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law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicstory, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assesspush forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further said about Marlow. training for law enforcement Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecwho reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counsel“get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradiperson can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the viclogue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow Also present at the event was said. Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatthe Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pasthe founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilan organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. and their children. Marlow has worked to break “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, years in fear is a long time. It is and is confident the policies she not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start that of,” she said. process. Mildred Muhammad said “I plan to take these policies to people who want to help a Congress and implore them to domestic violence victim must change our laws,” Marlow said. be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these polithe victim's life, and understand cies are passed.” that she may be in “survival Carol can ofbethe reached D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe wants to Tia redeploy theJones resources mode”. at Emergency Medical Services to help the department put the resources where “Before you get to 'I'm going they are most needed. /Photo courtesy of the D.C. Fire Department to kill you,' it started as a verbal WI

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Symposium Medical Services The on May 7 at the District Heights plan garnered opposition and Municipal Center. The symporesistance laid bareby by the the We represent victims of major sium was was sponsored comments of some union leadmedical malpractice such as Family and Youth Services Sandra Robinson Jack Olender cerebral palsy. ers and the rank-and-file during Center of the city of District All 5 lawyers were again elected the moreand than hearHeights the four-hour National Hook“Best Lawyers in America” 2012 ing.of Black Women. Up Karen Evans is a nurse/attorney Ellerbe testified along with Marlow has written a book, Attorney/Pediatrician Harlow Case Karen Evans Melissa Rhea “Color which and is a almost Me twoButterfly,” dozen people Robert Chabon, M.D., J.D. is story about four generations of he detailed the plan which he Of Counsel. domestic book is said wouldviolence. help theThe department inspired by her where own experiences, put resources they were and those of her grandmother, needed most. her“We mother and her this daughter. developed plan She said every time she reads based on the findings of an excerpts from her book, she still In Memoriam extensive analysis EMScame calls Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr. can not believe theofwords by day, time and location,” said Wilhelmina J. Rolark from her. “Color Me Butterfly” The Washington Informer Newspaper Ellerbe, 53. “Annually, our dewon the 2007 National “Best THE WASHINGTON INFORMER PUBLISHER partment responds to more In Memoriam Books” Award. 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son that he’s met with “continued indifference to the problem.” “I wish I could understand the indifference,” said Smith who requested protective disclosure rights to avoid retaliation. “This is well below the required amount of Emergency Medical Technicians [EMTs] and they’re holding people over when staff isn’t available.” Smith, president of Local 36, D.C. Fire Fighters Association, said EMTs are required to work 12- hours shifts after a 24-hour shift, and in many cases, staffers are denied in-service training. “People are denied the opportunity to broaden their horizons and professional knowledge so that they can move to truck companies and rescue squads,” said Smith. “People

get promotions but are stuck in the same position.” As Ellerbe changes the tone and tenor of the department, he has encountered stiff opposition in some quarters. For example, more than 100 firefighters walked out on Ellerbe last year as he concluded his “State of the Department.” They were protesting a new schedule Ellerbe was attempting to implement. He sought to make the changes because of mistakes he said employees made on the second half of 24-hour shifts. His critics characterized the move as a de facto residency requirement which would affect those firefighters living L.Y.FirefightMarlow outside of the city. ers have also been upset about

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her farewell appearance with the Metropolitan Opera singing the title role of Aida. 1985 - Congressman William H. Gray is elected chairman of the House Budget Committee, the highest congressional post held by an African American. 1990 - Fashion designer Patrick Kelly, a 35-year old native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, died in Paris. The clothing Kelly designed was worn by the Princess of Wales, Jane Seymour, the late Bette Davis, Grace Jones and Madonna. January 5 1804 - Ohio legislature passed the first of a succession of Northern Black Laws which restricted the rights and movement of free Blacks in the North. Most Northern states passed Black Laws. Constitutions of three states --Illinois, Indiana, and Oregon--barred Black settlers. 1875 - President Grant sent federal troops to Vicksburg, Mississippi. 1911 - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was founded at Indiana University by Elder Watson Diggs, and Byron Kenneth Armstrong. January 6 1831 - In London, The World Anti-Slavery Convention opens. 1867 - The Peabody Fund is established to provide monies for

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The deal appears to have averted a series of automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1. There are more than $100 billion in automatic cuts to defense and domestic government spending now, and as well as $400 billion in tax hikes precipitated by the expiration of income tax breaks, such as the alternative minimum tax, the temporary payroll tax cut and others adopted during the Bush administration. The average household would have seen an estimated annual increase in taxes of $3,500. Late Monday afternoon, what was described as “fast-moving” negotiations between Biden and McConnell led to an agreement to raise estate taxes from 35 to 40 percent with a $5 million threshold, and increase taxes for individuals making more than $400,000 a year, and couples making more than $450,000 annually. In addition, families making $300,000 a year and individuals earning more than $250,000 will no longer be able to claim past exemptions and itemized deductions. Businesses meanwhile, would benefit from a range of extended tax breaks and millions of families will not have to pay the alternative




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minimum tax going forward. A crucial sticking point was how best to handle the sequester or automatic spending cuts. Democrats ceded ground to the Republicans by agreeing to tackle the issue in two months. Democrats had wanted to “kick the can down the road” until 2015. But even as the prospects of a deal hung in the air, neither side could resist falling back on the partisanship, bickering and brinksmanship that have characterized the negotiations. Obama took some jabs at Congress that didn’t go over well. “My preference would have been to solve all these problems in the context of a larger agreement, a bigger deal, a grand bargain, whatever you want to call it,” he said. “[One] that solves our deficit problems in a balanced and responsible way, that doesn’t just deal with the taxes, but deals with the spending in a balanced way so that we can put all this behind us and just focus on growing our economy. But with this Congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time.” That led to criticism from Republican lawmakers, who themselves were being savaged by the public for waiting until the 11th hour to resolve an issue they had more than a year to deal with. By dodging the bullet, the country avoided a jump in unemployment of more than nine percent; the economy will likely not grind to a halt; the stock market will settle down; and America’s The Washington Informer

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), answers questions from the media regarding the fiscal cliff at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Dec. 31. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah.

credit rating, status abroad and global confidence will remain unaffected. Last year, the president and Republicans agreed to $1 trillion in deficit reduction. In addition, the GOP wants another $1.4 trillion in cuts. Recently, Obama agreed in principle to implement $400 billion in cuts to Medicare this year. His left-wing and progressive supporters have made it clear, though, that they don’t support any cuts to “entitlement” programs. Alton Drew, an Atlanta-based legal and policy analyst, said he was surprised that a deal was consummated because he’d deduced from comments made by Obama

last Friday evening that both sides would not be able to forge a deal. He, like a number of Americans, is disgusted with the raw partisan nature of politics in the nation’s capital. Drew, a Libertarian, said both parties appear to still be contesting the general elections. “[That’s] a waste of time,” he said. “I don’t know which constituency they’re trying to satisfy. The American people want a deal.” “[And] I don’t know why [Republicans] are so intent on protecting the rich. Unless you’re running for Congress in 2014,

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national by a number of Republicans, still would not produce enough money to offset much of the deficit. Wright believes everything should be “on the table.” She supports cutting government spending across the board; comprehensive tax reform and lowering tax rates; seeks fundamental reform of “entitlement” programs and giving states block grants to finance them; and closing significant loopholes, such as getting rid of tax shelters for companies that ship jobs overseas. She wants “every dime” spent on programs such as food stamps and Medicaid to be closely examined; is critical of the pension and health care perks members of

Congress enjoy; and wants corporations like General Electric to pay more in federal and other taxes. Wright laments America’s decline, saying it is on the road to ruin. “Everything they’re doing now is temporary fixes. Somebody’s gotta pay for it down the road. If we continue down this path, Americans will be giving up their passports. Money’s running out. We’re tapped out. I’m not an economist but we raise the debt ceiling so that China owns more of us. Why would we want to sell America’s future away?” she asked. wi

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FISCAL continued from Page 8 you can do what you want.” Republican commentator Crystal Wright says that the real issue politicians are grappling with is spending not taxation. “We have a spending problem. We’re going to fall off the cliff because the president is not serious about spending,” Wright said. “We will arrive at a deal in the new year. Sadly, they are leaning toward a deal on taxing higher earners. The president is never satisfied. He won’t be satisfied until top earners end up paying more.” Wright questions Obama’s insistence on taxing the wealthiest Americans. “Two percent of Americans pay almost 50 percent of all taxes,” she said. “What I want to ask Democrats and the president is

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what is ever going to be enough for them? Tax revenue covers about two-thirds of spending and we’ve had a trillion dollars in deficits each year since Obama took office.” Even if Congress and the pres-

ident agree to raise the tax rate to between 33 and 36 percent, that would only raise about $80 billion a year, Wright argues, which represents a mere seven percent of the trillion dollar deficit. And closing loopholes, as suggested The Washington Informer

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Charleston County Council for 13 years, including four terms as chairman and in the South Carolina House of Representatives for two years where he was elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip. He owned Tim Scott Allstate and was a partner in Pathway Real Estate Group. African-American U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, South Carolina’s only Democratic congressman says, “I am confident Tim Scott will represent South Carolina and the country honorably.” The South Carolina African-American Chamber of Commerce says, “he brings a unique – and badly-needed perspective – to Washington.” The 47-year-old-Scott is a Tea Party conservative and isn’t married, making South Carolina the only state in the Union with two unmarried senators. Lindsey Graham is the other. Scott is long on Biblical values and, in 1997, supported having the Ten Commandments posted outside county council chambers. Scott replaces Sen. Jim DeMint, an influential conservative and Tea Party favorite, who resigned to become president of the Heritage Foundation. DeMint took over the conservative think tank from Heritage founder Ed Fuelner, whose million dollar salary in 2010 was 10 times DeMint’s $174,000 annual Senate salary. Scott’s appointment was an adept and “smooth move” on the part of Republicans.  Knowing that mere symbols don’t make for coherent policies, the move means that this new breed of Republicans are consulting veteran Black Republicans such as strategist Raynard Jackson who says, “Republicans will not gain significant Black support unless they take policy positions that advance core Black interests …  African Americans need capitalism and conservative values, and Scott is a great vehicle.” Prior to Scott, there have only been six Blacks who’ve served in the U.S. Senate. They are two Mississippians – Revels who served in 1870 and Blanche Bruce who served from 1875 to 1881; Edward Brooke of Massachusetts from 1967 to 1979; Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois from 1993 to 1999; Barack Obama of Illinois from 2005 until he resigned after his presidential election in 2008; and Roland Burris, who was appointed to replace Obama and served until November 2010. wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the

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Physician Launches Black Health Website By Starla Muhammad Special to the Informer from The Final Call The glaring realities facing the Black community’s health and well-being are in a state of emergency. Whether it is high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/ AIDS, various forms of cancer or obesity, Blacks in many cases have the unfortunate distinction as the leading sufferers of these health maladies. Dr. Corey Hebert aims to help tackle these dilemmas via cyberspace, with the launch of BlackHealthTV. com, an online social media and video website geared toward a community overwrought with preventable and

treatable ailments and diseases. Launched in October, Dr. Hebert hopes by making health information available online in an interactive format more people will be privy to information that can save their lives or at the very least help them make more well-informed health decisions. “I was sitting at a table in New York with a bunch of very educated African Americans and one of the guys at the table had a Ph.D. from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and he burned himself with a plate at the table,” explained Dr. Hebert when asked what inspired him to launch “The first thing he told me was,

‘Man let me get some butter so I can put it on this burn.’ And I explained to him that’s the worst thing that you could ever put on a burn. You should never put butter on a burn,” Dr. Herbert told The Final Call in an exclusive interview. Applying butter on a burn can cause infection. The man continued to insist butter was the answer telling Dr. Hebert, “trust me.” “I said trust you? I’m a medical doctor and I’m telling you that you’re not supposed to put butter on a burn … everybody at the table disagreed with me,” said Dr. Hebert. That encounter led him to conduct a poll of 1,000 Black people across the country of varying socio-economic status and education levels. The results said Dr. Hebert was 85 percent thought butter was the correct firstaid remedy. “The lack of information is appalling and we know that whatever was out there is not working because the health disparities are increasing. If they’re increasing I just felt I had to do something,” continued Dr. Hebert, an

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award-winning medical journalist and regular contributor on the Dr. OZ Show. Indeed, the statistics are daunting. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the news regarding Black Americans and optimum health is not good. Black men have higher rates of getting and dying from prostate cancer. Black women are 1.4 times more likely to die from breast cancer than White women. Blacks are more likely to die from asthma. An estimated 3.7 million or 14.7 percent of all non-Hispanic Blacks age 20 and older have diabetes, the leading cause of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. In 2009 a staggering 44 percent of all new HIV infections were Black, despite being only 14 percent of the total U.S. population and 45 percent of Black adults are obese. What makes unique is that it is not text heavy, but features video presentations with health tips, health news, recipes, and information on children’s health. Visitors to the site can also sign up to receive “health tips of the day” via email. Using modern technology is an opportunity for more access to information, and though Blacks still lag somewhat behind when it comes to the “digital divide,” the gap is closing. The Pew Research Center notes that 44 percent of Blacks are smart phone users and are more likely than Whites to use their cell phones for accessing Internet and multimedia content. The percentage of Blacks that use the Internet increased from 35 percent in 2000 to 71 percent in 2011, according to Pew. It is this reason; BlackHealthTV. com is formatted different than other health websites explained Dr. Hebert. “African Americans search for “health” more than any other group on the Internet and have downloaded more health apps for iPhones than any other group,” said Dr. Hebert, cofounder and CEO of the site. Other health sites are mostly written word, which can be intimidating to many, he explained. “I have friends that are Master’s degree people that really can’t decipher some of the stuff on WEB M.D., so the only way that an African American or any minority group or any majority group for that matter can get information and really understand it is if it’s delivered in a way that makes them feel very comfortable,” said Dr. Hebert. The online video concept grew from there he explained. “When I start off my videos about diabetes and they start off by saying, ‘You got sugar. Let me tell you what sugar is.’ It puts African Americans at rest about the anxiety about his or her diabetes because I’m speaking to them

in a way that they understand and they can appreciate,” said the Baton Rouge, La. native who was raised by a single mother and went on to graduate Morehouse College and Meharry Medical College. Dr. Hebert said the most important thing to him is that for the first time, a Black person who may not be able to read can now access health information on demand. Through, Dr. Hebert plans to link up with other Black organizations. “That’s my goal. To partner with every Black organization in America and have our content be available to them on their website and any other way that they’d like to get it. We also envision in the long term to be able to have an actual television network called Black Health TV where we have all health content for African Americans, twenty-four seven,” said Dr. Hebert who specializes in pediatrics and emergency medicine. Making sure the Black community has easy to access information to guide them toward making wiser choices when it comes to their health is what drives Dr. Hebert, who has been featured also on the Discovery Channel, The Oprah Winfrey Show and other major networks. “I had never been to a classroom with Black people until I got to Morehouse College and that really changed my life and I knew at that point that I was going to have to take care of my people, at all cost. I don’t care what I have to do, I’m going to make sure that at the very least that an African American man or woman can make a poor choice but that poor choice that they make is based on the education that they have and that’s a choice that they’ve really made,” he explained. The poor health and dietary choices Black people continue to make, said Dr. Hebert are not based on education or fact, something he hopes will eventually change. “Before I die, you’re going to have all the facts in your mind and if you want to choose to do the wrong thing, that’s your choice. That’s what White people have; that’s what Hispanic people are being able to get right now; that’s what we need to have too and that’s the goal for me. To make sure that I empower every African American, or African for that matter, to have the health information that they need to make the right decisions for their health,” said Dr. Hebert.wi

UDC under Temporary Leadership


By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Following months of financial discord that targeted faculty and staff layoffs and reduction of several programs and curriculums, the University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) Board of Trustees voted last month to fire president, Allen L. Sessoms – and to temporarily replace the school’s leadership with UDC administrator Dr. Rachel Petty. As acting president, Petty will lead the day-to-day operations of the university until a long-term interim president is appointed later this month. During that time, a national search for a permanent president – for which city leaders insist being part of – is expected to be launched. “Dr. Petty is the right person at the right time to assume this leadership position,” said UDC Board of Trustees chairwoman Dr. Elaine Crider. “Her dedication to this university is well known, and we are excited about the future.” Petty, who has more than 34 years’ service as a professor, researcher and academic administrator, has held the positions of chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, acting vice president for Academic Affairs, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “I am proud to be able to serve the university I love in an even greater capacity,” said Petty. “Our residents deserve a high quality public university, and I look forward to helping move the university of D.C. forward.” During a closed session on Dec. 19 that lasted more than four hours, the board finalized its decision to terminate Sessoms, 65, who – armed with an impressive resume – assumed the helm of the District’s only public university more than four years ago. Sessoms, a former president of Delaware State University, had come under fire in 2011 for increasing tu-

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ition. But it was the controversial spending scandal in 2010, which tarnished his reputation and most likely ended his honeymoon with the board. In that matter, he was accused of using taxpayer funds to cover personal expenses, including a one-way flight to Egypt that cost nearly $8,000. While it remains unclear if the over-the-top expenditures played a role in Sessoms’ termination, Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells said he believed it did. “I don’t second-guess the board’s

decision at all,” Wells said in a recent interview. “We’re public servants, we’re on the public’s dime and there’s no question that [Sessoms’ spending] was unacceptable.” In announcing its decision, the board praised Sessoms for his accomplishments that included raising admission standards and creation of its community college. Another component of Sessoms’ massive plan to overhaul the struggling school to make it more competitive with nearby colleges, had been

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to change the complexion of the university by attracting more nonminority students. But according to the board, and in accordance with Sessoms’ September 2008 appointment, UDC not only embarked on a significant upgrade in campus facilities, but also sought to develop a comprehensive strategic plan aimed at academic, administrative and operational reform. “We thank Dr. Sessoms for his work in guiding the university over the past four years,” said Crider.

“But as we grapple with the challenges of reducing staff and programs, continuing to improve our physical plant and attracting new students, the board has decided to go in a different direction.” Meanwhile Sessoms, who was paid $295,000 annually, contends through his attorney Elliott Adler that he was fired without cause. Alder said his client will not appeal the board’s decision, but will seek a full year’s salary. wi

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2013 – A Better Year

Despite the looming fiscal cliff, many Americans say they are very optimistic about 2013. Could it be that things were so bad in 2012 that folks feel it can’t be any worse in 2013? Let’s hope so, but what has happened in the past will have a major impact on our lives, individually and collectively, in 2013 and beyond. America is in debt ... major debt and the delayed decision on what to do about it has more to do with how the U.S. conducts business as opposed to whose position or plan is correct – President Barack Obama or the Congress. So the impact on the rest of us in many ways has already been felt. Massive unemployment, a massive housing crisis, a crumbling infrastructure, failing schools, a widespread health crisis and a lack of confidence in our leaders including the church, are among the crises showing how citizens have been impacted by the country’s debt crisis. Can it get any worse? Depending on who you ask, the answer is “yes” and “maybe.” Several news organizations are reporting that Americans feel “pessimistic” and “not very confident” about 2013 due to the economy, inequality and economic unfairness. They say attitudes are “downbeat” and Americans are “reticent” about international unrest. Yet, their polls also show that more than 50 percent of those asked say they believe the economy, though weak, is recovering; and they also believe they will be in a better financial situation in 2013 than they were in 2012. Now that the wool that was pulled over their eyes has finally been removed, Americans can see more clearly what to do to steer clear of the losses they experienced in past years. They’ve been exposed to the pitfalls that diminished their assets, but many say they have not given up hope. And, they are proving to be less tolerant of dishonest, unethical or unscrupulous leadership going forward. We recognize that 2013 will be a challenging year, but we are optimistic, as well. In spite of numerous failures, America is still a nation rich enough to provide opportunities to its people as it always has. The American dream may have to be downsized for some, but it should not be eliminated for anyone. That’s what will make 2013 better. It’s the hope that it can be.

Foxx’s Django Deserves High Honors

Are we talking an Oscar nomination for Jamie Foxx’s role in “Django Unchained” which opened in theaters on Christmas Day? The film earned about $60 million over the holiday weekend making it likely to replace “Inglourious Basterds,” which earned $120.5 million, as Quentin Tarantino’s highest grossing movie ever, reported The film stars Foxx, along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins and Jonah Hill. In it, Foxx plays the starring role of Django, a freed slave turned bounty hunter seeking to free his wife, Broomhilda, portrayed by Washington, whom he lost at a slave trade years ago, and is being held by an evil and vicious plantation owner, Calvin Candie, played by DiCaprio. The violence in the movie is classic Tarantino, but the story creates a mixture of feelings for the viewer who may be forced to think first before reacting to many of the scenes. It is not often that the story of slavery is told from the perspective of the enslaved person. In “Django Unchained,” Tarantino, and Foxx offer that perspective and carefully depict how those who were held captive sometimes succeeded in avenging the cruel and evil treatment of their slave masters. Much has been written about the actors considered for the role of Django before it was offered to Foxx, and about how Tarantino challenged Foxx to assume the very difficult and emotional role of a slave. There is a lot of Oscar buzz for this film and rightfully so, but we believe that while Tarantino clearly deserves a nomination for boldly telling this story to the American public, that Foxx deserves his due, as well. He, along with Washington and Jackson, performed roles that were clearly Hollywood, but they were also very real. Foxx successfully conveyed the deepseated pain and anger that thousands of enslaved people kept bottled up just to stay alive. And some would argue that the children of the enslaved and their descendants are still impacted by America’s cruelest institution, which only ended following a divisive and violent war. The American slavery story needs to be told, over and over, so that every American is as familiar with its horrific details as they are with the Holocaust. We would also argue that the savage killing and displacement of the Native Americans is also a story that needs more vetting. We believe Foxx should be nominated and awarded a top honor for the role he played in “Django Unchained.” He deserves it, but most importantly, the story deserves to be celebrated and not ignored.

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The Safety of Children

The awful events of the past week that took place in Connecticut were completely mind blowing. It was very hard for me to listen to the news accounts on television. As a parent, I can’t even imagine the pain and anguish those parents must be going through. Your front-page story, “Area Parents Wrestle with Newtown Tragedy,” by Michelle Phipps-Evans, reminded all of us of how safe or unsafe our own children are each and every day. We as a society will never get rid of all the guns in the hands of criminals or law-abiding citizens, so the question is what do we do? Arm someone in every school like some are calling for? I can see that side of the argument; it is possible that that person could have saved some of the children, but would he or she have saved all of them? Is one better than 20? I don’t think so if you are the parent of that one. Kenny J. Hanson Washington, D.C.

The National Children’s Museum Reopens!

What a magical photograph by your photographer Roy Lewis that appears on the front-page of the December 20, 2012 issue of the Washington Informer. The facial expressions on all of the participants are so inviting and happy. And what can you say about the sister, Pat Lawson Muse? That facial expression is just great. She is so beautiful anyway, that just adds to her awesome personality. Then add the Muppets from Sesame Street, what a shot! Looking at the photograph made me feel like a child again. I can’t wait to take my kids to the new National Children’s Museum. At this time of the year when there is so much bad news and horrific events surrounding us, this was a treasured moment for me. Lindsay W. Walker Oxon Hill, Md.


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By Charlene Crowell

Typical American household has only $100 after Monthly Expenses According to findings from the Center for Responsible Lending’s newest report, The State of Lending in America and Its Impact on US Households (State of Lending), the typical household has just $100 left each month after paying for basic expenses and debt payments. After controlling for inflation, the typical household had less annual income at the end of 2010 than it did at the beginning of

the decade.. Moreover, as worker productivity increased, the workplace has seldom rewarded them with higher pay. Even in households with two wage-earners, the amount of disposable or discretionary income after paying monthly expenses was less in 2010 than it was in 2000. The combined effect of stagnant wages along with unemployment and under-employment is forcing families to curb spending and use any available assets to keep pace financially. Families with no savings or as-

sets incurred new debt. “The recession and slow recovery have led to declining net worth for the average U.S. household and a disproportionate decline for African-American and Hispanic households”, states the report. In communities of color, income declines are higher in part because of declines in overrepresentation in two types of employment that historically provided stable and secure jobs: manufacturing and construction. These two industries suffered

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job losses of 10 and 20 percent, respectively. African-Americans who formerly worked manufacturing and construction jobs lost more than twice the number of jobs between 2007 and 2011 than they previously gained in the pre-recession decade. These losses in income also caused losses of wealth that are even more severe. In fact, the decline in wealth from 2005-2009 between communities of color and White households is the largest documented wealth gaps since the Census Bureau began

publishing wealth estimates in 1984. The net worth for AfricanAmericans dropped 53 percent and among Latino families, 66 percent. By comparison, White household wealth declined only 16 percent in the same years. Households headed by persons aged 55-65 saw the largest losses in wealth. People at or nearing retirement lost an average of $90,000 from 20072010. As wealth and retirement resources declined, many older

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By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil

How Social Are You? Channel surfing over the weekend, I stopped on a favorite old romantic comedy that was centered on a relationship that blossomed over emails. The movie isn’t even all that old, yet its premise now seems almost ancient. Because as we all know, in today’s world, there is a plethora of ways other than email to connect socially. Social media has exploded over the last 20 years. There is simply no

way to avoid it; no matter how bah-humbug you may be over all this “new-fangled” connecting. (Mmm-hmm. You know who you are, Mr. and Ms. “You Can Call Me if You Want to Talk to Me”). According to Nielsen’s latest Social Media Report, the total time spent on social media in the U.S. on both personal computers (PCs) and mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) jumped 37 percent between July 2011 and July 2012, from 88 billion minutes to 121 billion minutes.

As you know from reading this column regularly (right?), we love our mobile devices. Smartphones saturate more than 50 percent of the total mobile phone market. African-Americans account for 62 percent of smartphone owners; and tablets are owned by 20 percent of American households. It makes sense that our increased connectivity through the penetration of mobile devices has fueled the explosion of social media. Overall, more and more peo-

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ple are connecting to the internet and are connecting for longer periods of time. During the same time period, time spent on PCs and smartphones was up 21 percent. Of our time on the Internet, the report shows that we spend more time on social networks than on any other sites, with computers still our device of choice. However, it also reports that app usage has seen the biggest growth in accessing social content. Accessing mobile apps now accounts for

more than one-third of social networking time across PCs and mobile devices. That is a 76 percent increase in social app time over last year. And, where do we like to visit? Facebook is the reigning champ of time spent on social media whether people are getting there via their PCs, mobile web browsers or a mobile app. This is how the top social networks rank in the analysis of unique

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By Raynard Jackson

Jimmy Graham–A True Baller That’s right, Jimmy Graham! Most of the public is only recently becoming aware of the story of Jimmy Graham. I find this very unfortunate, but true. Jimmy Graham is a tight end for the New Orleans Saints football team. As of this writing, he is the leading tight end in the N.F.L. as measured by receptions and touchdowns. But most importantly, he is proving to be a true “baller” in the game of life.

He was born and reared in Greensboro, N.C. This 24-yearold has scored big both on and off the field. Just imagine, at the age of 11, being put in a parent’s car and then being dropped off at an orphanage. Well, unfortunately for Graham, he doesn’t have to imagine this—this was his life. Graham recounts the story of him being in the back seat of a van with his housemates from the orphanage and being beaten until his eyes were swollen shut. He called his mother and asked her to pick

him up and she simply hung up the phone. Ouch! After bouncing around from house to house, he was eventually taken into the home of his future adoptive mother, Becky Vinson during his high school years. According to Graham, he and his biological mother are “slowly rebuilding a relationship, but it’s moving very slowly…I told her that I forgive her, but I won’t forget.” Graham is a better man than I am. I am very impressed with

the way he presents himself on TV. But, his attitude towards his mother goes to the type of character he has. Isn’t it a shame that more people are aware of Beyonce’s pregnancy than Graham’s story? Graham, who now stands 6’6” and weighs 260 pounds, earned a basketball scholarship to University of Miami (commonly referred to as “The U”). He didn’t play football in his last year of school (along with four years of basketball). He graduated in 2009 with a

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double major in marketing and management. He then enrolled in graduate school so he could play one year of football. During the 2010 NFL Draft, Graham was picked by the New Orleans Saints in the third round (95th overall pick). He was signed to a four year, $ 2.5 million contract. There is a lot more to this story, but because of space constraints, there is not enough room to write about everything; but just Google his name and

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

It’s Time to Protect Children Against Gun Violence

Over the past few days we’ve all learned a bit more about 20 beautiful 6- and 7-year-olds who each seem as if they could have been any of our children or grandchildren. Jessica asked Santa for new cowgirl boots for Christmas. Daniel’s family said he “earned” all the ripped knees on his jeans. James liked to remind people that he was six and three-quarters. Grace loved playing dress-up and with her dog Puddin.’ As the stories kept coming about the children and teachers at Sandy

Hook Elementary School and their families began saying goodbye, many of us have spent much of the last week in tears. But many parents, especially those with their own young children, have instead gone through each day desperately willing themselves not to cry, trying to do what little they could to protect their children from the overwhelming adult sadness all around them. After all, for most parents protecting their children is a primal and primary instinct. This is just one reason this tragedy, which happened in school—a place where tens of millions of parents send their children every single day

and need to trust they will be safe, has instilled so much horror and despair. When two serial snipers terrorized the Washington, D.C. area 10 years ago, using a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle very similar to the one used in the Newtown shootings, one of the most horrifying moments came after the shooters targeted a child on his way to school, later asserting in a note: “Your children are not safe anywhere at any time.” After this latest tragedy, America’s mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, and all those with a mothering spirit must finally stand

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up and fight that truth and make our politicians act to fight that truth doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes. We must seize the moment and say “no more.” Right now the pervasive culture of violence in America only reinforces the sense of threat both children and adults feel. This year’s “Black Friday” shopping set a record for gun sales: the FBI reported 154,873 requests for background checks from shoppers wanting to buy guns on the day after Thanksgiving alone. Those numbers are not about what many people think of as the “criminal” gun culture in-

volving guns bought and sold on the streets. These are the guns being sold to the millions of Americans who are willing and able to go through background checks and follow all existing laws and proper legal channels so that they can either buy guns for their own pleasure or their own theoretical protection. It appears the Newtown shooter’s mother fell into this very large category of Americans. There were 16.8 million background checks in 2012, nearly double the number 10 years ago. What is it about American cul-

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By George E. Curry

National Rifle Association Misfires Again When the National Rifle Association finally revealed last week what it was willing to do to help curb gun violence in schools, it fired a blank. “Politicians pass laws for GunFree School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest

place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a so-called news conference in which he refused to take questions. As 20 innocent kids, most of them 6-years-old, and six caring adults were being buried last week, the best idea the NRA had to offer was for us to begin arming teachers with guns. That’s the same feeble, ineffective “answer” LaPierre provided five years ago after the Virginia Tech shootings. Instead of mak-

ing productive suggestions in the aftermath of 26 deaths in Newtown, Conn., LaPierre went on to blame Congress, President Obama, the media, video game manufacturers – everyone but the NRA, which thinks it should be alright for citizens to own an arsenal of automatic weapons. LaPierre failed to note that many schools already have armed guards on site. Columbine High School, for example, had a two armed policemen stationed in the school in 1999, yet 15 people were killed and 23 injured.


The NRA executive sought to belittle gun-free school safety zones. But Media Matters, the watchdog group, pointed out: “In fact, primary and secondary schools – where firearms are typically prohibited – are much safer environments for young people than the surrounding communities, even taking into account horrific school shootings. Since the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics began recording homicides at schools in the 1992-3 school year, the proportion of youth

homicides that occurred at school has never exceeded 2 percent of total youth homicides. Suicide was also much more likely to occur away from school.” It added, “Even gun advocate Gary Kleck noted in his 1997 book Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control that “Both gun carrying and gun violence are thus phenomena almost entirely confined to the world outside schools.” No political rant would be

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By Askia Muhammad

Year End Review Looking back on 2012 with all the smug humility of a pundit, a pundit who likes to say “I told you so,” I’m happy to say I was right all year about the outcome of the presidential race. I’m also happy I was dead wrong about the future of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). I once famously posed the rhetorical question: “What do I

like about Republicans in 2012.” I answered in a word: “nothing.” I openly mocked the GOP presidential also-rans. I had absolutely no use for the pizzapitch-man Herman Cain who answered every serious question with a riddle: “Nine. Nine. Nine.” Meanwhile he seemed to have never met a female in his employ whom he didn’t try to chat-up for an “executive privilege” or two. And how about that Texas governor? Rick Perry is his name if memory serves me. He’s the

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genius who stood up in a nationally-televised debate and as he was naming the three – count them – federal agencies he’d eliminate if elected president of the United States (POTUS), he stumbled, counting on his fingers, after remembering only one. “Oops,” Gov. Perry apologized. I was equally unforgiving of the Georgia former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. In 2012, I could no more envision a POTUS named Newt-anybody, The Washington Informer

than in 2008, I could countenance a “President Huckabee…” as in former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. It was not going to happen, that’s all. I also had fun in 2012 deriding the presidential prospects of Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann. I predicted that unless the Republicans concluded that President Barack Obama was undefeatable, their ticket would be made up of two White males, the two White guys they thought would have the best chance of winning in November.

And that’s what they did. They chose former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and he chose as his running mate, the chair of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Those guys proved themselves to be so unworthy of the offices they sought; I could not believe it was even a contest. The very idea that a guy who would go to a soup kitchen after the needy folks had already been fed; then put on an apron, and wash a pot

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Deena Jones (Shayla Simmons) takes the lead, supported by Effie White (Nova Y. Payton, back left) and Lorrell Robinson (Crystal Joy, back right). The musical “Dreamgirls” plays at Virginia’s Signature Theatre through January 13. /Photo by Christopher Mueller


at Signature Theatre Showcases Local Talent By Eve M. Ferguson WI Staff Writer When Arlington’s Signature Theatre concluded its run of “Hairspray” last year, they knew that within those voices was one special voice that needed its own vehicle. So, when the Signature Theatre located at the Village at Shirlington was planning its next musical, Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner knew that the voice of Nova Y. Payton needed to be showcased in a meaningful way. The impetus to revive Michael Bennett’s 1982 Tony Award-winning Broadway smash-hit, “Dreamgirls” was born, and Payton was cast in the lead role of Effie White, the role made famous by Jennifer Holliday on Broadway and Jennifer Hudson on film. “Around this time last year we were doing a production of ‘Hairspray’ at the Signature and we were in the process of planning our coming season,” Gardiner, who is both choreographer and director of ‘Dreamgirls’ explained. “In our discussion with Eric Schaeffer, the artistic director, the idea was brought up and it seemed fitting for Signature and what we wanted to do with the season.

R&B star Jimmy “James Thunder” Early (Cedric Neal, center) meets with his manager Marty (Bus Howard, left) and newcomer Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Sydney James Harcourt, right) in “Dreamgirls.” The musical plays at Virginia’s Signature Theatre through January 13. /Photo by Christopher Mueller

Not only that, we thought it was perfect for Nova. The decision was made because of Nova.” One of the missions of the Signature Theatre, a fixture for culture in the Northern Virginia community since 1990, is to showcase local talent, and in this production of “Dreamgirls,” the local talent shines. Telling the much-loved tale of a girl group’s rise to stardom in the 1960s, Signature Theatre’s production doesn’t exaggerate, but rather, makes the best use of regional actors. Along with Payton’s powerhouse voice, the Dreams include Shayla Simmons (Deena Jones) whose work has taken her on an international

gospel tour in addition to local productions of “The Color Purple,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” and “Beehive, the ’60s Musical.” Daphne Epps, who is usually in a supporting role as one of the rival girl groups, The Stepp Sisters, stepped into the role of Lorell Robinson, the third Dream on the evening this reporter attended. Other cast members include Bus Howard, a mainstay in African-American theater in the region having appeared at the Kennedy Center and the Arena Stage, and also played OffBroadway with the Negro Ensemble Company. Howard takes on the role of a likeable and

earnest Marty, the Dreams first manager who goes on to follow Effie’s character when the original Dreams break up. Other cast members, both local and those who are not from this area, do an admirable job of recreating this popular play with all of its famous songs, such as “(And I Am Telling You) I’m Not Going,” “Steppin’ to the Bad Side,” and “Family.” When the season for Signature Theatre is over, an open call for Equity and Non-Equity performers is conducted, and local talent responds. “The hope is that we are going to, through the talent that we are already aware of or through these open calls, use local talent. We spend a lot of time seeing people from the area and picking out those roles. Only when it became apparent that we couldn’t fill all the roles from here did we look elsewhere. Only three members of the cast are from outside of D.C.,” Gardiner added. And the local audience approves with overwhelming response to the show and glowing reviews. In fact, the demand for this production was so profound that the theatre extended the run through January 13, to fill the requests for tickets.

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“I attribute (that response) to the talent involved, from everyone from Nova Payton to the design team that we hired,” Gardiner said. “And there is the cast, of course. I think it showcases a lot of people’s abilities really well.” Signature Theatre not only highlights the talents of local actors, but it also helps to create them. The theatre’s free outreach programs provide resources for at-risk teens and non-traditional theatergoers. Signature Theatre’s targeted outreach has paid off by attracting a diverse student following. The Signature In The Schools program, for example, reaches Hispanic, White, African-American, and Asian high school students (ages 14 to 18) in Northern Virginia. In addition to its mainstage shows, Signature is also presenting yearlong series of cabarets. Discount subscription packages, starting at three shows, are available. The Signature Theatre’s state-of-the-art location at 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Va., is conveniently located just across the river in Shirlington Village. Call (703) 820-9771 for tickets or visit

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ARIES Take a positive and sensible stance this week where co-workers are involved. Situations could be tricky, but you’ll do fine if you don’t commit yourself to anything that you really don’t want to do. Soul Affirmation: The earthiness of my being reflects the sunshine of my soul. Lucky Numbers: 28, 36, 48 TAURUS A positive, alert attitude will draw opportunities to you this week. You’ll see more of the big picture if you take a mental step backward. You’ll hear exactly what you need to hear if you take the time to listen. Soul Affirmation: Jewelry reflects the beauty of my feelings about myself. Lucky Numbers: 13, 21, 39 GEMINI Guard your words this week, and let peace and harmony rule where they may. It’s not the time to point out the character flaws of a higher-up. You can make this a very productive week if you apply your industrious spirit to your work. Soul Affirmation: Facing down challenges makes me feel good about myself. Lucky Numbers: 15, 23, 37 CANCER Good deeds are in order this week. Perform all the random acts of kindness that you can. Everything you do this week is going to come back to you in triplicate, so enjoy storing up some future blessings! Soul Affirmation: Another week in which to rejoice is upon me. ah-h-h-h-h! Lucky Numbers: 2, 32, 45 LEO You can help out a friend this week if you plan your schedule so that you’ve got time for kindness built in! Embrace your generous side while getting your own work finished. You are excellent at multi-tasking! Soul Affirmation: Old love? New love? The most important thing is true love! Lucky Numbers: 26, 38, 41 VIRGO You may want to make this week a schmooze-fest! Whether you go out to a party or stay in with a friend, you’ll have a good time if you remember that charm is the only weapon that’ll work for you this week. Soul Affirmation: I work hard to combat envy this week. Lucky Numbers: 11, 29, 33 LIBRA Your vibrations could cause you to pause. That’s good, because a pause is just what you need to remember to think of the positive. Reject the negative and you’ll have a wonderful week. Soul Affirmation: I give my mind a holiday again this week. Lucky Numbers: 10, 17, 32 SCORPIO Rev up your engines. This is a fine week for making progress with projects that you’ve got in the works. Your energy is high and your mind is clear. Use every advantage this week to finish up your work. Soul Affirmation: What life has given me is sufficient to any task. Lucky Numbers: 45, 47, 54 SAGITTARIUS A spirit of competition may be troubling you. Let it go. Celebrate differences and get on with the work of creating new hope in the world! Your tendency to speak without considering the full impact on others should be checked this week. Soul Affirmation: I graciously anticipate joy and this gives me the ability to give. Lucky Numbers: 18, 19, 31

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CAPRICORN Confusion exists over some question, and every time you think you’ve got the answer, circumstances will change and new information will come to your attention. Don’t worry, things are going to clear up and work out. Take it easy. Soul Affirmation: My smile is a radiant light to those I encounter. Lucky Numbers: 30, 31, 52 AQUARIUS Communications flow smoothly this week and your word is golden. A wild idea for money making could come to you, but you should let the strictly material walk on by. Stick to your current plan and use your imagination for ways to streamline your work. Soul Affirmation: Confusion gives me an opportunity to show my love. Lucky Numbers: 13, 46, 48 PISCES Creative mental energy makes this a banner week. An ambition that you thought you had left behind years ago suddenly resurfaces, and you’ll see similarities between what you are doing now and what you dreamed of back then. Soul Affirmation: I give my brain full power this week. Lucky Numbers: 12, 30, 47


Herman and Vata Frederick, seated, with Arthur P. and Delois Davis, standing, during the opening reception for Kathleen Stafford’s, “Watercolors and Collagraphs” which is part of the museum’s “African Encounters – from Coast to Coast” gallery at the Alexandria Black History Museum in Old Town. The reception took place on Nov. 1. /Photo by Roy Lewis

By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer While a new exhibit by Kathleen Stafford at the Alexandria Black History Museum in Virginia stands as a testament to the incomparable talent and vision of its widely-revered artists, the museum itself, attests to the rich culture and legacy of the black community that has been built around it. The museum, located at 902 Wythe St., in the heart of a 250-year-old town that still boasts cobblestone streets and quaint shops, is distinguished as the first black library in the area. It was built in response to a 1939 sitin at the segregated Alexandria Public Library – and years later in 1989, when it became a city facility, the historic edifice was used to present black history programs. “We currently offer a wealth of history about the community,” said Audrey Davis, museum director and curator. “Because we know people still have a lot of artifacts we can display, we’re looking to acquire more of our history through them and being that kind of repository for Alexandria.” Davis, 48, who succeeds Louis Hicks as museum director and curator, has been with the museum for the past 20 years. In expressing the museum’s devotion to the city’s black historical legacy, Davis, noted that through exhibits such as depictions of slaves dressed in period attire, “we try to tell visitors about Alexandria’s early African-American life, the enslaved community

and the free black community that co-existed around the same time.” Among those exhibits, she said, are a “freed blacks register” from 1797 that recounts how free blacks and mulattoes were required to go to the area courthouse and register. Meanwhile, Stafford’s “Watercolors and Collagraphs,” is part of the museum’s “African Encounters – from Coast to Coast” gallery that opened in November. Stafford, 61, has been painting and printmaking in Africa for more than 25 years, and among her vibrant masterpieces, which are on display through Jan. 24, is a stunning rendering of a “Nubian Boy,” based on a little boy in Cairo holding some sugar canes. Stafford said she thought that her exhibit – which is about Africa and provides a kaleidoscope of breathtaking color and variety – would be a good fit. “I’ve gone back and forth to watercolors and collagraphs, depending on my situation, because I can’t do any printmaking overseas [in Northern Sudan] where I live,” Stafford said. “So every time I get evacuated … or when my husband [ a U.S. diplomat] has to go to some place dangerous like Iraq, then I’m able to go to the Torpedo Factory [in Old Town Alexandria],” she said. That’s where she worked on her recent exhibit. The museum, which depicts African-American life in various stages from 18th century slavery through the Civil Rights Movement, has also become a popular gathering spot for the city’s black

the exhibit provides a link as to why slavery developed, and how people of African descent came to exist in the United States. Davis said she’s excited about what the future holds. “We’re coming up on a really exciting year,” Davis said, alluding to events that will include the museum’s cemetery memorial in honor of blacks who came to Alexandria in search of freedom, the 100th anniversary of the birth of attorney Samuel Tucker who staged the 1939 sit-in and celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation. “We’re really there for the community, providing a variety of experiences and programs for every age,” Davis said. wi

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community. In addition to providing a venue for some of the region’s most talented performers, the museum offers a reading room, and just a short distance away on Duke Street, sits the African American Heritage Park that’s part of the museum, as well

as Alexandria’s first black burial ground. Hicks, 61, served as the museum’s director for 13 years, prior to handing over the reins to Davis in August. “Alexandria is a little unusual than most cities, in that the African-American community is dispersed around the city, rather than having been relegated to poor areas,” Hicks said. He recalled that some of the museum’s most popular attractions have been the traveling exhibitions, “The Jazz Age in Paris,” and “The Blessings of Liberty,” for which he said museum staff conceived the idea, then conducted research and collected artifacts. But Hicks said Stafford’s exhibit is unique. “Mainly because it starts in Africa and takes a different stand from most American exhibits that basically begin in America,” he said. More importantly, he said



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The lone storyline in the nation’s capital larger than the impending fiscal cliff is the Washington Redskins’ ascension to the top of the NFC East standings and the emergence of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Redskins carried a six-game win streak into Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with stakes in one of the NFL’s biggest rivalries higher than they have been in decades. The last time the two teams met in the final week of the season with playoff implications was 1979, and Dallas walked away with a one-point victory. Luckily, for Redskins fans, history did not repeat itself. And distraction from the fiscal cliff is still here. Washington defeated Dallas 2818 on Sunday, Dec. 30 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., to win its first division title in 13 years. After years of disappointment, Redskins fans throughout the city let out a collective sigh of relief. “We’ve waited a long time for this,” Suitland, Md. resident and longtime Redskins fan Tony Allen said following Sunday’s game. “And to beat Dallas, makes it even sweeter. This just couldn’t get any better,” said the 52 year old. While Griffin III is synonymous with the Redskins to most NFL fans, fellow rookie Alfred Morris stole the show Sunday in Landover. The Redskins’ sixth-round pick rushed into the record books and helped clinch the victory. With Griffin III still ailing from a right knee sprain suffered in December, Redskins’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan relied on a run-heavy offensive game plan for most of the evening. Morris heeded the call. The running back finished with 200 yards on 33 carries and ran for The Washington Informer

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three touchdowns. Morris’s 1,613 rushing yards on the season are a franchise best, eclipsing former running back Clinton Portis’s previous record of 1, 516, set in 2005. “They found a diamond in the rough,” said District resident Joshua Riggs, 31, of Morris. “[Head coach Mike] Shanahan knows what he’s doing. Without Morris this season, there would be no playoffs. He’s as important to this team as RGIII.” Portis’s record was just one of several shattered Sunday night. Griffin III’s quarterback passer rating on the season of 102.4 bested current Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s 98.1, which Roethlisberger set in 2004. Griffin III’s 1.3 percentage of passes intercepted also tops current Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Charlie Batch’s 1.98, set in 1998. “He’s definitely much more mature than most people who are his age,” said Allen of Griffin III. “Athletes like him don’t come around often. He has the perfect balance of athleticism and football knowledge. He’s going to be unstoppable in a few years when he has more experience.” Griffin III finished the game with 100 yards passing and 63 rushing with one touchdown. More importantly, Griffin III had no turnovers. The same could not

be said for his counterpart. Down three points and in position to engineer the game-winning and criticceasing touchdown drive, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw an interception into the waiting arms of Washington linebacker Rob Jackson in the final quarter. The interception cemented the loss and Romo’s reputation as being unable to win the big game. “He chokes,” Riggs said of Dallas’ quarterback. “Dallas fans will continue to make excuses for him, and they’ll continue to be let down. Our injured, rookie quarterback outplayed him and didn’t throw away the game like [Romo] did.” The Redskins, winners of seven straight, will host Seattle on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 4:30 E.T. in the first round of the playoffs in a game sure to garner no shortage of national attention. Seattle quarterback, Russell Wilson, also a rookie, is considered one of the league’s best quarterbacks and is second in the NFL, behind Griffin III, with a quarterback rating of 100.0. “This is the most excited I’ve been in a long time with the Redskins,” Allen said. “No matter what happens next week, this has been a great season and this team is going to be good for a long time.” wi


Redskins Defeat Dallas 28-18 Washington cornerback Josh Wilson slips by Dallas wide receiver Miles Austin after Wilson snags an interception that he returned for a touchdown. The Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 on Sunday, Dec.30 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Washington running back Alfred Morris sprints into the end zone for a second quarter touchdown. Washington wide receiver Joshua Morgan celebrates the touchdown in the background as Cowboy players observe in disgust. The Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 on Sunday, Dec. 30 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Happy Birthday Carter G. Woodson!

A’Lelia Bundles, the great granddaughter of Madame C. J. Walker, stands next to a photograph of a young Dr. Carter G. Woodson, after her keynote speech during Woodson’s 137th Birthday Celebration at Shiloh Baptist Church in Northwest on Dec.19. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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Happy New Year!

If you missed my last two columns, here’s what we’ve been sharing. Reflecting on my own life, I explained how I personally ignored habits that I picked up over the years, habits that caused my health to fail. As you set your New Year’s resolution to lose weight or to make some other critical change, consider this poem written by Portia Nelson. Chapter One: I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. ... I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. Chapter Two: I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend that I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in this same place. But, it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out. Chapter Three: I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I see it is there. I still fall in ... it’s a habit ... but, my eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately. Chapter Four: I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it. Chapter Five: I walk down another street. What a vivid reminder. I consumed boxes of vanilla wafers, and cheese nips every month. And, I had honestly convinced myself that my binges were OK by saying, “This is not a daily habit, just an occasional treat!” On weekends, my hand would keep dipping into the box, as I ate one after the other. I couldn’t stop. Put the box in the kitchen cabinet, the taste haunted me and

within minutes, I’d go back and continue my binge. Pain in my lower back got increasingly worse as my weight continued to increase. My stomach was now getting larger and larger. When my granddaughter Lola sat on my lap, she would beat on my stomach. That was my first clue that I was out-ofcontrol; me, who enjoyed dressing like a model; me, who enjoyed fashion and flair, out-of-control, yes, me. An old back injury made it difficult to walk a block without stopping. Mentally and physically challenged? Me, accustomed to walking 5-miles regularly, had totally quit exercising. Then God whispered into my ear to remind me “Our body is the temple of God.” And I heard clearly, “Your work for me here is not done yet.” Today, I’m in and out of the doctor’s office, taking high blood pressure medication, on a strict diet of low carbohydrates, no sweets, working to reverse high blood glucose levels, and walking again. You probably ask, “What else was on my mind?” Good question … life! Too much month and not enough money; problems with my car; going to work at 20 schools all across Montgomery County, running into all types of problems, and the beat goes on. To get through this all, these scriptures help me: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me; and “Let this mind be in me which is also in

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Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

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

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

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, Pastors 3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax) SERVICES AND TIMES: SUNDAYS: 8:00 AM and 10:45 AM Worship Services BIBLE STUDY: Wonderful Wednesdays in Worship and the Word Bible Study Wednesdays 12:00 Noon; 6:30 PM (dinner @ 5:30 PM) SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:45 AM – Hour of Power “An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.”

Campbell AME Church

Morning Star Baptist Church

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

Pastor Gerald L Martin Senior Minister 3204 Brothers Place S.E. Washington, D.C. 20032 202-373-5566 or 202-373-5567

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

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

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

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

Crusader Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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“God is Love”

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

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

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

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

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Service & Time Sunday Worship 7:45A.M & 11A.M Communion Service 2nd Sunday 11A.M Prayer Service Tuesday 7:00 P.M Bible Study Tuesday 8:00 P.M Sunday Church School 10:00 A.M Sunday “A church reaching and winning our community for Christ”

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Rev. John W. Davis, Pastor

Church of Living Waters

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

Friendship Baptist Church 900 Delaware Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20020 (202) 488-7417 (202) 484-2242 Rev. Dr. J. Michael Little Pastor Sunrise Prayer: 6:00 AM Sunday School: 9:30 AM Morning Worship 11:00 AM Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday-11:00AM Email:

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

King Emmanuel Baptist Church Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor 2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730

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

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

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“Where Jesus is the King”

Zion Baptist Church

Israel Baptist Church

Full Gospel Baptist Church

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Charles Y. Davis, Jr. Sr. Pastor

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

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

14350 Frederick Rd. Cooksville, MD 21723 (410) 489-5069

Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M.

Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 am Sunday School: 9:30 am Wed. Bible Study/Prayer: 6:30-8:00 pm Holy Communion 2nd Sunday Pre-Marital Counseling/Venue for Weddings Prison Ministry Knowledge Base

Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.


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

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

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

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

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

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New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer

215 Rhode Island Ave. N.W. • WD.C. 20001 (202) 332-5748

625 Park Rd, NW • WDC 20010 P: 202 291-5711 • F: 202 291-5666

Early Morning Worship: 7:45 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. C.T.U. Sunday: 2:45 p.m. Bible Study: Wednesday 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service: Wednesday 8:00 p.m. Noon Day Prayer Service: Mondays 12 p.m.

Sunday Worship Service - 11 am Sunday School - 9:45 am Bible Study & Prayer Wed. - 7 pm Substance Abuse Counseling 7 pm (Mon & Fri) Jobs Partnership - 7 pm (Mon & Wed) Sat. Enrichment Experience - 9:30 am

Salem Baptist Church

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

Shiloh Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motto: God First

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Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Bobby L. Livingston, Sr. Pastor

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

75 Rhode Island Ave. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 667-4448

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

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First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church 602 N Street NW • Washington, D.C. 20001 Office:(202) 289-4480 Fax: (202) 289-4595 Sunday Worship Services: 7:45am & 11:00am Sunday school For All Ages 9:30am Prayer Services Wednesday 11:30am & 6:45pm Bible Institute Wednesday at Noon & 7:45pm “Changing Lives On Purpose “ Email: Website:

Sunrise Prayer Service 6:00 A.M. Sunday Church School 8:30 A.M. Pre-Worship Devotionals 9:45 A.M. Morning Worship Services 10:00 A.M. Holy Communion 1st Sunday Worship Services Bible Study Tuesdays, 6:00 P.M. Thursdays, 1:00 P.M. Prayer Meetings Tuesdays, 7:00 P.M. Thursdays, 12:00 P.M.

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

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

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

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

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1006

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1245

Ethelene Pratt Decedent

Hattie P. Jefferson Decedent

Johnny M. Howard, Houston & Howard 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney

Johnny M. Howard, Houston & Howard 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney



Traci E. Pratt, whose address is 1333 Maple View Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ethelene Pratt, who died on March 26, 2012 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 27, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before June 27, 2013, 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.

Marsha J. Barnes, whose address is 9850 Royal Commerce Place Upper Marlboro, MD 20074, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hattie P. Jefferson, who died on July 13, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 3, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 3, 2013, 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: December 27, 2012

Date of first publication: January 3, 2013

Traci E. Pratt Personal Representative

Marsha J. Barnes Personal Representative



Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 1236 Ada Mayberry Smith Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Hazel W. Mosby, whose address is 899 Bellevue Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ada Mayberry Smith, who died on April 30, 2012 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 27, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before June 27, 2013, 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: December 27, 2013 Hazel W. Mosby Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 1244 Laura E. Steele aka Laura Estelle Steele Decedent Johnny M. Howard, Houston & Howard 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Marsha J. Barnes, whose address is 9850 Royal Commerce Place Upper Marlboro, MD 20074, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Laura E. Steele aka Laura Estelle Steele, who died on October 27, 2012 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 3, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 3, 2013, 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: January 3, 2013 Marsha J. Barnes Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Crowell continued from Page 15 workers remained in the labor force longer than retirees in previous decades. As an increasing number of older workers delay retirements, some younger workers experience higher unemployment and declining labor participation. A consequence of their delayed entry in the workforce increases the number of households doubling-up, living with friends or non-family members as a result

their spending,” says the report. “This will be difficult as long as households continue to face stagnant incomes, increasing expenses, increasing levels of debt, and declining net worth.” (To read more on this report, visit: Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at:

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McNeil continued from Page 15 PC visitors in the U.S. over the last year: Facebook More than 1.5 billion Blogger 58,518,000 Twitter 7,033,000 WordPress 30,945,000 LinkedIn 28,113,000 Pinterest 27,223,000 Google+ 26,201,000 Tumblr 25,634,000 Myspace 19,680,000 Wikia 12,594,000 Pinterest has to be crowned the breakout star among the social networks. Even though it ranks sixth, its year over year change is up a whopping 1,047 percent. And, who is doing all of this picture and image pinning/bookmarking on the virtual pinboard site? Women – 70 percent, 84 percent and 72 percent via PC, mobile app and mobile Internet, respectively. They are mostly White – 86 percent via PC, 79 percent via mobile app and 74 percent through mobile Internet. The Social Media Report shows that minority women,

including African-Americans, have yet to warm up to Pinterest, with audience composition in the single digits; with the exception of mobile Internet access, which we penetrate at 10 percent. The report’s data reiterates what I have shared in previous columns: Americans are multitaskers. Having a mobile device on-hand while watching TV is almost a requisite activity. Forty-one percent of tablet owners and 38 percent of smartphone owners use their device daily while watching the TV. While shopping and looking up program or product information, people are also chatting with their connections via their social networks, often about the show they are watching on TV. This is especially true on Twitter, which has emerged as a key driver of social TV interaction. During June 2012, more than a third of active Twitter users tweeted about TV-related content, which is an increase of 27 percent from the beginning of the year. Chances are, you’re one of them, as all of the research shows that Black

consumers are 30 percent more likely to visit Twitter than the average demographic and that we watch 40 percent more TV than other groups. This behavior is so prevalent Nielsen and Twitter announced this week a new measurement service available at the start of the Fall 2013 TV season called “Nielsen Twitter TV Rating.” The service will be a syndicated-standard metric around the reach of the TV conversation on Twitter. How many of you have tweeted during your favorite show’s season finale or during an extraordinary moment on a reality show? You know what all of this means, don’t you? We consumers are better informed and more connected every day. Because of the exponential growth of social word-ofmouth and social engagement, this means we hold even more power than before. wi Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior vice president of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Nielsen. For more information and studies go to

at how an adult and a mother could subject her own child to such a life-altering situation. But, you can’t help but be joyful about how an 11 year old, traumatized kid could develop into such a wonderful, marvelous person! This story is not about sports, it’s about life. We all have faced or will face our own traumatic situation(s) in our life. How we respond will determine the quality of our life. There are not many people who I really want to meet in life, but Jimmy Graham is definitely one. I want to know how he went from failing grades, to a basketball scholarship to a very prominent university (with a

double major in marketing and management), finished in four years, then enrolled in graduate school so he could play one year of football, and then to excel on the professional level in football. All this while overcoming the trauma of his youth. Jimmy Graham, your life is truly a touchdown. Whether you know it or not, you have already won the Super Bowl of life. wi Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson. com. You can also follow him on Twitter @raynard1223.

JACKSON continued from Page 15 you can read all the details of this fascinating person. So, the next time you hear or read a negative story about a professional athlete, just think about Jimmy Graham. Most professional athletes are good, upstanding citizens. Don’t allow the media to cloud your views because of a few bad apples. Jimmy Graham’s story makes you cry, makes you angry, and makes you joyful. You can’t help but cry when you think of the traumatic experience he suffered at the age of 11. You can’t help but be angry

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The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence reports a gun in the home is more likely to be used in a homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than it is to be used in selfdefense. Other studies have found guns in a home are more likely to kill or injure a family member or friend than a stranger. Guns lethalize anger and despair. Gun owners who know these facts seem to either discredit the research behind them or hold to the belief their own guns and families would certainly be the exception. If the Newtown shooter’s mother knew those risks she likely felt the same way. In fact, if her son had only used her guns to kill her or kill himself, it would have been an outcome that would never have been national news. Instead, the weapons she apparently chose to buy and bring into her home were used to kill her, her child, and 26 other people who were all somebody else’s mother, child, or both. An advertising campaign for bestselling Bushmaster rifles uses the tag line “Consider Your Man Card Reis-

sued.” When the Newtown shooter used that Bushmaster .223 semiautomatic rifle to kill seven women and 20 first-graders, did he earn his “man card?” Is this the best definition of American manhood we have to give our children? On April 4, 1967, exactly a year to the day before he would be killed by a gun, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the speech “Beyond Vietnam” at New York City’s Riverside Church. He said: “We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation. We must move past indecision to action . . . If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.” For mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, teachers, faith leaders and everyone else in America who is saying enough, this is our moment. Which one will we choose?wi

complete these days without an attack on President Obama. And when LaPierre fired at the White House, he was again off target. In his remarks, LaPierre said, “Ladies and gentlemen, there is no national, one-size-fits-all solution to protecting our children. But do know this president zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year’s budget, and scrapped ‘Secure Our Schools’ policing grants in next year’s budget.” What LaPierre neglected to say was the Secure Our Schools policy grants are not the only source of financing school safety initiatives. In fact, the Department of Education has requested nearly $200 million for its Successful, Safe and Health Schools program. The NRA official also took aim at video games, listing some by name: “Bulletstorm,” “Grand Theft Auto,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Splatterhouse” and “Kindergarten Killers.”

But Max Fisher wrote in the Washington Post, “Looking at the world’s 10 largest video game markets yields no evident, statistical correlation between video game consumption and gun-related killings.” While there is no provable link between acts of violence and video games, states with higher gun ownership rates and weak gun laws have the highest rates of gun deaths, according to the Violence Policy Center. It said in one report, “The analysis reveals that the five states with the highest per capita gun death rates were Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Alabama, and Nevada. Each of these states had a per capita gun death rate far exceeding the national per capita gun death rate of 10.34 per 100,000 for 2007. Each of the top-ranking states has lax gun laws and higher gun ownership rates. “By contrast, states with strong gun laws and low rates of gun ownership had far lower rates of firearm-related death. Ranking last

in the nation for gun death was Hawaii, followed by Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.” Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center and a native of Newtown, Conn., said the NRA’s plan to arm teachers won’t work. “The NRA plan, which cynically allows for the continued sale of the assault weapons and highcapacity ammunition magazines marketed by its gun industry corporate donors has already been tried, and it did not work,” Sugarmann said. He added, “Now is the time to limit the increasingly lethal firepower available to civilians and halt the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The American people understand that – even if the NRA and the gun industry that helps fund it do not.”wi

box store and purchased $5,000 worth of groceries, then had them delivered to the site of his hurricane relief rally, where campaign volunteers then “donated” the items Romney had purchased as if they were giving them to the needy. Shameless “huckster-ism” if you ask me. They were both serial prevaricators in my opinion, such that I began referring to the GOP Presidential nominee – Mr. “47 percent” – as “Myth Romney,” and his running mate as Paul “Lyin’ ” Ryan. But in the minds of my fellow pundits who make up the elite Washington “chattering class,” the

presidential “horse race” was close all the way until election night, when President Obama won majorities in 27 of the 50 states; 5 million more votes than his opponent, for a 54 percent to 46 percent majority of ballots cast; and a whopping 332-206 landslide in the Electoral College. So I’m happy I got the presidential contest right, from the beginning. On the other hand, I was so very, very wrong about my prediction about the demise of the CBC. I said Utah Mayor Mia Love was going to win a House seat, come in (as she promised she would do) and dismantle the CBC from with-

in, with the help of fellow Republican Reps. Allen West (Fla.), and Tim Scott (S.C.). A funny thing happened to the CBC on its way to the gallows. Love did not win her race, West was defeated by Rep. Patrick Murphy, and Scott was appointed to fill the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Jim DeMint. Now, the CBC will have more House members than ever before in 2013, and no Republican, “ticking time bombs” in their midst. I couldn’t be happier about being wrong about that. Happy New Year.wi

ture that encourages tens of millions of Americans to either use guns as a form of entertainment or feel so fearful they believe they need guns in their homes, including semiautomatic weapons and high capacity ammunition clips designed specifically to kill large numbers of other people, to feel a sense of safety? Why are we so terrified of one another, even during periods when actual crime rates go down? There is an obvious connection between that feeling of terror and the culture of violence that saturates Americans in violent language, violent imagery, and violent entertainment. Right now, instead of responding as parents and a nation by saying “no” to the culture of violence, we are apparently responding by defensively arming ourselves with more and bigger weapons. If that cycle of violence and fear is having such a deep psychological impact on adults, how do we expect our children to navigate or survive it?

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