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Zimmerman’s Team Will Seek to Discredit Trayvon Martin WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Whether George Zimmerman goes on trial as

Trayvon Martin scheduled June 10 for killing Trayvon Martin or he gets the 6-week delay requested by his

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lawyer, it is clear from court filings that part of the defense strategy involves depicting the 17-year-old dead Black youth as a troublemaker and pot head. Martin, unarmed, was shot to death in February 2012 by Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, in Sanford, Fla. Martin, a Miami native, was visiting the area in central Florida with his father at the time and was returning to a residence after walking to a nearby convenience store. Zimmerman, 29, has tried to portray Martin as the aggressor, despite ignoring instructions from a police dispatcher that he not follow the youth in the rain. He has pleaded guilty to secondContinued on A3

S.E. District’s Alleged Kiddie Porn Doc Held Without Bond By Courtney Jacobs Special to the AFRO Robert Paul Dickey, a well-known Washington D.C. pediatrician, was directed to spend Memorial Day weekend in jail following a brief D.C. Superior Court appearance May 23. Dickey faces possession of child pornography charges. As he walked into the courtroom, holding his oversized orange prison uniform up to his chest, he sat down with a slight smile on his face. Due to his impaired

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Tornado-stricken Oklahoma Community Rebounds By Herb Boyd Special to the NNPA

MOORE, Oklahoma (NNPA) – Whenever high winds arise in Tornado Alley, this corridor of the state with a history of disasters, residents pay attention. On Sunday evening beneath overcast skies there were slight gusts of wind but it would have taken another EF5 tornado, like the one last Monday, to postpone the memorial services for the fallen at First Baptist Church. The vast church, where Pastor Kevin Clarkson presides, was prepared to host a crowd of more than 4,500 but the Memorial Day weekend may have lessened the turnout to an estimated 2,000. Many were hoping that President Obama would be among the speakers, but he had come earlier in the day, visiting families of victims and first responders and touring this devastated community, a suburb of Oklahoma City. It should also be noted that the tornado killed two residents in nearby Shawnee. “This is a strong community with strong character,” President Obama said at a press conference with Gov. Mary

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the church’s podium. “This has certainly been a trying time for our state. The loss of life was traumatic for us. It’s been a sad week.” Some of the sadness is being assuaged by an announcement from the Obama administration that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has earmarked $57 million in rebates and incentives to begin the Continued on A3

Loved Ones of Alexandria Man Killed by Off-Duty Deputy Demand Arrest

One-time patient Shawn Ellerbe attended the Dickey court appearance.

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Fallin by his side. “There’s no doubt they will bounce back… but they need help.” And help was already heavily evident around Moore where a week ago 24 perished, including 10 children; more than 12,000 homes were destroyed. Volunteers from across the nation arrived with “Disaster Relief” emblazoned on their trucks, trailers, and vans. “We have much to do,” Fallin said during her moment at

“This has certainly been a trying time for our state. The loss of life was traumatic for us. It’s been a sad week.”

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hearing, he was handed a headset so that he hear the judge more clearly. At one point, he turned around to peer into the audience. As he noticed his wife and several of his patients their families, he smiled and turned back around. Dickey received a master’s Continued on A3

Loved ones of Julian Dawkins took their message to the streets on May 28. They were ready for someone to be held accountable in his death and they wanted charges filed immediately. “Every 28 hours, a Black person is killed by a police,” read a large, hand-printed sign carried by Dawkins friends, as they staged a rally in front of the courthouse in Alexandria. “Enuff is enuff!” While his parents skipped the rally, friends said they took the action to demand action in the case. For more than a week, family members and friends of Dawkins, 22, have been awaiting answers as they grieve his death. Dawkins is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria. He had been working as a shuttle driver for PBS’s “NewsHour” program since June 2010. On May 25, many of Dawkins’ friends gathered at a relative’s Alexandria home to remember him and comfort each other as police continued to investigate his death. But on May 28, some of Dawkins’ loved ones took a more activist approach. They were seeking “an arrest of Craig Peterson,” friend Patrick Cooper told NBC4News. They gathered at the courthouse to get the attention of Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Sengel, who will decide whether or not Patterson will be charged. Sengel was quoted last week as saying he expected to decide by week’s end if charges would be filed, but no such announcement occurred.

After days of having media camped in front of the home Dawkins shared with his aunt in the 100 block of Lynhaven Drive in Alexandria, the same block where he was fatally shot, his parents and other close relatives had grown weary of talking to reporters, tired of explaining what few details they knew of his death. “We don’t want to make any more statements right now,” Dawkins’ father, Curtis, said after the May 25 family vigil as he stood in the front yard of the Lynhaven Drive home. “We’re just going to wait. There is a lot going on right now and we are just going to wait until we know something before we say anything else.” Dawkins was shot and killed by Patterson about 12:45 a.m. shortly leaving a celebration for his cousin, Tierra RuffinPratt, who was recently signed by the WNBA. The shooting apparently occurred after a confrontation took place between the two men, according to the Alexandria Police Department, which is investigating the case. Patterson, a 17-year veteran with the Arlington County Sheriff’s Department, used his service weapon in the shooting, officials said. After the shooting, Patterson stayed on the scene and called 911. He was taken in for questioning by Alexandria police, but was later released. He was placed on administrative leave with pay by the Arlington County Sheriff’s Department the same day. Alexandria police spokeswoman, Ashley Hildebrandt, said she could not offer any details on the investigation. “All I can say is that it has only been ruled a homicide, our detectives are running the case and the investigation is active Continued on A4

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Jennifer Hudson and Rel Julian Dawkins: A Local ‘Trayvon Martin Case’ Washington View

By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s brother. Many Black leave. Why? Alexandria’s Commonwealth Attorney Randy Kashira added, “Some people are saying mother that thisand is our The white, 1994 Chevrolet Jennifer Hudson and other Alexandrians are calling it Sengel, a classmate of mine at T.C. Williams, told WUSA9 local Trayvon Martin case. They are worried that Patterson Suburban with Illinois license relatives positively identified “our local Trayvon Martin that Patterson was not a flight risk nor does he appear to be a will get special treatment because he is a law enforcement case.” And, they won’t rest threat to society. Really? officer.” until they get “Justice for There is no dispute that Patterson shot and killed Julian, Another cousin of mine, a former D.C. homicide detective Julian.” according to authorities. The circumstances and the timing who is now a federal marshall, Alfonso Terrell, questioned The promising 22-yearare still in question, but it appears that the shooting did not not only the motivation for the shooting, but the time line as old Julian Dawkins, a driver occur at the same time as the alleged argument, according told by Patterson, according to news reports. for PBS’ Newshour, was to accounts. One neighbor has said in television interviews The whole situation reminds us all of the slaying of young shot and killed May 22 in that she heard an argument and then a man shouting, “I’ll Trayvon, who was walking home after buying a soft drink the 100 block of Lynhaven be back!” A relative of Julian’s said that she was talking on and Skittles when he was approached by George Zimmerman, Drive, apparently after an the phone with him when she heard gunshots, but he did not an armed neighborhood watch member who pursued him argument with off-duty against a police directive. He later fought and eventually shot Arlington County Sherriff’s and killed the teenager. His trial is set to begin in two weeks. Adrienne Deputy Craig Patterson, The case has gained national notoriety when Zimmerman Washington about a block from his invoked the state’s stand your ground self-defense law, even AFRO Columnist aunt’s home, according to though Trayvon wasn’t armed. reports. Not 12 hours before Julian was killed, I was sitting in a Here we go again, a meeting with his grandfather, Robert Dawkins, planning the Courtesy Photos senseless killing of yet another young black male after a unveiling of an exhibit on June 22 at the Charles Hamilton Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who confrontation with someone sworn to uphold the law. Houston Center Alexandria’s was killed, ascommemorating well as her brother, Jason.African How to stop this peculiar carnage? This incident is American history. particularly disturbing for me because I have lived in answer when she asked what was happening. Although I spoke to Julian’s grandfather and father, they plate X584859 was found on the bodytoofcomment her 7-year-old Alexandria all of my life. I graduated from the same high In a city that has seen many of its African American declined at this time. Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours school where Julian went, T.C. Williams Remember the Titans citizens displaced by gentrification, this case has rallied Julian’s friends, however, are speaking out. They police received a 7showed a.m. call after his body was found in a High School. I know some of Julian’s family. Some of my young Black Alexandrians like no other than I can recall in up by the dozens May 28 for a rally outside the Alexandria relatives were close to him. recent years. courthouse. They want Patterson arrested. By all accounts, Julian was good people. PBS news anchor Among the many local residents who are mourning Julian Meanwhile, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, another high Gwen Ifill remembered him as a “shy, soft-spoken colleague are three of my cousins, Kamal Evans, 22, Jarreau Williams, school classmate of mine, has asked Alexandrians to “be with velvet eyes and elaborate dreadlocks…with a bright 26, and Kashira Hargrove, 26. Kamal played basketball with patient and allow the justice system to do its work.” smile for everyone.” him. Kashira is among a group of friends who plan to wear Been there. Julian was also known for being “a bit of a jokester,” but T-shirts adorned with Julian’s picture to his memorial service and Dallas Cowboys players ByDone Alanthat. King always positive. His last words on Facebook, according to a on May 31. Alexandrians shouldn’t have to Tony wait.Romo Nor should and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Facebook entry by my cousin, Dwaine Terrell, were: “I don’t Many of Julian’s friends have taken to Facebook and Americans have to face yet anotheramong “localthe Trayvon Martin to names submitted care what nobody says, God is real and God is working.” Twitter to mourn their loss and to share information about case”Presidential in their neighborhoods. election officials. candidate John Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – What a tragedy. The untimely death has been ruled a what they are hearing about the case. were doingwrites those weekly things without Associated CommunityAdrienne Washington homicide by the city’s medical examiner, but no charges have “He didn’t deserve to die. He wasn’t a threat to that police Veteran journalist for knowledge or and permisOrganization for relevant Reform Now – in ACORN’s been filed in the case. Why? If there is a homicide, someone officer at all,” said Kashira. “We’re hurt and we want answers the AFRO about issues the District, Maryland sion, were fired. confirms Virginia. the successSend of the must have committed it. Patterson, a 17-year veteran, has and we want justice because Alexandria and Arlington tend to Northern correspondence to her at editor@ “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the not been arrested but was placed on paid administrative throw things under the rug.” afro.com. faced so far shows they faked group says. “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview Continued from A1 tor of it. with the AFRO. Hurdaggressor, said the only things “When this attack started, we weapon was Martin. A second photo the house. George is the I think that degree murder. on Trayvon Martin’s cell phone, bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had “My mom just told me I gotta makes evidence of the fighting he Mark M. O’Mara, co-counsel including pictures of Trayvon Martin shows the handgun and a clip on top selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new votmov wit my dad,” said a message has been involved with in the past for Zimmerman, filed a motion last in possession of at least one weapon, of a soiled mattress. agrees. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say The defense is also seeking to sent in November 2011. “Sherunning just scared relevant.” It concluded, “Neither Thursday seeking court sanctions pictures of marijuana plants, that someone’s introduce a photograph of Martin, kicked me out:(.” fornor Martin’s parents, against the State Attorney’s office for pictures of Trayvon Martin smoking ACORN its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” Attorneys dressed in a white undershirt, giving A text message from his father who are divorced, said in a not turning over evidence that he said marijuana, pictures of marijuana been found guilty of, or even McCain, who is running for said, “Show them that you a good statement: “Is the defense to might help Zimmerman’s defense. blunts, and texts discussing, securing two extended middle finders to the charged with, castingtrying fraudulent president on the Republican tickvotes.” deserved to be killed kid and you want positive prove Trayvon According to the motion, the or purchasing firearms, and bragging camera. et, lashed out things at ACORN in the problem came about(of) pridebate against In addition to other photos of around you. Befinal a big brother andBarack not by GeorgeThe Zimmerman because State of Florida had ignored previous about being involved in fights, etc.” becausethey of thesaid. way“If Obama, contending “iswaymarily a DONKEY…LOVE DAD.” the groupthe he looked?” defense filings seeking any evidence According to documents released marijuana, the defense also wants operates. than theasking verge of maybe perpetratto introduce certain text messages Prosecutorsonare Circuit so, this ACORN stereotypical andRather closedthat might reflect favorably on by defense attorneys, prosecutors rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in minded thinking is the same mindset recovered from Trayvon Martin’s Judge Debra Nelson to forbid the Zimmerman or negatively on Martin recovered a photo of an African ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, that caused George Zimmerman cell phone. Some of the texts are defense from introducing the texts. in preparation for going to trial. American holding a Smith & ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of to get out his was car and pursue related to Martin being suspended But O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer, In his petition, O’Mara said, “The Wesson handgun from Martin’s Theofidea to help both those democracy.” Trayvon, an unarmed kid from school for fighting and his said: “If they hadFactcheck.org, suggested thata non-partisan State was fully aware at that time cell phone. It was not immediately being registered andwho thosehe doing know.” mother’s decision to kick him out of Trayvon is nonviolent that that there was information resident clear whether the person holding the the registration. Web site,and found those claimsdidn’t to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reged. Continued from A1 istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowto note go thattoit prison was thefor organizaand moderate-income people, degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute after Dickey’s e-mail address was connected to the download of possessing child porn, he could possibly a and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first of Technology in 1962. Following that, he went to work as an 14 pornographic images, according to the criminal complaint. minimum of five years and a maximum of 30 years, with fines brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those engineer for the CIA, according to The Washington Post’s profile. The images included underage boys and girls performing sex totaling more than $500,000. to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote He earned a degree from the University of Minnesota’s medical acts, the complaint said. Shawn Ellerbe, family has been Dickey for 15 Thetreated McCainbycamp apparently Democratic, which whose is not necesschool in 1970, according to that state’s Board of Medical Authorities said they seized from Dickey’s home a desktop years, told the AFRO: “I feel saddened about the whole situation. isn’t interested in those fine I sarily true.” Practices. He was licensed in Minnesota as a physician and computer, a computer hard drive and other equipment, which prayACORN everything goes well so he can be released and retire.” points, preferring to air misleadis no stranger to ingwho ads said that seek to link Obama controversy. surgeon until 1977, when he moved to the District. contained images of pornography involving minors. Another patient, Sabrina Milam, she has known to ACORN, For 38 the non-partisan He has no prior criminal record in the region. Dickey is being held without bond and is to appear in court Dickey foryears, 33, told the AFRO. “I trusted him. thereby He wasundercutting a very his political support. organization has fought for social to the According to court documents, local authorities’ interest in May 30. good pediatrician and attentive children. I feel betrayed andhurt. economic justice for lowDickey in connection with child pornography began on April 3 If Dickey is found guilty of knowingly receiving and and I’m thoroughly disgusted.” McCain: I’m John McCain and I approve this message. and moderate-income Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 memObama? A man with “a political ber families organized into more baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, lege, he moved to Chicago. ACORN has over the years seen Continued from A1 its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine cating for in affordable housing, his home the tornado,” she and record themselves on the rebuilding of storm shelters, word my hope secures. He Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the said. Hornsby said she helped cellphone. She liked to be which played such a vital role will my shield and portion be/ branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organselect an outfit for Ja’Nae’s the center of attention. She to for many of the survivors. as long as life endures.” impressive that he was asked izing voter registration drives. funeral. always had a song or a Disasters of this Life clearly endures in train the ACORN staff. dance. But none has been as withering “She was the everything of She was very sweet, in a very magnitude are fairly common Moore and the rebuilding her niece Sunday on Jesse sister and her sister looked What did ACORN Chicago and baseless as this one. this With family,” Hornsby said of good student – a smart girl.” in Oklahoma, according to of homes has already Jackson’s “Keep Hope Alive” up to her…They were so engage in? Bullying banks. the presidential election Intimidation “She wasaway, a typical Hornsby tactics. added, Disruption “My FEMA, and the state suffers begun in sections of the lessniece. than two weeks radio program wonderful to watch together.” her of business. ACORN ACORN’s detractors the 9-year-old girl. Theyallege would father is a pastor andforced she a disproportionate share of community and the convoy “She had a 2-year-old Hornsby said the family banks to to be issue home organization hason engaged come over, put wigs, in I mas- loved in risky church andloans. the disasters, and is number one of volunteers, including a sister, who she was being has set up a special page The same loansgirl, that a sive voter registration fraud would dress her up and sheafter choir. Shetypes was aofgood when it comes to deadly delegation of Black teenagers raised with – they were living on Facebook – The Ja’Nae caused the girl.” financial crisis we’re the reported discoverysongs of bogus would sing different very good twisters. Of the 25 counties from Alabama, is a strong in the same home together Hornsby Family Fund to in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse that have been declared indication that it won’t be – that she was very close to. receive comments and disasters, the most times since long before Moore is once She was a good big sister,” donations. 1953, nine are in Oklahoma, again a thriving community. Angela Hornsby said. “I had “In addition to our greatest the most of any state. But before Moore can them the weekend before the loss of all –which is our But the resilience of thrive again, it must bury its tragedy. Ja’Nea doted on her baby – my brother even lost residents here is remarkable, dead. 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D.C. Honor Student Wins Scholarship By Courtney Jacobs Special to the AFRO Alassane Traore, a senior at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington D.C., has won a four year-scholarship, one of dozens of local students whose academic achievement and citizenship are being celebrated as they head toward graduation. Traore, 17, was awarded the Benjamin Templeton scholarship by Hanover College in Hanover, Ind., The scholarship, which is valued at $140,000, honors students who have demonstrated significant interest in issues of diversity education, tolerance and social

justice. According to the college’s website, the scholarship is named for its first Black student. Templeton, a free Black man who hailed from Chillicothe, Ohio, began his studies in 1832 and graduated five years later, in 1837, 10 years after the college was founded “and a full 25 years before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation,” the website said. Templeton later led the free Black community in Philadelphia and served as the pastor of the Second African Presbyterian Church. Traore learned about the scholarship when alumni of his high school who attended Hanover College spoke to the students.

Remembrances at Arlington Memorial Day drew thousands of people to Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to our nation’s fallen military men and women. Others came to visit loved ones. This place of peace and honor holds a special significance in our nation’s history. It holds a special place in Black History, as well, according to the cemetery website. *The person who dug the first graves at the cemetery was James Parks, who had been enslaved on what was once known as the Arlington Estate. Parks is the only person buried in the cemetery who was born on the property. *About 1,500 U.S. Colored Troops are buried in Section 27, a special location designated for Blacks during segregation. * The Colored Troop’s

Traore credited his mother, Adia, with inspiring him to excel. “She grew up where education was a treasure,” he said. “She is a strong woman and because of her, I’m…pursuing my goals.” He said he is not worried to leave home for college. “I know this is for a better and greater cause,” he said. “I’m overall excited.” Traore said he will major in computer science, which he became interested in through video games. He said he appreciates all the love and support he is receiving. “Just being recognized gives me more motivation for the future,” he said.

Vocabulary Test Introduced to Spelling Bee

vocabulary test he was grateful for a trick everyone learns at school: the process of Jae Canetti said he screamed “No!” when elimination. he learned the National Spelling Bee would “It was good that they gave multiple be introducing a vocabulary test. He started choice, so that you could eliminate incorrect changing the way he prepared, studying answers,” Arvind said. “I had to guess at one definitions of words on the bus ride to school or two in vocabulary. ... I think it’s not too bad each day. of a change, actually. The vocabulary words, At least the extra work appeared to have they’re pretty easy to someone who studies paid off. When the 11-year-old from Fairfax, well enough.” Va., took the test Tuesday morning, he felt he There will be another vocabulary test did just fine. for those who make it to the semifinals, but “I knew Thursday a lot of the night’s finals words,” Jae will look said. “It the same as definitely always — was not, like, with spellers painstaking.” taking turns The 86th tackling edition of incredibly the Scripps difficult National words under Spelling Bee the bright took on new lights of meaning — prime-time or rather, lots television of meanings until only a Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant Gabriela champion — with Rodriguez-Garcia, 13, of Clinton, Md., studies, while her remains. The organizers brother Samuel Rodriguez-Garcia, 12, reads. winner takes having home more decreed that than $30,000 in cash and prizes. the precocious youngsters need to prove The environment Tuesday morning was they know more than just how to spell. The more low-key. Still, the tension and pressure 281 competitors took a 45-minute computer were evident. The test took place inside a test that probed their knowledge of both spelling and vocabulary, with the results to be large hotel ballroom, where about 50 spellers at a time sat at a long, rectangular table combined with Wednesday’s onstage round staring at computer screens. They emerged to determine who advances to the semifinals one by one, greeted with pats on shoulders Thursday. from parents and whispers of “How’d it go?” For the most part, the spellers had the There was also a blind speller who took her same reaction to the vocabulary test: Good test in Braille. idea, but they wished they had known about The scoring system has the complexity it sooner. usually associated with something like “I think everybody wasn’t expecting Olympic gymnastics: 24 words to spell and it, because it was something you weren’t 24 words to define, although only 12 of thinking they were going to put in,” said 12-year-old Mary Elizabeth Horton from West each count toward the total score. There was also a pair of extra vocabulary words worth Melbourne, Fla. “But it definitely changes three points each. The spellers were asked to everything.” choose among four possible definitions for Organizers announced the addition of each vocabulary word. vocabulary seven weeks ago, saying it The lists of words on Tuesday’s tests will reinforces the bee’s mission to encourage be announced Wednesday, after the final students to broaden their knowledge of the scores are tabulated. English language. They waited until all of the qualifying bees had been completed so that Organizers might tinker with the format in the spellers would be on equal footing in their future years, but there’s little doubt that the preparation. vocabulary test is here to stay. “Before they announced the vocabulary, “I really like the intended purpose, which I paid attention to the definitions but I didn’t is to emphasize vocabulary,” said 1999 champion Nupur Lala, who was featured in focus too much,” said 13-year-old Arvind the documentary “Spellbound.” Mahankali of New York. “But then after they “I think the level of competition has announced it, I occasionally had my dad quiz reached such an apex at this point that they me on vocabulary words, and I studied the need something else to differentiate spellers definitions once in a while.” — and still keep the bee an educational Arvind is one of the favorites, having exercise.” finished third last year, and as he took the The Associated Press

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When deciding which college or university he wanted to attend, “the scholarship was a factor,” Traore said. But a visit to the campus sealed Hanover as his first choice. “It was another like another home to me,” Traore told the AFRO. “It was a really good environment… Even if I didn’t get the scholarship, I would have still attended Hanover College.” Traore said he was surprised to learn that he was awarded the scholarship. “It feels amazing,” he said. “When I first heard I won, it was like a dream. When you apply to something like [this], especially when it’s national, you don’t expect to win.”

Visitors view a gravesite headstones are marked with “U.S.C.T.” for U.S. Colored Troops.

*Almost 4,000 people who were formerly enslaved at Arlington Estate are also

Section 27 in Arlington National Cemetery buried in Section 27. *Once the gravestones of many of the formerly enslaved people were marked “Contraband.” The word was later changed to “Citizen” or “Civilian.”

Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers’ gravesite. Ransom Williams, 64, who spent 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, visited the cemetery on Memorial Day. He said it is important that African Americans and others learn the rich history of the cemetery. “I think it’s imperative for everybody to get in touch with their roots,” he said. Among the families visiting the site were Ann

Vigilant and her son, Richard. They go to the cemetery several times a year to pay tribute to Ann Vigilant’s oldest son, Ronny, who served in the U.S Navy and died three years ago at the young age of 30. He was not only the first African American to be awarded the Information Defense Warfare pin, but the first in the entire U.S. Navy, she said. His tombstone is marked with the letters IDW. “He loved serving his country,” she said. “He enjoyed what he did. He thought he was making a difference. He was a leader.”

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and ongoing,” she said. Said Major Susie Doyel, the spokesperson for the Arlington County Sheriff’s Department: “We’ve never been through this as a department. It’s a case by case kind of thing. We have to see how the investigation unfolds.” Near the spot where he died, at the intersection of Lynhaven and Evans Lane, a makeshift memorial has been set up. There are notes, stuffed animals and a picture of Dawkins. Curtis Dawkins said he has stopped speaking to reporters to protect the integrity of the investigation. “Anything I say now will interfere with the case,” he said. “I can’t release any more information, but I’ll be more than willing to speak after the funeral.” Ruffin-Pratt is not the only publicly known relative of Dawkins. His great uncle, Nolan Dawkins, was the first African-American Circuit Court judge in Alexandria. The funeral for Dawkins was scheduled for May 31.


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OPINION

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The State of Equality and Justice in America:

We are Dangerously Close to Regressing This year marks the 50th anniversary of the great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was there, at one of the largest rallies for human rights, that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. King and all those gathered in Washington, D.C., addressed the notion of greater equality and justice in America in a way which could no longer be ignored. Thanks to Dr. King’s unyielding work, and the work of countless others before and after him, laws like the Voting Rights Act of 1965, were eventually passed, and victories were achieved in the struggle for civil rights.  In the time since, we’ve watched people of color break down barriers across the board - including into the highest office of the land. Progress over the last five decades is undeniable. But now, 50 years after the March on Washington, we are dangerously close to regressing on some of the most fundamental advancements in our society. Rev. Al Sharpton  The Supreme Court of the United States is set to rule on several key items this year that are at the core of justice and equality in America. Shelby v. Holder challenges Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act itself. A key aspect of the Act, Section 5 requires jurisdictions that have a history of discriminatory voting practices to obtain advanced approval from the federal government before they can alter election laws. Without Section 5, the basic foundation of the Voting Rights Act would be destroyed. The floodgates of biased and disenfranchising practices like harsh new voter ID laws would open and the protection of our participation in the voting process would be eliminated. Voting rights for all American citizens was a basic principle of Dr. King and all those who sacrificed during the civil rights struggle and in subsequent years. Ironically, half a century after Dr. King’s speech, voter equality is under attack all over again. In addition to the Voting Rights Act, one of the greatest advancements toward equality we achieved in this nation was the ability of those who were traditionally excluded from higher learning to attend our great colleges and universities. Well, in 2013, affirmative action hangs in the balance. Two cases, Fisher v. University of Texas and a Michigan law banning affirmative action in public college admissions, have reached the Supreme Court. The outcomes of these two cases will have serious ramifications for the admission practices of schools throughout the country. At a time when our educational system is severely leaving minority and poor students behind, some are attempting to eliminate laws designed to create a more even playing field. Our society is growing ever diverse, and our institutions of higher learning need to reflect that diversity. Affirmative action doesn’t mean preferential treatment; it means equalizing an imbalance. The future of so many students remains in limbo as the high

court weighs in this year on these crucial cases. This year marks another milestone in this nation’s history: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In the last 150 years, we’ve witnessed momentous progress that was achieved only because of the selfless acts of many. Folks have marched, rallied, organized, boycotted, withstood beatings, bombings, water hoses, dogs and some even died for the cause of justice.  In a post-Civil Rights era, laws such as the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action appeared etched in stone permanently. But now the state of justice and equality in America remains to be determined because of these renewed attempts to repeal such laws. We can either continue on a path toward greater freedom for all, or regress back to the wrong side of history. The generation of Dr. King, and the generation immediately behind him continued fighting until they got voting rights and affirmative action on the books. We must not become the generation that couldn’t sustain and maintain it. Rev. Al Sharpton is president/CEO of the National Action Network and host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC. This article - the sixteenth of a 20-part series - is written in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. For more information, please visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

Barriers Block Our Path to a Post-Racial Society As a college student I am disappointed to see such a plethora of articles pertaining to most recent incidents of racial Yasmine Arrington discrimination and misunderstanding in 21st century America today. One of these issues includes voting rights. Here in North Carolina, where I go to school, the legislature wants to decrease the voting period from approximately two weeks to only one week, if not less. It is well known that mostly Democrats and minorities take advantage of early voting. On May 6, 27 people, mostly members of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, were arrested while protesting new GOP policies. People are being arrested in 2013 for protesting? Really? The legislature here in Raleigh is predominately Republican and it is obvious to me that the decision-makers in this state wish not to see minorities progress, as their new policies included taking away unemployment insurance and the right to claim earned income tax credit—which will most likely hurt poor, minority mothers who would usually claim expenses related to their children’s needs on their tax returns. When will enough be enough? Apparently to some, it’s never enough. To some, we are all lazy and our poverty struggle is our fault alone and has not befallen us because of the top-down power structure we are seeing take an even more defined form in this country. From the looks of things it seems we are taking a turn for the worst. The capitalistic greed that has always driven our power structure’s action abroad is catching up with us here at home and minorities and poor people are taking the fall. Another recent debate has surrounded the newly released collaboration of country singer Brad Paisley and LL Cool J entitled “Accidental Racist.” Now granted, perhaps the song was not given the best title and lyrics such as, “If you don’t judge my do-rag, then I won’t judge your red flag,” can be highly misinterpreted, but the bigger picture of the song is to let people know that the only way we will get over our differences and our fathers’ quarrels, is if we stop

judging each other and actually get to know one another. The most recent issue is a court case --{Fisher v. University of Texas}--that was filed in 2008 and was brought to the attention of the Supreme Court recently. Blacks have been liberated from slavery in this country for approximately 150 years. Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff in that case, claims that she was not accepted into the University of Texas because a less qualified minority applicant was accepted under affirmative action. The university says her claim is not true, but in fact the minority was more qualified. In addition, the university is required to accept about 81percent of applicants who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and Fisher did not fit into that category. Many have the misperception that affirmative action is designed to give minorities an advantage. This is not so. It is in place and was designed so that disadvantaged minorities would not be discriminated against if they are more qualified versus a less qualified non-minority. We must understand that the struggle for minorities to obtain higher education in this country is nothing new, but it’s nothing old, either. For example, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, better known as the GI Bill, was designed to ensure low mortgage interest rates and education benefits for World War II veterans. Unfortunately, many of these policies did not apply to Black veterans particularly in racist Southern states. Will the Supreme Court justices be able to look me, a 20-year-old Black college woman in the face this summer and tell me with 1,000 percent conviction that affirmative action is no longer needed despite their knowledge that racial prejudices still exist? Let us not deceive ourselves into believing that we live in a post-racial society. The only way we can move in that direction is if we stop judging one another. Yasmine Arrington, a native of Washington, D.C., is a junior communications major at Elon University in North Carolina and founder and executive director of ScholarChips.

A Few Plays From LeBron’s Playbook for Everyday Employees LeBron James is unquestionably an NBA superstar. He might not wear a cape like Laker’s player Dwight Howard, but Shirley A. Jones he has been dubbed “King James” for his mythical, god-like basketball skills. In fact, there are some who think he will go down in history as a more prolific player than Michael Jordan. So, what makes LeBron a superstar in his NBA workplace? I believe he took the same steps that any employee can take to ensure success in the workplace. 1. Have a single, overriding objective. Like Michael Jordan, LeBron decided that he wanted to be more than just a great basketball player. He wanted to win an NBA championship and he made that his sole focus. (Do you have a single, overriding objective for your career beyond just wanting to be successful?) 2. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded individuals. When LeBron left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Heat, he joined Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, two players with the same overriding objective. (Do you surround yourself with like-minded individuals who will be an asset to you not a hindrance?) 3. Establish an individual development plan (IDP). After losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA finals, LeBron knew he had to up his game personally and he developed an

IDP that didn’t include Wade or Bosh. He spent the 2011 summer months in Houston, Texas training and transforming his game to reintegrate the 3-pointer and the mid-range shot to throw off players that always expected him to go to the hole. (What training do you need and are you willing to pay for it yourself? What can you integrate or reintegrate into your skills portfolio?) 4. Identify an appropriate mentor for your development needs. After the 2011 loss, LeBron decided he needed a mentor. He knew he needed to learn from a master of his craft. He chose former Houston Rocket player Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, who had ended his career with two consecutive NBA championships that included consecutive NBA Finals MVP awards. (Do you have a mentor(s) who can not only give you good advice in general but who can truly help you take your specific craft to the next level?) Whether or not you’re cheering for the Heat to win the 2013 NBA championship in a repeat effort, any employee can take a few plays from LeBron’s playbook for on-the-job success. His workplace is different than ours and he makes a whole lot more money, but all things being equal, success in the workplace isn’t rocket science. Of course, how to make all things equal, now that’s a topic for another day. Shirley A. Jones is president of the Region XI Council of Blacks In Government.


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Latasha Coleman

Professor Gibson presenting Taranda M. Brunner with copy of his book

Photos by J.D. Howard

Joseph Daniels

Reginald Exum, chairperson, Coppin State University Board of Visitors

Dr. Mortimer H. Neufville, interim president CSU

The hat says it all

Dr.Nicholas Eugene, president, Coppin State University Faculty Senate

Kevin Carr and Christian Harris render a musical selection

The graduating class of 2013

Professor Gibson presenting graduate, Andrea Jenkins a copy of his book on Thurgood Marshall

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UMES chemistry grad Pierre Noel, exercise science, and Brandon Barnes, businessfinance La-Basha Alexander, English, with Dr. Bell

Class of 2013 member

Ashley Gideon, general agriculture and Amber North, agribusiness

Sharnia Price, human ecology, and family Antoine McKnight, biology

Herman Hodges III, criminal justice

Speaker Lisa P. Jackson, former EPA administrator

Ph.D. candidates

Commencement Marshal Dr. Anthony Jenkins, vice president for student affairs

Rising senior Justin Thompson, SGA president 2013-2014

Doctor of Pharmacy graduates Happy graduate with family

Daniel J. Davis, Ph.D. in education leadership

Happy graduate with family

DeAngelo Price, pharmacy, and Dr. Bell

Jonathon Blackmon, sign-language interpreter

Christine Jones, human ecology, with Dr. Bell

Letitia DeLaine (Ph.D Pharmacy) and family

Photos by Joey Gardner, Bill Robinson and Jim Glovier


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2nd Lieutenants Jonathan Merriweather, U.S. Army Reserve, Benedict Paye, Military Police

Treshema Morgan, Miss Morgan 2013

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School of Business graduates Kaira Oweh, Adrienne Sheppard, Rosie Ellis

Class of '63, Dr. Quinton B. Wilkes

Dr. Charles V. Willie is hooded by President David Wilson and chairman-elect Board of Regents, the Hon. Kweisi Mfume Yolanda Redding, Daisha R. Watson, Antonio Donte Chase Jr, music majors

Doctoral graduates are Lashaunna Lipscomb, Anthony Estreet, Marni Seyyid

2nd Lieutenants Annesah Aziz, William Dixon, Jason Jack Civil engineering graduates Joanna Smith, Amon Dow III, Angela Strong, Ibiso Saka

Business administration graduates Erica Lawson, Steven Lewis, Hospitality Management, Orlando Pickens Broadcasting graduates Nathalie Paulin, Shaneshia West, sociology majors Ernest Obong, Jasmine Russell

Graduate describes her journey...she came and conquered with the love of her family

Master's graduates Khadyih Berkley, Kevin Crawford, Terrence Nelson, Lenard Pitts, Brittany Peterson, Yjimma Ward

Family and Consumer Services graduates Rosey Floyd, Rachael Cragway, Tashira Sellers, Robyn Cooper

The Hon. Kweisi Mfume, chairman-elect of the Board of Regents extends greetings to the crowd

Dr. Jeremiah Dibua, advisor, JoAnna McDonald, PhD, Kami Fletcher, PhD

Master's in social work,Yjimma Ward, Zelda Olarewaju, Robin Gibson

The Hon. Fred David Gray received the Doctor of Humane Letters

Political science graduates, Matthew Bradford, Elisette Bikandou, David Wade, Toney W. Dixon

Liberal arts graduates Denisha Smith and Nicole Davis Choir member Collin Lett, soloist, received a B.A. in music

Public relations graduates are Adrienne Alexander, Shirley Hudson, Ronald Jeffries, Chanera Jones, psychology

Marketing graduate Koreen Michelle King, Somerset, N.J. is the granddaughter of Baltimorean Dr. Ruth Pratt

School of Social Work graduates Mia Gray, Krystal Walker, Ronieka Moore, Jasmine Evans, Latrice Commodore, Purvi Brahmbatt, Sharae Chaney, Jacqueline Booker Photos by A. Lois DeLaine


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Dr. Weldon Jackson, provost and vice president of academic affairs and Barry P. Gossett, vice chair, USM Board of Regents

Angela Gore Curry, master’s in education with family; Marissa, Marc Curry and Marc Jr.

Dr. Mickey L. Burnim, Bowie State University president

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski (at podium) received the Presidential medal

Photos by Rob Roberts

The official hooding of the new graduates

Ashley Exum and Tia Johnson

Commencement address being presented by First Lady Michelle Obama

Faculty members

Procession

Procession

Akintunde Akingemi, center, with his family members

Dr. Burnim leads the processional of the faculty and staff Parents, family and friends of the graduates

Jaryn Colbert, Reggie Colbert, Elba Vargas, Saige Colbert (B.A. in business management administration), Wanda Colbert, Josten Harding and Cameron Vargas Colbert


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ARTS & CULTURE

Book Review

Gabby: In Her Own Spiritual, Kid-Friendly Words country’s imagination, she’s been on a whirlwind tour of the TV talk shows and had her face grace millions of boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. The talented 17 year-old role model published an autobiography last fall, and has just now released another aimed at impressionable young minds inclined to place her up on a pedestal. Entitled Raising the Bar,” this coffee table book is more like a fancy, bound fanzine than her longer-winded, anecdote-driven memoir. Its pages arrive filled with over a hundred, full-color photos of Gabby, both in action on the gymnastics floor and unwinding with family and friends. Betwixt and between, we’re treated to many of her favorite m amazon.co inspirational sayings,

Raising the Bar by Gabrielle Douglas By Kam Williams

“Gabrielle Douglas is the first African-American and first woman of color from any nation to win an Olympic gold medal in the individual gymnastics all-around competition… That is a big accomplishment for a 4’11” 16 year-old from Virginia. But she is still a normal American teen who is figuring out who she is and what’s next in her life. Dive into Gabrielle’s world from her perspective, and get to know this bubbly athlete who stole America’s heart and made an entire country cheer.” — Excerpted from the Introduction (pg. 9) Gold medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas skyrocketed to fame on the strength of her nonpareil performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. And ever since capturing the

Film Review

Boys Choir in Concert

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Fast & Furious 6 By Kam Williams

It’s important to note that this edition of Fast & Furious is every bit as funny as it is adrenaline-fueled. Most of the laughs come courtesy of comic relief provided by Tyrese, who is back in an expanded role as trashtalking Roman Pearce, a card-carrying member of the fugitive gang of auto thieves led by macho Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Like a latter-day Stepin Fetchit, Roman revives a slew of offensive AfricanAmerican stereotypes, behaving in an alternately shallow, jive, flamboyant, lecherous, felonious and cowardly manner, doing everything but put on a dress to make a joke work. To Tyrese’s credit, the campy performance somehow works, either because the character is so ingratiating, or because of the presence of several respectable other blacks in the principal cast. Whether entertaining a bevy of scantily-clad beauties

on his personal jet or making money literally rain out of an ATM to the delight of a crowd of appreciative strangers picking the bills up off the ground, he’s a scene-stealer who becomes a center of attention in this movie. Well, except during the action, chase and fight scenes when the muscle cars and muscle heads take charge. Other than Tyrese’s, the acting is uniformly wooden and unconvincing. Not to worry, this stunt drivenspectacular is all about the eye-popping special effects, and boy does it deliver in terms of the wow factor! The plot of F&F 6 is little more than a lame excuse to pit an army of bad guys against an army of worse guys, both as simplistically-drawn as tag teams of opposing professional wrestlers.

especially verses from Biblical scriptures that have served her well in times of trouble. For instance, from Psalms, she quotes: “Let all that I am praise the Lord”; from Timothy, there’s “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”; and from Matthew, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” In fact, we find Gabby praying that “God will keep me humble and grounded” to “be a blessing and give back to the people who have supported me.” In terms of that support, she freely gives props not only to her mother (“Do you have any idea how many sacrifices she made to pay for my training?”) but to her sisters (“Arielle gave up ballroom dancing and Joyelle stopped ice-skating.”) and big brother (“John has always been so protective.”) She also thanks the Partons, the host family she lived with in Iowa, her coach, Liang Chow, and champions she’s looked up to like Tim Tebow, Dominique Dawes and Carly Patterson. Besides humbly spreading around credit for her success, Gabby shares some personal info, such as her favorite books (the Twilight series), fast food (McDonald’s), clothing brands (Nike and Miss Me Jeans) and TV show (“The Vampire Diaries”). A kid-friendly opus which makes it easy to understand why a poised and pretty shining star never let her Olympic glory go to her head.

Here’s the storyline in 25 words or more. Dominic coaxes his cohorts (Tyrese, Paul Walker, Ludacris, Sung Kang and Gal Gadot) out of retirement for one last adventure, after rumors surface that his late-ex, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), might miraculously still be alive. They hatch a plan to rescue the damsel in distress who’s suffering from amnesia and currently in the clutches of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), a worthy adversary specializing in vehicular warfare. Hobbs okays the deal, and soon, a dogfight featuring fisticuffs, pyrotechnics and plenty of cartoon physics unfolds all over London, involving not only soupedup autos and state-of-the-art gadgetry, but a tank and a plane, to boot. The epitome of a summer

The D. C. Boys Choir, under the direction of Eleanor Stewart, will appear in its 20th spring concert at 4 p.m. on June 2 in St. Paul’s Center located on Rock Creek Church Road and Webster St. N.W. Norris Berry and Joel Lehman will be at the piano. From The D. C. Boys Choir its inception in 1993, the Choir has established itself as one of the premier youth choirs in the nation. It has a long and distinguished blockbuster; just remember to check your brain at the box office, and you won’t be disappointed. Excellent (HHHH) PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, mayhem, violence and intense action Running time: 130 minutes Distributor: Universal Pictures

list of outstanding command performances from Harlem to the White House and throughout Europe. The choir represented the Nation’s Capital in Beijing, China for the PreOlympic Musical Festival in 2008. Stewart, the organizer of the Choir, is a retired D.C. public school Courtesy Photo music teacher. The concert will be free and open to the public but donations will be accepted. Call 301-8536433 for additional information.


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CRIME BLOTTER

District Woman Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter In Traffic Fatality in Southwest Maria N. Werts, 49, pleaded guilty May 21 to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence stemming from a traffic fatality where she struck and pinned a pedestrian to a tree, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced in a statement. Sentencing is scheduled for July 26. The plea agreement calls for Werts to serve a sevenyear prison term for her offenses. According to evidence, on April 28, 2013, Werts was drinking malt liquor and smoking crack cocaine immediately before getting behind the wheel of a 2010 Toyota Yaris.  While driving on 1st Street SW, about 2:45 p.m., Werts ran a red light at the intersection of South Capitol Street making an illegal right turn on red. A southbound driver on South Capitol Street had to swerve to avoid colliding with Werts. Werts lost control of the Toyota, mounted the sidewalk adjacent to the southbound lanes and struck Emmajean Gainey, 58, who was walking with another pedestrian. Werts struck Ms. Gainey head on and pinned her against a tree. Gainey was killed instantly. Witnesses who saw Werts get out of the Toyota and attempt to leave the scene detained her until police arrived. She later admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking cocaine immediately prior to getting into the car.  She denied driving the car, telling authorities that she was merely a passenger, though several eyewitnesses identified her as the driver responsible for Ms. Gainey’s death, according to Machen’s statement.

Three Plead Guilty in Murder and Wounding of ICE Agents in Mexican Ambush Julian Zapata Espinoza, aka “Piolin,” 32, pleaded guilty May 23 to the murder of U.S. ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of ICE Special Agent Victor Avila in Mexico. The court also unsealed the guilty pleas of three other defendants on related murder, attempted murder, racketeering and accessory charges, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. According to court filings, on Feb. 15, 2011, Espinoza, a commander in Los Zetas Cartel, a heavily armed Mexican narco-trafficking cartel and trans-national criminal organization, attempted to hijack Special Agent Zapata’s and Special Agent Avila’s armored government vehicle as the agents were driving on Highway 57 in San Luis Potosi.  Two armed Zetas hit squads, or “estacas,” forced the agents off the road and surrounded their vehicle.  Espinoza, the leader of the attack, ordered the agents to exit their vehicle.  When the agents refused and attempted to identify themselves as

American diplomats from the U.S. Embassy, the hit squad members fired weapons into the vehicle, striking both agents. Estaca members continued to fire as the agents attempted to escape by driving away.  Zapata died and Avila was seriously injured in the attack. On April 19, 2011, Espinoza was indicted by a federal grand jury and on Dec. 20, 2011, was extradited from Mexico to the U.S. On May 23, he entered a guilty plea to the murder of Zapata, and the attempted murder of Avila.  In addition, Ruben Dario Venegas Rivera, aka “Catracho,” 25, and Jose Ismael Nava Villagran, aka “Cacho,” 30, pled guilty to federal charges in connection with the slayings. Francisco Carbajal Flores, aka “Dalmata,” 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct the affairs of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity and to being an accessory after the fact to the murder and attempted murder of the ICE agents. As part of their guilty pleas, Espinoza, Rivera and Villagran admitted to being members of a Los Zetas hit squad and to participating directly in the ambush on Feb. 15, 2011.  Flores, acknowledged assisting Zetas members after the attack.  All four defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison.  No sentencing date has been set, according to the statement. “The deadly ambush of two highly dedicated and courageous American law enforcement officers by the Los Zetas drug cartel demanded an intense, dedicated and forceful response,” said Machen. “The message to any criminal who dares to commit an act of violence against a U.S. law enforcement officer serving in a foreign land is unmistakable—if you commit such a heinous crime, we will not forget, we will not falter, and we will not rest until you are brought to justice.  Our work in this critical case will continue until all of those who participated…are held accountable.” 

Prince George’s County Oxon Hill Man and Woman Plead Guilty to Pandering Charge Amina Hamid 20, and Charles Mayberry, 19, both of Oxon Hill, pleaded guilty May 24 to a charge of pandering after admitting to luring a young woman into prostitution, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced in a statement. Sentencing is scheduled for July 19. Each faces a statutory maximum of five years in prison. According to the government’s factual proffer, in early 2013, Mayberry lured a young woman into working for him and Hamid by telling her that prostitutes who worked for him earned up to $1,000 per day. Hamid set up an ad on a website in which she advertised the young woman as “…the girl u can use like a toy.” Hamid used her own cell phone number in the ad and handled calls

from potential customers. Then she and Mayberry drove the young woman to agreed-upon locations. On May 10, an undercover police officer, posing as a customer, texted Hamid and made arrangements to meet the young woman at a hotel room on New York Avenue NE in the District. The two were arrested after delivering the girl to the hotel, according to a statement. In announcing the plea, Machen praised the work of the FBI/Metropolitan Police Department Joint Task Force on Human Trafficking, which investigated the case. 

Baltimore Two Suspects Arrested in Patterson Park Area with Assault Weapons, Narcotics Officers from the Baltimore Police Special Enforcement Section arrested and charged two suspects May 21 with multiple weapons and narcotics violations after a cache of weapons, suspected marijuana and almost $20,000 in cash were found in their home, official said in a statement of probable cause in the case. The suspects were identified as Francisco Milos and Lynnie Lewis, both 29. They were taken into custody after a search and seizure warrant was executed at their home in the 100 block of N. Kenwood Ave., according to the statement. According to police, the items seized included three handguns, three rifles and one shotgun; among the weapons were two AK-47 assault rifles, an AR-15 style assault rifle and more than 7,500 rounds of ammunition for the various weapons. Also seized were two bullet proof vests, 504 grams of suspected marijuana and about $20,000 in cash. The warrant was served about 9 p.m. Officers found Milos at home. The warrant was requested after undercover officers purchased suspected marijuana from the home. The SWAT team was assigned to the search because officers had received information that Milos allegedly possessed weapons and may have “displayed and threatened people” with them, the document said. Milos let the officers in and, after his Miranda rights were read to him, talked to the officers without a lawyer, the document said. “Milos stated that all the drugs in the house belonged to him,” it said. “Milos also stated that the guns in the house belong to him…Milos stated that he had the large amount of weapons because he was preparing for the war.” When asked who would be fighting the war, he did not respond, officers wrote. The searchers included the police dog, Harry. The officers found the cash in a safe after Milos told a sergeant how to open it, an officer wrote. Milos, was charged with possessing a bullet proof vest along with multiple weapons and narcotics violations.  Lewis was charged with multiple narcotics violations.  She was allegedly at work until Milos instructed police where she was. She returned home to be arrested, the document showed. Milos is being held without bail at the Baltimore City Central Booking and Intake Facility.  Lewis is being held on a $50,000 bail, police said. 


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Prostate Cancer Survivor Creates T-shirt to Inspire Prostate cancer awareness advocate Robert Ginyard of Inspire Apparel is giving back to the cause with the launch of his new inspirational t-shirt “DiBi DiBi” - Dream it. Believe it. Do it. Be it. Ginyard has made prostate cancer awareness one of his priorities in life since being diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago. He attributes the first day of his eight week radiation treatments as his inspiration for Dibi Dibi. “While lying on the radiation table, I asked myself two questions: how did I get here and what have I done with my life up to this point,” says Ginyard. It was at that moment, Ginyard made a promise that after his cancer journey was over he would make an earnest effort to pursue his dreams that had been sitting dormant for many years. Nearly two years after his last treatment, Ginyard found that he had not fully lived up to his promise. He was still dreaming, but not following through to make things happen. “I became content with just being alive, which is a good thing, but I wasn’t living life to its fullest,” he adds. But that all changed one restless night when his purpose came to him and caused him to get out of bed and scribble a message. The message: DiBi DiBi. As he began

to question what it meant, it became clear to him: Dream it. Believe it. Do it. Be it. The next day he went to work getting his motto for life emblazoned on a shirt and started the process of reenergizing his dreams and helping others. Now Ginyard’s message and his shirts are creating a buzz when he wears them and when he shares his story. The phrase, “DiBi DiBi- Dream it. Believe it. Do it. Be it.” is becoming the perfect catch phrase for encouragement, inspiration and a mindset for those who dare to dream. The DiBi DiBi line of t-shirts is made of soft 100 percent preshrunk cotton and available in six colors: natural, tan, yellow, pink, lilac and light pink. Dibi Dibi shirts are available for purchase online at www.dreamitbelieveitdoitbeit.com. Ten percent of the sale of each shirt will be donated to Zero: The End of Prostate Cancer. “We are very grateful that Robert volunteers his time on our board of directors and thank him for his generous donation to ZERO,” said Jamie Bearse, ZERO’s CEO. “As a young, energetic survivor, his message of hope and encouragement helps and inspires many men who are fighting prostate cancer.”

Lupus Can Cause Hair Loss By Dr. Seymour Weaver Lupus is a potentially serious autoimmune disease that can run in families. Ninety percent of lupus patients are women, and those of African, Asian or Native American heritage are most at risk. For unknown reasons, the disease causes the body’s immune system to attack healthy tissue, leading to a wide range of symptoms that can include extreme fatigue, joint and muscle pain, sensitivity to sunlight, skin rashes and hair loss among others. The disease can lead to problems with vital organs including the heart, kidneys and liver. There are two types of lupus - discoid lupus and systemic lupus discoid usually affects the skin and systemic can affect internal organs as well as the skin. With proper medical care, lupus can frequently be controlled, but if left untreated or it is very severe, it can be debilitating and even fatal. Hair loss and rashes are often the most obvious signs of lupus. There are four ways lupus can cause hair loss, and each is discussed below. Lupus sufferers may be extremely distressed about lupus-related hair loss, but the good news is that help is available. * Discoid lupus is one of the ways lupus affects the skin. It mostly affects sun-exposed areas such as the face, neck, head and arms. Flare ups can be triggered by excessive exposure to the sun. The rash caused by discoid lupus is destructive to tissue, and often leads to scarring, which on the scalp leads to hair loss. When discoid lupus causes hair loss, inflammation and scarring damage the hair follicles, which can progress to irreversible baldness. * Systemic lupus goes through cycles of active flare-ups and remission, and the flare ups are often signaled by hair loss. Lupus can leave sufferers feeling run down, often with a low grade fever and extreme fatigue. It can also be very stressful to live with lupus, especially when the patient is first

coming to terms with the diagnosis and learning to manage the condition. Whenever the body is this ill and stressed, there is a risk of hair loss. An individual would usually notice diffuse shedding of their hair with progressive thinning if the illness is prolonged. One might see distinctive short, broken, brittle hairs around the edges of the scalp that are the hallmark of lupus-related hair loss. When the disease is controlled or in remission, the hair will begin to grow back. Unlike discoid lupus, the scalp is not scarred permanently. • Medications used to treat lupus can contribute to hair loss as well. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to treat lupus and can contribute to hair loss. Chemotherapy medications such as cyclophosphamide are also used occasionally, and they do cause hair loss. Hair loss caused by medications is normally temporary, which does not make it any nicer to live with, of course. However, since medications to treat lupus frequently have to be taken for years, medication related hair loss can be a long term problem. The good news is that whichever of these reasons cause hair loss in lupus patients, help is available. Diagnosing lupus early, including biopsies from the scalp when indicated plus appropriate treatment is the key to preventing permanent baldness due to lupus. The exact methods of treatment will depend on the specific findings - or causes - but can include oral medications,

topical medications and localized injections to the areas of hair loss. Prevention is better than any cure, of course, so it is vital that lupus patients follow their doctor’s instructions about lifestyle changes such as avoiding sun, getting adequate rest, proper nutrition and complying with their treatment plan to best manage the disease. Lupus patients suffering hair loss should talk to their dermatologist and hair care professional about the best way to cope with the hair loss, groom and style the hair and promote healthy hair growth. Dr. Seymour Weaver is on a mission to educate about lupus and hair loss in African American Women. In his new book, “Dr. Weaver’s Black Hair Loss Guide: How to Stop Thinning Hair and Avoid Permanent Baldness”, he provides medical insight and guidance for a sensible approach to hair loss.

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Deepening the Race Discussion with ‘The Raisin Cycle’ at CENTERSTAGE To prepare for her role in “Beneatha’s Place,” Dukes said she researched women Building on a legacy begun more than five decades ago, who have contributed Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE continues to enliven the city to society by breaking with topics of race and class in the latest cycle of plays based stereotypes and rising above on the Lorraine Hansberry’s Broadway debut, “A Raisin in the the challenges that come Sun.” with being a Black woman. For the past two months, audience members of all ages She also studied women and walks of life have witnessed playwright Bruce Norris’ who served as domestic explanation as to why the Youngers, the family in the workers and community Hansberry play, were able to purchase a home in the allleaders during each play’s white neighborhood of Clybourne Park and how Beneatha time period and of course, Younger’s life unfolds after leaving Chicago’s tough streets. the ladies of her own family “It’s a huge undertaking,” said Jessica Francis Dukes, who that she says were excellent portrays the main character in the latest and final chapter of examples of upstanding, the cycle, “Beneatha’s Place,” written by CENTERSTAGE strong-willed women. Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. “I’ve been reading ‘A “I think all of us knew what to expect but at the same time Raisin in the Sun’ since I we didn’t,” she said of the eight-member cast that remained was a little girl,” said Dukes, the same for both “Clybourne Park” and “Beneatha’s Place.” who had an opportunity Dukes, a Riverdale, Md. native who’s been actively to play her dream role of engaged in theater since the seventh grade, told the AFRO Beneatha a year ago at the that to prepare for the play cast members had to leave their Geva Theatre Center in Photos By Richard Anderson “emotional baggage at the door” and truly delve into the heart Rochester, N.Y. Charlie Hudson III and Jessica Frances Dukes. of each character, bigots and protagonists alike. “She was so vocal, “It’s very easy for it to turn into a tense situation but opinionated, strong, ahead everyone was so willing of her time and forward to go there,” she said of thinking-- everything that I her roles in both plays that wanted to be. She was me,” compel viewers to grapple she said. with new and enlightened Derrick Sanders, who presentations of everything said ideas and preparation from gentrification of for the play cycle began Black neighborhoods and almost18 months ago, affirmative action in the directed both plays. “It’s an workplace to Africa’s amazing experience,” he struggle to break free of said. “It’s a capstone of my colonialism’s death grip. career.” “What changes is not Like Dukes, Sanders also necessarily the topic, but had previous experience who’s in the running for it,” with the background of the said Dukes. “In a ‘Raisin in plays. In college he played Jessica Frances Dukes and Kim James Bey the Sun,’ it’s a family in the the role of Hansberry’s Jonathan Crombie, Jenna Sokolowski, Charlie Hudson running to be better. They Walter Lee. III, and Jessica Frances Dukes are fighting against the odds, “I think we contemporize the issues,” he said. “Hansberry’s racial discussion, as sad as it is, being in the neighborhood is still true today, but I think Norris pushed it further. “It’s about communication, the lack of it, that they are in, having the income that they have in the time period they live in.” and how we are able to speak our minds, and have real dialogue.” “Clybourne Park deals with the other side of it--who owns what and who is entitled to One topic of discussion placed on the table is the issue of “critical whiteness studies” taking what.” the place of African American studies in American college curriculums. “I’ve never been a part of a show where in the lobby there is so much discussion about what just happened,” Sanders said. “That’s the power of theatre- and that’s why we do it.” “We’re not trying to cure race,” said Sanders. “We’re just trying to ask the questions that spark the debate so we can have the conversation. “The real question is- are we really listening to each other?” “Beneatha’s Place” will run until June 16 at CENTERSTAGE. By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO

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OBITUARIES Diane Jordan, 58

Federal Government Employee a nurturing mother On February 21, providing special care, 2013, the Lord called over the years for her Diane Jordan from her brothers. labor to reward. God For the rest and blessed the late Emily relaxation Diane and Silas Jordan Sr., enjoyed reading books with seven children. written by James Out of the seven, the Patterson, Mary last born were a set of Higgins Clark, V.C. twin girls, Diane and Andrews, and others. Dinah, on June 15, Her idea of a good 1954, in Washington, time was curling up on D.C. Three siblings, the sofa with a cup of Janet, Bessie and Silas coffee and a good book; Jr. preceded Diane in or watching a classic death. black and white movie Diane attended on the tube. She also D.C. public schools enjoyed watching Tyler and graduated from Perry movies and plays. Cardoza Senior High DIANE JORDAN Diane lobed to travel in 1972 and immediately to Delaware, Midway, entered the work force. and West Virginia to play the slots. Diane Diane was employed by the Federal always put others above herself. She should government for 34 years; she served at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare be remembered for her warm smile and her way of caring for her family and loved ones. until May 1, 1980, in the Office for Civil During her illness whenever you asked her, Rights, then transferred to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and served “how are you doing?” She would reply, “I until her retirement on July 1, 2008. At work, am fine, I’m trusting God.” She continued to be strong and put all her trust in God.” She Diane was considered a “light in a dark continued to be strong and put all her trust place” and everyone came to her constantly in God, her faith was admirable, and she is for information of all sorts. She ensured that personal information on employee’s remained greatly missed. She leaves to mourn her passing, two secure. She was a private person and her sisters, Dinah Jordan, of Washington, D.C. respect for privacy extended to employees and Carolyn Dunlap (Eddie), of Thomasville, she served with the utmost security of trust N.C.; one brother, Jerome Jordan, of for employees, coworkers, and friends. You Washington, D.C.; a devoted companion for could rest assured she didn’t tell anyone’s many years, Octavious McCullough (Tee) of business to anyone else. Washington, D.C.; four nieces, Denise (Bill), As a young child, Diane was baptized at Janine (Greg), LaRussia, and Trumelle; two the Second Baptist Church in Washington, nephews, Eddie Jr., and Ricky, five great D.C. and her faith in the Lord continued to nieces, Lauren, Summer, Daria, Shansia grow until her departure. She loved the Lord “Nay,” and Tanasia “Tay,” Portia, Veta, with all her heart. She enjoyed hours on end Alexis, and Mercades; five great nephews, listening, and singing along to her private Eric, Dexter, Nasir “Knots,” Eddie, and Little collection of Gospel music. She had a deep Ricky; a very special aunt, Hattie Henderson and abiding concern for her fellow man. If of Washington, D.C.; viewed by the family anyone was in need Diane went out of her more like sisters are Richardine Bush and way to assist them, if that meant, providing Rever Thomas; one godson, Canaan Morgan, food, contributing her money, and/or sharing four loving friends, Cecelia Harris, Zelma information. If someone needed help and Rush, Karen Robinson and the late Jeraldine she couldn’t provide it, she didn’t stop until Thomas; and a host of other relatives and she had done research and pointed them in friends. the right direction. She took on the role of

Howard C. Ury, 74

Officer of the Federal Protective Service in 1973, was assigned Howard C. Ury to the Pentagon. was born and raised in Washington, While at the Pentagon, Howard received D.C. along with numerous awards and his younger sister, commendations for his Venessa. He was the knowledge, expertise only son of Howard and professionalism. He N. and Ruth Wilkins was noted in particular Ury, who both for his photographic preceded him in death. memory and for his Howard attended ability to recognize and D.C. public schools address all of the top (Charles Young ES, Pentagon officials by Kelly Miller JHS, and name. Howard retired Joel Elias Spingarn in 1993, after a total HS) from 1944-1955. of 37 years of faithful Later on , Howard service to the U.S. also attended Federal Government. City College in 1970. Howard was known Howard received for his meticulous Jesus Christ at an HOWARD CARVER URY attention to his early age, being baptized appearance, and his at Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. collections-especially his massive movie collection. He also enjoyed the tropical fish Beginning in 1955, Howard served his he kept in his aquarium. Before his health country as a member of the U.S. Air Force began to define, Howard was an active (two enlistments), the U.S. Army, and also member of Victory Lodge No. 23 of the Free the D.C. National Guard. He was honorably and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliated. discharged from each, with his military Howard is survived by four children; career ending in 1964. Following his military his son, Howard, and daughters, Candace, service, Howard began a career in the Danyale and Ericka; five grandchildren; Federal Government at the General Services Justin and Jordan Walker, Jy-rel Washington, Administration (GSA) in 1966 as a U.S. Chaz Simpkins and Noah White; his sister, Special Police Officer and firefighter, and Venessa B. Davis; nephew, Avery Davis; later as a fire inspector from 1967-1972. aunt, Eartie Jones; his long-time partner, Howard became an Officer of the Federal Anna Johnson, and a host of other loving Protective Service and upon graduating relatives and friends. from the Officers’ Basic Training Program

Fred A. Brown El, 63

Substance Abuse Counselor Fred Allen Brown El, and his good friend, was born on June 8, Michael Fleger called 1950 in Washington, him, “Coconut Fred.” D.C., to the late His favorite hobby was Joseph and Edith playing dominoes, a Nicholas. On Feb. 21, game which no one 2013, he transitioned proved to be a worthy from his earthly life to opponent; he was The his heavenly home. Champ! Fred loved Fred was educated listening to music and in the D.C. public having social time with school system. his family and friends. Fred continued his Fred was preceded education at Suffield in death by his parents, Joseph and Edith University and Nicholas; and three received a Bachelor sisters, Carolyn Reed, of Science Degree. Pamela Nicholas and Fred was a wellJacquline Thornhill. known substance Fred leaves to cherish abuse counselor for his memory, one sister, the D.C. and Md. Rebecca Nicholasareas for many years. He FRED A. BROWN EL Credle; one brother, was also a well-known Aaron Nicholas Sr.; two loving daughter, public speaker. He was employed with Cornell Abraxas, Community Vision, Second Michelle Bivens and Lehcar Brown E; five grandchildren, Jessica Bivens, Courtney Genesis, and served as the director for the Bivens, Kyree Bivens, Karwin Carroll Jr., Good Hope Institute. and Karen Carroll; one great-grandson, Fred had a very strong compassion for helping those suffering from substance abuse. Zyion Liles; fiance, Rachel Horton EL; and god-daughter, Crystal Hill; two brothersIt was so strong that he was motivated to in-law, Eric Credle and Samuel Reed Sr.,; open his own program named “Reach for Foundation,” but due to his sickness he didn’t two very close friends, Khadijah Long and Brother R. JonesBey. He is also survived by complete his efforts. many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of Fred joined the Moorish Science Temple friends. He was loved by many, but God love of America #71, Washington, D.C. He was him best. known to many as Uncle Freddy, Mr. Brown

Ruth C. Hall, 93

Mortician, Former Government Worker Ruth C. Hall died church-affiliated on March 4, 2013, organizations, Senior after a long illness. Sodality of Holy She was 98 years old. Redeemer church, Born on December 23, the Legion of Mary, 1914, in Washington, the Sodality Union D.C. to the late Mary of the Archdiocese of F. Rose, she was an Washington and the only child, with one Ladies Auxiliary #73 first cousin, the late Knights of St. John. Albert Johnson, who In addition, she had she treated like a son. been active in several Upon entering community and civic her ninth decade organizations; the Apex of life, Mrs. Hall’s Social Club, AARP health started to National Chapter fail, she moved to 2414, the National Baltimore for a brief Senior Citizens, and period starting in the LeDroit Park Civic 1006 due to health Association and the reasons. Yearning to D.C. Federation of return to her hometown Civic Associations. RUTH HALL of Washington, D.C., she Mrs. Hall had a moved briefly to an assisted-living facility fulfilling life, making a pilgrimage to the in Hyattsville, Md., and later to the Sacred Holy Land in Israel and later witnessing Heart Nursing Home, where she spent the Pope John Paul II deliver mass to thousands majority of her final years. in Baltimore’s Camden Yards Stadium. She On August 6, 1941, she was united in holy loved the color pink and was an avid card matrimony to the late Ocy D. Hall, a native player, with a passion for a good game of of Mississippi who died in 1977. There were Bridge or Pinochle. She was a member of no children from this union. the Pleasurettes Pinochle Club and the Jades Mrs. Hall worked briefly for the U.S. Bridge Club. In her later years, she returned Census Department. After resigning from to Baltimore often to celebrate all major this job, she helped her husband run the Hall holidays and special occasions with family Brothers Funeral Home, a long-standing members. For the past 30 years, Baltimore and familiar institution located on Florida family members have celebrated each of her Avenue, N. W. After her husband’s death, birthdays, hosting parties in Washington and Mr. Hall became a licensed mortician, and Baltimore. On her 80th birthday, the family was a member of the National Funeral hosted a surprise birthday party for her at the Directors and Morticians Association and the Holy Redeemer Church, with more than 100 Independent Funeral Director Association of guests in attendance. Washington, D.C., and regularly attended the She leaves to mourn her passing a devoted association’s conventions and meetings. cousin, Muriel I. Praileau, and husband Leroy Born into the Catholic faith, she attended Praileau, the daughter of Mrs. Hall’s beloved parochial schools in the Washington area., late cousin Albert Johnson. Mrs. Praileau St. Ann’s Academy and St. Cyprians’s Junior called her “Aunt Ruth” and would often High School, where she graduated with travel with Mrs. Hall throughout the country. honors. Later, she came to Baltimore, where In addition, she had three nephews as a result she had extended family, to attend the city’s of her marriage, Richard Ables Gregory Hall historic Frederick Douglass High School, the and Dr. Macy Hall. She also leaves behind a only high school serving African Americans host of family members and friends. Nephew at that time. William Ables who proceeded her in death. A long-time member of the Hold Redeem Prior to his death, Ables leased and directed Church, Mrs. Hall was active in several the Hall brothers Funeral Home.

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Gospel Music Sets Sail in a Fall Cruise By AFRO Staff Church choir leaders and music ministers are invited to join the Soul Train Mass Choir on Entertainment Cruise Productions’ eight-day Soul Train Cruise in October along the Pacific Coast from San Diego, Calif. to Mexican coastal ports of call and back. The promoters said that last year’s cruise was sold out and that this year’s cruise will offer a chance to perform in a gospel concert at sea with Grammy Award nominated R&B legend Jonathan Butler (who is known within the gospel world for his hit songs “Falling in Love with Jesus” and “I Stand On Your Word”) and soul music veteran, Jeffrey Osborne, who is remembered for evergreen hits like “On The Wings of Love” and “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song).” The concert and the entire week of Soul Train Cruise activities and performances aboard the MS Westerdam, a Holland America Line Vista class cruise ship, are to be professionally videotaped, according to the organizers.

Each cruise passenger is to receive a copy of the souvenir DVD once it’s been edited. Also, BET’s Centric TV will be on board the ship to film segments for a future TV special, according to Entertainment Cruise Productions. “This year’s line-up of artists reads like a who’s who in classic soul with performances by Earth Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osborne, The Whispers, Freddie Jackson, The Ohio Players, Jennifer Holliday, Jonathan Butler, Con Funk Shun, Regina Belle, The Bar-Kays, Dazz Band, Regina Belle, Mary Jane Girls, The Original Lakeside, A Taste of Honey featuring Janice Marie, DW3, comedian Alonzo Bodden and DJ extraordinaire Biz Markie,” the production company’s news release about the event said. The Soul Train Cruise is scheduled to depart San Diego, Calif. Oct. 5 and visit Bahia Magdalena, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas before returning to San Diego on Oct. 12. For more details, go to www.SoulTrainCruise.com. For more information, contact Bill Carpenter, (202) 506-5051 or carpenterbill@ me.com

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Will Flacco’s Deal Derail Ravens?

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been the subject of scrutiny since he inked a massive six-year, $120 million contract shortly after the Ravens won the Super Bowl in February. Flacco’s agent, Joe Linta, recently labeled the decision by Baltimore’s front office to wait until after the season to try to resign the signal caller a “dumb move,” which he expressed to USA Today Sports. Linta told the media outlet that he had “no sympathy” over the deal despite Baltimore jettisoning several players this offseason just to get the team in position to afford the contract. The Ravens have never been in a position where they had to pay for the services of a franchise quarterback. Will it hurt them going forward? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question.

Riley: Absolutely. Paying Flacco that kind of money is surely going to prohibit them from doing the things they want to do as far as retaining their own free agents or acquiring the services of new ones. You can look at what the team has done already and tell how Flacco’s deal is going to curve their thinking and planning going

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Green: The moves Baltimore have made this offseason were simply moves that needed to be made anyway. Anquan Boldin and Ed Reed were beyond their primes and needed to be moved or released. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is a quality linebacker but his penchant for partying was getting old. And if you look at the fact that they brought in Chris Canty and Elvis Dumerville then how can anybody say Flacco’s deal is a hindrance? Riley: The Raven’s cap number coming off the 2012 season was already pretty low, allowing them to make moves on Canty and Dumerville but when the bulk of Flacco’s contract starts kicking in as the years go on, you’re going to see a direct change in how Baltimore does business. Similar to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had to let a lot of valuable young veterans go in order to pay for other players like star QB Ben Roethlisberger. Flacco’s deal is going to be a problem, you may not see it now, but it’s coming. Green: The Ravens pride themselves on always having a plan

in place and I trust they’ll have a plan going forward for how they adjust to Flacco’s deal. Baltimore has always been a strong drafting team so expect more focus to be paid to that aspect of team building. Look, we’re talking about a team that just won the Super Bowl. They’re not stupid and they know how to make numbers work.

Riley: For a team that’s not stupid, like agent Joe Linta said, that was a dumb move by not signing Flacco prior to last season. Baltimore is going to have to keep drafting well and replacing players who are scheduled for big payouts. With Ray Rice and Flacco the most recent recipients of big money deals, the Ravens are going to have go the extra mile to stay competitive with money dried up. Green: As long as Flacco and Rice are signed, the team will be competitive. Those two are arguably the best at their positions right now; and with Terrell Suggs and Dumerville under contracts, the team has the makings of future Super Bowl runs. The offense is set and the pass rush should be among the best in the league for years to come.

Fast Start for Serena Williams at French Open The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams won her opening match at the French Open, and then achieved a career breakthrough by speaking French to the crowd for the first time. “I’m a beginner,” Williams said — referring to her French, not tennis. Her play spoke volumes Sunday. Williams returned to the red clay that tripped her up in the first round a year ago, channeled any AP Photo lingering frustration into Serena Williams returns the ball to Anna Tatishvili during her overpowering strokes their first round match of the French Open. and — voila — drubbed Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-1. confidence,” she said later in English. “It’s way, Roger Federer, the 2009 champion, way more nerve-racking than playing tennis.” remained unbeaten in first-round matches at Federer also spoke French to the crowd, major tournaments since 2003 by sweeping and also won easily. He lost only seven points qualifier Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. on his first serve and was broken just once by Sam Querrey, the highest-ranked American Carreno Busta, a 21-year-old Spaniard was on the men’s tour, equaled his best showing at making his Grand Slam debut after winning Roland Garros by reaching the second round seven consecutive Futures events. when he beat Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. “He has played a lot of matches on clay in Williams lost her opening match at a comparison with me,” Federer said. “I knew it Grand Slam tournament for the only time in could be tricky if I don’t sustain a certain level her career a year ago, when she was beaten of play and certain aggressiveness and get by France’s Virginie Razzano. That was the caught up maybe in long rallies, maybe what most shocking in a succession of losses for he’s looking for. Overall I thought I did well.” Williams at Roland Garros, where she hasn’t Others advancing on a chilly, gray first day won the title since 2002 and hasn’t reached the of play included Sara Errani, the 2012 runnersemifinals since 2003. up to Maria Sharapova, and 2008 champion “I just keep trying, and it hasn’t been Ana Ivanovic. working out for me,” she said. “I may have American Mallory Burdette, whose ranking gotten nervous in the past or may have has climbed to a career-best 80th from 142nd basically choked a few matches away. Some at the start of the year, made a successful matches I just lost because maybe I wasn’t Roland Garros debut by beating Donna Vekic intense enough, or maybe I didn’t do enough 6-3, 6-4. work before I got here.” Burdette, a 22-year-old Stanford alum, said Determined to avoid another bad start, she has enjoyed learning how to play on clay. Williams won the first nine games against “It’s a bit of a challenge,” she said. “You Tatishvili, and 30 of the first 37 points. There have to change up your strategy a little bit, was no letup from there, and she was still especially if you’re a big hitter. It takes a little pumping her fist and shouting “Come on!” a bit of effort, but it’s fun.” game from the finish. Dominant serving helped Querrey advance. The No. 1-ranked Williams won 56 of 78 He had been eliminated the first round at points, including 28 of 33 on her serve, and hit Roland Garros five times, and his only previous eight aces. She extended her winning streak to victory in the tournament came in 2011 on 25 consecutive matches, and since the loss to remote Court 7, where he played again Sunday. Razzano, she’s 68-3, including championships “That’s the only court I can win on here,” at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. he said with a smile. “I played the best match Beginning her bid for a 16th Grand Slam I’ve played all year on any surface.” title, Williams maintained a stern expression Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt lost a seesaw throughout the match, and allowed herself marathon to No. 15-seeded Gilles Simon, only a brief smile when Tatishvili pushed a 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5. No. 4 David Ferrer, forehand wide on match point. a semifinalist last year, eliminated Marinko Williams, who keeps an apartment in Paris, Matosevic 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. was then interviewed on center court and An hour into the tournament, Errani was spoke French with only a slight accent. into the second round. The tenacious Italian “I have been speaking French for years beat Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-2 in the opening and years, but I don’t really have a lot of match on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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Black Jockeys in Horse Racing I am lucky enough to have three knucklehead grand kids keeping me on my toes. Maddie is 10, and John and Jordan are boy and girl 9-year-old twins. In their minds I am the smartest person in the world when it comes to sports. So, when a sports question comes up, I better have an answer. This all started with

Black jockeys active at the present time. With this answer ringing in my head, I thought maybe there are more than a few people with that same question. So, I thought I might throw together a little history lesson. Jimmy Winkfield was the first colored jockey to win the Derby back in 1902. His

Kevin Krigger the NBA playoffs, the Indianapolis 500 and the Triple Crown of Horse Racing falling within a few weeks of each other. I was asked what event is my favorite, and responded with the Triple Crown as my answer. Then I was hit with an eye opening question: “Have there ever been any African American Jockeys?” After I answered “yes,” I felt the need to explain that there were, in fact, two Black jockeys in the Kentucky Derby-- Kevin Krigger and Victor Lebron. They are among the 50

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accomplishment was major, but he was not the first, or only, colored jockey of the era. Slave owners would select a slave to feed, groom, exercise, and pamper a prize horse, and when they would gather to race these horses for sport, the slave was the jockey. In 1965 when the Civil War was over, horse racing became one of the major sports events. These jockeys, now free men, would race for money. In May of 1875, the first Kentucky Derby was contested. Fittingly it

Errani reached a Grand Slam final for the first time a year ago at Roland Garros. “Last year was an unbelievable tournament, the best tournament of my life,” Errani said. “But I don’t want to think about that. I just want to come here and play another tournament. I try to concentrate on my tennis, not too much about last year.”

was won by a 19 year-old colored man, Oliver Lewis, aboard Aristides. And 15 of the following 28 Derbies were won by colored jockeys. William Walker, like Lewis, was from Kentucky, and the following year at age 17 Walker won the Derby aboard Baden Baden. Walker had such a successful career in the U.S. and abroad he was able to parley his success into a second career as a racing correspondent. In 1892 Lonnie Clayton won the Derby, and was the youngest to do so at age 15. He was one of only three colored jockeys to participate in the Preakness for much of early racing history. His best finish was third in 1896. Willie Simms was the only colored jockey to win all three of the Triple Crown events. He also raced in England becoming the first American to win on a Britisn course. In his 14-year career, Simms won 1,100 races. Issac Murphy was not only the crown prince among colored riders, he is considered to have been one of the most popular jockeys of his time. He won the Derby three times and finished his career with a winning percentage of 44 percent. Although Murphy was the most popular, Jimmy Winkfield was the most successful. However the barbs of racism and threats from the Ku Klux Klan caused him to take his talents to Europe. In Europe he enjoyed popularity as well a success. He won races all over the continent and eventually married into an aristocratic Russian family. Unfortunately after the Russian Revolution of 1917 he became just a footnote in U.S. history.

Now ranked a career-best No. 5, Errani dominated Rus from the baseline and won four games at love. Rus double-faulted seven times and lost her 13th consecutive match on the WTA Tour. Ivanovic, seeded 14th, beat Petra Martic 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Ivanovic improved to 30-4 in the first round of Grand Slam tournaments.


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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM431 Anna Katherine Teague Decedent Larry C. Williams Esq 7600 Georgia Ave. NW Suite 405 Washington DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Garnell Simmons, whose address is 9708 Dalmatia Court, Clinton MD 20735 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Anna Katherine Teague, who died on April 7, 2013 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 November 17, 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 November 17, 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: May 17, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Garnell Simmons Personal Representative 202-842-2222 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: May 14 5/17, 5/24, 5/31

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Shadonna Harrod, whose address is 712 56th Place, NE., Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Paris Thompson aka Paris C. Thompson Sr., who died on May 21, 2008 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 November 17, 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 November 17, 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: May 17, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Shadonna Harrod Personal Representative 202-230-9910 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/17, 5/24, 5/31

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM405 Margaret Warren aka Margaret Lee Warren Decedent NOTICE 10:23:27 EDT OF 2013 APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Natasha L. Warren, whose address is 6297 Maxwell Drive #4, Camp Springs MD 20746 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Margaret Warren aka Margaret Lee Warren, who died on April 1, 2013 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 November 17, 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 November 17, 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: May 17, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Natasha L. Warren Personal Representative 301-204-1070 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: May 14 5/17, 5/24, 5/31

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Audrey A. Stephenson, whose address is 1710 Rollins Place, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Flora L. Alexander, who died on January 10, 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 November 17, 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 November 17, 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: May 17, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Audrey A. Stephenson Personal Representative 301-736-9078 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/17, 5/24, 5/31

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Gordon M. Baird, whose address is 2218 North Capitol Street, NW. Washington DC 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Thomas Baird, who died on November 29, 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 November 17, 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 November 17, 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: May 17, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Gordon M. Baird Personal Representative 202-316-1981 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/17, 5/24, 5/31

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM462 Gerald Clarence Landon Decedent Lynn H. Johnson, Esq Johnson & Pavuk 1413 K Street, NW Suite 1500 Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Annice Landon, whose address is 1321 5th Street, NW. Apt 102, Washington DC 20001 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Gerald Clarence Landon, who died on February 20, 2013 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 November 24, 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 November 24, 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: May 24, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Annice Landon Personal Representative 202-462-0681 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/24, 5/31, 6/7

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM454 Harold D. Nesmith, Sr. Landon Decedent Law Office of Kathy Brissette-Minus, LLC 9701 Apollo Drive Suite 230 Largo MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Ross Edward Ford III and Deborah Jefferson, whose addresses are 3216 Alabama Ave., SE Washington DC 20020 and 8504 Trumps Hill Road, Upper Marlboro MD 20772 were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Harold D. Nesmith Sr., who died on January 12, 2000 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 November 24, 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 November 24, 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: May 24, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Rosss Edward Ford III Deborah Jefferson Personal Representatives TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/24, 5/31, 6/7

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM440 John Calvin Dupree Jr. Decedent Gilda Sherrod-Ali, Esq 1425 K Street NW Suite 350 Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Mary Helen Dupree, whose address is 4323 Ferry Landing Road, Alexandria, VA 22309 was appointed personal representative of the estate of John Calvin Dupree, Jr., who died on April 4, 2013 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 November 24, 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 November 24, 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: May 24, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Mary Helen Dupree Personal Representative 703-780-4569 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/24, 5/31, 6/7


June 1, 2013 - June 7, 2013, The Afro-American TYPESET: Mon May 20 TYPESET: 15:40:44 Tue 2013 May 14 10:25:08 TYPESET: Wed 2013 May 29 TYPESET: 09:21:05 Wed2013 May 29 TYPESET: 09:23:07 Wed2013 May 29 LEGAL 09:24:05 EDT 2013 LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL EDT NOTICES LEGALEDT NOTICES LEGAL EDT NOTICES LEGALEDT NOTICES TYPESET:NOTICES Wed May 29 09:24:40 EDT 2013 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM419 Fuji F. Jackson Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM401 Mildred C. Alexander Decedent Ronald F. Mitchell Esq 8305 Bella Vista Ct Ft. Washington MD 20744 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Denise F. Jackson and Stanley H. Jackson, whose addresses are 735 Congress Street SE, Washington DC 20032 and 4643 Dallas Pl. Temple Hills MD 20748 were David Bava, whose address appointed personal repreis 206 New York Ave. NW, sentatives of the estate of Washington DC 20001 was Fuji F. Jackson, who died on appointed personal repreNovember 5, 2011 without a sentative of the estate of MilWill, and will serve without dred C. Alexander, who died Court supervision. All unon January 12, 2013 with a known heirs and heirs whose Will, and will serve without whereabouts are unknown Court supervision. All unshall enter their appearance known heirs and heirs whose in this proceeding. Objecwhereabouts are unknown tions to such appointment shall enter their appearance shall be filed with the Regisin this proceeding. Objecter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th tions to such appointment (or Street, N.W., 3rd Floor to the probate of decedent´s Washington, D.C. 20001, on will) shall be filed with the or before November 24, Register of Wills, D.C., 515 2013. Claims against the de5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor cedent shall be presented to Washington, D.C. 20001, on the undersigned with a copy or before November 17, to the Register of Wills or filed 2013. Claims against the dewith the Register of Wills with cedent shall be presented to a copy to the undersigned, on the undersigned with a copy or before November 24, to the Register of Wills or filed 2013, or be forever barred. with the Register of Wills with Persons believed to be heirs a copy to the undersigned, on or legatees of the decedent or before November 17, who do not receive a copy of 2013, or be forever barred. this notice by mail within 25 Persons believed to be heirs days of its first publication or legatees of the decedent shall so inform the Register who do not receive a copy of of Wills, including name, adthis notice by mail within 25 dress and relationship. days of its first publication Date of Publication: shall so inform the Register May 24, 2013 of Wills, including name, adName of newspaper: dress and relationship. Afro-American Date of Publication: Washington Law May 17, 2013 Reporter Name of newspaper: Denise F. Jackson Afro-American Stanley H. Jackson Washington Law Personal Reporter Representative David Bava 202-271-1525 Personal 301-648-0086 Representative TRUE TEST COPY 202-347-7510 REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: 5/24, Mon5/31, May 15:41:24 TEST EDT COPY 2013 6/7 20 TRUE REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue May 14 5/17, 5/24, 5/31

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 13-0003377 IN RE: Howard Keith Williams Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Howard Keith Williams having filed a complaint for judgment changing Howard Keith Williams name to Kaprice 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 7th day of May 2013, 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 2nd day of July, 2013 at 2:30 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-inChambers and mail a copy of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further 0 the applicant must send the application for change of name of an adult and notice of final hearing to the DC Chief of Police, 300 Indiana Ave, NW Room 5080, Washington DC 20001, the Department of Corrections and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof of service by filling the affidavit/ declaration of service. SO ORDERED JUDGE 5/24, May 5/31, 6/7 TYPESET: Tue 14

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM393 Charles Adrian Wheeler Decedent Ferguson Evans, Esq 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 900 S Bldg Washington DC 20004 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Margarette D. Fisher, Nanette E. Fisher and Natalie D. Fisher, whose addresses is 13464 Lake Shore Dr., Herndon, VA 20171 were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Charles Adrian Wheeler, who died on January 19, 2013 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 November 17, 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 November 17, 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: May 17, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Margarette D. Fisher Nanette E. Fisher Natalie D. Fisher Personal Representative 703-713-6886 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/17, 5/24, 5/31

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM390 James L. Rippy aka James Lee Rippy Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Derrick V. Rippy, whose address is 7238 Hyannis Drive, Oakwood Village, Ohio 44146 was appointed personal representative of the estate of James L. Rippy aka James Lee Rippy, who died on March 14, 2013 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 November 17, 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 November 17, 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: May 17, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Derrick V. Rippy 10:24:45 EDT 2013 Personal Representative 440-343-2000 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFWed WILLS TYPESET: May 22 5/17, 5/24, 5/31

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 13-0003156 IN RE: Paul Marvin Stroman, Jr. Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Paul Marvin Stroman, Jr. having filed a complaint for judgment changing Paul Marvin Stroman, Jr. name to Paula Judawn StromanHicks 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 8th day of May 2013, 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 25th day of June, 2013 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-inChambers and mail a copy of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further 0 the applicant must send the application for change of name of an adult and notice of final hearing to the applicant’s creditors personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof of service by filling the affidavit/ declaration of service. SO ORDERED JUDGE 5/24, 5/31, 6/7

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM471 ETHEL P. COHEN Decedent David Booth Beers, Eq Goodwin Procter LLP, 901 New York Ave NW 900E Washington DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Emily J. Cohen and Kenneth A. Cohen, whose addresses are 140 E. 28th Street, Apt 3D, New York, NY 10016 and 170 The Valley Road, Concord, MA 01742 were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Ethel P. Cohen, who died on January 16, 2013 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 November 30, 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 November 30, 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: May 31, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Emily J. Cohen A. Cohen 10:25:41 Kenneth EDT 2013 Personal Representative 212-686-1557 617-570-1270 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFWed WILLS TYPESET: May 29 5/31, 6/8, 6/15

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM508 MARGARETHA N. SAWYER Decedent David Booth Beers, Eq Goodwin Procter LLP, 901 New York Ave NW 900E Washington DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM446 Mitchell Lee Richardson Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Sandra Richardson, whose address is 3436 Dix Street, NE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mitchell Lee Richardson, who died on March 25, 2013 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 November 30, 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 November 30, 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: May 31, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Sandra Richardson Personal Representative 301-322-4209 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLSMay 29 TYPESET:OFWed 5/31, 6/8, 6/15

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 09:21:35 EDT 2013 Administration No. 2012ADM563 GLADYS SCOTT Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Stephanie A. Wimbush, whose address is 10001 Wamsley Court, White Plains, MD 20695 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Gladys Scott, who died on February 2, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs a n d h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to 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 November 30, 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 November 30, 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: May 31, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Stephanie A. Wimbush Personal Representative 301-932-9224 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFWed WILLS TYPESET: May 29 5/31, 6/8, 6/15

Timothy C. Sawyer, whose address is 1812 Billman Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20902 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Margaretha N. Sawyer, who died on February 1, 2013 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 November 30, 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 November 30, 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 Superior Court of days of its first publication the District of shall so inform the Register District of Columbia of Wills, including name, adPROBATE DIVISION dress and relationship. 08:07:35 EDT 2013 Date of Publication: Washington, D.C. May 31, 2013 20001-2131 Name of newspaper: Administration No. Afro-American 2013ADM145 Washington Law Reporter Barbara Brice Ashby Timothy C. Sawyer Decedent Personal Lynn H. Johnson Esq Representative with law firm of 301-270-4118 TRUE TEST COPY Johnson & Pavuk REGISTER OF WILLS K Street, TYPESET: Wed May 29 1413 09:22:38 EDT NW 2013 5/31, 6/8, 6/15 Penthouse

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM466 Herbert Samuel Grooms, Sr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Towarna E. Grooms, whose address is 3223 12th Street, SE Washington DC 20032 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Herbert Samuel Grooms, Sr., who died on March 3, 2013 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 November 30, 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 November 30, 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: May 31, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Towarna E. Grooms Personal Representative 202-574-4784 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/31, 6/8, 6/15

Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Terrence Brown, whose address is 121 Adams Street, NW Washington DC 20001 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Barbara Brice Ashby, who died on October 3, 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 November 30, 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 November 30, 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: May 31, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Terrence Brown Personal Representative 202-607-8888 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/31, 6/8, 6/15

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM484 Sharon D. Robinson Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Shanti Martin, whose address is 2960 Mills Avenue, NE, Apt #3, Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Sharon D. Robinson, who died on April 18, 2013 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 November 30, 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 November 30, 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: May 31, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Shanti Martin Personal Representative 202-491-8260 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS 09:23:37 OF EDT 2013 5/31, 6/8, 6/15

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM93 Mary P. Hudson Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Fred Hudson Jr., whose address is 1213 Eastwood Drive, Forestville MD 20747 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary P. Hudson, who died on January 3, 2013 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 November 30, 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 November 30, 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: May 31, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Fred Hudson Jr. Personal Representative 301-350-6437 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OFWed May 29 REGISTER WILLS 5/31, 6/8, 6/15

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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 2013FSP195 IN RE: Marcenia Renee’ Butler Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Marcenia Renee’ Butler having filed a complaint for judgment changing Aaliyah Renee’ Jenkins name to Aaliyah Renee’ Butler 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 7th day of May 2013 hereby ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 12th day of June 2013, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: TYPESET: Mon5/24, May 5/17, 5/3120

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM174 Frances H. Peters aka Frances Pauline Harrington Peters Decedent James E. McCollum, Jr 7309 Baltimore Ave. Suite 117 College Park MD 20740 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, 09:22:09 EDTTO 2013 NOTICE CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Cynthia Johnson and Michael Harrington, whose addresses are 704 James Ridge Rd. Bowie MD 20721, and 13240 Whiteholm Dr. Upper Marlboro MD 20774 were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Frances H. Peters aka Frances Pauline Harrington Peters, who died on December 20, 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 November 24, 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 November 24, 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: May 24, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Cynthia Johnson Michael Harrington Personal Representatives 301-249-0225 301-249-3619 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 5/24, 5/31, 6/7

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM493 Ora L. Morrow aka Ora Lee Morrow Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Andrea L. Chapman, whose address is 407 Taurus Drive, Ft. Washington MD 20744 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ora L Morrow, aka Ora Lee Morrow, who died on March 23, 2013 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, 15:41:04 EDT 2013 N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 30, 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 November 30, 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: May 31, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Andrea L. Chapman Personal Representative 301-292-7025 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFWed May 29 5/31, 6/8, 6/15

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No.2013CA3535 IN RE: Virginia Le’la Blair Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME

Virginia Le’la Blair having filed a complaint for judgment changing Virginia Le’la Blair name to Virginia Lela Williford 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 20th day of May 2013, 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 9th day of July, 2013 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-inChambers and mail a copy of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further SO ORDERED JUDGE 5/31, 6/7, 6/14

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The Afro-American, June 1, 2013 - June 7, 2013

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AMERICAN ICONS a celebration of the people, places and things we love

May 28-June 2

Dance Africa, DC 2013

Dance Place, 3225 Eight St., N.E. D.C. Various times. Witness the 26h annual Dance Africa festival featuring the best African dance companies in the area. For more information: 202-2691600.

May 31

D.C. Jazz Festival: Jazz in the ‘Hoods’

Various locations throughout the District. Various times. Jazz in the ‘Hoods, presented by Events DC will partner with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in the nation’s capital. The event will take place in more than 40 venues and will include over 80 performances. For more information: DCjazzfest. org.

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June 1

Bowiefest 2013

Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie, Md. 11 a.m. Celebrate Bowie at Bowiefest. This event will feature two entertainment stages, rides, a variety of food vendors, information booths and more. For more information: 301-8093029.

The DC African Wellness Fete

Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson St. N.W. D.C. 12-4 p.m. Enjoy a cultural celebration of individual and community wellness featuring African dance lessons, cooking demonstrations and health screenings for more information: 202-7275634.

Taste of Georgetown 2013

Wisconsin Ave. & M Streets, N.W. D.C. 11 a.m.4 p.m. The annual Taste of Georgetown showcases the spectacular cuisine of thirty of D.C.’s finest restaurants highlighting Georgetown’s culinary personalities and featuring nearly sixty delectable dishes to sample. $5. For more information: 202298-9222.

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