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Uncertainty Hangs Over HIV Community as Trump Transition Begins By Hamil R. Harris WI Contributing Writer When Phil Wilson first contracted the AIDS virus, his family and friends never thought that he'd see his 28th birthday. But instead of resigning himself to such a grim fate, Wilson started the Black AIDS Institute in his home in 1999 and has since worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness about a disease that he knows firsthand doesn't have to be death sentence. "Over the last eight years, we have made tremendous progress and basically we are just about at the end of the AIDS epidemic," said Wilson on the eve of the annual World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1. But on this World AIDS Day, Wilson is clearly worried. "We are already getting calls from patients and clients worried that they are going to lose their health insurance," he said. "The Affordable Care Act is a very important prevention tool." Though the day of observance is partly a celebration of the inroads made in combating the disease, Wilson said this year is somewhat clouded by the election of Donald Trump to the White House. "Many of us are worried that the gains we have made might be stymied or, worse, we might lose ground because President-elect Trump has talked about repealing the Affordable Care Act and many people living with HIV/AIDS might lose their health care," he said. While progress has been made in terms of treating the disease, Wilson said that African-Americans are still disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.



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As President-elect Donald Trump continues actions that many say is dividing America on racial, religious and even ethnic fronts, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is on pace to win the popular vote by more than 2 million votes — emboldening those demanding the Electoral College choose either the former secretary of state or another Republican instead. Combined with the continued divisiveness that's included more than 700 reported election-sparked racial assaults and widespread protests, Clinton's widening margin in the overall vote has amplified calls for a mulligan when the Electoral College casts its official vote on Dec. 19.


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Bowser Picks Oakland Educator for Chancellor’s Post

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law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. has been chosen had by Mayor Bowser to leada DC Pubcome Muriel together to bring Among the programs Marlow lic Schools [DCPS] as the next Chancellor. the past two years, has to see implemented are sense ofOver uniformity in the wayBowser wants worked expand learning opportunities for students throughout the and District.stricter With restraining order policies, When to L.Y. Marlow's 23-yeardomestic violence victims old daughter told her and the graduation father survivors increased enrollment rates andare increased treated.academic achievement, more rights for victim's families ofDCPS her daughter using her urban own personal continues threatened to be on the her country’s “She's fastest-improving school districts. to intervene on behalf of a viclife, She andsays theWilson’s life of experiences their child,makestory, her own personal pain to Districts’ tim, a domestic violence assesshim well-qualified to build on the she knew while something had to attention be push forward,” successes focusing more on closing D.C.’sDavis-Nickens opportunity gap. ment unit coupled with further done. said about Marlow. training for law enforcement “In Out his 20of plusher yearsfrustration in education, Antwan Wilson has been a teacher, a principal, with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone an assistant superintendent and a superintendent, and at every level, he hasagencies, been a Child's Life Protecof the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselsuccessful,” Bowser said. “Not only is he an experienced leader, he is a role model for start the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. our students. His success proves that with hard work, they can achieve what they set out to do.” paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradifromcycle Oakland, California, he said is serving the Oakland Unified “ItWilson seems joins to beDCPS a vicious person can getwhere it.” She at theas Superintendent cate domestic of violence, we must School District (OUSD). There he developed a strategic plan focused on effective talent development, accountable that won't turn my family end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. school site supportsaid. and quality schoolhelp development. In his alone, the rate increased almost loose,” Marlow Marlow people begin to first haveyear a diaWe graduation need to address both thebyvicfour percentage shared her storypoints. with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow been dedicated to students andpresent ensuringatthey thewas resources and the support they need to succeed ence“My at life thehasDistrict Heights Also thehave event said. Domestic Violence Symposium in life,” Wilson said. “I am honored toMildred join the District’s stellar education look forward to working Muhammad, the ex- team and Marlow would also like to with see the oncommunity May 7 at the District Heights wife successes.”  of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise to build on the recent DCPS Municipal Center. will Thebesympowasfor sentenced to six he consecamong children in His nomination sent to the who Council confirmation; will beginawareness full time on February 1. sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatCenter of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. Heights and the National Hook- 2002. Mildred Muhammad “Weservice have workers to stop rallied being pasJanitors, baggage handlers is and other Tuesday, Up of Black Women. the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilNov. 29 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Marlow has written a book, an organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” Virginia, to have the minimum wage increased to $15 per hour. The “Color Me Butterfly,” which is a survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. several supporters low-wage story about four generations of and theirhundred children.airport workers andMarlow has joined workedother to break employees in more than 300 other cities in rallying cry called domestic violence. The book is “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family,“National of aDisruption.” workers alsoshe fought inspired by her own experiences, years in Day fear is long time. ItNational is andAirport is confident the have policies at least 1½ thing years to union.isAfter gathering inside, workers and those of her grandmother, not an easy to form comea out pushing for will start that and her mother and her daughter. of,” supporters she said. marched outside to deliver process.petitions to the Washington She said every time she reads Metropolitan Airport Authority for to itstake board to policies approvetowage Mildred Muhammad said office “I plan these excerpts from her book, she still people who to help a Congress and implore them to increases for want employees. can not believe the words came domestic violencewould victimnotmust change our laws,” Marlow said. “This airport function if it wasn’t for you. People would from her. “Color Me Butterfly” benot careful of how into the“Iholidays will notifstop until these poli- said be able to gothey andgoenjoy it wasn’t for you,” won the 2007 National “Best the victim'sHagler, life, and understand cies are passed.” Graylan pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church Books” Award. that she may be in “survival Tia power Carol Jones can justice be reached of Christ in Northeast. “You have the to bring to your “I was just 16-years-old when mode”. at family and this community.” my eye first blackened and my “Before you get to 'I'm going lips bled,” Marlow said. to kill you,' it started as a verbal WI Elaine Davis-Nickens, president of the National Hook-Up Hundreds of Pearl survivors and other World War II veterof Black Women, said Harbor there is no ans, along with their families, will travel to Hawaii, or holding comconsistency in the way domestic memorative in their own violence issuesevents are dealt with bycities, to honor those killed in action. Dec. 7, 2016 is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Oahu that propelled the United States into the Second World War. The theme is “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future.” The Navy and National Park Service’s cornerstone event is the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony at Kilo Pier. For many of the WWII vets, now in their 90s or in some cases over 100, this may well be their last time to visit the memorial. We wish them well and offer our continued gratitude for their service to our country.

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Bowser Reaffirms District's Sanctuary City Status By Victoria Jones Howard University News Service WASHINGTON — Mayor Muriel Bowser said during a recent citywide teleconference that Washington will remain a safe place for immigrants seeking asylum and that city officials will continue to serve residents regardless of immigration status and religion, despite President-elect Donald Trump's policy to end such protections. "The incoming president said a lot of things during his campaign that most of us in the District cannot and will not ever support," Bowser said during the Saturday call. "We will stand in opposition, strong opposition, to any policies that threaten our values, while we continue to seek common grounds on things that will be helpful for our city, like getting more jobs, more pathways to the middle class and investments in our infrastructure to prepare us for the growth that continues to come our way." City officials said the mayor's teleconference garnered about 5,000 participants. The call came after the mayor encountered demonstrators Nov. 15 at the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library in Northwest. A video of the confrontation shows demonstrators telling the mayor they wanted her to hold a press conference to firmly denounce Trump's immigration policies like leaders in other large U.S. cities had done. Bowser said D.C. will remain a "sanctuary city" and said police officers will not be allowed to ask citizens their immigration status despite the risk of losing federal funding. Sanctuary cities are municipalities in the U.S. and Canada that have adopted a policy of protecting undocumented immigrants by not prosecuting them solely for violating federal immigration laws.

Since Trump's election on Nov. 8, mayors and police chiefs in more than 10 major cities, including San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and now D.C., have reaffirmed their commitment to upholding their sanctuary polices, even in the face of losing federal funding and other aid. Bowser's earlier statement following the election reaffirming the District's "sanctuary city" status was considered weak by some activists. In the call Saturday, Bowser took a stronger stance to reassure worried residents. "We affirmed in the last days is a value that we have committed to for a number of years and that is that we are a sanctuary city," she said. "Our police department, is not an agent of the federal government. "What it means is that our police are focused on protecting and serving D.C. residents without regard to their immigration status. So, no Metropolitan Police Department officer is allowed to ask anybody what their immigration status is." Residents on the call also voiced concerns about how to remain positive after the election and what should they tell their children about Trump's win. "I would tell them to be hopeful," Bowser said. "We have had transitions, uncertain transitions, in this country many times before. Each one of us has a responsibility to carry on with our daily lives but also stay focused on the things that we can do to protect our values in Washington, D.C." Some residents said they feared there will be more racial profiling within the District and openly wondered whether it will be safe to attend the presidential inauguration. Bowser said the District will continue to focus on improving police relations with residents. "Our strategy quite simply is to remind our officers in no uncertain

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1933 – Grammy-winning singer Lou Rawls is born in Chicago. 1940 – Iconic comedian Richard Pryor is born in Peoria, Illinois. 1955 – Rosa Parks refuses to yield her seat to a white man, initiating the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted for approximately a year. 1971 – Arthur Spingarn, lawyer and former NAACP president, dies in his New York City home at 93. 1987 – Carrie Saxon Perry begins her term as the mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, becoming first black woman elected mayor of a major northeastern U.S. city. 1987 – Novelist James Baldwin dies in France of stomach cancer at 63.

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1859 – White abolitionist John Brown is hanged in Charlestown, Virginia, for leading the raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. 1884 – Inventor Granville T. Woods patents the telephone transmitter. 1891 – Charles Wesley, historian and educator who served as president of Wilberforce University and Central State University, is born in Louisville, Kentucky. 1922 – Politician and civil rights leader Charles C. Diggs, the first African-American elected to Congress from Michigan, is born in Detroit. 1969 – Marie Van Brittan Brown patents a home security system with television surveillance. 1975 – Ohio State running back Archie Griffin becomes the first person ever to win consecutive Heisman Trophies. 1989 – Andre Ware of the University of Houston becomes the first African-American quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy.

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1784 – Phyllis Wheatley, the first published African-American female poet, dies in Boston at 31. 1931 – Singer James Cleveland, "The King of Gospel Music," is born in Chicago. 1932 – Music icon Little Richard is born in Macon, Georgia. 1935 – Mary McLeod Bethune founds National Council of Negro Women in New York City. 1957 – New York became the first city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in the housing market with adoption of Fair Housing Practices Law.

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1932 – Richard B. Spikes patents the automatic gearshift. 1936 – Richard Francis Jones becomes first African-American certified in urology. 1949 – Blues legend Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter dies in New York City at 60. 1967 – Madame Lillian Evanti, famed African-American opera singer, dies in Washington, D.C., at 77.

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1942 – Reginald Lewis, the first African-American business owner to build a billion-dollar company, is born in Baltimore.

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1847 – Frederick Douglass starts The North Star, an anti-slavery newspaper.

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1906 – Alpha Phi Alpha, the first Black Greek Letter fraternity is founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 1909 – The New York Amsterdam News, a weekly African-American newspaper, is founded by James H. Anderson. 1969 – Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are killed by Chicago police.






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The World According to Dominic

“TV Moms – The Next Best Thing to Being There” The sudden death of Florence Henderson, known to millions, particularly with the boost provided by syndication, as Mrs. Carol Brady on the 70s hit show “The Brady Bunch,” reminded me of the many television mothers that I used to “adopt” from time to time during my childhood – especially when my own mother and I weren’t seeing eyeto-eye. Said another way, and in the current vernacular, I looked to my TV moms when my own was “working my nerves.” You know, making me study, cleanup my room, take out the trash, wash her car, walk both dogs and tidy up after their messes, go to church while Dad chilled at the crib and follow directions without question or reply – all those things that children often try to avoid. So I would escape to TV land, where Mother Brady was always cheery, upbeat and encouraging. Actually, I thought Carol Brady was kind of cool. Often after hearing her share advice to her

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no one could top Claire Huxtable perfectly portrayed by Phylicia Rashad. Sometimes I’d become fascinated with her elegance, her beauty, her intellect and independence. For a while I even thought I wanted four or five brothers or sisters – especially since my parents had lost two children at childbirth. But since sharing wasn’t one of my favorite things to do, I decided to opt for a dog, some fish and a parakeet. Claire would have let me have a Doberman – my mom only agreed to an Irish Setter. Two final salutes must be made to Louise Jefferson (Isabel Sanford) and Florida Evans (Esther Rolle) – two mothers who made the most out of getting out of the ghetto or being forced to survive in the ghetto. Superwomen for sure and the kind of mothers that made you want to go home for the holidays. But in the end, after my walk down memory lane and television motherhood, the real truth – my Mom tops them all. WI

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DUMP TRUMP from Page 1 In a strongly worded editorial published in the New York Daily News this week, Jeffrey K. Tulis, Sanford Levinson and Jeremi Suri called on electors to block Trump from the White House. Tulis is a political science professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Levinson is a professor at University of Texas Law School and Suri is a professor in the Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. The three educators wrote, "Our Founding Fathers created what we now call the Electoral College to protect our country against the precise danger we now face: a demagogue who has manipulated and bullied voters, exploited fears and now threatens the very foundation of our republic." "The electors have an obligation to think deeply about the sanctity of our democracy and the national interest — and they are sworn to vote not for the most popular candidate in their state, or any party candidate for that matter, but for the individual who they think will best protect the nation and the Constitution," the professors wrote. "The electors can save us by choosing a highly-qualified Republican who respects our noble traditions, values and laws." On Nov. 22, Politico reported that at least a half-dozen Democratic electors have signed onto an attempt to block Trump from winning an Electoral College majority, an effort designed not only to deny Trump the presidency but also to undermine the legitimacy of the institution. The presidential electors, mostly former Bernie Sanders supporters who hail from Washington state and Colorado, are now lobbying their Republican counterparts in other states to reject their oaths — and, in some cases, state law — to vote against Trump when the Electoral College meets. However, Politico noted that even the most optimistic among the Democratic electors acknowledges they're unlikely to convince the necessary 37 Republican electors to reject Trump — the number they'd likely need to prevent the final approval of Trump from going to the House of Representatives. And even if they do, the Republican-run House might simply elect Trump anyway. But the Democratic electors

AROUND THE REGION "The electors have an obligation to think deeply about the sanctity of our democracy and the national interest..." JEFFREY K. TULIS SANFORD LEVINSON JEREMI SURI / are convinced that even in defeat, their efforts would erode confidence in the Electoral College and fuel efforts to eliminate it, ending the body's 228-year run as the official constitutional process for electing the president. With that goal in mind, the group is also contemplating encouraging Democratic electors to oppose Clinton and partner with Republicans in support of a consensus pick such as Mitt Romney or John Kasich. The underlying idea is that a mass defection of electors could spur a wave of changes to the Electoral College. "I do think that a byproduct would be a serious look into Electoral College reform," Micheal Baca, a Democratic elector from Colorado, told Politico. Baca is spearheading the anti-Trump effort, along with Washington state elector P. Bret Chiafalo. "If it gets into the House, the controversy and the uncertainty that would immediately blow up into a political firestorm in the U.S. would cause enough people — my hope is — to look at the whole concept of the Electoral College," said another elector involved in the anti-Trump planning who declined to be identified. One prominent Electoral College critic says even if Trump wins easily on Dec. 19, a small number of Republican defections could still roil the future of the institution.


"If you could get eight or 10 Trump electors to vote for someone else then that would probably get people's attention," said George Edwards III, a political science professor and Electoral College expert at Texas A&M University. "We haven't ever had that many faithless electors in one election." Democratic elector Polly Baca (no relation to Michael) said the Electoral College should be returned to its original conception — as laid out by Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers — as a deliberative body able to exercise free choice while using popular votes only as a guide. "If we cannot use the Electoral College as a deliberative process … then we ought to do away with it," said Baca, a former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and former Colorado state senator. The 538 members who comprise the Electoral College are slated to gather in their respective state capitals to cast the formal vote for president. Trump won the popular vote in states making up 306 electoral votes, including 16 in Michigan, which officially declared him the winner Monday. If all of them vote for Trump, he'll easily exceed the 270-vote majority he needs to become president. That's why the magic number is 37 Republican defections. Dozens of Republican electors, picked at state and local party conventions, have signaled discomfort with Trump, but most have committed to supporting him despite their misgivings. Only a handful have said they'd consider voting against him in the Electoral College. One of them, Art Sisneros of Texas, resigned Monday from the College, saying he couldn't "in good conscience" vote for Trump. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, another elector, called on Trump to withdraw from the race after a tape of his comments about sexually assaulting women leaked in October. But he's since confirmed he'd still support Trump with his electoral vote. A slew of Democrats, on the other hand, have also signaled they may defect from Clinton, which wouldn't help or hinder Trump's path to the White House but could contribute to a sense of disarray and voter disenfranchisement. WI

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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY Officials Break Ground for Pier at National Harbor By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill Prince George's County officials broke ground Tuesday, Nov. 22 along the base of the Potomac River for a public-safety pier complex, which they said is a necessity on the eve of the new MGM casino at the National Harbor. With next week's grand opening of the $1.4 billion casino resort and other events at the Harbor, officials said the pier will help protect the public by land and water. "This becomes important because...with MGM coming [and] with development happening around this area, public safety becomes paramount not just in Prince George's County, but in this whole Washington region," County Executive Rushern L.

Baker III said. "The volume of people that are not going to come into National Harbor … not just on special occasions, but daily. The ability to have a presence all the time is now necessary." Although D.C. and Virginia have water rescue crews and emergency personnel, county fire department Chief Marc Bashoor said the county oversees a portion of the river from the future dock at National Harbor to the Virginia shoreline. Bashoor said the response time to send boats from the dock at the Fort Washington Marina to National Harbor is about 21 minutes. "That is just not acceptable," he said. "Having this pier here at this location … where most of our call volume is … will be at a place for years to come." Bashoor said the pier will house at least three boats for the

5 Prince George's County Rushern L. Baker III (left), alongside county fire Chief Marc Bashoor, speaks with reporters on

Nov. 22 about the new public-safety pier scheduled for construction next year at National Harbor. / Photo by William J. Ford

fire department, three for the Police Department and a few more boat lifts for federal and local agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard and police and fire crews from Virginia. He said about $2.6 million has already been appropriated for the project, with construction to start in the spring and possibly open by late next year. The county will receive a financial boost after 85 percent of voters in this month's election permitted officials to borrow $66.5 million for public-safety use. According to the legislation, about 17 projects are listed, including renovation of the 1958 Kentland Fire/EMS station in

Landover, a new fire station in Hyattsville to replace the current one built in 1959 and a new fire station in Oxon Hill to replace the existing one built in 1952. The police would receive a new forensics lab in Landover and new police training rooms and administrative offices at the county's new $22 million complex in Upper Marlboro. Police and county officials celebrated in April the opening of a complex known as "police plaza," which encompasses a five-story building and another edifice next door to house the department's new headquarters currently in Palmer Park. One major police project will

Purple Line Project Dealt Another Major Setback By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill

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A federal judge has ruled that the Purple Line light-rail project cannot continue until Metro's ridership and safety concerns are analyzed by the Federal Transit Administration. Judge Richard J. Leon also said the FTA can decide whether to provide additional environmental analysis. "I find that the Federal Transit Administration must be given the initial opportunity to assess significance of this new information and determine whether a full supplemental environmental impact statement is necessary," Leon wrote in an 11-page ruling issued Tuesday, Nov. 22. In an opinion from August, Leon stated the FTA and the state


of Maryland failed to assess Metro's recent problems and connection to the Purple Line, which would have 21 stations in Prince George's and Montgomery counties and link to Metro's Orange, Green and Red lines. Leon reaffirmed his position as Metro ended the 10th phase, or surge, of its massive SafeTrack maintenance overhaul project. The 11th project, which began Monday, Nov. 28 and is scheduled to end Dec. 21, will have continuous single-tracking on the Orange and Silver lines between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations in Northern Virginia. FTA and Maryland officials' current environmental statement projects that by 2040, about 27 percent of all Purple Line trips would include Metrorail. "The agencies' categorical de-

be the county's 9th District police station at National Harbor in the vicinity of the Tanger Outlets shopping center and the MGM resort. Police Chief Hank Stawinski said the department has about a half-dozen officers trained to dive, man boats and perform other water safety functions. The police will also monitor individuals who may drink while operating boats and provide regional support for emergencies that include homeland security. "This gives us another method and approach to resolve issues," he said. "This is a life-saving mission for us." WI

cision not to evaluate the significance of [Metro's] new safety and ridership issues was arbitrary and capricious," he wrote. "The record indicates that Maryland, nor the FTA, undertook a careful evaluation of the significance of the new [Metro]-related information, but rather attempted to sidestep information the information and rely erroneously on the formal, legal distinction between [Metro] and the Purple Line." The roughly $2.5 billion construction project was approved by the FTA nearly two years ago with oversight by the Maryland Transportation Administration. It's unclear when the FTA and Maryland officials would need to provide the judge its determination on whether more environmental data would be needed, but the fact that the judge didn't reject the project outright offered a glimmer of hope for supporters.



PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY Alzheimer's Day Care Center Proposed in Prince George's for The Helping Hand for Your Business Foundation, which sought to support and expand local companies. Baltimore said the focus now is mainly toward Alzheimer's after establishing her nonprofit, Trebor. One of Baltimore's biggest supporters is Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, who

will attend Saturday's fundraiser. "We need to have places where people can go and get all the resources they need," said Baker, whose wife suffers from Alzheimer's. "It's really good to have something like this for Prince George's County. There's a good chance we can get this facility and make it a reality."

The county's Alzheimer's chapter office, which opened in Lanham about two years ago, provides information on caregiver support meetings. It also assisted in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in September that raised more than $95,000.


5 Robert and Margarett Baltimore. / Photo by William J. Ford By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill Robert Baltimore participated nearly 60 years ago in sit-ins at Read's Drugstore in Baltimore, served in the Navy and taught his grandchildren how to check oil in their vehicles. Today, the 75-year-old military veteran who always hangs up Christmas lights early must now receive support from his wife, Margarett, for the most basic of tasks after being diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's several years ago. "It hits you like a ton of bricks," Margarett Baltimore said. "Where do you go? What does that mean for me? I couldn't find anyone from Prince George's County [to help understand] what that meant for me in taking care of him." She called the National Alzheimer's Association's regional office in Northern Virginia and was mailed literature on the mental disease and assistance for caregivers, but was dismayed by the lengths she had to go to. "Why do I have to call someone in Virginia to find out all this information?" she said. "We should have that resource right here. I want a building with a sign on the outside that says, 'Alzheimer's Day Care Center in Prince George's County.'" Baltimore, who in 2014 created a nonprofit organization named after her husband called Trebor Alzheimer's Senior and Support Center, is organizing a $125-a-head fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 3 at the University of Maryland College Park Marriott in Hyattsville, in hopes of opening the county's first comprehensive Alzheimer's adult day care center next year. The building, which she hopes could be donated and then refur-

bished, would house up to 60 people with arts, music, fitness and other programs with at least 12 employees that includes nurses. Counselors would also be on hand to provide safety, financial, health and other resources for caregivers, who were recognized last month during National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness. For example, caregivers would learn when a loved one may believe it's breakfast time and want to eat eggs and bacon during lunchtime. "As long as he or she is eating, that is fine," she said. Baltimore said the center would possibly open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. She said the $76 daily fee are what businesses can charge in the state of Maryland. In comparison, the District charges $110 and Virginia at $61. Those jurisdictions and neighboring Montgomery County have centers where caregivers can not only drop off their loved ones before heading to work, but also to handle personal errands for a few hours. Baltimore declined to comment on specifically how much money has been raised so far and the cost to manage the proposed center. However, she did say her preferred location would be near the future state-of-the-art hospital in Largo. Conversations have already begun with electricians and contractors to do some work for free. "I am a very positive and praying person," she said. "God has put a lot of wonderful people in front of me and people who are supportive of the project." Baltimore and her husband are familiar with working and mingling with high-profile local and state politicians and business leaders, having organized an annual black-tie gala



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BUSINESS Banks Reap Benefit of 'Black Dollars Matter' By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer

After the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin, the "Black Lives Matter" movement began in earnest. As more deadly incidents involving law enforcement officers and black men and women emerged, the movement took on greater meaning and energized many to become activists in African-American communities around the country. Now, an important offshoot of that movement has begun. And just like "Black Lives Matter," those behind the latest "Black Dollars Matters" action are hoping that it's not just a

moment but also a movement. "Because of the 'Black Dollars Matters' movement, we've received many telephone calls from individuals and organizations who've shown a lot of interest," said Joseph Haskins Jr., Harbor Bank president, CEO and chairman. "Once folks learned or discovered that we are black-controlled, things took off." Haskins said numerous new accounts customers have opened recently in support of the movement, which began in response to the wave of shootings of black men by police officers. Thousands of African-American consumers across America are now directing their dollars by opening checking and savings accounts in Blackowned banks. The grass-roots effort resulted in

the nation's black banks receiving calls and online requests to open accounts. "This is a movement that began over 100 years ago, but had become dormant because of racial integration," said National Bankers Association President Michael Grant. "Thousands have been mobilized to protest with their spending power. Many African-American consumers are linking the shootings with a sense of powerlessness, feeling undervalued and disrespected." A significant number of African-American bankers are hearing that black lives do not seem to matter because less value is placed on the lives of black people as a group in America, the association said in a statement. Since July, however, thousands of checking and savings accounts have been opened at blackowned banks. "We've had such an account opening success with deposits varying from the hundreds to the thousands of dollars," Haskins said, noting that the bank has realized close to $10 million from account openings. "We've had several high-profile individuals, sports stars and entertainers, come in and ask what they could do." Singer Solange Knowles, the sister of pop star Beyoncé, recently announced that she was moving her dollars to a blackowned bank.

5Joseph Haskins, CEO of Harbor Bank, says the community is rallying around the "Black Dollars Matter" movement. / Courtesy photo

In the summer, Knowles posted on her Instagram account — where she has over a million followers — "I'm proud to say I made that step today. Time to literally put my money where my mouth is." Her post included a list of the 22 black-owned banks in the United States. Additionally, there are 318 credit unions with Afri-

Wells Fargo Awarded for Work in Minority Communities

Homeownership Still the Path to Building Wealth, Bank Says By Sarafina Wright WI Staff Writer Amid an onslaught of bad press stemming from a phony-account scandal, Wells Fargo recently received an award acknowledging their efforts to diversify homeownership.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) presented Wells Fargo Home Lending with their inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Award on Thursday, Nov. 17 during its third annual Summit on Diversity and Inclusion at the Capital Hilton in Northwest. Franklin Codel, executive vice

5Homeownership remains the path to building wealth. / Courtesy photo 14 DECEMBER 1 - 7, 2016

president of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, said that sustainable homeownership stands near and dear to his heart. "The last couple of weeks hasn't been good for Wells Fargo, we have to acknowledge that," Codel said. "It means a lot to be recognized in this way. We do it because it's the right thing to do for our community and customers. "All of you know that homeownership is very important to individuals, communities and the country," he said. "There is no doubt in my mind that homeownership is still the way to build wealth for families." The award was welcome news for the company, which has been sued by customers and former employees alike for a massive scam that saw bank employees create millions of fake bank accounts for unwitting customers in order to hit sales goals. But the scandal hasn't affected the success of the Wells Fargo Home Lending program, which Codel at-


tributes to going into communities and dispelling myths about what it takes to own a home. "The myths that are out there are very, very real," he said. "Very often we find that the belief is that you have to have perfect credit, a 20 percent down payment and a much higher income." Because of such prevailing myths, there are entire populations across the country specifically in majority minority neighborhoods where homeownership doesn't exist. "If the family experience is not grounded in homeownership, then people from that family will need assistance," Codel said. According to the MBA, Wells Fargo Home Lending has developed and sustained broad comprehensive strategies over the past several years to make sustainable homeownership possible for lowto moderate-income and minority customers. Since 2012, Wells Fargo provided nearly $302 million in down-


can-American designations to also choose from, according to Yes Magazine. Haskins, one of the founders of Harbor Bank when it opened in 1982, said the movement has unprecedented momentum. "The only time that I can recall anything similar to this is when we first opened in September of 1982," Haskins said. "And that was fed probably by those looking to make a difference at that time. But I have not seen the level of what we are now seeing since the call of 'Black Dollars Matter.' There is legitimate interest in moving money toward black-owned institutions and in keeping money inside of the community." Grant cautioned black consumers to be mindful of the voluminous requests that the banks are receiving online, in person and by telephone. "This is a very positive development for black banks," Grant said. "They have always provided a disproportionate share of the small business loans and consumer loans to African-Americans. "Ironically, it seems that we have gone full circle back to where we were before desegregation," he said. "The black community is turning inward and seeking to provide security for itself. And few would argue against the notion that nearly every major social issue plaguing black people in America can find its roots in economic deprivation." WI



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Time for Blacks to Focus on Trump, Not Obama Exactly what did Barack Obama do for the black race while he was POTUS? Obama's presidency is slipping from present to past, from daily headlines to history books. The talk of legacy intensifies as Obama rounds the final corner of his improbable political career. Other than political words, what will President Barack Hussein Obama leave in his stead? More to the point: What good did Obama do for blacks? The Barry Kool-Aid Crew still think Obama should be on Mt. Rushmore, but history will paint Obama as an artful politician just mouthing words such as "racial reconciliation." Democrats want to blame Republicans for Obama's failures and Republicans did all they could to help him fail. Now diehard Democrats simply want President-elect Trump to fail, like Republicans had wanted Obama to fail. Now, to his credit, Barack passed health care reform after five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance. Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 that covers 32 million uninsured Americans, beginning and mandating experimental measures to cut growing health care costs. The Obama administration also passed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Stimulus and in 2009 used it to spur economic growth. After the stimulus went into ef-

fect, unemployment claims began to subside; 12 months later, the private sector began producing more jobs than it was losing and it has continued to do so for 24 straight months, creating a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs. Obama and his people and policies passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010 to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession. Obama also turned around the U.S. auto industry. In 2009, Obama officials injected $62 billion in federal money (on top of $13.4 billion in loans from the Bush administration) into ailing GM and Chrysler in return for equity stakes and agreements for massive restructuring. Since bottoming out in 2009, the auto industry has added more than 100,000 jobs. In 2011, the Big Three automakers all gained market share for the first time in two decades.

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NATIONAL Obama Continues Pardons as Final Term Winds Down By Lauren Poteat WI Contributing Writer Reshaping the approach to clemency, President Obama granted 79 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders on Nov. 22, raising the total number of commutations by the president during his term to more than 1,000. During a White House conference call, President Obama's administrative team noted the historic precedent set by President Obama, who has commuted more prisoners' sentences than the 11 previous presidents combined. Obama, who has called for an overhaul of federal sentencing laws, posted a message on Facebook explaining the latest round of commutations. "It makes no sense for a non-

violent drug offender to be serving decades, or sometimes life, in prison," he wrote. "That's not serving taxpayers, and it's not serving the public safety. Instead, it burdens our already overcrowded prisons. "At the heart of America is the idea that we're all imperfect," Obama wrote. "We all make mistakes. We have to take responsibility and learn from those mistakes. And we as a society have to make sure that people who do take responsibility for their mistakes are able to earn a second chance to contribute to our communities and our country." White House officials also explained that out of the 1,000 federal prison inmates whose sentences were shortened, 342 of them were serving life sen-

5 Obama continues to commute inmates. / WI file photo by Shevry Lassiter

tences and 839 of those inmates were released this year. The president's efforts align with the Clemency Initiative launched in 2014 by his administration to address the adverse effects of the nation's oft-egregious drug crime laws. Though there is no target number of commutations to grant, White House counsel

Neil Eggleston cited the president's commitment to continue to push clemency to the end of his term. "We have two months left in this administration," Eggleston said. "I think you can anticipate that we will keep going until the end." Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said Tuesday that

Colonel Abrams, Popular '80s R&B Singer, Dies By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer

5Colonel Abrams (left) with Don Cornelius during an episode of "Soul Train" / Courtesy photo

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Colonel Abrams, a R&B singer, songwriter and producer who became a star in the 1980s with a string of house-flavored hits, died Friday after battling various ailments, numerous news outlets reported. He was 67. The musician — best known for his hits "Trapped" and "I'm Not Gonna Let You" — had reportedly fallen on hard times before his death. Late last year, a GoFundMe crowdsourcing page was started for the singer, noting that he was homeless and ill, and New York radio station WBLS held a fundraiser in January hosted by several club music peers from his '80s heyday. The Detroit-born, Manhattan-raised Abrams once sang in a band called 94 East, featuring


Prince on guitar, in the '70s and was a member of the groups Conservative Manor and Surprise Package before eventually becoming a fixture on the New York City club scene in the 1980s. While a few of Abrams' songs climbed the Billboard R&B and dance charts in the U.S., he found greater success in Europe, where his 1985 single "Trapped" reached No. 3 on the U.K. singles chart. In a 1986 interview Abrams gave after finding success abroad, he expressed frustration about being pigeonholed in the U.S. on the dance and Black music charts. He said he was greeted by European audiences as a "major pop artist" and that his music was "influencing a lot of other types of music that are not so-called 'dance music.'" wi

the Department of Justice is expected to send at least 6,300 petitions to the White House. "On Aug. 31, we made a commitment that we would review and make recommendations on all the pending drug petitions that we had at the Department of Justice in sufficient time for the president to be able to make a determination," she said. "We are on track to be able to make those recommendations to the White House so that the president can make an informed decision." Norman Brown, one of the inmates whose sentences were commuted, said the news was initially tough to process. "The day that I received clemency was so overwhelming, that I had to pinch myself to see if what I heard I was real," he said. "I sat on the phone with my attorney and was speechless for about three minutes. I went back to my room and sat on the side of my bed to regroup my emotions and prepare to call my sister Kris and my daughter. "What it means to get a second to me, means that I now have a chance to live my life, learning from my past mistakes and having the ability to share with others where I went wrong," Brown said. "The things that I took for granted I now appreciate them with much joy." wi



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Luxury Perfume Line Launches in Nigeria

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Amid royalty, socialites and fashionistas, "Scent of Africa," the continent's premier luxury perfume line, was recently launched in Lagos, Nigeria. Solange Boccovi, brand manager of manufacturer Ghandour Cosmetics, called the perfume a "blend of sophistication and elegance that pays homage to Africa in celebrating its rich identity." "Scent of Africa's identity was built around values of authenticity, the Ghandour brothers roamed Africa to extract the best essences used to build its delicate fragrance notes," Boccovi said. The red-carpet event drew appearances by celebrities such as Oluchi Orlandi, international supermodel and host/producer of "Africa's Next Top Model," and World Cup champion and international footballer Marcel Desailly. Guests were given the opportunity to sample the perfume, which is packaged in bottles shaped in the continent's map profile and comes in gold for women and silver for men.

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Acclaimed South African Actress to Speak in D.C. South African actress and rising star Nomzamo "Nubian Princess" Mbatha is readying for a monumental trip to D.C., where she will address the African Studies Association's 59th annual meeting on South African film and television. Mbatha will speak to the association's global delegation of 2,000 scholars and professionals at the meeting, which will run from Dec. 1-3 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in D.C. Her latest movie, "Tell Me Sweet Something," will also be screened at the event. "When one gets the incredible honor to represent, not just themselves but also the film's producers, directors and entire cast, the nerves set in," Mbatha said. "On this film, I worked with one of the most selfless producers, Akin Omotoso, who imparted that it was never just about his vision, it was a collective effort of all involved. The actress lauded the opportunity to "address a room filled with American- and African-based filmmakers whose passion, the growth of African films, is in line with my passion for authentic telling and portrayal of our African stories."


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Tony Elumelu, a Nigerian billionaire and philanthropist, has designed a program that will disburse $100 million in financial assistance to African and African-American entrepreneurs throughout the U.S and Africa. Elumelu, the founder and chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Seadrill Nigeria and the Transcorp conglomerate, looks to help 10,000 entrepreneurs create 10,000 startups within the next 10 years. "I set up the foundation to tackle some of the problems African entrepreneurs face, as entrepreneurship is my passion," Elumelu said. "I would also like to encourage more of Africa's high-net-worth individuals to give and support their passions in an institutional manner. It is my belief that homegrown African philanthropy should be setting the agenda for the continent's development."


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H E A LT H Nestle Faces the Heat in Clean-Water Controversy By Lauren Poteat WI Contributing Writer Swiss water giant Nestle is under fire again after revealing its plans to largely increase their Michigan groundwater withdrawals. Even after the tumultuous September purchase of a freshwater well in a small township in Ontario, Canada, Nestle still aims to nearly triple its current

Michigan water supply. The agenda that came forth in early November, potentially upsetting a current accord reached with environmentalists seven years ago to protect the water table and wildlife. The plan could stir internal conflict among Flint residents, who have not had clean tap water to drink since 2014. Though Dennis Muchmore, former chief of staff to Gov. Rick

5 Nestle is accused of placing profits over the health of people. / Courtesy of Candace Barbot

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bottled by Nestlé, "or (Absopure Water board member) Bill Young and buying some water for the people for a time?" Muchmore wrote in a March 3, 2015, email, adding that "$250,000 buys a lot of water, and we could distribute it through the churches while we continue to make the water even safer." Even though the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has not yet approved the company's request to increase its groundwater withdrawals by 167 percent, taking the company's current 150 gallons per minute operations to 400 gallons per minute, the DEQ has recommended approval under the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. "I'm not sure if there is a reasonable amount of water that should be allowed to be taken from an aquifer," said Jeff Ostahowski, vice president of the nonprofit Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, the Detroit Free Press reported. "But 400 gallons per minute seems more than a bit too much." Though Nestle was successfully sued by the Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation in 2001 over the damage the plant's groundwater withdrawals might cause to freshwater areas, the settlement reached in 2009 — which lowered the company's output from 400 gallons per minute to 218 gallons — now risks being undone. "The MDEQ's handling of the Nestlé application is as lax as the handling of the Flint water crisis. Nothing has changed," said environmental attorney Jim

Olson, founder and president of the environmental nonprofit For Love of Water. "Rights to public notice, public information, hearings and public participation in government decisions over water and quality of life, health — even our economy — have been diminished to the point of absurdity," Olson said. "MDEQ didn't even post the underlying documents to the application summary online for interested people to review before public comment, and the notice was so hidden and late in the game that no meaningful comments can be made by Nov. 3." The $36 million expansion at Nestle's Ice Mountain bottling operations in Mecosta County, Michigan, aims to add two water-bottling lines beginning next spring, with completion by 2018. WI

"The MDEQ's handling of the Nestlé application is as lax as the handling of the Flint water crisis." JIM OLSON / Environmental Attorney


Flu Season is Here: Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones Submitted by AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia Each year, millions of people get sick with the flu. The flu, also known as the influenza virus, is a severe infection of the respiratory system (nose, throat, and lungs). Flu season usually begins in October and can last until May, but the 2 most common months to catch the flu are December and February. This December, protect yourself by getting a flu shot and practicing flu prevention.


The flu can come on quickly. One day you may feel fine, and the next day the flu can take over. It can range from a mild illness, like coughing and a stuffy nose, to a severe or fatal condition. Flu symptoms can include: • Fever (but not everyone with the flu gets a fever) • Chills • Cough • Sore throat • Runny and/or stuffy nose • Feeling tired and/or weak • Body and/or muscle aches • Headaches Some people who have the flu may also suffer from vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more common in children. Adults with vomiting and diarrhea often have another condition called gastroenteritis (gas-trow-en-tah-ry-tus). Although gastroenteritis is commonly called the stomach flu, it is much different from the flu. Gastroenteritis affects the stomach and intestines, while the flu affects the respiratory system.

symptoms show. This is why it is so important to get a flu shot to help prevent getting the virus.


The best way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting a flu shot. Everyone over the age of 6 months is recommended to get a flu shot each year. The flu shot is especially important for people who are likely to have severe complications from the flu. This includes young children, elderly adults, pregnant women, and people with certain conditions like asthma, diabetes, and sickle cell disease. For the 2016 ­– 2017 flu season, do not use the flu nasal spray. Since the flu virus changes every year, each year’s vaccine is a little different. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the nasal spray might not help prevent the flu. Luckily, the flu shot is available at most doctor offices and pharmacies in the District. It is important to know that the flu shot is not 100% effective. Even if you get the flu shot, you may still get the flu. Luckily, there are other easy ways to help stop the spread of germs. Use these tips in addition to the flu shot to help prevent the flu: • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water • Use hand sanitizer or wet wipes when you cannot use soap and water


The flu is an airborne virus, which means it can spread from person to person. Everyone is at risk for the flu, and it is very contagious (spreads easily and quickly). The virus can travel up to 6 feet, so even talking to someone with the flu can put you at risk. It may even be spread by people who don’t know they are sick. This is because it can take up to 7 days to develop symptoms after catching flu, but it is contagious 24 hours before


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Keep your hands away from your face and mouth Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when your cough or sneeze Use disinfectant to keep your home and work area free of germs Avoid congested areas during the flu season (places where there are many people)


If you get the flu, make an appointment with your doctor. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your other conditions, and ask if the flu can make your symptoms worse. To help fight the flu, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medicine. This can help your body get rid of the virus sooner than it can on its own. If you are sick, it is also important to help prevent spreading it to others. If possible, stay home and rest until you get better. The same hygiene tips for flu prevention can also help you from spreading your germs to others. Sources: MedlinePlus and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention All images are used under license for illustrative purposes only. Any individual depicted is a model.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW: • The flu shot does not cause the flu • The flu shot can help protect you and your family • Talk to your doctor if you have questions about the flu or your health • If you are an AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia member, we can help you make an appointment for a flu shot by calling Member Services at 1-866-842-2810

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HEALTH D.C. Launches Climate Change Plan Floods, Heatwaves Can Affect Economy

By Sarafina Wright WI Staff Writer District government officials launched a plan to prepare the city for the potential fallout

from climate change, including dangerous heatwaves, severe storms and flooding. City Administrator Rashad Young, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity

Courtney Snowden and Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) Director Tommy Wells presented the Climate Ready DC plan on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Riverside Healthy Living


Center in Northwest. The center sits along the Watts Branch tributary of the Anacostia River, an area identified in the plan as vulnerable to increased flooding due to climate change. "As city administrator, it is my responsibility to ensure the District continues to operate and thrive in the face of an array of natural threats, many of which are increasing due to climate change," Young said. "Without action, climate change threatens to disrupt our power grid, harm our economy, and cost lives. Climate Ready DC is our action plan to ensure the continued resilience and vitality of the District in light of these threats." The District partnered with climate science and technical experts to assess the risks climate change poses to the city's infrastructure, public facilities and people. Climate Ready DC identified 77 actions the District can take to reduce these risks. "In recent years, we've seen a dramatic increase in severe weather events including record-breaking heatwaves, rising tides along our rivers and the destructive 2012 derecho," Wells said. "The good news is we are well on our way to building a climate ready city through ongoing efforts to expand our tree canopy, manage stormwater, and advance green buildings and infrastructure." Snowden, who focuses daily on economic growth of D.C. residents, said that climate change will have the greatest impact on the most economically and physically vulnerable residents. "That is why Climate Ready DC includes strategies that will help build preparedness and strengthen communities while ensuring that our investments in climate resilience create economic opportuni-

ties for District residents," she said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Baltimore District (USACE) also joined city officials to announce two new projects that they said will help reduce the risks of flooding. A mapping tool will be first up, developed by USACE, the National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. It will allow government leaders, emergency managers and the public to view potential flood impacts during high-water events along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. A interagency initiative will be the second project started to build climate resilience throughout Watts Branch communities. The DOEE and USACE said they will work together to assess existing and future flood risks, identify individual and watershed-wide strategies and neighborhood climate-resilience policies to reduce flood risks along Watts Branch. "Addressing climate change is critical to the important work we do through water resources projects to help protect properties and save lives," said Michael Schuster, chief of Planning and Environmental Services branch of USACE's Baltimore District. "High-risk flood zone areas like those within Watts Branch will likely expand even further considering the effects of climate change," he said. "Flooding can have devastating impacts, especially when a vulnerable population is at risk, including the loss of jobs and displaced residents. "We are fortunate to be able to leverage resources and expertise from several different agencies to be able to arm Watts Branch communities with information and strategies to help them reduce the increasing flood," Schuster said. WI

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5 Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney Snowden speaks at a news conference to launch the city's Climate Ready DC plan on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Riverside Healthy Living Center in Northwest. / Courtesy of DOEE


Educational Program Offers Second Chances to Older Youth Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center: GED Aid, Help for Ex-Inmates By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor Education and skills training remain essential in anyone’s quest for gainful employment, a meaningful career and a financially-secure future. But for young adults either transitioning from incarceration or who have yet to earn their high school credential, life as adults will inevitably be fraught with intermittent,

5 Seeds for Success interns removing graffiti as part of a city-wide campaign for DPW. / Photo courtesy Lori Marshall, Taproot Foundation

low-wage work or infrequent returns to incarceration. However, one educational program in Northeast, realizing the lack of services and programs tailored for the District’s growing number of juvenile ex-offenders and high school dropouts, has made significant inroads in helping youth reconnect with school and work, placing them back on the road toward a brighter future and armed with “weapons of success.” The Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center [YALC], located on East Capitol Street, NE, opened its doors in 2007, under the management of the See Forever Foundation, as an extended day educational program. Its services have since been expanded and revised in order to more adequately assist young adults, ages 17-24, who face significant academic and socio-emotional deficiencies – disenfranchised, disconnected former students of the District’s Public Schools. Cincinnati native Sean B. Yisrael, who earned both a Master’s in Education Leadership and a Doctorate of Education in School Administration, who assumed leadership as the YALC’s director in August 2016,


says he’s confident that the Center can continue to benefit youth who once had little hope for brighter tomorrows. “The 100 students we currently serve are seeking a GED – but more than that, we want to provide them with a quality education that will prepare them for the world of work or post-secondary education,” said Yisrael, 43, recognized for his passion for helping students and those teachers determined to help them succeed and who has achieved a proven record of serving urban schools including recent success as the former principal of Roosevelt STAY for DCPS. YALC offers OSHA 10 Certification, internships including partnerships with the Departments of Public Works and Employment Services, academic programs, mainly technologically focused, and counseling and other vital youth development support services. And as their director notes, they have the capacity to serve an additional 80 students. “In January we’ll be implementing an online credit recovery program that will allow students to obtain a high school diploma,” he

said. “In October, we added a new student attendance incentive that rewards [them] with a small stipend for maintaining excellent daily attendance. And while I can’t speak for all charter schools, I can say that YALC students benefit most from our small class sizes and from our skilled, dedicated staff members, all of whom are truly committed to helping students move forward in life.” WI

5 Students preparing for GED examinations in small class settings. / Photo courtesy Young Adult Learning Center

5 Students in the Seeds for Success paid internship program with Department of Public Works partner. / Photo courtesy Lori Marshall, Taproot Foundation


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Mayor Muriel Bowser has chosen Antwan Wilson to lead DC Public Schools as the system's next chancellor. Over the past two years, Bowser has worked to expand learning opportunities for students throughout DC., and since assuming office, her administration has launched extended school year at 11 DCPS schools; opened the District's only all-boys public high school, Ron Brown College Preparatory High School; fully-funded a travel abroad program for DCPS students; launched the Summer Strong DC initiative; increased access to libraries and books; and expanded access to hands-on learning opportunities. With increased enrollment and graduation rates and increased academic achievement, DCPS continues to be the fastest improving urban school district. Wilson's experiences make him well-qualified to build on these and other DCPS successes while focusing more attention on closing the District's opportunity gap. "In his 20-plus years in education, Antwan Wilson has been a teacher, a principal, an assistant superintendent and a superintendent, and at every level, he has been successful," Bowser said. "Not only is he an experienced leader, Mr. Wilson is role model for our students. His success proves that with hard work, they can achieve what they set out to do." Wilson joins DCPS from Oakland, California, where he is serving as superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District. In that capacity, Wilson developed a strategic plan focused on effective

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talent development, accountable school site support and quality school development. In his first year alone, the graduation rate increased by almost four percentage points. "My life has been dedicated to students and ensuring they have the resources and support they need to succeed in life," said the 44-year-old Wilson, who will earn an annual base salary of $280,000. "I am honored to join the District's stellar education team and look forward to working with the community to build on the recent DCPS successes."


Eighty public and public charter schools across the District were recently recognized for their efforts engaging students in a range of activities that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles during "Growing Healthy Schools Month." The annual initiative, sponsored by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, was held Nov. 21 during a ceremony


Parents who have children in the PGCPS system are encouraged to learn about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Individual Student (Home) Reports. Parents whose children are enrolled in grades 3-12 and took a PARCC assessment last school year, should have received an Individual Student Report that provided information about their children's results.

5 Through the Growing Healthy Foods initiative, more students are learning the benefits of a lifestyle focused on eating healthy foods. / Courtesy of

5 Antwan Wilson is D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's choice for schools chancellor. / Courtesy of DCPS via Twitter

The new ESSA law replaces No Child Left Behind and gives the District more flexibility in determining what constitutes a successful school, and what needs to be done to fix schools that are failing. "Currently, schools are rated almost entirely on reading and math test scores--and almost entirely on the proportion of students who are 'proficient,' regardless of how much academic progress students in the school did or didn't make," said Ruth Wattenberg, SBOE Ward 3 member and ESSA committee chair. "This approach has led to many complaints: too much focus on tests and test prep; not enough attention to other subjects and not enough attention to the practices that lead to high achievement: including providing a safe, challenging, and engaging environment." WI

held at Cardozo Education Campus in northwest. Representatives for the 80 schools received certificates and reflected on the activities, lessons, field trips and events they offered during Growing Healthy Schools Month. "Participation in Growing Healthy Schools Month continues to expand each year, with more schools involved and more students learning the benefits of a lifestyle focused on eating healthy foods, being stewards of the environment, and engaging in healthy physical activity," said Donna Anthony, OSSE's assistant superintendent for Health and Wellness.

"This year's Growing Healthy Schools Month theme, 'Healthy Schools, Every Day!' encourages schools to leverage the same energy and excitement generated during Growing Healthy Schools Month to institutionalize healthy school initiatives throughout the school year," Anthony said.

PGCPS is offering an online webinar from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 8 to help parents understand their child's report.

Charles Flowers High School [Media Center] (Open to the public and PGCPS employees)


Thursday, Feb. 9: Ernest Just Middle School [Media Center] (Open to the public and PGCPS employees) To view a complete list of sessions and locations, visit https://

The public is invited to join the PGCPS family's "Showcase of Schools." The event will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 6 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt.

As preparations are being made for the 2017-18 Resident Teacher Program, school officials will host a series of related information sessions. The program is a state-approved alternative preparation program for individuals who have not received any teacher training, but possess at least a bachelor's degree. All information sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Thursday, Dec. 8: Avalon Elementary School [Media Center] (Open to the public and PGCPS employees) Thursday, Jan. 12:



The DC State Board of Education recently held its monthly meeting where its members heard an outpouring of public sentiments regarding the "Every Student Succeeds Act."



Saturday, Dec. 3 is the last day to sign up for the annual Teacher Recruitment Fair.

5 Saturday, Dec. 3 is the signup deadline for the PGCPS Teacher Recruitment Fair. / Courtesy of PGCPS

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EDITORIAL Fidel Castro Celebrated African Americans have been peculiarly quiet about U.S.-Cuba relations. The recent passing of former Cuban President Fidel Castro has raised the voices of only a few African-American civil rights leaders commenting about Castro’s legacy and influence on the world. It doesn’t take the ability to read the tea leaves to see the connection African Americans have with the Cuban people; and, it is no mystery that fewer African Americans view Castro as a brutal dictator than those who respect his revolutionary commitment to his country. In response to Castro’s death, public relations strategist Gwen McKinney, owner of D.C.-based McKinney and Associates, wrote in a commentary in Huffington Post: ‘From Argentina to Angola, Canada to Kenya, this tiny island country made a massive contribution, especially to progress for people – the poor, the black, the forgotten – in his [Castro] country and developing nations. Undeniably, he set in motion a model of self-determination not known anywhere in the world.’ The Reverend Jesse Jackson wrote in a Chicago Sun Times editorial, Castro’s “defiance and pride consolidated the hatred of U.S. governing circles. He exported doctors and teachers while the U.S. exported weapons and war. Across the world — and in parts of the U.S. — Castro was and is celebrated. He stood with Africans against European imperialism and South African apartheid. He stood with Latin Americans against Yankee domination and corrupt local regimes. He dispatched doctors across the world to non-aligned nations, earning friends and saving lives. In 1975, he launched an audacious airlift of Cuban troops to repel the South African invasion of Angola, marking the beginning of the end for apartheid. He celebrated Mandela while the U.S. government was supporting the apartheid government and labeling Mandela a terrorist. President Obama read the tea leaves and on March 16, 2017 forged a plan to normalize relations with Cuba. The president’s Cuba Policy includes opening the door to travel, educational exchanges, business opportunities and trade. The agreement between the two nations also provides for mutual efforts addressing health and science, agriculture, human rights, and law enforcement. This new era in U.S.-Cuba relations is in its infancy, less than one year old, and already President-Elect Donald Trump wants to abort it. He must be stopped! This is no time for African Americans to be silent. When President Obama and President Raoul Castro, the brother of Fidel, reached their agreement, rest for sure it was meant to benefit Cubans and African Americans, alike. Jackson concluded: “We won’t understand the perversity of our own policies if we don’t understand why Castro’s leadership is celebrated across much of the world.” WI

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TO THE EDITOR Blacks Should Reconsider Power of the Boycott

Smokey Robinson Truly Deserves the Medal of Honor

Askia Muhammad expressed an interesting point in his opinion column, “I’m Boycotting Black Friday Until Jan. 2 [November 24-30 issue]. It has long been known that hitting the pocketbook of the oppressors is the most powerful way to initiate change. Boycotting has been used for this purpose for years including the historic Montgomery Bus boycott during the civil rights era. With solidarity, those residents of Alabama decided not to put their precious coins in the segregated bus system. They sacrificed the convenience of riding to achieve the greater goal of breaking down the segregation laws for public transportation. What would we be losing by boycotting all of those businesses that don’t give a hoot about Black unemployment, discrimination or unfair labor laws? The only thing they want is for us to spend our money with them. In many instances we become indebted to them and the banks for years, just because of Black Friday and holiday spending in general. Let’s consider Mr. Muhammad’s opinion and rethink the power of the boycott.

It was so wonderful to read your article about Smokey Robinson receiving this year’s Library of Congress Prize for Popular Song Music [by Eve M. Ferguson, November 24-30 issue]. I wholeheartedly believe that he deserved this award. Many in my generation grew up with Smokey Robinson as we sang along to our transistor radios, danced to his songs at house parties and watched Soul Train dancers perform to his music. Likewise, most of us can remember some puppy love crushes with Smokey singing in the background. How about the talent shows in which we sang his songs with our amateur groups? At last he’s been recognized for his talent through all of these decades, giving us some of the best songs ever written or performed. Thanks for the memories, Smokey!

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By Lauren Victoria Burke

Democrats Should Utilize Their Strongest Voting Bloc: Black Women

The leadership of the Democratic Party, at the highest levels, has consisted of mostly white men and women and a handful of Latinos. What Democratic leadership in the United States Congress, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) doesn't have — and has never had — is a representative

from its most loyal voting bloc over the last three presidential elections: Black women. To say that all quarters of Democratic Party leadership is in need of change is a vast understatement. The numbers don't lie. The Democratic Party has lost a historic number of seats across the board from federal representatives to statehouse races. Part of that shift is due to a realignment caused by the appearance of the first black president. But another part of it is a lack of

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strategy and misallocation of millions of dollars in resources focused on the wrong voters. While Democrats roll out the same old leaders who employ the same old losing consultants and staff, they ignore members of their most consistently loyal voting group: Black women. The 2016 election was, in some ways, a powerful statement on who remains loyal to the Democratic Party and who doesn't. On that note, Latino voters shocked and confused everyone by giving Donald

"build a wall" Trump nearly 30 percent of their votes. In 2012, more than 70 percent of black women voted, while white women voted at 65.6 percent. Black women continue to make up a larger proportion of Democratic votes than any other subgroup. Given all the research, the Democratic Party continues to chase and reward other groups. One would think that ensuring that African-Americans get to the polls would become a number one priority at the DNC

and DCCC or to anyone campaigning for the White House. Instead, the party continues to chase voters who seem to have less loyalty to the party than black women, spending millions, while losing elections. More than half of white women (53 percent) voted for Donald Trump. Meanwhile, just 4 percent of African-American women and 26 percent of Hispanic women voted for the reality TV star.

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By Bill Fletcher Jr.

No Ma'am, Trump Does Not Deserve a Chance I was sitting at a Starbucks trying to mind my own business and right next to me two individuals were discussing the aftermath of the Nov. 8 presidential elections. At one point they began discussing the protests that have spontaneously spread across the United States in the aftermath of Donald Trump's so-called victory. I listened carefully when I heard them both express their opposition to the protests and their agreement that Trump must be given a chance.

One of the two indicated that she would certainly protest if Trump did something wrong, but that we needed to wait and see. While I wished that I could have entered the conversation, I respected their privacy. Nevertheless, what I wish that I could have said runs something like this: There is no giving Trump a chance. What would anyone hope to see happen? Seriously. Think about it. We have witnessed the rise to the presidency of an open misogynist, racist and xenophobe. We are now watching appointments being made,

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including that of neo-fascists. Word continues to spread that the new administration intends on setting up a registry for all Muslims in the U.S. There is not one piece of this scene that can give anyone of conscience any degree of confidence that this incoming administration will be moderate and reasonable. The youth who are protesting and those people who are speaking out against Trump understand the gravity of the situation we are facing. The incoming administration has made it clear that they plan on orchestrating an ultra-conservative agenda, irrespec-

tive of Trump's campaign promises. An unsettling example of this is Medicare. Trump promised that Medicare would not be touched. Congressman Paul Ryan announced that he intends to end Medicare. The Trump team then started mumbling about "reforming" entitlement programs. You know and I know where this is going. There is no need to give President-elect Trump a chance. A chance to do what? Actually, the longer that we wait and remain quiet, the more likely it will be that the incoming administration will be especially aggressive.

I wish that I could have said to the two people in Starbucks that someone who ran for president demonizing Muslims, Latinos and black youth, denigrating women, someone who was willing to embrace neo-fascists in his campaign and who took his time finally admitting that President Obama was and has been a legitimate citizen of the U.S., is neither to be trusted nor given a pass. Regardless of what politicians may say, for those of us in the broader world, let "resistance" be our watchword, that is, if we have any interest in preserving and expanding democracy. WI

By Angelo Louw

Why I Support the #FeesMustFall Movement "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." — Nelson Mandela The degrees on my wall have opened up the world to me, a township boy who would otherwise be working in customer service. I write this today a stone's throw away from Washington, D.C., where I reside upon invitation by the U.S. State Department. I write this to achieve change in my country. So,

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perhaps the father of our nation was right. A few weeks ago, students from various universities in New York marched to the South African consulate to hand over a letter of demands to Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, our ambassador to the U.S. The march, in solidarity with #FeesMustFall protesters, called for free primary, secondary and tertiary education funded by a wealth tax. Since last year, South African students have led this campaign for free tertiary education, as escalated fees have caused many poor, predomi-

nantly black South Africans to face financial exclusion from institutions of higher learning, damning them to a life of poverty. However, this has not been an easy fight, nor has it proved to be very fruitful — despite getting the presidency to commit to a "special task team" exploring better funding mechanisms. An entire year has passed since then with no change at universities such as the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, which recently made international headlines due to police violence. I find it disturbing that I can just


repost content featured on Facebook memories from a year back that is still relevant today. But, as scroll down my timeline, the images I see don't just remind me of the spectacular protests mobilized by student leaders last year, they remind of the times we protested at that very university about this very issue almost ten years ago — rubber bullets and all. These protests are nothing new, nor was the university's violent response to them. What has changed is that this generation of students is brave enough to face the bullets

fired at them and retaliate with the brick and stone at their disposal. In the space of just eight years, courses I attended and struggled to afford have quadrupled in cost. So perhaps it is despair and not bravery compelling academia to militancy. "Are we so immersed in this terror narrative, like [Johnathan] Jansen, that we don't see how systems of oppression create monsters?" asked South African columnist Azad Essa after media criticized #FeesMustFall protesters for setting alight a Uni-

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By Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

Castro Paradoxes Can't Be Reduced to Black, White Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader for almost six decades, has died at 90 in Havana. USA Today's headline Monday read, "No Mourning in Miami," noting the continued bitterness of those who left Cuba. The Washington Post featured testimonies condemning Castro's authoritarian government. A revolutionary, a brutal dictator who sided with the USSR in the Cold War, a sponsor of guerilla wars, leader of a failed economy — Castro's death

has unleashed the full indictment against him. We need a broader view, a more clear-eyed analysis of the man and his times. Why was this leader of a small island nation 90 miles off our coast celebrated across Africa and Latin America? How could he survive the determined efforts of the U.S. government to oust him, outlasting 11 American presidents? Why did Nelson Mandela praise and thank him? Castro led the Cuban Revolution against a brutal dictator to vic-

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tory in 1959. Always more a devotee of Marti — the Cuban poet and patriot who led the revolt against Spain — than of Marx, Castro set out to nationalize foreign companies that owned and dominated most of the island, implement land reform, expand schools and clinics, and set Cuba on an independent course. There were victims of the revolution, for whom we continue to seek family unification. Some elites and some common people fled the turmoil of revolution. Relations with

the U.S. quickly soured. John Kennedy signed off on the "covert" Bay of Pigs invasion by a CIA-organized and -trained army of Cuban exiles. They were defeated easily, and the CIA never forgave Castro for the embarrassment. The U.S. launched multiple assassination attempts, enforced an economic embargo and tried various ways to sabotage the Cuban economy. Cut off from the hemisphere, Castro turned to the Soviet Union, which supplied oil and aid. The U.S. strangled and starved him into

strength. Castro's defiance and pride consolidated the hatred of U.S. governing circles. He exported doctors and teachers while the U.S. exported weapons and war. Across the world — and in parts of the U.S. — Castro was and is celebrated. He stood with Africans against European imperialism and South African apartheid. He stood with Latin Americans against Yankee domination and corrupt local


By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.

Facebook's 'Ethnic Affinities' Is Digital Racism and It's Time to End It Racism is a malignant, powerful and harmful reality for millions of persons of color throughout the world. Here, inside the United States, racism is institutionalized and we have the evidence that this dreadful, racially discriminatory system of oppression now has been digitized thanks to Facebook. We must oppose all forms, nuances, and modes of racism. I am defining "digital racism"

as the deliberate and systematic exclusion and discrimination of people from any internet access, benefit or policy-making procedure based on race, color, ethnicity or any other social or cultural factor. I know when this is read, some of you will be shocked while others will be in some form of denial. Such was the case when I first coined the term "environmental racism" over 30 years ago. But the truth is the truth. And the truth is therapeutic. Racial and ethnic cleaning at


Facebook is the manifestation of digital racism on one of the most powerful social media platforms in the world. The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is opposed to racial and ethnic discrimination. We are alarmed and we resolutely join with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in demanding that Facebook stop engaging in racially discriminatory practices. Earlier this month, the CBC sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, concerning this issue.

"We are writing to express our deep concerns with reports that Facebook's "Ethnic Affinities" advertising customization feature allows for advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups when placing housing advertising," stated the CBC. The CBC letter was signed by Robin L. Kelly (D-Ill.), Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), the chairman of the CBC. Their joint statement concluded, "This is in direct violation of the Fair Hous-

ing Act of 1968, and it is our strong desire to see Facebook address this issue immediately." The Fair Housing Act of 1968 says it is illegal "to make, print, publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin" (42 U.S.C.

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By Askia Muhammad

Most Americans Have It All Wrong About Castro, Cuba Fidel Castro, one of the greatest, revolutionary thinkers and practitioners of our time, has joined his ancestors. Castro ruled Cuba — just 90 miles from the Florida Keys — for 47 years in defiance of decades of bitter economic sanctions and more than 630 U.S. assassination attempts. He died of apparent natural causes Nov. 25. Viva Fidel! Around the world people celebrated Castro, a hero who grew up in a wealthy, privileged Cu-

ban family, yet dedicated his life to elevating the status of those in need. But in this country the propaganda is so rabid that even those who are seen as "progressive" in the corporate political establishment are expected to condemn Castro, a hero around the world, and demand unjustified concessions from Havana from simple normalized relations with this country. Too bad. Castro's Cuban revolution inspired revolutionary efforts across the globe. His forces assisted guerrillas and revolutionary gov-


ernments, especially in Africa. In the 1970s, Castro sent Cuban troops to Angola to help that government defeat South African insurgents and help win Namibia's independence from South Africa in 1990. Castro was on the right side, the U.S. on the wrong side of that ongoing world revolution, diplomatically supporting the white apartheid government and its colonial allies. "As a black person in the United States, when you think of Fidel Castro, you immediately think of the liberation of southern Afri-

ca," Dr. Gerald Horne, chair of history and African-American studies at the University of Houston, told me in an interview. "There is no doubt that Southern Africa would not have been liberated from both apartheid and colonialism without the militant intervention of the Cuban armed forces," Horne said. "That is something any schoolchild in southern Africa can tell you." Ray Winbush, director of Morgan State University's Institute for Urban Research, said he can remember when Castro "slept in Harlem, or when he sheltered As-


sata Shakur, and made places for people like [author] Robert Williams, [who propagated] the idea of self-defense." "People forget that he helped finance and fight — with the blood of Cubans — to overthrow many of the colonial powers, when Africa was being liberated in the '50s and the '60s," Winbush said. "We owe him a debt. It was the rich oligarchs" who opposed Castro, and whose descendants make up the Cuban exile community living in South

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LIFESTYLE Gospel Sensation Brings ‘Holiday Praise’ to TV Charles Jenkins Produces Hour-long Musical Special, Featuring Friends Billboard Magazine charttopping recording artist Charles Jenkins – who is currently riding the Billboard Adult R&B and Gospel Airplay charts with his urban inspirational smash “Winning,” is not slowing down.  In fact, Jenkins has undertaken his biggest project yet by producing the hour-long musical television special “Holiday Praise.” Shot before an enthusiastic audience at the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, the show is hosted by Jenkins and fea-

tures unforgettable performances of holiday songs by Grammy Award winning artists such as Erica Campbell and Dorinda Clark Cole. Crooner Deitrick Haddon will provide a soulful version of “The Christmas Song” and Jonathan McReynolds will perform to the strums of a guitar while singing a spine-tingling rendition of “Mary, Did You Know?” But there’s more as Brian Courtney Wilson channels Donny Hathaway on his warm cover of the latter’s 1971 classic “This Christmas.” The program also features

dynamic performances from hit makers such as Jonathan Nelson, Isaac Carree, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Donishisa Ballard, Dexter Walker & Zion Movement, as well as Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago. “Holiday Praise” runs in syndication from December 3 to January 1, 2017  on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates. It airs December 24th @3 PM EST  and @7 PM EST  on WGN cable. With No. 1 hits such as “Awesome” and “War” under his musical belt, Jenkins has also crafted a new holiday gem with the rhythmic, upbeat Stepper’s tune, “Christmas Music.” The infectious song has been serviced to both Adult R&B and Gospel radio formats. The song releases to all major digital service providers worldwide via Empire Distribution in the next few days. Visit www. for more information on the artist and the recording. WI

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY BEGINS! Mayor Muriel Bowser, with city and federal officials, start the National Small Business Saturday in front of The Shaw Bijou Restaurant, Mayor Bowser started the press conference thanking all the agency involve in planning the Saturday Small Business Day, with the ribbon cutting at seventeen small business on the ribbon cutting express on Saturday November 26 2016 in Northwest DC. / Photo by Roy Lewis

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Delegate Holds Annapolis Day for Maryland Youth WI Staff Report Thirty students participated in the second  Annual Annapolis Day for Youth sponsored by Maryland State Delegate Tony Knotts on Saturday, November 12. The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc., the National Harbor Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. and Henry's Soul Café co-sponsored the event.  Students from Friendly, Oxon Hill, Crossland and Elizabeth Seton High Schools elected their leadership, discussed bills and voted on an Alternatives to Suspension Pilot Program bill and an Extension of Child Support bill.   Maryland State Delegate Erek Barron gave a rousing keynote address to the students that showed his path to his present position as a state delegate. “I grew up in a single family home,” he said. “Through the support of my mom and other mentors, I have achieved far beyond my own expectations.  I have sat in places that included our president and vice president. You all are receiving a tremendous opportunity to be here and understand very early how this place works,” he said.  Delegate Knotts told the students

to be sure to let their friends know about this event for next year. “We want to give as many students as we can an opportunity to quickly understand how this process works,” he said.  Students were then treated to lunch prior to their departure.  Kameron Snider, a student at Friendly, told the sponsors, “Today's experience was amazing! I feel that it is important for us to have a hands on experience about how a bill becomes law and that's what happened today.” D'Airra Clark, another student participant, said, “My experience today makes me want to do more to serve my community.” President of the Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. said, “Getting students engaged is so important for our well-being in the community and their growth as student learners and leaders. This is our second year working with Delegate Knotts and the other co-sponsors. We are thrilled to see the level of excitement and interest these students show when debating the bills before them.  They demonstrated the kind of leadership skills that will put them on a path for exceptional achievement,” she said. WI  

5 Delegate Knotts held the Second Annual Annapolis Day for Youth with special speaker Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis. Other participants included: the National Harbor Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Henry’s Soul Café and Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. / Photo courtesy Delegate Knotts GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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USPS to Honor Dorothy Height on 2017 Stamp SHOP TIL YOU DROP

BZB 26th Annual Gift Show give shoppers a selection on Jewelry, Art, Collectible Dolls, that they want fine in some of the other stores, the Pop-Up Shop give shoppers a choice, and started on Black Friday and go through Saturday December 23 2016, the BZB at Shiloh Family Life Center in Northwest DC is where the BZB Shops on Weekend. / Photos by Roy Lewis

Dorothy Irene Height, longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women and the leading female voice of the 1960s’ civil rights movement, will soon be honored on a U.S. postage stamp. Height, who spent her life fighting for racial and gender equality, will be honored in 2017 on the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series. The national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority from 1947 to 1956, will be the 15th African-American woman to be featured in the series. The stamp, designed by art director Derry Noyes, features artist Thomas Blackshear II’s gouache and acrylics on a board portrait of Height. The US Postal Service’s Black Heritage stamp series began in 1978 with a stamp honoring Harriet Tubman and has paid tribute to African-American leaders, inventors, educators, scientists, entrepreneurs, entertainers and athletes. Past honorees include: Alvin Ailey, James Baldwin, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X. WI

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Donnie Simpson's Back: Hosting 'Donnie After Dark'


By Eunice Moseley WI Contributing Writer

Donnie Simpson is back, hosting TV One's "Donnie After Dark" on Sundays at 11 p.m. "It's the slot I need to be in … late night," the legendary radio DJ said about his return from retirement to host "Donnie After Dark," the after-hours TV talk show now in its second season. Simpson also hosts the MAJIC 102.3 (WMMJ-FM) radio program "The Donnie Simpson Show," airing Monday through Friday from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. "I'm glad I did it," he said. "Now I have two shows — radio and television." The second season of "Donnie After Dark" launched Thanksgiving Day and airs regularly on Sundays at 11 p.m. Upcoming shows include visits by rapper David Banner, comedian Lil Duval, producer Jermaine Dupri, actress LisaRaye McCoy, comedian Special K, R&B group 112, actress Naturi Naughton and singer Musiq. Simpson, known for his deep voice and green eyes, told me he came back to the airwaves after 5½ years of retirement at the urging of his wife, Pamela, who told him at 62 years old that he was too young to retire. "I am blessed to have set out for 5½ years," Simpson said of his new career beginning. "I got my first check and didn't know where to sign, I hadn't seen one in so long." Simpson, the first DJ personality of an urban-format radio station to have a salary of over $1 million without syndication, began career at the age of 15. Because of his deep voice, he was asked to sit in for a regular DJ for a week. That week lasted for over seven years. "I was watching him and I said, 'I can do that,'" he said of his humble introduction into the life of a radio DJ. "Three months later, I was on the air. I became very popular, a heavy voice and I'm just a kid. I couldn't be live the straight 8 p.m. to midnight [shift] because of the law [in Detroit]." The young Simpson would air live from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., then go home and do his homework while a prerecorded show aired. His once-airy voice morphed to the husky baritone we know it as now between 7th and 8th grade. "My voice changed over the summer," he recounted. "Before that I loved being in the choir. I

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was the only male in 1st soprano with the girls! After the summer break, I was baritone." Simpson said his mother had an in-house live remote radio show and he was asked to record the promo spots and, as they say, the rest is history. Before he was even 18, he was a professional DJ on WJLB in Detroit, an urban contemporary station, before relocating to D.C. to work at WRC-TV. From there he went on to host BET's "Video Soul" and other network specials. He went on to host "The Donnie Simpson's Morning Show" on WPGC-FM for 17 years until retiring in 2010, garnering Billboard's Air Personality of the Year award in 1998 along the way. In 2015, he came out of retirement to host his weekday radio show on MAJIC 102.3 FM. Despite his showbiz success, however, Simpson once had his eye on a higher calling. "James Brown, the sportscaster, and my mom say all the time, 'you gonna be a minister,'" he said when I mentioned that God may be setting him up with a massive audience before giving him the "call" to preach. "My mother owned a record shop," he said. "She is celebrating her 50th anniversary. … She still has a record store. People would say to me, 'you sound like a radio DJ.' I wanted to be a Baptist minister." Simpson has a twin brother, Lonnie, who is a pastor in Detroit, so you never know. In the meantime, Simpson continues to be the country's favorite East Coast radio personality to minister to us the best in music. TV One was launched in 2004 by Radio One and reaches over 60 million households. In 2008,


it launched TV One High-Def, reaching 14 million more households. Learn more about TV One's "Donnie After Dark" television show and "The Donnie Simpson Show" on MAJIC 102.3 FM by logging onto or follow him @DonnieAfterDark and @DonnieSimpson on social media platforms. WI


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LIFESTYLE Sharon Jones, Famed Soul Singer, Dies After Cancer Battle By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer Sharon Jones, the fiery soul singer who spent decades in obscurity before becoming a Grammy-nominated soul and funk vocalist with her longtime backing band the Dap-Kings, died Friday, Nov. 18 of pancreatic cancer. She was 60. "We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer," the singer's rep wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone magazine. "She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings." Doctors diagnosed Jones with stage two pancreatic cancer in 2013 and removed the singer's gallbladder, the head of her pancreas and 18 inches of her small intestine, according to Rolling Stone. She went into remission

5 Soul singer Sharon Jones lost her battle with cancer on Nov. 18. / Courtesy photo

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nine months later, but announced that the cancer had returned at the premiere of "Miss Sharon Jones!," a documentary detailing Jones' life and career. The cancer would be elevated to stage four, with tumors spreading to her lung, liver and lymph nodes. Jones recorded six albums with the Dap-Kings, but it was her exhilarating live shows that showcased the singer's unparalleled energy, functioning as equal parts Baptist church revival, Saturday night juke joint and raucous 1970s Las Vegas revue. In venues filled with people half her age, Jones was the most dynamic person in the room, bolting onstage and commanding the crowd like her idol James Brown. It was homage without mimicry; respecting the soul and funk elders that defined the genres while displaying seemingly boundless vitality, the magazine noted in reporting her death. Jones' power was the ability to straddle the line between thankful humility, born out of late-in-life success, and boastful performer. "I'm not trying to ride anybody's coattails," the singer said in 2008. "I'm just doing my thing and people are coming to us." Sharon Lafaye Jones was born May 4, 1956, in Augusta, Georgia. The youngest of six kids, she discovered her love for the stage as a child. Her mother moved the family from Augusta to Brooklyn to escape her abusive husband, and it was there that Jones began singing in church with her sister Willa. Jones started numerous funk groups in the 1970s, earning extra money by performing in wedding bands and singing gospel music. But for decades, she had trouble breaking into the industry. "I wasn't what they were looking for," she told Rolling Stone earlier this year. "They just looked at me and they didn't like what they saw: a short, black woman." As documented in "Miss Sharon Jones!," a record producer told the singer in the 1990s that she was "too fat, too black, too short and too old." "I looked at myself and saw ugliness," she said in the film. She retreated from music for a few years, taking various jobs that included armored car guard for Wells Fargo and two years as a corrections officer at New York's Rikers Island prison. The latter

job was a harbinger of her onstage persona: Commanding, fierce and demanding respect. In 1996, Gabriel Roth, current Dap-Kings bandleader and head of now-defunct funk label Desco Records, worked with Jones' then-fiancé and needed a backup singer for a few tracks. Jones would record numerous songs as a backup singer for the label and release "Damn It's Hot," her first song as a frontwoman at the age of 40. After the dissolution of Desco, Roth, alongside saxophonist Neal Sugarman, recruited Jones and the Dap-Kings to record their 2002 debut album "Dap Dippin' With Sharon Jones and the DapKings" on what would become Daptone Records. They recorded in a Brooklyn basement, selling copies out of Sugarman's kitchen. Jones would help Roth build the label's permanent studio-cum-headquarters in 2002, handling the electrical wiring herself. Jones and the Dap-Kings released a series of increasingly popular, horn-anchored soul and funk albums, including 2005's "Naturally," 2007's "100 Days, 100 Nights" and 2010's "I Learned the Hard Way." The group continued to record and tour constantly, watching their crowds grow as Jones' roaring voice, frenetic energy and gregarious personality surpassed the initial "female James Brown" comparisons. In 2012, the group began recording their sixth album, "Give the People What They Want," which would earn Jones her first Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. The next year, she entered a hospital in Augusta, Georgia with yellow eyes, severe itching and rapid weight loss. The cancer diagnosis was swift and unimaginable. "I just started crying," Jones told Rolling Stone. "All kinds of thoughts went through my head because I figured that I was going to die." Jones continued to perform when possible, using the stage as therapy. "When I walk out [onstage], whatever pain is gone," Jones said. "You forget about everything. There is no cancer. There is no sickness. You're just floating, looking in their faces and hearing them scream. That's all that is to me." WI


Elections Act Aims to Empower Small Donors By Sarafina Wright WI Staff Writer A recent study show that more than 60 percent of D.C. election candidate funding comes from either corporations or non-District residents who are disproportionately white, wealthy and male. To combat this, the city council's judiciary committee on Wednesday, Nov. 16 revisited a bill aimed at empowering small donors and reducing the influence of special-interest groups in city elections. At-Large Councilman David Grosso, who introduced the Citizens Fair Election Act of 2015, is among several council members pushing for the bill's passage. "Public financing of campaigns would give greater voice to all voters and reduce the disproportionate influence of big donors in D.C. politics," Grosso said at a press conference last December. "We must ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate in and positively influence the political process, re-

gardless of how much or how little they are able to contribute, or if they do not contribute at all." His legislation would match small campaign contributions to local candidates with limited public funds at a rate of five-toone. For example, any D.C. resident who made a $100 campaign contribution to a participating candidate essentially would be giving $600. Candidates participating in the program would be required to demonstrate broad public support and accept lower maximum contribution limits. In the future, those running for mayor, city council and attorney general would be eligible to participate. "Democracy falls short when the views of a few wealthy donors carry more weight than the needs of thousands of working families," said Delvone Michael, executive director of D.C. Working Families. "Those who donate the most money to campaigns should not wield a disproportionate amount of influence, and

this bill goes a long way toward changing that." So far, 40 organizations have joined the DC Fair Elections coalition to encourage the council to pass small-donor empowerment legislation. Leaders of the respective coalitions say they are in the process


of collecting thousands of petition signatures from around the District to demonstrate support. Co-introduced by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Council members Brianne Nadeau, Charles Allen, Elissa Silverman and Mary Cheh, they collectively agree that this law

will increase public confidence in integrity of city elections. "We need to put an end to the perception and sadly, on occasion, the unfortunate reality of pay-to-play politics in the District of Columbia," Silverman said. "We need for residents to feel it's their voice and vote — not simply money — that matters." WI




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District Seniors Took Atlantic City by Storm During the National Pageant Ms. Senior DC Billie LaVerne Smith was among 46 contestants to compete during the Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ. Wearing an elegant apple red gown, adorned with rhinestones on flesh tone netting that mirrored her tiara, Ms. Senior DC presented her philosophy of life, challenging the audience to share their gifts with others. During the talent segment, Ms. Senior DC gave you a taste of Duke Ellington’s "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" from the Broadway musical "Sophisticated Ladies" on the piano. District dance sensations the MC Steppers danced during the First , Second Preliminaries and the Pageant Finals. Each day they donned glitzy sequined costumes and performed a different dance number to the sounds of Stevie Wonder and culminated their final performance with “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. Congratulations to Ms. Senior D.C. Billie LaVerne Smith and the MC Steppers, led by choreographer Monica Carroll, for representing their peers during the Ms. Senior America Pageant 2016.  We may not have captured the crown but they definitely know that we have talented seniors here in the District of Columbia! Ms. Missouri Senior America Peggy Lee Brennan was crowned the winner of the contest that celebrates the age of elegance for women age 60 and older. Brennan is an, actress, dancer and singer and is most known for her role as Radar’s girlfriend in the hit television series M*A*S*H.  Representing the state of Maryland, Sherri McGhie, was selected First runner-up and Elaine Willingham from Alabama was selected Second Runner-up during the contest.

5 District dance sensations the MC Steppers perform. The DC Office on Aging’s Information and Referral/Assistance unit is relocating to the Independence Square Office Complex, 250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.  The closest Metro station is Federal Center SW, on the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines, and the P6 Bus travels close by. Hours of operation are: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Schedule your appointment by contacting us by phone or email at 202-724-5626 or  

Join us for the Mayor’s Annual Senior Holiday Celebration Thursday, December 8, 2016 10 am—2 pm (Doors open at 9:30 am) DC Armory 2001 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 The event features information and resources for residents 60+ and caregivers, live entertainment and music, free health screenings, fitness, health and beauty demos and free giveaways. Tickets are free but required for entry. Make reservations by calling 202-724-5622.

5 Ms. Senior DC Billie LaVerne Smith was among 46 contestants to compete during the 2016 Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ

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ARIES With the holiday season in full swing, you may feel too restless to focus on important things. Travel and opportunities to sample other diversions might be more appealing. However, you might be stirred to action by a conversation or idea that gets you back on track and encourages you to make good progress, too. Lucky Numbers: 24, 39, 48

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TAURUS Although this is the season of generosity and goodwill, don't feel you have to lend money to friends or do them any big favors. While it's great to help out, there is such a thing as overdoing it, especially if you end up feeling resentful. Invest your time and money carefully this week and avoid giving it away to causes or people who might not appreciate it. Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 39

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GEMINI Cautious confidence can encourage you to step closer to cementing a certain bond. However, the present setup suggests that you aren't likely to be overly demonstrative if things don't work out as planned. Take a business or romantic relationship to the next level. Business matters become more buoyant, too. Lucky Numbers: 27, 41, 43 CANCER If you've discussed a key project for a while, the New Moon is the time to take the first cautious steps to getting things off the ground. It might be a tentative beginning, but it could blossom into something to be proud of. If it's a home-based business, it could turn out to quite lucrative, too. Mercury's move into your partnership zone may help you discuss a situation diplomatically and find ways to agree that you can both live with. Lucky Numbers: 4, 6, 22

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LEO Invest more time in a romance or creative plan. You'll feel optimistic about the outcome. The stirring energies of Mars aligning with the expansive energies of Jupiter could see you pushing ahead and being quite ambitious with your plans. There's much to be said for drilling into the details and making sure you cover all your bases. You can be even surer of success if you do. Lucky Numbers: 2, 14, 28

By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer Car payments don't happen by magic, food won't drive to your doorstep, and decent clothing isn't free. In short, bills won't pay themselves — but are they the sole reason to go to work each day? Author Dan Ariely says no, and in his new book "Payoff: the Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations," he explains. No matter where you get your paycheck or salary, the truth is that you are the boss of you. You make yourself get out of bed, eat well, disengage as needed, exercise, and stay motivated. In fact, says Dan Ariely, "we are all part-time motivators," but to what extent? Why do we endure tasks that "may appear on the surface to be thankless"? To understand, you need to know that we humans are "driven" to seek meaning. You may think, for example, that retirement on a beach would be perfect, but you probably wouldn't be happy for long. You need meaning, because the people with the most meaningful lives tend to be happiest. So, back to motivation: how do you motivate your employees to, say, boost productivity? Studies show that offering monetary rewards can backfire. Unexpected prizes are high motivators — for a while. Recognition works very well because "acknowledgment is a kind of human magic" and can keep employees engaged. This all comes back to meaning: give employees a reason to believe that they're valuable and not just "cogs on a wheel," and they feel more ownership toward their work. Put them in a meaningless cubicle or tell them that they're just worker bees, and you've squashed their motivation like a bug. People tend to value things they've made, more than something someone else crafted — and that includes customers and product customization. Let employees feel some sort of investment toward and from you, and they'll act more like part of the team. Know what's measurable on the job, and don't make the "uncountable … as if it were easily countable." Look long-term. And always remember the importance of goodwill. "Supporting it is easy," says Ariely, "but destroying it is even easier." Remember that job you had where you never felt appreciated? Remember how much you couldn't wait to quit? That won't happen in your business if you read "Payoff." It's easy, as it turns out, to retain employees, so long as you can motivate them in ways that work for you both. Gone, says author Dan Ariely, are the days when a paycheck was the only reason for going to the office. Instead, researchers recognize that motivation and job enjoyment go hand in hand, and that the wise supervisor or business owner seeks both. Here, Ariely explains what motivation is and why it's so "fragile," and he shows how we can be motivated to do something we don't like, and how that can ultimately become something worthwhile. If your own get-up-and-go is gone, or if you'd like a surprisingly effective workplace enhancer, here's the book you want. You'll get a lot out of "Payoff," so check it out. WI WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM

VIRGO Do you want to put real estate on the market or relocate to a new place? Take action after a long period of deliberation. It's likely you've already put a lot of thought into such ideas, so any move you make now will be more of a calculated risk than leap in the dark. You could get very excited about the potential for new activities that come with such a decision. Lucky Numbers: 3, 29, 41 LIBRA Upgrading your skills may be one way to attract new opportunities into your life. Want to learn creative writing, interior design, or online marketing? Any of this is possible if you're willing to embrace the work that comes with the decision. Romantic opportunities could show up at a special holiday event. Lucky Numbers: 7, 11, 12 SCORPIO Think about investing wisely and try to avoid splurging and you'll be likelier to get a good return. However, don't be tempted to give generously to a lost cause. While it's nice to help, there are some people who will take advantage. On the other hand, someone who's generous by nature might want to return the favor. Lucky Numbers: 28, 36, 48 SAGITTARIUS It brings an opportunity to fulfill your dreams and desires. On an-

other note, you could sell items and perhaps earn some extra money on the side. If you start with things you no longer need, you could pocket the proceeds while enjoying more space. Lucky Numbers: 6, 53, 56

CAPRICORN If you've ever wanted to learn to mediate or take up some other spiritual discipline, this may be one of the better times to go ahead. However, it can be equally helpful for beginning the process of visualizing your desires on a daily basis, as the practice helps the law of attraction work more efficiently. Lucky Numbers: 9, 37, 40

AQUARIUS If you make a new friend this week, you may stay buddies for a long time into the future. However, Mercury's move into Capricorn can be a call to listen to your feelings, as they may be trying to tell you something. If you've had trouble making a decision, tuning in to your intuition could help you decide what to do. Lucky Numbers: 18, 41, 55 PISCES Should you make a start on a goal or career plan? If you're thinking about it, Tuesday's New Moon may be the best of the year for you in this regard. Your social life looks livelier, too, as Mercury encourages more mixing and holiday carousing. New connections could prove useful over the long term, so keep the contact details. Lucky Numbers: 10, 12, 21


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SPORTS Woodson Defeats Wilson in Turkey Bowl

5 H.D. Woodson wide receiver Tyron Robinson successfully completes a two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth

quarter of Woodson's 22-20 win over Wilson High in the 47th annual DCIAA Turkey Bowl Football championship game at Eastern High School in northeast D.C on Thursday, Nov. 24. / Photo by John E. De Freitas

3 Wilson quarterback Kevin Bazemore is defended by H.D. Woodson linebacker Shyheem Jackson during Woodson's 2220 win in the 47th annual DCIAA Turkey Bowl Football championship game at Eastern High School in northeast D.C on Thursday, Nov. 24. / Photo by John E. De Freitas

Beal’s Seven Threes Lift Wizards Past Kings By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill

Since shooting guard Bradley Beal returned to the starting lineup two weeks ago after a hamstring injury, he’s averaged nearly 27 points per game and the team has won three out of five games. Beal, who scored a team high 31 points and made a career-high seven 3-pointers Monday, Nov. 28, helped lift the Washington Wizards to win their last four out six games in a 101-95 overtime victory against the Sacramento Kings before 12,571 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. “I have to give the credit to [my teammates] because they did a terrific job of screening for me,” said Beal, who also grabbed six rebounds. John [Wall] did a great job of finding me. Our ‘bigs’ have and Otto [Porter Jr.], too, and all of the others guards as well…[in] getting me open to shoot with confidence and knock them down.”

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Sacramento (7-11) ranks sixth in the NBA in allowing their opponents to make at least 10 three-pointers a game. Beal made seven of the Wizards 10 three’s. “Brad once again was terrific,” Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said. “He really got himself open with his good strong setups and that’s something he’s been working on with us.” Beal made two 3-pointers in the first few minutes of the game to help the Wizards sprint to a 12-4 lead. Then came the turnovers. In the first half, the Wizards committed 14 of the 23 turnovers combined by both teams that allowed the0 Kings to take a 53-50 lead at halftime. The Wizards decreased their turnovers to nine in the second half and overtime, versus the Kings 11. Wall’s college teammate and Kings all-star center DeMarcus Cousins scored 36 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in a losing effort. Cousins shot 16 of 34

from the floor, including a drive to the basket to tie the game at 92 with 10 seconds left in regulation. The Kings traveled to D.C. from Brooklyn after they defeated the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, Nov. 27, where Cousins recorded another double-double with 37 points and 11 rebounds. Brooks said, even with those gaudy numbers Monday, Wizards center Marcin Gortat played Cousins well. “It’s hard for me to say this because Cousins had 36 and 20, but Marcin did a great job on him,” Brooks said. “It took 34 shots to get those 36 points and probably four or five was just like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ He’s a great player. He’s an all-star…but I thought Marcin battled him throughout the game.” Defensively, the Wizards parameter defense improved significantly, but the Kings also contributed to not making converting some open jump shots. The Kings shot only 3 for 21 from behind the arc and 41 percent for the game.


Defensively, the Wizards parameter defense improved significantly, but the Kings also contributed to not making converting some open jump shots. The Kings shot only 3 for 21 from behind the arc and 41 percent for the game. Meanwhile, Wall recorded a triple-double, sort of: 15 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and 11 turnovers. “Turnovers were just over-dribbling, trying to make passes to certain people. Those guys are pretty athletic and they deflected some of my passes,” he said. “We’re competing a lot better, being more aggressive. At some point in we’ll find a

rhythm where everybody’s clicking and knocking down shots. Other than that, we just got to keep competing on the defensive end and giving ourselves a chance.” The Wizards next three games are on the road, so the team will not return to the Verizon Center until Tuesday, Dec. 6 to face the Orlando Magic for the third time this season. WI


SPORTS Georgetown Tops Crosstown Foe Howard

3 Howard Bison guard Charles Williams barrels into two George-

town Hoyas defenders on a drive to the basket in the first half of the Hoyas' 85-72 win at Verizon Center in Northwest on Sunday, Nov. 27. / Photo by John E. De Freitasas

6 Howard Bison forward Tyler Stone fights through multiple George-

town Hoyas defenders in the first half of the Hoyas' 85-72 win at Verizon Center in Northwest on Sunday, Nov. 27. / Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Hoyas center Bradley Hayes shoots a hook shot over Howard Bison guard Marcel Boyd in the second half of the Hoyas' 85-72 win at Verizon Center in Northwest on Sunday, Nov. 27. / Photo by John E. De Freitaso by John

5 Howard Bison guard James Miller is defended by Georgetown Hoyas guard Kaleb Johnson in the first half of the Hoyas' 85-72 win at Verizon Center in Northwest on Sunday, Nov. 27. / Photo by John E. De Freitas



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Committed to providing services and supports to increase the capacity of individuals, businesses, and communities.

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RELIGION The Miracle Center of Faith Missionary Baptist Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church Rev. Louis B. Jones II Pastor

Bishop Michael C. Turner, Sr. Senior Pastor 9161 Hampton Overlook Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-350-2200 Fax: 301-499-8724

Service and Times Sunday Worship Times : 7:30 a.m. 7 10:00 a.m. Communion: 1st Sunday Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Bible Study: Wednesday, 12 Noon Bible Study in homes: Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Website: Email: Motto: “We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight”

700 I Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 547-8849 Service and Times Worship Sundays: 7:30 & 11:00am 5th Sundays: 9:30am 3rd Sundays: Baptism & Holy Communion Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @ Noon & 6:30pm

Church of Living Waters

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church

Crusader Baptist Church

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell, Sr., Pastor

Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan Pastor

Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews Senior Pastor

Harold Andrew Assistant Pastor

2498 Alabama Ave., SE - Washington D.C. 20020 Office: (202) 889-7296 Fax: (202) 889-2198 -

800 I Street, NE - Washington, DC 20002 202-548-0707 - Fax No. 202-548-0703

4915 Wheeler Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-894-6464

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday Church School - 9:15am & Sunday Adult Forum Bible Study - 10:30am 2nd & 4th Monday Women’s Bible Study: 6:30pm Tuesday Jr./Sr. Bible Study: 10:00am Tuesday Topical Bible Study: 6:30pm Tuesday New Beginnings Bible Study: 6:30pm Wednesday Pastoral Bible Study: 6:30pm Wednesday Children’s Bible Study: 6:30pm Thursday Men’s Bible Study: 6:30pm Friday before 1st Sunday Praise & Worship Service: 6:30pm Saturday Adult Bible Study: 10:00am “The Amazing, Awesome, Audacious Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church”

Service and Times Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00am Holy Communion: 1st Sunday Sunday School: 9:45am Men’s Monday Bible Study: 7:00pm Wednesday Night Bible Study: 7:00pm Women’s Ministry Bible Study: 3rd Friday -7:00pm Computer Classes: Announced Family and Marital Counseling by appointment

1200 Isle of Patmos Plaza, Northeast Washington, DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-6767 - Fax: (202) 526-1661

Service and Times Sunday Service: 8:30am& 11:00am Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30pm Communion Service: First Sunday

E-mail: “God is Love”

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ

St. Stephen Baptist Church

Third Street Church of God

Dr. Dekontee L. & Dr. Ayele A. Johnson Pastors

Drs. Dennis W. & Christine Y. Wiley Pastors

Bishop Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. Senior Pastor

Rev. Cheryl J. Sanders, Th.D. Senior Pastor

Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.; Senior Bishop & Evangelist Susie C. Owens – Co-Pastor

4001 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 265-6147 Office 1-800 576-1047 Voicemail/Fax

3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax)

5757 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748 Office 301-899-8885 – fax 301-899-2555

1204 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 202-347-5889 office 202-638-1803 fax

610 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 529-4547 office • (202) 529-4495 fax

Service and Times Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship Service: 11:00am Communion Service: First Sunday Prayer Service/Bible Study: Tuesday, 6:30pm

Services and Times Sundays: 10:00am Worship Services Bible Study: Wonderful Wednesdays in Worship and the Word Bible Study Wednesdays 12:00 Noon; 6:30pm (dinner @ 5:30pm) Sunday School: 9:00am – Hour of Power

Blessed Word of Life Church E-mail:

“An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.”

Campbell AME Church

Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 am Sunday Church School: 8:45 am Bible Study Wednesday: 12:00 Noon Wednesday: 7:00 pm Thursday: 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE - Washington, DC 20020

Services and Times Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Worship: 11:00am Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: Wed. 7:30pm

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Sunday Worship Service: 8 AM and 10:45am Sunday Youth Worship Services: 1st & 4th 10:45am; 804 R.I. Ave., NE 5th 8 AM & 10:45am; Main Church Prayer Services Tuesday – Noon, Wednesday 6am & 6:30pm Calvary Bible Institute: Year-Round Contact Church Communion Every 3rd Sunday The Church in The Hood that will do you Good!

St Marks Baptist Come Worship with us... Dr. Raymond T. Matthews Pastor and First Lady Marcia Matthews St. Mark's Baptist Church 624 Underwood Street, NW Washington, dc 20011 Services and Times Sunday School: 9:00am Worship Service: 10:00am Wed. Noon Day prayer service Thur. Prayer service: 6:45pm Thur. Bible Study: 7:15pm

Reverend Dr. Paul H. Saddler Senior Pastor (Disciples of Christ) 1812 12th Street, NW - Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-265-4494 Fax: 202 265 4340 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 am Communion every Sunday: 11:00 am Sunday School: 10:00 am Bible Study Tuesday: 12 Noon Pastor’s Bible Study Tuesday: 6:30 pm Motto: “Discover Something Wonderful” Website: Email:

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Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Rev. John W. Davis Pastor

Joseph N. Evans, Ph.D Senior Pastor

5101 14th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 202-726-2220/ 202-726-9089

901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423

Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday School: 9:15am Holy Communion 4th Sunday 10:00am Prayer and Bible Study Wednesday 7:00pm TV Ministry –Channel 6 Wednesday 10:00pm

Services and Times Sunday Early Morning Worship: 7:45am Church School: 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:45am Tuesday: 7:00pm/Kingdom Building Bible Institute Wednesday: Prayer/Praise/Bible Study-7:30 pm Baptism & Communion Service: 4th Sunday – 10:30am

Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 2nd Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:20 a.m. Seniors Bible Study: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Noon Day Prayer Service: Tuesdays at Noon Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Motto: “A Ministry of Reconciliation Where Everybody is Somebody!” Website: Church Email:

Twelfth Street Christian Church

Rev. Dr. Henry Y. White 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., SE - Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Email:

Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

Service and Times Sunday Church School : 9:00am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:10am Bible Study Tuesday: 6: 00pm Prayer Service Tuesday: 7:00pm Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday 10:10am

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RELIGION Shabbath Commandment Church

All Nations Baptist Church

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

Bishop Adrian A. Taylor, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

7801 Livingston Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-534-5471

2001 North Capitol St, N.E. - Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202) 832-9591

2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730

Service and Times Sabbath School 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Service 11:00 a.m. Praise & Worship Preaching 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Motto: “A Church Keeping It Real for Real.” Website: Email:

Zion Baptist Church Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor 4850 Blagdon Ave, NW - Washington D.C 20011 Phone (202) 722-4940 - Fax (202) 291-3773 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:15AM Sunday School: 9:00am Monday: Noon Bible School Wednesday: Noon & 7PM: Pastor’s Bible Study Ordinance of Baptism 2nd Holy Communion 4th Sunday Mission Zion Baptist Church Shall; Enlist Sinners, Educate Students, Empower the Suffering, Encourage the Saints, and Exalt Our Savior. (Acts 2:41-47)

St. Luke Baptist Church Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor 1415 Gallatin Street, NW Washington, DC 20011-3851 P: (202) 726-5940 Service and Times Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion: 11:00 a.m., 3rd Sun. Bible Institute: Wednesday - 1:30 pm Prayer Meeting: Wednesday - 12:00 Noon

Service and Times Sunday Church School – 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 AM Holy Communion – 1st Sunday at 11:00 AM Prayer – Wednesdays, 6:00 PM Bible Study – Wednesdays, 7:00 PM Christian Education School of Biblical Knowledge Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Call for Registration Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

Israel Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert Senior Pastor

2409 Ainger Pl.,SE – WDC 20020 (202) 678-0884 – Office - (202) 678-0885 – Fax “Come Grow With Us and Establish a Blessed Family”

623 Florida Ave.. NW - WDC. 20001 Church (202) 667-3409 Study (202) 265-0836 Home Study (301) 464-8211 Fax (202) 483-4009

4504 Gault Place, N.E. Washington, D.C 20019 202-397-7775 – 7184

Service and Times Sunday Worship: 7:30am & 10:45am Baptism/Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday Family Bible Study Tuesdays – 6:30pm Prayer Service: Tuesdays – 8:00pm

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Lincoln Park United Methodist Church

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Rev. Dr. Diane Dixon Proctor Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms Pastor

1251 Saratoga Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 (202) 269-0288

1301 North Carolina Ave. N E Washington, D C 20002 202 543 1318 -

5606 Marlboro Pike District Heights, MD 20747 301-735-6005

Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M. Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.

Service and Times Sunday Worship: 10: am Holy Communion: First Sunday 10: am Sunday School: 9: am Bible Study: Wednesday @ 12 noon and 6:30pm Motto: “A CHURCH ON THE GROW”.

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

Eastern Community Baptist Church

Service and Times Sunday Apostolic Worship Services 11:00 A.M and 5:00 P.M Communion and Feet Wash 4th Sunday at 5:00 P.M Prayer/Seeking: Wednesday at 8:00 P.M. Apostolic in Doctrine, Pentecostal in Experience, Holiness in Living, Uncompromised and Unchanged. The Apostolic Faith is still alive –Acts 2:42

New Commandment Baptist Church

Dr. Lucius M. Dalton Senior Pastor

Damion M. Briggs Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor

1636 East Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20003 Telephone: 202-544-5588 - Fax: 202-544-2964

8213 Manson Street Landover, MD 20785 Tel: (301) 322-9787 Fax: (301) 322-9240

13701 Old Jericho Park Road Bowie, MD. 20720 (301) 262-0560

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 7:45 am and 10:45 am Holy Communion: 1st Sundays at 7:45 am & 10:45 am Sunday School: 9:30 am Prayer & Praise Service: Tuesdays at 12 noon & 6:30 pm Bible Study: Tuesdays at 1 pm and 7 pm Youth Bible Study: Fridays at 7 pm

Service and Times Early Morning Message: 7:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 AM Sunday Church School: 9:00 AM Holy Communion: 1st Sunday 7:30 AM & 10:00 AM Prayer, Praise and Testimony: Wednesday 7:00 PM Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30 PM

Service and Times Sunday Worship: 11 AM Sunday School: 10 AM Wednesday Mid-Week Worship, Prayer & Bible Study: Wed. 7 PM

Rehoboth Baptist Church

“Real Worship for Real People” Website: Email:

Salem Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

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St. Matthews Baptist Church

Service and Times Sunday School: 9:30 am Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 am Baptismal Service: 1st Sunday – 9:30 am Holy Communion: 1st Sunday – 11:00 am Prayer Meeting & Bible Study: Wednesday -7:30 pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church

“A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Church School: 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Holy Communion: Every First Sunday Intercessory Prayer: Monday – 7:00-8:00 p.m. Pastor’s Bible Study: Wednesday –7:45 p.m. Midweek Prayer: Wednesday – 7:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer Every Thursday

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Service and Times 9:30AM. Sunday Church School 11:00 Am. Sunday Worship Service The Lord’s Supper 1st Sunday Wednesday 7:00pm Prayer & Praise Services 7:30pm. Bible Study Saturday before 4th Sunday Men, Women, Youth Discipleship Ministries 10:30am A Christ Centered Church

Christ Embassy DC

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor 2616 MLK Ave., SE - Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 - Fax 202-678-3304 Service and Times Early Worship Service: 7:30a.m Worship Service: 10:45a.m. New Members Class: 9:30a.m. Holy Communion : 1st Sunday -10:45a.m Church School: 9:30a.m. Prayer, Praise and Bible Study: Wednesday 7p.m Bible Study : Saturday: 11a.m. Baptism: 4th Sunday – 10:45a.m “Empowered to love and Challenged to Lead a Multitude of Souls to Christ”

Peace Baptist Church

Kelechi Ajieren Coordinator 6839 Eastern Avenue, R1 Takoma Park, MD 20912 (202) 556-7065 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 P.M. Friday Evening Service: 7:00 P.M. ; Last Friday “…Giving Your Life a Meaning”

Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell 712 18th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone 202-399-3450/ Fax 202-398-8836 Service and Times Sunday Morning Worship Service: 7:15 am & 10:50 am Sunday School: 9:30am Wednesday Prayer & Testimonies Service: 7:30pm Wednesday School of the Bible: 8:00pm Wednesday - Midweek Prayer Service: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rev. Dr. Kendrick E. Curry Pastor 3000 Pennsylvania Ave.. S.E Washington, DC 20020 202 581-1500 Service and Times Sunday Church School: 9:30 A.M. Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday Adult Bible Study: 7:00 P.M. Wednesday Youth & Adult Activities: 6:30 P.M. Prayer Service Bible Study

“The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address

Shiloh Baptist Church

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor

Rev. Curtis l. Staley Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

Rev. Reginald M. Green, Sr. Interim Pastor

Rev. Dr. H. B. Sampson, III Pastor

Worshiping Location Knights of Columbus - 1633 Tucker Road Fort Washington, MD 20744 (240) 838-7074

621 Alabama Ave., S.E.- Washington, D.C. 20032 P: (202) 561-1111 - F: (202) 561-1112

917 N St. NW - Washington, DC 20001 (202) 232-4294

9th & P Street, N.W. - W. D.C. 20001 (202) 232-4288

Service and Times Sunday Service: 10 am Sunday School for all ages: 8:30 am 1st Sunday Baptism: 10: am 2nd Sunday Holy Communion:10 am Tuesday: Bible Study: 6:30 pm Prayer Meeting: 7:45 pm

Service and Times Sunday Morning Prayer Service: 8:00 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship: 10:40 a.m. Third Sunday Baptismal & Holy Communion:10:30 a.m. Tuesday Church At Study Prayer & Praise: 6:30 p.m.

Service and Times First Sunday Worship Service (one service):   10:00 a.m. Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sunday Worship service:  7:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Sunday Church School/Bible Study:  9:30 a.m. Thursday Prayer Service:  6:30 p.m.

602 N Street NW - Washington, D.C. 20001 Office:(202) 289-4480 Fax: (202) 289-4595

2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 - Fax: (202) 529-7738 Service and Times Worship Service: 7:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:30 a.m. & 10:30a.m. Prayer Services:Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 12 Noon

Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 10:00 am Sunday School: 9:00 am Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer / Bible Study: 6:15 pm - 7:20 pm (Tuesday) Theme: “The Kingdom Focused Church” Matthew 6:33 and Mathew 28:18-20, KJV Email: Website:

Motto: “Where God is First and Where Friendly People Worship”


The Church Where GOD Is Working.... And We Are Working With GOD

Email: Website:


Service and Times Sunday Worship Services: 7:45am & 11:00am Sunday School For All Ages: 9:30am Prayer Services: Wednesday 11:30am & 6:45pm Bible Institute: Wednesday at Noon & 7:45pm Email: Website: “Changing Lives On Purpose “ For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.

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LEGAL NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration Number 2015 ADM 1483 Estate of Vernise Y. Steadman Toler Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Lesa P. Horton for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. Admit to probate the will date October 26, 2006 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses or otherwise appoint Lesa P. Horton personal representative of this estate.

Date of first publication: November 17, 2016 Barbara J. Mann., Esq. 903 Hamilton St., NE Washington, DC 20011 Petitioner/Attorney




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Administration No. 2016 ADM 1302

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1285

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1336

Nettie H. Parker Decedent

Rhoda Louise Calloway Decedent



Gwendolyn Blair and Janet Blair, whose addresses are 5732 Eastern Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20011 and 15870 Camino, San Bernardo, #27, San Diego, CA 92127, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Jessie Blair who died on August 28, 2016 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 17, 2017. 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 17, 2017, 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.

Bessie Johnson, whose address is 209 N. Huron Dr., Oxon Hill, MD 20745, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Nettie H. Parker who died on June 25, 2016 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 17, 2017. 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 17, 2017, 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.

Dwayne Cornelius Williamson, whose address is 3644 Bangor St., SE, Washington, DC 20020 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Rhoda Louise Calloway who died on July 13, 2016 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 24, 2017. 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 24, 2017, 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 first publication: November 17, 2016

Date of first publication: November 17, 2016

Date of first publication: November 24, 2016

Gwendolyn Blair Janet Blair Personal Representatives

Bessie Johnson. Personal Representative

Dwayne Cornelius Williamson Personal Representative




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LEGAL NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2016 ADM 352 LeRoy J. Brown Decedent Peter D. Antonoplos 1725 DeSales Street, NW #600 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Denise Thomas, whose address is 6107 Bayside Key Drive, Tampa, FL 33615, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of LeRoy J. Brown who died on September 24, 2104 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 1, 2017. 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 June 1, 2017, 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 first publication: December 1, 2016 Denise Thomas Personal Representative

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Administration No. 2016 ADM 1322

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1334

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1364

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1349

Foreign No. 2016 FEP 126

Dorothy L. Harrod Decedent

Carol P. James Decedent

Gloria Rose Dunn Decedent

Larry C. Williams, Esq. 7600 Georgia Avenue, NW, Suite 405 Washington, DC 20012 Attorney

Peter D. Antonoplos, Esq. 1725 DeSales Street, NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney



Date of first publication: December 1, 2016

Michelyn C. Kemp, whose address is 10676 Dorr Lane, #A, Athens, OH 45701, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Carol P. James who died on May 4, 2016 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 1, 2017. 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 June 1, 2017, 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.

Everaett Wayne Watson, whose address is 11816 Archwood Street, North Hollywood, CA 91606, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Gloria Rose Dunn who died on November 23, 2008 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 1, 2017. 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 June 1, 2017, 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.

Patricia G. Swinson Personal Representative

Date of first publication: December 1, 2016

April 18, 2016 Date of Death Charles Norman Stephens Name of Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Sarah C. Pinkney whose address is 104 Downey Hill Lane, Greer, SC 29650 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Charles Norman Stephens, deceased, by the Probate Court for Greenville County, State of South Carolina, on July 13, 2016. Service of process may be made upon Robert L. Bell, 245 Farragut Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Columbia real property: 3018 25th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20018, Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills of the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. Date of first publication: December 1, 2016 Sarah C. Pinkney Personal Representative Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Peter D. Antonoplos, Esq. 1725 DeSales Street, NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Patricia G. Swinson, whose address is 1617 Minnesota Ave., Washington, DC 20020, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Dorothy L. Harrod who died on June 29, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 1, 2017. 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 June 1, 2017, 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.

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Michelyn C. Kemp Personal Representative

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Charles Ludington Bell Decedent

Date of first publication: December 1, 2016 Everaett Wayne Watson Personal Representative

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James S. Bubar, Attorney 1776 K Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Samuel Bell, III, Nicholas Sanford Bell, & Anne Tiffany Bell, whose addresses are 41 River Terrace, Apt. 2002, NY, NY 10282 & 255 W. 23rd St., Apt. 6EE, NY, NY 10011 & 463 Greenwich St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10013 were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Charles Ludington Bell who died on September 1, 2016 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., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 1, 2017. 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 June 1, 2017, 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 first publication: December 1, 2016 Samuel Bell, III Nicholas Sanford Bell Tiffany Bell Personal Representatives TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills

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Marie Jean-Pois Alphonse Decedent Cheryl Johnson, Esq. Paley Rothman-4800 Hampden Lane, 6th Fl. Bethesda, MD 20814 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Myma Alphonse Newman, whose address is 7504 Belgravia Lane, Hyattsville, MD 20785, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Marie Jean-Pois Alphonse who died on July 12, 2014 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 1, 2017. 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 June 1, 2017, 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 first publication: December 1, 2016 Myma Alphonse Newman Personal Representative

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regimes. He dispatched doctors across the world to non-aligned nations, earning friends and saving lives. In 1975, he launched an audacious airlift of Cuban troops to repel the South African invasion of Angola, marking the beginning of the end for apartheid. He celebrated Mandela while the U.S. government was supporting the apartheid government and labeling Mandela a terrorist. In 1959, Castro came to the United Nations in New York City. He chose to stay in the Hotel Teresa in Harlem and met with Malcolm X, acts scorned as a publicity stunt. But in 1959, African Americans couldn't stay in white hotels across the South. We lived under the American version of apartheid. Neighborhoods across the country were redlined by race. Castro was the first Cuban leader to recognize his country's large black population, descended from slaves, and to help integrate them into national life. Castro's embrace of civil rights was an electric message across the black community in the U.S. When I first met Castro in 1984, I found him to be a magnetic personality, a brilliant mind and a proud leader. I was told I couldn't talk to him about reli-

Florida, he said. On the Cuban island, there is almost universal literacy, the longest life expectancy, and lowest infant mortality rate in all the Caribbean and Latin America, yet U.S. propagandists have characterized Western abstracts like access to the internet — paid for with a price of huge concessions to Western interests — and other "liberties," which U.S. economic sanctions make all but impossible for the country to afford, it is their absence which fuels discontent against their "dictatorial" government. Early on, Castro gave refuge to Williams, a North Carolina NAACP leader who sought exile after authoring a book, "Negroes


gion. We talked for hours. He told me he had once loved the church and thought of it as a center of activism and social justice, not just piety. But when he came down out of the mountains after defeating the brutal dictator, he was shocked and heartbroken to find the priests armed and ready to kill to defend the graveyards of the rich. I reminded him of Dr. Martin Luther King and the other theologians of liberation, and Castro came to church with me in Havana. It was the first time Castro had gone to church in 27 years. I had to remind him to take off his hat and put out his cigar. We laughed and settled in for the service. I was told he wouldn't talk about political prisoners. We talked, and he released 48 prisoners to me. In later years, Castro's government cooperated with the U.S. in countering terrorism. His health and education systems became the envy of much of the hemisphere. He was hero and mentor to a new generation of populist nationalists across the hemisphere — from Hugo Chavez in Venezuela to Evo Morales in Bolivia. Castro's legacy is surely mixed. Under constant threat from abroad, he jailed political enemies, suppressed free speech and trampled on rights. Cuba's economy stagnated, particularly after the

Soviet Union fell apart, but it survived despite being cut off from a major logical trading partner. U.S. enmity helped make Castro a global hero, a symbol of the possibility of independence for developing nations, but it inflicted great costs upon the Cuban people. The U.S. recognized and traded with the Soviet Union, with communist China, with brutal regimes from Saudi Arabia to Pinochet's Chile, but the embargo against Cuba went on and on. When Barack Obama came to the White House, he discovered that instead of isolating Castro, the embargo was isolating the U.S. in our own hemisphere. After nearly 60 years of a frozen failed policy, the U.S. finally has started small steps toward normal relations. We shouldn't be naive. Castro was no saint; the Cuban regime was repressive and wrong-headed about many things. But we shouldn't view Castro solely from the perspective of those who fled the revolution or of the Cold Warriors and covert operators who spent decades trying to bring him down. We won't understand the perversity of our own policies if we don't understand why Castro's leadership is celebrated across much of the world. WI

restrictive housing practices," the CBC letter stated. This is clearly a violation of the law. The NNPA agrees with the CBC. This practice must be stopped immediately. Today, we all should remain vigilant and committed to stand up and speak out against all instances of racial and ethnic discrimination. Facebook needs to right this wrong. The online and digital worlds should not

be permissive of racism. With all the technological advances to hopefully ensure that the quality of life of all people will ultimately be enhanced in the U.S. and throughout the world, we must strive to identify, call out and stop racism wherever it may arise. Therefore, we call upon Facebook to stop its digital racism and its "Ethnic Affinities" discriminatory program. WI

With Guns," advocating armed self-defense by black communities. Castro allowed Cuba to be a temporary refuge for Black Panther Party members, and to Assata Shakur, a black revolutionary who escaped from prison, who has permanent protected status there. I get it that most people in this country consider my heroes to be villains. I'm sorry, they are wrong. President Obama, who has moved to normalize relations with this country's island neighbor, was compassionate, for which he was roundly criticized in this country. "We know that this moment fills Cubans — in Cuba and in the United States — with power-

ful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families and of the Cuban nation," Obama said. "History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him. "Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro's family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people," Obama said. "In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America." Fidel Castro, the Commandant of the Revolution, has joined his ancestors. Viva Fidel! WI










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