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celebrities, government officials and ordinary Washingtonians – crowded into a massive auditorium for the almost four-hour service. In keeping with Brown’s wishes, the memorial was more party than funeral, more festive

than somber. Veronica Ambrose, her daughter Miya, 33, and granddaughter Kaiara, 17, stood in line for more than two hours to get in. “Chuck is definitely a legend. I grew up with his music,” said

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In his third year at Friendship Collegiate Academy, Daniel Moses is Friendship Public Charter Schools’ 2012 Teacher of the Year. Moses, 32, bested 10 of his colleagues for the honor. Moses, who now teaches history, said he didn’t expect to win. “I was confident I would do well because I taught a really good lesson. But I didn’t expect necessarily to win,” said Moses. “It was a huge surprise, especially for my parents. The kids are really excited. They made me throw them a pizza party.” “I was highly motivated before but this has given me greater impetus,” he said. “It’s been nose to the grindstone. My students have been studying AP World History.” Moses taught general education for two years and this is his first year teaching history, said the Illinois native who followed his wife here from Chicago. His recipe for being an exceptional teacher? “What’s most important is consistency, understanding, rigor, and maintaining those standards every day. I let my students know you will do this because I love you and it’s good for you,” he said. Moses learned the good news at a sumptuous, black-tie awards ceremony held recently at the JW Marriott Hotel in Northwest. More than 800 staff members from the school attended the event where the friendly rivalry and school spirit energized what can sometimes be rather staid and restrained. As each teacher of the year nominee was presented to their peers, the crowd broke into raucous cheers, with many standing up and yelling their support of the honorees for their accomplishments. Participants enjoyed video presentations of principals, fellow teachers, parents and students who shared the reasons why the nominees are exceptional teachers. Several times during the program, faculty and staff from individual schools jumped up to bellow school cheers. TV host Roland Martin returned to emcee the event. “Any man who comes up, I suggest you give your wife a shout out so there won’t be any problems,” he joked. Event Chairman W. Ed Walter was effusive in his praise. “This has succeeded beyond my wildest expectations,” he said of the event which is in its fifth year. “We

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celebrate the best teachers and this confers on them the extra value they have to our organization. They exhibit patience, enthusiasm, courage, and showmanship. Teachers provide a special reward by their success. You’ve made … an impact on our children’s future. “I congratulate all the nominees. You’re the best of the best.” Friendship is the largest public charter school in the Washington, D.C. area. Friendship is on 11 campuses in the District and Baltimore in partnership with District of Columbia Public Schools and Baltimore City Public School. At present, Friendship, which was started in 1998, serves about 8,000 students from pre-K to 12th grade. Friendship Collegiate Academy is the charter school’s flagship school in Northeast. It has an 85 percent graduation rate and 100 percent of the graduating class is accepted to college. Five students have been chosen as Gates Millennium Scholars which means that they are awarded $500,000 to finance their educations with what Gates officials call “a good-throughgraduation” scholarship. The money will support the students’ academic endeavors for however long they pursue their educations at the college or university of their choice. The program, established in 1999, is financed by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To date, more than 16,000 students have received Gates Millennium scholarships and attend more than 1,500 schools, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities, United Negro College Fund member institutions and other institutions serving minorities. A selection committee chose the nominees after monitoring them in the classroom and using other criteria.


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Nicholas Katzenbach, attempt to register at the University of Alabama. Governor George Wallace bodily blocks their entrance. When National Guardsmen return later in the day with Malone and Hood, Wallace steps aside. 1963 - President Kennedy told nation in radio-TV address that segregation was morally wrong and that it was “time to act in the Congress, in your state and local legislature body, all of our daily lives.” 1963 - Two Black students, escorted by federalized National Guard troops, enrolled at University of Alabama despite the opposition of Gov. George C. Wallace. 1964 - Nelson Mandela sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly attempting to sabotage the white South African government. 1967 - Race riot, Tampa, Florida. National Guard mobilized. June 12 1840 - The World’s AntiSlavery Convention convenes in London, England. 1876 - The first known monument erected by African Americans to honor one of our heroes is dedicated to Richard Allen in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park. 1886 - The Georgia State Supreme Court sustained the will of the late David Dickson, thus making Amanda Eubanks the wealthiest Negro in America. Dickson, a former slaveholder, willed more than half a million dollars to Eubanks. White relatives of Dickson, a bachelor, had contested the will on the grounds that it was illegal for a white man to leave property to his black illegitimate children. 1963 - Civil rights group demonstrated at Harlem construction sites to Protest discrimination in building trades unions. Demonstrations and marches were held in metropolitan areas in June, July and August to

dramatize discontent over housing, school and job discrimination. 1963 - Medgar W. Evers (37), NAACP field secretary in Mississippi, assassinated in front of his Jackson home by a segregationist. 1967 - U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Virginia law banning inter-racial marriage was unconstitutional. 1972 - The National Black MBA Association is incorporated. 1991 - Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls in win over L.A. Lakers in five games to capture his first NBA Championship. June 13 1868 - Ex-slave Oscar J. Dunn becomes lieutenant governor of Louisiana. It is the highest executive office held by an African American to date. 1910 - William D. Crum (18591912), a South Carolina physician, appointed minister to Liberia. 1990 - Bernadette Locke becomes the first female on-court coach when she is named assistant coach of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. 1937 - Eleanor Holmes (later Eleanor Norton) is born in Washington, DC. A graduate of the Yale University School of Law, Norton will become chairperson of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and a Georgetown University law professor before being elected a non-voting delegate to Congress representing the District of Columbia. 1967 - Thurgood Marshall, U.S. solicitor general, named to the Supreme Court by President Johnson. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 30 and became the first Black Supreme Court justice. Source:

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Butler, a resident of Northwest, would have needed 45,000 signatures from registered voters in five of the city’s eight wards in 180 days in order for the elections board to put the recall before the voters. If the signatures proved to be valid, the elections board would have set a date for the recall election.

Biddle Takes a Breather Former D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle said that he’s taking a break from politics, but he’s definitely not through with the business. “I am spending time with my wife and doing things that fathers do such as teaching my kid how to ride a bike,” Biddle said. “I have also taken time to

around the region go fishing. I am reacquainting myself with my family.” Biddle, 40, was selected as a member of the D.C. Council in January 2011 by the D.C. State Democratic Committee as a result of Kwame Brown’s election as council chairman in the November 2010 general election. Brown served as an at-large member of the District’s legislative body from 2005-2011. Biddle served four months on the D.C. Council but was defeated in his attempt to keep the seat in an April 2011 special election by Vincent Orange, who currently holds the position. Biddle lost to Orange by a slim margin in the Tue., April 3 Democratic primary despite dominating precincts west of 16th Street, NW and racially-mixed neighborhoods in Ward 6. Biddle said that he’s not thinking about 2014, when two at-large seats, the mayor, the D.C. Attorney General, the chairman and Wards 1, 3, 5, and 6 will be up for reelection. A resident of Ward 4, Biddle said that “he is look-

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BROWN continued from Page 1 be a part of history.” “Most importantly, I have the GoGo swing,” she joked. “I stood in line for two hours because I just like what he stood for,” the Northeast resident said. Brown, 75, fell ill in March, was hospitalized and died May 16 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Last Tuesday, an estimated 12,000 people paid their respects to Brown who lay in state at the Howard Theatre in the Shaw community. City officials, GoGo legends, aficionados of D.C.’s singular music, and others folks walked past Brown’s golden casket during a day-long public viewing. Inside the Convention Center, a mixture of church music and GoGo beats suffused the auditorium. Brown’s casket on a catafalque stood before the stage, surrounded by large circular wreaths of orange and white. Along the length of the casket lay a bed of stunning white flowers. Seven large screens flashed images of Brown regaling the people he loved so much, others captured his trademark grin and his effusive, natural and unaffected manner, while more were snapshots of the Go-Go icon at various periods along his musical journey. The largely African-American crowd was an almost even mix of young and old. People’s dress ranged from funereal black suits and dresses to the very gaudy, from colorful summer dresses and sun hats to T-shirts and jeans. Many wore T-shirts with Chuck’s visage, his sayings, song titles and expressions, such as “Wind Me up Chuck!” and “Old School Playa: Go-Go for Life.” If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then it was on display at the memorial service where a number of older men sported wraparound sunglasses and fedoras Brown popularized. Others wore silk do-rags, zoot suits, vests and baggy dress pants. And more than a few strolled around with carved wooden canes. Radio and TV personality Donnie Simpson officiated, and reminded the crowd frequently just how much Brown loved D.C. and its residents. “Chuck was always absolutely about D.C.,” he said. “The music he created was for D.C. but [others] had to come here to get it. I have mad love for that … The Godfather of Go-Go – we’re gonna celebrate him today.” And celebrate they did, giving life to the saying, “Ain’t No Party Like a Chuck Brown Party.” The music, whether it was a gospel number or Go-Go, was loud, brash and brassy. And most of the musical selections ended up being a cool blend of the sacred and the secular: Gospel infused with liberal splashes of the funky Go-Go beat. The Washington Informer

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and Council Chairman Kwame Brown tried to one-up each other on how they planned to honor Brown. Gray, 69, announced that the city would name a park in his honor; Norton said she would spearhead legislation to make Brown’s birthday, August 22, Chuck Brown Day nationally; and Kwame Brown promised a Go-Go Hall of Fame. “It [the park] will be a place of action, people and sounds of the city, a place where you can ‘back it up,’” Gray intoned. “It will be a place where you can say over and over, ‘Wind me up Chuck!’” Norton, 74, received a standing ovation and sustained applause from the audience. “I come in thanksgiving first of all for Chuck Brown the man, the man who created himself following … a tough upbringing,” she said. “I come this afternoon in praise of Chuck Brown for what he gave to American music, and especially what his music gave to D.C. – vibrant, pulsating music.” Norton compared Brown’s musical legacy to the stifling, overbearing manner in which Congress deals with the District. “There’s official Washington and hometown Washington,” she explained. “… He rescued hometown D.C. from an image of a government that couldn’t keep a beat, to a hometown with a funky beat.” Norton jokingly mocked New York, Chicago and San Francisco, saying none of the music that represents those cities comes anywhere close to D.C.’s. “He gave us a musical genre, a unique sound. This is a town with dancing in its DNA,” she said. “He gave us a hometown sound that won’t let you stay in your seat and won’t let you sit down once you get up.” “I’m gratified for the music from our virtuoso. It never, ever went out of style. D.C. discovered Chuck Brown before the Grammys and the National Endowment for the Arts. Chuck Brown loved D.C. and we loved him back.” “I don’t know when I’ll get a vote on the House floor on this resolution, but there is every reason for Chuck’s hometown to start first … to send the message year-after-year that as long as there is a District of Columbia, there will always be a Chuck Brown party in the nation.” Kwame Brown, 41, invited council colleagues to join him on the dais, but it was Council member Marion S. Barry, Jr., who received the type of welcome that mirrors the affection D.C. has for Chuck Brown. As one, the crowd rose, cheered, chanted Barry’s name and pumped their fists. As a beaming Barry stood at the dais, the crowd chanted “Barry, Barry,

Barry!” “I’m not here as a former mayor or council member but as a friend of Chuck Brown’s. I’ve known him for 40 years,” Barry, 76, said. “Everyone tells you they’re your friend through thick and thin and when it thickens up, they thin out. Chuck Brown never thinned out.” “Someone asked me, ‘how did Chuck die?’ but the better question is how did Chuck live?” Barry described a man who loved and was committed to his family, one who treasured friends and a musical genius who was deeply devoted to his music. “I met him at Pride, Inc.,” Barry recalled. “Chuck Brown came and turned the place out. He was a great inspiration to young people. He said you don’t have to stay where you are. Chuck Brown was about teaching, reaching people, letting them know they could be anything.” Among the family and friends who spoke or performed were Big G, Darryll Brooks, comedian Mike Epps; the Rev. Michael A. Freeman of Spirit of Faith Church; Raheem DeVaughn; Sugar Bear; Chris Paul and Huggy Lowdown; Cliff Jones; Ledisi; Tye Tribbett; Kindred Family Soul; and the Chuck Brown Band and Brown family members. Epps came to honor Brown who was in the audience when Epps performed at Constitution Hall. “I thought I would never get a chance to meet him but I was at the Merriweather Post Pavilion with ‘green eyes’ [Simpson], smoking a ‘cigarette,’” Epps said. “Chuck came and told me, ‘put it out, put it out, put it out, but let me get a hit before you do.’” Epps had the crowd in stitches – even Barry – when he joked that he asked Brown where they could get more marijuana and Brown told him, ‘Hold on, let me call Marion Barry.’” The Chuck Brown Band played a stirring medley as the service ended that had audience members on their feet, on chairs, rocking from side-toside and singing every lyric. Kwame Brown’s advice to D.C. newcomers illustrated the unbreakable connection between D.C. residents and Go-Go. “To everyone who just moved to D.C. who have a problem with Go-Go – get over it. Chuck Brown is Go-Go, Go-Go is Washington, D.C. and there’s nothing wrong with Go-Go.” wi

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Gray’s Jobs Program Puts People to Work By James Wright WI Staff Writer The D.C. mayor’s signature employment initiative designed to help unemployed District residents find jobs reached a milestone recently amid praise for the program’s success. The One City-One Hire program, which was borrowed from Atlanta by D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and Department of Employment Services (DOES) Director Lisa Mallory, placed its 3,000th resident in a job; it was announced on Wed., May 16. Gray, 69, thanked business leaders for their participation. “When I took office, I promised to do all that I could to get District residents back to work, and connecting more than 3,000 previously unemployed people with jobs is an important step toward that goal,” he said. “I want to commend our 600-plus One City-One Hire employer partners who have committed to work closely with the District government to help find sustainable employment for thousands of unemployed District residents.” The hiring of the 3,000th resident comes as DOES released statistics that showed unemployment in the District is declining. The April numbers revealed that Wards 5, 7 and 8 showed the most improvement in fighting joblessness. Ward 8 has the highest unemployment rate in the city with 25 percent, followed by Ward 7 at 19 percent and Ward 5 at 14 percent, according to statistics. Ward 3 had the lowest joblessness rate at three percent. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D) said that the positive numbers show “that the District’s economy is clearly on the upswing.”

“The declining unemployment rate over the past eight months, from a high of 11.2 percent last September to 9.5 percent this April, further solidifies the city’s position as the economic engine of the region,” Brown, 41, said. He credited the Gray administration “on their job creation and unemployment efforts.” “I pledge my full support for new programs and policies that enable our residents to become jobready and gain full employment,” the chairman said. The success of One City-One Hire is lauded as the federal government is eliminating unemployment insurance for long-term recipients. The Extended Benefits (EB) will be discontinued in the District on Sat., June 9 as a result of the declining jobless rate. The U.S. Department of Labor notified DOES of this development recently. “While we’re delighted to see the District’s unemployment rate continue to decline, which means residents are finding gainful employment; we are going to be proactive in our outreach to all District residents who will lose their benefits when the EB program ends,” said Mallory, 50. “DOES will work vigorously to notify residents about education and training opportunities and other employment services that will help lead them to a meaningful job.” More than 1,600 District residents will be affected by the change. The EB program has been in effect since March 2009 and provides additional benefits to eligible unemployed workers who have exhausted all regular unemployment insurance benefits and all Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits which are available during high pe-

riods of unemployment. The One City-One Hire program offers assistance to job seekers and incentives to employers with inducements such as tax credits, onthe-job training, wage reimbursements to train and hire unemployed District residents, and employment screening services. Mallory said employers are also benefiting. “This is a wonderful opportunity for small businesses and even nonprofits and start-ups to get a quick competitive advantage,” she said. “The ultimate goal is for on-thejob training participants to become permanent employees and enhance their prospects for long-term employment.” Darryl Pixley, an assistant building engineer who works for the DC USA mall in Columbia Heights, benefited from the One City-One Hire program. Pixley, 31, said he’s been employed at the Northwest site for more than a month. He credits the One City-One Hire program for finding him suitable employment. Pixley said that as a result of the pre-screening process, he met with several employers who had an interest in his electrical skills. Then he was contacted by DC USA. “I interviewed with DC USA twice before they decided to hire me,” said Pixley who lives in Northwest. The Courtyard at Marriott Convention Center in Northwest is also a participant in the program. General Manager Thomas Penny III is a rising star in the city’s corporate circles and is one of a handful of blacks who run a major hotel in the city. Penny recently hired Telma Giron. “Mr. Penny told me about the The Washington Informer

gling employee. “Some employees have the desire and will to work but do not have the skill sets needed to succeed in the hospitality industry,” he said. “It is at that point that I get involved by personally mentoring them and doing things such as taking them on tours of other hotels in the area to see how they operate. When I help them in that way, 70-75 percent of the time, the employee’s job performance improves substantially.” Penny said that the main factor in their improvement “was that the general manager cares about their careers.” wi

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By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Foreclosure and homeownership aren’t laughing matters but one wouldn’t have known that by attending last Saturday’s “Getting to the Next Level” seminar sponsored by HomeFree-USA. Guests, prospective home buyers and those seeking help with foreclosures responded with riotous laughter to speakers Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and the Rev. DeForest Soaries during the three-hour event at HomeFree-USA’s office in Hyattsville. The pair used humor to hammer home messages that homes are worth protecting and there’s no shame in being vulnerable to mortgage scams and abuse. “All of us make mistakes,” said Cummings who recalled as a college student being sold a watch he was told was a Seiko but had the word “Sayco” on it. “It can happen to any of us. Don’t you feel ashamed.” Soaries, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J., told the audience of approximately 300 about his 15 years in debt and how he was on a first-name basis with bill collectors who called every Tuesday and Thursday night. Cummings also recounted when he was a child and his family moved into their first home. “I feel as emotional now as I did then,” Cummings said. “I remember going into this house, and I couldn’t believe this was our house.” He also mentioned several times the importance of holding The Washington Informer

onto one’s home. “You must fight for your house. It’s not just about you. It’s about your child and generations unborn. Don’t let [anyone] take your house,” said Cummings whose delivery at times sounded more like a preacher than a politician. “Why do I care so much? I care because I know what a house means.” Cummings recalled when he was behind on his rent while in college. He told the landlord he needed more time to get the money but when he returned hours later his belongings were on the street – much of what he owned had been destroyed. “I never will forget the feeling I had of not having a home, not having a place to go to,” he said. “I don’t want anybody to have that feeling.” After he addressed the crowd, Cummings was presented with the People’s Choice Award by Marcia Griffin, president and founder of HomeFree-USA. Raymond A. Skinner, Maryland’s Secretary of Housing, discussed changes in the law that make it more difficult for banks to foreclose on properties. He encouraged homeowners who are facing foreclosure to contact one of the 35 housing counseling agencies for assistance. He also said state mortgage programs are offering special loans at 2.87 percent and 3.23 percent during June, which is National Homeownership Month. Down payment and closing cost assistance are also available. “There is really a great opportunity in Prince George’s County to buy,” Skinner said. “There is no more powerful place than the

home.” Skinner also told the audience that it’s critical to stay informed about what’s happening in financial matters related to homeownership. “In life, money is made off the backs of people who just don’t know,” Skinner said. The audience of homeowners and prospective buyers also filled out forms to possibly get help and many met with HomeFree-USA staff who determined if there was any assistance that they could provide. Many of those who attended the seminar are facing foreclosure or have homes that are “underwater” meaning they owe more on their homes than they are currently worth. Jim Griffin, chief executive officer of HomeFree-USA, said the goal of the seminar, held quarterly, is to determine if there are individuals they can assist by connecting them with other agencies or referring them to programs. “There are a lot of changes occurring,” Griffin said. He noted that in some situations they help create an “exit strategy that is better than foreclosure.” For prospective buyers the aim is to prepare them to be ready to purchase homes, however, the sage advice from the Maryland representative applied to both owners and buyers. “You want something you can pass down from generation to generation,” said Cummings. “This house is the most valuable [asset you] will have.” wi



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$10 Million Mortgage Settlement Reached Wait Begins for Receipt of Funds By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer The wait is on in Prince George’s County for $10 million from the State Attorneys General Mortgage Servicing Settlement. Last week Attorney General Doug Gansler announced the allocation of funds. County officials have determined that the funds will be directed to areas of the county hardest hit by foreclosures. “We will be investing in five areas of the county classified as having the highest incidents of foreclosures,” said Eric C. Brown, director of the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development. “We will focus on the areas of Capitol Heights, Oxon Hill, Temple Hills, Upper Marlboro and Fort Washington.” The windfall is part of the nearly $60 million in funding out of almost $1 billion in housing relief, assistance and benefits secured from the reThe Washington Informer

cent $26 billion National Mortgage Servicing Settlement. Prince George’s County officials plan to use the bulk of the $10 million for neighborhood stabilization programs and the remainder for education and community outreach. But exactly when those funds will arrive is the question. And officials say the funds are desperately needed. “Prince George’s County continues to face incredible major challenges with foreclosure in the county and we greatly appreciate this critical additional assistance for housing counselors and other resources,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. The Mortgage Servicing Settlement is the result of an investigation into foreclosure abuses, fraud and unacceptable mortgage servicing practices. Gansler, joined by the federal government and 48 other attorneys general, secured the largest settlement of its kind from the nation’s five larg-

est mortgage servicers: Ally/ GMAC, Bank of America [and Countrywide], Citi, JPMorgan Chase [and Washington Mutual] and Wells Fargo [and Wachovia]. Under the settlement, the participating banks are required to contact borrowers directly about cash payments, refinancing or other loan modifications. However officials caution borrowers not to wait to hear from the banks. With the assistance of a nonprofit housing counselor, they should contact their mortgage servicer to find out if they qualify under the terms of the settlement for assistance and specifics about loan modification programs. Marylanders seeking to contact a housing counselor can call the Maryland HOPE Hotline at 877-462-7555 or the Maryland Office of the Attorney General at 410-576-6300 or 1-888-743-0023. wi

Beyond Food Drives: Advocacy in the AfricanAmerican Community The dictionary defines advocacy as “pleading the cause of another, siding with, vindicating, recommending publicly.” Are you advocating for the AfricanAmerican community? Many in the African-American community already give generously to food pantries or share their meals with those who have none. But we need to go beyond giving a can of food—we need to call, write a letter, or even visit our members of Congress. The reality is that all the food distributed by church pantries, food banks, and other charities amounts to just 6 cents for every dollar the government spends on national nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). African-Americans need to advocate, especially since hunger and poverty disproportionately affect our community. Thirty-three percent of African-American households with children struggle to put food on the table, compared to about 20 percent of all U.S. households with children. Of this number, a devastating 40 percent of all African-American children live in poverty, compared to 22 percent of U.S. children overall. Bread for the World’s 2012 Lobby Day is a unique opportunity to use your voice to communicate personally with members of Congress and their staff. Join us, members of Bread for the World, on  Tuesday, June 12, to make a real difference in the lives of hungry and poor African-Americans. Last year, more than 320 Bread for the World members and friends from 37 states came to Washington, DC, to participate in Bread’s annual Lobby Day. They met with members and staff in 230 congressional offices.

In these meetings, they urged their senators and representatives to create a circle of protection around funding for programs vital to hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad. We will come with the same message this year in order to stop the budget cuts being proposed in Congress. Two programs that are especially vital to our community are still vulnerable to budget cuts: SNAP and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). International poverty-focused development assistance, which allows our African brethren to lift themselves out of poverty, is also under threat from budget cuts. Lobbying members of Congress is easy—we will teach you how to go about it. We will begin the day with worship and the opportunity to reflect on God’s call to justice and compassion for hungry people. Next, we will brief you on the status of the proposed budget cuts and what is happening in Congress, and train you on the most effective ways to communicate with lawmakers. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to join others from your region and speak to your own member of Congress or his or her staff on current legislation impacting hungry and poor people. A Bread staff member will accompany your group. We will close the day with a reception and evening worship. To learn more about Bread’s Lobby Day, visit

Participants in Bread for the World’s 2011 Lobby Day walk from Union Station to the Senate office buildings. This year on June 9th – 11th, hundreds of participants in Bread for the World’s National Gathering Lobby Day will meet with their members of Congress and staff, urging Congress to provide a circle of protection around programs that affect low-income people in the U.S. and overseas during talks about budget cuts. /Photo courtesy of Jim Stipe

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The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation Holds 2012 Excellence in Business Awards Gala WI Staff Report On Friday, June 1, 2012, the Prince George’s County EDC, along with County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, FSC First, and the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the success and achievements of Prince George’s County businesses, legislators and individuals that support the economic development of the community. The

2012 Excellence in Business Awards Gala was jointly sponsored by The Prince George’s County EDC, FSC First, and The Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. EDC President/CEO Gwen McCall said, “It is a great opportunity to honor the achievements, talents and contributions of all the awardees to this wonderful county.” County Executive Baker presented his State of the Economy Address,

and reminded attendees that Prince George’s County is definitely the destination for business. Prince George’s County EDC would like to congratulate all the award winners and nominees for their dedication to economic growth and development, their passionate community involvement and the resources they provide to the residents and business community of Prince George’s County.

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Seat Pleasant Officials Hope Petitions, Alternative Plan Will Save Fire Department By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer A petition drive is the latest effort underway in Seat Pleasant in hopes of keeping its volunteer fire company from being closed. Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene W. Grant said that so far about a thousand people have signed the petition which eventually will be turned over to Prince George’s County officials. “We are willing to compromise,” Grant said. Prince George’s County has plans to build a $5.4 million fire station at the intersection of Shady Glen Drive and Central Avenue in Capitol Heights and discontinue using the services of the Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department, he said. Grant and other Seat Pleasant officials and residents don’t want to see that happen. “I along with all members of our city council are very concerned about the looming threat to close down a pillar of our city’s community, and it is important that we take time to recognize the sacrifice and hard work men and women who serve local communities in volunteer fire companies [take], risking their lives to keep our residents, businesses and properties safe” Grant said.

Grant said he met with Prince George’s Fire Chief Marc Bashoor in January and offered a compromise – that gives Seat Pleasant five years to raise money to keep the fire station open. Grant said he hasn’t heard back from the county about his suggestion. “This proposal would keep fire and EMS services closer to our city residents because our tax dollars would be paying for these services,” Grant said. Bashoor was contacted for comment but did not respond by press time. Grant said spending millions on a new fire station doesn’t make good fiscal sense during tough economic times. “There is not a dire need,” said Grant. “They are not giving me a compelling argument. The county is just moving forward, doing what it wants to do without regard to what the people want.” Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Company was established in 1915 and currently is run by 30 to 50 active volunteers with two engines and one county ambulance. For the first five months of 2012, it has responded to 29 fires, 1,071calls for such emergencies as car fires and health situations as well as 1,647 ambulance calls. Phil Martin, public informa-

tion officer for the fire company, said that it has an annual operation budget of $60,000. Last year $20,000 came from the county, $30,000 from the state for apparatus payments and $8,000 from the fire company’s fundraising efforts. The mayor and city council in Seat Pleasant allocate $15,000 each year and presented those funds to fire officials on June 4 along with a pledge to keep fighting to save the company. The location of the proposed new fire station is about a mile from Seat Pleasant’s current fire house, Grant said, adding that means it will result in longer response times. “I refuse to simply allow something as important and vital as our city’s volunteer fire company to be shut down,” he said. “We know an agreement is possible and can be reached to keep our fire department open, and I will continue to pursue any and all options to work with the county and keep this high functioning facility open. With the number of calls our department gets each month we cannot afford to lose its services or the good people that provide them.” wi The Washington Informer

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Foundation Work Helps to Reverse Social Plights, Perception of African-American Men and Boys By Kimberly N. Alleyne America’s Wire Staff Concerned about the plight of African-American men and boys, several philanthropic organizations have launched initiatives to improve opportunities for them to succeed. Some programs address the structural bias that leaves these men more likely to be incarcerated, jobless and disproportionately affected by other social disadvantages. One of every 15 AfricanAmerican men is in a U.S. prison or jail compared with one of every 36 Hispanic men and one of every 106 white men. Moreover, scores of African-American men are affected by chronic unemployment, lack of education, poverty and poor health outcomes. Organizations such as Open

Society Foundations, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Mitchell Kapor Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and local and regional foundations are working to assist African-American males. Shawn Dove, campaign manager for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement sponsored by Open Society Foundations, recalls that media stories about the plight of black men in 2006 spurred discussion on how the foundation could engage. “I thought, ‘How can we, a foundation that supports open society values, and believes in a democratic society, as a foundation, not be at the forefront of these issues?’ “ he says. “When we launched, there was not an equivalent on a national level.” The program began in June 2008 and was to be a three-year campaign. But 18 months in,

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Dove says, George Soros, chairman of Open Society Foundations, and its board were impressed by the work, expanded the budget and agreed to make it ongoing. Since 2008, it has spent $29.6 million funding 94 organizations working on educational equity, strengthening family structures and increasing work opportunities. Grantees are in Chicago, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Jackson, Miss. “We are responding to longterm systemic and structural barriers facing the African-American community, specifically black men and boys,” Dove says. “An adequate response is not a three-year or five-year commitment. An adequate response is generational commitment so that direct services and policy advocacy are bridged.” Dove maintains that to adequately address challenges faced by African-American men, “we need an endowed social corporation that can focus on these issues for the long haul.” The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s work in this regard dates to the early 1990s when it launched a Men and Boys of Color initiative that included grants and creation of opportunities for black males. For more than 20 years, Kellogg has been in the forefront in supporting initiatives such as Community Voices, which started the nation’s first health clinic for men in Baltimore, addressed flaws in local juvenile justice systems and assisted ex-convicts in re-entering communities in numerous cities. “Both explicit and unconscious bias affects young men and boys of color in particular, denying them equal opportuniThe Washington Informer

ties to succeed in their communities, says Dr.Gail C. Christopher, Kellogg’s vice president for program strategy. “At the Kellogg Foundation, a critical objective for our racial healing and racial equity strategy seeks to remove structural and implicit barriers that limit their success. Achieving and sustaining racial equity requires strong systems of accountability, and as importantly, success requires uprooting a belief system of racial hierarchy.” Last September, Kellogg sponsored “Too Important to Fail,” Tavis Smiley’s PBS report on health and education disparities among African-American boys. The foundation also funded a University of North Carolina project, the Promoting Academic Success initiative, which worked with families, schools and communities to improve academic achievement of African-American and Latino children in Lansing, Mich., and Polk County, Fla. Under its America Healing Initiative, the foundation funds many organizations, such as the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, that engage in efforts to address the challenges faced by black males. One grantee, the Opportunity Agenda, recently released a report on perceptions of black males in the media. The report seeks to educate media makers, educators and others on how negative images of black communities perpetuate negative stereotypes. A significant part of the challenge is improving educational opportunities for AfricanAmerican men. With its College Bound Brotherhood program established five years ago, the

Mitchell Kapor Foundation helps black youths and men achieve success by equipping them to pursue a college education. Based in San Francisco, the program provides grants to community-based organizations offering college preparedness programs in the Bay Area. Justin Davis, the foundation’s program coordinator, says it has awarded more than $1 million to organizations. “We also offer an online database, which is a free directory that lists college readiness programs in the San Francisco Bay area community,” he said. “It helps students, parents and teachers.” The program hosts an annual graduation celebration at which college-bound high school graduates are lauded for their achievements. “This year, we are celebrating 150 young black men who are enrolling in college this fall,” Davis says. “This is the only event like it in the Bay Area. Last year, it was standing room only. One of the most powerful images was seeing a stage full of young black men who are going to college. It’s a great thing to see.” The programs are making an impact. Jordan Johnson, 17, is heading to Morehouse College next fall largely because of his participation in the Young Scholars Program, one 15 organizations that the Kapor Foundation supports through grants from College Bound Brotherhood. Johnson says the program changed his perspective about college. The Young Scholars Program offers college preparatory and leadership development, plus tutoring, mentoring, cultural enrichment and scholarship assistance. Over the past 10 years, its students have attended colleges and universities such as Texas Southern, Fisk, Cornell and Yale. “I got involved in the Young Scholars Program my junior year,” Johnson says. “Before I got involved, I thought I was going to a junior college or a twoyear college. I didn’t have the professional, social or academic skills to go to a four-year college.” But the program changed his

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Briefs FOUNDATION continued from Page 16 aspirations. He plans to study business management. “I didn’t think I was going to Morehouse because my GPA is 2.67,” he says, “but the Young Scholars Program gave me hope. I have been accepted to 17 colleges. I have not received any rejections.” Another organization, Foundation for the Mid-South, works to address poverty in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, a region whose 30 percent poverty rate is the nation’s highest. Based in Jackson, Miss., the organization focuses on education, health and wellness, wealth building and community development. The Kellogg Foundation is among funders of its work. Matthew Caston, a communications fellow at Foundation for the Mid-South, asserts that to be successful, more AfricanAmerican men require better education. For instance, the foundation’s data show that two of three boys of color cannot read at grade level by third grade and that 19.1 percent of black males are unemployed, compared with 8 percent of white males. “We have found that education is the biggest determinant of success in the areas of incarceration, health and earning. People who are more educated are healthier and have better jobs,” Caston says, adding that reading scores are the biggest determinant for high school graduation and employment. “Males of color in our region are at the bottom in reading scores.” The foundation is working to improve education and economic outcomes for youths of color by assisting parents and civic, community and government leaders in improving the educational system and launching a public awareness campaign about its shortfalls. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Black Male Engagement (BME) Challengetakes a different approach. Pronounced “be me,” BME piloted programs in Detroit and Philadelphia last year, and its primary mission is to highlight actively engaged black men in those cities. BME is also funded in part by the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement. “There are many initiatives that show that black men are disengaged, absent or a threat to

their communities, but our working assumption is there is nothing to fix about black males,” says Trabian Shorters, vice president/communities program at the Knight Foundation and BME’s spearhead. “BME is not about fixing black males. Black men are assets to their communities, and we are working to respond to the many of them who are engaged and how to get more black males engaged.” Under the program, AfricanAmerican men in Detroit and Philadelphia were asked to submit video testimony showing how they strengthen their communities. The 2,083 videos received told many stories about personal journeys that included men helping veterans returning to their community and introducing children to dance instead of street life. The storytellers were invited to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to further their community work. “So many regular guys go unsung,” Shorters says. “They don’t do this work for a pat on the back, but it is nice to affirm what they do.” BME has awarded $443,000 in grants “to 443 regular, everyday guys,” he adds. Shorters says everyone knows “good guys” who are not part of the dreadful statistics. “I hope that BME creates a network of these kinds of guys, regular guys,” he says. “We want to make it so that if your cousin Joe is a good guy, doing something great for his community, that he can plug into the network and meet other guys like him and find resources to support his work.” Though many foundations focus their attention on systemic and structural barriers affecting African-American males, the whole “village” carries the burden of success. “This is our unfinished business,” Dove says. “This is not black America’s unfinished business. It is America’s unfinished business.” America’s Wire is an independent, nonprofit news service run by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our stories can be republished free of charge by newspapers, websites and other media sources. For more information, visit or contact Michael K. Frisby at mike@ wi


Mali’s Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra (pictured) said he is ashamed that Mali’s interim president was attacked at the palace during a protest. / Courtesy photo

Protestors Storm National Palace of Mali, Viciously Beat President By Fungai Maboreke

Just hours after a West African peace committee flew out of the country feeling success at their venture, hundreds of Malian supporters of the recent military coup invaded the national palace and beat the interim President Dioncounda Traore within an inch of his life. Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra expressed deep dismay at the attack. “I am ashamed to relate what happened this morning… I’m asking the young people who protested today not to protest again. I have understood their complaints and I’ll make sure that the right people hear about them.” It is not clear how the protestors slipped past the soldiers guarding the Presidential residence. The mediators from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had been brokering a deal with coup leaders to accept a Traore-led 12-month transition back

to democratic rule. Traore was selected to replace Mali’s former Prime Minister, Amadou Toure, who was ousted March 22 by a junta led by Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo who blamed Toure for failing to quell an uprising of Tuareg people in the north of the country. Sanogo was U.S.-trained, having received a professional military education including basic officer training while in the U.S. In exchange for letting the interim president serve a full year. Sanogo won a score of generous perks from the ECOWAS group. These included status and privileges normally accorded former heads of state, including a pension for life, a mansion, transport and an allowance. Observers said the thousands-strong street protest in Bamako which preceded the palace invasion had the markings of youth leader Oumar Mariko, who hailed the coup as ushering in an Arab Springstyle revolution. A 3,000-strong standby force from the west African region is ready for deployment if Mali requests it.

Fake Drugs Flood Africa, as Nations Squabble Over Laws Counterfeit medicines pose a serious threat to public health. Perhaps 15% of the global drug supply is counterfeit, rising in parts of Africa and Asia to over 50%. But efforts at making counterfeiting a crime and pursuing perpetrators across national borders have been stymied by footdragging among western nations and drug companies, among others. Recommendations made at a Conference of Experts on the Rational Use of Drugs in Nairobi in 1985, have still not given a green light to

the World Health Organization to regulate fake drugs, as is done with tobacco and currency counterfeiting. “The drug industry could contribute much more to the fight against fake drugs,” wrote The Lancet medical magazine in an article titled “Fighting fake drugs.” Drug companies currently maintain vital information about counterfeiting, the categories of drugs being falsified, and the locations where fake drugs are being marketed. But their database is confidential. “Evidence of a dangerous epidemic is thus being hidden by industry and this situation must change.” Fake drugs with no malaria-fighting agents can lead to deaths, and those with some active ingredients – but not enough to fully kill all parasites – are also problematic because they promote resistance that can eventually outsmart medicines and render them useless. Resistance is building in Asia to artemisinin-based drugs, the only effective medicine against malaria, which could eventually spread to Africa and many people would die. Currently, malaria kills an estimated 2,000 children every day in Africa. Some 3.3 billion people worldwide are at risk of getting infected. “We feel a sense of emergency considering the impact these medicines can have,” said Gaurvika Nayyar, of the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. More labs are needed worldwide to test for fake drugs – only three out of 47 malaria-plagued countries in Africa are equipped to do so.


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By Njuguna Kabugi Special to WI Assigning a car model’s name is a serious endeavor. Automakers seek names that not only complement the vehicle’s physical design but also add to projecting the car’s perceived essence. Think of Ford’s brilliant marketing that melds automotive prowess with equine overtones to evoke thoughts of freedom and the open road for generations of drivers in the Mustang? What about the aptly named Porsche Carrera [Spanish for “race”] or the Dodge Viper by Chrysler and Cobra names that Ford on occasion attaches to sports cars to imbue curvaceous and venomous images to roadsters? The Nissan Rogue, however, though named to evoke the aura of toughness and lawlessness is just a pretender – a sheep in wolf ’s clothing that profiles way above its pay grade in the name league. Unlike its Nissan sibling the Pathfinder, the Rogue is not suited for off road driving. Nor will it race down the road with the flashiness of the Nissan Maxima or the Z sports car. But what the Rogue does really well, and has earned it hordes of admirers in the revised 2012 edition, is to provide a good balance of value and performance amid the growing proliferation of compact crossover utility vehicles. It is a decent alternative to vehicles like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, and Hyundai Tucson. First introduced for 2008, the Rogue sports a front end that more closely matches other Nissan cars. With a unit-body based

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The Hidden Costs of Prepaid Credit Cards By Charlene Crowell Amid the still-unfolding effects of the deepest recession since the 1930s, one area of financial services is in a skyrocketing growth mode: prepaid credit cards. Initially appealing to consumers who lacked bank accounts to conduct personal financial transactions, this form of plastic is now commonplace. In fact, some governmental benefits are issued on prepaid cards. In 2006, Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, found that 312 million transactions were made with prepaid cards worth $13.3 billion. By 2011, prepaid card users loaded $70.7 billion, and that figure is expected to grow to $120.2 billion this year. Usage is now so widespread that many leading banks that shunned this form of plastic convenience years ago, are now offering their own prepaid cards. For consumers, prepaid cards are convenient and usually safer than carrying large amounts of cash. But as with any financial service, there are seldom-mentioned issues that affect usage. For example, lost or stolen prepaid cards often lack the protections afforded credit or debit cards. The card issuer may also encourage purchasers to use a number of addon services such as overdraft. In many cases, add-on charges end up costing far more than they are actually worth.

Most importantly, prepaid card usage can also incur multiple and hidden fees that drain the actual amount of money available. Although exact fees and related charges will vary by issuer, several of the most common are: Activation – Just getting a prepaid card can range from a low of $3 to as much as $39.95; ATM transactions – Card users seeking cash at these machines incur a charge per withdrawal; Balance inquiry – Finding out how much remaining money is available triggers a charge; Customer service – Free with some cards, but fee-based with other issuers just to speak with someone about an account; Inactivity–If the card is not used within a designated time period, a dormancy fee applies and can cost up to $9.95 each month; Monthly fee – Charges ranging from $2.95 to $9.95 applies when the card is used frequently and Paper statements – Online statements are generally available without charge; consumers preferring a paper statement with itemized transactions will typically incur fees ranging from $1 to $5.95. If you think that prepaid card users are nickel and dimed to death, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is wondering as well. The CFPB recently held a public hearing in Durham, N.C. that featured two panel discussions, one from the prepaid card indus-

around the vehicle, was a welcome addition while parking in downtown D.C.’s tight garages. The Rogue gets its power from a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It delivers the power through a continuously-variable automatic transmission to either the front wheels or all-four wheels. The test car had the all-wheel drive option. Though Nissan credits the test vehicle’s improved gas mileage [22 mpg City/26 mpg Highway] on the CVT system, I found the oddities of this transmission a bit unsettling. While CVT helped to keep the engine in its efficient range, rubber-band-like responsiveness convinced me that Nissan needs to spend a little more time

try and the other representing consumer perspectives. Created through the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act, CFPB authority includes regulating the prepaid industry and other non-bank entities. A portion of the two-hour session was an open microphone that enabled consumers to share their experiences and concerns. Martin Eakes, representing the Center for Responsible Lending on the consumer panel, urged that CFPB exercise its authority with protections as needed. He also offered three specific consumer-focused hopes for the future of prepaid cards: No tie-in to debt products, no penalty fees and no mandatory arbitration. “The very label ‘prepaid card’ connotes a promise that the account cannot be overdrawn,” observed Eakes. “It is also the single-most cited reason for customer choice of this product. Banning overdraft and non-sufficient fund fees are the most important steps for CFPB to take at this time.”wi For additional information on prepaid cards, visit CRL’s web: www.responsiblelending. org. Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at: Charlene.crowell@ The Washington Informer

tweaking this transmission. When accelerating to merge in faster moving highway traffic, the transmission would sometimes emit a coarse drone; sounding like it was slipping or meandering through the rev range. At other times, it sounded as if the engine was roaring away but not increasing the vehicle’s speed. If you have not bought a new car lately, especially a compact SUV, the pricing on the Rogue may shock you. The tested car had a sticker just north of $30,000. But given the features and safety equipment packed in these vehicles, the prices seem fair. After all, what is standard equipment today was only available to the very elite models just a few years ago. wi


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New CDC Campaign Targets HIV Crisis among Black Women By Chris Levister Special to WI To combat the high toll of HIV and AIDS among Black women in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched Take Charge. Take the Test., a new campaign to increase HIV testing and awareness among African-American women. The campaign which features advertising, a website and community outreach was launched in con- junction with National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in 10 cities where Black women are especially hard-hit by the disease. According to CDC, Black women account for approximately 60 percent of all new HIV infections among women. African- American women have a new infection rate 15 times that of White women. “At current rates, nearly one in 30 African-American women will be diagnosed with HIV in their life- times,” said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB PrevenThe Washington Informer

tion. “To help reduce this toll we are working to remind Black women that they have the power to learn their HIV status, protect themselves from this dis- ease, and take charge of their health.” The ads feature images of African-American women and messages such as “You Know Him. But You Can’t Know Everything” and “You Feel as if You’ve Known Him Forever, but that Doesn’t Mean You Know Everything.” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), said a goal is to extend the campaign to more US cities. Research shows that Black women are no more likely than women of other races to engage in risky behaviors. But a range of social and environmental factors put them at greater risk for HIV infection. These include higher prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in some Black communities, which increase the likelihood of infection with each sexual encounter. Limited access to health care can prevent women from getting HIV tested. Research also shows that financial dependence on male partners may limit some

women’s ability to negotiate safe sex. HIV stigma, far too prevalent in all communities, may also discourage Black women from seeking HIV testing. “All of us have a role to play in stopping the spread of HIV among Black women — by talking to our sisters, daughters, husbands, and boyfriends about how to protect ourselves against HIV and the importance of getting tested; by speaking out against stigma; and by tackling the social inequities that place so many of us at risk for HIV,” said Donna Hubbard McCree, PhD, associate director for health equity at DHAP. Study: HIV rates for Black women higher than previously thought HIV infection rates among Black women in some parts of the United States are similar to the incidence seen in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a report presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. The study found a rate of HIV infection of 0.24% in a group of almost 2,100 women, most of whom were Black. That rate is

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hiv continued from Page 20 five times higher than previous estimates issued by the federal government. The high infection rate was found in six geographic areas that are known to be hard hit by the HIV epidemic and where poverty is more common. Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be an effective tool in preventing the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. An understanding of the relationship between STDs and HIV infection can help in the development of effective HIV prevention programs for persons with high-risk sexual behaviors. The CDC also wants Black women to be aware of the link between STDs and HIV infections/ Individuals who are infected with STDs are at least two to five times more likely than uninfected individuals to acquire HIV infection if they are exposed to the virus through sexual contact. In addition, if an HIV-infected individual is also infected with another STD, that person is more

likely to transmit HIV through sexual contact than other HIVinfected persons. There is substantial biological evidence demonstrating that the presence of other STDs increases the likelihood of both transmitting and acquiring HIV. STDs appear to increase susceptibility to HIV infection by two mechanisms. Genital ulcers (e.g., syphilis, herpes, or cancroid) result in breaks in the genital tract lining or skin. These breaks create a portal of entry for HIV. Additionally, inflammation resulting from genital ulcers or non-ulcerative STDs (e.g., chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis), increase the concentration of cells in genital secretions that can serve as targets for HIV. STDs also appear to increase the risk of an HIV-infected person transmitting the virus to his or her sex partners. Studies have shown that HIV-infected individuals who are also infected with other STDs are particularly likely to shed HIV in their genital secretions. wi

(From left to right) Moderator,  Natalie S. Burke, President, CommonHealth ACTION;   Dr. Shital S. Desai, Physician Site Leader, Kaiser Permanente’s Camp Springs, Largo and Marlow Heights Medical Centers; Erick Vargas, President, Port Towns Youth Council; Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions and Leadership for Healthy Communities; and Philip Bors MPH, Project Officer, Active Living by Design. / Photo courtesy of Carol Gregory - Hershey|Cause Communications for Good™ Weight of the Nation panel on stage after the screening 

The Weight of the Nation Comes to Prince Georges County By Natalie S. Burke, President, CommonHealth ACTION On May 15th, County residents and elected officials gathered at Prince George’s Community College to participate in the growing movement to end the obesity crisis plaguing America. Nearly 300 people came to the Rennie Forum to view The Weight of the Nation -- a film presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. This four part documentary series provides viewers with the opportunity to learn about what is really behind the obesity epidemic in America. It shines a light on our nation’s manipulated food and food systems; barriers to physical activity; psychosocial and cultural influences on obesity; the role of marketing in what we choose to eat; as well as the physiological aspects of obesity. By telling the complex and evolving story of obesity, The Weight of the Nation serves as a catalyst for residents, communities and organizations to engage in dialogues and to take action to change the course of obesity in America. The film makes it clear that to do nothing will cause increased burdens on many of our

systems (e.g., health care, economy, transportation, etc.) and jeopardize our collective health and well-being. During the screening, Prince George’s County Acting Health Director Pamela Creekmur provided statistics on obesity in the County—a place where the percentage of overweight or obese residents is among the highest in the state and the nation. Those rates have increased steadily since 1995 for both adults and children. As a result, Prince George’s County residents suffer from some of the highest rates of chronic disease (e.g., obesity and hypertension) in the state. In response to those dire statistics, Kaiser Permanente has committed to promoting dialogue and action at the community level to take on obesity and related chronic illness. The Weight of the Nation is one focus of their efforts. In addition, there are numerous community based organizations such as the Port Towns Community Health Partnership that continue to engage in advocacy efforts that increase access to healthy food and safe places for outdoor physical activity, as well as educating residents about the many issues that factor into high rates of obesity and chronic disease in the County. Residents in attendance at the May screening also participated in an interactive dialogue. In response to a question regarding with whom responsibility lies

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for obesity, the individual or the community, panelist Maya Rockeymoore said, “Context controls choice. And in many cases we like to think that individuals have the responsibility to make the right choices--but if you step out into the community and your choices are limited by what’s available… low-income communities oversaturated with fast food restaurants, lack of access to full service grocery stores (food deserts)… context controls choice. That means that not only is there individual responsibility, there is community responsibility.” The Weight of the Nation provides an important tool to spark and continue similar dialogues around the country. For organizations interested in hosting screenings, there are free screening tool kits, including DVDs of all four segments, discussion guides, and event planning materials at http://theweightofthenation.

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D.C. Student Shines in National Spelling Bee By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer


any people would be at a loss to explain how a “limpet” might be put in “imperilment.” But painting such a scenario would be a breeze for Tuli Jahan Bennett-Bose, who has always had a fascination with words. Tuli, who is an honor student at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Northwest, has her sights set on someday becoming a polyglot. And, judging from her performance in the recent annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, where she survived two

grueling rounds, she’s well on her way. The 12-year-old, whose participation in the event that was held May 30-31 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Oxon Hill, Md., said she began honing her spelling skills in the 5th-grade. “When [my family] lived in Paris, I was at an American library when I saw a flyer for a spelling bee,” Tuli recalled. “So I decided to try it and I won. That was three years ago, and this is my second year participating in the spelling bee in the United States.” Snigdha Nandipati, an 8th-

grader from San Diego won the championship. But a calm and collected Tuli, whose list of correctly-spelled words included ‘limpet,” a common name for several kinds of salt water and fresh water snails and “imperilment,” to put in imminent peril or danger, stood out during the first day of the nerve-wracking and brain-busting competition. She was surrounded on stage by competitors who came from across the country and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

“I [was] very excited about her participation,” Monica Jahan Bose said of her daughter. She said however, that Tuli, a 7thgrader, was a little disappointed about not reaching the finals. “But she performed well. It was her dream to come to the national spelling bee,” said Bose. “She’s a very well-rounded girl, she worked very hard and she loves words. It was rewarding to see her on stage and she did a great job.” The 278 competitors ranged in ages from 6 to 15 and most like Tuli who was sponsored by The Washington Informer, were sponsored by various news organizations. Once given the word to spell, students could ask the pronouncer questions such as its origin, if there was an alternate pronunciation or if the pronouncer could repeat the word. But they also made spelling fun by joking with the panel before tackling words, or by waving a high-five once their buddies had come through with flying colors. As the numbers dwindled, many perched on the edge of their seats in anticipation of being called next.

In addition to Tuli, 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison of Prince William County, Va., [the youngest competitor ever in the event’s 85-year history] and Shaheer Ali Imam, 8, from Catonsville, Md., hailed from the Washington region. But just 50 of the 278 spellers survived the first rounds to make the semifinals on May 31. Semifinalists had to earn a score of at least 23, which was determined from the results of a written test and two oral rounds of competition. Spelling Bee Director Paige Kimble won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1981. She said the competition helps students improve their spelling and increase their vocabulary. She also said that contrary to popular belief – students who are coached by their parents and other family members – don’t know beforehand, the words they will be asked to spell. “Once they get on stage, it’s all spontaneous. The kids have

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Join Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Councilmember Marion Barry to hear about the progress made as a result of your input from the Ward 8 Summits in July and September 2011. Attendees of this highly interactive event will have an opportunity to provide meaningful input and guidance on the future implementation of Ward 8 Pilot Programs funded in Mayor Gray’s FY2013 budget. Snigdha Nandipati, 14, celebrates her First Place win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship Finals. Nandipati is a student at Francis Parker School, U-T San Diego, in California. / Photo by Roy Lewis

bee continued from Page 22 no idea what words they will be given,” said Kimble, who added that while on stage, the competitors get to practice confidence while developing poise. “They become better communicators and they get to use words in ways that will help them to be successful,” she said. “Many take their experiences on to careers in medicine, law, journalism – and occasionally like me, at running this year’s event.” The spellers’ favorite words included “serendipity,” a happy accident or pleasant surprise and “humuhumunukunukuapuaa,” Hawaii’s official state fish. About 84 percent of the spellers ranged in ages between 12 and 14, with 49 percent of them being boys and 51 percent girls. Like Tuli, many listed math as a favorite subject. Science was cited as the second most popular.

Meanwhile, this year’s champion, Snigdha, appeared uncertain as she glanced sideways after spelling the word the pronouncer tossed at her. Prior to the announcement that she had spelled the word “guetapens,” a French word for ambush, correctly, there was a moment of dead silence before the applause began to slowly build. Then as streams of confetti began to fill the room, Snigdha’s younger brother ran up on stage to hug her. For her efforts, Snigdha beat out eight other finalists to take home $30,000 in cash, a trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, a $5,000 scholarship, $2,600 in reference books from the Encyclopedia Britannica and an online language course. “I knew it. I’d seen it before,” a smiling Snigdha said of the winning word. “I just wanted to ask everything I could before I started spelling.” wi

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New Health Center Opens

The Grand Opening of Core Health & Wellness Center in Ward 8 HOPE VI Redevelopment Community was held Friday, May 1, in Southeast. Dr. Gloria A. Wilder, M.D., MPH; President and CEO of the is new center was on hand to provide tours of the new facility. / Photo by Victor Holt.

Hundreds of patrons came together to take part in the Red Bull Thre3style Competition at the Howard Theater, May 30. DJs were given fifteen minutes, two decks, and had to play a minimum of three genres that kept the dance floor in a frenzy. The event was organized by, the Rock Creek Social Club, and local collaborative SHAM. / Photo by Lafayette Barnes IV


DJ Spinser Tracey (left), a D.C. native and official DJ for local collaborative, Rock Creek Social Club, is congratulated by his competitors for his First Place win in the Red Bull Thre3Style deejay competition. The win means Tracey has the chance to represent the East Coast in the National Finals this summer in Orlando. / Photo by Lafayette Barnes IV

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A Sustainable D.C. for All D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has declared his vision to create a “sustainable” D.C. In 20 years, he expects D.C. to be the “healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the United States.” It’s an ambitious plan and it will take the participation of nearly every District resident to make it happen. There are many people who have already adopted lifestyles at home and at work that will contribute to the Mayor’s vision. There are others, however, who still don’t get it ... and they may be the majority. We also know that a healthy, green and livable city benefits everyone, and that an unhealthy, polluted and unlivable city has a disproportionate impact on African Americans. Next week, The Washington Informer will begin a campaign to educate our readers about sustainability and promote the stories of African Americans who are already on board the “sustainability” train. We share Gray’s vision and will hold him to his commitment to begin “reaching out to an even broader range of communities with a goal of reaching every District resident” for input into the final plan due this fall.

Protecting Our Children from Sexual Abuse Working parents must have faith in the individuals they give authority to when it comes to taking care of their children. They have to rely on the babysitter, daycare provider, teacher, summer counselor or coach, for example, to be the parental figure who will instruct, nurture and protect their loved ones in their absence. It’s equally as important that their children learn to respect and obey these individuals, as well. But recent news reports of child sexual abuse serve as sad reminders that not all adults, including family members, share the same desire to protect some of the most vulnerable among us, or are concerned about what’s in the best interest of children; and not all parents can see the signs when their child is being abused. Jury selection began this week in the trial of Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of molesting 10 boys he was involved with over the past 15 years while serving as the assistant football coach at Penn State University and through a charitable program he established. Sandusky, 68, is facing 52 counts of molestation and, if found guilty, could be sentenced up to 500 years in prison. In yet another case, a New York man was arrested last month after confessing that he strangled to death a six-year old boy on the way to his first day of school in 1979. Parents and police never lost hope that the case would be solved, but they are still searching for the remains of their son. On any given day in neighborhoods throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia, children are left to fend for themselves on the way to school, the store or if they’re just outdoors playing. It is a prime situation for bad people who prey on innocent children. And, summer presents its own set of circumstances when children may be more vulnerable. Michele Booth Cole, executive director of Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center – used these current events and the season at hand to issue a press release urging parents, families, and organizations to talk about what they need to do to make D.C. communities safer for children and then take action. Safe Shores is a non-profit organization that provides services to child victims of abuse and their families, and trains the public and organizations serving youth on how to reduce the risks of abuse. “I urge adults to find ways to get involved and learn the scope of sexual abuse. The Sandusky case offers us a horrible but valuable extended teachable moment, and there are vital lessons for adults and children,” Cole said. Cole suggests that parents start with opening the lines of communication. Parents can ask their schools, faith institutions, summer camps and other organizations if they have policies to protect children, if staff is aware of these policies, and if they know how to implement them on a day-to-day basis. And she urges parents to talk to their children. “Have open, honest, ageappropriate conversations with your kids about protecting their bodies. And give your children the attention they need. Child predators furtively slip into the emotional gaps in a child’s life to gain a child’s trust,” Cole said. The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has hired Safe Shores to conduct eight training sessions for 240 staff members of  DPR’s community service and community recreation programs in preparation for the summer camp season. We commend DPR and Safe Shores for taking this necessary step to assure that our children have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Don’t Exclude Prince George’s County Legislators

Gale Horton Gay’s article in the May 31, 2012 edition of the Washington Informer, “Prince George’s Officials Irked by Appointments” is a prime example of: “If it looks like a rat and it smells like a rat, it must be a rat.” Something tells me the fix is in at the State House in Annapolis. Like Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III, I’m in favor of a casino coming to National Harbor, but not if it means disrespecting the citizens of the county. The next thing you know there will be some backroom agreement limiting the county’s authority in making decisions relating to any projects concerning a casino at National Harbor. Most people know that if a full casino comes to the National Harbor it will bring in millions of dollars from around the region and that would mean a windfall in taxes for the state. So Mr. Baker, tell Gov. Martin

O’Malley we want someone who represents the interest of our county’s citizens to have a seat at the table and participate in any discussions on this matter. Justin Tate Fort Washington, Md.

I met my wife and I’m now raising a family. From time to time I still listen to Chuck and I read the Informer all the time. R.I.P. Chuck Brown! Benjamin W. Henson Washington, D.C.

Go-Go Music Leaves Lasting Impression

I came to Washington, D.C. in the early 1980s as a college student from a small southern town, and the things that struck me most about D.C. were all of the black people who lived in the city, all of the black professionals, all of the black-owned businesses, including a black-owned newspaper, and how Washingtonians liked to party. It was this special kind of music they liked to dance to – it was called Go-Go – and it was captivating. I would party all night long to this Go-Go beat. I like to think in part it was Chuck Brown and Go-Go that helped me make the decision to stay in D.C. where

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Racist ‘Talk’ with White Children

In the wake of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., stories appeared in newspapers, on broadcast outlets and on the Internet about “the talk,” a candid conversation Black parents have at some point with their Black sons about surviving in a society that devalues them as humans. In an April 5 article published in Taki magazine (,

National Review contributor John Derbyshire wrote, “Yes, talk about the talk is all over.” Under the headline, “The Talk: Nonblack Version,” he said, “There is a talk that nonblack Americans have with their kids, too. My own kids, now 19 and 16, have had it in bits and pieces as subtopics have arisen. If I were to assemble it into a single talk, it would look something like the following.” He then listed a series of clearly racist and undocumented comments. Among them:

The default principle in everyday personal encounters is, that as a fellow citizen, with the same rights and obligations as yourself, any individual black is entitled to the same courtesies you would extend to a nonblack citizen. That is basic good manners and good citizenship. In some unusual circumstances, however—e.g., paragraph (10h) below—this default principle should be overridden by considerations of personal safety. In consideration of personal safety, Derbyshire advises: Avoid

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concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally; Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods; If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date (neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by gunshot); Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks; If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible; Do not settle in a district or munici-

pality run by black politicians; Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white; Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway and if accosted by a strange black in the street, smile and say something polite but keep moving. As you go through life, however, you will experience an ever larger number of encounters

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By Julianne Malveaux

Jobs Numbers Could Affect Obama’s Ability to Keep His Job The unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April. In May, it rose, just a tiny bit, to 8.2 percent. A tenth of a percentage point does not seem like a big deal. Indeed, the Department of Labor descries the unemployment rate as “essentially unchanged.” And compared to this time last year, when the rate was 9 percent, people are mostly better off. But the magic number for many observers is a number

below 8 percent. According to many, should the unemployment rate drop to 7.5 or even 7.8 percent, President Obama will have something to point to in terms of labor market progress. Should it rise above 8.5 percent, Republican candidate Romney can continue to pound on him about economic failure (that is, when his team is not misspelling “Amercia”). What happens if the unemployment rate lingers between 7.8 percent and 8.5 percent is any-

body’s guess. No help is likely to come from Congress. The Republican majority in the House of Representatives is hardly interested in economic stimulus that could help a Democratic president that they have consistently opposed. So President Obama and the business sector that supports him are pretty much left to their own devices when it comes to job creation. And it isn’t that the unemployed will flock to Romney – they may simply stay home.

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As always, the unemployment number the Bureau of Labor Statistics report is not the best number to review. When those marginally attached to the labor market and those who work part-time but want full time work are included, the unemployment rate soars to 14.8 percent. The Black unemployment rate rises to a depression-era level of 24.5 percent. Moreover the number of folk who haven’t had a job for six months has risen. Now, 5.4 million people, 42.8 percent of

the unemployed, haven’t had a job for more than 27 weeks. Candidate Romney, in hanging around Donald Trump and the “birther” crowd is counting on hysteria and trivia to drive him to victory. Romney says President Obama doesn’t know how to create jobs, but this is the same man who says he “enjoys” firing people and who slashed employment when he was a corporate raider at Bain.

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By Wilmer J. Leon III

Mitt Romney’s Identity Crisis

It has been 11 months since Mitt Romney announced his candidacy for president. By winning the Texas Republican primary Romney has finally become the unofficial Republican Party presidential nominee. It will become official at the Republican convention in August. After conservatives such as Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich pounded Romney from the right and ultraconservatives Michelle Bachmann

(R-MN), Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain bludgeoned Romney from the extreme right, THE question became: Who has Romney become in order to secure the nomination? He has aligned himself with ideologies and individuals that play well at tea parties but should prove to be unacceptable to mainstream America going forward. Desperation makes for strange bedfellows. The day after he hosted a fundraiser for Romney, Donald Trump went right back to the racist and disproven “birther” questions about President Obama. According to Trump, “In

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his own words, @BarackObama ‘was born in Kenya, and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.’ This statement was made, in writing, in the 1990′s. Why does the press protect him? Is this another Watergate?” On the one hand, Romney has stated that President Obama is a native born American. On the other, he refuses to repudiate and denounce the “birthers” and the Donald Trumps who speak for them. This is a weak attempt to curry favour and maintain an alliance with bigots in the Republican Party. He will play to the extremes in his party and risk losing mainstream The Washington Informer

America. While running for governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney was not pro-life he was pro-choice. He said he would “preserve and protect” a woman’s right to choose. While running for the U.S. Senate in 1994, he told moderate Log Cabin Republicans that he supported Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” saying “…if we are to achieve the goals we share, we must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern,” and that the don’t ask policy would be a step toward “gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in the nation’s military.”

As the Tea Party has risen to prominence within the Republican Party and holds sway over the Republican narrative, Romney has allowed himself to be compromised to gain their support. He now claims that he is “firmly pro-life” and in Iowa in 2007 said he was against the repeal of don’t ask. These inconsistencies are proving to be a problem with the very conservative leaders that Romney is trying to court. Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council told CNN, “…there is such a lack of enthusiasm

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

Freedom Summer Schools Spur Student Growth When Kyla was in the third grade, she failed the state-required end-of-grade tests at her Charlotte, N.C. elementary school. Her grandmother was worried that summer school wouldn’t be fun, but then she heard about the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® program, and she knew Kyla would love the program and learn at the same time. Kyla’s principal agreed that she could participate in the CDF

Freedom Schools® program on the condition that Kyla retake her tests in the middle of the summer. When she did, she passed with the highest possible score. Kyla gave her CDF Freedom Schools experience the credit, especially the way the program is designed to foster a love of reading: “The stories we read in Freedom School, I could relate to, and we got to keep our books at the end of each week so I could read them again at home.” Kyla wasn’t alone—an evalu-

ation of Freedom Schools run by Freedom School Partners in Charlotte found summer learning loss staunched for 90 percent of the children served and 65 percent of the children showed gains in reading, sometimes by one or even two grade levels. And Kyla’s success didn’t stop. She returned year after year to the Freedom Schools summer program, and when she “graduated” at the end of eighth grade began training for a Junior Servant Leader Intern position that allows high school student vol-

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unteers to spend their summers with Freedom Schools serving as classroom helpers. Kyla will return as a second year Junior Servant Leader Intern this summer. Francisco had his own transformation: when he began the Freedom Schools summer program he was a very shy fifth grader who wouldn’t read aloud, was reluctant to talk, and would barely raise his eyes to speak his name. But the Freedom Schools instilled a new sense of confidence in him along with a love for books, and by the end

of the summer he was volunteering to read aloud. Pauline, one of the adult volunteers at a church-sponsored Freedom Schools site, was Francisco’s school lunch buddy during the year and was thrilled by the difference the program was making for her young friend. Francisco and his mother began attending the church and Pauline and other congregation members who had seen him blossom over the summer were able to con-

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By Harry C. Alford

Exposing a Paper Sham

The times were tense as my office of Minority Business Development for the state of Indiana proceeded to weed out the corruption and deceit in the contracting arenas. The worst sector was construction and I knew the office needed more muscle and expertise to recognize the fraud as it occurred. I proposed a new position: Construction Specialist. This person would have an

expertise in the intricacies of construction management, engineering and general /subcontracting. Almost immediately after the budget office approved the addition, Gary Gibson, a family friend, came to visit me. He informed me that he was moving back to Indianapolis from Detroit after he lost his wife to sickle cell anemia. He was seeking tips for employment. I looked at his resume and shouted, “You have a Construction Management degree from Notre Dame

and experience with a major construction firm?” God is indeed great! Gary started working for me within a few weeks. Within his first week on the job he detected something fishy. The plum job in the city was the massive new state office building. The construction management firm was Huber, Hunt and Nichols, the largest such firm in the state with offices throughout the nation. There was a company listed on the Minority Business Report by the name of Thomas Construction and they


reportedly had contracts totaling more than $2 million. Gary stated that, according to his research, the firm didn’t have that kind of capability. He drove by the listed address of the firm and saw nothing that would cast doubt on his conclusion. To do more than $100,000 in work for the state of Indiana one must first pre-qualify by demonstrating capacity. Gary and I strolled over to the Department of Public Works to look at the file on Thomas Construction. We pulled it out and found that it

was empty. We suspected fraud. My problem was how to I prove it. I told Gary to let me think on a plan of action. About two nights later I saw an IRS ad on TV. It asked potential whistle blowers to dial a particular 800 telephone number and report tax cheats. God is indeed great! I called the IRS and reported Thomas Construction as doing $2 million in construction and not reporting it. About 10 days

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By Askia Muhammad

Is There a ‘Drone’ in Your Future? Is there a “drone” in your future? Indubitably! What’s a drone? The first definition of a drone is a male honeybee that has no sting and gathers no honey. Then there’s the definition of a parasite that lives on the labors of others. The drone I’m wondering about coming soon into all our lives is an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control. Indubitably.

What’s indubitably? That means something that’s too evident to even be doubted. In Afghanistan, and especially in Pakistan, and Yemen where the U.S. is supposedly not at war, remote controlled drone aircraft have been doing a lot of the war’s “heavy lifting,” that is killing targets without even the possibility of casualties by U.S. military forces. In war terms, that’s like going to Heaven without having to die. In a number of secure bunkers thousands of miles away

inside this country [this is work that is too sensitive to outsource to places like India or the Philippines], young soldiers who grew up with Play Station video games the way Vietnam era soldiers played checkers, are guiding the flight of these unmanned aircraft over hostile territory delivering bombs and missile strikes, “surgically” murdering people by the hundreds on a list approved personally by President Barack Obama. It’s not really like killing people. It’s like playing a game. Re-

set. After a hard day’s work at the controls, these soldiers go home to their families, with none of the post-traumatic-stress-disorders that soldiers get when they pull the triggers and hear their victim’s scream, and see their victim’s blood ooze out of their dying bodies. And did I mention the “best part?” There’s no shooting back by the enemy, because the drones are unmanned and there are no American casualties. Well, drones have become a growth industry. The govern-

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ment has approved them for use by domestic police forces. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has already said yes, and soon they will be “policing” the highways, catching speeders and other individuals who break the law. As the drone industry makes technological advances, the devices are getting smaller and quieter, and even more difficult for people to detect. Already there are experimental drones the size of hummingbirds. Soon I’m

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Det. Hank Griffin, (actor Russell Hornsby)encounters a ‘being’ that stops him in his tracks. / Courtesy photo

Portland detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin examine a crime scene that points them toward a mythological suspect straight from the pages of a Grimm’s Fairy Tale in the NBC drama “Grimm.” / Courtesy photo

Catch-12 By Shantella Y. Sherman By WI Staff Writer


ummer has traditionally ended prime-time television seasons and provided viewers an opportunity to watch re-runs of their favorite shows. With the advent of digital streaming and On Demand television access, the summer has instead become a time to view entire seasons of a single program’s episodes - back-to-back, and without commercial interruption. And unlike the days of yesteryear when

only four major networks vied for your attention, specialized channels, targeted programming, and 24-hour scheduling have culminated in the creation of both innovative and stimulating broadcasts. For the next 12 weeks, The Washington Informer’s Assistant Editor, Shantella Y. Sherman will introduce readers to 12 television shows worth a second glimpse. This week: NBC’s Grimm. Grimm

Childhood is incomplete without the fables and tall tales series

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known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Whether enjoying the suspense of Goldilocks and the Three Bears [surely, the bears would have preferred “Goldie” to miserly bowls of porridge] or perplexed over Little Red Riding Hood’s mistaking a wolf for her Granny, the stories, originally known as the Children’s and Household Tales series impacted American lives tremendously. NBC’s drama series Grimm, puts a major spin on the tales, which were first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, also known as “The Brothers Grimm.” “Grimm” debuted in 2011 and follows Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt [David Giuntoli’s] discovery that he is descended from an elite

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line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” who have been charged with keeping the world safe from mythological creatures called “Wesen” for centuries. As he tries to hide the dangers of his newfound calling from his girlfriend, Juliette Silverton, and his partner, Hank Griffin, played by Russell Hornsby, he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world. As Wesen literally transform from their shape-shift from human to beast before Burkhardt’s eyes, he is forced to seek counsel from an unlikely partner, a reformed “wolf ” named Monroe [Silas Weir Mitchell]. Mythological characters with classical German names like Hexenbiests and Blutbads become interwoven into actual crimes Burkhardt and Griffin must solve. The twists and turns are constant, the action and suspense is addictive. The make-up is phenomenal. Hornsby, who audiences fell in love with as Officer Eddie Sutton on the ABC family drama Lincoln Heights, said he loves the three-dimensional nature of his character – flaws and all. “He is not perfect; he’s been married and divorced four times. I think he’s trying to get it right. I also appreciate that it allows for

some creative freedom for me as the actor, and that the character has a sense of humor,” Hornsby said. “He has some wit and he’s a bit silly too, which is fun; and I appreciate the banter that happens back and forth between Hank and Nick and also Sergeant Wu. In my mind, their relationships are just perfect. We’re just finding areas where we can infuse a lot of humor in these stories,” he said. Expect stand-out performances from Reggie Lee, who portrays Sergeant Wu. His dramatic skills are as honed as his comedic timing. Make-up FX artist Barney Burman’s work is, again, superb. Charged with developing not only the mythical characters, but also the transformation process of the humans into the creatures, Burman comes from a long line of special effects artists. His grandfather made masks and props for the original Wolfman and Twilight Zone series. His father, Emmy-winner Thomas R. Burman, worked on Body Snatchers and The X Files, among others. Burman has said that the “Pig” created for the episode The Three Bad Wolves is among his favorites. “When someone asks me to name my favorite job overall, my answer is the one that I’m currently working on. I’m usually the most into and excited about that one. That’s kind of been happening with Grimm,” Burman said. “With each episode I get sort of reinvigorated and re-energized about what we’re making because, ‘Ooh, that’s new. That’s cool. That’s different,’” he said. Grimm is at the top of the list for Catch-12 viewing. Hourlong episodes are available On Demand and through digital streaming whenever the mood strikes. Be sure to check out two of my favorite episodes: Game Ogre and The Three Bad Wolves. wi


“Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge” by Etan Thomas with Nick Chiles, foreword by Tony Dungy, essays by various men c.2012, New American Library $25.95 / $27.50 Canada 291 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer He’s had many names. When you were small, he was Daddy and you remember how he liked that. He was Dad for awhile, sometimes Pop, occasionally Old Man, Father, and a few things that can’t be printed. But no matter what you called him, he left a big impression on you. But what did you learn from Dear Old Dad? What kind of legacy are you leaving your children? In the new book “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge” by Etan Thomas [with Nick Chiles], some of our best-known Daddies weigh in. Generations ago, it seemed that fathers were breadwinners, disciplinarians, and little else. They loved their children, but caring for them was what their mama did; it was never expected of a father. This, as well as the unfortunate rate of fatherless households, has caused many men to be unfamiliar with what fatherhood could be. But there’s “beauty and manliness in showing love and affection toward your kids,” says Thomas. There are “joys of fatherhood,” and this book was written with the hope that men could finally learn to seize that joy. The first lesson is easy: Be there. Stay in your children’s lives, stay actively involved, offer them one-on-one time, keep it simple, and learn to listen because those


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“little moments” will affect your lives. Use the best of what you had growing up and make memories with your kids. Let the happy times “sit on your heart.” Don’t be afraid to show love, and don’t forget that discipline is also love. Know that “the key is constant contact” and that there are some things that only a man can teach a kid. Also, know where you came from, take pride in yourself, and remember that your kids are watching you. Show affection to your wife or significant other in front of your children. Learn to appreciate what you learned from your own father, and don’t be afraid to mentor someone without a dad in his life. There are, says Thomas, many “…guys who could be swayed, moved, pushed into better lives if more of us just let them know we care.” “Fatherhood” seems, at first, to be an ambitious project. Author Etan Thomas [with Nick Chiles] pulled together fathers from the sporting world, Hollywood, music, movies, and politics, and asked them to write essays on being a dad and on their own fathers. Thomas says he wanted his book to be the first place young men go when any issue concerning fatherhood arises. It was ambitious – and welldone. Just reading this book will make you smile because of the simple pleasure that oozes from its pages. This is a book that kids will be glad their dad reads. It’s also the book moms have been waiting for because, in fact, Thomas includes a chapter that remarkably lauds single mothers. If you’re a dad or about to be one, or if you need a gift for your own father, you can’t go wrong with this wonderful, joyous book. For him, “Fatherhood” will truly pop. wi


JUNE 7 Rising Star Concert sixth & i historic synagogue anat Cohen Quartet, 8:00 PM

JUNE 7–10 Jazz at the Hamilton Presented by The Washington Post 6/7: roberta Gambarini, Cyrus Chestnut Trio, 7:30 PM 6/8: The Brass-A-Holics: a new orleans Celebration of the life & legacy of Chuck brown, 8:00 PM 6/9: etienne Charles & kaiso, Monty alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express, 8:00 & 10:30 PM • Victor Provost steel Pan band, 12:30 aM 6/10: Washington Performing arts society’s Men and Women of the Choir, 10:30 aM & 12:30 PM brunch • John scofield Trio, 7:30 PM


JUNE 10 Jazz at the Howard Pino daniele, 8:00 PM

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ARIES Lover, friends, relatives are in your corner. They just have a hard time verbalizing it. Their support gives you the boost you need if you’d swallow your pride and reach out for it. Their help may not come in the form you want it, but it is in the form you need. Soul Affirmation: I find joy in facing responsibility this week. Lucky Numbers: 10, 34, 37 TAURUS It wouldn’t hurt to be a little less independent. Depend on someone. Declare a truce. Decide that you are not right. Elevate a friend’s opinion to your guiding principle for this week. Compromise. Be a team player and watch the reward unfold. Soul Affirmation: I calm my emotions by forgetting about the past. Lucky Numbers: 24, 26, 54

Hal Jackson, one of the Founding Fathers” of broadcasting, in one of his early radio promo pictures. Jackson died May 23, after more than 70 years in broadcasting. / Courtesy photo

Remembering Harold “Hal” B. Jackson WI Staff Report Hal Jackson, one of the “Founding Fathers” of broadcasting, died Wed., May 23, after more than 70 years in broadcasting. He was 97. Known as a unique pioneer who broke numerous color barriers in the entertainment industry, Jackson was a civil rights crusader, a civic leader, and considered an iconic living legend. Jackson was an inspiration to many; launching the careers of musicians spanning seven decades from the 1930’s to the present. Jackson was the first to break songs by the Commodores featuring Lionel Richie right up to Alicia Keys. Hal Jackson observed the progress of African Americans in the 20th century and bridged the 21st century – from lynchings and Jim Crow segregation to witnessing the election of America’s first African American President. Jackson’s civic endeavors encouraged young women to go to college through his Youth Development Foundation, Inc. Jackson was the first minority inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame and the first of five African Americans inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. Hal Jackson has been honored by six of this nation’s Presidents and was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as a “National Treasure.” Hal Jackson’s life, chronicled in his 2001 autobiography, The House That Jack Built is an extraordinary record of the man, the times and his American dream story. Born in Charleston, South Carolina on November 3, 1914, Jackson was the fifth child born to Eugene Baron Jackson and Laura Rivers

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Jackson. Eugene and Laura Jackson worked very hard to make sure that their five children not only had the best education, but the same privileges and opportunities afforded to what was considered then upper middle class America. Losing both parents at a very young age gave him the motivation and drive to set high standards and achieve them. So at the age of thirteen, he claimed his independence and moved to New York. Jackson’s journey in radio began in 1939 during the Jim Crow years of segregation in Washington DC. Jackson approached the management of WINX radio, owned by the Washington Post, and proposed The Bronze Review. He was told by management, “No nigger will ever broadcast on this station.” For Hal Jackson it was the beginning of the first in a series of racial breakthroughs in America that would impact growth and development of minorities in communications in the 20th century. Jackson met that challenge, engaged his associates at Kal, Erlich and Merrick, a wholesale buyer of radio,

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and purchased a 15-minute segment on WINX. He organized the Negro business community to sponsor a talk and music program formatted to introduce, showcase and validate Negro achievements that were impacting America. Jackson’s interviews included pioneers from every discipline in an era of legal segregation. His guests ranged from In the 1940’s, Jackson was the owner and manager of the famed Washington Bears, the first African American team to win the world’s professional basketball championship, equivalent to today’s NBA. The 1950’s and 1960’s were ground breaking years in NY. He hosted NBC-TV’s Frontiers of Faith, ABC radio’s Live from Birdland, and broadcasted daily 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on WLIB; and 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM on WMCA. His live weekly concerts broadcast from Palisades Amusement Park helped to solidify his close relationship with Berry Gordy during the Motown Hitsville years. Hal Jackson is survived by his wife Debi Jackson, his children, Jane Jackson Harley, Judge Harold B. Jackson, Jr., Jewell Jackson McCabe, and Tonya Gray. In his legacy he leaves nine grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. Jackson’s dreams allowed others to dream. Through his work Jackson presented many opportunities for others and continuously gave back to the community. He truly lives by his words, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” wi The Washington Informer

GEMINI You won’t have enough time to get as far away as you want to go, but you’ll have enough time to do some shopping for the trip. Your focus on what you need is keener now than closer to trip time. Get to the mall and buy your miscellaneous items. Soul Affirmation: High energy and clear mind gives me the winning edge. Lucky Numbers: 11, 16, 18 CANCER Don’t waste time thinking about the past. Sure they were wrong, but what does it matter now. Enjoy the present. Find something good to do for the rest of the week. Avoid conflict. Nothing is so important that it needs to be resolved this week. Soul Affirmation: I find comfort in the familiar. Lucky Numbers: 3, 16, 37 LEO You face a big challenge that allows you to take big steps toward your career goals. It’ll be on your mind for the next few weeks. Spend some time planning. Life is not always for fun and games. Games are not your biggest satisfaction anyway. Soul Affirmation: The key to my happiness lies in my sympathy for others. Lucky Numbers: 42, 46, 54 VIRGO Reconsider a business offer, it might be a good one. You’ve got time so sit down and weigh the pros and cons. Doing it alone is not best. Make a phone call. Talk to someone who knows you well. Get an objective opinion. Soul Affirmation: I graciously anticipate joy and this gives me the ability to give. Lucky Numbers: 13, 31, 40 LIBRA Your intuition is very high this week. You see where things are going even before they start. This will keep you from making false moves. Be careful not to let your suspicions keep you from making the moves that are definitely called for. Soul Affirmation: My mood is created by the company I keep. Lucky Numbers: 18, 44, 51 SCORPIO Beware of financial pitfalls. Your thinking on money matters is not as clear as it could be this week. Someone will try to catch you off guard. This week your luck turns for the better, so spend it with the one you love or want to love! Soul Affirmation: A slowing of pace is just what I need this week. Lucky Numbers: 3, 41, 49 SAGITTARIUS Your mate has a sweet surprise. He or she might be a little timid about revealing it unless you present a very receptive mood. Choose your words carefully. You will receive good news about a loan or financial investment. Soul Affirmation: I look to distant horizons to find truth this week. Lucky Numbers: 1, 2, 16 CAPRICORN You and your mate should start saving for a joint project. It will make you feel closer to each other. It’ll give you something with which to bind the relationship. Otherwise you might feel that you are drifting apart. Soul Affirmation: Self-confidence is the key to my success this week. Lucky Numbers: 17, 37, 45 AQUARIUS Challenges will be ever present for you this week. Work at it calmly knowing that you are getting some things out of the way. Tackle tasks using your famous selfcontrol rather than your passion. Use your passion on the weekends. Let loose! Be free! Soul Affirmation: The sunlight of my spirit shines in the land beyond the horizon. Lucky Numbers: 23, 34, 51 PISCES Harmonious communications are part of your charm, and you’ll get far this week by speaking your word in an easy-going way. You’ll find that your domestic arrangements are very comfortable to you. Soul Affirmation: I let my words reveal the not-so-hidden truth about my being. Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 12



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D.C. Churches Get More Involved in Fighting HIV/AIDS By James Wright WI Staff Writer Churches in the District of Columbia now recognize the best way to combat one of the deadliest diseases of the last century is to educate parishioners and work with others in the faith community to affect change, said one prominent minister in the city. The Rev. Frank Tucker, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Northwest, is a member of the National Black Leadership on AIDS, Inc. Tucker, 73, said that the city’s churches are moving in the right direction when it comes to combating the spread of HIV/AIDS among residents. “More and more churches are addressing the AIDS epidemic,” Tucker said. “Some churches are testing their members while others are handing out materials on the disease. Pastors are now even speaking about it in their pulpits.” The District received international attention in March 2009 when it was announced that three percent of the city’s residents had HIV or AIDS, according to reports from the city’s HIV/AIDS office. The rate is the highest in the United States and is higher than some countries in Africa. As a result of the report, the city’s health department has stepped up its efforts to fight the disease by expanding its testing to include schools and job sites, and airing public service announcements on the importance of wearing condoms when having sex and encouraging testing. Tucker said that he’s seen an increase in the number of churches sponsoring health fairs to test members for HIV/ AIDS, as well as other ailments. “We are steady pushing the word about the gravity of the problem,” said Tucker who lives in Northwest. “We recognize that people are going to have sex, we just want them to do it safely.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta announced in 2011 that the number of senior citizens living with HIV/AIDS is increasing, according to the September 2011 “Aging in The Washington Informer

The Rev. Frank Tucker wants District churches to help fight HIV/AIDS. /Courtesy Photo Stride” e-newsletter. The enewsletter said that currently, over 25 percent of all HIV/ AIDS patients are over 50. The publication also reported that experts at the Yale Medical School in New Haven, Conn., project that by 2017, 50 percent of all people in the U.S. living with HIV will be over 50. Tucker isn’t surprised by that information about the rising HIV/AIDS rate among seniors. “Seniors are having continuous sexual activity,” he said. “We are urging more seniors to use protection when they have sex.” The HIV/AIDS crisis has

been a problem for the black church in general because some refused to acknowledge and deal with the epidemic that captured the public’s attention in the 1980s. “Some [churches] have certain theological positions that are not supportive of people who have the disease,” Tucker said, referring to some who believe that HIV/AIDS is a product of sinful living. “However, we have all agreed that we have to do something to fight this disease even though our techniques may vary.” wi

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Think on These Things; Part II Finally, brethren … whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 Immediately following the death of my father in July, I knew that I needed to throw myself into my work and allow God to use me as His vessel even more. Email after email went out, asking businesses to believe in me and afford me an opportunity to host a radio show. It didn’t feel as though I was working on this project sufficiently, but my email history tells me otherwise. While searching for a file tonight, I was shocked at the amount of effort that I had put into planning for this radio show. I cannot remember doing so much work! My radio ministry began to take on a life of its own late last year when my first big sponsor came through – attorney Jack H. Olender. The email showed up on my Blackberry as my plane touched down in Puerto Rico – I was there on business in November and it felt surreal – like something right out of a movie. As I read the email from Mr. Olender, my enthusiasm got a jolt and my hope rekindled. “Thank you Mr. Olender, you encouraged and believed in me.” I met Mr. Olender many years ago, while working for a female attorney; then we worked together later at the African American Civil War Memorial. He’s a member of the board of directors, with former D.C. Council member Frank Smith. Mr. Olender and Mr. Smith

surprised me when I graduated from college back in 2000. They attended my graduation celebration at the Roof Terrace Restaurant at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Northwest. At age 49 finally, the “Sharecropper’s Daughter” had earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Trinity College right here in Washington, D.C. I’m digressing here, but it took a lot of hard work to finally get my degree. Plus, I want you to see how I practice success principles that I write about in this column. During my final year at Trinity it was suggested I earn my final 31 credits via the Trinity Experiential Lifelong Learning (TELL) for Undergraduate Students. Trinity awards credit for learning acquired through non-college experience prior to entering college or returning to pursue a college degree. Such experience, as prior experiential learning, may result from activities that include work experience, volunteer work, community service, travel abroad, or military or Peace Corps experience. Blessed to earn all 31 credits needed during one year, God was with me; and over the course of one semester, each class that I took – I was fortunate to come through with flying colors. African-American history yielded 4 college credits because of my role as project director of the African American Civil War Memorial. Sister Mary Hayes, the department chair told me that the entire History department

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awarded me one extra credit. They felt my work was deserving of the extra point. When graduation day finally arrived, I thanked Sister Mary Hayes for the one extra credit, and asked her “How did you know I needed one more credit in order to graduate?” She said, “We gave you the extra credit because you earned it. We didn’t know you needed an extra point. If we did, we might not have given it to you.” That was God! Other sponsors I’d like to thank include The Washington Informer Newspaper, my biggest supporter; John & Vinnie Best of Capitol Entertainment Services, Inc.; Chartered Health Plan and the Law Offices of W. Alton Lewis and Shelore A.C. Williams. Thank you. wi Lyndia Grant speaks all across the country, visit her website at www., send comments to, or call 202-518-3192

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religion BAPTIST

african methodist episcopal

Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

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

Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney. • Pastor 2568 MLK Jr., Ave., S.E. Washington, D.C. 20020 (202) 889-3877 (o) • (202) 678-1291 (fax) Services and Times 7:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Small Groups/Church School: 9:00 a.m. Small Group Bible Study Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Noon Thursday 7:39 p.m. God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, Humankind one Family

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

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

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, Pastors

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

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”

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 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

Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. State Overseer

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

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

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.”

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. “We are one in the Spirit” e-mail:

1204 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 202.347.5889 office 202.638.1803 fax

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

Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

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.

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

Morning Star Baptist Church

Crusader Baptist Church

Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: Wed. 7:30 p.m. “Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital”

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

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

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

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

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

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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religion Baptist

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

Zion Baptist Church

Israel Baptist Church

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

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

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

Sunday Worship Service 10:15AM- 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)

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

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

St. Luke Baptist Church 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:

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

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202-561-4100 or email

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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer

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

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

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

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

Salem Baptist Church

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

Shiloh Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motto: God First

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Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

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

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

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

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

Peace Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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sports Mystics center Ashley Robinson with fans. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Mystics center Ashley Robinson. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Girl Scouts – 100 Years Young By Charles E. Sutton WI Staff Writer This Saturday, women and girls of all ages, ethnicities, professions – and from all parts of the country and abroad – will descend upon the nation’s capital to celebrate a milestone in an organization with a rich and storied past that dates back to the early 20th century. The Girl Scouts of America will celebrate a century of history, progress and leadership on the National Mall with an estimated 200,000 former and current Girl Scouts to commemorate the organization’s 100th anniversary, during “Girl Scouts Rock the Mall.” The event will be marked by a singalong. “Everything from the camping trips, to the community projects, to the fundraising taught me to work as a part of a team,” said Washington Mystics center Ashley Robinson. “When the team worked together, the team had success. I’ve carried that mantra throughout my entire life. I’ve been a part of successful teams in college and on the profes-

sional level. Thanks to the Girl Scouts, I know that teamwork provides success. I’m excited about the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary because it’s an organization that has benefitted women for decades.” Along with Robinson, organizers said celebrities, dignitaries and athletes from other sports will participate in the June 9 sing-along. Robinson, a nine-year WNBA veteran grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas with her parents and two sisters. She’s extremely familiar with success and girls’ leadership particularly after playing college basketball at national powerhouse the University of Tennessee. The middle daughter in her family, Robinson joined the Girl Scouts at age 7. “I really enjoyed being a Girl Scout. It represented a great opportunity for girls to come together for a common cause,” she said. On March 12, 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Ga., for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the op-

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portunity to develop leadership skills as well as developing physically, mentally, and spiritually. The goal was to bring girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air. Girl Scouts hiked, participated in camping trips, played basketball, learned to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. At a time of segregation and before laws promoting civil rights were passed, Low ensured that African-American, American Indian and Hispanic girls were able to become Girl Scouts. She led efforts to make Girl Scouting available to all girls coast-to-coast. Girl Scouts have a long tradition of holding sing-alongs on the National Mall and gathered on the Mall to celebrate their 85th, 90th, and 95th anniversaries. Robinson leads on and off of the court – traits she acquired while in scouting. She enjoyed a stellar career playing under legendary coach Pat Summitt. In 2010, Robinson played for the WNBA Champion Seattle Storm. During her off-seasons she has played internationally in countries that The Washington Informer

include the Czech Republic, Israel, Australia and Turkey. But, she admits that Grand Prairie is still home and that’s where she serves as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. In the Girl Scouts, girls discover friendship, fun, and the power of unity. Through various experiences, such as sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, field trips, and environmental stewardships, girls develop stamina, strength and courage. “I was always fascinated by our Girl Scout cookie drive. I remember wondering who baked these cookies, who packaged them, who made the packages, how were they shipped to me,” said Kimberly Miller, a 40-year-old UPS executive from Indianapolis. “Being a girl scout taught me to be thorough and comprehensive. So I researched the entire Girl Scout cookie process from end-to-end. There wasn’t a single question anyone could ask me about those cookies that I couldn’t answer. I’ve carried that same spirit of thoroughness throughout my

life, and it has led me to an excellent career with UPS.” There’s strength in numbers. The Girl Scouts boast 3.7 million worldwide members, and 59 million alumnae, across 92 countries. Every year, in nearly every zip code in America, Girl Scouts provide a total of more than 70 million hours of direct service to communities. “The greatest thing that Girl Scouting taught me is the importance of leadership,” said Marissa Brown, an 18-year-old junior who attends the University of Maryland at College Park. “As an 11th-grader my leadership skills enabled me to become president of my 25girl troop. In that same year, I served as a board member of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. As one of only two teen board members it gave me the opportunity to share my perspective with the board on what teen girls really want and need,” Brown said. wi



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Before soccer players entered the field for their game warm up, to the crowd’s surprise and to loud applause, newly acquired Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III made his entrance and greeted fans. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

USA Loses 4-1 to World Cup Champion Brazil By John E. De Freitas and Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writers

For all the progress that the U.S. soccer team has made against top-ranked teams recently, the team still lacks the consistency and killer instinct that comes naturally for those who are the world’s best. The team was riding high on a 5-1 thrashing of Scotland, but those aforementioned shortcomings were in evidence recently when the U.S. played five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil before a record crowd of 67,619 spectators. A full-strength U.S. Men’s National Team – which is set to play a series of World Cup qualifiers – lost 4-1 in the international friendly at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The U.S. had its moments in the second half of the game but Brazil’s ball movement, smooth passing and uniform attacks blunted any attempt by the U.S. to upend the formidable Brazilians. Brazil was powered by 20-yearold phenom Neymar who scored a penalty and had two assists. After the game, even as he praised his team’s efforts, U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann appeared troubled by his players’ lack of a killer instinct. “We need to get nastier, maybe [we’re] a little bit too naive, maybe we don’t want to hurt people,” he said. “We have to step on their toes more, get them more frustrated.” Klinsmann, who stepped in as coach last July, was philosophical. “From a performance point of view, I think we saw many good elements, many good things. I think the team reacted

very well,” he said during postgame comments. “They fought themselves back into the game. We had enough chances to score a second one and get back in the game.” Klinsmann said the team can learn much from the result. “We proved to them that we can play with them. We have to improve still, absolutely,” he said. “There are areas where we have to get closer to people. Have to push forward a little bit more, gotta be smarter playing out of the back.” “I think in the first 10-15 minutes we were looking too hectic but they found their way into the game in the middle of the first half – became better and better. For us, it’s about how do we get closer to those teams that we play? You wanna play Italy, Brazil, France, we wanna play the big nations, you know. Out of those games we learn a lot, a tremendous amount and I think we got a lot out of this game tonight.” The U.S.’s loss snapped its five-game winning streak that extends back to last year. The American team was outmatched by Brazil and the defense bears the brunt of the criticism for the way the game turned out. Defenders often played too deep to put any type of pressure on the Brazilians and lost track of the players they were supposed to be marking. The defense looked lost and confused and stood around, allowing Brazilian players to get behind them and set up goals. For example, when Neymar took a corner and the ball floated across the goal, five American players stood in the six-yard box, with a single Brazilian player, Marcelo. Marcelo scored. In the 10th minute, the ref-

eree whistled defender Oguchi Onyewu for handling the ball in the penalty area and Neymar put it away by wrong-footing Goalkeeper Tim Howard. A Thiago Silva goal late in the first half placed Brazil in a commanding position but American forward Hercules Gomez [the Budweiser Man of the Match] provided the team’s lone goal in the 45th minute. The U.S. had its share of chances in the second half, including a shot that struck the crossbar, but Brazil was able to improve their record to 16-1-0 against the U.S. all-time with two goals in the second half by Marcelo and Alexandre Pato. Brazil has a 31-10 edge in scoring. Members of the U.S. team rued missed chances. “We have to filter out the bad, take in the good. Obviously, the 4-1 scoreline wasn’t really indicative of the way the game went,” said Gomez. “There were stretches of the game where we controlled the tempo and were getting after them. You know, they finished off their chances. That’s really the difference ... you play Brazil, it’s not an easy game. We’re trying to learn from this, we’re trying to get better and use it to our benefit. We have qualifiers coming up. It will help us.” The U.S. played Canada on Sunday, June 3 in Toronto, in the final game before commencement of World Cup qualifying games. On Friday, June 8, the U.S. squares off against Antigua and Barbuda in Tampa, Fla. For more game photos visit wi

U.S. Men’s National Team stars Claudio Reyna, Tony Meola and veteran inductee Desmond Armstrong, along with builder inductee and former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco – were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame before the game. Longtime Los Angeles Times writer Grahame L. Jones was the recipient of the 2012 Colin Jose Media Award presented by the National Soccer Hall of Fame. In this photo, USSF President Sunil Gulati chats with DiCieco, Armstrong [center] and Meola. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save from a corner kick during the first half of a friendly international soccer match between USA and Brazil at FedEx Field on Wednesday, May 30. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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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. 2012 ADM 465

Administration No. 2012 ADM 497

Administration No. 2012 ADM 476

Yvonne L. Smith Decedent

Celeste S. Semmel Decedent

Naomi J. Ginyard Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Christina J. Craft, whose address is 4304 Russell Ave. Apt. 4, Mount Rainier, MD 20712, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Naomi J. Ginyard, who died on February 27, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 30, 2012. 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 November 30, 2012, 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: May 31, 2012

James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Louise D. Williams, whose address is 1104 Princeton Lane, Waldorf, MD 20602, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Yvonne L. Smith, who died on April 26, 2012 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before December 7, 2012. 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 December 7, 2012, 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: June 7, 2012

Barbara Betsock 5225 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Michael Haberman and Tamara Draper, whose addresses are 8121 Brightridge Ct., Ellicott City, MD; 24780 Bybee La, PO 415, Grand View, ID 83624, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Celeste S. Semmel, who died on March 30, 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 December 7, 2012. 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 December 7, 2012, 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: June 7, 2012

Christina J. Craft Personal Representative

Louise D. Williams Personal Representative

Michael Haberman Tamara Draper Personal Representative




Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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


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

Administration No. 2012 ADM 437

COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

Administration No. 2012 ADM 488

Iantha Ramella Jones Decedent

Notice of Standard Probate

Shraga Kawior, Esq 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 822 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Attorney

Estate of


Administrative No. 2012 ADM 478

Jerome G. Jones and Donald L. Jones, whose addresses are 1522 T Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 & 922 Kenbrook Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20902, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Iantha Ramella Jones, who died on July 29, 2011 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 November 24, 2012. 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 November 24, 2012, 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.

been filed in this Court by Larry R. Taylor for

Date of first publication: May 24, 2012

Larry R. Taylor

Jerome G. Jones Donald L. Jones Personal Representative

Desiree Knights-Taylor Deceased

Notice is hereby given that a petition has standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. In the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died interstate appoint a supervised personal representative

Date of first publication: May 31, 2012

Personal Representative


James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Wilmatine Slaughter, whose address is601 Hudson Avenue, #20, Takoma Park, MD 20912, was appointed personal representative of the estate of India Mae Slaughter, who died on October 2, 2010 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 December 7, 2012. 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 December 7, 2012 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: June 7, 2012 Wilmatine Slaughter Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

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erage than is white-on-white behavior, average black-on-white behavior is a degree more antisocial yet. A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. A much larger cohort of blacks—around half—will go along passively if the five percent take leadership in some event. They will do this out of racial solidarity, the natural willingness of most human beings to be led, and a vague feeling that whites have it coming. The mean intelligence of blacks is much lower than for whites. The least intelligent ten percent of whites have IQs below 81; forty percent of blacks have IQs that low. Only one black in six is more intelligent than the average white; five whites out of six are more intelligent than the average black… “Life is an IQ test.”

curry continued from Page 30 with black Americans. Assuming your encounters are random—for example, not restricted only to black convicted murderers or to black investment bankers—the Law of Large Numbers will inevitably kick in. You will observe that the means—the averages—of many traits are very different for black and white Americans, as has been confirmed by methodical inquiries in the human sciences. Of most importance to your personal safety are the very different means for antisocial behavior, which you will see reflected in, for instance, school disciplinary measures, political corruption, and criminal convictions. These differences are magnified by the hostility many blacks feel toward whites. Thus, while black-on-black behavior is more antisocial in the av-

Malveaux continued from Page 30 President Obama, too, must be cautioned against straying into trivial issues when economic issues are central. At the same time, the president is to be congratulated for taking a strong position on marriage equality. Some may say that it was a long time coming, and that it might be a calculated move to influence some votes in the election. But those who are watching carefully understand that whether it helps the election or hurts it (and some African American pastors are railing against this one), this was a matter of conscience for President Obama. Unfortunately, Romney has no such conscience. He knows the birther rap is nonsense. Yet he stands by a birther and says nothing. Hi own father was the subject of birther vitriol

There is a magnifying effect here, too, caused by affirmative action. In a pure meritocracy there would be very low proportions of blacks in cognitively demanding jobs. Because of affirmative action, the proportions are higher. In government work, they are very high. Thus, in those encounters with strangers that involve cognitive engagement, ceteris paribus the black stranger will be less intelligent than the white. In such encounters, therefore—for example, at a government office—you will, on average, be dealt with more competently by a white than by a black. Derbyshire ended his article by saying, “You don’t have to follow my version of the talk point for point; but if you are white or Asian and have kids, you owe it to them to give them some version of the talk. It will save them a lot of time and trouble spent figuring things out for themselves. It may save their lives.” wi

more than 40 years ago when he ran for president and it was revealed that he was born in Mexico. The diversions will be dust in the wind come election day. People are mostly going to vote their pocketbooks. The news that unemployment rates are stagnant and possibly rising, is bad news for President Obama, no matter how his team spins it. And beneath the numbers, there is lots of pain that is being masked. For example, some economists say we need to generate 300,000 jobs a month just to stay even with population growth. In the first quarter of this year, an average of 226,000 jobs were created each month. But in April, just 77,000 jobs were created, and in May, only 69,000 jobs. Declines in job creation speak to shrinking opportunities for those who are not working. While the Obama Administra-

tion has few tools to combat the current employment situation, his team now needs to go on the offensive to talk about ways more jobs can be created, and by pointing out the ways that legislative gridlock hurts those who are looking for work. Without aggressive attention to the plight of the unemployed, the Romney crew can use stagnant numbers to take the offensive. This can’t happen – if the employment situation is stagnant now, imagine it under “cut government spending” Romney. President Obama and his team need to contrast the Romney record with his own, and make it clear that failure to stimulate the economy will lead to disaster. 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.

the national election is actually made up of individual state races and this will come down to states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida. Turn out will be very important and Romney continues to struggle to turn on “conservatives” in his party. If the economies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia continue to improve, the “anybody but Obama” argument may lose some of its punch. The late Senator Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) and conservative icon said: “Conservatives seek the wisdom of the past, not the worst of it.” With Romney supporting tax cuts for the wealthy, opposing healthcare reform for the nation that he supported as governor, and using the government to mandate social values he is trying to take America back to the failed policies of the Bush 43’era. With Republican Rick Santorum calling Mitt Romney “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama” and Tony

Perkins projecting that social conservatives “will likely turn away from the presidential race,” the ideology that Romney has turned to in order to get the nomination may be what makes him unelectable. There’s an adage, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Does Romney stand for pro-choice or has he fallen for the prolife argument? Does he stand for the healthcare reform he championed as governor or has he fallen for the fictitious “Obama Care” scam? Desperation makes for strange bedfellows. wi Wilmer Leon is the producer/ host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program “Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon,” and a Teaching Associate in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. Go to his Prescription @ Face He can be reached at or by email: drwleon

leon continued from Page 30 for Romney that social conservative grass roots operations will likely turn away from the presidential race and towards efforts to put the Senate in GOP hands.” Michael Farris, a grass roots conservative organizer told CNN, “…I don’t know what he could say to me that would make me feel better…,” Romney’s “propensity to change his story” on issues important to social conservatives, like abortion, is a problem.” This presidential election will be much closer than it was in 2008. The Real Clear Politics national average shows Obama with a slight edge, 46 percent to Romney’s 44 percent. Both Rasmussen and Gallup have the race as a tie. The latest Mason-Dixon poll has Romney 47 percent Obama 44 percent. It is important to remember that

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later, an agent from the IRS visited my office. The sister said, “I visited Mr. Thomas and he confessed to a paper sham. He is waiting for you to visit him so he can inform you of the mess. I guess my badge and pistol on my hip intimidated him. He told it all.” Our visit to Thomas was indeed revealing. He explained how Huber, Hunt and Nichols recruited him. He thought he was going to make a lot of money but pretty soon they had him doing a lot of stupid things. The key evidence was that Huber, Hunt and Nichols actually put the scheme down on paper. They had a written blueprint for fronting on the project and Thomas turned a copy of it over to us. The written agreement had things

like “For assignment of material purchase orders to you, HH&N will reimburse Thomas Construction Company a fee of 3% over and above the total cost of the purchase order. Joint checks will be issued to Thomas Construction Company in the name of Thomas and the named recipient of the purchase order.” Wow! They actually set up a special bank account where they would jointly go to the bank and make the deposits, but only HH&N had signing authority on the account. In total, it was a nine point agreement full of sinister schemes. I reported our findings to the state Department of Administration. The general counsel asked us, “Where are you guys going with this?” I responded, “To hell and back if that is what it takes.” I was about to leave my position to start a local Black Chamber of Commerce

so I had no fear. At an event for the Indiana Black Expo, I stood on a stage with Rev. Jesse Jackson and took the microphone. I shouted, “Huber, Hunt and No Negroes has been busted for fronting on the State Office Building and the State must punish them!” The newspapers, television stations and radio channels blew it up. Huber, Hunt and Nichols was banned from state projects for five years. They eventually changed their name to Hunt Construction. The U.S. Attorney wanted to go after 72- year old Thomas, but we persuaded them to leave him alone. They wouldn’t pursue HH&N. wi (To be continued next week.) Harry Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: Email:

controversial amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that were set to expire at the end of this year. Yawn. Get to the good part. “What we’re asking is that they slow down this process and start first with the question: What type of information are they picking up? How many Americans are being affected? What is the government doing with it?” says Michelle Richardson of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued over the U.S. government’s surveillance practices. She’s nothing but a whiner. No she’s not! This really is serious business.

William Binney, who served in the National Security Agency (NSA) for nearly 40 years, including a stint as technical director of its World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group told Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now!” that since he retired from the NSA in 2001, the NSA’s data mining [spy] program has become so vast that it could “create an Orwellian state.” Askia, your point is? “Instead of trying to use discipline and living up to their oath of office to defend the Constitution, [Congress has] decided to violate the civil liberties and the rights of all U.S. citizens,” says

Binney. My point is that it’s about 30 years late, but George Orwell’s “1984” is upon us, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Nothing that is except mind our manners at all times, and be on our “Ps” and “Qs,” and keep our noses squeaky clean at all times, lest “The Machine” targets us, and our “number” comes up unbeknownst to us. A drone is also a deep, sustained, or monotonous sound, a dull hum, such as what this warning must sound like to most people. Drone on. wi

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MUHAMMAD continued from Page 31 sure, they will be as small as a honeybee. Can you imagine this spy aircraft buzzing around your garden, watching you or your neighbors while you sunbathe, for example? All the while you’re thinking it’s an innocent insect, and not George Orwell’s “Big Brother” gathering “intelli-

gence” about you and your family’s habits. So what? I’m a good citizen. That’s no big deal. Meanwhile, the Senate is close to renewing controversial measures that critics say would allow the government to spy on emails and phone calls of U.S. citizens to be monitored without a warrant. That’s boring, mister. The Select Committee on Intelligence has voted to extend

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