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School’s Back in Session By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer All around the District and in cities around the region, legions of children trooped back to school for the first day of the 2012-13 school year. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), District of Columbia Public

Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Councilmembers Tommy Wells, Michael Brown and Nathan Saunders of the Washington Teachers’ Union were among elected officials, parents, and members of civic and social organizations at schools welcoming students back. “I was delighted to greet stu-

dents, teachers and parents for the first day of school,” Gray, 69, said. “I look forward to working with all to continue school improvements and progress we’ve made on our commitment to deliver a high-quality education to all District children.” Among the traditional public schools Gray visited Monday

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Ambassador George W. Haley was given a birthday celebration at the Women’s National Democratic Club here in Washington, DC. The Ambassador was celebrating his 88th birthday with his wife (Doris) and many, many friends. Marsha Reeves-Jewes (Event Dr. of the Frederick Douglas Museum, Baltimore, Md) serviced as the evening’s mistress of ceremonies.Ambassador Hailey, who served as the US Ambassador to Gambia and who is the brother of the late author Alex Haley (Roots) was surley the star of the evening. This celebration was led by Ezi Mecha (Founder & Pres. of the World Ebony Network).

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go to the president again the Obama for America campaign, based in Chicago, hasn’t set up a campaign office in the city and the president isn’t scheduled to make a campaign appearance. Bonds said that there will be 58 party members, including the 44 delegates that won their positions through party elections and selections by the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Among the notable delegates are D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2). D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will serve as the head of the city’s delegation and will preside over delegation meetings in Charlotte. The leader of a state-level delegation at the Democratic National Convention is the governor and in the District’s case, the mayor. Bonds said that she and the delegation will work to inform Democrats from other states about the city’s lack of full political rights. “As we have for the past eight conventions, we will continue to talk about the need for D.C. statehood and chip away at any resistance we encounter,” she said. The Democratic Party’s national platform has supported D.C. statehood for decades. Bonds said that it’s a matter of convincing individual delegations to move forward on resolutions that support it in their states. She said that she would like to specifically talk to New Hampshire Democrats. “Earlier this year, the mayor,


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Aisha Taylor Washington, D.C. I think that it’s outrageous for entertainers and athletes to put out products that people in urban areas cannot afford and will [engage in] illegal activities to try to obtain just to keep up appearances. I don’t see a whole lot of giving back to the [people who live in] urban areas and communities [who] purchase their products.

Shatika Taylor Washington, D.C. I don’t think that any tennis shoe should cost $315. It makes kids go crazy and starts a lot of violence. It’s out of touch with everybody. No child should be walking around with $300 shoes.


Frank Miles Silver Spring, Md. I think that the price is outrageous. I don’t think that people should have to pay that kind of money for a shoe. And usually, the people who buy things like this really don’t even have the money to [pay for] them. They can take that money and [do] something wiser with it.

Catherine Cooper Washington, D.C. I wouldn’t pay $315 for a pair of shoes. But if you have the money, and you’re into that type of thing, that’s your personal decision. But for a single mother of four, $315 for a pair of shoes can make sure that your lights are on, your gas is paid and it can also take care of part of the rent. There are other things that I could do with $315.

Edward Fennell Washington, D.C. It’s outrageous. We live in D.C., who is going to spend $315 on one pair of shoes? That’s four or five pairs of [regular] shoes. I can buy myself some shoes, my children some shoes, my wife some shoes and probably someone else. I’m sorry LeBron, but I can’t spend $315 on a pair of shoes, not me.

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he said. Saunders explained that part of that calm comes from a greater emphasis by school administrators on hiring teachers with effective and higher ratings who were excessed at a range of schools. “The numbers and percentages are higher. We have a fair distribution of teachers across the system,” he said. For the second year, the opening day of school served as “Fathers Taking Their Children to School

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Day,” hosted by The 100 Fathers Inc. of Washington, D.C. and the D.C. Fatherhood Coalition. Frank Malone and several members held a press conference at Noyes Elementary School in Northeast to mark the event. For several weeks before school opened, Malone and a coalition of fathering organizations were on the radio, social media and other media vehicles encouraging fathers to accompany their children to school. There was agreement among the group that a lot men want to be a part of their children’s lives, but laws and policies of different types militate against that. All too often, they said, fathers get a raw deal. “We believe that the best parents are both parents. Kids need their moms and dads,” said David L. Levy, president emeritus of The Children’s Rights Council. “Families are often defined as mothers or children. Policies are skewed. Mothers give birth and are considered the parent.” David Miller, a social marketing manager with, said the community doesn’t understand just how deeply fathers are marginalized and they underestimate the critical role fathers play.

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Jaron Joseph, 5, left, and Jakiya Bassil, 8, right, plan to have a great school year at the Friendship Southeast Elementary Academy in Southeast. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

“No one is coming to save us,” Miller said. “Fathers are the secret weapon. We must resurrect fatherhood. If we don’t get fathers more involved in the lives of their children, we won’t be able to change what’s going on in the community as it relates to crime and violence.” “It is critically important that we uplift fatherhood and tell the story of what fathers are doing in this country. More and more, you see men engaged with their children. This includes divorced, and separated dads, and brothers coming home from penal institutions.” Miller said increased achievement usually leads to a corresponding decrease in crime and other problems in the community. “We want to kick off a movement,” said Malone, president of The 100 Fathers Inc. “We have so many fathers all over doing this, taking their kids to school. Fathers will come and be involved if schools are father-friendly.” The movement to which Malone refers is a national effort spearheaded by the Black Star Project’s Million Father March which called on men across America to take their children to school. In addition, Black Star organizers are encouraging black men to make a special year-long commitment to dedicate themselves to their families; improve their work and life skills; acquire an education for themselves and become role models for their children; support their children academically, spiritually, emotionally and financially; and build, clean and maintain their communities. Ray Savoy said members of the coalition plan to become a part of students’ lives during and after the school day, become active in the Parent-Teacher Association and support Noyes Principal Winston Cox. “I’m so grateful for your presence today,” Cox told the group. “This building and our mission is very closely tied together. We know the importance of fathers in

the lives of their children. We look to partner and work with you.” Since he retired from the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation after 30 years, Savoy has devoted his time and energy to guiding the lives of children from all of the city’s eight wards. He said everyone who is concerned about the fatherhood issue needs to roll up their sleeves and begin the hard work. “As a man of the community, I believe in giving back. This is very important,” said Savoy, founder and golf programming director of the Langston Junior Boys & Girls Golf Club, located at Langston Legacy Golf Course in Northeast. “Sometimes, you get organizations that start something and disappear but the end-results are very important. This is the second time we’ve been at Noyes. We have already seen the results.” Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, his wife Princess and their two daughters came to the press conference where he voiced his support for the cause before taking his daughters to school. “I have two young daughters, one of whom almost never leaves my side,” McDuffie joked. “I want to thank everyone for making this happen. This is critically important and I want to do all I can to help.” Children perform better in school and are better educated when fathers play a role in their lives, he said. “We have to work to increase the participation of fathers as fathers, mentors and role models. This is a great day. I want fathers to bring children to school. But we want them to go home later, help their children with their homework, bathe them and do this over and over again, every day,” McDuffie said.wi

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United Black Fund Honors J.C. Nalle Elementary School

Parent Edward Fennell and educational aide Anita Ellis ensure that Fennell’s three children, Chloe, Cameron and Cayla, are signed in before classes begin at J.C. Nalle Elementary School in Southeast on Monday, August 27. /Photo courtesy of Elton Hayes

Southeast School Begins Year with a Generous Gift By Joseph Young WI Staff Writer A group of excited and proud children cheered loudly during an outdoor school assembly that could easily have doubled as a pep rally for a homecoming football game. More than 70 boys and girls shouted and clapped when United Black Fund President Barry LeNoir complimented the students, their parents and faculty at J.C. Nalle Elementary School on their exceptional school spirit. The United Black Fund honored the Southeast school on Monday, August 27 during an early-morning award ceremony that kicked off the 2012-13 school year. “The Back to School Campaign was started 20 years ago by Calvin and Wilhelmina Rolark to encourage parents to get more involved in the activities of children in school [and] to make sure that their children were attending,” said LeNoir. “We’re out here today to recognize this school’s achievement in getting 78 percent of its parents to attend on the first day.” In front of parents and students, city officials and local leaders, Samuel J. Cornelius, chair of the United Black Fund, Inc., presented Nalle Elementary School Principal Kim Burke with a $3,000 check for the school’s 78 percent parent participation rate on the first day of school in 2011, which outpaced every public school in the city. A line snaked around the school’s blacktop asphalt surface as eager parents with children in tow hastily jotted down their children’s names onto sign-in sheets in the hope of reclaiming the crown for having the most parental participation next year. Some of the youngsters could hardly contain their excitement on the first day of school and chased one another around the area, laughing and playing, while others clutched the legs of their parents in dreaded anticipation of being left alone at an unfamiliar place for the first time in their lives.

For parents like Candace Dye, the day couldn’t have come soon enough. Dye dropped off her eight-yearold son Semaj, and daughter, a kindergartener, before heading into her job at Starbucks. “Thank you, Jesus, is all I have to say,” exclaimed Dye, 26, who lives in Southeast. “I couldn’t wait,” she said laughing. But Dye’s emotions quickly changed from elation to sadness at the thought of being separated from her daughter for the first time. “I have a kindergartner, Salee, who broke down on her way into her class and that was hard.” Edward Fennell’s hands were full with his three children who entered their second year at Nalle on Monday. Fennell’s young son Cameron remained glued to his father’s side, while his sisters Chloe and Cayla playfully interacted with each other and their new friends. Fennell hopes that his three children will have many fond memories of their school days. “For me, personally, it feels wonderful to drop your kids off at school,” said Fennell, 28, who also lives in Southeast. “You get to see them interact with other kids and you are a part of their education. I feel that they’ll look back one day and say, ‘my father took me to school and picked me up every day’ and that’s something that they’ll remember.” While school officials won’t learn of the results of this year’s participation until a later date, Anita Ellis, a school alum and 18-year employee, has no doubt that LeNoir and the United Black Fund will be back next year to present the school with yet another award. “Today, we’re signing up again for next year,” said Ellis, 48. “We’re going to repeat,” she said with a smile. wi Elton Hayes contributed to this article.

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Cease Fire Picnic Draws Huge Crowds By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer

Diamond Thorne, away in Atlantic City, N.J., felt compelled to return to the District of Columbia to be a part of the 5th Annual Cease Fire Don’t Smoke the Brothers and Sisters picnic, a gathering she hadn’t missed to this point. Thorne, 52, attended the family day celebration on Saturday, August 25 with her 30-year-old niece and one-year-old great nephew. “This is a very important event. I come every year and wouldn’t miss it. I had to come back,” said Thorne, a local real estate agent. “I know that people toward the end of April begin to look forward to this. It’s a peaceful, happy, joyful event. I have a baby here and my dad who’s 76 just left. People enjoy the entertainment, the food and each other. People from all walks of life are here.” This year’s picnic, held at the Upshur Recreation Center and playground in Northwest, attracted a crowd of more than a thousand people who streamed in and out of the venue all day. Family in all its manifestations was evident everywhere. Old friends shared hearty embraces, banter and conversation; folks posed for pictures with people they hadn’t seen in a while; children ran through the crowd from one place to another, the peals of laughter punctuated the air; families and friends shared tables, licking their fingers while eating the meals provided by AlMalik Farrakhan and a crew of volunteers without whom the picnic would not have been a success. Dirul Pasha stood on an embankment watching all going on around him with a sense of satisfaction. Pasha is a close friend and coworker of Farrakhan’s who he credits with helping him straighten out his life when he emerged from prison in 2007. “I see this as a very beautiful … I want to say gathering but it’s more than a gathering – it’s people from all over D.C.,” he said. “This is a beautiful event. I was afraid it was going to rain The Washington Informer

but the rain will subside until this is over.” The rain threatened all day and gray, angry looking clouds hung heavy over the playground, but the occasional rainfall did nothing to deter a crowd determined to have a good time. People chatted amicably, laughed easily and enjoyed each other’s company. “I think it’s great for black people to come together peacefully,” said businessman Jacques Chevalier. “I love seeing black people come together.” Chevalier lauded Farrakhan. “Some people are for the masses, not for people with assets,” he quipped. Farrakhan, 64, founded Cease Fire in 1995 when violence among and between young people in the District had spiraled out of control. Every day, newspaper headlines and television news trumpeted the tragic stories of teens and young adult black men involved in shootouts, murders and maimings because of women, neighborhood beefs, issues of respect, the struggle over turf, drug battles and the like. Cease Fire crisscrossed the city, swooping into hotspots trying to defuse the violence. “There were killings and bullets flying like hell in these neighborhoods,” Farrakhan recalled. “We went into places where the police were afraid to go with no bullet proof vests. We took all gangsters and told them, ‘Cease fire.’” In between eating, exhorting and educating the crowd and introducing acts, scores of people greeted Farrakhan, hugged and kissed him, talked trash, encouraged him and gave him much love for his contributions to keeping the peace in District neighborhoods. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, 40, praised Farrakhan and the picnic. “This is super important,” she said. “A lot of people look forward to this every year. It’s good clean fun. Cease Fire is doing a great job.” Fellow Council member Vincent Orange – who Farrakhan said has provided Cease Fire with $3 million over the years to help run the non-profit and pay for an assortment of programs – agreed.

“This is extremely important to come out, interact, and show that we can come out in peace,” he said following remarks to the crowd. “We have to support community events like this by supplying permits, waiving fees and getting more elected officials out here. Visibility is very important and us [elected officials] doing the right thing.” Amateur boxers faced each other in a makeshift ring later in the evening, while rappers, singers and musicians such as Lamont Carey, Jett Black and EU and Sugar Bear excited the crowd with people circling the front of the tent when these musicians performed. The percussive sounds of Go-Go and the soothing melodies of Rhythm and Blues drew people to the tent where groups performed. In between the music, Farrakhan handed out Peacemaker Awards, a succession of speakers discussed the problems returning citizens contend with, called on young people to secure an education and eschew violence and insisted that everyone vote in the November general elections. In several areas of the park and playground, voter registration volunteers signed people up to vote in November. “I encourage you to vote,” said Xango Sawyer, a strident defender of the rights of exoffenders. “We’re 60,000 strong. Vote so we can put people in who represent our interests. We don’t have jobs or the services we need so it’s very important to do this.” Farrakhan elaborated, using Orange and the city council as an example. “With this election bit, we can’t [allow] them to pimp us anymore. We’re putting Europeans in office over qualified blacks because we don’t like him [Orange]. You may not like him, but he’s the best on the council besides Marion Barry.” Farrakhan said the picnic, coordinated with Universal Madness and Umar Sports and Learning Center, is an extension of Cease Fire’s work on the streets. He said he’s thankful to be able to offer this event to a community he loves. “It’s for the people, it’s for the people …” he intoned.wi

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he largest Districtbased African-American-owned newspaper has garnered the support of an influential media association as it pursues its quest to continue to be considered a general circulation newspaper in the city. David Honig, the president of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council said that The Washington Informer is justified in fighting for its status as a newspaper of general circulation in light of recent developments. The Washington Informer lost a District contract worth more than $30,000 to the Washington Times because the Southeast-based newspaper targets “specific ethnic groups.” “The term general circulation has always meant that a

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sence, that the unclaimed properties list generally goes to two publications, one daily and one that is free, as is the case of The Washington Informer. Johnny Barnes, an attorney retained by The Washington Informer to handle the matter, said that the District government filed a report on Tuesday, August 28 to justify its decision in support of the Times. Barnes, 63, said that he and the paper will respond to the agency report. “They are fighting us tooth and nail,” he said. The D.C. Contract Appeals Board has 20 days to issue a ruling, which will likely come before the end of September. A spokesman for the chief financial officer told The

Washington Informer that his office has no comment unless a lawsuit is filed. Honig’s somewhat surprised by the controversy. “The fact that this is happening in the District of Columbia, of all places, embeds an irony about which I will say nothing, because I can’t,” Honig said. “I’m speechless. As all civil rights lawyers say to another all the time, ‘just when we thought we’d seen everything ....’” Barnes, the former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area, said that he’s ready for the fight. “You pray for a battle but prepare for a war,” he said.wi

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Listening is Goal of Congresswoman’s Tour By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Hairstyles weren’t the only concerns on the minds of the women at D&V Hair Salon in Capitol Heights on a busy Tuesday morning. When Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards [D-Md.] walked through the door on August 21, focus shifted from weaves and twists to economic development and resources for ex-offenders. “How’s the economy treating you,” asked Edwards as she approached stylists and owners Valerie Gales, 49, and her sister Edythe Drummings, 38. Edwards spent most of the day on her annual “Small Business Listening Tour” dropping in on Prince George’s County small businesses in her district – 17 in all – in Seat Pleasant, Capitol Heights and District Heights. During the day, Edwards also met with leaders of each municipality, Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant, Capitol Heights Mayor Kito James

and District Heights Vice Mayor Eddie Martin as well as District Heights council members Willie Calhoun and Jack Sims. In Seat Pleasant, she stopped in at Seaward’s Unisex Salon to chat with the owner. Edwards also made an impromptu visit to Keith & Sons Soul Food in Capitol Heights where she enjoyed a bowl of soup, fried fish and cornbread before moving on to another small business in her district. Grant urged Edwards to support policies that allow for direct funding for municipalities to offer loans for expansion and business development to business owners through either the Small Business Administration or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Small municipalities throughout the 4th Congressional District, such as the City of Seat Pleasant, are great places to live and open a business,” said Edwards. “There is a close-knit, community feeling here and I want to do all I can at the federal level to bring in support and funding opportunities into areas like this one, areas that

Valerie Gales of D&V Hair Salon in Capitol Heights discusses her frustration finding financing for an expansion with Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards. /Photo courtesy of Gale Horton Gay

are too often being overlooked.” At D&V Hair Salon while three patrons had their hair in various stages of styling, Gales shared with the congresswoman her desire to renovate and expand the salon and her frustration securing funding. The salon was started in 1974 by Gales’ mother Diane Johnson. Edwards suggested Gales contact the University of Maryland’s small business development center as well as the federal Small

Business Administration. “The SBA has a robust womanowned business arm,” said Edwards. “You have been in business so long, you have a track record. You are not a gamble.” Before the congresswoman arrived at the salon, Michelle BaileyHedgepeth, 38, town administrator of Capitol Heights, said the concept of a “listening tour” is a good one, giving the congresswoman a better idea of how businesses are dealing with the current

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ANC Elections Set for November 6 By James Wright WI Staff Writer

While national and District elections get the lion’s share of attention from the public, advisory neighborhood commission elections have the greatest impact on District residents’ daily lives. On November 6, there will be an election for all members of the city’s advisory neighborhood commissioners [ANCs]. Robert King, an advisory neighborhood commissioner who represents single member district 5A12 in Ward 5 and is the longest serving elected official in the District, said that he’s running for re-election. “There is unfinished business in Fort Lincoln,” said King, 61. “I want to see Fort Lincoln develop to fruition.” King, of course, isn’t alone. Many of the city’s commissioners want to be re-elected to continue to serve their neighborhoods, even though there’s no

monetary compensation. Each ward has several advisory neighborhood commissions and they’re divided by population. Each commissioner represents about 2,000 residents and as a body, the commissions generally meet once a month during a public session. ANCs represent the resident when it comes to governmental affairs. It’s the advisory neighborhood commissioner who addresses residents’ immediate concerns such as broken sidewalks, or busted street lights along with issues on a larger scale that include liquor licenses, zoning and economic development when it comes to overall community concerns and quality of life. Commissioners are elected every two years and their names appear on the ballot in the general elections. Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendel-

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Ward 7C04 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Sylvia Brown will not run for re-election in November. /Courtesy Photo

son (D) have served as advisory neighborhood commissioners. D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), Jack Evans

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(D-Ward 2) and David Catania (I-At Large) have also been ANCs. “ANCs are very valuable for they are the direct link to the city government,” Kemry Hughes, a District political analyst said. “They have the pulse of the community. They bring value when they take their jobs seriously.” E. Gail Holness, who represents single-member district 1B11, has decided to run for another term as well. “I think the community I represent needs stability,” said Holness, 55. “Howard University is in my single-member district. I want to be there as someone the people can relate to.” Holness said that she often has to serve as an arbiter on some community issues. “We have new residents here but they have no interest in the city,” she said. “It is like when you move into a house and some want to move furniture but there is no need to move any furniture. People have to learn to co-exist and respect each other.” Yet, there are those who have decided not to seek re-election for various reasons. Sandra Seegars, who represents 8E01, said that it’s time for a change. “I need to move on to something else,” Seegars said. “I am stepping aside so someone else can show what they can do.” Sylvia Brown, who represents

single-member district 7C04 in Ward 7 said recently that she “is transitioning out of being a commissioner” to take a rest. Villareal Johnson, 34, who is the commissioner for single-member district 7A07 and chairman of ANC 7A, also threw his hat in the ring for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education. Keith Silver, the commissioner for 6C01 in Ward 6, said that he just wants to spend more time with his family. “I have four grandchildren and when we went through the family photo album, recently, during the last holiday, one of them looked up and asked, ‘grandpa, how come you aren’t in any of the photos at the various family picnics and outings,’” Silver said. “I gave them an answer but in reality, I am sad to say, I was off at some community meeting, community protest or something. It dawned on me in that split second ... I must pause at this juncture and spend some time with my grandchildren.” King said that he will continue to serve his community. “When I am gone, what do I want people to remember about Bob King?” he asked. “I want them to say that he was dedicated and had a call to service. I want to leave a legacy as a community servant.”wi

By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer The D.C. Public Trust filed a request for judicial review at the D.C. Superior Court on August 17 in a move challenging the determination of the D.C. Board of Elections that the group did not submit the valid signatures of registered voters to put Initiative 70 on the November ballot. Activists with the group contend that the elections board undercounted duly registered voters and improperly disqualified others. “Our review finds that Initiative 70 clearly qualified for the ballot, and we expect the court will agree,” said Bryan Weaver, the Ward 1 activist who filed the initiative with the Board of Elections. “The work of the Board of Elections gets to the heart of our democracy. What we found in our review raises concerns about the integrity of the democratic process in local D.C. elections.” Trust officials said members of the group conducted two separate recounts of the board’s work and found more than 24,500 voters identified as duly registered by the Board of Elections on submitted petition sheets, surpassing the 5 percent collection rate required by D.C. law. The group also found that it met the required 5 percent mark in six of eight wards. The court filing seeks an expedited review of the board’s work to reverse its initial determination and place Initiative 70 on the ballot on November 6. All this comes after the Board of Elections invalidated about 1,700 signatures the committee had submitted. During the months prior to submitting the signatures, committee members gathered more than 30,000 names by canvassing neighborhoods and approaching voters at the polls. Committee members said at the time that they would fight to ensure that the board’s decision didn’t jeopardize Initiative 70. “What has happened is that the board has gone through its process of verifying voter registrations and addresses,” said Initiative 70 Committee Chairman Sylvia B. Brown. “The 1,700 people identified are not registered at the addresses they needed to be. What the Initiative 70 team and a significant number of volunteers have been doing is reviewing the work of the board.” “I think their process has some

flaws. We’re looking at the markings made – there are some inconsistencies.” Weaver agreed. “We’re going through line-byline. There are a lot of questionable issues,” he said. “For example, we’ve come across registered voters with different names such as John Wilson and Jonathan Wilson for the same person. There are also hyphenated names that are being questioned.” The most problematic issue, Weaver said, is a resident moving from one floor to another in an apartment building. They have not moved from the ward or to another polling place but that has become an issue. “Ward 8 numbers have gone down dramatically because the information was not updated,” he said. “We know they’re legal voters. More than 80 percent of them are legal. Now, we’re dealing with the numbers game.” Weaver, 42, and Brown said organization officials were not given a master list so a team of 20 people had to scour each page of the 30,000 signatures. “They don’t make it easy or fair,” said Weaver. Brown, 37, said news of the initiative’s demise is premature. “People in the media and on social media have been pontificating that we’re done. [However], I’m still very confident that we’ll get on the ballot.” Both Brown and Weaver said the initiative is a grassroots-driven effort to remove direct corporation contributions not just from candidates and elected officials, but also to constituent services funds, inaugural and transition funds and legal defense funds. “This would put the District in line with the Congressional and federal levels,” said Weaver. “There would be no direct contributions from a company. A CEO or executive could write a check but not a corporate citizen like Target or Giant Food.” Creation of the committee – which is comprised of residents from all eight wards – was prompted by a troubling increase in contributions from members of the real estate sector and developers with multiple subsidiaries and entities, the pair said. “They were giving 10 times, 20 times what’s legally allowed,” said Weaver. “We wanted to stop this but there wasn’t a lot of support from [elected officials]. They

take bundles [of cash] because it’s easy.” Another concern, Weaver said, is that council members are accepting more money from corporations than ordinary residents. If nothing else, he and other supporters of Initiative 70 said, the skewing of contributions in this gives the appearance of “pay for play” which benefits corporations and big business and few others. Brown credited longtime community activist Phil Pannell and Ward 8 volunteers for their work. “They got on the stump and supporters jumped on the bandwagon,” she said with a laugh. “Also, some advisory neighborhood commissioners have passed resolutions in support of the initiative.” Brown said the committee has gotten “quiet support” from the D.C. Council, with Council Member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) being its most vocal supporter. “As with any council, constituents drive them,” she said. “It’s like the tail wagging the dog or leading from behind. We’re giving these council members the courage to help them move past the status quo.” The issue of corporate contributions, bundling and related issues has been at the forefront of public attention since it became public that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal investigators had opened an investigation trying to ascertain if Jeff Thompson, a major donor to D.C. political campaigns, violated local and federal campaign laws. In addition, embattled Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has been fighting off calls for his resignation following guilty pleas by his aides and a close friend for actions taken during his run for mayor. Meanwhile, several members of the council have been entangled in theft, improprieties and ethical lapses that has stained the body and raised the ire and disgust of residents. “The scandals are kindling for this effort,” said Brown. “This is bigger than any sort of cloud hanging over the legislature. This is about good government and the accountability of government and government officials. People are now talking about full-scale change to the campaign finance law and public financing.” “As we said from the beginning, this is one step to help D.C. politics grow and mature.”wi The Washington Informer

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No Higher Honor? Condoleezza Rice has a book entitled: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington. The question is “how high an honor” does the former secretary of state consider her invitation for membership in the Augusta National Golf Club? Racism has always been a major issue in the United States.  Formal racial discrimination was largely banned in the mid-20th century, and came to be perceived as socially unacceptable and/or morally repugnant as well. Historical racism continues in social circles, employment, housing, education, lending, and government. Augusta National Golf Club is a famous golf site located in Augusta, Ga.  History has recorded it as being the most racist and bigoted institution in American sports.  Hailed as a citadel of Southern privilege and exclusivity, the Augusta National Golf Club is a bastion of racism and sexism.  America’s last plantation is an exclusive, genteel, well-controlled, orderly, polite, body where White millionaire members in green jackets are served by Black waiters, bartenders and caddies. The club opened for play in January 1933 and has hosted the annual Masters Tournament since 1934.  Augusta National Golf Club refused to admit Black members until 1990 and it has refused to allow women until recently adding female members: Rice, and South Carolina businesswoman, Darla Moore. Rice is a six-figure a year academic and board director for hire.  Rice is the first African-American woman to serve as secretary of state and the first female national security adviser.  The 57-year-old earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Denver and a doctorate from the college’s Graduate School of International Studies.  Rice has long been affiliated with Stanford University, where she has been on the faculty since 1981. She has written: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington [2011] and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family [2010].  She is a concert pianist with a love of football and says her dream is to be NFL commissioner. A billionaire, Moore, 58, is vice president of Rainwater, a private investment company founded by her husband, Richard Rainwater. She rose to success in banking, becoming the highest paid woman in the industry and the first woman to be profiled on the cover of Fortune magazine. The University of South Carolina business school is named after her.  Moore’s husband is part owner of California’s

By William Reed famed Pebble Beach Golf Course. Augusta National is not for “the 99 percent.” No need to apply to Augusta National, you have to be asked.  Augusta National Golf Club is considered by many to be the consummate golf course in the world. Actually, Augusta National isn’t merely a famous course, it’s a gathering place for very powerful men of business and politics who dine, golf, party and conduct business together. Augusta National has about 300 members at any given time.  Membership is strictly by invitation and believed to cost between $10,000 and $30,000 and annual dues are estimated to be less than $10,000 per year. Augusta National may be “out of the rough” by its admission of women members.  Basically, the club isn’t exactly an engine of social change as illustrated by its dismal record toward Blacks.  The first Black player, Lee Elder, didn’t play in the Masters until 1975. The first Black member of Augusta National, television executive Ron Townsend, was admitted in 1990.   Never a millionaire, Townsend has been influential across America in a broadcast career that spanned nearly 40 years and included positions at CBS News and CBS-TV as well as with the Children’s Television Workshop.  There are currently an estimated half-dozen Black members at Augusta, including Kenneth Chenault, president and CEO of American Express, Lloyd Ward, chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee and Virgis W. Colbert, retired executive vice president, Miller Brewing Company.  A director of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., when he was extended an invitation to join Augusta National and was asked whether he agreed or disagreed with the club’s past policies, Colbert replied that he “was pleased and honored.”wi (William Reed is Publisher of Who’s Who in Black Corporate America and available for projects via the Bailey Group. org)


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Strive 2 Tri Sponsors Splash-&-Dash Program Combats Obesity in Young Children, Teenagers By Charles E. Sutton WI Staff Writer Video games, iPods and other technology have replaced playgrounds and ball fields as many American children continue to adopt sedentary lifestyles. Youngsters weigh more today than any generation in American history and childhood obesity has become a growing epidemic in the United States as approximately one-third of children are either obese or overweight. The effects not only pose serious health risks like diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, but emotional trauma as well. Many who battle to control their weight often develop low self-esteem and experience bouts of depression. Strive 2 Tri, based in Ft. Washington, Md., wants to buck the trend and tackle childhood obesity head on. “It’s important for us to get kids moving. Physical activity is one of the best remedies for obesity,” said Strive 2 Tri found-

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Dunbar High School Marketing Campaign Hits the Mark By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer With all the struggles associated with the District’s educational pathology, Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School stands out as one of its most remarkable successes. And, just to drive home their point, officials at the historic school located in Northwest have launched a slick marketing campaign designed not only to ensure Dunbar’s continued presence in the community and bolster its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math [STEM] program, but to also boost enrollment at all District of Columbia Public Schools [DCPS]. “The aim of the advertisements are to let people know about all the wonderful pro-

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earlier this year by Henderson to help her schools reach new academic heights. Jackson said that approximately $25,000 of the $300,000 provided from the grant had previously been earmarked for the marketing campaign. The promos convey Dunbar’s importance as a history-maker and emphasize several reasons students would want to attend the school. Some of the highlights include: the school was established in 1870, offers the “iTech 360” curriculum, and that Dunbar is the home of the Crimson Tide 2012 District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association Turkey Bowl championship. Jackson has been at Dunbar since 2009. He resigned in June of that year, but said he received a call to come back in December 2010 to put the school back on course “after it fell apart.” Dunbar’s faculty and staff are elated about the promotions, which also rattle off a list of accomplished alumni. Among them are world-renowned surgeon Dr. Charles Drew, educator and businesswoman Nannie Helen Burroughs, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “This is an embracing of the history of Dunbar,” said Jackson, who noted that a new building is currently under construction behind the existing structure in order to accommodate an anticipated influx of programs and larger student body over the next few years. “And everybody’s excited about that,” he said. Nadir explained that another goal of the advertisements has been to “hop on board” Henderson’s “A Capital Commit-

ment” vision, which is expected to be fully implemented by 2017. Its targets include a higherachieving school system that graduates more students, pulls into line low-performing schools and increases enrollment. “But it’s also about restoring the legacy of a great school that’s been around for nearly 150 years,” Nadir said. Currently, DCPS has an enrollment of 43,000 students – a decline of several thousand pupils over the past two years. Nevertheless, Nadir like his Dunbar colleagues remains optimistic. “We’re living in a very exciting time where there’s a lot of reform going on and we’re making a lot of gains locally – at Dunbar and across the city,” Nadir said. “On the other hand, we’re competing for students, but a little competition never hurt anybody. It’s just getting back to what the public school has to offer to neighborhood kids who can still go to the school across the street, get a stellar education and move on to a good future – whether it be in college or the workforce.” Audrey Williams, spokeswoman for the D.C. Charter School Board, acknowledged the competition the charters face. But she said it’s been a common practice for the individual schools to launch their own marketing campaigns. “Our role is strictly oversight. We authorize schools, so there are no marketing strategies initiated by us,” said Williams. “The board does no marketing at all” for its 57 schools that are spread out among 100 campuses – and which during the 2011-12 academic year, enrolled 31,500 students. “The only thing that we advertise is our recruitment expo, where we invite parents to come and see what’s going on at all the schools,” Williams said. “Otherwise, each school is responsible for marketing their own programs.” Meanwhile, Nadir added that there will be more such advertisements centered around Dunbar, especially as the student body continues to grow. “Right now, we have a waiting list so long that people are fighting to get in the door,” he said.wi



Black Male Academic Success


istrict of Columbia and area students who headed back to school this week are expected to achieve academic excellence regardless of race, gender or economic status, but research shows that African American males are the least likely to attain academic success. Why African American males are over-represented among students who face retention, suspension, expulsion and overall academic failure and what it will take to significantly improve their educational outcomes was the focus of a Summit on Educational Excellence and Opportunity for African American Males hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of the Great City Schools on Monday in Washington, D.C. Educators, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and students participated in the daylong conversation about creative ways some school districts and individual schools have addressed this conundrum. And, while more federal and private funding for educational resources and programs was mentioned during the panel discussions, reading, mentoring, peer support and consistent expressions of high expectations are factors that have made a significant difference in the academic lives of some African American male students. U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who moderated the town hall discussions, asked participants what needed to be done “to make exponential gains as quickly as possible.” That is the goal of an Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama in July which established the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The Obama administration acknowledges the educational gains of African Americans since the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision 60 years ago, but the executive order seeks strategies to address the “substantial obstacles to equal educational opportunity [that] still remain in America’s educational system.” “African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline and referrals to special education. African American student achievement not only lags behind that of their domestic peers by an average of two grade levels, but also behind students in almost every other developed nation. Over a third of African American students do not graduate from high school on time with a regular high school diploma, and only four percent of African American high school graduates interested in college are college-ready across a range of subjects. An even greater number of African American males do not graduate with a regular high school diploma, and African American males also experience disparate rates of incarceration.” Prince George’s County Schools Superintendent William R. Hite, who is scheduled to leave next week to lead the Philadelphia Public School system, said educators are among those who have constructed barriers that exclude African American males. “In Prince George’s County,” Hite said, “80 percent of the students are Black, but their representation in honors or advance placement classes is about 15 percent. We [educators] created that structure and we created the barriers for that to take place.” For many of the participants, this present generation of Black male students have already been written off, that is unless they are enrolled in the primary grades. “There are currently 3.5 million African American boys under the age of 9 in the U.S., noted one participant. “I am convinced that if we do the right thing using the best metrics, best practices and best partners, we can make the future brighter for those boys than it is for their counterparts.” We believe the future should be bright for every child and that it is never too late for even our most hard to reach males to see the light. The summit concluded with the notion that everyone has a stake in making sure African American males achieve academically. But the notion that we need to see gains “as quickly as possible” seems to be a harder message to sell.

Vocational Programs Work

Dorothy Rowley’s article, “Vocational Program Honors Youth Who Exceeded Expectations,” August 23, 2012 is a fine example of why schools should offer some kind of vocational education to its students. All students should have the opportunity to go to college, but all students may not want to go to college. Learning a trade can be a rewarding experience, and having a marketable skill can lead to a lifelong career or business ownership. I applaud Toyota Motor Corp., and DARCARS Automotive Group for their Support of this program at Ballou Senior High School. I want to wish all the success to the young men and women participating in the program.

Kudos for Spotlighting Comic Con, Jennings

What great stories on the recent Comic Con in Chicago and artist John Jennings! I just read both stories at and was floored. Too often great African American artists that show their works and make us cringe with fear are overlooked. The Informer got the story and provided tremendous insight. The pictures were also awesome. I love, love, love monsters and crazy looking things! How wonderful that the Washington Informer is the only newspaper to cover the world of science fiction and comic conventions from a Black perspective. Bravo, Derry Sexton and Shantella Sherman! K. Lynn Brousard Lansing, Michigan

Caleb Johnson Washington, D.C.

Marginalizing AfricanAmerican Businesses

go through just to be able to bid on city government contracts, let alone be awarded one. Knowing the history of a city’s government is probably not a prerequisite for getting a highranking, decision-making position in the city government, but knowing the law should be. Your article in the August 23rd issue, “Informer Fights City Agency’s Contract Decision,” is just another sign of the beginning of the marginalization of African-American businesses and the African-American community in this city. But there is a much sadder part to this story: we now have a mayor and city council running scared, scared that if they stand up for something that’s fair and just happens to be against the new order, they too might be smeared and voted out of office. Well, they might as well stand for something now, because they will more than likely be voted out of office anyway. Thomas Lockingley Washington, D.C.

Let’s face it, we now have a city government workforce full of individuals with no clue of the struggles African-American businesses had to

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By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

The ‘Politricks’ of White Supremacy The 2012 political season is in full throttle toward the November 6h national elections. The Democrats and the Republicans have determined their respective national standard bearers and delineated their issue platforms and public policy agenda and priorities. Black Americans, Latino Americans, and millions of other Americans who are eligible and registered to vote will determine not only the future

of the United States for the next four years, but also the future of America’s standing in the world community. Obama-Biden verses Romney-Ryan will be the ultimate political contest between the forces of progress and the forces of backwardness. But even amid the multitude of negative radio and television ads that attempt to attack the character and integrity of candidates for high office and service to the nation, caution should be put in place to avoid being turned-off or cyni-

cally alienated from the important civic and moral responsibility to stand up, speak out and vote. In particular, I am appealing to Black Americans and others of good will and judgment to not fall prey to the revived campaigns of voter suppression in many of the crucial swing states. We need a record Get-Out-TheVote (GOTV) effort across the nation. There are some mischief-makers who are trying to suggest that Black Americans should not be enthusiastic

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about voting in 2012 because of the persistence of poverty and unemployment, as well as the disproportionate incarceration in our communities. These real matters, however, are exactly why we should have the highest voter turnout ever. There is another matter that I feel obligated to lift up at this time and it is the issue of the steady rise in both overt and covert acts, rhetorical statements, and other schemes where the tenets of White supremacy are being openly practiced and ad-

vocated to the detriment of Black Americans and others who believe in a pluralistic, raciallydiverse democracy. For those of us who have personally witnessed reactionary behavior in response to the long struggle of Black Americans for freedom, justice and equality, this is nothing new. A politrick is a deceptive political tactic that attempts to use positive discourse, phrases or rhetoric to hide the negative intent and consequences of ex-

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By Julianne Malveaux

Sizing up the U.S. Presidents When I was 16 years old, I went to get a passport. Why? Richard Nixon had been elected president, and I was sure that he would impose such oppression that I might need to get out of the country. Never mind that I didn’t have two quarters to rub together and was under such parental supervision that I might not have made it to the corner without being hit upside the head. I used my own little

babysitting money to obtain that passport because I felt that our nation was changing. In retrospect, Nixon wasn’t that bad. He actually did a few things to jump start minority business development, including signing an executive order that spoke to economic justice. I appreciated President Jimmy Carter, but he was torpedoed by Iran. I actually spent a minute as a junior staffer in Carter’s Council of Economic Advisors while a graduate student at MIT. I was

disappointed that Carter did not win in 1980, and was again apprehensive when Ronald Reagan became our president. The ways that he described people who received public assistance, combined with his miserable record as governor of California suggested that he would not be kind to the least and the left out. Indeed, overall unemployment exceeded 10 percent under Reagan’s leadership, but he was very popular for his ability to influence public opinion. His

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terms were marred by the Irancontra scandal, and in the name of deregulation, he implicitly dismantled or weakened several federal agencies. Yet, some will point to his support of HBCUs, his uncomfortable visits to Howard and Hampton universities, where he expected protests, but showed up, anyway. With that, in retrospect, Reagan might have had minor redeeming social value to the African American community, but from my perch he was repressive.

Then, there was George Herbert Walker Bush, the president whose aching unfamiliarity with the lives of ordinary people bit him in his hind parts in the 1992 election. Bush wasn’t awful to African American people. I think the worst thing he did was appoint Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, describing an ordinary jurist as the best he could find, and raising issues of race, gender, and cultural loyalty

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By George E. Curry

Obama’s Mixed Record on Appointing Judges

Many speakers at this week’s Republican convention in Tampa have focused on the economy and unemployment as they sought to contrast the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP ticket with the record of President Barack Obama. But there is another battle underway that is receiving less attention but is at least equally import – the fight to appoint federal judges. For several decades, Republi-

cans have made judicial appointments a top priority. It is still a priority for the GOP and should be one for Democrats, especially because the 5-4 Supreme Court conservative majority could be widened or shifted in the other direction with the possible appointment of two justices over the next four years. Both President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have made it clear they would appoint a different kind of judge to the federal bench. So far, the Obama record on

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appointing judges is like his race – mixed. Obama has appointed two Supreme Court justices – the same number as Bill Clinton and George W. Bush appointed over eight years. He appointed 30 appeals court judges, roughly the same number that Clinton and Bush averaged over a term. The real difference was at the district court level, where most cases are decided. Obama has appointed only 125 district judges, compared to 170 for Clinton and 162 for Bush at this point of their The Washington Informer

presidency. Part of the problem was that Obama made judicial appointments a low priority as he tried to push his health reform initiative through Congress. Although he fell far behind Bush’s pace in his first year, he later accelerated the process but not fast enough to equal Bush. A second problem was GOP opposition to Obama’s nominees. Even so, Obama did make significant changes. The number of appeals court judges appointed by Democrats

is now 49 percent, a 10 percent increase over when Bush left office. When Obama took office, judges appointed by Democrats dominated only one federal appeals circuit. Now, six of the 13 circuits are dominated by judges appointed by Democrats. An Aug. 17 New York Times article on Obama’s judicial record observed: “…Mr. Obama has also largely shied away from nominating assertive liberals who might stand as ideological

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Child Watch© By Marian Wright Edelman Without a Gun How Many Lives Would Have Been Saved?

When news broke of the murders at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on August 5, people of all faiths and backgrounds and the first responders who came to the scene to help were horrified by the ambush on men and women as they prepared for worship services. Leaders across the country quickly denounced the hate crime and the FBI immediately began investigating the attack as a possible case of domestic terrorism. But as easy

as it was for all of us to be outraged by another senseless attack and heartbroken by the congregation’s stories, it was difficult to be surprised by how it took place again in a nation unwilling to curb guns designed just to kill lots of people in the hands of lawless people. Would this have happened without a semiautomatic gun and high-capacity clips of bullets? The shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin came only two weeks after James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58

others at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in one of the worst mass shootings in American history. Would this have happened without an AR-15 assault rifle, a Remington 870 12-gauge shot gun, and a semi-automatic handgun with high-capacity clips of bullets? After the Aurora massacre, the Denver Post published an interactive timeline listing some of the others: August 1966, University of Texas at Austin, Texas: 16 people killed, 31 hurt. July 1985, a McDonald’s restaurant in San

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Ysidro, California: 21 people killed, 19 hurt. October 1991, a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas: 23 people killed, 22 hurt. May 1998, the community of Springfield, Oregon: four people killed, 21 hurt. Would any of this devastation have happened without semi-automatic guns and high capacity clips of bullets? Every time another mass shooting happens in the United States, the debate over gun control comes fleetingly to the forefront—until political fear paralyzes courage and action.

Inevitably, some people repeat the argument that the solution to preventing mass shootings is not better gun control laws— even control of assault weapons which have no place in nonmilitary hands—but getting even more Americans armed. But arguments like this ignore both common sense and scientific evidence about the connection between the ready availability of guns—including assault weapons and guns with

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By Harry C. Alford

A Campaign to Discredit Rev. Leon Sullivan Rev. Leon Sullivan was a great American, one noted for his ability to put his vision into reality. A Baptist preacher from a coal town in West Virginia, he evolved into a producer of national job training programs to the Board of Directors for General Motors and the establishment of the Leon Sullivan Foundation. It was through his “Sullivan Principles” that he en-

couraged major corporations to invest in Africa and ensure their positive “corporate responsibility.” He led the great effort to end apartheid in South Africa. He and other giants such as Randall Robinson were victorious. Africa is further down the road through the efforts of Leon Sullivan. His serious focus on the economic and social development of Africa evolved into the African-African American Summit in 1991, later renamed the Leon H. Sullivan Summit. Rev. Sulli-

van would bring a large delegation from the United States and other nations to assemble in a designated African nation and discuss and propose beneficial initiatives for the sake of Africa’s well-being. The summits rotate from nation to nation. Many thousands of people would attend these summits. Business leaders, entertainers, elected officials – especially members of the Congressional Black Caucus – would attend and participate in these events. A Leon Sullivan Summit event is a period


of great Pan African pride and resolve. Eventually, a new tradition started beginning with the Clinton administration. The sitting U.S. president would attend and keynote the current Summit. President Clinton attended and brought a good portion of his administration with him. President George W. Bush attended and gave a brilliant keynote address. He followed that up with an increase of 400 percent in foreign aid and healthcare relief such as the eradication of much

of the malaria problem on the continent. So it was reasonably assumed that our half-African president, Barack Obama, would be attending the Sullivan Foundation IX Summit in Equatorial Guinea. This was a big miscalculation. This was a quandary that needed special finesse. However, the Obama administration did not choose finesse. Instead they decided to go their typical “divide and conquer” route. A massive

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By Askia Muhammad

Republican Political Delirium is Deceptive

The Republican Party gathered in Tampa for their quadrennial convention this week, and to look at them thumping their chests and dancing and shouting ecstatically, even as Hurricane Isaac walloped them, what we see is not necessarily what we’ll get on Election Day. The same is true of the Democrats, meeting days later in Charlotte, N.C. Throughout this political

season, I’ve watched the Republicans go bonkers whenever anything is uttered by any of their speakers deriding President Barack Obama. It’s Pavlovian. It doesn’t matter what the comment is, if it takes a jab at the president it makes them delirious. It’s like the audiences are not even listening to what is being said, they’re just waiting for the punch line and their cue to literally go “buck wild.” The television networks oblige, and every night all we see on the screen are the zingers

hurled by the candidates at one another. There is no discussion, it’s like ghetto teenagers “Playing the Dozens” only without the “Yo Mama” jokes. Nothing substantive will be talked about among this country’s political elite until the American electorate rises up and drives a wooden stake through Gov. Myth Romney’s gilded political heart on Nov. 6. It is then, and only then will the nihilistic Republicans who control the House of Representatives make the compromises

that are required of them in the upcoming Lame Duck Congressional session to solve some of the critical issues that are on an automatic Dec. 31 timer, and which cannot wait until the 113th Congress is sworn in January, no matter who controls the majority of both houses. The two most critical issues are extending or allowing the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy to expire, and the budget cutting sequestration that will drive the economy over the financial cliff if they are allowed to make

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the automatic cuts that are written into law, unless Congress comes up with a better formula of spending cuts coupled with more revenue [read: tax increases] for the government. Some of the younger people I watch today in both parties are not old enough to have formed any kind of intelligent opinions about any of the issues being discussed. They are just like I was at that age, influenced by family, school buddies, and various oth-

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Marcia L. Dyson addressed the group at ColorComm’s July launch party at Panache in Northwest. /Photo courtesy of ColorComm

Networking Organization Branches Out ColorComm: Takes New Direction

By Joy Freeman-Coulbary WI Contributing Writer

Lauren Wesley Wilson, at just 27, exudes confidence as she describes her public relations networking venture that she hopes will catapult the careers of women in the field of communications. Wilson says ColorComm: Women of Color in Communications, has become her raison d’être. She founded the organization in 2011 to link professional women of color with mentors and expanded career opportunities. “ColorComm started as an invitation-only, executive luncheon series designed to afford top-level executive women the opportunity to network and gain exposure,” said Wilson, who lives in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Northwest. “I know when I started off, I wasn’t meeting the type of professionals I wanted to, who could really enhance my career goals. It was difficult finding a mentor, which is key to professional success. I had to work very hard at networking,” Wilson said. She recognized that a void existed in terms of professional development for minorities in communications and set out to change that course. “I decided to create a forum where women who are top-level professional communicators could meet other high-level executives in the communications industry to connect both professionally and personally,” she said. Wilson, who at 5-foot-4 resembles a prima ballerina, possesses the heart of a lion and has proven to be a fierce competitor in the fast-paced and rapidly changing fields of public relations and communications. Today,

she works as the communications director for a Democratic member of Congress on Capitol Hill. Her age belies her experience. Wilson is an accomplished player in the public relations game, having worked at top-notch agencies like Hill and Knowlton since graduating in 2007 from Spelman College with a political science degree. In 2009, Wilson received her master’s degree in Communications from Georgetown, after which she committed herself to internships and agency work at wellrespected firms like Ketchum and Edelman. Wilson’s bare-knuckled experiences in securing employment was undoubtedly her inspiration for founding ColorComm which initially focused on connecting AfricanAmerican women professionals with other like-minded women. However, with ColorComm’s breakout launch party on July 19, the group shifted from an invitation-only luncheon series to a membership organization which extends its focus beyond African-American professionals to promoting the interests of all women of color in these industries. More than 100 women attended ColorComm’s launch party last month at the swanky Panache Restaurant in downtown D.C. where Marcia L. Dyson served as the keynote speaker. Dyson also sits on ColorComm’s board of directors. “I am more of a member than an advisor to the young women of ColorComm. The diverse arenas in which they work are more plentiful than they were when I was solely a marketing professional,” said Dyson, the wife of Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown University professor and MSNBC commentator. “It excites me to know that they

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hold in their hands great power to shape and mold a new tomorrow for multiple communities through the execution of their honed talents,” Dyson said of the young women linked to ColorComm. Sachkia Barnes, executive director of Barnes PR, said it’s mentors like Dyson and events like the Panache affair which prompted her to join ColorComm. “I believe that we all have something to learn from each other,” said Barnes, 30, who lives in the British Virgin Islands. “The wisdom of the featured speaker Marcia Dyson was really inspiring. ColorComm reassures me that I am on the right track.” “I really enjoyed just having the opportunity to meet so many different women at different levels in their careers.” Hors d’oeuvres rivaled industry talk during an evening which offered a blend of business and sophistication. The launch party represented the type of rare evening during which upper-echelon businesswomen of color, could not only let their hair down, but connect, network, and share stories along with trade secrets. Beyond the glitz and glamor, Wilson acknowledged, public relations isn’t for the faint of heart. “When I was at Ketchum, there were maybe 900 applicants, and only a handful was able to secure an internship, and even less transitioned immediately into full-time employment. After I completed Georgetown, to obtain a job I had to be persistent, relentless, and follow up on every lead.” Traci Blunt, senior vice president of RLJ Companies and a ColorComm board member said she finds the organization to be a source of camaraderie and inspiration.

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Lauren Wesley Wilson founded ColorComm: Women of Color in Communications in 2011 to link professional women of color with mentors and expanded career opportunities. /Photo by Victor Holt

“I find that on the corporate side, it’s hard for women of color and people of color in general, to break into public relations. ColorComm brings together these women from various sectors who are involved in communications, marketing and small business.” ColorComm’s next event on September 27 is a luncheon with keynote speaker Pamela Sorensen, founder of Pamela’s Punch at Oya Restaurant in Northwest. The luncheon lasts from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. The organizers host periodic “coffee connections” to foster mentorship and exchange of industry information. ColorComm is also expanding into the New York and Chicago markets where events are already being planned. ColorComm will host a happy hour on Saturday, September 1 at Hub 51 to introduce ColorComm to the Chicago market. “This event is a great opportunity to meet ColorComm’s founder and the executive director of ColorComm Chicago,” Wilson said. “We will host a luncheon in New York on

Thursday, September 13 with Jeanine Liburd, executive vice president, at BET Networks. Tickets are $75 and it is expected that several executive level women will be in attendance, including Marcia Dyson, an executive editor at Essence Magazine, and others.” ColorComm now boasts more than 50 members, many of whom joined during and following the organization’s July launch party. Barnes, who jetted from the sunny Caribbean to attend last month’s D.C. event, has become a dedicated member of ColorComm. “I traveled to D.C. for the event because I fervently believe that I’m essentially responsible for whatever success or failure I have in life,” she said. “ColorComm and the women [who] are part of this great organization provide the opportunity to sharpen my tools for success.”wi To learn more about ColorComm visit Visit ColorComm Facebook: http://www. Visit ColorComm on Twitter: https://

LIFESTYLE While in America, Wigan recalled seeing some of the best Harley’s in the world. The visible brake cables are made from fiber particles, sliced and sculpted to fit from the front wheel of the bike to the handlebars.The tires, seat and handlebars are all 24k gold, painted black using oil paint applied with the hair from a fly’s leg removed from a spider’s web. The Harley-Davidson sculpture took five weeks to complete. /Photo courtesy of the Parish Gallery

Willard Wigan /Photo courtesy of the Parish Gallery

Willard Wigan: Microscopic Art Writ Large By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Willard Wigan spends inordinate amounts of time in a small closet, hunched over, peering into a powerful microscope. A month, six weeks later or longer, the end-result of his labor are incredible works of art so minute that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. “It may take up to two months to finish one piece,” said Wigan during a recent interview at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown. “I work at nighttime for the solitude and because there are no vibrations from vehicles. Like a Buddhist monk, I work between my heart beat.” The 55-year-old Wigan is regarded as “the eighth wonder of the world” for micro-sculptures that usually sit in the eye of a needle, on the hair of a fly or on the smallest eyelash he can find in his eye. He said he uses microscopic tools that include crushed pieces of diamonds, a polished down pearl drill and a chip needle. Wigan, a Birmingham, England native of Jamaican parents, said he

enters a meditative state that allows him to reduce hand tremors and sculpt his masterpieces between pulse beats. “I do not enjoy creating this world but I enjoy finishing it,” he said. He regaled an appreciative crowd at the gallery during opening night at an event entitled, “Willard Wigan: The Half Century Collection - 50 years of Creating Microscopic Artwork.” “I think the exciting thing about the show is the sheer size and detail and energy, and the many obstacles,” said Dianne WhitfieldLocke, a noted collector of African-American art. “It’s exciting to know that he overcame obstacles to become a master artist and to be knighted by the queen.” Any success he enjoys, Wigan said, came from his mother Zeta who pushed him to excel while being his strongest supporter. “Mom said, ‘you’ve got to make small things. The smaller you make it, the bigger you’ll become,’” the micro-sculptor recalled. “So I concentrated on carving small things. But whatever I made, mom said it was too big … years passed on and

it [the creations] got smaller and I got bigger.” “I also believe that the bigger the carving, the smaller the challenge.” “It’s amazing, absolutely amazing,” gushed Forestville, Md., resident Cindy Brewer. “I saw his other collection which was way more fabulous. These are some newer ones. This is the first time I’ve heard the whole story.” That story began when Wigan was five, that’s when he said he became fascinated by ants. After a dog destroyed an anthill, he used broken shards of glass and razor blades to construct houses, furniture and carousels for the ants. Wigan admits to stealing a microscope from school and used that in his artistic quest. He received no formal training but his innate gifts led him to this career. Cruel, racist teachers fueled his drive to excel. He said they humiliated him because he could not read or write. So he took to skipping school and focusing more on his art. He would learn later that he was dyslexic. “They told me I would empty bins and wouldn’t amount to any-

thing,” said Wigan. “But my mom and my neighbor told me I was good. I cut out figures into little shapes and put people onto the top of a toothpick.” “My mother said I’d do something good by being small. I wanted to be great, the micro-sculptor of the world, the Usain Bolt of micro-sculpture,” said Wigan who Queen Elizabeth bestowed the Member of the British Empire title on in 2007 for services in art. “As the child of a minority, I knew I had to work just a little harder.” “I had to work a little harder because of my circumstances. My work had to defend me. Muhammad Ali said the punch you don’t see is the one that knocks you out.” Wigan said many of the themes of his work are based on nursery rhymes and are manifested in Cinderella, Little Miss Muffett, as well as little boats, a pair of dancers doing the tango, a Harley- Davidson motorcycle, two children on a seesaw and President Barack Obama and his family. He said he is proud of the Coronation Crown he created in response to a request by Queen Elizabeth as a tribute to her Diamond Jubilee celebration.

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Awestruck gallery patrons viewed the collection of Wigan’s work through powerful Nikon microscopes that magnified each piece 400 times. Prices ranged from $22,000 to $40,000. Wigan’s work is in great demand and collectors include Prince Charles, Sir Elton John, Mike Tyson and Simon Cowell. Wigan said he continues to experiment and recently completed a church carved in a grain of sand. He has a number of projects on the horizon and he said he relishes the challenge to go smaller. “You look at it without a microscope and there’s nothing there,” said Neil Hartbarger, who along with his wife Juanita has a growing African-American art collection. “I was here for his show three years ago. Words really fail me because he is beyond any superlative. No one else can do what he does.” Willard Wigan: The Half Century Collection will be on display at the Parish Gallery through January 2013. For further information, visit www.parishgallery. com or call 202-944-2310. The gallery is located at Canal Square 1054 31st Street in Northwest.

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One of your friends dropped a bombshell the other day: she’s getting divorced. You almost can’t believe it. She and her man seemed like the perfect couple, always so sweet together, always so understanding. It’s sad, and it’s scary because she’s not your first friend to announce a break-up. So what’s going on? More importantly, how can you make sure it doesn’t happen to you and your beloved? In the new book “Making Marriage Work” by Lynn Toler, you’ll find some tough words on a tender situation. “Why can’t people stay married anymore?” That’s what everybody asks Lynn Toler. As the star of TV’s Divorce Court, she sees a lot of broken marriages, so it’s a good question. To get an answer, says Toler, we must understand that the “marriage” we idolize and hold as ideal never really existed. We’ve romanticized unions that endured without understanding the real reason for the longevity. Furthermore, marriage itself has changed and “what worked 50 years ago won’t work now.” The thing to remember, says Toler, is that you can look at the divorce rate and shake your head, but the problem is local. You don’t have to “fix the world.” You just have to fix your marriage. To do that, you need to know the rules. Decide, first of all, to consciously be married. Don’t have a “Plan B” in your relationship. Find reasons to stay together, and nurture “common passions.” If you’re not yet married, but want to divorce-proof your

relationship, spend time learning about one another. You put months into planning your wedding, so put months into learning who you are and who your spouse-to-be is. Know the “Red Flags” and the reasons not to wed. Learn what your “Odd Things” are, and decide if you can live with your partner’s oddities. Lastly, wait. What’s the hurry? If you’re already married, practice your communication skills. Be kind, don’t use sarcasm, and watch for things that don’t get said. Never say “OK” if you don’t mean it. Become financially literate and don’t “let your money leak out.” Also, remember that marriage counseling is not just a “last-ditch effort” because, when it comes to marriage, a check of it for the heck of it is never a bad idea. Common sense? Yes, no, and probably. But when a relationship is frayed at the edges, “Making Marriage Work” is a good reminder. Using her own marriage [and its troubles] as example, author Lynn Toler subtly lets readers know that having marital problems isn’t anything shameful or abnormal but that it is fixable. In this book, she looks at how a marriage bruises, then she offers solid advice for newlyweds, Golden Anniversary celebrants, and everybody between. Toler then hints that the work is never done but that the rewards can be worth the effort. Never preachy or holier-thanthou, I think “Making Marriage Work” is good to read whether you’ve put a ring on it recently or decades ago. If you want to glue your “I do,” get hitched to this book soon. wi

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ATLANTA – Music and entertainment maverick Jermaine Dupri continues to diversify his discography with new releases this year, including his latest offering, the remix to German producer/DJ Kurd Maverick’s “Hell Yeah.” Released earlier this month, the electro dance track features an aggressive bassline and JD’s signature vocals in the chorus. “With the ‘Hell Yeah’ remix, I’m doing pretty much what I’ve always done to records,” says Dupri, “which is take a record that I like and remix it.” Dupri -- a resident DJ in Las Vegas with regular shows around the globe – maintains that songs like “Hell Yeah” dominate clubs outside the U.S. and are in the same vein as massive dance-pop hits such as Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love” feat Rihanna and the David Guetta-produced “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. “Every week, I’m in all these clubs that are infusing hip hop and electro music,” he says. “I’m constantly seeing these two worlds collide, so I felt like it would be a great collaboration to bring my vocals and celebrity to ‘Hell Yeah.’” Listen to Dupri’s remix of “Hell Yeah” here:

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ATLANTA—Rare performances by Roberta Flack and her longtime musical mate, Peabo Bryson, attracted about 2,500 patrons in Atlanta who were provided separate performances by the two living legends as well. They will be touring most of the country. Bryson, opened the two-hour show displaying the unique brand of vocalese that has garnered him Grammy Awards and other accolades throughout his successful 35-year career. In a recent interview from his Atlanta home, Bryson reflected on his formative years in the Baptist churches of South Carolina’s Piedmont region. During his Atlanta performance, he displayed the gospel-like grit that helped him become a household name and romantic crooner with hit songs like “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again” and the Disney hits which placed the soul crooner in a more classic category—“Aladdin (A Whole New World)” and “Beauty and the Beast”—his best-selling duets with singers Celine Dion and Regina Belle, respectively. At midpoint of his show, Peabo announced he would revisit the R&B side of his career. To a rousing ovation, his rhythm section segued to a familiar intro into “I’m So Into You.” “I’ve always been very particular about the male singers that I work with. Luther (Vandross) was one of my background singers,” she said during a pre-concert interview from her home in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. “I really hoped that Peabo would accept—I knew he was the one fellow who could perform the songs Live—I’m talking about all those songs that Donny and

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Sparkle Delivers Beauty, Charm, and Elegance in the Quest for the Dream By Kwakiutl L. Dreher Contributing Writer Sparkle is a lush cinematic cultural artifact sustained by a sumptuous set, a dynamic soundtrack, and the rigorous artistry of its cast. Akil Production Company, along with two-time Emmy nominee Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries; Just Wright), pay a respectful homage to its 1976 predecessor. No cameos needed. The film opens in 1968 to a cacophony of voices broadcasting newsworthy events: The Vietnam War, The Beatles, civil rights and Martin Luther King, Jr. The camera swoops into Discovery, a

juke-joint whose ambience of smoky rhythm, saucy blues, and salty sweat, is thickened by R&B crooner, Black (Cee-Lo Green). As his soulful “I am a Man” opens the action, placards held by Memphis Sanitation workers in 1968 captured by African American photographer Ernest C. Withers flash in my mind. This socio-cultural context signals that Akil Production Company and Chase have crafted a film that expands the 1976 story but stands on its own. The operative word? Story. Rather than inundate the audience with a multitude of song and dance routines, the film focuses on the story of a single

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African American mother, Emma (Whitney Houston) who successfully has raised three attractive, well-adjusted, and talented daughters, Tamy/Sister (Carmen Ejogo), Dolores “Dee”, (Tika Sumpter), and Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) in the bustling city of Detroit, Michigan. Emma’s story is that of 1960s upward mobility despite setbacks she endured in her youth--the harshest being her teen-age pregnancy. Her rule is “respect, education and loving the Lord”. The cinematic presence of the Black church denotes her anchor, and this institution no doubt facilitated the upbringing of her daughters and made possible the acquisition and preservation of her middle class existence. Emma’s home, beautifully shot by cinematographer Anastas N. Michos, highlights the trappings of her success: a two-story with a staircase; the Queen Anne and Bergère chairs; the small library with piano; crystal chandeliers; and the sugar and spice bedrooms replete with iron beds, vanities, and full length mirrors emphasized by pink and white flowered wallpaper. Craig Anthony’s spectacular costumes showcase each lady in her sartorial splendor. For church, gloves, hats, and coat dresses trimmed in fur; and for daytime, suits and sheaths. Even the bedtime wardrobes are luxuriant: sheer nylon peignoirs accentuated with ruffles and bows, and quilted satin bathrobes in colors of aqua, champagne and pink. The wall art of encased butterflies and birds, however, betray this charm. These set props give nod to Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “Sympathy”, whose first lines inspired the title of Maya Angelou’s book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. On the whole, Sparkle is a graceful exploration of generational anxiety aggravated by sociocultural changes. Emma’s daughters are coming of age, and the painful transition causes domestic seismic shifts that disquiet Emma but feed her daughters’ yearnings. Like the butterflies and the birds, the women in this household are trapped; yet, as does Dunbar’s caged bird, each dares to break free from pasts that have held them and Emma hostage. On another note, the Akils skillThe Washington Informer

Tamy/Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, and Jordin Sparks as Sister and the Sisters in “Sparkle” / Courtesy photo

fully dramatize the forgotten art of courtship, and the duo’s brilliant virtuosity of storytelling glistens here. Stix (Derek Luke) and Levi (Omari Hardwick) shines as wordsmiths coaxing the young women to consider them worthy suitors/ partners. Hardwick, especially, translates with splendid bravura Levi’s torment when he discovers that his words cannot compete with the conspicuous bling of the wealthy, but mean-spirited Satin (Mike Epps). Epps, in turn, gives a marvelous performance as the successful stand-up comedian whose jokes are contemptuous of African Americans. He brazenly flaunts his material success in front of Levi as Levi expresses his desire for Sister; later, however, he reveals his insecurity over his new material. Expectedly, references to Motown and its talent line-up abound, yet do not overwhelm the story. The Akils, however, gently manipulate Motown’s reputation to fuel the mother/daughter conflict and the quest for the dream. “I want to be bigger than Diana Ross,” reveals Sparkle to Stix under the stars.

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The sparkle, nonetheless, shines on Whitney Houston, Carmen Ejogo, and Tika Sumpter. Houston embodies Emma, and plays her with a cool, yet fierce sophisticated determination. Her life trials dance in her voice in His Eye is on the Sparrow. Ejogo, with artful efficiency, deftly manages the heart of Tamy/Sister, a restless 30-year-old young woman caught between her past failures and that of working as a domestic while living in her mother’s house. Finally, Sumpter, with intelligent wit, steadies the sister-trio, as she moves between the tempestuous Tamy/Sister and the gentle-minded Sparkle. Honorable mention to Michael Beach (Rev. Bryce) and Tamela Mann (Ms. Sara Waters). If you have not seen Sparkle, you should. If you already have, see it again. This film is worth the price of the ticket. Twice.wi




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Red Hook Summer Spike Lee Releases First Theatrical Film in Four Years

drop for the film that is set in the gritty Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. While Lee enlists a cast of talented, but basically unknown actors and actresses for the film, moviegoers in the Washington metropolitan area will be pleased to see thespians from HBO’s critically acclaimed television series, The Wire, on the silver screen. Wire alum Clarke Peters, the show’s cerebral detective, Lester Freamon and Isiah Whitlock Jr., cast as Clay Davis, the corrupt, yet likable politician lend credibility to the cast. Red Hook Summer centers on the life of Flik Royale,

By Elton Hayes WI Staff Writer It’s been nearly four years since movie director Spike Lee has released a theatrical film. His last offering, the World War II drama Miracle at St. Anna, debuted in 2008 and posted pedestrian numbers at the box office. And, it left more than a few die-hard fans unsure as to whether the filmmaker was still adept at his craft. But, Lee has resurfaced with Red Hook Summer, which hit movie theaters across the country on August 24. Lee returned to the borough he calls home to use as a back-

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portrayed by Jules Brown. Flik’s mother Colleen, played by De’Adre Aziza, sends the 13-year-old boy to Brooklyn to stay with his unapologetically religious grandfather Da Good Bishop Enoch Rouse. Peters

brilliantly embodies the role of a deeply religious member of the clergy, and it becomes painfully obvious that despite their relationship, the two have nothing in common. Fueled by the anger resulting from the recent death of his father who was killed during the war in Afghanistan, Flik is angry that he must give up his middle-class lifestyle in the Atlanta suburbs for the mean streets of Brooklyn. Brown turns in a decent performance as the obstinate teenager in his film debut with Lee. The film opens with a shot of Flik as he and his mother travel by taxi from the airport to his grandfather’s home in the projects. He clutches his Apple iPad 2, an electronic tablet that never leaves his side throughout the film except for one unforgettable exchange he has with members of a ruthless gang. The movie follows a semiformulaic theme that accompanies films about a young person

who is forced to live with an aging family member – and the inevitable clash of generational and ideological differences that ensue. The plodding flow of the movie is interrupted when Flik befriends a girl who lives nearby. While he remains resistant to his grandfather’s attempts to convert him, Flik starts to grow up when he begins to spend time with fellow church member Chazz Morningstar, portrayed by Toni Lysaith. Like all flirtatious relationships between prepubescent youth, the two constantly bicker, but over time, and after an unexpected twist, their friendship evolves. While Lee takes a different path with Red Hook Summer, and despite its preachy inferences, it’s a refreshing break from the typical Brooklyn-themed films that he’s known for – which makes it one of the summer’s more pleasant releases. wi


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The beauty of being an automotive columnist is that it helps you develop immunity to that insane urge to buy a ridiculously expensive new sports car when you reach middle age. Over the course of the year, I drive lots of interesting cars – which mutes any desire to raid the retirement account or the kid’s college fund. Mind you, it’s not that I’m admitting I am, will ever be or have even come close to that stage in life, after all, isn’t age just a number in our minds? But if I ever do drop to a point where I’d shun practical, rational decision making to wallow in that dramatic display of self-doubt, then I will be driving a car like today’s test car, the Infiniti G37 Coupe. It checks yes on all the boxes in my ranking of mandatory must haves in the perfect midlife-crisis car. While the G37 Coupe’s spirited engine will spike a 50 something’s pulse rate high enough to have a cardiologist on speed dial, its excellent steering and driving dynamics strikes a healthy balance between a comfortable ride and responsive handling that will satisfy a wide array of driving tastes. The G37 Coupe rides on a version of the same platform that underpins the longer G37 sedan and the venerable Nissan 370Z sports car. The Nissan sports car is made by Infiniti’s parent comThe Washington Informer

pany in Japan, and is revered for its seat-of-the-pants thrill that many drivers only dream about. Infiniti G Coupe models come equipped with a 3.7-liter VQ-series V6 with VVEL [for Variable Valve Event and Lift] rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The engine is backed by a choice of an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with available magnesium paddle shifters or a 6-speed manual. Interior features include a predominately white color scheme for the gauges and LCD instrument display, “Shodo” aluminum trim inspired by the traditional art of Japanese calligraphy and available high-gloss maple accents. The 2012 G Coupe also includes an extensive list of available technology features, including a touch screen navigation system with XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic information, and a RearView Monitor. The foundation for the G Coupe’s impressive handling and ride performance comes from its second-generation FM platform. The 4-wheel independent suspension design features lightweight aluminum components and large front and rear stabilizer bars. Responsive steering is provided by a vehicle-speed-sensing design, which provides optimum steering effort at both high and low vehicle speeds. Standard on all G37 Coupes is Vehicle Dynamic Control [VDC].

The pricing on our test car which was loaded with options came a little over $50,000. I have to admit, that is a lot of money, certainly in the present tough economy. In some parts of the country, 50 grand would not only make for a healthy down payment on a home, it would also cover the entire cost of the home. But we do not buy sports cars for their practicality. And when it comes to a premium mid-level sport sedan from a luxury automaker, what Infiniti is asking is in many cases the price of entry. In the G37 Coupe, those not initiated in this type of vehicle will find much to gripe about. The seating position is low, which seriously cuts rear visibility – and moving the front seats back cuts out what little leg room exists for the small rear seats which are just barely passable for small children. The trunk space is very small – you struggle fitting anything larger than a couple of six-packs. But the front seats are firstrate, the control layout and instrumentation is nicely done, and the exterior nicely blends elegance with sporty proportions.If you’re looking for a good combination of handling, upscale interior and excellent power, the G37 is well worth considering.wi


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Rabaut Reunion Louis Charles Rabaut Junior High School alumni gathered for a picnic at Rock Creek Park on Sunday, August 28 and shared memories from the classes of 1966 when the Northeast school first opened to the late 1990s when the school was closed and converted to a public charter school. Reflections of long-time principal Dr. Lawrence E. Graves, who died last year, were also shared. /Photo by DR Barnes


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Mind, Body, Spirit Free Sunset Yoga on the East Pier Platform at the National Harbor attracts large groups of enthusiasts each Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8 pm. The sessions which are open to the public are taught by guest instructors from Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, and feature live musical accompaniment along with unbeatable views. The sessions will end on October 27. / Photo by DR Barnes


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Cirque du Soleil (“Circus of the Sun”), brings, Totem, to the area through Oct. 7. / Courtesy photo


Cirque du Soleil (“Circus of the Sun”), the circus style entertainment company returns to DC through Sunday, October 7 with its touring big top production, Totem. Written and directed by Robert Lepage, Totem is an incredible, visually stunning show that depicts the evolution of mankind. Totem features continuous live music and a dizzying array of talented performers that sing, dance, prance, jump and soar above the interactive set. For generations, kids all over the world have dreamed of running away and joining the circus. I couldn’t think of a better circus to run away to than Cirque du Soleil. One of the talented performers bringing her talents to Totem is Esi Acquaah-Harrison. The versatile singer is an accomplished session and background vocalist who has been a part of several choirs, revues and touring productions. The Washington Informer sat down with Acquaah-Harrison to discuss several topics including what she was doing before she decided to become a singer, what inspires her and life on the road with Cirque du Soleil. Informer: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Esi Acquaah-Harrison: Well, one of the things was to sing but I didn’t actually think

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comment on it. So that really put me into a thinking of okay, yes I know the job but I’ve got to keep some consistency and quality. From that respect, that really helped me.

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Informer: Totem is a massive production; 170 people, 65 trailers – the site takes eight days to build. What is it like traveling with such a large production? Acquaah-Harrison: It’s something that is totally new to me. I came to join the company with the creation of Totem and the whole creation experience was something new to me but very privileged to be the first person in the role, you know? Set the standard. When you’re traveling with so many other people, first of all, what’s great is everybody is there for reason - I don’t say this as the cliché phrase that is used but everyone has a job to do.

of being a singer but one of the first things was a police officer. I wanted to be a police officer [laughs] or a teacher. Even though I was singing very, very young It wasn’t the sort of thing I thought I would do. My models were teacher, police officer, nurse, that sort of thing. Informer: Growing up, you spent time in Ghana. How did your time there influence you musically? Acquaah-Harrison: I did get a big musical influence there because during my teenage years, I did listen to a lot of different kinds of music. Amazingly, even though the internet wasn’t a big thing when I was growing up in the late ‘60s, ‘70s we still got a lot of music from America. So, although I listened to a lot of highlife, which was Ghana’s

music, I also listen to a lot of soul music from this part of the world so a lot of my influence comes from here. The school band I was in, we played a lot of songs from bands from here [America] [laughs] So that’s been part of me. Informer: You didn’t really get into singing until high school and then later in London as part of The London Community Gospel Choir. What made you decide to take singing seriously? Acquaah-Harrison: When I was growing up I always had this picture in my mind, I wasn’t quite sure what it meant, but I would be singing to thousands and thousands of people [laughs]. It wasn’t until in my late 20’s when I was living in London, I actually started to take going to church very seriously and

God very seriously and joined the gospel choir. The first choir I joined was one from my church and that eventually lead me to The London Community Gospel Choir. Informer: Your first major role was “Rafiki” in The Legend of the Lion King at Disneyland Paris. How did it prepare you for your role in Totem? Acquaah-Harrison: Disneyland Paris was an amazing experience. What that prepared me for was learning about not just having to do show after show after show, but doing show after show consistently. We had a vocal coach who would come in twice a week not just to work with us but actually assess the standard of what we are doing. He watched at least one show and then he would

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The Struggle Is Real: NAACP Develops HIV Manual for Black Churches By Dr. Sheridan Todd Yeary Special to the Informer from Politics 365 Last month at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, there was a major breakthrough in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Though a cure for the disease was not presented, the NAACP did unveil a new, powerful tool in the fight – The Black Church and HIV manual. The manual serves as a roadmap for faith leaders to move their congregations toward increased awareness of the HIV crisis and then,


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ultimately, toward advocacy and prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in 16 Black men and one in 32 Black women will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime. The high number of people living with HIV in Black communities, and the fact that Blacks tend to have sex with partners of the same race or ethnicity, means that they face a greater risk of HIV infection with each new sexual encounter. In fact, Blacks make up just 14% of the United States population, but account for 44% of new HIV infections. If Black America was its own country, it would rank 16th in the world in the number of people with HIV. One of the facts that led to this growth in HIV cases is that those living with the virus may appear and feel healthy for several years. Though the HIV is affecting their bodies in countless ways, they can live on oblivious to the disease until they get tested or the HIV leads to AIDS. In much the same way, the Black community has voluntarily avoided open and honest discussion on this issue even as it ravages us from within. The NAACP’s manual will be a critically important resource for bringing the issue of HIV/ AIDS out of the shadows of the Black community and into the open. For far too long this subject has been taboo in those places where the intimate details of our lives are shared – our homes, our neighborhoods and, most tellingly, our places of worship. The stigma of HIV has been so powerful that it even suppresses basic education that can save lives, leaving our community in the center of a full-blown crisis. The Black Church and HIV manual is an inspirational first step toward addressing the HIV epidemic as the social justice issue it truly is. Too few realize that many of the more “classic” social justice problems actually augment the crisis. Families stuck in poverty often face limited or restricted access to highquality health care, a dearth of safe housing options, and few opportunities for HIV-prevention education. Thus, the battle

Cover of new HIV Manual for Black Churches developed by the NAACP. / Courtesy photo

against HIV is directly tied to the battle against poverty, the struggle for fair housing, and the campaign for equal access to affordable, high-quality health care. The Black church’s collective response to HIV will require fair and honest reflection – and it may take some time and some readjustment to current realities. Sexually transmitted diseases and related illnesses are difficult subjects to talk about. But the creation of this manual demonstrates that it is possible, and necessary, to have these tough discussions. The NAACP interviewed more than 250 faith leaders across multiple denominations from around the country in creating this manual. The Association will continue to organize educational workshops for clergy members in cities and seminaries around the country so that pastors are aware, engaged, and mobilized to create sustainable change. As we reflect on the International AIDS Conference this year, we issue a call to action to all leaders of the Black church. We ask that faith leaders join our efforts and lend their influential voices to the issues of equity and justice centered on HIV. As with all social justice concerns, winning the battle against HIV/ AIDS requires that we first acknowledge that the struggle is indeed real.wi Dr. Sheridan Todd Yeary is the Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The Storms of Life Strengthen Us! There is a scripture in the book of Luke, which talks about how Jesus calmed the sea during raging waters. It says, “The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked  the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.  25  “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke

8:22-39 These raging waters, storms are still coming into our lives; and the Master is still in the business of calming the raging waters down in our lives. I remember years ago, my youngest son kept taking my car keys and driving my car without permission. He was in high school, and was not yet old enough to get his driver’s license. Later on, I learned how he and his friends would push the car out of the drive way so we wouldn’t hear it when it was started up. And they would go where they wanted to go. It worked most of the time, but there were several occasions, when he got caught by the police, and I would have to go and retrieve my car from wherever it had been towed. And that’s when my nightmares began. It feels really bad when your child is arrested, and though it wasn’t major, it was still very hard and painful to deal with as a parent. But after it happened enough

times, I began to turn the matter over to the Master, and I asked Him to please look after my son, to help him through these young years; allow him to become a man and become a man who can take care of himself. Then, I left it alone, started to get some sleep, and today, he’s working, saving his money to buy his own car, and helps his mother out, without me even asking him. God helps us through the storms of life, even those problems you face today; God can and will take care of you. How many of you have flown on an airplane, and watched the plane fly directly into thick, puffy clouds? Oftentimes, planes fly through various inclement weather conditions, only to emerge in clear, blue skies; and the sun is shining bright. It feels good when we fly above the clouds, no more raging storms. Well that’s what we must do in our daily lives; live in the spirit. Your body may be here on earth and the storms of life all around you – hurling you in one direction and then another, but we must all continue to walk in the spirit at all times – in every moment. Then, will our spirits be lifted above the clouds, where we see the sun shining brightly, no matter what’s happening. It is only when we focus on the problem that is currently facing us, that we see the storms of life. When we do that we allow those violent

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with Lyndia Grant tornadoes to cast us about or we get caught in the eye of the storm – a distraction that prevents us from remembering that God is in charge. How many of you have seen the artist rendering of a man walking peacefully through a dangerous storm. It is our reminder that it is Jesus who can keep us calm, through the storms of life. One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.  23  As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.”wi

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Church of Living Waters

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

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

“We are one in the Spirit” e-mail:

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

Crusader Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

“God is Love”

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

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

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

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

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

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

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

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

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

Israel Baptist Church 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: 10:00 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

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

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

Rehoboth Baptist Church

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

2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730 Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 am Baptismal Service – 1st Sunday – 9:30 am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday – 11:00 am Prayer Meeting & Bible Study – Wednesday -7:30 pm

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

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

Zion Baptist Church

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)

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

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

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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer

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

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

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

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

Salem Baptist Church

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

Shiloh Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

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

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

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

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

Peace Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

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Sports Digest By Charles E. Sutton WI Staff Writer NBA The Washington Wizards and small forward Martell Webster reached an agreement last week. Webster, 25, worked out for the Wizards at Verizon Center and impressed team officials so much they moved quickly to sign the swingman who is known for being a great outside shooter. Webster averaged 8.4 points and shot 37.4 percent from behind the three-point line in seven seasons with Minnesota and Portland.


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Portis Retires Clinton Portis, the No. 2 rusher in Redskins’ history, retired from pro football on Thursday, August 23, after a stellar nineyear career. Portis choked up on several occasions as he expressed pride and gratitude for the entire Redskins’ organization where he played seven seasons. Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder announced that the running back will be one of the 10 new inductees to the list of the 80 Greatest Redskins of All-Time, confirming the organization’s appreciation of Portis. “You’re talking about a Hall of Fame running back and someone that we’re proud to retire as a Redskin,” Snyder said. Portis, 30, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, rushed for 6,824 yards on 1,667 carries and scored 46 rushing touchdowns. In 2005, he rushed for 1,516 yards, the best single-season rushing total in franchise history. When asked if he thought that he would be enshrined into the

College Sports Tyrann Mathieu’s father said the former LSU standout won’t play football this season. Tyrone Mathieu told ESPN that his son is fully committed to working through his personal problems with former NBA coach John Lucas at the Right Step Recovery Center in Houston, Texas. During his career, Lucas battled drug and alcohol problems. He now counsels others who face those same issues. Tennis Though no player will confess to looking ahead, Novak Djokovic may have been the biggest winner when the U.S. Open Tennis tournament bracket was set last Thursday. The defending champion and No. 2 seed could reach his third consecutive final at Flushing

Meadows without having to play Andy Murray or Roger Federer. Meanwhile, Murray and Federer ended up on the same side of the draw and could meet in the semifinals for a rematch of this year’s finals at Wimbledon and the 2012 Summer Olympics. On the women’s side, thirdseeded Maria Sharapova drew a possible semifinal match against No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka. Fourth-seeded Serena Williams could meet No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals. Third ranked Rafael Nadal will miss this year’s tournament with a knee injury. This year will be the first time since 2008 that the foursome of Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic haven’t been seeded 1 through 4 in some order at the U.S. Open. Aquille Carr High school star Aquille Carr is known as “The Crimestopper” for his unique ability to stop the underbelly of East Baltimore in its tracks when he takes to the basketball court. The Patterson High School senior is expected to be the centerpiece of a reenergized Seton Hall University basketball team. However, in an ironic twist of fate, Carr was arrested last week on a charge of domestic violence. Carr faces misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. According to police records, Carr is accused of throwing his ex-girlfriend, Treshonda Williams, to the ground and punching and kicking her outside of a Southeast Baltimore school. Carr doesn’t have a prior criminal history. wi

Redskins 30, Indianapolis Colts 17 Redskins’ rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III made his home debut on Saturday, August 25 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Griffin, the No. 2 pick of the 2012 NFL draft, faced Andrew Luck the draft’s No. 1 pick for the first time. Griffin completed 11 of 17 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown and Luck completed 14 of 23 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins defeated the Colts 30-17. /Photo by John E. DeFreitas

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NFL Hall of Fame, Portis said he was uncertain. “You know, it would be a great feat,” he said. “I think if the measurement for the Hall of Fame, if they can add my biggest attribute, which was heart, I would definitely be there. But just for the numbers, I’m not sure.” Portis was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 2002 NFL Draft and traded after two seasons to the Redskins, where he earned a reputation as one of the toughest players on the squad. “I never cheated myself and I gave everything that I had to this organization and to this Redskins nation, to this D.C. nation,” Portis said. “I love this area and I will always feel a part of this community.”

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Pop Warner Football Rally in

Northeast One thousand local children participated in the annual Pop Warner football rally held on Friday, August 24 at Rosedale Recreation Center in Northeast. The evening began as each team ran through the sports tunnel and emerged to cheers by parents and well-wishers who took photographs of the young football players. The event was sponsored by the D.C. Parks and Recreation Department. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Sections of the crowd which consisted of children and parents listened to Mayor Vincent C. Gray during the annual Pop Warner football rally on Friday August, 24 in Northeast. The mayor congratulated the teams that won awards last year and encouraged the children to continue to excel in sports and study hard during the upcoming football season. He also encouraged them to represent the District in the annual national championships which will be held in Florida in December. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Older children tested their strength and endurance levels with rock climbing during the annual Pop Warner football rally on Friday, August 24. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Activities at the annual Pop Warner football rally in Northeast included a local rapper who entertained the crowd and implored the children to take their studies seriously but to also participate in sports because both will yield positive results. / Photo by John E. De Freitas

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

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

Administration No. 2012 ADM 702

Administration No. 2012 ADM 773

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

Thomas E. Garner Decedent James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS 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. Date of first publication: August 23, 2012

Lorenz A. Wheatley Personal Representative

Coletta J. Garner Personal Representative



Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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

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

Administration No. 2012 ADM 229

Administration No. 2012 ADM 734

Alvin Gregg Decedent

Isaac H. Jamison Decedent

Talib I. Karim TEC Law Group 1629 K Street, NW Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006 Attorney

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



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.

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

Date of first publication: August 16, 2012

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Kim E. Bradshaw Personal Representative



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any notion of going backwards. We will not allow the politricks of the present moment to divert us off course. Nor will allow our consciousness to be dulled by the attempts of the perpetrators of injustice and economic inequality to make some of us believe that the social conditions of Black Americans and others are in a permanent, irreversible state. Change has happened and more change will happen again. Our job and responsibility is to stay focused and keep our eyes and minds on the realizable prize of empowerment, equality and equity. Forward ever, backwards never!wi Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is president of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and Education Online Services Corporation. He also serves as senior adviser for the Diamond Empowerment Fund and National Director of Occupy the Dream and can be reached at

an election and then mumbled and stumbled his way through his first term, suggesting that consumerism would save us from the economic draught engendered by September 11. Give me a break! Still, Baby Bush won a second term, and continued to wreak havoc on our economy, cutting taxes on the wealthy, burdening the poor and the middle class. Bush also decided to give bankers a break and a bailout. He presided over the greatest giveaway from our nation’s poorest people to the wealthy when he decided that banks that ripped us off should get a break. Why this walk down memory lane? Because President Obama’s work is being questioned and his achievements of four years put on the line. This president deserves reelection, and every able bodied progressive should set out to dedicate themselves to making that happen. No, he hasn’t done everything we’d

like, but he has done more that John McCain would have done, more than we can ever expect Mitt Romney to do. But here is the bottom line: We are singing the same old song. We African Americans never get everything we need from elected officials. Let’s reelect President Obama, but lets also decide to get our acts together to work independently from elective politics to attain social and economic justice. Otherwise, we are in the same old space, with a different meaning whatever we face. We have survived and, we will thrive, if we take our destiny into our own hands. 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.

group of judicial professionals that vets candidates for federal judgeships. The New York Times article stated, “Awkwardly, the American Bar Association’s judicial vetting committee later scuttled at least 14 finalists for nominations – nearly all women and minorities –by declaring them ‘not qualified.’” There is a down side to making safe judicial appointments, especially when conservatives are unabashed in their quest to remake the courts. In a report on the last term of the Supreme Court titled, “The OnePercent Court,” the Alliance for Justice observed that in the landmark decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, Justices Elena Kagan, appointed by President Obama and Stephen Breyer, appointed by Bill Clinton, joined the five staunch conservatives on the court in holding that limits can be placed on Congress’ ability to address some

national issues, including civil rights, under the commerce clause of the U.S. constitution. Obama’s only bold move in this area was the nomination of Goodwin Liu, a liberal University of California-Berkeley law professor, to the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Senate Republicans blocked his appointment with a filibuster. He briefly considered nominating another liberal, Pamela Karlan of Stanford University, but stayed with candidates that he believed would be more acceptable to Republicans. The Times article stated, “While she said she was not disappointed, Ms. Karlan expressed worries that if Republicans nominated outspoken conservatives but Democrats did not nominate equally liberal ones, the center of mainstream legal debate would shift to the right.” And that’s exactly what has happened.wi

Chavis continued from Page 22 tremist ideological actions. In 2012 the politricks of racial hatred, division and obfuscation continues to escalate into a counterproductive manifestation of what I call the ‘politricks of White supremacy.’ In Ohio, state election officials publicly bemoan what they feel is a “contortion of the voting process to accommodate urban voters.” That’s a politrick to try to justify the suppression of Black American voters and other who are concentrated in the urban centers of Ohio. When Vice President Biden accurately stated in Virginia: “They want to put y’all back in chains,” Republican politicians cried and wept profusely in another glaring politrick maneuver. In Iowa, Hank Williams Jr. sang at the state fair and said to more than 8,000

Malveaux continued from Page 22 at the same time. President William Jefferson Clinton was amazingly effective. African American unemployment rates dropped to 7 percent or so. The economy grew. African Americans thought they had a friend, even though Clinton’s welfare deform was controversial and, from my perspective, marred his legacy. Whatever you say about Bill Clinton, he left our country better than he found it. He made brilliant appointments of African American leaders, including naming Hazel O’Leary Secretary of Energy and Mike Espy Secretary of Agriculture, not your usual Cabinet positions for Africa Americans. While flawed in many ways, the Clinton years are years to be celebrated. But not the years of man the man the late Molly Ivins called Shrub, as in Baby Bush. This man stole

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counterpoints to some of the assertive conservatives Mr. Bush named. Instead of prominent liberal academics whose scholarly writings and videotaped panel discussions would provide ammunition to conservatives, Mr. Obama gravitated toward litigators, prosecutors and sitting district judges and state judges, especially those who would diversify the bench.” Many of those were met with Republican obstruction. “The Republicans’ goal has been clear from the start – to keep as many seats as possible vacant for a future Republican president to fill with ultraconservative judges,” noted the Alliance for Justice, an association of more than 100 progressive organizations. Obama’s goal of diversifying the federal bench has been complicated by the American Bar Association, a

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Muhammad continued from Page 23 er clichés that filter through the otherwise hormonal urges and appetites that rule at that age. When I was in high school, I attended California Boys State. Every year the American Legion sponsored those weeklong conclaves in all the states to introduce boys to politics.

When I was at Boys State, I was one of eight Blacks among 800 boys in attendance. We were arbitrarily [not ideologically] divided into two political “parties” – the Whigs and the Tories. I can’t remember which group I was in, all I can recall is that for the previous seven years, that party had lost the elections for Boys Governor and other top offices. On the night before the elec-

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how flaws in current gun policies contribute to this disparity. Following mass shootings, gun control opponents have not been bashful about pushing for laws to remove restrictions on carrying guns in schools, bars and churches. Indeed, calls for removing restrictions on carrying concealed firearms will not stop mass shootings. Research indicates that so-called right-to-carry laws don’t reduce violence, and may increase aggravated assaults. But studies I have conducted indicate that stricter regulations of gun sales, whether by retail dealers or by private sellers, are associated with fewer guns diverted to criminals. Moreover, national surveys show that a large majority of citizens favor these reforms to our gun laws, including most gun owners.” It is way past time for common-sense gun law reform in

America. Many of the victims of mass shootings have been strangers—sometimes children—who were personally unknown to the shooters but were simply in “the wrong place at the wrong time,” even if the “wrong place” turned out to be going to class, attending a worship service on a Sunday morning, or going to the local movie theater on a summer evening. In other words, they could have been any one of us. What will it take for us to do something about it? 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.

campaign of lies and distortions directed at the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation and the sovereign African nation of Equatorial Guinea was unleashed. Oh, they weren’t looking for a manufactured excuse to not attend. They were determined to destroy the Sullivan Foundation, now headed by Hope Sullivan Masters, the daughter of the late founder. They ordered their contacts to begin a campaign of disinformation, smear and downright falsehoods to tarnish the image of the foundation. Also, they began, with the same evil fervor, to attack the nation of Equatorial Guinea. They accused this thriving and lovely nation as a human rights disaster. It is a lie! The attack was relentless replete with tweets that would reach a large populace and encourage people not to participate. Democratic elected officials were put on lockdown and could not participate as they usually

do. Celebrities associated with the Democratic National Committee were also warned not to attend. Like cowards or frightened slaves, they all obeyed. The dirty press operatives began announcing whenever a known official or celebrity would denounced the foundation and the nation of Equatorial Guinea. A written report even claimed that Honorary Chair John Kufuor (reputable former president of Ghana) resigned his chair and would not be coming. Kufuor was there and he was brilliant in his presentations. It was propaganda at its best. In the conspiracy world this is known as “Raising a False Flag.” All this was an attempt to destroy a great Black legacy and dedicated foundation so that the president’s absence would not look conspicuous. It did not work. They delivered a lot of damage and hurt the attendance but still the Sullivan Foundation IX Summit was a success. I am writing this article from Malabo, Equatorial

Guinea. I am a proud delegate of the Summit and can attest that it is one of the best trips of my life. This nation is beautiful. Cranes and construction projects are everywhere. The people are happy and unemployment is very low as compared to our nation. Access to government officials is very impressive and their Chamber of Commerce has embraced the NBCC members attending. Deals are being made. “That which does not kill us; makes us stronger.” That is certainly the case here. History will show that the Sullivan Foundation IX Summit was a success and the half-African U.S. President Barack Obama refused to attend. Evil cannot trump God’s work.wi Harry Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: Email:

tion each party had a rally. We were ecstatic. We screamed. We danced. We knew that we were going to break the string on losses our “party” had suffered. The next day the election was held, and just like before we lost. I wouldn’t be surprised if that party is still losing elections at California Boys State. Look back at every presidential race in the modern [read: TV] times. With only a few exceptions – when Gerald Ford fought off an insurgent Ronald Reagan to win the GOP nomination in 1976; when Ford’s successor Jimmy Carter fought off an insurgent

Edward Kennedy in 1980 for example. If we look back, except for those campaigns when the eventual losing party was bitterly divided at its convention, we’ll see thousands of delirious partisans thumping their chests and cheering themselves hoarse, as if the self-induced ecstasy that comes from seeing their companions, men and women in star-spangled, red, white and blue stove-pipe hats was enough to win the election by itself. It’s not. So don’t be swayed looking at the joyous, teary faces of attendees when either Gov. Romney or President Obama speak at their

conventions. That’s all fluff and cosmetics for the TV audience. The real thing to pay attention to from Republicans is their national efforts to disenfranchise millions and millions of registered voters at the polls on Election Day with their voter ID laws intended to prevent everyone except White, likely Republican voters from casting a ballot. They say it’s to prevent in-person voter fraud, but that literally never happens! Never. So, don’t forget on Nov. 6, calmly, determinedly, be sure to vote early and often. wi

large ammunition capacity—and the epidemic of gun violence in America. Daniel W. Webster, professor and co-director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a panelist at the Children’s Defense Fund’s recent conference, wrote after the Aurora shootings: “We should not brush aside discussions of gun policy as too politically difficult to expect meaningful change, or ‘the price for our freedoms.’ Instead, we should reflect on why the U.S. has a murder rate that is nearly seven times higher than the average murder rate in other highincome countries and a nearly 20 times higher murder rate with guns. And we should consider

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