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NOVEMBER 30, 2013 - DECEMBER 6, 2013
Racist Who Shot Vernon Jordan, Larry Flynt and Killed Others, Executed in Missouri
Black Participation Low in Clinical Trials By Zenitha Prince AFRO Correspondent Despite many breakthroughs in medicine, health outcomes for African Americans continue to be disproportionately bleak. Blacks experience higher incidences of certain diseases such as diabetes and hypertension and have higher mortality rates from stroke, heart attack, breast cancer and some other maladies, data shows. The lack of AfricanAmerican participation in clinical trials, where valuable research is conducted that can cut down on the incidences of certain diseases and save lives, may be contributing to the higher mortality rate, experts said.
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“In the United States, we are the world leaders in understanding the mechanisms of diseases and understanding how to prevent diseases before they start,” said Dr. Stephen Thomas, director of the University of Maryland Center for Health
Joseph Paul Franklin’s Murder Victims Included Blacks, Jews and Interracial couples By Zachary Lester and Ron Taylor AFRO Staff Writers
“…While the overall life span of Americans has improved over time, that improvement has not applied to everyone. Blacks and Latinos have been left out.” Equity and one of the nation’s leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. “But, while the overall life span of Americans has improved over time, that improvement has not applied to everyone. Blacks and Latinos have been left out.” A big part of the problem is the paucity of minority participation in clinical trials and research, health advocates said. “Clinical trials are important because that’s where we collect information and knowledge and test treatments for diseases that trouble us,” said Dr. Celia J. Maxwell, associate professor of medicine and associate dean for research at Howard University College of Medicine. Studies on many drugs have not involved minorities, however, which poses a problem since people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds may respond to medicines differently, Maxwell added. In part, African Americans do not participate in clinical trials because of an inherent mistrust of the scientific community, birthed by atrocities such as the Tuskegee syphilis trial, a non-therapeutic study that ran from 1932-1972, and state-run eugenics programs, which involuntarily sterilized thousands of Black women. “The history of racism in medicine and public health would be easy to ignore if it were not so well-documented. African Americans were used as guinea pigs not while they were alive, but also when they were dead,” said Thomas. He was one of the principal investigators of the National Institutes of Health’s 2009 National Bioethics Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers and is the editor of the latest edition of the American Continued on A3
In this June 2, 1981, file photo, Joseph Paul Franklin is shown following his conviction on two counts of first degree murder in Salt Lake City.
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Joseph Paul Franklin, who told authorities that a crime spree that left at least seven people dead was motivated by his dislike for Blacks, interracial couples and Jews, was executed by lethal injection Nov. 20 in Missouri. Franklin, 63, was granted a stay of execution on Nov. 19, but was executed about 6 a.m. the next day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene on his behalf. The death sentence took place at a Missouri prison complex in Bonne Terre. There were no witnesses to the execution because it followed an hours-long vigil when it was unclear that the execution would be carried out that day. According to news reports, Franklin had no last words and refused a last meal. Among a long list of violent crimes, Franklin was convicted of eight murders, many involving assaults on interracial couples or people who engaged in what he described as race mixing. Franklin also shot Black civil rights leader and attorney Vernon Jordan in 1980. Jordan survived the attack. On Aug. 7, 1977 Franklin fatally shot African-American Alphonse Manning Jr., 23, and Toni Schwenn, 23, a white Continued on A4
D.C. Executives Sleep Out for Homeless Youth The event included a candlelight vigil. By Marie Adebola Special to the AFRO
Tyson Jerome Barnette LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Police say a postal worker has been shot and killed in Prince George’s County while he was on duty. Police say officers were called to Reed Street in Landover on Saturday evening and found a man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. On Sunday, police identified the victim as 26-year-old Tyson Jerome Barnette of Upper Marlboro. Investigators say Barnette was a U.S. Postal Service employee who was on duty at the time. Police are trying to identify suspects and a motive in the case. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has announced a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. The National Association of Letter Carriers says the incident shows the need for safety considerations in how and when mail is delivered.
On most nights, local leaders go home to hot dinners and warm beds. But on the night of Nov. 21, as the temperature dipped into the low 40s, local political and business leaders traded in their creature comforts to raise awareness and funds for homeless children at Covenant House D.C. in Northeast Washington. Bundled into warm sweaters, jackets, wearing hats and gloves to help ward off the chill, dozens of men and women gathered at the event took part in a candlelight vigil on behalf of the city’s homeless youth, before crawling into sleeping bags, cardboard boxes and blankets, just as hundreds of young people do each night. For those who could not fight the chill overnight, the vigil gave them the opportunity to hear
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George H. Lambert Jr. to Succeed Maudine R. Cooper at GWUL By AFRO Staff
George H. Lambert Jr., the new president and CEO of GWUL
The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) Board of Directors recently selected George H. Lambert Jr. as the new president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Lambert comes to GWUL with 15 years of experience as an Urban League CEO. Most recently, he served as the CEO of the Lorain County Urban League in Lorain, Ohio, and prior to that, the CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League in Alexandria, Va. In addition, he has served in various capacities with the National Urban League, including a post as regional consultant for the mid-west central region. In the private sector, Lambert worked as a public affairs senior executive in charge of strategic alliance initiatives on behalf of Fortune 50 telecommunications clients. He also served as a senior principal with the Gasby Group, a fullservice strategic fundraising firm. In the non-profit arena, Lambert served as the senior director for resource development operations for United Way of the National Capital Area. “Lambert will be a great asset to the Greater Washington
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NATION & WORLD President Honors ‘True Champions’ with Medal of Freedom By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – During what he called one of his “favorite events every year,” President Obama presented 16 outstanding individuals, including four African Americans, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. President John F. Kennedy created the Presidential Medal of Freedom 50 years ago to honor exceptional Americans for their courage and contributions to society during their careers. The president praised Ernie Banks for his play in the Negro Leagues and for being the first Black player on the Chicago Cubs major league baseball team. Nicknamed “Mr. Cub,” Banks, won Most Valuable Player awards in 1958 and C.T. Vivian 1959 and played in 14 All-Star receiving his medal games. C.T. Vivian, a Baptist minister and adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored for his work leading the Freedom Riders and his efforts to register Black voters in Selma, Ala., where he was bloodied by Dallas County Sheriff Jim Clark after leading a Black delegation downtown to register. President Obama also recognized Bayard Rustin, posthumously, for his work and sacrifices during the Civil Rights Movement. Rustin, an openly gay civil rights leader, was the key organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The president also honored Oprah Winfrey for her incredible broadcast journalism career and her charitable contributions.
Idris Elba? Or Alfre Woodard? They All Look Alike, Says Armani
During the fifth annual Governors Awards in Hollywood recently the Giorgio Armani team—known for their sleek and unusual fashions—couldn’t tell the difference between a wellknown female actress—and a male actor in a “they-all-lookalike” gaffe. On Nov. 18, stars walked the red carpet, which has
historically been linked to a time for celebrities to show off their tailor-made apparel. Alfre Woodard was labeled Idris Elba—a male star—in a caption on its Instagram account triggering howls on Twitter. “Idris Elba posing in a gorgeous Giorgio #Armani dress at the 5th Annual Governors Award,” the luxury fashion house posted on Twitter when Woodard walked the red carpet and posed for cameras—wearing their gown. Armani quickly deleted the mistake, but not before several cyberspace followers noticed the error, especially #Black Twitter. According to Rolling Out—a Black entertainment website, “the mistake, which was highly offensive considering that Woodard was mistaken not only for another Black entertainer, but for a man.” On Instagram, followers posted replies suggesting that incorrect name was embarrassing and a fashion line that is held in such a high regard should have known who she was and not messed up somebody’s name.
Actor Morris Chestnut to Promote Black Film Festival
Actor Morris Chestnut will be the face of the 18th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), which will be held June 19-22, 2014, in New York City, officials announced recently. “It’s an honor and privilege to be the ambassador of the ABFF, taking place this year in New York – a city that has inspired and cultivated so much great talent in all areas of film,” Chestnut said in a statement. As ambassador of the festival, Chestnut, of Best Man and Best Man Holiday fame, will help to promote the four-day event, which showcases films by and about people of African descent. Author/producer Tonya Lewis Lee (The Watsons Go to Birmingham) will serve as the festival’s Host Committee chair. Jeff Friday, ABFF founder and CEO of Film Life, which produces the festival, said both Chestnut and Lee are bright lights in the Black film industry and will be able representatives of the event.
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November 30, 2013 - December 6, 2013, The Afro-American
U.S. Black History Museum Installs Two Large Artifacts
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Crews are installing two large artifacts inside the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture while it’s still under construction on the National Mall. Museum officials on Sunday were overseeing the installation of a segregated Southern Railway train car made by the Pullman Company in 1922. The passenger car was modified to have segregated seating to comply with Jim Crow laws at the time. The other large piece being installed is a prison tower from Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Curators had been looking for items to illustrate the incarceration of black people in the 20th century and the practice’s links to slavery. Both pieces are being lowered into the museum construction site by cranes. They’re too large to install once the museum building is complete in 2015.
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Journal of Public Health, which focuses on the subject of minorities in clinical trials. “Our ancestors warned us to be wary of hospitals and researchers,” he added. “…Deep within the cultural memory of Black people, in particular, [are] the ways in which we were abused.” Even among those who are too young to remember such abuses, the mistrust is present because the researchers do not look like them or come from dissimilar socioeconomic strata, Maxwell said. But fear is not the only factor, many agree. Socioeconomics may play a role. For example, Black parents may not be able to afford the childcare or transportation costs necessary to commit to a clinical trial, Maxwell said. And information is also key. Patricia Sanders is the director of 50 Hoops, a nonprofit and parent organization of the Coalition to Eliminate Disparities and to Research Inclusion in Clinical Trials (CEDRICT) project. Since 2009, Sanders and her team of volunteers have visited about 20 cities and spoken to about 50,000 African Americans to discuss their health needs and their views on clinical trials.
“Over the years our data has begun to show us that, for African Americans, it is not so much that we are afraid, but the biggest reason [for the low rate of participation in clinical trials] is lack of access and information,” she said. “There are so many things people don’t know about clinical trials.” Through a variety of means—including text message alerts, dinners and meetings, Sanders has worked to educate African Americans about their diseases and clinical trials. She said 92 percent of CEDRICT’s participants, after they have been educated, said they would be more willing to participate in a clinical trial. Thomas reported a similar finding, saying many African Americans and Latinos say they are willing to participate in research, but have never been asked. Researchers, most of whom are White, make assumptions about the willingness or ability of Blacks to participate and they take the easy way out, he said. But, with the Obama administration putting more teeth behind diversity requirements, investigators will be forced to include minorities. “Now, if you write a grant request to the NIH you are required to include women and
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Urban League and we are confident he will hit the ground running,” Jerry A. Moore III, GWUL Board Chair said in a statement. “His knowledge and understanding of the Urban League will make for a smooth transition, and his vast experience in the non-profit and the private sectors, as well as his desire to serve the community, will ensure our continued success well into the future.” Lambert will succeed Maudine R. Cooper, who has served GWUL as President and CEO for 23 years. “I have a very high regard for George as a person, professional, and colleague,” Cooper said in a statement. “He’s a first-rate intellect with a great intellectual curiosity and a wonderful sense of humor. With his combined devotion and appreciation of the League, it makes him a wonderful choice. Energetic and engaging, he is ideally suited to marshal the talents and resources of the League and continue to maximize its potential as a community leader in the Washington, D.C., metro area.” Lambert is known for his visionary leadership and progressive managerial achievement. He has served as a volunteer on numerous boards and commissions and maintains his involvement in a broad range of issues consistent with his interests
and views. “I am honored and humbled to assume the presidency of this great institution, which truly is one of the best leagues in the country,” Lambert commented. “GWUL is devoted to public service and is dedicated to Washington, D.C., Prince George’s and Montgomery County, Maryland communities. It’s a tremendous opportunity and challenge to be asked
to sustain and extend its traditions and achievements.” Born in Washington, D.C., Lambert holds a B.A. degree in Urban Studies from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. He is married to Bernadette Curtis-Lambert, and is the proud father of five young adult children and five grandchildren. He is an ordained deacon and a member of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va.
minorities, two groups that were formerly excluded,” Thomas said. The media can play a role in increasing minority involvement, advocates said. Dr. Luana Colloca, principal investigator on a new clinical trial that is investigating the mechanism of pain using brain mapping, said that for the first time, African-American participants were solicited through advertising. “We didn’t want to collect information from just one group of people or the results would be unbalanced. Pain affects everyone,” said Colloca, a staff member at NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Department of Bioethics. Researchers also need to become more in tune with their intended subjects, advocates said.
“Reaching racial and ethnic minorities must be done in a way that is respectful, culturally appropriate and built on a basis of trust [and] trust begins with honesty,” said Thomas. More importantly, he added, researchers cannot be simply concerned with collecting data. They must be prepared to address the real needs of the community. “We’re not just going to line people up to take part in studies,” Thomas said. “Black people have been poked and prodded and they’re still sick. We have to have a commitment to improving the health of African Americans. “It is an issue of justice,” he added, “and it is an issue of bioethics, which argues that those who bear the burden of research must benefit from it.”
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HPV Vaccines Less Effective for Black Women By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent Although Black women are twice as likely as White women to die from cervical cancer, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination may not prevent cervical cancer in African American women, according to a new study from the Duke University School of Medicine. The available vaccines only protect against four strains of HPV, which, according to the study African American women are half as likely as White women to carry. The American Cancer Society expects more than 12,000 women to be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year alone. Incidence rates have been falling for all women as screenings have become more routine. The rate of infection for Black women, however, is the second highest, after Latinas and it is still 39 percent higher than their White counterparts. Black women have been significantly more likely than
any other group to die from cervical cancer. The study examined 280 Black women and 292 White women, all carrying varying HPV strains. Some had no signs of cancer, some showed mild signs of pre-cancer and a small percentage had advanced precancerous abnormalities. In the group with the most advanced signs of pre-cancer, White participants carried strains 16, 18, 33, 39, and 59, whereas Black participants carried strains 31, 35, 45, 56, 58, 66, and 68. Currently, two vaccines on the market target four HPV strains considered most troublesome. Gardasil, which is produced by Merck and can be administered to anyone aged 9 through 26, protects against strains 16, 18, 6, and 11. Cervarix, by GlaxoSmithKline, is available only for girls and women and targets strains 16 and 18. The vaccines also protect against less-common genital cancers in both men and women. “Compared with white women, we saw that AfricanAmerican women had about
half as many infections with HPV 16 and 18, the subtypes that are covered by HPV vaccines,” said study co-author Adriana Vidal. “Since AfricanAmerican women don’t seem to be getting the same subtypes of HPV with the same frequency, the vaccines aren’t helping all women equally.” The vaccines are based on these strains because strains 16
contact. It is possible to have HPV without knowing it, so it is possible to unknowingly spread HPV to another person, according to the CDC. There are more than 100 strains of the human papillomavirus and they can affect several parts of the body. Most strains are minor threats to a healthy immune system, which can naturally terminate
“Black women have been significantly more likely than any other group to die from cervical cancer.” and 18 are found in 70 percent of cervical cancer cases, while strains 6 and 11 are associated with 90 percent of genital warts cases, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, studies have a long-documented history of overlooking the need for diverse participants in pharmaceutical and medical trials. HPV is a common virus that is easily spread by skin-to-skin
an infection over time. Though the virus can cause warts, most people who become infected exhibit no symptoms. More than 40 strains of HPV are specifically passed through sex. It’s the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, and experts at the Centers for Disease Control said that most sexually active people will contract at least one type in their lifetime.
A study published in June in The Journal of Infectious Diseases has compared HPV rates among girls aged 14 through 19 from before Gardasil hit shelves (20032006), and after (2007-2010). Between the time periods, infection rates were cut in half for strains 16 and 18, nearly eliminated for strains 6 and 11, and trimmed for milder, less common strains. The results are being touted as proof that the vaccines are indeed curbing HPV among teens, and by extension, will curb cervical cancer in the future. But in the case of highrisk strains that aren’t covered by the vaccine—such as 35, 66, and 68, the strains most prevalent in Black women—the report states the decline was too miniscule to be statistically relevant. The low-risk strains prevalent in Black women also saw major declines, however. Neither Merck nor GlaxoSmithKline has addressed the lack of coverage for HPV strains prevalent in African American women, though neither company
The HPV vaccination may not prevent cervical cancer in African American women, according to a new study from the Duke University School of Medicine. has ever addressed public and legislative controversy surrounding the HPV vaccine. Merck is currently testing an updated HPV vaccine that fights nine dangerous strains instead of four—6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58. Although their preliminary study results are promising, the disparity will likely remain. “The most disconcerting part of this new vaccine is it doesn’t include HPV 35, 66 and 68, three of the strains of HPV of which African-American women are getting the most,” said study co-author, Cathrine Hoyo. “We may want to rethink how we develop these vaccines, given that African-Americans tend to be underrepresented in clinical trials.”
Continued from A1 the stories of the youth serviced by Covenant House, which provides counseling, crisis intervention, work training and other help to homeless youth. “All you have to do is look around at the young people, and you will know why we are here tonight,” said Cellerino C. Bernardino, the chair of the board of directors of Covenant House, in his speech to welcome the visitors. He was among those who slept outside with the executives. D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the first executive director of Covenant House, said he appreciated the continuing commitment of the agency to the city’s homeless young people. “Covenant House is not only all over the country, but really all over the world,” he said. “They all had the same mission, and that was to do everything possible to make sure that young people ages 16 to 21 had a chance to be able to live the kind of life that they would like to live.” The event drew twice as many people as last year, and
raised nearly $150,000. Those funds will support Covenant House’s mission to provide a safe place, nourishing meals and clean clothes to D.C.’s homeless youths. “We wanted to have representation from all facets of the community,” said Alexis Lindsay, a spokeswoman for the agency. “Our goal is to show the homeless youth that we serve and also the homeless youth around the world and in the country that they count, they have a voice and people care about them.” Donte Davis found himself living at Covenant House after he left home because he and his mother were disagreeing. Davis lived as a homeless youth for almost two years, before his high school advisor told him about Covenant House. The agency’s workers are “a second family to me,” said Davis, who was able to move after nine months, the longest time that any youth has lived there. “Covenant House has taught me that there are actually people
who care and they would like to help if they could, as long as I can tell them my story,” he said. Davis is currently a student at Bowie State University where he is studying bioengineering. Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn Malachi was among the group of people who attended the candlelight vigil. She performed a selection called, “Look at What I Did with Nothing.” “Youth homelessness is one [area] that has been of concern,” she said. “Recently, I just keep hearing the subject talked about so much and its letting me know that this is a real issue. It is something that people’s attention needs to be drawn to.” Lindsay said after the night, she hopes the executives who attended would not forget this experience. “The next time they encounter a homeless youth, they will have a different sensitivity and they will be compelled to action,” she said.
sentences in federal court for the Utah murders in 1981. Six months later in state court he was again tried, convicted and sentenced to two life sentences for the murders. Some of Franklin’s cases resulted in dropped charges or acquittals. He was charged with the 1979 shooting death of Jesse E. Taylor, 42, an African-American, and Marion Bresette, 31, who was White, in Oklahoma City but the case was later dropped. While on death row he confessed to killing Mercedes Lynn Masters, 15, in 1979. He said she told him, after they had a sexual relationship, that some of her customers were Black. He also confessed to the sniper murder of Harold
had just left the company of Whites following a speaking engagement, with a rifle that fired a .30-06 cartridge, causing a wound so large “a surgeon later said he could put his fist into it,” the AP reported. Franklin was acquitted of the attack by an all-White jury, but later admitted to it. Franklin also claimed responsibility for the 1978 shooting of Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, that left Flynt paralyzed. The wheelchair-bound Flynt, nevertheless, worked against Franklin’s execution. Franklin, born James Clayton Vaughan Jr., was linked to or confessed to numerous bank robberies, bombings and murders but
Continued from A1 On June 8, 1980 Franklin fatally shot cousins Darrell Lane, 14, and Dante Evans Brown, 13, both African American, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was convicted in October 1998 and received two life sentences. On Aug. 20, 1980 Ted Fields, David Martin, Terry Elrod and Karma Ingersoll were crossing 500 East at 900 South at 10:15 p.m. after jogging in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shots are fired. Fields, 20, and Martin, 18, both African-American, are killed. These Utah murders ended Franklin’s crime spree when he was shortly thereafter arrested. Franklin was sentenced to two consecutive life
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McIver, 27. Both shootings occurred in DeKalb County, Ga. Franklin confessed to Virginia authorities in 1984 to the shooting deaths in 1980 of Nancy Santomero, 19, and Vickie Durian, 26, in Pocahontas County, Va., after one of the white women said she had had a boyfriend who was African-American. In 1996, the Associated Press reported that Franklin told authorities he shot Jordan after stalking, but failing to locate, Jesse Jackson. He had traveled from Chicago, where Jackson’s headquarters was located, to Fort Wayne, Ind. He said he was looking for “race mixers.” Franklin shot Jordan, who Frederick Douglass Biko Booker T. Washingtion DuBois Elijah McCoy Garvey
woman, in Madison, Wis., shortly after robbing a bank. In 1986, Franklin received two life sentences for the murders. On Oct. 8, 1977 Franklin fired at a crowd outside Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation synagogue in Richmond Heights, Mo., killing Gerald C. Gordon, 42, of Chesterfield, Mo., and wounding William Lee Ash, 30, of Akron, Ohio. He was convicted in 1997 and received a death sentence. On July 29, 1978 Franklin fatally shot African American William Bryant Tatum and wounded his white girlfriend, Nancy Hilton, 18, in Chattanooga, Tenn. He confessed, pleaded guilty and received a life sentence in 1998.
many of the confessions were not corroborated by law enforcement officials. His sister told reporters he lived in an abusive home. He changed his name to Joseph Paul Franklin after Adolph Hitler’s minister of propaganda, Joseph Paul Goebbels, and Franklin after Benjamin Franklin. He swore allegiance to the American Nazi Party, the Ku Klux Klan, and the National States Rights Party and embraced the view that the world needed to cleansed of what he called inferior races—Blacks and Jews. In a jailhouse interview with the Indianapolis Star a few years after his capture, he said: “I was the executioner, the judge and the jury.” He said he believed he “was on a holy war against evil-doers” when he went on his killing spree that covered the eastern two-thirds of the United States between 1977 and 1980, including a bombing in Rockville, Md. for which he claimed responsibility that killed a Jewish lobbyist. However, Franklin reportedly told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch two days before his execution that he no longer hates Blacks or Jews. He said he interacted with Blacks in the Missouri jail and “I saw they were people just like us. According to the Associated Press, Missouri prison officials had planned to inject Franklin with propofol, the anesthesia that music legend Michael Jackson was injected with before he died. Authorities later changed their minds because of concerns that European drug manufacturers have with their drugs being used in executions.
November 30, 2013 - December 6, 2013, The Afro-American
Americans Urged to Shop Locally on Small Business Saturday By Blair Adams and Ashley Diggs AFRO Staff Writers
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Jazz Drummer Chico Hamilton Dead at 92
First, there was Black Friday. Then came Cyber Monday. Now, shoppers in search of unique holiday gifts are being urged on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to participate in Small Business Saturday. The nationwide event was founded in 2010 by American Express as a way to help support small businesses and pump economic life into communities. Small Business Saturday is estimated to have helped small businesses’ profits substantially since its inception. In 2012, U.S. consumers are believed to have spent $5.5 billion as they supported Small Business Saturday. Last year, all 50 states recognized Small Business Saturday, as did President Obama, who took his daughters shopping at an independent bookstore in Virginia, and the U.S. Senate, which passed a resolution recognizing the event, according to a statement from a publicist for American Express. Juanita “Busy Bee” Britton, founder of District of Columbia-based BZB International, which specializes in unique Black gifts and artwork, said shopping local businesses helps neighborhoods to thrive. “We need to shop in our own community,” Britton said. “Customers should use their dollars in the best businesses that are close to home, in their community.” As part of Small Business Saturday in Baltimore, American Express is offering a bonus to help some merchants boost their sales. Card holders who enroll at www.shopsmall. com before Nov. 30 will be eligible for $10 back when they spend at least $10 at certain registered businesses; details are on the company’s website. “I hope a program like this will remind people that there are neighborhood stores that Juanita “Busy Bee” Britton (standing) need the support,” said Esther speaks to a patron at her 2012 show. Armstrong, owner of Sankofa
1. UNIQUENESS: Give a unique gift they will treasure for a lifetime. 2. TIME SAVING: Save time, gasoline, and your nerves by avoiding traffic jams, unless you simply enjoy clinching your teeth going around the beltway. 3. EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE: Receive customer service with a personal touch from a similar-looking face. 4. GREAT VALUE: Shop and find great values and one-of-a-kind items. 5. COMMUNITY BUILDING: Help to increase the tax base - it helps to provide better services for your community. 6. COST SAVING: Avoid outlet malls, impersonal department stores, and overpriced merchandise. 7. RELAXING: Put the crowds, lines, and same old merchandise behind you. 8. TEACHABLE MOMENTS: Educate our youth [about] entrepreneurship while breezing through your shopping list. 9. REWARDING: Reward yourself with a gift from ALL of the money you saved.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton, a distiguished jazz drummer, band leader and composer known for inspiring fellow and aspiring musicians, has died. He was 92. A news release from Hamilton’s publicist says he died Monday in New York City. An NEA Jazz Master saluted as a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center, Hamilton recorded more than 60 albums as a band leader, beginning in the 1950s, and also appeared in and scored films. He founded a commercial and film music production company after moving to New York in 1965 and helped found the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program. Born in Los Angeles in 1921, he was in a high school band with Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon and other classmates destined to become jazz innovators.
African and World Bazaar on Charles Street in Baltimore. Sankofa specializes in clothing imported from Africa featuring African prints and more home-grown patterns. The store also features unique African art and furniture pieces. Armstrong said customers who shop at Sankofa will receive 10 percent off their purchase from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. Britton’s annual BZB Holiday Gift and Art Show, held at Shiloh Baptist Church at 9th and P Streets NW, is a phenomenon that has drawn tens of thousands of shoppers from as far away as New York and Florida for 23 years. The show takes place every Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving and subsequent Saturdays through Christmas. Britton said shoppers looking for unique gifts will find more of a selection at a small, independent business. At her show, shoppers see everything from Black Betty Boop T-shirts to natural candles, shampoo, hair dressings and lotions to one-of-akind jewelry pieces to toys to afro-centric holiday stockings, chess boards, books and cards. Britton presented the AFRO with her own “Top 10 List” of reasons why consumers should participate in Small Business Saturday and support community-based businesses:
10. WISE INVESTMENT: Spend more time enjoying your holidays and less time exhausted from your mall trips. *Source: American Booksellers Association Indie Impact Study Series survey of independent, locally-owned business owners, conducted by Civic Economics, July 2012–Sept. 2013 © 2013 American Express Company.
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The Human Impacts Institute will host “Human Impacts D.C. at the Goethe-Institute on Dec. 5. The event will explore the nation’s current political climate and address change in the U.S. and beyond. For more information: Humanimpactsinstitute.org
Miss DC USA Finalists to Be Announced
Washington D.C. Alumnae Deltas to Host Annual Breakfast Fashion Show
The 2014 Miss DC USA and Miss DC USA Teen pageant finals will be held on Dec. 1 at the Renaissance Hotel. During the pageant, military members will also be recognized for their valiant service. For more information: 202-744-6022 or go to the website: www.missdistrictofcolumbiausa. com
The Washington D.C. Alumnae Foundation of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host their annual Breakfast, Fashion Show and Live Auction Dec. 7 at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The event will also include special musical performances. For more information: Wdcaf.org
Local Organizations to be Feted at Annual Olender Foundation Awards
Washington Interdependence Council Honors Jazz Musician Lou Donaldson with Lifetime Achievement Award
The 28th Annual Olender Foundation Awards will be held on Dec. 7 at the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Spearheaded by attorney Jack Olender, the awards ceremony spotlights local and national organizations that serve the public. For information: 202-879-7777
Hands Helping Healing Hands to Host Red Diamond Holiday Gala
The Washington Interdependence Council recently honored iconic jazz musician Lou Donaldson with its Benjamin Banneker Lifetime Achievement Award at its second annual Benjamin Banneker Jazz & Poetry Fest on Nov. 26. The preThanksgiving celebration was held at George Washington University in the Jack Morton Auditorium and featured performances from a list of jazz and spoken word artists from around the nation.
Hands Helping Healing Hands, a local nonprofit, will host its Red Diamond Holiday Gala Dec. 13 at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, Md. The Gala will include a 3-course dinner, keynote speaker, a cash bar and dancing. Funds raised will benefit the Haiti Project to Build Homes for Haitian families. For more information: www. handshelpinghh.org/fund-raising
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Putting the ‘Black’ in Black Friday The Christmas season provides an excellent opportunity for Africans in America to engage in a season of resistance. The corporate retail establishment in this country is heavily dependent upon this season for consumers to participate in a frenzy of buying to buttress their bottom line. The unofficial kick-off of the “shop until you drop” season is the Friday after Ron Daniels Thanksgiving, which called Black Friday. This is the day corporate retail giants begin an all-out effort to induce, seduce, bribe and otherwise “persuade” consumers to buy enough goods to enable companies to “break into the black” – achieve profitability for the year. Unfortunately, the sons and daughters of formerly enslaved Africans in America, who complain about the oppressive conditions of stop-and-frisk, joblessness, the war on drugs, crime, violence, fratricide and the murder of unarmed Black men such as Trayvon Martin and Black women such as Renisha McBride are not immune to the seductive appeal of the Christmas season. On Black Friday Black consumers will lineup with liberated White folks in the reckless race to give our hard earned/precious dollars to the oppressor. We are addicted. We must educate and organize to kick the habit. Collectively, Black people continue to be neglected, disrespected, disregarded and abused because we have become too tame, tolerant and even accepting of our oppression. This is not to say that there is no fight-back or resistance. The problem is that we lack a “critical mass,” a much larger number of Black people, who are sufficiently enraged and outraged, to act decisively to promote and protect/defend our interests and aspirations. This is the challenge we must overcome. Black Friday should mark a critical point of resistance for Black people, a time when Black consumers utilize the billions
of dollars in our hands as a weapon to advance the Black freedom struggle. I have often said if Black people would commit to “keeping Christ in Christmas,” focus on the spiritual and family aspects of the season and consciously refuse to participate in the senseless buying frenzy, the White Corporate establishment would come running, asking what concessions they should make to end the economic sanctions. Black people have more than $1 trillion of consumer buying power. The question is whether we have the consciousness, commitment and discipline to use it to promote and defend Black interests. There is no better time to renew a spirit of resistance than the present. Black people all across the nation should resolve to buy Black on Black Friday. At a minimum, Black people should seek out Black businesses and purchase as many gifts as possible from them to bolster the Black economy. Veteran activists, including Bob Law, have long advocated Support Black Business days to encourage Black consumers to shop at Black stores. He is advocating a similar campaign this year. In addition, Black communities can organize Black Expos on Black Friday where scores of Black vendors and businesses can be assembled under one roof to display their wares for sale. For example, in New York, under the visionary leadership of Rev. Dennis Dillon, the Emancipation 2013 Freedom Coalition is organizing a two-day Black Friday Expo Nov. 29 and 30 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. This kind of expo could become a model for Black communities nationwide. The Support Black Business days and Black Expo events exemplify the first principle of the utilization of Black consumer power – Black dollars should be used to support Black businesses and entrepreneurs as a means of building a strong economic infrastructure to employ Black people. The second principle of the utilization of Black consumer power is that companies/corporations that depend on Black dollars must be compelled to reinvest in Black communities. Black dollars should be used as leverage with businesses and corporations that depend on Black consumer dollars. It
Forcing Poor People to Go Hungry
Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government’s forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horsetrading in Washington that has erased a critical portion of the already-meager subsidy the federal food stamp program provides Lee A. Daniels the more than 47 million Americans who receive it. And it’s a virtual certainty more draconian cuts in the program will be made – cuts that increase the threat millions of men, women and children will, in years to come, endure not only hunger but also a host of health and health-related problems that the combination of hunger and poverty will produce or intensify. This is the quagmire a nation with a huge surplus of food must find its way out of. As usual when it comes to federal aid to poor and workingpoor Americans, the issue isn’t really the actual availability of funds for aid. The issue is politics – and the deepening showdown in the nation between compassion and callousness. But it’s also a matter of the House Republicans majority’s refusal to recognize that the food stamp program is a bulwark against the social and economic catastrophe widespread hunger in America would produce. On November 1, Congress allowed to expire without
replacement a temporary boost in the food-stamp program budget provided by funds from the 2009 economic stimulus package. The expiration reduced the monthly allotment food stamp recipients get by $11 for a one-person household to $36 monthly for a family of four. The increase had been the government’s response to the need of the program – its formal name is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP) – to cope with the sharp rise in the numbers of Americans needing aid to buy food. That increase was driven overwhelmingly by the Great Recession’s erasing more than 8 million jobs from the nation’s workplace. As joblessness grew, so did the numbers of people seeking food stamps. As a result, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the program’s budget ballooned from $35 billion in 2007 to $80 billion now as its enrollment swelled from 26 million to its current level of one out of every seven Americans. Earlier this year, a majority of Republicans in the GOPdominated House of Representatives, chanting their mantra of fiscal responsibility, approved as part of the farm bill Congress is considering a provision that would cut $40 billion from SNAP over 10 years. The SNAP provision in the Democraticcontrolled Senate version of the bill differs significantly. It proposes a $4 billion reduction. The House proposal would deny benefits to 3.8 million people next year and an average of 3 million each succeeding year, according to the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, a nonpartisan think tank, and usher in a situation of social catastrophe akin to that of some Third-World countries. But the Senate version looks better only by comparison with its extreme counterpart. The harshness of the regime it would produce can be glimpsed by examining the affect the mandated November 1 cut is already having on food stamp recipients –
is reasonable to expect and demand that businesses and corporations that we patronize reinvest dollars back into the Black community in the form of jobs, advertisement in Black media, sponsorships and contributions to worthy causes. Our inner-city neighborhoods are dying for lack of jobs and investment. Therefore, we cannot permit businesses to grow fat off our dollars without demanding reinvestment in our communities. Those who refuse to do so must face the wrath of economic sanctions – and there is no better time to target offending businesses/corporations than the Christmas season when their profitability depends on Black dollars. As the corporate retail establishment prepares to launch the Christmas season, let us transform it into a season of resistance — Remember Trayvon Martin: Boycott Florida….Buy Black on “Black Friday.” Ron Daniels is president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and lecturer at York College City University of New York.
people who by the program’s very eligibility requirements have very low incomes and no financial resources to withstand even minor emergencies. For example, the monthly reductions in allotments that took place this month loom larger given that eligibility for food stamps is limited to those at or below the poverty line: a gross income of $15,030 for a two-person household, to $23,050 for a family of four. The CBPP report calculated that the November 1 cut reduces the average amount recipients have to spend on each meal by 10 cents – from $1.50 per meal to $1.40 per meal. For a family of four the cut amounts to the loss of 21 or 22 meals a month. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, most SNAP recipients work, but at low-wage jobs that after paying for their rent and such other necessities as transportation, leave them out of enough money to buy enough food to eat. In 2007, half of all food stamp users lived in the suburbs, according to an analysis of census data by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Now, it’s 55 percent. More than 900,000 of those enrolled are veterans. The 21 million children in households that get food stamps constitute a quarter of all American children. In other words, they’re ordinary Americans who deserve our compassion and government aid because they have contributed, are contributing, or, regarding the children, have the potential to contribute to the larger society. In that regard, the ounce of prevention of funding the nation’s food stamp program at a level that properly responds to the need is the far wiser course to follow. Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist based in New York City. His latest book is Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America.
Is America Becoming a Nation of Bullies? “Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions.” American Psychological Association
When 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death from an abandoned concrete plant tower on Marc H. Morial Sept. 9 because of bullying from her classmates, the world stood up and took notice. While some teen-on-teen bullying was once accepted as a rite of passage, we now know it can have deadly consequences and is being taken more seriously today. The same cannot be said about adult-on-adult bullying, which though possibly just as harmful, is a much less highlighted and much more complex story. Consider the current case of alleged bullying by White Miami Dolphins lineman, Richie Incognito against his Black teammate Jonathan
Martin. First, it must be said that a certain amount of hazing is part of football locker room culture. Playful teasing, mild insults and innocent pranks are commonplace among both White and Black football players at all levels, from high school to the pros. For the most part, this has been viewed as acceptable and even beneficial team-building behavior in the high testosterone world of male competitive sports. But every person and every football player is different. Not all are comfortable with locker room roughhousing and crude language, especially when it crosses the line into racial slurs, including Incognito’s alleged use of the N-word. Incognito’s words and actions caused Martin to abruptly leave the team and seek counseling. Incognito has been indefinitely suspended by the Miami Dolphins and the NFL is conducting an investigation of the matter. Attitudes on the team and within the football fraternity are split, with many of the team’s Black players even defending Incognito and criticizing Martin for breaking a code of silence. Some of this may be because as a Stanford grad and the son of Harvard-educated parents, Martin does not fit the traditional tough football player mold. As Jason Reid wrote recently in the Washington Post, “To African Americans on the Dolphins, Martin was a 6-foot-5, 312 pound oddball because his life experience was radically
different from theirs. It’s an old story among African Americans. Too often, instead of celebrating what makes us different and learning from each other, we criticize more educated or affluent African Americans for not keeping it real.” How this turns out is anybody’s guess, but what concerns me more than the particulars of this incident is the larger message it sends about setting and honoring racial and other boundaries of respect in the schoolyard, at the workplace and in public discourse. Nearly every state has mandated measures to prevent bullying in our schools and more attention is being paid to cyber bullying. But, name-calling still too often takes the place of civil discourse in public debates, “attack ads” have become a staple of political campaigns and the “comments” section on many newspapers and blogs are filled with hateful speech. In addition, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute, about 35 percent of U.S. workers say they are bullied on their jobs. As the NFL and the Miami Dolphins decide the fates of Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, we must all ask ourselves: Is America becoming a nation of bullies? Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.
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Standing: Diane Herndon, Espanola Hughes and Jo Phampile; Seated: Cookie McKoin, Claudia McKoin and Tanya Phampile
Tammia Hayes and WPGC Radio personality, Guy Lambert
Winston Chaney, Radio One, Master of Ceremonies Valarie Baylor, Cheryl Roberts, Janice Batts, Lois Stansburg, Shirley Rivers Smith and Diane Johnson Welcoming remarks
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Delta ladies with attitude and pizzazz
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Phaze II Band and Show
The Federal City Alumnae Chapter (FCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority held its Annual Soulful Sunday Jazz Brunch, Nov. 3, at Martin’s Crosswinds, Greenbelt, Md. Nearly 800 guests enjoyed the sounds of the Phaze ll Band and dined on an array of fine food. Proceeds from the event will support the chapter’s programming and scholarship programs. Chapter President Vania Smith and her planning team produced an event that garnered praise
for being a wonderful soulful afternoon of fun, music and dancing. Winston Chaney from Radio One was the emcee and the Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, 22nd national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, was a special guest. Emerging artists, twins Rebecca and Rachel, did live portraitures on site.
Standing: Muriel Stone-Nolen; Melodia Phillips; Jeanette Steward; Seated: Jacqueline Elliot, Rose Terry; Allison Hill and Tarina Charleston
We have a raffle winner! Photos by Rob Roberts Reps. Donna Edwards and Steny Hoyer presents the Veteran Business of the Year Award to Ret. Lt. Gen. Joe Ballard, President/ CEO, The Raven Group
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority ladies: Robin Jacobs, Eastern Regional Director, Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, 22nd National President and Vania Smith, President, Federal City Alumnae Chapter
The Small Business of the Year Award is presented to The Corenic Construction Group; accepting the award is Brunson Corenic (left) from a Comcast representative
Standing: Judy Mason and Shirley Moore; Seated: Ennis Allen and Eola Parrish
Guests moving though the buffet serving line
David Harrington, president/CEO, PGCOC; Aubrey Thagard, Office of the County Executive; Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Executive and Kevin Ford, Jr., Associate Agent, KW Commercial
Daro Evbuona, Karla Chryar, Elzena McWilliams, Avis Watts and Stan Palmer
Betsy Hebron-Marks, A Touch of Class Caterers and Lynda Steward, Gazette Star
Frankee Trombley, Alfreda Parker-Smothers, Ret. Lt. Gen Joe Ballard, President/CEO, The Raven Group and Tessie Ballard
Karen Blair (left) presents the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Shameeka Price, Capitol Structure Real Estate, LLC
Prince George’s County Police Chief Melvin High and Thomas Graham, Pepco Holdings
The Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Excellence in Business Awards gala, Nov. 1, at the University of Maryland Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, College Park, Md. This event provides an opportunity to showcase leadership, community involvement and growth in Prince George’s County businesses. For a second year, radio, TV personality and singer Angela Stribling served as the official host and helped Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Harrington present this year’s winners. The 2013 Excellence in Business Award Gala categories included: Small Business of the Year; Business of the Year; Business Leader of the Year; Entrepreneur of the Year; Community Service Award; Green Business of the Year and the Veteran Business of the Year.
The Community Service Dr. Charlene Dukes, President, Prince Award is presented to George’s Community College, Rep. Donna Mentoring to Manhood Edwards (D-Md.) and Donna Graws and Deborah Scott Thomas, presenter, who is the Business Leader of the Year awardee Radio and TV personality and songstress, Angela Stribling, the Mistress of Ceremonies
Johnny Steele (far right) and The Steel 4 Real Band Jerome Smallwood with Mr. and Mrs. Craig Muckle
Stephen Harrington, Adrienne Shearof, Igai Jenkins and Chris Harrington
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The Lewis Powers Duo Photos by Rob Roberts
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Howard Conference Addresses Social Disgrace Linked to AIDS By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO
Howard University hosted the Fourth Annual HIV Stigma Conference Nov. 22, bringing together between 600 and 1,000 healthcare providers, public health officials, activists, students, faith leaders, people affected by HIV and experts from across the globe. The daylong conference raised awareness of the social disgrace associated with HIV/AIDS and the devastating impact such judgment has on the disease’s victims and the broader society through poetry readings, inspirational music, dances, personal anecdotes, professional lectures, exhibits and more. The event was also streamed on the web “Stigma robs individuals of their basic human rights and is the
major reason why the HIV epidemic continues,” said Dr. Sohail Rana, conference director and professor of pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine, in a statement. “Anytime we look at people as being less worthy of compassion than others you have bad health outcomes,” Dr. Rana elaborated in an interview with the AFRO. “True healing comes from love.” Stigma often causes people to avoid getting tested for HIV, seeking treatment and disclosing their status to others, which increases the incidence of the disease as well as its mortality rate, experts say. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States—African Americans, particularly gay and bisexual Black men, are disproportionately
impacted—and 50,000 new infections occur every year. And, 1 in 5 of those who are infected are unaware of their HIV-positive status. Among those who are aware of their status, stigma can often lead to depression, which can lead them to stop taking their medication and, eventually, to their death. Dr. Rana shared the story of an HIV patient whom he treated since she was an infant. The bubbly, outgoing child descended into depression when she was 13, he said. Her family members would wipe the places where she sat, and reserved special dishes for her use; cousins stopped having sleepovers when they understood that she had HIV; and friends at school stopped hugging her, she told Dr. Rana. Eventually, she stopped taking her medication and she succumbed to the disease.
“She died of stigma,” Dr. Rana said. Through the conference, the physician said they hoped to raise money for advocacy on this issue; teach community leaders and professionals effective intervention techniques to combat stigma and develop momentum to develop a Center for Human Rights at Howard But mostly, Dr. Rana said, he hoped the conference would help people realize the universal impact of HIV/AIDS and the shared responsibility for the stigma that exacerbates the impact of the disease. “Ultimately, we are all responsible—it is the man and woman in the mirror,” Rana said and
blindness in adults 20–74 years of age. More than 800,000 African Americans suffer from diabetic retinopathy and the number will likely reach 1.2 million by 2030. The number of sufferers from all nationalities is expected to reach more than 11 million by the year 2030, research shows. While everyone who has diabetes can get diabetic eye disease, African Americans are at higher risk of losing vision or going blind from it. “The longer a person has diabetes, the greater is his or her risk of developing diabetic eye disease,”
said Dr. Paul A. Sieving, a medical doctor and Ph. D. who serves as director of the National Eye Institute (NEI). “If you have diabetes, be sure to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Don’t wait until you notice an eye problem to have an exam, because vision that is lost cannot be restored.” Unfortunately, diabetic eye disease often has no early warning signs. But the good news you can share with your family is that it can be detected early and treated before vision loss occurs. “In fact, with early detection,
later added, “We must work together to eliminate stigma [because] if we keep stigmatizing, ultimately, we will all pay the price.” For more information, visit: http://www.whocanyoutell.org/
Diabetes Sufferers Should Take Care With Their Vision The subject of diabetes seems to be everywhere these days—in the news, on social media, even on talk shows. In fact, 26 million people have diabetes, and this number is increasing, putting more people at risk for health complications. If you or someone in your family has diabetes, you should talk to them about diabetic eye disease, one of the complications of diabetes. Diabetic eye disease includes cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy—the most common form of the disease. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of
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Rita Ford-Farmer of Baltimore has been dealing with diabetes since she was diagnosed in 1997.
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DC STREETCAR PARKING ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN STARTS SOON Streetcar vehicles will be on the H Street/Benning Road Corridor soon to test and train for passenger service. Cars parked outside of the lines, including illegally double-parked vehicles, will impede the streetcar, delay service along the line, and result in a ticket and/or tow for vehicles. To remind drivers of proper parking etiquette, District Department of Transportation will distribute warning tickets to improperly parked cars in the corridor during the month of November. Real ticketing will begin on December 1, 2013. For more information, visit dcstreetcar.com or call 855-413-2954.
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timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care, people with diabetes can reduce their risk of severe vision loss by 95 percent,”said Dr. Suber Huang, chair of the Diabetic Eye Disease Subcommittee for NEI’s National Eye Health Education Program. Research has also shown that when people with diabetes have good control of their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, they can help delay getting diabetic eye disease, or slow its progress. See more on Afro.com
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ARTS & CULTURE
Jennifer Hudson Steals Show in Langston Hughes Musical rebellious juvenile delinquent’s life? Can the Cobbs mend the fractured relationship with their long-estranged daughter? Will Langston belatedly bond with the absentee father he’s never known? These are the pivotal questions raised in Black Nativity, a modern morality play based on the Langston Hughes musical of the same name. Adapted and directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), the film features an engaging soundtrack sprinkled with evocative onscreen performances by cast members including Mary J. Blige, Nas and Tyrese Gibson, though all pale in comparison to those by Jennifer Hudson. Fair warning to theatergoers ordinarily operating on CPT. Don’t take the risk of arriving too late to catch the incomparable diva’s unforgettable opener, “Test of Faith,” a showstopper every bit as memorable as her heartfelt rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” as Effie in Dreamgirls. A timeless parable as memorable for its uplifting spirituals as for its moving message about the importance of faith and family.
Black Nativity Film Review by Kam Williams Naima (Jennifer Hudson) is a single-mom struggling to pay the rent on the apartment she shares with son Langston (Jacob Latimore), 15, who’s the same age she was when she had him. Back then, she was as headstrong as he is now, which explains why she ran away from a good home in Harlem to raise him alone in Baltimore. Today, upon receiving an eviction notice, cashstrapped Naima reluctantly sends the rebellious adolescent in need of a father figure to New York to live with her parents, Aretha (Angela Bassett) and Rev. Cornell Cobbs (Forest Whitaker), prominent members of the black community. But Langston lands in trouble even before they have a chance to
pick him up at the bus station, so they end-up having to bail him out of jail. Is it too late for anyone to make a difference in the
The dancefloor at Zanzibar
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Is Derrick Rose Done? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk
After suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee on Nov. 22, Chicago Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose has now endured two major knee injuries to both ligaments in less than three years. Known for his trademark speed, quickness and athleticism, Rose was a lock to command stardom simply based on his agility. But after tearing his ACL in his left knee in 2012 and now another significant injury on the opposite leg, how does Rose bounce back from this? He was heavily criticized for much of last season for not suiting up despite recovering from the ACL injury so how will fans react with his latest concern? Could Rose bounce back stronger than ever or is this the final nail in the coffin for the super athletic point guard? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question. Riley: It’s the worst news that his family and fans could experience, but it’s the best scenario for him. Original reports indicated a torn ACL which would’ve been completely devastating. And although a torn meniscus is a lengthy rehab, we’ve already seen Rose bounce back from an ACL tear. Rose isn’t a quitter and even with him basically rusty in the early part of this season, you still saw him flash the speed and hops we’ve come to associate with him. Rose will bounce back like he always does. Green: You could put a fork into Rose and call it a day. He’ll never be the same. It’s impossible. The thing that separates Rose from other floor generals is his amazing traits and
physical frame. If you take those two away then what do you have? We didn’t come to love Rose because he was this skilled tactician ala Steve Nash. Rose got to where he is from simply showcasing his Godgiven physical talents. Derrick Rose This is bad, Riley. He’s looking at becoming the modern day Grant Hill. Riley: Today’s technology isn’t like it was 10 years ago or even five years ago. Considering Rose bounced back from his ACL tear pretty quickly, tells you that when focused, Rose can rehab and come back strong. Meniscus tears can range in recovery from a few months to just a couple. If Rose is diligent, and we know he will be, he’ll recover and return before the season ends. Green: In light of another major knee injury, do we even want Rose returning this year? Even though he was suiting up for the Bulls before he got hurt, it was obvious Rose was still feeling the effects from the ACL. And now here’s another injury to go along with the one he’s still recovering from. How can you root against Rose? He’s a class act and a good kid, but two major knee injuries will pretty much zap him from who he previously was. He’ll return and still be good but the days of the breathtaking, blazingly fast guard are over. Say hello to a new, grounded guard who likely won’t be able to muscle himself to MVP like he did in the 2010-2011 season.
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MISCELLANEOUS AIRLINE CAREERS begin here – Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance training. Housing and Financial Aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 800-481-8974 TYPESET: Tue Nov 26 LEGAL NOTICES Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM1102 Clifton C. Moody, Jr Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Clifton Carl Moody III, whose address is 2790 Burruss Mill Rd, Bumpass VA 23024, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Clifton C. Moody, Jr, who died on September 15, 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 shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 29, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 29, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 29, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Clifton C. Moody, Jr Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 11/29, 12/06 & 12/13/13
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM111 Charles Bellinger, Sr. Decedent William A. Bland, Esq 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite #1100 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Charles Bellinger, Jr. and Pamela R. BellingerDunson, whose addresses are 2021 Brooks Drive, Forestville, MD, 20747 and 3004 Brinkley Road, Apt. T2, Temple Hills, MD 20748, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Charles Bellinger, Sr., who died on December 16, 2012 without a will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and 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 May 15, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 15, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 15, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Charles Bellinger, Jr. Pamela R. BellingerDunson Personal Representatives TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No.13-00005548 IN RE: Alaina Janine Talbot Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Alaina Janine Talbot having filed an application for judgment changing the name from Alaina Janine Talbot to Clayton Alain Talbot 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 2nd day of October 2013, hereby ORDERED, that a copy of this order be published once a week for three (3) Consecutive weeks, in Afro American, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that the publication must begin no later than two weeks days after filing of the application;and it is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name of an adult will be held in Judge-InChambers, Room 4220 in the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue N.W., Washington,DC 20001 On The 5th day of December, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. If any person desires to oppose this application, that the person or his or her attorney must be present at the present hearing or file written detailed objections five(5) business days in advance of the hearing with Judge-inChambers and mail a copy to the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it if further ORDERED,that the applicant must send the application for change 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 filing the affidavit/declaration of service SO ORDERED JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST:
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 13-0007513 IN RE: Akrum Ahmad Al-Ali Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Akrum Ahmad Al-Ali having filed a complaint for judgment changing Akrum Ahmad Al-Ali´s name to Akrum Ahmad Ali 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 5th day of November 2013, hereby ORDERED, that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the AfroAmerican newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that the publication must begin no later than two weeks after the filing of the application; and it 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 20th day of December, 2013 at 2:30 p.m..If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy of the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further
ORDERED, that notice be sent to the applicant’s creditors personally or by registered mail and that proof of service be made by filing the affidavit/ declaration of service in name change cases. ORDERED, that notice be sent to he D.C. Chief of Police, the Department of Corrections and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency personally or by registered mail and that proof of service be made by filing the affidavit/ declaration of service in name change case. JUDGE
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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE 13:17:10 ESTDIVISION 2013 Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2013FEP118 Date of Death June 20, 2013 Lawrence A. Brooks Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Jean Brooks Anderson whose address is 226 Loraine Drive, Memphis, TN 38109, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lawrence A. Brooks, deceased, by the Orphans’ Court for Prince George’s County, State of Maryland, on August 01, 2013.. Service of process may be made upon Renunda Shea Lee, 3941 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20020 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: 20 Chesapeake Street, SE #30C, Washington, DC 20032 Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. Jean Brooks Anderson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: November 15, 2013 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American 11/15, 11/22 & 11/29/13
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 13ADM1103 Dorothy W. Harris Decedent Elise A. Joyner 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Ste 1015 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Rebecca W. Van Ness, whose address is 2000 Riverside Drive, Apt. 6B, Richmond, VA 23225, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Dorothy W. Harris, who died on September 2, 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 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before May 15, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 15, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 15, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Rebecca W. Van Ness Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 11/15, 11/22 & 11/29/30
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM846 Daniel W. A. Talley, Sr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jeanetta Talley-Smith, whose address is 208 Pepper Mill Drive, Capital Heights, MD 20743, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Daniel W. A. Talley, Sr., who died on July 17, 2010 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 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before May 15, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 15, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 15, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Jeanetta Talley-Smith Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 11/15, 11/22 & 11/29/13
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Standard Probates $125.00 the Court this 5th day of Mary A. Thomas November 2013, hereby AKA ORDERED, that a copy Mary Adelaide Thomas CIVIL NOTICES of this order be published once a week for three (3) Decedent a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 $ 80.00 Consecutive weeks, in James J. Fitzgibbons, Afro American, a news- Esq. b. Real Property $TYPESET: 200.00 Tue Nov 19 12:44:16 paper of general circula- 13321 New Hampshire, tion of the District of Ave. #110 Spring, MD Columbia; andFAMILY it is fur- Silver COURT 20904 Superior Court of ther NOTICE OF 16:27:52 EST 2013 the District of ORDERED, that the pub202-879-1212 APPOINTMENT, District of Columbia lication must begin no NOTICE TO DOMESTIC PROBATE DIVISION later than two weeks RELATIONS CREDITORS Washington, D.C. days after filing of the ap202-879-0157 AND NOTICE TO 20001-2131 plication;and it is further UNKNOWN HEIRS Administration No. ORDERED, that the FIMarilyn Simpson, whose 2013ADM1146 NAL HEARING on this a. Absent Defendant 150.00 Monica Hahn application to change address is 3803 Dunhill $Patricia Court, Bowie, MD 20721, Decedent name of an adult will be b. Absolute Divorce $ 150.00 was appointed personal NOTICE OF held in Judge-Inc. Custody Divorce APPOINTMENT, Chambers, Room 4220 representative of the $150.00 e s t a t e o f M a r y A . NOTICE TO in the District of ColumCREDITORS bia at 500 Indiana Ave- Thomas AKA Mary Adelaide Thomas, who died AND NOTICE TO nue N.W., WashingTo place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892,onext. 262, Public Notices $50.00 & up August 28, 2006, with UNKNOWN HEIRS ton,DC 20001 On The a will,Notices and will serve depending on are with$24.84Christina per inch. Andrea Hahn & 20thsize, day Baltimore of December,Legal Michael Gregory Hahn, 2013 at 2:45 p.m. If any out Court supervision. All 1-800 (AFRO) 892 unknown heirs and heirs whose addresses are person desires to oppose are 5325 Westbard Ave., application, that please the whose For Proof this of Publication, call whereabouts 1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 710, Bethesda, MD person or his or her at- unknown shall enter their 20816 & 152 Goodell Rd, torney must be present at a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s Folsom, CA 95630 were the present hearing or file proceeding. Objections appointed personal rewritten detailed objec- to such appointment shall be filed with the presentatives of the tions five(5) business Register of Wills, D.C., estate of Patricia Monica days in advance of the Hahn, who died on Octohearing with Judge-in- 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd ber 2, 2013 without a will, Chambers and mail a Floor Washington, D.C. and will serve without copy to the applicant or 20001, on or before May 22, 2014. Claims against TYPESET: Tue Nov 19 12:43:36 EST 2013 andNOTICES Court supervision. All unapplicant’s counsel; LEGAL the decedent shall be known heirs and heirs it if further presented to the underwhose whereabouts are ORDERED,that notice signed with a copy to the unknown shall enter their be sent to the applicant’s Superior Court of appearance in this creditors personally or by Register of Wills or filed the District of proceeding. Objections registered or certified with the Register of Wills Columbia to such appointment mail and show proof of with a copy to the underCivil Division signed, on or before May shall be filed with the service by filing the Case No.13-0007523 22, 2014, or be forever Register of Wills, D.C., affidavit/declaration of IN RE: barred. Persons believed 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd service India La’Dray Spriggs to be heirs or legatees of Floor Washington, D.C. SO ORDERED Applicant the decedent who do not 20001, on or before May JUDGE ORDER OF receive a copy of this no22, 2014. Claims against PUBLICATION tice by mail within 25 the decedent shall be A TRUE COPY TEST: CHANGE OF NAME days of its first publicapresented to the underIndia La’Dray Spriggs TYPESET: Tue Nov 19 12:43:53 EST 2013 signed with a copy to the 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 tion shall so inform the having filed an applicaRegister of Wills or filed Register of Wills, includtion for judgment with the Register of Wills ing name, address and changing the name from Superior Court of with a copy to the underrelationship. India La’Dray Spriggs to the District of signed, on or before May Date of Publication: India La’Dray SpriggsDistrict of Columbia 22, 2014, or be forever November 22, 2013 Means and having apPROBATE DIVISION barred. Persons believed Name of newspaper: plied to the court for an Washington, D.C. to be heirs or legatees of Afro-American Order of Publication of 20001-2131 the decedent who do not Washington Law the notice required by Administration No. receive a copy of this noReporter law in such cases; it is by 2013ADM812 tice by mail within 25 Marilyn Simpson the Court this 5th day of Mary A. Thomas days of its first publicaPersonal November 2013, hereby AKA tion shall so inform the Representative ORDERED, that a copy Mary Adelaide Thomas Register of Wills, includof this order be published Decedent ing name, address and TRUE TEST COPY once a week for three (3) James J. Fitzgibbons, relationship. REGISTER OF WILLS Consecutive weeks, in Esq. Date of Publication: EST 2013 Afro American, a news- 13321 New Hampshire, TYPESET: Tue Nov 19 12:44:16 November 22, 2013 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 paper of general circula- Ave. #110 Name of newspaper: tion of the District of Silver Spring, MD Afro-American Columbia; and it is fur- 20904 Superior Court of Washington Law ther the District of NOTICE OF Reporter ORDERED, that the pubDistrict of Columbia APPOINTMENT, Christina Andrea Hahn lication must begin no PROBATE DIVISION NOTICE TO Michael Gregory Hahn later than two weeks Washington, D.C. CREDITORS Personal days after filing of the ap20001-2131 AND NOTICE TO Representatives plication;and it is further Administration No. UNKNOWN HEIRS ORDERED, that the FI- Marilyn Simpson, whose 2013ADM1146 TRUE TEST COPY NAL HEARING on this address is 3803 Dunhill Patricia Monica Hahn REGISTER OF WILLS application to change Court, Bowie, MD 20721, Decedent name of an adult will be was appointed personal NOTICE OF 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 held in Judge-InAPPOINTMENT, representative of the Chambers, Room 4220 e s t a t e o f M a r y A . NOTICE TO in the District of Colum- Thomas AKA Mary AdCREDITORS bia at 500 Indiana Ave- elaide Thomas, who died AND NOTICE TO nue N.W., WashingUNKNOWN HEIRS on August 28, 2006, with ton,DC 20001 On The a will, and will serve with- Christina Andrea Hahn & 20th day of December, out Court supervision. All Michael Gregory Hahn, 2013 at 2:45 p.m. If any unknown heirs and heirs whose addresses are person desires to oppose whose whereabouts are 5325 Westbard Ave., this application, that the unknown shall enter their 7 1 0 , B e t h e s d a , M D person or his or her at- a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s 20816 & 152 Goodell Rd, torney must be present at proceeding. Objections Folsom, CA 95630 were the present hearing or file to such appointment appointed personal rewritten detailed objec- shall be filed with the presentatives of the tions five(5) business Register of Wills, D.C., estate of Patricia Monica days in advance of the 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Hahn, who died on Octohearing with Judge-in- Floor Washington, D.C. ber 2, 2013 without a will, Chambers and mail a 20001, on or before May and will serve without copy to the applicant or 22, 2014. Claims against Court supervision. All unapplicant’s counsel; and the decedent shall be known heirs and heirs it if further presented to the under- whose whereabouts are ORDERED,that notice signed with a copy to the unknown shall enter their be sent to the applicant’s Register of Wills or filed a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s creditors personally or by with the Register of Wills proceeding. Objections registered or certified with a copy to the under- to such appointment mail and show proof of signed, on or before May shall be filed with the
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM924 Ometa D. Fields AKA Ometa D. FieldsBrown Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Marion E. Winston, whose address is 6915 Hastings Drive, Capital Heights, MD, 20743 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ometa D. Fields AKA Ometa D. Fields - Brown, who died on April 28, 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 shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd
shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd 12:44:31 EST 2013D.C. Floor Washington, 20001, on or before May 22, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 22, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Sheila A. Evans Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM1147 Leo R. Williams, Jr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Anthony B. Williams, whose address is 516 Cathedral Street, #3F, Baltimore, MD 21201, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Leo R. Williams, Jr., who died on September 9, 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 May 12:44:47 2013 22, 2014.EST Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 22, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 22, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Anthony B. Williams Personal Representative
November 30, 2013 - Decemer 6, 2013, The Afro-American
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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No.13FSP728 IN RE: Woineshet Gebassa Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Wo i n e s h e t G e b a s s a having filed an application for judgment changing the name from Naomi Abiyot Abebe to Naomi Leelena Fekadu and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required byEST law2013 in such TYPESET: Tue Nov 19 12:46:47 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 cases; it is by the Court this 1st day of November 2013, hereby SUPERIOR COURT OF ORDERED, that all perTHE DISTRICT OF sons concerned show COLUMBIA cause, if any there be, on PROBATE DIVISION W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . or before the 9th day of December 2013 why the 20001-2131 prayer of said complaint Foreign No. should not be granted; 2013FEP122 provided that a copy of Date of Death this order be published March 6, 2012 once a week for three (3) Edna F. Frye Consecutive weeks, in Decedent Afro American NOTICE OF SO ORDERED APPOINTMENT OF JUDGE FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE A TRUE COPY TEST: AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS TYPESET: Tue Nov 26 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 Jerilyn s. Frye whose address is 901 Cypress Point Circle, Mitchellville, Superior Court of MD 20721 was apthe District of pointed personal repreDistrict of Columbia sentative of the estate of PROBATE DIVISION Edna F. Frye, deceased, Washington, D.C. by the Orphans Court for 20001-2131 Prince George’s County, Administration No. State of Maryland, on 2013ADM1112 September 20, 2013. Mack Linsey Davis Service of process may Decedent be made upon Robert V. Lawrence A. Thrower, Frye, 2512 28th Street, Esq. NE, Washington, DC 3215 Fayette Road 20018 whose designa- Kensington, MD 20895 tion as District of Colum- Attorney bia agent has been filed NOTICE OF with the Register of Wills, APPOINTMENT, D.C. NOTICE TO The decedent owned the CREDITORS following District of AND NOTICE TO Colombia real property: UNKNOWN HEIRS 430 Ridge Road, SE, Marlo Davis, whose ad#202 Washington, DC dress is 1390 Bryant St., Claims against the de- NE, #202, Washington, TRUE TEST COPY cedent may be preDC 20018, was apREGISTER OF WILLS sented to the under- pointed personal repreTYPESET: Tue Nov 19 12:46:13 EST signed and filed2013 with the sentative of the estate of 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 Register of Wills for the Mack Linsey Davis, who District of Columbia, 500 died on September 5, Superior Court of Indiana Avenue, N.W., 2013, without a will, and the District of Washington, D.C. 20001 will serve without Court District of Columbia within 6 months from the supervision. All unknown PROBATE DIVISION date of first publication of heirs and heirs whose Washington, D.C. this notice. whereabouts are un20001-2131 known shall enter their Administration No. Jerilyn S. Frye a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s 2013ADM1139 Personal proceeding. Objections Samuel Dixon Representative(s) to such appointment Decedent TRUE TEST COPY shall be filed with the NOTICE OF REGISTER OF WILLS Register of Wills, D.C., APPOINTMENT, Date of first publication: 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd NOTICE TO November 22, 2013 Floor Washington, D.C. CREDITORS Name of newspapers 20001, on or before May AND NOTICE TO and/or periodical: 29, 2014. Claims against UNKNOWN HEIRS The Daily Washington the decedent shall be Freddie D. Lindsay, Law Reporter presented to the underwhose address is 813 The Afro-American signed with a copy to the Madison Street, NW, TYPESET: Tue Nov 26 13:15:23 EST 2013 Register of Wills or filed Washington, DC, was 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 with the Register of Wills appointed personal rewith a copy to the underpresentative of the estate signed, on or before May Superior Court of of Samuel Dixon, who 29, 2014, or be forever the District of died on May 12, 2001, barred. Persons believed District of Columbia without a will, and will to be heirs or legatees of PROBATE DIVISION serve without Court suthe decedent who do not Washington, D.C. pervision. All unknown receive a copy of this no20001-2131 heirs and heirs whose tice by mail within 25 Administration No. whereabouts are undays of its first publica2013ADM708 known shall enter their tion shall so inform the Tonya White appearance in this Register of Wills, includproceeding. Objections AKA ing name, address and to such appointment Tonya Roberson relationship. Decedent shall be filed with the Date of Publication: Register of Wills, D.C., Wesley L. Clarke November 29, 2013 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd 1629 K. Street, NW Name of newspaper: Floor Washington, D.C. Suite 300 Afro-American 20001, on or before May Washington, DC 20006 Washington Law 22, 2014. Claims against Attorney Reporter NOTICE OF 12:45:38 EST 2013 the decedent shall be Marlo Davis APPOINTMENT, presented to the underPersonal NOTICE TO signed with a copy to the Representative CREDITORS Register of Wills or filed AND NOTICE TO with the Register of Wills TRUE TEST COPY UNKNOWN HEIRS with a copy to the underAndrew White, whose REGISTER OF WILLS signed, on or before May 22, 2014, or be forever address is 1410 34th TYPESET: Tue Nov 19 11/29, 12/06 & 12/13/13 barred. Persons believed Street, SE, Washington, to be heirs or legatees of DC 20020, was apSuperior Court of the decedent who do not pointed personal reprethe District of receive a copy of this no- sentative of the estate of Tonya White AKA Tonya District of Columbia tice by mail within 25 Roberson, who died on PROBATE DIVISION days of its first publicaWashington, D.C. tion shall so inform the February 28, 2013, with20001-2131 Register of Wills, includ- out a will, and will serve Administration No. ing name, address and without Court supervision. All unknown heirs 2013ADM1140 relationship. a n d h e i r s w h o s e Iradelle C. Byars Date of Publication: whereabouts are unDecedent November 22, 2013 known shall enter their NOTICE OF Name of newspaper: appearance in this APPOINTMENT, Afro-American proceeding. Objections NOTICE TO Washington Law to such appointment CREDITORS Reporter AND NOTICE TO shall be filed with the Freddie D. Lindsay UNKNOWN HEIRS Personal Register of Wills, D.C., Representative 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Robert C. Byars, whose Floor Washington, D.C. address is 530 Roxboro 20001, on or before May Place, NW, Washington, TRUE TEST COPY 29, 2014. Claims against DC, 20011, was apREGISTER OF WILLS the decedent shall be pointed personal repreTYPESET: Tue Nov 19 12:47:03 EST 2013 presented to the under- sentative of the estate of 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 signed with a copy to the Iradelle C. Byars, who Register of Wills or filed died on December 3, SUPERIOR COURT OF with the Register of Wills 2010, without a will, and THE DISTRICT OF with a copy to the under- will serve without Court COLUMBIA signed, on or before May supervision. All unknown PROBATE DIVISION 29, 2014, or be forever heirs and heirs whose W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . barred. Persons believed whereabouts are un20001-2131 to be heirs or legatees of known shall enter their Foreign No. the decedent who do not a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s 2013FEP131 receive a copy of this no- proceeding. Objections Date of Death tice by mail within 25 to such appointment December 20, 2010 days of its first publica- shall be filed with the Ola Cleonia Lewis tion shall so inform the Register of Wills, D.C., AKA Register of Wills, includ- 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Ola Cleonia Motley ing name, address and Floor Washington, D.C. Lewis 20001, on or before May relationship. 22, 2014. Claims against Decedent Date of Publication: the decedent shall be NOTICE OF November 29, 2013 presented to the underAPPOINTMENT OF Name of newspaper: signed with a copy to the FOREIGN PERSONAL Afro-American Register of Wills or filed REPRESENTATIVE Washington Law with the Register of Wills AND NOTICE Reporter with a copy to the underTO CREDITORS Andrew White signed, on or before May Cephas Lewis whose adPersonal 22, 2014, or be forever dress is 708 Stratford Representative barred. Persons believed Manor Terrace, Silver to be heirs or legatees of Spring, MD 20905 was TRUE TEST COPY the decedent who do not appointed personal re- REGISTER OF WILLS receive a copy of this nopresentative of the estate tice by mail within 25 of Ola Cleonia Lewis 11/29, 12/06 & 12/13/13 days of its first publicaAKA Ola Cleonia Motley tion shall so inform the Lewis, deceased, by the Register of Wills, includCircuit Court for ing name, address and Montgomery County, relationship. State of Maryland, on Date of Publication: April 2, 2012. November 22, 2013 Service of process may Name of newspaper: be made upon Paul HolAfro-American land, 939 Westminster Washington Law Street, NW, Washington, Reporter DC 20001 whose desRobert C. Byars ignation as District of Personal Columbia agent has Representative been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. TRUE TEST COPY Claims against the deREGISTER OF WILLS cedent may be presented to the under11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 signed and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM1013 Rose M. Dyke Decedent Joseph L. Gibson, Jr 1401 Mercantile Lane, Suite 381 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Annette Mitchell, whose address is 7683 Cambridge Street, Houston, TX 77054, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rose M. Dyke, who died on August 12, 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 shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, 13:15:41 EST 2013 D.C. 20001, on or before May 29, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 29, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 29, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Annette Mitchell Personal Representative
Balfour Beatty/Smoot, A Joint Venture Balfour Beatty/Smoot is soliciting bids and material quotes from qualified and certified Small, Disadvantaged, HUB Zone, Woman-Owned, Veteran-Owned ad Service Disabled VeteranOwned Small Businesses. In the following construction disciplines: selective demolition, earthwork, utilities, concrete, masonry, steel, carpentry, doors and hardware, drywall, miscellaneous specialties, mechanical, electrical and security work for the following project: National Gallery of Art, East Wing Expansion Washington, DC Bid Date: December 6, 2013 @ 5:00 pm To find out how to view documents for this project or for further information, please contact Layli Pietri at (703) 218-1338 or Chris Mason at (703)-218-1335. Balfour Beatty/Smoot is an Equal Opportunity Employer
CAREER CORNER DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR COMBINED QUALIFICATION STATEMENTS AND TECHNICAL PROPOSALS BASIC ORDERING AGREEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (DCFA #461-WSA AND DCFA #462-WSA)
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) requests the submittal of Qualification Statements for the performance of professional architectural/engineering and related services for DC Water infrastructure and facilities under the proposed Basic Ordering Agreement – Infrastructure and Environmental Assessment with task orders assigned on an as needed basis. It is anticipated that the selected firms will provide conceptual design, final design, services during bid, services during construction phases, NEPA Compliance, and other permitting needs. Services are anticipated to include work in the civil engineering (final design); structural engineering (final design); bidding services; topographical survey; research in the office of the surveyor to determine right-of-way, easement, and other access rights; geotechnical and/or geophysical investigation; NEPA compliance; wetlands permitting and design; surface water hydrology and hydraulics; stream remediation and design for asset protection; vegetation protection and restoration; historic and archeological preservation/permitting; rare, threatened, and endangered species regulation compliance; and other environmental permitting assistance. Projects may be located in the water distribution and sewer TRUE TEST COPY collection systems throughout the District. Projects are likely to include rehabilitation and replacement REGISTER OF WILLS of water andEST sewer 2013 pipelines. DC Water will award two agreements as a result of this procurement. TYPESET: Tue Nov 26 13:16:46 11/29, 12/06 & 12/13/13 The agreements resulting from this request for qualifications statements will be subject to a Fair Share Objective for Minority and Women Business Enterprises participation in this work of 28% and Superior Court of 4%, respectively. The program requirements are fully defined in the EPA’s Participation by the District of District of Columbia Disadvantaged Enterprises in Procurement under EPA Financial Assistance Agreements, May 27, 2008. PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. Interested firms should contact Mrs. Dare Johnson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to 20001-2131 obtain a more detailed Request for Qualifications Statements. Request must refer to DCFA #461-WSA Administration No. and DCFA#462-WSA. Firms are invited to attend a contract briefing on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 2013ADM1154 9am-11am. Reservations are required no later than noon on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. In the RSVP Johnnie Mae Burton include the full name of attendee(s), company name, phone number, and email address. Space is limited Decedent to two (2) attendees per firm. RSVP to the A/E Coordinator, Mrs. Dare Johnson, by e-mail NOTICE OF email@example.com. Qualifications Statement are due Monday, January 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO EST. CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Leona Raiford, whose address is 2108 South Lowell Street, Arlington, VA 22204, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Johnnie Mae Burton, who died on September 30, 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 May 29, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy 12:45:58 EST 2013to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 29, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: November 29, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Leona Raiford Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 11/29, 12/06 & 12/13/13
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land, 939 Westminster Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. Claims against the decedent EST may 2013 be pre12:45:02 LEGAL sented to NOTICES the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. Cephas Lewis Personal Representative(s) TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: November 22, 2013 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American
presentative of the estate of Ometa D. Fields AKA Ometa D. Fields - Brown, who died on April 28, 2013, with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unTYPESET: Tue Nov 26 13:17:49 EST 2013 shall enter their LEGAL NOTICES known LEGAL NOTICES appearance in this proceeding. Objections Superior Court of to such appointment the District of shall be filed with the District of Columbia Register of Wills, D.C., PROBATE DIVISION 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Washington, D.C. Floor Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 20001, on or before May Administration No. 22, 2014. Claims against 2013ADM1161 the decedent shall be Doris Marie Hemsley presented to the underDecedent signed with a copy to the NOTICE OF Register of Wills or filed APPOINTMENT, with the Register of Wills NOTICE TO with a copy to the underCREDITORS signed, on or before May AND NOTICE TO 22, 2014, or be forever UNKNOWN HEIRS Lynette Karen Marie Jef- barred. Persons believed fers, whose address is to be heirs or legatees of 3025 W Street, SE, the decedent who do not Washington, DC 20020 receive a copy of this nowas appointed personal tice by mail within 25 representative of the days of its first publicaestate of Doris Marie tion shall so inform the Hemsley, who died on Register of Wills, includOctober 21, 2013, with- ing name, address and out a will, and will serve relationship. without Court supervi- Date of Publication: sion. All unknown heirs November 22, 2013 a n d h e i r s w h o s e Name of newspaper: whereabouts are un- Afro-American known shall enter their Washington Law a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s Reporter Marion E. Winston proceeding. Objections Personal to such appointment Representative shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd TRUE TEST COPY Floor Washington, D.C. REGISTER OF WILLS 20001, on or before May TYPESET: Tue Nov 19 29, 2014. Claims against 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 the decedent shall be Superior Court of presented to the underthe District of signed with a copy to the District of Columbia Register of Wills or filed PROBATE DIVISION with the Register of Wills Washington, D.C. with a copy to the under20001-2131 signed, on or before May Administration No. 29, 2014, or be forever 2013ADM1136 barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of William G. Hairston the decedent who do not Decedent NOTICE OF receive a copy of this noAPPOINTMENT, tice by mail within 25 NOTICE TO days of its first publicaCREDITORS tion shall so inform the AND NOTICE TO Register of Wills, includUNKNOWN HEIRS ing name, address and Juanita C. Hairston, relationship. whose address is 6532 Date of Publication: Eastern Avenue, NE, November 29, 2013 Washington, DC 20012, Name of newspaper: was appointed personal Afro-American representative of the Washington Law estate of Warren G. HairReporter Lynette Karen s t o n , w h o d i e d o n Marie Jeffers September 27, 2013 Personal without a will, and will Representative serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose TRUE TEST COPY whereabouts are unREGISTER OF WILLS known shall TYPESET: Tue Nov 26 13:15:01 ESTenter 2013 their appearance in this 11/29, 12/06 & 12/13/13 proceeding. Objections to such appointment Superior Court of shall be filed with the the District of Register of Wills, D.C., District of Columbia 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd PROBATE DIVISION Floor Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 20001-2131 22, 2014. Claims against Administration No. the decedent shall be 2013ADM1158 presented to the underRuth Lewis Deal signed with a copy to the Decedent Register of Wills or filed Lynn H. Johnson, Esq. with the Register of Wills Johnson & Pavuk with a copy to the under1413 K. Street, NW, signed, on or before May Ste 1500 22, 2014, or be forever Washington, DC 20005 barred. Persons believed Attorney to be heirs or legatees of NOTICE OF the decedent who do not APPOINTMENT, receive a copy of this noNOTICE TO tice by mail within 25 CREDITORS days of its first publicaAND NOTICE TO tion shall so inform the UNKNOWN HEIRS Register of Wills, includMont Seward and Mi- ing name, address and chele Patterson, whose relationship. addresses are 8140 Date of Publication: Havenview Drive & 5990 November 22, 2013 El Palomino Drive, River- Name of newspaper: side, CA 92509, were ap- Afro-American pointed personal repre- Washington Law sentatives of the estate Reporter of Ruth Lewis Deal, who Juanita C. Hairston died on August 4, 2013, Personal without a will, and will Representative serve without Court supervision. All unknown TRUE TEST COPY heirs and heirs whose REGISTER OF WILLS whereabouts are un- TYPESET: Tue Nov 19 known shall enter their 11/22, 11/29 & 12/06/13 appearance in this proceeding. Objections Superior Court of to such appointment the District of shall be filed with the District of Columbia Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd PROBATE DIVISION Floor Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 20001-2131 29, 2014. Claims against Administration No. the decedent shall be 2013ADM1126 presented to the under- Colleen V. Ford. signed with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed Decedent NOTICE OF with the Register of Wills APPOINTMENT, with a copy to the underNOTICE TO signed, on or before May CREDITORS 29, 2014, or be forever AND NOTICE TO barred. Persons believed UNKNOWN HEIRS to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not Sheila A. Evans, whose receive a copy of this no- address is 7013 Barton tice by mail within 25 Road, Landover Hills, days of its first publica- MD 20784, was aption shall so inform the pointed personal repreRegister of Wills, includ- sentative of the estate of ing name, address and Colleen V. Ford, who relationship. died on August 31, 2013 Date of Publication: without a will, and will November 29, 2013 serve without Court suName of newspaper: pervision. All unknown Afro-American heirs and heirs whose Washington Law whereabouts are unReporter Mont Seward known shall enter their Michele Patterson a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s Personal proceeding. Objections Representative to such appointment
The Afro-American, November 30, 2013 - December 6, 2013
No Place for Race: Why We Need to Address Economic and Social Factors That Are Crushing Us Every Day By Rodney L. Demery
Book Review by Kam Williams “Law enforcement isn’t about the white
man out to get the black man, as so many in the media and social leadership would have us believe…. In most cases, the person riding in
the police cruiser isn���t out to get you because of your race or because of how you look. As a police officer, I know that we’ve
seen way too much death and drama to be so superficial. Yet, this suspicion remains... I think we can get beyond all this… if we acknowledge the historical reasons for certain issues, take responsibility for current circumstances, and honestly open ourselves to the possibility of change—uncomfortable as it may be.” -- Excerpted from Introduction (pages 15-17)
Rodney Demery is a homicide detective with the Shreveport, Louisiana Police Department who has investigated many a murder over the course of a 25-year career in law enforcement. He says, “Numbers don’t lie,” in observing that “94% of black victims are killed by other blacks.” That’s why he’s so frustrated by the widespread TV and newspaper coverage attracted by those very rare occasions when a white slays a black person. He points out that “George Zimmerman was the exception, not the rule: The most vital threat to a black man is a black man.” He believes that the media circuses surrounding protests and marches led by hypocritical religious and civil rights leaders with “their own agendas” suggests that hate crimes are the norm, thereby obscuring the day-today reality of young AfricanAmerican males slaughtering each other on inner-city streets all over the country. Officer Demery knows the latter to be the truth, as a first-hand witness whose job it is to handle all the fallout, from drawing chalk lines, to collecting evidence, to informing next of kin, to apprehending and interrogating suspects. Out of utter frustration, he was moved to write No Place for Race: Why We Need to Address Economic and Social Factors. In this sobering book, the author indicts preachers for having “failed their communities and perpetuated a fear of nonexistent systemic racism—to profit from the fear.” He sees the society as arguably post-racial since both the president and the attorney general, the country’s top lawyer, are African-American. According to Demery, the solutions to the problems plaguing the ghetto start at home. He calls for black folks to make better cultural choices in terms of family, child-raising, education, etcetera. But the brother also has bones to pick with the white community which he calls upon to “acknowledge this nation’s history.” A persuasive polemic in favor of focusing attention on lowering the entire murder rate rather than on obsessing whether or not a particular perpetrator is or is not a racist.