The Washington Informer - October 27, 2016

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WILL WE VOTE ? WI Bridge Center Section

Black Clergy Lead the Way as Voting Begins Ministers across America Pull out All Stops in Crucial Elections By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor It’s a forgone conclusion that the men and women who accept the call to ministry in the Black Church often have to do a lot more than preach and teach, in part due to the often daunting needs and challenges their congregations face. So it should come as no surprise that Black faith leaders from Florida to California and everywhere in between have been ramping up their efforts and employing unique strategies to ensure that African-American voters of faith have their voices heard in this year’s election – and that they vote in record numbers.

One effort, led by Faith in Florida, a federation of the PICO National Network, has partnered with Black denominations and hundreds of congregations on multiple community events and marches across the battleground state. With support from For Florida’s Future, SEIU Florida, AFSCME Florida and others, PICO has developed the “Together We Vote” program – a multifaith, multi-racial voter engagement initiative with voter registration, education and turnout in the U.S. as their collective goal. So far their leaders estimate that they’ve spoken with over 400,000 voters in one-on-one


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Renames Building to Honor Radio One, Inc. Founder Cathy Hughes By Hamil Harris WI Contributing Writer Only Cathy Hughes could transform the Blackburn Center at Howard University into both a sanctuary as well as a Go-Go joint. At least that’s how electric the atmosphere seemed on Sunday, Oct. 22 during a standing-room-only celebratory brunch during which Hughes received well-deserved accolades for her philanthropic commitment to Howard University. And to acknowledge her contri-

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Hundreds of registered District of Columbia voters stood in line in Northwest on Sat., October 22, the first day of early voting. The One Judiciary Square location is scheduled to operate from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. through Nov. 4. / Photo by Travis Riddick

NNPA, Howard, Join Forces to Poll Black Voters By Freddie Allen Managing Editor NNPA Newswire In an historic effort to measure the pulse of African-American voters, the National Newspaper Publishers Association [NNPA] partnered with Howard University to conduct the first scientific poll of the Black community during the 2016 election cycle. “The NNPA was pleased to join with one of the nation’s leading historically Black colleges and universities, Howard University in Washington, D.C., to conduct, analyze and present timely and strategic findings

that pertain to the political, economic and social interests of Black Americans across the U.S.,” said Dr. Benjamin Chavis, president and CEO of the NNPA. The NNPA represents more than 200 Black-owned media companies that reach an estimated 20 million readers every week. “The Howard University/NNPA National Black Voter Poll is very important during this momentous season of political change,” Chavis said. The 2016 Howard University/ NNPA National Black Voters Poll covered a range of issues including racial inequality, criminal justice system, jobs and the economy, global trade,

terrorism, education, immigration and environmental pollution. The poll was conducted by landline telephone and more than 420 people, who self-identified as Black, completed the questionnaire. Rubin Patterson, the chairman of the Department of Sociology and Criminology, said that the 2016 National Black Voter Poll is of huge importance, not only because it is a collaborative product of two major Black institutions – Howard University and the National Newspaper Publishers Association – but also because it is the first scientific poll of the Black community concerning the

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law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. AME Church (1518 M Street, NW)towill sponsor a Among the programs Marlow had come together bring a non-partisan conversation addressing and concerns sense issues of uniformity in the that way rank wants to see implemented are among of the list for Blacks in America. The two-hour session, When the Marlow's 23-yeardomestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, “Ready – Set – Vote! Community Forum,”arewill be held on Saturday, old daughter told her the father survivors treated. more rights for victim's families ofOct. her 29 daughter threatened from noon until 2 her p.m. “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a viclife, Co-moderators and the life of Maureen their child, Bunyan, WJLA-TV-7, and story,anchor, her own personal pain to Paul tim, a domestic violence assessshe knew something had to be Newspaper, push forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further Holston, editor in chief, Hilltop will engage panelists and done. 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Aisha KarithatSenior won'tpastor, turn the of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. mah, chair, Social Justice Community Engagement will host loose,” Marlow said. Marlow help people begin Ministry, to have a diaWe need to address both the victhe event at thewith D.C.-based long known for being at the “forefront of battling forMarlow justice and shared her story the audi-church logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” freedom for all people.”Heights ence at the District 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 voting in the general election beginsand Thursday, 27 in Maryland sium was sponsored by the utive Early life terms without parole public privateOct. schools. She Family and Youth Services bywhere polling jury locations willrole be in open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Prince George’s a Maryland for his feels children need to be educatCenter of the city of District theCounty Beltway attacks in to choose votersSniper have nine locations from until ed about domestic violence. Heights and the National Hook- 2002. Mildred Muhammad is use paper “Weballots have to tomark stoptheir being pasNov. 3. As a reminder, voters will choices. Up of Black Women. the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with chil- in Besides president of the United States, U.S. senator and poor representative Marlow has written a book, anCongress, organization helpsvoters the willdren about on domestic violence,”quesPrincethat George’s also decide seven referendum “Color Me Butterfly,” which is a survivors domestic violence Marlowtosaid. tions thatofinclude “Question D,” whether add two at-large members to story about four generations of and their children. has worked to office. breakIf apCounty Council to serve no more than Marlow two consecutive terms in domestic violence. The book is “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, proved, it would expand the board’s membership from nine to 11. Voters can inspired by her own experiences, years in fear is a long time. It is and is confident the policies she stillanwait on Election on Nov. their choices at assigned precincts and those of her grandmother, not easy thing toDay come out 8 toismake pushing for will start that with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call the her mother and her daughter. of,” she said. process. county Board of Elections at 301-341-7300 for more information. She said every time she reads Mildred Muhammad said “I plan to take these policies to excerpts from her book, she still people who want to help a Congress and implore them to can not believe the words came domestic violence victim must change our laws,” Marlow said. from her. “Color Me Butterfly” be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these poliwon the 2007 National “Best the victim's life, and understand cies are passed.” or surge, Books”Metro’s Award.10th maintenance project, that she may begins be in Saturday, “survivalOct. 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We have to stop being passive-aggressive with poor children about domestic U.S. Black Chambers Named Distinguished Advocate of the Year The U.S. Department Commerce'sto Minority Business Development violence. Iofplan take these Agency [MBDA] will award the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. [USBC] with the distinguished Advocate of the Year award during the 2016 National policies to Congress and Minority Enterprise Development Week – now rescheduled for December 5 and 6 in the District at the Marriott Wardman Park. The theme for the implore them two-day conference, now marking itsto 30thchange year: Job Creationour in America: Build it Here – Sell it Everywhere. Each year MBDA I honors “Champions Minority until Business Devellaws. will notofstop opment” through its National MED Week. The initiative recognizes the achievements of minority entrepreneurs,are along with those individuals these policies passed. and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment to

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advancing global minority business enterprise. L.Y. Marlow “Each year the U.S. Black Chambers' commitment to growing the Paul Trantham Roy Lewis, Patricia Little, Travis Riddick economic power of the Black business community is strengthened. We've made tremendous gains in the Black business community including awarding grants to African-American Chambers to continue to do the work of cultivating Black entrepreneurs, we've partnered with the University of Phoenix to offer specialized entrepreneurial training to Black business owners and we 4 / May 15 - 21, 2008 The Washington Informer / played a key role in initiating the Bank-Black movement. We're proud to be honored by the MBDA and look forward to working with them and others to advance the Black business community,” said USBC President/CEO Ron Busby. WI Staff Writer Will Ford contributed to the compilation of this news report. John E. DeFreitas, CIRCULATION Shevry Lassiter,

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A Personal Journey Through the African American Museum: A Walk Through My History By Deja Lakin Howard University News Service I grew up with African-American history through the stories my grandparents taught me. Those stories planted the seed for my appreciation of my culture. So, there was an overwhelming sense of pride as I walked through the doors of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for the first time. As expected, the entryway was crowded with a combination of families, friends and class trips. Still, the lines moved efficiently as tickets were scanned and individuals were let inside. The size of the museum is evident when you walk in. The elegant but simple entrance is spacious enough for the large crowds to seem small. It was so big that I had to ask where to start. The busy yet organized visitors desk had a

map and resource guide. The lower three levels tell the history of African-Americans, starting out with the earliest accounts of black descendants from Africa and the slave trade, ending with today's Black Lives Matter movement. The top three levels focus on African-Americans' contributions to culture in America. Almost five years ago, as a junior in high school here in the nation's capital, I watched as construction began on the museum. I had no idea that the massive pit of dirt would hold key artifacts and information about the origins of African-American ancestry and slavery. I felt emotionally moved by the small things such as a plank of wood from the ships that carried hundreds of slaves in the 1700s and the metal shackles that bound the hands and feet of children and adults alike. This set the tone for what I was about to see in the rest of the museum. Each section of the museum

3 Deja Lakin 6 A sit-in counter from the Civil Rights Movement. / Courtesy photos

evoked feelings that were hard to ignore. There is a large statue of former President Thomas Jefferson, one of the architects of the U.S. Constitution. It showed how he wrote about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness while keeping a thorough record of his slaves, which included his own children. Another section included the names of the victims of lynching and the stereotypical caricatures that are still evident in today's media. The combination put me on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Just as there were sections that evoked sadness, there were those that brought joy. A personal favorite for some of the visiting women seemed to be the section about Madame C.J. Walker and her contributions to the hair care industry. "We really have her to thank, but Lord knows what they had in those products back then." I overheard a woman say as she read the notes accompanying the artifacts.

Overhearing the opinions of strangers also contributed to my first time experience. Thinking out loud was a popular activity among spectators. I came away from the museum thinking we as African-Americans still had a lot of work to do. Though I was only halfway through the museum, it

was clear that much more could and would be added over time. At the end of my trip, I took a glance at the time and realized that it had been three hours, and I had yet to finish the museum. Still, I was fulfilled. I was content knowing that I got everything and more out of my first visit, and I also knew this would not be my last. WI

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1891 – Black inventor Philip B. Downing receives patent for the street letter box, a precursor of the modern-day mailbox. 1922 – Famed actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee is born in Cleveland.

rican-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award, is born in Chester, Pennsylvania. 1899 – William F. Burr receives patent for the railway switch. 1950 – Earl Lloyd becomes the first African-American to play in an NBA game.

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1798 – Abolitionist Levi Coffin, known as the "President of the Underground Railroad," is born in Guilford County, North Carolina. 1914 – The Omega Psi Phi fraternity, founded at Howard University, is incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia. 1981 – Edward M. McIntyre is elected the first African-American mayor of Augusta, Georgia.

1945 – John H. Johnson publishes the first issue of Ebony magazine. 1946 – Charles S. Johnson becomes the first black president of Fisk University. 1951 – Jet magazine publishes its first issue. 1991 – Clarence Thomas is sworn in as the 106th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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1930 – Haile Selassie is coronated as emperor of Ethiopia. 1983 – President Reagan signs a law designating the third Monday in January as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. WI

1945 – Tony Award-winning actress and singer Melba Moore is born in New York City. 1949 – Alonzo G. Moron is inaugurated as the first black president of Hampton Institute, later known as Hampton University. 1969 – The Supreme Court orders the immediate end of school segregation. 1981 – William O. Walker, publisher of the Cleveland Call Post, dies in Cleveland at age 85.

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1974 – Muhammad Ali regains the world heavyweight championship by knocking out George Foreman in the 8th round of the "The Rumble in the Jungle." 1954 – The Defense Department announces the elimination of all segregated regiments in the armed forces. 1991 – BET Holdings, Inc. the parent company of Black Entertainment Television, sells 4.2 million shares of stock in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, becoming the first African-American company listed on the exchange.

OCT. 31 Buying Vinyl Records from 1950 to 1986, Jazz, Rock-n-Roll, R&B, Disco, Soul, Reggae, Blues, Gospel, and record format 33 1/3, 45s, and some of the older 78s. Prefer larger collections of at least 100.

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Presidential nominee Donald Trump believes the upcoming election has been rigged against him. Do you believe in the integrity of the American political voting system? JAMES NERO /


I think the American electoral process is strong and stable. Each candidate has their own personal biases, but the United States constitution is as strong today as it has been. The electoral process is strong and viable.



No, because I feel like there is no real change happening from either side of the Republicans or the Democrats, but I have a little faith in Hillary.



I think so. There is no way that it's not [rigged]. I will still vote of course, but I don't think it is fair through and through. There is definitely things going on behind the scenes.



It needs to be changed in some ways. We need a new system, maybe not a two-party system, but more of a multi-party system. What the multi-party system has to offer to the American citizens is more diversity and being beneficial to everybody. The two-party system is antiquated and it's not really representing the diversity of America.



Yes, I think it is rigged, because money rules everything. Not who has the best ideas, background or integrity, but who can raise the most money. So, with that, it is definitely rigged.


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The World According to Dominic

“Building Walls – A Dangerous, Destructive Notion” I’ve always enjoyed poetry – observing the way writers put words together that paint pictures, ultimately sharing a message whose origins can be traced to the heart, mind and soul. As my education continued throughout my formative years, I eventually assembled a list of those who stood at the top of my list of favorites – a pantheon of Black poets that included talented wordsmiths like Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen – even Tupac Shakur. However, one of the very first poets to whom I was introduced when I was just a second grader was the American Robert Lee Frost, whose parents were an Irish immigrant and a descendant of England. Frost often used rural New England as his background and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Over 40 years

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later, one of works, “Mending Walls,” still has a profound impact on how I envision the world. One line from that poem helps me challenge a troubling campaign promise posed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: “Good fences make good neighbors.” In other words, Frost believed that while fences were necessary to delineate the differences of ownership in property, that they also allowed access by both sides. They could be opened when desired. They could serve as a means of inviting another onto one’s land and into their home. Trump wants a wall to be built between the U.S. and Mexico. He says it must be constructed immediately to protect Americans from dangerous, criminally-minded foreigners who now live in Mexico. But walls don’t only keep others out – they also keep

those who live within their confines locked up and isolated. They keep those who believe that they’re safer because they live behind the wall from experiencing the rest of the world in all of its beautiful diversity. Sometimes a wall may be necessary for survival like the Great Wall of China, erected to protect the people from raids and invasions of nomadic groups. But then there are other walls, like the Berlin Wall, which once separated East and West Germany and stood as a symbol of the oppressive Soviet regime before it saner minds decided to tear it down after its 25-year history of fear, dominance and death. Building walls may make sense in certain instances. But I’d rather build a fence. Trump has it all wrong. And it was Robert Frost who first helped me understand the difference between fences and walls. WI

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Local Nonprofit Aims to Help Homeless By Hamil R. Harris WI Contributing Writer Several hundred people recently converged on the ballroom of the Holiday Inn and Suites in Alexandria, Virginia, during a fundraising breakfast for a nonprofit organization that aims to help families find affordable and transitional housing. The Alexandria-based organization, Community Lodging, works with people who have become homeless for a variety of reasons, from domestic violence to being unable to find work. Jasmin Witcher, the organization's director of development, said the fundraiser is critical to a program at a time when programs like theirs are dwindling. "We are touching the lives of more than 200 individuals every day in our affordable housing and transitional housing programs," Witcher said. "Last year we helped 150 children in our program and another 44 families … and they are not returning to homelessness when they complete our program." One of the participants, a single mother of two named Denise, moved several attendees to tears as she talked about how the organization helped her start life over again. "This organization was key to my journey," said Denise,

a graduate of Community Lodging's Transitional Housing Program who declined to give her name out of fear of retaliation by her abusive former spouse. "They helped me go back to school, how to budget, helped me to find job opportunities and helped me to find employment." Denise, who came with her children to Community Lodgings in 2013, said the hardest thing of her situation wasn't leaving an abusive marriage, but was staying away even though she was conflicted about her feelings toward her former partner. "I started to go back," she said. "It takes time to leave. " Today Denise is doing well and Charlene Braxton, a case worker for Community Lodging, played a critical role in her transition as well as other women and men. "I have a passion to help people who want to empower themselves and it is not just women," Braxton said. "I have a couple of fathers who are raising their children by themselves." Witcher said homelessness is often invisible until wintertime. "We see a lot of families who are homeless because there are not beds in the shelter," she said. "They have to sleep in their cars and they are spending the day at the library or looking for places where they

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can get out of the cold." The Community Lodgings Youth Education Program also worked with 143 children last year through the organization's after-school and summer enrichment program. Lynn Thomas, executive director of Community Lodging, said the youth program is critical because "we try to give them a life line to get them out of poverty." Marie Muscella, chair of the Community Lodging board of directors, is optimistic about the future. She said the organization plans to renovate their facilities, expand after-school programs and, most importantly, change lives of clients and volunteers. "Whether I volunteer to teach yoga or serve on the board, I realize that I can make a difference," Muscella said. WI

5Community Lodgings executive director, Lynn Thomas, talks about the importance of the program's existence, and her role in making a difference in the lives of many less fortunate in the Alexandria Virginia area during the Community Lodgings fundraising breakfast held Thursday, October 20 in Alexandria, Va. / Photo by Travis Riddick

2016 First-Come First-Served Special Deed Tax Sale The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will be conducting a “First-Come First-Served Special Deed Tax Sale.” OTR will receive offers to buy any of the real properties remaining bid back from the July 2016 Tax Sale. For a complete list of properties available for purchase at the First-Come First-Served Special Deed Tax Sale, please go to: The sale is on a first-come first-served basis, and will begin on Monday, November 14, 2016 and end on Friday, November 18, 2016. The hours are from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM each day, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays. A purchaser must be registered in order to make an offer to purchase. Full-payment of the purchase price must be received at the time of registration in the form of cash, or certified check, cashier’s check or USPS money order payable to the DC Treasurer. The sale amount for each property shall be the corresponding amount on the list; this amount generally represents (but not always) delinquencies from Tax Year 2015, including associated accruals and costs. Other liabilities may be owed and may have to be paid before a tax deed can issue. A purchaser acts at his or her own risk, and must exercise due diligence in selecting real properties to purchase. Registration begins when the sale begins. Registration for the sale is mandatory, and purchasers with required documents and payment (only cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or USPS money Thewill Law Office ofwill Nigel M. Atwellin order of arrival time based on the time the purchaser order be accepted) be registered Special Education Lawyer signs-in with OTR security, provided that purchaser is actively pursuing completion of the sale and processes the required documents and full payment. Purchasers must come to 1101 4th Street, SW, •Does your child have a learning or other disability? Suite 550W, to register. At registration, a copy of the purchaser’s Treas. Form W-9 must be submitted •Is yourwith childafailing school, especially reading? are also required to have completed Form FRtogether Buyer in Registration form. in Purchasers 500, Combined Business Tax Registration Application, toearly? or at the time of registering. The Form •Has the school repeatedly suspended or sent your childprior home FR-500 may be found at OTR’s Web site ( under “Tax Forms/Publications.” •Does it feel like your child’s IEP is not working?

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Cathy Hughes, founder and chair of Radio One and owner of 56 radio stations and the TV One Network, was honored by Howard University and the School of Communications with the renaming of the school to "The Cathy Hughes School of Communications." Cathy was the first General Manager of WHUR Radio 96.3 in the ‘70s, and created the "Quiet Storm" format in which D.C.'s own the late Melvin Lindsey made famous. / Photo by Ronald Gilbert Baker – Solid Image

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WORDS TO LIVE BY Walter White “Either we must attain freedom for the whole world or there will be no world left for any of us.” From “Civil Rights: Fifty Years of Fighting” (1950)

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AROUND THE REGION BLACK CLERGY from Page 1 conversations in key states including Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Bishop A.J. Richardson, presiding bishop of the 11th District of the African Methodist Episcopal [AME] Church, has encouraged ministers under his direction to use their pulpits for social justice aims. “Our preachers have been urged to employ litanies that talk about the importance of voting – of participating in ‘souls to the polls movements’ – helping their congregations understand how vital it is that we all vote,” Richardson said. “We want to make sure we have massive numbers of Blacks voting this year. This has nothing to do with partisanship. We all have a choice. But then, for me and many Blacks in the AME Church, we support a candidate with a more progressive agenda and we’re voting for the person moving toward that light. That should tell you who the majority of our members and ministers endorse.” Another bishop in South Florida said he’s excited about the elections and the way Blacks have accepted the challenge to register, to vote and to encourage others to get involved. “In our state, early voting means it’s time for ‘souls to the polls’ efforts to begin,” said Bishop Victor Curry, the senior pastor at New Birth Baptist Church in Miami. “This is about making sure Black voices are heard – making sure our people participate in the democratic process. And actions speak louder than words. We’re making sure we reach out via marches and caravans to thousands of voters who otherwise might not vote because of transportation, work commitments or uncertainty of the process.” “Win or lose we must keep showing up and exercising our God-given

“Race remains an important issue in this election cycle. And with mass incarceration, working class family concerns, and other issues, we have to use the power of the faith-based community to our advantage. We really need to come together across race and faiths.” Pastor Derrick L. McRae / The Experience Christian Center right to vote. Some want to limit those who can vote and want to build a wall around our democracy. They want to keep us disenfranchised and without political or economic power. ‘Make America Great Again’ is nothing more than code for voter intimidation and restriction. With so much at stake this year, the line of demarcation has been drawn. We know what we have to do – vote. We’ve come too far to turn around now,” Curry said. Pastor Derrick L. McRae, The Experience Christian Center, COGIC, said every vote matters. “Race remains an important issue in this election cycle. And with mass incarceration, working class family concerns, and other issues, we have to use the power of the faith-based community to our advantage. We really need to come together across race and faiths.”


“Above all, we’ve got to make sure young people vote. Too many of them believe their vote doesn’t matter and it won’t count. We must continue to show them that that’s not so. We must build on the accomplishments of President Barack Obama. We must represent as Election Day approaches,” McRae said. Here in the District, two leaders from the faith community shared their views about the elections and the importance of efforts led by members of the Black clergy. “Members of the Black clergy are important to the 2016 election as the Black church has always been at the center of ensuring justice and access to the benefits of this great nation for Black Americans,” said Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-chair, National African American Clergy Network and co-convener of the Freedom Sunday Coalition.

“The Black clergy has been instrumental in this election cycle in educating African Americans about what's at stake and the leaders who will best address their priority needs. With President Barack Obama not on the ballot in 2016, the Black clergy has been critically rallying Blacks to vote their interest even if their enthusiasm about other candidates is not at the same level,” said Williams-Skinner, who lives just south of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. “The Freedom Sunday (named for the 1964 Freedom Sunday massive Mississippi voter registration drive led by trailblazers like Fannie Lou Hamer) Coalition of denomination and independent church leaders have been meeting monthly with clergy across the nation including members in the DC Metropolitan area. Our Coalition leaders have educated one another on issues such as criminal justice reform, jobs and health care which are all at stake in this election. We’ve heard from legal experts on action steps for protecting the vote against voter suppression tactics. We’ve shared best practices for getting out the vote and have heard from millennials on the best ways to reach out to younger voters around their interests,” she added. District-based minister, the Rev. Dr. George E. Holmes, faith coun-


cil chair, Hillary for America and a member of President Obama’s National Clergy Leadership Group, said the church still serves as the arm of support for the community. “The church is a composition of the community. The church is helping not only D.C. residents but those across the U.S. to prioritize what’s best for their families, communities and the nation as a whole. Designated Faith Ambassadors have been appointed and sent out by Souls to the Polls and Hillary for America to share their stories on the importance of voting. Some are helping congregations with car pools, van and bus transportation to the polls, registration cards, flyer distribution, voter education and participation and teleconference calls.” “The District has been made into a national call center. We will be making calls into various battleground states around the nation and calling into congressional races to win House seats and to win back the Senate. And with Secretary Hillary Clinton as a supporter of families and the candidate who supports DC Statehood, we are standing firmly behind her in her goal to become our next president,” he said. WI

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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY Officials Celebrate Approval of Prince George's $543M Hospital Project By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill Maryland politicos and medical officials proclaimed Friday, Oct. 21 as one of the biggest moments in Prince George's County history, the cause for celebration being the

official approval of a $543 million state-of-the-art hospital proposal. Dozens stood inside a vacant storefront at the Boulevard at Capital Centre in Largo to celebrate last week's decision by the Maryland Health Care Commission to grant a certificate of need to build a hospital to serve not only Prince

George's, but also serve residents in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties in Southern Maryland. "It was supposed to be raining, but we got the sun. That's because it's a new day in Prince George's County," said Betty Hager Francis, deputy administrator for the county's Department of Health, Human Services and Education. The 11-story structure, which will be known as the Prince George's Regional Medical Center, is scheduled to have a groundbreaking ceremony next spring or summer. It will include cancer and trauma centers, behavioral health services, a neonatal intensive care uanit and serve to teach those in the medical profession. To pay for the project, $208 million each will come from the county and state and the rest from Dimensions Healthcare Systems and the University of Maryland Medical System, which will own and operate the hospital. Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, who said a new hospital had been in discussions since his time as a state legislator in Annapolis more than 20


5 A rendering of the Prince George's hospital project. years ago, relayed the tale of he and his wife mapping out a trip from their home in Cheverly to have their daughter delivered at a hospital in D.C. instead of nearby Prince George's Hospital Center. On the way to D.C., Baker pulled over on Route 50, where his daughter was born. "I don't want anyone else trying to practice medicine without a license," he said to laughter and applause. "More importantly, I don't want anybody ever in Prince George's County and this southern region to think they have to go elsewhere for quality health care."


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The certificate of need application from Dimensions to build a new hospital and replace the decades-old Prince George's Hospital Center was placed on the state commission docket in October 2013, but wasn't reviewed until 2015. The state asked Dimensions for several revisions to its application, but it began to pick up significant traction this year. Robert Moffit, a reviewer for the commission, wrote a letter this year requesting the size of the hospital, cost of the project and number of beds to be reduced in order to make the project financially viable. A modified application was submitted in August with the cost reduced by more than $100 million to the current $543 million figure, the number of beds cut from nearly 220 to 205 and operating rooms from nine to eight. Moffit recommended approval Sept. 30 once it was determined UMMS would manage and own the regional medical center. More importantly, officials said, health care would significantly improve in the majority black jurisdiction. The county's Health Department released a 265-page report

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this year highlighting the main challenges are behavioral health, cancer and metabolic syndrome, a term that encompasses higher risks for a person to have heart disease, diabetes or strokes. The report also states about twothirds of county residents are either obese or overweight. In 2014, black adults had the county's highest obesity rate at nearly 39 percent. Although Prince George's has five hospitals, the county "lacks quality health care providers [and] surrounding jurisdictions are perceived to have better quality providers," according to the Health Department report. "We waited a long time for this," said Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-District 27), whose district include Prince George's, Charles and Calvert counties. "Thank you University of Maryland Medical System for picking Prince George's County and thank you for coming up with $200 million to help us make this happen." The hospital, slated to open in 2020, will be built near the boulevard projected to bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue and thousands of jobs. In addition, a mixedused development would also be constructed with 4,340 residential units, a 653-room hotel and businesses to become a transit-oriented community and the nucleus of Prince George's. County Council Chairman Derrick Leon Davis (D-District 6) of Upper Marlboro couldn't contain his excitement, especially with the hospital being in his district. "When you look at this regional medical center, you see the heart of Maryland beginning to pump very vibrantly," he said. "It means … we can come and receive our services and not to go beyond our borders to do. We are about to pump the vitality in this region." WI



Metro Gets Earful at Public Hearing on Late-Night Service Plan By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill

Metro held an anticipated public hearing Thursday, Oct. 20 on its plan to permanently scale back late-night rail service, with numerous people in attendance speaking out against the proposal. Since the transit agency's SafeTrack maintenance project began this year, Chauniece Jones of Largo said she spends more money and wakes up ear-

lier to travel to her retail job at Forever 21 in northwest D.C. For example, she spent about $60, one way, using Uber after being unable to ride the bus that stops running at 8 p.m. on Sundays. "[Uber] sometimes price-gouges," Jones, 23, said. "Metro should expand the hours prior to SafeTrack. We are in the District of Columbia. Other cities offer 24-hour service. Why can't we?" Even the D.C. Council wants the hours restored once SafeTrack ends in the spring.

5Lessie Henderson, co-chair of the Prince George's Advocates for Communi-

ty-Based Transit, speaks during an Oct. 20 public hearing on Metro's proposal to permanently cut hours of operation at its train stations. / Photo by William J. Ford

"You can't ask people earning minimum wage to spend a whole lot of money. Metro provides a valuable service," said D.C. Councilman and Metro board chairman Jack Evans, the first person of 63 people to speak during the 9½-hour hearing. As of Monday, Oct. 24, nearly 600 written comments had been submitted to Metro. Once Metro approved the SafeTrack plan in May, all Metrorail stations began closing at midnight. Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld proposed to permanently cut hours of operation to allow workers more time to make repairs and to replace some of the agency's aging infrastructure. There are four proposed scenarios: • 5 a.m. to midnight Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; • 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 a.m. to midnight Friday; 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday; • 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 11

p.m. Sunday; and • 5 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday; and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. Lessie Henderson, co-chair of the Prince George's Advocates for Community-Based Transit of Glenn Dale, said low-wage service workers such as cooks and janitors would be affected the most. "Many people are going to be

stranded and they’re going to be unemployed, especially if their jobs will not … accommodate them because of this schedule," Henderson said. "It's now on the table because of years and years of mismanagement from [Metro] and it’s completely disgraceful." The board of directors anticipates making a decision in December. For the full version of this story, go to WI

Raising the Temperature Recently, the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce had two major legislative victories: the Prince George’s County Council committee moving the First Jobs Act (CB 74) for enactment and local banks getting first bids on financing, local government infrastructure. Both of these bills will go a long way in increasing public procurement to local business. As a backdrop, The County buys over $300 million in services and products each year. Council Bill 74 the Jobs and Opportunity Act and Council Resolution 74 will make sure your tax dollars are circulating locally and building shared prosperity here in Prince George’s County. In short, here are the benefits of this legislation: -At least 40% of any county contract opportunities above $500,000 in value will be spent with small, minority, and woman-owned firms located in Prince George’s County -Local-only bidding of county contracts in industries with significant numbers of local firms -‘Best value’ instead of low-bid contracting -Stronger ‘prompt payment’ law for county agencies and contractors -Stronger compliance and enforcement policies for local participation in county contracting & much, much more* Council Resolution 74 is a Memorandum of Understanding between County Government and, for now, two local banks for the purpose of directing public infrastructure financing to these banks. The opportunity here is that public equipment (police cars, fire trucks & public works equipment) will be financed by local banks. As promised, to you our members, the Chamber is taking the lead on expanding opportunities for local business. We will monitor other projects both on the private and public sector making sure that these are open to you as well. With your help, we are building a Chamber dedicated to Wealth Creation! David C. Harrington President & CEO Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce



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BUSINESS Report: Black Millennials Closing the Digital Divide By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer A decade of economic and educational prosperity has propelled black America's viral vanguard, led by 11.5 million digitally empowered persuaders. Black millennials are 11.5 strong and leading a viral vanguard that is driving African-Americans' innovative use of mobile technology and closing the digital divide, according to a new report from Nielsen titled, "Young, Connected and Black: African-American Millennials Are Driving Social Change and Leading Digital Advancement."

With $162 billion in buying power and undisputed cultural influence, black millennials are using their power to successfully raise awareness of issues facing the African-American community and influence decisions shaping the world, the report's authors said. Media and brands are taking notice, creating campaigns and content that target this increasingly influential demographic with greater ad spends and more diverse programming. The sixth in Nielsen's Diverse Intelligence Series focused on black consumers, "Young, Connected and Black," paints a picture of a Black diaspora that is tech-savvy, socially and civically engaged, growing in population (46.3

5Black millennials have made great progress in closing the digital divide. / Courtesy photo million, or 14 percent of the U.S. population) and buying power (nearly $1.2 trillion in 2015), and optimistic about the future. "We have entered a new era whereby technology has become a great equalizer," Cheryl Grace, the senior vice president of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, said in a news release. "Black millennials are leading the way in their use of technology to impact change and get their voices heard." The 83.1 million U.S. millennials are considered a key voting bloc this November. Black millennials represent 14 percent of all millennials and 25 percent of the total black population, the report noted. The top five markets for black millennials by population are New York, Atlanta, Chicago, the District

of Columbia and South Florida cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Weeks before the 2016 presidential election, the power of the Black electorate is a particular point of interest given the records set in 2012 when, bolstered by its millennial population, African-Americans had the highest rate of voter registration and turnout of any demographic group in the U.S., Nielsen officials said. "African-American millennials are blazing trails to the center of the debate over matters that are paramount to their future success and safety — all as their influence over mainstream consumers grows," said Deborah GrayYoung, managing partner of D. GrayYoung Inc., a multicultural marketing consulting firm and Nielsen External Advisory Council member. "Nielsen continues to be the definitive source of independent third-par-

Transportation Secretary Brings Changes to Air Travel Wants to Give Consumers a Voice By Sarafina Wright WI Staff Writer

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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 cellphones from airplanes, a first step in a number of actions to enhance protections for air travelers ahead of the holiday season. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Wednesday, Oct. 19 that the actions of the department represent their continued commitment to ensuring that passengers are treated fairly by the airline industry. An executive order was also issued by President Obama directing federal agencies to identify specific actions to relieve burdens on competition and better inform consumers. "If you've followed DOT's Fast Lane blog over the last few years, you know that the Obama administration believes that airline passengers deserve to have access to clear and complete information about the airlines they choose to fly, and to expect fair and reasonable treatment when they fly," Foxx said. "The actions we're taking today and in the

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coming months will expand aviation consumer protections we have previously enacted, and will enable passengers to make well-informed decisions when arranging travel, ensure that airlines treat consumers fairly, and give consumers a voice in how airlines are regulated." Changes Coming Soon Requiring Refunds for Delayed Baggage: The DOT issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which will ultimately result in a requirement that airlines refund consumers' baggage fees when their luggage is substantially delayed. The DOT has previously taken steps to require airlines to reimburse bag fees when bags are lost. Expanding the Number of Carriers Required to Report Data: The pool of U.S. carriers required to report information to the Department about their on-time performance, oversells, and mishandled baggage rates will increase. Providing Consumers with a Clearer Picture of Baggage Delivery: Airlines will have to report to DOT their total number of mis-


handled bags and total number of checked bags. Previously, they were only required to report the number of mishandled baggage reports, which were compared to the overall number of travelers. This measure better informs passengers of the likelihood that their baggage will be mishandled rather than receiving their checked baggage in good condition in an acceptable and timely manner. Prohibiting Undisclosed Bias by Airlines and Online Ticket Agents: Airlines and online travel sites that display and sell airline tickets are prohibited from any bias on behalf of certain airlines on how they present available flights for purchase without disclosing the bias. Protecting Air Travelers with Disabilities: The largest U.S. airlines will be required to report on how often they mishandle wheelchairs. Giving Consumers a Voice: The DOT announced the extension of its Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection, a body that is responsible for evaluating the department's aviation consumer protection programs and recommending such new programs as needed. WI

ty insights on consumers of color. This annual report is an essential tool for organizations looking to develop a deeper contextual understanding of the influence and economic power of Black consumers," Gray-Young said. The 2016 report delves into the spending and viewing habits of African-Americans overall and credits a voracious appetite for television content with the dramatic increase in diverse television programming. Between 2011 and 2015, broadcast network TV ad spend focused on black audiences — defined as ad dollars placed on programming with greater than 50 percent black viewers — increased by 255 percent. The top 10 TV shows among black millennials ages 18-24 and blacks 35 and older all had predominately black casts or lead actors who are key to the storyline such as "Empire," "How to Get Away With Murder" and "The Walking Dead." Other key findings from the report: * African-Americans are closing the digital divide * Black millennials are 25 percent more likely than all millennials to say they are among the first of their friends and colleagues to try new technology products; and * As smartphone owners, African-Americans (91 percent) are second only to Asian-Americans (94 percent). Further, 91 percent of African-Americans say they access the internet on a mobile device, an increase from 86 percent in 2015, which further cements their status as digital leaders. Overall, the black spending power is projected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2020 and, from 2004 to 20014, the number of black households with annual incomes of $50,000 to $75,000 increased 18 percent compared to 2 percent for the total United States. For black households earning $100,000 or more annually, the increase between 2004 and 2014 was 95 percent, compared with 66 percent for the total population. The share of black households with an income less than $25,000 declined from 43 percent of the total African-American population in 2004 to 37 percent in 2014. WI



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Titans of Industry President Marie Johns, Smith Reed law firm partner A. Scott Bolden, ChemicoMays President and CEO Leon Richardson, wealth coach Deborah Owens and Prudential

Vice President Alicia Alston. A common thread throughout the forum was the importance of financial planning. Study data presented at the event showed average income

for a white family as $74,000 and the average black family at $18,000. The studies revealed that poor planning to be serious detriment to a family's financial position and not taking advantage of financial and investment tools that help with retirement planning negatively affects long-term

wealth creation. Are blacks a permanent underclass? Basically, African-Americans have no wealth or influence and depend on whites for subsistence. Pickard says that blacks need "to make our finances a priority" and illustrate

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by William Reed "The rich teach their children to acquire. Middle-class people teach theirs to sell. Poor people teach theirs consumption." — William Pickard, millionaire manufacturer In a reception event overlooking the White House and Department of the Treasury, a who's who among Washington's blacks in business gathered for a forum related to building and maintaining wealth. Real Times Media's wealth and wisdom speakers' series, "Titans of the Industry," has some of the nation's top African-American business and financial leaders speaking on attaining and maintaining wealth. The Titans of Industry is a tutorial orchestrated by Real Times Media CEO Hiram Jackson to meet other like-minded people and inculcate invaluable financial tools to African-Americans to leverage their trillion-dollar-plus gross national income into viable and sustainable wealth. The series tour features William F. Pickard, CEO of Regal Plastics Company (manufacturer of plastic parts for automotive and other industries) and owner/operator of multiple McDonald's restaurant franchises. The Titans series is an ideal networking event for baby boomers, Generation Xers and millennials to engage in wealth building activities and with successful entrepreneurs. "Blacks should have substantive and concrete conversations about money, being proud of making money, and then developing strategies into growing wealth and transferring it to the next generation," Jackson said, adding that Real Time "helps blacks communicate" and publishes six weekly newspapers: the Atlanta Daily World, Chicago Defender, Michigan Chronicle, The Michigan FrontPage, New Pittsburgh Courier and the Tri-State Defender in Memphis. In the D.C. leg of the tour, the discussion focused on blacks building and maintaining long-term wealth and featured former Verizon

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CAPTURE THE MOMENT 4Cathy Hughes appears on the red carpet with her son and business partner

Alfred Liggins III and her two grandchildren during the renaming ceremony at Howard University School of Communications building in Northwest on Sunday, Oct. 23. / Photo by Travis Riddick

Halloween at Rosedale needs your help! We are providing the children in our community the safe and fun Halloween celebration they all deserve. Northeast D.C. has many low-income families who have struggled to keep their children safe in neighborhoods that often experience violent crime.

5From left: Actor Anthony Anderson, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Cathy Hughes and Rev. Al Sharpton pose on the

The best way to keep kids safe is to engage them in positive community activities. Halloween at Rosedale and draws around 500 children. This free Halloween celebration takes place at the Rosedale Rec Center and is open to the surrounding community. It provides a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. Children get goody bags filled with candy, have their faces painted, play games, see live performances, and enjoy carnival-like festivities.

red carpet during the renaming ceremony at Howard University School of Communications building in Northwest on Sunday, Oct. 23. / Photo by Travis Riddick

Everything is made possible through donations by Rosedale, E Street Adventures, the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department, Department of Recreation, DC Public Library, Pilgrim AME Church, District Church, community members, and local businesses. We need your help with more donations. Businesses that help to sponsor this event will get recognition through our webpage and at the event. Those who donate $500 or more towards printing t-shirts will have their logo printed on the back under sponsors (you must provide us with a logo suitable for t-shirt printing). We need community heroes! Can you help?

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5From left: Actor Anthony Anderson, Cathy Hughes, Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Elijah Cummings pose on the red carpet during the renaming ceremony at Howard University School of Communications building in Northwest on Sunday, Oct. 23 / Photo by Travis Riddick




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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Named Face of British Cosmetic Line Acclaimed novelist and outwardly spoken feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, widely known by younger audiences for her appearance on Beyonce's "Flawless" song, has recently been named the face of Boots N07 Cosmetics. The popular British drugstore brand's recent collaboration with the 39-year-old Nigerian author comes with a campaign to challenge stereotypical definitions of beauty. "I think much of beauty advertising relies on a false premise — that women need to be treated in an infantile way, given a 'fantasy' to aspire to," Adichie recently told Vogue U.K. "Real women are already inspired by other real women, so per- 5 Boots N07 has named author and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the face of their cosmetic haps beauty advertising needs to get on board." line. / Courtesy photo WI

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta recently signed documents to commute the sentences of all of the country's death row inmates. During an Oct. 24 during a ceremony at the president's official residence, Kenyatta commuted 2,747 death sentences to lifetime imprisonment and pardoned 102 long-term convicts. Though Kenya has not carried out an execution since 1987, Amnesty International welcomed the document, urging Kenya to officially abolish the death sentence. "The decision to commute death sentences brings Kenya closer to the growing community of nations that have abolished this cruel and inhuman form of punishment," said Muthoni Wanyeki, the regional director for Amnesty International. Kenyatta's predecessor, Mwai Kibaki, took similar action in 2009, commuting the sentences of 4,000 prisoners on death row. WI

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Benin residents welcome the new coronation of the Crown Prince of Benin, Ambassador Eheneden Erediauwa, as a symbol of peace and hope. The nation's 40th ruler — who will be known as Oba Ewuare II — had worked in the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Economic Community of West Africa and as the Nigerian Ambassador to Sweden, Angola and Italy. He was crowned last week and is expected to usher in a new era of peace and development in the Benin Kingdom. As ministers, governors, diplomats and members of the National Assembly joined together in the crowning of the new "Oba," the traditional ruler of the Edo people and head of the historic Eweka dynasty of the Great Benin Empire, Oba Ewuare II promised to tackle unemployment and poverty in the Benin Kingdom through the establishment of the Benin Royal Dynasty Trust and the Benin Royal Academy for Performing Arts. WI 5 Benin / Courtesy of Darby Sawchuk WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM

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H E A LT H Soaring Cost of Breast Cancer Care Troubles Patients By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer Kimberly Curtis has battled and overcome breast cancer. In doing so and despite having what she said is excellent health insurance, the northeast D.C. resident has also had to reach deep into her pocketbook to pay for the costs associated with the illness. Curtis, a registered nurse, said co-pays for doctor visits and examinations and the percentage she lays out for medicine and the change in diet that most survivors experience can leave most breast cancer patients broke. "I am a grateful survivor. I am very grateful for the services I received at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital," she said. "[However], a couple of things that are very concerning include the frequent visits, meal plan changes and

the financial expenses that I've incurred after I was diagnosed." After her initial testing three years ago which was followed by surgery and other planned treatments, Curtis — like most cancer patients — had to schedule visits with several oncologists including surgical, radiation and chemotherapy and medical. Such visits often occur every three months during the first year and, if treatments prove to be going well, the patient can then visit oncology doctors once every six months. "However, if one decides to be on medication treatment, that person must see the medical oncologist every three months for five years," Curtis said. It's also suggested that patients consult with a nutritionist. "I decided to eat healthier to lose weight and to do all that I could to

5 D.C. resident Kimberly Curtis said the cost of breast cancer from diagnosis through treatment can quickly erode a patient's life savings. / Courtesy photo

not have the cancer come back," she said. "With these frequent followup visits comes a very expensive medical bill. I am blessed to have insurance and yet there are still bills that are constantly coming in. To be honest, I am not even sure if all my original bills are fully paid. It's saddening at times." Insurance companies, patients and government health plans are reportedly paying $1 billion annually just for routine tests to confirm diagnoses and billions more for treatment.

Dr. Sharon Giordano at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston said patients often get stuck with thousands of dollars in bills that can take years to pay off. Giordano and a team of doctors recently went through insurance claims filed by more than 14,000 breast cancer patients between 2008 and 2012 and found expenses across a single class of drugs varied by as much as $46,000. "There were big variations in the cost of treatments we could prescribe," Giordano told NBC News.

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Zipping up and down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in her Mercedes-Benz SUV and conducting business on her Bluetooth was a way of life for Aleasha Arthur of Laurel, Maryland. And when the 45-year-old human relations executive for United Healthcare wasn't at the hospital or closing a real estate deal, she was working with a writer as a book publisher or spending time on a tropical beach. Until life took an unexpected, much more serious turn. "I was planning a trip to Jamaica," said Arthur, who went 3 Aleasha Arthur / Courtesy photo from Facebook

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for routine physical in March and asked her physician about a hair bump "along my bikini line." "I took a biopsy that turned out to be a tumor," Arthur said. "I had sarcoma." Sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops from soft tissues of the body, bones or muscles. While it is treatable, it can spread to other parts of the body and tumors can be malignant. The diagnosis was a wakeup call for Arthur, and she hopes her situation will be a cautionary tale for others. "Not to take away anything from breast cancer, but my lump was in my pelvic area," Arthur said. "I was diagnosed in April, had surgery in May and in July, I started seven-and-a-half weeks of radiation that was completed Sept. 28."


Arthur is now the founder of the Rise Against Cancer Foundation, and on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., she is hosting a fundraiser to raise awareness at the Lake Presidential Golf Club at 3151 Presidential Golf Drive in Upper Marlboro. Dr. Pranshu Mohindra, an oncologist at the Maryland Proton Center, is scheduled to speak at the event. "Even though [October] is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, people need to touch every part of [their] body," Arthur said. "Get to know you and don't be afraid to talk to your doctor. "I am a witness that your life can change overnight and God can move you in a directions that you can't control," she said. "I had a trip planned to Jamaica. This was not part of my plan. God is driving everything that I do now." WI

Even more surprising: Some of the more effective and least toxic treatments were, in fact, cheaper. "There is one chemotherapy regimen called TAC," Giordano said. That's short for Taxotere plus adriamycin plus cyclophosphamide — three different chemotherapy drugs that hit the cancer in different ways. "It was both one of the highest cost and one of the highest toxicity regimens," she said. Swapping a related drug called paclitaxel for Taxotere cut both the side effects and the costs, Giordano said. "It's almost $15,000 cheaper," she said. "I think most people would think those pretty equivalent in terms of efficacy." However, NBC News noted that this wasn't easy to find out. "For me, working at a hospital, I don't really see that at all. I don't have an easy way to access what the costs would be," Giordano said. Even treatments that should be cheap varied widely in cost. "We give a pill called an aromatase inhibitor that blocks estrogen after chemotherapy. There are three different ones that are all approved and they are probably equivalent," Giordano said. Those pills reduce the chance that tumors will come back in the other breast. "Depending on what insurance plan [a patient has] one would be costlier and one would be less costly," Giordano said. "Doctors

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HEALTH CANCER from Page 18 should try to find out. The problem is, it is time-consuming." And how much a patient ended up paying herself varied wildly depending on which insurance plan she had. "I was somewhat surprised at the relatively high costs patients were bearing — around $3,000 out of pocket on average," Giordano said. "What I think was more concerning was that top quarter, top 10 percent of patients are getting really hefty bills costing them $10,000 or more." Not surprisingly, people with socalled catastrophic health insurance plans, which charge low premiums but which also don't reimburse for much, paid the most out of pocket. Expenditures for cancer care have grown from $72 billion in 2004 to $125 billion in 2010 and are estimated to reach $158 billion by 2020, Giordano's team wrote. "The costs of cancer care are increasing at an unsustainable rate — two to three times faster than other health care costs," Giordano said. "Patients' out-of-pocket costs have also been rapidly increasing." Roxanne Martinez, a six-year survivor, received a dual blow when she was diagnosed in 2010. Pregnant at the time of her di-

agnosis, Martinez was terminated from her airport job because of the times she was forced to call in sick, she said. "That left me in a huge bind, having to pay COBRA insurance premiums of about $600 to $700 per month, on top of co-pays, deductibles and other costs," Martinez said. "I ended up cashing out my entire savings and retirement accounts — about $30,000 — to help fund my cancer treatment and health premiums." A large network of friends, family and others rallied behind Martinez and helped her raise an additional $20,000 to help pay for medical and living expenses, she said. "After I exhausted my COBRA benefits, I was uninsured for several months due to having a preexisting condition, of course that was before Obamacare," Martinez said. "I had to navigate the health care system without insurance and negotiate a cash payment with my surgeon for a reconstruction surgery." Martinez ultimately filed for bankruptcy. "I am now in remission and happy to be alive," she said. "Breast cancer may have taken my breasts, my hair, my job, my retirement and savings, but it will never take my faith or hope." WI




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UMC Physician Retires after 39 Years of Service

Dr. David Reagin Gave His Best in Good and Bad Times WI Staff Report After 39 years of leadership service at United Medical Center [UMC] and its predecessor, Greater Southeast Community Hospital, the highly-respected Dr. David Reagin recently retired, effective September 30th. Dr. Reagin has been a senior member of the United Medical Center Medical staff, has served as chair and as a member of numerous committees and became head of the hospital’s Department of Pathology in 1982. “When I started off with Greater Southeast Community Hospital, things were great. And then the hospital fell on hard times. The hospital was teetering on being closed and we worked hard to keep it open,” Dr. Reagin said. “I stayed and stayed, because I thought I was contributing something. And we made it

through the difficult times – sometimes borrowing supplies to keep the Department going,” he added. Meanwhile, as director of the Department of Pathology at the hospital, he made sure it never lost its accreditation, even with the temporary suspension of the hospital’s accreditation. Overcoming these and other setbacks, the hospital’s Department of Pathology provides clinical services for outpatient and inpatients and continues to be accredited by the College of American Pathologists. Born and raised in Selma, Dr. Reagin grew up experiencing firsthand the hard Jim Crow rules of segregation. But with many role models in his life, including his mother, a school teacher, and his father, a postman, and Dr. Marion Mann, who became dean of the Howard University College of Med-

icine, he learned that he could realize his dreams despite prejudice and racism. Dr. Reagin matriculated at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., where he studied premed coursework and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. In those days, the University of Pittsburgh Medical School would send recruiters to Geneva College looking for talented students, but they refused to talk to him. The U.S. Navy also sent recruiters but when he approached them, they walked away. Fortunately, the Howard University College of Medicine welcomed him with open arms where he would earn the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1969. After completing an internship at Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago and residencies at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Temple University Hospital and the

Naval Hospital in Bethesda, he took advantage of other opportunities before first joining Greater Southeast Community Hospital in 1977. He also held positions at Hadley Memorial Hospital, Fort Washington Medical Center and Parkwood Hospital. Dr. Reagin also shared his knowledge with young, medical students, serving as a professor at the Chicago Medical School, Washington University in St. Louis and Howard University. And while he’s officially retired and plans to travel the world while spending a lot more time with his wife, he still maintains an office at UMC. “I’m available to come in

and help out whenever there’s a need,” he said. United Medical Center, an acute care hospital located in Southeast (1310 Southern Ave. SE), offers community-based professional healthcare services to the residents of Ward 7, Ward 8 and bordering Prince George’s County communities. In the past 12 months, the hospital has hired 24 new physicians including primary care doctors, cardiologists and other specialists. The hospital also continues to enhance the technologies that are used to help diagnose and treat illnesses. For more information about UMC, go to WI

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Dan Gasby, husband of famed former restaurateur B. Smith, says that caring for his wife, first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago, continues to be an ongoing battle. Gasby recently made the remark during an interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show – one day before making an appearance at the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health Alzheimer’s Luncheon for Caregivers at North Carolina A&T State University. “When we got the diagnosis we were devastated because this woman, who always looks 20 years than she is, she looked at me and said she didn’t want anyone to define her,” Gasby, 63, said. “Two out of three women with Alzheimer’s are Black women.

The more we looked into it, we knew we had to make a clarion call.” Alzheimer’s, referred to as “the long goodbye,” leads to an irreversible decline in memory. African Americans have a higher rate of vascular disease, one of the suspected factors of Alzheimer’s, and currently an estimated 5.1 million Americans, aged 65 and over suffer from the mysterious ailment for which there has been no cure. Smith, 67, and Gasby have written a book, “Before I Forget,” that details their battle with the disease. “It’s a journey that’s up and down,” Gasby said. “She has a good attitude [as she] tries her best to understand what she’s going through. But it’s a tough struggle. “It’s like fighting ISIS or Al-Qaeda or any sort of terrorist group.” WI 5.625” x 10.5” Oct 27, 2016

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EDUCATION Armstrong Alumni Going Strong 58 Years Later Association Honors Legacy in Memorial Service By Sarafina Wright WI Staff Writer In 1958, Armstrong Technical High School graduated its very last class. Today, its alumni association is more alive than ever. Graduates of the school gathered for their first memorial service to honor alumni and the school's legacy on Saturday, Oct. 22 at its original site, which currently houses Friendship Public Charter School in Northwest. John Milligan, the historian of the alumni board and member of the class of 1949 said that even though another school operates in Armstrong's original building, the campus will always be their home.

"We are Armstrong, we have been around a long time," Milligan said. "This place is mines as far as I'm concerned. I have a lot of stake in this place." Jesse Davis, the master of ceremonies, from the class of 1945 emphasized that the true role of the Armstrong Technical High School Alumni Association will always be service. "Over the years we have given over $150,000 to 500 recipients in scholarships," Davis said. "As long as we are in existence, we hope to give at least $10,000 a year in scholarship grants." Bernice Butler Johnson, representing the class of 1948, echoed Davis's sentiments. "The teachers that taught us left

5(L-R) Jesse Davis, Armstrong class of '45 gives special recognition to Dorothy Brown, class of '49, James Nero class of

'51, and Doris McCannon, class of '52 during the Armstrong Technical High School memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Friendship Public Carter School in Northwest. /Photo by Lateef Mangum / Photo by Lateef Mangum a legacy, and now we are trying to thank them by creating programs and scholarships," she said. On May 14, 1901, a group of eight students from the Business Department of M Street High School, and Wilson Bruce Evans, Armstrong's first principal, started Armstrong Manual Training School. Named after Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, a co-founder of the Hampton Institute, the school officially opened after an act of Congress authorized its existence in 1902. In 1996, almost 40 years after its closing, the building was granted historic preservation status by the the National Preservation Society and the D.C. government.

James Nero, president of the Armstrong Technical High School Alumni Association and member of the class of 1951, believes that the school has a bustling alumni association despite closing so long ago because of the sense of activism instilled in them as students. "The motivation for us is activism in education to make sure that young people get what they need," Nero said. "When we were coming up it was almost a struggle to get out of high school, but now it's a struggle for them to get out of college. "So we give scholarships each year for $1,000 through one fundraiser and community contributions, so that is our primary

income and purpose," he said. Nero believes the mission to help today's students resonates so deeply with alumni members because of their teachers' impact on them. "The dedication of the teachers, the camaraderie amongst the cross section of students made the experience," he said. "We had seven teachers that were husband and wife, which brought more closeness to the school. "Our leadership from the principles and the counselors were just excellent, and most of them stayed at Armstrong until their retirement," he said. "We have continued that harmony amongst ourselves." WI


Thousands gathered at Cramton Hall at Howard University for the annual homecoming fashion show. The show, which featured scores of models and numerous local and national designers, has become a regular feature of the homecoming, which is in its 96th year. The university's homecoming is legendary, attracting as many as 100,000 from across the nation. This year's homecoming included the return of Yardfest, which was shut down due to violence three years ago. Rapper and actor Common and R&B artist Faith Hill performed on the university's campus. This year's homecoming, however, did not include the annual parade down Georgia Avenue in front of the Howard, the R&B show and the gospel performance, which were cut to hold down costs. / Photos courtesy of Howard University News Service

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sion for the school, hire leaders to run the school, hold those leaders accountable for academic success, and provide financial oversight," DeVeaux wrote. "My colleagues and I at the D.C. Public Charter School Board, D.C.'s single public charter school authorizer, are in

regular contact with public charter school board members as we carry out our responsibilities in approving new schools, providing oversight, permitting expansions and replications, and (when necessary) closing public charter schools." DeVeaux added that the Char-

ter School Boards in the Nation's Capital — a report by the Fordham Institute — "provides an important perspective about the composition and practices of boards, and how some of those practices align with strong school results." WI

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts admissions team participated in the "Higher Achievement" high school fair on Oct. 20 at the Columbia Heights Recreation Center in Northwest. McKinley Technology High School graduate Arin Blake knew she wanted to be a cardiothoracic surgeon after watching a surgery at George Washington University Hospital, which she was able to witness as part of the biotech class she took at GWU this year in a dual-enrollment program. She's attending Barry University this fall with plans to study biology and pre-med.


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Hi everyone! I am your new editor Sarafina Wright, a Howard alum from Charlotte, North Carolina and big changes are on the way for the WI Bridge. One of the changes you will notice is our new social media campaign using the hashtag #thebridgeisback. Make sure you're following us to participate and be apart of our growth.

Black Millennials Respond to ...............3 the Call to Vote

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In this issue we asked five Black millennials from different backgrounds and different parts of the country will they, or will they not vote. All eyes will be on the “millennial” population this November to see how we perform in this upcoming presidential election. As we know given the outcome of the last two elections our voting bloc can and will make a difference. Also, we have a Fall Entertainment Guide that you will not want to throw away. Find out where you can go to party, learn and shop over the next couple of weeks before the holiday season. The direction of the Bridge will slowly become more lifestyle focused serving as a tool for Black Millennials living and working in DC. Even with the shift in direction, there is no need to worry because we will still stay true to our roots by showcasing impactful stories that reflects our communities.

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Black Millennials Respond to the Call to Vote Some are definitely voting, some are definitely not. In their own words find out why. By Sarafina Wright WI Bridge Editor-in- Chief

Sheridan Watkins, 23, child care worker Yes! I am definitely voting this year because I love and understand politics. I also know how critical it is to the betterment of my country and my people/race. This election has highlighted the scary fact that people want to turn back the clock and we can't have that.

John Scott, 23, hospital associate I'm voting, because I see not voting as consent for a particular candidate. When you vote you're not just choosing the best candidate available, you're saying yes I consent to this individual representing me on all of the relevant issues to my person. We hold our politicians accountable for their voting records, and I think it should also be the case with ourselves.

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Charlyne Anderson, 33, executive assistant I definitely will be voting, as well as advocating for first time voters to exercise their right. Not only is it vital to vote, but to be an informed voter. What’s happening on the local level is important, as well as what is happening in your state. There is much to know about the voting process on all levels and it is necessary to take the time to figure it out, because it is our future.

Andre Grant, 28, professional photographer Yes, I think I am going to vote. Honestly it’s my third time voting, and by far, this time feels more weird than my first. I feel like I am voting for the lesser of two evils as most would say. Both candidates have done their share of wrong doings. I know I am not as committed to keeping up with politics as I should be, because it’s all over the place. I would give the upper hand/my vote to someone with service and experience over anything else.

Imani Crawford, 24, elementary school teacher I will definitely vote in November because our future is too precious and fragile for me to be complacent or lazy. It’s up to us to be the difference.



Black Millennials Driving Social Change & Visibility

by the Millions with Technology Social Media and Mobile Device Use are Game-Changers for Black America’s Viral Vanguard. By WI Bridge Staff Black Millennials are 11.5 million strong and leading a viral vanguard that is driving AfricanAmericans’ innovative use of mobile technology and closing the digital divide. Nielsen, a global performance management company highlights this group in a new report called “Young, Connected and Black: AfricanAmerican Millennials Are Driving Social Change and Leading Digital Advancement.” With $162 billion in buying power and undisputed cultural influence, Black Millennials are using their power to successfully raise awareness of issues facing the Black community and influence decisions shaping our world. Media and brands are taking notice, creating campaigns and content that target this increasingly influential demographic with greater ad spends and more diverse programming. “We have entered a new era whereby technology has become a great equalizer,” Cheryl Grace, senior vice president, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement said. “Black Millennials are leading the way in their use of technology to impact change and get their voices heard.” At a population of 83.1 million, U.S. Millennials are considered a key voting block this November. Black Millennials represent 14 percent of that group and 25 percent of the total Black population. The top five markets for Black Millennials by


population are New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Weeks before the 2016 presidential race, the power of the Black electorate is a particular point of interest given the voting records set in 2012. When bolstered by its Millennial population, African-Americans had the highest rate of voter registration and voter turnout of any demographic group in the U.S according to Nielsen. “African-American Millennials are blazing trails to the center of the debate over matters that are paramount to their future success and safety—all as their influence over mainstream consumers grows,” Deborah Gray-Young, managing partner, D. Gray-Young Inc., Nielsen External Advisory Council member said. The 2016 report also delves into the spending and viewing habits of African-Americans overall and credits a voracious appetite for television content with the dramatic increase in diverse television programming. Between 2011 and 2015, broadcast network TV ad spend focused on Black audiences [defined as ad dollars placed on programming with greater than 50 percent Black viewers] increased by 255 percent. “Nielsen continues to be the definitive source of independent third-party insights on consumers of color,” Gray-Young said. “This annual report is an essential tool for organizations looking to develop a deeper contextual understanding of the influence and economic power of Black consumers.”


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Nielson 2016 Report By WI Bridge Staff

Closing the Digital Divide: •

African-American Millennials are 25 percent more likely than all Millennials to say they are among the first of their friends/colleagues to try new technology products.

As smartphone owners, African-Americans [91%] are second only to Asian-Americans [94%].

91 percent of African-Americans say they access the internet on a mobile device, an increase from 86 percent in 2015, which further cements their status as digital leaders.

A Viral Vanguard: Social Education Advancements Media Engagement: of Black Millennials: •

55 percent of Black Millennials report spending at least one hour a day on social networking sites, which is 6 percent higher than all Millennials, while 29 percent say they spend at least three hours a day, which is nine percent higher than all Millennials. 28 percent of African-Americans ages 35+ say they use social networking sites for at least one hour per day, which is 2 percent higher than the total population in this age group. Ten percent of AfricanAmericans ages 35+ say they use social networking sites for at least three hours per day, which is two percent higher than the total population ages 35+.

Content Consumers: •

African-American Millennials watch nearly 33 hours of live and DVR time-shifted television per week, about 12 and half more hours per week than total Millennials.

African-American Millennials spend about two hours more per week [eight hours and 29 minutes versus six hours and 28 minutes] using the internet on PCs, and about an hour more weekly [three hours and 47 minutes versus two hours and 33 minutes] watching videos on PCs than the total Millennial population.

89 percent of African Americans ages 25–34 completed high school, compared to 77 percent of Black Americans ages 55 and older.

21 percent of African Americans ages 25–34 have an associate’s college degree or higher, versus 17 percent of those who are 55 and older.

African-American Incomes and Spending Power: •

Overall Black spending power is projected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2020.

From 2004 – 2014 the number of Black households with annual incomes of $50,000 - $75,000 increased 18 percent compared to 2 percent for the total U.S. population. For Black households earning $100,000+ annually, the increase between 2004 and 2014 was 95 percent, compared with 66 percent for the total population.

The share of Black households with an income less than $25,000 declined from 43 percent in 2004 to 37 percent of the total AfricanAmerican population in 2014.



Fall Entertainment Guide Concerts, Comedy Shows, Parties & More

By WI Bridge Staff


SUNDAY, NOV. 6 Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, Ro James Verizon Center 7 p.m. $49.50-199.50

THURSDAY, OCT. 27 Roy Hargrove Blues Alley 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. $40-45

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9 Sheila E. Barns at Wolf Trap 8 p.m. $55-70

FRIDAY, OCT. 28 Jeffrey Osbourne Howard Theatre 8 p.m $75-95 Stormzy Rock & Roll Hotel 10 p.m. $25

SATURDAY, OCT. 29 Lecrae The Fillmore Silver Spring 7:30 p.m. $35

TUESDAY, NOV. 1 Danny Brown The Fillmore Silver Spring 8 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOV. 11 Festival of Praise Tour DAR Constitution Hall, 8 p.m. $38-83

SUNDAY, NOV. 13 R. Kelly Verizon Center 8 p.m.

PartyNextDoor & Jeremih The Fillmore Silver Spring 8 p.m. $44


FRIDAY, NOV. 25 Bilal Howard Theatre 8 p.m. $40-65


Diana Ross The Kennedy Center 7 p.m. $59-179

TUESDAY, DEC. 6 Cam’ron U Street Music Hall 8 p.m. $21-36





Tory Lanez The Fillmore Silver Spring 8 p.m. $39.50


Keith Sweat, Mint Condition DAR Constitution Hall 8 p.m.

Chante Moore Howard Theatre 8 p.m. $40-70


Brandy The Fillmore Silver Spring 7 p.m.





Legends of Southern Hip Hop: Mystical, Juvenile,Trick Daddy, Bun B, 8 Ball & MJG & Pastor Troy DAR Constitution Hall 8 p.m. $59-125

Lalah Hathaway & Musiq Soulchild Warner Theatre 8 p.m. $67.50

Andra Day Lincoln Theatre 6:30 p.m. $35-110

SUNDAY, DEC. 18 Ms. Lauryn Hill The Fillmore Silver Spring 8 p.m. $77

Comedy THURSDAY, OCT. 27 Deon Cole DC Improv 7:30 p.m. $25

TUESDAY, NOV. 1 Hannibal Buress Howard Theatre 8 p.m. $27.50


DAR Constitution Hall 8 p.m. SOLD OUT



Jameson & Ginger V Blind Whino 7 p.m. $40

Trevor Noah Sixth & I 7:30 p.m. $40


FRIDAY, NOV. 25-27 Donnell Rawlings DC Improv 7:30 p.m. $25

Theater THURSDAY, OCT. 27-30

Debbie Allen's FREEZE FRAME... Stop the Madness Eisenhower Theatre 8 p.m. $29-99

THURSDAY, DEC. 15-18, 20-22, 27-30

SATURDAY, NOV. 26 Thanksgiving Holiday Hang Blind Whino 3-8 p.m. FREE

STEP AFRIKA!’s Magical, Musical, Holiday Step Show Atlas Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. $18-40



NeNe Leakes Howard Theatre 8 p.m. $35-75

Kwanzaa Celebration Dance Place 7 p.m. $15-30

THURSDAY, NOV. 10 Nick Cannon DC Improv 7:30 p.m. $25

FRIDAY, NOV. 11-12 Arsenio Hall DC Improv 7:30 p.m. $25

SATURDAY, NOV. 19 Louis C.K.

Festivities FRIDAY, OCT. 28 Friday Night Dance Party U Street Music Hall 10:30 p.m. $10

SUNDAY, OCT. 29 The 5th Annual Halloween House Party Renaissance Hotel 8 p.m.




Do Your Homework before Believing the Latest on Obamacare 'Scare'

For the record, when it comes to the signature legislation first proposed by President Barack Obama and enacted by Congress that seeks to make sure all Americans have health care, we think it more appropriate and respectful to refer to it as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But since even the president himself has taken to using the alternative name, Obamacare, intended to be insulting and derogatory and generally used by Republicans and others who oppose it and Obama, we’ll go along for the ride and use the term too. Now and once again, Obamacare appears to be in very hot water after the release of a report that predicts that for some consumers browsing on the federal exchange ( as they seek to choose a health care package best suited for their needs, that they may be facing an increase in rates for plans that could rise as high as 25 percent in 2017 – something that officials predicted several years ago. Of course, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and others from the right have jumped on this announcement, pointing fingers, saying things like “I told you so” and demanding that the ACA be repealed and dismantled. The problem, however, is that they’re not telling the whole truth. They’re only taking portions of the report that allow them to paint President Obama, Obamacare and those who support it – whether in part or in whole – as people who have little concern for the economic welfare of American citizens – people who desperately need healthcare but can ill afford higher and excessive premiums. The truth is that there will be increases in rates and some will be quite high. But these rate increases will only impact a small percentage of citizens. And, if Republicans weren’t so determined to maintain and employ obstacles along the way, people could take advantage of federal subsidies that would offset most increases because of tax credits. Once again some of our political leaders have chosen to paint a picture of doom and gloom rather than being upfront and honest. Once again they have opted to instill fear within the hearts and minds of hard-working, tax-paying men and women instead of finding ways to compromise across party lines so that the more essential and important goal of providing health care options for all that are reasonably priced can be achieved. We advise our readers to do their homework. Request a consultation with government representatives who serve as counselors and make it easier to navigate one’s way along the ACA highway. As for Donald Trump, well, we’re still waiting for him to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It could be a long wait. WI

Cathy Hughes Receives Her Flowers – and Rightfully So

Media mogul, and the founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc., Cathy Hughes, celebrated in the company of friends, family and admirers last weekend on the campus of Howard University during several events that highlighted the renaming of Howard’s School of Communication to the Cathy Hughes School of Communication. Hughes, following a private renaming ceremony, joined several hundred guests in a standing room only brunch last Sunday where those who knew her best shared their memories while musicians and vocalists serenaded her and her lifelong achievements. University officials also expressed their sincere gratitude for her huge financial gift that will benefit students for generations to come. And as always, she greeted her guests while maintaining her stance as the consummate professional and warmhearted woman that many of us have grown to know and respect. Even more, Hughes let her hair down, hugging those she loves, saluting those who offered their congratulations and having the time of her life. Hughes serves as an example of the American Dream come true – achieved through hard work, grit, determination, a connection with and obedience to her God and a belief in not only herself but those who have long been part of her team, her inner “family” and business colleagues. Listening to her, she seems to always emphasize the importance of preparing others, including her son, to take over and assume the lead when the time comes for her to move on to other ventures – a tragic rarity for many Black business founders. She also shared how important others have been in her meteoric rise because they were willing to share their gifts to benefit the team while believing in the plans and goals of their leader. Cathy Hughes received her flowers last weekend – no one could be more deserving. WI WWW.WASHINGTONINFORMER.COM

TO THE EDITOR County Needs a Plan for Pending Resort Traffic I read your article “Prince George’s Residents Hear Traffic Plan for Casino Resort” by William J. Ford in the October 20th edition of The Informer and was very disappointed. I kept reading, hoping to read that there would be a solution to a traffic problem that already exists, but there was none. I cannot believe the county has not made any plans for the traffic nightmare that the opening of this casino will create. They say make alternate plans such as ride share. Is that their plan? That’s a joke! There needs to be a coming together of the entire region to come up with a real plan to manage the flow of traffic in and around the new MGM Casino. Benny Roberts Fort Washington, MD

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District Cares Little for Longtime Black Congregations Thank you, thank you for your article, “Black Churches being Pushed out of Nation’s Capital” by Courtney Davis in the October 20, 2016 edition of The Informer. I have been a member of my church in northwest DC for all of my life and it is a crying shame how the District’s government treats members of our church who come to our services. Whenever our church holds weekday services or special services during the week our members and visitors are bombarded with parking tickets. The new residents have pushed for and now have succeeded in having parking restrictions on Sundays. Black congregations have a long history of contributing to the moral fiber of the District of Columbia but the new residents don’t have any idea and don’t care to know the history of the churches in their neighborhoods. I believe that the D.C. government’s plan is to force all Black churches to leave so they can sell their land for development. Robert Downing Washington, DC

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By Glenda Baskin Glover

Why the HBCU Community Should Vote for Hillary This article summarizes why African-Americans should be eager to vote this year, and why historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), students and the black community as a whole should vote for Hillary Clinton for president. Additionally, parents should urge young millennials to support Hillary as well. Voting affects every aspect of our American lives. It is the cornerstone of our democracy as well as a consti-

tutional right that we must responsibly exercise as American citizens. As an outspoken college president regarding civil rights, I can easily articulate that the most critical challenges facing African-Americans today center around educational issues, economic inequality and growing injustices. Voting is the first step and a necessary condition to fashioning solutions to many of these challenges. The right to vote is a matter of dignity and democracy. Sometimes it is important to remind each other of the significant bloody and

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deadly battles that were fought for such a fundamental right that should have been enforced from the inception of our democracy. In fact, we honor the legacy of those who made sacrifices by exercising this decisive right. This brings us to the critical choice between the candidates for this all-important election on November 8 that many are characterizing as one of the most crucial elections in the past 60 years. In analyzing the candidates, their platforms, experiences and qualifications, Hillary Clinton is the clear

choice for this nation for the following reasons: • Her commitment to HBCUs is far-reaching. Her New College Compact pledges $25 billion to HBCUs and minority serving institutions, thereby strengthening opportunities for African-Americans and other minorities to attend college. It provides that families with income up to $125,000 will pay no tuition at in-state public colleges and universities, and that community colleges are tuition-free for all working families. Also, it makes debt-free college available

to everyone and addresses student loan debt. • Her pledge to protect Pell grant funding for minority students and reinstate summer Pell grants, thereby making this funding available year round. • Her history of supporting concerns that affect African-Americans including improved education, unemployment, civil rights, the current criminal justice system, racial injustices and other disparities in the black community.

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By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.

Why We Must Keep Fighting Efforts to Suppress Black Votes In all democracies, the right to vote is fundamental to the legitimacy of an elected government chosen by the participatory action and will of the people eligible to vote. For 47 million black Americans, the right to vote is a sacred responsibility without the fear of reprisal, retribution or repression. It's 2016 and this year's national elections in the United

States are only a few days away. Yet in many states, early voting has already begun. Keep in mind in the last national presidential race in 2012, black Americans went to the polls in record numbers with over 17.8 million casting their ballots even in face of voter suppression tactics mainly by Republican officials in various states in the Midwest, Southwest and the South. Black America had a higher percentage turnout of voters than white voters across the na-

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tion in 2012. The black percentage turnout was 66.2 percent versus 64.1 percent for white voters. The election results in November will ultimately be determined by the percentage of overall voter turnout. If the black vote was not so strategically important and determinative today, you would not see the current manifestations of blatantly racist acts designed to suppress the black vote. Such is the case today especially in Indiana, North Car-

olina and in other states where black voter turnout is key to winning the election. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who is now aggressively campaigning to be vice president of the United States of America, has permitted and encouraged the Indiana State Police to target and shut down the most successful voter registration organization that has registered blacks to vote in Indiana. The dastardly use of state police to intimidate and prevent black people from

registering to vote demands public outcry and challenge. On Oct. 4, 2016 Indiana State Police raided the headquarters of the Indiana Voter Registration Project, coordinated by a group named Patriot Majority USA in Indianapolis, Ind. The Indiana State Police shut down this voter-registration program that was helping to register tens of thousands of law-abiding, eligible black Americans in Indiana.

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By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

If Election is 'Rigged,' It Isn't Against Trump Donald Trump, falling behind in the polls with his campaign imploding around him, now says the election is "rigged." He refuses to say whether he will accept the verdict of the voters. Just as he tried to undermine the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency with the malicious and false "birther" issue, now he's gearing up to assail the legitimacy of Hillary Clinton's presidency with the "rigged election" issue.

In fact, his charges directly contradict the truth. We know what a "rigged" electoral system looks like. At the founding of this country, the electoral system was rigged: Only rich, white landowners could vote. Slaves, native Americans, women and white men without property were denied the right to vote. That was a system rigged to protect those with property from the threat of democracy. When the Civil War ended slavery, the Southern states created poll taxes, white primaries,

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grandfather clauses, literacy tests and other barriers to voting, all of it reinforced by violence and intimidation. That was a system rigged to enforce segregation and protect it from the threat of democracy. Today, facing an emerging majority reform coalition that gave Barack Obama a majority of all votes in 2008 and 2012, Republican governors have passed measures that require voting IDs, cut back on early voting days, eliminate same-day registration, limit the number and hours of voting


places in minority districts, gerrymander election districts or, like Texas, accept a gun registration ID but not a student registration ID. That is a system rigged to hold on to the status quo and protect it from the threat of democracy. Today, money floods our politics. In Citizens United v. FEC and other decisions, a conservative gang of five on the Supreme Court legitimated corporate financing, dark money and unlimited donations. The two-party bias of our electoral system

undermines third-party efforts. The lack of free media and public financing makes big money more important. Elections held on Tuesdays make voting harder for workers on the clock. This is a system rigged to protect the interests of the few from the threat of the many. This election isn't rigged against Trump. If anything, it is rigged in his favor. We have a separate and unequal electoral system in which each state cre-




By James Clingman

'Buy Black' Campaigns are Nothing New The advent of initiatives throughout this country to "Buy Black" and "Bank Black" can be traced back to the early 1900s during which time campaigns similar to today's efforts were established. Slogans such as "Double-Duty Dollars," "Don't shop where you can't work," and efforts such as Black Cooperatives cropped up as a result of our forebears understanding and being willing to act upon the fact that

their dollars mattered. Double-Duty Dollar campaigns were simply what we call "Recycling Black Dollars" campaigns. As blacks spent their money at blackowned businesses, the volume of business increased to a level where other black folks could be hired by black companies. In other words, we used our dollars to create our own jobs. "Don't buy where you can't work" campaigns helped increase black employment in whiteowned businesses, again because "Black Dollars Matter" and the

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absence of black dollars matters even more to those with whom we do business. Black religious leaders also encouraged sensible black-dollar strategies. In Juliet E.K. Walker's book, "The History of Black Business in America," she cites a quote from religious leaders during that time: "To the Negro community, a business is more than a mere enterprise to make profit for the owner. From the standpoints of both the customer and the owner it becomes a symbol of racial progress,

for better or for worse. And the preacher is expected to encourage his flock to trade with Negroes." Black Cooperatives among black-owned grocery stores, drug stores, shoe stores, and the beauty salon industry were quite prominent in the early 1900s. In these co-ops, members also did something we talk about today. They pooled their money to establish and support their own businesses, and black churches were at the forefront of many of these efforts as well. Co-op shares were

purchased by members, and the money was used to open businesses where the members shopped and, in essence, supported themselves by getting a return on their investment. W.E.B. DuBois envisioned what he called a "Cooperative Commonwealth" among black folks. The recently revived Black Bank Deposit campaign also has an interesting history. Prior to integration, as many as 134 black-owned


By Charlene Crowell

Homeownership Eludes Blacks as Mortgage Denials Persist In recent weeks, a spate of news coverage has referred to America's "inner cities." Some may even interpret it as a new code word for minorities, usually referring to blacks and Latinos. Yet today, according to Richard Rothstein, a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute, the inner city experience does not encompass all of black America. More blacks now live in the suburbs than in urban ghettos, and approximately one-third

of black Americans have incomes higher than that of the respective median earnings. So why is access to homeownership still so out of reach for consumers of color? Why do so many blacks and Latinos continue to suffer disproportionate denials for mortgage loans? "Before the Great Recession, half of all African-Americans owned their own homes," Rothstein said. "By 2013, it had fallen to 44 percent. Before the Great Recession, the net worth of African-American homeowners averaged $144,000. By 2013, it had


fallen to $80,000. This was not a natural calamity that befell the black middle class but one precipitated in part by unlawful banking and governmental practices that have mostly gone remedied." A recent analysis of the 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) sheds further light on the fact that even years after a national recovery from the housing collapse, the American dream remains elusive for much of black America. "The HMDA data has shown a persistent difference in denial

rates by race and ethnicity and this year is no exception," CRL wrote. "20.8 percent of African-American applicants were denied a loan in 2015, compared to 16.1 percent of Hispanic applicants and 10 percent of non-Hispanic white applicants." Last year more than 6 million home purchase mortgages were made, but only 51,202 or 2.7 percent were conventional loans to black home buyers. By comparison, non-Hispanic whites received 1,361,564 conventional loans, and Latinos received 96,975 of these loans. Conventional loans

are the most widely available and often the most cost-effective and sustainable mortgages available. The vast majority of loans to black consumers in 2015 continued a trend that has grown stronger year to year since the housing meltdown: government-backed loans like FHA or VA account for the overwhelming majority of loans made to black consumers — 120,618, more than double that for conventional loans. Latino consumers received more with 162,317 loans; but far less


By Askia Muhammad

White People Just Don't Get It White people live in two realities. The first is a lacquered, recruiting-poster version of how they see themselves. Then there's the swine farm sewer in which too many of them take comfort, wishing someone would come along and make their lives Great Again. Typically, the genocidal march of the United States across North America is depicted by white folks as brave adventurism. The white consensus opinion

"stipulates" to a world condition which puts everyone else at a disadvantage. And then that white supremacist world view wields its power, its manifest destiny, in a cruel and ugly way against the "others." The funny thing is that generations of down-on-theirluck, poor white people have been content with wretched conditions because they always rationalized that at least they were white Americans. Ever since black people have been among white people in this country, black people have been abused. Whites whip their black


subjects, then dare them to not cry out in pain. Never mind that this white consensus opinion doesn't even recognize that black people might harbor painful feelings about ongoing police cruelty — sure there are plenty of "bad hombres" who are black and need to be dealt with, but what we're seeing now because it's caught on video, is nothing but cruel, vicious, hate, practiced upon captive black people by an imperial power: Mighty Whitey. Never mind that sewer slime reality. This is America. White

people want to canonize these hate-filled, racist cops instead of prosecuting and punishing them. White people just don't get that. They know a thousand and one justifications for wicked behavior by cops. They ignore the pain it causes. They don't get it. In my home state Mississippi, four white high school students recently put a noose around the neck of a black child. No one has been punished. I can't understand how there was not universal outrage especially among white folks? Do white folks think it's OK for children to put


a noose around a black child's neck? What if it had been a white child? In Mississippi — anywhere on earth! — that scenario is all about race. Black people get "woke." White people, come to your senses! I've seen this same kind of disgusting behavior by white folks, for no reason except hate, since I was a child. But white folks don't even want black folks to so much as say, "ouch." So San Francisco 49ers quar-

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LIFESTYLE Coach Carter Shares His Strategy for Success

Famed Motivator Chats with Top-Ranked HU Basketball Team

34-7, but for one group of HU students, the weekend secured memories that they’ll remember The Howard University [HU] for years to come. The HU basketball team, 5Former high school basketball coach, Ken “Coach Carter” Carter, speaks to the Howard University basketball team on Saturfootball team may have fallen short of their goal last week- ranked #1 in their division as day, Oct. 22 in the team’s locker room and encourages them to exceed expectations on the court and off. / Photo by Shevry Lassiter end, losing to the still unbeaten their season opening game ap- then sat down with sports legend on his life got it “95.5 percent at the numbers and be realistic Mid-Eastern Conference leaders proaches Nov. 11, finished prac- Coach Carter whose life made correct,” spoke to the players in too,” he said. “Only one out of North Carolina A&T Aggies, tice on Saturday, Oct. 22, and headlines in 2005 when Samuel their locker room – teasing, ca- every 500,000 players makes it L. Jackson portrayed the coach joling and laughing with them – to the professional league. That in the box office smash “Coach then turning to the more serious means you’ve got to be prepared purpose for his visit. Carter.” for life after basketball. Even Obie Award-Winning Coming-of-Age Story: “You kids get paid by the val- those who make it usually end In the movie, Coach Ken Carter takes over the head coaching ue you bring to the team not by their career by the time they’re job for the basketball team at his the hour,” he said. “And playing 30. But with the average human former high school Richmond on a sports team prepares you for life span now at 100, that means where he played and broke re- bigger platforms on which you’ll you have 70 more years of life. cords. The team undergoes a be called to play for the rest of You’ve got to be prepared for transformation of attitude, char- your lives. Winners do one thing what happens next.” acter and ability while learning – win.” “Knowledge is not power. “I know you all want to buy Knowledge is the execution of what life is like when winning that special house for your moth- power. This year with the abilibecomes the norm. In real life, Carter now lives in ers one day. But first you have to ties and talent you have on this Texas where he has founded and invest in your future. That means team, you have a unique oppordirects an all-boys junior high putting in extra hours, remem- tunity. But you’ve got to push school. He joined the Howard bering that you’re both a team yourselves, come early to the team at the invitation of their and a family. And then approach- gym and stay late,” he said. coaching staff and athletic direc- ing this season with a ‘get it done Carter shared his four keys to tor as a means of encouraging the now’ attitude.” success. “Sometimes it may be a bit young men as they enter a season “First, be accountable. Secin which they’ve been predicted overwhelming, particularly for ond, you’ve got to have integrity. you younger players, because you Third, remember that you have to excel. “While our first game this year know you have a target on your to be a great follower before you isn’t until Nov. 11, all of October backs this season since you’re the can be a great leader. Finally, feels like the season has already top-rated team in your confer- never forget that you are part of a begun,” said Athletic Director ence,” he said. “That’s when the team so think team.” Kery Davis. “Anytime you can older players have to step forAssistant Coach Catrell Coubring someone like Coach Carter ward.” treyer commented on Carter’s Carter remains proud of the motivating message. with a winning experience it’s alUse code fact that every player on his ways a plus.” “We all realize that this is a big ‘INFORMER35’ “The team has high expecta- Richmond teams went on to earn season for us. But we always exto save 35% tions and we wanted someone their diplomas – graduating from pect great things from our playof the caliber of Coach Carter high school and college. Many of ers. We teach our players that to share his philosophy and keys his former players now hold posi- they’re already champions so we for embracing a winning atti- tions of leadership in their home- don’t really have to do anything tude and the work ethic that’s he town of Richmond, California. By Kirsten Greenidge differently. It’s all about | 202-399-7993 ext 2 “Anyone who plays college tency, focus, hopefully staying taught his players and lived himAt the Atlas Performing Arts Center basketball hopes to make it to healthy and being great every self,” Davis said. Carter, who said the film based the NBA but you’ve got to look day,” he said. WI By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor



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Casey J: From Georgia Classroom to Gospel Stage Joins ‘Festival of Praise’ Tour with two Billboard Hits

By D. Kevin McNeir WI Editor It’s been a whirlwind two year-period for Casey J Hobbs – a former elementary school teacher from Atlanta who said she just wanted to be obedient to God and record a few songs of praise that could encourage other people of faith. But the contemporary gospel music world has embraced her, her vocal style and her debut album, “The Truth,” including her hit single, “Fill Me Up.” In fact, the single has already spent nine weeks at #1 on the Hot Gospel Songs chart and has recently crossed over to the Adult R&B and Urban Contemporary radio formats. The album, she says, comes from John 4:23-23 with every song either talking about the truth of who God is or the truth about where we are in our need for His love. Young adults have particularly been drawn to her praise and worship style and her energetic persona. “Youth want a genuine sin-

cerity when they walk into a ‘God experience,’” said Casey J, 30, born and raised in Atlanta. “Everything is reality today, like reality TV, and it’s causing the church as an organization to be more accountable in terms of the information they’re giving to young people. Youth are displaying a tenacity that the church has not seen before and which demands a new level of evangelism in the hands of youth that is truly unique.” Casey Y joins Fred Hammond and other gospel legends as part of the Festival of Praise tour which hits the District in early November. She said it’s been an experience that she’ll never forget. “When we recorded the CD, I was still working in the classroom and my intention was not to break into the gospel industry but to follow the instruction of God. But God had a plan much bigger than I could have ever imagined. I stepped out on faith and now I’m able to see the success that He ordained.” “I think there’s room for all

kinds of subgenres within the scope of gospel music – there’s no one size fits all. The tour showcases that – from traditional foot-stomping music to more contemporary forms which I represent. We’re having a wonderful time on the tour bus too. It’s been great. But the real eye-opening part for me has been the conversations we’ve had on the bus as we move across the country.” “These artists have been doing this for a long time. They’ve done well. And I’m learning from them. Learning how to grow and navigate my way through this industry. And I’ve realized that my form of ministry is something that many people desire. I’m called to corporate worship and am called to create spaces for people so that they can do more than just

watch – they can become engaged and participate with me in worshiping God.” As for her former days in the classroom, Casey J said she hasn’t totally abandoned her penchant for educating others. “I am passionate about worship education and hope to be even more creative in developing ways to help churches and faith-based organizations as they bring more of the faithful into spaces where they are comfortable in connecting to God,” she said. “I guess you could say that I’m still teaching – it’s just in slightly different ways and with other forms of expression.” Look for Casey J at WI Casey J Hobbs / Courtesy photo

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District Musician to Be Featured on 'Empire' By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer Most musicians don't get their first big break in front of millions of people on the nation's biggest television show. But Desmond Barnes isn't most musicians. The District native and Morgan State University alum is getting the opportunity of a lifetime over the next several weeks because music he's written, arranged and produced with superstar producer and songwriter Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins will be featured on the top-rated Fox TV show "Empire" beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 2. "It is my first really big gig. Yeah, I'm excited," said Barnes, the son of Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes and her husband, Lafayette Barnes. "We'll have about five songs over several episodes." Barnes' success comes as little surprise to those who know him, particularly his parents. "God blessed me and my husband with two very talented and

wonderful sons," Rolark Barnes said. "It was clear that both were destined for greatness, and that Desmond would make his mark in the arts." Desmond Barnes and his brother, Lafayette Barnes IV, both lent their vocal talents to the DC Boys' Choir before eventually taking piano lessons. However, it was when Desmond began listening to rap and hip-hop in middle school that his mother realized that he could hear things in the music that others could not. "That was when I realized that he had a gift," Rolark Barnes said. Desmond dates his success back even further. He recalls being the youngest in a local D.C. rap group called Southeast Connection. But as the elder members of the group moved on, Barnes said he found himself without any partners to make beats with. "So I did it on my own," he said. He began making music for and producing such acts as Peso and Pacman, two local rap stars

5Desmond Barnes will soon realize his musical dreams. / WI who two years ago raised money to travel to North Korea to shoot a historic rap music video. Barnes, who also once worked as a staff assistant to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), has been called a triple threat in the music industry, being a producer, writer and artist who has worked with Atlantic Records


and has had his tracks placed in an innovative iPhone app called Smart Studio Recording by SS Series LLC. He recently signed a publishing deal with the famed Darkchild Music, headed by Jerkins, who has collaborated with some of the music industry's biggest stars included the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Through Darkchild, the opportunity to produce tracks for "Empire" was realized. "When they took the music away from Timbland last season, Rodney Jerkins became the main producer for the current season and that's how it happened," Barnes said. "He's been calling me into the studio and we've been writing songs. It's exciting, it's

definitely the biggest thing I've done." Rolark Barnes said she and her husband just couldn't ignore how determined their son was and how much time he spent teaching himself and learning from others, noting the leap Barnes took to move to Los Angeles this year away from the security of his beloved family and friends. "We are extremely proud of what he's been able to accomplish and grateful that he has some great folks and renowned professionals," Rolark Barnes said. "For a young man, the road has been long and bumpy, but he stays positive and keeps grinding. We will be sitting front and center when one of his songs will premiere on 'Empire.' That's big." WI

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Student Dances to Excel in Life By William J. Ford WI Staff Writer @jabariwill DeAndre Johnson sat on the side of a stage at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast tying green rope around his feet, ankles and legs to practice walking and dancing on wooden stilts. The energetic 13-year-old, who also plays football for Sousa Middle School in Southeast, comes to assist elementary students at his former school as part of the "Savoy Players" dance troupe. "Dancing is what I do — it helps me to express my feelings," he said before prancing around the Savoy cafeteria standing more than nine feet high. "I can dance. It makes me feel good." DeAndre is part of a program called "Speak Life Tour," which encourages youth and young adults to express themselves through dance, music, painting and other art forms. He will be one of 15 people from the D.C. area and Baltimore to receive an award during the program's third annual gala Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Stonefish Grill in Northwest. Since DeAndre joined the tour in May, he showcased his hip-hop dance moves with other youth in Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina, New York City and Norfolk, Virginia. DeAndre's mother, Sherita Johnson, admits without dancing his life could be more complicated. Johnson said DeAndre has a 504 education plan, which permits him to receive certain accommodations to ensure a smooth learning environment without the need for specialized instruction. Because DeAndre has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Johnson says teachers and other school officials allow her son to dance as a way to calm down. To ensure DeAndre's grades stay on par, Johnson said she's seeking a math tutor. "It just brightens my day up when I see him dance," Johnson, 34, said while smiling at DeAndre walking on the stilts. "We struggle. Being a single mom, it can be rough living in the Southeast area. It just brings joy to my heart seeing him do what he likes to do. If he doesn't do nothing else, he's turn the music on and starts dancing." The brainchild behind the tour, Catherine Trotter, 36, of Brentwood, Maryland, said the tour stems from the NB Youth Academy she founded in 2002 after graduating from Morgan State University in Baltimore. While attending Morgan State, Trotter noticed teenagers constantly

YOU DECIDE 2016 5DeAndre Johnson, 13, is part of the "Speak Life Tour," which helps youth and young adults express themselves through dance, music and other art forms. / Photo by Roy Lewis walking and posting up on the streets daily. She planned to attend law school because of her bachelor's degree in political science. However, she decided to establish a nonprofit to help teenagers and those her age succeed. DeAndre fits the profile of the academy's target group ages 12 to 24 who mainly come from single-parent households, are adopted or in foster care. The Baltimore-based academy holds various programs on learning how to save money, peer mentoring and career planning. The youth and young adults at the academy, who call Trotter "Ms. Cat," wanted to have open mic sessions in 2013 for poetry, hip-hop and other spoken-word events that attracted up to 100 youth throughout Baltimore. The following year, the Speak Life Tour was created with young people conducting visual and performing arts locally and in cities along the East Coast. Besides continuing to help more youth find their artistic talents, Trotter wants to open a second location for her academy next year in Southeast. "It's really stimulating the gifts that's inside of them and motivating them to be what they want to be," she said. "It's about youth inspiring other youth." For more information on the Speak Life Tour, go to and the youth academy at WI




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Psychologists: Why We Like to Be Scared By Stacy M. Brown WI Senior Writer As Halloween approaches, goons, goblins and ghosts have popped up just about everywhere as local residents and those around the country have begun to immerse themselves into everything that's fear-related. Movies — even those that have been on the shelf for decades such as "The Exorcist," "The Shining" and "The Blair Witch Project" — are consumed around the clock and haunted house tours sell out quickly. It all leads to the question: why do Americans like to be scared? "Humans have had a love-hate relationship with their fear responses for thousands of years," said Dr. W. Jesse Gill, a licensed clinical psychologist with Psychological Health Affiliates, an organization of psychologists and therapists devoted to helping people resolve psychological problems. "When we talk about fear, we

are really referring to the human fight-or-flight response," Gill said. "In moments of danger, our whole nervous system and physiology spring into action in a fraction of a second. Through the fight-or-flight response, major muscle groups are empowered, breathing takes on an action-oriented pattern, while our bodies are cooled and made lightweight for action." For those who like to be frightened, particularly in settings like a haunted house, "it provides a diversion from an individual's typical and decidedly less-exciting day-to-day life," said Dr. Lou Manza, a professor and chair of Psychology at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. "There's a deep literature in psychology that gets into the need for people to have something in life that they enjoy, something that they pursue in their leisure time," Manza said. "Without these, life can get a bit boring, depressing. What each per-

son chooses, however, is dictated by personal preferences and, for some, being scared fills this role." In her 2015 book, "Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear," self-proclaimed fear junkie Margee Kerr confronts roller coasters, haunted houses, heights, abandoned prisons, ghosts and even death. Kerr's love affair with fear began early. A ride on the Comet, Hershey Park's oldest roller coaster, at age 11, and an encounter with a faux corpse at a Scottish highland fair in Maryland, and she was hooked. "I was even yelled at by my sixthgrade teacher for bringing in a book on witchcraft that had a drawing of a naked woman inside," Kerr said. "[The teacher said], 'That's inappropriate, Margee.'" In "Scream," Kerr is untroubled by such niceties as she travels the world in search of greater and greater fears. The author climbs aboard the steepest roller coaster in the world,


5With Halloween approaching, many individuals young and old will enjoy the fear and excitement of being scared. / Courtesy photo

the Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Japan. The 3,300-foot, two-minute ride features a 121- degree loop in which the track, 141 feet above ground, curves back against itself. "As the car inched forward over the peak," Kerr writes, "my legs started shaking uncontrollably, and I kept repeating 'Oh my God.' … Finally, the car tipped over the apex and dove toward the ground. I started screaming louder than I ever have before, as tears streamed down my face." The concept of hedonic consumption refers to consumers' desire to consume experiences that generate emotions and many individuals enjoy the pleasure of experiencing such emotions, said Dr. Vassilis Dalakas, a professor of marketing at Cal State San Marcos University. "There is not much of a practical

functional benefit but the focus is instead on the emotional arousal," Dalakas said. "What's interesting is that, in this case, pleasure is derived not just by positive emotions, like joy, but also by negative emotions, like sadness or fear." Asked what action to take with young children who want to take fear to an extreme, Manza said it depends on the individual. "It [also] depends on what you mean by extreme," Manza said. "Inducing fright by jumping in front of a car wouldn't be good. Watching a horror film in the comfort of your home, though is clearly not as life-threatening. I'd say for anyone who can't handle it, simply don't put yourself in the situation to start with." For the full version of this story, go to WI




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LIFESTYLE Solange Knowles Demands 'Seat at the Table' By Lauren Poteat WI Contributing Writer Portrayed as a project on black identity, Solange Knowles' newly released third studio album, "A Seat at the Table," serves as a modern-day memoir of black survival. Released on Sept. 30, Solange weaves her latest album with messages of grief, independence, empowerment and healing with powerful song titles such as "Rise," "Mad" and "Don't Touch My Hair," just to name a few. The 21-track album features guests appearances by Kelly Rowland, Lil Wayne, Kelela, Q-Tip and The-Dream, co-executive produced by Solange and neo-soul artist Rapahel Saadiq, opens up with the instruction to "fall in your ways, so you can wake up and rise" solidifying Solange's message of black pride. In a recent article published by BET, critiques give Beyonce's little sister extreme praise for her passion, innova-

5Solange Knowles /Courtesy of Columbia Records tion and strength on the album. "Thankfully, Solange's 'A Seat at the Table' is the journal we don't get the time to write, the conversations we don't get to have and the exclamations we're too tired to repeat," the BET article said. In the album, Solange also includes rhetoric from her father, Matthew Knowles, who describes his troubles growing up down South, detailing events of being spit on as one of the first black students at a

school in the South, and from her mother Tina, who, on an interlude titled "Tina Taught Me," rebuts the statement of "White Lives Matter." With so much heightened controversy concerning poor race relations in America, "A Seat at the Table" does a wonderful job of dismantling and reassembling black America, focusing on the gifts of healing, celebration, community and an unapologetic sense of blackness. WI

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ARIES Shared resources, business matters, and transformation are all on the agenda.

This can be an opportunity to look beneath the surface in a relationship or key situation and perhaps change your thinking or beliefs so as to positively affect it. At the same time, a deep-seated source of restlessness could inspire you to disregard your responsibilities and focus more on pleasure. Lucky Numbers: 7, 12, 23

TAURUS Relationships come into focus this week encouraging you to take stock of

your friendships, social life, and closest connections. This could encourage you to rewrite the script in order to improve matters. Where money is concerned, you may splurge just as you're getting ahead. Avoid doing so. Lucky Numbers: 2, 9, 19

GEMINI The focus shifts to your sector of lifestyle, work, and wellness issues, so this can be an opportunity to consider how well you're doing in this area. If you feel dissatisfied research other options. However, check out the prices before you commit, as the most expensive isn't necessarily the best. Lucky Numbers: 25, 28, 47 CANCER The coming weeks can provide you with opportunities to showcase your

skills and let others know just how talented you are. Whether you're a great cook, craftsperson, artist, or musician, this isn't the time to hide. Also, a restless blend of energies could make you impatient. Understanding is the better response. Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 58

LEO Over this week it may be time to get serious about a plan, project, or even love relationship that you've been dabbling in for some time. Decide whether it's a worthwhile investment. Matters on the home front take center stage, so you may find yourself involved with entertaining, DIY, and other such matters. Go easy on Friday, as an impulsive move could backfire. Lucky Numbers: 1, 22, 26

VIRGO Although the focus on your financial sector could encourage you to splurge, your instinct may be to cut back when it comes to home and family expenses. You may find ways you can reduce your bills and still live comfortably. All your efforts could be thwarted if you spend impulsively. In fact, avoid doing anything on the spur of the moment and you'll save yourself a lot of trouble. Lucky Numbers: 27, 34, 45 LIBRA The week ahead can be excellent for business deals so long as you're prepared to investigate the facts and you don't take anything for granted. With Venus linking to both Saturn and Neptune, a realistic approach is essential if you're going to get the best out of discussions or offers. You may need to tread with care concerning a conflict between you and a partner or family member. Lucky Numbers: 5, 13, 31 SCORPIO You'll feel a lot more in control of situations this week. The coming weeks can be excellent for pursuing those plans and projects that have personal meaning for you. It's also time to take stock of your goals, as certain ones may no longer be applicable. There could be disruptions to your routine over this week, as unexpected events could intrude. Don't put anything off to the last minute! Lucky Numbers: 12, 23, 32 SAGITTARIUS The coming weeks can be a good opportunity to reflect upon and

release emotions that may be draining your energy. Take time out for reflection and meditation, this can be very helpful. You could get quite businesslike about certain relationships, especially those in which people have taken you for granted. Finally, if someone tries to persuade you to go on an expensive outing, don't do it. Lucky Numbers: 3, 20, 52

CAPRICORN After the intensity of last week, there may still be a residue of conflict between you and a family member. Rather than get emotional about things, focus on the facts of the situation. Once you have these, you'll be in a better position to negotiate or find a compromise. If you feel you've been wronged, a heart-to-heart chat can help you resolve this. Finally, your social life looks a lot more positive. Lucky Numbers: 22, 25, 48 AQUARIUS The coming weeks could see you getting excited about your career plans or current ambitions. This is your opportunity to impress key people by showcasing your many talents. While this can be liberating, avoid alienating close friends. In addition, committing to a new club or group could be beneficial. Lucky Numbers: 7, 20, 31 PISCES The intensity of last week lessens, but when it comes to planning for the future you may be eager to find an experience or interest that satisfies you emotionally. You may be looking for something that not only teaches you about life but also changes you as a person. With Venus and Saturn in the topmost sector of your chart, you could also get very serious about a key ambition. If someone has advice for you, take it. Lucky Numbers: 4, 40, 49 34 OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 2, 2016

wi book reviewA "We Gon' Be Alright" by Jeff Chang c.2016, Picador $16 ($22 Canada) 193 pages

You Had Hope that Things Might be Better By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer We elected a black man as president, and there was a minute where you could almost see a bit of racial optimism. And then: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, #BlackLivesMatter, and are we back to where we started? Did we ever really make any progress at all? In the new book "We Gon' Be Alright" by Jeff Chang, the answer is maybe — and it's fixable. The last four years have been rough. Every time you turn on the TV or grab a newspaper, it seems as though another black life has been lost and "the list never seems to cease," says Chang. It's a trend that's escalated to the point that it's now "blown into white America as well," which should coalesce us but actually seems to divide us all the more. We seem, as Chang says, to have "slid back toward segregation." The current political climate isn't helping. Over the past 12 months, whites who felt "undone" by wage gaps and who had "fears of falling" flocked to a candidate that understood how to gain their support by pointing accusing fingers at Mexicans, the Chinese and Muslims. When demonstrations were held to protest this, violence broke out, which only fueled the fires. Diversity, says Chang, has become a "buzzword." Schools strive for it but often do it wrong. Hollywood is still "overwhelmingly white," as are the C-Suites of most major corporations. Colleges struggle with issues of affirmative action, while black students make the same demands of their administrations that they've been making "for three decades now." And then there's housing. Chang uses San Francisco as an example: as the tech industry grows, once-black neighborhoods with affordable rents have been taken over by new, elite, mostly-white residents. Overall, "cities are becoming wealthier and whiter," they're becoming divided largely by income, and housing projects are being torn down, bringing us full-circle back to resegregation. "The revolution is never complete," Chang says. "But redemption is out there for us if we are always in the process of finding love and grace." So what can be done? I didn't think author Jeff Chang had many concrete solutions here, but in "We Gon' Be Alright," he offers an ocean of hope. In the meantime — long before you get to that — Chang's provocative essays are wide and quite discouraging. Here, he writes of all that's wrong in an effort to show how we might feel like we've made occasional progress but that nothing's really changed. Through resegregation, our "progress" is just a problem, rearranged. Most assuredly, that doesn't make this an eager read. And yet, there's grace inside Chang's observations — grace, which is exactly what he advocates in the end, in a stunning chapter that brings this whole book to a pinnacle. I wondered if perhaps this book is pocket-sized on purpose: it seems like something you might want to tuck away close and consume in short bursts, in order to ponder. With "We Gon' Be Alright," that kind of reading might be better. WI




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SPORTS Wizards Finish Preseason Strong, Blow Out Raptors 6 Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. takes on Toronto Raptors center

Lucas Nogueira during the Wizards' 119-82 home win in both teams' final preseason game on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Verizon Center in northwest D.C. / Photo by John E. De Freitas

5 Washington Wizards guard John Wall drives past Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet during the Wizards' 119-82 home win in both teams' final preseason game on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Verizon Center in northwest D.C. / Photo by John E. De Freitas

5 Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll drives against Washington

Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. during the Wizards' 119-82 home win in both teams' final preseason game on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Verizon Center in northwest D.C. / Photo by John E. De Freitas

3 Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet tries to get past Washington Wizards

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SPORTS North Carolina A&T Spoils HU Homecoming 3 North Carolina A&T running back Amos Williams breaks free from Howard

Bison linebacker David Lee for a touchdown run during the Aggies' 34-7 win in what was Howard's homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 22 at William H. Greene Stadium in northwest D.C. / Photo by John E. De Freitas

6 Howard Bison wide receiver Kyle Anthony is tackled by North Carolina A&T linebacker Marcus Albert during the Aggies' 34-7 win in what was Howard's homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 22 at William H. Greene Stadium in northwest D.C. /Photo by John E. De FreitasD.C. / Photo by John E. De Freitas

6 North Carolina A&T cornerback Marquis Willis misses an interception opportunity while defending Howard Bison wide

receiver Kyle Anthony during the Aggies' 34-7 win in what was Howard's homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 22 at William H. Greene Stadium in northwest D.C. / Photo by John E. De Freitas

3 North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen slips past a Howard Bison defender en route to a touchdown during the Aggies' 34-7 win in what was Howard's homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 22 at William H. Greene Stadium in northwest



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HUGHES from Page 1 butions which extend far beyond her financial gift, the University’s School of Communication has been renamed in her honor. (A private ceremony of family and friends took place just before the Sunday afternoon brunch). During the three-hour celebratory brunch, Hughes could be seen raising her hands toward heaven as the Howard University Gospel Choir accompanied Richard Smallwood in “Total Praise. Later, she appeared front and center getting her groove on as Sugar Bear and the Go-Go band EU took guests down memory lane with the ever-popular dance tune “Da Butt.” Special guests included: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.); local leaders of the Nation of Islam; the Rev. Al Sharpton; Dick Gregory; D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton; boxing promoter Rock Newman; and veteran radio personalities like Butch “The Coach” McAdams. TV personality and co-star of “Black-ish” Anthony Anderson served as the MC. Howard University President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick said the renaming serves as part of his ongoing effort to transform Howard into “one of the most rigorous academic environments in the country.” “The Cathy Hughes School of Communications will push students to higher heights. She has raised the bar with her own example and we now have an opportunity to raise the bar even further,” he said. Alfred C. Liggins III, CEO of Radio One since 1997, said: “My mother and I have been partners since 1980 – that’s 36 years – and the principles she learned at Howard University, giving back to the community, the uplift, the education and the advocacy of the African-American community have been instilled in me and in our company. It’s not just a job and it’s more than a career – it’s a mission that makes the effort

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own drumbeats, we used and still use drums which she provided,” Sharpton added. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said: “Cathy Hughes had a charge to keep as the song goes and she continues to accept that charge – making life better for others.” During her remarks which she gave at the end of the brunch, Hughes said “grateful” summarized her feelings. “I remember being the first division of Howard to move into Freedman’s Hospital. It had been closed for years. We were pioneers. It was like the Wild, Wild West. There were critters, plaster falling down, no bathrooms working, you name it. But now to see it redone with my name and the dedication, I thank God, I thank God, I thank God and I thank Dr. Frederick and Dean Gracie. It is such an honor,” she said. WI Editor D. Kevin McNeir contributed to this article. WI

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Malcolm Beech of the National Business League encourages blacks to "start investment clubs" and hold regular conversations about investments, mutual funds and annuities. Dorinda Walker, director of Women and Multicultural Marketing for Prudential's U.S. business, said Prudential has over $1 trillion under management and "is bringing financial empowerment to African-American communities." Prudential gave $1 million to fund construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Prudential gave $2 million more for five-year sponsorship of the museum's "Power of Place" exhibition. Walker, a supporter of the Titans tour, said Prudential offers sales and business professionals access to a diverse marketplace and actively seek employees, vendors and business associates eager to build with Prudential in the financial services industry. WI

that we understand that America's business is business. Johns, a former deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, a federal agency which provides small businesses with access to capital and government contracts, counseling and training, pointed out that "blacks should encourage and support entrepreneurship." "We all have that opportunity in the consumer decisions that we make and in the purchases that we do to support black businesses," Johns said. Successful Washingtonians in attendance such as Armentha "Mike" Cruise, president and CEO of The Aspen Group, and Karl Racine, D.C.'s first elected attorney general, who said blacks "need to work hard in a collective manner. We have to be conscious to amass thing of value to pass along to the next generation."



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Ready, Set, Vote! Do African-Americans really believe black lives matter? If so, why is there so much voter apathy? Can voting change the landscape in black communities as it has within the lives of other groups? If voting can change the landscape in our communities, how do you suppose it will happen? Then there are others of you out there who ponder this question: Why bother to vote? Join the upcoming "Ready, Set, Vote" Community forum Saturday Oct. 29 at noon at Metropolitan AME Church in D.C. at 1518 M Street NW, where the senior pastor is Rev. Dr. William Lamar IV. The Social Justice Community Outreach Ministry, chaired by Rev. Aisha Karimah,is inviting everyone out to let your voices be heard. Join co-moderators Maureen Bunyan, WJLA anchor, and Paul Holston, editor-in-chief of The Hilltop newspaper, along with forum panelists Colbert I. King, Washington Post columnist; Elsie L. Scott, founding director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership Institute; Terrance Johnson, faculty fellow of the Department of Theology at Georgetown University's Berkeley Center; Kenishia Grant, assistant political science professor at Howard University; and myself and others in this timely and significant conversation. Let's discuss the question that Rev. Karimah posed: Why bother to vote? Here's why: The Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965, aimed to put an end to those who would prevent African-Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment (1870) to the Constitution of the United States. Turning Hearts Church

Johnson, who assumed the presidency in November 1963 upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy, pushed for legislation to improve the American way of life, such as stronger voting-rights laws. In 1965, at the time of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, there were six African-American members of the U.S. House of Representatives and no blacks in the U.S. Senate. By 1971, there were 13 members of the House and one black member of the Senate. After the U.S. Civil War (186165), the 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibited states from denying a male citizen the right to vote based on "race, color or previous condition of servitude." Nevertheless, in the ensuing decades, various discriminatory practices were used to prevent African-Americans, particularly those in the South, from exercising their right to vote. During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, one event that outraged many Americans occurred on March 7, 1965, when peaceful participants in a voting rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital in Montgomery were met by Alabama state troopers who attacked them with nightsticks, tear gas and whips after they refused to turn back. Some protesters were severely beaten, and others ran for their lives. The incident was captured on national television. This caused Johnson to call for comprehensive voting rights legislation. In a speech to a joint session of Congress on March 15, 1965, the president outlined the devious ways in which election officials denied African-American citizens the vote. As seen in the movie "Selma,"

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Virgil K. Thomas, Sr. Senior Pastor/ Teacher

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

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

Service and Times Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist Email: All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.



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

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

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

Church of Living Waters

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church

Crusader Baptist Church

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor

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

Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan Pastor

Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews Senior Pastor

Harold Andrew Assistant Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E-mail: “God is Love”

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ

St. Stephen Baptist Church

Third Street Church of God

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

Drs. Dennis W. & Christine Y. Wiley Pastors

Bishop Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. Senior Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessed Word of Life Church E-mail:

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

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

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

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

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

“We are one in the Spirit” E-mail:

“Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital”

Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church

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

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

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

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

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Rev. John W. Davis Pastor

Joseph N. Evans, Ph.D Senior Pastor

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

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

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

Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

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

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RELIGION Shabbath Commandment Church

All Nations Baptist Church

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

Bishop Adrian A. Taylor, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert Senior Pastor

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

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

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

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

“Where Jesus is the King”

Lincoln Park United Methodist Church

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

Rev. Dr. Diane Dixon Proctor Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

Eastern Community Baptist Church

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

New Commandment Baptist Church

Dr. Lucius M. Dalton Senior Pastor

Damion M. Briggs Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

“Real Worship for Real People” Website: Email:

Salem Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

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St. Matthews Baptist Church

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

Emmanuel Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

Christ Embassy DC

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

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

“The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address

Shiloh Baptist Church

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor

Rev. Curtis l. Staley Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

Rev. Reginald M. Green, Sr. Interim Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Administration No. 2016 ADM 1132

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1128

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1170

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1172

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1150

Audrey C. Lucas Decedent

Mary Corazon Talaro Decedent

Ruth T. Washington Decedent

Cheryl Chapman Henderson, Esq. 4920 Niagara Road, Suite 200 College Park, MD 20740 Attorney

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

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




Sharon M. Lucas, whose address is 1128 Galloway Street, NE, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Audrey C. Lucas who died on July 14, 2016 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 20, 2017. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 20, 2017, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Norma T. Blomberg, whose address is 2571 Heron Drive, Woodburn, OR 97071, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Mary Corazon Talaro who died on August 21, 2016 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 20, 2017. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 20, 2017, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

William J. Washington, whose address is 3111 Q Street, SE, Washington, DC 20020, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Ruth T. Washington who died on November 11, 2008 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 20, 2017. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 20, 2017, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Date of first publication: October 20, 2016

Date of first publication: October 20, 2016

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Norma T. Blomberg Personal Representative



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Elaine Greene Decedent Nigel L. Scott, Esquire 7306 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Vybert Greene, whose address is 63 Silo Range Road, Orland Park, IL 60467, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Elaine Greene who died on April 16, 2015 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 13, 2017. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 13, 2017, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: October 13, 2016 Vybert Greene Personal Representative

Wilhelmina B. Walden Decedent Shanelle C. Patterson 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20004 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Deborah J. Walden, whose address is 1200 45th Place SE, Washington, DC 20019 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Wilhelmina B. Walden who died on January 7, 2016 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 13, 2017. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 13, 2017, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: October 13, 2016 Deborah J. Walden Personal Representative

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2016 ADM 1175 Denise M. Rhodes Decedent Michelle Lanchester, Esq. 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 900, South Building Washington, DC 20004 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Karen R. Rhodes, whose address is 3600 39th Ave., Apt. A, Colmar Manor, MD 20722, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Denise M. Rhodes who died on August 27, 2016 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 20, 2017. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 20, 2017, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.


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NOTICE! to all Municipalities. Local and National Governments. STATES. U.S. Agents. Attorneys. Corporations. Persons. Vessels. Counties. Militaries. Courts. United States of America. UNITED STATES. UNITED NATIONS. and to Territories in Possession of UNITED STATES. United States d/b/a Department of Home Land Security. United States Treasury Department. United Nations and United Nations Security Counsel. Vatican. Indian tribes, Associated Bands and Clans. The following election to Occupy the Office of General Executor for JACQUELINE DENISE BROWN, Estate was held in the City of Washington, District of Columbia on July 4, 1960. For which “I” Jacqueline Denise family Brown, a America National, A woman standing on the land Amexem/North America. I have now accepted the position of General Executor, and General Guardian of the divine Estate gifted and granted me by the Divine Creator. Therefore, I affirm and declare that upon occupying this office, I will not be responsible for the payments of any debts or obligations of the United States of America and neither for any payments or Obligations of any debts for any United States Person/citizen. =============================================== By, ____Jacqueline Denise Brown. GENERAL EXECUTOR ===============================================

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1211 Thomas “Tommie” Henderson, Jr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Argentina Henderson, whose address is 7937 Fiske Ave., Glenarden, MD 20706, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Thomas “Tommie” Henderson, Jr. who died on September 8, 2016 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 27, 2017. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 27, 2017, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: October 27, 2016 Argentina Henderson Personal Representative


Date of first publication: October 20, 2016

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TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2016 ADM 1223 Isaac T. Dailey Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Christine E. Robinson, whose address is 5207 Kenmont Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Isaac T. Dailey who died on July 9, 2016 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 27, 2017. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 27, 2017, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: October 27, 2016 Christine E. Robinson Personal Representative


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Administration No. 2015 ADM 1003

Audrey C. Lucas whose address was 1112 Hamilton Street, NE, Washington, DC 20011 created a revocable trust on May 15, 2009, which remained in existence on the date of her death on July 14, 2016, and Sharon M. Lucas, whose address is 1128 Galloway Street, NE, Washington, DC 20011, is the currently acting trustee, hereinafter the Trustee. Communications to the Trust should be mailed or directed to Sharon M. Lucas at 1128 Galloway Street, NE, Washington, DC 20011.

Dolores Lavonne McMillan-Trimiar aka D.

The Trust is subject to claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors, costs of administration of the settlor’s estate, the expense of the deceased settlor’s funeral and disposal of remains, and statutory allowances to a surviving spouse and children to the extent the deceased settlor’s residuary probate estate is inadequate to satisfy those claims, costs, expenses, and allowances.

College Park, MD 20740

Claims of the deceased settlor’s creditors are barred as against the Trustee and the trust property unless presented to the Trustee at the address provided herein on or before April 27, 2017(6 months after the date of the first publication of this notice.) An action to contest the validity of this trust must be commenced by the earliest of (1) July 14, 2017, (One year from date of death of deceased settlor) (2), April 27, 2017 (6 months from the date of first publication of this notice) or (3) Ninety days after the Trustee sends the person a copy of the trust instrument and a notice informing the person of the trust’s existence, of the Trustee’s name and address, and of the time allowed for commencing a proceeding.

Lavonne M. Yahn aka Lavonne McMillanTrimiar

Decedent Cheryl Chapman Henderson, Esq. 4920 Niagara Road, Suite 200 Attorney


James C. McMillan, whose address is 1915 Drexmore Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27406, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Dolores Levonne McMillan-

Trimiar aka D. Levonne M. Yahn aka Lavonne McMillan-Trimiar, who died on May 14, 2015

with a Will. 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,

The Trustee may proceed to distribute the trust property in accordance with the terms of the trust before the expiration of the time within which an action must be commenced unless the Trustee knows of a pending judicial proceeding contesting the validity of the trust or the Trustee has received notice from a potential contestant who thereafter commences a judicial proceeding within sixty days after notification.

N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C.

This Notice must be mailed postmarked within 15 days of its first publication to each heir and qualified beneficiary of the trust and any other person who would be an interested person within the meaning of D.C. Code 20-101(d).

James C. McMillan

20001, on or before April 27, 2017. Date of first publication: October 27, 2016

Personal Representative

Date of First Publication: October 27, 2016


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Administration No. 2016 ADM 000570

Administration No. 2016 ADM 1215

Harold L. Sanders Decedent Deborah D. Boddie 1308 Ninth Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Nichelle Sanders, whose address is 357 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn, NW 11238, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Harold L. Sanders who died on December 11, 2015 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 27, 2017. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 27, 2017, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: October 27, 2016 Nichelle Sanders Personal Representative

Angela C. Taylor Decedent Gerald R. Belton 1101 L Street, NW, #806 Washington, DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS John R. Parham and Edith Stevenson, whose addresses are 2006 Lawrence St., NE, Washington, DC 20018 and 4421 Windy Pines Bend, Portsmouth, VA 23703 were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Angela C. Taylor who died on January 1, 2015 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 27, 2017. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 27, 2017, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: October 27, 2016


John R. Parham Edith Stevenson Personal Representative

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This system is a disgrace. We need a constitutional amendment that guarantees citizens the right to vote, something that is not now in the Constitution. Congress would have the clear authority to create a unified voting system with minimum commonsense standards. Then we need an aroused citizenry that demands that Congress act to curb the role of big money in politics. We deserve a unified, national electoral system that guarantees

every citizen a protected right to vote, the most fundamental right of all in a democracy. If Trump were talking about these realities, maybe he'd deserve a hearing. Instead, he's braying about the same media that helped him reach where he is today. In the end, he sounds simply like a loser, whining about the inescapable reality that his brand of divisive and hateful politics will be rejected by most voters at the polls this November. WI

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Black voters will make a difference in the outcomes of this election in counties, cities and states where they live all across this country. It will show that Black voters matter and their votes do, too.” According to an ABC News/ Washington Post poll conducted in September, 93 percent of likely Black voters favored former Secretary Hillary Clinton in the presidential race; just three percent of likely Black voters favored the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Chavis said the poll is very important during this momentous season of political change. “The NNPA newspapers reach more than 20 million Black American readers every week and we know there is a hunger and thirst for the vital information and perspectives that the results of this poll will reveal.” WI

“Homicide firearms ranked as the second leading cause of all violence-related deaths during this 14-year interval. Chicago endures a ‘Sandy Hook’ every weekend. However, Congress has been ineffective and slow to act.” Joining the town hall will be Nardyne Jefferies whose daughter died in a 2010 mass shooting in Washington, D.C. and Camiella Williams, a millennial who has suffered the loss of 28 loved ones and relatives in Chicago. Panelists will call upon Congress to: address police shootings of unarmed Black Americans; study the overlooked trauma that resides in low income communities due to gun violence by police and

civilians; and repeal the Dickey Amendment. There will also be a “Policing and Training” town hall meeting at 6 p.m. that evening at the National Press Club in Northwest, featuring a discussion on policing, police violence and training. “It will highlight the privatization of law enforcement agencies,” the group said in a statement. “Looking particularly at the fiscal structures that underlie, and at times demand, high risk policing practices, including targeting people of color for low-level offenses that result in frequent and inordinate fines as well as the rampant police shootings and killings in America.” Registration for both events closes on Thursday, Oct. 27. WI

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One reason could be that the average credit score needed to get a loan has risen substantially. In 2015 the average credit score for all new loan originations neared 750, a nearly 50-point increase from the average used in 2001. Historically, federal housing policies also gave advantages to whites that were not available to blacks. As a result, many whites were able to build up significant wealth that contributes to stronger credit profiles. At the same time, unequal mortgage lending policies made it harder for blacks to own homes and thereby denied many wealth-building opportunities that could be

shared from one generation to another. "Although the nation's banks have largely recovered from the financial crisis, the 2015 HMDA data illustrate that they are not using their rebuilt capital to create homeownership opportunities, particularly not for borrowers of color and low-income families," CRL noted. When it comes to homeownership, the facts are clear. The real question for black America is, what do we intend to do about it? Economic inclusion — not exclusion — would offer a real chance to build more black economic security. WI

Congress has already, long been in deadlock, can't get anything done. This kind of banana republic-election dissension makes the country virtually ungovernable. And yes, some — including a sitting governor — are calling for and predicting violent revolution as the only course which can right the sinking U.S. ship. The country will really be ungovernable. White folks don't get it. Americans are supposed to be in front, on top, in the lead. That is stipulated in the consensus opinion, which by the way cannot be questioned. Sure, sure, a lot of white people do get it. But there should be universal outrage around some of this madness. Nooses, even without their racial baggage symbolize savage, hateful, mob, lawlessness, the worst kind of behavior in organized societies. Why don't the perpetrators of this kind of behavior (and, of course, the rash of fraternity

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