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Reginald Jackson Washington, D.C. His [Vice President Biden’s] remarks are racist. They can’t turn the clock back now. You can delay the truth but you can’t postpone it. It was a racist remark. We [African Americans] are the last to be hired and the first to be fired.

David Starks Waldorf, Md. In some regards it was racially inflammatory. I think that it was a stupid statement but I’m not personally offended by it. In the heightened climate of political jousting, people don’t really think before they speak. I’m sure that he thought that it was crazy as soon as it came out of his mouth. I didn’t personally take offense to it.

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April Hill Takoma Park, Md. I don’t think that it was the smartest comment to make, but I don’t think that it will have any bearing at all [on the election]. People who support President Obama will look past the gaffe. If you’re a hardcore supporter, you’re going to back him regardless of what others may say.

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Guy Weston Silver Spring, Md. I tend to not get offended very easily. I know who Joe Biden is and that he didn’t intend any harm and I am much more offended by the people who he was referring to, than by anything that Joe Biden would ever [say]. I’m not offended at all.

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because the Times already published the advertisements in its August 13 and August 20, 2012 editions “In addition, the District responded that urgent and compelling reasons existed to continue with contract performance of the contract,” according to the response. The Washington Informer, located in Southeast, was co-founded by Calvin and Wilhelmina Rolark in October 1964 to publish positive stories about the District’s black community. In 1981, under the leadership of Wilhelmina Rolark, a D.C. Council member, a law was passed that allowed newspapers other than The Washington Post to bid for city listings of tax and unclaimed properties on the basis of being a newspaper of general circulation. As recently as September 2009, The Washington Informer published the D.C. Unclaimed Property advertisements and in June 2011, it ran the D.C. Tax Sale advertisements. In June, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s Office of Contracts issued a solicitation bid for the publication of the city’s unclaimed property listing to “a newspaper of general circulation” that is “widely distributed in the District of Columbia.” The Washington Informer, the Times and two other publications submitted bids. On July 24, the contracts office sent an e-mail to Denise Rolark Barnes stating the bid “is expected to be awarded to The Washington Times.” On July 30, Giddis e-mailed Rolark Barnes, saying that “in this solicitation, only one awardee was anticipated, and the requirement for the publication is a newspaper of general circulation.” That day, Rolark Barnes responded by e-mail stating that The Washington Informer has a general circulation and has been recognized as such by the contracts agency since 1981. On Aug. 2, Giddis responded to the publisher via e-mail saying, “The Washington Informer was found non-responsive based on the fact that the Washington Informer serves a specific ethnic group.” “It is our view that targeting a specific ethnic group does not meet the requirement of a newspaper of general circulation,” he said. Washington Informer supporters The Washington Informer

Attorney Johnny Barnes filed legal documents requesting that a stay be granted by the District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board on Monday, August 20. Johnny Barnes was joined by Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes [no relation] and supporters of the newspaper at the agency’soffice in Northwest.

vehemently disagree with Giddis. “The Washington Informer speaks for the entire community,” said Nick McCoy, a political and gay rights activist. “I generally get the newspaper on 14th and P Streets, N.W., but you can get it on Connecticut Avenue, in Bloomingdale and on Alabama Avenue in Southeast. The statement that it is not a newspaper of general circulation should be retracted.” John Zottoli, who lives in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Northwest and who is white, said he’s surprised with the board’s reasoning. “I am a faithful reader of the Informer,” said Zottoli, 66. “I pick up the Informer at the Safeway on Columbia Road. I read the newspaper for the editorial and news sections.” Zottoli said that “he was offended” by the unspoken assertion that because he is white, he does not read the Informer. Nathan Saunders, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, concurs, saying that the founders of The Washington Informer gave the newspaper its name for a reason. “Calvin and Wilhelmina Rolark did not name it The Washington Black Informer,” Saunders said. “It is designed for all of Washington. It would not have lasted this long if it were only for blacks.” Roach Brown, an activist for the District’s returning citizens, said “you cannot find the Washington Times in Ben’s Chili Bowl” and “the Washington Informer goes to federal penal facilities across the country.” Trayon White, who represents Ward 8 on the D.C. State Board of Education, said that The Washington Informer helped him get back into school when he was kicked out because he wore dreads and that “The Washing-

ton Informer stands up for the people.” “We need to support the black press,” said White, 28. Johnny Barnes offered a detailed analysis of the paper’s legal standing in this matter. The request for the stay of the Times contract is based on the fact that The Washington Informer has been a newspaper of general circulation as defined by the D.C. government since 1981; the language of Section 5 of the District law that applies to the situation “makes it clear that The Washington Informer qualifies as a newspaper of general circulation”; the decision by the contracts board’s director on the basis of The Washington Informer serving a “specific ethnic group” may be in violation of District and federal civil rights laws. The Washington Informer is a Certified Business Enterprise in the District and has priority in contracts whereas the Times is not; The Washington Informer has deep roots in the District and the demands for an automatic stay for discovery and a hearing have not been addressed. Johnny Barnes added that the basis of awarding the contract is flawed. “None can argue that anecdotally the likely subscribers to the Washington Times are conservative and Republican – the anecdotal opposite of the population of the District of Columbia, which is overwhelmingly Democratic and progressive,” he said. “If The Washington Informer can be disqualified because it appeals to a specific ethnic group, a similar disqualification can be leveled against the Washington Times, which some might subjectively argue appeals only to a certain ideological group. In truth and objectively, neither newspaper should be disqualified for such a reason, not permitted by law.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com


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Amid Supporters’ Celebration, Opponents Vow to Fight By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Now that the state legislature has approved expansion of gaming in Maryland, it’s up to the voting public to have the final say. On November 6, Election Day, Maryland voters will determine if live table games such as poker and roulette will be played in casinos statewide and if Prince George’s County will be the site of the state’s sixth casino. Turnout is expected to be heavy as voters nationwide chose which presidential candidate will occupy the White House for the next four years. Maryland legislators decided to turn the gambling matter over to the public last week with approval in the House and Senate of changes to gaming that include allowing casinos to stay open around the clock, offer live table games and opening the door to a sixth casino site in Prince George’s County. The House 71-58 vote came late on August 14 during the second special session of 2012, with the 32-14 Senate vote following about 30 minutes later at 12:15 a.m. on August 15. Gov. Martin O’Malley wasted no time and signed the measure hours later. However, the votes did not The Washington Informer

come without a tremendous amount of negotiation and concessions. Among the concessions, allowing the owners of the recently opened Maryland Live! Casino and a casino planned in Baltimore to keep more of their revenue. “We’ve been able to come together, during this special session, to create a comprehensive solution to a number of outstanding issues facing Maryland’s gaming industry,” said O’Malley during the signing ceremony just hours after the bill passed. “All of us know very, very well how divisive this issue has been for us. But this bill incorporates suggestions from the General Assembly, and it’s a fair compromise to put forth to Marylanders in a November referendum.” The governor cited thousands of new construction jobs, 2,300 additional permanent jobs and $200 million a year going to the State Education Trust Fund as the reasons for supporting gaming expansion at this time. O’Malley also said that if voters approved a sixth casino site, the development will come about from a “competitive, transparent, and locally controlled bidding process – a process which will determine where, within the county, the new site will be located.”

The governor’s comment about the development process did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm of MGM Resorts International officials who have made numerous trips to Prince George’s County and Annapolis, stating their interest in developing a casino at National Harbor. “MGM Resorts wants to be a part of this community,” according to a statement from the Las Vegas-based company. “We are fully prepared to compete for that opportunity. As we enter this referendum phase, we look forward to meeting more Marylanders to detail our company’s vision for a destination resort at National Harbor.” The Peterson Companies, developer of National Harbor, and MGM Resorts International have reached an agreement on developing a destination resort casino at National Harbor if voters approve the addition of a sixth casino. “We believe the package they have adopted will make Maryland’s gaming program competitive to surrounding states and attractive to visitors from Virginia and Washington, D.C.,” said Milt Peterson, principal and chairman of the Peterson Companies. Representatives of The Cord-

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Prince George’s County D.C. Public Schools educator Alvin Crawley was chosen by the Prince George’s Board of Education as its interim superintendent. /Courtesy Photo

D.C. Educator Chosen as Interim Head of Prince George’s County Schools By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer The Prince George’s County Board of Education has selected a veteran educator from the District of Columbia to run the school system for the next year until a permanent superintendant is hired. Alvin Crawley, deputy chief of programming in the District of Columbia Public Schools Office of Special Education, will serve as interim superintendent beginning September 4. Crawley, who has been an educator for 32 years, held seniorlevel administrative positions in Arlington, Chicago and Boston public schools. “Dr. Crawley will help to provide stability for our staff, students and families as we search for our next Superintendent of Schools,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs, chair of the Prince

George’s County Public Schools Board of Education. “We are confident that his leadership, experience with business operations and policy development, and commitment to narrowing the achievement gap will serve the Prince George’s County Public Schools [PGCPS] community exceptionally well.” Crawley joins PGCPS four weeks before the official departure of Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., who resigned to lead the public school system in Philadelphia. “I am excited to lead Prince George’s County Public Schools at this critical time,” said Crawley. “The school system has made significant academic strides in recent years and I look forward to helping students and teachers continue on that path. I will work with the Board of Education over the next few weeks to address immediate challenges

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and enhance successful programs and services.” Crawley is a co-author of Gaining on the Gap: Changing Hearts, Minds and Practice, which details efforts by parents and staff in Arlington Public Schools to eliminate the achievement gap between low-income students, students of color and their peers. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication disorders/education from Hampton University, master’s degree in speech and language pathology from Northeastern University, and doctorate in education with a focus on instructional leadership and administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Crawley is expected to assist PGCPS officials in assessing the school system’s five priority ar-

eas: high student achievement, highly-effective teaching, safe and supportive schools, strong community partnerships and effective and efficient operations. Crawley, who will work with Hite, also will be assisted by two PGCPS veterans Duane Arbogast and Monica Goldson. The board appointed Arbogast acting deputy superintendent and Goldson acting chief operating officer. Arbogast previously served as the school system’s chief academic officer. Goldson supervised 22 high schools and 140 administrators in her previous role as assistant superintendent of the High School Consortium. “I am very pleased that the board has selected me to serve the school system in this wonderful new capacity,” said Ar-

bogast. “I will use my strength in academic affairs to keep our schools on the path of high achievement.” The Board of Education is holding countywide forums about the superintendent search process and has invited parents, principals and community members to attend. Two forums have been held in Capitol Heights and Bowie. The final “Moving Forward Forum” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on August 30 at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. “Now that we have completed the first steps of this search process, my colleagues on the board and I look forward to discussing the next steps with the community,” said Jacobs. wi

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Solutions Sought to Prince George’s Obesity Problem By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer With a new school year about to start, the head of the Prince George’s County Health Department encourages parents to focus not just on the three R’s – reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic but also on nutrition and exercise. Pamela B. Creekmur, health officer for the county, said obesity in children remains a growing problem and that 16 percent of children in the county described themselves as obese in a 2008 survey. “With over 71 percent of our county restaurants being identified as ‘fast-food’ facilities, it’s a big challenge to help our children adopt healthy food selection and healthy eating habits,” said Creekmur, 52. “There is no simple solution to childhood obesity, but we can help by making healthy choices easier for our children to make.” She suggests parents advocate for the inclusion of healthier food items in school vending machines and encourage children to get involved in after-school sports or

Creekmur Supports President’s Health Care Reform “I did not realize how important this was for me personally,” said Pamela B. Creekmur, health officer for the Prince George’s County Health Department of President Barack Obama’s health care reform efforts. “This was a dream of mine forever. I never understood, even as a child, why we don’t have health care [for everyone]. It’s absolutely amazing and long overdue.” When the president signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, Creekmur was ecstatic. It happened to be her birthday. “I did not realize how deeply I held my breath for this. It’s wonderful.”

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other physical activities instead of sedentary activities such as playing computer games or watching television. Creekmur said she’s very concerned because “obese children are more likely to become obese adults and adult obesity is associated with a number of serious preventable health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.” Heart disease, cancer, hypertension, and diabetes are among the 10 leading causes of death for Prince George’s County residents. However, youth aren’t the only ones whose obesity statistics concern Creekmur. “The percentage of overweight or obese [adult] county residents is among the highest in the state,” she said. According to 2011Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data [BRFSS], 71.5 percent of adults in Prince George’s County reported being overweight or obese, as compared to 69 percent in 2007. The 2011 BRFSS data also indicates that only 21.6 percent of county adults reported being at a healthy weight, a decrease from 28.6 percent [2008-2010 average]. “The problem is related to poor access to healthy foods [for example, inadequate consumption of fruit and vegetables], and low levels of physical activity,” Creekmur said. It also indicates an increase in the percentage of people who reported that they didn’t meet the Healthy People 2010 [a national effort to improve the health of Americans in 10-year increments] objective for moderate or vigorous physical activity, from 56.5 percent in 2009 to 62 percent in 2010. According to the United States Department of Agriculture [USDA], the percentage of census tracts in the county with food deserts stands at 13.6 percent, compared to 5.8 percent for Maryland and 10 percent for the nation. Creekmur said the USDA defines a food desert as a low-income census tract where a substantial number of residents have limited access to a supermarket or large grocery store. As for what’s being done to address the obesity issue in the county, Creekmur outlined five

Pamela B. Creekmur, health officer for Prince George’s County, said there’s no simple solution to fighting obesity. /Photo courtesy of Prince George’s County

programs and initiatives that include the County’s Health Improvement Plan [CHIP] for 20112014, in which chronic disease

prevention is a major priority. The newly formed Prince George’s County Healthcare Action Coalition was recently awarded several

state grants that focus on helping people with chronic conditions to better manage their health conditions, and promoting the adoption of local policies that would require selected restaurants to provide nutrition information on labels for their in-store menu items. Another health department effort is a pilot project called “Healthy Heights,” through which a vegetable and fruit garden was started at District Heights Elementary School. Creekmur said more needs to be done, citing the promotion of local policy, systems and environmental changes that would reduce the incidence of chronic disease as well as helping individuals who have conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes better manage their health. “Increasing access to healthier foods and improving the physical environment as a way to encourage greater physical activity among county residents are two key priorities for us this year,” she said. wi

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Benning Terrace Program Changes Hearts, Attitudes By Elton Hayes WI Staff Writer A smile didn’t always come easily for Tre’ona Kelty. A series of unspeakable childhood events wreaked enough havoc on the little girl’s confidence to make her question life and contemplate taking her own to escape the trauma. By the age of nine, the years of sexual, physical and emotional abuse caused her to develop bleeding stomach ulcers. She popped one of the pills prescribed by a doctor into her mouth, deliberately chewed the tablet, and disregarded the label’s warning that it could prove fatal. She intended to end her life and stop the pain. Luckily, for a group of women who live in the Benning Terrace Apartments in Southeast, it didn’t.

Kelty, 29, survived nearly two decades of abuse, and in 2008 she founded Beautiful U Yes U – a non-profit organization that provides support and encouragement to women who have suffered various forms of abuse. “I thought of the organization Beautiful U and how it could help women, but I couldn’t do anything because I was still in an abusive relationship and I didn’t love myself,” said Kelty. “How could I help someone else if I didn’t help myself ?” She’s put the past behind her and now helps others recognize their value. Family members, friends and supporters gathered at the Benning Terrace Community Center in Southeast last Saturday, August 11, to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of 17 women who graduated from

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Tre’ona Kelty (left), and D.C. Housing Authority Executive Director Adrianne Todman beam after the Women Embracing and Loving Life [W.E.L.L.] graduation ceremony on Saturday, August 11 at the Benning Terrace Community Center in Southeast. /Photo courtesy of Beautiful U Yes U

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zling smile, as she addressed the graduates. The women, ages 2260, donned black-and-pink and white-and-pink T-shirts, faced their mentor and basked in the moment. The two-hour ceremony showcased the program and the women’s unique talents. In between remarks from a handful of speakers who included Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander and D.C. Housing Authority Executive Director Adrianne Todman, the graduates performed three different dance routines. Before the music started, seven women kicked off their shoes, formed a line and sashayed to the front of the room. They appeared tense during their first two numbers but settled into a rhythm for their spirited final performance that drew loud cheers and applause from the audience. But perhaps the highlight of the ceremony came when each woman stood and presented a vision board, chock full of photos, quotes and inspirational phrases that represented her idea of beauty. The mood changed from lighthearted to somber once the women started to talk about their personal struggles and past hardships. Each took a moment to acknowledge Kelty and the W.E.L.L. program. “What this class has taught me is that you can overcome any adversity,” said Saundra Morris, 47. “I was a person who didn’t think that I was beautiful. I always had negative things said about me and you tend to believe those things. I used to selfmedicate because of the pain. This program has taught me to

trust in God, trust in others and most of all, to believe in myself. I learned today how to stand and not fall.” The eyes of friends and family members began to well up with tears as the women poured their hearts out. While each story varied, an underlying theme of pain coursed throughout each of their personal accounts. And some graduates said that mustering the courage to show up on the first day of the program caused them angst. “When I was asked to come, I thought that a bunch of females are not going to get it, there’s always something [chaotic] going on” said Edith Floyd, 49. “But as I’ve been in the program, I’ve learned that there’s a lot of love, unity and everybody can talk their problems out. I can really say that there’s a happiness that you feel when we’re all working together. I love it.” The changes in attitude aren’t just apparent to Kelty, but to the many family members who have witnessed the transformations. Morris’ daughter, Dominique Jean-Baptiste said that the program has had a positive impact on her mother, with whom she didn’t always have the most amicable relationship. “I’m happy for her, I’ve noticed a change in her in the past couple of months,” said JeanBaptiste, 23. “We always had some type of tension growing up. But I can see that she’s more motherly, happy and excited. I can talk to her now and it’s made us closer. I really do appreciate [Ms. Kelty] bringing this program here.” Although Kelty can’t erase the horrible memories of the past, she can assure others that despite how isolated they may feel or how dismal their situation appears, they too, can overcome anything if they believe in themselves. “The inspiration and the foundation is to teach them that they’re beautiful, and about their worth,” Kelty said. “We can’t do anything else until they know their worth and then we can build from there.” wi For more information about Beautiful U Yes U, visit www.beautifuluyesu. com or call 202-413-4083. www.washingtoninformer.com


GAMING continued from Page 10 ish Companies, developers of Maryland Live! Casino, have been outspoken about their opposition to a sixth casino. However following the legislature’s decision to approve gaming expansion, Joe Weinberg of The Cordish Companies, offered his comments: “Maryland Live! is, and will continue to be, the premier casino entertainment destination in the region.” Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III said he was glad the matter was now in voters’ hands. “It is important because the expansion of gaming into Prince George’s County is about the thousands of new jobs, millions of dollars in revenue to the state and county, and growing the travel and tourism industry in Prince George’s County,” said Baker. Prior to the General Assembly vote, representatives from

the state’s labor organizations joined minority business owners from Prince George’s County on August 14 in front of the State House calling on the legislative body to approve a casino site in Prince George’s County. “The AFL-CIO wants good jobs in Maryland,” said Donna S. Edwards, secretary-treasurer of the Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO. “This is the one bill that we see that will create thousands of jobs for construction workers and service employees. We support this strongly.” However, not everyone is pleased with the expansion of gaming in Maryland. The Rev. Jonathan Weaver, national president of the Collective Empowerment Group, an organization that represents 125 churches in Prince George’s County, said he and the group’s members are “vehemently opposed” to bringing a new casino to the county and increasing opportunities for people to gamble. “We now are totally prepared

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Just who are “We the People”? Lincoln’s words, included in the Gettysburg Address, “…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” take on an esoteric meaning as we look at today’s political situation. A brief look at politics will show anyone with an ounce of sense that “we the people” have not, do not, and will not run the U.S. government. The silly name-calling among politicians, the bought-and-paid-for members of Congress, the lack of progress on anything related to our economy, the absolute lack of concern for the poor, the elderly and veterans, the kowtowing to Wall Street puppet masters, and the total aloofness of those whom “we the people” sent to Washington are blatant examples of how screwed up our political system has become. Just who was Lincoln referring to when he spoke his famous line about “the people”? One thing we know for sure is that he was not talking about Black folks, and I would venture to guess he was not talking about poor White folks, either. And that whole thing about the government being of, for, and by “the people” is in no way applicable to us, which leads to the logical conclusion that “we the people” must mean those who have the most money. So where does that put Black people when it comes to the current economic state of this country and its future? What does it say about our political clout? Do “we, the Black people” and “we, the poor people” have a dog in the hunt as regards economic security, political influence, and/or power? Can you wrap your mind around $2 billion being spent by the two presidential candidates for the right to occupy the White House for the next four years? How about the billions of dollars in bailouts for banks and investment firms that are deemed “too big to fail”? How many of you have attended one of those $20,000 per plate political fundraisers? When I think about the fact that the bank bailout fund earmarked $50 billion for those whose mortgages were underwater, yet only $4 billion was used for that purpose, I cannot help but think that we are being played. But what else is new? As a result of the bailout, the “too big to fail” banks are now even bigger; if one of them fails now its sheer size will drag the entire economy down the drain with it.

By James Clingman Maybe that’s why the Department of Justice has not prosecuted Goldman Sachs. Banks can now do whatever they want to “we the people.” At the end of the day, all of the vitriol, sarcasm, and lying back and forth will result in more millionaire politicians holding on to their money and making every effort to cut into yours. We will see no relief prior to the election because the two parties are squabbling and posturing for votes and dollars right now. There will be no solution to unemployment, the housing market, tight lending policies, Medicare, the national debt and deficit, and all the other fiscal ailments that have beset us, simply because the folks we sent to Congress are more interested in keeping their jobs and all the accoutrements thereof. Meanwhile, Black men are incarcerated at an unprecedented rate; they are shooting themselves in the head with guns that were undetected during two searches, all with their hands cuffed behind their backs; they are still being shot (30 times, or was it 46 times?) by six police officers in Saginaw, Michigan, for cursing and holding a knife. I suppose they shot him because they didn’t want him to hurt the police dog they threatened to let loose on him. I don’t claim to know much, but one thing I am certain of is that politicians, no matter what stripe, are not going to do anything about the conditions we, the Black people, face. I believe it was Marcus Garvey who said, “All the shoes have been shined and all the cotton has been picked.” He went on to suggest that Black people were no longer needed by White folks, therefore, if we did not change our ways when it came to business development we would indeed become obsolete. No matter how you look at it you cannot deny that our system of government is broken. A stranger might ask, “Why would you keep putting the same people back in office, especially considering how they treat you when they get elected?” Good question, isn’t it? So I ask again: Just who are “we the people”? Another thing I know for sure is that, it sure ain’t us. wi www.washingtoninformer.com


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er success at the London 2012 Olympics has made Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas and her mother, Natalie Hawkins, famous. With so much talk about her hair and mother’s financial situation Gabrielle and Natalie were undoubtedly the most talked about athlete and family of the 2012 competition. From those who made fun of her hair, to those who are unhappy with her nickname; past weeks have proven to be “trying times” for the mother and daughter team from Virginia Beach.  Gabby’s achievements in London were marred stateside by African-American women who called her hair “unkempt” and “embarrassing.” There’s buzz that the nickname: “The Flying Squirrel” doesn’t do the agile gymnast

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By William Reed justice and needs an upgrade to something more elegant. There’s talk is of “coach poaching” on the part of Liang Chow to whom Natalie asked to train Gabby after she cleaned out her daughter’s locker at Excalibur  Gymnastics to move her daughter to Iowa – where she trained under Chow who owned a gym in Des Moines. Gabby stayed with a host family, the Partons, who have four daughters. In spite of the “Atlanta Housewives” crowd and all their divisiveness, Gabby Douglas is well-positioned to become an international superstar.  As the

first African American ever to win the team gold and the allaround gold, Gabby is in a league of her own.  The petite 16-yearold is a multicultural marketing dream.  Gabby is the perfect endorser for family-orientated products and brands with middleAmerican values.  Over the years she’s expected to earn as much as $10 million in endorsements.  As an Olympic gold medalist, Gabby could earn $1 to $3 million from sponsors.  Right now, her sponsors are Procter & Gamble and the Kellogg Company.  Gabby and her “Fab 5” gymnastics teammates will make a base salary of more than $100,000 each for participating in the 40-city Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. For Gabby and mother Natalie, a lesson is being learned: life under the spotlight illuminates all things – the personal and private alike.  Gabby was born into the military family of Timothy Douglas and Natalie Hawkins, December 31, 1995 in Virginia Beach, Va.  She has three siblings: one brother [Jonathan] and two sisters [Arielle and Joyelle].  Gab-

by began training in gymnastics at age six when her older sister, Arielle, convinced their mother to enroll her in gymnastics classes. Gabby trained under the supervision of Coach Dena Walker at Excalibur Gymnastics in Virginia Beach. At age 8, Gabby won the all-around gymnastics title at the 2004 Virginia State Championships. But these days, Walker has “a bee in her bonnet” claiming that Gabby was “hijacked” from Excalibur while she was attending a wedding in Maine. At age 14, Gabby moved to Des Moines, to live with the host family and train under world champion Coach Chow.  Gabby was home schooled by the Partons. The impetus for Gabby’s move to Iowa took place in 2008 when Walker invited Chow to teach a clinic at her gym. Gabby was impressed when Chow was able to teach her how to perform the “Amanar vault” in a single afternoon.  Chow is getting accolades for transforming an unknown gymnast into an Olympian in 20 months.  In “the hair controversy” the people Gabby’s mom has the

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most scorn for are “AfricanAmerican women who … attacked her.” However, it’s not as if Natalie has exposed Gabby to Madam C.J. Walker hair products over the years. Hawkins’ little girl lives in Iowa with a white host family, Hawkins says “who don’t know anything about taking care of Black hair … there [are] no Black salons in Iowa … We had to work hard to find a stylist to come and do her hair.” Madam C.J. Walker would be proud to have Gabby and her mom as endorsers.  They make a line of “natural” hair products.  The American Health and Beauty Aids Institute [AHBAI] is an association representing Black-owned companies that manufacture ethnic hair care and beauty-related products, of which Madam C.J. Walker is affiliated. Right through here, Gabby could give AHBAI companies a boost. Perhaps AHBAI members should give Gabby and Natalie a “girl can we talk?” call. wi (William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via the Bailey Group.org)

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School, Health Officials Focus on Immunizations By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Students attending public schools in the District return to classes on August 27, and with many parents opting out of vaccinations, school and health officials are hard-pressed to drive home the importance of the shots. However, while Najma Roberts, spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Health, noted that all District of Columbia Public School [DCPS] students must show proof of immunizations, she said her agency has partnered with DCPS to provide vaccinations free of charge. “We are committed to getting the word out,” said Roberts. “Oftentimes, parents have their reasons for not wanting their children vaccinated – but the shots are for the children’s well-being.” Roberts said that in order to ensure more students are immunized, school nurses are also able to administer shots which help eliminate infectious

diseases such as measles, varicella [chicken pox] and diphtheria. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have student vaccination requirements. In the District, all students – whether they attend public, charter or private schools – are required to be vaccinated for chicken pox. District law also mandates that children four years of age or younger, have the pneumococcal and Hepatitis A vaccines. Students in grades six through 12 need the meningococcal vaccine as well as the Tdap booster if five years have passed since their last dosage. Female students entering the sixth-grade should be vaccinated for the Human Papillomavirus Virus [HPV]. But parents can also choose to opt-out of HPV. The Children’s National Medical Center in Northwest defines a vaccine as a dose of a dead or weakened version of a disease, which allows the body to generate antibodies to protect the child from future exposure. It also notes on its website that while children should receive the

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The D.C. Department of Health in conjunction with the city’s public schools offers vaccines free of charge through its “Vaccines for Children” program. Vaccines are being administered at Anacostia, Ballou, Woodrow Wilson and Calvin Coolidge senior high schools. For more information, contact the schools directly. Vaccines are also being provided free of charge at the D.C. Immunization Clinic, 6323 Georgia Avenue in Northwest, for under-insured and non-insured children. For information call 202-576-9325. majority of vaccinations by age two, vaccines have generated some controversy over safety, although no convincing evidence of harm has been found. According to studies con-

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cal insurance,” said Saunders. have expressed little concern be“In fact, a majority of the public ing among students who haven’t schools offer vaccinations. All been immunized. “That hasn’t been a major isstudents need to do is to get a permission slip signed by their sue – it may have popped up one parents to give the school nurse.” or two times, but it hasn’t been a T:7.562” systematic situation,” he said. wi Saunders added that teachers

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concern about their young children developing autism, allergic reactions, religious and philosophical beliefs or the existence of medical conditions related to the use of vaccines. Christine Easterling, 72, is a retired DCPS educator who worked as both a teacher and principal for 30 years. She said that although some parents’ fears are legitimate, that overall, it’s important for students to be immunized. She said that it’s because a child could be carrying a disease that could quickly spread throughout a school building. “Some parents just don’t realize how important it is to get the shots and the diseases their children could come up with, especially if it’s a large school,” said Easterling, who retired 10 years ago. “As kids are going up and down the steps, they’re all touching the same railing. They go to the cafeteria and they sit at the same table. They go to the restroom and they’re touching the door handles – giving germs and diseases ample opportunity to spread within large populations.” Easterling said that during her tenure, school staff tended to check immunizations “very, very carefully,” and that the system would give parents just so many days to get the records in, or their children were not allowed to attend classes. “The school nurses were very particular about that and so were the counselors,” Easterling said. “I think we should continue to be very strict and very concerned, because now that we have so many people among us from other countries, we never know what kind of diseases our children are being subjected to.” Meanwhile, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children across the country, and that if children contract diseases that could be prevented with vaccinations, the diseases can not only be serious enough to require hospitalization – they could also be deadly – particularly in infants and young children. DCPS was contacted for comment, but did not respond by Washington Informer press time. However, Nathan Saunders, 46, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, said school officials normally allow

parents a certain amount of time after the school year begins to have their children immunized. He also mentioned that school nurses are on hand to give shots. “That’s a good thing because a lot of students don’t have medi-

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Vocational Program Honors Youth Who Exceeded Expectations By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer In 2005, Toyota Motor Corp., entered a partnership with District of Columbia Public Schools [DCPS], awarding a 10-year, $1.5 million grant to refurbish Ballou Senior High School’s Automotive Technology Center. The grant would further enable the center to equip students poised for vocational careers with paid internships as well as a guarantee that when they graduated, they could receive college scholarships and jobs that paid well above $10 an hour. A gala luncheon for 21 students enrolled in the program was held recently at Busboys and Poets on 14th Street in Northwest. Attended by proud parents and community supporters, the

event feted students who completed a seven-week summer study program, and who will be placed as interns during the school year at automobile dealerships throughout the D.C. area. “We serve about 70 students each year from District high schools, providing them not only with automotive technology training, but life skills to help them envision productive lives outside of Southeast,” said program coordinator Barbara Skinner, who serves as the District representative for Toyota. “As a result, we have at least five kids going to college this fall from an area that’s been written off as a total failure.” Skinner complimented the honorees, who dressed for the Friday, August 10 occasion in attire befitting young ladies and gentlemen, for rising above ex-

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program,” said Butler. “Then, after DARCARS became successful, it looked like other dealerships wanted to join in.” Butler said the program’s primary aim has been to get jobs in the automotive field for youth who wouldn’t otherwise be employable, largely because of where they live. “When they walk into dealerships and say they live in zip code 20032, a lot of kids feel they don’t have a chance,” Butler said. “But Toyota has kind of knocked down that barrier.” Tammy Darvish, 48, vice president of DARCARS Automotive Group in Lanham, Md., added that in addition to keeping students off of the streets, the program keeps them busy all summer. It also provides youth who don’t want to go to college, “a high level of vocational training” that makes them readily employable. “Our kids are happy and engaged in their learning,” Darvish said. “As a dealer, I’m always looking for a good technician . . . We have such a shortage of technicians across the country, that if I were given 100 to work right here in D.C., I would hire them all.”wi

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Fight for What’s Right The District of Columbia Office of Contracts got it wrong when it denied advertising to The Washington Informer for a reason based on ethnicity. At least that’s what we strongly believe, and, that’s why Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes moved forward last week to challenge the agency’s decision by filing a Notice of Protest with the D.C. Contract Appeals Board [CAB] which hears contractual disputes and protests from bidders involving the District and its contracting communities. The Washington Informer, along with four other local newspapers, responded to a bid solicitation from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s Office of Contracts for the publication of the city’s unclaimed properties advertisement. This pull-out supplement provides a list of unclaimed property that “consists of money and other personal assets that are considered lost or abandoned when an owner cannot be located after a specified period of time.” It includes: checking accounts, certificates of deposit, customer deposits and over-payments, gift certificates, paid-up life insurance policies, unpaid wages, commissions, uncashed checks, death benefits, dividends, insurance payments, money orders, refunds, savings accounts, stocks, and proceeds of safe deposit box auctions. The District of Columbia is required by law to reach the property owners to help them to claim their assets. If no one steps forward within one year, the law allows the mayor to sell the property to the highest bidder with the proceeds to be deposited in the D.C. General Fund. This listing must be published in “a newspaper of general circulation.” The Washington Informer, whose editorial coverage focuses primarily on the African-American community, is one of several local newspapers that have published this listing over the past 20-plus years. And The Washington Informer has been recognized as “a general circulation newspaper” by WMATA, D.C. Superior Court, Washington Airports Authority and the D.C. Office of Contracts, that is until this decision. Why a determination based on ethnicity was allowed to be used to disqualify The Washington Informer from consideration regarding the publication of this listing is our question of the Office of Contracts and Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi. Is this a signal that race and ethnicity are factors that this government will use in order to determine who it will do business with? If the Office of Contracts must adhere to the District’s human rights laws, we believe they have made a dreadful mistake. The D.C. Office of Human Rights prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, family responsibilities, disability, familial status, matriculation, marital status, source of income, place of residence or business, and status as a victim of an intra-family offense. We have no problems with a fair and equitable bidding process that yields to the lowest bidder, and, in this case the winner was The Washington Times. We encourage our readers to peruse the listing for any property

A Source of Pride in the Neighborhood

Fantastic article by Elton Hayes, “Inside The Gates, Barry Farm Basketball Courts are a National Treasure,” August 16, 2012. I was so glad to see it in your paper; this spot has been jumping in Southeast for years. I mean, we were doing it even before all of the upgrades and national coverage. Barry Farm is a special place for a lot of people and the Goodman League has always been a source of pride for those in and around the area. Just like The Informer, the Goodman League offers and highlights some of the positive aspects of Southeast Washington. Thanks for the article and thanks, Goodman League for another summer filled with fantastic hoop dreams. Bobby Dean Washington, D.C.

that might be yours to claim. [You can also search the listing at http://cfo. washingtondc.gov/]. But we are outraged by the deafening silence of this administration, from Mayor Vincent Gray to the members of the D.C. City Council. The Washington Informer’s pockets are not deep enough for a protract-

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It was with great sadness that I read the front-page article in your August 16 issue, “St. Matthews Baptist Church Moves to Prince George’s County,” by Sam Collins. The city is losing an historic 100-year-old congregation because of newly imposed parking restrictions in favor of new residents in the church’s neighborhood. I agree with the Rev. Washington when he says that the current administration, including the City Council, is unfriendly to the faith community, because District officials are allowing this disturbing trend in church communities across the city. I am a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, which is in the Shaw neighborhood, and is very close to the Mount Vernon Square area, one of the hottest new development areas in town. In disbelief, we recently saw signs placed directly across the street from our church, prohibiting us from parking there at any time on any day of the week, except for 12 midnight to 7 a.m. (Is somebody trying to be funny?) We have heard that more signs are coming soon to adjacent streets, eventually squeezing

us out of all parking. Shiloh is a vibrant, dynamic congregation with many, many community outreach programs that are in operation seven days a week. We also have choir rehearsals, Bible classes, and mid-week services that are heavily attended. We recognize that parking is tight when gentrification brings new residents to a community, but surely those new residents, when checking out their potential new homes, must have noticed the churches that have been there for decades. This is the 21st century – churches are no longer Sunday-only institutions. In D.C., the new attitude seems to be, “We’re in your neighborhood now; you have to abide by our rules, even if your church was here long before we arrived.” Shame on the city officials who are condoning this attitude and looking the other way while historic congregations are forced to abandon their beloved sanctuaries. Tanyna Saxton Washington, D.C.

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By Kelley Williams-Bolar

I am a ‘Criminal’ because I Wanted a Good Education for my Girls As a parent, what lengths would you take to ensure that your child had an opportunity to achieve the American Dream? If you love your child as much as I love my two daughters, the limits to your sacrifice are endless. Marian Wright Edelman once said, “Education is a precondition to survival in America today.” I believe this to be true. Despite my family’s socio-eco-

nomic status, I knew that a quality education would blaze a trail to a better life for my daughters and allow them to reach their God-given potential. I am an ex-felon. However, I did not burglarize or assault anyone. I did not rape or steal. I was convicted for falsifying records about my residency so that my daughters could attend a safer, higher-performing suburban school. Sadly, wanting the best for my children earned me nine days in prison, 80 hours of community

service, and two years of probation. Each night I spent in my jail cell, I prayed for my daughters and spent countless hours thinking about other parents and guardians like me. Parents that were helpless – recognizing that their child deserved a better education than what was being provided, but no rational options to attain it. I thought about families like mine, who did not have room in their tight budgets to pay for private education, nor afford the high property values

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of suburban districts. What are they to do? My nightmare was further evidence that education is the civil rights issue of our generation. And, like most rights, our country’s most vulnerable communities are left behind. In an effort to help families avoid the fate that befell to me, I founded the Ohio Parents Union, an organization tasked with empowering parents throughout the state and providing families with resources to effectively advocate for the

rights of their children. No longer should parents with children trapped in failing schools be left without rational options. One of the solutions my organization strongly supports to aid this issue is a parent trigger. Parent trigger allows a majority of parents to mobilize together and sign a petition to turn around a persistently lowachieving public school. In addition, it provides families with leverage where they otherwise do

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By Julianne Malveaux

Marching for the Sake of Marching Every time I see a march or rally, I think of the rally of all rallies – the 1963 March on Washington. Forty-nine years later, there is nothing that equals that march in results. These days folks march to make a point, but back in the day, we marched to get legislative action. Shortly after the March on Washington, both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were passed. I challenge

anyone to tell me what other marches or rallies have yielded. They’ve made a point, and galvanized people, yet they had no direct or immediate results. I am thinking, in some ways, of the Occupy Movement, a self-admittedly leaderless group that has brought attention to corporate greed and growing wealth gap in our nation. In many ways Occupy has been extremely effective in making a point, but the point has been lost with their many skirmishes with

law enforcement officers, with the condition of the camps they set up, and with the vagueness of their demands. It is specious and ineffective to call for the collapse of capitalism, as desirable as they feel such a goal might be. Instead, the Occupy folks might agitate for tax reform that is redistributive, favoring the poor and middle class instead of the wealthy. Such legislation will not end capitalism, but it will give people something to rally around.

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Many people believe that the March on Washington was a spontaneous movement, but the march took months of planning. The highly disciplined organizers vetted every speech and were mindful and deliberate about their goals. To counter negative impressions of African Americans, many of the marchers dressed in their Sunday best. All of the signs spoke to the civil rights movement, not to other issues. Today, marches seem to be a grab bag, with everyone with a

cause carrying signs offering up their issues. Again, people are marching almost for the sake of marching. The Montgomery bus boycott and the March on Washington were exceptional because of their focus and also because of their utter audacity. Nearly 100 years after Emancipation, people of African descent were standing up for their rights, and given the long period of relative

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By George E. Curry

Romney Budget Cuts ‘Substantially’ Deeper than Ryan’s

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been carefully trying to put some distance between him and running mate Paul Ryan’s radical budget proposal but he has a major problem – his plan would make even deeper cuts than the Ryan plan. A careful analysis of Romney’s plan by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) observed: “Governor Mitt

Romney’s proposals to cap total federal spending, boost defense spending, cut taxes, and balance the budget would require extraordinarily large cuts in other programs, both entitlements and discretionary programs. “For the most part, Governor Romney has not outlined cuts in specific programs. But if policymakers exempted Social Security from the cuts, as Romney has suggested, and cut Medicare, Medicaid, and all other entitlement and discretionary programs by the same percent-

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age – to meet Romney’s spending cap, defense spending target, and balanced budget requirement – then non-defense programs other than Social Security would have to be cut 29 percent in 2016 and 59 percent in 2022.” That would shred the social net that Romney claims to support. As I wrote in this space last week, another Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report stated, “Combined, the Bush and Ryan tax cuts would provide an annual windfall of nearly The Washington Informer

$400,000 apiece, on average, to people with incomes over $1 million. By combining large budget cuts (and tax increases) that disproportionately harm lowerincome Americans with big tax cuts that disproportionately help those at the top of the income scale, the Ryan budget would significantly worsen inequality and increase poverty and hardship (and reduce opportunity as well, through deep cuts in programs such as Pell Grants to help low-income students afford college).”

And Romney’s budget proposal is worse than that. In an interview with CNN on Feb. 1, Romney said: “I’m in this race because I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich; they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are strug-

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

Mapping the War on the Right to Vote Our nation’s democracy is in a crisis. We are facing the biggest challenge to our nation since its inception. No, there is not an armed rebellion going on, but, oh, is there a war—a silent, insidious, invidious, nefarious, absolutely downright ugly war. And the war is on the right to vote for American citizens. – Barbara Arnwine, July 2012 At the Children’s Defense Fund’s recent national conference Barbara Arnwine, the ex-

ecutive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a leader of Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, issued an urgent call to action. Right now assaults on voting rights across the country in advance of the 2012 elections are keeping her very busy. Arwine said 25 million Americans who had voted in 2008 did not vote in the 2010 midterm elections, and when new state legislators came into power after those elections, their first prior-

ity was figuring out how to keep those 25 million people from returning to the polls. Legislators in 35 states quickly drafted bills making it harder for people to vote: “everything from photo ID laws, to laws restricting early voting, to laws making it harder for third party registration groups to register people to vote, to laws making it harder for people to vote on Sundays because in many states that’s when Latinos and African Americans voted the heaviest, to laws restricting student voting.” Arnwine said

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the lawmakers behind these bills were counting on the targeted voters not noticing what was happening until it was too late. But, she said, “They forgot that we stand on the shoulders of giants who we will never let down . . . we get up in the morning and we say that we cannot negate the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer; that we will never forget the legacy of Cesar Chavez; that we never will negate the legacy of Mr. Korematsu; that we never can sit back and let rights be stolen.” Arnwine then shared

her Map of Shame: Voter Suppression Legislation by state that shows all of us who are ready to fight back exactly where the battlegrounds are. The map’s original title was the Map of Voter Suppression in the United States, but one day as Arnwine was studying an early version she heard her late father’s voice in her head saying what he always did when he saw something wrong: “That’s a sin and a shame.” It’s a sin and a shame

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By Harry C. Alford

Paying Extra Charges for Nothing As a voice for small businesses and their customers, the National Black Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see that after so many years, the very public battle over who should pay for the cost of payments acceptance is finally over. On July 13, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York announced that a settlement was reached in the long-running legal dispute

between retailers, payment networks and nine major credit card issuers over interchange fees and rules. The parties came together and agreed on a settlement, using a reasoned, measured judicial approach to resolving a complex dispute. Congress designated the courts to resolve complex principles of law and questions of fact in resolving antitrust matters. It was designed to insulate the process from raw political power and to reach conclusions that ultimately benefit consumers.

Giant retailers now have more control than ever in what they pay to accept electronic payments, including the ability to impose a retailer surcharge, or “checkout fee,” on their customers. They required that provision as part of the settlement. This is an anti-consumer practice and people should watch for large retailers overcharging them and just say no. It’s outrageous that customers should have to pay the retailer extra for the “privilege” of paying them. In fact, this practice is currently ille-

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gal in 10 states and will remain in effect in those states. They are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. Consumers have not received the savings giant retailers promised in exchange for the $8 billion big business payday from Senator Dick Durbin [D-Ill.] and Congress. Contrary to visions of slashing prices and “discounts for debit” at the register, giant retailers are hoarding their winnings, and consumers

are seeing prices continue to rise. In many cases, consumers are paying more for traditional bank products and losing services that were free since many banks have been put in the position of making up lost revenue because of the Durbin amendment to Dodd-Frank. Under the amendment, when you use your debit, credit or prepaid card at a store, the merchant has to pay an interchange, or “swipe,” fee. The interchange

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By Askia Muhammad

Who’s Playing ‘The Race Card’ Now?

Back in The Day, there was a heated argument over “reverse discrimination.” It started with a California student named Allan Bakke who sued the University of California because he was denied admission to a medical school. He said less-qualified Black students than he were admitted, and that that amounted to discrimination against him. The Supreme Court agreed www.washingtoninformer.com

and Black enrollment in professional schools all over the country has been steadily declining for more than 30 years now. Then, White folks started accusing – and some timid Blacks in public life began wilting beneath the charges – Black folks of practicing “racism.” A number of thoughtful Black folks reminded us that while Blacks might be “biased” against people who had oppressed and exploited them unjustly for more than 400 years, Blacks are incapable of being racists in this country

because Blacks have no power to put any animus they held against their tormentors into any policies. Now, in our “post-racial” world with a Black man as president in the land where Black people were held in bondage, sold like chattel, and forced into slavery for 310 years, now Black people are chastened whenever they point out these crimes against humanity and are accused of “playing the race card” – as if life was nothing more than a parlor game, and this “race card”

was like some kind of Joker in the deck of life which trumps all other cards. So Blacks, who are the victims of White racial discrimination in every aspect of life in this country were intimidated to not speak out about their suffering because doing so [playing the race card] made White people uncomfortable. But our post-racial environment has not stopped the tsunami of ugly, hateful, racist jokes from cascading from every corner of our society against the

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Black president. Now, we’ve always had silly little fraternity gags – especially at Halloween parties – where White people dress up in what they fantasize as being the stereotypical Black wardrobe. They cork their faces black, put on exaggerated Afro-style wigs, and wear the most garish costumes imaginable, trying to affect the look of “pimps and ‘ho’es.” But we really didn’t have a lot of high ranking politicians, or prominent news-

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By Derry Sexton Special to the Informer Did you love the Avengers movie? Disappointed that Christopher Nolan is not doing anymore Batman movies?   Have you read all of the books in the Twilight saga or the Hunger Games saga and hated the movies afterward?  If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, you may represent a growing number of Americans who embrace the “Spirit of the ‘Con’.”  The “Con” is any of several annual

gatherings that celebrate all things science fiction, including comic books, movies, novels, games, and cartoons. Recently, Chicago hosted its annual Chicago Comic Con, presented by Wizard World, which along with C2E2 (Chicago’s Comic and Entertainment Expo), created an amazing bookend to summer entertainment. While the official tally of participants has yet to come in, it is believed that close to 70,000 comic an sci-fi fans converged on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, many in superhero costumes, to meet their

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favorite artists, purchase signed artwork, and network. One of the more popular showcases of Wizard World Chicago (as well as C2E2) was the Artist’s Alley, a pavilion where independent artists trying to get a foot in the door and legendary comic book artists showcase their best works, sideby-side. The artists are not there just to make a quick buck selling their prints or originals though; many, if not most, are there to show their love for comic book art and get noticed. One such artist at this year’s event was The Washington Informer

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Anthony Belmontez, creator of First Strike Comics and writer/ artist for the independent comic, Heroic 5. For Belmontez, the Con was an opportunity to gain fan recognition for both himself and his company. “I’m just glad they admitted me. I know I’m just starting out,” stated Belmontez. “I’m taking all criticism, both good and bad. It’s the only way I will grow as an artist.” Another artist, Jamie Tyndall, has only been in the industry a year, but his artwork looks like that of a decades-long professional. Formerly a photogra-

pher and marketing director in his native Canada, Tyndall’s artwork has graced the covers of Grimm Fairy Tales, the popular horror anthology comic published by Zenescope Entertainment. Tyndall, 40, gave solid advice to two budding college art majors during his interview with the Informer, “Do something. Get involved while you are in school,” he told them. “A degree demonstrates that you can learn, your portfolio shows what you did with that learning

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Artist, Comics Illustrator John Jennings fuses African myths, African-American folklore, Hip Hop, and Black pop culture

Artist John Jennings (pictured above), along with fellow artist Stacey Robinson,collaborated on the Black Kirby series, including this piece. / Courtesy of John Jennings

By Shantella Y. Sherman WI Assistant Editor As a child, John Jennings understood the complex relationship between narrative and artistry through a close examination of the quilts his mother and grandmother produced. Influenced heavily by both women and his uncle Willie Albert, Jennings developed a love of mythology, ghost stories and the supernatural, that helped fuel a desire to become a comic illustrator. Considered one of the most innovative and prolific

African-American cartoonist, designers and graphic novelists of our day, Jennings, says he leaned heavily on comics influences Gil Kane, Bill Sienkeiwicz, Kent Williams, and Dave McKean as well as visual artists like Henry Ossawa Tanner, Romare Bearden, and Lois Mailou Jones, during his formative years. “My mother was an English major when she was at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss., so she had plenty of books around constantly. I loved reading her books on mythology; particularly Norse, Egyptian,

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and Greek. I also loved ghost stories and stories about the supernatural. One day she brings home the Mighty Thor and I was just hooked on comics,” Jennings said. The road from Flora, Miss., to the Comic Cons of San Diego and Paris were not always smooth, but Jennings’ passion for creating vibrant, visually stimulating Black images leveled the path. And in an industry dominated by both white artists and characters, Jennings, 41, takes pride in factoring positive and resilient Black characters

into his works. “Telling speculative stories about Black people is very central to my research and to my art making. Studies have shown that children that do not see themselves in positive roles in popular culture suffer from self-doubt and have insecurities in society. I use African myths, AfricanAmerican folklore, Hip Hop, and Black pop culture in my production of comics and graphic novels. It’s the work that I intend to make for the rest of my life,” Jennings said. “Black images in the media

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were constructed to constrict the progress of Black people. Period. I want to deconstruct those stereotypes, remix them, take away their power, and create new images of future modes of expressions of ‘Blackness,’” he said. “I have recently become fascinated by what my friend and collaborator Dr. Stanford Carpenter is calling the EthnoSurreal. The way we look at it, this covers the speculative narratives that deal with the Black experi-

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LIFESTYLE jennings continued from Page 25 ence in America. However, this construction of ‘Blackness’ is something that Black people inherited and have been trying to circumvent since it was given to us. These stories of the future magical, the ‘EthnoGothic’ are ways to deal with the sheer trauma of being Black in America and having to reconcile with our experiences as a people. These are the stories that drive me and to which I am attracted,” Jennings said. Perhaps the most fascinating of Jennings’ creations is Black Kirby, a creative “entity” made up of himself and Stacey

“Blackstar” Robinson. Jennings said Black Kirby was meant as Afrofuturistic Black Power fantasies made possible via Jack Kirby as genre. “Jack Kirby was one of the most prolific, influential, and creative American comic book creators in the history of the medium. Our collaboration takes his pop culture mythologies and flips them into parallel universes that see through his characters with Black colored glasses. We also are looking at the connections between Jewish American creators and Black American creators who have used the comics medium as a space of empowerment and resistance. We are very excited about the initial exhibition, which takes place at

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Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Sept. 13- Oct. 31, and the subsequent venues and possibilities. Our slogan is “We’re not just conscious …We’re double conscious!” Jennings said. In addition to his collaboration with Robinson, Jennings has partnered with award-winning novelist Nnedi Okorafor to create the illustrations for her original story, On the Road, a dynamic fusion of mysticism and science fiction. “Nnedi is a phenomenal author and close friend. On the Road is an amazing narrative that I am adapting into a graphic novel with her. It’s the story of a Nigerian-American woman who is a police detective in Chicago. Because of a traumatic incident from her past, she now has deep feelings of guilt and regret which have spiritually ‘blocked’ her growth and acceptance of various ‘gifts.’ During her visit home to Africa in the midst of a sudden thunderstorm; ancestral spirits are awakened and ‘haunt’ her in order to intervene and change her fate. It’s a wonderful piece and it’s going very well. I am currently working on the climax of the story and redesigning the format of the book,” Jennings said. Jennings counts his favorite character as Frank ‘Half Dead’ Johnson from his Noir Lock series, who uses the blues as a magical power to capture demons and send them back to Hell. “I don’t think it’s difficult at all. I think the best art comes from what you know and what you have experienced. The Noir Lock character is very much like aspects of myself and I think that he makes it easy to embody various aspects of my character. I think I may bring even more of those childhood memories into the adventures of Frank Johnson. I do also have an ‘avatar’ that is sort of based on me. His name is

The character Chioma, from Nnedi Okorafor’s original story On the Road, recalls the death of a child in Chicago. / Courtesy of John Jennings

Tony Pitch,” Jennings said. For the many young African Americans hoping to break into the ranks, Jennings insists they rely on their culture. “I have a cultural touchstone that feeds me. I mix my own history with that of the pop culture landscape and that is where I discovered my own voice; at the crossroads where I am told who I am supposed to be and who I truly am as a creator of visual culture,” Jennings said. “I also see myself becoming more of a mentor to up-and-coming artist-scholars. I want to leave a body of work behind that is

meaningful and challenges a lot of ‘norms’ that have traditionally limited those who have not had access to the agency afforded via those ivory towers of academia. I want the work to help provide a road map and guide for other artists, like myself, who see things ... just a bit differently than we are supposed to see them,” he said. John Jennings is an associate professor of Visual Studies at SUNY – Buffalo in New York. He teaches Design History and Semiotics/Visual Rhetoric. Jennings’ books The Hole, Out of Sequence, and Black Comix are available on Amazon.com wi

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LIFESTYLE con continued from Page 24 and also shows you can make deadlines.” Tyndall further explained that he would hire someone who was only an average student in college but could demonstrate through their work an ability to meet deadlines before he hired someone with Dean’s List scholar on their resume. “Solid experience is still key. That is not a knock against formal education, but I must stress the importance of actively applying what you learn,” he said. Fans and admirers purchased original signed prints or commissions on the spot. Among this writer’s favorites on hand this year were artists and comic book legends, George Perez, who came to prominence illustrating Marvel’s The Avengers and Fantastic Four, and Brian Pulido, creator of the legendary “Lady Death” character. Lady Death remains in publication despite the closure of Chaos Comics, the company that made her their flagship character. “I always love coming to Cons. It doesn’t matter how many ups and downs you go through in the industry, the fans always remind you why you are here,” Pulido, 50, said. Wizard World Chicago began in 1972 when Chicago antiques collector Nancy Warner held

a fair of comics; she merged it with a Chicago comic book shop owners’ annual festivals to create Chicago Comic Con three years later. In 1997, Wizard Magazine, a monthly magazine dedicated to the comic and sci-fi genre, bought it and renamed it Wizard World. But comic books, while in abundance, are not the only things at the “Con”.  Entertainment is part of the program and conventions like this are usually where stars of former television shows and movies from the sci-fi genre make appearances to reconnect with fans.   This year saw Kevin Sorbo of Hercules and Xena fame, legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner, Holly Marie-Combs of Charmed, and Stan Lee, creator per excellence, draw huge crowds of fans eager to get autographs, pictures, or hugs.  Even the larger than life world of professional wrestling was represented at Wizard World.   Many former WWE wrestlers as well as both current WWE Superstars CM Punk and John Cena were on hand to meet and greet fans.   Wizard World Chicago takes place annually, usually in August while its sister convention, C2E2 takes place either March or April.   Even those not into comic books, science fiction entertainment, or wrestling will rediscover their inner child and re-awaken the “Spirit of the ‘Con’.” wi

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Griot “Clearly Invisible” by Marcia Alesan Dawkins c.2012, Baylor University Press $29.95 / $30.50 Canada 259 pages, includes notes By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer Nothing in life is ever as it seems. The package of potato chips feels full, but you find 12 chips inside when you open it up. It appears that you’ve got plenty of money for vacation,

then you actually get there. The party sure seemed fun, until the next morning. Your new co-worker was nice, before his first temper tantrum. Things – and sometimes people – can be something they’re not. They “pass” for various reasons and in the new book “Clearly Invisible” by Marcia Alesan Dawkins, you’ll find

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out why it happens and how multiracialism will change that. “Generally speaking,” says Marcia Alesan Dawkins,” passing refers to the means by which non-white people represent themselves as white.” Judging by literature and first-hand accounts, it’s nothing new, it’s not going away, and it waxes and wanes. We care, then we don’t, or we have “guess-my-race encounters.” But why do people – and not just black people – attempt it? Dawkins believes there are several main reasons. People pass as white or black for “persuasion” when social or political reasons make doing so beneficial. Dawkins uses as an example a theoretical case of interracial dating, and a “clairvoyant” who keeps the pass a secret. Passing can be “powerful” by “bending conventional boundaries of … culture.” To illustrate, she cites a fascinat-

ing case of two married slaves who devised a brilliant way to escape: the wife, who was very light-skinned, passed as a young white man, while the husband “passed” as the young man’s slave. Surprisingly, during their daring journey, the darker-skinned husband was accused of passing, too. Dawkins also says that passingas-power works for gender as well as race, citing Afghan girls who pass as boys to escape death. When Homer A. Plessy boarded a train bound for Louisiana, he used passing as “property” to challenge current laws, creating what became the Supreme Court’s first case of identity theft. Passing can be unintentional [when people caught under the “one drop” law are unaware of their ancestry]; it can be a “pastime” [in the movies]; and in one astounding case, it can be a “paradox”: Dawkins writes of a man who “entered prison as an angry black man and exited as a white

supremacist leader.” As a Visiting Scholar at Brown University, Marcia Alesan Dawkins writes with authority. Her impressive education shows in her research and in what she shares with readers in “Clearly Invisible.” The problem comes in understanding it all. Deeper than a canyon and more highbrow than an Ivy League conclave, this is a book filled with $10 words and hypotheses to accompany them; in fact, if you’re unaccustomed to the terms Dawkins uses, you’ll be lost in short order. Yes, there are some interesting anecdotes but they’re buried deep in the “rhetoric” that Dawkins so often mentions. I think if you can devote the very considerable time needed to grasp the ideas here, you’ll understand why this social action may “progress from passing to passed.” For readers looking for a curl-up-this-weekend book, though, “Clearly Invisible” seems awfully scholarly.wi

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ARIES Creativity comes from a deep source. Take the chance to pursue creative goals. Others will understand later. You and a child can come to an unmatched understanding. Speak truth and let the chips fall where they may. Soul Affirmation: I do not allow demands to be placed on me this week. Lucky Numbers: 45, 47, 49 TAURUS Listen carefully and follow good advice that will come from someone you’ve often regarded as foolish. You run into difficulties with one of your projects; don’t worry, it’s only temporary. How you manage your mind will affect the eventual outcome. Soul Affirmation: The deed is done. I must wait for the results to unfold. Lucky Numbers: 10, 18, 39 GEMINI If there is someone or something that you’re avoiding don’t panic if you find you must confront what you’ve been hiding from. Wait for things to work themselves out. Don’t force the issue. Time solves more problems than you ever can. Soul Affirmation: I seek connection with the best that is in me. Lucky Numbers: 18, 23, 29 CANCER Be flexible. Yes, you. There are many ways to be right and your lover or friend will have come up with one that is different from yours. You‘ll be asked to compromise this week or you just have to give in. Remember you sometimes have to give a little to get a little. Soul Affirmation: I see myself as a finisher rather than a starter this week. Lucky Numbers: 11, 24, 29 LEO Use your natural magnetism to get to someone who might be hard to reach. If you have a problem that you need to get off your chest tell a relative or friend, don’t hold it inside. Where’s the party? Find it. You need a social setting to make the magnetism work best. Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for the chance to give. Lucky Numbers: 15, 32, 33

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‘Sparkle’ Still Sparkles big-dreamer Tammy “Sparkle” Anderson, played by Jordin Sparks, who along with her two older sisters, form the group, “Sister and Her Sisters” and become show-stopping headliners in 1960s Detroit. But on their way to success, the tightly-knit trio is confronted by several challenges, some of which are the same that cut short their bitter, yet protective mother’s singing career. Those situations mirror the abuse oldest sibling, Sister, encounters at the hand of her troubled boyfriend Satin whose character is superbly played by Mike Epps. Sparks’ character, portrayed in the original movie by Irene Cara, comes across as an initially shy, but sweet girl who is a gifted vocalist. The only problem is that she prefers to write songs for her gorgeous oldest sibling – the

By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer When Whitney Houston died in February leaving behind the legacy of a 35-year career, her grieving fans eagerly awaited the release of her big screen curtain call, “Sparkle.” Now that the updated version of the 1976 hit is in theaters, Houston’s devout cheerleaders are able to get one more upclose-and-personal view of the iconic star, who in this ironically cautionary tale, delivers a notable performance as hard-nosed Emma – a prim and proper church lady determined to keep her three daughters away from the harsh realities of the music industry. “Sparkle,” produced by Salim Akil and T.D. Jakes, focuses on

The late Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks portray mother and daughter in the recent adaptation of the movie, “Sparkle.” Houston delivers a notable performance and Sparks reminds audiences of her vocal abilities. /Courtesy Photo

group’s lead vocalist played by Carmen Ejogo. Although Sparks’ acting can be best described as mildly plausible, her biggest failing is a lack of depth and range of emotions that were so adeptly nailed

by Cara. Nevertheless, Sparks shows no restraint letting loose later in the film when she exemplifies the vocal ability that won her the “American Idol” title in 2007. Just as Lonette McKee did in the original, Ejogo delivers a riveting, alluringly sexy, performance as Sister, who unlike Sparkle and middle sibling Delores, is openly defiant to their mother. Actually, while Sparks INSPIRING LEADERS | BUILDING GENERATIONS to . . the . . . .one . . . .who . . . . was . . . . supposed ... VOTING RIGHTS & . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .istake center stage in the movie, NEW AGE DISCRIMINATION Ejogo’s acting clearly outshines

Sparks’. Meanwhile, as Delores “Dee,” played by Tiki Sumpter, fully embraces the benefits of music stardom, she holds fast to her dream of attending medical school. Also worth mentioning is Derek Luke [of “Antoine Fisher” fame] who provides a commendable performance as the group’s straitlaced manager, Stix. He’s the one who guides Sparkle out of her shyness, in the process projecting believable chemistry between them as an onand-off-again couple. Even with the slightly impaired rendition of Houston’s rapsy voice “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and the grand number Sparks belts out at the end of the two-hour movie, the latest “Sparkle” presents nothing new detailing recording groups and artists’ trek to fame and fortune. To put it bluntly, we’ve seen it all before in the likes of “Dreamgirls” and “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” However, in keeping so closely with much of its original storyline about beginnings and endings, the new Sparkle certainly has a way of redeeming itself as a quality movie well worth watching again – and again.wi

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The ILX is the smallest sedan to wear an Acura badge since the Integra. /Photo courtesy of American Honda

Acura Hits a Home Run with New Entry Model ILX represents the return of the beloved Integra, or at least a sedan version of the RSX – the Acura has been derided as alphanumeric christening that the automotive champion that was grafted to the Integra besnatched defeat from the jaws fore it exited the lineup in 2006. Based loosely on the Honda of victory. By now many have forgotten that just a mere 20 Civic platform, the ILX is the years ago, Japanese automak- new entry-level Acura, starting ers were struggling to establish at about $27,000. It’s seen as a  themselves as serious luxury “gateway” car to bring new buyers into Acura showrooms. I brands in North America. The luxury segment was so drove the car for close to a week thoroughly dominated by De- and developed a healthy respect troit nameplates Cadillac, Lin- for the car. Despite humble coln and a handful of European Civic underpinnings, it exmanufacturers that it was laugh- udes a dose of Acura luxury able to talk about serious luxury and civility by impersonating    by a Japanese carmaker. Acura a premium sedan quite well. Featuring a windswept exwas the exception among the terior design with 5-passenger Japanese. Acura was not just the first cabin, the body is completely reJapanese nameplate to take on skinned, a more mature-looking          the U.S. luxury market – its body than the Civic’s. The stylLegend and Integra models pre- ing works well and enables the  dated Lexus and Infiniti – but ILX to look distinctly Acura by  its cars also received rave re- presenting a more toned-down, views. As a showcase for Hon- widely-palatable version of the  da’s most advanced technology, chromed plastic grille the auto Acura was hitting home runs at maker introduced a few years  a dizzying rate in its first decade. ago. The interior, too, is pure AcuYet over the years, Acura let go of the advantages of its head ra, from the waterfall-design, start and what many consumers button-laden center stack to the and automotive journalists con- red start button to the right of sidered the foundation of the the steering wheel. Build quality        brand – nimble, meticulously appeared solid on the test unit  engineered sporty cars. While I drove and the optional leaththe Legend name was phased er interiors were also of good away, the Integra was discontin- quality. ued in 2002 as part of Acura’s The seating arrangements are failed upmarket push. compact-car cozy but not tight, The Acura ILX is a decent at- and a familiar selection of buttempt to revive the past glory. tons adorns the console – the Acura’s marketing folks have audio and climate controls are    been whispering that the Acura borrowed from the TL. By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer

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The ride quality is pretty good too, exhibiting the road-surface awareness we expect from Acura –without undue punishment on one extreme or wallow on the other. The ILX’s handling is competent, though the engine feels muted – it doesn’t beg you to drive it hard unlike the original Integra this car seeks to replace. The starting price includes noteworthy standard features such as moonroof, six-speaker audio system, 5-inch color information display on the dashboard, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, dual automatic climate control, keyless entry and push-button start. The ILX model range includes the 150-horsepower 4-cylinder 2.0L version equipped with standard features such as automatic climate control, a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission and Amplitude Reactive Dampers for outstanding ride quality. The ILX 2.4L features the robust performance of a 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine with 201-horsepower, a quickshifting 6-speed manual transmission, and 17-inch diameter wheels. The ILX Hybrid utilizes an efficient 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that teams with an electric motor to produce 111 horsepower while also achieving an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 38 mpg on the highway. wi www.washingtoninformer.com


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Local Resident Earns Degree 11 Years after Dropping Out By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Back in the day, Anthony Little had a crystal clear vision of his future – stellar college football performance, graduation, followed by a well paying professional job. Then life got messy. Several concussions ended his gridiron days. Falling grades led to academic suspension. Then in his junior year, Little dropped out of school. “Once I started working, I never looked back,” he said. “But it was a stain on my life. I never want to leave something incomplete.” Two years ago a traumatic event – being robbed at gunpoint while working – caused Little to reflect on his unfinished education. In January 2011, he enrolled in James Madison University’s [JMU] adult degree program. On August 1 – 11 years after he left college, Little, 33, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multimedia Marketing. James Madison University’s adult degree program has existed since 1977. The Harrisonburg, Va., school has partnered with Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and George Mason University to increase Virginians’ access to higher education. The college has launched a “Return to Madison” campaign, to be funded by a $50,000 grant from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, to identify students who were enrolled at JMU between

1995 and 2008 and earned at least 30 college credits, and encourage them to come back to Madison to complete their degree. The university’s website notes that “Physical, cultural, family, or job-related factors and commitments can make a return to school difficult even for the most intellectually motivated or qualified adults.” Little, an Oxon Hill resident, said the advantages of the adult degree program are its flexibility in allowing older students to select courses “a la carte” and giving credit for work and life experiences. “They understand the transition for an adult to be a full-time student again,” he said. Now that Little has a degree in hand, he hopes to land a sales or marketing management job. Little and his wife Andrea also are launching a business he describes as “part record label, part ministry.” After the robbery, Little said he found peace writing spiritual songs and penned 22 compositions in 18 months. He’s released an original single “King Jesus” and plans to drop an album on October 23. And Little has found a message in his ups and downs. “When bad things happen, the Lord still has a plan for your life,” he said. “You only fail when you stop trying to succeed,” Little said. “It’s a sacrifice. I have yet to see the fruit of my labor, but the journey is so rewarding.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com


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A Canon of AfricanAmerican Artists at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

“African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond”

James A. Porter, Still Life with Peonies, 1949, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment and the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program.

By Eve M. Ferguson WI Staff Writer The response from viewers who round the quiet corners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s imposing marble hallways is practically universal: there is a sense of awe and wonder when they see the expanse of artworks that make up the exhibition “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond.” The 100 artworks span the range of media from paintings, photography and sculpture; to installations, silkscreen prints and mixed media works, and all were gleaned from the museum’s extensive collection. What amazes viewers is the diversity of works that appear, and there is certainly something in this exhibition that will appeal to nearly everyone who has an appreciation for art. There are the iconic works that may be familiar to the novice, such as Lois Mailou Jones’ “Moon Masque,” an image so closely tied to the African-AfricanAmerican relationship that it has appeared as a representation of the assimilation of African iconography into the Africanwww.washingtoninformer.com

American vocabulary. James Porter’s “Still Life with Peonies” is very much in line with the classical still lifes by artists that were being produced at the time he painted the image, 1949. Yet Porter’s image reflects more than just a bouquet of flowers. It was fashioned after a bouquet of flowers that his wife, Dorothy Porter, received when she was honored at Howard University in 1947, and a painting-withina-painting in the background reflects an image that Porter produced while on a research trip to Cuba. Jacob Lawrence’s colorful, angular figures are immediately recognizable. Photographs, which make up most of the 100 pieces, bring back the familiar both historically, currently and globally. There are the well-known images by historical African-American photographers James Van Der Zee and Roy De Carava that serve as documentation of black life in America. Van Der Zee was well known for his studio photographs of middle class African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance, giving people a lasting confirmation of the presence of independent living among African Americans even during

“Visitors will be struck not only by the power of these artworks, but also by the variety of the pieces on display. So many new movements and styles grew out of the tumult of the 20th century, and these works reflect that diversity.” – Exhibit Curator Virginia Mecklenburg the height of the Jim Crow era. De Carava’s black-and-white images captured everyday life among African Americans in the 1950s, but also touched on the impending fight for Civil Rights that would reach its culmination in the late 50s and early 60s. Less familiar are the silver gelatin prints by Robert McNeill, who was hired to photograph African-American people for “The Negro in Virginia,” one of the Federal Writers’ Projects many history projects in the late 1930s. Roland Freeman and Marilyn Nance capture contemporary scenes – Freeman examines the street life of his native Baltimore

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Central America. There are names that nearly everyone knows – Romare Bearden, Washington’s own Alma Thomas and Gordon Parks, and names that do not conjure any semblance of association in this multi-faceted exhibit. “Untitled” by Frederick Eversley defies the laws of nature. A black, highly polished disc gives the impression of containing a light source in its center, but is really a sophisticated corralling of ambient light that appears to be generated by a light bulb. When one looks at the back and realizes that there is no light source contained in the sculpture, it becomes evident that this is a very well devised optical illusion. Sculptor Melvin Edwards’ “Tambo,” at first appears to be a conglomeration of welded tools lumped together, but on close observation enhanced by descriptive wall labels, one realizes that the life and history of South African liberation hero Oliver Tambo are expressed through each of the tools and apparatus included in the work.

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“Visitors will be struck not only by the power of these artworks, but also by the variety of the pieces on display,” exhibit curator Virginia Mecklenburg said. “So many new movements and styles grew out of the tumult of the 20th century, and these works reflect that diversity.” In addition to the exhibit, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has created an educational website, “Oh, Freedom! Teaching African American Art through American Art at the Smithsonian,” that serves as a resource offering insight into the Civil Rights movement for educators by creating connections between art, history and the social change that permeated the era. A blog, “Eye Level,” takes a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s conservation efforts discussing preparation of Eversley’s “Untitled” for exhibit, as well as the works of Richard Hunt, Jones and Renee Stout’s installation, “The Colonel’s Cabinet.” “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, located in the National Historic Landmark building at Eighth and F Streets, N.W., through September 3rd. But if one can’t catch the last waning days of this remarkable assemblage of works by 43 diThe Washington Informer

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Don’t Complain and Don’t Explain While listening to Wayne Dyer this week, he reminded me of a scripture in Job which tells us how to make our dreams come true. It says, “For God does speak – now

one way, now another – though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears and terrify them  with warnings,  to turn them from wrong doing   and keep them from pride.”

When God gives us a vision, we must make that vision our priority. We must have tunnel vision each and every day, and we must treat our vision like ‘Super Glue’ and never allow anyone or anything to distract you from the vision that God has placed in your heart. Don’t allow anyone to tell you what’s possible or isn’t possible for you. This really does work. It’s called faith. Scripture says it’s “Calling those things that be not as if they were.” When you go to bed, remember that scripture. Our subconscious mind is most conscious when we are asleep. It’s so important that we take the last few minutes of our day to visualize what we want in our lives. We must prepare ourselves for having our instructions sealed for the night. Usually, we use our final minutes to review circumstances in our lives that we don’t like, we think about the people who hurt our feelings, and situations that we wished weren’t taking place. We fill our minds with all of that junk before we drift off to sleep. Scripture reminds us that our mind is listening to what it is we want to attract. When we fill our

minds with junk, we’re going to get it! Our mind is open to suggestion. Whether the thoughts are good or bad, our mind will give us exactly what we continue to think about. When we program our subconscious mind to go over all of those things that we don’t want to happen – the possible loss of a job and the terrible economy – we hurt ourselves. Instead, program your mind to say: “I am well; I am God’s child; “I am content; “I am blessed.” Always be grateful and never unappreciative. Let’s say for example, someone gave you money to go out and buy exactly what you wanted for your home, yet you purchased items that you didn’t want. Then, you wonder why your house is filled with stuff that you don’t want – that’s what happens when we continue to think negatively. So, during the last five minutes, just before you fall off to sleep, even if you don’t believe it yet, let go of the negativity, and begin thinking about what you want as if it already exist! Get rid of the junk! Get rid of the negative comments that individuals have hurled at you over the years. Let all of the negativity go. You are the creator of your future. Ask yourself, “How would I feel if the vision God has given me were to come true?” Whether it’s about losing weight, or about unhealthy habits, about eating too much: ignore all of that, and say: “I am healthy; I am well; I am happy, wealthy and wise.” Call those things that are not as if they were. Remember, if it

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BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE in with Lyndia Grant doesn’t feel natural, it’s not going to work. You’ve got to be able to see, feel and believe yourself already in possession of it. However, you must be realistic. What God has for you is for you, but some things are not for you. God knows best. As long as you are having any thoughts of condemnation or criticism toward any of God’s children, you are being judgmental, and it will block your blessings. Let go of the judgment, condemnation, and criticism then your dreams will become a reality. We cannot think negatively about any of God’s children when we want our dreams to come true. wi

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african methodist episcopal

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 www.stmarysfoggybottom.org Email: stmarysoffice@stmarysfoggybottom.org 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 www.blessedwordoflifechurch.org e-mail: church@blessedwordoflifechurch.org

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 www.otfmall.com/camecame reedley5@aol.com

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 gsccm.administration@verizon.net

Pilgrim Baptist Church

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. pilgrimbaptistdc.org

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.” www.covenantbaptistdc.org

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 www.livingwatersmd.org

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

“We are one in the Spirit” www.ssbc5757.org e-mail: ssbc5757@verizon.net

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 • www.acamec.org 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: Crusadersbaptistchurch@verizon.net www.CrusadersBaptistChurch.org

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

“God is Love”

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

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: http://isleofpatmosbc.org Church Email: ipbcsecretary@verizon.net

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! www.gmchc.org emailus@gmchc.org

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” morningstarbaptistchurch@verizon.net www.morningstarchurch-dc.org

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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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 www.friendshipbaptistdc.org Email: frienshipde1900@verizon.net

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: www.allnationsbaptistchurch.com All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

Zion Baptist Church

Israel Baptist Church

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor

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

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

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

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: www.mountmoriahchurch.org Email: mtmoriah@mountmoriahchurch.org

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: stmatthewbaptist@msn.com Website: www.stmatthewsbaptist.com

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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 www.emmanuelbaptistchurchdc.org

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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 htubc@comcast.net

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 pbcexec@verizon.net

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: Froffice@firstrising.org Website: www.firstrising.org

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 Email:mthoreb@mthoreb.org Website:www.mthoreb.org For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.

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Chicago Sky guard Epiphanny Prince shoots over Ashley Robinson during WNBA action on Sunday, August 19 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Coletta J. Garner, whose address is 7510 Newburg Drive, Lanham, MD 20706 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Thomas E. Garner, who died on April 10, 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 February 23, 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 February 23, 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.

Muriel Mealing, whose address is 1731 Pine Grove Boulevard, North Bayshore, NY 11706, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Alvin Gregg, who died on January 7, 2012 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (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 February 16, 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 February 16, 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.

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Administration No. 2012 ADM 709

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John R. Chambers

Linnette M. Tilley Decedent

Lya P. Wagner (aka Lya Petra Wagner) Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Lorenz A. Wheatley, whose address is 1302 Allison Street, NE Washington, DC 200172709, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lya P. Wagner (aka Lya Petra Wagner), who died on July 8, 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 February 23, 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 February 23, 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: August 23, 2012

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Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Concha Johnson, whose address is 113 Anacostia Avenue, NE, Washington, 20019, was appointed personal representative of the estate of John E. Chambers, who died on June 29, 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 February 9, 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 February 9, 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: August 9, 2012 Concha Johnson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Camille E. Tilley, whose address is 4917 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011-6104, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Linnette M. Tilley, who died on March 11, 2000 with a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 9, 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 February 9, 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: August 9, 2012 Camille E. Tilley Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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Administration No. 2012 ADM 734 Isaac H. Jamison Decedent James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Kim E. Bradshaw, whose address is 5628 Kansas Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Isaac H. Jamison, who died on July 9, 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 February 16, 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 February 16, 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: August 16, 2012 Kim E. Bradshaw Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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sidered, or currently in the process of considering this revolutionary idea. The concept of parent trigger has even inspired an upcoming film, “Won’t Back Down,” starring Viola Davis. The film – scheduled for release September 28 – portrays a single mother that organizes parents to take control of their children’s failing school over strong union opposition. I strongly encourage parents, teachers and school administrators to watch the movie. Though the film was scripted in Hollywood with make-believe characters, real parents across this country are faced with this harsh reality every day. For those parents, please keep your head up and continue fighting the good fight. There is no reason we should have to gamble with the academic outcomes of our children. I was handcuffed, portrayed as a villain, and called a criminal by our

justice system for doing what I could to guarantee my children had access to a quality education, and a chance to have a better life than I had. Like many of you, I am not rich. However, the greatest legacy or inheritance we could ever leave our children is a fair shot to achieve the impossible. I encourage parents across the country to learn your rights, and visit the websites of StudentsFirst (www. studentsfirst.org), and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (www. baeo.org) to educate yourselves on this issue. In addition, I urge parents to press elected officials to pursue parent trigger legislation in your communities. Politicians, I urge you to listen to our voices. Our kids should not be trapped in failing schools with no way out. This needs to change now. Our future is way too important to wait. wi

has appropriated some civil rights tactics with their own marches and movement. Also, unfortunately, civil rights activism has become professionalized, with many activists now on the payrolls of either the government or of organization that rely on foundation funding. In either case, activists are relatively muzzled, so that the radicalism of the 60s is muted by funding realities or government restrictions. That former President Bill Clinton jettisoned Lani Guinier and President Barack Obama did the same thing to Van Jones is instructive. Can activists coexist with government moderation? Probably not. Still, the nomination of Paul Ryan to be second on the Republican ticket is a cause for concern to anyone who has the slightest progressive tendency. Ryan would trim the size of govern-

ment, eliminating key agencies. He opposes contraceptive rights and a woman’s right to choose. He has not taken a position on any civil rights issues, but there is no evidence that suggests he is an ardent supporter of equality. Whether people take it to the streets or to the voting booth, it is clear that those who care about freedom have much to oppose on this Republican ticket. We can take a page from the March on Washington to organize a highly disciplined opposition to the odious positions that the official representatives of the Republican Party have taken. Or, we can be silent, absent ourselves from the polls, and suffer the consequences. wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

biomedical research – would come on top of the deep cuts in this part of the budget that are already in law due to the discretionary funding caps established in last year’s Budget Control Act (BCA).” During the campaign, Romney has listed four key proposals that would affect federal spending, taxes and the deficit: Reduce federal spending to 20 percent of GDP by the end of first term and cap it at that level; Increase “core defense spending” – roughly 93 percent of defense spending – at 4 percent of GDP; Extend the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts and other tax cuts set to expire, reduce income tax rates by another 20 percent, making the top tax rate 28 percent; eliminate the estate tax; reduce the corporate income tax; and Balance the budget. “Although Governor Romney has not proposed specific Medicare policies, it would be virtually impossible to achieve his budgetary objectives while sparing Medicare from substantial cuts. If Medicare as well as Social

Security were protected, all other programs – including Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, education, environmental protection, transportation, and SSI – would have to be cut by an average of 40 percent in 2016 and 57 percent in 2022, just to limit federal spending to 20 percent of GDP,” the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities stated. “If the budget also had to be balanced, all government programs other than defense, Social Security, and Medicare would have to be nearly eliminated: six out of every seven dollars going for them would disappear.” And you thought the Ryan budget plan was bad. wi George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and editorial director of Heart & Soul magazine. He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www. georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.

Bolar continued from Page 22 not have it by increasing pressure on districts and others in charge of failing schools. By granting this power to parents, low-performing schools can now be held accountable to the needs of the students, families, and communities they serve. Think about it. It is natural for parents to put the interests of their children above interests of the school system. Moreover, the more power parents can exercise over their children’s education, the more likely our cities will be to construct education systems that put our students first. Despite aggressive efforts to intimidate parents, four states – including my home state of Ohio – have passed comprehensive parent trigger legislation. Many others are have con-

Malveaux continued from Page 22 acquiescence, it was wholly unexpected that oppressed people would offer resistance to the status quo. It was wholly unexpected that Black people would have the audacity to stand up. And, it was totally unexpected that a movement of African American people would inspire so many others to also stand up, In the wake of the March on Washington, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded. In the wake of the march, the National Council of La Raza was founded, and in their own words, “traces its origins to the civil rights movement of the sixties.” The Stonewall riots happened in 1960, and gay rights marches began in the 1970s. Unfortunately, the right win

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gling.” Rather than fixing the safety net for the poor, Romney’s budget proposal would rip it into pieces. A May 21 updated analysis by CBPP revealed, “The cuts that would be required under the Romney budget proposals in programs such as veterans’ disability compensation, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for poor elderly and disabled individuals, SNAP (formerly food stamps), and child nutrition programs would move millions of households below the poverty line or drive them deeper into poverty. “The cuts in Medicare and Medicaid would make health insurance unaffordable (or unavailable) to tens of millions of people. The cuts in nondefense discretionary programs – a spending category that covers a wide variety of public services such as elementary and secondary education, law enforcement, veterans’ health care, environmental protection, and

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Muhammad continued from Page 23 papers making jokes about the President of the United States having apes and monkeys in his family, until we got a Black president. But we have seen time and time again, White folks who should know better, saying just anything ugly that comes into

their minds about this president. But let a Black person in any position working for Whites say or “Tweet” anything even mildly indelicate about Caucasians, and that person will be on his or her knees before the next morning, or will be unemployed by that next night. A few months ago, a large-scale study showed that racial attitudes have already played a substantial

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wrong polling places, in most states their vote will not count.” Securing “V.I.P.” status is critical to making sure people will not be disenfranchised on Election Day. We can also volunteer at Election Protection Coalition Command Centers to help watch out for local problems. Finally, on Election Day every one of us must do the basic job of helping other people get to the polls—as Arnwine says even “if you’re bedridden get up in the morning and call everybody you know: ‘Are you going to vote today?’” Arnwine summed up this way: “There is a role for everybody. Don’t forget. If you forget everything that I said today, if you re-

member nothing, just remember this one thing: that we can only win this fight if you fight.” We cannot stand by and let the right to vote be taken away again on our watch. Every one of us must decide what we can do in the fight to protect voting rights today. There’s no time to waste. wi Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.

fee was supposed to cover the risk of fraud, transactional costs, and other overhead expenses. However, because of the limited negotiating power of merchants, it’s now a one-sided proposition and an enormous source of profit for banks. Moreover, big retailers have seen their profits soar while small businesses are suffering higher and higher costs. Prior to government intervention, all retailers paid an average of approximately 1 percent per debit transaction. But today, “mom and pop” shops selling everyday items, such as a cup of coffee or a turkey sandwich, are paying the much higher price-controlled amount – virtually the same rate as mega-retailers. And just recently, a couple of giant retailers have now publically objected to the settlement, including Wal-Mart, and feel differently than the millions of merchants who were intimately

involved in the extensive negotiations as part of this litigation. I suppose it’s possible that WalMart doesn’t think the settlement is in their best interest and perhaps they want to try to hold out for more money. But we all know that what Wal-Mart wants isn’t always what is in the best interest of the millions of other U.S. merchants, especially smaller retailers. The class representative plaintiffs, their counsel and the court appointed co-lead class counsel had every opportunity to shape this deal over seven years of litigation and mediation. It appears to me that they ultimately signed on because they felt this was in the best interests of all retailers, large and small alike. As I see it, this settlement resolves all interchange disputes – both those in the past and on a go-forward basis. As with any settlement of class action litigation, it’s a process and several additional steps must occur before the agreement is actually imple-

mented. This settlement is a final and binding agreement on all parties. Those who signed the final agreement are now compelled, through their signatures, to ask for the judge to approve it. And there is nothing to suggest that the judge would reject this agreement, which has been in development for many years. In fact, recent analyst reports by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and Citi Research find that even if some of the class participants formally opt-out of the agreement, this is extremely unlikely to derail the interchange settlement. Now that both industries have willingly endorsed this agreement, it shows that no further government intervention is necessary – the case is in fact closed. wi Harry Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org.

role in the 2012 campaign during the Republican [read practically all-White] presidential primaries. The study, led by psychologists at the University of Washington, showed that between January and April 2012 eligible voters who favored Whites over Blacks – either consciously or unconsciously – also favored Republican candidates relative to Barack Obama. So, tell me, just who is it playing “the race card” in America? Why, it can’t be all the Republican candidates nationally who tailor their political messages to appeal to that prejudiced White mind, can it? White folks might say they don’t like President Obama because of the economy, or because of this, that, or the other, but the real deal is their conscious or un-

conscious racial attitudes influence the way they’ll vote. “In the study, a majority of White eligible voters showed a pattern labeled ‘automatic white preference’ on a widely used measure of unconscious race bias. Previous studies indicate that close to 75 percent of white Americans show this implicit bias,” Mahzarin Banaji, a psychology professor at Harvard University and one of the study’s collaborators wrote. The Race Card indeed! So now, here comes Vice President Joseph Biden telling a largely Black group that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to take the government regulatory chains off the robberbarons on Wall Street, which

would result in putting poor people “back in chains.” Biden is right. They’ve almost done it already with their payday loans and their automobile title loans with usurious interest rates. But our poor, innocent Republicans and their Wall Street pals are whining and crying and wetting their beds demanding that the Veep step back from his comments. But he didn’t, and he shouldn’t, because what he said is true. In a court of law, Truth is an ABSOLUTE defense against libel or slander charges. In this court of public opinion, the truth of Vice President Biden’s comments should carry the day against cheap charges of playing the race card. wi

that in 2012 we are still fighting the same battles for voting rights that have been going on since the nation was founded and facing some of the same Jim Crowera voter suppression tactics we hoped were dead and buried after the Civil Rights Movement. The last is important, Arnwine said, “because the biggest devilment that goes on in these elections are what we call deceptive practices—people are going to get robocalls, and they’re going to get fliers that claim they’re from the NAACP and everything, telling people to go to the wrong polling place . . . if they’re in the

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