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Thousands Celebrate Caps’ Title at Parade By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill Thousands of die-hard and casual Washington Capitals fans flocked to downtown D.C. Tuesday, June 12 to celebrate the city’s first professional sports championship and parade since 1992. Tony Johnson of Southeast donned a red polo shirt with a navy blue Capitals baseball cap. He also grabbed some red Capitals beads for himself and his girlfriend, Andrea Crichlow. “This is history going on in the city,” Johnson said while standing at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, a main area along the parade route where nearly four dozen vehicles turned to head to the National Mall for a wild rally. “We deserve a celebration. Haven’t had nothing like this since the [Washington] Redskins in the early ‘90s.” Containers of beer flowed through the throng of fans along the parade route, but several Capitals players also drank a few on the bus and onstage for the rally in front of a sea of red-clad fans. Capitals right winger T.J. Oshie walked on stage, pulled his sweater over his face and gulped down some beer. So did Devante Smith-Pelly, one of the Capitals’ two Black players, as fans chanted, “DSP! DSP!” Center Nicklas Backstrom summed up the Capitals’ playoff run: “Finally, we started playing hockey like we can party.” The raucous atmosphere was apropos for an organization that waited 44 years for its first championship,

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5 Capitals players (L-R) 31 Philipp Grubauer, 13 Jakub Vrana, 25 Devante Smith-Pelly, and 10 Brett Connolly celebrate with fans during the Stanley Cup championship parade held Tuesday, June 12 on the National Mall in Southwest. / Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

More money for restaurant workers could mean more problems for them, says Ward 7 Councilman Vincent Gray, who opposes a minimum-wage initiative on the June 19 ballot. If D.C. voters support Initiative 77, it would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers over the next eight years, ultimately reaching $15 per hour. It would mean that all restaurant servers would be paid a minimum wage without counting

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Dispelling the Myth of Derelict Black Fathers

By Shantella Y. Sherman Special to The Informer

The maligning of African-American men in the media as poor, unwilling, or deficient fathers continues to go mostly unabated, despite sound evidence to the contrary. In fact, research studies conducted in the past five years by both the Pew Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), document participation in childrearing among Black men that surpasses all other groups. For instance, the CDC’s report on the role of American fathers in family life found that Black men performed critical roles in the health and development of their children, whether sharing a residence with the children or in another home. This,

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Early Voting Begins Maryland law in enforcement. She said they

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threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow Early voting in Maryland begins June 14 are where sense of uniformity in the way wants to Thursday, see implemented vote inand state and county races. In Prince George’s When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic residents violence can victims stricter restraining order policies, old daughter told her the father survivors County, an estimated 525,000 eligible could choose are treated. more rights forvoters victim's families of her daughter threatened her candidates in highly contested Democratic races of thata include “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf viclife, and the life of their child, story, hergovernor, county executive anda county council at-large. own personal pain to tim, domestic violence assess-Due she knew something had to be push forward,” to the various ballot stylesment in the primary, voters Davis-Nickens unitweek-long coupled with further done. Out of her frustration said aboutcan Marlow. cast their ballot at any training of the 11 for polling throughout law places enforcement with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecthe county. Alisha Alexander, elections administrator for the of the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will the tion Act sent and mandatory county, said in an email office more than counsel400 notices start Promiseoncam“get elections it.” She said she “puts thecivicing for batterers. and the otherSaving information the primary to churches and associations. For more information paign. in such a way, the average “If we areThursday, ever goingJune to eradion the location of voting sites, go case to Early voting ends 21. “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 enceMartha’s at the District Heights Also present at the event was said. Table at the Commons at Stanton Square Domestic Violence Symposium Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see in Southeast held its grand opening on Thursday, on May7,7 with at theCouncilmembers District Heights Vincent wife ofGray JohnofAllen Muhammad, programs designed to raise June Municipal Center. The sympowas sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in Ward 7 and Trayon White of Ward 8who in attendance sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She who both praised the completion of the new facility Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatand welcomed visitors to the site. Center of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. The center willNational provide child care for infants, food Heights and the Hook2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pasfor children in need and after-school programs. It Up of Black Women. the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilwill also offer distribution to families and workMarlow hasfood written a book, an organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” shops on and which parenting. Table says “Color Menutrition Butterfly,” is a Martha’s survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. the Commons is more than just a new headquarters story about four generations of and their children. Marlow has worked to break and expects that it will domestic violence. Thebecome book aishub of“Icommunity lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, togetherness, and inspiration. Hope which inspired by herhope, ownpride experiences, yearsCommunity in fear is a of long time. It iscreates andopportunities is confidentfor thelow-income policies shefamilies, including experiencing homelessness, will share space in the new building. The $20M facility work of and those of those her grandmother, not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will startis athat collaboration by theher Horning Brothers, and Community of Hope. her mother and daughter. of,”Horning she said.Family Fund, Martha’s Table process. She said every time she reads Mildred Muhammad said “I plan to take these policies to excerpts from her book, she still people who want to help a Congress and implore them to can not believe the words came domestic violence victim must change our laws,” Marlow said. from her. “Color Me Butterfly” be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these poliGeorge’s cies County Executive Rushern L. Bakwon the 2007 National “Best the victim's life, andPrince understand are passed.” er III a celebration 7 due to the Books” Award. that she may be in led “survival Tia Thursday, Carol JonesJune can be reached county achieving $1 billion in private investments “I was just 16-years-old when mode”. at county’s Economic Development Incenmy eye first blackened and my “Before you getthrough to 'I'm the going tive Fund [EDI]. Baker lips bled,” Marlow said. to kill you,' it started as a verbal WI proposed a $50 million EDI Elaine Davis-Nickens, presifund in 2011 that has now leveraged $36.5 million and dent of the National Hook-Up impacted more than 12,000 jobs [7,009 created and of Black Women, said there is no 5,138 retained]. The announcement took place on the consistency in the way domestic rooftop of the Remy, a residential building near the violence issues are dealt with by New Carrollton Metro station that began construction about two years ago. As of today, 44 projects have been submitted and approved by County Council. “It’s easy to forget where we came from,” Baker said. “When we talk about $1 billion, what does that really mean? It means not just a return on the investment of the county, [and] it means jobs for people who didn’t have jobs 10 years ago. It is about changing people’s lives.” WI Staff Writer

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We have to stop being passive-aggressive with poor children about domestic violence. I plan to take these Jena 6 Defendant Graduates from Law School to Congress and Theodore Roosevelt Shaw, (right) one of six young policies men jailed for participating in a racially-charged fight in Jena, La. 12 years ago, served as the keynote speaker during his graduation at the University of Washington’s School to change our implore them of Law commencement ceremony. Shaw now 29, was just 17 when he became one of the “Jena 6” due to a laws. I will not stop until school yard brawl that made international headlines. Shaw and five friends was accused of attacking a white classmate during are passed. a fight at school. Shaw maintained his innocence whilethese all six of thepolicies teenage

boys were charged with attempted murder of the victim who walked out of the hospital following treatment. Paul Trantham Shaw pleaded no contest to simple battery. Had he been found guilty on the original charge, he would have been imprisoned well into his 60s. During his speech, Shaw spoke about the Jena 6 incident that changed his life and his new life work — partnering with the “Innocence Project New Orleans,” which works to exonerate those unjustly convicted. 4 / May 15 - 21, 2008 The Washington Informer / Roy Lewis, Demetrious Kinney, Daniel Kucin, Jr., Mark Mahonny, CIRCULATION Lateef Mangum

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tips. “Moving to a new model in which tipped workers would get up to $15 an hour without regard to tips could also cause cuts in shifts and hours, throwing workers into further economic uncertainty and potentially eliminating jobs,” Gray argued in calling on voters to oppose Initiative 77. “These unintended consequences could have the opposite effect of what this initiative intends to do for tipped workers,” he said. District bar and restaurant workers are paid $3.33 an hour and can collect tips to make up the difference to the prevailing minimum wage, which now stands at $12.50 per hour. The D.C. chapter of the Restaurant Opportunities Center sponsored Initiative 77 and continues to push its passage. “You have to consider that when you are living off of tips, you’re constantly chasing the tips,” Jessica Yanez, with the Restaurant Opportunities Center, told WJLA-TV (Channel 7). “So that depends on location, price point, do you have a bar? Are you a man? Are you a woman? Are you young or attractive?” Yanez said that’s why the change is needed. “Because at the end of the day, the customer is the one that pays the wages, not the employer,” she said. “When you are paid $3.33 per hour, you’re valued at $3.33 per hour.” But WJLA reported that a coalition of restaurant owners and servers are fiercely opposed to the idea and feel it would drive up menu prices, cost jobs, and ultimately force D.C. restaurants out of business. “You know, we have to pay rent, we have to pay payroll, we have to pay taxes, and I think restaurants will close,” said Ris Lacoste, owner of Ris in Northwest Washington’s West End neighborhood. “I just think the margins are that small, and it’s not something most of us can afford.” Karim Soumah, a server at Ris, agreed, saying that tips are his livelihood. “For me, tips help me because I believe if I bet on myself I’m more likely to walk away with more than $15 an hour,” he said. “What we do have is a very healthy tipping culture in Washington as it stands.” Yanez argues that customers

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could still tip, even if servers and bartenders were making $15 per hour. Meanwhile, Gray remains steadfast against the proposal. “If Initiative 77 passes, I am concerned it would hurt our tipped workers and discourage restaurants from opening in areas like Ward 7 on the East End of the District,” he said. Wards 7 and 8 already are food deserts and requiring a minimum wage for tipped workers could easily scare off restaurants from opening because operating costs would be raised, rendering it difficult if not impossible for restaurants to make ends meet, Gray said. The councilman and former mayor said efforts are aggressively underway to attract restaurants to shopping centers like Skyland Town Center which is under construction, the Shops at Penn Hill, Parkside where new housing is being built rapidly, and Deanwood where a new town center is underway that includes a recently inked commitment by a restaurant to locate there. “It has been a major challenge to attract the amenities everyone wants and deserves to this area of our city,” Gray said. “I fear that Initiative 77 will scare off the very businesses we are trying to attract.  It has been hard enough to induce sit-down restaurants to locate to Ward 7. Initiative 77 seems like a prescription for failure.” WI





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AROUND THE REGION Vote in the Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Primary Election Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm. During the Primary, only Democratic, Republican, DC Statehood Green, and Libertarian voters may vote on the candidates. However, every registered voter, including unaffiliated and minor party affiliated voters, may vote on the Initiative Measure that will appear on the ballot.

Contests on the Ballot: • Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives • Mayor of the District of Columbia • Chairman of the Council • At-large Member of the Council • Ward Member of the Council for Wards 1, 3, 5 and 6 5 Polly Donaldson (left), director of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development and At-Large D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds awards a prize to the raffle winner during the DC Housing Expo & Home Show held on Saturday, June 9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest. / Photo by Tony Snakks

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create solid middle-class jobs. How will you support or encourage the construction and renovation of housing, expanding funding and improving the application process for the Safe-at-Home program, expanding access to affordable senior rentals, and/or senior property tax relief? (Submitted by AARP) I will ask the city council to revisit Anita Bonds tax exemption bill for seniors that are 65 years old and have lived in their homes more than 10-years to be exempt from property taxes and not have to repay their property taxes at 6% interest if they sell their property or leave it to their family members. What is your commitment to closing the education and employment gaps for Black and Latino residents in the District? Economics and housing impact our education system in ways that are not so obvious. Bringing stability in these two areas will help our education system function the way we all hope it would under Mayoral control. As the city continues to gentrify what will you do to make living in D.C. more equitable regardless of a resident’s ward or zip code? The law firm of Arnold & Porter invited me to New York to meet with their assets managers. So impressed with my idea to partner with the Federal Bureau of Engraving to build a Financial Depository in the District of Columbia for businesses overseas that want to return their money to the United States that they have agreed to work with me on this project should I be elected Mayor for the District of Columbia. WI


Mayor Aims to Provide Safe Travels for Students By Shevry Lassiter WI Contributing Writer In many parts of the world, children have difficulty traveling to and from school due to collapsed bridges or flooded paths, sometimes having to ride rafts in order to access education. In some areas of D.C., schoolchildren often encounter different but no less dangerous obstacles, having to navigate trouble and violence in order to make it to school and back home safely. Confronting this issue headon, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined volunteers at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Congress Heights at the end of the school day on Friday, June 8 to create a safe passage for students. Congress Heights is one of the six priority areas where District officials, community members and school leaders partnered with the Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Transportation to address student safety issues.


“The Safe Passage program is about building a safer, stronger D.C. by working together as a community to keep our young people safe,” Bowser said. “When our students feel safe and supported, they can focus on what they need to be focused on: school.” After walking from the elementary school to Democracy Prep Congress Heights Public Charter School with volunteers, residents and supporters, Bowser cut the ribbon for the charter school’s expansion project. The 20,000-square-foot expansion includes 13 classrooms and a gymnasium and will house the middle school while the elementary school utilizes the existing space. Democracy Prep Public Charter School was recognized last week as the elementary school with the most improved attendance. Students will enter the new expansion at the start of the 201819 school. WI

5Mayor Muriel Bowser is surrounded by children from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Congress Heights as she acts as an escort in the Safe Passage program on Friday, June 8. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter 3 Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks to volunteers and area residents after participating in the Safe Passage walk ending at Democracy Prep Congress Heights Public Charter School on Friday, June 8. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

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apart, spoke of their fathers growing up together as best friends and activists. “I have never, ever stuck my toe in politics before — I may never do it again,” Chappelle, who was raised in Silver Spring, said during the event at the Old Towne Inn. “I’m very moved to be in the state I was raised in and see my godbrother looking at you guys with the hope that we have in each other. I believe we can close the deal.” Jealous, a former NAACP

5Comedian Dave Chappelle took to the campaign trail with Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous on a stop at Olde Town Inn in Largo, Md. on Friday, June 8. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

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up his bid after his death last month; Krish Vignarajah, onetime policy director for former first lady Michelle Obama; and tech entrepreneur Alec Ross. The final two candidates not included in the poll are James Hugh Jones II, a chaplain for the Baltimore City Police Department, and Ralph Jaffe of Baltimore County. With Baker and Jealous as the front-runners, the poll shows they would need to sway about 40 percent of undecided Democratic voters to win the nomination. In addition, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan received a 60 percent approval rating and 60 percent of voters in the poll say the state is “headed in the right direction.” Meanwhile, Jealous supporters believe he’ll bring change by instituting progressive policies such as $15 minimum wage, reforms for Baltimore City Police Department and universal health care for all Marylanders. “That’s a big one for me,” said Barbara Demas-James, 71, a retired federal employee who resides in Largo. “Health care is so costly. I can hardly afford it.” Cheryl Green, a Temple Hills resident, supports Jealous because of his work with the NAACP, and the fact that the county’s education woes, including allegations of unauthorized pay raises and grade changes, happened under Baker’s leadership. “I cannot say whether [Baker] was personally involved,” Green said. “But there was too many things going on.” WI



Prince George’s Educators Demand Accountability

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Dozens of Prince George’s County educators filled the board meeting room Thursday, June 7 in the Sasscer Administration Building in Upper Marlboro to ensure school officials involve the teachers’ union in future discussions on teacher pay, selection of a schools leader and school safety. Led by Theresa Mitchell Dudley, president of the county’s Educators Association, educators sang before the meeting, “We reclaim our schools! We reclaim our schools today!” Dudley criticized outgoing schools CEO Kevin Maxwell and central office officials for a decision to fire several guidance counselors after alleged grade inflations. “We know we are dealing with someone who is not going to look out for us,” Dudley said as she sat in the middle of the boardroom with three other members of the association. “In the words of Frederick Douglass, ‘Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.’” School board President Segun Eubanks said the board approved in November to ratify teacher contract for two salary increases within a 12-month period. The union argued that educators remain several steps behind on the pay scale, prompting school board member Edward Burroughs III to request his colleagues discuss an increase of teacher pay by 4 percent. However, the board voted 7-5 to not deliberate until a budget committee session Tuesday, June 12. One concern from educators is a possible severance package for Maxwell, who plans to step down at the end of the school year with three years left on his four-year $290,000 contract that includes health and other benefits. The school board may not discuss his contract until after the school year ends June 20. Burroughs and board members Raaheela Ahmed and David Murray expressed concerns about Maxwell’s leadership after he allegedly authorized pay raises for staff outside his cabinet. According to Maxwell’s contract, the board doesn’t have to grant him a severance package. “If the parties mutually agree to terminate this contract prior to the expiration date, they also may agree (but are not required

“The children [at High Point] need a better building. My school isn’t [even] the worst school. I’ve traveled to other schools where kids can’t drink the water and teachers bring in bottled water. Come on. That’s ludicrous.” – Alyson Harkins Special Education Teacher to agree) to a severance payment for the CEO,” the contract states. “The board and CEO agree that to the extent practicable, either party will provide 90 days prior written notice to the other party of the intent to terminate this contract.” Because the boardroom was standing-room-only, some educators couldn’t come inside and chanted outside while dozens of students received accolades more than $300,000 from the school system and MGM National Harbor. Alyson Harkins, a special education teacher at High Point High School, blew a vuvuzela horn she uses on special occasions such as “picket lines.” “The kids in this county are not getting what they need to get a good education,” she said. “The children [at High Point] need a better building. My school isn’t [even] the worst school. I’ve traveled to other schools where kids can’t drink the water and teachers bring in bottled water. Come on. That’s ludicrous.” In regard to choosing a new CEO, Delegate Darryl Barnes (D-District 25) of Upper Marlboro said the teachers’ union should be included in any discussions. “They should have a seat at the table because they represent a large body of the teachers,” said Barnes, who chairs the county delegation’s education committee. “It would make sense to provide input and insight on the next superintendent.” W


5 Dozens of educators with the Prince George’s County Educators Association attend a June 7 school board meeting in Upper Marlboro, chanting and demanding more accountability and transparency in the school system. /Photo by William J. Ford


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Competition Recognizes Older Entrepreneurs By Brenda C. Siler WI Contributing Writer The 2018 Boom Conference allowed attendees to explore how to tap existing skills to start a business or pursue “gig” work. “The ‘boom’ in the conference name describes people who are ready for their lives to explode with opportunities and passion,” said conference founder Angela Heath. Research shows that people 45 and older are rethinking retirement and seeking ways to bring in extra income. That’s why more than 100 people came to the Silver Spring Civic Building on June 7 for guidance on how to start a business and to learn about the “gig” economy to find part-time or interim work. The second annual Boom Conference included a Busi-

ness Pitch Competition sponsored by AARP. Six local businesses started by individuals 45 or older submitted applications to be considered for startup or growth funding. Companies registered for the competition in April. Over several weeks, the applications were reviewed and interviews with the business owners were conducted by AARP, conference organizers and a panel of judges. The field was narrowed to six entrepreneurs who gave presentations at the Boom Conference. Scores from a three-person judging panel counted for 75 percent of the final tally. Veronica Johnson, WJLA-TV (Channel 7) meteorologist, hosted the conference’s pitch competition, in which attendees were able to vote via text, making up the remaining 25 percent of the final score. AARP awarded

5 Winners of the Boom Conference’s Business Pitch competition are congratulated by judges and sponsors. From left: Samira Cook Gaines, founding partner of Global Empowerment Solutions and competition judge; Marguerita M. Cheng, CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth and competition judge; Charlene Brown, ReciproCare founder and competition awardee; Angela Heath, founder of the Boom Conference; Felicia Brown of competition sponsor AARP; Judy O’Connor, Like Neighbors founder and competition awardee; Lorette Farris, CEO of iBoss, Inc., and competition coach; and Grier Melick, small business consultant at the Maryland Small Business Development Center and competition judge. /Photo by Brigette White

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Upscale Barbershop Opens in Mitchellville By Shevry Lassiter WI Contributing Writer The varied wood tones and leather seats set the atmosphere upon entering the doors of Distinctive Hair & Grooming for Men in Mitchellville. The pool table and arcade is telling that this isn’t just another barbershop. The upscale salon for men of all ages is intended to be a place where total grooming needs are met.   In addition to haircuts, services offered include facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, shoeshines. Husband-and-wife owners Jim and Deborah Guynn designed the space to ensure comfort for male grooming.

“We want our barbers to be the main course, if you will, and everything else is an appetizer or side item,” Jim said. “We want to provide the full spectrum of services.” The idea came to Deborah eight years ago while managing a salon company with over 250 shops as she watched men uncomfortably entering beauty salons for manicures and pedicures. “The confessions of the soul happen in the barber’s chair,” Deborah said. “The shop offers the intimacy where a barber and his client can have those conversations and not be focused on everything else going on.” Customers can join the shop’s membership program which allows them to take advantage of


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5 Entrepreneurs Jim and Deborah Guynn, to the right and left of Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO David Harrington, and barbershop staff, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Distinctive Hair & Grooming for Men in Mitchellville, Md., on Friday, June 2. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter



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The story of modern Africa is turning out to be one that is full of contradictions, an inconvenient mix of smiles and tears, of the uplifting and the gory. The chronicler may tell how Ethiopia and Eritrea went from war and destruction to peace, and then played that scenario all over again. Or write about the two Congos and the river that flows between them and holds the hydraulic power to light all of industrializing Africa. The old and the new will be seen in a dynamic process of redefinition, as the continent seeks to find its true core; its soul! The 21st century Africa story could focus on innovations in energy, transportation, health sciences and agriculture in Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and so on; or on political gerrymandering and constitutional finagling in Burundi, DR Congo, Togo and Zimbabwe. Then, maybe, attention will turn to a country where the clash of colonial histories and the possible emergence of new rules of coexistence will inspire political scientists everywhere: Cameroon. Cameroon, located in Central Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, is currently on the verge of a civil war. The national army is caught up in what amounts to guerrilla warfare with armed citizens who believe that the post-colonial bonds that bind two parts of the nation have weakened to the point of rupture. One part of the country, East Cameroon, was a French colony that was granted political independence in 1960; the second half, Southern Cameroons, was British and was freed of its colonial chains in 1961. The two agreed to become a bilingual federal state in October 1961, with a population that was 80 percent Francophone and 20 percent Anglophone. The demographic dichotomy has remained that way over the years. In 2016, a law-and-order “policing” problem that started with lawyers and teachers in the English-speaking regions of the country quickly degenerated into an armed conflict, spewing a foul stench of war and death that is spreading and leaving none of the country’s 23 million citizens indifferent. The threads of the union were stretched to the limit as the lawyers and teachers complained about increasing marginalization of the Anglophone, the expanding use of French as the primary language of education and legal business, and what seemed like a steady process of assimilation of the minority group by the Francophones. Public discussion of the marauding hands of France in the affairs of the state did not help matters. What brought a peaceful nation, often described as an island of tranquility in a Central African sea of chaos, to this gruesome place? Why is the emerging global narrative on Cameroon and the dominant internet picture one of gory killings, burning villages and a country on a slippery road to Armageddon? At the heart of the current situation is a culture war that regurgitates all that is wrong with the country’s colonial past when the territories served as little more than sources of raw materials for the industries of colonial masters. Over half of Cameroon’s foreign exchange comes from resources in the Anglophone zone, and French multinational companies have always been suspected of wanting to maintain permanent access to that wealth. Paris will do anything, everything to keep it that way. And today, the Anglophones are just as determined to end what they see as unbridled plunder. Could this be the beginning of the end of the neocolonialist culture that, with the prevailing international system, has conspired to keep Africa poor? Africa’s history is on trial. The future of Cameroon and other countries facing outcomes that will redefine communal living will represent the way forward for a new Africa. WAKANDA, here we come! The clash of historical legacies in Cameroon pits an unyielding government against an unrelenting set of freedom fighters. A resolution will have to be found as the voice of a silent middle majority rises out of the thunder and gloom, the chaos and growing sense of despair in the country. That voice will, imperatively, have to dig deep into a pre-colonial cultural past, seek the wisdom of the ancestors, find new arguments for living together in a sophisticated and complex new world; discover the roots that hold steady the tree of life for one billion inhabitants of the continent. Out of this nation on the precipice, often referred to as “Africa in Miniature,” may come the elements of a new future — the Africa we want! WI



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NATIONAL NNPA, Chevrolet Launch 2018 ‘Discover the Unexpected’ By Daja E. Henry, Ila Wilborn and Natrawn Maxwell Special to The Informer via NNPA Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) have teamed once again for the “Discover the Unexpected” (DTU) Journalism Fellowship program. The fellowship, now in its third year, gives students attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) the opportunity of a lifetime: an eight-week, immersive training experience

with the Black Press. The NNPA, also known as the “Black Press of America,” is a trade group that represents more than 200 African-American-owned media companies and newspapers in the United States. This year, the program also features a travel journalism component when the DTU fellows (#TeamAunthentic and #TeamOptimistic) embark on a road trip in the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, filing stories along the way as they travel to their second posts and then to Detroit for a

grand finale. #TeamAuthentic will travel from Atlanta to Norfolk and #TeamOptimistic will drive from New York City to D.C. The participating NNPA newspapers are The Atlanta Voice, The New Journal and Guide (Norfolk, Va.), the New York Amsterdam News and The Washington Informer. “Using NNPA’s professional resources and the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox’s innovative technology, DTU Fellows will share stories that shatter perceptions, jump-start their journalism careers and encourage us all to ‘Discover the Unexpected,’” the official NNPA DTU website said. The 2018 Discover the Unexpected journalism fellows are Tyvan Burns of Norfolk State University, Diamond Durant of Morgan State University, Daja E. Henry of Howard University, Denver Lark of North Carolina A&T University, Natrawn Maxwell of Claflin University and Ila Wilborn of Florida A&M University. The 2018 DTU fellows, along with Chevrolet and NNPA publishers and editors met up in Detroit for a two-day boot camp

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5 The 2018 NNPA Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellows are (from leftright): Tyvan Burns of Norfolk State University; Denver Lark of North Carolina A&T University; Ila Wilborn of Florida A&M University; Daja E. Henry of Howard University, Diamond Durant of Morgan State University; and Natrawn Maxwell of Claflin University. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

event, hosted at General Motors’ (GM) headquarters. The DTU fellows learned about the Chevrolet Equinox, social media from a global brand perspective, and new Chevrolet marketing campaigns. The fellows also toured the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix held at Belle Isle. Durant, a senior at Morgan State University, talked about her expectations for the NNPA’s DTU program this summer moving forward. “I hope to really get better at writing,” Durant said. “I hope to get better at chasing stories and finding stories, sticking to stories and just getting better at being unique and being more of a team player.” As an introduction to the program, Michelle Matthews-Alexander, Chevrolet’s diversity marketing director, talked about the program’s inception. Matthews-Alexander said that Chevrolet was interested in playing “a role in showcasing those stories that we all know exist; that we all know are happening on a day-to-day basis.” Hip-hop pioneer and philanthropist MC Lyte returned for the third year to serve as the national spokesman for the program. This fellowship is unique in that it partners a global auto manufacturer (Chevrolet) with a Black media organization (NNPA), in an effort to not only expose HBCU students to the Black Press, but also to marketing and advertising roles that exist in corporate America, where Black professionals are often underrepresented. “No other internship is going to have that,” said Denise Rolark

Barnes, publisher of The Washington Informer. “I think to have relationships with Chevy and the whole concept of discovering the unexpected allows us to define some things about Africa American history and culture.” Ken Barrett, GM’s chief diversity officer, explained why diversity is key to Chevrolet’s success. Barrett was previously the director of diversity for the United States Navy, where Admiral Mike Mullen helped him to realize that “the less the Navy looked like America, the more disconnected, as a service, it would become.” Barrett brought that unique perspective on diversity to his current role with GM. With his focus on diversity of thought to include different factors including gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and veteran status, Barrett intends to lead the charge in a type of innovation that everyone has a stake in. The next game changer will come, he said, in “an organization that listens to all of those perspectives.” Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, president and CEO of the NNPA, said the NNPA is pleased with its ongoing partnership with Chevrolet, especially with the NNPA DTU Journalism Fellowship program. “We believe that the NNPA’s Discover The Unexpected Journalism Fellowship program, sponsored by Chevrolet, is vital to the future of the Black Press of America,” Chavis said. “We are enthusiastic about the 2018 DTU fellows, as each one of them represents the best of the new generation of journalism scholars that will serve the African-American community.” WI


Activists Call for Douglass Banners in Old Anacostia to Hail Bicentennial Celebration By John Muller Special to WI Informer Commemorative banners recognizing the bicentennial birth year of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass, line the streets on light poles in Fell’s Point, Baltimore and Easton, the county seat of Maryland’s Talbot County. These are the communities where Douglass transformed from an enslaved child to the radical abolitionist who took flight from slavery in September 1838 with support from Anna Murray, his free-born wife of 44 years. Over time, Douglass planted his roots in Old Anacostia, near Barry Farm and Hillsdale in Ward 8, where he and his children were integral and visible members of the community for more than two decades. His home, located at 1411 W Street, S.E. is a National Historic Site, where growing caravans of locals and a surge of national and international tourists visit seven days a week. Here, however, the light poles are empty, and there are no banners or signs similarly honoring the 200th birthday of the area’s most famous resident. Members of the Douglass and Bailey families, along with local activists and civic leaders, feel Old Anacostia and the entirety of Washington, D.C. should equally join the celebration. “The banners are important because they help raise awareness about the 200th birthday celebration of our great ancestor,” says Ken B. Morris, Jr., president of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and grandson of both Douglass and educator Booker T. Washington. “They are visual tools that help teach residents and tourists about the significance of these locales in the life of Frederick Douglass.” Chuck Hicks, chair of the D.C. Black History Host Committee and co-chair of the city’s Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Committee, agrees with Morris, saying, “It is my hope Washington, D.C. can follow the actions of Fell’s Point and print and hang Douglass banners not only in Anacostia but throughout the entire city to show our gratitude for all he has done for D.C and the nation.” No matter the enthusiasm for




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the idea of local banners, a confluence of local partners, including the National Park Service, Anacostia Business Improvement District, Anacostia Arts Center, Historic Anacostia Block Association, and others, will need to coordinate funding, designing, permitting and installation. Since 2009 Arch Development Corporation, parent of the Anacostia Arts Center, has worked with community groups, artists and city agencies to install a series of promotional banners and magnets along the commercial corridors of lower Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE. “Of course, banners recognizing Douglass should be hung in Anacostia, where he lived,” Duane Gautier, Arch’s CEO, said. “That is a no-brainer.” Due to ongoing concerns with violence, development displacement and stability, and leadership of city schools the banners have the potential to turn street corners into classrooms without walls. “When people walk the streets of Anacostia today, the banners will serve to remind Douglassonians that one of their own is being celebrated and lifted up,” Morris said. “I get very excited when I think about the teaching moments that will take place on the streets of Anacostia because of the banners.” “With half of the Frederick Douglass bicentennial year gone,




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Men Now Taking Lead in Care for Loved Ones By Brenda C. Siler WI Contributing Writer An AARP report in 2009 found that 34 percent of caregivers surveyed were men. Nine years later, 40 percent of the 40 million Americans caring for a loved one is male. Both male and female caregivers enter their role in the same way, which is usually unexpectedly. Prince George’s County resident James Edward Proctor III, a 55-year-old IT project manager for the federal government, said his wife April was 47 when she had a hemorrhagic stroke in April 2017 while attending a softball game of their then-17-year-old daughter August, was pitching. James, who was not at the game, said the softball coach who noticed the symptoms of April’s stroke called 911. “It was touch-and-go because they were not able to get her stabilized for the helicopter transport to Georgetown University Hospital,” James said. “They were preparing us for the worst.” Once April was stabilized for transport, she was taken to Georgetown University Hospital. Her initial prognosis was a 20 percent chance for survival.  April spent 70 days at Georgetown University Hospital. The stroke was so severe that she had very little movement and recognition from her left side of her body and no verbal cues. There was a low level of awareness of the people and hospital staff she knew. “She was too injured to begin physical therapy at that point, so we worked toward getting her to a nursing home/rehabilitation facility,” Proctor said. In June 2017, April was transferred to a skilled nursing facility in LaPlata, Md., where she is today, more than one year after the stroke. She began speaking again in March and can maneuver her wheelchair a bit. In April, James went back to the

Georgetown University Hospital’s ICU and neurological units with his wife in a wheelchair to deliver cupcakes to the nurses that had cared for her a year ago. “People need to remember that the practitioners appreciate seeing your progress,” he said. Proctor said he has drawn on his faith, his family and stroke support groups to get him through the traumatic scenario. He researched everything he could find about the type of stroke April suffered. James met with health care professionals in Virginia and talked with stroke survivors Now very knowledgeable about his wife’s condition, Proctor has created the website in hope of helping others. John Clemons, 63, lives in Huntersville, N.C., with his wife of more than 30 years, Corine, who is a four-time cancer survivor. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29, shortly after she and John married. Twenty years later, the breast cancer returned as stage 3. She then had a cancerous growth on her neck which was removed. Then Corine was diagnosed with a carcinoma in her skull which was removed. Years of cancer treatment has put Corine’s body in a debilitated state leaving her with motor skill and cognitive challenges. She has had three skull surgeries, one for the carcinoma and two others to drain fluid. She also has suffered debilitating falls — once down a flight of stairs and another time in a bathroom, hitting her head against the toilet while on a cruise in October 2016. “With that fall, she started having convulsions for more than a day before they airlifted her off of the cruise ship to a hospital in Puerto Rico,” Clemons said. “The ship was stopped in the middle of the ocean and I had to watch her being airlifted in a basket to the


helicopter. Then I was alone on the ship.” Clemons got off the ship the next day, flew to Puerto Rico and worked with bilingual doctors at the hospital where his wife had been taken. Walking and long interactive conversations are now difficult for Corine. Her cancer has been in remission for five years, but she has also been diagnosed with lymphedema in her left arm because of the removal of lymph nodes. Her left arm has very little use because of that condition. Her current needs call for dayto-day care. Clemons handles his wife’s personal care and takes her to medical appointments. Clemons found an adult day care center for Corine twice a week. A certified nursing assistant stays with Corine when he needs to be away for appointments or overnight trips. He found about the range of caregiving services by contacting the county Area Office on Aging and various social service agencies that are found in every state. Their daughter, Diarra, recently moved to Huntersville from upstate New York to be with her parents. She is settling in to establish her career as an attorney while getting accustomed to being in a co-caretaker role with John.

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5 James and April Proctor, before April’s stroke /Family photo

Both Clemons and Proctor talk about the emotional, physical and spiritually taxing role of being a caregiver. There is very little time for self-care, which can, in turn, affect the caregiver’s health.

“When you’ve been with somebody for 30 years who has helped you, then you want to help them,” Clemons said. “But then you realize it is physically impossible. You then have to make decisions that are painful.” WI

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Make-a-Wish Helps Girl’s Africa Dream Come True By Shevry Lassiter WI Contributing Writer At six months old, Olivia Grace Jones was diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a heart disease with a cause that remains unknown. The debilitating disease stretches the heart chamber, making it thin, weak, and unable to contract properly. Eventually, the heart can’t pump as much blood forward as it normally should, causing fluid to back up in the lungs and build up in the body, resulting in heart failure. But Olivia, now 14, used her fascination with elephants to help take her mind off her medical condition and treatments. She made frequent trips to the zoo when she was younger and often occupied herself with all things elephant. Olivia’s parents, Kevin Jones, 54 and Schonay Barrett-Jones, 49, of

Silver Spring, said when Olivia was asked her dream, she said, “I want to go where the elephants live.” It was soon clear that Olivia wanted to actually go to the elephant’s kingdom, South Africa. On Friday, June 8, Olivia was amazed to learn during her Farquhar Middle School eighth-grade farewell ceremony that her wish to go to South Africa to see elephants will come true this summer. “To see the look on her face — something just welled up in me,” Barrett-Jones said. “I’m very excited for her to finally get to have this dream come true. She has been talking about elephants her whole life and getting to see the elephants where they live — I’m so grateful for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic for making this dream come true.” Dad agreed. “It was challenging keeping this secret from everyone else,” Jones said.

“Seeing this moment get pulled off was really wonderful and we are so appreciative of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic for making this dream come true for our family.” WI

5 Kevin and Schonay Jones with their daughter Olivia who received a trip to South Africa from Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic during an 8th grade farewell ceremony in Silver Spring, Md., on Friday, June 8. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

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Depression, Suicide Rates Jump Across the Nation By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer Before he reportedly took his own life Friday, June 8, celebrity chef and TV star Anthony Bourdain talked openly about depression. In a 2016 episode of his popular CNN show, “Parts Unknown,” Bourdain laid back in a chair and spoke to a therapist to explain how depressed he was despite the glamorous position he held. “I feel kind of like a freak and I feel very isolated,” Bourdain said. “I communicate for a living but I’m terrible at communicating with people I care about.” Just a few days before Bourdain’s death, fashion designer Kate Spade, who also seemingly had it all, committed suicide, leaving a note behind for her 13-year-old daughter Frances. “This has nothing to do with you,” the note read, according to various published reports. “Don’t feel guilty. Ask your dad.” According to national statistics, depression is hitting Americans hard with postpartum difficulties and suicide rates skyrocketing. Nearly 45,000 Americans died by suicide in 2016, a statistic that includes increases in a majority of states between 1999 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fewer than half of those who took their own lives had been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, CDC said. Instead, the CDC notes suicide typically arises from a combination of factors, including relationship problems (42 percent), acute crisis (29 percent), problematic drug and alcohol use (28 percent), poor health (22 percent), job loss and money trouble (16 percent), legal issues (9 percent) and loss of housing (4 percent). Suicide is now the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. The CDC’s Vital Signs report noted that the rates of most causes of death have been declining. The most recent suicide

rates ranged from 6.9 per 100,000 residents in the District of Columbia, to 29.2 per 100,000 residents in Montana. The report said suicide rate increases ranged from below 6 percent in Delaware, which had the smallest increase, to a more than 57 percent increase in North Dakota. Other states with particularly large increases included Utah, Idaho, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Vermont and New Hampshire, each with increases of between 43 and nearly 58 percent. Overall, the increase exceeded 30 percent in 25 states. While depression has been among the illnesses leading to suicide, experts said another mental health battle that concerns health officials is postpartum difficulties. On Saturday, June 23, the nonprofit Postpartum Support International will host “Climb Out of the Darkness,” the world’s largest event to raise awareness of maternal mental illness like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum post-traumatic stress, postpartum psychosis, perinatal bipolar mood disorders, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. The 9 a.m. event is scheduled at the National Mall. “Our mission is to promote


HEALTH “I feel kind of like a freak and I feel very isolated,” Bourdain said. “I communicate for a living but I’m terrible at communicating with people I care about.”

5 Suicide and depression rates are up across the country. /Courtesy of UnDark

awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide,” said Emily Newton, the program manager for the event and Postpartum Support International. Watson said the group provides training for medical professionals, counseling professionals, and peers who lead peer support groups; support groups; and consultation lines for doctors who don’t know how to treat pregnant and nursing women.

They also host a help line to support new families and those who support them. About one in seven women will experience something more extreme than the typical baby blues, mental health experts said.

According to the CDC, as much as 20 percent of new mothers experience one or more symptoms of postpartum depression. Like other types of depres-




(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites members of H Street Bridge Project the community and stakeholders to a public meeting on Thursday, June 21 , 2018 to st

obtain information to provide feedback potential reconstruction or (Washington, DC) Theand District Department of on Transportation (DDOT) invites members of replacement of the H St. Bridge. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is the community and stakeholders to a public meeting on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 to currently evaluating if the bridge can be repaired or if it must be replaced. obtain and to provide feedback on potential or The information purpose of this project is to improve the condition of the reconstruction H Street Bridge, NE (HopscotchofBridge) DistrictThe of Columbia. replacement the H inSt.the Bridge. District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is currently evaluating if the bridge can be repaired or if it must be replaced. H Street Bridge Public Meeting No. 1 The What: purpose of this project is to improve the condition of the H Street Bridge, NE When: Thursday, June 21st, 2018 Time: 6 pm to 8 pm with 6:30 presentation (Hopscotch Bridge) in theNeighborhood District of Columbia. Location: Northeast Library, 330 7th St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (Meeting Room) Refreshments be1served. H Street Bridge Public Meetingwill No. What: Can't Make a Meeting? st, 2018 Time: 6 pm to 8 pm with 6:30 presentation When: Thursday, June 21 Materials from this meeting will be made available on the study website within 24 hours of meetingNortheast conclusion.Neighborhood Those who would like to leave a comment Location: Library, 330 7th St NE, about the study can do so by leaving a comment on the Get Involved! section of the webpage. Washington, DC 20002 (Meeting Room) For more information email

Refreshments will be served. DDOT ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title Can't Make a Meeting? VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you Materials from this meeting will be made available on the study website within 24 hours need special accommodations, please contact Cesar Barreto at (202) 671 – 2829 or of meeting conclusion. Those who would like to leave a comment about the study can five days in advance of the meeting. If you need language do so by leaving a comment onorthe Get Involved! section of the webpage. assistance services (translation interpretation), please contact five days in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.

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HEALTH DEPRESSION from Page 25 sion, postpartum depression can include several symptoms such as feeling down or depressed for most of the day for several weeks or more; feeling distant and withdrawn from family and friends; a loss of interest in activities; changes in eating and sleeping habits; feeling tired most of the day; and feeling angry or irritable. Postpartum depression symptoms may start in the first few weeks following childbirth, sometimes symptoms don’t begin until months after birth, CDC officials said. Postpartum psychosis is a

related mental health condition that can also develop after childbirth. This rare and serious condition includes symptoms of hallucinations, paranoia, and, at times, thoughts of harming one’s self or others. Some mothers have frequent thoughts about harming their children. The CDC said there are several factors can lead to postpartum depression. Women with a history of depression and other mental health conditions face a higher risk and some of the factors that can increase the prospects of experiencing the condition include hormonal changes; financial strain; job

changes; illness; changes in social relationships; and raising a child with special needs. Mental health officials said postpartum illnesses can affect anyone. That’s why officials are holding the “Climb Out of the Darkness” on or near the longest day of the year to help shine the most light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, Newton said. The event features mothers, fathers, and others across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of perinatal mental health crises  and into the light of hope and recovery.

“Our event is a gathering and walk that raises awareness, celebrates recovery, and raises money for treatment, training and education,” Newton said. The event is also happening in 115 cities around the world with an expected 11,000 participants and Newton said it’s a major increase over last year when there was participation from 95 cities with just 700 registered people. “The funds raised will help us achieve our longterm goal which is to prevent loss of life and prevent loss of quality of life for all families,” she said. WI


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As part of the national bicentennial celebration, the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives has partnered with the National Park Service to give away 7,000 special edition copies of The Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave to students who visit the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. The organization’s ultimate goal is to distribute 1,000,000 copies as part of its One Million Abolitionists project which provides accompanying curriculum to schools and educational centers and detention facilities. “We want to inspire young people everywhere, with the words of Frederick Douglass, to believe that they can do and be anything possible,” Morris says. “We are humbled and honored to have the support of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.” For more information on One Million Abolitionists visit www. The Douglass house is open seven days a week from 9 am - 5 pm. To schedule a tour call (202) 426-5961 or visit www.nps. gov/frdo.

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June Greetings From DC Office on Aging Laura Newland DC Office on Aging Executive Director Happy Pride! Last week, I received a notice for my college class reunion, and it made me think about how much things have changed, just in my lifetime. When I was in high school and college, the idea that people could be with and marry whomever they wanted was an impossibility. My generation has witnessed an incredible change in acceptance of the LGBTQ community. And it’s all been possible because of our LGBTQ seniors. Our theme for this month is Louder & Prouder, #ageproud, in recognition of how seniors have paved the way for all of us to live freer and more open lives. Join us on June 9th at the annual Pride Parade as we march with the Mayor’s Office and the Capital Pride Alliance in celebrating Gay Pride in the District. And for the first time this year, we are inviting older

LGBTQ adults to ride along in our inaugural Senior Pride Trolley! Then on Sunday, June 10th, be sure to stop by our DCOA table at the Pride Festival. We will be there all day to share information on the many programs and resources available to keep you healthy, active, and engaged across the city. Stop by and pick up a DCOA rainbow wristband to wear throughout the month (or all year!) to show your support for older LGBTQ adults The District is estimated to have the largest percentage of LGBTQ residents in the nation! And nearly a quarter of District residents identifying as LGBTQ are age 55 and up. This generation shaped our city and paved the way for LGBTQ residents of all ages, making D.C. a city where all are welcome, and all are celebrated. This month is also an opportunity to recognize some the unique challenges that our LGBTQ seniors face today. LGBTQ older adults are twice as likely to live alone, twice as likely to be single, and three to four times less likely to have children. We know how important family and strong commu-

nity ties are to aging well, but the risk factors for social isolation affect LGBTQ older adults in disproportionate ways. So, beyond the celebrations, we’re committed to real work and tackling these issues along with the community. Last year, we formed an LGBTQ Senior Advisory Committee with older LGBTQ residents, advocates, service providers, and government partners. The advisory committee worked together to identify needs in the community and make recommendations to the agency. Later this month, we’ll be announcing new programming, based on their recommendations. Programming will include monthly activities, entertainment, and learning opportunities around a meal, citywide events, and peerled support groups across the city. Stay tuned for more information about programs for LGBTQ older adults. We’ve come a long way together and made such incredible progress as a city. And we recognize that we still have work to do to be more inclusive and accepting of all of the members of our community. I

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can’t wait to hear what the youngest generation will say twenty and thirty years from now about what they once thought was impossible for them. I hope that their impossibility becomes their reality, too. Can’t wait to see you at Pride!



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EDUCATION Academy Grads Soar to Renowned Private High School By Tamara M. Cooke Henry Special to The Informer For the first time in six years, all graduates of the Highland Park Christian Academy middle school will attend private high schools in the D.C. region, with a couple of the eighth graders enticed by lucrative scholarships. Mia C. Freeman, valedictorian, and Michelleh N. Wainaina, salutatorian, proudly led the HPCA eighth grade graduation commencement Monday, June 4 in the main sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Highland Park on Sheriff Road. Freeman will attend Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg on scholarship, while Wainaina was offered a $4,500 scholarship to attend

Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va. In their special speeches to their classmates, parents, staff, family and friends, both young ladies talked about their successes and the lessons learned during their years at the academy. They exuded excitement about their future. “The learning environment” is what Wainaina said attracted her to Bishop O’Connell. “They donated a lot of money to their science department and their math department,” she said. “Last year, they donated $21 million to their science department so they could upgrade it.” Wainaina, who graduated with a 4.056 GPA, said she has a strong interest in science.

4Top left, row one: Rahsaan M. Thomas (Bishop McNamara High School), Michelleh N. Wainaina (Bishop O’Connell High School), Mia C. Freeman (Elizabeth Seton High School), and David Ingram (DeMatha Catholic High School) Row 2, left: Joy N. Mwaura (Elizabeth Seton HS), Terri W. Rickard (Elizabeth Seton HS), Devin T. Bazemore (Bishop McNamara HS). Micaela E. Smith-Waller (Elizabeth Seton HS) Row 3, left: Javar M. Roberts (Bishop McNamara HS), Jessica V. Murray (Elizabeth Seton HS), Jace K. Joynes (DeMatha Catholic HS) and Destiny Sloan (Elizabeth Seton HS)

“My goal is to graduate from Bishop, hopefully get into Princeton University, which will allow me to become a doctor in the surgical field,” she said. Freeman said, “I decided to go to Seton because when I shadowed there, it was really cool and stuff. I like their dance team and swimming.” The scholarship offer helped make Seton “my best choice,” said Freeman, whose GPA was 4.061. Also attending Seton in the fall are honor students Joy N. Mwaura and Jessica V. Murray, as well as Terri W. Rickard and Destiny Sloan. The dance talents of Micaela E. SmithWaller landed her on the varsity dance team at Seton. Rahsaan M. Thomas, Devin T. Bazemore and Javar M. Roberts all

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plan to attend Bishop McNamara High School. The Highland Park Christian Academy is 35 years old, one of the oldest of the 122 private schools in Prince George’s County that provides spiritual, academic and social development for pre-K2 through eighth grade. The Academy Board of Directors approved a proposal to expand HPCA to include seventh and eighth grades in March 2010 and recruited the first class by the fall. HPCA is registered to become a member of the National Middle School Association. “From preschool to middle school, our learners at Highland Park Christian Academy know they are special,” said Principal Niesha Wright, who taught math at the school before taking the helm. “Having been an educator for 18 years, I know what makes for excellent instruction that yields optimal student achievement,” she said. “I am of the philosophy that believes that every child deserves a fair chance at receiving a quality education.” Honor student Jace K. Joynes plans to attend DeMatha Catholic High School and said he feels prepared for the challenges that await. “I’ve learned time management here, [as well as] organization,” Joynes said of his two years at HPCA. “You’ve got to be organized in high school so you know where everything is. “I have a cousin who went to [DeMatha] and to Seton and they have gone to college and got pretty

good jobs,” he said, adding that attending DeMatha “is the best opportunity for me to be successful.” Other graduates, however, noted that their entire education, from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade has been at HPCA so there is a concern about adjusting to larger classes and navigating through more people. David Ingram also will attend DeMatha. “The number of eighth-grade students who are accepted into private schools has always been close to 100 percent here at Highland Park,” said social studies teacher Edmund Bowie. “This year it is 100 percent, but in the past, there have been some families who have elected not to apply to private schools.” Bowie underscored the educational quality at Highland Park, not only because he has taught for a number of years at the school but also because his own son was educated at the academy. “Absolutely, I can attest to the topnotch learning,” Bowie said. “One of those students was my son. My son went to school here. He started here in pre-K. This is the only school he ever knew until he graduated in eighth grade. He was accepted at DeMatha Catholic High School. He went there. He was an honor roll student all the way through there. He was extremely well prepared by Highland Park. And now he’s very successful at Towson University. “It all started here in pre-K at Highland Park,” he said. WI




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EDUCATION Anacostia Student Wins Prestigious National Award By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has named Anacostia High School student Andre Davis as a 2018 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award recipient. The national honor is awarded annually to one student in every state who has maintained a strong record of volunteerism, demonstrates school and community activism, and helps implement creative solutions to recognized problems. “This award basically solidifies to me that I am an instrument

that could help start change,” Andre told The Informer just one day before he was to fly to New Orleans to accept the award. However, the teen experienced a major scheduling conflict and couldn’t make the ceremony because his graduation from Anacostia taking place at the same time. The leadership award, which the Museum first presented in 2017, was created in honor of Billy Michal, who was a child living in Louisiana during World War II. At only 6 years old, Michal helped his one-room school win a statewide scrap paper-collec-

tion contest during the war, proving that every citizen could contribute to victory. Michal’s achievement demonstrated the positive impact the American spirit could have on the Home Front war efforts, and he continues to inspire students across America today, officials said in a news release. Andre, who plans to pursue a degree as an athletic trainer in the fall at Virginia State University, shares his love of athletics with others and has managed both the girls and boys’ varsity basketball teams at Anacostia High School. He remains active with helping other peers in his community

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and has worked with Concerned Black Men, Inc.’s D.C. chapter, tutoring area youth. He’s also served as a tutor with Reach Incorporated, helping children excel in reading and math. “By being a role model in my community helps show young people that there is something out there beyond the community and this award just means the world to me and I am so happy,” Andre said. Stephen J. Watson, the president and CEO at the National WWII Museum, said in a news release that “it’s extremely gratifying to recognize students throughout the nation for the wonderful contributions they make to their local communities.” During World War II, the country needed everyone to come together for a common

goal of securing freedom and democracy around the world, Watson said. “Much like Billy Michal’s contribution over 70 years ago, our student honorees prove that their positive actions, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in their communities,” he said. “We are proud to honor their accomplishments.” Andre said he’s inspired by his family, friends and environment in Southeast. “Going outside every day I know that things can be better,” he said. “Change will come eventually. Yes, things are little rocky, but things always get better. You are the change in the community, just know what you bring. My plans after high school are to go to college but will still be active in my community.” WI

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Council Bill Allows Chronically Absent Students to Graduate By Tatyana Hopkins WI Staff Writer High school students who missed more than six weeks of schools this year could still receive their diplomas under a new emergency measure approved by the D.C. Council. The new measure will allow the advancement of students at risk of not moving to the next grade because of absences. Current D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) policy states that students with 30 or more absences in a class will fail, but the measure would delay enforcement of the policy until the next school year. The measure, which passed in a 12-1 vote, would only apply to students who meet all other academic standards. At-large Council members David Gross (I) and Robert C. White Jr. (D), who co-introduced the legislation, said students should not have to pay for

the city’s mistakes as school officials only decided to enforce the system’s long-abandoned policies on attendance midyear in the wake of a citywide graduation scandal. “DCPS changed the rules in the middle of the school year without regard to how it would affect students,” White said. “For DCPS to not enforce a uniform attendance policy and have the consequences of their mistake fall entirely on children who had no say in the matter is patently unfair.” DCPS began strictly enforcing its longstanding attendance policy after a city-commissioned report released in January revealed that nearly one-third of the District’s graduating seniors in 2017 secured diplomas despite breaching the district’s attendance guidelines or improperly utilizing makeup courses. “The optics in which you have the council stepping in and say-

ing, ‘Well, kids can miss 30 days and it’s OK,’” Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said before voting on the legislation. “And it’s kind of, as I said, no good decision either way.” The council passed the bill on an emergency basis so that it can be implemented an accelerated timeline and without congressional review. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s signature is needed for the bill to go into effect, but her administration has said it does not support the measure. Councilman Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) was the only member to vote against the legislation. “This emergency legislation undermines [the school system’s] efforts and sends a troubling message about the importance of school attendance, suggesting that students need a waiver to excuse absences,” Ahnna Smith, the interim deputy mayor for education, said in a statement. “We

will continue to stress the importance of attendance because every day counts.” The exact number of students affected by the measure is uncertain. Data released by the school last month indicated that 46 percent of the school system’s 3,623 seniors were on track to graduate this year and that 64 of those students may not graduate due to chronic absence. This year’s projected graduation rate is a steep drop from last year’s 73 percent. However, White said the school system has updated its figures and that 26 students may receive a break from the new legislation. If Bowser, who has not vetoed a bill during her three years in office, signs the legislation, the affected students would not be able to participate in commencement ceremonies that occur before the legislation went into effect, but would receive their diplomas later. WI 5/WI File Photo by Roy Lewis



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EDITORIAL We All Can Help End Suicide

Two prominent Americans lost their lives to suicide last week causing the nation to pause and reflect on the reasons why. Not just why fashion designer Kate Spade, along with celebrity chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain both took their lives, but why so many other Americans are committing suicide at crisis proportions, regardless of race, gender or economic status. The Centers for Disease Control defines suicide as a large and growing public health problem in the U.S. and responsible for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016. The CDC equates that to one death every 12 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death for people 10 to 34 years of age, and the fourth leading cause for those between the ages of 35 to 45. African Americans are greatly impacted, as well, despite past beliefs that suicide was not a serious problem in the African American community. In a recent article published in the Atlanta Black Star, Dr. Jeffrey Bridge of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, quotes a 2015 study that shows a significant increase over the past decade in suicides among African American boys between the ages of 5 and 11. CDC researchers report that they cannot point to any one cause for the increase in suicide rates, but it has determined that mental illness in many cases is not a factor and that factors including gun ownership, opioid addiction and the economy are factors. In this time of social media consuming much of our lives, it is apparent that social contact is subsiding. People are not in touch as much as they should be and the signs of depression that not only lead to harm to oneself, but also harm to others, are not being addressed. We urge our readers to take note of the suicide warning signs and to seek help from a medical professional or by calling the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). WI


Absenteeism Not a Problem for D.C. Grads Hundreds of D.C. Public Schools seniors graduated this week only by the

skin of their teeth. Too many of those graduates and their parents have local legislators to thank for that and for passing a measure allowing students to receive their diplomas despite chronic absences throughout the school year. Truancy is a nagging problem faced by educators in the District and nationwide. School attendance is on the decline, despite D.C. laws that require students to attend class every day from the time they enter school at age 5 until high school graduation or the student turns 18, whichever comes first. The city’s high graduation rate last year was lauded until it was found that far too many students did not meet the attendance requirements but were allowed to graduate anyway. Students with 30 or more absences should fail, according to school policy, but no one seems to be willing to hold students, parents, school officials, truancy officers or anyone else accountable. Research shows that students who are chronically absent are apt to facing less-than-positive outcomes academically and beyond. On the other hand, this year’s graduates may have been missing in action in the classroom, but they apparently met the academic standards which was a requirement for graduation. Students in lower grades with excessive absences were allowed to advance to the next grade, as well. A 2017 report by the Brookings Institute, “Chronic Absenteeism: An Old Problem in Search of New Answers,” cited statistics showing that Black students “are significantly more likely to be chronically absent than their White peers, while Asian students are the least likely to be chronically absent.” Sadly, one would assume such, but the tough part is getting to the answer of why. The question in the minds of the Class of 2019 may be, “Will I be required to attend school to graduate?” Our view which reflects the words of civil and human rights leader Malcolm X, who said, “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” The time is now to set the stage for next year’s attendance requirements. On day one of the next academic year, every student should know and be asked to commit to meet the requirements and fully understand the consequences that excessive and unexcused absences will have on their academic success. If it’s a slippery slope for the adults in their lives, it won’t be any different for them. WI WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM

Voter Guide is Awesome

Alice Marie Johnson is Free, Period

I thoroughly enjoyed the voter guide in last week’s Washington Informer. I didn’t know all of those people were running for office besides the big names, so it was good to see the lesser-known people and get to know them. I learned a lot about the candidates and I am glad I was able to put a face with the name. Thank you for truly keeping us “informed.”

I would like to answer the viewpoint question about Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump. Why does it matter who is working on behalf of Alice Marie Johnson if the result is her being free? At this point, Donald Trump did pardon her, so Kim Kardashian did what she set out to do. What’s the problem? I think whether or nor Trump or Kardashian’s motives were totally genuine is irrelevant — Johnson is free.

James Jackson Washington, D.C.

Tammy Leaf Bowie, Md.

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By Susan Toth

School’s Out for Summer, But Learning Should Never End It’s the “end” of another school year. Our students have spent the past 10 months learning and achieving great successes in and out of the classroom. And while students have much to celebrate at the close of the school year, we know that learning doesn’t stop when schools break for the summer. In fact, during the summer, it’s critically important to keep kids engaged, intellectually stimulated and inspired to continue to learn.

Summer learning loss, the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the summer, affects millions of kids each year. According to the National Summer Learning Association, about nine out of 10 teachers will spend as much as the first three weeks of an academic year reviewing previously covered material because of summer learning loss. This means that when students return to school in the late summer and early fall, many of them will start the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break.

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In the nation’s capital — where we have access to tremendous free opportunities and resources that are sure to spark creativity, curiosity and learning — we have more than enough at our disposal to keep students engaged all year round. We all know that learning happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. It happens in homes, in outof-school programs, at museums, in libraries and places of worship. Furthermore, the learning that happens out of school has a tremendous impact on children because it reinforces concepts learned in the classroom.

For families and communities in D.C., a lot can be done to prevent summer learning loss. Here are a few: Read. D.C. has 26 locations that make up the D.C. Public Library system. Students can visit any location (for free!) or start a book club with friends. Parents can also read books aloud and together with their children. Librarians are great resources to keep students in books they love. Explore. D.C. is home to a diverse collection of museums and monuments. Students can visit the National Museum of Natural His-

tory, the Anacostia Community Museum, the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Gallery of Art — all for free — during the summer. If museums aren’t your thing, students can visit over two dozen monuments and memorials to learn about past presidents, civil rights leaders and pioneers. The National Parks Service has a great junior ranger program that en-

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By Marc H. Morial

Advice to Graduates: Pursue a Ph.D. in Common Sense

“Education must not simply teach work. It must teach life.” — W.E.B. Du Bois This time of year brings great pride and congratulations for graduates at all levels, from high school to doctorates. But the most important degree I can recommend is a Ph.D. in common sense, with a concentration in thriving and surviving in 21st

century America. Common sense is genius wrapped in work clothes. And to achieve it, we must learn four lessons. First lesson: Don’t ever forget from whence you came. Along the long journey of life, one need only recognize that as graduates of 2018, you’re standing on the shoulders of those who came before. As you celebrate your success after many years of hard work, financial sacrifice, long nights — in many cases working and going to school at the same time — there are many out there from your home-

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towns and neighborhoods, maybe in your own family, who will not have the opportunities you have today. This nation has too many children who are born into and grow up in poverty. This nation has a problem of mass incarceration. This nation still has too much gun violence. To whom much is given, much is expected, demanded and required. Go back to your high school, to your community, to the young people, and let them see your success. Let them hear your story. Let them understand what you had to do to get

to today. Lesson two: Pursue excellence in every instance. It is still an unfortunate fact that to be Black, you’ve got to be better. Your grandmother and mother will tell you that time and again. But you can be the best. Say no to mediocrity. Say no to half-stepping. Say no to foot-dragging. Be excellent. And remember, excellence is not perfection. No one is perfect. What excellence means is the pursuit of perfection and the faith that in all of our endeavors, you have given everything that God has given you to

accomplish to achieve and to pursue your goals and your dreams. Lesson three: In this nation today, racism is real. But you are not going to let racism break your spirit. Whether it’s Starbucks or Waffle House. Whether it’s Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown or Eric Garner. Whether it’s a student taking a nap from studying too hard in a student lounge at Yale university. Implicit and explicit bias is still a part of American life. It’s in the criminal

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By Jeffrey L. Boney

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners — We Need Policy

It’s that time again. It occurs every year around the same time, like clockwork. It’s election season. Political signs infiltrate Black neighborhoods, placed by campaign operatives hoping you remember their respective political candidate come election time. More importantly, these political operatives are hoping your familiarity with their respective candidate will drive you to the polls with the belief that their efforts will translate into a vote for them at the ballot box.

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Establishing familiarity is quite an effective tool, especially when it comes to creating a sense of connection with people. Now be honest. If connecting with people through establishing a sense of familiarity weren’t so effective, why would radio stations play the same song over and over again, or why would major companies spend an inordinate amount of money to consistently and strategically advertise their product or service to consumers on a regular basis? Seeking to connect with people by establishing a sense of familiarity is one of the first things any campaign team tries to do to help get their respective candidate

elected. Have you ever noticed that during every election season, radio ads become more frequent, print mailers get sent out in bulk quantities and television ads get placed on any given network during key television shows in an effort to try and reach registered voters? Politicians have long been staples in our community. Many of them visit a church here, walk the block and knock on doors over there, kiss babies, shake hands and even give the Black community “stuff” to get them to come out to the polls and vote. It is fascinating the way some political candidates scurry around during election season trying to solicit the Black vote


so that they can get elected to a certain office or retain their current seat. It’s an art. Many of these campaign operatives and elected officials have it down to a science. However, when it comes to developing key, solid policies that will help the Black community, many of these same candidates disappear — never to be heard from again — until the next election cycle rolls around. Interestingly, many of these elected officials get a pass for doing nothing. Now, if members of the Black community would be completely honest, they would admit that a lot of these elected officials are often treated like high-profile celebrities, rather than public servants

who have the power to advocate for substantive policies that can literally change the economic landscape and quality of life of their communities. One go-to approach for reaching the Black community has been the tactic of political candidates using certain gimmicks to solicit votes. You know what I’m talking about — offering the Black community chicken dinners, BBQ cookouts, fish plates, steak days, gift cards, air conditioners for senior citizens, etc. Many of these politically-motivated gimmicks have and continue to be used to

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By Charlene Crowell

CFPB’s Mulvaney Joins Payday Industry to Fight Regulation

very day, American schoolchildren are taught about this country’s founding. Untold generations were taught that in a democracy, government is “of, by, and for the people.” Yet when it comes to consumer finance, some who serve in government seem to have forgotten whom they work for. Mick Mulvaney, the illegally appointed acting director of the Con-

sumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is a glaring example of one who appears to consistently relegate the financial concerns of America’s people in favor of businesses that harm instead of help consumers. His support of the payday and small-dollar lending industry is a prime example. In January Mulvaney announced it was time to “reconsider” the bureau’s payday rule that was announced by his predecessor after five years of public forums, research and more than one million comments.

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He also encouraged the industry to apply for waivers that would exempt them from the rule’s first deadline this April. More recently, he publicly sided again with the payday industry’s efforts by joining the leading payday lenders’ association in filing a joint motion to delay the compliance date for the CFPB’s rule on payday loans for 445 days after the final judgment of litigation challenging the rule. Among consumer advocates, Mulvaney’s actions are as unprece-

dented as they are bizarre. For more than a decade, research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) has consistently found that these small-dollar loans pick the pockets of working people at a rate of $8 billion in fees ever year. “Mick Mulvaney has been doing the bidding of payday lenders for years; but putting the CFPB’s weight behind a joint legal motion with their lobbyists is a new low, even for him,” said Jose Alcoff, the payday campaign manager for Americans for Financial Reform.

Scott Astrada, CRL’s director of federal advocacy, called it “appalling that an agency with a primary mission of protecting consumers is now teaming up with a payday lending industry that is notorious for trapping people in debt.” Lauren Saunders, associate director of the National Consumer Law Center, agreed. “It is despicable that the consumer bureau’s interim director Mick Mulvaney is colluding with payday lend-


By William Reed

Fighting Against Payday Loan Industry Only Hurts Us

The question is: Who loves you, baby? Before you automatically jump aboard the anti-business bandwagon, ask yourself, do the people that oppose payday lenders understand, or care, that sometimes people come up short for money and need a little help? Should Blacks be up in arms about the financial realities of borrowing at high rates? Black politicians, community activists and

pastors spout misleading rhetoric and biblical teachings against this industry and falsely accuse this industry of having a long history of exploiting African Americans. The lending industry’s opponents ridicule it as “immoral,” “unethical,” “abusive.” In the interest of Blacks evolving business mindsets, it’s necessary that we remind these self-appointed reformers that their anti-commerce efforts are well-meaning but unrealistic interferences. Who says the payday loan industry is fleecing the poor? Black


Americans’ leadership class has a tendency to ridicule their profession, but businesses in this segment provide fast cash and no credit checks. They are more our friends than forces about to save us from ourselves. Anti-commerce forces have been pushing new rules hurt the Payday Loan industry. Regulation being pushed by these reformers will stymie revenues in the $6 billion payday loan industry and block growth. The other side of the story is represented by Florida Rep. Alcee

Hastings. The Black congressman from Miami admits to being “one of us” and has used payday loans. Hastings has not only used loan services but wrote a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) expressing concern about efforts to regulate the industry. Hastings also wrote an op-ed in The Washington Examiner in support of the industry. The payday lenders are pure fodder for the nation’s politicians. State legislatures across the country are taking steps to regulate payday loans. Fifteen states and the

District of Columbia have either capped rates leading to payday lenders shutting their doors or banned them outright. Blacks represent a quarter of payday loan customers. Under Trump appointee Mick Mulvaney, the CFPB is making it easier for predatory lenders. In a year in which the industry has gone from villain to victor, the result of a concentrated lobbying campaign that has culminated in the Trump administration’s loosening regulatory

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By Askia Muhammad

Trump and his Machiavelli Mouth

Donald J. Trump, the president of the United States is a Machiavelli-mouthed, fragile egomaniac who has soured the public discourse in this country with his mouth full of nasty invectives, such that filthy talk is everywhere that polite talk used to prevail. Niccolo Machiavelli was a 15th-century Italian philosopher who wrote the classic handbook for dictators and other rulers, called “The Prince.” The book contains advice which seems to be the watchword for the Trump presidency: “It

is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.” Now we all know that Trump will never be, and does not deserve to be loved in this world, so his strategy is to make everybody fear him and what he might do, beginning with his filthy mouth and boorish, raised-by-wolves manners. He berates people with whom he disagrees (including some of this country’s closest allies and even U.S. Republican politicians) in the vilest and insulting manner. He bullies and pushes other presidents to the side so that HE can be seen in front of his peers. The level of discourse he has spawned all through the society is


beneath the gutter level. He has referred to black NFL athletes as “sons of b-----s,” and it’s gone downhill from there. An unnamed senior White House official summed up The Donald’s foreign policy doctrine, according to an Atlantic report as: “We’re America, bitch.” And the public conversation has followed the potty-mouthed president right into the sewer. Award-winning actor Robert De Niro took it all the way to the limit during the live telecast of Broadway’s Tony Awards. “I’m going to say one thing: F--- Trump. It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s ‘F-- Trump.’ Now I’ll get to this introduction.”

And all over the internet, the language also appears to be uncensored … Trump-like. Before Trump it would have been hard to imagine someone dressed up in a tuxedo, in front of thousands at a prestigious award event, using the “F-word” about the sitting U.S. president and then receiving a warm ovation from the crowd like De Niro did, but, here we are at that Trump-place that’s not so warm and fuzzy. When some players from the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles announced they would not attend the customary White House visit for athletic champions, Dude

cancelled the entire event, replaced it with a “patriotic” singalong at which he did not even know all the words to “God Bless America.” Steph Curry, captain of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, announced that his team would not accept a White House invite if one came to them. (A popular social media joke has Triple Crown-winning colt Justify rebuffing any potential invite: “If I wanted to see a horse’s ass, I would have come in second.”) This level of toxic conversation is unprecedented in my lifetime. It comes as Trump the chicken hawk, who got a handful of deferments

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LIFESTYLE EAT, DYRS Co-Host Youth Fashion Show By Sam P.K. Collins WI Contributing Writer @SamPKCollins For District youth traumatized by violence and lack of opportunity fueled by widening economic inequality, entrepreneurship could be a path out of hopelessness and despair, as shown during a largescale fashion show and vendor showcase Friday on the H Street corridor last week. Hundreds of budding fashion designers, models, musicians, photographers, and other creatives converged on the Atlas Performing Arts Center during “DC Youth Present Cool New Summer,” a

culmination of a 15-week fashion entrepreneurship course sponsored by Elevate All the Time (EAT) and the D.C. Department of Youth and Rehabilitative Services (DYRS). “It’s a blessing to have y’all here. You’re a part of history and this is the beginning,” Malik Jarrett of Northeast, the founder and CEO of Elevate All the Time (EAT), told more than 100 teenage entrepreneurial creatives and their supporters in the Atlas’ Paul Sprenger Theatre during the four-hour fashion show, clothing showcase and networking event. “Whatever we have in this room is enough. We can’t help everyone but if we help

5Models showcase the clothing brand, Elevate All the Time (EAT) during the DC Youth Present Cool New Summer fashion show at the Atlas Theater in Northeast on Friday, June 8. /Photo by Mark Mahoney

one or two people, that’s enough.” That evening, young people danced in their seats and among one another as trap music blared from large speakers. Young adults, teens, toddlers, and DYRS employees sporting original clothing brands, vogued down a long runway as guests cheered on their friends, yelled their names and laughed gleefully at mannerisms caught on camera phones and DSLRs throughout the spacious auditorium. Southeast-born songstress Janae

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Music serenaded the audience with a cover of go-go band CCB’s “Gangsta” before singing some of her original material. Later, during the pop-up shop portion of the program, hip-hop star and D.C. favorite son Wale surprised guests and greeted the young designers. In addition to EAT, clothing brands on display were Calles, Sip Slo Global, RHR, and MNF, all created by participants of the entrepreneurship course. “We’re fighting through situations in the streets, wins and losses,” Southeast-based fashion designer J. Pepe said in reference to his clothing line Calles, the Spanish word for “streets.” J. Pepe, a DYRS participant since June 2017, told guests that he didn’t want to glorify the streets, rather express the reality that molded his worldview. “My brand is gonna grow fast because I have a different persona and am a different breed,” he said. “It’s a positive thing for this community for us to put our mind to something. We need more unity, so we can work and do business together.” Ramani Simon Wilson, one of the 20 models in the fashion showcase, said she appreciated EAT’s efforts to support youth seeking alternatives to the status quo. In the show, Ramani, 16, wore a new summer lineup of EAT shirts and shorts, most of which were block red, yellow, blue, and orange colors with the widely recognizable EAT logo stitched on the material. “It was a blessing to model with EAT,” Ramani, also a Ward 4 Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute representative, told The Washington Informer. “I never modeled, and they gave me an opportunity. They are about standing up for the youth who don’t have much. They had humble beginnings and became successful. This

was a wonderful experience.” Saudia Jenkins, show director and life skills dance specialist, led the models along a process that allowed them exude confidence while they represented EAT and the up-and-coming clothing brands. In the process, she said, they became better human beings. “This brought out the best in our models and taught them to work together,” Jenkins, wearing a blue EAT shirt, told The Informer. “Some of the stronger ones helped those who were a little behind. They cheered on each other one and had fun. We’re losing our kids and we need to see something good come from kids in the same background to put a charge in people to provide them opportunities. “ Since appearing on the D.C. fashion scene two years ago, the EAT brand has become a dominant part of D.C. culture, continuing the legacy of locally incubated apparel. This recent production, following the release of New Balance sneakers designed with the EAT color scheme, counts among the Northeast-based brand’s efforts to connect with youth. The second cohort of EAT’s 15-week fashion entrepreneurship course, kicking off in early July, will include youth from DYRS’ achievement centers, scattered throughout the District, continuing a vision manifested last year. “Malik and I had mutual friends and I wanted to ask how I can bring him on and worked itself out,” said Timothy Durant, DYRS contractor since 2015, and key player in the endeavor. “We offer programs and vocational training and just want to focus on the positive with our youth. This is the next generation of entrepreneurs and it was great just seeing them being taught by this man.” WI



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idarity with DACA and TPS beneficiaries currently facing deportation. Other performances included Yusha Assad and Kwame McIntosh, both of whom crafted rhymes about dealing with mental illness and following dreams. Ward 8 D.C. Council member Trayon White (D) assisted in a raffle giveaway before dropping a few gems in his public remarks. “What we doing to empower our young people is important,” White, whose ward has the highest concentration of young people in the District, told audience members. “We have to invest in our future. I’m honored to be here to support our young people. In the past, we passed the buck and made excuses, but if we invest in our young people we should be all right.” This year’s program was a collaborative effort between DPR, the Recreation Wishlist Committee, Far Southeast Collaborative, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Premier Bank, among others. It builds on collaborative efforts between SONE and the Sew N Know Program which has helped more than 3,000 D.C. youth since 2003, including Celeste Adams who performed as a fashionista during the “Blacks in Wax” showcase. “Engaging children n and entertaining people is fun. I like getting on stage and showing people what I can do,” Celeste, a 15-year-old who aspires to attend Howard University, told The Informer. Celeste participated in the Sew N Know program for one year before taking advantage of other opportunities within SETLC. “Sew N Know pulled a piece out of me that I didn’t know I had,” she said. “I realized there were things I could do — like speak in front of people I didn’t know.” WI



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Throughout much of the Sew N Know program’s 11th annual fashion show last weekend, organizers framed the importance of this D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) staple gathering in the context of D.C.’s ongoing development and fears about the erasure of local culture. For example, program host Raji Rankins often reminded nearly 100 men, women and children watching the festivities on the grounds of the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center (SETLC) on Mississippi Avenue that, when provided the resources, the adolescent models and performers will help shape D.C.’s cultural economy. “It’s through the development of fashion that young creatives get their stick-to-itiveness and build their self-esteem,” Rankins, director of Sewing Opportunity Never Ending (SONE), told The Washington Informer on Saturday afternoon, moments before “Fashion for Our Lives,” two hours of fashion, music and historically relevant performing arts, commenced. For more than a decade, SONE has provided tutoring, training, and skills development for youth in D.C.’s economically disadvantaged communities, all of which the young people have showcased through the Sew N Know fashion show. “We want our young people to have skills that allow them to be self-sustainable,” Rankins added. “They learn sewing and do problem-solving when they measure angles and create patterns. They’re developing the skills of compassion for others and teamwork when they collaborate with one another.” As DJ Cowboy opened the show with Donald Glover’s “This is America,” young boys and girls, and teenagers sporting all Black outfits walked out onto a platform, holding signs saying, “We are the future,” “Fashion Strikes Back,” and the “Boys Do Fashion” in large block letters. Parents and community elders watched in awe when two young women portrayed D.C. Muriel Bowser and activist Tamika Mallory in short monologues calling for more civic engagement among youth. In another segment about immigration, a young man dressed as Wyclef Jean, and a young woman acting as a Salvadoran child expressed sol-


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Step Afrika! Returns Home after Broadway Success

Jacob Lawrence’s ‘Migration’ Fused with Dance of the Motherland By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor @dkevinmcneir Shortly after C. Brian Williams founded D.C.-based Step Afrika! in 1994, the dance troupe quickly emerged as the first professional company dedicated to the historic tradition of stepping – a percussive dance style particularly familiar with those who

have “crossed the burning sands” and become proud members of America’s Black fraternities or sororities. Now, after a highly-acclaimed U.S. tour that included a stint on Broadway, the company has returned home to close out its current season with “The Migration: Reflections: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence,” a multi-media

production which can be seen through Sunday, June 17 at the Hartke Theatre on the campus of Catholic University of America in Northeast. The creative force behind both the company and its current production, Artistic Director Jakari Sherman, stands as one long committed to the African-American tradition of stepping, push-

ing the boundaries of percussive dance as a medium of communication while utilizing technology, storytelling and diverse musical scores in order to challenge more conventional paradigms. He says using Lawrence’s landmark collection of paintings as the inspiration and backdrop for a project that employs contemporary dance, stepping, body percussion and multiple music genres to illustrate the story of those Blacks who moved from the rural south to the urban north in the 1900s, challenged his creative abilities, ultimately bringing him great personal satisfaction. “It’s been a great opportunity to use his beautiful work, integrating as much of it as possible into the choreography while curating the music and other forms of movement together in a seamless way,” he said. “We wanted to pay homage to those who sought better living conditions while staying true to their stories and hopefully helping others connect to their own migration narratives.” “From the west to east coast and even under the lights of Times Square, we’ve had a tremendous run,” said Sherman, who splits his time between Houston and the District. “We’re helping people understand the power of the story behind Lawrence’s work while also representing a portion of African-American culture – the culture of Black Greek organizations as shared through the art of stepping. Stepping continues to maintain a significant place in the long family of percussive traditions and as an

expressive form, it tells many stories and illustrates multiple examples of motion.” “As for Lawrence’s ‘Migration,’ the story he tells through his 60 carefully-crafted panels, 20 of which we use and project on stage during the production, is simply beautiful,” he said. After seeing the show on opening night, I found myself agreeing with Sherman who, during an earlier conversation, said he found the ‘Wade Suite’ to be among his favorite parts of the production. From my perspective, it was incredibly choreographed and employed some of the most emotionally-moving songs from among the canon of Negro spirituals all of which were admirable performed by a quartet of vocalists – and with each individual element of the production fitting to perfection with Lawrence’s distinctive panels as they continued to be displayed and changed throughout the show. As for the dancers, not only do they combine their talent to display a seamless blend of styles of movements including tap, stepping and centuries-old African dances but, as in the “Wade Suite,” use those spirituals that now serve as the lifeblood of the Black church, performed by an ensemble of four outstanding singers.” Sherman says the spirituals evoke a resonance and power by themselves alone. “Remember our ancestors used the spirituals to get over and through unbelievable pain, to communicate ideas to others and to provide a sense of hope and unity – holding on to the messages of those songs as a


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LIFESTYLE STEP AFRIKA from Page 38 means of making it just a little easier to deal with the tumultuous atrocities that were forced to handle.” Still, in a few portions of the almost two-hour production, there were times when the intended connections between the dance, the music and the panels became more difficult to discern. In those instances, an omniscient narrator may have been helpful. However, even while I sometimes had to stretch beyond my more comfortable levels of discernment to make the connections, the intricacy of the choreography as showcased by a talented cadre of dancers and the conversations told by the drummers as they moved from performing in unison to intricate rhythms to then pounding out more syncopated, punctuating beat, merged as I could only imagine life as experienced by our ancestors on the shores of their native Africa and later in a foreign place dominated by pain, humiliation and despair. Sherman shared more about Lawrence’s motivation while painting his iconic series – one which he, incidentally, began to craft when just 22 years old. “He mixed colors one at a time and with all 60 of his panels laid out, would paint only one color at a time before moving to another,” he said. “That means he had to have vision, purpose and foresight before he even picked up his brush. As I and the other choreographers developed the production, we also felt the need to maintain a strong sense of purpose.”

5Scene from ‘The Migration. /Photo courtesy William Peregrine

“Then, we had the good fortune of working with so many talented dancers who trace their roots to places from all over the world and who have learned so many styles of dance – movement which feeds off of the music with sounds and beats that almost force you to move. In the final result, I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve accomplished,” Sherman said. Editor’s Note: I urge our readers to see this tremendous show for themselves but warn you to hold onto your hats and be prepared for your hearts and souls to soar. As Richard Wright once said while reflecting upon his journey from the south to the north, “I was taking a part of the south to transplant in alien soil, to see if it could grow differently, if it could drink of new and cool rains, bend in strange winds, respond to the arms of other suns, and, perhaps, to bloom.” WI

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Hollywood, Therapists Talk New Whitney Houston Biopic By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer The trailer to the new big-screen biopic of late music superstar Whitney Houston opens ominously enough. “There were times when I’d look up to God and I’d go, ‘Why is this happening to me?’” Houston says at the top of the nearly two-hour film, “Whitney.” Her struggles with drugs are documented and, for the first time, it’s revealed that Houston was molested as a child by a female cousin. “People think it’s so easy, and it’s not,” Houston says in a clip taken from a decades-old interview. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, the film, which opens in theaters nationwide July 6, covers her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown and her relationship between Hous- 5Screenshot of official trailer to “Whitney” /Courtesy of IMBD ton and the couple’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who died in 2015 at the age of 22. Bobbi Kristina’s death eerily resembled her mother’s. Both were found unresponsive in a bathtub after apparent drug overdoses. Still, it’s what many have called the stunningly candid takes on Houston’s life by family and friends such as music moguls Clive Davis and Antonio “L.A.” Reid, and the revelations of drugs and molestation that have talent agents and therapists talking. Several of them offered mixed opinions – Whitney Houston about the decision to tackle Houston’s alleged lesbian affairs, her drug use and the alleged molestation she suffered as a child. “If the writers want to tell the story in a and “Lady Sings the Blues,” said Ross Grossman, a sense to show that, despite her struggles, she psychotherapist and talent agent whose placed acbecame a legend, then it can be done tastefultors on such programs as “Blue Bloods,” “Shamely,” said Sherese Patton, CEO of SLP Media less” and “Black-ish.” Relations in Detroit. “There’s a yearning to find out what brought an The revealing personal struggles are “absoartist like Whitney Houston, who gave so much lutely appropriate and fine to reveal intensely pleasure and entertainment to so many, to an earloaded facts including her being molested as ly demise,” Grossman said. “People want to know a child, her drug habits and her alleged lesbiwhat was the train of events that led to her downan affairs as long as it is presented onscreen in fall. But, it’s important to remember that while the good taste,” said Dr. Fran Walfish, a famous past may provide an explanation, it does not proBeverly Hills family and relationship psychovide an excuse.” therapist who’s a regular expert on CBS’s “The He also noted that filmmakers must tread careDoctors.” fully. “These bio-documentary style films can be “Molestation is a delicate matter in that it is an sensationalized or revealed in an honest and awful and often traumatizing experience for chilemotionally touching way. Honesty is always dren,” Grossman said. “Portraying this in an unthe best policy, accuracy is crucial and the flinching manner is difficult. But Hollywood also truth rules,” said Walfish, author of “The Selfoften takes a classically Freudian viewpoint when Aware Parent.” it portrays bad things happening to people. Often However, the media’s portrayal of celebriit tries to make clear-cut associations between past ties does tend to lean toward the negative, said events and current psychological difficulties.” Chantay Bridges, a coach, speaker and writer. Actress Leandra Wilkerson said she views the “What’s not necessary is airing all of anymovie as a true tribute to Houston. one’s dirty laundry. Every single person on the “I believe that this movie should have been done face of the earth have things they are proud a year after her death and the rest of the movies/ of and ashamed and we all fall short,” Bridges documentaries should never have been done,” said. “I think it’s a travesty that regardless of Wilkerson said. “I don’t need to be re-reminded whether the project is good or bad, someone about her drug addiction [or] the lesbian rumors. will prosper or benefit at the family’s expense.” ... A lot of people in Hollywood [are bisexual]. The Certainly, Hollywood can make bio-pics in movie needs to reveal new aspects of Whitney’s good taste, as they’ve portrayed drug addiction life, not the recycled news that I already know and personal struggles with great aplomb in about Whitney and her family.” wi such films as “The Dorothy Dandridge Story”

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OFFSHORE ENERGY Plays Vital Role in U.S. Security By Lieutenant Colonel Dennis O. Freytes, USA (Ret.) Florida Chairman, Vets4Energy No one understands the connection between energy security and national security better than the military, and veterans like me strongly support expanding oil and natural gas production, both onshore and offshore. It is a rather easy choice when the options are (1) safely produce oil and natural gas here at home, or (2) defer to hostile and despotic regimes outside the U.S. There’s no question that U.S. oil and natural gas production plays a vital role in enhancing the national security interests of our nation and our allies around the world. The rise of the U.S. as the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas has effectively curtailed the power of countries like Russia and Iran, who heavily rely upon energy as a geopolitical tool. And offshore energy resources are a big part of our success. Providing more than 1 million barrels of oil per day for the past 20 years, offshore energy is the backbone of a domestic energy revolution that has shaken up global energy markets and helped to drive down prices for homes and businesses.

While we’ve been producing oil and natural gas in the western and central Gulf of Mexico for decades, 94 percent of federally controlled offshore acreage remains off limits to production. It is vital to our military and national interests that we expand opportunities for exploration and production. That’s just what a proposal from the Interior Department would do. The department’s draft proposed leasing program for 2019-2024 opens the door to responsible energy exploration in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic. Government estimates indicate 90 billion barrels of oil and 327 trillion cubic feet of natural gas could be awaiting discovery on the U.S. outer continental shelf (OCS). Opening additional areas to development could generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and lead to production gains of more than a million barrels of oil equivalent per day – further reducing dependence on overseas energy. State officials from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas – where offshore energy exploration actually is allowed – are onboard. These policymakers and


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their constituents have experienced firsthand the economic growth that energy development brings to communities, and they know that energy operations safely coexist with other industries – and with military activity. As more than 20 members of Congress wrote to the Interior Department, “[The] experience in the Gulf of Mexico over decades clearly demonstrates the compatibility between oil and gas activities and other ocean uses, including military training, tourism, and commercial and recreational fishing – all of which thrive cooperatively in the Gulf.” The key word when it comes to military compatibility is “cooperatively.” Under longstanding practice, military leaders control the location and conditions of energy development near its bases, and a long history of coordination with the Department of the Interior ensures that energy activities follow any necessary stipulations. In the central Gulf of Mexico, in close proximity to Texas and Louisiana ports and military bases, 36 percent of leases are located in military use areas, and military activities have been carried out successfully and without conflict. In a recent letter, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M Shanahan recognized that an expanded offshore energy strategy “is intent on increasing domestic energy production to fortify national security objectives and reduce our dependency on imported energy” adding that the Defense Department “supports the development of national domestic energy resources in concert with enabling military operations, training and testing.” Not only is offshore development compatible with other critical industries and military activity, it is safer than ever. Through joint efforts from industry experts and government regulators, more than 100 industry safety and environmental standards have been created or strengthened since 2010, and the industry launched the Center for Offshore Safety to ensure continual safety improvements. Our nation has come a long way in advancing our national security interests through the development of U.S. oil and natural gas resources, especially our offshore energy resources. Given the long lead time necessary in offshore development, decisions we make today will determine our energy security 15 years into the future, and beyond. It makes sense to keep as many options on the table as possible. Let’s focus on the facts and move forward with policies that enable our energy and military sectors to thrive as the greatest in the world.

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5Sunny Sumter, executive director of the DC Jazz Festival, welcomes guests to opening night on Thursday, June 7 at the City Winery in Northeast. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter



5The Washington Renaissance Orchestra Octet performs opening night of the DC Jazz Festival, Thursday, June 7 at the City Winery in Northeast. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter


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5Maimouna Youssef during a special guest performance with harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet on opening night of the DC Jazz Festival at the City Winery in Northeast on Thursday, June 7. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter



FRIDAY, JUNE 15 • CONCERT HALL • 8:00 PM 5Urban jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet was the featured artist on opening night of the DC Jazz Festival, Thursday, June 7 at the City Winery in Northeast. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter




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Presented by Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative and Councilmember David Grosso, the fourth annual Politics & Art event spotlights D.C.-based vocal and spoken word artists—from go-go and R&B to opera and folk—who use the power of their voices to inspire, entertain, and empower. Free, but registration required.

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The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, and its programs are made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment; and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development; and, in part, by major funding from the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Gillon Family Charitable Fund, Wells Fargo Foundation, The NEA Foundation, Venable Foundation, The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. ©2018 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.



LIFESTYLE CAPS from Page 1 and the team and fans alike have partied since the team defeated the Las Vegas Golden Knights to win the Stanley Cup on June 7. Hours after the team’s victory in Las Vegas, captain Alexander Ovechkin walked around the city and MGM Hotel with the Stanley Cup. Days later, pictures and videos surfaced on social media of Ovechkin drinking from the cup in the Georgetown section of D.C.

Ovechkin and his teammate Braden Holtby, jockey Mike Smith and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon sipped liquid through straws from the cup on Fallon’s show in Los Angeles Monday. On Tuesday, Ovechkin hoisted the cup on the bus during the parade, then again onstage at the rally while thanking the fans in attendance. “What’s up, babes?” he said. “Look at the people who’s here. It’s basically nuts. You guys are killing it.”

Ovechkin then asked to lower the music volume before delivering a speech that may go down in D.C. sports history. “We’re not going to [expletive] suck this year,” he bellowed as the crowd roared in approval. “We’re Stanley Cup champions. Yeah! It’s yours, boys and girls!” To help boost the excitement of Tuesday’s event, Metro workers distributed “WE WON THE CUP!” and “WE ARE #ALLCAPS” signs to commuters at various Metrorail

stations. Thousands wore red Capitals sweaters, T-shirts and other paraphernalia and greeted each other like long-lost friends. Corey Love, 47, and Douglas Reeves, 68, both of Southeast, didn’t know each other until Tuesday. “We are rocking the red today,” Love said of their attire. “This is uplifting and something that brings the city together.” Love beamed with pride because his alma mater, Ballou Senior High School, participated in the parade along with nearly four dozen fire trucks, police cruisers and other vehicles covered with a red-and-white banner that read “Ovechkin for President.” “There was no way I missing this parade,” said Angela Luchini of Pittsburgh, who grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. “My husband is a [Pittsburgh] Penguins fan, so we are a divided household. This is such a great scene. I love it.” Corey Roberson and his family from Natchitoches, Louisiana, decided to check out the parade while in the area to visit friends who in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Because his two children finished school for the summer, the visit turned into a mini-vacation. “It’s fun being here,” said Roberson’s son, Devon Brown, 10, who sported a white Stanley Cup Champs baseball cap. “This is great, seeing all this red.”


One of two Black players on the team, Smith-Pelly played on the fourth line among a team filled with offensive scorers and defensive renegades. His position ranks similar to a backup who receives limited playing time. The right winger, who turns 26 Thursday, June 14, scored seven goals in 75 regular season games.

In 24 playoff games this year, he scored seven goals, including two game-winners. Smith-Pelly, a Scarborough, Ontario, native who signed as a free agent in Washington in July 2017 after playing only 53 games last season with the New Jersey Devils, made national headlines when he said prior to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final that he wouldn’t visit the White House if the Capitals won. “The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” Smith-Pelly said to a Canadian news outlet about President Donald Trump. “Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross. I’m not too into politics, so I don’t know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don’t agree with. It hasn’t come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up.” To see Smith-Pelly on the ice inspires the Tucker Road Ducks, an all-Black youth hockey team in Prince George’s County. The team’s rink in Fort Washington was destroyed in a January 2017 fire. Plans to build a new rink are still ongoing. Atuya Cornwell, a countywide sports coordinator, said the 17-player team played home games this at rinks in College Park and Waldorf in neighboring Charles County. Earlier this year, the team met Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik during a NHL Players’ Association event coordinated by the Ducks’ parent organization. Cornwell said the team held its closing ceremony last month and watched the Stanley Cups playoffs together. “Devante Smith-Pelly is definitely an inspiration to the guys,” he said. “We had a player who played hockey for the first time and score his first goal. He sees Smith-Pelly playing and him scoring will hopefully get him excited to continue the sport.” WI

5Tony Johnson, left, and his girlfriend, Andrea Crichlow, both of Southeast, follow the Washington Capitals moniker, “Rock the Red” at the parade to celebrate team winning the Stanley Cup Championship. /Photo by William J. Ford

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Black United Front Honors Juneteenth

Feed the Hood Project on June 16

for another installment of their Feed the Hood Project. The event will continue until 2 p.m. Community members and those in need will receive free personal care items, food and more. Volunteers have been asked to donate $10 to go towards care packages. Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas – the last state

By Sarafina Wright WI Contributing Writer One community organization on the front lines East of the River will honor Juneteenth by preparing care packages for at least 150 families in need. The National Black United Front and their community partner, The Brown Bag Project, will gather at 12 noon on Saturday, June 16 at the Petey Greene Community Center in Southeast

In 1931 nine African American teenagers were ripped off a train and falsely accused

in the Union to receive word of the ending of the inhumane institution. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger led a troop of Union soldiers to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved would be set free. Word of freedom for Blacks reached Texas well after its legal date as President Abraham Lincoln formally ended slavery in the U.S. through the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. For two-and-a-half-years more, enslavement continued in Texas despite the president’s executive order. It was only upon the arrival of Granger’s regiment that slave owners were forced to submit to the new law. Granger read General Order No. 3 to the people of Galveston: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them


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becomes that between employer and free laborer.” According to the official history of Juneteenth, reactions to this life-changing news ranged from pure shock to jubilation in the streets of Galveston. While many lingered to figure out a new relationship with their former masters, others left immediately fleeing the plantations for freedom. Even with nowhere to go, they


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felt that leaving the plantations would be their first shot at true freedom. Going north became a popular decision but others desired to reach family members in neighboring states such as Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma, according to Juneteenth history. Today African-American communities around the U.S. celebrate the historic day with festivals, food, fellowship and dialogue surrounding the trials, tribulations and sacrifices of their ancestors. In the beginning of the 20th century observances of Juneteenth began to decline. However, in the 1980s the holiday underwent a resurgence with Texas leading the way. On Jan. 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official Texas state holiday through the efforts of Al Edwards, an African-American state legislator. The successful passage of the bill marked Juneteenth as the first emancipation celebration granted official state recognition. Juneteenth history asserts that today the holiday “celebrates African-American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.” “As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing,” says published Juneteenth history. For more information about the Feed the Hood Project being held at 2907 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE on Sat., June 16, visit www. WI



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ARIES On Tuesday, restless Mercury moves into Cancer and your family and domestic sector, which can be excellent for getting organized, especially if you’re planning any DIY projects or other household jobs. Wednesday’s new moon in your communication zone can be a great opportunity to start a project or make key changes. If you flow with the energy, you may find that you’re carried along by the moon tide, and things could fall into place more easily as a result. Lucky Numbers: 11, 20, 52

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TAURUS Chatty Mercury glides into Cancer and your sector of communication on Tuesday, so the coming weeks can be helpful for learning, teaching, and putting down your thoughts. This can also be an excellent time for networking and making valuable connections. When it comes to financial matters, you might be ready for a fresh start, and if so, the new moon in your money zone can help you get organized. Lucky Numbers: 10, 15, 47

Black Klansman: A Memoir Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer You want no part of that. In fact, the farther away you are from whatever-it-is, the happier you’ll be. Nope, some things are not your friend. Some things are not good for you at all. And as you’ll see in the new book “Black Klansman: A Memoir” by Ron Stallworth, some people can’t resist some things like that. He saw the ad during an idle scan of the local Colorado Springs newspapers: “Ku Klux Klan, For Information Contact….” As the department’s first Black detective, Ron Stallworth thought it might be interesting to see what would come from answering that ad. Figuring on a few pamphlets, maybe a brochure or leaflet, he wrote a note to the P.O. box, using his real name and asking for promised information. To this day, he’s still not sure why he used his name, and not one of his undercover aliases. On Nov. 1, 1978, he received a call on the department’s undercover line. The caller identified himself as a “local organizer” of the Ku Klux Klan who was trying to raise membership there in Colorado Springs. He asked Stallworth several questions, then invited him to meet in person; they agreed upon a time and, once they hung up, Stallworth swung into action. He asked for permission to proceed and for a colleague’s help, but was denied; sure that this could be a major matter, he went to higher authorities. He already had in mind a sharp colleague who was White and could “be” Stallworth when Stallworth needed to attend Klan events … because the real Ron Stallworth, remember, is a Black man. For the next 10 weeks or so, Stallworth and his co-detective, Chuck, worked their way into and through the Klan. They attended rallies and meetings, thwarted cross-burnings, and Stallworth spoke many times with Grand Wizard David Duke. There was certainly danger in what he’d done but mostly, because of the amateurishness of the organization he’d infiltrated and the mistaken tenants its leaders held, it was a lesson in absurdity. “It was as if Dennis the Menace were running a hate group,” says Stallworth. And that pretty much sums up what you’re going to find inside “Black Klansman”: a little danger, a lot of audacity and plenty of intended-unintended laughs. Even so, this book isn’t a comedy. The seriousness of what author Ron Stallworth did becomes apparent as he writes about hate groups in 1978 Colorado which, presumably, could be any state: the tentacles of those organizations reached far and were verging on joining forces when his investigation was shut down. There were obviously different methods of word-spreading 40 years ago, but in today’s world of internet and cellphone, readers can easily conclude chilling parallels. This is in the forefront of the story, but there’s no denying the humor here, too. It’s going to make for a great movie this August. Before you head for theaters, be sure you’ve seen “Black Klansman” first. You’ll want the backstory. You’ll want the nuances. You’ll want every part of this book. WI WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM

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GEMINI Lively Mercury, your ruler, moves into Cancer and your money zone on Tuesday, which could inspire you to get your finances in order. A little planning and organization might go a long way toward helping you feel more in control. This week’s new moon in your sign on Wednesday is the best of the year for you. It can be the perfect chance to make a fresh start. If you’ve been planning on losing weight, starting an exercise routine, or coming to grips with an exciting plan, this is the time to proceed. Lucky Numbers: 16, 45, 51 CANCER Chatty Mercury moves into your sign on Tuesday, and its presence here can encourage you to speak out, particularly concerning any important issues. Lively Mercury in Cancer can provide an excellent opportunity to discuss matters that need to be bought out into the open. Doing so could prove to be something of a relief. However, you and another may not see eye to eye at week’s end. Lucky Numbers: 20, 46, 55 LEO You may find yourself more connected to your feelings from Tuesday on, when the planet of talk and thought moves into your spiritual sector. Expressive Mercury’s presence here can encourage you to explore emotions that may have been bubbling away for some time. By working through them, you could feel so much better in yourself. Lucky Numbers: 19, 21, 59 VIRGO With feisty Mars presently moving through your lifestyle sector, you might be motivated to implement a few healthier habits. It might be in your best interests to start gradually, though. With upbeat Mars in the sign of Aquarius, your efforts could be erratic at times. If you can pace yourself and stay positive, you should reach your desired outcome. Lucky Numbers: 8, 24, 48 LIBRA This week, you could be either giving or asking for advice regarding a career goal or personal ambition. Expressive Mercury moves into a more prominent sector of your chart on Tuesday, so it could be helpful to network with the right people. If you’re generous enough to share your own experiences, this would make a good impression. Lucky Numbers: 23, 28, 45 SCORPIO With restless Mercury moving into your sector of travel and far horizons on Tuesday, you may have the travel bug and be ready to take off at a moment’s notice. Nevertheless, with a shift in focus to your sector of goals and career, you will also have opportunities to showcase your skills and to make some promising connections. Lucky Numbers: 2, 21, 34 SAGITTARIUS You could experience a change of pace this week when thoughtful Mercury moves out of your sector of relating and into a more emotional zone in your chart on Tuesday. You could be more deeply connected to your instincts, which might provide some valuable guidance. Lucky Numbers: 7, 37, 50 CAPRICORN As of Tuesday, you may find it easier to discuss important issues with your partner or other key people. Chatty Mercury’s move into your relationships zone on that day can help you connect with your feelings and express them more easily. Holding important conversations could lead to the breakthrough you’ve been hoping for. Lucky Numbers: 16, 19, 22 AQUARIUS Inquisitive Mercury glides into your lifestyle sector on Tuesday, so you could be eager to get organized, particularly if you’re running behind on plans or projects. While approaching your routines with a logical mind can be helpful, paying attention to your intuition could also save you time. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to begin a creative project or kick-start a budding romance, Wednesday could be your day. Lucky Numbers: 12, 13, 24 PISCES An upbeat focus on your family zone could see you busy with domestic affairs and perhaps enjoying the chance to spend time with your nearest and dearest. And the new moon in this same sector midweek can be a positive starting point for any new projects or ideas you have planned. Whatever you want to do, making a move now can enable everything to fall into place more easily. Lucky Numbers: 2, 26, 59


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4Members of Union Temple Baptist Church walk to the Anacostia River on June 9 for a ceremony paying tribute to the ancestors. /Photo by Roy Lewis 6Joseph Soh Ngwa, master drummer, pays tribute to Nsi Oure, Tommi Thomas, Kevin Jones, and Norn Nixon, received Community Service Awards on June 9 for their work in the community. /Photo by Roy Lewis

5Iya Motilewa Osunnlyl leads a ceremony honoring the ancestors at the Anacostia River on June 9. /Photo by Roy Lewis

5A ceremony paying tribute to the ancestors was held on the Anacostia River in Southeast on June 9. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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5 leya Ball-Lacy, academic dean and assistant principal in the Prince George’s County Public Schools, receives an award for her work in education on June 9. /Photo by Roy Lewis



5Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes walks in the annual Pride Parade carrying the Martin Luther King Jr. peace walk and parade banner on June 10. /Photo by Brigette Whit 6Dupont Circle was crowded with people for the annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9 to celebrate the LGBT community. /Photo by Brigette White

5Dupont Circle was crowded with people for the annual Pride Parade on June 9 to celebrate the LGBT community. /Photo by Brigette White

5Dionne Reeder an At Large Council candidate participated in the annual Pride Parade on June 9, celebrating the LGBT community. /Photo by Brigette White) 4Dupont Circle was crowded with people for the annual Pride Parade on June 9 to celebrate the LGBT community. /Photo by Brigette White



SPORTS D.C. Breeze Drop Toronto Rush in OT

5D.C. Breeze’s Joe Richards skies to grab a pass and score a goal during the Breeze’s 25-14 overtime win over the Toronto Rush in American Ultimate Disc League action at Catholic University Complex in Northeast on June 9. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

5D.C. Breeze’s Troy Holland collects a pass in front of Toronto Rush defender Ben Burelle during the Breeze’s 25-24 overtime win at Catholic University Complex in Northeast on June 9 /Photo by John E. De Freitas

5D.C. Breeze’s Marcus Thaw gets low to make a pass and avoid Toronto Rush’s Cameron Harris during the Breeze’s 25-24 overtime win at Catholic University Complex in Northeast on June 9. /Photo by John E. De Freitas 3D.C. Breeze’s Jeff Wodatch collects a pass and scores a goal while being defended by Toronto Rush’s Iain MacKenzie during the Breeze’s 25-24 overtime win at Catholic University Complex in Northeast on June 9. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

5D.C. Breeze’s Matt Kerrigan attempts to evade Toronto Rush defender Iain MacKenzie during the Breeze’s 25-24 overtime win at Catholic University Complex in Northeast on June 9./Photo by John E. De Freitas

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5Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) were introduced as part of a Washington Nationals-San Francisco Giants pregame ceremony for U.S. Army Day at Nationals Park in Southeast on June 10. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Giants Blank Nats in D.C.

5San Francisco Giants first baseman Pablo Sandoval greets first base coach Jose Alguacll after drawing a walk during the Giants’ 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Southeast on June 10. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

5San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik attempts turn a double play after a force-out of Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer during the Giants’ 2-0 win at Nationals Park in Southeast on June 10. /Photo by John E. De Freitas 3San Francisco Giants first baseman Pablo Sandoval awaits the throw as Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner attempts to beat a pickoff attempt during the third inning of the Giants’ 2-0 win at Nationals Park in Southeast on June 10./ Photo by John E. De Freitas



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RELIGION D.C. ‘Love Over Hate’ Iftar Counters Stereotypes about Muslims

3Hannan Sied gives a spoken-word performance during a faith-based celebration in support of area Muslims at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Northeast on June 5. /Photo by Jacqueline Fuller

Nationwide Ramadan Campaign Targets Bigotry By Jacqueline Fuller WI Religion Writer @JacquelineF1017 As Islamophobia continues to fester in the United States, local faith-based groups came together last week at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Northeast in a show of solidarity with their Muslim neighbors. The June 5 gathering was part of “The United States of Love Over Hate: A Ramadan Supper Series,” coordinated by Shoulder-to-Shoulder, a national organization of interfaith, faithbased and religious organizations dedicated to ending anti-Muslim bigotry. The organization was founded in November 2010 and over 20 faith groups are engaged in their work. For this series, the organization identified, provided support and connected individuals across the country to participate in an iftar in their community open to people who were not Muslim. The goal is to build relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims. They also provided guidance and support to plan an iftar at home or in their community. During the month of Ramadan, many Muslims fast from

sunup to sundown, then come together at mosques or homes while others are festive and larger gatherings. An iftar is a meal Muslims eat in the evening at the end of their daily Ramadan fast. The event featured a Qur’an recitation, a musical performance and a panel discussion on being a Muslim in the United States. Hanan Sied, a young Muslim woman who is an artist and aspiring journalist, gave a spoken-word performance. The poem, “That’s Not a Religion,” she wrote in high school describes the discrimination she faced because of her faith and the stereotypes of Muslims in the media. Sied said her desire to become a journalist is fueled by the media’s potential role in countering the biases against Islam. She aims to better the influence news stories have on public opinion of Muslims by reporting stories from various perspectives. A call to prayer by Imam Zia


from MakeSpace, an organization that focuses on building an inclusive community of compassionate and empowered American Muslims in the D.C. area. Guests broke the fast with dates and water before a buffet-style meal catered by Dolan Uyghyr, a Chinese halal restaurant in Northwest. Cards were placed on the tables to guide the conversation, prompting attendees to share a time when fasting or a spiritual practice brought them strength. Non-Muslims were also invited to pray with the Muslims or observe in a separate room. The interfaith iftar was hosted by Shoulder to Shoulder in partnership with MakeSpace, Good Neighbors, Hill Havurah, the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, the Islamic Society of North America and the Jewish Community Relations Council. WI


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Louis Farrakhan Jr., the eldest son of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, died, June 2 at his home in Phoenix. He was 60. The Nation of Islam said in a statement that Farrakhan had a heart condition that likely contributed to his death. “The Nation of Islam, with deep sadness, announces the passing of Brother Louis Farrakhan, Jr., the eldest son of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Mother Khadijah Farrakhan,” the statement read. “We extend our love, support and prayers to the Farrakhan family, the family and children of Louis Jr., the entire Nation of Islam and to all who knew and loved our dear brother.” The funeral service, or janazah, was held Friday, June 8 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago. “All who knew Louis knew he would light up any room,” Ishmael Muhammad, son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, said at the funeral service. “He had a great sense of humor. He was so brilliant and a very highly intelligent man, very kind, compas-

5Louis Farrakhan Jr. /Courtesy of The Final Call

sionate, warm, generous, always would lend a hand, always helping, would always go the extra step, the extra mile. “We lost a beautiful son, soldier and comrade in the struggle who loved the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam and his father,” he said. Student Minister Ava Mu-


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hammad, national spokesperson for the elder Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, warmly remembered Louis Jr., whom she called a brother and personal friend. “Louis Jr. had the ability to see into the future and a world coming in that many people cannot envision,” she said, The Final Call reported. Muhammad shared how she and her husband were godparents to the children of Louis Jr. and how her daughter often sought the counsel of “Uncle Louis.” “He was advanced spiritually and scientifically in his ability to see that things could be done so much better than they were being done,” Muhammad said. He is survived by his wife and five children. “Brother Louis remained committed to the rise of Black people and people of color all over the world all of his life,” said Charlene Muhammad, producer of Liberated Sisters TV. “Possessing exceptional talents and many different skills, Brother Louis was a rare human being best known for being a bold, forward-thinking, communicative individual filled with a positive attitude. “Gifted with an instinctive natural ability to inspire, Brother Louis was immeasurable and will be missed for many decades to come,” she said. WI

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Embrace Your Dark Times with Lyndia Grant “In my distress I cried to the Lord, and he heard me.” — Psalm 120:1 This week, as we continue our series on forgiveness we will discuss how it is very necessary for each of us to “Embrace Our Dark Times.” Though we have all had some hard times in our lives, times when we thought all hope was gone. In a universe that’s an intelligent system with a divine creative force supporting it, there simply can be no accidents. As hard as it is to acknowledge, you had to go through what you went through in order to get to where you are today, and the evidence is that you did. Every spiritual advance that you will make in your life will very likely be preceded by some kind of fall or seeming disaster. Those dark times, and broken dreams were all in order. They happened, so you can assume they had to and you can’t un-happen them. Embrace them from that perspective, and then understand them, accept them, honor them, and finally transform them. Scripture says in Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” There is no question we need to be lifted up during those difficult times. But often we don’t know Mt. Zion Baptist Church Reverend John W. Davis Pastor 5101 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 Phone: 202-726-2220 Fax: 202-726-9089 Service and Times Sunday Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Children’s Church - 11:00 a.m. (1st & 3rd Sundays) Communion - 10 a.m. 4th Sunday Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. (4th Sunday 8:15 a.m.) Prayer Meeting & Bible Study - Wednesday 7:00 p.m. “A Church with a past to remember – and a future to mold”

where to turn. Even those close to us like friends and family may not be able to help in the way we need. Fortunately, there is One to whom we can always turn. God, through His words, has given us many encouraging Bible verses to which we can look and draw hope and comfort. They can inspire us even in the midst of life’s turmoil. One of the best books to turn to for encouraging Bible verses is Psalms. King David wrote a good portion of that book and evidently he really needed some encouragement. He was routinely calling out to God to give him help, strength and joy in the midst of life’s trials. Last week, I had the opportunity to prove I had forgiven. We had to spend time together in a group, and though it was much easier than it was years ago, I’m growing. That’s all we can do. Embrace what has happened, incidents, circumstances, times when all hope was gone. Truly these times will bring you to a happy place, a time when you can give testimony to the goodness of God and how he brought you through to the other side. Always, people who have caused our devastating circumstances need our prayers. They can be changed like God changed Saul as he traveled down the road to Damascus. Saul was the pivotal passage in Paul’s story in Acts 9:1–22, which tells us how Paul’s meeting with Jesus Christ on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus, a journey of about 150 miles. Saul was angered by what he had seen and filled with murderous

rage against the Christians. Before departing on his journey, he had asked the high priest for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for permission to bring any Christians (followers of “the Way,” as they were known) back to Jerusalem to imprison them. On the road Saul was caught in a bright light from heaven that caused him to fall face down on the ground. Read the details for yourself. What can we learn from the life of the apostle Paul? First, we learn that God can save anyone, a man who was living his life in a dark place. He killed, and he did not believe in God to a man who worshiped God and preached to large crowds. When Paul preached, his dark times afforded him the opportunity to give his testimony to help others! Embrace your dark times for your testimony, too! WI

Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church The Rev. E. Bernard Anderson Priest Foggy Bottom - Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW - Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 - Fax : 202-338-4958 Service and Times Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist Email: All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.

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Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

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



RELIGION The Miracle Center of Faith Missionary Baptist Church Bishop Michael C. Turner, Sr. Senior Pastor 9161 Hampton Overlook Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Phone: 301-350-2200 Fax: 301-499-8724

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

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

Church of Living Waters

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor

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

Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan Pastor

Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews Senior Pastor

Harold Andrew Assistant Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crusader Baptist Church

E-mail: “God is Love”

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ

St. Stephen Baptist Church

Third Street Church of God

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

Drs. Dennis W. & Christine Y. Wiley Pastors

Bishop Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. Senior Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessed Word of Life Church E-mail:

Campbell AME Church Rev. Dr. Henry Y. White 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., SE - Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Email: Service and Times Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 am Sunday Church School: 8:45 am Bible Study Wednesday: 12:00 Noon Wednesday: 7:00 pm Thursday: 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE - Washington, DC 20020

Turning Hearts Church Virgil K. Thomas, Sr. Senior Pastor/ Teacher 4275 4th Street, S.E. Washington, DC 20034 Phone: 202-746-0113 Fax: 301-843-2445 Service and Times Sunday School 8 – 9 AM Worship Service 9 – 11 AM Tuesday Night Bible Study 6:30 – 8:00 PM Wednesday Daytime Bible Study 11 AM – 12:30 PM Motto : “A Great Commitment to the Great Commandment” Website: Email:

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

Services and Times Sunday Early Morning Worship: 7:45am Church School: 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:45am Tuesday: 7:00pm/Kingdom Building Bible Institute Wednesday: Prayer/Praise/Bible Study-7:30 pm Baptism & Communion Service: 4th Sunday – 10:30am “We are one in the Spirit” E-mail:

Services and Times Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Worship: 11:00am Sunday Community Worship Service: 8:30 am “Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital” Live Stream Sunday Worship Service begins @ 12:00 noon

Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church

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

Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

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

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

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

Mount Carmel Baptist Church Reverend Gerald H. Hesson Interim Pastor 901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423 Service and Times Sunday Church School : 9:00am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:10am Bible Study Tuesday: 6: 00pm Prayer Service Tuesday: 7:00pm Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday 10:10am



RELIGION Shabbath Commandment Church

All Nations Baptist Church

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

Bishop Adrian A. Taylor, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert Senior Pastor

2409 Ainger Pl.,SE – WDC 20020 (202) 678-0884 – Office • (202) 678-0885 – Fax “Moving Faith Forward” 0% Perfect . . . 100% Forgiven!

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

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

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

“Where Jesus is the King”

Lincoln Park United Methodist Church

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Rev. Richard B. Black Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms Pastor

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

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

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

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

Service and Times Sunday Worship: 10: am Holy Communion: First Sunday 10: am Sunday School: 9: am Bible Study: Wednesday @ 12 noon and 6:30pm Motto: "Faith On The Hill"

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

Eastern Community Baptist Church

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

New Commandment Baptist Church

Dr. Lucius M. Dalton Senior Pastor

Damion M. Briggs Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

“Real Worship for Real People” Website: Email:

Salem Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Reverend Christopher L. Nichols Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

Web: Email:

St. Matthews Baptist Church

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

Emmanuel Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

Christ Embassy DC

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

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

Peace Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell 712 18th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone 202-399-3450/ Fax 202-398-8836 Service and Times Sunday Early Morning Prayer & Bible Study Class 8:00 am Sunday School 9:00 am Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:00 am Wednesday Service 12:00 pm

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

“The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address:

Shiloh Baptist Church

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor

Rev. Curtis l. Staley Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

Rev. Oran W. Young Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Email: Website:

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








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

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

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

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

Foreign No. 2018 FEP 000076

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000539

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000545

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000515

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000560

Mendora Mason Decedent

Mark Epstein aka Mark S. Epstein Decedent

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

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



Joseph D. Mason, whose address is 5321 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Mendora Mason who died on March 25, 2018 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/30/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 11/30/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship.

Spencer Levy, whose address is 1600 South Eads Street, Apt. 929-S, Arlington, VA 22202, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Mark Epstein aka Mark S. Epstein who died on April 8, 2018 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/30/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 11/30/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship.

Date of first publication: 5/31/2018

Date of first publication: 5/31/2018

Joseph D. Mason Personal Representative

Spencer Levy Personal Representative



1/4/2018 Date of Death Vincent LaPaul Singleton Name of Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Catherine Louise Singleton, whose address is 5 Harmony Lane, Apt. 23, Lewiston, ME 04240 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Vincent LaPaul Singleton, deceased, by the Probate Court for Androscoggin County, State of Maine, on 2/13/2018. Service of process may be made upon Marilyn Singleton, 707 Crittenden Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017 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 estate: 5102 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, 1/7 interest 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.

Nemat Hassanzadah Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Amir Hassanzadah, whose address is 6101 16th St. NW, Apt 908, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Nemat Hassanzadah who died on April 30, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/30/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 11/30/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 5/31/18

Emory F. Acker, Jr. Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Bernice Acker, whose address is 3728 Wells Avenue, Mt. Rainer, MD 20712, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Emory F. Acker, Jr. who died on October 12, 2015 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/30/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 11/30/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 5/31/2018

Date of first publication: 5/31/2018

Amir Hassanzadah Personal Representative

Catherine Louise Singleton Personal Representative


Anne Meister Register of Wills

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Anne Meister Register of Wills

Washington Informer

Washington Informer

Washington Informer

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

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


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


Administration No. 2018 ADM 000517

Foreign No. 2018 FEP 000078

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000561

Abdool Shaeed Akhran Name of Deceased Settlor

Beatrice Reeves Decedent

September 2, 2017 Date of Death


James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney

Ajit D. Shah Name of Decedent

Timothy Dansby, Jr. aka Timothy Cat Dansby Jr. Decedent

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000173 David Vyorst Decedent Edward G. Varrone, Esq. 910 17th Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jonathan S. Vyorst, whose address is 75 West End Avenue, Apartment C22J, New York, NY 10023, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of David Vyorst who died on December 5, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/30/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 11/30/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 5/31/2018 Jonathan S. Vyorst Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Gloria Milhouse and Francenia Strong, whose addresses are 7205 Webster Turn, Ft. Washington, MD 20744 and 2602 Fairlawn St., Temple Hills MD 20748, were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Beatrice Reeves who died on January 13, 2018 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 11/30/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 11/30/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Sanjit Shah whose address is 10010 Clue Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ajit D. Shah, deceased, by the Orphans Court for Montgomery County, State of Maryland. Service of process may be made upon Lauren Biehl, 4949 Astor Place, SE, #301, Washington, DC 20019 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 estate: 631 D Street, NW #1038, Washington, DC 20004. 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: 5/31/2018

Sanjit Shah Personal Representative

Juanita Walker, whose address is 6308 Suitland Rd, Suitland, MD 20746, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Timothy Dansby, Jr. aka Timothy Cat Dansby, Jr. who died on June 11, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 12/7/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 12/7/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship.

Gloria Milhouse Francenia Strong Personal Representative

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Date of first publication: 6/7/2018

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Date of first publication: 6/7/2018



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Evelyn Parchment, Esq. 7826 Eastern Avenue NW Suite 410 Washington, DC 20012 Attorney


2018 NRT 000022

Abdool Shaeed Akhran, (Name and address of deceased Settlor) whose address was 3232 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010 created a revocable trust on September 24, 2014, which remained in existence on the date of his death on July 3, 2017 and Joscaira Akhran, whose address is 3232 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010, is the currently acting trustee, hereinafter the Trustee. Communications to the Trust should be mailed or directed to Joscaira Akhran at 3232 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010. The Trust is subject to claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors, costs of administration of the settlor’s estate, the expenses of the deceased settlor’s funeral and disposal of remains, and statutory allowances to a surviving spouse and children to the extent the deceased settlor’s residuary probate estate is inadequate to satisfy those claims, costs, expenses, and allowances. Claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors are barred as against the Trustee and the trust property unless presented to the Trustee at the address provided herein on or before December 14, 2018 (6 months after the date of the first publication of this notice.) An action to contest the validity of this trust must be commenced by the earliest of (1) July 3, 2018, (One year from date of death of deceased settler) (2) December 14, 2018, 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice) or (3) Ninety days after the Trustee sends the person a copy of the trust instrument and a notice informing the person of the trust’s existence, of the Trustee’s name and address, and of the time allowed for commencing a proceeding. The Trustee may proceed to distribute the trust property in accordance with the terms of the trust before the expiration of the time within which an action must be commenced unless the Trustee knows of a pending judicial proceeding contesting the validity of the trust or the Trustee has received notice from a potential contestant who thereafter commences a judicial proceeding within sixty days after notification. This Notice must be mailed postmarked within 15 days of its first publication to each heir and qualified beneficiary of the turst and any other person who would be an interested person with the meaning of D.C. Code 20-101 (d). Date of First Publication: Name of Trustee June 14, 2018 Joscaira Akhran Washington Informer

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Bernice Acker Personal Representative

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

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

Administration No. 2017 ADM 001436

Administration No. 2018 ADM 608

Clementine E. Williams Decedent

Floyd H. Chapman Decedent

Kathy Brissette-Minus 9701 Apollo Drive, Suite 230 Largo, MD 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Dianne C. Beasley, whose address is 9483 Vess Court, Waldorf, MD 20603, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Clementine E. Williams who died on August 9, 2017 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 12/14/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 12/14/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 6/14/2018 Dianne C. Beasley Personal Representative

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Viola Lynch Croxton and Margo E. Chapman, whose address is 1715 Franklin St. NE, Washington, DC 20018 and 805 Glenway Dr., #301, Inglewood, CA 90302 were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Floyd H. Chapman who died on June 17, 2015 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 12/14/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 12/14/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 6/14/2018 Viola Lynch Croxton Margo E. Chapman Personal Representative

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Administration No. 2018 ADM 000452

Administration No. 2018 ADM 000597

James Ranson Melvin Decedent

Jesse C. Watkins aka Jesse Calvin Watkins Decedent

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Joseph L. Melvin, whose address is 340 15th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of James Ranson Melvin who died on March 7, 2018 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 12/14/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 12/14/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 6/14/2018 Joseph L. Melvin Personal Representative

Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ottis C. Watkins, whose address is 441 Manor Place, NW, #3, Washington, DC 20010, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Jesse C. Watkins aka Jesse Calvin Watkins who died on March 11, 2018 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Building A, 515 5th Street, N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 12/14/2018. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before 12/14/2018, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address, and relationship. Date of first publication: 6/14/2018 Ottis C. Watkins Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY


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DADS from Page 1 according to the study’s authors defied stereotypes about Black fatherhood by documenting both their traditional and non-traditional involvement in daily child rearing. “There is an astounding amount of mythology loaded into this stereotype, one that echoes a history of efforts to rob Black masculinity of honor and fidelity,” New York Times commentator Charles M. Blow said in a 2015 piece. “Now to the mythology of the Black male dereliction as dads: While it is true that Black parents are less likely to marry before a child is born, it is not true that Black fathers suffer a pathology of neglect.” Further, although Black fathers are more likely to live separately from their children, they remain actively involved in their children’s lives.  The Pew Institute estimates roughly 67 percent of African-American fathers who don’t live with their kids see them at least once a month, compared to 59 percent of White dads and just 32 percent of Hispanic dads. “My job is to ensure that my children grow into healthy, productive, God-centered men and women. That cannot happen with me acting like a man-child, hanging with friends instead of with my kids,” Vaughn Willis, a 27-year-old mechanic, told The Informer. Willis said that while he may have been short on financial support for his two children on occasion, he provided them with the tangible things they needed. “My sons didn’t want to hear that business was slow and I couldn’t pay for new clothes or shoes, they just wanted their dad to be there to read to them or to walk them to school,” he said. “They need to know that they matter to the man who gave them life.”


Willis, like countless Black men who find themselves separated from their children through incarceration, had to reconnect not only with a society that demonized his adolescent conviction but also with his former girlfriend and their sons — living across state lines. Sentenced 12 years to a federal facility for a nonviolent drug charge, Willis said phone calls, letters, and visits to Pennsylvania were impossible for his family to manage. “Once I got out my girl and the kids had moved. All I could think about was how to get to my sons because I could see in lock-up how easy it was for young, knuckleheads with no fatherly guidance to get pinched by the system,” Willis said. “That was not going to be my sons.” Unbeknownst to Willis, his twoyear search to find his sons mim-

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icked the historical search many African-American men undertook to find their wives and children following Emancipation. In Willis’ case, his family had moved to North Carolina to be with extended family, of which he knew little. But for men in similar situations following enslavement, few resources proved available. Beginning in 1866, the Freedmen’s Bureau created and maintained registries containing the names and locations of all African Americans on various farms and plantations to afford soldiers looking for family members a reference point from which to start searching. However, Black newspapers figured most prominently in the search by Black men for their families and the reuniting process from the end of the Civil War through Reconstruction. According to historian Heather Andrea Williams, author of “Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery,” many Black men placed ads, looking for their children up until about 1903. “I have many, many accounts of separation in the book,” Williams told NPR. “And I start the book by looking at people’s experiences as children, being separated from their parents.” She said in one instance, an account of Nettie Henry transcribed by the Works Progress Administration described how her father who was sold to a family in Alabama — states away from their Mississippi home — traveled to see his wife and family on occasion. On the eve of the Civil War, Henry’s father was sold again to a planter in Texas. Williams recounts Henry’s excitement about her father finding and reuniting with his family. “His family did not see him for

“My sons didn’t want to hear that business was slow and I couldn’t pay for new clothes or shoes, they just wanted their dad to be there to read to them or to walk them to school.” – Vaughn Willis

several years,” she said. “But after the war, he come back to us, walked most all the way from Texas [to Mississippi].”


Nearly half of Black fathers, in the CDC report, living apart from their young children said they played with them at least several times a week, 42 percent said they fed or ate with them that frequently, and 41 percent said they bathed, diapered or helped dress them as often — rates on par with or higher than those of other men living apart from their kids. Across most characteristics, higher percentages of men ages 15-44 were living with their children than were living apart from their children, but the magnitude of the difference varied by characteristic. For example, about twice as many men 15-24 had lived with their children (6.9 percent) as opposed to 3.3 per-


cent who did not. By ages 35-44, three times as many men lived with their kids (64 percent) versus 19 percent who did not. Similarly, two-thirds of fathers between ages 15 and 44 who lived with their school-age children (65 percent) talked with one or more of these children about things that had happened during the child’s day every day, as did 16 percent of fathers who lived apart from their children. So why is it so difficult to get beyond the stereotype? University of Texas-Austin professors Louis Harrison and Anthony L. Brown found that when faced with statistical proof or data, many Americans simply reject the information. “If the stereotypes cannot be explained away, people often create subcategories of Black fathers they claim are different,” the professors said. “Most people of color can attest that when they exhibit behavior outside of the expected stereotyped actions, they hear the phrase but you’re different. Black men with children are often labeled as different because they don’t fit expected stereotypical behaviors of Black fathers.” Unfortunately, positive depictions of Black fatherhood are often ignored or dismissed as atypical by many.


Despite the plethora of data, scientific evidence and real-time examples that run contrary to the racially-tainted myth that Black fathers remain ill-equipped, the falsehood persists. On the grounds, however, thousands of men across the country have weighed in and armored-up for battle to regain control of the narrative on Black fathers. Primary to regaining control:

shifting the belief that being a good father is innate, rather than learned. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, though best practices, growth and healing (where needed) can be taught. Franklin Malone, CEO of 100 Fathers, Inc, sits most effectively among those armored-up changeagents. Ten years ago, while working for the city of Alexandria at a family resource learning center, Malone said he witnessed the impact of fatherlessness on the young people he encountered. “There were a lot of young men and women who didn’t have their fathers around and there were many issues in the area involving drug dealers, shootings and violence,” said Malone, who organized with a couple of other gentlemen who were fathers to man the center and mentor the young people. “The young people we worked with went on to get the highest grades on the standard of learning tests, while we were there. They were missing being fathered and they wanted so much to please us.” Malone said that he has found through extensive first-hand experience and qualifying research that when fathers are involved in the school life and involved with kids at home and in their communities, grades go up, along with self-esteem. Malone’s 100 Fathers, trains young men to be involved, engaged and accountable fathers — to their own children, and subsequent conduits and role models for others. “We are living out the dream of educating fathers about the importance of being in the household. Our platform is training, advocacy, and legislation,” he said. “We discuss things like the impact of the trans-Atlantic Holocaust and the Devil’s Punchbowl in the separation of Black families, but also about our successes as fathers.” Since 2003, 100 Fathers has provided instruction and certification to more than 500 fatherhood trainers. Citing the data from the CDC, Pew and the American Psychological Association, Malone said the research backs the organization’s curriculum. “Our training is evidence-based and transformational, as we train men and hold them accountable,” Malone said. “Our matrix is love, connection, engagement, enlightenment, and spiritual regeneration, which brings about empowerment. When there is a lack of manhood in the family, the need for respect and power coupled with that lack of fatherhood, is convoluted with incarceration. We want to interrupt that process. We are training that next generation who can hold other men accountable and lead by example. That is our mission, our goal, and our victory.” WI


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The Black community must stop allowing disengaged elected officials to continue making empty promises in order to get their vote, and then turn around, close the deal (get their vote), and never hear anything from these individuals anymore until they need their Black vote again. The same thing goes for political candidates who don’t win when they run for office as well. Elected officials are not highly-paid Hollywood entertainers. Elected officials are public servants. The Black community must stop treating elected officials as if they are the hottest celebrity and start demanding sound policy offerings from them. The Black community must embrace accountability and adopt a realistic expectation of having their elected officials be the advocates they need to get things done and fight for them by any means necessary. This year, the National Newspaper Publishers Association


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get Black people to vote for a particular candidate. You know the routine. Black voters get out to vote, then there is very little reciprocity from many of the candidates towards the Black community once they are elected. Think about it for a moment and ask yourself some questions. What evidence do you have to prove that any of your elected officials have actually advocated for you? Ask yourself, when it comes to developing sound policies and legislation for the Black community, when was the last time your elected officials drafted any policy or advocated for any legislation at the local, state or federal level that has positively affected you? Now, you may have been invited to a fish fry, steak dinner or community social event, but ask yourself, when was the first or last time any of your elected officials educated, equipped and informed

your community about any key issues that will affect them? Truth be told, the Black community has been short-changed when it comes to advocacy by many of their elected officials, regardless of the elected official’s race or ethnicity. Blacks have also been deprived of having progressive and substantive policies drafted by many of their elected officials. In many cases, instead of talking to elected officials about substantive policies and key legislation, elected officials are often sought after to attend an event or take a picture with someone as if they are a Hollywood star, versus a public servant who was elected to serve the people. Again, it’s about familiarity. The Black community deserves to be treated more like a partner in a serious relationship versus some fling on the side where politicians whisper sweet nothings in our ears in order to get the only thing they really, truly want — the Black vote.

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We need to send a message to the people who lead this country that we do not want a divided America. We do not want an America of walls; we want an America of bridges. We do not want an America of hate; we want an America of cooperation and an America of love. We want an America where everyone, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, orientation, or national origin is respected and honored as one of God’s children. that’s the America we want. Of all the honors I’ve been humbled to receive in my life, and all the things I’ve learned from attending great institutions, the most important degree I got is the PhD in common sense I got from my mama. It came from these four lessons: Remember from whence you came. Pursue excellence. Racism is real but will not defeat us. And America respects economic power and political power and while we do not worship it, and we will build it each and every day of our lives. Congratulationstotheclassof2018! WI

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justice system, where people of color who serve longer sentence than white men who commit same crimes. It’s in the scourge of hate crimes that have spiked over the last two years. It’s in the leaders talking about building walls when we should be talking about building bridges. Racism is real. But you’re not going to let it break your spirit. Frederick Douglass didn’t let racism break his spirit, and he didn’t let Lincoln’s hand shake when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Racism didn’t break the spirit of Harriet Tubman, who carried members of her family through the back woods on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, time and time again, to freedom. Racism didn’t break the spirit of Thurgood Marshall in 1954 when he persuaded the Supreme Court to declare unanimously that that school segregation is unconstitutional. Racism didn’t break the spirit of Booker T. Washington or W.E.B. DuBois. Remember that Rosa sat so Martin could march, so Barack could run,

and Barack won so you can soar. Finally, America respects economic power and political power. Now that you have a college degree, it’s time for you to build your assets. Building assets means investing in things that appreciate in value. Yes, you need a car but even the fanciest car doesn’t appreciate in value. Fancy handbags and fancy shoes don’t appreciate in value. Glam and glitter do not appreciate in value. Real estate does. Stock portfolios do. I know many of you are saddled with student loan debt. But don’t ever think any dime you invested in yourself was a dime wasted. If it is within your vision for yourself and the skill set that God has given you, build a business. Hire more people. Grow that business and sell that business and build a new business. Economic power is what we need. This nation understands political power. We shirk our duty and our responsibility when an election comes and we don’t vote. We surrender our power to others when an election comes and we don’t vote.

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for over 30 years. DPR partners with the DC Free Summer Meals Program to provide free nutritious breakfasts and lunches at many of its summer camps. Parents and students can visit the DPR website to sign up for summer camps. So, parents and caregivers, make the most of what D.C. has to offer and make sure your child has an awesome summer and is ready to hit the ground running when they return to school! WI


courages students to earn badges as they explore. Play. There is a great deal of research about the power of structured and unstructured play in learning. Play can provide children with opportunities to forge lasting friendships, develop healthy independence and autonomy, and demonstrate choice, self-direction and creativity. Write. Another easy way students can keep learning this sum-

mer is to keep writing. Writing is a powerful way for students to express themselves, to grapple with new ideas, to create, and to persuade others about issues about which they care deeply. Keeping a journal of their daily activities during the summer can help students improve their memory and strengthen their writing and problem-solving skills. Camp. The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has provided camp and recreational activities for the District’s youth


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(NNPA), a trade group representing over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S., is focused on encouraging 5 million Blacks to register to vote before the midterm elections. We need to elect politicians who care about creating sound legislation and being advocates for the Black community year-round. The same energy and efforts that these elected officials use to get elected, or re-elected, should be the same energy they use when it comes to sitting down with the Black community to better understand our needs and advocate for policies that positively affect their community. If the constituents of these elected officials have not progressed since they have been in office, and are no more advanced as a result of their leadership, it is time to start looking for new lead-

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grip on payday lenders and a far friendlier approach by the industry’s nemesis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Payday industry foes liken the industry to structural racism against Black consumers. Revenues for the payday loan industry will shrink under a new U.S. rule restricting lenders’ ability to profit from high-inter-

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stripped from borrowers stuck in more than 10 loans a year. Similarly, 85 percent of car-title loan renewals occur within 30 days of a previous one that could not be fully repaid. Additionally, one out of every five borrowers end up losing their vehicle to repossession. Today, 15 states and the District of Columbia have enacted interest rate caps on payday loans. CRL research found that consumers in these states save $2.2 billion each year that otherwise would have been paid for predatory fees. In 2006 the Military Lending Act was approved with bipartisan support and authorized the Department of Defense to protect active duty members of the military, their spouses, and dependents with a 36 percent interest rate cap. In 2016, the regulations were expanded to include a wider range of credit products. But for those who aren’t active military and who live in the 35 states

without meaningful payday car title loan regulation, the debt traps continue. A fair federal rule was previously promulgated and should be allowed to take effect. The consumers whose lives will be either helped or hurt most by the eventual judicial ruling will be people of color. There are reasons why civil rights organizations like the NAACP, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, UnidosUS, and the League of United Latin American Citizens all vigilantly oppose these small and predatory loans. “Instead of letting Mulvaney feed consumers to loan sharks, the Trump administration should appoint a permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a commitment to protecting consumers,” Astrada said. That kind of move would give renewed meaning to “government of, by, and for the people.” Stay tuned. WI

est, short-term loans. The current business model relies on borrowers needing to refinance or roll over existing loans. Under the new rule, the industry’s revenue will plummet by twothirds. The long-anticipated rule must survive two major challenges before becoming effective in 2019. Republican lawmakers, who often say CFPB regulations are too onerous, want to nullify it in Congress,

and the industry has already threatened lawsuits. The payday lending industry provides needed, short-term service to the working poor. Taking away their access to these lines of credit means many Americans will be left with no choice but to turn to the unregulated loan industry, while others will simply bounce checks and suffer under the burden of greater debt. WI

a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told Fox News after the Eagles cancellation. And now, he’s gone off to Singapore to get fleeced by North Korean leader Kim Jon Un, who only needs the photo of the handshake with

His Nibs in order have a victorious outcome for him—the first North Korean official to ever meet a sitting U.S. president. But The Donald is so smug, so full of himself, that he reckons that he can “size up” the leader of a 2,000-year-old civilization which has defied U.S. power for the past 65 years, since the bloody Korean War ended in 1953: “maybe in the first minute.” “Just my touch, my feel. That’s what — that’s what I do,” he told reporters as he was departing for Singapore. The sad truth is that even if things don’t go so swimmingly in that first 60 seconds, world peace deserves a second or third chance to make peace work. This guy however thinks that all the presidents before him in the second half of the 20th century were weaklings. According to The Atlantic, a “senior White House official with direct access to the president and his thinking” explained: “Obama apologized to everyone for everything. He felt bad about everything.” The official said that Trump “doesn’t feel like he has to apologize for anything America does.” He’s “ba-a-a-d.” He’s Trump. He says: “fear this!” WI




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