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Lonnie P. stays warm on a steam grate outside of the Federal Trade Commission during the record breaking low temperatures in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Lonnie P. said that he finds the grates more comfortable than a shelter. A missing man from New York was found at the same grate after his family saw his photo in USA Today on Sunday, Jan. 5. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Record Low Temperatures Blanket D.C. and the Nation By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer The District and its surrounding areas are still recovering from dangerously cold weather and record-setting low temperatures that led to school cancellations and delays as well as concerns for the safety of the homeless,

seniors, and anyone exposed to the frigid elements. Icy conditions hampered the commute for those driving along the Beltway on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and thousands of flights were canceled or delayed in the wake of the Artic-like storm that weather officials dubbed a, “Polar vortex,” which scien-

tists define as a gigantic mass of swirling dense air that results in a deep freeze. “The District [witnessed] temperatures that we haven’t seen in years and such extreme cold can have deadly consequences for those who are exposed to it even for a short period of time,” said D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

“Please be on the lookout for those who might be vulnerable and take advantage of the many resources the District offers to keep people safe and warm,” said Gray, 71. In addition to Washington’s Hypothermia Hotline, which offers around-the-clock roving patrols and guaranteed shelter

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Hundreds of supporters of a national holiday named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on the National Mall in support of the King holiday bill introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Edward Brooke (R-Mass.) in 1979. Stevie Wonder wrote the Happy Birthday song and hundreds attended the Rally for Peace where more than six million signatures on petitions were handed to Congress in support of the law declaring the third Monday in January the King Holiday. President Ronald Reagan signed the King holiday bill on November 2, 1983. /WI ARCHIVES

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AROUND THEBreak REGION the Cycle of Women Domestic Violence By Tia Carol Jones

law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, old daughter told her the father survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families of her daughter threatened her “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a viclife, and the life of their child, story, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assessshe knew something had to be push forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further done. Out of her frustration said about Marlow. training for law enforcement with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecof the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselstart the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradi“It seems to be a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must that won't turn my family end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. loose,” Marlow said. Marlow help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the 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 Municipal Center. The sympo- who was sentenced to sixAmerican consec- Civil awareness among A bullet indentation is visible on the Wall of Honor at the African War Memorial afterchildren shots werein sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She fired on U Street in Northwest during the latter part of December. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatCenter of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. Heights and the National Hook- 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pasUp of Black Women. the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilMarlow has written a book, an organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” “Color Me Butterfly,” which is a survivors of domesticsurroundviolence soldiers Marlow and said.sailors who served The circumstances By Sam P.K. Collins story about four generations of ing andthe their children. Marlow has worked break shooting are unclear. But the in the Union Armytoduring WI Staff Writer domestic violence. The book is “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, published reports indicate that War. Smith and Colin inspired by her own experiences, years in fear is a long time. It is the andCivil is confident the policies she witnesses saw a group of young Dedrick Wallace knows little Powell, a retired four-star and those of her grandmother, not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start genthat gathering along U Street pri- eral in the U.S. Army, dedicated of happened of men her what mother and heroutside daughter. of,” she said. process. or to the exchange of gunshots. his in his Shestorefront said everybuttime she mind, reads Mildred Muhammad said the“Imemorial plan to take these policies to in 1998. It stands excerpts book, pierced she still They as echoesfrom of her gunshots peoplebelieve who that wanttheto incident help a behind Congress and implore them to the Statue of Freedom have violence stemmedvictim from must the can crisp not believe came may domestic change our laws,” Marlow said. the night the air, words he realized includes a walking area with unsuccessful attempt to and her. “Color Mehim Butterfly” be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these poliafrom bullet could strike at any group’s curved inscribed with the a nearby temple. won the 2007 National “Best enter the victim's life,masonic and understand cies arepanels passed.” moment. names of the mencan who Books” Award. witnesses near that she may bewho in live “survival Tia Carol Jones be served reached Within seconds of hear- Other “I was just 16-years-old when the monument said the shootout mode”. in the war. The stray bullet from at ing more than a dozen gunmy eye first blackened and my occurred “Before between you get to 'I'm youth going last month’s melee hit a small some shots ringing in hissaid. ear, Wallace lips bled,” Marlow to kill you,' started as hanging out itaround thea verbal plaza areaWI where two panels meet. dropped to the floor and Elaine Davis-Nickens,covered presi- and others in a car on U Street. Conversations between musehis head. When the commotion dent of the National Hook-Up Police have made no arrests and um officials, the National Park ended, he peeked through a winof Black Women, said there is no the investigation is ongoing. dow and watched people took Service and D.C. Council memconsistency in theasway domestic In spite of the chaos that unviolence dealt with by shelter in issues a storeare along a bustling folded that night, business went ber Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in Northwest corridor. He closed on as usual. Museum doors the days following the shootout the curtains and resumed his daiopened the next morning and centered on making immediate ly tasks. board members conferred with repairs. Graham sent an email The Dec. 26 incident on U other parties to examine the on the U Street listserv less than Street did not claim any lives ac- damage and replace a display two hours after authorities alertcording to police reports, but a panel. ed him to the incident. He said stray bullet did strike a panel on “A preservation technician that he would support efforts by the Wall of Honor of the nearby has to figure out how to repair African American Civil War Me- the [panel] in a way that inflicts the D.C. government to finance the repairs rather than have the morial. the least damage,” said Frank Wallace said he thinks there’s Smith, 71, director of the Afri- issue get caught up in what is exstill cause for worry. can American Civil War Memo- pected to be an upcoming bud“[Last month’s incident] rial Museum. “Overtime, these get battle in Congress. is hurting our heritage [and] things age and as they do, they “I don’t know how complicatour people,” said Wallace, 50, take on [different forms]. [Re- ed the repair process will be but who works in a shop along the pairing the memorial] is not as I would be an advocate for the U Street corridor. “Someone simple as it looks but it has to be D.C. government to step up and L.Y. Marlow could have gotten killed walking done properly,” said Smith who fix this,” said Graham, 68 and around here. All that has hap- lives in Northwest. a Northwest resident. “I’m aspened is a result of no one takThe African American Civing a stand to address the nega- il War Memorial, located on sured that it has only been minor tivity in our community. You can the eastern entrance of the U damage and it should be fixed repair a memorial but you can’t Street Metro Station in North- rather quickly.” wi / repair lives [that are taken],” said west, honors the lives of more *Dedrick Wallace is a pseudonym Wallace who lives in Northeast. than 209,000 African-American WI Staff Writer

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By James Wright WI Staff Writer Gray Kicks-off Campaign in Ward 8   D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) is set to officially begin his campaign in a ward he won overwhelmingly in 2010. It’s no surprise that Ward 8 in Southeast will once again lead the day, at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). The mayor will start the less than three month journey to win the Tuesday, April 1 Democratic Party primary on his old stomping ground. “We are launching our campaign with a kickoff event at noon on January 11,” Chuck Thies, the campaign manager for Gray, said. “Vince is looking forward to seeing you at THEARC.” Gray, 71, is the last of the top-tier candidates for mayor to begin his bid for the Democratic  nomination. In 2010, he won Ward 8 easily in the September Democratic mayoral primary with 82.10 percent of the vote, surpassed only by Ward 7 – where he resides – that handed him 82.26 percent.  Thies, 46, said that the choice of THEARC is appropriate given its reputation as a place where important events occur. “President Obama has used  its stage to host discussions on fatherhood and the economy,” he said. “First lady Michelle Obama has promoted healthy eating and nutrition at THEARC. We are delighted to be launching our campaign at THEARC, a gorgeous facility supported by an exemplary organization whose mission it is to improve the quality of life for children and adults residing in the east end of our city.”   Cheh to Run Unopposed D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) is apparently running unopposed for her third term in the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest. The District of Columbia Board of Elections reported that no candidates have emerged to oppose Cheh, 63, in the Democratic Party primary on Tuesday, April 1. The Republican, D.C. Statehood Green and Libertarian parties did not have anyone submit petitions to get on the April 1 ballot, either and the council member thinks she knows why. “I do what I think is best for the residents of Ward 3,” Cheh said. “I base my  decisions on what I believe are in their best interests.” Some  political observers speculated that Cheh would have a serious run for her job in April because of her support for Vincent Gray in the 2010 mayoral race. Ward 3 polled 79.41 percent of the vote for D.C. Mayor Adri-


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an Fenty in the September Democratic mayoral primary that year while Gray, the victor in the race, got only 20 percent. However, no one from the Fenty camp has emerged to take her on. Cheh isn’t surprised, though. “The people of the ward, I think, see me as an honest and hard-working council member,” she said. “There have been no major complaints during my service. I bring sound judgment to every issue I address.” Cheh, who has called for Gray’s resignation due to the ongoing investigation into the 2010 mayoral campaign, said that she will not get involved in the mayor’s race. “I am out of the endorsement business,” she said.    Norton Praises Frank Wolf  D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) recently praised a Republican colleague who will not run for re-election to the U.S. Congress for his work in supporting the District and human rights. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said in December that he will not run for

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Black Facts January 9:

1866 – Fisk University is founded in Nashville, Tennessee to educate newly freed slaves by the American Missionary Association. 1967 – The Georgia legislature finally seats Representative Julian Bond. In an amazing anti-democracy display of arrogance, Georgia legislators had refused to allow Bond to take the seat he had duly won because of his opposition to the U.S. war in Vietnam. But a 1966 U.S. Supreme Court ruling declared their action unconstitutional. Bond later became chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors.

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1924 – Legendary Jazz drummer and composer Max Roach is born in New York City. He was perhaps the greatest drummer-composer of the Jazz era performing with some of America’s best-known Jazz musicians and singers. He formed Debut Records in 1952 with bassist Charles Mingus. 1957 – The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is founded in New Orleans, Louisiana by a group of black ministers. The SCLC goes on to become one of the premier leadership organizations of the Civil Rights Movement.

can ultimately trace their ancestry to this woman. However, some more recent studies suggest that humankind first evolved in Southern Africa.

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1944- Boxer Joe Frazier is born in Beauford, South Carolina. His fights with the legendary Muhammad Ali have become boxing classics. 1971 – The Congressional Black Caucus is first organized on this day in 1971.

January 13

1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first black member of a presidential cabinet. Lyndon B. Johnson appoints him Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. 1987 – In what many considered a racist decision, Arizona Governor Even Mecham rescinds the gubernatorial decree which had established the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. as a state holiday. The decision set off protests and a national Black boycott of Arizona.

January 14

1930 – Ernest Just becomes vice president of the American Association of Zoologists. Just was perhaps

the most noted black zoologist in American history. He accomplished pioneering research in fertilization and cell division while also publishing over 70 scientific papers and books. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he was a brilliant student who graduated from Dartmouth magna cum laude. He taught at Howard University in Washington, D.C. for years and helped a group of students organize the black Greek letter fraternity – Omega Psi Phi. Just died in 1941 of pancreatic cancer.

January 15 1929 – Martin Luther King, Jr., the man who was to become America’s greatest civil rights hero, was born on this day in 1929. He first rose to national prominence as the country’s premier civil rights leader when he successfully led the Montgomery bus boycott. 1961 – One of the original super groups – The Supremes – signs with black record company Motown on this day in 1961. The name was later changed to Diana Ross and the Supremes and the R&B singers rocked to international fame. Lorraine Hansberry

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1965 – The extraordinarily talented author and dramatist Lorraine Hansberry dies. Deeply committed to the black struggle, Hansberry’s brilliant career was cut short by cancer. She was only 35. Her primary works included “A Raisin In the Sun” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” “A Raisin In The Sun” became the first play written by a young black woman to be produced on Broadway. 1988 – Scientists (paleo-anthropologists) announce the discovery of the “African Eve” – the mother of all humankind. Based on research in East African involving mitochondrial DNA, the researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford, England conclude that the original woman evolved in East Africa approximately 200,000 years ago and that all of humanity

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Takoma Park, Md. Employers have the right to hire and fire whomever they please. When actors work for a television or film company, they have a certain obligation to promote their companies in the way the executives deem fit. I don’t believe Robertson’s GQ interview was one in which he was speaking for himself; he was being interviewed as a star of the Duck Dynasty reality television show. Therefore, he wasn’t speaking for himself as a person – he was giving an interview on behalf of the show. A&E has the right to deal with its employees and ensure that they represent the channel in a proper manner.           

Deborah Hill

Laurel, Md. Robertson, like everyone else, is entitled to his own opinion. But he works for a large television channel and must adhere to that company’s guidelines. It’s sad that it turned out the way it did, but one’s freedom of speech should be monitored in the workplace. We all have our opinions and are free to say what we want, but we must be responsible and not offend anyone when we’re speaking on behalf of, or representing a company.   


Sheila Fortune

Washington, D.C. Freedom of speech should be limited in the workplace, because you really don’t want to offend anyone. And as a Christian, we’re told to love everyone, regardless of their values, ethnicities and sexual orientation. As an employee, you represent a company, and your speech should respect the lifestyles and choices of others. You’re free to voice your opinions when you’re not at work and speaking to someone on a personal basis.  

Jonathan Smith

Upper Marlboro, Md. There should be limits on what one can say in the workplace. When you’re a new employee, you’re given a set of rules and regulations that you must follow if you’re to be a part of that business. A surgeon has ethics and guidelines that he or she must follow when they step into the operating room. Once you accept employment, you must also accept your employer’s rules. If those rules say that you must not speak negatively about a certain group, you have to follow those rules.   

Marcia Plummer

Silver Spring, Md. I think it’s sad that you can’t really express your personal opinion about an issue. If Phil Robertson was asked his opinion about homosexuality on the television show, then I could understand A&E’s suspension, but he was not. He offered his opinion during an interview, off of the air. An employee doesn’t represent their company 24 hours a day. In this instance, he wasn’t speaking on behalf of his employer, and he should be able to say what he really feels.

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population to stay warm by handing out clothing to those living on the streets. “We have Long Johns, and blankets,” said Vincent Blackson, a UPO outreach worker who traveled the area with his team in vans seeking to assist those adversely affected by the frigid temperatures which the National Weather Service said reached a record low of three degrees with a wind chill of minus-16 at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) just before 6 a.m., on Jan. 7. In 1988, temperatures for Jan. 7 set a record at (BWI) when it registered a low of eight degrees. Further, the thermometer at Dulles International Airport fell to three degrees before 9 a.m., on Jan. 7, breaking the previous record of eight degrees set in 1996. The lowest temperature recorded for Jan. 7 at Reagan National Airport had been five degrees, a mark set in 1884. Weather officials said the temperature on Tuesday at Reagan National hit a high of seven degrees, but the accompanying wind chill made it feel as though it was minus-10 degrees. Some of the coldest temperatures recorded in the region included minus-4 in Westminster, Md., minus-5 in Strasburg, Va., and 0 degrees in Chevy Chase circle where Maryland and D.C. connect. Blackstone said UPO officials spent a large portion of time searching for the homeless and others in need under bridges, near The Washington Informer

Metro stations and at various locations throughout the area. “Combined with gusty winds, these temperatures result in life-threatening wind chill values as low as 60 degrees below zero and, with weather that cold, hypothermia and frostbite could easily set in,” said Bob Oravec, a meteorologist at the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Md. As a result, public schools in the District opened earlier on Tuesday while Prince George’s County Public Schools, Alexandria City Public Schools and Arlington County Public Schools each opened with a two-hour delay. A host of other school districts closed because of the sub-freezing temperatures on Tuesday, including Fairfax County Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, and Stafford County Public Schools. The Greater Washington, D.C., Metro Area counted among the many locations around the United States to experience the unusually cold temperatures. In the Midwest, forecasters said Chicago and Indianapolis felt temperatures as low as minus-12 degrees with a wind chill of minus-40. In Minneapolis temperatures fell to minus-29 degrees with wind chills dipping to minus-50, while the coldest temperatures recorded during the week occurred in the towns of Babbitt and Embarrass, Minn., where the thermometer registered at -40 degrees. “This probably isn’t the smartest time to be outside, but I’ve got

to make ends meet,” said Victor Howard, a maintenance worker who lives in Springfield, Va. “I’m wrapped up in a ski coat, three sweaters, a scarf and three pairs of gloves and work boats but I still feel the cold,” said Howard, 49. Lynn Palmer, an administrative officer from Alexandria, Va., who works in the District, told ABC News that she commuted by bus and train on Tuesday but did so after bundling up in layers. “I could barely walk [because of the cold weather],” Palmer said. After about four hours working at a restaurant in Forrestville, Md., Shannon King said she realized that the weather conditions were too much to overcome even for her regular customers. “There was nobody in the restaurant for almost the entire shift,” said King, 22 of Forrestville. “We had more workers than customers and we only had three people on shift. It’s too cold, case closed.” The National Weather Service does have encouraging news for the District. Forecasters predict a cold start to Wednesday, Jan. 8 with morning temperatures hovering in the single digits. However, officials said the high temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday should reach above the freezing mark. The weekend forecast calls for high temperatures of 60 degrees on Saturday, Jan. 11, and 59 degrees on Sunday, Jan. 12. “I think I’ll go sunbathing,” said King, with a laugh. “Seriously, I don’t think anyone wants to see these kinds of temperatures ever again.”wi

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Congressional Black Caucus Prepares 2014 Agenda Poverty, the Economy and Student Loans are Top Priorities By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Early in 2013, when Republicans on Capitol Hill expressed outrage over the lack of public access to the White House, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge said she had more pressing matters on her agenda. “The millions who are the most vulnerable in the country are the ones taking a hit [because of government policies],” said Fudge (D-Ohio), who noted back in April that many Republicans were, “missing in action.” While the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) continues to hammer out details of its 2014 agenda, a CBC spokesperson said it’s a safe bet that poverty and the economy will again top the organization’s to do list this year. Political watchers and constituents can also expect the CBC to ramp up its campaign to curtail the new criteria that makes it difficult for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to qualify for the federal Parent PLUS Loans, which provides affordable financing to parents and guardians to cover educational expenses such as tuition, school supplies, and housing. Until 2011, the Department of Education did not interpret the term “adverse credit history” in the Parent PLUS Loan eligibility criteria to include charge offs, medical collections and other credit issues. Effective in 2012, while African-American families were disproportionately suffering from the impact of a faltering economy, officials applied a new and more restrictive interpretation of “adverse credit history,” which disqualified many from receiving loans if they had outstanding medical bills or charge offs. “Ensuring access to higher education is one of the CBC’s top priorities. In this case, we are also fighting to enable students to remain in the school of their choice until they graduate,” said Fudge, 61. “The sustainability of the institutions that serve these students is critical to maintaining The Washington Informer

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a high standard of education in this country and members of the CBC are committed to doing all we can to quickly undo the change made by this administration that has resulted in thousands of young people being unable to pursue their education.” Fudge said the issue must now be addressed and the policy must be fixed immediately. William R. Harvey, the president of Hampton University and the chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs, said not only were there new regulations imposed, but a typical courtesy notice and comment period on the changes failed to materialize. “Clearly the students and the institutions were blindsided,” said Harvey, 72, who also noted that the changes have resulted in 28,000 HBCU students not being able to fill the gap in resources needed to pay for college and a loss of at least $154 million in revenue to HBCUs. “The solution to this problem is quite simple, the Department of Education should immediately return to the pre-2011 interpretation of ‘adverse credit history,’” Harvey said. Meanwhile, the 43-member CBC plans to release its agenda for 2014 by mid-January and representatives are expected to continue to press the Obama administration on poverty and the economy.

As the nation continues to recover from the Great Recession, African Americans and other minority communities are still struggling, Fudge said. When the CBC released its 2013 agenda, officials said 27 percent of blacks – or about 10 million African Americans – lived below the poverty line, or nearly three times the rate of whites. The CBC’s Economy and Poverty Priority Working Group has been tasked to identify the root causes of poverty and to provide policy solutions that may help break the insidious cycle that often leaves generations struggling to survive, Fudge said. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), and Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ill.) each sit as co-chairs on the CBC’s Economy and Poverty Working Group. “The CBC has traditionally been leaders in protecting initiatives that help lift and keep individuals and families out of poverty,” Fudge said. “Whether it is protecting the socioeconomic safety net programs, providing entrepreneur opportunities for small businesses or increasing access to education, CBC members continue to legislate and advocate for the most vulnerable in our country.”wi

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Web Television Series with NOVA Faculty Nominated for International Awards The web television series “Thurston,” which features the work of producers and actors from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), is nominated for four 2014 International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) awards. According to the official “Thurston” website, the show is a “Western drama about the residents of a remote mining town and their struggle for survival in the 1880’s Kansas Ozarks.” “Thurston” was created by Kathryn O’Sullivan, a NOVA-Manassas communication and theater studies instructor. Former NOVA faculty member Paul Awad is a co-executive producer with O’Sullivan. NOVA-Loudoun communication and theater studies instructor Lisa Nanni-Messegee and NOVA-Loudoun student

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Officials Boast Declines in Violent Crimes By Joshua Garner WI Staff Writer @JoshuaGarnerDC Officials in Prince George’s County are boasting that residents are safer now than they have been since 1986 after county crime stats for the past year showed a continued decline in violent crime rates. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) joined Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and various law enforcement officials Jan. 2 in Lanham to announce the crime statistics from 2013, which represents a 38 percent decrease in homicides and a 30 percent decline in violent crimes since 2010. “We understand that a great county is one that has safe streets and neighborhoods,” Baker, 55, said. “Today, we are here to tell the region that Prince George’s County is a safe place to live, work, and visit.” Baker has been aggressive in an ambitious plan to overhaul the county’s image since taking office in 2010 including restructuring the county schools’ leadership, increasing the county’s tax revenues from commercial real estate, and aggressively lowering the county’s

crime rates. Not long after taking office, Baker began the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, which focused resources in crime-plagued communities in the county. And by all accounts, the initiative appears to be working. By the close of 2013, the county experienced its second consecutive year of declines in crime. Homicides are down 13 percent compared to 2012; and violent crimes are down 14 percent compared to 2012, according to statistics from Prince George’s County Police. For 2013, the overall crime rate dropped by 12 percent compared to 2012. The news was a welcome surprise for residents as well in communities closer to the Capital Beltway, where crime is largely clustered. “We have to be involved,” said Belinda Queen-Howard, 51, of Capitol Heights who leads the Dist. 3 Coffee Circle, a group that works with county police and officials to address issues in the community. “If you see someone doing something wrong, report it.”

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) joined Prince George’s officials in announcing a decline in the County’s crime rates Jan. 2 in Lanham. /Photo Courtesy of Michael Yourishin

CRIMES continued from Page 12 Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw conceded that police had to rebuild their relationship with the community over the

past few years. “Our relationships were strained in the community,” he said. “Those relationships are much stronger [now] than they’ve been before.” Still, officials said that prog-

ress has also been made in lesser crimes. Magaw boasted a 50 percent decrease in carjackings, a 40 percent decrease in stolen vehicles and a 40 percent decline in robberies since 2010. “… This police department is not yet satisfied and we are not done yet,” Magaw said. “We will continue working every day and night to keep our communities safe.” Baker and Magaw said that turn in crime rates was largely due to increased partnerships with agencies within the county including the Office of the State’s Attorney and the Prince George’s County Sheriff ’s Office. The heads of those agencies began having weekly meetings in 2011 after 13 homicides were committed in the first 12 days of the year. Angela Alsobrooks, State’s Attorney of Prince George’s County, said it’s possible for the county to keep the momentum going. She noted that her office has a 75 percent conviction rate in overall cases, and a 93 percent conviction rate for homicides. “The progress is sustainable and this is not by accident,” she said. “…We’re going to make sure we do our best to send the message that crime in Prince George’s County is not acceptable.” O’Malley applauded the county’s teamwork as a model for how agencies can work together to accomplish goals. “Saving lives is the goal and you’re being successful,” he said. “It’s about the common platform.”wi

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‘Tis the Season for Black Nonprofits to Suffer By Janell Ross Special to the Informer from New America Media For Thembi Duncan, it seemed like the kind of opportunity best described as golden. A popular Washington, D.C., radio talk show wanted Duncan - the new producing artistic director of the African Continuum Theatre Company - for an interview on the air. As recently as 2011, the African Continuum, once billed as D.C.’s only professional Black theater company,

had a six-figure production budget. Then, leadership changes and a general malaise around donations hit. Production stopped. Now, Duncan is working to rebuild, and the radio show was needed visibility at a critical time of year for giving. But some of the radio callers offered biting commentary. The African Continuum might break even, perhaps even turn a “profit,” if it would move away from snooty plays written by longdead African-American literary giants. Put a Tyler Perry play

African American philanthropy is overwhelmingly directed at churches and religious orders through tithes, offerings and church outreach; however, several organizations are attempting to shift those funds or additional funds to other areas in serious need, like Black colleges. / Courtesy photo.

on the stage, a caller said. And a good show about a woman wronged or a man scorned and

then saved by the blood of Jesus always sells tickets, several callers suggested. “We are in a rather unusual position in the charitable world,” Duncan told The Root. “Like every other nonprofit, we live and die by donations. But we are not an organization that feeds hungry children. So there are just some people [to] whom we don’t make sense or seem like a priority. For others, they can’t see why we don’t simply focus on commercial goals, put on something mass market. But we contribute something very important to an underserved community, too.” For nearly every fundraiser, the holiday season is critical, a time when American generosity seems to surge. And, one little-known truth in a country where African Americans are frequently depicted and de-

scribed exclusively as charity recipients and, worse still, “takers,” Black Americans respond to the call for charity more often than others. But in Black America, the season for giving has also produced another little talked-about reality: Some causes suffer mightily. Black philanthropic giving— much like white giving—remains overwhelmingly directed at churches. However, for many Black families, the giving often stops there. Secular Black institutions, including historically Black colleges and universities, museums and other nonprofits, are left struggling to survive. In 2012, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a Michigan-based organization, released a study confirming that African Americans give larger shares of their income to charity than any other group. The report also found that a growing legion of identity-based foundations and giving circles such as the Associated Black Charities of Maryland together funnel about $400 million a year to a wide variety of organizations. It did not look at where these foundations are directing pooled contributions. A 2005 study (pdf) did, noting that individual Black households are noticeably more generous in religious giving. The average Black household contributed $924 to a church or religious institution, the study found, compared to an average of about $814 donated by white households. But, Black families were a bit less generous in secular giving, donating an average of $439 to these organizations compared

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On average, about 20 percent of alumni from all the nation’s colleges and universities contribute to


their schools. That figure ranges from 5 percent to 7 percent at public HBCUs and 9 percent to 10 percent at private HBCUs.

to the white-household average of $510. “Blacks have $1 trillion in buying power,” said Marybeth Gasman, director of the Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania. “... African Americans give more of their discretionary income to charity than any other racial or ethnic group in America. Why isn’t more going to HBCUs, those institutions that birthed the Black middle class as we know it?” Gasman’s job has given her a deep understanding of where African Americans do spend their money. Gasman estimates that today, at least 60 percent of Black charitable dollars go to churches, but the other 40 percent is available and, she says, should be aggressively pursued by secular nonprofits and HBCUs. When it comes to HBCUs, the impact of that pattern is stark, Gasman said. On average, about 20 percent of alumni from all the nation’s colleges and universities contribute to their schools. That figure ranges from 5 percent to 7 percent at public HBCUs and 9 percent to 10 percent at private HBCUs. Walter Kimbrough, president of the New Orleans-based HBCU Dillard University since 2012, has emerged as an outspoken voice calling on Black America to do a better job supporting HBCUs. At first glance, he would seem an unlikely spokesman. Kimbrough thinks the financial troubles of HBCUs are often overstated and questions of relevancy are driven by deeper-seated suspicion and disdain for Black institutions. Yes, some Black colleges and universities are in serious trouble (three have closed, and others have lost accreditation in recent

years). Some schools need to make the hard decision to shut down, consolidate with another school or eliminate some majors, Kimbrough said. Yes, many need to specialize and invest in developing academic niches at which they excel. (Dillard, for example, produces the second largest number of Black undergraduates with physics degrees in the country.) And, yes, many need to improve alumni relations and invest in larger fundraising operations, he said. But, HBCUs are educating and graduating larger-than-average shares of first-generation and low-income college students, something crucial to the country’s future economic success, Kimbrough said. And with 103 HBCUs left around the country, HBCUs are closing at a far slower clip than women’s colleges, while educating increasingly diverse student bodies (pdf). Still, Kimbrough has been blunt about calling on Black America—über-wealthy entertainers and athletes and moderate- to modest-income individuals alike—to support the nation’s HBCUs. And, as the son of a United Methodist Church minister, he rebuffs claims that Black America simply does not have the money to do so. “It’s not that Black people don’t have the money or the habit of giving,” said Kimbrough. “I do understand that there is an income gap, that we earn 75 cents on the dollar or something like that and have one-tenth of the wealth of whites. But charity does exist in Black America, and it begins and ends for a lot of people in the church.” Kimbrough, like Gasman, thinks that HBCUs and churches may need to work closely together to encourage a concept first described by the Urban League’s Marc Morial: civic tithing. Frank and direct fundraising appeals for HBCUs need to hap-

pen in pulpits. Religious institutions need to commit to funding student scholarships at HBCUs. People in the pews also need to begin to give to secular and not overtly religious Black-serving nonprofits, which are fighting to educate students, and provide and boost social justice or civil rights, with the same regularity that they do their churches, he said. “We are not going to get into a battle with the church, but perhaps we do need to partner more closely to find ways to share some of the charitable dollars and attention,” said Kimbrough. “The data doesn’t lie. That’s where the money is going.” Back in Washington, D.C., Duncan found herself reaching the same conclusion as Kimbrough: Churches may be a new and important font of support. This summer, the African Continuum was one of a small group of theater companies selected to stage a play about the four little girls killed at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. As a D.C.-based theater troupe, the African Continuum had the opportunity to perform Four Little Girls inside the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It drew an overflow crowd. And, in a series of D.C.-area churches where the performance was also live-streamed, the play drew significant audiences, Duncan said. “Those church-viewing rooms seem to have generated a lot of interest in what we’re doing,” said Duncan. “I think that’s even generated a few three-figure donations. And while we can’t put on a play without a major gift, I think we really accomplished something. We are on their radar.”wi Janell Ross is a reporter in New York who covers political and economic issues. She is working on a book about race, economic inequality and the recession, due to be published by Beacon Press next year. The Washington Informer

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of deceptive diplomas or certificates, and placing classified ads that appear to be “help wanted” ads. “The FTC’s new guidance on vocational schools identifies some of the most deceptive practices by for-profit colleges,” said Maura Dundon, the Center for Responsible Lending’s (CRL) Senior Policy Counsel. “For-profit colleges that mislead students about their expected salaries, job placement, or the quality of the education should take notice that they are violating the FTC Act. The guidance does not technically extend to all for-profit colleges, but it is a warning to the whole industry about deceptive recruitment.” In 2012, for-profit colleges sued and were successful in overturning related Department of Education rulemaking affecting institutions offering career education

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Boosting GOP’s Black Outreach “I’d go to the NAACP and talk about why the African-American community should be demanding paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.” – Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in 2013 Who’s your favorite Republican candidate for 2014? Elections for the United States Senate will be held on Nov. 4, 2014, with 33 of the 100 Senate seats being contested whose winners will serve six-year terms from January 3, 2015 to January 3, 2021. Territorial and state elections will occur for the U.S. House of Representatives, governors in states and local elections on this date. As we start 2014, political polls indicate, “three out of four Americans believe that “the nation is on the wrong track.” Despite their dissatisfaction with what has been going on, few Blacks have lists of Republican candidates they are “considering voting for.” The party still has a reputation of being racist and if it doesn’t get more votes from “minorities” the Grand Old Party (GOP) may soon go the way of the Whigs. While the Republicans cannot continue competing as “a party of old White men” the party establishment has come up with an illusion of increased number of Black Republicans. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the party wants to broaden its appeal and reach more Amer-

crowell continued from Page 16 for public comment. Everyone supporting more for-profit school regulation should make their voice heard. The level of public support expressed will only strengthen the likelihood of strong action. Every letter, brief or long, will help consumer protections. Additional information on the Department’s gainful employment negotiated rulemaking is available at: http://rspnsb. li/1cOU4AB.

By William Reed icans, particularly Blacks. But, Republicans are simply mouthing the same staid policy and rhetoric. In Congress, Republican representatives hit new lows among Blacks for their role in the government shutdown. In spite of the Republicans’ expansion of their numbers of Blacks, the majority of Blacks still view Republicans as Whites who only care about other rich Whites. Republicans still lack gravitas in garnering Black votes. The majority of Blacks believe they’re supposed to be Democrats. Nine times out of 10, the average Black family has been taught that Democrats are compassionate and care about the little guy and those in need. The GOP is at a great political disadvantage and can only be kept relevant by increased votes and support from racial minorities. To be competitive, the Republican Party has to take creditable and strategic measures that can counter the Democratic monopoly on the Black vote. Republicans continue to act in ways of old and against new ways to gain interests and support from Blacks. The Republicans have no message that is being heard among African-American voters. To get out of the single digits among Blacks, Republicans must rethink their message, policies and method of delivery. This time around, the RepubStudents that take on significant debt deserve a meaningful education that results in likely employment opportunities. Further, federal financial support should not go to schools that fail their students. Tell your Representative that a strong rule is needed to ensure fairness and real educational opportunity.wi Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at Charlene.crowell@responsiblelending. org.

lic National Committee’s (RNC) outreach to Black voters must be more substantive. In the 2012 election, only 6 percent of African-American voters cast ballots for the GOP’s Mitt Romney. After their last showing, how serious can the Republicans be about getting the Black vote and not aggressively addressing racial matters while utilizing the Black Press of America to present these views? It’s not “racism” against Blacks, but “benign neglect” of this population that causes Republicans to lose Black votes. Even modest inroads into the Black community could tip a multitude of elections the GOP’s way. To get Black votes Republicans will have to go into Black neighborhoods with a consistent message that explains ways, conservative principles, values and enterprise, can and do, work for African Americans. Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich has been a powerbroker in Washington for decades. He has long relationships with Black decision makers and influencers in the style GOPers need to employ to garner greater numbers of Black votes. Newt knows the GOP must approach Black voters in credible and creative ways. The GOP has a Washington establishment of entrenched congressmen and consultants who Newt can teach a thing or two about what to do in “Black outreach.” While Black newspapers are not a part of today’s Republicans’ outreach, Gingrich’s decades-long business and political relationship with Atlanta Daily World publisher C.A. Scott as his own main medium among Blacks should prompt some new age thinking at the old RNC.wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the

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Ray Bridgewater Stresses the Importance of Receiving Vaccination By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer It only takes 10 seconds and the subtle stick of a small needle and most of the myths surrounding the flu shot immediately disappear. “Once people realize that the needle isn’t some cartoon-like long needle and it will hardly sting, perhaps they’ll be more willing to get the vaccination,” said Ray Bridgewater, president of the Assembly of Petworth, an organization located in Northwest that uses grassroots strategies to address critical health issues impacting African Americans, Latinos, and other ethnic groups suffering health disparities. A native of Northwest, Bridgewater, 55, said convincing minorities to get the flu shot often prove challenging. He said African Americans in particular buy into legends or unfounded speculation about the vaccine. “The biggest myth is that it will make you sick,” Bridgewater said. “What people don’t understand is that the flu doesn’t take effect immediately, it’s a two-week process that builds up. So, some may already be sick when they get the shot. Then, there are those who argue that if they get the flu shot they’ll get really sick. That’s simply not true.” To help put to rest the many uncertainties surrounding the flu shot, Bridgewater joined with the D.C. Department of Health, the United Planning Organization and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation in a campaign aimed at encouraging minorities to get the vaccine. Last month, the coalition held free vaccination clinics at the United Planning Organization’s “Petey” Greene Community Center in Southeast as

part of their outreach effort. The coalition also continues to spread the message that it’s not too late to get the shot. “Flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, an assistant surgeon general at the U.S. Public Health Service in Southwest and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in Atlanta, Ga. “We are encouraging people who have not yet been vaccinated this season to get vaccinated now,” said Schuchat, 54, the doctor whom Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet consulted with and modeled her character after in the 2010 movie, “Contagion.” Bridgewater said the flu can mean a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. “There are a lot of people who are hospitalized because of the flu,” said Bridgewater, who earned an honorable mention award in the Immunization Coalitions/Public Health/ Community Campaign category during the 2013 National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit in Atlanta. Bridgewater also received recognition for his contributions toward increasing vaccination uptake in the Greater Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area. “It’s just important to educate people about the flu and the vaccine,” Bridgewater said. “The shot really works and we’re becoming very successful in getting folks to get the shot here in Washington, Northern Virginia and Maryland.”

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health INFLUENZA continued from Page 18 Lydia Bell, an elementary school teacher who received a flu shot at her neighborhood Walgreens Pharmacy in Northwest, said the experience proved painless and worth it. “I got the shot in late October and I haven’t been sick at all this year despite times when I’ve gone out of the house and found that I should have worn a heavier sweater,” said Bell, 31. “I have many friends and family members who live by the flu shot, but, until this year, I also believed that the shot wouldn’t work or it would just make me ill, so I didn’t bother even though I’ve had the flu three times. Happily, I learned that it does work and it can be a protection.” Rev. George Young, Heart for God Community Church in Clinton, Md., said he regularly receives the vaccine and he strongly encourages others to do so as well. “I’ve been getting flu shots for a while now, one of my evangelists doesn’t trust the shot which is representative of a large portion of [mi-


norities],” Young said. “Then, some just don’t like needles, so to voluntarily take one; it’s not going to happen. But, it works and I’m a witness to it because I haven’t had the flu, and I tell people to come talk to me once they get the shot and tell me about it.” Officials at the CDC said, over a 30 year period between 1976 and 2006, estimates of yearly flu-associated deaths in the United States ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people during the most severe season. CDC officials recommend an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months and older. The vaccines are available to infants as a nasal spray, officials said. The shots available this year include one that protects against three flu viruses, another shot that protects against four viruses, an intradermal flu shot for those 18 to 64 years of age, and a high-dosage flu shot for individuals 65 and older. “The most important thing is that you get vaccinated, not necessarily which vaccine you get,” Schuchat said.

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to get the flu shot. “Influenza is among the top 10 causes of death in a population where certain long-term medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, neurological conditions, obesity, HIV or AIDS, and cancer, just to name a few, have become the norm,” Bridgewater said.

“We will continue to work collaboratively to change current health conditions that plague our community. This campaign is the first of its kind, and the time is now for such an initiative. wi For more information about the flu shot, visit

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For minorities, Bridgewater said socio-economic indicators show African Americans, particularly in Ward 8, as having major health challenges and high death rates. While progress has been made, Bridgewater said he and others will continue to press for everyone to be conscious of their health needs and

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Politics in Season As the calendar turns to 2014, the level of political activity in the District will begin in earnest. A slew of candidates, most who currently serve on the D.C. Council, are vying to become mayor. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is in the field and in some quarters, the sentiment is that the race is his to lose. That is if U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen doesn’t drop the hammer and directly implicate Gray in a 2010 election scandal that has shadowed him throughout his first term. Yet, if a recent candidates’ forum at Eastern Senior High School is any indication, Gray will have to do much more than just show up. The mayor was roundly booed and many of the residents expressed their anger at the state of D.C. public schools and Gray’s support of school reforms. As chairman of the Council, Gray opposed school reform as touted by his predecessor Adrian Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee but he has given current Chancellor Kaya Henderson tremendous leeway to implement changes as she sees fit. Parents feel left out of substantive discussions about the direction the school system is taking; they say they’ve been marginalized by the top-down process of decision-making; and debates rage about the quality of education our children are receiving, the disparities evident in well-off versus disadvantaged communities and the effectiveness and efficiency of public charter schools. There are any number of issues and concerns residents have such as unemployment, high taxes and fees, the lack of affordable housing, the effects of gentrification on long-time Washington residents and people of color, lingering concerns about the perception of corruption in local politics and much more. As is customary in these types of contests, those seeking office try to be all things to all people, making lavish promises, promising to topple the status quo and end business as usual, and often promptly ignoring or discarding those promises once they’ve secured a coveted seat at the proverbial table. An informed electorate is an effective counter-balance to glib, fast-talking politicians. Those who do their homework, familiarize themselves with the issues and who are intent on making politicians accountable help to make the electoral process work. It is clear that significant segments of D.C. residents are disgruntled and deeply frustrated with those operating the levers of power. They don’t like cronyism or pay-to-play. People want councilmembers who aren’t beholden to lobbyists and others holding the purse strings. They want elected leaders who care, who are responsive and who go the extra mile to take care of the needs of all residents, rich and poor, black, white or other. On April 1, District voters will make their voices heard in a primary that will determine who will be the new mayor, council chairman, At-Large council member and also who will represent Wards 1, 3, 5 and 6. There is a lot at stake, particularly as the complexion of the city changes, as working and middle-class residents are squeezed by soaring rents, ultra-expensive houses and taxes and fees that nibble away at people’s take-home pay. The council has responded in part by passing legislation to increase the minimum wage. Money greases the wheels of politics and those with the most cash have leaders’ attention. It’s never too late for those outside the monied class to coalesce around important issues. There’s power in numbers and residents must set aside differences and form coalitions and alliances with those of like mind and similar goals. That is one sure way to effect change people desire. So as residents listen to speeches and talking points, they would be wise to look beyond the messenger and the message to discern if candidates truly represent their interests and needs.

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After reading Barrington Salmon’s article “Concerned Residents Decry Gentrification,” December 19, 2013, I became a little angry and at the same time felt somewhat guilty. Angry because everything that was discussed at the forum with regards to people moving to your neighborhood trying to make you feel uncomfortable, and looking at you as if you don’t belong, I can see happening in my own neighborhood. On the other hand it made me feel guilty because I’ve lived in my neighborhood for almost 20 years and I think I have been to only one ANC meeting in that time. The whole idea of Washington, D.C., being a sleepy little southern town is gone forever. These new residents believe in organizing, they create neighborhood blogs and list serves, and they definitely go to all the meetings, ANC, schools, and community. The way I see it my only op-

tion will be to get involved, join these blogs and list serves. And I will start going to the ANC and community meetings, I will make sure my concerns are at least heard, because I am not going anywhere anytime soon. James K. Washburn Washington, D.C.

Hats off to Malcolm Jamal Warner

Having just seen “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at Arena Stage a few days ago, I reflected on the 1967 movie version. I agree with Eve Ferguson that Sydney Poitier’s portrayal of the character Dr. John Prentice is truly inimitable, but I feel that Malcolm Jamal Warner did a fantastic job in the current Stage production. Of course, no one can capture the forceful dignity of Poitier in the film, but given the reworking of the story for the Arena Stage production, I think that Warner was a perfect choice for the role that he played. As for the

character Tillie, I felt that it was a bit overdone in this play. She appeared just a bit too sassy to be believable. All in all, I enjoyed the play, but I thought the humor, much of which was missing in the film, could have been played down, because the audience laughed sometimes at lines that were not meant to be funny. This is a serious subject, and, as Ms. Ferguson states in her review, the controversy is still very much alive today, no matter how many interracial relationships we see around us. Sharon Metcalf Washington, D.C.

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By Julianne Malveaux

Fed to Play Lesser Role There are two ways to end a recession. One is to increase federal spending on the theory that people will spend more money when they have more money. Obviously this Congress doesn’t care about economic stimulation. They’ve cut budgets, not raised them. They failed to pass the jobs bill that President Obama proposed a year or so ago. They’ve cut the food stamps program. They

closed the government down, causing millions economic hardship and caused others to carefully hold onto their funds, saving as opposed to spending. One might say that the Congressional failure to stimulate the economy has contributed to the length of the recession. The Federal Reserve Bank has picked up some of the slack, buying $85 billion of bonds each month to put money into the economy. Some economists do not agree with the Fed’s action because it has artificially kept in-

flation down. Without the bond purchases, they argue, inflation would rise, and reflect the true value of goods and services. Without increased inflation, some businesses are holding onto cash instead of investing it, and others are adversely impacted. Now, on reports that the economy is improving, the Fed says it will “taper” off their stimulus. Their tapering will not be a major shock to the economy. Instead of buying $85 billion of bonds each month, they’ll

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buy $10 billion less, or $75 billion. Why? They say a robust jobs report this month, with the unemployment rate at its lowest level in 10 years – 7 percent – suggests the job market is on the mend. Economic growth is higher, too, at 2.8 percent. The Fed fails to consider the fact that the unemployment rate looks better because of the number of people who have dropped out of the labor market. If those people continued to look for work, the rate might be as high as it was last month.

Furthermore, when you look at alternative measures of unemployment, the overall rate is 13.2 percent, the same as it was last month. The alternative report says that Black unemployment is 12.5 percent, but if it is extrapolated, that rate is 24 percent, or one in four African Americans. Some find this a low estimate based on their experiences with the African American population, especially those with lower-paying occupations. In any

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By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

2016 Dream Ticket: Hillary and Michelle The 2016 national elections are not that far away. It is timely and important that we not wait until then to begin having constructive discussions about who should be given the opportunity and responsibility to succeed President Barack Obama. The questions of the future of politics, economics and equal justice should never be avoided. Especially given all the voter suppression enactments in many states

over the last two years, we should be more vigilant about being politically conscious and civically active. My motive, therefore, is to stimulate a proactive dialogue now about the possibilities for viable candidates for the next national elections. Even with three more years in office, I believe that President Obama will be judged by history as one of the most effective presidents ever. He will be credited for leading the recovery and revival of the U.S. economy by

encouraging the passage of the $787 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with Wall Street reaching its highest investment level, ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, getting the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress, rebooting the U.S auto industry, signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ensuring equal pay for women, signing into law the Fair Sentencing Act that significantly reduced the sentencing disparities in drug laws that have been devastating

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for African Americans and Latino Americans, and appointing the first African Americans as Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security. Therefore, any realistic speculation about who could be successful in following President Obama and Vice President Biden to the White House in 2016 should first be made in context of establishing continuity with the Obama administration’s progress in economic revival, ending poverty, and pro-

viding leadership in implementing a more inclusive national agenda for the empowerment of all people who strive for a better quality of life in the United States. It is long overdue for a qualified and experienced woman to be elected president and vice president of the United States. Here’s a way to do both at one time: I propose and endorse the election of Hillary Diane

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By James Clingman

Selfishness over Sacrifice “I assumed that with knowledge, sacrifice would automatically follow. In my youth and idealism I did not realize that selfishness is even more natural than sacrifice.” -- W.E.B. Du Bois W.E.B. DuBois spoke those words when he reflected on the failure of his vaunted “Talented Tenth” concept. He was, as many of us are today, very idealistic about what Black people

would do collectively and for one another. He envisioned our talents would be leveraged and shared in such a way that a broader base of our people would be advantaged. DuBois, as he admitted some 45 years after he introduced it, decried the Talented Tenth, those “exceptional” men to whom he referred that would lift up the other 90 percent of our people. Obviously, that did not happen, and a case could be made today that it’s still not happening. Was DuBois just an op-

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timistic, naïve, idealistic Black man who had confidence in his people? Did he live in anger and regret for 45 years before he finally admitted his doctrine was flawed? It makes me wonder what things would be like today if those exceptional few had followed through with their challenge from DuBois. As he lamented though, those men saw their accomplishments as an end for their own success rather a means by which others could be successful as well. What is the application of that The Washington Informer

lesson for us today? I think of a statement I made at a speech several years ago: “If each of us does a little, all of us can have a lot.” I was speaking about an initiative I started after visiting Piney Woods School in Mississippi in 2004, coincidentally, two weeks after Oprah visited the school, which is located near her hometown. After learning the history of the school, I felt compelled to do a national fundraiser. I wrote a column about it and asked readers and everyone else I could contact to

send a minimum of $5 directly to the school in an effort to raise $1 million. Confident that at least 200,000 people would read my column and respond, I figured we would raise that $1 million in no time, the same way $750,000 was raised in 1954 for Piney Woods by a White man named Ralph Edwards, host of the TV show, “This is Your Life.” After interviewing the school’s founder, Lawrence Jones, relative of Ra-

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By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Intolerable Wages Feed Strikes by Fast Food Workers The mainstream media has had difficulty understanding the eruption of strikes in the fast food industry. They have acted as if they have come out of nowhere and for no apparent reason. Neither is true. The strikes in the fast food industry are the result of intolerable wages and working conditions faced by a workforce that has become increasingly dependent on this sector of the econ-

omy in order to survive. Today’s fast food industry is a bit different from days of old. The jobs in fast food are no longer being held exclusively by teenagers and 20-plus who are in school looking for some extra money. As the economy has reorganized and older workers have been thrown out of full-time employment, the fast food industry has become a location one step away from unemployment and homelessness for many workers of various ages. The strikes, which were ini-

tiated by organizing conducted by a project of the Service Employees International Union, have become a front-line in the battle against the polarization of wealth in the U.S. Specifically, these are fights over the immediate necessity to raise the minimum wage. Fast food workers are generally kept at substandard wages and have to piece together various part-time jobs (much like workers in retail). They have few, if any, benefits and do not know from one day to the next whether they actually have a job

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that will last for any significant duration. The fast food strikes have come to resemble the movement for the 8-hour day from the 19th century. In that case, workers undertook strikes, demonstrations and other forms of protest – including the strikes that led to the creation of May Day as “International Workers Day” – in order to demand that there be a shorter workweek with no cut in pay. Today’s fast food workers are making an analogous demand: they want a livable wage

Fast food workers are fighting the good fight not only for themselves but for other vulnerable workers. They know that their conditions will not improve by bargaining a contract one fast food outlet at a time, but that instead there needs to be a governmental raise in the minimum wage and, frankly, there need to be industry standards to which all fast food—and retail—outlets are held. This will happen if and only if there is a continuous

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By Harry C. Alford

A History of Union Racism It was the early 1970s and my mentor, the late Arthur Fletcher, received the “green light” from Secretary of Labor George Schultz and President Richard Nixon to integrate the construction workforce on federally regulated projects. Construction unions were livid about this. AFL-CIO president George Meany demanded the firing of Schultz and the immediate shutdown of this program. Presi-

dent Nixon ignored him and Art kicked off the program in Philadelphia – The Philadelphia Plan. The second city was Chicago. The Chicago Plan was very confrontational. Construction unions tried to invade the Palmer House Hotel where Art was having his meetings with local labor leaders. Death threats were real so Nixon called Mayor Richard Daley and warned him that if Art is harmed in any way, the 101st Airborne will be marching down Michigan Ave. Art left Chicago alive but the mob put

out a contract on his life. For the next two years, he had Secret Service guards. The Chicago union halls had to sign a consent decree to integrate their ranks. The following is what happened after the event, according to Justia US Law, a legal analysis website. “The backdrop to this case of individual racial discrimination is the historic resistance within the building trades in the Chicago area to accepting racial and ethnic minorities into their ranks. The plaintiff, Frank Daniels, is black. He was able to get


his start as a pipefitter and welder on account of the Chicago Plan, a government-sponsored directive designed to increase minority representation in the construction industry. Daniels left the building trade fourteen years later when he was expelled from his trade union, Pipefitters’ Association Local Union Number 597. His abrupt departure was also predicated on race, but this time the union used his race against him rather than in his favor. After he was expelled from

Local 597, Daniels filed suit against the union. He charged the union with race discrimination and retaliation causing him to be denied job referrals and to be expelled from Local 597. Daniels alleged multiple legal theories and claimed relief under Section 1981 of the 1866 Civil Rights Act, Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His 1981 and 301 claims were tried

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By Askia Muhammad

Unchecked, Greed Running Wild in the U.S.A. Not even George Orwell – who envisioned a “1984” world in which the government was called “Big Brother” and where positives were in fact negatives and where waging “peace” meant committing “war” – not even George Orwell could have imagined a fictional character like Ken Langone, the billionaire founder of Home Depot. Langone is worried that Pope Francis’ recent criticism of the

wealthy and capitalism will be a “hurdle” for rich donors who otherwise might donate to the church. Duh? Langone is heading an effort to raise $180 million for the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, and he said at least one potential seven-figure donor was “concerned” about some of the Pope’s recent remarks. “You get more with honey than with vinegar,” Langone said. Maybe the church could give the rich guy some naming rights, the way teams do with sports sta-

diums and college bowl games. Maybe if they were to call the place “The Home Depot Cathedral at St. Patrick’s” that might smooth things over some. I guess this guy is so rich that he must believe he’s already “in Heaven,” and that the part in the New Testament, where a rich man asks Christ what he must do to fully follow God’s law does not apply anymore. Because Jesus responded saying: “sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor.” Well, that guy walked away from Je-

sus, prompting Christ to observe that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” But today, we have this cheeky rich guy who is telling The Pope, The Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on Earth, in essence: “Cool your roll Papa.” But what do I know? If you ask me, forget about Heaven up in the sky, I’m concerned right here on earth about the increase of runaway plutocratic greed. Home Depot Dude should talk

to Mitt Romney about his 2012 election-year comment condemning “the 47 percent” of Americans who essentially don’t want to work, but just vote for government leaders who will give them “free stuff.” If you ask me, the greedy rich – who already have too much at the expense of everyone else – those who have “done well” in this life, should be going out of their way to “do good” for others in need, especially those who

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It took 22 years. After a career that’s spanned nearly a quarter of a century in which she stands as one of the elite voices in music, Maysa Leak has never been nominated for a Grammy Award. Until now. The Baltimore native, who’s shared a microphone with such superstars as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and Angela Bofill, said she can hardly contain the joy she feels after receiving news of her very first nomination in the category of, “Best Traditional R&B Performance,” for her song, “Quiet Fire,” a single off of her latest CD, “Blue Velvet Soul.” “It’s something that I prayed for,” said Leak, whose best known in the music industry and much of the world simply as Maysa. “Receiving a Grammy nomination for the first time in my 22 year career is incredible and means the world to me, but to get it for a song from my 10th solo CD, ‘Blue Velvet Soul,’ is even more significant,” said Maysa, 47. With Jazz and R&B hits such as, “Don’t Get Any Better,” “I Can’t The Washington Informer

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Help It,” and, “Am I Wrong,” Maysa said her latest CD counts as her most personal. “I struggled to make this record so soon after the death of my mother, Laura Leak,” she said. “I truly poured my heart and soul into this record, so this is a great milestone not only in my career, but my life as well. I have been dreaming of and praying for

a nomination since I was a little girl. I’m so grateful.” The timing of the news for the nomination also couldn’t have been better. The singer received a telephone call from Wendi Cherry, the ex-

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maysa continued from Page 24 ecutive director of the Recording Academy’s Washington, D.C. Chapter, during a celebration Maysa hosted to honor her son’s 14th birthday. “I couldn’t believe it, I started screaming and crying and the kids were asking me what was wrong,” Maysa said. “I told them that nothing was wrong and that I just got nominated for a Grammy and they started screaming too.” Friends and fans of the single mother and singer said they too were overjoyed about the Grammy nomination. “You tire of hearing about the bigger names always pulling in nominations and one reason they do is probably because of ratings,” said Damon Singleton, a disc jockey in Lanham, Md. “Maysa has been singing for a long time and at a very high level. There really aren’t many singers out there who can carry a tune like her,” said Singleton, 44. By the time Maysa turned six years old, she said she knew she wanted to be a singer, mostly because another famous songstress unknowingly influenced her. “I was six years old when my mom took me to see [the stage play], ‘Purlie.’ When Melba Moore, who starred in the play, came on

stage and sang her heart out, I knew at that moment I wanted to make people feel the way she made me feel,” Maysa said. While a student at Morgan State University, Maysa met the legendary Stevie Wonder after one of her classes and, after graduating with a degree in classical performance, she moved to Los Angeles to join Wonder’s background group, “Wonderlove,” with whom she performed on the, “Jungle Fever,” movie soundtrack and on such television shows as, “Oprah,” and, “The Tonight Show.” Following her stint with Wonder, Maysa successfully auditioned over the telephone to become the new lead singer of the acclaimed British jazz/funk/R&B band, “Incognito,” moving to London for more than four years. She has appeared on more than nine “Incognito” recordings and occasionally Maysa still performs as a featured vocalist with the group. Maysa recorded her self-titled debut album in 1995, following it up with, “All My Life,” in 1999, “Out of the Blue,” in 2002, and “Smooth Sailing,” in 2004. She went on to record several other CDs, including, “A Woman in Love,” in 2010, and “Motions of Love,” in 2011, which featured the ballad, “Have Sweet Dreams,” co-written by Wonder who also

played the harmonica on the record. A Soul Train Award winner, Maysa has help lead a resurgence of soul singers with her much-talked about jazzy and bluesy approach. “I’m a storyteller, a counselor and a friend that helps others through the good times and bad through my music,” she said. “It’s important for me to connect with the audience because it’s my God-given job.” Maysa, who will be honored on Sunday, Jan. 19 at a Grammy sendoff party at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., said 2013 proved a difficult year because of the death of her mother, her best friend. She said the Grammy nomination has helped to soothe some of her heartache. “My mother made me promise to keep going no matter what,” Maysa said. “I was able to continue with my live shows in almost a robotic state but when it came time to create the CD, I was lost. I finished the record with God’s help and a little help from my friends.”wi For more information about Maysa or to purchase her new CD, visit www. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS Television from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26. TheWashington WashingtonInformer Informer The

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ARIES You’ve done a lot of things in life that no one has agreed with at the beginning. Finding agreement this week will be difficult, but it should not deter you from moving forward. Feeling sorry for your loneliness will discolor what you are doing. Be happy that you are alone. Soul Affirmation: I get joy from giving good things. Lucky Numbers: 3,18, 31 TAURUS Eternal optimist, eternity is now. Get in touch with your hopefulness and be a beacon to others. Try not to be taken in by promises made by others or promises you’ve made to yourself. Concerning your own affairs, avoid contemplating lofty subjects and seeking long ranged solutions. Soul Affirmation: Time is the greatest peacemaker of them all. Lucky Numbers: 6, 28, 39 GEMINI Some say optimism is fantasy. Suppose the good thing you’re optimistic about never comes. This week you’ll know that the joy of anticipating it is joy enough. Just the certainty of coming goodness is present goodness. The joy of tomorrow is available this week. Soul Affirmation: This week is the week the Lord has made. I rejoice in it. Lucky Numbers: 22, 36, 38 CANCER You might be looking into the buying or selling of a piece of property, and this week seems to be a favorable week for this type of negotiation. Be careful with the intricacies of the matter. Pay attention to details or it could cost you a great deal later. Soul Affirmation: I care deeply about the feelings of others. Lucky Numbers: 14, 21, 35

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LEO Your multi-tasking abilities will kick into high gear this week. While it’s sometimes difficult for you to know how to handle a particular situation, this week you’ll know the perfect answer. Everything good is unfolding! Soul Affirmation: New intuitions create new plans and a new cast of characters. Lucky Numbers: 7, 8, 25 VIRGO Your self-discipline helps you to do more this week. People will be watching as you zip around with style and grace! Broaden your cultural horizons by trying new foods and meeting new people. You’ll be pleasantly surprised! Soul Affirmation: I am patient with all that comes my way this week. Lucky Numbers: 3, 5, 9 LIBRA Sociable, lovable you! You can have a wonderful week this week if you hook up with like-minded friends. You’ll find that many are on your wavelength this week. Appreciate your ability to bring people together. Soul Affirmation: Luck is my best friend this week. Lucky Numbers: 5, 16, 29 SCORPIO You’ll be full of good ideas this week, so make sure you write down the ones you don’t have time to put into action. You’ll want to share your thoughts on a grand scale, and your mind will seem truly universal to you. Try to be patient with those who are staggered by your brilliance. Soul Affirmation: Light from my soul shines in many directions. Lucky Numbers: 3, 7, 9 SAGITTARIUS This week let your gentle spirit shine through. Your rough and tumble side is not appropriate for the relationships that you’ll encounter. Someone will need your understanding and sympathy. Give it with sensitivity. Soul Affirmation: My life itself is my greatest creation. Lucky Numbers: 30, 39, 44 CAPRICORN You’re faced with a formidable task but when you defeat it, you’ll take big steps toward a goal. Weigh in and give it your best. Your energy is high. The task looks larger before you start. Compromise with a partner. The immediate future promises love. Soul Affirmation: I enjoy the spirits of people whose spirits are akin to mine this week. Lucky Numbers: 33, 34, 52 AQUARIUS Yield to the harmony that lies below the surface of any seeming disagreement. Serenity is more important than your sense of righteousness. Questioning the motives of others will make your mind too suspicious to benefit from the unclear way in which love will present itself this week. Soul Affirmation: Freedom of mind is the greatest gift for me this week. Lucky Numbers: 14, 53, 54 PISCES Your intuition is showing, and you may surprise yourself as much as you surprise another by making a sudden intuitive leap and saying what you feel. You may feel as if you can read a certain someone’s mind. Use your gift for good. Soul Affirmation: I let my luck work for me. Lucky Numbers: 10, 23, 4



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Remembering James Avery: 1948-2013 ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ Actor Dies at 68 By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer To many, he will always be Uncle Phil, the loveable but stern family head on Will Smith’s popular television series, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” James Avery, the actor who also appeared in the 1980 film, “The Blues Brothers,” CBS’ “CSI,” and, NBC’s “L.A. Law,” died on New Year’s Eve following complications from open heart surgery. He was 68. “James was my teacher, my protector, and the most magnificent actor,” said Tatyana Ali, who portrayed Ashley Banks on, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” which ran for seven seasons on NBC from 1990 to 1996. “We’re feeling his loss very deeply,” said Ali, 34. “He’ll always be a part of me.” Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery’s son, Carlton Banks, said his television father’s death has devastated him. “I’m deeply saddened to say that he passed away,” said Ribeiro, 42. “He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.” A classically trained actor, Avery grew up in Atlantic City, N.J., after his birth in Hampton, Va. Raised by a single mother, Avery served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and first appeared on screen as a dancer in an uncredited role in the 1980 film, “The Blues Brothers,” starring Dan Aykroyd and the late John

Belushi. Avery also wrote scripts and poetry for the Public Broadcasting Service and would eventually appear in various television shows, including “The Closer,” on TNT. Because of his deep voice, Avery often portrayed judges or doctors. But, his portrayal of Phillip Banks on, “The Fresh Prince...,” remains his signature role in show business. Uncle Phil, the moniker that all would come to know him, counted as a successful lawyer and then a judge who, although wealthy and living in a Bel Air, Calif., mansion complete with a butler, taught his children and nephew the importance of working hard and earning a decent living. His wayward nephew, Will Smith, moved from Philadelphia to live with the Banks family in California after the teen continually found trouble in Pennsylvania and ultimately proved too much to handle for his struggling single mother. The show, co-executive produced by the legendary Quincy Jones, became the launching pad for Smith to superstardom. Smith, a former hip-hop star with D.J. Jazzy Jeff, who also had a recurring role on the show, proceeded to become one of Hollywood’s biggest box office attractions. Smith portrayed Capt. Steven Hiller in the blockbuster film, “Independence Day,” in 1996,

before starring as, “Agent Jay,” in the hit movie series, “Men in Black,” with Tommy Lee Jones. Smith’s credits also include, “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” “Enemy of the State,” “I, Robot,” “Hitch,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “I am Legend,” “Hancock,” and the “Bad Boys,” movie series with Martin Lawrence. Smith’s wife, Baltimore-native Jada Pinkett Smith, released a statement expressing her family’s grief over Avery’s death. “I was hoping to start the New Year differently but we have lost yet another friend,” said Pinkett Smith, 42. “James Avery, who we all loving know as Uncle Phil, has passed. Our condolences go out to aunt Florence (Avery’s mother), Miss Barbara (Avery’s wife) and all those who loved him.” Prior to his death, Avery filmed the movie, “Wish I Was Here,” with Zach Braff, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. “He was a marvelous man and a truly wonderful actor,” said Joseph Marcell, who played Geoffrey the Butler on, “The Fresh Prince…” “He strove to present an Uncle Phil that everybody wishes were their uncle,” said Marcell, 65. Avery’s family did not disclose funeral plans. He’s survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara Avery; his mother, Florence Avery, and stepson, Kevin Waters.wi TheWashington WashingtonInformer Informer The




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personnel relate to him. “You won’t see the players whooping and hollering and jumping up and down and getting up in the officials’ face because their leader doesn’t do that,” said John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, a Northwest-based organization that compiles a list of coaches each year that they feel are deserving of interviews. The foundation seeks to level the playing field for minority coaching, scouting and front office candidates. “(Caldwell’s) even keeled and you’re not going to see him hollering and cursing at officials and stomping and throwing things on the turf,” said Wooten, 77. Hue Jackson, the former Oakland Raiders head coach, reportedly also has been recommended to the Redskins by Wooten. Jackson, 48, who served as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator in 2003, currently works as the running backs coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Raiders fired Jackson after just one season in 2011 when the team went 8-8. Many, however, considered his ouster to be a part of a regime change in Oakland and not because he did a poor job. The Redskins also have spoken to the Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, according to an ESPN report. Despite the lack of head coaching experience, both Bevell, 42,

and McDermott, 39, should receive consideration from several teams, NFL experts said. The two coaches are Caucasian and are not on the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation’s recommended list of candidates. Another intriguing African-American candidate could be New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, whom the Redskins are also expected to interview. Fewell, 51, enjoys a strong reputation and he has some head coaching experience. He served as interim head coach with the Buffalo Bills in 2009 after replacing Dick Jauron 10 games into the season. “It’s not a surprise [that the Redskins have interest], given that Fewell used to be a popular interview candidate prior to the last two off seasons and the Giants’ defense just finished the season ranked number eight in the NFL,” said Dan Graziano, who covers the Giants for ESPN. Whether the Redskins hire a minority coach remains to be seen, but some of the team’s fans said they simply want a good leader. “We haven’t won in a long time, and yes it would be nice to have a black man lead the team,” said Lori Hatchings, 41, a longtime Redskins’ fan who lives in Temple Hills, Md. “But, I don’t care what color or nationality the new coach may be, it would be nice to have a chance to go to the Super Bowl.”wi

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Everything is OK Romans 8:28 says it this way: “And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.� Just before Christmas, my son Ron invited me to join him for a yoga session. What a wonderful experience, my first, I felt renewed. The topic for the day was “Everything is OK.� When I spoke with the instructor, I told her that I planned to use this topic for one of my upcoming columns, she was gracious and thankful. During this time of renewal, I think this a perfect time for this topic. Additionally, my mentor, the late Jim Rohn inspires me daily. You’ve read insights inspired by Rohn in this column. Let me share a bit about Jim Rohn. For more than 40 years, Rohn honed his craft like a skilled artist – helping people the world over sculpt life strategies that have expanded their imagination of what is possible. Those who had the privilege of hearing him speak can attest to the elegance and common sense of his material. It’s no coincidence, then, that he was widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of our time, and thought of by many as a national treasure. Rohn penned countless books and audio and video programs, and helped motivate and shape an entire generation of personal-development trainers and hundreds of executives from America’s top corporations.

Born to an Idaho farming family in the mid-1900s, Rohn was ingrained with a work ethic that served him well throughout his life. At 25, he met his mentor Earl Shoaff. And over the next six years he made his first fortune, yet didn’t get into speaking until he moved to Beverly Hills, Calif., when a friend at the Rotary Club asked him to tell his success story, which Rohn titled “Idaho Farm Boy Makes It to Beverly Hills.� His speech went over so well that he received more invitations to share it, and better yet, they started paying him to share his story. In the beginning, he spoke in front of college and high-school classes and at service clubs, before moving on to seminars in 1963. From then on, Rohn became a trailblazer in the self help and personal development industry, impacting the lives of millions through his life-changing material. Rohn possessed the unique ability to bring extraordinary insights to ordinary principles and events, and the combination of his substance and style captured the imagination of those who heard or read his words. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a major illness; or like me, bought a car at the auction with some major problems; your loved one has disappointed or left you without notice. None of these reasons matter. Just tell yourself “Everything is OK,� even when it is not OK. It is still, OK! Worry causes more cells and genes in your body to go bad;

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Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church The Reverend Lyndon Shakespeare Interim Priest Foggy Bottom • Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW • Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 • Fax : 202-338-4958 Worship Services 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.

Blessed Word of Life Church Dr. Dekontee L. & Dr. Ayele A. Johnson Pastors 4001 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 265-6147 Office 1-800 576-1047 Voicemail/Fax Schedule of Services: Sunday School – 9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service – 11:00 AM Communion Service – First Sunday Prayer Service/Bible Study – Tuesday, 6:30 PM e-mail:

Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Sunday Worship Service 10: 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

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Rev. John W. Davis, Pastor 5101 14th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 202-726-2220/ 202-726-9089 Sunday Worship Service 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday School 9:15am Holy Communion 4th Sunday 10:00am Prayer and Bible Study Wednesday 7;00pm TV Ministry –Channel 6 Wednesday 10:00pm

700 I. Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002 Pastor Louis B. Jones, II and Pilgrim invite you to join us during our July and August Summer schedule! Attire is Christian casual. Worship: Sundays@ 7:30 A.M. & 10:00 A.M. 3rd Sunday Holy Communion/Baptism/Consecration Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @12:00 Noon @ 6:30 P.M. – One Hour of Power! (202) 547-8849

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, Pastors 3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax) SERVICES AND TIMES: SUNDAYS: 10:00 am AM Worship Services BIBLE STUDY: Wonderful Wednesdays in Worship and the Word Bible Study Wednesdays 12:00 Noon; 6:30 PM (dinner @ 5:30 PM) SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:00 AM – Hour of Power “An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.”

Twelfth Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1812 12th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-265-4494 Fax: 202 265 4340

Church of Living Waters

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor Harold Andrew, Assistant Pastor 4915 Wheeler Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-894-6464 Schedule of Service Sunday Service: 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30 PM Communion Service: First Sunday

St. Stephen Baptist Church Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. Bishop 5757 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748 Office 301-899-8885 – fax 301-899-2555 Sunday Early Morning Worship - 7:45 a.m. Church School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship – 10:45 a.m. Tuesday – Thursday - Kingdom Building Bible Institute – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Prayer/Praise/Bible Study – 7:30 p.m. Baptism & Communion Service- 4th Sunday – 10:30am Radio Broadcast WYCB -1340 AM-Sunday -6:00pm T.V. Broadcast - Channel 190 – Sunday -4:00pm/Tuesday 7:00am

“We are one in the Spirit” e-mail:

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell, Sr., • Pastor 2498 Alabama Ave., SE • Washington D.C. 20020 Office: (202) 889-7296 Fax: (202) 889-2198 • 2008: The Year of New Beginnings “Expect the Extraordinary”

Crusader Baptist Church

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 E-mail:

“The Amazing, Awesome, Audacious Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church”

“God is Love”

Rev. Cheryl J. Sanders, Th.D. Senior Pastor 1204 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 202.347.5889 office 202.638.1803 fax Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: Wed. 7:30 p.m. “Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital”

Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews • Senior Pastor 1200 Isle of Patmos Plaza, Northeast Washington, DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-6767 Fax: (202) 526-1661

Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan, Pastor 800 I Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-548-0707 Fax No. 202-548-0703

Sunday Worship Services: 8:00a.m. and 11:00a.m. Sunday Church School - 9:15a.m. & Sunday Adult Forum Bible Study - 10:30a.m. 2nd & 4th Monday Women’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Tuesday Jr./Sr. Bible Study - 10:00a.m. Tuesday Topical Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Tuesday New Beginnings Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Wednesday Pastoral Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Wednesday Children’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Thursday Men’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Friday before 1st Sunday Praise & Worship Service - 6:30p.m. Saturday Adult Bible Study - 10:00a.m.

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Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

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:

Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.; Senior Bishop & Evangelist Susie C. Owens – Co-Pastor 610 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 529-4547 office • (202) 529-4495 fax Sunday Worship Service: 8 AM and 10:45 AM Sunday Youth Worship Services: 1st & 4th 10:45 AM; 804 R.I. Ave., NE 5th 8 AM & 10:45 AM; Main Church Prayer Services Tuesday – Noon, Wednesday 6 AM & 6:30 PM 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... St. Mark's Baptist Church 624 Underwood Street, NW Washington, dc 20011 Dr. Raymond T. Matthews, Pastor and First Lady Marcia Matthews Sunday School 9:am Worship Service 10:am Wed. Noon Day prayer service Thur. Prayer service 6:45 pm Thur. Bible Study 7:15 pm

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Reverend Dr. Paul H. Saddler Senior Pastor Service and Times Sunday Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Communion every Sunday 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Bible Study Tuesday 12Noon Pastor’s Bible Study Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Motto; “Discover Something Wonderful.” Website: Email:

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

Joseph N. Evans, Ph.D Senior Pastor 901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423 Sunday Church School : 9: 30am Sunday Morning Worship: 10: 45am Bible Study Tuesday: 6: 00pm Prayer Service Tuesday: 7:00pm Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday 10: 45am

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All Nations Baptist Church Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor 2001 North Capitol St, N.E. • Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202) 832-9591

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Israel Baptist Church

4850 Blagdon Ave, NW • Washington D.C 20011 Phone (202) 722-4940 • Fax (202) 291-3773

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

Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor 1415 Gallatin Street, NW Washington, DC 20011-3851 P: (202) 726-5940 Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion: 11:00 a.m., 3rd Sun. Bible Study: Monday - 7:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting: Thursday - 7:00 p.m.

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

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

St. Luke Baptist Church

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

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

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Sunday Worship Service 10:15AM- Praise and Worship Services 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)

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

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.

Mount Moriah Baptist Church Dr. Lucius M. Dalton, Senior Pastor 1636 East Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20003 Telephone: 202-544-5588 Fax: 202-544-2964 Sunday Worship Services: 7:45 am and 10:45 am Holy Communion: 1st Sundays at 7:45 am and 10:45 am Sunday School: 9:30 am Prayer & Praise Service: Tuesdays at 12 noon and 6:30 pm Bible Study: Tuesdays at 1 pm and 7 pm Youth Bible Study: Fridays at 7 pm

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St. Matthews Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor 1105 New Jersey Ave, S.E • Washington, DC 20003 202 488-7298 Order of Services Sunday Worship Services: 9:05 A.M. Sunday School: 8:00 A.M. Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting: 7:00 P.M. (Tuesday) Bible Study: 7:30 P.M. (Tuesday) Theme: “Striving to be more like Jesus “Stewardship”. Philippians 3:12-14; Malachi 3:8-10 and 2 Corinthians 9:7 Email: Website:

Rehoboth Baptist Church

Salem Baptist Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin Pastor 2409 Ainger Pl.,SE – WDC 20020 (202) 678-0884 – Office (202) 678-0885 – Fax “Come Grow With Us and Establish a Blessed Family” Sunday Worship 7:30am & 10:45am Baptism/Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Family Bible Study Tuesdays – 6:30pm Prayer Service Tuesdays – 8:00pm

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith 5606 Marlboro Pike District Heights, MD 20747 301-735-6005

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

2616 MLK Ave., SE • Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 • Fax 202-678-3304

Sunday Apostolic Worship Services 11:00 A.M and 5:00 P.M

Early Worship Service 7:30a.m Worship Service 10:45a.m. New Members Class 9:30a.m. Holy Communion : 1st Sunday -10:45a.m Church School 9:30a.m. Prayer, Praise and Bible Study: Wednesday 7p.m Bible Study : Saturday: 11a.m. Baptism: 4th Sunday – 10:45a.m “Empowered to love and Challenged to Lead a Multitude of Souls to Christ”

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

Peace Baptist Church

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell 712 18th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone 202-399-3450/ Fax 202-398-8836

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

Sunday Morning Worship Service 7:15 am & 10:50 am Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:50am Wednesday Prayer & Testimonies Service 7:30pm Wednesday School of the Bible 8:00pm Wednesday - Midweek Prayer Service 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Services: Sunday Worship 11 AM Sunday School 10 AM Wednesday Mid-Week Worship, Prayer & Bible Study - Wed. 7 PM “A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”

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Shiloh Baptist Church

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

Rev. Reginald M. Green, Sr., Interim Pastor

621 Alabama Avenue, 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) 232-4200

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

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

Sunrise Prayer Services - Sunday 7:00 a.m.

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.

Morning Worship: 8:00 a.m Church School : 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:55 a.m. Bible Study, Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting,Thursday : 7:30 p.m.

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 Motto: God First

Sunday Worship Services: 7:45am & 11:00am Sunday school For All Ages 9:30am Prayer Services Wednesday 11:30am & 6:45pm Bible Institute Wednesday at Noon & 7:45pm “Changing Lives On Purpose “ Email: Website:

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Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Kendrick E. Curry Pastor 3000 Pennsylvania Ave.. S.E Washington, DC 20020 202 581-1500 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

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Rev. Dr. H. B. Sampson, III Pastor 2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 Fax: (202) 529-7738 Order of Services 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 For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.

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



COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

Administration No. 2013 ADM 00561 Myra Carter Decedent Deborah D. Boddie 1308 Ninth Street, NW Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Foreign No. 2013 FEP 147 Administration Number 1288 Estate of Sadie Williams

NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Debra A. Garner for standard probate, including the appointment of

Date of first publication: December 26, 2013

Personal Representative: Debra A. Garner

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March 18, 2007 Date of Death Garland Hudson Name of Decedent

Deborah D. Boddie, whose address is 1308 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Myra Carter, who died on May 7, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 26, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before June 26, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. Admit to probate the will date April 25, 1987 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses

Date of first publication: 12/26/13

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Brenda V. Harvey whose address is 3844 Halloway Circle, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Garland Hudson, deceased, by the Orphan’s Court for Prince Georges County, State of Maryland, on September 5, 2013. Service of process may be made upon Harold W. Neal, 1622 Rosedale St. NE, Washington, DC whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Columbia real property: 1428 C St., SE Washington, DC. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills of the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice. Date of first publication: January 9, 2014

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

Administration No. 2013 ADM 1241

Administration No. 2013 ADM 1231

Annie J. Kavanaugh Decedent

Simon W. Melech Decedent

Ronald Dixon Bynum & Jenkins 1010 Cameron Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Attorney

Deborah D. Boddie, Esq. 1308 Ninth Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20001 Attorney

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2013 FEP 146 June 16, 2013 Date of Death Jean Hudson Name of Decedent



Carol Marshall, whose address is 64 Longfellow Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Annie J. Kavanaugh, who died on May 13, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 26, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before June 26, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Jaroslaw E. Melech, whose address is 3819 58th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20754, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Simon W. Melech, who died on November 5, 2006 with 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 (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 July 2, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 2, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Brenda V. Harvey whose address is 3844 Halloway Circle, Upper Marlboro, MD 20773 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Garland Hudson, deceased, by the Orphan’s Court for Prince Georges County, State of Maryland, on August 28, 2013. Service of process may be made upon Harold W. Neal, 1622 Rosedale St. NE, Washington, DC, 20002 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Columbia real property: 1428 C St., SE Washington, DC. Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills of the District of Columbia, 515 5th Street, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice.

Date of first publication: December 26, 2013

Date of first publication: January 2, 2014

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Jaroslaw E. Melech Personal Representative



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chavis continued from Page 22 Rodham Clinton as the next president of the United States and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama as the next vice president of the United States in 2016. Think about how millions and millions of voters would readily desire with great enthusiasm to have the historic opportunity to vote for two former first ladies of the U.S. to be president and vice president. Today, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama are the most popular and well respected women in the nation. But this is not to be reduced to a mere popularity contest. The truth is both Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama are very qualified, experienced and capable of leading the United States. Hillary Clinton, a Yale law graduate, former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator is an expert on both domestic and foreign policy. The Democratic Party will be victorious in 2016 if Hillary Clinton is nominated for pres-

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been a white man’s union.” Use of racial epithets by union officials pervaded the hiring hall. White members were told that they would not get jobs while they were “with those black people and with those niggers.” Another official told a white member that “You’re just too friendly with the wrong kind of people. You’re always with those niggers, porch monkeys.” Blacks were referred to as “baboons,” “porch monkeys,” “spear-chuckers,” “ghetto — holes,” “nigger,” “super nigger,” “melanzanni” (Italian for eggplant), and “tutsune” (Italian for nigger).” You can get the whole report about this case at: rVLiZ. For more on Arthur Fletcher: com/nationalbcc The union learned a hard lesson, or did they? A few years later another discrimination lawsuit was filed against local 597. Yes, they were found guilty again. They just won’t change their racist ways. Believe it or not another (the third) discrimination lawsuit against the pipefitters union will be filed in the

Chicago courts within days. So now, we come from the early 1970s to the current 2013 and the racist unions are still racist. They need to change or cease their existence. What the great Art Fletcher did was revolutionary and a “tonic” for an ailing nation. Let’s continue the fight until freedom is won. Frank Daniels deserves the Art Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award for his courage and determination to live as a free American. Construction trades still discriminate against Blacks and this is what sickens me when President Obama demands union only projects (Project Labor Agreements) along with many other ignorant or sell out Black politicians, officials and traditional civil rights organizations. Is the union money (sponsorships, donations, etc.) that good? Let’s stay in court until it finally changes.wi Harry C. Alford is the co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce ®. Website: Email:

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show is the most popular such program ever, and whose family fortune (including merchandising deals and the like) is worth upwards of $400 million. His recent advice to men on wedded bliss, is that they should marry 15 or 16-year-old girls because when they get any older they become gold diggers. A video of Robertson preaching has surfaced in which he advises his followers to marry young girls because “They’ll pick your ducks.” He cautions:  “You wait till they get to be 20 years old ... the only pickin’ that’s gonna take place is your pocket.” Overwhelmingly, Americans would rather be rich, than smart. In Orwell’s 1984 he coined the expression “doublethink,” which is when ordinary people simultaneously accept two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct. For example, many on Wall Street still argue: “Greed is

good,” despite the fact that their greed caused The Great Recession of 2009. Exaggerated executive bonuses are rampant despite worker salaries in the dumpster: “Wall Street bailouts,” “Main Street sellouts.” Not enough of us condemn them. Too many of us want to be just like them. Wal-Mart and McDonald’s for example earn billions of dollars in profits – this after huge, multi-million dollar executive salaries – and yet they pay their frontline workers less than a living wage, forcing the workers to rely on food stamps and other forms of public assistance to support themselves despite working full-time jobs. I call it galloping greed. And I think it’s gone on way too long.wi

before a jury, which returned a general verdict in Daniels’ favor and awarded him compensatory damages of $181,063.50 and punitive damages of $150,000.00. The district court held a bench trial on plaintiff ’s Title VII claim and entered judgment in favor of Daniels. Plaintiff then petitioned for attorneys’ fees and the district court awarded fees of $265,777.00 and costs in the amount of $6,312.10. For the following reasons, we affirm. A recitation of the racist slurs directed at the black members of Local 597 provides an introduction to the work environment that plaintiff protested against. When the federal government initiated the Chicago Plan and directed the union to accept additional blacks, the union’s head complained that “big brother government came in and told us that we had to accept blacks and the rest of the minorities.” When a black pipefitter decided to run for a union position, the same union head complained that “this has

did not work for their wealth, but only inherited it from some wealthy “robber baron” who took it from the poor. Where is a real life Robin Hood when you need him. We should take more from the rich and give more to the poor. Period. But that kind of populism has no root in America. Author John Steinbeck, who famously wrote Of Mice and Men, and Grapes of Wrath, described why even the most destitute country bumpkins are reluctant to rise up against the rich in this country. “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” Just look at the wildly popular Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, whose TV “reality”

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Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the chairman of the Retail Justice Alliance which supports workers in the retail industry fighting for fairness. He is also a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us” - And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. He can be followed on Facebook and

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