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D.C. Council member Anita Bonds prevailed in a special election race that pundits and commentators up to the last hours of the months-long campaign said would be decided by

perhaps as few as a couple hundred votes. But by night’s end, Bonds had garnered 32 percent of the citywide vote in an election officials from the D.C. Board of Elections said was the lowest voter turnout in history. While there are more than 505,000 registered voters in the District

of Columbia, 49,869 voters – a paltry 9.86 percent of the electorate – bothered to cast a ballot. Elissa Silverman came in second with 27.5 percent and Republican Patrick Mara tallied 22.7 percent of the vote. Bonds had been serving as the interim at-large council mem-

ber. In December, the D.C. Democratic State Committee appointed Bonds – chairperson of the committee since 2006 – to temporarily fill D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s seat. The vacancy occurred when Mendelson was elected to replace his predecessor Kwame Brown who pled guilty to a fel-

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around the region the Cycle of Women Break Domestic Violence By Tia Carol Jones

law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, Visit our updated Web site old daughter told her the father survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families and give us your comments of her daughter threatened her “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicfor a chance to win a gift from life, and the life of their child, story, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assessThe Washington Informer she knew something had to be push forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further done. Out of her frustration said about Marlow. training for law enforcement with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life ProtecEmail comments to: of the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselrburke@ start the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to “It seems to be a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must that won't turn my family end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. loose,” Marlow said. Marlow help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the vicshared her story with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow (L-R) Claudia of the Links presents ence at the McKoin, Districtpresident Heights AlsoCapital presentCity at chapter, the event was a “Sage said. Senior Award” to Selma Dillard during Violence the 31st annual Alice BowieMildred Coleman Senior Citizens Luncheon 13. /Photo by also Roy Lewis Domestic Symposium Muhammad, the ex- on April Marlow would like to see on May 7 at the District Heights wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise Municipal Center. The sympo- who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in We represent victims of major sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She medical malpractice such as Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatSandra Robinson Jack Olender cerebral palsy. Center of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. All 5 lawyers were again elected Heights and the National Hook- 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pas“Best Lawyers in America” 2012 Up of Black Women. the founder ofdidn’t After let theher Trauma, poor those chilin Northwest, retire- sive-aggressive arm, and I try towith strengthen By Danielle Cralle Karen Evans is a nurse/attorney Marlow has Washington written a book, an organization thatGovernment helps the dren about domestic violence,” muscles so that they can use their ment from the U.S. Special to the Attorney/Pediatrician Harlow Case Karen Evans Melissa Rhea “Color Me Butterfly,” which is a survivors of domestic violence Marlow said. right arm,” said Gibson, 77. Printing Office in 2008 deter her Informer Robert Chabon, M.D., J.D. is story about four generations of and children. Marlow worked to break The threehasaward recipients all fromtheir continuing to give back to Of Counsel. domestic violence. The book is “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her excuse those most in need. Last year, she agree that retirement is no family, A recent luncheon honored inspired by her own experiences, years in fear is a long time. It is and is confident the policies she received a certificate for complet- for sitting still. threethose Washingtonians who stay on not and of her grandmother, an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start that “Because I retired doesn’t mean ing 1,300 hours of community the go and byand virtue their age of,” her mother herof daughter. she said. process. I was going sitthese back policies and watch service from Family Matters of and wisdom continue She said every time to sheprovide reads Mildred Muhammad said “I plan to to take to [television] all day long,” Van EdIn Memoriam Greater Washington, one of the younger generations with a dose excerpts from her book, she still people who want to help a Congress and implore them to Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr. wards said. don’t Marlow have timesaid. for oldest nationally accredited of inspiration. can not believe the words came domestic violence victim social must change our“Ilaws,” Wilhelmina J. Rolark that.” service organizations in the Theher. Capital City Chapter of The be from “Color Me Butterfly” careful of how they go Disinto “I will not stop until these poliThe Washington Informer Newspaper The proved to be motivawon the 2007 National “Best trict, headquartered in Northwest. Links, Incorporated, hosted its the victim's life, and understand cies areevent passed.” THE WASHINGTON INFORMER PUBLISHER Memoriam Books” Award. younger generations as Aside feeling tional NEWSPAPER (ISSN#0741-9414) is InDenise she from may the be warm in “survival 31st annual Alice Bowie Coleman that Tia for Carol Jones can be reached Rolark Barnes Dr. Calvin W. 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Norton to Fight Anti-Abortion Bill – Again D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is once again engaged in a battle with a member of the U.S. House of Representatives who appears determined to restrict the reproductive rights of women who live in the District. U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has re-introduced a bill that would ban all abortions in the District after 20 weeks, with few exceptions. Franks, 55,  introduced this measure without consulting Norton, 75, and she’s livid. “When the far right comes forward with extreme proposals to infringe on the rights of women, like Congressman Franks’ proposal to single D.C. out with a 20-week abortion ban, end up fighting among themselves, fragmented and in disarray throughout the country,” Norton said. “The pro-choice movement, in contrast, is unified, and with them, we will combat the insatiable Republican obsession with interfering with the rights of women in our city, as we have successfully done before.” Franks is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. Last year, he refused to allow Norton to testify on the D.C. anti-abortion bill, breaking a longstanding tradition in the House that allows members to testify on bills that affect their districts. Franks’ bill made it to the House floor but  died. His office had not commented by Informer press time. Norton said that the pro-choice lobby is gearing up to defeat Franks’ bill again.

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advocates to Congress and the White House and that makes her well suited to advance DC Vote’s mission.”  Perry said that her credentials will help DC Vote move forward. “I am a professional advocate and have been so for 13 years,” she said. “I feel that many of the problems that the city has would be eliminated if we had statehood. I also feel a bit hypocritical because I have been to other countries and talked about human and civil rights in those places and I am in the same predicament in my own backyard.” She said that she will build on the momentum of public support that was fostered by the campaign for the  budget autonomy referendum and “educate people about our organization across the city to help District residents achieve full citizenship.” 

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April 25 711 AD – Tarik the Moor invades Spain with force of 7,000 troops, routs the Visigoths and establishes Moor domination of Spain. While there remains some dispute over Tarik’s race, the weight of the evidence is strong that he was a black man. He was described in accounts of the time as having “brown skin and wooly hair.” His full name was Tarik al Gibral. The famed Rock of Gibraltar is named in his honor. 1828 – Shaka, the great Zulu king and military leader, is killed. His innovative military strategies kept European imperialism at bay for years as he established Zulu dominance in large parts of Southern Africa. The Zulu nation grew to at least 250,000 with an army of over 40,000. 1943 – Tuskegee Institute President Frederick Patterson writes his famous letter (published in the Pittsburgh Courier) urging the presidents of the nation’s predominantly Black colleges and universities to “pool their small resources and make an appeal to the national conscience” in order to produce more scholarship funds for the education of

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April 26 1886 – The “mother of the Blues” Gertrude “Ma” Rainey is born Gertrude Pridgett in Columbus, Georgia. She began her career touring with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels. She was the first person to sing the Blues in minstrel shows. Rainey died December 22, 1939. 1958 – Actor Giancarlo Esposito was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Esposito would go on to become a celebrated American actor, appearing in a series of Spike Lee films including Do The Right Thing as “Buggin’ Out” and most recently in the two break out series Breaking Bad and Revolution. 1994 – The first all race elections take place in then white ruled South Africa. The elections would bring an end to 300 years of white minority rule, known as Apartheid. April 27 1903 – Maggie Lena Walker becomes the first Black woman to head a bank in America. In fact, she was the first woman of any color to head a bank when she was named president of the St. Luke Bank and Trust Company in Richmond, Virginia. Walker was an outstanding business woman who took over Richmond’s Order of St. Luke when it was nearly broke and rapidly losing membership. April 28 1967 – The World Boxing

Association and the New York State Athletic Commission withdraw recognition of Muhammad Ali as world heavyweight boxing champion because of his opposition to the war in Vietnam and his resulting refusal to serve in the U.S. military. April 29 1992 – This was the first day of the Los Angeles riots which were sparked when a nearly all white jury acquitted four white cops in the brutal beating of Black motorist Rodney King even though the beating had been caught on tape. Two of the cops were later convicted on federal civil rights charges. The riots left at least 50 people dead, nearly 1,000 injuries and an estimated $1 billion in property damage. April 30 1863 - Sarah Thompson Garnet becomes the first African American female principal in the New York City public school system. 1992 - Bill Cosby’s successful show of upper middle class black family life The Cosby Show ran its final original episode after an eight season run. May 1 1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks, poet, first Black was awarded a Pulitzer Prize (poetry) in Gwendolyn Brooks, poet, first Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry. Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas but grew up in Chicago. She is a witty poet who satirizes blacks and whites and attacks racial discrimination. She uses black language and rituals to proclaim black solidarity.

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Viewp int Tyrone Chappelle Washington, D.C. As of now, the Republican Party is disconnected from the African-American community. The party’s leaders don’t seem to sympathize with the plight some in the African-American community [experience]. The party only appears to be concerned about [individuals] in the upper-class and it neglects those in lower socio-economic backgrounds. For the party to be successful in its outreach [efforts], it needs to be more compassionate and interested about those in the [black] community who are struggling financially.

Robert Bostick Hyattsville, Md. Based on where the party currently stands in the minds of many African Americans, I find it extremely unlikely that [the Republican Party] is going to change its stripes. Its leaders can use a lot of rhetoric, and false interest, but it’s not going to be genuine. There’s very little the party can do to reach the educated, Black voter, who is someone who understands where the Republican Party has been, and where it wants to go. They’re not going to change.


Alexandra Bastien New York, N.Y. The first thing the Republican Party must do is understand that times are much different. Times have changed and many of the old ways of thinking are no longer relevant. The Republican Party must become more involved in the African-American community. For a long time now Republicans have isolated themselves. The leaders of the party have to look at the community with an open mind and see how those in the community think and live on a daily basis.


Sebastien Larionne Washington, D.C. For the party to be successful in its outreach, it would have to find a candidate who is equal to President Barack Obama – someone who can speak to people in the community who will believe the rhetoric of the party. Republican leaders need to be more poignant in how they want to improve urban communities and how they can best integrate those communities with the base of the party.

Israel Dempsey Washington, D.C. For the Republican Party to be successful in its outreach with African Americans, members of the party need to become involved, on a grassroots level, in the AfricanAmerican community. They need to come into communities and meet people face-to-face and ask questions, as opposed to assuming they know why things are the way they are. They just need to become more entrenched in the community. That will help to make a positive difference.

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Elissa Silverman receives encouragement from friends and supporters during her election party at Union Kitchen in Northeast on Tuesday, April 23. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

ELECTION continued from Page 1 of us, every little drop, every little piece.” She told the wall-to-wall, standing-room-only crowd that a last flurry of robocalls on election night orchestrated by Council members Jack Evans and Marion S. Barry, Jr., “made a world of difference.” Then she publicly recognized each ward as well as the raft of organizations that pulled together for her, such as the DC Latino Caucus, AFSCME, the Federation of Democratic Women, teachers, organized labor and engineers. Bonds’ victory party attracted a wide and varied cross-section of city residents – both white and black – members of the District’s old guard, allies, competitors and newcomers to the city. Guests dined on chicken wings, fruit, cheese and crackers and meatballs. Most were in good spirits, many taking advantage of the opportunity to reconnect with people they hadn’t seen for a while. In the weeks leading up to the election, speculation was that the eight-candidate race would come down to Bonds and Mara. But that scenario never materialized. Across town at The Coupe on 11th Street N.W., several dozen The Washington Informer

Mara supporters packed into one wing of the restaurant immersed in often animated conversation, sipping drinks and waiting patiently for Mara to arrive from an earlier gathering of the GOP faithful at Irish Whisky Public House in Northwest. “I think Patrick’s a great kid and represents all areas of the city,” said D.C. GOP Chairman Ron Phillips. “He’s a great moderate Republican who represents the views of the city who can [bring] balance [to] the corrupt council. Someone’s got to watch the money.” “He’s someone who, through his work in schools, understands the fiber of D.C. He’s dedicated himself to improving schools and he’ll continue on the council. People on the council aren’t thinking about schools, they’re thinking about Escalades.” Predictions among some in the crowd ranged from cautious optimism to bold confidence that Mara would be swept into the council. Mara strolled up to the front door of the establishment and paused to answer a reporter’s questions. “I feel relieved that the election’s over,” he said softly. “I had nine sinks – everything but the kitchen sink thrown at me but I ran a positive campaign. And the

campaign brought in people who weren’t involved before.” Shinko Watkins, a marketing and media consultant who lives in Ward 1, said Mara’s vision and commitment are what impressed him the most. “He’s very big on education and he talked about really turning it around. He has a new agenda that includes housing and educational development, and he wants to help the community,” said Watkins, 30. “In addition, he ran a very diverse campaign. I have a lot of love for Patrick and the Republican Party.” GOP National Committeewoman Jill Homan agreed. “He brings the right experience to the job,” she said. “He is extremely knowledgeable about the education issue which is the top issue facing D.C. Ethics reform is next. Patrick has experience and vision.” Mara, 37, who represents Ward 1 on the D.C. State Board of Education, calmly made his way through the crowd talking to people, shaking hands, being embraced by many and offering kind words to campaign workers, colleagues and supporters. He climbed up onto a booth seat to address the crowd. “… It looks like we’re going to

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Anita Bonds, flanked by Mayor Vincent Gray and other members of the D.C. Council on Tuesday night during her Victory Party at the Channel Inn in Southwest. /Photo by Roy Lewis

ELECTION continued from Page 8 come up a little short tonight,” he said, confirming what most in the crowd already knew. “I have a lot of people to thank … we had the absolute best volunteer team without a doubt. We knocked on 15,000 doors. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people. This is the best effort yet, but the numbers don’t reflect that … truly, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.” As he concluded, supporters shouted, Pat! Pat! Pat! and accompanied this impromptu tribute with sustained applause, cheers and whistles. Mara said he and his wife Sharon were traveling to Costa Rica for some rest and relaxation. During the campaign, the issue of race bubbled up frequently and Bonds didn’t back away from reminding black voters to cast their vote for her to ensure that the council’s white majority doesn’t widen. Earlier Tuesday night, Barry tweeted the message: “At MLK Elementary with the fighter for us, Anita Bonds! Get your VOTE ON! Keep

the Republican OFF. Shut this DOWN!” Commentator, consultant and political analyst Chuck Thies described Bonds’ comments as unfortunate and ham-handed. “For some people, race is an issue,” he said. “I respect them. I cannot walk in a black man’s shoes. I can only talk to older folks to learn what they experienced.” Thies said demographic changes in the District has created fear and concern among some in the black community who have seen their numbers and political clout dwindle. And he mentioned a number of recent races, including the Fenty-Gray mayoral contest which split along racial lines. “D.C. went from being a majority white town to majority black to 50-50. I don’t criticize a person for voting for a candidate who has lived their experience,” he said during an interview a few hours before the polls closed. “My problem is the way Anita’s campaign presented it. It may have turned some people off.” Silverman said her decision to run was “an evolution.” Af-

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ter receiving an award, she said former Council member Kathy Patterson suggested that she consider running for office. “I think I was a vessel for residents who wanted reform in their local government. Some people have known me for a long time and others I met through the campaign,” said Silverman, a former journalist and budget analyst. “I think there are a lot of residents that are frustrated that their community has ethical woes. This campaign became their vehicle to try to do something.” Thies, who predicted a close race and a Mara win, expressed some concerns if Bonds won. “[She] has a challenge to prove that she’s an able legislator if she wins,” he said. “I don’t question her work ethic or intelligence, but does she have the ability to be a thoughtful, thorough, detail-oriented legislator? It’s a huge responsibility. I know she knows that. She’s been around politics long enough but she doesn’t communicate depth,” he said.wi WI Staff Writer Sam P.K. Collins contributed to this story.

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Two lucky District residents will become the proud owners of two new homes in a lottery drawing later this spring. If their names are drawn at the DC Housing Expo on Saturday, June1, they will be able to buy a completely renovated home for 50 percent off the market value. “For the past five years we’ve been hosting the DC Housing Expo at the Washington Convention Center but this is first time we’ve done this,” said Pamela Hillsman Johnson, a senior Community Outreach Specialist with the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). “Both houses have been fully renovated and there are six community-based organizations which administer our home purchase assistance program. Anyone interested in being a part of the drawing can fill out the application and they’ll [the community-based organizations] determine if applicants qualify for a mortgage.” If the applicants are eligible, the Greater Washington Urban League will give them letters of eligibility. The application process closes on Tuesday, April 30. Johnson said the lottery is a fitting way to celebrate National Homeownership Month throughout the month of June. She added that housing officials will be looking to see how well the lottery is embraced before deciding whether to do it again. The original intent of DHCD was to give away the houses, Johnson said, but once officials realized the onerous tax liabilities the prospective owners would incur, they decided on the lottery option. DHCD Director Michael Kelly said Washington, D.C. and the region continues to be gripped by a severe affordable housing shortage and said closing that gap is a major part of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s agenda. “There’s a critical need for affordable housing in the city. It was the highest priority at the One City Summit,” said Kelly. “The $100 million is seen as a resource to meet this incredible need. One hundred million is a lot of money but the need outstrips that money.” The District and the rest of the Washington metropolitan region, is emblematic of the difficulties moderate and low-income residents face as they try to find affordable housing, said David C. Bowers. Gentrification and a massive boon to accommodate the influx The Washington Informer

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of tens of thousands of new residents to the District have fueled a housing shortage for middle and lower-income residents. Those with higher incomes have snapped up houses at such a rate that it has exacerbated the shortage which regional officials and public and private partners are struggling to correct. “Twenty percent of the population in the city and the region are paying 50 percent of their incomes on rent; and the fair market price for rent in this region has increased by 70 percent over the past 10 years,” said Bowers, vice president and Washington impact market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., in Northwest. “It’s a severe problem. We’ve lost affordable housing units in D.C. and Northern Virginia and as we’ve lost units, rents have increased and incomes have not kept pace.” The situation is further aggravated by the fact that the District of Columbia boasts the highest rents in the country. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition’s 2012 Out of Reach survey mirrors what Bowers is saying. The housing collapse and record foreclosures have pushed former homeowners into rental properties. According to the report, the growth in renters has worsened an already troubling problem – an inadequate supply of affordable housing. The gap between housing costs and typical worker earnings will continue to grow until or unless more affordable housing becomes available. Bowers and Kelly both agreed that a public-private partnership around the issue is the catalyst for addressing the problem. “We need to develop public-private partnerships and we need to make the public aware of the various tools we have, such as the Single Family Rehabilitation Program,” said Kelly. “There are two tracks that we’re pursuing: preservation of existing housing and the creation of

new housing. We’re going through a process of conducting a very detailed housing needs assessment. But an indicator of the problem that we have is that the D.C. Housing Authority had to close the waiting list with 70,000 people waiting for affordable housing.” “At present, people are on their own. They’re doubling up with family and paying 40-50 percent of their income on rent.” The decision by Gray to allocate $100 million to affordable housing indicates the level of importance the mayor has placed on the issue, Kelly said. While the money is a good start, he added, “We’re looking to push the envelope.” “With regard to the $100 million, I have a couple of reactions,” said Bowers. “It’s necessary and it’s a down payment on a much greater need. The public sector will have to ensure that the money is used effectively. We have to leverage it and the city council and mayor need to know that.” In addition, Bowers said, those in the private sector need to figure out how to use bank money, and funds from individual investors and foundations “in a catalytic way.” “It’s a good step but it’s still one step,” Bowers said. “When Mayor Gray was on the D.C. Council, it put $75 million a year into the Housing Production Trust Fund. It was supposed to increase every year and was indexed to inflation. He recognized that in order to meet the need we had to have $75-$100 million a year and have it built into the baseline. That is the type of investment we need to make a real dent.” “One hundred million sounds great … but it’s a mixed picture. I applaud the mayor for putting the money there. A one-time infusion can have an impact but we won’t fundamentally meet the needs of affordable housing.” wi The lottery will be held on Saturday, June 1. For additional information call (202) 442-7200 or visit www.dhcd.


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Hyattsville School Choir Headed to South Africa By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer The summer of 2013 is likely to be one that many students at Northwestern High School will long remember. If all goes as planned, about 50 teens and seven chaperones will spend part of their summer having a musical and cultural experience in a land far away. The teens are members of the Northwestern High School Choir in Hyattsville that will be traveling to Johannesburg, South Africa, for the Ihlombe Choral Festival in July. They are scheduled to perform in five concerts in Johannesburg, Soweto, Capetown and Pretoria. “It’s just so very important for the kids,” said Leona Lowery, the

choir’s artistic director, adding that the trip will give the teens a unique global education. The invitation-only festival showcases choral groups from around the world. According to the festival’s website, confirmed participants for the 2013 festival include a high school group from Trinidad and Tobago, the Toronto Children’s Chorus from Canada and Women of Note, an Australian group. Lowery said Northwestern is the only American school participating. The choir will be singing classical, African-American spirituals and some African songs. In addition to rehearsing and singing while in South Africa, the teens will also tour the various cities, participate in welcome and cultural events and learn new

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music. Although the choir was selected for the festival two years ago, it wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that they were confident that they had raised enough money to go. Each singer was asked to raise $1,200 of the $3,500 individual cost and the choir collectively also embarked on a number of fundraising endeavors such as bake sales. Recent publicity resulted in an outpouring of donations and while choir officials don’t have an exact total of how much has been raised, they say they know they are close to having enough for the trip, which will cost more than $175,000. Lowery said despite the outpouring of support, it’s important for the young people to pitch

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The Northwestern High School Choir will perform in the Ihlombe Choral Festival this summer in Johannesburg, South Africa. The choir still has a number of performances and fundraising events coming up such as their spring concert on May 2. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

in and help with the fundraising. “I don’t want anyone to go for free,” she said. “It means less to you when you don’t help raise the funds. Everybody paying something is really, really important.” Orela Anani, 16, a junior at Northwestern and a member of the choir, has raised more than $300 through selling fruit and concert tickets as well as making appeals to family, friends and church members through letters and email. “I’ve been surprised by the rapid response and I was grateful,” said Orela, who lives in Hyattsville. Asked what she’s looking forward to most about the trip, she replied, “I hope to see life through different eyes, experience a new culture, and experience something that’s not my everyday norm.” Hyattsville resident Aneirra Coates,16, expressed excitement about the trip, which will be her first out of the country and her first time on a plane. “I think it’s amazing,” said Aneirra. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity.” Aneirra said she’s raised about $800 by selling candy at school and raking leaves. Initially she didn’t think she would be able to participate be-

cause her mother was nervous about the trip and told her no. But in November her mother – encouraged by family and friends – had a change of heart. Her mother’s attendance at one of the school concerts where she saw her daughter interacting with choir members from South Africa also made a strong impression, Aneirra said. The choir still has a number of performances and fundraising events coming up such as the spring concert on May 2 at the school and a parent-sponsored bus trip to King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania on June 15. During a rehearsal just hours before a concert at the school on April 11, Lowery repeatedly played one section of a song on a piano in the choir room while demanding that the students get it right. At one point, she asked the students to tell her the meaning of the lyrics of one of the songs. Amber Waller, a member of the Prince George’s County Public Schools board, said she was excited for the students. “It’s going to be a life-changing cultural, social and educational opportunity to travel to another country,” said Waller. “I think it’s wonderful.” wi

Men Making a Difference in Prince George’s County By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer For Robert Howze and his fellow volunteers, there’s a rather simple way to combat many of the challenges that young African-American men face – spend quality time with them. That’s what Howze and 10 tutors and 20 mentors do through the nonprofit organization, Mentoring to Manhood, also known as M2M. Based in Prince George’s County, M2M has mentored more than 400 African-American young men since being established eight years ago by co-founders Rob Malone and Therman Evans. Howze said it began when a group of “guys were sitting around talking about how to make our community better.” “We know the statistics of

African-American incarceration, drugs, not graduating,” said Howze, adding that they also are aware of the impact that one’s upbringing and role models can have on youth. M2M provides after-school tutoring for 25 boys at Kenmoor Middle School in Landover and Walker Mill Middle School in Capitol Heights. On Saturdays, 60 boys are tutored for two hours and then taught life and leadership skills at Kettering Middle School in Largo, Howze said. In addition to showing them how to deal with anger in healthier ways, they also try to expand their view of career options and take them on field trips and events such as college tours. “Not just college,” said Howze, “but also trades. Our goal is to expose them to other avenues that they may have not thought of.”

Among M2M’s mentors are: Neal Burks, Arthur Jones-Dove, Keeyon Powell and Ray White. Tutors include Warren Connley, Tiyonna Jenkins, Frederick Moki and Donita Muse. “What we do is really not rocket science,” said Evans. “People think mentoring is this concept out of reach for certain types of people. I am of the view if you have lived for a long enough time and had enough experiences you can pour into young people and coax them and guide them to make better decisions.” Listening – not preaching – is one of the most important elements in the mentor/mentee relationship, said Evans. Evans said M2M hopes to recruit 100 additional mentors in the next year. Both Evans and Howze speak with pride of the group’s success stories. One young man – an 8th

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY grader used to choke up whenever he had to speak in front of people, Howze said. Now that young man who received public speaking training through M2M is “very outspoken” and last summer served as the emcee for M2M’s awards ceremony. Another young man, who the group mentored for four years, was initially disrespectful to his mother and had no ambition, Howze said. His grade point average has risen and after going to a play on Broadway with M2M, he’s thinking of pursuing a career in the theater. “His mom constantly sends us praise reports,” said Howze. “When you find something to be inspired by, it changes your whole attitude,” he said. Howze, the father of three who lives in Bowie, said he can relate to the challenges that young black boys face today. The 38-year-old recalls growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., where he split time between two distinctly

different communities – spending part of his time with his father in what he called “the hood” and the rest with his mother in the suburbs. He said he was shot and nearly died before he left Buffalo to go to college. “I had the opportunity to experience both realms,” said Howze. “I’m able to understand where these kids are coming from.” The group also helps the community in other ways. Recently it joined forces with another mentoring organization – Men Aiming Higher – for their second annual Silence the Violence Charity Basketball game. The event, held April 12 at Suitland High School in Forestville, raised $3,650, which was donated to two families who lost young men to gun violence. “The violence needs to stop and our collective responsibility needs to begin,” said Darryl Barnes, president of Men Aiming Higher.wi

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Africare Gala Puts Africa in Spotlight By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Defying Expectations. These words – emblazoned on the front page of Africare’s 2013 annual report – embody the organization’s 40-year quest to present an African reality to the world that is fact not fiction. On Saturday, April 20, more than 1,500 guests at the Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner heard from speakers as varied as President Barack Obama, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, Africare President Darius Mans, corporate leaders and diplomats who lauded Africare for the work it has done on the continent. “In this report, we aim to defy

your expectations by sharing the Africa that we know. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 11 of the world’s 25 fastest growing economies. It is where farmers are multiplying crop yields, where women are becoming leaders, where babies are born healthy – where development is taking hold. Africa … demands that the world leave the perceptions of last century behind and take a fresh look,” according to the annual report. “Tonight, we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Africare,” said Mans during an interview prior to the gala. “We’ve invested $1 billion across the continent for food security and to develop active lives. The big challenge is how do you scale this up, repli-

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cate it into strong organizations, increase robust organizations … and make investments in the infrastructure.” Africare has helped eradicate polio in Angola; developed a national malaria prevention plan in Benin; cooperates closely with the South African government to combat the AIDS epidemic in that country; helped a women’s cooperate in Chad get into the global market to sell the Shea butter products they produced; and is deeply involved in bolstering food security for millions of people across Africa. “Food security is absolutely essential,” Mans said. “It’s an issue that we’ve been working on for decades.” This year’s honorees were Obama and billionaire businessman and telecommunications magnate Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim. Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Ph.D., served as mistress of ceremonies. Obama contributed $100,000

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of his $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize monetary award to Africare in 2010 which used it to create the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Health (WASHH) Project in Ghana. The project raises awareness of basic hygiene and hand washing and provides access to safe and clean water for four communities in the Wassa Amenfi District in Ghana’s Western Region. “Before Africare implemented the WASHH Project in Ghana, more than 90 percent of the population shared a latrine with up to 60 other people, and basic hygiene, was in some cases non-existent,” said Mans. “With President Obama’s donation, Africare was able to significantly improve water access in Ghana. In the two years that followed, the water quality remains very good and the school latrines that were built continue to help schools retains pupils who spend more time in class learning.” Obama received the Bishop John T. Walker Humanitarian Award. He wasn’t present at the function because he was focused on the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred earlier in the week, but recorded a video which was played for the guests. “I’m grateful for this honor and want to commend you for the work you’re doing,” Obama said. “You’re bringing dignity and hope to African people and [you have implemented] an extraordinary program for more than 40 years. I see this as a moment of promise for Africa.” Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough spoke on the president’s behalf. “Africa is emerging as a new center of economic growth and people are enjoying new opportunities for prosperity,” he said. “We’re nurturing success where it’s rooted, advancing peace and security in Africa, supporting freely elected governments, and working on the delivery of basic services.” McDonough cited countries such as Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cape Verde and Malawi as countries where fair and transparent elections have taken place, where the rule of law is respected and good governance is paramount. “The U.S. is continuing to expand engagement with leaders who are willing to take steps to [build] governments in their countries,” he explained. “Increased transparency makes them more capable.” Africare also honored Ibra-

him, a billionaire businessman and philanthropist, with the Bishop John T. Walker Leadership Award for his work on promoting and rewarding good governance and stellar leadership on the continent. Da Silva presented Ibrahim with his award. “He is a brother I’ve met many times before,” said da Silva, who received the first leadership award in 2011 for his countless contributions in trade, investment and diplomatic relations between Brazil and Africa. “I’m convinced that hunger in the world, and especially in Africa, is the most important struggle for those responsible for peacekeeping. It’s inadmissible with all this wealth that so many people are hungry. Mothers are waking up with one meal to feed their children.” “You all know that the African continent is going through a great period. It is experiencing six percent of growth and the cycle is not interrupted by the global economic crisis.” Of the one billion people on the continent, da Silva said, about 300 million live in absolute poverty and food insecurity. Da Silva, who is recovering from throat cancer, said budgets need to be allocated to development welfare programs, and he suggested that a coalition of business elites, non-governmental organizations and other civil society institutions would be the catalyst for meaningful change in Africa. “There should be an obligation of rich countries to invest in the development of these African countries,” he said. “They must act to raise financial resources and take food to those affected by hunger and starvation.” Ibrahim said he was speechless and humbled by the award. “Africa is moving forward, there’s no question about that,” said Ibrahim, whose foundation launched the $5 million Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership for African heads of state who practiced good governance, transparency and who selflessly restructured their governments and transformed citizens’ lives. “ … Now the landscape is changing in Africa and two forces, women and youth is what I think will change the continent.” wi


EEOC: ‘Blacks Still Very Much Discriminated Against’ Latest Report Shows Systemic Bias By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer The U.S. Marshals Service prohibited agent Matthew Fogg from conducting drug busts in predominately white sections of Washington, D.C. Also, the crime-busting federal law enforcement agency frequently left Fogg alone on stakeouts while in search of some of the most notorious fugitives in the county, he said. He often expressed concerns about the constant surveillance of lower-level drug dealers, as opposed to wealthy, white suppliers. “We were mainly targeting urban areas, and, even when I brought the issue up, I was told that [blacks] were the weakest link in the drug war and that’s where we [could] get our numbers up,” said Fogg, 61. “There were times after I complained to my supervisors, I was left by myself on stakeouts with armed and dangerous fugitives who we were supposed to be trying to apprehend. My life was in danger,” he said. Today, the retired chief deputy, who served more than 15 years at the U.S. Marshals Service, currently holds the position as the national 1st vice president for Blacks in Government (BIG) and the national vice president for the Federally Employed Women’s Legal and Education Fund. Fogg, a lifelong resident of Southeast Washington, D.C., sued the U.S. Marshals Service in 1998 for racial discrimination. His lawsuit included allegations of illegal termination which occurred after he filed an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint. It also alleged non annual performance ratings, non selection in two promotions, and allegations that his department maintained a racially charged and hostile working environment against all African Americans. In 2008, a jury sided with Fogg and awarded the highly decorated agent $4 million in back pay and other damages. Fogg’s case counts among the many discrimination complaints and lawsuits throughout the nation that helped to underscore findings in the most recent U.S. Equal Employment

nity Commission (EEOC) jobs report. The report revealed that unconscious biases, insufficient training and mentoring, as well as outdated recruiting and hiring practices have stifled African Americans working in the federal government. Those practices are also widespread in the private sector as well, said EEOC Chair, Jacqueline Berrien. “I’ve seen a lot of cases and nothing surprises me anymore,” said Berrien, 51. Commission members noted that they’ve fielded and witnessed complaints which include finding nooses and KKK signs in various work places. Berrien said the EEOC receives nearly 100,000 new allegations of discrimination annually from African Americans, Latinos and women of all races. Despite legislative and other efforts, obstacles exist that continue to prevent equal employment opportunities for blacks in the workplace, EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic said. “There is a question as to how do you get around unconscious biases. Unfortunately, there is a tendency by some to favor or look out for a person or a colleague who looks like [themselves],” said Lipnic, 52. Both Berrien and Lipnic said a lack of adequate mentoring opportunities and insufficient training assignments continue to affect the hiring or advancement of black people. Also, commission members have found that when a person files an official complaint, they are often subjected to retaliation, harassment and even termination. “When you file an EEO complaint, that’s basically the end of your career or the end of any chance you have of upward movement,” Fogg said. “But, sometimes you have to think of the big picture and carry the weight for everyone else,” he said. “View it like the civil rights movement, if Martin Luther King didn’t step forward, then where would we be?” The current system of hiring, promoting and firing is flawed

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By William Reed mittee (RNC) provides national leadership for the Republican Party. The RNC is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, coordinating fundraising and election strategy. The problem for Priebus and the party is that the RNC is often viewed as “an old White guy’s club” that is unsympathetic to the needs of Blacks and minorities. So, in March 2013, Priebus decided that it was time for the party to “call Tyrone.” In past months, the Republicans set new goals for “outreach” and their spring meeting was to “focus on putting the party on a path to fulfill” their goals. The agenda for the RNC’s Spring Conference called for strategy sessions and workshops on voter outreach and party coordination. The “Growth and Opportunity Project” chided the Republicans for not dealing with “shifting” voter demographics. Just after the “Growth and Opportunity Project” was announced, the RNC tapped Raffi Williams, son of TV newscaster, Juan, to be an African-American press contact with a focus on youth outlets. During the spring meeting in Hollywood, Calif., the RNC announced hiring Asian and Pacific Island field and communications directors and election of a state party director “to support and empower the work of grassroots activists and volunteers.”  There are reports that “some RNC members discussed working with minority media” in their quest. In past months, the Republicans haven’t actually called Tyrone, and have stepped back from the heady days of the “Growth and Opportunity Project” announcements. Short of sending checks in the mail to Black voters, the Republicans face long odds connecting with them. Unless, the Grand Ole Party expands its level of electoral support, it could slide into complete irrelevance.

Bottom line is the Republicans will need minority media to develop meaningful relationships and channels of communication to change Black Americans attitudes. The way Republicans make inroads among African Americans is to help them gain weight in their wallets. Priebus and Co., need to take public policy positions that have potential to advance Blacks’ interests. As they make their way through the “hood,” Republicans can make much of the fact that Black populations, uptown and in suburbia, have always done well economically under their governance. Under Republicans, Blacks could again know political reciprocity like they did the last time they supported a Republican presidential ticket in any sizeable numbers, and gave Richard Nixon over 30 percent of their vote. Nixon, in turn, generated millions of dollars through Black-oriented programs and projects. In 2012 just 5 percent of African Americans considered themselves Republicans.  And, Republicans need to do more than shout slogans to gain higher numbers of African American registrants. It’s time greater numbers of Blacks and Republicans align in projects that generate mutual benefits. Such alliances can repair and bring new successes to Black communities. In the past, Republican practices have helped empower Blacks – from President Lincoln’s Emancipation to Booker T. Washington’s post-slavery practices of commerce to Richard Nixon’s endorsements for “minority enterprise.” Even a slight GOP inroad among Blacks could swing a state or two in close 2014 elections and the 2016 presidential contest.  The promotion of the Republican brand among Black Americans requires messages that connect with the realities of Black life in America. As opposed to tepid trials of the past, the GOP’s chiefs and corps have to move quickly to have a meaningful presence among Blacks, and at their community events and cultural ceremonies. The RNC should have no reservations in chronicling that they’ve “made progress” in mending relationships with African Americans; but for the party to be viable on the national stage so much more needs to be done.wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the


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EEOC continued from Page 15 because it has few safeguards against racial, gender and other forms of discrimination, said Katherine Kimple, managing partner of the law firm, Sanford Wittels & Heisler, in Northwest Washington, D.C. “There are nasty, vindictive and hateful people out there and with these folks, you have to have a really good Human Resources Department as well as strong and zero tolerance mechanisms in place,” said Kimpel, 44, whose firm represented Fogg and is currently the attorney for several U.S. Marshals, who in 2009 filed a class action suit against the agency. In that suit, which is separate from Fogg’s, one employee said he was hired at a lower pay grade than white employees even though he had a law enforcement background. Another employee said, despite being the most senior person in his division, he was passed over for a promotion in favor of a white man who had never worked in the division. “Each government agency needs to have a true game plan to combat this and not just lip service,” said Shirley Jones, attorney and legal review committee counselor for BIG, which is located in downtown Washington, D.C. “African Americans are in a catch-22 because we are not always given the opportunity to shine and when it’s time for

motions and other advancement opportunities, our names don’t come up,” said Jones, 48. The EEOC study, released in March, is a result of two years of discussions with groups that included BIG and the African American Federal Executives Association. The study list seven conditions commission members said were the most formidable obstacles to equal employment opportunities. Those obstacles include unconscious biases and perceptions about African Americans that continue to play a significant role in employment decisions in the federal sector. Additionally, insufficient training and development assignments perpetuate inequalities in skills and opportunities for African Americans and educational requirements create obstacles for African Americans in the federal work force. “This should be surprising to most Americans, but not to us,” said Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, senior director of the economics department at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Northwest Washington, D.C. “We’ve been in dialogue with the heads of different federal agencies and have been speaking about our concerns when it comes to diversity,” said Asante-Muhammad, 39. “Diversity is important and it must be accomplished,” he said. wi


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mental deterioration nor prevent behavior one would expect from an impetuous teenager. But, what they could do was to find a nursing home where their mother would be safer and maybe happier, too. Despite their hovering and search for the perfect nursing facility, their mother’s worsening dementia limited their choices. Questions to ask about quality ratings, activities and atmosphere as well as cultural sensitivity, patient rights, and physician availability may seem obvious. Key Questions to Ask However, even with all the guides designed to help families, getting answers is a challenge. In addition to general manuals, such as the comprehensive 72page Your Guide To Choosing A Nursing Home — Medicare. gov, getting a sense and feel of a home by visiting more than once may make the difference between sleepless nights and peace of mind.

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Questions to admission directors are important, but observation is often a better predictor of how well a person will adjust to the new environment. Answers from staff may dramatically clash with the reality of a nursing home’s ratings, atmosphere, activities, patient rights and physician availability. Things to Look for Onsite Often a nursing home placement is made hastily because of

a hospital’s “time’s up” policy. Patricia L. McGinnis, executive director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, [http://] said, “Contradictory to their role -- appropriate placement – discharge planners are often pressured to get patients out of the hospital because of billing issues.” Atmosphere is important: With nursing homes, beautiful furniture

and new curtains do not necessarily translate into good care. You may see a facility that has a fouror five-star rating, but the atmosphere or patient population may not be well suited for a potential resident. Always look at dining rooms during lunchtime to see how many residents are there instead of eating alone in their rooms. Ask to look at activity charts to determine how those requiring various levels of care may participate and benefit. While offering residents Wii Bowling sounds good on paper, residents with dementia will not be able to remember the steps involved for knocking down the pins. On the other hand, BINGO plays an important role in routine and socialization. Music in nursing homes should be more than just recreation; it should be therapy, even for residents who are cognitively challenged. Some experts in aging say that making music can be a protective factor against the most difficult aspects of dementia. For example, the documentary Alive Inside, explores how patients are transformed by listening

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In its Fourth Decade, HIV Still Affects the Young By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer Mary Bowman is a 24-year-old fast food employee who lives in Suitland, Md. For the last three years, she has been expressing herself, and revealing snippets of her life through poetry. She recently recited a poem in which she describes her mother as a dandelion in the midst of roses. “Ignorant of her purpose she uprooted her soul and unknowingly left herself for dead to dandelions,” said Bowman at an HIV/AIDS event at Howard University on April 11, the day after the first National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day. “All the while dying on the inside, AIDS didn’t kill my mother. It put her at rest,” Bowman told the crowd. Her mother died when she was three. “It’s definitely a part of my life, it’s as second nature as having an arm,” said Bowman about being born HIV positive. She didn’t know she had the disease until she was in the fourth grade and she shared her status with her entire class. To tell her story and to help others tell theirs, Bowman created a nonprofit organization called Purpose Over Entertainment or P.O.E.T., which helps to inform others how she and those like her live with the disease. Bowman joins 76,400 young people nationwide who are living with HIV, according to Advocates for Youth, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that

aims to help and inform young people about their sexual health. The organization used April 10, 2013, as the first Youth AIDS Day, in the hope of bringing attention and awareness to the importance of getting tested, and to also bring attention to the fact that one in four new HIV infections in the United States is among youth between the ages of 13 and 24. There are 1,000 new HIV cases diagnosed among young people each month. Discovered in the 1980s, Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). AIDS weakens the body’s immune system so it loses the ability to fight off infection and illnesses. When it was first discovered, many people thought it was a death sentence. However advocates contend that new medications have made living with HIV far more manageable. “Diabetes is harder to manage as a patient, and the medical outcomes are worst,” said Justin Goforth, 47, a registered nurse and director of community relations at Whitman-Walker Health, a nonprofit community health center in the District with special expertise in HIV/AIDS care and care for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. Goforth handed out flyers and pamphlets that showcased the clinic at a table at a Howard University symposium on increasing the numbers of minorities in health professions on April 10. He said young people stopped to

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His 23-year-old adopted son, who came out as a homosexual to his biological family at 16, has lived under the cloud and shame of having the disease for several years. “He would take his medications in private, closing his door,” said Goforth, 47. “He’s an example of what we see, young, gay black men who are disowned by their families, sofa surfing, and who have to deal with both being gay and their HIV status.” He said that churches need to

full-time physician or nurse practitioners on staff makes good sense. Does the home have one? Ombudsmen and Other Resources Despite your best efforts, if nursing home issues concern you, contact the local long-term care ombudsman. These people, usually found through the state or local government department or commission on aging, are independent officials designated by the U.S. Older Americans Act, to monitor area nursing homes and assist residents. They usually can fill you on about a facility’s record. However, keep in mind what Donna McCormick, managing attorney for the Elder, Health and Disability Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services—ombudsman programs are uneven around the country. She explained, “In theory all nursing homes should have ombudsmen, but the challenge takes place when they become so intertwined with management that they don’t always advocate effectively for residents.” The other alternative is to find a different home. Physicians and researchers tell us that seniors can be more adaptable than we realize. What is every family’s goal? Dr. James M. Ellison, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said, “Families need to know that their loved ones are being cared for by a kind staff in an atmosphere that stimulates them emotionally, socially and cognitively. It’s important to remember that even with a diagnosis of dementia people can find joy in the appropriate surroundings.” As a result, families often find themselves in search of a different nursing home.wi

provide some leadership as HIV and AIDS enters its fourth decade. “I’m always shocked how after all this time, attitudes toward HIV haven’t changed all that much,” said Goforth, who has had HIV since 1992. He said people can live with the disease, take their medications without dramatically changing their lives. “People still ask me if they could get it though saliva or from kissing. We have to change people’s minds on what HIV is, and we have to continue to encourage young people, all people to get tested,” he added. wi


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Diversity Lacking in Inner-City Schools CBCF Forum Focuses on the Need for More Black Male Instructors By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Sixty years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown vs. Board of Education – the unprecedented civil rights case that dramatically impacted the quality and character of the nation’s educational system –black students attending public schools in large urban cities lack diversity when it comes to their teachers. The panel of education experts who participated in a recent threehour town hall meeting at Howard University (HU) in Northwest, also noted that inner-city classrooms remain largely segregated, students are being taught by white instructors who have little knowledge of how to reach out to their young charges – and more importantly, due to a shortage of black male teachers as role models, black boys are at risk for dropping out of school. “We need to know how to make teaching more appealing in order to attract more African-American males,” said Amy Wilkins, one of the five panelists who weighed in during the April 18 Diversifying the Nation’s Teacher Workforce forum. “And, white students need to see more African-American male teachers as active players in the education system,” she said. Wilkins aligned her comments with myths that black males aren’t interested in going into the profession and that black male teachers are becoming extinct. According to a statement issued by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) which co-sponsored the event along with the American Federation of Teachers at HU’s Blackburn Center, from among a workforce of six million teachers in this country, there is just one black male teacher for every 534 students. In addition to Wilkins, a senior

civil rights fellow for The College Board, a non-profit organization, headquartered in New York that administers the country’s standardized tests, other panelists included Ivy Toldson, senior research analyst for the CBCF, David Johns, executive director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans; Marietta English, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) vice president; and Chance Lewis, executive director, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Urban Education Collaborative. Lewis, the author of a book on black male teachers, titled “Black Male Teachers: Diversifying the United States’ Teacher Workforce” has endeavored to dispel myths surrounding their presence in the education arena. He agreed with Wilkins that the shortage of black male teachers is mainly because high schools aren’t graduating enough black males who will go on to enroll in college and earn teaching degrees. “Black men are not avoiding the profession because of lack of interest or finances,” said Lewis. “If you look at the number with a bachelor’s degree, their No. 1 profession is teaching.” Next to that, black males are employed in school systems as administrators and counselors, he said. Wilkins also condemned the waste of students’ classroom time doing too much of “cutting out posters” as opposed to engaging in rigorous studies like reading and math. “That’s how we end up with a bunch of remediation in college,” said Wilkins, who added that “there’s a lot of cleaning up to be done” by all teachers regarding the manner in which they relate to students. Toldson, an associate professor for the Counseling and Psychology program at HU, said that not only is there an immediate need to

diversify the nation’s teaching workforce, stress academic socialization and increase the parental presence in schools, but that teachers’ evaluations should be based on their ability to effectively reach students. “An educator’s feelings toward their students and knowledge of their students’ cultures have significant impact on the learning process and the overall effectiveness of the classroom environment,” Toldson said. English – who said her son and several of his male friends are teachers – added that in Baltimore City, where teachers can earn a top salary of $85,000, officials have negotiated an “innovative” contract that embraces a new method of paying teachers for being effective in their jobs. “But our teachers have to produce and students have to [perform],” said English, who alluded to the city’s diverse teacher workforce. She said teachers in Baltimore City are hired from all over, including the Philippines. “We’ve got to move forward – it can’t be like it’s been in the past,” said English. “Teachers’ unions need to look beyond salaries and benefits for educators and [determine] how teachers can work together and collaborate,” she said. “We need to negotiate salaries around those kinds of things.” Meanwhile, with attention turned to President Barack Obama’s goals for ensuring a quality education for all students, Johns – who assumed his current position at the White House in February – said the president’s 2014 budget earmarks a $70 billion investment for public education initiatives. “And, that total exceeds any amount set aside by any other administration for educational programs,” said Johns, a former New York City teacher. wi The Washington Informer

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During a daylong ceremony Monday, President Barack Obama praised the winners of the White House’s third annual Science Fair, as visionaries and innovators who are on the path to becoming the nation’s next generation of scientists, engineers and inventors. The science fair, which Obama said is one of his favorite White House events of the year, featured the pioneering creations of 100 whiz kids from more than 40 states, and represented 45 different competitions and organizations that recognize the talents of the country’s future leaders in science and technology. “This stuff is really cool,” an amazed Obama said to the standing-room-only crowd who gathered in the East Room of the White House on April 22. “And I want to thank these incredible young people for explaining to me what the heck is going on,” he said to a burst of hearty laughter. The president went on to describe each of the participants as “enormously talented,” adding however, that the credit for their success is shared by the communities of supporters who helped them to become high-achieving standouts at such early ages. “They [students] have asked the question, ‘why not try something better . . . something that helps more people,’ Obama said of the beaming group of winners seated behind him. “They are all participants in this long line of inventors and creators . . . [and] that drive and that refusal to give up is part of what makes America great.” The celebration, which highlighted students’ accomplishments in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, coincided with nationwide Earth


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Day activities, and showcased their projects which ranged from economically-feasible algae biofuel to a robot that paints with watercolors to a computer program that improves cancer detection. Following his address, Obama toured the students’ exhibits, congratulating them on their accomplishments. He also announced several ambitious new steps to advance his “Educate to Innovate” campaign – a plan to encourage more students to consider careers in STEM fields. Among the winners are Shaquiesha Davis, 16, from Chicago, who designed the mobile application, “Baby B 4 Me,” that features a real-time chart that allows parents to record the feeding schedules of their babies in order to assist care providers. She said the application was designed based on her experience as a babysitter. “It connects parents and care providers outside of each other’s presence,” said Shaquiesha, a junior at Chicago Tech Academy in Southwest Chicago. “It has a real-time chart update, support network list, video and text,” she said. “The chart is where the parent goes in and indicates when they want their child to take a nap or to [perform] an activity; and the care provider marks off when that’s done.” Sara Volz, 17, who in March won a $100,000 Science Talent Search prize, talked about her algae biofuel project. “Algae actually produces these oils that can be converted into a fuel that you can put straight into your diesel engine,” said Sarah, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo. “So right now, the problem with bio-energy is that it’s not quite economically-feasible, and we need a better source of these

oils, than crops like soy beans. My work was based on using guided evolution to develop populations of algae with more oil.” Other winners included: Kiona Elliot, 18, from Oakland Park, Fla., who worked with classmate Payton Karr, 16, to invent a bicycle pedal-powered water filtration system. Kiona and Payton, who both attend Northeast High School, and will be the first from their respective families to attend college, said their transportable device can be operational and ready to move in less than 60 minutes. In addition, the system can clean contaminated water, and hydrate up to 30 people in a 15-hour period, they said. Anthony Halmon, 19, is founder and CEO of the “Thermofier,” a unique combination of a pacifier with a built-in thermometer and soothing gel that he said, will ease the concerns of parents trying to monitor the health of a fussy baby. Halmon, who became a teenage father, said he was raised on the tough streets of Chicago. But Halmon, who will he entering Cornell University in the fall, said that instead of letting early fatherhood deter him from his dreams, he has become even more determined to use education as his pathway to success. A slate of celebrity guests who attended the event, included actor LeVar Burton and Bill Nye host of “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” both of whom conducted interviews with some of the winners. “I think it’s remarkable that the president is honoring these student scholars,” said Burton. “It’s the same way he would honor an NCAA championship team coming to the White House, and getting an opportunity to get some face-time with the president – this is something that’s really big for these kids.”wi

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Farewell to Yeldell

It was just like “Old Home Week” for scores of Washingtonians who gathered to bid farewell to one of the District’s stalwarts – Joseph P. Yeldell – who died on April 15 at the age of 80. Family members, friends and colleagues gathered at Springfield Baptist Church in Northwest, on Saturday, April 20 to say goodbye to an old and trusted friend. The crowd, which numbered in the hundreds, filled not only the sanctuary but the rafters of the church, which Yeldell’s parents helped to build nearly 100 years ago. Fondly known as “Joe,” the native Washingtonian, and the youngest son of 13 children, left a lasting impact upon the District. A graduate of Dunbar Senior High School, who later became a math teacher at Coolidge High School before entering public office are just some of the roles that caused his roots to run deep and wide throughout this town. There are very few lives that weren’t touched by the influence Yeldell wielded from the various key positions he held. The wouldbe politician’s only stint in public office was the result of an appointment to the D.C. City Council by President Lyndon B. Johnson prior to Home Rule. It’s no surprise that those who came to offer their condolences to the family included former mayors, Sharon Pratt, Anthony Williams, Marion Barry and current Mayor Vincent Gray. They were also joined by current and past members of the D.C. City Council, Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and former chiefs, Ray Alford and Burton Jefferson, the first African-American fire chief of the District. Numerous heads of city agencies, past and present, came to remember a man who touched them all in a significant way during his lifetime and to honor his relentless service to the District. In February during Black History Month, it was the intention of The Washington Informer to salute Yeldell and the family whose name is known throughout every quadrant in the city. We wanted to celebrate the family’s patriarch before he died like so many of the great men and women who have left us within the past few years. As this city transitions, it becomes more important that we tell the stories of those who have gone before us.

‘Before You Eat the Church Food’ Bruce Johnson has been a reporter and anchor for WUSA-9 in the District for more than 30 years. But it almost didn’t work out that way. Johnson suffered a massive heart attack 19 years ago at the age of 42 while on assignment. Had it not been for the emergency care he received at Greater Southeast Community Hospital (now United Medical Center) in Southeast by one of the District’s top cardiologists, the Emmy-award winning journalist would not be on a crusade today to save the lives of others, most specifically, African Americans, from the lethal consequences of heart disease. Author of the book, Heart to Heart, Johnson has joined with the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) to target the church and the clergy to stem the tide of heart attacks and strokes. More than 1 million Americans will die of cardiovascular disease, Johnson notes, and African Americans die from heart disease and stroke at a rate 50 percent higher than other racial groups. African Americans die from heart disease more often than from deaths due to cancer, accidents, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, liver failure, suicide and homicide combined. At the ABC conference on health disparities held in the District this week, Johnson presented his documentary, “Before You Eat the Church Food.” It’s a very serious examination of how churches promote the cultural and dietary habits that are killing black people, as well as the efforts many churches are making to improve the health outcomes of their congregants. We are proud of Johnson for becoming such a hard-charging advocate for healthier lifestyles and we join him and the ABC in urging our readers to watch the documentary at along with making healthier choices beginning today for you and your family.

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D.C. Students Deserve Better

Your article “Low Graduation Rates Plague DCPS,” by Dorothy Rowley, April 18, 2013, cites the abysmal numbers of high school graduates and how school leaders and administrators are touting what they see as successes in policies they have instituted to increase graduation rates. I feel these DCPS administrators should be held accountable, not only for poor graduation rates, but for lying to the public for years. We are told year after year that they have a solution, yet we see no results. So what happens to the 50 percent that don’t graduate? And for how many years has that number been 50 percent, or is it 60 percent? Who is responsible for all those minds lost? Can it be that we are preparing our young people for prison rather than to compete for jobs? Why can’t DCPS have a system-wide curriculum? Why can’t DCPS deliver services to all of its students? Why? Kenneth Butler Washington, D.C.

A Budget that Could Help Blacks

For a while I thought President Obama had forgotten that a black community does exist and that we might need a little assistance with some of the problems that we’re facing. All of the news coming out of his camp these days, especially when addressing specific needs, never focused on the community that gave him 98 percent of their votes. I want to thank your staff writer Barrington Salmon for his article in the April 18, 2013 edition, “Budget Strengthens Black Community, Officials Say.” Finally, I can sink my teeth into something that the administration is trying to do for our community. For years I kept waiting for our president to say something, anything that we could actually embrace. Unfortunately, all of this is just budget talk, nothing concrete, because we all know that the Republicans will not let anything President Obama proposes pass. But at least the president recognizes that if a community gives

you their votes they are owed something; that’s the way politics work. Lawrence M. Parks Washington, D.C.

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By Julianne Malveaux

Blame a Dark-Skinned Man I don’t know where CNN’s John King got the information that a suspect in the Boston bombing was “a dark-skinned male,” but beyond apologizing, he needs to explain himself. How many sources gave him the false tip? If it was fewer than two, then he violated a basic journalism rule. Who were these sources (if you don’t want to out them publicly, tell your editor)? Did King understand that

he used the kind of racial/ethnic coding that once got people, even uninvolved and innocent people, lynched? Remember Charles Stuart? He was riding through Roxbury (used to be the ‘hood) when he says a Black man, wearing a jogging suit with a stripe on the sleeve, shot him and his wife in an attempted carjacking. Pregnant Carol Stuart lived for just a few hours, and their baby, delivered by C-section, lived for only 17 days. Stuart’s report of the alleged incident sparked a national

outpouring of sympathy of him, and an excoriation of “Black criminals” who do such senseless things. The police were going door to door looking for a suspect, and several Black men were interrogated. Stewart identified one man in a line-up, and police were building a case against him when it discovered that Stuart’s wounds were self-inflicted and that his brother had helped him slaughter his wife. Meanwhile, Stuart collected at least $100,000 from an insurance policy on his

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wife, using the money to pay for a new car in cash, and to buy jewelry. Unable to face the consequences of his actions, Stuart committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. Stuart was too much a coward to be judged by a jury of his peers, but hundreds of Black men could not escape the injustice of the Stuart accusations. The Roxbury community was traumatized by the results of Stuart’s lies. Innocent men were questioned, many spending time at police stations in an effort to

clear themselves. Those questioned and detained included students, professional men, the unemployed, and everybody in between. When in doubt, blame a Black man, any Black man, and let the chips fall where they may. In 1994 Susan Smith, a South Carolina housewife, said that a Black man stole her two children. Later, she confessed to killing her own children. Again, dozens of innocent Black men were stopped, frisked, and tak-

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By George E. Curry

The Boston Marathon’s Media Frenzy I am a certified news junkie, but even I had to step away from the oversaturated media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Anyone who has covered crimes on a smaller scale than the twin explosions in Boston knows that investigators don’t have instant answers for everything and it’s ridiculous to think that in a frenzied atmosphere, accurate information will be available in abundance. But

that did not prevent news outlets and social media from rushing to be first rather than calmly waiting to be accurate. The result was a string of embarrassing mistakes that did little to comfort a nation on edge, a nation that still hadn’t gotten over the shock of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. Of course, this is not to suggest that everything reported by the media was wrong. The news media helped disseminate pho-

tos of the two bombing suspect that eventually led to their being identified. The media was able to pass along instructions for people to remain in their homes until the suspects were captured. And most of us learned what had happened in Boston by watching television, going to the Internet or social media. Ironically, on the day the Pulitzer Prizes honoring excellence in journalism were announced – The Denver Post won the award for breaking news for its

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coverage of a mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. that left 12 dead and 58 injured – news outlets were making major blunders while covering the Boston bombings. Among the most egregious: The New York Post gave an inflated death count, saying there were “ at least 12 dead.” At the time, three people had been killed; The Wall Street Journal reported that police had discovered five additional explosive devices in addition to the two that

been discovered, a statement that was later retracted; In what it called a “world-beating scoop,” the New York Post reported that a Saudi national was a suspect in the case when, in fact, he was a witness and a victim; At 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, John King reported on CNN that a suspect had been taken into custody. That was false; and King also erred when he reported last Wednesday: “I want to be

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By Marc Morial

Message to Congress: Show Courage on Gun Safety

“Sometimes I close my eyes and all I can remember is that awful day…But other times, I feel Ben’s presence filling me with courage for what I have to do…”Francine Wheeler, mother of 6-year-old Ben Wheeler, one of the 26 victims of the December 14 Sandy Hook tragedy. I recently took my children to see the newly released movie, “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson’s courageous struggle to be-

come the first African American Major League Baseball player. The movie also highlights the courage it took for Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to sign Robinson to a major league contract in 1947, marking the end of more than 50 years of all-White teams. In his first year with the Dodgers, Robinson was subjected to racial taunts and threats from White fans and opposing teams, as well as hostility from some of his own teammates, who objected to sharing the field and lock-

er room with a Black ballplayer. But Jackie Robinson exhibited a rare brand of courage, refusing to lash out as he piled up hits and blazed the base paths on his way to becoming Major League Baseball’s first Rookie of the Year. Robinson went on to have a Hall of Fame career, and until his death in 1972, he was also an all-star champion of civil rights. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once described Jackie as, “… a pilgrim that walked in the lonesome byways toward the high road of Freedom. He was a sit-inner be-

fore sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom.” The life of Jackie Robinson is a profile in courage that has inspired generations of Americans, including millions of young children. I thought about that this past weekend as I watched the tearful plea of a mother who lost her child on December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Just four months after the loss of her son, Ben, Francine Wheeler found the courage to deliver President Obama’s weekly address to the

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nation. Visibly shaken, she used the opportunity to passionately implore Congress to “come together and pass commonsense gun responsibility reforms that will make our communities safer and prevent more tragedies like the one we thought would never happen to us.” After the Senate failed last week to display similar courage by passing bipartisan measure to expand background checks for online gun purchasers and gun

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By Marian Wright Edelman

The Fight to Protect Children from Guns is not Over

The United States Senate’s failure to pass common sense gun safety measures – the Manchin-Toomey Amendment to expand background checks to keep guns away from underage or dangerous people, and amendments to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines designed only to kill as many human beings as possible — is a moral failure of great magnitude. Once again, the safety of children has been sacrificed by

political leaders in service to the gun lobby. As Americans do we value guns more than the lives of children? Do we really want to continue to have political leaders who kowtow to the threats and money and half-truths of the gun lobby and who think their political jobs are more important than the right of children to live and learn and grow up in safety? The fight to protect children, not guns is not over because: Ninety percent of Americans want a universal background check. This includes 94 percent

of North Dakota voters, 89 percent of Indiana voters, 89 percent of New Hampshire voters, 84 percent of Arkansas voters, and 79 percent of Montana voters—all states where at least one senator went against the will of their constituents and of the American people. Getting 90 percent of Americans to agree on anything is extremely difficult. No one elected the National Rifle Association to be in charge of our children’s and our nation’s safety. We have elected federal,

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state, and local governments, a national defense department, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to perform this crucial function. The NRA represents less than 10 percent of gun owners and is a minority view. Their stance against universal background checks defies not only 90 percent of all Americans, but 88 percent of those with a gun in the household and 74 percent of the NRA’s own membership. The NRA claims up to 5 million members but there are many

more Americans who are not NRA members. We must lift our voices and use our votes to protect children over guns. Our children have a right to grow up in a caring and decent society that protects their right to live and learn in safety. That right must take precedence over anyone’s right to own assault weapons or high capacity magazines that have nothing to do with self-defense or hunting and have no place in the hands

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By Raynard Jackson

Black Leaders Have Sold Out Once again the Black community has been shown how irrelevant they have become in the U.S. Most of the blame can be laid at the feet of the media appointed Black leadership for selling out their people. And we’ve gotten nothing in return. At least Judas Iscariot had sense enough to get 30 pieces of silver when he sold out Jesus Christ. Isn’t it amazing that with all

the debate swirling around the issue of amnesty for the illegals in the U.S., no one on either side of the debate has engaged with the Black community? Blacks will be hurt the most by giving amnesty to these 11 million illegals and yet there has not been one town hall meeting with the Black community to discuss how this issue will negatively impact the Black community’s high unemployment rate. The official Black unemployment rate was 13.3 percent in March, approximately double

the White rate of 6.7 percent. If the White community had the same unemployment number as Blacks, it would be declared a national emergency and Congress would be having hearings all over the country to solve this problem. So, why do liberal Black groups – the NAACP, the National Urban League, and the Congressional Black Caucus – put so much energy in support of homosexual marriage and amnesty for illegals? These groups acknowledge the unemployment rate in


the Black community is at an epidemic level, but their solution is to increase competition for the few low and unskilled jobs, in which Blacks are disproportionately represented. So the media trots out Ben Jealous, Marc Morial, Marcia Fudge, and Al Sharpton to provide political cover for a policy that will further devastate the Black community. These folks do not represent the Black community, they represent the Democratic Party. In most cases, the Black community’s interest is

not the same as the Democratic Party’s interests. Jealous, Morial, Fudge, and Sharpton are more concerned with getting invited to a party so they can take a picture with Obama or Valerie Jarrett. Why is it that these media appointed Blacks always take up other groups’ causes to the detriment of the people they claim to represent? Where was the illegal Hispanic community on Trayvon Mar-

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By Askia Muhammad

Our Curious National ‘Celebrations’ I literally ache at the thought of innocent suffering. The images in my mind of children beaten or molested by their parents or other adults; or of a woman beaten by an abusive spouse or boyfriend; children, women, other civilians murdered by drone strikes sent to rain fire on them by adolescent minds playing with joysticks at consoles in Langley, Va.; high

school honor students, bystanders dropped by stray bullets in drive-by shootings; men, women, gas station attendants, beaten and robbed by criminals who see them as targets for getting easy money; the targets of DudleyDo-Right village-vigilante-stalkers wanting to make their neighborhoods safe for White people; innocent movie goers minding their own business cut down by mad men; defenseless children eagerly looking forward to a new day of learning, dispatched instead to tiny coffins by lunatics

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maybe just seeking a thrill; athletes, their well-wishers and family members blown to smithereens at sporting events; all those images make me cringe. I offer my sincere condolences to the victims and family members of those cut-down by the Boston Marathon bombs, and for the police officer in Cambridge, Mass., last week and all police and firefighters who are killed or maimed when they run toward danger when it occurs, not away from it, in order to protect the rest of us. The Washington Informer

But I find it odd, and a little off-putting to see people all over the country celebrate, as if with one voice at the successful termination of a catastrophic event. Folks here in Washington rushed into Lafayette Park across the street from the White House waving flags and chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A,” when President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been assassinated. Similarly, people rushed into the streets of Watertown, Mass., waving flags at police as if they were conquering heroes, when

the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured. It was the greatest manhunt in Boston-area history, literally hundreds upon hundreds of police, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams, militarized units kept practically, the entire New England region literally on lockdown for more than 24 hours while one teenager managed to elude capture. In one shootout with police, the heavily armed cops literally

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Mary T. & Lizzy K. at Arena Stage: A Simple View of Complex Women

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(L-R) Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris as Elizabeth Keckly, Naomi Jacobson as Mary Todd Lincoln and Joy Jones as Ivy in Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of Mary T. & Lizzy K. through May 5. /Photo by Scott Suchman

By Eve M. Ferguson WI Staff Writer Tazewell Thompson’s “Mary T. and Lizzy K.” recently extended at the Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle, is not about the historical figures Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress Elizabeth Keckly. Rather, it is about the stories that emanate from these two iconic figures in history, and one creative director’s view of what their intimate and enduring relationship would have been like had we, the audience, been present. This unassuming play, which runs 1 hour and 40 minutes without intermission, takes place in a room at an unspecified time during the 19th century. As the play begins, we see Mary Todd Lincoln dressed in a plain, gray shift speaking about her confinement (evidently a mental institution) while Elizabeth Keckly, aka Lizzy, sits quietly in a chair seemingly un-rattled by the accusations and confrontational language being hurled at her. Apparently, Keckly (played by Sameerha Luqmaan-Harris) has written a book which details

the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, which, according to “Mrs. President,” as Mary Todd Lincoln (Naomi Jacobson) preferred to be called, made her relive his tragic death over and over again. At that point, the play flashes back to when Keckly and her assistant, Ivy (Joy Jones), dressed Mrs. Lincoln in the finest fashions, despite the fact that their work went largely unpaid. The rest of the play engages the audience in a session of storytelling from all four characters. The stories begin to flow when Mary asks Ivy about her eye patch, and what unfolds is a poignant tale of rape and destruction, resulting in the loss of her eye. This moving monologue opens the stage to more stories – the tales of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln’s courtship, which is supported by Thomas Adrian Simpson’s portrayal of the 16th president in his waning days, including the day of his assassination, as his wife is skillfully dressed by Lizzy and Ivy for a night at Ford’s Theatre. More compelling is the story of Elizabeth Keckly, who lifted

herself out of slavery by her own hands and suffered multiple losses – first of her mother who was sold away from her, then a husband who abandoned her, and then a son presumably killed in the brutal Civil War. “Hopefully, those watching and listening will appreciate the roles women – and in particular our two protagonists – played in the dynamic that is the American story,” Thompson, who also wrote the play, notes in his first rehearsal remarks. “I have attempted to give their incredible stories a voice for the stage through my imagination, that is how I envisioned what they thought as they navigated the often ‘hideous nightmare’ that was the narrative of their White House experience during and after the Civil War,” he added. “Mary T. & Lizzy K.” will not serve as the history lesson that never entered into the psyche of these two important and intense women. But this well-crafted scenario will leave one to ponder how these two women shaped each other’s realities.wi

(L-R) Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris as Elizabeth Keckly and Naomi Jacobson as Mary Todd Lincoln in Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of Mary T. & Lizzy K. through May 5. /Photo by Scott Suchman

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Orphan Black

Where Mad Science and Reality Meet By Shantella Y. Sherman WI Assistant Editor


lever is as clever does… so despite a distinct level of reticence about falling in love with yet another BBC America program, enter Orphan Black. With the same nose-thumbing and boundary pushing as earlier programming like “The Hour,” “Being Human,” and “Copper,” Orphan Black forces audiences to imagine life on the edge of reality.

Petty criminal Sarah Manning watches a woman – who could pass as her identical twin – jump from a train platform in front of a moving train. Instead of being traumatized, Manning steals the dead woman’s purse in the hopes of robbing her home and cleaning out her bank accounts. What ensues is a comedy of errors that lead Manning to impersonate the deceased – later found to be police officer Beth Childs and one of several human clones. Manning, assumes Childs’ life, taking possession of her home, boyfriend, and career. However, Childs’ secrets prove deadly and she comes face to face with soccer mom Alison, tech geek Cosima, Russian playgirl Katja, and the deranged Helena – all bearing her likeness and looking for answers. Under the guise of being a cop, Manning is always one wrong step from being discovered a fraud by her partner, Art – played by the ever-dishy Kevin Hanchard. “Orphan Black sets itself up as a standard police procedural right off the top and you watch it and you think it’s a “Law and Order,” CSI-type show, then it starts to deviate down a path that I don’t think any network primetime show or cable show has really gone down before,” said Hanchard. “Art is a tough-as-nails, hardline sort of cop. He’s a hard-ass, but there’s also affection there bubbling below the surface.” Orphan Black is both exciting and ambitious in its

treatment of new technology and science. Unlike the doppelgangers of German folk stories, the idea of meeting clones of oneself reminds viewers that the 1996 cloning of “Dolly the Sheep,” the first animal cloned from an adult somatic cell at The Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, was hardly the endgame. Human cloning is not only possible, but probable and Orphan Black demonstrates a worst-case scenario that keeps audiences glued to their seats. Actress Tatiana Maslany is fabulous as Sarah (Beth, Alison, Cosima, Katja, and Helena). Maslany moves from one character to others, fluidly, often playing dual and triple roles at once. One of the most memorable scenes by far shows the scope of Maslany’s acting when Alison, Cosima, and Sarah work an extended scene. Audiences soon forget that the Brit, the Geek, and the Persnickety Soccer Mom are the singular actress. Jordan Gavaris (“Degrassi”) is golden as Manning’s brother Felix. A struggling artist, Felix, like Manning, is street smart, a natural hustler, and blindly allegiant to his sister. Orphan Black is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Graeme Manson, and John Fawcett. The drama is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. Orphan Black is the latest addition to the BBC America Supernatural Saturday programming block..wi

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Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art, addresses the media before the opening of the “Earth Matters” exhibit at the museum on April 18. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art in Southwest opened its first major exhibition that explores ways in which African artists come to terms with their relationship with the land upon which they tread. The exhibit, “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa,” offered Kenyan-German artist IngridMwangiRobertHutter an opportunity to explore racial juxtapositions of art on her body as a biracial woman. “There’s a relationship between our bodies and the landscape,” said the artist, the child of a German mother and a Kenyan father, who combined her name Ingrid Mwangi with that of her husband’s, Robert Hutter. In her piece, “Static Drift,” she charted her two heritages on her body. Working with stencils, she alternately blocked or exposed her skin to the sun until the silhouettes of Africa and Germany were individually emblazoned on her abdomen. The two pieces are posed side by side in the section of the exhibit called, “Strategies of the Surface.” Each highlights the contrast between the dark and lighter skin. “I have a specific history of living between both Germany and Kenya, and I wanted to provoke thought about the so-called dark continent, which actually

has a bright future,” Mwangi, 37, said regarding Africa. “And, an overdeveloped country like Germany that’s moving toward over-civilization. Africa relates to all of us and there’s no reason that only Africans can speak of Africa.” This is the didactic vein that curator Karen E. Milbourne is hoping the exhibit will represent for visitors, she said. “The art is not so much to aestheticize but to provoke thought – to do something,” said Melbourne who took three years to develop the exhibition by traveling around the world and meeting with various artists. Her travels resulted in 100 works of art from the turn of the 19th to the 21st centuries. “Earth Matters” reflects the ideas and issues of the artists’ choosing. More than 40 artists from 25 of Africa’s 55 nations have used media such as ceramic, textile, film, drawings, printmaking, photography, wood, and mixed-media sculpture in the exhibit. The exhibit documents the changing relationships to the land and the resulting consequences from these changes, which still have an impact today. “Each of us makes choices every day that relate to the land beneath our feet,” added Milbourne, a curator at the museum since 2008. “Where we come from informs who we consider ourselves to be. What we throw out affects what this land of ours will be in the future. These issues … are global … looking through

the lens of Africa we can all better understand the human relationship to the landscape and its significance to the history of African art.” Besides the thematic section, “Strategies of the Surface,” where Mwangi’s art is housed, the exhibit is divided into four other thematic sections: “The Material Earth,” “Power of the Earth,” “Imagining the Underground,” and “Art as Environmental Action.” A sixth section, “Earth Works,” is the first installation of land art by three artists assembled outside in the Smithsonian Gardens and on the National Mall. This provides a vantage point from which to examine relationships Africans have with the land. It may be the earth as sacred or medicinal material; as something uncovered by mining; or claimed by burial as a surface to be interpreted; turned to for inspiration; or as an environment to be protected. “Even though there’s a spiritual connection between Africa and African Americans, it belongs to all of us,” said Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the museum. “I’m hoping that the diversity, complexity, the power and the beauty of the continent can be viewed in ways that weren’t before,” Cole said. Therefore, stereotypes can be changed, she added. Founded in 1964 as a private educational institution, the

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EXHIBIT continued from Page 29 Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, is the only national museum dedicated to the collection, exhibition and study of the arts of Africa. The building on Independence Avenue in Southwest houses the museum’s collection, exhibition galleries, public education facilities, an art conservation laboratory, a research library and photographic archives. In 1979, the museum became part of the Smithsonian The Washington Informer

Institution following an Act of Congress. The collection features more than 10,000 African art objects representing nearly every area of the continent of Africa in a variety of media and art forms. Major sponsorship for “Earth Matters” is provided by the Gabonese Republic. “Tying nature and culture together is such a natural fit for us, as 80 percent of the country is covered in tropical rainforests and more than 20 percent of our

territory is dedicated to the preservation of the environment,” said Eveline Accrombessi, Advisor to the President of Gabon who joined the Gabonese Republic Ambassador Michael Moussa-Adamo at a preview for “Earth Matters” on April 18. “This will open more doors for us. Gabon was interested in this partnership because of our commitment to the environment and to the planet,” Accrombessi added. wi


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Affordable Mazda Miata Tuned to Produce Driver Happiness By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer Spring has arrived. Despite the occasional frosty nights and the out of nowhere rain showers, days full of sunshine and warmth are back. Long neglected corners of the District beckon locals with time worn wisdom that the best way to enjoy our city and its delightful cherry blossoms is not from the open top of a double decker bus as tourists do, but from closer to the ground in a wind-in-the-ears convertible such as the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster that I drove last week. The MX-5 Miata – or Miata, as it’s more often called in the U.S. – is as uncomplicated and pure as a sports car can get. Since the two-seater entered the marketplace more than 20 years ago, it maintains its position as one of the best roadsters, with equal parts fun and refinement in a compact and affordable package. It is a back-to-basics counterpoint in a market that has no shortage of heftier, hightech roadsters and convertibles. Part of the car’s success is due in no small part to its sporty driving dynamics that still serves as a benchmark for others. With a nearly 50:50 weight distribution, the Miata hasn’t bloated much during the last couple of decades. The first-year Miata (in 1990) had a curb weight of 2,105 pounds; the 2013 manual-transmission version weighs 2,480 pounds. The MX-5 Miata was devel-

oped primarily for the North American market and throughout the vehicle’s history the region has come through to remain dominant in global sales for what has inevitably become the world’s best-selling two-seat convertible. With more than 900,000 units sold, it is by far the best-selling two-seat roadster in the world, and with the Guinness World Records to prove it. Unlike many worthy Japanese competitors – Honda 2000, Toyota Celica and MR-2 – that faded into charming fossils, Mazda has kept adding zest to the Miata. Thanks to its precise steering, driver feedback is immediate and handling is similarly intuitive. This tiny Mazda reacts to driving commands with lightning-quick reflexes – it is thoroughly wired to please the driver. Available with two distinctive and easy-to-operate head wraps, the 2013 MX-5 Miata comes standard with a Z-fold design soft-top or the industry-leading Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT). For this year, all trims receive a fresh new front fascia. Fog lights are now standard on Sport models, and Grand Touring vehicles receive a new 17-inch alloy wheel design. It’s attractively priced, easy to maintain and won’t break you at the gas pump. Miata has long attracted female buyers. Not that I experienced any hostility from male drivers; however, female colleagues and neighbors gave great compliments. From its long, lean body, which features a supplely round-

ed yet edgy tone, to its snug yet comfortable interior, which focuses on the seat behind the wheel, everything in this Mazda is geared toward the joy of driving – which is a great selling point whether one is male or female. As much as I loved driving this car, I admit it’s not for everyone. For many, it could make a great second car. Though its tiny trunk can barely fit an overnight bag, and there isn’t much elbow or hip room, it makes a fun weekend getaway car or weekday commuter that snugly fits in all the tight garages downtown. The Miata’s 2.0-liter engine develops a very respectable 167 horsepower. Given its light weight, the engine outputs enough ponies to provide a spirited ride in various weather and traffic conditions. Prices range from $23,720 $29,250 depending on the trim level. Comparable convertible versions of the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500 have a charm all their own, but lack the kind of handling for which the Miata is renowned. Fuel economy for the fivespeed manual-equipped Sport models is an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway miles per gallon (MPG). For all models outfitted with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, fuel economy is rated at 21 city/28 highway MPG.wi The Washington Informer


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ARIES If you feel blessed this week, don’t be surprised. With last week’s soul vibration you were able to see a wonderful truth about yourself. Did you look? If you did then this week that truth will shine in everything you do. Soul Affirmation: The earthiness of my being reflects the sunshine of my soul. Lucky Numbers: 8, 10, 47 TAURUS You may feel a bit frustrated that some of the miscellaneous items from your “to do” list reappear for this week. Chill. Find ways to exert excess stress positively. Everything you need to get done will be done. You’ve got what it takes! Continue to shine! Soul Affirmation: Another day in which to rejoice is upon me. Ah-h-h-h-h! Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 14 GEMINI The sincere emotions that should have flowed through you last week will begin to glow more brightly this week. No matter what the emotions were, you can find the good in them this week. If you have to search deeply, do so. The good is there in abundance this week. Soul Affirmation: My emotions provide me a pathway into the sunshine of my being. Lucky Numbers: 5, 9, 17

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CANCER Energy is higher than it was last week. You might feel like the sunshine inside yourself provides blinding light. Walk into it. There are no dangers. Put dark glasses on your soul vibrations and be cool. This day is too light, too bright. Soul Affirmation: I love myself when I am laughing! Lucky Numbers: 12, 33, 42 LEO You might get negative answers to an important question this week so you should have a backup plan. And you should know that in the long run it is better that the answer was not yes. Be daring! Make efforts to move beyond your comfort zone. You’ll be glad you did. Soul Affirmation: I will ask joy to marry me. Lucky Numbers: 19, 22, 36 VIRGO Don’t waste your shine on solitude. Get out and let other people see it this week. The cheerfulness that should have come into your life last week is looking for places to express. Find them. Your winning ways can win big this week. Soul Affirmation: People love me, yes they do. Lucky Numbers: 1, 2, 4 LIBRA You like to shine. Everyone might not know it but you like to be a little superficial and playful. That side of your soul vibration is pleading for expression this week. Listen to the plea. Give it a chance but be careful of the sensitive feelings of those who experience you in another way. Soul Affirmation: Light from my soul shines in many directions. Lucky Numbers: 25, 40, 55 SCORPIO Some say optimism is fantasy. Suppose the good thing you’re optimistic about never comes. This week you’ll know that the joy of anticipating it is joy enough. Just the certainty of coming goodness is present goodness. The joy of tomorrow is available this week. Soul Affirmation: The certainty of coming goodness is goodness. Lucky Numbers: 26, 21, 30 SAGITTARIUS The joy that you get from good results can make you a hero this week. Others will easily see how valuable your soul vibration is to them. It will be easy for them to see why they are glad they know you. Feel pride in your ability to move towards distant goals. Soul Affirmation: The sunlight of my spirit shines in the land beyond the horizon. Lucky Numbers: 14, 31, 44 CAPRICORN Did you enjoy what flowed in last week? Tell someone about it. Sure you like to gossip. So what? Enjoy going over in conversation what you enjoyed in consciousness last week. Did you make the consciousness into reality? You could have. You still can. Soul Affirmation: Things are as I know them to be. Lucky Numbers: 33, 43, 53 AQUARIUS Well enough of being satisfied and being still and letting the wealth inside yourself be your joy. Spend some of that wealth. Get into your real bank account. Use some hard cash and buy something to make you look as good as you feel. Soul Affirmation: Jewelry reflects the beauty of my feelings about myself. Lucky Numbers: 18, 35, 50 PISCES You find that waiting pays off, doesn’t it. Now is a better time to charge ahead. Good communication is favored. You’ll be more convincing. Others are more eager to work with you. Love is easier. Business is easier. People give approval in ways that they would not have last week. Soul Affirmation: A day of rejoicing is upon me. I celebrate. Lucky Numbers: 5, 23, 30

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Hulu Resurrects Daytime Soaps “All My Children” & “One Life to Live” Episodes Begin April 29 By Ronda Smith Special to the Informer Deborah Plympton had never heard of the online broadcasting network Hulu, and counts herself among the dinosaur breed of television viewers still lamenting the demise of VCRs. However, as soon as the 53-year-old Oxon Hill resident learned that her favorite daytime soap opera, All My Children was returning to the airwaves exclusively on Hulu, Plympton took a crash-course lesson from her granddaughter Symone. “I had no idea you could watch television on your computer and laptops. My granddaughter even showed me some music video on a phone and I thought, ‘Lord, have mercy, this is too much,’ but it is also exciting and worth the $8 a month,” Plympton said. Presumably there are thousands of novice Hulu watchers who have moved from network programming to the online broadcaster because of the return of both All My Children and One Life to Live, both longtime ABC daytime soap operas with millions of fans worldwide. In a move that sent shockwaves across its viewership, ABC abruptly nailed the coffins on the shows in September 2011 and January 2012, respectively, in lieu of a desire to move into cheaper programming like game shows and talk shows. At the time, ABC Daytime President Brian Frons released a statement, “While we are excited about our new shows and the

shift in our business, I can’t help but recognize how bittersweet the change is. We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on ‘real life’ takeaways.” The shows were replaced with true hokum – a sleeper of a talk show / food prep show called The Chew, (still airing) and The Revolution, a health and fitness talk show, which was better suited for insomniacs and airing at 2 a.m., rather than 2 p.m. (which was cancelled in July 2012). Baltimore graduate student Brandi Fudge, said that she subscribed to Hulu to view episodes of “Downton Abbey” and “In the Line of Duty,” two British shows she became accustomed to watching while studying at the

University of Aberdeen. Fudge, 30, said she never thought she would have to watch her favorite American soap operas the same way, but is grateful all the same. “I grew up with grandparents and babysitters who watched Erika Kane and Asa Buchannan. As African Americans, we cut our romantic teeth on Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan as Jesse and Angie Hubbard on All My Children. We’re talking generations of collective viewing … that’s pretty amazing stuff,” Fudge said. “It will feel good to reconnect with the characters and storylines and decompress. In a stressful world, soap operas are still a great comfort,” Fudge said. Fans of All My Children are looking forward to the return of their favorite soap on April 29. Episodes will air in half hour formats and storylines will open five years into the future. wi

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ecently, the press run for Season 2 of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” made its way to New York, as several cast members attended a screening and press reception hosted by Monami Entertainment, NFGTV and Myx Fusions. Stevie J, Joseline Hernandez, K.Michelle, Mimi Faust and Erica Dixon were on hand for the standing room only event, which took place at Stage 48. The 300+ guests gasped, laughed and cheered while watching the premiere episode, which was followed by a lively Q&A moderated by executive producer Mona Scott-Young. The highlight of the night? A heart-warming reconciliation between K.Michelle and Mimi. Turntable Assassins’ DJ Kutcase kept the energy high, while guests sipped on Myx Fusions moscato, Malibu Red and Ciroc. “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” premieres Monday, April 22 at 8pm ET/PT on VH1. Visit the show online at www. / Photos: James Pray

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Howard University Women Lacrosse Highlights

Howard University Lady Bison Taylor Tynes, playing her last home game of the season, takes on two Jacksonville Dolphin attackers during NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse action on Sunday, April 21 at Howard University’s Greene Stadium in Northwest. Jacksonville defeated Howard 25-5. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Howard University Lady Bison Alyssa Paddock outruns Jacksonville Dolphin defender Jess Worcester during the first half of NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse action at Howard University’s Greene Stadium in Northwest on Sunday, April 21. Jacksonville defeated Howard 25-5. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Howard University Lady Bison Michaela Jupiter takes on two Jacksonville Dolphin defenders during NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse action at Howard University’s Greene Stadium in Northwest on Sunday, April 21. Jacksonville defeated Howard 25-5. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Philadelphia Union Defeats D.C. United 3-2 D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario takes on two Philadelphia Union defenders in the second half of Major League Soccer (MLS) action on Sunday, April 21 at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Southeast. Philadelphia defeated the United 3-2. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

D.C. United midfielder Raphael Augusto takes on Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney in the second half of Major League Soccer (MLS) action on Sunday, April 21 at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Southeast. Philadelphia defeated the United 3-2. /Photo by John E. De Freitas


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Watch What You Say! “Life and Death are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21 Sigmund Freud, psychology’s most famous figure remains one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the 20th century; and according to Freud, unacceptable thoughts or beliefs are withheld from conscious awareness, and these faux pas help reveal what’s hidden in the unconscious mind. That’s certainly something to consider – and, it gives us pause. The expression, a Freudian slip, is used today in a light-hearted manner when a person makes a verbal or memory mistake. In these situations, observers often suggest, that the error reveals some type of hidden thought, belief or wish on the part of the individual who makes the slip. Trust me, they meant every word! Have you ever heard the expression, “A drunken man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts?” Now, let’s look at this scripture: Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Luke 6:45. It wouldn’t come out if it wasn’t there in the first place – always, keep that in mind. Reckless words borne out of negative thoughts that aren’t in keeping with Christ’s words, inevitably lead to mistakes and unkind attitudes and actions. When you find your thoughts going astray, catch yourself and stop immediately, remind yourselves that God is Love! “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment.”

Matt 12:36-37 In the scripture mentioned above, Jesus makes the point that words are so much more powerful that we realize. Words are a power source that most of us summarily dismiss in our daily lives but we shouldn’t – words are potent – and wield power. Get rid of all negative thoughts that you may harbor against yourselves or others, no matter how insignificant they may appear to be – there are no inconsequential thoughts or words. They either bring about good consequences or bad ones. Often, words are spoken in relation to observations made about situations that we encounter. Just because something looks one way on the surface doesn’t mean it’s necessarily true. Poet and novelist Edgar Allan Poe hit the nail on the head when he said, “Believe half of what you see.” Don’t always agree with what’s in front of you. Instead, release your faith into action, and allow the Holy Spirit to have its way. Need clarification? Many of us may unknowingly make negative comments such as: “I love you to death; This job is killing me; You children are not going to give me a stroke; and pastors might say to their congregations, You church members are not going to give me a heart attack, you won’t send me to an early grave!” Sound familiar? When we speak aloud, we create our destinites. The Universe, the Source, and God, first and foremost, hears us loud and clear! Don’t forget, He spoke the world into existence. He said in the beginning, “Let there be

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light, and there was light.” Here are several examples of what we should say at all times: “I am the head and not the tail; No weapon formed against me shall prosper; Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God; No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us; Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us; and The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Remember, watch what you think and more importantly, what you say aloud, it can heal your life or hurt you! wi Visit the website of Lyndia Grant at, to book Lyndia for speaking engagements at churches or businesses, call 202-518-3192, and send emails to

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

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

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

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

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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.”

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Church of Living Waters

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

St. Stephen Baptist Church Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. 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

“We are one in the Spirit” e-mail:

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

Crusader Baptist Church

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:

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

“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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Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

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

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Zion Baptist Church

Israel Baptist Church

Full Gospel Baptist Church

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

Sermon On The Mount Temple Of Joy Apostolic Faith

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

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

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

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

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, 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

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

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

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

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

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. 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

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

Peace Baptist Church

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

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motto: God First

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Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

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

Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Bobby L. Livingston, Sr. Pastor 75 Rhode Island Ave. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 667-4448

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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CLASSIFIEDS legal notice SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 ADM 283 Frances R. Greene Decedent Dalton Howard, Esq., Brooks and Howard 6701 – 16th St., NW Washington, DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Lillian Gant, whose address is 2515 Alabama Ave., SE, Apt. 301, Washington, DC 20020, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Frances R. Greene, who died on December 23, 20032 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (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 October 11, 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 October 11, 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: April 11, 2013 Lillian Gant Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

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Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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

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

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

Administration No. 2013 ADM 125

Administration No. 2013 ADM 348

Administration No. 2013 ADM 347

Reuben A. Scarborough, Jr. Decedent

Eloise Pinkney Decedent

Nannie W. Pleasant Decedent

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

Leonard GP Muhammad, Esquire Law Office Muhammad & Associates 7306 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, DC 20012 Attorney

Leonard G. Muhammad, Esquire 7306 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20012 Attorney


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Michael L. Shorter, whose address is 1112 Chaplin Street, SE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Reuben A. Scarborough, Jr., who died on April 29, 1997 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 October 18, 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 October 18, 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.

David R. Pinkney, whose address is 27 Synott Place, Newark, NJ 07106, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Eloise Pinkney, who died on April 23, 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 October 25, 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 October 25, 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.

Jacqueline Nichols, whose address is 2419 30th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20018, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Nannie W. Pleasant, who died on October 22, 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 October 25, 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 October 25, 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: April 18, 2013

Date of first publication: April 25, 2013

Date of first publication: April 25, 2013

Michael L. Shorter Personal Representative

David R. Pinkney Personal Representative

Jacqueline Nichols Personal Representative




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MALVEAUX continued from Page 25 en to police stations for questioning. Clearly Susan Smith was mentally ill, but she wasn’t so broken that she didn’t know that blaming her children’s disappearance on a Black man gave her lies more credibility. The Stuart and Smith cases made headlines in the late 20th century. Now, our feet are firmly planted in the 21st century. Does this kind of racist stereotyping still take place? While these kinds of cases no longer make headlines, I wouldn’t be surprised if any of these occurrences continue to be. When in doubt, blame a Black man. So here comes CNN’s John King, a heretofore respected

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shared this information. Some will say no harm was done because there was a correction. No harm was done if you don’t know the history. If someone described an alleged criminal as a White man with brown hair, it is unlikely that the police would go door to door looking for a White man with brown hair. That’s the basic racism that is the foundation of our nation’s history. John King’s erroneous reporting reminds us how easy it is to blame a “dark skinned” man. wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

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or barrier in baseball years before Thurgood Marshall argued Brown v. Board of Education and Rosa Parks took her seat on the bus. There was no blueprint for him to follow. But Congress has a blueprint to guide them as they are challenged to enact meaningful legislation to make America safer. It’s time to put the politics aside, and pick up some courage.wi Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.

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that your talk about slavery does any good? Do you suppose people care what you say? Why, I don’t care anymore for your talk than I do for the bite of a flea.” “Perhaps not,” she answered, “but, the Lord willing, I’ll keep you scratching.” Some of our Senators have just told us that they don’t care what 90 percent of us want and have closed their ears to the pleas of those who have lost their children and family members to gun violence. But we must be determined and persistent fleas until we move them either to change their minds or kick them out of office. I hope enough of us will bite them, bite them, and bite them until they do care about the chil-

dren whose lives have been cut short and those at risk of the same fate. Enough fleas biting strategically can make the biggest dog uncomfortable. And if they flick some of us off but even more of us keep coming back and biting with our calls, emails, visits, nonviolent direct action protests, and votes (the most important nonviolent protest)—we’ll win. wi Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to

tin? Where was the homosexual community on apartheid in South Africa or the genocide in Rwanda? Where are the White women on repealing the “wet foot, dry foot policy” in Miami? None of these groups have stood with Blacks on any of these issues, yet Blacks lose their minds to support them on the issues they care about—homosexual marriage, amnesty for illegals, and including women in affirmative action. The rank-and-file in the Black community is totally against amnesty for illegals, marriage for homosexuals, etc. In fact, in a poll commissioned for BET Founder Robert L. Johnson, respondents were asked: “Do you believe Hispanic Americans will achieve greater economic growth than African Americans over the next 5 years?” More than half – 51

percent – replied yes, with only 19 percent saying no and 30 percent not sure. Can somebody please explain to me how the media touts polls that say 65 percent of Americans support homosexual marriage, yet 30 states have laws on the books that define marriage as between a man and a woman? The math doesn’t add up. Even in the Bob Johnson poll, the Black community was split, with 42 percent saying marriage should be restricted to a man and a woman. When asked if equal rights for gays are the same as equal rights for Blacks, 55 percent said no, 28 percent said yes and 17 percent were unsure. So, to my many readers, don’t believe all the bogus polls about how America supports amnesty for these illegals—because they don’t. Remember, these are the same polls that said the criminal background check bill would past the Senate last week. Even within the Republican

Party, there are varying positions on these issues, but the point of the town halls is to show that there are many opinions within the Black community on these issues. As I have often said, Republicans never engage the Black community even when they agree with the party on certain issues. As Reagan once told me, “my 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy.” If the Republican Party deals with some of these issues, then we might be able to say, “My 93 percent enemy can become my 20 percent friend.”wi Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson. com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.

had slipped through their dragnet, only to be informed by a citizen that their wanted fugitive may have been hiding out in a boat in his backyard. The capture of a desperate, lone fugitive after such an ordeal as this is something worth lining the streets to wave flags and cheer about? I don’t think so. Tragically, three people were killed in the mayhem of the Boston Marathon bombing. Every life is precious. But that same day 30 people were killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. The following day, our hearts were torn again

in this country by the death of a dozen or more at a Texas fertilizer plant. Just days before that dozens had been killed in Iran and Pakistan by a severe earthquake. Later that week more than 150 were killed by an earthquake in China. We celebrate deliriously when professional sports teams win national championships. But those celebrations are confined only to those in the winning city. There was no joy in San Francisco in February when the brother of their football team’s coach managed to lead his team from

Baltimore to victory at the Superbowl. There was a ticker-tape parade in Baltimore, however. No, our national celebrations seem to be all about these macabre dances at, then retreats from death’s door. Death’s door. There is no more joy for me perceiving the murderer on the scaffold, than there is imagining a victim’s dying words, pleas or breaths. There is no joy for me in having stalked and captured the stalker. I wish we had no need for such celebrations.wi

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Muhammad continued from Page 26 “ran out of bullets,” allowing the suspect to drive through their perimeter, then, though seriously injured, escape on foot, because none of them bothered to establish a secure perimeter around the area of the shootout. There was a secure enough perimeter to literally keep hun-

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Designed, engineered and crafted by Toyota team members in 6 states, Avalon is a powerful expression of American innovation and pride.

Prototype shown with options.


The all-new Avalon. An American success story.

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