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Obama Portraits Unveiled at National Portrait Gallery By Eve M. Ferguson WI Contributing Writer A hushed murmur of conversations filled the Atrium at the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. on Monday, as a crowd of political and showbiz heavyweights awaited the much-anticipated unveiling of the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama. The portraits by Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald and Brooklyn-based artist Kehinde Wiley stood side by side, draped in fabric, waiting to be revealed by the former president and first lady, who personally did the honors with the artists by their sides. In front of such entertainment luminaries as Steven Spielberg, C.C.H. Pounder, Gail King and Michelle Norris and political figures Joe Biden

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Flu Continues to Rise in DMV Area By Tatyana Hopkins WI Staff Reporter

all Americans can show their appreciation.” CNBC commentator Jake Novak said that while many have weighed in against a show of military power down Pennsylvania Avenue, he understood why such an event would appeal to Trump. “The Bastille Day parade isn’t exactly like the Nazi or Soviet military parades of the past,” Novak wrote in a February 8 editorial. “The stars of the French parade aren’t the politicians or even the weapons, but the actual troops and military veterans.

Nationwide, the 2017-2018 flu season is getting worse and is now as severe as the swine flu epidemic of 2009. The amount of flu activity in D.C., Maryland and Virginia also continues to increase as the epidemic spreads across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent flu monitoring revealed that flu activity in Maryland and Virginia was “widespread” and “local” in D.C., which is the highest level of activity the city can report. Within a week D.C. saw 339 new cases of the flu reported by hospitals, and Maryland and Virginia reported increased emergency room visits for flu-related illness. Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. It can be severe, and possibly life-threatening, for young children and the weak. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. Some may also have vomiting and diarrhea. “Our latest tracking data indicate that influenza activity is still on the rise overall,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC director. “In fact, we may be on track to beat some recent records.” So far, this flu season has not reached historic levels, but it is on par with the 2014-2015 season, which was the worst in recent years, and experts say they

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5 Former U.S. President Barack Obama stands with his portrait by Kehinde Wiley (left), oil on canvas and his wife Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama stands with her portrait by Amy Sherald (right), oil on linen, 2018 during the unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Northwest on Monday, Feb. 12. /Photo by Pete Souza

Norton, Vets Scoff at Trump’s Proposed Military Parade By S.Y. Sherman Special to The Informer

5 A large crowd of Nikki Giovanni’s admirers who could not get in to hear her at Busboys and Poets in Northwest on Saturday, Feb. 10, stood in the rain to listen from the restaurant’s outside speakers. /Photo by Roy Lewis

Despite President Donald Trump asking the Pentagon to organize a military parade that resembled the iconic processions of France’s Bastille Day, local leaders and veterans have voiced both concern and ire over the prospects. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president supports “America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe.” The parade would afford, according to Sanders, “a celebration at which

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had come together to bring a As part of an ongoing celebration recognizing the 200th anniversary of Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are the birthL.Y. of Frederick orator, statesman, abolitionist and one When Marlow'sDouglass, 23-year- an domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, of America’s greatest champions for individual Mayor Muriel Bowser old daughter told her the father survivors liberty, are treated. more rights for victim's families broke ground on Tuesday, Feb. 13 on the new Frederick Memorial of her daughter threatened her “She's using her Douglass own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicBridge Southeast. initiative another step in the mayor’s life, andin the life of The their child, marks story, her own personal paincommitto tim, a domestic violence assessment to improving thehad city’stoinfrastructure is part of the South Capitol she knew something be push and forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further Street Corridor Project – the largest public infrastructure project in the histodone. Out of her frustration said about Marlow. training for law enforcement ry oflaw theenforcement's District’s Department that includes replacement with handlingof Transportation Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecthe 68-year-old bridge and reconstruction of the Suitlandbook Parkway/I-295 ofof the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's will tion Act and mandatory counselinterchange. start the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. Bowser says the project will create jobs transitthe between whiletoalso serving paign. caseand in improve such a way, averageAnacostia “Ifand we downtown are ever going eradias“It an example federal-local funding partnership. Bowser by members of Congress and the seems toofbea significant a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at thewas joined cate domestic violence, we must D.C. council Charles andat Trayon Christothat won't including: turn myEleanor familyHolmes endNorton, of the Steny day, Hoyer, the book willAllen look bothWhite sides as ofwell theascoin. pher Lawson, DC said. Division Administrator, Federal begin Highway Administration andneed Jeff Marootian, director, loose,” Marlow Marlow help people to have a dia- We to address both the DDOT. vicshared her story with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow ence at the District Heights Also present at the event was said. Domestic Violence Symposium Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see on May 7 at the District Heights wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise Maryland’s leadingamong public children universityinconMunicipal Center. The sympo- who was sentenced to six consecawareness tinues to disproportionately enroll fewerShe Black sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. student as compared to the state’s population, Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educataccording to data releasedviolence. by a non-profit Center of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed aboutjust domestic news isorganization that to focuses on education, Heights and the National Hook- 2002. Mildred Muhammad “We have stop being pasThe Hechinger Report. In Maryland, Blacks Up of Black Women. the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilmade up 36 students with highthe school diplomas but (in 2015) only 12 Marlow haspercent writtenofa those book,matriculating an organization that helps dren about domestic violence,” percentMe of the freshman classisata thesurvivors Universityofofdomestic Maryland,violence College Park [UMDCP]. “Color Butterfly,” which Marlow said. Many educators say they’re particularly concernedofsinceand taxpayer-funded like UMDCP weretocreated story about four generations their children. flagship universities, Marlow has worked break to domestic violence. The book is provide affordable, attainable education for state residents. “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, inspired bythe hernumber own experiences, In fact, of Black first-time the campus to a five-year Only years instudents fear is aatlong time. Ithas is dropped and is confident the low. policies she10.8 and thoseof of grandmother, percent theher university’s first-timenot self-described minority students as Black. Students an easy thing to come out identify is pushing for will start continue that her motherdoubts and her daughter. of,”commitment she said. to diversity and inclusiveness, to express about the college’s process. despite the recent influx She saidmillion every for timenew shediversity reads measures. Mildred Muhammad said “I plan to take these policies to of $3.8 excerpts from her book, she still people want more to help a Congress implore them to a Meanwhile, with tension between races who becoming prevalent across theand U.S., students seeking can notwelcoming believe theenvironment words camehavedomestic victim –must change our at laws,” Marlow said. more begun toviolence look elsewhere most significantly America’s historically from “Color Butterfly” be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these poliBlackher. colleges andMe universities. won the 2007 National “Best the victim's life, and understand cies are passed.” Books” Award. that she may be in “survival Tia Carol Jones can be reached “I was just 16-years-old when mode”. at my eye first blackened and my “Before you get to 'I'm going lipsWith bled,”the Marlow said. to you,' it to started as aaverbal Metro board of directors kill scheduled approve fiscal year WI Elaine Davis-Nickens, 2019 budget next month,presithe transit agency has projected a decrease of dent of the National Hook-Up $20 million, or 2.6 percent, in revenue. The board’s Finance CommitofteeBlack Women, said there is no Thursday, Feb. 8 to review figures preheld a budget work session consistency in the administrators. way domestic Although Metrorail ridership remains sented by budget violence issues are dealt with by fiscal year compared to the prior year, steady from the first half of this it decreased by nearly 9 percent for bus service. Reasons cited include: decreases in federal and contractor workforce; more telework and alternative work schedules for the region’s employees; and low gas prices. Metro CEO and general manager Paul Wiedefeld has pleaded for officials from D.C., Maryland and Virginia to produce long-term, dedicated funding. For now, fare increases and services cuts are proposed to remain the same for the fiscal year that begins July 1. “We are trying to be a lot more careful and a lot more thoughtful as we think of where we expect ridership to be,” said Metro’s Chief Financial Officer Dennis Anosike.

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We have to stop being passive-aggressive with poor children about domestic violence. I plan to take these policies to Congress and MD Lawmakers Want Voters to Determine Fate of Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuanathem Use to change our implore Two Maryland lawmakers from Montgomery County want voters willto make notrecreational stopmarijuana untillegal. to decide inlaws. November I whether The proposal from Sen. William C. Smith, Jr. and Delegate David are passed. Moon wouldthese amend thepolicies state constitution to include cannabis. A


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Lineup Set for Citywide Spelling Bee on March 17 By Sarafina Wright WI Staff Writer The Intermediate Bees — affectionately known as the Cluster Bees — went round for round as the District’s top spellers made an effort to be finalist in the citywide Spelling Bee next month. For three days last week, spellers competed at Langley Elementary School in Northeast yielding winners from several different rounds that will meet again on March 17 at NBC Studios for the televised taping of the Spelling Bee. The winner will compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee celebrating its 90th year this May in Washington, D.C.


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1965 – Famed singer Nat King Cole dies in Santa Monica, California, of lung cancer at 45. 1968 – Henry Lewis becomes the first black to head a major U.S. symphony orchestra when he takes over the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

1997 – Virginia’s House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state song, “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny,” which glorifies slavery.

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1895 – Famed social activist and abolitionist Frederick Douglass dies of a heart attack in Washington, D.C., at 70. FEB. 16 1857 – Frederick Douglass is elected president of 1900 – John Frederick Pickering receives patent for the airship. Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company. 1923 – Blues singer Bessie Smith records her first 1927 – Sidney Poitier, the first African-American single, “Down Hearted Blues,” which was later in- to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, is born in cluded in the inaugural National Recording Registry Miami. 1937 – Grammy-winning singer Nancy Wilson is of the Library of Congress. 1972 – Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first player born in Chillicothe, Ohio. in NBA history to score 30,000 points.


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Music legend Quincy Jones recently gave a revealing interview to Vulture where he claimed to know who killed JFK, that Michael Jackson was greedy and that he once dated Ivanka Trump. What are your thoughts? LAVENIA PITTS / BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA

Maaan … I wanted to grab a cocktail and pull up a chair up for more conversation. I can just imagine the things he didn’t say!


Quincy Jones has been around for a long time and has rubbed elbows with the best that Hollywood has to offer. Believe what he is saying. He’s only saying things now because someone asked him. When was the last time you saw a Quincy Jones interview? More so, when was the last time you saw a Quincy Jones interview where he was spilling tea? Didn’t think so.


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Disparaging the names of dead folks. They can’t even defend themselves. Quincy you are a … gem. Wow! Just have a whole stadium of seats, sit down and be quiet. You couldn’t say none of this stuff when those folks were alive? That’s awfully cowardly.



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Oh my God, I love this! If you’ve done any research on half the stuff he’s saying, you know it’s true. And let’s face it, he’s got nothing to lose. Ha! Get it, old man!

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AROUND THE REGION educators awarded for stellar service 3 Mayor Muriel Bowser, presents the principal of Whittier School Campus Tenia Pritchard with the 2017 DC Public Schools Principal of the Year award on Thursday, Feb. 8 in Southwest. /Photo by Roy Lewis 6 Wyclef Jeans celebrates teachers during the Education Fund Standing Ovation program on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Anthem in Southwest. / Photo Roy Lewis

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Wheaton Public Improvements is a 315,000 sf, 14 story office building located in the heart of downtown Wheaton, across Georgia Ave from the Wheaton Metro Stop. It is being constructed on top of a portion of the existing Public Parking Lot 13, bordered to the north by existing parking lot, to the south by Reedie Ave, to the east by Triangle Lane and to the west by Grandview Ave and is located half of a block off Georgia Ave.

5 Wyclef Jean presents third grade teacher at Walker-Jones Education Campus Tumeka Coleman, with the 2017 DC Public Schools Teacher of the Year award at the DC Education Fund Standing Ovations event on Thursday, Feb. 8 in Southwest. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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‘GO RED FOR WOMEN’ PROMOTES HEART DISEASE AWARENESS There was a sea of red dresses backstage at the Hammerstein Ballroom Thursday, Feb. 8 as women from all facets of the entertainment industry came together for a good cause. Each woman had her special reason for walking the ramp including gospel great CeCe Winans whose brother Ronald, died from heart disease in 2005 at the age of 48. But one thing for sure the audience could feel the love and support at this year’s 2018 American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women™ Red Dress Collection,” presented by Macy’s. This year’s show was hosted by Marisa Tomei with 17 celebrities walking in the show including: Ginger Zee, Kate Walsh, Kathy Ireland, Lea Salonga, Lynn Whitfield, Marion Ross, Tatyana Ali and Zuri Hall. Lea Salonga kicked off the show with a musical performance; EnVogue wrapped things up in old school style. /Photo courtesy Mark Von Holden


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AROUND THE REGION OBAMA from Page 1 and Eric Holder, the Obamas were introduced by Smithsonian Institution Secretary David Skorton, who pointed out that the unveiling was also happening on the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, who once attributed his victory in the presidential election to a photographic portrait by Matthew Brady. “Today that photograph is on display here at the National Portrait Gallery,” Skorton said. “Lincoln probably gave Brady too much credit, but his comment reflected something that was true back them and remains true more than a century and a half later. Presidential portraits have a particular power to capture the public imagination, to move people to think about America’s leaders, and indeed, American society itself in new and unexpected ways. This is why the Portrait Gallery has collected presidential portraits for 50 years, and has widely expanded that collection to include the nation’s first ladies. We’re excited to continue both those traditions today.” The first portrait to be unveiled was that of Michelle Obama, who along with Sherald, revealed the greyscale image of her seated with her hand on her chin and a long gown wrapping her legs. Using a palette of gray and blue tones punctuated with white and colors at the

base of the sweeping skirt, Sherald gave a nod to the designer, Michelle Smith. But she also noted that the pattern at the base paid tribute to the African-American quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. In keeping with the artist’s style of using grays for skin tones of African Americans, her portraits are stylized archetypes, often conveying determined and defiant expressions, as Michelle Obama’s gaze related a resilient nature. In her usual gracious manner, Michelle Obama admitted to being “a little overwhelmed.” “I have so many thoughts and feelings rolling around inside me now,” she said. “I am humbled, I am honored and I am proud. But most of all I am so incredibly grateful to all the people who came before me in this journey. The folks who built the foundation upon which I stand. I don’t think there is anyone in my family who has ever had their portrait done, let alone any portrait that would be hanging in the National Gallery. But all those folks who let me be here today are with us physically and in spirit.” She referenced her grandparents, Rebecca and Purnell Shields, and LaVaughn and Fraser Robinson Jr.. She also paid tribute to her late father, Fraser C. Robinson III, and her mother, Marion Robinson, who sat in the front row in support of her

daughter and son-in-law. “They were all intelligent, highly capable men and women,” the first lady said of her ancestors. “They had the kind of work ethic that usually destines people for greatness. But their generations were limited because of the color of their skin. “But I am also thinking about all the young people,” she continued. “Particularly girls, and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place, and they will look up and see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution. I know the impact it will have on their lives, because I was one of those girls. I think about those future generations and generations past, and I say, ‘Wow.’ What an incredible journey we are on together in this country. We have come so far and, yes, as we see today, we have a lot more work to do. But we have every reason to be hopeful and proud.” The former president also seemed humbled, saying — in typical self-deprecating fashion — that he lacked the “hotness” of his wife. Stating that he misses the public, in his casual and humorous way, Obama also recognized Marion Robinson as the “rock and foundation of our family.” “Like Michelle, I have never had my portrait done,” he quipped, adding that his high school yearbook

photo “was no great shakes.” “[Michelle and I] had an immediate connection with the two artists sitting here today,” he said. “Kehinde and I bonded, maybe not in the same way as the whole ‘sister girl’ thing. He and I had different sartorial decisions, but we did find that we did have several things in common. We both had American mothers who raised us with extraordinary love and support. And we both had African fathers who had been absent in our lives. And in some ways, our journeys involved searching for them and figuring out what that meant. “I ended up writing about that journey and channeling it into the work that I do — because I cannot paint,” he said, injecting a laugh into every line. “I was always struck by, whenever I saw his portraits, the degree to

which they challenged our conventional views of power and privilege,” Obama said. “The way that he would take extraordinary care, and precision and vision in recognizing the beauty and the grace and the dignity of people who are so often invisible in our lives, and put them on a grand stage, on a grand scale, and force us to look and see them in ways that so often they were not.” He gave credit to those foundational family members but also “people who helped to build this country, and people who helped to build this capital. People, who to this day, make sure this place is clean at night, and who serve you food, and take out the garbage, and do all the other stuff that makes this country work, so often out of sight and out

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able to tell his story and get people to listen” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College in Towson. “He is someone with core Democratic values in his policy priority and positions, but it will be up to him to actually distinguish himself from the group.” During a phone interview Thursday, Feb. 8, Shea discussed housing, job and economic growth and education. Here are some of Shea’s thoughts, in his own words:

Shea: Education Key to Success By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill Baltimore attorney Jim Shea has never run for political office, but he does have experience when it comes to managing a large company and hundreds of people. The 65-year-old gubernatorial candidate from Owings Mills in Baltimore County worked as managing partner and later chaired Venable LLP, the largest law firm in the state of Maryland with nearly 700 lawyers in five cities. Shea stepped down as chairman last year to run for governor. Shea also served as a former chairman to the University of Maryland System’s Board of Regents. He criticized Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) program that uses public money for students to attend private schools. Shea called it “a constitutional right” to educate every child in the


state, but improving public schools must be the first priority. The Towson area native graduated from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia. The man who’s been married to his wife, Barbara, for 40 years, faces a major challenge in the June 26 Democratic primary against seven other candidates: Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III; Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; state Sen. Richard Madaleno of Montgomery County; former NAACP president Ben Jealous; tech entrepreneur Alec Ross; Krish Vignarajah, former policy adviser for first lady Michelle Obama; and Ralph Jaffe of Baltimore County. Shea has the second-highest amount of money among the Democrats with more than $1.3 million cash on hand, which includes more than $500,000 he contributed himself toward the campaign. “Jim Shea certainly needs to be

What we need is enforcement of the rules that we have on the books. It’s a constitutional right to be treated equally regardless of your race. When that is violated, the state and even private concerns should enforce those rules and laws. I think we need to replace the governor and that’s exactly the point. The governor is ultimately in charged in the enforcement of the laws of the state. We have a governor who does not have a priority at enforcing rights. I would have it as a priority in my office and all of the state agencies responsible. I don’t have a specific policy [on foreclosures], but I am very aware of the problem. It’s obvious something has to be done about it. These people who are in housing that is being foreclosed upon are in tough, financial situations and it doesn’t do anybody any good to have them foreclosed. It hurts the economy, it hurts them and it creates problems in its weight. In 2008, the big banks in New York and the Republican Party put us in a terrible pickle which cost a lot of people their jobs and their homes. Now that the economy has been improving, we ought to be in a position

to stem that tide. Our housing policies has led us into the situation we are in now with areas of concentrated poverty. A well-functioning housing program would have mixed-income housing. If you have good housing, then your health care costs are down. Your children are able to go to school healthier and better able to take on the studies that are in front of them. I think we need a serious, comprehensive and effective job creation, economic-development plan. Within the next couple of weeks, I will publish such a plan. It starts with a much more effective public educational system. All of these things are interconnected.


If Amazon [known as “HQ2,” or second headquarters] comes through with the [50,000] jobs that’s it promised, it will certainly add those jobs to Maryland. You have to examine at what cost. I don’t think it’s a simple proposition to give them a big pile of money and they give you [50,000] jobs. You have to examine very carefully how your allocating your financial set up. I have not seen the specific proposal, nor have I seen the cost benefit analysis, if any that [Hogan] has done. I would hope he’s done one. I would hope he has computed how much financial incentive he is giving and what ripple effect stems from that. What kind of financial [gain] he expects from that and has a good handle on that. I haven’t seen it. There are three pieces to [the] economic development plan that I’ve got. The first is to improve the educational system. The second is definitely improve the transportation system that will get people to

their jobs and will enable commerce to flow easily and freely through the state. Transportation improvements are all infrastructure improvements. That create jobs as you make the improvements, but it also creates an environment where more jobs can be had. There is a big loss in cancellation of the Red Line. There was a lot of transit-oriented development that was expected and always pop up around the various hubs and centers. If you added up all the development that was envisioned and would have taken place over time [for] the Red Line, the cancellation is way into the billions of dollars. I would definitely look for a resurrection of the Red Line. If that can’t be done, then an adequate substitute and transit-oriented development around it. The third is we need to increase startup [companies] and help small businesses. That’s where we grow jobs in this state. For the full version of this story, go to WI

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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY Md. Businesses Must Now Offer Paid Sick Leave By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill Maryland business owners began to offer paid sick leave to employees this week — a benefit that advocates say was long overdue for 700,000 workers in the state. The law, which went in effect Sunday, requires employers with 15 or more workers to offer up to five days of paid leave for an illness or to deal with situations of domestic violence, assault or stalking. It also allows an employee to use leave to aid a spouse, parent, child or sibling. Employees in a smaller environ-

ment with 14 or fewer co-workers can accrue unpaid leave. “This is a huge victory for more than 700,000 workers across Maryland who have waited long enough for paid sick leave,” Charly Carter, executive director of Maryland Working Families, said in a statement Friday. “We are declaring this the year of working women in Maryland and preserving paid sick leave is the first step to making that a reality.” The General Assembly approved legislation last year that would have ensured the sickleave law went into effect Jan. 1, but Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed the measure because he said it

would hurt small businesses. Lawmakers voted last month to override Hogan’s veto. But the Senate approved an emergency bill Thursday, Feb. 8 to delay implementation until July 1 as a way to give employers more time to prepare for the regulations. Delegate Dereck E. Davis (D-District 25) of Mitchellville, who chairs the committee, said the legislation has been discussed for six years and it’s now time to “continue with the state’s other business.” “We cannot continue to force

hardworking Marylanders to choose between staying at home [to] take care of themselves or a loved one [and receiving] a paycheck,” he said. “This has been thoroughly debated from all sides. There comes a time when it is at the end of a process.” The committee held a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 13 and discussed the Senate bill for about two hours. The committee plans to vote this week on whether to kill the bill. House Minority Whip Kathy

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5 Maryland Delegate Dereck E. Davis addresses a colleague during a Feb. 9 session in the House of Delegates chamber in Annapolis. /Photo by Demetrious Kinney

Fix Metro Now! Legislators in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are currently debating dedicated funding for Metro. For the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, the debate is simple: fund Metro now! Inaction is not an option: • Safe Track type delays will continue indefinitely • Estimated cost of rush hour (only) trip delays are estimated at between $153M and $235M annually • Passenger safety risks will continue to increase • Traffic congestion will continue and worsen • Expected loss of taxes to MD, VA, and DC, collectively, range from $1 billion to $2.3 billion after ten years; finally • Reasonable estimates of losses for a poorly functioning transportation system will easily exceed the required new revenue to achieve a state of good repair Each day, transporting hundreds of thousands of regional residents each day, Metro is the lifeline for workforce and economic development. In Washington, DC Metro stops have helped transform urban blight to urban vitality. In Virginia, the tech corridor would not exist without Metro; and in Maryland the Purple Line will connect Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties through creation of a bridge with the University of Maryland, NIH, and New Carrollton. If Metro becomes an antiquated, run down system the regional aspirations of becoming the nation’s thriving business corridor will diminish. Of course, this comes at a high cost, but Metro is worth it; and, if invested properly the dividend will outweigh the cost. Fix Metro Now and make this region the economic engine of the nation! Not a member? Please visit our website, or drop by for a visit to get started! Membership is good for a full calendar year, so it’s always a good time to join! David C. Harrington President & CEO Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce


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Montgomery County recently filed a lawsuit against more than a dozen opioid manufacturers and distributors of the deadly drugs, joining a long list of municipalities nationwide amid the country’s growing opioid epidemic. The lawsuit, filed Feb. 6 in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, alleges that companies deceptively marketed opioids as non-addictive and refused to report suspicious sales of the drugs, leading to “unprecedented opioid addiction.”

The companies named in the lawsuit include: Purdue Pharma, Cephalon, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Endo International, Endo Health Solutions and Endo Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Insys Therapeutics, Mallinckrodt and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corp. Several of the companies either denied the allegations or said they were working to stop suspicious drug orders and to ensure that the drugs they manufactured and distributed were used appropriately.

5 County Executive Ike Leggett, center, at a press conference Wednesday announcing Montgomery County has filed a federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. /Courtesy of Andrew Metcalf


June 12 was scheduled to be the final day of the school year for Montgomery County students, but a rough winter has forced schools officials to move the date back a day. The move to extend the year came after a recent letter from the school system’s superintendent Jack Smith, who said that the calendar hit a tipping point after icy weather conditions on Feb. 7 closed school for the day.

Smith said June 14 and 15 are available as makeup days if there are more weather cancellations. If even more days are needed, schools are also able to use Mar. 26 and 27. However, under state law, the county is not able to extend the year into late June due to Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order instructing schools to start their calendars after Labor Day and end by June 15. Citing Hogan’s order, county education officials adopted a new academic calendar that could potentially give students a shorter spring break next year, shortening the vacation from 10 days to six.


Montgomery County Public Schools rank near the bottom statewide when it comes to physical education time for elementary-age students, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. In an attempt to rectify this, Matt Slatkin and Shannon Spencer, two physical education teachers at Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington, are lobbying for more student exercise.

5 Two county teachers want to increase physical-education time for students. /Courtesy of Karen Kart via Twitter

Slatkin and Spencer are pushing for a statewide bill that would require state school districts to set aside 150 minutes per week for elementary-age students to exercise. Recess could account for 60 minutes of this total, but physical education classes would make up the remaining 90 minutes. As it stands, data collected by the department in January showed that the county’s elementary school students were getting between 30 and 60 minutes of weekly physical education time; however, no other jurisdiction in the state had schools providing less than 40 minutes of P.E. per week. WI

5 County students will now have to spend extra time in school this year due poor weather. /Courtesy of

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BUSINESS Local Company Receives Cybersecurity Grant By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer Cybersecurity is an important and growing concern — one that touches every economic sector and is essential for national security, said Max Shuftan, the program director of SANS CyberTalent at the SANS Institute in Maryland. Shuftan said cybersecurity effects the financial health and well-being of the global business community and consumers alike. “We are more connected to the internet than ever before,” Shuftan said. “It’s not just computers that

store valuable data and are connected to networks … when we use our smartphones, cars, wireless apps and a host of other devices, we put ourselves, our businesses and/or governmental organizations at risk.” The SANS Institute, noted by many as the world’s leading provider of cybersecurity training and certification, has been awarded an Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) implementation grant from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The $500,000 award for the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019,

will be used by SANS to develop and launch the SANS Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland. The Department of Labor and SANS will provide 80 qualified Maryland residents with full scholarships to a fast-track career in cybersecurity. Training will be held at various locations throughout the state in conjunction with online classes. Applications are now open and will close on March 8, officials said. Those interested should go to www. “Organizations are fighting hard to prevent costly breaches that have the power to tarnish a brand’s reputation as well as lead to losses of data, IP, consumer PII, and more,” Shuftan said. “The need for skilled cybersecurity professionals has never been more paramount and the constant talent shortage is a serious issue for all employer.” Funding from the grant allows for a three- to four-month accelerated cybersecurity training program that will offer students advanced technical training, industry-recognized certifications and hands-on cyber defense and incident handling skills that most Maryland employers seek, company officials said. SANS is collaborating with industry and nonprofits to support

5 African Americans, veterans and women will be among those who will have an opportunity to earn a full scholarship to pursue cybersecurity jobs, thanks to a grant issued to a local company. /Courtesy photo

applicant recruitment and postgraduate job searches. The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu will help Academy graduates blend their newly acquired technical skills with soft skills such as communication and leadership to increase their attractiveness to employers, SANS officials said. Established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization, SANS has more than 50 dif-

ferent courses at over 200 live cyber security training and online events. “The [grant] will provide scholarships for 80 individuals in Maryland coming from non-cybersecurity backgrounds and participants will receive cyber defense and incident handling training, and a pathway into the workforce,” Shuftan said, noting the full commercial value of the scholarships is over $1 million. For the full version of this story, go to WI


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NATIONAL Black Immigrants in Limbo as DACA Days Dwindle more than eight hours on the House 5 The DACA program ends in March and no deal appears imminent. /Courtesy of Center for American Progress floor in a filibuster for the ages, speaking in opposition of a budget to bend to the various proposals and Customs Enforcement] has tries, and 3.6 percent from South There’s lots of talk but little prog- deal to avoid another government put forth by Democrats to save the gone rogue and is actively terroriz- America. ress toward a deal on the soon-to-ex- shutdown because the plan did not DACA program, which include a ing our community and the DOJ The largest individual home pire Deferred Action for Childhood include protections for DACA recip- number of Black immigrants who is attacking cities like Philadelphia countries of Black immigrants in Arrivals program, which has sparked ients. have proven themselves as successful for standing up for the rights of im- the United States today are Jamaica Reportedly, Pelosi’s speech was the citizens. outrage from immigrants and supmigrants. This proposed plan is just (693,000), Haiti (654,000), Nigeria longest on record on the House floor. porters of the Obama-era initiative. Instead, in his State of the Union an extension of this administration’s (304,000), Ethiopia (237,000), and “We have to be strong as a coun- address, the president spoke of white supremacist values. President Donald Trump ended Trinidad and Tobago (171,000). the program — known as DACA — try to respect the aspirations of peo- tougher immigration laws and how “It is our moral duty to oppose Black immigrants make up more in September, essentially removing ple who are our future,” Pelosi said. “chain immigration allows immi- any form of deal that makes a target than one-quarter of all Black resideportation protections and work “The young people are our future grants to bring virtually unlimited out of a majority of our family mem- dents of the Boston, Miami, Minpermits for nearly 700,000 unautho- and these dreamers are part of that. numbers of family members” into bers and is essentially an attack on neapolis, New York City and Seattle rized immigrants — commonly re- They’ve been enriched by the great- the country — a claim various communities of color.” metropolitan areas. ferred to as Dreamers — who came ness of our country.” fact-checkers found false. Black immigrants have high rates Black immigrants are an integral Lawmakers have until March to to the United States as children. Trump also spoke about a lottery part of the U.S. population and a of education and employment and On Feb. 7, Democratic House decide the fate of those immigrants system for those wanting to enter the critical part of the discussion over well over one-quarter (29 percent) Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spent and Trump has appeared unwilling U.S. and the border wall he wants to policies such as the DREAM Act, of black immigrants 25 and older build to keep immigrants out. said Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, a senior hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree, “We’re tired of our lives and fu- policy analyst with the Immigration similar to the rate for all immigrants ture being used as political bargain- Policy team at the Center for Ameri- (30 percent). Additionally, Black ing chips. The end goal Trump’s can Progress in northwest D.C. immigrants are more likely than all white supremacist agenda is not for In an email, Svajlenka said this isn’t immigrants to have some college edthe prosperity of our people,” said the first time the nation finds itself in the ucation or an associate’s degree (29 DACA recipient Marisa Piña Ro- midst of an uproar sparked by Trump’s percent compared to 19 percent). driguez, 28. “Hyper-militarization incendiary and racially charged comThese education attainment rates of the border, the elimination of the ments about immigration. for Black immigrants are similar to immigration lottery system, and seIn December, it leaked that those for native-born Americans at vere reductions in the ability to pe- Trump had reportedly made in- 32 percent and 31 percent, respectition family members is too high flammatory remarks about Nigerian tively. of a price to pay for a path to citi- immigrants not wanting to “go back Black immigrants are more likely zenship for Dreamers. A bill of this to their huts” and that Haitian im- to be active in the labor force than all nature would end up harming us as migrants “all have AIDS,” drawing other groups of immigrants. Almost a community in the long term. We widespread rebukes, including from three-quarters (73 percent) of black refuse to settle for any deal that is not the Haitian ambassador to the U.S. immigrants 16 and older are in the humane and inclusive.” Then, in the Oval Office, Trump labor force compared with 67 perAll over the country, immigrants reportedly referred to Haitian and cent of all immigrants and 64 perare growing increasingly uneasy with African immigrants — among cent of native-born Americans. the March deadline approaching others — as coming from “s---hole “Given the number of Black and no viable deal apparent. Dreamers, it is all the more impercountries.” The resistance to a Trump agenda However, reality does not reflect ative that Congress comes together and the fight for immigrant rights the insensitive and incendiary com- and passes the bipartisan Dream needs to go beyond the halls of Con- ments of the president, Svajlenka Act to allow these Dreamers permagress, Rodriguez said, adding that said, noting that Black immigrants nent protection from deportation strategy is needed to also bring down comprise a significant and important and the ability to live full and free the Department of Homeland Secu- part of the U.S. population. lives in the United States,” Svajlenka rity (DHS) and the Department of said. “Now is the time for Americans There are 3.7 million black immiFed up with removing unwanted hair every week? 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Long-Lost Masterpiece Returned to Nigeria

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A portrait of a Nigerian princess that was lost for more than 40 years was recently found inside of a London flat. “Tutu,” also known as “Black Mona Lisa,” was painted in 1974 by Ben Enwonwu, one of Nigeria’s best-known modern artists. It appeared at an art show in Lagos the following year, but its whereabouts became unknown until it recently resurfacied in north London. Painted just after the end of the Nigerian Biafran conflict, Adetutu Ademiluyi (Tutu), was a granddaughter of a revered traditional ruler from the Yoruba ethnic group and her portrait served as a symbol of national reconciliation after the 1967-1970 Biafran War. The rediscovered painting will now will be sold at an auction screened live in Lagos and is expected to fetch anywhere from $277,000 to upwards of $416,000. The portrait’s original owners did not wish to be identified. Enwonwu created three versions of the portrait. The other two remain lost, although prints first made in the 1970s have famously been in circulation ever since. WI

Director of National Art Museum Celebrates First Week

Augustus Casely-Hayford, the new director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in southwest D.C., finished his first official week at the helm. Casely-Hayford, a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a member of its Centre of African Studies Council, said he’s enjoyed his run at the museum thus far. “It is such an exciting time to be joining the team at the National Museum of African Art,” he said. “African art is at another fascinating juncture as artists reconfigure our understanding of the medium, helping us to chart courses through the big issues of our time while reminding us of the complex and long historical tradition upon which they stan The National Museum of African Art is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the collection, conservation, study, and exhibition of Africa’s arts across time period, geography and medium. The museum’s collection features over 12,000 artworks from across the African continent with a variety of media. WI

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D.C. native Uasuf Gueye will pay homage to Africa this month with special performances at the Strathmore Theatre in Maryland. On Feb. 14 and again on Feb. 28, the nearly two-hour concert will creatively blend Manding and Wolof West African beats, blues, jazz and smooth rhythms, with a bonus Valentine’s Day musical number that also included a repertoire of traditional love songs once played for royalty of the Manding Empire of Mali. Born in D.C. and raised in the southeast community of Hillcrest, Gueye is an Artist in Residence at the Strathmore, which cultivates amateur performers to career artists and belongs to a family of Nguewel/Diali (oral historians and musicians). Gueye began his study and performance of Manding and Wolof music at a very young age and has performed at the Smithsonian, the Gullah Festival (South Carolina), Dance Africa (Washington, D.C., Dallas, New York, and Denver), the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Theatre. WI



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Troupe Mesmerizes D.C. Audiences Once Again, As Expected pany perform well over 20 years, brilliant and engaging including first under Judith Jamison and a few that I particularly enjoyed: most recently under the direction the D.C. premier of “MemIn some ways, I may not be the of Robert Battle, a talented cho- bers Don’t Get Weary” choreobest person to review the Alvin reographer who I met just before graphed by one of my favorite Ailey American Dance Theater he became the artistic director Ailey dancers, Jamar Roberts – – or perhaps it’s just tough to re- while we were both doing our his first choreographic work for thing in Miami. the company, set to the sounds main objective. 2018 black history month Washington Informer 3625x8.pdf 1 1/22/18 AM This year’s performances were of the11:51 legendary John Coltrane; After all, I have seen the comand two pieces choreographed by Battle: “Ella” which pays homage to Ella Fitzgerald in celebration of the centennial of her birth; and “Mass” which illustrates Battle’s signature ritualistic choreography, set to the haunting rendition of Nina Simone’s “Wild is the Wind.” As they have established for decades, each performance ended with Alvin Ailey’s classic “Revelations.” In truth, I was not as pleased with the interpretation The Metropolitan Washington of Ailey’s signature piece as performed by this year’s dancers. Airports Authority is proud to recognize My issue came not with the the contributions of our quality of the dancers but rather African-American owned business partners. the flow and chemistry, or lack thereof, between the performers By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor @dkevinmcneir

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AILEY Page 19 LEAVE from Page 13 Szeliga, a Republican who represents portions of Baltimore and Harford counties, said businesses still deserve more time to plan for a law that only recently went into effect. “It’s just good lawmaking when you allow the people you’re impacting time to obey the law you passed,” she said. The state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation posted information on its website to inform the business community about the law. Last month, Hogan created the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance, which, among other duties, will be responsible for assisting businesses with implementation of the law, resolving programs with state agencies, monitoring the progress of the office and collecting and reporting any data to the governor.


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Merchants must also research how sick-leave legislation approved by county and municipal officials would affect them. Montgomery County’s measure became law in October 2016. For small-business owners with fewer than five employees, a worker can receive up to 32 hours of paid sick and safe leave annually with 24 additional hours of unpaid leave. According to the Society for Human Resource Management based in Alexandria, Virginia, employers in Montgomery County must adhere to both the county and state law. Prince George’s County approved sick and safe leave legislation last year for workers involved in domestic violence situations. Because it was approved after Jan. 1, 2017, and wouldn’t go into effect until 45 days after the General Assembly adjourned for 2018 session, employers there will follow the state law.

David Harrington, president of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, said the nonprofit organization that advocates for at least 500 businesses supports sick leave that offers “some business-friendly amendments.” For instance, the law lists workers not included to receive sick leave include those who work less than 12 hours per week, construction workers under a union contract and anyone younger than 18 years of age. In addition, seasonal employees wouldn’t be permitted to accrue sick leave. Harrington said the chamber will also provide information and any assistance to members on the law. “We recognize that some people may need some leave,” he said. “We want to work with staff. We also see that having strong employees is essential for having a great business.” WI


BLACK HISTORY MONTH AILEY from Page 18 in several portions of the entire work. I must admit, I enjoyed “Revelations” more when Jamison was at the helm. It seemed that she chose much taller dancers, particularly in the opening section when hands reach to the skies or are stretched wide in syncopated rhythms. Still, seeing Ailey’s “piece de resistance” brought tears to my eyes. Dancers from the Greater Washington Area included: Ghrai DeVore and Jermaine Terry who joined the company in 2010, Samantha Figgins (joined in 2014, Daniel Harder (joined in 2010) and Jacqueline Green (joined in 2011. Here are comments from DeVore, a D.C. native who moved to Chicago during at the age of 5 and then to New York City at 16. (We’ll share words from Jermaine Terry in a future story in which he’ll share his love for the

DMV). DeVore: “I grew up in Chicago’s ‘Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’ with my mother who was a career dancer and now teacher in D.C. as the Suitland Dance Mistress (ballet) and a father figure who was a longtime artistic director. I danced out of love and necessity. Mom was a single parent and always in the studio or theater. I was there too since we couldn’t afford daycare. But it gave me discipline that has carried over into every aspect of my life.” “My greatest challenge? Keeping my authenticity. Being true to who I am and bringing that into all of my work with the company. I always try to have the audience see me as well as the lineage of those who came before me in the company and in my personal life. I never feel a weight or burden as an Ailey dancer. I’ve had such a rich foundation to stand on. When


I think back to Mr. Ailey or the times he and others came through, it’s a true blessing to stand on their shoulders. Still, it’s hard to pay them the homage they deserve. For nine months, we’re in front of audiences bringing dance back to people. That’s a real learning experience and a real joy and honor. It also shows me how strong and I am.” “Many don’t understand what happens long before our performances. It’s hard to explain. No one is ever in the studio with us; they may think it’s easy. But they don’t see the blood, sweat and tears. In many ways, the performance is the easiest part. It’s just two hours after months of work. The two hours is the culmination.” “Some dancers like the performance aspect but I like the prep work where I can test my limits. Those times teach me who I am as a person and a woman – a Black woman. Still, I have down

time and besides enjoying my fiancée – she’s a dancer too – I love movies, musicals, psycho thrillers, documentaries and yes, westerns. You know, shoot ‘em up, bang bang.” “And I love to travel where there’s plenty of sun, sand and water. I love the beach. And I’m an avid reader too.” “I encourage youth people who think they want to get in this business to learn who they are as early as possible. Be prepared for the hardest work you’ll ever do. Work on themselves all the time. And keep pushing because as they’ll soon discover, only a few of us really have the strength needed to endure.”

Ghrai DeVore began her formal dance training at the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center and was a scholarship student at The Ailey School. She has completed summer programs at the Kirov Academy, Ballet Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She was a member of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater 2, Hubbard Street 2, Dance Works Chicago, and Ailey II. She is a recipient of the Danish Queen Ingrid Scholarship of Honor and the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship and she was a 2010 nominee for the first annual Clive Barnes Award. She joined the Company in 2010.  WI

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DCPL Exhibit Celebrates 1968 Events sassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy — and in the case of the former, the leveling of several neighborhoods during a rebellion. The D.C. Public Library recently unveiled a series of programs and events highlighting the many events of that pivotal year that shaped D.C. life. The online exhibit, “Evolutions

By S.Y. Sherman Special to The Informer

The year 1968 proved both historically amazing and devastating for Washingtonians. In addition to seeing the rise of grass-roots movements to establish a city college (Federal City College) and the groundbreaking for the MLK Library, the year also saw the as-

and Legacies: Martin Luther King Jr. and D.C., 1957-1972,” showcases a section titled “The People’s University,” offering a glimpse into the local schema of statecraft King and others utilized to fashion a larger, national movement. “Dr. King’s activism in the District wasn’t limited to national causes,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Pub-

lic library. “Just like he supported voting rights nationally, Dr. King advocated for the voting rights of District residents who were, and continue to be, uniquely disenfranchised. As a keeper of the city’s stories, the Library is committed to showcasing Dr. King’s advocacy in a way that is uniquely local.” Washingtonians have long claimed King as a native son. In addition to visiting the District often to champion civil rights for African Americans, King was a strong advocate for the city’s Home Rule efforts. Curated by Derek Gray, special collections archivist, and Dr. Marya Annette McQuirter, curator of the dc1968 project “Evolutions and Legacies,” explores how more Washingtonians embraced King as awareness of his work expand-

5 A photo from the DCPL exhibit. /Photo courtesy DCPL

ed from segregation and white supremacy protests in the south to include his critiques of poverty, capitalism and the Vietnam War. The exhibit traces King’s unique experiences and relationships in the District, using images from the Library’s Special Collections and widens conversations about his legacy in the early 21st century. Big names, however, are not what make the exhibit poignant, said Ward 8 resident Walter Mills, who told The Informer that many city teens are shown working tirelessly to establish statehood and access to decent housing, as well eradicate hiring discrimination. “One of the first faces I saw visiting the online exhibit was a young Barbara McCoy at the microphone onstage, rallying against the end of a UPO job program,” Mills said. “I was in that room. I remember that. That, I believe, is the real power of this exhibition. The residents can point to themselves, show their homegrown advocacy, and hopefully inspire young people today to pick up the fight.” The exhibit can be viewed by visiting The 2018 People’s University program is supported by the DC Public Library Foundation. For updates on the library’s programs, go ​ and follow #PeoplesUniversity on social media. WI

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMS Unless stated, all events take place at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Reserve through

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 2:00pm Cinema + Conversation: W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices A special screening of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm Historically Speaking: A Conversation with Adger Cowans Adger Cowans discusses his latest book, “Personal Vision: Photographs: Adger Cowans.” Visit for more information. @NMAAHC National Museum of African American History and Culture | 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20560 Image Credits (left to right): W.E.B. Du Bois photo and Adger Cowans book cover courtesy the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH Black Veterans Receive Well-Earned Salutes for Service Colin Powell Among CBCF’s Nine Award Recipients

WI Staff Report The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) recently honored nine Black veterans during its ninth annual Avoice Heritage Celebration in Northwest: D.C. General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired); a 100-year-old woman veteran who served in World War II; current Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) veterans; and a former homeless veteran who champions rights for female veterans will receive awards during a reception and program at the Naval Heritage Center.  The Avoice Heritage Celebration showcases the CBCF’s Avoice Virtual Library Project, an online repository that captures the legislative and political achievements of African Americans in Congress and provides an opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations who make humanitarian contributions to

society. This year’s theme, “Black Veterans on the Front Lines of History,” honored the unwavering patriotic resilience, commitment and sacrifices of African Americans to the values of freedom, democracy and justice from the battlefield to the halls of Congress.  “From the heroic efforts of the Tuskegee Airman to the countless Black patriots that died protecting the uncertain promise of freedom, we owe a debt of gratitude,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO, CBCF. “The choice to serve our country in such a distinguished manner is to be revered and commemorated. It is an honor to pay respect to the black veterans that have often been overlooked due to the color of their skin.”  Members of the CBC joined attendees to laud the 2018 honorees who have served in the military and have demonstrated their support and comFREDERICK DOUGLASS BRONZE STATUE BY STEVEN WEITZMAN



mitment to advancing the rights and benefits of Black veterans. The evening consisted of a special “talkback” session with select honorees, including Gen. Powell.   “The respect for Black veterans has been embattled with racial tension and hostility since Reconstruction ended,” said Dr. Menna Demessie, CBCF’s vice president, Policy Analysis and Research. “The 2018 Avoice Heritage Celebration offers a special occasion to honor the legacy of those in our community who have endured the tolls of war to protect our liberty. The CBCF will continue to uplift Black voices that have been historically left out of the American narrative.” The 2018 Avoice Heritage Celebra-

tion honorees included: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired) - Distinguished Pioneer in the U.S. Military and National Security Award for his profile and accomplishments as a historic trailblazer for Black veterans. As the first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993) and first African American to serve as Secretary of State (2001 to 2005), Gen. Powell’s demonstrated legacy over the course of his illustrious career in the military and foreign service drives a new generation of Americans to public service. • Sergeant  Millie Dunn Veasey (Retired) - Distinguished Veteran: Living Legend Award  for serving as staff sergeant to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion during World War II. Sgt. Veasey went on to become the first female president of the Wake County NAACP and in 1986 retired from her Alma Mater (St. Augustine’s College) as the director of career planning and placement cooperative education.   • Current CBC Veterans - Distinguished Veteran Service and Champion Award  in recognition of their military service and demonstrated commitment to minority veterans’

affairs. In addition to their time in the armed services, CBCF seeks to honor their demonstrated efforts, personally as well as through their legislative actions and congressional influence, to uplift and represent minority veterans. • o   Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. [U.S. Army] • o   Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson [Nurse Veteran] • o   Rep. Bobby L. Rush [U.S. Army] • o      Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott [Massachusetts National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve] • o   Rep. G.K. Butterfield [U.S. Army] • o   Rep. Anthony Brown [U.S. Army Reserve]  • Ginger Miller, Petty Third Class - Distinguished Veterans’ Rights Activist Award for her tireless efforts to expose the public and advocate for veterans in need. Miller is military veteran and once homeless, who founded John 14:2, a nonprofit organization that has a core mission to assist military veterans and their families experiencing homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness. WI



Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 Featured Authors’ Event: 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Annual Luncheon: 12:15 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 | 7:00 PM HISTORIC LINCOLN THEATRE 1215 U Street, NW, Washington DC 20009 Free admission

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I AM Frederick Douglass commemorates the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass by presenting excerpts of the film Enslavement to Emancipation, a panel discussion on the legacy of Frederick Douglass, musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and a Douglass actor portrayal by LeCount Holmes, Jr. This event is presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs, and the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH Still Unapologetically Nikki Giovanni By Brenda C. Siler WI Staff Writer A huge orderly crowd of nearly 500 people were crowded inside Busboys and Poets on Saturday, Feb. 10, while nearly 100 waited outside in the rain. Most had been followers of Nikki Giovanni since “Black Feeling, Black Talk,” her 1987 first collection of poetry, and all wanted to hear drops of wisdom and excerpts from her latest collection, “A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter.” “Here is what I am sure we all love about Nikki,” said author Kwame Alexander, a former student of Giovanni’s who introduced her at the event. “We always feel like she has her pulse on what is real, what’s authentic, what’s meaningful and what’s significant.” To thunderous applause and a standing ovation, Giovanni came

to the podium. Working through her emotions and tears, Giovanni admitted she was crying because she was shocked so many people came out to see her. The award-winning author collected herself and gave the audience what they came to hear — spirited commentary sprinkled with laughter and a few expletives. Giovanni began a reflective talk about the current climate of the nation. She referred to “her generation” that did a good job at breaking down the culture of segregation, stressed that today’s culture is still racist, just not segregated. “I don’t think it is a crisis I am going through,” she said. “But I am having a hard time trying to understand, ‘what now?’ I think it is important, for we, as Black Americans, deal with the fact that we are wonderful people.” Affirming her point, Giovanni

humorously ran down a list of Americana that can be attributed to Blacks, including fried chicken, torn jeans and any music that is labeled “traditional” — a word she said is code for “Black.” Then Giovanni turned to look out the large street-level windows and saw the rain-soaked onlookers listening through the restaurant’s exterior speakers. Throughout her stream-of consciousness talk, Giovanni often turned to the window to directly address to the crowd outside, whose presence moved Giovanni to tears again. Admitting that she has always been excited by space exploration, Giovanni compared Blacks in space to the Middle Passage, speaking of how Blacks survived coming from something known to something unknown with love and sanity intact. “If Black people don’t go into space, there won’t be anything in

5 Nikki Giovanni shares with the Busboys and Poets audience in Northwest

on Saturday, Feb. 10, why she wrote her latest book, “A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter.” /Photo by Roy Lewis space that makes sense,” she said. Giovanni said people are afraid to go into space for fear of being raped by aliens. “We’ve already been raped by the aliens,” she mused. “But no matter what it was, we loved it.” Giovanni also spoke of how white Americans have worked for the good through the examples of the care she received at a hospital in Appalachia following a stroke. She also talked about how White and Black women in Alabama worked together to elect Doug Jones in the recent Senate race.

“Those White women use to be 14 years old. They know what those 30-year-old men did to them,” Giovanni said of allegations of sexual misconduct against Jones’ Republican opponent Roy Moore. “So they came out and voted again Roy Moore.” In wrapping up the event, Giovanni gave the crowd her daily outlook on life: “I wake up every morning just glad to be Black, because I know that what we have given to the world is great and what we will continue to give will be great.” WI

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Smithsonian Brings Bourbon Street to D.C. By Lauren Poteat WI Contributing Writer The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum held its annual Mardi Gras Family Day event this weekend, featuring elaborately dressed stilt walkers, living statues, balloon artists, fortune tellers, professional caricatures, activity booths and sweet-smelling “Bourbon Street” food. The Saturday, Feb. 10 event — held for the first time inside of the museum’s 2,500-square-foot main gallery — entertained over 1,500 residents throughout the city, much to the delight of event organizers. “This cultural event is actually in its ninth year,” said Jenelle R. Cooper, community services coordinator for the museum. “We’ve featured a lot of things this year including wearable art painted by hand on various materials, an elaborate Madame Marie Laveau character — the infamous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans — and live music and crafts, however I think what makes this event really unique is its beginning. “We started this production from an exhibition we had on Mardi Gras Black Indians through the work of famous New Orleans photographer J. Nash Porter and it just stuck,” Cooper said. “To this day, we still have Mardi Gras Indian costumes in our collection, which to me makes events like these that much more special for Black communities, alongside our ever growing diverse communities we also serve.”

One activity that proved to be particularly popular was a reflective “key to the city” mural sponsored by the nonprofit The Key Idea, which allowed participants to draw their visions of what they felt makes a community successful. The finished product will be displayed in an upcoming exhibit in the museum’s Loggia gallery. “What were doing here is allowing people to trace and design various keys on our pre-decorated cards and then allow them to write what they feel contributes to a successful community,” said Lenore Lyons, artist, art educator and founder of the Key Project. “We’ll then take these combined cards and use them to make an exhibit that will be seen in the museum from November through April. … We as people come in so many shapes and sizes, and to me, I believe the key to community is respecting what already exists and bringing in new things to add on to what already exists, through energy and new ideas and celebrating differences.” A family-style second-line parade down a recreated Bourbon Street — replete with face painting and music by WPFW-FM DJ Cowboy Fred — closed out the festivities. “Total family fun,” said Meghan McCoy, a parent of two. “I saw adults making necklaces, painting coconuts. … We’re about to take our photos. The food was tasty, so I knew I had made the right decision when I also invited my friend to come along.” WI

5 Hundreds pack the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum for its

annual Mardi Gras Family Day on Feb. 10. /Roy Lewis



BLACK HISTORY MONTH Judge Holds Black History Lecture, Book Signing at Second Baptist Church By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill In 1916, the National Memorial Association, an organization made up of Black leaders, pushed for a proposal to open a museum in the District to honor the service of Black soldiers and sailors.

5 A copy of “Long Road to

Hard Truth,” written by Robert L. Wilkins, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit /Photo by William J. Ford

More than 50 years later, the late writer James Baldwin testified before Congressional officials to support a museum for African American history. And in 2003, President George W. Bush signed a law for an African-American museum to open on the National Mall in Northwest. However, it was another 13 years before the $540 million museum finally opened Sept. 24, 2016. These and other stories are compiled into a book, “Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-year Missions to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture.” The author, Robert L. Wilkins, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, told nearly four dozen people last month at Second Baptist Church in Northwest it took him 15 years to complete the book. Wilkins said a filmmaker plans to turn his book into a documentary. “The museum is also a memorial … to the people of African descent,” he said. “Their fuel was the impetus to get this story told. The museum is part of an example

when you put people before country.” Wilkins said his “obsession” for the book grew after visiting family and friends of the late Lewis Fraction, a friend of Wilkins who died in 1996. In the book, Wilkins said some of the elders at Fraction’s home talked about how they never saw a whole piece of chalk and used beaten-up textbooks from the White schools. Lewis decided to quit his job as a public defender in 2000 and, with his wife’s approval, put in full-time research on military and civil rights history. Wilkins’ book notes how the late Rep. Thaddeus Carraway (D-Arkansas) spoke out on the House floor against Blacks in the military in July 1916. “When you arm a Negro and especially when you vest him with federal authority, you bring out the evil that is in him,” Carraway said, according to the book. “He becomes a dangerous, swaggering, terrorizing bully.” That’s one of the many reasons Wilkins said Saturday that African-American history is “hard truth,” words spoken by Baldwin

5 Robert L. Wilkins (right), a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the

District of Columbia Circuit, autographs a copy of his book “Long Road to Hard Truth” for Willie Dunham of Northeast during a Jan. 20 book-signing event at Second Baptist Church in Northwest. /Photo by William J. Ford before Congress that inspired Wilkins’ book title. Wilkins, a native of Muncie, Indiana, grew up with a single mother and graduated in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute. He decided to attend Harvard Law School, where he received his juris doctorate in 1989. Wilkins’ passion for Black history became engrained while at Harvard, where he chaired a group of Black law students who wore black and gold T-shirts reading, “Every month is Black History Month.” Wilkins, a father of two boys ages 19 and 17, was appointed in 2013 to the Court of Appeals by former President Barack Obama, who attended law school with Wilkins. The appearance at Second

Baptist Church reinstituted the church’s lyceum, or series of lectures to discuss civil rights, education and other topics. The church, established in 1848, first began the lyceum in 1885. Mary Terrell, a retired judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and wife of the church’s pastor, the Rev. James E. Terrell, said members will research when the last session took place. Willie Dunham of Northeast said the event may have been one the most unique he’s attended at the church. “I’m a member of this church and to hear that history from Judge Wilkins was really impressive,” said Dunham, the first person in line to pay for a copy of Wilkins’ book. “I can see something coming from this. Really good stuff.” WI



WHEN Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BLACK JOURNALISM Honoring the Legacy of Max Robinson

A Panel Discussion with Maureen Bunyan, Bruce Johnson, Clarence Page & Mark Robinson

TIME Free and open to the public!

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On Monday, Feb. 19, eyes will be on the long-awaited historical documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising,” a part of the PBS series “Independent Lens.” Almost 15 years in the making, this look at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) opens with slaves being denied, and oftentimes killed for, the opportunity to learn to read. The documentary then fast-forwards to the joy of today’s students reaping the rewards through their academic success and friendships at their chosen college. Stanley Nelson is the writer, director and producer of the documentary, also referred to by its abbreviated name “HBCURising.” Film co-producer is New York-based Firelight Media. For the past few months, Nelson and Firelight Media have traveled to HBCU campuses and major cities to promote the production. At a recent screening, Nelson, who grew up in D.C., spoke about his father and uncle, who were Howard University graduates. During the film’s production, Nelson said he was surprised by stunning archival photos and footage that his researchers found. The actual footage of a 1972 protest at Southern University, where two students were killed on camera, is one of many impactful moments in the documentary. At a Howard University screening, shocked students could be heard moaning softly while viewing the level of police presence at Southern University and at their own Howard University in the 1960s. “I want young people who see this film to understand their history and how important Black colleges have been,” Nelson said. “We need young people now, more than ever to take up those protest movements


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Film Shows Struggle, Success of Black Schools and push for change in this country. The safe intellectual space for that to happen for young Black students is at our colleges and universities.” Nelson, a McArthur “Genius” Fellow and winner of multiple Emmys, has produced more than 12 documentaries, including “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” “Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders,” “Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple” and “The Murder of Emmett Till.” To promote the upcoming broadcast of “HBCURising,” Nelson had an exhausting schedule of screenings in major cities and on HBCU campuses. The enthusiasm for the documentary has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly when audience members see their school on the screen. “It’s been a love fest,” Nelson said. “Attendees showed up in their school, sorority and fraternity colors and paraphernalia. It’s the first time people

have seen a film like this.” During a screening at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Nelson asked the audience to utilize social media to promote the broadcast and to help get the hashtag #HBCURising trending on Feb. 19, the day of the PBS broadcast. Viewers can join a live Twitter chat during the broadcast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. In the D.C. region, the documentary will air on WHUT-TV, WETA-TV and MPT-TV. “It’s easy to forget how our HBCUs began. They began because no one else would educate us,” said educator Johnnetta B. Cole, who attended the museum screening and is the only person to ever lead two women-only HBCUs, Spelman College and Bennett College for Women. “Places that educate leaders in this country and the world are called historically Black colleges and universities. Since they do exist, we must support them.” WI

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of mind. Kehinde lifted them up and gave them a platform, and said they belong at the center of American life.” “That was something that moved me deeply,” Obama said before taking a jab at the current administration. “Because in my small way, that’s part of what I believe politics should be about. Not simply celebrating the high and the mighty, expecting that the country unfolds from the top down, but it comes from the bottom up.” Barack Obama’s portrait was an extension of Wiley’s iconic style, where he places the figure against a highly detailed, decorative background. In the case of the president’s portrait, a plethora of green foliage fights against the figure, encasing his feet. Yet the figure captures the countenance of the former president, seated with his arms folded on his knees, gazing out with a look of steadfastness and authority. It is the spitting image of the man who overcame the odds to become America’s first African-American president. Moving in its symbolism of being the first two African-American artists to paint the portraits of the first African-American president and first lady, both Sherald and Wiley were overcome by emotion. Wiley’s voice cracked when he realized — after a nudge from Michelle Obama — that he was remiss in thanking his mother, Freddie Mae Wiley, who raised him as a single parent in South Central Los

Angeles. “Working with Kehinde was easy,” Obama said. “Kehinde, relative to Amy, was working at a disadvantage because his subject was less becoming. Not as fly. Working with Kehinde was a great joy. In the tradition of a lot of great artists, [he] actually cared to hear what I thought about it, before doing exactly what he intended to do. There were a number of issues we were trying to negotiate. I tried to negotiate less grey hair and his artistic integrity would not allow him to do what I asked. I tried to negotiate smaller ears. Struck out on that as well.” While Wiley’s usual practice is to elevate his subjects in noble settings, Obama added that he was glad he wasn’t “placing me on thrones with scepters, mounting me on horses, I had to explain that I’ve got enough political problems without you making me look like Napoleon.” The ceremony came to a quick conclusion after two photo ops, and the audience dispersed back out into the rain. But, as C.C.H. Pounder added, “For these artists, this is a game changer. It will be huge for their careers.” The portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama go on public display Feb. 13 in the Presidential Gallery and the New Acquisitions Gallery, respectively. The National Portrait Gallery is located at 7th and F streets, NW. Go to for more information. WI 5.625” x 10.5” LIVE SIZE: Jan 18, 2018 / Feb 15, 2018 CONTACT:

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Say No to Donald Trump and Protect College-Bound Youth President Donald Trump is sniffing through the highways and byways searching for excesses that are eating away at the nation’s budget in an attempt to cure an excessive deficit plaguing the U.S. economy. It’s what any right-minded, spending-conscious person should do when outgoes exceed their income. But in reality, the American public believes Trump is trying to justify giving tax cuts to the nation’s wealthiest off of the backs of the nation’s poorest, which requires that every person impacted stands up to him to say, “Hands off; no, this won’t happen!” His hunt for federal expenditures, particularly in the case of the DC Tuition Assistance Grant program, has him barking up the wrong tree in Washington, D.C. It is an essential and celebrated program, especially among D.C. tax-paying parents, that provides their students with the opportunity to attend out-of-state public colleges and universities at in-state tuition costs. Grants also help to supplement tuition costs at four-year private HBCU’s nationwide, and in the DMV. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced D.C.TAG legislation in 1999. She, along with former Representatives Tom Davis and Constance Morella, both Republicans, from Virginia and Maryland, respectively, recognized the threats facing UDC, the District’s only state college that was threatened to close. D.C. students were looking elsewhere but at a tuition rate higher than their peers. A growing disparity in college attendance demanded attention, leading Congress to step in with funding for the program. Since 2000, more than 30,000 D.C. students, reportedly, have received $350 million in tuition assistance to attend 578 colleges that participate in the program. While Congresswoman Norton is presently negotiating funding at the current level of $40 million, Trump is going against his predecessors to slice the program from the federal budget with the expectation that the District will continue to fund it. There is no doubt the District’s coffers are much healthier than in 1999 but the time is not now to gouge federal support for a program that keeps on giving. While DCTAG generously supports students from the District to attend college, especially from Wards 5, 7 and 8 where there’s the greatest use, it is not keeping pace with the rising tuition costs in the U.S. But those who receive DCTAG and complete college, more often land jobs that offer higher incomes which, in turn, allows them to give back to the economy through taxes and skills. Why Trump can’t appreciate this is difficult to fathom. But then again, that’s Trump. We encourage all D.C. residents, especially DCTAG recipients, to sign Mayor Muriel Bowser’s petition to #SaveDCTAG today! WI

Beware Friends – One Day ‘They’ May Come for You Too

Republicans from the Commonwealth of Virginia who dominate the House, recently voted along party lines, killing several bills meant to protect gays and transgender people from housing and employment discrimination in the beloved state of Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers whom Americans honor with great aplomb. Meanwhile, activists who were present in the crowded Capitol hearing room hissed, booed and jeered, shouting “Shame” at the GOP congressmen. The rationale behind their vote has been that they don’t want to interfere with religious freedom, suggesting that religious institutions like Liberty University could be forced to allow gay couples to reside in dorms reserved for married couples. Further, some Republicans say that while they believe that everyone should be treated with “dignity and respect,” they are compelled to protect religious freedom at all costs. They suggest that a compromise is possible – but not this year. We wonder when compromise will be possible and why those who live differently from the assumed majority must continue to face the possibility or threat of housing or employment discrimination because of their sexual orientation. In America’s past, many other races, religious groups and genders have been targeted by the powers that be, denied equal rights, forced WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM

TO THE EDITOR Give Women, Minorities a Voice in Pot Reform Talks

In response to your recent article on the Marijuana Justice Act, the proposed legislation would certainly address needed criminal justice reforms related to recreational cannabis. Measures must also be taken to address economic injustices. Maryland’s recent medical cannabis industry disparity study demonstrates that disparities exist and remedial legislation must be implemented to ensure full minority and women participation. While I support current proposed legislation, it is not without problems, including provisions that could be viewed as anti-competitive, and licensing requirements that would not apply to the current 15 growers; however, the major issue, which is not addressed, is the immediate addition of licenses for minorities and women. I will be working hard to make sure the legislature understands that inclusive legislation is needed now. Vicky L. Orem CEO, A Healing Leaf, LLCin

WI Doesn’t Blink at Tough News

I know it’s been the history of The Washington Informer to report on the positive news that goes on in our community and it’s rare that I pick up the paper for information about crime, particularly crime perpetrated by others in our community. But I was pleased to read about the three men being charged in the murder of Allyssa Banks, the 18-year-old from Prince George’s County who was shot and killed while helping her boyfriend parallel-park a car on Oct. 19, 2016. The three men are charged with murder and to begin far back from the starting line and treated as if they were less than fellow humans. Now the bullseye seems to be squarely on the backs of gays

that’s a good thing. It is crime like this that hurts our people more than anything that President Donald Trump or any of the country’s white supremacists can do. Further, to ignore this is to be complicit and I’m thankful that The Washington Informer has not ignored this and continues to inform us better than any other media. Ron Laws Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Omarosa Gets Her Just Deserts

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former White House aide who left the Trump administration in December, confided in a preview of the reality contest TV show “Celebrity Big Brother” that she had been “haunted” by the president’s tweeting habit. My response is not unlike that of “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts: “Bye Felicia!” When Omarosa was riding her high horse with the racists in the White House, she thumbed her nose at Black people. Recall, she said everyone would “bow down to Trump.” She was certainly doing the “Massa’s” bidding. Recall, she walked out on the Black Press during “Black Press Week” when she ASKED to be invited. Recall, she walked out on NABJ in New Orleans. Has she ever walked out on white media? Nah, didn’t think so. She might be haunted, but it’s not Trump doing the haunting, it’s her own cowardice. She got her comeuppance and she looking for a home, one that she abandoned years ago. No, we don’t care, Omarosa. We don’t care at all. Sheila Waters Washington, D.C.

and transgender people – men and women who deserve to be treated equally and allowed to enjoy the many legally-enforced protections given to all U.S. citizens.

After all, they too are our brothers and sisters, aren’t they? “Shame” is the best word we can think of to describe the actions of the Republican House. WI .



By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Diplomacy Toward North Korea is an Opening, Not a Surrender

The picture of Vice President Mike Pence standing stiffly next to the trusted younger sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un at the Olympics in South Korea spoke a thousand words. After weeks of escalating tensions, the North Korean dictator decided to use the Olympics to reach out to South Korea and to the world.

He sent North Korean athletes to the games. The two Korean teams marched into the Olympic arena under a unified flag. They fielded a joint women’s ice hockey team for the first time. Kim’s sister not only attended the ceremonies, but also issued an invitation to the South Korean president to make an official visit to the North after the games. Vice President Pence came to the games to enforce the administration’s no-talk policy. He stiffed Kim’s sister on the podium. He and his wife

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refused to join the crowd in standing when the Koreans marched in. “We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games,” he said, vowing to focus on North Korean provocations and human rights abuses, while promising new and harsher sanctions. But the “message and imagery” of the Olympic Games is that athletes of all nations put aside bitter conflicts to compete in contests. The space for peaceful sports competition

could create the opening for serious talks. When campaigning for the presidency, South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised an opening to North Korea. The jarring North Korean tests of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles cast a pall on that. President Donald Trump responded with a characteristic combination of insult and bluster. He infamously strutted that he had a “bigger [nuclear] button” than the North Korean president. The administration ratch-

eted up sanctions, pushed China to get Kim under control, declared that North Korean possession of nuclear weapons was a dire national security threat and ramped up military exercises to the very borders of the North. For our South Korean allies, the escalating threats are bone chilling. There is no rational military “option” against North Korea. A pre-emptive attack would be an illegal act of aggression that would lead

providing children with a longer summer, the governor has very little to show for his four years in office. Sadly, the governor’s failure of leadership has only been exacerbated by breakdowns at the local level as well. For example, in Prince George’s County, an audit found nearly five percent of high school graduates in 2016 were actually ineligible to graduate. Even more concerning, the audit also reported at least 24 percent of graduate records had evidence of

irregularities in grade changes or potential tampering with student transcripts. These revelations are alarming, but instead of demanding accountability and transparency, there have either been denials the problem exists, finger pointing, or efforts to downplay the severity of the findings from some local leaders responsible for oversight of these issues. This has left a bad taste in the mouths of


By Ben Jealous

Saving Our Schools

In Maryland, we pride ourselves on having some of the best public schools in the country. Not too long ago, our schools ranked first in the nation, but sadly we’ve now fallen to sixth. Governor Hogan has not offered a concrete plan to get back to number one despite his misleading claims of providing record

funding. The results speak for themselves and it’s clear our schools are falling behind under the governor’s leadership. We shouldn’t be surprised, given he started his term proposing cuts to Maryland’s education funding formula, and since then, has proposed cuts to key education programs focused on helping low-income students get an equal chance at a great education. He has withheld funding passed in bipartisan budgets on

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several occasions, causing increased class sizes. The governor has cut programs for special education students, lost educator positions and delayed school building maintenance while children in places like Baltimore freeze in their classrooms. His budget proposals have re-directed $1.4 billion away from public school funding and we’ve made little to no progress toward fully funding our schools at the levels the Kirwan Commission has suggested. It’s fair to say that outside of


By Julianne Malveaux

Trump’s Parade Plan a Waste of Money

Our 45th president wants a parade. He wants it in November, probably before the mid-term elections, as a way of mobilizing his base and glorifying himself more than, as he suggests, celebrating the military. He wants the parade because he saw a parade in Paris on Bastille Day. If he went to the zoo, would he next want zebras and tigers roaming the lawn behind 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? The last parade we had in Washington was in 1991, when we “won” the Gulf War. That pa-

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rade cost $14 million ($21 million in today’s dollars) and drew 800,000 people. Given 45’s propensity for wanting the biggest and the huuuugest, he’d probably want to spend twice what George H.W. Bush spent in 1991. That $42 million represents less than a millionth of one percent of the nearly $500 billion federal budget increase that the Senate proposed in bipartisan legislation on Feb. 7. I am among the many who will look askance at the cost of a parade. There are lots of things we could do with $42 million, like job creation, small Pell Grant increases, or even more amenities for our armed forces. But in the

scheme of things, some will argue that $42 million is not “that much money.” They might suggest that a parade is more about symbolism than anything else. What does a show of military might signal in these times? There has been no significant military victory, nothing to celebrate except 45’s already-inflated ego. France’s Bastille Day parade is a response to the fact that France has been invaded twice, most devastatingly by the Germans in World War II. Their parade is as much a show of military might as it is of European unity. These days, troops from several countries, including Germany and the United States,


participate in the parade. Some carry the flag of the European Union, even though the EU has no military. Would 45’s parade include others? Or is this just about us? Instead of a unity-type Bastille Day parade, 45’s parade is likely a reflection of his braggadocio. His button is bigger, so is his parade, and so is the U.S. military. 45’s parade sounds like a show of muscle, but to what end? Even the inhabitant of the world’s smallest country must know that the U.S. has the world’s “greatest” military. So why do we need to show off? Because 45 is a showoff, a blowhard and an Electoral College-selected buffoon.

Meanwhile, consider the impact a parade might have on the District of Columbia, the usedto-be majority Black city that is mostly occupied by Democrats. How will the streets survive huge tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue, and who will pay for repairs? How extensive will this parade be, and will it happen on the weekend or a weekday? What will it mean for workers, transportation, and the District’s infrastructure? 45 probably neither knows nor cares. He passed the hot potato of the parade to the secretary of defense, and now Gen. Jim Mattis and his team are




By Marc H. Morial

Urban League Ready to Fight for Fair, Accurate 2020 Census

“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made

within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.” — United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 2 Last week, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin accused the Trump administration of attempting to sabotage the 2020 Census, and from all indications, we have reason to be concerned. The Census Bureau has been without a director since June and remains critically understaffed

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and underfunded. The Bureau plans to discontinue the practice of hiring non-citizens with legal work permits — who have been crucial in the past for communicating with hardto-reach non-English-speaking communities. The administration has rejected requested changes that could improve the accuracy of the 2020 Census, declining to include a combined question format for collecting Hispanic origin and race, or a separate Middle Eastern or North African category on the Census form.

The administration’s reported choice for deputy director, Thomas Brunell, is a hyper-partisan gerrymandering advocate with no political experience. The U.S. Conference of Mayors this week warned in a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, “We are troubled by the administration’s reported intent to appoint a candidate for Census Bureau deputy director whose body of professional work largely centers around achieving partisan advantage in the use of census data.” Since census data is used to

draw Congressional districts, the choice of Brunell seems a deliberate attempt to skew census data to give one party an unfair advantage in the 2022 elections. The decennial census is among the most crucially-important undertakings, with far-ranging implications for legislative redistricting, civil rights laws and distribution of opportunities and resources. A fair and accurate census is of paramount importance. The National Urban League has been a powerful advocate for accurate

mainstream news outlets published the images of Till’s body. But their appearance in Jet and several other African-American publications helped make the Till murder a matter. As Jet’s man in Washington, Booker maintained offices as the publication’s bureau chief, running the Johnson company’s office in the capital. Booker wrote a column for Jet called Ticker Tape U.S.A. and led editorial coverage of the executive and legislative branches at a time

when Black reporters were largely excluded from news events, as from everyday life. Booker received an English degree in 1942 from Virginia Union University, a historically black institution in Richmond, and then began his career at the Baltimore Afro-American. He later joined the Cleveland Call and Post, also an African-American publication, where he received a Newspaper Guild Award for a series covering

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By William Reed

Show Them the Power of Black Press

President Donald Trump can leapfrog Barack Obama among Blacks by doing something Barack neglected to do — award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Simeon Booker, the late Washington bureau chief of Jet and Ebony magazines for five decades. Booker, who died Dec. 10 at

an assisted-living community in Solomons, Md., at 99, represents Blacks’ rise from pre-war Jim Crow to contemporary race restrictions. An esteemed Black pioneer, he was a leader to and among reporters on race. His work appeared in leading news publications for more than 50 years. Booker was known for his journalistic works during the civil rights movement, particularly his coverage of the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till.

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He was the first full-time Black reporter for The Washington Post, serving on the newspaper’s staff for two years before joining Johnson Publishing Co. to write for Jet and Ebony in 1954. The Till murder was “the first great media event of the civil rights movement,” according to historian David Halberstam. But the Black Press scooped them all. A Jet photographer, David Jackson, photographed Till’s body, which thousands of mourners observed at his funeral. No

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By Marian Wright Edelman

Big Rainbows in the Political Clouds for Children

God has sent some huge rainbows in the clouds for vulnerable children amidst a profoundly negative political climate. Good news these days has been few and far between but the Bipartisan Budget Package/Continuing Resolution (CR) signed by the president last week offers significant and long overdue hope to children, families and communities. We now must give our immediate attention to extending that good news to the nearly 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Dreamers

and the other Dreamers not yet in DACA, who face a March 5 deadline that would end their hopes and dreams. The good news in the Bipartisan Budget Package includes: • The Family First Prevention Services Act that includes long-overdue historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families when they come to the attention of the child welfare system and assures them quality care in the most family-like setting appropriate for their special needs when placement in foster care is needed. Family First also offers new supports for preventing and treating families struggling with substance use disorders, including increased support for grandparents


and other relatives who have reached out to care for children, regional partnerships to bring systems together to benefit children and funding to help children be placed in treatment programs with their parents. • An additional four years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which assures a long-term commitment of 10 years and stabilizes comprehensive, affordable health coverage for nearly 9 million children and pregnant women. This is the longest extension of funding for CHIP since it was originally enacted in 1997 and will give the millions of parents of children enrolled in CHIP peace of mind. CHIP has helped cut the number of uninsured children in

half, improved child health outcomes and access to care, helped reduce school absenteeism and improved children’s readiness to learn. CHIP, together with Medicaid, forms the foundation of our health care system for children.  This long-term extension will help us build on that great progress as we work to ensure every child in America the health coverage they need and deserve to survive and thrive. • Five years of funding for the Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Visitation Program (MIECHV), which has been without funding since Sept. 30. Pregnant women and children under five in every state and territory benefit from these voluntary home visiting programs that help to

improve maternal and newborn health, child development, school readiness, and family economic self-sufficiency and reduce child abuse and neglect, crime and domestic violence. • Two years of funding for Community Health Centers (CHCs), which offer children and their parents access to a continuum of quality health services. One in 10 children in America use CHCs for health care services. • An historic increase of $5.8 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) over two years to help states meet the new quality requirements of the



HEALTH Medical Professionals Raise Awareness about Heart Valve Disease By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer February is American Heart Month and many experts in the medical community continue to seek to raise more awareness to heart valve disease, which occurs when the heart’s valves don’t work properly. An emphasis on heart valve disease is expected to be a highlight of events taking place on Thursday, Feb. 22, which is designated as National Heart Valve

Disease Awareness Day. Medical experts said heart valve disease affects at least five million Americans, but three in four U.S. adults know little about the illness, which is treatable but can be deadly. Warning signs are key to detection, experts warn. “Symptoms are often unrecognized at first and tend to be rather nondescript,” said Eric Sarin, co-director of the Inova Structural Heart Program at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Fairfax,

Virginia. “Since it tends to affect people as they get older, they might not think of much of mild fatigue or shortness of breath. “Patients will often think the symptoms are part of ‘getting older’ and it’s only with the benefit of hindsight after they have been treated that they can realize how limited they were by their valve  disease,” said Sarin, who will be featured at a Feb. 22 heart valve awareness event at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. Warning signs of heart valve disease typically begin with shortness of breath and fatigue that weren’t usually present during daily activities, Sarin said. “As it progresses, the symptoms will become more pronounced and the patient will notice a significant change in their stamina and physical capability,” he said. “At its most severe, patients may have chest pain, fainting spells, or leg swelling and fluid overload related to heart failure.” The heart valves lie at the exit of each of four heart chambers and maintain one-way blood flow through the heart. The four heart valves make sure that blood always flows freely in a forward direction and that there is no

backward leakage. Blood flows from the right and left atria into the ventricles through the open mitral and tricuspid valves. When the ventricles are full, the mitral and tricuspid valves shut. This prevents blood from flowing backward into the atria while the ventricles contract. As the ventricles begin to contract, the pulmonic and aortic valves are forced open and blood is pumped out of the ventricles through the open valves into the pulmonary artery toward the lungs, the aorta and the body. When the ventricles finish contracting and begin to relax, the aortic and pulmonic valves snap shut. These valves prevent blood from flowing back into the ventricles. This pattern is repeated, causing blood to flow continuously to the heart, lungs and body. While Sarin said there’s no definitive evidence that African-Americans are any more or less at risk for heart valve disease, others said the lack of Black clinical research participants doesn’t help. Some also argue that African Americans aren’t treated equally as other patients. “African Americans are treated less aggressively than their Caucasian counterparts, but we know that based on published data, if they do get the proper procedure, their outcomes are just as good as

Caucasians,” said Aaron Horne of the Cardiac and Interventional Group in Texas and interventional cardiologist at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center. “We [also] know that over a five-year period we have published data that demonstrates that [new] technology have only penetrated the African-American community by four percent and that’s further striking when you have about a 10 percent refusal rate in the African-American population,” Horne said. Treatment outcomes are just as good between Blacks and whites when African Americans receive access to technology, Horne said. The prognosis for most cases of valve disease remains excellent with the appropriate treatment, Sarin said. “And we have never had more effective options for treating heart valve disease than we have today,” he said. Heart valve disease can have a significantly negative impact on the people it affects, often made worse by delayed diagnoses, Sarin said. “Timely evaluation and referral to appropriate specialists is of the utmost importance,” he said. “The technology to treat valve disease has blossomed in the last decade and we know have more minimally invasive options than ever before.” WI

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EDUCATION Strive2tri: A Success Story of Physical Fitness and Family Local Youth Overcome Odds By Ra-Jah Kelly Special to The Informer When Yolanda and Tarus Nelson began their Strive2tri nonprofit several years ago, they were mostly looking to share the positive emotional and physical results their daughter Asia had experienced by participating in triathlons within their Prince George’s County community. Although Asia was an active youth, participating in basketball and soccer, she was often unsatisfied with to her level of participation in team sports. The parents hit on the idea of introducing her to triathlons.

The results were immediate. Working with Achieve, a now-shuttered youth Triathlon group in D.C., Asia quickly found enjoyment. “My first race, I will never forget,” said Asia, now an 18-year-old business student at Bowie State University. “It was such a different feeling from playing a sport and winning a game. It was the best feeling you could have.” Seeing her success, the Nelsons were inspired to bring those experiences to their community. According to a recent county health survey, over 45 percent of youth and 70 percent of adults in Prince

George’s County are overweight or obese. Yolanda’s time as an educator in the county school system as well as Tarus’ military background and experience as a professional trainer made their focus on triathlon education for disadvantaged youths a natural fit. They created the concept of Strive2tri, a multilevel triathlon program that featured youth from 7 to 17. “It just seemed to happen — just evolve,” Yolanda said of the program’s early stages. “You know how some things just seem to fall into place, even if you don’t know where it is going to come from. We pretty much paid for the first two years out of pocket.” Several years since their inception — a time where almost all their efforts were personally funded — they have been more successful than they could have imagined. “2016 was the first year we received the NFL Play 60 [grant] from the Baltimore Ravens, we began to get USA Triathlon Association Grants and we received a grant from our local councilman Obie Patterson,” Tarus said. However, it was important to Yolanda that Strive2tri wasn’t just another summer program. She wanted to make sure that their pro-

5 Strive2tri volunteers, youth participants and their families celebrate a successful completion of the 2017 season. /Courtesy of Strive2tri

gramming was holistic. “My husband and I thought this would be something awesome in our community, but we wanted to extend the program have follow up, welcome them back and provide other opportunities for them,” she said. All agree their greatest success has been found in the lives of their students and the families of their program participants. “It’s a great program for everybody,” said Amari Washington, 10, a regular participant in Strive2tri who was introduced via a partnership the organization had with Greenbelt Elementary School. “They inspire you to do your best,

[to] keep trying and to never give up.” Amari’s mother, Shashika Cope, agreed. “You can just feel their energy of giving is coming from a sincere place,” she said. “I as a parent am so grateful and so thankful. I wish that we could take this worldwide so that everyone could see the work that’s being done.” While not yet thinking globally, Tarus Nelson said that expansion is indeed in their future. “We firmly believe that with the appropriate partners and sponsors, we can take this nationwide,” he said. WI

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Women of Wakanda Steal the Show in ‘Black Panther’ By Sarafina Wright WI Staff Writer I didn’t know that I needed to see a Black superhero. No, not T’Challa the Black Panther, but Nakia, Okoye and the the women warriors of Wakanda. I’ve never watched a Marvel production, or a superhero movie. None of them ever spoke to me and my existence as a Black woman. Not Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, The Avengers, X-Men, none of them. At least for Black men, there can be a connection found in manhood, masculinity and patriarchy, but as Black women, in the average superhero release, there is

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no one for us to see ourselves in. I didn’t expect much different from “Black Panther” — in fact, I had no expectations, because this was not my world. Action-packed movies, superheroes and fight-centric films were not made for me — until now. The women of Wakanda, specifically Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o, and Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, absolutely stole the show. Their fierceness, beauty and intelligence outshines everyone, including T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman. From the very beginning of the film, it was clear who was in control. In many ways T’Challa, the

king, would have been nothing without his little sister Shuri, the technological mastermind of Wakanda, Okoye, the chief warrior who protects him, and Nakia, his love interest and trusted confidant. Without them, T’Challa is a nice guy in a Black Panther suit made of vibranium, navigating how to ascend from a prince to a king with the untimely death of his father. Without them, T’Challa doesn’t survive death. Without them, T’Challa simply doesn’t have an identity, but what he does have is the fictional, most technologically advanced nation in the world, Wakanda, in the heart of Africa. Wakanda is a place that modern society views as a country of farmers, but beneath the forest lies a place that has gone untouched by White supremacy and colonization. Aiding their self-sufficiency and peaceful climate is their natural resource of vibranium, a powerful plant that can be used to help the world — or completely destroy it. Only a select few on the globe — including a Black American on a mission to get to Wakanda — know about vibranium and they will stop at nothing to acquire it. Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan) has a score to settle with T’Challa, one that the new king doesn’t see coming.


5 A trio of African royalty. /Photo courtesy of Honey and Lime

Killmonger’s character explores what can happen when one is stripped of their identity and the adverse effects of not belonging anywhere. Much like Americans who descend from Africa, the reality exists of knowing where we are from, but knowing that we aren’t exactly wanted there, either. What does one do with that sort of rejection, abandonment and pain? With Killmonger’s resources and knowledge, he’s able to confront the leaders of Wakanda, questioning why they won’t use their bevy of resources to help Blacks being oppressed all around the world. It’s a question that T’Challa, the son of a king who is obviously privileged, hasn’t pondered. The new king is forced to deal with the idea that Wakanda cannot ignore Black people suffering

while they hoard their resources. I can’t help but wonder: could there possibly be a Wakanda right under our nose in real life? Could it be Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda or any of the 50-plus countries on the African continent? Could any of them be more technologically advanced than any other nation, but portraying the opposite? As Black people, countries, nations, islands, how much longer must we “play dumb” so that the White power structure doesn’t destroy or conquer our God-given gifts, resources or interrupt our way of life? “Black Panther” doesn’t provide an answer for that, but it does show how high a African nation can rise when women are equal to men, and when Black people rule themselves. WI


Ruth E. Carter Styles Kings, Queens of ‘Black Panther’ By Lauren Poteat WI Contributing Writer Marvel’s upcoming film “Black Panther” and its star-studded, allBlack cast is expected to be a smash hit, and in celebration of the new movie, the Smithsonian African Museum of Art welcomed veteran costume designer Ruth E. Carter over the weekend for an intimate discussion on her role in and vision for the film. “The idea was to present a new model for a vision of Afrofuturism,” Carter said during the Saturday, Feb. 10 event. “I had to make this Black Panther costume come to life. From designing the texture of the fabric all the way to lacing the entire suit with vibranium — this sacred metal only found in Wakanda. ... There’s this sacred geometry when you look at the continent of Africa. There’s a triangle that’s used throughout the continent and all other types of forms. So we took a tiny triangle and we printed on the fabric. So when you get up close, and you will, you’ll see that little triangle throughout. “That overall patterning throughout the suit —with or without the Black Panther’s helmet on — became the king’s clothes in a way, so not only is he a superhero, but he is also this African king,” she said. “And that was one of my major contributions to the film.” Each design and pattern has a significant cultural meaning and took from all over the continent from Kenya, to Mali, to Nigeria, to Burkina Faso, all the way to South Africa.

Carter and production mates flew to Nelson Mandela’s home country in order to get permission to use the traditional Lesotho designs. “That’s what’s so great about this project,” she said. “You should be able to say you’re from Wakanda, you’re part of … the Turkana tribe,” Carter said. “That’s the beauty of what this film can do for you. You should be able to pick it apart and say, ‘I’m gonna find out more about myself.’’’ Though producing the first design of the Black Panther’s costume took approximately $500,000 from Marvel’s budget, Carter says it was very important to her to do the royalty of Africa justice. “The major concept that I want people to take away from this film is that we can fall in love with Africa,” she said. “When you see ‘The Samurai,’ you really see and feel the strength of those people. In ‘Black Panther,’ there are the female warriors known as the Dora Milaje who are ranked as Wakanda’s most powerful fighting force. When I created them, I kept them fully clothed, they are bald and they are fierce. They are strong and so when you see them, I want you to see and feel the same things that you did with ‘The Samurai.’ “When the Dora Milaje train their daughters to take their places, I want people to really understand these women’s ability to pass that same strength along,” Carter said. “Wakanda is not literally a real place, but once people reconnect with their roots, they will realize that the concept of Wakanda resides in all of us.” WI

Inside the Making of ‘Black Panther’

Behind the Scenes with Nate Moore and Ruth E. Carter

5 Ruth E. Carter /Photo courtesy of Black Girl Nerds.

Along with an A-list cast, behind the scenes of Marvel’s “Black Panther” stands Hollywood veterans whose expertise and passion brought to life the story of Wakanda. Nate Moore, executive producer, and Ruth E. Carter, costume designer, shed light on how the projected blockbuster of the year came to fruition. “I’m excited for the public to see the film. I’m excited that people will get to experience the film and have their own experience,” Carter said. “As a creator and a designer when


One-on-One with ‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler By Sarafina Wright WI Staff Writer

At only 31, Ryan Coogler holds director credits for “Fruitvale Station,” “Creed” and now his biggest undertaking yet, Marvel’s “Black Panther.” Although not the first Black superhero movie, “Black Panther” has undoubtedly come with the most fanfare and the biggest studio budget for a film of its kind. At at a pivotal point in American history — politically and socially — the expectations and stakes are high. With a majority Black cast, Coogler said it was one of the few things he knew he had to get right. “These movies, for whatever reason, when you announce who you cast, everything gets judged,” he said. “Casting has a lot of implications, and I wrote the script with certain actors in mind, because this was a opportunity for us, specifically with [stars Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman]. “Coming up in the ‘90s we had three of these male stars that could front any kind of movie, they could do action, funny, sexy — Denzel [Washington], Will [Smith] and Wesley [Snipes] — and they were never in a movie together for whatever reason,” Coogler said. “For me, this was an opportunity because Chad can front his own movie, Mike can front his own movie, so this was a chance to make that Denzel-Will movie I never got to see. For the people coming up, now they can see that the two dopest Black actors can work together with no problems.” Coogler said that when he was named director of the film, he immediately felt a certain responsibility. “I thought it was important to fuse my own perspective as a Black man,” he said. “It was something I felt I had a responsibility to do with a very specific perspective. I’m African-American, born in the ‘80s, from a specific place, Oakland. I see the world a particular way for all those reasons, but I also have questions as it relates to my identity as a result of that as well.” In preparing for his role as director and co-scriptwriter, Coogler journeyed to Africa to begin his research. “I know there is a dynamic in terms of being African-American versus African,” he said. “It’s a dynamic that’s very interesting that I’ve come across at various stages in my life. Hip-hop culture is like popular culture now. You go across the world and that’s the music everyone is listening to. “I wanted to do my homework and penetrate the continent, because my perspective isn’t the only perspective,” Coogler said. “I visited several countries in Africa and spent time there. The question for me is, what does it mean to be African, a question I’ve been asking myself since I knew I was Black.” Coogler said his misconceptions about the continent cleared up while visiting, a theme that is explored in the film. “I learned that we as African Americans are really, really African, in almost everything we do,” he said. “I grew up thinking that we had our African culture taken from us, that it was lost, but the truth is we didn’t, we held on to it.” Coogler said the connections just haven’t been made yet and that “Black Panther” could start an important conversation. “I’m African, but no one who has told me that in my family has ever been there,” he said. “With this movie I was kind of able to answer that question. I wanted to make a movie with a theme that had some depth to it.” WI 4 Ryan Coogler attends a “Black Panther” movie premiere in February. /Courtesy of Colorlines

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5 Nate Moore /Photo courtesy of Marvel


you first see the film it’s kind of like you’re under siege, like, ‘but where is that?’ And so it’s hard to actually see it. “But with this one, I enjoyed it,” she said. “I laughed and Shuri’s character was a favorite. I love how my Lupita turned out, she had so many different arcs and levels to her character.” Carter — a veteran costume designer whose credits include “School Daze,” “The Butler,” “Selma” and two Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design for her work

on the films “Malcolm X,” directed by Spike Lee, and “Amistad,” directed by Steven Spielberg — knew it was necessary to incorporate the different cultures within Africa for fictional Wakanda. “I’m looking at the whole continent and a wide range of people, like the Maasai and the Suri,” she said. “It all becomes a part of the framework of Wakanda. Most people who read the comic books know Wakanda is a mountainous area, and it’s a secret place that’s not necessarily trading and in-

teracting with the rest of the world. They’re more advanced in technology than other civilizations. “We are creating that world and trying to create a culture and pride that feels authentic to the specific location,” she said. Carter said that through her research, she infused a Afro-futuristic model with African culture and came up with ideas that she presented to director Ryan Coogler and the Marvel team. “In our meetings, Ryan talked




Gay Love Story Goes Viral and Inspires By Timothy Ray @Freeman.Jasper Special to The Washington Informer Finding love isn’t always easy. Whether searching for lasting romance on a dating app, online, through mutual friends or randomly in-person, it can be daunting. For some, finding true love can take nearly a lifetime. But for Boston University law students Jonathan Allen, 27, and Derrick Young, 24, love was instant, spontaneous and unexpected. Their love story begins back in 2012 inside an audito-

rium after a student government presidential debate at Grambling State University in Louisiana. “Neither one of us were looking for anybody. We met. We flirted. And we’ve been in each other’s lives since that day,” said Allen, who was running for student body president when they first met nearly six years ago. “It was a connection that I never experienced with anyone else,” said Young. “We were able to make that bond instantly.” Their relationship, built on transparency, honesty and trust, still remained a secret throughout their time in undergrad, and later became long distance as the

two entered separate graduate schools. At Grambling, classmates saw them as good friends, serving side-by-side in student leadership. But secretly, their relationship continued to blossom. “It was survival to a certain extent,” Allen said, reflecting on the torment he felt as he loved in private. Further, love between two men contradicted his faith. He’d become an ordained minister at 11, sharing the good news throughout his home state of Texas. While young had already come out to his family in Missouri, Allen knew he’d have to first confront his thoughts of self-hate, suicide and the stigma of homosexuality that had been ingrained in him by his family and the faithbased community he served. Allen: “There were times that I uttered to Derrick that we are never going to be together because I’m not going to hell.” Young: “I was used to being in down-low relationships and was open in college. So, in meeting Jonathan, I did feel like I was putting myself back in the closet.” Allen: “I had to go through an entire transition and evolution in my thinking, my understanding

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5 Jonathan Allen (left) and Derrick Young /Courtesy photo

and my loving to get to where we are, and what we share today. Now, we’re about to get married.” After five years of secrecy, on Oct. 14 last year, Allen proposed in a surprising act that friends caught on video. Young said yes, of course. Their “magical moment” became an instant social media viral sensation garnering nearly 15 million views. Young: “To come out and be open. It was amazing to be liberated. I think we were so ready. We have been celebrating ever since. It’s been a happy and exciting experience.” Jonathan: “It feels great to be able to say this is who I love. This is who I am and no longer be

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Savion Glover Keeps the Beat Going By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor @dkevinmcneir Savion Glover will soon kick off his national tour here in the District, reminding us why he’s considered “the greatest tap dancer who has ever lived,” while often described as “absolutely sensational” among a slew of well-deserved accolades. The acclaimed dancer, choreographer and actor takes to D.C.’s National Theatre in Northwest, tap shoes in tow, for two performances, Feb. 23 – 24 for “All FuNKD’ Up, The ConCert” and as always, will bring an exciting show that will feature a conversation between his percussive skills and a six-piece band, along with a troupe of dancers as he taps new rhythms, new grooves, new “funks.” Glover’s U.S. tour will also serve as a celebration of his 35th year as a performing artist in the business – a career during which he’s garnered a Tony Award for his choreography, produced works for Broadway and starred in films that include “The Tap Dance Kid,” “Tap” also featuring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis,

Jr., Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled” and “Jelly’s Last Jam,” a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Not bad for the Newark, New Jersey native whose innate abilities in music and dance first presented themselves when he was just a young boy where he set a record that has yet to broken: the youngest to ever receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts. And with the founding of several companies in his hometown, like Savion Glover Productions, he’s determined to highlight the tradition of tap dancing and sound, also providing quality production and project management services for dancers hoping to one day claim their place among the nation’s top echelon of entertainers. Glover says he’s returned to the stage because he wants people to join him in “having a good time.” “My fellow dancers and some of my close friends share my love and appreciation for tap and so when I’m on stage, I enjoy myself and want the audience to enjoy themselves too,”

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Glover said. “Dance serves as the leading instrument in the shows I produce. Tap dance is the concert. I guess you could say that I’m still trying to help people achieve a greater appreciation for this art form. I want folks to see it in the same vein as a rock concert.” Glover says that he no longer concerns himself with differing responses to his work between American audiences versus those in Europe, Africa or countries like China where he often sells out arenas as eager fans swoop up tickets and pack the seats to witness his tap dancing prowess. “When I was younger, I often compared the way I was received when I was performing outside of the U.S. but now the focus begins internally,” he said. “You can’t control the many different perceptions that people may have as it relates to my performance. And that’s not really what drives me and pushes me.” “My goal remains the same as it’s always been: I want people to experience the dance and the music. It’s the dance that evokes the response. I feel the energy of my audiences. They welcome the dance.” Now 44, Glover, who calls his form of dance, “free style hard core,” says he keeps himself in shape by “eating well and getting a good night’s sleep.” “I put my life into what I do,” he said. “When I perform, I am living my life. It is my life and I appreciate those who continue to come out to experience my dance and the joy it still brings me.” For tickets and more information, visit WI



‘Something Rotten!’ – A Barrel of Laughs from Start to Finish By Eve M. Ferguson WI Contributing Writer “Something rotten” has raised its ugly head in the District these days and has nothing to do with either the unprecedented surge of outlandish antics committed by our nation’s elected officials or even the “science project” that’s has been hiding in the back of your refrigerator. “Something Rotten!” refers to the hilarious production now on stage at the National Theatre in Northwest (which runs through Feb. 18) that pokes fun at the so-called roots of today’s theatrical musical. And while it’s just a make-believe story, couldn’t the playwright be on to something? Even more, maybe this hilarious show is just what we need here in D.C., given the frequent threat of government shutdowns, inexplicable stock market fluctuations and ill-advised “duels” that take place between Republican and Democratic members of Congress who refuse to find middle ground and compromise. Flashback to the days of the Renaissance as Nick Rashad Burroughs, the wandering minstrel, sets the stage at the play’s beginning before we are catapulted into the present as he shares the fictitious tale of Nick and Nigel Bottom – two brothers who, in their quest for fame, end up inventing the musical. Sometime during the 16th century, Nick (Rob McClure) forms a theater company which includes a then-unknown William Shakespeare as one of the production’s actors. After a colossal failure, Nick, armed with the input of his sonnet-writing brother Nigel (Josh Grisetti) seeks out their next theatrical venture. Down on his luck and money, Nick’s wife Bea (Maggie Lakis) sets out to secure employment, so desperate that the ventures out in the guise of a man. Nick takes off with what little money they have and hires a psychic who just happens to be a relative of the “original” Nostradamus, Thomas Nostradamus (Blake Hammond). That’s where the laughs begin, maintaining a steady pace until the play’s conclusion while a talented cast sings, tap dances and delivers slapstick jokes – all resulting in the creation of the world’s first musical. Actor Adam Pascal’s portrayal of Shakespeare, appears as a cross between Billy Idol, Sting and the incomparable Freddie Mercury, the lead singer from the group Queen,

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build up to the climax of the play – Omelette the Musical, complete with tap dancing eggs. While it may sound as if “Something Rotten!” is a bit too much for the average Joe to handle, I guarantee you’ll love it. The play is directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw with music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winner and Tony nominee  Wayne Kirkpatrick  and  Golden Globe Award and Tony nominee  Karey Kirkpatrick  and a book by Tony nominees  Karey Kirkpatrick  and best-selling author John O’Farrell.   For more information including tickets, go to www.thenationaldc. org WI

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GEMINI There is quite an intense focus on a sensitive sector of your chart, which can provide an opportunity to clear up issues that may have been holding you back. On a lively note, an upbeat focus in your sector of travel and adventure encourages you to continue the process of learning and exploring new terrain. A solar eclipse in this zone on Thursday might be a call to take up a course of study or invest in the services of a life coach who can help you live to your fullest potential. Lucky Numbers: 4, 6, 24

When They Call You a Terrorist By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer You can’t look any longer. Whatever it is, it’s just too painful, too scary, so you hide your eyes and pretend that nothing’s happening. You can’t look any longer, so you don’t… but after awhile, you notice it again. That’s when you realize that you saw all along. That’s when, as in the new book “When They Call You a Terrorist” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele, you realize that you never really could look away. Growing up as the third child in a family of four, Patrisse Khan-Cullors lived with her mother and siblings in a “multiracial” neighborhood near Sherman Oaks, California. The two places were “less than a mile” apart but, due to social, financial and racial divides, they were separated by oceans, in Khan-Cullors’ mind. Despite that her mother worked all day and into the night, Khan-Cullors was reared in a loving atmosphere. The man who raised her wasn’t always around, but she adored him; after she learned at age 12 that he wasn’t her biological father, her birth father and his family became present on a regular basis. Absent an adult, Khan-Cullors’ eldest brother acted as “man” of the house. This all complicated her young life, but she enjoyed this expanded, supportive family. Khan-Cullors says that she was 12 years old the first time she was arrested. By then, she’d witnessed her brothers being questioned by police for just hanging out with friends. She started truly noticing her surroundings. Not long afterward, her father was imprisoned on drug charges, and she lost touch with much of his family. Then her older brother was imprisoned for attempted burglary and was diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and Khan-Cullors came to understand that she was queer. She began to earnestly question things in her life. At 16, she became an “organizer’ and an activist. She doubled down on it after her brother was arrested and called a “terrorist” for yelling at a woman. She was driven to act after the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman, when she sent out a message to her friends: #BlackLivesMatter. “I write,” she says, “I hope it impacts more than we can ever imagine.” And, of course, it did, and it will. Once you’re finished with “When They Call You a Terrorist,” you’ll want to stand up, too. You’ll want to stand, even though author Patrisse Khan-Cullors (with asha bandele) doesn’t tell stories here that haven’t already been told before. Indeed, many authors have shared similar tales of poverty, affluent white friends, outrage, prison, and sadness. The shelves are full of such books — but this one is different because Khan-Cullors gives her story an urgent hear-me-now outrage. That “done playing” feeling is what readers may come away with — a feeling that underscores Khan-Cullors’ activism. And that’s what this book is about: it’s a rallying cry wrapped in a memoir tied in a call to legal action of whatever sort. And so, if you’re ready, “When They Call You a Terrorist” is worth a longer look. WI

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CANCER Your relationships continue to be a key part of your life. Indeed, with sobering Saturn in your relationship zone for some time to come, this is a chance to firm up your boundaries and learn to say no to demands or requests that you don’t wish to engage with. There is a solar eclipse in your sector of transformation on Thursday, which could see you letting go of an issue that has been a part of your life for a long time. The relief could be enormous. Lucky Numbers: 23, 35, 58 LEO Try not to promise more than you can deliver at the start of the week, because it could prove embarrassing later if you can’t manage it. It might be better to understate what you’re capable of and save face. The days ahead could bring unexpected but delightful happenings your way. New developments could impact your love life and other connections. If you find yourself falling in love, it might be best not to rush into anything. Take your time. Lucky Numbers: 16, 39, 52 VIRGO Your sector of romance and creativity could be particularly intense at this time and remain so for some while yet. You could find that you are putting a lot of energy into activities in this area. Other aspects of your chart are encouraging you to let go of anything that is making life difficult for you. This is particularly the case regarding the solar eclipse on Thursday. Releasing whatever no longer serves your best interests can give you the energy to tackle those plans that are most meaningful. Lucky Numbers: 31, 44, 47 LIBRA The week ahead could bring surprises your way, but these seem to be very welcome. Unexpected invitations or a chance to enjoy the company of someone you don’t see very often can bring a little extra sizzle into your life. There is a solar eclipse in your creative and romantic sector on Thursday, and this could see you falling for someone in a big way. If this is the case, the cosmos encourages you not to rush into anything. Bide your time and get to know the person better first. Lucky Numbers: 5, 38, 51 SCORPIO With a powerful blend of energies in your communication zone, you could be involved in a lot of intellectual work or study. Whatever you undertake over the coming months may be very important to you, and it could bring benefits in the future, particularly when it comes to key ambitions. There is a solar eclipse in your home zone on Thursday, and this could ring in changes by encouraging a fresh start. If you’ve been considering moving or buying real estate, this could begin to come together now. Lucky Numbers: 13, 44, 47 SAGITTARIUS You feel more empowered and courageous than you have in some time. This week, a potent focus in the form of a solar eclipse takes place in your sector of talk and thought. This might coincide with an idea whose time has come, one that seems particularly appropriate to your situation. As this eclipse acts like a turbocharged new moon, this can be your chance for a fresh, new start. Lucky Numbers: 29, 42, 45 CAPRICORN This could be a week of impulsive purchases unless you can hold back and make more informed decisions. Even so, if you find something you want at a bargain price, it might well be worth going ahead. There’s a solar eclipse in your money zone on Thursday, indicating the cosmos is encouraging you to experiment with new ways to earn money. This might involve making use of a skill or talent that you’ve pushed to one side. Doing so could prove very rewarding in more ways than one. Lucky Numbers: 18, 19, 54 AQUARIUS This could be an exciting week, with a solar eclipse in your sign that can bring fresh energy into your life. This eclipse, which takes place on Thursday, could encourage you to take a step in a direction you’ve long wanted to go. Events may conspire to push your hand here, even if you don’t feel ready. You’ll soon get used to living at a higher level and be glad you took the chance. The focus shifts over the weekend, encouraging you to invest in some pampering. Lucky Numbers: 8, 15, 30 PISCES Take note of any intuitive nudges that show up, because they might help you make progress in key areas of your life. There’s also a solar eclipse in your spiritual sector that might coincide with an opportunity to resolve an ongoing issue. If you have battled this for some time, events could reveal a way through. Following it might allow you to finally let go, and experience a great deal of relief. You’ll truly be in your element as the sun enters your sign this weekend. Lucky Numbers: 7, 20, 35





SPORTS Georgetown Tops Seton Hall

5 Georgetown forward Jamorko Pickett attempts a jump shot over Seton Hall guard Myles Powell and center Ángel Delgado during Georgetown’s 83-80 win at Capital One Arena in Northwest on Feb. 10. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

6 Georgetown forward Marcus Derrickson shoots a jump hook over Seton Hall forward Ismael Sanogo during Georgetown’s 83-80 win at Capital One Arena in Northwest on Saturday, Feb. 10. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

3 Georgetown center Jessie Govan shoots Seton Hall center Angel Delgodo during Georgetown’s 83-80 win at Capital One Arena in Northwest on Feb. 10. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

strength of schedule and winning streak:

1. Wilson (25-9) (DCSAA)

D.C. High School Basketball By Daniel Kucin, Jr. WI Contributing Writer @danielkucin88 Each week and for the duration of the season, The Washington Informer will feature our choices for the top five high school basketball programs in the greater Washington area, specifically the DCSAA (District of Columbia State Athletic Association) and WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference), for their efforts based upon win/loss record,

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Wilson notched a signature win against Theodore Roosevelt, 90-58, on Feb. 8, blowing out one of the best teams in their conference. Junior guard Jay Heath Jr., senior guard Ricardo Lindo and sophomore small forward Dimingus Stevens are all averaging over 13 points per game this season.

2. Theodore Roosevelt (25-5) (DCSAA: DC Public Schools)

The Roughriders have lost two of their past three games after falling to Wilson. Sophomore point guard Marcus Dockery scored 18 points in the losing effort, while senior guard Kareem James chipped in with 10 points.

3. Friendship Tech Prep Academy (23-3) (DCSAA)

Friendship Tech is on a roll

with a five-game win streak, most recently taking down The Seed School (Washington, D.C.) 89-59 on Feb. 8 behind senior guard Malik Miller’s 27 points. Titans senior guard Kenneth Tyree scored 21 points while freshman combo guard RaSheed Dupree pitched in with 11 points.

4. Thurgood Marshall Academy (22-6) (DCSAA)

Thurgood Marshall ran its win streak to 13 with a 71-50 victory over DC College Preparatory on Feb. 8. Senior guard Savion Gallion exploded for 33 points and 10 rebounds. Senior small forward Darius Richardson also notched a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

5. Gonzaga (22-3) (WCAC)

Gonzaga is on a two-game skid after falling to Paul VI Catholic High School (Fairfax, Va.) 58-51 on Feb. 9. Sophomore guard Terrance Williams led the way with 18


points and five rebounds and The Washington Informer Top fellow sophomore guard Chuck 5 is strictly based upon the opinHarris scored 12 points, but it ions of The Washington Informwasn’t enough to top the Pan- er sports division and will run thers. The Eagles currently sit throughout the duration of the in second in the WCAC behind DCSAA and WCAC basketball Paul VI. seasons. WI WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM







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are not sure whether the season has hit its “peak.” Those most at risk for getting the flu are the elderly, children under 5, pregnant women and people with chronic illness such as heart and lung disease. This flu season has see more than 60 pediatric flu-related deaths. However, experts say the virus is affecting unusual populations. “One of the areas that we’re really seeing unusual levels of hospitalizations is in non-elderly adults,” Schuchat said. “So far this year we’ve seen 63.1 per 100,000 people in the 50 to 64 age group being hospitalized by flu. In [2015-2016], that number was 35.1.” So far this year, the flu season, which runs from October


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in showing support for us.” A member of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration, Anu Rangappa, told The Washington Times that the District had not been contacted about a parade, however, “in the meantime, we do know that, just like the wall, he will have to pay for it.” D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton offered a far more scathing assessment of the potential parade, first tweeting on Feb. 7, “A military parade in DC would shut down the nation’s capital and waste taxpayer dollars just to feed Trump’s ego. The way to show our service members and veterans that we appreciate their service is to use the parade money to fund their health care and other services they need.” The next day, Norton released an official statement, which said

in part: “While the District of Columbia, as the nation’s capital, is proud to host grand federal celebrations, such as the inauguration, we will fight a shutdown of our city that simply assuages Trump’s desire to brag and boast in a series of tweets. No one on Earth doubts that the American military is the most powerful in the world. Unlike less powerful nations, the United States has no need to show off by strutting our soldiers and equipment to prove our strength and leadership. Instead of wasting precious taxpayer resources, the way to show our service members and veterans that we appreciate their service is to use the military parade money to fund their health care and other services they need now.” The last U.S. military parade, in 1991, celebrated victory in the Gulf War. WI

to May, is on track to exceed the rate of hospitalization for the 2014-2015 season, the worst on record in recent years. The CDC recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most crucial step to preventing influenza infections. This year, injectables flu shots are preferred over nasal sprays. Flu vaccines are updated annually based on international surveillance and scientific estimations about which strains of viruses are most likely to circulate in each year. This year vaccines are equipped to defend against the A(H1N1) influenza virus. Influenza A-H3N2 viruses continue to dominate this flu season. These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially in children and the elderly. However, B strains, which vaccines are more equipped to

protect against, have seen an increase in their proportion of circulating flu viruses. “We continue to recommend getting the flu vaccine to prevent flu,” Schuchat said. She said despite ongoing concerns about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine against Flu A, a different category of the flu, the vaccines often work often for the B type strains of the flu that are also circulating this year. “Some protection is better than none,” Schuchat said. Since the flu can make people more susceptible to secondary infections such as bacterial pneumonia, people aged 65 and older are also advised to get a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine. Many children are already vaccinated as infants and toddlers. Other steps to be taken to avoid the flu are to avoid close contact with sick people, limit contact with others when sick and cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Hands should also be washed often with soap and water and kept away from eyes, nose and mouth, and surfaces that may be contaminated with germs like the flu should be cleaned and disinfected. WI








Goodness is Fruit of the Spirit

with Lyndia Grant Goodness is Godly…cleave to that which is good. — Romans 12:9 This week, I’m sharing this article from several years ago which some of you saw and others did not. It is based on a Les Brown principle: “Each of us has some basic goodness which is the foundation for the greatness we can ultimately achieve.” Through the ages, great thinkers have debated the nature of men and women. Are we inherently good, or evil? I believe each of us has elements of good and decency, even the worst of us. And I believe that what we achieve in life is related to how much faith and goodness we bring to the table. The Goal of this column is to inspire you to achieve your maximum potential in your life. Consider this a coaching session that will help you move forward and make those necessary changes in your life that are good. Believe in your abilities but also set clear goals towards achieving the life you want. Sometimes we limit ourselves and cap our potenMt. Zion Baptist Church Reverend John W. Davis Pastor 5101 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 Phone: 202-726-2220 Fax: 202-726-9089 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Children’s Church - 11:00 a.m. (1st & 3rd Sundays) Communion - 10 a.m. 4th Sunday Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. (4th Sunday 8:15 a.m.) Prayer Meeting & Bible Study - Wednesday 7:00 p.m. “A Church with a past to remember – and a future to mold”

tial. Many talented people develop the belief that they are destined to remain in their current situation. I am convinced that all people — whether artists, teachers, athletes, parents or housepainters, elected officials or actors — need to find and nurture our goodness in order to achieve our greatest potential. All of the jealousy, envy, selfishness and cynicism is not fruit that grows from a “goodness” tree. This quote by Ojibwa, says “No tree has branches foolish enough to fight among themselves.” Be strong by bending! It is not so important to be right. It is so much more important when you have a choice to be right or to be kind; to always choose kind. Stay low; humility is the key. A good traveler has no fixed plans; and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants. A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and keeps his mind open to what is. Goodness is biblical. Scripture talks about good in Philippians 4:8, which says, “Think on those things that are of good report.” Meanness, violence and negativity catch on and spread to next generations. On the other hand, love will go through generations, too. Which one would you rather share with others by your actions? There is a dandelion story that reminds us how our behaviors affect others. It goes like this: A dandelion is a fuzzball that grows in the wild — a weed. You take a shovel, turn it upside down and begin to hit them in an attempt to kill them all. They spread all over the place; and the

next spring, you have even more; new generations of dandelions. This is an example of what happens when we use violence; you create violence among our children who watch such hatred; then their children watch them in violent rages, and so on and so on. Want the cooperation of others more quickly with tact; which is also goodness? You will get it when you learn to be tactful in your conversations with others. Never command anybody to do anything, ever! Always ask people if they will please do whatever it is you want. We don’t live in a dictatorship, so goodness and mercy as 23rd Psalm says shall follow me all the days of my life. See yourself in others — it is essential! According to news reports, since Columbine, there have been 74 school shootings. Foster an environment of goodness instead, and we will create a pattern of goodness and miracles! WI Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church The Rev. E. Bernard Anderson Priest Foggy Bottom - Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW - Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 - Fax : 202-338-4958 Service and Times Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist Email: All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.

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Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

John F. Johnson Reverend Dr. 1306 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005 Service and Times Divine Worship, Sunday 10:00 a.m. Communion 1st and 3rd Sunday “Friendliest Church in the City” Website: Email:



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

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

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”

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

Motto : “A Great Commitment to the Great Commandment” Website: Email:

“Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital” Live Stream Sunday Worship Service begins @ 12:00 noon

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

(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:

Mount Carmel Baptist Church Joseph N. Evans, Ph.D Senior Pastor

Virgil K. Thomas, Sr. Senior Pastor/ Teacher

Service and Times Sunday School 8 – 9 AM Worship Service 9 – 11 AM Tuesday Night Bible Study 6:30 – 8:00 PM Wednesday Daytime Bible Study 11 AM – 12:30 PM

“We are one in the Spirit” E-mail:

Services and Times Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Worship: 11:00am Sunday Community Worship Service: 8:30 am

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...

Reverend Dr. Paul H. Saddler Senior Pastor

Turning Hearts Church

4275 4th Street, S.E. Washington, DC 20034 Phone: 202-746-0113 Fax: 301-843-2445

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

901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423 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 “Moving Faith Forward” 0% Perfect . . . 100% Forgiven!

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

“Where Jesus is the King”

Lincoln Park United Methodist Church

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Rev. Richard B. Black 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: "Faith On The Hill"

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

Reverend Christopher L. Nichols Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

Web: Email:

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 Rev. Joan E. Buchanan Executive Pastor 2616 MLK Ave., SE - Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 - Fax 202-678-3304 Service and Times Early Worship Service: 7:30am Worship Service: 11:00am New Member’s Class: 9:45am Holy Communion: 1st Sunday, 11:00am Church School: 9:45am Wednesday 12:00pm Bible Study Prayer, Praise and Bible Study: 7:00pm Saturday Bible Study: 11:00am Baptism 4th Sunday: 11:00am

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

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”

“Empowered to love and Challenged to Lead a Multitude of Souls to Christ”

Peace 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 Early Morning Prayer & Bible Study Class 8:00 am Sunday School 9:00 am Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:00 am Wednesday Service 12:00 pm

Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church 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. Oran W. Young 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

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

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

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:


Email: Website:

Service and Times Sunday School for All Ages: 8:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Services: 9:30 a.m. Midday Prayer & Bible Study: Wednesday 11:30 a.m. Evening Prayer & Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Laymen's League: Thursday 7:00 p.m. Email: Website: “Changing Lives On Purpose “ For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.







SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000021

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000065

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000017

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000036

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000024

Joshua Cook Jr. Decedent

Carolynne Monroe Edwards Decedent

Anna J. Bailey aka Anna Jewel Bailey Decedent

Linda Paulette Fields Decedent

Patsy B. Jenkins aka Patsy Jenkins Decedent


Aimee Desiree Griffin, Esq. The Griffin Firm, PLLC 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW Suite 440 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney



Wallace R. Fields, whose address is 4307 Dario Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Linda Paulette Fields who died on July 19, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 08/08/2018. 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 08/082018, 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.

Donna Arrendell, whose address is 4218 Blagden Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Patsy B. Jenkins aka Patsy Jenkins who died on December 13, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/8/18. 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 8/8/18, 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.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Evelyn V. Cook, whose address is 2216 Good Hope Rd. SE Washington, DC 20020, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Joshua Cook Jr. who died on 10/8/2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 08/01/2018. 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 08/01/2018, 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: 02/01/2018 Evelyn V. Cook Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Lisa Michelle Monroe, whose address is 1324 Holbrook St., NE, Washington, DC 20002 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Carolynne Monroe Edwards who died on November 24, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/18/2018. 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 8/18/2018, 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: 2/8/2018 Lisa Michelle Monroe Personal Representative

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Joanne Dove, whose address is 1906 Valley Terrace, SE, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Anna J. Bailey aka Anna Jewel Bailey who died on July 2, 2003 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/8/2018. 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 8/8/2018, 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: 2/8/2018


Joanne Dove Personal Representative

Anne Meister Register of Wills


Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Date of first publication: 02/08/2018 Wallace Fields Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Date of first publication: 2/8/18 Donna Arrendell Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Washington Informer


Probate Division

Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration Number 2018 ADM 66

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2017 ADM 001493

Estate of

Willie A. Anderson Jr. Decedent



Carolyn J. Starkey

(For estates of decedents dying on or after July 1, 1995)

Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Lisa L. T. Chopey 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.

In the absence of a will or proof satisfactory

to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate Appoint an unsupervised personal


Date of first publication: 2/1/2018

Carolyn J. Starkey

Personal Representative:


Maureen E. Anderson, whose address is 5532 Hunt Place NE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Willie A. Anderson Jr. who died on March 3, 2014 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/1/2018. 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 8/1/2018, 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: 2/1/2018 Maureen E. Anderson Personal Representative


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Administration No. 2018 ADM 000012

Administration No. 2017 ADM 1043

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000022

Stewart G. Nevers Decedent

Otis J. Collins Decedent

Odessa E. Williams Decedent



Sheila Gladys Dawson, whose address is 6039 Cipirano Road, Lanham, MD, 20706, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Otis J. Collins who died on May 23, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/1/2018. 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 8/1/2018, 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.

Delores Powers, whose address is 5381 Chillum Place, NE, Washington, DC 20011 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Odessa E. Williams who died on December 17, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/1/2018. 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 8/1/2018, 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: 2/1/2018

Date of first publication: 2/1/2018

Sheila G. Dawson Personal Representative

Delores Powers Personal Representative




Aimee D. Griffin, Esq. 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 440 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Sherol Nevers, whose address is 5409 19th Ave., Hyattsville MD 20782, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Stewart G. Nevers who died on 8/19/17 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/1/2018. 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 8/1/2018, 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: 2/1/2018 Sherol Nevers Personal Representative

Anne Meister

Register of Wills

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Washington Informer

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2017 ADM 1270 Isaac R. McClain, Jr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Earlene Smith McClain, whose address is 122 33rd Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Isaac R. McClain, Jr. who died on March 2, 2016 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 8/15/2018. 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 8/15/2018, 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: 2/15/2018 Earlene Smith McClain Personal Representative

LEGAL NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Trust No. 2018 NRT 000006 Delores N. Brown Name of Deceased Settlor NOTICE OF EXISTENCE OF REVOCABLE TRUST Delores N. Brown whose address was 3308 22nd St. NE, Washington, DC 20018 created a revocable trust on 1/6/11, which remained in existence on the date of death on December 8, 2017 and, Jacquelyn T. Womack, whose address is 3308 22nd St. NE, Washington, DC 20018 is the currently acting trustee, hereinafter the Trustee. Communications to the Trust should be mailed or directed to Jacquelyn T. Womack at 3308 22nd Street, NE Washington, DC 20018. The Trust is subject to claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors, costs of administration of the settlor’s estate, the expense of the deceased settlor’s funeral and disposal of remains, and statutory allowances to a surviving spouse and children to the extent the deceased settlor’s residuary probate estate is inadequate to satisfy those claims, costs, expenses, and allowances. Claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors are barred as against the Trustee and the trust property unless presented to the Trustee at the address provided herein on or before 8/15/2018 (6 month after the date of the first publication of this notice.) An action to contest the validity of this trust must be commenced by the earliest of (1), December 8, 2018 (One year from date of death of deceased settlor) (2), 8/15/2018 (6 months from the date of first publication of this notice) or (3) Ninety days after the Trustee sends the person a copy of the trust instrument and a notice informing the person of the trust’s existence, of the Trustee’s name and address, and of the time allowed for commencing a proceeding. The Trustee may proceed to distribute the trust property in accordance with the terms of the trust before the expiration of the time within which an action must be commenced unless the Trustee knows of a pending judicial proceeding contesting the validity of the trust or the Trustee has received notice from a potential contestant who thereafter commences a judicial proceeding within sixty days after notification. This Notice must be mailed postmarked within 15 days of its first publication to each heir and qualified beneficiary of the trust and any other person who would be an interested person within the meaning of D.C. Code 20-101(d). Date of First Publication: 2/15/2018 Jacquelyn T. Womack Signature of Trustee TRUE TEST COPY

Washington Informer SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration Number 2018 ADM 000123 Estate of Pearl R. Wood NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Thurie Wood-Kelly and Kisha L. Woolen for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representatives. Unless a responsive pleading in the form of 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. In the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining the decedent died intestate appoint a supervised personal representative

Thurie Wood-Kelly Kisha L. Woolen Personal Representatives



SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

Administration No. 2017 ADM 923

Administration No. 2018 ADM 76

Administration No. 2017 ADM 001351

Ethel M. Taylor Decedent

Juliana Soo-Jin Ko Decedent

Helga M. E. Bailey Decedent

Kisha L. Woolen, Esquire Tobin O’Connor & Ewing 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW #700 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney

Kisha L. Woolen, Esquire Tobin O’Connor & Ewing 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW #700 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney

Edward G. Varrone, Esq. 910 17th Street, NW Suite 800 Washington, DC 20006 Attorney



Madeline H. Jones, whose address is 4911 Lottsford Vista Road, Bowie MD 20720-4218, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Ethel M. Taylor who died on April 14, 2013 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/15/2018. 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 8/15/2018, 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.

Phillip Lee Young, whose address is 15802 Glacier Court, North Potomac MD 20878, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Juliana Soo-Jin Ko who died on October 11, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/15/2018. 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 8/15/2018, 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: 2/15/2018

Date of first publication: 2/15/2018

Madeline H. Jones Personal Representative

Phillip Lee Young Personal Representative



Anne Meister Register of Wills

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Washington Informer

Washington Informer

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000042

Administration No. 2018 ADM 78

Yvonne T. Riddick Decedent

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Date of first publication: 2/15/2018




Anne Meister Register of Wills

Anne Meister Register of Wills

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Eugene K. Riddick whose address is 1112 Spring Road, NW, Washington, DC 20010 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Yvonne T. Riddick who died on July 2, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/15/2018. 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 8/15/2018, 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.

Tiphanie N. Gilmore Edwards and Stephanie R. Gilmore whose addresses are 16303 Eddinger Rd, Bowie, MD 20716 and 4447 Douglas St. NE, Washington, DC 20018, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Madeline M. Christain who died on December 19, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/15/2018. 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 8/15/2018, 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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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS LaShawn Jefferson, whose address is 831 Amies Lane, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Helga M. E. Bailey who died on January 12, 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/15/18. 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 8/15/18, 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: 2/15/2018 LaShawn Jefferson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2018 ADM 000038 Mae D. Bunn Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Michelle R. Guyton, whose address is 8102 South Bicentennial Loop S.E., Olympia, WA 98503 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Mae D. Bunn who died on September 1, 2017 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/15/2018. 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 8/15/2018, 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: 2/15/2018 Michelle R. Guyton Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

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LEGAL NOTICES SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2018 ADM 000050 Nora Ramsey Decedent Kisha L. Woolen, Esq. Tobin O’Connor & Ewing 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW #700 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Hilliard N. Vance, whose address is 8815 Lanier Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Nora Ramsey who died on July 30, 2001 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/15/2018. 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 8/15/2018, 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: 2/15/2018



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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2018 ADM 28 Nathaniel Brown Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Barbra Wilson, whose address is 6414 Bushey Drive, Temple Hills, MD 20748 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Nathaniel Brown who died on 9/14/2015 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/15/2018. 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 8/15/2018, 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: 2/15/2018 Barbra Wilson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

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Martha H. Terrell Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Thomas C. Williams III, whose address is 3065 Clinton Street NE, Washington, DC 20018, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Martha H. Terrell who died on February 13, 1999 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., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 8/15/2018. 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 8/15/2018, 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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stuck with the task. Both Democrats and Republicans have verbalized opposition to the parade, and they are likely to be labeled “treasonous” by 45, since anyone who disagrees with him, or fails to clap (or bow) when he speaks is obviously a traitor. He is behaving like a despot like his rival, North Korea’s “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un. While 45 finds it convenient to idolize the military and insist that the rest of us do so, as well, he didn’t find it convenient to serve in the military. He was excused from military service during the Vietnam era because he had flat feet or bone spurs or

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of success. Too often, luck plays a determining role in who is able to achieve a good quality of life and who isn’t. Providing our kids with a high-quality education is the first step to making sure their future is determined by their hard work. We can put our schools back on the right track by fully funding education, ensuring Annapolis keeps its promises to actually increase education spending with casino revenue, pay teachers more and invest resources in our poorest school districts. We have not seen this kind of leadership from Governor Hogan, and if Democrats want to be successful in defeating him, we must have a nominee with the political courage and clear track record to hold him accountable for his failures in office. WI

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many parents like me who send our children to public schools. Quite frankly it all harkens back to the disappointment we felt when we found out the casino and gambling revenue funds that were promised to increase education funding, have actually only been used to replace funding that was moved from the education budget to pay for something else. Our young people deserve more and as leaders we have to set a better example. What does it say to our youth about their value when no one takes responsibility or demands accountability when the system fails them? As a civil rights leader, community organizer and businessman, I’ve spent my life bringing

people together to get big things done. Those experiences have taught me change begins with leadership that can inspire people to come together. Being a leader isn’t just about implementing good policies, it’s also about being a moral compass and living the values that make up the best of us. As we watch Donald Trump and Republicans continue eroding our ethical standards, we need leaders at the state level who are willing to stand up and be called to account for their actions, especially when it comes to our youth. The best thing we can do for the next generation is provide them with the tools they need to shape their own destiny. Here in Maryland, too often we see hard work is not the only determinant

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has produced nothing. If escalating military exercises and threats don’t produce a war by miscalculation, they end up advertising the impotence of U.S. policy. Diplomacy isn’t a surrender; it is an opening. The only way North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons is if it can receive concrete guarantees against foreign attack. The only way we can live with North Korea having nuclear weapons is with dialogue and mutual steps to build trust and security. North Korea is a ruthless dictatorship with a failed economy. South Koreans are understandably fearful of war, but not exactly eager to bear the cost of rebuilding the North. Kim has made an opening gesture at the Olympic Games. Both South Korea and the U.S. have every reason to call his bluff, to seek discussions rather than to continue a no-talk policy that leads only to greater tension and frustration. WI


to massive casualties in both North and South Korea and make the U.S. a pariah among nations. Worse, the military threats only make the North Korean leadership less likely to negotiate away their nuclear weapons program. The U.S. sees North Korean nuclear weapons as offensive, threatening the U.S. and our allies. North Korea clearly sees its nuclear weapons as defensive. For an isolated dictatorship that is denounced by the U.S., a nuclear weapons capacity may serve the same purpose the U.S. claims for its own nuclear arsenal — deterring any country from attacking. President Moon would clearly like to lessen tensions and move toward better relations. He has no desire to distance himself from the U.S., but would like to bring the U.S.

and North Korea to the negotiating table. What do Trump and his advisers want? The no-talk, bigstick policy leads to a dead end. North Korea already has nuclear weapons. Severe sanctions have not slowed its development of intercontinental missiles. The Chinese suggest that talks could start if the U.S. suspends its regular joint military exercises with South Korea and North Korea responds by suspending nuclear and missile tests. Neither the U.S. nor North Korea has expressed support for that. Kim vows to “mass produce” nuclear weapons; Pence demands that North Korea begin “denuclearization,” the dismantling “permanently and irreversibly” of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs before there are any negotiations or loosening of sanctions or suspension of military exercises. A no-talk, all-swagger policy


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about that he wanted it to be this visual feast,” she said. Coogler also wanted the female characters to be a prominent component of “Black Panther,” a direction that Moore made happen. “The women came strong intentionally so, Ryan had a very strong specific vision of what Nakia and Okoye could be,” Moore said. “When you cast Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, that is cemented even more. They took it so seriously because it was personal to them. “Even on the day when they confront each other, that scene was very powerful even on a blue-screen stage, like, ‘oh this is going to work, these characters are going to resonate,’” he said. “They do steal the movie in a lot of different regards. What I think is great is that they all exist in the same


I also pushed for more census funding specifically targeted at Black communities. Despite our efforts, the 2010 Census missed an estimated 1.5 million people of color. Unless the Census Bureau makes immediate, drastic changes, the results of the 2020 Census will be much worse. As part of our efforts, the National Urban League has enlisted civic engagement expert Jeri Green, who will serve as a senior adviser for the 2020 Census. In her former position as senior adviser for civic engagement with

the U.S. Census Bureau, Green educated diverse stakeholders on the benefits of Census participation and engaged Hard-toCount communities to ascertain their unique challenges to obtaining an accurate count. Politicizing the census, particularly at the expense of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, violates the foundational principles of representational democracy. The National Urban League will continue forcefully to advocate for a census that reflects the diversity of our nation. WI

Congressional Gold Medal — the highest civilian award of the United States. If Trump ever took notice of Blacks, he’d see the benefit in making Simeon Booker a member of the 2018 medal recipients and correcting

this oversight. More African Americans should be focused on righting wrongs. Lobby the Trump administration officials to give Booker an award he justly deserves. WI

• Offers long overdue assistance in the aftermath of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Florida and Texas and the fires in California. This funding will bring relief to children and their parents and finally includes new Medicaid dollars to Puerto Rico. • Adjusts sequestration’s budget caps so there will again be parity between defense and non-defense expenditures. While we are encouraged by these critical steps forward for children, a gaping hole remains. The Senate will begin consideration next week on legislation to offer hope, protection and a path to citizenship for the nearly 800,000 current DACA Dreamers and the more than one million additional Dreamers who could qualify for DACA but have not, but its road forward is not clear. Yet the threatening March 5 deadline looms. If DACA protections are not preserved

in law by that date, it is estimated that on average nearly 1,000 Dreamers a day will lose their protection from deportation and their ability to work. Their dreams and futures must be protected and preserved. As we move forward with implementation of this new budget package, we must stay vigilant to ensure DACA protections and a path to citizenship are enacted and threats to key programs to keep children healthy, well fed and housed are fought back. The president’s 2019 budget is likely to result in deep cuts to Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, housing assistance and other core programs that reach many of the families of the nearly 13.2 million children living in poverty. We must work together to fight them back and keep fighting to protect and expand every piece of good news. WI

movie and they are all different. “A lot of times you get one strong female character and that’s cool, then you get three strong female characters, and Ramonda the fourth, just different visions of what it means to be Black and female is really powerful because we don’t get to see that,” Moore said. As the single African-American producer in the film division at Marvel Studios, Moore said his proudest moment so far has been the reaction from fans online and the social media hashtag #whatblackpanthermeanstome. “All of the love we are getting online is kind of surprising and overwhelming which is cool, because people love that trailer, love that poster, but that hashtag and what this movie means to people personally and the notion that it even exists is moving,” he said. “This is

going to be important to people in a way that I wasn’t prepared for. I thought that was really powerful.” In producing the film where the story journeys to America and back to Wakanda, Moore said making the connection between cultures was purposeful. “Exploring what it means to be African American and disconnected from the culture of Africa is something that Ryan really believed in and was really personal to him,” he said. “That disconnect from your roots is something that’s really interesting. I think we could have told the story of T’Challa and Wakanda and not gone to America, but it would have been a huge missed opportunity, as it speaks to so much of what we all probably have experienced — that separation from where we come form.” WI









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