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AMEX and Think Local DC Promote Area Businesses By Sam P.K Collins and Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writers As residents in the Washington metropolitan area gear up for the holidays which kick off on Friday, November 29th – Black Friday – American Express (AMEX) and a local

non-profit are encouraging District residents to consider shopping a little closer to home this year. Beginning with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30, representatives of Think Local First DC and American Express will bring attention to the importance of local shoppers buying their hol-

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Members of the Minority Small Business Community saluted Congressman Jim Moran (VA-D) at the Army Navy Country Club, Arlington VA. Moran was honored for his support of programs and organizations serving the Northern Virginia Community. Business leaders had an opportunity to discuss the challenges of the sequester and upcoming budget cuts that will have devastating effects on the future of their companies.

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In recognition of The Washington Informer’s 50th anniversary in October 2014, we are looking back at some of the newsworthy events and individuals we covered in D.C. history. Attorney Jack H. Olender, one of the area’s leading medical malpractice lawyers, established the Olender Foundation to counter poverty and violence and to promote opportunity and equal justice, according to the foundation’s website. For the past 28 years, Olender and his wife, Lovell, (center) have hosted the Olender Foundation Awards, where public figures and extraordinary citizens are honored for their outstanding contributions. In 1998, notable honorees included Muhammad Ali, Miss America Kate Shindle, and the late D.C. Council Chairman David A. Clarke (represented by his son). Former D.C. Council Chairman Linda Cropp, featured in the photograph, later received the People’s Advocate Award in 2005. /WI Archives

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Women Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence By Tia Carol Jones

law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, old daughter told her the father survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families of her daughter threatened her “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a viclife, and the life of their child, story, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assessshe knew something had to be push forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further done. Out of her frustration said about Marlow. training for law enforcement with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecof the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselstart the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. A toy drive at the American Legion in Silver attracted hundreds of teenagers andever young adultstoduring paign. case Spring, in suchMd., a way, the average “If we are going eradithe“It Holiday Celebration Nov. 15. The charity event honored the late Tamara Johnson. /Photo seemsGiving to be Back a vicious cycle on person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we by must Khalid Naji-Allah that won't turn my family end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. loose,” Marlow said. Marlow help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the vicshared her story with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow ence at the District Heights Also present at the event was said. Domestic Violence Symposium Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see on May 7 at the District Heights wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise Municipal Center. The sympo- who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatCenter of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. Branch the Mildred top of the Muhammad stage. Heights theCollins National Hook- from By Samand P.K. 2002. is versity “WeBoulevard have to and stopPiney being pasin Silver Spring, While someofguests chatted with Road Up of Black Women. the founder After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with Md., poor killing chilWI Staff Writer Marlow has written a book, one and the driver. Sheviolence,” was 19. others that gathered around an another, organization helps the Johnson dren about domestic @SamPKCollins “Color Me Butterfly,” which is a the In the weeks deejay booth and formed small survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. following her death, story about four generations of circles children. Marlowrecalled has worked to break Johnson often throughout the room where colleagues Hundreds of young adults recent- and their domestic violence. The book is they“I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, talking about organizing a toy drive showcased intricate Caribbely donatedbytoys to the inspired herand owngrooved experiences, years in feardance is a long time. It is for andthe is confident the policies she children of Clarendon, Jaan-influenced moves. Photogsounds of reggae, and hip-hop and those of hersoca grandmother, not anand easy thing to come out is pushing forlaunch will what startwould that maica. Plans to raphers videographers dressed in at second annual Holiday Giving of,” she said. herthemother and her daughter. process.the inaugural Holiday Giving garb surveyed the dance floor become Back the American Le- flashy She Celebration said everyat time she reads Mildred Muhammad said Back “I plan to take these policies to toy drive materialized in Noin search of the best dancers. gion in Silver Spring, excerpts from her Md. book, she still people who want to help a Congress and implore them to Cole Porter, a close friend of John- vember 2012. The Friday, Nov.the 15thwords charity came event domestic can not believe violence victim must change our laws,” Marlow said. During Friday evening’s event, son, brought a toy car along with two from her.Tamara “Color Me Girl’ Butterfly” honored ‘Gaza John- be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these polithe partied and Vybez Flexx friends to join in the evening’s festivwona local the promoter 2007 National son, and model“Best who the victim's life, and understand ciescrowd are passed.” Entertainment collected than ities. He recalled the excitement and Books” Award. Tia Carol Jones can more be reached died in a car accident nearly two years that she may be in “survival toys. Queen Walker, a member outpouring of community support at 200 “I was just 16-years-old when mode”. at ago. The toy drive will benefit chilinauguralyou toy drive year,going call- of the company’s promotion team my eye blackened my the“Before get tolast'I'm dren livingfirst in her birthplaceand in ClarMoore’s executive assistant, said ing it theyou,' perfect way to honor John- andWI lips bled,” Marlow said. to kill it started as a verbal endon, Jamaica. the toy drive has strengthened ties Elaine Davis-Nickens, presi- son’s memory. “Tamara had such a warm perdent of the National Hook-Up “Tamara and I were really close between the Silver Spring, Md., and sonality,” said Simon of Black Women, said‘Kilo thereVibes’ is no and this event has always kept me Clarendon, Jamaica communities. Moore, 34, founder and domestic CEO of consistency in the way “I supported Kilo 100 percent in smiling since she left us,” said Porter, Vybez Flexx Entertainment, based violence issues are dealt with by 19. “She would have loved to see all making this happen,” said Walker, in Silver Spring, Md. The all-age enof these people coming together to 20. “[Tamara] was my best friend and tertainment company organized the give toys,” the Northwest resident someone I cared for a lot. I feel that five-hour event which attracted more said. giving back to [Tamara’s] community than 100 people. Johnson, who immigrated to the shows our love for her in so many “She was [one of] the nicest people United States from Jamaica in 2007, ways,” said Walker who lives in TakoI knew. This toy drive is all in her hon- befriended Moore in the winter of ma Park, Md. or and to benefit the less fortunate. It 2010 while a student at High Point Derkk Stedman, a local indepenwas nice last year, so we had to make High School in Beltsville, Md. She dent recording artist, spent the eveit bigger this year,” said Moore who soon joined Vybez Flexx Entertain- ning catching up with old friends and lives in Silver Spring, Md. ment as a member of the promotion spreading the word about his upcomDroves of teenagers and local col- and events team, often appearing ing project. He said that Vybez Flexx lege students filed into the American on promotional material, assisting Entertainment’s events have always Legion entranceway, climbed two Moore in compiling party playlists, provided him the opportunity to flights of stairs, and walked down and dancing along with the crowd stay connected with his network of a long hallway into the large multi- from the deejay’s booth. friends in a safe environment. purpose room with an enormous “I’m feeling the positive energy Upon her graduation from High dance floor. Toys slowly piled up Point in the summer of 2011, John- in this room tonight,” said Stedon a small table at the entrance un- son continued working with the en- man, 21. “People areL.Y. givingMarlow a lot of til gift-wrapped boxes could be seen tertainment company while making toys and supporting a good cause. tumbling onto the floor. Nine deejays plans to pursue a fashion design and Kilo is a longtime friend of many spun an array of contemporary hits modeling career. On the morning of and everyone here just wants to throughout the evening from a booth Dec. 29th of that year, Johnson and have fun,” said Stedman who lives erected on a platform at the front of two friends were driving home from in Suitland, Md. wi / the room. Lanterns emanated various a party when their vehicle veered off WI Intern Kelsey Nelson contributed to hues of yellow, blue, and green light the road at the intersection of Uni- this story. WI Staff Writer

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neer chemist whose research into plastics led to the development of so-called hard plastics and aided product developments in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. 1951 - President Harry Truman names committee to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions in U.S. government contracts and sub-contracts. 1982 - Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns wins the WBC Junior Middleweight title. This is one of five weight classes that Hearns won boxing titles in, making him the first African American to achieve that success.

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D.C. GOP Members Talk Local, National Politics Members of the District of Columbia Republican Party realize they’re outnumbered in most D.C. elections but that hasn’t stopped them from weighing in on the upcoming April 1, 2014 mayoral contest and the GOP primary presidential race in 2016. “I plan to support the Republican candidate for mayor of the District,” said Jill Homan, the District’s Republican National Committeewoman. “We are an urban Republican Party so we will focus on winning what offices we can. We are looking at advisory neighborhood commissioners’ races and a seat on the city council.” James Caviness, a Republican, has picked up petitions to run for District mayor next year. Caviness lives in Northwest. However, some Republicans support or at least respect D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) for his accomplishments regarding the city. “I am inclined to support the mayor because I think he has done a good job,” said Rita Farrell, who lives in Northwest. “If he does not run again, I don’t know who I will support. I don’t think that [D.C. Council member] Muriel Bowser is ready but I will take a look at [D.C. Council member] Jack Evans.” Robert Richards, a longtime Ward 7 Republican, said that he thinks that the mayor might run for re-election, and if he does, admits that a Republican would have a tough time beating him. There is one mayoral candidate, however, that the organization’s senior vice chairman, Ralph J. Chittams Sr., will not support. “I will not vote for Jack Evans under any circumstances,” said Chittams, 53. “Evans voted against the election of the attorney general in 2014 and he went against the will of the people in the city who overwhelmingly supported that. He doesn’t deserve my vote.” Farrell said that she would like to see U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) run for president and Richards, 70, said he’s impressed with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Richards said that he could support New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) but Chittams said that Christie could have problems. “He would not make it out of the primaries,” Chittams said. “He is perceived as being too far left by conservatives in the party. I have The Washington Informer

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not made up my mind who to support yet.” Homan noted that there are strong governors who could prove to be solid presidential prospects and Charles Vincent agreed. “I am impressed with governors such as Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin,” said Vincent, who lives in Northwest. “Republicans have a good bench to work with in 2016.” Vincent said Republican prospects who are 50 and under appear promising but he’s wary of Christie. “South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is good and I like Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.),” Vincent said. “Rick Santorum would be good and he is only 52 but Chris Christie is a bit liberal for my taste.” Ward 6 Democrats to Hold Officer Elections, Again The Oct. 1 election for officers of the Ward 6 Democrats has been nullified by the D.C. Democratic State Committee because of

complaints by some members of the organization. As a result, the new election will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at The Hill Center, Old Naval Hospital in Southeast from 10:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. “There were some technical problems with the election,” said Jeffrey Richardson, who won the election for president. “The polls opened at 6 p.m. [at the Southeast Public Library] but we closed the balloting before 8 p.m. Some people complained to the D.C. Democratic State Committee and everyone agreed that a new election was in order.” Richardson, 35, the executive director of Serve DC and a wellknown Democratic activist in the city, defeated Deleon Ware. The other officers ran unopposed. On the Dec. 7 ballot, Richardson will face Ware again but the position of third vice president will be a contest between Chuck Burger and Joseph Slovinec. There is no opposition for the other offices.wi

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Efforts to rebrand Prince George’s County as an upscale destination point in the region received a jolt this past week with the opening of the Tanger Outlets near National Harbor in Oxon Hill. Community members, elected officials, and developers from Tanger and the National Harbor gathered Friday, Nov. 22 for the outlet’s grand opening ceremony as residents and shoppers flocked to the center, which boast more than 80 high-end retailers. “We’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for years but the change has come,” said Prince George’s Councilman Obie Patterson (D-Dist. 8) of Fort Washington, whose district includes Tanger and National Harbor. “We’re getting very excited down here in [southern] Prince George’s County.” The two-day opening proved to be a spectacle of sorts. Models stomped throughout the outlet, donning designer apparel, and others draped in Eskimo-themed designs, struck a pose for shoppers. Dancers pranced around in fairy wings while VIPs enjoyed drinks and a variety of finger foods. Cars filled the outlet’s 1,600 parking spaces shortly before noon on Friday. And, auxiliary lots nearby National Harbor quickly reached capacity. In all, managers at the outlet estimated 75,000 to 100,000 shoppers visited the center during its The Washington Informer

opening weekend. “This is not an opening for us, this is a celebration,” said Milton Peterson, CEO of The Peterson Companies, which developed National Harbor. “… Enjoy it – it’s yours.” And shoppers spent no time trying to catch a glimpse of the retailers at the center. Long lines formed to get into stores such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger, all of which offered special opening discounts. “This is a surprise,” said Jenine Jarnagin of Fort Washington as she waited in line to get inside the Coach store. “[It’s hard to believe] this is Prince George’s County, but it’s beautiful.” Residents have long complained that they’ve been ignored by upscale retailers in the nation’s most affluent African-American community. Jarnagin said she usually shops in Charles County, Ann Arundel County or Northern Virginia. Officials said the $100 million development is a boon for the county and state. The 340,000-square-foot center is projected to generate $6.5 million in annual tax revenues for the state and an additional $1 million in property tax revenues for the county. The outlet created more than 600 jobs during construction and approximately 1,000 full and part-time retail jobs, according to the county. “Maybe now we can show those people across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge how to create jobs and get this economy going,” said Steven Tanger, CEO of Tan-

ger Outlets. Still, the opening of the outlet left some residents along Oxon Hill Road shaking their heads. “It’s gotten a lot more difficult to get in and out [along Oxon Hill Road],” said Bonnie Bick, whose home is less than a half a mile from the outlet. Bick, a member of the Campaign to Reinvest in the Heart of Oxon Hill, had petitioned for the outlet to be built in the downtown area of Oxon Hill where the roads are wider and already suited for large developments. Bick’s group sued the county to stop the outlet from being built, largely because it sat on land that was previously designated as an African-American historic site, and abutted several other historic sites. “I’m furious,” she said. “I guess nobody is going to stop them now because it’s already built.” Officials agreed that there are still road and infrastructure issues to be worked out but applauded the outlets arrival. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said the opening of the outlet is a culmination of Prince George’s County becoming a conduit for economic growth in the region. Baker, 55, pointed to other billion dollar developments in the county such as the Westphalia Town Center near Upper Marlboro and the Konterra Town Center in Laurel. “I think [with] the opening of the mall, we really are becoming the economic engine of the Washington, D.C. region,” Baker said.wi

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Politician to Focus on Communities, Education Reform By Joshua Garner WI Staff Writer @JoshuaGarnerDC After building a reputation on helping communities receive adequate legal representation, Maryland Del. Aisha Braveboy has announced she’s making a run for the attorney general’s office. Braveboy, 39, (D-Dist. 25) of Mitchellville said she will focus on reducing foreclosure rates throughout the state, improving education equality, and reducing the state’s incarceration rate. “The attorney general isn’t supposed to be beholden to any political interest,” she said. “I want to be on the people’s ticket … I continue to be of service to the people.” Braveboy, a lawyer, happens to be the only female and African-American hopeful to announce her candidacy so far. If elected, she would be the first black and the first woman to hold the office. Braveboy, a native of Washington, D.C., grew up in Largo and graduated from Largo High School. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1997, where she majored in government and politics. After receiving a law degree from Howard University in 2000, she worked for the Federal Communications Commission in Northwest, specializing in policy. By 2003, Braveboy joined the Prince George’s County Council as a policy liaison, eventually heading the county’s Land Acquisition and Real Property Division. But her work in assisting homeowner associations in legal matters spurred her political aspirations. In 2006, she was urged by community members to make a run for the Maryland House of Delegates in her district, which includes portions of Mitchellville, District Heights, Largo, Upper Marlboro, Suitland and Forestville. “I was being called to serve,” she said. “I had not planned to run for office. I had planned on just being a lawyer.” Facing a crowded field of about nine candidates during the 2006 election, some of whom received endorsements from state politicians, Braveboy said she ran a smart and honest campaign.

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“I think the important thing is to understand the process but never forget how you got there,” she said. “There are certain issues that can’t be compromised.” Now with her eyes on the attorney general’s office, Braveboy said she wants to focus her candidacy on issues that impact communities such as closing disparities in the education system and helping residents to maintain the equity in their homes. She said that her career as an attorney and her pro-bono work in the community makes her a strong candidate. “Those issues align well with the office of attorney general,” she said. “I want to serve [the public] but my first love is law.” Braveboy’s supporters said they know her as a politician who fights for the underdog.

Brenda Raysor, 61, of Landover said she met Braveboy earlier this year after she helped her condominium association mediate a dispute with its board of directors. “She sat. She heard our cries – she came to our rescue,” Raysor said. “Everything she said she’d do to help us, she has [done].” Dave Turner, a member of the Maryland Historical Trust, worked with Braveboy during her time as counsel for the Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission. He’s impressed by her passion for helping those who are disenfranchised. “I’ve seen a lot of lawyers in the government and private system. I’ve never seen one more professional,” he said. “She represents the little guy by nature.”wi The Washington Informer

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Northern Virginia Family Service and Barnes & Noble Fairfax are partnering together for the first time this year to ensure that NVFS’ Head Start students and children of families who turn to NVFS for emergency assistance receive books for the holiday season The partnership between the retail bookstore and the non-profit organization will ensure that local low-income children have gifts to open as they celebrate the holiday season. From now through January 1, 2014, Customers entering Barnes and Noble Fairfax will be given the option upon checkout of donating a book to a child in an NVFS program. All books collected will be given to underserved children through the agency’s “Gifting for Families” program. The Book Drive for Northern Virginia Family Service is underway at the Fairfax Barnes and Noble store in the Fair Lakes Promenade Shopping Center at the Corner of Monument and Fair Lakes Parkway. For additional information on this Book Drive please contact Sarah Emmett, Community Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble Fairfax at 703-278-8527 or Pam Boyle, Community Engagement Assistant for Northern Virginia Family Service at 571-748-2537.

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Reva A. Savkar, associate professor of chemistry at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus, has received the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE). The annual award recognizes one teaching faculty member in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at VCCS colleges. The honor includes a $5,000 check and a ceremonial stole that is worn with traditional graduation regalia. “The backbone of any great institution is its faculty, and in Reva Savkar, we have a professor who embodies all the wonderful qualities that makes a great teacher,” said Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr., NOVA’s president. “Throughout the years, she has demonstrated a commitment to teaching excellence by being student-focused, innovative in the classroom and enthusiastic about her work. Please join me in congratulating Reva on this very special recognition.” Savkar began teaching chemistry at NOVA in 1974 as an adjunct fac-

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ulty member. In 1989, she became a member of the full-time faculty and has taught both chemistry and computer science courses. She has received teaching awards from NOVA’s Student Government Association, Educational Foundation and Alumni Federation, and was selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Savkar used her computer science and chemistry background to develop online courses, specifically the first online chemistry course in the U.S. --Chemistry 111-- in 1995. The course was developed as part of a grant through the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Since then, she’s created online courses for Chemistry 112 and Chemistry 101, which is one of the fastest growing classes for NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute. For the past 17 years, she has led the popular Science Seminar Series at the Annandale Campus. The series brings together expert science practitioners outside of the College and in-house faculty to discuss topics in science that affect the current day-to-day world. She will be presented with the award next month at the annual meeting of the State Board for Community Colleges in Richmond and will be recognized by NOVA’s College Board at an upcoming meeting. Savkar was selected for this year’s award by a committee comprised of one college president, on academic vice president, two deans, three faculty members, one student and the Director of Professional Development. The criteria for which recipients are selected reflect institutional effectiveness, student focus, discipline competence and personal attributes. This is the second consecutive year that a NOVA faculty member has received this award. Callan Bentley, an assistant professor of geology at the Annandale Campus, received the CATE award in 2012.


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Let’s Give Republicans a Chance To double down is to significantly increase a risk or commitment. Well, welcome to the fantasyland of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. During a campaign stop to persuade more Blacks to vote Republican, Priebus met with Detroit-area business owners and community leaders and asked them to give Republicans “a chance to turn Detroit around.” What city is more representative of a majority-Black population and urban enclave? After decades of one-party rule, extreme fiscal mismanagement and urban decay, the city of Detroit is the largest municipal failure in U.S. history. The demise of Detroit is a stain on Blacks’ abilities to govern. Turning the city and its voters “around” is a “tall order” for Priebus & Co. Did Priebus bite off more than he can chew when he penned an Op-ed for the Detroit Free Press? “As chairman of the Republican Party, I want our party to rebuild Detroit and advocate for the principles of enterprise that hold the keys to the city’s success. We can offer solutions to get Detroit back and on its feet,” he wrote. “It’s up to our party leaders to convince the people of Detroit to give our ideas a chance.” “I came to see firsthand the city’s successes and struggles and hear directly from owners and community leaders about what they need to get the city moving and people working. I am finding out what we can do to revitalize urban centers across the country. Our discussion focused on issues such as increasing access to capital, economic empowerment and the importance of entrepreneurship in jumpstarting an economy. Too often, ambitious individuals can’t get their businesses started because they can’t get financing. Especially in minority communities, political leaders need to find ways to fix this problem. Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, is doing something about it. He helped launch a program that will help women and minorities secure small-business loans.” Priebus also said another barrier to urban economic growth is excessive government regulation. In some states, it can take three years to acquire proper licensing for jobs like a security guard. However, people in Detroit want to work now. Snyder has been fighting for people who want an opportunity to work and a chance to achieve the American dream. Shortly after taking


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to new heights. “Shop Local Week will help the shop. [Since moving into the Anacostia Arts Center,] I have been able to make significant connections,” said Hobbs, 34. “Much of my business has thrived off of word-of-mouth. The neighborhood has been very supportive and our arts development as well,” said Hobbs who lives in Laurel, Md. Theresa Watters is thrilled and enthusiastic about Small Business Saturday and the week of activities associated with it. “I’m excited because it gives us the opportunity to tell consumers to shop locally, to support mom and pop stores, said Watters, a native Washingtonian and owner of Lettie Gooch, a stylish fashion boutique on U Street, N.W. It starts [this] week and it’s the first time we’re doing it as an organization. Hopefully, it will get consumers to come out and support us. It’s good that we’re doing it for a week.” On Small Business Saturday, nearly 200 participating small businesses will feature their products at events, including a pop-up

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first serious restaurant,” said Pitts, who operates both businesses with his wife Diane Gross. “We’re the guinea pig who spurred the development of other businesses. Now, we’re a spot for events, classes and community meetings.” “It is personally satisfying seeing it come to fruition and seeing it become a fixture in Logan Circle,” said Pitts of his restaurant and market. “I see people every day, coming in for wine, groceries, gifts, special meals. You get to see how you touch people lives.” And businesses like his need local residents to sustain them. “Hopefully you get more people aware of the idea of shopping local at non-chain places,” he said. “We’re the backbone, provide jobs, and bring an identity to an area. The expectation is that as this continues, people think more and more of thinking locally for the whole sustainability of the neighborhood. It doesn’t matter if it’s Shaw or Mt. Pleasant. We’re seeing non-commercial places starting to be developed to satisfy local needs.” All of the business owners interviewed for this story spoke of the challenges of being a small business owner. Kera Carpenter, 47, owner and chef of Dorku, a restaurant located in Northwest, recounted her story. “Being a small business owner in a transitioning neighborhood requires a lot of commitment to the business and the community and playing an active role in how it changes,” she said. “Petworth then was not what Petworth is

today. It was very difficult. People thought I was crazy to move into Petworth. It was an area associated with crime rather than entrepreneurship. It took several years before people got over that impression, but it’s the kind of commitment that a small business owner can give to that neighborhood.” Despite the challenges, Carpenter said, she loves making a positive contribution to her neighborhood and community. “I think that when people come to a neighborhood restaurant or boutique there is a level of personal interaction that you don’t get elsewhere,” she said. “I know about 75 percent of the people who come here by name. If I don’t know them by name, I know them by their faces and I think that’s important. You have to have a connection with the people that you serve.” Pitts, who has lived in Logan Circle since 1995, said the location he and his wife chose came with a different set of challenges. “Opening up a small business is very difficult,” he said. “H Street is an empowerment zone, but 14th Street was different. After the uprising [following] Dr. King’s assassination, the area was neglected. Residents who stayed here made it a unique situation where a place like mine in a wilderness survived. They supported us and shopped local.”wi The Washington Informer

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My mother called like she did every week. “How are you?” she asked in Mandarin. “Fine,” I lied. “How’s the baby?” “Good.” That was true. Then, once again, I rushed her off the phone. “I’d love to talk but the baby’s crying.” “Okay, I know you’re busy,” she said. “Don’t worry. I’ll call you next week.” The baby wasn’t crying. She was sleeping. I wasn’t busy. I could barely do anything. I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat, could hardly dress myself. After I hung up I pushed away from the table to lie down. I had used all my energy trying to sound normal. How could I tell my 70-yearold mother who had finally become a grandmother the truth— that I was going crazy, that in two months since giving birth I had gone from being thrilled to fighting thoughts of killing my baby and myself ? I pictured my mother in the kitchen of my childhood home in Jersey, placing the phone back in its cradle before knitting another pink sweater for my daughter Anza despite the pain in her diabetic hands. She was probably sitting there, gray permed hair gripped by a plastic headband, eyes switching from smiling to intense (so much like Anza’s), trying to decide how else she could help. I could The Washington Informer

see her packaging more baby clothes, gifts from church. Later, she sent an email: “Don’t forget to write thank you cards to my church friends. And don’t forget to work on your belly weight.” I wanted to say: I’m not okay, Mom. I’m so tired it hurts. I feel like I’m being electrocuted in a tub of ice water. I sweat. I shake. I have panic attacks. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m so scared. I didn’t know I had postpartum depression—postpartum anxiety to be exact. Even after I found out and was diagnosed with severe PPD a month later, I lied. Even after I was put on anti-psychotic medicine, even after I was registered at the mental hospital in Berkeley, I lied. I lied, because I didn’t want my parents to worry. It seemed the right, Confucian, filial thing to do, to protect one’s elderly parents from one’s own suffering. Most of all, I lied because I didn’t want to be judged. I already felt like such a failure. I was failing as a mother and I was ashamed. Four years ago I had three miscarriages. “You’re not careful enough,” my mother said. “You’re too active.” While I was pregnant with Anza, I learned I had balanced translocation, a genetic condition. We needed to get lucky. Even after explaining this to her, my mother would insist: “Go on bed rest so it doesn’t fall out.” I couldn’t risk hearing words that sounded like blame. I already felt it was my fault: I was too soft.

My grandmothers combined had birthed and raised 15 children while fleeing the Japanese, the Communists, and poverty. What right did I have to fall apart? So I took selfies of me and Anza smiling and sent them to my parents every day. I lied because even though depression is so common in Asian American communities, we rarely talked about it. The message I grew up with: your mental struggles are our own; it’s up to you to find the inner strength to “ren,” to endure. The character for “ren” 忍 is the character for “knife” over the “heart.” Endure even when there’s a knife in your heart. In my thirties I discovered talk therapy, tried to get my parents to go. Their response was basically: “That’s for white people.” “They hook you in,” my mother said. “You can never be cured.” I wish mental illness didn’t come with stigmas. I wish I could have told my parents that my mind had broken just as easily as if I had to tell them my arm had broken. Whenever my husband would say, “You really should tell them,” I felt that chasm again (he’s white, son of hippies). To him it was unimaginable to suffer the darkest period of your life and not tell your parents. Meanwhile, everyone in his immediate family knew. His mother and brother moved down from

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“On the cover of the brochure was a white woman with long brown hair. She was staring into space under the words: “Feeling Blue?” I took one look and said to myself: white woman, sad woman, that’s not me and that’s not going to be me.” – Sharline Chiang POSTPARTUM continued from Page 18 Canada to help take care of me. The fact that I could get PPD never crossed my mind. I had no history of depression. Two years ago while pregnant with Anza, I had spent thousands of hours reading about pregnancy and birth and exactly five minutes reading about postpartum depression. On the cover of the brochure was a white woman with long brown hair. She was staring into space under the words: “Feeling Blue?” I took one look and said to myself: white woman, sad woman, that’s not me and that’s not going to be me. I was 41. I had traveled the world, had a great career in nonprofit communications, and had married the man of my dreams. We lived in sunny Berkeley. We were finally having a baby. I was elated. Looking back I wish more doctors had talked to us about PPD, its signs and how to get

help. I wish someone had told us about Postpartum Depression Spectrum because PPD manifests in so many ways, including intense anxiety. I also wish I had been given articles written by survivors, especially other API women. I got lucky. I found a psychiatrist who diagnosed me in time (I didn’t go to the hospital). The medication—Seroquel, Klonopin, and Zoloft—worked on me with no side effects. In six months, with the help of a therapist and support group, I stabilized significantly and was pretty much back to “myself ” within a year. I’m slowly accepting that there is a new me. The new “me” is more sensitive to stress. Like any survivor of a health crisis, I try to remind myself to manage my stress levels and overall health. By the time my parents visited us again Anza was six months old. I was doing much better. They watched her eat her first solid food (mashed yams). It didn’t make sense to bring up my

ordeal. I don’t like lying to my parents. They deserve my honesty. If they ever read this, I want to say I hope you can forgive me and see that I did this out of love, love for you, and love for myself. I hope if they come across this, or any of my other articles about my experience, they can understand that I’m trying to share my story to encourage other survivors to tell their stories, so we can let other women know that that they are not alone, that they’re part of a larger family of women who have been there too. Sharline Chiang is a writer based in Berkeley, originally from New Jersey. She is a proud, long-time member of VONA, an amazing community of writers of color. Sharline previously wrote a piece for Mutha magazine about her experience with postpartum depression and anxiety.wi

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Support Local Small Businesses

According to the DC Chamber of Commerce, there are more than 40,000 small businesses in the District of Columbia. Small businesses are not just the soul of the city but the economic heartbeat of the United States. The standard definition of a small business is one that employs less than 100 people. In the United States, small businesses hire more than half of the country’s workers. Statistics also indicate that small businesses employ 50 percent of all private sector employees; pays 44 percent of the U.S. private payroll; hires 40 percent of high-tech workers; and generates 64 percent of new jobs in a 15 year period. Small businesses provide stability to the economy and entrepreneurs are the backbone of creativity and production. Small business is what stimulates economic growth. Of equal importance are the benefits of small businesses to minority communities. Starting a small business is a tremendous leap of faith and small business owners depend on local customers to buoy their establishments financially. Beginning on Nov. 30, local merchants and small business owners in the District and around the country are looking to Think Local First DC and Small Business Saturday to bring large numbers of customers into their establishments. The holiday shopping season is of critical importance to many small business owners and success during this time can be the difference between a successful year and one less so. As it has for the last four years, American Express will be helping independent merchants and small business owners use traditional promotional tools, social media and word-of-mouth to attract new and returning customers beginning with Small Business Saturday. American Express has created a Neighborhood Champions program and has worked with business organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the US Black Chambers, Inc., the Latino Coalition and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to organize Small Business Saturday events in communities throughout the country. Currently, about 1,000 Neighborhood Champions have signed up to rally businesses in their cities to participate in local activities throughout Shop Local Week. Meanwhile, this holiday season, organizers of Think Local First DC are urging D.C.-area residents to support local businesses with Shop Local Week. The weeklong campaign, beginning Saturday, Nov. 30 and ending Sunday, Dec. 8, promotes locally owned, independent businesses in Washington D.C., as the go-to outlets for shoppers during the holiday season. Talk to people like the DC Chamber’s President and CEO Barbara Lang and other business owners and they’ll cite chapter and verse of the importance of small businesses which provide jobs for local residents, anchors communities and pumps significant amounts of money into schools, community organizations, parks and other vital community entities. Shop Local Week 2013 encourages shoppers to spend in the communities in which they live. Small Business Saturday, now in its fourth year, falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and serves as the traditional kick-off to the holiday season for independent retailers and restaurateurs. The day was created in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers, and has since grown into an annual celebration of the independent businesses that help boost local economies nationwide. On Small Business Saturday – Nov. 30 – an array of events will take place to kick-off the week. One interesting activity is the “Charity Cash Mob” events, which continue until Dec. 3. During this time, a portion of each customer’s purchases at participating businesses will be donated to the 501(c)(3) organization of their choice.  We encourage consumers across the region to forego the major chains and big box stores and shop at stores and businesses in their communities. These small business owners will love you for it and the communities where these companies are located will be the beneficiaries. Correction: In the article entitled “Justice Organization Recommends Va. Incarceration Reforms” published in the November 21-November 27, 2013 edition of The Washington Informer, an individual in the article said 100,000 nonviolent Virginia returned citizens, who had been incarcerated in prisons and jails, had their voting rights restored by the outgoing governor. The Advancement Project, a D.C.-based national civil rights organization which, among other things, advocates voting rights restoration for returned citizens, estimates only 7,100 returned Virginia citizens have their voting rights restored to date.

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Remembering Our Veterans!

Thank you so much for your front-page photograph of the Vietnam veteran with his grandson at the Vietnam War Monument featured on the November 14th edition of The Informer. Things were a lot different in 1970 when I was discharged from the U.S. Army after serving in Vietnam. There were no salutes at sporting events honoring our troops, no standing ovations at public gatherings, and no parades, and, if you were lucky, just an honorable discharge and your GI Bill. Today, we see our young soldiers proudly displaying their uniforms in public. Back when I was in the Army we were advised in certain situations not to wear our uniforms in public off the base. We should always hold the highest regards for our veterans, and we should honor them in every way possible, just like we do today. And we should never forget those veterans who fought in the

Vietnam War; although it was unpopular, it was still a duty that soldiers were called to perform, and many died while performing that duty. James Greene Washington, D.C.

A Great Recipe for the Holidays!

You can’t imagine how delighted I was to see the insert in your November 14 issue. I have been collecting pie recipes for years, especially pecan pie, and the recipe in the insert sounds like one that I just have to try. There are other pie and tart recipes in the insert, and I hope to try those, also. What a great way to usher in the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. What I like about these recipes is that the ingredients are generally in my pantry, and the instructions aren’t complicated. That pecan pie sounds like a winner to me. Can’t wait to try it! Gwen Winters Washington, D.C.

Great Coverage of Black Life in London

I wanted to drop a quick note and thank the Washington Informer and Assistant Editor Shantella Y. Sherman for a wonderful series on London. I spent several years in Scotland as a graduate student at the University of Aberdeen and think it is wonderful that so much of the cultural strengths of Black London are being highlighted in your pages. After enjoying Ms. Sherman’s Black Panther Movement article, “Power Shift: British Black Panther Party Remembered” in the November 7 edition, I found myself even more fascinated by the piece on dandyism, “The Return of London’s Black Male Fashion Setters” in the November 14 issue. I’m ready to pack my bags for next year’s Black History Month celebration in London. Congratulations on another wonderful piece. Titus Ewell Fairfax, Va.

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By Lee A. Daniels

Forcing Poor People to Go Hungry Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government’s forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horse-trading in Washington that has erased a critical portion of the already-meager subsidy the federal food stamp program provides the more than 47 million Americans who receive it.

And it’s a virtual certainty more draconian cuts in the program will be made – cuts that increase the threat millions of men, women and children will in years to come endure not only hunger but also a host of health and health-related problems that the combination of hunger and poverty will produce or intensify. This is the quagmire a nation with a huge surplus of food must find its way out of. As usual when it comes to federal aid to poor and working-poor Americans, the issue

isn’t really the actual availability of funds for aid. The issue is politics – and the deepening showdown in the nation between compassion and callousness. But it’s also a matter of the House Republicans majority’s refusal to recognize that the food stamp program is a bulwark against the social and economic catastrophe widespread hunger in America would produce. On November 1, Congress allowed to expire without replacement a temporary boost in the food-stamp program budget

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provided by funds from the 2009 economic stimulus package. The expiration reduced the monthly allotment food stamp recipients get by $11 for a one-person household to $36 monthly for a family of four. The increase had been the government’s response to the need of the program – its formal name is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP) – to cope with the sharp rise in the numbers of Americans needing aid to buy food. That increase was driven overwhelmingly by the Great

Recession’s erasing more than 8 million jobs from the nation’s workplace. As joblessness grew, so did the numbers of people seeking food stamps. As a result, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the program’s budget ballooned from $35 billion in 2007 to $80 billion now as its enrollment swelled from 26 million to its current level of one out of every seven Americans. Earlier this year, a majority of

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By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Fans are Complicit in the Injuries of Tony Dorsett and Others of former football players who settled with the NFL recently for $765 million in connection with conditions such as CTE that have resulted from their football years. The settlement itself was highly controversial since it underestimates the extent of damage done to football players and, in effect, let’s the NFL off the hook. Nevertheless, many former players were desperate for a settlement in order to address their on-going medical problems.

The recent news about NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett was more than unsettling. Having been diagnosed with the early stages of chronic encephalopathy (CTE), an illness directly related to head traumas, he feels his life slipping away from him. At the age of 59 he faces an uncertain future, yet it is a future that has confronted many football players, past and present. Dorsett was part of the group

Dorsett was a star among stars, someone who seemed nearly invincible in his greatness. Nevertheless, careers end and the physical damage inflicted on the players over the years takes its toll, resulting in conditions such as CTE and a shortened life-span for these modern-day gladiators. When we hear the news about former players, such as Dorsett, most of us shake our heads in both sadness and frustration… and then we turn on the next

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football game. We create a peculiar sort of disconnect between the reality of the injuries faced by these players, and the activity that so many of us watch on any given Sunday. We do not stop and think about the sorts of demands that we, the fans of professional football, need to place on the football industry in its entirety. The issue of safety is not one exclusive to the NFL. It really is a matter that must be addressed when high schoolers start playing and then when they

work their way to college. The injuries start early and there is no scientific certainty as to how many injuries ultimately result in conditions such as CTE, not to mention countless other challenges, such as injuries to bones and joints. There comes a time when shaking our heads, as those watching the gladiators competing on Sundays, makes us complicit in the misery that many of

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By Raynard Jackson

Incognito, Barkley and Wilbon Use the N-Word

Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, both of the Miami Dolphins, have dominated the news in the sports world for the past two weeks, but for all the wrong reasons Supposedly, Martin was “bullied” by Incognito to the point that Martin left the team indefinitely. Each plays on the offensive line, stands more than 6 feet, and weighs more than 300 pounds. Incognito has a checkered past

dating back to his college days at the University of Nebraska. He has been suspended or disciplined from every team he has played on for various forms of conduct detrimental to the team. After recent voicemails of Incognito using the N-word and threatening Martin’s family became public, the Dolphins suspended him indefinitely. Many have voiced their opinions on the Dolphin’s situation, but none of them deal with the real facts of this case. If you have never been in a professional

locker room or on the sidelines during a game, this may be alien to you. In Proverbs 4:7, the Bible states, “Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.” There are things that are done and spoken in the context of professional sports that those outside of that circle will never relate to or understand. Language and behavior that would never be accepted in other settings is the norm in professional sports. A visit to the locker

rooms or sidelines are not for the faint of heart. Still, I put this whole debacle with the Miami Dolphins at the feet of the Black players on the team as well as the Black community in general. Several players on the Dolphins have said that Incognito was an “honorary Black” – whatever that means. Most people gain “honorary” status into a group by doing something positive to advance that group’s cause or mission. So, because Incognito learned

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how to use the N-word, they made him a member our community? Really? Remember, we are the same group that claimed Bill Clinton was the first Black president because he played the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall’s TV show and had extramarital affairs. The N-word is generously used on NFL sidelines, during the game, and in the locker rooms. Everyone in the NFL is not only aware, but has heard this

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By Ron Daniels

Putting the ‘Black’ in Black Friday The Christmas season provides an excellent opportunity for Africans in America to engage in a season of resistance. The corporate retail establishment in this country is heavily dependent upon this season for consumers to participate in a frenzy of buying to buttress their bottom line. The unofficial kick-off of the “shop until you drop” season is the Friday

after Thanksgiving, which called Black Friday. This is the day corporate retail giants begin an all-out effort to induce, seduce, bribe, and otherwise “persuade” consumers to buy enough goods to enable companies to “break into the black” – achieve profitability for the year. Unfortunately, the sons and daughters of formerly enslaved Africans in America, who complain about the oppressive conditions of stop-and-frisk, joblessness, the War on Drugs, crime, violence, fratricide and

the murder of unarmed Black men such as Trayvon Martin and Black women such as Renisha McBride are not immune to the seductive appeal of the Christmas season. On Black Friday – actually, Thanksgiving afternoon – Black consumers will lineup with liberated White folks in the reckless race to give our hard earned/precious dollars to the oppressor. We are addicted. We must educate and organize to kick the habit. Collectively, Black people continue to be neglected, disrespect-

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ed, disregarded and abused because we have become too tame, tolerant and even accepting of our oppression. This is not to say that there is no fight-back or resistance. The problem is that we lack a “critical mass,” a much larger number of Black people, who are sufficiently enraged and outraged, to act decisively to promote and protect/defend our interests and aspirations. This is the challenge we must overcome. Black Friday should mark a critical point of resistance for

Black people, a time when Black consumers utilize the billions of dollars in our hands as a weapon to advance the Black freedom struggle. I have often said if Black people would commit to “keeping Christ in Christmas,” focus on the spiritual and family aspects of the season and consciously refuse to participate in the senseless buying frenzy, the White Corporate establishment would come running, asking what concessions they should

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By Julianne Malveaux

Renisha McBridge and Other Black Women Need to be Defended

All Renisha McBride wanted to do was to go home. She had been in a car accident, her cell phone was dead, and she needed help. She knocked on a couple of doors in the suburban Detroit neighborhood where she was stranded, but it was well after midnight and people weren’t opening their doors. Finally, she found a homeowner in Dearborn Heights who opened his door, but instead of offering the help she so desperately needed,

he shot her, saying he thought she was going to break into his home. He didn’t shoot her at close range; he shot her from a distance. He might have simply shut the door, or he might have shut the door and called 911. Instead he shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride in the face. On Friday, Theodore P. Wafer, 54, was charged with second-degree murder. He also faces a manslaughter charge. There are chilling parallels to the Trayvon Martin case. The

character assassination of Renisha has begun. According to a toxicology report, her blood alcohol level was 0.22, more than twice the legal limit for driving. Her blood also tested positive for an active ingredient in marijuana. If Renisha were drunk as Cootie Brown and high as a kite, she did not deserve to be killed. Why didn’t Wafer call 911 and tell them (if he could tell) that there was a drunken woman on his porch? Why did he shoot? Renisha McBride’s murder


bears attention for several reasons. First of all, it reinforces the unfortunate reality that young Black people are at high risk for violence, often because too many shoot first and ask questions later. Secondly, in the cases that are highly publicized, usually it is the massacre of a young man that is at the center of a case. It is important to note that young Black women are too often at risk. And it is important to ask what we plan to do about it. Marissa Alexander didn’t want

to take another beating. Her husband Rico Gray is an admitted abuser whose brutal beatings of his wife were described as “lifethreatening.” She fired a warning shot into the ceiling to warn off her abuser husband. Yet, she was charged with felony use of a firearm and sentenced to 20 years in jail. The prosecutor in this case, Angela Corey, is the same one who only reluctantly charged George Zimmerman in the mas-

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By Askia Muhammad

Investing in the Criminal ‘Just Us’ System The immortal Richard Pryor humorously and correctly advised us (Black folks) that he went down to a courthouse looking for “justice, and that’s just what I found – just us.” So, I wonder then, why there are not more of “us” involved in efforts to bring about drastic behavior modification among us. We are rightly outraged that the so-called “war on drugs”

along with “three strikes” sentencing guidelines have really amounted to a war on Black folks. The numbers of young Blacks in prison has exploded by astronomical proportions since the 1980s, so much so that author Michelle Alexander has labeled what has happened, “The New Jim Crow.” This country now leads the world in incarceration, both numbers and the rates of incarceration. There are thousands of children – teenagers when they were locked up – who will die in jail as

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a result of life sentences without the possibility of parole. There are thousands upon thousands more who are in jail on life sentences for non-violent crimes. And thanks to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which freed the slaves, slavery is still permissible as punishment for a crime! How did we get to this place? Well, for one thing, the rightwing, Ku Kluxers who have driven the legislative agenda for more than a generation, are not uncomfortable with Black chatThe Washington Informer

tel slavery, and they also believe that if/when young Black folks get locked up and harshly punished for petty crimes, it’s just as well, because the guilty perpetrators are probably guilty of many other crimes for which they just haven’t been caught, and they’re probably right. We are also rightly outraged that the “prison-industrial-complex” has been privatized. One of the more successful private prison firms is actually traded on Wall Street, and may even be in the 401(k) retirement plans, or

union, or even church investment portfolios with money from lots of unwitting Black investors. We protest and demonstrate in front of banks which invest heavily in private prison corporations, as we should, but we rarely, if ever demonstrate outside the housing projects, the rowdy, sometimes out of control schools, where our young people learn not just how to commit crimes – mostly against our

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Gregory Porter’s voice is like a quiet storm – powerful enough to command attention, mesmerizing in its natural beauty. Deep baritone with the slightest touch of vulnerability, Porter is the storyteller, the soothsayer channeling our deepest fears, loves, hurts, and passions over the airwaves. Compared often to the legendary Bill Withers, Porter’s discography functions as the syllabi – the exhaustive manual many believe will return soul to various genres of music. Porter’s latest release, Liquid Spirit marks his Blue Note Records debut, following two critically- acclaimed indie label albums, Water (2010) and Be Good (2012), both of which garnered Grammy nominations. “I firmly consider myself a jazz singer but I enjoy blues, southern soul, and gospel. Those elements make their way inside my music. And I’ve always heard them in jazz,” Porter said. And while the comparisons to masters like Withers, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, and Lou Rawls place Porter in decidedly marvelous company that may cause him to feel musically weighted, Porter believes there is a level of camaraderie in his relation to these artists. “We’re cousins, in a way, in that we had some church upbringing, some Southern influence, strong mothers, an understanding of gospel blues. So I welcome it, and those were masters in the music and I’m very glad that my

name gets mentioned with those masters. I have some writing to do and I have some singing to do before I really deserve it, but I’m blessed to be mentioned with those names,” Porter said. One need only listen to the spatial phrasing of Water under Bridges, which could easily become the lamented psalm to brokenhearted lovers the world over, to hear in a millisecond of a breath between the two phrases, something that mimics the stuttered beat of a troubled heart. Porter’s delivery is almost surreal. Somebody told me get over it; it’s like water under bridges that have already burned. “I think maybe what I’m doing is what people actually want to hear. There are some people who want that liquid spirit – a soulful, thoughtful sound – and they haven’t been getting it,” Porter said. Raised in California, Porter’s mother was a minister, and he cites the Bakersfield Southern Gospel sound, as well as his mother’s Nat King Cole record collection, as fundamental influences on his own sound. Porter began singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego while attending San Diego State University on a football scholarship, where he played outside linebacker. Porter’s foray into music came at the encouragement of many, including composer, pianist and saxophonist Kamau Kenyatta, whom he counts as a mentor. Porter aims for a type of holistic, organic sound that harkens many listeners back to the laps

and feet of parents and grandparents long passed. In fact, Porter once spoke of his mother and grandfather (both ministers) praying the day long through an unending series of hums, shouts, melodies, and moans. All of these elements are imbibed in Porter’s work and make his live performances a form of spiritual high art. Porter points to the song “Liquid Spirit,” the lyrics of which insist, Un-reroute the river, let the dammed water be; there are some people down the way that’s thirsty, so let the liquid spirit free. “I’m not exactly talking about myself, but I’m talking about music with a soulful expression that comes from an organic place. That’s what I’m talking about. It’s uplifting and there are people that want that music. A lot of your friends want that music. So they’re the people down the way that’s thirsty, and I may be part of that liquid spirit. There are a whole bunch of musicians and artists that want to flow in the most natural way to those people that are thirsty down the way. We have gifts to give, but no place for those gifts to live,” Porter said.wi

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Jazzman Gregory Porter Offers Powerful, Intimate Vocals on Liquid Spirit

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By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Idris Elba gained fame as the business-savvy gangster, Stringer Bell, on HBO’s critically-acclaimed series, “The Wire.” Lately, the British-born Elba has earned not only acclaim, but a prestigious Golden Globe Award for best actor as the obsessive and notoriously dangerous police inspector John Luther, in the psychological crime drama, “Luther,” which airs on BBC America on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. However, audiences around the nation will have an opportunity to see why movie critics are abuzz with Oscar talk for Elba’s new film, one that he calls his most important role to date, about human rights icon Nelson Mandela in the biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” The film opens nationwide on Friday, Nov. 29. “There is one scene in the movie in which I heard that Nelson Mandela saw a clip of, and he thought it was a news clip,” Elba said. “I’m walking up a hill in the scene and (Mandela) looked at it and said, ‘Is that me?’ I took that as a compliment.” Elba, 41, said when first approached by producers to play

‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ ‘The Wire’ Star Shines in Role of Anti-Apartheid Icon the role, he knew that he had to cross the Atlantic Ocean. “I went to Robben Island. I wanted to get context of what it was like,” he said. “Can you imagine spending 18 years there? I stayed overnight, I wanted to feel it. They gave me a cell phone because they said, for insurance purposes, I needed to have a cell phone. They [the movie producers] again asked me if I was sure I wanted to stay. They locked the gate, and then locked a second gate and a third gate and it was just me by myself.” Ironically, Elba said, he checked the cell phone later only to find that there wasn’t any re-

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ception on the island that bears testimony to its somber history of housing political prisoners, including Mandela, for more than three centuries. Robben Island also served as a hospital for what the government called “socially unacceptable groups,” as well as a military base. The ailing Apartheid conqueror and former South African president, Mandela, 95, spent 27 years in prison because of his stance against racism. “Even though playing Mandela [was] nerve-racking, you had to embrace it,” Elba said. “I wanted to do a good job. I didn’t The Washington Informer

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want to do an impersonation of him. I wanted to do an interpretation of him. It was such an honor.” Directed by Justin Chadwick, the two-hour and 13-minute film brings Mandela’s 1994 autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” to life. The movie chronicles Mandela’s early life, coming of age, education and the nearly three decades he languished in a desolate prison. “The film’s greatest strengths

are the performances of Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela,” said Tim Gray, the awards editor for the Hollywood trade publication, Variety. “Because the awards categories are so jam packed, these two are sometimes relegated to the, ‘also possible’ category, but for the crowd that already previewed the film at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater, these two belong at the center of any [awards] conversation,” Gray said.

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ARIES Authority issues may arise early in the week. You can handle these thoughts by observing them and letting them go. Listen to some music that fills you with positive vibrations. Soul Affirmation: I see myself as a finisher rather than a starter this week. Lucky Numbers: 14, 40, 46 TAURUS You have strong physical energy this week. Make the most of it and get a lot of the work done that you’ve been meaning to get around to. This week’s a great week to get around to it! You’ll be very pleased at the end of the week with what you have created. Soul Affirmation: I concentrate on the highest possibilities this week. Lucky Numbers: 18, 22, 53 GEMINI Freedom needs may be high this week. Use your powerful imagination to discover a way to feel freer in your current situation. At least in your personal space, let yourself be free and surrounded by objects and vibes that set your spirit soaring. Soul Affirmation: I speak my mind knowing that truth is my best defense this week. Lucky Numbers: 41, 44, 48

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MANDELA continued from Page 24 The film spans decades and brilliantly captures the tumultuous politics and family drama, replete with huge crowd scenes, lush vistas and meticulous work, Gray said. “It should be considered in many categories, but the film’s unquestionable talking points are the work of Elba and Harris.” Showbiz411 editor Roger Friedman also called the film, “Oscar worthy,” citing Elba’s command of the Silver Screen. Born in the United Kingdom (U.K.) to a Sierra Leone businessman and a Ghanaian clerical worker, Elba, an only child, started a DJ company in 1988 before winning a place in the National Youth Music Theatre, thanks to a $1,500 Prince’s Trust grant. He worked in nightclubs in the U.K. under the name, Big Driis, before auditioning for television

“Even though playing Mandela [was] nerveracking, you had to embrace it. I wanted to do a good job. I didn’t want to do an impersonation of him. I wanted to do an interpretation of him. It was such an honor.” – Idris Elba parts while also working at a Ford factory in London. After earning small roles from 1994 to 2001 on various television shows, including a cameo on, “Law & Order,” Elba landed the role of Russell “Stringer” Bell on, “The Wire,” which

put him on the road to superstardom, and forever sealed his place alongside Hollywood’s top actors. “People I’d been raised with in London made money as a hustler, whether it was drugs or being a pool shark,” Elba said. “Flash drug dealers went to jail, cool drug dealers didn’t. I had that embedded in my system since I was a kid. ‘Stringer Bell’ was in my system. When I came to America, I understood what was happening in the ’hood. I lived in Jersey City, which is a rough neighborhood, and in Flatbush, Brooklyn. That was my preparation for the role.” Elba said he’s watched very little of the hit series about the mean streets of Baltimore because he didn’t want to get lost in the hype surrounding the show and he feared developing an ego. “As an actor, if you’re being told how wonderful you are, what do you need to strive for? I don’t know if I’m good just because some critic says I am, in the press,” he said. However, Elba has already viewed, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” several times, including a private screening at the White House, earlier this month, for President Barack Obama. “The movie was so much fun,” Elba said. “We shot it in South Africa for six months and it was great. It was truly an honor to portray Mandela.”wi

CANCER Passing on knowledge, or gaining some new knowledge, preoccupies your fine mind this week. You can teach as well as learn. Look for a way to combine these two activities. It will benefit the many that you attract. Soul Affirmation: I am uplifted by the presence of friends. Lucky Numbers: 7, 28, 29 LEO Details, details, details. They are cluttering up your vision of the big picture. Be patient and deal with one detail at a time. You’ll soon see your big picture very clearly again. You are kind, and can be amazingly tolerant. Soul Affirmation: Giving is a luxury that a rich spirit can afford. Lucky Numbers: 8, 54, 55 VIRGO Lots of wild ideas may occur to you this week, and you may want to act the mental daredevil. Be patient with those who are just learning or who want to do things the way they’ve always done them. Lead by example. Soul Affirmation: When I feel good about myself, the world feels good to me. Lucky Numbers: 17, 29, 36 LIBRA A practical solution is at hand to one of your inventions. Give yourself some space to allow the answer to come to you. Any repetitive task, such as weeding the garden or washing the dishes or car, will be conducive to your receiving the solution. Soul Affirmation: I know where I’m going because I know where I’ve been. Lucky Numbers: 9, 10, 27 SCORPIO You may feel an internal pressure towards responsibility this week. Go with the flow on this and the week will be like a gift. Let your words assist others in becoming more self-responsible. You are a good teacher of right actions. Soul Affirmation: I take it easy on myself this week. Lucky Numbers: 17, 40, 48 SAGITTARIUS Money may come to you from an unlikely source this week. Keep your eyes peeled for opportunity. Let your words this week paint the images of better ways of being in the world for yourself and for those under your care. Soul Affirmation: I invest new faith in everything I do this week. Lucky Numbers: 6, 23, 46 CAPRICORN You may decide to visit a friend you haven’t seen in a while, or you may hear from one while you are at work. How did they get your number? You’ll be pleased to connect again with this person. Soul Affirmation: Things are as I know them to be. Lucky Numbers: 9, 12, 48 AQUARIUS You are full of ideas this week, and some of them have practical application. Pick and choose which ones to test as you move through your week. Keep a very positive outlook on all relationships. Soul Affirmation: I find comfort in the familiar. Lucky Numbers: 32, 34, 37 PISCES Too much information is as confining as too little information for you. Try to find a balance in your conversations with others. Listen and observe, and you’ll learn the thing that you are looking for this week. Soul Affirmation: I enlarge my happiness by forgetting about myself this week. Lucky Numbers: 11, 28, 41

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“Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World” by Mark Ellwood c.2013, Penguin Portfolio

$26.95 / $28.50 Canada 278 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer You thought you’d never reach the door. There you were, the day after Thanksgiving, 3 o’dark a.m., and the Black Friday line stretched a mile in front of you. What, exactly, possessed you to get out of your warm bed to stand in line? Was it the sale, the thrill of the hunt, or something else? Read the new book “Bargain Fever” by Mark Ellwood, and you could say it’s all in your head… The last time you went to the store, it may have seemed like there

were a dozen new products on the shelves. That’s entirely possible, actually: since World War II, in supermarkets alone, the number of individual items has increased “more than tenfold.” Your brain loves that – to a point. When you shop, particularly when bargains are involved, dopamine floods your gray matter, giving you a rush of excitement. But that can backfire: if discounts are too frequent, dopamine highs are lessened. Retailers and manufacturers know that, and they have ways to override your blasé brain. Shoppers are increasingly becoming savvy, though; we’re getting better at “spotting the trick first.” We’re learning to fight back. Take coupons, for instance. In 2010, consumers saved almost $2 billion by using coupons. More than 60 percent of U.S. households use them today, including upper-income shoppers. Entire industries (and reality TV) are based on little pieces of pa-

per – and so, alas, is an increasing amount of crime and fraud. But money-saving doesn’t stop with a snip of the scissor. You can join one of those savings websites, and hope a big enough group wants to join you in a deal. If you know how to do it right, you can save scads of money on flights, hotels, clothing and shoes (even high-end designer kicks). Savvy retailers know how to wring more cash from a buyer, and buyers are learning to negotiate. And on that note, we’re frequently discovering that a haggle is no hassle. In the meantime, merchants

have learned to utilize our “purchase history” for better marketing. They’ve learned that we hate no-markdown stores. And they know that there’s no going back: bargain-hunting is definitely here to stay. Can’t pass up a good sale? Are the words “marked down” like a balm on your soul? Then open your wallet. You won’t be able to resist “Bargain Fever,” either. With the gossipy tone of a sure insider and the info to match, author Mark Ellwood pokes around retail shelves and e-stores to teach us why we shop, how we buy,

and why the rules are constantly changing for both seller and shopper. The facts that Elwood shares are fascinating and the secrets he spills are fun to know. And that’s what makes this book so darn good: it’s got something for everybody here, no matter which side of the cash register you’re on, and no matter how much money you budget for shopping… that is, if you budget at all. Either way, if you plan to spend money anywhere this holiday season, “Bargain Fever” is a book to reach for first. wi

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LIFESTYLE Despite the popularity of holiday seasons meals like turkey and dressing (stuffing), cranberry sauce and sweet potato pies, a growing number of Americans are turning to alternative cookups that require less work. Among the favorites is a classic creole chicken gumbo that allows for vegetarian and pork-free substitutions and proves equally as filling as traditional fare.

Creole Chicken Gumbo

Ingredients: 1 large chicken-cut up (tofu may be substituted) 4 tablespoons cooking oil 1 large onion-chopped 2 quarts chicken stock-heated 2 tablespoons parsley-chopped 2 tablespoons green onions-chopped 1 teaspoon chopped thyme-if fresh or 1/2 teaspoon if dry 1 clove garlic-mince 3 bay leaves 1 pound smoke sausage (or andouille) 1 pint oysters 1 tablespoon filé cayenne pepper to taste salt and pepper to taste thyme Instructions: Use a heavy pot (iron if possible), and brown the chicken slowly in oil. Remove the chicken. Sauté the onions until soft. Return the chicken and any juice that has drained off to the pot with onions. Cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Add the heated stock, parsley, green onions, garlic, and bay leaves. Season generously with thyme. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook over low heat until chicken is tender. Add precooked sausage and cook for 10 minutes. Add oysters and oysters’ water and cook for 10 minutes more. Remove from heat and immediately add filé powder, stirring while adding. Serve in large bowls, pouring it over steamed rice.

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Len Bias

Fans Still Wonder What Might Have Been By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer It’s amazing how quickly time flies. Yet, despite the passage of years, most Washington, D.C. area sports fans will never forget Len Bias, a Landover-born and University of Maryland standout basketball star whose promising professional career never materialized because of his tragic death 27 years ago. Most fans, and basketball experts, contend that had Bias played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the talk today would center on who’s the next Len Bias, rather than the heir to Michael Jordan’s throne as the sport’s greatest player. After all, vivid memories remain of Bias dropping 35 points – including 13 of 13 from the free throw line – at Chapel Hill to upset the top ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in February 1986. There’s also little doubt that members of the George Mason University’s 1985 basketball squad still have nightmares about the 33 points Bias scored against them in a game that jumpstarted the Terrapins season and helped to propel them to a 19-win year and a second round appearance in the NCAA tournament. “To touch on his basketball acumen, Bias had it all. Simple as that,” said DeAntae Prince, the NBA editor at Sporting News. “Bias had unreal athleticism, he could hit the midrange shot and he protected the rim on defense. Questions will always linger about just how great Bias could have been, because he never reached his full potential. To see Bias’ game is to love it,” Prince said. Leonard Kevin “Len” Bias would have turned 50 on Nov. 18, if a cocaine overdose hadn’t caused his heart to stop beating more than a quarter of a century ago, on a day many now somberly describe as, “The Day Innocence Died.” Arguably the best college athlete ever to emerge from the Greater Washington D.C. region, Bias collapsed in his dorm room on June 19, 1986, at the Univer-

sity of Maryland, College Park and died of cardiac arrhythmia induced by a cocaine overdose. Just two days earlier, the defending World Champion Boston Celtics selected Bias, 22, with the second pick in the NBA draft and prepared to pay the superstar forward more than $1 million to team up with such greats as Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale. “Len Bias didn’t start for us as a freshman, until midway through the season,” said Lefty Driesell, who coached the Terrapins from 1969 to 1986. “He could score anytime he wanted to, he could block every shot he wanted to, he could get every rebound, so I would sit him down and tell him to sit next to me because I’ve got to teach these other guys on the team how to play,” said Driesell, 81, who also called Bias the greatest athlete he’d ever coached. Bias graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Md., before attending the University of Maryland. In his first year at the collegiate level, the imposing 6-foot-8 and 210 pound forward earned the distinction of All-American, akin to being named an All-Star in the pros. In his third year with the Terps, Bias led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring and earned Player of the Year honors. He had charted a course that could have dwarfed Jordan’s run as basketball’s most celebrated talent. “He was a monster. Jordan was great, but the NBA probably wasn’t prepared for the greatness Bias would have brought,” said Torrey Milledge, who grew up in the same neighborhood as Bias and attended the University of Maryland from 1984 to 1987. “I miss him every day. We all miss him. He could do things on the court that, even in the pros, only people like Magic (Johnson) and Dr. J (Julius Erving) could do,” said Milledge, 52. As Bias entered his senior year at Maryland, Celtics scout Ed Badger called him the closest player to Jordan, who ultimately came to be known as the greatest

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player in NBA history. “Larry Bird was thrilled with the idea of playing with Len Bias. He thought that would extend his career,” said Jan Volk, the Celtics general manager who drafted Bias. “It probably would have extended Bird’s career. Larry was very astute and I know that Larry thought having Bias was a goodshort and long-term opportunity for the team and that the shortterm was going to benefit him as a player,” said Volk, 68. Bird said Bias intrigued him because of his uncanny abilities on both sides of the ball. “The two college players that I can remember (Celtics legendary president) Red Auerbach talking about were Ralph Sampson and Len Bias,” said Bird, who currently serves as president of the Indiana PacThe Washington Informer

ers. “Auerbach really thought Bias was going to be great. I believe that maybe, he would have been,” said Bird, 56. The day before his death, Bias and his father, James, flew to Boston from Washington, to attend a product endorsement signing ceremony with coaches from the Celtics. Reportedly, Bias and Reebok had agreed to a $1.6 million endorsement deal. When Bias returned home, he attended a gathering before going back to his dorm room where he later collapsed while talking on the telephone with one of his Maryland teammates. Shortly afterward, the pride of Landover was pronounced dead. More than 11,000 people attended a memorial service at Cole Field House, the university’s rec-

reation and student center where Bias played with the Terps. The Celtics paid tribute to the fallen star by holding a service of their own, where they presented Bias’ mother, Lonise, with his No. 30 Celtics jersey. Lonise Bias shifted her attention to motivational speaking after the death of her first-born Len and four year later, after another son, Jay, succumbed to gun violence. She could not be reached for comment. In an earlier 2011 WI interview, she reflected on her son and his enduring legacy. She said then that she is sustained by her faith, a faith that gives her strength and powers her as she continues to

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BIAS continued from Page 28 move beyond anger and self-pity. “… I really didn’t know how many people knew and appreciated him as an athlete,” Lonise Bias said. At an Oct. 29 forum at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., she implored parents to actively participate in their children’s lives. “With length of days come responsibility,” said Lonise Bias, who founded “The Abundant Life Resources a More Excellent Way,” a community-based organization located in Hyattsville that focuses on helping youth, families and the community navigate life’s daily challenges. “Our children are teachable,

reachable, keepable, lovable and savable.” Understanding the impact of Len Bias’ death starts with understanding the superstar on the court,” said Jeff Clark, who writes a blog for the Celtics in Boston. “His abilities were magnetic. Bias was the genetic splicing of Dr. J and Charles Oakley; a high flying, muscle bound, talent who made you feel like you were watching a sneak preview into the game’s future,” Clark said. “It was common to refer to Bias as the most physically gifted player in his conference, the second being that kid from North Carolina, Michael Jordan.”wi

23rd Annual BZB Black Gift & Art Show

Washington, DC - Over 75 local retailers will join together to sale fine jewelry; designer & ethnic fashions; home accessories; original artwork; unique greeting cards; personal portraits & photography; collectible tree ornaments; and eclectic specialty items at the 23rd BZB Annual Black Gift & Art Show. There will be three big Saturdays to shop, December 7, 14, & 21, 2013, Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th Street, NW, two blocks north of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. First held in 1990, this holiday season’s “best pick” shopping event is the 23rd BZB Annual Holiday Gift and Art Show produced by Juanita Britton, retail marketing specialist and entrepreneur. “Our goal is to attract customers to shop with businesses and artisans in their communities. People are having second thoughts about shopping in this economy along with the added stress and inconvenience of suburban malls”, says Britton. “Customers are also beginning to understand the connection between entrepreneurship, consumerism and the survival of the local boutiques and shops in our neighborhoods.” Britton who operates an art gallery and several retail businesses at National and Dulles airports, is regularly featured on national and local, television & radio programs and in community newspapers around issues of economic and small business development in urban communities.  She has worked with over 400 businesses in the areas of retail product development, marketing and distribution. “Once a year, shoppers from around the beltway, up and down the East Coast trek to this festive, holiday marketplace to find an enchanting holiday shopping atmosphere that features unique and ethnic gifts created and sold by local retailers and artisans that create. Specialties such as fine jewelry of gold, diamonds and silver jewelry by local master goldsmith, Shukri; colorful Kente shawls and weaving demonstration from Ghana by artist Kwasi Asare, local fine artists such as Larry “Poncho” Brown, with prints and originals for sale; new and collectible books; ethnic games and toys; men’s and women’s clothing from West Africa tailors and Washington based couture designer, DAMALI; portraits by master artist Greg Paige; glassware encrusted with 24 karat gold from Egypt; youth artisans and entrepreneurs, just to name a few.” A frequent customer, Georgainn Austin, has shopped for 14 years at the holiday marketplace says, “When it’s time to spend my holiday dollars, I ask myself, where can I find exciting and unique gifts at a reasonable price and get good customer service?”  Britton resounds, “Certainly at the BZB Annual Holiday Gift and Art Show! The shopping extravaganza continues to prove that we can provide great value and quality gifts, in an exciting and customer orientated environment for the best shopping experience ever - right in our own community!” According to Juanita “Busy Bee” Britton, there are 10 Top Reasons to shop in your community. 1. “UNIQUENESS! Give a unique gift they will treasure for a lifetime.                2. TIME-SAVING! Save time, gasoline, and your nerves by avoiding traffic jams - unless you enjoy pulling your hair out around the Beltway. 3. EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE! Receive customer service with a personal touch. Isn’t it nice when they know your name? 4. GREAT VALUE! Shop with hot new artists and designers that offer great values, one-of-a-kind items and original pieces. 5. COMMUNITY BUILDING! Help to increase the tax base - it helps to provide better services for your community! 6. COST SAVING! Avoid outlet malls, impersonal department stores, and overpriced merchandise! 7. RELAXING! Put the crowds, lines, and same old merchandise behind you! 8. TEACHABLE MOMENTS! Educate our youth on entrepreneurship (i.e., meeting shop owners) while breezing through your shopping list. 9. REWARDING! Reward yourself with a gift from ALL of the money you saved. 10. WISE INVESTMENT! Spend more time enjoying your holidays and less time exhausted from your mall trips! “ Britton advises, “…there are many options for holiday shoppers looking to explore a new neighborhood, support the community, and derive pleasure from mundane holiday tasks.”  Britton concludes, “People can find value close to home, as well as a good reason to shop locally this holiday season.”   Don’t miss this year’s, 23rd Annual BZB Black Gift and Art Show, located in the heart of Shaw Community Neighborhood. Everyone is encouraged to get involved to make this year’s event a great success for consumers and entrepreneurs. For further information contact Ms. Juanita Britton at 202.610.4188,busybee@ or www.

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Washington Wizards guard John Wall receives a block from teammate Nene as he drives against two New York Knicks defenders in the third quarter of NBA action on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. Wall scored 31 points to help the Wizards defeat the Knicks 98-89. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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If you look at some of today’s celebrities, many of them are truly ingrates. They think that everything is theirs to enjoy, and even when someone gives them something, they never say thank you. God, however, instructs his followers to behave differently. His Word says that we should give thanks in all things, the good and the bad. This shows that we are truly grateful; that we trust and depend on our Heavenly Father. This should be especially true when we think of the price Jesus Christ paid on the cross for us Christians, how often do you say “Thank you!� to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness he has shown you? Do you truly understand what Jesus Christ did, what he gave up, so we could be saved from a fiery eternity? When we think of Jesus Christ, when we think of the price He paid on the cross for our sins, and if we have received Jesus into our hearts and lives, we must be thankful. We can never repay him for what he has done for us. We need to give thanks for the good things, and for the bad; there’s a reason bad things happen. It’s up to us to pray and ask the Lord to show us why they happen. Let’s take a look at some of the issues that still plague our society because they’ve hit the delete button on the inclusion of God and thanksgiving in their daily lives. Racism, one of those bad things happening now, especially among blacks and whites

Once again the holiday season has arrived. Isn’t it amazing how quickly time passes! Another Thanksgiving Day is here, and most of us are focused on the turkey, trimmings and our side dishes, especially our macaroni and cheese. Unfortunately, the meaning of Thanksgiving is often lost. However, let me remind each of you what you should do first. You’ve got to take some time, and go around the room and ask each guest to share something they’re thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday; and include our leaders, especially our president. Scripture reminds us â€œâ€Ś Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.â€? 1st Thessalonians 5:18. What do you think you should give thanks for? Should you give thanks for the good things in life along with the challenges that you face? The Bible has a lot to say when it comes to giving thanks. An example is the health care bill. It’s good, yet bogged down with bad news every day. Prayer changes things. Let’s continue to pray that people will benefit as planned. Of course, we should always be thankful for the blessings and good things that come into our lives. Every book in the Bible speaks of the need for giving thanks to God for the good times, for the blessings, and for the good things we receive. The Book of James states that every good and perfect gift  is from above, from God the Father (James 1:17).

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

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

Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Sunday Worship Service 10: am Sunday Church School 8: 45 am Bible Study Wednesday 12:00 Noon Wednesday 7:00 pm Thursday 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE Washington, DC 20020

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

Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

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

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

Church of Living Waters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.; Senior Bishop & Evangelist Susie C. Owens – Co-Pastor 610 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 529-4547 office • (202) 529-4495 fax Sunday Worship Service: 8 AM and 10:45 AM Sunday Youth Worship Services: 1st & 4th 10:45 AM; 804 R.I. Ave., NE 5th 8 AM & 10:45 AM; Main Church Prayer Services Tuesday – Noon, Wednesday 6 AM & 6:30 PM Calvary Bible Institute: Year-Round Contact Church Communion Every 3rd Sunday The Church in The Hood that will do you Good!

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

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

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

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

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Israel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

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

1251 Saratoga Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 (202) 269-0288 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M. Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

St. Luke Baptist Church

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

2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730 Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 am Baptismal Service – 1st Sunday – 9:30 am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday – 11:00 am Prayer Meeting & Bible Study – Wednesday -7:30 pm

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

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

Zion Baptist Church

Sunday Worship Service 10:15AM- Praise and Worship Services Sunday School 9:00am Monday: Noon Bible School Wednesday: Noon & 7PM: Pastor’s Bible Study Ordinance of Baptism 2nd Holy Communion 4th Sunday Mission Zion Baptist Church Shall; Enlist Sinners, Educate Students, Empower the Suffering, Encourage the Saints, and Exalt Our Savior. (Acts 2:41-47)

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

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

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Rehoboth Baptist Church

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

Salem Baptist Church

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

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Florida Avenue Baptist Church Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

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

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

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

Sunday Apostolic Worship Services 11:00 A.M and 5:00 P.M 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 Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor 13701 Old Jericho Park Road Bowie, MD. 20720 (301) 262-0560 Services: Sunday Worship 11 AM Sunday School 10 AM Wednesday Mid-Week Worship, Prayer & Bible Study - Wed. 7 PM “A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”

Shiloh Baptist Church

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

Peace Baptist Church

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

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

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

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

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

9th & P Street, N.W. • W. D.C. 20001 (202) 232-4200

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

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Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

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

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

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Rev. Dr. H. B. Sampson, III Pastor 2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 Fax: (202) 529-7738 Order of Services Worship Service: 7:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:30 a.m. & 10:30a.m. Prayer Services: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 12 Noon For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.

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

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

Administration No. 2013 ADM 889

Administration No. 2013 ADM 1143

Calvin C. Thomas aka Calvon C. Thomas Decedent

Patricia C. Gladden Decedent

James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Felix Inge, Jr., whose address is 5101 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Calvin C. Thomas aka Calvon C. Thomas, who died on July 16, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 14, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 14, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: November 14, 2013 Felix Inge, Jr. Personal Representative

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Jacqueline Celand Gladden, whose address is 4921 G Street, SE, Apt. 302, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Patricia C. Gladden, who died on October 1, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 21, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 21, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: November 21, 2013 Jacqueline Celand Gladden 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. 2013 ADM 1142

Administration No. 2013 ADM 584

Lionel Hamin Decedent

Alwin W. G. Harding Decedent

James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Mary Hamin, whose address is 2403 Glenn Road, Gaston, SC 29053, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Lionel Hamin, who died on May 21, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 21, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 21, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: November 21, 2103 Mary Hamin Personal Representative

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Paula G. Levadas 1829 K Street, NW, Suite #300 Washington, DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Trudah Harding, whose address is 619 Allison Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Alwin W. G. Harding, who died on April 8, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 21, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 21, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: November 21, 2013 Trudah Harding Personal Representative

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lee Daniels continued from Page 21 Republicans in the GOP-dominated House of Representatives, chanting their mantra of fiscal responsibility, approved as part of the farm bill Congress is considering a provision that would cut $40 billion from SNAP over 10 years. The SNAP provision in the Democratic-controlled Senate version of the bill differs significantly. It proposes a $4 billion reduction. The House proposal would deny benefits to 3.8 million people next year and an average of 3 million each succeeding year, according to the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, a nonpartisan think tank, and usher in a situation of social catastrophe akin to that of some Third-World countries. But the Senate version looks better only by comparison with its extreme counterpart. The harshness of the regime it would produce can be glimpsed by examining the affect the mandated November 1 cut is already

Fletcher continued from Page 21 these players face upon the end of their careers. Perhaps it is time to join with the NFL Players Association in demanding greater steps to address safety, but also appropriate medical care and long-term assis-

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having on food stamp recipients – people who by the program’s very eligibility requirements have very low incomes and no financial resources to withstand even minor emergencies. For example, the monthly reductions in allotments that took place this month loom larger given that eligibility for food stamps is limited to those at or below the poverty line: a gross income of $15,030 for a two-person household, to $23,050 for a family of four. The CBPP report calculated that the November 1 cut reduces the average amount recipients have to spend on each meal by 10 cents – from $1.50 per meal to $1.40 per meal. For a family of four the cut amounts to the loss of 21 or 22 meals a month. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, most SNAP recipients work, but at low-wage jobs that after paying for their rent and such other necessities as transportation, leave them out of enough money to buy enough food to eat. In 2007, half of all food stamp users lived in the suburbs, ac-

cording to an analysis of census data by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Now, it’s 55 percent. More than 900,000 of those enrolled are veterans. The 21 million children in households that get food stamps constitute a quarter of all American children. In other words, they’re ordinary Americans who deserve our compassion and government aid because they have contributed, are contributing, or, regarding the children, have the potential to contribute to the larger society. In that regard, the ounce of prevention of funding the nation’s food stamp program at a level that properly responds to the need is the far wiser course to follow.wi Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist based in New York City. His latest book is Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America.

tance for the players when they have moved on. To do otherwise feels no different than the equivalent of watching the gladiators do battle in the ancient Roman coliseums. The only difference seems to be that death was quicker in the coliseum. Today, we allow our modern day gladiators to end their lives slowly in

misery and absent dignity.wi Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us” – And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Follow him on Facebook and at www.

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Jackson continued from Page 21 type of crude language incessantly when around players. The same can be said of the NBA. Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes was recently fined $25,000 by the NBA after he was ejected from a game his team won 111-103. He tweeted, “I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these n——.” The fine prompted former Phoenix Sun star Charles Barkley to comment on TNT: “I’m a black man. I use the N-word. I’m going to continue to use the N-word with my black friends, with my white friends, they are my friends…Hey Ernie, in a locker room and with my friends, we use racial slurs. I understand he should not have made it public.” Barkley has the IQ of room temperature, so his comments are not nearly as surprising Michael Wilbon, a former columnist for the Washington

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Post and co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” saying essentially the same thing. According to Richard Prince’s Journal-isms column, Wilbon said he uses the N-word “all day, every day of my life” and that others have no right to tell Black people how to use it. We, as Blacks, can’t continue to say it’s Okay for Blacks to use the N-word, but it’s not Okay for others to use it. The word should not be used under any circumstance by anyone. Ever. In all my years working with professional athletes, I have never heard a Hispanic player use derogatory terms about his own people in front of mixed company. Nor have I ever seen them empower an outsider to call them a derogatory word, pretending it is a term of endearment. This behavior is unique to Blacks and it’s our fault. We must stop blaming others when they use offensive language and words that we use among ourselves. I am embarrassed that we actually debate who can use the N-word and under what circum-

Just go to www.washington to get informed and find out where to pick up the paper! stances. Incognito was wrong only to the extent that he is an adult and controls what comes out of his mouth. But don’t blame him for being comfortable using this type of language because we gave him the permission to use it. So, if Incognito is a racist for using the N-word, what does that make Charles Barkeley, Michael Wilbon and other Blacks who use it? Let’s stop castigating people such as Incognito when we have seen the enemy and the enemy is us. wi Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson. com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223. The Washington Informer






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Rev. Dennis Dillon, the Emancipation 2013 Freedom Coalition is organizing a two day Black Friday Expo November 29 and 30h at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. This kind of Expo could become a model for Black communities nationwide. The Support Black Business Days and Black Expo events exemplify the first principle of the utilization of Black consumer power – Black dollars should be used to support Black businesses and entrepreneurs as a means of building a strong economic infrastructure to employ Black people. The second principle of the utilization of Black consumer power is that companies/corporations that depend on Black dollars must be compelled to reinvest in Black communities. Black dollars should be used as leverage with businesses and corporations that depend on Black consumer dollars. It is reasonable to expect and demand that businesses and corporations that we patronize reinvest dollars back into the Black community in the form of jobs, advertisement in Black media, sponsorships and contributions to worthy causes. And, we should not accept pea-

nuts or chump change in exchange for the massive dollars we spend, enriching businesses and corporations owned by interests external to the Black community. Our inner-city neighborhoods are dying for lack of jobs and investment. Therefore, we cannot permit businesses to grow fat off our dollars without demanding reinvestment in our communities. Those who refuse to do so must face the wrath of economic sanctions – and there is no better time to target offending businesses/ corporations than the Christmas season when their profitability depends on Black dollars. As the corporate retail establishment prepares to launch the Christmas season, let us transform it into a season of resistance — Remember Trayvon Martin: Boycott Florida….Buy Black on “Black Friday.”wi Ron Daniels is president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Distinguished Lecturer at York College City University of New York. To send a message, arrange media interviews or speaking engagements, he can be reached via email at

sacre of Trayvon Martin, the same prosecutor who assembled a flawed legal team, the same prosecutor who believes in the Stand Your Ground laws. That is, except for Marissa Alexander, who stood her ground against an abusive husband and hurt no one. Marissa Alexander, the 32-yearold mother of three, has no criminal record. Her conviction has been thrown out because a judge ruled that the prosecution, not the defense, has the burden of proof. (Alexander was asked to prove that she had been beaten). Friends and family have raised her bail, but the judged in her case says he won’t rule on her release until January 15. He languishes in jail, supposedly, because she remains a threat to her batterer, but even he supports her release. Her continued incarceration is not only meanspirited, but also an illustration about the unevenness of law. George Zimmerman got away

with murder for standing his ground. Marissa Alexander is incarcerated because she stood hers. With domestic violence an epidemic in our country, it seems unfathomable that a woman who wanted to prevent it is charged with a crime. While the civil rights community has surrounded Marissa, I am not aware of women’s organizations or domestic violence organizations that have been similarly supportive. E. Faye Williams of the National Congress of Black Women says that her organization has been active in assisting Marissa, and that’s a good thing. Still, just as the hoodie came to represent Trayvon Martin, and people from around the world, including on the floor of Congress, donned the hoodie in solidarity with Trayvon, there has been no similar support for Marissa Alexander. Marissa Alexander’s incarceration and the murder of Renisha McBride have something in common. They illustrate the vulnerability of Black women, both in the legal system, and in the public perception of race and

gender. Black women are not afforded the privilege of standing their ground against batterers. Black women can be shot at far range because a 54-year-old homeowner was so frightened that he had to shoot. More than 20 years ago, when now Associate Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas attempted to character assassinate attorney Anita Hill with his wild accusations, a group of Blackwomen stood up in her defense. Using the moniker of “African American Women in Defense of Ourselves,” the group took out ads both in the New York Times and in the Black press supporting Professor Hill. (Disclosure – my mom, my three sisters and I all signed the ad). We defended ourselves then, and we must defend ourselves now. The legal system seems unwilling and unable to do so.wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

do more to modify the behavior of our youth BEFORE they voluntarily commit the acts (mostly against our own people, mind you) which get them locked up. One prison reformer told me, he asked someone, “Why do you commit crimes in your own neighborhood, against your own people?” The person responded: “Do you know how much it costs to get to Georgetown?” Expensive taxi fare, and/or long bus

rides are barriers to hoodlums wanting to get out of the ghetto to commit their mayhem. Which I suppose is why folks (including our own middle class) don’t want to live in and around “us.” So, why aren’t we upset about this generations-old, anti-social behavior in which we seem to love to wallow? Where is our decency movement to go handin-hand with our prison-reform movement?

Never mind the banks and stock brokers investing in the private prison industry. We could put them out of business in a month, if we re-calibrate the moral compasses of our young people from self-destructive “Bad” to self-empowering “Good.” And it wouldn’t take anybody to pull it off except “Just Us.”wi

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make to end the economic sanctions. Black people have more than 1 trillion dollars of consumer buying power in our hands. The question is whether we have the consciousness, commitment and discipline to use it to promote and defend Black interests. There is no better time to renew a spirit of resistance than the present. Black people all across the nation should resolve to buy Black on Black Friday. At a minimum, Black people should seek out Black businesses and purchase as many gifts as possible from them to bolster the Black economy. Veteran activists, including Bob Law, have long advocated Support Black Business Days to encourage Black consumers to shop at Black stores. He is advocating a similar campaign this year. In addition, Black communities can organize Black Expos on Black Friday where scores of Black vendors and businesses can be assembled under one roof to display their wares for sale. For example, in New York, under the visionary leadership of

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MUHAMMAD continued from Page 22 own Black family members – but where the larceny in their hearts grows and is fanned by a low-life culture which teaches “something-for-nothing-ism” and creates peer pressure which makes us easily led in the wrong direction and hard to lead in the right direction. Of course young White people are equally out of control, but not like us. When we read the summaries of overnight crimes in our cities, it is uncommon to see reports of White hooligans (and there are plenty enough of them) committing drive-by shootings at neighborhood parties or night clubs. It’s like the cowardly drive-by has risen to

become almost a “Boyz In Da ‘Hood” art form. The latest practice to rise to that “prestigious” pedestal is called “The Knockout Game.” In it, young people stalk innocent folks, whom they strike with one punch, hoping to knock the victim out. The exploits are recorded with cell phone cameras, and then posted on social media where the perpetrators can claim bragging rights. Is this what our young people are doing with the hard-fought-for Internet access and free computers our schools are providing them? (Parenthetically, we know that many ne’er do wells flock to public libraries so they can access pornography on free computers there.) I’ve never been able to get a satisfactory answer from prisoner advocates as to why we don’t

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The Washington Informer - November 27, 2013  

The Washington Informer - November 27, 2013