #1100 Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Linda Wilson, whose address is 11107 Queens Wood Terrace, Mitchellville MD 20721 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ollye Maye Koger, who died on September 9, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 500 Indiana Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: October 26, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ollye Maye Koger Personal Representative 301-218-2754 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 10/26, 11/2, 11/9


November 10, 2012 - November 16, 2012, The Afro-American TYPESET: Tue Nov 06 10:09:27 2012 TYPESET: Tue2012 Nov 06 10:14:50 2012 TYPESET: Mon Oct 29 11:09:49 TYPESET: Tue Nov 06 10:16:00 EST 2012 TYPESET: Tue Nov 06 10:11:28 2012 LEGAL NOTICES LEGALEST NOTICES LEGALEST NOTICES LEGALEDT NOTICES LEGALEST NOTICES

Judith Gail Bryant having filed a complaint for judgment changing Judith Gail Bryant name to Judith Gail and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 31st day of October 2012, hereby ORDERED, that a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in The AfroAmerican Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that the publication must began no later than 12 days after the filing of the application; and is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 in the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 19th day of December, 2012 at 3:30 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further o the applicant must sent the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the applicants’s creditors personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof of service by filling the affidavit/declaration of service. SO ORDERED JUDGE TYPESET: Tue Nov 06 11/9, 11/16, 11/23

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM399 Willie Clay Decedent Larry C. Williams Esq 7600 Georgia Ave NW, Suite 306A Washington DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Charles F. Clay, whose address is 2916 M Street, SE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Willie Clay, who died on December 9, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 2, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 2, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 2, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Charles F. Clay Personal Representative 202-842-2222 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Nov 06 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM952 Joseph Carlton Young Decedent Theodora H. Brown Esq Law Office of Theodora H. Brown PLLC 3127 Cherry Road NE Washington DC 20018 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Diane T. Young, whose address is 1411 Allison Street, NW Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Joseph Carlton Young, who died on June 5, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 2, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 2, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 2, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Diane Y. Young Personal Representative 202-882-8129 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0008251-12 IN RE: Rodrick Renardo Williams Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Rodrick Renardo Williams having filed a complaint for judgment changing Rodrick Renerdo Williams name to Nicole Smith Williams and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 22nd day of October 2012, hereby ORDERED, that a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in The AfroAmerican Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that the publication must began no later than 12 days after the filing of the application; and is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 in the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 7th day of December, 2012 at 3:15 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further SO ORDERED TYPESET: Tue Nov 06 JUDGE 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE 10:10:01 ESTDIVISION 2012 Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1033 Shirley Lorraine Green Decedent Charles A Ray, Jr Esq 1001 16th Street NW Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Angela L. Green, whose address is 1216 Decatur Street NW Washington DC 20036 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Shirley Lorraine Green, who died on June 20, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 2, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 2, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 2, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Angela L. Green Personal Representative 202-726-6640 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Nov 06 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 10:10:44 EST 2012 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1033 Shirley Lorraine Green Decedent Charles A Ray, Jr Esq 1001 16th Street NW Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Angela L. Green, whose address is 1216 Decatur Street NW Washington DC 20036 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Shirley Lorraine Green, who died on June 20, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 2, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 2, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 2, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Angela L. Green Personal Representative 202-726-6640 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0008276-12 IN RE: Leah Elizabeth Brown Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Leah Elizabeth Brown having filed a complaint for judgment changing Leah Elizabeth Brown name to Leah Elizabeth Brown Rich and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 22nd day of October 2012, hereby ORDERED, that a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in The AfroAmerican Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that the publication must began no later than 12 days after the filing of the application; and is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 in the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 10th day of December, 2012 at 3:00 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further SO ORDERED TYPESET: Tue Nov 06 JUDGE 10:11:07 EST 11/2, 2012 11/9, 11/16

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM1016 Hessie Lousie Harris Decedent Julius P. Terrell 1455 Pennsylvania Av NW Suite 400 Washington DC 20004 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Joan Y. Davage, whose address is 7212 Willow Hill Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hessie Lousie Harris, who died on February 4, 2011 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: October 26, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Joan Y. Davage Personal Representative 301-350-6405 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Nov 06 REGISTER OFTue WILLS 10:11:07 EST 2012 10/26, 11/2, 11/9

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM871 Delores B. Banks Decedent Aaron E. Price Sr, Esq 717 D Street NW Suite 300 Washington DC 20004 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Cory Chandler, whose address is 87 54th Street, SE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Delores Banks, who died on October 26, 2011 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within daysOct of its 10:13:07 EST25 2012 TYPESET: Mon 29 first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Superior Court of Date ofthe Publication: District of October 26, of 2012 District Columbia Name of newspaper: PROBATE DIVISION Afro-American Washington, D.C. Washington Law 20001-2131 Reporter Administration No. Cory Chandler Personal 2012ADM988 Representative Lula Sewell 240-398-8077 aka TRUE TEST COPY Lula L. Sewell TYPESET: Nov 06 REGISTER OFTue WILLS Decedent10/26, 11/2, 11/9

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, Superior Court of NOTICE TO the District of CREDITORS District of Columbia AND NOTICE TO PROBATE DIVISION UNKNOWN HEIRS Washington, D.C. adWalter Sewell Jr., whose dress is20001-2131 2250 Hannon Street, Administration No. Hyattsville MD 20783 was, appointed personal repre2012ADM1004 sentative of the estate of Lula Hester P. Green Sewell aka Lula L. Sewell, Decedent who died on April 4, 2010 John Esq. withoutNoble, a Will, and will serve 451 Hungerford DriveAll without Court supervision. Suite 750 heirs and heirs unknown whose whereabouts are unRockville, MD known shall enter their 20850 appearance in this proceedAttorney ing. Objections to such NOTICE OF appointment shall be filed withAPPOINTMENT, the Register of Wills, NOTICE TO N.W., D.C., 515 5th Street, CREDITORS 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, onNOTICE or before April AND TO 19, 2013. Claims against the deUNKNOWN HEIRS

cedent V. shall be presented to James Green, whose adthe undersigned a copy dress is5001 13thwith Street, NE to the Register of Wills or filed Washington DC 20017 was with the Register of Wills with appointed personal reprea copy to the sentatives ofundersigned, the estate on of or before April 19, 2013, or be Hester Green, who died on forever barred. beJune 3, 2011 withPersons a Will, and lieved to be heirs or legatees will serve without Court suof the decedent who do not pervision. All unknown heirs this areceive n d ha ecopy i r sof w h notice o s e by mail within 25 days of its whereabouts are unknown first publication shall so inshall enter their appearance form the Register of Wills, in this proceeding. Objecincluding name, address and tions to such appointment (or relationship. to the probate of decedent’s Date shall of Publication: Will) be filed with the October 19, 2012 D.C., 515 Register of Wills, Name of newspaper: 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Afro-American Washington, D.C. 20001, on Washington or before April 26, 2013. Law Reporter Claims against the decedent Walter Sewell Jr. shall be presented to the undersigned with a Personal copy to Representative the Register of Wills or filed 240-461-4565 with the Register of Wills with TEST COPY aTRUE copy to the undersigned, on REGISTER or before AprilOF 26,WILLS 2013, or be 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent 10:14:11 EST who 2012do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: 11:18:45 October 26,EDT 2012 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter James V. Green Personal Representative 202-832-2713 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OFTue Nov 06 REGISTER WILLS 10/26, 11/2, 11/9

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION TYPESET: MonD.C. Oct 29 Washington, 20001-2131 Administration No. Superior Court of 2012ADM1019 the Mattie V.District DuPreeof District of Columbia Decedent Tracy DuPree Davis PROBATE DIVISION Esq Washington, D.C. 1461620001-2131 Friendlywood RdAdministration No. Burtonsville MD 2012ADM994 Superior Court of 20866 Rudolph Melvin the District of Attorney Johnson District of Columbia NOTICE OF Decedent PROBATE DIVISION APPOINTMENT, Wesley L. Clarke Washington, D.C. TO 1629 KNOTICE Street NW 20001-2131 CREDITORS Suite 300 Administration No. AND NOTICE TO Washington DC 20006 2012ADM993 UNKNOWN HEIRS Paul Lawrence Rankin Attorney Michele DuPree Johnson, Sr. NOTICE OF whose address is 7020 Decedent APPOINTMENT, Palamar Terrace, Lanham, Wesley L. Clarke MD 20706 was TO appointed NOTICE 1629 K Street personal representative of CREDITORS Suite 300 the estate of Mattie V. DuPAND NOTICE TO Washington DC 20006 ree, who died on April 17, UNKNOWN HEIRS Attorney 2012 with a Will, and will

Sheriel L. Sexcius, whose serve without Court superviaddress 229 Quackenbos sion. All is unknown heirs and Street NW, Washington DC heirs whose whereabouts 20011 was, appointed perare unknown shall enter their sonal representative of the appearance in this proceeding. Objections such estate of Melvin to Rudolph appointment to the proJohnson, who(or died on Febbate of decedent’s Will)a shall ruary 23, 2012 without Will, be filed with the Register of and will serve without Court Wills, D.C., 515 Street, supervision. All 5th unknown N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, heirs and heirs whose D.C. 20001, are on or before whereabouts unknown April enter 26, their 2013. Claims shall appearance against the decedent shall be in this proceeding. Objecpresented to appointment the undertions to such signed with a copy to the shall be filed with the RegisRegister of Wills or filed ter of Wills, D.C., 515 with 5th the Register of Wills with a Street, N.W., 3rd Floor copy to the undersigned, on Washington, D.C. 20001, or before April 26, 2013, or on be or before AprilPersons 19, 2013. forever barred. beClaims theordecedent lieved toagainst be heirs legatees shall presented of the be decedent who to do the not undersigned with a copy to receive a copy of this notice the Register Wills or of filed by mail withinof25 days its with Register shall of Wills first the publication sowith ina copythe to the undersigned, on form Register of Wills, or before April 19,address 2013, orand be including name, forever barred. Persons berelationship. lieved be heirs or legatees Date oftoPublication: of the decedent October 26, 2012who do not Name ofanewspaper: receive copy of this notice Afro-American by mail within 25 days of its Washington Lawshall so infirst publication Reporter form the Register of Wills, Michele DuPree Johnson including name, address and Personal relationship. Representative Date of Publication: 301-794-6962 October 19, 2012 TRUE of TEST COPY Name newspaper: REGISTER OF WILLS Afro-American Washington 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 Law Reporter Sheriel L. Sexcius Personal Representative 202-257-9730 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 10/19, 10/26, 11/2

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Wesley L. Clarke, whose

address is 1629 K Street, Suite 300, Washington DC 20006 was appointed personal representatives of the estate of Paul Lawrence Rankin, Sr. who died on September 26, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: October 26, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Wesley L. Clarke Personal Representative 202-257-9730 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 10/26, 11/2, 11/9

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0008080-12 IN RE: Calvin Orlando Crosson Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Calvin Orlando Crosson having filed a complaint for judgment changing Calvin Orlando Crosson name to Rebel Calie Crosson and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 15th day of October 2012, hereby ORDERED, that a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in The AfroAmerican Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that the publication must began no later than two weeks after the filing of the application; and is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 in the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 5th day of December, 2012 at 3:00 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further 11:19:27 EDT 2012 SO ORDERED JUDGE 10/26, 11/2, 11/9

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that Arrington’s endorsement helped spread important facts to those who may not have known before seeing his commercial. “In this area, half the people, especially younger voters, don’t really pay close attention to politics,” said Hansborough, who’s leaning toward voting yes. “LaVar was able to reach men, young men in particular, who had no idea what Question 7 was even about.” But another Maryland resident and former political/community news writer, George Barnette, 32, disagreed with the notion that Arrington’s public message had any impact on potential voters. “I don’t think LaVar’s ad made much of an impact and I’m not sure why [the producers of the commercial ad] went after LaVar rather than using a more popular ex-Redskins player to speak out to voters,” Barnette told the AFRO. “Popular athletes speaking out on civil issues can have a great effect on the general public, depending on what the issue actually is, though I’m not really sure that any athlete, popular or not, could’ve moved the needle on Question 7 in either direction.” Barnette may have history on his side about what happens when social issues addressed by high-profile athletes result in a call to action for the general public. Muhammad Ali’s legendary dominance of heavyweight boxing was put on hold when he refused to be drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in 1966. Instead of enlisting, Ali spoke out against the war, saying, “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?” Ali’s stanc, which resulted in the loss of his titles and a ban from boxing, prompted widespread support through the U.S., part of the chorus of anti-war protests that hastened U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. Had another American boxer less popular than Ali took the same stance, the rest of the world may not have taken notice. Distress triggered by Superstorm Sandy found relief from a National Basketball Association superstar recently. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said a recent game scheduled to be played at Madison Square Garden while the New York region struggled to recover from the lethal storm should have been canceled. “I just felt there were bigger things to be concerned about than us being here to play a basketball game,” Wade said during a TV interview before the game. “Obviously, sports are things that take people’s minds away from things, but, you know, I think there’s bigger things that need to be done here in the city.” Wade had tweeted before the game that it took the Heat team three hours just to drive six miles from the hotel to the arena, then reflected on how much more difficult it must be for the average citizen of average resources who had to deal with the aftershock of Hurricane Sandy. “If we’re in the car and we’re in traffic for three hours,...what are the other people that are really affected by this, what are they doing? How are they getting around? How are they moving?” Wade said. “It was just like, ‘C’mon man. We shouldn’t be here to play a basketball game. If anything, we should be here to do something to help the city.’” Wade’s vocal protest wasn’t able to get the NBA to cancel the game, but he was still able to make an impact financially by donating the paycheck that he earned from the game, a reported sum of more than $200,000, to towards relief funds for the storm’s victims. And according to ESPN reports, not long after Wade announced his donation, the Madison Square Garden Co. announced that it would donate $500,000 and host a telethon on its TV network to raise hurricane relief funds. The NBA and its players union also pledged a million dollars towards relief for the storm victims. Perhaps Wade’s comments helped motivate others to follow his lead and open their checkbooks as well. As Kluwe would suggested, once you’re favorite athlete gets involved, it doesn’t take too long before the rest of the world gets on board.

DeMatha Mangles McNamara, 47-12, Sets up Rematch with Gonzaga By Stephen D. Riley Special to the AFRO

With their spot in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs already penciled in, the DeMatha Stags were simply looking for a little preparation to get them tuned up for a rematch against Gonzaga Eagles a week later. That tune-up came against Bishop McNamara, and sophomore running back Taiwan Deal ran for four touchdowns to help the Stags cruise in 47-12 demolition of the McNamara Mustangs on Nov. 2 at Landover Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md. Deal scored three touchdowns in the first half as DeMatha ran over and through the Mustangs all night. “I think I did good. The offensive line helped me out. I just kept my feet running and I was just breaking a lot of runs and scoring,” Deal said. When DeMatha’s defense wasn’t punishing McNamara, it was Deal doing the work, as the 6-foot, 2-inch, 226-lb tailback simply wore down the defenders on a chilly night. “We needed that from him,”

DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks said. “He’s our go-to guy right now on the ground.” The Mustangs simply couldn’t get anything going against a fast-moving Stags defense. DeMatha took a 26-6 lead at the top of the third after junior defensive back Greyson Torain returned an interception 40 yards. It was all about bouncing back for DeMatha, as they rebound from a loss to the Eagles the on Oct. 27. Courtesy Photo

The runaway victory sets up a rematch date with the Gonzaga Eagles. At their recent faceoff, the Eagles surprised the Stags, 27-10, behind a fired up home crowd, but DeMatha has been buzzing ever since. “I’m looking forward to having the same game I had this week,” Deal said. “We lost to Gonzaga [but] we know what our mistakes were. We’ve been working hard in practice so we’re going to go back and show them.”

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