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again hosting the largest gathering of scientists, researchers, people living with HIV/AIDS, activists, diplomats, philanthropists, elected officials and entertainers at the XIX International AIDS Conference. “I’m here to be a part of a monumental conference for so many reasons,” said Simon, a

Bronx physician who practices family medicine and serves people living with HIV/AIDS. “It’s such an exciting event with people united by their commitment to eliminating this excruciating disease. I have come as much for inspiration as knowledge.” Delegates and conference leaders spoke glowingly of their

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learned a lot from them too.” She said her years on the advisory neighborhood commission have been productive but not without some challenges. “There [have been] times when I have done things that have created friction with colleagues,” she said. “To me, some people have gotten too used to wearing the commissioner title and they are non-nurturing to future leaders.” Brown has turned her attention to getting District voters to approve Initiative 70, a measure that would prohibit corporations from making direct campaign donations to political candidates. She’s a co-leader with Ward 1 activist Bryan Weaver in asking voters to approve the initiative. So far, she said that she’s pleased with its progress. “We recently turned in over 30,000 signatures to put Initiative 70 on the ballot and now our attention is on an awareness campaign on what it is,” she said. “We want the voters to support it so that we can get corporate money out of politics.” If Brown is successful, some political observers say that she may have a future in more prominent elected offices. Some political leaders in Ward 7 approached Brown about challenging D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (DWard 7) in the April 3 Democratic Party primary, but she declined. She has not ruled out running for a position on the D.C. Council in the future, but said she wants to go in a different direction at this time. “I need to take a break,” she with a smile. Scott Admonishes Catania and Cheh The impact of the Affordable Care Act on District residents generated a torrent of questions from


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Viewp int Jeremiah Silvanus Takoma Park, Md. Absolutely not. The reason why you cannot cure AIDS is because it’s in the blood. It might take years to develop in your body. Science might be able to control it, like cancer, but it’s still in the blood and there will be no cure.

Dianne Bradley Washington, D.C. I do feel that there will be a cure [for AIDS] in the next 10 years at least. I think that people realize that it’s been so devastating and it affects everybody. It’s not like it just affects one community and I think that is where the push will come from to make sure that a cure is found.


Yolanda Stout Takoma Park, Md. Unfortunately, I don’t think that there will be cure for AIDS as I don’t believe that there will be a cure for cancer. There’s too much money being made in the field on a pharmaceutical level by the heads of those organizations.

Brian Gilmore Washington, D.C. I don’t think that they will find a cure but I think that they will have really good treatment where you will be able to pretty much live with the disease. I think that it will take a little longer to get a cure because of the test trials. I believe that it will be much more manageable than it is right now.

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Kamini Poonwah Takoma Park, Md. I don’t think that they will find a cure. They’ll have more medications to help prolong life, but not a cure. The Bible promises that there will come a time when there will be no more sickness and no more suffering. That’s the only time that they will find a cure.

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Visitors and delegates stopped by the D.C. Connects exhibit to pick up literature on HIV inside the Global Village at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The District was selected to host the XIX International AIDS Conference which runs through July 27. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

CONFERENCE continued from Page 1 stroke for equality. Jackson, 43, came as a representative of the Black Treatment Advocates Network in Oakland, Calif. “The conference is very important because knowledge is power,” said Jackson, who has lived in Oakland for the past nine years. “The more correct the information we have, the better our ability to fight the disease. There’s a lot of misconceptions and misinformation all over the place. With all this new information and facts we can say no and correct what people think they know.” “There’s enough information here for us to protect ourselves and others.” Thousands of delegates filled a cavernous auditorium on one of the convention center’s upper floors and listened to a succession of speakers such as Deputy President of South Africa Kgaleme Motlanthe; California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D); United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon; World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim; actress Sharon Stone; UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, Conference Co-Chairs Elly Katabira and Dr. Diane Havlir, and other luminaries. The entire conference serves as the launching point for a renewed call to action. Under the theme, “Turning the Tide Together,” conference leaders echo their belief that the end of the pandemic is in sight. Almost 35 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and 2.5 million were infected last year, AIDS officials said. “The challenge to all of us is never to go backwards regardless of the economic challenges,” said Katabira. “These challenges will force us to make more efficient and effective use of available resources.” He said more people living with HIV/AIDS and others on the frontlines must be brought into the decision-making process and countries must also invest more than they presently do. Havlir said maintaining the status quo is not enough. She estiThe Washington Informer

mates that 70 percent of individuals don’t know their status, seven million are not receiving treatment and two million people die each year. She said increased testing, adult circumcision and an elevated delivery of health care are keys to curbing the disease. Sidibé shared statistics and anecdotes about the striking progress countries, organizations and individuals all over the world have made. For example, eight million people are currently in treatment, the mortality rate is declining with 1.2 million people dying last year versus 1.8 million in 2005. Also, 80 percent of middle- and lowincome countries raised their contributions to the AIDS effort by 20 percent and South Africa contributed $2 billion. Quoting 19th century novelist Charles Dickens, Sidibé said the global AIDS community is seeing the best and worst of times. He cited as the “good times” the range of new and promising treatments that are now available, such as preexposure prophylaxis or PrEp, and old standbys such as antiretrovirals – which transformed AIDS from a death sentence to a chronic disease. The worst of times, he explained, includes donor fatigue; the political, social and economic crises many parts of the world face; and the struggle people living with AIDS face because of the stigma, the prejudices, discrimination and criminalization of the disease. But despite the myriad challenges, Sidibé said, the AIDS community is on the cusp of success. “We are at a fork in the road to zero,” he said. “All that can stop us now is indecision and lack of courage. It’s decision time. The end of AIDS is not free, it’s not too expensive, it’s priceless.” Mayor Vincent C. Gray congratulated delegates for their role in the AIDS struggle and expressed his commitment to helping end the disease. “HIV has had a profound impact on the city’s culture, race, ethnicity, religion, sociology and economy,” he said. “One million people have been infected nationally and

in the past 20 years, 20,000 people have been infected in the city and 10,000 have lost their lives. I’ve shared the grief of losing friends to this disease but I have been buoyed by the spirit of determination of those who fight to end the disease.” Gray, 69, said health officials distributed five million male and female condoms in the city last year in hospitals, schools, clinics, government offices, “and even our churches.” Evans, a coordinator of African-American outreach programs in Jefferson City, Mo., said the HIV/AIDS landscape there mirrors the rest of the country, with black women exhibiting alarming rates of new infections, seniors contracting HIV and STDS and men having sex with men [MSM] causing equal concern. “I hope to carry from here the hope to not have a job,” she said. “To hear people talk about the end of AIDS is amazing. I will take back some of that spirit and be a part of the dream to make that a reality.” Annah Sango is a Zimbabwean peer educator who is living with AIDS. Her searing sincerity captured the crowd’s attention. “I stand here as a young woman living with AIDS in an exciting time,” the petite 24-year-old said. “Even with the innovations, we have to examine our successes and failures and renew our commitment to turn the tide of this disease.” Sango said she is the voice for stigmatized sex workers and communities of the excluded and marginalized everywhere. Last year, she said, her colleague Waheeda Zabez El raised the same questions. “I’m tired of repeating our hardwon answers,” she said. “Why do so many of the old problems exist prohibiting women and girls from exercising their reproductive rights? HIV is the leading cause of death for women of child-bearing age. Women are marginalized from resources, exposed to physical and emotional violence.” What’s missing from the AIDS solution equation is women, Sango asserted, and she challenged those within the sound of her voice to “search your souls and your minds to create an effective response.” “[Women] are not supported to be involved in the process. We must revolutionize the process. HIV flourishes where poverty and gender inequality are. … Nothing for us without us,” she concluded. wi

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On Wednesday, July 18, the House Judiciary Committee passed an anti-abortion bill, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, 18-14 sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks. Republicans voted for it and Democrats voted against it. /Courtesy Photo

danger. The legislation imposes criminal penalties, including a fine or up to two years imprisonment or both for the person who performs the abortion. The bill would also create a cause of action against an individual performing an abortion for the woman, the birth father and the woman’s parents if she is an un-emancipated minor. The bill is based on the premise, hotly debated in scientific and medical circles, that the fetus feels pain after 20 weeks. Norton attempted to testify against the bill at a subcommittee hearing on May 17 but was denied the opportunity, an action unprecedented on Capitol Hill. It’s customary for a representative to address legislation that affects their district. Franks, who represents northwestern Arizona and a large portion of the western suburbs of Phoenix, was criticized by Ilir Zherka, the executive director for DC Vote, a non-profit in Northwest that supports the District having a full member of the U.S. Congress. “Franks should be ashamed of himself for trying to impose his personal political agenda upon a group of Americans [who] have no vote in the Congress,” Zherka said. “The Judiciary Committee vote in favor of this bill violates fundamental principles of democracy. Ultimately, we believe Franks’ efforts will fail.” Norton is also fighting language in the House version of the budget bill that would prohibit the District from using its own money to pay for abortions for low-income residents. Martrice Green, of Northeast, said that she’s incensed about Franks’ bill and thinks that it

goes too far in terms of the District. “His bill is unfair,” said Green, 62. “He doesn’t have the right to tell a woman what to do with her body. He’s not a woman.” However, Green is not surprised by Franks’ legislation. “Of course, this is taxation without representation,” she said. “There seems to be a mentality on Capitol Hill that we don’t know what we are doing in the District and they think that they know what’s best for us.” Sandy Adams, of Northeast, echoes what Jenkins said about Franks needing to focus on his district. “I don’t tell people in Arizona what they need to do and Arizona needs a lot of help,” said Adams, 44. “The other members of Congress need to stay out of our business.” Norton expects for the Franks’ bill to go to the House floor, where it should pass because it has 215 co-sponsors. She doesn’t think that the Democratic-controlled Senate will take up the bill, noting that a companion measure only has 30 co-sponsors and that’s far from the 51 votes needed to go to President Obama for his signature which would make it a law. In the eyes of Joyce Robinson-Paul of Southeast, abortion remains a secondary issue. The real issue is self-governance for the District. She said that she’s fed up with “Congress interfering with the city.” “This is modern day slavery and I can’t take it anymore,” said Robinson-Paul, 63. wi The Washington Informer

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bill that would ban abortions in the District after 20 weeks has residents and leaders steaming that the U.S. Congress has once again taken upon itself to impose its will upon city residents. Last Wednesday, July 18, the House Judiciary Committee passed an anti-abortion bill, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, 18-14 sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), with all Republicans voting for it and Democrats voting against it. Anise Jenkins, the executive director for Stand Up! for Democracy in DC, a non-profit group that promotes D.C. statehood, attended the vote – known as a mark-up – and she’s livid about the outcome. “It is D.C. residents, not Congress who need to use their oversight powers to monitor the undemocratic actions of those congressional members who target D.C.’s local laws,” Jenkins said. “We resent being used as a tool by Rep. Franks and other conservatives to overturn Roe vs. Wade or any national legislation. We hope Rep. Franks is not neglecting the needs of his own constituents while he spends considerable time and energy interfering with us.” The bill doesn’t have the support of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), who has stated that she believes that the legislation is illegal because it’s in violation of Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Norton, 75, said that the D.C. bill is the latest attempt by anti-abortion activists to invalidate the controversial court decision. “With anti-choice Republicans in control of the committee, the final vote was never in doubt,” she said. “However, Republicans’ ganging up on the District, instead of introducing a nationwide bill, was quickly seen for what it is: the use of the women of this city to target Roe vs. Wade and the women whose reproductive health depends on the constitutionally guaranteed right to an abortion.” The bill states that the only exception to an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy is if the life of the mother is in imminent

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uring the recent NAACP conference in Houston, Texas, Shirley R. Smith said delegates discussed the challenges black elected officials face nationwide. The topic of discussion,

she said, is playing out in Washington, D.C. “What I heard was it is consistent that attacks are out against them,” she said. “The Tea Party and the Ku Klux Klan have decided they will bring down black elected officials.” While Smith, a Ward 5 resident, shares the view held by other black Washingtonians

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that officials like Mayor Vincent C. Gray and black city council members have become targets because of their color, she said in Gray’s case, she sees no evidence of his involvement in any wrongdoing. “I didn’t see anything that wasn’t above-board,” said Smith, 70, who worked on Gray’s 2010 mayoral bid. “I didn’t see or hear any of this. To hear this now, it’s not fair. Mayor Gray is working hard, working as hard as Marion [Barry] in his day. I want him [Gray] to continue what he’s doing.” Council member David Catania (I-At Large) was the first city lawmaker to call for Gray’s resignation. Catania and his colleagues Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) are on record demanding that Gray step down. Last Friday on WAMU 88.5 FM, Catania repeated his demand, adding the caveat that he no longer has the “fire in his belly” to run for mayor. Catania has argued that the revela-

“I didn’t see or hear any [potential Gray scandals]. To hear this now, it’s not fair. Mayor Gray is working hard, working as hard as Marion [Barry] in his day. I want him [Gray] to continue what he’s doing.” – Shirley Smith tions have delegitimized Gray’s victory and have so tainted his tenure that whether the mayor knew of the shadow campaign or not, he should resign. Gray (D), 69, has denied any wrongdoing and has steadfastly refused to resign. The mayor has been under fire for months and faced a fresh round of criticism follow-

ing the guilty plea of longtime friend and associate Jeanne Clarke Harris. On Tuesday, July 10, Harris, 75, admitted in federal court to violating District and federal campaign finance laws, engag-

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Gray supporters are incensed by what they say are unwarranted attacks against the mayor personally and against his integrity. Supporters chided public officials who called for Gray’s removal, andcalled their actions premature. /Photo by Victor Holt

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Around the Region GRAY continued from Page 10 ing in fraud, giving false statements and obstructing justice. She told the court of her role in helping run a $653,000 shadow campaign with money from an unnamed source, commonly believed to be local businessman Jeffrey Thompson. Harris is the third Gray campaign official to plead guilty to crimes associated with his 2010 election campaign. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said Harris’ plea is another bad mark against an election already stained by proof that Gray campaign aides made illicit payments to Sulaimon Brown, a minor mayoral candidate, who was offered money and a job to batter Mayor Adrian Fenty in forums prior to the election. Two members of Gray’s campaign pled guilty to their roles in that scheme. “In 2010, the mayoral campaign was compromised by backroom deals, secret payments and a flood of unreported cash,” said Machen. “The people of this city deserve better. They deserve the truth.” Gray supporters are incensed by what they say are unwarranted attacks against the mayor personally and against his integrity. They mobilized in his defense, and last Wednesday, July 18, several dozen supporters gathered in front of the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest to voice their support for the embattled mayor. They chided those public officials who called for Gray’s removal, calling their actions “premature” and a “rush to judgment.” Smith took Bowser to task for her role in calling for Gray to step down. “She should be ashamed of herself,” said Smith. “Muriel should sit her little self down and not stick with those racists Cheh and Catania. They will use her and dispose of her.” Johnny Barnes agrees. “Shame on you Cheh, Graham, Catania,” said Barnes, former executive director of the National Capital Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. “You easily cast aside constitutional law. Shame for saying that Gray shouldn’t have due process. In America, we have an investigation, not an inquisition, evidence, not ‘evidently.’ We celebrate Times Square, not Tiananmen Square. Gossip, innuendo, whispering. That’s not

the way we do this. And just because you associated with a bad person, doesn’t make you a bad person.” Barnes, a 65-year-old Southwest D.C. resident, said any case of this nature requires reasonable doubt and that can only come after a detailed and thorough review of all the evidence. Anything less would be a miscarriage of justice, he added. Local political consultant and commentator Chuck Thies concurs, saying if Gray stepped aside it would create a disastrous precedent for his successors. “If you resign, how will future mayors deal with enemies, opportunistic politicians, the chattering class and a rabid media? A resignation tendered amidst a storm of unfounded accusations would set a dangerous precedent,” he said. “Don’t do it. Be stronger than your critics.” He said the sharks – in the form of politicians and pundits – smell blood and a feeding frenzy is underway. “Council members … called on Gray to resign.Harry Jaffe of the Washingtonian wants to void the 2010 election results and conduct a do-over. Alan Suderman, aka Loose Lips, of the Washington City Paper tweeted that Gray is “on the edge of the abyss.” “Hogwash,” said Thies. None of them has a specific answer to the question of what crime Gray has committed, and no one has proven that he knew about the shadow campaign, Thies said. “Is it possible that aides and supporters who conspired to break laws in an effort to get Gray elected kept him in the dark? Very much so,” he said. “The purpose of a campaign is to get your guy elected. You do not want him to win and then go into office immersed in problems created by the campaign. So, you build a wall around your candidate to insulate him from harm and scandal. As such, it is entirely plausible that Gray’s supporters orchestrated this entire affair without his knowledge.” Thies ridiculed those calling for Gray’s ouster, saying Gray has committed no crime. Furthermore, Thies said, the $650,000 did not sway the election in Gray’s favor given Fenty’s massive $5 million warchest. wi


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Pepco Denied Full Rate Increase By Elton Hayes WI Staff Writer When a powerful storm slashed through Cindy Vaughn’s Hyattsville, Md. neighborhood on June 29, it left behind breathtaking devastation. The heat inside her home became so unbearable the second day without power, that the three-story brick dwelling felt much like an incinerator. The generator her husband purchased struggled to power a lone air conditioning unit and a refrigerator. The Vaughns were forced to retreat to the basement. That routine for Vaughn, however, is all too familiar. “Every time that there’s a storm, there’s an outage,” she said. Vaughn is one of 443,000 Pepco customers who lost power as a result of last month’s nowhistoric derecho – a series of rapid wind storms that severely damaged homes and contributed to the deaths of more than 20 people. To make matters worse, customers had to also deal with triple-digit heat for nine days. Pep-

co’s inability to bring customers online promptly fueled aggravated customers’ discontent. Pepco came under renewed scrutiny and during the height of its troubles, members of the D.C. Council met to discuss the problem and several Maryland lawmakers also criticized the company. D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) recalls being in the dark for four days and was forced to spend time at a Starbucks in her neighborhood to charge her electronics and escape the sweltering heat. While Cheh decided to ride out the outage at home, the heat became so unbearable the last evening that she sought refuge at a friend’s home. For Cheh, Pepco’s requests for rate increases are as frequent as customers’ myriad complaints. “It’s unfortunate but it’s part of a pattern that we’ve seen. We have problems with service and reliability and outages. It’s a constant, cyclical thing where they ask for rate increases,” Cheh said. “The most reliable thing is that they will be asking for rate increases all along the way. It’s not a scenario that we haven’t

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The Potomac Electric Power Company stood to make $68 million in new revenue. However, the Maryland Public Service Commission cited a substandard performance history and granted the electric company a 1.7 percent increase or $18 million in new revenue. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

seen before.” Cheh knows of what she speaks. Pepco officials submitted a proposal to Maryland lawmakers last year seeking a four per-

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cent rate hike. In recent public hearings, public disapproval was steady and relentless. Customers received positive news on July 20. The Maryland Public Service Commission [MPSC] dealt Pepco a blow as it rejected most of the power company’s proposed four percent rate increase. The company stood to make $68 million in new revenue. However, citing substandard performance history as one of its deciding factors, MPSC granted the electric company a 1.7 percent increase or $18 million in new revenue. MPSC officials said that Pepco’s application lacked the evidence required to substantiate its request. “The Commission considered [Pepco’s] longer history of substandard performance, and, balancing that with the Company’s responsibility to invest in improving its infrastructure, made a number of key decisions.” Last December, MPSC fined Pepco $1 million, the largest fine ever levied by the commission, for not properly maintaining power lines. The commission’s action makes it clear to Pepco and its customers that the beleaguered electric company must do more to improve its infra-

structure and services before it will be granted a significant rate increases. While many of Pepco’s customers view the company’s service and response to outages as subpar and hardly worthy of a rate increase, others are more receptive and accepted the 1.7 percent increase. Michael Boozer, his family and two dogs suffered without power for five days. He improvised with ice in the refrigerator to keep food cool, and a gas grill as a substitute for the microwave and oven. While the Silver Spring., Md., resident admits that the time without power was far from pleasant, he wasn’t too upset with Pepco’s rate increase which amounts to a $2.02 increase in a regular monthly bill. “I think it’s fair at around one percent,” said Boozer, 50. “I know they have to [pay] to get trees trimmed and bring in outside contractors. As long as they can continue to improve the service that they provide, they can start with one percent and go from there. If they don’t do any better, then don’t give them anything else.” wi

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Solar Energy Training Prepares Students for Entry-Level Jobs Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will join nine other school districts in addressing educational issues as part of the new Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium (LCSDC). The group’s mission is to focus on the unique needs of large, diverse and successful suburban and countywide school districts. The members will bring their different perspectives to identify and develop effective programs and policies to prepare students for higher education. | Arlington Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools are also among the local districts represented in the group, which includes Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools, Greenville County (S.C.) Schools, and three Georgia districts – Cobb County, Fulton County and Gwinnett County. Combined, these districts educate more than 1 million students. In the next six months, the consortium hopes to expand membership to at least 20 new members. Solar energy training prepares students for entry level jobsin renewable energy at Prince George’s Commu-

nity College. After successfully passing Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics (PV), an entry-level solar course, students can seek employment as assistants where solar panels are being fitted by certified installers. The college is a registered provider of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Entry Level Exam. The first introductory course begins September 8 at the Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. and the first test will be administered on November 17. “Prince George’s Community College is committed to providing instruction in renewable energy,” said Ricky C. Godbolt, program director of the Construction and Energy Institute and certified master trainer. “In order to best serve students, the college applied and became accredited to administer the entry-level solar energy exam to further the institution’s goal of increasing completion rates and student success,” he added. The introductory class covers basic concepts of solar panels, components and how panels are sized, designed and installed. By successfully completing the course, students will receive a certificate, letter and wallet card from the National Center for Construction Education and Research to provide verification of training to potential employers. Additional training and experience is required before becoming certified as installers. For more information on renewable energy classes, visit or call 301-336-6000.

Department of Parks and Recreation Official Sponsors of Film Anthem The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, MD, announces it is an official sponsor of the film Anthem. The one-hour documentary, which will be broadcast on

some Maryland Public Television stations in the fall, focuses on The StarSpangled Banner and music of the War of 1812. The film is a production of the nonprofit film company Make Your Mark Media, which is located in Adelphi, MD. Filming began in England in 2011. Musical performances in this documentary feature Maryland’s US Naval Academy Glee Club and the St. John’s College chorus. The War of 1812 is significant in Prince George’s County’s history. The Battle of Bladensburg is of great historical significance to the country, to Maryland, and to the county. M-NCPPC will be hosting several interesting events tied to the 100-year anniversary of the War of 1812 later this year. For information about M-NCPPC War of 1812 events and programs, visit www. For more information about the documentary, visit For information about M-NCPPC’s future War of 1812 programs, call 301-627-2270; TTY 301-6992544 wi

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Nation-Built $5 Million Restaurant Re-opens Special to the NNPA from The Final Call The jewel of 79th street is returning with the early July reopening of the Nation of Islam built Salaam restaurant. Calvin Hollins, the new executive director, said the $5 million Salaam restaurant will officially reopen for business July 6 and July 7. The reborn Salaam includes three restaurants under one roof: A bakery, the Crescent Café and Fine Dining. That means a choice of coffee and pastries, casual dining, or a special night on the town in the upstairs dining room. “I think anyone off the street who comes into this facility will find something palatable to their needs and their likes,” said Mr. Hollins. The facility is for everyone but springs from the mission of the Honorable Minister Louis Farra-

khan and Nation of Islam and is rooted in the hallmarks of healthy eating, economic self-sufficiency and community building, said Mr. Hollins and executive assistant Carla X. “We are continuing to fulfill what the Hon. Elijah Muhammad established for us,” said Carla X, a Muslim in the Nation of Islam. “It’s not just a restaurant; it’s us doing for self.” Many of the products offered will be from farms owned by the Nation and from Black farmers around the country, explained Mr. Hollins. The menu will include longtime favorites such as Bean Pie and bean soup to go alongside special choices for vegetarians and lovers of fine cuisine. Min. Farrakhan could have placed the multi-million dollar facility anywhere but chose to build and keep it in the Englewood and Auburn-Gresham neighborhood, said Mr. Hollins. That shows a

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commitment that should be respected and applauded, he added. In a neighborhood with challenges, the Salaam will serve as a light, a meeting place and an example of Black pride and possibility. “I believe the restaurant is a reflection of who we are in this community and its struggle. Seeing what it has been during the construction until now, it’s a change in us as well as in our community. When they see that the restaurant is opening again, they know there is always more to expect. We open the doors and we just bring everyone in,” said Sis. Carla X. People come in everyday to inquire about the restaurant and share memories from its original opening in the mid-1990s, she added. The restaurant was closed for a over a decade but its reopening was always in the hearts of Muslims and Blacks in Chicago and other parts of the country. Mr. Hollins has opened over 17 restaurants in recent years, including Jermaine Dupri’s restaurant in Atlanta, Charles Oakley’s restaurant in Cleveland and Andre Dawson’s restaurant in Milwaukee. An experienced restaurateur, Mr. Hollins has made somewhat of a comeback. Last year an appeals court threw out convictions against him and a business partner related to a 2003 tragedy at their E2 night club. Twenty-one people died after a fight, stampede and ensuing panic involving pepper spray and screams of a terror attack. A defense attorney said the two men were scapegoated as police and fire recues failed. The Washington Informer

Sisters of the Nation prep meals during the grand re-openning of Salaam. / Courtesy photo

“I think this facility will end up being landmark in Chicago. This is a fun-filled restaurant that is owned by the Nation,” said Mr. Hollins. He is proud of the experienced cooking staff and happy to showcase quality food and high quality service. “There is no facility like this in our community,” Mr. Hollins noted. The upstairs has a soft, exotic feel and is breathtaking, he said. The downstairs bakery and café are bright and airy, while the first floor atrium is tastefully appointed with linen napkins, table cloths and place settings. Chicago has restaurants but some historic establishments, including Army and Lou’s, Izola’s, Gladys’ have gone out of business, Mr. Hollins said. “Our facility gives us that ability once again on the family aspects and as well as the business aspects of Chicago. We have a facility here that can rival anyone, we can have

business meetings here, we have weddings here, we have baby showers here, the list is endless,” he said. “People can come to our facility and see that it’s not just for the Nation but for all people of all walks of life in Chicago. I am looking to reach out from Evanston to Schaumburg to anywhere they would chose to have a nice place to dine and enjoy,” he added. Future plans calls for a Sunday gospel brunch and monthly dinner shows with top talent. The new Salaam includes photos and murals with pictures of historic figures and events, including the 1995 Million Man March, convened by Min. Farrakhan and the largest public gathering in U.S. history. The décor, the food and service add up to one thing: “Welcome, welcome, welcome to all,” said Mr. Hollins with a smile. wi

How Education Apps Have Become a Priority for AT&T

Want Some Heavy Support for Your App? It May Pay to Invest in the Education Area. By Roger Cheng Special to WI


evelopers with education app ideas will find a sympathetic ear at

AT&T. The company plans to spur the development of apps that will help improve the state of education, and is planning an education-centric “hackathon” contest in June to find the smartest apps. The idea is to bring the Internet, video, social media, and the concept of “gamification” to the learning process. It’s part of a broader push by AT&T to improve the quality of education, and is a big personal cause for CEO Randall Stephenson. The company said today it plans to invest $250 million over the next five years to improving education. Part of that money will go to its AT&T Foundry, which will look into tapping new ways to teach students. That’s badly needed, as one in four students in the U.S.–or 1 million in total–drop out each year, according to a report by the Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Al-

education of interest in education with its contest in June. AT&T would be following several players that have made similar pushes. Blackboard, for instance, has long worked on educational tools on the mobile platform. Its BlackBoard Mobile Learn application allows students and faculties to access their course, content, and organizations. Tech luminaries Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt, meanwhile, have put their resources behind Sal Khan and his Khan Academy, a free online tutoring site that includes a mobile app. For AT&T, this represents an additional level of investment in the area. The company has in-

Some mobile carriers are utilizing Apps to help college retention. / Courtesy photo

liance for Excellent Education (AT&T is the lead sponsor of the report). While there has been a ton of focus on games, photo filters, and other different kinds of apps, there isn’t as much energy put into education. AT&T is

hoping to change that with its investment. The company plans to use its Foundry facilities to foster the development of education-centric apps.In addition, the company has used hackathons to promote app development in specific areas, and could see a lot

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Getting Smart on Surety Bonds By Rhonda Taylor Special to the NNPA from San Francisco BayView There is nothing wrong with being dumb. That’s how all smart people start out. In my case, I was dumb enough to quit a lifetime-guaranteed job with the government to start my own business. I was dumb enough to think, as an African American woman, I could compete with huge corporations for government contracts. And I was dumb enough to think that once I got the job, I could do it well. And finally, I was dumb enough to think that race and gender would not be an obstacle for an African American woman starting her own business at the height of the great recession. Like a lot of smaller contractors, I smartened up, fast. Ox Bonding helped me through a world I never even knew existed, much less needed to start my first job. I’m talking about bonding: The one thing that lots of business people never really smarten up about is getting a surety bond. To do a government job – my first – I needed a bond. Who knew? Not the insurance companies. They told me I could not get a bond because my company did not have a good credit score. Turns out that surety bonds and completion bonds and other bonds are not really insurance. They are more like lines of credit. Here’s why: If a contractor does not finish a job, the bonding company has to step in and make it right. Then the bonding company can turn around and pursue the original contractor for reimbursement. If bonding companies think your credit is such that they cannot recover their losses, they will not issue a bond. That is what happened to me – 11 times. There was nothing wrong with my credit: My books were in order. Taxes paid. Vendors happy. Clients too. I just did not have enough of it to get a bond for a three-year contract I had already won. When I talked to other business people about bonding and working capital, they all said the same thing: Nothing we can do about it. That is just the way it is. That is why most small businesses – minority or otherwise – never get or even bid on their first government contract. It never occurred to me that be-

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ing a woman and a minority might have had something to do with it. I could not afford to let that occur to me. As a female and a minority, we are the ones who can least afford self-pity, blaming and suspicion. We have to be more determined, more upbeat, and more positive that nothing can stop us. I know some people might not want to hear that. But women and minorities just cannot afford excuses. When I questioned why all that government stimulus money is supposed to help small businesses but most small businesses cannot do government work, I got few answers. The agency with the work gave me an extension but it was not looking good. With two days to go, my agent, Chondra Martin – another African American woman – told me she had a lead: a bonding company that looked past credit scores and looked at ones ability to do the work being contracted. That seemed kind of smart. Soon we were talking with Andrew Wohl at Ox Bonding. He wanted to know about my company and its balance sheet and whether I had any tax liens or other problems. That was all good. Then we started talking about the job and how I bid on it and why I bid the way I did. I had gone to the agency and gotten a copy of the contract from the last time it was up. So I knew what the number was, and I told Andrew how I could do the job better, faster, cheaper. He got into my grill. Race and gender never came up. And soon I got a bond.wi Rhonda Taylor, CEO of RT Facility Management, a building maintenance company in St. Louis, Missouri that specializes in big public buildings, can be reached at rhondataylor5000@gmail. com.

business Business Exchange Did You Hear What Was Said at the NAACP? Mitt Romney’s effort to win the support of the NAACP is an important strategy and speech that should not go unnoticed. Amid all the reports and punditry that Gov. Romney received a hostile reception at the civil rights group’s Houston conference, the standing ovation he received at the end of his speech has been largely overlooked by mainstream media. Since the Republicans’ presumptive nominee made his appearance and speech to the NAACP, most likely you’ve heard that Romney was booed. But, what you may not have heard is that Romney left the stage to a standing ovation. The mainstream media always seeks to set the tone of the discussion – suppose you owned a newspaper or were a news program host, which headline would you prefer:  “NAACP Boos Romney during Speech about Obamacare” or “NAACP Convention Gives Romney Standing Ovation”? It’s time to give Romney credit for going to the NAACP. He stood his ground and told the truth, something Obama has yet to do with Blacks. It’s true he was booed at the mention of “Obamacare” and his intention to repeal the Affordable Care Act as a program he deems “too costly.” It’s likely that Romney knows the vast majority of Blacks support the nation’s first African-American president and are favorably inclined toward his signature health care act. Romney has always said he would “repeal Obamacare.” What needs to be discussed in public forums is the fact that Romney showed up and said what he would do to help African Americans.  He said, “If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone. Instead, it’s worse for African Americans in almost every way. ... In June, while the overall unemployment rate remained stuck at 8.2 percent, the unemployment rate for African Americans actually went up to 14.4 percent.” Romney said, “By any standard, African Americans … do not appear to have advanced much toward steady jobs … a serious argument could be made that they are falling behind. Equally disconcerting are the number of births to single AfricanAmerican women, the incarceration rate for African-American men, the number of failing public schools that sustain the cycle of poverty and crime

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By William Reed in disadvantaged communities and … a dependence on taxpayer dollars.” Romney spoke to the NAACP of an economy that creates jobs, and of creating stronger families and more opportunities for all Americans. And, he endorsed school choice. But, it was NAACP President Ben Jealous who gave the media the negative spin, saying of Romney’s speech: “He really wasn’t trying to talk to them [the audience]. He was trying to talk to somebody else.”  He’s right.  Probably Romney was speaking to African Americans seeking jobs and better lives. President Barack Obama did not make the NAACP convention, citing a scheduling conflict. If he had shown up, he might have had to face questions about his failure to deliver on his 2008 campaign promises. Instead, Vice President Joe Biden attended and imagined what a Romney Justice Department would look like.  While the NAACP convention was an Obama/ Biden “love fest”, the nation’s Black newspaper publishers were expressing anger and frustration at President Obama’s failure to reach out to them or recognize their publications’ audiences in productive ways. “We don’t think the president has ever spoken to us. He’s spoken to the Latino community and he’s been specific,” said Robert W. Bogle, publisher of the Philadelphia Tribune and a former [NNPA] president. Gov. Romney may want to use the rife between Black publishers and the Obama campaign to get his message out to Black enclaves.  Sonny Messiah Jiles, publisher of the Houston Defender, comments could apply to Obama or Romney: “We’re trying to give you feedback from the ground up … and educate you on how to shape your message to our readers and their communities.” While Obama thinks that he’s got the Black electorate “in his pocket” Romney may want to give a shout out to Jiles and the nation’s 200 Black newspapers. wi (William Reed is available for speaking/ seminar projects via the Bailey

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hen Bill W. and Dr. Bob created Alcoholics Anonymous 77 years ago, they borrowed principles learned from a Christian fellowship called the Oxford Group to create their 12-step recovery program. “They knew that their spiritual program was effective where other ‘cures’ had failed, and over the years, there have been many theories as to why,” says Dr. Harry Haroutunian, physician director of the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, and collaborator with Dr. Louis Teresi on the book, Hijacking the Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains – The Science Behind Twelve-Step Recovery ( “Now we know that stress is the fuel that feeds addiction, and that stress and drug and alcohol use cause neurological and physiological changes,” Haroutunian

says. “The changes are primarily in the deep brain reward centers, the limbic brain, responsible for decisions, memory and emotion. These centers are ‘hijacked’ by substance abuse, so that the addicted person wants the booze or drug over anything else. ” As a scientist and physician applying the 12-step program to his own life, Teresi studied the physiological changes triggered by this seemingly non-scientific treatment. “One response is that elements of 12-step programs reduce stress and increase feelings of comfort and reward through chemical changes in the brain and body. These changes allow for neuronogenesis – the birth of neurons in the brain,” Teresi says. “As substances of abuse affect the limbic brain, so do 12-step recovery practices.” Teresi says the 11th step in the program, which emphasizes spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation, works for the follow-

ing reasons: Chilling out: Addiction is a cycle of bad habits. When something bad happens, an alcoholic drinks to feel better. When something good occurs, he drinks to celebrate. After years of this behavior, a person needs a way to step outside of himself to mainExperts suggest prayer and meditation to combat stress. / Courtesy photo tain sobriety. Regular prayer or meditation achieves that and becomes “that other habitual option” for responding to leading to better self-control. he completed honors concentraemotions, he says. The three-fold manner: A suc- tion courses in neuroscience. In “Mindfulness” meditation: cessful 11th step tends to have more than 24 years of practice, While certain forms of prayer the following benefits: First, stress Teresi has authored numerous are effective, meditation may be is relieved in both cognitive and peer-reviewed papers, winning 14 a more direct way to achieve the emotional reactivity, as evidenced national and international awards kind of beneficial self-regulation by reduced cortisol (stress hor- for his research, and is a senior that makes the 11th step so crucial, mone) levels and other biological member of the American Society Teresi says. Mindfulness medita- indicators. Second, some forms of of Neuroradiology. He is a gratetion incorporates active Focused meditation are shown to stimulate ful recovering alcoholic. Attention and the more passive the brain’s reward centers, releasDr. Harry L. Haroutunian, Open Monitoring to raise a per- ing dopamine – a mood elevator known as “Dr. Harry,” is an inson’s awareness of his impulses, -- while improving attention and ternationally known speaker on memory. Third, an increased sense addiction who has created the of connectivity and empathy to “Recovery 101” lecture series. others is achieved, satisfying our As physician director of the Betnatural need for social connection ty Ford Center, Dr. Haroutunian and reducing stress. Sobriety is not so much about has contributed to the developnot drinking or drugging, Teresi ment of a variety of programs. He is the author of the soon-tosays. “It’s about developing an atti- be-published book “Staying Sotude and lifestyle that brings suffi- ber When Nothing Goes Right” cient serenity and personal reward and collaborated with Dr. Louis that drinking, or taking any mood- Teresi, author of “Hijacking the altering drug, is simply unneces- Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains – sary.” Dr. Louis Teresi earned his med- The Science Behind Twelve-Step ical degree from Harvard, where Recovery.” wi

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By Joy Freeman-Coulbary WI Contributing Writer When it comes to AIDS, knowledge equals power and now within just 20 minutes – the time it may take to travel from the club to the crib for a quick hook-up – you can find out with about 92 percent accuracy whether you or a consenting partner has the virus. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] approved the OraQuick InHome HIV Test which uses a saliva sample obtained by oral swab to determine the presence of HIV antibodies, which if undetected can lead to AIDS. “The plus side of the rapid, athome testing is that we are glad to see this as an additional tool in the fight against AIDS that will contribute to more people getting tested,” said Chip Lewis, deputy director of communications, for Whitman-Walker Health in Northwest. “The reality is that a quarter to a third of

to make an informed decision as to whether she’s in agreement with a man’s particular sexual preferences; she has the right to know.” – LaFonda Willis, Graduate Student

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According to the D.C. Department of Health’s 2011 “District of Columbia HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Epidemiology Annual Report,” the number of new AIDS cases decreased by 32 percent, from 700 in 2006 to 477 in 2010. However, the percentage of residents infected – near three percent – still remains high enough for HIV/AIDS to rate as an epidemic in the District. D.C. had more than 800 new HIV infections in 2011, based upon Whitman-Walker data. “We had 200 deaths from AIDS last year, which is still too many, but represents a decrease in mortality that means we’re heading in the right direction,” Lewis said. With epidemic levels of HIV/ AIDS in the District, black women are at the epicenter of the crisis. HIV rates in the past two years have doubled to 12 percent among black women in D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods; and further, black women represent the vast majority of all newly reported HIV infections nationwide. The District, with its record number of HIV/AIDS cases, has become ground zero for the 2012 International AIDS Conference which started on July 22 and runs through July 27, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest. Organizers selected the District to celebrate President Barack Obama lifting the “HIV travel ban” in 2009, which ended a U.S. ban on travelers with the HIV virus. When asked about the prevaThe Washington Informer

lence of HIV among black women, LaFonda Willis, 29, a graduate student and a single black woman who lives in Northwest said that black men need to be forthcoming about their sexual history. “A woman should be able to make an informed decision as to whether she’s in agreement with a man’s particular sexual preferences; she has the right to know.” For Willis, it’s about black men being honest about sexual practices with the women they’re dating. For Lewis, of WhitmanWalker Health, “It’s behavioral patterns – not race, sexual orientation, or gender – that contributes to increased infection rates.” “It’s not a gay disease or black disease, it’s a disease based upon behavior. If people are engaging in unprotected sex or sharing needles, then they’re at risk. It is a disease that can affect anyone,” Lewis said. Meghan Davies, WhitmanWalker’s director of Community Health, said she’s heartened by the greater access to testing the at-home HIV kit affords individuals. However, she expressed apprehension about non-medical professionals testing themselves. “I have concern about people using the at-home HIV test correctly – following the instructions and continuing to test up to six months after potential exposure, which is the length of time it can take for the body to manifest antibodies to the virus,” Davies said. “Testing at home is not for

everyone – each individual will respond differently to test results that can be unnerving. At Whitman-Walker Health, the tests are free of charge – unlike the home kit that could run in the doubledigit price range,” Davies said. “We walk people through testing and treatment options, as well as affordable medical regiments, if they’re D.C. residents.” Davies said that the District offers far more affordable treatment options than either Maryland or Virginia. Xander Sun, a D.C. attorney and a gay Asian male, applauds the FDA’s approval of the first at-home HIV test, but has reservations. “I think this is an important tool in the fight against AIDS, but there is a need to improve the accuracy rate; otherwise, it could become counter-productive in the long run,” said Sun, 42, who lives in Arlington, Va. “I would still recommend it to everyone for the time being.” Adrian Crockwell, of the District and a manager of a Ward 4 CVS Pharmacy, said he’s a heterosexual black male in a longterm relationship. He monogamous and said that he’s aware of his partner’s status. “Sure, I’d use the test, but it doesn’t solve the problem of people not wanting to use condoms and women feeling too intimidated to ask their partners to take the test,” said Crockwell, 33. Hearkening back to Lewis’ pronouncement about the lead cause of the spread of the virus, “It’s behavior,” Crockwell said. Although, there’s treatment for HIV, there’s still no cure. However, two weeks ago, the U.S. government approved Truvada, manufactured by Gilead, as the first daily pill for the prevention of HIV infection among persons in high-risk groups. Critics of Truvada, insist that the drug comes with its own hefty price tag and problems – with its $1,200 a month fee and possible side effects that include diarrhea, bone, and kidney damage. “When people talk about a generation free of AIDS that does not mean free of HIV. If you’re HIV- positive and get care early enough, you’ll still be HIVpositive but you’ll likely never develop AIDS. When experts and policymakers talk about a generation without AIDS, they’re talking about people not becoming sick with AIDS,” Lewis said. wi



Know Your Status News reports came fast this week concerning emails circulated to Virginia voters which contained information that turned out to be a categorical lie. The communication informed voters that if they had not voted since the 2008 election that they would have to reregister in order to vote in the upcoming general election. The fact is, according to Virginia voting officials, there is no re-registration requirement and voters cannot be removed from the voting rolls for not voting. Organizations like the NAACP, Color of, the Advancement Project and others along with the U.S. Department of Justice are sniffing out cases of voting fraud, like this, and other violations of the Voting Rights Act around the country that could potentially deny millions of Americans from voting this year. The predominant method for turning people away from the polls is by confusing voters about their voting status. The email thousands of Virginia voters received this week clearly fulfilled that objective as voters who may not have voted since 2008 are questioning their status. Many factors including redistricting, changes in polling locations, new voter ID laws and economic factors that have caused many voters to relocate will have an impact at the polls in the upcoming election. Consequently, one extremely important bit of advice that carries bi-partisan agreement is for voters to check their status well before the November general election.

America’s Violent Path The outpouring of sympathy and support for the families and friends of the victims of last week’s mass killings in Aurora, Colo.., have not subsided. They won’t for quite some time as memorial services and funerals are being arranged for the 12 people who were killed and 58 others who were wounded by alleged gunman James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspected of using powerful semiautomatic weapons in a crowded movie theatre during the opening night of the Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.” The incident has been recorded as one of the most violent mass shootings in U.S. history, but the tragedy lies in the fact that these sorts of events have become more commonplace in recent years. Let us not forget the victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead, and the 2011 shooting outside of a grocery store in Pima County, Ariz. that left 13 people dead and six injured including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a bullet that went through her brain. And, much closer to home, was the 2010 South Capitol Street Massacre that left five young people dead and nine wounded in what was called the deadliest attack in D.C. history. The more devastating revelation about gun violence in the U.S. can be found on the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence website that shows that in one year almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun. This includes guns used to murder people, suicides, as well as unintentional and intentional shootings. Yet, despite the mayhem and shocking numbers, gun control advocates are still being shown the hand of gun rights advocates who say they stand by their belief that regulations that prohibit an American’s right to own a weapon violates the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Even the shooting in Colorado, following the 1999 deadly Columbine High School shooting in nearby Littleton, Colo., has not sensitized the NRA or gun advocates to the need for increased gun regulations. Particularly quiet are presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney who expressed their condolences to the families of the victims in Aurora but who have not addressed the problem of gun violence. With both facing several presidential debates, there is no way they will be able to continue to sidestep the issue. Americans will want to know if we will continue to be led down this dangerous and violent path.

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Thank you for your article, “Moroccan artist Hamid Kachmar Opens 3rd Solo Show”, July 19, 2012, by Misty Brown. Coverage of the visual arts in the Washington area is vital to artists who live and work in the District and surrounding jurisdictions. I very seldom see where any of the other local newspapers review or write articles about our small black owned galleries or the artists they feature. The Washington area is full of wonderful artists who are working very hard to get noticed. I am just so happy to see the Washington Informer choosing to take a look at the artwork created by one of those artists. Keaton Johnson Brentwood, Md.

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in the Informer over the past few months. However, the only article in which she has actually had something to say was during an editorial board meeting with Washington Informer staff last summer. The story appeared in the paper on June 2, 2011. Regarding the controversy surrounding the principal at Phelps High School and now the school libraries, the chancellor has chosen not to have any comments or provide any explanation to parents about her decisions. Let her try something like that on a school located west of Rock Creek Park. The mayor, the city council and those parents would have Henderson packing her bags so fast she wouldn’t know what happened. She rides roughshod over our community because she thinks she can get away with it. It seems as if her attitude is that only she knows what’s best for our students and she doesn’t need any input from parents. Our community and our students deserve better.

I have seen quite a few articles about the D.C. Public School system and Chancellor Kaya Henderson

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By George E. Curry

The End of AIDS There was a refrain that was heard in almost every speech this week at the International AIDS Conference in Washington: We are on the verge of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. That wasn’t a statement that could be made 30 years ago when the pandemic was first identified. It wasn’t a statement that would be uttered at the last International AIDS Conference I attended two years ago in Vienna.

But in the nation’s capital this week, that was all the buzz. At the opening session Sunday night, Michael Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, said: “Now I want you to close your eyes. Listen to my words. We can end AIDS…Wear a condom, end AIDS. Give money, end AIDS.” Monday morning’s opening plenary provided more of the same. The first speaker was Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy

and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. “We are on scientifically solid ground when we say we can end the HIV/AIDS pandemic,” he told the audience of scientists, researchers and policymakers from around the world.” He added this caveat: “The end of AIDS will not be accomplished, however, without a major global commitment to make it happen. We have a historic opportunity –with science on our side – to make the achievement of an AIDS-free generation a reality.”

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Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, made the same point when he followed Fauci. “Welcome to the first International AIDS Conference where we know that we can end AIDS,” he said. “Thirty-one years after the disease was discovered, right here in this country, we finally have the right combination of tools and knowledge to stop the epidemic. No, we don’t have a cure or a vaccine yet. “But David only had a slingshot, and he felled Goliath. Our

tools are far from perfect, but they are good enough to get the job done – if, and this is a big if, we use them efficiently, effectively, expeditiously, and compassionately.” The fact that scientists and policymakers are speaking of the end of AIDS, even in guarded terms, represents a major breakthrough. An International AIDS Conference fact sheet, puts the disease in perspective: “HIV/AIDS

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By Julianne Malveaux

Zimmerman Tries to Speak for God George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed Trayvon Martin, told Fox News personality Sean Hannity that the events that occurred on February 26, 2012 were “God’s will.” What a cynical manipulation of our Creator, to suggest that the massacre of an African American teenager by a crazed vigilante is the will of God. Actually, if one wants to know about God’s will, one might simply to go to the

Ten Commandments, the sixth of which is quite explicit: Thou shall not kill. George Zimmerman has proven himself to be a multiple liar. He called himself destitute while collecting tens of thousands of dollars from a website that was formed to fund his defense. A judge put him back in jail for that lie. He declined medical attention the night he killed Trayvon, and then showed up the next day with bumps on his head, but no evidence of who put them there.

This is the equivalent of a drunk driver fleeing the scene of an accident and turning himself in sober the next day. Now, Zimmerman faces a camera from an undisclosed location because he fears death threats, faking sincerity and regrets but saying that Trayvon’s death is God’s will. Trayvon Martin’s death is not God’s will but Zimmerman’s, and the will of those legislative vigilantes who have passed “Stand Your Ground” laws in many states. Trayvon’s death is the will

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of those who have peddled these vigilante laws all over the nation. Just as Zimmerman has manipulated the God’s word, he has also manipulated the truth, and he ought to be ashamed. Note that “Stand Your Ground” laws are different from the “Castle Laws” that allows residents to use force against those who unlawfully enter their property. These laws have their own downside – witness the case of a man who shot Halloween trick-or-treaters. But these laws

allow folks to shoot people (as opposed to formerly held laws where one was required to retreat) if they are in a place where a defendant is allowed to be. Using such laws, had Trayvon had a weapon he might have justifiably used it on Zimmerman, since he had the same right to be on the streets as Zimmerman. But does anyone have any doubt that if the shoe were on the other foot, Trayvon would have been

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By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

Increase Voter Enthusiasm Now

Lest we forget, the price for our right to vote was life-sacrificed, bloodsoaked, jail-filled, and tear-wrenched. As we approach the national elections on November 6, I am concerned that there is an urgent necessity to increase Black American voter registration, mobilization and overall enthusiasm. This is not the time for the apathy of pessimism or the dysfunction of cynicism. We should not wait until a few weeks or days before the elections to

understand and affirm the critical importance of ensuring the highest possible voter turnout of Black Americans across the United States. Black Americans did in fact vote throughout the nation in all age groups in an unprecedented voter turnout and Barack Obama was elected president. It was a historic victory not just for Black Americans, but also for all Americans. But historic progress oftentimes will cause an historic backlash of repression and reactionary backwardness, especially when the issues of race, politics, economics and global social transformation converge. Such

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is the case four years later as we are witnessing in real time the countless attempts to stir up old and new prejudices and stereotypes to feed the avarice and political hatred of those who want to take our nation back to the days of Jim Crow, discrimination and abject oppression. No, this is not the time to be oblivious to the well-funded tricks and mischief of rightwing sympathizers who long for a return to the days of unbridled exploitation and hopelessness. Yes, there are hard times today for millions of Black Americans and others who are facing the highest unemThe Washington Informer

ployment, housing foreclosures, disproportionate incarceration, inadequate education, and the economic crisis in too many of our families and communities. But we must not allow those who point out these persistent problems to justify a type of self-destructive “dissatisfaction” about the civic responsibility to vote as a consequence of the hardships that we may face. Cynicism is self-destructive and counterproductive. Hopelessness and apathy are not rational options. Beware of those pundits who only have something negative to say. We have more reasons to vote in November than

ever before. The systematic attempts to suppress minority votes in a growing number of states is only another indication of how important it is for us not to bystanders and onlookers while others are investing and mobilizing their resources to insure that their respective political and economic interests are protected through the outcome of the November elections. We must fight back at any attempt to suppress our vote. Going backwards cannot be contemplated. The youth and the elders

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

Pushing Children Out of School In 1642 the Massachusetts General Court passed one of the very first laws about education in what would become the United States. It ruled that because it was apparent “the good education of children is of singular behoof and benefit to any Common-wealth,” all parents and guardians were required to make sure children received “so much learning as may enable them perfectly to read the English tongue, & knowledge of

the Capital Lawes.” Educating children well enough to read and understand the laws of the community was considered so critical that local selectmen were put in charge of making sure it was done—and they would be able to tell children hadn’t been educated properly if they became “rude, stubborn & unruly.” For generations to come the power of education to develop good character and put young people on the right path remained a cornerstone of American thought about teaching our

children. But today something has changed. We still say all of the same kinds of things about the power good schools and teachers have to radically transform a child’s chances in life. We’ve now measured the connection between how much education a child receives and future success. We know the dangers of dropping out, especially for the most vulnerable children and youths who have fewer high quality schools and resources than affluent children and fewer

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positive options for spending unsupervised time away from school. Politicians and celebrities do public service ads urging children to stay in school. But as soon as a child gets in trouble, too often the very first thing schools do is to kick them out of class. A public school student receives an out-of school suspension every second and a half during the school year. I’ve never understood how it makes any sense, for example, to suspend or put a child out of school who is absent, truant, or tardy and is

not coming to school. Data released this spring by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights showed in 2009 that 6.9 percent of all students received at least one out-of-school suspension; the out-of-school suspension rate went up to 14.7 percent for Black students. We may continue to talk about education as the great equalizer, but when it comes to pushing children out of school we are failing Black

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By Fia Curley

Culture May Be Hidden Antidote in HIV Fight

After 30 years of battling the virus that causes AIDS, tactics to end the epidemic have become strategic and varied. From bus ads and billboards, to online campaigns and commercials, to the first-ever National HIV Strategy, the fight for an AIDSfree generation is officially on. Efforts on the ground have met with success as the number of deaths due to AIDS-related

causes has given way to people living longer with HIV. Despite the turnaround, many on the front line have sought ways to access communities that may be at higher risk for contracting HIV, particularly in the immigrant populations who may not see themselves as the target of HIV messages. In an effort to help health care workers make inroads into the immigrant population, the Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s National African Immigrant Project [NAIP] uses train-

ing seminars to educate health care workers on better meeting the needs of African immigrants around the topics of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. With a focus on cultural competency, each training seminar gives providers and community workers insighte into cultural practices and beliefs to enhance the care African immigrants receive in the health care setting. Valerie Bampoe, an HIV health educator for Inova Juniper Program and an immigrant from Ghana, helped organize


such an event in June just outside of Washington, D.C., hitting the max of 75 attendees almost a month in advance. The NAIP training, “Breaking the Glass,” was a daylong seminar, highlighting the cultural nuances that are needed to navigate topics of sexual health and HIV stigma with African immigrant patients in order to better meet health needs. Culturally competent trainings are a key component of the NAIP, which for the last four years has championed the train-

ing of physicians and community organizations who work with Africans to become aware of cultural differences in order to more effectively deliver prevention information to their clients and make a significant dent in HIV/AIDS rates in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. The program addresses issues such as stigma associated with HIV testing and status, culturally sensitive ways to discuss sexual health and HIV transmission, as well as the

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By Askia Muhammad

Questions Every Birther Should be Asking The American right wing is full of hypocrites. Silly hypocrites at that. They strain at a gnat, and then swallow a camel. Earlier this year the Arizona secretary of state warned that he would not permit President Barack Obama’s name to appear on that state’s 2012 ballot unless the president jumped through a series of impossible hoops with his birth certificate in hand to prove that he is indeed a citizen,

and eligible to serve as president. As recently as mid-July, an Arizona sheriff threatened to arrest the president or some such because this duly elected, Deputy-Dudley-Do-Right-cop believes the birth certificate President Obama has released to the public is a forgery. If such madness had even a kernel of truth in it, how in heaven’s name could such a conspiracy be kept a secret all these years? Someone who was in on it, would have blown the whistle by now, or at least a bunch of characters in-

volved would have begun showing up dead, like people did who were said to have been in on the inside of the Whitewater real estate scandal surrounding the presidency of Bill Clinton. But no, no Hawaiian officials who might have exposed this scam have begun showing up dead. With all those silly histrionics being played out in prime time, none of these guys have sought to look into the eligibility of former Michigan Gov. George Romney to see when he ran for president in 1968. He was born

in a polygamous Mormon colony in Mexico…yawn. No questions to be raised about that. Furthermore, and much more serious, George Romney’s son Mitt Romney has a huge credibility problem because he won’t release his income tax returns [save for one year, 2010, and the promise of 2011 to come later]. Mitt Romney claims that his experience as a capitalist is what makes him better at handling the economy and creating jobs than incumbent President Obama. The problem is that he has made

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a calculation that the embarrassment of not releasing as many as 12 years of tax returns as his father did when he ran for president cannot be as bad as the evidence to be found in them. Some of that evidence might surely reveal that he was really more involved at Bain Capital, the company he founded and ran, well beyond the 1999 date he said he departed, at the time when the company was clearly outsourcing jobs overseas, and

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Black children spend roughly 6 hours a day in front of the television. / Courtesy photo


What Your Kids Watch on TV

By Freddie Allen Special to the Informer When 6-year-old Simaya Hammonds ditched Dora the Explorer for tween-fare found on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, her mom, Tahneezia Hammonds wasn’t surprised. The precocious first-grader enjoys “Shake It Up” on the Disney Channel and “Victorious,” a show about students at a performing arts high school on Nickelodeon, is one of her favorites. “A.N.T. Farm,” a show about a group of gifted middleschoolers (A.N.T. is an acronym for “Advanced Natural Talents) attending a local high school made it into her Disney rotation. Hammonds said she watches the shows with her daughter and

offers running commentary such as when one of the “ANT’s” gets bullied by one of the high school kids. “We’ll be watching a show and I’ll say, ‘That girl’s not very nice,’ and she’ll say, ‘Yeah, I know,’” Hammonds recounted. Simaya watches one to two hours of television a day and her mother wonders if it’s too much. Simaya tunes in far less than her peers, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Black children spend nearly six hours a day in front of the television, almost 50 percent more than White children (3.5 hours). The foundation study disclosed that 84 percent of Black youth ages 8-18 had televisions in their bedrooms and 78 percent said that the TV stays on

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during meals. Only 64 percent of White children reported having televisions in their bedrooms and only 58 percent watch while they eat. “We can’t deny the fact that media has an influence when [Black children] are spending most of their time – when they’re not in school – with the television,” said Nicole Martins, a telecommunications professor at Indiana University. Martins and Kristen Harrison, a professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, authored a study that looked at children’s television viewing habits and self-esteem. The study, published in Communication Research, found that when children spend more time watching TV, they’re self-esteem The Washington Informer

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plummets. That was true for boys and girls of all races. The only group that seemed to benefit from more TV was young, White males. When it comes to characters on TV, regardless of the show, if you’re a White male, things in life are pretty good for you, Martins said in a statement. “You tend to be in positions of power, you have prestigious occupations, high education, glamorous houses, a beautiful wife, with very little portrayals of how hard you worked to get there,” she added. Bishetta Merritt associate professor and interim chair of the Radio, TV, and Film Department at Howard University, agrees. “[White males] really have strong images,” she explained.

White males showcase physical skills and courage on actionadventure shows and their intelligence and analytical skills on the CSI and NCIS franchises, Merritt said. “When they shoot, they shoot straight and they can find a fingernail on the floor and figure out whose finger it belongs to,” Merritt said. The Howard University professor lamented the scarcity of healthy role models for young women on a televised landscape overgrown with teenage moms, and trash-talking, bottle-throwing, celebrity exwives. While roles for women are often one-dimensional and focused on their looks, Black males

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Black youth are exposed to more advertising than Whites even when the amount of television they watch is factored in. The ads targeting Black children are often populated by Black athletes, musicians and celebrities and offer more positive images than what they see in the news or on prime time television shows. KIDTV continued from Page 28 are often criminalized or seen as buffoons. According to Martins, this tells young Black boys that there’s not a lot of good things to aspire to. “If we think about those kinds of messages, that’s what’s responsible for the impact,” Martins said. The negative portrayal of Black men on television often has far-reaching consequences. Research by Clifford Nass and Byron Reeves at Stanford University suggests that people often respond to others based on past cues they received from media because our interactions with computers, television, and new media have become more social and natural. Thomas Ford, a former psychology professor, at Western Michigan University, found that Whites are more likely to make negative judgments about Blacks they encounter in real life when they are exposed to negative stereotypes on television. Earlier research found that 50 percent of White children said that television is their primary source of information about Blacks. So where are the positive Black role models on television?

Surprisingly, commercials. Black youth are exposed to more advertising than Whites even when the amount of television they watch is factored in. The ads targeting Black children are often populated by Black athletes, musicians and celebrities and offer more positive images than what they see in the news or on prime time television shows. The Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity reported that Black children and teens were exposed to at least 80 percent more ads than White children, and twice as many advertisements in 2010 for the 5-hour energy drink, Vitamin Water and Sprite. “Our children are being assaulted by these drinks that are high in sugar and low in nutrition,” said Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center at Yale. “The companies are marketing them in highly aggressive ways.” This direct targeting has had a startling impact on the eating habits and health of Black children. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CD), 22.4 percent of Black children ages 6-17 were obese compared to 17.4 percent of White kids. Recently, the Walt Disney Co. announced plans for stricter food advertising rules across all

of its media platforms in an effort to curb the amount of high fat, high sugar ads children see during shows on its channels and Web sites. The new standards are slated for the company’s 2015 programming. “This is a significant advance by Disney,” Brownell said in an interview with USA Today. “With their reach and credibility, the tight nutrition standards they have set for specially designated foods will touch millions of children.” To combat the influence and the negative impact of poor TV viewing habits, Merritt suggests that more parents follow Hammonds’ example by limiting the number of hours kids spend in front of the TV screen and actively engage in discussing what they’re watching. “The parents should pick the shows that [their children] watch and talk to them about what they’re watching,” Merritt said. “You just can’t use [television] as the babysitter. Parents have to work hard, you have to channel all this energy that your children have into doing what you think is best for them.” wi The Washington Informer

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ARIES Be flexible as others present changes and new schedules for a group activity. Your easy-going attitude will allow you to reschedule appointments easily. Watch the sun rise it’ll be good for your spirits! Soul Affirmation: I release internal pressure by enjoying the beauties of the world around me. Lucky Numbers: 22, 26, 29 TAURUS Give your busy brain a rest and work your body this week. It’s a great day for physical activity that can loosen up muscles and relieve tensions. You’ll receive some practical advice from a distant relative. Soul Affirmation: Newness of outlook helps me deal with the monotonies of life Lucky Numbers: 2, 16, 33 GEMINI Family responsibilities may feel like a chore this week. If you relinquish control of the situation, a natural order will occur, and things will organize themselves. You can let people be who they are. Soul Affirmation: I call on my creative talents to pay my bills. Lucky Numbers: 5, 9, 42 CANCER A secret may be revealed in a casual conversation. Your confidence is valued and appreciated. Take it all in! There’s no returning to what has been once you realize the gift you’ve been given. Soul Affirmation: Helping others is the true measure of my worth. Lucky Numbers: 12, 13, 27 LEO A friend from the past could suddenly appear in your life. This could be a highly beneficial reunion for both of you. Let bygones be bygones, and renew this friendship. Love isn’t used up just because it’s shared. Soul Affirmation: Charm is my middle name this week. Lucky Numbers: 4, 17, 18 VIRGO Drive the speed limit this week or you could wind up with a ticket. Why rush? Serenity is available if you only stop and listen for it inside of you. Discharge your usual obligations with dignity and count your blessings. Soul Affirmation: I am guided by the joy within. Lucky Numbers: 1, 13, 49 LIBRA Justice is on your mind again this week. This may be in a cosmic sense, or you may still be speeding along trying to get a ticket. Slow down and relax your brain-energies! The universe knows how to take care of itself and of you. Trust! Soul Affirmation: Distant love is sometimes sweeter. Lucky Numbers: 8, 11, 13 SCORPIO No need for rowdiness, wild ones. You can make your point without waving your hands and arms about wildly! Speak your wisdom softly, gently this week, so that others can hear it and benefit. Soul Affirmation: I face each week with a smile and the week smiles back at me. Lucky Numbers: 22, 27, 31 SAGITTARIUS Things speed up again this week and you are in a highly creative mood. An outspoken female in your circle may illuminate a thorny question for you. You’ll be surprised and pleased by what you hear. Soul Affirmation: I look for the good in all that comes to me this week. Lucky Numbers: 25, 31, 36 CAPRICORN One of your most unique gifts is the power to change your mind. You know how to change the way you think, and it gives you great personal magnetism. This week you may be called upon to change the way you think about a person close to you. Do it. Soul Affirmation: Friendships are shock absorbers on the bumpy roads of life. Lucky Numbers: 10, 14, 22 AQUARIUS Focus intently on the personal this week. Others may seem scattered or impersonal, but it’s not about you. Keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself until others are more receptive to your good vibrations. Soul Affirmation: I master fear by knowing that all is well. Lucky Numbers: 1, 5, 39

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PISCES A personal decision is made, and you are happy for the person who makes it. This person may be younger than you, but you’ve got a karmic bond between you. Enjoy the excitement of moment, and know that faith is being kept by your very actions. Soul Affirmation: This week I forgive myself for everything that has happened. Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 10

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Griot “Hope Somewhere in America”

by Sydelle Pearl, illustrated by Astrid Sheckels c.2012, Twin Lights Publishers, Inc. $16.95 U.S. 32 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer One of your favorite things to do in the world is to color and draw. You love adding colors to a picture and using your creativity. Why can’t a pony be purple? Why not give someone blue hair? What’s wrong with drawing your Dad with a flower growing out of his head? It’s your picture, right? As long as there’s a box of crayons by your elbow, you’re a happy kid and someday, you might be a worldfamous artist. But what if there was a picture of you hanging in a museum? In the new book “Hope Somewhere in America” by Sydelle Pearl, illustrated by Astrid Sheckels, you might see what it’s like. Hope Sequoyah was born just as the Great Depression began. Her mother gave her a unique name because everybody needed hope, and because her mother wanted her to stand tall like Sequoyah trees. Five years later, Hope got another name and this is her story. It all started because her mother loved to paint. Mama had a job as a librarian, but knitting and painting were her favorite hobbies so she practiced and took classes until she could paint a canvas apple that looked good enough to eat! She was so good, in fact, that she was invited to show her paintings at an exhibit. It was a special exhibit, which called for a special painting, so Hope’s Mama decided to


ate a portrait. She asked Hope to pose with her teddy bear and that was hard. Hope had to sit for long hours and hold very still. Even a few weeks later, the painting wasn’t finished but Mama was very excited with it. She took it to show her teacher and he got very excited, too. He asked to meet the little girl with the unique name. At the studio, Mama’s teacher, Mr. Brackman, asked Hope some questions. He asked about her hair bow and her teddy bear. Then he told her he’d like to paint her picture, if that was OK. Hope liked the idea, and she liked Mr. Brackman. Staying still for him wasn’t as hard as it was for Mama, but Mr. Brackman’s painting took a lot longer. Three months later, he called his finished painting Somewhere in America which was, he said, almost like calling it Hope… “Hope Somewhere in America” is cute and colorful, charming and a little cheeky, and based fictionally on a real painting. That very interesting “extra” may lend more meaning for 5-to-8year-olds who might appreciate what’s going on in author Sydelle Pearl’s tale, especially if you can catch the real painting on tour or in the Smithsonian. As for smaller kids, I think that, while Astrid Sheckels illustrations are wonderful, this book may be a challenge for a flock of wiggly toddlers. They may like the story, but it’s longish for that age group. Still, give it a whirl and see what happens, particularly if your child loves to draw. For little artists-in-the-making, “Hope Somewhere in America” will paint a wonderful picture wi


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Eight-year-old Kayla Bell tends to plants at iThings 2 Collard Greens summer camp at the Davis Center in Northwest. /Photo Courtesy of iThings 2 Collard Greens

Idea Becomes Reality for Camp Creator iThings 2 Collard Greens Has Early Positive Impact By Elton Hayes WI Staff Writer Kathy English Holt needed to get away. Life’s rigors began to take their toll and stress weighed on her like a boulder.  An avid believer in the healing arts, she escaped to the Medissage Meditation Center in Mount Croghan, S.C. As English Holt stood on the lip of a precipice during one of her early morning walks, the sun moved slowly on the The Washington Informer

horizon and its rays reflected off the pool of water in Black Creek. At that moment, the idea became as clear to her as the Carolina blue sky. “What I saw were little girls in a circle in a clearing who were dancing, singing and talking,” recalled English Holt, 55. “… That’s when I said, ‘little girls need to be here.’” Five years have passed since English Holt’s trip to South Carolina and her dream has finally blossomed into iThings 2 Collard Greens – a six week sum-

mer camp for girls ages 5-13. The camp runs June 25-Aug. 3 and 52 young girls are currently enrolled in its unique programs. While much of an emphasis in today’s society is placed on moving toward the future,  iThings 2 Collard Greens  – which meets at the Davis Center in Northwest – boasts a curriculum that’s focused on the teachings and rich legacy of AfricanAmerican women. Campers are placed into three groups:

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GIRLS continued from Page 32 Nannie Helen Burroughs, Mary McLeod Bethune and Maggie Lena Walker, according to age, and receive a thorough introduction into the lives of and the contributions made by these pioneers. In fact, English Holt drew the inspiration for her camp from Borroughs, a prominent AfricanAmerican educator and businesswoman. “This initially started out as a dream at a one-week retreat in South Carolina,” English Holt said. “I had taken a book on Nannie Helen Burroughs and I was very inspired by her work.” English Holt is a native Washingtonian, buttered in North Carolina, as she likes to say. The charismatic mother of two lives in Northwest and has long been a student and firm believer in healing modalities and practices massage therapy as well. For six hours each day, the young girls are immersed in a number of diverse programs and activities that range from basic entrepreneurial development and etiquette to massage techniques and meditation. Gardening, public speaking and yoga and are just a few of the programs offered to campers. Despite their ages, parents said that the young girls not only enjoy the engaging activities, but also absorb and retain much

of what they learn. “I like that when you get a massage it calms you down and you are really relaxed,” said eight-yearold camper Kayla Bell, who also says she enjoys spending time in the camp’s garden. “I get to see things grow in a way that I’ve never seen them grow before.” Kayla’s mother, Marie Mills, noticed the camp’s impact on her daughter. “She has a newfound interest in massage therapy and she loves learning about any type of history so she absorbs all the information about the [African-American pioneers] and what they bring to the different classes,” said Mills, 44, who lives in Northeast. “I can see a difference in her. She’s excited to come home every day and sing the different songs that they’ve learned. She’s just learning a lot of new things.” The iThings 2 Collard Greens experience isn’t just confined to the Davis Center. Campers take trips to area museums and historic sites that have included visits to the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, the Nannie Helen Borroughs School and the National Council of Negro Women’s national headquarters. “This is probably one of the best camps that I’ve been to,” said 12-year-old camper Masai Oakes. “Every day you get to do something. I always want to come to

camp. We often go to really pretty museums and I get to see all of the art and everything that is in the museum. We get to ride there on a big bus and I think that’s really fun too.” Beatrice Davis-Williams is  a longtime friend of English Holt and the Davis Center’s current artistic director. She assisted in securing the significant grant needed from Children’s Youth Investment Trust Corporation to launch iThings 2 Collard Greens. The two have worked in tandem  over the past five years to see English Holt’s idea come to fruition and both hope that the six-week camp is just the beginning of something bigger. “We’re all excited,” said DavisWilliams, who lives in Northeast.  “We’re planning on having a wonderful time with the young people. It’s just been amazing with everybody and their interests.” English Holt said that her idea will come full circle on August 4 when she takes 10 campers back to Mount Croghan, S.C. And for her, that’s no coincidence. “Your thoughts create your reality,” English Holt said. “What you think is what you are and what you think about will manifest.”wi  For more information, visit: The Washington Informer

Singers Needed JM Community Singers A gospel group is recruiting singers ages 15 and up Music that consist of Gospel, Contemporary Gospel, Spirituals, and Anthems All voices are needed (Soprano’s, Alto’s, Tenors, and Basses). Location: Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church 2811 14th Street NE, WDC 20017 Rehearsal End Date: July 28, 2012 Time: 10:00 am-12:00pm (Near Rhode Island Ave. Metro Station) * Note: Rehearsals are scheduled only on Saturdays *Dates and Times May Change Due To Summer Schedule Contact: Brother Jason Marrow @ (301) 257-1544 Minister of Music Church Contact: (202) 832-3883

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Brandy, a popular R&B and pop artist, performed at the Howard Theatre in Northwest on Monday, July 18. /Photo by Mark Mahoney

Kicking Off the AIDS Conference

Singer Wyclef Jean leads the crowd in a dance on stage during the “Keep the Promise on HIV/AIDS” concert and rally on the grounds of the Washington Monument on Sunday, July 22. The event was sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. /Photo by Roy Lewis

Charm City’s Artscape 2012 Draws Large Crowds

Cheryl Goodman leads a dance attack Flash Mob at Artscape 2012 in Baltimore, Md., on Sunday, July 22. Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, attracts more than 350,000 over three days. Visitors and residents alike enjoy live music, arts and crafts and a veritable smorgasbord. / Photo by Shevry Lassiter

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ctm A Representative Lends a Hand

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), left, talks with Jennifer Larrabee, deputy director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland during a foreclosure prevention workshop that Edwards’ sponsored on Saturday, July 21 in Ft. Washington, Md. Larrabee’s agency provided free legal advice to Maryland homeowners. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Williams Opens Second Jamba Juice Store

American tennis pro, Venus Williams and Chief Operating Officer and President of Jamba Juice, Bruce Schroder cut the ribbon at the grand opening of her newest Jamba Juice store in Northwest on Wednesday, July 11. /Photo by Mark Mahoney

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Fans of legendary reggae performer Bob Marley have an opportunity to view his life on the big screen in new film “Marley.” / Courtesy photo

Marley Immortalized on Film By Dwight Brown Special to the Informer When we think of music icons that died tragically and way too early, Michael Jackson, John Lennon and, more recently, Whitney Houston, come to mind. But let’s not forget Bob Marley. He brought reggae music to the world, was a social activist and lived a controversial life that rivals any of the aforementioned. His legacy is on view in this thoroughly revealing documentary. Making a detailed, 145-minute, non-fiction film about the international superstar required help, and director Kevin MacDonald (“Last King of Scotland”) received the full cooperation of Marley’s son Ziggy, daughter Cedella and wife Rita. In fact, 60 people are interviewed, rare footage and photos assembled meticulously, and the result is a definitive recreation of a life that touched millions. Marley was born to an African Jamaican mother and had a White father who abandoned

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him. It left him with a yearning for acceptance that shaped his life, relationships and his music. He married a faithful woman, had several lovers and 13 children. He turned to religion, Rastafarianism, for structure. He looked up to Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie as a father figure. The vehicle that put him on the road to success and international stardom was the group he formed with Peter Tosh and Neville “Bunny” Livingston called The Wailers. When Tosh and Bunny left the group, Bob and a new band, including backup singers with his wife Rita, persevered taking the group into the stratosphere of fame with songs like “One Love” and “Could you Be Loved.” Bunny and Neville Garrick (The Wailers artistic director who stayed with Marley the rest of his career) lead the choir of friends, family and babies’ mommas who talk heartfelt and in great detail about the man who influenced their lives: Marley’s humble beginnings in the Par-

ish of St. Ann; growing up as a mixed race child who faced prejudice from black and whites; an attempted assassination; world tours; record deals; healing the political unrest in Jamaica; an untimely death at age 36. Credit is due to MacDonald for making an informative and surprisingly entertaining documentary. It’s not just the mesmerizing music, or the electrifying performances or the vivid recollections, it’s the way he and editor Dan Glendenning weaves all these parts together into a fascinating mosaic. The girth of their efforts might make this movie a tad long, but for those who endured the experience is uplifting and cathartic. You’ll walk away from this ambitious documentary longing to hear Marley’s voice again (thank heaven for iTunes) and with a deep respect for a man who was a saintly musician. 30 years after Marley has passed on to heaven and Jah, his legacy remains. wi

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Precious Lord Take My Hand


he 79th National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses [NCGCC] is coming to the District August 4-10. Plan to attend the concert hosted by the DMV Mass Choir on Monday, August 6 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Northwest at 7 p.m. The organization was founded by the late Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey. Dr. Marabeth Gentry of St. Louis, Mo., is the newly elected national president, and first woman to hold the office. The installation ceremony will be held during the convention. The entire annual session will feature activities that range from the president’s reception; awards banquet; and other receptions; praise and worship explosion; youth night musical; noon worship services; or training institute classes for the entire family; The Thomas A. Dorsey Mass Choir; The Heritage Voices; and the Soloist Bureau will provide an opportunity for singers and song writers to engage in hands-on activities. The Artelia Hutchins Training Institute will feature classes for the entire church family. Pastors, here’s your chance to involve your congregations. There’s even training for ministers as well – The Pastoral Alliance department will offer classes attended by notable ministers from across the country. If you love gospel, you’ll love this annual convention, and it will take place right here in the nation’s capital. Nationally known artists will rock the house, with special guests who include Stephen Hurd, Nor-

vis Garner, Isaiah Thomas, Stanley Thurston & The Heritage Signature Chorale. The worship leaders will be Tanya Dallas-Lewis a Stellar nominated recording artist and talk show radio host, and Pastor Shawn Bell, of Baltimore, Md. Ernest Pugh will be the featured artist for the evening. The founder, Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey once told the story of how his song, known around the world, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” came to be. Dr. Dorsey told of how he traveled across America in a 1930 Ford. He didn’t have money for train fare and was on the road when he received devastating news that rocked him to his core. While he was on the road, his wife died after delivering their first child – who also died. After burying his wife and baby, he began to feel that God had done him an injustice. He didn’t want to serve Him anymore or write any more gospel songs. “A voice spoke to me and said, ‘You are not alone,’” Dr. Dorsey recalled. In his solitude, Dr. Dorsey began to stroke the black and white keys. Something happened to him at the piano. He had a strange feeling inside; a sudden calm, a quiet stillness. As his fingers began to move across the keys, words began to fall in place and a melody, like drops of water falling from the crevice of a rock came to life. “Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand; I am tired, I am weak. I am worn. Through the storms, through the night, lead me on to the light; Take my hand, precious Lord, lead

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me home.” “Blessed Lord,” was later changed to “Precious Lord.” It turned out to be the greatest song that Dr. Dorsey ever penned. It exceeded the 200 jazz and blues songs that he had written over the course of his career. “Precious Lord” has been translated into more than 32 different languages and published in various countries. He performed and directed his song in Paris, London, Rome, Athens, Cairo, Damascus, Beirut and Jerusalem. It has been recorded by top artists who include the late Mahalia Jackson and Elvis Presley. The price for “Precious Lord” was steep; the grief; the sorrow; the loneliness; the loss; the uncertainty of the future. But God repaid him with double dividends and compound interest. The Lord blessed him with another wife, Kathryn and two fine children. We’re blessed to have the Thomas A. Dorsey National Music Convention on our home turf. He did indeed walk in his purpose during his time on earth. I encourage you to enjoy the dynamic music, sermons, liturgical dances and classes.wi

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Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

Church of Living Waters

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

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

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

Crusader Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

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

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

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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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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

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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.

July 26, 2012 - Aug. 1, 2012



Venus Williams defeated Kansas City’s Tetiana Luzhanska 5-1 during Kastles World Tennis action on Sunday, July 22 at Kastles Stadium in Southwest. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Venus Williams Replaces Serena and Helps Kastles Win

Venus Williams gives coach Murphy Jensen a hug before leaving for London to join her sister and defend their Olympic doubles title. She’s among the favorites to carry the American flag during Olympic opening ceremonies on Friday, July 27. If selected, she will be the first tennis player to do so. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Venus Williams waves goodbye to Kastles fans after replacing her sister Serena who could not play due to back problems. Williams led the Washington Kastles to an easy 25-8 win over the visiting Kansas City Explorers for their 26th straight World Team Tennis victory. “I can’t think of a more fitting place than D.C., our nation’s capital, to play my last match before representing Team USA,” Williams said. /Photo By John E. De Freitas

During Venus Williams’ game on Monday, July 16 against the Boston Lobsters, she was given her 2011 championship ring. /Courtesy photo by Robert Eubanks


Sports Photos by John De Freitas


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Washington Nationals 9, Atlanta Braves 2

sports Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman finished 3 for 5 with three RBI and two home runs as the Nationals defeated the visiting Atlanta Braves 9-2 on Sunday, July 22 at Nationals Park in Southeast. “I’ve come back and started being the player that I should be,” Zimmerman said. “The more you get healthy, and the more consistency you have in your lineup, the more runs you’re going to score.” /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler is late getting into second base on Sunday, July 22. The Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 9-2 at Nationals Park in Southeast. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper leads the way as players congratulate each other after defeating the Atlanta Braves 9-2 on Sunday, July 22. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

In honor of HIV Awareness month, Greg Ebelherr [red cap] helps display the banner during pre-game activities on Sunday, July 22 between the Nationals and the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park in Southeast. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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July 26, 2012 - Aug. 1, 2012


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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 173

Administration No. 2012 ADM 625

Administration No. 2012 ADM 647

J. H. aka Julia F. Hollifield Decedent

James Ambrose Washington Decedent

John W. Gravely Decedent

James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney

Bernadette Gartrell, Esquire Metro Plaza One, Suite 620 8401 Colesville Road Silver spring, MD 20910 Attorney

Joel L. Parker, Esquire P.O. Box 4626 Upper Marlboro, MD 20775 Attorney



Catherine E. Adams, whose address is 6200 Oregon Avenue, NW, Apt. 253, Washington, DC 20015, was appointed personal representative of the estate of J. H. aka Julia F. Hollifield, who died on January 21, 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 January 13, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 13, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Janet M. Garner, whose address is 6604 Cockerille Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 209124732, was appointed personal representative of the estate of James Ambrose Washington, who died on March 24, 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 January 12, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 12, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Brenda D. Perry, whose address is 3107 Good Hope Avenue #307, Temple Hills, MD 20748, was appointed personal representative of the estate of John W. Gravely, who died on May 16, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before January 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Date of first publication: July 19, 2012

Date of first publication: July 12, 2012

Date of first publication: July 26, 2012

Catherine E. Adams Personal Representative

Janet M. Garner Personal Representative

Brenda D. Perry 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

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

Administration No. 2012 ADM 648

Administration No. 2012 ADM 623

Administration No. 2012 ADM 654

Blondeen S. Gravely Decedent

Margaret Sheelor Decedent

Hattie Gertrude Patterson Decedent

Joel L. Parker, Esquire P.O. Box 4626 Upper Marlboro, MD 20775 Attorney

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

James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney




Brenda D. Perry, whose address is 3107 Good Hope Avenue #307, Temple Hills, MD 20748, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Blondeen S. Gravely, who died on May 28, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before January 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Curtis Sheelor, whose address is 502 Millwheel Street, Capitol heights, MD 20743, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Margaret Sheelor, who died on September 19, 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 January 12, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 12, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Jerome Patterson, whose address is 4420 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hattie Gertrude Patterson, who died on June 19, 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 January 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.


Date of first publication: July 26, 2012 Brenda D. Perry Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Date of first publication: July 12, 2012 Curtis Sheelor Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Date of first publication: July 26, 2012 Jerome Patterson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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tive to what the immigrant women she works with may or may not be saying. “It’s something we need more of,” Harris said. “A second training on this exact topic would be great because I’m sure there are a lot of things we didn’t go over … A mental health aspect to this training [would be great].” Combined with these issues is an unwillingness to talk about sex, stigma surrounding HIV and the elimination of HIV testing as part of the immigration process, which led training attendees to voice the realization that culturally competent efforts will need to drastically increase. Like all new subjects, it will take time before providers can navigate the cultural terrain, according to Dr. Emmanuel Koku, interim director of Africana Studies at Drexel University and one of the training presenters. But he stresses the importance of becoming knowledgeable and remaining hopeful. “We want providers to be culturally proficient,” Koku said. “To be able to prevent HIV within different cultures you need to be very much aware of the needs and values of the client.”wi The NAIP is a federally-funded project of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center. To learn more about the NAIP, or for more information on the training curriculum please dial 800-444-6472 or visit

smear the admirable military service record of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the 2004 Democratic Party candidate for president with what they called their “Swift boat for Truth” campaign? Why? Well, for one thing, many of these right wing zealots don’t believe in taxes to begin with. Maine Gov. Paul LaPage for example compared the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] to the Gestapo, the dreaded Nazi secret police. Then he apologized to Jewish Holocaust victims [but not to any federal workers], then he said it again. Right wingers believe the

IRS and the Federal Reserve Bank are demonic creations. So morally to these guys, someone who does not pay income taxes is a hero of sorts. And to be fair, tax “avoidance” such as would likely be revealed by release of the Romney returns is not illegal. Tax “evasion” is a crime, but multi-millionaire Romney probably paid what he legally owed, but he certainly used every tax loophole the law allows, possibly even managing to pay no taxes at all when the economy tanked in 2008-2009, despite his millions. What continues to befuddle me

is how they convince the poor, paycheck-to-paycheck, ordinary citizens that being smart like President Obama is a bad thing, but being filthy rich at other people’s expense like Gov. Romney is a good thing. The answer is because they all want to be rich with a life of ease, like Romney. Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck explained the confusion. He said America’s poor do not see themselves as exploited masses, but as “temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” Any questions? Go Romney! wi

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